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By Gini Rainey

“Healing Tears” by Theresa James

In heart-wrenching detail, Ms. James, a U. S. Air Force veteran, recounts the details of her marriage to the father of her children through their eventual divorce and the eventual murder of the children and suicide of her husband.  Written primarily to help her work through her grief following the murders, James came away with a book that should serve as a cautionary to anyone who is in a relationship with someone who presents any kind of unstable or menacing behavior.

While most authors develop characters that leave their readers with a good visual image, I came away from this book with more of a feeling of the spiritual images of her children, which makes excellent sense considering the circumstances surrounding their deaths and the memories that Theresa still has for them.

Retold with an amazing objectivity, Theresa James unfolds a story of love, insanity, strength, and peace, while sharing the life she lived with her children and their father leading up to and through the tragic events that ultimately destroyed her family – but not her, nor her spirit.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2017 – Balboa Press


“And The Day Came: A Family Saga” by Phyllis H. Moore

In another one of her convoluted tales, Moore presents an historical fiction novel based on real-life characters who inhabited Lamar Peninsula and Refugio, Texas, starting with a history lesson of how the Spaniards and Danes came to Texas as settlers and immigrants.  Doris Marie Linney Moore, the central character of the book, was orphaned as a child and grew up with a subtle knowledge that something mysterious about her origin was being kept from her.

With a sense of salt air and hot summer days surrounding the various antics of Linney, her siblings, and various cousins, aunts and uncles who float through her life, you get a true feeling of their carefree days  spent playing around the family’s bay house and in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The boys got into usual boy trouble, while the girls spent their time speculating on the deep, dark secrets of the family.

While this book was almost as convoluted as Moore’s book “Tangled” with lots of characters and and intriguing family issues, I found I couldn’t put it down until I finished it because I, too, wanted to know what the family secret was.  My only regret was that the revelation and resolution was almost anticlimactic compared to the anticipation I had been experiencing.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2017 – Del Corazon LLC


“RightSize Weight Loss” by Dr. F. B. Willis

Pointing out that “today we are seeing the greatest epidemic of obesity in history,” Dr. Willis has designed the RightSize Weight Loss program and has written this book to encourage people to discover his secret to weight loss/fitness.

While no huge secret, if you stop and think about it, Willis offers a valuable tool to keep in mind when you are thinking of eating.  His flexible program offers three options to help folks obtain their RightSize physique quickly.  With the acronym PEN in your arsenal as you approach mealtime, you can experience a change in your eating habits that can last a lifetime.  PEN stands for Portion size by eating no more than 1-1/2 cup of food 5 to 6 times a day, Energy Surge which increases your heart rate/metabolism just before you eat by  elevating your heart rate for 2-3 minutes, and Natural Nutrition which involves eating only non-processed food, thus eliminating all of the additives and chemicals and speeding up digestion.

Dr. Willis uses several successful weight loss stories, including his own, to encourage the reader to adopt this healthy life style.  Willis, a survivor of an “unsurvivable plane crash,” went through a series of 16 sequential operations to rebuild his legs.  As a result, he has dedicated his life to helping others overcome their physical challenges, which includes obesity.

With a readable and encouraging writing style, Dr. Willis has laid out a very doable plan for his readers to set goals and achieve them.  Not to be considered a “diet” book, this book suggests an entire new way to approach a healthy life style.

The only problem with this book is that, like so many other self-help books, the reader needs to actually follow the guidelines, not just read them.  Recognizing that, Dr. Willis encourages involvement of friends and family and also provides consultants through his website for additional support and accountability.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2017 – Evergreen Press


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“Bring Me Back”
by B. A. Paris
Just when you think an author can’t out do their last book, they jump right out there and do it!  Filled with even more deception and intrigue than her first two books, Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, Paris’ latest book will keep you spell bound until you turn the last page.  Telling the story about the mysterious disappearance of Layla from the perspectives of Finn, his girlfriend, and his fiancé while moving between the past and the present, it’s no wonder that Paris has carved out her niche in the psychological thriller genre.

As Finn digs deeper to determine who might be behind the disappearance and strange emails, his list of suspects grows to encompass even his closest friends.  Because Ms. Paris is a master at building believable characters, the reader finds himself drawn into the intrigue and feeling a certain empathy for everyone involved.

In Bring Me Back, Paris explores how traumatic events can impact, not only the individuals immediately involved, but also everyone they come in contact with.  Not afraid to explore new avenues of intrigue and mystery, she has created yet another spell-binding page turner that will keep you guess till the very last page.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2018 – St. Martins Press

“The Sisters”
by Janet Kay
If you’re looking for a book to read this summer that is filled with history, ghosts, romance, and family discord, this is the one for you.  Set in current day Galveston, this story tells the story of Veronica and Isabella, two sisters who had once be in love with the same man.

