Amy Shannon

Amy Shannon

Writer/Author/Reviewer

Featured Book: "Unwritten Life"

"Unwritten Life" is the first book that I ever wrote, not just the first one I have ever published. This December marks its 10th Anniversary. Little did I know when I wrote it that it would grow into a "life" sized Saga. "Unwritten Life" brings to life the character of Alex Garrison, a strong, yet "messed-up" woman trying to hide from her past, her infamy and her old life. She is a woman full of secrets, especially about the path she took to arrive in the small (fictional) town of Sars Springs, Arizona. It doesn't take long for her stalker to catch up to her or to start to settle down. She immediately is attracted to a local police officer (Yeah, Alex has a thing for cops in uniform, especially that officer's badge). Alex makes friends and starts on a whole new career at Solutions Computer Systems.

When she is attacked, she realizes there is only one man she can trust, but she doesn't trust herself enough to admit her growing feelings.

All of the books in the Saga are their own stories and there aren't any cliffhangers, but the stories also flow together. You can read all the stories in order, starting with "Unwritten Life". It's undergone a few cover and publisher changes over the years, but the story is the same, with only a few revisions, but never to the story.

If you are interested in reading and then posting a review, you can contact me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com and I will be happy to provide you with an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

Unwritten Life can be purchased on amazon.com in kindle or paperback, or barnesandnoble.com on paperback or NOOK. It's also available on iTunes and other forms of digital books.

 

 

 

Featured Book(s): The "Life" Series (part of the Sars Springs Saga

Sars Springs Arizona is a fictional town where Alex Garrison (aka Alexis Garris) finds herself trying to create a new life.

The Saga of Sars Springs ( #SarsSpringsSaga ) has 6 series and 3 related series about Alex Garrison (O'Roark) and it begins with "Unwritten Life" and carries on over 68 volumes.

Starting with one main character, the story grew as the characters evolved. From 1 main character to 37 main characters, and over 640 characters over the span of the 68 volumes.

The first 9 book volumes make up the "Life" Series. These books are all being featured on my Facebook page. Each month starting from November, the books will be featured.

The books can be purchased on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com in either digital or paperback format.

Readers who start with "Unwritten Life" wish to continue on and read each story. No story has a cliffhanger and all are full-length books. Step foot in Sars Springs and see where it takes you, you just might meet some friends.

Anyone who wishes to be a reviewer of any or all of the books will have ARCs provided to them. Just email me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com

Featured Series: The Life Series (first series in the Sars Springs Saga)

It started with "Unwritten Life" and 68 volumes and 6 series as well as 3 related series later, it concluded. Well, I thought it should concluded. The series (in total) has over 640 characters, with 37 main characters, and to think, it just started with one. Alex Garrison.

Starting in the month of November, I will be featuring the books in the different series on my facebook page. It seems once a person reads "Unwritten Life" they fall in love with the trials of romance, suspense and just the life of the widow Alex Garrison formerly Alexis Garris (who later in Rewritten Life becomes Alex O'Roark).

If you're interested in getting to know Alex Garrison, watch as she tries to rebuild her life, as she deals with a stalker (who attacks her more than once) and figure out who he is, all while falling for the wrong man before she falls for the right one. Or is he?

There are 9 books in the first series, I call the life series. All 9 books are available on amazon.com in paperback and kindle.

If you are interested in being "reviewer" for the books, contact me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com and I will be happy to provide you with free ARCS of each book if you post your review on the book's buy link on amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Book: "Shattered Pages"

"Shattered Pages" is not the first book I ever wrote (that's "Unwritten Life") but it's also the book that has my favorite character that I have ever created. I love the characters I create, and villains are very fun to write for, but so are eccentric or weird characters. Hands down, that character is Link McLaren. He is the main character of "Shattered Pages."

Link is a widower who is a best selling mystery author. The story follows Link as he becomes the police's person of interest in a series of murders. The murders are copies of murders that have happened in his books, both those published and the one he is currently working on. Where the story has the mystery of a whodunit, the whole story is really just about Link and how he deals with life and even falling in love again. Something that scares him more than murder.

I would love to introduce the world to Link McLaren.

His story is Shattered Pages and it's available for sale on amazon.com in both paperback and kindle formats.

It is also available on audiobook.

If you are reading this and interested in "hearing" link's story, enter the audiobook giveaway by emailing me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com  and type in Shattered Pages Giveaway.

In the message, write where you heard about this. Winners will be selected at random and up to 5 free audiobooks to be given away.

Click below and hear a sample of the audiobook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Release "Passionate Retribution II"

On November 1, 2014 ... the sequel to Passionate Retribution ... "Passionate Retribution II" will be released.

Currently, I am offering 5 lucky fans to receive Passionate Retribution as a gift from me to you. All you have to do is contact me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com with the email address you use to log in to your amazon. com account with.

If you like it, please leave a review. If you don't like it, you got a free book out of it.

If you really like Carly and her friends and family, check out the next one. There are (currently) a total of THREE books in the series. None of which are cliffhangers, all are their own story who revolve around Carly Edwards.

 

 

Introducing New Author Ava Bell

I believe in supporting other authors, so whenever I get a request to support or share information about another author's work, I will do that. I'd like to introduce a new author, Ava Bell.

Ava Bell will be releasing her debut book "Miles From Home"
 

It's a love story with a plot twist and of course tragedy.

It's scheduled to be released on amazon.com in early 2015.

 

You can follow Ava Bell on twitter at

@authoravabell

As more information comes in about her book, I will create a new post.

 

Shattered Pages ...

"Shattered Pages" is my favorite book that I've written, though I have loved most of my stories. Lincoln "Link" McLaren is my all time favorite character. I've been working with acx.com to put "Shattered Pages" on audiobooks and it looks like it will be produced very soon. Things have been working well with this book. Though, I have several books coming up for release or just been released, I am trying to promote this one the most.

I think he's a likeable character and the storyline is suspenseful and even surprising. I've attached a video of the audio sample of "Shattered Pages". Enjoy.

 

 

 

Blog Move ...

Don't worry, my regular blog will stay the same at this page, for me to write about anything ... but mostly my own work or thoughts, but I felt it best to have a separate blog that was just for my book reviews. Currently, I am moving all my reviews that I've done so far to my new blog at http://writeramyshannon.wix.com/bookshelfreviews but the old posts here on this blog will also remain.

Any new reviews will be done on the new page, as well as all the other book selling sites that I post to.

 

Thanks.

BOOK REVIEW: The Albion by Derryl Flynn

The Albion by Derryl Flynn


4 stars

life's full of regrets and savagery.

I was pulled in from the first chapter and it kept my attention. Life has made Terry Gallagher an angry man, who not only lives with the regrets of his youthful past, but also what is still happening in the world. Depravity of life has hit very close to home and he needs to deal with what exists now and what made him who he is now. This is a bold and brilliant story but not for the faint hearted. I love the boldness of the writing and even the details of the "headless rodents" from a savagery childhood. The details of childhood as well as what he endures in his environment are crucial to his being and knowing who Terry truly is. Compelling story. Truly enjoyed it.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Four Guys Gospels by R. E. Dinlocker

Four Guys Gospels by R. E. Dinlocker

5 Stars

Uniquely Entertaining and humorous

I always find it interesting when I sit down to read a book and it starts out with a glossary. Now, I was truly intrigued, and the pages kept turning. I was attached to this book from beginning to end, because once I started, I truly couldn't stop until the end. Immediately, I loved the fact that the Main characters are named Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. It's a perfectly delightful and humorous religious satire and anyone who has a good sense of humor, will love this book. The men own a marketing firm and are hired by a mystery client, who wants some promotion done. One of my favorite lines is "When I asked our clients his name, they
said it was Haysoos last time. This time they want to call him Jesus.” I chuckled (and I never chuckle) and even laughed out loud at this. I read it a second time just to make sure I didn't miss anything. The banter between the characters made me feel like I was sitting in the room with them, absorbing their unique perspective. I've read Dinlocker's work before and this is my favorite, though, he is an author that I have now on my favorite authors list. Loved this book!

