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Have I Done Any Good in the World?

“I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” (Stephen Grellet 1773 – 1855)

With all the natural disasters that have happened lately, this is a good time to ask ourselves what we can do to make a difference. How can we help others during this time of devastation, which several hurricanes and earthquakes have caused?

The charity of others during these disasters is very touching. We hear about the policemen, firemen, and medics who work from morning till night to help others, but we also hear about individuals who have volunteered. Those who were willing to help hopped in their cars and went to their aid. Those who could not travel afar sent clothes and canned goods to help the homeless.

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Fantasy, Magic, Romance, and Mystery!

Fantasy has become one of the most popular genres because you are taken into a completely new world. A world of magic and mystery, where almost anything can happen! In The Isian Series by Serena Clarke, we have a tender love story, an enchanting kingdom, and mystical creatures that reside in the forests.

Treasure of Isian webThe Treasure of Isian is the first book in the series. Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by giants, elves, dragons, and a vengeful water-witch. Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom?

“I love the mix of adventure and prophecy in this novel. Clarke takes readers away into an unforgettable and magical fantasy world with descriptions that paint the world in vivid colors. The magical creatures and diverse peoples that we meet kept me enthralled. All the while, the exciting and emotional plot was unforgettable. I loved how everything came together while also taking me on a great journey. The mix of characters was astounding. They were all developed so intricately. Garin’s growth through his travels was astounding. I could really see the future king in him, as well as a human being that I truly liked. Elani was a bit of a mystery for most of the novel. I found myself questioning parts of her personality right until the end when the mystery was revealed. It was fantastic. This is a book that I really had fun with. It is fantasy that will be loved by teens and adults alike.” –Jonel Boyko, Confessions of a Bibliophile

alliance-of-isian webIn the second book, The Alliance of Isian, the queen decides to make an alliance with their long time enemies.  Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials? This fantasy has magic and mythical creatures, but it also has a beautiful love story where Alec and Gabrielle have to learn to understand one another because their society and culture is so unlike their own.

“I love a good story with an arranged marriage in it–especially if it involves royalty. How could I not love this one? Gabrielle is offered up to marry handsome Prince Alec in order to forge an alliance that will help in the coming war. Their relationship progresses slowly and naturally and I really enjoyed watching it unfold. I loved the mystery and adventure and thought there was just the right amount of fantasy. Of course, my favorite parts were the romance. I loved how kind and gracious this couple was and how they worked together to find a solution to the problems at hand. I really liked the first book, but I loved this one! So far, they just keep getting better!” –Katie Watkins, Katie’s Clean Book Collection

Secret of IsianwebThe Secret of Isian is the last book in this series. Many prophecies have been uttered about the impending war and those who will seek to stop it. With the war finally upon them, Rimelda, a talented seer, has heard the prophecies and believes she can help. Prince Ander, doubtful of her abilities and her true intensions, but determined to save his kingdom accepts her help and they proceed on a quest to end the war. Hindered by enemies as well as their own doubts, Ander and Rimelda must search for guidance in unlikely places and unravel the mysteries of the prophecies. With the world shrouded in darkness, will Ander accept his destiny in time to save the kingdoms and will he admit his true feelings for Rimelda?

“Fantastic read! Lots of adventure and a truly humble hero that is worth admiring! Prince Ander and Rimelda each have so much responsibility on their shoulders. They are determined to protect and free their people from the darkness. In the process, they learn about themselves and each other. I loved that both the hero and the heroine are both such very good people. They each are willing to sacrifice much to overcome the darkness that is destroying their lands. I love that it is their truly good qualities that helps them conquer their enemies!” –Cheryl Larson

 

 

About Author:
Serena Clarke is from Sunny Southern Utah and has taken several writing classes in college. She loves fantasy and romance. Serena has a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and is a member of the Red Mountain Shadows Publishing team. She not only is an author, but also creates book covers for authors. She is passionate about learning, education, art and design. To learn more about Serena, visit her website at https://serenaclarke.wordpress.com.

