The Dixie Apocalypse by [Richard Fossey] In Richard Fossey’s, The Dixie Apocalypse, it’s not one disaster that strikes, leaving humanity in peril, but a lagnappe of misfortune that leaves the United States in ruins. In the new times, Willoughby Burns, a former lawyer and professor now turned potato farmer, is just trying to get by the best he can. With no family, little hope, and the danger of pickers and comancheros around every corner, Burns isn’t senseless enough to go the gauntlet alone. He’s woven himself into a farm community and helps Colonel Merski fill the pantry for what’s left of the military base in Baton Rouge. On a reconnaissance mission to Texas, Burns gets a taste of disaster, but also meets Cole Goodnight and hears his positive plan for the future. This story was the perfect soup for catastrophe, with every possible bad thing that could happen. Bone chilling, its realistic narrative entrenches the reader into the humid climate of the deep south and shows our current culture turned wild. Don’t miss this fantastic read of one man’s quest to survive as he grapples with war, mortality, morality and a constantly changing society.I’ve read all of these books over the past few months and wanted to share my list of eclectic reads. I’ve delved back to the classics and found I rather enjoyed a lot of these stories. I won’t write reviews for each book, because Amazon has so many reviews for them already. I will tell you I loved The Stand, by Stephen King. It’s one of those books that I wish I could read over for the first time. I didn’t care for The Tommy Knockers. I loved Lonesome Dove, and read the other three in the series, but they weren’t quite as good. I loved The Thorn Birds. I did not like Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, but they were banned from some libraries and I wanted to know why. They were still worth reading for a peek into the times they were written. A Man Called Ove was humorous and sad, and I liked it a lot. I learned a lot about Russian culture and economics from the 19th C by reading Anna Karenina. Isaac’s Storm was like reading a weather report and bored me to tears, but it was for book club. Loved Tess of the D’Urbervilles, though not a happy story. I don’t think I finished The Comeback. The romcom just didn’t hold my interest. I liked Verity better than, It Ends with US. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was great. Wasn’t impressed by Amityville Horror, but now I can check it off the list. Fahrenheit 451 and The Fountainhead should be read by everyone, even if you don’t agree. I didn’t care for the Scarlet Letter, and frankly couldn’t understand why it was so raved about, but now I’ve read it. All books are good, even if you don’t like what they have to say. They introduce you to new thoughts or old ideas, but they make your mind ponder right from wrong, what you might do if you had been the character, or if we, as a society, are headed in the same direction as the story depicted. I love reading, and I have been offended at times by the written word, but I would never ban a book or tell anyone not to read it. We all have different opinions, and we grow by assessing as much as we can from others and reflecting on our own values. My take on it all….Read more, argue less;)   These Sponsored Ad - The Thorn Birds

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In Poetry and Pyres, A Shrouded Isle novelette, Jessie is almost all grown up and about to sail off to University. What will that mean for her budding relationship with Gavin? His plans don’t include college, and Houston is a world away from Scotland. Wait, that ship hasn’t sailed yet, and there is still fun to be had. First, a poetry party gets crashed by fae and then a traditional all male parade gets hijacked by ladies who plan to fulfill their own right of passage. The island is a fiery mess of mischief and it’s up to Greg Gillie and Becca Shaw to calm the crowd before everyone burns out of control. Quick! Get a whiskey and settle down for some fun entertainment and adventure on the Scottish Isle. If you love Kilts and Catnip, you will love young Jessie’s extra story.