 

 

 

Remembrance: Renee Robinson

Renee and I met through a linkedin writer's group and we instantly connected. Though we never met in person, we were constantly emailing and chatting, as well as reading each other's work. She was a fighter and I loved her. It was easy to love her because she has ... had such a warm heart and great spirit. I will always have her words of her great stories and poems with me, and anyone who has read my poetry book (a book she inspired me to write and put together) "Unbroken Souls" is dedicated to her. There was one specifically written for her and I'm putting here to share with all my readers.

Fight  (For Renee)

Staring at the sky

Light blue covered in white clouds

Slowly it fades to navy

Slowly it turns black

Black haunting the earth

Twinkling stars emerge from their sleep

Blackness still haunting the earth

Forcing the moon to hide

Aiming towards the souls

Taking and draining the lives

Time to fight and beg for light

Hope and faith threaten to fade

Time to fight

Blackness haunting the earth

Blackness draining the soul

Time to fight and beg for light

Time to open our eyes and see

Blackness fades to orange, yellow, and purple

Sunrises

 

Rest in peace my friend and I know you're spirit is still with me, as you promised


 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Vegan Diet: How to Live a Healthier Lifestyle, Lose Weight, and Experience Limitless Energy Levels through the Vegan Diet by Kendra R. Davis

Vegan Diet: How to Live a Healthier Lifestyle, Lose Weight, and Experience Limitless Energy Levels through the Vegan Diet by Kendra R. Davis

5 Stars
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Good info for vegan dieters

This book is filled with information about the vegan diet. It's good for dieters looking at new alternatives.
it provides information on how to start and meal information. I recommend this to anyone looking for a new
healthy diet.

BOOK REVIEW: Overcoming Social Anxiety: How to Overcome Shyness, Conquer your Fears, and Enjoy a Worry-Free Life by Wilma Pattinson

Overcoming Social Anxiety: How to Overcome Shyness, Conquer your Fears, and Enjoy a Worry-Free Life by Wilma Pattinson

5 Stars

Great Tips.

Social anxiety can affect many people. This book is not a cure but an interesting read. This book is filled with tips and ideas for those who have social anxiety. Just because you're shy doesn't mean there's something wrong. 

BOOK REVIEW: Chakras: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Meditating, Healing, and Strengthening through the Power of Chakras by Jane Moore

Chakras: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Meditating, Healing, and Strengthening through the Power of Chakras by Jane Moore

5 Stars

Informational and instructive
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Before reading this I has no idea what a as chakras was let alone that we all had more than one of them. The book w as filled with information about meditation and exercise different chakras. it described forms of yoga and meditation poses as well as tasks to do to feed your aura.

BOOK REVIEW: Soap Making for Beginners: ... BY Maurice Wilkinson

Soap Making for Beginners: Guide to Making Natural Homemade Soaps that will Refresh, Revitalize, and  Rejuvenate your Skin by Maurice Wilkinson

5 Stars
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Healthy and clean

I never thought about making soap as being healthy but it truly is. With the use of natural products, making
and using homemade soap is better for your body. This book makes it sound simple. if you're interested in
making your own soaps or giving them as gifts this is the book to read.

BOOK REVIEW: Camping: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started on your First Camping Trip by Beth McRoberts

Camping: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started on your First Camping Trip by Beth McRoberts

5 Stars

Great Tips

From the beginner to experienced campers this is a book filled with tips and recommendations. No one remembers everything so keep this book on hand as not only a checklist but a good reference. Includes recipes and tips for campfire cooking.

BOOK REVIEW: Surprise in Auntie's Garden by Ann Morris

Surprise in Auntie's Garden by Ann Morris

5 Stars

Engaging Journey!

Immediately I was drawn into the colorful and vibrant illustrations. The illustrations told the story before the text did. I actually skimmed through the book to see all the pictures first and then I went back and read the story. It's a journey of learning and adventure in the garden, full of flowers, butterflies and even caterpillars. I love a children's story that allows the children to learn while being entertained. Even if the child cannot read, the illustrations are enough to invite the child on the journey. I loved this story. I would recommend this to any child, especially one who loves flowers.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Mommy and Mikel go for a walk by Ann Morris

Mommy and Mikel go for a walk by Ann Morris

5 Stars

An adventure in Learning!

The story was more than just taking a walk with your mom, it was seeing things out in the world and then wanting to learn from them. It was a great story for any child who loves picture books and animals. The story shows that we learn from just exploring our world, and asking questions. When we don't know the answers, we strive to find our answers and learn. A wonderful story. Recommend it to any child, even those who can only look at the pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Confessions of a Caffeine Addict (40 true anonymous short stories) Edited by Marina Kushner Narrated by Sarianna Gregg.

Confessions of a Caffeine Addict (40 true anonymous short stories) Edited by Marina Kushner Narrated by Sarianna Gregg.

5 Stars

Interesting Confessions
Let's start out with the narrator, who was the perfect choice for this audiobook. Yes, I sat through over 6 hours of this great book compiled of 40 different stories. (The benefit of having a Kindle Fire HD). This isn't the first audiobook that I've had the pleasure of hearing, but it brought out something that would've been different than if I read it myself. The humor and confessions of people who truly have a coffee addiction was interestingly bizarre. I, an avid coffee drinker, never thought of the deep, tall 18 oz cups of coffee as an addiction. My favorite story is "stay away from caffeine" (chapter 15), but I thought all stories were great. Loved it! if you can get the audiobook, do it.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Something Came up by R.E Dinlocker

Something Came up by R.E Dinlocker

4 stars

Great Journey!

The words that caught my attention were "You’ve always been a sucker for someone else’s opinion." Which is the way that Mitch feels about himself. He has this perception that everything is all right and then, he realizes it's not. At first, I thought the extreme details of the New York streets or comparisons of other people to famous people was a bit much but then I realize it was the mind of Mitch, not the author, which makes it more realistic. The reader is brought into Mitch's mind, no matter how a little skewed, but whose mind isn't? Then the reader is brought into the story and begins to walk beside Mitch on his journey. The characters were likeable, hateable, and totally understandable. Great journey! I love a story that takes the reader on a journey and this one did.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Loves touch then and now by Lauren Marie

Loves touch then and now by Lauren Marie

4 Stars

Slow start but rewarding

Interesting romance about how a dream of two people (Lizzie and Connor) who died in a fire could connect Kate and Bill. The story well written and intriguing. The story gives an introduction to Lizzie and Connor but then starts off with Kate. I was a little confused at first but it seemed to fit in with Kate's confusion. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and wondering if it were just a dream that Kate and Bill were having or if it was truly reincarnation. Stunning romance that is only increased by faith and inspiration led by destiny or fate.

BOOK REVIEW: Where the Bulbul Sings by Serena Fairfax

Where the Bulbul Sings by Serena Fairfax

4 Stars
Intriguing storyline!

I have read several books by Serena Fairfax and each time I am totally engaged in the story. This one was an interesting love story. The way she wrote about the life of Anglo-Indian India, and the culture and settings was truly inspiring. The book intertwines the past and present and she was able to greatly connect all of the characters. I am only slightly familiar with Indian culture and I felt I was invited in. The storyline was intriguing with the revelations of secrets, twists and turns as well as passion. I recommend this author to anyone who loves a good cultural romance.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Loving that feeling by Serena Fairfax

Loving that feeling by Serena Fairfax

4 Stars

Sexual Fireworks!

The intensity of sex and romance between Deborah and Zoran make for a sizzling and tumultuous relationship. Both suffer from past demons and try to make their sexual tension to be nothing more than a fling. Great connection between the characters and totally believable. All tension should be released via a hot sexy erotic romance. Fairfax writes her erotic romances very well and every time I read them, I love them more and more. Not to miss anything this author writes.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Domination and Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook By Michael Makai

Domination and Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook By Michael Makai

5 Stars

Magnificently Written!

