Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Love at First Flight

Michael Maguire works as a prosecutor. He has a big case coming up. He is hoping to win his case against some of the biggest gang members in the Baltimore area…The ruthless Benedetti brothers. They have been accused of killing three teenage boys.

Juliana Gregorio is a hair stylist at Panache. She and her boyfriend, Jeremy is currently doing the long distance thing. Jeremy got a job down in Florida. Juliana and Jeremy have been dating since high school. Juliana loves Jeremy but she is tired of waiting and wondering if Jeremy will ever propose to her.

Michael doesn’t know how much more he can take of his fiancĂ©e, Paige and her whiny ways. She comes from a rich family and thinks she can boss Michael around. When Juliana and Michael end up on the same flight, sitting next to each other, it is love at first sight. Neither one of them, expect to see each other again. What they don’t realize is that their paths will cross, sooner then they expected.

Another good read from Marie Force. Her last novel, Line of Scrimmage was an instant hit with me. What I like about these books are the characters. They are people that readers can fall in love with. Plus the story lines are very believable. I liked that Michael and Juliana met on an airplane and that they are complete opposites. Like the saying goes…opposites do attract. Juliana and Michael share this great chemistry between the two of them. I can’t wait to read more by this talented author. Marie Force is a force to be reckoned with!

Check out Marie Force's website or her blog

Monday, June 29, 2009

With This Ring, I Thee Dread

Ryan Jackson and Elizabeth Valentine have been arch-enemies since high school. Both Ryan’s and Elizabeth’s parents agree that it is time these two grow up. That is why their parents propose an ultimatum…either get married to each other or be disowned. Their parents believe they are meant for each other.

Ryan and Elizabeth agree to get married. Besides their parents said that they only have to stay married for four months and after that time, they can get an annulment. There is a catch. Elizabeth and Ryan will spend the next four months in a secluded cabin, out in the middle of Alaska, miles from anyone. Ryan and Elizabeth figure how hard can living with each other as husband and wife be? Besides it is only for four months.

I have read several Ruth Ann Nordin novels now. While I do enjoy them, I do have to say that With This Ring, I Thee Dread is by far my second favorite book, after An Unlikely Place for Love. This story is categorized as a romantic comedy and I totally agree. I couldn’t stop laughing. One of the funniest moments had to have been when Ryan and Elizabeth were trying to one up each other by who could gross the other one out the most. For example Ryan knew Elizabeth hated men with mustaches, so he started growing one; where in turn Elizabeth didn’t shave her legs. I did think Ryan was a sweetheart. He tried to learn what women want and even read some of Elizabeth’s romance novels. Of course through he really only read them for the sex scenes. Last but not least, if you are looking for a romantic comedy then you have to pick up a copy of this book today.

Check out all of Ruth Ann Nordin's books on her website

Sunday, June 28, 2009

She is the Queen of Kings

I want to thank Cornelia Amiri for sending me a copy of this book to review. This book releases in in July. You can check it out here

This story takes place in Ireland. In a time when men ruled for many centuries.

Macha Mong Ruad’s father, King Aed shared the throne with two other men. There names are Dithorba and Cimbaeth. Each king would rule for seven years and then at that time would pass along the rights to the next king. Though her father was no longer king; Macha would always consider him the one and only true king. Macha dreams of being king and sharing the throne with no one.

So after her father’s death and fourteen years combined of the other two kings ruling. It was Macha’s turn. Unfortunately the other men had no plans of letting Macha anywhere near the throne. Macha does not take people telling her what to do…especially men. Macha will become king no matter what it takes.

Nath, a mighty champion catches the attention of Macha. Macha has never met anyone like Nath. He is her equal in every way. Will Macha change her mind and decide to share her throne with a man?

Cornelia Amiri combines all the elements of a great story in her latest Queen of Kings. It takes place in the wonderful location of Ireland; paranormal effects, and strong as well as engaging characters with a hint of romance thrown in the mix. Ever since I first discovered Cornelia and her druids, I have become a fan. Macha is a powerful warrior, who isn’t afraid to show up men. She commands respect and usually gets it. What I liked about Nath is that he is soft-spoken and you could tell he was just right for Macha. I really enjoyed Queen of Kings and hope to maybe see Macha and Nath again in the near future.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Certain Jeopardy

Sergeant Major Eric Moyer, Staff Sgt. Pete Rasor, Sgt. First Class J.J. “Colt Bartley, Master Sgt. Rich “Shaq” Harbison, Jose Medina, the medic, and Martin Caraway are a team of Special Ops. They have been with each other for a long time. They consider themselves brothers.

Everyone was enjoying their time off when they are called up. Colonel MacGregor informs the men that they have received information that Al-Qaeda is planning on setting up a training facility that would recruit terrorists. All Colonel MacGregor wants the men to do is go on a recon mission to either confirm or deny if Al-Qaeda is really setting up a facility. Sounds simple enough but of course we all know that plans, even the most thought out ones can go astray.

Dr. Hector Cenobio has recently become really famous with his techniques on how to reuse nuclear waste. Suddenly he finds himself in a dangerous situation involving some very bad men. Dr. Cenobio must do as he is asked or his family will be killed. Now Moyer, Rasor and the rest of the men have a new mission…to save a family. To do so the men may have to take an innocent life in order to stop Certain Jeopardy.

I like the fact that this group of men are so close and they have each other’s backs, through thick or thin. From the first page to the last page the action doesn’t let up. The storyline is believable and the characters are heartfelt. No matter how difficult the times got, these men never gave up on their faith in God. I picked up this book and started reading it and in a matter of a few hours I had finished it. Captain Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky make a good duo.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Love's First Light

Christophe St. Laurent is the only one left to carry on the family name. His family was sent to the guillotine by the hand of Maximilien Robespierre. Christophe ran away to an old castle his father once told him about where he would be safe. Christophe has grown lonely, living by himself. He has turned into quite the scientist though. He has been experimenting with a crystal prism and light. He is also a bit of an astrologer…stargazing with his telescope.

