Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I had my Soul Stolen!

I don't know about you but I am excited for book four, My Soul to Steal in the Soul Screamer series.


Trying to work things out with
Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Stitch Before Dying will have a in stitches trying to figure out “Who dun it”?

Maggie Messina is the owner of the Black Sheep Knitting Shop. She and Lucy, Suzanne, Dana and Phoebe all formed a bond over knitting and became close friends. They are known as the Black Sheep Knitters. Where one goes, the rest are usually not that far behind.

Maggie tells the ladies that an old friend of Maggie’s has invited her to come teach some knitting workshops at the Berkshire hotel. The hotel is hosting a Creative Spirit Weekend. Maggie invites the ladies to join her for a fun-filled weekend. When Maggie and her friends arrive at the Berkshire, they soon discover the reason for the new direction and feel of the hotel. The hotel is big into mediation, self-help and awareness, etc. The new owner of the hotel is Dr. Maxwell Flemming. Dr. Flemming is into holistic medicine. Like the saying goes…”It is all fun and games until someone is killed.” When one of the hotel guests is murder, the ladies make it their mission to find the killer before it is too late.

A Stitch before Dying is the third book in the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series. You do not have to read the books in order, though you will get to feel like one of the fellow Black Sheep that you will want to go back and read the first two books, so you can learn more about them. Maggie, Lucy, Suzanne, Dana and Phoebe are so much fun. Each one brings a different personality to the group. You can tell that Maggie is the leader of the group. There were many intriguing characters. I didn’t know there were that many different knitting references that could be made. There are a few recipes at the back of the book. If you like a good mystery but are not ready to commit to the hard core stuff, than you should try this series. Cozy mysteries are here to stay. A Stitch Before Dying will have a in stitches trying to figure out “Who dun it”?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shades of Green will keep you up all night

Something strange is happening in the town of Holburn. People are acting violent.

Damien Tyler was out in the woods with some friends. One of the other guys, Tony wants to go find Alan and Jennifer. While walking, Damien comes upon some little kids. It isn’t the children that Damien find odd but the fact that they are not sad of Damien or surprised to find him in the woods. Damien goes on his way. He is greeted by a scary creature made of ants. This creature is the first of many new inhabitants of Holburn. By the time Damien and a few other town folks realize what is going on, it is too late or is it?

I have to admit that when I first started reading this book it was rough going for me. There was no lead up to what was happening. It just came at you right away. On the other hand, the surprise factor is what also makes this book. Shades of Green is kind of like something out of a Stephen King novel mixed with a cross of X-Files. This book takes you on a weird trip into a sci-fi reality. I didn’t get into the characters that much. Except for Damien really, most of the others were jerks. The strange things that were happening to people were a mind trip. Warning to the readers as the “f” word is used and some of the scenes are described in great, gory details. Shades of Green is not a book you will want to start reading right before bed as it will keep you up all night.

Desires of the Dead Widget contest!!!!!

Author, Kimberly Derting of the Body Finder novel series is hosting a huge contest. Hurry as it ends December 31st.

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Altered Creatures Epic Adventures

Young Thorik Dain world is about to get turned upside down in a big way. A mysterious stranger appears. His name is Ambrosius. He is injured. He tells Thorik that the Grand Council was attacked. The Council was meeting to find a way to join forces with their enemies to fight against a common enemy named Darkmere. Ambrosius knows that time is important. He must journey back to Mountain King Temple and see if there are any survivors. Ambrosius, Thorik and a group of others head out for the Temple. It won’t be an easy journey.

Fate of Thorik is book one of the Altered Creatures Epic Adventures in the Thorik Dain series. I could definitely see both young and old adults getting into this series. There was lots of action, intrigue and adventure. I could really get into Thorik. There were many interesting characters. I was taken on a grand adventure…full of magic, intrigue, and action. Thorik is slowly emerging as a leader. I can not wait to see how he grows in the next book. The ending is a good one. It helps lead into book two, Sacrifice of Ericc.

Thorik is still recovering from Ambrosius’s death. Though, Thorik can not dwell for very long. He promised Ambrosius before he died that he would find his son, Ericc and protect him from Darkmere. If Lord Darkmere was to get his hands on Ericc, all would be lost. The Oracle foretells that Ericc must be scarified in order for Darkmere’s son, Lord Bredgin to live. Can Thorik and his band of friends save Ericc before it is too late?

Thorik does not really have any special powers. The one power that he has that is strong is…intelligence. Sacrifice of Ericc continues the momentum of the first book. Thorik really emerges as a strong character. The other characters play nicely off of Thorik. Each new character introduced into the story, only added to the story. There were a few surprises. They came at the right moments in the story. This story moves fast in a good way. This book is part sci-fi, paranormal, and fantasy.

Thorik and his band were able to prevent Darkmere from killing Ericc, though it came with a great price. Thorik’s grandmother, Gluic was killed. Though only Gluic’s body is dead. With the help of Bryus Grum, they were able to imbue Gluic’s soul into a dagger. Now Thorik must find a way to extract Gluic’s soul from the dagger. It will not be an easy journey. Bakalor, demon of the underworld has released his minions.

Essence of Gluic is book three. Each book adds to the previous one. This one is no exception. After reading the first two books, it isn’t hard to feel connected to the characters. You will find yourself cheering for Thorik. The underworld of Della Estovia was a dark, evil place. It is a place you would hope your soul never ended up in. Bakalor is every thing a demon of the underworld should be…scary and malevolence. Avanda showed herself to be not just a little girl but a nice love interest for Thorik.

Crossing the Heart of Africa

Review courtesy of Nancy (my friend and fellow blogger)

Two men. Two women. One huge continent. This is the basis of Smith's story of the trip taken by Ewart Grogan 107 years before Smith replicated the same trail. Grogan was intent on proving to his hopefully future father-in-law that he was man enough to marry Gertrude Watt. He started off just prior to Christmas, 1899, by foot with food, rifles and a team of African porters. Along the way he met Arthur Sharp, a renowned explorer who became his fast friend. He shot elephants, hippos, snakes and, occasionally native men who tried to attack Grogan's expedition. Always the end in sight was to make it to Cairo and wire Gertude that he still loved her and wanted to marry her. It took him over two years and 7000 miles.

Smith, on the other hand, was three months from his wedding day. His understanding fiance, Laura, had given her blessing to the trip and he had enough money, film and inner strength to go for it. His travels were done by foot, bicycle (riding on a platform while someone else pedaled), motorbike and boat. The same goals in sight but a bit easier passage. However, the political scene in Africa at the time hadn't changed in many ways from that of Grogan's trip and Smith had to constantly keep an eye and ear open to the news when he was where he could listen.

