Conger Books Reviews

Reviews by JoEllen Conger

2008

 

Genre: Historical

Tital: ADAM-Son of Gurrewa

Author: Kev Richardson

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 3-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-273-3

ISBN: 978-1-59705-754-7

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 11-11-2007

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

ADAM-Son of Gurrewa

 

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Although our hero, Adam Ashby is Kev Richardson’s fictionalized convict-birthed character born to an unwed couple… a ‘bolted convict and his ‘colony wife, this story nonetheless represents the real life history of New South Wales’ struggles to become more than just an overflow prison for England’s criminals. For those of you who miss the history in your Historical reads, you’ll not be disappointed in this factional account of Australian history, 1790–1820s.

Review:

ADAM–Son of Gurrewa is a well-crafted history novel about the nefarious real-life situations created between the struggling, lawless, power-hungry English gentry, sent to govern the unknown lands of New South Wales and the thousands of arriving convicts to the new penal colony. They create a strong multi-level class distinction between themselves and the convicts. Each faction fights for the right of political and social recognition, and equal privileges to own land and animals, and marry whom they please.

Being himself a political pawn, Adam Ashby, the child, does not realize why his mother, an emancipated, First Fleet convict, and her present husband, William Balmain, depart for England and leave him behind. Yet, due to his mother’s cunning tactics he has been placed in ward to a prestigious gentleman. He grows up without feeling the stinging humiliation of class prejudice of being ‘convict-born’, as he is educated along with his good friend and comrade, Thomas, and eventually honed to serve as personal secretary to the governor.

Adam, the man, commiserates with those struggling against class distinction and open prejudice. He befriends a number of prominent men during his growing up, and later in life he experiences the adventurous thrill of surveying Australia’s unknown wild lands. After his adventurous survey of the continent’s unexplored wilds he is awarded land of his own, which he names “Ashby Downs”. Hiding his own birth-distinction as ‘convict-born’, he marries in good Social Standing and raises two children. Eventually, he must face whether or not to admit his birth level to his wife and their many friends.

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Genre: Suspense

Title: A DANGEROUS DREAM

Author: Mary Paine

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 1-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-270-2

ISBN: 978-1-59705-758-5

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date 12-10-2007

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

A DANGEROUS DREAM

 

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If you are into equine sports you are going to love the authentic settings and terminology used in A Dangerous Dream by Mary Paine. This is a soft suspense with the core of the story wrapped convincingly around show horses, and a building romance between Melissa Stanhope and one of Deer Creek Farm’s horse trainers, David Weller. This is a great book. I truly enjoyed the authenticity of the background used for this novel.

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Alone, Melissa Stanhope, looks for a home and a place to belong, after her adoptive mother’s passing, and finds that dream at Deer Creek Farms. It is a working stable with training programs designed to introduce young riders as well as their mounts into the horse show scene. Then along comes one of their handsome trainers, David Weller, who fits almost too perfectly into her dream, until he is accused and arrested for aggravated assault against the farm’s sleazy manager. Melissa knows her David could not be the violent culprit and tries to prove him innocent, along with the efforts of the owner’s affluent family.

This novel is well engrained with the behind the scenes of a working stable and the effort it takes to become a qualifying Grand Prix rider in the tightly woven society of showing horses. There is a powerful surprise ending that will take your breath away. I highly recommend this authentic equine flavored romance novel. Well worth the read.

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Genre: Historical Suspense

Title: AIR MONGADISHU

Author: Gabriel Timar

Publisher: Write Words Inc.

Release Date: 7/2008

eISBN:

ISBN: 1-59431-624-4

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date 2/ 2/2010

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

AIR MOGADISHU

 

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Multi-published author, Gabriel Timar brings us another exciting tale set in Africa. This book carries a hint of history as he portrays a naive British miss, Laura Blake-Stanton, who is kidnapped and left in Africa to survive on her own. Without proper identification or passport, Laura becomes an airline pilot, with a touch of femme fatale that helps her follow her heart.

Review:

While vacationing in Africa with her step-father, Miss Laura Blake-Stanton is kidnapped, but escapes on her own, only to discover that she has no money, no identification, and her step-father has gone off with the ship, leaving her stranded. If it wasn’t for Captain Ray Madison, a local based pilot who flies the mail routs, she would have been in great peril in an unforgiving country.

