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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week 3 Whispersync Deals!

I'm bringing you a trilogy of suspense, mystery and thrills this week.

D.B. Martin's Patchwork People Series!

The Patchwork Man Book 1. Grab the Kindle for .99 all summer and upgrade to the audio!




Patchwork People Book 2 is available through Kindle Unlimited all summer.




Patchwork Pieces Book 3 is also Kindle Unlimited all summer.




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Friday, June 16, 2017

Matanzas Moon by Elizabeth Raven

One of my top reads this year!



My Review:

Loved it! Where do I start? Each page is filled with mystery, suspense and a growing romance that has it's up and downs. Bridget moved to St. Augustine when she didn't get into Vet School and after suffering vivid dreams about the animals she helped at the vet clinic she worked in. In the historic streets of St. Augustine she opens a mystic shop called Lunatique. I live close to the city and spend as much time there as possible and her shop is perfect for this city. It's shrouded in mystery, pirates and ghosts. The author couldn't have chosen a better location for this story and for locals it's perfection.

Bridget meets Nick when a brawl erupts in a local bar. Nick is the police officer to the rescue and Bridget literally runs into him trying to escape the bar. A night or so later a mysterious woman visits Lunatique, crying and upset, Bridget tries to calm her and sends her home with a bag of goods to vanquish her misery and refresh her life. Not long after Bridget is awoke by a girl running down the street, her clothes tattered and in tears Bridget lets her in Lunatique and the police are called. Nick shows up and they find the goods sent home with the mysterious women are found at the crime scene where the girl was attacked. So how are the incidents related? It gets better when Bridget realizes she's clairvoyant and sees ghosts. Somehow the attacks are related to an unsettled spirit.

Nick and Bridget didn't start out on the right foot and every step forward ends with two steps backwards. To make their relationship even more complicated Bridget makes friends with RIP, a local ghost tour guide. He's outgoing and charming. Nick is the protective, brooding type and RIP causes ripples in their developing relationship.

The story moves easily and flawlessly from one scene to the next and the mystery is cleverly woven into the story with a few plot twists that took me by surprise. I've been to all the locations mentioned in the book and easily imagined all this happening. Elizabeth Raven didn't leave anything out when describing the city and it's hot spots.

Amazing story!

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This is a goodie I brought home from Space Coast Book Lovers in 
Cocoa Beach,Florida.



Ryker by Rachelle Ayala

It takes a special romance book for me to like it. Usually it requires a twisted plot filled with suspense. In this case it was humor. 



My Review:

Injured, Ryker is out of the Marines and home again. He meets Terri while Panhandling. She offers him a job at her Flower shop and desperate he accepts. Instant flames ignite between them but Terri is a tad insecure. She feels there's too much meat on her bones for a man to take her seriously. The story progresses and they discover it's their own families who have the death vendetta against each other. Ryker joined the Marines to escape the vendetta his family (biker gang) has for the other gang who changed their names for protection.

The story flows quickly without stalling anywhere. The writing is solid and had me rolling in laughter. The banter between Terri and her friends was absolutely hilarious to me. The author really tagged what could be true conversations between women. Terri's private thoughts are just as ridiculous and true. And there are a few other parts that are just silly and light-hearted even through the drama. I enjoyed that. 

I've lived in a military city for two decades, my friends are military or were military and a medical discharge isn't quite what's explained in the book. It depends on the severity of the injury. I can understand the author simplifying it for sake of the story but Ryker panhandling and penniless was too much. He wouldn't be rich by any means with an injury to the thigh but should have some type of monthly compensation. I also wondered about his medical care and therapy. I overthought this part of the story but do think the author could have made this part more realistic.

Chris Abell was fantastic. He really nailed it. I'm not always fond a male narrators, depends on the story. I cringe when they attempt to do female voices but a few men can pull off female voices and he did.

Overall, it's a cute story and had me laughing from one scene to the next.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Another Whispersync Deal

More deals you don't want to miss!


As Snow Falls is currently FREE today through Monday June 19th. Download it free and whispersync the audio for 1.99!

If you miss this deal it's available through KU.

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Kane's Cross




A thriller that will make your teeth shatter and keep you on the edge of your seat!
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Outcast by Jennifer Reynolds

The combination of Jennifer Reynolds and Margi Stephens is always a pleasure!




My Review:

Ryan and Lee are the main characters and the story switches back and forth between them. Lee is the outcast, adopted by a shiftier family. She's the oldest child and her family leaves the pack town moving outside it. The pack are elitists who believe shiftier can only be with shifters. They don't accept others into their pack. Lee doesn't know what her family is and equates being an outcast to her full figure.Ryan is a shiftier in the same pack as Lee's family. When he meets Lee he feels an instant connection with her and he's not afraid to drop the pack and follow her.

The character development is strong as the reader gets into both Ryan and Lee's minds. Lee even though insecure has backbone and wits. Ryan is kind of an alpha type but he's also gentle and caring. They meet when Lee's sister marries Ryan's best friend and neither can deny the connection they feel towards each other. After the wedding Lee goes back home to Washington. Upon her arrival strange events start happening to her. When Ryan follows and they pick up where they left off the events become threats and they are forced to seek pack protection but not the pack they're associated with.

There is plenty of suspense woven into the story that builds for an exciting climax. There's also a couple messages in the story. I'm not sure if the author meant for them but they're there. Acceptance of those different than us and a full figure can be sexy. I loved that and found myself rooting for their love throughout the story.


This isn't the first book I've listened to by Jennifer Reynolds or Margie Stephens. They make a good combination and compliment each other.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Girl: Guardians Book 1 by Lola StVil

This story was different and I really enjoyed that it had two narrators.



