Indies unlimited – My December post.

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading

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Alex The Mutt: my review

Those who love dogs will understand the deep connections we form with our beloved pets. Alex The Mutt chronicles the relationships of the author with a few of these members of her family, all rescue animals. The first ones set the pattern for the level of commitment, and the joy that results when we welcome a rescue dog into our homes. The last one, though, becomes a greater challenge, turning to heartache when Perlin has to admit that Ty cannot remain with her. Don’t let that deter you from reading, however. Ty does find a “forever home” where he is happy.

Perlin writes with a sureness that leaves no doubt that she lived what she speaks. Her love for and dedication to her dogs is boundless and comes through clearly.

This is a short read, but animal lovers will resonate with the warmth and intimacy Perlin portrays.

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All At Once by Paige Ambroziak: My review

This is not your average “girl meets boy” story. And, though you may believe in “love at first sight” this romance does not run smoothly when that happens. The attraction between Jayne and Lyel may be deep and instantaneous, but both have barriers that stand in the way of “happily ever after” Jayne has just come off a nasty relationship which has eroded her ability to trust. Lyel has a secret that he cannot share. But true love requires trust – on both sides.

When Jayne gives Lyel that trust without knowing his secret it shatters her when he disappears after three blissful days. She is left to build her life back up on her own and shows her underlying strength in doing so.

Since this is a love story, and since the author has already told us Lyel comes back to share his secret, I know I am not sharing any spoilers by telling you that they do resolve their issues and achieve their version of “happily ever after”. Yet, it’s not quite what you’d expect. And Vera Mae keeps us in suspense about it until almost the very end.

Vera Mae weaves her story with skill and a deep understanding of human nature and the nature of inner strength. One requirement of mine, for any story I read, is that the characters are real, and develop throughout the book. In this the author gets full credit. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I think you will, too.

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My Holiday Gift To You

My Stand-alone

My Stand-alone

It’s that time of year and I’m feeling generous. Until Dec. 31, 2016 all my ebooks will be #FREE via Smashwords at

Here is the link to my page:

The first in the Earth’s Pendulum series, Back From Chaos, is always free and needs no coupon.

The second, Through Kestrel’s Eyes, will need coupon code RP64N

The third, The Dreamt, Child, will need coupon code JR95M

My fourth book, Labyrinth Quest, is not part of the series and stands aone. It will need coupon code QA22V.

I hope you will enjoy these and share the codes with your friends and aquaintances as well.

Have a safe and happy holiday season and may 2017 be good to you.





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The Cabin by Smoky Zeidel, my review

This delightful read had me spellbound. It’s been a while since I read purely for pleasure and this was the perfect book for that. It has elements of magic, time travel, romance, and mystery –all beautifully blended in a way that makes the reader believe.

I always look for characters I can relate to, ones that develop as the story progresses. In this, too, Ziedel performs, whether we slip back into the Civil War years or live in modern times, whether the decisions and actions of the characters are propelled by magic or by real relationships in the past or present, I never doubt. The characters are real while I I am with them.

Zeidel never resorts to gimmicks or coincidence to move the story forward, in spite of the temptation magic might provide. Each incidence of magic serves a purpose. As well, her descriptions of her surroundings, both past and present, are deftly portrayed without becoming flowery or overwrought.

Zeidel writes with a deceptive simplicity that I love.

Highly recommended.

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