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Book Review & Giveaway: Marine by Mark JG Fahey

16 Jan

Book Title: Marine (Halley’s Casino Book 2) by Mark JG Fahey
Category: Adult Fiction, 378 pages
Genre: Science Fiction / Humor
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: Oct 20, 2016
Tour dates: Jan 2 to 31, 2019
Content Rating: PG (No f-words, mild violence, readable for all ages 12 and up)

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Nebula Yorker (“Neb” to his friends) finds himself on the water planet of Marine in a race to recover a long-lost Triopelian Star Chart he previously never knew existed.

Along the way, Neb encounters new friends and a villainous brother and sister team bent on doing whatever they must to get their hands on the star chart first – including mayhem and murder.

One cocky android, one imbibed professor, one universal(ly) renowned scientist and one ice breathing sassy Water Dragon make Neb wonder whether the past 3 years travelling with Halley’s Casino was just a peaceful lull?

Who will find the star chart first? What are the implications if Neb doesn’t? And what does a Water Moon have to do with all of this?

John Lennon seems to know….

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My Review

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

I had read Halley’s Casino a while back so I was happy to read Marine, the second book in the Halley’s Casino series. The first book was good but I enjoyed Marine quite a bit more. There was so much going on!

Neb is still on Halley’s Casino and has found out there’s a missing Triopelian Star Chart which he needs to find before it falls into the wrong hands, especially the dangerous duo Ar-den and Ar-dan. There are others looking for the star chart as well, including Professor Lebeau sent by Professor Pheet. 

The search for the missing star chart is just one thing going on. We learn more about Neb’s home planet. Plus, his parents have been living on Earth for a long time and something is going on there that Neb is going to try to figure out in the next book. 

I love the characters! They’re all unique in their own way.

Marine is not just science fiction. It is laugh out loud funny at times. Even when things are serious and I shouldn’t be laughing, the author’s sense of humor shines through. When I got to the end of the book and read those who inspire him, his sense of humor became a little clearer. 

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About the Author

Mark JG Fahey is not an alien, contrary to what you may have heard, though he swears he has been to space. Mark has dabbled in various undertakings throughout his illustrious career, from on-air hosting/reporter/stand-up comic to messenger for the Prime Minister of Canada. Mark also holds a degree in Restaurant Services. His family and friends can attest to his excellent cooking skills. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mark was raised and still resides in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. Halley’s Casino is the first book in the Halley’s Casino trilogy.

Halley’s Casino: 3rd place winner in a worldwide competition with World’s Best Story 2017 . Finalist and 3rd place winner with the Independent Author Network October 2018 and is also a finalist for the inaugural Canadian Book Club Awards 2018.

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith

18 Dec

God’s light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.

Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.


Experience the rich artwork and inspirational messages of A Christmas Story of Light this holiday season and let God’s light bring you the brightness of hope.

 

 

 

 

 

My Review

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

The illustrations in A Christmas Story of Light are absolutely gorgeous. Children and adults alike would enjoy them throughout the season. The message that the author conveys about Jesus being the reason for Christmas is a great one and can never be told too often. I’m not sure what age this book is supposed to be for but even with the beautiful illustrations, it won’t keep the attention of children. There are a lot of words here for children to read or to listen to. Even so, I may get a hard copy of this book for Christmases to come just for the illustrations.

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About the Author

Ora is an artist, genealogist, seamstress, lover of a good book, traveler, antiquer, upcycler, and history buff. She’s one of those people who always has a project she’s excited about. Although she’s lived in Arizona since 1986, she spent her early life in Lake Tahoe, California, where her passion to write blossomed on a tranquil riverbank with a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
She recently received her Master of Arts in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also writes children’s books and historical fiction. In 2013, she placed first in a short-story writing contest sponsored by Writers Unite to Fight Cancer, in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center at Arizona State University. Her historical novel, White Oak River, won first place in the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest sponsored by Christian Writers of the West (an ACFW affiliate).
Ora’s been a wife and mother for more than thirty-six years, raising four sons and one daughter. She has the three cutest grandchildren in existence.
For more than twenty years Ora’s taught family history research at conferences and to individuals. Read an article she wrote for the online magazine, Almost an Author, about “Using Ancestor’s Stories in Fiction.” Also visit her blog, Writing About Ancestors, to learn how you can write about your ancestors.
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As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Spring Thaw by Lauren Carr

