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Another review of Are The Stars Out Tonight

5.0 out of 5 stars Judith has stars in her eyes., July 3, 2014
By Sugar “Sugar” (WI, USA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Are The Stars OutTonight (Kindle Edition)
Are the stars out tonight? By the time you finish reading this story you will know for sure that they are! Judith is a student of the stars, trying to figure out the secrets they hold and wondering if her parents are, indeed, amoungst them. She is beckoned to travel the stars and gets to see firsthand, what lies out there in the blackness.

There is a lot of technical terms that go along with this story, but Ms. Kohn has written the story in a way that helps you understand it. Are the Stars Out Tonight brings to the forefront the idea of God’s creation and how we, as earthlings, treat our planet.

Review of Garden of Reflection

What a wonderful read. This book drew me in and kept me interested to the end. It is a fantasy with a lesson that I enjoyed, even though I didn’t need the lesson. It is told so well I could almost hear the birds singing and the water falling in the fountain. The author paints wonderful pictures with her words. I recommend it to anyone, especially women, who has a working imagination.

Granted Redemption by Katie Mettner- a Review by Allison Kohn

Granted Redemption

I enjoyed reading about how God works in the lives of these people to bring peace to  hearts after tragedy. There is drama, love, and humor; and listening in on a tender hearted therapist as he works with his patients was a joy. I recommend this book, highly, to anyone who enjoys reading about  the ups and downs of life and how the human soul is able to conquer with the help of God. This story doesn’t hold back on the details, but it never embellishes them into unreality either. I think you will enjoy as much as I did.

Below is an excerpt from the book, the blurb, and contact information.

I laid my napkin on my plate and slid it onto the coffee table. “I’m stuffed. You were right, that mashed potato pizza is addictive.”

She nodded, though I noted her pizza was hardly touched. She sat forward and slid her plate onto the coffee table next to mine. “I told you. You don’t get pizza like Pizza Luce just anywhere.”

I motioned to her plate, “Aren’t you hungry?”

She patted her tummy, “I’m stuffed. One piece is enough for me.” She said, jumping up off the love seat and stacking the plates, but I stopped her and pulled her back down next to me. “Do I make you nervous? You hardly picked at it.”

“I don’t want to burst your bubble, but no you don’t make me nervous.” A look shuttered down over her eyes, and she was suddenly standoffish. I knew I had better back off before she kicked me out.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to be rude. It’s me who is nervous, and I’m stupid. I hope you aren’t upset with me.”

“You aren’t stupid, and why are you nervous?” She asked, sitting on the edge of the love seat like she was ready to bolt.

I reached out tentatively rubbing her cheek. “Because you do things to me that no one has done to me ever.”

She stilled in my hand, and she shook her head negligibly, laughing a little. “Don’t need to be nervous, I don’t bite. I’m just me, plain old Carla.”

“Can I be honest with you?” I asked, still rubbing her cheek, and she nodded again. “There is nothing plain or old about you. Everything about you gives off this hum of energy and sexiness. It’s like there is an electrical charge that pulls me here, and I can’t stay away. You are so beautiful whether I’m here, at work, or home I can’t stop thinking about you.”

“That’s nice of you to say, but I see myself in the mirror every day.” She stopped speaking and hid her face.

“I don’t know what mirror you’re looking in, sweetheart,” I ran my hand through her hair, so I could see her face again, “but at the risk of getting slapped I will tell you this. I can hardly keep my hands to myself when you are around.”

She tried to hide her smile, but I saw it anyway. “I would never slap you.”

