Road Closed – Leigh Russell, Author

July 24, 2010 at 6:15 pm (Uncategorized)


Road Closed – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“We’re evacuating the neighboring houses,” a voice called out.  “We need to move all those cars, now,” another voice barked.  A movement nearby caught Sophie’s attention.  Two men were carrying a stretcher, its small load covered.  Sophie stumbled over to it.  The stretcher bearers paused.  She raised the blanket.  Tom was sleeping, his face smudgy and grey.  Soon he would open his eyes and scold her for leaving home without waking him to say goodbye.  She reached out.  Gently she stroked his cheek, ran her finger along his bottom lip, round his chin.  Her eyes filled with tears and her head sank forward on to his body.  She would have stayed there forever – she had nowhere else to go – but someone pulled her away.  A hand pulled the blanket over Tom’s face as he was carried to the van.

One dead and more to go.  This is what DI Geraldine Steel will be facing and trying to prevent over the next few days as she searches for the person or persons responsible for murder and arson.  Actually she’s sure she knows who the killer is but gathering enough evidence to prove her theory has become her biggest challenge.  Her suspect seems to always have an alibi and people to back it up.  And to add to her problem, someone is trying to kill the killer.  Is it his partner?  His partner’s girl friend Brenda?  Or someone uninvolved with the present case altogether?   On top of solving the murders, Geraldine has to live with her own life as it tumbles out of control.  She’s recently lost her mother… in more ways than one, she’s loosing her sister and best friend.  She has lost her boyfriend and is in the process of loosing another one.  And these problems are all self inflicted due to Geraldine putting her job first.

Leigh Russell’s book Road Closed had me wanting to say to heck with everyone and everything else until I had turned every page.  I will admit that through her story writing she will let you see the “who” that is involved in the murders but gives no clue as to “how” the case will be solved.  This was an irritating book to read, in a good sense of the word.  Every time I thought the killer would be caught, he got away!
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Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers – Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Author

July 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm (Uncategorized)


Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Once upon a time in the early days of Twitter everyone said, “I don’t get Twitter.”  Time magazine reported that the CEO of Twitter agreed that most people don’t get Twitter when they first start using it.  In fact, he said he didn’t get Twitter when he first floated it as a new social network on the Web.’

If you have a computer, television or even a friend who has a computer, you’ve heard of Twitter.  It’s has to be one of the most talked about networks in cyber space.  I can’t even imagine how many people are members of this “say it in 140 characters or less” site.  I know that I’m a member that had no idea at to what it was really all about.  In the beginning I saw Twitter as a site where I could meet someone, post my message of “Hi, how you doing?”  Get an answer back from them “Fine, how are you?”  And that was about it.  After playing around on the site for a while I found its use of notifying people when I posted book reviews to my site A Book and A Dish or new recipes to my site Stir, Laugh, Repeat.  But after reading Frugal and Focused Tweeting I found that I’ve really missed the boat on it’s true purpose… promoting yourself and your product(s).

Frugal and Focused Tweeting teaches the importance and uses of hashtags, avatars, direct messages, follows and followers.  It explains the importance of taking those 140 characters allowed and making them into eye catchers.  You’ll learn what a moniker, an HTML and a RSS Feed is and how they can help you and your business.  The Author even gives you connections to other sites that will not only help on their own but also work with Tweeter to improve your visibility.

Twitter is a network that is used by millions with any and/or all of them being potential customers.  It’s a site that you can easily take full advantage of for many your promotional needs.  And I’ve found Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers to be the best source for finding Tweeter’s uses as well as how to find and use then.  And best of all, Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers is written in “English” not “computerish.”

2010HowToDoItFrugally Publishing129 PagesISBN# 9781451546149
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Rightfully Mine – God’s Equal Rights Amendment – Aggie Villanueva, Author

July 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm (Uncategorized)


Rightfully Mine – Reviewed by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat Zelophehad’s eyes fluttered.  “Bring my daughters and my half brothers.  I want all my family here – to bless them.”  His eyes succeeded in opening and as Rizpah looked into them, she admitted at last he was truly near death.  Moses, Joshua and Caleb, Israel’s ennobled leaders, rose tactfully to leave but Zelophehad reached a trembling arm toward them. “Please stay.  I said I want all my family present.”  Moses’ eyes softened and the three men turned back to face the old man’s bed.  “Moses – you are like a brother to me,” Zelophehad wheezed.  Moses came closer.  “We are the last, aren’t we, my friend?”  “NO,” Zelophehad inhaled sharply.  “Do not pity me.  We both know the mercy of Elohim Hayyim, the living God, do we not?  So we must accept also His judgments.  He is the object of all our human striving and the end of all seeking.  I look gladly to the end.”  He coughed weakly, but his voice gained volume.  “What will you do when this plague is over?”  Noah, who was nicknamed Rizpah by her father, is the second born daughter to Zelophehad.  She’s strong willed and minded, and often speaks her mind before thinking.  With the death of her father Zelophehad, Rizpah and her sisters are left with no man in their household.  As the rulings were, no land would be inherited by a woman, leaving Rizpah and her sisters at a loss when Israel is finally allowed to cross the Jordan.    But Rizpah will not let the injustice go without a fight.  She will speak her mind to Moses asking that her father’s land be inherited by she and her sisters.   This book came at a good time for me.  I had just bought a new Bible and had decided to start reading from page one through.  When I picked up this book to start reading I found that I had just finished reading the story of Moses and sure enough, when I went back to check I found Noah as being a real person.  The story that Aggie Villanueva has scripted made the story I had just finished in the Bible so real.  Sometimes when reading a Bible story we unconsciously see it as just that… a story.    Aggie Villanueva gave the characters of Rightfully Mine passion which made them more human and believable.  It also helped pass along the lessons to be learned from their mistakes.   I feel that Rightfully Mine would make a great book for Bible study classes and discussions, especially among young adults.
2009
Lulu
174 Pages
ISBN #978-0-557-08654-2
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Blind Creek the last place that Susan Place and Georgia Jessup were Alive

