Thursday, February 4, 2016

What Would You Do?

Welcome Sarah M. Johnson to Writer's Corner.  We are sharing her latest novel.  I feel that it is onethat is worth reading!  One lucky reader will get one copy of  this novel.  Please follow the rafflecopter below.

 Life is Beautiful by Sarah M. Johnson

Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God, by Sarah M. Johnson, takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in Life is Beautiful, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.

Chapter 1 – The Crash

I remember all of the emotions, the trees whipping by, everything happening so fast, dad yelling, Here we go, and mom screaming, Stop it. I remember my brother Zachary looking back at me, his eyes bright with fear as I prayed God please...


I remember the sense of something coming; you know it’s coming and wonder: will I live?

I remember the violence of the plane plowing into the ground as we attempted an emergency landing in a roughhewn field...Boom, boom, boom...and then nothing but an unnerving silence.

I don’t know if I blacked out or merely paused with my eyes closed in the stillness of those first few moments. Awareness comes slowly. Then in a rushed breath of shock and revelation, Thank God I’m alive.

My eyes open to an eerily lit silence where sunlight and shadow intermingle, making it difficult to see into the new geography of the plane’s interior. My head and body buzz. My mind trips on the dissonance of dangling upside down, held a few inches from the ceiling of the plane’s cabin by my seatbelt.

Taking stock of my body, I notice that I peed my pants and there is a small cut on my left arm. Looking up, I see that one foot is missing its shoe. My eyes squint into bright sunlight that passes through a relatively large doorway next to me that was torn open.

The only noise to break the silence is the erratic popping of electricity; the final groans of a dying airplane.

I move my arms first and then my legs, which causes small shards of glass to fall from where they’re lodged in my clothes and upturned seat. I tilt my head back toward the ceiling beneath me and it is covered in broken glass.

My hair dangles down away from my face, but the position of my body and the way sunlight cuts through the cabin makes it difficult to see much of the plane. In those few seconds I realize that I am okay and begin to think that maybe we are all okay; that the crash wasn’t so bad.




Life is Beautiful will be released on August 25, 2015. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author:

Sarah M. Johnson is currently a graduate student seeking her Marriage and Family Therapy degree. She will graduate in 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. After graduating, she plans to open up a private practice office and guide those who are seeking their own self-discoveries of love and happiness.

Sarah believes that adversity is a gateway for change, and that through the difficult times of sorrow, loss, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, disease, or other mental illness, we can use this adversity to self-explore and change for the better. We must not run away from the adversity, but face it, heal, and use this particular adversity as a learning lesson.

We all have the capacity to be happy and love ourselves; but we must utilize all necessary support systems, medical professionals, mental health professionals, Religious affiliations, (and many more that I am not mentioning) to help us find the Power Within. The Power Within helps us to accept our adversity and create necessary change for a life of love and happiness.

To learn more, go to http://lifeisbeautifulbook.com/ 





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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Would You Like to See the Infinite Sea?

Beatriz Williams continues the story of the Schuyler sisters in her latest novel Along the Infinite Sea.  We will also see another character from a previous novel A Hundred Summers Nick Greenwald will come back for a visit as well.  I always think of Beatriz’s novels as being engrossing. 

Synopsis: 

Pepper Schuyler with has restored a mercedes and she means to sell it. You see Pepper is in a delicate situation.  She got in trouble in with her job in Washington.  Shed needs a little cash to help her out of the sticky situation.  What about the history of the car?  The buyer Annabelle Dommerich pays handsomely to get the car back in her possession.    She also takes an interest in   Pepper.  How will Annabelle’s story help Pepper in her current situation?   What will be Pepper’s  solution?

