Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review of "Outta Time"

This is an engaging and entertaining love story with a twist. Sophie is a psychic medium and animal communicator who also operates a small crystal shop named Otta Time. Nick is a contractor who specializes in renovations and new construction. Nick visits Sophie's shop to confront her about giving his mother guidance which he thinks is phony. The twist is the Guardian Angels that watch over the characters and who Sophie communicates with. As Lundgren spins her plot, the Angels guide Nick and Sophie in a delightful romance despite his non-believing and his present girlfriend. Try as they might to not interfere with the human's lives, the Angel's give a little shove just at the right time. 4 Stars    

Monday, November 28, 2016

Review of "A Person Broken"

In this sequel to Green Girl, Allanas was rescued from the King of Cessor, and taken to Pinnacles Aerie to tend to the dragon, Ja. She refused and soon was isolated and despondent until she met Jaleel. Jaleel sent Allanas and Vargus to Tanthanor to collect the dragon, Sathalor's bones and on the way, Vargus was attacked by a mountain lion. She nursed him back to health and became his mate. While in Tanthanor, she met Horatio who told her about all the things that happened in her absence and she was disappointed to find Mahbruk married. On their return, Vargus tried to teach Allanas how to use her magic to no avail. Again, feeling frustrated and alone, Allanas tried to commit suicide, then she suddenly discovered the truth. 4 Stars

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review of "Everybody has a Story...These are Ours"

This is a small book of short stories and some poetry, and the stories are engaging. I'm not a person who reads poetry, but there was one poem I especially liked on page 120. At first I felt that the words that formed the stories held a lot of power, but in the end I decided it was the voice that made me want to turn the pages. The voice was crisp, clear and delivered emotion both tough and tender and more than enough to permeate my thick skin. If you read my reviews you are sure to recognize this is a different one. If you're looking for a thumbnail, you are out of luck. My advice is, buy the book you won't be disappointed and you might even learn something about yourself when you hear the voice. 5 Stars

Monday, November 21, 2016

Review of "Bayou on Fire"

When the old courthouse in Plaquemine Parish caught fire there was a dead body found in one of the offices and newly promoted Detective Ginger Walker was assigned to investigate. The fire was proved to be arson and the dead body was that of a judge's clerk. When the autopsy was performed, it was discovered that Haik, the clerk, died before the fire from an injection of heroin and strychnine. As the investigation continued, Walker discovered ties between Scolone, a corrupt attorney, Karen a high priced call girl, Brady, a sheriff's deputy and Haik. She needed to connect the dots to prove who Haik's killer was and the motive. Moulton has written an easy to read mystery that will keep you turning the pages. 3 Stars

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review of "Holmes, Volume 2"

"He lived in a ratty little flat, had no car, hardly any clothes and few friends, but in his mind he traveled the universe." This quote about Holmes is the underlying thesis of the novel. It's true that Holmes and Watson do solve cases in the story, but Small cleverly weaves the disorderly mind of Holmes into its very fabric. Holmes and Watson are cleared of bank theft, they find the missing Orb, they clear up old cold cases and Holmes suffers a mental breakdown. But the biggest foe is The Professor and ultimately Holmes' most dangerous challenge. Mystery and suspense abound here, but it's Small's dry British humor that keeps you reading on. 5 Stars

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review of "Matthew's Discovery"

This epic tale combines mystery, fantasy and ancient history. Pearle Sherapha, a wealthy archeologist, lost her daughter Oona to a mysterious accident in the lake on her property. She is now raising her grandson Matthew, and both have special ties to an ancient pyramid in Egypt's White Desert. When Oona's gold chain is discovered in the lake and the chain's medallion is found in the pyramid, McGee adds characters and spins the plot. There is a robbery at Pearle's estate, Matthew discovers fantasy creatures, they travel to the pyramid where a cave-in threatens loss of life. Now add Zara and Escursia, priestesses from the ancient world and you have a fierce battle for survival. There is a lot going on in this book which leads to Matthew's Quest. 4 Stars

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review of "Jax' House"

Jack O'Hagan was thirteen when he moved to Tregenwyth from Stevenage with his parents. The minute he walked into the musty old house something creeped him out, it was like the house was haunted. After finding an old key in the basement, Jack began having episodes where he would be taken back in time. The things he saw and experienced made no sense and the old house seemed to have a life of its own. Kitchen works his magic combining the current time to that of the eighteenth century through a secret portal. But, it was Terry Blewett, Jack's friend that brings it all together when he introduced Jack to Bill Burney the previous owner of the old house. Don't miss out on this metaphysical mystery. 5 Stars

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Review of "Hell Holes, Demons on the Dalton"

In this sequel to Hell Holes, What Lurks Below, Firesmith writes about the continuing war against the demons. Oswald, Martinez and Aileen O'Shannon drive out on the Dalton Highway in an effort to escape the pursuing demons. Along the way, they pick up two small children whose father was killed. They narrowly escape a forest fire and are rescued by the Army and flown to Eielson Air Force Base. At a high-level meeting at the base, a plan to attack the demons is formulated. The plan is to go into the hell holes and find the demons portal and attack them in hell. The ending seems to indicate there may be a third book in this series. 3 Stars  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Review of "Hell Holes, What Lurks Below"

Dr. Jack Oswald, a geology professor at the University of Alaska got an emergency call from Kevin Kowalski, an ExxonMobil manager. There were huge holes opening up on the tundra near Prudhoe Bay. Kowalski wanted Oswald's help identifying them as they threatened their oil wells and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Oswald, his wife Dr. Angela Marteniz, and two grad students, Mark and Jill Starr packed up their supplies and equipment, then flew to Deadhorse to investigate. What they found not only threatened the oil fields, but their lives also. Hellish creatures were coming up from the holes in an attempt to take over civilization as they knew it. Firesmith spins a devilish tale in this creative novelette. 4 Stars

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review of "Black Dawn"

Saul Climer, a depressed alcoholic and wannabe writer with a death wish is the protagonist. Antonella Rosario aka Pearla, a voodoo worshiper is the antagonist. Saul, after a drunken dream, awakens to find evidence that maybe what he experienced really wasn't a dream. His dreams take him to different places, interacting with different people even Pearla. As the plot thickens, Saul's dreams become more intense and Pearla goes on a killing spree with the help of a voodoo god, Kalfu. Blackwell serves up a supporting cast to enhance the narrative as well as time travel, mystery and murder. The ending may be a forecast of our future. 3 stars