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Saturday Surfin’ – Week 9 – 2013 Challenges Are Starting Their Sign Ups

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

Last week I announced my Just For Fun Challenge for 2013.
Today I am featuring more challenges I plan to participate in next year and
hope you will join me.

E-Book Challenge

The 2013 Ebook Challenge

Encouraging readers to expand past just physical books to embrace ebooks in all forms, whether on Kindle, Kobo, computer, or any other reader.

Challenge Guidelines:

1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013.
2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
4. You can plan your books in advance or as you read them.
5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

Levels:

1. Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
2. CD – 10 ebooks
3. DVD – 25 ebooks
4. Memory stick – 50 ebooks
5. Hard drive – 75 ebooks
6. Server – 100 ebooks
7. Human brain – 150 ebooks

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. The linky will remain open for the remainder of the year, so if you forget, feel free go back and add them when you remember.

There will be a giveaway at the end of the year for everyone who achieves their goal level (or higher).

You can sign up at Workaday Reads!

I was surprised at how many e-books I read in 2012. I am going to sign up at the DVD level for 2013 and try to move up to Memory Stick by the end of the year. There is a big gap between those levels so it gives me something to strive for.

What's In A Name 6

What’s In A Name 6
Hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Here’s How It Works

Between January 1 and December 31, 2013, read one book in each of the following categories:
1. A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt

2. A book with something you’d find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs

3. A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness

4. A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire

5. A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You’re Sorry, Dreams of Joy

6. A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

Other Things to Know

  • Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged.
  • You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
  • You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.

On January 1, Beth will publish 7 posts, each with a Mr. Linky (one for each category and one for your wrap-up post), on her blog so you’ll have a place post links to your reviews (bloggers) or leave comments (non-bloggers) as you finish up each category. You’ll be able to find these posts during the year by clicking on the button in the sidebar. (She will create those links on January 1.)

Tip: If you’re ever struggling to find a title to match a category, check out what other people have read so you can get ideas or be inspired. And remember to be creative.

To join in, sign up with Mr. Linky on Beth’s blog. If you aren’t a blogger, just add a comment. If Mr. Linky ever disappears, either try again later or click on the Email Icon in the side bar and send Beth your information, and she’ll add the link for you.

To use Mr. Linky: put your name or your blog’s name in the top box and the URL (web address) of your blog in the bottom box. If you don’t have a blog, use your tumblr account, your Facebook page or simply mention your intent to join the challenge in the comments.

I still have one book to read to complete this change this year and it has been screaming at me from my TBR shelf.

Just click on the button above to go to Beth’s blog to sign up!

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A Novel Challenge
There is a team of bloggers at work there to keep us up to date on all the latest challenges. I will post the ones here that I am participating in but there will be tons of challenges out there for 2013 and some start at different times of the year. I subscribe to the blog via email so news of new challenges land right in my Inbox.

That’s it for week 9 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent
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Missing Rebecca Virtual Book Tour

Death and deception. After a whirlwind romance, Liam and Rebecca marry, knowing almost nothing of each other’s backgrounds. Only months later, on an afternoon shopping trip to a mall in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Cheektowaga, Rebecca vanishes, seemingly abducted. Or did she make herself disappear? Was the marriage a sham? Was Liam a dupe? This is a novel of high crimes and dark shadows, involving the immensely profitable drug industry in which exclusive access to the market for a medication can mean billions of dollars, and holding on to that exclusivity might lead to lies, deceit, corruption, payoffs, and even murder.

Missing Rebecca:
A mystery of high crimes and dark shadows

Crime Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace (May 29, 2012)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1475266603
E-Book File Size: 356 KB
ASIN: B007QLK8DU

Missing Rebecca

Dollycas’s Thoughts

No one is who they seem to be! Nothing is as it appears! I get that but…

More, I wanted more. The premise of this story is very sound and very intriguing and this could have been an awesome story. As is it’s o.k. but it needs to really be expanded. The characters need to be better developed. There is no one to root for in this story. No one the reader becomes invested in.  

Also everything seems to happen at a frantic pace from Liam and Rebecca’s wedding to the search and the traveling hither and yon. At times this pace adds to the suspense but it clearly draws away from it in others.  The whole thing needed more detail and back story, the why so the reader can understand the journey.

