Limerick – Jemsbooks – Lucy!


This is an old post that I wrote last year. I hope you will enjoy reading about my dog Lucy, who was a cherished pet for 16 years. I miss her still!

Here is the last limerick for my young children’s books – ages 0-8, grades – PS-Gr 3. Hope you enjoy it! Read about all the other Limericks for Jemsbooks, Louey, Ricky, Lamby, Jerry, Jesse, Broose, Sebastian, Colby, Jeffrey, and Clarence Henry.

All Jemsbooks young children’s books are written in rhyme with life lessons. Each book tells about an animal in a fun and interesting way. Lucy teaches children to have fun, go out to play and care for your pets with kindness and love. Children will learn how to think of someone else besides themselves as they care for their pets. It’s a wonderful learning experience.



There once was a dog named Lucy

Who loved spaghetti and treats so juicy.

She enjoyed watching animals on TV

And was always as friendly as can be

Unless you took away her cherished rag or ball.

You were then no longer a friend at all.


There once was a dog named Lucy,

Who’s only claim to fame

Was her curled up tail and her cute little name.

She loved spaghetti and doggy treats.

These were her favorite things to eat.

She loved watching TV

And late did she stay up.

She was a special kind of pup.

She made me smile and feel full of glee

But now that she is gone I’ve lost a part of me.





This book is based on my dog, Lucy, who I had for 16 years. She was quite a character and did all the things that are in this book.

She loved my spaghetti with homemade sauce, watched TV shows featuring animals, hated baths, “sang” when music was played, and had two cherished possessions, a knotted rag and a ball.

I hope you will enjoy reading about Lucy. She is no longer with us and can never be replaced.

Reviews on Amazon:

Werner Stejskal

April 7, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition
I like the idea of using photos as background to the drawn dog. It makes it a faster production and why not! The author goes through many scenarios in a domestic dog’s life and shows how depended pets are on us. A nice effort which I fully recommend!
Clark Slomin

April 8, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition

Janice Spina is an award-winning children’s, and YA book author, with over 15 titles under her belt.

“Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier” is Spina’s latest effort, and based on the beloved pet she once had. Spina takes the reader on a typical day… moments in Lucy’s active (and often funny) life, through lively and detailed rhymes. Accompanying the text are simple illustrations of Lucy within photographed background scenes, care of the author’s husband, illustrator John Spina.

As a previous dog owner, I adored this rhyming tail… er, tale! I’m sure your kids will too!


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

March 27, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Janice Spina’s new story about Lucy. It was great fun to learn about Lucy’s personality and how she liked to spend her day. For example, Lucy loved taking walks with her owners, but she hated bath time.Guess what Lucy’s favorite meal was? She loved spaghetti, with or without meatballs. But it needed homemade sauce. Parents and children will love learning about Lucy and her endearing traits. It’s another remarkable story by Janice Spina. I highly recommend that you add it to your collection of books by this talented author such as Louey the Lazy Elephant and Lamby the Lonely Lamb. You’re sure to enjoy them.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.


Thank you for stopping by to read about Lucy. I hope you will enjoy reading this book to your children especially if they have a pet of their own.

Thank you to all who have previously purchased any of my books! I value your support and appreciate your interest in my books. I couldn’t do all this without your help. I write for you readers out there!


Reading is good for your health. Now’s the time to stock up for the rest of the summer  on books for yourself and your children. Go go and click on the covers or at above links to purchase all my books. Enjoy!

Blessings & Hugs!


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Retention Pond Now Cleared out! What a Difference!

I recently did a post about the retention pond behind our house. Here is the link to read the first post with photos of before it was cleared.

In this post I want to share the after photos along with a before photo so you can appreciate the difference. I am not completely happy with it. But I guess this is all they are going to do. They did neglect to clear the fence completely of the invasive bittersweet vine. It will come back next year with a vengeance and mostly likely begin this year with new sprouts. Sigh! I hate this stuff. It takes over all plants, trees, bushes and chokes the life out of them as it spreads and grips onto them. So sad.

Here the men are clearing out the nasty vines and other shrubs that have taken over the pond. What a job! At least this time they learned their lesson not to go directly into the middle of the pond. See other post link above for those photos.

