Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book Review: A Secret Lies Deep By Jake Hatmacher

A Secret Lies Deep
By Jake Hatmacher
Genre: Psychological Romance {female transgender main character and some paranormal undertones} 
Book Description: 
SECRETS… We attempt to conceal our own but are frustrated by those concealed from us. That is the crux of Eryn’s story as she seeks answers to the questions−the secrets−that have troubled her since her youth. Perhaps if she wasn’t so smart these questions wouldn’t bother her, but she is. Eryn’s new job is a further challenge to her own secret as she strives to protect it. Not only that, but when challenged concerning her sexuality she must ultimately decide whether that secret is worth withholding forever. It’s not that no one is aware of Eryn’s secret. She has entrusted it to close family members and a few childhood acquaintances. When confronted by her grandfather, unhappy with the cause of the secrecy, Eryn’s defenses and his words put a barrier between them that she feels helpless to resolve. She desires his acceptance again. But how will she regain it? Perhaps if she could only find the answers to her troubling questions. But where would she even begin? By coincidence−or is it by divine intervention−she and her co-worker are given the task to research genealogies for a new display at their museum. Unbeknownst to Eryn, the path to her answers begins on her flight to New York as she embarks on her new assignment. What she experiences next is a remarkable and shocking series of events which leads to the truth she seeks, and to the discovery of who she was truly meant to be and who she was truly meant to love.
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Book Review:

A Secret Lies Deep has a great concept to it. Our community needs more LGBTQ+ novels, not only to inform us but to tell more stories of people. Although I liked the idea of A Secret Lies Deep, I felt that the overall tone of the book felt too perfect. Most of the dialogue between the characters. Though, Eryn was a genuinely inspiring character. I think with a little revision, A Secret Lies Deep could go far. Overall, I would give this novel 3 and a half stars.

Author Bio:

As you already know, I am a professional writer. But I'm also a physician. I spent many years practicing, and practicing means working, as an obstetrician and gynecologist. I still maintain three state licenses but I spend my time now writing. 
The fictional stories that I have written have sprung out of time spent treating patients. The stories are unique in that although they are fictional, they have much in the way of historical fact and medical fact. They also include humor, although mostly subtle and are flavored with a touch of fantasy.
I grew up in a city of near thirty-five thousand in the north-central part of Illinois. My higher education was at Loyola University of Chicago, followed by medical school at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. I treated patients for 25 years in Illinois before moving to Ohio, where I now reside.
Besides writing, my time is filled taking care of my home, gardening, hiking, and simply enjoying the fresh air outdoors and the beautiful plants and animals that nature provides. I am always trying to introduce new plants that are not invasive, conserve water and attract butterflies. The reason for wanting to attract butterflies has a story, but let me just say here, it mostly has to do with their variety of color and the way they appear to float on the air as they fly-they are calming.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review: Full of Wonderment: a novel by Josh Greenfield

Full of Wonderment: a novel
By Josh Greenfield
Genre: Adventure, Young Adult
Book Description:
Jordan Fineman needs a break. His second year of college has almost done him in. His solution is to take off for a summer of work and adventure in Alaska. All the while mental illness is setting in. A summer to remember. A tale to grow on.
The story begins with Jordan alone in the great research library of Cornell University dreaming about traveling to far off places. Call it craziness, but that is exactly what he does. Without any guarantee of employment, he boards a plane for Anchorage, Alaska and spends the next eight weeks on his own, working hard, making money, meeting fellow travelers from all around the world, and seeing some of the country’s finest scenery.
Had this been all, it would have been a summer to remember. His adventures however, are undertaken with a shadow cast from far above. Jordan Fineman is both bi-polar and a severe obsessive compulsive. In two years’ time, he will become incapacitated. The story is written with that knowledge in mind.
As it stands however, Full of Wonderment: a novel, is an adventure story that lays out the possibility of spending a college summer without an eye on the professional resume - a summer for personal growth, alternative education and fun.
Book Review:
Full of Wonderment is an interesting novel. The subject matter is new and unique, especially Jordan's journey throughout this book. Mr. Greenfield portrays a different level of emotion in this book and it really connects the reader to Jordan. At times, Full of Wonderment did feel slow and was hard to push through, but it was worth it because I enjoyed Full of Wonderment a lot. I loved seeing Jordan grow and develop even though he was experiencing the struggles of his illness. It was fascinating and drew me in. Overall I give Full of Wonderment four stars.
Author Bio:
Josh Greenfield is a graduate of both Phillips Andover Academy and Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. He holds two masters degrees from the City University of New York, one in History and one in English Literature. He also completed the better part of a doctorate in English at Fordham University. His desire in writing is to tell an entertaining and engaging story, to look for laughs in dark places. 