Scarlett has found herself a young widow about to give birth. Her husband Daniel was a big supporter of the French –Revolution. He was also the nephew of Maximilien Robespierre. Everyday Scarlett visits her husband’s grave. One day while visiting her husband’s grave, she finds herself with company. Soon Christophe and Scarlett start spending time together and before you know it, Christophe has fallen for Scarlett. What he doesn’t know is that Scarlett shares the same last name as his arch-enemy. Will Christophe finally get his revenge or will Scarlet help him forgive his enemy?

I really liked the gentleness of this story. You could feel the raw emotions that both Christophe St. Laurent and Scarlett were going through. They each were fighting a different battle where with the help of each other they could overcome them. To be honest I wasn’t sure if I would like this book. Luckily because of all the above reasons that I just stated, I not only enjoyed Love’s First Light but I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good love story with strong characters. Jamie Carie showed me a whole new light. I can’t wait to see what else this author comes up with next.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lisa- Jackson Read a Thon Wrap Up

Ok. So here is the deal. I started out planning to read two other books for this Read-A-Thon and ended up not reading them but two other ones. Oh Well. At least I read two, through I had planned to read more but time got away from me as I got distracted with many other books that I wanted to read as well.

Here are the two I read

Last Known Address

Holly Dutcher was out partying with some friends. Holly was walking home when out of nowhere a man attacked her. He drags her to an abandon building and rapes her.

Detective Sloane Pearson works for the Sex Crimes Division. When she arrives at the victim’s residence, she instantly recognizes Holly. Holly is a realtor agent, who showed Sloane some places. The problem is that Sloane doesn’t want Holly to acknowledge that they are familiar with each other. This is because she wants to leave her lover.

When the rapist attacks again, Sloane realizes that the city now has a serial rapist on their hands. Sloane becomes somewhat distracted when her father falls ill. She starts to devote all her attention and energy to him. Will Sloane be able to refocus or will the rapist take another victim?

I enjoy trying out new authors and Theresa Schwegel is no exception. Unfortunately I hated this book. I found the storyline boring and the characters uninteresting. There were many times when I found myself saying…Why do I care. For example…I didn’t really care that Sloane was house hunting because she wanted to leave her lover. This wouldn’t have been a problem but it seemed like the story focused a little more on this than the fact that she had a serious problem on her hands with a rapist. Because of this and that fact that I didn’t care what she did, I found myself just going through the motions of turning the pages and not really being engaged in this book. I usually don’t get this vocal about books but I just couldn’t help it this time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Face of Betrayal

Reporter Cassidy Shaw, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges are good friends. They met each other over a chocolately dessert called the triple threat. Ever since then these three friends have been known as the triple threat.

Katie Converse works as a Senate Page for Capital Hill. While out walking her dog, she disappears. Fearing the worst, her parents offer up a reward.

Cassidy breaks the story of Katie’s disappearance. She believes there is something up. Her investigative nature kicks in and she starts learning all she can about Katie and her life. Whatever information or leads she can’t get access to; this is where Agent Nicole Hedges comes in to help. While Allison does help some, she is somewhat distracted by the news that she is pregnant. It seems Katie’s disappearance might be connected to a very powerful Senator.

I was so looking forward to giving this book a try. It sounded right up my alley. While it did have suspense, it kind of wavered throughout the story. I didn’t really find the characters to be strong enough to grab and keep my attention all the way through the end. In fact I had to re-read the section when the storyline revealed the killer and their motive behind it. If you are looking for something new to try, then Face of Betrayal may be the book for you.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Come Fear the Worst

Tim Blake is divorced. He is looking forward to spending the summer with his seventeen year old daughter, Sydney. This year through she won’t be working at the car dealership that he works at. Sydney found herself a job working at the Just In Time hotel, which caters to traveling business men.

When Sydney doesn’t come home, Tim heads to the hotel only to learn his worst nightmare has just begun. Sydney has gone missing, without a trace. It is as if she never existed. The hotel staff tells Tim that no one by the name of Sydney has ever worked at the hotel before. Also, Sydney’s friends say Sydney was acting odd but they didn’t know why. Soon Tim is on the hunt to locate his daughter. All clues point to a dark and dangerous world of deception and lies. What did Sydney get herself into and what happened to her? These are all questions that Tim will try to find answers to in Fear the Worst.

From the first page till the last one, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat with breathless anticipation. Tim is just a normal father, who loves his daughter dearly. He draws from such strong emotions of fear, anger, and loss that you can’t help but feel for him. He carries this story all the way through. I have to admit that Fear the Worst is the first novel I have read by this very talented author, Linwood Barclay. After completing this book, all I am wondering now is why it took me so long to check Mr. Barclay’s work out. Well I won’t make that mistake again.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dixie Divas

Eureka Truevine has moved back home to the small town of Cherry Hill, Mississippi after the divorcing her husband to care for her mother and father. In Cherry Hill, Eureka can be herself. Everyone there calls her Trinket. Cherry Hill isn’t that far from Holly Springs.

Every April the town of Holly Springs hosts a tour of restored, historical houses. Trinket’s good friend, Bitty Hollandale is the biggest promoter of these tours. She just loves a really good historical home. This is why she plans to do everything she can to get Sherman Sanders to participate in the home tour.

