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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.

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Review- Worth the Risk by Stacy-Deanne

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Heading: We All Need Love

In Stacy-Deanne’s Worth the Risk, Alvin Zak is the music editor for a local newspaper. One evening he went to hear Madeline Deever, a violinist, perform and he was taken a back. Her talent was mesmerizing and soul touching. Besides how passionate and could with the music she was, Alvin noticed her beauty. However, Madeline has a shocker for Alvin, will he still want to take the risk?

Madeline lives a simple life. She does what she loves by playing the violin. She is also a very private person. When Alvin approached her after her concert for an interview, naturally she turned him. The more he pursued her the more Madeline realized she was a interested in him. However, Madeline was dealing with something and knew in her heart Alvin would not understand, no one ever does. What is she hiding?

Stacy-Deanne is known for her romance, detective mysteries. With Worth the Risk, she stepped out and used her platform to remind readers that everyone needs and deserves to be loved. This message needs to be heard by everyone, including the person who is spending every moment avoiding love because she believes no one will love her due to the situation she is dealing with. Everyone she read Worth the Risk for enjoyment and a reminder of the importance of true love.

The author provided a .pdf copy of the book for review purposes.

Jennifer Coissiere

Words Mosaic Reviews

Review- What Grows in the Garden by Stacy-Deanne

Amazon: 5

Heading: Love Never Wilted

In What Grows in the Garden by Stacy-Deanne, Elle Baron loved Harper Sobieski for as long as she could remember. To her there would be wedding bells and an extension to their family, however, when Harper moved away Elle found herself in utter wonderment. Life had to move on and years go by, and then Harper comes back. For Elle, wrapping her mind around him being there meant she would have to address the feelings she had for him. Most importantly, why did Harper come back?

Harper is back in his hometown of Sunset, Texas. When he first left Sunset and all his family and friends behind it was nothing that anyone had done. He was all about being successful and wealthy. However, love does not always come with money, especially when Harper left behind the love of his life. Now that he has returned home he wants more than ever to have Elle back in his arms. Will Harper find a way to get back into Elle’s heart?

Stacy-Deanne’s novella is perfect lunch hour story. All the parts are necessary to move the story along, no fluff to extend the word count. What Grows in the Garden is a story that made me reflect on the important things in any relationship. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a quick romantic read.

The author provided a .pdf copy for review purposes.

Jennifer Coissiere
Words Mosaic Reviews

Book Review – Disturbed by Stacy-Deanne

Amazon: 4
Words Mosaic: 4.5

Heading: Who Did It?

The gang is together again in Stacy-Deanne’s Disturbed, the third installment in the Bruised series. Detective Winston Lewis is not a stranger to investigating a crime and using the evidence to make an arrest. Winston is a detective first and foremost, so doing his job correctly is tested when the evidence points at a friend and fellow detective. The thing that makes it worse, Winston has some feelings building up toward Detective Lisa Swanson, the suspect of murder. The problem for the two of them is more than just the investigation, Jake, Lisa’s boyfriend might have an issue with Winston pining over his woman. Can Winston control himself and respect Lisa and Jake’s relationship?

Lisa cannot believe what is happening to her. She knows she did not kill Devon Barnes, but she did not know who was out to get her. While trying to fight for her freedom, she is battling with Winston’s advancement. She tries talking to her best friend, Detective Dee Quarter, but something is bothering Dee and she is snappy. Then Lisa has Jake ready and wanting to take their relationship to next level. With so much going on in her life, will Lisa be able to keep her sanity?

Disturbed is an interracial, romantic suspense. The entire series is filled with crime and romance that brings additional tension to the story. Stacy-Deanne has a way with her characters. They battle with real-life hardships and still try to stay professional and focused. There were a few editing mistakes; however it did not take away from the story. I recommend this quick read to anyone looking an e-book mystery romance.

I received a .pdf copy of the book for review purposes.