14 Dec

Audiobook Details:

Book Title: Spring Thaw by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, Unabridged Audiobook
Genre: Murder Mystery, Short Stories

  • Narrated by: Mike Alger
    Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    Release date: October 23, 2018
  • Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

 

In today’s hectic world, many whodunit fans don’t have time to get their mystery fix diving into a whole novel. Lauren Carr’s SPRING THAW AND OTHER MYSTERY SHORT STORIES is for these fans—but that doesn’t mean whodunit fans who do have time can’t dive in as well.

A novella, Spring Thaw features retired federal agent Chris Matheson from Lauren Carr’s newest bestselling cold case series. When his late father’s former friend is indicted for the seven year old murder of a church bishop, Chris renews old broken friendships to thaw out the cold case.

Featuring Mac Faraday from Lauren Carr’s popular Mac Faraday Mysteries, an estate auction turns into a deadly affair after Gnarly’s antics cause Mac to purchase a gem of a dress, which isn’t his color in Killing Bid. (Previously published in Lauren Carr’s BEAUTY TO DIE FOR.)

Beauty to Die For features the Lovers in Crime, Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates in a race against the Angel of Death to clear the name of a dying woman’s son, who was framed for murdering Miss Pennsylvania. (Previously published in BEAUTY TO DIE FOR.)

Countdown to Murder returns to the Lovers in Crime where Cameron and Joshua try to solve the murder of a young pregnant widow before it happens. (Previously published in BEAUTY TO DIE FOR.)

Mystery fans will see that every dog has his day, especially if that dog is Gnarly. In Lucky Dog, Gnarly helps Mac Faraday to solve the murder of a wealthy society girl. (Previously published in BEAUTY TO DIE FOR.)

Dog Loving Mystery Fans will get a special treat when they read The Gnarly Rehabilitation Program. In this Gnarly Mystery Short, Bert and Ernie learn the hard way that crime does not pay when they dog nap Gnarly. (Previously published as a bonus feature with A WEDDING AND A KILLING.)

Gnarly, the rambunctious German shepherd, is also features in Lauren Carr’s Christmas short, A Gnarly Christmas. It is Christmas day and Gnarly has been up to his old tricks again. Now he’s in the dog house–or rather the boathouse–after stealing the Christmas feast! Moments after Archie and Mac leave Spencer Manor, Gnarly hears a call for help from Rocky, the Maltese down the street. Four assassins for hire have invaded the home of Rocky’s elderly owners. While the home invaders wait for instructions from a mysterious caller, Gnarly must plot to stop them. Can Gnarly save Christmas with only the help of an 8-pound Maltese dressed in an elf suit? (Previously published as a single short story by the same name.)

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My Review

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

Spring Thaw and Other Mystery Short Stories contains several stories that have characters from the Mac Faraday, Chris Matheson, and Lovers in Crime series. Of course, since these are short stories the mystery occurs and is solved quickly. Lauren Carr’s full-length novels are great, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed these stories as well. It’s fun to read short stories about characters I already know, including the animals. Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German Shepherd, is such an amazing character he’s always fun to read about. 

I like the author’s writing. She makes it seem that you actually know the characters. The narrator did a good job with pace and timing and his voices for the different characters were done very well.

Whether you are a fan of Lauren Carr or haven’t read any of her books yet, if you like a mystery you’ll like these stories. This would be a good book to read to get a taste of her writing. 

