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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TOUR: METHOD 15/33 by Shannon Kirk


Kidnapped, pregnant teen turns the tables. Who is the victim and who is the aggressor?
Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped...


Now forget her...

Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn child and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical—calculating— scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits—for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as her abductors.

The agents searching for a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama. In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?

Author Bio:

Shannon Kirk is a practicing attorney and a law professor. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan and St. John’s Universities, is a graduate of Suffolk Law School, and was a trial lawyer in Chicago prior to moving to Massachusetts. She has been honored three times by the Faulkner Society in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, a physicist, and their son. Method 15/33 is her first novel.

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Book Details:

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Number of Pages: 258
ISBN: 1608091457 (ISBN13: 9781608091454)
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Review: METHOD 15/33 by Shannon Kirk

A pregnant adolescent sociopath, a mental prodigy: a long-practiced serial killer, guilty of many deaths, has sure picked the wrong victim this time. He is warped by emotion; she is emotion-empty. His poor choice will prove to be his unwitting undoing.

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Tour: F TRAIN by Richard Hilary Weber

In a fast-paced thriller perfect for readers of Kathy Reichs and Linda Fairstein, dedicated Brooklyn cop Flo Ott unravels the mystery of a terrifying mass murder—from the cold underbelly of New York to the city's glittering heights.

Beneath Brooklyn's wintry streets, seven people are dead, slumped in their seats on an F train. Fast thinking and good fortune prevent the subway car doors from opening, spilling poisonous gas into the station. It's not long before a frightened metropolis of eight million demands answers: If this was an act of terror, where will these cruel killers strike next?

NYPD detective Flo Ott looks closely at the victims. Each of their stories leads to another, one more colorful and complex than the last. A few of these quintessential New Yorkers catch Flo's attention: a mysterious off-duty FBI agent and the beautiful woman next to him, who may have been his lover. Then there's a Russian mobster with more than his fair share of enemies.

As Flo battles false leads, conflicting witnesses, and meddling politicians, her investigation delves into the dark side of the city that never sleeps. Flo becomes convinced that this wasn't a random act of violence, and she fears something much worse may be rumbling down the tracks.

Review: F TRAIN by Richard Hilary Weber

Every American's nightmare: sarin in the subways. That vicious, invisible, infallible killer. Who can guard against that? In Brooklyn, it strikes, on the wee hours F Train. Retired FBI Special Agent Raymond Harris discovers it. NYPD Homicide Detective Florence [Flo] Toy is tasked with its investigation. Is the intent mere mass murder, or an act of terrorism? And is there more to come?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: WHAT THE FLY SAW by Frankie Y. Bailey [Detective Hannah McCabe #2]

REVIEW: WHAT THE FLY SAW [Det. Hannah McCabe #2] by Frankie Y. Bailey

What the Fly Saw

By Frankie Y. Bailey


Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250048301 

Hardback, 336 pages

$25.99 / $29.99 Can.

March 3, 2015


Albany, New York, January 2020

The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow. A loving husband and father and an active member of a local megachurch, Novak had no known enemies. His family and friends say he had been depressed because his best friend died suddenly of a heart attack and Novak blamed himself. But what does his guilt have to do with his death? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot. The minister of the megachurch, the psychiatrist who provides counseling to church members, or the folksy Southern medium who irritates both men—one of these people may know why Novak was murdered.  Detective Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter, sort through lies and evasions to find the person who killed their “Cock Robin,” But McCabe is distracted by a political controversy involving her family, unanswered  questions from another high-profile case, and her own guilt when a young woman dies after McCabe fails to act. 

Frankie Y. Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY).  Her areas of research are crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture. She is the author of the Edgar-nominated Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction (Greenwood, 1991).  She is the co-editor (with Donna C. Hale) of Popular Culture, Crime, and Justice (Wadsworth, 1998).  She is the co-author (with Alice P. Green) of “Law Never Here”: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice (Praeger, 1999).  With Steven Chermak and Michelle Brown, she co-edited Media Representations of September 11 (Praeger, 2003).  She and Donna C. Hale are the co-authors of Blood on Her Hands: The Social Construction of Women, Sexuality, and Murder (Wadsworth, 2004).  She and Steven Chermak are the series editors of the five-volume set, Famous American Crimes and Trials (Praeger, 2004). They also co-edited the two-volume set Crimes of the Century (2007).

