Festival Costumes?

When did it become “normal” for any type of festival to bring out people dressed in costumes?

Recently I went to a Cherry Blossom Festival, a beautiful celebration of Japanese culture.

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I loved the lovely garden architectures, bonsai trees are so interesting, painted screens, and the traditional clothing like the bright or pastel colored kimono. Tiny girls wearing gold or silver threaded, embellished bird kimonos handed out origami creations. Beneath their gowns, more than likely, they wore Tabi (ankle high socks) and Geta (sandals).

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And among the gift giving dolls were these guys…

 

What do you think? Part of historical or contemporary Japanese culture? Is anime considered part of Japanese historical cutlure?

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Peepers in Trouble

Not, not the peeper looking in the window or hiding in the bushes…rather frogs: Spring Peeper. Their chirping call marks the beginning of spring and the tune is oh so lovely you won’t (don’t) get enough of their serenade.

According to Brian, with the Little River Wetlands Project (lrwp.org), fewer peepers are born, so the musical night songs have significantly diminished. This is Brian and peeper tadpoles-

Spring Peepers chanting chorus bring to life the shadowed deep moist woodlands. Life without peepers to welcome the spring and bring cheer to our hearts would be a horrible loss.

Their diets range from beetles, ants, flies and spiders. I love this little brown frog simply because it eliminates the tiny pests. If only they’d eat mosquitos!

Why are the peepers in trouble? Humans! We put chemicals on our fields, yards, flora and when it rains the pesticides run off into the water (tadpoles fee on algae and organisms in the water), the forest, across the earth. Keep this in mind when you use harsh chemicals in your house and yard or fields/farm.

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The above picture is of Brian getting worked-up about humans devastating our wild life. Nice guy-strong message.

Predators are another reason the peepers are reducing in number like the great diving beetle, snakes, skunks and other larger frogs feast on the little guys.

Spring Peepers are a small frog with a colossal magical chirp. As humans, let us work together to keep them safe and our earth full of animal life.

The Gold Ring

As a country-reared-child I looked forward to my families trips into the nearest town. The main attraction for all ages was a vintage carousel. I loved to go to the park where the carousel had been the main event for a century. The merry-go-round allowed me to go in circles and get that little buzz from the repetitive action, but most of all I wanted to snatch the golden ring.

 

While the horse/swan/goat/rabbit moved up and down as the platform went round and round, the challenge was to grab a ring from an extended arm. Each rider could lean to the side of her/his creature and try to snatch a ring from the holder. Most of the rings were silver, but the gold ring would get the winner a free ride and a prize.

There were two rows of majestic structures

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and I rushed to get an outside horse closer to reach for the ring extender. If I didn’t run fast enough I was willing to trade my silver rings (silver rings could be collected and used to get free stuff) in order to ride a four-legged beast. There was something about the smooth leather of the halter and lead, the vibrant colors of the saddle and sometimes sticky neck.

I wanted a gold ring more than cotton candy or other sweet treat.

Finally, one Saturday we went to the park and I obtained a prime horse in the wondrous menagerie. The ice-cream truck type music seemed louder that day. On the last round I leaned to reach for the ring and noticed it appeared shinier than usual. Could it be the gold ring?

I slid to the side and reached. My finger slipped, disappointment rushed through me until my pinkie finger caught the ring.

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GOLD.

Years later I challenge myself to try for the gold through my writing. Entertainment is my goal, but to obtain that gold ring is to know the reader enjoyed the story—felt the characters’ joy, pain, and experienced the heart-throbbing excitement of the fast-paced suspense.

The prize is a positive review. Possible readers want to get an idea of the story’s value and content. Obtainable shiny gold beckons, teasing me with what did the reader think of the story. Will you extend that precious ring?

And as usual once you have the gold ring, honor of any sort, you want it again and again.

What’s your gold ring story?

This Ghost Needs to Tell His Story

DEAD AND ANGRY ($1.99) Print version coming soon.
Jacey Hewson dreams of opening an antique store and inheriting her eccentric aunt’s house makes her goal within reach. When she hires a primo construction guy to renovate the colossal wreck her objective becomes blurred.
 
Griff Carpenter doesn’t believe in ghosts, but the new peculiar homeowner does and she’s interesting and attractive.
 
The Ames ghost wants justice for his wife’s murder and won’t rest until he gets retribution. If only he could communicate with the human invading his home.
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Each time the story is read, told, the more likely Kit will be able to rest in peace. Are you willing to aid him?

Chapter One

She blinked.

A gargantuan green and polished silver sign shot light through her windshield spot blinding her as she rounded the curve in the road. The car’s tires slid in loose gravel, forcing a rabbit from the tall grasses.

