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 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. 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.
Once you are an author in the bookstore you can take advantage of the Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – again Please take a look at the post below to see what I need from you.
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.
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. Many are very generous and retweet and reblog… that increases by following by several times.
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.
Please note: I promote other authors because it is something that I enjoy, but on occasion it will have to fit around my own work in progress. There will be times when I cannot fit in a promotion to your schedule. I also reserve the right to decline to promote a book or author.
SALLY’S CAFE AND BOOKSTORE
Dolly Aizenman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dolly-Aizenman/e/B0789FDS7W
One of the recent reviews for the book
They say that to properly review a cookbook you should try to make at least five of the recipes. I have to confess that I’ve not made any YET, because Kool Kosher Kitchen is no ordinary cookbook. It’s like sitting down at the table with a friend–wine coffee, whatever your poison–and having a long, warm chat about all kinds of everything. Did you know, for example that some of the French non military personnel stayed in Russia after 1812 and this led to the creation of Apple Charlotte? It’s one story at least. Dolly Aizenman doesn’t just share recipes, every page brims with the story, anecdote or family history, connected to the dish. A tall order but one she doesn’t fail to deliver. Soups, sides, main courses, desserts and bread. Indian, Italian, Jewish, whatever. There’s something for everyone here. Dolly’s gift is in making you believe you’re making the dish as you chat.
Please visit Amazon or Dan’s website to view all his books.
An Extract from one of the most recent reviews for An Angel on her shoulder
I really enjoyed the audio book version of this story and thought the narrator had a very good voice and reading style.
The style of this book reminded me a bit of Stephen King’s book It where he goes back in time to the children’s childhoods for pieces of the story which help to explain how the events in the book all fit together in the end.
Alatorre’s main character, Doug, is an ordinary man with a good job and a lovely family. He adores his wife and small daughter and enjoys spending time with them and going on family holidays.
The story starts with an unexpected and nearly tragic incident in the parking lot at a wine farm which appears initially to be frightening, but not completely out of the ordinary; accidents and tragedies do happen in life. When Doug starts to realise that this latest incident is another in a seeming series of similar events, he starts to wonder what is happening to his family. Is this normal or is there more to these near tragedies than meets the eye?
Paul Andruss, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC
The most recent review for the book.
A child is missing under very peculiar circumstances, there is nothing worse that can befall a family.The tale of magic and mayhem soon unfolds. There is not much time to find Dan or he will be gone forever. I was drawn into the story which soon progressed at some speed at times which left me quite breathless and wanting to read more. Would they find Dan in time? So many dark forces were working against Jack and Co as they raced against time to find Dan. I thought fairies were pretty little creatures who sparkled in the dark and did good deeds …was I wrong.
Author Paul Andruss has a very impressive knowledge of fairies and mythical creature as well as knowing his geography and history I was impressed.
The ending was as it should have been after all the adventures and magic … Dan was home!
Richard Ankers, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Richard-M.-Ankers/e/B01GEM7690
The most recent review for the third book in the trilogy Into Eternity.
The final book of Anker’s The Eternals series doesn’t disappoint. Gradually, the trilogy has shifted from a story about a vampire to a story about a man seeking the truth of his life and discovering what it is to be human. This is a trilogy that must be read in sequence as the action continues without backstory through the strange and epic landscapes of a dying world.
The search for Linka leads Jean, Merriweather, and Aurora from the Arctic ice to the Baltic sea. Secrets of the past are revealed and reconciled, and at the final confrontation with his enemies, Jean endures betrayal but also learns the truth of his destiny.
Anker’s writing is stylistically poetic, the pace of the book steady, and dialog natural as well as imbued with personality. The verbal repartee between Jean and Merriweather is characteristic of their relationship and a pleasure to read. Walter Merriweather takes on a greater role in this book. Reveals about his history, personality, and motives is perhaps the most interesting and startling part of the story. The ending is an emotional and exquisite read.
If you enjoy vampires, epic vistas, tales of redemption, and stylistic writing, this series is well worth picking up.
Carol Balawyder, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Balawyder/e/B00HVETKWM
Website – http://carolbalawyder.com/
A recent review for The Longest Nine Months
Pregnancy can seem interminable for many woman. In this instance, there’s an added reason that Campbell’s pregnancy seems long, convoluted, and stressful. Author Balawyder uses excellent description and dialogue to allow her readers to feel great empathy and fear and joy along with Campbell. The themes of love, marriage, getting through a relationship through good and bad, abortion, and disabilities intertwine throughout this well-written contemporary women’s fiction. I wasn’t sure if the ending would be sad or happy, but I did know that whether the relationship grew or dissolved, the main character’s strength would shine through her challenges.
A recent review for Greenbeard the Pirate Pig
I found the book absolutely delightful. More importantly, the 4-yr old immediately said read it again! That response is the definitive sign he enjoyed the book. He particularly loved the song and thought the carrot being a sword was hilarious. The illustrations are inventive and make the fun story even more enjoyable. We look forward to many more adventures with the guinea pig turned pirate.
Judith Barrow – Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judith-Barrow/e/B0043RZJV6
Please visit Amazon or Judith Barrow’s blog to view all her books.
A recent review of A Hundred Tiny Threads
As a big fan of the Howarth family series, I was delighted to read ‘A Hundred Tiny Threads’. It’s the fourth book and a prequel set the early 1900s. As always, Barrow paints a big picture and juxtaposes it with clever detail to create a work of intimacy. This book involves suffragettes, the 1919 influenza epidemic and the horror of WW1. Throughout though, the dark family secrets of the Howarth clan are liberally sprinkled and keep the page turning tempo to the max. This is no pretty sanitised version of the times. Expect violence and cruelty and a realistic depiction of the harshness of the era. But there’s love too, and unexpected kindness from the always engaging characters. A great and satisfying read.
Linda Bethea, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Swain-Bethea/e/B01N5HA5C1
A recent review for Just Women Getting By
Linda is a great storyteller and I will recommend this book, if you also like to read about strong women’s stories through centuries. I felt it difficult to lay down this book, I just wanted to read and read. I learned a lot of history by this book and while I compared these women’s life with our times, I got lots of respect for such strong women.
Extract from the most recent review for Poetic Rituals
The first thing that attracted me to this book of poetry was the clever play-on-words with the title, Poetic RITUals, and the author’s name. They always say to not judge a book by its cover, but in this case, you should. As clever and heartwarming as the title suggests, so is the poetry inside.
The book was filled with a delightful and eclectic mix of metered poems filled with patterned beats and rhymes, Haiku, and freestyle poetry. Another charming addition was the way the book was divided into four different sections of “RITUals,” family, life, of the heart, and to make you smile. I found the categorization to be a peek into the ingenious mind of the poet.
The themes of motherhood and family, her work as a teacher, and that of being a wife are shared with love and laughter. Many of the poems shared a realistic look at the author’s life that I found endearing. I remembered feeling much the same way when my kids were young.
One of my favorites in this collection was a piece called, “Poetic Confusion,” which I found in the last section of the book. The author laments the writing of poetry in its many forms; finally coming to the conclusion that she would rhyme and vent to her heart’s content, and write poetry in her own way. I love her poetic spirit and spunk.
Poetic RITUals is a must read for wives and mothers of all ages who also wear many hats just to get through a normal day. This sweet book will make you smile. Enjoy it over a cup of tea, or two… I did
Jacquie Biggar, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
Please visit Jacquie’s Amazon page of website to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Maggie’s Revenge
Maggie’s Revenge is an electrifying, mystery/suspense where an undercover DEA agent named Maggie Holt is taken by a Chinese-Mexican cartel who deals in human trafficking, among other things. She repeatedly tries to escape without any luck and the punishments are ruthless. The cartel leader uses everything in his arsenal to break her spirit, but she refuses to submit. In her eyes, all that matters is freeing the other captured women. Time is running out as the cartel is about to sell Maggie and the others to the highest bidder. It’s now or never for Maggie and the other women. They must swallow their fears and escape then wait for help. Will Maggie succeed, or will she die fighting for her life and the lives of the other women?
I’ve read every book in the Wounded Hearts series and have loved each book. This one, however, chilled me to the bone. Jacquie Biggar takes the reader deep into the world of human trafficking. She doesn’t hold anything back and as a woman, I can’t imagine anything worse than being taken and sold to the highest bidder. My whole body trembled as I became one with Maggie.
Plenty of action and realistic conflict makes Maggie’s Revenge a thrill a minute adventure. It reads like an action film which was fun. While this is the sixth book in the Wounded Hearts series, it’s a standalone. After you finish this one, go back and read the other books in the series. Trust me, you’ll love them all.
An extract from the most recent review for Versions of the Self
All my life I thought that my emotional reliance on someone was a foregone conclusion, and that my self had to connect with another’s to inject coherence into my life’s abstract manuscript. In several unique ways in Versions of the Self, Christy Birmingham informs that the self can last ‘brutally independent’ longer without such reliance or even when it’s relying on someone. In “Gliding Under Water,” she writes, “I am gliding under the waters and my vision is remarkably clear while my body washes with liquids that contain no mixture of you.”
