An excellent Christmas short, Christmas Star brings you the tingling warmth one expects from a good romance. It also leaves you with a message about tAn excellent Christmas short, Christmas Star brings you the tingling warmth one expects from a good romance. It also leaves you with a message about the wisdom of taking your time to make important decisions. Perfect for all the hopeless romantics like me who just know that perfect person is out there somewhere...more
In the year 1878, Silverbear, a holy man for a Shoshone band of Indians, prepares for an ancient Bear Dance. They are tired of white settlers defilingIn the year 1878, Silverbear, a holy man for a Shoshone band of Indians, prepares for an ancient Bear Dance. They are tired of white settlers defiling their land and slaughtering animals. Poachers desecrate all that is holy with Mother Earth, killing animals for their hide and leaving the meat behind to rot. The Shoshone call on the Great Spirit Bear to stop these appalling acts.
Move forward to 1996 in Yellowstone National Park and Chief Ranger Glen Merrill is still plagued by poachers who kill bears for their gallbladder, a supposed aphrodisiac, and elk for their antlers, the bodies left behind to rot. But he must also deal with recent unexplained deaths of tourists and park rangers. Witnesses claim it was a massive grizzly that attacked, but when film is developed of the supposed kill, nothing can be seen.
This fascinating story combines old legends, curses and revenge, with the new. We learn of a holy man whose spirit is trapped on a land he loves, attacking those who refuse to show Mother Earth the respect she deserves. We learn about Native American legends and how they feel today about what’s been done to the land and people, the balance that needs to be restored if nature and man are ever to live in harmony. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys nature and learning about Native American heritage. The characters are well-drawn and interesting as the plot escalates toward an exciting end. Add a bit of the supernatural and you have a fast-paced novel that shows the consequences of man’s negligence and what one Park Ranger is willing to do to help bring back balance.
Born and raised in the rugged mountains of Oregon, I’ve always had a love and healthy respect for the land and animals. Though I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Yellowstone, the description given in this novel of its power and majestic beauty makes me long to see it firsthand.
Let me start off by first saying that my reading interests tend to fall more toward historical romance rather than fiction so I wasn’t entirely sure hLet me start off by first saying that my reading interests tend to fall more toward historical romance rather than fiction so I wasn’t entirely sure how I would react to a novel about war. I’m pleased to say this novel turned out to be much more than that, a real page turner from start to finish, one I pretty much read through in one sitting. Perhaps part of the reason is because Warrior King Legacy is much more than a play by play list of what is known from history about the Gaul king Vercingetorix.
This talented author was able to take what was known about the real Vercingetorix and use his imagination to weave a story this reader could not put down. Yes, there is a lot of blood, guts and violence involved. It was a savage era where only the strongest could survive. But there was also a softer side, the romance I craved, where Vercingetorix is shown with his wife, family and close friends. It shows the close bond developed when warriors must rely on each other on the battle field. All together it brought across a close connection I need with a character to become truly engaged with a story.
History tells us some of what happened when Vercingetorix worked to pull the tribes together in his quest to go up against Rome’s Julius Caesar, but it doesn’t give us a view into the pain, betrayal and heartache the king and his people faced on a daily basis. I cringed more than a few times while reading, the vivid description given easily setting off my own imagination. If you enjoy history, or just love a fast-paced war type, I think Warrior King Legacy will be right up your alley. I know I’m looking forward to reading more by Anthony Hogger. ...more
First off, if you haven’t already read it, you might want to pick up a copy of Taste by Kate Evangilista. It’s probably not mandatory, the storyline mFirst off, if you haven’t already read it, you might want to pick up a copy of Taste by Kate Evangilista. It’s probably not mandatory, the storyline moving in a completely different direction, but with many of the same cast of characters you might find you enjoy it more. Though I don’t tend to be attracted to many YA stories, I found Taste a super-fast, enjoyable read. But whether you have or have not read Taste, Savor is NOT a young adult read. It’s sexy and fun and exactly what I go out searching for when trying to choose a new paranormal novel to purchase.
Photography might not appear to be the best career choice for someone whose depth perception is skewered by an old eye injury, but feisty Dakota Collins doesn’t see it that way. As talented as she is driven, she decides to pursue a career as a photographer, eye patch an all. Imagine the thrill when she lands a job with Vicious, a super popular band with members about her age. And here enters the characters first introduced in Taste: Demitri, Phoenix, Dray and Luka. Dakota is amazed that Luka Visraya, the hottest bass player on the planet, would even give her the time of day, let alone invite her to spend a month at his house. On condition of a non-disclosure agreement, she will have total access to the entire band and the people who work with them. She needs ten shots for her portfolio and Yana, the band manager wants shots to use for promotion of the band. It doesn’t take Dakota long to learn there’s much more to this band than first appears, especially where the extremely hot Luka is concerned.
