Audiobook—Naked Alliances is Live! #RRBC

I’m pleased to inform you that the audiobook for Naked Alliances is live at Amazon!

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I don’t set the price for the audiobook, but it’s $17.46 if you have an audible account. That’s not a bad price. The paperback is $14.50 and the digital book goes on sale tomorrow for 99 cents.

If you’ve never listened to an audiobook, I encourage you to give them a try. Here’s the sweet part:

Free with Audible trial

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Try Audible Free

  • Includes two free audiobooks
  • Choose from 180,000+ titles
  • After 30 days, Audible is $14.95/mo.
  • Cancel anytime

Plus, if someone signs onto Audible as a new member and buys their third book, I get a fifty dollar bonus. You can buy me dinner! Sweet!

AND, you can CANCEL any time, so you’re not stuck in some year–long contract.

I also woke up to a very nice review that I would like to share with you from Top 1000 Reviewer, Ionia Froment:

There are 19 Five-Star reviews now. I’m thrilled!

Thank you all for your support.

Book Review: Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta

Crime writer Sue Coletta has an informative Murder Blog where she talks all things crime from forensics and case studies, to the craft of creating a premium crime novel, researching her material through some of the best sources in the business. Although I write soft-core crime, unlike the hardcore, gritty crime we see in Wings of Mayhem, I feel privileged to have run across her blog and always learn something useful with every post. She operates the Crime Lovers Lounge on Facebook and  helps moderate  on on Twitter where you can post questions for the experts anytime that will be answered on Wednesday evenings. She also offers a couple of free books on her website, Crime Writer’s Research and 60 ways to Murder Your Character. You couldn’t meet anyone more professional or better prepared to introduce you to the crime genre. She also has a crime novel out called Marred. I give Wings of Mayhem five stars and can’t wait to move on to Marred.

Blurb:

Shawnee Daniels – computer forensics specialist/hacker for RPD by day, cat burglar by night – always believed her “fearlessness rules” mantra would keep her on top and out of jail. When she hacks a confiscated hard drive at the Revere P.D., she focuses on a white-collar criminal accused of embezzlement. To teach him a lesson and recoup the funds she breaks into his massive contemporary in Bear Clave Estates. Jack has even more secrets, deadly secrets, secrets worth killing over.

A CAT BURGLAR PICKS THE WRONG HOUSE TO ROB…

Shawnee thinks she made it out clean until a deadly package arrives at her door soon after. He’s found her. As a glowing eagle taunts her Skype screen, Jack tells her she stole his precious trophy box — and he wants it back!

THEIR LIVES COLLIDE…

When her “helpful” best friend convinces her to date charismatic Detective Levaughn Samuels, her two worlds threaten to implode. Ordinarily Shawnee keeps a firm line between her professions, but dating Levaughn might help her get this psycho off her tail.

AND NOW, NO ONE IS SAFE…

In this lightning-fast-paced psychological thriller of secrets and lies, Shawnee juggles being stalked by a serial killer, dating the lead detective on the case, and tap dancing around her librarian best friend.

If she doesn’t find the trophy box, the killer’s coming for her. If she doesn’t expose her secrets and lies, more will die. And if she does, she could lose her freedom and everyone she holds dear.

If you’re a fan of Lisa Jackson, Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter thrillers, crime fiction with an edge, or psychological thrillers, mystery, and suspense, then Wings of Mayhem is for you.

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Book Review:

Wings of Mayhem is a book you will not let go of until the last page is read. Gripping, lightning paced action leads you through a storm of murder upon murder. Silence of the Lambs came to mind after a short jaunt into the first few pages. Not quite as cerebral, but filled with the same terrorizing suspense at the turn of nearly every page.

Police Department computer hacker by day, cat burglar by night, Shawnee Daniels leads a double life and pulls a heist she soon regrets when she ends up with a serial killer’s trophy box. Her life and habits closely parallel that of this most artistically sadistic serial killer who also leads a double life. They both love animals, him dogs, her cats. They challenge and tease each other in an emotional game of wit and courage where the stakes rise at every turn. Bone chilling descriptions of the serial killer’s MO resound, framing a most formidable foe.

There are twists and turns throughout, leaving Shawnee clueless who to trust and forced to make some tough decisions. She’s a young woman with issues and, at times, I wanted to yank her by the hair and ask, “Are you crazy?” And truth is, yes, she is, a little bit so, in a way you can’t help but love. Jack Delsin is a serial killer Shawnee understands so well but, in the end, you’ll wonder who really wins the game.

Sue Coletta has carefully crafted characters with agency, an ability to make decisions, affect the story and drive the plot. Wings of Mayhem is a multi-dimensional psychological crime thriller that will curdle your blood. Gruesome and graphic. Not to be read with the lights off.