Christy has succinctly touched on several emotions; that we don’t pause and ponder enough to rationalize. We sense myriad versions of several people, and the only way we could connect with their selves is if it’s a soul-led journey from us, without a destination in mind, in which case, no car had driven my expectations to them. Shake hands, therefore, seeking nothing but simplicity.
One of the recent reviews for Keepers. Eden East Novels book 1
Sacha Black has been able to deliver her readers a book that not only has an amazing plot but also awesome characters and a great world building! The plot and the world is so different and refreshing from other fantasy books!!!!!
This book fills the readers with emotions…… I was in awe with the way Sacha has written this story!
Sacha has built a world that is easy to imagine, yet, unique!!!! I immediately fell in love with the protagonist, Eden East, to whom everyone will be able to connect to! She is pictured as a strong and independent woman who faces challenges with confidence and attitude!!!!! The love between Trey and Eden is so deep and passionate that the reader itself will fall in love with both of them…… This book is probably one of my most favourite read of this year! Sacha Black has created a magical mythology of balance and imbalance peopled with compelling characters in her first Eden East novel, Keepers. Young Eden faces life changes without realising her essential place in a prophesy, political intrigue, and an unspoken war. Instead of becoming a pawn, she seizes her own fate and fights for her rights, her choices, and a life she loves.
This book has just the right amount of love, passion, fantasy, magic and action!
I recommend this book to every fiction and fantasy lover!
Steve Boseley, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Steve-Boseley/e/B01DHXE01G
A recent review for Serial
I enjoyed this book a lot, wasn’t sure what to expect because of the serial killer title, it’s creepy and a good read for a short story with a twist.
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 Annie’s Story
Annie’s Story is a magical tale of a wee lass born into harsh times in the colonial colonies of America. Born stunted and without hope, she blossoms into a wonderful child who is loved by all in her Scottish colony. The story follows Annie and her grandmother who is the healer and wise woman of the colony as they walk through the hardships and horrors of this time.
I adored Annie and her grandmother and the other characters in the Scots colony. The characters are so well written that I moved with ease through the book, sometimes moved to tears by the horrific events in the American colonies and Scotland.
The author doesn’t hold back and although painful at times, a strong voice is needed to write about the horrors of sectarianism which is still so much a part of Scotland today.
I highly recommend this book, it is not a weekend read, rather it is a novel that you lose yourself in.
Please visit Amazon to view all of Craig’s books.
One of the recent reviews of The Hat.
The Hat by C.S. Boyack is such a great read. The main characters are a young girl, Lizzie St Laurent, a twenty-one-year-old college dropout whose grandmother has died and who has been left to fend for herself in a city far from home and the Hat. Lizzie is working a couple of jobs to pay the bills and keep a roof over her head. She also has a deal with the landlord whereby she keeps the garden tidy and trim in return for free utilities. Lizzie is struggling and when her uncle doesn’t want to give her a keepsake from her grandmother’s estate, she helps herself to one from the back of the removal van. Boy, does she make a good choice. She ends up acquiring a hat that can communicate with her, transform its shape, transfer her to a “safe house’ built by her grandfather and teach her how to play a musical instrument. What is even better is that the Hat is magically bound to Lizzie’s family and is there to assist her out of tight spots in life. When the baby of a friend of Lizzie’s is stolen, the Hat is right there by her side to help her rescue the babies form a band of ruthless kidnappers.
Along the way, Lizzie will have some fun experimenting with great fashion items and meeting some interesting musicians. The Hat is a fast-paced novella which will keep you turning the pages, giving you lots of laughs along the way. I rated this book five stars out of five.
A recent review for A Montana Bound Christmas.
Uncaged Review: When we last left John, Maggie and Chloe in the Montana Bound three book series, we had our happy ending, and it ended in a good place, I was happy with the series. Imagine my excitement when Ms. Bradley sent me this fourth installment – and a Christmas one at that!
I’m not going to give a lot away, but I think I see even better closure for a couple more characters. This book alternates point-of-views each chapter – and I liked seeing in the thoughts of the other characters like John’s father and his ex-wife. If you’ve read the Montana Bound series, this is a welcome addition, and if you haven’t – you can read it as a standalone, but to get the full impact of what these characters have been through, start at the beginning, Maggie’s Way.
An extract from a recent review for On the Edge of a Raindrop
March 26, 2018
I enjoy reading short story collections and was intrigued by this anthology. This was my first introduction to flash fiction and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Not only did I find the cover intriguing, but the book’s title reached out and grabbed me. And yet, it was the introduction to the book that really drew me in:
“There is a world inside a drop of water. Molecules desperately clinging to one another to keep the surface tension strong. To keep from being broken. That bond is at once sturdy and fragile. It keeps the drop together but, with one seemingly small act, can burst. These are the lives depicted in this book. On the Edge of a Raindrop explores the darker elements of human nature.” Author, Sarah Brentyn
Brentyn sections this flash fiction collection into three categories: Mindscapes, Lifelines, and Microbursts featuring stories that evoked emotional responses from the reader. The first two sections feature stories around 100 words each. The last section was filled with 50-word snapshots of micro-fiction, much like mind-photos, whose mental images literally flashed in my brain.
I read these stories slowly savoring the words and connecting to her prose much in the same way I do with poetry. These story impressions led me into the dark recesses of the author’s mind, ever mindful of the lives of her characters and how they hung at the edge of the raindrop.
Christine Campbell, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Campbell/e/B00BRGC0C2
A recent review For What It’s Worth.
A brilliant read. I am so tired coz i just couldnt put it down at night. Kept saying just one more page and then another and another. This author’s use of language and descriptive text transports you in all her books and she has done it again with this one. I was so impressed with how this author portrayed real life events. Real sensitivity and knowledge. Well worth the money. I can not wait for her next book.
Anne Casey, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Lost-Things-Anne-Casey/dp/1910669903
A recent review for the poetry collection
This is just absolutely gorgeous poetry; really touches your heart, touches your soul. Loved it. Julia
Luanne Castle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Doll-God-Luanne-Castle/dp/0692334882
A recent review for Kin Types
With the prose and poetry found within Kin Types, Castle enters the lives of her ancestors with prose by exploring their pasts through genealogy and the family stories, photographs, and ephemera that reveal that genealogy. However, because the past is often defined by what little we know of our ancestors, that knowledge can be scanty. That’s my situation.
So I ordered Luanne’s book to gather ideas for my own family history writing project. All I have left of the tragedy are photographs, letters of sympathy, yellowed newspaper clippings, locks of hair. How can I ever understand this history fully? Perhaps by doing what Luanne did, that is, entering the lives of her ancestors via genealogy, photographs and ephemera.
Kin Types will inspire you if you wish to research your own family history or simply desire to connect with your ancestors through the power of writing.
Robbie Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
A recent review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees
Deborah A. Bowman, author A Work of Art; Sweet Treats of Magical Creatures; Recipes; and a Darling Story in Verse! January 11, 2018
This is the most creative children’s and bakers’ heavenly book I’ve ever experienced! This is definitely a one-of-a-kind treat!
There are no illustrations, just incredible photographs of “… visions of sugarplums that dance in their heads …”; made of chocolate with vivid colors and totally edible.
What an amazing collection of literature with uniqueness I’ve never encountered before, and I’m a collector of classic and unusual books as well as an avid reader and reviewer!
This little book is a treasure of mixed art for all ages. This BOOK is for families and generations to come. An incredible, delectable keepsake.
Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
One of the most recent reviews for The Swamp Fairy
A beautifully told tale about an orphaned teen, Abigale Forester, who is uprooted from her home in Illinois after her mother’s death and her father’s disappearance. She is sent to live with her Aunt Magnolia in Florida where she is given a plot of land owned by her mother. This land is more than just a swamp.
Abigale realizes the value of this plot of land when she experiences its magic. It is inhabited by fairies and plants that have magical healing properties. She soon realizes through some ethereal visits from some of these fairies on the land that her role is to protect the swamp and all its creatures and plants from harm.
When Abigale and her aunt receive threats to their lives if they do not sell the land, Abby turns to friends for support. Abby’s mother gifted to her a magical necklace made from the calcite stone in the swamp to give her strength to do what she needs to do in her role as protector.
The author has created a lovely tale of the magic and mystery of fairies. This is an enjoyable read not only for middle-graders, preteens and young adult girls but also for adults like me. I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating tale and look forward to more in this series. This talented author enables the reader to see the fairies as real creatures who are benevolent and only want to help mankind.
Visit Amazon or Billy Ray’s blog to view all his books.
A recent review for stranger abduction
“Stranger Abduction” is a well-written novel based on an actual event. A mother and daughter walk from their home to a store in Arizona and never make it back. Mr. Chitwood gives a very viable and chilling account as to what might have happened next. Doris and Deena find themselves thrown into the human trafficking trade, while the Deputy Jack Kiefer never gives up on finding them. The details and characters kept this a page turning book as well as the side story with the Deputy. This is a glimpse into an evil that is going on around us as “products” (a label used for Doris and Deena) are being drugged and used for other’s gratification or service. I highly recommend this book, because even with a dark subject matter there are always heroes.
Please visit Amazon or Mae’s website to view all her books.
