How to get into the bookstore
The first step is to have an individual promotion for your latest book which will also feature your other books and some examples of reviews.
I have just updated the post for 2019 that shows you how to get your books on the shelves of the bookstore.
Promotions for books in the bookstore.
After that your featured book and another six of your other titles will be displayed in the bookstore with your main selling link (usually your Amazon author page) and your website or blog and now Goodreads link, to ensure that there is access to as many reviews as possible. I will also share an extract from one of your most recent reviews. Please note that it would be difficult to keep the shelves maintained if all an author’s books were displayed. So authors with more than seven will have a note attached to their entry asking readers to head over to Amazon or the website to see all books.
Offers and FREE Books
If you will be running an offer on your books at a discounted price or FREE for a period of time, please let me know and I will try to put you into the nearest Cafe Update. @email@example.com
Once you are an author in the bookstore you can take advantage of the Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update which goes out on Monday and Fridays as well as specials such as the Spring showcase and the Summer Sale for discounted books and Free offers.
I have made a slight adjustment to the timescales for reviews as with so many authors now in the bookstore, it is likely that several weeks might lapse between featuring everyone. So I will be looking at reviews on Amazon UK and US and also Goodreads within the last six months. To keep the numbers of authors in the Cafe and Bookstore to a level that I can promote regularly, I will be moving entries into a standby file if there has been not promotional posts for the last 12 months either for reviews or new releases.
I am keen to work with authors who are proactive and let me know when they have a new book or review and also share any updates that they are included in with their own networks. My aim is to increase your sales by sharing your books with my readers across the blog and social media. It really is very helpful if you are featured, if you share across your own networks for yourself and for the other authors who are in the post.
I aim to feature an author every four to six weeks and will check listings, it does help if you let me know if you have had a recent review. Bear in mind that it is a review is a selling tool, so select a review that you feel best reflects the key elements of your book. Which is what I will do when picking a review to use.
I look forward to promoting your books and working with you to get you sales. Get in touch please.
N.B – Please let me know if you have released your book with a new cover so that I can change in the bookstore. thanks
If you would like to be featured in the bookstore for the first time then please take a look at this post.
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One of the recent reviews for Shadowed by Death
It is 1944, World War II is still raging in the Pacific and in Europe, and Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the U.S. Marine Corps, is back in the city of Point Richmond in the East Bay region of San Francisco along with his German shepherd, Harley.
And things are about to get complicated. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish Jew in the United States to raise money for thousands of Jewish children scattered all over war-torn Europe and to mobilize support for a “Free Poland” after the war ends, is on somebody’s liquidation list.
The Nazis? The Russians? Polish Communists?
When she is almost run down by an assassin in a car, homicide detective Oliver is tasked with protecting her. It’s not an easy job. He is still hobbled from a leg wound he suffered fighting the Japanese in Guam and Sophia is a willful woman who refuses to be protected.
To make matters worse, she insists on revealing things that the FBI (and others) would rather keep secret, such as what really happened in Poland’s Katyn Forest when the Russians massacred some four thousand unarmed Polish soldiers—including Sophia’s brother—and blamed it on the Germans.
Sophia knows too much and she is saying things publicly that is proving embarrassing for a variety of people. In that respect, the book is true to the time. During World War II a lot of secrets were buried out of political pragmatism and expediency. Author Mary Adler has done praiseworthy research on the 1940s and the multifarious partisan machinations that allowed many war criminals and other miscreants to escape post-war justice.
Ms. Adler doesn’t write her mysteries in a linear way. The plot moves every which way, along with sub-plots with a surfeit of twists and turns—all designed to keep readers on their toes and engaged.
As the late, legendary mystery author P.D. James once said: “The detective can know nothing which the reader isn’t also told. It would be a very, very bad detective story at the end if the reader felt, ‘Who could possibly have guessed that?’ “
Ms. Adler reveals just enough to keep you turning the pages and she keeps you guessing for all 277 pages. Shadowed by Death: An Oliver Wright WW II Mystery is a worthy successor to In the Shadow of Lies, the first book in the Oliver Wright mystery series. We hope there will be more.
A.J. Alexander, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/A.-J.-Alexander/e/B07KVQCHVZ
A recent review for Served (Odd Jobs 2)
Heather doesn’t know how long she can wait for Wyatt to make the first move she wants him but doesn’t know how long she will wait. After wanting Wyatt to explain why he ignored her, she gives up telling him if he can watch someone else touch her, pushing him enough to silence her with a kiss.
Wyatt knows if they cross the line though there won’t be going back, she will own him and he’s not good enough for her. Wyatt is going to spend as much time as he can with her until she sees she can do much better than him.
Heather knows Wyatt wants her hoping that it’s not that her parents have money, and he doesn’t, it doesn’t help she never knows if people are friends with her because of the money.
Every time Heather thinks she’s getting through Wyatt’s walls he puts them back up.
Getting some messages from Heather he knows he’s friend is right she doesn’t want to be treated like a princess, but can he let go of the fear of not being good enough and that she’s not breakable. Can Heather let go of her insecurities, everyone sees how perfect they are for each other. Everything always seems to go wrong for them, will they finally work out they deserve each other.
*Paul Andruss, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC
An extract from the most recent review for the book.
I stumbled across this book one day while reading a historical piece written by the author. He had included an image of this book cover at the bottom of his article which immediately drew my attention. This author often writes long historical dissertations so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I took a chance and purchased the Kindle edition. What a delightful surprise! I couldn’t put the book down!
What I found was a fantastic story about one of my favorite subjects, faeries! Not only was it geared to the YA genre, but it also included a fair amount of historical fact to make the story shine.
When Jack’s older brother Dan is abducted before his very eyes, he is stunned by the mysterious circumstances of his disappearance. The fact that Jack witnessed the strange abduction and doesn’t tell his parents only adds to his troubles. Jack’s mother is suffering from a chronic illness and his greatest hope is that the situation will rectify itself, and Dan will come home on his own.
One of the recent reviews for Chicken Shift on Goodreads
Made me giggle. A whole poetry book, crammed with verses about chickens crossing roads!
Loved this one:
A chicken crossed the road, as happens now and then
Philosophers and passersby
Did their bit and wondered why
But the farmer wondered how it escaped the pen.
*Laura M. Baird, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-M.-Baird/e/B0745JY9CF
An extract from an early review for In His Sights
Charity’s life had undergone a complete change when her brother died unexpectedly in a car crash, leaving Charity with guardianship of her six year old neice. Moving from DC to a small town in Arizona Charity is determined to give everything – including all her time – to Leah and make the small girls life as normal as possible. Mason loved the freedom being a hawk-shifter gave him. After noticing Charity, Mason had been learning everything he could about her. He was surprised to discover she was the sister of a man Mason and his team had been working with. With more questions than answers, both Charity and Mason discover they need to work together to try and uncover the truth.
I found this to be an interesting and well plotted story. There was quite a bit of information in the first part of the book, which I honestly thought was handled in a good way. While the author came close to some info-dumping I genuinely couldn’t see where it could have been pared back to keep the pace of the story moving faster. I personally felt that the background on Charity and how she found herself in the middle of Arizona with a new life and her young niece was important for the context of the story. Also – the history behind Mason – both his gifts, the shifter world he lived in and the unusual circumstances surrounding the work he was a part of – all was central to the main plot and the reader had quite a bit of background/information to catch up on. Thankfully, for my tastes, the author kept my interest with this transfer of information and helped me understand the situation – not just wanting to skim past it and get into the real meat of the story. I’m uncertain if other readers will feel the same with this, but I personally thought it was handled well
*Rachele Baker, DVM, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Rachele-Baker-DVM/e/B00AN9TKLS – Goodreads: Rachele on Goodreads
One of the recent reviews for Keep Your Dog Healthy
Veterinarian Rachele Baker provides some excellent idea, some of which I wish I had had with my first dog. I have made some of the mistakes that this book addresses and it was my furbabies who suffered for them.
**Judith Barrow – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6
Blog: judithbarrowblog.com/ – Goodreads: Judith on Goodreads
Please visit Amazon or Judith Barrow’s blog to view all her books.
A recent review for A Hundred Tiny Threads
This book was promoted on Facebook and it is a testament to the power of this platform that I purchased this book. It is the first Judith Barrow book that I have read and will certainly look out for others.
I enjoy reading period dramas from any era. This one set between 1911 and 1923 is interesting in terms of the civil uprising in Ireland. The two main Irish characters, Conal and Honora were very charismatic and feisty. Friends of the main character Winifred they introduced her to a life she was unfamiliar with. From a sheltered background, she blossomed and became a stronger woman. However, fate changed her path and led her towards a very unsavory character – Bill Howarth.
This is a real page turner once it gets going. The characters are well developed and the storyline interesting throughout.
One of the recent reviews for Forgetting My Way Back to You
Forgetting my way back to you is a wonderful story of young love lost, found, and lost again. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with many twists and turns and takes your emotions on a rollercoaster ride. It is well written and is laced with humor and quick wit that keeps you guessing what will happen until the end. I wish I could give it 10 stars!!! I can’t wait to read more of Miss Bartow’s work!
One of the recent reviews for Pariahs
Welcome to the world of monsters and soulless creatures. It’s a unique fantasy world with cool races and interesting characters. If you’re looking for an awesome fantasy novel that’s different from the usual fair, I highly recommend reading Pariahs. You will not be disappointed.
Vijeren is a kid just trying to live his life. Unfortunately, he lives in this compound with the Grand Apwor, a villain you just love to hate. He’s a cruel and evil guy, and when Zhin who is a law enforcement officer appears, things start to get interesting.
I’ve honestly not read a fantasy novel quite like Pariahs. The characters are not human, eleven, or the usual. Instead, they are this interesting mash-up with cool fangs. These guys come in different forms and races and have their own cultural aspects. Plus, there are tons of monsters and creatures added for suspense.
Pariahs is beautifully written. It has good story pacing with just action to keep the story moving but enough detail to set a rich world and flesh out the characters. The story has an amazing setting that goes in-depth into a fun new world.
If you have some time for a brilliant and unique fantasy novel, Pariahs should be on your list. I blasted through it, and I’m sure you will too. It’s an amazing book!
*Linda Bethea, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Swain-Bethea/e/B01N5HA5C1
One of the many excellent reviews for the book.
Linda Bethea is a truly gifted story teller! I genuinely enjoyed reading the stories of her mother, Kathleen, growing up. My grandparents never told me stories of the Great Depression, so these stories provided me with much needed insight. The stories are told in a colorful, humorous tone that was a joy to read.
