Friday, December 30, 2011

Book Review of PRINCE OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Thorns–Book One of the Broken Empire was written by Mark Lawrence and published by Ace Hardcover in August of 2011. You may purchase this book at  and you may read more about Mark Lawrence at

Seeing his mother and brother slain before his eyes, has left Jorg Ancrath changed into something of a monster, who leads a horde of bandits in murdering and pillaging the countryside. He has sworn to take back the kingdom which is rightfully his, but in order to do so, he must return to his father’s castle and face some very dark magic.

In this first book of dark fantasy in his Broken Empire series, Lawrence sets a stage in a new era of sorcery and magic that is climbing out from the destruction of modern society. The protagonist is both vicious and unforgiving, while still being believable, quick-witted, and at times, humorous. While kings compete for control of a kingdom, magicians and necromancers work from behind the scenes to gain dominance, and Jorg must attempt to defeat them all.

This highly praised fantasy will leave you breathless with anticipation of what the next page will bring, while making you wonder how high the body count will rise as Jorg and his men slice and stab their way through the story. Lawrence has a way with character and story development that will have you anticipating the second book in this fabulous series. Praise to Mark Lawrence and Prince of Thorns–Book One of the Broken Empire series.

I’m giving Prince of Thorns a 4 spider rating and recommending this fantasy read to any who love a tale of kingdoms, magic and mayhem.

DJ Weaver

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Book Review of THE BLACK STILETTO by Raymond Benson

The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson was published in 2011 by Oceanview Publishing and can be purchased at  You may read more about Mr. Benson at

At age 48, Martin just found that his mom, presently in a nursing home with Alzheimer's, is the famous vigilante/superhero, the Black Stiletto. Her real name is Judy Cooper, and during the 1950’s, she became a masked avenger who thwarted evil-doers until she disappeared from site. A lawyer friend gives Martin a key to a room at the house where he grew up, and what he finds are the secrets his mother left for him along with a diary that tells her story.

This was a good book and made me wish I was as strong as Judy was. The diary was written by her and told of her life and exploits as a superhero and crime fighter. She went thru some hard times, but overcame them and became stronger, realizing she had powers and abilities that helped her in her secret life. I was enthralled with the story as Judy’s superhuman abilities helped her do amazing things. Told from three points of view, the book kept my attention and was well worth the read.

I’m giving The Black Stiletto, 4 spiders and recommending it to anyone who has a love for action heroes and adventure stories.

T Lane

Monday, December 19, 2011

Book Revew of ALREADY GONE by John Rector

Already Gone was written by John Rector and published through Thomas & Mercer in October, 2011 and may be purchased at  You may read more about John at  

Walking into a restaurant parking lot to get his car and having two thugs jump him and cut off his ring finger is not Jake Reese’s idea of a good night. Having his quiet life escalate out of control and his wife disappear is not his idea of fun either…but then, what could a former bad guy expect to come from his not-so-distant past. What do these people want from him and why are they doing this? Questions Jake needs to find the answers to and he’ll do whatever it takes to find them. Even if it means going to the one man who can help—a former mob boss and murderer who Jake has known all his life and worked with for part of it.

Jake Reese’s life will never be the same and the reader will get a suspenseful look at how things are done on the wrong side of the law. This novel will leave you breathless and have you speed-reading to the twisting end. Another great read from John Rector, who really knows how to pour on the intensity and leave his readers with a smile on their faces.

Rector has written a fast-moving, thriller that will take you on a trip through the life of a man who, in his youth, became a mob associate, inflicting pain and suffering, only to give it all up for a quiet life. Now his past has come back to haunt him and he’s paying a big price.

I’m giving Already Gone and John Rector, 4 spiders for this fast-paced, action novel and recommending it to all thriller readers.

DJ Weaver

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Book Review of THE WHISPER JAR by Carole Lanham

The Whisper Jar

A collection of curious secrets

By: Carole Lanham

Published by: Morrigan Books

Genre: Dark Fiction/Horror/Paranormal

Release date: October 31, 2011

First things first… The Whisper Jar is a collection of previously published works by the author that have been brought together in one delicious volume. It is often very hard to review a collection of short stories and poems, but I will do my best.