 

 

 

Praise for Lauren Carr’s books:

 

“Lauren Carr is a master storyteller who combines the humor of Janet Evanovich and the investigative skills of Patricia Cornwell. She is always at the top of my reading list.”
– Sherry Fundin, Fundinmental

“Lauren Carr could give Agatha Christie a run for her money!”
– Charlene Mabie-Gamble, Literary R&R

“Lauren Carr’s books are never boring, that’s for sure. They entertain, give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren Carr’s series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one book!”
– Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

“She is an amazing author that draws you into the story, makes you fall in love with the characters (they feel like family!) and keeps you guessing right to the very end.”
– Working Mommy Journal

“Lauren Carr does a good job of moving the quirky storyline along nicely with an abundance of witty dialogue. And you have no idea who the good guys are and who the bad guys are until the end.”
– Every Free Chance Book Reviews

 

 

 

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Dangerous Delays by Joyce T. Strand

13 Dec

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Finding a corpse buried with Native American artifacts wasn’t the first delay of the renovation Emily faced. But she was not prepared for what followed. A murder investigation, excavation to uncover more artifacts, and drug dealers looking for missing product further delay the mansion’s restoration into an iconic B&B. While facing these setbacks, Emily is also realizing her growing attraction to a local chef, a man who believes a relationship isn’t possible due to his commitment to care for his brain-injured brother.

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About Emily Lazzaro

Emily Lazzaro is the daughter of Wayne Lazzaro, the winemaker for the Hilltop Sunset winery in the previously published three Brynn Bancroft mysteries. She moved with her fiancé to Ramona, Calif., a rural community near San Diego, following graduation from college with a degree in hospitality. Her fiancé was eager to purchase a vineyard and develop a winery in the up and coming Ramona wine region, which suited Emily’s goals.

However, after moving to Ramona, it becomes apparent to Emily that she is not a good match for her fiancé. She discovers that he does not respect her opinions and insists on making decisions without her input. So she breaks off the engagement.

She decides to remain in Ramona despite her fiancé living there with his new vineyard. She appreciates the unique rocky terrain and proximity to the ocean and San Diego, along with the mixture of fine wineries, artists, and equestrian activities. She makes her living doing people’s taxes, and when Dangerous Changes opens, we discover she is looking to make a career change.

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A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup on a narrow mountain road, the murder of a would-be client, and an ex-fiancé who won’t let go. Can she survive a police investigation, pressure from her ex’s company, and the suspicions of a possible new love-interest—so that she can make the changes to create a meaningful new life in a special town in southern California?

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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 read Dangerous Changes a while back and liked it so I was happy to read Dangerous Delays. Emily Lazzaro has finally found her dream job in Ramona, the small town she’d decided was the perfect place for her to live. She is going to run a B&B but first it has to be renovated. There is one delay after another, which is to be expected in a renovation, but these aren’t your typical delays. The first big delay is when the body of a woman is found on the property, and she may be an American Indian so representatives from the local tribe and an archaeologist must be brought in. Then drug paraphernalia is found so law enforcement has to be brought in as well. That’s just the beginning of her troubles.

 The author weaves a tale that keeps you on your toes. Emily knows she can trust her friend Jackson but is there anyone else she can trust? Once you think you have things figured out, something else happens that puts you back to square one. And the ending was still a surprise.

In the first book, I thought there was hope for Emily and Jackson to eventually get together. That hope is still there but for now they remain just good friends. I’ll have to read the next book in the series to find out if their relationship ever gets closer.x

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About the Author

Joyce T. Strand is the author of contemporary and historical who-done-it mysteries.

She is the author of the Jillian Hillcrest Mysteries, ON MESSAGE, OPEN MEETINGS, and FAIR DISCLOSURE; the Brynn Bancroft Mysteries, HILLTOP SUNSET, and LANDSCAPE FOR MURDER; the Emily Lazzaro Mysteries, DANGEROUS CHANGES, and the latest release DANGEROUS DELAYS; and a historical mystery, THE JUDGE’S STORY.

Much like Jillian, Joyce headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies.