The paranormal side we found in Taste is much more subtle in Savor, maybe just a touch less than what I normally crave, but the romance side is fantastic, and then we get to that killer ending.... Well, I'm a true fan now! The characters are well-drawn three-dimensional people who I would love to be able to meet in real life. Evangilista not only satisfied, but left me wanting more, not something every writer can pull off in a new series. I’ll be one of the first to stand in line when the next story becomes available. ...more
I have to say I really enjoyed this story. It’s been a years since I’ve read a western (I’m a long time Louis L’Amour fan) and I couldn’t resist a newI have to say I really enjoyed this story. It’s been a years since I’ve read a western (I’m a long time Louis L’Amour fan) and I couldn’t resist a new western with a twist of horror added to it. The beginning is a little rough and I struggled to figure out what was going on with the main character Drake and his family. It opens at night, the men sitting around the campfire with kids in the wagon, supposedly sleeping. They are attacked by the chupacabra. It is a life changer of the worst kind for our main character Drake. He is horribly burned during the attack and his daughter ends up missing.
Once Drake is healed enough to travel he begins the search for his missing daughter. I struggled some after the initial attack by the chupacabra to figure out what Drake was doing. There is a big gap of time missing that I think needed to be added back in. I actually came very close to putting the book down though I’m glad I struggled through because the rest of the story was awesome. Nonstop action and a couple of places that even managed to take this reader by surprise. The second I finished this first novel by Michael Hebler I immediately went out and bought the second. I can’t give a writer better praise than that. I’ll hope the second one has a smoother beginning, but other than that I’m hooked. I really wanted to give this story five stars but I had to drop it down because of the confusing first quarter. For those who may feel the same way I did, I encourage you to read through. It’ll be worth it. ...more
Doug Lamoreux is fast becoming one of my favorite horror authors. He already had me well hooked with his three previous novels: The Devil’s Bed, The MDoug Lamoreux is fast becoming one of my favorite horror authors. He already had me well hooked with his three previous novels: The Devil’s Bed, The Melting Dead and Dracula’s Demeter. I read each of these three in less than two days. If life hadn’t stepped in the way I probably would have raced through in less than one. As soon as I learned there was something new out by Lamoreux, I raced over to Amazon, intrigued by the title ‘Corpses Say the Darndest Things’. This story definitely has elements of horror, but it’s different from the other three in that it has a lighter, almost comedic, side that I found refreshing.
Katherine Delp is the wife of Chicago’s biggest, most popular, televangelist. Nod Blake is a private investigator who is hired—against his wishes through his over-eager secretary—to keep an eye on the soon-to-be-dead Mrs Delp. But her death is only the beginning, and the person who stands at the top of the police suspect list is Blake himself. This is only the beginning of Blake’s problems however. A nasty bump on the head seems to have opened a door for murdered victims to communicate with him, and they do so by forcing Blake to live through their murders as if he is the one being killed, feeling every second of their pain as they died.
I chuckled through some parts, enjoying the sharp wit of this old style detective story, while flinching through others. The plot remained complex, the characters 3D and fun to follow, as we watch Blake try to get to the truth of what’s taking place. The scenes where he experienced the murders personally were well-written, realistic and definitely able to make me cringe. Every time I thought I knew who the killer was, another bump was placed in the road, tossing everything back up into the air again. I enjoy trying to play the ‘who did it’ game with mystery detective stories, but I admit the twists and turns in this one kept me guessing right up until the end. A fast and fun read that I think fans of horror and mystery will both enjoy. ...more
Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace could have been a top notched story in my opinion, but it needed a little more work in the developing stage. Some pInvasive Species by Joseph Wallace could have been a top notched story in my opinion, but it needed a little more work in the developing stage. Some parts were downright creepy and definitely raised the heart rate as I tried to imagine what life would be like was something like this to happen in real life. Unlike some reviewers I read before purchasing this novel I had no problem suspending disbelief. It was easy to visualize the wasps and the terror they brought to a people totally unprepared to deal with them.
The story opens in the African wilderness where a rainforest is dying out. An unknown predator, an enormous black wasp, is forced to rise up and find new territory to call home. Before their native land was destroyed, these wasps, known by the locals as ‘Thieves’ preyed on animals, typically monkeys. The animals were used as a host for their growing larvae, an ordeal the host didn’t survive. These thieves had no problem moving from monkeys to people as they quickly spread out, deadlier than anything the world has ever known.
