Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review: "I've Loved These Days" by Bethany Turner

About the Author


Bethany Turner was born and raised in Kentucky, but now lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons. She studied theatre at the University of Kentucky before going on to a career in bank management, which eventually gave way to writing. She finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up.

About the Book


"The very first time you met me you knew that he would never be the same again, didn't you? For the record, I was never the same again either. And while times have changed and opportunities have been lost, I still know in my heart of hearts that I never will be. But we can't go back, and we can't undo. What's more, I don't really want to. While my life is not perfect, it is uniquely, ridiculously mine, and I would not trade it."

Abigail Phelps has written her memoirs, but the world has never heard of her. So why should anyone care? Perhaps no one would, if the letter in which Abigail reflects on changing times and lost opportunities weren't addressed to Jacqueline Onassis, and the man who would never be the same weren't John F. Kennedy Jr.

Put aside all you think you know and jump into the greatest love story the world has never known.

My Review


Entertaining and Emotional

What a fun and emotional read! I thoroughly enjoyed "I've Loved These Days." The author took a huge risk using such famous name for her characters that made up the delusions of Abigail Phelps. However, I think that using the rich and famous made it extra special to me as I grew up with
these people and knew of them. I also wondered if Abigail's last name was based on no other than the famous Olympic gold metal swimmer.

Besides that, the story flowed well from beginning to end. The further into the story I read, the harder it was to put down and more the emotional the story became. Plainly, I loved the writing, the style, the characters, the plot, and everything in-between. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Get your copy today at Amazon.com. For more information, please visit www.seebethanywrite.comhttps://www.facebook.com/abigailphelpsserieshttps://www.facebook.com/seebethanywritehttp://www.abbyphelps.com/, and https://twitter.com/BTLiteraryStuff.

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
Laurel's Quest - Book 1 - The Cornwall Adventures series by Nancy M. Bell
A Port in the Storm FREE (Only at Amber Quill Press) Short Story by Elizabeth Delisi
Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit
What's In A Name? Tales from the Lost Horizon by Michael Eging

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review: Torg's First Death - Short Story from The Death Wizard Chronicles

About the Author


Jim Melvin was an award-winning journalist at the St. Petersburg Times for twenty-five years. As a reporter, he specialized in science, nature, health and fitness, and he wrote about everything from childhood drowning to erupting volcanoes. Jim is a student of Eastern philosophy and mindfulness meditation, both of which he weaves extensively into his work. Jim is the author of The Death Wizard Chronicles, a six-book epic fantasy. Book 1 of the series, titled Forged in Death, debuted Aug. 20, 2012 via Bell Bridge Books and has attained best-seller status several times on Amazon. The electronic version of Book 1 is now available for free. It also can be purchased in trade paperback and as an audio book. Books 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Chained by Fear, Shadowed by Demons, Torn by War, Blinded by Power and Healed by Hope) also are available, completing the series. Three short stories related to Jim's fantasy series (Torg's First Death, The Black Fortress and Rise of the Sun God) can be downloaded for free. The Black Fortress also is available in audio.

For more information, please visit www.jim-melvin.com, https://www.facebook.com/TheDeathWizardChronicles, and https://twitter.com/deathwizard57.

About the Book


The Death Wizard Chronicles is a six-book epic fantasy that debuted in August 2012 (Bell Bridge Books). The main character, Torg, is a Death-Knower wizard who has died and then returned to life more than a thousand times. The Short 13 Page Story Torg’s First Death describes the first time Torg dies and returns, thus becoming the first Death-Knower wizard in centuries.

My Review


Enjoyable and Entertaining

Torg's First Death is a short prequel to The Death Wizard Chronicles series and the first story I've ready by Jim Melvin. I've not read much Fantasy, although, I have enjoyed many movies. I found this short story enjoyable and entertaining and look forward to reading more of Mr. Melvin's books. Get your copy at FREE at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A3HA7G2/.



Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:

I've Loved These Days: Abigail Phelps, Book One by Bethany Turner
Laurel's Quest - Book 1 - The Cornwall Adventures series by Nancy M. Bell
A Port in the Storm FREE (Only at Amber Quill Press) Short Story by Elizabeth Delisi
Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: Four Pieces For Power: Book 1 of the Vendicatori

