Thursday, December 31, 2015

Book Review: "Sharpe Shooter" by Lisa B. Thomas

About the Author

Born and raised in Texas, Lisa Thomas always knew she wanted to be a writer. Finally, after thirty-
three years as a high school Journalism and English teacher, she released her first novel and hasn't slowed down. She also has a writing guide for creative non-fiction. Lisa lives a quiet life with her husband and peekapoo. Besides writing, she enjoys her grandchildren, photography, traveling, and antiquing (buying and selling old junk). Visit her website: http://www.lisabthomas.com/



About the Book

Burned-out high school teacher Deena Sharpe is ready for a change. She has no idea a fifty-year-old murder case is about to turn her life upside down. 

The Perry County Sheriff’s office has found a skeleton in the closet…literally. When they identify the man’s body fifty years after his disappearance, his family turns to Deena to uncover the truth about his murder. The clock begins ticking when she discovers a mysterious writer is about to implicate the victim in his latest conspiracy theory book. She must channel her inner super-sleuth to solve the puzzle and protect her family name. With the help of her off-beat brother and others from the cozy town of Maycroft, Texas, Deena takes on a quest that leads to more questions than answers. 

Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Maycroft Mystery Series. With antique shopping, car chases, and ghosts in the night, the story will keep you guessing as you follow Deena on her quest for the truth. 

If you like a clean, cozy mystery, buy Sharpe Shooter today! 

*Sharpe Shooter is loosely based on a true story. Matthew is the main character’s second cousin, although she refers to him as her “uncle.”  

My Review

Sharpe Shooter is the first book in the Maycroft Mystery Series. Deanna Sharpe, at first, appears to be an ordinary person with great instincts. In the beginning of the story Deanna has just lost her job, and she decides it's the perfect time she pursue her dream of becoming an investigative reporter rather than teach journalism, however, there isn't a position open at her hometown newspaper.Then her uncle's murdered body is found. He had been missing for fifty years and all leads appear to be a dead end. Her great aunt, the victim's mother, asks her to find out what happened to him and she agrees.

Deanna is smart and funny. Sharpe Shooter is an easy read and the characters are well-drawn and multi-dimensional. I loved the location descriptions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to delving into the next book in the series, Sharpe Edge.

Purchase Sharpe Shooter!

Next Eight books and short stories on my review list are:
Mercy's Prince (He Who Finds Mercy, #1) by Katy Huth Jones (22% read)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Short Story Review: "Help Me Make It Through The Night" by Kathy Golden

About The Author

Hello Everyone,


At present, I am working on my Christian novella, An Invisible Hand. You can sign up for details about it at www.aninvisiblehandbykathygolden.com. Be sure to opt in to receive an update on when my novella is published.[Update: An Invisible Hand is now published! Get your copy today. I'm working on the sequel and would love to hear what you would like to read more about in the second book. Post in the discussion section on this page or contact me via the website. Thanks! Kathy]

I studied creative writing at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. I offer manuscript evaluations to help you improve your book before you have it edited and/or before you upload it for distribution. Contact me at any of my websites for more information.

I particularly enjoy listening to audiobooks. I've created Just Audiobook Reviews: a website featuring audiobooks that I read and review.

About The Book

On Christmas Eve, two strangers, fit only for one another's company, meet for the first time at a bar. A chance meeting? Maybe not. But one thing's for certain. They both need someone to help them make it through the night.

My Review


Two tortured souls meet and help each other make it through what can be one of the loneliest nights of the year when you're alone. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining Christmas short story that I devoured in one sitting. Great job, Kathy Golden! I look forward to reading more stories by this author.


Next Eight books and short stories on my review list are:
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas (just finished)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Book Review: "Into Dark Waters" by Rebecca Reilly

About The Author

Rebecca Reilly is a pastor and has been working in ministry for over thirty years. A wife and mother of two and grandmother of one, Rebecca enjoys hiking, jogging, and taking cruises. When she's in her Northern California home, she works as a pastor of student ministries, a massage therapist, a health coach, and a writer. Rebecca enjoys writing mysteries (Into Dark Waters and Haunting Megan), but has also written humor (Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage), a children's chapter book (The Geek Club), and two picture books (Heart of a Kitty and Jammers and His Flying Bed Adventure). Right now, Rebecca is working on follow- up novels in all four genres.