This was an outstanding book! I loved learning the then and now of West Africa and, while I hadn't heard of Grogan prior and I certainly glad I've heartd of him now. The writing was easy to follow, with the "old to new and back" done in a way that didn't disturb the storyline at all. A journey to be read but maybe not taken - yet. Politics are always at the forefront in Africa and, in some ways, Grogan had it better.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Senseless Giveaway!!

My review

Someone is killing women. This killer burns marks into their skin, while they are alive and than finishes them off by stabbing them through the heart.

Though, Eva Rayburn has paid her dues, she still has nightmares about that incident. Will she ever be able to run far enough away from her fears to stop them from consuming her?

While investigating an arson case, Detective Deacon Garrison is drawn to Eva. There is something about Eva that she is hiding. As Deacon digs deeper, he uncovers something very sinister.

Senseless is the latest release from Mrs. Burton. I have read every book by Mary Burton. I have enjoyed them all. I do have to say though that this latest book is a bit edgier and more thrilling. The chemistry between Eva and Deacon seemed a bit forced. It was like they were supposed to share sparks but Eva was a little messed up. Deacon was more like the knight in shining amour coming to save Eva. I could have done without the romance and been happy with the murder mystery aspect of the story. I had an idea something was not unique right but I never saw the ending coming. You will lose all control of time when you read Senseless! It will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat.

About the Author
A Virginia native whose family’s Richmond roots run as deep as the nation’s, New Your Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary Burton has only resided in one other place—Alexandria, Virginia, where she lived for a few years and which is now the setting for her novels SENSELESS (January 2011) and MERCILESS (February 2011). She graduated from Virginia’s Hollins University and began a career in marketing. After a decade she left her job and began writing. Her first novel, a romance, was published in 2000. It was also the first manuscript she completed.

Following that book, Burton wrote several novels for Harlequin and Silhouette before entering the dark world of multiple murderers and their motives with Senseless, Merciless, Dying Scream, Dead Ringer and I’m Watching You, as well as her novella Christmas Past, which appears in the 2008 New York Times best selling holiday anthology Silver Bells.

Her commitment to realism has led to eye-opening interviews with local law enforcement, to forensic seminars and to the firing range. She is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy, and has participated in the Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program and, recently, the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina. There she attended seminars on autopsies, undercover work and why people kill.


First of all…

In your new books, SENSELESS (January) and MERCILESS (February), you’ve left behind the characters and the Richmond setting of your last three novels. Why? And why Alexandria?
I lived in Alexandria for several years and fell in love with the place. It is not only very rich with history but it’s in the heart of the bustling DC metro area and the perfect setting for a little murder and mayhem.

What challenges did you face in creating a new team of detectives?

The new team was much like meeting strangers. I knew a little of Detective Malcolm Kier (I’M WATCHING YOU) but detectives Deacon Garrison, Jennifer Sinclair and Daniel Rokov were all blank slates. The best way for me to get to know them was to throw them into tense scenes and see how they react.

Family seems to play a strong role in the relationships between your characters from book to book—especially the bond between sisters, such as that between Eva and Angie. Is this true? And, if so, what pulls you to explore those bonds in so many different ways?

Family can be your best ally and your greatest burden. Families, especially sisters, can be complicated and complications means conflict and conflict means a page-turner of a story.

What difficulties do you face integrating strong relationship subplots alongside the hard edged suspense writing you’ve become known for?

I long ago learned that despite the difficulties of family you still have to get up each day and go to work. Family conflicts only add to the job tensions. And I do work to balance the family/relationship moments of suspense. You need both to make a romantic suspense and it’s finding the right mix that is the trick.

You’re extensive research of law enforcement and forensic procedures includes course work with the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy, the Richmond FBI Citizens’ Academy and the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina. Has that made you a better writer? Does trying to stay grounded in fact make it harder to let you imagination soar?

Staying grounded in fact forces me to solve problems as a real policeman might. I know sometimes the truth must be stretched a little for the sake of story but I do my best to solve the crimes with good detective work vs fancy DNA tests or high tech forensic equipment.

You’ve said that your fascination with law enforcement, especially those who hunt serial killers, began during the twenty years that three different multiple killers—the Southside Strangler, D.C Sniper and Hampton Roads Killer—stalked your home state of Virginia. How does that influence your writing and research?

I’ve never written a novel that’s straight from the headlines. But I do pay attention to many aspects of serial killer cases. I pay attention to how the media covers an event. I pay attention to what people in the community say and how they react to the case. I pay attention to the killer when he’s captured and the reasons for why he did what he did. All these details can add a human element to a story that makes it all the more interesting.

The Hampton Roads Killer didn’t fit the profile of a serial killer, which may have delayed his capture. Do you consider the characteristics profilers attribute to certain types of killers when you create your murderers?

When I’m creating a killer the first and most important question I ask myself is why does he/she kill? Is a character pure evil? Or is he simply very troubled or misguided? Or is he All of the Above? The why tells me so much about the person behind the evil deeds and it sets the tone for the whole book.

Detective Joe Horgas, the first police detective to solve a serial murder case with DNA evidence, is rightly credited for the arrest of the Southside Strangler. It’s been said that Horgas had a “personal quest to stop a serial killer.” Do you think that many in law enforcement do “make it personal?” Is that a good thing? Do any of your protagonists share that trait?

The detectives in my books do make catching a killer very personal. This passion to solve a case is what makes a character or person interesting. Often a driven person who is laser-focused can effect great change, such as catching a killer that no one else can. However, that same focus can also create problems in their personal lives. It’s only natural that if you funnel energy from one part of your life into another, the part that’s been short-changed will suffer.

I like to think that what makes a character great can also destroy him. My characters are searching for balance even knowing that only extreme drive will catch a killer. And that to me is the beginning of great conflict.

If you were able to choose any job in law enforcement, which would it be? Why? And do you think you would still write about crime?

I would go into forensics. The folks who collect data can be so critical to a case. I’ve talked to enough real forensics people to know the work can be very unglamorous and painstaking. But the work is so fascinating that I’d be willing to traipse through waist high weeds, jump in a dumpster or photograph blood splatter patterns.

Some writers have the harsh, gorier plot elements occur “off stage.” You don’t and yet you also manage to blend a strong relationship story into your romantic suspense without it seeming awkward or out of place. How do you achieve that balance?

It’s tough. It’s hard to make time for the romantic moments when the characters on the trail of a killer. But I think it’s so important to make time for the human moments. Those are the moments that readers often carry away with them. Those moments make readers care about what happens to your characters.

Real life is scary enough. Yet people gravitate to crime fiction in it’s multiple forms—books, television, and movies. Why do you think it’s so amazingly popular?

Real life is not only scary but it is also unfair at times. In real life, the bad guy isn’t always captured and victims don’t always get closure. However, crime novels and crime TV give their audiences a sense of justice and closure. The bad guy is almost always caught. I like to give my readers a glimpse into my character’s futures. These futures may not be perfect, but they are happy. My suspense stories not only offer justice but hope as well.

Your earliest books were traditional romance novels, another hugely popular genre of fiction. Do you still believe in “happily ever after?”

I sure do. And that’s why I always end on a happy note. These ending notes may not be as sweet as the romances, but there is always a sense that ‘tomorrow will be a better day.’

Note: You are welcome to visit Mary at and on Facebook.

Courtesy of Joan and Joy I am giving away a copy of Senseless to one lucky reader. Open to US and Canada only. Ends January 7th

What Mary Burton novel have you read and which is your favorite? If you have not read one of Mary's novels, than which one would you start with?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Storytime for Children

I want to thank Nancy for reviewing these children's books.

I recently received 4 kid’s books to review from AuthorHouse. Having not done a lot of children’s books reviews (but being a grandmother of 3 having READ thousands) I decided to call this segment: Story Hour.

Pearl’s Wisdom by Auntie LuLu (aka Mary Lou Moeller)

Pearl is a pumpkin. No more, no less but this little book by Auntie LuLu is a gem. Mainly photographs of Pearl taken from when she was picked out of the pile at the store until she disappears is great for imaginative conversations with 2-3 year olds and good just “as is” in a read to me story for the younger set. The photos by Zdenka Barker are clear and well set up. Wish my cell phone shots were that good!

There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub! by Arturo J Miramontes and illustrated by Arthur J Miramontes.

Written in first person, this is a tale of a boy with a vivid imagination. He sees water in the hall, giraffes and elephants in the tub and his mom just sighs and plays along – she knows he’s kidding.

I liked the illustrations in this a lot better than the story. Written in rhyme I actually think it would have been better off not. This is a first effort by the family and it’s a good one. There just was something about the rhymes that didn’t mesh.

The Boy Who Conquered Everest by Katherine Blanc with Jordan Romero
Published by Balboa Press

What a story! Jordan Romero was the youngest person ever to climb Mt. Everest but it wasn’t just a “Hey Dad, Let’s go climb Mt. Everest!” moment. It took him four years, climbing the world’s Seven Summits in preparation, finding sponsors and learning to believe in himself.

With parental support all the way, Jordan did the seemingly impossible and did it in style. The wonderful photos show each preparation climb, Jordan’s family and give an excellent view of what this young man accomplished. A great book for maybe 8 years and up!

The Legend of Vysallimore by Mike Hemingway and illustrated by Dan Drewes

This is a Polish legend brought to life by Hemingway and Drewes. Vysallimore is a piece of sand running adjacent to the ocean where the traditional battle for good vs. evil was fought and, of course, won. It is written as prose and well done in that regard. The illustrations are great with one of the best Satans I’ve seen.

Jane, a girl who doesn’t speak was found on the steps of an inn as an infant and raised by the innkeeper. She is the crux of the tale and is set to be sacrificed at dawn unless someone arrives to save her.

Enter Elgrid the knight and his two children (also knights-in-training). They hear the tale of Jane and vow to save her. The battle is a hard one and not without losses. However, they are written well and this is a good introduction to loss for kids.

A longish book, but the illustrations on every page add to the flow of the words and before you know it you are caught up in this wonderful legend,

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Check out...Do Unto Others

French author, Gael Chatelain emailed me to let me know about their second novel., Do Unto Others

Do Unto Others » is the story of two women, one of 30 years old, the other, 40 years old. The older one makes the young arrested at the beginning and we do not really know why. Through the story of the life of the young one, and today’s life of the 40 years old one, I tried to talk about women, and how hard it is, as a woman, to live in our world… working, loving, existing !

Certainly, the value is something subjective, especially BEFORE you read a novel. Here I want to show that a writer can exist without going through the gauntlet of a system leaving little room for young authors.

I hope you will have the time and curiosity to take a look.
To read this book for free, click, on the link above. Enjoy

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Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood twelve years ago. Desperate pleas for help from the child's aunt led investigators Kenzie and Gennaro to take on the case. The pair risked everything to find the young girl—only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen—and gone again.

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Author, Maisie Dobbs Read-Along

I wanted to share with you all about a fun event from Harper Collins.

For those who haven't yet met Maisie, you're in for a treat. Winspear has created an amazing character in Maisie Dobbs, who is a female investigator living and working in London in the 1920s and 30s, and whose stories and cases find their roots in World War I. Visit Jacqueline Winspear's website for more on the world of Maisie Dobbs and for a cast of continuing characters.

The read-along will officially kick off on January 1st and run through the publication of the paperback of the most recent Maisie Dobbs novel, The Mapping of Love and Death (on sale 2/22), as well as the new Maisie Dobbs hardcover, A Lesson in Secrets (on sale 3/22). We'll end the read-along in April with a Book Club Girl on Air Show with Jacqueline to discuss all the books!

Cast of Continuing Characters

Maisie Dobbs
In 1929 Maisie Dobbs moves into a small office in Warren Street from which she intends to conduct her business as a psychologist and investigator. She had previously been working with her long-time teacher and mentor, Dr. Maurice Blanche, but upon his retirement took on the business, but had to move to a cheaper area. Maisie is haunted by her experiences as a nurse in the Great War.

Billy Beale
Formerly caretaker at the Warren Street office, Billy Beale becomes Maisie's assistant after helping her with an important case. Billy's unfailing loyalty has its roots in the war, when he was a young soldier brought into the casualty clearing station where she was working.

Dr. Maurice Blanche
Blanche—a doctor of legal medicine, psychologist and philosopher—has directed Maisie's education and training from her girlhood. The bond between them is almost like that of a father and daughter.

Frankie Dobbs
Adored father of Maisie Dobbs and former costermonger (a man who sells vegetables and fruit from a barrow on the streets of London), Frankie moves to Chelstone Manor in Kent (the country home of the Comptons) during the war, when the grooms enlist in the army. He lives in a cottage on the estate, which becomes a refuge for Maisie when she needs to leave London and get away into the country.

Lady Rowan Compton
Maisie's former employer and sponsor of her education. Lady Rowan—a one-time suffragette and social reformer—is an enthusiastic supporter of Maisie and her work. Indeed, it many ways she lives vicariously through Maisie. Lady Rowan is married to Lord Julian Compton, who often provides Maisie with information, given his contacts in political and military circles.

James Compton
Son of Lord Julian and Lady Rowan, he bears emotional and physical scars from his service in the Royal Flying Corps during the war—and from the loss of his first love, Enid, who had also been in domestic service at the Compton's home, but who was killed while working in a munitions factory. James has spent years working for The Compton Corporation in Canada. With Lord Julian's retirement looming, he begins to spend more time in England.

Priscilla Partridge (nee Evernden)
Maisie's old friend from Girton College. Priscilla abandoned her studies to become an ambulance driver in France in the Great War. Following the Armistice, Priscilla—who lost all three brothers to war, and then her parents to the flu epidemic—escaped to Biarritz on the Atlantic coast of France, where she drowned her intense grief in a round of parties and drinking. Marriage to the very solid Douglas Partridge changed her life, and she is now the mother of three boys.

Detective Inspector Richard Stratton
Maisie often crosses paths with Stratton, a widower with a young son. Stratton admires Maisie, but Maisie has deflected any attempts on his part to extend the bounds of their acquaintance.

Simon Lynch
Once a brilliant doctor during the Great War and Maisie's first love, Captain Simon Lynch fell victim to the battlefield and was rendered incapacitated, both in body and mind.

Visit the link for more information and to sign up.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chasing the Night almost had me reading finishing this book through the night.

Eve Duncan is one of the best forensic sculptors in the world. This is why when CIA agent, Catherine Ling need someone to help her learn the truth about her son, Luke, she turns to Eve. Cause only the best will do for Catherine.

Nine years ago, Luke was kidnapped by Sergei Rakovac. Sergei is one of the most powerful members of the Russian mafia. All this time, Catherine has wondered if Luke is dead or alive. Sergei can not be touched. He made a deal with the CIA. In exchange for helping Catherine; Catherine will help Eve learn the truth about what happened to her daughter, Bonnie.

It has been a long while since I have read an Iris Johansen novel. Chasing the Night has me wondering why it took me so long between the last book and this one. It was not long once I sat down to start reading that I was instantly hooked. Eve makes forensic sculpting intriguing. Catherine is like the female version of Rambo. She comes in blazing with guns and lots of attitude to boot. Eve and Catherine make a great team. They are Thelma and Louise, only they don’t die. There was lots of butt-kicking action going on in this book. Chasing the Night almost had me reading finishing this book through the night.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Blood of My Brother will give you, your money’s worth…maybe a little more!

Dan Del Colliano and Jay Cassio were the best of friends. They have each other’s backs. Jay grew up to be an attorney. Things are not looking good for Jay. His current client has just lost her head literally. Jay’s client was Kate Powers. She was married to Bryce Powers. Mr. Powers is a very powerful man like his last name. He owns Bryce Powers & Company. Dan is helping Jay. Dan tells Jay that he is going to Florida to meet with someone to get some dirty on Powers. If Jay had known that this would be the last time that he would see Dan alive, he would have talked him out of going. Now, it is up to Jay to avenge Dan’s murder.

I first was introduced to Mr. LePore when I read his debut novel, The World I Never Made. I could not read that book fast enough. I knew afterwards that Mr. LePore was someone to keep an eye on. I was right.

Jay made Dan proud. Jay fought hard to get justice for Dan’s death. Jay did not back down, no matter how high the stakes were. The action is fast, the characters are good and the story line ever stronger. Mr. LePore knew how to draw me in, right from the beginning. I was pleased with Blood of My Brother. Blood of My Brother will give you, your money’s worth…maybe a little more! I can not wait to see what Mr. LePore has in store next.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Goodnight Tweetheart and Contest

Abigail Donovan is down on her luck. It has been a while since her first novel was chosen as one of Oprah’s book picks. Now, Abigail can not even generate a crowd to her book signings. Instead she has been reduced to dressing up in a bunny costume and reading another author’s book to children.

If Abigail can not finish her latest book soon than she will be out of a job. Abigail’s agent signed Abigail up on Twitter. Abigail knows nothing about Twitter. It is not soon before she meets #MarkBaynard. Mark is a old pro on Twitter. Mark shows Abigail the ropes. Soon Abigail and Mark are carrying on conversations. Mark tells Abigail that he is a English professor on sabbatical. How much can Abigail trust of Mark?

The last third of this book was a complete surprise. I just knew something was up but I had no clue what it could be. I really felt a connection to Abigail and Mark. Abigail seemed a bit dorky but when she was chatting with Mark, her dorkiness was actually appealing. Mark was a sweetheart himself. He and Abigail shared a connection that was genuine. Most of this book was told in Twitter format. I myself don’t really know much about Twitter, though I have an account. After reading this book I just may have to check the Twitter world out some more. I loved this book. The ending was great. I would recommend this book. Goodnight Tweetheart is a must read!

Check out the Goodnight Tweetheart website

where you can find Exclusive Content including:

1) Deleted Tweets

2) All the photos Mark and Abby send to each other during the course of the story

3) A very special video I filmed in Central Park in New York City. You can also watch the video directly on YouTube here

4) An iTunes playlist for the book

5) An interactive map with all of Abby's favorite places on it

6) Special Contests

7) E-Cards you can send your own Tweetheart

8) Pictures of my cats Buffy the Mouse Slayer & Willow Tum-Tum, who make cameo appearances in the book ;)


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Special Offer for Jane Austen's Birthday

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The Pemberley Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins

The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview

Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan

Lydia Bennet’s Story by Jane Odiwe

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Watch out for Edge!

One of my fellow book bloogers was talking about a new author she discovered and that she signed a contract with Angry Robots, publishing company. A imprint of Harper Collins. I was checking out the Angry Robots site and found this tasty treat that I wanted to share I have this book on my wish list and hope to pick up a copy to check out.

Angry Robot is a division of
77-85 Fulham Palace Road,
London W6 8JB UK

Copyright © John Meaney 2010
All rights reserved. However, feel free to
share this sample chapter with anyone
you wish. And if you like this, go and
buy Thomas’ book. And if you really like
that, tell your friends…

You thought Big Brother was tough? Try Knife Edge – the reality TV show where wannabe knife fighters are the celebrities in a nation going to hell.

Chapter 1

They drove through the Wiltshire night not saying the name of Sophie. He at the wheel, she in the front passenger seat, tension clamping her mouth. Over and over, not saying it aloud. The insistent thought of her was a black transformation, joy into pain, the sundering of reconciliation; while from over the trees, a golden butter moon watched as it had in the centuries before humans, the eras before primates, aeons before vertebrates, never commenting on what it saw. For Josh and Maria, the suddenness of loss was everything.

Headlights floated in the mirror: call them company.

Josh was in no mood for anything but darkness; but perhaps that was wrong. He reached halfway to the dash, needing music to slow down by, then changed his mind. With her name inside his skull, mantra-like – Sophie, oh, sweet Sophie – he fastened his hands back on the wheel, 10 and 2 o’clock, the way they had drummed into him, then hammered the engine, the gear too low if he wanted the car to maintain its value, but on ops they always thrashed the things because you did the business now or there was no later.

“What a twat.”

The headlights from behind were incandescent, almost on them.

“What is it?” Maria’s first words for hours. “What’s wrong?”

“Besides the obvious, some arsehole coming up our rear.”

And a blind bend ahead. Shadows like ink, the road twisting to one side and out of sight.

“So drop your speed and–”

A blaze in the mirror, a suddenness of black then massive light in front – lorry coming at us – white paintwork flashing as the arseholemobile swung across – Audi – fighting to pull in before colliding, while the lorry driver yelled unheard, his face a glimpse of onrushing death as Josh reacted.


Magnetic brakes are supposed to be quiet but the car howled and shuddered as he slammed down, the car bucking, then the oncoming lorry and the maniac who’d come from behind to squeeze between them were past. The Audi’s driver had cut in fast enough to save them all, the innocents whose lives he risked. Josh had done worse but always with good cause, and this wasn’t it. At his hip – he grew conscious of it now – was the feel of hardness clipped to his belt: the mark of citizenship, his with the royal coat of arms because that’s what you got for military service: William Rex, Dieu et mon droit.

Kill the foreign bastards for the sake of the state; except that if you’d been born in their country, you’d have done the same as them; and that was how it always was, had always been since tribal groups of primates fought, because even the most peaceful apes kill on occasion.

“Jesus. Jesus fuck.”

He’d stopped the car. Silence was an invitation. Maria looked vulnerable in a way she rarely did these days – when had she become so strong, developed that strength? – and if he found the right words he might perhaps fix everything (everything but Sophie) here and now, repair the damage he had done, that the world and random cruelty brought on. Build a bridge; bring her back; and make things whole.

But all he said was, “Motherfucker.”


“Stupid motherfucker.”

He shifted gear and pushed the accelerator down, needing the pressure against his back, the kinaesthetic analogue of computation: inertia, vectors of velocity, the tactics of the chase; as he drove his lips were curling back. They call Homo sapiens sapiens the smiling ape, and while we’re fangless like prey, we have eyes in the front of our heads, for we are hunters too; and when there’s a target we need to track it, focus hard and close the distance, all the way until it’s dead, and we have bones to crunch between our teeth. As Lofty Young used to have it:

“Identify target. Take ’em out. Repeat until done.”

He forced the car, accelerating harder.

“Till every bastard is down.”

Harder still.

“Every last one of ’em.”

And the engine’s scream was cutting through Maria’s command: “Stop the car!”

His response was visceral, muscles tensing and releasing as he hauled the car through a turn, increasing speed all the way through the arc, hammering down as the road straightened. Red tail lights beckoned like targets on the firing range.

“Josh. Stop now.”

Her words were in the air but meaningless because Sophie’s name was howling in his blood while the reptile brain that lives in all of us was locked on now, targeting its prey. A lizard might not know the way to stop a speeding car but Josh Cumberland did. His own car was juddering as he drew alongside the white Audi – the driver looking over, eyes wide – and then Josh was past, fingers curled around the handbrake lever – “Dear God, no, Josh!” – and ripping up, the car slewing sideways on to block the road, the burning-rubber stink immediate, smokeclouds rising from the tyres as he halted and the chassis rocked.

If the Audi failed to stop he’d hit the passenger side, right where Maria was sitting – shit – and for a fifth of a second sickness filled Josh. Then the idiot was screaming to a halt; and Josh was already out on the road, like some quantum effect, with no memory of unfastening of the seat belt or opening the door.

The bulk of his car was between him and his target,and he did it the quick way, a half step back for the plyometric spring, then throwing himself across the front, shoulder-rolling, dropping feet-first on the roadway, then four sprinting paces to the moron’s door.

The guy’s mouth was working like a goldfish which has leaped from the tank into a new and deadly world. Josh’s hand went for the thermoplastic sheath on his belt – he could hammer the hilt into the window – and then he had a thought. Grinning, he pulled at the Audi’s door – and it came open.

Idiot. No idea.

A suicide jockey, with none of the most basic precautions. No fucking idea.

He unsnapped the guy’s seat belt, clamped hands on jaw and the crown of the head, digging in his thumbs and fingers as he twisted, hooked, and pulled. With a squeak, the guy came out of the car headfirst. Still controlling the head, Josh hauled him half upright, then let go.

“Formal challenge.” He pointed to the man’s hip.

“Citizens’ confrontation.”

“Jesus Christ.”

“You’re a voting citizen,” said Josh. “Aren’t you?”

The sheath was shiny with polish, not with use. Likewise the too-smooth hilt.

“Th-that’s all. To vote, I mean. I’ve never… You know. Never.”

“Always a first time.”

Josh hardly seemed to move, but his blade was in his hand. Tau-bar, military, balanced for throwing in addition to slash and thrust: it had everything, including the memory of blood, and God but he wanted to use it now.

“I can’t.” The man was shaking. “I can’t. I’m not…Not like…”

His whimper accompanied a rising pungent aroma. In the headlight beams reflected from bodywork, Josh saw the spreading dark patch at the man’s crotch.

“Draw or die, motherfucker.”

Go on. Draw and come at me.

Trembling, the man fumbled at his sheath. There was a narrow safety strip around the hilt, and it took him three attempts to fumble the clip open. Then he held up the knife, shaking, tears like rain-streaks down his face. The blade was polished and unmarked.

Yes. Do it.

“Josh, no.”

