Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WEBBWEAVER BOOKS on Blogtalk Radio

WEBBWEAVER BOOKS on Blogtalk Radio Presents:
THE CHRISTMAS 'BOX-O-BOOKS'
 
This is it!!! The WEBBWEAVER BOOKS on Blogtalk Radio Christmas 'BOX-O-BOOKS'!!
*This Giveaway Is Open To EVERYONE and shipping will be covered by me*
 
To date, we have twenty-one books, some signed by the authors, that will be going into the box, BUT we are still adding books daily as authors join us on the show, and graciously donate copies of their work. What do you have to do to get this collection of books?? Simply leave a comment here... that's it!!!
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Best of luck and Merry Christmas from WEBBWEAVER BOOKS!!!
 



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

WebbWeaver Launches Brand New Blogtalk Radio Show

"WebbWeaver Books on blogtalk radio... where your favorite authors read their books to you and clothing is 100% optional!"
Have you ever wanted to ask your favorite author a question? Now you can...
WebbWeaver Books on Blogtalk Radio call-in number- (619) 924-9838
If you call in... I WILL put you on the air!!!

For those of you who have not heard, WebbWeaver has recently launched a brand new blogtalk radio show called WebbWeaver Books http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks
  We have two shows already in the history books, but we need YOU to make it a success. We have welcomed Jean Joachim, Thomas Emson and today we will welcome best-selling author Tasha Alexander, but this only tips the iceberg!! The schedule we have coming up is almost too good to be true and loaded with some of the biggest names in the literary world. We will also be bringing you the very best in Indie and small press authors who may be less known, but still show up when it is time to tell a great story!!
 WebbWeaver Books on Blogtalk Radio will feature an author's 'Reading Room' where readers & listeners get to hear their favorite writers read from their work, without having to leave the house!! We have several 'readings' already scheduled and more and more writers are inquiring about the WebbWeaver Books 'reading room' every single day.
There will be TONS of giveaways, including signed book giveaways and massive boxes filled with books from some of the wonderful writers who take the time to stop in and read for us.
There is only one catch...
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That's it... after that, tune in to WebbWeaver Books on Blogtalk Radio each Tuesday and Friday at 4 p.m. CST and keep an eye out for 'special airings' throughout the weekdays for those authors living 'across the pond'.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Review of DARK THOUGHTS AND DARK FORCES by: JK Dark


Dark Thoughts & Dark Forces was written by J.K. Dark and published by Poor Boy Press in 2012. It is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/ You can learn more about this author by visiting his blog at http://onthedarkside.wordpress.com/

From the website:
'Dark Thoughts & Dark Forces is a short story collection of mystery, suspense, and murder. In it, author J.K. Dark guides the reader through the minds of killers, hauntings, voodoo, and the unspeakable, unexplainable atrocities of mankind.'
'Throughout the pages of his highly compelling tale, Dark weaves stories through cities with rich historical backdrops, from St. Louis, Missouri, to New Orleans, Louisiana, as the settings for many of the stories examine the culture and heritage while telling tales that leave as many questions as answers.'

Let me start off by saying that I do not take on too many short story collections for review, and there is a perfectly good reason why I don't...
I love them too much!! There is nothing, in the entire world, more depressing than a poorly written collection of shorts. But, every now and again, I stumble across something so unique and well written; I just have to share it.

I knew from page one that J.K. Dark had sent me something special, something I had never seen before. His one, two and three word sentences are a thing of utter beauty and quickly grab you with their rhythmic, poetic flow. The stories are so tightly woven that you do not see the endings coming until they smack you in the face and then you can't help but smile at the sheer genius of the author's ability to create something so original and fresh.

The titles of the stories are quirky and alluring, capturing the attention of the reader, while the author discreetly pours his honeyed literary libations into every nook and cranny of the readers psyche. Before the last word is read, you will find yourself drunk on the mystery, horror and realness of the stories as well as their characters.

I could go on and on about this author's work OR I could simply say...
'If you are a fan of oddly and beautifully crafted stories that linger long after the pages have all been turned, then I urge you to grab a copy of Dark Thoughts and Dark Forces.'
I am giving Dark Thoughts & Dark Forces a 5-spider rating (well deserved) and recommending it to anyone interested in horror, mystery, thrills and chills or anyone who just loves a great book filled with wonderful stories!!
CK Webb

Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Review for One Major Mistake by: Starr Gardinier Reina






One Major Mistake was written by Starr Gardinier Reina and published by Suspense Publishing. One Major Mistake is set for release in July of 2012. One Major Mistake will be available in print and digital formats at http://www.amazon.com/ or wherever books are sold online. You can learn more about Starr and her writing by visiting her website at http://queenwriter.com/
F.B.I. agent Pavel Ivanovich is back in this third and final installment in Reina’s ‘Ivanovich’ series.


When the body of Brenda Haxton, the ex-wife of Pavel’s partner, Nick Haxton is discovered, everything about the case feels wrong. Without a definite cause of death and the possibilities ranging from murder to drug overdose, Ivanovich vows to uncover the truth. But, as the case moves forward, Ivanovich finds a connection to a vicious drug lord, making the stakes even higher than before.


Ivanovich is a stable, solid agent with a whole world full of distractions and problems, but none are as much fun as his steady girlfriend, Teresa Mancini. Teresa is tough, hilarious and has enough spunk in her to justify a book series of her own!! Teresa’s storyline is sharp, quirky and fun and her side venture as a ‘doggy treat guru’ is brilliant!!