About The Book

A cruise ship is an easy place to commit murder. Body disposal’s a cinch, and suicide’s the likely verdict. The only problem is determining how to choose the next victim.

Sad and sexy, women find Detective Jim Tanger attractive. He doesn’t care. His wife’s suicide three years ago froze his soul. When Jim hears that Sunburst Cruises has lost another young female passenger to an assumed suicide, Jim’s passions erupt. He pushes the department and the cruise line into letting him investigate. Battling seasickness and overwhelming shyness, Jim must protect the women and find the killer only he believes exists.

Julie Cooper loves her husband Joel. She hopes their anniversary cruise to Hawaii will be a new beginning for them. Before her suitcases are unpacked, someone unleashes a campaign of terror against her. Anonymous threats, cryptic messages in her cabin, and an attempt on her life force Julie to look at the one person who might want her dead; the one person she trusted with her life.

My Review

Kept Me Guessing

It's not often where I don't guess who done it before it's reveal but this one fooled me. Lots of twists and turns lead me around like a puppet on a string from one red herring to another.

I thought the main character, Julia, at least in the beginning, was too good but it turned out that she had a fatal flaw in that she trusted too much, and she trusted the wrong people. Evil lurked and it touched her, touched her in ways I don't believe she will ever forget.

Jim wanted to protect Julia from her life and from those who would harm her. From the beginning he was attacked to her.

This was an exciting mystery. I knew the author had been on a cruise when I read the details of the ship and the excursions. Great detail, characterization, and plotting. I enjoyed this book and will read more books by Ms. Reilly. I would love to see a sequel which I believe is entirely doable.


Next Eight books and short stories on my review list are:
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas (just finished)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Book Review: "Progeny of a Killer" by J. M. Shorney

About the AuthorJean
In an old country village called Chaddleworth in Berkshire, J. M. (Jean) Shorney grew up listening to her father's tales around the fireside on cold winter evenings. Her father was a born storyteller. Her mother recited poetry she'd learned, and would rattle off without a book. Jean has written many novels, poetry and some hymns set to traditional tunes.
Her favourite writers are Elliott O'Donnell, Dennis Wheatley and Jack Higgins, while her love affair with Ireland dominates most of my writing. Jean's inspiration is listening to old country music, both American and Irish, as it has been since herwriting career began.
She currently reside in Thatcham, which is near Newbury in Berkshire.
Fine Jean Shorney on Twitter.
progencyOfAKillerCoverAbout the Book
Sometimes the past throws up more than you can handle... When Aidan McRaney is sent into infiltrate the lair of a man obsessed with seeking revenge on the British for the murder of his IRA father, he is forced to confront a past he never knew existed. A fast-paced, tense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
My Review
Excellent Thriller
Progeny of a Killer is an enjoyable, exciting thriller that will kept you on the edge of your seat throughout. The writer's style makes for an easy to follow and fascinating read. The story is fast-paced and action-packed with multi-layered, well-constructed characters. The main character is flawed but also likable, and the villain is someone you will love to hate. The conclusion is satisfying.
Next Eight books and short stories on my reading list are:
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley (50% completed)
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas (started)
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Book Review: "Inside Room 913" by Bruce A. Borders

About The Author
Bruce A. Borders was born in 1967 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bruce's childhood years were spent in a number of states, including Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. During his high school years, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams, involved in various non-athletic activities such as school yearbook production and photography, and won numerous awards for his artistic creations. Bruce graduated Valedictorian in 1984.

While in school, Bruce held three part-time jobs; a store clerk, a janitor, and a dental technician, working about 60-70 hours per week. After graduation he became employed full time as a dental technician. Other jobs have included restaurant manager, carpenter and grocery store cashier. For the past nineteen years, he has worked as a commercial truck driver, logging more than two million miles.