Maria’s voice was commanding… through the car’s open window. She knew better than to climb out of the car, understanding the danger, for in extremis the amygdala takes over, the brain’s emergency response bypassing conscious thought, our civilised selves that are far too slow for deadly action. And that was the risk, because there was no rational thought, not here and now – only the need to act.

“Now!” yelled Josh.

He leaped forward, sheathing his tau-bar as he moved, slamming down with his left hand, tension in the elbow, keeping it bent, while his right hand punched – throat – pulling his aim down – no – hitting the collarbone, not the neck, hitting twice more, then ripping the bastard’s knife from his clammy, slackening fingers. And the man was on the ground, propped on one knee, holding up a useless hand, every limb shaking. Josh grabbed a wrist, twisted, and pressed the knife against soft inner flesh.

“Radial artery, motherfucker.” This was the Timetable of Death which Josh could recite in his sleep (and had, according to Maria). “Penetration to one-quarter inch, unconscious after thirty seconds.

Dead in two minutes.”

He slid the blade to the inside of the man’s biceps. “Brachial artery. Half inch penetration, fourteen seconds then unconscious, ninety seconds to death.”

Then the side of the neck, pricking the point against the skin. “Carotid, one and a half inches. Five seconds and unconscious, twelve seconds dead.”


“Josh, I’m calling the police.”

Carefully, he placed the tau-bar’s point against the man’s shirt, feeling for ribs beneath the fat. Here you needed to position carefully before you rammed the point in.

“Heart. Three and a half inches.” Josh moved the point, and the man squealed. “Loss of consciousness: instantaneous. Time to death: three seconds.”

There were other arteries, other places to cut and to stab, each with their own triplet of figures – pen-etration depth, time to unconsciousness, time to death – and Josh could enumerate them all. For King and country. He looked at the man’s sweat-covered face – the wide eyes, the gasping, drooling mouth –and inhaled the urine scent of fear. Then something changed, for as he pushed the breath out, he also pushed back the rage, and took a retreating step from the violence that so wanted to blossom forth, to manifest itself in surging aggression, filling the moment and drowning the memories of Sophie, but not for long.

“Sometimes you get to live.”

If you want to read more of this sample or to learn more about this book click here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Me, Myself and Why

It isn’t easy being a woman in a male dominated world. It is even harder when you have split personalities; all fighting for a chance to come out. Meet…FBI Agent Cadence Jones. Cadence has three sides to her. There is Cadence the FBI Agent, who tries to stick to the rules. Than there is Shiro, the ninja warrior and finally there is Adrienne, the instigator. You can guarantee that no case is ever boring with the many sides of Cadence around.

I love FBI Agent Cadence Jones and her multiple personalities. Though my favorite was Shiro. Shiro really was a force to be watching your back around. She could kick your ass and enjoy it. The one that made the least impression on me was Adrienne. I hardly noticed when she would made an appearance, though Adrienne is still someone I would not like to meet. He would show up when someone was fighting. I felt sorry for Cadence’s partner, George. He never knew which one of Cadence’s many personalities would make an appearance next. George was always in the line of fire and the punching bag. It was refreshing to read a mystery that had a bit of comedic relief to the story line. I am definitely keeping my eyes on MaryJanice Davidson.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hollywood Ending has it all…glitz, glamour, romance, and comedy.

Trina Stewart came to Hollywood with big hopes and dreams of making it big in Tinsel Town. That was ten years ago. Trina teaches class to Japanese students on how to speak English. Trina still hopes to make it big.

Matiu Wulf has come to Hollywood all the way from New Zealand to take a design scene class at UCLA. Matiu has no plans to stay. In fact he can not wait until he can return home. Matiu has moved into Trina’s apartment complex. Matiu never expected to fall in love. From the second moment, Matiu was head over heels with Trina. How much is Matiu willing to give up for love? Will Trina ever get her big break?

Trina was so funny or really it was the situations that she found herself in that were really hilarious. For example, when Trina was teaching her class English. The language barriers of explaining the English definition of a word really was funny. Trina always seemed to find herself way in over her head. Matiu is so yummy. He not only is a gentleman but he has an New Zealand accent. Trina was so lucky to have someone like Matiu pursuing her. This is a Hollywood ending if you were ever looking for one. Matiu and Trina belonged together. Todd, a Hollywood agent and fellow class mate of Matiu’s is just like I imagine some agents to be. Todd was sleazily and full of himself. Hollywood Ending has it all…glitz, glamour, romance, and comedy. I plan to go back and check out Ms. Simone’s other books.

What I Thought I Knew

Author, Alice Eve Cohen met her second husband, Michael at a conference. Michael is ten years Alice’s junior. Alice already had a daughter named Julia when she and Michael met. Things were looking up for Alice, when she received the biggest shock of her life…she is pregnant!

What I Thought I Knew is author, Alice Eve Cohen’s memoir into her life as a mother, wife and writer. I really liked this book more than I thought I would. I say this because memoirs are not typically my first book of choice. Mrs. Cohen shared every aspect of what she went through when she learned she was pregnant at age forty-four. The “What I Know” lists that Mrs. Cohen made were good. I liked learning what she knew as she was learning about different things. Mrs. Cohen opened the door into her life and let readers in. From what I read about Michael, he seemed like a nice guy. He was a good father to Julia. Eliana is one special and bright girl. There were some humorous moments. What I Thought I Knew is a book worth reading.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I can not wait to “Shift’ my way into the next book.

Everyone born after the shift can see ghosts. Aura is unique. She not only can see ghosts but she is their lifeline to the present. This is cool but at the same time it can have its annoying moments like…when ghost appear unexpected and demand your help…or having ghosts yell in your ear, never giving you a minute of peace. Of course, Aura would never trade any of this, when her boyfriend, Logan ends up dead. It is up to Aura to help Logan pass through to the other side.

There is a new boy in town. His name is Zachary. There is something different about Zachary. What is Zachary hiding?

I have wanted to try out author, Jeri Smith Ready for a while. I decided to start with Mrs. Smith Ready’s young adult paranormal series. Shade is book one. This book is a ghost story but not a scary ghost story. More like a love story. I liked Aura. She was cool. She is like a typical teenager only she has the ability to see and speak to ghosts. I liked Aura and Logan together, even though I didn’t really get to know Logan. Zachary was nice. Though at times it seemed like Zachary was desperate to tag along with Aura, so he would than seem like not much of a love interest for Aura. I can not wait to “Shift’ my way into the next book.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Curse of a Mind

Review by Nancy

Chris Chambers is one of the best private investigators in the business. She has built up her team carefully, the only one she may have issues with is the boss' son. Hired as her "assistant". The ony thing he seems to assist is the resignation of office managers after he takes them to bed.
She has just lost a client. In an locked room. To murder. It didn't make her boss happy. Hell, it didn't make Chris happy either that the client died on the day the note she got said he would. Now there is another client. Aidan Wolfe is getting the same notes. A boy was killed but Aidan wasn't really responsible - or was he? All Chris knows is that he's the guy she tried to pikc up last night at Kenny's bar. Her bad.