My Review:

I listened to this a while back but wasn't sure what I thought of it. I'm still not. It wasn't my favorite but is worth giving it some credit. There's a few chapters I thought were odd and not sure why they were part of the story. That's what really threw me. Other than that the story has a good, unique plot and a smooth flow. I listened to it a second time, skipping the weird chapters and it was pretty good.

It's a love story using angels who aren't very angelic. The main character is an ordinary kid except her purple eyes and a bit of a wall flower but she's got guts. Marcus is the angel she's drools over but he's taken. The story gets far more involved but it's worth listening to.

I loved having the two narrators because it gave the story more character. The sound quality was also great.

Amazon/Audible

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Get Your Audio On!

Being a huge audiobook whore, I'm going to be sharing Whispersync deals with you this summer. What is Whispersync? It's when you buy the kindle and get the audio at a discounted price. I use it all the time to get audio books and want to share the great deals and steals.

To start off  this week, actually today, you can get either or both of these fantastic deals by Rachelle Ayala.





.99 on Kindle also available through Kindle Unlimited so you can take advantage of the whispersync deal all summer!





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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Terra Debacle by Marcha Fox Review

I've enjoyed this entire series and The Terra Debacle is just as amazing!

Review:

I love Thyron! I have since I first read Beyond the Hidden Sky. He’s unique--a sentient, mobile plant who’s my hero. In The Terra Debacle he, Aggie and Creena crash land on Earth. In A Dark of Endless Days we don’t know the details just that they crashed. This book accounts for their stay which wasn’t exactly pleasant. 
Creena’s taken to a secure location somewhere in the desert. Aggie is dismantled along with their ship. Thyron is taken and sent to Area 51. Gabe a botanist is brought in to examine and study him. Thyron is leery of Gabe to begin with but eventually trust is earned.

The story takes place in the ‘70s when I was a very young girl but I remember enough to suffer several fits of laughter while reading the story with the references to Mork, Star Trek and MASH. Among the laughter was plenty of suspense that built throughout. I was sweating bullets the last few chapters as the story climaxed. What an ending! What a story!

Marcha’s books always contain sound, plausible science. As a biology teacher I was in my element with the science presented in this book and the tests run. It’s very clever and I’m sure I will always think differently about plant chloroplasts and bulbs in the future.

A fantastic story that doesn’t miss a beat!

Buy it here


The Terra Debacle is a spin-off story from the Star Trails Tetralogy. Visit the website to learn more about the series.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Loving Her Scars by B.M. Griffin

New Release by B.M. Griffin


#NewRelease #romance #paranormal
Loving Her Scars by B.M. Griffin 

Shayla's scars run deeper than those on her body. Being beaten by a man you loved can do that to you. Shayla barely survived her first love, Eric. He left her broken and scarred in more ways than one.
Her best friend Adam is the only man she has been able to trust since. Friends since childhood, Adam has been in love with Shayla for as long as he can remember. He couldn’t save her from Eric, but he is determined never to fail her again. There’s just one little thing she doesn’t know—Adam is a werewolf.
Shayla gets sucked into a world of werewolves and finds herself opening up to Adam’s love, but there is one alpha wolf who threatens to take it all away. If they are going to survive they’ll need to come together to fight for each other and their pack. Can Shayla find the strength to leave her past behind and fight for the future she wants, or will she hide and lose herself to the pain all over again?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eye on Orion by Laura D. Bastion Audiobook

A cute, entertaining story!



My Review:

This is a cute story safe for any age. It's summer and Holly's best friend moved replaced by new neighbors, a brother and sister. At first Holly isn't sure about them. They're family is odd. As a star gazer with a telescope on her roof the brother Jai (not sure if I spelled that right) joins her one evening and she realizes they aren't so bad. He's stiff and boring at first but begins to lighten up. Soon the three are spending quite a bit of time together, quickly becoming friends. It doesn't take long when she learns their secret.

The story flows at a steady pace and I really liked Holly. She's a gutsy girl. Soon her and Jai realize they are equally attracted to one another. The story is a bit far-fetched for me but no doubt young teens would enjoy it. I will give the author credit for the unique way they travel through space, very clever. The siblings speak in a mechanical tone that occasionally the narrator used too excessively, other than that it was a good performance.

Overall, a fun story.

Amazon/Audible

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hollow Fissure by Max E. Stone

Max E. Stone has another and a perfect addition to the Warren/Bennett/Johnson saga.




My Review:

Max E. Stone does it again in the continuing saga of the Warren/Bennett/ Johnson series. This short story is a great addition filled with love, suspense and the intricacy of familial relationships. It’s not as pulse-pounding yet more of an in between story in which we get more connected to the characters and the complex situation caused by the sociopathic Dereck Warren.
The families are undertaking the aftermath left from One Minute There. Dealing with it one day at a time as new surprises take the reader’s breath away and deception fills the pages. Melissa’s fate and mental stability hangs in the balance.
With the author’s unique style this thriller is a quick and satisfying read!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cut & Run by Traci Hohenstein Audiobook Review

Really fabulous read!



Review:

I made the mistake of buying book 3 first so I've never read the first two and I applaud the author because I had no problem keeping up with the story. Rachel owns and runs Florida Omni Search where he assists police in finding missing persons. This is especially important to her after losing her daughter Mallory who was abducted when she was just 3 years old. Rachel chases ghosts and follows leads but none bring her closer to finding her daughter.

In this book Matt is assaulted, hit in the head then his wife is killed and children abducted. Rachel's job is to assist him in finding his children and who did the crime. It's a clever story with a great plot that builds at a steady pace.

The only part of this book that didn't fit or caught me off guard was the narrator had a northern U.S. accent and the story takes place in the southern U.S. It was difficult to imagine them eating boiled peanuts and speaking as if they lived in the north. Otherwise Angela Dawe is a good narrator.

For anyone who loves a good mystery this is a book to read or listen to.

