Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Date Published: February 2016
Jameson Hartford and his wife, Abigail, return to their home in South Carolina to claim his inheritance, the Serenity Plantation, where he is determined to free all his workers and put an end to the evils of enslavement. He encounters hostility and hatred from family, friends, an entire community, and even his wife, as he steadfastly holds to his beliefs. Through the ordeal, he meets and falls in love with Delilah, one of his female workers, which further complicates the volatile situation.
Outnumbered and alone, he must sacrifice everything as he attempts to liberate Delilah and her people, facing confrontations, treachery, and even betrayal, culminating in a final deadly showdown between precious freedom and extreme prejudice.
A Northern Rebel is a romantic adventure that touches on human emotions and forbidden love amidst the rich backdrop of the old South at the onset of the Civil War.
Jameson tossed and turned until the wee small hours of the
morning, unable to fall asleep. His thoughts were filled with the
events of the day: Abigail, Bethany Sue, and especially Delilah.
He felt guilty about Abigail and shocked by Bethany Sue but
couldn’t get Delilah out of his mind. She suffered so much at the
hands of unscrupulous men. He decided to rise, get dressed, and
go down to slave row to be sure she was all right. He carefully
opened the bedroom door, and being reassured that Bethany Sue
was not there, he crept along the wall and down the stairs, finally
reaching the main door. He turned the knob and pulled the door
open, letting the hot, moist air engulf him.
He started down the path then suddenly stopped, wondering
what he would say to her. Would she think he was coming to take
advantage of her, to hurt her like his brother did? He decided this
was not such a good idea and it would be in his best interest to
go back to the house. He turned to retreat but was stopped by
He turned around to see Delilah standing there; looking
absolutely beautiful bathed in the pale moonlight.
Startled, he began to ramble. “Lilah, I couldn’t sleep. I was
concerned, I mean, worried about you. I wanted to be sure you
were all right. You were so sad. I wanted to say again how sorry
She walked toward him.
He kept on speaking. “Abigail left me. She thought you and
I… Well, uh, I mean, she’s gone back to her mother.”
Delilah said softly, “I know. I saw her leave.”
He continued nervously, “I want you to know that you
never have to fear me. I would never hurt you or force you to do
anything you didn’t want to do.”
Delilah looked seductively into his eyes and whispered, “You
wouldn’t be forcing me.”
Jameson, confused for a second, did not know what to make
of this beautiful brown woman. He stuttered. “Are you saying, I
mean, that you… and I, that is, you would—”
She softly spoke. “You’re the first white man who ever talked
nice to me or even treated me with any kindness. You saved me
from that horrible Mista Slycott, and you care enough about me
and my people to give us our freedom, even though it puts your
life in danger. You’re the most wonderful person I ever met.”
She leaned in close to him and pressed her moist, soft lips
firmly yet gently on his. He did not hesitate and kissed her in
return. She tasted so different yet so delicious. They looked deep
into each other’s souls; she could see the desire in his eyes, he
could read the need in hers. They would never forget this moment
for the rest of their lives.
Delilah joined her hand into his and slowly led him into
the barn. They crawled onto a pile of hay and began to kiss each
other passionately. She started to unbutton his shirt. He, in turn,
removed her dress. They fell into each other’s arms and gave into
the temptation and the lust. They wanted each other badly.
He ran his hands up and down across her young body, touching
her first with his fingers and then with his lips. She returned the
affection with eager anticipation, exciting him more and more with
every touch—caressing, hugging, and kissing so deeply as they united
their two bodies in love. It was a love neither one of them understood,
but that didn’t seem to matter, as his lighter tan skin and her darker
brown skin blended together into a beautiful shade of brown. Their
state of ecstasy grew stronger and stronger, finally releasing all the
pent up fear and anxiety in the beauty of the moment.
Then they lay exhausted yet content in each other’s arms,
enjoying the forbidden love each one felt for the other. They
were lost in the moment and did not care about the time until
they heard the rooster crow. Reality was calling them back. They
hastily got dressed. He couldn’t resist a last kiss before letting her
leave, hoping this was not the end. They made no promises to
each other, for they both knew the risks and perils of their tryst.
However, he just couldn’t erase the big grin he had on his face as
he made his way back to the house. They couldn’t help turning
around, looking back at each other and smiling one more time,
wishing the moment did not have to end. He could still taste her
sweet scent in his mouth and vowed to himself to preserve the
memory for as long as possible until he could taste her once again.
Delilah was also smiling and dreaming of a love she knew
could not be. She slowly sauntered back to slave row only to find
the other slaves in turmoil.
