Monthly Archives: August 2017

Book Review: Veteran Avenue by Mark Pepper (9781911583318)

51UWJVnlHuL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_“Humans are capable of amazing behavior at both ends of the moral spectrum”.

When a young boy, John Frears met a strange man who gave him a picture of his granddaughter and told John “if you are the one, you’ll need it”.  The one what?  It took several years to find out what the man meant.

Virginia Chester was worried about her father Dodge after her brother Donnie’s suicide.  Who is this friend of Donnie’s, and can he help her father slay his demons?

Hayley Roth may finally have a chance at a new life, but her husband Larry is a bad cop on a downhill slide who may take her down with him.

Larry Roth made a mistake and “mortality had never been so clearly defined”.  He can’t go back and make it go away and he needs to set everything straight with his wife no matter the consequences.

Joey DeCecco’s partner is a dangerous cop who is coming unglued and Joey has to protect his young family at all costs.

All of these people are brought together under unusual circumstances that will change their lives forever.

This book was a little slow to start, but once the characters were introduced the story unfolded into a fast-paced, suspense thriller with some unexpected twists.  Along with the suspense Pepper adds some humor and romance to give it some balance which worked well in the story.

Thank you to Mr. Pepper, Urbane Publications and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: You Can Run by Steve Mosby (9781409157533)

51lPfPhfOrL._SY346_“Monsters are made, not born, and the truth is that they can be made anywhere.”

The Monster has never been present when the women have died, so he has no idea how long it takes.  He’s done with them by then, so what does it matter?

The Worm is incapable of killing for himself, he’s spent years enjoying the Monster’s actions from a distance.

The Writer is racked with guilt about all the terrible things he’s done to the person he loves.

The Detective believes in pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.  His instincts are telling him that there is a connection between them, but how do they all add up to the Red River Killer?

This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time.  Mosby pulls you in by thinking you know who the killer is and then he adds a new twist that keeps you guessing.  A refreshing story that renewed my faith in a great read!

Steve Mosby is the author of three previous novels, The Murder Code, The Nightmare Place, and The Reckoning on Cane Hill, all available from Pegasus Crime.

Thank you to Mr. Mosby, Pegasus Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book!

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Book Review: The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration by Katharine Coggeshall (9781521361719)

51L-5mEOu2L._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_Planning a wedding these days is not easy and writing your wedding vows can be a daunting task.  Ms. Coggeshall makes that task much easier by providing romantic vows, Christian vows and bonuses such as a list of inspirational words and questions and tips on writing your own vows.

I believe there is a vow for everyone in this book whether one chooses something the author has already written, or one uses the words she offers as a basis for one’s own personal vows. The photos provided are beautiful and give that extra touch needed for this book.  A very beautiful book that would be a wonderful gift for a bridal shower.

For more information about the author and her books go to her Amazon page.

Thank you to Ms. Coggeshall for giving me the opportunity to review her book.

 

 

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Book Review: Undertow (Book 1) by K.R. Conway (9780989776394)

51KVRCEM0EL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_Eila Walker is in danger.  She and her guardian, Mae, moved to Eila’s ancestral home in Cape Cod after a mystery donor purchased it for her.  Little did Eila know that this charitable act would alter her seemingly normal life forever.  After a near death experience of being pushed into the bay and almost being drowned by a Mortis, her new friends who all have secrets themselves, M.J., Ana, Raef and Kian explain about her past and her future.  The Mortis (soul-less humans surviving off the life-force of others) are trying to kill Eila, the last Lunaterra (the only thing a Mortis fears).

The plot has twists and turns with plenty of teen angst, humor and romance.  The characters are well-developed except I was hoping to find out more about the bitchy Nikki Shae and her PomPom Mustang Gang.  Maybe in the next book.

For more information about the author and her works, please visit her website at https://capecodscribe.com/.

Thank you to Ms. Conway, Wicked Whale and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: Shadow Shepherd by Chad Zunker (9781542045544)

51mWa70ntcL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A random rookie attorney, an infamous German assassin, a political reporter, and the CIA.  What was the thread that tied the puzzle all together?  Sam Callahan is the only one that can solve the puzzle, but he has to get out of Mexico with no passport or money, go to New Orleans to find a man who may be tied to his past, and save his kidnapped girlfriend in D.C., all while trying to escape an assassin’s bullet.

Even though I did not read Mr. Zunker’s first book in the Sam Callahan Series, his second book stands on its own.  His plot descriptions are so vivid and engaging that I felt like I was watching a film.  In addition, the main characters to the supporting characters are very diverse and well-defined.  I relished this fast-paced and thrilling story and will definitely recommend it to friends.  I look forward to more books in this series.

Thank you to Mr. Zunker, NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Please visit Mr. Zunker’s website at http://www.chadzunker.com for more information about the author and his works.

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Book Review: Silver Hair: Say Goodbye to the Dye and Let Your Natural Light Shine: A Handbook by Lorraine Massey (Author), Michele Bender (Contributor) 9780761189299

61T+VUlg-ZL._SX410_BO1,204,203,200_Silver is the new black, blonde and brown… From the author of Curly Girl, Silver Hair,comes a guide to letting your hair go silver.  Massey, a hairstylist for three decades, includes testimonials and pictures from herself and from women of various ages who decided to bite the bullet and let their hair go natural.  Her message to those who want do it is to “embrace your natural hair and do it for you and no one else”.  One myth is that silver hair will age you or look unprofessional.  She says that as long as you take care of your hair and yourself you will look great.  In fact, she has many women who go silver who never go back to dying their hair again.  She also suggests some hair products and home remedies to make that transition easier from dyed to silver and to keep your hair in good condition.

As a convert myself at 54 years old (see below), I agree completely with the advice she provides in this great handbook.13718699_1747532852172825_8084721219978446168_n  I have received so many compliments on my silver hair and wish I had started sooner.  It is true that the texture of your hair will change so you will need to change the hair products you use.  I also found that I had to change my makeup and clothing colors as well because my hair color was so much lighter. Ms. Massey discusses this in the book also.  My advice to you is to take a chance.  Every person is different and every hair color is different, but I promise you will welcome not having to pay to dye your hair again and that you will love the results!

Thank you to Ms. Massey, Workman Publishing Company, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

 

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Book Review: The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan (9781524701864)

51OtNpM9HeL._SY346_Bethan Jones lives alone with her grandmother, Gran, who is the drabarni (magical practitioner) of her clansmen.  To Romany people, the drabarni is the wise women of the clan and Bethan is next in line. To Bethan’s disappointment, Gran says she is not ready to learn spellcraft yet and insists she go to the local village every day to sell herbs to the villagers, but her world turns upside down.

Martyn Woodward is a local farmer, a diddicoy (of Romany blood), and a gadjo (an outsider), who is forbidden in Bethan’s life.  However, Bethan finds him handsome with a pleasant disposition and will ask her Gran if he could teach her to read.

Silas Roberts is the chieftain’s son and wants Bethan for himself at any price and will use force to do it.

One night Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and leave Martyn to die.  When Bethan asks her Gran to save Martyn’s life, Bethan is told that she must exact revenge on the boys that attacked her and Martyn.

This is a story of magic, betrayal, revenge and inner strength, and it contains quite a bit of violence so beware.  The story is unique from the Romany perspective, and it had a strong heroine who preserves her beliefs even through horrendous and mind-shattering situations.  However, I felt that the story dwelled on the revenge aspect too long and ended too abruptly.  I was expecting more about Bethan’s internal conflict, than the revenge plot itself.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but would probably not recommend it to a friend.

Thank you to Hillary Monahan, Random House and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

 

 

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