A recent review for A Desolate Hour
The culmination of the Point Pleasant series, A Desolate Hour brings all the open threads from the overall story together. This book explains the curse behind Point Pleasant’s ill fortune. (I’ll try to avoid spoilers!) We meet the descendents of the people involved when Chief Cornstalk laid the curse: Quentin Marsh, Sarah Sherman, and Shawn Preech. We also meet the other characters involved again, especially Caden Flynn, with his own connection to the infamous Mothman that haunts Point Pleasant. We also learn more about the Mothman, and feel for it as it faces the source of its pain after a couple hundred years. I especially love how the author continues with the theme of the series, from yesteryears to cold tomorrows. The book is a ride of suspense, and by that last rollercoaster drop, has given the reader a satisfying end to the adventure.
Lucinda E. Clarke, Buy: http://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: Cut for Life
Amie has never had it easy. She has lost too many loved ones, and her family back in Britain believe she is dead. It is for the best. Her job demands it. But what was supposed to be a simple mission takes a very sinister turn.
What kind of parent would send their daughters to Africa for them to suffer the cruel practice of FGM? But if that were not enough, Amie discovers that these children were never destined to go home. The more she discovers, the more horrified she is. She must get these children away from their abusers, but she doesn’t know who to trust anymore.
Amie: CUT FOR LIFE by Lucinda E. Clarke is book #4 in the Amie series. I had very high hopes for this book, as the other three books have been superb. I was not disappointed. Ms Clarke has a gift for creating believable characters in a vibrant and realistic setting.
I was a little worried about reading this book because of its topic. But I am glad I did. Ms Clarke handles the topic of FGM with great delicacy, but also with realism. I was unaware how prevalent this barbaric practice is in the UK. Thank you for enlightening me, Ms Clarke, may you do so for others and bring an end to this abuse once and for all.
The story itself, like all the Amie stories, is incredibly fast-paced. There are so many twists and turns. Amie doesn’t know who to trust and as a reader, nor did I. I have loved this series. I absolutely and utterly recommend it.
An extract for one of the recent reviews for Marred on Goodreads
Denise H Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling thriller that will leave you chilled to the bone. You definitely want to read this book with the lights on. The author weaves a spectacular web of murder and mayhem that holds you captive. It took a moment for me to adjust to the different POV styles but once I did, I found I really enjoyed the story being told this way. The author writes in first person for Sage’s POV and then alternates with her husband, Niko, and his partner, Frankie, in third person. The third person POV’s from Niko and Frankie added another level of intrigue and suspense to this harrowing tale. And the author’s detail and description of the heinous actions of the killer were vivid and scary and I found the case details and forensics fascinating. I also really enjoyed Frankie and her snarky comments and banter; it helped to lighten up some of the more intense scenes and tension-filled dialogue among characters.
Please visit Amazon or Kim’s website to view all her books.
An early review for Haunting Lana
Sally Cronin, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Georgina-Cronin/e/B003B7O0T6
Please visit Amazon or the blog to view reviews and all the books.
The most recent review for What’s in a Name Volume 2
I put a little note to myself for every name. Vanessa made me cry. Walter, or should I say Donald, made me rejoice. Xenia, a name of Greek strength, steeped in sadness. Happy endings, surprising endings, all heartfelt, poignant, and mesmerizing. A joy to read and experience. The sneak peek of an upcoming book for 2018 is icing on the cake. A list of Cronin’s multiple genre, fiction and nonfiction, books show her many areas of creativity, support, and knowledge. Health, wellness, storytelling, Sally has it all! This book of names and her garden story are my favorites! Read and learn from them all…
An extract from a recent review for A Threat from the Past
Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past by Paul Cude is a story set in the present day world where dragons are disguised as humans and have infiltrated the human race to guide and protect them. Peter Bentwhistle and his friends Tank and Richie are three young dragons fresh out of the nursery ring. Peter rises to the head of security at Cromptech; a firm that provides laminium which is a critical resource for dragons. Peter’s boss starts going through his own changes which appear to be due to a security consultant named Manson. The three young dragons get caught up in an evil plot to steal the precious commodity vital to the dragon community. How does Peter and his friends restore his boss to his former personality and old self and thwart Mansion?
Anita Dawes, buy https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/
One of the reviews for Lazy Days co-written with Jaye Marie
What a wonderful family tale. This book was a real adventure. The authors share their stories about cramming two adults, lots of children and dogs into a car on the way to a longboat holiday when they haven’t ever having done this before. Not only did the dogs have to stay on leads, with one taking a dive into the river after a duck and almost garrotting itself, but there was lots of other mishaps along the way. The authors really capture the memories from their holiday and make you feel like you were almost there with them.
Eloise de Sousa, Buy : https://www.amazon.com/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI
Please visit Eloise’s Amazon page to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for The Iron Pendulum
High paced crime thriller? or rather slow and going nowhere in the case of detectives Perkins and Jones. But what makes their job so addictive? There are plenty of descriptive elements in here; a mix of first person, Julia Webster, and third person, narrative. Whilst the majority of us would consider ourselves normal, we continue to read what unveils to be far from the ordinary. This is a thriller that shines its light into the dark recess of a mental institution. Eloise rations the laughs, but there are still one liners beautifully woven between the suspense, intrigue and horror. Skilful plotting and insidious build-up of tension, makes for an unexpected outcome.
A recent review for Roadside
I found this book to be very intriguing and filled with delimas of the characters who know that doing the right things make differences in any situation, sometimes it’s just hard for some to get the nerve to go about it.. While the outcome usually comes out good, I loved the having to wonder about this book! A true page turner with
Mostly compassionate characters.
K.D. Dowdall, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-DeMers-Dowdall/e/B00JO0Q4AM
One of the recent reviews for Garrett’s Bones
As an aspiring author, this book came recommended by a mentor who felt I would benefit from reading the story and paying attention to the writing style.
I enjoyed the descriptive atmosphere of the setting and the way the story moved. The characters felt genuine and the heroes were likable.
The end had a satisfying sense of closure missing in so many books nowadays.
I very little to say about it in a negative way. I thought Sally’s ghost was s little random, but it did move the plot to where it became necessary.
I would recommend this book to all of my friends who read and it so satisfying to see women taking ownership of the literary world.
To view all of Audrey’s books please visit her Amazon page.
One of the recent reviews for book one in the Herbert West Series
Denzil Lovingly crafted; a really good read.January 15, 2018
In this book, the writing is smooth; the sentences and paragraphs have a perfect balance; the characters are interesting, authentic and believable; dialogue flows naturally.
The plot is based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, an American horror fiction author from the early 20th century. It deals with a clever, enigmatic and devious medical student and physician, Herbert West, who concocts a potion and develops a method to re-animate the recently deceased – with varying degrees of success. Enigmatic he may be, but he exerts a strong influence over the narrator of the story, university librarian Charles Milburn, to such an extent that Milburn seems to prefer West’s bedside manner than that of his girlfriend, Alma Halsey. Milburn becomes West’s assistant in grave-robbing and laboratory experimentation.
Driscoll plays off the interplay between West and Milburn perfectly. “Don’t be an idiot, Charles, just do it,” says West – and Milburn does it, always, despite seeing ethical problems in West’s work. Later he describes himself as “a guilt-ridden being who had wrestled with the dilemma of friendship with a murderer.”
And then there are the re-animated corpses. How will they behave when brought back to life? How long will they survive for? Will they die (again) or have to be killed? The fact that Herbert West himself has no clear idea about the outcome of his experiments only adds to the suspense.
Matthew Drzymala, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Matthew-Drzymala/e/B00HGBB17W
A recent review for Gregory Shortbread
Another fantastic story of life in Bumkinton, a village that is real in my imagination thanks to the fantastic story telling that Matthew clearly has a gift for.
Like the first book of short stories it can be read by young or old, it’s funny one liners make me chuckle. The characters are so beautifully created that I would love to meet them some day. Can’t wait for the next book.
An extract from a recent review for The Heart’s Lullaby
Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers’ Favorite The Heart’s Lu …
14 days ago –
The Heart’s Lullaby by Natalie Ducey is a beautiful book of poetry that describes the fragility as well as the strength of the human heart. The book is separated into four parts. Embers of Love focuses on the bittersweet aspect of heartbreak, the pain of saying goodbye to someone you care about. Eternal Love illustrates the beauty of love lasting forever, even after death. The Agony of Holding On & The Angst of Letting Go is about falling out of love, and that despite everything you do to hold onto that person, sometimes it’s better to let go. Finally, The Journey of Becoming is about being comfortable with yourself, and knowing that both the heart and the mind need to work together to bring peace and comfort. Whether it be through pain, loss, or peace, Ducey shows us that love can comfort us in our time of need, and show us how human we really are.
An extract from a review for Agoness.
Agoness is a story following a military leader named Landis, who is tasked with protecting a religions daughter, named Agoness. Even with the religion now forbidden within the kingdom, Agoness must stay alive, and fend off the loud mouthed evil Queen and her snotty, arrogant son. There are some pretty big battle scenes, lots of strange magic, and chaotic surprises.
