Book Review: Fries & Alibis by Trixie Silvertale

A gift that’s too good to be true. A murder she didn’t commit. A barista in a latte trouble…

Mitzy Moon believes she’s an orphan, so she’s dumbstruck when a special delivery to her low-rent apartment reveals a family. But her shock turns to awe when she discovers her grandmother left her a fortune and a bookshop of rare tomes brimming with magic.

No sooner does she set foot in the quirky village of Pin Cherry Harbor to claim her inheritance, than the handsome sheriff catches her standing over a corpse. Desperate to prove her innocence, she’s forced to accept help from her granny’s entitled cat and a spirit from beyond the grave.

Can Mitzy and her otherworldly helpers uncover the real killer before the long, sexy arm of the law hauls her to jail?

Fries and Alibis is the first book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like amateur sleuths, small town intrigue, and a dash of the supernatural, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

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My Review

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

Trixie Silvertale has a great sense of humor that shines through in this first Mitzy Moon book. Mitzy’s antics and independence make Fries & Alibis a delight to read.

Poor Mitzy Moon has had a rough life. She’s an orphan after her mom died and after getting out of foster care, she goes from one job to another and one party to another…until the day she receives an inheritance from the grandmother she never knew she had!

Soon after Mitzy arrives in Pin Cherry Harbor, she realizes that she’s “home.” Not only does she own her own bookshop but she’s getting to know her Grams. So what if she’s a ghost? There are a few glitches: her grandfather was just murdered and her father was convicted of murder years ago. But Mitzy takes it upon herself to investigate these murders.

It seems odd to include humor and murder in the same sentence, but those two words definitely fit in this instance. Mitzy is unique, funny, and determined. The people she meets in Pin Cherry Harbor are also quite interesting. Especially the sheriff (in Mitzy’s opinion, anyway).

I enjoyed Fries & Alibis and definitely recommend it, especially if you like lighthearted murder mysteries. I can’t wait for the next Mitzy Moon mystery!

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

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The amazing journey of the rise in human consciousness, initiated at the beginning of the millennium, encompasses humanity, planet Earth and the whole of creation. Light Everlasting continues to describe the process of evolution as we ascend into the higher Fifth Dimensional level of consciousness known as the wonderful Golden Age of Love.

Profound life experiences have enabled Iris to develop her natural healing abilities and these have found expression as a Health Intuitive over the past twenty years, involving hundreds of clients in the UK and all over the world.

About the Author: 

Iris shares the gradual unfolding of what has become a journey of enlightenment beginning with her first book Caterpillar to Butterfly (published in 2009) followed by Over the Rainbow (2012), Awakening to Love (2014), Rising into the Age of Light (2016) and now Light Everlasting (2019).

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“A very long time ago I had a ground-breaking experience at a ‘feeling’ level when a man crossed my path which I describe in more detail in my previous books. It was the meeting of what we are now coming to learn more about, known as Twin Flame encounters. Up to now very little has been written about this. I explain to clients that probably the ultimate book on this whole experience has been channelled by the Ascended Master St Germain, Twin Souls and Soulmates published in 1998. He explains that when we reach a certain stage of inner growth ‘we attract a person of an identical vibration that can lead us to Divine Sacred Union.’

Everything on planet Earth is now in acceleration mode and more and more clients are contacting me and I have the opportunity to explain this situation to them. As this amazing journey unfolds, we can expect to gain more understanding. Perhaps it is appropriate to end this chapter with the words from an amazing book called The Life Everlasting by Marie Corelli published as far back as 1911.  The book review considers this narrative to be ‘the greatest love story of all time’.

‘Love must be born in the Soul and of the Soul. It must be a duel flame, that is to say it must find its counterpart in another Soul which is its ordained mate before it can fulfil its higher needs. Then, like two wings moved by the same soaring impulse, it assists the will and carries it to the highest heaven. Through its force, life is generated and preserved. Without it, life escapes to other places to find its love again. Nothing is perfect, nothing is lasting without the light and fire of this dual flame.’

What lovely thoughts to ponder!”

“Light Everlasting” is available to buy in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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This is a self-help book about addiction, not just from the side of the addict suffering… but also from the affected family member.

Lizbeth and Meath, a mother and daughter wrote this insightful biography in the hope of helping people understand addiction and the suffering and possible recovery both sides experience.

They hope to make a non-profit foundation to help addicts from the proceeds of this book.

Book reviews on Amazon: 

SERENA

5.0 out of 5 stars  Just what I needed

6 September 2019

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“Compelling… raw, real and relatable. I am ordering some more to give to friends I think it will help. Touching on all forms of self-destructive behaviours and addictions and making it very simple to understand and even better give hope for recovery. One person found this helpful.”

T R Heaton

5.0 out of 5 stars  Brilliant… & So helpful thank you.

