Hang on to Summer and Get Your Freebie e-books!

August 13, 2013

free stuffOkay, so here’s the deal; this is the last hurrah before the kiddies start school and summer officially ends. Let’s make summer last a bit longer by hitting the beach, hiking in the mountains, and reading a fabulous book.

To help feed that cry for fun, we’re giving away freebie e-books to the first 15 readers. I’m offering a selection from our backlist  because they rock. You may only choose one book. Be sure to put which title you want in the Subject line.

Example: Free e-book: The War of the Rosens.

Email me at lynn-at-behlerpublications-dot-com

Charting the Unknown (memoir) – Have you ever dreamed of chucking it all and doing something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Like living on that tropical island? Well, Kim Petersen and her husband did it. They tossed it all aside to live on a gorgeous boat and sail the world with their two teenagers – and in the process, learned valuable lessons about fear and love…and laughing like a foolio.

Nothing Short of Joy (memoir) – Julie Genovese is about the most infectiously happy people I know. This beautiful woman always has a smile on her face and a song in her heart. But she wasn’t born that way. She had to work to overcome a childhood of taunts and physical pain to reach a point of sheer joy, love, and happiness.

KTLA’s News at Ten: Sixty Years With Stan Chambers (memoir) – If you live in Los Angeles, or anywhere in Southern California, then you know Stan Chambers. He has long been an L.A. news icon and one of the business’s nicest guys. He was able to get breaking news stories because people trusted him. That included the story heard ’round the world – the Rodney King beating…and many others.

Dr. Zastro (fiction) – This novel is just plain lovely. A historical love story that still makes my heart swell whenever I read it. In fact, I’ve read it so many times, my Kindle app on my tablet is threatening to explode. Le sigh…

The War of the Rosens (fiction) – Is there any more endearing character than little Emma Rosen? Personally, I don’t think so. She’s a bright spot in a dysfunctional family, whose honest, pure questions about the world around her eventually heal everyone she touches. Love, love, love this book.

Donovan’s Paradigm (fiction) – Um…ok, gotta come clean and admit this is my book. Two very lively surgeons are at odds with each other due to their beliefs about medicine, and their fireworks threaten to rip apart the sanctity of the surgical ward, and their own lives. Geez, that sounds really Harlequin-ish, doesn’t it? It isn’t. If you’re looking for sex, forget it. If you’re looking for delicious, thought-provoking characters who make you think about whether your doctor’s beliefs impact the way they treat you, then this be for you.


July 26, 2011

"...(a) spirited first novel...entertaining...intriguing...Bollow shows promise." --Publisher's Weekly

With the lazy days of summer hitting us full force, it always comes to pass that you need a great collection of great books to entertain you while you hit the beach, travel in your motor home, or simply escape the kids and heat by locking yourself in your room.Well, hold on to your Vickie Secrets, ‘cos I have a doozie for you.

Author and playwright, Ludmilla Bollow, sent me her book when we were still wet behind the ears. Her book was our first Publisher’s Weekly review, so I have a very special place in my heart for this lovely book.

I fell in love with Dr. Zastro’s Sanitarium because it’s populated with so many wonderful, passionate, three-dimensional characters and passionate yet tragic plot that still impacts me seven years later.

This is no ordinary romance. Ludmilla’s literary palette is set in 1800 New York, where the mores of sexual-oppression bumps up against fiercely independent Yana, who comes to Dr. Zastro’s clinic to heal her arm, so she can resume her painting career. The idea of finding love is the furthest thing from her mind because she doesn’t want to feel tied to any man. But the ever-proper Dr. Phillipe Zastro intrigues her.

Unlike women of that time, Yana acts on her growing desire for Phillipe, and in the process, shatters his delicate balance of maintaining professional boundaries and feeling a new awakening of desire he never knew existed. Yana lights up his life and fills a gap in his life that he tried to fill by tossing himself into his work. Where he’d always seen life in the clinical, scientific world of black and white, suddenly the world has shades of gray.

And it’s those shades of gray that threaten his and Yana lives when a patient dies and Dr. Zastro is blamed for it. Prosecuted and sentenced to jail, Yana waits those long years for him. For the first time in her life, she’s taken the ultimate leap of faith and given herself unquestioningly to a man – something she swore she’d never do.

After Phillipe pays his unjust debt for a crime he didn’t commit, he finally returns to Yana and finds true joy in finally feeling complete. But Life isn’t done with Yana, and she is handed one last tragedy that will crush her heart and spirit, yet teach her grace and ease her restless gypsy soul.

I admit it – I cried like a baby, and if I had to rate this with Kleenex boxes, I’d give this a five – meaning that I recommend you have five Kleenex boxes on you when you read this lovely, tender book.

I could relate to Yana because she’s an independent cuss who doesn’t take crap from anyone, yet life and love soften her into a lovely state of grace amid ultimate sadness. I loved seeing Phillipe release the chains of what’s considered proper in order to allow his heart to have a bigger voice in his life. I loved that they both became better people for having loved each other. Bittersweet and tragic, to be sure, but dang…what a fabulous book.

Buy this book if you want a beautifully written story that captures the depths of how powerful love is. And have a lovely reading summer.

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