This was a read that didn’t shine for me until about half way through. I had quite a difficult time understanding the beginning of the book. I was actually pretty confused. I’m glad I made it to the end though, because it gets exciting. After a few chapters I started to understand a tiny bit more about what was going on, but still lacked understanding when it came to the story. I would say it wasn’t until after chapter seven that I grasped the situation and enjoyed the story more. Speaking of chapters, there are many chapters within this book. I found it interesting seeing each chapter being so short, but the authors made it work somehow.
The battles are what caught my eye, as well as the unexpected baddies. Though I wondered how enemies obtained such chaotic magics, and how magic even came to be in this world. This book showed an exciting display of how battles can keep us entertained. The battles beyond half way through the book were pretty exciting. I felt a sense of chaos and disorder in this Kingdom, and I loved it. I do hope the authors continue on with their fighting scenes in future books, because they sure hit the spot.
A recent review for Death of a Sculptor.
I’ll start by saying that this author – M.C.V. Egan – is a new author for me to read and I was definitely NOT disappointed with the story!!!
The story is about a rich and famous artist who is known for his sculptures. Bruce Jones, age 62, dies unexpectedly. Bruce was loved by all of his exes’ and his current wife (5 in all), his mistress and his seven children. Through his art, he has given each wife a different color of his choosing that best describes each women in his mind. Each chapter of the book tells part of the story through the eyes of one of the characters that he so loved. It wasn’t until the funeral that all the exes’ came together and ended up being friends. Especially when a new color was show during the slide show of his life.
The one question that was brought up after the funeral was – Was this a heart attack or was this murder??? I won’t tell you the answer because you really need to read the book and discover his life for yourself!!!
This was an amazing book and I love love loved it!!!
To view all of Jack Eason’s book please visit his Amazon Page or his blog
One of the recent reviews for Autumn 1066
I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review. This is not my usual genre that I read but nevertheless I enjoyed this short novella and would recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fact/fiction and people like myself who appreciate a well written and researched story. I would say that its strengths lie in the accuracy of the historical terms used, the sense of brutality of the time period coupled with the human interest aspect of the story – an uncle, Aldred wishing to protect his young archer nephew Cynric from harm and possible death during battle. There is also a breathe of humour in the novella which gives a wonderful sense of the jibes of men, the tenderness and greenness of a young man going to battle and how the very young can surprise us too. On reflection Jack Eason has packed a heck of a lot into a very short novella and this demonstrates his ability to write a thoroughly engaging narrative. Highly recommended
Mary Anne Edwards, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Anne-Edwards/e/B00HZ28TIQ
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A review for Flirting with Time
My husband and I were married on Valentine’s Day and I get a few hearts around that time. Marian is getting more than a few and not around Valentine’s Day either. Charlie must try to solve one conundrum at a time. He must also try to do this quickly because someone seems to be after Marian. This was a very fast moving book with quite a few conundrums popping up. It turned into a game similar to Who Do You Trust. I enjoyed it and recommend it to those who like to try to solve the story before the end of the book. Bet you can’t do it!!!
John Fioravanti, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/John-Fioravanti/e/B00JSAHGAU
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A recent review for Passion & Struggle
This science-fiction and political thriller exemplify the skills of this creative story-teller.
It’s a big adventure with a complicated story-line. With the large cast of characters to keep track of and various plots to comprehend; it was somewhat cumbersome to read.
But overall, it was intriguing, thought-provoking and well-written.
Christoph Fischer – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ
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An extract from a recent review for The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac
This is book three in the Fraud and Miracle Trilogy, and after reading it, I confess I’ll miss the characters and the twists and turns.
The series deals in subjects that seem more relevant now than ever. In a world dominated by fake news, where elections are doctored, and the future of a nation might be in the hands of people who manipulate data to benefit the highest bidder, the status of the information we take for granted, who deserves our trust and how far we would be prepared to go to learn the truth have become pressing matters we all must seriously think about.
Author Christoph Fischer brings together the cast of the two previous novels, delighting the many readers who felt, like Erica, that things were not settled and they wanted to know what would happen next. Had she really discovered the truth, and was she going to let it go at that? Like we did in The Healer, we follow Erica, who has managed to locate Arpan in Cayman Brac, and has decided to confront him, gun in hand. But, no matter how determined she is, she cannot resist the connection she felt to Arpan, and she accepts his version of the truth. Of course, that might be “his” truth, but is it what really happened?
A great ending to the trilogy, entertaining, satisfying, and surprising, that will leave readers feeling hopeful and confident. Sometimes the teachers are the ones who need to learn the lessons and letting go of control is the way to progress and evolve. My congratulations to the author.
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One of the recent reviews for Amanda on the Danube
Michael and I read this book together and we both enjoyed it immensely. It is my favourite of the three Amanda books we have read to date and we will definitely be reading more.
Amanda and her good friend, Leah, are on a boat cruise along the Danube and very much enjoying the good food and fascinating villages and towns that they stop at when they become embroiled in a new mystery. A young boy who plays the violin most beautifully asks Amanda to please take his violin on the boat with her and meet him in Vienna. Amanda agrees to the request and quickly comes to realise that the talented boy is not the only one who wants the violin. There are a few people, both on the cruise and elsewhere, that are determined to lay their hands on this instrument.
I really like Darlene Foster’s books as they have an interesting and face paced story but they also include a huge amount of fascinating information about the specific country in which each specific novel is set. We both learned a lot about the towns and villages in Germany, Austria and Hungary and the traditional foods, entertainment and some famous places of interest. There is a lot of research that goes into each of these books. We rated this book five out of five stars.
A recent review for Vampyrie
A very different storyline in the vampire genre.Different, in a densely populated genre, is a good thing. But that’s not the main draw of this telling. It’s well-written and keeps you turning virtual pages. The characters are well-developed and believable. I knew I’d like it after the first few paragraphs. If you like a combination of horror, suspense and thriller, you’ll like this one. It even has a surprise twist that I didn’t see coming. I’m big on twists myself.
Claire Fullerton, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4
One of the recent reviews for Dancing to an Irish Reel
This book has been on my TBR for a long time and I was happy to finally be able to read it. And all I can say is that I wish I had read it sooner. The book is almost lyrical in its language as the author discusses everything from fate to music to travel in Ireland. All of this is wrapped in a tentative romance between an American woman and an Irish man, and I don’t know when I last read a book that so perfectly captures the uncertainty of new romance. I highly recommend the book.
that afternoon…and wishing the journey was not over. A definite MUST READ!!
Brigid P. Gallagher, BUY: https://www.amazon.in/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD
A recent review for Watching the Daisies
I was prompted by Brigid to write this review in her inimitably gentle manner as I had forgotten to do so when I read it. Brigid is one of those people you instinctively gravitate to, you know she is kind, compassionate and non-judgemental. She is a natural healer. She is also very creative. I immediately relax when I read her blogposts. She has a quiet style, she allows you to breathe. I could relate to much of what is written in her memoir: the music, the fashion, the loss, chronic illness, and the quest for personal healing through complementary therapies. I am proud to recommend her book.
Teagan Geneviene – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
An extract from a recent review for Murder at the Bijou
I am a big fan of Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, as an author, a blogger, and I was lucky to discover her blog a few years back, and although I missed some of her early serials at the time of their initial conception, I have managed to catch up with them over time. I have also read her novel, Atonement, Tennessee (you can check my review here) and know that apart from an imagination that knows no bounds, and a love of period research and attention to detail, she has a way with words and can create magical characters that readers get to care for and make them live through situations that never fail to surprise us and keep us on tenterhooks.
I recommend this book to readers with a sense of fun and play who enjoy a fast and light mystery (cozy style. No explicit violence, although there is violence, no sex scenes) set in the Jazz Age (oh, don’t forget to follow the author’s blog if you enjoy that historical period as she shares a post on the subject every Wednesday), with charming characters and great food. And even if you don’t have a lot of time to read for long stretches at a time, as the serial was created to be read a chapter per week, it is very easy to follow the story and not get lost. So, there is no excuse!
A recent review for the collection
These are stories or narrative poetry centered in Ireland written metrically with rhyme. The language flows well. Even when the stories seem dark the author’s heart shines through to light the way. For example, in “Ulter’s Shame”, a dark narrative with “blood stained footpaths and bullet spattered walls” we are not left with “screams” and “terror” but a resolution: “What matters is the depth of God’s sighs.”
She describes the people around her with kind brevity. The ending of “The Brownie Pack” states her love and humbly leaves it to God whether it is returned.
She describes the joyful and sorrowful mysteries of life. In “Tender to Touch” an old man buys a medicine from her. In his confusion he rubs it on his pained stomach rather than drinking it. Nonetheless, he’s cured and returns to thank her. In sadness, such as “Life!!”, she prays to God not to let the Devil win.
In the “The Lover” and “Kitty and Joe” we see death and love tied closely together and even though death wins in its ever objective way, I sense love redeeming each such victory as its own. This is a beautiful collection of very short stories or narrative poems that, perhaps because of their brevity, will linger in my mind enriching it.
A recent review for Death in a Dacron Sail.