First Things First…
I am not happy about with this book… not happy at all!!
As if I don’t have enough books in my TBR stack, Starr Gardinier Reina is now forcing me to add two more that list; the first two books in the series. Humor, sex, and violence woven together so brilliantly, it will have you questioning ‘Is this really a work of fiction’, One Major Mistake has something for every type of mystery lover.
Reina has a voice and style of writing that is so special and original she has officially been added to my list of favorites. With beautiful editing, smart dialog and enough layers to satisfy even the most finicky of readers, One Major Mistake is sure to be a breath of fresh air.
I am giving One Major Mistake a 4 ½ spider rating and recommending it ONLY to those folks looking for a great, summer read!!

*On a final note, though this is the third book in this series, I was able to read it without having read the first two books HOWEVER, as I often do, I highly recommend that the reader begin with the first book and move forward. This way, you avoid back tracking the series (like me) and are sure not to miss anything.*

CK Webb

*Author Bio*
A paralegal by day, she’s an author by night. Apart from being an award winning author for her short story "Cut", Reina has appeared in a blaze and made her mark on the literary world with her Ivanovich Series. The first is “In the Name of Revenge”, the second, “Deadly Decisions” and the third, "One Major Mistake" is to be released July 10, 2012. Having studied and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature/Creative Writing, she has found her unique style and is known for her works' distinctive voice, making every character stand out.

Reina is the artistic creator of the Ivanovich series featuring Pavel Ivanovich. Flanking Ivanovich's side in "Deadly Decisions" is Teresa Mancini, who vies with Ivanovich for readers' attention. According to J.M. LeDuc, who was "raised in an Italian family", Teresa "is perfect... like all your characters". Reina is also the author of young adult novella "Cruel Whispers" and its sequel novel "Cruel Past".

Reina is an executive editor for Suspense Magazine. She has been interviewed in the newspaper and on the radio with relation to her fiction work. She has been a co-host on Suspense Radio.

She has won three Best Speaker awards as well as Best Evaluator at the Voice Ambassadors chapter of Toastmasters. Reina is a member of Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter and nationally. She has always been active in events. As co-chair and main coordinator for the West Coast Author Premiere, she arranged the weekend-long event to help authors from all over network, learn and share their work with the public. Reina has also been instrumental in compiling authors and planning a local author event at Barnes and Noble in Ventura, California along with the store’s event manager.

Please read more about Starr at www.QueenWriter.com or visit her blog at www.qw-blog.blogspot.com.

Monday, June 4, 2012

WebbWeaver review of P.I. Barrington's 'Future Imperfect' Trilogy

WebbWeaver’s first book series review comes from S. Price with her review of P.I. Barrington’s FUTURE IMPERFECT series. 

This series was published by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2009 and 2010 and is available for purchase at www.amazon.com . You can learn more about this author and her work by visiting her website at http://thewordmistresses.com/

     FUTURE IMPERFECT Book 1: Crucifying Angel 
 Payce Halligan is a detective with Las Vegas PD who, after returning to work on the heels of a tragic accident involving her partner, has made target practice her favorite pastime. Her superior has brought in a handsome playboy Englishman as her new partner. Payce now has to teach Gavin McAllister about life in the desert of Las Vegas in the year 2032, a task she is not too happy about at the moment. Payce had much rather work alone since the tragic loss of her last partner.
Payce and Gavin weave their way through casino life, cult life, and eventually, the underground tunnels that lead to answers, but also raise more questions. The questions they must answer are not only about the cult-like group they have been tracking, but also about themselves as individuals, and together as partners.
 This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, reading faster and faster so you can't possibly see what's coming next. This is the first book in a series of three action-packed novels. I will definitely read the other two books in this series. I can’t possibly end with one! I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great action-packed, who-dun-it and those searching for an  an underlying love story in there somewhere. The futuristic aspect of this book also keeps you interested; clamoring to know what the author envisions for Las Vegas and homicide investigation many years from now.
4-spiders



FUTURE IMPERFECT Book 2: Miraculous Deception 
 In this second book of the series, we follow Payce and Gavin, two of Las Vegas PD’s detectives, into further investigations that seem to circle around the religious sect, The New Creation. This book can be easily read as a stand-alone, but it’s more fun reading the whole series. Payce was injured in an earlier investigation and begins this book in the hospital being treated for her injuries. Someone keeps trying to keep her in an unconscious state, it would seem, but the big questions are 'who' and 'why'? All the clues seem to lead Gavin to Payce’s last partner Nick and ultimately, right back to the New Creation.
 Follow the LVPD through this investigation and make sure you wear your seatbelt, it's going to be a bumpy ride! This one takes some crazy twists and turns that you NEVER see coming. (Think roller coaster in the dark) The thrills, chills and shocking twists keep you guessing right up to the very end. But... you will never see this end coming! I cannot wait to read the third and final installment in this series!
4-Spiders


 FUTURE IMPERFECT Book3: Final Deceit 

In this final installment of the Future Imperfect Series, we find Payce and Gavin under the rubble of the New Creation’s demolished compound. They are faced with trying to find a way out with Nick and Amy Strand, the news reporter. They find that there is still life under the rubble of the building, in tunnels and caverns deep below the earth. El Jeffe is still there directing his masterful deception even after the fa├žade of the New Creation has been demolished.
 This third book in the series continues this tightly woven action thriller until its finale. The storyline and pace of the book changes so quickly, it will make your head spin and leave you turning the pages faster and faster so you can find out how it all ends for this group of law enforcement officers.
 The characters of the 'Future Imperfect Trilogy' come together nicely in this final book as new ones are introduced. The author has written an original story you won’t soon forget. 
I am giving the FUTURE IMPERFECT TRILOGY a 4-spider rating and recommending it to anyone looking for a great series filled with twists, turns and edge of your seat action and thrills.