Frankie’s most recent non-fiction books are African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study (McFarland, 2008), nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha awards, winner of a Macavity award. She is the recipient of the George N. Dove Award (2010). With Alice P. Green, she is the author of Wicked Albany:  Lawlessness & Liquor in the Prohibition Era (The History Press, 2009) and Wicked Danville: Liquor and Lawlessness in a Southside Virginia City (The History Press, 2011).

Frankie’s mystery series features Southern criminal justice professor/crime historian Lizzie Stuart includes Death=s Favorite Child (Silver Dagger, 2000), A Dead Man=s Honor (Silver Dagger, 2001), Old Murders (Silver Dagger, 2003), You Should Have Died on Monday (Silver Dagger, 2007), and Forty Acres and a Soggy Grave (2011). A short story, “Since You Went Away” appears in the mystery anthology, Shades of Black (2004), edited by Eleanor Taylor Bland.  The Red Queen Dies (Minotaur Books/Thomas Dunne), the first book in Frankie’s near future police procedural series set in Albany, New York, featuring police detective Hannah McCabe, will be released in September 2013. 

Frankie is a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and Mystery Writers of America (MWA).  She served as the 2009-2010 Executive Vice President of MWA and as the 2011-2012 President of Sisters in Crime (SinC).  Website:

 Review: WHAT THE FLY SAW [Detective Hannah McCabe #2] by Frankie Y. Bailey

Multiply-published author of fiction and nonfiction, Frankie Y. Bailey, constructs a vivid near-futuristic version of Albany, New York, that is the equivalent of imaginative science fiction. Filled with technology and easily accessible virtual reality, 2020 Albany still contains the gamut of human characters and foibles, including greed, selfishness, and crime. Detective Hannah McCabe, half African-American and half-Irish, is partnered with a former Vice detective whose godfather is high in the police administration, and who himself is a man of secrets. The characters are appealing and the mystery is very convoluted, yet well defined, and definitely worth reading.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Title: Fixed in Blood (A Justice Novel)
Author: T.E. Woods
Genre: Thriller / Suspense
Perfect for fans of Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter, the sensational Justice series continues in T. E. Woods's newest explosive thriller. In this whiplash-paced sequel toThe Unforgivable Fix, a depraved mind taunts those who seek retribution.

     Seattle Chief of Detectives Mort Grant is still reeling from losing his daughter -- again. Now, Mort investigates the gruesome murder of a beautiful young woman whose death was captured in a snuff film. When a second victim--and film--are discovered, Mort knows he's not dealing with an ordinary criminal. Mort hunts a twisted menace from a chain of sleazy loan shops to the dark underworld of the sex trade. But he's not the only one. Once again, The Fixer is on the hunt--and she's desperate to make things right.

Author Bio
T. E. Woods is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Her scientific writings are well represented in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts. Her literary works earned her first place for Fiction at the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute. Dr. Woods enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, and hanging around the house while her two dogs help her make sense of the world. Her habit of relaxing by conjuring up any manner of diabolical murder methods and plots often finds her friends urging her to take up knitting.
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Review: FIXED IN BLOOD by T. E. Woods [Mort Grant #4]

Psychotherapist Lydia Corriger, a successful and efficient counselor in Olympia, Washington, is The Fixer, a self-directed vigilante assassin. She isn't constrained by legalities as is law enforcement, and her self-chosen missions are very effective. In this instance, Seattle Chief of Detectives Mort Grant and his department are plagued by a charming psychopathic killer whose frenzied murders belie that attractive surface charm. Call girls he targets can't stand up to him; but he may have met his match in The Fixer.

Review: SKELETON RUN by John DeBoer

Review: SKELETON RUN by John DeBoer

Release: April 15 2015
Red Adept Publishing

Twenty years ago, four teenage boys left a baby behind in a crushed car after they caused the tragic accident that took the mother’s life. Ever since, they’ve guarded the secret that would’ve ruined their lives and destroyed their future careers. But when one of them succumbs to illness, a blackmailer makes contact, and the survivors realize that, somehow, someone else knows. Now, everything that matters to them is at stake.

