Category Archives: Fiction

Steal Away Home by Coffey

Owen Cross is a minor league catcher. Baseball is his life and has been since an early age. He dreams of catching in the Majors and has devoted his life to achieving this goal. Paul Cross, his dad, had been a pitcher, but threw out his arm, thus ending his career. Paul wants Owen to succeed where he failed.

Steal Away Home
By Billy Coffey
Thomas Nelson
January 2018

Owen has a very successful Little League and High school career. Winning a scholarship, he is off to college at Ohio State.

Michaela Dullahan lived in Shantytown. No one in Camden talks to a Shanty. Owen is drawn to Mickey the first time he sees her on the hill above his house. They continue to meet in secret and soon he is falling in love with her. They make plans to leave together when he leaves for college at Ohio State.

Things change between them the night of their graduation. A group of kids are in the farmer’s field and one of them decides to play chicken with the oncoming train. Mickey jumps on the tracks and pushes him off standing with open arms while waiting for certain death. Owen jumps on the tracks to save her and something happens that will change both their lives. Mickey becomes religious, starts preaching to the Shantytown residence, building a Church. She refuses to go with Owen when he leaves for college. She has work to do because time is so short.

Owen graduate from college, signs a contract with the Cubs and he is on his way, so he thinks, to realizing his dream. He does fairly well in the Minors. He gets a call to go to the Majors to possibly catch against the Yankees. Unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to bat. Disappointed he returned back to the Minors. Would he ever realize his dream?

The second call came for him to fly to New York possibly be a relief catcher. This could be his big break. Arriving in New York he had second thoughts and decided to go back home to Camden. Leaving his gear at the airport he caught the next plane home.

All his life he had focused on a dream that he knew was never going to come true. What he needed was what he had left behind in Camden.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Legends by Scudiere

Africian Legend: Lanada Landa – a big cat – leopard – that roams the earth bringing deadly disease to all he touches.

Legends: The Landa Landa & The Aellai
By A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
January 2019

Dalena is a scientist working in Africa helping the people and looking for a cure for the deadly diseases that plague the nation. There is never enough money, medical supplies, food, and especially not enough biohazard suits. Hers is held together by duck tape. Something must be done and she has the solution. She needed the African people to stop believing in the Landa Landa and the Americas to start believing in it.

Dalena filled the needle with the relatively pure Ebola virus and plunged it in her arm. Twenty-one days and nothing. She was immune. Now she is ready to put her plan into action. Flying to the states she went from state to state affecting people with a deadly virus.

Dalena started having dreams about the Landa Landa. She followed the big cat as he roamed the neighborhood leaving destruction in its wake. She is so restless at night and very tired in the morning. What is happening?

Is it just a dream or is she the Landa Landa? Impossible – it is just a legend or is it?

It’s time to go back to Aficia. Texting Brenna that she is on her way reveals they must return to the states. There is a an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Now maybe they will listen to her plea for help.

Aellai – a creature that controls the wind – whirlwind?

Delana and Brenna arrive in the states and are immediately taken to CDC laboratory. They immediately set to work to tried to isolate the virus and determine which strain it is. Brenna and Delana are quarantined. Something is happening. Brenna watched as her own hands disintegrated. As her body changed, she hear her mother’s voice – Aellai … You are the Aellai.

Dalana and Brenna are undergoing changes they can’t quite explain. Brenna takes after a runaway infected individual. He is fast, but she is faster. How did she do it? Waiting and watching Brenna is a man dressed in black.. He tells her he is Paladian. He called her Whirlwind. Dalana is also changing.

Is the legend true. Is Dalana the Landa Landa and Brenna the Aellia? Or is it just an African Legend?


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

First Comes Love by Heyford

Kerry O’Hearn is a single mom and attorney raising three young daughters on her own. She had two disastrous marriages to cops so she very adamant about not having anything to do with cops in general.

