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Book Reviews ~ Casa de Naomi – House of Blessing (Book 1)

PaulaSometimes you read a book merely for pleasure…other times, you read a book to gather information or increase your knowledge of a subject…and sometimes you find a wonderful book that offers both regardless of your choice for reading it. In “Casa de Naomi – House of Blessing – Book I”, I must admit that I lucked out. I am very grateful to have discovered this captivating fictional novel filled with historical relevance which is sure to capture the interest of the most discerning readers. It certainly captured mine!

Naomi the protagonist, as a teenager secretly leaves her homeland to start a new life in America where she thinks she will have the freedom to live a full life without religious prejudice. Due to the untimely death of the elderly lady who has hired her as a travel companion and…upon her arrival at the Immigration Office on Ellis Island, without a sponsor, Naomi is about to be turned away. Fortunately, she is “adopted” by Tia Vida, as many before her, who have been swept up by her desire to help these young women in finding a support system in Spanish Harlem. Her every hope is to offer these “ninas” a better life and safe haven until they qualify to become American citizens. Tia Vida has sacrificed her life for this noble cause and has opened her heart and her home to these young girls. Little does Naomi know what Tia Vida has in mind for her future.

In this captivating, intriguing, and heart wrenching novel, the reader quickly learns about the necessity to be so secretive when embracing these young women. However, there is an even great mystery that lies within the heart and soul of Naomi. She fled her country for more than one reason. Not only is she an illegal immigrant, she is also a young Jewish girl who is in hiding because of her beliefs. As a result of the Spanish Inquisition, along with many other people of Jewish faith, she is forced to either become a Catholic convert or at least look like one and practice her faith in the privacy of her own home. Naomi chooses the latter….and so her double life commences as she takes over the Casa when Tia Vida bequeaths it to her upon her death and all the responsibilities that go with it. Naomi is a natural as she is so loving and kind. She quickly becomes a blessing to all in her community and is highly regarded and respected. She even manages to find the love of a life time and marries Chaz who pursues her with fervor and an ardent love that is unexpectedly matched by her own…but then along comes Lola, a new young immigrant teenager about to be turned away and life is never the same for dear trusting Naomi…

Gifted Author Paula Rose Michelson has done a magnificent job of creating a wonderful work of art. Fictional, though it may be, there are many truths that are revealed in “Casa de Naomi” that are difficult to digest. I would like to thank her for her research, her effort, and her desire to enlighten us. I eagerly look forward to Volume II in the Casa saga series…there is such a cliff-hanger at the end of this novel that left me wanting more. No author can ask for more than this nor can any reader!

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte

November 19, 2013 ~ Book Review ~ Ghost Of Johanna

Posted in A WOMAN'S VOICE,BOOK REVIEWS ~ OTHER AUTHORS by doloresayotte on November 18, 2013
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“Ghost of Johanna” is a well-written and gripping fictional novel by talented Author Susan Earl.

Initially, Johanna along with her mother, are making their way to the United States from El Salvador to enjoy the freedom this country has to offer. Unfortunately, Johanna persishes at sea. However, she does not immediately leave this world and soon becomes, what appears to be, an imaginary friend to Angelina whose plight she can clearly identify with…Johanna makes every effort to lighten Angelina’s load. Although no one else is aware of her presence, the extraordinary connection between these two young girls forms an incredible bond. The ghost of Johanna is able to guide Angelina and her sister to safety through this mysterious and somewhat mythical method in which they manage to communicate.

This novel is a wonderful and encouraging book for the younger reading audience to enjoy. The author’s love for children shines through with every word she writes. Author Susan Earl is able to touch the hearts of both the adult and child with her apparent kindness as she reaches out to the reader from her own gentle heart.


BOOK REVIEW ~ WEBS OF FATE ~ August 15, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

TITLE ~ WEBS OF FATE (Prequel to the national award-winning Webs of Power)  ~ 519 pages



This spellbinding, suspenseful novel takes place in the heart of the high-fashion, fast-paced, fiercely competitive business world in Beverly Hills during the mid-eighties. Bentleys Royale is feeling the pinch of the negative economic climate which creates a tension and desperation for increased employee performance and the meeting of impossible career demands. In this highly charged atmosphere with budget cuts and unrealistic bottom line demands, executives must perform or risk the loss of their livelihood.

David Jerome, the hard-driven, tough taskmaster runs a tight ship. WEBS OF FATE, starts off with the mysterious disappearance of Danielle Norman.  Upon further investigation, there appears to be discrepancies in Danielle’s department connected to an embezzlement scheme. She has been under pressure to meet her targets or lose her job. No one knows whether she is dead or alive or what part she’s played in this act of ultimate company betrayal.  As the plot unfolds, her dear friend and mentor Ashleigh McDowell,  becomes deeply involved in her efforts to discover the reasons behind the mysterious disappearance of Danielle. In doing so, she unwittingly puts herself in extreme danger. Ashleigh’s fiance, Mitchell Wainwright III, appears to be withholding pertinent information from not only the private investigation company he’s hired, but from her as well.  Who can she trust as she seeks to find the much desired answers?  The tall handsome, Conrad Taylor, becomes her ally in trying to put together the pieces to this intriguing puzzle which is built on lust for power, secrecy, and survival.

Quinn, an international award-winning author, weaves together the plot to WEBS OF FATE with skill and expertise. Her knowledge of this world is evident in every word that she writes. She utilizes this knowledge to create an action packed, fictional work of art that will capture any readers interest right at the onset.  It is apparent that Quinn is no novice when it comes to her ability to create a story chock full of intrigue, jealousy, romance, hatred and revenge. The many twists and turns that captivate the reader and hold their interest is beyond description. This well-written work of fiction is over five-hundred pages long. I had a tough time putting this book down but due to its length, it was impossible to read in one sitting. I wanted to keep reading and reading and I was very disappointed to see it come to an end. To me, that spells a great book. Quinn made me want more…no reader can ask for more than that nor can any author!

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BOOK REVIEW ~ Picking Strawberries in the Early-Morning Dew ~ July 18, 2011 by B.J. Robinson

The strawberry bushes were wet with early-morning dew. The mornings were cool and damp, and her hands grew wet and cold. This was her first experience with berries other than eating them. Her mother worked for a local schoolteacher picking the fruit, and she picked them before and after school to earn extra spending money. On the weekends, she picked for the same reason at her aunt’s strawberry farm.

Over the years, she’d have much more experience in the local berry fields and packing sheds, but at eight years old, this one would always stand out in her mind. She’d fill her carry as full as she could in her attempt to be like her mother and load it to the top, but she had to carry it such a long way to reach the shed. Some of the biggest, prettiest berries fell and made a strawberry path between the field and the shelf, where a packer took the carrier from her.

The woman said, “Your mother overfills hers, so you can just put enough on yours so you won’t drop and waste them on your way.”Okay.”

Those carriers were quite heavy for her small frame to lug all the way from the field to the shed, and she had to pass a pasture where horses and cattle grazed. At times, the cows would moo at her and spook her, which caused her to lose berries. Other times, the horses would run toward the fence as if they were coming after the carry of berries she lugged. She’d try her best to pass by quickly, and berries fell to the ground and continued to make a strawberry path.

Those early experiences proved to be important in later years when she found herself working her way through college. She was no stranger to the hot sun and a field or packing shed and used the experiences as stepping stones to her future. From a picker and packer, she worked her way up through Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) and earned two college degrees, an AA in Office Administration and a BA in Business Education and Office Administration/Secondary Education with a minor in English, where she graduated with honors. During this time, her first college essay, “April Flood” was published in a local newspaper, and she won first prize for a short story in the university’s fiction-writing competition. It was published in Gambit, SLU’s literary magazine.

What do you think that prize-winning short story was written about? You guessed it. Strawberries and Southern superstitions, the title of her next release January 11, 2012. The fertile soil of Louisiana strawberry fields produces delicious crops and hard workers, and it’s where her values of hard work were nourished. Little did she know how important a role strawberries would later play in her future, as she braved horses and cows, hot sun, and a berry field at eight years old.

B. J. Robinson thanks God for all of her strawberry experiences and writes about berries in her novels. She is a Christian romantic suspense author, and her debut novel Last Resort releases July 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing Inc.http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/StoreFront.bok . It’ll be available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com as an eBook. It will also be available in all other eBook formats. She recently signed contracts for two others: Southern Superstitions, releases January 11,  2012, and Whispering Cypress, releases August 11, 2012.  Last Resort uses the backdrop of a strawberry farm to create suspense, and the author contrasts traditional grown berries to hydroponic ones.

LAST RESORT is set in Bridal Wreath, Florida, a fictional town, Key West, the Panhandle, and Plant City, Florida. Faith Grace Roussell vows to hide her heart so deeply in Christ that to find her, a man will have to find Him first, but will the true hidden treasures in God’s Word be enough when she collides with Matt Allen? Faith is stalked and forced to search her conflicted heart.  Will she be forced to use The Pink Lady? In a battle of love, loss, and raging jealousy, she strives to build a new life with peace and contentment, but Matt Allen has eyes like magnets she could get as lost in as unknown woods. Will he prove to be a helpmate or just another strawberry cull? She’s pursued by an ex-fiancé, shattered dreams, an awesome God, and a cowboy farmer. There’s only one place she can turn . . . .There’s only one last resort.

Faith left the city to return to the country home where she grew up, but someone wants her to pack bags, not berries. A series of incidents take place to try to force her to leave. When she doesn’t budge, arson, attempted murder, and murder kept the reader turning pages.

What early Readers Had to Say

“B. J. Robinson’s Last Resort is an inspirational romantic suspense story that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat — both to see if the villain is overcome and to see if Matt and Faith end up together. You don’t want to miss this one with its twists; it’s a great read!”

Deb Haggerty, Author and Speaker

“The warm, sweet romance, yet insightful story, will touch your heart with its simplicity and charm.”

Janet Perez Eckles, Author and Speaker

What a book reviewer, a Long Ridge Writer
Student Had to Say …

What a great story! I loved how you drew your readers in so quickly and then constantly threw in twists and turns for them to deal with. Many women deal with losing what they thought was the love of their life to a failed relationship—it’s their attitude that determines how they proceed on from there.  By letting God lead her through the fiery trials that came her way, and trusting Him in the most difficult of times, Faith found her true destiny in life and love and it was everything she had ever dreamed.  This is a fabulous story of love, real life and how a positive attitude in Christ can lead you through even the most difficult times!  I highly recommend it and know you will leave the book feeling inspired and encouraged in your walk in the Lord!


LAST RESORT, a sensational strawberry romantic suspense story, will be on sale as of July 15 at Desert Breeze Publishing.http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/StoreFront.bok or  Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com

Read a free excerpt from Last Resort, B. J. Robinson’s Christian Romantic Suspense released by Desert Breeze July 15 at http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-184/B-J-Robinson-Last/Detail.bok


Sunflower is Barb’s precious companion.

Barb…it’s been an honor to feature you on “A Woman’s Voice” today. I wish you much success with the release of Last Resort!

BOOK REVIEW ~ Cruelty To Innocents ~ May 23, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

Title: Cruelty To Innocents (The 911 Abductions)

Authors: CK Webb & DJ Weaver

Publisher: Suspense Publishing

This novel starts off with a bang. You are out of the gate so fast that it can’t help but grab your immediate attention. There’s no way that I could have ever predicted the outcome. Cruelty To Innocents is a real page turner and a book that you won’t want to miss out on.

It starts off in the small town of Aberdeen, Maryland. A typical single mother, Chloe, is having a discussion with her thirteen year old daughter Danni, on the way to the grocery store. This heated discussion is about an unchaperoned event that Chloe doesn’t want her daughter to attend. After this point is settled, Chloe and Danni enter into a grocery store and witness an older man having a massive heart attack. Chloe instinctively tries to resuscitate this dying man and while doing so her daughter mysteriously disappears. To anyone’s recollection, this is the first ever abduction to take place in this small community.

The plot of the story quickly thickens as Sloanne, Chloe’s best friend returns to Aberdeen to support her during this worrisome and frantic time. Sloanne has not been to Aberdeen for several years because of her past. She has no desire to return but her friend’s need outweighs her uneasiness. There is much intrigue and suspense to follow as Sloanne witnesses a tragic accident and meets someone from her past, an old school mate by the name of Shawn. She hardly recognizes this “ruggedly handsome” fireman who was once the “scrawny kid” she remembers from her youth.

As the novel unfolds, during another unfortunate tragedy two more young children, a set of twins, mysteriously disappear from the van they are sitting in as their parents assist in the crisis at hand. What is happening in this almost crime free town of Aberdeen?  Two mysterious abductions in a matter of days….and then there’s Simone who has been beaten to a pulp and lays in a coma.  Will she ever wake up? Will she survive her brutal attack?  Can she help identify her attacker? Are the abductions and this horrible beating connected? So many questions and so few answers. The police are on full alert. What will happen next? Sloanne is now tapping into her background as the daughter of a deceased police officer. Will she be able to get to the bottom of these unprecedented events?

Four miles away from Aberdeen, in the small community of  Havre de Grace, another mysterious abduction takes place. Sloanne along with Shawn and Chloe are putting their heads together to find the common thread in order to unravel this sadistic mystery. Every time a young girl disappears, it seems to be at the scene of some kind of emergency. Is this just a co-incidence or can they piece together this case?  Will Sloanne follow in her father’s footsteps and come up with the much-needed clues?

CK Webb and  DJ Weaver have co-authored this well-written, suspense novel with numerous twists and turns. The unknown and the desire to know more keep you riveted to every word and each and every page.  This dynamic mother-daughter duo have managed to write a book in such a way that it makes the reader feel like they are actually viewing a movie as they read it. I could mentally visualize all that was taking place making it  virtually impossible to not become part of the action. I eagerly returned to read this book time and time again in order to see what could possibly happen next as the clues unfolded to solve the mystery in “Cruelty To Innocents”.  You will not be able to put this book down.   

CK Webb was born and raised in Mississippi, and dreamed of writing like the greats; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, and Stephen King, to name a few. CK joined the US Navy and traveled the world, but eventually returned to settle down in the tiny town of Millport, Alabama. A self-proclaimed ‘reformed bad girl’, this thirty-something writer now shares her life with her husband and two beautiful children.

CK also enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and book club. Although CK delights in preying on the fears of others and enjoys killing people…thankfully she does it the legal way; in her novels. She has just completed the first two novels in the ‘Innocents’ series which she co-wrote with her best-friend and mother, DJ Weaver. CK writes in a variety of other genres.


Originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi, DJ Weaver relocated to north Mississippi in 1980. She attended Mississippi University for Woman and Mississippi State University, studying paralegalism and Human Resources Management.  DJ recently completed two books in the three-novel Innocents series, Cruelty to Innocents: The 911 Abductions and Collecting Innocents, which she co-wrote with her daughter and best friend, CK Webb.

DJ writes in a variety of genres. When she isn‘t writing, DJ develops and maintains WebbWeaver Review blog, where she reviews books and interviews published authors regularly. She serves as co-chairwoman of WebbWeaver Book Club. DJ also writes book reviews for Suspense Magazine. DJ is a 50-something year old mother and grandmother who works part-time and makes her home in Millport, Alabama.

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