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14 Oct

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14 Oct

Book Review: Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

13 Oct

The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival, she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. 

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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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.

Black Dawn is a good debut novel and the first in a series. I plan on reading the next book in the series because there were a few things left unresolved and I’m interested in how they turn out.

The characters are different and interesting, each having their own powers. Their relationships are strained and for good reason. Memphis, the Commander of these rebels has lied to everyone except his friend Brokk. They took Emory to another time and place and erased her memories so that they could save her and come back and get her when “the time was right.” Memphis also lied to his girlfriend Nyx, whom he has ignored since bringing Emory back. I don’t care for Memphis and I don’t understand why everyone continues to trust him no matter what he does.

There was a lot going on in the last quarter of the novel, surprises and revelations. My head is still spinning.

Unfortunately, I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. So much happened in this book that it should have made me cry but not a tear was shed.

 

About the Author

Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

 

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The Function of Leadership

11 Oct

Book Review: McCall & Company: Emboozlement by Rich Leder

10 Oct

ONE SLIPPERY SPORTS BAR EMBEZZLER

TWO DEAD DECADENT DIVORCE LAWYERS

MCCALL & COMPANY ON THE CASE

 

PI Kate McCall was warned to stay home, stay put, and stay out of NYPD business. But someone is killing Lowry Lowe lawyers, and Kate is sure her father’s murderer is pulling the trigger. At the same time, former Major League relief pitcher Steve “Blue” Stark wants her to catch the crook embezzling big bucks from his West Side sports bar.

Kate can’t help but get in the game.

The problem is the killer is cluing her in before murdering each lawyer and she’s falling for Blue as fast as he’s becoming her prime suspect.

Can Kate and her crackpot crew catch her father’s killer before all the lawyers are dead? And will she find real love with dreamboat Blue? Or will she have to lock him up for stealing his own money?

If she comes through the kidnappings, she might beat the odds.

Available on Amazon.

 

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 Workman’s Complication and Swollen Identity, the first two McCall & Company books, and I’m enjoying this series so I was happy to read Emboozlement.

Kate McCall inherited her father’s PI business and although she didn’t really want it, she’s finding that she’s pretty good at it. Not only that but she is determined to find her father’s killer who she is trading texts with.

There are multiple plot twists and the same unique characters as in the first books. The people in Kate’s building aren’t only her friends, but they’re making a movie and they’re willing to help her on her cases. They’re all crazy in their own way, but you can’t help but like them all. My favorite character is Fu. Kate often says, “Fu you, Fu!”

I like Rich Leder’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and fun to read. Emboozlement is funny but also has mystery, murder, suspense, and even a bit of romance. This is a good book for anyone who likes mysteries and likes to laugh. 

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About the Author

Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark, feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films, and four novels for Laugh Riot Press.

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill.  He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three children.

Website: https://www.richleder.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rich-Leder/e/B00N66JNN0

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRichardLeder

Instagram: @rich_leder

Twitter: @richleder

Email: rich@richleder.com

 

 

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Do Not Judge by Appearances

10 Oct

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Audiobook Spotlight & Giveaway: The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

10 Oct

 

Author: Tal M. Klein

Narrator: Matthew Mercer

Length: 8 hours 42 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Released: Jul. 25, 2017

Genre: Tecnothriller

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It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure… Arrival… Delight!

Joel Byram, our smartass protagonist, is an everyday twenty-second century guy. He spends his days training artificial intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980’s new wave—an extremely obscure genre, and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems—until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.

 

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Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When she was five years old, his daughter Iris wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children’s book projects on Kickstarter ―something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “your book made lots of kids happy.” Iris then asked Tal, “Daddy, why don’t you write a book that makes lots of grownups happy?” Tal mulled this over for a few years, and eventually wrote his first book, The Punch Escrow. It won the Inkshares Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction publishing contest, and is the first book published on the Geek & Sundry imprint.

