Valerie Fraser Luesse

Sorry about the first post.  Not sure why only part of it posted.

Dear Readers,

A southern literary fiction.  A story of a young man coming of age in the turbulent 60’s. Wonderful gentle story to pass the cold winter days with. Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse is a not miss book.

In the summer of ’62 Pete loses his father, his hero.  Pete can’t remember a time he didn’t want to be just like his dad.  Isaac, his father’s best friend steps in and helps Pete deal with his lose and to point him in the right direction.  Now Isaac is missing and Pete makes it his mission in life to find him back.

A story that deals with what it was like to grow up in the turbulent 60’s even if your hometown was small.  How did Jim Crow laws affect you and those around you.  How do you get along with those that are considered a lower class than you?  And how humans are all alike no matter race or financial status.  We all love, live and want to be able to spend time with family and friends.

With this debut novel, Valerie shows she will be an author to pay attention to for years to come.

Happy Reading.



New Releases – January 1 – 13

Dear Readers,

I combined a couple of weeks here as there was very few new releases between Christmas and New Year.  I am sure each of these titles will fit very nicely in with the reading challenge list.

Happy Reading,

Under a Cloudless Sky – Chris Fabry – 1933. In the mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, two young girls form an unbreakable bond against the lush Appalachian landscape, coal dust and old hymns filling their lungs and hearts. Despite the polarizing forces of their fathers–one a mine owner, one a disgruntled miner –Ruby and Bean thrive under the tender care of Bean’s mama, blissfully unaware of the rising conflict in town and the coming tragedy that will tear them apart forever.  2004. Hollis Beasley is taking his last stand. Neighbors up and down the hollow have sold their land to Coleman Coal and Energy, but Hollis is determined to hold on to his family legacy on Beulah Mountain. Standing in his way is Buddy Coleman, an upstart mining executive who hopes to revitalize the dying town by increasing coal production and opening the Company Store Museum. He’ll pay homage to the past–even the massacre of 1933–while positioning the company for growth at all costs.

Until We Find Home – Cathy Gohlke – For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the storylines she hopes will one day grace the novels she wants to write. But when she finds herself stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris, reality feels more akin to fear.  With nowhere to go, Claire throws herself on the mercy of an estranged aunt, begging Lady Miranda Langford to take the children into her magnificent estate. Heavily weighted with grief of her own, Miranda reluctantly agrees . . . if Claire will stay to help. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire has few options. But her tumultuous upbringing–spent in the refuge of novels with fictional friends–has ill-prepared her for the daily dramas of raising children, or for the way David Campbell, a fellow American boarder, challenges her notions of love. Nor could she foresee how the tentacles of war will invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home and risking the only family she’s ever known.

The Empowered – Craig Parshall – #2 A Trevor Black novels – A mysterious voodoo death in Washington, DC, seems ripe for ex-attorney Trevor Black’s unusual talents, drawing him to the depths of the New Orleans bayou.  But the shadow empire quickly outmatches Trevor’s special gifting when a carefully staged murder in his hotel room puts him at the top of the suspect list and his daughter goes missing, leaving a note suggesting a connection to the local cult religion. Frantic, Trevor must not only evade an evil assailant but fight to protect Heather from the forces of darkness clutching at her soul.  Running out of time and pursued by a supernatural enemy as old as history itself, Trevor uncovers a human trafficking ring that extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power.

Wesley Snipes

Dear Readers,

One of the aspects of my job that I love the most is the ability to explore new authors just to see if we could carry their books in our store.  It does mean sometimes I read some very bad books and no I am not going to name them, I just don’t review them or carry them.  But there are also times like this book that you find a little surprise.

I am not sure what I expected from Talon of God by Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman, but what I got was a delightful story that kept my attention.  I found myself caught up in a storyline that made me want to keep reading and trying to figure out how Talon was going to save Chicago.

There is a new drug on the streets and it isn’t illegal.  Used with other drugs makes them twice as addictive and the side effects are truly out of the world.  Chicago is the target and what detective Will Tannebaum doesn’t know is that things have already moved from bad to worse before anyone even has a chance to wonder what is happening.

Lauryn is a doctor at Mercy Hospital and she has met the effects of the drug face to face when one of her favorite homeless guy suddenly turns into a monster and tries to kill her.  Rescued by Talon, Lauryn knows that there is more going on than anyone has told them.

Talon of God was an interesting read, but I kind of felt like it was Wesley Snix145pes’ next movie script.  (Think the Blade movies)  That was not a bad thing, it just took a little getting used to the feel of the story.  It is also a really interesting blend of Christian fiction and not Christian fiction.  It had more theology and scriptural references in it than most CF I have read, but it had by far more foul language than any CF I have read.  To be perfectly honest I want to carry this book in my fiction department, but am unsure how it will go over.

I was worried that the book would poke fun of Christian beliefs or take them lightly.  That thankfully is not true.  Christianity is actually the pillar that hold the whole story together.  It takes the theology and beliefs of Christianity and weaves it into the storyline.

I also want to say that though there were parts of the book that seem lighter, it does not take demon possession lightly.  It is very serious about it and how a people can be effected.  But I also feel like this is one of those type of books that I would share with someone who would normally not pick up a Christian book.  It seems to be a great place to start a conversation.

Happy Reading,


“The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead.” — Clarence Shepard Day