Bitty heads to Mr. Sanders place to try and bride him with some homemade chicken and dumplings. When she gets there, Mr. Sanders is gone and lying on the floor in a pool of blood is her ex-husband. Bitty runs away but instead of going to the police like she should she enlists the help of the Dixie Divas. The Dixie Divas are a group of southern belles, who love to party and eat chocolate. No men are invited unless they are providing the entertainment. The women range from age forty to mid sixties. You can bet though that where the Dixie Divas are involved that mischief and mayhem will follow in their wake.

Dixie Divas is a great start to a brand new series by author Virginia Brown. All of the divas are so much fun. They are the crazy grandmas who love to have fun and who you wished was your grandma. Dixie Divas is southern comedy at its best! So if you have a few extra hours to spare in your schedule, make sure you put it to good use by checking out a copy of this book. I can’t wait to read the next book in this wonderful series.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Chunkster Challenge-Completed

Here is my list of books. Ones that were 450 pages or more

Drood by Dan Simmons
Gauntlet by Richard Aaron
Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
The Dawning of Power by Brian Rathbone
The Four Corners of the Sky be Michael Malone

What's in a Name Challenge-Completed

Annie is hosting this challenge over at What's in a Name 2 blog

Here is my list

100+ Book Challenge-Completed

Hello All. I am now 100% back. You may wonder what that means? I have internet back. For about two months I didn't have any and had to go to my mom and dad's house to get on the computer. I tried really hard to not let my posts lapse but there were a few times when it did.

I am catching up and that means updated the status of all my book challenges.

Here are the list of books I read for this challenge. To be honest I finished this challenge a long time ago as I also review for other sites but I only counted the ones that I could provide you with reviews for on my blog.

Trick My Truck but Don’t Mess with My Heart by Luann McLane
The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks
Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
Celtic Bonds by Terri Pray
Forced Out by Stephen Frey
Captive of my Desires by Johanna Lindsey
A Darker Domain by Val McDermind
Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Marked by Passion by Kate Perry
Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies: Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and at Home by Julie Ann Wambach, Ph.D
Kill for Me by Karen Rose
Return of the Rogue by Donna Fletcher
Ursa Major by Mary Winter
Death of a Witch by M.C. Beaton
Flirting with Temptation by Kelley St. John
The Warlord’s Son by Dan Fesperman
Stay the Night by Lynn Viehl
Etta by Gerald Kolpan
Being Familiar with a Witch by Sapphire Phelan
Houston, We have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda
De Marco Empire by J. Lou McCartney
The Mind of a Genius by David Snowdon
Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
Katka by Stephen R. Meier
Privy to Murder by Carol Shenold
American Outrage by Tim Green
The Shack by WM. Paul Young
Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch
Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh
Lifelines by CJ Lyons
Vexing the Viscount by Emily Bryan
Trouble in High Heels by Leanne Banks
Baron thinks dogs are people too by Laurie Dean
Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton
Where Rain is Made by K. Celeste Bryan
Unholy Domain by Dan Ronco
Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Seducing a Scottish Bride by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Once upon a nightmare by Lee Moylan
Family Plots: Love, Death, and Tax Evasion by Mary Patrick Kavanaugh
American Rust by Philipp Meyer
Carpet Ride by Norm Brown
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
Drood by Dan Simmons
Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn
Rogue by Cheryl Brooks
Gauntlet by Richard Aaron
Straight from a Horse’s Heart by R.T. Fitch
The Queen of Sleepy Eye by Patti Hill
Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger
Decadent Deceptions by Keta Diablo
The Broken Parachute Man by Dr. Robert R. Bolin
Confessions of a Former Child by Daniel J. Tomasulo
Poisoned Love by Dr. Melanie Cane
Don’t Look Twice by Andrew Gross
The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
Sleeping with the Undead by Beth Stafford, C.S. Johnson, Catherine Noonan, Cornelia Amiri, Garneil Wallace, Linndah, M.Phillips, Robert S. Tyler, Samantha Stone, Tsyche Dwau
Stakes & Stilettos by Michelle Rowen
Hats & Eyeglasses by Martha Frankel
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
Blood and Ice by Robert Masello
Enemies and Allies by Kevin J. Anderson
Lord of Corruption by Kyle Mills
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy by Charlotte Greig
Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham
Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell
Over Her Head by Judi Fennell
Fault Line by Barry Eisler
Outcast by Cheryl Brooks
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ocker
Red Hot Lies by Laura Caldwell
Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson
Malice by Lisa Jackson
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher
Bloody Good by Georgia Evans
Frankie: The Walk N Roll Dog by Barbara Gail Techel
The Chris Farley Show by Tanner Colby and Tom Farley Jr.
Hedge Fund Wives by Tatiana Boncompagni
The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes
First Comes Love, then comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite
Deadlock by Robert Liparulo
A Little Light Magic by Joy Nash
Arint Saratir:Warrior's Light by Taylor Beisler

Bound to Please

Ruby Scott works as an event planner. At first glance you won’t believe that Ruby has a kinky side to her. Her ex-boyfriend was into S&M but on the lighter side. When they did have sex it was so…vanilla. Ruby would like to be more on the wild side but just hasn’t found anyone till now.

While at one of her events, Ruby and her friend Meg get on the discussion of sex. Meg is looking to spice things up with her husband Emmett. Ruby makes the comment to Meg that she will be her tour guide into the wonderful underworld of kink. It just so happens that the most gorgeous guy Ruby has ever laid eyes on overhears her.

Mark St. Crow is the lead singer of The Dark Riders, a fairly new band that is slowly becoming hot stuff. Mark can’t believe his ears when he hears Ruby offering to be a tour guide into the world of kink. Ruby sounds like his type of woman as Mark happens to be a collector of erotic art work. Mark plans to show Ruby just how much fun S&M can really be and he isn’t no vanilla!

When you imagine bad boy musicians, Mark fits into that category. He not only has the look but he is also a tiger in the bedroom. I really like that Ruby broke out of her shell and became more adventurous as the story progressed. If you are looking to add some spice to your life, then you have got to treat yourself to a copy of this book. I hope to read more by this talented author.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

How to Score

Samantha “Sammi” Matthews needs help desperately. At first glance you would have to stop and wonder why a beautiful woman would need any help but looks can be deceiving. Sammi is a walking tornado. In her wake, she has left bodies of men bruised and mangled from her klutziness. It is not like Sammi wants to hurt men but it just happens and that is why she needs help. She is hoping that by hiring a life coach that she can break this spell of bad luck.

When FBI Special Agent Chase Jones’s brother, Luke witnesses a shooting involving the mob, he is put in the Witness Protection Program for safekeeping till the trial. Luke can’t leave his clients hanging, so Chase offers to pretend to be Luke, just until the trial is over. Besides how hard can it be to talk on the phone and give advice to people? That is till he hears Sammi’s voice.

One of my favorite characters has got to be Horace. Horace is a grown man, who still lives with his mother. He wants to move out but is afraid to. The one thing Horace has going for him is that he aspires to be the first rapping accordion player. I couldn’t stop laughing between Horace’s raps and Sammi’s antics. The chemistry that Sammi and Chase shares is like a fire-cracker...they are pretty to look at but watch out if you get to close or they can be dangerous. You will have a hard time stopping. Robin Wells brings the roar-out-laughs in How to Score.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Neighbor

Nothing gets the police and media's attention faster then the disappearance of a woman from her home in the suburbs.

Jason Jones works as a news reporter for the Boston Daily news. He comes home around 2 am to find his four year old daughter, Clarissa "Ree" Jane asleep in her bed but his wife and their cat Mr. Smith are both gone. Jason has no clue where Sandra is other then the fact that something bad has happened. The bed sheets have been stripped off the bed and there is a broken lamp on the floor.

Detective Sergeant D. D Warren is called onto the scene. Warren feels an instant dislike towards Jason from the first moment she meets him. His lack of interest in finding his wife, brings up red flags for Warren. Also, There is something not quite right with Jason Jones. He seems too slick. The deeper Warren investigates she realizes that things are not what they seem at first glance.

Another winner for Lisa Gardner. The Neighbor has all of the making for the perfect best seller. It has drama, intrigue, cutting-edge suspense and an ending that will leave you speechless. I kept trying to figure out who were the bad guys and which ones were the good guys and even I couldn't always tell. One thing I can tell you is that I loved this book. So much that as soon as I was done with it, I had one of my co-workers so curious that she begged me to let her borrow this book. The Neighbor is a great weekend read.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Cleaner Jonathan Quinn is back for more!

Every body's favorite cleaner, Jonathan Quinn is back in Shadow of Betrayal. Quinn wants to hang up his gun holster and retire with his girlfriend, the deadly but beautiful Orlando but before he can do that, his boss has another mission for Quinn. He wants Quinn to locate a United Nations aide worker named Marion Dupuis. She has gone mission from her post in Africa. This is a task that will require the help of Quin''s protege, Nate and girlfriend Orlando.

Marion has enjoyed helping out at Roslyn's Place. A local orphanage. All of a sudden the soldiers there have become interested in a girl named Iris. Iris was born with down syndrome. This is the second time the soldiers have come paying a visit to Roslyn's Place looking for the girl. Marion doesn't know why the soldiers want Iris. All she knows is that she must protect her at all costs.

Shadow of Betrayal is the third book in this Jonathan Quinn series. Quinn is not afraid to get dirty and let the bodies fall where they may. If you are looking for the ultimate action leading man then look no farther than Quinn. He always gets the job done. Quinn embodies the spirit of Bond, endurance of Jason Statham, and the attitude of Bourne. From the first moment I read The Deceived, I instantly became hooked on Jonathan Quinn and Brett Battles. Battles is a force to be reckoned with in the suspense/thriller world. Don't take my word for it. Pick up a copy of this book or the other two prior novels...The Cleaner or The Deceived today.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Unit

Dorrit Weger has just turned fifty. A time when most people are thinking about what they are going to do when they retire. Well Dorrit doesn't have to worry about that. She has agreed to leave her home and move into an apartment at the Second Reserve Bank Unit. A place that houses women over fifty and men over sixty, who are childless. The Unit sets them up till their time is up. The catch is that the men and women agree to be test subjects as well as organ donors. The Unit will care and provide for Dorrit and the rest of the group till their last organ donation.

For Dorrit the agreement to live out her last years at the Unit would be just fine with her. That is till she met someone. His name is Johannes. He is a fellow writer like Dorrit and he has being living at the Unit for a while. Dorrit never expected to meet anyone, especially someone like Johannes. Dorrit learns that her sister, Siv used to life at the Unit as well. Siv like Dorrit fell in love with someone as well. Unfortunately there was no happy ending for Siv and her lover. After Dorrit hears about Siv, she starts to have second thoughts about living at the Unit and what her and Johannes future may hold for them.

Have you ever wondered where exactly are the lines being crossed when it concerns science and humanity? This question is brought into play in The Unit. Author Ninni Holmqvist brings a creative and refreshing outlook to what we as a society will do for science as well as love. I picked up this book and instantly became spellbound. I found I couldn't tear myself away from this book and finished it in one afternoon. The characters where real people that you could relate to and experience a bond with. So if you are looking for something new to read then you have to check out The Unit today.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Come on an adventure with Arint Saratir

Airsing works as a welder. He makes swords. All of Airsing's life, he never really felt like he belonged anywhere. One thing Airsing did feel in his heart is what he was destined for greatness but he didn't know where or when that time might be. A man by the name of Tolkien comes to pick up his sword. He tells Airsing that Dark Times are coming. On evening, Airsing awakes to a woman's voice calling him. Airsing goes to investigate and to his surprise learns that the voice belongs to a dragon. Her name is Syocer. She informs Airsing that he is her rider. He was chosen centuries ago. He is now needed to help fight against the Syfrin.

