Today I showcasing an author who I adore. Elaine is indie author who shares her writing. The first book I read was a Jolie Gentil mystery mystey 

I freely enjoyed this book and I went looking for others. Elaine shared all her books with me and there are reviews on all on the blog. Elaine on a new Julie book being released June 9, 2018. I have already pre-order it.


Elaine Neil Orr is a writer of fiction, memoir, and literary criticism. She was born in Nigeria; the American South is her second home. She writes richly about the natural world, complex human relationships, and spiritual longing.”

“THE ONLY REASON I DIDN’T SHOOT Robby was because I couldn’t think of how to do it without getting caught. About two weeks later I found out that in addition to embezzling from his bank my husband also stole money from our joint retirement account. I should have thought harder. It all happened pretty fast. I like to think that if Robby had blown the money over more than a couple months I would have wised up to it. Or, maybe not. The only bank statement I ever looked at was my separate checking account. After all, my husband was Mr. Commercial Banker. That’s how I met him. I was Ms. Commercial Real Estate. But, not any more. I did not exactly flee Lakewood. I quit my job and left. There’s a difference. And now I need a job. “


I received a free copy from the author for a review. I would like to thank her for the opportunity to read this book. The first book in this series. Jolie Gentil moves to Ocean Shores after husband had gambled all their funds away. She is staying at her Aunt Madge’s B B Resort. Jolie meets old friends from her high school days. She finds work as a real estate appraisal and the first day on the job Jolie finds a dead woman. One of her husband creditors attempts to force her to pay her husband debt. Jolie needs to finds answers before her life expires. I highly recommend this series.

“YOU CAN FREEZE YOUR BUNS OFF in December at the Jersey Shore. That’s why all the tourism brochures feature seagulls on the beach in July. I shouldn’t have been surprised that December thirtieth was a good day to freeze my toes, or feet, or any other part of my anatomy. But that didn’t mean I liked it. Especially the whisper of snow that had begun to hit my windshield. I wanted to finish grocery shopping and take the food to Aunt Madge’s Cozy Corner B&B before the snow storm blew in later. On Christmas day, Scoobie and I told Aunt Madge and her husband,  Harry Steele, that we were not only getting married, but we were going to be parents next year. “ 


I am delighted to read the 10th book of this series in order to find out what was happening with Jolie and Scoobie. A simple New Year’s Eve wedding is planned. The day before while eating at the cafe, Jolie sees a stranger in town who was familiar. Later Scoobie is informed that his father is unconscious at the hospital.  The wedding is disrupted by the police bringing a ten year child to it. The boy tells Scoobie that he is delighted to finally meet his brother. Julie decides to help Scoobie decided if he wants more information on why his Father left him behind. The reason will break you heart. This book is better if you have read the some of previous books as all the characters are present as it is character driven. Some of the back story is included and the story is completed. I am looking forward to reading the next book. I highly recommended book and the series.

DAMN IT TO HELL, Perkins. I sent you to grab photos of a car accident, and half the ones you took are a bunch of crappy flowers.” I managed not to say what I thought. “Those hybrid anemones don’t grow here without…” “You’re fired.” “Excuse me?” “You heard me. Pack up.” With that, Hal Morris, irascible editor at the South County News, walked into his office and shut the door. Silence can be really loud, sometimes. A low voice behind me said, “Uh, Melanie.”


The first book in a new cozy mystery. It is a relaxing read, characters developed. It set in rural Iowa along. a river bank. The town is slowly changing from farms to a small town. Melanie Perkins was writing for the newspaper until she was fired for taking too many pictures of flowers. Melanie doesn’t want to leave the area so she accepts a job redoing the landscape of a Victorian house. Gardening is her first love. The owner of the newspaper, Hal Morris has an argument with her in the local store. The next morning, Melanie find him buried in a pile of manure. Melanie works to clear her name as some of the law enforcement officers decide she is guilty. I am looking forward to Melanie and friends next adventure.

About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 65 years. We had a Bengal Cat, Kato who has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. I am writing very. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or any other source​. My reviews can be found on. Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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  1. bellesmoma16 says:

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from To Kill a Mockingbird — one of my most favorite books ever written. So here I will share from the book I am currently reading, The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck. I am just beginning chapter 14, so I will share the first line from there.

    “Try as I might, I can’t release Sam’s kiss from my memory.”

    Have a great weekend!

  2. YAY for Indie Authors! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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