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Review: Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans By Joanne DeMaio (Giveaway too!)

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Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2013)
Trade Paperback: 330 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1479262779
E-Book File Size: 510 KB
ASIN: B00BORGOVC

Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans


Escape to Stony Point, cuff your jeans and walk along the water’s edge in this nostalgic story bringing old friends, and their lives, back to the sea …

Designer Maris Carrington has returned to Stony Point to get her family home ready for sale after he father passes away. A home movie tucked inside a dusty attic box leads to an unexpected summer as she discovers a family secret.

She reconnects with old friends and finds inspiration for her new denim clothing line. Her friends lives are all in a state of flux and one has passed away. As memories are shared and remembered Maris starts to wonder about her life in Chicago. What is really holding there? Is she leading a life that makes her happy?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was the perfect story for me to read while we were going through the stress of moving. When things were getting too tough or tempers were flaring I could tune out and “escape” into the pages of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans. I absolutely loved Whole Latte Life so was excited when I was asked to review this one. I still can’t believe this is only this author’s second book. She as woven together the lives of the characters with the hand of a master.

I think every reader will find they can identify will at least one of the characters. Eva, Matt, Kyle, Lauren, Jason and Maris are full, rich characters that all bring their own special qualities to this story of friendship, the choices made, love and regrets. Together they lean on each other and help each other heal, move forward and rebuild their lives. ?

All the characters are extraordinary but Jason really touched my heart, maybe because we both have leg issues 🙂 Truthfully he has been carrying a huge weight on his shoulders and seeing him start to deal with his misplaced guilt was empowering.

The beach setting was a character in itself as so many answers were found just looking at the water and walking along the shoreline. I could smell the salt water and hear the surf and even find solace myself.

This is a very moving story that takes you on an emotional roller coaster but is comfortable like your favorite pair of blue jeans. I was sad to reach the last page. I highly recommend this captivating story that will stick with you long after you close the book. a perfect escape 5 STARFISH

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About This Author

Joanne DeMaio is the award-winning author of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans and the bestselling novel Whole Latte Life, which won First Place in the 2012 Discovery Awards and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. It has also been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post and other outlets. Blue Jeans and Coffee Beansis her second novel. Both books explore the intricate relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. In addition, her music essays have appeared in literary journals, celebrating her passion for song. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book.

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A Bullet For Carlos by Giacomo Giammatteo Virtual Book Tour with Giveaway

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This is my second tour for Giacomo Giammatteo.
He is definitely an author I am keeping my eye on.

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A Bullet For Carlos:
Blood Flows South, Book 1
Mystery/Thriller
Inferno Publishing Company (October 18, 2012)
Paperback: 420 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0985030247
E-Book File Size: 713 KB
ASIN: B009SYML7Y

A Bullet for Carlos

Detective Connie Giannelli’s life has been torn apart several times. First when her mother died and then years later when she found out her Uncle Dominic was in the mob. Her life is about to be shredded again, and this time it could destroy her.

Connie’s love of family and her badge are both threatened when an undercover drug bust leaves two cops dead and the drugs missing. Internal Affairs is looking for any excuse to take her badge, but she’s not worried about them finding the missing drugs—her secrets could prove to be far worse.

Now Connie’s racing against the clock to figure out who killed her partners and took the drugs—dirty cops or Uncle Dominic’s friends. And she has to do it before IA pins the whole damn thing on her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am so impressed with the strong female character that Giammatteo has written. Connie Giannelli is formidable woman you don’t want to mess with. Even when sent away from New York to Texas she is determined to get her man or men and bring them to justice. What a crazy life she has had and continues to lead!

He has also written some dynamo supporting characters from her uncles to the cops she works with both in New York and Houston to the cartel in Mexico. They are so fully developed and well described that you feel like you are watching a movie or television drama instead of reading a book.

I reviewed another book my this author last September, Murder Takes Time: Friendship & Honor Series, Book One (Volume 1), so I knew he created fabulous characters. In fact one crosses over to this book. The author tells his story from multiple points of view and while a tad confusing in that book he has ironed out all the issues in this one with clever icons to start each chapter and better transitions.

The story is full of action,  suspense, and has engaging dialogue giving you that hold on tight/edge of your seat feeling. The book is graphic and does have some strong language that would be expected in a book of this type.

I am thrilled this book is the first in a series because I want to know more about Connie and her unconventional family and the choices she makes going forward. I hated to see this book end. I anxiously await A Bullet For DominicMurder Has Consequences (Friendship & Honor, Book 2) is available now in E-book (Kindle) format. Giacomo Giammatteo is definitely an author to watch. I expect to see his books on bestseller lists everywhere very soon!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Giacomo Giammatteo lives in Texas, where he and his wife run an animal sanctuary and take care of 41 loving rescues. By day, he works as a headhunter in the medical device industry, and at night, he writes.

