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Night Owl Reviews ~ Christmas Reflection, Book #1 of The Forever Christmas Collection

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Christmas Reflections

Forever Christmas, #1

Juliet Swanson was like most teenagers wanting to spread their wings and move out of their small towns. When she did move to California to attend college, she realized that there was something missing from her life. She longed for that small town quaintness that Glenville, Washington offered her while growing up. After acquiring her job, she knew deep down that it wasn’t for her and she made her way back home. Now, the unthinkable is happening. The Glenville Ski Resort and the Schwartz Christmas Tree Farm is being acquisitioned and the firm is hanging in the wings ready to convert these two businesses into a strip mall and casino. Juliet and her girlfriends won’t let this happen so they chip in and buy the property. Little does Juliet know that Colton Weatherly will do whatever he has to in order to get his job done. In the process, neither plan on feeling an attraction for one another. Can they make it work between them? Does Colton convince Juliet and her friends to let the property go over to the acquisition firm he works for?

I absolutely loved this small town story and I couldn’t help but love the characters. Ms. Jaytanie is a wonderful writer who knows how to create interesting settings and characters and has her readers begging for more. I liked Juliet and her friends and I had hoped that something could happen between her and Colton. Although this was a shorter story, the author did very well in creating a storyline with enough details that made the reader feel satisfied in the end. I understand this is book one in the Forever Christmas Series and I’d love to read the rest of the books as well. I highly recommend this book and feel it’s a great story that you can read any time of year. Well done, Ms. Jaytanie!

Book Blurb for Christmas Reflections

As a teenager Juliet Swanson couldn’t wait to get out of her home town of Glenville, WA and move to the big city. She moved to California to attend college, and then went to work for a large corporation. It didn’t take her long to realize that clawing her way up the ladder at others expense wasn’t the life she wanted. She moved back to her home town, fell in love with the ‘family feel’ of living there and has a close knit group of girlfriends she shares everything with. Now if she could only find a way to make her dream career a reality she would have it all, except for Mr. Right.

Colton Weatherly is a city guy who eats and breathes his career as a project manager for a acquisitions corporation. He is assigned to acquire the Glenville Ski Resort, along with the Schwartz Christmas Tree Farm. By his estimation it will be an easy close, and he plans to wrap it up in one short weekend. What he didn’t plan on was butting heads with Juliet, who is not the average ‘local girl.’

Reflecting on one’s life can sometimes lead to discovering a path you never knew existed.

Story 1 in the best-selling Christmas romance series, Christmas Forever.

The western Washington town of Glenville is threatened with the possible loss of their 100 year old Christmas tree farm to an outside corporation. Four friends join together to keep the tradition alive and create new opportunities with the rebirth of the Forever Christmas tree farm.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 5.00

Cyn’s Reviews

I had to share this wonderful review. There’s truly nothing more an author can ask for than to make her reader “laugh out loud,” be caught up in the suspense, and feel the pain of the characters…Thank you Cyn’s Reviews for this fantastic review and especially for falling in love with The Winters Sisters!!!

5 stars…LOVE THIS
Chasing Victory: The Winters Sisters, Book 1
Written by: Joanne Jaytanie-Duncan
Narrated by: Robin Rowan

“Hooked on the Winter Sisters series ”
Would you consider the audio edition of Chasing Victory to be better than the print version?

Yes I do better with this type of genres on audio, however I did find the book to be good as well. I just like the audio better.

Which character – as performed by Robin Rowan – was your favorite?

I thought the character voices were outstanding, I didn’t care to much for one of the sisters voice but it was okay. There are to many wonderful characters to pick just one

Any additional comments?

I have to say most of the Paranormal I do not care for with that said I will also say this author had me hooked from the start to finish. I loved the suspense with just a little mystery there is a thrill a minute in this read. I am not sure what I expected is sure wasn’t what I got Ms. Jaytanie really blow me away with her wonderful scenes, characters and her outstanding writing style. I won this in a give away I was a little uneasy when I downloaded it. I am very thankful for the gift and turning me on to a new author that I would not have given a second look to.

