John doesn't want to leave his wife and return to the office. He's a manager in a pharmaceutical company and the work load is very demanding, especialJohn doesn't want to leave his wife and return to the office. He's a manager in a pharmaceutical company and the work load is very demanding, especially now that they've discovered and are developing a much needed cure for a very rare and deadly disease. Little does John know the chain of events that will lead him further away from his home and the one he loves: the fire that destroys the lab, the arsonist whom he unwittingly saves, the politics of making and selling drugs and the deeply crooked polities that makes it deadly dangerous to be a good guy in U.S. politics.
"Send Flowers" is an unlikely title for a terrorist-type plot, but the meaning behind the title does unravel as the story progresses. Mike Crowley has written a chilling tale of what's right and wrong and down-right dangerous in the world of high profile industry and U.S. politics. Money talks, that's the bottom line. But where the money leads is what scares the ordinary citizen. And that's what the main character is: John is just an ordinary citizen. He goes to work, he earns a paycheque, he takes care of his wife and his home and he loves his work. Why would he want to change that? As the character evolves, he continues to hold onto the belief that he can return to that good life. But will he?
This novel has so many twists and turns and the action-packed progression of the plot leads the reader on relentlessly. This is an outstanding mystery/thriller. I couldn't put this one down! Award-winning author and reviewer for readersfavorite.com...more
500 Years and Counting PJ Roscoe’s ‘Echoes’ Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford Award winning author of To Be a Duke (CFA Publishing 2014)
Five-hundred ye500 Years and Counting PJ Roscoe’s ‘Echoes’ Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford Award winning author of To Be a Duke (CFA Publishing 2014)
Five-hundred years is a long time to hold a grudge, to live out a curse and hope that someone might finally come along to lift it, to allow death to take its proper course. But Bronwen doesn’t know anything about 500-year-old curses, reincarnation or anything like that. She does know about being cursed just for living and that’s what she’s hoping to escape by renting an isolated country cottage on a remote estate for a year. Escape! That’s all she wants to do. Evil will not let her alone, though, at least not until the curse is revealed, believed and sorted out and, throughout it all, the young woman must learn the history of the place, the 500-year-old history that dates back to the invasion of Henry Tudor and the death of the ruthless King Richard. ‘Echoes’ is definitely a powerful twist on an historic novel. Author PJ Roscoe has created an almost horrific tale, set in the present day that includes ghosts, hauntings, reincarnation, flashbacks to another time and a curse that binds and kills both in the past and the present. Sound confusing? It could be and, for many of the characters in this novel, it was downright scary, but the author masterfully weaves a plot with strong characters (good and evil), colorful descriptions and the ever-so-charming sense that there was and still are knights in shining armor to rescue a damsel in distress. A real page turner! Well done!
Emily-Jane Hills Orford is the author of several books including her award-winning novel, To Be a Duke (Christine F. Anderson Publishing 2014), which is a story about her two dogs. Several of her creative nonfiction stories and books have received awards, including To Be a Duke which has been named Finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, The Whistling Bishop (Baico 2008) which was named Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures (Baico 2011) which was named Finalist and received the Silver Medal in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. For more information about the author, check out her webpage at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca
Award winning author of To Be a Duke (CFA Publishing 2014)
When the darkness surrounds you, there’s nothing left to see but black. It’s overpowering, all-consuming and there’s no escape. That’s what makes up a nightmare: darkness and black. It can paralyze and terrorize all at the same time and it doesn’t always happen when you’re asleep. Ask Bella. She’ll tell you.
Nightmares can be frightening. In fact, they can be very frightening. When the nightmare becomes real, then everything a person has lived for is shattered, destroyed. Sixteen-year-old Bella has nightmares, very frightening nightmares. Sadly, one of her nightmares comes true and she is raped and beaten to within an inch of her life. Barely out of the hospital, her attacker snatches her, threatens her and, in a scuffle, the girl is shot. The blackness had returned. It is a blackness that comes out of nowhere, unbidden, unwanted and it catches her unawares whether she’s asleep or awake. For Bella, will this blackness ever go away? Will the nightmares, real and in her sleep, ever cease?
