Book Review & Giveaway: The Monkey House by Boyd Taylor

21 Feb
  

Book #3 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series

Category: Adult Fiction, 212 pages
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: May 29, 2015
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some adult language and elusion to sex)

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Book Description

This, the third Donnie Ray Cuinn book, pits Donnie against the old friends and new enemies guilty of land fraud and corporate greed. Donnie returns to Austin from his law practice in the Texas Panhandle to confront All-American football player Wesley Bird, his former best friend. In the company of beautiful, athletic Anna Kaye Nordstrom, Donnie experiences the “new” Austin of glitzy condos, trendy restaurants and social media. He also revisits the “old” Austin of barbecue, power politics and greens versus developers. Donnie finds that not much has changed.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. This is the third book I’ve read in the Donnie Cuinn series. I read Hero and The Antelope Play in the past couple of weeks and I have liked them all but they are getting a little better each time.

 Donnie enjoys living and practicing law in a small town in the panhandle of Texas. When he finds out that his former best friend, Wesley, has talked his mom and foster father, Papa, into investing in a big development, Donnie decides to return to Austin. He needs to check things out himself because he doesn’t trust Wesley. Donnie has missed his best friend and gives him another chance. I cringed when he made that decision. It’s obvious that Wesley will never change. 

At the same time, Papa is leading the fight against developers who want to turn the Monkey House and its land into condos and stores. The land is across from the retirement center he and Donnie’s mom live in and many people believe it would make a wonderful park.

This book, like the first two, was difficult to put down once I started it. Not only was there a lot going on, but I had to know if Donnie was going to be able to help Papa and other members of the retirement center. And would they have to live across from modern condos or would they get their park?

I enjoyed getting to know Donnie better in this book and liked that Papa was back. I’m definitely looking forward to reading book four.

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About the Author 


 

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd’s first novel “Hero” was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, “The Antelope Play,” dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, “The Monkey House”, involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel “Necessities” predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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Blog Tour: Twenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates

20 Feb

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Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc.  (Mar 31, 2012)
Category: Literary Fiction, Military Fiction, Adventure, Realistic Fiction
Tour dates: Feb/Mar, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-61434-957-0
Available in Print, ebook, & Audiobook 280 pages

From award-winning author. In 2006, with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raging, Rod Strong enlists in the Army to achieve the goal his father sought before he tragically died in the Gulf War. His objective: The Old Guard regiment, the elite Soldiers who stand as Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Rod overcomes the obstacles that litter his path until an unexpected firefight in Afghanistan changes his life forever.

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Guest Review by Kate M.

When you first pick up ‘Twenty-One Steps Of Courage’, you may think it is biography of a soldier.   The detail in the research Sarah Bates did make it feel that way.  However, it is a work of fiction that would appeal to those who like to read biographies, military fiction and non-fiction.

Rod Strong’s father dies in the Gulf War when he is young but his stories have stuck with Rod all through his childhood.  Especially those of his father serving his country.  Rod makes up his mind that he wants to be a soldier just like his dad.  His father shared his dream of someday becoming a Sentinel Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery.  He never accomplished this dream, due to his death.

On his 18th birthday, Rod enlists in the Army.  His ultimate goal is to accomplish what his father was unable to do.  However, first he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and do all of the training that he did.  His mother is upset when he told her he enlisted.  His older brother is already in the army, serving in Afghanistan.  Rod’s girlfriend, Beth, is not surprised when he tells her that he enlisted.  He talked about his dreams a lot with her but promised they would marry one day.

The details of Rod’s training were very detailed and kept me glued to the book.  I read the ebook which is a good thing, because the cover and pages would have bent and creased with my grip!  The book read like a movie in my mind and I felt like I was in it.  The characters are well written and the sense of place is bang on. This book is a masterpiece and should be made into a movie!  I highly recommend it for all!

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About the Author

Award winning author, Sarah Bates’ fiction has appeared in the Greenwich Village Literary Review, the San Diego North County Times (now the Union-Tribune) and the literary magazine Bravura.

She is the author of ‘The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’, published in 2016, and co-author of the 2005 short story collection, ‘Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories’ by Wild Women. Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years. She privately tutors academic and creative writing students and is writing a new novel.

