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    Finding Travis (No Time for Travis Series Book 1)
Time Travel
328 pages

Very much enjoyed this ... The action is realistic and well-told. Travis is a likeable guy, and his striker (helper/servant) Riley is one of my new favorite fictional characters. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment in this new series!—Leland Dirks, author of Rainbow's Edge

I just loved this story so much, I'm going to reread it again. Not many books have me feeling this good about a character. —Zane Dick

What did I like? Being a person that would love to make this same trip, what can I say, I loved every single word, start to finish and could not put it down. The main character, Travis, was perfect. I loved his confusion, uncertainty, earnestness in succeeding, anger and all of the other fun things about him. His sidekick, Riley, was just the right touch. He kept the whole thing so fun. Loved that guy.--DD Gott

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Sonnets for Heidi

Discovering the enduring cruelty of historic decisions is but one of the many facets of this beautifully illustrative tale of loss, dementia, family dynamics, love and loyalty that makes compelling reading right to the end.—Ian Mathie, author of The African Memoir Series

 An emotional story of family secrets written with love, compassion, depth, and confidence.—Laurie Boris, author of A Sudden Gust of Gravity

 Sonnets for Heidi is a heartfelt tale in which what-might-have-been becomes a way forward.—Lynne Cantwell, author of The Pipe Woman Chronicles

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    Burning Through

I finished this book fast. It was an engaging read, and I found myself thinking about it, the main character Jen, and her relationship with the ghosts. For me, this is a benchmark of a very well-written book. If I am trying to carve out time to read something it is good.
The story opens with Jen and her jerk of a husband moving into an old home in a small town. An old woman appears in the house just as a fire starts on the stove. Does the ghost want them to leave? Perhaps not. Jen is curious and works to get to the bottom of the mysterious fires that occur with increasing frequency. The fire captain has more than one fire to deal with — the house fires and the physical one burning for an unhappily married Jen. I liked Jen a lot, and wished that there was a way for the story to continue. Maybe she could be a ghost hunter? In any case, I strongly recommend this book. You will enjoy it immensely. —L. A. Lewandowski, author

This book crosses many genres as it twists and turns through the workings of love, romance, suspense and what we view as right and wrong in this sometimes patriarchal society. Great for anyone liking mystery, romance and empowering reading, there is an underlying feel-good flow to it. A read you won't want to put down until it ends and then the feeling like a good friend just left the room. —B.G.

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    Stone's Ghost

This  is  that  rare  ghost  story  that  avoids  all the pratfalls  and  clichés  of  the  usual  spectral  and paranormal tale. Melissa Bowersock has intertwined two stories seamlessly - one a modern tale of a man taking responsibility for himself amid the shades of his own past, and the  other  the  story  of  a  young woman from a bygone era looking for release and redemption. You will keep turning the pages on this finely-crafted tale! —Rich Meyer, author

 I would have said I've seen just about every possible twist on a ghost story...but then I read Melissa Bowersock's Stone’s Ghost. She takes a fresh approach to this ancient genre that makes it as current as today's news. Janie, the ghost, is such a real character that you will want to drive to Arizona to meet her. Melissa's other characters are equally well fleshed out; you will come to know them as well as you know some of your own friends, and you will feel for them in a way readers should in a truly captivating novel such as this one. Janie's presence among them raises questions that will keep you guessing until the very last page.—Bill Hiatt, author

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The Appaloosa Connection

"Here is a fast-moving adventure, not only filled with many heart-pulsing moments of plausible action but a fascinating gallery of fully-rounded and highly engaging characters. Ross Garvey is the young Colorado rancher hero, whose prize Appaloosa is stolen; Jaimie Callahan, the spirited fifteen-year-old heroine, who insists on accompanying him to hunt down the thieves; Ash Kennedy (who is seeking revenge) and his young accomplice, Sonny Wilke, the villains. (I give nothing away here. The identities of the thieves are revealed on page 13). The author not only knows her Old West terrain as intimately as the lines on her hand, but she can describe the country with such an engrossing relish of fascinating details, that the rough-hewn border land that Mexico didn't want becomes as three-dimensional as the memorable principals themselves. At first the plot seems to be moving in a fast but pretty straightforward manner, but author Melissa Bowersock has plenty of surprises in store as the plot twists and turns towards its unexpected but satisfying conclusion." --JR 

