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Knot in Time (Tales of Uncertainty Book 1)
Knot in Time (Tales of Uncertainty Book 1)
Price: 1.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast, Entertaining Read, 29 Oct 2013
KNOT IN TIME is probably a book for young adults, and that's not a genre I normally read. But I've 'met' the author on Facebook and Twitter and wanted to check out his books. I'm glad I did. KNOT IN TIME is about time-travel, but it's also a mystery that the main character, Dare, must unravel. No pun intended!

Solid characters, good use of time travel gadgetry (without confusing us older folks), lots of humor, and a plot to destroy the world. The author took his time setting up the series in this book so I feel like I have a solid base for book two. It's an engrossing read. I'll look forward to the next book in the series! Recommended for young adults and up.


BLACK (Hard-boiled noir detective mystery)
BLACK (Hard-boiled noir detective mystery)
Price: 3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Noir to Challenge the Best, 29 Oct 2013
What? Another book in an overdone genre? You'd think this is just another PI series with a down on his luck hero, a smartass assistant, quirky associates, and a seemingly simple job to perform that somehow goes horribly wrong. But you'd be wrong. As in all his other books, Russell Blake takes a tired genre and turns it on its head with great writing, memorable characters, and a dark plot.

Artemis Black is a man from another time, born decades too late for his 1973 Cadillac and time capsule wardrobe. The long-suffering PI tolerates his snarky assistant Roxie; his uber-successful peace, love, and positivity parents; and the obese cat who has graced his office with its presence. His detective business is flagging when a gem of a job drops in his lap - finding out who is trying to ruin the come-back of a Hollywood producer through sabotage and murder.

The one-liners are hilarious, the characters crackle with life, and the plot is as devious as that found in any of Blake's international thrillers.

I've loved every Russell Blake book I've picked up, and BLACK is no exception. In fact, it almost bumped THE GERONIMO BREACH from its position at first on my list of favorites.

Almost.

Highly recommended.


A Dead Red Oleander (The Dead Red Mystery series Book 3)
A Dead Red Oleander (The Dead Red Mystery series Book 3)
Price: 1.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Humor, Romance, and Crime - One Great Combination, 2 Sep 2013
I picked up the third Lalla Bains mystery without realizing there were two others, but had no problem diving right in. Lalla's a headstrong woman who is very easy to relate to. Her long-suffering beau Caleb is a great character - irritated and frustrated with Lalla's commitment to helping her new friend find out who murdered her husband, but loving Lalla all the more for her determination.

A DEAD RED OLEANDER is a twisty mystery with unforgettable characters and laughs galore. I really enjoyed this one and will have to go back and read the first two books to find out where Lalla got her start! Five stars.


Misadventures Of Fatwoman
Misadventures Of Fatwoman
Price: 1.53

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Touching Insight into Everywoman's Insecurities, 2 Sep 2013
MISADVENTURES OF FATWOMAN is a hilarious story with a great message. Andi is Fatwoman, an almost 40 year old struggling with her weight, fears about her marriage, and with how she thinks others perceive her. Ms. Powell takes us through all the horrors Andi faces, including small dressing rooms, a mammogram (they're horrendous no matter how big you are!), and catty comments from others. By the end of the story, Andi's starting to trust her own value despite how she feels about her appearance, and to believe what those who love her tell her: that she's beautiful inside and out - a message most of us can learn from.

I don't know whether she realizes it or not, but Ms. Powell writes with such insight about a woman's brain that the emotions Andi feels could be due not to her weight, but to any of the imperfections women label themselves with, and with very few changes to the story, the book could've been titled: Misadventures of Skinnywoman, Bignosewoman, Littleboobwoman, Spottyfacewoman!

A great read not only for the story and the laughs, but for the reminder that beauty is not only skin deep. Five stars!
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Mill People
Mill People
Price: 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Tale of Change in America, 15 April 2013
This review is from: Mill People (Kindle Edition)
One of Alle Wells' talents is to take a moment in American history and bring it to life. In MILL PEOPLE, she uses the death of the American mills and mill towns to tell the story of Jesse, a girl on the brink of becoming a woman. Her future is chosen for her - she comes from mill people and proudly follows in her parent's footsteps to work in the mill. But the combination of a family tragedy, a budding romance, and the abrupt closure of the mill forces a change in Jesse's life, one she's not sure she wants.

Alle Wells writes fascinating stories with believable characters and realistic dialogue. I love 'opening' one of her books because I fall in and disappear into a new world that is often heartbreaking, but always captivating. If you enjoy historical fiction and the American South, read MILL PEOPLE, you'll be glad you did.


Battle Of Fortune Wells
Battle Of Fortune Wells
Price: 1.96

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of Your Seat Action in the Old West, 15 April 2013
My dad is a huge fan of Western movies, and I grew up on a steady diet of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Stuart and all the other greats battling it out with Indians on the high plains and in the deserts. BATTLE OF FORTUNE WELLS stands up against any of those stories, and the way Dan Chamberlain writes brings the people and places on the page to life.

Chamberlain captured my attention from the first page, and the action just kept coming. I found myself putting this book down to do other things - like eat and tend to the cows - with great reluctance. Even when I was away from the story, the characters lingered. The period of history Chamberlain addresses is complicated, to say the least, and he does an admirable job of reflecting perspectives from both sides of the battle without pandering to either. As he did in THE LONG SHOOTERS, Chamberlain mixes in a hint of romance and weaves in bits of the character's pasts that leaves you wanting more. I'd love to know more about the relationship between Tomas Killain and Pony Johnson.