Where I think the novel failed was in character development. It was spread out too thin across too many characters and I wasn’t able to develop a strong enough emotional connection to most of them to remember what part they played. The political side, heavier handed than I prefer, didn’t do anything to add to the story either. I craved more time shown with the wasps as an actual part of the scene. I did find it easy to connect with the little girl Cait, and also with Trey, the man who first came into contact with the wasps, but the rest were just vague images in my mind. The ending also fell flat. I won’t get into it because I don’t want to give anything away. Not everyone will feel the same way I did. Bottom line, it’s a good read with loads of potential, but is let down by a lack of character development. I still enjoyed the story and would score it 3.5 out of 5 stars if I could. ...more
I loved this second book in the Immortal Light Series by John Sperry. It starts off with a bang, placing the reader straight into action, and it neverI loved this second book in the Immortal Light Series by John Sperry. It starts off with a bang, placing the reader straight into action, and it never let up until the very last page is turned. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night because I had to finish the story.
Lucy Higgins is forced to grow up fast when her best friend Kat is kidnapped and tortured by evil agents of the Immortal Light. In her quest to find and rescue Kat from their torturous hands, Lucy is separated from her soul mate and forced to put her trust in another man she hardly knows, a warrior named Sean. But can she afford to trust him? Can she afford to trust anyone? It would appear not when at every turn she finds her life and the lives of those she loves placed in mortal danger.
In my opinion the first novel in this series would have to be categorized as a straight young adult, with all the teenage angst and confusion that tends to go along with it. I prefer a fast start and admit I struggled some to become engaged with the characters and story. After the first quarter though the action started and I read the rest in one sitting. I have no doubt book two will hold the attention of all readers, YA and adult alike. There wasn’t anything slow, the pace lightning fast, the action intense. The characters are all richly drawn, the tension held high from start to finish. I grew so emotionally connected to Lucy and her struggles that I wanted to jump straight through the pages and try to help her figure out the truth. World building was incredible. I could literally see the swords Lucy and Sean created from water, and light she used as a weapon as they fought against the evil reapers. I have no doubt others will enjoy it as much as I did. I’ll definitely be watching for more from this gifted new author. ...more
The Subtle Thief of Youth is the second novel I’ve read by D.J. Wiseman and he did not disappoint. The rain began as a few drops leaving circles in thThe Subtle Thief of Youth is the second novel I’ve read by D.J. Wiseman and he did not disappoint. The rain began as a few drops leaving circles in the dust, and then it steadily began to fall harder. I felt as though I was standing right there, the description handled so well I could almost feel the pelt of rain on my skin and sense the panic of people as the water rose higher and higher, destroying everything in its path as it flooded the countryside.
A full decade has passed since an eleven-year-old girl went missing and is never heard from again. Ten years later a tree is uprooted in a flood of mud and water, exposing the skeletal remains of Melanie Staples tangled in its roots. Is it coincidence or something far more sinister that another young girl comes up missing on the exact day Melanie’s body is returned to the community? I found myself intrigued as the mystery continues to grow. We follow the paths of a host of colorful characters: a withdrawn stonemason, a church-goer with a hidden fetish, a Sri Lankan student never quite accepted by the locals, and a vicar who likes to keep secrets. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried. What, if anything, does the death of Melanie Staples have to do with this latest girl’s disappearance? The answers to this mystery definitely left this reader surprised at the end.
D.J. Wiseman is an expert at getting inside the characters’ minds. He understands what it takes to build a relationship between reader and character, never rushing things. By the end I felt as though I knew each one of these people on a personal basis. We feel their pain, their fears, and their desperation to keep painful secrets hidden from prying eyes.
I think this was a great first novel for Chris Reardon. He is a talented author with a bright future ahead of him.
A young doctor has a nine-year-oldI think this was a great first novel for Chris Reardon. He is a talented author with a bright future ahead of him.
A young doctor has a nine-year-old patient who is dying and he’s frustrated that there is nothing he can do to save him. Then another patient steps into the picture and offers the doctor an ancient tome. Inside is a possible solution to saving the dying young boy. All he has to do is follow the directions and call a powerful god down for a favor, a god who has the ability to alter destiny. The catch, young doctor Alcott has to give up his life so the boy can live. But there’s a sub clause involved. He must pass three seemingly impossible obstacles in order to proceed. But Alcott isn’t the only one who must pass these obstacles. There are four others, each of whom wants to save the life of another person. They will work together and help one another in their quest to save another person’s life.
This is an action-packed story, the pace super-fast and the characters easy to become emotionally involved with. Though I wanted to score higher, I couldn’t justify more than three stars because I did struggle at times, especially in the very beginning, to believe Alcott was a real doctor. His word choices and actions didn’t always come across as realistic. As I read I kept seeing a mid-teen type in my mind. But I could feel the young doctor’s pain over the thought of losing his patient and understood why he took a chance and followed the directions found in the tome for calling down a god. Word choices were awkward at times, not fitting with what was being said, though on a positive note, was never bad enough to stop me from reading and enjoying the story. I think this author has a bright future ahead of him. I know I’ll definitely be watching for the next one to come along by Chris Reardon.