First Comes Love
A Willamette Valley Romance 2
by Heather Heyford
Lyrical Press
May 2018

Detective Alex Walker has a grudge against Kerry as she was the attorney who skewered him on his last case. Somehow they both find themselves living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Kerry is determine to avoid Alex since he is a cop, but Alex has different ideas .

Against her better judgement, Kelly begins to have feeling for Alex. He is her daughter Shay’s boxing coach. Shay has become quite close to Alex. He has given Shay friendship and confidence she so definitely needs.

When Alex asks Kelly for assistance in obtaining custody of two young boys from abusive home she sees what a kind-hearted person he really is. Maybe all cops aren’t bad people.

When Kerry realizes she has fallen in love with Alex, she asks him to move in with her and the girls. Together they have five kids. Will they be able to make a good home for the children?

This is a story of mistrust, misconception and a little bit of self doubt, but love really does conquer all if you believe.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

A good read. Highly recommend.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Oelke

Jane Sinner is a screw up. She has been expelled from school in her senior year. All her friends will be graduating without her. She has a hard time with her family’s religious beliefs. She simply doesn’t believe in God. The more her parents push, the more she rebels.

Nice Try Jane Sinner
By Leanne Oelke
Clarion Books
January 2018

To compromise with her parents request for her to get her GD, she enrolls in the Elbow River Community College. She sees a notice to audition for a Reality Show being produced by a student at the college. Her audition goes well and she is accepted as one of the contestants. Now, how is she going to tell her parents she is moving out since she is required to live with the others. Knowing they won’t approve, she lies and says she is renting an apartment with a friend, but nothing about the show.

The winner will receive a used car and $500. She is determined to win, but doesn’t fully grasp what it entails. What the contestants are required to do borders on insanity.

Can Jane stay the course and come out a winner. Only time will tell.

I liked the book. It was funny, but a little sad also.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Garden of Bone by Scudiere

Agent Elerie Eames is on her way to New Orleans. Not on a case for the Nightshade Group, but a personal mission. Bones of a young girl has been discovered that could be that of sister Emmaline who has been kidnapped at the age of eight years old.

Garden of Bone
The Nightshade Forensic Files 6
by A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
November 2018

Elerie arrives in the French Quarters of New Orleans. She is drawn to the Mystic Vudu Shop on Rue Royal. Entering the shop, she is instantly alerted to something being off, but not quite sure exactly what. Leaving the shop, she continues to her Grandmere’s house.

Elerie continues to be drawn to the Vudu Shop. Leaving the shop one day, just wandering the streets, suddenly there is Emmaline wanting Elerie to follow her. Winding down streets and alleys, Elerie finds herself in front of a large house, open gate and a large courtyard. Unable to resist, she walks in and discovers a human bone. Putting the bone in her pocket, she turns to leave. Waking up in bed at her Grandmere’s house, Elerie is disoriented and very confused. She can’t find the bone anywhere. Did she dream the incident or had someone cast a spell on her. Her thoughts immediately turned to the lady at Mystic Vudu.

Agent Donovan was just completing at assignment in Montana. He has discovered some alarming facts. The Lobomaus arriving in New Orleans had exploded. Elerie was in danger and unaware. He changed his plans and headed to warn her. Elerie is glad to see him and explained what had been happening. They decided to find the house and investigate.

What Elerie and Donovan find is so unimaginable. The courtyard is literally covered with human bones. Could Emmaline be buried here? Will Elerie finally get the disclosure she so desperately needs?

As usual, AJ has written an excellent book. One of magic, mystery and intrigue. An on the edge of your seat and a page turner. One you will ponder long after the last page.

Loved it and highly recommend to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Strategem by Caroll

Grayson Thibodeaux and Colton York own a company called ‘Game’s On Us’. They developed games for select clients. Deets PR has hired them to design a game to see how a person would react in a certain situation. Deets has four account executives that were up for promotion and would be competing. This game would allow the company to chose the correct person for the position. Grayson’s ex-wife Anna Belle is one of the participates.

