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Review – Pinnacle Lust by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre

Pinnacle-Lust-Michelle-Dim-St-Pierre-webIn a Tel-Aviv hospital during Operation Desert Storm, Sharon Lapidot, a beautiful young nurse, is having an affair with a married doctor. Sharon’s colorful and exciting life is ultimately destroyed by powerful and eroding mistakes. But her courage and wisdom lead her to an unregretful commitment. Vividly told, this compelling journey of love and lust, honor and betrayal, loss and redemption, will move you — and perhaps even change you.

 

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Review:

Reading Pinnacle Lust was a pleasant surprise. It followed a theme I was familiar with (medicine and romance) while introducing me to a country I’ve always wondered about, but never traveled.

Michelle does a wonderful job sharing the beauty of her homeland, while sharing Sharon and Dr. Sloan’s torrid love story. The author brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of falling in love with a married man; the lust, the lies, the betrayal – the heat. The complications that can make or destroy your life. This steamy love story will keep you breathless and begging for more.

I have to admit that I especially enjoyed the cultural undertones within the story. It’s not often that we have access to a such a sultry story that also provides the reader with the opportunity to embrace the differences of romance and relationships in different cultures.

I give this book  5 stars!


                                                        About the Author:

Michelle-Dim-St-Pierre-AuthorMichelle Dim-St. Pierre was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she spent more than half of her life before relocating to the United States.

She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she spent her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart.

After graduating from nursing school with a BS in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, she practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU–along with many other duties.

Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Recently she left nursing and became a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience, is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, starts the Pinnacle trilogy. She is also currently creating a cookbook inspired by the Pinnacle trilogy featuring dishes mentioned in the books.

Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes.

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The Monogamy Mystery: Natural/Unnatural? by Bishop John Cline

The Monogamy Mystery is a thought-provoking advanced discussion which addresses the issue of monogamy. It addresses the important questions as to whether monogamy is natural or unnatural and whether a monogamous existence can truly be achieved by mankind. It studies monogamy from a biblical, sociological, biological and spiritual perspective and arrives at a most logical conclusion. Infidelity has been a destructive force to the institution of marriage. Hence, it is important for each of us to understand the root of infidelity and learn how to conquer it in order to enjoy more fulfilling lives. Many husbands and wives find themselves in the middle of extra-marital affairs, not because they want to destroy their marriages, not because they do not love their spouses, and not because they are inherently evil or bad-intentioned. My total life experiences have brought me to a place where I have formed the view that it has become urgent to unearth some necessary truths and understanding in an effort to stop, correct, and guide future generations of persons who opt for committed relationships in their ultimate pursuit of happiness. The Monogamy Mystery is the ultimate relationship companion on the real causes of infidelity in interpersonal relationships.

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REVIEW

In this day and age, there is a lot of discussion of monogamy. Most of the people I know do not believe it is possible. It seems that almost every single person I know has either cheated or been cheated on. When I picked up this book, I was very interested to see what I could learn. Having been raised in a religious family, I always believed and hoped that I would live and prosper within a monogamous marriage. However, I have since learned that I seem to be a novelty – I had an ex that wanted to share me with others; and I had another who used the Internet as means to hook up with others, all oblivious to me. This left me jaded, wondering if I should be changing my belief systems.

After reading this book, I found it refreshing to find documentation that supported my beliefs and reaffirm that monogamy is possible within a relationship. It also contains valuable information on how to obtain, encourage and sustain a monogamous relationship. This book is a must read by anyone who is questioning the value of fidelity in their relationship, or has engaged in a debate on if monogamy is natural.


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Out of the Depths of My Soul by Amy-Lee Moffatt

On my knees, to the heavens I desperately cried. 
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“Out of the depths I cry to you oh Lord; oh Lord hear my voice. Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If You, oh Lord, kept a record of sins, Oh Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in His word I put my hope.” 
Psalm 130: 1-6 (NIV) 
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As a domestic violence survivor, I am humbled by the stories I see on the news. My heart breaks for those living in violence, and I can empathize with those who’ve escaped. Out of the Depths of My Soul is the journey I walked for many years. Though I could never see, I could always hear His whisper, 
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“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” 
Psalm 30:5 (NIV) 
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Otterburne author releases poetry collection

By Marianne Curtis

Otterburne author Amy-Lee Moffatt shares the path of domestic violence, she walked for many years in “Out of the Depths of My Soul.”

As a domestic violence survivor, Moffatt is humbled by the stories she sees on the news. Her heart breaks for those living in violence, and she can empathize with those who’ve escaped. The book is her testament for the things that she experienced herself. Moffat, opens her heart and shares pieces of herself written from as far back as when she was fourteen.

“I had very little information about the dangers of the world and ended up in some pretty bad situations – I lived on the streets for a time (when I couldn’t couch surf at a friends) until one day I found out I was pregnant and the guy I was with ended up in jail,” Moffat explains. She admits trying to leave, but instead ended up living with a man who terrorised her daily, until she was finally able to escape. Her second marriage was not much better.