The stories and poems in The Whisper Jar include:

•The Whisper Jar

•The Good Part

•Keepity Keep
The Blue Word
•Maxwell Treat’s Museum of Torture for Young Girls and Boys

•Friar Garden, Mister Samuel, and the Jilly Jally Butter Mints

•The Reading Lessons

•The Adventures of Velvet Honeybone, Girl Werewuff

•The Forgotten Orphan

The cover of this book was enough to piqued my interests, but when I read the titles of the shorts, I was taken completely with the original concept of this literary work. The Whisper Jar opens with a poem so wonderfully written and paced that you cannot ignore the depth and strength of Ms. Lanham’s writing ability. Dare I say one of the best pieces of dark poetry I have read in quite a long while? YES… I do say!!

With a running theme that centers on secrets, each story ties itself to the theme in a most unique way. The first tale, fittingly titled The Whisper Jar, tells of people capturing their secrets in glass jars and hiding them away from the ears of others. Things do not always work the way we plan however, as her characters soon discover.

I’m giving The Whisper Jar a 5 spider rating and recommending it to anyone who likes this genre.

CK Webb


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book Review of THE SAVIOR VACCINE by Michael Rushnak

The Savior Vaccine was written by Michael Rushnak and published by Michael Rushnak Books in July 2011. You may purchase it at and http:///  You may find out more about the author at  Rushnak's  third novel in the HEALTH CLUB MYSTERIES trilogy--to be called---DENIED--will be published in 2012?

President Jane Williams is facing the fall-out of public opinion after a string of terrorist attacks are perpetrated inside the United States borders, the latest being a nuclear blast in Minneapolis. Thousands are dying from radiation-induced cancers with millions more to follow. Just as the President declares an all-out war to prevent all forms of cancer secondary to radiation fall-out, the CEO of Doctor’s Choice Products claims his company has developed a vaccine that will prevent these cancers and save the population, but it has only been tested on monkeys and needs human trials.

Surgeon General, Dr. Jonathan Rogers, while testing the new drug, NeoBloc, discovers that the drug may not be the ‘savior vaccine’ it is touted to be. As attacks continue, the government must decide if inoculation of everyone in America is safe or if it could be disastrous.

Twists and turns abound in this second novel of the Health Club Mysteries by Michael Rushnak, with our old friend, Dr. Jonathan Rogers back to lead the way through this break-neck page turner. Murder, terrorists and world holocaust are just a few of the intrigues brought to light in this story and it’s a race to the terrifying finish. Rushnak has done it again and you won’t want to miss this horrifyingly true-to-life novel by this medical thriller writer.

5 spiders for The Savior Vaccine.

DJ Weaver

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Review of THE POWER OF STONES by John A. Miller

The Power of Stones was written by John A. Miller and published in 2011. You may purchase it at You can visit the author here:  

Noah Morgan is an ex-con who acquires work as a unlicensed private investigator for a San Francisco insurance company. He is hired to search for a priceless ancient violin but there are others who are searching for him- believing that he possesses a trove of jewels, which includes an extremely valuable 40 carat green diamond. A group of unsavory urban characters are on the hunt for Noah and the precious jewels but Noah soon realizes that he has more to worry about. A strange aged gypsy woman ushers in a spirit world populated by demons, vampires and a romantically affectionate faerie who are also interested in what Noah might possess. In his quest to find the violin he encounters situations and entities that threaten his life- but he also learns that he also has powers that he will need to develop to keep himself alive.

Author John Miller creates this urban fantasy tale and manages to pull us into a story line which is both complicated and absorbing at the same time. It took a while for me to finally get a sense of where the story wanted to go but eventually I found the characters interesting enough that they actually helped to pull the story together. The author added a bit of a surprise near the end that was both interesting and thought provoking- an intelligent insight into how we see others in our community; especially the poor and the downtrodden.

This is a worthwhile read if you're looking for an escape into a world which melds fantasy together with real life. It's an adventure quest for material treasures as well as the riches that we can find within ourselves.

I give The Power of Stones 4 spiders.

T. Riddell

Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Review of WEREWOLF by Greg Hair

Werewolf was written by Greg Hair and published through CreateSpace in April, 2011. You may purchase it at and you may find out more about Greg at

Landon Murphy is a vigilante Werewolf who has been using his natural instincts and ability for tracking, as well as his supernatural instincts for killing to remove the worst of the worst from society. Landon has been a sort of ladies man in the past, but now is a loner.