You have a many alpha males here who use to be ex military. Brothers who can talk without talking. What it must be like to be in someone else mind is mind blowing. Tristan is a sweetheart of a man not knowing what he is getting into as he is on the hunt for the bad men. He is hot on their trail when one ends up dead with no leads only a smell of a women he must find before it is to late, could she be in on this or is she innocent. The hunt is on…. It doesn’t take him long to get into the thrill of action that he dearly loves. He might have gotten in over his head in more ways than one.

Victory loves animals, she has spent her life talking to and helping them. She is doing research to help find people unique ability in hope to find curses to help humans. One night, one old friend will change her life and the path she is on. With being kidnap she is force to do her research on canine DNA. She is shocked at what she sees, what she finds is mind blowing, she will spend her time working hard to help those that are hurt by this research. Victory is just one sweet loveable caring lady who is out to help the world. She has a rough road which could lead to her death if not her sisters death. So many life’s can be lost if this isn’t handle very carefully.

Robin Rowan has a very smooth voices I thought her male voices were outstanding at times I forgot it was a female voice. I loved her many voices which I thought added much to the listen. There was only one of the sisters voice I didn’t care to much for but it wasn’t bad at all. I thought she did an outstanding job bring your heart to your chest as she spins the tale the author gives us. I am so looking forward to listening to more from this narrator.

There are so many wonderful characters I hope each one get their own story as this series continues. It is a thriller which keep you hopping, with a few Oh Mys thrown in as you cheer for this team to find a way out and help those injected with the DNA. This story will break your heart as it raises you up with the humor. I chuckled a time or two as well as laughed out loud. It is a very touching read with a little romance thrown in, which is well written and flows smoothly. I felt so much pain for the victims I could hear as well as see their pain. For those that where implanted with canis DNA the author showed the pain as they learn to deal with many issues. I would think if and when the time ever comes that this is done it will be as the author has wrote it or very close. I found this to be a very believable story as chills run down my back at the thought of this ever happening. I have no doubt there are people out there who would love to have the perfect soldier and would do anything to make this happen.

I could relate to each character in this well told story of what the future might bring. I just might be hooked on reading a few more Paranormal. I do want to thank this author for giving this audio in a drawing and letting me listen to it. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world and am so looking forward to reading/listening to more from her. My hats off to you for one outstanding read.

Book Description
Victory Winters possesses an unusual innate sense of communication, bordering on
telepathic when relating to animals. She is a world-renowned geneticist, and based
on these facts, she is kidnapped by Lawrence Braxton. Braxton is the madman CEO
who runs Biotec, and forces Victory to pursue her research on canine DNA.

Naval officer Tristan Farraday is sent undercover to track Biotec’s experiments.
These experiments involve the implantation of canine DNA into humans, thereby
manipulating their genetic makeup. The goal of Biotec is to create the perfect
soldier.

Murder, kidnapping, and blackmail follow as Tristan realizes Victory has been pulled
into Biotec’s world against her wishes. She refuses to divulge the genetic
answers Braxton demands. Victory knows Biotec wants to exploit her findings, by
administering them in a destructive manner. Will Tristan rescue Victory from
this madman’s grip and save her family? Can he keep her discoveries away from
enemy hands?

Night Owl Review – PaulineMichael of Chasing Victory

Chasing Victory

 Chasing Victory

The Winters Sisters, #1

Joanne Jaytanie has hooked me with this first story in her paranormal suspense series and I cannot wait to read her next installment. Victory Winters is a truly capable woman, I couldn’t help but admire her calm attitude and persistence. The fact that she was so very smart, too, could have made her feel unbelievable yet she comes across as truly authentic. Tristan Farraday is a hero truly worthy of the title, he is a well-rounded man with a fantastic balance of brawn and brain. He is an amazing presence and it is easy to see why Victory comes to trust him so quickly.

I loved the interesting premise of this story and how detailed the biotechnical information was without making me feel like I was back in my high school science class or too far over my head that I felt too overwhelmed. The supporting cast and characters are just as interesting as the lead couple and add an amazing depth without overshadowing Tristan or Victory. I cannot wait for most of them to get their very own adventures. I know that Victory’s sister Payton’s story is available now, and I cannot wait to read it. This is the first story I’ve read by this author but I am 100% positive it will not be the last.