Joyce has been a mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy stories as a teenager. She has always enjoyed the challenge of following clues to solve a mystery before it is revealed. Therefore Joyce relished the transition from writing press releases to writing fiction.

Today she writes and publishes a blog (http://strandssimplytips.blogspot.com), contributes articles to a regional wine magazine, and continues to pen mysteries. She lives with her two cats and her collection of cow statuary in Southern California near San Diego. She enjoys seeing Broadway musicals, eating at gourmet restaurants, and tasting fine wine—in addition to reading mysteries, of course.

Joyce received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. specializing in international relations and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA specializing in political science.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Murder in Keswick by William Todd

6 Dec

 

 

 

Author: William Todd

Narrator: Ben Werling

Length: 2 hours 38 muntes

Publisher: William Todd

Released: Oct. 16, 2018

Genre: Mystery

 

 

While on a well-deserved holiday in the Lake District to get away from the toils and troubles of London, Holmes and Watson find no respite. As soon as they exit the train, they hear news of a grisly murder making its way around the murmuring commuters. A local aristocrat, Mr. Darcy, has been found missing his head!

And that very night, the wealthy widow finds a stranger in her home who, upon seeing her, abandons his plans and quickly leaves. She believes the intruder to be the murderer of her husband who is now after a large sum of cash she keeps in the house safe.

Unsure if the would-be thief is the murderer or an opportunistic burglar, Holmes devises a plan to catch the burglar, all the while investigating the murder of Mr. Darcy. Follow Holmes, Watson, and the local constable Mr. Wickham as they untangle the mystery surrounding a Murder in Keswick.

 

 

 

I have been writing online since the early 2000’s, primarily writing horror stories in the style of Poe and Lovecraft. I was the 2nd most popular author on the website storiesbyemail.com for two years before moving on. I had my first book, a Victorian era horror compilation called Bumps in the Night, published by Mystic Moon Press just a week before they closed their website and never saw my hard work pay off. Afterwards I took publishing into my own hands, became an Indie author and haven’t looked back. My first self-published book was Dead of Night, another compilation of Victorian horror stories, published September 2016 by Createspace and on Kindle by KDP. After its publication I left my comfort zone for mystery and wrote a short story about Sherlock Holmes in the Conan Doyle style. I loved it so much I then did a longer story A Reflection of Evil, both published in 2017 through Createspace and KDP. I have just released Beyond the Gossamer Veil, another compilation of both Victorian and modern supernatural/horror stories and am in the beginning stages of my third Sherlock Holmes installment.

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Narrator Bio

Ben is an award winning actor and voice over professional, who has performed all across the United States. From Shakespeare to Neil Simon, he has displayed a versatility and diversity in the characters and dialects he has portrayed. Ben received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Leading Actor as abusive talk show host Barry Champlain in Eric Bogosian’s TALK RADIO, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor as Prosecutor Villeforte in Alexander Dumas’ THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, also in Chicago. He has worked with an extensive list of theaters in Chicago over the last three decades: Steppenwolf, Bailiwick, Famous Door, Next, A Red Orchid, Raven Theater, First Folio, Writer’s Theater, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, as well as Utah Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory, Madison Repertory, and Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. He is an Ensemble member of Shattered Globe Theater in Chicago. For almost a decade he was the voice of the Adler Planetarium, hosting live shows and pointing out the stars, planets and constellations on the big dome. Ben has an eponymous weekly vlog on YouTube, that he films, produces, edits and narrates. He lives in Chicago with his wife Amy, two dogs and three cats.

 

 

 

 

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

Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes are taking a well needed vacation. As soon as they get off the train, they notice a commotion and immediately get embroiled in a murder mystery. Their vacation is going to have to wait. A decapitated body has been found! The members of the community know who the body belongs to even without the head, but no one knows why he’d be murdered.  Leave it to Sherlock Holmes to put all of the pieces together, no matter how small, and come up with the answer and the murderer. 

