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Thursday, January 29, 2015


Review: THE LAMPLIGHTERS by Frazer Lee

It's books like this that make be so happy to be an armchair traveler, and never in contact with the less than 1% of global wealth. What happens on this island--Meditrine-- should never happen to anyone. Imagine a claque of monstrously wealthy, unimaginably powerful, individuals, a combine or cartel as it were, devoted solely to satisfying their own unearthly desires and extending their longevity. Then add a "skeleton" crew of young persons, all healthy, friendless, drifters, contracted to a ridiculously minor amount of house-tending, on an empty island "paradise." Now remember who conceived all this: the crafty imagination of author Frazer Lee, and prepare for a thrill-ride of epically gory and horrendous proportions. Fasten your seat belt and hold on tight, as Frazer Lee takes--you--away.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

REVIEW: STATE OF MIND by Lawrence Gold

REVIEW: STATE OF MIND BY Lawrence Gold Author Dr. Lawrence Gold presses all the contemporary ethical dilemmas in his newest medical thriller, STATE OF MIND. Ethical considerations are of the essence from the very beginning: to what extent is scientific research entitled? Experimentation? Changing personality? Using individuals charged as terrorists as clinical guinea pigs? Dr. Kim Powell stands with resolve on the platform of ethics; some other scientists and researchers are less so. The result, for readers, is an exciting exploration of contemporaneous essential issues and the necessity for honest and open debate in the fields of medicine, neuropsychiatry, and rehabilitation ethics.

Review: THE SALT ROADS by Nalo Hopkinson

Review:      THE SALT ROADS by Nalo Hopkinson

Beautiful storytelling, poetically imaged, lyrical and lilting, heart wrenching and heart lifting: THE SALT ROADS is an extraordinary offering, evocative of the Goddess of Love, Erzili, in many forms, characters, and continents; across eras, love and its companion, desire, survive and thrive, sometimes fully in blossom, others like desert plants struggling for water. Surely this will be a Best of 2015,

Review: JACK IN THE GREEN by Frazer Lee

Review: JACK IN THE GREEN by Frazer Lee

Gruesome horror of the classic bent--wrapped in millennia-old paganism, Nature "red in tooth and claw," (as Wordsworth depicted), unfolding characters, raw terror, mix into one exciting, adventurous, tale. Deciding who was "right" vs. "wrong" was difficult, because even the bad ones had backdrops and rationales that could elicit some sympathy. Then, too, is the implacability of the terrifying, mostly unglimpsed, eponymous Jack in the Green, he of legend--and fact.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tour: THEY CALL ME CRAZY by Kelly Stone Gamble

Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it.  But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it.

The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk.But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybodyexpected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, herpromiscuous ex-best friendher worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking.


Cass has finally had enough. After 13 "good" years of marriage, and 5 years of it in a rural tarpaper shack surrounded by beautiful flowers (every single plant put in by husband Roland and each one covering a Mason jar of cash); after a lifetime living under the pejorative "crazy," a spouse who is both philandering and gaslighting, Cass has reached her limit, so she helps Roland to his earthly reward--underground. Unfortunately, their Kansas yard abuts a swift-flowing river, which floods, uncovering Roland--and a whole slew of other secrets.

Down-home folksy tone and endearing characters will elicit readers' empathy.




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Shadows Have Gone

Book 3 of End of All Things Series

by Lissa Bryan

Release Date: March 26 , 2015

Published by The Writers Coffee Shop



Carly Daniels knows what it is to suffer loss. She knows what it is to sacrifice. In the two years since a pandemic virus—known only as the Infection—decimated humanity, she’s made choices she never could have imagined. She’s condoned violence in the name of peace and done the unthinkable in the name of mercy. But with Justin at her side, she’s also learned there’s nothing she can’t face and nothing she wouldn’t do to protect those she loves.

But now another threat has arrived in the form of a uniformed man driving an army truck, claiming to represent the remnant of the United States military. Someone has set their sights on their community . . . and on Justin. The struggle to defend their little homeland is far from over, and the visitors may have brought more danger with them than just their weapons.

