If you were like Travis and in the midst of an emotional storm, the black clouds overhead showed no signs of dissipating, and each day another of lifeIf you were like Travis and in the midst of an emotional storm, the black clouds overhead showed no signs of dissipating, and each day another of life’s unfair roadblocks sprang up in your path, where would you turn for help and what kind of bargain would you be willing to make?
Travis’ misguided course of action was borne out of desperation and a sardonic-eye-view of his long standing belief system. He remembered the innocence of being a child and wished upon a star. When that didn’t seem to be working for him, he questioned the Deity’s existence and jokingly called out to Satan, “I'd be up for anything that would get my life back on track.”
That was probably not Travis’ finest moment. It led to a quandary of unimaginable sorts when the messenger bringing ‘good’ tidings does not come from above – instead it materializes from a place much further south. The Imp sent to save Travis reminds me of a Danny DeVito character running amok. And when hell truly began to break loose, I laughed out loud over and over again.
Derrick Hibbard’s, “Impish,” is unique and unpredictable. It is well written with superb comedic timing. The humor runs the gambit from subtle to outrageous – at times it had me shaking my head and holding my sides. And if you have an open mind, there might just be a moral to Travis’ story you won’t soon forget.
I can tell you this, from now on, when I say my prayers I am not taking any chances that they will be misdirected! Travis’ eternal damnation was a comedy of horrors, but in real life, I prefer to play it safe....more
I waited with feigned patience for my copy of “Full Frontal Stupidity” to arrive. Each day when I heard the mail truck I went out to meet it. Then theI waited with feigned patience for my copy of “Full Frontal Stupidity” to arrive. Each day when I heard the mail truck I went out to meet it. Then the day came. I walked out to the truck just as the postman was scanning a bubble wrap envelope. “Oh, I know what that is,” I said. “That’s the book I’ve been waiting on.”
“Oh, you’re going to read?” he asked.
I resisted the urge to say, “Oh heavens, no! I buy them there books and hold ‘em up to my forehead like Johnny Carson used to do when he did that Carmack the Magnificent thing. All I’m missin’ is a back tooth and a funny hat and cape like he had.”
That was the preamble to my tearing open the envelope and making preparations to settle in and read Barry Parham’s newest book, “Full Frontal Stupidity.” With the author’s “The Middle Age of Aquarius” already under my Carmack hat, I knew when I opened the book that I would have none of the answers to any of the questions and I would need lots of tissues for tear duct leakage.
I turned off the TV, tuned out the world and began a journey into the recesses of Barry Parham’s “take no prisoners” style of humor. The problem is that I’m not good at multi-tasking, ergo keeping my eyes open wide enough to read while laughing and rocking back and forth like Rosemary’s Baby was impossible. So putting the book down from time to time while I tried to regain some kind of composure was a must. And that was just while I read the first 62 pages, and by that time, tears were streaming down my face and dehydration was becoming a real possibility.
But the laughter didn’t stop there. “Great Colons in US History (Never underestimate a Queen & her money)” opened doors and took me places even Carmack wouldn’t have thought to go. And when Parham says, “Oh, it gets better,” take the necessary precautions and read on.
I must tell you, laughing like a person shedding a wrap-around blazer and breathing normally are two other functions I can’t perform simultaneously. Because of this lack of coordination, I lost touch with reality and maybe consciousness for a short time, while reading, “Chez Oog’s Raw Bar (A history lesson, including the first ever “Here, smell this.”): “Let me ask you something. At dinner parties, have you ever been offered any food that can also, for medicinal purposes, be shoved in a mule’s nose? I mean, lately?”
From ancient times, to Cristobal Colon (tee hee), to holius mackeralus, to cul de sac wind tunnels, to breast feeding coordinators, it’s a doggoned hysterical look back at the way it was and the way it is. A way to laugh at everything and most everyone, not use drugs and still hallucinate, learn to try and not make sense of anything that comes out of Congress or the present administration, and understand that “Full Frontal Stupidity” is universal. And because you can’t fix stupid, this book is your laugh guide to the future.
