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Review: Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr

7 Aug

8-7-2013 8-22-03 PMTitle: Blogger Girl

Author:  Meredith Schorr

Genre:  Fiction

Publisher: Booktrope Editions

Publication Date:  August 2, 2013

Description: What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out. A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.


I was given an ecopy of this book for an honest review. I am so glad! What’s more fun than writing a review about chick lit about a girl who writes reviews about chick lit?

I really enjoyed this book. I have only been blogging/reviewing for a few months but it’s obvious that Meredith Schorr did her homework. She was spot on when describing the process. 

Blogger Girl is funny but it also made me cry at the end. It’s easy to relate to Kim. She has typical female feelings of insecurity when in a new relationship that, hopefully, most of us keep to ourselves since those feelings are usually resolved in time with a caring and nurturing man.

I like the way her feelings are portrayed toward her nemesis from high school. I think that many of us feel that way about someone from those days. The way that relationship develops and how Kim matures is portrayed well.

Blogger Girl is a great book and I highly recommend it! It’s available on Barnes and Noble or Amazon.


Book Reviews

4 Aug


Abdullah, Shaila – Manual for Marco

Abel, L. Sydney – Timothy Other

Adams, Marion – Go to Sleep!

Adamson, D.J. – Admit to Mayhem

Adamson, D.J. – Let her Go

Adamson, D.J. – Suppose

Akers, L.L. – Let Me Go

Alexis, Isaac, M.D. – Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond

Allen, D.S. – The Headmaster’s Cave

Allen, Liana-Melissa – Donkey’s Kite

Allen, Liana-Melissa – The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey

Allen, Nancy – A Wolf in the Woods

Allen, Sally – Unlocking Worlds

Alsever, Jennifer – Ember Burning

Alsever, Jennifer – Oshun Rising

Amani, Ahmad – Big Fish

Amani, Ahmad – Math City

Amphlett, Rachel – Call to Arms

Amphlett, Rachel – Hell to Pay

Amphlett, Rachel – One to Watch

Amphlett, Rachel – Scared to Death

Amphlett, Rachel – Will to Live

Amsden, Christine – Cassie Scot Paranormal Detective

Amsden, Christine – Frozen

Amsden, Christine – Kaitlin’s Tale

Amsden, Christine – Madison’s Song

Amsden, Christine – Mind Games

Amsden, Christine – Secrets & Lies

Amsden, Christine – Stolen Dreams

Anders, Alivia – An Ice Princess Heart

Anderson, Evangeline – Claimed

Anderson, Evangeline – Hunted

Anderson, Evangeline – Sought

Annechino, D. M. – A Piece of You

Annechino, D. M. – Hypocrisy

Annechino, D. M. – Resuscitation

Annechino, D. M. – They Never Die Quietly

Archer, Liam – Anne Boleyn’s Ghost

Anzaldua,  Theresa – We Had a Job To Do

Arnold, Carolyn – City of Gold

Arnold, Carolyn – Halloween is Murder

Arnold, Carolyn –Money is Murder

Arnold, Carolyn – Power Struggle

Arnold, Carolyn – Remnants

Arnold, Carolyn – The Day Job is Murder

Arnold, Carolyn – The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh

Arnold, Carolyn – Vacation is Murder

Arnold, Kathryne – The Fear of Things to Come

Arnold, Kathryne – The Resurrection of Hannah

Arntson, Jennifer – Scavenger Girl: Season of Atchem

Arntson, Jennifer – Scavenger Girl: Season of Hytalia

Arntson, Jennifer – Scavenger Girl: Season of Talium

Ashworth, Lizzie – Hers to Choose

Atinsky, Noam – The Flower Fairy Superhero

Atwood, Deb – 31 Ghost Novels to Read Before You Die

Aurora, Belle – Love Thy Neighbour


Bagert, Brod – Captain Perseverance: How I Became a Superhero

Bainbridge, Ruth – Savage Summer

Baker, Eliot – The Last Ancient

Baker, Misty – Quentin’s Problem

Baratono, Ron – The Writings of Ron Baratono

Barker, J.D. – The Fifth to Die (4MK #2)

Barker, J.D. – The Fourth Monkey (4MK #1)

Barrett, Andres – Archangel

Bartlett, P. S. – Fireflies

Bartlett, P. S. – Hope from the Ocean

Bassett, Aspen – A Penny Lost

Bastian, Kimberlee Ann – The Breedling & the City in the Garden

Bawden, A. L. – The Enchantress of Lynniah

Bayes, Marjorie – The Princess and the Dragon

Beattie, Ulla – The Siren

Beber, Michelle – Angels, Angels Everywhere

Belcastro, Lisa – Shenandoah Dreams

Benest, Glenn & Dale Pitman – INK

Bennett, Catherine – Devon’s Choice

Bennett, Nikki – From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson

Bergles, Matt – Larry Saves the Prairie

Berndt, David – Overcoming Anxiety

Besson, Sam  – A Rare Nativity

Billings, Ian – Ian Billings’ Lost Property

Birkbeck, S.D. – Sir Ockham’s Journey

Birlidis, V. C. – Muse Unexpected

Birri, Alec – A Medical Miracle?

Birri, Alec – The Curing Begins

Birri, Alec – The Final Correction

Bissell, Jonathan – Dream in Color, Think in Black & White

Black, Richard L. – Maximus

Blackburn, J.A. – Dragon Defender

Blom, Jen K. – New Pony Day!

Bloom, Bernice – Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl

Blue, Sebastien – Liquid Diamond

Boekweg, Sheena; Crouse,  Melanie; Sabrina West – Alchemy

Bogan, Paulette – Bossy Flossy

Bogle, Katherine – Haven

Bohacz, Kevin – Immortality

Borden, Louise – The Little Ships

Botelho, Richard – Reason for Existence

Boyce, S.M. – Heritage

Boyce, S.M. – Illusion

Boyce, S.M. – Lichgates

Boyce, S.M. – The Misanthrope: Stone’s Story

Boyce, S.M. – Treason

Branham, Shanae – DiSemblance

Brewster, Tich – Devada

Brewster, Tich – Divulgence

Brockmann, Suzanne & Melanie – Wild Sky

Brothers, Marilee – Baby Gone Bye

Brown, Deborah – Ambushed in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #12)

Brown, Deborah – Blownup in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #14)

Brown, Deborah – Christmas in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #13)

Brown, Deborah – Crazy in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #1)

Brown, Deborah – Executed in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #9)

Brown, Deborah – Greed in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #5)

Brown, Deborah – Hurricane in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #10)

Brown, Deborah – Kidnapped in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #7)

Brown, Deborah – Lottery in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #11)

Brown, Deborah – Murder in Malibu

Brown, Deborah – Revenge in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series #6)

Buchanan, Neil John – Wind Walker

Budayr, Valarie – Dragons are Real

Bueno, Fabio – Wicked Sense

Burnsworth, David – Southern Heat


Cadiz, Annabell – Lucifer

Cahoon, Lynn – Murder on Wheels

Caiola, Louise – the making of nebraska brown

Campbell, G.D. – War of Desire

Cannon, Zoe – The Torturer’s Daughter

Cano, Kim – On the Inside

Caplan, Anthony – The Victor’s Heritage

Caplan, Anthony – Savior

Carlisle, Susan – The Nurse He Shouldn’t Notice

Carmichael, L. E. – Fox Talk

Carr, Lauren – A Fine Year for Murder

Carr, Lauren – Cancelled Vows

Carr, Lauren – Candidate for Murder

Carr, Lauren – ICE

Carr, Lauren – Kill and Run

Carr, Lauren – Killer in the Band

Carr, Lauren – Old Loves Die Hard

Carr, Lauren – Shades of Murder

Carr, Lauren – The Murders at Astaire Castle

Carr, Lauren – Three Days to Forever

Carr, Lauren – Twofer Murder

Carter, Mary – Meet me in Barcelona

Carver, D.W. – The Memory Plot

Casey, Barbara – Assata Shakur

Casey, Barbara – Kathryn Kelly

Casey, Barbara – The Cadence of Gypsies

Casey, Barbara – The Clock Flower

Casey, Barbara – The House of Kane

Casey, Barbara – The Wish Rider

Cassitas, Cassia – Riding

Chand, Emlyn – Mike and the Dog-gone Labradoodle

Chand, Emlyn – Sammy Steals the Show

Chapman, Marina – the girl with no name

Charles, Mitchell – The Kingdom of Oceana

Chuka, David – Billy and Monster’s Golden Christmas

Clark, J.L. – Lilith Links

Clark, R.M. – Dizzy Miss Lizzie

Clarke, Marcus – For the Term of His Natural Life

Clarkson, L.J. – Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha

Coburn, Jennifer – We’ll Always Have Paris

Cohn, Lisa & Michael – Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy

Cohn, Lisa & Michael – Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts

Coletti, Aubrey – Altered

Coletti, Aubrey – Evolved

Coletti, Aubrey – Shattered

Colvin, Delia J. – The Mists of Time

Comeaux, Jennifer – Fighting for the Edge

Conneely, N.E. – A Witch’s Concern

Conneely, N.E. – A Witch’s Path

Conneely, N.E. – A Witch’s Trial

Conneely, N.E. – Witch for Hire

Conroy, Christopher – Anzard

Cook, Donna – Gift of the Phoenix

Cook, Vera Jane – Dancing Backward in Paradise

Cook, Vera Jane – Pleasant Day

Copely, Kaley – Ruse

Coppola, Anne Turner – Fly Away Free

Core, J. David – Confessions of the Cuckold

Cosmo, A.J. – The Monster That Ate My Socks

Costello, Patty – Catalina and the King’s Wall

Courtney, Brina – Runaway

Covella, Linda – Cryptogram Chaos

Craig, Joel – Welcome to Nursing HELLo

Creeden, Pauline – Sanctuary

Crosby, Linda Lou – Adventures with Ragweed

Cunningham, Andrew – Deadly Shore


Dablemont, Larry – The Front Bench Regulars

Dall, Jessica – The Copper Witch

de Antoñana, Gonzalo Martinez & Mosquera, María José – David Travels to the Past

de Largie, Vanessa – Don’t Hit Me!

