Poisoned Books

7 Jul

An article by Jakob Povl Holck and Kaare Lund Rasmussen explains the use of arsenic a couple hundred years ago and how the danger of reading some old books could be harmful, even fatal. I had no idea how widely used it was until the mid 1800’s. 

 

Damage caused by the use of green arsenic from a 1859 book (Wellcome Collection)

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Book Review & Giveaway: Blownup in Paradise by Deborah Brown

6 Jul

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

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

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

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


The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they’re like chips…you won’t be able to devour just one!”

 

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

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

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

 

 



South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.


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


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

Above reviews from Amazon





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Also available in the Paradise Series

 

Christmas in Paradise (Florida Keys Mystery Series Book 13)

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About the Author


I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Lazy Days of Summer $250 Cash Giveaway

6 Jul

Lazy Days of Summer

$250 Cash Giveaway

July 6th to 26th

Hopefully, you are having a fabulous summer and enjoying some time in the sun with a good book. To celebrate lazy summer days we are giving away $250 to one lucky winner!

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Book Review: Informed Decision by L.J. Greatrex

5 Jul

Following the tragic death of his wife Beth, Jimmy Giddion, having been willed great wealth from her inherited fortune, makes the decision, alongside his partners Paul Max and Bill Pascal, to expand their interests in creating a worldwide network of Executive Helicopters in Las Vegas. Realising too late that dipping your toe in a shark infested pool full of notorious Mafia Barons, our trio of hackers are back using their skills on the keyboard to uncover the victim and perpetrators of a ferocious fire. A mysterious twist unveils the lengths someone will go for revenge.

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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.

Jimmy Giddion and his partners Paul Max and Bill Pascal make the stupid decision to expand their helicopter business to Las Vegas. It is still run by the Mafia but they think that they can do honest business with these people. Of course, they can’t and they end up with a dead body in one of their helicopters that turns out to be a blast from the past.

Jimmy, Paul, and Bill are constantly having to put out fires while also dealing with trying to figure out who the victim was, what message was being sent to them (if any), and how to fix the mess they’re in.

Informed Decision is nonstop suspense, adventure, and mystery, with a love story thrown in. There is more than one twist and of course, a lot of hacking. There were times it got a little too in depth for me, I’d rather know what info was retrieved but not necessarily how they retrieved the info. I still recommend Informed Decision. This series would be best if read in order, but each book does stand on its own with enough back story given for it to be a good read.

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Excerpt

“The black cut glass hearse arrived for what we discovered was a high-end Mafia burial. Seven horses were adorned with plumes of feathers any bird would die for, I’ll rephrase that, did die for. Walking pallbearers were complete with top hats, black leather gloves and bulges under their coats that could only be from the guns they were toting in case of trouble. The parade was formidable, every slime ball from here to the Sicilian homeland was in attendance and we stood out like a pair of white men at a Martin Luther King rally.

“I had no idea how much they revered their members,” I whispered, as I realised how out of touch we were with the people we had inadvertently become involved with.

“I’m staggered. I had no concept of the power these guys wielded,” he murmured not wishing to rock the boat, in case it sank into the depths taking us with it.

“Do you think we should quit now and abandon our project leaving them to their own?” I suggested, feeling out of depth amongst these thugs.

“I’m not sure which would be best, a lead-welly for staying or a lead-welly for dropping out,” he added, his attempt at frivolity falling on deaf ears, as I grimaced with the choices we had.

I cringed all the way through the Godfather music and weeping of black-veiled mourners obviously paid for the best effect or as warning to anyone seeking to dispense with one of their own. The flower adorned church burst with a show of solidarity unknown to the civilised world, complete with speeches about the courageous and dedicated nature of their brother Gustaff. I wanted to puke at the thought that someone so obviously corrupt could be made Godlike because he was dead.”

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About the Author

L.J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village in the Midlands, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. L. J.’s career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel Industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company and today as their Financial Health Consultant.

Over many years travelling the globe with family and friends for pleasure, the ideas developed and used in the Hackers series (which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback, Just Deserts, Without A Doubt and Doubt Revisited), have been in part attributed to these experiences; that and a vivid imagination has helped create the characters and situations in these thriller novels.

