A Five-Star Heart Clenching Read!

Baby Girl – In The Beginning, is the first in a series, and the author, Elle Klass wastes no time thrusting the reader into the spellbinding story. The setting is one that most will never experience, and one that no one wants to experience. Don’t let the title, Baby Girl, fool you. This is a thrilling young, and new adult read, one fully loaded with the burly experiences of life.516UA+t8Z+L._AA160_

Cleo, abandoned by her mother, is faced with the most primitive level of survival, unless she learns quickly. But at the young age of 12? Extremely challenging, not to mention 24/7 threatening events from every quarter.

Klass does a splendid job balancing the oncoming challenges of street life with the growing resilience of Cleo as she quickly realizes her survival depends upon rapid learning and knowing. On the run in the shadows of society, and deprived of the benefits of public education, Cleo must create her own system of learning, if she is to pass or fail the real tests of survival on her own. And Cleo’s learning goes beyond the confines of a textbook or the bureaucratic bounds of organized schooling.

Baby Girl – In The Beginning has a storyline that becomes believable as Klass paints the unfolding events page by page for the reader. Her characters quickly came to life and as a reader I began to embrace each one. The author has a knack for hooking lots of emotion between the pages to keep readers wondering where things are headed for the story and characters.

Having read As Snow Falls, another novel by Klass, I’m not surprised that she knows how to keep readers entertained as her stories unfold. Baby Girl 1 left me wanting to know the full outcome of Cleo’s drive to survive. My Kindle is loaded, waiting for me to continue the series, and Cleo’s suspenseful journey.

Five-Stars for Baby Girl 1, and the fine job author Elle Klass did writing a highly adventurous read! Keep us entertained Ms. Klass!

Elle Klass’s Amazon Author Page.

Thrill Driven Untamed and Unleashed!

Thrill Driven reads at reckless speed!

What happens when a woman is thrill driven? Successful business woman, 36 year-old Marla knows from experience it’s that sudden sharp feeling of excitement. That lusty rush of desire, want, and need, and the craving to satisfy it. More than ever she seeks to do that in Thrill Driven, Candi Silk’s latest erotic escapade.Thrill Driven prplxx09222014

After ending her emotionally barren marriage, Marla has regularly explored sensuous thrills with her favorite bed buddies, Ben and Ray. Both twenty-something, well-equipped studs. Seeking another level of thrills, Marla has invited Sherrie, Ben, and Ray for a long-weekend of “play.” But plans change, as Marla and Sherrie meet a third woman during a night of dancing.

Long-hidden desires come together as the three aroused women drink, dance, and play together. Discovering their womanly libidos are in sync, their swirling desires crave another level of eroticism as Ray joins them. And the night is driven full-throttle as the foursome swap naughty thrill after thrill, panting for satisfaction.

You’ll have a front row seat as uninhibited thrills spill forth page after page, enough to drive your e-reader over the edge, and blazing heat for your reading entertainment!

Thrill Driven, now available from Amazon, Smashwords, and shortly on other distribution channels.

Elle Klass – Five-Star Author

Resonates with heart-warming emotion!

Deciding to purchase and read As Snow Falls by Elle Klass hinged on something intriguing that many authors have attempted to do: Pigeon-hole human behavior and/or the human experience. From the 1984 popular and somewhat controversial Passages by Gail Sheehy through current day, countless authors have taken on that challenge of defining the human experience. But often the approach is to lump our human experiences into big chunky categories, e.g., the teens, the 20s, 30s, 40s, etcetera. I think you get the picture.

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Elle Klass goes beyond that. Rather than trying to squeeze the entire universe into bulky packages or compartments, the author takes a single life, and As Snow Falls tells the reader a story, simple and plain, but one loaded with a lifetime of heart-tugging experiences, as full-sized characters come to life.

The book is simple enough, but deep as the falling snow with heart-touching passages of time from the vantage point of one individual and her radiating circles of relationships that begin to form and expand over time.

Klass breaks through another barrier. As a reader, I love dialogue; I thrive on it. This is a telling story, but is it ever real, so real it becomes an experience of intimacy for the reader. I loved the simple “telling.” Klass’s blend of words and sentences not only reveals the heart of her story, but exposes the reader’s feelings at every level. Thus that feeling of intimacy with the central character, Storm, as she shares the reflections of her life.

The author chooses a perfect setting as she unravels her story. A mountain cabin, simply furnished, but rich with memories of the passage of time, as the rocking chair creaks quietly, and As Snow Falls outside. Klass leaves nothing out. Her story is rich with emotion, complete with phases, ages and stages, and pivotal points and places that form the dots along life’s path that we often fail to connect, until we reflect, quietly.

This is a story about aspirations, dreams, falling down and getting up, and following dreams again. You’ll come face to face with the simple arithmetic of life, the adding and the subtracting, the gains, the losses, and rewards. But it all adds up as reflections of memories, As Snow Falls.

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It is a beautifully written excursion of the human experience. Imagine gathering with a few close friends up at the mountain cabin, favorite beverage at hand, and crackling fire in the hearth. The author, Elle Klass, is seated before us in a rocking chair, gives us a smile, nods toward the large picture window framing the snowy night, and quietly says, “As Snow Falls, let me tell you a story.”

And Klass does just that, an evening filled with Five-Stars of enjoyment from her emotion-tugging story. As Snow Falls has earned a permanent place in my women’s fiction books. And I gladly give another Five-Stars for the selection of the book’s cover which was illustrated by Renae Van Brunt, the author’s daughter. In a world where everything screams for attention with vivid color, the simple, subtle drawing was a welcome relief.

Congratulations! A high-Klass piece of work, Ms. Klass, in every sense of the word.

