Spanish Author Glenn Stuart Brings Reader The Well of Despair and his Newest Release Cold Hell in Darley Dene released date Oct 2009

September 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm (mystery, paranormal, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )






The action of this story takes place in the years immediately after the end of the Second World War. The details are recalled by ‘Uncle Ben’ who was a twelve year old at the time. He and his friends play in a derelict area known as ‘Darley Dene’. This place used to be an army camp during the War. During the terrible March blitz on Merseyside in 1941, the camp was suffered a direct hit and many men were killed. When the story unfolds, the underground bunker in which the men sheltered is long forgotten, buried under a mound of rubble and earth. But Ben’s adventurous streak leads him to rediscover the bunker. In so doing, he uncovers a great deal more. He is being ‘visited’ by the spirit of his dead father, who was killed in a commando raid in the War. His father seems to be guiding him and protecting, most notably against the horrible bully, Neville, who is intent on making Ben’s life a misery.


Ironically, it is Neville who is with Ben when they become trapped inside the bunker, and both boys relive the terrible events of that awful night, being witnesses to the fate and suffering of the men sheltering inside.


The story weaves mystery and antagonism to create an atmosphere of suspense and, in the final scenes, real horror. It is a story, I believe, which would appeal to a young adult audience, most especially boys, who will relate to the characters and exploits depicted.







We have now had time to go through your above-mentioned manuscript,
and have found it to be a splendidly written and compiled piece of
work.  It is extremely precise and beautifully presented…and is a
wonderful story!

As your protagonist proceeds on an exciting and thrilling journey back
into the past, you have cleverly managed to create a diversity of
atmospheres with which to feed the imagination of the reader.   From
normal everyday life (not without its ups and downs) you gradually
transport one  – alongside Ben – into the strange world of the
metaphysical with its ghostly apparitions and materialisations, along
the way eliciting a variety of emotions ranging from compassion for
the fatherless boy; fearfulness each time Neville appears on the
scene;  bewilderment over the things he begins to see and hear;
confusion at the attitude of his Mother and Nan; humility and sadness
as you re-create glimpses of the horrors of war; and eager expectation
as one tries to anticipate the final outcome.  Particularly moving was
Ben’s ‘meeting’ and final ‘parting’ with his father.

You have also introduced elements of uncertainty, surprise, outrage,
eerieness (is there such a word?), a touch of gruesome horror, and
vengeance, as you slowly build up towards a very moving and touching,
but also very satisfactory, ending – the whole resulting in an
enthralling package of mystery and adventure.

Your characters are well described; the dialogues believable, and the
story line intriguing. In particular your scenes in the shunting yard
and the tunnel are exceptionally well narrated.

Speaking personally now, I related to this work very well, as mention
of the old mangle; the ‘clip on the ear’; the being pushed underneath
the kitchen table (in my case) when the sirens went off; and the stoic
attitude of the women who simply ‘got on with what had to be done’,
etc. all brought back memories of my own childhood very strongly, and
of the wonderful esprit de corps which prevailed amongst the majority
of ordinary people pulling together against a common enemy.

The Well of Despair

…as he looked in the glass he could still see the figure. He frowned. Yes, it was definitely the same figure, but now…
His heart almost stopped and tiny beads of cold sweat began to break out across his forehead.
The figure he could see was no longer standing at the top of the path.
What he could see was a reflection.
The figure, dressed in its coarse brown habit with its face hidden by the deep folds of its hood, was standing behind him, in his room!’
When twelve-year-old Robbie moves to his new home, he begins to explore the surroundings. Together with his friends, he uncovers the long forgotten remains of a Dark Age priory. But in so doing, he unearths something far more sinister. He is not the first to have come here, and each visitor has suffered in some way. And now, an ancient evil has been re-awakened, one which is intent on regaining the hidden secrets of the Well of Despair. Robbie’s life is about to change forever!

Glenn Stuart lives with his family in the mountains of southern Spain. ‘The Well of Despair’, a fantasy/horror for young adults, but with themes that everyone will enjoy, is his first book. He believes in ghosts!