S. Price

Book Review of MARTY BOGGS AND THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB by M.T. Acquaire

Marty Boggs and the Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb was written by M.T. Acquaire and published by Matthew andTanya Acquaire in 2011. It may be purchased at www.amazon.com and you may read more about theauthor at http://www.mtacquaire.com/

Marty is typical teenager except he is dealing with a magnitude of bad luck,and the fact that his grandfather found a tomb in Egypt, and released a curse,is the reason why. First, his mom disappears, and then his granddad becomesvery ill and his family is forced to move to help out and manage hisgrandfather’s museum. Marty must start a new school, make new friends and evenwhere a school uniform. These things plus the fact that the family must dealwith a curse that haunts them is a lot for the boy to handle Then, kids startgoing missing, while monsters and ghouls of all kinds begin to walk thestreets, and an evil necromancer strives to become immortal. Marty must figureout how to stop the curse and save them all.

This book was a surprisingly great read. I really think young readers will loveit for its action, but also adult readers will too. It’s full of mystery andadventure and held my attention all the way to the very end, which is hard todo unless it is an interesting story line that is well written. The story was areally fast and easy read with good characters and lots of monster action, whichkept me guessing and wondering just what was going to happen next.

I’m giving Marty Boggs and the Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb a 5 spider rating just because it was such a great adventure storythat kept me interested and wanting to read more from this author.

T Lane



Friday, May 18, 2012

Book Review of DEATH WHISPERS by Tamara Rose Blodgett

Death Whispers was written and published by Tamara Rose Blodgett in April, 2011. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com and you may read more about the author at http://tamararoseblodgett.blogspot.com/

In a not-so-distant-future, scientists have mapped the human genome, and have found out how to give an inoculation in early childhood that will highlight the brain’s natural ability to use more than was used before, allowing paranormal abilities to show up in some of the population.  These abilities usually show up around puberty, and are now tested for in school.  The tests determine a youth’s aptitudes, be they paranormal, or “mundane” such as math, science, etc.  This is a story of Caleb Hart, the son of the scientist who first mapped the genome.  He is now at the age for any paranormal abilities to begin to show, and for the testing procedures to be done.  Unfortunately, he seems to have a very high affinity for the dead (AFTD), which gives him the ability to raise zombies, feel the feelings of the dead, and much more.  This is not the ideal ability to have, as there is a special “government school” that takes these children and trains them to do work for the government. 
Caleb must find out how to harness his abilities and how great they are, while trying to stay below the government’s radar.  Caleb doesn’t want his freedom stolen because he can be used as a tool for the government.  After all, the first kid with the abilities like Caleb’s was taken and never heard from again.  Caleb and his friends, some of whom have their own abilities, set out on a mission to find out just how strong they are while staying out of sight. 

This story is a good YA read.  It has the elements of action and adventure, as well as young love.  The author writes in such a way that you become invested in the story.  The reader will get to know these kids, and want to follow them further.  I would love to read more about Caleb, the J’s (his friends) and Jade (his girlfriend), to see how High School goes for them.  Young readers would love this story.  It is written from the perspective of Caleb, complete with teenage angst.  It’s a fun book to read, along with a great story.
4 spiders for Death Whispers.

SB Price

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Book Review of THE SPACE BETWEEN by Alexandra Sokoloff

The Space Between was written by Alexandra Sokoloff and self-published by the author in 2011. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com You can learn more about this incredible author by visiting her website at http://www.alexandrasokoloff.com
Sixteen-year-old Anna Sullivan is a lot like most girls her age; she never really fit in and has always felt different from others. At the tender age of five, Anna’s mother abandoned the family, leaving Anna to care for her alcoholic father who suffers from debilitating Post Traumatic Stress from war.
The night is the worst time for Anna because once sleep finds her, so do terrible, graphic dreams of a serial killer’s spree on her classmates and teachers. The boy she secretly adores is always in her dreams and in them, he always dies.

Tyler, being troubled by the same, twisted visions, confronts Anna and tells her he sees the same ‘visions’. Together the pair decides the dreams are premonitions and attempt to stop the inevitable from taking place. But, things are not what they seem and the reality of the dreams is much more complicated and unreal than anything they could have imagined.  

The Space Between is six kinds of awesome! Alexandra Sokoloff has created an intricate tapestry; a dark Young Adult novel with threads of horror and science fiction that make it a true original and unlike any I have read
 Loaded with graphic, vivid images that place the reader in the midst of the mystery and danger, The Space Between is a must read. Alexandra has taken psychological elements, quantum physics and multiple dimensions with parallel universes and created a storyline that has no equal. I cannot say enough good things about this book, but don’t take my word for it… run out, RIGHT NOW and pick up your copy. Perhaps on another parallel, in a different dimension of life… you already have!! 5-spiders without a doubt!!

CK Webb

Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Review of DEAD OF WINTER by Brian Moreland

DEAD OF WINTER was written by Brian Moreland and published by Samhain Publishers in 2011. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com and you may read more about Brian Moreland at http://www.brianmoreland.com/

When a predatory entity stalks a wilderness fort in the 1878, Ontario territory, attacking settlers and spreading a plague that turns them into zombie-like cannibals, a law man and a man of the cloth must intervene to stop the slaugher.

Tom Hatcher has fled to the wilderness with his son to escape the memories of the Cannery Cannibal, a man he tracked down and imprisoned for his heinous crimes against thirteen women in Montreal. A hunt which cost Tom his wife and a bit of his sanity.

Father Xavier visited the Cannery Cannibal in a Montreal asylum and found him possessed by a shape-shifting demon with a taste for human flesh that can possess his victims and make them bow to his will.

Together these two men must combine their talents to destroy the demon before it wipes out the entire population of the Ontario wilderness, and claims their own souls for itself.