The shadows are closing in. Carly has to find out whether she has the strength to stand on her own when all of her support has fallen away. What remains when the shadows have gone?



For the first time since he had been brought in the clinic, Sarah got a good, long look at him. She noted the perfect blond hair that fell on the side of his face—matted but still perfect. His features were rather forbidding, even in his unconscious state. The defined jawline framed well-proportioned lips that were pale and parted slightly. The suggestion of dimples on either cheek made her ache to see him smile. Then there were the long, dark eyelashes and the contoured nose, all coming together to create a striking, attractive package that kept her eyes glued to his face.

Her heart began to race. What is wrong with me? Shaking off another wave of nausea, Sarah closed her eyes and concentrated on breathing. Her knees weakened underneath her, but she kept on inhaling and exhaling. A few more minutes and it would be over.

In her short life, Sarah hadn’t met a man who evoked the well–documented “butterflies-in-the-stomach” phenomenon. Now here she was, staring at a complete stranger with her heart banging against her chest in a frenzy. This man was just too perfect, too beautiful almost. She was even gladder she’d managed to keep him alive. He’d make a woman happy someday, if he hadn’t already. Instinct made her eyes travel to the man’s ring finger, and her heart skipped when she found it bare.

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Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot...though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of four other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequel, The Land of the Shadows, and Under These Restless Skies.



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The End of All Things Book 1


After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.


She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.


Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.


But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.


This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.




Tales from the End Book 1.5

 The Horsemen
L.A.'s mayor has declared quarantine to try to halt the spread of the Infection. Pearl sets off across the city to buy supplies, but already the world is changing. Something strange is in the air. The Horsemen are coming ...Veronica
When Veronica's mother doesn't come home from work and no one answers the phone when she calls for help, a nine-year-old girl is thrown into the chaos of a world coming to an end. Veronica decides it's up to her to find her family. "Veronica" is the story of a little girl's courage in the face of the end of all things.

"I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud"
They called her Shadowfax-- the mare Carly and Justin found on their travels. But before she was found by Carly, the retired dressage horse was known as Cloud. An unusual tale of the end, told through the eyes of a confused and lonely horse, left in her pasture.

(A previously-published bonus story.) Carly knows Justin has never celebrated his birthday, and after society crumbled, no one knows what date it is, anyway. But she wants to do something special for him. Celebrating the little things helps them keep hope alive, and as a blizzard rages outside, a small gesture of love warms their home.


Tales of courage, tales of survival... Tales from the End.



The Land of The Shadow Book 2

 After surviving the Infection and a perilous journey through the wasteland that was once the United States,Carly and Justin have found a safe home in the isolated town of Colby.Even so, balancing the duties of survival and a growing family isn’t easy. As they emerge as leaders, they face difficult questions about justice in a lawless land, basic human rights, and freedom in a world where strength defines worth. More than ever, they have to rely on one another for strength and support during the darkest of times.

The Crisis is far from over. Their fences won’t keep the world out forever, and a new threat is emerging—a gang of predators who see the town as easy pickings. When danger looms over Colby, Carly must decide how far she’ll go to protect those she loves.

It’s a journey down the long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Temporary Reviewing Slowdown

Health issues this week are interfering with my reviewing capacity, as I try to rest and heal.i'm making sure to post for blog tours, but I've not been able to post in time for all new release dates. Please be patient with me, as I move at turtle speed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: A NEW DAY IN ANERICA by Theo Gangl

Review: A NEW DAY IN AMERICA by Theo Gangl

Gritty, graphic, fatal, heart-pounding, dangerous--what is left but survival? One year after New York City collapsed in a fiery blast, and most of the few remaining succumbed to airborne plague, still a few hardy or sneaky survive. Nostradamus (Nos) Greene and young daughter Naomi are among them; his wife and two adolescent sons died in the destruction. Nos carries on in order to protect Naomi, his Special Forces background all too often handy. This novel is not just about post-apocalyptic survival; it's living with the memories of loss.

