Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review of OF LOVE AND DISTANCE by Divya Jyoti Randev

Of Love and Distance was written and published by Divya Jyoti Randev. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com

Of Love and Distance is set in India and the U.K. It's a story about love, cultural barriers, overcoming adversity and strength of spirit.

Lisa is a journalist tasked with interviewing a movie star (who also happens to be her teenage crush). Whilst on their way to the studio
they are kidnapped and held for ransom (Lisa being caught up in it because she happened to be there). The relationship between Lisa and
Robert develops from this point.The experience for both of them is terrifying and, of course, traumatizing. 


The second part of the book explores the psychological implications and struggle of the main character, Lisa. The reader gets an insight into Indian culture as Lisa's perspective is of course, deeply rooted in her own culture. The author describes the after-effects of trauma all the while keeping hope alive throughout the book.

I would like to warn readers that there are themes explored in thisbook that are not for the faint hearted.

4 Spiders for this great read!


All the best from Down Under…

JeannieJ




Monday, April 6, 2015

Book Review of JUST FOR CHRISTMAS NIGHT by Lisa Marie Perry

JUST FOR CHRISTMAS NIGHT was written  by Lisa Marie Perry and published through Harlequin Kimani. You may purchase the book at www.amazon.com and you may learn more about Lisa at http://www.perrytalebooks.com

Ok. Lisa Marie Perry is now officially on my list of favorite authors!

JUST FOR CHRISTMAS NIGHT is a fabulous and SEXY,SEXY,SEXY read!

Martha is the wild child of the Blue dynasty. She's like an enigma wrapped in a riddle. But not all is as it seems. Joaquin, the hero, is a tortured soul. He, like our heroine, has something to prove, if only to himself. Their relationship was broken in the past. They must make some difficult choices in the present but make them they will and always on their own terms.

This story has many different layers. The characters are very well written. They are real, they are raw, as are their emotions. I loved them both. I was rooting for them all the way. It was a real trip reading on to see how it would all come to a head.

Lisa Marie has a fabulous writing style. It is modern, flows easily and is a pleasure to read.

A truly wonderful, very enjoyable read. Highly recommended!
5 spiders…

Cheers from Down Under…


Jennie J


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review of MASTER YOUR MINDSPACE by Michael Atma

MASTER YOUR MINDSPACE was written by Michael Atma and published through Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press in March, 2015. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com  and you can read more about the author at www.michaelatma.com

MASTER YOUR MINDSPACE is an excellent book for everybody, everywhere. It is written in a way that is easy to read, it’s interesting and engaging and will open your thinking to the possibilities that exist when you use the power of your mind.

 Michael Atma gives the reader powerful insights and uses his own personal experiences as examples. In every chapter there are 5 minute exercises that you can choose to do each day. This is excellent for everyone, especially in these times when most people are time-poor.
Committing to five minutes per day is all it takes to begin making changes that will enhance all areas of your life. While reading this book for review I noticed changes in my own mindset – positive changes, changes I liked.
This is the first book by Michael Atma I have read and I will definitely be looking out for more of his inspiring work. I highly recommend his latest book. 
5 spiders…

Cheers from Down Under…


Jennie J



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review of THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS by M.J. Rose

THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS was written by M.J. Rose and published through Atria Press. You may purchase the novel from www.amazon.com and you may read more about the author at www.mjrose.com

After losing her father and suffering at the hands of her cruel husband, Sandrine flees from her home in New York to Paris in order to seek refuge at the historic and beautiful mansion home of her beloved grandmother. But upon arrival, Sandrine finds the mansion mysteriously locked and empty, with her grandmother ensconced in an apartment.

Sandrine longs to visit the mansion, which holds wonderful memories for her, but her grandmother forbids it, stating only that it is too dangerous. Defying her grandmother’s wishes, Sandrine visits the mansion and meets the dashing, Julian Duplessi—a prominent architect who has been hired to turn the mansion into a museum.