de Leon, Miguel Lopez – Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Knight of the Leaf

Dehghanpisheh, Corine – #BabyLove: My Social Live

DeLucia, Shevaun – Eternal Mixture

Deveaux, Christy – Wicka

DiBenedetto, J.J. – Dream Child (Dreams #3)

DiBenedetto, J.J. – Dream Doctor (Dreams #2)

DiBenedetto, J.J. – Dream Family (Dreams #4)

DiBenedetto, J.J. – Dream Student (Dreams #1)

DiBenedetto, J.J. – Fever Dream (Dreams #9)

DiBenedetto, J.J. – Waking Dream (Dreams #5)

Dickson, Allison M. – Strings

Diedrichs, Richard – Cherry Blossom

Diehl, Daniel – Deluge

Diehl, Daniel – Out of Time

Diehl, Daniel – Revelations

Diehl, Daniel – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

DiLucchio, Jane – Vacations Can be Murder

Dioro, MaryAnn – Who is Jesus?

DiSanto, Kathy – Amanda’s Eyes

Dowson, Mandy – Doctor-in-law

Doyle, Ken – Bombay Behl

Doyle, Ken – Saturday Date

Drabble, Matt – Abra-Cadaver

Driver, D.G. – Passing Notes

Duncan, Carly – Behind You

Dunn, Ken – The Greatest Prospector in the World

Duxbury, Tony Leslie – The Adventures of Jojo Smith


Earle, T. Lucas – The 13th Prophet

Eden, Deirdra – Hidden Fire

Eden, Deirdra – Knight of Light

Elkins, Russell – Sparks the Matchmaker

Ellard, Jae – The Five Truths about Work-Life Balance

Emerson, David E. – Keeping you on the Mother Road – A Route 66 Travel Guide 2013

Enright, John – New Jerusalem News

Erick, Lance – Reborn

Erlick, Lance – Regina Shen: Defiance (Regina Shen #3)

Erlick, Lance – Regina Shen: Endurance (Regina Shen #4)

Erlick, Lance – Regina Shen: Resilience (Regina Shen #1)

Erlick, Lance – Regina Shen: Vigilance (Regina Shen #2)

Erlick, Lance – Xenogeneic

Even, Irene – A Life of the Twentieth Century

Eversley, A.J. – Carbon

Eversley, A.J. –Savior

Eversley, A.J. – Watcher


Fahey, Mark J.G. – Halley’s Casino

Fairchild, Lia – Circle in the Sand

Felix, Gillian – Bad Uncle (Family Portrait Series Book 5)

Felix, Gillian – Bastard’s Brew (Family Portrait Series Book 3)

Felix, Gillian – The Banovic Siblings (Family Portrait Series Book 2)

Felix, Gillian – Changes (Family Portrait Series Book 1)

Felix, Gillian – Perfect Escape (Family Portrait Series Book 4) 

Festa, Shana – Asylum (Time of Death #2)

Festa, Shana – Induction (Time of Death #1)

Fewings, Vanessa – Bohemian

Fewings, Vanessa – Mortal Veil

Ficklestein, Theodore – I Killed the Man Who Wrote this Book

Ficklestein, Theodore – This Book Needs a Title Volume 2

Finn, K.C. – The Book of Shade (Shadeborn Series #1)

Finn, K.C. – The Bloodshade Encounters & The Songspinner  (Shadeborn Series # 2)

Finsnes, Gry – Vanished in Berlin

Flynn, P.J. – The Mysteries of the Magical Horse

Fogle, Emily – Chasing Flames

Forbes, Jamie Lisa – The Widow Smalls & Other Stories

Ford, Pamela – Fresh Brewed

Ford, Pamela – Over Easy

Foster, Melissa – Where Petals Fall

Francis, Lloyd G. – From Rum to Roots

Fullbright, Lee – The Angry Woman Suite


Gabelman, Teresa – Adam

Gabelman, Teresa – Duncan

Gabelman, Teresa – Sid

Gable, Sofia Diana – Two Brothers: Origin

Gagnier, Josh – The Demon Within

Gaiman, Neil – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Gallagher, P.K. – Cerberus

Gamble, Emelle – December Wedding

Gamble, Emelle – Molly Harper

Garcia, R.J. – Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

Garner, Deborah – A Flair for Chardonnay

Garner, Deborah – A Flair for Drama

Garner, Deborah – Crazy Fox Ranch

Garner, Deborah – Gingerbread at Moonglow

Garner, Deborah – Hutchins Creek Cache

Gatlin, J.C. – Prey of Desire

Gaughan, Evie – The Cross of Santiago

George, Christina – Climax (The Publicist Book 3)

George, Christina – Shelf Life (The Publicist Book 2)

George, Christina – The Publicist (The Publicist Book 1)

Gerard, Kevin – Dragons of the Dark Rift

Gerard, Kevin – Spirits of the Sun

Gerassimenko, Nadia – Moonchild Dreams

Gillam, June – House of Eire

Gillespie, Robert – The Adventures of Popcorn and Jelly Bean

Gilmore, RM – Becoming

Gilmore, RM – Bound

Gilmore, RM – Endless Night

Gilmore, RM – Existence

Gilmore, RM – Forsaken

Gilmore, RM – Sacrifice

Gilmore, RM – The Scene

Gilmore, RM – White Walls

Girl with the Tree Tattoo – Ballroom Budgeting: How I Afford to Dance (Dance Diaries #2)

Girl with the Tree Tattoo – Learning Ballroom Dance: What I Wish I Had Known (Dance Diaries #1)

Giordano, Joe – Birds of Passage

Godwin, E.J. – Rite of Exile

Goel, Sima – Fleeing the Hijab

Goldenberg, Eileen – Pinkie McCloud and How She Saved Ballooze

Goltz, Helen – Ophelia Adrift

Goody, Heidi & Iain Grant – A Spell in the Country

Gordon, Michael – The Angry Dragon

Graff, M.K. – Death Unscripted

Graff, Marnie – The Blue Virgin

Graff, Marnie – The Green Remains

Graff, Marnie – The Scarlet Wench

Graham, Joshua – Latent Image

Graham, Katherine – The Poofiest Pong

Grasso, Julie Ann – Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco

Grasso, Julie Ann – Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor

Graves, Jennifer & Clawson, Emily – A Light in Dark Places

Gray, Robert – Eve Hallows and the Book of Shivers

Grayson, Josh – SIA

Greatrex, L.J. – Informed Decision

Greatrex, L.J. – Without a Doubt

Greaves, David – Mr. Snuffles’ Birthday

Greenwald, Carlyn – Effectuation

Grimmett, Neil – The Hoard

Grimmett, Neil – The Threshing Circle

Grippo, Donald R. – To Sleep…Perchance to Die

Grivante – Curse of the Zombie Omelet

Grivante – Zombie School Lockdown

Grunert, Jeanne – An Ancient Gift and Other Stories

Guare, Kathryn – Deceptive Cadence

Guignard, Lars – Zoe & Zak & the Ghost Leopard

Guignard, Lars – Zoe & Zak & the Tiger Temple

Guignard, Lars – Zoe & Zak & the Yogi’s Curse

Guillen, John – Divided Within

Gulesserian, Joseph – Newspaper Boys Always Deliver

Gunhus, Jeff – Jack Templar and the Last Battle

Gunhus, Jeff – Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons

Gunhus, Jeff – Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires

Gunhus, Jeff – Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves

Gunhus, Jeff – Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy

Gunhus, Jeff – Jack Templar Monster Hunter

Gunhus, Jeff – Killer Pursuit

Gunhus, Jeff – Killer Within

Gunhus, Jeff – Night Terror


Hanmer, Gahan – The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

Hannah, Sophie – The Warning

Hannon, Irene – Deceived

Haremza, John – Right or Almost Right

Harper, Paulette – Princess Nevaeh

Harper, Paulette – Secret Places Revealed

Harris, Susan – Another Way to Bleed

Hartner, Mike – I, James

Hatcher, Robin Lee – The Heart’s Pursuit

Haven, Talia – Krim Du Shaw

Haven, Talia – Mama Cried

Hawke, Lee S. – Dissolution

Hayes, Alice – The Thread that Binds

Hayes, Trudie L. – Convergence

Hazelgrove, William – Real Santa

Hazelgrove, William – The Pitcher

Heiner, Tamara Hart – Tornado Warning

Heldt, John A. – The Mine

Helms, Cindy – Outside, Inside

Helms, Cindy – Who’s New?

