Thursday, March 6, 2014

Book Review of PHILISTINE by Steven Shrewsbury

PHILISTINE was written by Steven Shrewsbury and published through Seventh Star Press in January, 2014. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com and you may read more from the author at http://sshrewsbury.wordpress.com/category/blog

Goliath… the gargantuan hero of the Philistine army whose very name leaves the bravest warrior trembling in his armor and wetting his loincloth… a warrior since birth… son of a god… slayer of kings, men, and beasts… champion to all who beheld him. 
 
PHILISTINE is an epic fantasy tale of the giant who became a hero to his race and a scourge to those who would try to rule over him and his kind. This action story is a bit different from those Bible tales we have heard before. Goliath is still the champion of the Philistine army, but in this telling, he lives to fight any and all who would try to kill him or enslave his people. Tasked by kings to expand their rule, Goliath must face all who would confront him, be they diabolical priests, evil gods, fanciful demons or mortal men. He must champion over them all even though he knows that death in battle will claim him someday. These exploits are the stuff of PHILISTINE.

Told with absolute realism and set down in the tongue of the day, the character of Goliath is strong beyond measure and invincible to all. His youth, spent in tyrannical training by those jealous of his parentage, is glimpsed by the reader through Goliath’s own tales told to those around him. His wisdom is seen through stories he tells of past battles and fallen comrades. His absolute knowledge that he is invincible, but that he will one day be bested and fall in battle, is what his life is destined for and that is how he prefers it.

Shrewsbury has written a tale of war and warriors, in a world long past, but more like the present than the reader may at first, realize. The addition of characters along the way, keeps the story fresh and the battles raging along nicely. And who doesn’t love a great battle for action and blood-letting realism? Goliath’s character is all-encompassing, powerful, intelligent and maybe a little bit bored with it all, but the story never stops entertaining as Shrewsbury pours on the evil bad guys and demonic minions and monsters, to keep our hero mowing them down in true fantasy fashion. This story leaps from the pages and will have the reader up all night, hating the meanies and rooting for the good guys.

 Excitement, adventure, debauchery, and battle after battle punctuated with realism, and true to life writing at its best… this is what the reader will find in PHILISTINE. Steven Shrewsbury is a master crafter of worlds and heroes in battle, and PHILISTINE is THE epic fantasy adventure of 2014.
5 spiders for PHILISTINE… Sword & Sorcery at its best!

DJ Weaver
For Suspense Magazine


To read our interview with Steven: Click here              

Thursday, February 6, 2014

EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL

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FROM AVON BOOKS AND RANDOM HOUSE PUBLISHING GROUP
FIFTY FIRST TIMES:
Available for purchase
February 25, 2014


FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A New Adult Anthology    

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins

Price: $2.99 (USD)

E-book

 
 Fifty First Times is a collection of fictional short stories from a variety of published Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Romance authors aimed at a New Adult audience. Each story magnifies a moment in two characters' lives that shows the reader their decision to take physical intimacy to a new level, the events leading up to this moment and in some cases, the events that follow.
  It’s about the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren’t ashamed, the couple whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level, proving that love can exist underneath the external layers of humanity, and of course the two young people fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong yet making a memory that will never fade.

 19 AUTHORS, 19 STORIES
Julie Cross (creator)
J. Lynn
Molly McAdams
Sophie Jordan
Roni Loren
Tracy Wolff
Lauren Layne
Andrew Shaffer
Cole Gibson
Myra McEntire
Carrie Ryan
Mark Perini
Gennifer Albin
Lisa Desrochers
Hannah Moskowitz
Lyla Payne
Alessandra Thomas
Melissa Landers
Melissa West

Buy Links     
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-First-Times-Adult-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00F8P3A36/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391627900&sr=8-1&keywords=fifty+first+times

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fifty-first-times-julie-cross/1118477580?ean=9780062329707 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18513487-fifty-first-times




THIRD DEGREE
by: Julie Cross:
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
MARCH 25,
2014

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Review of 3 GATES OF THE DEAD by Jonathan Ryan


3 Gates of the Dead was written by Jonathan Ryan and published through Premier Digital Publishing in October, 2013. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com and you may find out more about Jonathan at www.authorjonathanryan.com
 
After the untimely death of his parents, and the betrayal by his fiancé, Amanda, Assistant Pastor, Aiden Schaeffer is having a crisis of faith.

Then suddenly, Aiden is told that his ex has been brutally murdered in an apparent ritualistic manor, and she may not be the last. Aiden’s life begins to un-ravel as he is thrust into a strange world where he, and the people of his church congregation become victims of supernatural forces, weird dreams, texts, voices, and bare footprints in the snow.

