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Review of Treasure of the Amazon

published and copyrighted by Romance Danmark

by Harriet Klausner

In Elliot, Virginia her wheelchair bound father, a history professor at Virginia College, worries about the Brazilian branch of the family that moved from the United States during the American Civil War after allegedly stealing money to bankroll their journey. He wants to insure that the Brazilian matriarch the Madrinha Sara is okay as he has not heard from her in quite awhile. He asks his daughter, learning-disabilities schoolteacher Marisa, to head to South America to learn what happened and to collect the treasure promised by the matriarch.

In Brasilia, Marisa struggles to find a pilot willing to fly her into the remote Mato Grosso region. Reluctantly Scott Dunbar agrees to take Marisa though he warns her that the people in the area shoot first rather than ask why you are there. He assumes her relatives are either dead or assimilated. As they journey together to discover what happened to her kin and to find the treasure, Scott and Marisa fall in love, but he is a risk-taker while she is a homebody, or is she after this jungle trek?

The lead couple relationship and the Brazilian setting will remind readers of Romancing the Stone. Romantic suspense fans will especially appreciate the descriptive locales; first in Brasilia and then in Mato Grosso that makes for a superb somewhat exotic and dangerous background rarely seen in thrillers. The historical perspective that ties Brazil to the American Civil War adds authenticity as it is based on a true migration. Readers will enjoy this fine amateur sleuth Brazilian romance.

Note: Treasure of the Amazon has been
republished as Amazon Treasure.

Review of Treasure of the Amazon

published and copyrighted by Romance Reviews Today

by Amy Cunningham

Brazil – Present Day

Having quit her teaching job to become a newspaper journalist, Marisa Elliott steadfastly ignores the reasoning behind it; the suicide of one of her students is better left not remembered. Most think the change of pace will be enough to give her some peace, but Marisa feels she must prove something to her college professor father. Despite her love for him, she’s always felt that she must prove herself, usually coming up short. Going to Brazil to find a distant Elliott relation would go a long way in making her dad proud. Over the past many years, Mr. Elliott had been in contact with Sara, possibly the matriarch of the family who fled the United States and settled in the dark jungles of the Amazon. Finding the treasure that Sara had claimed is there would not only make her father proud, but would relieve the Elliotts of their shame in Virginia. The treasure chest is thought to hold the money one of their ancestors had stolen from a Virginian bank after the Civil War.

Upon her arrival in Brazil, Marisa has no idea how to go about finding her way through the jungle. Finding a pilot willing to take her to the jungle would be a start, and Marisa does just that. When she first meets Scott Dunbar, she immediately thinks “adventurer” and “flyboy,” not someone she would normally trust with her life. Scott hides something from her, and she’s not too sure she can trust him with the real reason she’s here. Posing as a journalist who is writing a piece on her family back in Virginia and their ancestors here in Brazil—not too far from the real truth—Marisa hires Scott to be a tour guide of sorts. As a bush pilot, Scott has many ins that would go a long way in making this adventure a bit easier. He seems to know the area well, speaks the language, and is known in many of the villages throughout the jungle. He’s also very easy on the eyes and causes a skip in her heart with his sensuality and magnetism. The jungle may be dangerous enough, but Scott really could cause her a lot of harm in the emotions department.

As the two head off for dangers unknown, Marisa knows that this journey will change her life. But she doesn’t anticipate falling in love not only with a country, but with Scott as well. Will Marisa and Scott get out of the jungle with their heads intact in time to explore the attraction that is growing between them in leaps and bounds?

Personally, I’m not a fan of jungle adventure romances, but surprisingly, TREASURE OF THE AMAZON caught me hook, line and sinker, it was a quick read from beginning to end. Mostly plot-driven, Marisa and Scott’s dangerous journey intrigues and doesn’t slow down as they encounter many threats along the way. As they traverse through the beautiful but deadly jungle they learn to trust one another, but their own instincts as well. One thing I found a bit hard to swallow was how presumptive Marisa could be in regards to Scott. Immediately thinking him a playboy bush pilot, she automatically categorizes him as a man with no direction or stability. Scott doesn’t make any attempts to correct that notion, but instead becomes increasingly discouraged with her opinions about him. Good things come to those who wait, and Marisa and Scott both find this out as they get to know each other. This reader would’ve been more worried about crocodiles and anacondas, but hey, the story isn’t about me. It’s definitely Marisa’s turn to shine.

Crikey, TREASURE OF THE AMAZON is a page-turner that I highly recommend. Don’t get caught up in preconceived notions of reptiles and monkeys; they only happen on The Crocodile Hunter…<g>.

Note: Treasure of the Amazon has been
republished as Amazon Treasure.

Review of Treasure of the Amazon

published and copyrighted by Coffee Time Romance

by Alegria

Marisa Elliot has allowed her ailing father to talk her into a desperate trip to the Brazilian jungle in search of the fortune with which Confederate ancestors had fled at the start of the Civil War. Normally she does not do places with bugs, snakes, and no facilities. She takes Scott Dunbar for the down-at-the-heels pilot he appears to be, but finds looks can be deceiving. He seems reluctant to assist her quest, but finally consents.

Scott sees Marisa is clearly a babe in the woods with no idea what she is about to get herself into. Her prim ways and the questionable nature of parts of her tale reveal how unfit she is to deal with the turbulent local politics, the myriad dangers of the jungle, and the hardships of her proposed trek. However, he cannot help but find her attractive for all her naivety, a woman with definite possibilities.

In this comedic adventure, reminiscent of Romancing the Stone and the Indiana Jones tales, Marisa and Scott make perfect foils. Scott is a model hero; a combination of rough-edged macho and urbane man of the world. Marisa is plucky and brave, steeling herself to cope with hardships beyond her wildest imagining, while dreaming of riches to come, and soon also of love.

