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The Story Inspiration My Book: The Silver Locket By Sophia Bar-Lev

Book Cover - The SIlver LocketA lunch date with a friend about two years ago birthed the idea for my latest novel,

THE SILVER LOCKET.  Patty and I had known each other for about five years and shared a number of common interests but it wasn’t until that particular lunch date that Patty confided her story to me.

Growing up in a warm and loving environment, Patty had no idea she’d been adopted until she was a teenager. What she did know was that her Daddy was her mother’s second husband, as Patty’s father, a soldier in the U.S. Army, had been killed in France near the end of World War II.  When her mother re-married a few years later, Patty became the legal daughter of her new Daddy, the only Dad she’d ever known.  She loved him and her mother dearly and when first told about the adoption, accepted it in stride.  To be sure, she thought occasionally about her birth parents and wondered where they might be, but it was not an emotionally charged issue in her life.

Meanwhile, the woman who gave birth to Patty carried a deep emotional burden.  Her young husband, disqualified for military service, had accepted the only job he could find during the war.  It had taken him several states away from his new bride and it was during his absence, that the young woman was sexually assaulted and later realized she was pregnant.  Terrified and confused, she determined to surrender the child for adoption and keep the assault and the baby a secret for the rest of her life.

Destiny decreed that birth mother and adoptive mother would end up sharing a hospital room.  One young woman gave birth to a stillborn daughter; the other to Patty.  A kind clergyman came to the assistance of the young women and arranged a private adoption.  The birth mother surrendered her child to her hospital roommate, expecting that she would never again see the fruit of her womb.

But destiny had other plans for the two families.  The Silver Locket tells the story of these two families and the special daughter that bound them together.  Many years would pass before a dramatic finale brought an inspiring story to a heartwarming conclusion.

Patty’s story is the backdrop and inspiration for THE SILVER LOCKET.


Genre:  Women’s Fiction

Author:  Sophia Bar-Lev


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About the Book:   When The Silver Locket opens, it’s July 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific. But for two young women in a small town in New England waging their own personal battles, the struggle is way too close to home.

When extraordinary circumstances bring these two women together, one decision will alter the course of their lives.  And with that one decision, their lives will be forever changed…and forever intertwined.

Were these two women thrust together by happenstance—or fate?   A tragedy. A decision. A pact. Lives irretrievably changed. A baby girl will grow up in the shadow of a secret that must be kept at all costs. But will this secret ever see the light of day?  And what happens when—or if—a promise made must be broken?

Adopting a child is not for the feint of heart—but neither is being adopted…

A sweeping and suspenseful story that unfolds in a different time and a different place, The Silver Locket explores universal themes that ring true even today. Secrets. Unbreakable bonds. The healing power of love.  Deception. Anguish.  Redemption.

In this touching and tender tale, novelist Sophia Bar-Lev weaves a confident, quietly moving story about adoption, finding hope in the face of hopelessness, and how true love can overcome any obstacle. With its brilliant juxtaposition of the wars fought both on the battlefield and internally, The Silver Locket is a poignant novel, resplendent with drama.  Featuring an exceedingly real and relatable plot, and characters that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned, The Silver Locket is a sterling new read. 

About the Author:  A native of Massachusetts, Sophia Bar-Lev divides her time between the Fort Worth, Texas area and Israel.  A former school teacher and adult education lecturer, Bar-Lev now devotes the majority of her time to writing.  Sophia Bar-Lev is also the author of Pasta, Poppy Fields, and Pearls and Pizza and Promises. The Silver Locket is her latest novel.

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Just One Reason by Brooklyn Skye and Tamed By the Outlaw by Michelle Sharp Book Feature – Win a Gift Card!

Tamed by the Outlaw and Just One Reason


Title: Just One Reason
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Pages: 128
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle

He’s more than she bargained for…

As far as Declan Waterford is concerned, women are off limits-at least until he can earn enough money for his brother’s surgery. The dueling piano gig at Vegas’s Masquerade hotel barely pays enough…but if Declan can convince his boss to promote him, he’ll be set. And the Senior VP of the hotel’s gorgeous daughter might just be the “in” Declan needs.

