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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Crossroads Road

Crossroads Road:  A Novel by Jeff Kay

An extremely humorous look a one man’s wife and her family of unique characters.
His mother-in-law wins the lottery and decides to build a cul-de-sac for her family to live next to her, and give each of the $2 million dollars.  Would you be willing to pick up your family and move next to your mother-in-law knowing she paid for the house?
Add to the mix a collection of siblings and their spouses, each of whom has their own trait, earth child, obese beyond healthy, etc.
A definite read for those want a laugh at what some people will do for money.

Color My Horse

Color My Horse by Bev Petersen

This is not your regular poor little rich girl story, or your typical love story.  This is the story of a girl born into a wealthy family who is determined to make it for herself.
Jessica Boone was born into a rich family.  Her father died too young and her mother went to work for her grandfather, who made her life miserable.  Jessica grew up and discovered skiing, and was very good at it, until one accident.  Forced to return to her grandfather’s home, she was pressured to come work for him and his company.  Knowing it was not what she wanted, she made a deal to work for someone else and prove she could do it, so she could open a dog kennel.
Here she meets Mark and starts to work at his horse barn, at the bottom position, knowing nothing about the care of horses.  Hard work, determination and a boss who falls in love with her, Jessica learns what she is capable of.
A true love story on so many levels - the love of horses, friends and your true love.
A must read for everyone.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

No Exit

No Exit by Julie Harris

A 5-star suspense-thriller with some romance tossed in.
Rebecca had a special ability, one that made her father leave when she was just a child, one that made most people afraid of being a friend.  She could see things about people, the past, the present and the future, with just a simple touch.  Plus, she could also heal the sick or the dying.
On what was supposed to have been a 2 week seminar and get away vacation, Rebecca is met at the airport by “official looking gentlemen.”  Not being told anything, she is taken away, but she is afraid to board the helicopter as she sees what will happen.  A sniper!!!  While she is clinically dead, she discusses with her angel, Emanual, that there is something she was meant to do but did not do.  She wants to go back.
Nearly scaring the technician in the morgue to death, Rebecca comes back to life.  She is in a secret location with military black ops men, and she is there to foresee the future presidential election.  She sees other things as well, including who the sniper was that shot her!
Add to the mix a tall, dark and handsome Navy SEAL Commander, Kelly Nolan.  What is the attraction between them?  Why can’t she see him the way she can see others?  The feeling that she knows him from somewhere is strong, plus he has been painting her for more than 10 years.
What is it that an Australian with a special gift needs to stay in England to make sure the future president of the United States is not assassinated?  Is he really the next president, or will the sniper succeed?  You’ll have to read for yourself to find out if Rebecca really can see the future.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Children of the Elementi

Children of the Elementi by Ceri Clark

Great story of good versus evil, but with a different twist.
Taking their strengths from nature, fire, wind, water and earth, plus one unifying force, 5 people from different dimenstions join together to combat another power looking to take control.  These 5 have never met before, seeing as how their homeworld was destroyed many years earlier.  These 5 are direct descendants of the original owners of the crystals, each with it’s own ability.  They were scattered in the hope of reuniting to join their forces to bring the Elementi back in control, away from the Magi.

American Nightmare

American Nightmare by T. K. Murphy

Truly, the American Nightmare.
Bob is in his 50’s, worked hard, put everyone’s needs above his own, never said no.
Take it all away.  His wife divorced him and limited his visitations to his children and his boss fired not only him, but everyone else in his company since it is being outsourced.
Bob finally snapped.  A dark side emerged with rage, fury and a primal need for revenge in disturbing ways.  Bob feels no guilt with the killing of others.
While the book could be written a bit better and some grammatical errors need to be corrected, it is a haunting story of how the mind can only handle so much.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Seouled Out