Stratagem
by Robin Caroll
Shiloh Run Press
November 2018

The group were installed in a rented house and the game had begun. Things were running smoothly until Anna Belle was found unconscious in her room. She was rushed to the hospital where she later passed away. The cause was determined to be anaphylactic shock. Anna Belle was allergic to cherry juice which somehow has gotten into her energy drink.

Detectives Brandon Gibbon and Danielle Witz of the New Orleans Police Department are assigned to the case. There is reason to believe foul play is involved and Anna Belle was murdered. Of course Grayson , the ex-husband, became the prime suspect. Detective Witz has a beef with Grayson and did everything she could to railroad him into confessing.

As the investigation continued, it became crystal clear that Grayson was innocent. Was one of the four participants guilty of this crime? Who would do this terrible thing? Will Detectives Gibbons and Witz find the guilty party?

An interesting read – full of intrigue and mystery. I recommend it to all adult readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Delayed Justice by Putnam

Jamie Nichols had been molested by her Uncle Dane Nichols when she was a small child. She went to law school and became criminal defense attorney so she could face her demons and bring charges against her Uncle Dane.

Delayed Justice
Hidden Justice 3
by Cara Putman
Thomas Nelson
October 2018

Dane is in the Army and had been for sometime. Shortly after Jamie had filed these charges, she learned Dane was up for promotion to become a Colonel. She had waited most of her life to make Dane pay for tearing her childhood apart. She had never told anyone what he did to her, but now she was ready to make a stand so he could never hurt anyone again.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is helping Tiffany ,a young girl who had also been molested by her mother’s boyfriend. Chandler has a therapy dog, Aslan, who is helping the child cope with what had happened to her. Chandler has asked Jamie to help in bringing the perpetrator to Justice.

Dane isn’t taking these accusations very well. He is determined to stop Jamie from destroying his career. No one messes with Dane Nichols and he will silence her no matter what he has to do.

Question: Will Jamie and Tiffany finally get Justice for their lost innocence? A very heart rendering story of two young girls whose childhood was/is being destroyed by two powerful men.

I liked the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

What Blooms From Dust by Markert

The train ride was free. The people were going to their dream town of Majestic Oklahoma. A town of elegant buildings, paved roads, and show houses. The pamphlets were a work of fiction as they would soon learn. Reaching their destination they were faced with miles and miles of desolation cut by a blazing sun. They has be scammed. The land however was for sale for a modest price. They were truly in the middle of nowhere and nowhere to go. Thus the town of Nowhere, Oklahoma was established.

What Blooms From Dust
By James Markert
Thomas Nelson
June 2018

The people set to work building sod houses and planting wheat. The land was fertile and soon the town was blooming at an alarming rate. The sod houses were replaced by actual houses and even a hotel. The residents were enjoying a land literally brimming with acres upon acres of wheat. Life was good. Then disaster happened. It hadn’t rained in four years, worst drought in recent history. The wheat and grass began to turn brown and then completely died until nothing was left but dirt. The livestock died due to lack of water and food. The town people were near to starvation as they had too little food and mainly survived on jackrabbits. If this was not bad enough, the dust storms started and were relentless. The wind left thick black dirt that covered everything and made it very hard to breathe. It took days to clean up everything just in time to again be covered by another storm.

Jeremiah Goodbye had been convicted of murdering three men and was scheduled to be electrocuted. At the time he was scheduled to be electrocuted, a thunder boomer had quickly spun into a twister, collapsing the back wall of the execution room five minutes into the first jolt of electricity, and he simply walked away. He had been given a second chance. Jeremiah knew that the law would soon be after him and he must find a safe place to stay. He would return to Nowhere knowing he would not be welcome.

After traveling for days and living through the many dust storms, he came across a mother literally selling her child. Taking the boy with him, who carried a typewriter, continued on his way to Nowhere. The people were afraid and the Sheriff wanted to return him to prison.