He is the author of a prior novella, “Homeward Bound: a novella of idle speculation, also published by Lulu. His work has been featured in The Cornell Daily Sun, The Riverdale Press, Appalachia, and Word Catalyst Magazine. He appears regularly at comedy club open-mic’s.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cover Reveal: Always Mickie (Cruz Brothers #3) by Melanie Munton

Always Mickie (Cruz Brothers #3)
By Melanie Munton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description:
Mickie is his. Always had been his.
And he’s going to remind her why she always will be his.

All her life, Mickie had always been the focused, level-headed girl. But when she got to college, she was ready to strip herself of that image once and for all. She wanted excitement. She wanted spontaneity. She wanted to feel like she was actually living.
And getting down and dirty with the sexy guy she met at a concert seemed like the perfect solution. Sure, he didn’t know how to laugh, or even smile, but he definitely made her feel alive.
The whirlwind sex spree with him surprised her.
Falling in love with the guy surprised her even more.

FAST FORWARD TEN YEARS…

Dawson is losing her.

Mickie kicked him out of their house. She won’t talk to him. He knows marriage is never supposed to be easy, but being a dedicated cop for ten years has made everything that much harder. He doesn’t know how to fix their issues and make everything right.
But he isn’t about to let her go.
She says she wants the excitement back. She wants the spontaneity that first drew them together. She wants to experience the adventure of falling in love all over again.


Her wish is his command.
He’s going to remind her what it feels like to be loved, to be wanted, to be craved. If he has to, he’ll strip everything else away and start from scratch with her. He will never give up.
Because for him, it was Always Mickie.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book Blitz: Lose Your Fat, Not Your Mind by Adrian Padula

Lose Your Fat, Not Your Mind
By Adrian Padula
Genre: Non-Fiction
Book Description:
Losing weight can often be an uphill battle for most people. Are you looking for a simple yet effective way to drop those excess pounds?

After many years of working in the health and fitness industry, Adrian decided that there had to be certain principles that when followed, produced guaranteed weight loss and better health for anyone who followed them. Principles that were so simple to use and easy to implement, yet still produced remarkable results.

After years of research and testing, Adrian finally discovered the 7 'secret' principles that must be followed in order to achieve the kind of body and level of health that most people desire. Moreover, this method of eating is enjoyable, easy to sustain, and can be adapted to YOUR specific lifestyle! Finally, a plan that you can actually stick with and a way of eating that WILL produce the results you have always wanted, and quickly!

*Learn how to recognise which foods literally force your body to burn body fat
*Discover which superfoods you must include in your diet to fast track your results
*Learn how to use intermittent fasting as a powerful weight loss tool
*Learn how to switch on your fat-burning hormones
*Lose 3-4 pounds every week
*Discover the biggest mistakes most people make when trying to lose weight
*Learn how to destroy your sugar cravings using a simple 4-step process
*Discover how you can finally gain control over the food you eat
*Learn how Adrian's proven 7-step method, which has helped hundreds of his clients, can also give you amazing results
*Find out which supplements can help you to lose weight and which ones are a total waste of your money
*Discover how you can activate your 'skinny gene'
*Have access to nutritious and easy to prepare recipes that are guaranteed to taste amazing!

Author Bio:

Adrian Padula is a certified nutritionist, wellness coach, chef, author and blogger. Working in the health, fitness and hospitality industries over the past 20 years ignited his passion to help others to look and feel their best through healthy lifestyle choices. Working closely with food also gave him an understanding of how people's eating habits and lack of awareness was not only leading them further away from their goals, but also down the path to self-destruction. His 'worthy ideal' is to help educate people and assist them in living a happier, healthier life.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Review: Treasures of the Forgotten City by Danny McAleese & David Kristoph

Treasures of the Forgotten City
By Danny McAleese & David Kristoph
Genre: Action, Adventure (Age 11+, or grade 4 up)

Book Description:

Three priceless star jewels. A century-old, cryptic journal. Using only the resources left by your grand-uncle, it's up to you to find Atraharsis — the legendary lost city beneath the sands.

But the way won't be easy. Raging sandstorms, sinister traps, and a whole host of mysteries stand between you and your Ultimate goal.

Can you solve the riddles, and recover the fabled star gems in time?

Or will you — like so many who've gone before — become the next permanent resident of the forgotten city?

