Saturday, April 28, 2012

CHEMS & Train Station Bride - Indie Author Books I Enjoyed!

Hi all,

I love sharing the books I've read, especially when they are by indie authors who excel in writing. Recently, I read CHEMS - a short story by Ann Swann and Train Station Bride - a historical romance by Holly Bush. Here is more about the books and my reviews.

CHEMS by Ann Swann

I like paranormal books, especially ghost stories, but I usually don't read books about zombies. Considering this one was by Ann Swann (whose book, The Phantom Pilot, I enjoyed immensely) I gave it a try. I'm so happy I did - it was a great short story. I am looking forward to more books by Ann Swann - I love how she writes.  Here is more about it:

Book Description:

In this 7,200 word short story, Billy discovers a chemical zombie hiding in his dad's tool shed. Can he devise a way to keep the whole thing secret in order to help find, and destroy, a rogue CHEM named Z ?

My 5 Star Review:

There's a blue zombie in 14-year-old Billy's shed - or is there? The excitement begins when Billy finds out what or who is in his shed and why it is there.

CHEMS is a short, fun tale that is perfect for middle-grade age and up. It holds your attention from the very first page to the last and has a unique, interesting plot. Ann Swann knows how to tell a story and has a beautiful writing style. I recommend this short story to everyone as well as Ann's novel The Phantom Pilot - another beautifully written novel for all ages. 

Buy CHEMS on Amazon only $0.99 cents

Train Station Bride by Holly Bush

I loved Romancing Olive by Holly Bush so of course I didn't hesitate to pick up her latest novel, another historical romance. Ms. Bush didn't disappoint - it is another great story!

Book Description:

1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia’s one chance at love.

Jake Shelling was sixteen and grew up quick when his parents died from influenza on the North Dakota prairie. Left with a half-cleared farm and two young sisters, he spent little time on his own needs . . till now. At thirty-five, he figured it was high time to have some sons and a mail order bride would suit him just fine. No expectations of love, just a helpmate from sturdy stock, ready for farm life.

My 5 Star Review:

Holly Bush knows how to spin a story. In 1887, Julia Crawford has little prospects for marriage and lives in the shadow of her attractive sisters and domineering mother. Told for years that she is not as pretty or thin as her sisters and having had an indiscretion which the family hid well, she felt she had no choice but to run away and marry a man she had been corresponding with. By mishap, she ends up marrying the wrong man - who actually ends up being the perfect match for her. But Julia has left a secret behind her and soon decides she must right a wrong from years before and do the honorable thing.

Train Station Bride is a beautiful tale of love, family and redemption. Ms. Bush does an excellent job of bringing the reader back to a time period now lost to us where decency, honor and truth prevail. Her characters are well-thought out and believable to the point that you feel like you know them personally. The settings are described with enough detail (but without boring, lengthy description) that you can easily picture the grand home in Boston or the charming farmhouse in South Dakota. I could smell the bread baking in the oven and hear the corn stalks rustling in the field. Train Station Bride is the perfect historical romance.

Buy Train Station Bride on Amazon only $2.99

I have just finished On Deadly Tides by Melanie Jackson and am currently reading The Black Witch by Michael Rivers. I'll do a post on these books next time.


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