Landon has found two new werewolves in his area. He wonders how there could be two so new this close, but he endeavors to find and help them. In an effort to teach them about their new powers and their lineage, he takes them to Europe to learn about themselves.

Meanwhile, back in the US, there is a serial killer racking up victims. This killer is traveling all over the US, and the authorities can’t seem to get a fix on an identity. It will take the skill of Landon and his team to track this killer and bring him to justice. In the process, however, Landon will learn more about the new werewolves, and about himself. The secrets he finds will change his life forever.

This book was a very fast read for me. The storyline was never boring. This book was exactly what I like in a supernatural story. It had vampires and werewolves, a little love, a lot of action, and some twists to surprise the reader. I would love to read more about Landon, LillyAnna and Jamie. This was very entertaining, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good supernatural story.

4 spiders for Werewolf

SB Price

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Book Review for VANISHED IN THE NIGHT by Eileen Carr

Vanished In The Night was written by Eileen Carr and published by Pocket Books in July, 2011. You may purchase this book at and you may read more about Ms. Carr on her Goodread’s page at

Old bones turn up at a large construction site in Sacramento, sending Detective Zach McKnight and his partner on a cold-case hunt for a murderer. When the ME identifies the bones as those of one, Max Sheldon, his step-sister Veronica Osborne is paid a visit and given the news that the brother she loved and hoped would return, has been dead for nearly twenty years.

When McKnight discovers that Max’s step-father is the reason Max was sent to a reform school so many years ago, and that the school had reported the boy missing not long after he arrived, McKnight begins to suspect that the lovely Veronica’s father may possibly be the reason her step-brother has been dead for so many years. But, when Veronica realizes that the detective suspects her father of the crime, she begins an investigation of her own to prove her alcoholic father was not the culprit.

Twist and turns, mutilated bodies and bazar occurrences punctuate this novel by Eileen Carr and propel her into a top spot as an up-and-comer on the ‘Masters of the Thriller’ list. The characters are true-to-life, the attractions are right on target and the suspense is gripping in this great keep-you-up-all-night read. Murder, love, trust and betrayal…what else could you ask from a suspense novel?

5 Spiders for Vanished in the Night and Eileen Carr.

DJ Weaver

Reviewed for Suspense Magazine

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Review of CHASING SUNSETS by Eva Marie Everson

Chasing Sunsets was written by Eva Marie Everson and published by Revell in 2011. You may purchase this book at and you may read more about the author at  

Kimberly Tucker is living a life that she never expected. Her failed marriage has left her wondering what went wrong. Her ex-husband seems to be living it up while she tries to keep her two sons close. So when a Family Court judge decides her children should spend five weeks of their summer vacation with their dad, Kimberly is at loose ends.

Then, Kim’s father asks her to go to the family summer home in Cedar Key, to spend a few weeks finding someone to keep the place up since the previous caretaker has died. It is a place she always loved until her mother died and a place she has not been to since. Kim balks at the idea of spending time in Cedar Key even though it was where she was happiest and where she found her first love. She will soon find that life is always changing and that second chances really can happen for the best.

Chasing Sunsets is not only a life story, but also a fabulous love story. It is told in first-person so the reader gets a great feel for exactly how Kim is processing everything that is happening in her life. The characters are well done and make the reader feel as if they could easily be someone they knew in their own life. The story is sweet and the reader will cheer for Kim as she moves to change the parts of her life that can never work and become the person she always thought she was—all while coming to grips with the reality of her mother’s life and death.

Ms. Everson has written a great story that will take you back to your youth and make you wish for second chances—Chasing Sunsets is a fabulous read and will truly touch your heart.

5 Spiders for Chasing Sunsets and Eva Marie Everson.

DJ Weaver

Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review of 'Blood & Water' by Ephraim Rodriguez

Blood & Water was written and published by Ephraim Rodriguez. You may purchase the book at  

Henry Michael Fischer is a lobster fisherman who wants nothing, but to carry on the family tradition. He learned to fish with his father, beginning when he was just a boy. His family has lived in the same house and fished on the same boat for generations. Now it is his turn.

Throughout various stages of his life, Michael is haunted by his father. Michael watched his father die on the fishing boat. Since that day, Michael had to be the male figure for the Fischer home. He had to take on the role of the protector. Follow Michael as he grows into a man, gaining a family of his own, and learning who he is. Michael sees his father, and feels his presence, at various stages of his life. Is this to guide him or haunt him? Is Michael living the life he is supposed to live?

