Friday, March 22, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 377- Cry Wolf by Maggie Shayne, Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

Cry Wolf (Brown & de Luca, #4.5)Cry Wolf by Maggie Shayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is great to see Brown and de Luca again. It is also unexpected as the series seemed to have come to an end. Not so as the two work together to find out what and why a young boy is missing. Both Brown and de Luca are in top form. There is the missing boy, the famous mystic and of course Rachel who is not a you know what. Nice mix of characters, plot and action and as always a twist at the end.

Wishes and WellingtonsWishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What do you do with a foul-tempered djinni. If you are Maeve Merritt you take two of your friends on a adventure and turn enemies hair green. Then you have one wish left and that leads to more trouble than you ever expected. I loved how Maeve grew as she had to work out how to save people, keep her djinni, and be true to her friends. This was a fun adventure and coming of age story where all well that ends well for Maeve and friends.

Jayne Entwistle brings the character alive in this fun story.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 376 -The Widening Gyre by Michael R. Johnston, Connections in Death by J.D.Robb

The Widening GyreThe Widening Gyre by Michael R. Johnston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great Start. Loved the characters, the backstory, the world building and the mystery. Then the whole thing just seemed to stop. The end left a whole lot to be desired. This is book one of a series but while one mystery was solved it left everything up in the air. I will pick up the next book just to see how everyone survives. At least I hope they survive.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Connections in Death (In Death, #48)Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Eve and Roarke and always look forward to their next book. It is seldom that I am disappointed but Connections in Death just did not catch me. I did like the characters and the murder was well set up but the aftermath was just boring. Still a must read for fans of the In Death series. Can be read as a standalone but the series does follow a time line.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Evil Embers by Cristelle Comby - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway

Evil Embers (Vale Investigation, book 2)
by Cristelle Comby


GENRE: Urban Fantasy



After narrowly preventing the destruction of Cold City, PI Bellamy Vale needs a rest. Or rather, he needs a plain and simple vanilla case—no monsters or otherworldly creatures involved!

When foreign businessman Eli Smith shows up at his doorstep with a thick wallet and a request to find his missing sister, Vale doesn’t think twice before agreeing.

If he’d known body-hopping demons and smoke monsters came attached to this job, however, he might have.


The door slammed shut as something grabbed at me. And by “grabbed”, I mean “lifted me off the ground and rammed me into the nearest wall”.

The structure bent under the impact while a nightmare that would have fit in an old-school John Carpenter movie screamed at me. With my gas mask on, I never heard it coming.

Dazed, I glanced up and faced sharp, yellow-tainted teeth. They formed a circular pit of canines, ready to swallow my head whole. I pulled a knife from my boot and slashed the creep at the center of its mass. The fiend’s scream rose an octave as the cold steel struck home.

The creature dumped me back on the floor before dissipating into nothingness.

The attack sucked the air out of my lungs, and I spent the next few minutes coughing through the mask. I felt like kicking myself. I spent my first week here carving wards around the entire six-block area before going in for the first time. I should have known better than to cut one on this house’s front door and move on. I forgot the back door. That mistake left that damned poltergeist way too much room to attack.

The monster du jour was a ghost, an escapee from the realm of death—the Underworld, Hell, or whatever else you call the place people go to once they’re done with life. From what I knew, not everyone turns Casper in their afterlife. However, those who do become near-mindless creatures stuck in their own plane of existence. When they make it to our side of the border, they turn into full ectoplasmic savages.

The dead guy I stepped over near the open back doorway was proof enough of that. What was once an engineer working for the city now had his chest cavity cut down to the bone and his head severed from his body. Blood splatters all but drowned out the muted yellow of his shredded biohazard suit. Judging from the angle of what remained of his corpse, he was trying to flee the house when the poltergeist got him.

“Dammit,” I muttered as I tightened the straps on my gas mask. Whoever this engineer was, I was pretty sure he didn’t come in here alone, which meant I may have to explain what a six-foot PI in a surplus army jacket, a gas mask right out of the First World War and second-to-thirdhand leather gloves was doing in an area strictly reserved for city workers and engineers.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, where she still resides.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

She is the author of the Neve & Egan Cases series, which features an unlikely duo of private detectives in London: Ashford Egan, a blind History professor, and Alexandra Neve, one of his students.

Currently, she is hard at work on her Urban Fantasy series Vale Investigation which chronicles the exploits of Death’s only envoy on Earth, PI Bellamy Vale, in the fictitious town of Cold City, USA.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Legend of Song de Light by Kaitlynzq - Book Blast and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

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The stories within Legend of Song de Light
connect, unfold, interweave many character’s stories needs, feelings, desires, dreams

their threads as two crescent moons connected under the firelights
that layer the chords, and form the lyrics

all of you entered my world as dawn’s awakening sky of soft palette my garnet heart melted in iridescence to bloom in sun’s rays glow in night’s depth as the stars echo the rhythm of my heart my insides sigh and expand in delight harmonious blend as our lives circle the melody
The audiobook is recorded in Kaitlynzq’s voice with a blend of music like a heart’s wave into downloadable mp3 files.

