A Merry Little Christmas; Winter in Bloom

This winter curl up with these two books by prolific author, Anita Higman, and have those chilly days warmed by your reading. Anita is a best-selling and award-winning author with thirty-three books published. She is also a wonderfully warm and witty woman. I so enjoyed meeting Anita at the International Christian Retail show in 2012.

Winter in Full Bloom

Winter in Full Bloom will capture your attention as its heroine, Lily, captures your heart. Lily, divorced from her cheating husband, has a fiery confrontation with the mother who she felt never loved her. Not able to bear the scorn, and learning the shocking fact that her mother had another daughter, Lily travels half-way around the world to Australia to find the sister in hopes of building a relationship. While in Melbourne, she is accosted by a man who just may have the key to her past. Against her better judgment, Lily becomes friendly with him and enlists his help.

Will she find her sister? Will the stranger stay in her life? Will he solve his own problems? Will her mother ever reconcile with her? Read Winter in Full Bloom for the answers – and to be enchanted by the story and the writing.

A Merry Little Christmas
is a “cozy holiday read about two people from different worlds.” I’m so happy that Anita allowed me to review this book. I found myself smiling on every page as I got acquainted with Frannie Martin and Charlie Landau.

A Merry Little ChristmasFrannie Martin prepares to spend her holidays alone – again – on her Oklahoma farm. Then Charlie Landau sweeps in with an offer to buy it from her although all he has is wealth and polish – absolutely no farming experience – and a need to prove himself as worthwhile to his father. With Christmas songs crooning from the radio, Frannie teaches Charlie about country life with all its fun and foibles. Will the holidays that are quickly advancing on them break them apart or give them their dearest Christmas desires?

You’ll want several copies of A Merry Little Christmas – one to keep and several to give as Christmas gifts. You’ll be so pleased you did and so will be the recipients!

I was given copies of these books for review purposes.

Genesis Conspiracy – Richard Hatcher

Genesis Conspiracy

What if evidence existed to prove the true origin of life on earth? What lengths would the antagonists on opposite sides of the evolution/creation theories go to to seize that evidence?

Hatcher pens a plausible premise based on this theory. Jake Evers, a paleontologist who seems and acts more like a secret agent (or is he one?) rescues a woman from a storm and from men shooting at her. He discovers that Katie Petrovich is the granddaughter of a Soviet dissident who went missing decades before.

In true hero fashion, Jake sets out to solve the mystery and get the girl.

I found the initial parts of the story confusing as Hatcher jumps from hero, to ally (perhaps), to enemy, almost every chapter and sometimes within a chapter to get all his characters into play.

Persevere! The story is well worth reading and the ending surprising…could it be true?

The Genesis Conspiracy rates 4 stars with a strong recommendation to read and savor it.

I was given a copy of this book for review purposes.

The U.S. Marine Corps Says He’s Dead…

“Her brother is missing, and her only chance of finding him lies with a combat dog that has lost his edge.”

TalonAspen is sure her twin still lives – she would have known if he was dead. But her brother’s tracking dog, Talon, suffers from P.T.S.D. and quivers at the slightest noise. She’s about to go to her brother’s last known location by herself, with Talon along hopefully to help and not to tuck tail under and hide. As she’s readying for the trip, help appears from an unexpected quarter.

Dane Markoski, a puzzling and enigmatic military intelligence agent, also wants to find Austin – he’s never lost an operative. He appears by “chance” to help Aspen, but he really only wants Talon – he’d never work with a woman. Should she trust the shadowy Dane? Is he friend – or foe? With them both putting misgivings aside, they finally join forces, but can be successful only if Talon can rise to his old state of competence.

Full of twists and turns, this tale of a tail will have you troubled one moment and touched the next. Talon, the second of three novels in Ronie Kendig’s series on Military War Dogs, is as much a winner s the first, Trinity, was. Her third, Beowulf, will release soon. If you like action, adventure, romance, and most of all, dogs, you’ll want to buy the series. Ronie is one of my fave authors and will become one of yours, too, I’m certain.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes.