Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Her Surprise Cowboy by Claire McEwen Review & Giveaway

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Her Surprise Cowboy
(Heroes of Shelter Creek #3)
By Claire McEwen
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
April 1st 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Looking for redemption…

Finding a future

Rancher Liam Dale is in Shelter Creek to make amends for his troubled past. He had no idea vet assistant Trisha Gilbert would be there, too—and he’s even more shocked to discover he’s a daddy! Trisha has good reasons not to trust him and a baby boy to protect. But now that he knows he’s a father, Liam longs to transform this unexpected reunion into a true family.

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About the Author


Claire McEwen writes romance set in quirky small towns and beautiful western settings. Her strong heroes and heroines take big emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-afters. Claire’s books have been published by Harlequin’s Superromance and Heartwarming lines, and have won various awards, including The Golden Quill, the Book Buyers Best, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. Claire lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she’s a busy mom who enjoys gardening, hiking, discovering flea-market treasures and wandering on the beach. A life-long bookworm, she always has her Kindle close by.


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My Review:
It is always interesting when a father comes home to a child. Even more so when he is surprised to be a dad. I really like this series because the author weaves in the characters from previous books in the series, even the non human ones. It was also interesting that Trisha not only had drinks at a wedding but also a one night stand. She was not usually a bad girl, but this night it was meant to be. Liam was not in a good place. He had an addiction, They both have their issues, but their son is more important to them. Can they put their pasts behind them?? How he lied about his name? What will their future hold? I can not wait to read more from this series and author. I am giving this book a 5/5, All opinions are my own, 

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Chasing the White Lion by: James R. Hannibal Review

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"There is plenty of international action and intrigue in this heist thriller. Give this suspenseful launch of Hannibal's Clandestine Service to fans of James Rollins and Tom Clancy who are looking for something new."--Booklist on The Gryphon Heist

In Talia's world everyone has an angle and no one escapes unscathed

CIA officer Talia Inger may have reconciled with the man who assassinated her father, but that doesn't mean she wants him hovering over her every move and unearthing the painful past she's trying to put behind her. Still, she'll need him--and the help of his star grifter, Valkyrie--if she hopes to infiltrate the Jungle, the first ever crowdsourced crime syndicate, to rescue a group of kidnapped refugee children.

But as Talia and her elite team of thieves con their way into the heart of the Jungle, inching ever closer to syndicate boss the White Lion, she'll run right up against the ragged edge of her family's dark past. In this game of cat and mouse, it's win . . . or die. And in times like that, it's always good to have someone watching your back.


James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. A former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas, he has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his Section 13 mysteries for kids and a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series for adults. The author of The Gryphon Heist, James is a rare multisense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells, and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.

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James R. Hannibal

James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. A former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas, he has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion...
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My Review:
This is a great political thriller that kept me guessing until "The Frenzy". I was happy that there was a Christian main character. The plot played out like a spy movie, and I was impressed with how the author switched from Russia to Thailand. This is a great page turner and will definitely keep you reading. The plot turns were unexpected and the military tactics (leader, phases and equipment) added a feeling of suspense. I can not wait to read the next book in the series, and need to pick up the first. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own.

DEAD RINGERS by Wayne Kerr Review

Inside the Book

Dead Ringers 2
Title: DEAD RINGERS
Author: Wayne Kerr
Publisher: Canusa Books
Pages: 230
Genre: Mystery/Women Sleuths
BOOK BLURB:
Reggie Swann had the perfect husband, perfect house and the career she’d always wanted.
The former Toronto Homicide Detective lost it all when she was framed for murder.  Released when key evidence is disproven by new technology. There are some who still have doubts about her innocence.  Reggie will stop at nothing to clear her name, but first she must help solve a murder in her home town.
The sleepy city of Penticton was shaken by the murder of a beautiful young resident.  Everyone in town believes the cheating husband did it.  Everyone except Reggie Swann…  Could the two murders be related? Who will believe the disgraced detective? The real killer.
He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!
My Review:
After 10 years in prison for a crime that Reggie did not commit, she is ready to clear her name. As would any one. Especially after what she endured in prison. I really like how Reggie's PI business got it's name. Cronus is a believable killer and I enjoyed the other characters as well. Who knew a new case could point to Reggie's own? I liked the relationship between Reggie and her mom. It was a nice addition to the plot/ I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own.

The Coven Murders by Brian O'Hare Review

The Coven Murders
Volume 3 of the Inspector Sheehan Mysteries.

The Coven Murders opens with a horrifying account of a ritual Black Mass and a human sacrifice in an abandoned church. Twenty- one years later, near an old ruined church in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Chief Inspector Sheehan and his team discover the skeleton of a young woman. But what seems initially to be a straightforward case, brings the team into conflict with a powerful Satanist who has plans to offer up to Satan another human sacrifice on the evening of the great Illuminati feast of Lughnasa. Several murders occur, baffling the Inspector until he makes a connection between the modern murders and the twenty-one year old skeleton. The team’s pursuit of the murderer and their determination to protect a young woman who is targeted by the coven, leads to a horrific climax in a hellish underground crypt where Sheehan and his team, supported by an exorcist and a bishop, attempt to do battle with the coven and a powerful demon, Baphomet, jeopardising not only their lives, but risking the wrath of Satan upon their immortal souls.

