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Review of Shadows of the Past

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Back Cover Synopsis:

“…It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…”

Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brothers killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt…the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.

“Kill her. I don’t care how, and I don’t care where, but I want her dead now!”

Someone was trying to kill his dead partner’s sister. FBI agent, Jordan Reiley will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother.

Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?

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Author Bio:

Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent’s office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.
Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has three published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She and her family make their home in Texas.

Purchase link:  Purchase the book here.

Social Media:  You can find Ashley Dawn on social media at Facebook, her website, and Twitter.


This book is the first book in the Shadow Series by Ashley Dawn. The premise of this book captured my imagination from the first reading about it. I have to say the book did not disappoint. I definitely wanted to read the entire book. I love Aurora’s fierce spirit of determination. I can not imagine being an undercover police officer and realizing my cover had been blown. Moreover, I can not imagine the anguish of knowing that my career choice put my only family member in harm’s way.

The interactions between Aurora and Joe bring a sense of realism to the book. I imagine the connection between partners working together undercover is quite intense. After all, both have to realize their lives depend on the other one doing their job. At the same time, I could relate to Aurora’s desire to avoid being dependent on anyone for fear of losing them like she lost her brother. Yet Jordan is not just anyone. He was her brother’s partner as well as her ex. The interactions between Aurora, Joe (her partner), Alex (Aurora’s best friend and Joe’s wife) and Jordan help move the story along. The non-stop intrigue and action also helped keep my interest. The attempts on Aurora’s life and those she loves to cause a lot of tension. I love how the author emphasized that Aurora needed to place her faith in God again. I also love how Jordan refused to let Aurora push him away. But the idea of a dirty law enforcement officer putting other officers in harm’s way infuriated me.

All in all, I have to say I enjoyed this book and want to read the other books in this series. So check it out for yourself, and let me know what you think.






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About the Book


Book Title: Dare to Begin Again

Author: Rosalinda Rivera

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Life, Woman’s Issue

Release date: September 4, 2018

We all have struggles and challenges in life. Whether they are of our own making or not, things don’t always work out. Sometimes, we just give up on our dreams and goals.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! God is a God of new beginnings, and throughout the entire Bible, we read about people who were stuck, disappointed, and faced impossible situations—people God freed.
Rosalinda Torres Rivera challenges us to Dare to Begin Again. Using stories from her own life, other people, and biblical times, Rosalinda offers inspirational, down-to-earth advice on beginning again. Each chapter tackles a different issue where you may be “stuck”—such as an inability to forgive, trust, or hope—and examples of people who overcame similar challenges. Practical tasks at the end of each chapter walk you through a DARE challenge (Decide, Allow, Rise, Enjoy) to help you move closer to a fresh start.
Rosalinda is the daughter of Victor Torres, an ex-gang member from Brooklyn, New York, and his wife, Carmen, founders of the New Life For Youth ministry. She has seen more than twenty thousand people get out of tough situations and turn their lives around.
“They’re people whose tales of transformation prove God is still at work,” she says. “He’s written and re-written their life’s chapters—and He’s willing to do the same for you.”
It takes a commitment, but with the help of God, inspiring, true stories, and practical applications, you can Dare to Begin Again.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author


Rosalinda Torres Rivera is the executive director of New Life For Youth, one of Virginia’s largest residential facilities helping to rehabilitate people from a life of addiction. She has been reaching out to families in crisis, poverty, and hopelessness for over twenty-five years. Using her business skills, Rosalinda developed a model of social enterprise to sustain the non-profit New Life For Youth by creating businesses that train thousands of young people in job skills and leadership.
She is also the president of New Life Enterprises, the founder of Mercy Moms Home, a place for single mothers to find hope and healing, and the founder of Bella Women’s Ministry in Richmond, Virginia, which hosts annual conferences for over five hundred women.
Each year, Rosalinda is a featured presenter at various events nationwide. She has ministered throughout the world and has traveled to over twenty-two countries. From the White House to the local community, she has been nationally recognized for her impact in bringing hope to the hopeless.
Rosalinda was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives, headquartered in Washington, DC. Style Magazine selected her as a “Top 40 under 40” leader for her impact in Richmond, Virginia.
In 2018, the Valentine Museum in Richmond will feature the work of her family as one of the city’s first Hispanic families to impact Richmond in the non-profit sector.
Rosalinda is the daughter of Victor Torres, an ex-gang member from the streets of New York, and his wife, Carmen, the founders of New Life For Youth and pastors of New Life Outreach International Church. She served as an associate producer on Victor, a movie about her father’s journey from drugs and gangs to Jesus and redemption.
Rosalinda and her husband, Carlos, have three children: Alana, Gabriel, and Victor.

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My Thoughts

Throughout my life, I have had to begin again and have often found it a challenge.  So when I had the opportunity to review this book, I was excited.  After all, what Christian woman would not want God to write her best future?  As I picked up this book and began reading, I found myself pulled in and was able to relate to everything Rosalinda Torres Rivera was writing.  I know I personally want to learn from my past so my future is better.

Being a military wife of an active-duty servicemember since 2004 and the wife of a reservist from 1997 until he went full-time in 2004, we had many times where we had to start over.  It is not always easy, but a book like this is one anyone facing change and wanting the future to be brighter will benefit find beneficial.  I found the Scripture references meaningful and inspirational.  So check this book out for yourself.  I would love to hear what you think.



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Review of The Girl on the Tombstone by Betty Ruth Weatherby

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Back Cover Synopsis

Wilhelmina Sukovich is curious and determined to have her own By Line in the Sacramento Bee. Aged out at the Children’s Home Society orphanage, she attends night school and works herself up in the newspaper hierarchy. Her first big break comes as an assignment takes her to the small mountain town of San Andreas in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She searches out her father’s gravesite only to mysteriously be drawn to the artistry of an ancient tombstone nearby, Eliza Osbourne, 1868. Formidable ranchers and a widow befriend her in her quest to fulfill her assignment for school children and search for Eliza’s roots. World War II veteran, Charles, rescues Will from her misadventures. Who is he and why is he such a recluse? Why has he taken it upon himself to see she is safe?

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Author Bio

Miss Weatherby holds a BA from California State University, Stanislaus. She earned her teacher’s credentials from Chapman University, as well as a cross-cultural language and academic development certificate from Sacramento State University.

She is an active member of Sierra Baptist Church, in Pioneer, California and travels extensively.

Betty Ruth Weatherby currently lives with her dog, Buttons, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Visit on facebook.

Purchase link: 

You can purchase the book here.

Social Media

You can Betty Ruth Weatherby on Facebook here and on Amazon here.



I originally was really excited about reading this book, I loved the title of The Girl on The Tombstone:  Will’s Search to Belong.  Growing up my family basically moved every four years once I turned 9 years old, so I could completely relate to the idea of wanting to belong.  Being the mother of three sons, I found May’s boys in the book to be very similar to mine when they were those ages.  I could relate to Wilhelmina Sukovich’s determination  to have her own By Line in the Sacramento Bee.

The characters are relatable, even if they are not all likable at all times.  I found myself really disliking May’s mother-in-law.  The idea of losing your spouse and having to move on from that comes across effortlessly in the book.  The book is set in the 1950’s and occasionally I found myself having a hard time following what was going on in the story.  But overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.