This is an entertaining little read. It's not really a novel, so I'm not exactly sure how to judge it as far as stars go. What I do know is that the aThis is an entertaining little read. It's not really a novel, so I'm not exactly sure how to judge it as far as stars go. What I do know is that the author managed to bring Tofino and the wonderful people who live there to life. It sounds a fun, exciting place, and if I ever get up that way, I'll bring along my copy of 251 Things to Do in Tofino and see how many of them I can get done. :) A few more pictures might have been nice. I can imagine it's beautiful there. As a young man, my husband worked in British Columbia for several years and I know he loved it there.
You can learn a little about everything in this book, from Native American history to where's the best place to surf, and when you're finished with that, then go out sightseeing the abundant wildlife. A little bit of everything imaginable. Kait makes Tofino sound like such a warm and welcoming place to visit that I might just have to talk my husband into taking me up so I can see it firsthand. Thank you for a great guide on what to do, and where to go, when I get there. ...more
I read Eden quite a few years ago and it's one of those stories that always stuck with me. I wondered how Jenny and Fly were doing? Now I know. I readI read Eden quite a few years ago and it's one of those stories that always stuck with me. I wondered how Jenny and Fly were doing? Now I know. I read some of the reviews for this story and frankly it surprised me how many low reviews and negative comments it got. Some were complaining that not enough happened, but I have to completely disagree. Though there might have been a couple of areas where I questioned whether or not it sounded reasonable to happen, for the most part the story only made me feel closer to these two characters. The romance is top notch, Fly and Jenny excellent as a couple, their love for each other what most of us can only dream about. Fly has a past that would make many people shy away from him, and that past comes up to bite him in the butt in this story. It's quite the ride, wondering if he'll survive it. It brings up the question of forgiveness and whether any of us actually deserve it.
The tension was high enough that I had to fight with myself not to turn to the back of the book to make sure everyone would be okay. This should tell you enough about how I felt as I read. The pregnancy and baby only add tension to the story, not take away from it. Read for yourself, though I'd suggest picking up a copy of Eden first if you haven't read it. This cover is different from the copy I have. I like mine better, though this one fits with the story. ...more
So I love a good sci-fi story, but many times I’ll get a little bit lost in the science part—especially if things don’t make perfect sense, it’ll go rSo I love a good sci-fi story, but many times I’ll get a little bit lost in the science part—especially if things don’t make perfect sense, it’ll go right over my head. That’s not the case with Alien Manifesto by T.W. Embry. He gave me the sci-fi fix I tend to crave but without the headache that usually goes along with it.
Ex. Navy S.E.A.L. Tom Scott is on the wrong side of the law when he suddenly finds himself recruited by an alien intergalactic billionaire named Snarth to join an elite special forces operation. He joins this mixed-species team, their first assignment to steal an alien artifact. This eventually leads them to a planet once ruled by a species called the Ones, (at one time the most feared alien force in all the known universes). With the Ones supposedly now extinct, they go to this planet in search of precious jewels, but find much more than they bargained for, all their lives placed in danger. Sound like a fun ride? You bet, and much more besides.
This is a super-fast-paced story, almost too fast for my personal taste, but sure to keep you on your toes from start to finish. A real page-turner if I ever came across one. I read this in two nights, and it would’ve been one if I hadn’t needed to fit my work in there somewhere. Never once did I feel the urge to skim, and being a writer and editor myself, this is saying a lot. Believe me, if the story lags, even a little, I skim.
So even though I grinned like a little kid through most of it, I give this story four over five stars because I did crave a little more depth from the characters, especially at the start. This is where that fast pace comes into play. By the end of this first story in the series though, I felt I had a good feel for all the characters involved: which included Tom, another human known as the Irishman, a feline assassin, an alien canine, a spider, and Snarth (their billionaire boss).
Here’s the deal. I finished this story and immediately fired up the kindle to go in search of the next story in line by Embry. Should be enough said. Go out and pick up a copy for yourself. You won’t be sorry. ...more
So obviously I can’t review my own story, but there are 13 others here that I didn’t have anything to do with. I feel honored to be asked to participaSo obviously I can’t review my own story, but there are 13 others here that I didn’t have anything to do with. I feel honored to be asked to participate with such a talented group of writers and can only hope my story will stand up with the rest of them. I’ve only read six so far, so here we go.