Amazon/Audible

Zombies everywhere!


A little over a year ago I released Zombie Girl, a short story in the Once Upon a Zombietale Anthology. You can still buy the anthology and read the original story as well as all the other fabulous zombietales in the book.


Readers came to me after reading asking about the story which ends on a bit of a question. I write series so naturally leave a story open for possibilities but hadn't planned on expanding it. 

Zombies were something I never really planned on writing about even though I've watched Dawn of the Dead, the Resident Evil movies and 28 Days Later series countless times. In fact all the movies are in my collection.

I'm not a stranger to zombie horror or the fun movies like Zombieland and Warm Bodies. In my own series, Zombie Girl, I incorporated both horror and silliness.

Premonition, the first book released today!

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Apple, Nook, Kobo, 24 Symbols, Inktera, Indigo 

Blurb: 
Maddie’s parents flip when they find out she’s failing science. That’s her worst problem until she wakes up and finds they’re zombies. Now she must escape them and her house. With nowhere else to go, and the keys to her parents’ sailboat, she makes her getaway. Finding Bryce was a fortunate circumstance and the two take on zombies and set sail for parts unknown

Infection, the second book releases July 10! Pre-order it now. The .99 price tag won't last.
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Blurb:
When Maddie and Bryce touch, she knows her zombie dream wasn’t simply a dream but a premonition. It’s up to her and Bryce to save the world from the doomsday sickness that will kill everyone – in a manner of speaking.
They soon learn the zombies aren’t the only horrors that await them in the new fight-or-die world. They battle by each other’s side as the infection spreads globally.

Excerpt from Premonition

Annoyed and scared, I cranked the motor and pressed the gas pedal to the floor. The car plowed forward, hitting the lead zombie. It thumped, flew, and slid beneath the car. More zombies hit the car; body parts and blood covered the windshield.
I fumbled with the dash, depressing buttons, looking for the wipers. Once I found them and turned them on, they swiped away the blood, leaving streaks on the windshield. Stuck in the pasty, bloodied streaks were little black dots. I looked closer, squinting my eyes. They were lovebugs; horrible little insects rumored to be created in a lab at the University of Florida to control the mosquito population in the state. Twice a year, spring and fall, they marred every vehicle on the road and were a complete nuisance. I was thinking science again! And the thoughts kept coming. The heart pumps blood throughout the body. Did the zombies’ hearts still work? Did I kill them?
Slamming on the brakes, I wanted to know. I turned the car around, hitting the side of a truck’s bumper as I did. I drove by slowly. The body parts were still moving, and a couple whole zombies struggled to get to their feet. So how do I kill them?
With the car running, I considered my options and owned up to my morbid curiosity about them. I rifled through the contents of my mom’s car. No weapons. Disappointed, but not stupid, I turned and ran over the zombies struggling to get up and turned around again, the car thumping over their wriggling bodies and crunching away at their bones. I got back onto I-95 and headed towards the Marina.

Excerpt from Infection

Bryce and my father were in trouble. I had to do something, so I grabbed the gun, twisted in my seat, and brought it to my face. I’d never shot a gun other than in video games, but I’d seen tons of movies. It couldn’t be that difficult. I clicked the lever thing on the topside of the gun. I knew that was the safety.
“Maddie, your father can handle him” she said, her voice quaking. I imagined her wringing her hands together like a dishrag.
From the corner of my eye, I watched Sarah lift her eyes off the cat and stare towards me. I met her gaze and she nodded her approval then mouthed, Be careful.
The men drew closer to the boat with each second I wasted. I pushed the door open, snuck around the side and observed my surroundings. I felt like a hunter in the wild carrying the big shotgun, but acted more like a detective on a cheesy cop show. As I moved around the van, I spotted a crate identical to the one where I found Bryce in my… our dream.
I scurried towards it, doing my best to step over and around the large puddles so as not to make splashing noises that would catch the creepy bald man’s attention. Upon reaching it, I crouched. Placing my back against the wet wooden side, I slid around it and onto my knees and peeked out. Bryce and my father stepped onto the boat, I used the man’s shining head as a guiding light. He was still behind them.
Taking a deep breath, I moved back around the side and out of their view. The nose of the shotgun rose over the top as I held it straight and fired. Its recoil hit my upper thigh and I screamed as I doubled over, the gun hitting the ground. My leg throbbed and I knew I’d have a nasty bruise.

Disclaimer:
Both stories end with a tad of a cliffhanger.




Monday, May 8, 2017

A Long Time Dead by Wondra Vanian Audiobook

Loaded with great stories!



My Review:
This book contains a series of short stories, each is exciting and written with an expert hand. They kept on edge waiting for the next one. This was my first experience with this author but not the last as I'll happily read anything of hers again.

My favorite story was one about a young couple expecting their first child. They've just moved into a new home but the house has a bit of history. The wife starts seeing a little girl in a red dress and hearing strange sounds. it all climaxes into a suspenseful ending.

I'm a huge lover of short stories and will be looking for more from this author.

Amazon/Audible

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Reaching for the Light by Marie Krepps and TL Katt

This new release is available for pre-order and all its royalties are being donated to NAMI in support of mental health awareness and mental illness.

 
 Available at Amazon and other retailers

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Blurb:

Mental Illness affects people in all walks of life, all countries and all nationalities. It does not discriminate. Those affected are friends, family members and you. The proceeds of this book will be donated to NAMI. If you’d like to know more about NAMI please visit their website. Authors Marie Krepps and TL Katt have opened their minds and imaginations to assist in mental health awareness, something they both feel passionately about. Follow their characters as they reach for their light.


High Heels & Ice Cream by Marie Krepps

Brianna suffers from depression and anxiety, but she won’t let it stop her from moving in with the chatty and attractive Carla. When her attraction to her roommate becomes something more, Brianna has to decide if she will let her inner demons win and run away as usual, or face her fears and admit her true feelings.