About the Author


Accomplished writer, Marc Estes, is proud to present his award winning debut novel, Four Pieces Formarcestes.net and follow him on twitter at @Vendicatori33.
Power, Book One of the Vendicatori. Four Pieces For Power marks the first in a series of Vendicatori novels developed by Mr. Estes. He is a two-time winner of the Vermont Playwright’s Award for his plays, What Would Dickens Do? and Glass Closets. What Would Dickens Do? also won the 2012 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence. His play, Gumbo (adapted from the short story by Charles Huckelbury) was a finalist in the 2011 Safe Streets Arts Foundation Short Play Competition and was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His play The Practice of Killing (co-written with Robert Johnson, and adapted from the short story by Mr. Johnson) has been published in the Spring 2013 edition of Tacenda Literary Magazine. In 2013 he was also awarded the Robert Chesley Award from the Chesley/Bumbalow Founation in Los Angeles and selected to receive the Artist in residence grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos New Mexico. His play Going Home was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the Fall of 2014 and is currently being considered for an indepedent film. His second novel, Rekindle the Flame, Book Two of the Vendicatori is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2015. Estes is a native of New England and graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Visit Marc at

About the Book


When mysterious strangers arrive at the home of Andrew Correo, they provide him with life changing news. He learns of the Vedicatori, a secret organization established by his ancestors, an organization he now has the chance to inherit control over. In order to gain this control, he needs to compete with Robert Stavero in a global scavenger hunt. They must search for four illusive crystals that, when brought together, will tell them their final destination. Also in Edson, Monica Correo is planning a wedding to her love, John Weaver. With the wedding so close to Halloween, the pair decide to have a masquerade ball for the wedding reception. It will be an event no one in Edson will ever forget. With just a clue and limited guidance, both Andrew and Robert set out on their secretive journey. For both, the path leads to mystery, suspense, and self-discovery. As Andrew looks forward to his future, while putting parts of his past behind him, Robert grows greedy and develops a love for deception and hate. The hunt brings them through the ruins of Teotihuacan to the Eternal City and its history, but who will have the cunning to come out on top?

Bye Link: getbook.at/vendicatori

And make sure to pick up Book 2 in the Vendicatori series: Rekindle the Flame.

My Review:


Interesting, Mysterious and Adventurous

What more could you want in a novel? I loved the story of Andrew Correo and how he had to fight for something he never would've dreamed of wanting before Dominic came into his life with his inheritance. The story moved forward at a steady pace as Andrew and his adversary studied clues to find their next prize. The winner of the game would win the kingdom, so to speak.

I loved many things about the "Four Pieces For Power" story and the writing. I loved the short chapters and I liked the way Mr. Estes divided up the scenes and brought everything together in the end. I loved the different locations introduced as the story moved forward. I give this book a 4.5 which I rounded up to 5. I can't wait to read the next book of the Vendicatori series.

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:

Torg's First Death, Short from The Death Wizard Chronicles by Jim Melvin;
I've Loved These Days: Abigail Phelps, Book One by Bethany Turner
Laurel's Quest - Book 1 - The Cornwall Adventures series by Nancy M. Bell
A Port in the Storm FREE (Only at Amber Quill Press) Short Story by Elizabeth Delisi
Murder at Cold Creek College by Christa Nardi


Thursday, July 09, 2015

Review: Silent Night Violent Night by C. J. Verburg

About The Author

A storyteller ever since she could talk, Carol Verburg spent the 1990s collaborating on theatrer
 projects with the late artist and writer Edward Gorey. Their friendship inspired her novel "Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery" and her multimedia memoir "Edward Gorey On Stage," as well as her play "Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians," winner of the 2012 Centenary Stage Women Playwrights' Series and the 2011 Ashland New Plays Festival. Since moving to San Francisco, Carol has worked with the legendary Eureka Theatre and Fellowship Theater Guild ("Lady Day in Love") and leads the Mechanics' Institute Library's indie publishing workshop. Her international literature collections "Ourselves Among Others," "Making Contact," and "The Environmental Predicament" have inspired thousands of college writing students. In her latest novel, "Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery," two former Mount Holyoke College comrades-in-arts grapple with the dark side of publishing.

About The Book

Lilah Easton in suburbia? Hostessing a posh dinner party? For Boston journalist Cory Goodwin, it's worth crossing New England in a blizzard to see this. How on earth did a rich science publisher tame the legendary Delilah? And what's the scoop on the conflict supposedly brewing among Bruce Easton's distinguished guests? According to Cory’s editor, it centers on Henry Howrigan, top Harvard biologist and soon-to-be-author. Does the newly widowed Olive Chute hope to lure him away to run Chute Labs? Will rising star Jeff Abels edge him out? Is Jeff sleeping with Bruce’s secretary? Is Bruce sleeping with Henry's editor, Melinda Doerr? Is it just coincidence these same guests were all here last summer when Bruce’s only son drowned in the pond? As the snow deepens, a string of nasty practical jokes spurs the party to break up--but no one can get out. Only one last unwelcome guest gets in: the drunk and uninvited Tony Cyr, whom Melinda divorced and Bruce fired. Most shocked to see Tony is Cory, who met him cold sober on the road two hours ago. When the final prank turns fatal, it's up to Cory--daughter of NY detective Archie Goodwin, and the group's only outsider--to trap the killer.