 Brian Moreland has written a wonderfully, creepy tale and placed it in a chillingly, frozen setting, making for a one-two punch for readers. The evil is so thick, the reader can cut it with a knife, and it spills over onto every word of Moreland’s well researched story. This tale has everything any fan of horror or suspense could want and then some. Masterfully written, it will keep you reading to the bitter end.

I’m giving Dead of Winter a 5 spider rating and recommending this book to anyone who loves a good horror/suspense read. This one has it all!

 DJ Weaver


Monday, April 16, 2012

Vote for WEBBWEAVER REVIEWS in the INDEPENDENT BOOK BLOGGER AWARDS



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You may vote once in each of four categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult and Children’s, and Publishing Industry. Voting closes Monday, April 23 at 11:59pm ET.




WEBBWEAVER REVIEWS has been around for three years. In that time we have made a ton of wonderful friends, met some really great writers and picked up a few fans along the way. WebbWeaver is in the running for the Independent Book Blogger Awards on Goodreads and we would love to have your vote!! There will be 15 blogs chosen for the semi-finals, but only 4 blogs will win. The winners will receive airfare, hotel stay and passes to Book Expo America!!! Those of you, who know us well, know how badly we have wanted to attend events such as this one and that DJ and I would be incredibly humbled to get your votes. You have to be a member of Goodreads to vote, but registration is simple & quick!!!!
Thank you for being such fabulous family, friends, colleagues and fans… Win, lose, or draw we adore each and every one of you!!
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Book Review of THE SEARCH FOR ARTEMIS by P.D. Griffith

The Search for Artemis (The Chronicles of Landon Wicker) was written by P.D. Griffith and published by Gryff Publishing, Ltd. in 2011. It may be purchased at www.amazon.com and you can find out more about P.D. Griffith at www.goodreads.com

Landon Wicker is a psychokinetic who unintentionally releases his powers on his parents and believes he has killed them. He runs away from home to live on the streets. His powers are so great he can lift a school bus with his mind, and never touch it. He is found and brought to a place called the Gymnasium where he meets other kids with different abilities. He must learn to control his, while dealing with his awful secret. Then he meets a mysterious girl who makes him question what he knows about the Gymnasium and he must choose who is right and who is wrong.

This was a great book that I found myself compelled to keep reading. The Characters seemed so real, I felt I really knew them and the story drew me in and made me feel as if I were a part of the book itself. The end of the book leaves the reader with a cliff hanger that had me excited and ready for the next installment.

I’m giving The Search for Artemis, 4 1/2 stars and recommending this book to anyone, young or old.

T Lane

Monday, April 9, 2012

Book Review of DENIBUS AR by Chris Turner


Denibus Ar, by Chris Turner was published by Innersky Books in 2011, and may be purchased at www.amazon.com You may read more about the author at http://innerskybooks.blogspot.com/

Denibus Ar holds secrets best left alone. Death traps fit for Indiana Jones and protective magic that Evvie and O’Connell would understand are what awaits readers who dare to open the cover and take in these pages by Chris Tuner.

Older than the Valley of the Kings, Denibus Ar has lain hidden under the desert sands for hundreds of thousands of years and holds secrets so old that even legend has forgotten them. What happens when the sight is eventually discovered and unearthed by a team of archeologists is a story shrouded in mystery and ancient magic.

A six-sided pyramid, the only one of its kind ever discovered, is enough to rouse the curiosity of the archeological community, and the possibility of ancient artifacts waiting to be discovered, has rumors flying throughout the dig site. The Egyptian military swarms the site, on the lookout for anyone trying to smuggle out valuable artifacts, constantly hindering the archeological team in their task to uncover whatever mysteries lie beneath the desert floor.

However, one member of the team, Australian archeologist, Carl Langley, is finding it hard to focus on the job at hand due to some very unusual occurrences since the dig began. A mysterious cat that seems to have materialized out of nothing; a mirage come to life if you will, and the strange feelings that he himself has experienced, drawing him toward actions that don’t seem to be of his own choosing.

In his efforts to discover what is happening at Denibus Ar, Langley uncovers a plot to steal the treasures assumed to be hidden within. It’s up to Langley and his friend Yammar to foil the evil plan, but the Pharaoh, Queen Karuka was a sorceress who went to great effort to assure her tomb would remain hidden. When they are discovered by the smugglers, strange things begin to happen, and it becomes a question of making it out alive for all.

I give Denibus Ar, 4 spiders.

Kaye Lynne Booth

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Movie Review of THE HUNGER GAMES

'The World Will Be Watching'
The Hunger Games is a Young Adult novel written by Suzanne Collins in September of 2008. It was adapted to screenplay by Gary Ross, Billy Ray and Suzanne Collins. The film debuted in movie theaters on March 23, 2012 and was directed by Gary Ross. It is enjoying its’ second week as the box office #1 hit.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz are just a few of the actors who grace the film’s storyline.

A post-apocalyptic story of Pan Am, the remains of what was once North America, The Hunger Games is a fiction storyline with a ‘what if’ feel.

Once, the people revolted and stood up for their rights, but in the end, they lost the battle. Now, to pay for their disobedience, they are forced to hand over their children for a spectacle of games known as The Hunger Games. When the wars ended, the new country was divided into twelve districts and each is ruled over with an iron fist by the wealthy and elite of District One.

Each year, children between ages 12 & 18 must have their names placed in a drawing. One boy and one girl are selected from each district to travel to District One and represent their district in the games. The Hunger Games pits child against child and District against District as those chosen fight to the death while the entire world watches.

There are 24 child contestants in The Hunger Games… Only one will survive, only one will win.

Katniss Everdeen, a girl from the poorest district, volunteers for the games to save the life of her young sister, Primrose. The first ever volunteer from District 12, Katniss has only one thing on her mind… survive!

