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Ebook Romance Stories: Review of “The Price of Silence”

Review of “The Price of Silence” by Debra Ullrick

Stupendous read! Absolutely fabulous! Will leave you wanting to read more by this amazing author!

Staci Stallings is an amazingly gifted writer. Her characters are fabulous and her writing is so poetic. I love all of her stories! I’ve read, The Price of Silence, three times now. It’s that good. Wait, did I say good? Make that great! There are places in this story that keep you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath, wondering what’s going to happen next, and places that have you crying–so get the Kleenex–and other places that have you saying, “Ah-h-h.” Because of the strong message in, The Price of Silence, I think it should be mandatory reading in every middle school and high school. Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t easy. And sometimes we stand alone when we do choose to do what’s right. Find out if protagonist Robyn Lockhart does what’s right in the face of danger, and if she stands alone. The Price of Silence, is an excellent read for all ages. I highly recommend it, and all of Staci’s books.

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Ebook Romance Stories: Review, “Princess”


Princess final 1-14-2014“From college politics to interracial dating, Staci gracefully brings Heather through while teaching us a little more about ourselves in the process.”

— Joyce Handzo, Dancing Word Reviewer

“Kissing frogs isn’t the best way to find Prince Charming . . . The idea of a Prince Charming may only be a fairy tale, but author Staci Stallings has shown that love is capable of elevating people out of a storybook fantasy, and into a reality that is even more fulfilling and meaningful.”

— Angie Dobson, Love Romances Reviewer

“Get ready to be raptured as you read author Staci Stallings masterpiece. Very few stories paint as clear and precise a picture as this one. You’ll have the privilege of meeting and being immersed in the lives of Heather, a study guru, and Anthony, a champion basketball player. The two of them could not be more opposite from one another. Or are they? “

— Debra Ullrick, Love Inspired Author

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Ebook Romance Stories: “Coming Undone” Review


Coming Undone Final 1-15-2014Reviewed by:  Writing in Purple

If you’ve ever searched for love, been afraid to love, or lost someone you love, you will love Coming Undone.

This is the story of Ben, living his life free of the responsibilities and problems that come with commitment, haunted by a past that causes him to fear giving his heart to another. But life throws him an unexpected curve, and he finds himself beginning to unravel. Uncertain why he feels drawn to her, he seeks the guidance of the attractive hospice social worker who seems to possess the quiet strength and perseverance he desperately needs but does not know how to find.

This is the story of Kathryn, the young woman with all aspects of her life neatly in place. She has a job she loves, a nice apartment, great friends and a deep faith in the God she serves. And yet, the greatest longing of her heart goes unsatisfied, a man to love and cherish her the way she sees him in her dreams. She wonders sometimes if God has given her this yearning as a lesson in patience or does He have a greater plan about to be unveiled?

When Ben meets Kathryn amidst the storms raging in their individual lives, each feels inexplicably drawn to the other, even against their better judgment. Pushing their doubts aside to pursue a friendship both exhilarating and frightening in ways they never expected, will they find only disappointment or does God have something else in mind?

Staci’s gift of writing both points of view, allowing us to see inside the heart and soul of both Kathryn and Ben as they yearn for what will fill their aching hearts and search for the happiness that eludes them is remarkable. The depth of feeling, intensity of emotion and gripping drama will pull you into the hearts and souls of her characters in a way that keeps you turning the pages of Coming Undone long after bedtime.

Have a box of tissue nearby and let Staci melt your heart, strengthen your faith and inspire your imagination as you experience Coming Undone. It is truly an expression of emotion that will remain in your heart long after the final page is read.

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The Story: Lucky


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The Harmony Series, Book 2

by:  Staci Stallings

Kalin Lane had his dream in hand. Then, on the cusp of mega-stardom,  Kalin’s world crashed down around him in a hail of stupid choices.  Five years later, Kalin is back, reaching for his dream once again; however, time hasn’t erased his past. Will the lessons of the past be enough to save him from himself this time around?