Blood & Water is an interesting story of the life of this man. This book tells how a boy, and later the man he becomes, is haunted by his father. In his dreams, and seemingly in his waking life, his father returns to send messages. Some of his messages are reminders, and some are just scary.

This was a simple read and an interesting story and I’m giving it a 3 spider rating.

SB Price

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Book Review of 'Beneath the Dune' by Walter Ramsay

Beneath the Dune is a novel by Walter Ramsay, published by Pena Beach Press in 2011. It may be purchased at and you may read more about Walter at

Tucker Lee Anderson is a reporter who is sent on his first crime case by his boss and he wants Anderson to check out a story over on the beach side. Anderson is normally a sports writer but as a favor to his boss and his co-worker who is sick, he agrees to check it out. The case turns out to be a follow-up to another case in which a serial killer murdered several children and this body might be the last of his kills.

But as Anderson investigates, the evidence leads him to do some ancestral research, and he soon discovers family ties that bind him. What he uncovers will shake up the area residents and connect him to the past and the present.

This novel was a great read—filled with mystery, humor, and suspense—it will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what could happen next. An intriguing and suspenseful debut novel from Mr. Ramsey.

I’m giving this book a 4 spider rating and recommending it to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful read.

T Lane

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Book Review of 'Shadow Of A Dead Star' by Michael Shean

Shadow Of A Dead Star was written by Michael Shean in 2011. You may purchase it at You can visit the author at  

Seattle, in the year 2078 is a much different place than what we would experience in 2011. The emerging world society that rules it isn't so farfetched that we couldn’t imagine it eventually being played out on our own time line. The social order of our future has been totally swallowed up by commercialism and all religions and belief systems have been snuffed out by a pervasively perverse hunger for a technology that feeds mans most lustful and sinful habits.

Thomas Walken, an agent of the Industrial Security Bureau, is not happy with the deterioration of humanity and subsequently he is tasked with infiltrating the black market malevolent nation of Wonderland, which is in the process of smuggling sex dolls into the country. These sex dolls aren’t the typical type found in porn shops today- these have been technologically enhanced for sexually deviant purposes and built from the human bodies of little girls.

Walkens job is to intercept a shipment of these dolls and to uncover the truth behind the dark and mysterious world of Wonderland. In his quest to rid society of this new shadowy and disturbing technology, Walkens discovers a frightening reality that will shock both himself and the rest of the world.

Michael Shean spins a futuristic tale of high tech cyber punk that vibrates with action and takes you for a ride through a shimmering sprawling neon skyline of a city eclipsed by moral decay and abandonment. In this, the author’s debut novel, Mr. Shean’s dedication to his craft shows up in Shadow of A Dead Star- which is chuck full of expertly detailed descriptions of a futuristic world. In this lies one of the only flaws in this story. In his effort to make his world believable, the author pours a little too much detail into the earlier part of the story line and takes away from the personality make up of the main characters.

Other than this- the story rolls along nicely with a surprise twisting punch at the end. I rate Shadow Of A Dead Star with 4 spiders.

T Riddell

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book Review of 'Nightshade' by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade was written by Andrea Cremer and published by Philomel in 2010. You may purchase it at and you may read more about Andrea at  

Calla Tor is no ordinary teenager. She has waited all her life for the day when she will mate with Ren La Roche, the Alpha male of the wolf pack. Together, they will rule and guard the sacred sites for their masters, The Keepers. But all her plans are scattered to the wind when she breaks the Keeper’s laws by saving the life of a beautiful human boy.

Calla is drawn to this boy in ways she cannot explain. Everything she has lived for comes into question as her attraction for the human turns into love. Now, Calla must decide whether to follow her heart and risk losing everything, including her life.

Although billed as a young adult novel, Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade has all the workings of a masterfully-written romantic suspense. From the very first page I was drawn in and engulfed with the complexity of the characters and their story. This is an interesting new spin on the werewolf tale and frighteningly addictive. Vivid descriptions, emotionally charged scenes, and an outcome that will have you scurrying to pick up the next book in the series, Nightshade is a must-read. As sexy and thrilling as they come.