This story has a short story feel. A quick mystery with twists that will keep you guessing past the final page. But like me you will be wanting MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About This Author

JOHN WORSLEY SIMPSON is a crime-fiction writer. John was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, emigrated to Canada at the age of four and grew up in Toronto, He has been a reporter and editor in major newspapers and news services in North America, England and Ireland. He is married and lives in Newmarket, Ontario. Connect with John Worsley Simpson at his website, Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in E-Book Challenge Reviews 2012

Review: Where’s My Son? by John C. Dalglish

Where’s My Son?
(Detective Jason Strong Novellas, #1)

Paperback: 156 pages
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 18, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1470098728

Where's My Son?

Micheal Barton comes home to find his wife asleep and their son missing. Detective Jason Strong leads the investigation to find the missing infant. There are no clues and the police have no suspects. Strong befriends Michael as he checks in year after year with no progress in the case.

Michael’s wife passes away after a short battle with cancer and he promises her he will find their son. Jason starts to worry about Michael as he starts to escape into himself and a dark frightening frame of mind. Jason is in a fight against time to save not only Michael but anyone that steps into his path as he frantically searches to find his son.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

How far would you go to save your child?

Dalglish takes us down a road of the unimaginable journey of Michael Barton’s life. He has lost his child and then his wife and he is full of anger. He stumbles upon a clue to the kidnapper and he just snaps. He has to get his son back, no matter the cost.

At 156 pages this is a fast read made even faster by the suspense and drama driven by this story. I was unable to put it down and read late into the night to the final word. The thunderstorm outside my window added another element to the story as if it wasn’t gripping enough.

This is the first Jason Strong novella and I am ready for the second, the third and more. A fabulous debut! Watch this author. I know there are some full length suspense novels in his future!

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Click Here To Find Out More About This Author

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Unidentified Woman Virtual Blog Tour – Guest Post by the Author Hillel Damron

 

I am so happy that Hillel Damron could stop by for a visit today and tell us about his new book! He will be back to answer questions and comments so I hope you will leave some good ones.

Welcome to Escape With Dollycas!

Thank you for having me.

My journey with this book began way back in the fall of 1998, when I first read about the disappearance of young Mexican girls from their homes, and the tragic end they had suffered. It affected me like no other news story at the time. Even the most hardened, jaded of hearts—like mine, an old traveler in the peaks and valleys of life’s battles, border fronts and home fronts alike—could not but stop beating momentarily when reading about the numerous bodies, all of them of girls between the ages of, roughly, twelve and eighteen, who were found dead on the waysides of the desert around that most notorious of Mexican border towns, Ciudad Juárez.

According to the reports at the time, their bodies—though body parts might be a more accurate description—were unrecognizable, mostly naked, and almost always mutilated. It was a big news item at the time, and it lasted for quite a while, until it died a natural death. The much bigger and headline-grabbing stories of the day, such as the drug war between the Mexican Government and the Drug Cartel took over and covered it as if with the dust of the desert. And yet, the mystery behind the death of these young girls remained unsolved.

It remained with me, too, secured permanently in my mind. So much so that one early morning before dawn, unable to continue sleeping, I got up, sat at my desk and began writing about it. What made me do so, I realized immediately, was the idea and gut feeling—most probably caused by the remnants of the nightmare I woke up from—that these murders were the result of “Purchased Rapes.” I was led, almost in spite of myself, not only into a journey deep into my own heart, but also into the hearts and minds of vicious, evil men, as well as young, innocent girls. One of these imaginary girls I chose—or more accurately, she chose me—was the voice of a twelve-year-old girl who took me by the hand and led me into the abyss with her. She didn’t let go off me until I came up with a solution to her mysterious plight and disappearance, and had her story to tell.

That story, as described in my new novel, Unidentified Woman, was then interwoven with my private investigator, Gideon Gold, and his quest to find the true identity of an unidentified woman in a picture he saw in Variety, relating to the death and funeral services of a famous talent agent in Hollywood. This is the second case for Gideon (the first one he tried his hands in was in my Very Narrow Bridge, an Israeli expatriate, a former commander of an elite Israeli paratroops unit and a Mossad secret agent. This reluctant detective uses his experience, expertise and an unconventional thinking and approach to track down that mysterious, strange woman. His frantic pursuit of the her takes unexpected twists and turns, culminating in a dramatic, compelling game of cat-and-mouse that will change both of their lives forever.

