TAKE YOURSELF OUT OF ISOLATION AND VISIT DINKY'S MOM IN THE NURSE MARE'S TALE AS A TREAT. A GIFT FROM ME TO YOU FROM 11/30/2020 - 12/4/2020
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming!
Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2019Lovely story of nurse mare life from the mare's perspective! It was heartbreaking in moments but beautiful!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching, Informative Story Inspiring Change
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019Verified Purchase
The Nurse Mare's Tale is told from the perspective of a horse named Sadie, who is placed in servitude to feed other mare's horses with her milk. Like many of Marta Moran Bishop's stories, this book takes an unflinching look at the problematic things we sometimes do in society in pursuit of profits. In this case, it's the equine industry and the practice of using nurse mares.
Nurse mares are bred for the sole purpose of providing milk to more "desirable" foals, such as racehorse foals. Their own foals are often treated as throwaways in the industry. The industry maintains that the practice is necessary, while equine rights activists condemn the practice. Throwaway foals are sometimes slaughtered, and the mares themselves are often repeatedly re-bred with little opportunity to properly heal. There is a huge profit incentive for thoroughbred farmers to use nurse mares in raising their foals.
Before reading The Nurse Mare's Tale, I knew a little about the industry and the lengths it goes to in order to maximize profitability, pushing the boundaries of humane animal treatment. Mares are sometimes kept under artificial light 24/7 early in the spring to influence their reproductive cycle, for example. Bishop's book raised my awareness of issues to a new level, and at times, it was difficult to continue reading for that reason. Horses are sentient beings and treating them as if they aren't is disturbing.
It's important reading, however, because it raises awareness of the treatment of these beautiful creatures on whose backs fortunes are made. Awareness of the issues is the first step in cultivating positive change.
Bishop's book is beautifully written, and she weaves in factual information in such a way that it comes across as a natural narrative. The lessons she presents are artfully delivered through Sadie's eyes.
Readers who are sensitive to the plight of animals or who want to know more about the horse industry will find this book deeply moving. At times, it is touching, and at other times, it's sad. Regardless, its message is an important one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
Beautiful story!!! I didn't want it to end
BARBARA FRANCES OUTDID HERSELF WITH HER CHILDREN'S BOOK LOTTIE'S ADVENTURE: FACING THE MONSTER. A FABULOUS CHAPTER BOOK
Lottie's Adventure: Facing The Monster, is an action-packed children's book written especially for ages 8 through 14. Children will enjoy this exciting read while also improving their reading skills. Twenty-nine chapters filled with twists and turns keep kids reading to discover the outcome.
Lottie, a lively ten-year old Hispanic girl, longs for something new and different in her life. Her summers up to this point have all been, more or less, the same. Then the arrival of a magical letter and a TV newscast transforms her vacation time in a high adventure.
Her great adventure includes trying to relate to a cold, estranged, and rich grandmother, freeing a kidnapped ten-year-old African American boy from a locked room, hiding him in a safe place, and then fleeing with him from a kidnapper who is always just a step or two behind.
A New Hero Is Born
Lottie is my kind of people. A real person. Caring, smart, savvy. She may be only a kid, but she's a great role model for anybody. And she has the most interesting, sometimes kind of scary, adventures. And she meets weird people, funny people, wacky people, serious people. Sometimes she gets herself in a pickle, but she always rises to the occasion and figures out how to get out of it. She doesn't reject the kindness of strangers either.
More than anything, Lottie is saturated with decency. She's doesn't have to be in control all the time. She can be vulnerable. She can be hurt. But she likes herself no matter what. And she likes people. All people.
If you liked A Wrinkle in Time, you'll like Lottie's Adventures as well.
DAW, Austin, Texas
It's an exciting thriller that makes you want to keep on reading.
Adam Lubbers, age 12
Mr. Benitez’s book RELATIONSHIP helped me take a long hard look at what I could do better in all my relationships and in particular those with my husband.
What part do I play in the issues that arise in our marriage on a daily basis?
I found this book extremely helpful and insightful too.
Kudos to Mr. Benitez on writing this book and the work he had to personally do in order to bring it about.
TAKE A ROMP THROUGH THE SWAMPS & MANSIONS OF THE 1980'S SOUTH. SHADOW'S WAY - BY BARBARA FRANCIS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART & HAUNT YOUR MIND - A MURDER MYSTERY & MADNESS
Prepare to be spellbound. Barbara Frances' long-awaited third novel is available NOW! Shadow's Way, takes you to the coastal, deep South, where the past and the present mingle in a gothic tale of insanity, murder, and sexual intrigue.