Her reflexes bypassed mental signals and she jerked the wheel, but her beautiful blue rental car veered to the right nosing straight for the ditch. Bile rose to her throat. She forced the brake pedal hard to the floorboard, closed her eyes, and prayed for a miracle.

“What do I do? What do I do?”

Rocks shot up against the underside of the car. She pulled the wheel hard to the left forcing the vehicle from the edge of the ditch and into the middle of the street, aiming for a fire engine red pickup.

Her heart thumped hard, like when she had sprinted an entire 5K disparate to time slowing. She accepted the fact her rental would hit the enormous truck. Her gut muscles clenched and the aroma of toast infiltrated her nostrils.

Oh god, she had just read an article regarding the increase of mid-thirties women having strokes and the scent of baked goods was the first sign.

Her survival instinct took hold. She pumped the brakes and somehow caught a glimpse of the truck’s driver. His hands gripped the steering wheel and the truck swerved but not enough. Metal crunched metal and the car jolted to a stop. Her body jerked forward, slamming all her weight against the force of the seatbelt. Air flew from her lungs in a painful whoosh. She took a few deep breaths until the pressure in her chest eased. Stillness and quietness as if the world stood motionless, surrounded her.

The squeal of a door opening drew her attention. She had the dim thought she should try to get out of the car; instead she leaned the side of her head on the steering wheel and with trembling hands punched the button to increase cool airflow. She stared out the window at a street sign she’d somehow managed to avoid ramming. Cyan, Indiana, population 20,888. Established 1817.

She had arrived.

A tall, brawny guy jumped from the truck’s cab with both hands up in the air giving her a what the hell signal. “What are you doing?”

He came closer. His dark gray tee, emblazoned with Hank’s Hardware, was snug across his jacked chest and the tiny graphic of a man wielding a hammer also pointed an accusatory finger at her. The real man motioned from her to the sharp black tracks on the street, and ending where her bumper snuggled his fender.

Her focus immediately returned to his six-foot form. She loosened her death grip on the steering wheel and tasted blood inside her mouth as she blew out a harsh breath.

His quick menacing stride carried him around the car until he assumed a solid stance inches from her door. Undistinguishable color of eyes, due to their current narrowed shape defined his attitude—not happy. He rolled his hand, indicating she should lower the window. A large half-moon scar on his chin went from white to pink.

Instead of talking through an open window she should get out and face him. She took a deep breath and swiped the back of her hand across her forehead.

He motioned again, then scrubbed his fingers through the streaks of blonde in his brown hair. As an educator she’d encountered all types of students and personalities and this guy gave the impression anger didn’t motivate him, rather distress did. Maybe he thought she had been hurt, at least that was what she told herself especially considering she couldn’t relax her shoulders. Just call me the statue of calamity.

She shut down the engine, leaving the key in the ignition. The handle on the door slid beneath her slick palm. She wiped her hands on her jeans and knuckled the button to lower the window and humid August heat filtered in springing her hair into tight curls. Hot before the accident, her temp level elevated to extremely uncomfortable. Thankfully the toast scent had disappeared.

He braced his forearms on the car’s roof and ducked his head. As his gaze ran over her, volts of electricity streaked through her bloodstream. Nervous jitters multiplied tenfold under this guy’s piercing blue, heavenly-azure-blue, stare.

She released the seatbelt. Face him.

He lowered his arms and took a step away from the door.

Get out. Apologize. She wrenched the door lever and the heavy door sprung open as if operated by an unknown force. Crap! What next, Jacey Hewson? Head tucked, she slid out of the car. “Are you okay? No injuries?”

He shook his head. “Okay on my end and you?”

“I’m okay.” She swiped her palms on her jeans. Scents of grass, wheat and the cooked wood scent of river birch infiltrated her nostrils; soon she would start sneezing. She glanced into his face. His expression remained stern, but to her surprise a spark lit his gorgeous eyes. “I guess all wheel drive doesn’t include all wheel stopping?”

He didn’t laugh.

She eased the door shut. “Sorry about,” she waved to his truck, “I’ll accept responsibility for any damage.”

Up close, despite the sourpuss expression, he looked…fine. His back straightened and he worked his jaws as if trying to get a cramp out. Like most men, his gaze slid across her breasts and unlike most men she had dated, his focus centered on her face. He shook his head.

“My first collision.” She cleared her throat and managed a slight grin.

He glanced at the dent in his fender. Obviously humor could not diffuse any situation. Men love their monster trucks.

“My vehicle slipped on the gravel. You look,” hot kept banging against her mouth, instead she went with, “ill. Do you want to sit in the air-conditioning?” She touched his forearm, altruistically to find out if he had been injured, in reality she wanted to feel his sun-kissed skin. There couldn’t be any fat on the man at all. Pure solid muscles popped out from under the short sleeves of the tee and material bunched at his narrow waist. He wore jeans like a prince sported formal garments and buff colored work boots provided the foundation. Too bad this meet-cute involved a damaged vehicle.