Between drowning in mistakes at her editorial internship and fighting off her father’s demands that she relocate to Vegas and join his hotel empire, Melody Sumner doesn’t have time for love-or one-night stands with sexy Irish piano players-no matter how appetizing Declan is. But even though she knows he’s only interested in her for one reason, the intense chemistry between them has her thinking dangerous thoughts…


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Title: Tamed by the Outlaw
Author: Michelle Sharp
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Pages: 114
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle

He’s taking on the bad girl of romance…

Author Jessie Jameson is the Bad Girl of romance, making a huge name for herself writing love stories with sizzling hot sex scenes. No one needs to know that her real-life inspiration is sexy publishing exec Grayson Reynolds. Or that after the hottest sex of her life, Grayson walked out on her.

Grayson’s finally taken the reins of his family’s publishing business, and he’s determined to sell off the romance division. But Jessie Jameson’s contract is complicating things. It’s like she’s been trying to ruin him ever since the mind-blowing night they shared-the night she walked out on him.

Now the sparks are flying. Heated, sexy sparks. It’s a Wild West showdown between Jessie and Grayson. But when Romance ends up in bed with Business, only one can walk away…


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Award-winning author, Michelle Sharp, has been nominated for a 2014 National Readers Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense and Best First Book. In addition, her debut novel Dream Huntress has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Daphne Du Maurier award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

Although she has a degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts. Her goal in life? To team resilient, kickass heroines with the sexy Alpha’s who love them.

As most authors probably are, she is an avid reader. Growing up in St. Louis has made her a die-hard Cardinals fan, and having a child with Down Syndrome has made her passionate about all issues regarding special needs kiddos. She’s also a proud member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers. You can learn more about her at, where you will also find links to her social media.


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Interview with Maria J. Nieto, author of Breaking the Silence


Title: Breaking the Silence
Author: Maria Nieto
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 202
Genre: Historical Thriller
Format: Kindle/Paperback

On a sweltering summer day, the streets of Old Madrid that once resonated with the laughter of children playing are empty and silent. But inside the apartment buildings there is life as families faithfully wait for updates about an army uprising in Spanish Morocco. Before long, their greatest fears come true. As rebel troops storm Madrid and chaos fills the streets, six-year-old Mari wonders why she cannot go outside to play. Unfortunately, she has no idea she is about to be trapped inside the abyss of what is rapidly becoming a ruthless civil war. Already emotionally wounded by the absence of her mother, Mari attempts to go about her fear-filled days living with her father’s family, which includes a grandfather who lovingly teaches her about the history leading up to the conflict. As she embarks on a coming-of-age journey submerged in the darkness of war, Mari somehow stays alive despite the decisions of an intimidating, ruthless dictator, starvation, and brainwashing by the new Fascist regime. But when circumstances lead her to inadvertently commit the ultimate betrayal, Mari must face the horrifying consequences of her actions. Breaking the Silence shares the compelling tale of a little girl’s experiences as she attempts to survive amid the horror and death surrounding the Spanish Civil War.

How did you come up with the title of your book?
When Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco died in 1975, Spain went into a two
year period introducing a Constitutional Monarchy. The new government passed a
law of silence called “El Pacto del Silencio.” This law mandated no talking
about the past years under a dictator, no legal actions against anyone who had
engaged in the violent murderous executions and the tortures of thousands and
thousands of Spaniards under the dictatorship. Franco’s political butchers were
never brought to justice, or made to pay for their atrocities.
I wanted to break this silence and write about what happened to the people
of Spain during their Civil War, and after the war under Franco’s dictatorship.
Thus, Breaking the Silence seemed an appropriate title for the book.
What is your writing environment like?
I live in New Mexico with eight chickens, one rooster, two geese, one cat,
one dog, and one horse. We all get along and my days are peaceful.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
I suppose the internet, although I seldom use it.
What inspires you to write?
My never dormant imagination and my feelings for all of the suffering
people in the world.
Did you learn anything from writing this book?
I learned quite a bit! Writing is hard, but harder when personal feeling
and memories are involved in what we write.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?


The feeling and need to be independent and alert to the needs of others as
well as myself.

The author spent her childhood in Spain during the Spanish Civil War and the post war years that followed the war under a brutal dictatorship. As an adult, and after four years in the US Navy, Maria graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with degrees in nursing and nursing education followed by graduate and post graduate degrees in mental health education and counseling psychology. After teaching psychiatric nursing in Philadelphia, the author moved to New Mexico where she worked in mental health services for the Indian Health Service, and later worked for the University of New Mexico in the department of Emergency Psychiatry. Now retired, Maria still lives in New Mexico with her horse.