Dec 152015
 

revenge of the seaRevenge of the Sea
(The Captain Shelby Trilogy)
(Volume 3)

Sea Story
Imajin Books (November 26, 2015)
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1772231601
E-Book ASIN: B017Y41K4Y
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Beware of what the tide may bring…

Ethan Hodges is deeply unsettled when thousands of decomposed starfish inexplicably wash up along the shore of Pelican Bay. As the ominous sea epidemic spreads to other marine life, he continues to see a suspicious-looking man loitering on the beach.

To solve the mystery, Ethan seeks help from longtime friend, Sheriff Dansby, and Reagan Langsley, a beautiful marine biologist from Lighthouse Point. Spurred by curiosity and jealousy, Ethan’s estranged wife, Morgan, joins them in the investigation.

When the elusive outsider is finally arrested, an enigmatic relationship develops between Ethan and the man. With cautious prodding, Ethan learns that the fate of the world appears to rest in the hands of the tall stranger named…Mr. DM.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Pelican Bay was my Favorite Book of 2013, Captain Shelby made my Best Reads of 2014, so I have been waiting impatiently for Revenge of the Sea.

This time we meet Mr. DM and he takes us on one heck of a voyage. He is one evil man. Can Ethan stop the fate he has set for the world?

I do love the way Jesse Giles Christiansen writes. The story just flows with almost melodically. He draws us right in and holds on so tight. But his imagination is scary. The plot is an environmental horror story. What happens when everything in the oceans are literally dying?

As always the characters are rich and deep and well developed. This was a more modern telling and time but I did find myself wishing for a little more Captain Shelby and the old Irish dialect that captivated me in the last book. I was pleased to see Morgan, Ethan, not so estranged wife, play an active role in trying to solve the mystery. They truly do belong together.

This Hemingway inspired author has delivered another suspenseful drama with so much depth. This is not the type of story I usually read but Christiansen has awakened my love of maritime mystery…or maybe it was Captain Shelby.

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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About The Author

#1 bestselling author in sea adventures, Jesse Giles Christiansen is an American author whose page-turning fiction weaves the real with the surreal, while also speaking to the human condition. He was hailed by New York Times bestselling author, William R. Forstchen, as “leaving readers so tantalized by the story lines, they think the events actually happened–a demonstration of skill surely to launch this author into the big leagues.”

Jesse was born in Miami, FL, playing on beaches as a boy, the sky bronzing him forever and the sea turning his heart lyrical. After spending a summer in Alaska before graduating from Florida State University with a degree in literature and philosophy, he wrote his first novel, Journey into the Mystic.

He feels he is haunted by Hemingway’s ghost, not just by the poster in his writing studio that stares at him, saying, “What else you got?” but also by having a café called Hemingway’s in the small European city where he writes. Finally, Hemingway became his neighbor on Amazon when his novel, Pelican Bay, outsold Old Man and the Sea.

He currently lives in Lüneburg, Germany, with his wife and their precocious White Siamese cat.

To learn more about this author, visit him at www.jessegileschristiansen.com

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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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Dec 072015
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Book Date

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

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It looks like a great year ahead for for Great Escapes Book Tours and we need more bloggers to join our group. We are branching out to genres besides mysteries in 2016 and will be hosting more Book Blasts and Cover Reveals. Click Here to get more information and to signup!!! Please pass the word and tell your friends!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

FINISHED

The Rise of the Red Queen (A Red Solaris Mystery) (Volume 2)

Release Date – December 1, 2015
My Review
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The Conspiring Woman (A Victorian Bookshop Mystery) (Volume 4)

Release Date – October 4, 2015
Kate will be my Special Guest on tomorrow!
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Dorothy Parker Drank Here

Paperback Release Date – December 15, 2015
Review will be up Thursday! 
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Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery (Jamie Quinn Mysteries Book 4)

Release Date – September 11, 2015
Review will be up Friday! 
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X Out Of Wonderland

Release Date – July 1, 2005
Read for my Alphabet Challenge.
Review will be up Saturday!

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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Revenge of the Sea (The Captain Shelby Trilogy) (Volume 3)

Release Date – November 26, 2015
For Review
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Here Today, Gone Tamale: A Taste of Texas Mystery

Release Date – December 1, 2015
Rebecca will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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T’is the Season

Release Date – November 26, 2015
For Review
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A Christmas Mourning: An Amish Mystery Short Story

Release Date – November 12, 2015
For Review
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A Vision of Sugarplums

Release Date – November 11, 2011
To complete my Alphabet Soup Challenge.
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Oct 162014
 

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Captain Shelby
by Jesse Giles Christiansen

captain  shelby new coverCaptain Shelby
(The Captain Shelby Trilogy Book 2)

Publisher: Imajin Books (September 6, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 4730 KB
Print Length: 211 pages
ASIN: B00MYDITT0′
Trade Paperback (September 14, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1-77223-004-8

Synopsis

There are places even the sea cannot go…

In coastal Denmark, a young man named Nereus builds a longship and leaves at age eighteen to discover a new, enigmatic land. Faced with unimaginable obstacles, he crosses the North Atlantic, only to be captured by the Skraelings, the Inuit indigenous people who seek revenge on all settlers because of a “Great Red Man” who murdered many of their family members.