My only complaint about this book is that it kept me up too late! Truly, it is a page-turner and will leave you wanting more. Rhe Brewster, the indomitable assistant to the police during a complex, historic murder investigation, expertly navigates the twists and turns of this journey while simultaneously attempting to resolve the dissolution of her marriage. Pregnant with her second child, Rhe manages to pursue clues, save lives, and figure her way out of situations with Houdini-like grace. N.A. Granger paints an indelible portrait of small-town life in rural Maine, with unforgettable characters who become her readers’ friends and foes. Read this book–you’ll be glad you did!
Malia Ann Haberman, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Malia-Ann-Haberman/e/B009CJ0DNE
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One of the recent reviews for Letters from an American Soldier
A real life love story through the eyes of a soldier during the Korean war. Letter by letter, the reader can imagine what life must have been like for those stationed far away from loved ones in a time when communication took days or weeks. Bill’s love and desire to be with his darling Nita is so sweetly and authentically expressed. It makes you want to read “just one more letter,” and before you know it, the book is as hard to put down as any fictional romance novel.
Sue Hampton, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Hampton/e/B0034PD8GG/
One of the recent reviews for Ravelled.
Whether it is writing for children or adults, Sue Hampton’s wit, wisdom, clarity, and tender affirmations suffuse ordinary—and sometimes not-so-ordinary—moments with an unforgettable luster. In her masterful collection, RAVELLED & OTHER STORIES, she explores a full range of ideas and characters, spanning from the friendship of an elder woman and her young, male driver, in “Away for Christmas,” to the lyrical fable that subverts popular beliefs of beauty and love, “The Brute and the Beast.”
Sue Hampton’s deftness can be further seen by the way she allows the readers enough room to interpret meaning for themselves. Her characters, whether lovely or unlovely, conjure a sense of compassion and connection. Through experiences of love, grief, loneliness, redemption, we are never left heartbroken, for every adversity either sparkles with humor or leads the character to something transcendent. A teenager falls in love with her teacher, a goddess-queen struggles with self-doubt, a newly divorced, older man engages in hilarious antics to escape feeling pathetic. One story leads to another, like rosary beads, holding the spectator to a simultaneous act of reading and meditation. This is a rare and satisfying collection that I am sure will teach me something new about writing, life, and the mind of an extraordinary author every time I re-read it. You simply must get a copy!
An extract from the most recent review for The Golden Age of Charli RSVP
While reading The Golden Age of Charli: RSVP, I moved from wanting Charli to be my aunt, to wanting Charli to be my best friend, and finally to wanting to BE Charli when I retire someday. I found the main character to be delightful, warm, honest and fun; and I appreciated her life’s motto – “press on” – and admired her determination to deepen her relationships with her husband (the newly-retired and golf-loving Pud) and with her many nieces and nephews. I also found myself drooling over the author’s abundant descriptions of food, wine, and cocktails – an unexpected and delicious part of this book! One month from now, my youngest will be heading off to college, so I ended up relating more than I expected I would to Charli’s empty-nest pursuits. Although my husband and I are far from retirement, I still felt a kinship with Charli, and I look forward to reading the next books in Jena Henry’s charming series!
A recent review for The Magician’s Curse.
A mysterious curse, a chance meeting on a train. The hauntingly beautiful Stephen Dagmar meets and instantly recognizes the love of his life on a train running away from her complicated family life.
This story challenges the reader to suspend disbelief and allow oneself to be drawn into the world of magic and the supernatural and accept it as reality.
The antagonist of the story, Nina Curry, has a level of vulnerability that makes her a compelling character to watch.
Herman Anderson, the heroine of this piece, is a blank sheet. Her age and inexperience make this the case more than anything else. She is acted upon rather than acts. As this is an ongoing series of works, I look forward to Herman’s development in the course of the story as things continue to unfold for this pair.
A recent review for The Connoisseur
A unique book with an original story (finally!). The characters develop in depth in a great way and the plot thickens and gives you some “aha” points!
Adventure and fantasy elements are strong to the point that they make you want to visit these places (even though they are not real locations, unfortunately).
Another great thing is that it also includes LGBT characters so anyone can identify with at least one of the characters’ stories.
J. Hope Suis, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Mid-Life-Joyride-Love-Single-Lane/dp/0999479903
A recent review for Mid-Life Joyride
I went to a public reading and book signing and bought an autographed copy of this book. I love the humor the author weaves throughout her book, the travel/joyride theme, and her transparency as she shares personal experiences. Lots of good tips in here. It’s important to live your life to its fullest ,no matter what your marital status is!
Please visit Amazon or Lyn’s website to view all her books.
One of the recent reviews for Tempting Adam
CR ChinAmazon CustomerI always think the latest book is better then the last and Tempting Adam is no different March 17, 2018
Lyn Horner never fails to surprise with each new book in this Romancing the Guardians’s series. I always think the latest book is better then the last and Tempting Adam is no different. Adam is helping farmers in Africa learn new farming techniques when he spies Elie, a nurse he fell in love with in Peru and then abandoned for her own sake. He has special gift that if known could get her killed by those who seek to use it and gain access to the Guardian scroll he protects. But this time Ellie isn’t going to take no for answer and when Adam’s worst fear comes true, he has no choice but to run to safety with his true mate.
Lyn sets us in a new and exciting country with each of her books and her research is fascinating, not intrusive to the story. I can’t wait for book eight when all the Guardians and their mates go up against the Hell Hounds together.
One of the recent reviews for Circumstances of Childhood
“Circumstances of Childhood” is written in the unique style of Mr. Howell and was a book that kept me up late into the night reading! Greg and Keith are childhood friends and Greg ends up living with Keith’s family. They play football together creating new plays and plan out their future. Unfortunately, only one of them make it to live those dreams. When one of them is killed in an accident, the other one goes on to be successful–with a happily ever after. But, that happy ending is ripped away when money is stolen from Greg’s company and his life falls apart. Parts of the storyline are told from Greg’s prospective and the rest by Keith. I loved the bond created between the two, who were like brothers, that existed beyond death. Choices that are made can affect the characters for the rest of eternity. This is a perceptive and an exciting read with a whodunit mixed in. It’s a skillfully written story with well-rounded characters that I couldn’t help but care about. The storyline kept me engaged until the last page with some unexpected twists. Although, this is a different type of story than Mr. Howell’s John Canon series, it is worthy of your read if you enjoyed that series like I did. This has become my favorite book from this author. I highly recommend!
The introductory chapter of Wall of War, “1953” had me so captivated from the beginning that I don’t think I exhaled until the last full stop. Mr. Hudson has done an admirable job of tightening up the script, omitting a lot of needless details about various types of boats, planes, communication systems and weapons that the casual reader might find bothersome. (However, if you are a globetrotting mercenary or imagine being one, then you’ll appreciate the details he does provide!)
That’s all I can tell you without getting into “spoilers”! What I can tell you that with Wall of War, you have an excellent story that doesn’t get bogged down at any point and keeps the reader turning page after page. The action takes place almost exclusively in Peru, so there’s no continent-jumping and forgetting who is where and so on. Wall of War is a taut, intriguing, action-filled adventure novel perfect for long winter nights (or summer beach reading). Mr. Hudson has set the bar high for himself if a third installment in the Drake Alexander series is planned. Four stars at Goodreads.
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
My Life at Sweetbrier, is author, Deanie Dunne’s recounting of life at her childhood home–a horse farm in Connecticut. Deanie was born with cerebral palsy. For most people, that would be enough to deter them from ever riding a horse. But not for Deanie. Thanks to her father’s “can do” philosophy, Deanie became a skilled rider, winning many riding competitions. It wasn’t without challenges, though. Deanie shares the adversities she had to overcome and offers encouragement for others to do the same.
Written in a conversational style, readers can feel that Deanie is talking directly to them. Sprinkled throughout the book are photographs of Deanie as a young child andteenager with her horses. Young readers, ages 8-12, especially those who love horses, will enjoy this book. The message of perseverance even in the face of obstacles is an important one for everyone to learn. An inspiring book, highly recommended.
An Extract from one of the recent reviews for Outshine
I am often hesitant to read memoirs or autobiographies, especially those of a medical nature, because I worry that they will contain medical jargon that will cause the story to be more sterile and statistical than compelling. This was definitely NOT one of those books.
The author chose to go a different route and focus more on her emotional journey through ovarian cancer rather than the medical side of it. I very much appreciated that. Her words of wisdom, encouragement, and strength poured through every single page to the level that anyone who is going through any turmoil or tough situation can relate to. That’s powerful writing talent!
A recent review for What Did I Do.
Wow! What a read … and what a story. This book is so well written, it reads more like a novel. It’s a pager turner alright. The story is hard to take only because of the abuse described. Mister Jackson has had one remarkable life. From the horrible home situation, to his resilience, to his trumpet playing, to his time in Vietnam (which I wish he had gone into more detail on), to his coming to grips with all the shit he had to take over the years.
Well played, Mister Jackson.
Sandra J. Jackson, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
A recent review for Playing in the Rain.
