Adam’s Treasure – Diane Wylie, Author

August 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Adam’s Treasure (an Historical Romance that will keep you turning the pages) – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Oh, my! What have I done?  To ride away with a man who had put his hands under her skirt, tried to steal her prize, and broke into her bedroom didn’t make much sense.  However, staying there with that other man, Dawson, coming after her had not been a possibility.  But had she been kidnapped, or had she gone willingly?  The lines were blurred. To be sure, she had not fought Mr. Skelding after he dumped her out the window.  Where could she go but with him?  Her mother had taught her, better the devil you know, than to meet the devil you don’t.  She had made a split-second decision to go with the agent.’

Put yourself in Marilla Logan’s position.  She had left New Jersey after the deaths of her family, finds herself working in Smythe Tavern, deep in the south, shortly after the end of the Civil War and there laying on the floor is a packet that just might be her ticket out of this nasty job and town.   Little does she know but this “little ticket out” becomes a “big ticket to trouble.”  Apparently a group that calls itself the Knights of the Golden Circle are in the process of organizing another up rise within the south.  And the man with his hand up her skirt, trying himself to retrieve the packet, is none other than Pinkerton Agent Adam Skelding.  His mission – find the hidden monies and treasures before it can be used to finance this uprise.  His problem, other than Marilla – the letters contained in the packet are in code.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Adam’s Treasure.  I never skip to the back of a book when reading and since the resources were listed at the back, I had no idea as to how much research and actually facts went into the writing of Adam’s Treasure.  I know why the book was so believable.  If you enjoy Historical Romances, you will love this book.

2009The Wild Rose PressPublishing History303 PagesISBN# 1-60154-753-6
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The Way – Cathie MacDonald, Author

August 7, 2010 at 11:06 pm (Uncategorized)

The Way – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat ‘No wonder people are stressed out.  How can one become balanced when the media and greedy corporations persuade you that you need this brand new car, or an energy-efficient mini-mansion, a Big Mac with curly fries, or a multitude of medications just to make it through the day?  And not to worry if you do not have the cash – the credit card companies are there to hand out those shiny plastic cards so you can have your heart’s desire and pay for it at a much later date, with interest of course.’  Wanda McBroom, who has become the teacher of The Way, speaks these words which are exactly how our world has become today.  We are all on the road to self destruction due to the demands placed upon us to keep up.  In the book The Way, Author Catherine MacDonald introduces 3 fictional characters who are sent to Wanda in hopes of finding the answers to life.  Melissa becomes depressed and blames her husband for the death of their daughter.  Lori is an alcoholic, disowned by her sister, who will do anything to acquire money for alcohol and sex, even if it means stealing.  And Jenny has tried to commit suicide several times  and failed, just as her marriage and everything else in her life has failed.  Through Wanda’s teaching of the way, there is hope that these 3 women can be helped and live happy, productive lives.  Catherine MacDonald points out to us that “there are 2 directions you can take.  You can go toward the darkness with negative thoughts and actions or toward the light with your energy and optimism.  You reap what you sow.  If you do business or conduct yourself in a negative fashion, they you will get negative results.  Success and happiness in life are not measured by money, power, or status.  We are not what we wear, the house we live in, nor the car that we drive.”  These statements are so true.   We are all looking for the “secret” to life, success and happiness.  I’ve read self-help, self-improvement books for years.  They all seem to say the same thing but they all seem to leave out the most important step to make them really work.  After reading The Way, I’ve discovered that the main ingredient left out is YOU!  You must make changes in your inter-self.  The Way gives you examples as to how these 3 women learned The Way and used the teachings to create real lives for themselves.  But, at the back of the book Catherine MacDonald not only gives you the steps themselves but she has also given you directions through a simple questionnaire that will help you too implement The Way into your own life.  And for those of you who are wondering, yes God is a part of The Way to a more peaceful life.    I see this as a book that would benefit us all, not just in reading but in following.  I’m on step #1 and can’t wait to go to the next.
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Button Hollow Chronicle The Laf Peeper Murders – Loni Emmert & P.I. Barrington, Authors

August 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm (Uncategorized)

The Leaf Peeper Murders – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘The lovely Indian summer midmorning sun of Button Hollow, New Hampshire, shown on her when the elderly Mrs. Anne Jolie Watson smelled trouble, literally. She had just begun to water the last of her flower beds when the unwelcome smell of chlorine rose to her nostrils like chemical petals on the wind. She sniffed the air in several directions trying to ascertain from whence the odor wafted. It seemed to permeate the entire front garden although the culprit was nowhere to be seen. She knew that smell. She had read about it in a national newspaper in a story about illegal drug laboratories popping up in the smallest, most unlikely of towns across America. The first clue to the nefarious activities, the story said, was the aroma of chemicals, chlorine being one of the first and most obvious. And chlorine was definitely in the air in Button Hollow. No, she assured herself, there was no mistaking the smell of chlorine. Why, one would have to be a fool not to recognize that illegal substance.’

Mrs. Anne Jolie Watson is a member of the newly instated Citizens’ Brigade set up by Mayor Tom Rutledge, as an attempt to give the Senior Citizens of Button Hollow something to do and feel needed. And there is no one more qualified to be included as a member of the Brigade than Anne Jolie Watson. If you don’t believe me, ask her yourself. Nothing happens in the town of Button Hollow that Anne Jolie doesn’t know about and no one comes into town without her knowing. If by some chance she misses something, she will make it her business to become updated, ahead of anyone else in the town. This is her town and it’s her job to protect it from all wrong doings. Of course, having her nephew as the deputy of Button Hollow helps keep her updated. After all, he’s the one who told her about the two murders in town. One was the town drunk and the other was the town prostitute. Well, it didn’t matter to Anne Jolie what the “profession” of these two citizens happened to be, they were still murdered and she would leave no stone unturned until she found the guilty person that took their lives.

Sheriff Jeff Ramsey has lived in Button Hollow his whole life and knows everyone, including the persistent Mrs. Watson. He really has enough on his hands without adding her help to his problems. Especially when she and another member of the Brigade decide to do a stake-out on the person that Anne Jolie just knows is responsible for all crimes going on in town. So, who will solve the murders first? The Sheriff or Citizens Brigade member Mrs. Anne Jolie Watson?

As I read The Leaf Peeper Murders I couldn’t help but laugh at the antics of Anne Jolie Watson. I feel sure that as you read this book, you too will get a good laugh and it will probably be because you too know someone that is of the same character as Anne Jolie. I know several. Even though this is a murder mystery, it’s still full of humor.

Mainly Murder Press
ISBN# 978-0-9825899-9-1
167 Pages
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