With forged papers, Laura learns to fly his Junker F13. When her host becomes too ill to fly, she saves his contracts by flying the mail to its destinations, and hauling back the mail to Mogadishu. Thus she discovers a new passion…she loves to fly. Just when life couldn’t seem sweeter, Ray sells the airline, and the new owner won’t allow ‘a woman’ to pilot passengers on the new Junkers 52. But Laura has her eyes set on flying passengers on the much larger Bristol Bombay. And what Laura wants…she usually gets.

I loved this tale about one of the first brave women who became a professional pilot, and serves her country by ferrying planes during the war.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Title: BANJO EYES

Author: Marilyn Gardiner

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 6/2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-356-3

ISBN: 978-1-59705-678-6

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 1-17-2008

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

BANJO EYES

 

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Banjo Eyes by Marilyn Gardiner is a suspenseful tale of true love, betrayal, rejection and deception. When Lily goes back home to settle her late father’s affairs, weird things begin happening, and she doesn’t know who she can trust. This is a real page turner, right up to the shocking conclusion.

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When twenty-eight year old, Lily Modigan, returns to her father’s horse breeding farm to settle his affairs, suspicious happenings begin. A stalker, wearing a serpent tattoo is following her. But why? How is he getting inside her house? She fears it is someone she knows. How else would he know how to get into the house even after a new security system has been installed?

Even after abandoning her ten years earlier, Adam, her persistent high school sweetheart, now the owner and horse breeder of the neighboring River Rails Ranch, is determined to re-win her trust and her love. Is he only looking to add her property to his expanding ranch? Hank, her family’s long term barn boss, refuses to explain to her why all of her father’s horses have been sold, leaving the barn nearly empty of breeding stock.

Lily refuses to suspect her petulant younger brother, Luke, who is always in some sort of trouble. He is more than just a little adamant that she sell the property. Would he really have her killed to get his hands on the money? Which one is it that is so determined she sell the farm and return to the city?

Will the love for their horses be strong enough to keep the two lovers together, in spite of all the mysterious attacks on their two farms? This is a strong story about the unwritten code supporting farm life, and how simple things can renew two people’s faith in one another.

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Genre: Suspense

Title: BROGAN’S BELLA

Author: Kev Richardson

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 1-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-188-0

ISBN: 978-1-59705-823-0

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 9-11-2007

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

BROGAN’S BELLA

 

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Brogan is at it again.

In Brogan’s Bella by Kev Richardson, Brogan and his aristocratic lady friend, La Dama Isabella Maldonado, are kidnapped in mid-flight to Australia, and find themselves doing whatever they must to survive. I promise you, this book is so full of high adventure and tension it will keep you turning pages…even if you know absolutely nothing about the political situation between Vietnam and France during the 1940’s.

This is a masculine-style read, with plenty of suspense and intrigue geared to keep you wondering just how Brogan is going to get them out this mess?

Review:

During the last book, Brogan’s Bust, this adventurous young pilot flew his open air cockpit plane over the South American jungle to do battle with international smugglers. Now, in the mid-1940s Brogan and his South American beauty, La Dama Isabella Maldonado are off to visit Australia. At gun point, they and everyone on board the Catalina sea plane are kidnapped. The pilot is shot and killed during the struggle to retake control of the plane. Bella is the only person on board with even a rudimentary comprehension of French, which their capturers have learned during the French Occupation of their country. Brogan is forced to fly the plane and lands it in a river, miles away from their projected destination. No rescue search will ever be able to locate them.

They are held imprisoned at a small jungle village in French Occupied Vietnam, being hidden out, dressed like rice farmers. When Brogan disappears, Ba Bella dresses up in her fancy Paris dress to impress the Colonel, in an attempt to get her man back. During the muddy rainy season and bug infested summer, these political prisoners are willing to do whatever it takes to survive.

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Genre: Fantasy

Title: CONFESSIONS OF THE CLEANING LADY

Author: Miriam Newman

Publisher: The Dark Castle Lords Publication

Release Date: 8-04-2008

eISBN:

ISBN: 978-1-921347-62-7

Review Company: Conger Books Review

Review Date: 8-31-2008

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

Confessions Of The Cleaning Lady

 

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Being cursed by displaced faeries is no laughing matter…but Shawna Egan relents and finds them a new home. When they decide to forgive her, they make up their minds to thank her by wishing up a “good man” to share her life. That’s when all the trouble began. This is a delightful read. Witty. Sensitive. Provocative. You’ll love it!