Thank you, Barry Parham, for this wonderful over-the-top hilarious book. I won’t even bill you for the breathing apparatus and coordinating inflatable laugh-o-monitor I had to purchase!...more
Barry Parham’s, “The Middle Age of Aquarius,” should come with a warning: While reading this book, spontaneous combustions of laugh-o-zoids (LMAOROTF)Barry Parham’s, “The Middle Age of Aquarius,” should come with a warning: While reading this book, spontaneous combustions of laugh-o-zoids (LMAOROTF) will inevitably break out and interact with your tear-atrical ducts (located in the corner of your eyes) rendering you temporarily verbally challenged and in need of a tissue. This is often followed by temporary bladder-overactory and in need of a different kind of tissue. The anecdote is to continue reading while trying to regain control of your inner child and stop acting like an in-session member of Congress WHTF (Who Has The Floor).
The day I began reading, “The Middle Age of Aquarius,” the temperature wasn’t too cool or too warm and the weather alternated between sunshine and rain. I opened up the house, got a fresh cup of coffee, turned on the ceiling fan, settled back in my favorite chair with my laptop and turned to page one: “Get Your Zero-Trans-Fat Kicks on Route 66 ** Are you kidding me? A drug trip? Without a GPS? **” Within the first minute, I had spewed coffee through my nose a half dozen times and was laughing so loud I thought someone had probably called the cops – or not. But I did see what looked like an impromptu gathering of blue uniforms patrolling the cul-de-sac. I haven’t LMAOROTF in a very long time. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have recognized it until later on when I learned what it meant.
FACT: Just past mid-way through the book, I considered making, “The Middle Age of Aquarius,” my clinging- to-sanity survival guide. The decision wasn’t a done deal – not yet – until I turned to the next section, “Setting Up Your Own Non-Prophet (Suppose you threw a super-nova and nobody came?),” and read: “According to one internet site, ‘Doomsday will be unlike anything that anyone here on Earth has ever experienced before.’"
That cinched my decision, survival guide it is. But doomsday – like never before – not like the last one? I would need more than one copy of “The Middle Age of Aquarius.” One to keep by my favorite chair and one hermetically sealed in the safe room. Nowadays, one can’t be too careful.
Thank you, Barry Parham, for brightening my day and making me LOL – because I did a lot of that. But this was just my first reading of the book. Trust me I will read it again and again – that’s what survival guides are for, right? And if you haven’t read any of Barry’s books, you better get busy or you’ll have a lot of ‘splaining to do come doomsday! ...more
REVIEW by Peggy Randall_Martin Read this book for yourself, your daughters and for every woman you know. You will never forget Manasa.
The story unfoldsREVIEW by Peggy Randall_Martin Read this book for yourself, your daughters and for every woman you know. You will never forget Manasa.
The story unfolds in present day Calcutta around a woman named Manasa. She is one of many children born to her parents, with whom she is counted as a daughter with no true identity of her own. Manasa’s escape from the everyday nothingness in her Bengali village and her innocent quest for a better life takes her on a dangerous, self-reliant journey into a dark and sinister world where trust and love are bought and sold. Along the way, Manasa must make snap decisions about the people she meets; all the while knowing that one mistaken judgment could kill any chance she has of survival and sink her into a soulless, gaping abyss from which there would be no return.
Manasa’s search for freedom shines a harsh and realistic light behind the many walls and dusty curtains that would otherwise disguise and block from the outside world the tragic lives of women who never found favor with their families or those who suffered the loss of that status for one reason or another. It is a way of life that is foreign to most, but this heart wrenching story quickly acquaints readers around the world with India’s Sari Caste. Catherine Kirby...more
FROM THE AUTHOR: Even though "Sunday Meals & Snake Neckties" is a work of fiction, writing it was an emotional experience for me. There were momenFROM THE AUTHOR: Even though "Sunday Meals & Snake Neckties" is a work of fiction, writing it was an emotional experience for me. There were moments when I laughed until I cried, and other times when the tears were nostalgic and heart wrenching. This story is dedicated to all the Carol Ann's of the world, may they continue to love life and live it to the fullest wherever they are!...more
Rarely are two polar opposites as well suited for lasting friendship as Val and Kit, but the combo is dynamic. What one doesn’t research, the other imRarely are two polar opposites as well suited for lasting friendship as Val and Kit, but the combo is dynamic. What one doesn’t research, the other imagines … they could have been the love children of Erin Brockovich and Columbo!
