The Halo Effect Book Review

Title: The Halo Effect

Author: Pamela Crane

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Lachesis Publishing

Release Date: March 2012

Format: Paperback

Pages: 248 pages

About the Book:

It started with a glance. And ended with a nightmare.
Small-town girl Haley Montgomery meets two men who will change her life forever — the handsome Marc Vincetti whom she falls head-over-heels for, and the big-time Hollywood producer Allen Michaels who has the power to turn her screenplay into a movie and a ticket to a better future.
It seems as though life couldn’t get any better — until things take a decidedly dark turn when Haley spots Marc with his former high school sweetheart and Allen develops a consuming obsession with her.
As Haley is faced with a choice between love and fame, Marc becomes the target of a stalker and Haley’s life is thrown into a tailspin. Suddenly everything she thought she knew about Marc and Allen is completely wrong — and Haley’s life will never be the same again…


My Review:

I enjoyed the descriptions of the area around Western New York State, especially of the Chautauqua Ice Festival.   I also identified with the inward struggles of the three main characters.  There was lots of pages of inner conflict and since I often have internal dialogue running through my head (I’m really good at second-guessing myself) I could understand some of what Haley, Allen and especially Marc were going through.

In the first half of the book I thought that Haley was being too naive in her relationships, but I could see how living her whole life in a small rural community would probably make it hard to be very sophisticated.

There is more than one twist in this book that you absolutely won’t see coming. That is always my favorite part of a book – when I realize that the author thoroughly surprised me.  If I can see it coming it’s never quite as much fun.

Best of all for me, there is a thread running through this book of God’s unconditional love and the possibility of redemption for anyone who asks for it.  There is also a second level of the importance of forgiveness – for the injured party as well as for the person he or she forgives.

The author based this fictional story on some truly terrifying real life events from her own life and I respect her immensely for her ability to use those circumstances for a positive outcome.

I give The Halo Effect 4 halos!!!!

About the Author:

Pamela Crane’s addiction to writing started with a children’s short story competition and a first place win for her fable Weedlia’s Fate. Now, decades later, along with being a wife and mother, she’s nurtured her love of writing to build a career as an editor and novelist. Along with shaping quirky characters and plotlines that reflect glimpses of her own life, she enjoys riding her proud Arabian horse—when he lets her. She has a passion for ministry, and her hopes are to keep earning enough from her writing to travel the world in search of some good story material.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book through Innovative Online Book Tours.  All opinions are 100% my own.


Cream Sauce For Pasta

cream sauce for pasta

Bud’s girlfriend is a great cook!!  She has some pretty simple but absolutely delicious recipes that have been passed down from her mom and grandma.  I was lucky enough to convince her to share her cream sauce recipe with my readers.  It is so yummy and great over any kind of pasta, but especially gnocchi.

Cream Sauce For Pasta


1 clove garlic

1 clove shallot

1/2 stick butter

2 cups milk

2-3 Tbsp. flour

1-2 tsp. of chicken bouillon powder

1-2 cups reserved water from cooking pasta


Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan.  Using a very fine grater, grate the garlic and shallot into the melted butter.  Cook until bubbling, about 3 minutes.

cream sauce for pastaSlowly whisk in flour until sauce is thick and pastey.  Slowly stir in 2 cups milk.  Continue cooking for another 3 minutes or so.

cream sauce for pastaWhisk in 1-2 tsp. of chicken bouillon powder to taste, if desired.

When pasta is done, cooking, drain it, but reserve about 2 cups of the cooking liquid.  Fold the pasta and sauce into the reserved liquid and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes more, or until desired consistency.

Top with grated Parmesan and a little basil for garnish.

cream sauce for pastaEnjoy!!