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Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

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Review of Jackie O On the Couch written by Alma H. Bond

Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Jackie Kennedy Onassis is a well-known person. She was a first lady, married to the famous president, John F. Kennedy. She lived a hard life, which includes tragic events such as losing her husband and other family members through assassinations. This is her story, a biography of sorts, fictionalized, written in first person, journal-style. The words and thoughts expressed in this book may be ones she actually used.

The book has an index and a bibliography, so I am assuming that everything is accurate. I am not knowledgeable in the area to comment on the accuracy of the book. What I can comment on is the content, how it reads, how it is worded and organized. The book is organized into various chapters based on different events, eras or people in her life. There is a full chapter, for example, on the assassination of her husband, J.F. Kennedy. It is not an autobiography that is chronologically laid out; rather, it is more of a scrapbook of thoughts, much like a journal. As such, some events or people overlap and we get a ‘more about that later’. And, at times, the book does feel a bit jumpy in-between different segments – within a chapter, one thing is being described, and then all of a sudden, something else is being discussed.

The book is written in first person suggesting that it is an autobiography, when, in fact, the book was not written by Jackie. The book, as a whole, is well written. However, the book portrays Jackie as a bitter and selfish person, which many people would agree that she was. For example, I remember reading parts about her whining about not having enough money to go shopping and complaining about her ‘low’ allowance. Her allowance, from what I recall reading, was quite a large sum even for today.

Alma H. Bond has a Ph.D in developmental psychology. She has retired from private practice to become a writer. She has published several books including Camille Claude: A Novel, On Becoming a Grandparent and The Tree that Could Fly.

If you are interested in Jackie Kennedy Onassis or just want to find out more about her, this may be the book for you. Recommended by: Margaret Orford, Allbooks Reviews.

Title: Jackie O On the Couch
Author: Alma H. Bond
Publisher: Bancoft Press
ISBN: 978-1-61088-025-1
Pages: 260 pages
Price: $14.95 US
Sept 2011

Review of You are Everything Everything is You by Michele Doucette

Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

You are Everything Everything is You is a compilation of the works of several spiritual authors. Michele Doucette is an excellent researcher as is reflected in the complex content and unique perspectives covered in this book.
The works of Gregg Braden, Paul J. Steinhardt, physicist, Anthony Duchene, Michael Sky, Dr. Masaru Emoto and dozens of others are included in this work. Although convincing evidence, the text seems tedious and repetitious at times, however the message is the same throughout, “You are everything and everything is you!”
I do not think new explorers of spirituality will find this book helpful as it is too advanced in information and thinking, and would suggest it is more for the advanced seekers of enlightenment.
Michele Doucette lives in Newfoundland, Canada. She is the author of several books She is an avid researcher who is very worried about the radioactivity that is leaking into the ocean and air from the Fukushima reactor. She feels the earth is in great turmoil both naturally and with man’s obsession with war and greed. This book was written to inform and awaken the masses.

Recommended by Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review.

Title: You are Everything Everything is You
Author: Michele Doucette
Publisher: St. Clair Pub.
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781935786177
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Sept. 2011

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Romance Novels, The Last Great Bastion Of Underground Writing
By Maria Bustillos| February 14, 2012

Romance fiction is widely reckoned to be a very low form of literature. Maybe the lowest, if we’re not counting the writing at Groupon, or on Splenda packets. Romance fiction: probably the worst! An addictive, absurd, unintellectual literature, literature for nonreaders, literature for stupid people—literature for women! Books Just For Her! Low or not, romance is by far the most popular and lucrative genre in American publishing, with over $1.35 billion in revenues estimated in 2010. That is a little less than twice the size of the mystery genre, almost exactly twice that of science fiction/fantasy, and nearly three times the size of the market for classic/literary fiction, according to Simba Information data published at the Romance Writers of America website.

Interview: Mrs. Phyllis J. Burton

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)

Mrs. Phyllis J. Burton:
Buckholt, Green Lane,
CHURT, Nr. Farnham, Surrey,
GU102LT, England.

