March is always such a busy month … I have birthdays to celebrate, appointments to keep, work to be, well, worked at. But my son finally got his own car, so hopefully that will mean less running for me, and more time to write. I’m planning the third book in my Love on the Lake series as we speak. And speaking of Love on the Lake, Whispers in Autumn is now available at Amazon and Black Lyon Publishing. If you like spooky ghost stories with a dash of mystery, this one’s definitely for you!
I just read a really great book by fellow BLP author, Lisa J. Lickel!
When the cover for this romance appeared on our publisher’s website I couldn’t help but wonder at the meaning of the title, Meander Scar. In a brief preface, the author explains that a meander scar is healed earth alongside a waterway that skewed from the boundaries of its naturally straight course. I wasn’t far into the book before it became clear that this was a fitting analogy for the life of Ann Ballard, the story’s heroine.
When her husband, Gene, mysteriously disappears, Ann finds her life in a disturbing state of limbo; she isn’t a widow, but she isn’t really married any more, either. As the years slowly pass, Ann begins to feel that she isn’t much of anything at all. It takes the reappearance of Mark Roth, a much younger man from her past, to make Ann feel like living again. But like a river slamming against a stone barrier, Ann and Mark’s romance seems frought with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
The many twists and turns the author put into the plot made Meander Scar an intriguing read from the start, and her considerable talent for crafting likeable, lifelike characters held me till the story’s most surprising ending. This inspirational romance is a tale of love, faith and complex family relationships. It is a showcase for the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful sides of life and the joy of everlasting love.
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My first professional review for Whispers in Autumn is in!
I was thrilled when I received Whispers in Autumn for review. I’ve read other M. Jean Pike novels and I’m particularly fond of her paranormal’s. This is the second in the Love On The Lake series and although the paranormal aspect was absent from the first (Shadow Lake), it’s back with this installment.
In this second novel we meet for the first time Emma’s friend, Dove. An expert in paranormal studies and a physic medium, Dove has just helped the Philadelphia Police Department solve a brutal murder and picked up a stalker along the way. This madman believes Dove is a witch and wants her dead. After receiving an invitation to Emma and Shane’s wedding, she decides a sabbatical is in order. She’ll go to the wedding and stay at Shadow Lake where she can enjoy the peace and quiet as well as hide out with the hope her stalker won’t be able to find her before the police find him.
Shadow Lake is everything Emma had told her it would be—peaceful, beautiful, and serene. Unfortunately the spirits haunting the park are not so at peace. They clamor for Dove’s attention, but she’s learned over the years to shut them out when necessary for the sake of her sanity. One thing she hadn’t counted on was meeting Dusty and the immediate passion she feels for him. Dusty is a man with a past; living with the grief of a heart wrenching tragedy he can’t let go of. Although he feels unworthy of loving a woman like Dove, he can’t resist the overwhelming physical and emotional effect she has on him.
Ms. Pike’s powerful characterizations, vivid imagery, and fast pace captures the reader from the first sentence and holds them until the last, making Whispers in Autumn a true winner. This is not a cookie cutter romance; Ms. Pike’s attention to detail and unique storytelling ability sets this one apart. The suspense is nail-biting in intensity at times. The love scenes are beautifully done without being too graphic and the spine tingling ghostly encounters are right on.
All the characters in Whispers in Autumn are vibrantly alive, with their own individual flaws. The main players are likable, even lovable—generating sympathy and a true desire from the reader for them to overcome the many obstacles to their happiness. I appropriately hated the villain, but still managed to feel a tiny drop of compassion for his madness.
This is a shorter novel and can be read in one sitting, which is good because you won’t want to stop reading once you start. But don’t let the shorter length fool you. Whispers in Autumn is chock full of romance, paranormal activity, and suspense. There’s something for everyone and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.