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Monday Mini Review – Born A Crime by Trevor Noah @Trevornoah

Born a Crime - Trevor Noah

 

I have been watching Trevor Noah on The Daily Show for some time now and when I saw he had a book out, I had to have it. I checked it out from the library and I was not disappointed.

 

Cover Design:  Greg Mollica

 

Publisher: Spiegil & Grau/Penguin Random House

 

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

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MY REVIEW

 

Trevor Noah is a prime example that how you grow up is no excuse. He shows that you can be whatever you want to be. He is livingthe American Dream after growing up in Africa during Apartheid.

 

I couldn’t help but laugh at his childhood antics. I love that nothing crushed his personality, his ability to make fun of life. Him and his mother are an amazing pair. Their life was rich in love and experience.

 

“We had a very Tom and Jerry relationship, me and my mom. She was the strict disciplinarian, I was naughty as shit.”

 

His mom, Gotta love her. They laughed in the face of death. His mother is an amazing woman. Strong, stubborn, confident, determined. I love how she ‘worked the system and if you read these essays you will wonder if you could do the same.

 

I laughed with them, I was angry for them and I deeply respect their ability to rise above the horror they lived in.

 

You don’t want to miss these fabulous essays.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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Giveaway & Review – Devil’s Fingers by Hunter Shea @huntershea1

The Devil's Fingers - Hunter Shea

 

 

 

 

 
The Devil’s Fingers
One Size Eats All #3
by Hunter Shea
Genre: Horror
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MY REVIEW
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Hunter Shea’s humor shines throw the blackness of the horror he created in Devil’s Fingers. They had gathered together to wish Seth’s dad bon voyage into the next world. Their teenage antics are fun…until…Autumn, miss know it all Autumn…I will  think twice about entering the woods, and will definitely stay away from any funny looking stuff! Hunter Shea loves to kill off his characters, so be careful who you get attached to because you don’t know who or if anyone will make it out alive. Cryptozoology at its finest.
 
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Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

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Nuclear War & Space Pirates – The Heights of Perdition by C S Johnson @C_S_Johnson13

The Heights of Perdition: A Science Fiction Romance Series (The Divine Space Pirates Book 1) - C. S. Johnson, Jennifer Sell

 

The Heights of Perdition (The Divine Space Pirates, #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

C S Johnson has created a world that was destroyed by a nuclear holocaust and it is easy to picture the devastation and the struggle of the people to survive.

 

The Heights of Perdition takes us from the Earth to Outer Space and back again.

 

It was easy to figure out where the story was going but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

 

The people of New Hope, which is formerly New York City, live underground. That alone is enough to creep me out. Above ground is desolate and barren. I do love that C S has saved one giant tree and Aeris sneaks out to spend time in it. She has an independent streak, so when it comes time for her to graduate and join the Military Academy, her lifelong dream, her father nixes that idea. She is crushed, but I too, think she is better suited doing something else. She has a green thumb and they are in dire need of someone with her skills.

 

I can’t imagine the life of the people Serious. No laughs. No fun. The leaders say jump, the people say, how hi. No free thinking allowed.

 

Exton Shepherd hijacked the Perdition because he felt he had no choice. It was his father’s invention and he was not about to let anyone misuse it. Him and his crew lived on the spaceship, but they still had to return to Earth for water. Their lives are full of all the things that make us human. All the emotions that entails. And theyare allowed to show them.

 

When the two come together, we know what’s going to happen. But, for me, that’s okay. Just because I know how the story goes, doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it. And I did.

 

All the things that make us human are exposed, the good and bad, the misuse of power, the demand to be obeyed, greed, and love and laughter.

 

The Heights of Perdition by C S Johnson is thought provoking and frightening. What would the world be like after nuclear war? C S Johnson gives us a glimpse of some possibilities. I would love to read more.

