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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
Twitter: https://twitter.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
Instagram: https://www.instagram.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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Audiobook Spotlight & Giveaway: Honor Kills by Nanci Rathbun

4 Nov

 

 

 

Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

 

 

 

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A missing husband. A suspicious obituary. She’s not the only one hunting down a dead man’s footsteps.

As a divorcee, Angelina Bonaparte knows firsthand the lengths some men will go to escape responsibility. When a worried mother wants the private investigator to track down her missing husband, she’s eager to bring the deadbeat dad to justice. But even after she discovers the man’s obituary, she refuses to believe it until she sees the body. Tracking down the nurse who last saw him alive could be the missing puzzle piece to her client’s broken family.

But as she digs deeper, she realizes there’s something darker at play than dodging child-support payments. And she may not be the only one hunting the man down. To close the case and reunite her client’s family, she must track down the missing husband without falling prey to the same ruthless hunter.

Honor Kills is the third audiobook in the captivating Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like bold female detectives, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping novel.

Buy Honor Kills to track down a fast-paced missing persons mystery today!

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Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Rainbow in Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne

2 Nov


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A Rainbow In Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne
Publisher:  Waldorf Publishing (October 15, 2018)
Category: Children Ages 3-7, Picture Book,  Animals, Social Themes (Emotions and Feelings
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642048308
Available in Print and ebook, 32 pages

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Have you ever seen a sheep standing tiptoe on the ears
of a very tall giraffe while a crowd looks on and cheers?
And have you seen an owl helping them to tug
a rainbow from the sky, like a multi-colored rug?

This is the story of Mala the rhino who can’t help feeling blue after her friend moves away. Her friends, an owl, a sheep and a not-so-humble giraffe get together with sun and create a crazumptious plan to show Mala that blue is as beautiful as all the other colors. This colorful story of friendship, love and loss will delight children while encouraging them to embrace their emotions in a healthy way.

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This is such a cute and engaging book for children.  I read it with my 4 year old niece.  It’s a great book for teaching kids about colors and identifying animals but it also teaches about emotions, including sadness.  I really like the way Amanda Jayne teaches children about emotion using color.

Mala the rhino is sad because her good friend the gorilla went away.  Her other friend tried to cheer her up but couldn’t.  They consulted the cloud and the sun and they came up with an idea on how to cheer her up.

A Rainbow in Her Pocket is a well written picture book and the illustrations are creative and vibrant.  The book is popping with color!  It teaches children that all emotions are normal, even sadness.  I highly recommend you read it with children.  It was so much fun reading it with my niece and my sister told me that she wants to read it every night before bed now.  It would also make an excellent gift to a child in your life.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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Praise for Rainbow In Her Pocket 

“A delightful story with so much heart. A gorgeous book for all ages!” – Tej Steiner, author of ‘Waking Up With Everyone Around us’. USA”

“Truly glorious! This book shares the wisdom that all feelings are not only of value, but make us who we are, in all our splendor – if we are only able to see. Amanda Jayne, in her tale, beseeches us to see.” – Natalie Prior, Child and Adolescent Therapist, UK.

“I would love to share this wonderful story with my kindergarten students and can use it to teach across our curriculum.” – Caprice Allen, Kindergarten Teacher, USA

“At last, a beautiful children’s story with depth. Amanda Jayne has cleverly managed to weave the importance of friendship, understanding and acceptance of the self and each other in a heartwarming rhyme. We loved it!” – Diane Bundy, Businesswoman and Mum, UK

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About the AuthorDescription Rainbow In Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne

Amanda Jayne is a teacher, heart circle coach and a holistic health practitioner who is finally getting around to writing those books she has always wanted to write. As a child, Amanda found safety, comfort and a gateway to imagination in the books she read, and the desire to create this for others is what led her to begin writing books for children.

In an effort to help young readers see the magical pictures and colors she imagines, she decided to have a go at illustrating them herself.

In the past, Amanda Jayne worked in the mental health field and in 2009, after gaining her masters in Spiritual Psychology, she became passionate about the importance of emotional and self-cultivation in the midst of a world filled with overwhelming mental stimulation. Amanda has a love of travel, exploring other cultures, trees, art and eating dark chocolate.

‘A Rainbow In Her Pocket’ is Amanda Jayne’s first children’s book.  She is also the author of a travel adventure book, ‘Close Encounters Of the Traveling Kind’. .After living in Bolivia, Japan and the USA, she now lives in a quiet corner of Kent in the UK.

Website: https://www.amandacjayne.com/author
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/amandacjayne
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Book Review & Giveaway: Another Kind of Magic by Elizabeth Davies

1 Nov

 

“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”

Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.