Helms, E. Michael – Deadly Catch

Helms, E. Michael – Of Blood & Brothers

Hemerl, Kristen – Inspector Dewey

Henry, Angela – Knight’s Fall

Herbert, Pat – The Bockhampton Road Murders

Herbert, Pat – The Mop and Bucket Murders

Herrick, Ann – Also Known as Lard Butt

Heyer, Joy – Duck, Duck, Moose

Heywood, Carey – Sawyer Says

Hicks, Shanelle – The Toothless Tooth Fairy

Highley, Kendra C. – The Matt Archer Series

Hightower, Babs – Public Relations for Authors

Hipp, Helen C. – A Different Kind of Safari

Hipp, Helen C. – Rosie & Friends: One-of-a-Kindness

Hipp, Helen C. – Rosie & Friends: Positively Different

Holden, Stan – Giving Candy to Strangers

Holden-White, James – The Forgotten Princess

Holliday, Scott – Stonefly

Holub, Joan & Patricelli, Leslie – Brush Your Hair, Medusa!

Holub, Joan & Patricelli, Leslie – Make a Wish, Midas!

Holub, Joan & Williams, Suzanne – Cinderella Stays Late

Holub, Joan & Williams, Suzanne – Red Riding Hood Gets Lost

Hoover, Colleen – Hopeless

Hope, Leela – Derek the Dragon

Hope, Leela – Derek the Dragon & the Missing Socks

Hope, Leela – Derek the Dragon & Princess Dayna

Hopson, Kevin – Broken Family

Horton, NLB – The Brothers’ Keepers

Horton, NLB – When Camels Fly

Hosack, Mark – The Good Spy Dies Twice

Housley, Emily Elizabeth – The Bunny Buffet

Howard, Laura – The Danaan Trilogy Boxed Set

Hubbard, Rebecca – The Gift

Hughes, Ajenique – Sovereignty

Hughes, Dean – Home and Away

Hunt, Ashley – Awarded to the Alien


Iova, Ica – She Never Got to Say Goodbye


Jackson, Sheila L. – Where Was God?

Jane, Shannon – How to Attract Amazing, Happy Relationships

Jaynes, Jennifer – Don’t Say a Word

Jeffers, S.A. – Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest

Jenn, Denise L. – Annalise’s Up and Down Day

Jenniviere, Lady – Never Ending Bad Day

Johansen, Lisa Tillinger – Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off!

Johansen, R.C. – Skeleton Friend

John, David – The Adventures of Mitee Mite

John, MM – The Death of Ink

Johnson, Dwight – The Ethical Coach Leader

Johnson, Noizchild – Distorted Lullaby

Jones, Marie D. – EKHO

Jones, Nick – Sarah’s Shadow

Jones, Silk – The Interview: Law Firm Erotica Book 1


Kade, Stacey – The Rules

Kaufman, Lory S. – The Bronze & the Brimstone

Kaufman, Lory S. – The Lens & the Looker

Kaur, Nidhi – A Journey to Yonder

Kay, Angela – Blood Runs Cold

Kay, Angela – I Can Kill

Kay, Angela – The Murder of Manny Grimes

Kaye, Glynna – High Country Holiday

Kayne, Tela – LaLa Feels Blah-La

Keels, Nadine C. – The Movement of Crowns

Kelly, Angie – The Versaille Vendetta

Kerr, J.A. – The Braille Club

Ketch, Kelsey – Daughter of Isis

Keville, Matthew – The Truth of Rock & Roll

Keyes, Stephanie – The Star Catcher

Kihn, Greg – Rubber Soul

Kilpack, Josi – Fortune Cookie

Kilpack, Josi – Wedding Cake 

Kincheloe, Jennifer – The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

Kindler, C. – The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear Books 1,2, and 3

King, Peyton – The Hokey Pokey Pirates

Kirtley, Missy – The Royals: Eddie

Klavan, Andrew – Nightmare City

Knowles, S. M. – Awakening Dream

Knowles, S.M. – Runaway

Knowles, S. M. – Unusual Awakening

Kommuru, Subhash – Mother’s Love Can Conquer Any Fear!

Kopas, Stevie – All Good Things

Kopas, Stevie – Haven

Kopas, Stevie – The Breadwinner

Kozeniewski, Stephen – Braineater Jones

Kramon, Justin – The Preservationist

Krasner, Barbara – Liesl’s Ocean Rescue

Krishna, McArthur & Spalding, Bethany – Girls Who Choose God

Krueger, Rathan – Lie

Krugertietz, Peggy – Yell and Shout and Cry and Pout

Kumanchik, Cynthia – Identity

Kurt, Erin & Laara Exsnar – The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric


Lace, Lisa – Water World Warrior

Ladd, Jason B. – One of the Few

Laferney, Jeff – Bulletproof

Laferney, Jeff – Jumper

Laferney, Jeff – Lost and Found

Lansberg, Connie – The Perfect Tear

Larsen, Annette K. – Just Ella

Larsen, Annette K.  – Missing Lily

Lauren, Holly – Expertus

Lauren, Holly – Tempus

Lauren, Holly – Veritas

Lawson, J.W. – Mummy’s Little Angel

Le Fevre, Wade Joseph – At the Wolf’s Door

Le Fevre, Wade Joseph – Covenant

Le Fevre, Wade Joseph – Snipe Hunt

Le Fevre, Wade Joseph – Terrorizing Jude

Leavitt, Caroline – Is This Tomorrow

LeBel, Steve – The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Lost Girl

LeBel, Steve – The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty

Leder, Rich – Emboozlement

Leder, Rich – Swollen Identity

Leder, Rich – Workman’s Complication

LeeAnne, Lynda – Adam, Enough Said

LeVasseur, Brent – Aoléon The Martian Girl

LeVasseur, Brent – Aoléon The Martian Girl Part 2: The Luminess of Mars

LeVasseur, Brent – Aoléon The Martian Girl Part 3: The Hollow Moon

LeVasseur, Brent – Aoléon The Martian Girl Part 4: Illegal Aliens

LeVasseur, Brent – Aoléon The Martian Girl Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia

Licate, Camille – Small Shoes

Lindhagen, Emma – Going Home

Lindman, Lisa E. – The Fox Forest Band

Linn, Eugene – Red Dot

Linnea, Sharon & Sherer, B.K. – Chasing Eden

Linnea, Sharon & Sherer, B.K. – Plagues of Eden

Littaney, Nirit – Bad Boy Bradley

Littaney, Nirit – Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom

Littaney, Nirit – Dave the Brave

Loney, Bryant A. – To Hear the Ocean Sigh

Loomis, K. Kris –  Three Modern Shorts: The Bedroom Stories

Loomis, K. Kris –  Three Modern Shorts: The Bus Stories

Loomis, K. Kris – Three Modern Shorts: The Cafe Stories

Loomis, K. Kris –  Three Modern Shorts: The Funeral Home Stories

Loomis, K. Kris –  Three Modern Shorts:  The Park Stories

Loraine, Elizabeth – Collier – Phantom Lives Book One

Lukidis, Lydia – Gerbs in the House: The Dilly Dally Bedtime

Lynn, Lisa – The Metabolism Solution

Lyons, Maggie – Dewi and the Seeds of Doom


MacKinney, Hawk – Curse of the Ancients

MacKinney, Hawk – Hidden Chamber of Death

MacKinney, Hawk – Westobou Gold

Mae, Jackie – If…Lost or Found

Malandrinos, Cheryl – Amos Faces His Bully

Malone, Dawn – Bingo Summer

Mancini, Ruth – Swimming Upstream

Manning, Diane Daniels – Almost Perfect

Manning, Dr. Phillip Lars – Dinomummy

Marie, Tessa – Prove Me Wrong

Marino, Massimo – Daimones

Marino, Massimo – Once Humans

Marshall, David & Carl – The Book of Myself

Martens, Dawn & Minton, Emily – Whiskey Lullaby

Martialay, Judy – HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish

Martin, Gail Gaymer – Rescued by the Firefighter

Marton, Dana – Girl in the Water

Marx, D.D. – Beyond Believing

Marx, D.D. – Beyond Forever

Marx, D.D. – Beyond Love

Marx, D.D – The Dan Diaries

Matthews, Kendra Vallone & Jim Vallone – The Boy and the Bottle

Matula, Michael David – Second Chance

Matula, Michael David – Try Not to Burn

Maurin, Thomas – Broken Trust

Maus, Tegon – Bob

Maw, Laura – Ollie the Orca

May, Alexandra – The Battle for Arcanon Major

McBoop – Whiny Whiny Rhino

McConkie, Carol – Fat Girl Fairy Boy

McDine, Donna M. – A Sandy Grave

McDine, Donna M. – Dee and Deb Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters

McDine, Donna M. – Powder Monkey

McDowell, E. M. – Dark Luminance

McIntosh, John & Elizabeth – Mastering Negative Impulse Thoughts

McKeown, Theresa A. – How to Eat Your ABC’s

McKeown, Theresa A. – The ABC’s of Living Green

McKnight, D. S. – Of Dreams and Shadow

McLean, Julianne & Lynch, Mark – Cocktails & Mock-tales

McPherson, Christopher Geoffrey – Murder at Eastern Columbia

Meeks, Christopher – A Death in Vegas

Melia, Sally Ann – Exile

Melia, Sally Ann – Hunter

Melia, Sally Ann – Kidnap

Messel, Greg – Fog City Strangler

Messel, Greg – Shadows in the Fog

Mesterom – Oki & Harlo: Fairytale Friends

Meyer, John; Sperber, Emily; Alexander, Heather; Meyer, Stephanie H. – Bullying Under Attack

Micchelli, Lauren – I love My Pet Elephant

Michaels, Cat – Sweet T and the North Wind

Michaels, Daphne – The Gifted

Michaels, Aria – Ballistic

Michaels, Aria – Killshot

Michaels, Greg – The Secrets of the Casanova

Miller II, J.K. – The Narrow Three

Miller, Sarka-Jonae – Between Boyfriends

Miller, Sarka-Jonae – Between the Sheets

Mitchell, Lisa Whitney – Fearless Joe Dearborne

Moon, Ariella – Spell Fire

Moon, Ariella – Spell for Sophia

Moore – Bitten

Moore, Leigh Talbert – Behind the Stars

Moraja, Melissa Perry – Isabella Babysits Baxter

Moulton, M. C. – Arcanum

Mulberry, Andy – Skycastle, the Demon and Me

Munro, L. Davis – Emmy Nation, Undercover Sufragette

Munsey, Michael Warren – An Average Joe’s Pursuit for Financial Freedom

Murphy, C.L. – Lobo Goes to the Galapagos

Murphy, C.L. – Lobo’s Howliday

Murphy, C.L. – Selfies in the Wild

Muse, Angela – Ten Thankful Turkeys

Music Audio Stories – Weird & Wonderful


Nadeau, Louise Courey – Magelica’s Voyage

Nadeau, Louise Courey – The Rescue

Nader, Elisa – Escape from Eden

Nanji, Zaheen – Attract Your Ideal Weight

Neal, Buffi – Wonderfully Dysfunctional

Neftzger, Amy – The War of Words

Noble, Justin – Betty Bladder Makes a Big Decision

Noble, Justin – Nurse Vaccine

Nolen, Laura Liddell – The Ark


O’Brien, Barry; Mirza-Javed; Melendez, Kaj – Ace London

O’Brien, Megan – Axel

O’Russell, Megan – The Girl Without Magic

Ogura, Glenn – Startup

Olive, Avery – Won’t Let Go

Oron, Hagit R. – Bear with Bear

Oron, Hagit R. & Or – Bravo and Elphie

Oron, Hagit R. – Elphie and Dad Go on an Epic Adventure

Oron, Hagit R. & Or – Elphie Goes Trick or Treating

Oron, Hagit R. & Or – Bravo and Elphie

Oron, Hagit R. & Or – Elphie Goes Trick or Treating

Ostler, Savannah – Happily Ever After High School

Othitis, Anna – Africa’s Big “Five” Wildlife Animals

Othitis, Anna – The Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Othitis, Anna – The Seven Wonders of the World


Padowicz, Julian – Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories

Page, Gwyneth Jane – The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse in Canada

Page, Gwyneth Jane – The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse in Queensland

Palm, O. Hakan – Surviving Hitler

Panda, Jake G. – The Case of the Cursed Dodo

Pandian, Gigi – Michaelangelo’s Ghost

Parkinson, S.J. – Twinkle

Pearce, John – Last Stop Paris

Pease, D. Robert – Dream Warriors

Pedersen, David J. – Clod Makes a Friend

Pelaccia, Francesca – The Witch’s Salvation

Pepper, Sarah J. – Forgotten & Twisted Games

Pepper, Sarah J. – Snow White Lies

Pepper, Sarah J. – The Death of the Mad Hatter

Perich, John – Too Late to Run

Perkin, Tia – Two!

Perren, Jeffrey – Clonmac’s Bridge

Persinger, Ted – The Juke

Peters, Jeff J. – Cathadeus

Peterson, Holly – The Idea of Him

Petrosini, Dan – The Final Enemy

Piacente, Steve – Bootlicker

Pieters, Richard – Dark Light

Pike, J. Zachary – The Cabal of Thotash

Pitts, Tiffany – Double Blind

Prince, Jessica – Nightmares from Within

Pooker, J.D. – The Ifs

Pooker, J.D. – The Ifs Return

Pousti, Michael Cyrus – America is an Idea and the American Dream is for Everyone

Pritsos, Michael – Short-lived

Pulioff, Kristin – Princess Madeline and the Dragon

Pyron, Bobbie – Lucky Strike


Quinn, Susan Kay – The Singularity Series


Ramos, Bethany – Lions Can’t Eat Spaghetti

Ratliffe, Troy Aaron – Do I Bother You at Night?

Ray, Paisley – Deep Fried & Pickled

Reddy, Gita – Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous

Reddy, Gita – Cinderella’s Escape

Reddy, Gita – Never Ever

Reddy, Gita – Super-Duper Monty

Reddy, Gita – The Ant Thief

Reed, Michelle E. – Life A.D.

Reed, Michelle E. – M.I.A.: Missing in Atman

Rhimes, Shonda – Year of Yes

Richards, Natalie D. – One Was Lost

Richards, Sandra L. – Rice & Rocks

Richardson, Cherlisa Starks – Summer Rain

Richman, N.D. – Brothers, Bullies, and Bad Guys

Richman, N.D. – Sinners, Survivors, and Saints

Ricks, M. Ann – The Shift

Ridley, R.M. – The Ties That Bind

Right, Emma – Keeper of Reign

Riva, Peter – Murder on Safari

Riva, Peter – The Path

Rizzo, Theresa – Silent Sentry

Rizzo, Theresa – The Lives Between Us

Roberts, Ruth – To Love and Protect

Robinson, Diane Mae – Sir Princess Petra

Robinson, Diane Mae – Sir Princess Petra’s Mission

Robinson, Diane Mae – Sir Princess Petra’s Talent

Robinson, Diane Mae – The Dragon Grammar Book

Robinson, James, Jr. – The Long Goodbye

Roble, M. L. – The Magician’s Doll

Roble, M. L. – The Worlds Traveler

Rodriguez, Gary – Escape Through the Wilderness

Rommel, Keith – The Sinful Man

Root, Howard – Among the Mohegans

Rosado-Machain, Julian – Guardians Inc.: The Cypher

Rose, Hayley – The Do’s and Don’ts

Rose, Lila – Black Out

Rose, Lila – Climbing Out

Rose, Lila – Holding Out

Rose, Lila – No Way Out

Roth, Veronica – Divergent

Rourke, Stacey – Ascension (Gryphon #4)

Rourke, Stacey – Conduit (Gryphon #1)

Rourke, Stacey – Embrace (Gryphon #2)

Rourke, Stacey – Sacrifice (Gryphon #3)

Roy, Monique – Across Great Divides

Rue- An Average Curse

Rue – It’s Not My Favorite (The Lake Effect Series #1)

Rue – Key to the Journey

Rue – My Favorite Second Chance (The Lake Effect Series #2)

Rue – Taken by the Shadow

Rue – The Courage of Kahu

Rue – The Shadow Calls

Ruiz, Ronald L. – Jesusita

Ruzzier, Sergio – Bear and Bee

Ryan, Julie – Jenna’s Journey

Ryan, Kaylee – Levitate

Ryan, Kaylee – Tempting Tatum

Ryan, Shari J. – Fissure Free

Ryan, Shari J. – Red Nights

Ryan, Shari J. – schasm

Ryan, Shari J. – TAG

Ryan, Shari J. – When Fully Fused


Saftich, Michelle – Port of No Return

Sagliana, Devan – The Rising Dead

Sagliana, Devan – Zombie Attack! Army of the Dead

Saign, Geoffrey – Gorgon (Whipeye Chronicles #2)

Saign, Geoffrey – WhipEye (Whipeye Chronicles #1)

Saint James, Michael – Bridges of Paris

Salisbury, Amanda – Moon Mail & Star Kisses

Sanchez, Ricardo – Bigfoot Blues

Sawyer-Aitch, Anne – Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City

Schatt, Stan – A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer

Schenk-de Michele, Hope & Paul Marquez with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff – The Devil’s Daughter

Schoellkopf, Nancy – Yellow-Billed Magpie

Schoenberger, Debra – To Be a Child

Schorr, Meredith – Blogger Girl

Schreiber, Serena – Finn’s Rocket

Scott, Michael Allan – Grey Daze

Scotti, Jenny – The Bridesmaid

Segura, Alex – Dangerous Ends

Serrah, Brantwijn – Lotus Petals

Shardlow, Giselle & Gedzyk, Emily – Hello Bali

Shardlow, Giselle – Rachelle’s Day in the Garden

Shearin, Leigh – John Bloom and the Victory Garden

Shelby, Quig – 100 Points

Shepard – Not for Profit

Sheridan, Aoife Marie – City of Secrets

Sheridan, Aoife Marie – Eden Forest

Sheridan, Aoife Marie – Hunters

Sherwood, J.J. – Kings or Pawns

Shoup, Jane – Untamed

Sidwell, Adam Glendon – Fetch

Siegel, Alex – Seams in Reality

Sienkiewicz, Linda K. – In the Context of Love

Sims, Robyn & Joanne Larcom – Ben’s School Daze

Sirota, Corrie – Someone Died…Now What?