“Not even if I did this?” I asked, leaning in and kissing her lips. I intended it to be a short peck, but I hesitated, tasting the wine on her lips



Psalm 23: Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death….. A lifetime ago Grant Harris was an Australian surfer at the top of his sport, until one wave changed everything. Fifteen years later, Grant has become bitter, lonely, and disillusioned. Hoping to jump start his career he accepts a position in Duluth Minnesota, with no way of knowing how quickly his life was about to change. A lifetime ago Carla Coffers was a runaway teen with no family, no money and no hope for a future. Fifteen years later, she’s a successful business woman as owner of Carla’s Kinky Café, on beautiful Lake Superior. Her friends think she’s got it all, but Carla still yearns for the one thing she never had. A cup of coffee, a car, a confession and a cross come together to grant them redemption from their past and hope for the future.



About the author

I grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and moved to the Northwoods as a young adult where I now reside with my husband and three children. My love affair with Lake Superior began when I met my husband, Dwayne, and he drove me across the bridge one snowy November day with my nose pressed up against the glass. It was in that moment the scene was set for my breakout novel!


As a young adult I enjoyed ballroom dancing and spent many hours on the dance floor. After an injury sidelined me for 10 years I am finally able to waltz again! My stories are a reflection of my love for family intricately woven with life experience. When the gales of November blow early you can find me at the computer with a cup of joe, listening to Michael Bublé and working on Sugar’s next adventure…





Review of How did We Become Angry by Paula Rose Michelson

My five star review of “How did We Become angry?” by Paula rose Michelson

This book is something everyone needs. For those of you who have had a perfect life, it is important that you know some of what those of us whose lives have been affected by angry loved ones who like to put others down, or our own anger have gone through or are going through.

For others, like me, who have gone through the fire and come out stronger, there is always something new we can learn or learn over again.

I have come a long way, but I needed to hear. “To fear anger or its effects is tantamount to being stuck in the past,” and “…and we can only be healed of issues we know we have, living a past that hurts so much we wouldn’t wish it on anyone, the only way to heal is through what happened.”

One day when I was sitting outside on the porch steps with a book in my hand a friend had given me, I was thinking I didn’t need it and was doing just fine; but I opened it and begin to read. I sat out there and read the whole thing and thanked God for sending it.

God gave me a verse to heal me and showed me how to apply everything I read in his word and every sermon to that verse for twenty years. Running The Race as a Winner is the result of that verse. God has given all of the women that see this is a blessed book to show you the way out of anger against yourself and others. You who are wise will get this book and never be sorry.

Review tribute to J. I. Packer’s book Knowing God

Our aim is to know God
Who loved while we were yet in sin.
I enter in.
His righteousness is mine.Eternal life is knowing God.
Being loved and cared for by him
I am known of by him
And Jesus Lord is mine.The best thing in life is to know God –
My father, my Shepherd, my King divine.
Joy not dim,
Is this fellowship so fine.

God reveals himself to man
Through the incarnation of Jesus his Son.
To know God, We must Know Jesus.

Jesus the King, the Lamb,
The Shepherd, the Door, the Way bids us come;
To know God through knowing Jesus.

Filled with the Holy Spirit,
I develop a deep acquaintance with with Jesus, my God and my Savior.

Knowing God
In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals! During the past 20 years, J. I. Packer’s classic has revealed to over one million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. This anniversary edition is

Done Deal by Rene Schultz

A great book to get involved in. Lots of interesting facts about computer geeks, political non-integrity, etc. A personal in-depth look at what it is like to fight cancer unto death. Cissy is my hero. She not only goes through months of weakness and pain courageously thinking of others more than self, but she devises and ingenious plan to leave a legacy only two living people will ever know about, but possible millions will benefit from.
The author, Rene Schultz is also an ingenious plotter and writes another book that I gladly recommend to everyone in the civilized world.

Cissy is just your typical hard working, single mother, who leads a very simple life until one day, when a cancer diagnosis leave her spinning in circles. Not one to sit around and do nothing, and with experience in the medical field, she decides to research new medication and clinical studies

Review of Times of Turmoil by Cliff Ball – Read the book and tell me what you think.

He, Too, Has a Family. It's Up to You to See H...