 

The only thing I hated was the cliffhanger…but the trilogy is complete and even comes in a boxed set. So…grab your copy now if you love science fiction or world ending stories.

 

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One Sentence Review – Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark @thatmarciaclark

Killer Ambition (Rachel Knight Book 3) - Marcia Clark

 

 

My first thought when I hear Marcia Clark is the OJ Simpson trial, but Marcia is an author who leaves her mark through words too.

 

I would like to thank Net Galley and Little, Brown and Company.

 

Killer Ambition (Rachel Knight, #3)

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MY REVIEW

 

I have been enjoying the Rachel Night series, though I am confused about her relationship with Graden and impressed with her ability to be a lawyer, manipulating people and letting the facts talk for her where my mouth would be going ninety miles an hour with some swear words thrown in and because truth…justice…MY ASS!
 
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Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos   3 Stars

 

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Guilt By Association

 
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Giveaway – Flesh by Laura Bickle @Laura_Bickle @RoxanneRhoads

Flesh - Laura Bickle
 
Flesh
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Flesh by Laura Bickle
 
MY REVIEW
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Laura Bickle’s Undead in Flesh are not your typical zombies. They are a unique blend.

 

These youngsters do not bite off more than they can chew in this sometimes funny tale of the Undead and they have an ability to go with the flow to save their town.

 

Great storytelling with plenty of fear and danger and a pace that makes for some spine tingling, hair raising reading of the horror kind.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Flesh by Laura Bickle.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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The Dragon’s Playlist

 
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Firefighters are Water Fairies – All Good Things by Perry Prete @PerryPreteBooks

All Good Things - Perry Prete

 

I found Perry Prete through a blog tour and I am so glad I did. this is my second book of his to read and I have three more waiting on my Kindle for their turn, so stay tuned for more great stories.

 

How about the simple yet very effective on hooking me cover? What do you think?

 

Cover: Digiwriting

 

Publisher: Sands Press

 

All Good Things (Ethan Tennant Series)

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MY REVIEW

 

Perry Prete takes his real life work and twists it into fiction novels, giving his books the feel of being a true story.

 

I love Tom, Ethan’s hunky sweet partner. Does his job the way you wish everyone would. Tom is one special guy and, if I ever need an ambulance, I hope he shows up. He is a gentle caring, patient man. 

 

It started out a normal day at work, but not when we reached apartment 318. He, literally, stepped in it. He noticed something odd…it looked like an upside down cross brushed on the victim’s forehead. He felt the need to follow up on the call. He couldn’t let it go.

An upside down cross has many meanings, one of which is a public execution.

He found there was more than one curious death.

 

His bud, Galen, is the lead on the murder case. They are close friends, playing off each other. Galen is sort of a red headed British overweight Columbo. What a fabulous description is that. Makes it very easy to picture him, and we do see a lot of him.

 

The humor is understandable. Like anyone in a high stress job, humor helps people get through the bad. The urinal scene had me cracking up. Boys will be boys.

 

He was having fun with the killings, smiling while watching the police at the crime scene. The killing had now become sexual for him. He got off on it. He gets sicker with each passing moment. He had become…

 

He calls Ethan and the game is on. Why is he being singled out by the killer?

 

I got a bit of a rush from that ambulance ride.

 

Did you know that firefighters are water fairies? LOL

 

Oh man, there is so much sadness. The deaths become more gruesome as he comes into his own. And this may so sick, but I am enjoying it more. The darker, the more evil the villain becomes, the more I love him.

 

The pacing kept the suspense on an even keel, always there, endangering the characters. The more I get to know the characters, the more I like them, even the evil villain. I think Tom is my favorite though.

 

This is Perry Prete’s first novel and it was a great one. Very well done. I loved it. Some great characters, plenty of murder and mayhem, loss and love, danger and evil. I am not sure what’s missing. why am i not blown away, because it has all the thing I love…could it be romance? Of course, this is a series, so maybe he’s saving that. You know, a slow burn instead of a hot flash.

