#Review “Miracle” by J. Helen Elza

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5/5 Stars!

The faith and pure heart of a child confound the Father of Lies in this inspiring tale.

Twelve-year-old Willie MacGregor is golden in the lead. Raised by the spirited Eleanor, Willie sees adventure in everything and doesn’t miss an opportunity to explore.

A child of faith, Willie is not naïve. He’s well aware evil and temptation exists, but it is his choice to be a believer and take different paths.

His best friend, Johanna—also a believer—is wheelchair bound, but her spirits soar when she spends time with Willie and Eleanor.

Every story has an annoying character and Millicent, Johanna’s mom, gets the honor in Miracle. Dour and overprotective, I have to cut her some slack. She lost her husband in the accident that paralyzed her daughter. Millicent’s lack of faith and a tendency to see bad everywhere is understandable.

During a road trip to Tennessee’s Smokey Mountain National Forest, it’s Millicent who sees trauma and catastrophe at every turn and insists on taking Johanna home. The two preteens aren’t ready for their adventure to end, and because they believe, together they recite words from one of their favorite Scottish fairy tales… and separately appear in another wooded forest.

This begins Willie’s real adventure… to find Johanna.

Willie meets a lovable cast of characters from woodland creatures and horses who can talk to children of privilege left on their own by self-centered parents.

Led by his strong faith, Willie MacGregor attempts to help the friends he makes on his journey. He can’t understand why so many live in fear and doubt and tells them of a better way.

Known by many names, Satan also shows up in many forms to tempt and antagonize. He’s a leopard prince, a mighty stallion, and a cool hip-hop dude.

Willie may not realize at first with whom he’s dealing, but he senses evil and is cautious and suspicious. What Willie doesn’t realize at the time is his character and faith are inspiring to all he meets—but Satan does, and he knows the only way to continue his rule is to break Willie’s faith.

This read is a fun adventure! It is not preachy or judgmental. Willie is not a little evangelical screaming fire and brimstone. He’s a twelve-year-old in a denim bucket hat who wipes his nose on his sleeve. He has a strong sense of faith, family, and friendship because that’s what he is being raised—good home training! His behavior and decisions puzzle many but are natural to him.

Also natural is the way the author wove the Native American spirituality and culture throughout the story. Belief systems may appear to be different, but at the heart, they’re all the same… just as people are. The imagery is on point—the beaded dresses are as vivid and detailed as the flannel shirts. The rapid flowing streams and the majestic trees… priceless. Great job.

There is some head-hopping, but nothing so distracting as to remove the reader from the story.

I recommend Miracle to everyone. Read it to your children/grandchildren or read it for yourself. It is a worthy delight!


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Genre: Christian/Native American Spirituality/Children’s/Action & Adventure

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Have you ever said to yourself (or out loud, maybe) that just once, you would like to put Satan the Devil in his place? Well, hang on to your bucket hat (or whatever kind of hat you wear) because one twelve-year-old named Willie MacGregor is about to bedevil the devil.

Willie and best friend, Johanna, who uses a wheelchair, embark on a grand Smoky Mountain adventure when Johanna goes missing. Willie’s search for her leads him into the enchanted forest of the evil shape-shifting Prince Fallon, who, in all his disguises, repeatedly thwarts Willie’s search while trying to win Willie as a new and loyal subject. Fallon tires of the boy who rejects everything the prince offers; Willie wants nothing but Johanna. In a temper, Fallon produces the girl and offers Willie an even exchange; Johanna’s life for Willie’s soul. To Fallon’s delight, Willie pleads for Johanna’s safety.

But, is it possible that the prince of demons, masquerading as Fallon, underestimates young Willie who sees through Fallon’s disguises and serves up one last surprise for the prince?

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“Goddess of the Wild Thing” by Paul DeBlassie III #BookTour

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Author: Paul DeBlassie III

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Goddess of the Wild Thing is a dramatic tale of one woman’s spiritual journey where magical happenings, unexpected turns of fate, and unseen forces influence her ability to love and be loved. Eve Sanchez, a middle-aged woman and scholar of esoteric studies, encounters a seductive but frightening man who introduces her to a supernatural world in which the wicked powers of a surrogate mother’s twisted affection threaten love and life. In the mystic realms of Aztlan del Sur, Eve and three friends struggle with whether bad love is better than no love and discover that love is a wild thing.

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Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist and award-winning writer living in his native New Mexico. He specializes in treating individuals in emotional and spiritual crisis. His novels, visionary thrillers, delve deep into archetypal realities as they play out dramatically in the lives of everyday people. Memberships include the Author’s Guild, the Depth Psychology Alliance, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the International Association for Jungian Studies.


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“Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella” by Angelina Kerner #BlogTour


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Book Title: Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella

Date Published: December 15, 2017

Genre: Chick-lit/ Contemporary Romance

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.

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ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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December 17th, 2017

Dear Diary,

When I eventually return to read my entries in my old age, I’ll always remember just how miserable I was in December of 2017. I should have had a diary when I was a teen; then it would have been funny to re-read what I went through back then. When I was in high school, I didn’t have many friends. In fact, my mother introduced me to a girl on the day of orientation. Here’s the story:

Mom parked her car, and we got out. She began looking for all the gathered students outside of the gymnasium. I knew no one at the high school and Mom knew that too. It was mainly because I finished middle school in a different district and at that moment, I was not happy about the move. I gazed at the students and my Mom. She had that glint in her eyes that said a plan was forming and I could do nothing to stop it. After a minute, she motioned me to follow her and I did, just like the good girl that I was. We walked up to two girls. One had long brown hair and was wearing a loose shirt and long skirt, while the other had short blonde hair, glasses and wore a tiger t-shirt with jeans. Mom told them how it would be nice for them to take little old me into their friendship. They said ‘sure,’ and she just left me there.

You see Diary? Now those are memories. Memories of dating an engaged guy at 28, is not as good as that one, huh?

If you’re wondering, I couldn’t really make friends with the long skirt. She and I were too different. She was very opinionated, and I couldn’t hold a conversation without being confused. The glasses girl and I stayed friends until the first year of college. We grew apart after she moved away. I did hear from her once. She congratulated me on my degree. It was random. She sounded happy, and she met her life partner. I was happy for her, but that conversation didn’t rekindle the friendship that lasted for five years.

Now, I am off to work. Yes, I’m working today, although it’s a Sunday. There are branches open on Sundays; I am talking about the ones inside the grocery stores. My friend, Jessica, who’s a manager at one, called me to cover for her today because she has a cold. I couldn’t say no, so I need to go. Oh, and she told me to buy her crew breakfast! At least, we’re only open until 2 pm today.


PS: Buy those groceries TONIGHT, or you’ll be eating Chinese noodles, and not the take-out ones.



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