They went in and around the wet area to the sides that are high and dry. These three photos below show the tractor working along the insides of the pond while two other men are tackling the vicious vines from outside the fence. It took all day to complete this task. I was hoping they would come back to finish the other sides of the fence. No sign of them back there though.

Here is a before photo all lush and green with the invasive bittersweet vine.

Here is a photo after it was cleared (almost). They neglected to clear all of the bittersweet vines on all sides of the fence.

Well, until another year we are cleared. Now if we could only get them to work on the vines that are taking over our trees on the side of the house.

My husband and I worked on those vines from below in June. But we couldn’t reach the higher vines that are covering the trees. We have a lot of white spruce there that don’t stand a chance with all the vines covering them. Sigh! It makes me want to cry in frustration.

If you want to know more about bittersweet vines, here is a link.

I hope wherever you live you don’t have any of this vine lurking around your yard. Beware of it and don’t spread it. With its lovely yellow/orange berries birds are likely eating them and helping to spread the seeds. Yikes! It sounds like a horror movie isn’t he making – the Invasion of the Vines!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Wishing you and yours a lovely day!


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Having Fun Breaking Bubble Wrap – Packing Bubbles!

Do you love to jump on bubble wrap? I do. We recently had a delivery in a large box with tons of bubble wrap. Guess what we did? Yes, we jumped, stamped and ran all over it! What fun! It’s a perfect way to dispel any extra energy (for or because of kids), let off steam and stress and just have a good laugh as you do it.

Here are some photos of my husband and mostly me stamping away! Haha! I acted like a kid again at 71! That is something! Right? You are as old as you feel. I felt like a young girl again! I did all kinds of jumping, stomping, stamping, walking, dancing and whatever steps I could take to break those air bubbles! Yeah!

We made so much noise doing the jumping and stamping at the same time! It sounded like fireworks going off. What fun!! I look forward to doing it again when I order something large during the holidays. That sounds so far away. But, alas, I can wait. I am tired now from all the jumping and stamping! Phew!

This is such a silly post! I apologize for frivolous use of my blog for this purpose. If you haven’t tried this before, please do it! Of course, you have to get some bubble wrap first. Sometimes Amazon or other places send items with it. Have fun and burn calories at the same time! Get the whole family into it. The kids will love it!

Thanks for stopping by to read my silly post! Come back again real soon. You never know what I am going to talk about!


Blessings & Hugs!


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New Review of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 6!

I was excited to see a new review for Book 6 of my Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells. Receiving reviews is like an early Christmas present that I can open right away! It was thrilling to read! Thank you, Sarah, for the lovely review! It made my day!

It’s available on Amazon as a paperback and an e-book and soon to Barnes & Noble as a paperback. check out this book on Amazon for more reviews of both formats.

Sara1235.0 out of 5 starsFun reading continues with Davey & Derek Newest Case!May 5, 2019In her newest installment in the fabulous Middle-Grade/Preteen award-winning series, “The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6”, Mrs. Janice Spina continues to entertain her sure to be growing audience of young readers. In this volume, the author introduces new characters to the ever-expanding cast and sets Derek & Davey, the twelve-year-old twin detectives, on a journey to solve the mystery of ringing bells. The writing is lovely and engaging and keeps one turning the pages in delightful anticipation.
The relationship between the two brothers and the twosome’s respectful interaction with their mom Laura and aunt Gigi add much value to these books, as the boys’ comportment makes them excellent role-models to their growing fan base of middle-class readers.
Excellent art enhances the reading experience. Kudos to illustrator Mr. Jonn Spina!
Highly recommended.

Thank you to all you avid readers for reading my books and for the lovely reviews like above. They fill my heart with so much joy! Reviews are what we authors clamor and live for. Please show some love for authors out there by reviewing their books. We will love you back!

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Blessings & Hugs,


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Are you ready for a new book in the Abby & Holly Series? Introducing Abby & Holly Series, Book 3, Secrets of the Trunk. Well, I have been avidly working on Book 3 of this series for both girls and boys. This is another mystery, adventure, ghost hunt for all ages to read and enjoy.

