Three years ago action movie star Jack Palms was arrested in front of several paparazzi and his movie career tanked leaving his chances for a sequel tThree years ago action movie star Jack Palms was arrested in front of several paparazzi and his movie career tanked leaving his chances for a sequel to Shake ‘Em Down at next to nothing. But that was the wake up call he needed. He divorced his troubled wife, left Hollywood and successfully kicked a serious drug habit. Now all he has to look forward to is his rationed one cigarette per day, a bowl of cereal and working out at the gym.
When one of his old friends, Ralph Anderino, calls upon him for a favor it’s a no-brainer for Jack who’s fending off the creditors and he accepts. Ralph offers him $2,000 to take some Czech businessmen out on the town to use Jack’s celebrity to open VIP doors for the group. The only catch is that Jack also has to be the go between for a drug deal that will get the Czech’s foot in the door to start dealing big time. After a night of partying and drugs Jack amazingly was able to stay clean and he was proud of himself for it. When he goes Ralph’s house the next day to initiate the drug trade he finds Ralph dead.
Partnering up with the Czech businessmen Jack hunts down Ralph’s killer but soon he’s pulled right into the middle of an all out drug war that includes dueling drug lords, a prominent local businessman and both dirty and clean cops.
I sincerely hope that Jack Wakes Up is made into a movie. This was an action packed thrill ride that I didn’t want to end. I could totally see Johnny Depp speeding along in the ’66 Mustang Fastback that Jack drives. The characters were as endearing as thugs and drug dealers can be and I was sincerely rooting for them throughout the book.
Visit author Seth Harwood’s website to listen to the entire book free! I had finished about 2/3 of the book when I found the podcast version and I listened to all but the last few chapters online. It was so much more action packed with music and sound effects. I can't wait for Harwood's next book Young Junius. This is a highly recommended read for all action and crime fiction lovers....more
In search of fresh water in 1791 Captain Henders and the crew of the H.M.S. Retribution thought they were blessed by God to find an island in the middIn search of fresh water in 1791 Captain Henders and the crew of the H.M.S. Retribution thought they were blessed by God to find an island in the middle of nowhere. As the crew is filling up their barrels with water something attacks the men and they flee. All except for the crewman Frears whose screams can be heard clearly across the water all the way to the ship. Since then no one has visited Henders Island until now.
As part of the reality show Sealife, a group of young scientists are exploring exotic locales around the globe aboard the ship Trident. Botanist Nell Duckworth yearns to visit Henders Island in hopes of discovering a new species of flower that she’s positive will be found on there but her hopes are dashed when bad weather puts their ship behind schedule. They have to bypass the island in order to make it to their next stop.
Just when Nell gives up on her dream Trident picks up the emergency signal of a ship that’s been missing for more than a year and the crew is required to investigate. Instead of a rescue mission the cast of Sealife and the crew of Trident become the ones in need of rescue as the horror of the islands true inhabitants is revealed.
I have such perfect timing when reading scary/creepy books. Of course I chose the day my husband leaves for business to read Fragment all alone in the house. The descriptions of the creatures on Henders Island and what happened to the crew were so vivid that I imagined something horrible around every corner in my house. It freaked me out so much that I wouldn’t even leave my feet hanging over the edge of the couch while I was reading. LOL
Fahy wrote such an amazing story with a terrific ending. The actions and reactions of the cast and crew are perfect for the story. Even though it is science fiction there is nothing too technical as sci-fi can sometimes be. As I was reading the book I was reminded of the movie Mysterious Island that my brother and I always used to watch as kids. This is a highly recommended read for all science fiction lovers but I do warn you not to read it alone. ...more
Fresh from Connecticut, Taylor Henning lands a dream job at a major movie studio. Okay, so she’s not a Creative Executive whose job it is to read andFresh from Connecticut, Taylor Henning lands a dream job at a major movie studio. Okay, so she’s not a Creative Executive whose job it is to read and recommend screenplays for the studios to produce. No… she’s just an assistant to the assistant of the powerful Iris Whitaker, President of Production.
When first assistant Kylie Arthur sabotages Taylor at the first opportunity she almost gets fired. That’s when Taylor realizes that Hollywood is just like high school. If you’re not in, no one wants to be your friend.
In order for Taylor to survive in this environment she enlists the help of Iris’ sixteen year old daughter Quinn. Irritated to no end Quinn nevertheless takes on the challenge and begins texting Taylor “rules” to get ahead in the cut throat world of the movie business and amazingly enough her tips are working! That is until Quinn’s next rule is to steal Kylie’s boyfriend. Torn between doing the right thing and securing her real dream job Taylor has some tough decisions to make.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this book!! It was so much fun. Yes it did remind me a lot of The Devil Wears Prada but Taylor became a cherished character and I very much wanted her to succeed. I even loved the snarky Quinn. She was a spoiled brat but she had a good heart and I was rooting for her too. This is a fun breezy read that I recommend to all chick lit lovers. ...more
Heading off to work one morning, magazine reporter Parker Towne gets into his car and finds a surprise in the back seat. A homeless woman was sleepingHeading off to work one morning, magazine reporter Parker Towne gets into his car and finds a surprise in the back seat. A homeless woman was sleeping off her hangover in his car. Shocked by finding her there he treats her very badly but after she’s gone he starts to think about her circumstances and tries to find her soon after. When the search leads nowhere he writes his next article about her and soon Cleo shows up at his apartment window to tell him her story.
