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Stories of Chance Romance by Roxy Boroughs  Here’s to finding love in any place, at any time!

This collection of eleven short stories of chance romance reflects the hope that comes with the first bloom of romance, whether you find it in your youth, midlife, or the twilight years.

We dedicate Stories of Chance Romance to all the women who face breast cancer and to the teams of family, friends and medical professionals who support them on their journey.

Like so many woman, we have been closely and personally touched by this disease. Roxy was diagnosed and successfully treated in 2010—the same year Brenda lost her very dear friend, Mary Beggan, to breast cancer.

All authors’ profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated to advance the research, education, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.


All authors’ profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated to advance the research, education, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.


Bravo Brenda & Roxy, Thank-you on behalf of everyone!




Witch in the Wind by Brenda M. Collins  Bandit Creek (Montana), has a new magical dimension, The Otherland. When murder strikes in Bandit Creek, and the victims aren’t who they seemed, powerful guardian warlock, Marcus Egan, is sent from The Otherland to investigate. What he doesn’t expect to find is Avalon Gwynn, the grieving daughter of the victims, who has no idea she’s an extraordinary, hereditary witch. And Avy’s pent up magical abilities have just been set free in the mortal world. Can Marcus catch a killer while making sure Avy doesn’t bring Crow Mountain crashing down on the town—destroying Bandit Creek for the second time?
This is a Paranormal Romance Novella
Approx. 45,000 words











THE HOLLY & THE IVY BY: BRENDA M. COLLINS

THE HOLLY & THE IVY                         BRENDA M. COLLINS
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

THE HOLLY & THE IVY by Brenda M. Collins  Police Officer Joey Frost has her hands full this Christmas in Carol Falls, Vermont. A vandal is painting the town red, green and every color in between, plus someone left baby Holly in the manger of the town’s Nativity display and no one has a clue where her mother is. But Joey can handle it all . . . until a snow storm blows Noel “Fletch” Fletcher back to town.
Joey and Fletch have a history. But he’s no longer the cute boy who kissed–and–dismissed her in high school. He’s grown into a dangerously attractive man—who also nabbed the promotion Joey was gunning for. When the Police Chief assigns them to work together, Fletch’s “by–the–book” law enforcement style is almost as irritating as the resurfacing of their old attraction. Is Fletch trying to distract her from her career aspirations? Or is true love going to be her surprise Christmas gift this year?

THE HOLLY & THE IVY, a 50,000 word sweet romance novella, is Book Three of "A Frost Family Christmas" trilogy. Each novella is a complete romance, with a mystery running through all three books that is resolved in this last story. The three titles in the series are;
BOOK 1: WHAT CHILD IS THIS by C. J. CARMICHAEL
BOOK 2: HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by ROXY BOROUGHS
BOOK 3: THE HOLLY & THE IVY by BRENDA M. COLLINS


MY REVIEW:


     Joey had a crush on Fletch since she was 16 years old.  Fletch worked on her parents maple farm the summer of that year.  She lived in Carol Falls, Vermont where she is now a Police Officer which she loves and has been told she is good at.  Fletch on the other hand she has hand no idea what ever happened to him after that winter after he stole that wonderful kiss from her that stole her heart too.

     You see Joey went out to the local outdoor skating rink in the park.  Her brother Jimmy was supposed to watch over her then walk her home.  So, after she had hung out with her girlfriends and it was time to go she met at the park bench where her and Jimmy had talked about.  Instead of Jimmy being there it was Fletch. 

     He helped her off with her shoes and when he helped her up he did not let go of her hand, they walked hand in hand all the way home.  She wanted to die. He explained being a “military brat” never making long term plans or friends because you never knew when his dad would get orders to move again.  All the while Joey was listening she was telling herself that he was warning her to not get not get attached to him.  But, it was too late she was already in love with him, she had been for a while.  When they got the door of the farm house she went to reach for her skates and he leaned down and kissed her and then he handed her the skates.

     The next morning she sees him at school and she is sure he sees her too.  He is talking to a cheerleader, but she goes by where they are talking and he doesn’t even acknowledge her.  He totally ignores her, which goes on for the next month, before his dad get orders to leave.  Then, without so much as a good-bye, he is gone. 

     Now with almost as much of the same impact as his leaving he appears without any type of warning.  All those old feelings come crashing back with a strange impact.  Joey doesn’t know if she is happy, angry, or just numb to her feelings for Fletch.  She knows she loves him she always will she just doesn’t know if she can ever trust him again.