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:

PAPER DREAMS was published by MATADOR (Troubador Publishing Ltd.)
ISBN No: 9781848767898 (Paperback) and 9781848768154 (ebook)

Tell us about yourself:

My name is PHYLLIS BURTON and I am married with three grown-up children and seven grandchildren. I live amongst the beautiful west-Surrey hills in southern England, which have given me the inspiration to write: I love putting my thoughts and those of my characters down on paper. I started writing for my children and eventually moved on to bigger things. Now, I read my stories to my grandchildren. I’ve written quite a few short stories, one of which was recorded and read on radio, and two short-listed in competitions. I’ve written three one-act plays, (one produced and directed by me). I love singing and enjoy water-colour painting. I painted the cover of my first novel (A PASSING STORM) and published by Trafford in 2006.

I’ve always had an insatiable appetite for reading, I tend to panic if I can’t find a book to read and like to think that this inspired me to write. My determination also seemed to rub off on to my elder son too: he will be publishing his second story soon. My daughter is a copy-editor and runs her own business. She copy-edited Paper Dreams of course.
Now that PAPER DREAMS has been published, I feel quite proud of it. Every author wishes their work to do well and I am no exception.

When was the book released?:

PAPER DREAMS was launched on the 1st December 2011. I held a Launch Party on the 2nd December which went extremely well and started off the run-up to Christmas with a bang – there were several blue balloons available for everyone!

Give us an overview of your book.

“In 1952, GERALD HAPSWORTH-COLE has an affair with AMY BUTLER: she becomes pregnant and returns to Vancouver in Canada. Gerald is distraught.

It is now 2009 and the inhabitants of ANSTON are gossiping…
Elderly widow, MARJORIE has died intestate. The only heir is HAROLD HAPSWORTH-COLE, who is penniless, unstable and living in Malta.

KATIE NICHOLSON (a romantic dreamer) is sent to EPTON HALL, the rambling encestral home of the HAPSWORTH-COLE family, to catalogue the vast number of books collected by Marjorie following the disappearance of Gerald and their two sons in 1953. Whilst there Katie day-dreams about the old house’s history and the friendly, elderly housekeeper/retainer tells her: ‘…I was very young when I began working here…there’s nothing I don’t know about the old place.’

Katie finds a letter and a birth certificate in an old book in the attic. The letter is dated May 1953, proving that Gerald was the father of an illegitimate child, JAMES, living in Canada: another heir?

Meanwhile, Harold still believing that he is the sole heir, goes to the house in secret. Whilst there, he overhears Katie speaking on the telephone to her employer about the discovery of the letter. He is incensed. He steals the letter and birth certificate, locks her in the attic and leaves the house. Katie has to endure many hours alone in her creepy prison, but manages to find another unfinished letter from Gerald to Amy.
Katie is eventually rescued. She later discovers that James Butler is in hospital in Vancouver after a car accident and, together with boyfriend Stuart, she flies to Vancouver to meet him. Avaricious Harold, now dangerous and losing contact with reality also journeys to Vancouver.
He steals a gun!
Katie is talking to James, when Harold enters. A terrifying scuffle ensues, the gun goes off and Harold falls to the floor and later dies.
Katie and Stuart are later allowed to return home.

James and his wife Sarah, journey to England, but realise that they could never make it their home and after attending Katie and Stuart’s wedding, return to their family in Vancouver.

Epton Hall is sold.”

What inspired you to write this book?

I suppose it was quite like Pinocchio’s nose! It grew…it started with a seed (the thought of lost letters and love) and suddenly I had a rather good story. I used to love writing when I was at school and when later I had children of my own, I used to write stories for them – a truly rewarding experience. On a purely emotional and personal level, my father suffered enormously before he died and afterwards I found writing to be a wonderful distraction. I’ve been writing ever since. Another inspiration is the ever-changing view from my study window!

How is your book different from other books in this genre?

PAPER DREAMS is a unique reading experience, which plays with the reader’s emotions. It covers such diverse subjects as, old books, letters, family sorrow, obsessions, inheritance, greed, dreams (and nightmares) and eventually attempted murder. But above all, it is a story of people’s lives, their loves and how they eventually overcome adversity.

Where can people buy your book?