Las Vegas billionaire Wendell Logan is pursuing the role of political kingmaker, and he’s selected his unsuspecting king: Alan Granger, governor of Pennsylvania. Granger confesses his closet skeleton to Logan, but the tycoon has invested too much time and money into Granger’s future presidential campaign to let him and his old friends endanger Logan’s power play.

Review: SKELETON RUN by John DeBoer

A page-turning suspense thriller focusing on how actions (and crimes, and ugly secrets) from the past can overshadow, and even derail, the present and the future, SKELETON RUN is engrossing. This is the first book by this author I've read, and definitely an encouragement to read more. Mr. DeBoer is an intriguing writer, weaving many seemingly disparate threads into one coherent, fascinating, tapestry.



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Friday, June 26, 2015



Release June 9 2015

For fans of Breaking Bad and the bestselling fiction of Don Winslow and George Pelecanos comes Max Austin's latest fast-paced, rollicking Lawbreakers Thriller of criminals and lovers, malcontents and madmen—all within the treacherous city limits of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Under a sky full of stars, Dylan James lies sleeping on the roof of a pueblo-style house. He's a fugitive, and everyone in Albuquerque seems to be looking for him. A murderous Mafia prince wants to kill him. Two FBI agents want to cuff him. A Goth girl wants to make love to him. And a fierce, sexy Chicana just wants to clean up the mess Dylan made.

The trouble started with a drug-addled career criminal named Doc and a bank robbery staged with a garage door opener. Then it all goes off the rails after a little misunderstanding with Dylan's ex-girlfriend and her jealous, gun-toting new beau. 

When the sun comes up, this sleepy, scrawny desperado is going to show the world what he's made of—all for a one-in-a-million shot at walking out of Duke City alive.

Review:  DUKE CITY DESPERADO by Max Austin

It seems odd to find humor in a crime novel, but DUKE CITY DESPERADO is laugh-out-loud hilarious. No matter what Doc and Dylan get up too, they just can't catch a break (or any smarts, either). That makes for a fast and truly entertaining romp.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


by Debra Chapoton [Exodia Ledgers Books One and Two]

EXODIA Description:
By 2093 American life is a strange mix of failing technologies, psychic predictions, and radiation induced abilities. Tattoos are mandatory to differentiate two classes, privileged and slave. 

Dalton Battista fears that his fading tattoo is a deadly omen. He’s either the heir of the brutal tyrant of the new capital city, Exodia, or he’s its prophesied redeemer. Shy, handsome, smart and in possession of powers he doesn’t yet realize, he escapes an order for his execution by fleeing the city with the help of Lydia, who quickly captures his heart. But can he escape a destiny that will force him to marry another girl and return to Exodia as its liberator? 

Based loosely on the ancient story of Moses, this two book dystopian journey (EXODIA and OUT OF EXODIA) crosses genres, combining young adult, new adult, sci-fi, magical realism, and speculative fiction for an adventure full of symbolism, hidden codes, and thematic imagery. 

Review: EXODIA by Debra Chapoton

Always a pleasure to welcome well-written, imaginative, New science fiction, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, dystopian fiction. Author Debra Chapoton turns her talent to exploring a very ugly dystopian culture, post-nuclear war, a 90-state North America ruled by brutal tyranny and divided by class war. Young Dalton Battista is the tyrant' s grandson, but he is not the elitist "rich boy" one would expect. He is shy, curious, loves history, roots for the underdog. Just possibly, he is more than just Dalton Battista. Just possibly, he may be the redeemer.

If you are reminded of Moses in Egypt, know that this series is loosely based on Moses. I am also reminded, in the character of Joseph, who went from cherished son/envied brother, to slave, to chief official and protector of the Egyptian agricultural economy, back into deep tribulation.

Release: June 25 2015

OUT OF EXODIA Description:
In this sequel to EXODIA, Dalton Battista takes on his prophesied identity as Bram O'Shea. When this psychic teen leads a city of 21st century American survivalists out from under an oppressive regime, he puts the escape plan at risk by trusting the mysterious god-like David Ronel. With Ronel's ulterior motives under suspicion, Bram’s loyalties questioned, and a mutiny imminent, this large group of outcasts faces multiple problems. What should have been a two-week journey lasts for months as they engage in battles against new enemies. Bram’s unusual abilities and a special weapon supplied by Ronel help them overcome obstacles but can they reach the "Promised Land" before time runs out?