Bloom by TL Katt

At the hands of Jen’s husband, the man who should love her unconditionally, she suffers one nightmare after another. His bombardment of mental abuse leaves her a shell of a human and her mind unable to let go of the terror, she relives it again and again. Jen’s actions become more impulsive and
dangerous.

Can she reach the light and find solace to begin her coping journey from PTSD?

The Terra Debacle by Marcha Fox

The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51

Release Date: May 30, 2017
Preorder NOW for 99c! ($2.99 after official release)
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It's May 1978 and a normal night at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah—until a bogey shows up in their air space. It gets even stranger when the UFO requests permission to land. It changes its mind, but by then F-16s escort it to the ground. A human girl in her early teens and a robot exit the craft, a strange botanical lifeform found onboard later that night by a USAF landing party. The vehicle, robot, and the strange plant are impounded and subsequently sent to Area 51.
NASA astrobiologist, Gabriel Greenley, PhD, is called in to study this new lifeform that at first appears similar to a botanical species known as oxalis. As a psi-sensitive, Greenley quickly learns the specimen is highly intelligent and potentially dangerous when he attempts to take a leaf sample. He backs off, frustrated, desperate to investigate the scientific details of this new botanical species that combines intelligence with a metabolism based on photosynthesis. Meanwhile, the specimen, a flora peda telepathis named Thyron from the planet Sapphira, is investigating his new environment through all frequencies of the electro-magnetic spectrum as well as his suite of psychic abilities that includes remote viewing.
Greenley eventually gets his leaf sample and makes a ground-breaking discovery that he can never share, due to his security oaths and research agreement at this Top Secret facility. Eventually, however, he's confronted by an ethical dilemma that forces him to make a treasonous and potentially deadly decision.
* * *
(Sound familiar? If so, you've probably read one or both of the first two volumes of the Star Trails Tetralogy. Yes, this is the story you've been waiting for, of what happened to Thyron and Aggie while they were detained at Area 51. If you're not familiar with the series, this story stands alone, but you'll undoubtedly want to read the proverbial "rest of the story" when finished. )

* * *
(Sound familiar? If so, you've probably read one or both of the first two volumes of the Star Trails Tetralogy. Yes, this is the story you've been waiting for, of what happened to Thyron and Aggie while they were detained at Area 51. If you're not familiar with the series, this story stands alone, but you'll undoubtedly want to read the proverbial "rest of the story" when finished. )

EXCERPT

Onboard Impounded UFO
Hill AFB
Ogden, Utah
May 30, 1978
1445 MDT/2045 GMT

THYRON SAT PERFECTLY STILL on the bench occupying the Cerulean Nimrod's lower deck, the very spot where he'd tromped the 'troid in a tysa game during their recent journey; one of his most cherished moments of botanical victory. That association was fading rapidly, however, as a bearded man with dark brown hair streaked with shoots of grey scrutinized him with curious green eyes. 
"Clearly it's a botanical lifeform," the man stated to a small cluster of uniformed humans, then removed a small light source from one of many pockets in his tan jacket. 
Invisible behind his carefully arranged leaves, Thyron rolled his botanical eyes. Lifeform, indeed. Classifying these people as morons was far too generous.
"Strange," the man went on.. "It looks like an oxalis palmifrons - gigantea hybrid, a type of wood sorrel quite common in Brazil. South Africa and Mexico, too, as I recall. I wonder if it was brought here or harvested? They're known to have medicinal properties, which could make them of interest."
"What do you suggest we do with it, Doctor Greenley?" asked an older soldier of considerable rank, judging by the cluster of decorative ribbons and dangling metallic ornaments on his chest. His uniform, unlike the others, was a shade of blue, similar in color to coagulated Sapphiran blood.
"We need to secure the specimen in a sealed unit to assure its safe arrival at the Nellis lab, Colonel. It looks rather hardy, but we don't know what its heat tolerance is, which could be exceeded during the trip across the desert. Furthermore, it shouldn't be exposed to contaminants like molds, fungi, bacteria, and such, which could prove lethal. Hopefully, that hasn't already occurred."
"Yeah, I know," the colonel grumbled, expression grim. "We were so taken back, we jumped in without proper precautions. It's not like we have an SOP, at least around here. We usually send in a specially trained detachment for this kind of thing. By the time I checked the manual, it was too late. I'm sure I'll hear plenty about it from my superiors. At least so far no one's gotten sick."
"Spilt milk, Colonel Jenkins. Fortunately, I brought along an ECV."
"A what?"
"Environmentally controlled vivarium—an isolation chamber. To protect it from the environment, at least from this point on. Designed and built it myself, but on loan from NASA's Astrobiology Branch."
"Great. Let's do it. We need to get this thing off the tarmac. A crane's on its way to load it up on an eighteen wheeler so we can get it out of sight until departure tonight."
Greenley removed a notched strip of metal from one of his pockets and handed it to the nearest soldier with hair the color of deciduous leaves after a frost. "Here's the key to my rental car, airman. It's in the back seat. Two of you should be able to handle it."
Airman? Thyron thought. Odd. He didn't look as if he could fly.
"While your men retrieve the ECV, I'm going to take a sample to study in the astrobionics lab when I get back to Houston. Then I'll be able to determine conclusively whether it's native or extraterrestrial." 
Thyron gasped as the botanist reached into another pocket and extracted a cutting device. Take a sample?
Instantaneously, an ancestral defense mechanism lurking in his DNA activated. Thyron froze, having never experienced anything quite like it before. His cytoplasm tingled as deep within his primary bulb potassium transmuted to sulfur that bonded with two oxygen molecules, forming sulfur dioxide. Fortunately, the burning sensation tipped him off before it combined with water being drawn from his leaves, allowing him to stop the process before it emitted a toxic cloud of gaseous sulfuric acid, injuring and possibly killing everyone within ten meters.
The mental concentration required to perform this humane action, however, prevented him from cloaking his thoughts. As soon as it escaped, all he could do was hope that no one within range was psi-sensitive enough to pick it up.
No such luck. The botanist's eyes widened and jaw dropped, hand gripping the cutting device frozen in midair.
"What's wrong, Dr. Greenley?" Jenkins asked, stepping closer. "Are you all right?"
The scientist closed his mouth, blinked a few times, then turned in the officer's direction. "Holy guacamole! It just refused! Rather adamantly, in fact. I swear! To be exact, I had the distinct impression it said, Like hell you will."
Several more mouths fell open amid chuckles of disbelief.
"What's that smell?" one of the airmen asked.
"Well, it wasn't me," the scientist stated. "Whatever this species is, Colonel Jenkins, I suspect it's intelligent, perhaps highly so, and possibly dangerous." He shook his head, muttering, "Too bad Backster isn't here to see this," which earned even more mystified expressions. 
Greenley dismounted from the bench, narrowing his eyes as he returned the obnoxious tool to his jacket's breast pocket, then stared at Thyron with elevated suspicion.
"I've seen thousands of botanical species, from the tropics to Antarctica, from the Andes to the depths of the Mariana Trench," he said. "But this specimen's unlike anything I've ever encountered, anywhere on Planet Earth."
The colonel took a deep breath and blew out his cheeks. "Yeah. If it's a talking plant, I'd say that's intuitively obvious, Dr. Greenley.  Intuitively obvious.



