Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Plight of Mattie Gordon, final review.

THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON by Jeanne Marie Leach, is one of those stories that you just want to lose yourself in. You know, a relaxing, fill-up-the-bathtub-with-your-favorite-aromatherapy-bath-oil type. Jeanne has such a unique voice. Her sense of humor is delightful, and her characters are always unforgettable. You won't ever go wrong in purchasing any of her books.

In THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON, Mattie's son, Will, is an outlaw. Only she doesn't know it, until one day a stranger arrives on her door. Fearing for her son's life, her main goal is to tell him about salvation. Mattie is willing to risk her life and do whatever it takes to make that happen. Only someone stands in her way. What will she do when she discovers that the man she's fallen in love with is the same man who might take her son in: Dead or Alive? Can love survive the ultimate test? You'll have to read THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON to find out.

Until next time...

See ya~~~

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

You go, Mattie girl!

Wow... you gotta give 46 year old Mattie Gordon a massive hand clap. Standing up to such dangerous outlaws. And to think that her beloved son, Will, is one of them. And who is this stranger she calls her son? Is he really capable of murder?

Mattie's about to find out.

Mattie is whisked away from her home by a band of outlaws. Tormented daily, she decides she must turn her only son in, even if it means his demise. Fervently she prays that God will give her another chance to tell Will about salvation before it's too late.

Poor, sweet Mattie. Is Cyrus like the desert wind? Here one minute and gone the next.

Will Cyrus ever get to see Mattie again?

Is something brewing between them? Or is sizzling more like it?

I'll never tell. You have to buy the book and find out for yourself.

I will tell you this, however, THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON is one fantastic story. And Jeanne Marie Leach is one gifted writer.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go find out what happens next.


Until next time...

See ya~~~

Monday, March 26, 2007

Jeanne Marie Leach's story, The Plight of Mattie Gordon

Poor Mattie Gordon. Sitting there, minding her own business, and what do you think happens? A cocked rifle is aimed directly at her and a strange man is standing only inches from her. All alone in an isolated canyon, what will happen to Mattie? And who is this man holding a gun on her? What does he want?

AS IF! Did you really think I'd answer any of those questions? No way! Ya gotta buy the book to find out. It's SOOOOOO good!

Jeanne Leach is an amazing writer. Her story telling is like a welcoming ocean mist wisping over your body on a scorching hot day. She's written two other stories that have the same refreshing effect. Angel In the Saloon, available now, and Shadow of Danger, which is to be released shortly.

So, if you haven't purchased any of Jeanne's book, do so. You wont' be sorry.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

Saturday, March 24, 2007

DiAnn was right.

Woowee!! I just finished reading Lightning and Lace. DiAnn Mills was right. Things aren't always what they seem. What I thought was going to happen, didn't. Way to go, DiAnn.

If you crave adventure... LIGHTNING AND LACE is for you. If you love a story with characters you'll miss when you're done reading... then LIGHTNING AND LACE is for you.

LIGHTNING AND LACE is a real page turner. The characters are fascinating. The plot is amazing and unpredictable~~~definitely unpredictable. And the metaphors are fresh and fit perfectly with the time. DiAnn is an excellent story teller with a wild and vivid imagination. And for your 411, all of DiAnn's stories are equally fascinating, and equally adventurous. You won't want to miss any of them.

Now, back to LIGHTNING AND LACE~~~ (Sounds like I just finished a commercial huh? Now back to our regularly scheduled program. hehe)

What does a shaggy bearded pastor with a jaded past, a beautiful, feisty widow woman with a shameful secret, her rebellious, prankster son, several ex-brothel women, a sinister banker and his sweet wife, a stabbing that ends in death, lies and malicious gossip, and being held at gunpoint all have in common? A really fantastic, emotion-filled, adventurous story, that's what.

I highly recommend this story. So, don't delay another minute. Make haste. Run out to your nearest book store and buy LIGHTNING AND LACE by DiAnn Mills. And if you don't have a bookstore nearby, then let your fingers do the walking. Type in, or, or wherever it is you buy your books from online, and purchase your copy of DiAnn Mills' intriguing story LIGHTNING AND LACE. You won't be sorry.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

Friday, March 23, 2007


Okay, that's it! How dare that pig-of-a-banker man do that to an innocent boy. EWWWWWWW... I wanna rewrite LIGHTNING AND LACE. Not because DiAnn didn't do an excellent job, but because I want to have her villain shot by a drunk. And while he's lying in a pool of blood, he confesses every wretched thing he's ever done, and then he dies while the whole town is looking on and cheering. Sounds sadistic I know, but ewwww that vile man.

