Monday, May 27, 2019

May Book Reviews and Previews

This month, I reviewed a mystery set in Australia (Redemption Point), a true story of growth and discovery with a bit of life philosophy (ADHD: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL), and a thriller (Cemetery Road).

Happy reading,


Redemption Point by Candice Fox

Vivid Writing, Interesting Characters, but the Plot Was Disappointing

Redemption Point has two plot lines, each getting about the same play in numbers of pages.  First, there is the wrongly-accused, former Australian police detective now turned PI Ted Conkaffey.  He would like to clear his name but feels it would be too painful, and so, he struggles to live with the shame and guilt until it blows over.  Eventually, he gets nudged into the investigation of his own crime, setting up the finale.  Parallel to that thread, Ted and Amanda Pharrell, Ted’s quirky partner in the PI business, get hired to investigate a double homicide at a local bar.  On it, they work with Pip Sweeney, a newly minted, Detective Inspector who is in charge of the case and who is battling her own emotional demons. For the complete review, see this link to Amazon:


Share in this author’s true story of discovery – of ADHD and of herself

In the book ADHD: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, author Nico Genes shares her story of meeting and befriending a single mother and her young son.  It chronicles her early experiences with them, marked by frayed nerves, exhaustion, and hurt feelings when the child can’t seem to focus or hold still for more than a few moments.  It also describes some unacceptable behavior by a teacher and a principal.  Hopefully, that section represents an isolated pocket of indifference and lack of knowledge, as health organizations estimate between five and ten percent of all children suffer from the condition; otherwise, there are a lot of children being marginalizing by the educational system.  Eventually, the young man is diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the doctor adding that the mother probably has the same condition.  The book is also a story of the author’s growth, as she comes to recognize new qualities in herself as a result of the friendship.  “This new part of me enjoyed the smell of a lavender field rather than the scent of the most expensive perfume. I was now living for the moment, and one benefit of this was it helped me get through the other less pleasant times.”  For the complete review, see this link to Amazon:

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

Damaged Characters and Melodrama Dominate this “Thriller”

Perhaps as much as a quarter of Greg Iles’ 600-page Cemetery Road is consumed by the backstories of three main characters:  Marshall McEwan, Jet Turner, and Paul Matheson.  They suffer through emotional tragedies ranging from abandonment by a father – true to some degree for all three – to post traumatic stress disorder.  Those pages also detail the relationships among them and a tangled web it is, ranging from first loves to friendships forged in war.  Via these histories, the characters become quite nuanced, especially Marshall.  But developed and likeable aren’t the same and none achieve that status.  Marshall is perhaps the closest and yet, he lets Jet marry Paul because the time isn’t right for him.  But then, he starts an affair with her when he returns to his hometown.  There are only so many bad decisions in adulthood that can be blamed on a traumatic upbringing and Marshall crosses that line for me.  For the complete review, see this link to Amazon:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May's Limited-Time eBook Deals

In our continuing tradition (two months makes a tradition, right?), here's this month's groaner.  Add yours in the comments.

Q: What did the spring say when it was in trouble?
A: May Day!!

And now, the deals - all of which are more entertaining than that joke.


(Please verify all prices before purchase.)

Start Date: NOW  End Date: 5/20/2019
In the Space of an Atom
By Bruce M. Perrin
Thriller (with a touch of Romance)
Usual Price: $2.99  Sale: $0.99

Jeremy Reynolds has been listless for a while.  First, his girlfriend dumped him and he was in a funk.  Then, he quit his job.  Yes, Jeremy was doing little and caring less.  But recently, he has found something that energizes him, something that gives him direction.  It’s called, running for his life.  And after he accidentally involves beautiful Diane Stapleton, MD, the two of them match wits with the killer in chases that take them where no one else has been … in the space of an atom.

A 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards and a 2018 EPIC eBook Awards finalist.
99p in the UK:

ACT FAST if you want this one!

Start Date: NOW  End Date: 5/16/2019
Body on the Barstool
By Lolli Powell
Cozy Mystery/Humor
Usual Price: $3.99  Sale: $0.99

New Yorker Erica "Ricki" Fontaine's n'er-do-well uncle has dropped dead and left her a dive bar in a small Ohio River town. Now she's trying to change the Top Shelf from a bar known for its Friday night fights into the kind of drinking establishment where you can bring your granny. But finding her ex-husband dead on a barstool at opening time one morning just might put a kink in those plans.

And if you want to see my 5-Star review on Amazon:

Start Date: NOW  End Date: 5/20
Titanborn: (Children of Titan Book 1)
By Rhett C. Bruno
Sci-Fi (Space Opera)
Usual Price: $2.99  Sale: $0.99

After decades hunting wanted offworlders throughout the solar system, Corporate Bounty Hunter Malcolm Graves doesn't bother asking questions. So long as the pay is right, he's the man for the job.  And he always works alone. 

