#RRBC MEMBER BOOK REVIEWS

Welcome to RRBC Member Reviews!  We know you’ve probably shared it on Amazon (or, maybe Amazon took your review down and are refusing to put it back up for whatever reason), but we’d love to know what you thought of the RRBC books you’ve read.  Please leave the title of your book, the author of the book and your review down below in the comments section.  Before you leave, we’d also appreciate you clicking the share buttons on this page and sending it to all your social media platforms!  Members who have had reviews removed from Amazon, will get credit if they share their reviews here.

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  1. Here is my four-star review for Jewel by Jan Sikes:

    This is an enjoyable short story about a young girl, Jewel, whose family experiences extremely hard times following a work accident by her father. He finds solace in drinking and his family slides further and further into poverty as his ability to support them declines. Their circumstances take a turn for the worse when he suddenly disappears, never to return.

    Jewel realises that her mother is very ill as she has a hacking cough and knows that something has to be done to save her younger sister, her mother and herself. She persuades her mother to go into the town and see a doctor. Her mother, however, returns with finery for her beautiful daughter, Jewel, instead of the expected medicine and the two girls soon realise that their mother, who is dying, has given them away to the best takers she can find.

    Jewel goes to work for a Madam in a brothel and her younger sister is put into foster care. Interestingly, Jewel doesn’t fight against her fate, seeming to quickly accept that she has no other options for the time being.

    Jewel becomes an object of interest for one of the brothel’s wealthy clients. Will she find happiness or will she become just another mistress to be cast aside when her admirer looses interest? You will have to read the book to find out.

    The link to my review on Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R158H8CQLW5V5T/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07TKMXK5B

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  2. I have read and reviewed Waterlilies Over My Grave by Patricia A. Guthrie. My review is live at Amazon.com

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  3. Here is my 4 star review of Nonnie Jules book, Open, Shut: A short story:

    This is the first book I have read by Nonnie Jules and I enjoyed it a great deal. Darcy Lynn and her younger brother are the admiring younger siblings of Lola. A bright and vivid personality with an ever ready smile, Lola is the heart of their family. She is an extraordinary girl with a real sense of family and lots of time for her younger siblings.

    One dark and dreary morning, the three siblings are walking to school when a terrible car accident claims Lola’s life and her family are left to deal with the fallout. Darcy’s parents are atheists so they do not have Faith to turn to during this time of trouble.

    A few years later, Darcy is feeling despondent, the effects of the loss of her wonderful older sister still hang heavily over her family with her father having found solace in alcohol and her mother maintaining her sister’s old bedroom as a shrine. Darcy goes into her dead sister’s bedroom and finds and reads her diary. This action hugely impacts on her life and that of her family, allowing them to re-discover their lost Faith and move forward along life’s path in a positive way.

    I liked the style of writing of this book and the inclusion of the diary entries which are read by Darcy during her time in her sister’s bedroom. The ending is rolled out cleverly with the positive outcomes highlighted in a clever and natural way.

    Link to my review on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2K2LX1SAOPXL1/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07F7VVHN7

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  4. Amazon (Australia) would not let me post a review for:
    Deception
    by Eric Halpenny
    Five stars *****

    I genuinely enjoyed this story. Firstly it was very well written and though the storyline is not my usual go to reading category, the quality of the writing makes me want to read more by the author because I believe if he wrote a genre I enjoy – he would do it exceptionally well.
    Deception is a tale about a thoroughly nasty man, an interrogator in an oppressive Eastern Bloc society who will stop at nothing to further his career and thinks he can achieve it at the expense of a female colleague. I don’t want to give anything away, but the ending was very pleasing.

    Well done, Eric.

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  5. Amazon would not let me post a review of Suzanne Burke’s book, Empty Chairs

    Here is my Five Star Review.
    Empty Chairs by Suzanne Burke

    I have been impressed with Ms. Burke’s storytelling abilities and have read several of her fictional thrillers. I’m not a big fan of memoirs since, for the most part, the story is all about the person told from the person’s point of view. Generally, that point of view is somewhat egocentric and usually an attempt to explain away certain events without the mia culpa aspect. I have to tell you this story is quite different. Ms. Burke presents a no holds barred look at her young life.
    The book opens with examples of horrible neglect and abuse by her mother and an endless stream of men who paid to abuse and have sex with a child. There seemed to be no way out of the situation but death. This kind of childhood would have broken anyone and have made a logical excuse for a life of anti-social behavior. Ms. Burke is much better than that. She took matters into her own hands and battled her way out of her mother’s house at eleven years old. Having nowhere to go, she took to the streets. Here is where this memoir takes a turn. Instead of glorifying her ability to survive, Ms. Burke continually provides the reader with moral lessons on what not to do when one is experiencing homelessness.
    In short, Ms. Burke does not paint a picture of heroic deeds done in spite of being homeless. She accurately portrays the condition of homelessness for what it is a frightening, lonely, and dangerous way to live. I suspect one of Ms. Burke’s goals in writing the memoir was to keep anyone reading the story from ever contemplating going out and trying the experience. Also, she paints a picture of the homeless that is sure to increase understanding of those not so inflicted.
    This book is not a preachy, self-righteous, get it off my chest kind of thing. It is raw, gritty, and tells a frightening story. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys excellent writing and a story that reads almost like a piece of thriller fiction.