As you can tell from my comments, DiAnn does a fantastic job of getting your emotions involved. I know as a Christian, I should rewrite that his heart couldn't stand it any longer. That he confesses every ghastly thing he's ever done and truly repents. So much so, that he turns into Mr. Nice Guy. But, so far that hasn't happen; if it ever does. So... I want the beast to pay for what he's done! I LOVE THIS STORY! Lester is a villain you love to hate. Am I bad? hehe (Don't answer that.)

Well, I'm getting close to the end of the story. I wish I didn't have stuff to do today. I SO want to finish DiAnn's book. I just gotta find out what happens and if Lester pays for his devilish ways.

Until next time....

See ya~~~~~

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I want to slap....

... the banker in DiAnn Mills' book LIGHTNING AND LACE! How dare he treat those poor women like that. How dare he threaten Bonnie and the new preacher. I'm wondering if that bully will get his just dues.

Gotta run so I can find out if he does and what happens next.

By the way... If you haven't gotten your copy yet, you'd better hurry. You don't want to miss this one!

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

P.S. DiAnn tried to post a comment but wasn't able to. But her comment was~~~
"So you think you have it all figured out? Life isn't always what it seems."


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Lightning and Lace by DiAnn Mills

WOOOOO WEEEE! ~~~ In Lightning and Lace, what is the new pastor, with his shaggy hair and bearded disguise, hiding from all the good people of Kahlerville, Texas? Is he a good man or an evil man? Will any of his new congregation be harmed by the secret demons of his past?

Someone is badly beating an ex-brothel woman. But who?
I have my suspicions, but I'm NOT tellin'.

Poor Zach. An innocent boy gone bad. What evil lurks inside of him? And why? Can the beggar-looking pastor help him?

Then there's the town banker ~~~ Is he creating a list of enemies? How? And will the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing's threats cause Bonnie to continue with her sinful secret? Or does she break free and start fighting back, even though there will be consequences to pay? ~~~~ AS IF! Did you really think I'd tell? NO WAY JOSE!

If you haven't done so, then what are you waiting for? What am I talking about? Buying Lightning and Lace by DiAnn Mills of course.

What a unique way DiAnn has with metaphors and similes that fit the time period and story line. And her character's are incredibly intriguing for sure.
DiAnn definitely peaks your interest and maintains it throughout the story.
I've read all but one of her Heartsong Presents book and they were all fantastic! The only reason I didn't read one of them was because I didn't have it. Simple enough, huh? hehe (By the way, this story isn't by Heartsong Presents. However, you can get it from or at your local bookstore.)

So, what are you waiting for?

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

Friday, March 16, 2007

A Daughter's Quest by Lena Nelson Dooley

Wow, wow, and triple wow! What a sweet romance. Boy, that Constance Miller sure gets herself into a lot of predicaments. But, Mr. hunky, aka Hans Van de Keift, the muscular, buff-to-die-for smithy, never hesitates to rescue her... and trail her. Hmmmm. How come? Yeah right. As if I'd tell. Constance has a secret that makes Hans wonder if she can be trusted. Can you guess what it is? No. Well, buy the book and find out. Oh, and what do Jim Mitchell, a mysterious dying wish, Constance, Hans, an abandoned house, stolen gold, a horse accident, splinters and broken boards all have in common? A really sweet, adventurous, romantic, intriguing, utterly fantastic story. That's what. If you haven't read A DAUGHTER'S QUEST, well I suggest you make haste and run right out and purchase it. Or, go to Heartsong Presents website and order it.

For your 411, Lena Nelson Dooley has such a delightful way with description and setting. And the characters in A DAUGHTER'S QUEST~~~Well, think of them this way~~~When the plot goes away, memorable character's stay.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~~

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Long time no chat... or so it seems. hehe

I don't know how all you bloggers do it. I have a terrible time keeping up with this thing. I have so much on my plate right now that I don't seem to have time.