When Xavier was a little boy, his mother was killed by the Syfrin and his father became one. In fact his father is the commander of King Arkt's army. To make matters worse, Xavier is being held prisoner. Xavier escapes. He ends up meeting Airsing. Together they form a alliance to battle the Syfrin.

Footnotes are ok but in this case there was so many that it made it a little hard to fully enjoy the story. On one hand I liked that Taylor gave me a description of the characters as this gave me a vivid image of what was going on but on the other hand I didn't really need to know what every character looked like, whether they be the main or secondary characters. The story moved somewhat fast in the beginning that it took me till the end of chapter two to figure out the plot and what parts Airsing and Xavier played. What I did enjoy about this book was that it combined elements from both Eragon and The Lord of the Rings. I do applaud Ms. Beiser on her great efforts on writing and producing this debut novel at a young age.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Chatting with author Jean Koning

Suppose I was in the position I was about to move to New York City. What is still affordable for someone like me?
Obviously I need something in Manhattan, since I am the big shot artist and all. Well, that and the fact that I wish nothing but the best for my wife and my daughter. And the three cats and the dog of course. (And where else other than New York City can one get that?!)
What does a reasonable man do in a position like that?
Yes! He flips through the pages of the New York Times.
Step inside with me. The first real estate ad that kind of fits the picture in my head is 219 West 144th Street, Harlem, New York. The pics on the internet for the same address look promising. Except for the kitchen that is. The American Style of Kitchen design is not my kind of thing. Most of the American kitchens I have visited in my life are plain ugly. Very coarse. Everything mega-big. And dark. But a European wino can take care of that by a simple re-design. Turn it into something more European. Something tasteful.
So anyway: 219 West 144th Street. Three bedrooms, one bathroom. Eight hundred and fifty square feet. Co-op. Maintenance at $483. Pets allowed. Pre-war. Washer/dryer in unit. And most importantly 8.47% off of the original price, so now it is only (only?) $270,000. It’s a freaking bargain.
(Can you imagine me already, wandering through this wonderful place, cigarette in one hand – as long as it’s legal – and a glass of wine in the other, telephone between my ear and my shoulder, discussing rights and parts and agent-deals, while my wife fills the dishwasher and my daughter watches an endless stream of Dora the Explorer re-runs?)
Still there’s one little catch. And it’s not the well known European panic reaction “oh-my-god-you-got-a-wife-and-a-kid-what-the-fuck-are-you-doing-in-harlem!” The little catch is the fact that my wife doesn’t want to live in good ole’ New York.
(Yes, it freaks me out too!)
So let’s just compare this wonderful Co-op with something my wife would enjoy. (I think)
How about a three bedroom, two bathrooms, 1,623 Sq. Ft. single family house built in 1951. Located at 775 81 ST, Biscayne Point, Miami Beach. That’s nice for the kid and the wife and the dog and the cat, but I will f*cking die in Miami Beach. It’s one step away from hip-replacement, if you catch my drift.
But, although I started my quest as prosperous as possible, there was another thing that stopped my search for the ultimate house in the U.S. Yes, Ladies and Gents: Oprah.
She invited some financial advisor as a guest in her show the other day and the adviser showed the entire world what to do in America these days with money that doesn’t exist. What to do with second mortgages and Cobra-funds and all that Jazz.
“I’m not gonna buy a house there,” my wife shrieked into my ear. “This is so depressing!”
Well, thank you, Oprah!
Yet another attempt to move my family to America has once more failed. We’re just gonna fly in and out of the damn nation the next couple of years.
I’ll try it again in a few years. Of that I’m sure.
For now nothing lasts but me and the Times. Is it just me, or does everybody get off on the pages of Real Estate?

Purchase the book here

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Little Light Magic

Victoria "Tori" Morgan wants to open her new age shop Destiny's Gate in the home she inherited but first she needs to fix it up.

Nick Santangelo is a contractor. He also has a seventeen year old daughter named Leigh. When his secretary Doris begs him to help out Tori, Nick agrees to at least go out and check out the place. When he arrives and sees how bad a shape the place is in, he tells Tori that she would be better off dumping the place. One thing that Nick is unprepared for is Tori's beauty. He tells Tori that his crew is too busy to take on any more work and leaves. About a year ago, Tori was given a bundle of magical candles but a witch. Tori figures it couldn't hurt to light one as she is desperate to help. She lights a white candle. Before she knows it, Nick comes walking back through the door and informs Tori that he will take on the job himself. He will come in the evenings.

Tori has been having some really bad pains. She goes to the doctor and is told that she has three options: She can either have surgery, take hormone pills or have a baby. Tori ops for choice number three but there is just one problem...Tori is single. Will Nick be the man for Tori?

My favorite person in this book is Luke's grandmother, Noona. Her favorite pastime is shoplifting expensive merchandise. Tori is like a wild child. SHe moves to the ruthum of her own music, whereas Nick is a rule follower. I like that Tori was able to get Nick to loosen up. Though I do feel a little bad for Nick having to put up with three women all the time...his mother, his daughter and his grandmother. For a light summer read, I recommend this book.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


John Hutchinson is a journalist for the Denver Post and a avid bow hunter. While out with his girlfriend and her son, he receives a phone call from a Dr. Dorian Nichols. Dr. Nichols rambles on about they are all dead...meaning his family. He tells John that the police are after him and that he didn't kill them. What he says next really gets John's attention. He implements that Brendan Page is somehow involved.