Sandrine and Julian become embroiled in an erotic affair, but something else is hiding in the mansion as well . . . the ghost of a sixteenth century courtesan and ancestor; a witch named La Lune. Sandrine becomes possessed by the spirit of the beautiful but evil La Lune, and grows impassioned with La Lune’s urges to be a famous artist. Under the witch’s influence, Sandrine feels the woman’s obsession to control and be loved by a man. But as Sandrine begins to lose herself to the witch’s influence, people begin to die.

This latest novel from acclaimed author, M.J. Rose is provocative, erotic, and spellbindingly haunting, with lush settings and mysterious occurrences that will have the reader gasping in fear, as they remain totally mesmerized cover-to-cover. The writing is powerful, making the story impossible to put down before reaching the strangely twisted ending.

Another winning series start from Rose, written for her vast legion of readers. THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS is a captivating supernatural read that will keep you enthralled… a ‘must-have’ novel.

5 Spiders for M.J. Rose’s newest…

DJ Weaver

For Suspense Magazine



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Book Review of THE UNQUENCHABLE FIRE (Low-Down, Desperate, and Damned) by D.A. Adams


THE UNQUENCHABLE FIRE by D.A. Adams, is the second offering in the Low-Down, Desperate, and Damned Series, published in Feb. 2015, by Amazon Digital Services.
Sam Skeen is a man lost… a preacher plunged into darkness while fighting in the Civil War, he has lost his faith. As a hired gun for the town of New Port, Sam is besieged by the town leaders to investigate evil doings on Stone Mountain, and put a stop to them.

When Sam and his deputy finally confront the demons, it’s a battle to save the mountain people, and more importantly… to save Sam’s soul.
Great characters, awesome story-telling, and a whole lot of action in this paranormal western adventure from D.A. Adams. Be sure to add this fantastic tale to your reading list.

5 spiders for THE UNQUNCHABLE FIRE…

DJ Weaver

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review of TWISTED WIRE (An Enda Osin Mystery Book 2) by Ray Stone


TWISTED WIRE (An Enda Osin Mystery Book 2) was written and self-published by Ray Stone. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com  and you may read more about Ray at  http://www.raystoneauthor.com 

Ray Stone has written a fabulous piece of fiction and the second in the Enda Osin trilogy. To date I would say this is his best work.

Enda Osin, political columnist, once again becomes embroiled in a political scandal, this time of huge proportions. A strange call from a wrong number and Enda is investigating. What he gets into is political intrigue and scandal followed by sabotage and murder. The stakes are high and lives are at risk, especially Enda’s. With assistance from a few dedicated people, some strange, some not so, some out to settle a score, and all of them willing to risk their lives to help Enda get to the truth, they embark on a most dangerous mission.

The characters are wonderful and true to the part they play. I loved them, especially Fish, who enters the story early on and is an integral part. The action scenes are well-written and I had trouble putting the book down, wanting to see what would happen next.

I highly recommend this book and very much look forward to the next Enda adventure from Ray Stone which will be released in early 2015.  5 spiders for this one.

Cheers from Down Under…

Jennie J


Friday, February 6, 2015

History and HELL BILLY: A Guest Blog Post by author Steven L. Shrewsbury


I love history. S’true. Maybe some find it boring or stuffy, but the images are first rate that historical books evoke in my brainpan. The American Civil War, or the Great Unpleasantness, War for States Rights or, aptly named, the War Against the States, always has fascinated me. Since I grew up in a house with a father who’d fought the Japanese in WWII, had a grandfather in WW1, and ancestors among the Missouri raiders, perhaps the allure for these times came naturally.

In 1976, I was eight years old and the country went bonkers for the bicentennial. Patriotism went hand in hand with all things in my house, but as I grew up I came to understand the grim reality of not just life, but war in general.

It wasn't glamorous, nor had anyone in my family tried to polish it up as such. “War isn't Hell,” my dad said, cussing Sherman’s quote on the matter. “There aren't any innocent bystanders in Hell.”

We are a warlike folk, meaning humanity, not just Americans. We fight over territory, religion, and if the tales are true, hot gals named Helen. I think the tales of war enthrall us on a gut level, probably something in our DNA that is animalistic still or tainted by sin, whatever your belief system. The 300 movie rocked, even if it was a living cartoon, really. Sometimes, the entertainment value doesn't have to be particularly smart if laid out properly. 


War brings out the best in people, I hear tell, causing them to reach to the heights of bravery, courage and endurance. However, it also evokes the worst in humanity, genocide and cowardice on a scale that storytellers still try to get a grip on. Men behaving badly? Sometimes really badly. These tales of flawed folks, men who aren’t Joe Whitebread, but manage to surprise themselves in the heat of battle are great stories.     

That brings me to my novel HELL BILLY from Bad Moon Books. It takes place in 1868, just three years from the end of hostilities at a time where the Union army still occupied southern states. In Memphis, family members of the occupying Commandant are being killed in a rather unusual manner original to a soldier who rode with General Nathan Bedford Forrest. When Forrest, a local businessman then, is brought in, he tells the Commandant that William Hells died in the war…but Billy shows up again, and kills. He’s caught and hanged. And returns the next day.

I didn't set out to write a historical murder mystery-horror story, but HELL BILLY turned into just that. It’s as authentic as I could make it after years of research, reading up on all facets of these times, and visiting many of the locations. Someone flinched that I used Forrest as a main character in the book, seeing as he had a notorious history (to say the least). He’s a mesmerizing study and it’s just a fiction tale folks. I don’t glorify anyone, nor do I paint the war or the horrors of reconstruction in shiny dress. However, the culture, times and people of the day, present a great canvas to paint on, and often the ink is red.

HELL BILLY deals with many such grim issues. I was honored to have a writer I admire, Ronald Kelly, write the intro for the work. Please give this novel a peek and let me know what you think. It’s a wild ride, full of action, dark humor, and more wild folks than a Coen Brothers film. History is never boring to me. It’s alive, breathing and at times, it bleeds. A lot.   

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guest Blog Post by Thom Erb, author of HEAVEN, HELL or HOUSTON

How can an Upstate New Yorker write a story about Texas? A Texas Ranger to be exact. Well, let me tell you how.

            I never stopped to think I couldn't.

            As flippant and simple as the answer is, it's the gospel truth. I have always had a long-distance love affair with Texas. From a small boy I've been enamored with cowboys, the deadly desert, ruthless desperadoes, train and bank robbers, cattle rustling, and even the Dallas Cowboys football team. It all comes down to the star.

            To me the Texas Rangers are similar to my other heroes. Some fictional some real ones. Whether they're honor-bound Samurais, Jedi's protecting the galaxy or military special ops performing clandestine missions in the name of protecting our country. (Yes, we could have a long talk about that one.)

            Texas and the west was a dangerous outland where law was scares and might-makes-right was the way of the wild. That's where the Rangers and other stoic lawmen came in. Those iconic archetypes that inspired me as a youth and still do to this day. 

            I was a huge Lone Ranger fan. Watched John Wayne in the Green Berets a gazillion times and even recorded it on a portable tape deck so I could listen to it when it wasn't on one of only three channels back in the late 70's/early 80's.  I explored the history of the old west and became enamored with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and all the mythology that it held.

            As I grew older, those movies, characters were a constant companions in my creative psyche and never left me. Then came movies like Tombstone, TV shows like Deadwood, Justified , novel by Joe Lansdale, Tom Clancy, Jonathan Maberry, Joe McKinney, Elmore Leonard continued to fill that wild west, Gary Cooper-esque hero. You know the one that cuts a lean shadow in the noon-day sun and faces unsurmountable odds and goes out to face them anyway. 