REVIEW: OUT OF EXODIA by Debra Chapoton

This engrossing saga breathlessly continues, as young Dalton Battista evolves into the promised, prophesied, Bram O'Shea (yes, an anagram), redeemer of society's downtrodden culture. Of course, nothing ever runs smoothly when evil is involved, and so there are untrustworthy colleagues as well as brutal opponents. This series is destined, in my opinion, for high popularity.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Title: Foreverland Boxed Set
Author: Tony Bertauski 
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Page Count: 935 pages

The Complete Foreverland Saga. 

When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds. 

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works? 

Six teenage girls wake with no memories. One of them is in a brick mansion, her blonde hair as shiny as her shoes. The others are in a cabin, their names tagged to the inside of their pants. Their heads, shaved. Slashes mark the cabin wall like someone has been counting. 

Hundreds of them. 

There’s wilderness all around and one dead adult. The girls discover her body rotting somewhere in the trees. As the weeks pass, they band together to survive the cold, wondering where they are and how they got there. And why. 

When an old man arrives with a teenage boy, the girls learn of a faraway island called Foreverland where dreams come true and anything is possible. But Foreverland is dead. In order to escape the wilderness, they’ll have to understand where they are. 

More importantly, who they are. 

Tyler Ballard was in prison when his son created a dreamworld called Foreverland, a place so boundless and spellbinding that no one ever wanted to leave. Or did. Now his son is dead, his wife is comatose and Tyler is still imprisoned. 

But he planned it that way. 

The final piece of his vision falls into place when Alessandra Diosa investigates the crimes of Foreverland. Tyler will use her to create a new dimension of reality beyond anything his son ever imagined—a Foreverland for the entire world. 

Danny, living outside of Spain since escaping the very first Foreverland, begins receiving mysterious clues that lead him to Cyn. They are both Foreverland survivors, but they have more in common than survival. They become pieces of another grand plan, one designed to stop Tyler Ballard. No one knows who is sending the clues, but some suspect Reed, another Foreverland survivor. Reed, however, is dead. 

Everyone will make one last trip back to Foreverland to find out who sent them. And why. 



Review: FOREVERLAND BOXED SET by Tony Bertauski

"Foreverland": the very title conjures up VISIONS of Peter Pan-ish wonderland, of nighttime fantasies and meditation "perfect places" come to life, at no cost and no damage. Such a conception could not be further from the truth. Foreverland is hellish, nightmarish, dystopian, torturous. For the boys and girls innocently trapped there, it's an unending horror, the kind which is all the worse because of the knowledge of the impending torture. Foreverland is the brainchild, the psychotic dream factory, of a sociopath who will stop at nothing and will sacrifice everything--his family, innocents, the whole world--to manifest his Dream.

FOREVERLAND will grasp you from the very first page and draw you in. Don't expect to turn aside until it's finished. Don't expect to breathe or to feel your heartbeat: the absorption into the story is that potent.

My writing career began with magazine columns, landscape design textbooks, and a gardening column at the Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). However, I've always fancied fiction. 

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school. I want to create stories that kept you up late.

Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.

In 2008, I won the South Carolina Fiction Open with Four Letter Words, a short story inspired by my grandfather and Alzheimer's Disease. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world. 

After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult (Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland) because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity. But I like to venture into adult fiction (Halfskin, Drayton) so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining.

And I'm a big fan of plot twists.



One mistake can cost you everything…

When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shoplifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.

Then a little girl’s body washes up just outside the sleepy town of Banff, kicking off a massive manhunt. The Major Investigation Team is up from Aberdeen, wanting answers, and they don’t care who they trample over to get them.

Logan’s got enough on his plate keeping B Division together, but DCI Steel wants him back on her team. As his old colleagues stomp around the countryside, burning bridges, Logan gets dragged deeper and deeper into the investigation.

