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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Avoiding The Mistletoe

Desperate widow Olivia accepts a position as a mail-order bride, yet refuses to accept any male’s proposal. Fighting demons of his own, Sheriff Stark sees a second chance for love. This widower vows to win the widow or die trying…and almost does. Olivia Rose Baker abandons her dying hometown in Massachusetts to become a mail-order bride in male-dominated Seattle, Washington. Her abusive husband died in the Civil War and left Olivia wary of marriage, so she hopes to take a teaching position rather than become a bride. But the man who purchased her ticket to Seattle insists she fulfill her contract and marry. Stark Macaulay, former Confederate and now Sheriff of Seattle, is smitten with Olivia. Stark, unlike all the rich men in Seattle, has nothing to offer Olivia but his love. But Olivia hates anything to do with the Confederacy. Both fight an uphill battle. Both clash with demons from the past. Both struggle with desperate futures. Will these strong-willed people gain a second chance at love?


Avoiding The Mistletoe (Regency Romance)
By Anne Greene
Winged Publications
ISBN #978-1548303693
Price $5.74 (Paperback)
Price $0.99 (Kindle)
106 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

Olivia Rose Davenport Baker is a six-month widow after her husband dies in the Civil War. Olivia and her sister, Darcy, find an ad in the newspaper for Mail Order Brides going to Seattle, Washington. Olivia doesn’t want to go, but decides to accompany her sister so she won’t be alone. When the 35 mail order brides arrive, they are escorted off the boat by hundreds of men looking for brides. However, the captain of the boat is interested in Darcy and proposes several times.  Olivia is not interested in men since her husband mistreated her, and wants a position of schoolmarm. However, Sheriff Stark MacAulay falls for her immediately, but she’ll have nothing to do with him, either. She does get the schoolmarm position and begins teaching. But when a disaster strikes and the school burns down, the sheriff saves her and the children. Now she sees him in a different light.

This was a well-written historical romance, set in a period just after the war, and when women were needed across the country in unsettled territory. It’s the story of how they find romance and adventure. A wonderful read, and I highly recommend it.

Ginger Johnson

Author of THE ORIGIN OF MR. MINUS

Friday, December 15, 2017

Lord Bentley Needs A Wife

A Regency. It’s late August, and the heir to the title, Earl of Bentley, faces a dilemma. He must find, persuade, and marry a titled and moneyed English lady before October 30th or he will lose his estates, lands, and finances. So, Bentley, unlearned in the Rules of Love and the intricacies of women’s psyches confronts a ticking clock. He hires a matchmaker. Lady Camilla Merriweather, eldest daughter of a viscount, must use her considerable beauty to marry a rich, titled, Englishman to save her large family from the poverty and disgrace brought upon them by huge losses in the stock market. Due to a mix-up, Lady Camilla finds herself at a house party set in motion by the Earl’s matchmaker. Will a series of blunders and adventures lead to a happily-ever-after ending?


Lord Bentley Needs A Bride (Regency Romance)
By Anne Greene
Winged Publications
ISBN #978-1974252183
Price $5.74 (Paperback)
Price $2.99 (Kindle)
108 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

Lord Bentley, the elder son of an Earl, is being forced to wed in order to inherit his rank as an Earl. However, his main interest is not in a wife, but in his horses. Lady Camilla is faced with similar problems, as her family wants her to marry into a titled family with money. Lord Bentley’s younger brother is sabotaging his father’s wishes, hoping to obtain the Earl title instead of his older brother. A matchmaker works up a suitable list of women for the older brother to choose from. The younger brother substitutes another list with names of other women to invite to the gala, and Lady Camilla Merriweather is on the new list and sparks fly when she meets the older brother. But with no family money, will the father accept his choice as a bride?

This was a quick read, and highly enjoyable. The author’s writing is Faith based, and her Regency Romances are fun and interesting. Highly recommended.

Ginger Johnson
Author of THE SUICIDE THAT WASN’T




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Ghost Returns

Doctor Gordon Vincent, a 62 year old man, has lived in isolation for the last 23 years. For many this seemed normal. But little did they know, he has a dark secret. He was once "The Ghost". A dark guardian who defended the dark streets of Dawn City. Taking down the darkest of the cities underbelly of crime. Long since retired, he has lived in hiding. Fearing the day he may put on the mask again. Feeling the dark howl of a city crying out for a savior, he decides to return as "The Ghost". 6 thrilling chapters that chronicle the return of the world’s most darkest hero as he struggles to re enter a world that is more dangerous than the one he left behind all those years ago. Welcome to.......THE GHOST RETURNS!!


The Ghost Returns (Action Mystery)
By Charles Sherrod, Jr.
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN # 978-1518637650
Price $12.95
318 Pages
Rating 3-Stars

“Needs Editing And Formatting”

Written in six chapters – actually, six novelettes are probably more correct. They are: Rise Part 1, Rise Part 2, Rise Part 3, Bloodline, The Body, and Shadow O’Mine. The story takes place in fictional Dawn City, a city ruled by crime lords and drug gangs. The Ghost had operated in the early days, I take it, but must return now in his sixties, as drugs and flesh peddlers are running the city once more.