Review:

When Shawna Egan, the local cleaning lady discovers when she had an old rotten oak tree on her property cut down, that a gaggle of homeless faeries are trying to figure out just how to return her woodpile back into their home tree. The spiteful faeries curse her with bad luck. She loses her Friday morning account, the car breaks down, and she doesn’t have enough food to feed herself and all her animals.

Shawna doesn’t really want to admit it when she sees fluttery things near her barn, but she really does see the faeries. Once she apologizes to them for having had their home made into firewood, she finds them another tree. The faeries forgive her and to express their gratitude they vow to bless her with a “good man”. That’s when the Irishman from Killarney, Mal McCurdy moved in next door.

First, she became his housekeeper. Then, she invited him to accompany her to visit her grandparents in Pitch Hallow in the back woods of the Appalachians. That’s when she realized Mal could sing Irish ballads. After they have discovered their sexuality together, she invited him home to meet her folks, but after Phil, her sleazy step-dad speaks poorly about Shawna, Mal punches him out. Later, he invites her to visit his family in Killarney. She decides to go with him, although they each have their own issues about trust. Not even the faeries know how it will all turn out when Shawna meets Mal’s extensive family in Ireland.

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Genre: Mystery/ Suspense

Title: DELUSIONS

Author: Suzanne M. Hurley

Publisher: Wings e-Press Inc.

Release Date:

eISBN:

ISBN: 978-1-59705-347-1

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 3-29-2008

Review Rate:  4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

DELUSIONS

 

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It is absolutely amazing what people are willing to do, for the sake of Love.

 

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In Delusions, Suzanne M. Hurley creates another suspenseful Samantha Barclay Mystery, as the High School councilor once again gets into trouble when she gives in to her own natural curiosity to ferret out the truth. Why are her best people getting into drugs? Suzanne Hurley creates another suspenseful, page turning mystery where absolutely everyone appears to be the culprit.

Review:

When student councilor, Samatha Barclay goes into sleuth-mode to detect how one of her students has gotten herself dead, she finds herself in places where she’s obviously not wanted. Threatened, even. She learns there is more going on at Paxten’s, Milton High School than any of her students have mentioned. Her best people are doing drugs!

Meanwhile, her heart is divided between Officer Al Michaels and the new guy in town, Deputy John Islington, while her new puppy sleeps through it all. Her dad is dancing up a storm with the widow lady next door. He worries that someday Sam’s drive to get to the truth will get her killed. But in spite of all the threats, Sam is determined to find out who is behind Cindy Lowe’s secret life, and just who is supplying her kids with dope.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Title: FREQUENCY

Author: Kathy Elbinger

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 2/2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-315-0

ISBN: 978-1-59705-718-9

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 1-19-2008

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

FREQUENCY

 

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La Mesa, New Mexico is a real place where everyone knows everyone else. That’s the nature of small, high desert towns. Frequency is a believable tale of Lorie Morrison returning home to inherit her grandmother’s failing radio station. Can Lorie give up her dream of having a successful career in Albuquerque in order to save her grandmother’s community oriented radio station? And can she forgive her grandmother for trying to manipulate her and Alex getting back together again?

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When Lorie Morrison inherits her grandmother’s small town radio station, it has become threadbare during her grandmother’s final bout with cancer. But things don’t turn out nearly as simple as Lorie predicts, of her dashing back to La Mesa long enough to sell off the radio station, and getting back to her successful career in the city, with a highly demanding boss and his competitive ad agency in Albuquerque.

She finds that her grandmother has installed Alex, her old high school sweetheart as Station Manager. Therefore, she is faced not only by her old boyfriend, but also a handful of unexpected employees, who now depend on her for their livelihood; plus the demands of a broken down radio station that needs constant repairs.

It doesn’t take her long to realize that there just isn’t enough money to keep the station running. Can she become creative enough to save it? Will she and Alex renew their relationship and save the community radio station, or will she sell it and let it be closed down by a larger Broadcasting Corporation? It seems the whole town is watching to see just what she intends to do.