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  6. Hi ! Read & reviewed Karen Ingalls ma’am’s book ‘When I rise’ on Amazon.com & Amazon.in. Both the reviews are up on Amazon. Here is the review:

    ‘When I Rise’ is a charming collection of short stories based on special trees & their unique symbols to the plots. Be it child abuse, a difficult divorce, bulimia, caring for the elderly, Alzheimer’s disease etc., each short story in this collection has a tree to celebrate it’s gifts to humanity. Award winning author Karen Ingalls captures the heart of the reader by her wonderful prose. Her love for gardening & nature is brought out beautifully in this little book. I recommend this book to every tree lover out there. Buy your copy of Ingalls’ book today & be uplifted. This book will let you know the magic of trees & how we must persevere in spite of all the odds against us, to achieve everlasting bliss, like the eternal trees themselves. Go & get your copy of ‘When I Rise’ today, you won’t regret it. I liked the way each tree highlighted a different social issue & I think you will too. I hope to read more books by Karen Ingalls in the near future. She has done a marvelous job with this tiny book. My favorite part was about the story of Daisy the duck. No! You’re not getting any spoilers from me – get your copy today. Happy reading to everyone!’

    Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC & RWISA! 😀 😀 😀

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  7. Hi ! Read & reviewed Beem sir’s ‘Jazz Baby’ on Amazon.com & Amazon.in. Both the reviews are up on Amazon. Here is my review:

    ‘I loved this book. ‘Jazz Baby’ is a page turner like no other. Penned by accomplished author Beem Weeks, ‘Jazz Baby’ is a tale of Emily Ann who just wants to sing Jazz but is caught up in all sorts of troublesome situations. Shocking event after shocking event makes Emily Ann more determined to reach New York where she hopes to make her dreams come true away from her hometown that has only misunderstood her, made use of her helplessness or ill-treated her. The book is a compelling read. It’s difficult to put the book down once you have started reading it. ‘Jazz Baby’ is a literary achievement like no other. It’s packed with action & a number of memorable characters that endears themselves to the readers. I was especially impressed by the character of Neesie, a poor Black-American child who only yearns to have her own baby to care for. This character along with other characters like Jobie Pritchett, Billy Blood, DeShay & Pig are just larger than life penned beautifully by the skilled hand of Beem Weeks, the author. The book is undoubtedly a book about a child’s way of struggling in a world that only wants to make use of her & her voice. I highly recommend this book to all literary fiction fans out there. Read this book & enter the life of Emily Ann who is nothing more than a ‘baby’ herself, ‘Jazz Baby!’ Read this book & enjoy yourself in a world that is money crazy, full of violence, & brutal. Get your copy of Beem Weeks’ masterpiece ‘Jazz Baby’ today. Are you looking for a literary fiction read about the Jazz age in the USA then read this book. Looking for a well written read with a strong female protagonist with a mind of her own then this is the book for you. Looking for a page turner of book then get your copy of ‘Jazz Baby’ ASAP. I hope to read more books by Beem Weeks in the near future. Kudos to him on a job well done!’

    Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC & RWISA ! 😀 😀 😀

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  8. peggyhattendorfcom | Reply

    “Willed Accidents Happen: A Short Story” by Patricia A. Guthrie was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I have placed an Amazon review .

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  9. peggyhattendorfcom | Reply

    I have read and posted an Amazon review for Balroop Singh’s poetry – “Moments We Love.” What a lovely collection of poems and I have many favorites.

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    1. Thank you Peggy, I am glad you liked this collection of poems.

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  10. I thoroughly enjoyed Tabula Rasa by Gordon Bickerstaff. Join Lambeth Group agents, Zoe Tampsin and Gavin Shawlens, as they try to unravel mystery surrounding the unusual death of a government scientist. Once again, Gordon has developed an exciting plot with plenty of twists and turns as the story unfolds.