Brendan is a billionaire military industrialist, who John has been trying to bring down since the incident in Canada involving Declan going rogue. Declan went on a killing spree. Page's latest top secret project is training soldiers for his Quick-Response Black Ops "QRBO" project. QRBO are teams of four who's goal is to move in quickly, eliminate the target and get back out. Page's training of soldier's consists of having them go through a vitural reality simulation training program. The catch is that the bullets are real and so is the blood.

I picked up this book not realizing that it was the next book in a long of books to feature John Hutchinson. I did not have a problem with this but I did have a problem with the fact that this story incorpated events that happened in what I can guess to be the prior story. I could pick up that there was history between Page and Hutch that involved events that took place in Canada. This was brought up a lot through out the story. It drove me crazy as I was trying to figure out what happened but couldn't till about half way into the book. Then I had a pretty good idea of what transpired. Having said all this, Deadlock is the first book I have read by this author and it won't be the last.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marlaria

First Comes Love, then comes Malaria is Eve's memoir of how she met her husband as well as she experiences with the Peace Corps. For a long time Eve would mention to everyone how she was going to join the Peace Corps but she never really imagined she would actually do it. That all changed with Eve met John.

John worked for the Peace Corps. He also happened to be the recruiter that Eve met with, when she went for her interview. Those two hours of Eve's time was the most wonderous time of her life. This is because after her meeting she called up her mother and told her that she was going to marry her Peace Corps recruiter.

Everything was going pretty good for Eve till John informed her that she was being sent to Ecuador for a year as part of her Peace Corps agreement. Eve barely lasted the year but after she came back, something great happened. She and John grew closer but it seemed like John was never going to pop the question to Eve. Eventually he did. Of course Eve said yes. What could bring two people closer then to be sent to Uganda in Africa to help the people there.

I have been wanting to check out this book since the first time I heard about it. First Comes Love, then comes Malaria is just as funny as I imagined it would be. Eve's experiences while she was in Africa was laugh out loud funny but at the same time sad that this was real life. One of my favorite moments had to e when Eve came back to the States for a friend's wedding and all she wanted was cottage cheese and she had a hard time find it. When she finally did it was like she was in heaven. Eve produced a very well-written memoir.

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns

When Lucy Burns was eleven years old, her sister Ellen was out riding her bike and was struck by a truck. Ellen lay in a coma. The odds of her surviving were slim to non. It would take a miracle.

Ellen and Lucy had an old mailbox in their backyard that they would pretend was magical. Lucky sat down and wrote a letter to the attention of To Whom It May Concern. In the letter she asked for Ellen to wake up and in return Lucy would be forever in To Whom It May Concern's debt. A reply was sent saying done and To Whom It May Concern would be in contact with Lucy again some day. That was many years ago.

Now Lucy is all grown up and has a job working for the devil himself. She is a facilitator to hell. That means she when it is a bad person's time to go, she helps them along. Lucky for he, she has a gateway to hell down in her basement. Working for the devil does have some perks but there are also down falls. The perks are that you always score some killer birthday presents but the down side is that working for the devil is hard on a relationship; in fact you can pretty much count on yourself being single for the rest of your life. You won't believe it but the devil is job driven and doesn't want his employees getting distracted from their goal...providing people with a one-way ticket to hell.

So when Lucy meets Luke Marshall, a professor at the university, Lucy knows it won't work between them or will it? Luke just may be the perfect man for Lucy as he is blind. Before Lucy can even think about starting something with Luke, she must first find a way to quit her job. Teddy Nightingale, Lucy's idol shares with her three steps on how to turn in your notice for good but it won't be easy.

What a fun, charming and hilarious story new author Elizabeth Leiknes has conjured up with The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns. I found myself chuckling many times and even reading some of the moments to my husband. You would think that after working for the devil for as long as she has that she would be sinister and as twisted as he is but no Lucy has this innocent about her that makes her so appealing, that you can't help but fall in love with her. Besides who could find fault with anyone for disposing the world of evil with a one way ticket to hell. I have to admit that my sinful delight was enjoying The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns. Elizabeth Leiknes has made a name for herself with this book and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Hedge Fund Wives

Marcy and her husband, John Emerson are packing up and leaving their hom in the Windy city of Chicago and heading for New York City. John has been offered a really good job for a hedge fund company called Zenith Capital.

Now Marcy is being invited to some of the biggest parties including a baby shower for one of the other hedge fund wives. Caroline is the happy mother to be but don't go congratulating her as she is having the baby by surrogate. While attending the shower, Marcy meets Jillian Lovern Tischman, another one of the wives. She tells Marcy that there are different catgories of hedge fund wives.

There are the Accidentals, the ones who didn't plan on becoming hedge fnd wives but did when their hudbands got jobs in the market of hedge funds. Then there are the Westminsters, the ones who were born into this type of lifestyle. There is the Stephanie Seymours, the bitches of the bunch. They treat everyone including their husbands like dirt and are allowed to get away with it. We also have the Former Secretary, the ones who of course are the secretaries for the men who work for hedge funds and later become hedge fund wives. Watch out for their claws as they will do everything they can to hold onto their men. Then you have the Socialites, the name explains them all. The last two types of wives are the Workaholics and the Breeders. The Breeders are the stay at home mommies but don't think just because they pop out kids they don't demand respect. They own all the latest baby items from all the famous baby designers.

Marcy can't stand any of the women. She is used to working and can't wrap her brain around justifying spending Three thousand dollars per plate for dinner. As time passes, Marcy get used to her new lifestyle and can't imagine going back to her old life. Marcy just may have to when John dumps her for another hedge fund wife.