William Todd does a good job of writing the story as Arthur Conan Doyle would. Ben Werling’s narration is spot on. He has one of those voices that I could listen to all day long, although Murder in Keswick is only a couple of hours long. There’s a lot of information in those 2 1/2 hours…enough to solve a mystery!

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Watcher by AJ Eversley

25 Nov

 

Author: AJ Eversley

Narrators: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell

Length: 8 hours and 13 minutes

Series: The Watcher Series, Book 1

Publisher: Author AJ Eversley

Released: Oct. 6, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult

 

 

“I knew I was not alone. They would never leave until every last one of us was gone.”

Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect humanity, and as a Watcher she’s done just that. But the Bots and Carbons that took her city are evolving, and they start picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. When someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn.

Sawyer made a vow, and she will fulfill it, even if it means ending the person who deceived them, no matter who it might be.

It all comes down to one choice…

Who can she save?

And who does she have to let go?

 

 

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She’s a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.
*One and the same as Avery Reid.

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My first priority as a voice-over artist is to convey your thoughts and ideas in an entertaining and insightful manner; not distracting from your message, but enhancing your words. It is my personal goal to help your audience engage with the text in an immersive and memorable way.

As a techie with a passion for performance and a love of the written word, the voice-over industry called to me. I am now fortunate enough to be living my dream of audiobook narration from my home studio, in Calgary, AB, Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

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

I read Watcher last year and it was a book I could have read again so when I had the chance to listen to the audiobook, I was thrilled. 

It’s after World War III and Sawyer is a Watcher, one of a team that watches for and kills Bots and Carbons in the devastated city of Cytos. Bots used to serve people but suddenly turned on them. Carbons are more like humans than robots and are more difficult to kill than Bots. The Watchers also try to rescue people who are stranded in other parts of the city.

The Watchers live in a self-sufficient bunker with hundreds of other people. Sawyer has lost her parents and learned that it’s best to not get too close to others so that she won’t be hurt. That’s easier said than done. When they found her, Kyle took her under his wing and trained her to be a Watcher so he’s like a big brother to her. Then they rescue some people and one of them, Kenzie, takes her breath away. She tries to deny the attraction between them but will she be able to hold out?

When things suddenly start to fall apart, Sawyer finds out that everyone has secrets and she knows that she’s going to have to rethink who she trusts or if she should ever trust anyone.

I like AJ Eversley’s writing style and her characters are complex and well developed. The narrators did a great job with timing, inflection, and character voices. I especially like that there was one narrator for Sawyer’s chapters and one for Kenzie’s chapters.

Watcher is full of action, heartbreak, loss, twists, and betrayal. If you like The Hunger Games or The Divergent series you’ll like The Watcher series.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

20 Nov

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Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

Publisher:  Boutique of Quality Books (September 1, 2018)
Category: Transatlantic Cozy, Cozy Mystery
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1945448201
Available in Print and ebook, 339 pages
Secluded Village Murders

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Description

Written in the style of a classic English Mystery with a contemporary young American woman as the amateur sleuth. Entertaining. Keeps you guessing until the end.

From a small secluded village in Connecticut to the English Countryside, readers are taken on a roller coaster of events and quirky characters as amateur sleuth Emily Ryder tries to solve a murder that everyone thinks was an accident.

For tour guide Emily Ryder, the turning point came on that fatal early morning when her beloved mentor met an untimely death. It’s labeled as an accident and Trooper Dave Roberts is more interested in Emily than in any suspicions over Chris Cooper’s death. For Emily, if Chris hadn’t been the Village Planner and the only man standing in the way of the development of an apartment and entertainment complex in their quaint village of Lydfield, Connecticut, she might have believed it was an accident, but too many pieces didn’t fit.

As Emily heads across the pond for a prescheduled tour of Lydfield’s sister village, Lydfield-in-the-Moor… she discovers that the murderer may be closer than she thought.

Note: This book is a  totally revamped version of “The Twinning Murders” with a different publisher.  It is quite different from ‘The Twinning Murders’.  You should enjoy this book even more!  

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Guest Review by Betty B.