Treasure of the Amazon is a great escape novel, allowing the reader to immerse themselves in a madcap adventure ranging from tense to hilarious. As this is the latest of the author’s offerings, I will definitely be checking her backlist. She handles both adventure and romance with a deft touch and makes the far-fetched feel believable. I found the book to be just plain, pure fun.

Note: Treasure of the Amazon has been
republished as Amazon Treasure.

Review of Treasure of the Amazon

published and copyrighted by

by Amy Huffman Cloer

Pinkie Paranya’s novel Treasure of the Amazon seemed like the perfect book to take to the beach. Beach reads need to have an easy style, a fluid yet streamlined plot, interesting characters, and an element of fantasy. A beach read should not be complex, overly thought-provoking, pessimistic or in any way cause the reader to evaluate her life. Treasure of the Amazon was, indeed, a beach reading treasure.

The plot moved along nicely with the main character already en route to Brazil to find a pilot to whisk her off to find her ancestor’s treasure. Of course, the idea that an engaged albeit disillusioned schoolteacher would actually think this an easy task is humorous in and of itself. I, as a teacher, can certainly understand the overwhelming desire to escape. A romp through the Amazon with a hunky millionaire pilot could lure any overworked, underpaid teacher from her classroom. The back summary mentioned that the book was “sensually erotic,” which made me fear a Fabio-on-the-cover story filled with heaving bosoms, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Paranya did not rely on gratuitous sex scenes to further the plot.

I was actually engaged as Marisa sought her family matriarch Sara’s legacy in the detached Amazon tribal communities. Her involvement with Scott peaked and ebbed throughout the novel, but ended with the expected outcome—the promise of happily ever after. While this can sometimes seem contrived, it works in this novel. Without spoiling the ending, suffice it to say that I was pleased with the way the treasure-seeking portion of the plot worked out.

Marisa is a person that I can almost believe exists. She is strong-willed but has an element of fear and even treachery that makes her more than a robotically strong heroine. I particularly enjoyed her reserve plan of using Scott as a mere piece of journalism in the event the treasure does not pan out. Her instant jealousy of the beautiful Elaine also rings true. The added elements of Marisa’s apathy toward her fiancé, her need for her father’s love and her career disillusionment add believability to her character and a nice departure from the stock females in most beach reads.

Scott was a bit more difficult for me. A handsome millionaire is believable enough, rare, but believable. His immediate motivation to hide his wealth and occupation is explained as by once-bitten status with a previous journalist. It almost makes me wonder how many beautiful female journalists find their way to Scott’s remote airstrip in Brazil? That aside, his intense love for Brazil and disdain for the United States is underdeveloped but perhaps not as central to the story.

The setting provides the requisite element of fantasy. The exotic Amazon location is described vividly, but the best descriptions are of the small villages in the rainforest. The people come alive as do their surroundings.

While not a complex literary masterpiece ala Jane Austen (and nobody can read that at the beach), the Treasure of the Amazon is a must for your beach bag this summer.

Review of Herr Schnoodle & McBee

published and copyrighted by Midwest Book Review

by Christy Tillery French

Private Investigator Alexander McBee’s heroes are TV’s Magnum, Mannix and Barnaby Jones. McBee fancies himself a loner, but that comes to an end one evening when he rescues a dog from drowning. McBee takes the mutt home to clean him up and a partnership is born. Herr Schnoodle, as McBee names the dog, has a propensity to solve crimes, and within a short time, McBee’s business is booming. Before he knows it, this loner is helping the down and out while trying to figure out why Apple Sally, a homeless woman suffering from amnesia, can’t remember her past. But once she does, McBee’s intent on saving her from the person who wants to kill her.

McBee is an engaging man who shuns germs and is afraid of commitment, and whose perception of himself changes over the course of the book. Herr Schnoodle is absolutely lovable and rounds out this cozy mystery to perfection. The partnership between the two makes this a fun read, with winning characters and a compelling storyline.

Note: Treasure of the Amazon has been
republished as Amazon Treasure.

Review of Treasure of the Amazon

published and copyrighted by Southwest Blend

Pinkie Paranya is one of those versatile writers that can master any style of writing. Known for her Women of the North Series including Raven Woman and Tiana, Gift of the Moon, she has written novels, magazine articles, and poems.

Treasure of the Amazon is a romantic mystery set in the Amazon jungle, and true to her style of writing, you feel like you are truly in the jungle. Several twists and turns in the story keep you reading, and following the heroine efforts to reach her goal while caught in the midst of an unexpected love affair.

A handsome pilot, a treasure, the dangers and beauty of the jungle, and a love triangle—what more can you ask for in a romantic novel? I highly recommend all of Pinkie’s books. They are always fascinating, quick moving and exciting. I for one, look forward to the completion of the Women of the Northland series.

Review of Herr Schnoodle & McBee

published and copyrighted by Mystery Scene Magazine

by Jackie Houchin

P.K. Paranya’s delightful, quirky detective, Alexander McBee, is a cross between Inspector Clouseau and Adrian Monk. An admitted loner, happy with his own company, and getting his training from watching re-runs of old detective shows on TV, McBee’s life changes one afternoon when he rescues a half-drowned mop of a mutt and takes him home. Herr Schnoodle, as he affectionately dubs the dog because of his Schnauzer-Poodle heritage, seems to have a nose for solving crime, and soon McBee’s flagging PI career takes off.

One day in Central Park, Herr Schnoodle and McBee meet a mysterious and feisty bag lady, named Apple Sally. The Schnoodle adores her immediately, but it takes McBee a while to overcome his germ phobias and see the frightened girl beneath the rags. As their friendship grows he resolves to discover the past she can’t remember, but it’s not until a rash of bag ladies are murdered (all looking uncannily like Apple Sally) that his curiosity turns to action.

With help (and sometimes hindrance) from a beautiful and sexy gossip reporter who attaches herself to McBee in hopes of scooping a big story, the terrible truth emerges. Can McBee and the Schnoodle save Apple Sally before it’s too late?

