Book Review: Initiation in Paradise (Book 17) by Deborah Brown

Margaritas, mangroves, murder. Just another day at the office. 

One minute, Madison Weston and her bestie, Fab, are tailing Creole and Didier to figure out what they’re hiding. The next, a hail of bullets sends them swamp slogging for their lives. So much for cute shoes. 

Eventually, Creole and Didier come clean: Bodies are turning up in shallow graves, and they didn’t want their women catching wind of it. Too bad, boys, this mystery is too juicy to pass up.

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My Review

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

I’ve read most of the books in this series and I love these characters. They’ve become like good friends, and I’m always looking forward to their next story or adventure. Madison and Fab are best friends and although they’ve calmed down over the years, they’re still good private investigators. They’ve also both gotten married recently and have great relationships with their men.

Although Madison and Fab are trying to stay away from the more dangerous cases, danger seems to seek them out whether they’re on a case or not.

Initiation in Paradise has several cases that the girls take from serving divorce papers to a welfare check. None of their cases are simple no matter how easy they sound which results in danger, humor, or both. I can always count on a good laugh when I’m reading a Paradise book.

As with all of the Paradise books, Initiation in Paradise was a quick and enjoyable read. Deborah Brown has a good sense of humor and you never know what’s going to happen. I especially liked the ending although it was not what I expected, and I’m looking forward to Madison and Fab’s next adventure.

Although this series is best read in order, all of the books stand alone. I definitely recommend them if you like independent women who are loyal and passionate about family, life and love. 

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About the Author

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!”

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.

Find the author on the following sites…

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Book Review: Overdose in Paradise by Deborah Brown

A woman’s been found dead in Dr. A’s beach house, facedown in enough cocaine to put him away for life. It’s going to take more than trading a couple of favors to help the doctor, who’s always been there for Madison, no questions asked, no blood left behind. 

Hard as Madison and Fab have tried to keep their promise to stop playing sneak-around-chick, prying up the evidence that could set their friend free requires a skillset from their shady past. When they open up this set of Pandora’s boxes, it’s too late to mind their own business. 

Plus being on the radar of a big-time drug dealer, shoots up the street value on their lives a million-fold. They could be in a felonious hot mess.Nice things about living in Tarpon Cove?
Favors are traded like cryptocurrency. 

If anybody asks, nobody saw anything. And even the worst day can end with a pitcher of margaritas–glass optional.

 

 

My Review

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

I’ve read most of the books in this series and I’ve fallen in love with the characters. They’ve become like good friends, and I’m always looking forward to their next story or adventure. Madison and Fab are best friends and although they’ve calmed down over the years, they’re still good private investigators. They are just trying to stay away from the more dangerous cases. Somehow, though, that doesn’t always work out.

Dr. A needs a good lawyer after his girlfriend is found dead of an overdose in his house. He’s accused of supplying her with the drugs that killed her. Madison promises to find him a lawyer but of course she and Fab can’t leave it there. Even though Creole and Didier (boyfriend and husband, respectively) keep reminding them that it’s not their case and they’ve done all that they promised, they continue to work the case, find leads that may exonerate the good Dr. A, and find themselves in danger once again.

As with all of the Paradise books, Overdose in Paradise was a quick and enjoyable read. Deborah Brown has a good sense of humor and you never know what’s going to happen, especially at Madison’s property The Cottages. I especially liked the ending, and I’m looking forward to Madison and Fab’s next adventure.

Although this series is best read in order, all of the books stand alone. I definitely recommend them if you like independent women who are loyal and passionate about family, life and love. 

 

 

About the Author

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!”

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.

 

Find the author on the following sites…

Website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Goodreads  Amazon Author page  Bookbub

Book Review & Giveaway: American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison

 

 

American Corporate by Jeb Stewart HarrisonAmerican Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison

Publisher:  Baby Bingus Books (Nov 27, 2018)
Category: Literary fiction, humor, family life
Tour dates: Apr/May, 2019
ISBN: 978-1986937863
Available in Print and ebook, 258 pages

American Corporate

 

 

Description 

A playful, big-hearted tragicomedy in the Russo/Irving mold, American Corporate chronicles the misadventures of middle-aged Jack Sullivan and his family as they bounce across the country in search of gainful employment, domestic tranquility, and a few people they can trust.