Author Interview:

Q: What can readers new to Star Trails expect from "The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51"?

A: Like the other books in the Star Trails Tetralogy, this one is hard science fiction with a liberal dose of known science embellished with speculation. Instead of focusing on physics and engineering, however, this one addresses botany and the possibility of intelligent plantlife. We've all enjoyed characters such as Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors" or Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and Star Trails fans already have met Thyron. But what kind of scientific investigation would provide evidence that a plant has consciousness? Do they have it already, but we just haven't noticed? This is what Gabe Greenley wants to find out: What makes Thyron so different when he looks so much like domestic oxalis?

In addition, there's a generous dose of satire, humor, and wisdom seeing Earth through the eyes of a telepathic walking plant. As stated on the print version's back cover, this story is "A unique combination of hard science fiction, suspense, intrigue, and a touch of humor, this story has been described as a "dark version of ET: The Extraterrestrial." Strong characterizations, a mysterious setting loaded with intrigue, and unexpected plot twists make this an unforgettable tale whether you're a science fiction fan, botanist, UFO aficionado, or simply enjoy a good story."

Q: What was the most challenging part of writing this story?

A. There were several. First of all, I'm a physicist and former NASA engineer, not a botanist, so I had to have a crash course in plant science, courtesy of Wikipedia and Google. In so doing, I learned some fascinating things, particularly about oxalis, the plant on which Thyron is based. The more I learned, the more ideas came to mind. By the time I was finished, I had 100+ website bookmarks in addition to buying some print books as well.

Next to botany, the next most challenging was learning as much as possible about Area 51. As a UFO fan, I've seen several TV shows that talk and speculate about it, but the really cool and creepy details came from books by Maximillien de Lafayette as well as "Alien Disclosure at Area 51", the story of Dr. Dan Burisch, by C. Ronald Garner. The basic description of Area 51's subterranean levels found in TDPA-51 is based primarily on what Garner described with a large portion of my own poetic license.

Q: What was the most fascinating thing you discovered from your plant research that related to the story?

A. Several things made me smile. First of all, how appropriately Thyron is named, given the light collecting cells in a plant are known as thylakoids. I had no idea when I named him, though like most characters, he named himself. He's on a quest toward enlightenment, so this was one of those serendipitous moments. The other that fit nicely was confirming his medicinal qualities. 

Q: Tell me about the main human character, Gabe Greenley.

A. Gabe is the NASA astrobiologist called in when Thyron is discovered onboard the UFO. He has such a love and affinity for plants that he's a fruitarian, a specific type of vegan who only eats the parts of a plant that don't result in it's demise. He's also psychic, enabling him to communicate with Thyron telepathically. He's worked at Area 51 previously when UFOs with algae-based air purification systems were impounded, but he's never encountered anything like Thyron. If you're familiar with the 70s classic, "The Secret Life of Plants," let's just say that Gabe is very comfortable with the ideas presented there for plant sentience.

Q: Is this book suitable for Young Adults like the other books in the Star Trails Tetralogy?

A: All the characters (besides Thyron, of course) are adults, and since this story is based on Earth, it does include a few words not found in the tetralogy, but nothing that exceeds the "PG" level or what you hear on television. The science gets a little deep in places, but for someone interested in life sciences, especially botany, it would serve as a great introduction to some basic lab procedures and research methods. The technical parts are concentrated in a few chapters, so if a reader's eyes glazed over, they could skip over the science without losing track of the plot. It's primarily included as brain candy for true, hardcore science fiction fans like myself. My objective as an author is to include enough science to lend interest, credibility, and some palatable science lessons for YA readers to demonstrate that science is interesting, fun, and relevant.

Q: Your stories tend to link together. Does this story actually end or will there be sequels?

A: Not exactly what you'd call a sequel, but there will be story elements that continue which readers are sure to recognize as teasers when they occur. TDPA-51 ties into Star Trails Tetralogy Volume II, "A Dark of Endless Days," actually including some common scenes from that story, but from Thyron's viewpoint instead of Creena's. As far as Thyron's fate is concerned, what happens to him after this story is covered in the tetralogy. In many ways, this is simply a sidebar to Volume II, even though it's a standalone, full-length novel. Some of the other characters you'll meet in TDPA-51 will turn up again. ;-) Let's just say that the various encounters Star Trails characters have had on Earth have ongoing reverberations that aren't over yet, and they won't all be pretty.