Love’s Long Shadow by Ciara Knight. Sammy is an angel who finds herself cast out of heaven. In her world, angels lose their memory about why they were cast out, so she’s left understandably confused. Angels aren’t the only ones who find themselves walking around on our world. There are also demons. When Sammy meets Boon, though she finds herself attracted to him, she’s not entirely sure what side of the tracks he’s from. I found myself immediately drawn to the characters in this story, both Boon and Sammy. It’s difficult to say much with a short story and not give the whole plot away, but needless to say, I had a lot of fun following these two characters and look forward to reading more by Ciara.
The Owl and the Pussycat by Nancy Segovia. This story starts out fast and furious and doesn’t slow down throughout. In her world if two shapeshifters mark each other, then they our mated, no room for argument. This doesn’t go over too well when one is an owl and the other an ally cat. Their people are none too pleased about it either. They set a test up where only one is expected to come out alive.
Sometimes Thorns are all Black by Danielle DeVor. I really liked this one. It’s a revamp of Sleeping Beauty, but with a little darker twist. I would have never in a million years thought to combine vampires with a famous fairy tale princess, but it works.
The Long Sleep by Phil Hore. This was a real treat for me. I happen to be a fan of old time detective types. If you add one smart werewolf, one of my favorite paranormal creatures, with a ghost, then it’s hard to go wrong. I hadn’t read anything by Phil Hore before this, but I’ll definitely be checking out others written by him.
Lunacy by Shawna Romkey. This reminded me a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, only she slays werewolves rather than vamps. I don’t tend to read a lot of young adult types, but I have to admit I was a huge Buffy fan, and this story reminded me why. I’m looking forward to reading more by Shawna. Her main character is fun and witty, and the male counterpart mysterious and interesting. Throw in the normal problems faced in high school and you have a really kickass story.
Embracing Darkness by Yelena Casale and Tina Moss. I have to admit I’ve read the prequel novel to this story and was really looking forward to hearing what happened with Zoey. This was the first story I read out of the group and it didn’t disappoint. Rafe is definitely one sexy fallen angel. I’m actually a little bit jealous of Zoey because she gets to keep him all to herself. Definitely hot, so you might want to turn the air conditioner on before you sit down to read it.
Except for Embracing Darkness, there wasn’t any particular reason for what I chose to read first, but each one was excellent in its own right. I’m sure the other eight will all be just as good and I’ll try to add to my review of each as I finish them. I’d pay .99 for each one of these stories, let alone for the whole bunch. I hope you all will take a chance. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. ...more
Okay, everybody likes an end-of-the-world type story, right? The human race refusing to give up under astronomical odds placed against it. Imagine HunOkay, everybody likes an end-of-the-world type story, right? The human race refusing to give up under astronomical odds placed against it. Imagine Hunger Games only better. Of the different scenarios I’ve come across in recent years, I have to say The HAARP Letters by Anthony J. Gerst is one of the best. An environmental disaster on Earth leaves a militant group, refugees and scientists on a mission to re-establish civilization. They are thrown in together at the HAARP compound, besieged by violent, cannibalistic marauders. They plan to found a new Gaian religion, their goal to set up and care for the world’s remaining resources.
The story is told through a series of correspondence between Abram and his old friend Bill, another survivor living at a different bunker. The beginning is just a tad slow and I admit to struggling with some of the religious elements presented. But if you can put your own personal beliefs aside for the purpose of entertainment, this is a great novel. I worried at the start that a series of letters might be slow and dull, but it wasn’t, not even a little. The characters are instantly brought to life, and the setting brilliant and imaginative. You don’t feel as though you are reading a series of letters. Gerst expertly pulls you in, makes you feel for these people and the world they find themselves trying to survive in, and builds toward an ending that leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. The HAARP Letters is definitely one you’ll want to take a look at. ...more
Okay, you realistic sci-fi fanatics out there, you’re gonna love this one. I felt as though I’d been placed into the hands of a master science fictionOkay, you realistic sci-fi fanatics out there, you’re gonna love this one. I felt as though I’d been placed into the hands of a master science fiction storyteller. Real characters, (faults and all) plausible realistic plot, and exciting, descriptive setting.