*Ritu Bhathal, Buy:https://www.amazon.com/Poetic-RITUals-Ritu-Bhathal/dp/1533088020
One of the recent reviews for Poetic Rituals –
This a wonderful collection of poems. They will make you smile, chuckle, sigh, coo, squeal and squeak! My overall favourite is ‘Whispers’ – very clever! I hope there will be more from this talented lady!
**Jacquie Biggar, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
Website: http://jacqbiggar.com – Goodreads: Jacquie Biggar at Goodreads
Please visit Jacquie’s Amazon page of website to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Skating on Thin Ice
This book is the perfect mixture of romance with an action packed story line to keep you turning the pages. The author does a great job of drawing the reader into the world of ice hockey and the murky world of match fixing and deals with the mob. Mac Wanowski is a champion ice hockey player and, with him on board, his team looks set to win the season. This does not suit everyone and Mac is seriously injured while playing in a match two weeks before the final. He is sent away to a remote cabin in the mountains to heal. The team’s doctor delivers his niece, Sam, a physical therapist who desperately needs a break, to assist Mac with a speedy recovery. Little does he know that she has been offered the opportunity to obtain a contract as the physical therapist to Mac’s team but, in return, she must slow down his recovery.
When Sam meets Mac her soft heart quickly goes out to him, especially when she learns of the loss of his wife and unborn baby in a terrible accident a few years previously. Sam is also attracted to the taciturn hockey star and she can sense it is reciprocated. Sam makes a decision to try to help Mac and ensure that he is able to play in the final match of the season but she is unaware that there are other, much more dangerous people lurking, who are determined to keep Mac off the ice.
I enjoyed the character of smolderingly sexy Mac, with his heartbreaking past, and the sweet and big hearted, Sam, with her history of financial anxiety and determination to succeed in a male dominated profession.
An entertaining and easy read with a great twist at the end and lots of romantic ups and downs to keep you on the edge of your seat.
*Sacha Black, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/13-Steps-Evil-Superbad-Villains-ebook/dp/B0722X7Y4P – Goodreads: Sacha on Goodreads
An early review for 10 Steps to Hero
Angela_785 A Good Resource for Building a Strong, Relatable Character March 14, 2019
Writers looking for a solid recipe on character creation should pay attention. 10 Steps to Hero serves up a plateful of epiphanies on how to turn your lead into a psychological tuning fork for the human condition, capturing the hearts and minds of readers. This book, and the powerful idea of the web of connectivity, will make you a stronger storyteller. Be prepared for salty language…and cramping fingers as you make notes!
Deborah A. Bowman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Bowman/e/B00MDD6QMS
Please visit Deborah’s Amazon page or her blog to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Deliah, Astral Investigator
Delilah, Astral Investigator: Infinity Series revolves around a young woman named Deliah who is afflicted with asthma, her angora cat named Molly, and a young man, Bartholomew, who steps from the pages of America history. The three combine their efforts and end up changing history.
The story revolves around a shopkeeper and a boy and an event that profoundly affects Delilah. Each night, when she falls asleep, she dreams of this fateful event, reliving the incident in excruciating detail.
However, One night Delilah’s dream changes, and she witnesses a different dream/occurrence where Bartholomew is about to be murdered. She reaches through time to pull him into her dream where she saves him. Once Bartholomew adjusts to this time continuum, the unusual man from the past becomes her friend.
I enjoyed the story and how this author’s interpretation of time travel allowed a ripple effect to change past events. The storyline delves into the topics of lucid dreaming and astral projection, which really add a paranormal glint to solving the mystery.
The characters were engaging and relatable. I found Bartholomew’s dilemmas in coping with the modern world to be well thought out and at times humorous. This author has a penchant for realism, so some of the dialogue is written in an English dialect which I thought added to the story.
I do hope the author continues the series because the time travel cornerstone of the story is intriguing. There are so many possibilities!
MY RATING: Character Believability: 5 Flow and Pace: 5 Reader Engagement: 5 Reader Enrichment: 5 Reader Enjoyment: 5 Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
*Please visit Amazon to view all of Craig’s books.
One of the recent reviews for The Hat
This book is not in my usual reading genre, but nonetheless, a delight to read. The Hat is a whimsical tale of a dynamic team – Lizzie, a 21 year old girl with troubles it seems at every corner, who manages to team up with the talking hat.
Lizzie manages to scoop a box off the moving truck taking away what’s left of her recently passed grandmother’s estate. Completely unaware what’s in the box, Lizzie strikes a real gem when she discovers in that box is a hat, but not just any hat.
As Lizzie and the talking hat get acquainted, finally becoming friends, the hat teaches her more about her family background, and ultimately becomes her cohort in her quest to save the kidnapped babies she learns about after her friend’s baby is kidnapped.
The story progresses through the quest to solve the crime, all the while experiencing magical situations and escapes when she puts on the hat and it empowers her with its magical properties, even being able to transport her to safety when the goings get rough.
A fun escape with lots of laughs and a perfect short read and entertaining read for a rainy afternoon.
A recent review for Maggie’s Way
K Mac Grabs Hold and Won’t Let GoFebruary 25, 2019
One interesting and emotional tale that rings true. The story line written in first person creates some mixed feelings in the beginning, but eventually the appeal grabs hold and doesn’t let go.
This book is my bed-time Bible, which is to say, I’m never without something fascinating to read, even when I’m between books. It’s studded with details. On every street-corner in NYC, at every intersection, numerous people lived, died, fired a gun, made love, led a march or quelled an angry mob. The buildings that do survive are silent witness. Clifford Browder brings it all home.
Christine Campbell, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2
One of the early reviews for A Mountain of Memories
Part history lesson, part mystery, part romance with a dose of psychology, A Mountain of Memories is captivating from the moment the reader meets Caitlin. Through a series of twists and turns in present time, to flashbacks of terrifying events, and a view into early 20th century rural Scotland, the author tells a story that begs to be read in a single setting.
To discover all the books please go to Amazon or the website.
An extract from a recent review for Murder by the Books
The mother-daughter duo known as HL Carpenter created a character in Fae Childers who can go the distance. Murder by the Books is well-paced and will hold your interest to the end.
I have a long-standing background in researching financial scams and con-artists, so the topic was a perfect one to entertain me on a cold and dreary Saturday.
Fae Childers is so horrified by the suggestion that she has embezzled from the accounting firm she leaves without defending her decades-long career with the firm.
The fact that her boyfriend has sided with the owners causes her to stay in seclusion in her apartment in Tampa. Wallowing in self-pity, she’s intrigued when a letter arrives informing her of an inheritance from a grandmother she had no idea existed.
The lawyer she encounters in Seafoam appears to be thoughtful, compassionate and handsome. Why is Fae drawn in so by his passionate green eyes? Could Ret Karaffa be at the center of the murders and break-ins that suddenly seem to happen with an unnerving regularity around all the people her grandmother came in contact with while living along the coast in Seafoam?
You’ll learn to love to hate the annoying local reporter, Pat Jablonski. Will she show up dead in the surf too? The real mystery is whether or not the killer believes that Fae has inherited her grandmother’s abilities to see things most of us will never experience. Will he or she recognize the piercing headaches as the same ones Fae’s grandmother had before she solved the mysterious puzzles the inhabitants of Seafoam had with unnerving regularity?
*Lizzie Chantree, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lizzie-Chantree/e/B00FF99DHC
One of the recent reviews for If You Love Me I’m Yours
Jayme Carruthers Hidden Gems Reviewer March 28, 2019
In If You Love Me, I’m Yours, we meet Maud. She is just your average, if not somewhat boring, teacher’s assistant. There’s nothing really out of the box about her – unless you count the fact that she’s been secretly leaving artwork around town with the tagline “If You Love Me, I’m Yours”. When Dot, an eccentric art agent, starts looking for this secret artist, it leads to a friendship between the two women. Will the two women find what they are looking for?
This was a very cute, lighthearted read. The characters were interesting and fun. It was always exciting to see what would happen next! Watching (Well, reading about) Maud learning to open up and be herself, despite her past, was a great experience and I found myself rooting for her the whole time! Meanwhile, Dot was just a hilarious character and someone I would love to see portrayed in film!
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!
****Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/ – Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads
One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and The Fondant Five Story
Robbie Cheadle and her son Michael, in the delightful book Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five Story and Cookbook, combine children’s story, poetry and recipes together. The story is about a zoo in Chocolate Land with Fondant Five, namely the lion, king of the jungle, the gentle elephant, the elegant leopard, the bulky rhino, and the buffalo. Sir Chocolate cares for them. One day, these five fondant animals disappeared. Sir Chocolate found Fondant Cat who could help to find Fondant Five.
This fun story book includes recipes for Lady Sweet Rusks, Buffalo Coconut Cake, Rhino Soetkoekies, Cheetah Cheese Scones, and Sir Chocolate Peppermint Caramel Pudding.
The book has beautiful photograph of the fondant animals and desserts. Students in the classrooms will enjoy the story, poems and photos in this book. I will read this to my granddaughter. I also love the idea of parents doing the cooking with their children using these recipes.
A recent review for The Heartstone Chronicles
This mystical story is bound to capture your heart. Abigale Forester is only fourteen years old, recently orphaned, and has been sent to live with her Aunt Magnolia Forester, a woman she has never met, and is now her legal Guardian. Abigale was born with mystical gifts, inherited from her mother, along with a few hundred acres of swamp land that has been handed down for generations in her family.
This is no ordinary swamp. It is a place where mystical things happens, another realm, that is critical for the safety of mankind. Abigale has no idea what this has to do with her, but she will soon find out. In the meantime, a corrupt, greedy, and wealthy man as plans of his own to destroy the swamp and possibly Abigale and her aunt, as a form of revenge.
Danger is everywhere for Abigale as she tries to adjust to her new life. When the truth about the swamp legacy is revealed to her, Abigale is forced to make a decision about the swamp legacy and her choice is a dangerous one.
I highly recommend this mystical mystery that is so well written, by author Colleen M. Chesebro, that the story itself almost leaps off of the pages, right into your reality. It is that good. FIVE STARS
*Ann Chiappetta, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Chiappetta/e/B06Y1H47FS
One of the recent reviews for Words of Life
Family vacations carefully recorded in journal entries, conversations and encounters with strangers on a beach or in a van, mythical stories of wolves and Greek legends, thefts perpetrated by shore birds on beaches, a dishonest neighbor, watchers, witnesses, a voyeur, and lurking dark dogs who appear initially as a sniff, or a nose. By the end of the collection the entire black dog has transformed into a threatening beast-
these are among Ann Chiappetta’s themes in her 3rd book, Words of Life, a collection of poems and essays.
The reader does not travel far into the text to begin to make discoveries about the intention of the author.