Q: That sounds pretty ominous! Will you give us a few hints what to expect and when?

A: Let's just say that Allen Benson from "A Dark of Endless Days" will be back, as will Brad Inglehardt, whom you'll meet in TDPA-51. There will be more Area 51, especially "Alice's Floor", (supposedly named for Alice in Wonderland) some more new characters, and various time travel elements similar to "Refractions of Frozen Time." It's title will be "Dark Circles", but don't expect to see it for at least a year or more. Nonetheless, rest assured that Star Trails ain't over yet!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Ashes: The Rebecca Underhill Trilogy Vol. 2 by Vincent Zandri

Suspenseful, twisted and gory! The kind of story I enjoy.



My Review:

Rebecca Underhill is a single mom who lives with her best friend Robin and Robin's daughter in Rebecca's family home in the country. Both ladies are artists and have used the barn on the property to start art classes to support themselves. When Rebecca's son Michael Jr. starts talking about seeing his deceased father and the man, Mr. Skinner, he keep seeing in the corn field Rebecca takes him to a psychologist. But the story grows weirder when Rebecca starts experiencing strange events. She also talks to her dead husband and dead twin sister in her head.

The events grow eerier throughout the story. Rebecca does a bit of research dragging along her boyfriend and closest neighbor Sam. Even with Sam's urging she refuses to go to the police. She's stalling on purpose, she's scared yet because of past trauma is reluctant. Too reluctant. I really didn't like her but it made a good story that held plenty of suspense and a gruesomely twisted plot.

The story does get gory and is not for those who have weak stomachs. The narrator was good but her voice didn't work for me with this story and made the story less intense.

Overall it was a great story.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Space Coast Book Lovers 2017

Woohoo! Less than a month away. Mark your calendars for June 1st through 4th and pack up for the beach for 3 days of authors, readers and plenty of  Florida fun.

Space Coast Book Lovers 2017

Buy tickets starting at $0.00

This event is nonstop activities from the Meet & Greet Friday to Gimme S'more time to the book signing. In attendance is a smorgasbord of authors and genres but the excitement doesn't stop there. There'll be industry professionals such as professional bloggers and models.

I'm pumped and excited and counting down the days. I can't wait to see those I know and meet those I don't.

At my table will be copies of all my books, including my new release The Monster Upstairs. Participate in the scavenger hunt and you might get some free goodies from me. See you there!

What's Left of my World by C.A. Rudolf Audiobook

This had a slow start but turned out to be a great novel.



My Review:

The world has changed, electricity is gone. No cell phones, email or social media. There's two types of people left the preppers and takers. The peppers are those who are prepared in some way and have readied themselves for disaster. They know how to survive and are self sufficient. The takers take from others in order to survive. Lauren's family are preppers. They moved from the suburbs to a mountain cabin in a small community of other preppers and they take care of each other.

The story is a very realistic view of what the world could become and a survival guide at the same time. It started out slow but once the action picked up it became exciting and suspenseful. The author thought of everything and kept a nice pace after the first few chapters. My largest complaint listening is wanting more details on how it started.

The narrator was good and had good pacing.

It's a great story for anyone who loves adventure and action.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Naomi by Mya O'Malley Blog Tour









