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Re: Souls Triumphant by S William Foley

Souls Triumphant
By S. William Foley
$15.95 U.S.
ISBN: 0-595-36082-3
Published by: iUniverse

Souls Triumphant has something for everyone. Part love story, part fantasy adventure, and filled with action. Readers are thrust into the classic dilemma of good vs. evil. However, this is not the tradition tale that has been written many times. Foley has delivered a refreshing and entertaining read for all ages. Adults and teens will finally have something they agree on…… this is a good book!Love at first sight would prove to be much more than a cliché for Joe and Alessandra. Fresh faced college graduates, they had no way of knowing what lay ahead of them. For it would be vastly different than anything they had imagined. Soon, their very existence would be balanced on a knife edge. Where the slightest misstep would be catastrophic.

Ned and his conspirators had been banished from the Kingdom. The Fallen One believed it better to rule than to serve. Ned was physically attractive, had amassed great wealth and was desired by women. Yet, the one thing he wanted more than anything else, lay just out of his reach. That is until he found Alessandra. She was the key! With her, he could have it all! Finally he would have that which had eluded him for all time. Or would he? Could she resist him? Even defeat him?

S. William Foley has penned a one of a kind novel, where the characters, while interacting within a fantasy world, could not be more real. Questions of spirituality, ethics and morals are presented through detailed plot lines that could easily be woven into the fabric of our daily lives. Foley has delivered a well constructed novel that combines interesting characters, intriguing dialogue and explosive moral conflicts. This rare mix, will undoubtedly place Foley on the favorites list of many readers.

Happy Reading!
   RJ  xx

*submission received & acknowledged; documentation on file.


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Re: Don’t Just Sit There by LA Wilson

Don’t Just Sit There:
  A true account of a frightening experience and a self-help book for women
by L.A. Wilson
ISBN: 0-595-18045-0
$15.95 U.S./$25.95 CANADA
Writers Club Press an imprint of, Inc
Fans of suspense thrillers and true crime, all women everywhere, from 8 to 80 will find the hair on the back of their necks standing on end reading “Don’t Just Sit There.” Men who read this book are given a tiny glimpse into the atrocities perpetrated against women. Not only is this an intense, page turning read, the message can not be overemphasized. Easily something within the pages of this book could literally save your life, or that of someone you love. What more motivation could you need to read it?L.A. Wilson has given the reader a front row seat into the ordeal that changed her life. Based on factual events, the book relates the horrific kidnapping, sexual assault and her six month journey through the system. From that awful night she was abducted at knife point til the jury foreman read the verdict, she shares it all. An engrossing and unflinching story that took me on a roller coater ride of emotions. Fear, anger, determination, combined with healing, finding new love, a little humor amid the horror, and finally stepping into the dawn of a new day as a new woman…..Wilson refused to be victimized in silence and with this powerful book, she compels others, to fight for the justice they deserve. “Don’t Just Sit There” has opened my eyes and touched my soul in profound ways. I commend Ms. Wilson for her courage. The same strength and grace that sustained her through this ordeal is conveyed to the reader in her words. This is one of those very rare books that stays in your mind long after it has been returned to the shelf. Which is a testament to the power of the story, as well as, the expert way it was crafted and delivered.

Happy Reading!
  RJ xx

*Personal Note:
Many victims of violent crime feel they have no where to turn and no one understands. If you are one of the 1000’s of women whose lives have been forever altered by such senseless acts of violence please read Don’t Just Sit There. It could very well be the first steps on the road to healing and regaining control of your life.*submitted & acknowledged documentation available.


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Re: Hands by MA Street

By MA Street
ISBN-13: 978-0595676248
ISBN-10: 0-595676232
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.

First, allow me to catch my breath, dry my eyes, and gather my thoughts….. Written by Mike Unrue, under the pen name MA Street and self-published via iUniverse, this is an exceptional read! Hands is one of the very rare titles that not only has all the right ingredients but also has brought something new to the reading public.

In David’s mind, his ability to heal others is as much a curse as it is a blessing. Never knowing who he is able to heal, is frustrating and heart breaking for David. There are times he feels the music and at other times, there is only clatter. Unable to save his own Mother he is left questioning himself, as well as, this gift. Growing up without his father David is a scared and imperfect character that is easy for readers to relate too.

Because his emotions are experienced in vivid colors and musical in nature, art just came naturally. With his artwork selling for millions of dollars, his career as a brilliant artist was cemented. If only he could keep his ’other talent’ a secret he could avoid public scrutiny and ridicule.

When David meets Sara a trauma surgeon, they fall in love. At one point, she explains that her hands are magical, giving love and dancing. It is with her that he is able to begin the journey to acceptance. What follows is truly a beautiful exchange of emotion, passion and understanding.

M.A. Street has penned an incredibly engaging story that reaches out of the book into your heart. Long after having finished the final words, I found myself thinking about the characters. This is a story that stays with you. Written with the unusual mix of professionalism, realism, and spiritualism, that will surely be revisited many times by book lovers everywhere. It amazes me that this book only reached the market because of the sheer determination of the author.

If you crave a good story, that will grab you and not let go, from the first page – this is it! Do not miss this one! I know that I have added MA Street to my personal list of favorites and will be anxiously awaiting his next book!

Happy Reading!
RJ xx
submission & acknowledgement documentation available.

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Re: Sight Unseen by Samantha Graves

Sight Unseen
by Samantha Graves
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 0-446-61838-1
$6.99 US/$9.99 CAN.
Hatchette Book Group USA
Warner Forever is an imprint of Warner Books, Inc.

