A Design for Love

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Well, I made the plunge into the Kindle Worlds. The world I chose was the Royals of Monterra—a sweet romance world. I love romance stories with happy endings, but I also like a little suspense in the story. So my story A Design for Love, has a little suspense and intrigue.  I hope you enjoy it. I look forward to reading your reviews.

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Here is an excerpt from A Design for Love

Maddy Whitcomb is a brilliant architect trying to make a name for herself in the all male pool of architects at Bleeker’s Architectural Firm. From her domineering father to her boss who trivializes her talent, to Derek Nichols who goes out of his way to make her life miserable, men always seem to stand in her way when it comes to realizing her dreams. That is until Jason Cornish, a developer from Australia, arrives on the scene…

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A Design for Love

Well, I made the plunge into the Kindle Worlds. The world I chose was the Royals of Monterra—a sweet romance world. I love romance stories with happy endings, but I also like a little suspense in the story. So my story A Design for Love, has a little suspense and intrigue.  I hope you enjoy it. I look forward to reading your reviews.

Young, attractive fashion designer working in office, drawing, leaning on desk, smiling.?

Here is an excerpt from A Design for Love

Maddy Whitcomb is a brilliant architect trying to make a name for herself in the all male pool of architects at Bleeker’s Architectural Firm. From her domineering father to her boss who trivializes her talent, to Derek Nichols who goes out of his way to make her life miserable, men always seem to stand in her way when it comes to realizing her dreams. That is until Jason Cornish, a developer from Australia, arrives on the scene promising to make all her dreams come true.

Derek won’t admit it, not even to himself, that he is more than a little attracted to Maddy. Therefore, when it becomes obvious that Jason is determined to win Maddy’s heart no matter the cost, Derek’s protective nature slips out in spite of promising himself to never let another woman into his heart.

Will Derek open his heart in order to save Maddy or will Jason’s secret agenda to win Maddy prove too much to overcome? Will Maddy’s dreams be crushed again?

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It was well known that Derek considered himself the office ‘heartthrob’ at Bleeker’s. His arrogance turned Maddy’s stomach. Just because everyone said he looked like a young Tom Selleck, dimples and all, his attitude said he thought every woman in the office should fall madly in love with him. Several had, only to have their hearts stomped on, but they still clamored after him.

Maddy was embarrassed for those women who seemed to have no shame. “Where’s their self-respect?” she commented to Sharon after watching one of the female assistants leave Derek’s office sobbing. “When are they going to learn?”

Maddy shook her head. “Can’t they see he’s nothing but a womanizer? He doesn’t care one whit about them.”

“He’s not as bad as you make him out to be.” Sharon shook her head as she replied. “He’s a really nice guy once you get past that shell he’s erected around himself.”

“What shell?” Maddy asked, disgusted. “All I see is an arrogant, self-centered jerk trying to see how many women he can destroy.” She snorted and stalked away. “I don’t understand why you keep defending him,” she called over her shoulder.

Although she had no reason to, Maddy suspected that secretly, Sharon might harbor a desire to jump his bones just like all of the other women in the office. It bugged her that Sharon always came to his defense. For the life of her, she couldn’t see why, unless Sharon was just as infatuated with him just like all of the others were.

How could Sharon defend him? She turned and looked back and saw Sharon walk into Derek’s office. How could she? Maddy wanted to stamp her foot in disgust, but two junior architects were staring at her. She smiled sweetly at them and closed the door to her office. She leaned back against the door, clenched her hands into tight fists, scrunched up her eyes, and mouthed a silent scream. What did I do to deserve to be plagued by that man?

She knew she was probably being unfair to Sharon. They had become best friends on Maddy’s very first day at Bleeker’s. They had instantly bonded over a ‘welcome-to-the-office’ cup of coffee when Sharon had greeted her at the door to her new office. They found that they agreed on almost everything except Derek Nichols. She felt a stab of betrayal as she watched the door to Derek’s office close.

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Three new Royals of Monterra novellas are now available. If you love sweet romance, you will love the new Royals of Monterra World books. Check them out.

Royal Bride by Jina Bacarr http://amzn.to/2fnbjz0
His Royal Choice by N Kuhn http://amzn.to/2fzqTZ8
A Design For Love by Madge H Gressley http://amzn.to/2eE5MTi

Review: The Secret of Trail House Lodge

Sophie Collins Mystery, The Secret of Trail House Lodge, Madge H. Gressley, book review

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: YA, mystery
Format: eBook, Print
Buy Link Paperback: http://amzn.to/2ai8ArN
Buy Link eBook: http://amzn.to/29ISwLL

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An old deserted lodge, an unsolved bank robbery, and a mummified body all lead to a string of mysteries that junior, super-sleuth Sophie Collins and her friends stumble on when they discover hidden passages and secret rooms while exploring the old Trail House Lodge.

Find out how Sophie unravels the mysteries in The Secret of Trail House Lodge, book two in the Sophie Collins Mystery series by best selling author Madge H. Gressley.