Paranya’s charming cozy mystery is funny, sweet, suspenseful and satisfying. Her comic scenes and imaginative similes will tickle your funny bone, and her eccentric, defective detective and his ugly-mutt partner will keep you entertained to the very end.

Review of One... Two... Buckle My Shoe

published and copyrighted by Midwest Book Review

by Christy Tillery French

Since the death of her daughter, Katharine Macklin has suffered from agoraphobia. Although Sergeant Richard Slater doesn’t believe in ESP, Katharine’s psychic abilities helped to find her daughter’s body and now Slater needs her help. A serial killer is on the loose, murdering young girls and leaving their untouched bodies wrapped in plastic, missing one shoe. Although Katharine is initially reluctant to help, she is pulled into the investigation when a small child named Bernie appears on her computer and shows her the shrine the killer erected with the missing shoes of the dead children.

Slater is frantic to find the killer yet Katharine holds close to her heart a promise Bernie extracted from her which reveals the motive behind the killer’s actions. As the investigation continues, she connects with the killer’s mind and tries desperately to figure out who the next victim is. Once the killer senses Katharine, he threatens her life and that of Slater’s small daughter Michelle. Despite warnings, Slater’s ex-wife doesn’t believe their daughter is in danger and Slater is torn between protecting his child and another the killer has targeted as the next victim. Although Katharine fears for her life, she cannot allow the killer to act again and begins a frenzied race to find and stop him before he can add another shoe to his collection.

Paranya provides an electrifying thriller here, allowing readers a peek into the mind of a serial killer and his twisted yet surprisingly comprehensible reasoning for murder. Nicely developed characters, plenty of psychological suspense, and a shocking twist at the end will leave readers thinking about this book for a good while.

Review of One... Two... Buckle My Shoe

published and copyrighted by Bowling Green Daily News

by Kathy Thomason

Richard Slater is a cynical, former homicide detective just putting in time with robbery until he can retire when he is called back to the homicide division to help investigate a series of bizarre killings of young girls.

Each victim is about 5 years old, neatly wrapped in plastic, killed by carbon monoxide poisoning and left where the body will be found quickly. Slater had investigated a hit and run accident a few years ago with the help of the victim’s mother, who saw her daughter’s body in a vision and now Katherine is having visions of the murders but refuses to talk to anyone but Slater. Both are reluctant to get involved but feel an obligation to the victims families to help them stop the killer. The police are stumped, he gets in and out, leaves no evidence behind and with the victims not being molested, seemingly has no motive for the purely random killings. But when Slater’s daughter, Michelle, becomes a target, it becomes a race against time to stop the killer before he gets to Michelle. Complicating matters is Katherine’s visions include a young boy named Bernie, who is obviously scared and being coerced into helping the killer and Katherine is trying to help Slater as much as she can and protect Bernie at the same time.

Slater and Katherine are the perfect examples of two lost souls slowly finding their way out of their own personal hells and finding each other at the same time while dealing with one of the most bizarre murder cases anyone can remember. Bernie is one of the most complex characters you will ever read about and Paranya’s knowledge of psychology is obvious in this deeply disturbing psychological thriller with an ending so surprising it will take your breath away. You will not want to put this one down until you have read every word and then you will go back and read it again because you won’t be able to sleep anyway. Definitely one of the best thrillers of the year.

Review of Secrets of Sebastian Beaumont

published and copyrighted by The Long and the Short of It

by Snapdragon

Her grandmother’s will compelled Danielle and Sebastian Beaumont to forge a marriage of convenience. Distrustful of one another, they could not deny the passion that flared beneath their marital façade. They could not remain enemies when a stranger threatened to take everything away.

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Secrets of Sebastian Beaumont introduces a sultry, sexy hero, a way of life that includes a clash between two classes of people, and a huge measure of suspense in spine-tingling gothic tradition.

Paranya’s occasional moment-to-moment physical descriptions will melt you — heart and soul. You will wallow in sensual delights — only to join heroine Danielle facing sad facts of prior promises — and eminent danger. Departing New York for the little known La Cieba, Danielle imagines stepping into a third-world, disaster-torn country, although she is reassured on her flight. Still — her trip feels like a strange passage to some unimaginable world... and so it becomes. Her first impression of Sebastian is faintly hostile, even if that’s mostly because others so revere him. Sebastian, for his part, might be forgiven for finding our heroine a bit sweet and shallow, but she does grow to her role, and in her understanding. The changes in Danielle’s perceptions as the story carries forward are rewarding, although we might be somewhat doubtful of her earliest outlook. Dialogue, at the start, seems predictable. However, the story is engaging and will carry you on, to discovering that the main characters are both much more than they seem at the onset.

Paranya’s luscious prose makes any description feel blushingly real:

She held on for dear life and suddenly felt an unfamiliar zing of pleasure course through her body as her senses were overcome by the lush jungle along the road, the bright birds, and the smell of the loamy soil, vegetation, and flowers.

Our heroine Danielle must adapt to a very different culture, in a world that seems more vibrant than anything she has experienced before. More: Sebastian, himself, seems more vibrant than any man one could imagine. The fact that they clash seems predictable, although their predicament is anything but.

Secrets of Sebastian Beaumont is beautifully written and intriguing from the start.

Surprises, secrets, and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end! Reading Paranya’s work becomes an irresistible indulgence.

Editorial Review of Amazon Treasure

published and copyrighted by Barnes & Noble

by Regan Murphy

Amazon Treasure is what I'd call romantic action / adventure. I especially liked the way the author described Brazil. Her detailed descriptions and vivid scene settings made me feel like I’d been there. As I’ve always wanted to go to Brazil, but have never had the chance, this was a treat. If you’re in the mood for a sweet, intriguing romance, with plenty of action, but without all the sex and violence so common in novels today, Amazon Treasure is a good bet.

