Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Can’t Get Enough Tales of the Future?

With 40 stories (including my BRAG Medallion Honoree, Killer in the Retroscape), this Sci-Fi giveaway could be just what you're looking for.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Horror, Mystery, Thriller (HMT) Audiobook Giveaway

Don’t Let Your Ears Feel Cheated

Give Them a Free Audiobook to Keep Them Busy!



Last I checked, the authors/narrators were all offering Audible US and UK codes, except for my books, which come through Findaway Voices.


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Monday, September 6, 2021

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fans

This giveaway is for you!

Check out 40 free books (including the award-winning, Of Half a Mind) and find your next favorite author.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021

C.L. Cannon's Sci-Fi Giveaway

Follow some amazing authors across the web and enter to win Dune by Frank Herbert, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill, and A Pale Light in the Black by K. B. Wagers, plus much more!

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Thanks to You!

Thanks for picking up your free copy of Of Half a Mind as part of the "Bookend the Mind Sleuth Series" promotion.

Because of you (and 3600+ of your fellow readers), it hit number 1 in the Techno-Thriller genre and number 2 in Horror.

Happy reading.



Saturday, August 21, 2021

Book Review: Shattered: a Logan McKenna Mystery Book 1 (Logan McKenna Series) by Valerie Davisson

Logan’s Attempt at A New Life Maybe Be Shattered … Just Like Her Old One Was

Shattered is not only the title of the book, but also a good description of Logan McKenna’s life at the start of it. Her husband has died in a car crash and she gave up the business they had built from the ground up. So, she’s starting a new life as a substitute teacher and working over the summer with an old friend, Thomas, at his and his wife’s booth at an arts festival. Unfortunately, it looks like this new chapter could end in pieces as well. She’s accused of cheating on the job and Thomas is arrested for murder. So, Logan largely ignores her personal problem to help the friend she’s sure isn’t a killer.

Overall, the book has the feel of a cozy mystery with no sex and no profanity (unless I just missed it). There is violence in the murder scene, but it’s not graphic. And the story has a sweetness that’s typical of the genre. Logan is always running into old friends and making new ones, all of whom have time for her; no one slammed the door in her face when she started asking about the murder. Though apparently old enough to have a grown daughter, there is a youth and vibrancy to Logan. That characteristic is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in her romantic interest in a neighbor, with her concerns seeming more typical of a teenager than an adult. Basically, Shattered is not a violent mystery investigated by a hardboiled detective, but the woman next door, trying to build a new life and save a friend. And Logan’s definitely an amateur at the later, frequently admitting to herself she doesn’t know what she’s doing but muddling along until the murderer is revealed.

The detail given in some areas of the story seemed excessive, as they did little to move the plot forward. For example, “Lisa completely shredded the tissue, balled it up and placed it in the ashtray on the coffee table. Thomas still smoked.” In the midst of this emotional scene, do we need to know Thomas is a smoker? Would it make any difference if the ashtray was there for visitors? This is a first of a series, so some additional background is necessary, but things like descriptions of every meal Logan ate felt unnecessary. The larger distraction for me, however, was the author’s use of flashbacks and flashforwards. They were introduced at odd times; we got the thumbnail of the victim’s life, for example, after she’s dead. And some of the shifts in timeframe crossed chapters without warning. That confused me more than once.

Overall, Shattered is a solid start to a series and a good introduction to a female amateur sleuth worth following.

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