Sunday, 15 July 2018

BOOK REVIEW: A FATAL OBSESSION: JAMES HAYMAN

Tyler Bradshaw is a young man with a horrible upbringing.  His father abused him and his younger brother during their childhood.  When Tyler was 14 his father threw him in the shallow end of the pool in which he hit his head.  Tyler spent days in hospital recovering, but from that point on he had rage issues.  Tyler has become obsessed with Zoe McCabe, a beautiful aspiring actress.  Tyler plots a plan to kidnap Zoe and for her to play the lead role in his own performance that he has prepared for her.  

Zoe's Uncle Mike McCabe is a detective in Portland and with his partner Maggie are enlisted to help the NYPD solve the disappearance of Zoe.  The NYPD believe her disappearance is linked to  'The Star Struck Strangler', who has being abducting, abusing and strangling beautiful actresses.  Can Mike and Maggie find Zoe before she too becomes another victim?

This book was a very good read and was the type of book that you find hard to put down.  I found myself thinking about the book during the day and looking forward to finding out what would happen.  The character development is good and the characters are likeable.  Even Tyler's character I found myself feeling sorry for when reading about his upbringing you can understand the way he is.  The only issue that I would flag is that some people might be offended by a few of the racial slurs.  The start of the book I found it a little hard to get into and was a bit worried I wasn't going to enjoy it, but that thought quickly disappeared and turned into thinking about putting the book down and getting some sleep.  I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes a good thriller.  

My thanks goes to the author and publisher for this ARC in return for my review.

My Rating: 📘📘📘📘

PaperbackPublisher:Witness Impulse (21/08/18)368 PagesISBN10: 0062876694 ISBN13:  9780062876690

Kindle368 PagesPublisher:Witness Impulse (21/08/18)ASIN: B07B7KWDT5


Thursday, 12 July 2018

BOOK SPOTLIGHT:The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith






Book Details:

Book Title: The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith
Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: November 5, 2017
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

How can one small-minded, angry person destroy the lives of so many people in her path, connecting them all together in a game of destruction and heartbreak? It is possible, but what pushes a person to enjoy inflicting pain to such an extent, leaving a trail of hate, anger, and defeat behind her, which only seems to make her stronger and more satisfied. Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of the Authors’ Book Agency, is that person, who, unknowingly, with a single thread of hate, has connected the lives of a small group of people, bringing them together with one single common denominator. Anger. The anger from this small group of people is building, but it has nowhere to go, or does it? Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of Authors’ Book Agency, has gone missing.

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Meet the Author:


Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest

Author Interview The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith


Do you have another profession besides writing?   Yes, I do.  I am a grandmother, and I am loving it.  I try to see the grandchildren as often as I can. We sometimes take our granddaughter to her dance classes, and we go to watch our grandson’s games.  Grandchildren are so much fun, and they are growing up too fast.
How long have you been writing?   About ten years.  At first, I was writing nonstop.  The words were coming so fast, every day and night, and I did not get a lot of sleep. I always walked around with a pencil and paper, because sometimes I would be in a store shopping, and words would suddenly start to enter my mind.  If you don’t write those words down when they come, you lose them. I had lost some really great lines in the beginning, so I learned to always carry paper and pencil with me.
What genre do you write and why?   I started writing just children’s stories. That is all that was coming to me for words. Then I wrote two novels.  There is no specific genre for my books. Basically, whatever I get for words, I make a story out of those words.
What is the last great book you’ve read?     That is a very tough question. I have two authors that I have followed for years, and I enjoy their books so much. I am not sure I could answer that question.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?  The first book I would want with me would be the Bible. I think if I were stuck on a deserted island, I would need all of the strength I could get.  Then I would have Fanny Flagg’s, Standing in the Rainbow.   Then Maeve Binchy’s, Quentin.
How did you do research for your book?   Well, for the character, Tommy Dolan, I had to go back to stories my brother had told me about his experience in Vietnam, and then we had to speak with another veteran to make sure some of my facts were correct.  I spoke with friends who had traveled, asking their advice, and definitely relied on the Internet to verify some facts.


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Monday, 9 July 2018

BOOK SPOTLIGHT - RONALD J WICHERS- THE FEAR OF BEING EATEN




Book Details:

Book Title: The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart
Author: Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Biographical
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: April 26, 2017
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

What if you married a man who didn’t care about you? What if there was a child in the neighborhood for whom you developed a special fondness but was nine when you were nineteen and twenty when you were thirty with two children and a husband who still didn’t care? And what if you were a boy whose only happy memories were a few soft words uttered now and again by a beautiful neighbor ten years your senior and whose voice and face and figure, back-lighted by the golden light of the setting sun, were all that would sustain you when your life was threatened every minute of every day in the mire of a squalid war nobody wanted?

This is the story of Jacqueline and Tommy, their lives stubbornly paralleling with no convergence in sight until one cold night she sees him starving to death on a crowded street filled with happy tourists.

What would you do if you saw him there almost unrecognizable, just another mass of neglected, invisible wreckage? Turn the pages of The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart and find out what happened to Jacqueline Rhondda and Tommy Middleton.

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Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.

Author Interview The Fear of Being Eaten


Describe yourself in five words
I am a realist writer.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
I am deeply concerned about humankind. 


What genre do you write and why?
I right about religion and war and love. The bulk of what I have done concerns religion and love. These three things are the most meaningful aspects of my experience.


What is the last great book you've read?
The Red and the Black by Stendhal.


Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?
I can’t eat while I write.


Where do you write?
In an office at home.


Do you write every day?
Yes,


What is your writing schedule?
I write from five to eight in the morning and the same times in the evening.


Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  
The Palisades is the most recent title of a total of 6 novels. I wrote it because I thought the subject needed telling: a young woman, inherently religious, but possessing no background in any of the prominent Christian Traditions, falls in love with a man whose family is devout Catholic just days before the assassination of John Kennedy and the outbreak of the Vietnam War.


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Friday, 6 July 2018

BOOK REVIEW - THE SILENT SISTER - SHALINI BOLAND

Lizzy finds a hand written letter addressed to her.  She opens it to discover that it is from someone that is watching her.  She receives more letters and each one is getting more threatening.  There is a break-in at the shop that she manages and a note left there, a note left in her car, and the spy camera she had her boyfriend install on the patio is missing.  She is being watched! Could it be her boyfriend Joe, her sister Emma whom she had a falling out with years ago, her neighbour's boyfriend, or her friend Pippa's brother Seb?  The police can't find any trace of evidence from the letters, no fingerprints, whoever is doing this knows what they are doing.  When she is pushed in front of a car, she is sure she saw her sister running from the scene.  Could her sister still be that angry at her that she would try and kill her?  

WOW! This is a great read.  The characters are likeable, especially Lizzy. I liked her, she was strong willed, stubborn and funny.  All the characters are written well, and flow nicely within the story.  It is an easy book to read, well written and I noticed no grammatical or spelling errors.  The book gets you sucked in very quickly and I found myself reading late into the night as it was very hard to put down.  This is only ever a good thing (except in the morning). If you like a good who-dun-it, a book that is un-put-a-downable and an ending that will leave you speechless you are going to love this book.

Many thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Rating: 📘📘📘📘📘


Kindle edition
144 pages

Bookouture (16 July 2018)

ASIN: B07CJPCBJV



Monday, 2 July 2018

BOOK SPOTLIGHT - BOOK TOUR - THE NEW ADVENTURES OF A.R.ACHNID


Book Details:

Book Title:  The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition)
Author: Sandi Smith
Illustrator: Kathy Lee
Category:  Children's Fiction,  126 pages
Genre:   Children's Chapter Book, Animals, Bugs & Spiders
Publisher:  Mindstir Media
Release date:  January 3, 2017
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018
Content Rating: G 

Book Description:

Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.

There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon, and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.

Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.

As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”



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THE ADVENTURES OF A.R.ACHNID Sandi Smith


In your book, you state that “…seeing you and your wonderful smile”.  Why is that?  When I first started writing my A.R. books, there was just the one story. Once more and more stories came along, I wanted some continuity and connection between all of my stories, something that was familiar for the reader to relate to, and feel comfortable. Also, I wanted the reader to feel special after reading each story.  So after giving it a lot of thought, I decided to end each chapter the same, and that is how I came up with a similar ending for each story - …seeing you and your wonderful smile.


If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?  Oh, I would definitely be Beth, one of the humans A.R. lives with. She does not like spiders, at all, and seems to have an encounter with A.R. every once in a while.  She is never happy when she sees A.R., and wants to get as far away from him as possible. 

Do you have another profession besides writing?   Yes, I do.  I am a grandmother, and I am loving it.  I try to see the grandchildren as often as I can. We sometimes take our granddaughter to her dance classes, and we go to watch our grandson’s games.  Grandchildren are so much fun, and are growing up so fast. 

How long have you been writing?   About ten years.  At first, I was writing nonstop.  The words were coming so fast, every day and night, and I did not get a lot of sleep. I always walked around with a pencil and paper, because sometimes I would be in a store shopping, and words would suddenly start to enter my mind.  If you don’t write those words down when they come, you lose them.  I had lost some really great lines in the beginning, so I learned to always carry paper and pencil with me.

What is your next project?  I have a novel that has been sitting in my computer for about three years.  I am hoping that I can get words to finish that story.  I am also hoping to write a second book of adventures for my A.R. stories. He will move in with a new family, and a whole new set of adventures.

What genre do you write and why?   I started writing just children’s stories. That is all that was coming to me for words. Then I wrote two novels.  There is no specific genre for my books. Basically, whatever I get for words, I make a story out of those words.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE PERFECT FRIEND - BARBARA COPPERTHWAITE

THE PERFECT FRIEND

Alex and Carrie meet at a support group meeting for women that are having problems and want support.  Alex has anorexia and Carrie has cancer.  They are drawn to each other quickly and become fast friends.  Alex has lost her family and she takes Carrie under her wings like she is her own daughter.  Alex will do anything to protect Carrie and to help her with her terminal battle with cancer.

Alex finds notes that are being left for Carrie and when Carrie finds the final threatening note, Alex tells Carrie that she has taken the other notes as she did not want Carrie to be under any more duress than she already was with the Cancer.  Carrie tells Alex about her ex-husband Andy and how it would be him that is after her.

The big problem is that they are both liars. ' Who believes a liar, even when they're telling the truth'?

This book was interesting and kept my attention throughout.  Sometimes I did find it a bit hard to follow.  I thought that a flashback was about Alex and her upbringing, but later it seemed to change to being about Carrie and her upbringing, perhaps this was just part of the trick in the book?  I found no spelling errors or any glaring grammatical issues which makes for better reading.  The book was interesting but I did not find myself on the edge or feeling gripped by it.  I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  

Rating: 📘📘📘

Format: Kindle Edition

Print Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (5 July 2018)

Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.

Language: English

ASIN: B07DKJ4265

Print on Demand: 308 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (5 July 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1786815494

ISBN-13: 978-1786815491

BOOK REVIEW: A FATAL OBSESSION: JAMES HAYMAN

Tyler Bradshaw is a young man with a horrible upbringing.  His father abused him and his younger brother during their childhood.  When Tyl...

 

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