Seouled Out by Andrew Henderson-Henderson

In a theme similar to “Eat, Pray, Love”, a young man writes about his journeys in three different locations.
Seoul, South Korea
After graduating from law school and not knowing what to do with his life, except not become a lawyer, Andrew set out to run from Sallie Mae and decides to teach abroad for a year.  Landing in Seoul, South Korea, in what he thought was to be a 2 week training period before leaving to teach in Japan for a year, you begin to feel for Andrew with what happens to him constantly, a running theme of “what else can go wrong.”  Unfortunately for Andrew, 2 weeks was to become the 1 year of so-called teaching for children, college students and adults.
A bit of history and politics of Seoul is also added in, explaining the dislike for Japan, the United States, China and Russia, as well as some incite to the culture and drinking habits of the people who live in Seoul.  One year late, Andrew had had enough and left Seoul with very little money and even less documentation.
In an almost 180 degree turn around, Thailand was warm and had friendly people.  It seemed like heaven compared to the nightmare he had just gone through for the past year.  However, he was still without money, a place to stay and a job.  The money situation never changed, with one excuse to another why no funds were ever transferred to his bank account.  Luckily, those new friendly people offered a place to stay, and a few small jobs.
Still, things were not as Andrew had wanted, so he decided to leave Thailand and return to the United States.
Boise, Idaho
A bit confusing, as Andrew was no longer referenced, but seemed to become Owen D’Monet.
But Sallie Mae doesn’t ever give up looking for the money due to her from all the student loans.  No matter what job he applied for, he was always refused.  No apartment would lease to him.  A bad credit rating was all he had, and it kept him from getting ahead to even attempt to try to live a normal life, and even begin to repay his loans.  Luckily, he could get very menial jobs to make enough to squeak by.
Overall, a good read.  How one man can have so much bad luck and so much go wrong, makes you feel for him.  The old saying holds true, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Perfect Plan

The Perfect Plan by Ty Hutchinson

They thought they had the perfect plan to rob a bank.  How did one of the hostages end up dead when they didn’t do it?  Who did?  
Short but definitely a great read.  Keeps you reading the next page.  Who is behind it all!?!?  Great thriller, action packed and easy to read for a lunch break.

Multiples of Six

Multiples of Six by Andy Rane

James’ father passed away a few years ago.  His mother died only recently.  James was not feeling like he should be.  His girlfriend Nicole kept trying to bring him back to life.  Now someone he doesn’t even know has him running all over the county finding out more about his life.
Great suspense thriller.  Keeps you turning the pages faster and faster.  Great way to start a series, wanting to read the next one!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bad Vibrations

Bad Vibrations by Christine Pope

A young man walks into a psychic’s office complaining that his girlfriend has been taken over by aliens.  A little unusual she thinks, especially when his descriptions just seem to have his girlfriend doing other things out of the norm.
Later she gets drawn into a world of UFO followers and meets Dr. Paul Oliver, and her heart seems to take her wherever she needs to be with him, including running away from aliens, and saving his life.
Romance, humor, suspense and a quick pace with keep you turning the pages as fast as you can read to keep up with Persephone and her new friends and their desire to follow aliens and save the planet. by RW Bennett

A new twist on the internet dating site.  Why charge for members to meet, then stop collecting fees once they do?  Instead, no membership fees to look for their special someone, the fees begin once they marry, and continue for life, or the length of the relationship.  But why are members getting married in greater numbers than any other site?
Let’s also help these dates find each other at a specified restaurant, with complimentary flowers, some perfume and a glass of wine.
Marsha begins to think something just isn’t right and begins to investigate.  Then her father gets a threatening email and winds up dead. is a story not only of the group of people who started it and helped to make it what it became, but also a few of the members and their stories.  Humor with a twist of suspense.  A good read for everyone.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Haunted on Bourbon Street

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase

For anyone who is familiar with New Orleans, Louisiana, and the people who live there, it is not uncommon to hear about witches, spirits, voodoo, etc.  So when our main character Jade enters a local shop after moving there and finds a lovely old woman with magical powers, she spooks her, even though Jade has a unique ability of her own.
Being an empath tends to make one more reserved when it comes to opening up and making friends.  Most people will tend to shy away and be more nervous and afraid.  Luckily, Jade found some great friends when she moved to New Orleans, and a very interesting landlord who also owns the strip club next door, in addition to her best friend who convinced her to move there.
But what do you do when a ghost decides he wants to be a part of your life, first scaring you in your own bathroom!  Then invading your dreams with a very sexy presence.  How do you get rid of him?
Just enough romance without overdoing it, along with great friendship and some unique adventure!  A great read for everyone.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Goodbye Milky Way

