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Book Review: All Of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson

What if human cloning became mainstream?  How would you feel if this became reality?

All of Us were Sophie by Resa NelsonThis book review is on a science fiction / murder mystery novel called All of Us were Sophie by Resa Nelson.  I was honored to receive an email request by the author asking me to read her book and provide some feedback.  She gifted me a copy of the novel after I accepted because I am always willing to help a fellow writer out.

What I found in this book was something unusual for a sci-fi novel.  Resa Nelson figured out the formula to interweave sci-fi with murder mystery and that formula resulted in the successful writing of All of Us were Sophie.  The book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The premise of the story is about a woman, Sophie Rippetoe, who finds herself targeted for assassination.  Sophie realizes her only way to survive is to use the duplicator she and her husband, Jack Cumberbatch, created.  They only knew it would duplicate inanimate objects, but Sophie had to take the risk of cloning herself to figure out who was targeting her and put a stop to it as well as ensure one of her clones, thus her, survived to live and carry on in life.

You may think I gave away the whole novel, but you find out all of this within the first few paragraphs.  The rest of the novel rolls out into an intriguing maze of ‘whodunit’ and ‘will she survive’ and every twist and turn faced by Sophie, you were right there rooting her along the way.  The storyline does run steady throughout the novel and the only real critique is a section of the novel that seemed to get lost in the maze with the writing, but it quickly gets back on track.

With intrigue, murder, mayhem, and some humor thrown in for good measure, All of Us were Sophie is a fun read that will keep you involved and waiting for the next moment to happen.  The writing is written in an easy to read style and enough background on the characters is provided without bogging down the story.

All in all, I give All of Us were Sophie by Resa Nelson 5 out of 5 bookmarks.  Even if sci-fi is not your thing, I think you will find this a fun read.

Happy Reading, Dear Bloggites!

~4-Ever, P

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Book Review: Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa Lenhardt

Stillwater A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa LenhardtThis month’s Books & Broads Book Club novel to read was Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa Lenhardt.  I was very excited to read this book because it is written by a local author in the DFW area of Texas.  One of the book club members had the opportunity to speak with the author, Melissa Lenhardt, and she offered to join our book club this month to discuss the book in more detail.  If you happen to be in the DFW area on Friday, April 8th, come join us and meet the author at 11am at the Burleson Public Library.

Now, onto the review.  The book, Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa Lenhardt, was full of intrigue, mystery, drama, romance, and some humor.  I was pleasantly surprised that the book had so many facets to it as I read the novel.  The storyline is set in a small Texas town and follows the Chief of Police, Jack McBride.  A big city ex-FBI agent turned small town cop, Jack found his first day on the job dealing with a murder-homicide.

You may think I am giving away the whole storyline, but this is just the beginning.  Throughout the novel, the author managed to take a simple scene of interaction between two characters and create a new element of intrigue in the storyline.  All the characters were well-rounded and easy to like or dislike.

The flow of the story was smooth in transitioning from one scene to the next.  I found myself anticipating the next move by each character and amazed at the twist that move turned into.  There is some parts of the storyline that are predictable, such as how Jack’s son, Ethan, would react or respond in his teen-angst mindset, but it did not take away from the overall experience of reading the book.

You have your typical arch-enemy storyline between the new and former chief of police, but it had a new flavor to it.  The “bad guy” was a very likeable person to all the residents of Stillwater and as the information unfolds you start seeing the tarnish on the shiny image of the former police chief and residents of Stillwater, Texas.

The only fault I would find with the book was how it ended.  The ending was on a cliffhanger (this is the first book in a series) that left the reader a bit put out.  I personally love cliffhangers, but many do not care for them.  I think the author could have concluded the storyline with the same effect without the cliffhanger and still give the full impact she was wanting to give.

I give Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery by Melissa Lenhardt 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.  Go out and grab yourself a copy.  For those who do not like cliffhangers, don’t fret, she has the second book in the series scheduled to be released later in the year.  Happy Reading, Dear Bloggites!

~4-Ever, P

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15 Minutes of Fame-Revisited

Above is a picture I took a few years ago.  It received some national coverage due to an incident that had happened at the beginning of the Baseball Season that year.  My friend, John, Tweeted the picture with a little blub to a few known sports writers as well as blogged about it on his blog site, Goin’ To The John.  I enjoyed my 15-minutes of fame and would like to share that memory with you, Dear Bloggites.  Never give up your dreams, your 15-minutes can happen at any moment, too…

Two years ago today, I had my 15 minutes of fame, my viral moment, in this social media driven world. We are probably all destined for one, at least according to Andy Warhol, and he made that claim before Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube existed – let alone the concept of the internet. Or the “information […]

via Cut Flowers — Goin’ To The John

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The Road To Recovery…

…is full of twists, and turns, and loop-de-loops.

Hello, Dear Bloggites.  I am sitting here in the hospital with my Dad, yet again.  We have become frequent fliers, he and I.  So much so, the name tag on the door states, “This patient is a star patient, he gets star treatment” followed by the fact he can have a snack at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight.  Such a frequent flyer are we that the doctors walk in, see me and state, “The important one is here” or “Good to see you again” or “Hey! How have you been” as if greeting a good friend you are fond of.

Yes, this is our life and as hard as it is to live, I would not change a thing of it.  The reason I would not change it is very simple.  It means my Dad is still alive.  It means my Dad has not given up.  It means my Dad is a fighter.

I struggle everyday watching him.   He fights each day and I fight alongside him to help assist where I can.  We make it through each day and rejoice when he doesn’t “wake up dead” (his preferred method of dying, “I want to just wake up dead one day”).  I am proud of the fact that he is fighting death with all he has, yet, I am saddened that this fight – no matter how grand – is weakening him more each day.

It is a quandary.

Our life paradox.

~4-Ever, P