After her award winning series as CJ Barry, Samantha Graves had established herself as an excellent Romance author. With Sight Unseen she has raised the bar and changed the rules of the romance genre. To label this book simply a Romance title, would be a grave injustice, Sight Unseen goes much deeper than that.

The adventure begins as Samantha takes the reader to the bottom of the ocean, to retrieve a medallion that was worn by ‘King Pacal Votan the Great’. Raven Callahan is a modern day treasure hunter of sorts, with a special gift that allows her to authenticate the items, with a simple touch. She and her sister, Jillian receive information from inanimate objects. The stronger the emotion of the person that owned or touched the object, the more intensely it is felt by Raven. Working for API, she recovers priceless pieces for private collectors, as well as, museums that have been lost or stolen.

Dax Maddox is rugged and attractive, with loneliness and haunting anger in his eyes. Once a respected detective in Miami, he now had only one goal – to catch a killer! The night, Nick, his rookie partner was murdered, he had been imprisoned in a world filled only with shades of gray. He left the force to pursue a cop killer, to exact revenge and get justice for Nick. Which lead him to the art auction, at ‘Matador’s Auction House, in Miami. Bringing him face to face with the Vassalo painting and the beautiful woman he knew was a thief. The chemistry between these two characters, Raven and Dax, is palpable. From the moment he forces her into a closet at the auction, to the swirling intensity of their first kiss, the reader is swept up into the story, like a leaf in a tornado! The author develops each as an individual, while continuing to bring them together, moving toward a confrontation with a killer and explosive intimacy. Both of which will leave the reader breathless and wanting more!

Samantha Graves has delivered an action packed, suspense thriller, filled with three dimensional characters that are intelligent and sexy. The various plot elements are effortlessly woven into the fabric of the lead, as well as, the supporting characters.

This title has everything a reader could ask for; suspense – that keeps you guessing, action – that will keep you thinking, passion – that will make you breathless, combined with enough twists and turns to construct a mountain trail and keep you teetering on the edge all the way!.

Don’t let “Sight Unseen” remain unseen by you!

READERS – Get Ready… The Callahan ladies are back in Samantha Graves new novel, “Out Of Time”  (scheduled for release, August 2008) 


Happy Reading!
RJ xx
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Re: Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson - Absolute Fear

Absolute Fear
by Lisa Jackson
Fiction$19.95 ($25.95 Canada)
ISBN-13: 978-0-7582-1182-8
ISBN-10: 0-7582-1182-1
Kensington Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing
Kensington Books, imprint of Kensington Publishing
Visit the HomePage of Lisa Jackson -Best Selling author

In her stunning follow up to the 2006 best seller “Shiver,” Lisa Jackson has proven that there’s room for a little romance amid all the death and depravity. Absolute Fear is part of the Bayou series, which includes, “Hot Blooded, Cold Blooded, and Shiver.” The plot line is in depth and complicated yet developed simultaneously with the characters, in such a way that Absolute Fear stands on its own. This book has it all, child abuse, scandalous behavior within the church, unethical medical practices, sex, murder and mayhem. Having enjoyed this novel on every conceivable level, I have added all three previous titles to my list of must reads.

Absolute Fear opens three months after the ritualistic murder of Roy Kajak and the attempted murder of Eve Renner. Eve, still suffering from amnesia, returns to New Orleans. That very day, Cole Dennis was set free. It seemed like a life time ago that she had met Cole at her fathers farm house. A hot shot attorney that successfully represented Dr. Renner after his patient committed suicide. There was a part of her that had never been convinced that he had tried to kill her. On the night of her return, this belief would be tested, when Cole appears at her door.

They had to find a way to trust each other and work together. The irony of this uneasy alliance is yet another twist leading the reader deeper into the story. Everything that was happening was related to the asylum, where her father had been the head psychiatrist. As an adult she had heard rumors about Our Lady of Virtues and the horrors that occurred there. Now in order to regain control of her life she would have to go back where it all began. Because somewhere in the midst of that crumbling building were the shattered pieces of her memory. The key to the murders wasn’t the only secret Our Lady held. Oh no, there was more, much more. The subtle innuendos quickly place the reader into a frenzied state of near panic. Frantically reading as quickly as possible in hopes of finding a calm place to slow down and breathe.

Unspeakable madness had once been perpetrated behind the walls of Our Lady of Virtues – and he intended to revive that madness, just for Eve. She would pay for her sins, he would make sure of that. Then he would be deified, his god had said. The “Reviver” is a sick, twisted, ritualistic murderer. The tattooing, cryptic clues and murders are all part of his elaborate revenge. He knew they were all so blinded by sin that they were unable to interpret that which he had written in blood for all to see? He wouldn’t just spell it out for them – and yet that is exactly what he had done. As the true nature of his actions and extent of his manipulations are revealed, the skillfully coded clues scattered throughout become crystal clear.

Absolute Fear is an Absolute Best Seller! Lisa Jackson has continued her series, while creating a novel that stands tall on its own merit. Jackson’s ability to explore the inner workings of this characters depraved mind is an astonishing literary feat, that should not be overlooked. Successfully delivering to the reader a fright filled journey into the dark recesses of a madman’s desires, while maintaining a relationship filled with explosive passion places Lisa Jackson in the company of the best! This book has the perfect mix of secrets, lust and murder to keep readers coming back again and again. And with the door left open at the conclusion, we can hope that there will be another installment.

Happy Reading!
RJ xx

Submission acknowledged April 1 by Publisher – April 3 by author


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