“Damn,” he muttered and his cheeks flooded with color, nearly the tint of his truck. He didn’t appear angry anymore, rather…confused.

“Please let me take care of the damage. Here, I’ll get you my insurance card. You can contact them, Mr.?”

****

Crazy, pretty and one of the most tempting women he had ever seen had literally slammed into Big Red. Each time she apologized Griff’s gut jumped like he had taken a hit to his solar plexus. “Griff. No injury. Are you okay?”

“Yes, fine. A sunray reflected off the sign.” She pointed her thumb toward the glittering billboard. “Over there, the welcome from hell.”

The outspoken girl had spunk. Upon closer examination she had a round face, like a neighbor he had admired on several occasions. A narrow beam of afternoon sunlight showed traces of blonde and brown highlights through her auburn shoulder-length hair. She leaned into the car’s open window, lifting one foot off the ground and giving him a fine view of her nice round butt.

She withdrew a brown leather bag, the size of his tool satchel, and placed it on the hood. As she dug through the contents, his gazed over her, she wore a six-inch wide black belt over a long creamy blouse that showcased a small waist. The shirt’s low neck revealed tantalizing breasts, perfectly proportioned to her ample hips.

For the first time, he noted her fingers shaking as she removed a small silver case from her satchel. She bit her lip and dropped the case in her bag.

The good guy in him begged to soothe her. He shoved his hands into his pockets to prevent grabbing her into a comforting embrace.

Her shoulders slumped, and she chewed her lip.

Make her feel better. Ask her to go for coffee or a drink. His workday started at seven AM and ended around ten that night. He didn’t have time for dating, even if this scatter-brained lady made his heart race. This instant attraction for a woman was a new thing for him—he didn’t like it.

She held out a small white card, simple in design with a collection of furniture and lack of color, totally unlike the vibrant woman holding it between her dainty fingers. He took the rectangle. Their fingers brushed and a charge sparked between them. She snatched her hand back, telling him she’d felt it too. To regain his common sense, he evaluated the paper. “New to You Antiques?”

“My store. Right now the current address is my apartment. I’m working toward getting an actual storefront. The phone number won’t change, it’s a cell number.” She walked toward his truck. “Do you want to call the police and get a whatchamacallit?”

He adored her nervous chatter. Under the pressure of his fingers, the card bent in the middle. His mind urged him to give the paper back. “No, it’s okay.”

“Hum. You have a dent and my car has a nice bit of red on the bumper.” She scrubbed her hair from her face; the vibrant hue would kill him.

“Yeah, no real harm done.” Other than she made him hard as a piece of maple wood. Forget the schedule and offer her a coffee. He sighed. His nature wouldn’t allow him to forget his responsibilities. “I need to meet a client. If you’re okay,” he shoved the card into the rear pocket of his jeans, “I’ll go.”

“Fine.”

The short word had a long drawn out ending, giving him insight into her temperament. A bead of sweat dripped along her neck into the valley leading to a place he wanted to visit. He opened her car door. Without making eye contact with him, she climbed behind the steering wheel. She shoved her satchel onto the passenger seat and strapped on her seatbelt. Her fingers tightened on the wheel and a whisper of a breath blew a curl from her pink cheek.

Say something other than nice rack or pretty hair. Torn between engaging in further conversation and making his scheduled appointment he hesitated.

She started the engine and stared at him expectantly.

Creativity out of Necessity

My son just moved into his first home away from home. I wanted to help him find price friendly furniture.

We went to our first yard sale and realized in order to get the most sought after items you need to get there when the door opens.

We didn’t.

I did find a little sturdy stool and Fort Wayne Rocks is a few miles away…so I made a bedside table for him.

What do you think?

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Sweet smell of herbal cures.

Miami Indian 2.8.18

 

A Native American gardener shared her cultural knowledge of native Indiana, Fort Wayne, plants and their medicinal uses.

The marshes (protected areas in Fort Wayne) contain special grasses and floral plants. Sage is a component of the sweet grasses and is used in ceremonies. One ceremony is burn or smudge to purify area, which will get rid of evil and impurities-an herbal cleanse?

Sweet grass also grows in and near the marsh, women braid the grass and wear around neck to repel insects and counteract sweat aroma. (Personally I’m not sure this will work as well as a bath, but something is better than nothing.)

Another bush native to the area is Spice Bush, the leaves smell like citrus and the berries have an all spice aroma. Lovely. Medicinal use—cleansing.