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Genre: Historical Fantasy

Title: HEART OF THE EARTH

     2nd book – The Chronicles Of Alcinia

Author: Miriam Newman

Publisher: DCL Publications

Release Date: 12-2008

ISBN:

eISBN:

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 11-9-2008

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

HEART OF THE EARTH

[The Chronicles Of Alcinia]

 

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Miriam Newman’s epic tale of Queen Tarabenthia of Alcinia, from THE KING’S DAUGHTER, takes up again with HEART OF THE EARTH. If you like historical accounts, these two books are a definite must read. Exceptionally well crafted with a complex story plot and seamlessly put together, The Chronicles of Alcinia are the best books I’ve read in this genre. As another world historical, this book is outstanding, and definitely a keeper.

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     During an invasion which tears Alcinia asunder, the King of Alcinia promises his daughter Princess Tia to the old king of the Havacians. Then her father is murdered and at her mother’s death, Tia is left Queen to a war torn Alcinia. The old Northern leader, King Maruk of Havacia, sends his son Prince Hilgi to fetch her, who arrives by ship in time to save Tarabenthia from her enemies. The young barbarian carries her and her children off to his own Northern lands where he claims her to wife. She is often mistreated as Hilgi, well into his cups, forces her to strengthen his Noble bloodline by fulfilling her duty to his throne.

Always used as a political pawn, Tia is driven through life rarely finding contentment or lasting happiness. During her time in slavery after the invasion of her country, her first husband General Sergius Magistri, not realizing Tia was a captured queen, had fathered her first three children. Although King Hilgi of the Northland makes her Queen of Havacia, he dies suddenly, leaving her to rule a savage land where she can barely understand her people. Yet her children are the loves of her life, even as she fights a war, struggling against unknown customs to keep her offspring by her side. She educates them in the ways of the Noble Born as she watches them grow up in a harsh foreign land. But secretly she plans to escape the North Country, although her last two sons by King Hilgi are not hers to keep.

Many different men bid to be the queen’s Protector, desiring her interest and commitment. Being a woman who needs a man, she gives herself to some, while still withholding her favors from others. She can’t help but wonder if she will ever be free to do as she pleases? Will she ever be allowed to return to her own country without fear of death? And will the money that Lejo, Sergius’ nephew, sends her be enough to see her through her dowager years as Queen Mother?

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Title: IF ONLY

Author: Celia Cooper

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 4-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-270-2

ISBN: 978-1-59705-723-3

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date 10-27-2008

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

IF ONLY

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Have you ever yearned, “IF ONLY I could go back to my college days?”

 

If only you could! Would it be any different this time? Well, after Barbara’s husband is killed in an auto crash, Barbara Langley vacations back to the town where she grew up, dancing Rock–n-Roll and paling around with the drummer for the Rock Railroad Band, Steven Rodgers. If you’ve ever dreamed about returning to those enchanting days, you are going to really get into Barbara’s trip down memory lane, and the surprising places it takes her. This is a very sweet, sentimental romance.

Multi-published author, Celia Cooper’s If Only, takes you back to where you might have taken yourself…back to the exciting memories and melancholy regrets of lost love.

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Suddenly widowed, Barbara Langley meets the unusual conditions of her late husband’s Will… an extensive surgical makeover. Looking twenty years younger, Barbara and her best friend, Rachel Painter, return to Barbara’s Alta Mata… Tampa, where they deal with the antics of a younger crowd.

One deliciously handsome bartender picks up on her, and yet, she feels misgivings dating a man young enough to be her son. Then she thinks, ‘So, what can it hurt?’ She is, after all, on vacation. No one here would remember her from those happy-go-lucky college days. Her memories carry her back to the local rock and roll band she used to run around with, ‘Rock Railroad’…and Steven Rogers, the drummer she had loved and lost. If only she could return to those days…she might do things a little differently.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Title: KNIGHT STALKER

Author: Linda Ciletti

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 6-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-295-5

ISBN: 978-1-59088-732-5

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 7-1-2009

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

KNIGHT STALKER

 

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KNIGHT STALKER by multi-published author Linda Ciletti is an exceptional tale of good vs. evil, when a chivalrous medieval knight suddenly appears into present times to do battle for a solo mother and her small son. How could she not fall in love with him? If you like really romantic romances, you are really going to enjoy this one, as Rachael and Michel struggle against their passion for one another, to stay true to their own goals.