In the “Introduction,” she states,
“The purpose of this volume… (is to) reflect
the beauty in nature, the complexities of the
As we reach the conclusion of this collection, we see the author as a voyeuristic listener, in her own words:
“I’ve often tried to figure out why I’m chosen to
be the designated listener. Two possibilities
are: 1. When someone notices I’m blind,
they figure, what the heck, she’ll never
see me again, and if she does, she won’t
recognize me anyway. 2. I’m eavesdropping
on conversations, being an opportunist in
disguise to feed a voyeuristic curiosity.”
Each piece assembled for this collection has the mark of the keen eye and sensitive ear of a person who listens, takes notes, contemplates, and responds to the run-of-the-mill situations and ordinary, everyday and commonplace conversation, observation, or experience. She moves easily between moments of joy, pride, awe, irritation, anger, fear, and even her struggles with recurring depression and the ways she battles through them. Always, there is a sense of place; specific locations such as Long Island Shore, California, Old Sturbridge, Aruba, the Bay, a hospital – each a marker left behind on her journey – Words of Life.
Visit Amazon or Billy Ray’s blog to view all his books.
Billy Ray Chitwood is an author who has a discernable style that you could love, or if insecure you could hate. You see it takes a degree of self-confidence to appreciate Billy Ray’s engaging brand of prose fully. He serves up a cast of characters who resemble folks you know. He then tells a whole bunch about how they feel and what makes them tick. On top of that, he places the characters into a plausible situation that is akin to mayhem and dares them to solve their problems.
While the reader is working through all this complexity, Billy Ray serves up some drinks at a plush country club or restaurant and seems to enjoy the company of those around him. Now I’m not saying Billy Ray does this, but his characters give the reader the impression that Billy Ray is right there with them having the time of his life.
If you want a mystery that will keep you engaged, entertained, and near the edge of your seat at times, pick up The Pickett Factor and have a good time.
Please visit Amazon or Mae’s website to view all her books.
A recent review for End of Day
Mae Clair has returned to the weird little town of Hode’s Hill, where things aren’t always as they seem, and where the terrible sins of the past continue to impact the present, often in undesirable ways. Once again, Clair has used her excellent writing skills to pull readers into this mystery within a mystery. She layers chills upon heartbreak upon budding romance, and the result is a seamless story that works beautifully, and reminds us that what we think we know of our own history just might not be the entire truth.
If you love eerie, paranormal tales filled with well-developed characters and a touch of romance, I highly recommend this book. It’s every bit as good as, if not better than, Book 1, Cusp of Night. I can’t wait for the next one!
*Lucinda E. Clarke, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914
Please visit Amazon or Lucinda’s website to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Amie: Savage Safari
Not having read the other books in this series, I went into this story blind. But the author backtracked just enough to get me up to speed without dragging the story down. I was quickly drawn into Amie’s story. She’s a strong willed and passionate character. And the exotic settings were really interesting. Most of the story is set in a small African country, and the culture was vividly drawn. Then came the drama, ramping up page after page as Amie faces obstacles that most of us could never imagine. Highly recommend this one and I’ll be looking for others in the series now!
A recent review for review for Silent Mayhem
OMG!!!!! Mr Mayhem is one of the best villains, serial killer, ever! Is it possible to love a villain for his goodness, while hating him for his badness? And the crows…do they seek revenge when slighted?
Shawnee is a fabulous character. If I am ever in trouble, I want her at my side. I love that Levaughn, her cop boyfriend accepts her with all her foibles. I worry for her friends and family, afraid Mr Mayhem or Poe will seek retribution for perceived wrongs.
Sue Coletta pens some of the best stories and is at the top of my reading list, one of my go to authors. Her writing shines with the research and details included in her work. I love the use of the crows and the Indian folklore. Her writing speaks to me and I respond with delight.
I kept putting the book down, because I didn’t want to finish it. I wanted to savor each word, letting my mind mull over what would happen next. Loaded with surprises, Sue Coletta’s imagination knows no bounds and I marvel at how her mind works. Read her biography and you will see how she manages to cover the subject matter, serial killers, so well.
Bring on the next one…soon, please.
Sally Cronin, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Georgina-Cronin/e/B003B7O0T6
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A recent review What’s in a Name Volume One
James‘s review Five Stars Mar 15, 2019 Goodreads
There are many topics that will draw my attention to a book. In Sally Cronin’s collection ‘What’s in a name?’ I found a whole bunch that piqued my curiosity: short stories, genealogy, and how first names are chosen. On top of that, it’s the first volume in this series, which means I have another to read soon. Now this made my weekend!
Cronin shares ~20 short stories covering the letters A through J in volume one. She lists a male and a female name for each letter, then contributes a story ranging from five to ten pages each. Short, but not simple, and I mean that in a good way. Cronin packs an immense amount into each brief tale… whether it’s personality traits, complex plots, or comparisons between two people over different periods of time, I found everything from nuggets of glory to hilarious banter.
One of my favorite aspects of this work was the varying time frames, locations, and genres of each short story. Cronin deals with normal life events, everything from death to pregnancy, marriage to sickness. How she manages to pack such a punch with so many characters in so few pages is astonishing! I kinda want a sequel to cover what ends up happening to many of the people we’ve met.
If you’re looking for something fun, clever, and easy-to-digest in short samples, this is definitely for you. I recommend it for those interested in learning about how personalities sometime echo the name chosen for an individual… and perhaps vice versa. Kudos to the author for finding a new fan… and I’ll be reading volume two next month, so be prepared!
One of the recent reviews Watching Glass Shatter
This book was an interesting read from Cudney. I’d classify it as a family saga genre as the story evolves around the widow Olivia and her five grown children.
Although the blurb comes right out with the fact that Ben switched the baby, making it sound rather cruel and deceitful, I didn’t find that was the case, as the baby switch was done with consent from the birth mother – still a big no no for Ben not letting his wife know until after he died, but nothing shady.
The plot focuses on what happens after Ben’s death with the will, the baby secret, and then we are taken into the lives of each of their children. Each son has a cross to bear in their lives. We learn this through Olivia’s decision after Ben’s death to visit each of her children to spend quality time with them before the reading of the will. Through each visit, we learn about each of her son’s redeeming and not so redeeming features – their lives, their misgivings, and some very surprising secrets.
Throughout reading the story we learn what propelled each character to become ensconced into each of their dilemmas. Olivia learns a lot about her children she never knew previously. And not until almost the very end do we learn about the story of the baby switch, which somehow didn’t feel like the highlight of the story anymore as we got caught up in the drama of each of the character’s lives.
The story was well written with interesting characters – some of them drew in my sympathy, some left me questioning why they acted as they did. But with a nice and satisfactory ending, I enjoyed this book. #Recommended.
Anita Dawes, buy https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/
A recent review for Lazy Days.
This truly was a getaway holiday. The family left a busy part of London for the peace and slow pace of life on the Norfolk Broads. It was also an adventure as they had not handled a boat before. Two sisters, four children and two dogs had to adapt to life in the confines of a boat. Fortunately the weather was good and the sun and fresh air come across in this warm story. There were plenty of places to visit along the way and the family enjoyed everything from the beach at Great Yarmouth to the castle at Norwich. If you have been on boating holidays or are contemplating one do read this book. Lots of us will know the experience of planning a holiday, then worrying if everyone will enjoy it, trying to please all ages etc. The two sisters were’t sure if all the children had enjoyed themselves, but it turned out that they talked about it for weeks after and years later enjoyed reading this book and recapturing memories.
Please go to Amazon or Richard’s website to view all his books.
One of the recent reviews for Life and Other Dreams.
Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.
In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.
Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa.
When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up. Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.
Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?
Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!
A recent review for Mackenzie’s Distraction
Caroline Excellent plot and engaging writing! January 25, 2019
I was super excited to read Angie Dokos’ debut novel, and it did not disappoint. There was a genuine authenticity in the characters’ dialogue and individual personalities. In the wake of tragedy and exposed secrets, Mackenzie finds love and personal growth while maintaining a close relationship with her family. I found Mackenzie herself to be incredibly down to earth and therefore, relatable. She maintained her sense of independence while opening herself up to love. I found the supporting characters to also be well-developed. There were many, which brought a community to life. I was sad when I approached the end of the book as I felt like I was losing some of my friends. The ending was very satisfying. The conclusion to Trevor and Mackenzie’s romance was exactly what I was hoping for. A truly sentimental, heart-warming, and exciting tale. Great job Angie, I cannot wait to read more from you!
*Audrey Driscoll, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC
Blog: http://audreydriscoll.com Goodreads: Audrey on Goodreads
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One of the recent reviews for She Who Comes Forth
I absolutely loved the Herbert West series, and ‘She Who Comes Forth’ kind of picks up where the 4th book ends.
The protagonist is related to Herbert West and shares some of his occult ability. It is this ability, and a mysterious ring, that cause young France Leighton to become involved in a supernatural tussle of wills…in Egypt.
Along the way she meets an intriguing stranger who is not at all what he seems.
But before you think this will be a standard romance set in an exotic location, think again. There’s that twist, right?
I found She Who Comes Forth to be a very enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.
One of the recent reviews for The Heart’s Lullaby
M. Smith Heartfelt Emotion February 1, 2019
This is the second book of this author’s that I have read. Just like with the first book, I fell in love with the poetry. She has such a beautiful way of writing. There’s so much emotion that goes into her words. Your heart will be touched as you explore the pages of love and pain. Tears will fall. Your own memories may even fade in. Even better, this is a book you can read again and again. It’s that good.
Dorinda Duclos, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dorinda-Duclos/e/B00LE97O5K
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One of the recent reviews for Night Owl Poetry
Night Owl Poetry by Dorinda Duclos is an anthology of poems that begins with an intense symbol of Cocoon, which sheathes the internal beauty, yearning to break free. Slowly it wades into deeper waters of life, trying to figure out its real meaning and exhorting you to believe in yourself to understand the ‘jigsaw of life.’ The paradox of fleeting moments yet time standing still, past that lingers around us despite the beckoning light, A broken heart and yearning for brighter paths – all comes alive in these pages that glow with signature style of a brilliant poet.
Symbolism is the forte of Dorinda, as the night owl is an image for the poet who can’t sleep without completing her rendezvous with the wonderful words she pours into her musings. Whether she pays homage to soldiers or empathizes with ‘The Bag Lady,’ Duclos handles each theme perceptively. Once again love for nature shines through her poetry despite various issues that inspire her. This is a perfect book for poetry lovers.
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One of the recent reviews for Race Against Time
Beetleypete Old school adventure, brought bang up to date. 15 April 2019
Combining archaeology with adventure, then adding a touch of science fiction, this enjoyable roller-coaster of a story packs in a host of fascinating characters too. From eminent academics, to the Russian Mafia, Vatican cardinals, and even a beautiful female alien, everyone in this book is wonderfully described, until you can picture them all on their hazardous quest.
