Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing.
She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story.
Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints."
She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions.
Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.
Being born blind, Ken has always lived a sheltered life, thanks to his overprotective mother and older sisters. If it wasn’t for his best friend, Stone, he’d never have any kind of freedom, let alone a life. Twenty-one years old and still living at home, Ken is ready to be independent. When he moves into his own apartment and meets his new neighbor, Cassandra, he knows he’s made the right decision. Ken wants Cassandra, and the feeling seems to be mutual, but he’s worried. Can she accept that he can be everything she needs, or will she let his blindness keep her from taking a chance?
Love without prejudice
Although this book is a standalone, it is more enjoyable if you read the first 3 books in the New Beginnings series. The hero, Ken, was introduced in the first New Beginnings book, while the heroine, Cassandra, is a new character. Ken is blind and the author does a good job of both showing the challenges a blind person may face, without invoking any feelings of pity. Both characters are likable and their relationship unfolds naturally.
Bailey Dewitt is on a crash course with Armageddon. Orphaned, she and her young brothers find themselves living with their renegade uncle. Part of a group of survivalists, she is terrified to discover they are preparing for the end of the world! Could they be right – is mankind headed for a global disaster of his own making? While Bailey struggles with that question and what she should do about it, Caleb, a man from the group, becomes her dearest friend and the one person she can trust to love and protect her. When things spiral out of control, will their bond be enough to save the entire community, or will rival forces strip away all that they have worked for at the time they need it most…
On the Edge of My Seat!!!!
Beautiful, charming Bailey, appears to be a confident teen – yet she is a bit of a “people-pleaser”. One of the people most important to please is her mother. Bailey’s outward appearance and upbeat personality cover a darker, more introverted mentality. She holds painful true feelings deep inside – locking her heart away.Early on in the story, something crucial to Bailey is ripped away, leaving her in incredibly stifling – circumstances. Though trapped intently within her private thoughts for what seems to be her whole life – finally, she’s forced to find strength from within and what happens will glue you to the pages of this adventurous story. This character’s rich intensity – gave me literal goose-bumps at times. I really couldn’t put it down.As the story goes along, Bailey’s attitude shifts. It was refreshing to watch her move thru this transition – becoming a resourceful woman who is fearless about doing fighting for her survival in a messed up situation. At the same time, she learns about gratitude and how to appreciate the things most people take for granted.There is a chilling theme within the plot that challenges social boundaries, yet does add to the intrigue and at times, rather disturbing revelations.Suddenly danger looms, affecting millions and time is running out! Bailey faces complicated decisions which need to be made immediately.I found myself pausing at the end of each page, anticipating what was going to happen on the next. In fact, the drama builds as the story goes on, so it is important to read the series of three books in order. I will warn you, there is some violence, but it is not domineering.The author painted Bailey’s thoughts so precisely that I could easily view the world from behind her eyes. I applaud the author for creating such an energetic and independent young woman, as opposed to some of the weaker characters I’ve read in other books. This character encouraged me and gave me hope that I too, one day, may be as fearless as she. If you love strong women, you’re going to love Bailey as much as I do.I loved this book and am shouting out for you to read it!
There had to be something Kendra Atkins was missing in life, and Charles Ford knew it was nothing but him. The only thing he had to do was convince her that he was all she would ever need and that he felt that way since the day the met ten years prior, hours before she became his first lover… when he was twenty-two.In his twenty-second year of life, Charles Ford was still a virgin. Like any other man, including his identical twin, he wanted sex, but he wanted his first time to mean something other than getting inside a woman’s body.By the time she was twenty, Kendra had sex with two men and not with outstanding results. It was just about experience; wanting to see what the deal was about. She could take it or leave it especially since the men she slept with only wanted what her body had to offer. Kendra has never been in a relationship, and after her disastrous sexual encounters, she decided never to exchange personal info with the next man, any man, she slept with.On a beach in Florida, Kendra and Charles meet, and Kendra takes Charles’ virginity, and all they know of one another is the nicknames they agreed to call one another: ‘Honey’ and ‘Babe.’ No other names, no numbers and no idea how to reach one another, just as Kendra wanted it. She wanted that as much as she would regret that decision later, specifically 10 years later when Kendra and Charles reconnect… and she has no idea who he is or what she was to him.
