Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review: "Finding Katie" by Harmony Kent

About The Author

Indie Author Harmony Kent has written a number of books. The Battle for Brisingamen, her first novel, is a work of fantasy fiction and was approved by Awesome Indies within weeks of its release. Her second book, The Glade shows her equally at home in the realms of mystery, suspense and thriller - with a dash of magical realism. This book has also been approved for the Awesome Indies List. The Glade was awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion in July 2014. Harmony's third book (Elemental Earth) is Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, and was published 31st July 2014. With more books already in progress, she is well on her way to being a firmly established multi genre author.

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal and beta reading services. As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.

Harmony is 42 years old, single and currently lives in Cornwall, England. Read on for ten things Harmony thinks you should know about her ... Ten Things:

I was born in 2013 (at least, the author in me was) ... the rest of me is ... err ... just a LITTLE bit older than that.
I am really boring.
I have absolutely no sense of humour. At all.
I read. A lot.
I write. Even more.
I'm completely sane (in).
I don't have any children, but I am surrounded by loads of cute gremlins who claim to be my nieces and nephews. Stranger still: they seem to like me.
If you've read this far, you're probably as sane as I am.
If you still want to hang around, and if you're feeling brave ...
I'm online ...
www.harmonykent.co.uk 
twitter: @harmony_kent
www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HarmonyK
harmonykent@gmx.com

About The Book

I killed someone, you see. I killed the girl, who used to be me.

I’m Kate … Kate Charlesworth. I’m seventeen, and self-harming. This time I cut too deep, and I’m in hospital. I hadn’t meant for it to be so bad—it just sort of happened. I needed a lot of distraction that day.

You’ve had bad days, right? Days it hurts too much to think. Days you just wanna stay in bed. Days when the world needs to go away for a while. Right?

What do you do when you’ve hit rock bottom? When there’s nowhere left to turn?

This one little mistake lands me back on a psych unit—the last place I wanna be. Only this time, the nurse I end up with isn’t content to stick on a band-aid and send me home. She wants me to face my demons. But to do that, I’ll have to face who I am … who I used to be … I’ll have to find Katie.

My Review

Excellent Writing of Sensitive Subjects

Finding Katie is an excellent, well-written book. Written in first person, you experience the feelings, thoughts, heartache, etc. of a disturbed young woman of seventeen who struggles to find the girl she used to be. Ms. Kent handled the sensitive topics of abuse and self-harming like an expert.

I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading, but since I had to go back to work, I had no choice. However, I may have been late a few times as I dragged myself away kicking and screaming. Great job, Harmony Kent.

Get your copy of Finding Katie here.

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit (67% read now)
Observant Oracle - Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi
Luck of the Irish by Liz Gavin
Another Sunset (Book 2, The Sunset Series) by Jason Zandri
Inside Room 913 by Bruce A. Borders

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Review of "For The Sake of a Child" by Stevie Turner

About The Author

I began my writing career as far back as 1969, when I won an inter-schools' writing competition after submitting a well-thumbed and hastily scribbled essay entitled 'My Pet'. A love of words and writing short stories and poems has carried on all throughout my life, but it is only now in middle age that I've started writing novels full-time and taking this author business seriously.

My latest and ninth book 'Revenge' was published on July 20th 2015, and I am now working on a 10th book. My novels are realistic, but tend to shy away from the mainstream somewhat and focus on the darker side of relationships. However, you'll find I do like to add in a little bit of humour along the way. My characters tend not to be young and ruled by their loins; in this way I can develop an interesting story around them that doesn't have to be constantly interrupted by yet another earth-shattering orgasm.

Readers do not seem to be suffering unduly from my characters' shortage of climaxes. In January 2015 my third novel 'A House Without Windows' won the Goodreads' eBookMiner Book of the Month Competition, and has been chosen as a medal winner in the New Apple Book Awards 2014 Suspense/Thriller category. Also in 2014 it earned a 5-star seal of approval from Nonnie Jules' Rave Reviews Book Club, and also a Readers' Favorite 5 star seal.

So here I am in the late summer of my life, and the words are tumbling out of my head. Living for more than a few years has given me plenty of subject matter to write about, and I look forward to sharing quite a lot of it with you.

I hope you enjoy checking out my books.
Regards, Stevie. x

About The Book

Ginny Ford is pleased to win the coveted job of housekeeper to the directors of PhizzFace Inc. However, her joy becomes tarnished by an accidental find whilst cleaning, leading her to suspect that all is not as it should be on the managerial corridor. Delving deeper, she is shocked to uncover corruption and a secret pedophile network that has remained hidden for years, involving the very people she has come to know and trust. Unable to live with her conscience any more, she decides that she cannot keep quiet and that she must find a way of helping all the children involved. However, by trying to help the children she discovers that she has unwittingly put her entire family at risk.....