Editorial Review of Amazon Treasure

published and copyrighted by Barnes & Noble

by Taylor Jones

Paranya crafted her story with a killer plot, down-to-earth characters, and quite a few surprises. I’m a girl who likes my sex scenes hot and heavy, and those were sadly lacking, but Paranya more than made up for it with her vivid descriptions that plopped me right down in the jungles of the Amazon. The writing’s good, the story’s charming, and the plot’s got enough surprises to keep you happily turning pages.

Review of Love Letters in the Wind

published and copyrighted by Black Opal Books

by Regan Murphy

Love Letters in the Wind is the heart-warming story of two wounded souls, trying to put the past behind them and start life over. They are afraid to trust and equally afraid not to. A new novel by Pinkie Paranya, the book has a western flavor that I enjoyed very much. It also features an asthmatic six-year-old boy who is just adorable.

The plot has some interesting twists and turns that capture the reader’s attention and refuse to let go. I was riveted up to the last page, wondering when the hero and heroine would get their heads out of their butts and do the right thing. In fact, I wasn’t sure right up until the end what was going to happen. Because it was a romance, I knew it would have a happy ending, or I assumed it would. But at times I wasn’t sure — which was a major feat in itself — as not every author can pull that off. But Paranya did an excellent job.

Love Letters in the Wind had some sex in it as well, which the other books I have read by Paranya have not. I was surprised and pleased by this, and I thought she did an excellent job with it. The characters, as always with Paranya, are down to earth, strong — yet vulnerable — and totally authentic. Add a strong plot, vivid scene descriptions, and a warm, touching romance and you have another Pinkie Paranya classic. If you have read her work before, you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. Either way I strongly recommend Love Letters in the Wind. I’m giving it 4.1 stars.

Review of Love Letters in the Wind

published and copyrighted by Smashwords

by dianalot57

This was one of the best romance novels that I have ever read.

Loved what this author did with the characters. Loved the idea of letters in the tumbleweeds.

Review of One...Two...Buckle My Shoe

published and copyrighted by Black Opal Books

by Taylor Jones

One...Two...Buckle My Shoe by P. K. Paranya is a paranormal thriller with a very surprising ending. It simply blew me away! Of course, I liked the story from the beginning. The heroine, Katharine Macklin, gets psychic messages through her computer. Gotta love it! These messages give her information about the serial killer of five-year-old blonde girls. So naturally, she tries to help the police.

Our hero, Detective Sergeant Richard Slater doesn’t believe in psychics, but he hasn’t been able to solve the crimes and the number of slain children keeps going up. So the Chief decides Slater will go see Katharine and hear her out. Much to Richard’s dismay, Katharine has information that has not been made public. Even worse, she knows there is going to be another murder soon.

Paranya tells a chilling story. The psychology and characterization is amazing. I absolutely loved the book, chilling as it was, and found that once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. If you want a book that will touch you, make you laugh and cry, and keep you riveted until the very last word, you can’t go wrong with One...Two...Buckle My Shoe. I am giving it 4.7 stars.

Review of One...Two...Buckle My Shoe

published and copyrighted by Black Opal Books

by Regan Murphy

One...Two...Buckle My Shoe by P. K. Paranya was quite a surprise. Paranya really did her homework on this one. The psychology behind the motives of the serial killer was extremely well done. The characters are very complex and completely three dimensional. I was fascinated with all of them, from the heroine who is an agoraphobic and afraid to leave the house to the bitter and cynical detective, to the psychologically disturbed serial killer.

The story revolves around a psychic, Katharine, who starts out getting messages from the dead children on her computer. (I knew computers were evil. I just never could prove it!) Katharine takes her information to the police, who remember her from when her daughter disappeared and Katharine’s psychic messages led them to her body. The police aren’t sure if Katharine is a suspect or if she really is a psychic, but she had too much information for them to just ignore her. When Detective Slater gets involved, he is most unhappy about having to work with a psychic. Then he meets Katharine and becomes convinced she is for real. But then Katharine starts getting messages from the killer, also on her computer, and things start to get very interesting.

Paranya waves in a nice little romance between Katharine and Richard, some very nice twists and turns to the plot, and an ending that was totally unexpected. Like Taylor, once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down until I was done. I’m giving it 4.6 stars.

Review of Practice Makes Perfect

by Donna Garret

published and copyrighted by The Wild Rose Press

I laughed, sympathized with both Taylor and Rick and couldn't put PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT down. A sexy, romantic, often hilarious romp that leaps off the pages.

Review of Practice Makes Perfect

by June Agur

published and copyrighted by The Wild Rose Press

The dialogue in PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT is amazing. Wickedly witty, intelligent and insightful all at the same time.

A Review of Raven Woman

published and copyrighted by Southwest Blend

by Nancy J. Reid

In the course of wearing the many hats that Lisa and I wear as publishers, editors, “marketeers” for the Southwest Blend Magazine as well as our clientele, we get to meet a variety of incredibly interesting and talented people. One of these is Pinkie Paranya, author of “Raven Woman”.

We met Pinkie at the River Daze Street Fair and Art Festival in Yuma, Arizona. It was definitely one of those “chance” meetings that was meant to be. Pinkie is one of the most unassuming people one could ever meet. A small package just loaded with creativity, compassion and energy that travels. She mentioned her latest book, “Raven Women”, one of 12 novels to her credit, and as a lover of historic novels, I immediately wanted to read it.

My favorite historic novelists are Wilbur Smith, (a South African author, and master at telling a tale while being true to the history of that beautiful country), and James Michener....anyone who loves historic novels will know who that is. Pinkie is a great combination of the two; master story teller and true to the research that goes into the birth of such a novel. This makes “Raven Woman” not only an exciting read, but a tribute to the Inuit nation.

“Raven Woman” is a novel, part of a trilogy, Women of the Northland, about the life of Eskimo womanhood. Pinkie lived in Alaska for five years and concentrated her research talents for two years towards this project. Her love and respect of the Eskimo people shines through, even when tackling some of the most ancient and—to those of us from Western culture—bizarre or disturbing customs. This is not an easy task. She is open enough to come to terms with customs of other peoples and able to present them is a fashion that is not derisive but informative—not judgmental—but accepting.

