Book Review: My Father’s Daughter by Teresa Marotta

Book Details:

File Size: 473 KB
Print Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Crary Publications
Publication Date: February 4, 2011
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Stalking and kidnapping in the 19th century!

After the death of her father in the spring of 1893 in South Carolina, Amelia Porter discovers her father’s old travel journals that tell of his marriage to a Cherokee maiden during one of his summer trading trips. Amelia further learns of the birth of a baby daughter. A sister she never knew existed.

Thwarted in her request to travel un-chaperoned with her father’s former young trapping companion, a strong-willed Amelia is determined to find and unite with her half-sister, in spite of the intimidating warnings from her stern godfather and her mother’s concern for her safety. With decisive single-mindedness she devises an intricate scheme to follow the roguish trapper to the Cherokee trading camp.

During the course of Amelia’s treacherous journey she is stalked by a renegade Indian named Mukipha who plots to kidnap her and take her for his wife or place her head on a pole in front of his abode if she refuses. He is obsessed with the anticipated magic that her long, curly red hair will bring him in order to vindicate him and restore his position within his tribe. The budding romance between Amelia and the trapper only makes Mukipha a more dangerous and angry predator while trying to capture his trophy.

My Father’s Daughter is a historical adventure filled with suspense, romance, laughter and tears, taking the reader on a journey through the backwoods and swamps of South Carolina into the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as into the real world of the Cherokee long after the Trail Of Tears.

The current Medicine Woman and Keeper of the Flame for the Cherokee Nation was the resource for much of the authentic and historically accurate Cherokee customs of that era.

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Book Review: Missing Persons Locator Guide by T.A. Brown

Book Details:

File Size: 207 KB
Print Length: 78 Pages
Publisher: Crary Publications
Publication Date: August 22, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

As a self-help search tool, this guide book is invaluable. Written in a straightforward logical manner, this eBook is meant to help family members, lost loves, judgment collectors, or even former classmates locate their missing person as inexpensively as possible. This guide book is full of little known as well as unusual obvious resource tips to help the average person in their quest. If even one single tip or resource produces results, you will have been repaid many, many times over.

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Book Review: Starting a Micro Business by Carol Topp, CPA

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File Size: 1397 KB
Print Length: 97 Pages
Publisher: Ambassador Publishing
Publication Date: April 30, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Starting a micro business will help teenagers earn money while learning a lot. A micro business is simple to start, usually home-based, low risk, educational and easy for a busy student to run. This book offers ideas, a business plan, pitfalls to avoid and resources to get a teenager started making money running their own micro business.

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Book Review: The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood by Michele Sfakianos

Book Details:

File Size: 311 KB
Print Length: 136 Pages
Publisher: Open Pages Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

When I say the word teenager what comes to mind? If you are like most people, the words rebellion, trouble, and stubborn come to mind. You might also think: drugs, crime, pregnancy, peer pressure, sex, puberty, driving, attitudes, relationships, irresponsible, and messy. Those about to go through the teen years might think: independence, first job, fun, sports, adventure, dating, invincible, and driving.

It is time to change the way adults see teenagers. Teens today are faced with drugs, teen pregnancy, texting or sexting, alcohol, peer pressure, bullying, and other dangers. Why do our teens use drugs and alcohol, gamble, or fall prey to other destructive behaviors such as eating disorders or cutting? We will walk through these and other scenarios, and I will offer guidance on how to get through it.

We take our children through childhood, into teenhood, and then onto adulthood. Remember: if you go into the adventure together, you will come out of it together.

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Book Review: Last of the Seals by Greg Messel

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File Size: 1019 KB
Print Length: 392 Pages
Publisher: Gregory W. Messel
Publication Date: April 23, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league city. The Giants are coming to town in 1958 and the Seals will be displaced. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When his friend is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why. Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the mystery together. Sam’s best friend, Jimmy inadvertently saw something he shouldn’t have. Sam and Amelia have pictures in their possession that have crime families in San Francisco and Chicago very worried. Then a young woman Sam has been searching for is found dead on the beach. Suddenly, Sam and Amelia find themselves in danger. On dark and foggy San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.

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Book Review: Prey of the Spirit Bear by William Hill

Book Details:

File Size: 851 KB
Print Length: 293 Page
Publisher: Otter Creek Press
Publication Date: September 14, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Prey of the Spirit Bear is a gripping young adult adventure set in America’s National Parks where Native American legends and old world monsters roam the lands. The story follows the investigations into strange sightings, raven deaths, and a mysterious crystal skull by a National Parks junior ranger, a Boy Scout, and a reluctant gamer of mixed heritage with blood ties to Native American spirit beasts. The Old World collides with the New where stone arches, caves, and natural bridges connect the realm of Above with that of below. The trio must rediscover lost secrets and stops an ancient threat before monsters are unleashed into the civilized world.

National Parks visited include Arches, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Devils Tower, and Great Smoky Mountains. The book includes compelling pen and ink drawings at each chapter heading inspired by southwestern art and landscapes to visually enhance the story. Prey of the Spirit Bear reads swiftly at 384 pages.

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Book Review: Blood Land by R.S. Guthrie

Book Details:

File Size: 526 KB
Print Length: 231 pages
Publisher: Blu Pencil Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: July 6, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Crime’s an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order. Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core.

When billions of dollars in natural gas rights hang in the balance and the town’s top law officer’s wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant hero is forced to battle his own demons and ultimately choose between justice, revenge, and duty.

In the tradition of Dennis Lehane, Tony Hillerman and James Lee Burke, Guthrie’s sparse, haunting storytelling compliments his talent for creating richly-drawn, unflinching law officers with human frailties and a sense of justice.

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