An audio book that is interwoven in the Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu series that includes

Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem
Legend of Song de Light audio book Legend of Song de Light audio play
Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set

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Read an Excerpt

“...Danseur pulls ballerina into him, their eyes speaking the volumes in their hearts as he lifts her above to hold a cherimey for an eight count. He draws her into him again, and upon her signal, tosses her high in the air for a leatur to land softly in his arms. Danseur reimey, as ballerina performs an intricate olor fu de ar, a bea uh li, triple tizpin, turns back to Danseur, and magnifi-gras-se-susay. Danseur catches her right on cue. Joined hand to hand, they geeté, geeté, adream petite into the final truset luh-es-aglo lift, and return encircled with their eyes speaking the volumes in their hearts...”

“...The development process of this collection included the use of a paint brush to add to the photos the undercurrent of feeling within them, and when the four piece panorama is placed side-by-side, a gentle stream is seen that carries this private story...”

About the Author:
My fictional stories are written from the inside view of a character’s interior heart-that beautiful, vulnerable, intimate space feelings, desires, needs, dreams a blend of delicate feather ripples of heart waves needs, feelings, dreams, desires quiet, gentle heart strings tender, continuous soft, vulnerable air mist circles, weaves to caress a sonic sea of heart’s breath

Woven into audio books that are recorded in my voice with a medley of music as a heart’s wave into downloadable mp3 files;

audio plays adapted from the audio books, and layered into pdf files like a heart’s song;

audio poems that are multiple poems designed to connect to form a story as a heart’s breath;

and audio sets that are sets of these interconnected stories with elements from each story that interweave in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath.
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 375 - Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin, Vox by Christina Dalcher

Native Tongue (Native Tongue, #1)Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book that has stuck with me for years. In this world women are property, denied civil rights and banned from public life. Written by Suzette Haden Elgin a PHD in linguistics it highlight the importance and power of language. It is one I recommend for anyone who read Vox (the next book in this post) and The Handmaidens Tale. The characters are  very well drawn, the world building is clear and concise and the language fascinating. The book is no longer in print but it is well worth your time to find a copy.

VoxVox by Christina Dalcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was our Science Fiction Book Club selection for March. Vox like Native Tongue is written by a linguistic and highlights the importance of language. In this book women are again denied rights and are stripped of free use of language. They can use only 100 words a day. While the story was a little uneven it still highlights how easily the world can go backwards and groups can have their rights stripped away. As a group we agreed that this was a great read for establishing discussion. In fact it lead to a very long and varied meeting where thing happening today were brought out and compared to events in the book. In Vox language

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Short and Sweet Audio Book Reviews # 374 - Winter World by A.G. Riddle, Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Winter World (The Long Winter #1)Winter World by A.G. Riddle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of a Two book Series, Winter World tells a good story. The plot is simple. The Earth is cooling at a fast rate and no one know why. Enter our two main characters. One is the only survivor of the attack on the space station. The other is a prisoner who survives a takeover by the prisoners. Together they work to find and stop the cooling. There is some mystery in the book as why the man was in prison is keep a secret until the end of the book. The plot is very character driven and is fast paced. There are interesting support characters who add to the realistic feel of the story line. The world building and back story are well done again adding to the plot. While there is a solution by the end there is still a threat left to be faced in the next book.

This is told from alternating views from the two main characters. Edoardo Ballerini and Amanda Leigh Cobb do a great job with those voices as well as the voices of the various characters. I enjoyed Winter World and I have the next book on my wish list.

Smoke EatersSmoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Smoke Eaters is a thrill a minute journey as Cole Brannigan has to learn to battle dragons. These are not the nice kind either. I loved following Cole and found the world building fascinating. Look for some very different dragons and some different uses for the same. Cole has an interesting back story and other characters help flesh out what and how and why dragons have appeared. I loved Cole and Sherry, his wife, and how the story ended for the two of them.