She is a Military Category Finalist for ‘Twenty-One Steps of Courage’, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, (2013) and 2nd Place Finalist, for ‘The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’, Unpublished Novel-Category, San Diego Book Awards (2015). It has since been published.

Sarah Bates lives in Fallbrook, California.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Golden Gremlin by Rod A. Walters

16 Feb
Book Title: Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers
Author: Rod A. Walters
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 228 pages
Genre: Humor
Publisher: Omega Man Press
Release date: November 2016
Tour dates: Feb 12 to 23, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Mild and indirect innuendo to both sex genitalia, a short essay about the fictional “AssBook,” an essay on current health-care talk, a teaser “is his cord long enough?” to get readers to choose a short piece on electric cars next, etc.)

 

Description

Written to make Dave Barry, Lily Tomlin, and Ben Stein laugh, Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers delivers the experience of a balanced life, and the wisdom to like most of it, and then laugh at the rest of it. What the heck, Barry lives in Miami, habitat of geezers, and Ben Stein is one. The world really needs that push, vigorous or gentle, from misanthropes & geezers, the world’s most valuable golden gremlins. Misanthropes pretend to not like or need other people, but in reality, they merely prefer their own company much of the time. Geezers, aside from that silly name, also like their own company quite well. Both share the virtue of seeing the world calmly. You get pointy bite-sized life pointers from these experienced gremlins, told in easy bite-size chunks. Laughter included in the price! Two out of three wouldn’t be bad either.
Life is good! So laugh a little at yourself on the way through these pointy essays, and that will buy your laughing at the world’s simpler parts, guilt-free.

Golden Gremlin comprises about 70 short essays bundled into six topic areas:

NATURE: boys, ugly drivers, and coffee cups in the ‘fridge.
WORDS: the real meaning of Caucasian and Genre.
BUSINESS: deafness at the economics conference, and getting on AssBook.
KITCHENS: sushi chefs, and truth about manna.
HISTORY: when Hell froze, and Attila the Honey.

Golden boy gets to be GOLDEN GREMLIN: experience overcomes certainty.
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My Review

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

Golden Gremlin is full of stories written by an old geezer with a good sense of humor. Some of the stories are cute and some made me laugh out loud. The prologue is about the author going to meet with his publisher by stealing the Residence’s mower. To make sure he didn’t get pulled over, he made sure he knew how to cut the grass alongside the road so that he would look like a worker mowing. 

I read this book in one sitting but I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I’d just read one or two stories at a time. In fact, I plan on keeping it and doing just that at some point in the future. It’ll be a nice way to wind down before going to bed.

I definitely recommend Golden Gremlin. Anyone who has dealt with the elderly will appreciate it while those who haven’t had that privilege may learn a thing or two.

 

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Rod Walters lives and writes in upstate New York to prove he can be an all-season writer. Since he wants everybody to be all-season persons no matter her or his circumstance, his writing aims sharply toward the practical—without turning into one of those godawful do it ma’ way authors. Life, after all, is practical hour by hour. Self-described as “old enough to know better, and he probably is,” his former life as Army officer, engineer, and administrative assistant could not have better prepared him to write both light and more serious short pieces pointing to creating a balanced life. Chuckling at yourself usually makes a good takeoff, he says. Giving up having to be certain makes for a good landing, especially for one’s friends! Then again, who the heck wants to live a balanced life? Mostly everybody does. That’s why he now writes. Although many friends nudge and badger him to be a Facebook and Twitter butterfly, he tries not to spend many numbing hours a day with circular keyboard tapping. Writing works better.
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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: A Witch’s Trial by N.E. Conneely

16 Feb

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Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 3

Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Sep. 10, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

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When Michelle pulls an old book out of a fire, she finds answers and heartbreak. The book confirms that a demon walks the land, though according to legend they were all dead. Now, she needs to rediscover the secrets to killing demons before her loved ones fall victim.

Elron’s budding relationship with Michelle suffers a blow when his mate returns. While he struggles with love and guilt, it becomes clear that not everyone gets their happily-ever-after.