These characters, Abby & Holly, were first introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series when the cousins, Abby & Holly, enlisted the help of the twin detectives to rid their old Victorian of some pesky ghosts. The girls now have their own series which I have enjoyed writing immensely.

I hope to continue to write a few more in this fun series. These books have been enjoyed by all ages including grownups who happily pass along the books to their children and grandchildren.

As in all Jemsbooks for children there are life lessons to be learned by reading these entertaining books. In this book the girls learn that family matters and is important and are always there to lend a hand and support them in all that they do. Also, be kind and considerate of others, show respect to each other and parents and elders and think of others before yourself.

With all the craziness in this world our children need good examples to follow. That is one of my goals when I write and create stories. I want children of all ages to know what is right and wrong. I cover some tough subjects in this series to help children understand how they should behave in many different circumstances that will come up.

Here is the cover for this new book created by my husband, John. I love it! I hope you will too.


Join Abby and Holly in Book 3 as the cousins discover a new presence in their old Victorian while they are cleaning out the library of old books. They are not sure if this specter is benign or otherwise. This being leads them to the old trunk they discovered in Book 2 which holds many secrets and puzzles that they feel compelled to solve.

They enlist the help of their ghost friend, Felicity, who inhabits their home. She is a benevolent entity that once lived in their house from a century ago. She watches over the girls and vows never to leave them unless they request her to do so.

There will be surprises and ghostly visits that will keep readers enthralled as Abby and Holly work together to uncover the secrets of the trunk.

This book will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble soon.

Thank you for stopping by to read about my new book! This is an award-winning series that has received two Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. I hope you will keep watch for this book and check out the other two books in this fun, adventure, mystery, ghost series.


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Summer Flowers – Hydrangeas and Rose of Sharon Bushes!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer or whatever season you are in wherever you live. Our weather here in New England USA has been in the high 80’s and low 90’s hot, humid and now it’s cooling down into the 70’s.

Some of our flowers are still coming up. I wanted to share the latest ones that are blooming with you.

Here are our two hyndrangea plants. This is the best year for blooms. One plant only has one flower but the other one has several. I was thrilled to see it doing so well. Four years or so ago our landscapers cut back all the hydrangea plants in the complex. That was not a good thing to do. Thereafter, none of the plants flowered until this year. Sigh!

Our rose of Sharon plants are doing well. A few of them are happily blooming. Soon all 18 plants will be glorious. I will share them with you at their peak soon!

They are hardy plants and do well wherever you plant them. We have them all over the yard, in berms and against the house. We need to trim them well after the season is over or they will keep growing and get wild.

Each blossom is different in color as is its stamen. The strangest thing about these discrepancies is all these bushes came from the same mother plant. Another odd thing is the mother plant had blossoms that were a lilac in color in the beginning and now after many years it has changed its blossoms to white. Who can figure? See mother plant below.

I will share more of them as they begin to flower. We have ten bushes on one side of the house, two in the front, three on the other side and three by the street side. They are quite impressive when they are all blooming at once.

These gorgeous bushes give us so much pleasure just watching them flower. I love the summer but look forward to the fall (my favorite time of year) which will be here before we know it.

Here’s a little visitor below we have daily eating the seeds that the birds drop from the deck.

A groundhog

Thank you, readers, for stopping by today. Wishing you a lovely day wherever you live.


Blessings & hugs,


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Trip to Beautiful Ogunquit Maine!

My husband I recently visited beautiful Ogunquit, Maine. It’s a lovely area where there is plenty to see and do. We stayed at Auberge at the Cove which is across the bridge from quaint little Perkin’s Cove. This is a fabulous area for restaurants, shops and fishing boats and sailing trips.

Auberge Office
Deck of our room
Monarch Buttlerfly near our room
View from our deck
John on the Bridge to Perkin’s Cove
View of Bridge from Perkin’s Cove side
Shops in Perkin’s Cove

We shopped in some of these shops and also at some of the downtown ones and found a plastic serving dish with a Maine map on it, a small wooden condiment tray, a sweatshirt, and a plaque with a photo of the bridge to Perkins’ Cove below.