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    The Blue Crystal

"I enjoyed the journey in The Blue Crystal through a fascinating world filled with magic and crystals. She created a world you were sad to leave at the end of the story. It's a good and evil story, but the characters like Jared and Igli, the whining halfling, make it more than a fairy tale story." --RT
 
"The Blue Crystal is a fine fantasy tale full of terror, thrills and wisdom necessary to complete the quest of a hero who is willing to face death in order that freedom will prevail over the darkest evil schemes of a greedy, cruel tyrant!"  --Viviane Crystal

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    Goddess Rising

"One of the most amazing books on the energy of the Goddess I have every read. From page one to the end of the work, Melissa holds the reader always asking her to enter the mystery and the passion of discovery of self. Will read this again as the moments of needing assurance happen often to us in our human form." --TB
 
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Hero's Journey was evident throughout the book from the initial refusal of the call to the facing of enemies, discovering our allies, the return with the treasure, and the final difficulty of living in two worlds. Joseph Campbell would be proud! The crafting of Greer's act of surrender, of being true to one's purpose in life, regardless of personal desires and outcome, exemplified the struggle we each go through in order to be true to ourselves and our Soul Path. Brava!" --CA
 
"From the very first page, the story was interesting, absorbing and different. There was no way to predict where the story would go as each chapter revealed a new layer, ever expanding the story and its message. The characters were beautifully and deeply introduced and I felt a strong bond with each of them. I immensely enjoyed this read. I will read it again and again over the months and years to come." --BP
 
"Melissa Bowersock's Goddess Rising speaks to the belly of your belief systems. It gives the reader a look at how it all may have started in a story format that you simply cannot put
down!" --SW
 
"It is rare to encounter a book that can have a lasting impact as Goddess Rising. This story will definitely expand your view of life. Read it once and read it again after a few months. You will notice new insights each and every time you read Greer's story." --JH
 
"I've never read a book like it. It's fantastic." --C
 
"I could not put it down. It touched chords within and got me thinking about many things. I didn't expect so much! Even if it hadn't augmented my personal journey, I'd enjoy it for the action, detailed geology, the challenges, (s)heroism, the inclusive cast of characters, and the respectful handling of life in general. Have a sit, read Goddess Rising, those who do are again blessed." --LB

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    Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan

"This is the true story of a nurse, Marcia Gates, during World War II and her experiences during the battle of Bataan and three years as a prisoner of war. But it is more than that because this story also relates how the families at home were feeling--frustrated and concerned about their lack of information about Marcia and her safety.
This book is easy to read and many will find it difficult to put down as one wants to know--does Marcia make it home? The format is also augmented by actual letters written by Marcia, other nurses and from family members to Marcia. It may be difficult for some who are so used to the modern e-mail system to even imagine the problems of letters not arriving home for months and how that effected the family who used every resource they could to get any information they could of their daughter.  The author uses these letters to carefully weave a true account of what was happening on both sides of the world.
I found the story exciting, surprised by some of the descriptions of conditions and wondered why I hadn't heard this story before. The author has brought out one of the untold stories of World War II--about a nurse. I believe this book will have wide appeal to many audiences including: medical personnel, historians, veterans and anyone interested in good story with a happy ending."--Edward Kelly, Military Writers Society of America
 
"I couldn't put it down. Nurse Gates' amazing valor and her mother's drive reminds us to never forget the human dimension of combat. A reminder indeed that loved ones suffer as much at home as those on the battlefields. Inspirational. A quick read and well worth the time." --SRB
 
"As a person who occasionally has difficulty finishing some books, this reader found herself drawn into Marcia's story from the very start. Melissa has allowed Marcia's compelling story to unfold so well, the reader will sense the tension and anxiety Marcia's mother must have been feeling back in the states as she awaited some word, some confirmation about her daughter's welfare. Melissa's inclusion of actual letters and articles brings the reader even closer to the participants.
It is an amazing and well told true story about an independent, strong woman, faithfully performing her duties as a nurse under incredibly difficult, stressful conditions. Don't miss this one!" --LG
 
"Enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I  found the story fascinating. I was unaware of these "Angels" and getting the opportunity to read Marcia's story was a real treat. I think Melissa is a excellent story teller, really look forward to more books with this type of story from her. I would highly recommend this book, easy read, page turner." -- EL

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    The Pits of Passion by Amber Flame