If you're someone looking to enter the lifestyle, want to learn about it, or even to "brush" up on the relationships between a Dominant and submissive, this is the book to read. I've read several books on the subject, as both a writer of this type of fiction, but also as a newly admitted Dominant. It's a great book and I definitely give it 5 stars. I read it twice and will definitely keep it as a reference. The book is written with the male being Dominant and the female being submissive, but that is not always the case and it recognizes it. It basically uses that relationship as a generic "gender" basis for the book. Loved it and
recommend it to anyone interested.

BOOK REVIEW: Alchemy by Serena Fairfax

Alchemy by Serena Fairfax

4 Stars

Magnetic Romance.

Tamsin is determined to not only lose her virginity but to lose it to Luca, who she's had a deep crush on forever. The story is playful and romantic and well written. It builds up into a great story and romance, with twists and turns along the way. Things never go as one plans and that is the beauty of the story. The
story ends with greatness and with a sense of family. It shows that one doesn't always make decisions out of obligation but what is most important. Their own personal heaven.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Kismet by Serena Fairfax

Kismet by Serena Fairfax

4 Stars

Great story.

Kismet is a great romance especially when it love and romance builds up. The tension between Jo and Ed has a great animosity that ends up being unwarranted. Sometimes there is such a passion, even if it is distain that builds up and becomes something more. Kismet is truly passionate story and anyone who loves a great build up of love, romance and hot sex will love this story. At first I thought Jo was just an angry character, even if warranted, but I got so I couldn't put the book down until it was finished. Anger can be just as passionate.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card by R Weir

The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card by R Weir


5 Stars

Love Jarvis Mann!

Jarvis is my new favorite PI. love the story and the character. As long as there will be more Mann investigations, I will read them. I read Tracking a Shadow book before this one and I think they are both great and well written. Jarvis is someone I could fall in love with.

BOOK REVIEW: MY TETHERED SOUL by Dorothy Dreyer

MY TETHERED SOUL by Dorothy Dreyer

4 Stars

Incredible read!

Great second volume in the Reaper's Rite, and follow up story from My Sister's Reaper. I liked this one
better than the first one though the first one was pretty amazing. Some sequels have a hard time living up to
the first book, but this one did not. I enjoyed every action packed twist and turn that Zadie took. I love the characters and the courage that Zadie has, especially with the threat of losing her protection and having to do whatever it takes to survive. If you love YA paranormally stories filled with magic, this is the book to read, but you need to read the first one to grasp the story.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

4 Stars

Entertaining!

This is a great YA paranormal story with a lot of twists and humor. The hint of love and a crush that makes one claim to do almost impossible things, such as Zadie claiming to be able to raise her dead sister only to impress a boy ... Goth boy Gavin. The impossible turns out to be not so impossible. It's a very interesting and entertaining story. There's a lot of magic that goes on in the story and it's very well written. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: God, the Devil and I by Jack Jones

God, the Devil and I by Jack Jones

4 Stars

Inspiring  Story.

The story of Jack. Through life and struggles of enduring "the calling" from God, needing to bring light into the word. Well-written story that provides a sense of inspiration and faith during the most, trying or devilish times in life. Even if struggles and life are endured alone, one is never truly alone. "The world was on his shoulders, a burden to self-sustaining independently alone with an absence of impetus, chastisement exhortation or pastoral wisdom." Looking for faith and inspiration? I recommend this book.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Newborn Nazi by Rhoda D'Ettore

Newborn Nazi by Rhoda D'Ettore

5 Stars

Masterpiece!

Totally amazing story. The fear and contempt that surrounded Germany before and during WWII was greatly dramatized within this book. Anyone drawn to the historical WWII era will want to read this book. It was emotional and fearful because of the truth behind the actions of the Nazis and the power the Germans gave to Hitler. From the first words of the first chapter, the reader was drawn in and it makes you read all the way to the end. The book was long but the length was necessary for the great story it portrayed. I am a new fan of D'Ettore, reading first her "Tower of Tears" and reading this, I was not disappointed. I love her work and will continue to read whatever she writes. She just got a new fan for life.

BOOK REVIEW: Anxiety: How to overcome your anxiety for good by Gillian R. Sullivan

Anxiety: How to overcome your anxiety for good by Gillian R. Sullivan

4 Stars

Well-written advice

There are different reasons for having anxiety and there are several disorders that attribute to anxiety, but it makes the person feel like something catastrophic is going to happen no matter what they do or don't do. This is a self-help book that can calm the anxiety and show people how to heal and get better. REading the book and taking the advice isn't a cure or guarentee but it can map the path toward healing and feeling better. The book is well-written and clear to understand.

BOOK REVIEW: Backpacking ... by Robert K Morris

Backpacking The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started on your First Backpacking Trip by Robert K Morris

4 Stars

Informational

If you've never gone backpacking before and you are looking forward to such a trip, this book is a must read. The author has experience with backpacking and the book is packed full of advice and tips for those just wanting to venture out. You get tips on everything from what to carry and how to walk properly when backpacking. It's an interesting read when you're looking for information from an experienced backpacker.

BOOK REVIEW: The Productive Woman ... by Janet R. Lee

The Productive Woman The Ultimate Guide to Getting Things Done and Increasing Productivity for Women  by

Janet R Lee

4 Stars

Good advice.

To be productive, you must understand what it means. This book gives great advice on what productivity is and how to be that way so you are not wasting time or doing things that make you less productive. It helps you prioritize your tasks, from work-related duties to doing chores around the house. There is even a comparison between the productivity of men and women. It's not necessarily about being male or female but being more efficient in different areas, such as home and work. If you need advice on how to organize and prioritize your life in order to be better productive, this is the book for you.

BOOK REVIEW: Tracking a Shadow: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel by R Weir

Tracking a Shadow: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel by R Weir

4 Stars

Intriguing Must-Read.

I love a good suspenseful detective/PI novel and this did not disappoint. Jarvis was an incredible character and very charismatic, while also showing the simply-lived struggle of the regular PI, live from case to case, check to check kind of thing. His case turned out to be more than he expected, and I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. The author writes very well and creates remarkable characters. I love a story where you think some detail isn't important and it turns out to pull the whole story together. This had several details like that. I will read this author's work again, nothing like a good book to curl up to so you can close out the world. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good PI book.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Misguided Sensitivity by Philip Nork

Misguided Sensitivity by Philip Nork

5 Stars

Inspirational!

I enjoyed this book, so much that I read through it twice before writing my review. It is tailored to young men who will learn how to be loving, caring, real men but it is a good read for anyone, male or female, especially those who need that inspiration or little pick-me-up. We all need support. In our lives there are others and the actions of others that can affect our lives and it's what do with that to determine our life's path. If you are looking for a emotional, supportive, inspirational book, this is the book to read. All readers will want to share it with their families, especially young sons and daughters.

BOOK REVIEW: Queen of Swords by Nina Mason

Queen of Swords by Nina Mason

5 Stars

A timeless soul connection between two beings

It wasn't until recently that I became a fan of Vampire stories. I am already a fan of Nina Mason's writing. (The Tin Man is my new favorite. I've read it twice in a row). Even though this story is totally different from "The Tin Man", i loved it. The centuries of connection between Cat and Graham was well-written and believable. A timeless soul connection between two beings. The thought of being connected and waiting for centuries to be with each other ... forever ... was tragically romantic. Beautiful undead love story with great connections to life, death, and fate. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good paranormal love story!

BOOK REVIEW: The Tin Man by Nina Mason

The Tin Man by Nina Mason

5 Stars

a thrilling fast-but-perfectly-paced story with action and adventure

"The Tin Man" is Alex Buchanan, a Scottish reporter living in the States, when he becomes an intended target of someone who is killing off famous media-publishers. He calls himself the Tin Man because he says he's hollow inside, as he suffers from PTSD. He gets involved with Dorthea (Thea) and they embark on an adventure to not only find out who is doing the "Zorro" killings but also dodge who is after them. All the while of dealing with their own sexual attraction and feelings for each other. This is an amazing writer and the storyline is exciting from page one all the way to the end. Anyone who loves a thrilling fast-but-perfectly-paced story with action and adventure, as well as some clues and backstory of American history, will truly love this book. I did!