At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfil her desire.

Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…

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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.

Another Kind of Magic is the third book in a trilogy and I didn’t read the first two books but I didn’t have any trouble with this one so it does stand on its own. 

Caitlyn is a familiar meaning she is a woman who turns into a cat and she has to do the bidding of her mistress. Her current mistress is Lady Joan who is married to Llewelyn, Prince of Wales. She is ruthless and when she decides that she’s in love with William, a married man, Caitlyn is expected to do all she can to help her get her man. 

Hugh is a warrior who is supposed to protect William so Caitlyn spends enough time with Hugh that she ends up falling in love. Will she be able to finally find a way to end the curse and be able to live as her own woman and be able to love Hugh like she wants?

I always enjoy historical fiction that is based on actual facts. The author notes at the end of this book that many of the characters were actual people who lived in the thirteenth century. Since I enjoyed the last book in this trilogy, I’m going to have to go back and read the first two books!

 

 

 

Author Bio –

Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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Website – www.elizabethdaviesauthor.co.uk

Twitter  – @bethsbooks

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Instagram – @elizabethdavies.author

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Book Review & Giveaway: Storm Taken by William Michael Davidson

1 Nov

Book Title: Storm Taken by William Michael Davidson
Category: Adult fiction, 268 pages
Genre: Thriller, Sci-fi
Publisher: Clean Reads
Release date: July 16, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 15 to Nov 9, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There’s a few graphic scenes with violence, alluded to adult situations as far as sex is concerned. But no real profanity and anything explicit)

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Book Description:

Trapped on Naples Island, Eddie Dees does everything he can to hold his family together. A supernatural storm is feeding on people’s fear and paranoia. The more people turn on each other, the stronger it becomes.

Believing there are small, systematic breaks in the storm, he plans to make his way off the island with as many residents as possible. But he must first deal with the crazed gunman roaming the streets as well as another growing threat: Klutch, a violent army vet suffering PTSD, has recruited a band of followers who believe the storm is a weaponized weather experiment gone awry. Klutch plans on stopping anyone from leaving the island, and one of his followers is Eddie’s own teenage son.

To read more reviews, please visit William Michael Davidson’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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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.

Storm Taken is about the people who live on Naples Island where there is a storm unlike any storm that has been witnessed before. It is contained to the island and it is deadly. If anyone tries to leave or enter the island, they are killed with lightning. 

Eddie Dees is a resident of Naples Island and notices that since the storm started, things are going missing everywhere. People are at each others’ throats thinking that their neighbors are stealing from them. With no electricity and no way off the island the residents are either going to kill each other or have to band together to figure out how to get off the island. And it seems that their time is running out because the dark clouds above the island are descending.

This story is a little slow to get started but about a third of the way through, it gets good. The characters are well developed and the author does a good job of portraying them as actual people might react. 

My favorite paragraph at the end of the book: “We have so little time here with those we love, and sometimes — for reasons we don’t know — they’re taken from us…I suppose the best we can do is love the time that we have with them and let them go when the time is right.”

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Meet the Author

William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California. A believer that “good living produces good writing,” Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. He is a writer of suspense and speculative fiction. If he’s not writing, he’s probably at the beach.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Rebirth by R.J. Amezcua

29 Oct

Book Title: Mantis Force: Rebirth (Marium Kahnet Book 3) by R.J. Amezcua
Category: Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

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It is a day of prophecy and celebration when Jazrene Vallo accomplishes her ordained task to refashion the Marium Kahnet, and witnesses them finally becoming representatives in the Grand Assembly of the Mantis Alliance. But the victory is soiled by reports of a faction of wayward sisters joining a necromancer Order, the Saurcine.

The rebels plan to bring forth the Krevomax, the seed of the Tisrad Dragon, to defeat the Mantis Alliance. To combat this new evil threat, in Jazrene Vallo’s last act as supreme leader, she activates the sisterhood’s elite warriors, the Criss Lumbra. Their mission: destroy the spawn of the Tisrad Dragon. Should they fail, it will mean the end of the sisterhood and all peace in the universe.

 

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R. J. Amezcua was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and is happily married to Sheryl. As a young boy, one of his favorite TV shows was Lost in Space. Being an entrepreneur and visionary by nature, he has begun his journey as an author and writer. Using his love for science fiction, he created the epic saga “Mantis Force,” which encompasses a vast universe.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The House Always Wins by Brian Rouff

26 Oct

 

House Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian RouffThe House Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian Rouff

Publisher:  Huntington Press (Oct 3, 2017)
Category: Paranormal Romance, Ghosts, Crime Thriller, Las Vegas Mystery
Tour dates:Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1944877064
Available in Print and ebook, 324 pages

House Always Wins

Anna Christiansen’s small-town life is about to go haywire. A young reporter stuck in a dead-end job, Anna falls head over heels for an interview subject, the bass player in an up-and-coming alt band. In short order, she pulls up stakes, moves to Las Vegas, gets married and pregnant, and buys a big fixer-upper haunted by the ghost of a Sin City racketeer.