 

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Review: Murder in Death’s Door County by Elizabeth Rose

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Murder in Death’s Door County
(An Annie Malone Cozy Mystery)

First in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: J.M. Schertz
E-Book File Size: 396 KB
ASIN: B00APPXD90

Murder in Death's Door County

Annie has a job she hates but moonlights as a ghostwriter and she loves that job. Unfortuately she doesn’t make enough to pay the bills. When she gets an offer to ghost write a book for a client her editor warns her is a challenge she has a decision to make. The money offered is higher than she ever imagined and it would allow her to quit her day job. The one stipulation is that she must move to Door County to work with the client. Decision made, she quits her job, packs a bag and heads to The Lighthouse Inn hoping she hasn’t made a huge mistake.

Just a few days after she arrives her editor comes for a visit and within hours he is found dead in his room at the inn and Annie becomes the prime suspect. With the help of her new Door County friends Annie will try to find the killer before she finds herself at Death’s Door.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is a fun debut for the Annie Malone series.  Annie is a unique protagonist. She has wonderful intentions but when she gets in a bit of hot water or when she sees something a little unpleasant she faints dead away. She also has a tendency to babble on when she is nervous or in awkward situations. She is not the smoothest amateur sleuth out there but she is really easy to love both by the reader and a certain gentleman who comes to her rescue more than once.  

One of my favorite places to visit in Wisconsin is Door County. Elizabeth Rose has captured the setting perfectly. It was so easy to picture exactly Annie was or where she was going.

Rose also added a very clever twist to the story in addition to the usual red herrings found in a mystery like this.  A interesting surprise and a great foundation for moving the series forward.  It is also written in a way that will have you unable to put it down. It is fast paced and easily read in one sitting.

Cozy readers will enjoy this trip to Wisconsin’s Door County, I sure did.

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4 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author
Elizabeth Rose was born in Wisconsin. She has lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin. After working as a technical writer, desktop publisher, ghostwriter, and waitress, she decided to put pen to paper for herself. The book “Murder in Death’s Door County” is very loosely based on a bizarre ghostwriting project she had (names, specific circumstances, and situations have been changed significantly). In addition to continuing with the Annie Malone mystery series, Elizabeth loves to write children’s literature, and draw and paint. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time in Door County, which really is one of the most beautiful places.

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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Review: A Rendezvous To Die For by Betty McMahon

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A Rendezvous to Die For
Cozy Mystery
Self Published (June 14, 2012)
Trade Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1257931323
E-Book File Size: 408 KB
ASIN: B007JZT0MS

A Rendezvous to Die For

Exciting action on the Rez! A brand new sleuth sorts out clues from an 1830s world!

Photographer Cassandra Cassidy has left her big city life behind in New York and is just getting settled in a small town in Minnesota.

She wasn’t really sure what she would find at the Prairie River Trappers’ Rendezvous but was hoping to take enough good pictures to sell so she could pay her rent. The last thing she expected to find was a dead body. A body of someone she knew and really hated. Then to find herself as one of the suspects really put things in a new light. She decided it was up to her to track down the killer before she found herself totally out of the picture.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A very interesting mystery with a historical twist. The Rendezvous took us back in time and gave us a glimpse of traditions of days gone by.  The re-enactors try to remain in character but after a body is found their true character is revealed giving Cassandra a plethora of suspects.

Cassandra came alive to me but Deputy Shaw drove me crazy. Young and new to the job is no excuse for his bubbling stupidity. I really liked Marty, I would love to have him for my landlord. There is plenty of room for all the characters to evolve and a little romance to be added to future installments.

This debut is a light, quick, entertaining whodunit from an author that shows much promise. I look forward to more of Cassandra Cassidy’s escapades. 

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4 STARFISH

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Special Guest Dan Chabot Author of GodSpeed – A Love Story (Giveaway too!)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

When I “met” Dan and we discussed his book we both thought today was the perfect day to share his book with you. I was excited when he agreed to stop by today too.

Writing A Novel
by Dan Chabot

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The best thing about writing a novel is that you actually get to create people — a privilege normally reserved to a much higher power. You can create nice people, evil people, funny people, unhappy people, regular people, irregular people.

The second best thing about writing a novel is picking names for them. What should they be called?

One of the characters in Godspeed: a love story, is named Harold Dunser. A fairly common, solid name, you might think, except that Harold Dunser was the name of my imaginary childhood friend. He lives again!