BOOK REVIEW: Revenant by Elise Abram

Revenant by Elise Abram

4 Stars
Ancient Super heroes!

One simple game of a Ouija board ... spelling out M...A...L...C...H...U...S and it draws your attention in. And then he takes over young Hal. Wow! A well-written YA story that if I didn't pay attention to the genre category, I would've thought it was just another great paranormal book. Totally for the mature reader but also perfect for young adults. I don't think it should've had a "Young" limit, but maybe "young at heart" because this was a great read. I chuckled when Sheila told "Hal" that she'd let him feel her up at lunch.
Though, I am not young, I remembered being young ... i just never had a boyfriend that was possessed by someone's spirit. I became very attached to Zulu and Morgan. The battle of good versus evil just hit a new height for me. The story flowed well and the reader was able to keep up with what was in the past and in the present. I will read more of her stories and the way it was slightly open-ended means she could possibly write a sequel that I will definitely put on my TBR.

BOOK REVIEW: An Imperfect Match by Bea LaRocca

An Imperfect Match by Bea LaRocca

4 Stars

new book boyfriend!

This time, it's Claire's turn to fall in love. Stunning sequel of "Dream Date" (where Kate matched perfectly with her dream date, Jason), Claire swears she is never gonna fall for someone so crass and rude as Zach. He obviously shares the same opinion of her, despite their unadmitted attraction to each other. This book is sizzling hot with a lot of intense sexual tension, the more they argue and butt heads, the more the heat builds up. The best matches are those that are not perfect. I loved the first book but I love Claire's character, so I was glad that there was a volume focused on her. Makes you wanna be snowbound in a cabin with a hot guy ... new book boyfriend!

 


 

BOOK REVIEW: Longer Wacky Stories with Twist Endings by John M W Smith

Longer Wacky Stories with Twist Endings by John M W Smith

5 Stars

Wonderful and yes, Wacky!

Love each "longer" story. Each story was well written and very humorous. My favorite story is the first story, "Social Handicap" about a girl who never had a drink in her life until tonight ... and everything changes ... in a very strange and unique way. Each story was unique and very "wacky". I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good story with unexpected twists and humor. Loved each story! It's a must read!

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Dream Date by Bea LaRocca

Dream Date by Bea LaRocca

4 Stars

Every girl's dream!

Every girl at one time or another fantasizes about her favorite celebrity, wheter it's an actor, rockstar or whatever. Fantasies are one thing but what happens when it becomes a reality? Well, for Kate, she won a dream date with her favorite rock star, Jason Grey. It's a great romantic story and it draws you in from the beginning. This is a sizzling romance that is compounded by the doubts that Kate faces, as she tries to figure out if it's real or fantasy. Sometimes it's not always easy to admit if you're in love. If you love a good sizzling hot romance, this is the book to read! Can't wait to read the next in the series.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Unfinished Business By Ted Tayler

Unfinished Business By Ted Tayler

Five Stars

Thrilling Journey!

The story draws you in immediately. It follows Colin Bailey, a cunning and stone cold killer, who is bent on revenge. The emotions that the author brings to the story and the journey of the characters, from Bailey, to the police, and the target makes it a wonderful story. As an American reader, I had no problems following the story, even when their were phrases or words that were unfamiliar. It is an easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were real and very relatable, even if you hated or loved a character, you could understand what it would take. Colin has a list ... and he looked at himself as a "street cleaner." Unfinished Business ... a great thrilling read.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Final Straw by Ted Tayler

 

 

 

 

 

The Final Straw by Ted Tayler

 

5 Stars
Intriguing and addictive story

Colin Bailey is a killer and he has a list. His intention is to avenge the wrongs that were done to him. An interesting and intriguing journey on the life of Bailey. The characters that he interacts with, the ones he adds to his list and his relationship or lack of relationship with his mother ... all the things that he focuses on in his life. He is on a mission ... a well, planned mission, but nothing could prepare him for what lies ahead. This story pulls you in and makes it so you can't stop reading it ... and then you just want to pick up the sequel and start reading ... that's what I did. I would highly recommend this as your next read!

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Tower of Tears by Rhoda D'Ettore

Tower of Tears by Rhoda D'Ettore

Five Stars

Heartwrenching and addicting!

I couldn't put this down. The story of Jane, who immigrated to American in the 1800's from Ireland, bringing her only son, but having to leave behind her husband, because they couldn't afford to go to America together. It demonstrates the horror and sadness of having to leave behind her love, travel on a ship for weeks in disgusting conditions, only to get to America. To live the American dream, when it is not all that she hoped it would be. It's a constant struggle for the characters, which are very likeable and with all the adversity this family faces, extended family included, I truly rooted for each one to overcome it. Jane is a powerful character, and her connection with Katie and Richard is unforgettable. "She left Ireland to find a better life. She found Hell instead."  The story is full of surprises and with the sadness and tears, brings shocks and more anticipation for the next surprise. I can't wait to read more in the series!

BOOK REVIEW: Freedom of the Monsoon by Malika Gandhi

Freedom of the Monsoon by Malika Gandhi

4 Stars
Emotional read

Freedom of the Monsoon is reflective of the Indian culture, and when the author uses Indian phrases, she adds the English translation so that it is easy for any reader to understand. Dev and Pooja are two characters in love but tragedy and sacrifices for their family and their culture, they find themselves apart, pledging to be with each other once again. It is a remarkable story and very poignant. Emotions run very high and it is a very touching story. Anyone who loves a good tragic love-story, and books about Indian culture, will surely love this book! The ending is not something that anyone sees coming. I hope when you read this, you have a box of tissues handy. This is the second one of Gandhi's that I read, and I will continue to read her work. She gave me a new interest and appreciation into Indian culture and its people.

BOOK REVIEW: Life After: The Phoenix by Bryan Way

Life After: The Phoenix by Bryan Way

Well written undead story

The story was written parallel to Life After: The Arising. It's a story of love and break up, while trying to survive from the undead. I found this so wonderfully "human-like" where a broken up couple find themselves together, trying to escape and hide from the Zombies outside, while bringing the issues of their relationship into the fear. It's like they're trying to fix or have some closure ... and it's very well written. I recommend this entire series to anyone who loves a good "undead" story.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Life After: The Basement by Bryan Way

Life After: The Basement by Bryan Way


4 Stars


Wonderfully intense and scary

The Basement is a great story and very compelling. In a few short words that make up the story, the reader is able to grasp the fear of becoming and escaping the Z's (Zombies). Being taken in by Mason into the comfort and safety of his basement is all but that. Sometimes it's what's not written that is the most intriguing and this certainly fits that.  I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a good undead story.

BOOK REVIEW: Life After: The Cemetery Plot by Bryan Way

Life After: The Cemetery Plot by Bryan Way

Four Stars

How to become the undead!

This short story is a prequel to Life After: The Arising. The book was intense and introduces the short story series about the Undead who are able to dig their way out of the cemetery. In a hopes to save money on the funeral cost of his brother, Bill, Holt embarks on his own journey into his own demise and transformation. Way has this uncanny talent for using short stories to create an intriguing and engaging tale of the undead, which lead into other stories. Life After: The Arising is a great collection and I would recommend reading each one.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Hosts by Bryan Way

Hosts by Bryan Way

Brilliantly compelling!

Bryan Way has a connection with words and emotions, as well as the thoughts that can creep into one's mine. Hosts is not what I thought it was going to be and it was very compelling. As a short story, it must draw the reader in quickly and that's exactly what it did and was a great build up to an interesting story. I would recommend this book, especially if you have had the privilege of reading his other books. Great piece of work and the true test of a good writer is what they can do with a short story.

