For anyone who has doubts about the quality of self-published books, I have a suggestion for you that can be summed up in two words: Lisa Olsen.
Lisa O...moreFor anyone who has doubts about the quality of self-published books, I have a suggestion for you that can be summed up in two words: Lisa Olsen.
Lisa Olsen is one of the finest new authors to come along in recent years. I'll be doing reviews for her other books in the weeks to come, but let's start with Pretty Witches All in a Row. In this spectacular novel, she blends the police procedural with elements of the supernatural that makes me think of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series.
Someone is killing the members of a coven. Enter Detective Nick Gibson, a practical, down-to-earth cop/single father of a teenage daughter, a man who's having a hard time buying into the idea of witches and covens and prophetic dreams. Will he fall under the spell of the beautiful Annaliese, a self-professed witch who's a member of the targeted coven? Has she really had premonitions of the murders in her dreams, or could there be another reason for her knowledge of the murders? Is Nick a fool to trust her?
Ms. Olsen is a skilled writer whose expert pacing keeps the story moving. She weaves the elements of fantasy into her real-world setting with confidence and populates her fictional world with well-developed, believable characters. This is a book you'll have a hard time putting down. And even though the ending is quite satisfying, you'll undoubtedly be begging for more!(less)
WARNING: Do not read this book while eating. To do so may cause you to choke to death on your own laughter.
I'll start by paying new author Karla Teleg...moreWARNING: Do not read this book while eating. To do so may cause you to choke to death on your own laughter.
I'll start by paying new author Karla Telega the highest form of compliment I can give: in many ways, her writing reminds me of that of bestselling author Janet Evanovich. Another reviewer has compared Maggie and Cher to Thelma and Louise, and I can see that...but to me, they're more like Stephanie Plum and Lula for the AARP crowd.
I've been a fan of Ms. Telega's blog for some time now. If you haven't yet had the privilege, check it out--you're in for a real treat. Telega has her liver-spotted finger on the weak pulse of over-50 women everywhere.
But getting back to BOX OF ROCKS--Karla Telega has created characters that are outrageously funny but at the same time people readers can relate to--even Bear (admit it--who hasn't had a Wile E. Coyote moment in their lives?).
As author and co-founder of upstart publisher Adoro Books, Karla Telega has published a book that's been handled with pure professionalism, start to finish--from Karla's exceptional writing to the fine editing skills of Martin Rus and Rosanne Dingli to the brilliant cover art of El Kartun, which would stand out anywhere. I am so pleased to see that this is just the beginning of a series! (less)
I loved the movie TWISTER--so when I discovered that first-time novelist Mark R. Hunter was about to publish a romantic comedy about a storm chaser, I...moreI loved the movie TWISTER--so when I discovered that first-time novelist Mark R. Hunter was about to publish a romantic comedy about a storm chaser, I was, of course, looking forward to it.
STORM CHASER did not disappoint. Firefighter and humor columnist Hunter tells the story of State Trooper Chance Hamiln and disaster photographer Allie Craine, who meet when she's in pursuit of a storm and he thinks she's an underage thrill-seeker. The attraction between them is instantaneous--but like most men, he's a pig-headed fool who won't go with what his heart tells him. When a fictional character is so infuriating he makes me feel like kicking his sorry butt to the curb, I know the author's done his job correctly.
Which storm will do the most damage--the one outside, or the one brewing between Chance and Allie? Read STORM CHASER and find out! All of the characters are well-developed. The secondary characters are delightful (though a few of them really deserve a good swift kick in the butt). The small-town atmosphere is very realistic (reminds me of the snall town in which I grew up) and the dialogue is close to flawless. Author Hunter has done his homework on storms and storm chasers.
I could see a sequel to this novel. I hope the author will consider it!(less)
I have to confess here...I've read it prior to publication. I've been impressed by William's writing from the start. His narrative and dialogue are st...moreI have to confess here...I've read it prior to publication. I've been impressed by William's writing from the start. His narrative and dialogue are strong, his pacing impressive, and his characterization as good as any author currently occupying the New York Times bestseller list. William is a very visual writer--when he describes a setting, a character, or an emotion, the reader will be able to imagine it all quite clearly.
HEAVEN & HELL is a thriller, to be sure...but it's also a tale of damaged people, people who come together out of deep emotional suffering, of profound personal loss. His villains aren't one-dimensional baddies, but individuals who have made some serious wrong turns out of pain. I'm so tempted to go into detail about some of these things, but I know he'd have to kill me if I did. And even though I know what the Very Bad Thing is that he alludes to in some of his blogs, I've been sworn to secrecy. Nuts!
Be forewarned--there are scenes involving acts of terrorism that are difficult to read; that's how realistic they are! I've been brought to tears more than once. William says he found himself often apologizing to some of his characters--and with good reason.
His protagonist, Tom Stryker, is no James Bond. But that's a good thing. Bond, to me, has always been just a bit too perfect. Stryker--he does not like to be called Tom--is human. He's flawed. And unlike Bond, he does not jump into the sack with every female he encounters. Personally, I would like to see him get a little action. He's quite a man. Seems to me women should be lined up to provide him with a bit of TLC!
I cannot recommend this novel or its author strongly enough. AS soon as HEAVEN & HELL is available, buy it. You won't be disappointed!(less)