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>>> New historical fiction from Kathleen Shoop <<<
ღ The River Jewel: A Letter Series Novella by Kathleen Shoop ღ
For everyone who hopes to find the perfect match…
1875 Des Moines, Iowa
The novella, The River Jewel, takes readers of the bestselling Letter Series novels back in time, before there was a last letter, before the Arthurs lost everything, before they knew a girl named Pearl.
"What a wonderful book-the story of two people who find each other in a most particular way. Although the title says this is a novella--it is actually longer and is about the same length as a regular story. It was so engrossing that I read it in one sitting!!" reviews Miki's Hope
"Lovely, romantic historical novel set in rural Des Moines. Shoop captures a wonderful sense of this Iowa community in the years before many were forced to move away, and I loved how she contrasted the life priorities of Des Moines against those of rich Manhattanites." @reviews Stephanie Jane @ Literary Flits
"Will Landon go against his parents wishes and have the life he wants with a young woman they disapprove of. Will he be able to prove to Tilly that he no longer has any interest in her beloved cove? This was a heartfelt, beautiful, love story." reviews Bookworm Babblings
ღ Now available ღ
Kindle - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YCRK3LM/
Apple - https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-river-jewel/id1493826444
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Paperback - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1708629238
Meet Tilly Rabel, a proud oyster-woman, and Landon Lockwood, the troubled son of one of the wealthiest men in America. The two could not be less suited for love. But when an old legend draws Landon to a hidden river cove, Tilly and he find each other, are lured by growing attraction, and repelled by competing desires to control Tilly’s waters. The hidden pool is replete with valuable mussel beds and the source of everything that makes Tilly who she is. Landon sees the illustrious treasure as the path to proving to his parents he is worth their love and worthy of the Lockwood name. Can Tilly trust Landon with her heart, with her beloved mussel beds? Can Landon trust that he has truly changed and doesn’t need his parents approval to live the life he wants?
Heartbreak, triumph, and a very special baby weave a tale sure to please readers who’ve read the entire Letter Series and those who are just starting the journey.
An excellent story which depicts the story of Deshaun and how he has a lot of questions about being adopted. Why was he given up for adoption? Who are his real parents? How will he cope when he meets or locate his real parents?
With the support of his adopted parents Deshaun goes on a discovery to find his real dad and once they find him it tells the story of how the relationship is rebuilt, the fears Deshaun has and the positive reassurance he receives from his adopted parents.
The drawings and easy to read narrative explains what every adopted person will feel at some point in their life in searching for their true identity. The story ends on a high note with Deshaun not only finding his dad but also finds he has an extended family who readily accept him.
A well written book for a personal point of view which will help others understand adoption and the search to find out about their heritage.
We're All Not the Same, But We're Still Family: An Adoption and Birth Family Story by Theresa Fraser and Eric E W Fraser
Written for adoptive families to explore the benefits of adoption openness.
"This short story about a boy who was adopted is heart warming. With the help of his adoptive parents he was able to connect with his birth family. There is a section at the end that gives advice on how to go about doing this for parents. It is extremely informative and in my opinion helpful. I would like to note here that the book was written by the boy with the help of his Mom!" reviews Miki's Hope
"This book provides a sweet story of Deshaun, a young boy with a desire to meet his birth father. Because of the openness of all involved, he finds answers and comfort, and senses the true meaning of ‘family.’ The story is short, but the meaning and sentiments stay with you long after you finish reading." reviews Cover Lover Book Review
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/were-all-not-the-same-but-were-still-family-theresa-ann-fraser/1134828969?ean=2940163157525
This story was written for adoptive families to explore the benefits of adoption openness. The main character, Deshaun, loves his family but always wondered about his biological family. Does he look like them? Did they love him? With the support of his adoptive parents, Deshaun gets to meet his biological family. They develop an ongoing relationship, so Deshaun feels more stable in his adoptive family, but also develops a comfortable relationship with his birth family. Deshaun and his family are reminded (as we all are) that family can include biological, adopted, foster and kin members.
After reading this book, a child and their family will be able to:
- Discuss feelings about adoption
- Imagine what openness might mean for them
- Acknowledge similarities and differences among family members
- Discuss if an expanded sense of family is possible for their circumstances
From Loving Healing Press
Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of Willow who has to face the challenges of growing up and not only deal with the normal pressures of growing up but finds out she has special powers which are frowned upon in her local community and could lead to her been ignored and face persecution.
The real story behind the book in my opinion is teaching young people each and every one of them has a special talent and it is okay to have that skill if they can use it correctly without abusing or boasting about it.
It also shows if they have a certain talent and feel down, lonely, and having problems in coping with it there is always someone who is looking over them to offer a protective arm or a confidante to speak to and seek advice.
On the flip side it educates them in how to deal with the other students and people in society who might not fully understand the person or their talent as ignorance breeds hatred.
The book is an excellent read for the teenage audience as our heroine feels like she has nowhere to turn or go but then a new male student comes to the school and she finds herself strangely attracted to him and cannot figure out why.
With her special powers and confusion about growing up, it was well written and the emotions expressed will strike a cord with any young person who is going through a difficult time because as well as a lot of soul searching our heroine displays a lot of humour and finds love from her closest family.
Book 1 has gives us an excellent introduction into Willow’s life and am looking forward to following he adventures in the next book in the series.
NEW Historical Fiction Release from Kathleen Shoop
The Thief's Heart (from the award winning Letter Series, Book 4)
For anyone who’s ever needed a second chance, to find love, to find the right path in life…
"Shoop’s depiction of this historical time is amazing, and I was captivated by the plot within the first few pages. There is something innocently naive about Tommy which endears you to him. You feel sorry for his family’s bad fortune, and worry for his welfare around his no good ‘friends’.The struggle of the characters felt real, and I absolutely adored Tommy and his journey." reviews Carly Louise Wilson
"Tommy Arthur had never gotten over either his father leaving or his horrendous days in foster care. But now that his family are back together in Des Moines and have found a place to live Tommy is determined to support them all. Kathleen Shoop is definitely one of my favorite authors--her word imagery is spot on and makes you feel what the characters in her novels feel!" reviews Michele Bodenheimer
"Absolutely unstoppable reading, The Letter Series has made such a connection with me, the characters, who now feel like family, warm my heart through their stories and their desperate times, my emotions were pulled as as I continue to want to keep them from harm after all they have been through. The author connects the reader to the past and brings the old era to life so vividly, it simply fascinates me, a never ending book is the only way to fulfill my needs!" Beck Valley Books
★ Now available ★
Kindle - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZMJ56NX
Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thiefs-heart-kathleen-shoop/1134430276?ean=2940163375103
Apple - https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-thiefs-heart/id1485126841
Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-thief-s-heart
Paperback - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1519582005
★For anyone who’s ever needed a second chance, to find love, to find the right path in life…
Des Moines, 1892.
After losing their promised inheritance, the Arthur family’s luck finally changes. An extraordinary woman, Violet Pendergrass, provides refuge for them to rebuild their broken lives. Or has she? Handsome fifteen-year-old Tommy Arthur has one foot in manhood and the other dragging up the rear of his boyhood years. He strives to protect and provide for his family, but turning to booze when scared or worried creates as many problems as solutions. Unsure of who he can trust, fiery redhead Pearl Riverside challenges and excites him at every turn, softening his heart toward the idea that goodness exists in the world.
Tension builds between Tommy and his mother as her affection for a generous man increases. At the same time, distance grows between Tommy and his twin sister, Katherine, as each chooses their secrets over family. Violet Pendergrass demands more from Tommy and he begins to question her motives.
When disaster strikes for Tommy’s little sister, Yale, the actions of a sinister judge, a crooked minister, and the infamous charlatan, Dreama, are revealed. Facing more jailtime as vigilante mobs form, the clock runs down on Tommy’s chance to take responsibility for his own choices. Is it too late for him to save his family, to open his heart and fully love those who need him as much as he needs them?
The Last Letter Series of novels by Kathleen Shoop is set in the Midwest of America in the late 19th and early 20th century. Shoop takes readers on an emotional journey through love, loss and redemption. Inspired by family letters, the novels pull from historical events and places and feature the life and times of the fictional Arthur family as they make their way in the world.
Read more on the whole series, and author here...
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Knox Bentley never liked the pomp and circumstance that came with being wealthy. He'd distanced himself from his pretentious family and their fortune as a young adult and found his own path to success. But even with the world at his fingertips, he realizes something is missing, and after a long stay overseas, he finally knows exactly what it is. His no-strings-attached hookups with Aubrey Stewart, an exquisite and stubbornly independent blonde, are no longer enough for him. They connect on every level, but Aubrey is a fierce businesswoman with a new movie channel on the horizon and no time for much else. She is the deal he can't close, the precious jewel even his billions can't buy. Now that he's back in the States, he's determined to show her that what they have goes beyond the bedroom and finally make her his.
One woman's true story of supernatural trial by water - Not your normal paranormal. RAIN NO EVIL by Michele Zirkle
"A powerful story of a struggle between good and evil, temptation and abstinence. I was genuinely impressed that this was a debut novel - the words flow so easily and the descriptions are vivid without being overpowering. You can feel the narrator's struggle within herself, and her desire to be a good and faithful wife and Christian woman, despite the demons that appear to be surrounding her." reviews The Faerie Review
"The paranormal side was fantastical, sometimes scary and I wanted more. As the story progresses you can see a change in Savannah, she changes her ways and grows stronger as a person, she finally redeemed herself when she got the courage to tell Alex she was leaving." reviews Ebook Addicts UK
"Twists with paranormal tones, it's truly amazing that this is based on a true story, and also a little terrifying. The story also covers mental abuse and sexual encounters" reviews Sonya Neal
Available direct from the author - http://www.michelezirkle.com/books.html
or on Amazon...
Amazon Kindle - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5D4SIX
Paperback - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1945178698
Hardback - https://www.amazon.com/194517871X
Based on a true story of exorcism and paranormal events, this story's undercurrent is a dysfunctional relationship between Savaunah and her husband, Alex, that prompts Savaunah to blame God for her unhappiness and dares Him to prove he is real. The bizarre response takes the surreal to a whole other realm--literally.
In Michele Zirkle's debut novel, Rain No Evil, lead character Savannah needs more protection than her police officer husband can provide when a few demons infiltrate her life. As one demon soaks the interior of her home, another pops up in her mirror. Just knowing that an evil presence could be buried within her skin almost scares the hell right out of her. Almost. It takes a lady with divine light to do that.
"There's a rare honesty in the writing of Rain No Evil. After reading this story, I remembered everything that happened as though the events had actually happened to me. I've never experienced that before in a book, and I can tell you I have never been so pulled into a story as I have with this one. It can't be placed into a neat box of horror or suspense or supernatural. It is as original as it is fascinating. Wickedly funny, yet profoundly sincere and thought provoking. I loved it." - Michael Knost, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and author of Return of the Mothman.
Another rip roaring and exciting ride with our intrepid do-gooders of Jake Wolfe and his canine companion Cody. How can Jake and Cody keep fighting the bad guys but also maintain his love life and build on his relationship without damaging it? He has to call upon all of his resources and friends to try and bring down a criminal cartel and find out who has killed one of his friends.
The author uses excellent descriptive scenes and characters to bring them to life. He draws the reader into Jake’s life and you feel you are in the background experiencing all of his emotions and actions. The novel shows how strong bonds are between ex-serviceman and how much trust they have in each other and will turn to that source when the experience difficulty or problems.