     There strange and unusual meeting gave him not time to prepare what all he had to say to Joey and he had no idea she was a Police Officer.  Most of all it gives him no time to sort out how to tell her what he has wanted to tell her since he was 18 and she was 16 years old.  That he had fallen in love with her way before he kissed her and that kiss scared him to death.  Watch their love story unfold it nice to see.  Not to mention there is the mystery of the other two books that goes with this trio that is solved. 

     I do have to say that there are some follow-ups that I hope that one if not all of the authors will take up with each of their couples.  To let us see what has happened to them and the town’s people.

A World Full of Strangers

A WORLD FULL OF STRANGERS          CYNTHIA FREEMAN
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

A World Full of Strangers by Cynthia Freeman  Bestselling author Cynthia Freeman’s blockbuster first novel: The tempestuous story of a family whose destiny is shaped by a man who turns his back on his Jewish heritage in order to build a prosperous life in post–World War II America

Katie Kovitz is seventeen when she arrives in New York harbor in the bleak winter of 1932. On the city’s Lower East Side, she meets David Rezinetsky. Cursed with the stigma of poverty, David is on a quest to find love and acceptance.

From the ghettos of New York to the golden hills of San Francisco, Cynthia Freeman tells the story of a family: Katie, who must rely on the kindness of strangers in a strange land, yet never forgets her roots; David, who turns his back on his heritage to find his way in a world that treats him like a pariah; Mark, who embraces everything his father has rejected; and Maggie Kent, who completes David’s transformation, setting in motion a series of events that will affect the lives of this American family for years to come.


HUBBY'S REVIEW:


This story was about a woman who leaves Poland with her mother and moves to England to live with her uncle. After 12 yrs. Her mother passes away and she knows she needs to move to the U.S. with a family friend. The uncles’ wife does not like her or the uncle.

     Once she moves to America, everything is different for her. She has gone from being highly educated, living in a mansion or bigger than one. Going to concerts, balls and many other things. To now living in a Jewish ghetto in New York. She finds it hard to make friends so she stops. Until one day the daughter of the family she is living with has her boyfriend introduce her to a boy in the neighborhood who does not have to many friends but likes the same type of classical music and other things like she does. He is just trying to find a way out of the neighborhood.

     After a short time they decide to marry, and though it is a struggle she is happy. He is happy as well, but this was during the 1930’s and the war in Europe was beginning and there was a prejudiced against Jews in this country at that time as well. Her husband was feeling this more and more each day until one day. After waiting to see a man for 5 hours and told to come another day. He heard what they said about Jews after he closed the door, he went back inside and punched the man and then left. He decided on his way home he would tell his wife that his new plan was to move to a new city and to change their last name. Not to be Jewish any more.

     This did not go well for her by this time they had a little boy and for her being Jewish was all she knew. She finally gave in and that night went to a family dinner, he made the announcement at this time and it shocked the entire family and his father told him he was dead to him. They moved to Chicago, but it did not go well for them there. They argued a lot and he still could not find consistent work. She left with the baby back to New York, once there she found out about the family through a sister in law. Knowing this was all gone for her she was alone on the streets with her baby.

     Then a man, a street peddler remembers her from when she lived there and took them in. She was in shock at all of the books, records and many other things he had. She and her son lived there for two years until the man and the boy got sick one night. After having to put them in the hospital the man died after a couple of days. She found a way to get word to her husband in Chicago that there boy was sick. He showed up and after a few days the boy got better and then she told him about everything with his family. She goes back to the place where the man lived and she found a box with a letter to her and some money. He thought of her as his granddaughter.

     They took the money and moved to San Francisco. There they start over again this time he gets into real estate still not using his real name and with the help of some people after 5 years is starting to make a lot of money. But he’s also showing a real mean angry side of himself and takes it out on his wife. After a few more years they move to a higher-class place one outside of the city. He still has a meanness towards his wife and anyone who finds out that he is Jewish.

     When their son is in high school he tells him not to be friends with his best friend anymore. The son is confused, talks to the other boy and they work it out.  Now the husband starts an affair that goes on for almost three years. When at a party one night the wife figures it out. He asks for a divorce and she says no. This is now the early fifties he moves back home to try to finally have a relationship with the son, but then the son goes to U.C.L.A. for college.

