Blog Archives

Xlibris Book Review: A Bridge


Jump, hop, spin, dance

Fly, rope and teeter

The bright sun

Is the right one

Bringing warmth and light

Until the night

When we settle down

And try and make things right

Play the clown

Maybe fun around

And, live the life

Jump, hop, spin, dance

Bringing warmth and light

Frank Bloomer. A Bridge. Bloomington: Xlibris Book Publishing, ISBN 978-1-46536-476-0. 2011. E-Book.

Click here to order this book available at Xlibris Bookstore.


Xlibris Book Review: A Different View

David P. Gonzales. A Different View. Bloomington: Xlibris Publishing, ISBN 978-1-46534-354-3. 2011. Perfect Bound Softcover.

Book Teaser:

No Words

No words
No magic
No amount of hugs
Your loss is immense
It will take its toll
But you will find it
Inside you
A strength
To overcome
For your Mom is at peace
No strugles
No worries
In time d1ewill glow in your
Things will find their place
And happiness will fill
The grief you now
So hold on with both hands
For this journey will hurt


I Dream

I dream
A quiet dream
Not void ofsound
But void of a heartbeat
To enter is to trust

To trust is to chance
To chance is to leap
The leap could hurt

Maybe one day

Someone may have an
Heart and soul
With no hidden agenda
But with asoul
To meet

Click here to order this book available at Xlibris Bookstore.

       Writing A Book?
Call 1-888-795-4274 or email for your free consultation. Get Started today by requesting your Free Editing Guide

50 Golden Pieces – Xlibris Book Review

Child Of Mine

There’s a peaceful feeling,
Warm as the end of spring
That surges from my heart,
Gains every body part.

It caresses my soul
And slowly takes control
Of my heart sturdy pace
To make over my face.

It entertains my mind,
Shuts the whole world behind
Leaves me in ecstasy
With your face, my Chérie.

It gives me strength I need
And my libido feels,
Takes me for a joy ride;
The reaction I hide.

So you see the trace
Of a smile on my face
It’s because the Divine
By his grace made you mine.

JeanMichel. 50 Golden Pieces Bloomington: Xlibris Publishing, ISBN 978-1-42575-732-8. 2008. Casebound Hardcover.

Click here to order this book available at Xlibris Bookstore. For more information, check us out at

 Writing A Book?

          Call 1-888-795-4274 or email for your free consultation. Get Started today by requesting your Free Editing Guide.  


Xlibris Book Review: Beverly Hills Gothic

Paul Harris & Fawn Harris. Beverly Hills Gothic. Bloomington: Xlibris Publishing, ISBN 978-0-73884-173-1. 2007. Perfect Bound Softcover.



This historical psycho-thriller takes place in the second house built in the city of Beverly Hills, an exact duplication of a Renaissance castle, complete with dungeons and torture chambers.

Bella Marlowe, a glamorous heiress, who is also a serial murderer, whose penchant for decadence attracts real-life celebrities like: William Randolph Hearst, the Duke of Windsor, Presidents Taft, Harding, JFK, along with the actors, directors, and producers, who made movies; as history and fiction interpenetrate each other, in a social and cultural history of Beverly Hills and Hollywood, from 1912 to the early 1960’s.


Book Teaser:

Bella took a key out of her pocket. She unlocked the door and stepped aside as Ellen rushed past her, frantically looking for Annabelle. There were cries coming from a human-shaped cabinet against the wall. She ran over to it, and pulled open the door. The baby was propped up against the back of the cabinet. As Ellen bent down to pick her up, something sharp pierced her ear. Before her arms could reach for the child, she fell forward. She turned her head, and looked up at a smiling Bella. She tried to speak, but no sound came from her lips. Bella picked up the baby and walked outside the torture chamber. She carefully placed the infant on the rack table. She returned to Ellen, who was barely conscious. Bella pulled the long, jewelled hatpin out of the girls ear. She then put Ellen’s wrists through the silk ropes in the Iron Maiden. She turned a lever on the outside of the cabinet, which was attached to pulleys on the inside. Slowly, she raised her so that she was in an upright position in the cabinet. She pushed the lever into a lock position. She tied Ellen’s ankles with another set of silk ropes to hold her immobile. She arranged the girls clothes neatly, even smoothing the auburn hair in place. She noticed a ring on Ellen’s finger. She slipped it off and put it in her pocket. She then took her fine lace handkerchief and wiped a little smudge of dirt from Ellen’s cheek. She stepped back and looked at her efforts. Finally satisfied, she moved forward and kissed Ellen gently on the lips. She closed the door of the vertical coffin, and carefully locked it. Then, as was her habit, she ran her fingers slowly over the engraved metal decorations on the outside of the Iron Maiden. She pressed up against it and repeated her sensual undulating dance. When she was satisfied, she left La Chambre de Torture and got Annabelle. As she ascended the stone stairs, she carefully snuffed out each candle. Before she entered the Great Hall, she looked through a small peep hole in the panel. The huge room was deserted. She slid open the secret compartment and walked through the opening. It closed silently behind her. She went upstairs to the nursery suite using