Using a theory of how Earth was once populated, and protected from natural disaster, we are taken on a world tour of interesting ancient archaeological sites. Each one holds part of the key that will save mankind from destruction, and our heroes must combat not only a secret organisation, but also the ancient demon it serves. This is not ‘Raiders of The Lost Ark’, but it has equally exciting elements, and a tension that endures right to the last of its 158 pages.
The author undoubtedly knows his stuff, and compliments that knowledge with detailed research, convincing geographical detail, and a wide understanding of travel by sea and by road. And he also knows when to insert the required action, so that no chapter is ever dry, or feels dull to read.
I finished it in just two sessions, keen to discover the fate of the characters that I had readily invested in.
*Diana J. Febry, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-J-Febry/e/B00J7AG9U4/
One of the recent reviews for The Skeletons of Birkbury on Goodreads
A very good mystery read.
One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is to believe that the events of the past will remain there.
There are plenty of people in this book who are dealing with the ghosts and skeletons of the past, some with powerful and tragic consequences.
The Skeletons of Birkbury is a very enjoyable and well-constructed mystery story, set in a seemingly normal English village populated by believable characters, most of whom seem quite likeable and all of whom seek to keep up appearances of respectability.
Whose ghostly chickens are about to come home to roost? And which members of the community will fail to get out of the way as they do?
*Christoph Fischer – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ
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A recent review for Ludwika
Once again, Fischer shows such talent for bringing history to life, with this based-on-fact novel about the survival of a young Polish woman during WW2. Taking the small details he could find, the author weaves them into a story by adding fictional characters, delivering a page-turning experience that showcases his style and skill.
From a peaceful life on a Polish farm, to near slave labour in far-off Germany, we follow the trials and tribulations that beset our young heroine during the long years of that war. And to round it off, we also get to find out what really happened to her, later in life.
This combination works so well, giving us completely believable characters, authentic locations, and set around the cataclysmic events that rocked Europe from 1939, until well after the end of hostilities. Recommended unreservedly, this is a book for everyone to read.
One of the recentt reviews for Bubba’s Tails on Smashwords
Victoria Zigler on Dec. 31, 2018 : Five Stars
What a beautiful story! It’s well told, and is a fun way to teach children – and adults too – about guide dogs, and the wonderful work they do.
Please visit Amazon or Darlene’s blog to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Amanda in New Mexico
Amanda and her sixth-grade class are on an educational field trip from their hometown of Calgary, Canada to visit, explore and document their experiences in New Mexico, USA. As the class tours Taos, New Mexico and the surrounding area, their trip is interrupted by ghosts present and past. In “Amanda in New Mexico—Ghost in the Wind,” Foster has written a contemporary fiction story through which middle grade students will not only learn about the region’s geography, architecture, and artifacts—they’ll learn invaluable life lessons along the way. Students and teachers are sure to want to follow Amanda through further adventures in this well-written series.
*Claire Fullerton, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4
One of the recent reviews for Mourning Dove
May 12, 2019
It’s the 1970s. Millie and her brother Finley are eighteen months apart, and he’s her rock. When Millie is ten, Posey, their mother, leaves their alcoholic father and moves from Minnesota to Tennessee, where Posey is was raised.
Memphis might as well be a foreign country to Finley and Millie. They are different from everyone else and on the outside looking in. Luckily they have each other, but that’s about all they have.
When Posey returns to her hometown, she immediately finds her way, unlike her children. She’s wrapped up in society and often leaves the children alone while she’s at the country club. Millie and Finley come-of-age in Memphis. They each just want to belong, as any teen does. Their paths separate, and their outcomes are different from each other. Their relationship falls into disrepair as well.
Millie is in her 30s when she reflects on her life and specifically her relationship with her brother. I found this exploration incredibly authentic and insightful. The nuances of brother-sister relationships are present and driven home. Finley is Millie’s protector and hero. If you had a big brother (like I did), you totally get it. The two are extremely close growing up until they aren’t.
In Memphis high society, appearances are everything, and it’s hard to fit in. Claire Fullerton does an impeccable job capturing that “outsider” feeling, especially for teenagers. I’ve been there. She nailed it.
The writing is beautiful, and I highlighted so many smart, gorgeous quotes. I also have to mention the time period. The 1970s came to life with the clothing, music, and ideas of the time. Also important to note is all the backdrop of segregation and social change happening at a slower pace. The book may have been set in the 1970s, but the themes are universal for any time. The characters are well-drawn, and I was transported to this special time and place.
Poignant, powerful, and stunningly written, I was enamored with Mourning Dove and very much look forward to Fullerton’s next book!
*Brigid P. Gallagher, BUY: https://www.amazon.in/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD
One of the recent reviews for the book
Watching the Daisies is a memoir with a difference. It commences in the seventies then follows Brigid’s journey of discovery into alternative medicine and a philosophy of life she had developed. When reading this book, I felt the calm and soothing effect if the author’s voice and loved the wisdom she has learned throughout her life.
Before reading this book, I was unfamiliar with the range of therapies and now feel as if I have been introduced to a new wisdom of complementary medicine that enhances wellbeing. There is information about reflexology, aromatherapy, crystal healing. Colour healing radionics, spiritual healing, meditation, geopathic stress, space clearing, counselling, Feng Shui and more. I enjoyed learning how the author had used the therapies with patients and in her own life. New therapies and ancient wisdom are combined in the memoir.
The memoir examines how one can use the energy from the ebb and flow of life to move forwards and cope with life. Brigid is a natural medicine pioneer and demonstrates how we can use alternative and traditional medicine, but the key is to ask questions about one’s health and explore options for healing.
Serenity and kindness dominate the narrative voice thus making me feel as if I was in the safe hands of the author. This was a great book to soothe the soul at the end of the day. Brigid demonstrates ‘the healing journey may be slow, but there are nuggets of gold on every corner.’ The book did make me slow down and reflect and I now understand the title.
A review for Dancing with the Sandman
The story starts and ends in west Texas as Billie Jo revisits the small town she grew up in, a town left behind years ago when progress, in the form of a new highway, raced ahead. It’s a place that holds memories so tangible they feel like ghosts rising out of the sand, and they create the substance of the story.
Garvin calls the book a fictional journey, but it reads like a memoir. If you were a kid in the 60’s, this book will feel something like a trip into childhood, a time before helicopter parents and iphones, a time when kids had to create their own fun while learning the painful lessons of life.
Though the book takes place in Texas, there is so much about Billie Jo’s experiences that felt familiar to me, a child of rural Connecticut. In a way, the qualities that make up a childhood – the way adults are perceived, the family quirks, sibling teasing, unexpected kindnesses and losses, how kids think and fill their leisure time – seemed universal. This is a thoroughly relatable book.
And told as a “look back at the ghosts of the past,” the book has a nostalgic aura that lingered beyond the last page, calling forth my own ghosts and eliciting memories that I’d forgotten. Dancing with the Sandman is a lovely, poignant, rich read for all ages, but especially for those who enjoy memoirs and those who were children in the 60’s.
*Teagan Geneviene – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
A recent review for Atonement in Bloom
Urban fantasy? I had no idea what that meant, but after reading a recommendation from another author, I decided to try this decidedly imaginative, creative, unique story that is different from any other I’ve ever read. And am I glad I did! I found the characters believable and true-to-life (despite their quite extraordinary experiences), the setting delightful, the writing well-done, and the storyline out-of-the-world fun. Hats off to Teagan Geneviene for keeping me enthralled from beginning to blooming end.
Mark D. Giglio, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mark-D.-Giglio/e/B00NID9AAW
One of the reviews for The Alchemist’s Wife
You start in the 14th century, then pop to the 21st century with Roland and Liz. Their romance is on hold while Roland tries to get his studies in order. Liz has the high powered job and an attentive married boss. Then you’re back in the 14th century with witchcraft and miracles and, of course, the bad apples in the Catholic church hunting for the witches, a tad futile with the first group miraculously rescued by the wood from an old apple orchard. The wood is as much a part of the unfolding drama as the characters involved for it becomes the Alchemists chest that transcends time. Roland stumbles onto the chest and looks in one of the drawers. There is a folded paper with his name and several thousand dollars. This gives him the wherewithal to purchase said chest. His romance with Liz seems nowhere and he examines the chest in his rented, dingy rooms. Something explodes and he winds up in the 14th century almost in the arms of Sofia, the daughter of the cabinet maker. She has been raised by the man known to have dabbled in the art of alchemy while at this studies. He is now mostly bedridden. Roland is not able to remember his past life and develops a strong attachment to the two. The countryside is besieged by the Protestant forces from the North. The local duke is allied with the Catholics and he too has an adopted daughter. His abuse of her has stirred her into a plot or revenge. A chance meeting of Roland while the Duke’s soldiers make off with a number of orphans to sell to a slave market, causes her and Roland to strike a deal for gold through the process of alchemy. Will the scheme work? How will Roland, Sofia, and Liz all resolve the missing parts of their lives will be found within the tale.
An recent review for Becoming Someone
I absolutely love the cover. The colors are so pretty together, the font of the title is simple but makes itself known, and the birds have a sense of symbolism to them. This cover was well done.
First Thoughts: I enjoy short story collections. I love seeing different perspectives from different characters and this was no different. I’ve enjoyed Anne Goodwin’s work in the past and didn’t want to pass up this opportunity to read her latest.
Plot: The plots vary from story to story and they’re very different from one another. There are a few that have similar themes, but each story is unique from the one before it and they were all interesting backgrounds.
Characters: As the title and summary suggests, each of these stories showcase the characters “becoming someone.” Everyone goes through their own struggles and battles and we all have good times and bad times. The characters in these stories had their own troubles to deal with and life kept moving on for them. Some were easier to get through than others, but the characters were becoming their own within their short tales.
Writing Style: This is a collection of 42 short stories and no two are the same. The writing style for each differed as well, depending on the character. The POV varied and there was even one story where the narrator spoke in first person and wouldn’t give their name. It kept the book interesting and made me wonder what sort of story and character would await me on the next page. Overall, they were all well written.
Overall: This book is well written and is a good length at nearly 300 pages. There are definitely some stories that I enjoyed more than others, but they were all an experience nonetheless.
Favorite Quote: “Loitering with a raspberry milk-shake in yet another coffee-bar, she was afforded multiple glimpses of men with flowing golden curls, but none adorning the head of her prince charming.” -Anne Goodwin, Becoming Someone;
One of the many excellent reviews for The Second Korean War
If you enjoy reading Tom Clancy the this book is for you.