You'll meet the beautiful Elaine Chauvier, former actress and proprietor of Shadow's Way, her family's antebellum home; the esteemed Archbishop Andre Figurant and his fallen identical twin, Bastien; newly arrived Ophelia and Rudy, here to explore their Chauvier roots and their ties to Shadow's Way; and the mysterious Madame Claudine. Under a veneer of piety and graciousness, i.e., the questions: What is good? What is evil? What is reality?
The suspense was unbelievable
Elaine Chauvier ran a bed and breakfast from her Antebellum home.
Archbishop Andre Figurant had just finished Mass and was seeing his parishioners out.
Bastian Figurant is the identical twin of the Archbishop.
Ofelia was Elaine's half-sister and was the child of her father's second wife.
Rudy was both Ofelia and Elaine's cousin and he was coming to visit.
Elaine thought she had gotten rid of the family but Ofelia was here and Rudy was coming in a week or so. She did not want to share Shadow's Way and she wouldn't.
Lanita worked for the Archbishop for six years as his housekeeper
A mystery set in the south just before a big hurricane comes to land. I enjoyed it and it was complicated with surprises, twists, and turns. It was well writen and moved smoothly. The characters were well developed and interesting. The author did an excellent job keeping all the things together. It was coherent, laid out intelligently and kept your attention till the end. I don't usually read Mystery but this was a good one and I was glad I got the chance.
M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS SOUTHERN GOTHIC HORROR MYSTERY.
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020I received this book as a gift from my niece, and cannot thank her enough.
Ms. Francis’ novel Shadow’s Way, had me enthralled from page one, it kept me reading until so late into the night that I used a flashlight in order not to wake my husband.
I’ve always enjoyed reading gothic tales, but this one went beyond most that I had read. The synopsis was correct, past and present mingled and left me on the edge of my seat. Was G – G – Daddy a real paranormal experience or a figment of Elaine Chauvier’s imagination, which got worse as she sunk deeper into insanity?
I loved the various characters that Ms. Francis brought into play as needed to heighten the story. They were well rounded and interconnected in ways that one has to keep reading to get the full picture.
LIKE I USED TO DANCE - BY BARBARA FRANCES IS A FASCINATING TALE OF LIFE IN THE 1950'S AND FULL OF COMPASSION, HUMOR, AND SUSPENSE.
“Our kids, my, my, Gracie” laughed Bud. “Where did we go wrong? One marries God, another a Jew and the last one, the devil!”
Texas, 1951. The Wolanskys—Grace, Bud and their three grown children—are a close-knit clan, deeply rooted in their rural community and traditional faith. On their orderly farm, life seems good and tomorrow always holds promise.
But under the surface, it’s a different story. Grace is beset by dark memories and unnamed fears, calmed only by practicing a secret obsession. Their son Andy has said no to becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, has fallen in love with a big-city Jewish girl. Youngest child Regina is trapped in a loveless marriage to an abusive, alcoholic husband. Even “perfect” daughter Angela’s decision to become a nun unleashes consequences no one could foresee.
And then Ceil Dollard breezes into town.
Ceil—wealthy, sophisticated, irrepressible—is like a visitor from Mars. She’s a modern woman. She drives a car and wears pants. She blows away tradition and certainty, forcing Grace to face her fears and brave a changing world. Through Ceil, Grace learns about courage and pleasure—but at the risk of losing Bud.
Barbara Frances’ sparkling, richly human novel takes you back to a time when Ike was president and life was slower, but people were the same as now. You’ll encounter a cast of characters storm-tossed by change, held together by love. Written with compassion, humor and suspense, Like I Used to Dance will charm you, warm you and even squeeze a few tears, from its opening number to the last waltz.
LOVE IT! - Family Saga Full of Drama and Heart
Don’t start this book before bedtime or you’ll be late to work! I love family sagas and this one swept me along. It’s about Grace, a warm, creative woman strong for her family but out of touch with her own needs. The place is rural Texas and the time is the fifties, when women were still trapped as homemakers. The family is Catholic and Grace’s daughters have their own struggles. Angela is unsure if she should become a nun and Regina has to decide if she’ll divorce her abusive husband. Grace herself is a talented artist who has never realized her potential. She develops a close bond with Ceil, a sophisticated transplant from LA who blows into the life of Grace and her family like a powerful wind. In the end, everything turn s out but nothing is the same. A great read!
OMG YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE - SUSPENSE FILLED - TEGAN JUSTICE (BOOK 2) BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR INGE-LISE GOSS
Having Embraced Her New Existence, Sara Jones Fights To Destroy A Criminal EmpireAlong with her newly acquired skills of spider-climbing agility, self-healing powers, and the ability to eject poisonous needles came the haunting need to consume blood and flesh tainted by Tegen deadly spiders.
˃˃˃ Armed With New Skills And An Alias, Sara Tracks Her Nefarious Criminal Prey To New OrleansBut before she can fully execute her plan to wipe out that criminal element, she encounters her former lover, an out of control Tegen, and the repercussions of disobeying Tegen rules. Death and mayhem ensue as Sara tries to outrun and outsmart an enemy she knows all too well.