That’s when Anna gets notice from a corrupt casino owner that he’s buying up all the properties on her street to make way for a parking lot. But Anna has poured her heart and soul into the house and digs in hard to fight the system — not the easiest of tasks in a city where bribery, mayhem, and murder are standard operating procedures.

Can Anna’s tough-guy ghost provide the help she needs to prevail in this dangerous cat-and-mouse game? Will Anna’s life be left in ruins? Or worse?

 

 

Guest Review by Betty B.

When I first saw this book I thought to myself, “Oh no not another Vegas themed book. That has been done to death.” However, after reading the description and a few reviews, I thought it sounded different.  After reading it, I can now say it is a fresh perspective.

Anna is a reporter in a small town and falls for a bass player, Aaron, who she interviews.  You can tell her ideas of love are that of many women who were raised in the “Cinderella complex.”  Fall in love and get saved by a man, live happily ever after.  However, as usually happens, it doesn’t work out this way.  In fact, Anna becomes a strong female protagonist and fights for what’s hers.

Anna and Aaron move to Las Vegas and buy a fixer upper house that is haunted.  Instead of running away, Anna befriends the ghost.  When a corrupt casino owner wants to buy the house, Anna gets ready for battle.  There is no way she is going to sell the house she poured her sweat into.  The ghost is able to help her in an unexpected way.

‘The House Always Wins’ is well written with great characters that jump off the page and draw the reader in.  It is filled with humor, mystery, coming of age, and a ghost.  There is also some romance.  There is really something for everyone, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a great story, both male and female.  I give it a solid 5 stars.  I definitely want to read more by Brian Rouff!

 

 

Praise for The House Always Wins

 

Finalist, American Fiction Awards, Romance: Paranormal category

 

“It’s pure Vegas, told from an insider’s perspective.”- Anthony Curtis, Huntington Press

“A whirlwind romance leads an unlikely pair of newlyweds to Las Vegas, home of every dream and nightmare they can imagine―from predatory developers to a friendly ghost. Rouff spins a guilelessly winsome fable whose charming heroine needs to have everything from her ghost’s personal history to the ritual significance of her newborn’s bris explained to her―which means that the reader gets treated to all these explanations too.”-Kirkus Reviews

“Paragraphs are replete with uproariously sarcastic similes, metaphors, and tongue-in-cheek comments. Narrative hooks, drama, unexpected openings, and cliffhanging chapter endings keep the story flowing. Complicated situations, including confrontations with neighbors and pressure from the casino, build to a significant and unanticipated climax. A fun read from beginning to end, The House Always Wins is an attractive romance with a unique ghostly touch.”-Clarion Foreword Reviews, 5 stars

“Author Brian Rouff has dreamed up a fun little tale, which he describes in a release as “part coming-of-age saga, part mystery and part ghost story.” When it comes to Nevada stories, Rouff knows his stuff. He has lived in Las Vegas for more than 35 years and has also written the Las Vegas-based novels Dice Angel and Money Shot.”- C. Moon Reed, Las Vegas Weekly

“Brian Rouff’s writing of The House Always Wins: A Vegas Ghost Story is impressive. It’s a charming, fast-paced story beautifully narrated by the main character, Anna. It contains wit, mystery, and a bit of nostalgia. Meyer reminisces about his racketeering life and how developed Las Vegas has become. Anna is a strong-minded person who possesses a sense of humour, even when her problems are serious. I thought the road trip was interesting, also the descriptions of the communities that had seen changes, for better or for worse. The author has shown the other side of Las Vegas in this must-read novel.”- Michelle Stanley, Readers’ Favorite

 

 

About the AuthorHouse Always Wins: Vegas Ghost Story by Brian Rouff

Award winning author, Brian Rouff was born in Detroit, raised in Southern California, and has lived in Las Vegas since 1981, which makes him a long-timer by local standards. When he’s not writing articles, screenplays and Las Vegas-based novels such as “Dice Angel,” “Money Shot,” and “The House Always Wins,” he runs Imagine Communications, a marketing and public relations firm. He is also a regular contributor to Living-Las-Vegas.com.

On a personal note, Brian is married with two grown daughters and five grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys movies, playing guitar and the occasional trip to the casino buffet line.

Website: http://brianrouff.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrianRouff
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BrianRouffAuthor/

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