Book Review The Vineyard

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Author: Michael Hurley

Genre: Literary Fiction

Rating: A+

From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize for his debut novel, THE PRODIGAL, comes a complex and ambitious, allegorical tale of old money, young passion and ancient mystery in a classic New England seaside village.

Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as “the fisherman” threatens to change everything they believe about their world–and each other.

“Hurley writes beautifully,” says Kirkus Reviews, “especially when describing island and nautical life.” Publishers Weekly praises “his well-crafted prose.”

In this complex, allegorical story, three women meet each other again after ten years. College best friends, they’re all quite different, and each of them is wounded in her own way. The three come to Martha’s Vineyard for vastly different reasons, and there they meet the ‘fisherman”, a reclusive poacher who threatens to change everything they believe about each other, and about the world.

Literary fiction at its finest, this story combines spellbinding writing with an interesting plot and characters. Without giving too much away, I was confused and then awed by the role of the ‘fisherman’, and the consequences his appearance had on the main characters.

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Book Review River Card

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22583680Title: River Card

Author: Joan Destino

Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Rating: A+

“Who was she trying to fool? Herself? A little late for that. She had to win; her survival depended on it.”

Do you have what it takes to lose it all? Find out in Joan Destino’s stunning debut novel, “River Card.”

Georgia Kassov Cates is a business woman, a wife, a mother…and a gambling addict. Desperate to recoup a devastating string of losses, she risks it all for one last game- a game that’s abruptly halted when the Las Vegas casino succumbs to a freak blackout.

Georgia meets some fellow patrons of the Las Vegas casino, including the wealthy Melanie Nallis, a woman haunted by her horrific childhood;  Zivah Koski, an enigmatic elderly holocaust survivor; Phillip Vance, a billionaire casino developer; and Milt Braverman, a professional poker player.

As they get to know each other, a connection is slowly revealed: postwar Germany, a time and place that is reflected in” River Card’s novel-within-a-novel, “Alexandra.”

Alternating between the opulence and depravity of 1940s Germany, and the glamor and baseness of 1990s Las Vegas, “River Card” reflects Georgia’s mounting fears-both past and present-as she plays one last hand…

As an occassional poker player and enthusiast, I loved this book. It combines the world of poker with a suspenseful story about a woman’s struggles as she plays the most difficult poker game of her life. I finished the book in one sitting, and found it an engaging, enjoyable tale, perfect for thriller fans.

Book Review Telemachus and Homer

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21233098Title: Telemachus and Homer

Author: Scott Locke

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: A

Buy: Amazon

For every boy who grew up in his father’s shadow and every girl who has been underestimated, there comes a time to look within themselves to see if they have the strength to meet the challenges of the lives.  For Telemachus this time arrives soon after Odysseus returns from his twenty year absence, when Telemachus comes to appreciate that his own life needs to be about more than waiting for his father to guide him.  On the verge of embarking on an adventure, he learns that his community has been threatened and realizes that he does not know how to help.  Swallowing his pride, he recognizes that Homer, a young blind woman is a necessary ally.  Homer, like Telemachus has something to prove, for although she is respected for her knowledge, she feels unfairly defined by her community.  Together, as the people of Ithaca’s last hope, they begin their quest.

I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology and such, yet I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Telemachus and Homer. The book proved to be an engaging, intriguing read about a young woman named Homer who is blind and holds great knowledge, and the struggles of Telemachus a young boy who feels he’s spent most of his life living in his father’s shadow. When Ithaca is in danger, they’re the community’s last hope.

I did find some references to the Odyssey, which is fun for people who’ve read it, but if you’re not familiar with it, you absolutely don’t need any previous knowledge to start this book. At its core, it’s a story about two people struggling to find who they want to be – one has lived his entire life in his father’s shadow, the other is defined by the community to be someone she’s not. The characters were very intriguing, and the plot enjoyable. An engaging book.

 

Book Review Broken

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9780978730215_cov onlyTitle: Broken

Author: Tanille Edwards

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: A

Meet Milan, a young supermodel with a disability from New York’s Upper East Side, who falls deeply in love as she is coming of age. In this romantic drama, the emotional conflict of a girl’s inner soul is revealed as she deals with a first love, the pain of loss, and the pleasures of stardom, all while coping with a lifelong secret. In the world of Milan, the people are real, the situations are rolling, and the truth is often concealed. Broken is a racy circle of sisterhood, laced with a touch of earthiness, glamour, wealth, and fame.

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Milan is a young supermodel with a disablity. In “Broken”, Milan deals with first love, stardom, and more, all while hiding her disability that she’s deaf. The book is quite realistic, and Milan is an engaging, entertaining and sympathetic character. The writing isn’t flowery or overly descriptive – instead it’s quite fast-paced, and seems a suitable style for  a YA novel. The book was a quick read and I enjoyed the story and characters. The romance was great too, holding all those delicious promises of first love.

Release Christmas is Murder

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Chapter 1

“Winter Wonderland”

The snow was coming down as if it were a Hollywood movie set. The flakes were large and falling steady, casting enchantment over the ever-forming winter wonderland. It was the perfect day to pick a tree, and Sara was thankful for her father’s recent purchase of a pickup. She and Sean never would have strapped a tree to their Mercedes.

Her parents themselves came part-and-parcel in exchange for the use of their truck, which for Sara only made things more ideal. After all, the holidays were about family, and Sara wouldn’t have it any other way.