 

As for my life, well, it’s a long story. But here’s the gist of it: I was born in Israel, in a kibbutz (i.e. commune), to parents who survived the Holocaust. After high school I joined the army (no other choice), ended up being an officer at an elite paratroops unit, and was wounded in battle. After some twists and turns, I found myself in London, where I studied films at the London Film School. Back in Israel, I became a film director of TV documentaries, a feature film, and numerous video shorts. I wrote an award-winning Sci-fi novel, “War of the Sexes,” short stories, film reviews and more. As noted above, last year I published my first novel in English, Very Narrow Bridge, a first in the series of Gideon Gold’s Investigation. This year in February I was awarded the Moment Magazine’s Prize for winning its memoir contest with my entry: The Sweet Life. If you would like to learn more about me, my life’s adventures, and my creative output, please visit my literary website: http://hillelbridge.com/

You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and YouTube.

~Hillel Damron

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us! 

 

Unidentified Woman
File Size: 339 KB
Print Length: 211 pages
Publisher: HillelBridge Publications (August 12, 2012)

Young Maria is kidnapped on her way to school in Mexico. She is taken to a “farm” where is is repeatedly raped and tortured mostly but wealthy Americans. Unlike so many others she survives, grows up, and is able to escape. She vows to make all those men and men like them pay.

Gideon Gold served as a commander of an elite Israeli paratroops unit, and is a former Mossad secret agent.  He is asked by the wife of a wealthy Hollywood mogul to find out WHY her husband was killed. He really just wants a secure foothold into the Hollywood movie making business so is hoping she will set him up with the right connections if he uses his past experiences to try to find the answers she is seeking. After some time he finds one clue that sends him off to track down an Unidentified Woman and that leads him to Maria.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
An very intriguing game of “cat and mouse”.

Hillel Damron has put a face on human trafficking as we get to know Maria. Her journal takes us inside her thoughts in a powerful way. Ripped away from her friends and family she is able to cope with the painful and frightening situations by writing everything down as if she is telling her friend Adela her horrific story. She loses her childhood that day but she never gives up finding her way home.

I was impressed with Gideon. His wife set him up to get this job and he wasn’t happy about it. It took time away from his real passion of screenwriting but he couldn’t just accept the money and not follow through. He finds a clue everyone else missed and the chase is on.

The ending was very unexpected! A suspenseful read!

This story is very fast paced and I recommend it highly. I also recommend you check out the author’s website for more of his insight into human trafficking. http://hillelbridge.com/


Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

**This e-book is available at AMAZON right now for just 99 cents!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in E-Book Challenge Reviews 2012

Review: The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber

The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel
Brand New Series
Ballantine Books (August 14, 2012)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0345528926

The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel


Debbie Macomber takes us back to Cedar Cove, Washington for her brand new series. This series features Jo Marie Rose. She has came to Cedar Cove to make a fresh start after the death of her husband. She has purchased the local Bed & Breakfast and renamed it Rose Harbor Inn. Her surname may be Rose but there is not a single rose bush on the property, but there will be a rose being planted very soon.

Her first guest is Joshua Weaver. He has come to Cedar Cove after receiving a call from his stepfather’s neighbor telling him that the man was very ill. There is no love lost between Josh and his stepfather. The man kicked him out of the house before he even graduated high school. A friend of Josh’s from high school reenters his life. She hopes that with her help these two men can reconcile before it is too late.

Abby Kincaid arrives in town for her brother’s wedding. She hasn’t been back to Cedar Cove for twenty years. The town holds so many painful memories, she is almost wishing she had stayed in Florida. She runs into an old high school friend who suggests a lunch with all her old Cedar Cove friends. Abby agrees when her mother is invited too. This lunch is going to be a monumental event for Abby. Is she ready to face her past and try to move forward?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am thrilled the Debbie Macomber is not done with Cedar Cove but taking the stories in a different direction. I loved it when characters from the previous series drop by the inn to introduce themselves to Jo Marie.

Like other books from this author the books are full of flawed characters who learn to forgive and fall in love again. This one had some real tearjerker moments so keep a tissue handy.

Jo Marie’s story is one many women are living today as their spouse doesn’t come home from Afghanistan and women have gone through forever back in time. Buying the inn to help her through her grief and feeling her husband’s presence in very special ways is so moving.

This series promises to be quite inspiring as Jo Marie is effected by guests and the way the guests are effected by Jo Marie and the folks of Cedar Cove. Macomber fans will love this and don’t worry if you haven’t read any of her books this is a great story to start your journey with Debbie Macomber.

 

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in E-Book Challenge Reviews 2012 Virtual Book Tour

The Aspen 2-Million Winner Take All Blog Tour

This is the last stop of this month long book tour.