Featured Book: "Unwritten Life"

"Unwritten Life" is the first book that I ever wrote, not just the first one I have ever published. This December marks its 10th Anniversary. Little did I know when I wrote it that it would grow into a "life" sized Saga. "Unwritten Life" brings to life the character of Alex Garrison, a strong, yet "messed-up" woman trying to hide from her past, her infamy and her old life. She is a woman full of secrets, especially about the path she took to arrive in the small (fictional) town of Sars Springs, Arizona. It doesn't take long for her stalker to catch up to her or to start to settle down. She immediately is attracted to a local police officer (Yeah, Alex has a thing for cops in uniform, especially that officer's badge). Alex makes friends and starts on a whole new career at Solutions Computer Systems.

When she is attacked, she realizes there is only one man she can trust, but she doesn't trust herself enough to admit her growing feelings.

All of the books in the Saga are their own stories and there aren't any cliffhangers, but the stories also flow together. You can read all the stories in order, starting with "Unwritten Life". It's undergone a few cover and publisher changes over the years, but the story is the same, with only a few revisions, but never to the story.

If you are interested in reading and then posting a review, you can contact me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com and I will be happy to provide you with an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

Unwritten Life can be purchased on amazon.com in kindle or paperback, or barnesandnoble.com on paperback or NOOK. It's also available on iTunes and other forms of digital books.

 

 

 

Featured Book(s): The "Life" Series (part of the Sars Springs Saga

Sars Springs Arizona is a fictional town where Alex Garrison (aka Alexis Garris) finds herself trying to create a new life.

The Saga of Sars Springs ( #SarsSpringsSaga ) has 6 series and 3 related series about Alex Garrison (O'Roark) and it begins with "Unwritten Life" and carries on over 68 volumes.

Starting with one main character, the story grew as the characters evolved. From 1 main character to 37 main characters, and over 640 characters over the span of the 68 volumes.

The first 9 book volumes make up the "Life" Series. These books are all being featured on my Facebook page. Each month starting from November, the books will be featured.

The books can be purchased on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com in either digital or paperback format.

Readers who start with "Unwritten Life" wish to continue on and read each story. No story has a cliffhanger and all are full-length books. Step foot in Sars Springs and see where it takes you, you just might meet some friends.

Anyone who wishes to be a reviewer of any or all of the books will have ARCs provided to them. Just email me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com

Featured Series: The Life Series (first series in the Sars Springs Saga)

It started with "Unwritten Life" and 68 volumes and 6 series as well as 3 related series later, it concluded. Well, I thought it should concluded. The series (in total) has over 640 characters, with 37 main characters, and to think, it just started with one. Alex Garrison.

Starting in the month of November, I will be featuring the books in the different series on my facebook page. It seems once a person reads "Unwritten Life" they fall in love with the trials of romance, suspense and just the life of the widow Alex Garrison formerly Alexis Garris (who later in Rewritten Life becomes Alex O'Roark).

If you're interested in getting to know Alex Garrison, watch as she tries to rebuild her life, as she deals with a stalker (who attacks her more than once) and figure out who he is, all while falling for the wrong man before she falls for the right one. Or is he?

There are 9 books in the first series, I call the life series. All 9 books are available on amazon.com in paperback and kindle.

If you are interested in being "reviewer" for the books, contact me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com and I will be happy to provide you with free ARCS of each book if you post your review on the book's buy link on amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Book: "Shattered Pages"

"Shattered Pages" is not the first book I ever wrote (that's "Unwritten Life") but it's also the book that has my favorite character that I have ever created. I love the characters I create, and villains are very fun to write for, but so are eccentric or weird characters. Hands down, that character is Link McLaren. He is the main character of "Shattered Pages."

Link is a widower who is a best selling mystery author. The story follows Link as he becomes the police's person of interest in a series of murders. The murders are copies of murders that have happened in his books, both those published and the one he is currently working on. Where the story has the mystery of a whodunit, the whole story is really just about Link and how he deals with life and even falling in love again. Something that scares him more than murder.

I would love to introduce the world to Link McLaren.

His story is Shattered Pages and it's available for sale on amazon.com in both paperback and kindle formats.

It is also available on audiobook.

If you are reading this and interested in "hearing" link's story, enter the audiobook giveaway by emailing me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com  and type in Shattered Pages Giveaway.

In the message, write where you heard about this. Winners will be selected at random and up to 5 free audiobooks to be given away.

Click below and hear a sample of the audiobook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Release "Passionate Retribution II"

On November 1, 2014 ... the sequel to Passionate Retribution ... "Passionate Retribution II" will be released.

Currently, I am offering 5 lucky fans to receive Passionate Retribution as a gift from me to you. All you have to do is contact me at writeramyshannon@nycap.rr.com with the email address you use to log in to your amazon. com account with.

If you like it, please leave a review. If you don't like it, you got a free book out of it.

If you really like Carly and her friends and family, check out the next one. There are (currently) a total of THREE books in the series. None of which are cliffhangers, all are their own story who revolve around Carly Edwards.

 

 

Introducing New Author Ava Bell

I believe in supporting other authors, so whenever I get a request to support or share information about another author's work, I will do that. I'd like to introduce a new author, Ava Bell.

Ava Bell will be releasing her debut book "Miles From Home"
 

It's a love story with a plot twist and of course tragedy.

It's scheduled to be released on amazon.com in early 2015.

 

You can follow Ava Bell on twitter at

@authoravabell

As more information comes in about her book, I will create a new post.

 

Shattered Pages ...

"Shattered Pages" is my favorite book that I've written, though I have loved most of my stories. Lincoln "Link" McLaren is my all time favorite character. I've been working with acx.com to put "Shattered Pages" on audiobooks and it looks like it will be produced very soon. Things have been working well with this book. Though, I have several books coming up for release or just been released, I am trying to promote this one the most.

I think he's a likeable character and the storyline is suspenseful and even surprising. I've attached a video of the audio sample of "Shattered Pages". Enjoy.

 

 

 

Blog Move ...

Don't worry, my regular blog will stay the same at this page, for me to write about anything ... but mostly my own work or thoughts, but I felt it best to have a separate blog that was just for my book reviews. Currently, I am moving all my reviews that I've done so far to my new blog at http://writeramyshannon.wix.com/bookshelfreviews but the old posts here on this blog will also remain.

Any new reviews will be done on the new page, as well as all the other book selling sites that I post to.

 

Thanks.

BOOK REVIEW: The Albion by Derryl Flynn

The Albion by Derryl Flynn


4 stars

life's full of regrets and savagery.

I was pulled in from the first chapter and it kept my attention. Life has made Terry Gallagher an angry man, who not only lives with the regrets of his youthful past, but also what is still happening in the world. Depravity of life has hit very close to home and he needs to deal with what exists now and what made him who he is now. This is a bold and brilliant story but not for the faint hearted. I love the boldness of the writing and even the details of the "headless rodents" from a savagery childhood. The details of childhood as well as what he endures in his environment are crucial to his being and knowing who Terry truly is. Compelling story. Truly enjoyed it.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Four Guys Gospels by R. E. Dinlocker

Four Guys Gospels by R. E. Dinlocker

5 Stars

Uniquely Entertaining and humorous

I always find it interesting when I sit down to read a book and it starts out with a glossary. Now, I was truly intrigued, and the pages kept turning. I was attached to this book from beginning to end, because once I started, I truly couldn't stop until the end. Immediately, I loved the fact that the Main characters are named Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. It's a perfectly delightful and humorous religious satire and anyone who has a good sense of humor, will love this book. The men own a marketing firm and are hired by a mystery client, who wants some promotion done. One of my favorite lines is "When I asked our clients his name, they
said it was Haysoos last time. This time they want to call him Jesus.” I chuckled (and I never chuckle) and even laughed out loud at this. I read it a second time just to make sure I didn't miss anything. The banter between the characters made me feel like I was sitting in the room with them, absorbing their unique perspective. I've read Dinlocker's work before and this is my favorite, though, he is an author that I have now on my favorite authors list. Loved this book!