My Review

Deadly Night: Cory is invited to an old friend's house--a friend who she hasn't laid eyes on in decades--for a Christmas party where all the guests are snowed in overnight with a dangerous killer. As Cory unravels the intrinsic nature of a murderous mind through gossip and innuendo, obstacles occur every step of the way. Silent Night Violent Night is a well-written, exciting, and enjoyable mystery that doesn't disappoint.

Get your copy of Silent Night Violent Night here. You'll definitely enjoy it.

Net up on my TBR list is Four Pieces For Power: Book 1 of the Vendicatori by Marc Estes.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Book Sales Galore


Amber Quill Press Sales

Yes, I'm an Indie author but I also have a GREAT publisher, and I have one book, Suspicious Minds, and a FREE short story listed with Amber Quill Press.

If you like book sales, here's an Independence Day sale you don't want to miss! All e-books at Amber Quill Press that aren't already discounted, are 50% off all week.

Suspicious Minds is already discounted at 99 cents and my short story, All For Love is FREE, but only through Amber Quill Press. Just click on the covers (on the left & right of this post) to be taken directly to the site where these books are on sale.


Enjoy the sales and tell them Kim Cox sent you. And if that isn't enough, you can get the sequel to All For Love, Love Conquers All for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, etc.

Other Great Sales


Haunted Hearts, Novella 1 pf the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series, is  still FREE at Barnes & Noble and Amazon until Monday, and 99 cents at Kobo, iTunes, etc. (99 cents until July 14 at all locations after price change takes affect). Haunted Hearts is also #16 in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon right now. This sale is in celebration of the release of Novella 2 in the series, Get Out or Die, has an introductory price of only 99 cents until July 14, 2014 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, etc.

To see all my books, visit my Amazon page to follow me or just to browse at http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Cox/e/B004WFKDAG/. Join my newsletter for more exclusive free and discounted books, other prizes and giveaways at http://eepurl.com/biW0Mv.

Friend's Books On Sale


Elizabeth Delisi has a number of Amber Quill Books on sale and a FREE short story for you enjoyment. Visit her author page at http://www.amberquill.com/store/m/28-Elizabeth-Delisi.aspx or click on the covers below. Ms. Delisi is a wonderful author and I have read most of her books. You will not be disappointed to read her fast-pace mystery, Since All Is Passing (99 cents) or her stimulating time travel set in Egypt with Lady of the Two Lands. Note that A Port In The Storm is a FREE short story/novella. Lady of Two Lands and Practical Passion are 50% off.

      

If you like your romance hot, visit Christiane France at Amber Quill at http://www.amberquill.com/store/m/115-Christiane-France.aspx for the sales on all of her books and visit Chris Grover for cutting-edge mystery at http://www.amberquill.com/store/m/31-Chris-Grover.aspx Other Amber Quill Authors you'll want to check out are Elaine Hopper and Lori Soard. Just click on their book covers below to go directly to their discounted books.

   

   

Note that the above book, Meeting Mr. Wright is also a FREE short story/novella. All other Amber Quill Press books listed in this e-mail or either discounted at 99 cents or are 50% off. For more deals, just visit Amber Quill Press home page and check them out. They have many free short stories/novellas and discounted novels to choose from. They're the best book publisher online.

Enjoy the great reads!





Friday, July 03, 2015

Book Launch Sale: GET OUT OR DIE

Announcing Great Book Launch Prices

New Book Release: GET OUT OR DIE
Novella 2 - LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY SERIES

In celebration of the new book launch--for a limited time get GET OUT OR DIE for only 99 cents and for TWO DAYS ONLY get HAUNTED HEARTS for FREE. LAST DAY IS TODAY!!!!

Get your copy now while the sale lasts.


 GET OUT OR DIE is the second novella 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.


In the first novella, 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. Get HAUNTED HEARTS at Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, etc.

In GET OUT OR DIE, the success of Lana’s first 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 spirit the upper hand if she’s not careful.

Soon after, she encounters an angry ghost who doesn’t want to leave and who doesn’t want the new occupants of the house to stay.  Will Lana be able to control the situation or will the ghost sense he can overtake her? And if that isn’t stressful enough, Tony is pressuring her to set a wedding date. Will she marry Tony or will this dangerous case make the decision unnecessary? Will other abilities surface to save her? Get GET OUT OR DIE at AmazonB&NiTunesKobo, etc.

There will be four more books in this series: The Wedding Crasher (September 2015), Christmas Cruise (November 2015 hopefully), Demi's Serial Case and Haunted by Her Past (hoping last two will be in 2016, starting around May).
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