I’m giving Nightshade a 41/2 spider rating and recommending it to older teens and adults.

CK Webb

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Book Review of 'Web of Lies - My Life With a Narcissist' by Sarah Tate

Web of Lies – My Life With a Narcissist, is an auto-biographical novel written and published by Sarah Tate. You may purchase it at and you may read more about Sarah at

Follow Sarah on an emotional roller coaster from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows as the wife of a Narcissistic man. This is a story of a young woman being swept off her feet by the man of her dreams, only to find that the life of luxury he provides is one full of stress, abuse, neglect, and lies. This auto-biography takes you through the years of Sarah’s marriage to this charismatic man, to include the births of their three children. You become emotionally invested in this story as you read further and further into the story of her life.

This story makes me think of my first marriage. It makes me think if I hadn’t gotten out as quickly as I did, how my life might have turned out so much differently. You begin to see inside the relationship, instead of seeing it from the outside-in. You begin to see the suffering one goes through privately, while trying to hold things together publicly.

This book is a very good read. In fact, I managed to read the entire book in only a couple of hours. I am really glad that Sarah found her way out of the situation she found herself in. I am also sad that other women had been and would continue to fall victim to such a man. Mental illnesses so often go undiagnosed and untreated in so many lives. This book serves to shed light on a personality disorder that will destroy the lives of people all around the individual it affects, while the actual individual continues to blame his or her misfortunes on someone else. I applaud you, Sarah, for sharing your story with the world through your book.

I’m giving this book 3½ spiders and recommending it to everyone.

SB Price

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Book Review of 'Fractured Time' by Alan Draven

Fractured Time was written by Alan Draven and published by Black Bed Sheets Books in 2011. You may purchase it at  
Visit the author at:  

Donovan Vicar is a "feeler"-a man who feels the vibrations of people around him. After bumping into a stranger on a late October evening in 2007, he is overwhelmed with an evil that seems to radiate from the man. He is so caught up with the power and imminent danger of the guy that he boards a bus to Texas in hopes that he might be able to stop whatever horrible act he may be planning. But the bus he is on takes an unexpected turn and instead of going to Texas, Donovan ends right back where he started in his hometown of Bitternest, Louisiana but the year is 1957 and his city is in the grips of dealing with the disappearances of several young women. 50 years in the past, Donovan is forced to take on the dark mystery- or lose the chance of ever going back to 2007.

It's a time travel story that quakes with the weirdness and fun of The Twilight Zone and culminates in a fierce battle between good and evil which threatens to fracture the very essence of time.

The story's premise is a fairly good one but this reader suffered through the use of analogies that were as out of place and clich├ęd as a "giddy sailor in a strip club"  One of the analogies that was used.

The author also had a tendency to be lazy with some of his descriptions such as this one: "A sudden bolt of lightning lit the whole property, just like the ones in those classic horror movies."

If the author would have taken more time in using his own healthy imagination in creating appropriate analogies and if he moved his mind to engage in more inventive descriptions- his spider quantity would have increased.

The last 8 chapters of the story were exciting, satisfactorily written, with an interesting ending, and they saved this book from a 2 spider rating. I give it a 3 out of 5 spider rating.
T Riddell

Friday, October 7, 2011

Welcome to Jeremy Robinson’s Great Kindle Giveaway and Blog Tour

“Hurray for free Kindles!” you say, but who the hell is Jeremy Robinson? Allow me to introduce myself. I’m the author of eleven mixed genre novels, published in ten languages, including the popular fantasy YA series, THE LAST HUNTER, and the fast-paced Jack Sigler series (also known as Chess Team—not nearly as nerdy as it sounds), PULSE, INSTINCT and THRESHOLD from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. I’m the co-author of an expanding series of novellas deemed the Chesspocalypse, which take place in the Chess Team universe. If that doesn’t wet your whistle, I’m also known as Jeremy Bishop, the #1 horror author of THE SENTINEL and the controversial novel, TORMENT. For more about me, or my books, visit 

I have watched for years as my fellow authors held online events called blog tours. Some would visit ten blogs. Others, as many as ninety. And every day they would bring something different, waxing eloquent about a multitude of topics. When I finally decided to have a blog tour of my own, and settled on doing each and every weekday in October, my first thought was, “This will be cool,” which was immediately followed up by, “Holy crap, I can’t think of something interesting to say twenty times in one month!” I can barely think of something worthwhile for my own blog just once a month. The solution is what follows; each blog participating in the tour could ask me ANY three questions. That means, if the subject matter bores you, I’m not to blame! Huzzah!

But fear not. There are other rewards for sloughing through the questions and answers. I’ll be giving away two Kindles to two randomly selected readers who sign up for my newsletter. Details on the giveaway can be found below. On to the Q&A!

These are the questions WebbWeaver asked: 

1. What do you find is the most difficult part of the writing/editing/promoting of your books?

Promoting books is by far the most difficult aspect of being a writer, not because I’m bad at it (I’m actually pretty good at it) but because I just loath it. A lot of marketing is non-creative and monotonous and it just drains me. Honestly, anything that is not creative (writing, designing a cover, even editing) makes me feel like jumping off a bridge. But there is always a new novel to write, so I power through my marketing chores, confident that I will soon be back to telling stories.

2. What's the best writing advice you've ever received? You've ever given?

I once heard James Rollins, who I believe was quoting someone else, say to ignore the advice most authors give, “Write what you know,” and instead, “Write what you love.” I didn’t necessarily need this advice because I was already following it, but it made me feel better. You see, I’m not an expert in anything worth writing a thriller about. I’m an artist and a writer and that’s all I’ve ever been. I can’t base stories on my past as a lawyer, a marine, a doctor or an explorer. Writing what I know would make for a crappy thriller. Hearing Rollins say that writing what you love is actually more important made me feel better about not having had an interesting career before becoming a writer. And for people interested in becoming writers, it’s amazing, freeing advice.

3. In your opinion, do you think people will read less with fewer bookstores around or is reading coming back because of the convenience of on-line buying and what is your opinion of the surge in e-book sales?

I think more people will start picking up books, regardless of the bookstore situation, as long as the quality is there. I haven’t had cable TV for seven years. My father-in-law moved in a year ago and I recently got cable for him. When I turned it on and flipped through the channels I was shocked by the massive—absolutely massive—amount of crap on TV. 95% of what I saw should be burned onto CDs, put on a rocket and be shot into the sun. I have cable now, but I still don’t watch it. As people get sick of crap TV (and I really hope they do or my faith in humanity may falter) they might turn back to novels. But, the quality needs to be high if it’s going to compete. As e-books dominate the market, I think book sales will actually go up. There’s already a large “stay at home” culture, and before now, novels weren’t easy to get. Now it just takes a few clicks. So my outlook on the size of the book buying audience is positive. My outlook for bookstores, sadly, is not.

Hope that was as good for you as it was for me. Now how about that kindle giveaway?

Here’s the deal: to be entered to win one of two free kindles all you have to do is visit my website——and sign up for the newsletter. That’s it. The first kindle will go to a randomly chosen newsletter signup on October 31. For the second kindle, there’s a catch. The second giveaway will only be triggered if one of my kindle books hits the bestseller list (top 100). So pick up some books (most are just $2.99 a pop) and spread the word! If one of the books squeaks up to #100 for just a single hour, the second kindle will be given away to another randomly chosen newsletter sign up on October 31.

*When you sign up for the newsletter, be sure to include the name of the blog that referred you in the field provided. I’ll be giving away two $50 gift certificates to the blog that refers the most sign-ups and another to the blog who referred the first kindle winner.

** I will announce winners via Twitter, Facebook, my blog, and newsletter (which you will be signed up for!) but I’ll also e-mail the winners directly—I’ll need to know where to ship those kindles!

Thanks for spending some time with me today. Hope you enjoyed the Q&A, and good luck with the kindle giveaway!

-- Jeremy Robinson

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review of 'The Second Virgin Birth' by Tommy Taylor

The Second Virgin Birth was written by Tommy Taylor and published by Booksurge, LLC in 2007. You may purchase the book at

There have been major discoveries by the Catholic Church recently, with the help of world renowned scientists. They have discovered a hair on the Shroud of Turin, and the Crown of Thorns. Dr. James Burk has been given the task of analyzing any and all DNA found on both relics to determine the identity of the donor. What he finds is amazing to him. The majority of the DNA belongs to a 2,000 year old male. Could this be the DNA of Jesus? Burk really doesn’t care much who the DNA belonged to, as long as he gets his payday. However, Burk quickly realizes that it is actually important who the DNA belonged to, because if it were the DNA of Jesus Christ, he could make exponentially more money. He happens to be a specialist in the field of cloning.