 

I look forward to reading more of his work, watching him grow as an author, creating more mystery and suspense, because…there is one question not answered. The story could end here, or, it could come to life in the next book.

 

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The Mind’s Eye

 
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Giveaway & Review – Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours

Murder by Perfection - Lauren Carr

 

 

Book Details:

 

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

 

MY REVIEW

 

Lauren Carr is one of my go to authors when I want a mystery that’s just right. Not too cozy and not too dark, but filled with suspense, humor and a critter or two or three…
 

I love being back with familiar friends and the pets who love them. Lauren Carr;s characters, both human and canine, are rich in personality and she gets right to the action. the hook is set early and I love that, even though I know when I open the cover I am in for hours of entertainment, laughter, danger and worry.

 

Right off the bat I greet Newman. He’s a Basset mix and a couch potato, who pouts when he doesn’t like what’s on TV and doesn’t have the remote to change it. Sometimes it’s the stock report and sometimes it could be a movie, like Jurassic Park or zombies. He has good taste.

 

“You have a couch potato who pranks people by playing possum and another who’s a compulsive liar..”

 

A great description for the critters in this household. Gotta love ’em!

 

Jessica and Murphy are still in the honeymoon phase of their marriage, but, like a lot of us, they are busy with the necessities of life and don’t have enough time to spend together. Adds that bit of realism that makes the story read like true crime.

 

Technology plays a big part in this series and I would love to have a butler like Nigel and all the toys that are available to them.

 

We have secrets, murders, Phantoms, and more…

 

In fact, we have multiple murders and a long list of suspects. But don’t worry, we still have plenty of time for some laughter and lovin’.

 

Thanks Lauren, for another chance to get lost in a twist and turn mystery that leads me down one path, only to find I took a wrong turn somewhere. Keep ’em coming.

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Going Underground in Eleven by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold

Eleven - Carolyn Arnold

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Arnold is a prolific writer and I have been reading her work for a while now. Her thrillers are to die for and I am excited when I have another one of her books in my hand.

 

Eleven was FREE at the time of posting and if you are a thriller lover, this is a must read.

 

Publisher:  Hibbert & Stiles Publishing 

 

Eleven (Brandon Fisher FBI series, #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

First, I would grab this book because it was written by Carolyn Arnold. Second, I have been reading her work for a while now, and I now she won’t disappoint my, but she may blow my mind. Third, SHE DID!

 

Carolyn Arnold’s novels read like Criminal Minds episodes. I love how she breaks down the crimes and the criminals, taking us through the process, step by step, clue by clue. And this is one mystery that keeps on giving. I was super creeped out early and it never stopped. I wonder where Carolyn came up with the idea for Eleven. Is she smoking something?

 

Salt Lick. Kentucky. Underground. Creepaliciously gruesome and I feel chills running up and down my spine just writing this.

 

Eleven, the symbol of purity, but I sure don’t see it here.

 

Focus, analyze, and be objective is what is required and Brandon is thankful for the training that allowed him to do exactly that, especially in the current circumstances. This is Brandon’s first case with the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. His coworkers ride him, calling him Kid, Pending and Slingshot.

 

We watch Brandon grow and learn as he works under Jack, a Supervisory Special Agent. Danger strikes too close for comfort, but he slowly learns to keep control of his emotions, or he would be useless to the investigation. His first case, and it is a horrific one.

 

WOW…I am only at 28% and the story is so intense, I wonder how I will make it to the end. Do I cheat and peak? NO! Don’t do it. It would ruin everything. It is the anticipation, the awful, sickening journey that makes it all worthwhile. I will savor the threats and danger. I will crawl around underground with them…there go those shivers again.

 

There is so much more of the story to come, I can’t imagine what surprises are in store for me, but Carolyn’s ability to write with suspense and make her characters seem so real that at times I forget this isn’t a true story, is one journey I know I won’t regret..

 

The killer they are looking for is just out of reach. They will get there, but will it be in time? There is more than one life at stake.

 

Stories and scenes that happen underground really freak me out. I shivered and cringed my way to the end and loved every minute of it! If you love mystery, thrills and suspense of the highest caliber, this is a must read and Carolyn Arnold is an author you want to follow. I anticipate many more horrific stories to come. Bring it on, Carolyn!

“You have one great weakness.”

“You’re too positive.”

“You think we catch all the bad guys, that we can stop the evil in the world.”

“You believe in hope even when there is none.”

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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Review & Giveaway – No End Of Bad by Ginny Fite @unwrinkledbrain @iReadBookTours

No End Of Bad - Ginny Fite

 

 

 
 

Book Details:

 

Book Title: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite
Category: Adult Fiction; 280 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release date: June 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (Contains cursing, violence, non-explicit sex but NO adultery, abortion, etc.)

 

MY REVIEW

 

No End of Bad by Ginny Fite started out with me thinking this will just be so so. It didn’t take long for me to become involved and wondering what would I do if I were sitting in a park, minding my own business, nothing new, just the usual work day and I see some litter, so I pick it up. Before I can say, excuse me, I am jumped on, handcuffed and off to who knows where we go.

 

Innocent until proven guilty? Yeah, right.

 

Accused of being a spy Clayton Turnbull’s life is over as he knows it. But it gets oh so much worse.

 

There are so many awful characters, no morals or scruples, a what’s in it for me attitude, and corruption and greed run rampant. These characters don’t even deserve to be put in jail, they deserve to be buried under it. There is no level they will not go to keep what’s theirs and cover up the evidence before that pesky reporter, or someone else, exposes them.

 

 As will Lenore Cavanaugh, the reporter that is like a pit full. She will not let anything go.

Margaret and Melissa Turnbull will rise above and beyond anything they could have dreamed about.

 

I love a good conspiracy mystery and this is one convoluted tale that goes around the world and back again. Politics and greed rear their ugly heads and run full bore after those who threaten to expose them.

 

I like a book that makes me question things in the real world. I do wonder what percentage of people in the world today believe everything they read in the papers, see on TV and on the internet. Do they get their news from Facebook?

 

Well…loaded with danger, corruption, government rogues running wild around the world, these amazing characters will rise to levels never anticipated to do the right thing, to protect their own and to take down the bad guys, no matter who they are or how high they rise. And it doesn’t stop until the last page is read. Warning: the ending may require tissues.

 

I love this quote from Henry Kissinger:

 

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t trying to kill you.

 

Here’s a quote from Melissa to her mother, Margaret:

 

“God Mom, there’s just No End of Bad.”

 

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The Austin Paradox by Willaim R Leibowitz @MiracleManBook @iReadBookTours

The Austin Paradox - William Leibowitz

 

 
MY REVIEW
 
I LOVED Miracle Man, Book I, so I was very eager to begin The Austin Paradox, Book II, and I did, immediately. It’s a story of a superhero, but not one endowed with magical powers. He has a mind, a level of genius, never seen before.
 
This is where we find Robert James Austin’s mindset as we embark on a mission to save more lives.
 
There is a force of negativity and destruction in the universe. Highly efficient and infinitely resourceful, it empowers and leads. It gives diseases their resiliency, their tenacity, their propensity to reinvent themselves, resist treatments, regenerate and defensively mutate. It propels them.
 
Christine, his wife, just wants a normal life, and now she has it…or does she?
 
William R Leibowitz’s novels have a ring of truth to them, when dealing with Big Pharma and the government. So much of what he writes makes me angry, disgusted, and feeling helpless to do anything about it. I love when an author’s writing brings forth emotions that, at times, seem to overwhelm me. And if these books don’t open your eyes and scare the crap out of you, I don’t know what will.
 
