My Mother’s Revenge By Jerry Pat Bolton

August 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


My Mother's Revenge

 

After the savage torture and death of her mother, whom she had guilt feeling about, mafia princess Kathy Albertini is drawn into a world of sexual excess and alcohol in an attempt to rid herself of her demons. She is also trying to distance herself from the “Family,” and it is difficult because her dad is the Godfather of the Dixie Mafia. When she has given up on love a new man in her life is giving her feeling she had never experienced before, plus he brings some shameful secrets of his own that surface violently and unexpectedly. Adding to the emotional upheaval, Kathy has a stalker. My Mother’s Revenge is a 335 page thriller set in New Orleans and the bayous which surround the city.

 

 

 

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She Cries in The Dark by Debi DeSantis

August 4, 2009 at 1:55 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


She Cries in the DarkShe Cries in the DarkIs a novel of courage and hope, friends and family come together and embrace not only the gift of life, but the unfortunate death of loved ones. This story captures one woman’s heroic journey as she falls victim to the demons associated with not only losing her precious child but her beloved husband as well, only to find herself searching desperately for a way out of the darkness. Shocking surprises and unexpected twists force Maci to selfishly survive in a world that is no longer hers… throwing her into an unfamiliar existence plagued with alcohol abuse. Sadly, Maci’s little girl is forced to cope through the loss and grief by herself which almost proves fatal.

Thankful for a friendship that develops with a compassionate doctor who has also experienced his own loss, Maci leans on him as her life shatters into a million pieces. Fortunately, a powerful force brings the two strangers together, leaving them to discover the true meaning of friendship and undying love. The extraordinary journey that this young mother’s life is about to begin, offers her a second chance at a future she could only have imagined…giving her lost soul the direction she has been searching for, along with the possibility for healing and redemption. At long last she would be able to move forward with a new chapter in her life, and bring to an end the old one, only to find out that life changing secrets could end up being a blessing in disguise.

 
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Darkened Requiem The Collections by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc Reviewed by Yvonne Mason

August 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )


Darkened RequiemThis little book arrived on my door step the other day. It was written by Author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc who is known for her horror, sinister, vampire, undead, work. This unique collection delves into the mind of one of the best authors out there to write horror and the dark genre.

It is a collection of prose and poetry which deals with the undead. In her “Ode To The Night” the reader can see those who walk in the darkness, “We walk with you, talk with you, you’re none the wiswer it seems, We haunt your steps in the darkness, and in your waking fleeting dreams….”

  This takes me back in time to the classic work of Dracula. I haven’t read poetry this inspirinig or moving since Edgar Allen Poe. I can see the dark ones moving silently through the night. I can feel their putrid breath as they pass by me wondering if I am going to become one of them.

     Even though this book is a small book it is full of wonderful poetry – poetry that will make you go back again and again. Poetry that will stay in your mind and you will find yourself quoting it just like you do Poe. “Quoth the Raven, Nevermore.”

   And excellent read a five star book

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Crazy For The Storm by Norman Ollestad Reviewed by Fran Lewis

July 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm (Biographies) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Crazy For The Storm

 

Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Survival can be defined as many different things. You can survive or overcome an illness or a disease. You can survive an earthquake, hurricane and even when your parents divorce. But, how do you survive and learn cope with watching your father die right in front of you? Even with the wherewithal and knowledge and skills to cope and deal with insurmountable situations, the outcome is not always what you want or hope for. This brings us to Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad.

 

Norman Ollestad was excited.  Boarding a chartered Cessna in Santa Monica and heading for the mountains of Big Bear to receive his first place trophy in skiing, little did any of the passengers on this small plane know that their fate was sealed.  Not long into the flight the unthinkable happened. It crashed in the San Gabriel Mountains. On the aircraft were his father, his father’s girlfriend and the pilot and Norman.

 

The author tells of the courage, fortitude, persistence and never-ending determination of an 11-year-old child who will not give up on life. Alternating chapters between the plane crash and what led up to his winning his first trophy, the author draws the reader inside the mind of the character. Not only does he describe in vivid detail the crash and the impact it had on Norman, but the heroic efforts he made to try and safe the other passengers.

 

Norman’s father was a man who demanded perfection from him and made sure that he always strived to be number one in everything that he did. Insisting that he ski, surf and play hockey, his father set up grueling practice sessions, which went beyond the normal realm of a child’s endurance and capabilities. Throughout the novel the author envelops the reader inside the mind of the father and his one goal: Making Norman tough, able to survive on his own and teaching him never to give up at anything. Failures are forgotten and the next success is what is focused on.

 

Intertwined with this his Nick, his mother’s boyfriend a second dominate figure in Norman’s life. Nick, living an unfulfilled life, constantly drunk and preaching his ideas to Norman. Inflicting punishments on him when he lied, or disobeyed him. Insisting that in order to become a better person he would have to excel in school, eat the way he felt he should, not the way he did, and follow his rules or pay the consequences.

 

As the chapters alternated between the crash and what life was like living on the beach, the reader becomes so immersed in both, the you become one with Norman as he describes how he finally gets down and to safety. Next, you become frustrated, angered and sad at the way he was treated by a man who expected him to be what he felt he should be. Both men wanted to mold Norman into their perfectly sculpted model of what an 11 year old should be and aspire to. His father demanded that he ski and surf regardless of the weather conditions or how dangerous it might be. At times you feel like yelling at him and telling him to stop and cut him some slack. Yet, if not for the hard-nosed way he taught him to succeed and never give up, Norman might not be here to recount his amazing story.

 

Nick, on the other hand, when Norman is finally brought to safety, finally imparts on him that he does not want him to be another him. He is trying, but not always the right way, to get him to be more than he is and ever will be.

 

Called the Golden Child by his father he learns to stretch him beyond his physical capabilities. He did not allow him to make choices when it came to how many runs they would make during practice. The memories of his childhood helped him survive and made him the adult he is today.

 

Living life in the 1970’s and experiencing what he did can make anyone want to have experienced much of what he was exposed to and did.  But, the hardest thing he had to do was living up to his father’s expectations of him and Nicks. Trying to always prove you to others is hard but for Norman he not only had these two men but his friends where he lived too.

 

Imagine having to see your father frozen in the snow and still not believing that he is gone. Imagine trying to safe another life and you can’t even with all of your knowledge and skill of skiing.

 

However, in the back of his mind throughout the book he always hears his father’s voice telling him to go on and never gives up.

Survival, courage, persistence, diligence and much more are only some words to describe him, even now.

 

After telling about the crash and what led up to it, Norman decides 27 years later to investigate the reason that the plane went down.  Unfortunately, nothing can bring back his father, his girlfriend or the pilot, but we all need closure and we all need answers. Now, a father of a 6-year-old boy, Norman tries to balance the way he teaches his son Noah trying not to impose his passions on his son. Yet, in his words, “he feels obligated to expose Noah to my fathers’ passionate nature, his ability to live life to the fullest. Managing these opposing forces has always been a difficult balance.”

 

Finally, I did watch the video and read many articles about the crash. Listening to Norman’s words as an adult and watching the videos of the crash made this story even more real. Seeing him as an 11 year old child and listening to him recount the events, brought tears to my eyes, as did the ending of this book. I can tell you now that wherever your father is he is beaming at his Golden Child and proud of the man and father you have become.

 

I would more than recommend this that I read in one sitting and could not put down.

I review books for bookpleasure.com

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