It is a story that working parents past, present and future will see as part of their own: the triumphs, the tragedies, the innocent mistakes and the not-so-innocent mistakes, and above all the forgiveness that keeps families together to face another challenge.

 

 

Guest Review by Betty B.

“American Corporate” by Jeb Stewart Harrison is a story about marriage, poverty, illness and feeding the corporate machine. And yet, somehow it is absolutely hilarious! Jack Sullivan is a middle-aged, married father of two who is looking for employment. Having lost his job eight months previously, Jack has been begging and borrowing wherever and whenever he can in order to maintain his expensive southern California lifestyle. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t been having much luck finding jobs and when his father informs him that he can no longer help Jack pay his mortgage, Jack has to cross the country to take a job in the comparative ghost town of Indianapolis.

 Like I said, this novel is a comedy about some actually pretty serious subjects. Jeb Stewart Harrison manages to take the subject of unemployment and make it funny. I laughed out loud when Jack had to go to a job interview after being sprayed by a skunk and when his wife, Carrie, started talking to other men on Craigslist by accident. There were a lot of funny situations set up to make the characters come across like sitcom stars—that is, hilarious if not very easy to relate to.

In the book, part of the reason that Jack cannot find a job is that he isn’t actually interested in working in the corporate world. His actual passion is music and he creates the picture of somewhat of a former rock star who accidentally became a corporate stooge. Whereas his wife, Carrie is a beauty queen type, who isn’t very smart but makes up for that with earnestness and kindness. I’m giving this five stars for keeping me laughing throughout the entire book! I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good, funny read that is well written and descriptive.

 

 

Praise Healing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart Harrison

“If you enjoy beautiful prose, complex themes of family and race, and a refreshingly original narrator, this book is for you. Harrison is among the select few contemporary fiction writers who still write for serious readers.” – Jim Heynen, author, best known for The One Room Schoolhouse , The Boys’ HouseYou Know What is Right , The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap and many more.

“This book starts off with a bang and keeps on going. Howard is a character with a specific voice and story. I’m sure you’ll be provoked and entertained.”- Jessica Barksdale Inclan, author of The Believe TrilogyThe Being Trilogy, and many more.

“In The Healing of Howard Brown, author Jeb Stewart Harrison weaves an intriguing contemporary literary. The author provides a wonderful mixture of drama, humor, and seriousness to the story that easily keeps the reader’s interest as Howard’s journey unfolds. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I really enjoyed the author’s rich and vividly descriptive style of writing, especially the wonderful descriptions of the California and Louisiana settings.
The Healing of Howard Brown is a thought-provoking contemporary literary tale that will draw you in, touch your soul, and leave a smile on your face.”- Kathleen Higgins-Anderson, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“ I’m so happy that I read this book. It is beautifully written, wonderful imagery, and has such a heartwarming story as you follow along with Howard healing from the past. This is a wonderful story and one that I strongly recommend.”- jbronderbookreviews

“Jeb Stewart Harrison’s novel, THE HEALING of HOWARD BROWN brought to mind the novels of Roland Merullo, particularly, BREAKFAST WITH BUDDAH. Along the way, to his childhood home, and hopefully his sister, Howard finds more than expected and what he’s missing in the most unlikely places. The journey allows Howard to meditate on family relationships, issues such as love,life, death, fear and ultimately finding one’s personal peace. We the readers, if open, are able to learn from some of Howard, Mr. Booper and even the author, Jeb’s experiences.”- Cindy Roesel, Cindy Reads and Writes

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Book Review & Giveaway: Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda Jayne

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Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda JaynePublisher:  Waldorf Publishing (July 1, 2018)
Category: Essays, Travelogues , Travel, Adventure
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642556797
Available in Print and ebook, 140 pages

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Description

This collection of near-death (and a few almost-near-death) stories take you on adventures in Africa, South America, Nepal, Japan and Thailand. Close Encounters with an angry snake, the edge of an abyss, an unfriendly African tribe, a fake guide or two, a mean Dutch man, a magic whirlpool, a nasty case of Typhoid and a severe case of mountain stupidity are told with the confidence of a traveler who has discovered that no matter what happens, everything works out in the end.

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Guest Review by Sal

If you like travel and adventure, even if it is just from an arm chair, you are going to want this book!  Amanda Jayne has traveled to many different countries and at every turn has encountered near death experiences. 