I have dealt with the affects of the ‘don’t cure the disease, just treat the symptoms’, mentality of those who want more, more money, more control, more….How about you?
 
The main story, though, is about Robert James Austin and his desire to right the wrongs, all while fighting his personal demons. Robert believes that things should change and wants to help do it, by finding cures and making them accessible to everyone, not just those who can afford it. Man, oh man, if only his cures were real.
 
The Austin Pardox is different from The Miracle Man, but we are still learning about his genius, or now, it is his lack of it. His life is still in danger from himself, but also from outside forces who want him gone. The book may be different, but it is still just as intense.
 
A biological weapon, an apocalyptic Islamic caliphate…I wonder how everything will come together. I fear for the entire planet.
 
I know this is fiction, but I feel it could become all too real. Can we look at William R Leibowitz’s series as a warning?  Think about it. Who decides who lives and who dies? Who do you trust? The Austin Paradox left me hopeful and pissed off for The Miracle Man.
 
I didn’t rate this as high as The Miracle Man. It was a bit different, but I wonder, was it my mood? Did I get dogged down in the details? I wonder if, after reading The Miracle Man, I found The Austin Paradox more predictable. I don’t know, but I find the series to be a special series, and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
 

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Greatest Genius In Human History – The Miracle Man by Willaim R Leibowitz @MiracleManBook @iR

Miracle Man - William Leibowitz
Hi and welcome to my first of two posts for the Miracle Man series. Today I will be sharing Miracle Man and Thursday, the 13th, I will be sharing The Austin Paradox, Miracle Man Book 2.
 
Miracle Man
 
MY REVIEW
 
The cover, those eyes, exciting, alluring, drawing me in, deeper and deeper…
 

WOW! My blood was boiling, my heart pounding, my palms sweating….well, you get the drift. Miracle Man is over the top fantabulous! Unputdownable!

 

OH NO. Here we go…

 

Isn’t there a government organization for everything?

 

The kid, 11 year old Bobby Austin…I hope the parents are suspicious about the Institute’s motivations, because I sure am!

 

As I write this review, I am watching Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, and Robert James Austin makes me think of Sheldon. Intelligence off the charts and socially inept, in fact he becomes so engrossed in his work, he zones people out completely, drives himself past the brink of exhaustion. But is that all that’s going on?

I can see some badness coming his way. Nevertheless, I am loving this rollercoaster ride and you couldn’t pry the book out of my hands with a crowbar.

 

I believe our medical research leaves a lot to be desired and so does Robert. I believe Big Pharma is more interested in creating a treatment, than a cure. But, he is in the position to do something about it. Robert puts his life on the line for his beliefs. He is driven obsessed, he cannot stop until he finds the answer.

 

Joe, his mentor, is someone you have to meet for yourself. All I will say is…I love the man.

 

The writing is excellent and the story so intense, I keep forgetting Miracle Man is fiction. I want to put my arms around Robert and tell him it will be all right. Remember, he is only 11 years old, and I am watching him grow up.

 

I am trying real hard not to spoil anything, so I am scanning my notes for small nuggets that can convey how much I loved this story.

 

So thought provoking…So many questions come to mind…

 

Government conspiracies, Big Pharma, betrayal, inner demons, greed, entitlement, religion…

 

The characters…all are well developed and unique individuals in their own right. Some I loved and some I truly hated, detested, wanted to jump into the book and punch their lights out! I empathized with some, I wanted to bury some under the jail, but they are all pivotal to evoking emotions of sadness, rage, love, and hope, and have their place in the story.

 

I wondered how William R Liebowitz would wrap up Miracle Man. I had some ideas and he flirted with them, but took them even further than I envisioned. Way to go, William!

 

This is a must read for anyone that gives a damn about the world we live in! Let’s hope some genius reads this book and gets motivated.

 

The interview at the end left me feeling confused. What, if anything, can change the way business and research is done? I don’t have the answers, but I know something different needs to be done.