Umiak, the main character of the novel, is a young Inuit girl who is forced through disaster to live among a tribe not her own; one that views her with fear and suspicion. She calls upon the innate strength of womanhood, her own powers as a shaman, and the power of one of the most revered Intuit “spirits” the Raven, to survive and fulfill her pre-ordained destiny. To find out what that destiny is, I strongly encourage you to read the book. It is exciting, fascinating, one of those books you can’t put down until you’re done—and then are sorry the read is over. I personally can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy. It is no wonder Pinkie is a finalist in the 2002 ForeWord Magazine.

Pinkie lives in Arizona and has written 12 novels, over 50 poems, is a Master Gardener, mentor for fellow writers, known for animal rescue, an artist and much more.

Review of Tiana, Gift of the Moon

published and copyrighted by Reel Talk Movies Reviews

She Oughta Be in Pictures

by Betty Jo Tucker

As a film critic, I always read a novel with one question in the back of my mind—would it make a good movie? Tiana, Gift of the Moon, Pinkie Paranya’s second book in the Women of the Northland Series, passes this test with flying colors. An intelligent, courageous heroine searching for her lost daughter in the Northern Canada and Alaska of 600 A.D. is every bit as compelling as today’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or Halle Berry’s Catwoman. And, from the depth of description about what life must have been like in Tiana’s time, it’s clear the visuals would be even more exciting than in many contemporary films.

For example, how’s this for a great movie scene? On page 184, Paranya writes, “The giant grizzly lowered his head and in a blink of an eyelid he rammed into her (Tiana), hitting her hard with his body, his roar deafening, close to her ear. Too close for the lance, she dropped it and held her hands up over her head to keep her scalp from being torn off. He swiped with his paw, the black claws looking like large black stones and time stood still as the claws descended on her shoulder. She didn’t feel the pain, the shock of the impact was too great. She fell to her knees and grabbed at the bird bolo, instinctively flinging it around the bear’s back legs.”

Chosen to be Raven Woman, the latest in a line of strong and mystical female leaders, Tiana heeds her spiritual visions as she confronts wild animals like the huge bear above, challenges shamans, falls in love, saves lives and forms a new family. Through skillful character development, Paranya evokes the reader’s empathy and admiration for this incredible young woman. In addition to relating an extraordinary adventure, the highly talented author makes it easy for us to care about what happens to Tiana and the people she loves.

I don’t believe I’ve ever experienced a more heightened sense of place while reading a novel like this. Paranya, whose Raven Woman won ForeWard Magazine’s Award for Best Historical Fiction Book of the Year, uses vivid language to paint breathtaking pictures of a fascinating world that, though it existed long ago, can still inspire us with the universal themes of bravery, determination, compassion and hope.

Review of Tiana, Gift of the Moon

published and copyrighted by Southwest Blend Magazine

This is the second novel in the Women of the Northland series by this talented storyteller. Pinkie weaves her tale of Inuit customs and lifestyle with characters of strength and determination. Her heroine, Tiana, accepts the challenges set before her with faith in her ancestry and the abilities and powers inherited from them.

Tiana learns that her confidence builds through the discipline of being true to herself as she faces the trials of being a women “Shaman” in a male dominated society.

Pinkie’s ability to pull you into the story and keep you reading is truly amazing. As much as I want to find out what happens in the end, I am always sad to get to the end of one of her books. There is a thought provoking message in each chapter, as you watch the main character grow—and you feel part of her every experience. There is an underlying respect for those who have gone before us—and the lessons we can learn from them.

Note: Treasure of the Amazon has been
republished as Amazon Treasure.

Review of Treasure of the Amazon

published and copyrighted by We Write Romance

by VH 

...painted a vivid picture of jungle life...

In Treasure of the Amazon, Marisa Elliot and her father live in a small town in Virginia. For years they have been corresponding with a distant relative, Sara, from Brazil. Some of the early settlers from Virginia left just before the war between the states to settle in a new land and begin a new life. In the last letter they receive from Sara, Sara mentions some trouble and sends her will, leaving everything to Marisa and her father.

Worried, Marisa leaves for Brazil to see if she can help Sara. When she arrives in the Capitol City of Brasilia, she seeks out a mysterious and handsome pilot to take her into the jungle. Scott Dunbar is quite taken by Marisa’s beauty, but he doesn’t want to become involved with anyone since his first marriage failed.

As they travel to different villages seeking her relatives, she falls in love with him. Yet he is everything she fears in a man. When they find Sara’s village, the head of the group warns her to leave because of the danger, but Marisa has come too far to give up now and is determined to find out what has happened to Sara and the treasure. Will she find the treasure and what will it be? Can she find her lost relative? Will she and Scott overcome the obstacles in their way and find love and happiness together?

Treasure of the Amazon painted a vivid picture of jungle life. The plot was interesting and held my attention through the entire book. The love story was sweet and slow, and I kept wanting to find out what would happen next. This was a book I really enjoyed reading.

Review of Herr Schnoodle & McBee

published and copyrighted by Romance Danmark

by Harriet Klausner

In New York, fortyish Alexander McBee changes vocations from accounting to private investigative work based on a correspondence course, Magnum reruns, and the DNA of his father and grandfather, former cops. He literally picks up a new partner when the lone sleuth finds an injured ugly canine that is a horrendous mixing of a schnauzer and a poodle, who he calls Herr Schnoodle.

With Schnoodle at his side they recover a missing Persian cat, stolen grocery carts, and solve the case of a missing person. However, McBee admits to himself that Schnoodle is the brains of the operation as the dog solves the case though it seems to outsiders that McBee accomplishes the feat. They meet homeless Apple Sally and both are intrigued by her. As McBee’s rep grows, reporter Darcy takes a personal interest in him even as he finds himself needing to know more about Apple Sally. Before Schnoodle, McBee had no friends; now he has plenty, but first he and his partner want to make things right for Apple Sally.