    For those who enjoy non-stop action, this one is for you! With realistic characters, several intriguing settings and a group of visionaries trying to recreate the world as they want it to be, you’ll find yourself burning the midnight oil as you won’t want to put it down!

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  11. Hi ! Read & reviewed S.Burke ma’am’s short story collection ‘The Alternative’. The reviews are up on both Amazon.com & Amazon.in. I loved the book & hope to read more books by Suzanne ma’am in the near future. Happy reading & reviewing to all at RRBC ! – Fiza Pathan

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  12. Hi ! Read & reviewed D.L.Finn ma’am’s memoir ‘No Fairy Tale’. Both the reviews are up on Amazon.com & Amazon.in. It was an amazing read & I loved the poems, especially the ones about nature. Looking forward to reading more of D.L.Finn ma’am’s books ASAP. Happy reading & reviewing to all ! – Fiza Pathan

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  13. I just left this review for “Slimmer” by Wendy Jayne on Amazon:

    A Delightful Read

    This book is a fun read from start to finish. It is well-written and held my attention throughout. Upon finishing the story, I felt disappointed that this wild ride from the depths of human weakness to triumph was over. Well done!

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  14. Just left a review of Haunting Megan, by Rebecca Reilly, on Amazon. Five stars for this riveting and well-written part whodunit/part ghost story!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would most definitely read more by this author. The characters were well-drawn and I really cared about them. The ending, which I though I had figured out, wasn’t what I thought, which is always a treat when reading suspense. Great book, Rebecca!
    (Hope the review will post, as I used my pen name rather than my real name – won’t know for a few days. If not, I will try to resubmit with my real name that the Amazon account is in. We’ll see …)

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    1. Hi, Maura. Please be sure to send notice of all your reviews to me at RaveReviewsBookClub@gmail.com. This way you’ll be sure to receive credit.

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      1. Maura Beth Brennan | Reply

        Thanks, Beem! Still learning the ropes and will be sure to include this step next time!! Love following the club members tweets and retweeting, too. Thanks for the reminder!
        Maura Beth

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  15. Here’s a link to my five star review on Amazon of Gordon Bickerstaff’s book Everything to Lose:

    https://www.amazon.com/review/R2BX1BTFSG3R1C

    Looking forward to reading Gordon’s next book!

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  16. I read Fred’s Diary 1981, Travels in Asia almost non-stop! Here is the link to my review on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/review/R33Y8OCM3RMR2G/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
    I gave it a 4 star review, because I was wanting more local history, but then again…it was not my diary!

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  17. Amazon would not allow me to post my five-star review of , The Contract Between Heaven and Earth, by Gwen Plano and John Howell, but I have posted it on my blog and social media. Here it is:

    A story thick with layers, both in plot and characters, the turn of almost every page is a revelation of another clue, not only for the reader, but for the main characters themselves.

    After entering their hosts, they must re-discover each other and their inexplicable feelings of romantic love, as they work to unhinge a terrorist plan to destroy a world leader.

    To be honest, I am not an avid reader of romance, and if it were not for the backstory, I would have declared the relationship between the main characters unrealistic and a bit ‘over-the-top.’ However, in similar fashion to the rest of the novel, the reason for their behavior grows abundantly clear and I found myself nodding, ‘yes, this makes perfect sense.’

    The attention to detail and logical flow of events is amazing. There are no gaps in the sequence, and never once did I find myself questioning how a certain fact or situation came to pass. Everything is explained and that is no small feat, especially since the book was co-authored.

    If you enjoy the comfort of a predictable plot, look elsewhere. If you want to figure out the ‘who-dunnit’ in five minutes, I wish you the best of luck. There are so many twists and turns that I’m almost given to recommend the print format be made into the shape of a corkscrew.

    To John W. Howell and Gwen M. Powell, I offer a hearty round of applause. You both certainly pulled it off and your talent shows. Well done!

    Five well-deserved stars!

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  18. I read Vanished by Mark Bierman, and highly recommend it! This fiction book was well researched, well thought out, and well written! I gave it a 5 star review on Amazon.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn, for your wonderful review!

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    2. Thanks for your thumbs up, Lynn. I’m putting “Vanished” by Mark Bierman on my TBR List for the holidays. 🙂 Kind regards Maretha Botha

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  19. I have read reviewed: The One Discovered by Yvette M. Calleiro
    Bound by Forrest Stepnowski. My reviews are live at Amazon.

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  20. Deadly Secrets, the first in the Lambeth Group Series by Gordon Bickerstaff, is a well-written story which will keep action-adventure aficionados. He’s created an intricate plot, which if successful, could potentially doom countless numbers of people to death as they unknowingly ingest harmful protease enzymes.