 

Thank goodness I have book II, The Austin Paradox. No waiting and I am beginning it now.

 

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Review & Giveaway – The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete @PerryPreteBooks @iReadBookTours

The Mind's Eye - Perry Prete

 

 

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Book Details:

Book Title: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete
Category: Adult Fiction; 243 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Sands Press
Release date: March 7, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: R (Violence towards women based on real life events, language, graphic violence)

 

MY REVIEW

 

After I got over the brutal murder, I couldn’t help but laugh at Paul as he faces his day. He is definitely not a morning person and I can relate. Neither am I. I like that he wears sneakers with his suits. Makes sense to me. I laugh along with his police partners as they poke fun at him, like only true friends can do.

 

Nicole is just hanging out with her best friend, while the power is out due to a snowstorm, when her gift comes to light.

 

HE is pure evil. How does he choose his victims? I’ll leave that up to you to find out, but it is not what your run of the mill serial killer would he. He is brutal, savage. He is a real sicko.

 

Nicole’s ability is developing and she has no idea how intense it will get. She can feel the victim’s pain, live through their death. .I know she will get involved in the investigation and now I know how and why.

 

When Paul and Nicole meet, something zaps between them. Big surprise, right? (said sarcastically) I don’t mind knowing some of the story beforehand,, just as long as the author throws in a surprise or two. I love the scene where Nicole is getting dressed for their date. Simone is helping her and she does need the help. I love her BFF.

 

It’s easy to see how Carl, the reporter becomes involved. Investigating is not a nine to five, sit at your desk job. He goes out in the field. He wants to be a REAL reporter. He even dresses the part in a thrift store suit that makes me think of the film noir PI’s.

 

I love the dark, black as night thrillers and this qualifies. The murders are gruesome, grisly, overkill, mutilations beyond your imagination. Then…comes the autopsy description that takes it to another level of upchucking ugliness. The more grossness Perry Prete feeds me, the hungrier I get. BUT, I do like fun and smiles with my murder mysteries and he does supply that too, along with dialogue and easy banter between the characters.

 

Oh man, the hospital scene. Caught me by surprise, but Nicole is not afraid and I love it. NOW IT’S INTENSE…my thoughts run riot, I want to scream and yell, my heart beats a little faster, my eyes devour the words faster, the pace of the novel picks up, the suspense mounting.

 

The ending…..FANTASTIC.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete

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Murder For Breakfast – Snatched by Alison Golden @alisonjgolden

Snatched (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 2) - Alison Golden, Gabriella Zinnas

 

 

Here’s a glimpse of the Diana Hunter Mystery series. I fell in love with the covers.

 

Hunted Snatched Stolen Chopped Exposed

 

Snatched (Diana Hunter #2)

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MY REVIEW

 

The covers of the Diana Hunter Mystery series, blew me away and I knew I had to read Snatched by Alison Golden. This mystery novella was a quick and easy read.

 

Diana was a reporter and is now the editor for a crime magazine. It makes sense that she would know a lot about investigating and she gets the opportunity when a murder takes place right outside her balcony window.

 

She’s a bit snippy and snarky with the hunky Detective. And…we do have a friendly little critter, Max, who takes a liking to the Detective, so that’s a very good sign. Me thinks there may be some romance in the air.

 

The mystery is on the gruesome side and it does give me food for thought. Diana may present herself as a suspect by her actions, so that does keep the detective close…and closer. The writing caught my attention early. Even though the story is short, there is plenty of detail and action, whether danger or romance, to keep my interest throughout.

 

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OSR: The Beast of Brenton Woods by Jackson R Thomas #JacksonRThomas

The Beast of Brenton Woods - Jackson R. Thomas

 

 

I picked this up on an Amazon free day and it was worth the read. I mean, just look at that cover. How can you resist such a handsome devil?! 