Playing in the rain is a mystery novel centered around a young girl April. April suddenly wakes up one day to the sudden realization that she was living a mechanical life. In this life everything was prearranged from the timing in her bath to the various activities. She happens to question a covered person a simple question and starts getting responses albeit in a subdued and subtle manner. Her sister whom she doesn’t remember is made her roommate and April takes her lead to maintain her mechanical facade. However there are questions bubbling up inside her and she wants to break free from the unknown bondage.
The book is very interesting as it takes us on a journey of revelation and we along with April feel eager to know the whole secret. What I liked about the book was that it’s plot was totally fresh. Hence, I didn’t know what to expect. The story kept me hooked and I was thoroughly entertained. However I feel that the book could have been bigger with some more excitement, and thought it finished soon.
One of the recent reviews for The Prince’s Man
Deborah Jay has taken the usual supernatural players of elves, trolls, were-animals, elementals, etc. thrown in the political shenanigans of monarchies in a feudal society reminiscent of the Tudor period, some swords, sorcery, a touch of Tolkien and now has lots of territory to explore into a series beyond the two books currently available. You go,girl!
An Extract from a recent review for Under Stone
The fourth book in Helen Jones’s Ambeth Chronicles, Under Stone picks up right where Hills and Valleys left off. While all of the Ambeth books have shown various characters’ perspectives, Under Stone spends the most time away from Alma. While I missed Alma and would have liked to see more of her journey, I did appreciate getting an inside look at Lord Denoris’s schemes, as well as the other happenings around Ambeth. With the search for the Cup coming to a head, there are so many compelling storylines to follow. The courtly drama drove the plot and kept me guessing about each character’s true motives and plans, as well as the location and fate of the ever-important Cup.
Another aspect I liked about Under Stone was the emotional payoff. Many of the characters finally dealt with issues (positive and negative) that they’d been grappling with throughout the series. It was really satisfying to watch them grow and see the impact on their various relationships. I also appreciated how Jones wove in scenes from the past, which provided necessary background for the Cup search, as well as added emotional weight to the current events. As for the ending… let’s just say it introduced a rather exciting complication and left me super anxious for the next book!
I would call Joyce’s book a novelette rather than a short story. In true Joyce’s style of storytelling, he leads us from a young man’s dreams to the adult fulling his aspiration. Ellis,(a true person) is a truly rugged man and his adventures are given life by Joyce. If you are a fan or not of Joyce’s writing, read this one.
Deanna Kahler, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Deanna-Kahler/e/B00CQLTTV2/
An extract from a recent review for Part of Me.
REVIEWED BY: LINDA TONIS MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEW TEAM
Seventeen year old Chase has had nightmares for years. Every nightmare involves a plane crashing and a beautiful woman. Psychologists determined that his nightmares were due to PSTD since his father died in a plane crash when Chase was six years old but that doesn’t account for the fact that he still has them and that they involve a beautiful woman.
Chase is going on spring break with his friends and girlfriend Kaitlyn a girl who was his best friend until they decided to become a couple. Kaitlyn loves Chase but Chase loves the woman in his visions and nightmares and eventually feels he has to be honest with Kaitlyn. While in Panama City he breaks the news to her that he loves a woman he sees in his dreams and is determined to find her. He has always felt that something was missing in his life and he always did whatever others thought he should do. If he ever hopes to find happiness and love he must find out if the woman is from his past or is in his future.
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An extract from a recent review for Have Bags will Travel
This amusing memoir by D.G. Kaye is all about the difficulties faced by a shopaholic whose idea of travel centers largely around shopping and getting all her fantastic purchases home without paying excess baggage costs. I could relate to this book really well because I am both of the things the author is; I am a germ fanatic and I love to shop. My shopping also comprises of bulky objects because I collect antique and vintage dolls and books. Have you ever tried to pack three teddy bears, two porcelain dolls, gifts for everyone you know and about twenty vintage books into your return suitcase without it being overweight? I have so I can relate to D.G. Kaye’s weakness for shoes and having to get them back home.
I really laughed at the descriptions of trying to make do with the tiny bathroom facilities on an overnight flight without touching anything. I recently bought my Aunt, who was travelling overnight to Dubai, a pair of soft slippers to wear on the aeroplane so that she would not get dirty socks.
A recent review for the book
This book is a lovely heartfelt story of a young girl who overcomes many trials and tribulations. I couldn’t put this book down, as I could completely relate to the stories being told. We are not so different, deep down we are all the same.
One of the recent reviews for the book.
This a great story. Relevant to me because I am a retired teacher. My last principal was a knuckle head. Recommend to teachers or anyone wanting a good laugh!!!
Joelle LeGendre, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Joelle-LeGendre/e/B00JBQDHWM
A review for Atto Run – The First Level of Hell
As a scifi fan, I found the novel, “Atto Run, The First Level of Hell,” an intriguing and fun read. If, like me, you enjoy tales of space travel, advanced technology, exotic other-world settings, and whole planets that just might not make it, you’ll likely enjoy this book too. But author, Joelle LeGendre, goes way beyond a traditional space-opera, and delivers what is ultimately a fine novel of ideas. Most good speculative fiction (or any good fiction) does transcend category, but Atto Run somehow personalizes its theme in ways I’ve not seen before. The universe-threatening concerns of the intergalactic goddesses get squeezed down to the very small, human concerns of a central character who’s not so much an anti-hero as a non-hero. It’s through her “every-woman” eyes, we earthlings meet our first alien. And it’s not like anything you’d expect. It’s at the heart of the delightful comic sense running through this book and what makes it so much fun. I highly recommend it. You’ll expand your mind and laugh while doing it.
Joy Lennick, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joy-Lennick/e/B00J05CJLY/
An early review for The Moon is Wearing a Tutu
on December 19, 2017 Five Stars
A light-hearted look at life and the characters we all know! It certainly made me smile.A little book to treasure and dip into when you just need to relax a while – there is something for everyone in this book and hopefully we can look forward to lots more “little gems” in the near future from Joy and Eric
An extract from one of the recent reviews for Life in a Flash
It is amazing to me how a piece of flash fiction or a really short story can have a huge impact on you. The imagery and idea can bore into your mind and take up residency there so that you keep going back to the idea and turning it over and reflecting on it. To me, a huge reader all my life, a piece of writing that can do that to you is amazing. I found a number of pieces of writing like this in Geoff Le Pard’s book, Life in a Flash.
There are a few pieces with the common theme of planet Earth effectively being used as a plaything of the gods. The gods wreak havoc on Earth when they are feeling a bit boisterous and it has huge implications to the humans that live there. I thought the stories in this theme were really fun and unique.
William Luvaas, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/William-Luvaas/e/B000APB892
An extract from a recent review for Waiting for Westmoreland
One man’s journey from chaos to inner peace. on November 4, 2017
Here we have a book that is much more than memoir, and more life journey told (and written) exceedingly well and with great courage. If the writer’s mandate is to ‘open a vein’, Maberry has opened that vein and allowed whatever flowed to fill this work. From his background in hardscrabble Minnesota, enduring the loss of a parent, then for all intents and purposes the loss of the other, the author describes his various efforts to carve a niche for himself. Just as his efforts appear to be paying off, he’s found a companion, started school, navigated his way through the shoals of early adulthood, when the Selective Service System came calling and he was drafted.
One of the recent reviews for Identity Crisis
This is the first book I have read by this author and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it !
The story starts off with Sam McRae, a small independent lawyer, being notified that the client she had gotten a restraining order for, against her abusive boyfriend, was now being saught for his murder.
Mix in a sudden identity theft issue for our main character, Sam, and things start to heat up. She starts to try and find her client who has gone missing and also has to contend with the Mob and a large contingent of various law enforcement agencies – so not just a simple murder case.
Sam is of the mind that since her case was never closed then she is still working for her client and should try to sort things out herself. We get lots of other twists and turns added into the mix and some may be obvious but others are nice surprises. I shall look forward to reading some more books, by the author, with the Sam McRae character.
Paulette Mahurin, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Paulette-Mahurin/e/B008MMDUGO/
Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.
One of the recent reviews for The Day I Saw The Hummingbird
Although I usually don’t like to read books that have a lot of violence and hardship in them, I had a feeling that this book would have a strong core, and wanted to give it a try. It does have a positive core, despite the tragic events. It was a moving story, although definitely very hard to read at times. However, sometimes violence serves its purpose, as it did in this case. This is a story of human strength and power of soul, which is hauntingly real. I suppose the only reason I don’t give it the full five stars is because it was so hard to read at times that it made me want to skip pages, but that is my problem, as I am quite sensitive.
A recent review for The Curse of Time
26 March 2018
It took me a short while to get into the swing of the story, but once I was there, I really enjoyed the tale.
Drawn into the life of the main character, Amelina, you are quickly whisked off into a world filled with supernatural happenings, people in mirrors and crystals. Lots of crystals!
There is an element of change evident in Amelina as the book progresses, showing her development as a person who is capable of having a huge effect on those around her, as she learns of the powers she has had bestowed upon her.
I didn’t like Ryder… not that you are really meant to. Ryder is someone who she meets, and who influences her negatively. The fact that I didn’t like him shows that his character was written well within the story.
Over all, a book brimming with supernatural happenings, a mysterious cottage and a family problem that needs solving.
