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You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

November 12th, 2009

Author: Allison Bottkewww.BoomerBabesRock.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Author Allison Bottke creates Susan Anderson, an exuberant and youthful forty-something woman who lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Michael. Susan is an attractive, affable woman and is a native to life in the fast lane, having spent a fair amount of her younger days entwined in New York’s social scene. She creates the ever-trendy Disco Diva hair salon, designs it with a ‘70s flair, and uses its spaces to “minister” to her clients through her own brand of purposeful warmth and energy. But as her fiftieth birthday... Read More

Two Weeks Under

August 13th, 2009

Author: Rivka Tadjerwww.rivkatadjer.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Elana is compromised in two significant areas: her career and her self-esteem. Getting older and a tad heavier, she wonders if she will ever achieve the success she knows she deserves watching the younger, slimmer, and more polished rise above her. She lives in a slightly futuristic Manhattan, New York. Author Rivka Tadjer twists technology with dieting trends to spin Elana\’s sinister tale, and it is a frighteningly plausible one. What if you could go to sleep for two weeks and wake up twenty pounds lighter? I know it... Read More

Deedee Divine\’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life

July 14th, 2009

Author: Diana Estillwww.totallyskewedproductions.books.officelive.com Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson I\’ll admit up front that I was already a fan of author Diana Estill\’s work after reading Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, so I felt her second book would be a fun read. I wasn\’t disappointed. I enjoyed Deedee Divine\’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life so much that in two days—done. This book is a collection of humorous essays about life as we know it; yet with Diana\’s added humorous twist. Deedee Divine, the author\’s alter ego, guides us through the... Read More

Exit 22

January 13th, 2009

Author: p.m. terrellwww.pmterrell.com Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson Christopher Sandige, a political strategist, had one thing on his mind; a vacation in Florida. Fate had other plans. Driving toward his destination, Chris\’s car skids off the icy road in Lumberton, North Carolina at Exit 22. Knowing that\’s that until Monday, Chris settles into a nearby motel. In the restaurant, he meets a beautiful but mysterious woman named Brenda. The pair are drawn together by…physical attraction? No, although it\’s there. But first they immediately become entangled and targeted in... Read More

Dishing With the Kitchen Virgin

December 15th, 2008

Author: Susan Reinhardtwww.susanreinhardt.com Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson Go ahead. Open it up. Then you see why I say welcome to funny land. Susan Reinhardt has done it again with a collection of food stories where fast-food junkies are vindicated, and where she clearly supports the non-cooks who dream of vending machines in the kitchen. Finally, someone “gets” us. The chapter titles, such as “If the Baby Comes Early, Blame it on the Ham,” or my favorite chapter, “There\’s No Such Thing as a Free Bird,” (downright hilarious!) let you know from the get-go that each story... Read More

Perfect

October 14th, 2008

Author: P C McCulloughwww.pcmccullough.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos P C McCullough, author of Perfect, gives us the tale of middle-aged Miranda who is searching for meaning in her life. Miranda sets to work rearranging and discarding the pieces of her life that aren’t working but in the process becomes disillusioned and confused. Fortunately for Miranda her predicament is nothing that a good therapist and supportive friends won’t cure and she draws from both of them the strength to keep searching for happiness. The undertaking of new endeavors and projects is seldom easy; Miranda’s... Read More

Second Chance

August 12th, 2008

Author: Joy Collinswww.joycollins.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Second Chance is a story about Sara Weber, a woman whose relatively quiet existence becomes increasingly complicated as her husband\’s ex-wife barges into their day-to-day lives. Sara\’s predicament serves as a reminder that life can…and will, shove circumstances in our wake over and over until we finally understand. She wrestles with anger, jealously, and fear as seemingly all of her relationships—her mother, sister, step-daughter, and husband—are tested simultaneously. It\’s a lot to swallow and, at one... Read More

Your Chariot Awaits

July 16th, 2008

Author: Lorena McCourtneywww.lorenamccourtney.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Lorena McCourtney serves up a light and mildly entertaining murder mystery in Your Chariot Awaits. Andi McConnell is the somewhat reluctant sleuth—forced to delve into the circumstances that placed a dead body in the trunk of her newly acquired limousine, as she is fast becoming a prime suspect. The death was ruled a result of foul-play and Andi McConnell moves to take matters in her own hands to clear her name. The story reads like the adventures of a sixty year old Nancy Drew and to a degree it works.... Read More

My Favorite Midlife Crisis – Yet

April 4th, 2008

Author: Toby Devenswww.tobydevens.com Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson What happens when a beautiful, 50-something OB/Gyn specialists discovers her husband of 26 years is leaving her for another man? Her world crumbles before her very eyes. She\’s paid her dues as the devoted wife, friend, doctor, and Mother. Now what? This wasn\’t supposed to happen. She\’s finally reached “midlife” where the years are supposed to give back, to be the best ones of her life, however, she has to divide her emotions and time between a father who\’s in the throws of Alzheimer\’s,... Read More

Ricochet

April 2nd, 2008

Author: p.m. terrellwww.pmterrell.com Reviewed By: Georgia Richardson What happens when you\’re at the wrong place, at the wrong time? Murder, mayhem, and a trail that is so full of high-voltage action there\’s no time to catch your breath. Ride with Shelia Carpenter, FBI Academy student, and her mentor, Steve Moran, as they ricochet from State to State uncovering America\’s worst nightmare; one of murder, identity theft, and terrorism. Shelia, the sole witness to attempted mass murder, accidentally discovers a cryptic note left by her Mother and against all odds, begins to... Read More