Jennifer Coissiere
Words Mosaic Review

Minutes Before Sunset Review

I learned about Shannon A. Thompson only because she had started following my blog. In turn, I began following hers. It’s been almost a year that we have been following each other. I’m not quite sure what I said that triggered her interest in what ramblings I have, but I’m happy we crossed each others path. If we didn’t I probably wouldn’t have known about her trilogy. She has been writing for as long as she could remember. She minds me of myself. She wrote because her mother told her to write to help her with her nightmares. I wrote to get my feelings out about the nightmare I was living. Check out her website here. She has a lot of great advice about writing and other interesting things. I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of Minutes Before Sunset to review. My review is below. Check out the review and the book when you get a chance. It’s good reading.Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson was an unexpected enjoyment young adult novel. We have all believe the light was always good and the dark was not so good. Well, Ms. Thompson goes against the grain by switching the position of the two. Eric Welborn is a shade. He is a member of the Dark and he is distant and angry. As I read, I understood the reason behind his anger. He was entitled to it, but that did not mean he had to also be a not quite a jerk, but close enough to one. What was his problem?

Jessica Taylor, moved to a new town, but it really is not a new town. Hayworth is where she was born and for some reason her adopted parents decided to move her back. With her return, the need to know more about her birth parents grows. She strikes a deal with her parents. Little did she know he end of the deal would depend on the angry Welborn. He cared about no one, but Jessica’s need was more important than he could guess. She would fight to get what she wanted. How will request to know more about her ancestry change her life?

Shoman and a nameless shade are getting to know each other. They are also defying the rules the Darks have. I could not help but to wonder if Shoman did this to have control, where he did not already possess any. His mission was to save his kind, but everyone around spoke in a manner that made him believe his life was the price he would have to pay to save the Darks. In a way he lived recklessly because he knew what his final outcome would be. Does he really know all of what is going on?

Ms. Thompson wrote from the point of view of her two main characters. I feel the first person point of view was essential to the telling of Minutes Before Sunset. Third person would have lost the emotions each character was going through. I cared about the secondary characters, but did not want to know how they were feeling. I enjoyed experiencing the joy and pain and every other emotion through the eyes of the two that mattered the most. I wish the story did not end.

I received an ebook copy for an honest review.

Jennifer Coissiere
Words Mosaic Review

Bruised Book Review

Title: Bruised by Stacy Deanne

5 stars

Heading: Dark Secrets

Detectives Lisa Swanson and Dee Quarter beginning Stacy Deanne’s Bruised are being handed their next murder case. The obvious suspect would be Jake Jenson, the person who found his good friend, Ernest Juarez in a way that a person with a good heart would not wish to see anyone. However, when the detectives assess the situation they question whether or not Jake could truly be the murderer they are searching for.

Jake is determined to find out who killed his best friend, but at the same time he is trying to catch the heart of tough Lisa. Lisa is dealing with some personal issues that stem from a past relationship. She has her heart guarded. Jake is not a man to give up on a quest, however, when she touches a nerve deep within him, he questions if she is even worth it.

Crimes, passion, and mysterious surprises are the words that best describe Bruised. Stacy is a talented writer and clearly studied what it takes to solve a crime. I thought I knew who the killer was, but it wasn’t until a few pages from the end I realized how wrong I was. This is a quick and entertaining read, especially the banter back and forth between Jake and the lady detective. If mystery and romance are the genres you enjoy Stacy Deanne will not disappoint you.

Jennifer Coissiere

Words Mosaic Reviews

 

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5-stars

Tribal Arrangements by Angelia Vernon Menchan is the third story in the Tribal Wife series. Selina is still pregnant and married to two wealthy men. However, as she takes full control of the household, some unexpected relatives are uncovered. While the news could and would have unnerved a weak minded person, Selina stumbled a little, but she regained her composure and handled ger business.

Sabrina, Selina’s younger sister, now lives in the lap of luxury after living like an animal for so many years. She doesn’t care that Selina’s husband, Leon, is her rich father. She only cares about what she believes is her inheritance. Does she have one? Will she get anything? Can she ever be satisfied with simply having family to call her own and love?

Mrs. Menchan keeps me coming back for more and wondering about these characters. Not one of them are perfect. That’s life in its truest form…imperfection. I recommend Tribal Arrangements to readers looking for something new and entertaining to read.

The author provided a .PDF copy for review purposes.

Jennifer Coissiere
Words Mosaic Review

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