If you read the Author's Note at the end of the book, you'll learn that Chamberlain found an obscure reference to Comanche Indians leaving the reservations in the 1870s to attack ranchers and buffalo hunters. It is from this tiny reference that he created BATTLE OF FORTUNE WELLS. To me, this is the heart of imagination: to take a slice of history and write a story that is quite believable.

After reading THE LONG SHOOTERS, I waited impatiently for Chamberlain's next book, and at the end of BATTLE OF FORTUNE WELLS, I find myself tapping my foot again, hoping he'll find time to get his next book out soon! Five stars.


A Perfect Husband
A Perfect Husband

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Words: Fabulously Creepy, 21 Mar 2013
This review is from: A Perfect Husband (Kindle Edition)
Douglas Wickard's A PERFECT HUSBAND is a PERFECT blend of suspense and skin-crawling creepiness that makes this book very hard to put down! Sami Saxton is a wounded woman trying to move past a troubled childhood and a recent divorce. Smitty Fowler is a predator who uses every tool at his disposal - movie-star good looks, a traveling job, and a seriously twisted personality - to attract his young and vulnerable prey. Melissa Travers is a sexed-up stalker teenager who decides Smitty is her next conquest. (Oh, what a bad decision...)

Wickard does a great job of developing his characters and he lets the tension build, pulling them together in a slow dance of chance. In a remote, run-down cabin in the woods, their lives collide in an explosion of violence that leaves Sami literally fighting for her life! I thoroughly enjoyed this read and can't wait for Wickard's next Sami Saxton novel!


Sandcastle and Other Stories
Sandcastle and Other Stories

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, Haunting, Flat Out Terrifying, 16 Jan 2013
Justin Bog's first collection of short stories, SANDCASTLE AND OTHER STORIES, works brilliantly on many levels. Bog's prose is stark and lean, and he excels at description. He is a keen observer of life and people, and through his characters he skims painfully close to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that could belong to any of us.

Bog writes from inside the head of a woman or a man, young or old person, with equal proficiency. He excels at delivering the mundane minutia of life in a style that draws you in, then pops you with the horror of a few words or a tiny gesture and the consequences of either. These are stories and characters that linger, leaving you feeling subtle discomfort or outright terror that a human being could act in such a manner. Of the many stories in the collection, "Sandcastle" and sad, vicious Brenda have stuck with me the longest. The most agonizing part of the story? That we could do the same.

Highly recommended.


The Butterfly & The Bull
The Butterfly & The Bull
Price: 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix Meets the Financial Meltdown, 21 Nov 2012
Stuart Haddon is a crafty writer. In THE BUTTERFLY AND THE BULL, he takes the very real financial meltdown the world experienced in 2008 and twists it, taking us into a state of governmental meltdown. Two factions are vying for control of the U.S., and ultimately for the world. Thanks to his special gift with computers, Donnie McLennan is drawn into the fray when his adored wife, Ellie, is kidnapped by the government. He chooses to work for the resistance, but is forced to go on the run when the government comes after him, and must leave his search for Ellie behind.

Donnie's gift is his ability to mentally enter the vast computer networks that drive our world, seeking and finding information that is critical to the success of the resistance. He also has two special senses: an early warning signal that clues him into oncoming danger, and the ability to see the world through another person's eyes, even though he is far away from that location. The mental intrusion of a Black Angus bull warns him of danger, and the glint of a butterfly's colors let him know that his 'psychic' abilities are kicking in.

THE BUTTERFLY AND THE BULL is a breathless ride - Haddon never lets poor Donnie have a rest! The combination of a real-world scenario, elements of cyberspace, duplicitous characters, Donnie's unique gifts, and a chase across the Atlantic and back, make for a great page-turner. Haddon's writing style is fluid and beautiful. If you enjoy a fast-paced thriller written by a master of the language, you'll love THE BUTTERFLY AND THE BULL.


Dark's Daughter, Hope
Dark's Daughter, Hope
Price: 2.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read!, 17 July 2012
DARK'S DAUGHTER, HOPE is a tale of heroic proportions, pitting a small but brave group against the mightiest of their world, the greedy and manipulative God-kin, as they attempt to free themselves from slavery and soul-sucking dominion. Although I'm not a regular reader of fantasy, I know with certainty that you can measure an author's talent by his ability to draw you inside his universe and make you care about his characters. Joshua Bigger excels at both.

His writing is at turns brutal and beautiful, epic and endearing, vile and joyful. Bigger's characters are fully engaging and believable, expressing their unique personalities, dreams, goals, and fears through sweat, laughter, and tears. (I adore Cat -an animated rock with a huge heart, and one hell of a fighter - and his best friend Stinker, a spunky girl whose real name is Petunia.)

Bigger's descriptions are so detailed that you taste the rank air of a cramped slum, cringe at the slash of a sword, smell freshly spilled blood, and ache at unfulfilled love. Another reviewer noted that the story works on multiple levels. On one hand it is the exciting account of good versus evil, with mighty battles and warriors overcoming incredible odds. On the other, DARK'S DAUGHTER, HOPE explores the mystery of the spiritual and why we believe.

DARK'S DAUGHTER, HOPE sets the foundation for at least a sequel - and perhaps a series - in this same world. Given the quality and depth of this work, I think we're in for a great time with Joshua Bigger's future books. I care about these characters and can't wait to read what happens next!


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