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Many e-zines include a page or more of reviews of such things as movies, books, television shows, CDs, and so on. So here we go!

Books

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The story of Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer's captivity in Afghanistan. $13.97 Available through Amazon.com

Tender Persuasion
by Jean Hackensmith
Port Town Publishing
Superior, Wisconsin

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Tender Persuasion is a brilliantly written book. The language is as good as the plot, and what a plot it is! Tender Persuasion is the TRUE story (names and locations have been changed) of a woman who was brutally raped. When I say brutal, I must emphasize that the scenes in which the heroine relives her rape will be difficult to read. If you are sqeamish or prudish, this book isn't for you. But don't be so quick to write it off. It is well worth the $10 investment. A horrible man raped Kaitlyn Emberland, and a wonderful man saved her. It took many years, but he taught her to trust, to love, and to make love without fear.
 
Tender Persuasion can be purchased by clicking on www.porttownpublishing.bigstep.com

Movies
 
These are my picks for the month of September!
 
SIGNS, starring Mel Gibson and Joacquin (Wah-keen) Phoenix, was an eerie movie, but not because it was a horror movie. I don't like them. If you think this is a horror movie or a fantasy, and you've skipped it for that reason, you would be wrong. SIGNS has an element of fantasy, namely, aliens, but the message is not about alien invasion. The movie has a strongly spiritual element, some scenes that will make you jump, but overall a solid plot about one man's who learns an important life lesson. Rated PG-13.
 
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING is probably the most hilarious movie I have ever seen! Clean and funny to the very end, this movie illustrates how we can view our family as "weird" or "strange" or "different", but in fact, we all have unusual families. This is also a marvelous love story. Do not skip seeing this movie! Rated PG!

VetCop
by Donna Conger
Port Town Publishing
Superior, Wisconsin

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Veterinarian Paul Conner lived a simple life until the day Detective George Christensen called with a very puzzling problem. He needed Paul's help--for what? To catch a mynah bird named Treasure and to solve a murder. To complicate matters, into Paul's life walks Dr. Veronica Mason, a researcher from M.I.T. She is beautiful, smart, witty, and she knows a heck of a lot more about mynah birds than Paul does. In fact, she trained Treasure to actually communicate with humans and her DNA altered offspring--if they can just find the stolen eggs--promise to be even more intelligent. A rollicking tale of suspense, love and intrigue, mingled with a delightful humor, VetCop takes the reader from the eastern coast of the U.S. to the untouched beauty of the New Frontier.

New Releases

Forgotten
by Donna Conger
Published by: Publish America
Available through Amazon.com
 

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On a bitterly cold winter day in Boston, an emaciated woman enters a pawn shop, out of answers and out of time. That same night, she blacks out. When she wakes, she is stunned to learn that seven years have passed. She's now married to one of the wealthiest men in America. She's a mother, a graduate student at Boston University, a born again Christian. However, she remembers nothing and no one. Her husband reveals some of the details of her past, but admits that he does not know why she was running when they met years earlier. After months of hard work, she rebuilds her life. Then tragedy strikes again, bridging the chasm to her traumatic past. Through prayer, a strong faith in God, and good friends, she is able to turn her misfortunes into help for millions.