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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


The Sky is Green and the Grass is BlueThe Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue by Deb Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deb Scott doesn’t stop at the face or chin left. She gives you the whole soul lift in this gem! If you have problems and you’re looking for solutions, your life is about to transform in “The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue.”

“Why me?” We’ve all been there. And if you ever wished you were never born, the author gives you a second look at life through the eyes of the famous George Bailey in the 1946 classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Deb Scott presents just about everything imaginable that can go wrong in your life, and provides you the fix in her book.

You’ll discover just how much blood, sweat and tears it takes to survive marriage, alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, financial challenges and many other problems people experience in their day-to-day lives. Whatever you’re feeling, the author takes you down that road with insight that shows you how to turn your sky blue and grass green again.

What I especially like about the book is that the tone is warm with the intensity of a close friend listening and caring about you. Even though the author is not academically approved like Dr. Phil, she brings proof and common sense that anyone can live in peace and with purpose in their life.

You’ll takeaway some simply and easy steps to answer the tough questions. You’ll find a smile at the root of your problem. You’ll understand why happiness is so easy to achieve. You’ll learn how to identify what makes you feel bad and why.

The story is a breath of fresh air, and I highly recommend this read. The author inspires you to find fulfillment and to become a happier person. The book does not disappoint!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Rowena's KeyRowena's Key by A.J. Nuest
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What was AJ Nuest thinking when she wrote Rowena’s Key? I believe she was thinking, “I’m going to dazzle my readers!”

Rowena buys a ghastly armoire. This was an epic failure for her. But there’s something to this pricey, old, broken-down, ratchet piece of furniture that drove her to drink down big gulps of Pinot Grigio. Rowena learns quickly this is no ordinary armoire. And when Prince Caedmon appears in the other side of the mirror, brandishing a sword and dressed like a centuries-old Robin Hood, Rowena thinks her friend Oliver staged the whole theatrics to mock her gaudy purchase.

What’s so remarkable about this story, Prince Caedmon would be considered a dweeb by modern standards. The author gives you a chance to gander his cornball poetry, clothes, and sheer cluelessness of the humor that surrounds him. The broad humor kept me laughing at some characters and chuckling with others. Nevertheless every character is engaging, lovable and charming.

I enjoyed reading about the supernatural occurrences chock-full o’ romantic, magical moments that drew me in deeper. The imagery is so vivid it felt like I was sitting in front of screen streaming real-time video. I love how the author cleverly crafted some straight up satirical irony within the plot. What Rowena says and what is meant, and what Prince Caedmon does and what is expected is a work of brilliance.

This is a really good and fun novella! It reads like a romantic comedy, and it has all the charm of Cinderella fairy tale. Rowena and Caedmon are worlds apart, but their romantic sparks are surfing on seduction-spiked airwaves and colliding in a mad rush to become as one. Rowena finally meets a man she could see herself loving, and she wants to be the best for this gorgeous prince “forevermore,” a word she loved hearing him use.

Love romance? I highly recommend “Rowena’s Key” to romance novel lovers everywhere! This book delivers!

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Monday, April 7, 2014


Kill Mary Jane DoeKill Mary Jane Doe by Nicole Dunlap
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Open “Kill Mary Jane Doe,” by Nicole Dunlap, and meet Mary Jane. In this psychological thriller MJ winds up with a case of amnesia … she doesn’t know who she is. The story comes to life when shots rang out and guns are pointing in Mary Jane’s direction. She’s running from a two-timing dirty rat named Jake who pretends to be a friend, now trying to pin a murder on her she didn’t commit. He and his thug buddy, Lyle, chase her down in a stolen Corolla she was driving and rams her right smack into a police cruiser. This happenstance isn’t the lucky break she thinks because the Chief of Police wants her dead, but why?