About the Author
John J Schaffer has always enjoyed writing. He graduated college receiving a BS degree majoring in Marketing, with a minor in Psychology. Working in advertising for various major pharmaceutical and industrial corporations, he created, wrote and produced a wide range of promotional materials and literature for dissemination to physicians and sales representatives, winning several AGA awards for his works. He has a vivid imagination for creating memorable characters and situations, being able to bring an original idea to life. This is John’s first novel, and he is currently working on the equally exciting sequel to this fascinating and poignant saga. John plays guitar and also writes songs, receiving accolades for his original compositions while being a part of a rock group in the 70’s. He has also played and sang at church services during that time period. John was born and grew up in Elizabeth and currently resides in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey.
Monday, January 30, 2017
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm still reading a lot of books, but due to my writing, my review will be shorter due to time constrants.
Publisher & Release Date: Revell, July 1, 2010
Time and setting: 1770s, Kentucky Territory
Genre: Historical Fiction/Frontier/Inspirational
Length: 370 pages
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men--ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable--vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones--and garner suspicion from her friends--by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love?
This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop readers as it takes them from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness to the west in search of true love.
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This is an excellent novel of frontier life during the turbulent years of the American Revolutionary war. I thoroughly enjoyed the character arch for Morrow. Because of the huge loss she suffered at the hands of Indians when she was 5 years old, she was very biased, so it took her a long time to move past that and to recognize her love for Red-Shirt.
Red-Shirt is a character that is a true joy to get to know. Ms. Frantz does an incredible emoting his feelings since the book is written in Morrow's POV. His actions spoke to me in an astonishing way. His determination to protest Morrow touched my heart. His faith journey is inspiring.
I'm so pleased I found this amazing novel of a young woman's journey into adulthood. I highly recommend this excellent book. Happy reading!
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Rock Star Romance
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Lost Plot Press
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Where does a rock star go looking for love? Romance Island Resort, of course! An exclusive paradise in the Buccaneer Archipelago off the coast of Western Australia, Romance Island Resort is known for its luxury and the discretion of its staff. Welcome to paradise, where the romance is as hot as the weather and the tides aren’t all that’s surging beneath the surface.
A hot Aussie rock star looking for love. Why did he have to pick HER hotel?
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About the Author
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
Friday, January 20, 2017
For You by S.E. Brown
Publisher & Release: Self-published, September 17, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, North Carolina
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 285 Pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 3.75 Gold Crowns
If you send something away, are you ever supposed to get it back?
Madison is her own woman. She’s feisty, has one hell of a pottymouth and lives life on her terms, #thankyouverymuch. She doesn't let anyone or anything get in her way, that is, until a decision from her past and an unexpected connection take her carefree life in a different direction. Madison has to decide between the life she knows and a new journey full of promise and hope, and possible heartbreak.
As Madison ventures into uncharted territory, will she face her fear or turn and run?
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This is the first book I have read by Ms. Brown. She sent me a request and an ARC asking me to read it and let her know what I think. I can see real talent in Ms. Brown’s writing. Her writing is emotional, her heroine is snarky, spunky and determined to cover her fear and pain.
Madison lives her life on the edge. At fifteen, she finds out she is pregnant and within a matter of weeks, her boyfriend dies of an overdose. When her parents find out about her pregnancy, they kick her out. That’s when she meets Ellie, the kind and loving woman who takes her in and helps her deal with what life has thrown at her.
As an adult, she is determined to protect herself. Can she move beyond her fear and let this incredible man see the real Madison, or will she draw away and continue living her life on her terms?
I really liked Declan’s character. He’s a stand-up kind of guy. He’s a successful business man and loves his family. And will wonders never cease, he is NOT a womanizer. When he meets Madison, he is blown away by her out-going personality. She is his opposite, so this is the story of attraction between two people worlds apart.
Now, Madison is a different kind of heroine, she would be the rake. She, at times, makes really bad decisions which made it difficult for me to like her. Her one night stand with Jaxon was a real turn off for me, and I did not see how it fit into the story. I will say Ms. Brown did redeem her character in the end.
I like stories to progress in a logical procession. Ms. Brown skips around quite a bit. She tells the back stories via flashbacks, not my favorite way to tell pertinent information. I also did not see the necessity for the entire Jaxon story line. It only showed Madison in a bad light.
Nonetheless, I did enjoy For You, mainly because I loved the friendships and especially Declan. I may decide to read the first book in the story. Perhaps it will explain why Madison makes some of her decisions. Happy reading!