UK Reviews for ~VEIL OF SILENCE~

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Five Star

FIVE STAR REVIEWS

on 9 July 2016
This is a fantastic book. I loved Homeland and this explored some similar themes but was from the point of view of a female soldier under such extreme circumstances, and the impact on a lesbian relationship of a woman returning home with children who are hers but not her wife’s. The pressures the two women are under are realistic and touching, and the complex plot had me reading furiously to try and find out what had really happened! This is an excellent choice even if lesfic isn’t your usual genre.
on 6 August 2016
This is a great story very different but full of love. Missing for years in Afganistan a serving American officer suddenly appears at the US embassy in a burqa and two young children in tow. The book follows her repatriation, the secrets she holds and being reacquainted with her wife & daughter. Well worth a read several times over.
on 7 August 2016
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and i think I felt every emotion whilst reading it and tears. I was unsure and a little uncomfortable if I’m honest if I wanted to read about the subject of rape within this book. But ultimately it is about strength and resilience and unconditional love. It was a well written story which pulled at my heart strings and which I couldn’t put down as I wanted to know the conclusion. I would have liked to have read more about Marsha and Heather’s reestablishing of their relationship after such a long awful time apart. Maybe a sequel for those two?
on 17 July 2016
Loved this book, very good storyline, the characters were really believable. Would love to read a follow-up. Keep up the good work.
on 9 August 2016
Great story, kept me wanting to read more well past the ending of the book. Look forward to the next one.
on 2 August 2016
loved story line kept me riveted
Four Star

Four Star

on 24 July 2016
Excellent book about a subject that I know very little other than what we see on the news slots.
How on earth any human being can survive this and come back halfway sane is beyond me and I have nothing but respect for any soldier (by soldier I mean all service personnel) that puts themselves on the line for the rest of us.
Strangely, for me, the hero of this book was not the soldier, but her partner who was left behind and had to pick up the pieces of their fractured lives, anyone in that situation deserves a medal in the same way that service personnel do. Made me really appreciate how we undervalue our service men and women and has made me think long and hard about the rights and wrongs of war.
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Five years ago, Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano disappeared when her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.  Her wife held out hope for her return, but with no word from the army after all that time, she begins to realize she may have to move on without her.

At the embassy in Kabul, a burqa-clad woman arrives at the gate with two young children in tow.  The black-haired, brown-eyed woman looks like an Afghan native, but her American accent belies this.  She identifies herself as Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano, all the while keeping a close eye out behind her as though at any moment, someone might jump out and snatch her back.

Questions arise regarding her disappearance and reappearance and the army is suspicious.  The children are obviously hers.  Has she consorted with the enemy?  How will her wife react to these children?  Will she be able to accept children she had no part in conceiving?

What is this woman hiding beneath her chador?  What secrets lie behind her veil of silence?

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OUT OF GRIEF  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J89S7CQ

Where does friendship stop and love begin?

Nikki Kay is a successful lesbian romance author, from a loving Russian family. Her best friend Quinn from an uptight Anglo-Saxon family has been her best friend since childhood. Unfortunately for Nikki, Quinn is more than a best friend—she is the only woman Nikki ever truly loved.

When Quinn’s husband kills himself unexpectedly, Nikki rushes to Quinn’s side. And just as they need each other more than ever, Quinn discovers she’s carrying his child. While Quinn sees no problem leaning on Nikki to get her through, Nikki is faced with battling her growing attraction

DOCTORED http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EXJ9842

A brilliant child protégée, she dreams of becoming a doctor and a surgeon…and accomplishes her goals.  Unfortunately, her youth and round, child-like face work against her.  No matter how skilled she becomes, how knowledgeable, the old school, male-dominated medical hierarchy wants to keep her in ‘her place.’

Deana has worked hard to become an expert in her chosen field, but few believe this ‘child’ capable.   Specializing in infectious diseases, she travels the world—from the States to Europe to South America—honing her skills before winding up in Africa where her skills are desperately needed.

Meeting a nurse by the name of Madison MacGregor, she finds they share an insatiable curiosity and a love of helping others, but falling in love was not what she intended.  Later, when she loses Maddie to a misunderstanding, she is haunted by the one that got away…

Ten years have passed and both the doctor and nurse have moved on with their lives, but fate intervenes when they find themselves working at the same hospital.  Their friendship is revived…can their love be rekindled?  Will the past haunt them or bring them closer?  Will the secrets that both harbor keep them from realizing a future together?

THE SECOND HEART  https://www.amazon.com/B00NANN5UQ

Is love truly universal?

Major Kate Winston is a decorated officer with a promising career until she wakes up naked in the arms a strange woman with no memory of how she got there.

