In the Books featuring Divorce Decree: A Novel by Nesly Clerge

Good morning and welcome to this week’s In the Books, featuring Divorce Decree: A Novel by Nesly Clerge.

Divorce decree

About the Book: TILL DEATH DO US PART. When Jake Adams uttered those words to his wife, Stephanie, he had an entirely different intention in mind. Industrious, determined, dedicated, devoted to his wife and children, he plans to give her, and them, the world. What Jake lacked in education, he made up for with willingness to learn and work hard so as to reap the rewards. In the end, it paid off—or so he believed. Stephanie should have been happy. And after all they went through together—the scares, dares, jobs, babies, successes, failures, lovers, separations, and second chances, why isn’t she content? What will it take? What is it that she wants him to do? As he struggles to discern truth from lies, it becomes a matter of being dead wrong or dead right. Find out who gets what’s deserved in this latest novel of emotional twists and turns by Nesly Clerge.

My Review: Few novels have the emotional twists and turns like Nesly Clerge’s.

The story itself if fast paced and well written, pulling us in from the first word. The author uses his phenomenal understanding of people and our emotions and thought processes to entangle us in a happy marriage that eventually turns sour as the communication between the couple breaks down, allowing their jealousy, anger, and frustration to get the better part of them.

The characters are all well written, and neither one of the main characters are right and both are wrong. As happens so often in real life, a simple explanation could’ve prevented so much, but us digging in our heals when we’re sure we’re right often leads to tragedy. There are so many times the story could have turned had it not been of one (Not saying who. No spoilers here.) could’ve moved beyond their pride and hurt feelings to listen or think beyond their own boundaries.

In many ways, the Jake and Stephanie are so real, it’s easy to see pieces of ourselves in this and treat it like a “What Not to Do” manual. On that note, I’d recommend relying on a professional opinion instead, but if it helps us to look inside ourselves, that could be the first important step, right?

I do have to admit, my favorite interactions were between Jake’s best friends, Pete and Melissa, who play great parts as Jake’s conscious and serve as great comic relief when they’re antagonizing each other. Of course, seeing Starks is a nice caveat. Crossovers rock when done right, and this is done right.

As usual, this is an awesome glimpse into the human condition by the author, and it’s a must read for anyone that loves well-written, reality based drama.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome tho this week’s Poetry Corner! Please join me in welcoming Vic Tomlinson! 🙂

That Kiss by Vic Tomlinson

Their lips touched

ever so gently.

The hint of perfume

was so inviting.

He kissed each cheek

and her ruby red lips.

They held each other’s hands

and gazed into each other’s eyes.

To be

so in love.

It all started

with that kiss.

Beautiful poem, Vic! 🙂

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In the Books featuring The Wilted Periphery by Charles Lominec.

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Wilted Periphery by Charles Lominec.

Charles

About the Book: The burdens of the crown weigh heavily on King Czarel. The Assembly of Sorcery is in upheaval after the murder of their most powerful member and when a renegade wizard hatches a dragon to use as a pawn. Half-man/half-wolf savages, from another world, invade through weakened boundaries. An other-worldly fiend launches a scheme to provide her with an unlimited supply of cranial culinary delights. Will Czarel’s magic sword, paramour with powers of healing, and loyal allies be enough to fend off the threats coming from the edge of The Wilted Periphery?

My Review: The story is fast-paced and engaging as we’re thrown into a world of wonder and chaos. It begins with the murder of a wizard that sought to create a life to serve him and ends with a life in an effort to bring peace, bringing things full circle.

The characters are familiar and easy to understand their motives. The cool thing about this is it doesn’t detract from the story but adds to it and helps the flow remain steady, quick and engaging.

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In the Books featuring Wizard War (The Wizard Halls Chronicles Book 3) by Sheryl Steines

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Wizard War (The Wizard Halls Chronicles Book 3) by Sheryl Steines.

wizard war

About the Book: Eight months ago, Annie Pearce, closed the murder investigation of Princess Amelie of Amborix and put her killer in prison. So receiving a newspaper article with a picture of the princess alive and well, walking the streets of Paris, left Annie shocked and confused.

Who sent the picture?

With the threat of exposure hanging over her, Annie and her wizard guard partner, Spencer Ray chase the wily, young, vampire across Europe attempting to stop her murderous streak. When finding the vampire seems nearly impossible, Annie seeks out an old nemesis, Sturtagaard the vampire, to help them kill the demon princess.