Chris tries desperately to keep her team together as they disappear, one by one. She also tries desperately not to think about how Aidan makes her feel. Both seem to be lost causes. Meanwhile, someone is trying to kill her client - again. She has enough to deal with taking care of her autistic brother and dealing with her own past.

WOW! I have to say that this book kept me on my toes guessing wrong nearly every chapter. I just knew I had it figured out. I was so wrong! The characters play well against each other and the bad guy/girl/thing was wonderful. The first-person approach to the evil was really well done. You have to go get this one, folks! If you survive the scary story you'll be amazed at the ending!

1. Where on earth did you come up with the premise of Stephen Rice?

I really wish I could tell I have such a crazy and active imagination that when I begin brainstorming, it's truly unknown where I'll end up. :) With that said, I knew I just wanted to do something that would stand out, something different. That was my goal.

That actually hurt me when I submitted to publishers because I was told from several companies that they didn't feel like the story fit any specific genre. Thank goodness Whimsical Publications believed in my idea enough to put it out there regardless of whether it fit a perfect mold.

2. What made you bring an autistic brother into the mix?

Great question. I knew I needed something in the story to soften the main female character, Chris. She was so hardcore that I was afraid she might not come across as likable. I played with several different ideas until I landed on an autistic brother named Garrett. And though he was introduced as a strategic technique to help me in the story, I fell in love with him and he actually became a key player in the plot. I thought his condition also fit in with the book's title and overall idea of how the mind works.

Did that sound too technical? I don't want to put anyone to sleep! :) The short answer to that question is that I knew it would be a challenge to write from Garrett's point-of-view and I love a challenge!

3. What's next? Will the killer come back?

Hmmm...I'm not sure. I didn't write the book with the intention of having a sequel. But, you never know what will happen in the future. I love the idea of leaving the possibilities open and letting the reader draw their own conclusions.

4. How do you prepare to write?

Remember those brainstorming sessions I mentioned? lol Well, there you go. :)

I'm definitely a creative type. I'll come up with a basic plot I want to play with, do some background work and research if need be, then I'll do a very detailed character outline. I recommend that to everyone. My stories are just as driven by the characters as they are the plots. From there, my imagination takes over and I'm not only ready to write, I HAVE to write. My head will replay scenes over and over again until I get them out.

Again, thanks for the review! I hope I answered everything satisfactorily for you!

Destiny Booze
Romantic Suspense/Thriller Author

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cookies and a good thriller to read!!

Author, Mary Burton has two new releases coming out back to back Senseless (January), and Merciless (February). To celebrate, Mary is sharing a receipe for some cookies that were inspired by her books. Enjoy and happy reading!

Every Serial Killer Knows. . .

The vicious burns scarring the victims’ flesh reveal the agony of their last moments. Each woman was branded with a star, then stabbed through the heart. With every death, a vengeful killer finds a brief, blissful moment of calm. But soon it’s time for the bloodshed to start again…

The Perfect Time. . .

Ten years ago, Eva Rayburn and her sorority sisters were celebrating the end of the school year. That party turned into a nightmare Eva can’t forget. Now she’s trying to start over in her Virginia hometown, but a new nightmare has begun. Every victim is linked to her. And Detective Deacon Garrison isn’t sure whether this mysterious woman needs investigating—or protecting…

To Make His Mark

Only Eva’s death will bring peace. Only her tortured screams will silence the rage that has been building for ten long years. Because what started that night at the sorority can never be stopped—not until the last victim has been marked for death…

Old Town Holiday Cookies

2 sticks of butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups of All Purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups corn flakes
1 cup chocolate chips
White Chocolate

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Slowly blend dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture. Fold in corn flakes and chocolate chips. Drop rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

When cooled, drizzle with melted white chocolate.


Author Tyr Kieran contacted me to let me know aobut a contest he is hosting.



To provide fair and equal chance of winning to all Tyr Kieran readers, the following are the official rules for the Title Contest.



Contest Dates
The Vampire Story Title Contest will begin at 12:00:01 AM EST on Wednesday 12/1/2010. Entries received prior to this date will be deemed invalid. The contest’s designated submission time frame—the first round—will commence for three weeks (21 days), ending at 11:59:59 PM EST on Wednesday 12/22/2010. Entries received after the end of the contest’s first round will be deemed invalid. The second round of the contest, for selected entries, will begin at 12:00:01 AM EST on Thursday 12/9/2010 and will commence for two weeks (14 days), ending at 11:59:59 PM EST on Thursday 1/5/2010.

Entering the Vampire Story Contest and Choosing and Contacting the Winner
Participants must send entries using the correct contest entry guidelines (as listed below). Entries not following the indicated guidelines may not be considered as a valid entry, and therefore may be disqualified.

All participants must either (a) submit their entry by posting the requested content in a comment on the designated blog post or (b) e-mail their submission directly to Tyr Kieran is not responsible for emails sent but not received for any reason, and is not required to consider them as valid entries. Tyr Kieran is not responsible for comment posts that go awry and end up missing from contest consideration for any reason; Tyr Kieran is not required to consider them as valid entries. Entries posted on the incorrect website, such as Facebook or Twitter, will not be considered valid.

Participants may submit multiple entries. However, submitting the same entry multiple times will not increase your chance of winning and may result in disqualification for Spamming behavior. In the event of duplicate entries by different participants, the entry with the earliest submission date and time will be considered valid. The duplicate entry with a younger submission date and time will be considered invalid.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Past Midnight

Charlotte Silver just wants to be known as a normal teenager. Unfortunately for Charlotte her wish will never come true. Her parents host a television reality show like “Ghost Hunters”. They travel from place to place investigating. Because Charlotte is not old enough to be on her own yet, she gets the pleasure of being dragged along and sometimes pitches in when her parents need an extra crew hand. Charlotte is known as Princess of the Paranormal, thanks to her parents thinking it would be cute to dedicate one of their books….To Charlotte…Princess of Paranormal.