Skilton, Sarah – Bruised

Smith, Jermain – Brooklyn Astronaut

Smith, K.N. – The Urban Boys

Smith, Stormy – Bound by Duty (Bound 1)

Smith, Stormy – Bound by Prophecy (Bound 3)

Smith, Stormy – Bound by Spells (Bound 2)

Smith, Stormy – Bound Together

Smith, Tiffany Nicole – Burkley and the Beasts: The Sea Serpent

Smyth, Devin K. – The Contaminants

Sneed, Theresa – Elias of Elderberry

Sorensen, Helena – Shiloh

Sowards, Ben – Asleep on the Hay

Stephen, Lee – Dawn of Destiny

Stephen, Lee – Outlaw Trigger

Stern, Teresa – Grocery Store Alphabet Game

Stevens, Grace – 10 Things to do Today to be Happy

Stevens, Karen Lee – Animals Have Feelings, Too!

Stewart, Whitney – A Catfish Tale

Stewart, Whitney – Meditation is an Open Sky

Stockman, Jolene – Jawbreaker

Stone, Danika – Edge of Wild

Stone, F. – Forbidden: Better Wear Your Flak Jacket

Storm, Aiden – Lycanthor the Werewolf

Story, Colleen M. – Loreena’s Gift

Strand, Joyce T. – Fair Disclosure

Strand, Joyce T. – Hilltop Sunset

Strand, Joyce T. – Landscape for Murder

Strand, Kai – The Lumpy Duckling

Strauss, Lee – Murder on the SS Rosa

Sullivan, Michael Jon & Larkin, Shelley – The SockKids Say NO to Bullying

Sullivan, Nick – Deep Shadow

Summers, Cara – No Holds Barred

Summers, Cara – No Risk Refused

Sun, Jennifer – Two Tales of the Moon

Swan, Maria Grazia – Desert Moon


Tallis, F. R. – The Sleep Room

Taylor, Boyd – Hero

Taylor, Boyd – Necessities

Taylor, Boyd – The Antelope Play

Taylor, Boyd – The Monkey House

Temple, Lisa C. – Illuminating Gracie

Therme, Erik – Mortom

Therme, Erik – Resthaven

Tholin, Christer – Secrets?

Thomas, Raine – For Everly

Thomason, Megan – arbitrate

Thompson, Bailey J. – Gerbs in the House: Jaida’s Here

Tidwell, Sherri Elizabeth – The Daffodils Still Grow

Tintera, Amy – Reboot

Tolstoi-Miller – Networking Karma

Trigiani, Adriana – Kiss Carlo

Troehler, Deb – When Violet was Blue

Truly, B. – Sonar the Cyclone

Trump, Conrad – Parisa

Tselikas, Winnie Mak – The London Hat Missing Mission

Tu, I.M. – The Outcast Star

Tudos, Jessica – Kika the Upside Down Girl

Turner, A. K. – Hair of the Corn Dog

Tysk, G.L. – The Sea-God at Sunrise


Ungar, Richard – Time Trapped


Valjan, Gabriel – Corporate Citizen

Valjan, Gabriel – Roma, Underground

Valjan, Gabriel – The Good Man

Valjan, Gabriel – Threading the Needle

Valjan, Gabriel  – Turning to Stone

Valjan, Gabriel – Wasp’s Nest

Venkatarman, Barbara – A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities

Venkataraman, Barbara – Death by Didgeridoo

Venkataraman, Barbara – Engaged in Danger

Venkataraman, Barbara – I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course

Venkataraman, Barbara – If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place…

Venkataraman – Peril in the Park

Venkataraman, Barbara – Tea Time with Mrs. Grammar Person

Venkataraman, Barbara – The Case of the Killer Divorce

Victoria, Julianne – The March of the Toymakers

Vilga, Edward – Downward Dog


Waldron, Chuck – The CleanSweep Conspiracy

Walinchus, Lucia – How to Raise a Smartass

Walker, Sara – Catching a Sorcerer

Walters, Damien Angelica – Cry Your Way Home

Walters, Rod A. – Golden Gremlin

Ward, Peter – Note to Self

Ward, Stephanie M. – Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin

Warren, Barbara – Everlasting Lies

Watt, Richard – Going Back

Weber, Tracy – Killer Retreat

Weber, Tracy – Murder Strikes a Pose

Weidenbenner, M. – Cache a Predator

Weidenbenner, Michelle – Eclair Goes to Stella’s

Wells, Mike – Lilith (Wild Child Book 2)

Wells, Mike – Lust (Lust, Money, & Murder #1)

Wells, Mike – Money (Lust, Money, & Murder #2)

Wells, Mike – Murder (Lust, Money, & Murder #3)

Wells, Mike – Passion, Power, & Sin Books 1-5

Wells, Mike – Secrets of the Elusive Lover Books 1 & 2

Wells, Mike – The Patriarch (Wild Child Book 3)

Wells, Mike – The Drive By Wife

Wells, Mike – Wild Child (Wild Child Book 1)

Wells, Mike & Rand, Robert – With Mother’s Approval

Whitehurst, Davin – I Have Faith

Whitney, Christi J. – Grey

Whittet, Aurora – Bloodmark

Whittet, Aurora – Bloodmoon

Whittet, Aurora – Bloodrealms

Whittet, Aurora – Mama’s Knight

Wilkins, Kelli A. – You Can Write – Really!

Williams, Desiree – Heart of the Guardian

Williams, Desiree – Heart Song

Williams, Desiree – Shifter’s Heart

Williams, Tara – Angel Friends

Wilson, Connie Corcoran – Khaki = Killer

Wilson, Constance Corcoran – The Christmas Cats Fear for the Deer

Winch, J. Natalie – Ditching the Drive-thru

Winter, Robin – Watch the Shadows

Winters, Cat – In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Wintner, Robert – Reef Libre

Witter, Stephanie – Patch Up

Woodard, Ben – Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond

Woodard, Ben – Whispers of Trees

Woodrum, Elizabeth – Maisy and the Money Marauder (The Maisy Files, Book #2)

Woolston, Blythe – Black Helicopters

Wright, Jac – The Reckless Engineer


York, A.J. – A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas

York, A.J. – Delilah Dusticle

York, A.J. – Delilah Dusticle and the Cursed Tempest

York, A.J. – Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvania Adventure

York, A.J. – Eliza Bluebell


Zales, Dima – The Sorcery Code

Zanbaka, Elias – Environmentally Friendly

Zediker, Rose Ross – The Widow’s Suitor

Zern, Linda L. – Mooncalf

No Author

Billy Joins the Circus

Bugs in the System

Christmas Magic

Daily DASH Diet for Weight Loss: Daily DASH for Weight Loss

Dear World From Joplin With Love

Joplin (Postcard History)

Kansas City Southern Railway (Images of Rail)

Kansas – In the Heart of Tornado Alley (Images of America)

Litter Bugs Music Audio Stories

Music Audio Stories

Ozark Pioneers (Voices of America)

Robert & Johnson’s Space Adventure Music Audio Story

Route 66 in the Missouri Ozarks (Images of America)

The London Magazine Aug/Sept 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Psycho in Paradise by Deborah Brown

3 Aug





In the Florida Keys, you have to take the shady with the sunny. And Tarpon Cove has more than fifty shades of shady going on.

Shady No. 1: When Brad is caught with the dead body of his crazy ex-girlfriend—a body he swears was planted—the Westin family gathers to plan a strategy. That family now including Fab, Didier, and Creole by default.

Shady No. 2: Fab is having a hard time keeping her promise to go legit. It’s not her fault she tends to attract clients who want their problems solved without getting the cops involved. Trying to keep her reined in is a full-time job, and a thankless one, since Madison keeps getting roped in on “easy” jobs that wind up getting the kind of messy that require specialized cleanup.

Shady No. 3: Ferreting out the info needed to save Brad means using sources so deep in the friend-of-a-friend network they’re anonymous.

The only thing not shady is Creole’s love. Madison’s kept her promise never to lie to him. Mostly. But when the killer wafts like smoke through the cracks in the investigation, it reminds her she should’ve eaten dessert first more often.

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!”

Available to buy from….. Amazon UK Paperback Barnes & Noble



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 most of the books in this series and I’ve fallen in love with the 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 are just trying to stay away from the more dangerous cases. Somehow, though, that doesn’t always work out.

Brad, Madison’s brother, is caught with the body of his dead crazy ex-girlfriend in his new SUV. Although his family knows that he’s innocent, it’s going to be difficult to keep him out of prison unless they can figure out who killed her. The police are investigating, but Fab and Madison feel the need to get involved, which has both good and bad consequences.

Both Madison and Fab are engaged and I’ve been waiting for a wedding. It looks like one is finally on the horizon. And there a couple new family members! The Paradise books are fun to read but they also tend to tug at your heartstrings. What more could you want from a book when it can make you laugh and cry, sometimes on the same page?

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. 



South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.


“My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”


“Deborah Brown has done it again. I don’t think I could ever get tired of Madison, Fab, and the rest of the gang. These books are always laugh out loud funny and this one is no different. Psycho in Paradise has plenty of twists and turns that kept me turning pages. It’s filled with adventure, suspense, thrills, and fun characters. It’s impossible to put down.”