From Russia to North and South Korea, Korea Town in Loa Angeles and our nations capitol the action never stops.
Halsted makes all the action flow for one not spot to another with unique cast of characters in a plot that keeps you going all the way to the end
*S.A. Harris, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/S.-A.-Harris/e/B07MYMTNWN
One of the recent reviews for the book
I love a good ghost story, and also the effortless blend of personal drama and magic realism displayed in the best of Graham Joyce’s novels. Haverscoft brings these two elements together in a hugely enjoyable book which, with its roots in the tradition of classic haunted house tales (bumps, knocking and mysterious happenings with doors), tells a layered tale of a precarious marriage which could well do without what’s about to happen…
A recent review for The Magician’s Blood
I have waited patiently to finally read this sequel to Linda Hill’s The Magician’s Curse and I was really not disappointed!
It took a couple of chapters to get back up to speed with the original story; the magic, the curse, Stephen and Herman’s love, Nina and her demented adoration for the ‘Master’ who impregnated her by compulsion rather than desire…
Then the magic of this sequel started with so many dark and twisted turns, as we were led deeper into the curse of the Dagmar family, and all connected.
I don’t want to give anything away, and to be honest, the way it ended, I don’t think I could because what a way to finish it!
Linda, we need another book, asap as I have to know what is going to happen next!!!
One of the reviews for the book
This is a book about a blind girl without being a book about a blind girl….which is exactly the point. The main character, Abby, doesn’t trumpet her disability around the world as if it were her defining characteristic. She doesn’t have a sense of entitlement. The reader is never tempted to pity her, even for a moment. She is a driven, bright, gregarious yet measured girl who just happens to be blind.
Through her experiences we are exposed to a world that depends on the other senses, we find new ways to connect to the world around us. Mrs. Hill paints Abby’s thrill ride with her companion dog (Curly Connor) and best friend (Baggy Brichaz) in such a manner that the reader leaves the book better equipped to understand visual impairments without hitting them over the head with it. It took me a while to realize this because at first I was just writing this review on the merits of good vs. bad Young Adult fiction (and it is good, trust me). The feather in the cap of this book is that it stands as a great story that actually teaches you something, leaves you pondering your own disabilities vs. those of others.
I am a middle school reading teacher and I review and teach a lot of YA fiction. What separates the wheat from the chaff for me is well-developed characters that show humanness and overcome in spite of failures. You get the feeling that each of the characters in this book could very well survive on their own but the adventure is exponentially heightened because of the relationships they garner with each other. Mrs. Hill does a brilliant job of showing weaknesses, strengths and diversity as just a starting point to the basics of character interaction. By the end of this book, I felt like Abby, Baggy and Curly were my next-door neighbors and I still find myself looking out my window, waiting for the Cloud Scooper to swing by….
Please visit Amazon or Lyn’s website to view all her books.
A recent review for The Mighty Chieftain
All thru this series, a Guardian has fought to stay ahead of the evil that is trying to kill them and steal the prophecies.This last book is about the fight to end Balor’s attempt to end them. They get help to end his reign. Then ten years later, they read the prophecies to the public. There are surprised in this nook and lots of pain. Please read
One of the recent reviews for The Contract
April 22, 2019
Many of us have known that the first few paragraphs of the first chapter are what shed light upon the tone of a book and whether it will grab a reader’s interest to move forward reading. With that being said, this book, The Contract Between Heaven and Earth, has done a phenomenal job! I was drawn into it instantly.
It begins with a devastating horror event on Earth due to a natural catastrophe. Then, in the next few lines, the author(s) proficiently transforms the children’s grievous crying into a beautiful, angelic, divine scene in heaven. Without filibuster, the story flows to the heart and bone of the book: The Contract.
The writing style is adept and efficient. The plot is well thought out and tight. The intense actions interwoven with tender, loving scenes bring out endless suspense. There are a couple of hiccups in dialog; however, they did not affect the outstanding work of this manuscript.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who looks for a multi-genre read blending with inspirational and unimposing spirituality.
One of the early reviews for A Box of Memories
Full of short stories inspired by memories or the related events of the author’s life, A Box Full of Memories is an entertaining read that is a pleasure to read. Some of the characters are found in more than one story, each of whom the author bought to life from the way he described them.
Although some of the descriptions were a little overdone, I still found myself immersed in the stories. There was only one story I couldn’t get into, but it did not stop me reading the rest.
Of all the stories, Wasps! was my favourite, as it geared towards the types of stories I enjoy reading.
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Buy : http://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S
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A recent review for My Life at Sweetbriar
shimsl A positive true story January 20, 2019
This is a positive story about a girl born with cerebral palsy, who despite a diagnosis she will never walk, let alone ride a horse, proves the doctors wrong. A true story, the author describes her own youth in detail through her special love of horses, and one horse in particular named Peach. They go on to win many championships together, but winning does not come without struggle and setbacks. The author learned from her many mistakes as she was gently guided down a challenging path by two very supportive parents. A take-away for young readers will be that perseverence (not ever giving up) is key to success, that learning from your mistakes is a good thing, and that an understanding and supportive family is truly a blessing.
A recent review for the collection
A fantastic collection of honest, heartfelt poetry that takes the readers on a journey through good times and bad. She writes about a health scare that could have easily ended her life. She weaves nature, family, love and faith through her writing. If you love REAL poetry – poetry that moves you, you will enjoy Miriam’s book!
Karen Ingalls, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Ingalls/e/B009KT5QWY
One of the recent reviews for Outshine
As a writer, I have immense respect for fellow writers who share their personal journeys and challenges with the sole intent to help ease the burdens of others. In Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, Author Karen Ingalls not only shares her very personal journey of diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer, she does so with an enlightened, grateful heart. This is an incredibly personal read and one that offers guided hope and encourages discussion and advocacy for women’s health.
Our lives are shaped by our experiences; every encounter, every moment holds the capacity to change us. Our resiliency to endure and overcome, in large part, correlates with our faith and the unconditional love of family and friends.
Ingalls doesn’t profess to be an expert on this topic; the value of this book lies in the authentic approach in which she shares her personal journey. Our ability to celebrate all that we are, and embrace life in all its splendour is a powerful message resonating throughout this poignant memoir. Ingalls eloquently shares her journey back to wellness and her words are an offering of solace and hope for those who are battling cancer and to their dear loved ones standing beside them. A powerful and highly recommended read.
A recent review for One Month, 20 Days and a Wake Up.
Bill hodges Excellent February 11, 2019
A great book about a very small group of people in the Air Force whose track record is stratospherically impressive if people knew about it . As an Air Force retiree myself , I have visited the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base a few times . The last time I was there it was with my great-nephew who I had custody of due to family issues . He was nine years old and really loved seeing all the exhibits . There was a gentleman who came to give a lecture /demonstration he had the Air Force ABU uniform , and the distinctive PJ beret. When I explained to Anthony James ( AJ) just what the significance that very simple piece of headgear represent to all of us in the Air Force. Needless to say he was impressed .
There is a section of the museum devoted to the Air Force para rescue force . We did spend a lot of time there , and maybe I have generated a new recruit in a few years . I also explained to him that the selection process is extremely discriminating and they take only the best of the best of the very best . (oh yeah school is important) . That’s sort of put him off a little bit , but time will tell. As far as Vietnam is concerned , I joined in 73 , even had base elections in Southeast Asia , but things had shut down by the time I finished basic training . It is hard to believe that that conflict is so far in the past now , but if nothing else illustrates just how much faith we in the military have in a system that squandered so much priceless wealth as our very best and brightest were fed into that mess . For all of you served in Vietnam you have my highest respect and admiration and a heartfelt thank you and God bless you all for holding the line .
Sandra J. Jackson, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
A recent review for Playing in the rain
Sandra Jackson’s first novel in The Escape series Playing in the Rain starts you right into the action and never lets up. It doesn’t make the mistake of most thrillers. Jackson keeps things fast-paced, but she always takes the time to highlight the characters’ emotions and make you care about them. The internal thoughts and flashbacks were the highlight of the novel, as was the mystery. Our main character is kidnapped and placed in a mysterious facility, forced to plot a daring escape. Great twists and meaningful characters make this a must for any fans of The Island or Maze Runner out there!
A recent review for The Prince’ Protege
In Deborah Jay’s third in the Five Kingdoms series, The Prince’s Protege (2019), the kingdom has barely recovered from a failed coup two years ago. Much has been fixed but attitudes and a sense of security are not among them. When the young King Martin’s trusted advisor, his Uncle Hal, must take time away from royal duties to tend to a new son, Martin is left alone to make decisions. He feels ready, assured, and of course, that is when much goes wrong. His spiritual advisor is poisoned. Then his Uncle Hal is killed and his new son kidnapped. Marten himself is almost killed–twice–and he begins to feel the pressure of so many challenges on his one set of shoulders. When he struggles to set up his own intelligence network, he finds there are devious undercurrents that threaten to bring down his monarchy and destroy his kingdom. With the help of a beautiful spy, Betha, a woman Marten wants to love–except for her closet-full of difficult issues such as her dabbling in the outlawed magic–he begins to unearth the roots of the problems and how to solve them.
Marten is an interesting character, one I found myself wanting more time with no matter how intriguing the other parts of the plot. We are privy to his internal whines and complaints–about responsibilities, demands on his time, lack of confidantes, and so much more–but he performs his duties admirably, as though born to the position. At the heart of this story is his growth as both a man and a ruler. Jay does an enviable job of paying vigilant attention to all details in this fantasy world, allowing us to feel comfortable drawing our own conclusions in what is a complicated political mystery. As with the previous books in the series, the characters are deftly drawn, the world building exceptional, and the plot intricate. This is a satisfying conclusion to the Five Kingdoms story.
A recent review for Mahoney
Massachusetts author Andrew Joyce took a leaping chance on providing follow-ups to an American classic Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – and oddly enough he succeeded: REDEMPTION: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN AND TOM SAWYER was voted Best Western novel n 2013! Joyce is an inveterate hitchhiker and doubtless that lifestyle has supplied him with the rich imagination he so freely offered in his book YELLOW HAIR – another award winner for historical fiction. MAHONEY explores the history of immigrants from mid-19th century on.
Andrew transports us to Ireland and sets the tone in his beginning of the book – ‘In the second year of an Gorta Mhór – the Great Famine – MacMurragh stepped into Devin Mahoney’s cabin but stopped short, just inside the door. There was not a stick of furniture present; everything had been sold off, one piece at a time, as hunger grew. Devin had not eaten a meal for five days, and then it was only a meager bowl of cornmeal. Before that, he had gone three days with out a single morsel of food passing his lips. Devin Mahoney, the descendant of kings, lay on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin, waiting for Death to take him by the hand and lead him out of his misery.’ So Andrew remains passionate about American history – the struggles immigrants from Ireland and many other countries endured just to reach the golden shores of America. The subject of the book is history, but we are still living that history now: immigration is still elusive in our contemporary state of discord.