This is a lighthearted private investigator tale with a serious subplot involving Apple Sally. WC Field’s theory of not performing with animals or children as they will steal the scene comes through as Schnoodle constantly stars. McBee is a fine person just coming out of his shell thanks to his partner and Apple Sally. Fans will appreciate this humorous detective tale summed up by McBee when he reflects how Herr Schnoodle is the brains of the operation.

Review of Herr Schnoodle & McBee

published and copyrighted by BookPleasures.Com

by Manuela Pop

An amusing story of a private investigator and his dog

Alexander McBee is a New York private investigator who doesn’t have much flair or luck in solving his cases. One day, Herr Schnoodle, a very unattractive dog, appears by the pier next to McBee who was quietly contemplating on his unhappy life. Alexander rescues the dog and brings him home. Herr Schnoodle proves to be a gifted dog who finds the missing evidence in McBee’s cases. With his help, the investigator gains confidence and becomes successful at catching the offenders.

The story takes a romantic twist when Darcy, a charming reporter, is sent by her boss to spy on McBee. Darcy’s determination to get a story to publish, leads her to find important information on the investigator’s friend Apple Sally, a bag lady on the run with a dangerous history. With the help of the reporter, Alexander unravels the mystery behind Sally’s past. Throughout this time, McBee also finds himself attracted to both women and in the end he goes for the one he deeply cares for.

P.K. Paranya is an established author, who writes very well: Her novel ‘Herr Schnoodle & McBee’ is an intelligent and humorous story. Moreover, the author portrays the main characters in the most creative way: a bag lady suffering with amnesia, a gifted ugly dog solving mystery cases, a grumpy private investigator with many phobias and an attractive reporter, willing to risk it all for a good story. Overall, the plot is captivating and the reader will find himself trying to solve the puzzles along with McBee and his Schnoodle.

I enjoyed reading this novel to a great extent. I thought it has wit and all the ingredients necessary to make a wonderful and entertaining detective tale. This book is with no doubt a fantastic read!

Review of Herr Schnoodle & McBee

published and copyrighted by Armchair Interviews

by Christine Edlund

All Alexander McBee (Mac) wants more than anything is to be the private investigator he’s always dreamed of. Following in the steps of famous gumshoes like Magnum P.I. and James Rockford, Mac sets out to prove his father proud and create a thriving business. The only problem: Mac hasn’t any prestigious clientele to boast about, just the run-of-the-mill stakeouts involving cheating spouses. McBee is getting tired of the same old thing. He wants to expand his practice, at least to earn some more dough so he can eat something better than microwave dinners.

Then one day, Mac’s luck changes when he finds a scrappy dog underneath the docks in the city. Having a tremendous fear of germs, he doesn’t know what to do with the half-schnauzer, half-poodle mix who looks like its been left for dead. Crabby, yet kind-hearted, McBee brings the dog home to nurse it back to health...just for one night.

Yet, Mac finds he rather likes having the dog around and aptly names him Herr Schnoodle. As the book states “life was definitely changing for Alexander McBee.”

The precious pooch begins helping McBee find cases that bring the unique pair food, friends, and money to their humble abode. The new dynamic P.I.s soon make friends with a local bag lady named Apple Sally, a plant-loving senior named Isaac Steinmetz, and a lovely gossip columnist named Darcy Rasmussen whose tailing his trail for her newspaper, the Union Globe. But, there’s more to his new friends than meets the eye.

While hilarity ensues, Mac and Herr Schnoodle begin solving easy and tougher cases throughout the neighborhood. Due to Herr Schnoodle’s deftness at solving crimes, Mac finds he is a tremendous asset and fears someone will discover him...for better or worse.

Herr Schnoodle & McBee is a great mystery story with lovable and intriguing characters. P.K. Paranya has created a fun story with laugh-out-loud dialogue that keeps the reader turning the pages. The books features a distinctive cast of major and minor characters that makes the book totally worth reading.

Armchair Interviews says: Hope there will there be more Herr Schnoodle and McBee stories to come in the future.

Review of One... Two... Buckle My Shoe

published and copyrighted by Armchair Interviews

by Brenda A. Snodgrass

A maniacal predator drops out of nowhere, a killing machine—a parent’s worst nightmare that comes true. Detective Sergeant Richard Slater is assigned to head up the investigation into the murders of several five-year-old little girls, all blond with light-colored complexions. The killer does not molest the girls or torture them and he always places their little bodies (wrapped in plastic) in an obvious place to ensure they are found quickly. He kills them with carbon monoxide. And, the killer always keeps one of their shoes.

Police have been known to use psychics when they keep coming up empty-handed. Katherine Macklin, a reluctant physic, is called in to help. After losing her husband to an industrial accident and her daughter to murder, Kate has become agoraphobic (the fear of going outside). She never wanted this supposed “gift,” and it makes her unable to sleep for nights at a time. Her gift manifests itself on her computer screen, when she is tired or bored. She does not have the ability to touch personal belongings and get a reading that way.

A working relationship between Det. Slater and Katherine develops into a kind of occasional dating-type thing. Emotionally involved, both are driven to exhaustive lengths to find their murderer. They don’t seem to be making any headway, and the bodies continue to pile up.

Quoted on page 170, “Slater looked at the map on the wall. He’d memorized the whereabouts of each of the tack heads. He’d memorized where the children were picked up and where each had been dropped. Where was that creepy bastard? What was the killer doing this very minute? He felt his hands twitch every time he thought of the monster. He wanted to wrap his hands around a neck so bad. Maybe it was wrong to have confided to Kate. Hell, it was her word against his if it ever came down to that.”

P.K. Paranya tells a really good story.