     After a few months needing help in math he goes over to an others students home for dinner and is full of questions because of the food, the way they talk to each other.  But something about the mother reminds him of his mother.  He starts dating his friends’ sister who goes to U.C.L.A. also. After Christmas they are living together part time but are wanting to get married. She wants him to talk to his parents because she does not want to be the reason they don’t speak again and not to be able to be in their home. When he gets home he has it out with his farther. Later that night his mother comes in and tells him don’t leave in the morning before I talk to you. She is finally going to tell him.

     The next morning he goes up stairs to the attic and a box falls down that his mother has been carrying around since Poland. He goes into his mother’s room and she tells him everything. He says he sorry she stayed because of him. He leaves calls his girlfriend to say we can get married in the Temple. And then puts an ad in the paper changing his name back to his Jewish name. A fantastic story with a lot of drama. I really enjoyed it!  Provided by Netgalley.com



BUCK 'EM: BUCK OWENS

BUCK 'EM: BUCK OWENS                    RANDY POE & BUCK OWENS
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

Buck 'Em! by Randy Poe  (Book). Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens is the life story of a country music legend. Born in Texas and raised in Arizona, Buck eventually found his way to Bakersfield, California. Unlike the vast majority of country singers, songwriters, and musicians who made their fortunes working and living in Nashville, the often rebellious and always independent Owens chose to create his own brand of country music some 2,000 miles away from Music City racking up a remarkable twenty-one number one hits along the way. In the process he helped give birth to a new country sound and did more than any other individual to establish Bakersfield as a country music center. In the latter half of the 1990s, Buck began working on his autobiography. Over the next few years, he talked into the microphone of a cassette tape machine for nearly one hundred hours, recording the story of his life. With his near-photographic memory, Buck recalled everything from his early days wearing hand-me-down clothes in Texas to his glory years as the biggest country star of the 1960s; from his legendary Carnegie Hall concert to his multiple failed marriages; from his hilarious exploits on the road to the tragic loss of his musical partner and best friend, Don Rich; from his days as the host of a local TV show in Tacoma, Washington, to his co-hosting the network television show Hee Haw; and from his comeback hit, "Streets of Bakersfield," to his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In these pages, Buck also shows his astute business acumen, having been among the first country artists to create his own music publishing company. He also tells of negotiating the return of all of his Capitol master recordings, his acquisition of numerous radio stations, and of his conceiving and building the Crystal Palace, one of the most venerated musical venues in the country. Buck 'Em! is the fascinating story of the life of country superstar Buck Owens from the back roads of Texas to the streets of Bakersfield.

HUBBY'S REVIEW:


     This book has a lot of information about Buck Owens. Starts from his birth, how his mom and dad got together, and after a few years they ended up in Texas. Part of the family moved to California and some to Washington. Then goes into him getting married having two children and trying to get into the music scene. Playing in small bands and bowling alleys and dance halls. I guess that is where people gathered during the 40’s and 50’s for dances.

     He finally moved to Washington and got a job at a radio station and started another band. After about a year they were on their way to perform and needed another person for their band when someone brought Don Rich along. This would be a partnership from 57 to 73 when Don Rich passed away from a motorcycle accident. By 58 he had settled in Bakersfield, CA. Making records, after not really having great sales after his first two he told Capitol that he would make his next record in Bakersfield, they agreed.

     Now 1963 his first album done the way he wanted to do it produced the first of twenty-one number one country singles from 63 to 72. The first being “Act Naturally”. Later this would become known as the Bakersfield sound. From there he would start his own publishing company, recording studio, all in Bakersfield not Nashville. He also was buying radio stations in Arizona, Washington and Bakersfield.

     In 1969 he was offered to co-host a new show “Hee- Haw”, he said the money was to great to pass up for not that much work. He was still selling records and his concerts were still sold out. He said “that while other singers were buying bass boats he was buying radio stations”. His songs were being recorded by the Beatles and Ray Charles, just to name a few. One of Ray Charles’ famous songs “Cry’n Time,” was written by Buck Owens.

     By the early 70’s his record contract was up for renewal at Capitol. He and his manger were able to get out of the contract by the mid 70’s and Capitol gave him all of masters. So, 20 years later when cd’s came out and he released his music it was his music.

     This was a great book for me because I heard his name when I was growing up and my grandparents would watch “Hee-Haw.” But then I actually moved to Bakersfield in the mid 80’s. Buck Owens did a lot for the town saved a local landmark for one, and his Crystal Palace which was his last dream. I was sad to read how Nashville turned their back on him but not the musicians’. Also it would have been interesting to know if Don Rich had not passed away how many more records they would have made. Because he said it took him years to get over that loss. Much more information in this book. A great read. I got this book from net- galley.

The October List

THE OCTOBER LIST                               JEFFERY DEAVER
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

The October List by Jeffery Deaver  Gabriela waits desperately for news of her abducted daughter.
At last, the door opens.
But it's not the negotiators. It's not the FBI.
It's the kidnapper.
And he has a gun.

How did it come to this?

Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again.

A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, THE OCTOBER LIST is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.



HUBBY'S REVIEWS:


This was a very interesting book in that it was written from the last chapter to the first one. I have never read a book this way, but after the first chapter it was actually easier to read. Like other books of his the story line keeps you going and there is plenty of suspense and action. The closer you get to the end of the book the story really picks up and all of the players who you thought were the good guys some are bad and the ones you thought were good are really bad. A very good story that I got from net galley.

NEVER GO BACK

NEVER GO BACK                                    LEE CHILD
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

Never Go Back by Lee Child  After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, former military cop Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had.

Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind his old desk isn’t a woman. Is Susan Turner dead? In Afghanistan? Or in a car wreck?

What Reacher doesn't expect to hear is that Turner has just been fired from her command. Nor that he himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn't expect to hear these words: ‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’

Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?


HUBBY'S REVIEW:


     In this Jack Reacher book he goes back to 110 MP unit. Only to find the female commander he had spoken to in jail and now the M.P.’S. Wanting to arrest him. After he breaks himself and the commander out, they then are on a mission to find out the truth, and who is out to set them up.
     While trying not to get caught by the military police who is pissed by the way he escaped. This takes them from Washington to California and back. With many different chases and fights to get out of along the way. Until finally with the help of a couple of sergeants from the 110 MP unit working with him to get the right information and then they all put it together. To find the two people behind the whole thing. A very exciting story, really enjoyed it.

Wooden Boxes

 WOODEN BOXES                                  DENNIS LEE ZONGKER
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

Wooden Boxes by Dennis Lee Zongker  A small box is an ideal woodworking project for anyone looking to gain skills and learn techniques. The reward is something elegant and functional that also makes a great gift. In this book, Dennis Zongker gives clear, step-by-step instructions for seven different projects (with variations), each designed to teach the reader skills that can be applied to a wide variety of box projects as well as to furniture and other woodworking projects.

The boxes featured are traditional in style, with a modern twist, and incorporate a rich variety of woodworking techniques from basic to advanced: wood selection, veneers, cutting, gluing, joinery (including elongated dovetail joints and lock miters), segmented turning, and routing inlays. Also included are detailed sections on carving and marquetry, which give these stylish boxes an elegant look that makes them stand out from the field.


HUBBY'S REVIEW:

 
     A very in depth book about how to make many different types and styles of boxes. There are plenty of step by step directions and even how to make templates for certain projects instead of buying premade ones. What a great way to save money especially in this time of where money is so tight for everyone.  In order to save you some money.  I really wish I had the tools to be able to do just half of what this book teaches you.  The things you can make if you can master them are just beautiful are real art.

     Before each project he would tell you the type of wood and tools you would need. I will say that towards the end of the book the boxes were a little more in depth and you do need certain tools and the more you do the better the skill levels. Tools, directions, patience is all needed when working with wood and making something as beautiful as what this author takes time to show you in this book is so worth it-. I got this book from net galley.

Codename: Wolf

CODENAME: WOLF                              GIL HOGG
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

Codename Wolf by Gil Hogg  In Gil's novel, lead character Roger is a daring liar who has invented a new identity for himself and bluffed his way into M16. He carries out audacious mission for the Disciples, a secret cell of Oxbridge and Ivy League academics who are the masterminds behind the security service. Rogers adventures in Cuba, during a new Cuban Missile Crisis, save the US from imminent rocket attacks, but frustrate the Disciple's political plot against the president. Aided by his assistant, Hebert Yarham, Roger emerges as the top Anglo-US spy, a brilliant deceiver in a world of deceit.


HUBBY'S REVIEW:

     This book begins with a young man trying to find his way first in school and then in life. Things don’t work out the way he has hoped they would and when his mother passes away he finds out that his father is someone with a name he could use. He drops his last name and uses his middle name which is the family name of this man who he figures out is his father.

     This gets him in doors now that he would not have gotten into before. He does not go to him, he just tells people they are cousins. This man’s son is the same age as him. He is able to join the military as an officer and after his time there he is recruited for MI6.

     Now the story picks up as he is transferred to Washington and sent to spy on Washington who is spying on them. Then during an op both sides end up helping each other because someone else inside is working against them both. A very entertaining story with a lot of action. I got this book from net galley.

GABRIEL'S OUTLAW: A LOVESWEPT CLASSIC ROMANCE

GABRIEL'S OUTLAW                            SANDRA CHASTAIN
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

Gabriel's Outlaw by Sandra Chastain  In Sandra Chastain’s story of reawakened love, a feisty bar owner and a man of the law must forgive the sins of their past to forge a future together.

Jessie James gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to participate in her hometown’s Gold Rush Days celebration. She’s supposed to lead a historical reenactment of a wagon train delivering gold to the capitol building in Atlanta. But after an anonymous phone call tips off a planned robbery, the governor sends someone to protect the payload—the man who broke Jessie’s heart. And when he strides into her bar, looking tempting in his cowboy boots and jeans, Jessie is consumed by righteous fury . . . and overwhelming desire.

Haunted by old memories of the sexy, enigmatic Jessie, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Gabriel St. Clair isn’t too keen on returning home. His goal is to complete his assignment and skip town as soon as possible. But there’s no way Gabriel will be able to make a clean getaway once he feels the pull of the fierce daredevil he loved and lost.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Slow Summer Burn, Blue Lines, and After the Kiss.


HUBBY'S REVIEW:

     The female characters name is Jessie James and people in her small town have always thought of her as more of a tom boy. The guy in the story Gabriel, knows she’s not. They have not seen each other in ten years and the last time did not end very well. The two families have a long family feud but these two had always been friends growing up.

     He is four years older than her. When they meet they both still have feelings for each other but there is still hurt feelings and she thinks that he might be a criminal now since she has not heard anything about him in 10 years. He is in law enforcement but does not tell for most of the story.  

     This is a good romantic book because there is a lot of mystery and suspense as far as who done it and why he is back in town. Then there is the mountain that they grew up on and their families share. The ending was a little different than what I was expecting but it really made for a nice way to end the story, made it funny, romantic and true to the story line. Avery good book. I got this from net galley.

A Cowboy For Christmas

A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS              LORI WILDE
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

A Cowboy for Christmas by Lori Wilde  It's Christmastime in Jubilee, Texas, but Lissette Moncrief is having a hard time celebrating . . .

Especially after she accidentally smashes her car into Rafferty Jones's pick-up truck. Yes, he's a whole lot of handsome—from the tips of his boots to the top of his Stetson. But he's no Christmas present. Lissy's not about to let herself get whisked away by his charming ways and words . . . only to watch him drive away in the end.

But what Lissy doesn't know is Rafferty's in town just to meet her—and to give her a share in a windfall that doesn't rightly belong to him. At first, he just wants to do his good deed and get out. But one look at this green-eyed beauty has him deciding to turn this into a Christmas to remember . . . making promises he's determined to keep—whether she believes in them or not.


MY REVIEW:


     This was a wonderfully special and yet, sad at times story. The storyline was very complex. There was a lot going on with a number of the key characters to the point where you didn't want to put the book down. Lissette & Rafferty were such interesting characters.

     Rafferty was a guy every woman would love to have in her corner supporting, nurturing, guiding, cheering & loving her. Lissette is the earthy mother every kid would love to come home to in an ideal world, especially one with Kyle.
     The way the two have to come to know each other is sad & all the back stories for both can be intense but makes for a great read. All the extras to this complex storyline are just the icing on the cake they add to the dimensions of the characters backgrounds.  I hope you love it as much as I did.

A Christmas Blessing

A CHRISTMAS BLESSING                        SHERRYL WOODS
Posted:  Nov. 14, 2013

Christmas Blessing by Sherryl Woods Widowed Jessie was about to give birth, and she needed help fast. Unfortunately, the closest ranch in town belonged to her brother-in-law. Though this charismatic rancher was her only hope, he was the last person Jessie wanted to be with.

MY REVIEW:

This starts one of the best love stories ever, but the best feel good knock down family story ever. It will make you laugh & cry and sometimes at the same time. This too is a must read series but it may be hard to find but worth every moment. Found part of mine at the library and the rest at our goodwill.

LET'S WELCOME MARCI BOUDREAUX AUTHOR OF: THIS OLD CAFE

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