Summary

After the events that took place in The Red Coat, Sophie Collins finds herself living in the family mansion under the watchful eye of its staff; however, this does not mean that she has hung up her metaphorical sleuthing cap.

When Sophie and her friends decide to explore the Trail House Lodge, they discover secret rooms filled with clues that might help solve a bank robbery that happened before their time. On top of that, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a more personal mystery when a man claiming to be her great-uncle comes crawling out of the woodwork. He says that he has no real interest in the family fortune and that he just wants to be a part of her life; however, Sophie is suspicious of his motives and decides to keep an eye on this “great-uncle” of hers.

Will Sophie and her friends solve the mysteries of Trail House Lodge? Does Sophie’s uncle have ulterior motives, or does he truly want to be a part of her life?

Review

Mystery and suspense are packed into this YA novel as Sophie and her friends discover the secrets hidden within the Trail House Lodge. The near-misses and the body that Sophie encounters are enough to get a young heart pounding, but Gressley manages to give just enough detail to make the lodge spooky while ensuring that young readers can still go to sleep at night.

Readers will see another side of Sophie; she is no longer an independent homeless girl who needs to rely on her wits in order to survive, she is an heiress who is chafing beneath the watchful eye of the butler who has made it his mission to coach her on how to be a “civilized” young lady. The admonishments that the butler gives to Sophie might remind some readers of similar sayings they heard during their childhoods, which makes it very easy to empathize with her.

It is clear that Sophie is not going to lose her edge or her street smarts anytime soon. Gressley has created an intelligent, endearing, and inquisitive character that is drawn to a mystery like a moth to a flame. If you are in the market for a good YA mystery and a more relevant alternative to Nancy Drew, I think that you will find it in Sophie Collins.

New Review for “The Red Coat”

The Red Coat just received another 5 Star review. However, this time the review was by Lily Kate H. an up and coming teen reviewer from the Readers Review Room. I am thrilled to be reviewed by someone from my target audience. I hope she will do me the honor of reviewing The Secret of Trail House Lodge, book 2 in the Sophie Collins Mystery Series.

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One snowy night, fourteen year old Sophie Collins a homeless runaway, finds a beautiful red coat while rummaging through a dumpster. Little does she know that the coat and the mysterious object she found in the coat’s lining will drastically change her future and put her life in danger.
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REVIEWER: LILY-KATE H. – RISING READERS REVIEWER

RATING: GOLD BOOKWORM

The Red Coat. Gold bookworm. This was an amazing book! A homeless girl named Sophie found a red coat. A lady claimed the coat was hers and took it from Sophie. That night, she tried to kill Sophie. Sophie decided to investigate. This made me happy, interested, and excited to read this book. My favorite character is Sophie because she has determination and curiosity. My favorite part was when the will was being read because of the surprises it held. I would recommend this book to my friends. The Red Coat is one of my favorite books now. I think my friends would like the book as much as I do.

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Reviews

I know I have been very neglectful of writing on my blog. Some days I wonder why I even have a blog. It never seems to take priority. Oh well, such is life. 

Three of my books have just received reviews, so I am excited to share them. I am pleased that my books have been well received. Too often I tend to doubt myself, so when I read a review I am happy that the reviewer enjoyed what I have written. Please read on and enjoy.

Shameless plug for my Sophie Collins Mystery Series here: Book 2The Secret of Trail House Lodge – is now available on Amazon – http://amzn.to/29ISwLL Kindle Edition, and – http://amzn.to/2ai8ArN Paperback.
Be the first five readers to review this book and receive a free paperback copy! Must send me an email with link, date and time you posted your review.
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An old deserted lodge, an unsolved bank robbery, and a mummified body all lead to a string of mysteries, when junior super-sleuth Sophie Collins stumbles on hidden passages and secret rooms while exploring the old Trail House Lodge with her friends.

Book 1 – The Red Coat – Kindle edition is on sale now for 99¢ on Amazon – http://amzn.to/1Pzi6S6. Paperback – http://amzn.to/1OHcR6c. Pick up your copy today so you won’t miss any of Sophie’s adventures.

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One snowy night, fourteen year old Sophie Collins a homeless runaway, finds a beautiful red coat while rummaging through a dumpster. Little does she know that the coat and the mysterious object she found in the coat’s lining will drastically change her future and put her life in danger.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Totally Terrible Tommy is totally cute!

Review by: Charity Rowell-Stansbury
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Genre: Children
Kindle Edition: http://amzn.to/1nZBPl7
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2aToIhD
Totally Terrible Tommy is a totally cute and charming way to reinforce the concept that bad behavior results in negative attention and good behavior results in positive attention! The story also reinforces that consideration and kindness are rewarded while being inconsiderate and mean are punished.

I thought that the alliteration of T’s when describing Tommy gave the book a rhythmic quality; something that will help the story stick in a child’s mind. I also noticed that several other words were frequently repeated in the story. I liked this because it helps children learn how to read and comprehend what they are reading. The illustrations are simple, cute, and very expressive. It is easy to distinguish expressions that are responses to positive and negative feelings and they serve as a colorful way to support the book’s message.