 

 

 

Remembrance: Renee Robinson

Renee and I met through a linkedin writer's group and we instantly connected. Though we never met in person, we were constantly emailing and chatting, as well as reading each other's work. She was a fighter and I loved her. It was easy to love her because she has ... had such a warm heart and great spirit. I will always have her words of her great stories and poems with me, and anyone who has read my poetry book (a book she inspired me to write and put together) "Unbroken Souls" is dedicated to her. There was one specifically written for her and I'm putting here to share with all my readers.

Fight  (For Renee)

Staring at the sky

Light blue covered in white clouds

Slowly it fades to navy

Slowly it turns black

Black haunting the earth

Twinkling stars emerge from their sleep

Blackness still haunting the earth

Forcing the moon to hide

Aiming towards the souls

Taking and draining the lives

Time to fight and beg for light

Hope and faith threaten to fade

Time to fight

Blackness haunting the earth

Blackness draining the soul

Time to fight and beg for light

Time to open our eyes and see

Blackness fades to orange, yellow, and purple

Sunrises

 

Rest in peace my friend and I know you're spirit is still with me, as you promised


 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Vegan Diet: How to Live a Healthier Lifestyle, Lose Weight, and Experience Limitless Energy Levels through the Vegan Diet by Kendra R. Davis

Vegan Diet: How to Live a Healthier Lifestyle, Lose Weight, and Experience Limitless Energy Levels through the Vegan Diet by Kendra R. Davis

5 Stars
...
Good info for vegan dieters

This book is filled with information about the vegan diet. It's good for dieters looking at new alternatives.
it provides information on how to start and meal information. I recommend this to anyone looking for a new
healthy diet.

BOOK REVIEW: Overcoming Social Anxiety: How to Overcome Shyness, Conquer your Fears, and Enjoy a Worry-Free Life by Wilma Pattinson

Overcoming Social Anxiety: How to Overcome Shyness, Conquer your Fears, and Enjoy a Worry-Free Life by Wilma Pattinson

5 Stars

Great Tips.

Social anxiety can affect many people. This book is not a cure but an interesting read. This book is filled with tips and ideas for those who have social anxiety. Just because you're shy doesn't mean there's something wrong. 

BOOK REVIEW: Chakras: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Meditating, Healing, and Strengthening through the Power of Chakras by Jane Moore

Chakras: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Meditating, Healing, and Strengthening through the Power of Chakras by Jane Moore

5 Stars

Informational and instructive
...
Before reading this I has no idea what a as chakras was let alone that we all had more than one of them. The book w as filled with information about meditation and exercise different chakras. it described forms of yoga and meditation poses as well as tasks to do to feed your aura.

BOOK REVIEW: Soap Making for Beginners: ... BY Maurice Wilkinson

Soap Making for Beginners: Guide to Making Natural Homemade Soaps that will Refresh, Revitalize, and  Rejuvenate your Skin by Maurice Wilkinson

5 Stars
...
Healthy and clean

I never thought about making soap as being healthy but it truly is. With the use of natural products, making
and using homemade soap is better for your body. This book makes it sound simple. if you're interested in
making your own soaps or giving them as gifts this is the book to read.

BOOK REVIEW: Camping: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started on your First Camping Trip by Beth McRoberts

Camping: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started on your First Camping Trip by Beth McRoberts

5 Stars

Great Tips

From the beginner to experienced campers this is a book filled with tips and recommendations. No one remembers everything so keep this book on hand as not only a checklist but a good reference. Includes recipes and tips for campfire cooking.

BOOK REVIEW: Surprise in Auntie's Garden by Ann Morris

Surprise in Auntie's Garden by Ann Morris

5 Stars

Engaging Journey!

Immediately I was drawn into the colorful and vibrant illustrations. The illustrations told the story before the text did. I actually skimmed through the book to see all the pictures first and then I went back and read the story. It's a journey of learning and adventure in the garden, full of flowers, butterflies and even caterpillars. I love a children's story that allows the children to learn while being entertained. Even if the child cannot read, the illustrations are enough to invite the child on the journey. I loved this story. I would recommend this to any child, especially one who loves flowers.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Mommy and Mikel go for a walk by Ann Morris

Mommy and Mikel go for a walk by Ann Morris

5 Stars

An adventure in Learning!

The story was more than just taking a walk with your mom, it was seeing things out in the world and then wanting to learn from them. It was a great story for any child who loves picture books and animals. The story shows that we learn from just exploring our world, and asking questions. When we don't know the answers, we strive to find our answers and learn. A wonderful story. Recommend it to any child, even those who can only look at the pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Confessions of a Caffeine Addict (40 true anonymous short stories) Edited by Marina Kushner Narrated by Sarianna Gregg.

Confessions of a Caffeine Addict (40 true anonymous short stories) Edited by Marina Kushner Narrated by Sarianna Gregg.

5 Stars

Interesting Confessions
Let's start out with the narrator, who was the perfect choice for this audiobook. Yes, I sat through over 6 hours of this great book compiled of 40 different stories. (The benefit of having a Kindle Fire HD). This isn't the first audiobook that I've had the pleasure of hearing, but it brought out something that would've been different than if I read it myself. The humor and confessions of people who truly have a coffee addiction was interestingly bizarre. I, an avid coffee drinker, never thought of the deep, tall 18 oz cups of coffee as an addiction. My favorite story is "stay away from caffeine" (chapter 15), but I thought all stories were great. Loved it! if you can get the audiobook, do it.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Something Came up by R.E Dinlocker

Something Came up by R.E Dinlocker

4 stars

Great Journey!

The words that caught my attention were "You’ve always been a sucker for someone else’s opinion." Which is the way that Mitch feels about himself. He has this perception that everything is all right and then, he realizes it's not. At first, I thought the extreme details of the New York streets or comparisons of other people to famous people was a bit much but then I realize it was the mind of Mitch, not the author, which makes it more realistic. The reader is brought into Mitch's mind, no matter how a little skewed, but whose mind isn't? Then the reader is brought into the story and begins to walk beside Mitch on his journey. The characters were likeable, hateable, and totally understandable. Great journey! I love a story that takes the reader on a journey and this one did.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Loves touch then and now by Lauren Marie

Loves touch then and now by Lauren Marie

4 Stars

Slow start but rewarding

Interesting romance about how a dream of two people (Lizzie and Connor) who died in a fire could connect Kate and Bill. The story well written and intriguing. The story gives an introduction to Lizzie and Connor but then starts off with Kate. I was a little confused at first but it seemed to fit in with Kate's confusion. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and wondering if it were just a dream that Kate and Bill were having or if it was truly reincarnation. Stunning romance that is only increased by faith and inspiration led by destiny or fate.

BOOK REVIEW: Where the Bulbul Sings by Serena Fairfax

Where the Bulbul Sings by Serena Fairfax

4 Stars
Intriguing storyline!

I have read several books by Serena Fairfax and each time I am totally engaged in the story. This one was an interesting love story. The way she wrote about the life of Anglo-Indian India, and the culture and settings was truly inspiring. The book intertwines the past and present and she was able to greatly connect all of the characters. I am only slightly familiar with Indian culture and I felt I was invited in. The storyline was intriguing with the revelations of secrets, twists and turns as well as passion. I recommend this author to anyone who loves a good cultural romance.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Loving that feeling by Serena Fairfax

Loving that feeling by Serena Fairfax

4 Stars

Sexual Fireworks!

The intensity of sex and romance between Deborah and Zoran make for a sizzling and tumultuous relationship. Both suffer from past demons and try to make their sexual tension to be nothing more than a fling. Great connection between the characters and totally believable. All tension should be released via a hot sexy erotic romance. Fairfax writes her erotic romances very well and every time I read them, I love them more and more. Not to miss anything this author writes.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Domination and Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook By Michael Makai

Domination and Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook By Michael Makai

5 Stars

Magnificently Written!