Things were really beginning to heat up. The townspeople were becoming more and more despondent and the dust storms became more brutal. Then one morning a miracle occurred. There was mail in the mailboxes. The people were excited and looked forward each morning for their letter. Who was writing the letters? Out of the hard dirt, in the middle of the street, a lovely rose grew. Soon there were roses everywhere. Along came the worst dust storm ever and blew all the roses away.

Then it began to RAIN! Will the town of Nowhere, Oklahoma prosper again?

I really enjoyed reading the book. It is filled with mystery and magic.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Separatists by Wiehl

Erica Sparks heads up a nightly television show called “The Erica Sparks Effect”. She is at or near the top of the ratings. But, she is becoming restless. She has plans to pitch a new proposal to the heads of CNN where she works. The new show would be called “Spotlight”.

The Separatists
A Newsmakers Novel
Lisa Wiehl
Thomas Nelson
June 2017

If the show is a go, the first program would cover Take Back Our Homeland – the largest secessionist group in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Erica gets the green light for her new program and heads for Bismarck to interview Sturges and Mary Bellamy who are very much involved with this movement. Erica has hired Leslie Burke Wilson, an expert of sorts on many subjects, as consultant on Spotlight. The Bellamy’s are pillars of the community and seem to be genuinely concerned about the growing discontent of the people in North Dakota.

Erica is very nervous about the whole interview. Something just isn’t right about the Bellamy, but she can’t quite put her finger on it. The big night arrives and she airs her first segment of Spotlight. The show is a hit, but everything seems to go down hill from there.

Eric’s husband, Greg, is drinking more and becoming way too interested in Leslie. Her teenage daughter, Jenny, is arrested for having a controlled substance. Sturges Bellamy suddenly dies of a heart attach and Mary launches a campaign to recall the Governor of North Dakota and become Governor, and Eric’s producer of Spotlight betrays her.

What a mess. What is Mary really up to and how will Take Back Our Homeland movement affect the country as a whole?

Very interesting read, but a little scary. Story is fiction, but could happen with the wrong people in control. Recommend the book to adult readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Wishcraft by Kade

Delilah is a Wiccan – witch. She is also a Pastry Chef at the Othello Restaurant where her day begins at 3:00 am. She hangs out at Gin’s, her favorite bar, where she picks up men for sex . Her standard drink is a martini and she use the olives to determine if the man she meets is the correct one. If the olive spends clock-wise the answer is yes, but if it spins counter clockwise the answer is no. If yes, she takes him home for a few hours of steamy sex. After the deed is done, she casts a spell on him, whispers “forget” and sends him on his ways.

Wishcraft
Touch of Magic #1
Savannah Kade
Gryffin Ink
December 2016

The olives aren’t working too well until one night she picks up Brandon. She takes him home and after her sexual encounter, she tries to put her spell on him and send him on his way. To her dismay, the spell didn’t work. She couldn’t get rid of him. Instead he just turned over and went to sleep. She finally got him awake so she could go work and he insisted on going with her. Mid-morning she is finally able to send him home. Hopefully this is the last time she would see him, but it is not to be.

Brandon had a confused week. He could remember a few things, but mostly his memory was non-existent. Several weeks later he run into Delilah at Gin’s. He approaches her and asked what she had done to him. Of course, she denied even knowing him. Brandon finally remembered enough to locate her apartment, and without any notification, he walks in on her. She has his shirt and is again trying to cast a spell on him. She is unable to resist him and after her sexual encounter, he leaves

Brandon still is not satisfied with his memory loss and decides to do more. He remembers Delilah telling him she had a brother Tristan and he owned a Magic Shop. Locating the shop, he starts talking beginners classes in magic.
Brandon’s spells has unbelievable consequences for Delilah.

Can Delilah reverse Brandon’s spells and get her life back? Has she learned her lesson?

The book was interesting but a little confusing. A good read for those interested in black magic .


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”