Monday, August 29, 2011

Call Me Princess

Detective Inspector Louise Rick is one of the few females at the Copenhagen Police Department. Seeing as Louise is one of the few, she is usually assigned the rape cases as most of the victims are female and they relate to another female better. As Louise starts investigating, she realizes that the victim, Susanne may have known her attacker…well kind of. Susanne was a member of a dating site, where she meet her attacker. She took him back home and things started out ok but by the time that Susanne realized what she was in for it was took late.

Call Me Princess is author, Sara Blaedel’s first English novel. This book is not for the faint at heart or weak stomached. There is a violet rape scene at the beginning of this book. Also, there is crude language used though out this book. I noticed that the writing was simple but there was a lot of detail at the same time in the way that the characters explained things or if they attempted to explain something it was with the use of language. Not that I was offended as I would expect some language from a murder mystery novel. Detective Inspector Louise is a hard nosed character, even for a woman. She didn’t have a shoulder to cry on. She got down to business and tried to solve the case as quickly as she could. Don’t lie to her or you could end up with a bullet in your back. Though, this was a quick read, I never really related to Louise or the victim, Susanne, which was on the negative side for me. This book started out good, hit a few bumps in the middle and ended on a good note. Ms. Blaedel shows nice promise and I will be keeping an eye on her in the future.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Eyewall ... A book worth checking out

Review by Nancy

When you fly a Hurricane Hunter, somewhere deep in your soul you have a death wish. As do all of your crew. The crew flying with Maj. Arlen Walker had no idea what they would be flying into that day. No one did except one weather forecaster no one would listen to. Walker had gone to a carnival the day before and the palm-reader told him “This does not end well.” Maybe it was a trick, maybe she knew but she nailed it either way.

The Hurricane named Janet was only barely a category one, not worth the trouble except they had to go to the eye and see what they could see. While they were getting ready to fly, Alan Grant has just discovered his teenage daughter snuck out the night before. The weather on St. Simons Island, Georgia is getting a bit unsettled and now he has to go out and search for Sandy. Always in charge Alan makes a really bad decision. He leaves wife and son while he goes off in search of daughter. This does not allow them enough time.

While these two stories are melding together, you will be sitting on the edge of your sofa/chair/hammock. I had no idea the math of hurricanes and not sure I want to know now, but I do. This book tells it like it is and the hurricane in it was a real hurricane, just many years ago. Read up on Janet and why the name was retired. A great job of writing, teaching and scaring, Mr. Bernard. Congratulations!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Caged in Darkness

Review by Nancy

Savannah “S” showed up in the darkness at Maye Emmons’ home. She had escaped her parents – die hard black witches who made her watch sacrifices twice a week: human sacrifices – and was not going back. Fortunately, Meadow Falls knew all about her parents; they had helped found the coven there and had been kicked out of it when folks found out their dark leanings.

Going to school was a chore, S had her best friend Willow and Maye’s other itinerant person, Ash to watch over her but they all want her. The Meadow Falls witches want her and the Sacred Moon group wants her more! Since her ascension is getting closer S’s magic is totally out of control. She tries to distance herself from stressful situations and naturally walks right into one. Liam, son of the Sacred Moon high priestess; is supposed to seduce Savannah (his special talent) into joining them. Ash, always there, always helping, has fallen hard for her himself. Which one? Neither? Many things can be changed with her choice.

What a great story! An unusual plot, typical teen angst and bad, bad people all wrapped up in one. J. D. Stroube has done a most excellent job and I wait not too patiently to see her next tale.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Up a Dry Creek

Review by Nancy

Claire couldn’t cook worth a lick but she had put together a great restaurant and it was the most popular restaurant for several counties. Dry Creek, Nebraska wasn’t a metropolis by any means; and everyone knew everyone else’s business. Her oldest brother was the Chief of Police, middle brother a staid professor and youngest brother had won the lottery awhile back. Claire was at least a foot shorter than the shortest of the brothers, coming in at just arou9nd five feet (without heels).

When she took the trash out after closing one night the last thing she expected to see was a body in her dumpster. Especially a body who had eaten at her place that same evening! Oldest bro wasn’t too thrilled, either. Claire’s week quickly goes from bad to worse as the father of the “body” sends in his own man to be sure things are done right. The killer (now referred to as the Voice of Doom) has been making phone calls to Claire wanting the victim’s cell phone and memory card. What?

The private eye has issues with Claire. Ones that can only be solved somewhere private, preferably with sheets. Once they laid eyes on each other is was only a matter of time. But Claire had been badly hurt before – and so had Jake. Do they have the nerve to try again? Assuming of course, that they live long enough.
Ms. Flynn has done a bang-up job of creating an unusual plot, characters that never say die and an few pretty decent sex scenes thrown in for good measure. I loved it and want MORE!

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The Fund

Review by Nancy

The Fund is complicated and, essentially very simple as well. After all, whoever controls the money controls it all, right? Kate Molares has spent most of her life searching the money angles of the world and she has possibly come upon the biggest angle of all. Financial terrorism.

In her travels, she visits an old friend in Cuba who tells her an unbelievable tale – cats chasing dogs! She ultimately sends Kate a sample of “something” and that “something” is a strain of toxoplasmosis which warps the brain into an ultimate soldier – the only pressing thought remaining is to succeed at a mission. Death doesn’t matter. Which is good, because all who take this substance die.