Review of Herr Schnoodle & McBee

published and copyrighted by Mystery Lovers Corner

by Dawn Dowdle

Alexander McBee has become a private investigator. He has trained by watching re-runs of Magnum P.I., Rockford Files, and other old detective series on the television. He comes upon a strange dog who becomes his partner. Herr Schnoodle is not the most attractive mix of schnauzer and poodle, but he knows how to investigate.

They begin to get more cases as they are able to solve them quickly. They meet Apple Sally, a local street woman. McBee is intrigued by her, but he can’t figure out why. Then there’s the beautiful Darcy, the gossip reporter out to scoop McBee’s cases.

Soon McBee realizes there is more to Apple Sally than meets the eye. Can he uncover her past without alienating her or letting Darcy break the story before he’s ready? Can he keep investigating his cases without letting on about Herr Schnoodle’s part, especially to Darcy?

McBee is definitely a quirky character, but that’s what makes him interesting. I really enjoyed this first book in this series. I look forward to reading many more. The setting and other characters is well written and I feel as if I’ve been there and met everyone. I highly recommend this book.

Review of Romancing a Tasmanian Cowboy

published and copyrighted by “Between the Lines — Lynda Coker ~ Zaynah M.”

by Rebecca Savage

Pinkie Paranya’s Tasmanian Rainbow [now titled Romancing a Tasmanian Cowboy] couldn’t be better titled or better written. This is one of the most heartwarming, memorable stories I’ve read in awhile, and I read a lot. Flynn and Marshall are fantastic characters never to be forgotten. Their lives change dramatically and for the better during the course of this wonderfully penned tale that doesn’t feel like a tale at all when the reader becomes completely immersed in the lives of the people involved in this story.

Marshall is the hero to die for, gorgeous and caring, yet withdrawn. You’ll root for his future happiness, and you’ll know Flynn is the best medicine for what ails him: a broken heart. Flynn is the kind of woman we’d all like to be: strong and willful, yet loving and womanly.

Don’t miss this story. You’ll want to buy every title under the name of Pinkie Paranya and gobble them up the moment you finish Tasmanian Rainbow. A pile of her books would be like, well, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, of course.

Review of Saga of Sourdough Red

published and copyrighted by The Long and the Short of It

by Camellia

Cold, harsh, scary, breathtakingly beautiful Alaska is the venue for Jennifer (Jenny-Red) Kileen’s metamorphoses. Almost an “old maid,” tall, strong-boned, and conditioned to long hours of heavy farm work, she never thinks of herself as feminine. Consequently, when she and her fifteen-year-old brother, David, go to Alaska in search of her twin brother Jeremy, she puts on man’s clothing, hides her long red hair under her deceased dad’s old hat, and makes her way in disguise. Premonitions, always a part of her life, cause her to go into precarious places as she searches and survives in the far North.

Her life, so often in danger, is influenced by David; Captain John Mitchell; Willy B; Ivar, the Russian; Dr. Neal Erickson; Boo; Piccolo Pete; Whiskers; and a wealth of prospectors and adventurers. Some of these men love her and hold her in high regard while others do not. But only one proves to be the love-of-her-life. I’M NOT TELLING WHO!

Pinkie Paranya does a superb job of showing the many facets of love that impacts her characters’ lives and prompts them to do the things they do.

Saga of Sourdough Red is full of suspense, mystery, and graphic descriptions of life in Alaska during the gold rush years. Descriptions of the resplendent beauty of Alaska and the wonders of true love stand out like beacon lights that guide the reader to a most satisfying conclusion. It is full of episodes to be enjoyed again and again — a good novel for one’s library.

Review of Señora of the Superstitions

published and copyrighted by Coffee Time Romance

by Venus

After intercepting a letter to her late brother, Jowanna McFarland has left her sheltered life in 1940s New York to confront the father who abandoned her almost twenty years ago. When she arrives at the old house in the Arizona desert, she is devastated to hear her father has recently died. She is determined to stay at the rough ranch and solve the mystery of why the man who deserted his children so desperately needed her brother’s help now.

Kane Landry’s life just keeps taking one bad turn after another. He loses his sister who was more like a mother. His city-slicker bride leaves him without a word only to mail him annulment papers. His mining partner and best friend dies in an horrific animal attack. If all of this is not enough, he has to deal with rumors of a ghost at his ranch and his partner’s beautiful daughter making him forget that thoroughbreds and mustangs just don’t mix.

In the desert near the Superstition Mountains resides the tragic Señora, and when Jowanna comes to the big, beautiful, yet sad house in response to her father’s request for help she meets with eerie screams in the night, noises from a shadowy staircase, ghostly whispers and the faint smell of perfume. She also encounters an attractive miner whom she is wary of and more than a few untimely accidents.

Pinkie Paranya paints a descriptively detailed tale. This book has it all including a buried treasure, a deadly puma, a seriously sexy rancher, a brooding young artist, a mysterious Native, a legendary ghost, a spooky old house, flash floods, scorpions and a gold mine. If all that is not enough, this mystery has lots of sensual attraction, a spine-chilling expectancy and a prospector-size adventure. Jowanna is meant to be a strong, independent heroine; however, I found her to be wishy-washy when she sleeps with one man and confides in another, both of whom she does not trust. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable romantic suspense story.

Review of Love Letters in the Wind

published and copyrighted by Black Opal Books

by Taylor Jones

4 stars

Love Letters in the Wind by Pinkie Paranya is a contemporary western romance guaranteed to twirl the lasso of the cowgirl in all of us. A reclusive rancher, Matt Tyree has shut out all those he loves in an attempt to shield himself from the pain of losing his wife and their unborn son in a car accident. What he hadn’t counted on was Casey Nichols and her young asthmatic son, Jake, moving into an isolated cabin on his ranch and in the process turning his structured, emotion proofed world on its head.
Casey is starting over, leaving an abusive marriage and her interfering in-laws back in the city. She is desperate for her son, Jake, to have a life free of stress, to gain back his health, and to live in the sure knowledge he’s loved and wanted. That’s something Casey longs to have for herself, too. Meeting the brooding rancher, Matt Tyree, she catches a glimpse of the red-blooded man hidden behind the cast iron veil of guilt and regret. It takes a quirk of fate — the breeze carries Casey’s private messages hidden inside tumbleweeds straight to Matt — to allow these two stubborn souls to begin to trust in the possibility of…hope.