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The Treasure of Isian: http://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Isian-Serena-Clarke/dp/1477540105

The Alliance of Isian: http://www.amazon.com/Alliance-Isian-Book-ebook/dp/B00I11H7N8

The Secret of Isian: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Isian-Book-ebook/dp/B01AOU7VZM

Links for Audible Audiobooks:

The Treasure of Isian: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Treasure-of-Isian-Audiobook/B01F7U4V4I

The Alliance of Isian: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Alliance-of-Isian-Audiobook/B01L2A5ACY

The Secret of Isian: http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Secret-of-Isian-Audiobook/B01MQVA4PP

The Key to Happiness

The key to happiness is the most sought-after subject on earth. When we’re feeling discontent, we tend to think a change in our lives is the answer to happiness. But after landing that new job or moving into a new home, are we truly happy? There’s much more to finding happiness than we think.

Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885) felt he had the answer when he said, “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

Yes, it is a joy to be loved, but I feel greater joy when I show my love to family and friends. I find that I’m the happiest when I’m thinking of their comfort. What do my loved ones or neighbors need from me? What can I do to make their lives a little easier? Should I bake some cookies and take them to a neighbor? Should I volunteer to help a family member by driving her to a doctor’s appointment? How about taking a son, daughter, or grandchild out for ice cream? What if someone has a few troubles and needs a listening ear? No lectures. Just listening.

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Friendship, The Footprints In Your Heart

The scriptures define “friend” in Proverbs 17:17: “A friend loveth at all times.” What a lovely definition! When I looked up what a friend is in the scriptures, this is what I found: “Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.” (D & C 121:9) I love the thought that my friends will stand by me with friendly hands, ready to help and support me if need be. Peter tells us to “Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” (I Peter 3:8) To me, having compassion for another is true friendship. John compares what the greatest love of all really is when he wrote, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Sydney Smith (1771-1845) said, “Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love, and to be loved, is the greatest happiness of existence.”

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Seven Romantic Cozy Mysteries

Most cozy mysteries are about solving a crime, but this series involves missing persons with a touch of romance. What is a “cozy” mystery? It is a G-rated story with no swearing, gore, or sex. A cozy mystery focuses on the characters and their lives as they search for the truth. The Amelia Moore Detective Series has a nice blend of mystery, romance, and humor. Each novel in this series has enough twists to keep the reader guessing. Library of Clean Reads wrote: “This is a fast-paced, creative mystery.”

Bali webThe Bali Mystery – Book 1

Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing. When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.

“This is a cozy mystery, but there is also suspense, danger and, of course, romance. Throw in two mysterious men in black – complete with black suits and sunglasses and you have all the makings of an exciting novel.” – Library of Clean Reads

 

Shamrock webThe Shamrock Case – Book 2

When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye?

“Amelia and Rick have the makings of being a lasting couple that readers will adore and root for. The Shamrock Case moves along quickly. The author paints a vivid picture of the beauty of Ireland. I could easily see the greenery and magnificence of the country. Clarke knows both her characters and locations well and it shines through each word she writes.” –Socrates Book Review

 

MissHeirwebThe Missing Heir – Book 3

Dell Murphy has passed on and left a fortune to his nephew. He wants his nephew to continue his work at the orphanage in Mexico, but there is one problem. Neal Woods is missing! If Amelia and Rick can’t find him soon, the fortune will be turned over to Dell’s brother and sister who intend to close down “Uncle Dell’s Orphanage.” If that happens, where will the children go?

“It’s refreshing to me to discover a cozy mystery, with two likeable, romantic characters who enjoy each other and are able to solve a mystery together. It is a book I am happy to be able to recommend and share with teens as well as adults of all ages!” – Sherril S. Cannon

 

Mysterious Doll webThe Mysterious Doll – Book 4

Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

“I’ve read all of this author’s mysteries and this one is my favorite! They’re all good, but they just keep getting better and better. I think part of it is getting to know the characters more with each book and watching the way Amelia and her partner, Rick, work together. The mystery element was great! It moved along at a good pace and just when I thought I had it figured out at the end, a few twists were thrown in and I was at a loss once again.” –Katie Watkins, Katies Clean Book Collection

 

LostLovewebHer Lost Love Book 5

Julie Anderson feels a need to find the man she fell deeply in love with during her youth. When Julie went off to college to become a lawyer, she lost contact with her high school sweetheart. She now wants to know what became of Joey and why he stopped writing to her? This is an assignment that intrigues Amelia. The thought of finding a long-lost love seems quite romantic.