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N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Narrator Bio

Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

A Witch’s Trial is the third book in A Witch’s Path series. I listened to Witch for Hire and A Witch’s Path in the past couple of weeks. I’ve enjoyed listening to these books and look forward to reading or listening to more in the series.

Michelle continues to face supernatural problems when called by police departments. The more publicity she gets, the more offers she gets to join clans. Some of the offers are more like threats if she doesn’t join. Once in a while Michelle seems a bit whiny but she has a right to with all that is on her plate.

On top of all that, there’s a demon on the loose. Everyone thought demons were a myth or that they were all gone many years ago but they were wrong. Michelle and Elron know they need to find a way to kill the demon but it’s been hundreds, maybe thousands, of years so how could there be anyone still alive to tell them what they need to know?

The narrator is amazing. I originally thought it was two people narrating but it’s just one. He does a great job doing both male and female voices. 

A Witch’s Trial is full of excitement, action, heartbreak, and fantasy.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Murder in Malibu by Deborah Brown

16 Feb

NEW RELEASE….

A year ago, if anyone had told Zach Lazarro he’d settle anywhere other than the Florida Keys, he’d have laughed in their face. Yet here he is in SoCal, launching a private investigations firm with two ex-SEAL buddies, settling into a long-term relationship with L.A. county’s hottest assistant district attorney, Avalon Rossi.

Figures he’d be the one to flush ZSI’s make-or-break job down the toilet. Now his rich, powerful client’s allegedly unfaithful wife is dead. And the evidence isn’t the only thing with gaping holes in it. When it turns out one of ZSI’s own is a suspect, it’ll take more than fast talking to keep him from taking the fall. And another victim from landing in the morgue.

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My Review

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

I’ve read several of Deborah Brown’s books. I love the Florida Keys Mystery Series! So I was looking forward to reading a book from a different series of hers. Although this was a quick read, it still has Deborah Brown’s writing style and her witty humor so how could I not like it?

The characters aren’t quite as developed as I’d like but I’m sure the characters will grow as the series grows. I do like Zach and his team and I look forward to reading more about them!

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I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; writing poetry, short stories, a romance novel secretly stashed under the bed and sappy love letters. Fiction should be fun. I wanted to create the perfect beach book, to make the reader laugh, cry and cheer… and then run out and tell their friends about it.

My love of reading began when I was seven, the day I opened the cover of my first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. Mrs. P gave lessons to other children in how to behave and to me I learned to love the written word. I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Antelope Play by Boyd Taylor

14 Feb

 

Book #2 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series

Category: Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: July 25, 2015
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some minor cursing)

 

Book Description

When Austin native Donnie Cuinn accepts a job as an associate in a Texas Panhandle law firm, his boredom and disdain for Velda, a sleepy Texas town, is forgotten when he gets caught up in a struggle over water rights, possible radioactive contamination of the nation’s largest underground fresh water supply, and the violence of an invading Mexican drug cartel. Along the way, Donnie learns to respect the local rancher, whose brother is at the center of the troubles, and to come to terms with the violent death of his young Mexican wife.

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My Review

 I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. This is the second book I’ve read in the Donnie Cuinn series. I read Hero, the first book in the series, about a week ago. The first book was pretty good but I liked The Antelope Play a lot more. 

 

Donnie got a law degree and is now living in the small town of Velda in the panhandle of Texas. He’s grieving after losing his wife, Cecilia, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. In some ways he’s easy to like but he can be a jerk sometimes. I’m hoping that his character will be a little nicer in the next book now that he might possibly be starting to get over losing Cecilia.

 

There is corruption and questionable things going on in the small town of Velda. Donnie ends up in the middle of companies vying to gain water rights in the area. He thinks something fishy is going on and is determined to find out why the water rights are suddenly so important.

 

There’s a lot going on in Velda and Donnie ends up with a lot on his plate but he has a lot of help from his new assistant Maye and some of his clients and new friends. It was difficult to put this book down once I started it. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series!

 

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BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd’s first novel “Hero” was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, “The Antelope Play,” dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, “The Monkey House”, involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel “Necessities” predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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