The book is appropriately lengthy, covering as many struggles as it does, and the provided synopsis gels the story well: ‘In the second year of An Gorta Mhór—the Great Famine—nineteen-year-old Devin Mahoney lies on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin. He has not eaten in five days. His only hope of survival is to get to America, the land of milk and honey. After surviving disease and storms at sea that decimate crew and passengers alike, Devin’s ship limps into New York Harbor three days before Christmas, 1849. Thus starts an epic journey that will take him and his descendants through one hundred and fourteen years of American history, including the Civil War, the Wild West, and the Great Depression.’ The story takes us to 1963 and Martin Luther King’s dream.
The novel is rich in elegant prose and captures that elusive sense of hope at the end of a dark tunnel with finesse. The book is rich in engrossing history and written in a manner that makes it a very fine novel. Grady Harp.
One of the recent reviews for P.S. I Forgive You on Goodreads
Another wonderful read from author D.G. Kaye. I admire Kaye’s courage in sharing her story of a strained, abusive and then estranged relationship with her mother. How she overcame her guilt for letting go and saving herself from further damage from her own mother was rewarding to read.
As well, the very thought of ‘leaving a parent’ goes against all that we learn and what societal norms tell us is right. Therefore, we must be horrible people to cut off a parent, right? Wrong. Sometimes there is no other option if you want to live a fulfilled and happy life. Especially when said parent is a text book narcissist. Kudos to Kaye for making the break and following through with tough decisions regarding her toxic mother.
Daniel Kemp, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daniel-Kemp/e/B075XRTBRP/
One of the recent reviews for The Widow’s Son
The book “The Widow’s Son” was exciting and will keep you guessing about what will happen next. The author put together a great story line and characters to blend into the story line to keep the reader on their toes the author has lots of twists. I received this ARC copy from the author and am providing my honest voluntary review.
Lynda Lambert, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Lynda-McKinney-Lambert/e/B003960PUC
Website and blog: http://www.lyndalambert.com/
A review for Walking by Inner Vision.
Lynda fills this book with encouraging stories about things she loves including art, her beloved family, knitting, and poetry. Knowing she’s legally blind and accomplishing so much makes me really respect her as an author. She is living her life to the fullest no matter what! My favorite chapter is “The Living Room”, which focuses upon her sweet mother holding tightly onto family, memories, and Christmas traditions.
One of the recent reviews for Stolen
I’ve been around a while and read my fair share of Fantasies, but it’s rare to find an artist who so capably commands her medium as does Jean Lee.
Her evil characters transcend malevolence, while her good characters are flawed enough to be their worthy opponents. I’ve never witnessed such a clash of forces and such mayhem as battled in the climax. I was literally exhausted when I finished it.
It’s good to know there are many books remaining in Jean Lee’s arsenal. We’ll be enjoying her brilliance for years to come.
Joy Lennick, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joy-Lennick/e/B00J05CJLY/
One of the reviews for The Moon is Wearing a Tutu
March 9, 2019
This book comprises of a number of unusual poems that certainly force you to think deeply by Joy Lennick and a few poems, limericks and humorous one-liner jokes by Eric Lennick. There are also two, clever 50-word short stories by Jean Wilson.While the entire book was entertaining to read, I really enjoyed some of Joy’s wickedly humorous poems. She uses her words like little knives to cut into the body of a matter and expose its beating heart in a manner that is humorous but sharply to the point. The one that I related to the most was Think Outside the Box:
“I think out of the box
and why not?
(Are you wary your copybook you’ll blot?!)
I’m fed up with sheep
who seem half asleep
individuals they certainly are not.
To say “aab” not “baa”
For a change why not try it today!
The fox you could fox –
confusing his “box,”
just say “aab” and get clean away.”
One of the recent reviews for LIfe in a Conversation
Small snippets of stories that range from emotional to hysterical to pure silliness.
*Paulette Mahurin, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/
Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.
An early review for Irma’s Endgame
I’ve been a fan of Paulette Mahurin’s writing for quite some time now and to me, she has long become one of the authors whose books I’ll one-click as soon as she announces a new release. What I also greatly admire is Ms. Mahurin’s ability to write in different genres – historical fiction, literary fiction and now, cozy mystery. No matter which genre she chooses, she never fails to deliver a strong, well-constructed plot, memorable and relatable characters, bring to life important social issues, and involve the reader on an emotional level. That was precisely the case with “Irma’s Endgame.”
A lawyer who takes pride in standing up for what is right, Irma is stunned to learn that her former college sweetheart – now a successful heart-transplant surgeon – is accused of criminal negligence and involuntary manslaughter. She promises herself to get to the bottom of this and soon an investigation begins to unravel, bringing to light more and more curious details concerning one of the heart-transplant patients, his odd personality changes, and his wife’s strange comments following the surgery.
What I enjoyed the most about this story was how complex the characters were and how easy for me as a reader it was to relate to their struggles. Peter’s perfectionism and obsession with work, which conceals deeply-buried personal struggles; Amelia’s childhood demons still haunting her to this day and influencing her irrational and hate-driven decisions; Irma’s struggling to balance the investigation and her feelings towards Peter, and many more. Peter’s relationship with his wife and his in-laws was particularly well-delivered and I sympathized with him on so many levels, wishing for him to not only clear his name but to free himself from that world that was causing him so much distress and misery.
Another intriguing aspect of this story was the fact that despite it being fiction, the idea of it is based on real medically-related cases, and this certainly made reading it even more enjoyable for me. A wonderful read, as always! Highly recommended!
One of the recent reviews on Goodreads.
R J DOCKETT Very enjoyable, recommended reading! 4 March 2019
Forget your vampires and the dystopian future worlds, where you have to do some strange stuff for an undisclosed reason, I prefer a story that starts from a known place. You can get as weird as you like but please, make it a logical progression, not just the lazy ‘we’re in the future; civilisation as we know it is dead, this (insert some random game or test) is what happens these days, for no apparent reason’, sort of premise.
So, we meet Amelina, she’s just your standard teenage girl, I had three daughters; I get the comparison. And she’s a very well written character, as they all are. A little family weirdness, parents who have changed, from her perspective at the start it’s hard to see why. There’s a black cat who appears and a girl trapped in the mirrors in the house. And the obligatory interesting relative.
Then we come to her peers, a wannabee rock band and the strange guy called Ryder, who saves her from a couple of potentially dangerous boys. As the story develops, we see him in different shades, is he a good guy or not?
It turns out that Amelina may have the solution to all the problems that seem to beset her family. It’s all to do with crystals and gaining the knowledge to use them.
The story never falters, set around Cambridge and its landmarks, we follow Amelina’s journey as she seeks to uncover the reason for her father’s disappearance, why is he so different now that he’s back? Surely, this must also hold the key to her mother’s behaviour, explain why she’s so uptight and unwilling to talk about anything.
She must learn to use the power that she discovers she has; while dealing with all the other things that your average teenager has going on. The narrative is well thought out and we can see the development of Amelina as we are pulled by the strength of the writing towards the final pages.
All the characters are all well drawn and fit together perfectly. The things that Amelina finds and uses, from her paints to her drums are well thought out and well described. There’s a bit of fantasy, as well as some beautifully written dream sequences.
The overall world-building creates a wonderful, spiritual atmosphere. There’s a bit of poetry at the start of every chapter, a nice touch which leads us into the action. The story bravely tackles issues of mental health and self-harm, but in such a sensitive way that it can only help improve understanding.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, it resonated on so many levels, I understand a sequel is in progress, that will be on my list.
Sharon Marchisello, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/
Blog : https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/
One of the reviews for Live Well, Grow Wealth
Sometimes it can be hard for me to read books due too much going on with content, but Marchisello’s book was a really easy read for me. I can’t do complicated when it comes to books. She was really relate-able, because I didn’t grow up as a math centric person, and I also came from what would be considered a middle-class family. As a 27-year-old, her advice made me think about my life, and what I could be doing differently (therefore better!) with my money. She also changed the way I think about money. I don’t think a lot of people grow up to consider things like a big picture, or what’s going in and out. It kind of gave made better sense of what’s going on around me. A good perspective shift.
A recent review for Lazy Days.
This truly was a getaway holiday. The family left a busy part of London for the peace and slow pace of life on the Norfolk Broads. It was also an adventure as they had not handled a boat before. Two sisters, four children and two dogs had to adapt to life in the confines of a boat. Fortunately the weather was good and the sun and fresh air come across in this warm story. There were plenty of places to visit along the way and the family enjoyed everything from the beach at Great Yarmouth to the castle at Norwich. If you have been on boating holidays or are contemplating one do read this book. Lots of us will know the experience of planning a holiday, then worrying if everyone will enjoy it, trying to please all ages etc. The two sisters were’t sure if all the children had enjoyed themselves, but it turned out that they talked about it for weeks after and years later enjoyed reading this book and recapturing memories.
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A recent review for Let Me Be Frank
A young runaway has been given a new chance at life by Fat Sam, owner of the restaurant and bar where Frank and Jonesey often play music. Fat Sam has his own unfortunate and problematic past and he pours energy and resources into helping other homeless and people who have fallen on hard times to re-establish their lives. When the girl is found murdered, the police believe it is just a random attack but Sam does not believe this. He is convinced that the murder is deliberate and is linked to the girl’s lineage as the granddaughter of one of New Orleans “mafia” families. Sam’s own troubles are linked to New Orleans and he is familiar with the history of the waring “mafia” families. Sam hires Frank and Jonesey to investigate the case and try to discover who the murderers are and why this murder took place.
This story is fine to read on a stand alone basis although there are a few link backs to the first book in the series. More details are revealed in respect of Frank’s own past and his former entanglement with the mafia who murdered his wife. His relationship with his new girlfriend also changes and becomes more interesting.
This is not an easy case and the stakes are high for both Fat Sam and Frank who must sacrifice their anonymity with the mob and put themselves in the line of fire. Frank and Sam also face adversity from all directions, including the murdered girl’s family, the New Orlean’s police and the girl’s employers over the period when she made her way from New Orlean’s to Jacksonville.
An exciting and fast paced book which I would highly recommend to readers of thrillers and detective stories.
One of the recent reviews for Wings of Prey
This book reunites the readers with Emelynn Taylor; together with Sam, she needs to find the truth about a plane crash – at all cost.