Hunter’s Fated Wait, book one in the Pine Lodge Pack Shifters Series, by W A Edwards is a futuristic story about love, courage, and a changing society built on trust and helping others. When a bad alpha pack leader makes too many bad decisions and loses control, Hunter finds himself the new alpha for the Pine Lodge pack. Determined to make things better for the shifters who are left in the community, he dives in to right the wrongs of the alpha who abused and abandoned them. There are a lot of tasks on his list, but the one bonus he hadn’t counted on was finding his fated mate. Long ago, Ali was duped into thinking she was the Pine Lodge alpha’s fated mate, she felt like a fool when his true mate arrived on his twentieth birthday. After being away for many years, a battle ensues at Pine Lodge and devastates the pack, and Ali returns home to help pick up the pieces. With her twentieth birthday looming ahead, she wonders who her fated mate might be. This book was filled with great action scenes and details of designing a community that works for everyone. I liked how the author explained the shifting experience and showed how a community could work together for the greater good. So many characters to like in this book. I can’t wait to hear Leo’s story and I think Kara’s is on the horizon. I look forward to more shifter stories from W A Edwards. Don’t miss out on this romantic shifter adventure.

Bagpipes and Basil (The Shrouded Isle Book 2)

Becca and Greg are co-keepers of an enchanted forest on a Scottish Isle, and their duties include keeping the fae, fairies and pixies from causing too much mischief in the local village of Thistle. In Bagpipes and Basil, book two in The Shrouded Isle Series, Becca is a widow, raising two teens and teaching at the island school. After a treasure hunt goes awry, she sets out with her two favorite witch besties to find the stolen prize.

When Becca’s deceased husband’s family comes for a visit, she stretches herself thin to accommodate her extended family’s tourist needs, the girls’ daily needs, her keeper of the forest needs and the need to discover the depths of her budding relationship with Greg. More mysteries unfold as she makes the rounds in the village. Hexes, spells and mischief are abound as Becca uncovers a treasure trove of information at the library, including juicy bits and pieces of Greg’s past.

Becca yearns to get to know her new beau and to understand the duties she’s taken on to protect the island. With things heating up between them, Becca hopes for a romantic evening alone, but finds herself in the middle of a silkie negotiation. Will she ever get a moment alone with him or a moment of peace? In for a penny, in for a pound, Bagpipes and Basil, book two in the Shrouded Isle Series is full of twists, turns and enough fae to shake a magic stick at, but don’t think it ends here. With much more to discover, this cozy, magical mystery series promises to continue. Don’t miss the exciting conclusion that is sure to come. I know Greg and Becca are sure to conquer their tasks and balance the island shenanigans.


Crystal Blue Murder: A Detective Parrott Mystery (Detective Parrott Mystery Series Book 3)

In Saralyn Richard’s Detective Parrott Mystery Series, things are often mysterious, complicated and dangerous, but Oliver Parrott is never daunted by the challenge. In fact, he has a tendency to choose tough and resilient like his wife, Tonya. Though she struggles with PTSD from her military time in Afghanistan, she is confronting her fears and working hard to recover. And though Crystal Blue Murder is not a love story, there are a lot of amorous connections to warm the reader’s heart and set their suspicions aflame. When Claire Whitman’s barn explodes in the Brandywine Valley, Detective Parrott is on the case. With the celebrity host’s background and age, no one would suspect she hid a meth lab on her expansive property, but there are other connections in her life that might be guilty. Lovers with secrets, financial investors with a past, contractors with a grudge, grounds keepers with access, daughters who stand to inherit, and their elusive connections to the men who may be more than what they seem are all suspects until proven innocent. Meth is a dirty business, and with so much on the line to protect the serene image of the Brandywine community, Detective Parrott delves in with urgency and care. His meticulous methods and research uncover some unique findings, but his boss isn’t happy. Arson, murder, and mischief are piling up. Can he solve the case before another victim is added to the body count? With more intrigue than ever before, Crystal Blue Murder, the third book in the Detective Parrott Series, is chock full of surprises that will keep readers turning pages until they discover the guilty party and the reason for MURDER. Saralyn Richard delivers another delightful mystery that you won’t want to miss! 