Her thoughts briefly traced to Beth, her birth mother’s sister. She would have loved to have her come along, but she was having a hard time adjusting to a new medicine her doctors had started her on. Although, they figured she’d be good enough to take part in the festivities by the time Christmas arrived. It was a compromise Sara was willing to make. It was better to have her for the actual celebration than for the preparation.

“Darling, this one is perfect.” Sara rushed over to the evergreen, dragging Sean along with her. She let go of his hand and caressed its foliage with her mitts.

He leaned down and rubbed his nose against hers. “I agree.”

“Oh, Sean.” She pulled back, a full-fledged smile on her face. “I can already see it in front of the main window.”

“The window?”

“Where else would it go?”

“I was thinking next to the fireplace.”

She visualized the setting. Stockings hanging from the mantle, with a red carpet, for the season, was spread in front of the gas fireplace, and presents overflowing beneath the tree. She had to concede to his idea. “Yes. It would look good there.”

“You doubted me.”

“No, I…” She giggled. “Never.”

“Uh-huh.”

About the Book

christmas is murder fun Final FrontTitle: Christmas is Murder

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Do you love Christmas and cozy mysteries?

“Christmas is Murder” is a touching–and comical–seasonal cozy. It will have you wanting to stoke the fire and top up that glass of eggnog.

Albany’s the perfect image of a winter wonderland, and Sean and Sara’s friend Jimmy is going to be Santa Claus for the upcoming Christmas parade. The trees and decorations have been selected and the gifts have been purchased. The season has truly cast its magical spell–until Sean and Sara’s neighbors die in a horrible house fire.

While the fire department ruled holiday-related hazards as the cause, Sara suspects there’s more to it. Her determination to find the truth has her and Sean toeing the line between what’s legal and what’s not.

As they sort out fact from fiction, the McKinleys make the final decision about whether or not they should open a private investigation firm.

Author Bio

Carolyn Author Photo 2013 ColorCAROLYN ARNOLD is the bestselling author of the Madison Knight series, the Brandon Fisher series, and the McKinley Mysteries. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said “tell me a story.” Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Her writing has since been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada, and she currently lives with her husband and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

For more information on the author visit https://carolynarnold.net/

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About Blood Bewitched

AA BLOOD BEWITCHED MEDIUMTitle: Blood Bewitched (The Progeny Series #5)

Author: Ashlynne Laynne

Genre: Paranormal Romance

“Nothing in life is a coincidence.”

Forces are aligning in Shauna Rousseau’s life. A gifted Wiccan warrior and unique true half-blooded vampire, she is fate personified with an incredible destiny to fulfill. The ultimate war between good and evil is brewing, a revolution that will change our world forever.

Sides are being chosen, but Shauna has some unfinished family business. With her siblings and husband by her side, the pregnant newborn travels to Louisiana to shake her family tree. Lies are uncovered that will irrevocably damage the siblings’ lives.

Everyone has a past. It’s time for Shauna Rousseau to face hers.

Author Bio

AA_ASHLYNNE_LAYNNE_LOGO_SMALLAshlynne Layne is an award winning songwriter, poet, and author of erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. She’s always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing night stalkers of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny.

Ashlynne loves writing on the edge—combining the erotica and romance genres—and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on books six and seven of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Alterity Series, and a novella spin off. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write exclusively one day soon.

She lives in the Carolinas with her husband and son.

More about Ashlynne

Zodiac: Leo

Favorite Music Genres: Alt Rock, 90’s Grunge, Pop

Favorite Musical Acts: Maroon 5, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Adele, Rob Zombie, Robin Thicke, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Drake, Justin Timberlake

Favorite Movie Genre: Horror

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Authors: Stephen King, Anne Rice

Foods: Yogurt, Chocolate Milk, Chicken Alfredo

About The Progeny Series

At its core, The Progeny Series is simply about a man and woman who fall in love. The fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen.

The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this vampire clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that have existed for ages.

This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults and contains strong sexual content, adult sensuality, language and themes.

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Hunter No More CoverTitle: Hunter No More

Author: G.D. Tinnams

Genre: Science Fiction

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The Hunter Class Spacecraft designated ‘The Amberjack’ disappeared during a routine mission to Seek, Locate and Destroy the enemy Machine Mind contingent known as ‘The Ochre’. Conclusion: It was either destroyed by the Ochre or went rogue for reasons unknown. If sighted, approach with extreme caution.

On the planet Borealis, a violent revolution forces Samantha Marriot and her parents to flee their home for the relative safety of ‘The Rainbow Islands’. Once there, Sam discovers a secret her father has been keeping from her all her life, a secret that will change everything.

Meanwhile, The Machine Mind Hierarchy of Earth dispatches a ship to rid themselves of the planet’s troublesome human population. The only hope of a defence lies with a damaged binary Hunter unit that has long since abandoned both its programming and weaponry.

In order for the unit to succeed it must call upon the aid of an ancient enemy, and prove, once and for all, that it is a Hunter no more.

 

Author Bio

GDTinnamsG.D. Tinnams has worked as a barman, a call centre operator, an IT support analyst, and a software tester. But during all this time he was also an insatiable reader of science fiction and fantasy books like Susan Cooper’s ‘The Dark Is Rising Sequence’, Orson Scott Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’, Robert Charles Wilson’s ‘Blind Lake’ and Greg Egan’s ‘Permutation City’. He is very fond of weird, mind-bending stories and decided quite early on to try writing some. ‘Hunter No More’ is his second novel.

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