The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All
E-Book
File Size: 399 KB
Print Length: 281 pages
Publisher: Publish Green (May 10, 2012)

The Aspen 2Million WinnerTakeAll

Morgan loves living Aspen. He could never dream of living anywhere else.

He inherits a dilapidated duplex when his landlord dies and to be able to stay there and fix it up a little he has to sell half. This brings the lovely Risa into his life, and her little yapping dog too.

Morgan a self appointed life coach who uses golf to bring out the best in people travels a lot. When he arrives home after one of his trips Risa informs him her dog is missing. No one is more surprised than Morgan when the dog is found dead in the backyard. Risa blames him and sets in motion a million dollar lawsuit against Morgan for killing her prized pup.

Morgan turns to his friend a lawyer who tells him he doesn’t have a chance of winning the suit. He doesn’t have that kind of money so he comes up with three options:

1. To win in a winner take all golf tournament.
2. Discover a secret about Risa and blackmail her.
3. Make Risa fall in love with him.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The plot is a little far-fetched. Morgan’s friend is a terrible lawyer, Risa is a bit out there and Morgan lives a crazy life. Luke seems to be the only sane one in the bunch even his hair-brained helicopter ideas end up coming in handy.

All that being said this is quite a funny read.

No man’s life should be full of this much drama. All the people in his life look like movie stars or swimsuit models. Ex-girlfriends, a garage band, parties for what seemed like the entire town keep Morgan pretty busy. Add to that his job of flying around the U.S. trying turn rich grumpy men into something they aren’t using a few common sense rules and a round of golf you start to see how his life has reached this point.

For the life of me I couldn’t figure how why Morgan even liked Risa. She treated him just awful, had mood swings that could break your neck and he always had to watch for flying objects.

Then we come to this Winner Take All Golf Tournament.  I can’t reveal much without spoiling the story but the ending to me was pretty expected but it did have its moments of hilarity.

Golfers will get a kick out of this story. Anyone looking for a little stress relief will find this book easy to escape into for awhile for the humor of it all.

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


About This Author
John Morris lives in Aspen, Colorado, with his loving wife and two wonderful children. Having worked many of the same cowboy / construction / bartender / ski-patrol jobs as his fictional counterpart Morgan, he can vouch for how easy it is for a good-looking guy to get in trouble there.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in E-Book Challenge Reviews 2012

Review: Play Him Again by Jeffrey Stone


Play Him Again
(A Matt Hudson Novel)

Genre: Mystery
Riverdale Press
E-Book
Published on March 17, 2012
472 KB or 283 Pages

Play Him Again


Set in California in the Roaring 20’s when silent movies are the rage and producing talkies is just too expensive. Only two studios even have equipment to add the sound and they don’t want to share even with their favorite bootlegger, Matt Hudson. His dream is to make a film with actors actually talking and rake in the dough. His oldest friend in the world, con man Danny Kincaid, tries to use the talkie gold mine angle to his favor with a Chicago mobster fresh to California. Sadly he ends up dead, swimming with the fishes. “Hud” goes on a mission to track down Danny’s killer hoping he doesn’t join Danny in the morgue.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This was a quick fun read that was very interesting. Spattered with big time actors of the 20’s like Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who all happen to be friends with Matt “Hud” Hudson. Hud’s girlfriend is upset she is not as friendly with the famous trio.

Referencing the success of the movie The Jazz Singer really set the time and place of the story. This piece of fiction seems to have been well researched regarding the era, movie making and prohibition which makes it believable. The plot and subplots are polished and interwoven but at times the story is a bit bogged down trying to let the reader know just too much.

I was really taken with the characters the author created. The famous ones acted as expected but “Hud” especially was multifaceted. A man trying to better himself, wanting out of bootlegging and trying to make himself something in the hot industry of the era, making movies.

I can’t wait to see where the author takes Matthew “Hud” Hudson next!

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Virtual Book Tour Guest Post – Section 132 by Helga Zeiner (Giveaway too!)

I am so happy to welcome Helga Zeiner here today. I will post my complete review after her post but I will tell you now that it is a well written, well researched story that will touch your hearts. I’ll let her tell you her tell you how this story came to us readers.

My dear, beloved Readers,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to present myself as an author and my novel ‘Section 132’ to you.

I have lived and worked in Europe, where I was born, Asia, Australia and America, and have visited many more countries. Canada is my home since 2004.