Author Interview with Belle Ami

The Last Daughter:

 Based on a True Story of One Girl’s Courage in the Face of Evil

  Hello, Belle Ami. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to talk about The Last Daughter. After reading the book, I was left with a sense of awe and wonder. The story is based on your mother’s real-life experience as a young girl surviving the holocaust. This harrowing story full of struggle, sadness, and strength brought many questions to mind, and today, I wanted to ask you some of them.   Minette: At what age do you remember your mother talking about her past and telling you about the history/genocide she survived? At what age did you feel compelled to write this story, and how long did it take you to write it?   Belle Ami:  I have no recollection of exactly when it began, but it must have occurred to me that I had very few relatives on my mother’s side of the family (two cousins, Nadja & Meyer), and being a curious child, I must have bombarded my mother with questions. At 9-10 years old, I remember getting in bed with my mother on a weekend morning and prodding her with a million questions ranging from: Why didn’t your family leave? Describe your family to me. What was your sister like? What was your brother like? Do you know what happened to them? I also remember by the end of each session, my mom and I were both crying our eyes out. There was no psychiatric help available to Holocaust survivors. They had to deal with their scars without help. In my mom’s case, I think I became her shrink. She could confess everything to me, which was catharsis and healing to her psyche. For me, this grew into a passion and fascination with stories, and it also awoke a lifelong curiosity about other people’s stories and family history.   Minette: There was a lot of bad luck that turned out to be life-saving luck for your mother, Dina. How did her experiences affect her perspective after she immigrated to the United States? How did that attitude shape your ideas about life’s ups and downs?   Belle Ami: She knew her survival was miraculous, and like most survivors, she was desperate to make up for time and build a family. Maybe because she is one of the youngest survivors, or perhaps because it is her nature, but Dina has always been a positive attitude person. Many survivors I have met are depressed and suffered after the war; many committed suicide, even after they survived. They couldn’t live with the losses or the horrors they’d witnessed. Dina always saw the glass as half full.   Minette: You mentioned to me that Dina only had two photographs that survived the war. Can you tell us about the photos and how she managed to keep them or find them again?   Belle Ami: The photo engagement photo of Dina’s parents and her father’s younger sister Natalia and her husband Alexander was mailed to her grandfather’s brother, who emigrated to the U.S., and she got a copy of it from his daughter, her cousin Pauline. The other photo of her sister sitting with the Jabotinsky youth group was rescued from her home in the ghetto the night of the deportation of her family. A beau of her sister ran into the house and rescued it, and he carried it with him for the duration of the war. A miracle! (I’ve attached the photos for you to see).   Minette: In the book, you mention that your mother actually met Anne and Margot Frank. While Anne and her family were physically trapped inside, Dina was shuffled around like a deck of cards, somehow avoiding the worst scenario. How did this information affect you as a daughter of a survivor and as an author? Did Anne’s story encourage you to write about your mother’s experience?   Belle Ami: Anne was a brilliant diarist, but as we all know, her story ends in the annex when they are reported to the Gestapo. In a way, my telling of what it was like at Bergen Belsen gives you a picture of what Anne and Margot’s last days were like. That my mother realized after the war and after reading the diary and seeing photos of the sisters, she remembered them stepping over them and hearing them speak to each other in Dutch.   Minette: On a lighter note, your mother falls in love while working at the sorting job and reunites with her beau after the war. Instead of a young marriage, Dina chooses education and immigration to the United States. Did she ever meet her first love again, or did they share correspondences? And on a romantic note, how did your mother meet your father once she settled in the US?   Belle Ami: My mother joined my future husband and me on a trip to Poland and Israel. On that trip, she reunited with Natek. They had a beautiful, tearful, happy reunion. He had married and had two children. You could feel the warmth emanating from each of them for the other. What they shared could never be forgotten. It was a beautiful moment. My mother met my father at a dance in Los Angeles. He was from Vienna, and his family saved his life by sending him on the Kindertransport to England, where he remained until he immigrated to the U.S. and enlisted in the army on his eighteenth birthday. Another story.   Minette: In the politically correct atmosphere we live in today, striving for equality for everyone, how does a survivor or a survivor’s daughter register their feelings about the past genocide and balance them with the reality of German society today?   Belle Ami: Forgiveness.   Minette: Have you or your mother gone back to Poland, Germany, or other parts of Europe, and if so, did you tour any of the concentration camps?   Belle Ami: Yes, believe it or not, my mother thinks Germany is the most beautiful European country. When she was in the displaced-persons camp in Stuttgart, she took the opportunity to travel all over Germany. I went with my mother to Poland, and we traveled to Radom and knocked on the door of her family’s house. It had been subdivided into two apartments. My mother brought socks to give the people who lived there if they let us in to take a quick peek at the place. Reluctantly, they let us, but my mother said it was unrecognizable. We went to Treblinka. What is left is just a field with railroad tracks surrounded by trees. In the center of the field are hundreds of stone pillars in every shape and size, with the names of every town, city, or place once inhabited by Jews before the war. It took us a while, but we found Radom. I took a picture of my mother with her head pressed against the stone. She never got to say goodbye, and she took this moment to pray, speak, and say goodbye to her loved ones. We also went to Auschwitz and were given a private tour by the curator. My mother gave him her father’s name, and lo and behold, two weeks after we came home, a picture of her father in his pashak (prison garb) arrived. I’ve enclosed a copy of the pic. Because he was one of the earliest to be deported to Auschwitz, his arrival was listed under his name. Later, those that perished would only be given numbers and were not photographed. The document says Joel Frydman disappeared two weeks after his arrival, which means he died. We hope his heart gave out, and he wasn’t sent to the gas chamber.   