If you're someone looking to enter the lifestyle, want to learn about it, or even to "brush" up on the relationships between a Dominant and submissive, this is the book to read. I've read several books on the subject, as both a writer of this type of fiction, but also as a newly admitted Dominant. It's a great book and I definitely give it 5 stars. I read it twice and will definitely keep it as a reference. The book is written with the male being Dominant and the female being submissive, but that is not always the case and it recognizes it. It basically uses that relationship as a generic "gender" basis for the book. Loved it and
recommend it to anyone interested.

BOOK REVIEW: Alchemy by Serena Fairfax

Alchemy by Serena Fairfax

4 Stars

Magnetic Romance.

Tamsin is determined to not only lose her virginity but to lose it to Luca, who she's had a deep crush on forever. The story is playful and romantic and well written. It builds up into a great story and romance, with twists and turns along the way. Things never go as one plans and that is the beauty of the story. The
story ends with greatness and with a sense of family. It shows that one doesn't always make decisions out of obligation but what is most important. Their own personal heaven.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Kismet by Serena Fairfax

Kismet by Serena Fairfax

4 Stars

Great story.

Kismet is a great romance especially when it love and romance builds up. The tension between Jo and Ed has a great animosity that ends up being unwarranted. Sometimes there is such a passion, even if it is distain that builds up and becomes something more. Kismet is truly passionate story and anyone who loves a great build up of love, romance and hot sex will love this story. At first I thought Jo was just an angry character, even if warranted, but I got so I couldn't put the book down until it was finished. Anger can be just as passionate.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card by R Weir

The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card by R Weir


5 Stars

Love Jarvis Mann!

Jarvis is my new favorite PI. love the story and the character. As long as there will be more Mann investigations, I will read them. I read Tracking a Shadow book before this one and I think they are both great and well written. Jarvis is someone I could fall in love with.

BOOK REVIEW: MY TETHERED SOUL by Dorothy Dreyer

MY TETHERED SOUL by Dorothy Dreyer

4 Stars

Incredible read!

Great second volume in the Reaper's Rite, and follow up story from My Sister's Reaper. I liked this one
better than the first one though the first one was pretty amazing. Some sequels have a hard time living up to
the first book, but this one did not. I enjoyed every action packed twist and turn that Zadie took. I love the characters and the courage that Zadie has, especially with the threat of losing her protection and having to do whatever it takes to survive. If you love YA paranormally stories filled with magic, this is the book to read, but you need to read the first one to grasp the story.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

4 Stars

Entertaining!

This is a great YA paranormal story with a lot of twists and humor. The hint of love and a crush that makes one claim to do almost impossible things, such as Zadie claiming to be able to raise her dead sister only to impress a boy ... Goth boy Gavin. The impossible turns out to be not so impossible. It's a very interesting and entertaining story. There's a lot of magic that goes on in the story and it's very well written. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: God, the Devil and I by Jack Jones

God, the Devil and I by Jack Jones

4 Stars

Inspiring  Story.

The story of Jack. Through life and struggles of enduring "the calling" from God, needing to bring light into the word. Well-written story that provides a sense of inspiration and faith during the most, trying or devilish times in life. Even if struggles and life are endured alone, one is never truly alone. "The world was on his shoulders, a burden to self-sustaining independently alone with an absence of impetus, chastisement exhortation or pastoral wisdom." Looking for faith and inspiration? I recommend this book.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Newborn Nazi by Rhoda D'Ettore

Newborn Nazi by Rhoda D'Ettore

5 Stars

Masterpiece!

Totally amazing story. The fear and contempt that surrounded Germany before and during WWII was greatly dramatized within this book. Anyone drawn to the historical WWII era will want to read this book. It was emotional and fearful because of the truth behind the actions of the Nazis and the power the Germans gave to Hitler. From the first words of the first chapter, the reader was drawn in and it makes you read all the way to the end. The book was long but the length was necessary for the great story it portrayed. I am a new fan of D'Ettore, reading first her "Tower of Tears" and reading this, I was not disappointed. I love her work and will continue to read whatever she writes. She just got a new fan for life.

BOOK REVIEW: Anxiety: How to overcome your anxiety for good by Gillian R. Sullivan

Anxiety: How to overcome your anxiety for good by Gillian R. Sullivan

4 Stars

Well-written advice

There are different reasons for having anxiety and there are several disorders that attribute to anxiety, but it makes the person feel like something catastrophic is going to happen no matter what they do or don't do. This is a self-help book that can calm the anxiety and show people how to heal and get better. REading the book and taking the advice isn't a cure or guarentee but it can map the path toward healing and feeling better. The book is well-written and clear to understand.

BOOK REVIEW: Backpacking ... by Robert K Morris

Backpacking The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started on your First Backpacking Trip by Robert K Morris

4 Stars

Informational

If you've never gone backpacking before and you are looking forward to such a trip, this book is a must read. The author has experience with backpacking and the book is packed full of advice and tips for those just wanting to venture out. You get tips on everything from what to carry and how to walk properly when backpacking. It's an interesting read when you're looking for information from an experienced backpacker.

BOOK REVIEW: The Productive Woman ... by Janet R. Lee

The Productive Woman The Ultimate Guide to Getting Things Done and Increasing Productivity for Women  by

Janet R Lee

4 Stars

Good advice.

To be productive, you must understand what it means. This book gives great advice on what productivity is and how to be that way so you are not wasting time or doing things that make you less productive. It helps you prioritize your tasks, from work-related duties to doing chores around the house. There is even a comparison between the productivity of men and women. It's not necessarily about being male or female but being more efficient in different areas, such as home and work. If you need advice on how to organize and prioritize your life in order to be better productive, this is the book for you.

BOOK REVIEW: Tracking a Shadow: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel by R Weir

Tracking a Shadow: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel by R Weir

4 Stars

Intriguing Must-Read.

I love a good suspenseful detective/PI novel and this did not disappoint. Jarvis was an incredible character and very charismatic, while also showing the simply-lived struggle of the regular PI, live from case to case, check to check kind of thing. His case turned out to be more than he expected, and I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. The author writes very well and creates remarkable characters. I love a story where you think some detail isn't important and it turns out to pull the whole story together. This had several details like that. I will read this author's work again, nothing like a good book to curl up to so you can close out the world. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good PI book.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Misguided Sensitivity by Philip Nork

Misguided Sensitivity by Philip Nork

5 Stars

Inspirational!

I enjoyed this book, so much that I read through it twice before writing my review. It is tailored to young men who will learn how to be loving, caring, real men but it is a good read for anyone, male or female, especially those who need that inspiration or little pick-me-up. We all need support. In our lives there are others and the actions of others that can affect our lives and it's what do with that to determine our life's path. If you are looking for a emotional, supportive, inspirational book, this is the book to read. All readers will want to share it with their families, especially young sons and daughters.

BOOK REVIEW: Queen of Swords by Nina Mason

Queen of Swords by Nina Mason

5 Stars

A timeless soul connection between two beings

It wasn't until recently that I became a fan of Vampire stories. I am already a fan of Nina Mason's writing. (The Tin Man is my new favorite. I've read it twice in a row). Even though this story is totally different from "The Tin Man", i loved it. The centuries of connection between Cat and Graham was well-written and believable. A timeless soul connection between two beings. The thought of being connected and waiting for centuries to be with each other ... forever ... was tragically romantic. Beautiful undead love story with great connections to life, death, and fate. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good paranormal love story!

BOOK REVIEW: The Tin Man by Nina Mason

The Tin Man by Nina Mason

5 Stars

a thrilling fast-but-perfectly-paced story with action and adventure

"The Tin Man" is Alex Buchanan, a Scottish reporter living in the States, when he becomes an intended target of someone who is killing off famous media-publishers. He calls himself the Tin Man because he says he's hollow inside, as he suffers from PTSD. He gets involved with Dorthea (Thea) and they embark on an adventure to not only find out who is doing the "Zorro" killings but also dodge who is after them. All the while of dealing with their own sexual attraction and feelings for each other. This is an amazing writer and the storyline is exciting from page one all the way to the end. Anyone who loves a thrilling fast-but-perfectly-paced story with action and adventure, as well as some clues and backstory of American history, will truly love this book. I did!