YOU choose your own path in this treasure-hunting adventure! Ultimate Ending lets YOU pick the story. YOU make the decisions, solve the riddles, avoid the traps and gather the clues. It's a mystery and adventure book that YOU control!

Book Review:
Treasures of the Forgotten City is so fun!!! Yes it's THREE exclamation points worthy! Seriously, I wish I had this game as a kid. It creates a fun reading experience and adventure! Treasures of the Forgotten City makes reading so fun! I definitely will have to show this to my younger siblings. Make your own adventure books are the best. Mr. McAleese and Kristoph did an amazing job at building theirs. It has clear directions and the end result is so awesome! Overall I give Treasures of the Forgotten City five stars!
Author Bios:
Danny McAleese started writing fantasy fiction during the golden age of Dungeons & Dragons, way back in the heady, adventure-filled days of the 1980's. His short stories, The Exit, and Momentum, made him the Grand Prize winner of Blizzard Entertainment's 2011 Global Fiction Writing contest. He currently lives in NY, along with his wife, four children, three dogs, and a whole lot of chaos.

David Kristoph lives in Ft Worth, Texas with his wonderful wife and two not-quite German Shepherds. He's a fantastic reader, great videogamer, good chess player, average cyclist, and mediocre runner. He's also a member of the Planetary Society, a patron of StarTalk Radio, an amateur astronomer and general space enthusiast. He writes mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Review: Framed and Burning by Lisa Brunette

Dreamslippers Series Boxed Set
By Lisa Brunette
Genre: Mystery, Female Sleuths, Romantic Suspense

5-STAR REVIEWS FOR BOOKS IN THE SERIES…

“This might possibly be a ‘great book.’” - Sharon E. Leighton, a reader in Canada, on CAT IN THE FLOCK

“Lisa Brunette’s FRAMED AND BURNING is a brilliant, suspenseful whodunit…” - Anthony Award-winning writer of the Inspector Chen series, Qui Xiaolong

“The plot runs deep, and the characters are both quirky and interesting. This is a total whodunit mystery that will keep you on edge until the very end!” - Sage Adderley, on BOUND TO THE TRUTH

SERIES OVERVIEW

What if you could ‘slip’ into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. 

In Cat in the Flock
Following a mother and girl on the run, apprentice dreamslipper Cat McCormick goes undercover inside a fundamentalist church. Is its enigmatic leader guilty of domestic violence? Did his right-hand man really commit suicide?

In Framed and Burning
It was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persistent depression. But when her great uncle’s studio goes up in flames, killing his assistant, Cat must find out who’s really to blame.

In Bound to the Truth
The dreamslippers don’t quite trust their client. Did Nina Howell really fall under the spell of a domineering, conservative talk show host—as her wife claims?

PLUS explore Amazing Grace’s back story in the bonus story found ONLY in this boxed set! For readers who enjoy strong female leads, quirky, well-developed characters, and a dash of dating drama with their mystery. Fans of J.A. Jance, Mary Daheim, and Jayne Ann Krentz will love Cat and “Amazing” Grace!
Book Description:

Framed and Burning is great! Again, I love Cat's character and I'm so glad that she's still in the series. Framed and Burning definitely tops Cat in the Flock. Cat and Grace made an awesome come back, both feisty and independent. I'm happy that I had the opportunity to read Framed and Burning because it was not a let down. I was left satisfied and the writing has never been better. I'm still in love with the Dreamslippers, they're pretty great. Honestly, I feel like Framed and Burning could be a stand alone, the flow of the book is amazing. Ms. Brunette definitely has the skill sets to write an AMAZING book. Overall I give Framed and Burning five stars.
Author Bio:


Lisa was born in Santa Rosa, California, but that was only home for a year. A so-called "military brat," she lived in nine different houses and attended nine different schools by the time she was 14. Through all of the moves, her one constant was books. She read everything, from the entire Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series to her mother's books by Daphne du Maurier and Taylor Caldwell. 

A widely published author, game writer, and journalist, Lisa has interviewed homeless women, the designer of the Batmobile, and a sex expert, to name just a few colorful characters. This experience, not to mention her own large, quirky family, led her to create some truly memorable characters in her Dreamslippers Series and other works, whether books or games.

Always a vivid dreamer, not to mention a wannabe psychic, Lisa feels perfectly at home slipping into suspects’ dreams, at least in her imagination. Her husband isn’t so sure she can’t pick up his dreams in real life, though.

With a hefty list of awards and publications to her name, Lisa now lives in a small town in Washington State, but who knows how long that will last

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