Many years later, Nereus is hired by a group of Irish settlers who are fleeing the tyranny of King Henry VIII, and he takes them across the North Atlantic to the Newfound Land. A fierce battle ensues against the sea, the Little Ice Age, and the vicious Skraelings.

When Nereus falls in love with Laura Hodges, fiancée to the group’s leader, William Brockelby, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous love triangle…until the formidable mystery surrounding Captain Nereus H. Shelby is finally revealed.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Ethan Hodges shares Captain Nereus H. Shelby’s stories. He states his “accounts come from both dreams about him and from reality.” The prologue ends with “remember that with the greatest moments throughout history reality has often mirrored dreams. And also remember that all dreams ultimately come from reality.”

I absolutely love the way Jesse Giles Christiansen writes. After reading Pelican Bay I realized how easy it was to just let go and follow the story where it led. He has topped himself with this story. He immerses the reader right into Shelby’s story. He takes us on a mystical journey back in time, to the mysteries of the sea and the mysteries of Captain Shelby. Christiansen’s words paint incredible pictures in my mind.

Once I started the story I couldn’t but it down. I was in awe of the way he makes these characters so real and made me see what people will endure to be free of tyranny and believe that love really has no boundaries. The dialogue, the old language of the Irish immigrants, is captivating and addicting. I found myself mesmerized by its rhythm.

Captain Shelby is a story full of adventure, mystery, intrigue and love. Christiansen states he was inspired by Hemingway. The inspiration has given birth because this narrative is masterful. Hemingway would be very pleased with this author’s work. This is an author to keep our eyes on.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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About This Author

Jesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature, and holds an M.A. in philosophy from Georgia State University. He is the author of Pelican Bay (book one in the Captain Shelby Series), an Amazon #1 list bestseller, outselling Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. One of Christiansen’s literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he always reminds himself of something that Ray Bradbury once said: “You fail only if you stop writing.”

Author Links

Web Site: www.jessegileschristiansen.com
Blog: www.jgchristiansen.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JesseGilesChris
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jesse.gileschristiansen.7
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5261095.Jesse_Giles_Christiansen

 

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The book will be gifted to the winner from Amazon.
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Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!!

Tour Participants

October 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Introduction of Tour
October 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway
October 8 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
October 9 – readalot blog – Review
October 10 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview
October 11 – A. Literary Mafia – Interview
October 12 – Christa Reads and Writes
October 13 – deal sharing aunt – Interview, Giveaway
October 14 – Tea and A Book – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
October 15 – OMNIMYSTERY NEWS – Character Guest Post
October 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Giveaway
October 17 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Guest Post, Giveaway
October 18 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – Interview
October 19 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Giveaway
October 20 – Dalene’s Book Reviews – Review, Giveaway
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Oct 062014
 

I was thrilled to receive a very early copy of this book and am happy to kick off it Great Escapes Book Tour today! You will have to come back on October 16 to read my review but I will let you know I “Escaped” so deeply into this book I almost missed supper and didn’t go to sleep until I finished the whole thing!

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Captain Shelby
by Jesse Giles Christiansen

captain  shelby new coverCaptain Shelby
(The Captain Shelby Trilogy Book 2)

Publisher: Imajin Books (September 6, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 4730 KB
Print Length: 211 pages
ASIN: B00MYDITT0′

Trade Paperback (September 14, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1-77223-004-8
Synopsis

There are places even the sea cannot go…

In coastal Denmark, a young man named Nereus builds a longship and leaves at age eighteen to discover a new, enigmatic land. Faced with unimaginable obstacles, he crosses the North Atlantic, only to be captured by the Skraelings, the Inuit indigenous people who seek revenge on all settlers because of a “Great Red Man” who murdered many of their family members.

Many years later, Nereus is hired by a group of Irish settlers who are fleeing the tyranny of King Henry VIII, and he takes them across the North Atlantic to the Newfound Land. A fierce battle ensues against the sea, the Little Ice Age, and the vicious Skraelings.

When Nereus falls in love with Laura Hodges, fiancée to the group’s leader, William Brockelby, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous love triangle…until the formidable mystery surrounding Captain Nereus H. Shelby is finally revealed.

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About This Author

Jesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature, and holds an M.A. in philosophy from Georgia State University. He is the author of Pelican Bay (book one in the Captain Shelby Series), an Amazon #1 list bestseller, outselling Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. One of Christiansen’s literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he always reminds himself of something that Ray Bradbury once said: “You fail only if you stop writing.”