˃˃˃ For fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent comes a story that will have you turning pages long past your bedtime. You have found your new obsession.
A well-written suspense novel with surprise ending that'll leave you saying, "OMG - what next!"
I read The Tegen Cave and the prologue hooked me instantly, so it was read in two days. I'm not a fan of spiders, however author Goss has a heroine whose parents worked in the field of Arachnology, thus made spiders seem more lovable than what we normally think. More like crickets, if crickets released lethal poison. And during her parent's scientific study of spiders, it soon became known that their daughter was immune to all deadly spider venom. This sets the tone for book one, and is about as much as one needs to know to read book two, since it is a stand alone story and quickly catches readers up on Sara Jones who becomes Sally Jablon in this second of the series.
At the end of book one, our heroine learns she is a Tegen, and is adjusting to her unusual lifestyle while remaining committed to destroying an organized drug crime empire, run by her former lover, Conner Crussett. Her newfound ability of self-healing is just one of many Tegen tools that helps her track down and fight a sordid lot of criminals to whom death means nothing.
Now in Baton Rouge, with a new hair color, color contacts, and adopted southern twang, Sally is attempting to wipe out drug selling criminals whom she hopes will lead to demise of the Crussett family business. She has found a new romance with Brett, who is also a Tegen. Their love is bound by many things, but only Tegens understand all the rituals needed for them to sustain life, which strengthens their connection. But her mission in Louisiana get precariously sidetracked when Brett sends an out of control Tegen to accompany Sally in Baton Rouge. Out of control is putting it mildly as this young Tegen uses her venom infused nails to wipe out anyone she doesn't like. A punishable Tegen rule is to never use death by venom unless one is in a life threatening situation that cannot be survived by any other means.
When Conner Crussett shows up in Baton Rouge, Sally has to convince him she is NOT Sara, even though this is not an easy task as they were madly in love for several years. Sally is now the love "interest" of several men, whom she is using for more information and hoping they never realize her true identity. There are several twists in this story, and I could not figure out the villains even as I neared the end. What I believe was bound to happen, did not, so that was a head shaker. Without adding a spoiler, let me just say your mouth may drop open when stubborn, strong-headed, Sara Jones/Sally Jablon does what she has always done: Takes matters into her own hands. I cannot imagine what will happen in book three, but am looking forward to see how our heroine gets herself out of this one.
If Wade had to sit in the kitchen with his binoculars all day long just to get a glimpse of Summer, he would.
Wade rented his house to the first person who responded to his advertisement. With her lush green lawn and flowers that bloomed, everything his tenant did got under his skin. At first, he was oblivious about who she was.
Summer knew who he was. But she kept her distance and a low profile. Not being too sure of his feelings for her.
Waiting and watching, soon realizing who she was, he was biding his time to make his move.
Pass Me Those Binoculars is a clever story with lots of dialogue and character interaction. The book cover is beautifully designed. Great work! Five stars!
JO ANN JONES - THE AUTHOR OF ECHOES FROM MY HEART - A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY WITH POETRY. ALL PROFITS GO TO THE UNITED METHODIST HOME FOR CHILDREN IN DELTONA FL
Echoes From My Heart is a compilation of poems Jo Ann Jones wrote over many years. A beautiful collection inspired throughout her life’s challenges and joys with continuous inspiration and encouragement from family and friends.
The poems are divided into nine topics, so you can choose to read the poems in any order. Each topic page has a scripture to share God’s word for the upcoming poems. Read these poems at your leisure or when you need a reminder of God’s blessings and grace.
In addition to acquiring beautiful poetry, you will be contributing to a good cause as all the profits from the sale of Echoes From my Heart will go to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Deltona, FL.
A PROFOUNDLY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THROUGH POETRY
Echoes From My Heart by Jo Ann Jones is a beautifully written poetry book that takes us on a journey through life’s challenges.
It is also a look into the spiritual journey toward Christ’s teachings and helps us to forget our failings and learn to do better.
I loved this book and shall keep it near me, as I journey through life.
Thank you, Ms. Jones for your beautiful words.
ARTABAN DIDN'T HEAR THE QUESTION. HIS SHOULDERS SANK, AND GLOOM SETTLED ON HIS FACE. "THEY'RE GONE? DO YOU KNOW WHERE?" THE LAST MAGI BY E.A. SHARPE WILL TOUCH YOUR HEART, AND WARM YOU TO YOUR BONES.
Destined to be a Christmas classic, The Last Magi is the story of Artaban, the fourth Wise Man, who leaves his betrothed, the beautiful Rasha, to follow his fellow Magi to Bethlehem. Arriving too late, he sets out to find the child born under the star. Years pass as Artaban chases wisps and rumors across two continents. Weary and impoverished, the last Magi refuses to quit his quest, even as time is running out.