Corn is a major component of the Green Corn ceremony of the Miami Nation. White corn: silk can be tied and put in a tea, which is a medicine for kidneys. Use the jawbone of a deer to scrap corn, then grind the kernels in order to make tortillas and bread. After the husks and stalks have dried use them as fire tender-can you imagine how great the air would smell?

Corn is important to Miami and they have several words referring to the vegetable in addition to using songs to chase away crows and encourage growth, the harvest and the process. How sweet is the community of people who put music to their tasks?

I love Redbud trees when they are in bloom and apparently the flowers when seeped taste similar to green tea.

Slippery Elm is another tree that has medicinal use for constipation; diarrhea and if you hold the bark in your mouth your sore throat will be reduced. Pulverize to make into powder and used in tea.

She showed us a basket made with American Elm and a braid on top is made from hickory, which gave a solid beautiful reddish brown color. The natives peel bark off the tree in large enough slits to draw the pattern on one side and used the portage as glue to hold it together.

 

She also shared their saying for sap collecting:

freeze at night warm in the morning.

When they have sugar dried from the tree collection they put it in a basket and bury to keep from animals.

Different plants can be used as cords for weaving, especially fishing baskets: Mulberry, milkweed, and dogbane (dogbane is also used as digitalis).

Buckeyes can be strung into a necklace and helps with arthritis and sore joints. Men put buckeyes in pockets. The inners of the nut can be used as a meat substitute…I’m not buying it. 😉

Walnut: I have experience with using fallen walnuts as a stain for furniture. The rich brown tint is unbelievable

The nut flesh helps with brain worms and memory.

Hazelnuts can be hulled and made into flour—can you imagine how many of those little fellows it’d take to make a cup of flour?

Sumac-fragrant collect berries three days post rain-strip them off the branch and steep in tea to prevent cold. Leftover can be used as a pink dye.

Mullein:  I’m not familiar with this plant but she said it has yellow flowers and the leaves are fluffy like lambs ears. Mullein helps with respiratory infection. The leaves can be wrapped on cut to reduce bleeding (shrinks tissue). When a fellow attendee asked if there is documented validation our little bear responded: TRUTH.

The stalk can be used as a torch and a spindle as a bow and spindle to start a fire.

Poke: I’m not sure what this is but she had a lot of laughter when she talked about eating the green and white plant when grilled or crumb coated and fried. If the poke gets bigger and has red streaks (tropical looking) don’t eat.

The berries are used by a vet to treat worms and as a dye (purple).

Remember: Green, wash and eat

Red, dead if eat.

Finally: Cattails.

This was the most interesting of the topics discussed. The cattail leaves and roots are used to make mats. In the fall dig up roots, burn on fire and take out the inside to eat. In the spring they eat the plant like asparagus, when the cone is white and green soak in water and eat like roasted corn. Take the cone and shove through the hole of a clean milk jug and the “tail” can be used as flour. Store in fridge.

Anytime a native gardener digs up or alters a plant it’s important to talk to the plant, like talking to a friend. State appreciation for the life and nutrition it provides and cover the root or damaged area to heal the plant and the plant will heal the person. (I didn’t do justice to the lyrical loveliness of this notion, but I believe in the value and will attempt to “talk” to my plants.)

Fertilizer isn’t a friend of the Native American and wishes more farmers committed to GMO. River Rice hasn’t been present in the environment for centuries and some has been discovered around the bend of one of the three rivers in Fort Wayne.

On tradition the Miami maintain is to set out a plate at Thanksgiving for ancestors, a symbolic reminder of the ancients who have passed. I liked the idea!

A Love Letter

My Dearest,

I love you, always.

We met by chance and the shimmer glowed and grew.

Our holographic universe spat our destiny into waves and rolls.

We made choices and decisions, some bad but mostly good.

Learning about life, creating life and losing loved ones made us stronger.

I love you, always.

Sacrifices were plenty, celebrations few and oh so magnificent.

The sparks have lessened and the shimmer has dimmed; however, companionship is worth more than youthful heated ecstasy. I look forward to seeing how the future plays out.

I love you, always.

Yours,

a heart not quite the same.

 

 

Heart on Concrete Floor

jj Keller is a native Hoosier. A dreamer. A writer. A storyteller.

 

She’s married and has two sons. Traveling to exotic locations is something she can’t do enough of (even if it’s only in her mind) and puttering around in her herbal garden is her favorite pastime. She enjoys a good story, easy listening music and a fine glass of wine.

 

Urban fantasy, paranormal, romantic suspense and thrillers are her favorite genres.