She also runs into Nebibi Hasehm, old lover, current money market genius, and also Al-Quada in hiding. The flame still burns between them; but Nebibi has set himself on another track – to control the world’s financial status – and he just may succeed. Can Kate bring herself to voice her suspicions before it’s too late? Will Nebibi and Kate find what it takes to get them through this deadly crisis?

H. T. Narea knows whereof he speaks. As an international investment banker he has seen enough to make this book believable and totally horrifying. If you didn’t think much about terrorism before, you certainly will after reading this first novel. I hope it isn’t the last as the writing, characters and plot make you feel as though you are standing on Gibralter waiting for Hell to come down upon you.

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Wildflower Hill blossomed and grew a place in my heart and bookshelf!

When Emma was an eleven years old, her grandma told her if she becomes a ballerina, she will give her a present. Emma’s grandma loved to watch Emma dance and this is why she wanted Emma to become a ballerina. Emma told her grandma that she would become a ballerina and that she didn’t need a present to become one. Emma’s grandma did tell Emma that ballerina’s can not dance forever.

Present Day

Emma did become a famous ballerina. One night after leaving from a long, practice session, Emma was walking down the stairs when she lost her balance and went crumbling down. Emma’s whole world as she knows it goes crashing down. Emma’s come comes to bring Emma home. Emma goes on the condition that there might be a chance that she will dance again as her mom knows of a doctor that can help. Emma learns that her grandma has left her a house on Wildflower Hill but with the house is a sheep farm. Emma can not sell the house for at least six months. What does Emma need with a sheep farm?

I have to admit that I really got into Beattie’s story. There were so many good moments and rich story and history in the past that I would kind of skim over the parts when the story would flash back to the present and Emma, just so that I could get back to Beattie’s story faster. Beattie was a strong character, who faced great adversity and overcame it. Not to discount Emma as I thought, she was nice and it was good to see she was not a prima donna ballerina but a kind hearted person. Though, there is not much else I can really say about Emma as like I had said earlier, I didn’t really read her story. Overall, I still enjoyed this book a lot and will read more books by this author. Wildflower Hill blossomed and grew a place in my heart and bookshelf!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blue Skies Tomorrow has drama, romance, great characters and it soared!

Helen married when she was young. Now, Helen is the mother to two years old, Jay-Jay and a widow. Helen’s in-laws don’t approve of the things that Helen does and they expect her to remarry the guy that they choose as they have to think of their grandson.

Lt. Raymond Novak has been a pilot instructor for four years. The funny thing is that Lt. Novak has no combat aviation experience himself. Lt. Novak receives orders from his boss that it is now a requirement that all instructors have experience. Lt. Novak knew this day would come but still he wished that it didn’t. Due to a chance meeting, Lit. Novak and Helen start hanging out together. Their friendship than turns from friends to a couple. Though, Helen has to keep their relationship a secret from her in-laws.

Blue Skies Tomorrow is the third and final book in the Wings of Glory series. What I liked the most about this series is that Mrs. Sundin really brings to life her characters. In each book she made sure of every detail. Helen and Lt. Novak made a cute couple, dispute the age difference. Though, it was easy to see how Helen has had a crush on Lt. Novak since she was a little girl. He is tall, handsome and has a kind heart. Helen has a bit of a stubborn streak in her that I was not expecting. Helen did a good job of defusing her in-laws when it came to her life and her future. Helen and Lt. Novak both came with baggage but they eventually learned to let it go and start with a fresh beginning. This book finished the series on a high note. Blue Skies Tomorrow has drama, romance, great characters and it soared!

“Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Saturday, August 20, 2011

When Parents Text: So Much said…So Little Understood is a book that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

When Parents Text is a funny compilation of text messages from parents to their children and there are some from grandparents. Some of the tests are hilarious like for example:

Subject: Referral
Mom: I just picked up a reefer. All there. Is lots of traffic. Call the doctor to see if you can reschedule for another day.

Subject: Hardin House
Dad: I’m going to drop off your dorm application, It’s hamburger house right?
Dad: Hamburger
Dad: Hamburger
Dad: I don’t know how this phone gets “hamburger” from H-a-r-d-i-n.
(one hour later)
Dad: Don’t get your hopes up. They said hamburger house is basically already filled up.
Dad: Hamburger
Dad: Not again.

Subject: Bowtie Man (He rocks. Follow Bowtie Man on Twitter)
Mom: Can you please call me when you need to be picked up! Don’t do anything stupid! :-)8
Me: What is that emoticon?
Mom: bowtie man! He doesn’t do anything stupid.

Subject: Facebook Chat
Mom: One of ypor friends facebook chatted me. Do I respond. If yes, what do I say? Pleaz help. Come home NOW.
(five minutes later)
Mom: Do you think this is funny??? COME HOME NOW, I am really feeling thr pressure! Help your mother!

Subject: Divorce
Dad: I’m not sure but I think that I accidentally divorced your mom on facebook. ..I’ll keep you posted.
Me: (silence)
Mom: Why is your father married to his sister on facebook?

Subject: Rowdy Grandma
Grandma: Have you tried that whipped cream wiyj alcohol?

Subject: Disgusted
Me: Going to see the Justin Bieber movie!!
Mom: (:&)
Mw: What?
Mom: That’s my disgusted face, I hate the Beeb.

