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Jodi's Journey - Rita Hestand, Author (Due for release 3/1/10)





Jodi's Journey - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



"Your anger is like a dirty quilt, smothering you, it's time to get out from under it and get on with the living again, girl," the old man muttered with sad regret, as he tried uselessly to move something other than his head against the creaking bunk. "The wars… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on January 27, 2010 at 4:40pm — No Comments

The House of the Sphinx - Sarah Wisseman, Author



The House of the Sphinx - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Two weeks ago, when Abdul had sniffed his uncle's tobacco, he'd discovered a small, narrow object inside. His agile fingers had quickly untied the string and loosened the brown paper to reveal a cardboard tube that was labeled in a foreign script. Inside, he found a small glass ampule, pointed at one end. It was terribly fragile; the slight pressure… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on January 20, 2010 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Future Imperfect Books - Crucifying Angel - P. I. Barrington, Author

Crucifying Angel - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'The heat sent mirage waves up from the ground, making the air in the distance wiggly and unfocused. Payce eyed the endless highway that ran through the desert toward the city the cops liked to call The Adult Disneyland and sped the unmarked car toward the first homicide scene of the day. Gavin sat silently in the passenger seat taking in the long highway and the… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on January 17, 2010 at 7:20am — No Comments

Murders Do Not Come by Accident - Edward T. Cook, Author

Murders Do Not Come by Accident - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'She had just started to walk by a tightly clumped set of evergreens, when all of a sudden she felt a large heat searing pressure on her chest. She fell backwards, dumbfounded. She glanced down at her chest and observed a large set of deer antlers had penetrated her chest and lungs. Her last thoughts before she lost consciousness were why would a… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on January 12, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Fast Track - John DeDakis, Author

Fast Track - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'I prefer to see the world not in blacks, whites and grays, but in rainbow colors. The contrasts can be stark, and there can still be room for individual expression, but there are boundaries, too. Choosing the right colors for the painting of your life can be an adventure.'.... But what if the painting gets messed up?... Color over it. Try something new. Don't just let… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on January 6, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Return to Whittakerville - Shirley A. Roe, Author

Return to Whittakerville - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



"I lie here thinking of what could have happened to her with that lunatic. I wonder if Jebediah will ever leave us in peace? The man has been dead for twenty years but still he haunts me."... "I keep thinking about those years long ago when Martha's father sent you and I to find her in the wild Wyoming territory. Now it is as if history is repeating itself,… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on January 5, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Knowing the Struggle is Over! - K. M. Johnson, Author

Knowing the Struggle is Over! - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



K. M. Johnson is a remarkable woman. She has been in the U. S. Army for 12 years. She served her first four years on active duty, the other eight in the Reserves. She recently completed her 12 month tour in Iraq. Whether you are man or woman, that's impressive to me. The hardships she has gone through in life and her way of handling life's battles has… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on January 3, 2010 at 11:28am — No Comments

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - Patricia Neely-Dorsey, Author

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



I don't think I've ever picked up a book that brings back as many memories as Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia. And the memories were all good memories. It made me remember growing up in the south and participating in the activities the poems represent. From the "Partyline" which talks about growing up with a telephone number shared by… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 30, 2009 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Lost Witness - Laura Elvebak, Author

Lost Witness - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Barky looked forward to celebrating his sixteenth birthday by getting high. He grinned at his reflection in the storefront window, admiring the Mohawk he had shaped with a discarded razor in the Shop-N-Stop restroom. With a furtive sweep of the street, he veered off onto a gravel drive behind a strip mall. Satisfied no one could see him, he two-fingered the blunt from… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 29, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Tilly's Tale - Harry Porter, Author

Tilly's Tale - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



First let me say that I'm an animal lover. It doesn't matter what the animal might be, I love them all but dogs are my favorite. They give non-conditional love no matter what you may do to them or how you may treat them. After reading the first few pages of Tilly's Tale I had to put the book down, hold my own dog and cry. The neglect of this beautiful animal tore at my… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 27, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

My Husband's Woman - Dee Dee M. Scott, Author

My Husband's Woman - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



When I read a book for review, I do no research on the book. I don't read other reviews, I don't go to the Author's site, I want to judge the book on it's own with no outside influence. When I read the first paragraph of My Husband's Woman I thought, 'this may be a book that will have a hard time holding my interest.' Boy was I wrong!