He, Too, Has a Family. It’s Up to You to See Him Through – NARA – 534274 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Sav...

National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the U.S.A. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have all heard those conspiracy theories – or are the well educated guesses? – about the ultra-rich of the world who have been running things behind the scenes in the world for centuries. In Times Of Turmoil by Cliff Ball we have an example of what one of these families could have been plotting since the second world war.
Cliff does a good job of giving us a compare/contrast report of two families.
One is his idea of a worst case scenario: a portrait of one family whose only desire is more and more power. Money is important only as a means to further power. War and terror are another means to dominance. Everything they do is centered on aggregate power in the world for that one household.
On the other end of the spectrum is a God-fearing Baptist family whose only desire is to live and love in the Light of the God of Peace.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes history, anyone who is interested in a thrilling – and frightening – end time books; and all other Christians.

Times of Turmoil: a Christian Thriller (The End Times Saga 1)
The first book in the End Times Saga – Christian FictionIn this prequel to Times of Trouble and Times of Trial, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves inv…

Review of Evelyn’s anxious Bench by Talleyrand

5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Read, November 18, 2013
By Talleyrand (Sydney, Australia)
This review is from: Evelyn’s Anxious Bench (The Baker Family Saga) (Kindle Edition)
A fantastic female story of empowerment set during the sojourner days of the early 19th Century in the historic Wilamette Valley, Evelyn’s Anxious Bench is an absorbing read from the first page on. I was hooked by author Allison Kohn’s expert handling of characterization and fell in love with her protagonist. Kohn knows how to keep the reader glued and does this through an accumulation of details – both emotional ones related to character and wonderfully incisive observations linked to time and place. An utterly authentic and brilliantly written character study, this is a strong recommendation for lovers of historical adventure and romance.
Evelyn’s Anxious Bench (The Baker Family Saga)
The first book in the baker family saga is about Evelyn Baker Brook. Evelyn doesn’t want to leave her comfortable home in Maryland and blaze a

Review of Girl Jacked by Christopher Grayson

Girl Jaked got me hooked for the next book. It is not only a thrilling mystery; it is a character study of two lovable – in spite of their hang-ups – people. the characters are all well developed and the descriptions are written works of art. I was impressed with the respectful approach to God, even though the hero isn’t a Christian. The last traumatic scene was very impressive too.

Girl Jacked (A Jack Stratton Mystery)
AMAZON INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER! • Amazon #1 Best-Seller – CRIME • Amazon #1 Best-Seller – MEN’S ADVENTURE • Amazon #1 Best-Seller – VIGILANTE JUSTICE • Amazon #2 Best-Seller – SERIES • Amazon #4 Best-Seller – MURDER &#…

Review of Tilted Windmills by Ann M. Beardsley

Statues of Don Quixote (left) and Sancho Panza...

Statues of Don Quixote (left) and Sancho Panza (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Don Quixote fighting a windmill on hi...

English: Don Quixote fighting a windmill on his horse, Rocinante. In the background Sancho Panza next to his donkey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Tilted Windmills by Ann M. Beardsley is part comic novel and part tragedy. Ann presents Don Quixote as an idealistic noble man whose deceased wife is Dulcinea. He is not “tilting at windmills”; it is the windmills that are tilted. As Professor Torig Ali suggests about Cervantes was doing, Ann’s rendition of the story attacks the catholic church and it’s expulsion of Jews and Muslims during the inquisition. Some of the original attributes of Don Quixote are found in other characters in Ann’s book. The churches later attitude toward science are also part of this story. The tragedy in Ann’s story is her own invention and make the reader glad not to be living in Spain during those dark days.

    Tilted Windmills
    Imagine Don Quixote as an intelligent detective in 1603 Spain who is simply pretending to be crazy–because being declared insane just happens to be the best way to finagle his entrance into the dreaded Santuario de San Jose to rescue his childhood friend. Sancho accompanies him to keep him from …