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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Review: Shot in the Woods by Susan Solomon




Author Susan Solomon
Formerly a Manhattan entertainment attorney and a contributing editor to the quarterly art magazine SunStorm Fine Art, Susan Lynn Solomon now lives in Niagara Falls, New York, where she is in charge of legal and financial affairs for a management consulting firm.

After moving to Niagara Falls she became a member of Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Writers Critique Group, and since 2009 many of number of her short stories have appeared in literary journals, including, Abigail Bender (awarded an Honorable Mention in a Writer’s Journal short romance competition), Ginger Man, The Memory Tree, Elvira, Going Home, Yesterday’s Wings, and Sabbath (nominated for 2013 Best of the Net by the editor of Prick of the Spindle).

Her latest short stories are Reunion, about an individual who must face family after undergoing a transgender operation, appeared in a recent issue of Flash Fiction Press, Captive Soul, which was included in Solstice Publishing’s Halloween anthology, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Volume 1, and Niagara Falling, about a man returning to his hometown, which was written for the Solstice Publishing anthology, Adventures in Love.

 Susan Lynn Solomon’s Solstice Publishing novel, The Magic of Murder, is available at Amazon.com, and Bella Vita, a short story written for Solstice Publishing’s Summer solstice anthology, continued the adventures for the characters from this novel.

Now, a collection of her short stories, Voices In My Head, has been published by Solstice and is available in both Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon.

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A Shot in the Woods 
by Susan Solomon
Review by HeidiLynns BookReviews

First, I would like to thank Susan Solomon for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Thanks to Susan Solomon and her new book A Shot in The Woods I am craving turkey big time now. Just in time this comical book based around a woman “mistakenly” getting shot as a turkey by a hunter right around Thanksgiving time. It was great to see Susan’s personality shine through in this book as I was cracking up to many of the scenes.

This book had a little bit of everything. Even though it was Thanksgiving themed, she did have some witchcraft, mention of tarot cards, some mystery/suspense, some investigation into if the woman was really killed or if it was an accident, some wedding planning in the mix, Thanksgiving prep not going so hot, investigation.

One thing I love about Susan’s books is her destinations are all based here in WNY. Being born and raised in WNY I can appreciate this aspect in the book. I smiled when I read about my favorite grocery store Wegmans. One of the best Italian Bakeries in Niagara Falls she mentioned is De Camillo’s. However, I go there for their amazing homemade Broccoli Cheese Pizza. She mentioned the I-390 and Rochester, NY (I used to live there). Susan also used the popular local newspaper in Niagara Falls the Niagara Gazette when mentioning reading the story about the woman getting killed by the hunter.

This was a short quick read packed with excitement from start to finish. It will keep you on your toes from start to finish. This was one of my favorite books by Susan that I have read. 


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review: Just Shut Up and Drive by Chynna Laird




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About the Author Chynna Laird
Chynna Laird is mother of four, a freelance writer, blogger, editor and award-winning author. Her passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), mental and/or emotional struggles and other special needs. She’s authored two children’s books, two memoirs, a Young Adult novella, a Young Adult paranormal/suspense novel series, a New Adult contemporary novel and an adult suspense/thriller.


Just Shut Up ad Drive 
by Chynna Laird 
Review by HeidiLynn's BookReviews


First, I want to thank Chynna Laird for providing me with this signed copy of this book so I may bring you this review.

Just Shut Up and Drive was the perfect title for this book by Chynna Laird. I can just hear Gramps saying this to Wil as they embarked on an amazing journey into Gramps past.  This is one book that will make you want to call up your Grampa and chat or get together with him. It is one of the sweetest, touching, emotional, heart wrenching at times books with a bit of faith and lots of life lessons thrown in.

Gramps was taking his Grandson Wil on a road trip however what it really was a journey into his Gramps past. Oh, what a journey he took him on! The unique people he met that were tied to his late parents and his Gram. Each one touched his heart, remembered his Gramps from back in the day, and even remembered Wil’s late father.

My heart broke for Wil as he lost both of his parents to a drunk driver at a very early age. I too can relate as I lost my Uncle to a drunk driver. You never get over that pain-and neither did Wil. However, he never was able to let his parents go. It was this trip that he found out the truth and was able to finally put closure on it.

I absolutely loved the dynamic between Gramps and Wil! Their witty humor back and forth cracked me up big time!! I never got to know my Grandfathers as they passed before I was born. So, I envied their relationship in the book. Those two made a great team.

Chynna is an incredible story teller! Within this book are so many stories within the story. So many that any of them could be turned into a spin off book. For example me personally would love a spin off book of one of my favorite characters Dakota and her Mom whom is suffering from cancer. That is one very special and unique story in the book. One of my favorite stories actually. Quite funny at times. She was a little sweetheart too.