Victory Winters thinks the worst has happened when she witnesses an old friend and colleague murdered, but then she finds herself kidnapped by a madman who forces her to perform DNA research and testing. Naval Special Ops officer Tristan Farraday and the rest of his team is on the case and he finds himself working to rescue the beautiful scientist and her family.


Book Blurb for Chasing Victory

Victory Winters possesses an unusual innate sense of communication, bordering on telepathic when relating to animals. She is a world-renowned geneticist, and based on these facts, she is kidnapped by Lawrence Braxton. Braxton is the madman CEO who runs Biotec, and forces Victory to pursue her research on canine DNA.

Naval officer Tristan Farraday is sent undercover to track Biotec’s experiments.

These experiments involve the implantation of canine DNA into humans, thereby manipulating their genetic makeup. The goal of Biotec is to create the perfect soldier.

Murder, kidnapping, and blackmail follow as Tristan realizes Victory has been pulled into Biotec’s world against her wishes. She refuses to divulge the genetic answers Braxton demands. Victory knows Biotec wants to exploit her findings, by administering them in a destructive manner. Will Tristan rescue Victory from this madman’s grip and save her family? Can he keep her discoveries away from enemy hands?

This is the start to a series that needs to be read in order. Next book is “Payton’s Pursuit”.


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Payton Winters is thrust into the position of CEO of The Winters Corporation after the sudden death of her parents. Confronted with the knowledge she was born with special abilities, she finds herself in the dilemma of being a grounding force to people who possess psychic powers. She has unwillingly become the mental anchor to the one man she wants no part of, Collin McBain. While on a routine mission, Collin is drugged, tortured, and injected with wolf DNA. Now believed dead, he is secretly assigned to the Winters Campus.

Faced with the reality that her life is based on half-truths, Payton is on a pursuit to uncover her mother’s scientific research. She desperately needs to understand why she and her two sisters were genetically altered before birth. Payton’s path to discovery is littered with danger as she finds herself embroiled in a world of secrets, lies, kidnapping, and murder. She struggles to understand the events of the past in order to cope with her future. Will Payton’s pursuit for the truth be her last?

Night Owl Reviews ~ Building Up To Love

Building up to Love

The Love List, #4

Laura is the owner of a large Victorian home that has been in her family for many years. When she decides the home is simply too large for her, she gets the idea to convert the house into a bed and breakfast. She will need to hire a contractor to handle the renovations. She hires Travis, even though she is attracted to him and doesn’t want to mix business with pleasure.

Laura belongs to a sort-of book group where the ladies of the group have created ‘A Love List’ rather than actually read and discuss books. They place the names of the town’s most eligible bachelors into a hat and draw names. The name you draw is the man you must ask for a date. So far, Laura has had no luck with ‘The Love List’. When she draw Travis’s name, she won’t ask him out because of their business arrangement. But love will not be denied. Yet, sooner or later, Travis is going to find out he was a part of the list, and that could be a deal breaker. Then of course, Laura does see him with that other woman…uh oh!

Building up to Love is the 4th book in ‘The Love List’. It’s a sweet and bubbly little romance featuring a strong, independent heroine. I enjoyed the buildup of the couple’s relationship within the well written plot. It’s refreshing to read a story that relies on sweetness to build a relationship rather than sex. This is the second book in ‘The Love List’ series I have read, and I would certainly read the others. A fine story I recommend.

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Victory Winters is a world-renowned geneticist and possesses an unusual innate sense of communication, bordering on telepathic when relating to animals. She is kidnapped by Lawrence Braxton. Braxton is the madman CEO who runs Biotec, and forces Victory to pursue her research on canine DNA. Naval officer Tristan Farraday is sent undercover to track Biotec’s experiments. These experiments involve the implantation of canine DNA into humans, thereby manipulating their genetic makeup. The goal of Biotec is to create the perfect soldier.

Murder, kidnapping, and blackmail follow as Tristan realizes Victory has been pulled into Biotec’s world against her wishes. She refuses to divulge the genetic answers Braxton demands. Victory knows Biotec wants to exploit her findings, by administering them in a destructive manner.

Will Tristan rescue Victory from this madman’s grip and save her family?

Can he keep her discoveries away from enemy hands?

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