I could go on and on about the movie and the books. I was particularly impressed with the way the movie stuck to the storyline of the book and did not stray from the powerful world that the writer created. The Hunger Games is a dark tale with some very harsh scenes, but with enough hope and compassion and brilliant chemistry between characters, the viewer will be sucked in to this deeply moving theatrical piece.
The casting of the film was wonderful. Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen as if she were born to do so. There are some fantastic, fun and sometimes shocking performances from Stanly Tucci, Woody Harrelson and even Lenny Kravitz which add to the film's brilliance.

A visually striking film, with wonderful special effects and cinematography, The Hunger Games is a MUST SEE for 2012. There has not been a book written with such originality and heart in many years and the screen version of The Hunger Games gives us a look at something truly unique.

I did not feel that this was too graphic for my children, (they were in the theater right next to me and loved it) but there are some parents who may… know your children and what they can handle emotionally.
For me, The Hunger Games was a solid 5, but for the simple fact that not EVERYONE will be able to see it, I am giving it a 4 ½ spider rating and BEGGING you not to miss this movie on the big screen. A beautifully written novel and a fantastically executed movie will surely make The Hunger Games an instant classic.

Run out right now and see the movie and remember…
'May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor’

CK Webb

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Review of THE DEVIL'S BAIT by Jeffrey J. Mariotte

The Devil’s Bait was written by Jeffrey J. Mariotte and published in 2011. It may be purchased at www.amazon.com and you can visit the author at http://jeffmariotte.com/main.htm

Jessica Cutler is a “Relationship Manager” with MetroBank on the way up when she watches her most important client, Richard Steele, and another man murder four others in a garage (it started off as self-defense but Steele went to each wounded man and shot them through the head). Unseen by Steele, Jessica flees the scene, and begins to question whether the transactions she has been making for Steele have in fact been money laundering.

After a sleepless night, Jessica brings her suspicions to a higher-up at the bank, a friend who has been her mentor. He listens to her story— she does not mention the murders— and assures her that, while there is probably nothing to her fears, he will look into her concerns. Jessica leaves the office relieved until someone tries to push her in front of a subway train. When she finally returns home, she finds that her apartment has been riffled. She throws some clothes into a bag and “goes on the run.”

Narrowly escaping danger, she makes her way across the country to Clark’s Grove, Iowa to take refuge with her long estranged sister, Joan. Once there and realizing that Steele’s people would continue to search for her no matter how far she ran, she decides to seek protection and hires Morgan Byrd, an ex-Special Forces mercenary as a bodyguard.

Once she explains the situation to Byrd, he convinces her that the best way to protect herself and those close to her would be to go on the offensive and this offensive takes them from Iowa to Paris to Geneva to the Grand Caymans, back to Iowa, and then back to New York City where it all started.

The action is fast-paced with many twists and turns and Mariotte has obviously done much research on the intricacies of banking transactions.

The Devil’s Bait is an intriguing tale with loads of action and well written characters and I’m giving it 41/2 spiders

johnmac

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blog Tour Stop for Kara Lennex and OUTSIDE THE LAW

WebbWeaver is today's stop on Kara Lennox's Blog Tour to promote her newest release, OUTSIDE THE LAW, a Harlequin Super Romance. We are thrilled to present this short synopsis and excerpt for OUTSIDE THE LAW, Book #4 of Project Justice for Harlequin Super Romance, release date March 6, 2012

Mitch Delacroix is everything Beth McClelland likes in a man. Smart, good-looking and so very safe. She's this close to making her intentions known.

Then Mitch is accused of murdering his best friend years ago. Suddenly his rebel past—including the criminal record—is revealed to everyone.

But something doesn't fit—the Mitch she knows couldn't possibly kill anyone. She's determined to find the truth. As a forensics expert, she's used to uncovering people's secrets. Yet she never expected Mitch could be hiding so many. Despite rising doubts, she'll help clear his name. Even if what she discovers could threaten their relationship…and their lives.
Here is an excerpt:

© Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

"Ask him now."

Beth McClelland shrank back into the hallway, her mind screaming Chicken! "He looks busy."

"He's probably just surfing the web. Computer geeks can always look busy." Raleigh Shinn, Beth's best friend, stood behind her with a hand on her shoulder, ready to push if necessary.

But Beth planted her feet firmly. It had seemed like a good idea yesterday, buying tickets to a zydeco concert, then casually telling Mitch Delacroix she had an extra if he wanted to come with her. She knew he liked that kind of music because he often played it as background noise while he hunted online for elusive data or missing witnesses.

"What if he says no?" Beth knew she sounded like a teenager, but she wasn't ready for rejection. Since her last relationship had been so disastrous, she wanted to ease back into the dating world. Shouldn't her first foray be with someone easier? Someone less complicated? Someone she didn't care about?

She and Mitch had become friends. They had an easy working relationship and she genuinely enjoyed hanging out with him. Taking it to the next level might be a logical choice—or a disaster.

"He won't say no," Raleigh insisted. "I've seen the way he looks at you, and you said he isn't dating anyone seriously."

"Then why hasn't he asked me out?" He certainly flirted enough.

"Stop stalling and get this over with, please. I'm tired of watching you make cow eyes at him. If he says no—which he won't—you can at least move on."

Raleigh was a compassionate friend, but she never minced words. Her legal training had taught her to get to the heart of the matter in the most direct way possible.

"Can I help you ladies with something?"

Beth stifled a gasp and took a step back. While she'd been arguing with Raleigh, Mitch Delacroix had come out of his chair and walked over. He now stood less than two feet away, his thumbs hooked into the pockets of his faded jeans.

She tried to say something, but her tongue had grown twice its normal size and her brain felt as though it just went through a blender. She had no trouble testifying in court about DnA molecules and ion exchange chromatography, and normally she could hold her own with men, professionally or socially. But just the thought of asking Mitch Delacroix out on a date—a real date—twisted her up inside. She'd never been interested in someone she worked with before, so maybe her instincts were trying to tell her this was a bad idea.

To hell with instincts. She wanted Mitch and she wasn't going to let anything stop her.

Raleigh leaned in and whispered, "Don't screw this up. I'm out of here." She walked away, leaving Beth and Mitch standing in the doorway.

He looked at her expectantly, a smile playing on his sexy mouth.

Crap. She struggled to come up with a credible excuse for why she'd walked into the bull pen.
Mitch's desk phone chose that moment to buzz. He ignored it at first, but it buzzed again. "Mitch, pick up." The voice of Celeste Boggs, office manager for Project Justice, boomed over the intercom, sounding bossy even for Celeste. No, not just bossy. Tense and worried.

"You better get that," Beth said, pleased she could string words together.

Mitch rolled his eyes. "What now? You think she's mad because I took the last doughnut?" But he returned to his desk and grabbed the phone. "Yo, Celeste, what's up?"

Beth stared greedily as his attention moved to the phone call. His light brown hair, streaked with blond from the sun, was well past his collar and unruly—the kind of hair that was hard to tame so he didn't bother trying. Her perusal moved to his body; his typical geek's ratty T-shirt revealed biceps and a nicely muscled chest that were decidedly atypical, and his tanned skin meant he did not spend every minute staring at a screen.

How was it that he looked so sexy even talking on the phone? He had this quiet confidence that was so appealing—not like the macho guys she'd been attracted to in the past, the ones with swagger and swelled muscles. But she was so over macho guys. A cute geek with a touch of bad boy might be exactly what she needed in her life—and in her bed.

"I'll be right up," he said, looking serious as he hung up the phone.

"Is something wrong?"

"Celeste says there's a Louisiana cop asking to see me."

That couldn't be good news. Had there been an accident? Mitch was from a small town in Louisiana, so he was bound to have some family there.

"Walk with me up to the front desk. You wanted to talk to me about something?"

She didn't want to ask him out on a date if he was about to get bad news. Then again, if she didn't do it now, she never would.

Just do it. This was Mitch, her friend.

"Uh, I have two tickets to see Dirty Rice next Friday and I thought you might like to go."

There. She'd at least said the words, though with far less charm than she'd envisioned. She held her breath, bracing for the blow.

"Oh, hell, Beth, I can't Friday night. I have something planned already. Maybe Billy would take the extra ticket off your hands."

"Yeah, maybe. I'll ask him." Dammit. She was going to kill Raleigh—this was all her fault. Of course Mitch had said no. He probably already had a date for Friday night. Guys like Mitch didn't sit around waiting for women to ask them out. They made plans. They did the asking.

What had she been thinking?

She wanted to run for the safety of her lab, where she could hide behind a microscope. But Mitch would know something was wrong if she suddenly took off like her tail was on fire. So she kept walking with him down the hall to the lobby, pretending she hadn't just had her heart body-slammed.

"Celeste didn't say what the cop wanted?" she asked, desperate to fill the silence. A Louisiana cop wouldn't drive all the way to Houston on a whim; chances were good he was here on official business, and that usually meant bad news.

"The guy wouldn't say." Mitch sounded unconcerned, but Beth wasn't fooled. When he flashed his playful smile at her, she could tell he was forcing it. "So, Dirty Rice, huh? I didn't know you were a zydeco fan."

"I'm not. I mean, I like it okay."

"So you bought tickets because…" He seemed genuinely curious, not judgmental.

She couldn't admit she'd bought them because he liked zydeco. Then, inspiration struck. "I won them from a radio station."

"Oh." He seemed to be digesting that. She wasn't the type to call in to radio stations trying to win stuff.

They passed through a door in a frosted glass partition that led into the lobby of Project Justice, the Houston nonprofit where they both worked. The lobby was a large space with cold marble floors and wood-paneled walls, rather stark, Beth had always thought. It was intended to impress, but not to be inviting. Daniel Logan, CEO of Project Justice, didn't want just anyone wandering in off the street and feeling at home. So the only visitor seating was a couple of hard chairs.

The cop had elected to stand, his back to Celeste, studying an arrangement of framed press clippings on the wall. He was a beefy guy, his muscular shoulders straining against his khaki uniform. His dark brown hair was cut very short, revealing a tan line at the margins.
Celeste made a big show of ignoring him, her nose buried in a Soldier of Fortune magazine, a large knife out on her desk—just in case.

Mitch picked up his pace, striding confidently into the lobby while Beth hung back. "You wanted to see me?" His voice contained a touch of arrogance.

The stranger turned, and Mitch skidded to a halt. "Dwayne?"

"Mitch. Been a while."

"Yeah. A while."

So, they knew each other. Maybe this was a personal visit, not an official one. An old friend, looking him up… No, that wasn't right. Whatever their relationship, it wasn't warm and fuzzy. The two men sized each other up, radiating tension.

"Why the big mystery?" Mitch asked. "Why didn't you tell Celeste your name?"

"I didn't want you to get the wrong idea. This isn't exactly a social call."

Mitch looked confused. "Did someone die?"

The cop named Dwayne looked faintly amused. "Funny you should ask that. I'm here in regards to an incident that happened twelve years ago. A Monte Carlo was stolen from the parking lot of a Piggly Wiggly. Ring any bells?"

"Yeah, I believe I do recall that incident," Mitch said with an exaggerated Southern accent. "But the charges were dropped. Buried, in fact."

Charges? Mitch had been arrested and charged with a crime? Her throat tightened as she recalled the last guy she'd dated, who'd also had a criminal past. Vince had explained away the assault charges, claiming it was all a misunderstanding, and she'd been stupid enough to fall for it. Until he'd broken her jaw.

She gave her head a quick, involuntary shake. No way was Mitch in the same boat as Vince. He'd freely admitted he'd been a "wild kid," but Beth had pictured him pulling pranks, maybe spray-painting a bridge or decorating trees with toilet paper. She'd known nothing about car theft, but that wasn't violent. Still, it was bad.

"I'm not here about the theft per se," Dwayne said. "You had a friend with you that night. Robby Racine. That right?"

Abruptly Celeste came out of her chair, proving she'd been listening keenly despite her show of disinterest. She was well into her seventies, with wild gray curls and a spare, wiry body that she stuffed into the most improbable outfits. Today it was a zebra-striped, bat-wing shirt, black leggings and red boots. But anyone who knew her was scared of her. "Mitch, don’t say another word without a lawyer present.”


Kara Lennox/Karen Leabo Bio

Kara Lennox, a.k.a. Karen Leabo, is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than sixty novels of romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin and Random House. Currently she is working on the next installment of her romantic suspense series, Project Justice, published by Harlequin Super Romance. Also, several of her classic Bantam Loveswept novels (writing as Karen Leabo) are soon to be re-released in e-book form by Random House. Her novels have finaled in several contests including the Rita, the Reader’s Choice award and the Holt Medallion. Romantic Times awarded her a Reviewers Choice Award.

Prior to writing romance, Karen was a freelance writer with hundreds of magazine articles published, as well as brochures, press releases, advertisements and business plans. Her former clients include Working Woman Magazine, Hallmark Cards and Marion Merrill Dow.

Karen has written ten screenplays, three of which have been optioned by Hollywood, New York and overseas producers. She lives with her writer/publisher husband and several pets in a shabby-chic (heavy on the shabby) Victorian fixer-upper in Southern California. When not writing or sanding floors, she loves bicycling, bird-watching, hunting for flea-market treasures, painting and making mosaics.
Thanks to Kara for letting WebbWeaver Reviews participate in her fabulous Blog Tour!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Book Review of IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER by M.R. Sellars

In The Bleak Midwinter was written by M.R. Sellars and published by WillowTree Press, L.L.C., in November, 2011. You may purchase this novel at www.smashwords.com
and you may read more about M.R. Sellars at
www.goodreads.com

The small, Midwest town of Hulis, Missouri is in for another very cold winter and another very strange Christmas season, as Special Agent Constance Mandalay is assigned to solve a cold case murder that keeps repeating itself every Christmas Eve.

For the last seven years, the town of Hulis has been the scene of a horrific murder on Christmas Eve, but no one knows how or why it’s happening. Every year, Skip Carmichael, the town sheriff receives a blank Christmas card with no evidence he can use. Every year a dismembered body is found in a basement with no evidence as to the killer’s identity. The only thing that never changes is the yearly murder’s similarity to a murder that took place thirty-five years ago in Hulis, when a young girl was kidnapped and molested by the local department store’s hired ‘Santa’.

Now, Special Agent Mandalay must figure out how these crimes are happening, even though a long line of Special Agents have been sent each year to solve the murders, but none have.

M.R. Sellars has penned a superbly frightening story that will make the reader a little apprehensive about the joyous Holiday Season. His characters are true-to-life and the reader can feel the ‘creepy’ setting in from the very first page. That feeling builds to a hair-raising crescendo and the ending will leave you breathless and afraid to turn out the lights… for a long time.

In The Bleak Midwinter is a supernatural thriller with an edge and M.R. Sellars has earned a 5 spider rating from me. I will be looking forward to more from this fabulous author.

DJ Weaver

Monday, March 5, 2012

Book Review of FULL BLACK by Brad Thor

Full Black was written by Brad Thor and published by Atria Books in 2011. You may purchase this novel at www.amazon.com and you may find out more about Brad at http://www.bradthor.com/


The ultimate terrorist plot is on the move and it will bring down, not only the United States, but inevitably, every nation in the world. Where did this plot originate? Is the threat from the Middle East, the Western Republics or right here in the United State? This is the question Scot Harvath has to find out as he travels across the globe, hunting for the root of the largest take-over plot ever devised. He will have to put together the frightening clues and strange occurrences and figure out who is behind the most devastating plot ever devised.


New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor has written an intense novel of power gone mad. The scenario is so ominously realistic that the reader can feel every bit of the life-threatening urgency and pulse-pounding fear portrayed in the story. The players range from heads of state to prominent movie producers to Russian Special Forces and they all have a part in a deadly power move with the highest stakes ever.


This addition to Brad Thor’s ‘Scot Harvath’ series will put you in fear for your way of life and make you think about what’s really going on in the world, one terrifying page at a time. A fabulously intriguing tale from beginning to end and another absolute must-read for thriller fans. 5 spiders for this one… do not miss it!

DJ Weaver






Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review of IDOLS & CONS by S.S. Michaels

IDOLS & CONS was written by S.S. Michaels and published by Omnium Gatherum Media in November 2011. It is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/  You can learn more about this author by visiting her blog at http://slushpilehero.wordpress.com/  

Jake is a fifteen year old drug addict who just happened to accidently witness a murder. Damien is the lead singer of a popular boy band who slips up and kills a groupie. Patrick is an artist who stumbles across the formula for achieving the fame that he has always dreamed of. What do these three have in common? They all want to taste of fame and fortune and could care less who they have to step on to get there, AND they are all the creations of S.S. Michaels from her debut novel, IDOLS & CONS.