With “Wings of Prey”, J. P. McLean has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, and a touch of romance with steamy situations. It is a very compelling read centred on Emelynn, drawing you close to her. J. P. McLean paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. In this sixth even more thrilling story, I was again very close to Em – again an invisible friend and ally; trying to find the truth with her. Emelynn is complex, the other characters are also skillfully elaborated and of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is a very nicely woven combination of several genres, has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I had a great time reading “Wings of Prey”. Reading the final book in a series can be sad; in this series, it was extremely hard to let go – it is never easy to say goodbye to persons you became close to. I am going to miss this remarkable series and its protagonists.
This is a book for you if you like excellent story-telling, mysteries or paranormal romance with a very urban touch and believable characters, some strewn in steamy situations, and some violent events. The stunning sixth and last book in The Gift Legacy series!
Highly recommended! A series to read again
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One of the recent reviews for The Emissary on Goodreads
This was an entertaining novella which can be a stand alone book. I did not read the Riverbend Series and still enjoyed this story. There are a myriad of emotions that are displayed in this tale about a man, Jake, who becomes an emissary to the angel, Azrael. He is enlisted to aid Azrael in helping humans who are troubled and in need.Marcia Meara has created well-defined characters who draw the reader in as they feel pain, angst, happiness, or sorrow. This is a creative piece that makes the reader believe that maybe this is all possible.
I was disappointed when the story ended and will have to pick up the next book to learn more about these characters. When a writer can endear her readers to her characters and story line enough that they care about their outcome, then she has successfully created a delightful book. I look forward to more books by this author.
A recent review for The Adventures of Little Miss HISTORY volume 1
June 13, 2019
Do you love history? Do you think that it is both possible and desirable to teach history to young children? If so, grab this compilation of three Little Miss History adventures and foster a love of history in your kids at an early age!
This volume demonstrates conclusively that teaching and learning history can be, and should be great fun. The stories shed light on both well-known and little-known nuggets of American history in a uniquely accessible way. They ignite the sense of historical discovery, sparking new questions, and promoting lively discussions.
Most highly recommended!
Michelle Monet, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Monet/e/B01J5X26QS
One of the reviews for Catch a Poem by the Tale.
She tapped into my inner child and that’s not easy to do. Her poems are often simple but that’s just the point. Whimsical, childlike and at turns profound, there Is the sense of true poet playing a flirtatious peek-a-boo game with her first published audience, like the lament on menopause interrupted by the phrase “I just want pie.” That one made me laugh out loud. She’s a bit of a tease and at her best when she teases us to confront life arduous challenges, with a playful and unbounded sense of humor.
As the old saying goes, “God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.” Michelle Monet’s courage isn’t all that emerges in her poetry – she also seems to get the joke. She in on the act, part of the punchline, writing from the wings. Though personally not polished enough to earn a perfect score (I don’t think I have ever given a five), she’s a refreshing and fun voice, with some dark moments to share, but always prepared to rebound with enthusiasm. Highly recommend it for those who need a lift in mood…or want to spend time with a kindred spirit who has learned to ride life’s up and downs like a roller-coaster ride to what-the-heck and back!
A recent review for Splendor
The London Jewel Thieves series from Shehanne Moore features a collection of some of the feistiest and outrageous Regency women you are ever likely to encounter and Splendor is one of them. Lady Splendor to give her the title she adopted – along with her name. She is out to win ten thousand pounds in a chess tournament. The only problem is, only men are allowed to compete in it. So, what is she going to do? Obvious. She will disguise herself as a man and take on chess champion, Kendall Winterborne, the Earl of Stillmore – a man she despises.
Needless to say, it all goes horribly wrong and, from then on, Splendor and her friend – the consumptive Topaz – embark on a series of increasingly risky plots to get her money and be able to live in the style to which they want to be accustomed. In the background, a supporting cast of characters provide help, hindrance and incompetent bungling, while the bad tempered Earl of Stillmore tries not to develop feelings for the woman who torments his every waking hour – and some of his sleeping ones too.
Shehanne Moore writes historical fiction like no other. Her heroines are more likely to punch their way out of difficulties rather than suffer an attack of the vapours. As a reader, you find yourself cheering them on from the sidelines, wincing as they make a decision you know is going to end in disaster and all the while thoroughly enjoying the rollercoaster ride the author takes you on. A worthy companion to ‘Loving Lady Lazuli’, this book can also be read as a standalone and, even if historical fiction isn’t usually your preferred genre, give this one a go. It’s a great fun adventure that will have you smiling.
One of the early reviews for Survival of the Fittest
Balroop Singh Brilliant imaginative saga of early humans March 22, 2019
Survival of the Fittest by Jacqui Murray records the imaginative history of tribes of those times, (850,000 years ago) about which there is no conclusive evidence. So the arena is open for writers to explore and Jacqui has made a brilliant effort. While Born in Treacherous Times by her was my introduction to pre-historic times, this story is more intense, as it brings out the conflict between tribes trying to establish their supremacy.
Xhosa and her people seem no different than human beings of today. They were competitive, observant, strong and ferocious. They were eager to learn from each other, from friendly tribes, even from the strategies of an opponent. It is interesting to note that basic emotions of responsibility, co-operation, loyalty and jealousy stand out amongst all tribes. Though Jacqui has given them words but I wonder what was their language and how much of it they knew!
Murray’s characters are crafted so well that a reader could predict their behavior. Xhosa and Pan-do shine while Nightshade possesses some streaks of wickedness and jealousy. Lyta is sensitive, appreciated the sounds of nature, walking in rhythm with sounds soothed her and seems to possess a divine power, as she had the ability to smell evil and dishonesty, a subtle hint that human instincts were well-developed even in early man. Do they find a homeland? When did they find peace, which remains elusive even to modern man.
If you are fond of challenging adventures, this is the book for you.
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One of the recent reviews for Deadly Quotes
This is Book 3 in the captivating Mary Miller series where Mary gets involved with fellow doctor and pathologist Leah Deakin to solve the mysterious new serial killings case of Deadly Quotes.The author Nunez-Miret uses her expert knowledge as a real life psychiatrist to bring to life in her investigative characters and pulls it off perfectly – like watching a real-life crime drama.
We are engrossed in this tale of murder where the suspect is already in jail. This is an intriguing start to the story which progresses with the discoveries of some new dead bodies and only quotes left behind on the corpses’ computers, taken from a book written by a serial killer still in jail. The investigation keeps us glued to wanting to know the facts as much as the investigators do and keeps us wondering if the killer in jail is responsible for these killings or could it possibly be a copycat killer.
I’m not about to give out spoilers here, but if you love a good mystery with well written investigative story, you will love this book as well as the others in this series. These Mary Miller mysteries are all standalone reads, so don’t feel like you have to have read the others, although well worth the reads, to keep up with the mysteries.
*Denise O’Hagan, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mini-Style-Guide-Introduction-Presentation-ebook/dp/B07HHKWYGW
One of the recent reviews for the Mini Style Guide
27 October 2018
This is a great resource for fiction, non fiction, professional and academic writers. Parts of this book, such as the section on Plain English, can be read with interest in one hit, while other parts dealing with punctuation, formatting, referencing etc will be used on a needs basis utilising the excellent contents and index sections. The explanations all include very clear examples. Sections on publishing, print and e-book and self publishing provide excellent advice for writers new to the game. Perhaps the most important aspect of this book is that it educates by example. The advice it gives it also models. This is a highly informative, professionally written and presented reference book for writers, educators and libraries.
***Marina Osipova, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Cruel-Romance-Novel-Love-War-ebook/dp/B0794VPFRW
One of the recent reviews for The Cruel Romance
I took my time with this one because it became clear to me early on that this the kind of book you can’t really read in one sitting. This story follows a young Russian girl and her mother during WW2 and the hardships that she dealt with during that time. This author has a gift for bringing such details into her story which really open up the image playing in your mind, providing a much more realistic feel and effect. I love reading stories set in different time periods and this author truly did this time in our history justice. I look forward to reading more from this very talented author
A review for Wisp
Very imaginative, witty, great dialogue and characters. on 7 July 2018
This was one of the most unusual and imaginative YA fantasy stories I have read for a long time. I really loved it. I particularly enjoyed the wonderful range of characters in the novel, which Ms. Park brought to life via her engaging writing style. I especially loved Wisp, a marsh fairy law enforcer. The dialogue flowed effortlessly and the narrative kept me engaged throughout with some really exciting passages and witty repartee. I am so looking forward to reading the second book in this series. Adele Marie Park shows great promise. This is her debut novel and I will definitely be following this author’s progress with great interest and much excitement. Ms. Park has also written stories for several anthologies including The Box Under The Bed, edited by Dan Alatorre, Plaisted Publishing Ghostly Writes Anthology, The Darkest Midnight in December: Ghost Stories for the Winter Season Anthology, and Betrayals of Another Kind: 2016 Fantasy Writers Anthology.
Frank Parker, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I
An extract from a recent review for Strongbow’s Wife
Strongbow’s Wife by Frank Park was an enjoyable read. The story was interesting and I was curious to see what was going to happen to Aoife, the main character. The author didn’t over-describe landscapes or people, which I found to be annoying in another book I recently finished, so this was a welcome change. I was most interested in the details of how arranged marriages work to bring peace and how families send children off to become priests to unify their kingdoms. That could have been complete fiction, I didn’t check, but none-the-less, the author’s writing made it seem real. The only problem I had was that there were a lot of characters and when one was re-introduced there was no real reminder of who or how this person was connected. And on a few occasions, I had to back-read to see who was talking or who they were talking about. Overall, a well-written story.
Judy Penz Sheluk, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04
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An extract from a recent review for The Hanged Man’s Noose
Emily Garland is a freelance reporter with a much coveted contract to write monthly articles about condo developments for a popular lifestyle magazine in Toronto. One of her best sources of quotes and information is well known developer Garrett Stonehaven. Emily has recently become single and, due to personal reasons, has developed an intense dislike for Garrett Stonehaven. As a result, when her boss offers her an assignment in Lount’s Landing, a small village outside of Toronto, she decides to accept. The assignment is lucrative and also involves keeping a watchful eye on, and reporting, any irregularities by Garret Stonehaven, who has recently acquired a moth-balled old school in the village for developmental purposes. Emily moves to Lount’s Landing under the guise of turning around a local monthly magazine that her company has recently acquired.
An extract from recent review for the collection to read the full review –
This is not about the war between lovers of dogs or cats. It’s about Annika Perry, a talented writer who works like a cat.
A dog is all blubbery love smeared across your cheeks, a loyal paladin stationed stalwart by your side. Tongue lollygagging out of its jaw, tail flailing around like a pig in a muddy pit – you’re gonna be drowning in slobbery canine love in about five seconds. Or maybe a fangy foreign agent hired to attack: a German shepherd or English pit bull. Teeth bared and muzzle lowered –you better run. You always know where you stand with Rover.