A small New England village. A suspicious death. A woman who believes it was a murder. These are elements to the story of ‘The Secluded Village Murders’ that combine to make it a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

Emily is a tour guide who witnesses the falling death of a beloved friend and suspects that it might have been a murder. But what’s that old saying, ‘curiosity killed the cat’? Emily quickly becomes embroiled in a mystery where the stakes are high and the perpetrator has already proven they have a penchant for murder. I enjoyed this a lot and plan to list it as one of my top 2018 reads at the end of the year. The writing was great, the characterization was solid (I particularly loved Emily for her determination and intelligence) and the mystery was gripping and kept me guessing until the end.

This was the kind of book that I felt like I could only put down when I absolutely had to and that if I did, I’d be thinking about it until I had the time to pick it up again. If this isn’t part of a series, it should be. I’d love to dive back into Emily’s world again and solve another mystery.

I don’t want to give away the ending, because that’s practically sacrilege in the mystery-reader world, but I will say that it was not what I expected at all. Normally I figure out the truth behind the mystery about halfway through the book as I’m reading but this one threw me for a loop in the best way. I would love to read more by this author in the future. I felt like his writing and atmosphere were pitch perfect and truly brought me into the story, making the reading experience what it should be. Five stars for sure!

 

 

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Praise for Twinning Murders by Shelly Frome

“There is a very eclectic cast of characters in this novel and the story reads fast. I enjoyed reading this mystery and I found that I was surprised at the ending. This is a story basically about money and greed.”-Kathleen Kelly, Celticlady Reviews

“Shelly Frome does a great job of creating an interesting murder mystery around a hennas crime committed in a small New England village. He then takes it all the way across “The Pond” to England where he beautifully captured the essence of Dartmoor National Park and the moorlands of Devon. From the village fete to the sudden fog that can devour you upon The Moor, Shelly Frome creates a wonderful atmosphere in which to add intrigue and mystery.
The story twists and turns and creates an interesting confluence of red herrings, doubts and suspicions until the end when you will be, as they say, “Gob smacked!” at who the murderer turns out to be.
This book was fun and scary and full of great characters one of which is a wonderful golden retriever. Twinning Murders will give you a dose of a good old fashion murder mystery with a surprise ending.”- Me Minty, Amazon Review

“Technically The Twinning Murders can be called a cozy as the profanity and violence are extremely minimal, the latter taking place primarily off-stage, and Emily is most definitely an amateur sleuth. Author Shelly Frome has also populated The Twinning Murders, on both sides of the Atlantic, with a wonderfully eccentric cast of characters. Unlike the cozies many readers are probably familiar with, however, The Twinning Murders has a genuine old fashioned, Agatha Christie-Miss Marple, British mystery feel to it, even though the bulk of the action takes place in Connecticut.”-Elizabeth  A. White, elizabethwhite.com

“If you enjoy playing detective, this book was written for you. As you venture along you’ll be entertained by folksy New England characters in contrast to the British blokes who serve up their own style of wit and smarts. Enjoy this reading excursion and see if you can figure
out who done it and why! Well, Shelly Frome has done it again! He has set the scene and pace for an exhilarating chase through England and back to America.”- Herbert Siegel, Amazon Review

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About Shelly FromeSecluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also the film columnist for Southern Writers Magazine and writes monthly profiles for Gannett Media.

His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, The Twinning Murders, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run. Among his works of nonfiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Website: http://www.shellyfrome.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shellyfrome
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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Deadly Shadow by Kim Cresswell

17 Nov

 

 

Author: Kim Cresswell

Narrator: Robin Siegerman

Length: 6 hours and 17 minutes

Series: The Assassin Chronicles, Book 1

Publisher: Kim Cresswell

Released: Aug. 7, 2018

Genre: Thriller; Paranormal

 

 

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions.

Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio’s serial killer, “The Wrapper”.

When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the Secretary of Defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful.

Derrick has a secret: He’s a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find The Wrapper.