Goodbye Milky Way by Dan Makaon

An earthquake has caused the Earth to shift off its axis.  Now, not only is all life on Earth in danger, but the entire planet may disappear from the Galaxy.
Luckily, a group of intelligent scientists from different fields of study join together to find a solution to save the planet, with the help of a highly sophisticated sentient computer and an alien.
Even though the population was not informed of the forthcoming destruction for fear of mass hysteria and panic, there are those who don’t think anyone should interrupt what God had intended with the end of the Earth.
Even though I had a hard time putting the book down, I was a little disappointed, but surprised by the ending.  I would recommend this book to everyone.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Divine Intervention

Divine Intervention by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Based in Canada, it's a great read for those who like suspense, murder, drama and a touch of romance.  A series of arsons has a special team of crime solvers with special talents called to help solve the "who-done-it".  Plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages until you reach the end.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Chop Suey

Chop Suey by Ty Hutchinson

Take one man down on his luck, on the verge of losing his job.
Add one ingenious, out-of-the-box idea.
Mix in his best friend, who thinks the idea is not only crazy, but dangerous.
Throw in a girl, some intrigue, false identify, gangs, murder, theft, money, a serial killer, two countries and a bit of humor.
Mix well and you have a thrilling good read called Chop Suey.
Here’s to Ty Hutchinson, hope you continue to write!

Nowhere To Go

Nowhere To Go by Iain Rowan

A collection of short stories.
1st bk - One Step Closer - good story, could feel what the man was feeling, willing to give it all up for that one step.
2nd bk - The Chain - new spin on a chain letter, but with much more serious intentions.
3rd bk - A Walk in the Park - Kept me on my toes at the end, wondering who would shoot who and who would survive
4th bk - One Of Us - Felt sorry for the girl in the story, hard life, kept trying, still hard, only to find her way to improve was by the people she hated in her life.
5th bk - Two Night’s Work - Good  con men story.  Felt sorry for the barkeep.
6th bk - Easy Job - What goes around comes around, serves him right for what he did.
7th bk - Fake - Another great con man story.
8th bk - Moths - Love is blind, especially when one cannot see the future, as it repeats from the exact same past.
9th bk - Chairman of the Board - slightly unnerving, being so bored to do dreadful things, including murder.
10th bk - Remains of my Estate - Even a dieing man still does good.
11th bk - Nowhere to Go - No way to anticipate he was foreseeing his own demise.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Telescope Builder

The Telescope Builder by Steve Silken

A collection of short stories of the author’s life, in his teen/younger years, based on the happenings of those around him.  These events are real enough that you can see yourself, or someone you know, in any of these situations, family life, teen suicide, sex, drugs, etc.
Quick read, thoughtful enough to provoke your own recollections of your school years.

The Amanda Project Book 2 Revealed

The Amanda Project Book 2 Revealed by Amanda Valentino

Not having read book one, and never hearing of before, I began reading the book like I would any other.  Note to future readers - read book one first!
A story of a few teenage friends, not the most popular in school, looking for their missing friend, Amanda.  In an effort to try to locate their friend, they create a website,, hoping people will post clues or sitings on Amanda.
In addition to the strange disappearance of Amanda, other strange things begin to happen.  The vice-principal of their school is attacked and ends up in the hospital.  A local shopkeeper suddenly has all of Amanda’s belonging, including a mysterious box, with no explanation as to how she got it.
The more they try to do to find Amanda, the more mysterious and confusing things get.
Who is Amanda, really?  Will they find her?  Read the series and find out.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

When Copper Suns Fall

When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh

In the future, the Earth is not the same.  Angels must hide among mortals and Caduceans are sworn to protect.  However, there is always a good versus evil.
Who can you believe when no one will tell you the truth, not even your own father.
A boy who won’t tell you everything keeps tugging at your heart.  What secrets are out there about yourself, your family and the other characters.
A must read fantasy that will keep you guessing  and what to believe and who to trust right to the very end.

Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland

Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland by Alinka Rutkowska

Great children's read about how your attitude and outlook can affect your day.  The sadder you are, the more you are likely to attract sad people near you.  The happier you are, the more likely you are to have happy people near you.  Climb aboard the Fun Princess and enjoy your day.