Book Reviews, Guest Posts

A&RBC Attends What Doesn’t Kill Us, Only Makes Us Stronger by Nicole Kearney


Local Playwright Debut Unique Stories


Teresa Beasley


Teresa Beasley with Authors & Readers Book Corner steps into an intimate setting at the Unleavened Bread Café preparing to be entertained. It was packed with friendly faces and polite conversations until… the lights turn down and the play begins. The atmosphere changes as the reality and depths of these seven women’s lives are revealed. The audience is held captive and emotionally connected to the hurt, pain, and suffering, which makes them acknowledge that life, should not be this hard.

What Doesn’t Kill Us, Only Makes Us Stronger is a play of several short stories of women who struggle with different issues in their lives. These are issues that have been kept secret and now theses women seek help to uncover and rid themselves of their heavy burdens. The play covers an array of issues from an absent father, verbally abusive grandmother, sexual abuse, breast cancer, abortion, and domestic violence. These issues play out in powerful segments only allowing the audience a short time to prepare for the next shocking revelation.

What Doesn’t Kill Us, Only Makes Us Stronger will tug at the heartstrings of everyone who sees it. It will also bring forth emotions of anger, frustration and the need to save these women from their pain. Nicole Kearney’s work speaks volume in this unique play that everyone can relate to. The characters and scenes were well-developed with a cast that portrayed each character with outstanding abilities. The audience could feel what the characters felt as if they are on the journey with them.

JaTuan Tiara gives a convincing and a heart wrenching performance in her role as Shannon in “Breaking Free.” Michaela Duerson gives defiance, stubborn and “I Am Woman Hear Me Roar” in her performance of Janelle in “Choices.” If you did not get a chance to see the play open night be sure to catch encore performances on March 29, 2014 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. This is a play you do not want to miss.


Until next time,

Teresa Beasley

Book Features

Book Spotlight: Inferno of Love by Allie Boniface

About The Author

Allie Boniface

A high school English teacher by day, author Allie Boniface writes small-town sensual romance for both Samhain Publishing and Kensington Publishing, Inc. In addition, her indie published Cocktail Cruise Line trilogy will be available in Summer 2014. Allie is an RWA member and EPPIE award finalist who regularly attends writers’ workshops and conferences. She loves chatting with readers and writers about all matters of the heart. Allie lives in the Hudson Valley, New York, with her husband and their two furry felines. You can keep up with all of Allie’s news and new releases on Facebook, Twitter, or at


About The Book

Inferno of Love

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What happens when your soul mate returns after twelve long years – and has no idea who you are? Aubrey Anderson is a pediatric occupational therapist who’s spent the last twelve years rebuilding her life after a car accident killed her boyfriend and crushed her legs. A series of strokes on the way to the hospital left her with no memory of either the accident or the weeks leading up to it, so when she starts having nightmares she can’t explain, she decides to return to the scene to see if she can piece together her past. Finn Cavallo is Lindsey Point’s resident playboy, owner of a popular bar, and hero of the Cove Fire, when he pulled seven people from a burning building twelve years earlier. But his flirtatious personality hides the heart of a man who lost his soul mate the night of the fire. When Aubrey walks into his bar with no memory of who he is or what they had, he’s stunned – and it takes everything he has not to tell her about the summer they spent falling in love. It’s only a matter of time before bar conversation turns to passion on the beach and more. But when a series of events raises suspicion that Finn himself might have started the Cove Fire, Aubrey is forced to do whatever she can to discover the truth about both their pasts, including going back to the spot where it all began…

A&RBC’s Review Coming Soon!

Book Features

No Alligators in Sight by Kirsten Feldman

About The Book

No Alligators

In this coming of age novel, Lettie and Bert squeak by in a tiny town on Cape Cod, one parent an alcoholic and the other absent. After a string of bad decisions on Lettie’s part, their father ships them to their barely remembered mother for the summer, where they will learn hard lessons about themselves, their family, and their future by way of the Florida swamp. Throughout Lettie keeps her biting humor flowing, her razor-sharp pen at the ready, and her eye on her quest for a “normal” life.

A&RBC’s Review Coming Soon!

About The Author

Kirsten Fieldman

Kirsten Fieldman grew up on Cape Cod and the Connecticut shoreline and now live outside of Boston, much too far from the ocean and the sand. Reading and writing have played a central part in her life both personally and professionally. Kirsten is rarely without a book in hand. Kirsten feels the adolescent voice has such vibrancy and depth to it, whether funny or not; many of her favorite books have this point of view. To learn more about Kirsten visit her site at

Book Features

Book Spotlight: To Catch A Creeper by Ellie Campbell

About the Book

To Catch a Creeper

In a recent survey 65% of mothers admitted feeling undervalued, over-criticized and constantly tired.

Cathy is no exception. Her dull, uneventful days as a stay at home, mother of two, are radically transformed however with the arrival of a heavily lipsticked postcard addressed to husband, Declan. Who is the mysterious La La? Could Declan really be having an affair? And is Cathy actually being stalked?

Whatever – it will definitely prove riveting gossip for the Tuesday Twice Monthlies, Cathy’s ‘Mothers Restaurant Research’ group where scandal flows as recklessly as the wine. But what starts as a light-hearted investigation with best friend Raz, soon turns into something much more sinister.

With a possible murderer on the scene, a sexy admirer igniting long-forgotten sparks, and all her friends hiding secrets, it’s not only Cathy’s marriage that’s in jeopardy. Add in the scheming antics of Declan’s new assistant, the stress of organising the school Save The Toilet’s dance and the stage is set for a dangerous showdown and some very unsettling, possibly deadly, revelations.


About The Author

Pam and Lorraine

Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sisters, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell who collaborate across the mighty Atlantic from their respective homes in Surrey, England and Colorado, USA, finding writing together a great excuse for endless phone conversations.   Together they have written three previous novels How To Survive Your Sisters, When Good Friends Go Bad and Looking For La La.   They love any chance to connect with their readers. Visit their site at

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