Book review for Honey Babe
I SO enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, cry and think. I LOVED the characters. They all enter acted to really well. The lead male character, Les, touched my heart. He finds he has a son and does what it takes to get to see his son. I would have liked if the story was a little more spicier. I would like to see a sequel about Andy and his wife. Or maybe how the parents of Les and Andy met and fell in love again. Keep on writing PLEASE!Your fan,DEBBIE D.
A marvelous and fantastic journey, enjoy little-known history crafted with original, brilliant, unforgettable moments, unforgettable characters, and an unforgettable adventure that will keep you shaking your head.Karen Standing Deer’s daughter, Jennifer, knows exactly what she wants–to fall in love and marry a Native American just like her father and brother. Everyone else is immediately dismissed. Her friends and family keep telling her, the one you want could be right in front of her face.Unfortunately, like watching a bolt of lightning hit the ground, there’s nothing that can be done about it. She has the uncanny knack of choosing the wrong men, every time.Traveling to the past, with the belief that her one true love can’t be found this side of the millennium, she refuses to learn that she doesn’t have to go back to the past to find the one–she just needs to go back to the past to find her path.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first four. It was filled with letters that I didn’t understand the meaning of, like DD for instance.Jennifer was a very confused woman. I loved how she went back in time to help others but was disappointed that the story didn’t explain what happened to Jonathan. Did Jen teach him how to treat his future wife? I would have liked to know what happened to him and his family.Then Jen and Taylor finally get to understand each other and poof … The story ends. I expected much more to the story.Regardless I loved the story anyway, what there was of it. Are there any more books for the series?
“… Dalton wishes to instill in her grandson, and in all the children who read her stories.” – Rainbow Learns to Fly by Mary Clark Dalton, Illustrated by Stacy Moody
Rainbow has finally received his beautiful rainbow wings. Now he can’t wait to fly! How hard can it be? he thinks to himself. He’s thrilled when his dad tells him it’s time to learn to fly. Impatience rears its ugly head again as Rainbow is in a hurry to fly. “These things take time, Son. You’ll fly soon,” his father tells him. Follow Rainbow as he learns once again, some things are worth the wait!
Margaret Welwood, Scissortown
Perhaps upon graduation, or maybe on your wedding day,
or with the birth of a child, you thought you’d arrived—and then found that another journey had just begun. So it is with Rainbow—after all, what does a butterfly need besides wings? And what wings these are, bigger than his dad’s, and glowing with the vibrant colors of Queen Alexandra’s side of the family! And yet, Rainbow’s dad counsels patience and daily practice, requisites for true competence. Despite his initial impatience and the overconfidence that stems from lack of experience, Rainbow displays a teachable spirit. It is this patience and teachableness that Dalton wishes to instill in her grandson, and in all the children who read her stories. Rainbow Learns to Fly, the second book in the Rainbow series, builds on the lessons of patience, self-acceptance and helpfulness presented in Rainbow’s Promise. Rainbow is “human” enough to make mistakes, but wise enough to learn from them—and we hope the children who read his stories will also learn from Rainbow’s experiences.
It’s 2052 and Earth has lost two-thirds of its population to the Great War. Many more lives were lost to earthquakes, the Clover Virus, and the Death Plague. Years later, survivors were clumped into factions. Two of the factions, the Guild and the Brotherhood, have fought over medical supplies and food for years. The fight is coming to a head as manpower dwindles, and the struggle becomes one to gain numbers, even if said numbers are children… Griffin Storm is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He’s an albino man that can manipulate glass and crystal, and he uses his special abilities to raid warehouses and old buildings for food and supplies for the abandoned children that live underground. During a raid, he meets Tassta Vinetti, a resident of the Brotherhood fortress. He is taken to the fortress and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn, and her uncle, try to keep their new visitor and his untold powers a secret. Griffin is the only survivor of the Guild’s deadly experiments, and they hunt for him because his survival will have dynamic consequences on the world. The Guild believes that Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a genetically enhanced Omni-dimensional being with limitless abilities. Will Griffin transform into a G.O.D.? Will he save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Only time will tell…
Intriguing and suspenseful
A friend recommended this book to me, and I found it to be an incredibly exciting dystopian adventure. The characters are well defined, and there’s a lovely slow-building romance. The main character, and Blood Master, Griffin, is complex and kind. Griffin is a survivor. Not only of the Great War, Clover Virus, and Death Plague but also of the cruel experiments from the evil Guild Faction. I found myself breathlessly rooting for Griffin as he struggles to hide his identity, undergo a transformation, all while protecting orphaned children and the woman he loves.
Take one beautiful vindictive woman….she’s 1 part bimbo and 2 parts lethal gangsta- gun moll. Watch her try and hold onto her 84-year-old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……MURDER! Laura, Gerry, and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting themselves knocked off in the process!…
M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
A MURDER MYSTERY TO DIE FOR!!!!
Karen Vaughan has once again given us a dynamite murder mystery in book two of her Laura & Gerry Murder Mystery series. Take one trashy, gold-digger, psychotic woman, with a mob boss for a daddy, and a jealous streak that would make any normally insane woman look like a saint. Throw in flying melons, baseball bats, and a sweet, gentle, rich elderly man, and Laura (corpse magnet) soon to be Fitz, and you have a masterpiece of crime, insanity, murder, and yes romance. It takes a lot to write a great murder mystery, but even more one with humor wrapped into the package. Kudos to Ms. Vaughan for once again giving us a class act book to blow away the cobwebs from our minds and entertain us while doing so. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this read.
FAIRYTALE FAIRIES has within its pages, excerpts from famous fairytales about Fairies, and other magical Beings found in popular literature. The paintings are both colorful and imaginative, appealing to lovers of fantasy art of all ages.
Crystal Miles Gauthier
Fae of the land tales.
I just loved the illustrations in this book along with the stories included. Never have I come across such a talented illustrator and storyteller as Judy Mastrangelo. For children and adults alike. My husband is in love with these books and he is 65 years old. He has never read a book in the 20+ years I have been with him. But he picks them up and reads them in entirety. If anyone can see the value in the art and words it will be anyone who sees and feels the depth in them. Entertaining and soul-based. They make you feel good. Young or old.
All Carson Reno books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any order. When a night club stripper is brutally murdered, her boyfriend is quickly arrested and charged with the crime. Carson is hired by the accused man’s twelve-year old daughter to prove him innocent. Things quickly get out of hand. Bodies pile up and it appears that a serial killer might be at work, and perhaps his client’s father could actually be guilty. The Memphis underworld of the 1960’s is somehow involved and complicating the investigation. Then, when some critical witnesses disappear – others come along to take their place.Join our Cast of Characters and come along to help Carson find the clues, search for the truth and try to solve the case of: Sin and Stilettos
Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews
Another Thrilling Carson Reno Mystery
Darnell pens a magnificent mystery thriller in Sin and Stilettos. This is book 21, yes I said 21, of Darnell’s Carson Reno series. First, I’m a big fan of Darnell’s writing and storytelling abilities. His imagination is something very impressive. I am also a big fan of Carson Reno. There is something about these suspenseful and intense mysteries that have interconnected stories, and they are filled with twists and turns. Just when you think you figured it out, another twist. So enjoyable. Darnell’s story is almost majestical as his words come to life, and Reno just jumps off the pages. Sin and Stilettos has an interesting set of characters, and it works for even at a time gone by. It’s a book that you can’t put down until the end, where everything comes together, and still takes your breath away. You can read the Reno stories as standalone, but I recommend reading each one, and enjoying every mystery and every action of Carson Reno! I look forward to reading many more stories by this author. This book is a definite recommendation by Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews.