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Great Books By Some Great Authors

by Susan Carlisle

At the beginning of the year I spent a couple of months reading books I had to judge for a contest. I decided than that when I was through with those I was going to take some time to read books by some friends. Below are the ones I’ve read so far and I still have a number of ones to go. I will report in on those are a later date. Try one of them or all.


MoonUnder the Moon Gate

Dashing sea captain Nathaniel Morgan sails into the life of prim and proper Bermuda heiress Patience Whitestone and threatens to expose her family secrets–ruinous secrets she wasn’t aware of. The two are immediately at odds when Nathaniel moors his vessel in front of her estate and refuses to leave until he finds the cache of Swiss gold he’s convinced was buried somewhere on the property during World War II. Can Patience save herself and her family’s reputation when she finds herself reluctantly drawn to this determined “pirate”? Or will someone from the past make good on his threat to destroy them both? Their fate is inextricably linked to Nazi plots and to the beautiful moon gates of Bermuda in this compelling tale of love and intrigue.






One of the hidden mysteries of ancient Christendom is the legend of a fierce gladiator who gave up the power of the sword for the power of the cross. This long hidden legend is unveiled through the novel Cestus. Cestus tells the story of a youth named Steppan who was captured by slave traders during a raid on his clan and sold at the market to Lucius Portius, one of the richest and most powerful men in Rome. To punish Steppan for of an incident at the Portius estate, he was sold to the owner of a gladiator school. At this place of sorrow, the frightened young Steppan comes to embrace the training as a means of escape from at least some of the anguish of his station in life and so he grows in stature and ability. At the moment of his first match to the death, Steppan allows the beast within to be unleashed. So lethal and spectacular is his performance, which is repeated each time he walks out onto the sands of death, that in time becomes the most famous gladiator in all of Rome, known by the instrument of death he wore – the Cestus. After winning his freedom in an epic match in the arena, Cestus rides as the head of a warrior clan. In Palestine he rescues Rachel, the niece of the prophet Zebediah, from Roman soldiers. A tragic love affair develops between the two, which results in Cestus becoming a most unlikely disciple of Jesus of Nazareth. Cestus is a fast read that contains action, drama, romance and historical insight,


all Beautiful thingsAll Beautiful Things

The scars. She’ll never forgive her attacker. Seven years ago, a knife-wielding stranger left socialite Ava Camden for dead on the sidewalk of an upscale Atlanta restaurant. She survived, but her face was brutally scarred. The police, the courts, and the powerful Camden family pinned the assault on only one suspect: Joel Sapphire, a twenty-year-old star athlete on the cusp of a pro football career. Too drunk to remember any details, Joel was found over Ava’s body, holding the bloody weapon. The letters. His brother is her only hope for the truth. Graham Sapphire grew up fighting on the city’s tough southside, and he’ll never let the Camdens crush his family. Now a wealthy hotelier, he’s determined to clear his brother’s name—and to find the monster responsible for Ava’s scars. Graham started writing to Ava the day his brother entered prison, asking her to give him a chance and offering his help. She never answered—but she never stopped reading. The secrets. The truth may destroy them both. Now Joel has been paroled, only to vanish before Graham can reach him. Is he lurking in the shadows or on the run from death threats? Ava is the lure that will bring him back, but she’s not alone in the fight. Graham will give his life—and even his brother’s—to protect her. The bond between them is hot, tender, and almost as dangerous as the hunter who waits in the shadows of the city’s darkest streets.

Marilyn Baron - September 4, 2014 - 3:32 am

Thank you for featuring my book, Under the Moon Gate, in your post.

Susan Carlisle - September 4, 2014 - 8:20 am

You are welcome. I enjoyed it.

Maxine Davis - September 4, 2014 - 8:57 am

Susan, I agree. it is fun to read books by my fiends. I enjoy the imagination and talent it takes to write them. (I always enjoy your books, too). I think it is important for us to support eah other.

Susan Carlisle - September 4, 2014 - 12:22 pm

I agree Maxine. We should support each other. These are good books to start with.

Debbie Kaufman - September 4, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Susan, I’ve been making an effort to read more of my friend’s books lately! Love those Susan Carlisle medicals! Enjoyed Snowbound with Dr. Delectable and going to try your new release, “The Doctor Who Made Her Love Again,” next! Just finished Sixth Sense, by Marilyn Baron. Deft humor and just a plain good read!
I am so far behind on everyone’s books that just the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales authors would keep me going for awhile!

Sia Huff - September 4, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Thanks for the reminder, Susan. I collect books and life and writing get n the way of reading. Silly, since reading is my de-stressor. Time to make it a priority.

Susan Carlisle - September 4, 2014 - 2:14 pm

I enjoy your book also. Great history lessons as well as romance. We-Petit Fours and Hot Tamales does keep you reading. We have a lot of talented people in the group. I look forward to more books.

Walt Mussell - September 4, 2014 - 9:12 pm

One of the best things about being in GRW is all of the great writers I’ve met.

Susan Carlisle - September 4, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Sometimes when we write the reading goes by the wayside. You are right a good story is a de-stressor.

Piper - September 5, 2014 - 7:05 am

I agree Walt. Thanks for the recommends, Susan!

sandra Elzie - September 6, 2014 - 6:30 am

Hi Susan,
I love to take time for myself occasionally and read the books that our own authors…or our guests have written. I’ve read yours, Susan, and Piper’s…and Under The Moon Gate. Like so many others have said, I have so many others still waiting. Maybe the upcoming 2-week cruise will help me get to some of them since they’re waiting patiently for me on my Kindle and I plan to take the Kindle with me on the trip.

Thanks for sharing with us today!

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