His second release Cold Hell will be out in October


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Author Eleanor Murphy Brings Her Readers “Love Unforgetable”

September 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm (romance, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , )

stcroix series 168Tamika has the hots for Jay, but Jay has only eyes for Melissa.
Tamika surprises Jay, with news, that after their one night stand, she is pregnant
with his babies.  She is having twins.
Jay does not know how to tell Melissa, that is is going to be a father.  Especially
since he is not in love with the mother to be.  Jay and Melissa, takes a trip to Barbados,and Jay asks Melissa to marry him.
When they get back to new York from their trip, Melissa finds out she too is pregnant.  Jay is forced to tell Melissa about the baby, before Tamika c confronts Melissa.  How will Melissa take the news?  And is Tamika ready to be a mother to her twins?  Can Jay handle being a father too three babies…………………………………………..

Bio: Eleanor I Murphy
I grew up in St. Croix Virgin Islands, and attended
college in the mainland.  After graduation, I joined the work force, and started my thirty year career with Department of State.
After thirty years of service I decided to retire and fulfill my dreams.  Writing is one of them. 
Love Unforgettable is my first romance novel published, I am working on the sequel.  I have another book coming out in the fall “Rojo Flames”


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Three Weddings and a Bar Mitzvah by Melody Carlson reviewed by Fran Lewis

September 2, 2009 at 6:44 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

three weddingsThree Weddings and a Bar Mitzvah by Melody Carlson


David C Cook/September 2009


ISBN: 978-1-5891-9108-2/softcover/320 pages/$14.99


The B&B Media Group



  Take a rope and tie a knot in the center and make sure that it is secure. Have two people on each end of the rope tug as hard as they can try to undo the knot and tear apart the rope. Friendships are like knots tied in ropes; they can come apart so easily and be torn into shreds. But, when the ties that bind friendships out weigh the frayed ends or the fragile parts, these friendships and relationships will last a lifetime. This brings me to my review of Three Weddings and a Bar Mitzvah by Melody Carlson. A book that goes far and above to make the reader understand relationships, friendships and the struggle to be accepted and loved.




Weddings are difficult to plan when it is only one. But, when this novel enfolds we meet four women that are trying to schedule two weddings around one that is already planned and hope they can come to a decision about the date and the place. Added to this one thirteen year old boy’s bar mitzvah taking place the same weekend and you know you will have conflicts in scheduling, family commitments that were already planned and promised to attend and total confusion and more.


Lelani, our first bride is trying to schedule her wedding in June at the same time as Megan her maid of honor is trying to make sure that her boyfriend Marcus’s sister’s wedding does not interfere with her maid of honor commitment to Lelani. Then we have Anna and Edmond who are supposed to attend his stepbrother’s bar mitzvah the same weekend in June and Kendall who has decided to join in and wants to get married the same day as Lelani.


To make matters even more difficult, we have several mothers whose no holes barred attitudes make the situation for each of the brides more difficult to deal with. One Latina mother who wants to run the show for Lelani and Eric and will do anything to make sure that her ideas are followed and heard. Then we have Kendall’s mother who makes Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest look like Carol Brady trying to make her feel inferior and critical of her every word and move. Added to that Lelani’s mother who will not renew their relationship and calls her selfish and spoiled but needs to turn the mirror around and look at the reflection of herself in order to know just who is selfish, spoiled and more. The only solution might be to bring in a mediator to listen to all parties and render a decision.


What I really love about this novel is the unique and creative way the author allows the reader to get to know and understand each character and how that character grows and evolves throughout the novel. Each chapter is devoted to one character and we learn how that character deals with difficult situations that they encounter both at work and in their family relationships. But, one thing that links all of them together is their friendship. Kendall’s mom and Anna’s mom are both overbearing and controlling. Kendall’s mom is often too critical and will not hesitate to belittle her in public in front of her friends making her feel small. Lelani not only has to deal with a mother who is uncaring and selfish but a future mother in-law- that does not realize just how much she needs to take a few steps back. Poor Anna, in the middle of not only helping Lelani with her wedding but having to tell her mother that her guest list has been cut and a co-worker who is giving her up to the minute reports about her boyfriend’s new found interest without realizing he still wants to be with her.