Author Links

Web Site: www.jessegileschristiansen.com
Blog: www.jgchristiansen.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JesseGilesChris
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jesse.gileschristiansen.7
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5261095.Jesse_Giles_Christiansen

 

 

Tour Participants

October 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Introduction of Tour

October 7 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway

October 8 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post

October 9 – readalot blog – Review

October 10 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview

October 11 – A. Literary Mafia – Interview

October 12 – Christa Reads and Writes

October 13 – deal sharing aunt – Interview, Giveaway

October 14 – Tea and A Book – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

October 15 – OMNIMYSTERY NEWS – Character Guest Post

October 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Giveaway

October 17 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Guest Post, Giveaway

October 18 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – Interview

October 19 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Giveaway

October 20 – Dalene’s Book Reviews – Review, Giveaway

 

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Sep 072013
 

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I added myself to the end of this tour for several reasons.

1. The book was getting mixed reviews from the bloggers on this tour.

2. The trailer really stuck me – the eyes of Captain Shelby just drew me in. (See Book Cover.)

3. My husband said, “this is not like the mysteries you like to read, but I love it! You really need to read this book.”

So on Sunday I read Pelican Bay.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00067]Pelican Bay
Publisher: Imajin Books (July 19, 2013)
Paperback: 208 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1927792124
E-Book File Size: 486 KB
ASIN: B00DZVMWUM
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Some things are better left alone…

After Ethan Hodges discovers an undersea cemetery just off the beach of Pelican Bay, South Carolina, he seeks answers from a grandfatherly fisherman named Captain Shelby. The captain wants the past to remain buried, and he warns Ethan to stay away. But Ethan doesn’t listen.

Ethan’s best friend and secret love interest, Morgan Olinsworth, joins in the investigation, unearthing intriguing secrets about the mysterious fisherman. When Captain Shelby is suspected of murder and disappears, a manhunt ensues, revealing a truth that unnerves everyone in Pelican Bay.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The title of this blog is Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book and until I read this book I thought I had escaped into quite a few. Then I started reading Pelican Bay and I would have to say I was not only escaping into a book but immersing myself into it.  Jesse has a very unique writing style. He has a very descriptive style that paints not only the images into your mind but feelings on your soul. It didn’t take long to enter the ghostly realm of Pelican Bay. You can smell the sea and hear the waves and feel the sand blowing into your face by the winds. In fact Captain Shelby jumped right out of the pages and seeped right into the floor in front of me. His dialect was spot on!

This is not a mystery although there is a mystery. It is a contemporary mystical myth of a story featuring fantastic characters set in idyllic place. There is romance but falling in love with your best friend makes moving forward hard especially when there are such awesome,  incredible, unbelievable and tragic things happening all around you. Intrigue, uncertainty, and suspense. The story builds slowly and before you know it you are so engrossed things happening in the real world around seem to disappear. 

The author says he was influenced by Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and I really saw the correlation. I think I was the only person in my English class that loved that book when we were forced to read it. It is a book I have reread several times since. Santiago in Hemingway’s story had the same relationship with the sea as Captain Shelby.

I don’t think is possible for me to put the measure of my enthusiasm for this book into actual words. This is one of the best stories I have read in years.

This is not a story for everyone. You really need to be able let go of the reality and step into the magical fantasy world Christiansen has created. Or is it really fantasy, who knows what lies beneath the sea. Maybe things are better left alone……….. but maybe not!

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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About The Author

Jesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature. His newest novel, “Pelican Bay,” focuses on a very old fisherman, Captain Shelby, and the mysterious happenings linked to him surrounding a nosy, sea-battered beach town (release date: July 20th, 2013, Imajin Books). One of his literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he reminds himself always of something that Ray Bradbury once said: “You fail only if you stop writing.”

Links
Web Site: www.jessegileschristiansen.com
Blog: www.jgchristiansen.wordpress.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JesseGilesChris
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jesse.gileschristiansen.7

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Pelican Bay is not your usual mystery book.
There is plenty of mystery, suspense, interesting characters, murder or accidents?

~readalot

The book subtly sneaks up on me and the need to know the answers grasps me and won’t let me go.
~funinmental

Someday I will tell my grandchildren that I interviewed Jesse Giles Christiansen when nobody knew his name.I’m not even giving this book my trite little hearts rating as this book is so beyond that. Go buy it right now.
~Rantin’, Ravin’ and Reading

Suspenseful and mysterious Pelican Bay is a Great Read…
~Saving For 6

Pelican Bay held my attention!
~Kaisy Daisy Corner

This is such a harrowing tale of mystery.
~Brooke Blogs

The story is gripping and enchanting and will certainly entertain even the most hard core fan.
~Must Read Faster

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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