Looks like the puppies know which brightly wrapped gift under the tree is theirs. They keep sniffing their gifts, but I think they know they can’t unwrap them yet. Maybe it’s because I keep giving them the evil eye when they so much as look in the general direction of the tree. It seem they are counting the days as well.

East of Orleans
Renee’ Irvin
4.1 Stars (47 Reviews)
Genre: Sagas | Romance

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Their worlds were different, but their desires were the same . . .

Isabella McCoy, from the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, was as naïve as she was beautiful.

Jacqueline Rousseau, the exotic New Orleans prostitute, was known for cruelly breaking men’s hearts while she emptied their pockets.

Both with dark secrets of their own, running away from their pasts, to an uncertain future.

Fate brought them together, and into the arms of the notorious cotton broker Jules McGinnis, who became both a husband and lover to them.

Jealousy. Passion. Love.


Now both women must overcome the truth of their tormented pasts and their unknown futures, as they face one of the most scandalous murder trials Georgia had ever seen.

East of Orleans, is a 358 page novel.

It is the deep South in the 1880’s, a time when the South is still reeling from its bitter defeat in the Civil War, vainly struggling to live with post-war reconstruction. Meet Jules McGinnis, Rhett Butler reincarnated who has managed to transform himself from a Confederate soldier into a wealthy businessman by taking advantage of the broken South. Through arrogance and false conceit, he marries the woman he doesn’t love and loves the one he will not marry. Then there is Isabella McCoy, one whose youth was snatched by her rape by the one she despises, forcing her to abandon her dream of a life with the one she truly loves. And finally there is Jacqueline Roussea, a beautiful French creole “prostitute” fearful of true love who manages to avoid sex by drugging her clientele. In this epic novel, Renee Irvin paints a picture of lost love and desperation. If you have never suffered the pain of loss, never doubted that you took the wrong road in life, then this book is not for you. But if truly wish to embark upon an unforgettable journey, delve into a forgotten world in which the South was truly “Gone with the Wind, and discover whether or not true love will conquer that false love borne of desperation and stubborn pride, then this book is for you. Review by:Francis Fesmire (Goodreads) July 2012

“In the deep South of the 1880’s, two young women, Isabella McCoy, a beautiful white girl from rural Georgia and Jacqueline Rousseau, a sultry, black French Creole who works in the finest bordello in New Orleans, are on separate paths in their unhappy lives. This epic novel takes us into their world, which is filled with love, lust, betrayal, rape, murder, wealth, greed, power and corruption. There are surprises at every turn as each woman copes with the cards life has dealt her. And then their paths converge when they burn the cotton fields of the man one is married to and both hate. In one of the most dramatic scenes ever written, the two women save the black sharecroppers’ wives and their children from horrible slave conditions and their terrible fate. Isabella and Jacqueline’s friendship is literally forged in fire and each must now fulfill her destiny.

Renee Irvin takes the reader on an unforgettable journey back to another time and place and into the hearts and minds of two remarkable women. She has seamlessly woven the numerous characters and story elements to create a beautifully detailed tapestry of hope borne of heartbreak and of strength borne of family love. An absolutely wonderful read from cover to cover.” –Ann K Fisher

318 Pages

Revised March 18,2012

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Sylvia Perrini
4.0 Stars (20 Reviews)
Genre: History | Biographies & Memoirs

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Revised Edition December2013


Why do women kill and murder? They are supposed to be the gentler sex, the ones who nurture the babies and support families, keeping the very structure of society in place. Why do some women go wrong? Is it greed, jealousy, power or just plain wickedness?

Women Murderers have been around for centuries. In this short book of approximately 12,500 words best selling author Sylvia Perrini looks at the profiles of eight women who operated in the 18th century.

Prepare to be shocked.


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A Child of Two Worlds (The Nine Realms Series)
Mark Cole
4.8 Stars (12 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy

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“We are all going to die here,” he muttered to himself. “If the city wasn’t surrounded…” I could escape. The innumerable army of demons and undead had appeared the day before, charging across the plains toward the city. Sounds so terrible he could not describe announced their arrival. The gnashing of teeth and rending of flesh haunted his waking mind.

Darren had watched from the walls as the squad of guardsmen commanded by his brother, Sir Trevor, was cut down by the undead monstrosities the day before. His brother, one of the four Commanders of the Guard, had been devoured by the zombie hordes. Darren knew the reanimated corpse of Sir Trevor Wright was beyond the wall, hungering for the flesh of those within.

He’s hungering for my flesh.


When Terra Duval is kidnapped by the Demon Lord Azreal, Alex Zane must venture from Earth to the Realm of Magic to rescue his love. Together, Alex and Terra must unite the forces of a fractured world to free the Nine Realms. But will his love for Terra prevent him from saving those he has been charged to protect, or will it be the catalyst Alex needs to save the Nine Realms?

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Sense Memory (A Benjamin Cady Novel)
Brion J.Humphrey
4.6 Stars (12 Reviews)
Genre: Action & Adventure | Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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If our memory is the thing that shapes and defines us, that informs who we are at our very core, then God help us all…for memory, is a wicked and deceitful wretch.

Thrust into a search for his own sister’s killer, Benjamin Cady flees Colorado and the only world he understands to scour the streets of Los Angeles, plagued by headaches and memories of murder.He quickly discovers that L.A. is not unknown to him, and as his memories of his sister’s death become clearer, so does the possibility that Ben himself may be the murderer.

Lieutenant Jim Banquer has plenty of bodies, but every witness seems to be suffering from a mysterious form of amnesia.Investigating these deaths means he must piece together the scattered shards of a deadly power scheme that goes well beyond murder, and Ben is the key.

Sense Memory is a psychological thriller that weaves an intricate web of intrigue and mystique as the story develops from a slow burn to a raging crescendo.

A sure page-burner, this story will stay with you long after the smoke clears.

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Cajun Household Wisdom
Kenneth Atchity
4.8 Stars (11 Reviews)
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine | Humor & Entertainment

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Laissez les bon temps roulez! Let the good times roll!

Cajun culture is funny and fun-loving. It’s rooted in the earth. It’s rooted in the kitchen. It’s needlessly, hopelessly, complicated, and yet is utterly simple and suspicious of all things modern, especially food and drink.

CAJUN HOUSEHOLD WISDOM takes you back to the days when family gatherings stretched far into summer nights with endless food and fun, when uncles and aunts, sisters and brothers, and countless cousins teased and taunted and chased fireflies, while grandpere spouted yet another story about “that ol’ white mule,” and strains of fiddle music lured lovers off into the dark.

You’ll be reminded that the best therapy for whatever ails you, other than eating and laughing, is dancing. In little towns throughout the state of Louisiana, in lounges like the Rainbeaux in New Ibera, the Green Frog in Lake Charles, and the Purple Peacock in EUnice, you’ll find people of all ages–from three to 103–dancing the two-step or the Cajun waltz at the fais-do-do nearly every night of the week–and they’re still there at 9 a.m. the next morning. Cajun wisdom holds tru for young and old alike:

“If at foist you doan succeed, go an’ dance!”

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