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Walking home late at night Rachael is attacked by two men as she passes the unlighted park near her home. All she can think about is staying alive. Her small son, Timmy, is dependent upon her. Then in a blinding flash of lightening, a medieval knight suddenly appears to defend her. Dropping her purse and flute, she manages to escape.

But the noble knight appears on her doorstep, requesting sanctuary. Once she has looked into his wolfish amber eyes, her heart is no longer her own. Yet, having been badly treated by the boy’s father, the man who had abandoned her and their unborn child, she fears to trust again.

KNIGHT STALKER is a beautifully written romantic tale, in keeping with the original French Romances of old. It is a reminder that knights of the medieval period always kept their promises. Michel, the French knight, has vowed to return to Rachael and Timmy, no matter what… but can he keep his promise when he battles the evil knight, Ruford of Bamesford in an unknown present-day city?

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Genre: Historical

Title: LETITIA MUNRO [Book One/Two/Three]

Author: Kev Richardson

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 12-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-309-0

ISBN: 978-1-59705-724-0

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 4-10-2008

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

LETITIA MUNRO - Trilogy

(1)   Botany Bay& Sydney Cove

(2)   Norfolk Island

(3)   Van Diemen’s Land [Tasmania]

 

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Letitia Munro, by Kev Richardson, himself a 6th generation descendant First Fleeter, continues his authentic historical account about the 162,000 convicts imprisoned on New South Wales. It was a land that not even the king himself knew had too little fresh water for drinking, or sufficient tillable soil to support the hordes of convicts he sent to populate the colony.

It’s like no history I’ve ever read. The voice in this work carries the reader right into the trying times of convict life, where unskilled, uneducated men and women suffered from the inhumane atrocities of the times. I found this book an informative account, written the way I like to read history. Kev Richardson makes you live the part of the suffering and struggles of the times. I highly recommend it.

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Life at New South Wales [Australia] in the latter part of the 1700s was harder than anyone could possibly have imagined…even for the highborn, who had been sent along to govern the convicts. The Wigs struggled to remain in power, as the convicts struggled simply to survive. Allotted farm land grants were coveted and quarreled over. Dwindling supplies were pillphered by starving convicts, in spite of the dire consequences, if caught. The cold hard fact remained; there was no turning back the clock. Not even the emancipated convicts were ever destined to return to their homeland.

It took nearly a year just to sail letters back to London to voice their concerns, or order needed provisions. What was done…was done. The only sure thing was the hatred growing between the different classes; stealing of the dwindling food resources; the atrocious rapes and deliberate brutalities; and the resulting frustrations of not enough supplies for survival. Even the animals wasted away from lack of proper food. Nevertheless, the convicts banded together against the authorities in a newly founded brotherhood.

Good planting soil could not be found…edible plantings withered and died for lack of irrigation; hunters returned empty handed. People followed suit in spite of rank: sickly infants cried piteously; bolting convict laborers starved to death, and the military guards became more brutal. Not enough thought had been given to bringing thousands of people into an untried land.

The natives fought to preserve their own culture and their own limited food resources. The white settlers created a new society, struggling within the established system just to endure. And, like everyone else, Letitia Munro struggled just to stay alive. At nineteen years old, Letitia Munro [1767-1856] never realized that when she was sentenced for stealing a partial bolt of cloth, and sent to work off her fourteen years imprisonment at Sydney Cove, that she would become a memorable part of Australian history. In her dotage she became the heard voice for the mistreated women sent to populate the colony. At the remarkable age of ninety, Titia, the mother of eleven children with Andrew Goodwin, became Tasmania’s last surviving First Fleet’s female convict.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Title: LUTHER’S CROSS

Author: Therese Kinkaide

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 11-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-358-7

ISBN: 978-1-59705-676-2

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 11-4-2008

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

LUTHER’S CROSS

 

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Luther’s Cross by Therese Kinkaide is a superbly crafted tale about two badly wounded souls, whose fates bring them together, to untangle their powerful life’s traumas, and hidden secrets. What Ellie Jordan finds is Professor Jay Bryant and his dysfunctional family that try to keep her from feeling as though she is on the outside of life… looking in.

This author’s unique voice reveals the rambling emotional stream of consciousness of persons who have way too many suppressed dark secrets, dreaded guilts, and mysterious regrets darkening their minds. I found this book overflowing with emotional awakenings, enough to make you want to read the book all over again… right after you’ve just finished the last page.

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Regret and Guilt are a powerful poison. With so much remorse, Ellie Jordan has moments when everything kind of slows down like freeze-frame photos, when her blood sort of stops, like fire in her veins. She has had five long emotionally filled years of haunting regrets, wondering where her son, Luther, had gone that fateful night he disappeared. He represents who she has become in order to become a good mother for him… leaving her past indiscretions hidden deep within her heart.

Professor Jay Bryant, without knowing her past history, unwittingly stirs her fire of guilt and regret when he divulges he has his own small son, Oliver, shared with his ex-wife. Even his two sisters, Maeve and Maddie develop a kinship with Ellie, and endeavor to join her to the jigsaw puzzle of their family. Each shares her own web of dark secrets with this new comer, which threatens to tear the family apart.

Well plotted, there is a wealth of unfolding dark secrets at every turn. This is a wonderful suspense that will keep you turning pages to discover what guilt laden secret will be revealed next. And whether or not Ellie and Jay can overcome their emotional problems to create their own family, together?

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Genre: Regency Historical

Title: MY DEAREST FRIEND

Author: Hazel Statham

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 1-2008

ISBN: 978-1-59706-795-0

eISBN:978-1-59706-230-6

Review Company: Conger Books Review

Review Date 9-29-2007

Review rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

MY DEAREST FRIEND

 

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If you love Regency plots, this book is for you. Author Hazel Statham, true to her craft, presents her readers with another well-crafted adventure. She has a keen understanding of the voice, times and trials of the Regency period.

Review:

The hero, Robert Blake, Duke of Lear heavily grieves the death of his younger brother, Stefan, in the war. So when he is approached by Miss Jane Chandler, concerning her proposal to rescue her own seriously injured, military officer brother, he is most content to offer his assistance and that of his staff, to aid her in her time of need. His initial motive in helping her is that he is determined that another young man shall not die the same fate as his own brother. When she insists that she intends to travel alone, unprotected, and without a proper chaperone, his chivalry insists it will not do. Yet, it isn’t until after Jane leaves to make her arrangements for departure, that he suddenly realizes she will need help in securing her wounded brother. Nothing seemed more natural than he and Jane should travel together.

During the long journey he learns that his dead brother leaves behind an unclaimed infant daughter. He hires a coach and slips into enemy territory to rescue his brother’s child…now his ward. With cunning he escapes with the infant and her nursemaid. He marries Jane and together they travel as a family.

Later, there is much to-do about nothing, when Robert accuses Jane of misconduct and infidelity as the two independent-loving personalities clash. Incensed, Jane accuses Robert of being an unfeeling tyrant…and the battle of the genders is on. Each is afraid to discus with the other what is really on their mind.

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Genre: Science Fantasy

Title: NOVGOROD  DIARY

Author: Gabriel Timar

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date 8-2008

eISBN:

ISBN: 978-1-59705-0330-3

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 7-29-2008

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

NOVGOROD DIARY

 

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Hungarian born Gabriel Timar’s NOVGOROD DIARY is an enchanting tongue-in-cheek tale using adult humor that kept me amused and chuckling from beginning to end. It is definitely the kind of book you’d need on a dismal rainy day to brighten your mood and make you giggle. I highly recommend this adult humored tale for those with an appreciation for ribald wit.

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When the high testosterone womanizer, Lawyer George Pike, suddenly finds himself DEAD, he discovers himself transcending toward the Third Dimension, faced with the dilemma of having to choose his Soul Manager from a list of possibilities. He quickly selects Hades Limited rather than Heaven Inc. where he suspects there might not be a sufficiency of willing ladies.

After proving his expertise working in his capacity as Lawyer for the big boss, he is dispatched to represent his new client Lola Ricci, who turns out to be an equal partner for his sexual appetite. She fears for her life having in her possession proof of the true tsar Romanov decedent. With a large sum of money secreted away in a San Francisco bank, and a political career just waiting for the right person, there are several factions determined to snatch this proof away from her and do her in, and it is only George’s quick-witted mental gymnastics that keep her, his two assistants, and his fast-talking mouth alive.