Tour: HALF DEAD & FULLY BROKEN by Kevin Craig

Half Dead & Fully Broken, by Kevin Craig


Genre: young-adult, contemporary-fantasy


Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press


Date of Release: January 19, 2015


Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky



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Carter Colby is the most unpopular teen at Jefferson High. This would be easier to deal with if his identical twin brother, Marcus, weren’t the hottest, most popular boy in school.


When Marcus is killed in a motorcycle accident, Carter discovers the one thing more painful than trying to compete with Mr. Wonderful: wearing his dead brother’s face. He felt invisible before the accident, but with Marcus dead, everybody turns away from him in mourning. How can he blame them? He can’t bear to look in the mirror.


When Carter begins to see Marcus’ ghost, Mr. Wonderful’s quest to save the world and spread happiness may not be over after all, even in death. Marcus knows that Justin Dewar, the boy who drove the truck that crashed into his motorbike, is struggling with the guilt of taking a life. Melanie, Marcus’ mourning girlfriend, was also hit hard by the tragedy. Marcus wants to make things right before it’s too late.


With Marcus’ help, Carter experiences love and friendship for the first time in his life. But is Mr. Wonderful’s helping hand enough for Carter, Melanie, and Justin - three kids fully broken by the tragedy - to save one another?

About The Author:

Kevin Craig is the author of four previous novels; Burn Baby, Burn Baby, Summer on Fire, Sebastian’s Poet, and The Reasons. He is a 4-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s Best Novel Award. Kevin is also a playwright and has had eight 10-minute plays produced. His poetry, short stories, memoir and articles have been published internationally. Kevin was a founding member of the Ontario Writers’ Conference and a long-time member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR). He is represented by literary agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.

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Carter and Marcus Colby are twins, products of a difficult [read, constant parental discord] home, in which "Mr. Wonderful" (Marcus) parents younger sibling Meagan, and Carter just reflects Marcus, more of a shadow than a foil. Early in May of their seventeenth year, Marcus determines they should ride his motorbike to the high school. Taking the wrong chance, Marcus dies, Carter suffers serious road burn. Of course, given the family of origin, Carter is mostly overlooked, because he is Marcus' mirror image. But Carter can never forget Marcus, whose spirit remains visible to him while Carter works through a series of terribly difficult choices while he fights to discover his purpose in life.
Heart wrenching, heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful, don't miss HAKF DEAD & FULLY BROKEN.

Review: BLOOD INFERNAL by James Robbins and Rebecca Cantrell (ORDER OF THE SANGUINES, #3)

REVIEW: BLOOD INFERNAL by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell   (Order of the Sanguines #3)

A rip-roaring historical prologue sets the scenery for this riveting thriller whose suspense never falters. Readers who loved the first two books in the Order of the Sanguines Series (BLOOD GOSPEL and INNOCENT BLOOD) will find this conclusion immensely appealing; those who haven't yet read the first two novels can still enjoy this one (and will be inspired to check out the earlier books, and enter the saga of the Sanguinists, once preternatural monsters who have converted to the Blood of Christ, and archaeologist extraordinaire Dr. Erin Granger, herself bonded to the Blood Gospel of Christ.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Review: KICKBACK by Damian Boyd (DI NICK DIXON #3)

Possibly the best yet in this quite engrossing series, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon of Avon and Somerset Police is inadvertently drawn into a domestic hostage situation, and from that into the death of a young stable lad which had already been ruled accidental. As he peels away layers of deception, DI Dixon gets an education in horse racing, betting, and potential crimes associated with this activity. Once again, the final denouement surprises and enlightens Dixon and his crew--and will readers as well.


Review: HEAD IN THE SAND by Damien Boyd

Surprisingly, the figure of speech is literal, blazingly so. Author Damian Boyd gives Avon and Somerset Police Detective Inspector Nick Dixon a massively convoluted, crimes-in-different-eras, gritty noirish case to unravel. As his off-scene relationship with Detective Constable Jane Winter deepens, Dixon is tasked with a series of inexplicable crimes, and troubled by his diabetes.