My Review

Engaging Dialogue and Characters
Child abuse is a sensitive subject which the author handles with great care. I felt the characters were believable and riddled with human faults. The story is well-written with engaging dialogue and characters.

As the story unfolds, the main characters have to make difficult choices. They made a decision they felt was their only available option at the time. Many may disagree with their choices. Fear landed them there, but fear brought them out to the point where they needed to be. The last fear wasn't for themselves or their own family but for a small, frightened child. It drove them to do what was right no matter the cost.

I look forward to reading more from this author.

Purchase this book here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NK0MGTA/

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit
Finding Kate by Harmony Kent
Observant Oracle - Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi
Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense by Linda Watkins
Luck of the Irish by Liz Gavin

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Review of "What's In A Name?" by Michael Eging

About The Author

Mike has wanted to write since he was very young. His earliest memories are of carrying a battered old notebook around full of illustrations and stories. He would often transpose those ideas on his grandmother's old typewriter.

While in college, he was inspired by professors and visiting writers to BYU. Literary classics such as Song of Roland and Inferno were often in his backpack, along with Russian textbooks. Chapter 4 of Annwyn's Blood was written during this time as a short story.

Mike works in Washington, DC since pursuing graduate studies in Russian History. He focuses in domestic policy issues. Recently, Mike has pursued an interest in writing screenplays for feature films with his first option being a medieval epic, Song of Roland. He continues to focus on a variety of script/movie projects, most recently a horror thriller, Feast of Saint Nicholas, and a political thriller, The Prince.

He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Lori and his wonderful children. He dreams of one day driving in his old Defender to Alaska with his kids and their dog, Marlin.

About The Book

A quest borne of a feckless promise!

A troop of elf rangers must outsmart the dangers that lurk deep in the heart of Thunderer to make good the King's wedding commitment to his blushing bride. Armed with mystical knowledge, they face a danger that has bedeviled the most intrepid of adventurers for centuries!

This action packed short story will leave you wondering what's in a name?

My Review

Exciting and Imaginative Short Story

I first want to say I don't usually read Fantasy. I have wanted to but didn't know where to start, so I began with this short story. Then I wished it was longer.

This is a well-written short story that leaves you wanting more. Imaginative and exciting with lots of action. Reminded me some of Tolkien's work. I would love to see it expanded into at least novella size.

Purchase your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U4AV9FG/

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
For The Sake of a Child by Stevie Turner 
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit
Finding Kate by Harmony Kent
Observant Oracle - Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi
Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense by Linda Watkins

Friday, September 04, 2015

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Review: "Deadly Secrets" by Gordon Bickerstaff

About The Author

Gordon Bickerstaff was born and raised in Glasgow but spent his student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, he learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and he cut the grass in the Meadows.

He learned some biochemistry and taught it for a while before he retired to write fiction. He does some aspects of DIY moderately well and other aspects not so well. He gets very tired when it's time to clean up the mess.

He lives with his wife in the west of Scotland where corrupt academics, mystery, murder and intrigue exists mostly in his mind. He is the author of the Gavin Shawlens series of thrillers: Deadly Secrets, Everything To Lose, and The Black Fox.

He enjoys walking, 60s & 70s music, reading and travel.

Visit Gordon at the following locations
Website
Twitter
Goodreads

About The Book

Gavin Shawlens is a top research biochemist. But his life is about to be turned upside down when he agrees to work on a new process that will revolutionise the food industry.

A secret cult led by a ruthless billionaire is determined to steal the process and reap the rewards.

Against overwhelming odds, Gavin must protect the process owner, Emma Patersun, from the evil cult - Gyge's Ring.

DEADLY SECRETS is a medical thriller with unusual twists and is perfect for fans of Ken McClure and Robert Harris.

My Review

Excellent Thriller With A Punch!!!

This is a fast-paced modern day thriller. Just when you think everyone is safe, something terrifying happens and their lives are in danger again.

Mr. Bickerstaff has written an excellent and complex plot that will keep you guessing as it twists and turns. His style reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Sidney Sheldon because of the book's
complexity.The author wrapped it up expertly while at the same time setting up the next book in the trilogy.

"Deadly Secrets" is a well-written novel with vivid details and exciting characters that are sure to appeal to all lovers of thrillers and suspense. I can hardly wait to read the next two books in this trilogy.



Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
What's In A Name? Tales from the Lost Horizon by Michael Eging
For The Sake of a Child by Stevie Turner 
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit
Finding Kate by Harmony Kent
Observant Oracle - Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi
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