“I love long-lost love stories. So this one grabbed my interest right from the beginning. What I enjoy about this series is that there’s always more to each case than they originally think. This case was no different. I love how their personal relationship is progressing and am excited to see what happens next. Rick is so irresistible and romantic and he steps up big time in this book. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more!” –Melanie Valderrama of Mel’s Shelves

 

BayouwebMystery on the Bayou – Book 6

While at the beach, Amelia is approached by a woman who is concerned about the son she gave up for adoption sixteen years ago. Millie has been having nightmares that make her fear he is in danger. She petitioned the court to view the sealed records but was refused. Will Amelia and Rick be able to convince the courts to help them? If her son is in danger, will they get there in time?

“I absolutely love this series! Rick and Amelia are adorable together and I enjoy their relationship more now that they’re married. They still flirt with and tease each other and continue to work on their bucket lists. The mystery holds my attention and keeps me guessing at what’s going on. I love the various places they travel so I feel like I get away for a little while. I’m looking forward to their next case!” –Melanie Valderrama, Mel’s Shelves

 

lighthouse secretwebThe Lighthouse Secret – Book 7

Rick Bonito’s uncle supposedly drowned five years ago and his body was never found, but something did not seem right about the report. Uncle Antonio was an excellent swimmer. His disappearance seems quite suspicious to Rick’s father. He never felt the complete truth had come out about his brother. It is now up to Amelia and Rick to find out the truth about his uncle.

“In the Amelia Moore Detective Series, the author delivers a delightful, fairly fast-paced tale in the pursuit of a missing person, for that’s what Amelia’s agency specializes in. The reader gets a glimpse into the warm, lively Italian Bonito family that Amelia has married into. They seem to be ordinary people, but as in every family, there are secrets that gradually become unravelled.” Sandra Olshaski, Library of Clean Reads

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About the Author
Linda Weaver Clarke has traveled throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history. She is the author of historical romances, an adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series.

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The Highwayman of Cordovia Book Review (The Rebel Series Book 2) by Linda Weaver Clarke

In The Rebels of Cordovia, the first book in The Rebels Series by Linda Weaver Clarke, we met Robin and Daniel. If you fell in love with them, wait until you read the second book The Highwayman of Cordovia. Here you meet Christine and Austin !!

Christine is Robin’s friend who works at the bakery and was once one on Robin’s Rebels. Austin Knight fell in love with Christine when they were teenagers and he stole a kiss from her !! Unfortunately he moved away. However he re-enters Christine’s life and falls head over heels for her all over again….but he has to watch his steps, she’s the pastor’s daughter.

Christine is very vocal in her opinion regarding the government and gets the attention of Amalick. Amalick is scheming to cause a war and take control of Cordovia from the High Leader. Christine is causing trouble for Amalick and he puts out a reward for her capture.

Austin is pulled into different directions…..protecting the one he loves while hiding secrets from her. Will Christine, the pastor’s daughter, understand his secrets ? Will he lose her forever when she finds out the truth ? Will the pastor give his blessing ?

I LOVE this series. It is sure a treat to read. Going back in time when life was less complicated and things were easier. Even when faced with a crisis, it is handled so much easier than it would be in today’s world.

Fall in love with Christine and Austin as well as everyone else in Cordovia. I guarantee you won’t want to leave. Review by Missi S.

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The Rebels Of Cordovia Book Review (The Rebel Series Book 1) by Linda Weaver Clarke

There is nothing like a nice, simple love story to put a smile on your face. And that is one of the things that Linda Weaver Clarke does in her Rebels of Cordovia book. She will also have you laughing out loud, make your heart race and speed up your reading !!! Now, yes, this is a love story but it is a simple, young, innocent love story. It’s a story about a man that is very smitten with a young lady during a time where men were complete gentlmen and the ladies were very proper, however, the lady Robin is not 100% lady and Daniel is trying to be a complete gentleman.

In The Rebels of Cordovia Robin is every bit of a woman but also possesses the skills needed to fend for herself and others. As the title hints by using the word Rebels, the residents of Cordovia and surrounding areas begin to come together to de-throne the current King. This is how Robin and Daniel meet and begin their love story…..

Once you start reading this book, the story will take you away. You will be so engrossed with the story that your imagination will take you there ! Once you stop reading, you will be shocked that you aren’t actually right next to Robin in their quest.

The Rebels of Cordovia is like a fresh breath of air……it’s so refreshing you will want to take another breath….. I look forward to what the next book unravels. YES this is a series so when your ready The Highways of Cordovia will be waiting….. Reviewed by Missi S.

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