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Narrator Bio

Matthew Christopher Miller, known professionally as Matthew Mercer or Matt Mercer, is an American voice actor involved in English dubs of Japanese anime as well as cartoons, films and video games. In anime shows, he voiced Levi in Attack on Titan, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Kanji Tatsumi for episodes 13-26 in Persona 4: The Animation and Trafalgar Law in the Funimation dub of One Piece. In video games, he voices Leon S. Kennedy in the Resident Evil series, Jack Cooper in Titanfall 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, McCree in Overwatch, MacCready in Fallout 4 and Yusuke Kitagawa in Persona 5. In addition to voice-over, Mercer has developed some live-action web series including a Nintendo character parody called “There Will Be Brawl” and the famous Geek & Sundry and Alpha Dungeons & Dragons gaming session show “Critical Role.” The Punch Escrow is his first audiobook.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Gone Daddy Gone by Cheryl Bradshaw

9 Oct
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Gone Daddy Gone
Sloan Monroe Mysteries #7
by Cheryl Bradshaw
Genre: Crime Mystery, Thriller
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From New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Bradshaw:
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A single moment is about to change Sloane Monroe’s life forever …
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On an early winter morning, college student Shelby McCoy walks the
quiet, snowy path back home. A tree branch snaps in the distance.
Then another. A man is there with her, following close behind,
whispering her name. She looks back, sees him gaining on her, and
runs. Who is this man, and why is he carrying a gun?
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*Can easily be read as a standalone!
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Once I got into Gone Daddy Gone I could tell that there were previous books written about Sloane Monroe because other cases were mentioned. When a case was mentioned, enough was told so that this book does stand on its own.

Gone Daddy Gone starts out with a bang. When Shelby McCoy is shot and killed, her father and his girlfriend, Sloane, are determined to find out who the killer is. They both have enemies because of the type of work they do. He’s in law enforcement and she’s a PI. And they soon find out that Shelby had kept secrets from them. So many possibilities and they’re running out of time. Talk about keeping you on the edge of your seat!

I enjoyed this book and plan on reading the first 6 books in the series when I can find the time. Sloane is not perfect but she’s stubborn and independent and has a good head on her shoulders.

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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Bradshaw writes in
the genres of mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, and supernatural
suspense. To date, she has published almost two dozen novels and
novellas, including her New York Times bestselling mystery series
based on a sassy, OCD challenged private eye named Sloane Monroe. In
2013, Bradshaw’s fourth novel in the series, Stranger in Town, was
a finalist for a Shamus Award, and that same year,
book three in the series, I Have a Secret, won best thriller of the
year from eFestival of Words. She was raised in California and
currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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The Power of Thoughts

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Book Review: Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot by Joshua Margolis

9 Oct

 

Children’s book
Date Published: 11/1/16

Publisher: Mascot Books


Melvin is known for being a sad…(ish) robot. But, as he finds new friends and experiences, he may just figure out how to be happy…(ish).

Purchase Links

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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.

Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is a children’s picture book about Melvin the Robot who is okay, going to school and coming home every day but he’s lonely. One day he sees a Ladybug Robot and he says hello to her which is very unlike him. She agrees to meet him later but he waits and waits and she never shows up. As he’s going home, he runs into his friend (his only friend?) who has several pets in tow. Melvin agrees to adopt one and suddenly he’s not so lonely any more.

This is a great children’s book. Not only does it teach that many of us are lonely but that there is something we can do to combat that loneliness. It also teaches that it’s okay to step out of our comfort zone. The pictures are creative and interesting and had to have taken some time and thought to make them. They’re great! I love the toaster dog!

 

About the Author

Joshua Margolis is a sculptor, photographer, and author from Oakland, Ca. His work has been featured in many galleries and studios. He was the de Young Fine Arts Museum artist in residence for the month of July 2014, where he brought his monsters and robots project to sculpted life. Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is the first story of its kind to incorporate Joshua ceramic sculptures into a real world setting, creating a unique visual narrative.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.Joshuamargolis.net

Instagram: @clayandwine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joshua-Margolis-Ceramics-284046127600/

 

 

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