Perfect Cover by Mark McGinn

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Book Summary:

Henry Peters hasn’t got much to boast about. He’s not showy, has average intelligence, and he’s definitely not a big-noter. Living in Christchurch suburbia with his wife, teaching overseas students in a private training establishment, Henry likes his students and he likes them dead, once he’s done. He used to head the science department. Not now. He sought and missed out on a promotion to deputy CEO. He feels his wife’s disappointment in him. Then a 7.1 earthquake strikes the city damaging his old work premises. Suddenly, Henry’s in the light and people need his help. But no one knows his secret and, more importantly, he needs to make sure they stay in the dark.

A chilling short story about a serial killer that has you looking sideways at your neighbour!

My Review:

Talk about your twists and turns.  This short story will keep you turning pages.  It’s creepy and real and makes you think.

Henry is a quiet well bread man who has a sinister side.  When he is called to help after the earthquake he knows he must get to Abby first so his secrets aren’t revealed.

This book send chills up your spine and draws you into this serial killers world.  If your looking for something horrifying, with a great chill factor then you might want to check it out. temp-4

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

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The Timely Death Trilogy began as one teenager’s nightmare and morphed into a real-life dream of authorship. The entire trilogy re-releases with new covers and new interiors this summer and fall by Clean Teen Publishing. I hope you’ll check out this dark vs. light trilogy (mainly because the “dark” side is the good side…maybe), and I especially hope you’ll consider becoming a Member of the Dark! Each time there is a special event, you can participate and win prizes—like spotlights on my website, books, and more. Simply email me at shannonathompson@aol.com, and I’ll send a badge over to you. We might even have coffee together.
Thank you for reading about this dark journey,

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Synopsis:

Seconds Before Sunrise (book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy)

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

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Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn

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Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn

 

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It’s Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It’s the one-year anniversary of his parents’ deaths, he’s stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries.

But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri gets a last-minute assignment to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion.

There, Dimitri meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer he falls hard for. But just as he’s about to ask her out, he unwittingly unleashes malevolent forces, throwing him into a deadly mystery. When Dimitri wakes up, he is in the morgueicy cold and haunted by a cryptic warning given by a tantalizing female spirit.

As town residents begin to turn up gruesomely murdered, Dimitri must play detective in his own story and unravel the connections among his family, the Aspinwall Mansion, the female spirit, and the secrets held in a pair of crumbling antiquarian books. If he doesn’t, it’s quite possible Lisa will be the next victim.

 

My Review: Richard Ellis Preston Jr. tweeted about this book.  And he kept tweeting and talking about it. I gave in and checked it out. He wasn’t wrong. I really liked this book. Thank you Richard Ellis Preston Jr. Dimitri isn’t Romulus Buckle but he still took me on an adventure and that’s what books are for.

I felt sorry for poor Dimitri from the beginning of this story to the end. He is used and abused by forces far beyond his control for most of the book. That’s not to say that he wasn’t used and abused by forces beyond his control before the story begins. Let me be clear about the main character of this book. He doesn’t have superpowers. In fact there isn’t anything special about him until he has a horrible accident. Even the accident doesn’t give him superpowers. Mostly it gives him a headache. Dimitri is a little different and yet still completely ill equipped to deal with the things happening to him. In fact none of the characters are really capable of handling what is happening in town. Even the guy that should have the answers doesn’t have them all. The characters in this book mostly react to what’s being done by the bad guy and very little taking charge. That isn’t exactly a criticism even though I would have liked to see more “this is what we’re going to do” and less “I’m going to hope my ghost comes to its senses and tells me what the heck is going on.”

And as for Poe,  who’s name is the title of this book, I hope that we see Poe again someday because I hope there is more of her story to come. She is without question one of the most fascinating characters that I’ve read about in a while.

This book is very atmospheric. The author does a marvelous job of taking the town from every day small town life to eerie and really creepy. It goes from being a small town that’s seen better days to a place full of fear and suspicion. It was the best part of the book for me. It was almost like it was another character in the book.

I hope this is a series and that there are more books to come. The end is left wide open and our main character survives so I’m going to go ahead and hope. I’m only sorry that I didn’t read it sooner.

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Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors

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Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors

 

101SOTGBook Description: This anthology aims to be a showcase of recent indie writing.

Hugh Howey launched the idea on Kboards, a forum for Kindle readers, but also the meeting place of an active community of indie writers.

The result is this anthology of 101 very short stories by 101 authors.

To make it more attractive for you, the reader, we set ourselves a limit of a thousand words. You should be able to read each story in under five minutes — on your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet at home or in the office, but also on your smartphone, on the go, while you are commuting or waiting at a coffee shop for your significant other to arrive.

We included as many genres as we could. We hope that maybe, with only five minutes of your time on the line that would otherwise be wasted anyway, you’ll be tempted to venture outside your comfort zone and try out some new genres and new authors.

 

My Review: When they say these are short stories they mean super short. It turns out that 1,000 words goes quickly. I read four of theses very short stories. My favorite was The Eternal Gateway: Blades by SB Jones. It’s a steampunk story about a thief.  The stories that I read appear to involve characters from a series. I got the feeling that there is a book about Xavier Ross somewhere and I missed it so I went looking. There are three if you’re curious. I think the first one is Sky Mages and the Gateway of Time. They are all on Kindle Unlimited.

After the end of Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton by Jean Louise we learn that the “young woman” in the tale Angelina Carr is the star of many of the author’s books. I kind of wish they would have let us know that these stories involved established characters. It wouldn’t have stopped me from reading. I just like to be prepared.