But all is not as it seems. As Annie traipses across the jurisdiction of other wizard guard units, who blame her for the situation, tensions rise. A vulnerable Annie, must push aside her self-doubt and focus her energy on stopping the vampire. If she’s not careful, all her plans can lead to a wizard war, one that only she can stop.

My Review: The first two books in this series were fun and at times intense adventures into the world Sheryl Steines created, and this one didn’t disappoint. The story was engaging and fast moving, making it extremely hard to put the book down. The characters, locations, and events were well-described and fleshed out, making the world as real as the one we live in.

The characters were just as well written, led by the main character, Annie. While intelligent, witty, and good at her job, Annie is often her own worst enemy. I can sympathize with her as I do the second guessing game, too, and it became her biggest obstacle in the story as it made her passive and the derision and grief she received from others tore into her a lot worse than it should have.

With that being said, I do have to say I felt bad for Princess Amelia as the story unfolded. She proved to be a deeper, yet more sensitive character than I expected, and most of that stemmed from other means aside from her. It’s difficult to explain, but I don’t want to say anymore as it may spoil the story. You’ll just have to read it for yourself to understand what I mean.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner, featuring Vic Tomlinson! 🙂

 

Those in Uniform by Vic Tomlinson

 

We salute the women

and men in uniform

who protect our nation.

They aren’t paid very well

for all that they do.

Yet, they are one of the

true heroes in our society.

They sacrifice their lives at war

to protect us and preserve our freedom.

They rescue us

from natural disasters

that occur in our nation.

They leave behind

families and loved ones

in order to serve our country.

They do so much

to keep us

safe and strong.

At least, we should pull together

to support them,

regardless of our political affiliations

or beliefs.

Awesome poem, Vic! Our veterans deserve all the respect and appreciation in the world. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of the Poetry Corner, featuring Vic Tomlinson! 🙂

Halloween by Vic Tomlinson

She liked the ghosts, goblins,

and witches of Halloween.

She had decorated her house

with orange lights, inside and out.

She had purchased the pumpkins

and would carve them with her kids

for display on the front porch.

The kids had chosen their costumes

to trick or treat on their block

and attend a party at their church.

They had purchased their candy

to give to kids who came to their house.

The big night came

and it was a good time.

They dressed up and enjoyed others

that were also decked out.

This is our time of year when it’s okay

to be someone or something else.

Awesome poem, Vic! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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In the Books featuring Illusion by Laura Deluca.

Good morning and welcome to this week’s In the Books, featuring Illusion (Dark Musicals: The Second Act Book 1) by Laura Deluca.

Laura deluca

About the Book: Rebecca Hope-Patko and her husband, Lord Justyn, are living their dream. After a successful stint on Broadway, the super couple are heading Down Under for a special showing of Phantom Returns, where their son Erik will join them for his professional debut.

As soon as their plane touches down, they discover that a serial killer is stalking Melbourne. At the theater, a strange series of accidents leaves Rebecca fearing for the safety of her family. Rebecca struggles to unravel the mystery while coping with insecurities about her career which cause tension between her and Justyn.

It’s clear a very real Phantom is lurking among them, but Rebecca is no kid anymore. She’s tired of the villain getting the upper hand. This time, Rebecca is setting the trap. This opera diva will put her life and her marriage on the line to shatter the illusions surrounding Queen’s Theater and stop the serial killer before they can strike again.

My Review: Over the years, I’ve become a fan of Laura Deluca, and this is her biggest book I’ve read yet, but the added size only added to the story.

The story flowed well and was hard to put down, but an added benefit was the style it was written in. I enjoy the occasional musical, and throughout the story, the cast would break into the choruses or solos they performed in the current play just like in any musical. Having the story closely follow the arc of the Phantom Returns was an extra bonus that really shows the author’s enjoyment of the play.

The characters were highly engaging from top to bottom, though I have to admit I really had to feel for Rebecca’s luck. It’s bad enough tragedy seems to follow her, but her decision making brings about most of her problems. Through her eyes, we’re shown what her decisions or circumstances do to others, which helped raising the rest of the cast into likability.

Using the play as the backdrop, at its heart, this is a great, old fashioned detective story that really was reminiscent of Sur Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series and Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote.

I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series.

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