Thursday, May 12, 2022

Port Starbird Storm Ketchum Adventures by Garett Dennis

 

Port Starbird (Storm Ketchum Adventures #1)Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Port StarBird
Ketch had an idea how to save his house from a greedy land development company. What he hadn't bargained for was the wild adventure this little plan would send him on. Will he save his house in time or will it end in tragedy? You will just have to read this book to find out.
Many people who read books, have the ability to scan a few pages and determine if they want to continue with the story or not. If the work doesn't spark their interest in the first few paragraphs the casual reader can just put the book aside and never finish it. I am not that kind if person If I start reading a book I have to finish it no matter what. This book was a task to behold the first few chapters were extremely detailed with useless information about the environment and the character's daily activities. It wasn't until well into this story that it got interesting. I am extremely happy that I completed the work. The main characters are rich and well defined the setting is well described and despite the slow start, the middle onward it is fast paced and had a good mystery. I would recommend it to anyone who likes action, mystery, thrillers, boats, diving, noir, and books about amateur sleuths. My advice is to just stick with it and you will be rewarded in the end.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Moonstones and Muder by Michael lynes

 

Moonstones and Murder (Cozy Crystal Mysteries, #1)Moonstones and Murder by Michael Lynes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Moonstones and Murder by Michael Lynes
Maggie a gemologist in Hamilton, was having a normal day setting up for the fall gala with her husband because her employee was late as usual. Little did she know the reason for this tardiness would turn her life upside down. Can she solve the mystery before her world falls apart? You will just have to read this cozy mystery to find out.
This is a decent book, the characters are rich and well defined and the overall setting is well described and are unique. The mystery itself had all the classic tropes and flowed well within the plot of the book. The only gripe I had with this book is one of the main characters was in two places at once. The casual reader might not notice this inconsistency because in one of the instances the character was not named until later. This issue does not detract from the enjoyment of the story as a whole, however. I still recommend it to anyone who likes books that feature, a cozy mystery, mild thrills, and a bit of magic thrown in to make it all fun.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Meet and greet with Author Lisa Andrew

 













Welcome to my blog please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?

I write the hottest stuff. Lol It’s not too extreme, but it’s not soft. It’s perfectly down the middle and you can thank me later. Lol 

I’m Lisa Andrew, I’ve also been known as TheWife101 online.

1) What genre do you like to write?

I write somewhere in between dark romance and psychological romance. Some of my readers have a rough time with the characters. They make them feel things. It’s quite a compliment. I like to create emotions, hence psychological romance. And the spice. Allll the spice. 

If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?

Actually, my next project will most likely be a thriller. And you can bet on the spicy scenes.


2) How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?

I started writing around 2014. I came across a celeb crush’s fanfic by accident and thought I could write it. The immediate reactions and the number of people who came to read kept me there for two years. The opportunity for me to move into publishing came after I realized I could do what I wanted with my characters. And after that, they’ve been in hell, since. lol


3) What inspires you to write?

Dreams are usually the inspiration behind the plots. It’s when I feel the most relaxed and have the most imagination. Lots of it is spur of the moment. The main plot is usually plotted, but when you’re writing sex, you can’t think these things out or you’ll just want them to be perfect. And sex is spontaneous. It’s written that way for the feel, too.


4) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)? 

It depends on how long the project is. Sometimes I’ll sit down for months, other times it’s weeks. F**k Buddies took me eight months but that’s a 120k story. I’ve written 10k words and have published them. Those are basically written sex scenes out of movies – a little bit of story at the beginning, a little at the end.


5) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?  

Any writing process is different, I find. There’s grammatical things I just can’t seem to help screw up on the first draft – like tense. Then there’s struggles during the first round of editing. Giving it to people is even difficult because you know it’s not how you want it yet. Every step I make matters, and it’s all difficult. Motivating yourself is probably the most difficult. But at the end of the project, you know you’ve got something good. 


6) Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?

I relate to the characters as much as I would relate to the next person. There are things I may have in common with them, or I might not. I can guarantee you I wouldn’t get along with some of the people in my stories. There’s no one in specific that comes to mind. I hope to always write original characters.

7) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?