Birdhouses at the Cove
Barnacle Billy’s outside Restaurant and area to boat ramp
Boat Ramp for sailing trips
Oarweed Restaurant in Cove

Food, glorious food and plenty of it! Lobsters, clams, crab and lobster rolls! Yum!!

Crab Roll
One and a half pounds of delicious lobster!
Wine with dinner of course!
Nubble Lighthouse

The photo above was taken on a boat trip to Nubble Lighthouse. It was so relaxing and beautiful with all the coves and gorgeous houses along the way. I even caught seagulls in flight below as they followed us.

Seagulls in flight from our boat trip to Nubble Lighthouse
Beautiful homes along the cove

Here are some photos of our trip to Perkin’s Cove and Marginal Way (a one mile walkway along the river and ocean that is breathtaking.

View of Marginal Way
More views from Marginal Way
View of Ogunquit Beach from Marginal Way
Ogunquit Beach meets the river in foreground
Part of pathway of Marginal Way
On Marginal Way

This was a fabulous two-day and two-night trip to Ogunquit Maine. If you haven’t been to Maine please give yourself a treat and visit Ogunquit and Perkin’s Cove and Marginal Way. You will be delighted. Maine is one of my favorite places to visit. I have been going there since I was a little girl.

We were fortunate to have beautiful weather – sunny skies, warm temperatures – 80-90’s. The seafood was wonderful too! We both love seafood and had our fill for a while. Sigh!

Thank you for stopping by to read about my trip. Hope you are having a wonderful summer or whatever season you are in where you live.


Blessings & Hugs!


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Have you Read Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge Yet? Check out these Book Trailers!


Grab your copies today on Amazon (link below) or Barnes & Noble or hop over to the right of this post and click on Purchase Links. Start reading and be held captive until you finish each book. Remember, I warned you!

If you can, please read Hunting Mariah before Mariah’s Revenge to understand the mind of the killer. That way you will enjoy the books in order of the story.

This book trailer was created by Chris Graham aka thestoryreadingape.

The story begins with Hunting Mariah. Please don’t share the ending. It is a gripping story that will hold you captive until the end.

Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in the Authorsdb First Lines Contest! Pick up your copy today and find out why. Thank you for your support!


An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp. Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?

Book review on Amazon:

Colleen Chesebro 5 Stars *****

Format: Paperback 5 Reader Enjoyment 5: 5 Overall 𝓡𝓪𝓽𝓮

Hunting Mariah is written by J. E. Spina, an award-winning children’s author. This novel is her debut into the mystery and crime genre.

The story is set in a New York suburb, where a killer is on the loose, terrorizing a college campus filled with young students.

Be prepared to be creeped out as J. E. Spina gives us an intimate view into the thought processes of a killer. Spina portrays this character as if she channeled the thoughts and actions of a real serial killer. The guy is deranged and takes pleasure in the sight, smell, and the feel of blood. Her descriptions were chilling!

The story revolves around the protagonist, Mariah Hampton who suffers from amnesia and Dr. Roberts, who is helping her to remember the savage attack she endured at the hands of an unnamed man. Through most of the book, this man’s identity is a secret which adds to the suspense building.

As Mariah’s memories begin to resurface, she realizes that the family secrets from her past have exploded into the future.

J. E. Spina has written a whopper of a murder mystery. She strings the reader along, giving nothing away until the explosive ending!

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

*I received this book as a gift.*


I created this trailer myself. It’s the first one I’ve done and hopefully not the last. Enjoy! The story continues with Mariah’s Revenge!


MARIAH’S REVENGE was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest! Pick up your copy today and find out why people are talking about Mariah’s Revenge!


This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows. There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.
A new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack that puts his life in jeopardy.
Mariah must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?

Book Review on Amazon:

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

Mariah’s Revenge is the thriller/suspense/crime fiction sequel to Author Janice (J. E.) Spina’s book titled ‘Hunting Mariah’. If you remember in book one, we traveled with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories, as she lived with the consequences of living life with a maniac.

Jump right into book two as we get a better understanding of Sage’s killing spree across New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. While police officers, FBI agents and others are looking for Sage, Mariah buried herself in her studies, as she is determined to move forward.