Review:  AS THE CROW FLIES by Damien Boyd (DI Nick Dixon #1)

First in a series, AS THE CROW FLIES introduces amiable yet diligent hero-protagonist Nick Dixon, returned to his boyhood region after some years with London Metropolitan Police. Now with Avon and Somerset Police, Dixon is fitting himself into the department and handling his own case load, when he is tasked by the bereaved parents of a climbing buddy from his younger days, who has just died in a cliff fall while preparing for a new ascent. What appears to be accident, may or may not be, but Dixon, who has the perseverance of a wolverine beneath that amiable and personable demeanor, will discover the facts; and the answers will really surprise readers.

Review: THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward. Release

REVIEW:  THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward

A heart-wrenchingly poignant novel of two families, a broken family in Honduras, struggling to survive, let alone to thrive, and a happily married, busy, couple in Texas, THE SAME SKY  is a novel unlikely to leave readers with dry eyes. 40-year old Alice wants to adopt, but that is a path strewn with obstacles like broken stones. Carla is a child in Honduras, only five when her mother pays a "coyote" for illicit transport to the States, in a Texas restaurant kitchen. Carla and her younger twin half-brothers are.raised by their grandmother, who dies when Carla is thirteen. The path Carla takes from here on is fraught and troublesome, but in the end  demonstrates that we are all siblings beneath the skin and brothers and sisters under the same sky.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Review:  THE PUBLICIST by Christina George (THE PUBLICIST Book 1)

This is an amazingly enjoyable book and series--and I am a reader who generally avoids chick-lit, women's fiction, romance of any stripe. But I totally enjoyed THE PUBLICIST, which proved to be not only fascinating, but to have unexpected character depths. The author knows her venue, as she has been in this field for a number of years. Better yet, she knows what makes people tick, and she understands her characters. From the sleazy traditional-publisher CEO to the seemingly one-hit reclusive author, from sexy married (sort of) senior editor to the feisty, diligent, publicity lead, from sweet and savvy authors to idiot wannabe writers, THE PUBLICIST covers the gamut, and leaves readers hungry to follow on.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Review/Tour: BLOODLINES by Vanessa Skye

Review: BLOODLINES by Vanessa Skye (Edge of Darkness #3)

The conclusion to this trilogy is purely gritty police noir and close-up underside of the crimes, sins, and failings of humanity. Chicago Detective Alicia Raymond is living a life of multiple lies, and try as she might, happiness always eludes her. She only seems to be effective at tracking criminals, but now it may be too late: her rubber-band existence may be near to snapping back at her with dangerous consequences.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: THE MATRYOSHKA MURDERS by Kay Williams and Eileen Wyman

Review:  THE MATRYOSHKA MURDERS by Kay Williams and Eileen Wyman

A brutal, gritty, and honest explication of 1991 Russia, a period of intrinsic violence, economic collapse, and political chaos, when no lives were safe and crime was a way of life. In Leningrad to attend the Second International Documentary Festival, documentary filmmaker Kate Hennessey intends to capture the nitty-gritty of daily reality for Russian urban women.  Instead, she stumbles inadvertently and instantly into the seamier and violent side, including rape and trafficking. A novel not for the faint of heart, but definitely an eye-opener onto a horrible historical period.