These people I write about are my favourite people. I love them all for many reasons – even the bad guys. My characters are my creations, I get to share them with readers.


8) What is your least favorite part about writing? The most?

Writing is fun. Editing sucks, but rit’s essential. I hate editing. But until I can hire an editor, I do my own with some wonderful friends. They make it all worth the while. The people I meet and who support me are the best parts. The ones that read the stories and believe in me mean all the manuscripts are worth it.


9) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?

I really like to listen to music or watch movies. Or junk tv shows. My guilty pleasure is 90DF. Lol I run an Instagram rating movies too, but I like to keep that one a secret.


10) What genre of books do you like to read? 

I’ll read anything, really. I like to support my fellow indie authors as much as possible. So as long as I can keep doing that, I’ll read whatever anyone wants to give me. My favourites are erotic with drama, thriller, and psychological horror.


11) What author(s) do you enjoy reading?  Why? 

Again, it has to be the indie authors. I love the group of us because we can be as many genres as we want to. Our stories don’t follow boundaries. They’re completely original and we love that. lol


12) Tell us about your books where can people find them?

They can find them pretty much everywhere. It varies from place to place, but you can find them on Amazon as well as Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc. 

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Sally, 

Thank you so much for offering to do this interview. It’s so kind. You’re one of my biggest supporters. Thank you so much!!!!

Lisa xx





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Reviews



  To start off, let me explain my reading style, I have ADHD if the work doesn't grab me I read extremely slowly. If the writing and the characters are good, then I can devour them quickly. Secondly, I have I have aphantasia, a neurological condition that leaves me with a ‘blind mind’s eye’: the inability to mentally visualize my thoughts. While most people are able to ‘see’ images associated with stories and thoughts when their eyes are closed, I have never had this gift. When I close my eyes, I experience only darkness. I have no visual sensory experience. This means if the work is not vivid enough, I can't imagine it. It is kinda like watching tv with your eyes closed you know what is happening but you cannot see it. Finally, I am extremely honest reviewer if I enjoy the work I will tell other potential readers so. On the other hand, if I do not like something I will also say so without prejudice. Therefor you as a reader can trust my reviews to be as accurate as I can possibly make them. I understand that everyone has their opinions and you may not like the same things I do, but I hope that my musings help you make informed decisions.

My thoughts about Lisa Andrew's Books


F**k Buddies My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christa Taylor had a blind date from hell. This simple encounter which should have ended before it began, lead to crazy events which turned her life upside down. Old friends and new ones duke it out in a hot mix of hate, love, sex, and betrayal. Who will come out on top? You will just have to read this crazy book to find out.
This is a will they, won't they romance at its finest. When the characters are not having sex they are mad at each other for having sex with others. The sex is hot and woven into the plot with all of the action feeling part of the story. The characters are believable and their emotions register as genuine. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes erotic sex that makes you want to read this book alone, romance, drama, romantic chemistry that bleeds off the page, relationships that are threatened by uncertainty external obstacles or internal strife leading to chaos.

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Party, Potions & Peril by Beverly A. Rearick

Party, Potions & PerilParty, Potions & Peril by Beverly A. Rearick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A witch with no magic moves back to her home town after her husband's death to raise her child. Chaos ensues when her daughter gains powers, a string of robberies plagued her neighbors, and her friend becomes the main suspect in a murder. Can she solve the murder before her friend goes to jail. You will just have to read this book to find out.
This is a cozy mystery thriller at it's finest. All the classic elements are there. It was a quick read with good flow, plot development and character building. I would highly recommend this book as it was a solid foundation for a series. If you like cozy mysteries, thrillers, will they, won't they romance, then this book is for you. The characters were believable and their conflicts did not contrast with the story each person played their part well to move the plot along. Some if the magic elements were vague and the movement between scenes was a bit choppy, but this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story and I personally look forward to more installments.