Subject: Dildodorf
Mom: Is dildodorf dead.
Me: ROFL dumbledore is dead, yes.
Mom: And snake man

Subject: Wanna Take a Ride
Mom: Listening to Lady Gaga’s nw song
Mom: What’s s disco stick?
Mw: Google It

So I could go on and on about some of my other favorite text messages but if you like the ones you read here than you have got to check out this book and the website. When Parents Text: So Much said…So Little Understood is a book that can be shared and enjoyed by all. I am going to give my copy of this book to my mom to read for laughs.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Speed of Light

Review by Nancy

Pierce Black was a troubled man. His wife and her brother are busy building a case against his employer, Paralight Industries. They supposedly embezzled millions into the Scarlet project. Millions meant for conventional airplanes, hovercrafts, etc. Scarlet – well, Scarlet was another thing entirely.

Pierce is set to fly the craft they named Stormlight in a few days. On their anniversary he and Catherine were hit broadside by a SUV and she was killed. Days after that event, Pierce and Stormlight take to the heavens to fly the speed of light. Something never done.

Pierce wakes up two and a half months after his flight in a mental hospital. Things have changed but he did it! He flew the speed of light and survived! Released to his own devices, he returns home to his son, Danny, who is severely handicapped. Danny can’t talk at all or do much else. But Pierce can now talk to Danny with his mind – and Danny responds!

That is the beginning but far from the end of this story. I wasn’t too enthused at first and thought I would have to “plod through the thing” to get the review done in time but things changed and I found myself taking it everywhere with me until I finished it. What a story! Bad guys, black shadowy guys, love, pain, death…you name it, it’s in here somewhere. Want to know the best part of all? This is Book 1.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Avid gamer fans, geeks, and fans of the eighties will all fall in love with Ready Player One.

Five years ago, OASIS, virtual reality creator and billionaire, James Halliday dead. Before Halliday’s passing, he offered up a huge challenge. The first gamer to locate three hidden keys and unlock several gates will find a hidden room filled with gold beyond their wildest dreams. As the years passed, less and less people attempted to find the hidden room. Only the most, extreme and dedicated gamers still tried. Eighteen year old, Wade Watts was one of them. Things quickly picked up when Wade was the first one to locate the Copper Key. Soon afterwards, gamers were logging on again, in hopes of finding the lost treasure. As if playing Dungeons and Dragons, quoting movie lines from eighties movies and avoiding traps was not enough. Wade has to deal with the Sixers. A group of bots that hope to find the treasure first and will do anything to get it. Luckily for Wade, he is joined by two other players, character name “Aech”, his friend and “Art3mis”, a girl.

Avid gamer fans, geeks, and fans of the eighties will all fall in love with Ready Player One. Instantly, I was head over heels in love with this book. Ready Player One is like watching VH1’s I Love the Eighties. It features all the best things about the eighties. Mr. Cline really did a good job on this book. I saw and experienced everything though, Wade’s shoes. I was born in the eighties, so this was a fun book for me. I did not become a gamer until later. The first gaming system I played was Nintendo. I don’t play so much on the gaming system as I do play computer games. My husband and I like to play World of Warcraft. As I was reading this book, I would tell myself, that I would only read just one more page and soon one page turned into several until I was finished reading this book. Ready Player One is a recommended read!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hot, Shot and Bothered is the perfect cozy mystery novel to add to your collection.

Lilly Hawkins works for KJAY news as a shooter. Lilly was finishing up packing the news truck when she sees the coroner’s van go racing by. Lilly’s nose for news goes racing. Lilly jumps into the truck and takes off after the coroner. When Lilly arrives at the scene, there are some divers pulling a body out of the lake. At first glance, it seems that the death was the unfortunate result of a drowning accident but Lilly suspects there is more to the story, when Lilly realizes that she knows the victim.

Hot, Shot and Bothered is book two of the Lilly Hawkins novels. The first book is A Bad Day’s Work. This book can be read as a stand alone novel, which is a good thing as I started with Hot, Shot and Bothered. Hot, Shot and Bothered is the perfect cozy mystery novel to add to your collection.

Lilly was the star of this book. She is a wise cracker, who had determination, can hold her own with the guys and is the right woman for the job. Just don’t call her a reporter. She is a “shooter”. There is a big difference. A reporter is someone who is in front of the camera and reports the news, whereas, a shooter is the video camera person, who video takes everything. This book is a quick read. I was already half way done before I stopped to take a break. The characters in this book were entertaining. They are people that I would expect to see in a who dun it book. I plan to go back and check out the first book as well as keeping my eyes on the release of book three.


Review by Nancy
John Carey hasn’t had the best life. His “gift” isn’t welcomed by a lot of people. They don’t like feeling a headache when they’re around him. But that’s what happens when he tries to sneak into their heads. He’s lived several places and, when they decide to try him for witchcraft in his current home of Syre; he takes his few belongings, his horse Smoke and leaves in the dead of night.

Passing through a forest, John and Smoke encounter what they will learn is called a Brean. Big, hairy, MEAN suckers who want nothing more than to have him for lunch. Maybe the horse as an appetizer? He is saved by a woman named Sarah who is living alone in the forest and who has been kicked out of the next town, Marysvale - and told to never return.