 

jj is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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jj’s pen name is a result of her family name. She used lower case in her given name because of her fondness for ee cummings’ work.The man was a great poet and author. They both tend to be unconventional, his capitalization and her imagination and “fresh” attempt at writing. ee studied English, as jj did, he had a fondness for Greek and Latin and she loves to use Greek Mythology references in her work. His unique style of writing can be seen in Buffalo Bill’s/defunct and her only western to date, revolves around Buffalo Bill.

 

She hopes someday her work will be considered “mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful”.

 

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Super Blue Blood Full Moon

One hundred and fifty years ago Earth experienced a super blue blood full moon…so how could I not wait and watch for the one predicted for January 31,2018?

When a lunar eclipse occurs, the moon darkens as it moves into the Earth’s shadow, and when the moon is completely shadowed, it doesn’t go completely black; instead, it appears to be red or a blood moon. This phenomenon is known as Rayleigh Scattering.

Typically a full moon occurs once a month or there are 29.5 days between full moons; however, sometimes it works out we have two full moons, i.e. blue moon. January 2nd we saw a full moon and now we’ll see the second.

This super blue moon will cross paths with the Earth’s shadow making it a super blue blood moon eclipse.

The only thing more unusual would be to view the Dark Moon Goddess, Hecate. Hecate comes out to play during black nights when the moon is hidden. She is associated with deeds of the Crossway, which are ghostly places of evil magic.

If you’re out tonight and happen to be where three roads intersect-beware. Whatever you do, don’t hit a deer-her favorite of all wild animals. Hecate isn’t the nicest goddess and as with most of divinities good and evil is an uncertainty.

Edith Hamilton states in her Mythology book:

Hecate of hell,

Mighty to shatter every stubborn thing.

Hark! Hark! Her hounds are baying through the town.

Where three roads meet, there she is standing.

 

Have a wonderful super blue blood full moon eclipse–who knows when the next one will occur!

 

If I’m lucky—a photo will be attached later. Visit my site again Well …cloudy and even with the Nikkon I couldn’t get a clear shot in the Hoosier state. Maybe in my next lifetime?

 

 

jj Keller BOOKS: BUY LINKS

Barnes&Noble Jewel Heist Print

Amazon: Jewel Heist

Barnes&Noble Love Hurts Print

Amazon: Love Hurts

 

The Watcher

Believe

Melody’s Song

Shadow of the Hawk

Dark Sun

Last Chance at Love

Stalker

 

Love Hurts

Jewel Heist

 

Trade Agreement

The Tarot Card

The Valkyrie and The Marine

Pippa’s Rescue

Memory of Love

Mystic Love

 

Dark Shadows

Coming soon:

Angry and Dead

 

Book Reviews: (Four Moons)

Reviews

**** Dark Sun by The Romance Studio

“This was a powerful, paranormal erotic romance of good against evil. I enjoyed that this story of right versus wrong not only introduces the readers to angels and demons but also mentions sirens, elves and sea nymphs while it weaves the threads of fate and reincarnation.”

Theresa Joseph

 

 

Full Review

 

Night Owl Romance, Love Hurts

“I kept reading I realized that it could very well be a true story. These people are just trying to do the right thing.” Terri Hawk

Full Review

 

Happily Ever After

Lena said, “JJ Keller created a story of one woman just trying to survive in a world where not many survive without succumbing to another life.” For full review visit: Happily Ever After.

 

**** Love Hurts by Romance Book Scene

“Love Hurts is a well written contemporary romance filled with real life characters, with good dialog and a cute little tyke who steals the attention of readers.”

Roni

 

 

Romance Book Review: Love Hurts

 

Dark Divas

Thursday, July 22, 2010

 

 

Undercover Housewife by JJ Keller

 

Publisher: Lyrical Press

 

Genre: Erotic, Romantic Suspense

 

Length: 98 pages

 

Considering the length, I’m quite impressed with what JJ Keller did with this story. This one gives you a lot of bang-for-the-buck…no pun intended.

 

In addition to the suspense, Undercover Housewife is all about the romance, with the added bonus of tastefully written sex scenes. You gotta love that…and who doesn’t love a hot police detective who’s there to protect and serve? (Or is that protect and service?-oops, sorry!) lol

 

 

 

Rated 4 1/2 Delightful Divas by Shelly!

 

For the full review click here.

 

 

 

Romance Book Scene

Roni,Romance Book Scene,gave Undercover Housewife a rating of five hearts!

 

Undercover Housewife adds together a story filled with mistrust and a long time unrequited love and with a mystery case. Nikki is a woman coming to terms with her new life and finding that she really didn’t like the woman she became. The hero, Josh, is finally fulfilling the dream of getting the woman he’s wanted for over twenty years. Add to that the supporting cast of Josh’s partner Calvin and his gay antics, and this book is a fine piece of entertainment. Roni

 

For the Full Review: http://romancebookscene.blogspot.com/

 

Trade Agreement, LASR Best Book

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

 

Trade Agreement by jj keller

 

LASR Best Book – For a book or story that is truly exceptional. You think about it when you’re not reading it. You wonder what happens to the characters when you finish. You would absolutely buy everything else this author had to offer. The highest praise – and reserved for only a few.