I loved how the setting was in Canada as I have a soft spot for the area being from the states.
This is one road trip Wil left a boy and came back a man.






Monday, September 10, 2018

Review Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta B. Feely

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Review: Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Kathryn R. Biel


Author Kathryn R. Biel

Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn R. Biel hails from Upstate New York where her most important role is being mom and wife to an incredibly understanding family who don't mind fetching coffee and living in a dusty house. In addition to being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage insurance companies to fund her client's needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Kathryn is the author of ten women's fiction, romantic comedy, contemporary romance, and chick lit works, including Live for This and Made for Me. 



First, I want to thank Kathryn R. Biel for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

When I first read the title for Kathryn R. Biel’s new book Paradise by the Dashboard Light I automatically thought of the song. Which is one of my favorites by Meatloaf. Immediately, she had me smiling at that fact. But as the book progressed she did have some very comical moments in the book. I found myself laughing out loud a few times.  Especially at the fertilized egg comment!

This was such a fresh and unique storyline that I really enjoyed. Two sets of fraternal twins, born on the same day, same time, same hospital. All four twins were friends and had a bond. Each had a sibling that each had an issue with.

Even held a special place in my heart in the story. He was born premature (as was my niece) and was not thriving as well. Ian his brother became a Neonatal Dr. to help save babies. Mostly, because he thought it was his fault his brother was born that way.

I loved the unique names in this book Rio and Rainne.

The sexual tension between Rio and Ian was off the charts and I loved it!!



Sunday, September 2, 2018

Review: Reason to Believe A Reason to Love Series: Book Two


Summary of Book 
Held hostage by her past and a sense that she is unworthy of love, can Olivia be saved?
Olivia Montgomery has learned in life that most people are self-serving and only have their own interests at heart. After a broken marriage and an unplanned pregnancy takes her to the one place she never wanted to go again, Olivia must fight for her freedom and independence.
In a moment of life or death she meets Tyler, a man who seeks to honor God in all his actions. His love is not like anything Olivia has ever known. It's foreign and yet the most powerful love she has ever experienced. It has the power to heal, to forgive, and it never gives up on her. Little does she know that there is One who can love her more than Tyler.
A heart-warming Christian romance that illustrates how God works out our hardships for His glory, continuously showering us with love.

Author T.K. Chapin

First, I want to thank TK Chapin for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

A Reason to Believe A Reason to Love Series: Book Two by T.K. Chapin has Best Selling status screaming all over it!! I am a huge fan of T.K. Chapin’s work for a few years now. I have read many of his books. Each book he writes his writing, his storytelling, the emotions he draws from the characters, the messages he tries to portray to his readers, and his overall love of faith and God gets-better-and-better. Reason to Believe is the best novel in my genuine opinion that he has ever written.

I do want to warn readers of events In the book that may trigger some. Infidelity on a spouse for 5 years and being confronted by the girlfriend, alcoholism and substance abuse to numb the pain of an injury, being kept from your daughter until you get clean and sober. There is also talk about ending your life and wanting to die when the character hit rock bottom.
The beginning of this book blew me out of the water big time. If you have ever read for T.K. you know this was far from his style of writing the first few pages. I literally was saying to myself oh no he didn’t just go there. How would you like it if your husband’s girlfriend Lisa of 5 years came over and introduced herself?!  Yup, that happens in this book! Oh that is just the beginning too!  I felt like I was watching something on Lifetime Channel unfold. BTW huge fan of those movies too! But WOW this begging of the book sure hooked me. I know for a fact it will hook other readers too.

This book will really make you sit down and really think about your life as a whole. As a reader I could identify with the chronic pain issue that Olivia was dealing with. I could understand the emotions she was going through and the acupuncture she tried. Never did I go down the poor road she did fortunately. But, I could empathize with her that it is lonely and you want to shut out the world when you are in this pain. I am glad that she had Tyler in her life to help her out.

Side note- If you are in chronic pain from whatever the reason is just know -you are NOT alone There are doctors who can help you. You don’t need to turn to alcohol or drugs.

Speaking of Tyler he literally was a gift from God in more ways than one! He saved Olivia’s life in more ways than one too. Out of all the couples that TK has matched made these two were my favorite. He saw someone special In her. He knew she was not perfect even though she was against the idea of God. However, he wasn’t really looking for perfection. Just someone perfect for him. That someone was Olivia. Even though she was broken he never gave up hope. He truly had a huge heart of gold! Tyler would be someone I would be proud to date.

There are so many stories within the main story of this book.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book! I was so happy to see Serenah and Charlie back again from Diamond Lake. I loved the fact that it was a longer book and the beginning and near the end was really strong. There was a lot of action and great scenes. However, I felt myself wondering at the end will they or wont they finally get together? Then I questioned why did the book end like this? Will the next book pick up where it left off with this couple?



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