Sarah seems to know a lot about the Brean and has nothing good to say about Marysvale or the people who control it. A community that lives in fear. Of the Brean, certainly; of the Lord Mayor and his cronies, terror might be a better word. Sarah and John are visited by sisters Hannah and Jane who comes seeking food from Sarah. There is something familiar about Jane, but what?

Jared Southwick has written an excellent beginning to his Marysvale series. Marysvale came out earlier this year and book two, Alyth, is joining it in the Fall of 2011. These characters are in it for the long haul and Southwick plays them perfectly. I hope I get to review Alyth when it comes out. I really need to see what happens next!

About the Author Jared Southwick enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures, cuisines, and associated foodborne illnesses. He once went night diving in the Pacific Ocean where, although he didn’t actually see it, he’s sure that a great white shark almost ate him. Jared petted an alligator in the Okefenokee Swamp, and a wild, heavily sedated black bear in her den. He explored the islands of West Africa, where his foot was attacked by a very ferocious, tiny octopus. However, he has never encountered a Brean…

He and his wife live in a quiet, friendly city, in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, where strange monster sightings are uncommon.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mice, we may be but hear us roar!

Shelley and Elizabeth are on their own now. After Shelley’s father leaves her mother for a younger woman and moves to Spain, Shelley and Elizabeth are left with nothing. They go house hunting and find the perfect secluded location. The place is called Honeysuckle Cottage. It is the perfect place to make a home for two “mice”.

Everything is going well until that one night when Shelley hears foot steps in the house. From there, things spiral out of control very quickly.

I had no expectations when I opened this book to read it. I have to say that if I did have any expectations, this book by far exceed them. Shelley and Elizabeth had great dimension and character to them. I thought it was creative the way that Mr. Reece used the word “mice” to describe Shelley and Elizabeth. Though, Shelley and Elizabeth may have started out as “mice”, they ended up as “lions”. When the story really god interesting was when, the stranger came into the house and from there; the rest of the story just flew. Shelley and Elizabeth shared a close relationship. Mr. Reece is a good prolific writer. I could envision everything in detail. Mice may be Mr. Gordon Reece’s debut novel but it reads like he is already a pro. Mice, we may be but hear us roar!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In Malice, Quite Close reminded me of a soap opera in a good way

Karen was just fifteen when her life was turned upside down and changed forever. Karen was just minding her own business reading a book and drinking coffee when she had her first encounter with Tristan. Soon afterwards, Tristan was showing up at all the same places that Karen hung out. Finally, Tristan could not stand it anymore and he kidnapped Karen and faked her death. Tristan and Karen became Tristan and Giese. Lovers behind closed doors and father and daughter to the public eye. Things unravel when years later, Tristan and Karen’s daughter, Nicola spots some erotic portraits of her mother.

As I was reading this book, I almost felt sorry for Tristan and Karen. I say almost because, Tristan did a wrong thing when he kidnapped Karen but when he did it, I saw him as sad and desperate. Tristan kidnapped Karen because I felt that he saw her more as his daughter that he lost than his lover. This may have been because there was Karen and Tristan did not become too intimate throughout the book. There were hints that they were but it was not vividly in your face. Karen on the other hand was not that innocent. It was like because her childhood was stolen from her, she turned into a seductress. There were hints that she had multiple lovers. One that became so personal with Karen that he painted her in provocative poses. In Malice, Quite Close reminded me of a soap opera in a good way…it had intrigue, sexual chemistry, interesting characters, and a good story line. Brandi Lynn Ryder shows great potential with her first novel.

The Butterfly Cabinet

This book starts with Anna writing to Maddie McGlade telling her that she is ready to hear Maddie’s story. Maddie was a former nanny to Anna. Before Anna, Maddie was a nanny to another little girl. Her name was Charlotte Ormond. Charlotte was just four years old when she died. Her mother, Harriet sits in prison for the murder of Charlotte. Both Maddie and Harriet share their sides of the story of the events leading up to Charlotte’s death.

I must admit that this is one of those books that sound better than it was. Well it seemed that way to me. The characters were lackluster and never really grabbed my attention and made me become intrigued with them. This in turn made the book read slower. Even though this book was based around true events, I felt that there was a lot of details spent on getting things right, than on developing the characters. Though, the parts that I did find somewhat interesting were when Harriet was narrating and sharing what happened. Harriet’s story was told as if she was speaking to Charlotte trying to apologize for what happened. Sadly, this book was just ok. Not to say that author, Bernie McGill can not write as I did like where she was going with this book. I would give this author another chance in the future.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Our Daily Bread

Review by Nancy

Albert Erskine is one of the mountain people. He was born there, raised there and still is there, albeit in his own one-room shack away from everyone else. He lived through the hell that serves for growing up in his clan. He endures sodomy, sex with his mother, burns, whippings, little love and absolutely no salvation. Just like the young children in his family today.

Bobby Evans is a typical sullen teen. His mother has left the home, his little sister Ivy cries a lot, his dad is lost in life. He thinks he has it bad. He hasn’t a clue. Then he meets Albert and finds the big brother he never had.
What happens when these two collide is beyond imagination. The children of the mountain want to die; Ivy wants to be a rockhound and wants dad to hunt with her. An amazing woman named Dorothy Carlisle has been secretly trying to help the mountain children for years and finds it easy to assist Ivy in her loneliness by having her help in Dorothy’s antique shop.

