Book Review: Initiation in Paradise (Book 17) by Deborah Brown

18 Jun

Margaritas, mangroves, murder. Just another day at the office. 

One minute, Madison Weston and her bestie, Fab, are tailing Creole and Didier to figure out what they’re hiding. The next, a hail of bullets sends them swamp slogging for their lives. So much for cute shoes. 

Eventually, Creole and Didier come clean: Bodies are turning up in shallow graves, and they didn’t want their women catching wind of it. Too bad, boys, this mystery is too juicy to pass up.



My Review

I chose to review this book after requesting a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve read most of the books in this series and I love these characters. They’ve become like good friends, and I’m always looking forward to their next story or adventure. Madison and Fab are best friends and although they’ve calmed down over the years, they’re still good private investigators. They’ve also both gotten married recently and have great relationships with their men.

Although Madison and Fab are trying to stay away from the more dangerous cases, danger seems to seek them out whether they’re on a case or not.

Initiation in Paradise has several cases that the girls take from serving divorce papers to a welfare check. None of their cases are simple no matter how easy they sound which results in danger, humor, or both. I can always count on a good laugh when I’m reading a Paradise book.

As with all of the Paradise books, Initiation in Paradise was a quick and enjoyable read. Deborah Brown has a good sense of humor and you never know what’s going to happen. I especially liked the ending although it was not what I expected, and I’m looking forward to Madison and Fab’s next adventure.

Although this series is best read in order, all of the books stand alone. I definitely recommend them if you like independent women who are loyal and passionate about family, life and love. 



About the Author

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they’re like chips…you won’t be able to devour just one!”

I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

Find the author on the following sites…

Website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Goodreads  Amazon Author page  Bookbub


Shine On

18 Jun

by Josh Glasson

Audiobook Review: Primrose’s Curse by Kiara Shankar & Vinay Shankar

16 Jun

Narrator: Laura Welsh

Length: 1 hour and 28 minutes

Publisher: Vinay Shankar SP

Released: Apr. 21, 2019

Genre: Children’s; Fantasy


Primrose Fernetise, a beautiful, audacious 12-year-old girl, and a group of woodland animals with divine mystical abilities set out on an adventurous mission to Hellevue, a murky island on the dreary part of Mystopical. Their daring mission involves vanquishing the evil sorceress Queen Evelyn Velecrona and breaking the curse she has cast on humanity.

How do the woodland animals and Primrose plan and embark on their brave voyage to defeat the wicked sorceress?

Will the bunch of lovable woodland animals and an innocent 12-year-old girl really succeed in bringing down the dreadful Queen Evelyn? Also, will they be able to bring back peace, well-being, and happiness to humanity?

To find out more about this epic fairy tale, please do consider listening to this entire audiobook.

Available on Audible

My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Primrose’s father is sick so she decides to go deep into the forest to find a healing plant. What she finds are magical woodland animals and an exciting adventure. If she and the animals are successful, they won’t just heal Primrose’s father but all of humanity!

Primrose’s Curse is for middle-grade readers. Based on the books I’ve read for middle-grade readers, I’d recommend this one to girls who are just beginning to start middle-grade books.

The narrator has a great voice for this book. She also has a good pace and timing.

About the Authors

KIARA SHANKAR is a young talented author from San Francisco, California, USA. Apart from writing books, she loves reading, artwork, writing poems, playing with her friends, and listening to her favorite Bollywood music.

Kiara’s poem “A Deadly Star” was published in the national level writing contest book “A Celebration of Poets” (Fall 2018 Edition – published by Creative Communication, Utah, USA).

VINAY SHANKAR is Kiara’s dad, a software professional, who found himself inspired by his daughter’s idea of writing fictional fairy tale books and decided to co-write books with her. This collaborative effort of the family is helping to bring great ideas to life!

Viki Publishing * Twitter * Facebook * Pinterest * Instagram


About the Narrator

Laura Welsh is a Voice Actor currently living in Sunny California. She divides her time between the Studio and maintaining her Succulent Garden, equally passionate about both! Her professional career has spanned from TV and radio commercials, video games, cartoons, and Youtube channels, and of course narrating audiobooks. Delighting in her work, she hopes to be able to bring joy and pleasure in the projects she assists with for many many years to come.

Instagram * Facebook * Twitter * Website

One Page at a Time

15 Jun


Funny Librarians

13 Jun

These videos about libraries tickled me. The two here were my favorite but there are several more listed at

The New York State Reading Association’s ode to libraries will have you singing, “Here’s a book now, so read it maybe.”
Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library’s shot-by-shot riff of the popular Old Spice ads.

15 Grammar Rules it’s Okay to Break

12 Jun

I’m not sure I agree with all of these but I found this infographic interesting. Thanks to The Expert Editor for sharing it.

New Releases

12 Jun

A cultural book, which tells the story about the relationship between two best friends in a struggle for survival in the forest, written in both English and Portuguese



About the Book:

 The Hunger in the Forest series of books represents a culture and way of life that children may not be familiar with. This first story on the series, Fuuuurrrrr n’bum, teaches important life lessons to children whilst telling them that life is not all roses and a happy ending, but if you learn certain things like ‘listening & following instructions’, then you’ll do great in life.



About the Author:

Rosa Brandao is of African descent.  Being an African is one of the richest benefits as a black woman in society. This gave Rosa the best childhood she could ever imagine.  Her imagination as a child has empowered her to create this magical world that she is so eager to share with everyone and especially with her son; the inspiration that made it all possible.


