Category Archives: Family Life

Perfect for Him on the SF Review of Books

Perfect for Him on the SF Review of Books

Tonight I received a notification on Facebook that a review by Grady Harp would be featured on the San Francisco Review of Books Wednesday, February 21st.  Mr. Harp reviewed Perfect for Him after its release and I cherish that review. So I was really excited to hear that it would be published in the Review. The cover has been replaced – as much as art lovers and I loved it, there were too many complaints about the bare breast.

Perfect for Him award
FREE It would be her last summer at the Jersey Shore
California/Michigan author Suzanne Jenkins has written so many successful novels – contemporary fiction that is a reflection of American fantasy with historical reality – that she has captured audiences with many tastes. Her various ongoing series are favorites of many readers and her stand-alone novels are garnering many awards also. Suzanne is a retired operating room nurse and her fiction reflects her training in rapid changing sequences and turns of events that are so much a part of that environs. Drama? She creates it in spades and in doing so she waxes lyrical with her prose. And another aspect of her thorough approach to her art is her careful selection of the covers of her book: the cove for PERFECT FOR HIM, though not credited, reminds us of the art of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt – perfect for this story.Opening chapters say much about an author’s skill at raising the curtain on the proscenium arch of a story. Suzanne beings with a few words that establish the mood of the story well: ‘Dog days of late August, the perfect backdrop in which to hear a terminal diagnosis, Harley Jones thought as she walked to her car. The smell of tar and garbage mingled with the wind and the heat, like a big, stinking convection oven. It was the afternoon and the streets of Philadelphia were sweltering. That halting prelude proceeds to the story: ‘Two years after her husband, Jason makes a late night-discovery, Harley Jones finds out she’s dying, with the reality of leaving him and their four daughters behind. As obsession with what will become of her family overwhelms the little time she has left, and another woman sets her sights on Jason, Harley’s sister-in-law, Bea comes up with an idea that might solve Harley’s problems. PERFECT FOR HIM is a tale of two lovers whose lifetime romance sustains them, as an unwanted ending looms in the near future. Pathos and heartbreak intermingle with expectation and the comedy that only a close-knit family can generate. At the end, joy and hope reign, thanks to Harley’s unselfish love.’

Writing such as Suzanne offers is an oasis in the current deluge of paranormal/undead/horror stories – a book that provides not only a fine story well told, but also a sensitivity to human issues few authors can capture. This is a very fine read. Grady Harp, November 15, 2015

From History to Mystery – S.R. Mallery

From History to Mystery – S.R. Mallery

Tales to Count On By: S.R. Mallery Narrated by: Diane Lehman Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins Release date: 02-06-18 Regular price: $14.95 Free with 30-day Trial The Dolan Girls By: S. R. Mallery Narrated by: Nancy Peterson Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins Release date: 10-09-17 Regular price: $19.95 Free with 30-day Trial   Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other… Continue Reading

Short Story with a Punch

The first review The Golden Boy 5.0 out of 5 stars~~Easter Dinner~~ By Off Grid…And Loving It… TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 11, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase I truly love a short story with a punch and this one has that…and more. Imagine finding out that your soul mate and husband truly is… Continue Reading

Some LGBT, Some Family Drama, A Little Normalcy

Some LGBT, Some Family Drama, A Little Normalcy

  Alice’s Summertime Adventure Edit: After talking with a reader tonight, I’m going to be less apologetic about Alice. She called it “real and raw.” Addressing a reviewer who called the book “Garbage,” Alice is not garbage. It’s a story with realism, and a lot of family issues jammed into one family for the sake… Continue Reading

Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Group Giveaway!

Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Group Giveaway!

The Greeks of Beaubien Street, the first book in the Greektown Detective Stories is in an Instafreebie Giveaway this week! There are forty-four free reads on Instafreebie, and forty-four 99 Cents reads on Amazon. Check it out! FREE on InstaFreebie! 99 Cents on Amazon! The Greeks of Beaubien Street on Instafreebie is a preview, just… Continue Reading

Short Stories on Instafreebie

Short Stories on Instafreebie

I love to write short stories and give them to my readers. They don’t sell well, so although I eventually put them up on Amazon when I can afford the formatting, I usually give them away free on my website. Now that I’ve discovered Instafreebie, the stories will land there, first. Here are a few… Continue Reading

“Life is Truly Amazing”

“Life is Truly Amazing”

The Review By USN Chief, Ret..VT Town TOP 500 REVIEWER Imagine the plight of a mother in raising five girls without their dad? The youngest of them is ‘Pipi’ -short for Philipa. She is bullied in school and her two of her older sisters are there to help her. One day Walter Spencer ‘Wax’ takes… Continue Reading

If Only it Could Be Summer Again

If Only it Could Be Summer Again

A reblog from Uvi Poznansky   Beach reading: If only it could be summer again Saturday morning a light rain fell, adding to the chilly, fall mood. Beach season was truly over. Harley didn’t want to leave. If only it could be summer again, with her children home all day and the laziness of it… Continue Reading

Meet Christoph Fischer-Transporting Us Through Time

Meet Christoph Fischer-Transporting Us Through Time

  Suzanne’s Note: I met writer Christoph Fischer when our books appeared together in the original  At Odds with Destiny anthology. Like me, he isn’t limited to one or two genres; from Jewish history, to psychological thriller, family life and coming of age, to German history and medical thrillers. Each one is equally compelling!Through intense… Continue Reading