One thing’s clear: there are dangerous predators lurking in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, and not everyone’s going to get out of this alive…

Author Bio:

I was born in Dumbarton — no one knows why, not even my mother — and moved up to Aberdeen at the tender age of two, dragging my mother, father, and a pair of wee brothers with me. There followed a less than stellar academic career, starting out in Marchburn Primary School, where my evil parents forced me to join the cub scouts (specialising in tying unnecessary knots in things and wearing shorts). Thence to Middlefield Academy for some combat recorder practice.

Having outstayed our welcome in Heathryfold we stopped thencing and tried going hence instead. To Westhill. To a housing development built over the remains of a pig farm. Sounds a bit suspect, but that’s what the official story was when all the householders found teeth and bones coming to the surface of their neatly tended vegetable plots. Pig farm. Right… Eventually I escaped from Westhill Academy with a CSE in woodwork, a deep suspicion of authority, and itchy shins.

Here followed an aborted attempt to study architecture at Herriot Watt in Edinburgh, which proved to be every bit as exciting and interesting as watching a badger decompose. If you’ve never tried it, I can wholly recommend giving it a go (watching mouldy badgers falling to bits, not architecture). So I gave up the life academic and went a-working offshore instead. That involved a lot of swearing as I recall. Swearing and drinking endless cups of tea. And I think I had Alpen every morning for about a year and a half. Can’t look at a bowl of the stuff now without getting the dry boak, sod how regular it keeps you. After my stint offshore I had a bash at being a graphic designer, a professional actor, an undertaker, a marketing company’s studio manager, a web designer, programmer, technical lead… Then last, but by all means least, finally circling the career drain by becoming a project manager for a huge IT conglomerate.


Anyway, while I was doing all that IT stuff, I wrote a wee book about an Aberdonian detective sergeant and his dysfunctional colleagues: Cold Granite. HarperCollins bought it, and overnight I went from a grumpy project manager caterpillar to a writing butterfly. As long as you can picture a six-foot-tall, pasty-white, bearded butterfly with no wings, that spends all its time hanging about the house in its jammies.

Stuart has recently been crowned WORLD STOVIES CHAMPION at the 2014 Huntly Hairst.

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Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Thriller 
Published by: HarperCollins 
Publication Date: June 2, 2015 
Number of Pages: 592 
Series: Logan McRae #10, (Each is a Stand Alone Novel) 
ISBN: 0007494602 (ISBN13: 9780007494606
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Review: THE MISSING AND THE DEAD by Stuart McBride. [Tentative]

How can I best describe THE MISSING AND THE DEAD?

Throat in mouth.
Instantaneous reader's hook.
Engrossing, realistic, can't turn away, Noir.
Stuart MacBride and series detective  Acting DI Logan McRae deliver once again, in a brutally realistic novel frightening in it's intensity.

Monday, June 22, 2015

RELEASE: Stacy Green GONE TO DIE [ Lucy Kendall #3]

AVAILABLE TODAY: The third book in Stacy Green's darkly thrilling, intensely psychological series about child-advocate-turned-killer-vigilante Lucy Kendall. 

In GONE TO DIE, Lucy can no longer run from her own dark truth. Locked inside the torment of her mind, she�s struggling to find a reason to stay alive...

Until Chris Hale vanishes after a confrontation with his mother�serial killer Mary Weston.

With only a puddle of blood in the snow and a few cryptic email messages left as a trail, Lucy must play nice with an FBI agent who claims to know about her bad deeds.

When a secret from Chris�s past shatters everything Lucy thought she knew about her closest ally, she�s forced to consider a terrifying question: How easily will Chris bend to his mother�s evil will?

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Review: Little Miss Somebody by Christy Lynn Abram Heartwrenching to heartwarming, this story runs the continuum. Down to earth and realistic, unafraid to face the nitty gritty, LITTLE MISS SOMEBODY will tug tour heartstrings and wrench your emotions, eliciting empathy, sympathy--and pride, for the will of a survivor. 

Release June 26


Title: While You Were Gone
Author: Kate Moretti
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication Date: September 2015
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance


Despite Karen Caughee’s intense focus on her music, her life is drifting out of its lane. Her alcoholic mother keeps calling from bars for early-morning rides, her boyfriend doesn’t think she gets him, and that Toronto Symphony Orchestra position she applied for ends up going to her friend, Amy. By chance, she meets American Greg Randolf just before she’s in a car accident. He pulls her from the wreckage, but after major surgery, her recovery is slow. Without her music, her life’s pursuit, Karen is pushed further adrift.