6 September 2019

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“Very easy to read and understand. I was hooked! Opened my mind to addiction and the trouble it brings to all parties not just the addict. Relatable. Gave me much hope for someone close to me.”

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“The addiction was thinking for me and I was a victim to its needs.

I was sitting there not realising what was going on and sometimes it can still happen now. Nine years clean but in a different way. If I don’t go to meetings for a while my peace of mind goes. My brain says I didn’t go last week and I’m okay now, I’ve things to do, then suddenly I’m snapping at my husband and short with my kids and everyone’s the enemy.

If they would just leave me alone and agree with me and do exactly what I need them to then all will be well.

And then I’m back in the madness again! Self, self, self, it’s all about me, me, me!

In the beginning I would have used almost immediately if I hadn’t gone to a meeting, whereas now I go into negative thinking.

The disease always wants to isolate you.

It tells you that you don’t have it. All it wants is for you to be alone, so eventually you can be broken in the dark where things are so bad because you have pushed everyone away. So there is absolutely no other option apart from to use, drink or kill yourself, and that is the bottom line, for me.”

“No More” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

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June 1976 – the year of the great summer heatwave in the UK, and in a small university town in England, a young student had just completed his final exams in architecture. His studies had introduced him to a Finnish architect called Alvar Aalto – a shining light in modern architecture and he was desperate to meet this man and experience some of his outstanding buildings.

Aalto’s best work was in Finland, high up near the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia, sandwiched between the powerful neighbours of Sweden and Russia. The shy and reserved Finns speak a unique language which has helped them keep their cultural identity intact, in a country which has been described as the last great wilderness in Europe.

Searching for Alvar tells the true story of the author’s journey into this remote, mysterious corner of the world, and his quest to understand these remarkable people and the influences that inspired Alvar Aalto to create such stunning, distinctive architecture.

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 from Wordly Traveller on October 18, 2019

Finland in all its splendor

This is a real-life story of the author’s travels, told in words and through photos, to a distant part of Finland to meet and speak with a specially-talented Finnish architect.

On his journey, the author gets to know the Finnish people, culture and traditions which inspired Aalto to create such outstanding and stunning architecture.

Like all good travelogues, this book provides readers with a unique insight into the country in which he travels, and is definitely worth reading.  The photos in the book tell a story in themselves.

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“I was mesmerised by this wilderness and I wallowed in the scenery and atmosphere. This stark scenery with such extremes of light and emptiness was rugged and harsh and utterly intoxicating. After two weeks, the trip wound its way back to Rovaniemi and I took a train back to Raisio in the south to continue my working life there again.

When I returned to Lapland many years later, I was happy that much of the simple beauty of Finnish Lapland had not been lost, despite the mass tourism that had organised reindeer sledging and Northern Lights trips for the mass tourism market. I had been privileged to experience the unspoilt wilderness in 1978 which was still relatively unknown to people outside Finland and I had been amongst the indigenous Sami people who had accepted my strange western looks and language. It was another adventure which had exceeded my expectations.”

“Searching for Alvar” is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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Book Review: Wonder Walk by Ilham Alam

Get out there with the curious Johnny and his patient Mommy, in this colourful, rhyming book, celebrating all the wonders of the everyday world. What do they see? What do they hear? What do they talk about?

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My Review

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

Johnny and his mommy go on a walk and see many things that we see every day. He’s wide-eyed with excitement and full of questions that Mommy is happy to answer.

Young children will enjoy the rhyming verse and the vibrant colors of Wonder Walk. It’s a short, cute, and colorful book to read to youngsters.

This example is one of my favorite pages:

About the Author

ILHAM ALAM was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait, in 1986 to expatriate parents. She lived there until 1997 when she alongside her family emigrated to Toronto, Canada. It was in Canada, while attending elementary school, that she was recognized for crafting simple themes and weaving words into engaging stories, which she has continued to do ever since.

At the University of Toronto, Ilham followed her love of stories by pursuing a degree in English Literature. She also wrote for Canada’s largest student newspaper, The Varsity, at this time.

Wonder Walk is Ilham’s first published book. Her short story also appears in Just Words Volume II and the Canadian Literary Arts Magazine, Blank Spaces. She lives in Toronto with her family, which includes a 20lb cat named Beauty.

Ilham believes that in order to be a writer, one needs to be a voracious reader and experience diverse genres and styles of writing, as well.

You can follow Ilham on the following platforms:

INSTAGRAM: @storymummy86
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Book Review: Denizens of Distant Realms by Dawn Vogel

In Denizens of Distant Realms, fantastical things intertwine in half a dozen fantasy short stories. Dragons and witches fend off suitors by unconventional means, old pacts with demons are fixed with true love, dark magic threatens lives and livelihoods, and magical shoes and mermaids both offer young women new opportunities.

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My Review

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

Denizens of Distant Realms is six fantasy short stories. They’re not connected in any way, but each short story kept my interest. From magic shoes to dragons to mermaids, most of these short stories have good endings that are sometimes a bit unexpected.