Sage has encountered an enemy of his own, beyond his wildest imagination. While he is dealing with injuries of his own, he is unaware that someone is watching Mariah and ready to “take over where he left off”. When a body of an old woman, a dog and then another body at Tambor Lake is discovered, the authorities know they are dealing with a psychopath and the body count is sure to rise.

Author Janice (J. E.) Spina uses a full case of supporting characters in this suspenseful, action-driven drama where Mariah finds the courage to take things into her own hands. Mariah is not one to give up. Her heart is open for lasting love when her grandmother shows support for her and Tony.

Mariah showed her courage and determination to handle any situation and I quote. “Mariah pushed open the door and moved her light back and forth. She saw a mess of broken down furniture piled up in one corner of the room and a bed in the other. The covers appeared to be piled up under the bed. She moved closer to look under the pile. She kept her gun out in front of her and the light sweeping back and forth. Mariah wasn’t prepared for what happened next.”

This is a must read if you believe in the kind of fortitude that Mariah uses to work through her tragedies and the kidnapping to forge a friendship and embrace whatever life has next in store.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Mariah’s Revenge by Janice (J. E.) Spina as an adventure that is not over. I now wait for the third book in this series to find out what life has in store for Mariah. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 1, 2018

Thank you for stopping by to read and watch the video trailers of Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge. Check out all the wonderful reviews on Amazon today. Your kind support is appreciated!


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Editing, Editing and Editing Some More! How much is enough?

I have been busily working on Book 3 of my Abby & Holly Series. Editing is the most difficult part of writing and publishing a book. I usually read my book several times and each time I may find something that I want to change or cut or enhance in some way.

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There is no getting around doing the editing. It must be done! Do you dislike editing as much as I do? How many times do you as an author read over your manuscript?

Each round of editing is different. This is what I do.

  1. I read through after I complete the MS for story line and content.
  2. I read through for punctuation and grammar and spelling.
  3. I read through for words that are overused such as just, then, now.
  4. I read through for continuity of thought and flow of words
  5. I read through for anything that I may have missed on the above reads.
  6. I send this edited MS to my beta readers for their sharp eyes.
  7. I will reread it as I review their thoughts and suggestions of the story.
  8. I read it once more to make sure everything is in order and save, save and save again on my hard drive and a memory stick.

No matter how many times I read through my MS I can still miss things. I copy edit for other authors and usually read through their MS twice and then scan once more for overused words.

If you are in need of a copy editor, that is one thing that I do for others. Please go to my blog search under Copyediting or Copy Editing Service or to my website – My prices are reasonable and there are references for you to check out there.

Watch for my new book, Abby & Holly Series, Book 3. I will announce the title soon and give you a cover reveal this month.

Next on my agenda is Book 4 in this series. I already have a story running around in my head. I hope to have this book completed before the end of the year.

My husband is working on Book 1 of a dragon series which will have six fun books about dragons for children PS-Grade 4. Other ages will enjoy them too! All my books are illustrated by my talented husband. He also is my cover creator. Boy, am I fortunate to have him. He works cheaply for me too! Ha! I am a tough boss though.

Thank you so much for stopping over. I hope you will keep reading and enjoying my books all year through! Happy Reading! All my books are available on Amazon as paperback and ebooks and Barnes & Noble as paperback.



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Books Read in July of 2019!

Here are the books in the month of July of 2019. I read 10 books this month. There were many entertaining reads by talented authors. I hope you will check out all these lovely books.

There are an infinitesimal amount of books to read in all genres for all tastes in reading. I will do my best each month to provide you with a varied selection of books to read along with my reviews. I hope that if you are an avid reader that you are also an avid reviewer as I am. Please be kind and review books. This enables others to enjoy books if they like your reviews. It also helps us indie authors to get our books out there.

An intriguing book that held my interest throughout. This is the start of a series of paranormal books with Marie Jenner as the protagonist of the mysteries. Marie has the ability to see and converse with ghosts. She inherited this ability from her mother.

Marie is drawn into a mystery as she gets closer to the cause of the ghost’s death. Things begin to happen that threaten her very life for there are some who would kill in order to keep their plans a secret.