The Narration by T. Ryder Smith was spot on fitting the emotions in the story with the appropriate voice.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 373 - Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon, Hot Texas Sunrise by Delores Fossen

Unto Us a Son Is Given (Commissario Brunetti, #28)Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great being back in Guido Brunetti's world. Once again Donna Leon walks us through Venice letting us visit a place a world away from our everyday. She has such a great way with words and pacing holding our attention while painting a picture of everyday life for Guido, his co-workers, and family. Woven into that is a background for what is to come. Other background stories are woven into the plot adding to the feel of being with Brunetti as he works out the cause and result of one man's deception. This series has yet to get old. I love the flow and the pace of the books and look forward to more visits with Brunetti.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Hot Texas Sunrise (Coldwater Texas, #2)Hot Texas Sunrise by Delores Fossen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What do you do when your best friend dies and wants you to raise her children. That is the dilemma driving the plot in Hot Texas Sunrise. The kids are interesting, the adults helpful, and the problems are many. I loved the way Cleo and Judd react and how they work together. It was also great to see how they worried about how events would affect the other. Great characters, interesting plot and some fun moments kept this a hard to put down story.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Tursiops Syndrome by John C. Waite - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway

The Tursiops Syndrome
by John C. Waite 

GENRE: Thriller



How do you get a nuke into the heart of the city? Maybe a dolphin can help. From Author John Waite, the tale of a police detective who matches wits with a mad scientist and terrorists intent on destroying America. When detective Hickory Logan joins Park Ranger Kevin Whitehead investigating the mysterious death of a dolphin she finds herself sucked into a far deeper whirlpool. Can she and Kevin stop the tide of terror that threatens to kill thousands or will they be fodder for a nuclear fireball?

A newspaper review described Tursiops thus: "The writing is, well, wonderful. Waite has a gift for dialogue and story-telling, and his plot is adventurous and perfectly paced. "



A scrabbling behind him took Red’s attention from the house. He turned to see a young man wearing medic bars leaning over Jessie’s prone body. He watched as the medic fingered Jessie’s throat, looking for a pulse. 

“Got it,” he muttered. “She’s alive. Gotta keep her that way.”

He reached into a small canvas bag and pulled out a red-lensed flashlight, a plastic bag and tubing. Squatting next to Jesse, he shoved her sleeve up her arm and inserted a needle into a vein. 

He looked up at Red.

“Saline,” he said. 

“You a doc?” Red asked.

“Close as you’re gonna get out here.”

“I’m going for a medevac,” he said and vanished into the darkness.

Red watched Jessie. She didn’t move.  He couldn’t tell if she was  breathing. But the medic had said she was alive. 

“Well…fuck me,” she groaned.

“God damn. Jessie.” Red said.

“Red?” Her voice trembled. “Is that you? Am I dead?”

“Medic.” Red yelled. “Jessie, don’t move. Just don’t move. You’ve been hit. The medic says you’re alive and he went for a medevac.”

Headlights flipped on, and an engine cranked several vehicles back in the convoy. Other lights were coming on around him now, and he could see Jessie, her face masked by the blood-soaked bandanna stuffed into the bullet furrow.

“God, it hurts. How bad?” she asked, not moving.

“Jess, I don’t know. Just don’t move…please. The medic will be right back.”

“I screwed up, huh. Anybody else hurt?” 

As if on cue, a jeep crunched to a halt at Jessie’s feet, and the young medic jumped out. 

“Bird’s on its way,” he said as he knelt beside her. 

Jessie grabbed his arm.

“Am I gonna die?”

The medic took her hand.

Environment teaches an author a lot.

        I grew up in the suburbs of a big city. Not just any city. At the time I didn’t realize that New Orleans was unique. But even back in the 50s and 60s its nature leaked across the municipal boundaries and gave daily life a pungent flavor. That aspect of it began to dawn on me when I started college, which was only an hour’s drive from Canal Street. But it might as well have been in another state and another time zone.

        Even as a kid I could walk anywhere in Kenner, our suburb, and not feet threatened. Of course, I knew I could run fast and duck if I ran into a dangerous situation. But I never had to utilize that particular talent.

        That freedom sweetened life for me beyond the emotional bounds that many residents of other big cities enjoy.

 I imagine there were drug and prostitution problems there even then, but nothing like the street corner dealers and sex trade that exists today. Back then the cops were good guys, even when they weren’t.

        And there wasn’t the now omnipresent social media and on-the-spot television available to criticize every misstep a well-known figure made.

        None of that directly affects the heroesand heroines who people my stories. But I think that social gumbo enabled me to understand how such characters fit into their environment. And how what they do affects that environment. It lends flavor to how those characters interact.

        Being able to see in my mind’s eye those characters affected by their environment helps me to tell their stories.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Thousands of author John C Waite’s words flew past Alpha Centauri years ago,  heading for the center of the galaxy, perhaps sparking an arthropod’s grin in route. Waite, a degreed journalist and retired Merchant Mariner has numerous writing and broadcasting awards to his credit, and millions of words in print and broadcast media. Originally from New Orleans he has called Panhandle Florida his home for fifty years, but still retains a taste for things Creole and Cajun. A recreational and professional sailor, his travels have covered the Caribbean, the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, portions of south and Central America, Canada, Hawaii, Ireland, Britain, and Europe. John resides in Pensacola, Florida. He is a father to four, and grandfather to four.  His books are available on Amazon.

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