Bella is a very smart teenager. Not only is she clever, she is talented, bright, cheerful, and she’s very active at both her church and her school. When Jeremiah’s family moves to Rescate County, New Mexico, Bella is asked to show the boy around the school. The two immediately strike up a friendship that quickly develop into something more. Unfortunately there is evil lurking and Bella is the target. Will the relationship survive?
Bella is definitely the victim in this story, but there is another victim, another sixteen-year-old. Bella’s attacker has a younger brother, Cristobal, who is serving time in a youth detention facility. Bella’s father, the pastor, is the counsellor at this facility and he has helped Cristobal find a new life, a new belief, one founded on faith. The older brother is not too happy and seeks to wreak havoc on the man who changed his brother’s loyalty from him to God.
Krys Fenner has written a complex and troubling story about the good, the bad and the ugly in society. The story interweaves multiple plots and multiple points of view. While the reader learns to love and feel compassion for the young teenagers falling in love (Bella and Jeremiah), the reader also feels compelled to come to terms with another teenager’s (Cristobal) difficult position as he struggles with his new-found faith and the love he feels torn about sharing with an evil older brother. Underscoring these contradicting forces of good and evil is another untold story, one that perhaps has deeper meaning to Bella than she realizes, because it’s a story she has not yet been told.
This is a very powerful story about the complexities of good and evil in modern society and the difficulties young people have in choosing wisely between the two. The story has many layers of truths, half-truths and lies. As well as the drama and the subterfuge, this story also makes a very strong coming-of-age story, as the teenagers (all of them) struggle to come to terms with their own state of being in the world around them, a very troubling world even for a small town.
Emily-Jane Hills Orford is the author of several books including her award-winning novel, To Be a Duke (Christine F. Anderson Publishing 2014), which is a story about her two dogs. Several of her creative nonfiction stories and books have received awards, including To Be a Duke which has been named Finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, The Whistling Bishop (Baico 2008) which was named Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and F-Stop: A Life in Pictures (Baico 2011) which was named Finalist and received the Silver Medal in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. For more information about the author, check out her webpage at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca ...more
Rex is a typical seven-year-old boy. He's adventurous; he loves sports. What he enjoys most is playing games with his father and visiting Mutant SpeciRex is a typical seven-year-old boy. He's adventurous; he loves sports. What he enjoys most is playing games with his father and visiting Mutant Specimen L at the lab where his parents work. L, as Rex fondly calls the creature, has developed a lasting bond with the boy, unusual considering that L shows considerable hostility to other humans. L is from the name the boy chose for the creature, L for Lonely.
The lab, Stiles Herpetology Laboratory, is a high-tech facility that researches molecular and cellular biology in reptiles in the hopes to find cures for human ailments like cancer. Rex’s parents, both scientific doctors in this field, mutated prehistoric genes to create L. They believe, at least Rex’s mother believes, that they have created in L the big cure for cancer. Everyone at the lab is afraid of L, everyone, that is except Rex. When his mother orders the removal of L's eggs, his father suffers. L latches out to Rex's father during the next feeding round, dismembers the man, killing him in a horrific manner. This is when and how ' escapes and for months L manages to hide in the waters and swamps of Florida - that is, until some pretty brutal slayings take place and Rex's mother takes Rex in search of L, to recapture the creature before too many humans are savagely obliterated and the entire Florida ecosystem is permanently set off balance.
Mutant Specimen L is a powerfully insightful novel into the possibilities of genetic manipulations and mutations. This fast-paced, action/adventure goes beyond mere science fiction into the realm of speculative fiction, a novel that struggles with basic ethics and causes and probabilities. It is a novel which challenges face-on, the basic question of what if? The answers are not very appetizing. Perhaps it’s an answer we really don’t want to know or accept. Perhaps we really don't want to speculate. After all, the result can be devastatingly gruesome and downright scary.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, award-winning author of To Be a Duke, reviewer for Prairie Journal and Writers Who Rock.
Another "Brave New World" type of story where utopia seems perfect, only it isn't and it only takes one person to break the pattern when realization dAnother "Brave New World" type of story where utopia seems perfect, only it isn't and it only takes one person to break the pattern when realization dawns that the not-so-perfect world is much better than the perfect one. In other words, utopia doesn't exist....more