Above all of this in their small town world of Gideon is the Church of Christ Returning, whose parishioners can gossip their lives away but can’t be bothered to lift their hands in assistance. What happens in this story is horrible – beyond it, in fact but what happens in this story will change you. I made me hate my fellow man because, although this is a tale of fiction – it is based on the truth and that’s something I will never forget. “Deliverance” my foot – this is the real story!

Daemons in the Mist

Review by Nancy

Patrick was like any other high school kid. A senior, he had a group of close friends, had been in love/lust with the same girl for 4 years and she had no clue he existed and was a latch-key kid since his parents were NEVER home, left for weeks at a time and came back oblivious to Patrick and his classes, pals, etc.

Back to that girl – Nualla Galathea – to be exact. Nualla always hung with her cousin, Nikki, a friend named Shawn, and was the most gorgeous girl at Bayside Academy. Rich but not pretentious, she had a smile for all, was kind and did NOT like Michael who was determined to make her like him. She never saw Patrick in the throng of students in the halls.

In a magical story Ms. Dillman takes us into the mist of San Francisco – into the world of the Daemons who we never see. Nualla and friends are daemons and others as well. Patrick hasn’t a clue but he is beginning to have some stress headaches which causes Nualla, after meeting him; to whisk him off with her and her friends to Vegas. After a night of fake ids, many, many drinks and partying Patrick wakes up with the hangover of his life. With Nualla. Married. Hmmmmmm….

I loved this book! The characters were so believable, the plot outstanding and the conclusion left me wanting more, more! This is just an excellently written, well done story that you should get to your teenager (then yourself) ASAP!

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Sixes

Phoebe Hall is a famous writer. All of her books have been on the best sellers list. Things coming crashing down suddenly on Phoebe, when she is accused of plagiarism. Phoebe’s agent suggests that Phoebe take a vacation until things cool down. That is why, when Phoebe’s friend, Glenda offers Phoebe a short term teaching job at Lyle College, Phoebe accepts.

Phoebe is getting comfortable, until a girl goes missing. Glenda asks Phoebe to investigate on behalf of the college, the girl’s disappearance. Phoebe soon realizes that there is more to the girl’s disappearance than meets the eye. Lyle College has an all girl’s secret society known as the Sixes. Phoebe will learn that you do not mess with the Sixes.

This book had the feel of the Skulls. A rich, secret society where only the elite get in and they are untouchable. While, I did like this book, I felt that it could have been better. For example, the tricks the Sixes played on Phoebe were a bit juvie: like placing apples on Phoebe counter or dead rats on her floor, so that she knew that the Sixes could access her house and she was not safe. For me this did not build up the suspense leading up to the ending. Which speaking of the ending was a bit of a let down. The whole being of who and what the Sixes were was explained briefly and the reveal was quick and to the point. Overall, I did not care for this book as much as I would have liked but I do like this author and will check out her next book.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Undertaker may have you dying from laughter by the time it ends.

Review by Nancy

Peter Talbott buried his wife in LA following her death from cancer; he assumed that was it for married life and Terri, whom he loved more than anything. Imagine his surprise when he is handed his OWN obituary, along with that of his wife in Columbus, OH many months after the real event. Coincidence? Probably not.

Peter doesn’t mind so much being “dead” but by putting his wife’s name in the paper as well sets him off. Working for your brother-in-law has perks – like taking time off to drive from Waltham, Mass to Columbus to see what the hell is going on. He packs up his Bronco and off he goes to save the day.

Peter has opened up something best left closed, it seems. He has mob gunmen after him, employees of the funeral home, a clinic and other businesses after him and no, they don’t want to give him gift coupons. Turns out several people have died at the clinic, been entombed by the mortuary and had their monetary affairs dealt with by a Ralph Tinkerton, Esq. (aka “The Undertaker”).

Mob bodies, mob hitmen, a loony lady named Sandy, one hitman with good intentions (I think?) make up a tale that you just can’t pass up. The Undertaker may have you dying from laughter by the time it ends.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Deadly Sins Giveaway

I want to thank author, Kylie Brant for making a stop on my blog and for giving away a copy of Deadly Sins.

Book Summary
An unknown assassin has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, brutally taking out high-level human targets citywide. And the list of suspects is a sensitive one: an Iranian diplomat, a U.S. senator, and a vengeful priest. It's just the kind of case to test the resolve of tough FBI agent, Jaid Marlowe. Especially when her new partner is Adam Raiker, Jaid's former colleague and ex-lover. But that's history—and it left scars.

Determined to leave it behind them, Jaid and Adam dive into the most shocking investigation of their careers. But when Adam himself becomes a suspect, Jaid must choose between past and present. Her choice plunges them into a far-reaching, high-level conspiracy of shadows—and on the run not only from secrets and lies, but for their lives. Now, despite their history, they have only each other, and the desperate hope that love can keep them alive.

The sixth installment of The Mindhunters releases August 2 and the normal anticipation of a new release is bittersweet this time. That’s because this is the final installment in the series (at least the last for now) and it’s always difficult to say goodbye to a long running series.

All the books have been stand alone titles, but the connecting thread through them all has been Adam Raiker, the enigmatic legendary ex-FBI profiler who is the head of the agency. We’ve come full circle—this is Adam’s book and early reviews have labeled it fast paced, exciting and edgy. A fitting description for Raiker’s personality!