 

Trade Agreement by jj keller

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Genre: Contemporary/Thriller/Suspense/Action

Length: Full (242 pages)

Heat: Spicy

Rating: Best Book

Reviewed by Larkspur

 

JJ Keller gives us an explosive thriller in Trade Agreement as she exposes us to international crime, kidnapping, high seas adventure, murder and an electrifying romance. Meet Jake and Georgina who fall into lust at first sight, can they survive the danger, the lies and the secrets and find true love in the end.

 

Ms Keller throws you right into the heart of her plot then keeps our attention riveted while we hold our breath to find out what happens next. *** *** Her love scenes are evocative, sensual and sizzle on the page, while her romance between our hero and heroine is sweet and sensual.

 

Trade Agreement rocks and rolls with action, suspense, thrills, chills and romance. It’s a gutsy read and should come with a physician’s warning. If you like to bite your nails to the quick while sitting on the edge of your seat, this read is for you and if you, like me, love your romance on the sizzle burner, well don’t wait another minute go out and get this book.

 

For the full review: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/trade-agreement-by-jj-keller.html

 

Loved…The Tarot Card

The Tarot Card by JJ Keller

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Heat: Sensual

Length: Short (148 pages)

Genre: Contemporary

Rating: 4 Books

Reviewed by Larkspur

 

Holy Cow what a great read! Ms. Keller gives us a love at first sight story. Stein and Kerry make a great hero and heroine.

 

I loved the characters, they were well developed and enjoyable to get to know. The writing style was great and was a credit to the author telling such a well written story confined in 148 short pages.

 

*** I think this novel would appeal to all lovers of romance. It’s a truly enjoyable tale of boy meets and gets girl. For full review: HTTP://LONGANDSHORTREVIEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM/2009/06/TAROT-CARD-BY-JJ-KELLER.HTML

 

Love Romance…loves Dark Shadows

Saturday, April 18, 2009

THE HIEROPHANT: DARK SHADOWS by JJ Keller

Publisher Tease Publishing

Date published October 15, 2008

ISBN 978-1-60767-005-6

Paranormal

E-book

Reviewed by Dawn

 

DARK SHADOWS is part of Tease’s Dark Tarot line and this is one edge of the seat ride. Author JJ Keller delivers a unique bar where creatures that go bump in the night come to relax and chill out. Here you meet Teri Kepler, one of the owners of Dark Shadows. ***

 

Author JJ Keller writes a tight, fast paced story that will keep you on the edge of your seat as she weaves a spell around you. With the right touch of magic, mystery and passion, she delves into a world that good and evil reside in and this author definitely delivers a story that will have you clamoring for more once the last page is read. DARK SHADOWS is a pure delight to read and I am wondering if there will be more stories centered on the Dark Shadow Bar. If you enjoy an enjoyable setting, unique characters and intriguing storyline, then grab THE HIEROPHANT: DARK SHADOWS and be prepared to be lost in this author’s wonderful creation.

 

For the full review: http://loveromancesandmore.blogspot.com/2009/04/hierophant-dark-shadows-by-jj-keller.html

 

Four Tombstones for Dark Shadows

Mar 14, 2009

The Hierophant: Dark Shadows by jj Keller

Review by Virginia

Categories: Adult Content, Book Reviews, Immortals, e-books

 

I really enjoyed Ms. Keller’s writing style. Her plot line has lots of room to write sequels and can be drawn in many interesting directions in future books. I do not know what Ms. Keller has planned down the road for this, but I look forward to reading any sequels she may write.

 

For the full review: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=1499

 

The Tarot Card..a shelf keeper

Between the Lines, ranked The Tarot Card: Fantastic, Stays on the Shelf

 

Title: The Tarot Card

Author: jj Keller

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Line: Contemporary Champagne Rosebud

Review: Rating: spicy

ISBN: 9781601544377

 

This story is chili-hot with lots of spicy scenes so if you’re the sort of person who likes stories with heat this is for you. The book doesn’t rely only on spice for its power- there is a complex plot and a really good sort-of-twist at the end. It left me with a smile on my face and a real sense of satisfaction.

I’d say this is definitely a story I’d like to share with my friends –well worth a read. Enjoy!

