I don’t typically officially review our house’s books, because, well – obviously I like them, or I wouldn’t publish them! I do give them a write-up in our local Patch prior to release, but never go on Amazon or Goodreads to post.
So here you go: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Just kidding, like I said – obviously I think they’re good!
This is tough. I wrote it. One of the scenes near the beginning came to me in a dream and the next morning, Feb. 1, 2012, I started writing. Sure, it could be better – it was my first, after all, and no one’s perfect. But I like it. It gave me goosebumps while writing it. Plus, I got to view the world/new world through Abby, who is self-sufficient to the end and kicks some ass while she’s at it. Cool, huh?
Ahem. Again, my book. I’ve been told it’s better than the first one, but to me it’s just different, a continuation of REDUCED. I love my characters – and every so often, a new one pops into my head and tells me his story. I hadn’t really intended to write this book, and certainly not a third, RECYCLED.
SEVEN DIRTY WORDS:
I don’t write romance. I don’t read romance, any more. But this book really got to me. Author Charlotte Howard created Paige Holmes, an atypical romance heroine, and I just love her to pieces. There are some elements characteristic of most books in the romance genre: Paige is wealthy and has experienced trauma in her life, and she must make a choice between two men. The difference is that, while Paige is a tomboy of sorts, she also enjoys dressing up and well, romance!
This is a cute children’s book, primary to middle grade, and the story is narrated by Debbie – a ferret. There aren’t many books about ferrets on the market, and this one includes facts about and the care of ferrets, told from Debbie’s point of view. Author Conny Manero really did have a ferret named Debbie, and she knows exactly what she’s talking about – and Charlie the cat, Debbie’s new friend, was also a real cat who lived with Conny. DEBBIE has gotten some lovely reviews, some of them by the kids to whom this story is directed, which is high praise indeed!
I’ll admit, looking at this cookbook, over and over, made me very hungry. Had a total craving for chocolate pancakes with strawberry sauce. Author Kriss Royer makes all the dishes in here for her B&B guests, and they absolutely love them! Her High Street Victorian Inn reviews never fail to mention the food. Plus, they’re fairly simple to prepare, and quick, and use everyday ingredients that you likely have on hand.
I first heard this book at our writers’ group – yes, heard! Author Debbie Kupfer was reading the first chapter of her WIP and every one of us was captivated by the story. One of the group said to me, “You HAVE to publish this!” So I did. The story begins in Vienna when the Nazis were coming into power and beginning to round up the Jewish citizens; Miri’s grandmother escapes, somehow, and the book goes on to tell Miri’s story. And it’s amazing! This book is geared toward younger teens, but even adults will enjoy it.
Okay, it’s not out yet, but I couldn’t resist a plug for my third book! And it WILL be released the end of this month. RECYLCED continues Abby’s story and brings it to a conclusion. When we last saw everyone, in REUSED, they were headed to Chicago. Jules is determined to return to St. Louis, and Abby and Alison have a two-fold purpose: rescue the children who were taken by the government for experimentation purposes, and maybe, somehow, bring about the destruction of Co-opCom.
So there you have it – RHP books, 2012-2013. So far. Stay tuned for more books being released each month!