But can Victory trust him?

As the body count rises, Victory must cross a dangerous line—into a world of government cover-ups, murder, and betrayal—a decision that will test her limits. And everything she believes in.

 

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Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada and is the bestselling and award-winning author of the action-packed WHITNEY STEEL series. Kim recently signed a 3-book German translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the series: Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. The popular series will be published in German beginning in 2018/2019.

Her romantic thriller, Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One), has won numerous awards: RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD’tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary’s (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).

Lethal Jouney won RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest.

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions, a feature film and TV production company located in Los Angeles, California. The TV series: THE ASSASSIN CHRONICLES is based on Kim’s upcoming 4-book paranormal/supernatural suspense thriller series: Deadly Shadow (published May 2018), Invisible Truth, Assassin’s Prophecy, and Vision of Fire.

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Robin Siegerman was trained as an actor by the acclaimed William Esper in New York, vocally trained by Albert Hague, a Tony award-winning, Broadway composer, and trained in speech and dialects by dialect coach to the stars, Timothy Monich.

Robin has a wide range of voices, accents, dialects and characters to give voice work color. Noteably, in the spring of 2018, she was nominated for the narration of the WWII documentary Harry’s Story in the Best International Performance category at the One Voice Awards in England.

Robin also has extensive on-camera experience as a spokes-person for a series of corporate training videos; a decor expert on various TV and radio broadcasts; a frequently requested keynote speaker at home and consumer trade shows, libraries and private industry events; has hosted her own internet radio show; wrote and voiced a daily home renovation information series for radio; and wrote and voiced a regular feature on green living radio.

Currently Robin writes & produce promo videos with VO for small to medium size businesses, along with narrating audiobooks from her broadcast-quality home studio.

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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 Kim Cresswell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by Kim Cresswell before. Deadly Shadow is nonstop emotion and action. The FBI is dealing with two serial killers at once. Victory McClane is on both cases at the same time. One is The Shadow and the other The Wrapper (because he wraps his victims in bubble wrap). Poor Victory is still grieving over the loss of her husband and is throwing herself into her work. But two serial killers is a lot for any FBI agent to deal with!

I like the author’s writing style, it flows well and is easy to follow. The narrator had good timing and inflection. 

The characters are portrayed well. Victoria is a strong woman and is a good FBI agent. I haven’t quite decided how much I like her yet. The other agents seem to respect her and care for her. Although Derrick is an assassin for the government and has done his job well for decades, the more I got to know of him, the more I liked him. 

I was unable to stop listening to Deadly Shadow once I got into it which was chapter 2. 

 

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley

16 Nov

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In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley

In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley

Publisher:  Koehler Books (Oct 24, 2018)
Category: Legal/Suspense, Strong Female Lead Character
Tour dates: Oct-Jan, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-63393-652-2
Available in Print and ebook, 220 pages

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Description

Representing a man accused of throwing his wife overboard, chic attorney Lauren Hill begins to artfully present her case. But when Judge Howell seems to morph into God, Lauren’s life of infidelity, poor parenthood, and self-absorption is questioned by the Almighty, who charges Lauren with committing the seven deadly sins. But is this real or fantasy? Is Lauren on the edge of a nervous breakdown, or is God presiding and ultimately deciding Lauren’s fate? In Defense of Guilt is a gripping story of self-discovery, justice, and ultimately about love.

This is a great book for those who love legal thrillers of John Grisham, and Scott Turow.

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Guest Review by Laura

Imagine you could change your destiny with the bang of a gavel. 

Lauren is a high-powered, beautiful, almost (but not quite) middle-aged attorney who has lived a life of dissolution and self-absorption. She hasn’t exactly been evil, but she hasn’t really been a very good woman either. She’s cheated, she’s been a bad mother, she’s broken every one of the seven deadly sins, she’s been narcissistic and has gotten very far living her life. Until one day it all goes wrong. 