Wow, what a ride that was!  It was scary. [C. Todd, Beta Reader]

Next time you hear anyone say that murder mysteries are never well-written or literary, shove this book in their face. [Willcape, blogger]

The end took me completely by surprise. I’m willing to bet there are few out there who will guess this one.  Denna Holm, Para-normal and Sci-fi novelist.


Why isn't Brian O'Hare better known in the crime writing world? This man is extremely talented. [Joseph Sousa, crime Writer]

Head and shoulders above most mystery authors who are published today, Brian O’Hare deserves far wider recognition. [A.C. Amazon reviewer]


About Brian O'Hare

Brian O'Hare, MA, Ph.D., is a retired assistant director of a large regional college of further and higher education. Married, three children, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild. He plays golf three times a week off a ten handicap and does a lot of voluntary work. Any writing he has previously done was academic...very much restricted to a very specific readership. Several articles in educational journals were followed by a number of book-length reports for the Dept. of Education and the University of Ulster. He has also written an interesting biography of a man who daily performs amazing miracles of healing...The Miracle Ship. That is currently available in Amazon's Kindle bookstore. Hopefully those who read it will spread the word and write reviews to help John's message to reach the hearts of many, many people.

Brian had a liver disease since childhood which resulted in him taking early retirement a number of years ago. In 2002 he had a liver transplant but is strong and healthy now. He continued to do academic writing well into his retirement and followed that with a memoir about his liver transplant, dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences that came from that period in his life (A Spiritual Odyssey, published by Columba Press, Dublin).

Recently he experienced a desire to write fiction. Hence Fallen Men. It is a story about three priests...but it is religious in much the same way Thornbirds was religious. He has also finished a second book. It's quite different from Fallen Men... a detective mystery inspired by an old 14th century painting of the Last Judgement. It's called "The Doom Murders" available on Kindle (winner of three Awards including Medallist Honours Award for New Apple Awards forExcellence). A second volume in the series, The 11:05 Murders (New Apple Solo Top Medallist Honours Award) is complete and available as is The Coven Murders, published at the end of March, 2018.
Also now available on Kindle is the story of Brian's liver transplant and the growth in spirit he experienced as he waited for almost a year, not knowing if he was going to live or die. See: "A Spiritual Odyssey [Diary of an Ordinary Catholic]"

My Review:
This was an occult story, but you did not get the blood and gore, Instead you got poetry. The author has a way of flowing words together that make you visualize them. "A low voice that quivered with intensity", is just one example. At times I forgot that I was reading about murders. At other times I knew I was reading horror for sure. This is the third book in the series, and I can not wait to read the previous two and the rest as they come out. There is so much more to this novel, parentage being the most unexpected. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own. 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Bread Bags & Bullies: Surviving the ’80s by Steven Manchester Review


SYNOPSIS:

It’s the winter of 1984. Twelve-year old Herbie and his two brothers—Wally and Cockroach—are enjoying the mayhem of winter break when a late Nor’easter blows through New England, trapping their quirky family in the house. The power goes out and playing Space Invaders to AC DC’s Back in Black album is suddenly silenced—forcing them to use their twisted imaginations in beating back the boredom. At a time when the brothers must overcome one fear after the next, they learn that courage is the one character trait that guarantees all others. This hysterical coming-of-age tale is jam-packed with enough nostalgia to satisfy anyone who grew up in the ‘80s or at least had the good fortune to travel through them.




EARLY PRAISE
“If you loved the ever popular A Christmas Story, be prepared for another classic. Bread Bags & Bullies is a must read! Funny, poignant, and heartwarming—Steven Manchester is a master storyteller.” – Jamie Farr, Actor, M.A.S.H.

“In Bread Bags & Bullies, the writing is so vivid, the pace and rhythm so quick, that I truly felt I was watching it on screen.” – Joan van Ark, Actress, Knots Landing

Bread Bags & Bullies is a detailed eye-opening experience of the Big Hair decade. Enjoyable whether you were there or not—or just can’t quite remember it.” – Barry Williams, Actor, The Brady Bunch

“Steven Manchester’s Bread Bags & Bullies captures a simpler time, just before technology began dominating America’s time and attention. This nostalgic story is hilarious, told by a family of characters you won’t soon forget. A must read!” – Ed Asner, Actor, Lou Grant
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Author Bio:

Steven ManchesterSteven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island; the national bestsellers, Ashes, The Changing Season and Three Shoeboxes; and the multi-award winning novels, Goodnight Brian and The Thursday Night Club. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a multi-produced playwright, as well as the winner of the 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival and the 2018 New York Book Festival. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.

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My Review:
I love the 80's and this book was a blast from the past! I loved all the games that were mentioned from a Magic 8 Ball to Nintendo! I loved the songs that were on the radio! I loved that there were connections to my childhood. I never did the bread bag thing, but I did have a garbage bag around my foot cast. I also had a store down the street from us that we got milk and eggs from for the weekend. There were 4 of us growing up and we definitely had a lot of banter like Wally and his brothers.Most of all I loved that this book reinforced family. Loving each other and helping each other. Through bullies, boredom and school vacations. From board games to bus rides. This is a great trip down memory lane, and an even better story about fathers passing down traits to one another. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own. Another great read by Steven Manchester!