Saturday, December 27, 2014

Meet Paula Rose, author of Revenge


New from Anaiah Press, Revenge tells a thriller of a story about a job coach, Olivia Foster. Her client Bobby Havers can't be found and suspicion falls on Olivia. Let's chat with Paula Rose about her characters.

Author Paula Rose

"While living in my state, anyone would be aware of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). New Jersey rates of Autism are exceedingly high, but this state has managed to create amazing strides within the Autistic community including schools, residential assistance, and employment.  Thus, it was an easy task to connect the necessity of a job coach position into my fictional story that involves a member of the community with Asperger’s Syndrome.

In Revenge, while not the main character, Bobby Havers does have an integral starring role and there are several chapters where his symptoms are brought to the forefront in an interesting and positive way. 

Bobby Havers was working and doing exceedingly well in a long-term placement until management changed and some claims of Bobby’s mistakes multiply.  Olivia Foster has tried to speak with the new manager on several occasions but had been rebuffed due to the manager’s meeting schedule.  However, when merchandise goes missing, it was assumed Bobby mistakenly added the materials received that had not been, but Olivia was able to match up receipts and invoices disproving that claim. 

Cover art for Revenge
  However, once Bobby disappears, the job coach’s employer ends her position and adds her to the suspect list, but when Bobby remains in contact with the job coach, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is left with a more complex case than he had at the beginning of this disappearance. Whoever has abducted Bobby Havers knows Olivia Foster, and despite her protestations, this theory becomes solidified by the death of her special needs brother in a workplace environment from years ago.  Phillip’s only problem is to find out how the two cases connect and doing it before something happens to Bobby Havers while the job coach becomes the next target, but she makes plans to bring the missing young man home.

Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family?"

Purchase Revenge here: 

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 Check out my review here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

'Christmastime Is Here' from Lena Prima adds a special glow to Christmas music

Songstress Lena Prima swings Christmas with her newly released album, ”Christmastime is Here.” In collaboration with pianist/composer/arranger Lawrence Sieberth, she gives a freshness to familiar songs which makes them feel new. Prima continues to solidify her position in the music world.


Listeners will find themselves transported back to the innocent magic of the Peanuts world and the Charlie Brown Christmas classic with her cool rendition of Christmas Time is Here. Can you picture Schroeder at his piano as Prima delivers the lyrics?

My full review is here.

'Revenge' by Paula Rose launches today

 New from Anaiah Press: Revenge by Paula Rose launches today!

 Romance, mystery and faith meet in a story of old hates and new encounters. On sale today, the book makes a great gift for a mystery lover or romantic who wants more than syrupy fluff.

When job coach Olivia Foster meets Police Lieut. Philip Landon, they’re investigating a missing young man in Revenge, new from Anaiah Press. The fellow, one of Foster’s clients, has disappeared. Has he wandered off or has someone taken him from the special needs group home in which he lived? Now Foster and Landon must try to understand why he disappeared and what darker forces may be at work.

Paula Rose weaves a complex story of people on the Asperger’s/Autism spectrum and those who care about them as Foster seeks to find the missing Bobby Havers and clear her own name. The plot follows Foster’s journey as she confronts old nightmares in the search for the boy. Landon faces issues of his own. He’s a nonbeliever, and has difficulty understanding Foster’s faith.

Read my full review here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Great food and modern technology: Julie May's Menu Musings

With an eye toward a tasty meal and potentially hi-tech audiences, food blogger Julie May brings cookbooks into the interactive realm with her new release, Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom. Perfect for gift-giving, you’ll want to get an additional copy for yourself…it’s that special.

May uses color photography to provide step-by-step directions on more than 150 recipes for everything from appetizers and beverages to sumptuous desserts. The selections range from party-worthy elegant dishes such as chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and artichoke dip to everyday delights like beef pot roast. Many of the recipes contain tips for making them healthier without losing the flavor and discussions of ingredient choices to suit various tastes.

Read the rest of my review here.