But when a high-profile bombing on Earth has Pervenio Corp clamoring for answers, they force him to team up with a strange,cyber-augmented partner. A young man more interested in statistics than instinct. Their assignment: Track down a suspected group of extremists from Titan who will go to any length to free their moon from the grip of Earth's corporations. 

Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he's learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated...and much more personal.

Start Date: NOW  End Date: 5/17
Leap (Breakthrough Book 2)
By Michael C. Grumley
Usual Price: $5.99  Sale: $0.99

Facing the cold, clear glass, Alison Shaw stared nervously into the giant seawater tank.  It was just one year ago that she and her team of marine biologists had stunned the world with their incredible breakthrough. And now, they were about to do it again.

But an ocean away, something strange was unfolding. Along a lonely coast in South America, an experimental Russian submarine, long thought to have been dismantled, has suddenly resurfaced. And the U.S. Navy has taken notice, sending officers John Clay and Steve Caesare to investigate.

The sub has been studying a group of unmarked soldiers. Disappearing into the jungle each night beneath the cover of darkness. Something has been discovered...something big.  And it's about to fall into the wrong hands. Unless Alison Shaw and her team can find something that no one else can.

Start Date: NOW  End Date: 5/19
Supervillainy and Other Poor Career Choices
By J. R. Grey
Superhero Fantasy
Usual Price: $3.99  Sale: $2.99

When a down on his luck engineer ends up coming into possession of a rundown suit of power-armor, he sees an opportunity to make some quick cash by selling it off to the nearest supervillain.

Unfortunately for him, what should have been a quick and easy sale to pay off his debts quickly grows into an ongoing series of events that serve only to drag him deeper and deeper into the criminal underbelly of the city he calls home.

In no time at all, Erich finds himself fending off Neo-Nazi gang members, crazed capes, and the dangerous affections of his newest employer's criminally insane daughter.

All he wanted to do was make a quick buck...

Start Date: NOW  End Date: 5/18
Lost in Shadow: Shadowborn Series, Book Two
By Erin O'Kane
Fantasy Romance
Usual Price: $2.99  Sale: $0.99

With attacks increasing on shifters, and strange disappearances happening around the city, everyone is on alert. Tensions between the shifter packs and the magical community start to build as traces of magic are found at the crime scenes.

With Ari’s mind trapped in the mysterious shadow realm, but her body left behind in the real world with the men who love her, she needs to find a way back. Ari has always rejected her Shadowborn powers so this is easier said than done. Until a mysterious man arrives in the shadow realm claiming he can help her.

Will Ari trust the stranger and finally embrace her powers, or will she truly become Lost in Shadow?

Start Date: NOW  End Date: 5/19
Throw Wide the Door
By Emilie Loring
Historical Romance
Usual Price: $3.99  Sale: $0.99

On her return, Elinor takes a job with Steve Sewell, the town’s enigmatic newcomer. Young, handsome and very, very wealthy, Steve had come to the small New England town from out of nowhere. Everyone speculated about the mysterious source of the Sewell fortune, intrigued by Steve's claim that life was one big gamble. 

Unwittingly, Elinor learns of plans for a daring bank robbery by a gang who will stop at nothing to keep her silent and is left with no choice but to trust the newcomer to help her outwit the ruthless criminals.

Throw Wide the Door tells the story of a gallant young girl, risking everything for the one man she can't live without.

Start Date: NOW  End Date: 5/18
The Dragon Orb (The Alaris Chronicles Book 1)
By Mike Shelton
Children's Folktales
Usual Price: $3.99  Sale: $0.99

The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards who couldn't be more different.

As the magical barrier protecting the kingdom of Alaris from dangerous outsiders begins to fail, and a fomenting rebellion threatens to divide the country in a civil war, the three wizards are thrust into the middle of a power struggle.  When the barrier comes down, the truth comes out. Was everything they were taught about their kingdom based on a lie? 

Will they all choose to fight on the same side, or end up enemies in the battle over who should rule Alaris?

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A Something for Everyone Giveaway!

You could win up to 35+ eBooks and bonus paperbacks!

There are romances (and all its subgenre from paranormal to historical).  There are new releases by established authors (Don’t Tell, Jack Ryder Book 7 by Willow Rose.  How about a book on dog care – yep, one of those too.

And of course, my favorite – technothrillers like Polar Vortex by Matthew Mather and Of Half a Mind by yours truly.

Like I said, something for everyone, so enter now: