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God Only Knows by Xavier Knight

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Julia Turner, an ambitious educator in her mid-thirties, leaves a high-profile job in Chicago to return to Dayton, Ohio to serve as superintendent of Christian Light, the K-12 private school system from which she graduated two decades earlier. A single mother with an ugly divorce and a complex childhood in her rearview mirror, Julia views her mission as a chance to contribute to her hometown and conquer the demons from her past. But she never expects to confront the one sin she and her childhood friends agree to bury as teens-the accident that left Eddie Walker hospitalized and incapacitated.

Meanwhile, Detective Peter Whitlock, Eddie Walker’s older bother, is still determined to find the person(s) responsible for his brother’s condition. As an unrelated investigation leads to another woman who is involved in the accident, the responsible parties must decide whether they will keep their dark secrets, or tell the truth and let God decide the outcome. 

 

This book centers around a racially charged crime.  Four black girls (Julia, Toya, Cassie, and Teri) meet when they attend Christian Light School in Ohio.  They are truly the minority as the school consists of almost all white students.  One fateful night their lives change – one of them is attacked and with help they are able to fend off the attacker, debilitating him in the process.

Each of the girls has moved on, and more than two decades later has gained success in their lives.  But, the memory of what happened all those years ago continues to haunt them.  

Julia Turner is raising her niece, and after an ugly divorce and tarnished childhood she agrees to go back to Christian Light and act as superintendent.  This might be her one chance to prove that she has what it takes and put all of her demons behind her.  What she doesn’t count on is Police Detective Peter Whitlock, the brother of the boy who was debilitated years earlier, still investigating his brothers crime, determined to bring the people responsible to justice.

This was a very believable tale – I could see how four girls could bond over a terrible tragedy and agree to keep a secret that would haunt them for the rest of their lives.  I really enjoyed how the characters interacted and how the author wove the story between the past and present.  A very good read!

  

Xavier Knight, pseudonym for C. Kelly Robinson, is Essence bestselling author of NOT ALL DOGS, BETWEEN BROTHERS, NO MORE MR. NICE GUY, THE STRONG SILENT TYPE, and THE PERFECT BLEND. Xavier is currently in Dayton, Ohio with his wife Kyra, busy at work on his next novel.

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The Family Bones by Kimberly Raiser

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A New Home, A Loving Family, A Dark Secret 

 

Will they stay? Will they survive? The Weavers have inherited family property in Astral, Pennsylvania, a town so small that Mrs. Weaver can find no mention of it on the Internet, save for a tiny spot on Google Earth. Hoping for a simpler, small-town existence for their young family, Steven and Tara eagerly head to Astral to see what they hope will be their dream house. As they explore their potential new home, the Weavers begin to discover secret passageways, secret rooms, and long buried family truths; some difficult truths are revealed and no longer kept in the far reaches of the closet. There are reasons for everything, and sometimes the explanations are so simple. But sometimes, simple can also be horrifying.

With two little ones at home it is hard for me to fit time in for reading sometimes.  Sorry kids, but The Family Bones was a book I was literally unable to put down!

I have read a lot of books along these lines, horror and suspense being my favorite.  One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is that even though the events lead you to believe that some of this is not plausible, she somehow finds a way to make you believe that they could happen. 

This book is about the Weaver family.  After being willed an old farmhouse in Pennsylvania, they are looking forward to starting a life in a small town.  Upon exploring the house they find more than they bargained for: hidden rooms, secret passageways, and an encounter with a relative that they didn’t expect to be on the property.  

This is not your average suspense story.  The author has done a fabulous job of providing twists and turns that even the most seasoned suspense reader will delight in trying to figure out.  This is the first book by this author and I am anxious to read what else she has up her sleeve.  Great job! 

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Kimberly Raiser has led an interesting life so far. Her writings started with lots and lots of poetry. It wasn’t until Kimberly turned thirty that she decided to actually attempt to get published. Of course, it is rare that money can be made from being a published poet, and in order to write really thought provoking poetry her life needed to be in a general pit of despair, but along came this wonderful man who made her joyously happy! Low and behold, the fiction writer came out, and the poetry rested in the dusty pages of her past.Born and raised in New Jersey Kimberly always loved Science Fiction and Adventure. This would be real adventures, from firefighting to chasing down shoplifters, to up and moving to center city Philadelphia just for the experience!

 Now, residing in the Oldest City of our Nation, St. Augustine, Florida, Kimberly’s passion for adventure can be found on the pages of her prose turned stories. After a lengthy attempt at trying to finish the great novel she decided to focus on writing short stories to break into print.
 
After two years of gathering enough published short stories her collection of warped and witty thoughts are gathered together in “Stranded: Stories from the edge of infinity…”Kimberly has managed to drive both of her children and her loving husband insane with constant moments of, “Let me read this to you!”, or the all too famous, “Read this, it’s only a page!” Of course, her daughter always begs her to please read without doing the voices.
 
Kimberly did not have a third grade teacher by the name of Stephen King, but alas, here is something more exciting, her grandfather , Henry Kunicki (google it!) grew up with the famous physicist David Bohm  (Who worked with Albert Einstein, you’ve heard of him)!!! They used to fantasize about space travel together! This made for a family heavily influenced by Science Fiction!!! Now that is pretty cool.
 
The next book you will see on the shelves will be the Sci-Fi Thriller “The Family Bones”, Kimberly’s first full length novel. This is due to be released in October of 2008!!!
 
Also in the works is “Warped Factor of One” A collectin of really warped stuff!!! 
For more information about the book or the author please visit http://www.kimberlyraiser.vpweb.com
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