RUE Toulouse
by Debby Grahl
Release Date: January 15 , 2014
  Genre: FICTION / Romance / General / Suspense  
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-318-8
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Attending a masquerade ball, wealthy fashion designer Caterine Doucette, dressed as a shimmering ice princess, has her cool façade shattered when she encounters Bayou-born ex-cop Remi Michaud, disguised as the darkly handsome pirate Jean Lafitte. Their true identities hidden, the princess and the pirate come together in an explosion of passion and desire. But when fantasy turns to cold reality, Caterine panics and disappears into the night, unaware this man will soon be sent to rescue her from a killer and will capture her heart.
Orphaned at a young age, Caterine grew up in the home of her beloved grandmother, Miss Dauphine Doucette. Despised by her Doucette relatives for the devotion she received from her grandmère, Caterine suffered years of envy and disdain. The young Caterine learned quickly how easily the love she had to give could be thrown back in her face.
After Miss Dauphine turns over ownership of the century-old fashion house, Ma Chérie, to Caterine, an attempt is made on her life, for there are those in the Doucette family who will stop at nothing to possess what they feel is their rightful inheritance.
Not knowing whom to trust, Caterine goes into hiding. Miss Dauphine, convinced someone in her own family is behind the attack, hires Remi, now working for a private security company, to track her down and unmask her would-be assassin.
Learning that the affluent Caterine Doucette is the beautiful princess he held in his arms at the ball, Remi is torn between his growing desire for her and painful memories of another rich socialite’s betrayal. Caterine finds herself falling in love with Remi, but old embedded pain leaves her afraid to open her heart.
Down in the Big Easy, Caterine and Remi must learn to trust one another if they are to survive in a world of family greed and ruthless revenge.
“Hello, Princess.”
Caterine stared in disbelief at the man leaning against the door frame. Her mouth suddenly gone dry, she whispered, “Remi?”
“At your service.”
She opened her mouth and closed it several times before she stammered, “Wha-what are you doing here?”
“Your grandmother sent me.”
“Let me in, and I’ll tell you.”
Without a word, she stepped back to let him pass. He quickly scanned the room. “Nice, isn’t it? I’ve never stayed here, but I’ve heard it’s a great hotel. It suits you. But would you care to tell me why you’re here and not on a plane out of New Orleans?”
Caterine’s back stiffened. “I don’t see what concern that is of yours. I called Elaine and expected either Paul or her to come. So, again, what are you doing here instead of Paul?”
“You’re in trouble and need help.”
“But you don’t even know me.”
Remi smiled. “We have met.”
Caterine felt her face turning scarlet.
He chuckled. “I take it you remember.”
Remember? Oh, how she remembered. She’d relived those moments in his arms over and over again. And here he was standing in front of her wanting to help. It took everything she had not to throw herself at him. “I still don’t understand. How did you find out what happened?”
“I was on my way home when I heard Ma Chérie’s alarm. I found your hair clip and the blood on the sidewalk. What did that guy do to you?”
She looked away and in a barely audible voice said, “He held a gun to my back and tried to force me into a van.”
Remi’s jaw tightened. “That fils de putain left some blood. If we find him, we have a DNA sample.” He reached out and took her hand. “How did you get away from him?”
“First I swung wildly and hit him in the nose with the alarm remote I had in my fist. Then I got him with my umbrella.”
“Way to go, Princess.”
She gave him a slight smile. “And I’m pretty sure the remote saved my life. I set the alarm off while he held the gun to my back.”
“You must have been terrified. I promise we’ll get the bastard who did that to you.”
She tried to blink back the tears that suddenly filled her eyes.
“Don’t cry.” With the tip of his finger, he brushed away the tear that slid down her cheek. “You’re safe. I’m here.”
Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David, and their cat, Tigger. When she’s not writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and having a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are the Cotswolds of England, Captiva Island in Florida, New Orleans, New York City, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. Debby belongs to Romance Writers of America, Florida Romance Writers, Hearts Across History, and Lowcountry Romance Writers. Her first novel, The Silver Crescent, was released January 2014.
Be sure to look for her other book, The Silver Crescent as well!
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Praise for RUE Toulouse
"When privileged fashion designer Caterine Doucette meets sexy Cajun ex-cop Remi Michaud, things get way hotter than usual in New Orleans around Mardi Gras. Caterine's life is in danger, and Remi is hired to protect her - a job to which he applies himself most personally. Hot, and with a genuine mystery, I didn't know exactly who the baddie was until the ultimate showdown."  - Andrea