Reviews - February 2019

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Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., MHt:

Cynthia Lee Clark

Former Miss Chicago (Miss USA), Cynthia Lea Clark continued school, graduating from Northwestern University (multiple degreed), attended nursing school, and became a Firefighter Paramedic. After working as an actress in Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked on many television shows, such as DAYS OF OUR LIVES and STAT, while continuing her education with a Masters in Psychology and then a Doctorate of Psychology. While working on STAT, she was stalked which led her to work in Forensic Psychopathology. She has over 70 interviews with serial killers, mass murderers, etc. Today she mixes Forensics with writing and acting.  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the American College of Forensic Examiners International.


Aaron Paul Lazar:

Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.



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Aaron Paul Lazar


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  • Grown-Up Christmas List, Ocean City Boardwalk Series, Book 5
    Author: Donna Fasano
    ISBN 978-1939000354
    No. Pages: 167
    Ebook price: $0.99


    Grown-Up Christmas List is more than your everyday Christmas romance – it’s also packed with suspense. This beautifully written story takes place in the charming world of the Ocean City Boardwalk during the holidays, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable read.

    The main character, Dina Griffin, appears in chapter one and grabs hold of your heart immediately. It’s clear something’s really wrong with her life. Is she hiding from someone? Homeless? Clearly she’s cold and exhausted, and when she’s wrongly accused of shoplifting by a snooty shop clerk, it’s almost more than she can bear.

    Officer Gav Thomas is called to the scene, where he meets this mysterious young woman. An honorable man, Gav is quickly drawn into Dina’s life and tries to unravel her tightly held secrets. The relationship that eventually grows between them is tender and sweet.

    Grown-Up Christmas List is an enchanting novella about a damaged young woman learning to trust again in a world fraught with danger – recommended by Aaron Paul Lazar, USA Today Bestselling Author.


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