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Book Review and Author Interview: Stars Over Clear Lake By Loretta Ellsworth

STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE A Novel By: Loretta Ellsworth Published: May 2, 2017 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Fiction/Historical Fiction Most of the WWII stories I read are set in Europe with a few set in the US, but usually on the coast. What grabbed my attention about this particular WWII novel was that it was…
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Book Reviews and Author Interview of Coach Ryan Sloth

IOWA STATE CYCLONES FOOTBALL A TO Z By: Coach Sloth Illustrated by: Adam Schartup Published: February 7, 2017 Publisher: Mascot Books Non-Fiction After seeing a book on Ohio State, Ryan Sloth contacted the publisher to see if they had any similar books about Iowa State. When they said no, he agreed to write one. Sloth’s…
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Book Review: Better Together By Kimberly Stuart

BETTER TOGETHER A Heidi Elliott Novel: Book #3 By: Kimberly Stuart Published: October 31, 2016 Publisher: Blom Books Fiction/Christian Fiction/Contemporary Romance I first learned about Kimberly Stuart several years ago from another blogger talking about Stuart’s blog and how funny and relatable she was. Stuart, who lives in Des Moines, wrote about motherhood and life…
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Book Review and Author Interview: Vengeance By Eric Prochaska

VENGEANCE By: Eric Prochaska Published: August 26, 2016 Publisher: Endeavour Press Fiction/Thriller Imagine finding out your brother died in an accident. You have to return to the place you swore you’d never go back to. Then, when you muster up the strength to face your family at the visitation you find out the accident the…
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Book Review and Interview: Prohibition in Eastern Iowa By Linda Betsinger McCann

PROHIBITION IN EASTERN IOWA By: Linda Betsinger McCann Published: June 2014 Publisher: The Iowan Books Non-Fiction When Linda McCann would visit cemeteries, she realized she had stories to share while telling her granddaughter about their ancestors. In her research, she realized her family was a descendant of the founder of Shellrock. No one in her…
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Book Review: Gracie’s Song By Michelle Schlicher

GRACIE’S SONG By: Michelle Schlicher Published: March 7, 2016 Publisher: Michelle Schlicher Fiction/Women’s Fiction I love finding out about Iowa authors and sharing their books with my readers. Michelle Schlicher lives near Des Moines and has written her second fiction novel which she says fits in the category of Contemporary Romance. I’d have to disagree…
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Book Review: Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

MISSING PIECES By: Heather Gudenkauf Published: February 2, 2016 Publisher: MIRA Fiction/Mystery/Suspense Heather Gudenkauf is an Iowa author and sets her mysteries in small towns across Iowa. In her newest mystery, Sarah and Jack return to Penny Gate, Iowa from their home in Colorado. Jack’s aunt, Julia, has had a fall and is now in…
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Book Review and Author Interview: Pants Optional By Carol L Steingreaber

PANTS OPTIONAL UNcoventional Tips for your Road Through Life and Motherhood By: Carol L. Steingreaber Published: February 29, 2016 Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers Non-Fiction/Memoir I hope you were able to honor your mom yesterday in some way, whether it was taking her out for a meal, a phone call, or remembering her by reliving some of…
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Book Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend By Katarina Bivald

THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND A Novel By: Katarina Bivald Published: January 19, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fiction Readers love to read books about books.This book is written by a booklover for booklovers.  Reading it will rekindle a love of reading, remind you of the community that books can create, and give you a whole…
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Book Review: Some Luck By Jane Smiley

SOME LUCK: A Novel Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga #1 By: Jane Smiley Published: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Knopf Fiction/Historical Fiction When I heard Jane Smiley had written a new book about an Iowa family covering several generations, I was anxious to read it.  I had read her book A THOUSAND ACRES years ago…
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