Adam’s last case for the FBI ended spectacularly when he was captured and tortured for three days by the child killer he was tracking. At that time his relationship with FBI agent Jaid Marlowe also came to an end. Fast forward eight years. Raiker’s close friend—a Supreme Court Justice has been brutally executed and the man’s widow gets Raiker named to the task force. Someone is taking out high profile targets all over DC and leaving only a card by the body with one of the deadly sins written on it. To complicate the matter even further, one of Adam’s teammates on the case is Jaid Marlowe, the one woman he’s never been able to forget.

The deeper Jaid and Adam get into the case the more it seems to be wrapped up in his last case for the FBI. And when suspicion falls on Adam, Jaid must make a choice: to protect her career or risk everything for the one man she’s loved all these years….

So are you a series lover? Is there any second-chance couple you have a soft spot for? I’m giving away an autographed copy of DEADLY SINS to one commenter today!

The Keepers

Review by Nancy
Jess had her issues. With her life, her religion and especially her God. She raled at Him often, especially when her mother died of cancer. That’s when her closest friend and also her younger brother Jordan persuaded her to take some time away at a family apartment in New Orleans and try to get herself together. Jess wasn’t sure this was a great plan, but she went along. Jordan stayed home to take care of things.

New Orleans can charm anyone; and Jess’ best memories of her mom were there. After settling in she takes off for fun and wanders into a club called Dez’s. First falling on her butt in the water she goes on in and meets a cute chick named Vi (short for Violet, of course) who also charms Jess and they instantly become pals. Spying a table of four gorgeous men she finds that Vi knows them as they deal cards at Harrah’s casino down the street. Turns out they are brothers: Rory, Justin, Blake and Lathan. Turns out they’re also a few other things.

Jess also meets a guy named Dawson. Greasy, sleazy and, oh yes violent. He has a past with the brothers and not a good one, although they were once all very close. He wants Jess because he was supposed to guard her from evil, however; he has turned into the evil she needs to avoid.

Follow along as Jess and crew navigate New Orleans, love and life. Ms. O’Conner James has written a spectacular tale of good vs. evil, people vs themselves and well, angels. You’ll love it.

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Monique is the mother of two beautiful children and lives in a small community outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently works full time as an insurance agent, but her favorite jobs are mother, wife, and author.

On her eighth birthday, her mother bought her a journal and said "write whatever you want, just write". And so, a love affair with words was born. She wrote poetry and short stories in high school and college, until 1993 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

After her mother's death in 1998, deep in depression, she found herself unable to write. Nine years passed, and only on rare occasion did she attempt to write.

Finally, in 2007, under the urging of friends, she sat down and pecked out her first novel. It was raw and unpolished, but the process had been unquestionably cathartic. The next three years were spent filling her hard drive with seven complete manuscripts.

At the beginning of 2011, Monique decided it was time to edit the work and share it with the world. She hopes you enjoy the ramblings of a truly southern girl raised in a state rich with heritage and love.

When did you first begin writing?

I started writing at 8 or 9 when my mom gave me a journal for my birthday. At first, I remember kind of rolling my eyes, and wondering what she thought I was going to do with all those empty pages. The next holiday, Christmas I think, I asked for another, and so a tradition began.

Why did you start writing?

I wrote poems, and short stories until my mom died, in 1998. She fought breast cancer for 5 years, before losing the battle. After she died, I couldn’t write, and didn’t for nine years. Then one day, at the urging of my best friend, I started writing the story, which is now “The Keepers”. When it was done I wrote six other manuscripts over two and half years.

Why do you keep writing?

I love everything about writing. For me, it’s very cathartic and there is nothing like escaping the real world with characters you have cultivated and loved.

Favorite Band/singer?

You have no idea how hard this one is, for me. Music reflects my mood, I love many! Pearl Jam, Puddle of Mudd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Rise Against, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band…okay if I have to pick a singer, Chris Cornell (Sound Garden/Audioslave). Dorky enough?


Yes! I married my high school sweetheart. We have been married 16 years.


My son is 14, and my daughter is 9. They keep me inspired.
What is your favorite book that you’ve written? I would say “The Keepers”, because like most first novels, it is about 50% truth. “Jamais Vu” my current WIP, is also really close to my heart, but for different reasons, I love them all.

Family supportive of writing? If so, give examples (moral support, attend book signings, actually read it for you …)

My husband doesn’t read much, but he has designed and updated my website, my kids read my work. My dad is probably my biggest fan. And, I cannot leave out my best friend, Rachel Conerly, who has read, reread and read again everything I’ve written for the past three years.

How many manuscripts completed / book published “The Keepers”, will be my first published work.

However, there are 6 more completed manuscripts ready to be edited and a million ideas swirling in my brain.

Latest release?
a. Title “The Keepers”
b. Blurb Jess hates God. In his infinite wisdom, he’s taken everyone she’s ever loved. Moving to the French Quarter was a ploy to erase the guilt she felt for rebuking her faith. Perhaps, if she hadn’t met Justin, an angel preoccupied with getting back into God’s good graces, and drowning in his hatred for humanity, her plan would have worked.

Justin’s general disdain for the human race makes him difficult to like, but some higher power has appointed him her keeper. Justin’s convinced he can mend her broken relationship with her maker, but in the process he learns a thing or two about his own humanity.

Never mind, falling in love, that’s not supposed to happen. In fact, it may even be forbidden. Jess just wants Justin to understand her plight, and he wants to protect her from a world she doesn’t know.

