Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier Book Review by Dawn Thomas   311 Pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books Publication Date: June 12, 2018   Mystery & Thriller, Suspense   Georgina Shaw is a young successful executive at a pharmaceutical company. She is engaged to the owner’s son and has everything going for her. Her life comes crashing down when actions from her past emerge. Angela Wong is a beautiful sixteen ...

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The Trouble with Harriet by Dorothy Cannell Review by Dawn Thomas   316 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Release Date: June 13, 2017   Mystery, British, Women Sleuths   Ellie stops by a Gypsy woman to have her future told. The woman tells Ellie that she shouldn’t be upset or surprised when her father shows up. Ellie’s father has been absent for most of her life with the exception of the occasional letter...

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The Fall by Steve Taylor Review by Dawn Thomas   352 Pages Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd Release Date: June 29, 2018   Historical, Cultural, Ancient Civilizations, Modern Civilizations, Sociology   This is an amazing book. I had many eye-opening moments while reading. The author discusses how the ancient people were peaceful until about 6,000 years ago. He provides historical information that details “The Fall” and the di...

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The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson Review by Dawn Thomas Paperback: 280 pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books (May 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1938288203 ISBN-13: 978-1938288203 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Political Thriller Will Munoz is a San Francisco attorney who represents high paying slick clients. While sitting in a deposition, he asked himself how he became this person. He receives a troubling letter from his mother that leads...

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Book Review Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin Review by Dawn Thomas 222 Pages Publisher: Nature Unplugged Release Date: March 17, 2018 ISBN-10: 0692051198 ISBN-13: 978-0692051191 Non-Fiction, Memoir, Suicide, Family Relationships, Counseling, Psychology, Grief & Loss The subject of mental illness does not get enough discussion. Families that are touched by suicide are never the same again. Most times, the ones left behind do not get res...

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Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 348 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: July 4, 2017 General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction, Relationships, Family Dynamics Carlos and James have something in common. They share the same body but not the same memories. James is suffering from a psychological fugue. In this state, James disappears and Carlos emerges. He lives in Mexico with his t...

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Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 304 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: August 1, 2016 Series: The Everything Series General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction, Family Dynamics Aimee should be happy on her wedding day. Instead she is planning her fiancé, James’, funeral. Her whole world is spiraling out of control. A woman approaches Aimee and tells her James is still alive. Aimee doe...

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Designs to Color by Betty Schaffner Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 3 stars Pages 23 Publisher: Tallfellow Press Release Date: February 17, 2016 Nonfiction, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, Teens & YA This book is a combination of a coloring book with Zentangle images. Some of the pages use thick lines with large coloring areas while others are more detailed with thin lines. Most of the images are are abstract geometric shapes. Many of the images have b...

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Blue Ribbon Canning by Linda J. Amendt Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 5 stars 268 Pages Publisher: Taunton Press Release Date: April 28, 2015 Nonfiction (Adult), Food & Wine, Cooking For years, I have wanted to can and make preserves. I tried twice with disastrous results. When I saw this book, I had hope and was inspired to try it again. The book begins with detailed sections on ingredients, equipment, and techniques. The author provides hel...

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The Gail Force by Robert Lane Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 4 stars 399 Pages Publisher: Mason Alley Publishing / AuthorBuzz Release Date: September 16, 2016 Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense The story begins with Riley and Karl preparing dinner in a house on St. Kitts. Karl stopes suddenly when he sees the Fat Man, Philip Agatha. As his last act, Karl throws Riley over the deck to save her life. Riley arrives in St. Pete, Florida looking for ...

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Book Review: Cats, Daffodils and Dragonflies by Laura Stamps
Poetry , Uncategorized / March 20, 2013

Book review by Dawn Thomas Cats, Daffodils and Dragonflies by Laura Stamps I met Laura some years back when she was publishing the first book in her Witches of Dixie trilogy. I enjoyed all three of the books in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed those books. When Laura told me she was publishing a book with her early poems, I was anticipating its release. While Laura is best known as an erotic novelist, her poetry is so different. The emo...

Spring Semester 2013
UF , Uncategorized / January 8, 2013

Today is the beginning of the spring semester at UF. The Business Law course won’t start until tomorrow so I took advantage of working on my Exploring Geology and Business Computing courses. They both seem to be interesting subjects. The only problem I have is the written assignments in Geology. The arthritis in my hands makes it difficult to write for periods of time. I completed the first three assignments on my computer and tra...

A New Beginning
New Year's , Resolution , Uncategorized / January 2, 2013

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. What will be my resolution this year? Not to allow myself to get too stressed over school. Last semester I was so stressed over Finance I made myself physically ill. I ran a fever over 100 for more than three weeks and had high blood pressure. I even had to cut out caffeine to try and bring it down. Now that the semester is over both my blood pressure and temperature are back to normal. Today ...

A Birthday Surprise for a Friend
Birthday , Carole , Uncategorized / December 28, 2012

It was Carole’s birthday so we wanted to celebrate. We had them to dinner (kale with chickpea and quinoa soup followed by roasted pork, sauerkraut with apples, apple sauce, french onion dressing) and a cute little birthday cake with candles and everything. She was so surprised which make it even nicer....

A Perfect Day for Soup
Cooking , Soup , Uncategorized / December 26, 2012

This morning started with a bang when the front rolled through this morning. The sky opened up and the thunder was rolling. By afternoon though the sun was peeking out. Unfortunately, the wind has not died down. The wind chime is certainly getting a workout today. The first pot of soup is finished. The recipe is from a friend of mine–chickpea and kale soup. It smells wonderful....

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve , Santa , Uncategorized / December 25, 2012

I am sitting here tonight listening to the quiet. It is so peaceful. Children everywhere are waiting for Santa’s arrival. The only thing missing is snow....

Welcome to this beautiful Solstice Season!
Savanna Jane , UF , Uncategorized , Winter Solstice / December 22, 2012

We have been traveling in the dark waiting for the season of increasing light. As the light begins to glow we are aware of changes around us. We begin a new year and with that new goals and resolutions. But before we welcome the new we must say goodbye to the old. The year 2012 for me was hard and trying. Returning to college to finish my degree was proven to be harder than I initially thought. I finished my third semester at the Univer...