A large asteroid is headed straight for earth, humans facing almost certain extinction if it hits. The government, not surprising, wants to keep the asteroid a secret, an attempt to hold off world-wide panic. But there are others, such as Colton Taylor, (a corporate sponsor for the detection program that made the asteroid discovery) who believe they have a plan that might give humans a chance to survive. But it means putting the disaster in the public eye and the government doesn’t want this.
There was a Bruce Willis movie made a while back that had this same type of plot disaster, but it had more of a comedic feel, at least in my opinion. This story sounds plausible and realistic from start to finish. I never once questioned the science involved, and no magic either. No abracadabra used to try to help explain futuristic scenarios. They discuss potential problems faced should they tried to blow up the asteroid, to attempts to somehow push it off course. I enjoy science fiction novel like this one, but often I’ll find myself feeling a bit lost, struggling to keep up with the science part, especially if it doesn’t make complete sense. Though there are technical issues galore here, I never once struggled to understand. You feel as though this asteroid is really headed our way and we need these people, real people, to come up with a way to help save us, the technology offered totally believable.
I have to admit up front that the style of writing is not one I tend to favor. There is a lot of narration in place of dialogue and character action.I have to admit up front that the style of writing is not one I tend to favor. There is a lot of narration in place of dialogue and character action. The story itself however is top notch and extremely imaginative.
Wickedness and corruption have conquered the world and persistent thoughts of death and destruction have followed. Silas is unexpectedly thrown into the turbulent waters where he learns more about himself than he expects, and more about everything, and everyone else, than he wants. Silas isn’t alone in his quest for enlightenment. He finds allies and enemies while searching for the truth. There are two predominant races divided by the resilience of their underlying morals. As these truths become known, the world of Elyonia will never again be the same.
This land has two people, the Dartarian and the Alineans. The Dartarian people are gifted with the ability to control and use the elements of either earth, air, fire, or water. The Alineans don’t have these powers. Silas is an Alinean, a young man who lives with his parents. Troubles arrives and takes him from his family and friends, their peaceful world torn apart. Point of view is told through several different characters, each with their own story that eventually works to come together. I really liked this part of the story and how the author managed to pull it all together by the end, showing both the Dartarian and the Alinean viewpoint. The narration is highly descriptive, the world brought to full 3D life. The pace could have been a little faster, but this is what I crave in a novel. I think other will be able to overlook this part and enjoy this highly imaginative story. ...more
Every now and then a novel comes along that really takes me by surprise. Broken English by Marita A. Hansen is one of them. I think I went into this sEvery now and then a novel comes along that really takes me by surprise. Broken English by Marita A. Hansen is one of them. I think I went into this story thinking it would be a twisted tale about forbidden sex, an older married woman finding herself attracted to a younger teenage boy. Clara had her demons to fight, no doubt about it, but I’m wondering how any of us women would have fared against a street-smart kid like Dante Rata. I alternated between feeling sorry for the young man, (wanting to take him home so I could take care of him) to wishing I could stick a bar of soap in his potty mouth. But then I also wished he’d been a little older so I could justify in my head how Clara felt about him, because I understood it.
Dante is fifteen going on thirty. He’s had a hard life, his good looks not doing him any favors. He is used and abused, mostly by women, and craving someone to treat him like a real person, and not just a play-toy. Not that he doesn’t enjoy the ladies. He’s got a tough outer shell, built up over years of abuse, and it’s difficult for him to let anyone get close. Clara starts out wanting to help him, but he’s not like any other student she’s ever dealt with. A little out of her league.