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Genre: Suspense/ Mainstream

Title: PIECES

Author: Linda Rettstalt

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 1-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-289-4

ISBN: 978-1-59705-747-9

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 10-20-2007

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

PIECES

 

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Have you ever wondered, ‘Who am I… really?’ Claire Hutchings asks herself this question when a recurring nightmare gives her the feeling she must have been adopted. The more she tries to explain the dream, the more she discovers the puzzle pieces don’t add up. Something is missing. This is a real page turner. The suspense is so griping, I promise you, you’ll not be able to set this book down. This superbly complex suspense will keep you turning pages as Claire puts the pieces of the puzzle together to discover her true identity.

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Claire Vanderfelt Hutchings’ recurring nightmare convinces her that her parents must have something sinister to hide. But what? Neither is willing to talk about the time she was an infant in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her mother only admits that it was a terrible time. A time she refuses to talk about.

When Claire tries to understand her dream, even with the strong support of her close friends, coworkers, and a new psychologist, the puzzle pieces don’t add up. She has no idea that each piece of the puzzle will lead her into her historical past, and the traumatic memories of something not quite remembered.

At every turn, her determined search discloses hidden truths and deliberate deceptions. She can’t help but wonder what does her doctored birth certificate really hide? If her birth documentation is fake, then just who is she really? Could she have an entire biological family somewhere else wondering what has happened to her?

While her biological clock continues to tick away, Claire feels frustrated that she can’t give in to the need to start living the rest of her life when the handsome Leland Rowan unexpectantly falls in love with her. How can she responsibly begin a family of her own, when she doesn’t really know who she is?

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Genre: Fantasy

Title: THE DREAM DIMENSION

Author: Andrew Warrilow

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 6-2008

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Review Company: Conger Book Reviews

Review Date: 3-6-2008

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

THE DREAM DIMENSION

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I was first introduced to the magical Invisus Island and the Pharos Lighthouse in Andrew Warrilow’s, The Familars Tale…the forerunner to The Dream Dimension. The humor of this complex fantasy is definitely directed toward bawdy adult drollery and is a wonderful dalliance from reality with its unique imagery. If you love books a bit different, you are going to love this one. It will have you chuckling clear to ‘The End’. This many facetted tale is chock-full of humor, intrigue, and skullduggery.

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Samuel and the lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Jessica, with all of their witty, zany friends go off to the Dream Dimension to liberate Eddie, her father’s telepathic Spaniel.  The mob uses the realm’s shapeshifting abilities to their advantage as they sneak into the queen’s dinner party to instigate the rescue. Deluna and Sol battle the forces of good and wickedness to keep their individual powers intact.

Meanwhile, the nomadic island is heading for the Artic pole to rejuvenate, putting all of the island’s political and social factions at risk as everything turns to snow and ice. The dark intrigue is intense, the jammed-packed action, titillating. Anything is possible in the Dream Dimension, and usually does.

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Genre: Historical Fantasy

Title: THE KING’S DAUGHTER

Author: Miriam Newman

Publisher: D.C.L. Publications, Australia

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Release Date: 9-2008

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ISBN: 978-1-921347-66-5

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 9-9-2008

Review Rate: 5+

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

THE KING’S DAUGHTER

 

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As a reviewer, I’m not easily impressed. However, THE KING’S DAUGHTER by Miriam Newman is an above average other-world historical. The pacing and voice never waiver. The world building qualities, social and religious, were quite exceptional. If you only read one book this year, make it this one. You’ll be glad you did. It is well crafted. Both the book’s happiness and pathos will touch your heart.

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Eighteen year old Princess Tarabenthia, sagacious and astute, is the next in line to succeed her mother, the queen. Feeling loved by all, she is the apple of her father’s eye. However, in keeping with the customs of their small island, once her ailing mother, Queen Enice, goes to her eternal rest, Tia will become queen. That is, until the Tumagis invade, and Princess Tia is sold into slavery, where she is grievously mistreated by her captors. Along with the other High Born ladies of her realm she is shipped as a slave to the invader’s homeland. When the greatly feared General Sergius Magistri of an opposing army rescues her, he takes her back to his family estate to keep her safe. He is not even aware he holds the future Queen of Alcinia as his personal slave. Unable to help herself in a strange land with customs she doesn’t recognize, Tia finds herself sleeping with the enemy.

When she bears the enigmatic general a son, she discovers her whole life is changed. The man shows her a different demeanor than when he is fulfilling his ruler’s commands to retake the tin mines of Alcinia. Yet, she never forgets for a moment, that the general, a man twice her age, is a man of war. Even then, she learns to love him.