 

Reviewed by Vasiliki Scurfield

WRDF Review

 

For the Full Review: http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2008/12/29/wrdf-review-of-the-tarot-card-by-jj-keller.aspx

 

Five Mystique Moons for Dark Shadows

DARK SHADOWS by J.J. Keller

 

Momma Mia! I need a cold shower and some aspirin. There was so much passion in DARK SHADOWS that I thought my head would explode. I LOVE THIS BOOK!! In fact, I love this book so much that I nearly blew off finishing my day’s work so that I could finish it in one setting. Duty called, however, and I got to it as soon as I could. And what a finish! DARK SHADOWS has it all: Good versus Evil; Love, Lust and Secrets competing for dominance; boundless love and those velvet ties that transcend even the strangest of circumstances.** What a ride! As I said before, I LOVE this story. **

 

Anyway, this book is fabulous and romantic and going on my Keeper shelf. If J.J. Keller has more books in this line, feel free to push them in this direction. Fan for Life!! That’s me.

 

Five Mystique Moons. (Outstanding)

Class Three sensuality. (Standard Romance)

 

Rachel Nail, Reviewer

For the Full Review: mystiquebooks@gmail.com

Tags: j.j. keller

 

Note to Rachel: I’m one of your fans for life as well. Dark Justice will be coming soon. Another fantastic ride for you!

 

4 out of 5 Stars for Dark Shadows

Manic Reviews, Stevi B said:

 

 

 

I love when a paranormal author can come up with new and unusual characters. *** But the strength of a determined woman is illustrated as Tori finds a way to make something good from her pain. Surely fate can find a way to reward such a special woman. Ms. Keller adds a twist to her plot that brings the story together at the end with a satisfactory solution!

 

I enjoyed The Hierophant: Dark Shadows, as I have other books I’ve read by Ms. Keller. Ms Keller remains a favorite author for me when I want an unusual story with a unique perspective!

 

For the full review go here: Dark Shadows-4 out of 5 stars- http://manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=reviews&bookid=1304

 

Believe Receives an Awesome Review

 

Believe

jj Keller

Paranormal erotic romance

Available from Cobblestone Press

ISBN: 978-1-60088- 189-3

October 2007

 

 

 

Believe is an awesome, I mean awesome book. I was completely drawn into the characters of Mikhail and Jensen. The storyline grabs and kept me in suspense until the ending. ***jj Keller gives the audience a fast–paced entertaining read where the adrenaline rushes. This story consumes with vibrant characters, and an evil person that this reader wanted to reach through the pages and stomp.

 

Overall rating: Five Hearts

Sensuality rating: Very sensual

 

Reviewer: Linda L.

october 20, 2008

 

http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/believekeller.htm

 

 

Thank you, Linda. You made my day!

 

Mystique Books Recommends Melody’s Song 4.5 Moons

One of the best points MELODY’S SONG makes is that no matter your circumstances, no matter your lot in life, you needn’t loose your self-respect. More, you can rise above all challenges if you believe enough in yourself and are willing to risk all to make that change. This is a point that we should always remember and never forget. T*** I congratulate J.J. Keller for portraying this struggle so believably with Melody Haney. Very, very well done. Recommended.

 

Four and a half Mystique Moons. (Excellent)

Class Four sensuality. (Standard Romance)

 

Rachel Nail,

For the Full Review Reviewer

mystiquebooks@gmail.com

 

 

Paranormal Romance Reviews Melody’s Song

“Melody’s song is a touching romance”

 

Melody’s Song is a touching romance that explores finding love and hope after losing the most important thing in life. *** The sex scenes are deliciously sweet and passionate. There is a mention of whips, chains, etc. by a villainous character. Over all, the book is sweet and touching and will make you cry in places.

 

Reviewed by Amy Parker Posted June 17, 2008

 

For the Full Review: http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=28362

 

Just Erotic Reviews and Believe

Just Erotic Romance Reviews

Karen Haas

Five Stars

 

What a great book! I enjoyed this one from beginning to end and wanted more. Even those who don’t usually enjoy books with a paranormal theme will enjoy this one. Ms. Keller surmounted every preconceived notion I’ve ever had. I had no choice but to Believe. The character development is superlative. Mikhail and Jensen are utterly alive and on occasion, I almost felt they discussed the case with me personally; they were that realistic. Jensen’s partner, Jack, is a delightful addition to the team and adds a touch of humor to the mix. *** Believe is everything I love in a book. I recommend this one for everybody.