A thoroughly enjoyable read that I would recommend to all who love paranormal mysteries that keep you engaged.

I received this free book by attending a recent book sale and signing by New England Authors Expo at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA.

It is a good resource for authors who plan to do book signings. It has helpful information, do’s, don’ts and what to expect at these venues. It will tell you what you should have in order to be prepared to attend these events. There is information also on how to book other venues for your books at libraries, coffee shops, and other stores.

The author gives suggestion on how to sign your book, connect with other authors and work with a fan base. The more book signings you attend the better you will be prepared to have a more successful day of sales and networking.

Lady Justice and the Mystery Mansion is another enjoyable and quick read by this talented author, He has the innate ability to combine mystery, suspense with a bit of humor.

The characters all geriatrics are entertaining and distinctive. Walt Williams, a former policeman, now a PI is drawn into all kinds of mysteries that include help from his former partner, brother-in-law, elderly father and girlfriend, a few of his tenants, one a jokester, a professor and the manager, who is a large woman who can take care of herself and others. The stories are creative and enjoyable.

I especially enjoyed this story and the way it led up to the mansion being cursed. It was an interesting history lesson at the same time of an old house. I look forward to more books in this lovely series.

4.0 out of 5 starsAn enjoyable cozy mystery!July 6, 2019Format: Kindle EditionThis is Book 2 of a cozy mystery series starring once again, legendary singer, Bebe Bollinger. Though this book is part of a series it can be a stand alone novel.

In this new story Bebe is still working on getting her career in high gear once again as in past years. She becomes intrigued by the Eurovision TV show that showcases singers from over six different countries. When an accident involving stage equipment nearly kills one of the entertainers Bebe is drawn into another mystery. She encourages her now good friend, Beth, a former policewoman, to go on ahead to work the case as a PI. Bebe intends to go there later after she finishes her latest project.

The story keeps the reader engaged as the pace grows and the accidents continue to pile up with more near casualties. The author describes the Eurovision TV Competition in much detail making the reader feel as it he/she were there.

Another enjoyable read by this creative author who continues to produce quality books in different genres. I have read other books by Christoph Fischer and enjoyed them all.

HL Carpenter, mother and daughter duo writers, have created an intriguing and  fascinating beginning to a mystery series with protagonist, accountant Fae Childers. Fae has lost her job to accusations of embezzlement, her mother, her fiancé and now found out that her grandmother, who she never met, has died. She is the beneficiary of her grandmother’s will.

Fae’s life has been turned inside out and upside down. She is forced into finding out more about her grandmother and her special skills as a fortune teller. When she goes to her grandmother’s house she moves in and learns some strange things are happening around her. Fae feels compelled to solve the mystery when neighbors are found dead and a body washes up on the beach.

There are complex characters, some you will love and others love to hate like the newspaper reporter, Pat Jablonski. Pat reports everything she hears whether it is savory or not. She has caused dissension in the community and has gained a lot of enemies along the way. What will she do next to cause trouble?

This is an enjoyable beginning to this mystery series that kept me enthralled up to the end. I look forward to more from this talented duo.

The Dead Key is an Amazon Break Through Novel which has certainly earned that honor. It is an engrossing mystery that will keep you engaged to the last page.

The characters and story line are perfectly drawn and detailed. There are two story lines being told simultaneously. One story line is from 1978 where the story is told through the eyes of a young secretary, Beatrice. The other is from 1998 and told through the eyes of engineer, Iris. 

There is greed, robbery, murder and embezzlement in the First Bank of Cleveland where Beatrice worked. She was thrust into all this intrigue and tried to find her way out of it. She is befriended by another secretary, Max, who is involved in more ways than she can reveal to Beatrice.

The bank is closed down before the employees or customers know what is happening. There are those in high places with great wealth and influence who are in control. Iris gets involved when her office is enlisted to do a renovation survey of the old bank. Iris finds files, keys and the remains of a body while doing her survey. She learns of Beatrice and her friend Max from some files and goes on a search to find answers to so many questions of why the bank closed so abruptly and what happened to Beatrice, Max and many other employees. What she finds is more than she wanted to know about her own aunt who once worked there.

An enjoyable and worthwhile read that I highly recommend.