Burk teams up with other scientists and entrepreneurs after stealing the DNA samples, in order to attempt to clone Jesus Christ, himself. The Catholic Church was willing to pay anything and do anything in order to stop the cloning, because it would mean the end of the Christian religion itself. This would mean a loss of billions of dollars per year for the Church. They couldn’t allow this cloning to happen.

This is a story of science vs. religion. What is the church willing to do to stop the advance of science? Will the cloning even succeed? The Second Virgin Birth is chock full of action and wonder, and it will make you question what you actually believe about cloning and organized religion. This story will have you on the edge of your seat, unable to put it down. You want to know what is going to happen next. The story is full of murder, intrigue and even miracles. I loved this book and will recommend it for anyone who enjoys an action packed story. Whether you are a believer of the Christian religion or not, you will want to read The Second Virgin Birth.

5 spiders

SB Price

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Review of 'Finding Home' by Melanie Rose

Finding Home was written by Melanie Rose and published by Bantam Books. You can purchased it at  and you can read more about Melanie at  

A woman traveling with her cat crashes in a snowstorm. She is rescued by Vincent and awakens with no memory, to his six-year-old daughter, Jadie, telling her that ‘Amber said you’d come.’ Jadie has cystic fibrosis and hasn't spoken since her sister, Amber died and her mother disappeared. ‘Kate’ as they begin to call her, is confused and has a strange attraction to Vincent. Then Adam, a neighbor farmer, shows up with Kate’s cat and Kate meets Colin who is the brother of Jadie’s caretaker. Colin is a hypnotherapist and offers to help Kate regain her memories, but should she trust him? Some strange facts begin to surface and things begin to happen.

This novel was easy to read and I really loved it. The theme to the story was ‘What if a secret in your past is the key to healing a broken family's heart?’ I wondered what this meant myself and as I read more I learned. I was drawn into the book and couldn't put it down. I found myself sad and happy for Kate as she learned more and more about herself. Ms. Rose had written a wonderful story that will make you smile.

I give Finding Home a 5 spider rating and encourage all readers of any age to pick up this book and try it.
T Lane

Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Review of CONCRETE PEARL by Vincent Zandri

We are excited to bring you the September 26th edition of the 'Concrete Pearl Virtual Book Publicity Tour' starring author Vincent Zandri. Below is the book synopsis and our review and we hope you like it.

Concrete Pearl was written by Vincent Zandri and published by StoneGate Ink in May, 2011. You may purchase a copy at  and you may read more about Vincent Zandri at  

Ava ‘Spike’ Harrison is a savvy, sexy-smart woman working in a man’s world. She’s the owner of Harrison Construction; a company inherited from her father, but on the brink of closing because of work-site accidents that seem to be happening one after another.

When OSHA steps in on her newest job and shuts it down, accusing her sub-contractor of negligence and exposing 300 kids to asbestos, Spike takes it upon herself to find the man in-charge of the operation, make him admit to his cheating and get her off the hook. But, she quickly finds that the man is missing and hunting him down could cost her more than her company… it could cost her life.

Vincent Zandri has done it again with this tough-as-nails character in this spot-on storyline. Concrete Pearl has all the ingredients of a fast-paced, thriller with one of the coolest lady construction workers ever. His descriptions and settings are precise and the jargon is straight out of ‘Construction 101’. This is a fabulous new action-packed read by the man known for his writing. If you are a Zandri fan (and who isn’t) you will absolutely not want to miss this one… 5 stars for Concrete Pearl.
DJ Weaver

Synopsis for Concrete Pearl

Ava “Spike” Harrison might be a beautiful, classically schooled woman, but the single, 38 year old construction business owner is also plenty ballsy. Her late father taught her long ago how to handle the rough boys in an industry that’s almost entirely filled with hard-boiled men on the make. But now, with “the business dad built” from the ground up failing due to an unusual series of job-site injuries and just plain bad luck, Spike has no choice but to take on one last project she believes can pull the fledgling firm from the depths of almost certain bankruptcy and family shame: The Renovation of Albany PS 20.