There are three… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 20, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

CEOs Don't Cry - Joselyn Vaughn, Author

CEOs Don't Cry - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'"Could this day get any worse?" Leslie Knotts muttered to herself, eyeing the watermark-circled hole in the ceiling tiles above her head. Thudding and muffled expletive rumbled from the hole. She yanked her cashmere scarf from her neck and stomped the slush off of her Prada heels. She took one look around her new office in the Carterville branch of Hanston and Boyd… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 13, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Cheater BBQ - Mindy Merrell and R. B. Quinn, Authors

One of my favorite recipes from this book



1 bath of brine (recipe in book)

One 3 lb. pork loin

vegetable oil

2 Tbl. Cheater Basic Dry Rub (recipe in book)



Brine the loin for 4 - 6 hours in the refrigerator.



Heat oven to 500 degrees



Drain loin, discarding the brine. Rinse and pat dry. Place the loin in a large roasting pan and brush with a light coating of vegetable oil. Sprinkle all sides of… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 5, 2009 at 1:42pm — No Comments

It's in the Eyes - Charles Toftoy, Author



It's in the Eyes - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'"Please get him." Lars looked down at her and flashbacked three years, as if he was seeing his own daughter at the morgue. Candance Hawthorne, the fourth rape and murdered coed, was almost an identical twin of Lars' daughter, Lisa. As he looked at Candance's face, he recognized some of those facial features. And the blue eyes seemed to be staring intently at… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on December 4, 2009 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Moments of Mine - Jerry M. White, Author



Moments of Mine - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



The Trouble with Trouble



The trouble with trouble

Is it takes so long

To make things right

That once were not wrong



To forget and move forward

To put out of our mind

The mischief that hounds us

We can't leave behind



The trouble with trouble

Is that it's so hard to see

It happens to… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on November 30, 2009 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Pretty Poison - Joyce and Jim Lavene, Authors

Pretty Poison - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'The man was face down in one of her attractive wicker baskets filled with anemone bulbs. It was part of the autumn scene she'd created, complete with scarecrow and pumpkins. He'd obviously fallen forward, dragging the scarecrow from its perch on the oak rocking chair. The straw figure looked forlorn, lying half under the man's weight like some bizarre teddy… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on November 28, 2009 at 4:06am — No Comments

The Whittaker Family Reunion - Shirley A. Roe, Author

The Whittaker Family Reunion - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'The boy stared straight ahead aware of the other's interest. His young mind was reeling. Can I trust this doctor? Will those men find me and possibly kill us both? Can I tell him that the men are after me an why? He watched the doctor through his peripheral vision; the doctor was handsome and older than he was. The clothes were of good quality, but… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on November 22, 2009 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Bertha Fights Back - Fran Lewis & Jr. Author Dani Nicole Miller, Authors



Bertha Fights Back - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



'Walking into my homeroom class, I realized that something was definitely going on and I was beginning to think that I might not want to know what it was. One of the boys, Dan, looked at me and then at his cell phone and burst out laughing and almost fell off of his chair. Since the teacher was not there, which seemed odd, no one stopped what was going to… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on November 15, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments

Of Dreams and Nightmares - Shirley A. Roe, Author



Of Dreams and Nightmares - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



"There will be no gala ball for you this year Martha, you are to be married to Jebediah Whitaker in a fortnight." John raised his voice interrupting Martha in mid sentence.



"Father, you are joking. But what kind of a silly thought has entered your head. I have no intentions of marrying anyone right now. Besides, Jebediah Whitaker has three… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on November 7, 2009 at 4:34pm — No Comments

To Hell in a Handbasket - Beth Groundwater, Author



To Hell in a Handbasket - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



What will a wife do to protect her husband? In A Real Basket Case Claire sets out to prove that she didn't sleep with her physical trainer and her husband didn't kill him when he found him straddling her in bed. There was nothing she wouldn't do to prove her and his innocence.



What will a mother do to protect her only daughter? In To Hell in… Continue

Added by Martha A. Cheves on October 31, 2009 at 11:10am — No Comments

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