Book Review; Without Proof by Janet Sketchley.

I recently bought Janet Sketchley’s novel Without Proof at the Write Canada conference in June. [see links below]

Without Proof

I have to say, this book kept me awake late because I couldn’t put it down.

NB; Without Proof is Book 3 in Janet Sketchley’s Redemption’s Edge Series. I have not read the first two, but hope to do so soon.

Two years after her fiance was killed in a plane crash, Amy Silver is interviewed by a reporter who suggests the plane crash was not an accident. Amy doesn’t want to believe sabotage was involved but evidence begins to stack up. She starts getting mysterious texts on her phone. Meanwhile Amy struggles with forgiveness of her father for how she came to be. And she struggles with attraction to Michael Stratton, her dead fiance’s best friend. Michael Stratton is a fairly successful artist who runs a gallery. Michael, his Aunt Bay, and Amy all live in an apartment over the gallery.  Amy works as Michael’s personal assistant.

Michael doesn’t seem to see Amy as anything other than his dead friend’s fiance. He appears impervious to Amy as a person who might be a romantic interest. However, he is very protective of Amy, making her feel smothered, caged. And since he’s protecting her ostensibly for her fiance…what’s the point?

Enter good looking, flirtatious Ross, who does appear to find Amy attractive in her own right. Micheal doesn’t like Ross at all, yet he shows no romantic interest in Amy, yet he doesn’t like her going out with Ross. He’s being a dog-in-a-manger.

Without Proof  is a sweet, clean, inspirational [Christian] read, with romance, suspense, and some quirky characters, like Aunt Bay. It takes place in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, a beautiful setting, which is revealed more through Michael’s paintings than the narrative.

Peggys Cove Nova Scotia Lighthouse

Peggy’s Cove. Photo courtesy of 

Without Proof  was a finalist for the Write Canada Word Award; Suspense Category.

I’d love to hear your comments. Have you read Without Proof?





























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Random Thoughts; From Family to Mobius Strips

I missed posting last week because I came home from the Write Canada conference and crashed for a week. I actually did little but sleep the first two days back, and only did a few basic activities of daily living [nurse-speak for things like, getting dressed, brushing teeth, showering, eating] for the rest of the week.

Today I am just enjoying the family time that my son, Stef, his wife, J, and my two teenage grandsons are having. I remember when my kids were growing up we decreed Sundays as family days and we’d hang out and just have conversations. Our kids discussed things like calculus just for fun. [We had a rule of No Screens. Stef and J. have the same rule for Sundays]. Conversations without Facebook, or texting, etc. Imagine that.

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Today we got onto the subject of Mathematical quirks, what my son calls Mathemagical. for instance, the Mobius strip. A Klein bottle.

Stef created a simple Mobius strip by taking a rectangular piece of paper, giving it a half twist, then taping it closed into a loop, as illustrated.

What’s a Mobius strip?

A Möbius strip made with a piece of paper and tape. If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed the entire length of the strip (on both sides of the original paper) without ever crossing an edge.

However, according to Wikipedia,

…the Möbius strip is not a surface of only one exact size and shape, such as the half-twisted paper strip depicted in the illustration. Rather, mathematicians refer to the closed Möbius band as any surface that is homeomorphic to this strip. Its boundary is a simple closed curve, i.e., homeomorphic to a circle. This allows for a very wide variety of geometric versions of the Möbius band as surfaces each having a definite size and shape. For example, any rectangle can be glued to itself (by identifying one edge with the opposite edge after a reversal of orientation) to make a Möbius band. Some of these can be smoothly modeled in Euclidean space, and others cannot.

Don’t worry, I didn’t understand it either. Wikipedia goes on to tell us a whole lot more about Mobius strips, and their first cousins, Klein bottles, but I’ll spare you the details. For me this is just another way God dazzles us with the complexity and amazingness [my own made up word, just call me Shakespeare] of His creation. Not Himself, but His created stuff, stuff He made. How much more complex and amazing must the Creator be? For me, there are no words.

One of the wonderful things we have in our creation is relationships…family. Almost everything living in this world, and some things not living [like mathematics] has relationships. And that tells us something about God too.

Beauty. Complexity. Relationship. And, yes, Romance. God is a romantic. Butterflies. Birds. Sunsets. roses with their wonderful fragrance.

Those are my random thoughts for today.

Congratulations to Diane who has won a romantic suspense book. I said it would be a Harlequin romantic suspense, banking on receiving some free books at the conference, but of course, since I promised that I didn’t get any. However I received a book called Blackwater Crossing by David Griffith. I have not read it. I hope it turns out to be a good prize, Diane, and I’m hoping I can borrow it back when you’ve read it so I can read it.

I would love to hear your random thoughts on Family days, Mobius strips and any other things we touched on here, especially things that showcase God’s amazingness.

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Book Review; No Other Will Do, by Karen Witemeyer

I have been a big fan of Karen Witemeyer’s [see link below] books for years. With her most recent book, No Other Will Do, Karen hits it out of the park again.

First of all I love the cover.

No Other Will Do

The clothing the heroine, Emma Chandler, wears on the cover is historically correct. That’s important to me.

No Other Will Do, has a lot of things I love. First of all it’s an Inspirational Romance, a sweet read. It’s set in the American West in 1894, in Texas to be precise. The plot moves quickly but not too fast, and there are interesting people and relationships apart from Emma’s and her Romantic Interest. Both Emma and Malachi [our hero] go through a difficult journey towards deeper faith and trust in God.