Lady Justice and the Vet touches on a tough subject – PTSD. It takes us on a journey first to Afghanistan where horrific things had happened and what had caused one of the characters to have nightmares and flashbacks. This is an all too common occurrence after men and woman have gone to combat and have seen and experienced horrible things no one should ever have to experience.

We flash forward to the present time for this Vet who is now having nightmares and flashbacks each time he hears loud noises such as thunder or a gunshot. These sounds flash him back to another time that he wants to forget but he cannot. He is thrown into different scenarios that put him into the path of the main character, Walt Williams and his partner, Ox.

Walt tries to help this man and others for he is suffering from flashbacks himself of an incident in his line of work as a policeman (jumping off a building) that continues to torment him at night. There are other things happening as Walt is trying to heal himself – terrorists are plotting to kill Americans and one of these terrorists is an American who is a disgruntled Vet.

In each of these books Walt’s life is on the line as he tries to right the wrong in this world. Lady Justice isn’t always on the right side.

The author continues to write stories that deal with current subjects and tough issues and intersperses some of his contagious humor into each story. I know that when I pick up one of these quick-reads that I will be entertained and informed of what is plaguing our world. I highly recommend all books in the Lady Justice Series.

5.0 out of 5 starsA Story of Rediscovering Oneself!July 23, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI have read many of this talented author’s books and enjoyed them all. This was an enjoyable read about a woman coming into her own with renewed energy, resilience and confidence.

This story is based in Maine on a small coastal town of Big Sawyer. The main protagonist, Julia Bechtel, comes to the island to vacation and visit with her Aunt Zoe. On her way to the island she is involved in a horrible boat accident that kills nine people. The only survivors are Julia, Noah Prine, a lobsterman, and a young woman, Kim Colella. Their lives are entwined from that moment on.

Julia struggles with the why and how this accident happened. She feels torn over the loss of all the other passengers that were on the boat and is drawn into the lives of the islanders. Her life is forever changed in ways she could never have imagined. She must rediscover herself and what she can do to make her life matter since she has been given a second chance on life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to rediscover what it is important in one’s life. The author did an enormous amount of research about lobstering and angora rabbits in order to make this book more realistic.

ina5.0 out of 5 starsA Story of Family, Life, Loves and Difficult Decisions!July 27, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseA long, cool rain was reminiscent of books by Barbara Delinsky, Nora Roberts and Barbara Freethy. Linda Seed is a talented writer who one day will join this famous group as one of the best in her genre.

I loved her characters because they were believable whether they were some you like or hate. That makes for a more interesting story line with a diverse group of characters. If characters were too likable and syrupy in nature a reader would lose interest in the story. Kudos to Linda Seed for creating the type of characters you love to hate.

This is a story of a family and their disappointments and surprises that happen to disrupt their daily lives. That is real life – no family is perfect and neither are their lives.

The main story is about the growing relationship between Julia McCray, a landscaper, and Colin Delaney, a billionaire lawyer. They are drawn together when Julia’s brother, Drew, discovers that their father is not his father and that he is the son of Redmond Delaney.

Julia is torn between giving her brother support during this difficult upheaval of his life and her love for Colin who is now her brother’s cousin. She must decide what is more important – her brother’s reluctance and anger over discovering who his father really is or her love for Colin.

This is book 1 in this Delaney family series. The writing style was easy, relaxed and enjoyable and look forward to the rest of the books in this series

As Times Goes By is another enjoyable mystery by the Queen of Suspense. Mary Higgins Clark has created once again a story line that keeps the reader engrossed as she has two plots going at the same time. Her characters are well drawn, varied and interesting.

I have been reading MHC books for many years and have never been disappointed. I know that when I pick up one of her books I will be entertained and intrigued right up until the satisfying ending.

May the Queen of Suspense keep going strong to create and provide many more wonderful mysteries for all mystery lovers out there.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my Books Read in July 2019 Segment. I hope you are enjoying my selections and will check out these interesting reads for some fun and relaxing summer reading. Thank you for your kind support. Stop by every month to see more monthly reads and in between to read some engaging posts about books, publishing, travel and whatever else I come up with for you.


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