But a cat – you can’t tell anything by looking at a cat. There it sits on the windowsill, licking its paw, indifferent to all things human – the tasty treats, the dangling mouse toy, the arms ready to cuddle it. Suddenly it pounces, its claws deep in your bicep leaving parallel bloody tracks or a snip of your skin flapping loosely as it samples your nose. And then sashays back to the windowsill to await its next victim.
At first glance, The Storyteller Speaks appears to be gentle family fare, tales written by a sweet faced, blue eyed lady who spends her time between Great Britain and Sweden, bearing candles and roses, taking photos, penning notes. It’s how she entices you to her book. I’ve read The Storyteller Speaks twice, the first time in order of presentation, the second in a meandering stroll through her poems and short stories.
If I attempt to review each of the twenty-one entries, I’ll over-report and do the book no justice. So I’m going to focus on a few tales that blew me away, as if driven by a sirocco out of the Sahara. This is important to remember, because like a cat, Perry sneaks up on you to lunge for your emotional jugular while you’re unaware she’s even in the room. She’s a keen observer of people, absorbing cultural details and body language.
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A recent review for The Princelings of the North on Goodreads
A very nice read. Adventurous ride which adults can enjoy as well!
This is the book 8 in the series but one can even read it as a standalone, as the author has given character introductions in the beginning itself. It’s very easy to grasp the story and get engrossed with the Princelings Dylan & Dougall and exiled Prince Kevin’s journey!
The writing is simple and neat, engaging throughout. The chapter drawings and its one-two line details are great ideas! I loved the story and all the characters, a nice travel with fantasy and kingdoms and power games! And happy with the good ending too!! Recommended for all :
A recent review for Desolation Bluff
I have enjoyed Toni Pike’s books before, particularly Dead Dry Heart and when she asked if I’d read her new novel Desolation Bluff I was pleased to do so for an honest review. I received an ARC at no cost from the author.
This story was interesting, riveting and full of suspense. The fact that Oliver Cameron was a romance writer and blind as well, made for an intriguing main character. When he was able to ‘see’ what was happening around him with his new wife Vanessa and friend Ray, it all became clear!
I enjoyed the location as I know the area quite well and could imagine it all happening there. The characters were well drawn and the story moved along at a good pace. It was all a bit over the top at times but this fitted in with the whole romance writing genre and made it a fun read. It wasn’t all happiness and light with a few deaths, but well written and highly enjoyable.
*J. E. Pinto, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0101KE0N6
A recent review for the book
Realistic, Heartwarming, down to earth. Those are only three of the many words that come to mind when I think of describing this amazing book. The author shows her understanding of what life is like for the types of persons their characters are based on.
By using her own personal background thus writing what she knows, Jo E. Pinto paints a colorful picture of the Crew and their lives. No predictable outcomes, or contrived plots are to be found in this fast-moving, suspenseful, heartwarming, and sometimes humorous book. I read this book on Audible, and found the narration gave each character a life of its very own, which only increased my reading pleasure.
I recommend this book for anyone Tween-aged and up. Furthermore, I feel families would do well to turn off the TV gather together read and discuss this book.
If you’re a high-school teacher or work with children in some way this book is a must.
I’d love to see the author do a follow-up book of some type. Maybe write about Rick and has newly opened café, sprinkling it throughout with a combo of reality-based adventures and recipes.
This book is most definitely going on my favorite reads of 2019.
Not read this book. What are you waiting for?
Gwen Plano, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Gwendolyn-M.-Plano/e/B00I5TAJ04/
One of the recent reviews for The Contract
The Contract is a perfect example of everything I love about Indie books. Mainstream publishers tend to ignore books that are unique, challenging, and cross-genre. Indie authors now have a way to write their passions and be courageous enough to not follow “mainstream’ rules – they publish independently! That said, The Contract is everything you love in a bestseller: suspense, mystery, romance, intriguing concepts. I love the blend of spiritualism/military ops/romance. A winning combination! I found the dialogue a bit stilted at times, which is the only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. Bravo to Howell and Plano!
A recent review for The Gemini Connection
The Gemini Connection is a most intriguing book which weaves the human emotions of frustration, anger, jealousy, resentment, self depreciation and love like colourful threads through the greater fabric of an exciting and unique science fiction novel.
The book features twins who live in a futuristic dystopian world where the inhabitants of the planet have exhausted many of its resources and what remains is being decimated by unknown and untreatable diseases. Scientists and other clever and inventive people, who are able to contribute towards findings solutions for the salvation of a society that is in the process of failing, are held up as heroes and are the recipients of accolades for their societal contributions as well as better food and lifestyles. The twins parents fall into this category and, at the beginning of the story, spend all their time and energy on saving their people and planet. This complete change in their focus from their family and two sons to the quest for glory in the guise of saving their planet changes life significantly for Simon and Evan. The backstory of their evolution into scientists, obsessed with their work, and the related increasing disdain for ordinary people who are not able to contribute towards saving the planet in the same way due to different talents and aspirations, is an important theme of the story and sets the scene for the unfortunate events that come to pass in the book.
Simon has a brilliant mind and is following in the footsteps of his illustrious parents. Evan is not as intellectual and demonstrates more physical and sporty gifts. This makes Simon the child of their parents dreams and Evan the disappointing child they cannot relate to or understand. This attitude by their parents results in Evan becoming a young man who lacks confidence and belief in himself and who feels inferior to his cleverer brother. Despite this unfortunate home environment, Simon and Evan are very close and share a unique bond that enables them to both “feel” the other’s presence and emotional state. When Simon disappears soon after discovering a sordid and dark secret by one of his mentors in his job, Evan feels responsible and sets off on a path of emotional self destruction. However, Evan has a talent of his own which enables him to access the minds of other people and help them sort out their chaotic thoughts. This talent gives him to tools track down and help save his brother but it also serves as the gateway to his own possible destruction. Will Evan be able to detect their joint enemies and stop their evil plans in time to save his brother and return him home? I enjoyed this book’s fresh take on a science fiction story.
Christa Polkinhorn, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Christa-Polkinhorn/e/B003LA7T8W
One of the reviews for Fire in the Vineyard
A wonderful story about a family of wine producers and merchants. The story comes with interesting characters and complicated family relationships. When things start to go wrong in the vineyard, everybody is a suspect, including family members. The author makes clever use of dialogue as things heat up and suspicions turn nasty. The vivid descriptions of the California wine producing landscape make you want to visit this part of America. Woven into the narrative is the complicated process of producing a bottle of wine. A great read for those who love a glass of wine and even for those who don’t
One of the recent reviews for Devil in the Wind
Devil in the Wind is not an ordinary collection of poems as this book tell the story of the awful fires that ravaged parts of Australia in February 2009, destroying homes, livestock, forests and people. Each poems gives a different and unique insight into the effect of the fires on different people in different roles in society, including the firefighters, as well as description of how they reacted to the fires, with fighting spirit, brazenness, prayer or despair.
I live in a country that is also plagued by raging fires from time to time and I have felt the fear of being undecided as to whether to fight or flee. If you make the wrong decision you can needlessly loose everything or you can end up dead, along with your family. Frank Prem has captured the turbulent emotions, confusion and conflict that people experience during times of crisis. He also captures the spirit of survival and the ability of people to rally and recover.
A few of the stanza’s that captured my imagination in this book are as follows:
“a young fella went up
to the hamper
crawled right inside it
buried himself in the clothes
and wouldn’t come out
took two and a half hours
to get him to speak”
From ever again
“the sound I heard
was like ten or twelve jumbo jets
down at the airport
all screaming their guts out
at the same time”
From evidence to the commission of enquiry: overview
I would recommend this book to both lovers of poetry and people who are interested in historical events. Frank Prem’s poetry is powerful, but easy to read and understand. A most enjoyable book.
A recent review for Son of the Serpent
In book one, God expelled Lilith from heaven – for very good reasons! But Lilith is more slippery than a saw-scaled viper lathered in olive oil. A complex and cruel character, the depths of her depravity is deeper than the bottomless pits of hell. Her son, Dracul, riles against his evil heritage, intent on tracking Lilith down and claiming his vengeance. This author has taken biblical events and rewritten them in her own unique style – the ancient world through her eyes is a riveting experience. As an author, I paused more than once to admire the prose, a particular phrase or word choice which was so cleverly crafted I experience author-envy (I wish I’d written that!). Book two in the Fantasy Angels Series, Son of Serpent, is a distinctively dark and twisted tale suitable for mature readers.
One of the recent reviews for A Very Special House
Part ghost story, part psychological puzzle, and totally terrific, A Very Special House will no doubt haunt your memory for a long time to come. The evocation of the atmosphere of both Maui and the special “honey house” that resides there is superb. Unusual and striking are the author’s mentions of various beloved smells: of flowers, rain, wood, new paper, new pencils, food, and more.
As a fellow writer, I have to say that this novella features some of the best and most realistic dialogue I’ve ever read. Throughout the book, the reader is borne along on alternating waves of memory and wishing, of what was and what was longed for. The surprise ending is deeply gratifying. Don’t miss this compact masterpiece.
One of the recent reviews for Trudy’s Diary
Trudy’s Diary: A libraries of the World Mystery is another great mystery offered by Amy M. Reade.
After moving to Washington D.C., Daisy Carruthers hopes life will settle down. She was involved in a murder investigation prior to moving and hopes to find peace and quiet. She’s exhausted. She finds she didn’t get what she wished for when she becomes embroiled in two more murders. Her boss, who was married to one of the victims, and her best friend, who was the last person to see the other victim, soon become persons of interest.
Daisy comes into possession of a very old diary and a dated dime novel and soon starts to see similar stories in these that might relate to the current crimes. Between her boss, her best friend and a woman she works with, things become complicated.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the twists and turns Ms. Reade used to further the story. I highly recommend this book to people who love a good mystery and great character development.
One of the recent reviews for Myrtle’s Game on Goodreads
A beautifully illustrated picture book with a wonderful message, that continues the journey of Myrtle the Purple Turtle. The first book talked about what it was like to be different and how to ‘love the shell you’re in’. This book continues that theme of difference and belonging – it is about other’s perceptions of what we can do just because of the way we look or who they think we are. It is about not being defined by those prejudices and about being who you are and excelling at it. This is a great book to read with a child to prepare them for their first visit to nursery school or their first group situation where they are trying to find their place. Many children have been in the position of standing on the side-lines, wanting to play but not being accepted, until they find the friends who truly support them and want the best for them. This story is about friendship, supporting one another and showing that we should never let what others’ think stop us from doing what we love. A lovely story that will really appeal to children and would make a great gift