This book is supposed to expose you to new authors and genres. It does both of those things very well. I will absolutely look for books by these authors in the future. It should be noted that this book also has a great index. You can sort by the table of contents, the author, or by genre. That is a fantastic feature in a book with so many stories.  I had never heard of most of the authors featured. I think I only recognized two names on the author index. So if you’re looking for new authors to try then this is the book for you.

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Field of Elysium by A.B. Whelan

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by A.B. Whelan
Best seller in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy
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CAN LOVE MEND A HEART FULL OF HATE?
Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful.
Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers.
While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly’s life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor.
Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.
Would you fight to be with the one you truly love? What cost would you be willing to sacrifice for that love?
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Red by Alyxandra Harvey

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Book Summary: 

Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.
It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.
When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.
Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.
But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…
My Review: 
This is my first book by Alyxandra Harvey and I was impressed. The writing was very good and the story drew me in and kept me reading; all through the night in fact. Think Little Red Riding hood meets the big bad wolf, but in a completely different way and not at all what you expect.
Kia is your typical misunderstood teenager.  But unlike other kids her age she is a firestarter and she doesn’t know how to control it. Her father sends her to live with her Grandmother at the Blackwood estate.  There she finds a strange world full of rules she doesn’t understand and happenings that don’t get explained to her.  So like any person would when shrouded in secrecy she starts trying to figure out what is going on.
Then there is Ethan.  He is the brooding, poor rich boy who is the heir to Blackwood.  Turns out he does have a very hard life.  His father and the parents of some of his friends have gotten involved in the Cabal.  The woods surrounding Blackwood are full of magical creatures and Ethan is one of those tasked with keeping them in check.
When Kia finds out everything that is going on things take a turn and surprises arise everywhere.  If your looking for a good paranormal YA Romance then this is it.   Jessica signature
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Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell

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We first posted this review in 2013.  As one of our most popular Novella Thursday posts we thought you would enjoy reading it again.

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by Jamie Campbell

Book  summary:

History is told from one person’s perspective. Sometimes they don’t get it right.

Ugly Stepsister Anna has wrongly been accused of being mean and evil. Now it is time she got the opportunity to tell her side of the story.

With Cinderella so perfect and wonderful, it is no wonder Anna feels ugly in comparison. Dealing with bullies, a grumpy mother and the death of her step-father, Anna is at her wits end.

When the Prince’s ball approaches, Anna is told she must find a husband to save the family fortune. Attending with her sisters, the sulky Prince Charming only has eyes for Cinderella.

With the burden of being the only one to unite her step-sister with the Prince, will Anna act as cupid? Or will she protect Cinderella from the arrogant Charming?

A charming twist to the story of Cinderella, told completely from the point of view of the Ugly Step-Sister.

My Review:

What an interesting take on a classic fairy tale.  This is Cinderella’s tale told from Anastasia’s point of view.  As with life it’s a different story when someone else tells it, from Cinderella doing the cleaning to keep her mind off of her father to her dress arriving in tatters and not being ruined by her step mother.

I love how much Anastasia hates the Prince and thinks he is arrogant. It was a quick read and I recommend it for anyone who likes fairy tales. Overall one of the best short stories I have read.temp-4

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Better Watch Out by Scott McCoskey

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Better Watch Out by Scott McCoskey

35975171-176-k632335This is Wattpad Wednesday, it’s we tell you about what we are currently reading on Wattpad. I just started reading Better Watch Out by Scott McCoskey. I just finished chapter six and I have to say that I find this story fun. I mean who doesn’t love a story where the hero gets kissed by his crush and ends up seeing the world differently?

Story Description: Isaiah just wanted to get out a boring assembly. Now he’s on an adventure with Sara, the girl of his dreams. They have to face down people and creatures he thought were only folklore.

Can he help rescue Sara’s parents? Are all crows really gargoyles? Who knew Easter Bunnies bred like rabbits?

 

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Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

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We originally posted this review two years ago when we were brand new and we thought it deserved to be seen once again. It’s one of my favorite books ever and there are even more books in the series now.

Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

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London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

My Review:

Lady Claire is plucky and there are few traits that I admire more in a heroine than pluck.  I enjoy it when a character doesn’t succumb to their plight and Lady Claire chooses to move forward.  She doesn’t wait for a husband or divine intervention.  She takes hold of her situation and navigates it just as assuredly as she does her landau.  She doesn’t just do it for herself.  She meets a gang of children and becomes their leader using her extensive knowledge of chemistry, her wit, and the manners that she mostly took for granted in her old life.  She soon begins to change the circumstances of the orphans and herself.

There is a delicate give and take between the band of orphans and Lady Claire.  They begin to trust her and her knowledge of the world.  She begins to trust them and their potential.  Shelley Adina did a great job of creating the children.  She balanced their real world concerns with the fact that they were actually children and prone to do childish things. In my opinion this book is worth reading for the Mopsies (the twin girls) alone they’re very entertaining.

Lady Claire is one of those characters that you have to go back and buy the next one in the series even though you can’t read it right away.  She is going to have grand adventures you just know it.  I for one can’t wait.  I immediately went back and bought the box set.

This would also be a great book to introduce anyone to the world of Steampunk.  It’s full of inventive devices.  The tube system, Mother’s Helper, landau, not to mention that incredible shotgun fit so well into the Victorian era that anyone would be curious how.  I can only imagine that the next book is full of Andrew’s improved coal and steam engine.  Lady Claire is going to have the best time in his lab.  There is a lot of technology in this book and you’ll be so charmed and mesmerized by it you’ll only want more.  Did I mention that I immediately went and bought the box set?

 

Here are the books in order:

Lady of Devices -Book One

Her Own Devices -Book Two

Magnificent Devices -Book Three

Brilliant Devices -Book Four

A Lady of Resources -Book Five

(There is now a combo set for books 5&6.)

A Lady of Spirit -Book Six

A Lady of Integrity -Book Seven

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