Book Review: Wild Concept By C.S. Boyack

Craig Boyack is one of those engaging people you just love to have around. He has a blog where he talks about real-life things like pruning peach trees and perusing county fairs for pumpkin beer as well as his fiction writing process. His muses stay in his writing cabin which he welcomes us into from time to time. Most of his muses are characters from his books, which he has for free over the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of December; Wild Concept, Panama, and Arson, respectively. I started with his first published: Wild Concept .

Book Review:

X2 is a prototype robot created by a company that makes automations, but X2 is so much more than the typical robot. With the capacity to have human emotions and life-like qualities, X2 becomes Lisa Burton. Lisa has more compassion and common sense than your average human. Lisa is extraordinary in every way. Both a sci-fi and a crime novel, with her unique capabilities and the understanding she is gaining about human behavior, she is sent to join the local P.D. and sets about with her partner to catch a serial killer.

Lisa is an excellent sleuth, but she is also one of the most colorful and endearing characters you will find in a fiction novel. In her effort to be a capable companion, as well as a top-notch robot, Lisa develops the sort of deep and meaningful friendships meant to last a lifetime, and Bunny makes me want to get a cute little rabbit of my very own.

Boyack has a character that has no backstory. There is no history to Lisa Burton, but Boyack takes this thing and breathes a fascinating life into it. Lisa has style, many of them actually, and the fashions she picks for herself echo her adaptive abilities. The supporting characters are as equally well-developed and seem as real as people you would know in real-life, each with their unique personalities and behaviors.

Either Boyack is brilliant or he has done his research…perhaps both, he has Lisa Burton engaged in some complex situations she works diligently to resolve. The novel has a few grammatical errors and a couple of typos, but nothing that impedes the read. The writing is reasonably tight with respect to the story line, but lack of scene breaks make it read more like a stream of consciousness novel style. This was a fun read and exciting adventure. It also offers some room for deep reflection on prejudice and what it means to be different. If you are looking for an entertaining read that will make you think about mankind’s journey beyond the natural, make you smile and make you cry, this is a neat little story to pick up.

4 of 5 Stars
http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Concept-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B00IIWQ10A/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Book Review: White Wolf Moon by Mike Grant

http://www.amazon.com/White-Wolf-Moon-Mike-Grant-ebook/dp/B0094M2JC2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413295890&sr=1-1&keywords=White+Wolf+Moon

I don’t usually post book descriptions that you can see on Amazon, (and I didn’t think this one served the content well), so I am giving a bit more description of the book in the review than usual.

Book Review:

It is rare to find a contemporary book that can speak eloquently to a span of generations and build bridges. This book does. Peter Michaelson, a sixty year old photographer, has hidden Evan Morris, musician and poet, away out in the country on the Thompson River in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Jennifer MacAvoy, a twenty year old university student has an assignment that involves finding and getting to know him. He doesn’t make it easy for her either.

Jennifer meets the man and his wolf, but his initial reaction to having been discovered by her is not warm. She persists and finds his home, and gets invited by his wife to stay a while. Meanwhile, a terrible tragedy occurs in Evan’s circle of old friends, which brings the girl spiritually closer to Evan, his wife, and their friends as she uncovers the secrets of their Haight-Ashbury past.

The tragedy also brings the circle of friends, which includes Jennifer’s mother, a former girlfriend of Evans, together again after forty years. The characters all have their own brand of humor which the author sprinkles throughout the pages spicing a rich and savory read.  Admittedly, some of the jokes might be lost on someone not familiar with the era or the music of the times, but there is enough general humor to keep anyone laughing.

There is a lot that Jennifer learns about the man, but just as much that she learns about herself. It is as much about understanding the present as about understanding the past. Evan Morris truly lives through Grant who gives him a genuine soul. Ginn, the wolf, not so very different. Everywhere Evan takes you on his journey through time is described by Grant with such precision that you can smell the coffee, see the sparks of the fire swirl into the night sky on that beach by the river, and hear the wolf howl at the white moon.

Although written in third person, the writing style of this novel is as if the main character himself, a man you will come to respect, wrote the words. It reads like a memoir of sorts. The rhythm of the writing is like a melodic mountain stream that fills all the nooks and crannies of its bed with sparkling fresh water. The author has a way of weaving his words into subtle messages that you will want to read again and again just for their profound beauty. It is a character driven, not plot driven, book. The character development is so very deep that you can’t help but feel like these are all people you have known for a very long time, shared some laughs with, cried some tears with, and if you haven’t, you will.