    Follow Gavin Shawlins, a dedicated scientist and a member of the secret Lambeth Group, as he unravels the sinister plot. There is something for everyone in this exciting thriller, even a bit of rekindled romance. With plenty of twists and turns, Gordon has forged the opening novel of what should be an exciting series. I look forward to reading more!

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  21. Amazon would not allow me to post my review for Red Eyes In The Darkness.

    Here’s my five-star review:

    This is a well-written whodunit that kept me intrigued from the beginning. D.L. Finn has a gift for building suspense while creating a story. With RED EYES IN THE DARKNESS, readers are caught in the tension and are compelled to read in hopes of solving the mystery. Always, I look forward to the supernatural dimensions of Finn’s work, and this short story was no exception. I highly recommend it.

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author | Reply

      Thank you, Gwen:)

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  22. A five star review for john Fioravanti’s ‘When can I stop running.’

    Although not my usual style or reading,this well written story of a young man drafted into the Vietnamese /U.S. war,I found exceptional.John tells of his friend and himself during the nights in Vietnam being lookouts to warn the comrades of approaching enemy.When he was bored and afraid,stuck in mud filled holes his mind wanders back to childhood memories of youthful antics along with his mates,that were both dangerous and had them all running in fear of their lives.These memories were both humorous, believable and identifiable with most youngsters.This book was most readable and enjoyable and I look forward to reading’ Cherries’. Joy M. Lilley

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    1. Hi, Joy. The author of “When Can I Stop Running,” is John Podlaski, not John Fioravanti. Great review! I read this book too and enjoyed it.

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    2. Thank you, Joy! I’m glad you enjoyed my story. Did you post this on Amazon?

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      1. Yes my friend ,it’s on Amazon too. Sorry for the mix up.I’m looking forward to ‘Cherries.’

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  23. I have reviewed Open Shut by Nonnie Jules and Strawberry Moon by Joy Lilley. My reviews are live at Amazon.

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  24. I have reviewed The Kurdish Connection by Randall Krzak
    5.0 out of 5.0 stars

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  25. D.L. Flynn’s Red Eyes in the Darkness is a gripping suspense guaranteed to leave you thinking–where is evil lurking, and why? This is a well-written story which will give you pause to look at people differently, just as Cass and Will found out when they were under suspicion of killing Cass’ sister.

    Friends and family members want nothing to do with them, yet they haven’t done anything wrong. Even when the cause of their problems meets a predicted but untimely demise, red eyes appear elsewhere. Hold onto your seat as you read this one. An excellent story and you won’t be able to put it down!

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author | Reply

      Thank you, Randall:)

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  26. My review of The Merest Loss, by Steven Neil, has been posted on Amazon. The novel is beautifully written, with a bit of mystery woven throughout. This historical saga tells the story of the lives of the Harryet family and those who impact it. The main character, Eliza, also known as Harriet, is a headstrong young horsewoman, who leaves her parents and finds success as a Shakespearean actress. Politics and power, however, force her into a different kind of acting and for years, her life is no longer her own. The novel is set the in the mid-nineteenth century. The characters are well-developed, some endearing, others infuriating, but in either case they are memorable. Steeplechase racing is an important part of the story and the success and tragedy of racing is accurately described. I thoroughly enjoyed it! https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1TQCSD60WXKQE/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B077D9SHB5

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  27. I just posted a FIVE-STAR review for “Reflections” by John Fioravanti. What a beautiful and inspiring book!

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  28. Amazon won’t allow me to post this review, however, it is available on my blog. I read “Voodoo or Destiny: You Decide.” By Jan Sikes.
    Here is my review …
    My Review:

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Voodoo and a hunger for revenge, make for a great read!

    Jan Sikes proves yet again just how diversely talented she is in this fast-paced and exciting read.

    When Claire is betrayed by the husband she adores her pain soon turns to hunger for revenge. Assisted by her friend Jade who is related to an acknowledge Voodoo Queen in New Orleans, she constructs a Voodoo Doll.

    Claire falls into a drunken sleep and awakens to find a fresh hell waiting. But, is it a hell of her own making? The author cleverly teases us with alternative possibilities.

    Jan Sikes has a gift for creating memorable three-dimensional characters, and that’s often a very real challenge in a shorter read. We are permitted to see Claire’s pain, her sense of loss, and we can empathize and even understand her drunken desire to inflict pain back on her tormenters.

    If you enjoy being tantalized, and want a fast and satisfying read, then I’d recommend this one.

    https://sooozburkeauthor.com/2019/10/17/book-review-voodoo-or-destiny-you-decide-by-jan-sikes-rijanjks-rrbc-rwisa-iartg/

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    1. Thank you, Soooz. Yes, Amazon is giving us fits these days.