Elle Klass’s Amazon Page.

Taylor Evan Fulks – Five-Star Author

“A Captivating, Controversial, and Compelling Read!” ~ Candi Silk

The author, Taylor Evan Fulks, is direct and honest about My Prison Without Bars. In the front matter of her book she clearly tells the reader what her story is about and the style and manner in which she wrote it. She clearly states her story-telling intentions, and gives warning to potential readers that her story is about child sexual abuse, and she would pull no punches in delivering her message of what happened to the protagonist, Taylor Smith a little three year-old girl.

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After I’d read the preview pages offered by Amazon, I knew Fulks had more than ample ability to pull my interest from page to page, and she continued to do so for the next 434 pages. The content is not pleasant, but the author, with her flowing writing style, glides the reader page by page, like a river guide taking you on a wild rafting ride, as she navigates through deadly events. You’ll arrive safely, but your inner person will be rattled in a memorable way.

But you must read this riveting dark story, before you can appreciate the light at the end. If you never experienced what it was like being on a cheerleading team, now’s your chance. When you read My Prison Without Bars, you’ll find yourself cheering for little 3-year-old Taylor Smith. And before the book ends, you’ll discover something very powerful about the human spirit.

While most typical 3-year-old girls were surrounded by the comforts of cookies and cuddly things, Taylor’s fragile body and spirit was cornered, coerced, conspired against, and cramped into a crucible containing a chaotic blend of mental, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Family dysfunction at its worst. Yes, a very real “prison without bars.” And no one offered her a key or a “get out of jail FREE card.” People around her looked right through her; Taylor was a non-person to them, good only for using and abusing.
What makes My Prison Without Bars such an outstanding story is the mismatch between the selfish greed and bullying thrust upon Taylor, and that innocent spark of self-worth hiding within her tiny human spirit. Evil and bad stuff are never a match. Resilience prevails.

If I were an administrator or teaching today at a college or university, My Prison Without Bars would be required reading, campus-wide. Remember, there are worthy books in addition to just the classics of old. Throughout Fulk’s book, she raises critical questions of who, what, where, how, when, and why that would stir enriching debate within every academic discipline or venue.

Why would I require MPWB for all disciplines? Because abuse, and bullying are systemic; it occurs in every setting: the privacy of homes, the neighborhood, the school, the workplace, the recreation place, and yes, even “houses of religion.” Denying it doesn’t make it go away. If we deny it, we are aiding and abetting the abuse.

Even during the darkest pages, as I continued to follow the traumatic journey of more than nine years of living Hell, Taylor Smith offered tidbits of humor to offset her pain and misery. As Taylor entered her school years, individuals and institutions continued to fail her. Each time she thought she’d found a friendship that would welcome her into normalcy, deception claimed the moment, and her struggle continued.

As a reader your emotions are going to be put through the wringer until you discover, along with Taylor, the power of self-worth. There’s no way to capture that in a summary sentence. You’ll have to experience it along with Taylor. Self-worth is always present but the challenge is to claim it, and that can be difficult when facing gigantic odds. But once claimed, there was no stopping Taylor Smith or Taylor Fulks.

So where are they today? I’m not exactly sure geographically, but I just know they are well above any “glass ceiling” in the area. Taylor Smith, the heroine, and Taylor Fulks, the author are real break-through women to be highly regarded and appreciated for claiming what was theirs all along, their self-worth. Oh, yes, they’ve got the bruises and dents to prove it, but those beautiful bashes and scrapes make them priceless, a real treasure of winning resilience.

Congratulations, Taylor Evan Fulks, for a riveting, inspiring, and enlightening book. I never imagined a little 3-year-old would become one of my super heroines, but then again, Jesus of long ago did indicate the value of little children. It’s sad that some modern-day humans haven’t caught up to that valuable truth.

Not many would open themselves to vulnerability by publishing such a sensitive topic as child sexual abuse. Only a seasoned, confident, break-through woman who is intimately familiar with the true meaning of vulnerable would do such a daring, heroic thing. More admiration for you and your Five-Star novel, Ms. Fulks.

You’re a Five-Star Author! My Prison Without Bars is a well-written captivating, memorable read, and an example of someone willing to reach out to the helpless, hopeless, and vulnerable. There’s always space on my reading shelf for your books, Ms. Fulks!

Five Stars and more for you telling little Taylor’s story of trauma and triumph!

(Taylor Fulks’s Author Page.)

Robyn Roze – Five-Star Author

It’s risky business reading an author for the first time. You don’t know whether you’re going to be entertained or bored, or somewhere in between. But that’s part of the excitement; not knowing, but still there’s that risk. After checking out Robyn Roze’s blog, social media sites, and reading the preview pages of her book, Keeper, I took the risk.

I’m delighted to say my “reading blind date” with Keeper by Robyn Roze turned out to be an exciting entertaining read with only one downside; Keeper kept me reading deep into the night. Lost sleep over this edgy book.

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Roze does a masterful job blending and balancing all those behind-the-scenes details that go into a novel. You know, things like setting, plot, character development, word choice and other details. The author knows the right combination to create a story world of entertainment. Even those sometimes controversial elements of intimacy between characters is handled with explicit balance, yet fully descriptive to keep the reader’s feelings on edge. For me, as a reader, that’s entertainment.

Five Stars for you Ms. Roze for Five-Star entertainment in Keeper. Soooo will I read Roze’s second book in the Trilogy? Is it possible to take one-third of a roller-coaster ride? I’m getting ready to download #2, Keep Her. Well done, Ms. Roze! I’ll catch up with you when the roller coaster stops. Whew!

You can catch up with Robyn Roze at her inviting  website.