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Fa-la-la-la Christmas Stories

I love watching Christmas movies. I’m sure in a few weeks, I will blog about The Christmas Story. I love Christmas music and looking at the decorations as I drive along.

Today’s post is about Christmas stories. Today I began reading All I Have to Give: A Christmas Story by Melody Carlson.

melodyI’m enjoying it so far, even if there is a hint of sadness. This kind of speaks to my life right now. There is a hint of sadness. It will be the first holiday season without my husband’s sister. We will miss her a lot.

This post is not about that. Trying to find the happiness and stay there. Anyway, I keep saying I want to write a Christmas story, but the only one. That was last year and I’m not sure where I posted it. The place I thought I posted it it’s not there. As soon as I remember the title, I will post it here. Until then I will try to write two more; one for this blog and one for the Snaps1000.com website (check it out. My writer, sister, friends, and I are creative with a limited amount of words.)

What is your favorite Christmas story? I can’t ever have enough to read.

Seconds Before Sunrise Review

Shannon A. Thompson will one day be a famous New York Times Bestselling author. Her books are wonderfully written. I had the pleasure of reading the second book in her Timely Death Trilogy and I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first book. Below you will find my review of the second book. To read my review on the first book see my previous post here. Also check out her blog, she has some interesting things to share. She interacts with her readers a lot. That’s another positive thing about her.

Shannon A. Thompson has successfully produce an equally as intense sequel as the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy. Seconds Before Sunrise begins with Jessica Taylor totally unaware of who she really was. She was a typical teenage, doing what teenagers do-hanging out with her friends. However, Jessica was experiencing some emotions and dreams that seemed all too real. She was embarrassed to tell anyone, but she did anyway. The most unlikely of people listened carefully without judgement and soothe her mind.

Eric Welborn was trying to do as he had promised. However, it is not very easy to stay away from the one you love when you are table mates in homeroom. Jessica talked to him with ease. She did not realize how anything she said or did affected him. He was a good friend to a certain extent. When something unexpectedly happened to Eric, Jessica was there to show she cared, even though she had no clue as to why she was doing it. She tried to deny what she was feeling until Crystal pointed it out to. What did all her feelings really mean?

Eric’s birthday was nearing. Everyone was on pins on needles. The Light was sending signals to let the Dark know they knew his birthday was coming and was looking for Shoman. They were not going to stop until they found him and Jessica. Eric went back and forth between telling Jessica who she was and keeping his promise to stay away. How could he do that when she kept showing up? Really even she did not know why she had such a huge pull to speak with him or be near him. Seriously, they were fighting destiny.

The battle between Darthon and Shoman was what the future boiled down to. What a fight it was? Thompson did an awesome job of creating scenes that left me breathless and heart pounding as though I too was in battle. The only battle I was fighting was knowing I would soon come to the end and I did not know who would still be alive when I got there. Blood did shed. It is a trilogy after all and Seconds Before Sunrise is book two, so someone had to have survived the battle. Who died and who survived to see another day?

I totally enjoyed this second installment to The Timely Death Trilogy. The only thing I can say is readers must read Minutes Before Sunset first or they will be missing some important information. While I do believe anyone could enjoy the story as is, it is much better to have the background of all the characters, so their behaviors make sense. I cannot wait to read the final installment in this series. I can truly say I will miss the characters and the drama that plagues their lives.

I received a free copy of the book for an honest review.

Jennifer Coissiere
Words Mosaic Review

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The Joneses Book Review

 

Title: The Joneses by Shelia Goss

Heading: A Family Affair

5 Stars

Shopping sprees, fancy cars, and luxurious homes are nice to have. Sometimes when we someone with an item that catches our eyes, we tend to want it really badly. All we see is the sparkles and the newness, but we really do not know how the owner receive the item or how they or living. All we know is, we see something we like and want it. I know when growing up, everyone heard about people trying to be like the Joneses. I did not have a clue who they were, but if they were like Royce and Lexi Jones and their three children, from Shelia Goss’s The Joneses, then I am not sure if I would say yes to their lifestyle.

Imagine the change of lifestyle Lexi had to go through when she found out the family business was almost broke. She did not want to go back to the life she had before she had married Royce. She did not want to look poor to her high-class frenemies and friends. In an attempt to save the family from the poor house, Lexi convinces her son Lovie to go to work with and for his father. Lovie was a CPA and she was certain he could figure out what went wrong.

Royce hated cutting off his daughters, Charity and Hope and most of all his loving wife, however, with some bad investments the money from the business was disappearing as he made it. Even though someone dies everyday, people were looking elsewhere for their burial services. He did not want to hire his son and get rid of his best friend, Jason. He felt Jason was doing a good job. However, Lexi did not see it his way. Who is right?

Each one of the three grown children had their own problems going on, but they did not complain too much when they were told what was going on. They were so consumed with their own lives they were caught completely off guard at some scandalous affairs. One thing people have to understand, no one better mess with the Joneses. They stick together no matter what. How many times will they be there for each other, if every time they turn around another secret is uncovered?

As I read The Joneses my mind kept going back to Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots. Ms. Goss could easily give Mr. Perry a run for his money if she turned this book into a series for television. I was invested from beginning to end. I did not want to stop reading it, because I wanted to know exactly what other webs were the Joneses going to get tangled up in. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about family drama tied up in scandals.

The author provided an uncorrected electronic proof for review purposes.

Jennifer Coissiere

Words Mosaic Review

 

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