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Breaking Lauren
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
He lives on the edge. She walks the straight and narrow. His life is an open book. She keeps her secrets close. He's secure in his public image. She lives in the shadow of her perfect sister. Danny and Lauren are both trying to overcome disastrous pasts, but their past refuses to lift them up to the place they most want to be: he with her and she with the most popular crowd in school. Danny's existence revolves around his uncle's illegal business  transactions, no matter the cost to Danny and his cousins. Lauren's family is new to the area following their move from Illinois to escape the nasty turn of events that stamped their public image undesirable. Lauren wants to start anew and place her own stamp on her school life...not just be someone's little sister. And she know she can do it. Her goal is to claim the most popular boy as her own; if only the school juvenile delinquent wasn't so darn irresi…
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
Bobby, an author by trade faces his greatest writing challenge to date as he struggles to pull his characters out of a dangerous and suspenseful situation. Nothing out of the ordinary for your every day author. Except Bobby is anything but ordinary. Bobby is in a coma. As he writes the scintillating lines of his latest novel, the world revolves around him, unaware of his what is happening in these seemingly vegetative individual. Where Bobby's medical condition has become a hopeless waiting game for his friends and family, he produces a fictional tale of intrigue that oddly mirrors his current life. The exception to the otherwise pessimistic perspective of his chances of survival is his four year old niece, Chloe, plans her days around Uncle Bobby's return to the living because of her invention of a magical magnet that will operate on his damaged brain. While the rest of the family fashion their daily schedules around hospital vis…

Slipping Reality

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
Katie should be a typical teenage girl doing typical teenage girls things; and to her peers she is. She goes to school where she tolerates biology class, aces English class (she's already read all the assigned novels) and excels in art class. One would think that she and her best gal pal share an exciting high school social life, but at the end of the school day, Katie goes home to an atmosphere of sadness and anxiety. Katie's brother Matthew is suffering his third and most likely final round of cancer. While Katie's mother devotes her every waking moment researching possible life-saving medical procedures and Matthew approaches each day with a courageous smile, Katie finds herself drowning in an existence void of escape from sickness and false hopes. Just as her spirit is at its lowest point, two men enter her life to comfort and carry her away from the dark realities of her daily life. Who are they? WHAT are they? Guardian an…
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Narrative Loserdom: (From Journal One)

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
The perfect existence is to be surrounded by totally "hot" girls and have pay TV at your finger tips. Or so thinks Jason Taggart's best friend, Adam. Although he agrees with the need for pay channels (to the point of engaging in slightly illegal exploits to obtain it), Jason can only focus on one unobtainable girl. To enrich his high school experience and offset his rather frustrating football career, Jason enrolls in journalism class to learn how to write a journal. Imagine his surprise when the true purpose of the course is revealed! He perseveres, though, and actually enjoys his time there. Jason's journal entrees reveal a side of today's teenage boy that the public does not always see. Jason struggles with right and wrong choices and refers to his faith the God controls his destiny.
Narrative Loserdom:(From Journal One) is a wonderful addition to a sorely lacking market of books for boys. As a middle school readin…

Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys is a story of family rigidity and social restraints. Andy McBride and Louisa Martin meet while attending medical school at the University of Utah, Andy is a good looking guy, anxious to gain his degree and put his knowledge to good use. Louisa is top of her class and determined to use her degree to make a difference for the members of her people in Gabriel's Landing. Andy is attracted this beautiful, nontraditional classmate, even with her indifference to fitting in with the rest of their classmates. Her indifference to  the social life that accompanies the college atmosphere only endears his heart the more. Andy suspects that Louisa hails from a polygamist family lifestyle which his lawyer father fights so hard to eliminate in their predominately Mormon state. Upon graduation, Andy fails to convinced Louisa to rebel against what he finds an abnormal existence and she returns to her small, carefully …

Book Review:The Salome Effect

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite

The Salome Effect is a story of international intrigue and the magic of innocent love. American soldier Robert Orazio faced a life of continuous PDS events following a brutal and disturbing military tour. He remembered the serenity he felt when on leave in Italy and made a move of permanent residence upon his discharge. Unfortunately, Robert's solitude leads to loneliness which he fills with long hours spent in the local strip joint. His extracurricular activity leads him to Marianna, the beautiful exotic performer whose soul is filled with a misery to which Robert can relate. Marianna  instructs Robert on his knowledge and appreciation of classical artworks and he learns that her dream is to utilize her knowledge one day as an art courier. His fascination with Marianna controls his thoughts and leads to an irrational decision to go to extreme lengths in order to prove his love for her and to secure her devotion to him at the same time…