However, I wanted to toss out something here. Lately, I've noticed some negative reviews. It got me to thinking. When someone trashes a story, that doesn't mean that that story isn't any good, it just means that one person didn't like it. We all have different tastes and styles. Some love mystery's while others hate them. Whose right? Both. I really believe that some times our mood plays a big part in whether or not we like something. For example, my daughter kept trying to get me to watch a certain movie. I tried, but hated it. I couldn't even get past the first ten minutes. Several people kept asking me if I'd seen such an such a movie. I finally broke down and rented it again. I loved it! And yet it was the same movie. So what had changed? After much contemplation, I ascertained that it was the mood I was in. It was the same way with the movie, Persuasion, written by Jane Austen. By the way, for those of you who don't know this about me, I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. Anyway, the first time I watched that movie, I thought it was really boring and dumb. Then one day when I was super bored and in the mood for a renaissance movie. The past week, I'd watch all four versions of Pride and Prejudice, both versions of Sense and Sensibility, both versions of Emma, Mansfield Park, and I can't think of the name of the other Jane Austen movie, but I'd watched it too. Because I'd seen all of the above about twenty times and had only seen Persuasion once, I decided to watch it again. To my amazement, I absolutely loved it and it has become one of my favorites. So, why am I telling you all of this? Because I really believe that sometimes mood has something to do with whether or not we like something. Not always, of course, but it can play a huge factor. When I sit down to read a book and I find it boring or monotonous, I put it aside for awhile and find something else to read. Sometimes I go back to it and try reading it again. If this goes on several times then I know it is a book that is not for me, or just a really boring story.

Recently I suggested that a dear friend read what I deemed a fantastic story. I just knew she would love it. When she wrote me and told that she thought it was just okay, I was stunned to say the least. She and I have the same taste in stories. But this time, she saw things in it that I didn't. It got me to wondering if she really didn't like it, or if perhaps she read it with her editor's cap on and not her reader's cap. What I mean by that is, sometimes, we as writers, read in an editor's mode. We pick out things that we would have never noticed when we were just readers. However, once we learned the rules and guidelines of writing, it caused a lot of us to now see things in the stories that we would have never noticed before. Like head-hopping, or poor sentence structure, or mistakes etc. Where as before, we just read and the only thing we judged it by was whether or not we liked the story or not. After talking to her, I realized that it just wasn't her flavor of tea. Did that mean that the story was bad? Was she right and I was wrong? No way! It just means that you have two people with two different tastes.

So, if anyone has been hurt by a bad review, or even some not-so-positive comments, take heart. It's just one person's opinion. Now, if twenty out of twenty-five people don't like it, then maybe you need to find out what you're doing wrong and work on perfecting your craft. But, if you get one or two bad reviews and ten great reviews, chalk it up to that that person either didn't care for it because it wasn't their type of story, or the mood there were in that day didn't fit your particular story. It doesn't mean that you wrote a mooey-poopey novel. It just means that it was one person's opinion. It's kinda like... One person loves liver and onions. I myself gag just smelling it. I heave every time. Does that mean that the person who loves it is right and I'm wrong? Nope! It means they liked it and I didn't. So it is with our novels.

So, when you get a negative review, ask God if there is something you need to work on, or if the person was just having a bad hair day, or if your story just wasn't their type of book. But most of all~~~ keep writing.

Until next time....

See ya ~~~~~~

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Having a hard time lately.

Sorry all, but this post is a downer. I'm really discouraged. My husband and I need to move from my brother's house, long story, and yet nothing is opening up for us. We only have enough money for a couple of month's rent and after that...

I've never moved knowing that the money wasn't there to make the rent. I don't like doing it now. And yet, my brother and his family need the money. Since my sister-in-law's passing, my brother's finances have taken a nose dive and we need to move so they can get the financial aid they need by having my nephew's friend move in. I'm sick with the idea of causing them more stress by our still being here. We have no prospect of making more money at the time, and yet, we really need to move. I don't want to be the cause of my brother and his family not having their needs met, and we can't help them.

We've prayed and prayed. My husband's even tried starting his own business. All to no avail. I have no clue what our answer is. The stress is taking its toll on my marriage and our health.

So, whoever reads this, please pray that God will show us what to do. And that He will make His will and direction clear to us. I don't want to play guessing games, wondering about God's leading. We really need clear direction.

Thanks for letting me dump.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Brain freeze

Well, I've read several more terrific Heartsong Presents, and I'm ashamed of myself that I haven't written a review for them yet. I will... eventually.

I've been in a writing stupor. Two of my WIP's have been falling flat. No matter what I prayed, what I tried, the stories were going no where. In fact, I wondered if I would ever be able to write another story. Panic had set in. What if I can't? Not able to handle that frightening idea, I sat down and tried harder. Again, it fell to the ground. Again I panicked. After nearly scarfing up a big of black jelly beans, I came to my senses and called my dear friend Staci. She gave me just what I needed... like always. She told me to just write. Not to think about it, but to write no matter how strange it seemed. Most importantly, she said to ask the Lord to write His story through me. Which I did. And low and behold... my story took off. And so am I...

So until next time...

See ya~~~~~~~~