Alexia is from another planet sent by the elders to kill Major Winston to put off the foreseen destruction of their planet by Earth’s mistakes.

From the backwoods of Pennsylvania to New York City to Alexia’s home world, the novel weaves a tale of emotional intrigue as two women from different words struggle with their desires, and life and death decisions.

VEIL OF SILENCE https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ7ZR0Y

Five years ago, Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano disappeared when her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.  Her wife held out hope for her return, but with no word from the army after all that time, she begins to realize she may have to move on without her.

At the embassy in Kabul, a burqa-clad woman arrives at the gate with two young children in tow.  The black-haired, brown-eyed woman looks like an Afghan native, but her American accent belies this.  She identifies herself as Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano, all the while keeping a close eye out behind her as though at any moment, someone might jump out and snatch her back.

Questions arise regarding her disappearance and reappearance and the army is suspicious.  The children are obviously hers.  Has she consorted with the enemy?  How will her wife react to these children?  Will she be able to accept children she had no part in conceiving?

What is this woman hiding beneath her chador?  What secrets lie behind her veil of silence?

Five Stars for VEIL of SILENCE

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on July 6, 2016
Really enjoyed this book. Knowing a few people who have been in the forces before the repeal of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ i found it interesting to read and see glimpses of the issues still faced for same sex partners serving our countries. I would have liked to have heard more of what life was like for the partner left at home and wondering just what had happened to her wife and how life continued on for her and her daughter. You get glimpses into their life which you give you an idea into the struggles they faced but more would have been nice.

The issue of service women being lost overseas and being held captive you would think would be pretty clear cut, this book showed it can be anything but…… of course this is fiction so how much truth there to it who knows. I know that the author appears to do a vast amount of research for her books so it wouldn’t surprise me if these issues are real.

Well written storyline with issues that affect many of our armed forces these days, ptsd being a major aspect. It was nice to read a book about 2 women and not have sex scenes be a main focus.

Well worth the read.

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on June 29, 2016
this book spoke to the struggles of a soldier coming home. all the problems and tribulations of going through an interrogation and debriefing. I loved the whole concept of this book and hope she writes another similar to this one. I loved the book and will re read it again.because, in my opinion, you see something new every time. I highly recommend this as a great read or gift .
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on July 20, 2016
This was the first book I have read from this author, but it won’t be the last. I loved the storyline of the struggle that the characters went through. I was book from the start to the end. I would definitely recommend this book.
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on July 24, 2016
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has already been implemented but apparently not for some members of the Armed Forces. Especially if you just happened to be on the wrong Helicopter on your way home from Afghanistan. This is an amazing story of a female office who is held captive by Nomad Forces in Afghanistan for 5 years and the life she was forced to endure. She escapees her captors only to find that her country doesn’t believe her story of the capture. The story is one that will keep you guessing page after page and the ending is definitely closure. It’s a story of dedication and love along with encouragement. I found the story to be realistic and believable.
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on July 4, 2016
Wow I started reading this and couldn’t put it down, pulled me in and didn’t let go from start to finish. Excellent writing and characters can’t wait to see what this author comes out with next.
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on July 19, 2016
This is a wonderful story and well written. I don’t think the one star review is being truthful – some people will attack anything lesbian I guess. Any way make no mistake, the writing is strong with believable characters. I was so fascinated by the female soldier returning from being a prisoner of war, how many novels give a woman’s perception of such a male-dominated military experience? Her reintegration back into US society and the way her wife has been treated as a widow is poignant and touching. I loved the resilience of the children who accept unorthodox family set ups with an innocence we could all learn from. This is a brilliant book even if lesfic isn’t what you normally choose for a summer read.
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And, while this blog is about the FIVE STAR reviews, this FOUR STAR still deserves an honorable mention:
4.0 out of 5 starsI liked it (minor spoilers)
on June 29, 2016
I don’t pretend to know much about military protocol workings from within so if any part of the book is “wrong,” well I have no idea. That being said, I ultimately enjoyed this book though I was skeptical to read it to begin with. Subjects of rape and such always make me cringe. Thankfully it wasn’t necessarily the main focus of the book. The book is about Major Marsha Gagliano return home after being held captive for over 5 years.
Like I said, I liked the book but I felt there was a lot that happened but not at the end of it there were more questions. Like how is it that Zabi, a nomadic, was able to orchestrate the kidnapping? Also, what really happened when Marsha was held captive? We get glimpses of Heather’s feelings but never more…I really wanted more and the same with Haley. I know not everything can be answered but I feel the author gives us glimpses and just enough but not more.
Ultimately I liked. I kept reading because I needed to know what happened and to me, that makes it worth it. If you like this author and have read her stuff from before, I’m sure you will enjoy this one. If you haven’t, give this one a try.
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Five years ago, Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano disappeared when her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.  Her wife held out hope for her return, but with no word from the army after all that time, she begins to realize she may have to move on without her.