The story itself is awesome. We watch as the lives of four people are shredded through drug addiction. Age isn’t important where drugs are concerned.The story itself is awesome. We watch as the lives of four people are shredded through drug addiction. Age isn’t important where drugs are concerned. The elderly can be caught in the trap as easily as the young.
I’m not sure I would have been able to finish this book if I hadn’t seen the movie first. The lack of punctuation made it almost impossible to follow who was talking. I personally think it could have been so much better with just a little care to separate characters from one another. The lack of punctuation I could live with. I found myself leaning on memories of the movie to help me keep track of things. The movie actually followed the storyline very well, not something I see often. But this is probably the first time I can honestly say I enjoyed the movie more than the book.
Anyway, it’s a great story, a very realistic look at how drug addiction can sneak up on, and claim the lives of, good people everywhere. ...more
Charli is a young woman who is witness to an act forbidden by outsiders to see. While taking a walk in the woods one day she sees four Earth Spirits tCharli is a young woman who is witness to an act forbidden by outsiders to see. While taking a walk in the woods one day she sees four Earth Spirits transform from their animal form to human. When she is spotted, Charli finds herself taken captive. The Earth Spirits plan to keep her with them until they can reach a type of witch doctor who is capable of erasing her memory.
But there’s a lot more going on than just what Charli is going through. Jumlin, an evil spirit is once again loose in the human realm and the Earth Spirits are awakened from their long sleep to stop him. But Jumlin has his eye on Charli and is planning to take her from his lifelong enemies. With her in his grasp, Jumlin knows he has a chance to win against the Earth Spirits.
Charli is a young adult and fighting the confusion most teenagers face as they struggle to become adults. Right before her family’s move, her boyfriend breaks off their relationship, but what hurts her most is learning he’s been cheating on her since before the breakup. The somewhat slow start to this novel was the most difficult for me to get through, but it did, in my opinion, nail the fluctuating feelings of a confused teenage girl. I’m a ‘get-to-the-bottom-of-the-problem-and-fix-it’ type of person, so sometimes I became irritated with Charli’s inability to make a decision and then stick with it. Others may very well find they empathize with her struggles.
I love the Native American quality that’s brought into the picture, the names and legends. I also found Charli’s connection, through the peace pipe her family plans to return, to the Lakota Natives intriguing. I’m left wanting to know more about these people, where the legends got their start, and maybe more important, what influence they will have on Charli’s future now. The building romance between Charli and one of the Earth Spirits, Matho Chante, is extremely entertaining. One can’t help but smile when they see how hard he fights against his growing attraction to Charli, and hers to him. When her old boyfriend enters the picture again, we can’t help but hope she’ll do the right thing and choose Matho. Or at least it’s what I hope.
As Charli begins to mature I found her a fun and interesting main character to follow along with. I found the Earth Spirits fascinating and can’t wait to learn more about them. If you like young adult novels, especially ones with shape shifters and a bit of the mystical quality, you’ll be sure to enjoy Dakota Captive by Alythia Brown. I know I did. ...more
I received an ARC from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
I read episode one of My Master’s Nightmare in one sitting. This fact alone shouI received an ARC from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
I read episode one of My Master’s Nightmare in one sitting. This fact alone should be enough to show other reader’s how well it held my attention. Rita’s husband is killed by an Italian mob boss, one who traffics human flesh against their will, mainly beautiful woman. These young unfortunate souls are broken down, humiliated, and then molded into the perfect slaves for top-dollar clients.
Rita Kovak, an FBI agent, offers herself up as bait, hoping she will be brought in close to the man who killed her husband. But things are not always what one sees on the surface and Rita can’t be certain the man who abducts her isn’t also a victim in this organization.
In this first episode we are introduced to Rita as she is set up to be abducted. We learn why she is there and about her plans to bring the mob boss down. But we also learn more about her as a person, especially when she is forced to face one nightmare ordeal after another at the hands of these cruel men. The pace is lightning fast. I found absolutely zero areas where I grew bored or felt tempted to skim and became totally involved in Rita’s predicament. I’m left hoping she will find a way to win against the astronomical odds set against her. The cliffhanger ending of episode one left me chewing on already ragged nails, anxious to learn what horrors she will face next. I only hope I don’t have to wait too long. My Master’s Nightmare, a great start from talented author Marita Hansen for what looks to be a thrilling new serious.