Leaving Barringer by Tina Martin

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Leaving Barringer by Tina Martin wasn’t my favorite book, but it was still an excellent book.  This is the second book in the “The Blackstone Family” series.  Even though I didn’t read the first book I didn’t feel lost at all when I was reading this book.  So you don’t have to read the first book if you don’t want to.  I do like when you don’t have to read the other books in the series to understand books after it.  After I was a couple of chapters into this book, I started to enjoy it more, and I even began to like all the characters.  I do say the one thing that bugged me was the fact that Barry wouldn’t just be honest with his wife about what was going on with him and the reasons that they didn’t have kids.  I know that is part of the story, but it just bugged me is all.  All in all, I did like this book, and I would consider reading rest of series.  If you are a huge fan of chick lit I know you will enjoy this book, and you should check it out.

Leaving Barringer by Tina Martin

About The Book

Calista Blackstone has no problem playing her position as the supportive, dutiful wife of Barringer Blackstone. All she wants is a family, but after five years, she’s given up hope of actually becoming a mother – at least to Barringer’s children.

Barringer (Barry) Blackstone is too busy making money to make babies. CEO of Blackstone Financial Services Group, he’s actively working on taking his father’s company to the next level and avoids the subject of children. He’s no longer certain that he wants the added stress of trying to raise a family while growing the business. But the workaholic will learn the hard way that money should never precede family.

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The Blackstone Family novels are all standalone books.

Evenings With Bryson, Book 1 – Bryson and Kalina
Leaving Barringer, Book 2 – Barringer and Calista

About The Author

Tina Martin is the Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author of over thirty women’s fiction and romantic suspense novels and novellas. She was born in eastern North Carolina.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family.

She released her newest novel, Wives And Champions on February 26, 2016 and a novella, Claiming You, on February 2, 2016.

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Dark Secrets Of The Past by Evelyne Sants

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Dark Secrets Of The Past by Evelyne Sants was an okay book.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the authors writing and as I am trying to figure out what I didn’t like about it I can’t put my figure on what I didn’t like about it.  It was also a hard book to read for me because of some of the things that were done in the beginning.  I want to let people know that parts of this book could be triggering because of the subject matter.  I enjoyed the characters in this book for the most part.  It is an easy read and a book I was able to get through pretty quick.  I enjoy this book for the most and I would recommend this book to people who love books that can teach you things.

Dark Secrets Of The Past by Evelyne Sants

About The Book

Suspense
Date Published: May 5, 2015

Marion, a carefree and rebellious young girl, will discover her childhood, her parents, her entire life has been built on lies.

She will somehow try to rebuild her past, as heavy and painful as it is, in order to move forward and find the child she gave up for adoption before leaving for India for seven years in hopes of forgetting.

While there, she will meet extraordinary people, such as Shilpa, Nazma, Paoli, who will take her on a beautiful and difficult adventure across this country and culture that she barely knows. Unfortunately, the suffering caused by her child’s absence will never disappear.

Upon returning home, her only thought will be to find her child. In her quest for the truth, she will take every risk, discovering a terrifying secret. She will put her life in danger while confronting a terrible revenge.

Will she live up to the incredible journey that awaits her? There’s only one solution – face the past in order to better understand the present, understand the present to better live the future.

Evelyne Sants

About The Author

Poetry was my first discovery and my first passion. Putting words together that, in theory, did not go together, giving them breath, a new life, was a revelation for me. Yet despite this, my imagination tormented my mind. The desire to go further, to be able to create characters, to give them a destiny, emotions, an imaginary reality, illuminated my literary path.

Thus, “Dark Secrets of the Past” was born, a book which made me tremble many times while writing.

Carried away by this momentum, I could not return to my poems. This experience gave me the certainty that what I truly want to do is write passionate stories in order to share them with readers.

I hope this book carries and transports you as far as it did me while I was writing it. 

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Waking Up To Love by Katie O’Boyle

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Waking Up To Love by  Katie O’Boyle was a sweet romance novel.  I really liked both Kyle & Lyssa from the first chapter which is always a good thing because it is hard to read a book when you don’t like the main characters.  I didn’t like Rand from the first page that they introduced him and to be honest I am not sure why but he just got on my nerves.  I spent the entire book hoping that Lyssa and Kyle would figure it out and end up together because they both seemed like they would make a great couple.  If you love romance novels than I know you will love this book as much as I did.

Waking Up To Love by Katie O’Boyle

About The Book

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: October 21, 2015

Kyle Pennington broke Lyssa’s heart when he let her go, rather than interfere with her budding career. An ocean away now, Lyssa has fallen under the spell of golden-tongued Rand Cunningham who’s in a hurry to marry her. But Kyle is miserable without her and is willing to risk everything to get her back. Will Lyssa wake up in time to ask who she really loves?

Katie O'Boyle

About The Author

Born in the upstate-New York village known as the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, Katie O’Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. She enjoys lunch with friends at quaint inns, and she cherishes the lakeside porch as a place for intimate sharing, laughter, and inspiration. To the outside world, she’s a tech-savvy college professor. In her soul, she’s a passionate author of warm-hearted romance.

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Broken Flowers by Howard A. Finkelstein

Psychological Suspense / Thriller
Date Published: September 2015

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A dramatic psychological suspense/thriller about the devastating consequences of drug addiction, Broken Flowers is a powerful story about brokenness, healing, and hope.
Dr. Mary Crawford is a fifty-year-old psychotherapist operating a successful practice in Los Angeles. Noted for her addiction assistance and suicide prevention techniques, she leads group therapy sessions with addicts in the throes of recovery.
During one particular session, she is called upon for a case involving an extremely depressed fifteen-year-old girl who was the victim of a violent rape and has survived a suicide attempt. The daughter of a noted brain surgeon, the troubled teen becomes the doctor’s private patient.
But on a day when the young girl spirals into a suicidal depression, she is unable to reach the doctor and successfully ends her own life. When the girl’s father discovers the circumstances of his da
ughter’s suicide—as well as the real truth behind the doctor’s mysterious absence—he vows to destroy the doctor at all costs. Now Dr. Crawford’s life hangs in the balance, and her only hope for survival is the broken people around her.
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Then Valarie handed the pipe and torch to Stu, who turned off the torch and put them down. The boys were watching Valarie, and were tripping out on the hit she had taken. Valarie held her breath for as long as she could. When she could not hold back anymore, she let the smoke out in a huge exhale. Jeff’s voice was filled with admiration as he told her, “That was one hell of a blast.” Suddenly, Valarie’s eyes went wide, and her body went absolutely stiff. A horrible sound was coming from her throat, like a constricted scream as she fell backwards. Even though this was happening in front of the two men, her fall was like she was thrown backward. They could not catch her, and she hit the floor hard.
 Jeff dropped to one knee beside her as he was starting to panic. “My God, Stu she’s overdosed. What do we do?”
Stu was on the floor next to Jeff. “Don’t panic man, don’t panic.”
 Jeff grabbed Valarie’s shoulders and shook her. Valarie’s legs were convulsing. There was drool coming from her mouth.
 Stu was screaming in her ear. “Valarie, Valarie! Do you hear me; do you hear me dam it? Stu, go get some ice water. A lot of it. Hurry man!”
As Jeff ran out the door Stu continued to shake the girl.  Her legs stopped shaking and her eyes were starting to close.
“Hurry, Jeff we’re losing her.”
 Stu slapped Valarie sharply across the face. There was a slight reaction. Her legs started to twitch as Jeff came running into the room with two buckets of ice water.
 “Quick, throw a bucket on her face.” Jeffery did so. The water drenched Valarie’s hair and shoulders. Her legs started to convulse again.
 Jeffery was crying, “Valarie don’t die. Please don’t die.”
About the Author

Howard Finkelstein is 77 years old, who lives with his wife and dog in South Pasadena. He is a master dog trainer, and ASCAP lyrist. He is a former drug addict who has not used drugs in 27 years. Broken Flowers is his first novel.
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More More Time by David B. Seaburn

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More More Time by David B. Seaburn was such an interesting book.  There were times during the first few chapters that I got confused but once you have met all the characters it is easy to follow along and you are able to understand it all.  I loved learning how all the characters were connected and see how they all interacted with each other.  I really like Max and I found myself feeling bad for him because I can’t even imagine how it would be to hear voices all the time and to feel like you are going crazy.  If you love general fiction than you should check this one out.  If you have read it what did you think of it?

More More Time by David B. Seaburn

About The Book

General / Literary Fiction

Date Published: July 18, 2015

Maxwell Ruth, a cantankerous, old high school history teacher falls down his basement stairs and soon thereafter starts hearing “The Words” over and over again—endingtimeendingtimeendingtime. His life is changed forever.

In this story we learn about the lives, loves, and losses of Max, Hargrove and Gwen Stinson, Beth and Bob Hazelwood, and Constance Young. They are lively, funny, at times; a little bit lost or wounded, yet resilient and hopeful.  They are wrestling with life’s most challenging issues, including, abuse, loss, infidelity, aging, secrecy and what gives life meaning. And, like all of us, they would like more, more time to find the answers to life’s most important questions. The clock, though, is always ticking and time is always short.

David B. Seaburn

About The Author

David B. Seaburn served a rural country parish, worked in community mental health, was an assistant professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center for twenty years, and also directed a free public school-based family counseling center before his retirement in 2010. He has written five novels: More More Time (2015), Chimney Bluffs (2012), Charlie No Face (2011—Finalist in General Fiction, National Indie Excellence Awards), Pumpkin Hill (2007), and Darkness is as Light (2005). He and his wife live near Rochester, NY. They have two adult daughters and two wonderful granddaughters.

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