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She’s swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

 

During swim season you can find Marianne Sciucco, a dedicated Swim Mom for ten years, at one of many Skyline Conference swim meets cheering for her daughter and her team, the Mount Saint Mary College Knights.
Marianne is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues.
Her debut novel “Blue Hydrangeas,” an Alzheimer’s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, and a Library Journal Self-e Selection. She also has two short stories available on Kindle, “Ino’s Love” and “Collection.”
A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college.

 

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Sometimes winning is everything. Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin’s determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She’s got a new image and a new attitude. She doesn’t want to win anymore. She’s swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone. But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?

 

 

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Snippet:
“I can’t believe you guys get up so early to swim,” said Kelsey.
“Don’t
remind me,” said Erica. She looked like she was ready to fall asleep at the table.
“It’s only three times a week,” said Mel, “and it’s not mandatory, but anyone who’s serious about swimming makes it.”
“Not
Aerin,” said Erica, giving me a sidelong glance.
“Hey,
I’ve got gym first period. I don’t want to work out in the pool, dry off, and then hit the gym.”
“A weak excuse,” Erica said.
“And, unlike you two, I don’t have a ride, remember?”
“You could walk,” Erica suggested. “You only live a half mile from the school.”
“At five-thirty in the morning? No thanks.”
Mel finished the rest of her orange juice and crushed the carton in one hand before putting it down on the table. “Tatiana has gym first period, and she makes morning practice. And a few of the other girls walk to practice in the dark, so that’s no big deal. Aerin doesn’t come because Aerin is a slacker.” She met my eyes straight on.
“Ooooh,” said Erica, sitting upright. “This is getting interesting.”
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The Supernatural Pet Sitter

Monday, April 24th, 2017
The
Supernatural Pet Sitter:
The
Magic Thief
by
Diane Moat
Genre:
YA, Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery
 
Every
animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.
Pepper
Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in
charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A
familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome,
Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that,
despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different
from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their
people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down.
She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back
parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.
Then,
something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is
stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating
with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When
King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working
too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.
In
order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the
culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother,
Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

 

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Diane
is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The
Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children’s novel. Diane is
assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 
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Gloria’s Song by Kathryn Albright

Friday, April 7th, 2017
Kathryn Albright grew up in southern California where she sets many of her sweet western romances. A Golden Heart finalist and
recipient of the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, she writes historical romance
that celebrates courage and hope against all odds with a dash of adventure.

Her enjoyment of historical romantic fiction began as a teenager when she was
given the novel Ramona ~ set in southern California after the Mexican-American War. A few thousand books later, she still enjoys reading romance set in the past. (She also loves fairy tales and all things Disney.)
Kathryn’s past includes careers as a nurse and an obstetrical sonographer where
daily she witnessed many “happy ever afters” and miracles.Kathryn’s latest western historical romances for Harlequin are
“sweet” although her earlier stories were not. Please check her
website if you are wondering what brought on the change ~Why
Sweet?
Along with her writing, Kathryn also judges for the Romance Writers of America
Rita contest for published writers and the Wisconsin Romance Writers FabFive contest
for unpublished writers.

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Gloria Palmer has
always done the proper thing expected of her as the daughter of a shipping
tycoon. The approval of her family and friends mean everything. And yet, when
the perfect suitor offers for her… she hesitates.
Colin McDougal has
little use for those living on the fancy side of the trolley tracks. He is too
busy managing the family pub and, in his spare time, writing down the lively
tunes in his head. So, when Miss Palmer asks for his help to prepare for a
music audition, he is flummoxed. What does he know of highbrow music?
But with each practice
session, their feelings for each other grow. When it comes time for Gloria to
make a choice between what is proper and what she desires, will she realize
that if music can cross class lines, it might also be able to harmonize two
hearts.

 

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Snippet:
“Gloria!”
George’s
voice penetrated her thoughts.
His
dark eyes held a glint of amusement. “You dropped your reticule. Was it on
purpose?” he chided as though talking to a child. He picked up her property, brushed
off a trace of mud from the snow and soot tracked in on the plank flooring, and
then handed it back to her. “Are you testing me?”
 
She
looped the drawstrings of the bag over her wrist and refrained from answering.
He was only teasing her. It hadn’t been on purpose at all. And not a test. Of
course, George would pick it up. She had no doubt as to his attentiveness or
chivalry toward her. He never dropped things, never faltered. He made her feel
at once treasured like a princess and wanting like a child in the same moment. 
 
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Souls on (B)Oring Street, Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 3 by Karen Wiesner

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

This is a review for readersfavorite.com

I just finished Souls on Boring Street and find the story very captivating. It is a romance with some sleuthing in it. I love the cover. It is well done and colorful. It portrays the theme of the book to a T.

The copy I have says that it is a review copy and that the printed book may not be the same. (more…)