Book Review: Marc's Message by Josée Therrien

Marc’s Message provides an exclusive and truthful sight of life and the world today. The author has shared her reflections on life and its challenges with poetry in the book.

My Review

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

Marc’s Message is a collection of poetry that is thoughtful and full of insight. Most of the poems are short, some haiku, and they’re all distinctive. A couple of my favorites:

Feeling alone
is nothing
compared to being alone.

Don’t let your dreams wake you.
Wake your dreams.

If you are looking for some unique poetry, Marc’s Message would be a good choice.

About the Author

Josée Therrien is a 24 year old Canadian author who started writing at a very young age, discovering ways to express her emotions and thoughts. She is passionate in observing life, which comes through in her poetry. ‘Marc’s Message’ is the author’s first creation; she is currently writing and preparing for her next poetry book.

Speaking to the media, Josée said, “Marc’s Message is dedicated to my father who was a great human being. He always dreamed of a beautiful life in spite of his struggles with manic depression. He wanted to see people love and care for the world and be true to themselves. I have kept his passion for life in my heart and in my poems.” She further added, “I want to convey a message with this poetry book. Life is very beautiful but sometimes it can seem dark, but enjoy it and get through it, for what awaits on the other side is a field of dreams.”

Book Review & Giveaway: The Water's Fine by Janice Coy

Water’s Fine: Suspense Novel by Janice Coy

Publisher:  Independently Published (April 22, 2019)
Category: Suspense, Family Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Tour dates: January/February, 2020
ISBN: 9781795669047
Available in Print and ebook, 312 pages


Catalina Rodrigues believes she’s living her best life, traveling to exotic locations around the world as a scuba dive master, spending every moment possible in her beloved ocean.

Bertie Clark is excited for a week-long scuba trip with her husband exploring the underwater wonders of an ocean teeming with life – the Sea of Cortez.

But a tragedy on their dive boat sends both women into uncharted territory, questioning what they’ve always thought to be true, and fostering an unlikely friendship. Will either trust the invitation to “come on in, the water’s fine” again?


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Catalina Rodrigues is a smart, capable scuba diving instructor who has traveled all over the world with her job and is prepared for any eventuality that happens on the sea. Bertie Clark is an enthusiastic and fun-loving woman who intends to leave the regulations of her regular life behind when she joins a group of experienced divers on a trip out onto the Gulf of California. She and her husband intend to enjoy the trip together, relaxing and enjoying the water.

Unfortunately all does not go as planned. A tragedy aboard the boat takes center stage and everyone on board must scramble to solve a mystery that will leave you guessing till the last page. This is the first book that I have read by Janice Coy and I was definitely impressed by her writing and her plotting. This is the kind of writing that I wish all books contained! What an excellently paced story she created in the claustrophobic confines of a diving vessel afloat on the Pacific Ocean.

I read a lot of mysteries and pride myself on being able to guess what is going to happen next most of the time, but, although this wasn’t necessarily a straightforward mystery story, the mystery element of it really surprised me with how it all worked out. I love that in a story and it really made me enjoy this.

Coy’s prose was beautiful and haunting, perfectly bringing to mind the loneliness and isolation of the sea, and her technical knowledge of scuba was extensive. She really made me feel like I was on the Calypso with these characters. Coy created a very interesting world in this novel and truly compelling characters. I can’t wait to get started finding out what other worlds she has created in her books!

Praise for Water’s Fine

“I just finished The Water’s Fine by Janice Coy which means I am must bid farewell to the characters I have become attached to and I must close the cover on a plot that kept a firm grasp on my attention and continued to surprise. The act of reading this book can cause laundry to pile up, dust to gather and dirty dishes to dry crusty because one cannot stop reading from chapter to chapter – – from scuba action, to mystery, heartache, friendship, suspense and self discovery.
The author is artfully descriptive in all areas of scene and character development which draws you in and holds you! In fact, I would like to invite you to do a little scuba diving and not get wet? Slip on those fins, adjust your mask, get your regulator set and start reading The Water’s Fine.”- Kjans, Amazon