Now I would like to briefly transport you back to a day in 2007 and picture this scenario: I’m sitting on my porch, enjoying the peaceful view of the lake in front of the remote country property I have chosen as my permanent home. I’m totally relaxed. The sky is blue, the lake is calm. I open my lap-top, click on the Vancouver Sun newspaper and start reading an article about a Fundamentalist Mormon sect located in British Columbia that is accused of child-bride trafficking with their counterparts in America. This intrigues me, to say the least. I read on and discover that this sect is located only about three hours drive from my home.

Of course, from that moment on I, the writer of suspense novels, am hooked.

I don’t consider myself a crusader or an activist, but I like to write stories with an unusual plot, freaturing strong female protagonists. I believe that women are amazingly resilient, resourceful, talented and wonderful human beings. All my novels (so far eight written, six published) are a homage to women who have to overcome enormous difficulties to fulfill their dreams and reach their goals in life.

Until that day in 2007 I would not have believed that a sect practicing polygamy and marrying their teenage daughters to much older men is even allowed to exist in our countries – be it Canada or America.

Several years of research followed and what I discovered in due course not only confirmed the article I had read but brought even more mind-blowing facts to light.

Subsequently I wrote the novel Section 132. I just had to write it. Not out of cheap sensationalism but because I believe that a novel might reach a much wider audience than a newspaper article and may raise public awareness of what goes on behind the closed doors of those sects. And because I simply could not pass by such an incredible story! After all, I write to entertain my readers by surprising them with unexpected stories. I like to carry them away from their everyday life with all their worries and problems.

Of course the plot and the protagonists in Section 132 are fictional. But I have created a mirror-image of the sect that still exists three hours drive from my home. By now their Bishop is under investigation by the RCMP and his American counterpart is now serving a life-sentence for sexual exploitation of minors. To round up the story, I have drawn from my abundant experience in living in the Canadian wilderness.

I hope you will enjoy this story, as dramatic and brutal it may be in parts. Please remember when you read it – and I hope very much that you do – that it is based on facts, as unbelievable as they may sound.

Helga Zeiner
Author of
Section 132
‘Imprisoned In A Polygamous Sect’

Thank you Helga for sharing your story and writing this novel. I so happy to share it here with my friends.



Published by POW WOW Books
Available in Paperback and E-Book

Lillian grew up in a American Fundamentalist Mormon sect where polygamy is still practiced. When she turned 13 she is said to be a woman and is sent to be the child bride of a Bishop in Canada. The compound is located in the wilderness of British Columbia. There are no neighbors for miles. Lillian is scared of her new “husband” and his first wife. Her sister-wife and the wife recognized by law.

A land developer has decided to purchase the land next to the compound for a ritzy new subdivision. He knows absolutely nothing about the compound next to his idyllic property. When he needs to tell the Bishop about his proposed project he learns the sect’s secret. Can he just stay out of their business or does he need to investigate further and protect the children he has seen at the compound? He has some difficult choices to make that could effect so many in Canada but the United States as well.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

WOW! What a suspenseful story!! A fabulous read!!

Zeiner has taken her research and constructed a well written novel that will have you sitting straight up in your chair rapidly turning the pages.

One of my former employers is a Mormon, not of a sect the practices polygamy. The staff were members of several religions and unlike most places of work back then we discussed religion openly. Different views were shared and we all learned much of different theology. There were Catholics, Methodists, Seven Day Adventists, and Lutherans. When the company was purchased by a man of Mormon faith from Salt Lake City we were all anxious to learn about the religion. Some of us even were fortunate enough to travel to Salt Lake City and see the temple and learn about Joseph Smith and his teachings. I was familiar with several beliefs shared in this story. Most people today may have watched Big Love on HBO for their knowledge on this Mormon practice.

There have also been several non-fiction accounts by women who have escaped from this horrible practice. It is easier to read this story because we known that while based on fact it is still fiction. It may make you furious in parts, tug at your heartstrings in other places, it may even make you laugh here and there.  You will be amazed by the strength of some of the characters. The things these children go through was horrific, but the author was not preachy in her telling of this story. The reader is able to reach their own conclusions.

I believe this is the first title by this author written in English. I hope she writes many more. This book receives my highest recommendation.