After filming on location at a restaurant in Charleston, strange things start to happen to Charlotte. Charlotte starts experiencing cold chills and hears voices. It seems that somehow Charlotte’s parents awoke something paranormal at the restaurant. Now Charlotte has ghosts following her. Oh, what is a girl to do with a bunch of ghosts?

Past Midnight is book one in the Past Midnight series. I thought this was a pretty good book to the start of what seems like will be a interesting series. There were not any really scary moments, which I was a bit disappointed in but than again I had to remind myself that this book is geared towards teens. Which than I thought the level of scariness was just right. Charlotte is someone that the younger readers can relate. This book did not just focus on ghosts but was part mystery too. While, I was not in love with this book, I did enjoy reading it and will probably check out the next book, One Hundred Candles.

The Christmas Journey + Contest

My Review:
So we are all familiar with the story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus but what version of this story are you familiar with? There is only one true story. With Christmas being so commercialized like any other holiday, we may all sometimes forget the true meaning of Christmas. Author, Donna Van Liere helps reminds us with The Christmas Journey. The Christmas Journey is the perfect story to share with everyone. The pictures were nice. Mrs. Van Liere really brought to life the story of May, Joseph and baby Jesus.

The Lifetime Movie Network is showing Donna Van Liere's Christmas Movies. Here is the schedule(* all times EST)

The Christmas Shoes - 7p - LIFETIME
The Christmas Blessing - 9p - LIFETIME

The Christmas Blessing - 6p - LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (LMN)
The Christmas Shoes - 8p - LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (LMN)
The Christmas Hope - 10p - LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (LMN)

The Christmas Shoes - 12a - LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (LMN)

The Christmas Blessing - 11a - LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (LMN)
The Christmas Shoes - 1p - LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (LMN)
The Christmas Hope - 3p - LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (LMN)

The Christmas Hope - 10p - LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK (LMN)

The Christmas Shoes - 11a - LIFETIME
The Christmas Hope - 1p - LIFETIME
The Christmas Blessing - 3p - LIFETIME
The Christmas Shoes - 11p - LIFETIME

There is a contest to win all of Donna’s Christmas books, including an autographed copy of A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY that ends on December 14th:

Click link to enter to win.

Beneath the Thirteen Moons is one part paranormal, one part magical, one part romance and one hundred percent delightful good reading!

Mahri Zin and her people are desperate for a healer. Mahri knows that if she does not find one soon, it could be too late. Mahri knows that any healer she finds will no go willingly with her, so she kidnaps one. Unfortunately, Mahri ends up kidnapping not only a healer but Prince Korl Com’nder of the Sea Forest. Can Mahri convince Korl to help her people?

Beneath the Thirteen Moons is the latest novel from author, Kathryne Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy just keeps getting better and better with each book. When Mahri was jealous of Korl and all the attention he was receiving from the woman of her village, I was laughing. Mahri would not admit that she liked Korl, so she would pout, which was funny. Korl knew just how to push Mahri’s buttons without going too far. For being a Prince, Korl was cool. He and Mahri were a good match together. I wished that I had a pet like Jaja. He was so cool. Beneath the Thirteen Moons is one part paranormal, one part magical, one part romance and one hundred percent delightful good reading!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mrs. Ellison does know how to serve up a good mystery novel with The Immortals!

For Detective Taylor Jackson’s part in helping to stop “The Conductor”, a horrible serial killer, Taylor has recently been reinstated. Detective Jackson is putting her team back together again. Taylor does not have much rest time before she is needed. While heading home after celebrating, Taylor receives a phone call from dispatch of a possible homicide. Detective Jackson and her team head over to the scene. While investigating, they receive another report of a homicide. Before Taylor knows it, reports of homicide are coming in from every direction. When it is all said and done, there are eight young teenage bodies. Each one with strange occult symbols carved into their bodies. Can Taylor piece together all the pieces before the killer strikes again?

The Immortals is the fifth Taylor Jackson novel. The Immortals I thought was a bit darker and grittier than the prior novels. It moved slower than the other ones. While I started this series with reading book three and have enjoyed every book since, I must admit that this book took me a little longer to get into than usual. Not saying that this book was bad as it was up to par with the rest of the prior novels. Detective Jackson is one tough cookie. She can hang with the big boys. No matter how big or scary the killer is…Taylor always makes sure to get her man. Mrs. Ellison does know how to serve up a good mystery novel with The Immortals! I can not wait to read the next Taylor Jackson novel.

Dark Road to Darjeeling will have fans walking a road of mystery/suspense and romance!

Julia and her husband, Brisbane have been traveling all over the Mediterranean for their honeymoon. They just returned after being gone for eight months. Brisbane and Julia are ready for a change of pace. Julia’s sister, Portia tells Julia that she wants both Julia and Brisbane to go with her to India. Portia’s good friend, Jane Cavendish is in need of their assistance.

Jane’s husband is dead and Jane is with child. If Jane and her child hope to have a safe future then they will need all the help they can get from Julia, Brisbane and Portia. Everyone is guilty.

Dark Road to Darjeeling is the fourth Julia Grey novel. Julia is like the female version of Sherlock Holmes. Even when Julia is suppose to be enjoying the rest of her honeymoon, she cannot help but find herself in the middle of a good murder mystery. Julia was bitten by the mystery bug when she helped her current husband, Brisbane solve her former husband’s murder. Julia and Brisbane make a great pair. They are meant for each other. Dark Road to Darjeeling will have fans walking a road of mystery/suspense and romance!

A Secret in Salem

One of daytime soap operas most memorable couples, John and Marlena must face a new obstacle together. It will test both of John and Marlena’s faith and love. John is dying from something mysterious. Marlena has gone to see some of the best doctors around. Marlena goes to see Dr. Blake Masters. Dr. Master’s is John’s last hope.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Gaines is the daughter of Richard Gaines of Financial Gaines Group, LLC. After Charlotte loses both her parents, Charlotte learns a shocking truth that will change her life forever.

For a very brief time I did watch daytime soap operas. There were only two that I got into…one of them was Days of our Lives. While I like knowing that I am never that far away from helping myself to an extra serving of all my favorite characters, reading about them just was not the same as watching them on television. I found John and Marlena’s story to be more interesting than what was happening with Shawn, Belle, and Charlotte. Though, I did like the twist on how all the story lines intertwined with each other. This is what I like about Days of Our Lives…the nice story lines. I may revisit Salem again someday.