Greg stays by her side while she heals, and he sees her every time he’s in Toronto for work. Without any other support or friendship in her life, Karen craves his enthusiastic attention, and their friendship deepens to love. Though she’s fallen hard for him, he doesn’t share everything with her. In one heartrending moment, Karen’s life comes to a crossroads, and she must face the full truth about who Greg is, and about who she has become.


Author Bio:

Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.

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Fantasy/Sci Fi - Romance


Tamara Carrington always felt different. One event in high school left her wondering if maybe she really was a freak, although she’d managed to leave that experience in the past—buried deep in her psyche. With the arrival of the exchange students from the planet of Azelle to her college, Tamara’s long buried memories threaten to erupt. As Tamara’s emotions build and her friendship with the Azellians grows, so does the knowledge of secrets within her own family.

With the deterioration of her mother’s health, Tamara doesn’t know where to turn for answers or solace. What has her family been hiding? Why does she feel inexplicably drawn to the Azellians? What will happen if she unleashes her long-suppressed passion? Will she survive or even recognize herself afterwards? Wanting answers, yet being afraid of what she might find, Tamara wonders if it would be better to remain asleep.


TOUR: THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS by David Litwack Review: THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS [SEEKERS Book 1] THE CHILDREN OF DARKNESS is the first in a Series, an endearing sci-fantasy. What appears to be a millennium of peace following destructive progress, instead is proven to be founded on terrible, unending secrets. A trio of friends, closely bound since childhood, determine to be the fulcrum that brings to light the truth. 

 It's finally here!  Children of Darkness - Book One in The Seekers Series is available NOW. Check it out on  FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. GET YOUR COPY
“A must-read page turner.” Kirkus Review

About the Book:

The Children of Darkness - CoverThe Children of Darkness

The Children of Darkness is about a society devoid of technology, the result of an overreaction to a distant past where progress had overtaken humanity and led to social collapse. The solution—an enforced return to a simpler time. But Children is also a coming of age story, a tale of three friends and their loyalty to each other as they struggle to confront a world gone awry. Each searches for the courage to fight the limits imposed by their leaders, along the way discovering their unique talents and purpose in life.
"If the whole world falls into a Dark Age, which it could plausibly do, who could bring us out of it? According to David Litwack in The Children of Darkness, the only answer is us, now, somehow reaching into the future." - Kaben Nanlohy for On Starships And Dragonwings
Publication Date: June 22, 2015 from Evolved Publishing Purchase Link: FREE WITH KINDLE UNLIMITED Goodreads:   Book Description   The Children of Darkness, book one of the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers   "But what are we without dreams?"   A thousand years ago the Darkness came--a time of violence and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with "temple magic," eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.   Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his "teaching"—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds the young to the Light—they barely recognize the broken and brooding man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.   In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy. For hidden in the keep awaits a truth from the past that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might release the long-suppressed potential of their people, but they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written:   "If there comes among you a dreamer of dreams saying 'Let us return to the darkness,' you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light."
“A fresh perspective on our own society...[an]  enjoyable read that will make you wonder just how society will judge us in the future.”  Lexie

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About the Author:

David Front PageThe urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.   Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.   After publishing two award winning novels, Along the Watchtower and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, he’s hard at work on the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers.   David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.   Website: Facebook: David Litwack - Author Twitter: @DavidLitwack


a Rafflecopter giveaway More Reviews!   “Litwack’s storytelling painted a world of both light and darkness–and the truth that would mix the two.” Fiction Fervor   “The Children of Darkness is a dystopian novel that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.” C.P. Bialois   “This is a satisfying exploration of three teens' journey into the unknown, and the struggles faced by all who seek true emancipation - both for themselves, and for the people they love.” Suzy Wilson   “Litwack's writing is fresh, and Nathaniel, Orah and Thomas come to life in your imagination as you frantically flip (or click) the pages of this book.” Anna Tan   “...many profound themes, lovely characterizations and relationships” R. Campbell   “I was enthralled and intrigued by the authors creation of this society... David Litwack has an enjoyable and captivating writing style.” Jill Marie   “...a perfect story for young adult readers, but its underlying theme and character development will keep any adult engaged.” Kathleen Sullivan

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Review: THE GATHERERS by Ashley Ehlers

Review: THE GATHERERS by Ashley Ehlers [Harvesters 0.5]

Now that was scary! You can't trust your friends, you can't trust your family, you sure can't trust your extended family--or the neighbors or law enforcement. About all you can rely on is that almost everyone you know is either ruled by greed or by insanity or both. In the end: Trust no one.