Their day to day lives couldn’t be more different, but that’s the foam in their lattes as they mix their fun-loving, diverse personalities with a by-the-seat-of-your-pants investigation into the strange disappearance of a former classmate.
“The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock” is the lifetime friends’ first case, but it won’t be their last adventurous journey behind closed doors where misconceptions may be the only clues, and truths trade places with well told lies.
Val and Kit are a couple of sometimes serious, wise-cracking hometown gals who have adapted an adage that many adult children around the world live by: growing old is mandatory; maturing is optional!
Congratulations to authors, Roz (Val) and Patty (Kit), on this funny, well done, mysterious and often comical first edition of “The Val & Kit Mystery Series,” and it’s good to know that edition two is in the works.
Thank goodness none of have to don our armchair detective hats and investigate the location of the nearest place where “The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock” is available for purchase! Because you do that now in Amazon's Kindle Store!...more
Wow! I just crossed the finish line … it was an exciting adventure filled with “Lust, Money & Murder” … One book … three action-packed journeys …Wow! I just crossed the finish line … it was an exciting adventure filled with “Lust, Money & Murder” … One book … three action-packed journeys … with Mike Wells at the helm …
As a young girl, Elaine Brogan had no idea what lay ahead for her; nor did she know that – as a teenager – when she stepped out and away from the norm, the countdown to a dangerous reckoning had begun. And from that day on, her life would never be the same. Her anger at her father’s unjust treatment by the justice system and the people behind it drove her and fueled a powerful need that had to be fulfilled. She wouldn’t stop until that very personal mission was exacted.
Mike Wells is a master storyteller, and once I started reading, “Lust, Money & Murder,” I forgot to drink my coffee (a cardinal sin and deviation from my daily routine) and I chose finger food for nourishment! Nothing was going to come between me and the next paragraph! Here’s where Wells’ book separates itself from many others of its genre. The book is not just another read – it’s an experience! It’s visual and it’s real! As I read, the words leapt off the page and brought me ever closer to the heat of the moment and the fast paced action.
From Pittsburgh, to D.C., to Bulgaria, France, Germany and Italy … my heart pounded as Wells took me on plane rides with Elaine and allowed me to ride in the cab with her during one of the most eventful and dangerous car chases I’ve ever been privy to. But the author doesn’t stop there … he swore me to secrecy … and if I tell you any more … let’s just say that I wouldn’t want to be caught in the crosshairs of the next bullet fired at Elaine.
And if you’re reading this review, and haven’t read “Lust, Money & Murder Books 1, 2 & 3,” click on the book cover above and treat yourself to a Brogan weekend. Be sure and have plenty of food and drink on hand because you won’t want to leave the house until you’ve read the last page.
Mike, I can hardly wait for the next books in the Elaine Brogan series – so bring ‘em on! By the way, asking me to stop reading after Book 1 would be like robbing me of a warm croissant oozing melted dark chocolate after just one bite! ...more
When I tell you that once I started reading “Kissed in Paris” I couldn’t put it down, it’s a reality not a cliché! The lead-in is creative and snappy,When I tell you that once I started reading “Kissed in Paris” I couldn’t put it down, it’s a reality not a cliché! The lead-in is creative and snappy, and the story continues to build from page to page - through to the last word on the last page. Juliette Sobanet’s characters don’t just exist – they live! Her descriptions of the French countryside, each back street and café take the reader on a colorful Parisian journey.
This is not just another love story – it’s wrapped in unpredictable intrigue and mystery. Chloe has only her instincts to go on and who she should trust – if anyone – is one of her biggest trials as she follows the only person who might be able to save her across France. But has she chosen the wrong savior or was she chosen by an unknown swarthy conman before she boarded the plane in Washington DC for Paris? The only way to know is to read the book!
This is the only book in Sobanet’s “Paris” series that I have read, and I wished Chloe & Julien had lived on in a sequel. There is a break down between the lead-in and the first chapter that is a bit confusing. Chloe’s reason for traveling to Paris gets lost and I read back a few pages to see if I had missed something. But don’t let that discourage you – buy the book – pop the cork on a bottle of wine (preferably French), get a block of your favorite cheese and a baguette of French bread if you can find one(!) or chocolate filled croissants. Then settle back in your favorite chair and put life as you know it on hold, as you begin to read “Kissed In Paris.”
From my patio, I could smell the melted cheese and chocolate on the streets of Annecy … I envisioned a vineyard outside of Lyon and the scent of lavender and rosemary was real … if only for a moment … “Kissed in Paris,” by Juliette Sobanet is the best way to travel to Paris without a passport....more
"Backwater Runs Deep! Peggy Randall-Martin masterfully employs an array of stylistically devices to enhance the readers' imme5 STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON:
"Backwater Runs Deep! Peggy Randall-Martin masterfully employs an array of stylistically devices to enhance the readers' immersion. Madness and mythology, love and literature, spirits and spooks, all play a role in this wonderful, Gothic drama of hers."
"This novella has one twist after another. It introduces evil early combined with love, murder and a healthy dose of the occult."
"A Tale of the Darkside. A tale of ambition, love, lust, and betrayal entwined with a thread of paranormal manifestation that both fascinates and horrifies."
"Creepy and Intense. This novella is a paranormal thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the end. Peggy Randall-Martin is definitely a master storyteller when it comes to all things that go bump in the night."...more
The storyline is well thought out and embraces a subject that has not been done to death - with a huge plus - it is also well written. Be sure to setThe storyline is well thought out and embraces a subject that has not been done to death - with a huge plus - it is also well written. Be sure to set aside a slot of time when you start to read "Signs and Wonders," because it truly is a book you will want to continue reading until you turn the last page. And it is not to be confused in any way with a movie by the same name.
Each character has a unique perspective on Annie and the evangelistic following created and nurtured by her father. In the writing of this book, Alex Adena tells a story that is pure - one that remains true to itself by staying on track. "Signs and Wonders" reveals an unpredictable behind the scenes tale of the lives of people, close to the Grace crusade, who live the same experiences, but in different ways. And those outside the circle have varying, hard set reasons for their opinions. Each page presents another surprise; the twists in the plot will stump your imagination.
I recommend this book to everyone for all of the above reasons and for others as well. The story is excellent and it is obvious that a lot of time and painstaking effort went into putting the book together before presenting it to the public. And it paid off - excellent story, professional presentation, and a creative author who is a credit to the profession. I look forward to reading more of Adena's works. ...more
NEW KINDLE BOOK! BUY IT, READ IT - YOU'LL LOVE IT! The authors' names are listed incorrectly. Their correct names are: Carol Lavelle Snow and Howard ThoNEW KINDLE BOOK! BUY IT, READ IT - YOU'LL LOVE IT! The authors' names are listed incorrectly. Their correct names are: Carol Lavelle Snow and Howard Thomas Snow, Jr.
The book's authors are Carol Snow (aka) Carol Lavelle Snow & Howard Thomas Snow. The subject matter will entice you and the suspense will keep you up past dark - I should know because I have read it 3 times!
"The Gray Warriors" is based on events that actually occurred while Howard Snow Jr., Carol's husband, was maintaining aircraft in Peru for the DEA during Operation Snowcap. Names and titles have been changed due to classified information. I gave copies of this book to my friends for different occasions and each had nothing but praise for the story and the authors. More than one wanted an encore!...more