At the age of fifteen, Bruce decided to become a writer. He began by writing songs, news articles and short stories. Eventually, books were added to the list. Over the years, he continued to write and currently has a catalog of more than 500 songs, numerous short stories and 14 completed books. He writes on a variety of subjects such as the Bible and politics, as well as fictional novels of legal issues and westerns.

For more information please visit http://www.bruceaborders.com or http://bruceabordersbook.weebly.com.

About The Book
Inside Room 913
Parkview Manor has a secret, and eighteen-year-old Cynthia is curious!

When Cynthia Holt takes a job at a former sanitarium, now operating as an assisted living center that doubles as a hotel, she instantly discovers something more is occurring than simply providing the elderly with housing and care. Something very strange is going on behind the locked door of Room 913! 

After she is repeatedly warned to stay away from the room and to not discuss it or the occupant with her co-workers, she is even more intrigued, and suspicious! Letting her curious nature guide her, she immediately begins asking questions. When she finds that Room 913 has been closed off; locked and sealed for 40 years, her curiosity turns to concern. Though rumors abound, no one seems inclined to talk about it. Not giving up so easily, Cynthia persists in her pursuit of solving the mystery, investigating the rumors until she learns the truth of what is inside the forbidden room—or does she?
My Review
Fun and Enjoyable Mystery
Well-written and enjoyable mystery with drama all rolled up into an entertaining read. The story takes quite a few twists and turns until it reaches a pleasurable and satisfactory ending. I'm pretty good at figuring out who done what in mysteries, but I did second guess myself a couple of times. I wasn't completely surprised with the end. I highly recommend Inside Room 913 to anyone who enjoys a good, suspenseful story.
Purchase Inside Room 913
Next Eight books and short stories on my reading list are:
Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley
Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
The Budapest Experiment: An International Thriller by Maurice G. Miller
Seeker (Seeker Series, Book 1) by Amy Reece

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Book Review: "Another Sunset" by Jason Zandri

About The Author
Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl - 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

You can keep up with Jason on Facebook via his author page at https://www.facebook.com/jzandri 
You can FOLLOW Jason on Twitter via https://twitter.com/gunderstone
You can ADD Jason to your circles on Google+ via https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/
You can read Jason's current updates and writing activity on his writer's blog - THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW at https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/

About The Book
Another Sunset - Sunset Series, #2
David Stephenson is a kind drifter who comes to settle in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents of the failing town as they welcome and befriend him. During his stay he helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and while doing so excites and energizes the whole town to help out. Lives change as fate takes a critical turn. The local would-be reporter, tasked by David’s longtime friend, takes off on a mission to unravel the mystery of his travels, where he came from, and discovers why he is on his journey.
My Review
Kindness of a Stranger
This book started out good and ended great. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. It has a dash of a budding romance and a mystery with many messages and lessons to be learned. It's about ordinary people with ordinary lives--down-to-earth characters with more to give than they'd realized until David drifts into town and their lives and sets them on the path they were meant to follow.
Jason Zandri has a wonderful writing style that I thoroughly enjoyed as well as the many twists and turns of the story. Another Sunset is a compelling story that I will remember for a long time.
Purchase Another Sunset
Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
Inside Room 913 by Bruce A. Borders (finished 11/13/2015)
Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas
Mercy's Prince (He Who Finds Mercy, #1) by Katy Huth Jones

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Haunted Hearts – #99Cents Sale For a Limited Time #Halloween #Anniversary #Celebration