Weaving a spell around not only present-day Galveston, Kay’s story helps to explain the reason so many of the historical sites in this Island community are haunted.  From the pirate Jean Lafitte to the estimated six to twelve thousand people who lost there lives during the hurricane of 1900. Described as the deadliest natural ever in the United States, this storm took the life the of sisters’ grandmother, who continues in her afterlife as Isabella’s spirit guide.

If you are familiar with Galveston, and even if not, this book is an intriguing read that pulls you into its web of family deceit and mystery as the sisters strive to learn where they have come from and reconnect on a congenial level of understanding and acceptance.  It will definitely keep you turning the pages to find out where it all ends.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2018 – World Castle Publishing

“Neema’s Reason to Smile”
By Patricia Newman
This delightful book, colorfully illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini, tells the story of Neema and her mother who share big dreams for their life in Kenya.  Neema wants to go to school, while her Mama, who sews clothes by hand, dreams of a sewing machine and perhaps her own business. By not only entertaining, but also educating, Newman’s story sends the message to all that where there is a will, there is a way.

Motivated by actual students at the Jambo Jipya School in the town of Mtwapa, Kenya, where many kids are unable to go to school, Ms. Newman’s story provides inspiration to children of any age to never give up hope for a better life through education.

A lovely feature of this book are the glossary, discussion questions, and activities at the end of the book.  Although geared for younger children, the message won’t be lost on older readers.

5 of 5 – Copyright 2018 – Lightswitch Learning

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Book Worm Central: July Events & Book Signings


July 31st (10am) – Club Read – Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read, “Beach Music” by David Graham. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. Club Reads’ events are free. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to

August 4th (3-7pm) – Book Bash will be held at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. They are doubling the authors for 2018’s Book Bash – 80 authors are attending! There will be a free children’s reading at 12:30-2:30pm prior to the book signings beginning at 3pm. There will be multiple children’s authors present to read their stories and there may even be characters present to interact with the kids. Tickets will be on sale until the day of the event. Come on out and find a new favorite author as well as meet the authors behind the stories. For more info go to Tickets are $12-$17. If you have a child 13 and under, they will be able to get in for $5 the day of the event. VIP tickets will get you in 30 minutes earlier and a tote bag full of goodies. The children’s reading is free to attend.

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Chill Out With A Cool Book



By Gini Rainey

Send Down the Rain – By Charles Martin 

In his thirteenth novel, this New York Times Award-winning author successfully weaves the lives of several different people into a wonderful tale of love and sacrifice that will leave you thinking.  Taking Joseph, a Viet Nam veteran with many scars to heal and Allie, who has recently lost her families business in Florida, Martin created a novel that is full of lots of raw emotion that will keep you turning pages until you come to the surprising conclusion. 

Joseph, a victim of PTSD, has chosen to live in his cabin in the Carolina mountains with his dog, Roscoe.  That is, until Catalina and her two children stumble into his life.  Making sure to get them away from her abusive, drug running captor, he loaded them up and drove them to Florida to meet up with her brother and close to where he and his brother had lived before they grew up and grew apart. 

Charles Martin has skillfully created such believable characters that you will find yourself totally immersed in the plot and all that takes place.  Without leaving your chair you will find yourself involved in the panic of flight, the angst of unrequited love, the unselfish sacrifice of a brother and the joy of rediscovering a lost love. 

This is a definite “must-read” for this summer and is guaranteed to keep you wondering until you turn 

Five of Five – Copyright 2018 – Thomas Nelson 


Lang’s Labyrinth: Forest of the Fae Book Three – By K. Kibbee 

This book came to me as an advanced reading copy from the publisher and because I love to read, I was excited when it arrived in the mail.  Then I realized it was “one of those books.”  You know, the kind I would never pick up on my own – one about goth, faeries, fantasy, changelings, etc.  I was also concerned that, because it was the third book in a series, I might not have a clue about what was going on. 

I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Yes, this is a book about all of the above, however, it is also, on a much deeper level, about trying to figure out a mystery that was based on a secret code.  The main character, Anne along with her best friend Grace, who has been changed into a raven, is on a quest to solve the code so she can change Grace back to human form and rid the forest of all the faeries.  Along the way she meets some very interesting characters, and believe it or not, I found myself trying my best to solve the code too.   

I won’t even begin to let on how this book turns out for that would ruin all of the mystery and intrigue that Kibbee has created, but let me say it will take you on quite the adventure and make your summer reading most enjoyable.  Remember this too, don’t be afraid to try something new – you might discover you really like it – I know I did. 

Five of Five – Copyright 2017 – Incorgnito 

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