Danae Scott thought she was headed toward the future every girl wants.  However, in one night that belief is ripped into unrecognizable shreds.  Devastated and confused, Danae is an anguished mess when an angel trips over her.  Does this angel have the answers she didn’t even know she needed?

One man,

One woman,

One night that changes everything.

Lucky is a story of redemption, redemption of spirit, redemption of dreams, and redemption of hope.  The saving love of our Lord and Savior manifests itself in two lives desperately in need of knowing they are good enough just as they are.  Lucky holds out hope to us all no matter how far we’ve fallen or how far off track we’ve gotten.  God is right there.  He has a plan, and He cares. Everything else is only the illusion we call life.

In “Lucky”, romance author Staci Stallings has done it again. Weaving a story of hope for two characters whose past would hold them captive, she reaches past the pages of her novel to touch the lives of those who read the words.

One minute you are deep into this compelling story, the next you are hit with a truth so clear you know God is talking to you. –Mary Foster, ACFW Member

Some books are entertaining. Others challenge our faith and inspire growth. And still others touch our hearts on a deeper level. Then, there are the rare books that do all of the above. Those are the great books. Lucky is a great book.  Kalin and Danae are colorful, real characters. Readers will instantly connect with them and have to keep reminding themselves they are only characters.  –Chandra Lynn Smith, ACFW Member

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Ebook Romance Stories: Review of “Cowboy”


Cowboy New 2-2014Cowboy by Staci Stallings

Reviewed By:  Michelle Sutton

Wow! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a single mom, working your tail off to make ends meet,and then in walks Garth Brooks into your dumpy little restaurant on a slow, rainy night? He’s dressed casually and he asks you for a simple cup of coffee…but he needs a whole lot more. He’s down in the dumps and feels like nothing will make him want to keep on living.

Since you’re not a fan of country music and your job as a waitress and parenting your five-year-old is your entire life, you don’t recognize him. Okay, well maybe not someone as famous as Garth, but hey, I don’t know what most of the country superstars look like so it’s possible. 🙂

Anyway, you don’t recognize him and the guy is so depressed he throws caution to the wind and shares his heart with you, but he gives you his real name because he’s sick of the superstar treatment. You connect on a deep level. One that’s from the heart because you’re not star-struck by him…Remember, you don’t realize he’s famous. Then he asks for your phone number so you can keep in touch and as a sister in Christ you give it to him because you really do want to minister to the guy. You feel his pain. You’ve experienced the same loss when your spouse died.

Well he starts calling you and you strike up a pretty profound friendship based on mutual respect and the human need to be valued for who you really are, not what people see you as on the outside (a famous singer or waitress.) Your friendship deepens and he sees his need for God, but resists like most people do at first. Are you with me yet? Okay, the waitress is Charlize Theron and the singer is Garth Brooks.

I can SO see this as a movie it gives me the goose bumps. Staci’s novel Cowboy had me SO captivated that I read it every chance I got. I cared so much about the characters that I hated for the story to end. The pacing was excellent, and Staci does something neat that you don’t see often in books. She sometimes changes points of view on a frequent basis, but the breaks are obvious when the view changes, so it’s not head hopping. I found that technique highly effective in her story. It literally swept me away.

As far as romance themes go, it was one of the strongest I’ve read. My heart ached and I longed for them to be together, to make it work. And the singer’s relationship with the waitresses’ daughter will bring tears to your eyes. It did mine. This was the most fabulous Cinderella type story I’ve ever read and it was totally unique. Nothing stereotypical or cliche whatsoever.

Did I mention this story was fabulous? You’re probably thinking I like everything. NOT so. In fact, I read a lot of books you never see my post because I can’t rave about them. This story I was obsessed with. Truly. And the honesty in their relationship when it came to physical attraction and temptation was refreshingly real. They were both married before and lost their spouses. Of COURSE they would be tempted. The author showed this with tact, but real emotion and I felt like I was right there with them. The author’s ability to make you care about the characters is right up there with Lori Wick (in my mind anyway.) So, that said…if you don’t read Cowboy you are truly missing out on one of the most gripping contemporary romances I’ve read in the past three years.

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