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed reading Beatriz’s latest novel.  I am looking forward to her next novel as well The Forgotten room with Karen White and Lauren Willig.  I always love when the author continues stories from  one of her previous novels.  In this novel we catch up with Nick Greenwald from A Hundred Summers.  We also meet Annabelle Dommerich who is an interesting character.  She is full of life and keeps the reader interested in what happens next in her journey.   I have not read the previous two novels by Beatriz introducing the other Schuyler sisters or seeing the small role that Pepper has in Tiny.  I wish that I had gotten to know more about them.  The storyline for Annabelle is much richer in detail.   I also found the novel to be a little long at times.

The setting was the most interesting part for me.  The story takes place in France, Germany, and the United States.  The setting in the United States is Cocoa Beach Florida.  I recently visited there.  Here are some pictures of that area and what it looks like now.  I encourage you to visit the  beaches of Cocoa Beach.  You can take a boat tour that might give you an idea of where Annabelle’s home might have been. 
Get swept away by the next Beatriz Williams novel!

Rating: 

4.25/5


Please visit Beatriz on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Can You Identify the Six Different Kinds of Love?

I can’t identify all the different kinds of love.  I can identify a few.  I am not blessed with the gift that Jane Williams has.  Sarah Jio in her most recent novel The Look of Love tells her story.

Synopsis: 

Ever since Jane was little she has seen a neurologist because of a condition which causes her to go blind temporarily. It is supposed to be a special gift that she received from a woman named Collette when she was a baby. Years later after the death of her mother she runs her mother’s flower shop.  Through her work Jane sees many different types of love and can often play confidante to those who enter the shop. Collette has said she must identify the six different kinds of love in this year or she may not find true love.  Can Jane do this and assist her friends?  Or is she doomed to spend the rest of her life single?

My Thoughts: 

Like always I enjoy any of Sarah Jio’s novels.  I found this one different than the rest because of its more contemporary atmosphere.    The novel also discusses the six different kinds of love which are:  Eros, Ludus, Storge, Pragma, Mania, and Agape.  How will she recognize actual love when she sees it?  I loved how the plot turned out.  
I loved how she intertwined six different character’s perception of love and their relationships.  The author seamlessly goes between each character.  I was disappointed with the pacing of the story. 

I look forward to her next novel! 

Rating: 

3.75/5


Please visit Sarah on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.




Thursday, January 7, 2016

What is the Next Chapter for the Summer Girls?

Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Gallery books sending me a copy  of Summer Wind for review.  This book is given in exchange for an honest review.  Now to the second book of the Summer Girls series.  When we last left the Summer Girls:  Delphine was headed to the hospital with Carson.  Dora and Harper stayed behind at the house with Mamaw. 

Synopsis: 

Dora is prepared to move forward with her divorce. She has so much to do until her body tells her otherwise.  Dora winds up in the hospital diagnosed with Broken Heart syndrome.  Her husband Cal soon to be ex-husband wants to bring her back to his condo but without out their son. Dora is determined to do what is right for her autistic son.   She continues to work on getting her life back together.  She decides to let Mamaw and her cousins’ help.  Will she be able to let go of control and relax and take care of herself?  What will happen when a special friend from her past comes back into her life?

My Thoughts: 

This is the second novel in the Summer Girls Series Summer Wind.  I liked it.  The story continued to inform us about Carson and her moving forward.  We learn more about Dora and what her life is like.  I have always dreamed of having an old friend become a love interest such as what happens to Dora.  My most favorite character is Lucille.  She speaks her mind and is not afraid to let you know what she thinks. 

I found the climax of the story to be disappointing.  When you hear about a storm being part of the climax the reader has an expectation of what that might mean.  I expected more from the story than what was actually there in context. Such as how did they survive the storm? Is it like a hurricane?

Still love Mary Alice Monroe!

Rating:

3.75/5


Please visit Mary Alice Monroe on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Did You Know Samuel Clemens?



Lynn Cullen has come out with her latest novel Twain’s End.   She focuses on the relationship between Mark Twain and Isabel Lyons.  I grew up with the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn which are still read today.  I even toured the city of Hannibal Missouri.   I learned somethings that I didn’t know about Mark Twain in this novel.