 

Karen Haas

Just Erotic Romance Reviews

For the Full Review:http://www.justeroticromancereviews.com/book-review.cfm?bookID=977433016&reviewID=5771&sNav=nav03-02

 

5 Flowers for Believe from Pam at My Book Cravings

My Book Cravings where you can relax with a good book Banners of Romance

 

Believe by J.J. Keller

 

ISBN: 978-1-60088-189-3

 

Paranormal Suspense

 

Cobblestone Press Ebook

 

This gem of a romance grabbed my undivided attention from the very first paragraph and didn’t let go until I’d raced to the final page. This fast paced and well plotted story is filled with all the things that make a book great…suspense, danger, deceit, bigotry and intense sizzling attraction that blooms into deep and abiding love. ** One of the best and most unexpected gems in this book is diabolical child predator… ** The scary thing about this premise is …** After all, checks and balances of power are only as good as the men and woman who follow them.

 

This is the first book by Ms. Keller that I’ve had the opportunity to read, and it certainly won’t be the last. This reader eagerly waits for the next installment, The Watcher, by this inventive and talented writer. For the full review:http: groups.yahoo.com/group/mybookcravings ·

 

Five Fallen Angels for BELIEVE

What a wonderful suspenseful story! Believe by J. J. Keller just may make a believer out of all of us. From the beginning of the story right up to the end, the reader is kept sitting on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next. Even if you think psychics are a bunch of frauds, you will find yourself not only believing in Mikhail but rooting for her to convince Jensen and quickly. It is amazing how evil the human mind can be when there is greed and science involved and that is what the bad guy in this story portrays and who knows maybe there is a little truth in this evil plot?

 

Reviewed by: Stephanie B.

For the full review: http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/

 

The Watcher and The Romance Studio’s excellent rating

The Romance Studio

 

 

 

This is a well-written story of lost love and true soul mates. I was drawn in by the love between Emily and her mysterious voice, Netzach. But their struggle to overcome evil in their quest to be together forever is what kept me anxiously turning the pages. I was lost in this story from the first chapter and will definitely ad it to my list to read again. Anyone who loves a wonderful love story and the battle of good versus evil will love this one.

 

Overall rating:5 hearts

Sensuality rating: Mildly sensual

 

Reviewer: Sandra

September 4, 2007

 

Go to The Romance Studio for a full review.

 

Five Flags, The Watcher

If you enjoy suspenseful, well-written stories that delve into dreams and thoughts of the supernatural–of angels, tarot cards, crystal balls, fortune tellers, and of forces of good fighting forces of evil, then you should thoroughly enjoy this fantastic read, The Watcher! Great job, jj Keller.

Rating: FIVE FLAGS

 

 

Reviewer: Karen

 

 

 

For a full review:

 

Night Owl Romance Reviews

Can your heart race in anticipation at the sound of a male spirit’s voice? This reviewer thought so, especially when reading the heart felt story of Emily and Netzach. How wonderfully refreshing to have an author remind us that love is eternal and also that through love anything is possible. This story contained a potpourri of magical elements guaranteed to satisfy every palette. A job well done by Ms. Keller and I truly hope that her future releases are as captivating as The Watcher.

 

Score: 4 / 5

 

Reviewer: Marta of Night Owl Romance Reviews

 

Online at: http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=815

 

Two Lips loves The Watcher

JJ Keller creates a story that grabs you at the first page. The author entangles you in her wonderful story and just as you start to cry at the injustice done to Emily, she puts a smile on your face. The Watcher is not much on white hot sex, but you get a vivid tour of Scotland and a great plot instead, and I have never enjoyed a story more. The Watcher is one of those books that you just want to read again and I heartily recommend it!

 

 

Reviewer: Alisha

 

 

Rating: 4. 5 Lips

 

 

 

For the full review:Two Lips

 

Romance Junkies Reviews

j.j. Keller gives romance a mystical twist in THE WATCHER. I found it an interesting tale. I especially enjoyed the character Mikhail, the gypsy fortune teller. She really was a wonderful catalyst for the story. If you like spicy paranormal suspense this is a good one to read.

 

Reviewer: Lisa

 

Rating: Four Blue Ribbons For a full review:http://www.romancejunkies.com/

 

Mystique Books

I really liked this book. I enjoyed the evolution Emily went through as she searched for the truth about her past life with Zach. Keller handled the transition beautifully. I was rooting for Emily and Zach and was glad they where able to find their happily-ever-after.

 

Sarah GentiliReviewer

Four Moons–Excellent Work

Mystique Books For the full review: http://www.mystiquebooks.com/Book%20Reviews/Light%20Paranormal/The%20Watcher.htm

 

2018…What Awaits Us in the Year of the Dog?

Changes are occurring.

Nuclear destruction: an omen?

Our connection to the cosmos is becoming clearer, let’s reach for the stars.

Global warming is a real threat.

Women are universally becoming stronger. Me too is just the beginning.

Massive numbers of authors are creating stories and publishing through various avenues.

As a sheep…I can’t wait to see how the year will progress. What about you? What do you foresee in your future?

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