I think there is a good film franchise in this series of books as both characters will appeal to fans of Jack Reacher or James Bonds as well as animal lovers who will adore and see traits of their dog in Cody. The part Cody plays in this story is immense and demonstrates the obedience, training and following of instructions is built on the bond of trust between canine and master.
Another adventure with our hero and canine which will leave the reader waiting for the next novel in the series.
A great mixture of thought provoking stories from different authors who share their take on various aspects of life/fiction at this special time of year. Some will make you smile, some will tug at your heart, and some will give you that warm magical Christmas feeling. The perfect book to just sit back and enjoy, it's a time for reflection, giving second chances, and a reminder to grab life with both hands.
There's something for everyone inside this feast of short stories, poem and even a recipe. Each reader will pick their own favorite reads and it's a great introduction to authors you have not yet encountered. There are so many stories and authors I could mention, I particularly enjoyed Once Upon a Life Well Spent by Hilary Hauck, it was such a cute traditional story but from a different perspective. The Christmas Tree by Kathleen Shoop was a really heartwarming tale and thanks to author Abigail Drake I will never think of Christmas elves and reindeers in the same light, hilarious!!
Definitely a book to enjoy as you get all cozy in the run up to Christmas.
✦ New Mystery from Joyce T Strand Author ✦
Dangerous Questions (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery)
When a body is discovered at a new winery Emily fears the worst and vows to get answers.
"A lot going on! Dangerous Questions will keep you guessing and wondering throughout. A fast read that will keep you intrigued." reviews Miki's Hope
In DANGEROUS QUESTIONS, Emily is content running the Mane Stay B&B when a friend—who is also an employee at the B&B—disappears.
Murder or deception?
Despite repeated warnings to back off, Emily Lazzaro asks some dangerous questions about the disappearance of her employee from the Mane Stay B&B that she manages. When a body is discovered at a new winery opened by a friend, she fears the worst. Her single-mindedness turns into a compulsion and threatens her relationship with her potential husband.
Nonetheless, she vows to get answers.
✦ LATEST THRILLER FROM Mark Nolan ✦
San Diego Dead: An Action Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 4)
"I love Mark Nolan’s books! I love Cody and I love Jake! Needless to say, my love for all three made this a quick, easy read for me! I will continue to read Jake and Cody’s stories as I have fallen in love with them as much as any community inside their stories has as well!" reviews Leila M Brenner
"A must-read for thriller lovers, and while you can read this as a stand-alone, I promise you don't want to miss one minute of Jake and Cody's intense adventures." Lily Kaylaina Greer
"This is a fast and furious race to not only secure American soil from terrorists but also vengeance for his buddy.
You are going to LOVE Cody--no doubt in my mind. Hint, he is not only a protester who will kill--but also a soft and fuzzy furbaby who love for people he trusts to love and cuddle him!" reviews Miki's Hope
Danger awaits Marine-turned-lawyer Jake Wolfe on his vacation to sunny San Diego and Cabo San Lucas. There he finds sugary white sand beaches, warm turquoise water, boat trips among gray whales, and … cold blooded murder.
It was meant to be a relaxing holiday for Jake and his adopted war dog, Cody, but violence erupts when he crosses paths with a criminal cartel urgently seeking to reclaim a deadly package.
Jake learns the missing item is a threat to US citizens and vows to stop the cartel from possessing it, no matter what vigilante justice actions he might have to take.
Time is running out and thousands of innocent lives are at risk. Will the two combat veterans be able to retrieve the dangerous item before the killers do? The clock is ticking, but Jake hopes that if anybody can help find the package, it has to be his highly-trained and ultra-intelligent dog, Cody.
Find out what happens next. Start reading the latest Jake and Cody thriller right now and enjoy another fast-paced stand-alone story by author Mark Nolan.
San Diego Dead can be read as a stand-alone novel, or you can start with book one, titled: Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie. All four Kindle Unlimited books in the Jake Wolfe vigilante justice thriller series are available to read free with your subscription.