EXCERPT 1-
Naomi

She sensed it before she heard the news. She could feel it deep in her bones. All night
long she had tossed and turned, unable to find sleep.
Nick.
“No,” Naomi wailed into her pillow, pounding her fists.
No. But, of course, she knew it was true. After all, she had a sixth sense about things
such as this. Damn, Nick. Why? How?
It had been several months since she had taken in his disheveled form, those cowardly
eyes scanning her face, pleading for forgiveness from the other side of the depressing,
stained, plastic divider at the county jail.
Forgiveness that was difficult to give, although she had been working on it. Too late,
Nick. It’s way too late for you now. Part of Naomi’s heart ached for Nick’s troubled soul.
For the troubled child he had once been.
Another part turned cold as she conjured up his face in her mind. As she had woken from
a fitful night’s sleep, the image of Nick crying out, lost in the empty dark place where
challenged souls lacked peace and closure, was too overwhelming to dismiss as a bad
dream.
“Bryce.” Naomi spoke his name aloud, even though her fiancĂ© was most likely sound
asleep at his house just up the dirt road.
She needed Bryce.
But Naomi knew Bryce would have to wait. Right after her first cup of coffee, she would
have to call Officer Marty to confirm the facts of what she already knew to be true.
How had it happened? Possibilities swirled through her mind. Endless scenarios came
forth. It could be anything. Nick had been doing time for his part in the cover-up of
Maggie Field’s death. Prisons could be dangerous, particularly for someone like Nick, a
man who struggled to keep his emotions in check and often had difficulty conforming to
the rules.
One with a dark, menacing presence.
One with attitude.
Memories of the not so distant past slammed Naomi. Images of Ryan and Maggie . . .
Maggie.
The ghost that had all but consumed her. Maggie had reached out to Naomi, demanding
peace.
Naomi admitted to herself that she had become obsessed at that time in her life.
Preoccupied with putting both Maggie and Ryan to rest. Luckily, Bryce was loyal and
patient to the core during the first hectic months of their new relationship.
What would he say now, knowing that a spirit was back? Knowing that this time it wasn’t
the sweet spirit of a girl named Maggie or a quirky, kindhearted man that needed her
help?
This time it was worse, far worse.
This time the spirit was unsettled, tortured—and to make matters even more daunting ...
He was her ex-boyfriend.
Would Bryce be as understanding about Nick as he had been with Maggie and Ryan?
Hopping up out of her bed to make her cup of coffee, Naomi figured she was about to
find out. ***
Moments after she hung up the phone with her friend, Officer Miriam Marty, Naomi
reached for her coffee mug but then placed it back on the counter with a gentle thud.
Damn, Nick.
Miriam had confirmed Naomi’s worst suspicions and provided the bare facts
surrounding Nick’s death.
He was, indeed, dead. But the strange thing about it was that it appeared to have been
intentional on his part. It was too early to say, but Miriam suspected that traces of drugs
would be found in his system.
An overdose? Could he have intentionally taken his own life? No, that didn’t sound right.
Then again, how well did Naomi even know Nick anymore? For that matter, how well had
she ever known him? Naomi supposed it was easy enough for an inmate to have the
means to obtain drugs. And, let’s face it, prison life could be grueling.
No, no. Something didn’t feel right about this. Nick’s sentence was only to last just a few
more weeks, why would he purposely harm himself? As Naomi tried to make sense of
the news, she paced the floor. Zelda, her loyal feline companion, weaved in and out of her
legs as Naomi stopped and grabbed her coffee mug from the table.
Sharp rapping on the door startled Naomi, causing her to spill her coffee on her blouse.
“Shoot!”
Voicing her own displeasure at nearly being stepped on, Zelda screeched as she tore into
the living room. Naomi snatched a napkin, wiping at her top as she made her way to the
door.
“Are you ready?” Bryce raised an eyebrow as Naomi stepped to the side to allow him
through the front door. He leaned over and placed a quick kiss on her forehead.
“Ready?”
“Ah, yes. Remember? We were going to grab a bite and then head over to the trail for a
walk?”
Yes. That’s right. She and Bryce had plans this morning. With everything going on, she
had clearly forgotten.
“I . . . I’m so sorry. Give me a minute to change my shirt. Sit, I’ll be right back.” She
scurried up the stairs to her bedroom to change. This could be a good thing, the time
alone with Bryce. His young daughter, Holly, was in school, and she could have Bryce’s
full attention.
Dressed in a clean shirt, Naomi sprinted down the stairs and grabbed her sneakers. She
attempted her best smile as she tied the laces. “Almost ready,” Naomi managed.
“What’s with you? Why are you out of breath?” Bryce cocked his head as he studied
Naomi.
“Just excited to spend the morning with you,” she offered a bit too cheerily, glancing up at
him as she felt nagging guilt rise in her throat. He wouldn’t be happy about the news
regarding Nick, and that was putting it mildly. He simply couldn’t even begin to
understand. He would tell her to leave it alone, not to get caught up in somebody else’s
problems.
Naomi swallowed hard and gripped Bryce’s warm hand as they made their way to his
truck. Once inside, Naomi glanced at her fiancé and then gazed down at her lap.
“Bryce?” she whispered.
Concern etched his handsome face. “What is it? What’s wrong?” He reached for her
hands.
“We need to talk.”
EXCERPT 2-
Streaming sunlight filtered across the room, waking her gently. Incredibly enough, Nick
had not graced Naomi with his presence during the night. Nor had she been plagued by
nightmares. Who cared why she was given a reprieve, she would take it. After the night
she had shared with Bryce, she felt positive about their future. All thoughts of Genna
were long gone. The time alone with Bryce was exactly what they had both needed.
“You know what, Nick?” she called out, feeling refreshed. “I’m not afraid of you. We’ll
deal with this unfortunate situation and then you’ll leave me to get on with my life.”
She was met with silence. Hm. Where was he? And for that matter, where did ghosts
go when they weren’t lurking around?
“Well, fine. I’m pretty sure you can hear me. I have a book to write, and an
appointment to make.” Shaking her head slightly, Naomi chuckled as she considered
what others would think of her walking around talking to herself.
It was too early to call the doctor’s office, but never too early for a cup of coffee.
Coffee first, then she needed to make up for the time she had lost with her writing
yesterday.
Words flowed seamlessly as Naomi made the most of her upbeat mood. After
practically begging for an appointment with Nick’s doctor, which she had no luck
securing on such short notice, she had received a follow-up call stating there was a last
minute cancellation for a late afternoon appointment. She would need to figure out the
best questions to ask. She couldn’t just come right out and ask what he knew about
Nick’s supposed drug problem.
Seconds had slipped to minutes and now Naomi realized she had completely lost
track of time as at least a half hour had passed. Nick had invaded her thoughts and
interrupted her writing once more. Gone was her carefree mood. Nick, tell me what you
need me to do.
It wasn’t that easy and she knew it. Even Maggie’s kind soul had such difficulty
conveying her thoughts to Naomi. Maggie had spoken in riddles and then she had
eventually pieced together the clues and solved the puzzle of her death. Nick was being a
tyrant. He projected his words more forcefully and in a more direct way. Then why the
hell couldn’t he just come out and speak to her, tell her what happened?
A chill prickled Naomi’s scalp as she heard a strange noise. She turned around,
instantly locating her cat across the room. It was coming from upstairs and it sure as hell
wasn’t Zelda making that racket.
With each approaching step Naomi took up the stairs, the sounds grew louder. One
of the voices she detected sounded an awful lot like a woman. No, not just any woman,
but Maggie. Or rather, a distorted version of Maggie.
Afraid of what she would find when she walked into her bedroom, Naomi tried to
steady her thumping heart. She would need to confront Nick and his demons head-on.
He stood holding his head, wailing. She heard Maggie screaming, she heard Ryan,
and yes, Nick. What was she witnessing? The only person in the room other than her was
Nick. But how was he doing this?
He faced her, eyes black and soulless. Sucking in her breath, she walked backward
toward the door.
“Oh no, you don’t,” Nick’s words boomed. “You get to join me in the fun.” His sick eyes
gleamed as his hand reached out for her. Sucked back into the center of the bedroom,
she fell to the ground with the force of Nick’s spirit pushing her. Now it was just her and
Nick, the other voices a play on his thoughts—a trick of the mind.
“No, no . . .” she wailed, crying out for someone to help her.
Beside her, Nick sat on the floor. She could feel him there, but was afraid to look.
Heavy arms pulled her into his dark embrace.
And then she saw what plagued his troubled mind. She saw, from his point of view,
Maggie and Ryan falling to their deaths from that high cliff, his hand reaching out. He was
too late. She felt the depth of his fear, his grief. The images he had shared with Naomi
sucked her down into her own place of bleak despair.
Darkness dissipated and her ragged breathing slowed. He had been gone for
minutes, she knew that, but she wasn’t ready to open her eyes. He wouldn’t make this
easy for her. He would make her suffer, just as he had. Nick would make Naomi feel every
ounce of the pain he had experienced, even more if he could muster it.
He could make it so much easier on both of them. She knew he could.
But he wouldn’t.
It was to be a game of cat and mouse. Just how long would he make her suffer?