It’s difficult to say too much else without giving everything away and I don’t want to ruin the story for you. Don’t go into this thinking it’s only about sex. There is way more involved that you’d have to read to understand. I don’t give out five stars easily, but this one definitely deserves it. Give it a read. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. ...more
So far I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Lamoreux, so I wasn’t surprised to find myself getting lost in this story as well. It is well written, fastSo far I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Lamoreux, so I wasn’t surprised to find myself getting lost in this story as well. It is well written, fast paced, and full of tension throughout. I had a hard time trying to focus on my work, my mind always drifting back to the story until I could turn that last page. This is the second in the Apparition Lake series and I loved it just as much as the first one. Interesting characters, intense action and Mother Nature. What better setting than Yellowstone National Park? Couldn’t really ask for more?
Troubles hits again for Chief Ranger Glenn Merrill, as Yellowstone’s existence is threatened by earth tremors and an imminent supervolcano. There are a series of gruesome deaths claiming animals, tourists, and a ranger, and it’s clear to Ranger Glenn that something’s gone terribly wrong at the nation's oldest national park.
Obsidian Tears brings Ranger Glenn’s Shoshone friend Johnny Two Ravens back into the picture, and I have to admit he was one of my favorite characters from the first story. Man against nature, or man and nature joining forces against an ancient evil. You’ll have to read it yourself to find out.
This is tough one for me to review. On the one hand, we have some of the best writing I’ve come across in a long time. Unfortunately, it also had issuThis is tough one for me to review. On the one hand, we have some of the best writing I’ve come across in a long time. Unfortunately, it also had issues I didn’t care for.
The main story revolves around Daisy Cade, a rather free-spirited young woman caught up in an abusive relationship. She eventually finds the courage to leave him and begins a new relationship with Stuart Adkins, lead singer of a popular band. As one could easily imagine, Daisy’s ex doesn’t take this well and it leads to problems. This brings us to one of the best scenes I’ve ever read. Had me chewing on my fingernails.
The story has interesting three-dimensional characters and an exciting, tension-filled plot. So why only three stars?
Not all writers, or readers, are looking for the same thing in a novel. It would be a boring world if we did. And while there was much I liked about this novel, there was an equal amount I didn’t. One of my biggest pet-peeves while reading is head-hopping, and there is a lot of that going on here. Enough where I had a tendency to lose track of whose head I was supposed to be in. The second issue I struggled with was getting sidetracked with too many side stories. I don’t mind learning a little about secondary characters, but I don’t want to move inside their heads and learn everything. The main story had a tendency to get lost in the many side stories and, unfortunately, I tended to skim.
If you’re like me, and this sort of thing bothers you, Lights of Polaris is probably not going to be a novel you’ll totally enjoy. On the other hand, if you find multiple views and side stories exciting, you’re going to love this. Even with issues I didn’t like, it definitely still had parts that held me absolutely spellbound. I’ll look forward to reading more by this author in the future, especially if point of view is held a little better. ...more
I was lucky enough to get to get an advanced reader copy of this story. Lynne knows I have grandchildren who have loved her past novels, such as CautiI was lucky enough to get to get an advanced reader copy of this story. Lynne knows I have grandchildren who have loved her past novels, such as Caution: Witch in Progress, and Zac’s Destiny. I may be an adult, (an adult plus some) but I’m still a child at heart. Who wouldn’t enjoy a story about an unlucky leprechaun?
Finn is a young Leprechaun with an adventurous heart. He wants to find a way out of their boring little village and see what the big world is like. Only it’s not such a safe place for an unlucky leprechaun like himself. He gets into a big jam when he finds himself captured and put on exhibition for a traveling show. But can he find a way to escape and get back home again?
Back home, his best friend is lonely and scared for Finn. He demands to be taken along when Finn’s father decides to go out searching. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here for our own children, because let’s face it, they all tend to reach an age where they get bored and think there is more excitement to be found outside their safe homes. Finn gets out of one jam only to find himself right back in another. And on the other side, his friends and family run into their own problems while trying to find and rescue him. I can’t imagine any child (or big child) who won’t enjoy this wonderful tale. ...more
This novel was a pleasant surprise for me. I love anything having to do with vampires, be they about the evil dead types made famous with Dracula, orThis novel was a pleasant surprise for me. I love anything having to do with vampires, be they about the evil dead types made famous with Dracula, or the romanticized types, such as the popular Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. This story is something a little different and falls somewhere in between the two.