This is a scary short story prequel to THE HARVESTERS.

Review: GLITCH IN THE MACHINE by Edgar Swamp

It’s 2025. The United States is in the shadow of a puppet government run by giant corporations, and the 99 percent live without rights or the protection of government regulations, fully at the mercy of the 1 percent. Among the most powerful entities are the pharmaceutical suppliers, the weapons manufacturers, and insurance companies, which rake in massive fortunes because of the mandatory insurance requirements, but never pay out.

Amid this corporate dystopia, we find Floyd Jasper, a mercenary whose job title as a “health insurance claims investigator” belies his actual function. A maniacal killing machine, he’s good at what he was programmed to do: punish insurance “fraudsters”—brutally and permanently.

But if you think this status quo seems unhinged, just wait until Floyd’s drug use explodes and he has an illicit affair with a coworker. Floyd’s world continues to unravel when, suddenly, he realizes that someone is trying to kill him.

A fast-paced, in-your-face, rollicking roller-coaster ride to hell and back, Glitch In The Machine immerses readers in a world that’s so off balance, you won’t know whom to root for. It’s over-the-top political satire at its most fearsome.

Review: GLITCH IN THE MACHINE by Edgar Swamp

There exists Dystopia, and then there is DYSTOPIA.
The genre has always been a particular interest of mine, but generally although lives are miserable and society is seriously skewed, somehow, somewhere, hope remains, no matter how small. But a few Dystopian writers have looked deeply in the Abyss: Shirley Jackson's THE LOTTERY; Orwell's 1984; Goldman's LORD OF THE FLIES. Edgar Swamp's GLITCH IN THE MACHINE makes 1984 seem like a stroll in a sunny park, and LORD OF THE FLIES like an outdoor picnic for friends. It doesn't get more Dystopian than this. Enough said.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review: THE GRECIAN MANIFESTO by Ernest Dempsey [Sean Wyatt #5]

REVIEW: THE GRECIAN MANIFESTO by Ernest Dempsey [A Sean Wyatt Adventure #4]

Easygoing Sean Wyatt attended university, worked as a covert agent for a secret Federal agency, then served the International Archaeological Agency. University went well; the next two life stages did not. There was lots of gunplay and danger, injury and wracked nerves. So with funds to spare, Sean Wyatt retired and opened a Gulf surf shop. That is, he tried to retire, but when you're that talented, and that well-known in certain covert circles, you're bound to be recalled.

Ernest Dempsey, like his protagonist Sean Wyatt, has a light-hearted approach which makes every book in the series an entertaining, likable, fast-and-furious read.



Jed Ringel is hilarious. In a way, he's a Holden Caulfield for our Baby-Boomer culture. Surely there s nothing humorous about divorce (especially when children are involved) but Mr. Ringel' s recounting of his subsequent joys and tribulations as a "newly single" in the "where do I go from here" stages is vulnerable and touching--and yes, hilarious, because after all, despite all, he has survived the uproar.

Review: BOGUS BALANCE by Deirdre Maloney


I admire an author who lives her teaching, who puts "the rubber to the road" in experimentation to discover the workable solutions. Deirdre Maloney and her spouse literally put their normal lives "on hold" to travel the globe in search of the answer to balance. As it turns out, as Joseph Campbell counseled, "Follow your bliss." Ms. Maloney provides not just discussions, explanations, and instructions, but exercises and real-life anecdotes to guide the reader in abandoning the impossible "have it all" and instead, finding bliss. 