The paperback edition I received didn’t have the titles on the cover, there was a lack of editing, and of formatting, plus the author writes in short sentences, and it was poorly written for all that. All of which is a shame, as the characters were fascinating and the plots pretty good. The book needs to be professionally formatted and edited, and it would help if the author took some writing courses. I think this character could be a topnotch new pulp character, if given a chance.

Tom Johnson

Author of THE MAN IN THE BLACK FEDORA

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Christmas Belle

The latest book in the series, Christmas Mail Order Angels, A CHRISTMAS BELLE tells Amanda’s story. Amanda expected a Wyoming cowboy, not a Southern Gentleman with a dangerous job. Can the wounded Mail Order Angel and the very Southern Wyoming Sheriff overcome the difficulties of their personal baggage and of the raw western boomtown where men die at the drop of a gold nugget and women are scarce as a tail-hold on a bear? Will the Sheriff put DUTY before love as the fiancĂ© who jilted Amanda had done? 

She’s a transplanted southern belle jilted by her finance’ who preferred DUTY to his family. Amanda’s desperate for a new start in a new territory with a Wyoming cowboy. She’s known as a mind reader, but in reality she reads the fleeting expressions people hide. Frank struck gold in the Wyoming Gold Rush and is elected Sheriff by the people of Angel Vale. He signed up for a mail-order bride, not because he wants a wife, but because he needs a mother for the baby boy left on his doorstep. Unfortunately for Amanda, Frank hails from the deep South and DUTY is his middle name. Will Frank choose love or Duty
?


A Christmas Belle: Christmas Mail-Order-Angels (Historical Romance)
By Anne Greene
Winged Publications
ISBN # 978-1544638652
Price $5.75
114 Pages
Rating 5-Stars


Frank Calloway owns a mine in Angel Vale, Wyoming, and decides to send for a Mail Order Bride to care for a boy he’s raising. Amanda Geoffrey is one of the brides traveling to Wyoming in answer to men’s request for a mate. She’s been corresponding with Frank, and only knows him from his letters. When she arrives Frank is standing there waiting for her, but when he speaks, his southern drawl puts her off, as she was jilted by a southern gentleman once before, and this looked like de-ja-vu. Frank is the local sheriff and is raising a child abandoned on his doorstep. Will Frank and Amanda be able to corral their differences and make a good marriage, and will he prove to be like the other man who jilted her?

This was another interesting yarn from Author Anne Greene, and I love the way she brings Faith into her stories. These little novelettes are clean and interesting tales, written by an author with values, and I highly recommend her books to all.

Ginger Johnson

Author of COWBOY FROM TEXAS

Monday, December 11, 2017

Divine Truths Revealed

A first hand account of a profound and prophetic Near Death Experience. What actually awaits every person when they leave this material world? Do heaven and hell really exist? Are they both eternal realms? How can a loving God condemn a soul to hell for all eternity? Who is the Messiah and what did He accomplish for us? Is America now being warned to repent before it's too late and God's severe judgments fall upon this once great nation? Do miscarried and aborted babies have souls? If so, where do their souls go when they leave this world? Does life truly begin at conception? Does God recognize our man made Denominations? Why did God choose Israel and the Jews? These and many more important spiritual questions are answered with unusual simplicity and clarity. 

Israel and the Jews are indeed God's very own Chosen People. They were Chosen by God to be the bearers of the Truth and begetters of the Messiah, Savior of all mankind. By way of Israel and the Jews...God has blessed the entire world as was promised to Abraham, the Patriarch.

The continued existence of the Jews through centuries of dispersal and persecution, caused by the intense hatred of their enemies, is a mute testimony and clear evidence of the existence of the One, True God of Israel. The restoration of the nation of Israel in modern times, in precise fulfillment of ancient prophecies, is sufficient evidence of the authenticity and inerrancy of the Divinely Inspired Word of God. 

Someday soon, a Jew named Jesus (Yeshua), will rule the entire world from the remote, insignificant and relatively unknown city of....Jerusalem.


Divine Truths Revealed (Biblical)
By Ariela Solsol
Wisdom Beams Publishers
ASIN # B00H5J94N8
Price $0.99 (Kindle)
101 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

In 1967, during the 6 Day War in Israel, the author experienced a near death out of body episode, in which she was taken to Heaven in spirit and shown several revelations She explains them in this book, using Biblical verses to back up her writing. Those visions included children from abortions and miscarriages, as well as children dying at birth. There is also a vision of the destruction of America. Only two nations were founded on God - Israel and America. Israel spent two thousand years as strangers in other lands. Since the founding of America, we have turned from God, and if America and the people do not repent, America will be destroyed, and we are looking at the time fast approaching.

Whether you believe in near death experiences, or the possibility of viewing Heaven in the spirit, the author’s vision of what is coming upon the world is barely touched, but frightening. I must admit when I saw her last name, it gave me some doubts, as I believe the occult used the “sol sol” as demon worship in LUCIFER RISING, but the author appears to be an honest Christian, and serious in her near death experience and visions. She also speaks of other visions she was given by God. Most of the things she writes to us are supported by Bible verses; only the visions and her spiritual travel to Heaven might be questioned. If her spirit truly did see Heaven, then this may be something not done since John was taken by spirit to write Revelations, and Paul’s encounter on the road to Damascus. And that was two thousand years ago. Highly recommended, as I do believe we are in perilous times, and as Christians we should be watching, and listening for the trumpets.

Tom Johnson
Author of THE SOUL STEALERS