Max Hollingsworth is a social worker who specializes with abused children. Not the most pleasant of subjects, but Sean Poindexter handles it well. We all know it happens, but not many authors are brave enough to approach the subject in a novel like this one. Those who’ve tried haven’t always come across as well as this author did. He was able to make me feel for the lost children without completely disgusting me, taking a risk I might toss the book. Being a mother, and grandmother, I couldn’t imagine my own being placed in the hands of a pedophile.
Max not only has to deal with human monsters, some of them the children’s own parents, he also has to deal with a gang of neo-nazi vampires running a child slavery ring. Somehow these vampires are able to make parents completely forget they even have a child. It can be difficult to prosecute if no one remembers the child even exists.
I loved the story and what Max was willing to put himself through to try to help these kids. The only reason I’m not giving it five stars is because of the side stories. They could be a little difficult to follow as far as time was concerned. It was necessary information for the most part, but I still found it hard to realign my thoughts at times.
Bottom line, if you like detective type stories with a little paranormal edge, then I can pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy this one. I can’t wait for the next novel in this series to be released.
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
A priest falls in love with a real witch and ends up making a change of plans as far as career moves go with the Catholic Church. Jimmy Holiday had neA priest falls in love with a real witch and ends up making a change of plans as far as career moves go with the Catholic Church. Jimmy Holiday had never turned his back on his vows of celibacy, but when a few busybodies at his church step into the picture and accuse him of it, he knew he might as well have. It costs him everything. To make matters worse, after he left the church, things didn’t work out well for Jimmy and Tabby and they split up a few years later. Nothing seems to ever work out quite like Jimmy envisions.
A few years later, in steps a childhood friend asking Jimmy if he still believes in God. What kind of question is that? A strange one … or maybe not so much. As it turns out, Will’s six-year-old daughter Lucy is possessed. Or so Will claims, and he wants Jimmy to perform an exorcism. Jimmy agrees to go with Will to Sorrow Point and meet the little girl, even though he suspects she might have a mental condition verses a possession problem. There turns out to be a whole lot more going wrong in Sorrow’s Point and the Black house than one little girl’s possession problem, however Jimmy isn’t sure he’s up for the task being asked of him.
Have you ever walked into a house or room and been struck with that odd feeling that said, “You need to get the hell out of here!” (while the hair on the back of your neck stands up to wave at one another)? I have, so I began to squirm a bit when I started to read about the Black house, built in the town of Sorrow’s Point during the early 1950’s. (Chapters are mingled in with the present time about Lucy’s possession.) The house Will, his wife, and Lucy live in now. An evil man built the enormous mansion, a cannibalistic monster who got off on torturing his wife until someone very powerful stepped in and trapped him in a mirror. We learn what happened during that terrible time in the past that might have led to the current possession of Lucy.
And this is where Tabby, the witch, steps into the picture. This is not your typical priest against demon exorcism scenario, so pull the blanket up to your chin and leave on the lights as you read. I know I did. I first read Sorrow’s Point a couple of years ago and I have to admit I wasn’t pleased with the main character of Jimmy Holiday in that first edition. For an ex priest, he seemed to fly off the handle about just about anything, and usually over what I considered minor details. I couldn’t make a connection with him and since he’s one of the main characters, I couldn’t make a real connection to the story. (Not that I feel one always needs to like everyone you read about, but….)
For those of you who might be reading reviews written about the first edition, I urge you to ignore the negative reaction some of those readers might have had against Jimmy. It appears the author listened to the complaints of her readers and rewrote Sorrow’s Point, giving a much deeper peek inside Jimmy than we had before. The same goes for Lucy’s parents. And I’m happy to say I can finally see what Tabby might have liked about Jimmy.
Even though I read the entire story once before, and I knew where the plot would ultimately take me, it felt like a whole new story here and I couldn’t put it down once I started. I’ve never been so happy that I put off writing my first review of Sorrow’s Point because this version is excellent. The tension starts right at the beginning of chapter one and never lets off to the end. And what does happen at the end just might surprise you. I know it did me. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.