Don't overlook this book if you're not in business! Any thinking reader can find much of benefit  here. The subtitle indicates: How to Rewire Your Brain and Your Business for Success. Author Valeh Nazemoff interweaves up-to-date neuroscience to inspire and enable readers to become more. The Four Intelligences are: Financial; Customer; Data; and Mastermind. Who can't utilize all of these? Smoothly-written, easily-absorbed and put into practice, and cleverly illustrated, THE FOUR INTELLIGENCES OF THE BUSINESS MIND is beneficial for everybody.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: FLAY by Ty Patterson [Warriors Series #5]

REVIEW: FLAY by Ty Patterson [WARRIORS Series #5]

FLAY is a fast-paced adventure-suspense thriller with enticements for nearly everyone. For the crime aficionados, there is a nasty villain, a cleverly-concealed Narcissistic serial killer with a seeming abundance of funds who moves through upper Manhattan society and with impunity cuts his own swath. For political/military thriller fans, a seemingly invincible, unstoppable, sniper cuts through a high-powered fanatic Middle Eastern terrorist group, killing and shaming. The totally covert group featuring Zeb Carter steps him to try to solve these nearly insurmountable crimes.

Review: DIARY OF A ZOMBIE by Sergi Llauger

REVIEW : DIARY OF A ZOMBIE by Sergei Llauger

CAUTION: Not your ordinary Zombie story!! DIARY OF A ZOMBIE is literary zombie fiction, a metaphysical exploration, of both a nearly empty planet, and of one [former] person's interior landscape. The narrator, formerly Erico Lombardo of Verona, Italy, latterly resident of Barcelona, Spain [now zombie], had inexplicably retained his consciousness [if not his life vitality]. Erico is intellectual enough to be given to pondering metaphysical thoughts, and ironically Ericko the zombie becomes instrumental in the process by which the world can eventually be reinstated. Well-written and leavened with a gentle touch of humor and a keen eye for observation, DIARY OF A ZOMBIE is the thinking person's zombie novel.

Review: THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF THE BOOK FAIRY by Elizabeth George [Bibliomysteries Series]

Review: THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF THE RELUCTANT BOOK FAIRY by Elizabeth George [Bibliomysteries Series]

What a joy 'twould be to literally [and literarily] partake of a book--any book! What happiness to not just observe, but to participate with the fictional characters in their settings! Jane Shore, sickly sixth child of eight, has known that joy all her life. Not only can she enter fictional worlds, she can cause others to do so also. But in a life that otherwise has not much to recommend, exists the temptation to do more than a mere temporary visit.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TOUR: MERCY HOUSE by Adam Cesare

Tour:  MERCY HOUSE by Adam Cesare

Release June 9, 2015

Welcome to Mercy House, a state-of-the-art retirement home that appears perfectly crisp, clean, and orderly . . . but nothing could be farther from the truth. In Adam Cesare's thrilling novel, the residents will find little mercy—only a shocking eruption of unfathomable horror.

Harriet Laurel notices the odor at Mercy House as soon as she sets foot inside, brought there against her will by her son, Don, and his wife, Nikki. In the early stages of dementia, Harriet has grown resentful of Nikki, blaming her daughter-in-law for failing to supply grandchildren. Yet even Harriet must admit that her mind becomes clearer as soon as she crosses the threshold. If it wasn't for that annoying smell.

Arnold Piper is an eighty-five-year-old ex-Marine, a proud man who has cared for himself his whole life. But no longer. Betrayed by his aging body, Arnold is learning that the trials he survived long ago in war-torn Korea pale beside the daily indignities of growing old. Little does he know that his greatest nightmares are still ahead of him.

Sarah Campbell is an idealistic nurse whose compassion has been stretched to the breaking point at the chronically understaffed facility that is Mercy House. But now Sarah's list of unpleasant duties is about to take a terrifying turn. For something wicked is brewing in Mercy House. Something dark and rotten . . . and deadly.

Review: MERCY HOUSE by Adam Cesare

My immediate reaction is: "Wow!!! A thousand times Wow!" I was that strongly affected--and impressed by this novel, a classic piece of horror. Although not for the faint-hearted in its execution (the gore level is supreme), the theme is massive and so is its outworking. The rampant violence  is even leavened by occasional wry humour. Definitely 18+ due to extreme violence and other topics. If you're entranced by horror, seeking an unusual [as far as I know, brand-new] theme, and are strong-stomached, check into MERCY HOUSE.