If you enjoy reading thrillers, you might follow the Netflix show Stranger Things as I do.
My favorite character is Gaten Matarazzo. In the first season, he was such a cute little kid, beaming with confidence that I couldn’t help but feel drawn to him. In an early episode of season one, Dustin fends off some classmates who are taunting him. “I told you a million times my teeth are coming in. It’s called cleidocranial dysplasia.”
I’d never heard of this birth defect. I got curious and Googled it. Cleidocranial dysplasia is a rare genetic disorder that affects the growth of teeth and bones.
Matarazzo has said that because of the condition he was born without collar bones and has more teeth than the average person, although they don’t grow properly.
I suppose the second reason he is my favorite is the courageous and positive attitude with which he approaches life, considering the condition he deals with.
Last week, the Stranger Things crew filmed a scene for season four in my hometown. Gaten Matarazzo stopped by Schroeder’s New Deli in downtown Rome, Ga. The folks there described him as “a super cool, super nice dude.”
The location of the scene was a beautiful, historic Victorian home. What you will see when the episode airs will not seem so beautiful. Here’s what it looked like during their filming.
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As promised, here’s a list of books you might enjoy.
1. Trial & Tribulations: Windy Ridge Legal Thriller Series, Book 1, by Rachel Dylan.
If you like Frank Peretti’s supernatural style then you’ll love Rachel’s series.
High-powered attorney Olivia Murray faces the biggest test of her career when she is assigned to represent Astral Tech, a New Age tech company, in a lawsuit filed by its biggest competitor. While Olivia is accustomed to hard fights in the courtroom, she arrives in Windy Ridge and discovers there is much more to this case than the legal claims—forces of darkness are at work.
Windy Ridge quickly turns from a quiet Chicago suburb to a spiritual battleground, and Olivia must rely on her faith to defend against legal and spiritual attacks. Although they are enemies in the courtroom, Olivia finds a friend and unlikely ally in opposing counsel, Grant Baxter. Once a skeptic about faith, he ultimately comes to her aid when she needs it most.
The battle between evil forces heats up in and out of the courtroom, pushing Olivia to the breaking point. Will she be able to help good triumph over evil, or will the town of Windy Ridge be torn apart?
2. Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor Book #1), by Irene Hannon.
I loved this story. She kept me guessing until the very end.
Trish Bailey is on overload, trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil.
Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information emerges—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.
Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon also writes in the romance genre.
3. Pelican Point: A Hope Harbor Novel, by Irene Hannon
A crumbling lighthouse is not part of the inheritance Army doctor Ben Garrison expects to claim when he journeys to Hope Harbor. Fresh out of the service, he wants only to unload the tower of bricks, decompress from years of treating battlefield trauma, and prepare to launch his civilian career.
Hope Harbor Herald editor Marci Weber has other ideas. She may not be a Hope Harbor native, but the small Oregon seaside town has become home—and she’s determined to save the Pelican Point landmark.
Sparks fly as the two go head to head over the fate of the lighthouse. But when they start to cooperate, a different kind of fire ignites. And as they work together, might Hope Harbor heal the hearts of these two romance-wary souls?
Irene Hannon is the featured author this week on Author Review. Click the button to read more about Irene.
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