View all my reviews Party, Potions & PerilParty, Potions & Peril by Beverly A. Rearick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A witch with no magic moves back to her home town after her husband's death to raise her child. Chaos ensues when her daughter gains powers, a string of robberies plagued her neighbors, and her friend becomes the main suspect in a murder. Can she solve the murder before her friend goes to jail. You will just have to read this book to find out.
This is a cozy mystery thriller at it's finest. All the classic elements are there. It was a quick read with good flow, plot development and character building. I would highly recommend this book as it was a solid foundation for a series. If you like cozy mysteries, thrillers, will they, won't they romance, then this book is for you. The characters were believable and their conflicts did not contrast with the story each person played their part well to move the plot along. Some if the magic elements were vague for instance, there were only three examples of potion usage for a book with potion in the title. Plus the movement between scenes was a bit choppy and hard to follow. These issues did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story and I personally look forward to more installments.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

The Devil Pulls The Strings By J.W. Zarek

 

The Devil Pulls the StringsThe Devil Pulls the Strings by J.W. Zarek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When his friend was injured in a jousting accident Boone promised to take his place as lead in the upcoming gig happening in New York. What started out as a simple request soon turned into a chaotic whirlwind of danger, mystery, and crazy magic which lead Boone on some extraordinary adventures in both the present and the past. This book is a time traveling musical orientated composition filled with melodic motion.
This is a fast-paced story with believable characters. After the vague prologue this book picks up speed and flows well for the rest of the narrative. The only issue I had with this book is at one point the female protagonist was looking at her phone causing her to bump into the male character as a first meeting. Later, when the male said "Use your phone. Call the police!" She said "My phone battery died this morning." She even reiterated its low power status when it rang later she took the phone out of her purse and said. "I was sure my phone died this morning." This issue could just be a simple clerical error which may not bother anyone but me. It does not detract from the overall story and I suppose she could have been looking at her phone to see the status out of habit as if she was confused why it was out of power. This action would explain the statement later when it rings, but at no time bumping into the main character does she put it back in her purse. That issue aside, I would still recommend this read for anyone who likes action, swashbuckling, mystery, self discovery, classical music, magic or an all around quick read that leaves you satisfied and still has an open ended storyline which could continue into future novels.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Unknown Man by Natalie Hanson

 

The Unknown ManThe Unknown Man by Natalie Hanson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this thriller a freelance FBI agent is tasked with finding the missing children of the FBI's special informant. All the evidence seems to point her to one man, but this conclusion is too asymmetrical much like her own body so the agent starts to question everything this investigation leads her to some disturbing revelations. Even though everything seems lopsided can she discover the identity of the unknown man before it is too late? You will just have to read this unique story to find out.
This book is a journey of deep self discovery packaged into a mystery thriller. It has a unique plot, unusual characters, and an overall unexpected outcome. It almost reads as if the author wrote it backwards they had an idea for a dramatic ending then they worked their way towards the why and the how. The agent was disabled, but she used those disabilities to solve the case so it made sense in the end. The trip took a long time because before any action could take place several paragraphs were dedicated to either her physical or mental state. This is understandable due to the growth required, but the repetitiveness of the statements had a tendency to be tedious. How many times can one read about a sweaty chicken cutlet stuffed into a bra? I enjoyed reading this book despite this and would recommend it to anyone who likes characters archiving self discovery, thrillers, mystery, or unusual suspects.

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Witches, Spiders, and Schemes by Elizabeth Pantley

Witches, Spiders, and Schemes (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic, #4)Witches, Spiders, and Schemes by Elizabeth Pantley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    Story maybe magical in total, but singly it leaves something to be desired.
    This is a story about a town that requires a conduit to filter the good and bad magic. The honor of being the conduit transfers from one generation to the next. Han was brought from San Francisco to a magical town where her family lived. The question is will she take over the job from her father?
     My first impressions of this book were unfavorable but I read the whole thing because I thought my poor feelings were unfair due to the fact that I have not read the rest of the books in the series, and have no rapport with the characters. While the underlying plot is interesting, the characters are undefined and are hard to relate to. The overall descriptions of the people and places are repetitive and unimaginative and the climax of the story is undramatic. The two most interesting characters are the ghost king and the albino Olm and they are in the story limited amounts. I really wanted to like the characters but they did not grab my attention their plots were all over the place with hints to past events that I had no knowledge of and it was like reading a flash fiction instead of an entire novel. This confusion may be elevated by reading the rest of the series. If you like magic that seems to only be in the fabric of the town making the buildings enchanted, a Ghost King, who can stop time and transport people into a wood to tell them a story, a talking amphibious lizard walking on land, and a sassy cat whom has her own mystery solving club. Then this book is for you, but make sure you read the other books in the series first or you will be very confused. If you are looking for an action packed fantasy adventure with magical elements, then I would recommend looking elsewhere.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Mother: A Novel by Farin Powell