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In the LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY SERIES, Lana Malloy is a psychic, private investigator who is on a mission to help the dearly departed even when they don’t realize they need help. With each book, Lana’s psychic abilities grow. As she’s pushed to new limits, she learns she’s capable of much more than she knew.
HH-KindleCoverIn book one, HAUNTED HEARTS, Lana sets out to solve her first case—the twenty-year old cold-case and double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancĂ©. If she succeeds, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts. With the help of the ghosts and a new love interest, she is able to find the murderer.
In book two, GET OUT OR DIE, the success of Lana’s firsGOOD-KindleCover1t case
has spread throughout the local Charleston area and her business is booming. At one pro-bono job, Lana helps a widow communicate with her late husband where she learns of a frightening new ability—an ability that could give the next spirit, an angry ghost, the upper hand if she’s not careful.
TWC-KindleCover1In book three, THE WEDDING CRASHER, Lana is on her honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee when she learns that a reoccurring vision about an abducted woman took place in nearby Knoxville. This case takes her hiking up mountainsides and trekking through rough terrain to find a madman before he can harm this young woman.

Coming Soon In This Series

In the fourth book, CHRISTMAS CRUISE, scheduled to be released in NovemberCC-KindleCover1, Lana boards a cruise ship haunted by dead women who were brutally murdered. While aboard the ship Lana has an experience that mentally injures her. Once she recovers, she’s more determined than ever to find the murderer.
In book five, HAUNTED BY HER PAST, the character being haunted lived in Savannah, Georgia, but fleeing from a bad relationship lands her in Charleston, South Carolina. This young woman was abused by her boyfriend and after his tragic death, he continued hurting her. Lana has to find a way to get a man who was an abuser in life to stop hurting his ex-girlfriend and move on.
In book six, DEMI’S SERIAL CASE, the town of Charleston has a serial killer and Demi requires Lana’s assistance. Demi is Lana’s best friend and a police detective. Lana helps Demi profile the killer who is believed to be a copy-cat killer (copying another serial killer’s modus operandi) of the man who has been in jail for about five years.
Book seven is of yet untitled, but the idea is that shortly after Demi is promoted to Police Captain, she will be involved in a shootout that leads to her being charged with murder. Lana will need to find the truth in order to save her friend. The problem, the dead spirit isn’t talking and he’s the only one that knows what truly happened.
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Book Review: "Luck of the Irish" by Liz Gavin

About The AuthorLIZ
When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade - just a couple of years ago, really - her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.
Apparently, the teacher wasn't a big fan of those stories, and Liz's mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher's class.
Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on - from the classics to erotica. That's how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.
As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin's heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz's creativity has improved many times because it's such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.
Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you'll get the picture.
Sit back, fire up your Kindle and enjoy the ride!
Follow Liz Gavin at:
LOTIAbout The Book
Luck of the Irish
Keira Ashe’s parents are great but her mother has overprotected her for years. Now, this twenty-two-year-old Bostonian has graduated from college and can go on a trip she has been planning for years. She fears her shyness may get in the way of her enjoying what could be a life-altering adventure. However, Keira feels her luck is about to change when she meets gorgeous bartender Declan Slane.
Declan Slane is twenty-six and works at a hotel bar in Dublin. He hasn’t been very lucky in his love life so far. Also, he has got a troubled past he has chosen not to revisit in order to keep his sanity. Because he isn’t looking for a girlfriend, Declan isn’t very pleased to meet a certain breathtaking American who walks into his bar one afternoon.
Get a taste of adventure and heartache as Keira spreads her wings and matures while she gets to know her great-grandparents’ home country – Ireland. Hold your breath when she faces tough decisions and dangers. Root for Keira while she weighs up the consequences of making love for the first time. Bite your nails when she comes across unforeseen threats.
Liz Gavin’s second full-length novel is hard to put down just as it is hard to pinpoint its genre. She has woven an intricate web around her characters that will leave readers breathless. In the sizzling concoction, this talented new author poured heart-warming romance, heart-stopping suspense, and a dash of heart-searching paranormal. Take your pick. Regardless of the literary genre you might favor, Liz Gavin’s writing will take you to a whole different side of it.
My Review
Great Read With Strong Characters
This book has everything: strong characters, including an alpha male and a strong, independent female; Ireland (great setting); romance; murder; and suspense. I fell in love with Kiera and Declan as they fought to protect one another against a psycho. I also loved the light paranormal aspect of it.
Kiera's grandfather told her tales of his homeland, Ireland, when she was a young girl, and she scraped and saved to go there. She set off to live her dream of both Ireland and seeing her favorite group in concert in their home town.
Declan has his own relationship demons to bear as he struggles to come to terms with his developing feelings for Kiera.
Next Six books and short stories on my reading list are:
Another Sunset (Book 2, The Sunset Series) by Jason Zandri
Inside Room 913 by Bruce A. Borders
Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas
Mercy's Prince (He Who Finds Mercy, #1) by Katy Huth Jones