“Oh wow, what a well written book! Being someone who thinks that scuba diving is too scary to try I was drawn in by the author’s imagery. It captured all the anxiety of “breathing underwater”, the suspense of what dangerous creatures you could encounter as well as the absolute beauty and serenity you could feel while exploring the deep blue sea. I fell in love with her characters and was sucked into the mystery and suspense and enjoyed joining them on their journeys of self discovery, life and loss. I really enjoyed this book.”-Amazon Customer

Praise for Smallest of Waves

“Thanks to Coy’s descriptive, immersive world, the waves of Agave Beach leave a distinct impact in The Smallest of Waves. – Indie Reader

“A seaside mystery with an appealing heroine…Coy uses her beachside setting well, contrasting Agave Beach’s innocent sand castles and clueless tourists with the mysterious ocean – so foreign with its dark depths, sharks, kelp forests, and sea caves.” Kirkus Reviews

2017 Finalist San Diego Book Awards Association

About the Author

Award winning Janice Coy is the author of five suspense novels. Her work is also published in four anthologies. She was a finalist at the San Diego Book Awards Association annual contest. She’s received the IndieReader Seal of Approval. A former journalist, Ms. Coy has received several awards for her reporting including a national award for best feature story in a community newspaper.

Ms. Coy is an advanced certified scuba diver; she’s run five half-marathons and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. She lives in Southern California with her husband.



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Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare & the Deadly Art Affair by K.M. Morgan

Daisy McDare wants nothing more than to find the man of her dreams and build a thriving interior decorator business. Instead she finds herself heartbroken and in the middle of a murder investigation.

Daisy is in the middle of a decorating job at a famed local celebrity’s mansion when the arrogant painter is found murdered in his backyard studio. Suddenly there’s a house full of suspects, each with a bigger reason to want the victim dead than the next.

When the local police get stumped during their investigation, Daisy realizes she’ll have to take matters into her own hands.

But she can’t crack the case alone. She recruits her cupcake-baking best friend Samantha, wise-cracking Granny Annie, and her feisty West Highland Terrier Shamus to find the killer.

My Review

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

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Art Affair is more of a novella with a listening time of a little over 3 hours. It’s your typical cozy mystery, which I like to read occasionally to give myself a break from more intense reads. I’d feel lost without something to read!

Daisy is an interior decorator and finds herself trying to solve the murder of an old friend’s husband. The story is pretty straightforward, and there aren’t any big surprises.

Because it’s short, I don’t feel like I’ve gotten to really know Daisy except that she wants a man, and she loves her best friend’s cupcakes. Since I have several more of these books to listen to, I’m hoping there’s more character development in the coming books.

The narrator, Caroline Shively, was adequate. Her pronunciation is great; however, it seemed like she was just reading the book rather than conveying the mood or feelings of the characters.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Art Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and quick reads.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Monsterland by Michael Okon

Book Title Monsterland by Michael Okon
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 234 pages
Genre Urban Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Horror
Publisher Wordfire Press
Release date:   October 2017
Tour dates: Feb 3 to Feb 21, 2020 
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: There is some violence, blood and gore. 

About the Book

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist,
and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in
a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley
is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and
when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are
expecting the experience of a lifetime.

After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

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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.

Monsterland makes me think of Jurassic Park for monsters: werewolves, vampires, and zombies. The zombies are the result of a recent plague and Vincent Konrad had the idea of Monsterland to have a safe place to keep the monsters while revving up the world’s economy at the same time.

Wyatt’s parents don’t want him and his brother to go to the opening of Monsterland, but when Wyatt gets VIP tickets after he unexpectedly meets Vincent Konrad, they can’t really say no. Besides, with all the security in place, surely nothing will go wrong.

This was a quick read and was difficult to put down once I started. It could have used a little more character development but I still enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading Monsterland Reanimated.

About the Author

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple
genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and
self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in
English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming
from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has
been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being
his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw
The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through
unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a
sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island
with his wife and children.

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Book Review: The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids by Ginjer L. Clarke

Are you a budding zookeeper or veterinarian, or are you just WILD about animals? Everything that animal books for kids ages 9-12 should be, The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids is packed with colorful photos and 500 ferocious facts about creatures from all over the world.

Unlike other animal books for kids ages 9-12, all the super cool facts inside are organized by type of animal, so you can quickly find the critters you want to study.