 

 

“Informed Decision” is available in paperback or e-book from Amazon UK and is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

Contact:  Darin Jewell (L. J. Greatrex’s literary agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
darin@theinspiragroup.com
tel. UK +208 292 5163

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Oshun Rising by Jennifer Alsever

3 Jul

 

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Author: Jennifer Alsever

Narrator: Moira Todd

Series: Trinity Forest Series, Book 2

Publisher: Sawatch Publishing

Released: May 30, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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OSHUN has everything a young pop star could ever want—fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there’s something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there’s no going back.

EMBER is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she’s been having—prophecies of murder, deception, and blackmail. But once she begins to untangle them, she realizes that they might not be dreams at all…and if she doesn’t find a way to stop what she’s seeing, more people will die.

MADDIE is barely staying afloat. How can she be expected to care about school when her best friend Ember is still missing, presumed dead? So when Ember’s brother calls and tells her about his theory about a pop star who may be involved in Ember’s disappearance, she rallies him to take a road trip to check it out.

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A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.
When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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Moira Todd is a Washington, DC-based actor. She originally hails from Mt. Hood, Oregon where the trees are always green, the mountain is always pointy, and the weather is usually rainy. It was there that she learned the secret arts of alpine skiing and whistling at the same time as you hum. While neither has proved useful in her theatre career, she remains hopeful. These days she spends most of her free time swimming, baking bread, and watching whale documentaries.

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I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

I listened to Ember Burning, the first book in the Trinity Forest series and was glad I had Oshun Rising to listen to right after it because I had to find out what was going to happen! 

Ember is no longer supposed to exist. She’s been “reborn” as the pop star Oshun. But her rebirth was rushed, she didn’t want it, and mistakes were made. So Ember still exists somewhere deep down in Oshun and occasionally, Ember gets a glimpse of what is going on. 

Ember’s brother Jared has never given up on finding her. When he calls Ember’s best friend Maddie she’s concerned about his obsession with finding Ember after three years have passed. She decides a road trip might be what he needs and they end up going to one of Oshun’s concerts. Poor Maddie is trying to help Jared and she realizes that she loves him, but she’s afraid she’s going to lose Jared along with Ember.

Jennifer Alsever does a great job at expressing Maddie’s thoughts and feelings as well as her confusion when trying to deal with Jared and Oshun. The narrator, Moira Todd, also does well and has good timing and a good singing voice as Oshun/Ember.

Oshun Rising has a little bit of everything: paranormal, fantasy, horror, romance, drama, and humor. I can’t wait until I have the time to listen to the third book in the series. Oshun Rising stops at a good place but the world is still at risk!

 

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Book Review: Brooklyn Astronaut by Jermain Smith

1 Jul

Brooklyn Astronaut is about a eight year old African American boy named Jamuel, who wants to travel to outer space when he grows up. Jamuel raised in a two parent home goes with his mother, Rebecca, to meet his father, Eddy, at the Brooklyn Science Museum on a summer afternoon. On there way to the Science Museum, Rebecca stops by all of Jamuel’s friends houses so they can also join in the fun. On everyone’s arrival to the science museum, Eddy has one of his coworkers show Jamuel and his friends a tour of the museum. This is where Jamuel learns what it takes to become an astronaut. Jamuel parents are very proud that their child is not only fun with friends, but also has taken an interest in being the world’s next future scientist.

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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.

Brooklyn Astronaut is a difficult book to review. It has good ideas: it reinforces the idea that friends can be any color and from any background, it teaches a little about space and the moon, and it encourages children to want to go to a museum. I also think the dream at the beginning of the book was fun and cute and kids of any age would enjoy it.

Unfortunately, Brooklyn Astronaut should focus more on one age group. It’s listed for the ages 8-12 but the length of the book and font size are more appropriate for younger children. The pictures are colorful and different (I like different) and are more for younger children as well, but there aren’t pictures on some pages so younger children could easily lose interest. There are too many long sentences for younger readers too, so I’m at a loss as far as a good age for Brooklyn Astronaut

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About the Author

Brooklyn Astronaut is a family oriented book series, supporting our next generation of kids to dream and to dream big. Brooklyn Astronaut is independently published by the author, and owner CEO of Smith Prudent Reads LLC.

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What’s in a Pen Name?

30 Jun

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Generate your own pen name!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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