            Yeah, that is the fertile ground where Texas Jay McCutcheon was born. While it may have been the muck-fields of Hell's ½ Acre and not the sprawling dust bowl of Texas, I do believe that this tough as nails, edgy Ranger is cut from the same cloth as the above-mentioned cowboy heroes.

            All the characters in HEAVEN, HELL, or HOUSTON are deeply flawed people. But Jay McCutcheon's life is hanging by an unraveling thread that might just as well be on fire.

            Being a Ranger is a family tradition in the McCutcheon family, and so is the nitro-glycerin filled, alcoholic-fueled temper that borders on the line of self-destructive.  Jay has a heart of gold but he's been running and fighting demons for so long, he's lost sight of friends and foes alike. But, he does have one saving grace:

            His wife Inez and baby, Bellia. They're his last tether to sanity and chance at a happy life. I won't go into more detail as I really would want you to go order a copy and give it a read.

            I truly believe I've captured the spirit of the west, of Texas.
            That leads me back to this entire blog's premise. How can a guy who lives mere minutes away from Lake Ontario, hell, I'm practically Canadian, even attempt to tell the story of about an American historical institution like a Texas Ranger and the cowboy stereotype?

            I just told the story of a guy who despite all his demons, was a good man and who just wanted to get home to his family. It was that simple. I filled the world with other characters that help explore the Ranger's personality and let the story handle itself.

            I had a wonderful time exploring the world of Jay, Stacy Jo and Isandro. The zombies were a nice splash of color as well. But you all will find out more about that when the rest of the story is told in another book and another series.

            Until then, thanks for reading and always remember to take a day off.



  

HEAVEN, HELL, or HOUSTON- An Eternal Flame Tale-

One Texas Ranger...One Cadillac filled with blood-thirsty gang-bangers...A long Texas road. The same night terrorists release a deadly virus that causes the dead to rise.

Just one more thing for Ranger Jay McCutcheon to deal with on his way back to Houston.

Order today and share the zombie love!!!!

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http://www.amazon.com/Heaven-Hell-Houston-Zombie-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00R3QZSOM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1421843867&sr=1-1&keywords=heaven+hell+or+houston  

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Synopsis-

It's early summer 1985, and after a less than successful "easy" stint as the Governor's security detail, the volatile, alcoholic Texas Ranger Jay McCutcheon wants nothing more than to get home to his wife and baby and save his marriage. He thinks the only thing standing between him and his family is five hundred rain-soaked miles of dark pavement. But he's dead wrong.

Isandro Dianira has just broken out of prison. He's been possessed by an evil voice that has spoken to him since childhood. With his gang-banger thugs, he leaves a bloody trail on his way to Mexico. But before leaving the country, he needs to kill McCutcheon, the pig that put him in the pen. 

As the two men unknowingly race toward each other, a powerful rainstorm is heading westward, and along with it, a zombie virus that's causing the dead to rise.

Stacy-Jo, a street-tough teenage girl from New York is about to get in some serious trouble, when she meets McCutcheon, who winds up saving her hide from a nasty situation. 

Together, they hit the road and wind up at a roadside diner, where brutal violence will unfold and the undead will feed.

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Thom Erb Author Bio 


Thom Erb is a writer/editor, exploring all shades of darkness and light. He crafts tales that blur the lines of horror, noir, dark fantasy, thriller, weird western, noir and science fiction. Thom's works span the gap from middle-grades, Young Adult to Adult readers and taps into the theme of the reluctant hero in its many forms.

Thom has written several stories in short and long form and is now focused on novella/novel-length work.

Thom also holds a Master's degree in art education and is an artist/illustrator of murals and comic book/graphic novels. When not writing, Thom enjoys reading, quality films, television shows, role-playing games, playing drums, comic books and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees. He lives in upstate New York with his wife Michelle.

Proud member of the Horror Writer's Association.
Official Website and Blog:  www.thomerb.com