Above reviews from Amazon



Read an excerpt HERE






Also available in the Paradise Series


Christmas in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 13)




About the Author

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…

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Book Review & Giveaway: Into the Woods by Mindful Writers Retreat Authors

24 Jul



Into the Woods is the title and theme for this assortment of short stories, poems, essays, music, and one walking meditation. Each piece is unique in tone and genre and the result is that the collection captures the fascinating, frightening, fun, healing, and fantastical wonder of time spent in the woods. The twenty-six contributors who attend Mindful Writers Retreats in the mountains of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, are donating one hundred percent of the proceeds to support the research and work of The Children’s Heart Foundation.


Available at….   Barnes and Noble   Kobo   iBooks   Paperback




My Review

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

Into the Woods is full of short stories, essays, and poems by various authors all with a nature theme. Since they’re by different authors they’re all different of course, with a variety of genres. The introduction tells how the Mindful Writers Retreats came into being. At the end is an article by one of the contributors that explains how to do Walking Meditation which sounds interesting and is something they do at the Writers’ Retreats.

If you’re looking for something to read for just a few minutes at a time, this is a great book because the stories, etc., are short but good. Some are simply fun to read while others will make you think.  






Book Excerpts

Short Story

by Kathleen Shoop


Ellie Trumbull squinted out the window of the Uber, gripping the door handle. The car swerved and bounced up the long driveway leading to the retreat center where the courts had sent Ellie for punishment. She grabbed her stomach to stave off nausea, but when it began to launch itself she smacked the driver’s arm. He slowed and stopped. Ellie pulled the handle, and tumbled out of the door onto all fours, heaving.

She gasped for breath, dizzied. Voices sounded as she struggled to stand. She focused on the group heading toward her: two women, a man, and several children who simply bolted past her, their squealing laughter filling the air.

A graceful woman with gray, bunned hair and dark skin approached. She took Ellie’s arm and pulled her close, leading her into a building. “Welcome. I’m Vera.”

“I’m Alice.” A stout woman with platinum spiked hair followed along.

A lanky man with hair so perfect it looked plastic picked up Ellie’s duffel bag. “I’m Brandon. Your husband’ll send the rest of your luggage shortly.”

Ellie grunted. They led her upstairs. Brandon rushed ahead to open a door. Ellie shuffled inside.

“Your room,” he said. “I’ll set your bag here.”

Ellie looked over her shoulder to see him smiling, as he’d been doing since she arrived. “Thanks, Guy Smiley.”


She ignored his question, held onto one of the top bunks and surveyed the space. Three large windows at the end of the room and three sets of bunks with plastic mattresses belted the perimeter.

Ellie collapsed onto a bed.

“Plastic makes it easy to clean,” Vera said.

“Shut those.” Ellie shook her hand at the windows.

The woman sighed, closed the curtains and lowered the blind that covered the center pane. She lifted Ellie’s feet off the floor and swung them onto the bed. “Housekeeping’ll make up the bed in a little bit.”

“Fine,” Ellie groaned.

Vera loosened Ellie’s shoelaces.

Ellie snatched her feet away. “I’m fine.”

Vera backed away, her large hands flailing for a moment before she tucked them against her belly. “Our healing circle begins in an hour.”

Ellie turned away and balled up. Leave me alone.

And a few seconds later the door clicked shut.


Giggling children and the sound of feet running down the hallway outside Room 2 woke Ellie. Her mouth was desert dry, so she headed downstairs to the great room where she saw a kitchen area. With the kids gone, the silence felt good.

Ellie startled at the sight of Alice, Vera, and Guy Smiley sitting around an island. Guy Smiley poured coffee. Healing circle.

“Ellie,” he said. “Welcome.”

Vera sliced banana bread. The scent threatened Ellie’s stoic facade. A smile tugged her lips, but she tucked away the fleeting happy sensation, hid it where it wouldn’t remind her how Maggie’s face would light up when she bit into her favorite treat.

Alice clomped her feet onto the coffee table. Vera batted them away and pushed the banana bread toward Ellie.

She looked away.

“I’ll take hers,” said Alice.

“I’d like to begin,” Vera said, her voice gentle and melodic. “The healing circle guides us into continued acceptance and strengthens our endurance as we grow through the pain that comes with losing a child. Each of us understands the daily shock of waking and realizing our lives will never be the same. So how do we go on?”

Guy Smiley sipped coffee. “Feels good to be with everyone.”

“Each time we meet I do better back home,” Vera said.

“Same,” Alice said.

“We hope you’ll find our group helpful, Ellie,” Vera said.

When Ellie didn’t respond the others went around describing how they lost their child. Ellie blocked out every word, rubbing her temples. Her own pain was enough. She wasn’t about to invite theirs inside. Her gaze strayed to the kids outside, the game of tag that left them breathless, rolling down the hill and out of sight. How lucky they were.

“Ellie?” Alice asked. Ellie turned her gaze back to see Alice glaring.

“It’ll help,” sweet Vera said. “To share.”

Guy Smiley slid forward in his seat, fingers steepled. “Change brings…blah, blah … comfort, healing…” He droned on and on and finally Ellie’s mind snapped back to what he first said.

Change?” Ellie said.

He nodded. They all did.

Ellie’s anger surged. She wiped spittle from her lip. “I don’twantchange. I feel Maggie more now than I ever did… before she died I couldn’t wait to get to work, or girls’ night out or go away with my husband. My daughter… difficult from the day she was born… is dead. I’ll never sit with you people thinking about change and eating stinking banana bread.”

She stood and stomped away.

“She don’t want help,” Alice said.

“But her husband…” Brandon said.

Ellie got farther away, unable to hear what they said. Her husband? He was finished with her. She jogged to her room and crashed onto the mattress that housekeeping hadn’t yet returned to make. She covered her face and held back tears. With balled fists she tried to resist.

But she couldn’t.

Up off the bed, Ellie dug through her duffel and found it. Vodka. Cap unscrewed, she gulped, washing away the scent of banana bread, the thought that she’d never again see Maggie’s smile when she took a bite of it.



Short Story

y Wende Dikec

The lights went out, and Eira held her breath, waiting for the emergency generator to work. It started with a shudder and a horrific crunching noise, but at least it continued to function.

She closed her eyes, feeling the fear in her chest ease when she heard the comforting sound of the humming engine. She couldn’t bear the thought of being left cold and alone in the dark.

Tugging her pale, blond hair into a ponytail, she pulled her ragged wool cardigan tightly across her body and walked over to the window of Alexander House, a grand name for such a Spartan hunting cabin, to peek outside. She waited for the sun to come up, looking out the dirty glass pane, and continued to stare out the window long after the sun rose in the sky. She didn’t know why she bothered. She saw nothing outside except the same white expanse she’d seen every day for the last five lonely months.

Eira opened the door to grab some wood from the pile for her fire, her body flinching from the chill of the icy wind. She had enough wood to last a few more weeks, and then she’d have to make the dangerous trip into the forest to chop more. She dreaded it, but not as much as she dreaded living without the generator. If she rationed carefully, she’d have enough fuel for another month, but she wasn’t sure what she’d do after that. She hadn’t planned on being stranded for such a long time. Spring should have arrived almost two months ago.

She blinked in surprise when she saw a figure moving toward her house, struggling in the waist deep snow. Eira squinted against the harsh sunlight reflecting off the white landscape, trying to make out if the approaching form was human or animal, friend or foe, but she could see very little at this distance. She stumbled back into her warm little house, and reached for her heavy coat. She quickly slipped on her snowshoes before grabbing her gun, a nervous sense of excitement building inside her. If it was a person, it would be the first human being she’d seen in months. If it was an animal, she’d shoot it and have food for a week. And if it was one of the strange ones, the creatures that were no longer human yet not completely animal, she’d kill it without remorse and leave its carcass for the hungry bears to find.

She waited on her front porch, her gun ready as it came closer. It looked human, bundled under layers of heavy clothing, but she wasn’t taking any chances.

“Who are you?” she asked, her voice echoing in the quiet wilderness.

The figure stopped moving and looked directly at her. She could see a dark beard covering the skin exposed beneath protective ski goggles. It was a man.

“My name is Ben,” he said, his voice sounding scratchy and strange, as if it hadn’t been used in a long time. “I saw the smoke from your fire. Can I come in and warm up?”

Eira paused, considering his request. He seemed human enough, but it was a risk. He could steal her food, hurt her, or take her precious fuel. She weighed her options quickly. Loneliness won out over caution, but she wasn’t stupid. She clenched her gun as she waved him in.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Blownup in Paradise by Deborah Brown

6 Jul



I’ve come a long way since inheriting my Aunt Elizabeth’s Tarpon Cove house and her beach cottages full of quirky residents. I strap a Glock to my thigh as easily as I slip into flip-flops.

Even Fab is going legit… mostly. When she’s hired to investigate some high-end boat thefts in Biscayne Bay, I go along to do what I do best. Chat up the help to get the real story.

Neither of us expected the case to explode—literally—and take out one of Miami’s richest men. And possibly a mistress, though no one’s found her body floating among the bits and pieces.