My favorite short story was “A Dark Place” in which a young man who is homeless and penniless agrees to go to a mansion to work but is warned that no one ever returns. Will he be the first?

I definitely recommend Denizens of Distant Realms for anyone who likes fantasy. It’s especially good if you just have a few minutes to read.

Book Review & Giveaway: Fractured Prophecy by PJ McDermott

Fractured Prophecy: Science Fiction Action Adventure by PJ McDermottFractured Prophecy: Science Fiction Action Adventure by PJ McDermott

Publisher:  Patrick McDermott Publishing (July 21, 2019)
Category: Science Fiction, Space opera, Action Adventure
Tour Dates: October-November, 2019
ISBN: 9780648092162
Available in Print and ebook, 282 pages
Fractured Prophecy

Description

An alien messiah is missing, presumed dead. Will one woman’s interplanetary search for answers bring resurrection or betrayal?

Auriga, 2183. Empath Hickory Lace is desolated by the fiery death of the alien she once considered the son of God. But a tiny flicker of hope that he could still be alive brings her back to the Corps for a perilous mission behind Bikashi lines to recover the powerful sword of Connat. And although the Teacher’s self-sacrifice burns in her heart, the truth she uncovers on the enemy’s planet ignites a fierce new purpose.

A desperate sprint across an alien landscape unearths two different species kept in slavery by the Bikashi. Hickory decides she must liberate these suffering people and plans a daring rescue. But her assignment demands that she find the high-tech sword before the Bikashi can harness its power to enslave her home world.

Will Hickory use her abilities to save the innocent and thereby allow an alien warlord to conquer Earth, or will she leave the slaves to their fate?

Fractured Prophecy is the fourth book in the engrossing Prosperine YA science fiction series. If you like tenacious heroines and political intrigue with spiritual undertones, then you’ll love PJ McDermott’s epic story.

Follow Hickory in her quest for galactic truth.

 

Guest Review by Betty B.

An epic sci-fi adventure that pits a small faction of humanity against the overwhelming force of an alien government.

Hickory Lace is a commander in the Alien Corps, the intergalactic agency that acts as somewhat of a United Nations of the universe. At the beginning of the novel, Hickory is deep in the clutches of a depression that resulted from the loss of several people close to her, including her mentor, a man that she called ‘The Teacher.’

Despite her love for her career (and all that she has given up for it), Hickory is unsure if she wants to continue on working for the Alien Corps after the heartbreak that she has endured. However, she is called back into action when her father, the Admiral informs her that an escape pod from The Teacher’s ship has been found on a nearby planet.
Hickory is not sure what the escape pod might contain, but she, her crew and an alien guide are sent to retrieve the pod before the opposing alien government of the Bikashi Empire can get their hands on it.

I really enjoyed this novel. I appreciated the gravity of Hickory’s perspective throughout everything. Having suffered greatly in the Corps in the previous novels, she is understandably reluctant to go on another mission with them. I really felt her grief and shock as a woman and as a human. I love how strong and capable she is, while still being witty, funny and occasionally tender.  The entire cast of characters is compelling and well-written and the world building is fantastic. Such an expansive and intricate world has been created in these pages, if you’re reading this review; you should know it would be a shame to miss out!
Five stars and I can’t wait to read more in this series!

 

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Praise for the Prosperine Series

“A Great read. Had me at the first chapter. Did not want to stop. Love the plot, the storyline, the action!!”

“Great characters; storyline with action, drama, and fast-paced intrigue; and unique description of an alien planet, society and it’s population. Highly recommended. I would get other books in the series.”

“McDermott creates a very original and hopeful future world similar to the kind of sci fi I grew up loving. His alien characters are delightful and believable. I could not wait to read the second book, Rise of the Erlachi which is even better!”

“This is a full-blown outer space adventure. Well described characters and a story that has a nice flow to it. I read it straight thru cover to cover.”

 

About PJ McDermottFractured Prophecy: Science Fiction Action Adventure by PJ McDermott

Born in Scotland, PJ McDermott moved to Australia 50 years ago, and now lives in the tropics in the North Queensland town of Trinity Beach. He started writing after he retired from the corporate treadmill and published his first novel in 2015— Small Fish Big Fish, a coming of age thriller set during the sixties. But he has always read and loved adventure and science fiction books. PJ has fond early memories of hiding under the blankets in his bed, torch in hand, reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Gulliver’s Travels. In his teenage years, like many other kids, he had lots of unanswered questions about God and the purpose of life (is there one?). Even today, similar questions remain unanswered in his mind, providing him with a springboard for his book series, ‘Prosperine’.

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Giveaway

This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of one print or ebook copy of the book. Print is open to Canada, Australia, and the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide. There will be 3 winners. This giveaway ends November 29, 2019, midnight pacific time.

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