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

The author has generously authorized me to give away
1 E-Book copy of this wonderful book!
The giveaway will end August 3, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. EST

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in E-Book Challenge Reviews 2012

Review: Wicked Wives By Gus Pelagatti

The Wicked Wives: A novel based on a true story Mill City Press, Inc. Paperback and E-book

The Wicked Wives

This novel is based on a true story. In 1938, 17 wives and their accomplices were arrested in Philadelphia for murdering their husbands. Behind the whole plot was Giorgio DiSipio, a true lothario. He was a local tailor with a revolving door of women. He would seduce them, help them to insure their husbands, then teach them how to kill them, all for his share of the insurance money.

It was extremely successful until a single assistant district attorney discovers the plot and does everything he can to hold the guilty parties accountable.

Dollycas’s Thoughts It is easy to forget this novel is based on a true story as it reads like a good piece of juicy fiction.

A bored housewife is never a good thing. These wives first have an affair with the tailor, then let him lead them down a wicked path of murder, all thinking they are in love with this guy. A guys whose sick wife is right upstairs. I wonder how he even had time to make any clothes with all the women coming and going. Sound like a plot for a soap opera doesn’t it.

They made some mistakes and one man brought them down. The author takes us inside the investigation. The deceit, the corruption, the conspiracy. Plus the lust and sex. These women were no shrinking violets. There are the twists and turns to this story as well. The story is written by a trial lawyer that has done his research. Once you start reading you will have a very hard time putting this book down so plan accordingly. 🙂

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About This Author He is a practicing trial lawyer with over 47 years of experience trying civil and criminal cases, including homicide.

He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, limited to attorneys who have been recognized as achieving a standard of excellence as a trial expert.

He has spent years researching the true story of the 1938 insurance scam murders, interviewing judges, lawyers, police and neighbors involved in the trials.

He was born and raised within blocks of the main conspirator’s tailor shop and the homes of many of the wives convicted of murdering their husbands.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in E-Book Challenge Literary Escapes Reviews 2012

Review: A Place in the Country by Elizabeth Adler

A Place in the Country
St Martin’s Press

Available Now

A Place in the Country

Caroline Evans has left her cheating husband and her high class life behind in Singapore and takes her 15 year old daughter with her. Starting over is not going to be easy but it better than living a lie.

Caroline and Issy end up Oxfordshire, England. They happen upon an English pub where owner Maggie takes them in and has Caroline cooking up a storm in the kitchen in no time. Caroline loves to cook.

Issy makes friends with Maggie’s daughter but she still blames her mother for taking her away from her father and ruining her life.

Their lives take a turn as Caroline decides to follow her dream and create her own Place in the Country while Issy is stuck in that time between being a girl and becoming a young woman and is making some dangerous choices.

Their past also comes up close and personal when someone is murdered and an unexpected visitor comes to visit them in the country.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Elizabeth Adler has given us an engaging and emotional story of a mother and her daughter and the bonds they share. 

Caroline is doing what she knows is right no matter how difficult. Issy just wants things to go back to normal. They meet many new people in the country that quickly become friends. Caroline needs to free herself to love again. More than one man wants to be “the man” in her life.

The mystery added to this mix was surprising and exciting. Twists and turns that maneuver they story in a different direction. A direction that shows Caroline how strong she has become since she was at her ex-husband’s beck and call.

The descriptions of the English countryside painted a beautiful picture even when it was raining or foggy. Sounds like A Place in the Country would be a wonderful place to visit. 

This is my first read of this author but it won’t be my last. The story gets my highest recommendation.

 

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

About This Author*

Elizabeth Adler is a self-confessed romantic, a travel addict and a foodie, all of which she brings to the reader in her novels, along with a tough thrust of suspense and an unfolding mystery that keeps you on your toes.

Elizabeth has lived in many countries and when she’s not writing spends time discovering even more places to bring to you, with her husband, Richard – still in love after all these years – as are the characters featured in her past three novels, Mac Reilly the Malibu PI and Sunny Alvarez, his lover and side kick. You have to read about them to know them! Elizabeth lives in California and has the ability to take you to all those romantic places she knows so well, Capri, Venice, Tuscany, St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, and of course, Malibu. You will feel you are there, with her, sitting on that Italian terrace, sipping that coffee, smelling the delicious food, savoring the heat and the sunshine and the mystery unfolding for you.

Elizabeth is five-three and wishes she were taller, blind as a bat without her glasses that anyway she is too vain to wear, and at 128 lbs till thinking about that diet. She has one daughter, Anabelle who is married to rock musician Eric Avery and two kitties, the Siamese, Sweet Pea who rules the household, and an adorable black cat Sunny.

Find out more about Elizabeth Adler on her website here.

*From Amazon

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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