PAPER DREAMS can be purchased from:
Matador (Troubador Publishing) Ltd. – please contact Jane Rowland on
Tel. No: 0116 279 2299 (UK)
or email:
Distributor: Orca Book Services. Tel:01235 465521 (UK)
Or email:
Amazon: Paper-back and Kindle versions (see my pages on AUTHOR
All good retail outlets, such as WATERSTONES, W.H. SMITH amongst
And… Directly from my website:

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?

Yes, I am part way through my third story: it has a provisional title of ‘WHAT NOW’. As I have only written five chapters, I feel unable to give a time for completion.
SARAH WENHAM is being eaten up with grief after ending her husband’s life by switching off his life support system. Months later, she meets two very different men: one who will love her unconditionally and the other who tries to dominate her with near disastrous consequences.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

I self-published PAPER DREAMS and the most important advice I can give, is to choose a company with an excellent record in self-publishing, such as Matador. I have enjoyed every moment of the publication process.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?
I have taken my book to various retail outlets and within the next few weeks will be holding one or two book signing sessions. The general feeling is that the cover of PAPER DREAMS is outstanding and should help to make my book marketable in the future. PAPER DREAMS has already received a five-star review on AMAZON.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?

In 2006/7 Allbooks Reviews (Elaine Fuhr) did an excellent review on my first book ‘A PASSING STORM’, so I naturally turned to you. I am of course, hoping that the excellent review given by Anthony Lund will help my current book to achieve success and from the comments I have already received, it should be considerable.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?

Yes. In these days of rising prices in every walk of life, for Allbooks Reviews to remain so competitive is a really good thing. I can’t think of anything right now for your company to offer writers, but you can rest assured, I will contact you if I do.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2012 by Allbooks Review International

FLAWED PERFECTION: Is that an absolutely compelling title or what? Well, I’ll tell you this: it certainly hooked me. With that, and having previously read and reviewed a couple of other Ray Spengler novels, I anxiously plunged in. Starting with ominous overtones, it takes a while to get into it because there are lots of seemingly unconnected characters and an intricate, multi-layered plot, but eventually it all knits together nicely. Trust me. Like his other books, this one excels in two areas: dynamite plot and a completely satisfying ending.
With his wife in a seemingly hopeless coma, Glenn Stewart, our protagonist, has a chance meeting with an attractive young woman riding a bicycle. The woman’s current boyfriend is inexorably enmeshed and in bad favor with gangsters so Glenn tries to help but instead, gets romantically entangled. What follows is too complicated to go into in this small space but it includes drug deals gone bad, weird and concurrent paranormal dreams, monsters, mobsters, murder, betrayal, a complicated love triangle, and even some well-written courtroom scenes all tangled up in edge-of-your-seat suspense. And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the author hits you with an incredible twist. The background medical and courtroom information is well researched and the author’s love of flying is evident in the small aircraft scenes. He also does a nice job with the romantic elements as well as the woman-to-woman dialogue—always difficult forays for a male writer to enter into. The only downside for me was his transitions. I thought they could be a little smoother—allowing the not so cerebral reader (such as myself) to keep the concurrent plots and multiple characters straight. Nonetheless, the ending comes with an unpredictable surprise for the reader (and the bad guy) and the plethora of complicated plot threads are neatly wrapped up. Terrific job!
The book jacket, in addition to giving us a spot-on and economical plot synopsis, tells us FLAWED PERFECTION was actually Ray Spengler’s first manuscript—albeit probably revamped and polished a tad. Like I said, I reviewed and enjoyed his first two published novels: NOT A GOOD TIME TO DIE, and AN ARRESTED HEART. And it bears repeating: like those novels, FLAWED PERFECTION excels in two areas: plot and ending. Retired and living in North Carolina with his wife, Mr. Spengler continues to write. Look for THE SPIDER CODE, a romantic thriller, to be released later this year.

Good Read, reviewer: Jan Evan Whitford, Allbooks Reviews

Published by: Infinity Publishing ©2011
ISBN 0-7414-6768-2 Trade paperback,
350 pages
U.S. $18.95
October 2011
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