BOOK REVIEW: Revenant by Elise Abram

Revenant by Elise Abram

4 Stars
Ancient Super heroes!

One simple game of a Ouija board ... spelling out M...A...L...C...H...U...S and it draws your attention in. And then he takes over young Hal. Wow! A well-written YA story that if I didn't pay attention to the genre category, I would've thought it was just another great paranormal book. Totally for the mature reader but also perfect for young adults. I don't think it should've had a "Young" limit, but maybe "young at heart" because this was a great read. I chuckled when Sheila told "Hal" that she'd let him feel her up at lunch.
Though, I am not young, I remembered being young ... i just never had a boyfriend that was possessed by someone's spirit. I became very attached to Zulu and Morgan. The battle of good versus evil just hit a new height for me. The story flowed well and the reader was able to keep up with what was in the past and in the present. I will read more of her stories and the way it was slightly open-ended means she could possibly write a sequel that I will definitely put on my TBR.

BOOK REVIEW: An Imperfect Match by Bea LaRocca

An Imperfect Match by Bea LaRocca

4 Stars

new book boyfriend!

This time, it's Claire's turn to fall in love. Stunning sequel of "Dream Date" (where Kate matched perfectly with her dream date, Jason), Claire swears she is never gonna fall for someone so crass and rude as Zach. He obviously shares the same opinion of her, despite their unadmitted attraction to each other. This book is sizzling hot with a lot of intense sexual tension, the more they argue and butt heads, the more the heat builds up. The best matches are those that are not perfect. I loved the first book but I love Claire's character, so I was glad that there was a volume focused on her. Makes you wanna be snowbound in a cabin with a hot guy ... new book boyfriend!

 


 

BOOK REVIEW: Longer Wacky Stories with Twist Endings by John M W Smith

Longer Wacky Stories with Twist Endings by John M W Smith

5 Stars

Wonderful and yes, Wacky!

Love each "longer" story. Each story was well written and very humorous. My favorite story is the first story, "Social Handicap" about a girl who never had a drink in her life until tonight ... and everything changes ... in a very strange and unique way. Each story was unique and very "wacky". I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good story with unexpected twists and humor. Loved each story! It's a must read!

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Dream Date by Bea LaRocca

Dream Date by Bea LaRocca

4 Stars

Every girl's dream!

Every girl at one time or another fantasizes about her favorite celebrity, wheter it's an actor, rockstar or whatever. Fantasies are one thing but what happens when it becomes a reality? Well, for Kate, she won a dream date with her favorite rock star, Jason Grey. It's a great romantic story and it draws you in from the beginning. This is a sizzling romance that is compounded by the doubts that Kate faces, as she tries to figure out if it's real or fantasy. Sometimes it's not always easy to admit if you're in love. If you love a good sizzling hot romance, this is the book to read! Can't wait to read the next in the series.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Unfinished Business By Ted Tayler

Unfinished Business By Ted Tayler

Five Stars

Thrilling Journey!

The story draws you in immediately. It follows Colin Bailey, a cunning and stone cold killer, who is bent on revenge. The emotions that the author brings to the story and the journey of the characters, from Bailey, to the police, and the target makes it a wonderful story. As an American reader, I had no problems following the story, even when their were phrases or words that were unfamiliar. It is an easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were real and very relatable, even if you hated or loved a character, you could understand what it would take. Colin has a list ... and he looked at himself as a "street cleaner." Unfinished Business ... a great thrilling read.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Final Straw by Ted Tayler

 

 

 

 

 

The Final Straw by Ted Tayler

 

5 Stars
Intriguing and addictive story

Colin Bailey is a killer and he has a list. His intention is to avenge the wrongs that were done to him. An interesting and intriguing journey on the life of Bailey. The characters that he interacts with, the ones he adds to his list and his relationship or lack of relationship with his mother ... all the things that he focuses on in his life. He is on a mission ... a well, planned mission, but nothing could prepare him for what lies ahead. This story pulls you in and makes it so you can't stop reading it ... and then you just want to pick up the sequel and start reading ... that's what I did. I would highly recommend this as your next read!

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Tower of Tears by Rhoda D'Ettore

Tower of Tears by Rhoda D'Ettore

Five Stars

Heartwrenching and addicting!

I couldn't put this down. The story of Jane, who immigrated to American in the 1800's from Ireland, bringing her only son, but having to leave behind her husband, because they couldn't afford to go to America together. It demonstrates the horror and sadness of having to leave behind her love, travel on a ship for weeks in disgusting conditions, only to get to America. To live the American dream, when it is not all that she hoped it would be. It's a constant struggle for the characters, which are very likeable and with all the adversity this family faces, extended family included, I truly rooted for each one to overcome it. Jane is a powerful character, and her connection with Katie and Richard is unforgettable. "She left Ireland to find a better life. She found Hell instead."  The story is full of surprises and with the sadness and tears, brings shocks and more anticipation for the next surprise. I can't wait to read more in the series!

BOOK REVIEW: Freedom of the Monsoon by Malika Gandhi

Freedom of the Monsoon by Malika Gandhi

4 Stars
Emotional read

Freedom of the Monsoon is reflective of the Indian culture, and when the author uses Indian phrases, she adds the English translation so that it is easy for any reader to understand. Dev and Pooja are two characters in love but tragedy and sacrifices for their family and their culture, they find themselves apart, pledging to be with each other once again. It is a remarkable story and very poignant. Emotions run very high and it is a very touching story. Anyone who loves a good tragic love-story, and books about Indian culture, will surely love this book! The ending is not something that anyone sees coming. I hope when you read this, you have a box of tissues handy. This is the second one of Gandhi's that I read, and I will continue to read her work. She gave me a new interest and appreciation into Indian culture and its people.

BOOK REVIEW: Life After: The Phoenix by Bryan Way

Life After: The Phoenix by Bryan Way

Well written undead story

The story was written parallel to Life After: The Arising. It's a story of love and break up, while trying to survive from the undead. I found this so wonderfully "human-like" where a broken up couple find themselves together, trying to escape and hide from the Zombies outside, while bringing the issues of their relationship into the fear. It's like they're trying to fix or have some closure ... and it's very well written. I recommend this entire series to anyone who loves a good "undead" story.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Life After: The Basement by Bryan Way

Life After: The Basement by Bryan Way


4 Stars


Wonderfully intense and scary

The Basement is a great story and very compelling. In a few short words that make up the story, the reader is able to grasp the fear of becoming and escaping the Z's (Zombies). Being taken in by Mason into the comfort and safety of his basement is all but that. Sometimes it's what's not written that is the most intriguing and this certainly fits that.  I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a good undead story.

BOOK REVIEW: Life After: The Cemetery Plot by Bryan Way

Life After: The Cemetery Plot by Bryan Way

Four Stars

How to become the undead!

This short story is a prequel to Life After: The Arising. The book was intense and introduces the short story series about the Undead who are able to dig their way out of the cemetery. In a hopes to save money on the funeral cost of his brother, Bill, Holt embarks on his own journey into his own demise and transformation. Way has this uncanny talent for using short stories to create an intriguing and engaging tale of the undead, which lead into other stories. Life After: The Arising is a great collection and I would recommend reading each one.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Hosts by Bryan Way

Hosts by Bryan Way

Brilliantly compelling!

Bryan Way has a connection with words and emotions, as well as the thoughts that can creep into one's mine. Hosts is not what I thought it was going to be and it was very compelling. As a short story, it must draw the reader in quickly and that's exactly what it did and was a great build up to an interesting story. I would recommend this book, especially if you have had the privilege of reading his other books. Great piece of work and the true test of a good writer is what they can do with a short story.

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