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  29. I read Nonnie Jules book, “The Good Mommies’ Guide To Raising {Almost} Perfect Daughters”, and gave it a 5 star review on Amazon. Here is the link to my review; https://www.amazon.com/review/RZTRQMWUBLV1O/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv
    Thank you, Nonnie Jules for an inspiring book of values! Well written!

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  30. Amazon would not allow me to post this review, however, it can be found on my blog. Here is my review of ‘A Soldier’s Children,’ by Jan Sikes:
    I found myself emotionally invested in the characters, anger at their dead-beat mother who abandons her children to fend for themselves. Who does that? I know the mother was mentally distraught over the death of her husband, but I found myself unable to forgive her actions.

    Despite my disgust for Mom,  I couldn’t help but admire the courage and resilience of young Jennifer, a teenager pushed to a station far above her years. She demonstrates incredible maturity, ‘quick-on-the-feet’ intelligence, and a ‘can-do’ attitude. Her younger sister, Emily, is adorable and her kindness towards feline, Miss Daisy, is a tell-tale sign that she shares her sister’s traits.

    This is a poignant tale, yet the above-mentioned qualities of the main characters, combined with the kindness shown by Mr. Parker and the owner of the antique store is heart-warming.

    This is a quick-read that can easily and pleasantly be devoured on a bus ride to, or from, work. The following sentence is the best way I can describe it.

    A Soldier’s Children is a professional-grade firework compacted into firecracker size. A small package with a massive emotional impact!

    I give this book a FIVE STAR rating.

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    1. Thank you, Mark, for your amazing review of “A Soldier’s Children!”

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      1. It was an amazing book!

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  31. peggyhattendorfcom | Reply

    ‘I’ve read D.L. Finn’ s gripping short story “Red Eyes in the Darkness,” and placed an Amazon review.

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author | Reply

      Thank you, Peggy:)

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  32. peggyhattendorfcom | Reply

    I have read “Acts of Betrayal” by Suzanne Burke with its interesting plot and placed an Amazon review.

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  33. Amazon would not accept my review of D.L.Finn’s Bigfoot A Short Story.
    Here is the review – 5 Star
    D.L Finn got the reader hooked when she opened the story with a question on why the lake was being poisoned. We do find out the answer as well as the plausible existence of Bigfoot. The story is short and the plot tight, so any more discussion of the story might expose some of the ever-present spoiler opportunities.
    All the reader needs to know is the story is tense, well written, and will leave you wanting more of this story. It is a rapid, satisfying read, and I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of genre preference.

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author | Reply

      Thank you, John:)

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  34. I have read and reviewed the following books:
    The Family History Fun Factor: How to Gather and Preserve Family Folklore by Marcha A. Fox
    And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso
    Long Stories Short by Karen Black
    All my reviews are live at Amazon.

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  35. Amazon would not allow me to post my review for “When Can I Stop Running” by John Podlaski, so here you go. I gave this RRBC BOM 4 Stars.
    This book is written from a first-hand perspective of a man who served in the Viet Nam war. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was interesting to me how he switched from the soldiers’ present precarious situation to childhood memories that were triggered by the events unfolding. There were times I held my breath and times when I had to chuckle. This story is told in such a way that I was able to put myself there beside L.G. and Polack as they endured a long night of LP (Listening Patrol). Not only was the assignment dangerous, but amplified by total darkness and the animals and insects of the Viet Nam jungle. I couldn’t wait for morning to come so they could return to base camp; that is if they survived the night. A well-told story from a man who was there!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I’m glad you enjoyed my story. Why do you think we’re having such problems with Amazon not posting reviews?

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  36. Amazon would not allow me to ost a review of Red Eyes in the Darkness. Here is my five-star review

    Red Eyes in The Darkness by D.L.Finn

    Just when you thought it safe to retire and relax a thing called “It “comes into your life. It not only comes in but murders a family member. If that is not enough, the thing which is, in reality, the husband of the murdered woman spreads a bunch of lies about you. Now even your own children won’t talk to you, and the police consider you a person of interest. Time to hit the road in hopes the “It” will be found out.

    This is just a short rundown of the plot. To keep spoilers to a minimum, let me just say this short story was written by D. L. Finn to scare the bejesus out of you. You see, Finn has created these creatures called Evildwels. You guessed it. They take over humans and are not beneficial to have around. You can tell if one has entered someone you know because they will have red eyes. Hence the title of this short story.

    If you love tension and scary stuff in your stories, you’ll love this one.

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    1. D.L. Finn, Author | Reply

      Thank you, John:)

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