The book is exceptionally well-written with insightful, meaningful prose. There is philosophical banter, but this is a light, fun, easy read. It will remind you that after you mature to become someone else, you still are who you were, only changed. This is a book I highly recommend.

5 of 5 Stars

Mike Grant

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I was born in Fort George, Scotland, in 1947. My family moved to Canada in 1955. As an army brat, I spent a decade in various locations across the country finally settling in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1964. With careers in radio broadcasting, advertising, and photography under my belt I moved to Kamloops, British Columbia, in 1994.
I’m an organized hoarder with a roomful of Alien/Predator toys/collectibles; Hot Wheels & Matchbox die cast cars and assorted old toys, CDs/DVDs, and books…lots of books. My music and movie tastes are as varied as they can be. I watch and listen to most genres, depending on my mood. Book-wise I read Richard Brautigan, Leonard Cohen, 60s bios, Michael Connelly, and a host of others…again, depending on my mood.
I’m married with three children, six grandchildren, two cats, and a rabbit.

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Book Review: Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan

I heard a great deal about Kevin Brennan’s writing talent, but had not read one of his books, yet. He offered ARCs to a few bloggers and I picked one up. I am telling you, I have really been missing something. This guy can write and write well! I am not such a fan of chicklit or romance, but this novel goes much deeper than that.

You can pick up Yesterday Road right now for the sale price of 99 cents. And while your at it, be sure to grab this one. You won’t be disappointed, I’m sure! You can get Occasional Soulmates in digital or paperback.

Book Review: Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan

Dr. Sarah Phelan is creeping up on forty. Divorced and having given up on the .com method of securing a relationship, serendipity brings her a seemingly flawless specimen of a man, Dylan Cakebread. (Okay, nearly flawless.) She begins to pen her “relationship novel”.

Brennan is amazing at engaging the reader by having Sarah speak directly to us. This is a personal story that she, with her wit and charm, shares with us relating both her introspections and observations on her own behaviors, those of her new lover, and the people around her. The humor is sometimes subtle and sometimes jabs you right in the gut. There is an array of superficial and deep emotion that carries the reader along with laughter and tears as the kind and compassionate physician makes one discovery after another about herself and her soulmate…the ideal man of her dreams.

We cannot help but fall in love with the hapless doctor. We, too, can’t help but become infatuated with Dylan, until his unchecked character defects become clear. The ancillary characters are deeply developed as well. The subplots that are going on in the story are as profound as the story itself. The reader becomes fully aware that this is NOT a romance novel, but a neatly disguised examination of intrapersonal and interpersonal relations in general.

If you are looking for a read that is well-written, clever, and offers insightful and engaging appraisal of love, life and the pursuit of happiness, you will love this book. I highly recommend it.

5 Stars out of 5

http://www.amazon.com/Occasional-Soulmates-Kevin-Brennan-ebook/dp/B00NKO0B2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411483334&sr=1-1&keywords=occasional+soulmates

Book Review: The Worms of Heaven by Misha Burnett

A while back, March 15, 2014, to be precise, I posted book reviews for Misha Burnett’s first two books in the “Book of Lost Doors” series, Book One: “Catskinner’s Book” and Book Two: “Cannibal Hearts”. You can read those here if you like:

I recently had the honor of reading an ARC of Book Three, “The Worms of Heaven”. This is more a series review than a book review. I don’t usually post the book descriptions with my reviews because you can read those on Amazon, but I will for this book review to give you an idea of where this book: “The Worms of Heaven” is coming from. This review is a lot longer than my typical review. You will see a much shorter version on Amazon:

Book description: “Catskinner’s Book”:

Catskinner’s Book is a science fiction/urban fantasy novel set in a surreal world unlike any that you have seen before.

James Ozryck has a monster in his head.

All of his life the entity that he calls Catskinner has made him a fugitive, afraid to get too close to anyone, afraid to stay in one place for too long. Catskinner kills, without compassion and without warning, and is very good at it.

Now James has learned that Catskinner is not the only monster in the world, a world that has suddenly become a far stranger and more dangerous place than he imagined. In order to survive he will have to become something more than a monster, he will have to learn what it means to be human.

http://www.amazon.com/Catskinners-Book-Lost-Doors-ebook/dp/B008MPNBNS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408915894&sr=8-1&keywords=Catskinner%27s+Book

 Book description: “Cannibal Hearts”:

A year ago James Ozryck was a loner, forced to keep the world at bay by the alien entity he calls Catskinner who shares his body. Now he has found a community of others whose lives have been changed by the Outsiders.

Along with Godiva, his half-human lover, James runs a property management company that serves as a front company for Outsider activities.

