Review: Over the Ivy Wall by Rosa Sophia

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5 stars by Gabrielle Sally!

Likes: The emotional pull that started at the very beginning and continued throughout the story was enthralling, frightening, frustrating, heart-breaking, uplifting…as Rosa Sophia takes you on an emotional roller coaster that won’t end until the very end.

What appeals to me with stories like Rosa Sophia’s is that anyone can persevere and succeed. Anyone can find love. Anyone can find their way from the darkness into the light.

OVER THE IVY WALL by Rosa Sophia is about finding love when you aren’t looking for it. It’s about realizing that strength comes from within. It’s about learning that the grass really can be greener on the other side of that ivy wall.

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Review: The Draig’s Wife by Lisa Dawn Wadler

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5 stars from Gabrielle Sally!

“This was a fabulous story! Now, I’ve read a fair number of time travel stories and so many left something to be desired. They were good but this one pushed all my buttons in just the right way. The story building was just grand. The way Cortland took Emma under his wing and how easily she shifted into her new role. I loved, loved, loved that she has a martial arts background and could hold her own with sword wielding raiders while protecting those she loves. The gradual unfolding of the relationship between Declan and Emma was lovely and fiery and everything in between…”

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Exclusive Interview: 50 Hours by Loree Lough

INTERVIEW
With Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
  1. Why did you decide to do the novelization of 50 Hours, when offered the chance?


Kevin O’Neill, who wrote the screenplay, explained his bare-bones story in such a way that I was hooked, right from the first minutes of our introductory phone call. The more he talked, the more hooked I became. I started visualizing the hospice center. Saw ways I could ‘flesh out’ the characters. Instinctively knew that, in order for the main characters to expose their backgrounds, their hopes and fears, and their flaws, the story needed multiple secondary characters that they could interact with. In his screenplay, Kevin had included a bluejay, and I developed a personality for the bird. It was crazy-fun, writing him into scenes during which it teased and tormented Franco, the male lead in the story! Since then, after reading the glowing endorsements from reviewers who read the advanced reader copy, I’ve realized that a story like this offers immense hope to cancer patients, their families, their friends. That had been a goal, from the minute I started work on 50 Hours. But that goal became a necessity as I made my way toward The End.

2.  What scene in the story touched you the most? 

This takes place in what I call “The RV scene”: Aubrey has convinced Franco to take her to north Georgia, so she can fulfill the dream of a lifetime, and paint the autumn leaves. He risked his own freedom to make that dream come true…

Aubrey was on her feet, staggering, wide-eyed, and crying. “Let him go! You don’t understand!”

“He’s wanted for kidnapping,” the first cop said, “for starters.”

“But . . . but this was all my idea. He’s only here as a favor to me.”

A sheen of perspiration coated her flushed face.

“You know she’s dying, right?” Franco growled. “Did her control freak mother tell you that? She has a fever, and she’s lightheaded. You jerks need to call an ambulance, get her to the nearest hospital. I won’t give you any trouble. But do the right thing, okay guys? Take care of her before you haul me away.”

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Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter by Tim Symonds

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5 stars from Gabrielle Sally!

“Tim Symonds has a magical knack to draw readers into the world he’s built through his sweeping analogies and glorious imagery… Purveyors of a good bit of detective work have nothing on Symonds. I loved everything about this story from the pacing to the richness of detail to the opening with Watson, which reminded me of so many other Sherlock Holmes stories that it was easy to fall under its spell…”

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Review: Stormy Weather by Glen Ebisch

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4 stars from Ashia!

The mystery in STORMY WEATHER was decently executed, and I knew the villain had to be someone unexpected, but i never guessed who it could be until it was near the end. I followed the twists and turns in the plot with bated breath and edge-of-your-seat anticipation…

The romance in this story was understated. This being categorized as a mystery, I think that’s okay. However, just to let romance readers who might be interested to know, I think there should be more scenes on the romantic development to make the romance more believable… Well worth the read!

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Review: Thicker Than Blood by Anne Marie Citro

How can you feel safest with the person who has hurt you the most?
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5 stars from Gabrielle Sally!

“THICKER THAN BLOOD is another amazing story by Anne Marie Citro…As the summary will tell you, Dakota is in a car accident that could have killed her if it wasn’t for the fast response of EMT and ex-boyfriend, Caden. From there the ball is instantly rolling taking you on a bit of a Rube Goldberg ride as readers are forced to navigate the emotional ups and downs of everything that happens. Told in a mix of present and flashback, we are given the highlights of the developing relationship between Dakota and Caden and it is both sweet and sexy…”

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