July 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm (Crime Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


Silent Scream A True Crime

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Oak Hammock Park the last resting place of Collette Goodenough and Barbara Ann Wilcox

July 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm (Crime Novels) (, , , , , , , , )


Silent Scream a True Crime

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Payback in Wayback – Lynda Coker, Author

July 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm (Uncategorized)


Payback in Wayback – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Self-derision mocked him. What did he expect after spending twelve years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit? How did he forget the 4,380 days he’d waited for answers, and for the woman who never came? Was it not supposed to matter? Truth was – it did. It was why he’d come back to Wayback.’

Corey had served his term of 12 years in prison and now he was back where everything had originally started – Wayback, Texas. He was back for revenge as well as answers. The father of his one and only love, Tiffany, had put him in prison and then allowed her to marry Wayback’s oil Barron Les Covington. Les was twice Tiffany’s age and had passed away two years earlier leaving her with a son and more money than she would ever need.

Payback in Wayback is a story that really pulls at your heart strings. The lives of three people were put on hold due to one person’s wrong doings. Rebuilding those lives will take a lot of patience and understanding and like all good stories, there is a lesson to be learned by all of us in reading Payback in Wayback. This was a very enjoyable, well written short story and I look forward to reading more of Lynda Coker’s works.

2008
The Wild Rose Press
45 pages

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Lighting the Dark Side – William R. Potter, Author

July 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm (Uncategorized)


Lighting The Dark Side – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

Bent, Not Broken

He set his mug on the kitchen counter; and he knew that the mug was nineteen inches from the refrigerator, nineteen from t…more Lighting The Dark Side – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

Bent, Not Broken

He set his mug on the kitchen counter; and he knew that the mug was nineteen inches from the refrigerator, nineteen from the sink, eleven from the backsplash, and eleven more from falling to the floor. He washed his hands for exactly one hundred and nineteen seconds and ran a hand through his hair for the third time.

Dwayne Johnson has OCD. Can the “Black-Coat Girl” that he sees at the bus stop every morning save him from himself or will he destroy her?

In The Gray

I was “in the gray,” that often-mystifying state, somewhere between sleep and consciousness where dreams blend with reality and voices on the television can be mistaken for a lost lover’s whisper.

Michael Conner is torn between a mother in denial about life and caring for his son and precious Tia. What would you do if put into his position?

Prominent Couple Slain

Staal shook his head. Even after seventeen years on the job, he had never gotten used to humanity’s capacity of violence and cruelty. The room reeked of burnt gunpowder and blood. It was the smell of murder.

What were a husband and wife doing in the apartment of one of their employees with a bullet in each of their heads. The wife held the gun so it’s apparently a murder suicide, or is it?

May 18th

“Look!” Kelly-Anne said aloud. “Meteors.” Trevor turned toward the city and watched the rocks streak across the sky and disappear on the horizon. Something was coming. The question on his mind was probably the same as for most people on the mountain. The sober ones, at least. Would this be it? A memorable night with a few shooting stars or was this the precursor of a much more serious event?

The commet, that has been named IVAN after the man who discovered it, is headed for earth. Can Trevor change the fate of the future by changing the events leading up to it? Maybe.

Blessed or Cursed?

‘Cutler had no idea how life had changed since I won almost twelve million in the lottery five months ago. The charities, both bogus and legit, hounded us night and day. The phone calls from past colleagues, cousins I never knew, everyone with their hand out for a piece of my windfall.’

Would you consider yourself “Blessed” if you won the lottery? After reading Brad’s story, I might agree that it’s possibly a “Curse.”

Surviving the Fall

“Is the shooter still in the house, Mr. Goodal?” “Yes, I think he’s dead.” “Dead, sir?” “Yes, I killed him.” James set the phone aside and took Ashley’s hand in his. “It’s ok, Ashley. They’re coming. Just hold on, sweetie. Hold on. “I love – you – James,” Ashley said almost silently, and then her body wilted and her eyes rolled back and closed. “ASHLEY, No!”

His whole life, James Goodal has been a rescuer of stray animals. Today, just days before Christmas, he rescues 14 year old Ashley form her life on the streets. Can he help her?

Lighting the Dark Side is a collection of short stories filled with compassion, fear, anger, and even a little happiness. Each has it’s own story and hidden lesson, making each enjoyable in its own way.

2008
Xlibris Corp.
260 pages
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