Aiden meets rogue detective Jennifer Brown, who is working the eerie case, and Father John Neal, a priest who may have more information about what is going on than he is willing to talk about. Together with a team of paranormal investigators, they must find the answers to the killings before another life is lost, and evil escapes into the world.

Jonathan Ryan has written a masterpiece thriller that will eat away at your psyche and have you cringing at every turn of the page. His storyline is exceptionally frightening with all the paranormal darkness and unseen evil the reader can handle. His characters have that ‘flawed but human’ trait that gives them weight and makes them come alive on the page.

Ryan’s excellent writing style and attention to detail will have readers screaming (literally), and demanding the sequel, placing Ryan squarely in the top tier of the horror-writing genre’.

3 Gates of the Dead will scare you to death and make you rethink your ideas about ghosts, demons, and the after-life. If you are into horror, suspense and being thrilled, do NOT miss 3 Gates of The Dead by Jonathan Ryan… Horror Awesomeness!!

5 spiders for this outstanding horror read.

DJ Weaver (for Suspense Magazine)
 
 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review of THE SHROUD KEY by Vincent Zandri

THE SHROUD KEY was written by Vincent Zandri and published by Bear Media in September, 2013. You can purchase this novel at www.amazon.con and you may find out more about Vincent at www.vincentzandri.com

Chase Baker is exactly what he appears to be… a womanizing, ‘Indiana Jones’, without the degrees, who thrives on adventure and excitement. Add one damsel in distress, a missing professor, and a mysterious set of bones, and you have one more thrilling read from the masterful pen of International Best Selling author, Vincent Zandri.

The beautiful ex-wife of Chase’s former partner, Professor Andre Manion, enlists his aid in finding the kidnapped professor. Chase discovers that the professor could have vital information as to the location of the most important archeological discovery of modern times… the bones of Jesus Christ. He sets off on a search to recover the professor and locate the bones, before someone beats him to it or kills him first.

Zandri has brought back that wonderful ‘quest’ story that keeps the reader alert and pinging with anticipation from beginning to end. His ‘Chase Baker’ character is cocky, smart, and multi-talented, but with that brotherly quality that reminds you of a best friend in school. These are the types of characters we remember and follow, and Zandri does them with flair, along with non-stop action and a surprise ending. What thriller reader could not love that?

THE SHROUD KEY is a 5 spider read and well worth every minute.

DJ Weaver



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Book Review Of CITY OF LOST DREAMS by Magnus Flyte



      

  CITY OF LOST DREAMS was written by Magnus Flyte* and published by Penguin Books in November, 2013. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com 
  Magnus Flyte is a pen name for the writing duo of, Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch. Howrey is the author of the novels, The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight. She lives in Los Angeles. Lynch, who lives near Sequoia National Park, is a television writer and journalist.
 Sarah Weston is looking for a cure for her friend, Pollina, a blind teenage composer who is on the cusp of greatness. But, her life force is running out and time is a precious thing. As Sarah twists her way through the storyline she does so while taking mind-altering drugs: drugs that allow her to jump from one time to another, all the while being pursued by a treacherous foe.
  Flyte has blended mystery, science-fi, alchemy and even some fantasy all into one neat little package. And, they have done so seamlessly!!
Readers will be swept away to wonderful corners of the globe while the writers bring the places and surroundings to life with their intricate and detailed descriptions. I have never visited Prague or Vienna, but since reading CITY OF LOST DREAMS, it is as though the memories of Prague and Vienna were my own. Hats off to the writers for such wonderful descriptions!
 I like to call this novel, the thinking man’s (or woman’s) fiction. With detailed and intelligent passages, I felt smarter just reading this tale filled with science and alchemy and even some history for good measure.
The two authors have blended their voices so well that the story flows effortlessly and smoothly.
I can’t say enough good things about this novel, and look forward to the next installment in the series.
I am giving CITY OF LOST DREAMS, a 5-spider rating and urging EVERYONE to get out there and give this series a shot…you will not be disappointed!!
CK Webb

WebbWeaver Reviews

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review of HIDDEN ORDER by Brad Thor

HIDDEN ORDER was written by Brad Thor and published through Atria/Emily Bestler Books in 2013. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com and you can find out more about Brad Thor at www.bradthor.com

Brad Thor is thrilling readers again with his latest release, HIDDEN ORDER, but, this is not your typical Scot Harvath thriller… No indeed. In this new assignment, Scot is wearing a different hat… that of detective rather than Special Forces operative, and this fact may have many thinking that Harvath is considering slowing down a bit. In fact, there are a few passages in which Harvath considers ‘scaling back’ may be in his not-too-distant future, along with a possible switch to the corporate side of the famed Carlton Group.

After Carlton, Harvath, and several other top operatives in the Carlton Group are targeted for assassination, with several operatives being lost, the Group loses its primary Defense Department contract. This makes it necessary for them to take on any and all comers to re-coup their loses and get back in the game.