"Four Roses! When I saw that The Pits of Passion is described as a historical romance satire by the publisher I was not sure as to what to expect. Of course, shortly after the first few pages I was laughing so loud that I had to explain to my husband what it was that had me so amused. Even though this is the first romance satire I have ever read, I strongly believe that Ms. Amber Flame did a wonderful job. This was truly an enjoyable story that I intend to read again. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, this one is certainly for you. Make sure that you read it with an open mind because it simply is outrageous and on the sensual side of the scale." --A Romance Review
 
"The Pits of Passion is described as a historical romance satire. It has a little bit of everything in it. If there is a situation that you ever wanted to see in a novel, this one has it. It is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. Ms. Flame did a great job of tying up all the loose ends. If you want something out of the ordinary this is for you."  --Sensual Romance Reviews

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    Remember Me

"Four Stars! Remember Me is a low-keyed drama very much centered around the lives of two emotionally damaged people who are living together in a marriage for their own private reasons. In this day and age, it is refreshing to read a novel that is more concerned with the emotional aspects of such a situation rather than exploiting the sexual ones. The Cole's plight is described with raw honesty. Rather than being politically correct, this novel manages to be so much more, it manages to be life-like in describing the dynamics of a marriage. This is one novel you should definitely read."  --The Romance Studio

"Four Cups! The author does a really good job of describing the feelings of a woman who cannot remember any part of her past. The tumultuous relationship between Elly and Graydon will keep the reader interested. Elly is a doormat in the beginning and Graydon a bully, but it is fascinating to see the balance of power in the relationship change. This is a gripping read." --Coffee Time  Romance

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    Superstition Gold

"A wonderful romance ... A wonderful book and well worth the read." --The Romance Studio

"I enjoyed this book so much! The heroine could have been any young lady who had not realized her strength and character, but was given a chance to develop both, while finding love in the midst of her journey. This was a wonderful adventure and I enjoyed traveling around the Southwest along with the story characters. With the author's vivid descriptions of the landscapes, I felt like I was right there. A must read that I couldn't put down!" --BP

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    Queen's Gold

"Melissa has put together a tale that will satisfy most everyone. It's especially gratifying to read a story where such great character development blends flawlessly with the story." --CG

"Melissa Bowersock has written another terrific adventure story! This book has all the ingredients of a great read: a page-turning story, romance, adventure, a romp through an exotic historical place (ancient Aztecs), suspense, sleuthing, rich character development, and unexpected twists in the plot. The characters also include two teenagers who are an integral part of the plot development and sleuthing. Their participation made the story fresh and energized. (It helps that they were the good, old fashioned kids like Nancy Drew or Beaver Cleaver.) This book was lots of fun to read and left me feeling good. I highly recommend Queen's Gold!" --BP

"I enjoyed the characters that Author Bowersock created to take her readers on this journey. The mystery and intrigue make this book a page-turner. I really enjoyed the book and recommend it for people who like to escape into "another world" when they read." --JG

"Queen's Gold by Melissa Bowersock is a great story with a fascinating concept beneath the story. This is an entertaining read -- however you feel about past life regression or transgression therapy. The plot moves along in a fast pace, making for some enjoyable reading." --D

"Queen's Gold is a real page-turner. Set against the background of New Mexico and the old Aztec territory in Mexico, it has love, an ancient murder, revenge, danger, spectacular scenery well-described, and of course the hunt for the "Queen's Gold". It moves right along and kept this reader, at least, truly hooked. It also has believable characters, some likable and some -- well, not. The background of a past life regression is original and whether you believe in reincarnation or not, it makes sense within this novel, which deals with connections between lifetimes of 500 years ago and people in the present. As a side note, if you are looking for a good yarn to give your teenager, this could be it -- it contains none of the crudeness so common in books these days but does have two nice and normal teenage characters who are intrinsic to the plot. A word of warning here -- don't start this book at bedtime - you are likely to turn those pages until the morning rooster crows. (Are there morning roosters anymore?)" --TF

"The plot is fast and the characters are credible and make this one heck of a great adventurous yarn. Great summer reading or for any other season! So relax and get ready to explore the amazing, awesome wonders of past lives!" --Viviane Crystal

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    Books Edited by Melissa Bowersock  
    The View from the Summit

"Every family should be so lucky as to have a Howard Munns in its fold. Munns, a self-taught graphics artist, offers an account of his life from his birth in a sod hut in Montana in 1911 to his death in Tucson in 2002. The book is a wonderful gift to the family archives. His daughter, Melissa Bowersock, has edited the manuscript, which is filled with straightforward details." --J. C. Martin, Arizona Daily Star

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