the ornate elevator, rather than the stair case. She placed Annabelle, who was now sleeping, in her cradle. Making sure that no one was about, Bella went into Ellen’s room. It was neat and clean, and smelled of the violet scent that her victim always wore. In a few minutes, she had taken all of the young woman’s sparse belongings and thrown them into a pillow case. She checked all of the drawers and cupboards to ensure that no trace was left. She took both sheets off the girls narrow bed.

She carried the bundle downstairs back to the dungeons, pressed the stone in the floor, and threw all of Ellen’s worldly possessions
into the gaping deep hole that held Howard.

She returned to the torture chamber and unlocked the Iron Maiden. She put one of the sheets on the ground in front of it. She


released the pulleys, and Ellen’s bloody corpse fell forward. She then took the other sheet and carefully wiped all the blood off the
spikes on the inside of the Maiden. Humming a little tune, she worked diligently and efficiently. When she was satisfied with her efforts, she untied the crimson stained silk cords from the body and used them to secure the sheet around the dead girl. She dragged the grisly bundle to the hole in the floor and pushed it into the limestone pit.

Andrew was impatient to return home. Now, that he had finally decided to leave Bella, he wanted to expedite his plans. He wished he could have canceled his appearance tonight, but he had been invited to speak to a group of oil men about a new kind of drill that had been invented by a man named Hughes. Andrew’s company, Marloil, had been one of the first to test it in field trials. His expert evaluation was eagerly awaited by the others.

When he had Punished his report and answered several questions from the floor, he excused himself and left the meeting. He drove home as quickly as he could. He felt a small nagging worry about Ellen and although he could not have identified it as such subconsciously, he knew it was fear.

When he arrived home, the Mansion was dimly lit, and none of the servants were about. He climbed the stairs, two at a time. He opened the door and walked into the nursery. A small light made huge shadows of the cradle’s silhouette on the walls. All of the stuffed animals and the wooden rocking horse appeared as grotesque characters in a reflected shadowy line. There was someone seated in the rocking chair, moving back and forth, slowly, methodically. He walked over, eager to greet Ellen.

As he reached the chair, he blurted out, ‘Ellen, my darling girl!’ Suddenly, he realized it was not Ellen, but Bella, who was seated in the chair.

She stood up and faced him. Her pale eyes glittered in the dim light.

I’m so sorry, Andrew, that it’s not your darling girl, just your wife.”

“Where is Ellen?” he asked quietly.

Click here to order this book available at Xlibris Bookstore.

Xlibris Book Review: Aqua

Sandy N. Aqua. Bloomington: Xlibris Publishing, 2009. Casebound Hardcover.

Buy This Book


With a gasp she stopped mid-step. That was—no, what would he be doing there. He loves you! Why wouldn’t he be here? But I told him I didn’t love him. It’s really obvious that you love him, he’s not stupid! “Paolo?” she said as she turned around. “Who else?” he said. He was leaning against the wall behind her, a grin on his face. “What are you doing here?!” she demanded. “I just came to do this,” he walked toward her; the next thing Xiamari knew his tongue was in her mouth and hers was in his. Her mind was fogging up, all that mattered was that Paolo was with her. All that mattered was that he was kissing her and she was kissing him. – Who wouldn’t want to be Xiamari Valisari? She’s filthy rich, always get’s her way and on top of that she’s the Goddess of Water. Her life seems perfect, but money can’t buy happiness and magic can’t always make problems disappear. As Xiamari struggles to decipher her feelings for her best friend, a mysterious boy arrives to turn her world upside down. Things are no longer as they seem and suddenly Xiamari finds herself in a dangerous trap. As bad as things sound it’s hard to fear for your life while someone is kissing you.

Original Article via Xlibris UK Bookstore