When Lauren is in court defending a client who has been accused of killing his wife, she has some type of hallucination (or IS IT a hallucination?) of the judge turning into the biggest judge of all—God. God lays all of Lauren’s sins at her feet while she struggles to work out if what she’s seeing is real or if she’s having some type of mental breakdown. 

This book raises a lot of interesting questions for the reader. Questions like: How much difference is there between someone who breaks the law and someone who doesn’t, but skates by on smaller sins her whole life? What constitutes a fair trial in this case? How much does someone’s own personal morality or intelligence factor into society’s perception of guilt? And how should people who break social rules even be punished? 

Though I might not be able to answer these questions in a review, I did find myself gripped by this novel and read it very quickly in one afternoon. I enjoyed the writing immensely, particularly the courtroom scenes which seemed to really be well researched. This author knows his stuff. 

This novel gets five stars from me and two big thumbs up. I would love to read another one by this author any time!

 

 

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Praise for In Defense of Guilt 

“Through edgy protagonist and defense attorney Lauren Hill, Berkley places us in the midst of a murder trial that could itself be the backbone of an exciting legal thriller – but the metaphysical twist that threatens to change the trial into Hill’s own Judgment Day takes In Defense of Guilt to the next level.”-Christopher Leibig, Author, Almost Mortal  (2016 Indie Book Award)

“In Defense or Guilt is a fast-paced legal thriller with a spiritual twist. Benjamin Berkley has crafted a main character who fears no consequences until she goes on trial before the “ultimate arbiter.” She defends her client accused of murder while wrestling with her own demons of infidelity, greed and lust. Is salvation the light at the end of the tunnel? Well written and highly recommended. Congratulations to my fellow colleague for such a masterful first endeavor.”-Melanie Bragg, Author Crosstown Park, an Alex Stockton legal thriller

“With IN DEFENSE OF GUILT, Mr. Berkley has written a compellingly unconventional courtroom drama. This unique and fascinating story keeps the reader guessing from beginning to end, while offering an inspirational message that extends far beyond the guilt or innocence of the accused. A truly enjoyable read.”-John J. Jessop, Author of Deadly Pleasure  and the Guardian Angel series 

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About the AuthorIn Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley

From as far back as he can remember, Benjamin Berkley has been fascinated by the law. Growing up in Long Beach, New York, his daily schedule revolved around grainy black-and-white reruns of Perry Mason who, with the help of Della Street, solved the most complicated crimes imaginable. It was therefore no surprise to his family and friends that Berkley chose law as his career path, now practicing for over forty years.

Website: https://www.benberkley.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBenjaminBerkley
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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The King’s Envoy by Cas Peace

6 Nov

 

 

 

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Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com 
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Born in the eighties, her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca’s taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can’t tell these things from her writing or voice over work. Her first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you’d never guess from hearing her that she’s narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants.
 
Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good- albeit sometimes dubious- ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.

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Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…
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In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot. 
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In the wake of Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids, and Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms, and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

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“Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albia trilogy immediately sweeps you away:  the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying.  The Artesan series  propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling. The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you’ve found another home—in Albia. So start reading now. I, for one, can’t wait to find out what will happen next.x
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I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

King’s Envoy draws you in from the first page with Taran, an Albian artesan, who believes that there is no one on Albia who can mentor him. He crosses into Andaryon in another realm seeking to find knowledge. Taran fails to accomplish his quest but he believes that he has caused raids on Albia from Andaryon. Taran, along with his friends Cal and Rienne, embark on a journey to try to find a way to help in any way they can. 

They go to the Manor where the army is based and meet Major Sullyan, Bulldog, and Robin, and Taran learns that they are all artesans and are willing to teach him! But he must learn quickly because they are all in danger.

Cas Peace has created a whole new universe of her own and has done a fine job of making it easy for readers to join Taran in his journey. The descriptions are excellent and the characters in King’s Envoy are well developed and interesting. The narrator did a great job with enunciation and timing. 

King’s Envoy is the first in a series and will make you want to read the next book immediately!

 

 

 

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