Appearances are not always what they seem and what makes this story really extraordinary is how the author interlocks and intertwines the lives of all of the girls, their families and God. Sometimes the unexpected even happens and the fears that you have about the future are not always in your hands but in that of God and what he has planned for you,


A circle has no beginning and no end as the friendships and relationships among these true friends will severe of come apart. Kendall and Lelani come full circle around when they meet the challenges that befall them when dealing with their families. Kendall’s family is not supportive of her or any of her choices. They belittle her and try to make her insecure. Lelani’ s mother does the same with her harsh appraisal of her, not ever realizing what an unselfish, caring and together person she is and how her friendship has tightened that knot in the center of the rope of friendship making it stronger. Anna learns the true meaning of friendship and love through Lelani and her mother who finally realizes that she needs to consider and understand the wants of others and not control every situation. She too comes full circle and learns to listen to Lelani and Gil’s feelings and her daughters when faced when dealing with the same attributes in her own mother. Added to this the lose of Kendall’s Nana who reminds me of my own mother who has Alzheimer’s and who is not in a nursing home but at home with care. I admire and respect what Kendall wanted to do having her Nana move into her home and take care of her. But, sometimes the unexpected happens and good things come out of difficult or sad situations. Resilent, is a word that fits all four of these remarkable women. Never giving up, listening and as Kendall’s Nana did: “teach us to use our imagination and to enjoy life.”


Will the two weddings on the same day bring about some more miracles and some new beginnings? Will everything turn out right for each of the four girls and their families? Will Megan have a happy ending with Marcus? Will Killiki come from Maui and sweep Kendall down the aisle? Will Anna and Edmond resolve their issues and start over? You need to read this heartwarming, refreshing novel that brought tears to my eyes at the end and a warm feeling in my heart. “God has used their friendships to tough them. He had truly knit their hearts together,” as the author, writes. The knot in the center of the rope of friendship became tighter and tighter so that it would not loosen and always keep their friendship whole. I think that everyone needs to read this book to renew their faith in family, love and relationships. As Lelani would say Mahalo: thank you for reading our story. Aloha. 

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California Author Ameerah Alisande Shows Women How to Empower their Lives with “No One is Coming to the Rescue”

September 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

no one is coming to the rescue“This book allows us to celebrate, remember, and for some, discover that we were magnificently created. A page turner that will transform the way you see yourself. There is so much power in knowing yourself, loving yourself and taking care of yourself.  It is a must read not just for women but for teens, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers…everybody.”
– Palermo Books


ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ameerah Alisande, author of “No One Is Coming to The Rescue

While pursuing degrees in psychology and business she also enjoyed the exciting world of fashion and modeling. Down deep she always knew that she would someday be able to affect the lives of others in a meaningful manner. Her desire was to be able to be a positive role model for young women; To be able to inspire, mentor and motivate others as she had been mentored by some very powerful women through the years.

After college, she began her teaching career in the public school system as well as the community at large. She took a sabbatical to write a book and entered the world of business. She rejoined her parents in their family’s virtual college bookstore,

Most recently, her strong desire to see change in the world, and to be an instrument of that change, propelled her to begin preparations. She began to accept speaking and teaching engagements where she gives a message of hope, encouragement, self-worth and empowerment through personal development, growth and courage. She has proved to be an excellent communicator. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology. She is also V.P. of content and culture for FreedomMovement.Net, a social network, where she writes the blog, Powerful Women,” through which she continues to impact the lives of girls and women throughout the world.

Ameerah comes to us with a message to “take control of and take responsibility for your own lives, to shape your own futures, to realize your self worth and to become what you were meant to be;



No One Is Coming To The Rescue”, hails from the Bay Area of California. She has become a consummate observer of human behavior. Her love of writing began at the age of three. She kept little journals wherein she would scribble pages and pages of indecipherable writing (to the untrained eye that is) and she would read them to her family with great passion and drama. Her creativity was apparent even at that early age. At the age of eleven, her 5th grade teacher, Mr. Abadie took notice of her writing skills. He submitted one of her children’s stories to a Writer’s Guild contest which she won. She had written her first award winning African Folktale. Ameerah was now officially an author. This opportunity also afforded her to serve as background vocals on a children’s album, “Everyone Can Be In the Band”, by Alan Spector. Palermo Books.Com, where she heads a division of the website. She writes a column that spotlights inspirational books and materials. Her entrepreneurial spirit emerged and she launched her own business, which enabled her to impact the lives of many people. She contributed to the book “What To Do With A $1: Kingdom Economics Are More Than Tithes and Offerings” by Maximillion Williams and was featured on the audio version of the book as well. Powerful Women.” For more about the author, or to purchase copies of, ”


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