“Kill Mary Jane Doe” is a cleverly crafted story woven into a web of lies and deception. The book keeps you wondering about its characters relationship to each other, and what the heck they’re all up to. For one, does Mary Jane really have a twin sister named Asia, and are the flashbacks of Asia really about Mary Jane’s life in Malaysia? Then what is the strange relationship between Jake (an underbelly of society) and Officer Daniels about? Are they involved in some diabolical scheme reeking havoc on everyone around them? And that Jacob Woods is a holy terror. He grew up in a militia household, half Iranian and half Italian. Even worse, he’s a bloodthirsty psychopath who killed a lot of people including children without batting an eye. Beasley, the ultimate bad guy, surprisingly adds a very interesting dimension to the story that I actually enjoyed reading.

This book is good! “Kill Mary Jane Doe” will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters jump off the page and challenge readers to understand and figure out the complex psychology of the “who-why” that unfolds before your very eyes. And if you grasp the emotional dynamics of what’s going on, you’ll find some humor too.

If you enjoy reading a book with an exciting plot, I highly recommend reading “Kill Mary Doe.” You won’t be disappointed!

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Monday, March 24, 2014


Midnight Captive (Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, #2)Midnight Captive by Arial Burnz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bonded by Blood is a paranormal romance series that takes place in Scotland circa 1500. The characters are some hot, blood-lust vampires your imagination will ever meet. The author drifts you into a daze of darkness that goes beyond the typical in vampire stories: bloodsucking, bat morphing, daylight sleeping, cross and garlic fearing. No. The Vamsyrians are different and they eat people. They are picky eaters too. Their immortality depends on it.

Broderick “Rick” MacDougal learns this after exchanging blood with a temptress named Cordelia who turns him into a blood slave to fulfill some mysterious intentions. The mixing of blood complicates things for Rick, and I find myself sympathizing with him because of his desire to become a vampire.

Bonded by Blood unfolds like the hit T.V. show Scandal, but with vampires. You don’t know whose maniacal plan will be to your good or detriment. Veronique is a perfect example. She’s relentless in her pursuit to eliminate the heroine, Davina. Angus Campbell is another good example. He’s Rick’s nemesis and brother, and he shouldn’t be trusted with a ten-foot-pole between them.

Never thought I’d become so invested in a vampire story, but the author does an awesome job of character development. She helps you to connect with her protagonist by giving you an indication of what he’s feeling and thinking. She also lets the reader know as soon as possible what he wants. Rick’s goal is what holds the story together.

The author introduces the kind of mystery that keeps me on the edge of my seat. I love that Rick reacts. In every scene he’s revealed as visceral, emotional, physical and intellectual.

If you’re a binge reader like me, you want to get swept up in a powerfully crafted romance novel. I highly recommend Bonded by Blood Chronicles series because it will knock your socks off!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013


Birth of an AssassinBirth of an Assassin by Rik Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stone packs some powerful imagery in Birth of an Assassin, and a tantalizing plot like no other author I’ve ever seen in this genre.

This suspenseful thriller takes place in Moscow, Russia 1947, and the main character, Jez Kornfeld, a young Jewish recruit, gets a heaping dose of the cruelty of reality in the cruel world that surrounds him. Jez goes to an army recruitment center thinking he’s signing up to become a soldier, and learns quickly this is not “the man’s” army. By the time he figures out what’s going on, he’s already caught up in a world of crime and corruption. And the only way out is to kill your way out. When Jez realizes this is the hand life has dealt him, he becomes the ultimate killing machine turned assassin and seeking revenge. He settles the score with his enemies in the most ruthless ways you could ever imagine.

The historical part of “Birth of an Assassin” didn’t spark my interest that much, but I did find intriguing the way Jez Kornfeld carries out assassinations. How he kills a perpetrator is directly related to their importance, and right down to the method or weapon he chooses to kill them was seen in some instances as an honor. I’m reminded of the eerie feeling I got when Jez grabs Nikolas by the wrist and slowly twist it to a grind. I mentally can still hear the sound of bones popping and grizzle cracking in Nikolas’ arm.

The book gave me a new perspective on human trafficking. I thought I knew a lot of details about the subject, but the book is filled with new details. The story is long and could take a week to read, if you have the time. But the good news is it’s a pace read, and it will hold your attention to keep you turning pages throughout the story. If you like thrillers filled with danger, revenge and life like characters, Birth of an Assassin is the book for you. I found the story suspenseful and well worth the read, and would highly recommend it.

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