Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas in Dixie - Review

Review by Melinda Garza
Can the holidays get any sweeter? Beth Albright's, Christmas In Dixie, takes place in the deep south. Rhonda was a chef in Hollywood before deciding to move back to Tuscaloosa Alabama to open Southern Comforts, a bed and breakfast. She partners up with her sisters (Annabelle and Abigail), friends (Vivi and Blake), and her boyfriend Jack to refurbish, redecorate, and open this mansion that once belonged to her family. The bed and breakfast is set to open when they host their Christmas gala.
Rhonda was also involved in one of her families dirties, darkest secrets and has a strained relationship with her mother. But, once Southern Comforts was to open, Marci returns to get what she believes is hers. Marci is also the ex-wife of Jack. Drama starts to unfold and that only makes Rhonda and the other partners of Southern Comforts become closer and determined to not let anything or anyone ruin what they have worked so hard to accomplish.

Beth Albright knocks it out of the ballpark with Christmas In Dixie. The characters are fun and full of life. What a great read!

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About the Author:
After knowing Beth Albright for just a few short seconds you are sure to learn she is from Alabama. No, it’s not the lilt of magnolia you can still catch in her voice, or even the way she lovingly describes her undying love for her famous alma mater's football champions. She will tell you she loves Tuscaloosa, even after living quite literally all over the country. Though Beth has had a remarkable career, from New York City to Hollywood, and all points in between, she has never forgotten where she came from...and what she loves. That's why when it came time to write, Beth had no choice but to write about Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama, and all the quirky people she still calls family, though some do not actually share her bloodline!

Beth Albright has always been a storyteller. After spending nearly 15 years in talk radio, as a talk show host, playing the part of a principal character on the soap opera, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, owning her own acting school and children's theater, and raising a son who is a nationally ranked figure skater, Beth has decided to return to her roots; storytelling. When she was in the sixth grade, her teacher gave her the floor every Friday to tell her stories. See, Beth was a talker, a future talk show host in the making, and she was telling stories so much that her teacher couldn't teach. Well, this brilliant teacher told 12 year old Beth if she would begin writing her stories down, she would be allowed time to share those stories with the class. And she's been writing, AND talking ever since. Beth has interviewed Bob Hope, Oprah Winfrey, Betty White, Wolfgang Puck and George Burns live from the Chinese Theatre, as well as numerous other celebrities, and authors. Then Beth became a principal character on Days of Our Lives. But through all of the excitement of talk shows and soap operas, Beth loved telling stories to her audience the most. With a degree in Journalism from her beloved University of Alabama, She remains true to her roots and has never forgotten where she comes from. Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, "My grandfather was the play by play announcer for the Crimson Tide in the 50s!" Beth will proudly tell you, she is a down homespun girl, although she currently lives in San Francisco with her TV producer husband and her brilliant son. She has just completed her first trilogy, The Sassy Belles, and her first screen play, Kiss Me Goodnight.

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The Unimaginable - Review

Review by Marlene Engel

The Unimaginable takes you on Jessica’s emotional journey as she goes across the world in search of herself.  After some unfortunate events, Jessica decides to uproot her life in Indiana and move to Thailand to teach English.  While there, she befriends Grant Flynn, a wealthy man who plans on traveling across the Indian Ocean on his sailboat.  Both running away from things in their past, each is setting out on their own personal adventure.  Jessica, now more independent and without the safety net of her small town is falling in love with Grant.  And Grant, who’s become quite interested in Jessica, is taking big risks in life.  But when disaster strikes, it’s all they can do to stay afloat. 

Come with Jessica on a journey of self-discovery.  With romance and adventure perfectly intertwined in this novel, The Unimaginable is a must read.

It’s no secret that I love a good romance, but when an author can brilliantly combine romance with some action and adventure, color me happy!  Once again, Ms. Silver has written a book that not only captures my attention and keeps it, but makes me want to go back and read the book again. 

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About the Author:
A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a freelance copywriter in the advertising industry. After seeing the bulk of her professional prose on brochures and direct mail pieces, she is delighted to have made the transition to novelist. She currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Additionally, she enjoys cheese fries, reality TV and talking about herself in the third person.

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