Pinkie Paranya has woven strong characters into a well-defined plot. We are drawn to rancher Matt, who longs to put his ghosts behind him but doesn’t believe he deserves a second chance. Our hearts open to embrace Casey, wanting her to break free of her fears and find the peace and security she so desperately craves for her and her son. Ah, yes, Jake, a little boy whose open, trusting heart and brave smile smashes through Matt’s barriers, leaving the strong man more raw and vulnerable than the harshest of Colorado winters.

Love Letters in the Wind is no simple hearts and flowers tale. It interweaves real life medical issues with daily existence on a remote western ranch. Supporting characters add depth and provide challenges to Matt and Casey’s journey, especially when Casey’s past follows her to the ranch, threatening to destroy the new life she’s built for her and Jake and any future she’d hope for them with Matt.

The heat count on this romance is set to mild, but the romance is strong. Paranya concentrates on the building of trust and the struggles faced by our leads, ensuring a fine romance and a wonderful read.

Review of Love Letters in the Wind

published and copyrighted by Smashwords

Rating: 5 stars

Short description

After an abusive marriage, Casey Nichols flees with her six-year-old son to Colorado, where she puts poems inside tumbleweeds and casts them to the winds in an effort to ease some of the pain in her heart. But when the love notes she thinks will never be read are found by reclusive rancher, Matt Tyree, the one person she doesn’t want to see them, her whole world is turned upside down.

Extended description

She hadn’t expected anyone to read the love messages she tossed away...but he did.

Recuperating from an abusive marriage, Casey Nichols flees with her asthmatic, six-year-old son Jake to Colorado, hoping to improve his health. She moves them into an isolated cabin on a remote ranch. It’s a lonely life, and Casey resorts to putting notes in the ever-present tumbleweeds, casting them to the winds in an effort to ease some of the pain in her heart. But when the poems she thinks will never be read are found by the one person she doesn’t want to see them, her whole world is turned upside down.

He hadn’t expected anyone to get close enough to hurt him again...but she did.

Matthew Tyree is a reclusive rancher who lost his wife and unborn son in a car accident. Devastated, he has vowed never to love again—a vow he keeps until Casey and Jake worm their way into his heart. But his hopes for a second family are dashed when Casey mistakes his marriage proposal as nothing more than a convenient business arrangement. Unable to express his feelings in the words Casey needs to hear, Matt watches his chance for love crumble like the mysterious poems he’s been finding inside tumbleweeds.

Can these two wounded souls learn to trust again or will their only chance for happiness fade away like love letters cast to the winds?


Review of Death Has No Dominion

published and copyrighted by Black Opal Books

TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In Death Has No Dominion (love the title!) by P. K. Paranya, which is a sequel to One...Two...Buckle My Shoe, this time reluctant psychic Kate Macklin is taking a long-deserved vacation, or so she thinks. Traveling on a train through the Colorado Rockies, Kate gets another cryptic message from her computer: “She’s down there.” It’s the last thing that Kate wants or needs to hear. But despite her desperate desire to do so, she cannot let the message that a woman has been murdered go unanswered.

So Kate hops off the train and into the frying pan, so to speak. She takes up residence in a small hotel in a small Colorado town and runs into the small town sheriff, who takes an unseemly interest in her. Is he trying to help her solve the murder, or is he trying to shut her up? She doesn’t know, and neither do we. That is part of Paranya’s brilliance. I love the way she develops her characters. They seem so human and real. I am giving it 4.4 Stars.


REGAN MURPHY SAYS: I love the way P. K. Paranya writes, from her characterization to her vivid descriptions. I always feel like I am right there in the book with the characters. It is a gift that some authors have and Paranya has it in spades. I shivered in the cold Colorado winds right along with Kate, and I shook my head in confusion, right along with Dillon, even while I suspected him of murder—just like Kate. Too bad I didn’t get to sleep with him, too! Sigh.

Death Has No Dominion is a chilling story about a psychic killer who is always one step ahead of the cops, and when Kate comes along to mess up his carefully laid plans, he is one step ahead of her, too. Plus, he knows who she is and where to find her. And he is coming for her. She doesn’t know who he is, or how she will recognize him. But she does know he is coming. It makes for a real edge-of-your-seat suspense/thriller. I loved it. Well done, Paranya! I give the book 4.5 Stars.

Review of St. Louis Sam and the Desperados

published and copyrighted by Long and Short Reviews

Their mother died in the birth of her brother. Her Uncle stole money from the business and left their father broke. He committed suicide. The children’s money is gone. They are in their twenties now and decide to go west and steal back from him. He’s been investing there and intends to move there, leave his wife behind, and marry the gal that runs the saloon for him. They plan on stopping him.

They buy a boarding house and ask their aunt on the other side of the family to join them. Samantha can’t cook. The aunt comes and then Sam and Garth get started trying to develop a gang to help them stop the stage coaches. They find a big Indian, a small Mexican, a dandy and a man not long out of jail.

In the meantime, Garth has been visiting the various businesses the Uncle owns and gathering paperwork that will show his crooked dealings. All is going their way until they hear their Uncle is coming to town to find out who is robbing him.

This is a well written western with remarkable characters. The desperadoes care about what happens to Sam and Garth. Sam is saved by one of them and finds herself falling in love. Garth is also finding love. Neither one was looking for it. It has a nice pace, keeps your attention, and makes you read faster at the end. The only unhappy one is the Uncle but he deserves it.

This is an enjoyable read that will stick with you awhile.