Totally Terrible Tommy is great for new readers, but it has enough of a rhythmic, “sing-song” tone to it that three-year-olds will find it engaging as well. If you are looking for a great little bedtime story for the kids, look no further!

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5.0 out of 5 stars
A well-written and excellent light read!

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Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: Romantic Anthology
Kindle Edition: http://amzn.to/1qWocFp
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2auEwe8

I enjoy reading novels with outspoken, strong female protagonists and I was not disappointed as every story in this book has bold and vivacious characters. While most of the stories follow a “standard romance” trope, they are infused with each authors’ voice which makes them all unique and easy to read.

Even though I was not a fan of the last story because of its premise and ending, I felt that it was well-written and will help make the book appealing to a wider range of romance readers.

Now & Forever offers romance readers a variety of short stories ranging from clean romances to something a little more risque. Each well-written story is representative of the authors’ writing styles and is perfect for romance readers who are interested in finding some new authors to follow, without the commitment of a full novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
An adorable and sweet book for kids!

Reviewed By:  Charity Rowell-Stansbury
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: Children
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Dexter’s Wonderful Day is an adorable book starring a laid back and approachable dragon

The characters and setting are sweet and engaging, enough so that it will hold a child’s attention. The charming dialogue is written in a way that encourages adults who are reading the books out loud to voice act as they read to children. The beautiful and colorful illustrations are self-explanatory for older children, but they come with brief captions that convey the book’s message for toddlers with short attention spans. Finally, the lesson about dealing with disappointment in an acceptable way is clear, without being preachy, and it could be used as a tool to encourage children to move past their feelings of disappointment.

With cute characters that demonstrate an important life’s lesson, Dexter’s Wonderful Day will be a wonderful addition to your bedtime story rotation!

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Another 5 Star Review

TOTALLY TERRIBLE TOMMY

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Review Rating:
5 stars!
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Totally Terrible Tommy is just as his name suggests: he’s totally terrible. He tramples his mother’s tulips, trashes his father’s workshop, breaks his sister’s toys, and talks back to his teachers at school. Nothing stops Tommy from being totally terrible. When his grandfather comes to visit, he challenges Tommy’s perspective by asking him why he wants to behave so terribly. Tommy seems to think everyone expects him to be terrible, so that’s what he is. He wants to be noticed and he doesn’t believe he will be noticed if he’s not terrible. His grandfather asks him to try a different approach for a week. Tommy agrees and starts be helpful and nice to everyone. Suddenly Totally Terrible Tommy has become Totally Terrific Tommy and he’s getting more attention than he thought possible. He’s even feeling good about himself. But it’s not enough. You see, Tommy just wants to be Tommy, not Totally Terrible or Totally Terrific, just Tommy. And that’s not such a bad thing either, because no one can or should be perfectly good or perfectly bad all of the time.

Author Madge H Gressley has written a beautiful story. Totally Terrible Tommy is both humorous and serious and teaches readers, young and old alike, the importance of accepting ourselves and others around us for what they are: neither totally terrible nor totally terrific. And it teaches us all the importance of helping out and trying to be considerate and hard working as much as possible. The author is both clever and charming in her story, using the catchy alliteration of T’s in the Totally Terrible Tommy and Totally Terrific Tommy.

5 Star Review – Unique and Enjoyable!

The Red Coat –  book 1 in my Sophie Collins Mystery YA series just received another 5 star review.

By Charity Rowell-Stansbury on April 21, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The-Red-Coat-Cover-ArtAfter finding a discarded coat in the dumpster with a mysterious object in one of its pockets, Sophie is accosted by the coat’s former owner. Keeping the object she found in the coat’s pocket, Sophie reluctantly returns the coat to its former owner; not realizing that the mysterious object is the key to solving a murder mystery.

Sophie is certainly not Nancy Drew! Having learned some lessons while living on the streets, our edgy and bright protagonist is shrewd and rough around the edges. Sophie’s ethics are centered in the gray area; she’s a good kid, but she sometimes makes decisions that push the limits on what is considered to be ethical. I like this because it makes her more realistic as most teens tend to test the limits of ethical and unethical behavior.

There are some other interesting characters that play important roles in helping Sophie to solve the mystery. It is apparent that Gressley chose to focus more on developing Sophie’s character than on the setting and other characters, but she describes the other characters and setting in enough detail to keep the story relevant and interesting. I feel that if she had developed the setting and other characters further, it would have made for a lengthy novel that her target audience would likely abandon.

The Red Coat strays from the typical goody-goody, know-it-all young sleuth novel to provide readers with a realistic, unique, and likeable protagonist. If you are an adult who misses reading Nancy Drew, or your pre-teen/younger teen is looking for an enjoyable mystery read; I recommend that you grab a copy of The Red Coat by Madge Gressley.