Embracing what we do not like, because we know God has allowed it for our good, our refining, and our growth isn’t as tidy as it sounds.

It involves late nights of staring at the blackened ceiling, of deliberately not picking up that welcoming and distracting gadget that beckons from bedside, of trying to form prayers that can barely be spoken as they poke up from our hidden recesses of thought. . .

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Woman in Jeopardy Bookcover
Author: 
George Hatcher
Series: 
Ambulance Chaser
Publisher: 
CasaHatcherPress
Genre: 
Action-Adventure: 
Rating: 
10
ISBN/ASIN: 

978-0-9965927-1-0

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Hatcher is a gifted writer and this is clearly obvious in his book, Woman In Jeopardy.

The author plot moves with a smooth pace while pouring on enough suspense to keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. The dialogue is realistic, and the diabolical mindset of Francisco, the key player, and Carmen, the underdog were vividly portrayed with Hatcher's ability to create sympathetic characters that raises this novel to the next level. Although not all of the personalities are given equal treatment or enough stage time to become fully developed, those that are such as Elena, Manuela, Milton and his sister Delores, prove that the author has the skills necessary to craft a story with protagonists the audience can like, hate and relate to.

In addition, Hatcher obvious yet never heavy-handed messages about the strength of Carmen’s love for her sister, that she sacrificed herself to protect her, and in the end, did what was necessary to revenge her death, without a second thought, give the novel added depth. Overall, it is a book that grips you and doesn't let go until the last page has been turned.

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Earlier this month, we announced the 2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists and fellowship recipients. Winners will be named at the 29th annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony on April 11, hosted by the award-winning author Heidi Durrow.
Oregon Book Awards Ceremony
Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Gerding Theater at the Armory
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Author: 
Joanna Fulford
Series: 
Victorious Vikings
Publisher: 
Harlequin Historical
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Rating: 
6
ISBN/ASIN: 

9781460320143; 9780373297580

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Astrid and Leif Egilsson meet when he does not kidnap her, get acquainted at a wedding where Leif finds out she is from a prominent family, ward of her uncle now that her father is dead. Said Uncle betroths her to an unsavory fellow, and Astrid decides she'd rather walk on the wild side with Leif than abide by her uncle's wishes. Before this can be arranged, Leif is captured and enslaved by uncle. Hence the Domme cover. Then Leif is freed by his men, but only after getting overworked, seriously pissed off, and easily convinced Astrid was a willing lure to trap him. He then kidnaps Astrid for revenge.

I opened this expecting the old style bodice-ripper. I'm not sure what I found. It was a little hard to get into, but that may be partly due to formatting and other errors in the review copy I was reading. Initially, I was distracted by hopping from his head to her head and back, by Astrid's manic-depressive mood swings, and Leif's sporadic need for anger management, and possible treatment for PTSD. I never really connected with the characters, or lost myself in the story. I have read other books by Joanna Fulford which worked for me, but this one just did not connect the dots.

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Author: 
Lena Austin
Publisher: 
Loose Id
Rating: 
9
ISBN/ASIN: 

Electronic 1-59632-061-3

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I became interested in Lena Austin when I attended a romance group chat featuring her. She seems to be a feisty and in-your-face sort of person. I liked that, so I started reading her work. She has taken me on some imaginative trips, so when I saw her newest book, Sex World 1: Assassin, I wanted to read it.

Alexandre di Marco has given up his name and identity to train as Paris Cordell to be a prime sex engineer. Constance d'Akasha has chosen him to be one of her three students to receive specialized training as an assassin. As Paris begins training, Sumner d'Oswego on the planet Airie receives notice that the sex engineer he ordered for his father's birthday will arrive in a year. Sumner is treading an uneasy path as he shows his father, Oswego, a face as viciously sadistic as his father's own while he hides his loathing for the things he must do.

Before Paris and Sumner meet, Paris has a variety of experiences as he trains, passes his final examination, and travels to Airie. There is his training home's computer, Helen; Constance d'Akasha; and Captain Jonas and Commander Kate on the spaceship. Once Paris arrives on Airie, the assignment begins. Neither Sumner nor Paris can trust the other with his true objective, and no one can trust Oswego.

From the first paragraph, Lena Austin grabs you by the hand and takes you on a journey that includes an imaginative world, a variety of sex, a life and death struggle with a suitably villainous villain, and heart in your throat suspense. I hate to say it, but despite the all-is-lost scenario near the end, I did not want the story to end. Sex World 1: Assassin earns a place of honor on my virtual bookshelf. If I could say that it changed my life in some fashion, I would have been able to award it that final half quill, meaning that it is a perfect book. Nevertheless, if male/male sex, ménage, or bondage offends you, you should avoid this book.

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Creativity is a natural inborn trait. It doesn't leave me, I leave it. I have a strong inner critic that blocks the creativity; knowing this helps, and I'm learning to let go of all criticism and just enjoy creating whatever I choose at the moment. Glad to find a bit of inspiration here for doing this.

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