Reviews and Sample for “I Love Your Cupcakes”

August 21, 2018

I Love Your Cupcakes

Reviews and Sample from the Audiobook

Host Gwyn Olson, who is also the narrator, shares some reviews for the book "I Love Your Cupcakes," followed by a sample from the book.

The Story: If you are nuts about TV cookery programs and think chocolate is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, keep reading! I Love Your Cupcakes is a "sweet" romance, a virtual fantasy high in calories and a fun adventure. Dare to give it a bite!

Dulce, Adelfa, and Storm, the protagonists of I Love Your Cupcakes are business partners, friends, and share some "interesting" family connections. All the men Dulce meets only ever talk about her cakes, and she's tired of it. Her friend, Adelfa, although she's a chemistry professor, can't manage to find the recipe for the perfect relationship. And Storm, the third of the partners of their bakery/coffee shop/bookshop/art gallery and ex-fire station, is an artist who is not a master in the art of love. How could they imagine that at the studio of the contest "Do You Have What It Takes to Be the Next Baking Star?" they'd find sexual harassment, cheats, fights, and also love?

With dogs, fire trucks, London double-decker buses, school buses, artists, chemists, engineers, architects, intrigue, scandals, bigamy, and lots and lots of desserts, I Love Your Cupcakes is a romantic comedy with a sweet heart. You will find baddies, crooks, goodies, odd balls, and flawed but endearing characters. More than anything, I can promise you good humor, friendship, smiles, sense of community, heart, and plenty of cakes. Try it! I'm sure you won't be able to stop once you give it a bite!

I hope you come to love Dulce, Adelfa, Storm, and their friends as much as I do. And if that is the case, please let me know. I wouldn't mind writing some more adventures about them and baking more cakes!

About the Author: Olga Núñez Miret is a writer and also does translations of other author's works. She was born in Barcelona, Spain, but has lived in the UK for quite a while. She's done many things and had other lives, but however far she wanders she keeps coming back to books and stories, my two earliest loves. When reading was no longer enough for her, she started writing. 

 

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 Olga Núñez Miret

Olga Núñez Miret

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Steering Through It - A Chat with the Author and narrator

August 14, 2018

Steering Through It

A Chat with the Author and Narrator

Host Gwyn Olson talks the author and narrator of Steering Through It, discussing the true story of Lynn McLaughlin's life-threatening illness and the reactions from her sisters, daughters, and father.

From the author: A life-threatening illness crushes the world around you and around those you love. How do we cope with diagnosis physically, emotionally, and spiritually? How do we move on? What are the most helpful ways to support others in crisis? In the end, what does it all mean?

The author shares her most personal thoughts, fears, and triumphs over the most challenging year of her life. The voices of friends and family members ring true and move the listener to a powerfully emotional and honest reflection of one's own beliefs and life's purpose.

About the Author: Lynn McLaughlin is a Canadian educator who has spent her life devoted to ensuring each of us meets our full potential. She began journaling the day she received a life-threatening diagnosis. Grateful for an amazing support network, she is now passionate about sharing her journey of fear and survival.

 

Lynn McLaughlin

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Paramedic Killer - A Visit with the Author and Narrator

August 6, 2018

Paramedic Killer - Medic 7 Series

A Visit with the Author and Narrator

Host Gwyn Olson talks the author and narrator of Paramedic Killer, discussing the story behind the story, the author's experiences, and the narrator's reaction to it all.

An early morning wreck. A grisly, fiery mess. Paramedic Jim Stockbridge does his best to save the family, but the flames drive him back. Now, with a family relative out for revenge and two beautiful women on his mind, Jim is about to learn that failure is not an option — especially when lives are on the line.

Jim Stockbridge could only stare at the terrible fiery wreck. He wanted to cry, to shake his fist and shout at the unleashed horror unfolding before his eyes, but he was a trained professional, and he had work to do.

Three bodies lay on the pavement beside him. Two were on fire...

About the Author: I am a paramedic, an educator, a family man, and an adventurer. I love life, and live to go fast. I used to race motorcycles, now I ride a mountain bike. I have sailed since I was nine, taken a million pictures, studied many topics, and bandaged a lot of people. I write about what I know. So if my stories are gritty, a little fast, colorful and full of adventure, it's because I've been there, on the water, in the woods, and on the street, with dying people in my arms, and that has left a deep impression on my heart. But at the end of the day, I'm just a paramedic with a lot of stories to tell. 

Author Pat Patterson

Review Quotes
"Fast action from dramatic start to thrilling climax. Sailors, medics, EMTs, and those in emergency medicine will delight in the accuracy of technical detail. Patterson delivers thrilling suspense fiction." ~ Donn Taylor, author of Lightning on a Quiet Night, Rhapsody in Red, and The Lazarus File.