Sharon Marchisello, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/
Blog : https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/
One of the recent reviews for the book
I really liked “Going Home” by Sharon Marchisello, and found it to be an excellent and exciting mystery. I am familiar with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and the author wrote an excellent mystery with many interesting characters. Ms. Marchisello has a lot of talent as a writer and I enjoyed it very much.
And extract from a recent review for The Ninth Life
The Ninth Life is a psychological thriller set mainly in Guildford, Surrey. Kate is a fifty-nine year old artist. She has an unusual voice in her head that provides commentary on her life; however, she has always tried to ignore what it says. Kate is currently working on a series of seascape pieces for Sam, a gallery owner and best friend, who is opening a new gallery in London.
We learn about Kate’s earlier life in a series of memories; her hardships, relationships and her current desire for solitude are all fed to us in easy-to-absorb chunks. Early on we are introduced to a sinister character who is besotted with her. As the story develops there is a slow build-up of tension, with a net of mishaps and murder that draw closer.
Judy Martin, Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judy-E-Martin/e/B01CPOB0M0
One of the recent reviews for the collection
I love Judy E Martin’s poetry. It is so enjoyable and humorous. Judy has a delightful way of turning everyday situations into a real laugh. Her book of poetry is divided into ten chapters, as follows: Family, Festive, Seasons, Women, Ages, Music, Food, Creativity, Miscellaneous and Sex. This book fairly pulses with vitality and enthusiasm for life and I really look forward to reading a few of her uplifting verses at the end of a hard working day.
One of my absolute favourite poems is Ode to Cadbury’s and my favourite verse is as follows:
“They have moved across the water
To give their sales a Boost
But the chocolate’s taste is different
And the bar size is reduced.”
What absolute fun!
Please visit Don’s Amazon page or his blog to view all his books.
A recent review for Frank Incensed
The stakes are high as Private Detective Frank Rozzani races against time to save the love of his life. Will Frank rescue her from the terrible man in the trench coat or will this man end the life of yet another person that Frank is close to? Find out who survives in the new Frank Rozzani Detective Mystery (from Amazon)
Frank Incensed is book three in the Frank Rozzani Detective Series by Don Massenzo. It is a perfect continuation of the story. What made it special for me there were new facts about Frank’s personality that came to light. I can’t go into too much detail here but take my word this story will have you on the edge of your seat as Frank tries to work his way through a sinister situation in an attempt save the life of the one he loves.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detective stories that have exciting plots and well-developed characters.
Melissa Maygrove, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Maygrove/e/B00JL4UPCY
A recent review for Come Back
I didn’t know what to expect, but by the end of it, it had taken me on a full adventure. There was a perfect amount of everything: Description. Dialogue. Memory stories. Adventure. Romance(both hot and both emotional). Drama. Sadness. Shock. I really liked it.
I kept looking at the percentage expecting to be further into the book, but the author gave us a full story where you were excited to see where she takes you.
Part 4 of the Wetherby-Jackson saga, which spans several generations. William-Wetherby, William’s eldest son, was very close to his parents and worked well with William when William was a partner in Mr Wetherby’s business. Now that William has finally moved on to having his own business, he relied on William-Wetherby to provide the stable income, while he builds his business up, and it would have worked very well if it were not for Lydia, the fragile young beauty who reminds William so much of his dead Harriet that he falls in love with her. Lydia the fun, mischievous girl who is only a few years older than William-Wetherby and has so much in common with the young man that he is also smitten by her. But when William marries Lydia, the relationship between father and son could not take it any more.
The whole series was a well written, well researched piece of work and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters are well developed and the storyline is gripping and absorbing. It has been very difficult to step back into 2018 once the book is closed, I could not help but feel so connected and so much part of the story that McBeath has written. Totally 5 stars!
Please visit Marcia’s Amazon page to view all her books.
A recent review for The Emissary
This is a well-written, entertaining novella. The author gives one of the characters from her Riverbend series his own story. And it’s a fun one. Gabe is an ordinary fellow who gets caught up in a plan to recruit some newly-deceased humans to help the overwhelmed angels. There’s some amusing dialogue between “boss” angel, Azrael, and sarcastic-yet-nice-guy, Gabe. The story takes readers along for the ride (literally) with this truck-driving angel-helper. No heavy-handed religion here. Just a sweet (slightly angelic) tale. The author tackles some difficult topics but doesn’t delve too deeply into them. Recommended for fans of Marcia Meara’s Riverbend series or anyone wanting a light, enjoyable read.
A recent review for The Writer and The Rake
I love a bit of time travel romance, so I was looking forward to falling into this story and discovering how the two main characters would stumble across each other – or, in the heroine’s case, appear in the 18th century in the blink of an eye.
Brittany is your classic heroine; she portrays a strong, don’t-mess-with-me, nothing-can-hurt-me-exterior, but as the story moves on you begin to notice cracks in her resolve.
It took me a while to warm to Mitchell, however, as he came across as conceited and totally void of emotion and empathy. Except this is where Ms Moore has written her colourful, full-bodied characters so well. They are perfectly flawed, because no-one is ever as they seem on the surface.
The overall story arc is beautifully chaotic, comical and a touching read. It left me with that wistful sigh of the happy-ever-after, and tailed-off thoughts of… what happens next?
Adrienne Morris, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Adrienne-Morris/e/B00CDO9CU
A review for The House on Tenafly Road
The storyline was incredibly interesting, happy, sad and complex. It was well written and the history was so entertaining. I loved this book.
Effrosyni Moschoudi, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Effrosyni-Moschoudi/e/B00I5JKMXS
Website & Blog: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com
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Two stories seemingly unrelated, one in 1980’s Greece, the other begins in 1937 Brighton England. Can they be related? The author weaves her tale with such vivid descriptions, particularly of Greece, you can almost feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and smell all the spices released from the cooking in the kitchens. The West Pier in Brighton plays a part, in summer and winter. Love is the theme. Two couples, close friends, in each time period. One couple seems fine, but the other couple have a hard time getting together. As book number one ends, things are looking much better for all, yet a hint of future trouble looms. The story will continue with book number two and how the events of 1937-38 may or may not be repeated in the 1980’s. Very well written, especially of the teen-age girls. I look forward to reading the next in this series.
To view all of John Nicholl’s books please visit Amazon or his blog.
One of the recent reviews for A Cold Cold Heart
Meet the suave and debonair Charles Turner. A gentleman and solicitor of impeccable manners who has a fondness for pretty young ladies. He wines them, he dines them, he surrounds them with his wealth and musical taste and introduces them to his large detached residence in the country. There is just one problem with Mr C he is partial to erotic asphyxiation, enjoys the thrill of strangulation, and has a fixation with his dear departed mother her elegant party dresses and the smell of her lavender perfume. DI Gravel is having a bad day with a serial killer on the loose, the body count mounting, and his only daughter Emily about to step into the jaws of a crocodile when she accepts a job at a respectable local firm of solicitors Harrison and Turner.
I really enjoyed this book and unusual in the fact that the reader knows very quickly who the killer is. There are some well defined characters namely DI Gravel and his unhealthy life choices, his very able assistant Detective Sergeant Laura Kesey and a dangerous predator who will stop at nothing to feed his depraved sexual lust. Many thanks to netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written. I will certainly be reading more by John Nicholl as I enjoy his witty and fast flowing prose
Jessica Norrie, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Norrie/e/B01CEUZF26
An extract from a recent review for the book
Well-written and acutely observed on 14 December 2017
Jessica Norrie’s novel, set on a sun-drenched island somewhere in the Mediterranean, examines the personalities and pitfalls encountered on the sort of package holiday that offers holistic life-skills and self-improvement courses. While practising yoga and suchlike activities, guests at the Serendipity resort, together with staff and, from time to time, local villagers, confront social, personal and philosophical challenges.Norrie has a confident narrative voice and a shrewd and sympathetic view of human nature, which makes her account of the goings-on at Serendipity entertaining as well as thought-provoking.
The central character is absent for much of the book: this means that the reader builds up a picture of him through the thoughts and observations of other characters, like a photographic negative – he is defined by his impact on others. When he re-emerges in his own right, his condition is so altered that we learn about other people from their decidedly contrasting (and sometimes unattractive) reactions.
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One of the recent reviews for 20 Things I’ve Learned from my Patients.
This is a truly heart-warming, but also sly book: I can’t count the times that I smiled while reading these little jewels of insight, empathy and compassion, but regularly I also frowned on moments in which it felt like if a mirror was held before me, reflecting things about myself I would rather forget (and in fact had forgotten). Mrs Miret’s observations are never intrusive or preachy, but they can be quite confronting now and then, but in a friendly way, and rendered in a softly flowing style. Yes, a little compassionate sugar does help to get the medicine down….Nice work, Mrs. Miret, it is my firm intention not to forget your pearls of wisdom….By the way, I’m a Fleming, and we Fleming pride ourselves in our ability to learn foreign languages. Having the Spanish translation alongside the English text has definitely improved my Spanish, and, yes, that is such a nicely flowing, rich sounding language.