If neither are equipped to save the other, then whose soul lives and whose will perish?

How rewarding has writing been for you? Writing has freed me from grief. It sounds a bit cliché, but before I really started writing, I wasn’t coping with the death of my mother. I’ve learned to release my frustration and pain through words, and it has been a true gift.

What has been your most memorable experience as a writer thus far?

The day I got my contract on “The Keepers.” I ran into the yard with my blackberry crying and shoved the phone at my husband, so he could read the email. Then, I sat down and cried. A dream realized.

How has your life experiences influenced your writing?

I predominately write paranormal romance, but a lot of the plots have been derived from real life experiences, or a story I heard that touched me.

Do you have any writing rituals?

In general, I write in my garage, which I have dubbed “the dungeon.” Always have music playing either on my laptop, or through my Ipod. There must be a Coke handy and I leave my internet browser open, in case, I have to research something.

Do you write on a schedule or when the mood strikes?

There is, without a doubt, no schedule. I steal away to write whenever I can. I do the majority of my writing between 10 PM and 2AM when everyone is in bed.

Advice for New Writers
What advice can you give for other aspiring authors?

Don’t quit, don’t give up. I started writing for myself, however, somewhere along the way I got preoccupied with being published. I was l fortunate enough to have a friend who reminded me often that it wasn’t about being published, but about how happy I am, when I write.

What should aspiring authors watch for?

I would find a publisher who is as excited about your work as you are. There are publishers who will not take the time to edit your work, or guide you. It’s important for the publisher to share your passion.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Check out the book trailer for author, Sherrilyn Kenyon's newest novel, RETRIBUTION. The latest book in Dark Hunter series.

Hero: Sundown
Jess grew up hard under the hand of a father who hated him, and a mother who was fighting illness. At age thirteen, he ran away and headed out west where he quickly learned life wasn't fair and it wasn't easy for a boy with no family. By age sixteen, he'd learned to make his living as a gunslinger, train robber and card sharp. He lived his life hard and was ruthlessly shot in the back outside the church where his fiancee...

The Heroine:Abigail
Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of Apollites and raised on one belief: Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both Apollites and mankind. They must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meets the man who killed her family... Jess Brady.

I have one copy to give away to one lucky reader. Open to US and Canada only. Ends August 9th. Leave an email address.

Too Hot to Touch is a nice tasty morsel to start off the Hot series!

Juliet “Jules” Cavanaugh is Danny Lunden’s good friend. Danny’s family own a restaurant. Jules has a crush on Danny’s brother, Max. Max can not be tied down to one place, so he packs up and travels all over the world. Years later, the Lunden family restaurant has been slowly losing business. They must find a way to make money and fast. Jules comes up with an idea to have the family enter a cooking competition. The competition has done wonders for past winners. There is just one catch. In order to ensure victory, they need Max. Max returns only to find Jules all grown up. Though, is there enough room for two cooks in the kitchen?

I am a fan of this author. So when I heard she was starting a new cooking novel series I could not wait. Too Hot to Touch is book one in the Hot series. Sadly there was something missing that I really like about Mrs. Edwards and her books and that was…cooking. I was disappointed as the whole theme of this book was that Max, his family and Jules were entering a cooking competition and it felt like there was not a lot of it going on. The story seemed like it was more focused towards Jules and Max hooking up. While, I must admit Jules and Max are good together, I would have liked to seen the witty banter between them last a little longer before they fell into bed. Dispute the lack of cooking, I still am a fan of Mrs. Edwards and will read the next book, Some Like It Hot as it features Danny. I can not wait to read his story. Too Hot to Touch is a nice tasty morsel to start off the Hot series!


Shoko came from Japan. She lived there with her father, mother, brother and sister until Shoko was about nineteen. During the time that she lived there, she and her family had to deal with the Americans. Most of the Americans did not like the Japanese and visa versa. Though, the only way for Shoko to leave Japan is to find and marry a nice American boy. Shoko does find one. His name is Charlie. They get married and move to America. Years later and two children, Shoko wants to return to Japan before it is too late. Though due to a bad heart and impending heart surgery, Shoko can not go. Shoko’s daughter, Sue travels to Japan for her mother. What Sue learns in Japan will change her life forever.

There are not many books that spell bind and blow me away. I am happy to report that How to be an American Housewife did just that and more. For the whole time that I was reading this book, I forgot about everything else and just read this book. I could not think about doing housework (which I had lots of to do) until I finished this book. Shoko really made the story for me. She may be quiet but when she speaks, she has something to say and you better listen. Also, Shoko is stubborn as a mule. When she has her mind made up about something, you just have to jump on the train or be left behind. Shoko’s husband Charlie learned this many of times but he still tried to rein her in every time. In the beginning, I thought that Sue was uncaring but it was when she traveled to Japan that I got to know her better and felt sorry for her. Shoko’s story about when she was living in Japan and the past leading up to the future was my favorite parts of this book. How to be an American Housewife is a must read. I will be recommending this book to all my reader friends but they are going to have to purchase their own copies as I am not lending my copy out. I can not wait to see what author, Margaret Dilloway has in store next.

Topic: What type of language barrier is there between Japanese and American?" How did you bridge that barrier?"