Synopsis: 

Isabel Lyon came from a prosperous family but has suddenly lost all of her wealth.  She enters the world of the domestic help as a governess.  During her job as a governess she meets Samuel Clemens at the Friday night card matches.  Isabel quickly becomes a regular until Mrs. Whitmore the wife of the current position sends her to another family.  Years later she interviews for a job with Samuel Clemens wife as her secretary.  Little did she know that she would be doing more work for Mr. Clemens than his wife?  What will happen in the relationship between Isabel and Samuel?  Will she find a future with him?

My Thoughts:

This is my first novel by Lynn Cullen.  When I met her I wanted to understand why she chose the topics she did since her first novel was about the Mrs. Edgar Allen Poe.  I find the history of Mark Twain interesting!  I didn’t know that he had a secretary.  I was very interested in the characters of Samuel Clemens, Isabel Lyon, Olivia Clemens, Jean Clemens, and Clara Clemens.  Ms. Cullen brings these characters to life brilliantly.  I could follow her style of writing because it is similar to other authors in historical fiction.  I found the history of this family very interesting.  I visited Wikipedia to explore each character.  

The story was enjoyable but slow in some spots.  I might have enjoyed it more as an audiobook.

Rating:

4/5

Please visit Lynn on her Facebook Page, Twitter, and her Website.

Monday, January 4, 2016

In the Spotlight: DEATH IN A MAJOR A Music Lover’s Mystery By Sarah Fox

The new season for the Point Grey Philharmonic starts off on a sour note when one of the symphony’s wealthy benefactors drops dead in the second Music Lover’s Mystery from author Sarah Fox.

When Archibald Major, local big wig and nasty tyrant, drops dead at a post-concert reception, violinist Midori Bishop soon suspects foul play. Although Midori has no intention of getting involved in another murder investigation, that all changes when Jordan - her violin student and the victim’s grandson - seeks her help convincing the police that the real killer is his uncle, a low-level criminal.  

As Midori digs into the victim’s life, she discovers that he was a man who created discord at every turn, even within his own family, and there is no shortage of potential suspects. When someone close to Midori unexpectedly confesses to the crime, Midori must race to discover the identity of the true killer before an innocent person goes to jail for a crime they didn’t commit… and before Midori herself becomes a victim in the killer’s deadly encore.
  
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DEATH IN A MAJOR

About the Author

Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.



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Friday, January 1, 2016

Best Books of 2015

Here is the list of the best books of 2015 from the staff at Writer's Corner.  Here is to many more good books in 2016!  Thank you to all  the great authors who were a part of this year!

10. Saving Grace by Jane Green.  I almost want to describe this plot is twisted but good.  Readers will enjoy supporting Grace as she tries to figure out what happened.

9. Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky.  A beautiful story about two friends and their history.  It combines the recipes  that come from Maine.

8. Bedside Manners by Phoebe Fox.  This story was shared by Tina Guyden.  She absolutely loved this novel and highly recommends further books by this author.

7. The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon.  One of my favorite books this past summer!  Great story while it didn't include the beach.  Great characters!  Great plot!   Great setting!

6.  The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle.  This is Kimberly's second novel and has a wonderful story.

5.  London From My Windows by Mary Carter.  This author researched  well the condition of the
main character.  I loved going along on the ride and you will too!

4.  Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer.   A great novel about Christmas in my favorite setting Nantucket..

3.  The Middle of Somewhere by Sonja Yoerg. If you like hiking then this is the book for you.  It also keeps a great pace and keeps the reader interested.

2.  Unbroken by  Laura Hillenbrand.  I greatly enjoyed the audio version of this story.  The author truly embraces the character of Louis Zamprini.

1.  Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes.  She  is  a new author for me. Her genre is  Inspirational stories.  what makes this book great is that it takes place at the beach.  I can't wait to share more of Gina Holmes books.