Cleo begins her with life as teenager in love for the first time. When he’s sent to war and dies overseas Cleo’s comfortable life is disrupted and things begin to change. She heads off to college and loses touch with her sister then marries a childhood friend and has a daughter to fill her days.
Years later at her husband’s urging she tracks down her sister and learns some startling truths about her family including both her parents, her aunt and her sister. When her sister takes her to an underground club where the drinks are free and visitors are encouraged to let their inner spirituality shine on an improv stage life changes yet again for Cleo.
After Parker’s initial story is published a television reporter tries to entice him to share more of his interaction with Cleo on air but he’s hesitant. Entranced by Cleo’s life Parker knows there something more to her story that the reporter knows and he doesn’t. Then another woman comes forward claiming Cleo is her mother Parker is torn between keeping Cleo’s whereabouts a secret and thinking he needs to get her help because she might be in danger both physically and mentally.
Wow. This must be my lucky month for reading books that keep me up past my bedtime. The Blue Pen is another tale that I didn’t want to end. The anticipation of learning Cleo’s secrets and finding out about the path that lead her from a wealthy background to homelessness left me almost agitated that I couldn’t read faster.
Rusczyk gives us such eccentric and wondrous characters I was totally absorbed by this extraordinary tale of love and friendships. I highly recommend this one to all fiction lovers. ...more
After receiving her husband Joe's death certificate in the mail, Velma True refused to go out of the front of her house without the safety net of striAfter receiving her husband Joe's death certificate in the mail, Velma True refused to go out of the front of her house without the safety net of strings anchoring her to the porch. She did allow herself the go out the back door and through the woods to the grocery store but that was it as far as leaving the house was concerned. Her son Rudy and her best friend Sara both tried to get her to leave to no avail.
On the afternoon of her birthday while Velma was sitting on her porch a visitor steps out of the woods and hands her an innocent looking river rock. Despite its plain appearance she quickly learns is very special indeed and someone very dangerous is looking for it. The rock has the ability to take Velma back to special moments in time when Joe is still alive. The trips back are meant to show Velma that her life still has meaning but she's skeptical.
Having lots of potential to succeed in life Rudy disappointingly grew up to lead a mediocre life. His biggest achievement is to claim to have had most of the eligible women in town. When strange things start happening with his Mom he makes the decision to move back home for a few days and keep a closer eye her but she's not the only one experiencing something strange and Rudy steps up to the plate to become something special.
If I had to sum up this book in two words they would be strangely awesome. There is an incredible story filling these pages and the writing is wondrously flowing. The opening jumps right into the story so initially was a little awkward but once I got the hang of what was going on I COULD NOT put this book down.
Part supernatural, part romance and part suspense Jordan brings an amazing story to life with lovable characters. This is a must read for all fiction lovers. ...more
As many aspiring screen writers know, selling a screenplay is almost impossible. When Mormon housewife Becky Jack sends in her very first screenplay sAs many aspiring screen writers know, selling a screenplay is almost impossible. When Mormon housewife Becky Jack sends in her very first screenplay she’s pleasantly surprised when she gets the call that a studio is interested. Becky flies off to Los Angeles and in the offices of the production studio she meets Felix Callahan.
Felix is the devilishly handsome British actor who Becky has always had a crush on. With nerves and fear bubbling up to the surface Becky can’t stop insulting Felix but he’s one step ahead of her tosses his own insults right back at her. Surprisingly the banter sparks interest on both sides and they end up having dinner together.
Afterward, Becky heads home, laughs about the encounter with her husband Mike and goes back to her daily life secretly cherishing the time she spent with Felix. When a layover puts Felix in Salt Lake City he drops in on Becky and a tentative friendship begins between the actor and the housewife. What follows is a twelve year friendship filled with a lot of ‘should we’, ‘can we’, ‘do you think’ and more ups and downs than a roller coaster.
This book was so sweet. I absolutely loved the relationship between Becky and Felix. They were daring, witty and fun and I couldn’t get enough. I think without such witty dialogue I might have enjoyed the book at lot less because situations like this never happen in real life. The ending was a complete surprise but I was definitely satisfied by it.
The only thing that kept me from rating this a full five stars is the anticipation I felt through most of it. I was constantly thinking that by the next page things were going to take off at break neck speed but the journey was pretty mellow despite the ups and downs of their lives. Overall I highly recommend this one to lovers of contemporary fiction and chick-lit lovers. ...more