Minette: I don’t think I would have had the physical strength or mental fortitude that Dina had to survive so much. What has your mother shared with you about where she draws her courage. Where do you draw your strength from?   Belle Ami: Judaism teaches that there is nothing more precious than life. I draw strength from knowing good people in the world balance out the evil ones. My mother believes she will be reunited with her family one day. She also lives with the belief that she will have an opportunity to give God a piece of her mind. LOL   Minette: I have read many of your novels, and I am amazed at your prolific talents. You write in many genres and have a deep well of stories to add to your resume. Who is your favorite author, and which book inspired you to become a writer?   Belle Ami: I couldn’t begin to say. I have so many authors that I love and genres that I read. I love your books. I am deeply bound to classic literature and read a great deal of it, which I believe informs my writing. I firmly believe that reading great authors and timeless stories will make you a better author. Thank you, Minette, for your lovely compliment.   Minette: Apart from this amazing, true story detailing your mother’s real-life survival of the holocaust, which Belle Ami novel is your favorite? What is coming out next, and where will you go from there?   Belle Ami: That I can answer. I’m finishing a domestic thriller about child abuse. I’m also finishing the third book in my new Historical Romance/time-travel Next in Time series, which includes London Time (published), Paris Time (in edit), and Tuscan Time (nearly done). I also have another WWII Holocaust book planned, based on a true story of a female hero! I’m plotting and preparing to pitch a six-book series to my historical romance publisher, Dragonblade, and I’m shopping a WWII/Renaissance dual timeline novel with agents and publishers. So, my future is writing is plotted out. I have a few other books in mind, but all I need is the time!   A few questions from my book club ladies: Did “Russian Roulette” originate with the Nazis?   Belle Ami: Here is a link,, to the origins of Russian roulette, which was first mentioned and gained fame just after the WWI in Tsarist Russia. It was popularized in a novel ‘The Hero of Our Time’ by the Russian author Mikhail Lermontov. He described a bet between two officers in the Tsar’s army who just had to discover if fate was predetermined or ruled by people.   Book Club: How can we make sure that the world doesn’t forget that this happened and more importantly, how can we try to keep it from happening again?   Belle Ami: Holocaust survivors are dying daily, and soon there won’t be any left to testify to the truth of genocide. The most important way to keep this from ever happening again, is to keep the stories alive and teach the Holocaust to our children in their curriculums. Unfortunately, the Holocaust is not taught in depth to our children.   Pew Study:   Book Club: Did her mother feel that she made the right decision in choosing America and what are the differences she sees today versus back then.   My mother loves the USA and is grateful for her life here. Like many immigrants having survived totalitarianism and war, she understands the American dream and the gifts of freedom. She has never regretted her decision to become an American citizen.   Book Club: Does she think what happened back then could ever happen again, and does she see similarities in our country today?   When she sees the rise of anti-Semitism in this country and around the world she is very upset. She prays it won’t happen again, but understands that hatred grows insidiously and if not eradicated immediately it can take root. We are living in a dangerous time.      
  1. Dina
  2. Engagement photo
  3. Sister’s Jabotinsky Club
  Dear Reader, Before you go, if you haven’t read The Last Daughter here is my review from last year: Award winning author, Belle Ami, crafts a true story of courage, loss and endurance woven through the devastating strands of time and history. The harrowing tale of her mother’s real past starts from the tender age of ten. The Last Daughter begins just before Hitler’s troops invade Poland. The author describes the young life of her mother, Dinale (Dina) through six years of torture, heartbreak, and courage. Innocence, love, laughter, and curiosity are a great part of the Frydman family before the invasion. The ongoing discussions and concerns about growing anti-Semitism before the war build a sense of impending doom. The thoughts and actions of the characters as they are moved along like cattle portray an accurate depiction of the human psyche and lends credit to the author’s depiction of the travesty. Belle drives home how quickly things can be swept away and rights lost where happiness and freedom were once taken for granted. Young, fragile, suddenly orphaned and living at the factory where she works, Dina makes her way through Nazi Poland and claws her way to a destiny she could never have fathomed. This compelling and poignant story, even in its tragic moments, is remarkable and heart lifting. It is amazing this Nazi survivor could endure so much at such a tender age. Luck, fait, the destiny to survive, Dina beats all odds and lives to tell the history of her ancestors and the atrocities of WWII. Today, she still stands in the face of evil, and her story will hopefully keep the vigilance of freedom alive. Shock, horror and devastation of a true account of one of the youngest holocaust survivors will keep you rapt in the story, but courage, determination and perseverance will encourage you to read until the very end. Belle’s portrayal of her mother’s history is a wonderful acknowledgement and gift to her mother and other survivors so that we can never forget. Don’t miss this captivating story, The Last Daughter.  