 Amazon Review:

Wordly Traveller

5.0 out of 5 stars

Excellent children’s story from African cultural written in both English and Portuguese

31 May 2019 – Published on

“I read this children’s book to my two children, and they loved it! There is a hunger in the forest, and the wolf, rabbit and others need to be creative and crafty in order to fill their bellies.

This story reminded me of the Grimm Brothers’ tales which are more realistic than Disney’s fairy tales in teaching important life lessons to children, painting a picture of the real world that can often be difficult and challenging, but if you listen properly, pay attention to detail, focus on what you want to achieve and reach for it, and so on, you’re likely to be more successful in navigating your way through life.

I also like the fact that this story clearly draws from Portuguese culture, as the author (Rosa) says that she was told this story when she was a child, and she wants to share it more widely as the book is cleverly written both in English and in Portuguese, and beautifully illustrated with rich, vibrant colours, reflecting the African cultural values and experiences which imbue this story.”



The Hunger in the Forest:  Fuuuurrrrr n’bum by Rosa Brandao is available in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia and in hardback from Amazon UK at:


This bilingual (English & Portuguese) book is also available in paperback from Amazon UK at:


and this culturally-rich story can be downloaded in e-book format from Amazon at:



Press/Media Contact Details:

 Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060


About the Book:

Designed to help everyone, from complete beginners to those who want to take their next steps in the world of investing and trading, this book can help you learn and more importantly understand how to create wealth using stable financial assets like shares.



Excerpt from the book:

 “Somewhere in the middle of 2016, my son Michael, having just finished his zoology degree, said to me ‘so what’s all this share trading about then?’

Well, Michael, this is our answer!

In order to find out and answer that basic question, Michael and I have been on a year-long journey to discover what we can learn about share investing and trading and this is the result – a strategy and guidebook for anyone to follow in order to achieve a steady 10% return on small amounts of money which, if properly invested, will create financial freedom for most people and most families over time.

Our learning journey has been taken together as a mum and son – we’ve attended all courses together for instance and throughout the writings we have used I/we interchangeably.  Sometimes the I is Michael and sometimes it’s me.

We’ve also used £ and $ fairly indiscriminately.  These strategies work wherever you are and whatever your local currency might be and we invest in both the USA and UK for instance – but we could invest anywhere in the world from our desk at home.  We’ve identified a couple of share brokers who between them cover more or less the entire globe – so again, it doesn’t matter where you live or what currency you start with – these strategies are entirely possible for you!”



About the Author:

Co-Founder of Fielding Financial, Gill Fielding, is a self-made millionaire with a no-nonsense, positive approach to finance and a personal mission to educate the nation in managing and improving their own financial position.  She is co-author of “The Book of Riches: The 7 Secrets of Wealth You Were Never Told” (2009) and author of “Solving the Property Puzzle: A Guide to Successful Property Investment” (2016) & “Solving the Financial Success Puzzle” (2018).


To follow her investment journey, see:


Solving the Financial Investing & Trading Puzzle by Gill & Michael Fielding is available in hardback from Amazon UK at:


This book is also available in paperback from Amazon at:


The e-book version is also available to download from Amazon at:



Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064



An eclectic and skilfully-written series of absorbing tales


About the Book:

Life thwarts Floyd’s goals sooner or later. A rival challenges his new invention. His buried gold is confiscated by HM Treasury. He is wrongly charged with arson. He is unfairly dismissed. He campaigns to change part of English punctuation, yet inadvertently continues to use it afterwards. Helping a friend lands him in hospital. What has he done to deserve all this?

Yet he is resourceful in dealing with his adverse situations, whether personal or confronting the might of the state. Other characters must eat humble pie to stay afloat. College lecturer Ed Beck forsakes his principles. And Matt abandons his business dreams to preserve an old friendship.


Excerpt from the book:

“He was in town about to make arrangements to obtain a basket of European currencies: German marks, Swiss francs, Italian lire, French francs and Dutch guilders.

‘Excuse me sir,’ said a man in a raincoat, ‘police.’ He and his colleague produced a badge.

‘What’s this about?’

‘Where were you last Thursday night, around 11.00 p.m.?’

‘I don’t have to answer this!’

‘We can do this down at the station if you like.’


The detective offered Floyd a cigarette, which he refused.

‘So,’ asked the detective. ‘Where were you last Thursday night, around 11.00 p.m.?’

‘At the Cloak and Dagger, having a drink.’

‘On your own?’

‘No, with a work colleague.’

‘Where do you work?’

‘Not working at the moment. I’m due to go on an Inter-rail trip around Europe quite soon.’

‘Where did you last work?’

‘Frixton library.’

The detective and his colleague exchanged glances.

‘Who was the work colleague you were with at the Cloak and Dagger?’

‘Jack Mills,’ said Floyd automatically. It was not until a few minutes later that he remembered what Jack had told him about grassing. But what had Jack done, if anything?”



Amazon review:


5.0 out of 5 stars  An Enthralling read

20th May 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

I found this book difficult to put down as there is always something new happening with each page.

Loved it!  Highly-recommended.



Dark to Light and Other Stories by Stephen Filbey is currently available in paperback from Amazon UK at:


and from Amazon USA:



Press/Media Contact Details:

 Stephen Filbey




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