Monthly Archives: June 2017

Review of Not Bound by Blood

not_bound_by_bloodIntriguing and Inspirational

In this Historical fiction novel, two strong-willed women form a strong friendship in high school. Their lives twist and turn in different directions for several years, then their bond is tested by an unexpected event.

The point of view switches between Blanche and Miriam in separate chapters, making their stories easy to follow. Ingram’s tight writing style makes for a fast paced, enjoyable read. One slightly explicit sex scene and one suggestive, but neither were overdone.

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In a friendship forged in high school days, solemn athletic Miriam Meyer and flamboyant actress Blanche LaRue seem as different as apples and kumquats.

After winning an Olympic Gold Medal while still a teenager, a plane crash forces Miriam to give up her dream of a repeat performance. She marries and settles for small-town life as the wife of her banker husband, Brad Hammond.

Blanche disposes of anything that will come in the way of achieving her goal, even husband and child. Her career carries her into the European war scene. An enamored Count Romano Vicente comes to rescue her.

Although continents sometimes separate the friends, their strong bond of friendship remains.

Who is Gay Ingram? (From Amazon Author Page)

Gay Ingram writes from her cabin in the piney woods of East Texas. For over twenty-five years she has been entertaining and informing readers either through her novels or by way of articles published in magazines such as Writer’s Journal, BackHome and The Herb Companion. Recently introduced to blogging, she now contributes a blog to http://www.venturegalleries.com and posts twice-weekly on her own blog, Comparing Oranges and Apples, at http://www.gayingram.blogspot.com.

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Review: Murder in Maggie Valley (A KEPS Cozy Mystery)

murder_in_maggie_valleyEnjoyable Cozy Mystery

Sister-in-laws, Edna and Klara Pidgeon arrive in the small cabin-rental community of Maggie Valley to work on their pastry recipe. They expect a peaceful retreat…

The writing team of Kasandra Elaine have created believable characters readers will relate to while the murder mystery unfolds and mayhem ensues. I totally sympathized with Klara at the loss of her pillow!

This is an entertaining read, and the who-done-it question kept the pace steady all the way to the exciting conclusion.

Well done Kasandra Elaine! I look forward to more KEPS Cozy Mysteries.

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Two sisters-in-law, a mountain cabin in North Carolina, burglaries, and the murder of one of the residents in the cabin community—can Edna and Klara Pidgeon work out their pastry recipe and return home to Texas without being arrested for murder or becoming murder victims themselves?

When Klara meets handsome Gerald Thomas, thoughts of returning to her dull, daily life become replaced by dreams of the future with the handsome Cary Grant look-alike. Edgar Farley arrives from Texas to the surprise of Edna and continues his low-key wooing, much to Edna’s chagrin.

Edna and Klara become embroiled in solving the murder and break-ins but figuring out why a young boy, David, seems to be running around the area of the cabins without his parents’ supervision.

Will Edna and Klara ever be able to perfect their KEPS recipe and return to a normal life?

Who is Kasandara Elaine? (Goodreads source)

Kasandra Elaine is the pseudonym for writing team Kassy Paris and Elaine Bonner. Friends since 1966, they formed a writing partnership in 1997.  Elaine went to sleep one night in 2015 and awoke in heaven.

kassy_parisKassy Paris plans to continue the partnership by developing the stories and ideas the two plotted together.

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