5 Stars to “THE HERO FEAT OF HANNAH HELSTROM” by J. Philip Horne

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Hannah Helstrom is the worst superhero in the Guild of Sevens, but she’s also the most stubborn. When her moment arrives, will it be enough?


This had been sitting on my kindle TBR list for a while. Had I paid attention to the fact that it was part of the Guild of Seven series (a side short story), I would have read it right away because that series is AWESOMESAUCE!

So! Hannah is a Seven. Sort of. Sevens are people with bizarre, superhero-ish capacities, but they typically each have two or three special gifts. Hannah only has one. She can “reggie”, meaning she can mend her body from any injury at will. Pretty cool, but not an obvious superhero trait when by its self. But in Hannah’s own words, her second power is stubbornness. When a friend needs rescuing from a burning building, she shows just how far stubbornness can take you.

I love this author and the whole premise of the Sevens, so this was an easy win for me. But beyond that, I loved that Hannah showed us how tenacity and determination can lead to greatness. She is not naturally gifted as Seven, or even in standard talents, but she works HARD. This is a great message for youth today. We may not all have natural aptitudes that put us at the top of the heap, but we can put in maximum effort and find astonishing results. Great message. Great short. I hope there will be more of these. (I kind of want it to become a movie franchise, really … Hollywood? Did you catch that?)

Romantic Comedies

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Northwest Romantic Comedies


Who Needs Reality?

Milo wants to be a pharmacist and marry his life-long best friend, Jill.

Jill wants to be a soap star and chase adventures every day.

When they both end up on a reality show, they discover that what they want most in the world is always just out of reach. How can they find true love when they’re pawns in a fake world destined to pull them apart.

With loads of humor and surprising twists, this romantic comedy is sure to please readers who love a sweet and sassy love story.




Getaway Gone Wrong

Daisy Parker is on the fast track to becoming a big Hollywood director, and she has the ulcers to prove it.

Guy Fox is a local handyman known for his shy nature and abundant acts of kindness.

When Parker is forced to take an all-expenses-paid vacation in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, the last thing she wants is to become entangled romantically with a man who has no ambition. But each time her getaway goes wrong, she discovers another reason to wonder if she’s right.

How can two people from such different worlds ever find one they could share?


Amaya’s Dance

Love wasn’t supposed to be on the menu …

Amaya Jefferson can learn 164 counts of complex dance moves in ten minutes, but she can never find her phone. Her performing / teaching career is taking flight, and she needs to stay focused if she’s going to come out on top. No problem for a woman who’s been onstage since before she could read, and who recently had her television debut on “Who Wants to Be a Soap Star”!

Frank Judd is doing everything he can to shed his working-class past and make it into the cultured elite, but his job as a restaurant critic named Grumbleygut shows no promise of advancement until he gets a surprise assignment: review the five-star establishments with dance floors in Portland. All he needs is a date. Unfortunately, despite being tall, dark, and handsome, Frank manages to repel just about every woman he meets.

When a mutual acquaintance sets them up, both are sure the match is a mess. He’s too stuffy. She’s too sassy. Candlelit dinners and ballroom dancing may be romantic for some, but this is just a business arrangement, right?



Her Imaginary Husband

New teacher, Nikki Fallon, is trying to ward off the lecherous attention of Coach Carlin. She should
a) slap him silly.
b) report him for harassment.
c) invent an imaginary husband.

Nikki opts for “C” and is not prepared for how the plan backfires! Sure, pretending you’re married to get rid of a jerk is fine, but what if a really nice guy comes along? How can she untangle the web of lies before true love passes her by?