Hedge Fund Wives is Tatiana Boncompagni's second novel. I loved Mrs. Boncompagni's first novel Gilding Lily about a group of socialities who strive for fame and fortune. Now these types of books who not appeal to my taste but Tatiana writes these books so well that you won't have to worry about the characters coming off as vamp, airless, square characters. No in fact the characters in these books are fun to read about. Marcy was my favorite. Even though she had lots of money, she still wanted to work and never took advantage of anyone. I don't know how hedge fund husbands act but if they act like their wives then John has his part down pat. Hedge Fund Wives is another winner for Titiana Boncompagni. I can't wait to read her next novel.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Chris Farley Show

The Chris Farley Show is the biography of one of history's funniest comedians to grace the stage, television, and movies. Though I had only seen Chris Farley a few times and though times that I did watch him on tv he made me laugh. What I found very interesting about this biography was that Chris was very religious about his faith. There are very few celebrites who stand up strong for what they believe in. Even at a young age Chris was making people laugh.

The most enduring quality I learned about Chris was that he had a really big heart. He was the first person to step up and lend a helping hand, no matter who they were. He never threw around his fame. I enjoyed reading about Chris and where he came from. He was surrrounded by many loving family and friends. The saddest moments were when Chris would slip and drink and do heavy drugs. Everyone around him tried to help him except for his father. This wasn't because he didn't love Chris but because then he would have to admit he had a drinking problem as well.

For anyone who is a fan of Chris Farley and wants to know more about him then you should read this book. Chris's life story is shared by everyone who was there with him from his high school buddies to the people who worked with him on SNL, up until the very end of this short lived life. This biography also includes pictures.

Friday, June 5, 2009

She is Frankie: The Walk"N" Roll Dog

Francesca "Frankie" would like to tell you about herself and how she came to have her own set of wheels.

Frankie was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a dachshund or wiener dog. She comes from a huge family with lots of brothers and sisters. Everyday Frankie would sit and watch as her family was sold to loving families, till one day Frankie spotted his new mom. Her name is Barbara. Frankie was very happy that Barbara became her mom as she liked Barbara. Once at home, Frankie met the rest of the family...her new father, John and sister Cassie, a chocolate lab.

John and Barbara go on vacation leaving Frankie at the kennel. While there something horrible happens to Frankie. Frankie jumps up and lands hard on the cement floor. Frankie is taken to the vet, who operates on Frankie but gives a slim chance that she will be able to walk again. After months and months of rehab, Frankie still can't walk. Barbara finds a website called www.eddieswheels.com . The site makes dog carts for dogs like Frankie. Frankie's cart soon arrives in the mail. Now it is time for Frankie to try out her new wheels. Frankie loves them and goes every where with them. And this is the story of how Frankie became a walk 'n' roll dog.

Frankie has grit and determination. She shows that if you put your mind and soul towards a goal that anything is possible, no matter the odds. Frankie is such a sweetheart as wel as Barbara. So glad Frankie with Barbara's help decided to share her story with all us readers. Dog fans alike will be howling their apporval for Frankie: The Walk "N" Roll Dog.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Talking with Georgia Evans

Hello, I’m Georgia Evans (among other names) and want to thank Cheryl for inviting me to come and blog about one of my favorite fictional creatures: vampires.

What’s the appeal of the sexy vampire hero?

Not too hard to work that one out: He’s the ultimate dark and dangerous hero. A veritable walk on the wild side accomplished safely within the pages of a book. The vampire is the bad boy without parallel. No matter how desperate your mother might be to see you settled down and married you know darn well, she doesn’t want to bringing home a dead man. It’s not just the danger and wildness , of course. There’s the sex. A man who never gets tired, doesn’t fall asleep afterwards and, after a few hundred years, he’s definitely leaned a thing or two.

Above all though, the vampire romantic hero is FUN. I’ve had a fantastic time with the vamp heroes - and heroines - in my Rosemary Laurey ‘Forever’ books- and a number of short stories and novellas I’ve written on the side. In fact I have two ‘Rosemary’ shorts coming out this fall: ‘Nightwalker’ in the MIRA anthology “Loves me, Loves me Not” and ‘Into the Mists Forever’ in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.

However... my ‘Bloody’ books written under my new pen name, Georgia Evans, took a completely different twist. At my editor’s request I made the vampires the villains of the piece and talk about a rip roaring change of pace. I took all the vampire speed, strength, mind power and endurance and bundled them up for the benefit of my German spies, adding flying ability so they wouldn’t have to bother with burying their parachutes once they landed. Their only weaknesses are wood, and a susceptibility to magic. But since they have no idea that a single inhabitant of Brytewood is anything other than a mere mortal, (‘peasant’ is the vamps’ preferred epithet) there are utterly unprepared and totally perplexed when it becomes apparent that something or someone in Brytewood is killing them off.

What was really interesting was getting deep into the vamps’ heads and remembering they considered themselves the heroes of the action. They were bent on victory, fighting for the Fatherland and striking blows against the enemy whenever they got the chance. The fact that they all had their own plans for the victory. Plans that differed somewhat from those of the German High Command just added to the tangle. In the beginning they consider themselves invincible and are totally confident that they will prevail. They don’t. Seems the German High Command picked the wrong village.

As for my magical, paranormal and variously shape-shifting villagers, one by one they have to ‘come out’ and work together to defeat the enemy that becomes more ruthless and desperate as the trilogy progresses.

No spoilers, but suffice it to say, the vampires didn’t succeed. The invasion never came off. That bit is History. The rest is fiction.

Bloody Good Time

The Nazi's are planning an attack on England. They have dropped off four of their operatives. Their names are Gerhardt Eiche, Wilhelm Bloch, Hans Weiss, and Paul Schmidt. It might be a little hard to spot these Nazi's as they are ...vampires!