Animal books for kids ages 9-12 should be fun and educational. In this one, you’ll learn super cool facts like: Snow leopards keep themselves warm by wrapping their tails around their bodies like scarves. Fireflies use their lights to talk to each other. Immortal jellyfish can live forever. They grow to adulthood and then shrink back to babies, over and over again.

Look no further for fun and colorful animal books for kids ages 9-12—this one has you covered.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What an interesting book! You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids. I learned a lot. For example, did you know that a car could go 20 miles using the methane gas produced by one elephant’s farts in a single day? Just like the title says, it’s fascinating. Another example is that I knew that the Immortal Jellyfish can live forever. But I didn’t know that it grows to adulthood then reverts back to being a baby, over and over again.

The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids is full of gems like my two examples. It also has pictures of the animals. It’s in six color-coded chapters: Magnificent Mammals, Creepy Crawlies, Water World, Scaly Things, Amazing Amphibians, and Feather Friends. The only thing I noticed that would make it better is if there was an index. I only noticed that because I went to look up the jellyfish for this review, and I had to go to the Water World section and look through to find the jellyfish. It’s not a big deal but worth mentioning.

I definitely recommend The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids for all ages. It will give you hours of entertainment with interesting facts about animals of every kind.

Book Review: Writing the Entertaining Story by Wendy S. Delmater

“Wendy S. Delmater has a lot of balls to title her book Writing the Entertaining Story. What in the world makes her think that she knows the secret? …Editing. That’s what Wendy brings to Writing the Entertaining Story. She has read and evaluated, compared and analyzed reams and reams of unpublished work in her efforts to pick winners from the slush pile. Her advice in this book is practical, immediately applicable, and comes from her hard-earned time in the editor’s seat.” – from the foreword by James Van Pelt

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 am not a writer even though I have a lot of stories in my head. Maybe, someday, I’ll attempt to put them on paper, which is why this book interested me. It’s full of information for a beginning writer. Wendy points out the do’s and don’t’s for telling a good story based on her years of experience as an editor and writer.

The second half of the book is for once you have the story written. She explains agents, the different types of publication, editing, advertising, and more. There’s so much more involved in writing a book than just getting the story on paper!

This is a great resource for anyone who wants to embark into the world of being an author.

About the Author

Wendy S. Delmater has been editor of the Hugo-nominated online magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is also the editor of the three Best of Abyss & Apex anthologies and is the author of Confessions of a Female Safety Engineer, and the Better Dating Through Engineering series. Wendy’s recent publication credits include short stories and poetry in the Fantasy for the Throne anthology, Quantum Muse, Manawanker podcast, Little Blue Marble, Stranger Fictions, and Altered Reality. 

You can visit her Amazon Author page, or follow her on Facebook–or Twitter where she’s known as @safewrite.

Book Review & Giveaway: The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr

“Lauren Carr definitely has a winner here! In her new Thorny Rose series, Kill and Run steps up several levels into an exciting category all its own. It’s thriller, cold case, mystery suspense, and police procedural, all rolled into one exciting novel. Set amidst the political drama that comes with Washington DC and the Pentagon, a current multiple murder becomes a search years in the past. With a young, hot lieutenant assigned to NCIS, and his beautiful new wife, you have all the makings of a bestseller.” – Reviewer: Merry Citarella, Mystery Suspense Reviews

Book Title:  The Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   January 30, 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:


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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 have read several of Lauren Carr’s books, and I always enjoy them, but this is my favorite so far. I like her humor, and I usually smile or giggle several times when reading one of her books, but The Nutcracker Conspiracy made me actually laugh out loud several times. While there was humor, there was plenty of mystery and drama with several twists.

The book starts with an assassination attempt of the president gone wrong. According to the Nutcracker Conspiracy, several people wanted the president dead so the vice president could take over and the FBI, CIA, and other government agencies were in on it. But the vice president’s wife is the one who ends up dead. When 12 other people end up dead, several supposedly in accidents, it looks like maybe the Nutcracker Conspiracy is true…or is there more to it? Murphy ends up investigating the deaths and what a ride!

I definitely recommend The Nutcracker Conspiracy. It does stand alone but I got more out of it having read previous books in the this series and other series in which the characters cross over.

About the Author

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

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.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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