Book Review: "Observant Oracle" by Elizabeth Delisi

About the AuthorLizDelisi
I'm an author of several novels, novellas and short story collections, I teach writing courses, and I edit for individuals. I live in New Hampshire and enjoy studying the Tarot, reading, and doing needlework. My favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz, favorite book is Watchers by Dean Koontz.
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Observant Oracle (Lottie Baldwin Mysteries, #2)
Who murdered the Cheyenne State University student? Can deputy sheriff Harlan Erikson solve the case quickly enough to keep his fiancée, impulsive psychic Lottie Baldwin, from snooping on her own?
(this is a short story)
Purchase Observant Oracle
My Review
Another Excellent Lottie Baldwin Mystery
This is another excellent Lottie Baldwin mystery read. Lottie deciphers the clues of the tarot cards like an expert. She's strong willed which gets her into trouble sometimes and this story is no exception.
Purchase Observant Oracle
Next Six books and short stories on my reading list are:
Luck of the Irish by Liz Gavin
Another Sunset (Book 2, The Sunset Series) by Jason Zandri
Inside Room 913 by Bruce A. Borders
Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Review: "The Ruins on Stone Hill" by F. P. Spirit

About the Author

F.P. Spirit has always loved fantasy. From the moment he received his very first copy of Lord of the
Rings back in high school, he was hooked. Today, somewhere between work, raising two teen boys, and trying to be a devoted husband, F. P. manages to write sword and sorcery fantasy fiction.

His novels, The Ruins on Stone Hill, The Serpent Cult and The Dark Monolith, are the first three books in the series Heroes of Ravenford. The series chronicles the adventures of a band of young heroes in the dangerous world of Thac. F.P. is currently working on the fourth book in the Heroes of Ravenford series, The Princess of Lanfor, to be released in late 2015.

To learn more you can go to his website http://fpspirit.com/ or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FP_Spiritout


About The Book

Magic is Easy or so Glolindir thought, until he came face to face with his first live monster. Casting spells was not so simple with death breathing down his neck. His story might have ended there if not for three gifted youths: Seth, the mysterious halfling with the moves of an assassin; Lloyd, the spiritblade whose fiery swords are whirlwind-fast; and Aksel, the gnome whose very touch can heal.

Yet that was just the beginning of their adventures, for dark shadows loom over the little town of Ravenford. The townsfolk quickly turn to these newcomers, who may indeed be their only hope. From the old ruined keep southwest of town to hidden caves in the western hills, through dark tunnels, secret passages, concealed rooms and magical mirrors, they must face mythical monsters, evil creatures, and dark wizards, each more perilous than the last. Can they rise to the challenge and become the Heroes that the people of Ravenford so sorely need?



My Review

Entertaining and Captivating

A band of misfits come together to become the Heroes of Stone Hill (as some call them). They go upon quest after quest for the Baron, after kicking some Orc booty and find a document for the town wizard. This little band consists of an elfin mage, a Halfling ninja, a gnome healer and a large human warrior. After their first encounter with the Orcs, they team with a couple of guys for hire (a tracker and a warrior) and even later an elfin bard.

I haven’t read a lot of Fantasy but this was an enjoyable read, and I intend to read more of Mr. Spirit's books. THE RUINS ON STONE HILL was not only captivating; it was fun and hard to put down.

Purchase the book here: The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1)

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney
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