A twisting, turning kaleidoscope of drugs, music, violence and good old fashioned back stabbing to make it all feel so right. Filled with some of the darkest goodies you can read in a book, Idols & Cons is NOT for the squeamish or fragile and it certainly isn’t your momma’s coffee table book. Michael’s manages to pull it all together with the perfect dose of humor to make fun of the boy bands that I love to hate.

This is not my normal read, but I highly recommend that you ALL step out of your comfort zone and get yourself a healthy dose of Idols & Cons. If Chuck Palahniuk, Quentin Tarantino & Dane Cook all had a threesome… well that would be real creepy, but their love child would be S.S. Michaels debut novel Idols & Cons. 5-spiders from me all day long!

CK Webb

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Review of DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

Darker After Midnight was written by Lara Adrian and published by Delacorte Press in January, 2012. You may purchase this novel at www.amazon.com and you may read more about Lara on her site at http://www.laraadrian.com/home.php#quiet

Dragos has been building an empire of Hunters for an unknown threat he plans to unleash on the world. Lucan Thorne, the leader of the Order has been forced to move his brothers-at-arms and their families to a new location when Dragos threatens their safety by revealing them to the world. The Order and Dragos are all part of a group known as the Breed, a vampire race of Otherworlders. So far, they have lived in relatively quiet peacefulness, unknown to humans for hundreds of years. Dragos threatens to undo that obscurity and is growing ever bolder.

Sterling Chase is a member of The Order, and has been struggling with Bloodlust for some time. He has hidden it from his brothers until he can no longer stand it. He does the unthinkable, and turns himself in as Dragos brings the fight directly to the front door of the Order. Chase is now in human custody and suspected of being the shooter of a Senator’s friend. But could the shooter actually be Dragos and is he trying to place himself into a position in human government? A Breed male glad-handing top ranking Senators and even the Vice President can’t be a good thing.

And then there is Tavia, the beautiful assistant to the Senator, who seems to be in control of every situation. Chase runs into Tavia at the Senators residence and is identified by her as the shooter. Chase tries to warn her of the danger she and her boss are in, but will she listen? Chase seems to be a crazed out addict. Can he possibly convince her that he isn’t the one to be feared? Will the Order be able to stop Dragos or will this insanity put them all in grave danger?

Lara Adrian has written the Midnight Breed series in such a captivating fashion that you can’t stop with just one. You must continue until you have read every single book, wishing she could write faster because you can’t get enough of these Vamps and their Breedmates. Each book is focused primarily on one Warrior and his struggles. The overall story continues throughout the series until this action-packed, heart-pounding novel. The pages couldn’t turn fast enough for me. There are so many twists and turns and all-out shockers that I could not put this book down. This book is the best of the series to date… but I say that with each new book in the Midnight Breed series. You will find your favorite warrior if you read them all. Will Chase be yours?

Lara, I cannot wait for Mira’s story!! This just keeps getting better! Darker After Midnight gets 5 spiders with the knowledge that on a scale of 1 to 5 (as I am given) this book scores a 10!

SB Price

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book Review of WRITERS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD, Edited by CC Bye and Sassy Britt

Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road is an anthology edited by Clayton Bye and Sassy Britt and published through Chase Enterprises Publishing. It may be purchased at http://www.alternative-read.com/  

This adult-based alternative anthology contains eighteen short stories written by fourteen  writers. Each story was very different and a few were very adult with some sexual content. But, for the most part, the book offered some good short stories ranging from thrillers to science fiction each with awesome ‘shock’ value.

I really enjoyed each story and can’t decide which was better. I got started reading and really couldn't stop—wanting to read more or continue on to the next hair-raising story. I like a book I can pick up and not put down and was really surprised how much this read kept me coming back for more. Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road certainly did it for me. From the umber-creepy to the tragically bittersweet, this anthology has it all.

A few of the stories represented in this anthology are; "The Barefoot Hero" by Timothy Fleming, "The Cenotaph" by Casey Wolf, "Take Two" by Kit St. Germain, "The Journey" by Megan Johns, "The Smile in Her Eyes" by John B Rosenman, and "Man Slaughter" by Lucille P. Robinson. These are just a few of the great shorts in this read.

I’m giving Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road a 4½ spider rating and recommending this anthology to any adult reader looking for something different. You can’t go wrong!

T Lane











Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Review of A TIME TO LIE by D.W. Hardin

A Time to Lie was written by D.W Hardin and self-published in January 2012. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com You can learn more about this author by visiting his website at http://www.dwhardin.com

John Drake has it all, a loving family, a nice home and a job as a police officer that he loves until, his world comes crashing down around him. While working with a fellow officer on an off duty security job, a deadly shooting spirals out of control, leaving two dead, including fellow officer Frank Glass. Nothing adds up about the shooting, but all clues point to John Drake as the shooter. Stripped of his badge and branded a ‘cop killer’, John is faced with the difficult task of trying to find out the truth behind the shootings, clearing his name and staying alive in the process… a task that is easier said than done.

A Time to Lie is D.W. Hardin’s second novel and I have read them both. This book had a much different feel from his first book, as it is written in first person from Officer John Drake’s point of view. Hardin does a fantastic job of bringing the real, heartfelt emotions to life and his characters jump from the pages because of it. As a reader, I felt all of the main character’s turmoil and pain and I was rooting for him every step of the way. For those of us not in the law enforcement field, A Time to Lie shines a bright light on every aspect of the profession and those who choose it. There is a little something for everyone; action, conspiracy, corruption and even honor. Hardin has a style of writing that feels so natural and real, I found myself saying… “This could really happen!”

A 5-spider novel from an outstanding writer… it doesn’t get much better than A Time to Lie.

CK Webb