 

The Mother: A NovelThe Mother: A Novel by Farin Powell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After many years of nursing her aging father when he died, Helen, was finally free to live her own life. She decided a drastic change was necessary to vanquish her demons that included a move to Paris. While there she met an older man and had a whirlwind romance which lead to marriage and the birth of her daughter. When her daughter was born, Helen thought her life of suffering was all worth it, as there is no greater power to heal than, love. This however is just when Helen's life really gets interesting as a series of events will change her life forever. Does she have the will power to survive it all? You will just have to pick up this wonderful book to find out just what happens to Helen and her family.
This is a well written dramatic book filled with passion, love, sorrow, perseverance, and intriguing characters. If you are a mother, are going to be a mother, or are a daughter, then this book is a must read. It captures the beauty and devotion of a mother who, despite all odds keep fighting for everything she believes in. As a mother of four children all of whom have had various medical issues, and a wife of a disabled man, I could highly relate to Hellen. She was so human that she almost seemed real, her grit, passion, and hard work even in her darkest hour was very motivating. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books about, romance, drama, powerful woman, stories about overcoming insurmountable odds, and the ups and downs of normal everyday life.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Dragons in the Clouds by David Blair

Dragons in the CloudsDragons in the Clouds by David Blair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good start but needs a bit of polish.

This book is about an epic battle of dragons versus man. Both plant and meat eating dragons are under attack by the king. The herbivore dragons are helped by a wizard who sends them into the sky. A great idea is spoiled by jealousy, however, and tragedy for all is the result or is there still hope? You will just have to read this book to find out.
This is an interesting young adult fantasy novel filled with action, adventure, dragons, magic, and friendship. The underlying plot of this book is well thought out and is interesting. The characters were somewhat diverse and flowed well with the plot. For the most part it is a solid read, because of its uniqueness, and it made a good fantasy. The biggest downfall of this book was the overall writing style. For example, there were many overused phrases such as "Kicked the horses into a gallop" was used three times in the same paragraph consisting of only four sentences, and that is just one of many examples. There were also several phrases which didn't fit into the time period like "the king and his pose". The whole book said a lot, but lacked a good description of the environment, and characters. The beginning started out strong but as the story within the story unfolded the characters and the world they lived in seemed to loose depth and the overall book became tedious. It is hard to say whether or not I would recommend this book to any reader. I enjoyed the storyline, but the monotonous phraseologies and lack of connection to the characters made it hard to read. Some older readers may dislike this, book due to these factors and should pass. On the other hand younger individuals who pay less attention to details, and the repetition would not bother them, would probably enjoy the dragons, and magical undertone, but there is a lot of violence, so finding the correct reader demographic may be difficult.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Tea, Anyone? by S.R. Mallery

 

Tea, Anyone? (A Brooke & Abby Cozy Mystery Book 1)Tea, Anyone? by S.R. Mallery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brooke is an unofficial investigative consultant for the police department and even though the chief of police does not like her attitude, or methods at the behest of a sexy detective, he sought her expertise when a slew of unusual murders started happening around town. When she hits a dead end in the case and her roommate was hurt, Brooke has to turn to her, eccentric neighbor for help, this unusual woman uses some unconventional means and an old car to get some answers. Together they must find the killer before he strikes again.

This book is a wonderful example of a skillfully crafted who-done-it mystery with a time travelling supernatural twist. This author is a master of the time travel genre, well rounded research transports the reader into the past where the truth to the present lies. Throughout the whole book the characters are believable, the plot is fast paced, the twist is fantastic, and Brooke's strange comfort cat is funny. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, thrillers, psychics, romance, or an all around good read. Curl up in your favorite reading spot with a cup of tea and check out another thought provoking read by this award-winning author.



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