Somewhere in the Miami upper-crust’s phony smiles and even phonier alibis there’s someone who wanted to see Marshall Sacks dead. Someone willing to ruin Fab’s and my lives to keep their secret. It’ll take calling in every favor I’m owed to keep us out of trouble.

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!”


Available to buy from…..  Amazon UK  Paperback  Barnes & Noble



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 love these characters! They’ve become like old friends and I’m always looking forward to the next book in the series. It amazes me how Deborah Brown can continue to come up with new and exciting adventures for Madison and Fab. They’re always getting into scrapes but somehow seem to be able to get themselves out of trouble. I like how both girls have grown as individuals and also in their relationships.

It’s obvious from the title of this book that something blew up…it was a boat and Madison and Fab happened to witness it from afar when they were on another case. There was one fatality and they’re going to find out who killed the victim. And is someone trying to set them up? At the same time, a neighbor’s dog has gone missing and Fab promises that they will find the dog. Both of these cases end up being bigger and more complicated than they expected. There’s also a twist or two which makes things interesting.

As usual, Madison and Fab and their boyfriends and a wide cast of quirky characters make Blownup in Paradise a fun read. And I loved the ending! I’m getting ready to start reading the next book in the series which I just got yesterday!



South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.

“My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”

“This fabulous duo exudes so much sassiness and strong willed characteristics that I absolutely cannot get enough of.”

Above reviews from Amazon

Read an excerpt HERE








Also available in the Paradise Series


Christmas in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 13)



About the Author

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.

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Witch’s Concern by N.E. Conneely

11 Apr



Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrators: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 4

Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural



Michelle has been figuring out what her life is like now that the demon has been killed, and Sylvia and Varro are dead. Even the clans of witches trying to attract her to their way of life have backed off and given her a chance to grieve. Her relationship with Elron is stronger than ever, but there are things left unsaid.

On the way to her parents’ wedding, the delicate calm she’d been living in is broken. Witches are out for her blood, her family is caught in the crossfire, and friendships are threatened. Work doesn’t let up either, and she partners up with Elron to deal with magic gone wild. Michelle finds that her problems are larger than one clan of witches, and is forced to choose between the people she holds dear and the way of life she loves.

This is the fourth book in a series, following A Witch’s Trial. It is a standalone novel, however, your experience will be greatly enhanced if you’ve heard the previous books.






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.





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.




Narrator Bio

Laurie got into voiceover by studying with the legendary dialect expert Paul Meier and hosting the teen program for a nonprofit for the blind, Kansas Audio Reader. She speaks French fluently and, before diving into audiobooks, lived and performed for some time in France. She’s racking up some bizarre credits, playing a range of characters onscreen from Disney princesses to horror scream queens, and proving her audio versatility by narrating everything from cowboy romances to action-packed GameLit fantasy trolls. You can also catch her in a few VR video games. Her favorite is playing confident, power-hungry, whip-smart anti-heroines.

Like Jeff Hays, she hails from the Kansas City area but currently lives in Atlanta.







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 Concern is the fourth book in Witch for Hire series. I’ve enjoyed all of the books in the series but A Witch’s Concern is my favorite so far. 

Michelle continues to help police departments contain supernatural problems. She’s also come across a couple on her own, such as a biting teacup. As more and more things occur wherever she is, she realizes that some of it may be because of her grandmother who is insistent that Michelle join her clan.

There’s a lot of action in A Witch’s Concern and it all includes a lot of magic. Michelle seems to be getting stronger, possibly because she’s had to deal with so many attacks. 

I like how Michelle’s relationships have progressed, especially the one with Elron.  The only person she can’t get along with is her grandmother because Michelle won’t bend to her will.

The characters are unusual and diverse. You never know who or what is going to show up, whether it’s a human, an elf, a werewolf, a brownie…I could go on. It’s such and interesting world! 

The narrators did a great job. I like having a male and female narrator because it makes it a lot easier to differentiate who is speaking, although Jeff Hays did an amazing job in the first three books doing both male and female voices.

I definitely recommend A Witch’s Concern and though it does stand on its own, it is an even better read if the books are read in order. I’m looking forward to listening to or reading the next book in the series.



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Book Review: I Can Kill by Angela Kay

5 Apr
I Can Kill
by Angela Kay
Genre: Crime Mystery, Thriller
I Can Kill, and You Can’t Catch Me…
These were the last words The Carnations Killer said to FBI Special Agent
Aidan O’Reilly ten years ago before he went into hiding. He has
tortured and murdered fifty women since then and managed to elude
capture. Now, he’s returned once again, and his new hunting ground is
Augusta, GA.
O’Reilly teams up with Shaun Henderson, the special agent in charge of the
Augusta Resident Agency, to bring this ruthless killer to justice
once and for all. But as each second ticks by, tensions rise and
O’Reilly finds himself in a race against time before the killer slips
away again.
Testimonial featured on the back of the book:
A gripping new thriller by Angela Kay that pits FBI Special Agent Aidan
O’Reilly against the Carnations Killer, a serial killer who enjoys
playing Cat and Mouse with this formidable agent.”
— Dana Ridenour, retired FBI Agent and award winning author of
Behind The Mask and Beyond The Cabin
**On sale for .99 cents 4/25 – 4/29!!**



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

 This is the third novel I’ve read by Angela Kay. I really liked her first two novels but I Can Kill is my favorite so far. Aidan O’Reilly is an FBI agent who has been tracking a serial killer, The Carnations Killer, for 10 years. The killer shows up for a few months, killing blondes and taunting Aidan, and then disappears until he shows up somewhere else for a few months. He even asks for Aidan by name because he thinks Aidan is a competent opponent.

The characters are well developed. I could feel Aidan’s mounting tension as he tries to find The Carnations Killer before there’s another murder. I like that his girlfriend supports him and once he confides in her, she has faith in him.

I Can Kill is full of suspense and twists. The reader gets to get a glimpse into the mind of the serial killer while not knowing his identity, which I didn’t figure out. This is a real page turner and I definitely recommend it. I can’t wait for her next novel!


Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University,
Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming
up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.
Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright
contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of
this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.


Book Review: Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

16 Nov

Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.



Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Publisher: White Flowers Press (Oct 28, 2014)
Category: Self-Help, Mental Illness, Grief, Psychology
Tour dates: Oct/Nov, 2017
ISBN: 978-0982117620
Available in Print & ebook, 232 pages
Making Peace With Suicide

Insightful, compelling, and compassionate, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort takes a good hard look at the world-wide phenomena of suicide. This book is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and felt that sucker punch of grief; for anyone who is in pain, walking unsteadily, and considering suicide as an option; and for anyone who works with, guides, or counsels those feeling suicidal and/or suffering the profound grief from a suicidal loss.

Making Peace with Suicide includes stories of courage, vulnerability, and steadfastness from both the survivors of suicidal loss as well as the unique perspective of the formerly suicidal. It offers shared wisdom and coping strategies from those who have walked before you. It explores the factors leading to suicide and the reasons why some do and some don’t leave suicide notes.

Making Peace with Suicide sheds light on the phenomena of suicide vis-à-vis our teens, the military, new mothers, as an end-of-life choice, and asks if addiction is a form of slow suicide. It provides a seven-step healing process and opens the door to consider suicide and the soul, the heart lesson of suicide, and the energies of suicide.

If suicidality has impacted your life, Making Peace with Suicide is a must-read. You will be guided through the unknown territory, given insights to allow understanding, stories to help you heal, and ways to make peace with a heart wide-open. Making Peace with Suicide is good medicine for the body, mind, and soul.



Review by Laura M.

When I was a young girl, my much older cousin killed himself.  My mother was the one to tell me.  She agreed that it was quite sad and said that it happens sometimes.  She told me that is a really selfish act but some people just couldn’t survive, for whatever reason. 

I don’t think most have many answers or insight, so how do you explain suicide to a young child?  I think that if my mother had this book, ‘Making Peace With Suicide,’ she may have been able to better explain it to me and perhaps been better equipped to help my aunt and uncle.

The author, Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D., brings her experience, insight, and compassion to assist people in coping with suicide and attempts at suicide.  The book is well written and easy to understand so it is really for anyone.  I also think it should be required reading for those entering a profession that counsels people on suicide, be it a psychologist, doctor, or clergy, etc.

All these years later, the death of my cousin is still with me.  I find a lot of comfort in what Ms. McDowell shares in her book and will turn to it again if the occasion should arise.  I hope not but you never know what life will bring you and when.  I highly recommend this book and give it five stars!

The book was sent to me for my honest opinion.




The Many Faces of Suicide

Suicide is many things.

Suicide is not a sin, from my point of view. Some religions espouse hellfire and damnation; others ponder the intention of the suicidal individual. Since I see all of us on a path to open our hearts, expand our consciousness, and operate from our Best or Higher Selves, I do not believe that the Divine—in any form or moniker— is looking to punish us for being human. The Divine is all about love—unconditional love—and helping each of us find the pathway to that conclusion. Individuals who take their life by suicide are not punished. (Quite frankly, haven’t they lived through enough hell?) That is old school thinking to me. If you believe in heaven, they are in heaven. If you believe in past lives, their souls are being readied for their next assignment. Where we all can agree is that the soul has moved out of the constraints and limitations of the 3D world and moved to another nonphysical dimension.