Enter Monroe Lewis, COO of the Federal Reserve, with a rather sticky situation. The head of the Reserve has died and the five contenders for his spot have been kidnapper, with one found murdered. Harvath is tasked with finding the other four before they too are killed.

This newest thriller from Thor will uncover the real truth about the Federal Reserve and its dealings, and educate the public as to the true nature of this, the most secretive organization in America. One which pretends to be part of the United States government, but with immeasurable power and non-accountability to the government or the people.

Mr. Thor has done his homework, uncovering a serpent in the garden of our government, and has penned a scenario that could easily come to pass. With his ever-flawless character development, story structure, and attention to detail, he has once again written a frightening and controversial novel, causing some sleepless nights for this reviewer.

Another great read from one of the writing masters of our time, Brad Thor’s HIDDEN ORDER is a stand-out, 5-spider novel worthy of everyone’s attention.

DJ Weaver

For Suspense Magazine


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dual Review of Eric B. Thomasma's children's books, YETI IN THE FREEZER & THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP

Here at WebbWeaver, we are HUGE fans of Eric B. Thomasma and his children's books. Some people just have a knack for entertaining children (which isn't always easy), Eric is one of those writers. With a warm, special way of dealing with some everyday, but unusual goings on, Thomasma's love of writing as well as his love for children shines through every, single syllable.
These little books are wonderful and, there isn't one that has come from this author that my children didn't adore!
 
YETI IN THE FREEZER
 
Written by Eric B. Thomas with illustrations by Lanin D. Thomasma. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com
To learn more about this author, visit his website at www.ericbt.webs.com
 
Meet Brady and Dot. Two ordinary kids with something truly extraordinary living just inside their freezer!
That's right... Brady and Dot return home one day to find a brand new refrigerator and some pretty scary sounds. The ice maker in the fridge seems to have a mind of its own; growling and hissing and making bumping sounds, until...
The two discover Frasier, a tiny Yeti living in the freezer who only lives to make ice. All Frasier wants in the whole world is to be appreciated for his hard work (after all, ice making is a tough business with no room for error)
So, what starts out as fear for the children quickly turns into a learning experience. As the three come to an agreement on what they will do for one another, we see examples of teamwork, acceptance and tolerance...Three things we need a lot more of in today's world.
In the end, everyone learns something, not only about others, but about themselves as well.
I absolutely ADORED this wonderful little gem. I have a son who was extremely afraid of the ice-maker at his Nanny's house; so much so that he stopped visiting for spend the nights. I would have given anything to have had this book during those days. Sweet characters, wonderful life lessons and some of the cutest little drawings to accompany it,
Eric B. and Lanin impress again with this fun, little book.
A 5-spider book all day long!
 
THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP
Written by Eric B. Thomasma, with illustrations by Lanin D. Thomasma
It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com
 
When Cindy's father's car gets dinged up, it's up to them to take it to see The Wizards of the Body Shop!
Taking a simple concept that most of us never even think about, and turning it into an adventure, is a trademark of Eric B. Thomasma. This book is no exception.
A wonderfully fun little book with enough great pictures and words to get the kid's imaginations flowing.
If you have ever taken a child with you to have your car worked on, then this is the book for you. THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP is sure to be a favorite among children of all ages.
Endearing characters, fun and vivid illustrations AND there is even a bit of magic. You just can't go wrong with this one.
As a mom myself, I can easily see this book in auto dealerships and mechanic's lobbies as a way of entertaining the tiniest of customers. Your child will fall in love with THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP and so will you!
This book belongs on EVERY child's bookshelf.
I am giving THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP a 5-spider rating and recommending it to children of all ages.
Maybe you will find a little magic of your own when you read it!
 
CK Webb
WebbWeaver Reviews 

Book Review of Nancy Curteman's, MURDER DOWN UNDER


   
 
       MURDER DOWN UNDER was written by Nancy Curteman and published in 2013. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com You can learn more about this author by visiting her website at www.nancycurteman.com
 The focus is on two American women who arrive in Sydney to visit a friend who now lives there, only to discover she has been murdered. Then, the chase is on to try and discover who could have committed this crime on such a good-hearted young woman. 

 There are many characters throughout the story and as it slowly unfolded, I found myself suspecting so many of them and turning the pages to see what would transpire. 

 I really enjoyed the very accurate and vivid descriptions of Australia, from the bustling city of Sydney to the rugged outback stations. The history of Australia and the Aboriginal people is described with much respect and is very much appreciated by this Aussie. 

 This is an enjoyable read and in many ways, very educational for those who know little about Australia. 

 I am giving MURDER DOWN UNDER 4-spiders and calling this one, a wonderful 'Summer Read'.

Cheers from Down Under,
Jennie J
Reviewer for WebbWeaver Reviews