 

The Beast of Brenton Woods

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Cover Art:  Flobby Bobby

 

Ebook Cover Layout:  Alien Agent Publishing

 

Secrets refuse to remain buried and watch out for what character becomes your favorite because he has no problem killing them off in a wickedly brutal, savage way…A claw here, a bite there and I hope it gets that bag of shit Kenny. 

 

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Underground Horror – Something Down There by Nancy Widrew #NancyWidrew

Something Down There - Nancy Widrew

 

 

Nancy Widrew asked and I answered, “Would love to read Something Down There.”

Just looking at the cover is creeping me out, though I am not too claustrophobic when it comes to large places underground. Just don’t ask me to crawl through small holes.

 

Cover by Circeecorp

 

Something Down There

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MY REVIEW

 

Imagine climbing into a hole, slightly larger than you, into a chamber where you are hunched over and it  shrinks as you are forced to your hands and knees, eventually crawling on your belly. Well…I almost had to put the book down it was freaking me out. LOL

 

What nutbag would think finding people living in a caveway down under is a good thing? Well, Jeremy…IT’S NOT A GOOD THING!

 

Now, Karen and Jeremy are stuck underground with some weird people for their honeymoon. And if SHE thinks things can’t get any worse, think again. They are prisoners of the underground people.

 

One grotesque and otherworldly thing after another keeps the horror flowing through the pages. The tragic surprises are around every corner, but all is not lost. There is one ray of hope…

 

Eerie, frightening, tragic, so sad, yet hopeful. The world building and character development are right on target for a horror novel. There is a sense of impending doom hanging over their heads. I do wonder how this will end . Horrorlicious.

 

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Can He Save Her – Escaping Memories by Amanda Siegrist @amanda_siegrist

Escaping Memories - Amanda Siegrist

 

The cover for Escaping Memories by Amanda Siegrist is simple, yet poignant.

I love that it says so much with so little and the author is the creator.

 

Cover by Amanda Siegrist

 

Escaping Memories (Lucky Town #1)

 

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MY REVIEW

 

In the small town of Lucky, a young child of ten has been murdered and Sheriff Logan Caldwell will not take a badly needed vacation until it has been handled. Then, it’s off to his cabin in the woods. His place of tranquility. He needed some peace and quiet, some solitude. He walks in, only to find he is not alone.

 

There is a woman and she needs his help. She has no memories, amnesia. She doesn’t know how or why is she here, she just knows danger is out there and she’s not going anywhere.

 

Even with the characters fear coming through, Amanda Siegrist writes with humor and lightness.

 

The immediate hook is great, the story line predictable…but who is the bad guy? At 24%, have I met him yet? I don’t think so, and I do have my eyes wide open. It’s a very small town and I would think he is no stranger to the area. He took her, used and abused her, but somehow she managed to escape. In the back of my mind, a thought persists, will he get his hands on her again?

 

I love strong women in distress. There is a sweet innocence about her. She has been hurt, terrorized, a childlike woman who needs a protector to help her find her way back to herself. Her naivety and honesty comes through in Amanda Siegrist’s storytelling. Even though their relationship develops quickly, she makes it seem as if it is natural, easy, real, well you know, sort of real.

 

A subtle menace lurks in the background.

 

Logan is the man I would want to run into if I were in her situation. He is chivalrous. I find the word perfectly describes him. He will not hurt her or take advantage of her. He is patient, gentle, tender, loving, putting her first in all things.

 

The peripheral characters have important roles to play and their well developed personalities shine through.

 

Even though I tend to favor darker and grittier novels, Amanda Siegrist made it easy to get lost in Escaping Memories, with suspense and humor that kept me turning the pages. I didn’t always know where we were going, and I like that she kept me guessing. The characters were easy to relate to and drew me into their lives, wanting to know if everyone makes it out of this mess in a good way…except for the bad guy, of course. He needs his comeuppance.

 

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