It's good to be on an author's mailing list. I received an email asking if I'd like a free audiobook. You know me- FREE is my middle name! Yup, Alyssa Free Hunt, so I accepted and was given the code to purchase The Closing, by Ken Oder. I haven't read a legal suspense thriller before, ever! I'm not into politics or courtroom cases; I'd always left that for movies and Forensic Files, but when I got the book for free, I figured I could try it out.
I'm so happy I did..
I took a chance on reaching out to this Londoner and won! As per my usual saunter through the titles up for giveaway on Goodreads, I came across a particular book cover. You know I'm a Cover-Lover, taking to them like candy, but when I saw this one, it wasn't the HD imagery that captured me. It was the mystery. I entered the giveaway for Lilif.
So I took another chance and reached out to the author. I mentioned my love for horror and how I thought the book would make an impact with my readers. And he took a chance on me and sent it. I was thrilled beyond belief once the book was actually in my hand, with the Royal Mail tag!
When I found The Enfield Horror, it was just one of the three books that makes this such a cool read. I thought it was just a horror story- but at the end, I found out, for a few bucks more, I could get the entire tale So I did. Ron Ripley is evidently known for throwing shorts together to make trilogies. The trilogy, was about 132-pages long and kept me, all the way till the ending...
Annabelle's Erotic Nightmare: Needs of an Incubus picks up where Book 1, Wants of an Incubus (reviewed 9/22/2015_left off. The battle was over, the heart was crushed and Annabelle knew who and what she was. But it didn't end there.
Not only did the fight for Annabelle's soul not end, there's a freaking conspiracy! These days, fresh souls are hard to come by, so they need to be marked when found. The mark is an indicator... but I can't tell you all that, because then I'd be giving away SPOILERS! And you know I don't do that!
So in book 2, author Ashley Ehlers (formerly used the last name Hill), places Annabelle and Henry in a situation where things are more dangerous than ever and help has to be forced from an unlikely source. The thing is, can Henry deal and stick to his promise to the one he loves?
I was born in the... well, I grew up in the 80's. I wore big hair, neon shoe laces and half-shirts with huge words like "Wake ME UP" across the chest. I also grew up on Star Wars, The Last Straighter, E.T., He-Man, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Atari, Moncheechees, Smurfs, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and so much more! These things are now considered classics (shut up!), but this book takes you back to a lot of it! This book is also, evidently a follow up to Cline's previous novel, Ready Player One, so there was a story before this story.
My first book by Laura McNeill was totally amazing! (Center of Gravity, August 7, 2015 post) The story was carefully crafted and written so well, I flew through it! The same thing can be said for Sister Dear. The multiple storylines are interlaced in such a way, you could do nothing but continually read till the end. There are all forms of betrayal, but when it comes from family...
Sister Dear is an emotional tale of Allie Marshall; a woman convicted of a murder she claims she didn't commit. Ten years lost, a daughter estranged and so many loose ends. All Allie wanted was a clean slate, a relationship with Caroline and to find out who really killed Coach Thomas. But there are several folks who don't want Allie sniffing about, possibly finding the truth.
As I stated before, I loved this book. My only issue with the story was: do people really react to some situations like this? I know I'm no professional, but none of my children have yelled at me! None of them disrespected me like Caroline did her mother and Aunt. And when I'm suspicious about someone, there's no way in heck I'd keep things bottled within me the way they all did... Ugh! I was going crazy throughout this book!
My initial reaction to Lily Rose: She's looking for strength as a mouse in a world of lions!
My Father's House, by Rose Chandler Johnson, is a very sad story, but it's filled with realistic events and prayers through every circumstance. The story was written with so much heart and spirit, I finished it in just two days. I probably could have finished it sooner, but I had flowers to snip, bushes to trim and weeds that had to be pulled!
The story is about Lily Rose Cates, a southern gal with lots of heart and as naive as the day is long, but with good reason. Her life prior to meeting Manuel Valenti had been sheltered and quiet. She lived for one thing, to be with her friend and travel the country and maybe even Europe, visiting national museums! A college dream. But when she meets Manny, plans change. Her world changes- everything changed and not for the better.
Lily Rose goes through a series of events that set off warning bells from the very beginning, but what's a girl to do when her heart leaps with its own desires instead of the ones God's planned for her life? Dive all in, of course, then ask questions later...
Here's a book I never imagined reading and and growing weary with. It exhausted me to no end- because it was NON-STOP ACTION! The characters were constantly on the run, because who can escape the eyes of God?
Okay, the book is about an evil entity who sits at the precipice of death and awaits you. It determines whether your edible enough to consume, thus destroying your soul or chucking you to the fiery keep, where phantoms of all sorts will torment you (Still destroying your soul but ensnaring you for an eternity of misery). This thing calls itself God.
I really liked the concept; the idea was good, but it got boring after a while and I just finished to be finished with it. I wasn't thrilled but I didn't walk away with something cool either.!
The writing style was a bit off- what I mean is, there wasn't any true flow and then the worst part- no one really died. Or if they died, they didn't stay dead! The characters were dull and there wasn't any maturing during the situation. They were just there. It took me a while to finish it; about two weeks and I don't like books that bore me to the extent that I sigh when I try to get back into it. That's exactly what happened when I tried to jump back into The God Killers. I was excited when I finally finished.
Lastly, the editing was poor. Nothing says 'amateur' more than a poorly edited book. I don't know if he edited it himself or if someone without proper skills did it for him, but I was not happy. Cool Concept, Poor Execution.📚
Rating: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*My Father's House is next.
**eBook is from my personal library.
I found Jonali Karmakar through a Book Release announcement I participated in. It felt odd telling of a book I'd not read, so I asked if I could receive a copy for a review shortly after and was granted a pdf version. Usually pdf's sicken me, with all the sliding around and stuff to read a simple age (which is why I'm always asking for .mobi) or it simply won't let me open it unless I'm on my iMac instead of my iPhone or iPad, but I don't complain. Who wants to hear all that anyway!?
So I jumped right in to All of Me, a compilation of all Karamakar's stories. She stated her friends wanted to read her works in one place, so this was for them. What a considerate author, yeah? So there are thirteen stories, then a little about herself.
Each story is original with no regurgitation and full of emotion. There's emotion, life, happiness and sadness in each piece. You can't do anything but find yourself caught up in each story. My favorite one was Finding Myself.
One day, I just went through Amazon's Kindle app and found a bunch of monster stories. I didn't care about previous reviews, I just wanted to read something different. Romance, paranormal romance, and people hiding in holes underground was tiresome. Hungry Darkness, by Gabino Iglesias is one of the books I purchased for a decent ebook price.
first, I loved the cover. Anything that provides a crystal clear, HD picture always wins favor. It looks good- the cover speaks to you, even making you think you know what the story's about already... but no. Not with this one. That's the best part!
The story took place in Brazil and began with Nick, a guy hungry for notoriety and fame via National Geographic. Instead of following the rules, set by the Department of Archeology and Environment of Belize- not to mention the Belize Dive Services, he paid two divers to illegally excavate a portion of Giant Cave, allowing Nick and his crew to capture scenes never seen before and his name to go in books worldwide! Unfortunately, he also opened up a can of trouble so big- it left bodies in its wake all around the waters of Caye Caulker.
are the life source of Indie Authors the tool that creates Best Sellers! I know I do not have that much power, but I can sure add to it!