Problem is, Spike had no choice but to take the job on the cheap. To make matters worse, she’s not only hired an asbestos removal contractor who, unbeknownst to her, low-balled his price, but she’s advanced him $10Gs from her own dwindling cash account as a “good faith” incentive to beat the project deadline.

Now, when that same asbestos contractor suddenly goes missing and it’s discovered by OSHA officials that he’s cheated on the project exposing more than 300 students to deadly asbestos fibers for months, Spike decides to take matters into her own callused hands and go in search of him. What she discovers along the way however, is a path paved with deception, greed, murder, and eventually, her own ultimate demise.

Armed with a framing hammer as her equalizer instead of a gun, Spike Harrison is one hot, but tough as nails amateur woman sleuth. Cross her, and you just might find yourself buried up to your neck in regret.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Review of 'Ghosts of Coronado Bay' by JG Faherty

Ghosts of Coronado Bay was written by JG Faherty and published by JournalStone in May, 2011. You may purchase this book at  and you may learn more about the author at  

Maya Blair is a teenager with typical teenager problems. She has a jealous boyfriend who can’t get the idea of “leave me alone” into his head. She has a best friend who is a little loose morally, but fiercely loyal to her and a true friend. She has a dance coming up soon that she wants to go to, but the question is who with? She is a typical teenager with typical teenager issues, except for one. Maya can see, feel, and communicate with ghosts. However, the only one she has ever encountered to date is her Grandmother. No one knows that she has this ability, except for her Grandmother, who visits her regularly and shared her ability when she was alive.

Then, a new display at the local museum is causing quite a stir and the whole town is talking about the opening of the exhibit. Maya is less than enthused about being forced to go to it during a class field trip, but while she is there, she meets an interesting boy who stirs the butterflies in her stomach. A new kid in town, Blake has captured her interest. Soon after she meets Gavin, who equally attracts her.

The odd happenings at the museum and the appearance of two new boys in town have Maya on edge. The two boys couldn’t be more different from each other, but they both have her fumbling over her words and willing to go farther than she would normally allow.

Enjoy this YA story as you go through natural and supernatural struggles with this teenage girl. This book is full of adventure and supernatural happenings and is very entertaining. It is a fast read, and excellent for a teen who is into the paranormal, and even teens who aren’t. This story is the start of many for Maya Blair and it will leave you wanting to see what will happen next. The action and adventure will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, flipping pages faster and faster. This is a great read, and I definitely recommend it.

4 Spiders for Ghosts of Coronado Bay.

SB Price

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review of 'Deadly Straits' by R.E. McDermott

DEADLY STRAITS was written by R. E. McDermott and published in 2011. You may purchase it at You can visit the author here:

When Tom Dugan, shipping consultant and part time investigator, is contacted by the CIA and told that his client and best friend Alex is the prime suspect in a maritime hijacking, Tom is pulled into suspicion by his association with Alex. Tom is forced to go under cover and to investigate Alex’s company in an attempt to prove his and Alex’s innocence.

In his effort to clear himself and his friend, Tom inadvertently increases the suspicion of guilt between them, when one of Alex’s tankers, which Dugan had just inspected, and another ship are attacked by terrorists. When fingers point to Dugan as being responsible, he is desperate for answers and he is convinced that a much bigger attack is on the way. He follows his leads and instincts to Russia where he is further embroiled in an even greater terrorism plot.

R. E. McDermott has kept himself busy in the marine industry for thirty years. His time has been spent as a ship’s officer, a consultant and he’s also been involved with the management end of the industry which includes ship building projects in the U. S. and the Far East. And, he’s still at it! Currently his time is spent in both the United States and Singapore, where he is a consultant and advisor in ship construction, operations and engineering.

It’s no wonder why Mr. McDermott’s writing skills have lain dormant during his very active and busy life but now we can christen this new author and his first novel. He is certainly sea worthy and DEADLY STRAITS is especially worthy of floating to the top of many online book reviews.

DEADLY STRAITS is an action packed, suspenseful thrill ride that will broaden your knowledge of the shipping industry and it will eerily remind you that the next terror attack could very well come to a port near you. This debut novel is at times politically and technologically involved which can add up to a very complicated plot but it’s one book which is well worth the time to read.

I say: Aye Aye, Mr. McDermott- full speed ahead! We’ll be waiting patiently for your next novel to sail into our hands.

I give this novel 4.5 spiders.
T Riddell