“When these things in my life were happening, I would write – it was my escape, my coping mechanism if you will – to deal with all the pain that I had no idea how to get away from,” Moffat continued. “My now husband encouraged me to put them all together and send them in to a publisher; as I am a Christian I wanted a Christian publisher which we found at Tate Publishing.”

Moffatt is a young teenage mother, who struggled to reach her goals. But with the support of an elite few, she was able to raise her children, obtain her Social Work Diploma, walk through two violent relationships, and meet the adoring husband she now lives within Manitoba, with their three children. She splits her time between her passion for writing and running a successful business with her husband and children. Her goals do not end here, and with God’s grace, mountains will continue to be moved.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

**As printed in the May issue of the Dawson Trail Dispatch

Wilderness Wanderings by Allan P. Bayne

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I invite you to wander with me on a virtual adventure in the wilderness. Discover the many delights of nature and how they reflect God’s truth. Come travel with me on all 40 excursions. You can take it a day or a week at a time. Your experience can be as close as your armchair and as vivid as your thoughts. Come and wander in the virtual wilderness through these devotions, and linger with the Lord. Come apply some spiritual salve to your soul.

Al Bayne, a pastor from St. Pierre and former teacher in Otterburne has released an exciting new e-book which invites readers to participate in an virtual wilderness adventure while connecting with God.

Bayne, a preacher and teacher, was inspired by his love for wilderness canoeing and the Word of God when he created an eye-catching devotional called Wilderness Wanderings – 40 Nature Devotions.

Produced only as an e-book, Bayne invites the reader to wander through forty virtual adventures in the wilderness.

“I invite readers to wander with me on a virtual adventure in the wilderness and discover the many delights of nature and how they reflect God’s truth,” stated Bayne. “You can take it a day or a week at a time. Your experience can be as close as your armchair and as vivid as your thoughts.”

Bayne has taken his experience as a wilderness guide, a teacher of wilderness leadership at Providence College and a Pastor to create this series.  His first book “Bugs, Sweat, and Fears” (A Beginner’s Guide to Wilderness Canoe Camping) was published in 1999.  He is half-way through a third book called Out of the Wilderness – 30 Power Devotions.

Bayne lives with his wife Barbara in St. Pierre.

The e-book is only $2.99 and is available at:  https://thesnippetapp.com/web/writers/albayne

 

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St. Pierre resident and pastor Al Bayne shows off a copy of his new e-book called Wilderness Wanderings – 40 Nature Devotions.

 

 

 

**As published in the April issue of the Dawson Trail Dispatch 

A Discreet Betrayal – by Marianne Curtis

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A Discreet Betrayal is a cautionary modern day love story.

Single magazine journalist, Emma joins an on-line dating community after failing to find a suitable partner in the “real world”. There she meets Stephan and the pair hit it off immediately. As the couple make plans for the future, an anonymous email changes the entire relationship. Putting her stellar investigative skills to work, Emma discovers the man of her dreams is living a double life and nothing was as it seems.

With the help of her fellow dating site companions, Emma deals with her lovers shocking betrayal and realizes love was right beside her, she was just looking in the wrong direction.

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Marianne Curtis

For eighteen years, Marianne Curtis has been the head writer for the Dawson Trail Dispatch.  During that time, she has published more than 7,000 articles in the monthly paper.   Her début memoir Finding Gloria was her way of healing from the past she details, and finding peace with her life.  It has crawled to the #1 spot on several Amazon best sellers lists since it came out in 2012. Originally intended to be an outlet for her own healing, Curtis has been surprised and touched at the stories she hears from readers and the way that her story has helped them to share theirs. As a result, she was nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2013.

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The Assassin’s Mark by David Ebsworth

The Assassin's MarkA Christie-esque thriller set on a battlefield tour bus towards the end of the Spanish Civil War.

September 1938. Spain’s Civil War has been raging for two years, the outcome still in the balance. But rebel General Franco is so confident of winning that he has opened up battlefield tourism along the country’s north coast.

Jack Telford, a left-wing reporter, finds himself with an eccentric group of tourists on one of the War Route’s yellow Chrysler buses. Driven by his passion for peace, Telford attempts to uncover the hidden truths beneath the conflict.

But Jack must contend first with his own gullibility, the tragic death of a fellow passenger, capture by Republican guerrilleros, a final showdown at Spain’s most holy shrine and the possibility that he has been badly betrayed. Betrayed and in serious danger.

This book was the first one for me to review this year. I was thrilled when the author asked me to read his story and I am glad that I agreed!

From opening the first page, I walked through the door into a world  I knew nothing about; or rather it has been years since I’d thought about – the Spanish War. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember anything from school about this particular event. Yet thanks to the author, I felt like I was there. I found myself googling titbits to get more information because I wanted to know more (and this is great!) I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat,  I took my e-reader to places it shouldn’t have been – thanks to this story. It was hard to put down!

