Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Games of Make Believe Delivers Believability

May 6th, 2017

Title: Games of Make-Believe Author: Julie Ann Wambach Reviewed by: Anne Holmes For the NABBW Given the book’s title, it makes sense that it opens with a “once upon a time” fairy-tale format. Chapter One, “A Past So Grimm,” begins: “Once upon a time, in an old house, way out in the Utah desert there lived many children. The mother was nice to her own two daughters. They were her favorites and she treated them like princesses. The mother was nasty to the other youngsters because they were stepchildren. She made them do all the work, and they hated Horrible Hannah.” Stepmother... Read More

The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon

August 3rd, 2015

The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon Author: Linda Ballou http://LindaBallouAuthor.com Reviewed by: Anne Holmes for the NABBW As this book opens, life seems pretty good for Gemcie McCauley, a talented and dedicated Grand Prix jumper. She and her beautiful horse, an Irish Hunter named Marshal, whom she’s raised from a colt, are about to capture the World Cup. Gemcie and her handsome husband Jorge, live on a horse ranch owned by his parents. Billy, her longtime trainer, is a father figure for her. She’s never known her father Tom, a cowboy, who left when she was just a month old. We learn that Gemcie... Read More

One Chance, One Moment: Book One – the Mandy Story

June 10th, 2015

One Chance, One Moment: Book One – the Mandy Story Author: Judith Kohnen Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne Holmes Renowned singer/musician Garry Danzlo has decided to live a life of seclusion after a debilitating car accident destroys his musical career. Guilt-ridden and stubborn, he wants no part of the holistic nurse his sister has hired to rehabilitate him. He’s determined to get rid of her, just as efficiently as he has done when sending all the prior nurses packing… But he hasn’t counted on the determination of spunky, fun-loving nurse Amanda Fields. She is determined to stay.... Read More

Too Young to Be This Old: Mature Anthology

August 3rd, 2014

Too Young to Be This Old: Mature Anthology Amazon Barnes & Noble Nook Author:  Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is a great read anytime, but especially wonderful for summer beach reading, or if you’re a person who likes to have a book with you at all times – something to pick up when you’ve only got at few minutes to read.  Such as during a commute to work, on a boat or plane, in the doctor’s waiting room, etc. The stories are fun and easy to read, but light enough that you won’t lose track of all that’s going on if you should happen to be... Read More

Broken Petals: An Appalachian-Inspired Short Story Collection

July 15th, 2014

Broken Petals: An Appalachian-Inspired Short Story Collection Amazon Barnes & Noble Kindle Nook Author: Anthology: multiple authors including NABBW member Janie Dempsey Watts Reviewed for the NABBW by:  Anne Holmes Having read and enjoyed NABBW member Janie Dempsey Watt’s novel, “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge,” I was anxious to read more of her work. When she told me she’d had short stories published recently in two anthologies, I jumped at the chance to read both collections. “Broken Petals” is a collection of short stories that demonstrate strength, humor, and tenacity interlaced... Read More

Pirate\’s Plunder: An Adele Bonny Adventure

August 9th, 2013

Pirate’s Plunder: An Adele Bonny Adventure (Book 1) Kindle Edition Author:  Wendy Wilkinson Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is a fun book which chronicles the story of bounty hunter Adele Bonny, fictional niece, to the infamous real-life pirate, Anne Bonny. Though it’s been thirteen generations since Anne Bonny and her fellow pirates prowled the seas looking for tall ships to plunder, this book tells of how infamous Pirate Anne Bonny and her current-day niece Adele transcend time and team up in order to solve modern day pirate retrieval cases throughout the Caribbean. Author... Read More

The Crone Club (Volume 1)

April 18th, 2013

The Crone Club (Volume 1) Kindle Edition Author:  S.V. Peddle Reviewed by:  Anne Holmes for the NABBW The Crone Club is about a group of reunited school friends who, having reached their sixties, vow to face new challenges, achieve old dreams and just generally band together to get as much fun as possible out of their current stage of life. The novel begins with the women having gathered together for a school reunion, and chance to catch up on each other’s lives.  We quickly meet them and just as quickly relate to similar character types we knew when we were in school.  In this story, their... Read More

Sullie Saves the Seas

September 21st, 2012

Sullie Saves the Seas Author: Goffinet McLaren http://www.sullietheseagull.com Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This wonderful children\’s book introduces the world to Sullie the Seagull, Author McLaren\’s newly hatched “spokesbird” for clean oceans. This is a parable told by Sullie, an old seagull. Sullie\’s tale begins on Turtle Beach, the morning after Memorial Day, and provides a lesson about the dangers of trash in our oceans. Sullie\’s information is correct: All the experts say the solution to our trash-choked oceans begins at home, since most... Read More

Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge

September 21st, 2012

Moon Over Taylor\’s Ridge Kindle Edition Author: Janie Dempsey Watts http://www.janiewatts.com/ Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW This is a wonderful story populated with well-developed characters, and set in a historically rich place – the tiny town of Taylor\’s Crossing, Georgia. The fictional community\’s location is crucial to the story. We quickly learn that Taylor\’s Crossing is in northwest Georgia, near Taylor\’s Ridge, and south of Ringgold. Nestled into an arm of the Appalachians, in Chattooga County, it\’s an area rich in Native American... Read More

Marriage Can Be Murder: Every Wife Has a Story

August 2nd, 2012

Marriage Can Be Murder: Every Wife Has a Story Author: Susan Santangelo Website: http://www.babyboomermysteries.com/ Reviewed By: Anne Holmes for the NABBW Carol and Jim Andrews are back again in this third installment of author Santangelo\’s “Every Wife Has a Story” Carol and Jim Andrews Baby Boomer Mystery series. This time we learn that Carol is thrilled when daughter Jenny announces her engagement to Mark. After all, like almost every Boomer mother, she\’s been dreaming of being the MOB (mother of the bride) at Jenny\’s wedding since Jenny was born. And both... Read More