THE KING’S DAUGHTER will give you everything you ever hoped to find in a historical account… skirmishes, torn emotions, delight and pathos, royal treachery, Blood Debt and revenge… and a life of opulence. Oh yes, I’m looking forward to the sequel.

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Genre: Historical

Title: TO PLOUGH VAN DIEMAN’S LAND

Author: Kev Richardson

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

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eISBN: 978-1-59705-332-7

ISBN: 978-1-59705-700-4

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 5-15-2008

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

TO PLOUGH VAN DIEMAN’S LAND

 

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Acclaimed Historical writer, Kev Richardson, continues his personal introduction to Australia’s famed Letitia Munro, her eleven children, and their extensive families during their convict beginnings in Van Dieman’s Land. In her strength and foresight Titia wondered, “Does it really matter that we all came as convict stock?” … but to some of them, it did. I highly recommend Kev Richardson’s historical tales. He brings history to life.

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Kev Richardson has a way of introducing the reader to each of Letitia Munro’s family members, making the history in the late 1700’s, and early 1800’s come alive.

Eventually the names of England’s uncompromising penal colonies in “New South Wales”… and “Van Dieman’s Land” were changed in an effort to hide the social guilt of inhumane suffering, starvation, deliberate brutalities, and unpardonable cruelties dealt against the prisoners, whose misdeeds were often only ‘crimes of desperation’, simply to survive the hard times. However, it was these beginning years that established the convicts’ loyal code against their captors, formulating the heritage of ‘bonded relationships’ of today’s population.

Men were paired with eleven and twelve year old girls, to populate this new land under devastating conditions, often being uprooted and moved to new locations when England was at war with the French. Because owning property became a step toward respectability, many convicts became docile in order to receive these granted farm lands. Even then, they fought to make ends meet. They struggled to grow crops, and raise stock… hogs and sheep, while surviving draught, range fires, taxes, bigotry, and illiteracy.

Still others were continually in trouble with the law because they couldn’t give up their scallywag ways. Adam Newitt, a cobbler by trade, was such a man. So, throughout the years, each generation faced its own hardships, yet was determined to be known as trustworthy and respectable.

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Genre: Futuristic/Sci-Fi Romance

Title: TO WISH FOR PEACE

Author: Jayme Evans

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 12-2008

eISBN: 978-1-59705-388-4

ISBN: 978-1-59705-654-0

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 12-9-2008

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

TO WISH FOR PEACE

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“To Wish For Peace” by Jayme Evans begins like many other off-world tales, with a sudden download of characters, but the two to keep your eyes on are the shapeshifting barbarian, chieftain of the Cherrok Nation, the war chief and Great Bastis, Tramall, and his captives. Elayna of the Family Connan, and her two younger sisters…are daughters of his mortal enemy. The two opposing societies clash as her father, Commander Vicca, has avenged his brother’s death by deliberately destroying Tramall’s village and killing his pregnant wife. Elayna struggles heroically to keep the peace between the two warring factions.

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After her mother’s death, Elayna Connan strives to keep her two younger sisters and two brothers together in a unified family. Tramall, vows Blood Revenge before the Cherrok Council, in keeping with the laws of his Nation. He captures the girls as they play in the river near the invader’s fort. Klugg, their bodyguard is also taken by surprise and captured. Made afraid by all the stories they have heard, the daughters of Commander Vicca are in terror for their lives. In the meantime, Tramall constantly keeps Elayna near him, tied and bound so she cannot escape during the lengthy trek back to his village.

Elayna’s cousin, Jerrick Nape, a friend and Brother of the Oath to Tramall, tells her that her enraged father, Commander Vicca, has massacred a native village in anger, thereby losing favor with the Emperor Thayus Ominar of the Euphratorian Empire. Embittered, Vicca has been stripped of his command. However, he raises an army to rescue his daughters.

As the seasons change, the girls must adjust to a whole new experience, as they become absorbed into the ways of the Cherrok Nation. I found this well-crafted book seamless, methodical and picturesque as two opposing societies collide. Elayna strives to meet the challenges of her native captor by learning the ways and laws of her new life, while at the same time struggling to protect her family members. This is a very charming read. It proves that one woman alone can accomplish much.

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