The Assassin’s Mark a well written read that included a healthy dose of mystery, intrigue, mystery, suspense and sex. As a reporter, it was extra special to be able to connect with the lead character Jack Telford.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a great mystery set during a part of history that very few people know or talk about. Cudos to the author for wetting my appetite and making me want to know more.

Messenger Between Worlds by Kristy Robinett

Since the age of three, spirits have come to me in the dead of night, telling me of their woes. Kristy Robinett shares the dramatic, touching, and terrifying moments from her extraordinary life as a psychic medium.

This captivating, powerful memoir is filled with unforgettable scenes: spot-on predictions, countless spirit visits at home and school, menacing paranormal activity, rescue from abduction thanks to her loving grandfather in spirit, and Kristy’s first meeting with two spirit guides who become her constant allies. Follow her emotional journey though a difficult childhood, stormy marriages, conflict with faith, job loss, and illness—and the hard-won lessons that opened her heart to true love and acceptance of her unique gift.

Ending: A Novel by Hilma Wolitzer

Hilma Wolitzer’s acclaimed first novel—a powerful portrait of a family coming to terms with grief
At night, Sandy feels the pain of separation most deeply. As she settles into bed, she misses the sounds Jay used to make as he emptied his pockets and undressed. She misses the way a playful nighttime conversation could become significant in an instant. She misses his touch. To fall asleep, she imagines Jay’s voice, imagines their loving exchanges—but she cannot imagine lying in his arms.
Jay is in the hospital now, his body wasting away from cancer. As the disease progresses, he and Sandy try to come to terms with the fact that he will never come home again—and that his children will soon lose their father forever. Poignant and raw, Ending is a finely rendered look at love, loss, and survival.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hilma Wolitzer, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

This book is listed as a novel, but I can’t help wonder how much is based on reality. I find it hard to believe that the author was able to bring the reader into the experience without having experienced it herself in real life.

Having worked in a personal care home at one point, I have watched families deal with palliative care and watching their loved ones die. I cannot imagine the pain of having to leave a suffering family member behind for weeks on end while attempting to carry on one’s life as if nothing is wrong. The author did an amazing job putting the reader in the position where they can experience of dealing with the realities a dying partner, especially when there are children involved.

While every grieves differently, grief in itself is the same for everyone and the author gets that message across very clearly in this compassionate love story.

The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

After more than twenty years of marriage, Chloe Sinclair comes home one night to find that her husband, Nate, is gone. All he has left behind is a cryptic note explaining that he’s returned to their childhood town of Redbridge, California—a place Chloe never wants to see again.

Tending to their small bookstore while trying to reach Nate, Chloe stumbles upon a notebook tucked inside his antique copy of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Written in a code that Nate and his sisters created as kids, the pages contain long-buried secrets from her and Nate’s past, and clues to why he went back to Redbridge after all these years. As Chloe struggles to decipher the notebook’s hidden messages, she revisits the seminal moments of their youth: the day she met the enigmatic Sinclair children, their increasingly dangerous games a magical escape from their troubled childhoods; the first time Nate kissed her, camped out on the beach like Robinson Crusoe; the elaborate plan she and Nate devised, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, to break away from from his oppressive father, and how the thwarted attempt upended their lives forever. As the reason for Nate’s absence comes to light, the truth will shatter everything Chloe knows—about her husband, his family, and herself.

There are so many things about this book that I enjoyed; I loved the puzzle that Chloe had to find; piece by piece; as she sorted through her past. It was very sad, how this family’s life was controlled by the father; there too, I could relate as my own mother was deeply religious and used it in a similar fashion. Based on my own abusive past, I actually found myself questioning the depths of my own mother’s insanity based on some of the story within this book!

In short, it may have been hard to read at times (because I could relate) but at the same time, it is a very well written story that keeps you turning page after page as you breathlessly work your way to finding out the truth, along with Chloe.

Just what kind of mother are you? by Paula Daly

A searing and sinister thriller for readers who liked Gone Girl.

What if your best friend’s child disappears? And it was all your fault.

A searing and sinister thriller for readers who liked Gone Girl.What if your best friend’s child disappears? And it was all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December in the English Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. Because, not only is thirteen-year-old Lucinda missing, and not only is it all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to disappear within this small tightknit community over two weeks. The first girl turned up stripped bare, dumped on a busy high street, after suffering from a terrifying ordeal.

Wracked with guilt over her mistake and after being publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda’s disappearance, Lisa learns that the small, posh, quiet town she lives in isn’t what she thought it was, and her friends may not be who they appear, either.

 

What a heartbreaking story! Written as fiction, I could totally see this being a sordid news story that reporters would want to sink their teeth into. The levels of betrayal and heartbreak are vividly portrayed in this story and I was left gasping at several points as the plot made some surprising turns. Who would have ever thought that the mother was behind the entire appearance and did not care how she destroyed her best friend. Such sickening deception, but unfortunately is also something that some people think they will actually get away with. It makes one ask the question, how far would you go and who’s lives would you destroy to selfishly get what you want?