When the pair’s mysterious boss, Agony Delapour suddenly shows up in town with a new project, however, things get dangerous fast as events unfold that threaten the life that they have made.

http://www.amazon.com/Cannibal-Hearts-Book-Lost-Doors-ebook/dp/B00EQTPAQA/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0E0YKPRD32XP730NVVYE

Book Review: “The Worms of Heaven”: 

I have mentioned in previous reviews in this series that Misha Burnett’s works are genius. His Catskinner character enmeshed with James Ozryck in both physical and psychological form; yet, really quite separate, is in and of itself remarkable. I fell in love with the singular duality of the character in Book One. Burnett worked wonders to give this (these) character (s) unique voice and personality.

Book Three brings Catskinner back in full force and has James and Catskinner interacting with the entire crew of Outsider affected characters in ways that are sure to keep you turning the pages. Agony Delapour has been kidnapped. Havoc has been wrecked on the Blue Metal Boy camp. Catskinner, the Butcher, has vowed death in revenge, facing his most formidable opponent yet, the Orchid.

Burnett’s ability to draw and create a colorful cast of characters was well illustrated in Books One and Two. Book Three takes that ability even deeper. There are humans, yes, but there are also Orthovores, a hive of Thomases, Ambimorphs, Pale Surgeons, Minraudim, Necroidim, and Blue Metal Boys, with depth; motivations, actions, and consequence, and these partial humans or undead have their own unique cultures.

Though most entertaining, this book moved me emotionally in ways that I really was not expecting. Existing within our culture, these Outsider affected “alien” beings have feelings and emotions (or lack of them), lifestyles and practices, if different from our own personal human experience, that are part of who they are in their society…like the cultural differences we find in our real world wide society. There are significant parallels here that cannot be ignored. Burnett has brought these beings together in stories that demonstrate the meaning of community without prejudice. The concepts of honor, love, loyalty, devotion and dedication are proven to be as “alien” as they are human.

So what does this mean for a fiction read? Some of it is grotesquely creepy, and some of it is profoundly beautiful. All of it is a bit weird, but weird is good. It’s supposed to be strange. It teaches us things about others and ourselves. I’m not talking about tolerance and acceptance. Those prejudicial concepts actually appall me. I’m speaking of the manner in which Misha Burnett has written non-judgmentally integrating worlds within worlds. There is much insight found in the methods of Burnett’s brilliance.

In conclusion, “The Book of Lost Doors” series has characters that have the ability to make decisions and affect the story. The characters have agency and push the plots more than the plots push them. They are much more than plot puppets. While the plots are fascinating and exciting, the books are also very much character driven, and that is where Burnett excels.

If you like urban fantasy or sci-fi, or anything in the paranormal realm, and have not started this excellent series, I highly recommend that you do.

5 of 5 Stars

You can follow Misha Burnett on his blog here, where he engages readers in interesting and insightful topics.

“The Worms of Heaven” available soon.

Book Review: Seneca Scourge by Carrie Rubin

Carrie Rubin is a physician who has a humor blog here: The Write Transition

She makes me chuckle with every post. She is a most insightful person and it is a pleasure to know her.

She is also an author and has a wonderful award winning book out: “Seneca Scourge”.  If you have not read it yet, I highly encourage you to give it a read.

Seneca Scourge is a medical thriller/sci-fi. It starts off like many other medical thrillers with a terrible disease we must find a cure for. Rubin did not choose some complex disease that no one could relate to. She chose a familiar one. It is an influenza strain that devolves from an ordinary common occurrence into a nightmare with the potential to infect billions around the globe. Dr. Sydney McKnight gets assigned to do research with Dr. Casper Jones, a rather odd fellow who whose behavior sends up some red flags.

People are dying. The numbers are more than alarming. Racing to beat the clock on this dreadful disease that starts out innocently enough, Sydney is appalled when she discovers Casper Jones injecting her patient with something he passes off as steroids. Here is where the medical thriller that has kept you on the edge of your seat takes an unusual twist with a sci-fi flavor that is remarkably creative and fascinating to read. Suspending disbelief is part of the fun!

Rubin does a fantastic job creating characters and situations that touch your soul. Being a health care provider myself, I was enthralled by the realism of the hospital situation in crisis. It reminded me of the ten days we suffered in 2004 with four hurricanes back to back and overflowing hallways, only worse. There is no end in sight. When the light appears at the end of the tunnel, the book takes yet another unexpected twist. The ending was interesting and made me think deeply on the future of medicine.

If you want a fast paced, well-written read that is full of unexpected twists and turns, you will enjoy this book.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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http://www.amazon.com/Seneca-Scourge-Carrie-Rubin-ebook/dp/B009BJ3BZ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406730881&sr=1-1&keywords=Seneca+Scourge