Wow...Paramedic Killer is one intense book! I very much enjoyed this suspensful fictional novel but had to put it down on occasion as some of the scenes are very graphic and mind boggling. Jim Stockbridge is a paramedic who is challenged by his choice of career...that of saving lives as an ambulance driver. Six years ago, the unthinkable happens in a driving accident where seven people in one family are killed. A fire ensues after the crash and although there are a few survivors, two young men in particular, Billy and Bobby Canaday are badly disfigured. Even though Jim and his partner Devon made every effort to save their lives, the Canaday clan doesn't quite see things the same way. They decide to take justice into their own hands and with the philosophy of "an eye for an eye" they hunt down the two ambulance drivers to avenge the death of their loved ones...seven people are destined to pay. ~ Dolores Ayotte (Amazon Reviewer)

 
Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar suspense novels in this genre may be categorized as: suspense, thrillers, suspense thrillers, Christian suspense and Mystery & Suspense.

 

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Cull - Bloodline - Visit with the Author and Narrator

July 31, 2018

the CULL - Bloodline - A Visit with the Author and Narrator

Host Marnye Young talks the author and narrator of the CULL - Bloodline, discussing the story behind the story and how it came about.

‘the CULL - Bloodline’ is a new, fast-paced and highly original take on vampire lore.

No fangs; no morphing into bats; just adrenaline-pumping fury as two female Federal agents encounter the unimaginable.

Amy Bree’s reckless actions result in the death of her partner and her dismissal from the FBI.

A visit from a mysterious priest propels her back into the fray, as she is partnered with an ex-spy, with fearsome computer skills, and tasked to hunt down the serial killer known as the Blood Sucker.

Their quarry is not what they expect.

The body count rises … and the hunters become the hunted!

 
Review Quotes
"A gripping action book, fast-paced and addictive. You're going to have a problem putting it down. Remember to breathe."

"The characters are excellent, the plot is completely unfamiliar therefore filled with thrilling surprise after surprise"

"...once I started I couldn't put it down... one of the best books I have read..."

"Confident, tough as nails and action packed!"

 
 
 
 
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Normal Secrets - Behind the Scenes

July 22, 2018

Normal Secrets - A Visit with the Author and Narrator

Host Marnye Young interviews the author and narrator of Normal Secrets, discussing the story behind the story.

A Search for Identity, Growth, Love, and Motorcycles: A Memoir

The author says, "I grew up in Normal, Illinois, but had lived in New Jersey for more than 30 years when my father died at the age of 84. I was 54 at the time and soon learned that family secrets had been kept from me. Strange deaths, tragedies, indiscretions, and relationships lay in my past, totally hidden. It took me seven years to uncover these secrets from personal interviews, genealogical studies, public records, and cutting-edge scientific work done by worldwide experts. Along the way, I trace my own life path from wanting to be a mechanic to gaining a master's degree at MIT and working at a famous research laboratory. I also tell my own 50-year love story. The secrets are now known, and I thought it was time at the age of 79 that I should write this memoir to tell you all about my Normal Secrets."

 
Reviews
Really enjoyed the book! I was in the Spokeswomen with Jane and truly enjoyed learning so much about her. She was a wonderful person! —Amazon Customer

Why should you read this book? Let me count the ways! If you live in, or are from, Illinois. If you live in, or are from, McLean County. If you want to know what it was like growing up in the 40's. If you attend, or attended, Normal Community High School. If you love vintage cars. If you ride, or would like to ride, Motorcycles. If you attended college in Missouri, or if you attended MIT. If you are searching for some hidden family secret. All this, and more. "Normal Secrets" was written by my high school classmate (NCHS class of 1956), Walter Kern. I cannot begin to count the memories that flooded over me as I read this. Even if you don't have any of the above attachments, I still believe you will find this an enjoyable read. NeysaZ

 

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Creatus - Interview with the Author

July 16, 2018

Silverton Audio's host Marnye Young interviews the author of The Creatus Series, discussing the thoughts and ideas she had while writing the book.

The Creatus Series Boxed Set includes the complete five-book series!

For 4000 years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction. Unwittingly, one creatus will endanger them all....

As with most of his family, Derrick Ashton knows his future and what position he's destined to fill within his unique society. Everything changes, however, when he breaks one of his family's strictest laws and falls in love - with a human.

In his quest to protect the woman he can never have, a twist of faith propels him into a new role that will cause dissension among his family and endanger the anonymity that they've spent thousands of years protecting.

