‘Behind Closed Doors’: the perfect marriage isn’t what it seems

In "Behind Closed Doors" by B. A. Paris, the reader gets a glimpse into a perfect marriage. At least for the first few chapters. Grace seems to have it all -- a very handsome, successful husband, a lovely home, a perfect figure, and the ability to cook flawless meals. Told in alternating voices by Grace … Continue reading ‘Behind Closed Doors’: the perfect marriage isn’t what it seems

‘Against All Silence: An SOS Thriller’ by E. C. Meyers

"Against All Silence" by E. C. Meyers is the sequel to "The Silence of Six," and both novels are young adult thrillers that will enthrall techie readers and non-techie readers alike. In this sequel, main character Max Stein is just leaving Paris when he gets a message from his co-conspirator and sometimes-girlfriend Penny that he … Continue reading ‘Against All Silence: An SOS Thriller’ by E. C. Meyers

‘Sorrow Road’ by Julia Keller: Mystery continues Acker’s Gap story

Julia Keller's "Sorrow Road" continues the story of Bell Elkins, the feisty, wise, strong-willed district attorney for Raythune County, and Acker's Gap, where the county courthouse is and where Bell Elkins lives. It's a small West Virginia town in the middle of coal country, and it's where she grew up. Bell is a charismatic protagonist, and Keller … Continue reading ‘Sorrow Road’ by Julia Keller: Mystery continues Acker’s Gap story

Dog unavailable at new Miami shelter; is she at the old shelter and why?

A beautiful dog, listed as a mastiff mix, arrived at Miami Dade Animal Services on June 17, 2016. Although the new shelter had been opened, somehow Olga ended up at the old shelter. Yesterday, August 19, that was confirmed by a poster on Facebook who wrote: Just confirmed Olga is in old facility! Volunteers are … Continue reading Dog unavailable at new Miami shelter; is she at the old shelter and why?

Miami -Dade County to Chicago and loving homes: Four dogs’ stories

  When I planned a driving trip to Florida in July to visit two of the largest shelters in the state, feed dogs in the Redland area of Miami, and rescue three to four dogs, no one -- least of all me -- knew what we would be taking back with us to Chicago. A good friend -- a … Continue reading Miami -Dade County to Chicago and loving homes: Four dogs’ stories

‘How to Hang a Witch’ by Adriana Mather: Young adult witchy fantasy

"How to Hang a Witch" by Adriana Mather is a fantasy tale of modern-day witchcraft, Salem, Massachusetts, and the effect history has on all of us. Mather feels a special connection to Salem and the witch history as she is a descendant of Cotton Mather, the infamous instigator of the witch trials. In the story, teenage Samantha … Continue reading ‘How to Hang a Witch’ by Adriana Mather: Young adult witchy fantasy

Volunteers at county shelter begging for access to pet information to save them

Rescue Me Tampa (RMT) is a group that for years has been aggressively promoting and publicizing the dogs at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa, Florida, in hopes of getting them adopted or pulled by rescue before their time is up. And they've been very successful. The shelter management worked with the group, … Continue reading Volunteers at county shelter begging for access to pet information to save them

Voyagers scifi series for middle grade readers: 6 books to excite readers

  Voyagers is a series of six books about a group of twelve-year-old kids flying a mission across space to rescue a dying planet Earth. The six books are written by six best-selling children's authors. Each book features a different adventure to a different planet -- and the challenges and dangers don't only come from … Continue reading Voyagers scifi series for middle grade readers: 6 books to excite readers