There is a slight change in plans, when the plane the vamps are on starts nose diving and they have to bail out in the small town of Brytewood.

Dr. Alice Doyle comes upon a man badly wounded. He has fallen out of a tree. She takes him back home and patches him up. When no one is looking he disappears.

Peter Watson is an ambulance driver. He also happens to be both Alice's new assistant and lover. Peter is more of a lover then a fighter.

When a local farmer dies, Alice suspects something is up. She wonders about the newcomer and his connection to the farmer's death. When the situtation arises for a hero to stand up an fight, will Peter help Alice?

Bloody Good is the first book in this trilogy. Alice may seem like an unlikely heroine but she is tough. I like her take charge attitude. Who surpised me is Peter. While he is quiet and kind-hearted, he seems kind of on the wimpy side. Hopefully that will change in the next novel. Plus the romance between Peter and Alice is just ok. Though other than these factors, I really did like this book. Georgia Evans seems like she has a winner on her hands with this trilogy that consists of Bloody Good, Bloody Awful and Bloody Right.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Dennis Shore is a best selling horror novelist. He has given many readers nightmares with his stories. Shore has had no problems coming up with inspiration for his stories till now. Recently Shore experienced writer's block, which is a terrible situation for any writer. It is made even worse with a fast approaching deadline. Shore panics and does the unthinkable...he steals someone else's work and passes it off as his own. The book titled Empty Spaces becomes the latest best seller for Shore.

While at one of his book signing, Shore meets a young man named Cillian Reed. Mr. Reed happens to the true author and he is pissed off. Reed seeks redemption against Shore as all of the glory Shore has been receiving should be his. Anything Shore could have ever imagined could not prepare him for the nightmare he is about to experience, where only the strong will survive.

This story reminded me of the movie Window with Johnny Depp. It was dark, suspenseful, and had a really good plot. Though I suspected there was someone odd about Cillian, I never could have guessed the ending would end the way it did. I liked this supernatural feel that the story had. It kept my interest. Mr. Thrasher is a very creative and exciting writer. I hope to check out more of his work.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Strain

When Abraham Setrakian was just a little boy, his grandmother told him about a story of a man named Jusef Sardu. Jusef was born with a disease that left him weak and having to rely on a cane to walk. You could tell when Jusef was near as you could hear the pick-pick-pick of his cane. While out hunting, Jusef's father vanishes. A search party is formed and slowly one by one of Jusef's cousins and uncles also disappear till only Jusef is left.

Jusef finds his father's body as well as all of his cousins and uncles bodies, near a cave. Jusef vows to kill the monster. That was eleven weeks ago. No one has heard or seen from Jusef since then. Till one day Jusef reappears, a changed man. He no longer requires the use of a cane and has become nocturnal. Abraham once had an encounter with Jusef. Now many years later, Abraham still can't get the sound of the pick-pick-pick out of his head.

Present Day

Something has happened at JFK airport. A huge Regis 777 has landed and is just sitting on the runway. All of the lights have been turned off as well as the shades and doors locked. A group of airport officials gather by the aircraft. As they are trying to figure out how to enter the plane, the rear door opens. They enter and what they find is cause enough to call the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team arrive. Inside the aircraft, it seems all two hundred passengers have dead but as Dr. Goodweather and his team are about to start removing the bodies, they find four survivors.

The survivors have no clue about what transpired. The only clue Dr. Goodweather has at this time lies in the cargo area of the plane. There he finds what looks to be a coffin. All of the bodies have now been transported to area morgues. Before Dr. Goodweather can check out the coffin in more detail, it disappears. When Abraham hears about what has took in place at JFK, he closes up his shop and heads to Dr. Goodweather. He has something to tell him that he believes Dr. Goodweather will be very interested to hear about.

For anyone who loves vampires, then you have got to get your hands on a copy of this book. Dr. Goodweather may seem like the silent quiet type but he is very intelligent and has a fighting spirit in him. Also beware old men who walk with a cane or you will find yourself at the business end of a very sharp sword. I dare you not to get sucked in. Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan are a dynamic duo. The Strain will leave you craving more. My only regret is that I finished this book so quickly and now I have to wait till next year for book two in this trilogy. The Strain is the classic story of good vs. evil.

Monday, June 1, 2009


Detective Rick Bentz has come out of his coma and is back at home now, after being stuck by a tree in the prior novel Lost Souls. Something isn't right about Rick. He has changed. He says that while in the hospital that he was visited by his ex-wife, Jennifer. The funny thing is that Jennifer died twelve years ago. She committed suicide and drive her car straight into a tree.

Detective Montoya hands a package to Rick. It was delivered to Rick at the police station. Inside the package are some photographs of Jennifer and a death certificate. The photos are recent. It seems someone is sending Rick a message that Jennifer is alive. The postmark on the package is from California. Even though Rick knows someone is playing a sick joke on him, he still heads out for California.

Rick starts to see Jennifer everywhere. Also, two twin twenty-one year old girls are murdered. Murders are nothing new but the thing about this murder is that is similar to the last case Rick ever worked while in California. That case was never solved.

Olivia is worried that Rick is chasing ghosts and nothing good will come of it. Plus she has something she wants to tell Rick and it is eating her up inside with guilt.

I liked that this story picked right up from Lost Souls. In Malice, the premise of the story line was that Detective Bentz receives a package what contents that made him think his ex-wife Jennifer is alive. What I enjoyed was that I got to know a little more about Detective Bentz and his past. Also a different location was refreshing from New Orleans to California. The pace of this book reads pretty fast. Lisa Jackson once again proves why I like reading her books.