Karen starts with a prologue in 1882. It’s really important to read the prologue…it totally sets the background for the story and it’s a grabber in itself. Chapter 1 jumps to 1894 and Karen sets new hooks to reel us in.  There is a “Bad Guy” in this story as well as our heroine, Emma, and our hero, Malachi [I have a grandson named Malachi, a connection]. Malachi [our hero, not my grandson] is a guy who blows things up for a living [but he’s not the bad guy]. [Actually I’m sure my grandson would love to blow things up too]

Mal is a great hero. He’s strong, sometimes silent, but other times talking about his feelings. He is sensitive. He made me sigh [maybe because he reminds me of my own Dear Hubby].

When Malachi and Emma have to join forces against the Bad Guy things get explosive in the story; in the plot and in Emma’s and Mal’s feelings about each other, the growing attraction, feelings of love, though of course, each has reasons why their love would never work.

And that’s all I’m going to say. A great novel. It’ll keep you turning pages.

Link to No Other Will Do

See here for Karen Witemeyer‘s books.

Note; I did not receive any free books or any compensation for this review.

I’d love to hear feedback. Have any of you read Karen Witemeyer’s books? Comment below.


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My Elevator Pitch for My Novel “Love In The Storm”

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it…. I am going to the Write Canada 2016 conference the 23 to 25 of June. I love these conferences.  “Write Canada [see below for links] is Canada’s largest writers’ conference for Christians. Join authors, journalists, columnists, bloggers, and poets from across Canada and hone your craft at this three-day conference.” Don’t let this description scare you. The first time I went was in 2008 and I was not only an unpublished writer I knew nothing about the craft of writing nor the “industry.”

At W!C there is something for every kind of writer, especially Christian writers.

So what I wanted to do here is give you a chance to give me feedback on my Elevator Pitch. An Elevator Pitch is a very short little speech [ie what you could say in an elevator as it travels between a few floors] telling about one’s novel [or whatever one is working on, called one’s Work In Progress aka WIP] So here’s my EP.

“My Novel, Love In The Storm is a 55,000 word inspirational [ie Christian] romance novel dealing with the difficult subject of suicide. It is the kind of story that readers of Harlequin’s Love Inspired line would really enjoy; a sweet read with a spiritual message of learning to trust God and love. The first three chapters of this novel was Runner Up in the In The Beginning contest sponsored by The Word Guild.”

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If my listener asks to know more about it I can then give a slightly longer speech about it.

“Melissa Barber braves a violent thunderstorm to rescue a stray dog and pups. She enlists the help of Dr Matthew Emerson, the new veterinarian in town. Matt feels the dog is too severely injured to treat and suggests putting it down, but Melissa is determined to try to save her.

Melissa and Matt join forces to save the dog and care for the puppies. The sparks fly between them; sparks of conflict and sparks of attraction. Love begins to grow between them. But both of them have been wounded in the past by romance. Each is determined to never let it happen again.  Throw a thirteen year old runaway and a stolen puppy into the mix and you have a story with a few unexpected twists. Can Melissa and Matt learn to trust and love again?”

I would love it if my readers give me some feedback on this EP. I’ve had some critique already so I’ll ask a couple of questions.

Does this “hook” you, make you want to know more?

Do you think it is too confusing that both Matt’s and Melissa’s names start with ‘M’? If so, any suggestions for an alternate name for Melissa? [I don’t want to change Matt’s name for specific reasons].

My idea of Melissa; Rachel McAdams plus other brown-haired green-eyed women…a composite

My idea for Dr Matthew Emerson, Ben Affleck plus others to make a composite. I gave Matt dark green eyes 

I look forward to hearing from you, my blog readers. If I choose your suggestion for an alternate name for Melissa [or if many of you suggest keeping Melissa’s name then I will have a draw] I will give you a free copy of a Harlequin Love Inspired or Love Inspired Suspense, or Love Inspired Historical. I will announce the winner after the Write Canada Conference…not sure how long afterwards. I usually need a week or so to recover since it’s intense.


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Book Review; A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

A little while back I just missed getting a Sarah Sundin book for free [or cheap, I can’t remember the details] because I didn’t check my emails and my Book Bub deals. some of these deals last only 24 hours. However, the fact that the deal was there made me interested in Sarah Sundin’s novels. I had not heard of her or her novels before. I checked out what was available and chose A Distant Melody, since it was only $6.29 CDN, vs $8 to $12 for some of her other titles. Since reading A Distant Melody I want to try some of her other titles.


A Distant Melody is a WWII story of romance and learning to overcome personal issues and obstacles. Our heroine, Allie [her name is a short form of a word to do with music…read the book to find out. Sarah’s musical motif is really cute as well as beautiful], has not only never measured up to her parents’ expectations, she has been criticized and put down by them all her life. She doesn’t think any man could love her. Walter Novak is full of courage as a bomber pilot but very nervous about romance. Their friendship grows despite these and other obstacles but then disaster strikes them both. Can they recover and find the courage to face their fears and admit their love for one another?

Sarah captures the realities of the War in the USA and Britain. I really enjoyed this book and will be purchasing the next one in the series [when my book budget allows]. This is a sweet but gripping read from start to finish. Don’t start it late in the evening…you’ll stay up all night.

This story is not only romantic and inspirational [Christian] it is realistic for it’s era. It took me back to my childhood as a Boomer who was born eight years after the war ended and listened to my parents’ stories of the war when they were children.

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