Destined To Become a Christmas Classic
My daughter was given this book by a friend, but before she could even read it, I snatched it up because I love fictionalized stories from the Bible. The Last Magi tells the story of the last Magi to see Jesus but in a twist not to give too much away, this Magi, Artaban, sees Jesus much later after the famous birth in a stable. But along the way, Artaban demonstrates the very human need to finish a quest, seek forgiveness, rise up after falling down, embrace the challenge of faith, and to love until one's dying day. The tale is both adventure and tender reflection. Yes, it is perfect for children, but it is also perfect for adults, too. Sorry kids, there are no pictures, but like all good stories, the narrator takes the reader into
the desert revealing its hardships and beauty. I hope this book sells really well and becomes a Christmas (and Easter) classic
E.A. Sharpe wrote an absolutely wonderful story that will give you a lift and show what commitment to a goal will bring to you.
It is the story of a Magi who missed his fellow Magi on their quest to find the child whom the star and prophecy spoke of. Yet he sets out on his own, and through hardship, and delays he gives all he has to help those in need along the way.
Years later he feels he is too late, but is he?
I loved this short book of Artaban’s quest to find Christ and believe it is a story that is a great read at any time of the year, especially at Easter.
NO FLUFF OR HYPE, JUST DOWN TO EARTH DETAILS ON EXACTLY HOW TO MAKE MONEY USING YOUR PRESENT SKILLS - EVEN DURING A PANDEMIC - THE HANDYMAN'S GUIDE TO PROFIT BY A. WILLIAM BENITEZ
Start making money now as a handyman using only your home repair skills. Twelve chapters of valuable how-to information teach you how to:
*Find new customers
*Price every job to ensure profit
*Get paid in full for every job
*Expand your skills for profitability
*Use the Internet to increase profits
*Keep customers coming back and giving referrals
*Handle your accounting and taxes
*Become a highly paid home repair expert
Everything you need to know to succeed financially as a handyman. No fluff or hype, just down to earth details on exactly how to make money using your present skills.
Five Stars by Handyman
Get started in the right direction. I researched a lot of books on this subject before I chose this one, and I'm glad I did.
A family member bought me some books on starting a business and they didn't really cover any of the information I was looking for. This business is a business however you sell yourself and your abilities, not a product made somewhere else by someone else in a rented space.
This book was informative and gave practical knowledge and experience that was easy to understand. I would recommend this book to those who are thinking about going out on your own, and those who already have...
WHEN THE THUGS FIND OUT PETE DIDN'T DIE THE GAME IS ON. CAN THEY KEEP HIM SAFE? LEFT FOR DEAD - BOOK 6 OF THE LAURA & GERRY MYSTERY SERIES BY KAREN VAUGHAN.
Things are really starting to heat up in the Fitz family. Even pregnant, Laura can't stay out of harms way after Gerry’s cousin and best buddy is left for dead after a beating. When the thugs responsible find out he didn’t die, the game is on to keep Pete safe until he has to testify. After finding a body on a mountain trail in cottage country Laura helps a local police officer solve the crime while waiting for the birth of her first baby.
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and mystery have never been such fun.Verified Purchase
I think Karen Vaughan must have fun every time she sits down to write a story, Thankfully the humor and fun come through n her books and readers get a delightful read that also adds in murder, mystery and suspense. The novels with Laura and Gerry are a series that can also be read as stand alone books, I highly recommend all of them because readers will love the characters the author has created. In this story, murder and mystery connect to mob ties and the adventure is on. For me, I loved that a neighbor of Laura and Gerry's and a tenant in the building they manage is the one caught up in murder. Through the books, I have found, Stella is the character you love to hate. Grabbing a book by this author always guarantees a good read, a fun story and a murderous adventure
M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL MURDER MYSTERY
Left for Dead by Karen Vaughan, is witty and intelligently told mystery story. It’s the 6th in the Laura and Gerry mysteries series and a delightfully penned book.
It seems even pregnancy will not stop Laura Fitz from being a corpse magnet, as she stumbles yet again onto another dead body. While Laura is talking to the police, she receives a phone call from hubby. Apparently, Laura’s gift or curse for discovering the dead and becoming embroiled in the nasty affairs of the murder has rubbed off on to Gerry, for he has found his cousin near death.
The Fitz’s have once again become entangled in murder, mayhem, the lives of others along with the danger it entails. But, through it, all Laura remains her witty self. Gerry doesn’t fair as well as his love for Laura and their coming baby, upset his judgement at times. After all, it is difficult to be objective when the life of one's wife is on the line.
Ms. Vaughan has another terrific read in Left for Dead. I enjoyed this book enormously and highly recommend it to everyone.
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