In Japan, on a drunken night, a bunch of English teachers agreed they would climb Mt. Fuji.  They found out that most people climb at night so set a time to meet the next evening.  Only one person showed up besides Amanda.  It would have been evident to anyone who has done mountain climbing that they both arrived ill equipped.  They learned two valuable lessons: do what the locals do and be prepared for everything.  “Reasons for near-death: Ignoring all advice on mountains and mountain sickness; Stupidity.”

In Nepal, on the Bhote Kosi River, Amanda went rafting.  Just getting to the river was an adventure which included hiking, giardia (and finding place to have diarrhea), and a packed bumpy bus ride.  Then the real fun and danger began.  “Reasons for near-death: Attempting to tackle a set of rapids without a raft; a vicious whirlpool.”

The Amazon, Bolivia, Amanda signed up for an eco-friendly raft trip down the river with a so called, experienced guide.  “Reasons for near-death: Inexperienced guide on his first trip; getting lost in serpent infested waters; possible implosion due to infuriating Dutch man.”

These are just a few of the experiences Amanda Jayne had during her travels.  To read the full stories and about her other hair rising travels, you will have to read the book.  It is well written, with lots of humor and captures the places and situations so well that I felt as if I were there.  You can get lost in this book in the safety of your arm chair and avoid the danger Amanda Jayne got in too.  If you are a real adventure traveler, you can learn to avoid some of the pit falls.  I give this book five stars!

 

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Praise for Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind 

“A fabulous book that makes you smile all the way through; the stories of Amanda’s adventures and her zest for life flows from the pages and makes you on the one hand, wonder how she has survived and the other embrace her energies. A book that you don’t want to put down and leaves you in a happy place.”- Richard Newey, Amazon Review

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Book Review: 3 Hour Dad: Reading is Believing by Adam T. Hourlution

What would you do if you were suddenly told you were going to be a mum or dad without any notice? How would you react? What thoughts would go through your head? You haven’t prepared to be a parent, you’ve not made any arrangements and nobody in your family is aware.
Now imagine that not even the mum-to-be knew that she had been hiding a little person inside her tummy the entire time.
One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be !) summoning him to the hospital following his girlfriend being rushed in with suspected appendicitis only to discover that she is in fact having contractions and has been admitted to the labour ward.
This heart-warming and true story invites readers to step into Adam’s shoes and experience what it is like to be a 3 Hour Dad.
A proportion of sales is donated to a random act of kindness fund.
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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.

What a wonderful true story! This is a short book but it is delightful. The author and narrator is Adam and he got a phone call one night that his girlfriend was in the hospital…having a baby! Neither one of them had any clue that she was pregnant and she was in denial that she was even in labor. Of course, once she was pushing she had to accept their new reality. Although Adam was in shock, he stepped up and was immediately a caring father who learned quickly how to take care of his daughter.

If you’re looking for a book that will put a smile on your face, this is the book. It even made me giggle at times. Poor Adam really had a rough couple of days at first!

 

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom

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Mary Brown is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs, has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker, and discovers that even her hands and feet look fat, it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.
This is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The story is laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way-too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in.

Bernice Bloom is the big, new name in comedy writing…this is the first full-length novel after her series of laugh-out-loud mini books.

Purchase from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

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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.

Having been overweight all of my life, I can appreciate both the humor in Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl as well as the horror of realizing that she’s in an embarrassing predicament because of her size. Some of Mary’s situations are hilarious but serious issues are brought up as well. Everyone in Mary’s Fat Club already knows that eating is an emotional response but facing the original triggers and having someone they can call when they’re about to overeat helps, just as AA helps an alcoholic. 

I enjoyed Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl. I was a little disappointed in Mary at times, not because of her low self-esteem but because of her sabotaging a good relationship because of that low self-esteem.  She’s so strong in some ways and has a great sense of humor and I was so proud when she made the right choices when eating out. It can be so difficult! Go Mary!

I hope there will be more stories about Mary’s struggles and triumphs.

 

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About the Author

Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/BerniceBloombooks/

https://twitter.com/Bernice1Bloom

https://www.instagram.com/bernicebloomwriter/?hl=en

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Giveaway

Win a Daisy Bracelet and Earring set created by Bernice Bloom (Open Internationally).

 

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

 

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