Suicide is not a crime. (For the record, suicide is no longer illegal in the Western world, where suicide has been decriminalized. There are, however, legal ramifications to assisted suicide and the like).

Some say the weak choose suicide. I disagree. “Weak” is not the operative word here.

Suicide can be a tipping point of pain or shame, a plea for help, a response to mental illness and haywire neurochemistry, as well as the last gasp of despair and resignation. Suicide can also be an impulsive mistake, a planned ending of life, a shredded soul, the death of the ego, or the ultimate act of rage and fury. (That rage and fury is often our much wounded child-self battling mightily for control or screaming in enormous pain.)

Suicide can be a choice that we may or may not understand on the 3D level, such as a teaching tool for our loved ones or choosing to do profound work from the Other Side.

Suicide can be a part of our destiny, our soul path toward healing.

Suicide can be the result of soul loss.

Suicide can be a game-changer. After the loss of a loved one to suicide, your view on life changes. Life becomes more fragile, more precious, and more cherished. This holds true for those who have attempted suicide as well. For them, the attempt may lead to a spurt of fresh energy and a re-engagement with life.

And suicide is definitely a societal, and, therefore, a political and moral issue. We human beings—and our organizations, corporations, or governments—can be terribly self-serving, ruthless, abusive, and tyrannical toward others. Acts of violence, war, and exploitation damage and destroy the very souls of our being. We lose ourselves and the meaning of our lives. Suicidal thoughts and actions are a part of the collateral damage of these polarizations.

Further, suicide can be a powerful teacher. It teaches us the great lesson of compassion. It opens us in ways we never thought possible. Suicide asks us to accept a loved one’s choice and circumstance. Suicide asks us to forgive ourselves for our perceived wrongdoings, including our inability to prevent our loved one from harm. Suicide requires us to face our guilt, anger, and shame. Suicide asks us to accept the unacceptable, the inconceivable, the horrific, and make peace with it. Suicide asks us to live with an open heart. This means no judgment, no castigation, and no punishment. We see one another through a lens of acceptance. We allow each other to be who we are—in all of our shortcomings and crazy-making ways as well as all of our idiosyncratic wonderfulness.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Lottery in Paradise by Deborah Brown

13 Sep



Meet the crime-solving duo of the Florida Keys: Madison who has all the charm of the girl next door, not to mention a deadly aim and Fab, her best friend, a femme fatale private investigator with a taste for danger and stilettos.

When their neighbor is found dead, the headlines read, “It doesn’t pay to be a lottery winner.” It gets you nothing but an endless line of crazies at your door, greedy relatives and acquaintances. Sleuths Madison and Fab don’t have time to be concerned about the latest murder; they have problems of their own trying to figure out why their house has suddenly become the focus of several attempted break-ins. The duo are off on more adventures — what could go wrong chauffeuring a limousine full of college girls? Or chasing after a custom Ferrari? Along the way, there’s a break-up, a wedding, and the usual run-ins with the law.

If you like sassy, exciting crime novels, then you’ll love Lottery in Paradise, the eleventh book in the scorching Paradise series about two seductive ladies who use unconventional and highly entertaining measures to maintain the peace in the steamy and twisted paradise of Tarpon Cove.

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!”

Available to buy from…   Amazon paperback 



My Review

I have read most of the Paradise books and I always look forward to reading the next one. They are full of action, humor, suspense, and mystery but are also quick, fun reads.

Madison Westin and her best friend, Fabiana (Fab), are always getting into trouble. Their boyfriends, Creole and Didier, are a perfect fit for the girls. Unfortunately, Didier has had enough of Fab risking her life for money that she doesn’t even need. They break up and Fab is grief stricken and keeps disappearing at night which worries poor Madison. She and her mom decide that they have to find a way to get them back together, but will it work? And will they lose their friendship?

There’s nonstop action in Lottery in Paradise. Not only is there the relationship problems between Fab and Didier but their next door neighbor was murdered after winning the lottery. His girlfriend moves in right after the murder. Suddenly, someone is attempting to break into Madison’s house. Could it be connected to the murder?

The characters in the Paradise series are great. Everyone in Madison’s family is just a little crazy and that extends to her friends too. I love reading about these crazy people!

I like Deborah Brown’s writing. It flows well and there’s always humor. I definitely recommend Lottery in Paradise.  It can be read as a stand alone but once you get a taste, you’ll probably want to read the other Paradise books as well.



“Another FABULOUS book by one of my favorite authors. I love how there are always several different stories going on. I loved the ending…” 

“Another great story in the Paradise series! My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”

“An excellent story that is jammed packed with fun, happiness, anger, & a few stupid decisions. She captures the reader’s attention & keeps it from beginning to end. This is another winner in the Paradise series!”

Above reviews from Amazon







Fab hit the steering wheel with a closed fist. “I’m going to run that jerk off the road.”

“No. You. Are. Not. And you’re not going to shoot out his tires either.” Though there was a zero chance of that happening. As talented as the hot, sexy woman was, she couldn’t steer and shoot at the same time. “We’ll act like normal people and call the police.” Normal, I laughed to myself. I hadn’t heard myself described that way in a long time. Mostly, I heard “weird” bandied about. An over-exaggeration – I’m familiar with weird, and that’s not me.

“You better come up with something better than that.” Fab pulled up alongside the truck on the driver’s side.

I powered the window down and hung my head out, my hand in mid-air, ready to flag the man down, even though I knew that chances were slim that he’d pull over. Pulling my head back in the window, I said, “Change of plans.” I pushed my red hair back into place, smoothing it down, certain it was a wind-whipped mess. “The fancy tow truck is one of Brick’s.”

Brick and I had a tenuous relationship; it was hard to trust him when I knew he never put Fab’s safety first, or mine either. He opposed our relationship, knowing that several times I had convinced my daring friend to calm down and rethink her plan. As backup to Super PI Fab, there were few jobs that didn’t include flying bullets and running for our lives. I was happy for the respite. So were our boyfriends ,who’d had a face-to-face with Brick, laying down the rules: no more withholding details, and if it came out after the fact that he knew there was a high chance of danger, it would be the last mistake he would make. My boyfriend followed that up with a right cross to Brick’s eye.
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New Release & Giveaway: Outsider by Natasha S. Brown

30 Aug






On the western highlands of Scotland, a springtime storm pummels the coast while Kristie’s brother is out fishing. When he fails to return home, Kristie turns away from her list of chores to search the loch in an effort to ease her pregnant sister-in-law’s fears. Instead of finding Domnall, she discovers a naked and battered man washed up on shore and worries he could be a thieving reiver or worse–an Englishman.

When the handsome outsider wakes, he is unable to remember who he is or how he came to be there. Although the feisty and melancholy Kristie isn’t keen on him remaining, her young neighbor, Jock, takes to the playful stranger and names Creag after the rocky crags where the loch meets the sea. Not long after the lad speaks of selkies, magical seals who shed their skins to live as humans, Creag dreams he is swimming deep beneath the waves.

Kristie is desperate to keep the farm running for her missing brother while Creag’s sleep is filled with strange visions–glimpses that may reveal secrets to his past, but he may soon wish they were only a dream.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Shapeshifter Sagas {Western European Myths from the Middle Ages}

Widow {13thc. | Black Shuck | England}
Scars {10thc. | Fenrir | Iceland}
Tides {10thc. | Kraken | Great Britain/Ireland}
Outsider {14thc. | Selkie | Scotland}

Available to buy from….   Paperback



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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 first book I’ve read in Shapeshifter Sagas. I hadn’t heard of a selkie before so I was a little intrigued.

Poor Kristie has had a rough life. She’s been living with her brother and sister-in-law ever since her husband was killed in a war. She had a baby but the girl died when she was only 6 months old. Now her brother is missing after going out to sea to fish with a neighbor. She and her pregnant sister-in-law, Jean, are scared but hopeful that they’ll find their way home.

Then a naked man, an outsider, shows up on the beach near their home. Kristie wants to just leave him but Jean insists that they bring him home and give him some food and clothing and a place to recover if he survives.

The relationship between Kristie and the outsider is a fun one to read about. She has no intention of ever getting married again but she’s attracted to him. I enjoyed how he likes to get her riled up by making sarcastic remarks. 

I like the author’s writing style. It flows well and draws a vivid picture of the surroundings. She also captures to an extent what it would have been like living back then, such as leaving a person’s body in the home while neighbors come to give their respects (and the smell of that body after a day or two) or how much hard work was involved in just surviving.

I definitely recommend Outsider if you enjoy historical romance, especially if you like a touch of fantasy.



Also Available

Widow (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas Book 1)

Lady Rayne has few options as a young widow. Either her father will marry her off to a wealthy nobleman–no matter how old and disagreeable he may be, or she will become a nun like her aunt at Grimsford Abbey. The choice is easy: her interest in writing is not supported in the dark halls of her father’s home. Rayne eagerly anticipates becoming a scribe and learning the art of illumination and book making. But first she must travel along the treacherous roads of East Anglia.

Far from the confines of Norwich, Rayne hears fables of an enormous ghostly hound called the Black Shuck. She tries to ignore them until she finds herself staring into its expressive brown eyes. With every heartbeat, her chances of reaching Grimsford Abbey disappear. If only she could live to tell the tale.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Available to buy from….   Barnes and Noble   iBooks   GPlay   

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