Character Interview- POV of Bryce


DDB: It’s wonderful to get a chance to sit down and talk, Bryce. It seems you and Naomi have been at it again, getting wrapped up in the spirit world, that is. Tell me about it.


Bryce: Well, I think Naomi would all the credit there. She’s the one who attracts these lost souls.  It’s as if she’s a magnet for the paranormal. Seems like every time I think things will quiet down, another spirit turns to Naomi, seeking closure.


DDB: Is that a bad thing?


Bryce:  (laughs) Actually, I hate to admit it, but no. I think one of the very things that drew me to Naomi is her gentle, generous soul. I believe that’s why these lost souls gravitate toward her.  And, hey- life never gets boring, that’s for sure.


DDB: I can only imagine. Without giving away any of the story, I will say that you and Naomi have been through a lot in this book. I worry that all of the stress may cause problems with you and Naomi.


Bryce: Oh, Naomi’s had a rough time, but she’s such a strong person. I won’t lie when I say  our love will be tested. I don’t have the connections to ghosts like Naomi does, so I can’t imagine what she goes through while trying to help these souls, but I admire her dedication to these spirits. She certainly has a gift.


DDB: Yes, absolutely.  I do recall her determination, but I also remember the paranormal became all consuming for Naomi in the book, Maggie. That must be difficult to deal with.


Bryce: When Naomi sets her mind on something, she gives it her all. What could be more admirable? Sure, at times, it’s frustrating, but when you take a step back and consider the big picture, it’s all worthwhile. I wouldn’t have her any other way.


DDB: What a wonderful role model Naomi must be for your beautiful little girl, Holly.


Bryce: The best. Naomi selflessly considers the safety of both myself and Holly before worrying about herself.


DDB:  Why do you suppose these ghosts are connected to Naomi, I mean, I know she’s a kind soul herself, but have you ever considered there could be another reason?


Bryce: Every single day lately, but that’s for another time and another story.


DDB: Wait– are you saying there will be a third book in the Maggie series?


Bryce: Yes- it’s in the works now. This will be the last in the Maggie trilogy.  This one had really opened my mind to all of the possibilities of fate, destiny and the paranormal.


DDB: Sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it.  Thank you, Bryce, it’s been wonderful talking with you.  I can’t wait to see what you and Naomi have in store for us next.  Is there a title to the upcoming book that you can share?


Bryce: Thanks, DDB. It’s been a pleasure talking with you as well. I suppose I could give you the title- the final book in the Maggie trilogy is titled Entangled Souls.


DDB:  Wow- that sound absolutely perfect for the series.

Bryce:  Oh, just wait.




Why don't we start off by telling us about Naomi?
Naomi is the sequel/companion novel to Maggie, my latest paranormal mystery/romance.
In Naomi, I delve deeper into Naomi and Bryce’s relationship as another mysterious death threatens
to tear Naomi and Bryce apart. This time, the soul that’s seeking closure is far from innocent-
it’s Naomi’s dark, manipulative ex-boyfriend.


What's the hardest part about writing a second book in a series?
I loved writing my first sequel. With Maggie, I developed some of my favorite characters. These
characters stayed with me far after I finished writing Maggie, so I decided to continue their story.
That being said, I suppose one of the most challenging aspects of writing a sequel involves trying to
develop a fresh plot while keeping readers engaged with the lives of past characters.


How has Naomi changed from book one to this book?
Naomi will be challenged much more in Naomi- so much so that she begins to question her own
sanity.  The stress and pressures of trying to rid herself of a hostile, dangerous spirit challenges her
relationship with Bryce and his daughter, Holly.
Naomi  has to pull deep in order to find her inner strength, not only to save her relationships, but to
Keep herself alive amidst chaos and horror.


When is comes to writing about ghosts, do you have any tips?
Writing about ghosts can be challenging. I hate to admit it, but I’ve actually had several nightmares
when writing Maggie and Naomi.  Whatever book I happen to be writing sticks with even when
I’m not sitting down to write.  Immersing oneself in the subject matter is one tip I would give. For my
paranormal book, I researched many different aspects of the spirit world and even went to several
mediums to try to gain experience with the paranormal.  


What has been your favorite read so far of 2017?  
I loved reading Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Gulity.  There are always so many twists and surprises
with her writing. Big Little Lies was amazing as well, and I’m absolutely loving the HBO series.


Are there more books to this series? If so what are your plans for the series, if not why?


I was just going to mention my upcoming plans for the Maggie series! I have one more book to write
in this series. Right now I’m outlining my ideas for the last in this trilogy, but I can tell you that
Naomi will be visited by another spirit (no surprise) and this time, everything will come together as
Naomi realizes that her destiny is tied to all of these lost souls.


How do you keep a balance of love with mystery?