Now, he will risk everything to save the girl from humans and his own kind. The one thing he can't save her from, however...is herself.

The Creatus series is not your normal paranormal story...it's a realistic romantic mystery based on the myths you've heard your entire life. Prepare to believe.

©2014 Carmen DeSousa (P)2017 Carmen DeSousa
 
 
Reviews
Great Series! Loved this one and think it is fabulous the entire series can be purchased together!!! Definitely a book series for those that love the supernatural! --L Crumigan

Excellent Story Action, suspense, mystery, and romance. Excellent series. The narration definitely made the story come alive. --Jessica Luemen

Interesting Twist This is a unique idea for all the myths throughout history from vampire to nephlimn to witches and humans. ... There weren't any slow slow parts. At first I was a little bummed that the books went so fast in a story progression it too out what makes a good guy good but also bad. (visa versa with the bad guy having good parts). I can't say it's a romance because any romance happened fast without any satisfying tension. I am glad that there was limited sex scenes because that would have ruined my mental image of each character. I have been looking forward to this book but was too concerned about it based on the "star" reviews. I'm glad I bought it though. It's so much better than the average review. --Teresa

 
 
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The Taste of Air - Interview with the Author and Narrator

July 13, 2018

Summary

A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams's well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can't fathom why she would be so far from home.

After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother's side. There, she discovers that her mother has been living a second life. Mary has another home and a set of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met.

When Nell and Bridget delve deeper into their mother's lakeside hideaway, they uncover a vault of family secrets and the gateway to change for all three women.

©2016 Gail Cleare (P)2017 Gail Cleare
 

Critic Reviews

"In The Taste of Air, Cleare deftly explores the consequence of our choices, even those made with the best of intentions. A family saga bridging decades and filled with shocking revelations, hope and love, you won't be able put this book down." (Kate Moretti, author of New York Times best-seller Thought I Knew You)
 
"In this terrific novel, when two women learn their mother wasn't who they thought she was it leads them to question their own lives and choices. Deftly written, with lush descriptions of the New England setting, this is a book to choose as a companion for curling up on a sofa on a dark winter day or for laying on the beach in the summer. The Taste of Air is character-driven fiction at its best." (Ann Warner, author of The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club series)
 
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Camel’s Back - Author and Narrator discuss the book

July 13, 2018

Silverton Audio's host Marnye Young interviews the author and narrator of The Camel's Back, discussing their impressions and thoughts they had while writing and narrating the book.

Book Summary

Three people, each at their own breaking point, collide. The resulting impact will forever change their lives … if they can manage to survive it.

Declan Enright, a former police officer recently fired over a controversial shooting, has reached a breaking point in his life. Confronted with insurmountable financial burdens in the wake of his termination, Declan makes a desperate move to stabilize his situation for the benefit of his wife and three young daughters. Tapping into his ingrained skill set, forged during his time as an operator in the Navy’s most elite special operations unit, Declan crosses over the line of right and wrong, discovering that nothing is black and white. All while maintaining the balance of family and the needs of his non-communicative, three-year old autistic daughter, Laney.

Nicholas Lawrence, an accomplished investigator with the FBI, voluntarily takes a reassignment from his human trafficking unit in Austin, Texas. His transfer brings him to the bank robbery unit based out of Connecticut’s New Haven field office. Nick’s decision to relocate, stemming from the recent death of his father, is done in effort to care for his aging mother suffering from the onset of dementia. The burden of this decision is only slightly alleviated by the support of his partner, Isabella Martinez.

Khaled, a man who suffered an unimaginable loss several years back, makes the decision to leave his small village set in the foothills of Iraq’s Cheekha Dar Mountain. He has traveled to the United States in the hope of seeking closure to the event that haunts his daily existence. Khaled’s concept of closure is wrought with devastating consequences, plunging the country into a state of fear. The best chance at thwarting this threat rests in the unlikely alliance formed between Declan, Nick, and Isabella.

Editorial Reviews

“A powerful and gripping novel. The character of Declan Enright is every bit as complex as the times we live in. Written from firsthand experience, Brian Christopher Shea gives us all the rare opportunity to see the internal and external struggles of those individuals who serve in the military and as first responders.” Kevin Cahill, Lt. Col. US Army Intelligence
 
“Shea gives you a front row seat to the raw emotion of those on the front line. His characters are genuine and are faced with real-world challenges set against a backdrop of a fast-paced thrill ride. His descriptive prose breaks down the technical aspect of the military and police lingo, putting it into plain language for all readers. Shea’s original character, Declan Enright, is as relentless as the author who created him. A must read!” Lt. Kevin Dillon (Ret.), Founder of LOCKUP Police Combat Systems

 

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