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  London Time (Lost in Time Book 1) by [Belle Ami] Belle Ami’s time travel historical romance London Time (Book 1 in the Lost in Time Series) introduces us to Emily Christie, a modern-day English rose ex-pat, living it up as a fashion editor in The Big Apple. When her two single best friends come to stay at her apartment for the weekend, the three attend an art gallery opening at the Met. Touring through the exhibit, Emily Christie finds herself hurled back home to London but in the wrong time period. She ends up in the 19th century where she meets Colin Remington, an aristocrat with a nose for solving murders. Not knowing how long she will be displaced from her modern-day life, Emily takes on a position as a journalist, helping women find a stronger foothold in Victorian society. While assisting Colin in his hunt to find a serial killer reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, Emily finds herself falling for the handsome yet stoic Lord Remington. Without giving too much away, I can say that this is one of my favorite Belle Ami novels, since her amazing Out of Time Series. Eloquently written with just the right amount of historical detail, fantastic events and heated romance, London Time is the perfect book to escape and whisk the reader away from the trials of everyday life to the fantastically alluring past. This author’s knowledge of art and history create a realistic account of what might occur in a real time-travel situation. Highly entertaining and a real page turner, don’t miss London Time. I’m looking forward to the next in this engaging series. I downloaded this book for my bookclub and had no clue what to expect. I’m glad I did! The book is about a story of a slave that follows the life of his master, Agrippa. Through the turbulent times of the Roman Empire, Blastus finds a wife, becomes a father, gains his freedom, and stands next to his friend, Agrippa, with honor. Without giving too much of the story away, what I liked about this book was the descriptive passages about the everyday life of the common Roman citizen and the depiction of just how unstable life was at any level. There is a religious message to the story, as if follows the history of Jesus’s crucifixion, but the main characters suffer other hardships that parallel this event. The Counterfeit Coin is an engaging story about Rome, ancient history and human nature.
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