A recent review for A Roman Death
I chose the book because I’m a whodunnit fan. But the author has obviously researched ancient Rome thoroughly, and I came to trust what she was saying. So, although it’s a good whodunnit, that became secondary to the interesting way the Romans operated. It’s a pleasure to recommend.
A recent review for the collection
A book for dipping into, allowing time to reflect on each thought-provoking story. Touching and sensitive in the telling, the author takes the reader through nostalgic memories, inspiring a range of emotions. A lovely read.
A recent review Echoes Beneath
Echoes Beneath was a startling portrayal of love, violence, abuse and entrapment. Lacey comes from a dysfunctional family. Her mother is mentally disturbed and has abused her and her sister for years. She finally escapes her mother’s clutches and moves away to Oregon to attend college and begin anew.
What Lacey doesn’t realize is that victim is stamped all over her. Another abusive relationship is about to begin when she meets the handsome and popular football star. Lacey once again is trapped like an animal.
This story gripped my heart and wouldn’t let go. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. The only problem was that it ended abruptly and promised to continue in book 3. Well, I guess I will be buying it just to find out what happened to poor Lacey. I’d prefer if the author didn’t do it that way but at least provide an ending that wasn’t so abrupt and left the reader hanging.
The author did a believable job of portraying an abusive relationship. It was a frightening thing to read about. I pray that others who are in such a relationship will seek help and get away before they lose their lives. No one deserves to be treated that way.
An extract from a recent review for Wisp
Colleen M. Chesebro rated it 5 Stars
Meet Wisp, a law enforcer in the land of Edra, where magic is encouraged to flourish and is often needed for sheer survival. A mages council rules Edra compared to the neighboring area of Finah, who prefers humans to control their resources. After a bloody civil war, many years ago, the two lands exist beside each other in a fragile peace.
Wisp is a marsh fairy (YES! Can you believe it?) with raven hair and pointy ears pierced with silver earrings. Marsh fairies are rare and possess special powers. Wisp keeps his real identity under wraps, known only to his superiors. Abandoned as a child, the “Senior” Law enforcement officer raised him ensuring his survival.
In a desolate area filled with putrefying rubbish, Wisp comes across the body of a High Elf, a member of the Thorns, who was a high-ranking council member found murdered in the circle. The elf’s throat had been brutally cut. Wisp sets out to solve the murder not realizing he is to play an integral part in solving the mystery.
Frank Parker, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I
An extract from a recent review for A Purgatory of Misery
This is a deeply researched and well-written book. I was expecting it to focus almost entirely on the famine years. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it covers much broader topics which help to put the famine into historical, political, social, economic and religious perspective. Indeed, a full eight chapters are devoted to “setting the scene”. There’s even a fascinating chapter on nutrition and mental development.
The actual famine is broken down into four chapters as the crisis begins, develops, peaks and then wanes. At the end is an interesting summary giving the author’s personal view on the disaster, and on the continuing presence of famine in the world today.
A Purgatory of Misery is worthy of attention for anyone interested in European history. It gives a broad sweep of history, from way before the famine up to and then beyond those famine years. And it presents what seems to me to be a well-balanced account that does not take sides or inappropriately point the finger of blame.
A full review including an interview with the author is on thebookowl.com
A review for the book
Exciting story that has wonderful historical facts while continuing to give you the flavour of true Cretan life that is still in evidence in villages today.
A story of courage and true conviction that reminds you of the important things in life such as love, friendship and honour.
I really enjoyed this book and I am sure anyone would enjoy it who is interested in Crete or is looking for a beach read.
Hope there is more to come from this author.
An extract from one of the recent reviews for The Whippoorwill Sang
“Memories” I looked forward to reading this book, because my sister and my brother-in-law had lost four friends in one night to the acts of a drunken driver. This accident left six orphans behind, and my sister and my brother-in-law would forever remember their anniversary, the 20th of September, as the day two sets of good parents lost their lives to a drunken driver.
This is a book which needs to be read by anyone who ever had the audacity to get in behind a wheel and drive under the influence of alcohol. There is just no excuse and hopefully more and more countries will enforce legislation to impose maximum sentence on those who think it’s okay to destroy others’ lives in such a callous manner.
I loved that the author had the courage to write her story. She has a wonderful engaging style of writing, clear crisp dialogues and writes with brutal honesty when describing her feelings throughout the book.
If you have not had a chance to read this memoir, I encourage you to do so. Especially the second half of this account will stay with you for a long time!
Judy Penz Sheluk, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Judy-Penz-Sheluk/e/B00O74NX04
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An extract from a recent review for A Hole in One..
Emily Garland has landed on her feet after her previous bouts with murder and mayhem, and in the process, she has gained a new friend and partnership in Lount’s Landing’s delightful antique shop. Arabella Carpenter, eager to move on from her life’s left turns, opened up The Glass Dolphin antique shop, and with her new friend and partner taking on the advertising and promotions, success might be more than just a pipe dream. The ladies are sponsoring the Hole in One prize at the charity golf tournament, but instead they get involved in another murder mystery. The victim is Arabella’s ex-husband’s estranged father, having been out of the picture for twenty-five years, and when motive, means, and opportunity seem established, he becomes a serious “person of interest.” From there I couldn’t put the book down…
Judy Penz Sheluk has penned an excellent follow up to her first Glass Dolphin Mystery, and although you can start here, I highly recommend you not forget book one, “The Hanged Man’s Noose.” As a beginning or as a prequel, it is excellent, too.
An extract from one of the recent reviews for the collection
Writers may exaggerate the negative and write dystopian fiction. They may exaggerate the positive and write utopian fiction. In this fascinating collection of short stories, the positive being brought into greater relief is our ability to choose integrity and kindness rather than degenerative and uncaring mindsets and actions. Each story is a core sample of a human moral issue, a history of resiliency and loss, exposed to the light.
In most of the stories the characters are challenged by a tragic or potentially damaging event outside their control; in a moment, their lives are changed drastically, forever. Some of the characters have caused their own dilemma. They go on in a fog or struggle with painful memories and swings of emotion before they reach the tipping point: how will they respond? And it is to their credit they reach this tipping point, because it is done through conscious moral effort. But whether tragedy has come to them or they have made their own mistakes, they eventually recognize the situation through a severe exercise in honesty. This honesty springs from valuing the best sense of who they can be and become. They often draw on enriching relationships with other people and humanizing traditions. Then they go beyond: they make amends. By taking this action, they rise to a new level of moral and ethical consciousness. This is portrayed in clear-eyed fashion, showing how difficult it is to do, and yet liberating.
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A recent review for The Princelings of the North on Goodreads
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I heard it was going to be coming out, and was not disappointed! This book is an excellent addition to this series. The plot is entertaining and exciting, while the characters are interesting and believable (yes, I know they’re guinea pigs, but there’s no reason a guinea pig can’t be a believable character).
One of the recent reviews Holy Spear of Magus
The Holy Spear of Magus is the latest in the story of Fletcher and his battle with a hateful subgroup within the Catholic Church. By now, we know many details of the protagonist and the various villains so the story is more interesting when you start with volume 1 and work through them. This one takes them to several interesting spots around the world in the search for the holy spear. That is one of my favorite parts of mystery books: the details of foreign places. An very satisfying escape.
An extract from a recent review for Sarah
Teri Polen’s SARAH is the stuff that will keep you up at night. It’s the perfect blend of lighthearted teenage banter and blood-curdling horror elements. Shades of the television show Supernatural will keep fans of theWinchester brothers engrossed from the beginning through the last spine-tingling word of the epilogue.
Cain starts out as an affable teenage boy who too soon has become the man of the house because of the untimely death of his father. The addition of his best friend Finn creates a dynamic duo—the two clearly are as thick as biological brothers and their interactions are so enjoyable. Cain has typical teenage problems—love, academics, sports—until his life changes for the worse.
I love a good ghost story, and SARAH is one of the best ones I’ve read in a while. I blew through it—it was such an easy and exciting read that I finished it in one afternoon. But I’m left fervently wishing for a sequel, because I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters. If you like horror, you’ll love SARAH. It’s a must read.
One of the reviews for Watch and Wand
The Watch and the Wand is the second book in the Gene Assist Series, a dystopian tale dabbling in genetic engineering. The science is intriguing and complex and it’s possible to see nano technology invading our lives in the not too distant future.
This book starts after the breakdown of society and 15 years after the conclusion of book one: Fair and Foul. Stephen’s dull life comes to an end when he meets Bean, a girl on the run from the dangerous Watch. With Bean, he sets off into the unknown world where nothing is quite what it seems.
This story has quite a few twists and turns. Potts toys with the reader, setting up mysteries and slowly revealing the answers, and often leaving the characters’ motives and agendas hidden. In particular, Bean was hard to read, and for a long time, I wasn’t sure I trusted her. Stephen and Bean are the strongest characters, three dimensional and consistent throughout. Dialog is realistic, the pace zips along, and the action scenes are exciting.
I didn’t read the first book, Fair and Foul, and wished I had. I would recommend starting there as Potts doesn’t bog down the reader with much backstory in book 2 (primarily because Stephen is in the dark about what’s going on outside his experience and he’s the pov character). I would have liked to know more about how the challenges in the world developed. Great sci-fi story for YA readers and up.