At the embassy in Kabul, a burqa-clad woman arrives at the gate with two young children in tow.  The black-haired, brown-eyed woman looks like an Afghan native, but her American accent belies this.  She identifies herself as Lieutenant Marsha Gagliano, all the while keeping a close eye out behind her as though at any moment, someone might jump out and snatch her back.

Questions arise regarding her disappearance and reappearance and the army is suspicious.  The children are obviously hers.  Has she consorted with the enemy?  How will her wife react to these children?  Will she be able to accept children she had no part in conceiving?

What is this woman hiding beneath her chador?  What secrets lie behind her veil of silence?

Washington DC or BUST…GCLS

As I finish packing up for my trip to the Golden Crown Literary SocietyGolden Crown Literary Society‘s annual conference, this year in Washington DC I find it hard to believe that another year has gone by!  I’ve published several books in that time, not only for myself but for my various authors through Shadoe Publishing!  I’ll be driving the long way from NorthCentral Wisconsin, from trees to plains, over rivers and around Great Lakes.  I love to travel and have driven literally from one end of the country to the other over the years.

This year I’m excited as I have never been to our nation’s capital.  There is so much to do and see that I’m going early to see many of the sites.  I mean really, seeing the fireworks on the Fourth of July in the capital in an election year, who could ask for more?

Well, I’m asking for more…I want to see my friends!  Some of the people who come to the conference you don’t see any other place.  I’m stopping by Boston on my way home (no, it’s not on the way) to see a couple of friends and then drive home.  I’m really excited.  Hey, if you are on the ‘way’ there or on the ‘way’ back I’ll be sure to wave!  I’ll even use all four fingers and my thumb to wave instead of the one-fingered salute, lol.

If you are going, please stop by the Shadoe Publishing booth to buy copies of my and my author’s books!  We’re bringing plenty!  Also, we’ll have the Lesbian Membership Cards and many other funnies for you to enjoy.

Certified Lesbian Membership Card  Certified Butch Lesbian Membership Card - Copy  Certified Boi Lesbian Membership Card - Copy

Besides, I’m just THAT charming, lol.  I’m really looking forward to signing plenty of books and meeting friends/fans that I wouldn’t except through social media!  IMG_0201
Look for my red Fedora!  It’s rather distinctive!

Here are some of the new books I’ll be bringing for your literary enjoyment:

As well as many more…even I don’t know everything that are in the crates that were packed up…thank goodness for computerized inventory sheets!

But if you can’t make it and you still want a signed copy of my books, posters, even the cards,  you can get them at my website at www.kannemeinel.com  I’ve added a lot of new features this last year on there, including downloads directly from the website and, of course, signed books!  Check it out and don’t forget to say hello if you are there!

A shout out to my good and lifelong friend Helen for staying at the house for Kitkat and to keep an eye on things while I’m away for this long trip, thank you.  Friends like that you can’t buy and it’s nice to depend on them.

Reviews for DOCTORED

Five Star

DOCTORED get’s five stars!

On Apple:
Beautiful ….
  

Outstanding! Love the storyline/plot. It’s playful, fun, intriguing, has all the makings of a great book. One that you think about and go back to time and time again. Will definitely be keeping this book in my collection.
Thanks.

on May 10, 2016
Did you ever read a book and just know that you would definitely go back and read it again just for the sheer enjoyment of the book? Doctored is the book I believe once you read it you will not soon forget what an adventure filled, exciting and emotional book this is. Your just never sure what will happen next and when it does you’re not disappointed at all. The main characters, Deanna and Madison are so well defined they seem like they could have lived right next door. Their story is far from typical in any sense of the word but the Ending which is just the Beginning is well worth the time it takes to enjoy this book. Among the many books written by Ms. Meinel I do believe this is the best one I have read. Thank’s K’Anne for another well written story.
on May 17, 2016
Great read, I enjoyed this tale, the storyline was great. I love the maturity throughout the story of both characters.
on April 29, 2016
Really enjoyed this book. Lots of depth to the characters and you could never truly predict where the storyline was heading which kept me hooked till the end. Very enjoyable and suspense filled book. Another hit for Ms Meinel.
on May 6, 2016
There was a rich filled description with every page. Enjoyed the rhythm of the story as it unfolded. Beautifully done.
THANK YOU to my lovely readers who say such kind things about my ‘baby’…..