A large part of the Japanese-English language gap is in, of course, pronunciation. For example, no matter how hard she tried, my mother could not say an R. Why I was named Margaret is anyone’s guess; from her mouth it came out, “mah-gah-let.” (Interestingly, I recently got a letter from a reader who said her name is also Margaret and has a Japanese mother; she also didn’t know why her mother chose a name difficult for her to pronounce!) The alternate name, says my dad, was Mary-Margaret, but my mother thought it should be spelled, “merry,” and found “Mary” confusing.

Another barrier really comes from a cultural standpoint rather than strictly language, context rather than meaning, which I’m not sure we ever really bridged sufficiently. Japanese don’t tend to use sarcasm the way we do, to make jokes and so forth. And my mother did not understand irony. For example, one day I was watching the John Waters movie CRY-BABY, which is, if you don’t know, a send-up of teen musicals starring Johnny Depp. My mother walked in and I thought she would get offended by its over-the-topness, but she sat down and watched it. “Now see, this good movie,” she said. “They should make all movies like this, old-style.” She loved it! But did not get the irony or humor at all.

So the regular old generational misunderstandings became huge; I did not understand her lack of comprehension of irony, and didn’t know it came from her culture. I thought she lacked the education or intelligence, frankly, to understand. She, in turn, often misconstrued what I said; things I said as jokes became insults to her. Link this with some teenage hormones, the eternal mother-daughter rollercoaster, and the age gap, and we did not have a good time.

There was another language barrier that came from culture. My mother, as a good Japanese mother, took it upon herself to point out any perceived flaws in my appearance, behavior, or study habits. She’d make no bones about telling me my face looked fat (at 5’9” and 125 pounds); that I was purposely unladylike for not wearing a slip under my dress; or that I must be bakatare (literally translated to “shithead” but generally, “idiot”) for messing up on a test. In her mind, this was good mothering and complete truthfulness to help me; in my mind, it was a wretched attack on my self-esteem.

The thing is, I’m sure my mother thought she was far more liberal than her mother had been, and that I had things easy. And in some ways, I certainly did; I always had plenty to eat, and there was no war on my soil, no bullets being shot at me, so I had nothing to complain about, did I?

Once I left for college and got a little distance, I told her that I didn’t like being spoken to this way, that I felt overly criticized. She softened a bit, but by my second year of college had gotten ill, and everything else fell to the wayside.

I never did get to have a real adult relationship with her. But by writing this novel, I was able to finally do that. I understand where she was coming from much better now. It’s fiction, so I made up a large portion of these characters—their motivations, their inner stories—and the plot. Yet fiction helped me realized some big truths about the relationship with my mother. I am able to think about what she was like as a person, not just my mother.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Where You Left Me

I knew going into this book, it would be an interesting one. I mean this in a good way. I was not wrong. In fact, I liked this more than I could predict. Mrs. Gardner Trulson did a great job of showing who Doug; her husband was, in the brief moments that he was in the book. Sadly, Doug lost his life in the September 11th attack on the twin towers. I can remember this day and what I was doing. I will remember this one moment that just really made it all real for me. I was driving home from school and I spotted an American flag flying half mast and all of a sudden Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A” started playing on the radio. It was at that moment that I broke down and cried and really prayed for all the lost souls and everyone in the world. So I could not imagine nor would I want to be in Jennifer’s shoes when she learned about her Doug’s death. Luckily for Jennifer, she had a good support system. Jennifer is a strong woman. She was left to raise two young children, which it sounds like they turned out just fine. Where You Left Me is not a book about revenge or regrets. It is a book about love, loss, sorrow, second chances, and happy endings. I dare you to not fall in love with Jennifer.

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Wedlocked. If you’re looking for a gift novel, here it is – give it to yourself first!!

Review by Nancy
In a funny, sardonic way, Rebecca’s wedding at age 37 was NOT the one of her dreams. They were serving lamb which she had absolutely forbidden. She overheard her future in-laws discussing the past of her future husband. She offered up condolences to his nearly-dead-but-here Auntie on her heart operation (she didn’t have one). After all this, she STILL SAID I DO. Served her right, sort of. After all, a 37-year old Jewish girl can’t be too picky and maybe the honeymoon will help. Hmmmmm.

Rebecca was a model student. Going to shul, straight A’s, playing dolls (even though she let her sister adopt most of them!) and being drop-dead gorgeous. She was fine until she saw her first play with her Gramma Emma who had been a bit of a starlet back in the day. The bug bit her and it bit her hard! When Gramma passed on she had left Rebecca with an inheritance – enough to go to Hollywood and make it big. Gramma was also smart enough to leave it in Mom ‘s control.

So Becks goes it on her own and, had she not been so “perfect”, “correct” and conscientious things might have gone differently. She did fall in love. She did get heart heartbroken and, after ten years of commercials and miscasting she gave it up and went back to New York. There she meets future husband Craig. Every Jewish mother’s dream boy! The wedding goes off as planned and then, then things begin to pop!

I laughed out loud at this story. Got a tad teary here and there and I also loved every page I read. Ms. Trachtenberg is a hoot! If you’re looking for a gift novel, here it is – give it to yourself first!!

Bonnie Trachtenberg worked as Senior Writer and Copy Chief at Book-of-the-Month Club and has written seven children’s book adaptations. She’s also written for three newspapers, and has penned countless magazine articles. Wedlocked is her first novel. She lives on Long Island with her husband, stepchildren, and cats.
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