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Another character is named Ossie Puddo. An unusual name, with an unusual pedigree: He was the imaginary friend of my older brother. I often wonder if Harold and Ossie ever met. After all, they lived in the same house…

Every author has his or her own favorite method for picking character names. Mine is to reach into my past and retrieve names that meant something to me. Sometimes I combine familiar names. And sometimes I just see a name in a newspaper or on the web that has a nice ring to it and borrow it for my story.

But possible character names can pop up just about anywhere. Out on the freeway, for example, I like to watch for the signs that tell the names of the towns coming up at the next exit. Some of them when used together have a distinctive ring. That’s how Dawson Steele became a character in my book.

My wife and I had three boys. We wanted a girl, too, but it was not to be. We even had a name picked out — Amedee. Our Amedee never arrived, but a fictional one did…

And if you’re a vindictive sort, you can get even with old adversaries. A very disagreeable character in the book has the same name of somebody who tormented me in the second grade. Take that, John!

Like characters, story ideas themselves can come from unlikely places. For example, the words funeral and love story are not often found together in the same sentence, but the idea behind Godspeed: a love story is based on a tragic real-life incident that had troubled me for years.

I was a young newspaperman when a good friend wound up in the situation that confronts Derry in my novel. My friend was engaged to a lovely young woman who was struck down without warning by ovarian cancer. She had no family to speak of, so it was left to him to make funeral arrangements. In his grief and the daze induced by tranquilizers, he watched helplessly as a shabby funeral home staged an embarrassing service. The rent-a-minister mispronounced her name, fumbled her biographical details, and in general presided over an ignominious travesty. Another friend, on leaving the humiliating ceremony, hissed in his wife’s ear, “Don’t ever let this happen to me.”

As I thought about my friend’s experience, turning it over in my mind and speculating on what I would have done in that situation, the idea for a novel began to take shape. I embellished and embroidered it considerably, added some interesting characters patterned after people I knew in the newspaper business, came up with some surprising twists, and created what I hope is an inspirational, sentimental story about the resilience of the human spirit, love beyond the grave, and a faith in tomorrow.

Because of the serious theme, I had to leaven the story with some doses of humor. Much of it was provided by Derry’s stable of eccentric newspaper colleagues. One of them relates how as a little girl she asked her father why people like Charlie Chaplin walked so jerkily in those old movies, and he told her it was because that’s the way people walked in those days. In another incident, when Derry invites Amedee up to his apartment, she makes friends immediately with his dog, who is scratching furiously at an ear. “Oh, now I get it,” she says impishly. “You lured me up here, an innocent maiden, to see your itchings.” And Derry’s encounter with an earthy, profane, inner-city minister also adds some counterbalance to the overall message

But writing the book took a while. I dabbled at it here and there, writing a chapter now and then, revising it, rewriting it, but the progress was pretty slow. Then one day I read a quotation that got my attention. It said, “Most people die with their music still inside.”

That comment inspired me to finally finish the book. I certainly don’t pretend to have written a symphony, but at least I whistled a little tune! And if any of you have an idea for a book, or a poem, or a song, or any kind of a project, my advice to you is: Get going! Go do it! Sing your song!

In this era of self-publishing it’s not difficult to turn your manuscript into a finished product. The hard part is getting it noticed, because you don’t have a big publishing house and its promotional resources behind you. After you tell your friends and family about your new adventure, you’re on your own to promote it.

That’s why a lot of authors turn to reviewers like Lori. You ask them to take a look at your book, and in a perfect world maybe they’ll like it and tell others about it. A lot of authors have been ignored by agents and the big publishing houses, and yet went on to write best-sellers because bloggers like Lori noticed their work and spread the word.

So thank you, Lori, for the chance to put my book out there before your many followers. I hope they come away from it with both a smile and a tear.

~Dan

Dan, you are so welcome!! Now let me tell you more about this book!

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Godspeed: A love story
Self Published (June 20, 2012)
Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Paperback: 306 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1477435366
E-Book File Size: 469 KB
ASIN: B009JLYDDQ

Godspeed: A Love Story

Derry and Amedee meet during her first day on the job at the Milwaukee Ledger. Their love affair is intense and pure and should last forever. Life throws us curves and Derry receives a big one. Will he survive? 

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I purposely gave you a very short synopsis. I think the reason I such a powerful reaction to the story was because I read it cold, with only scant details of where the story would lead.

It is a love story of an enduring love, told in a ingenious way that really leaves the reader solving a bit of a mystery. A rich tender story filled with emotion but tempered with humor and uplifting moments that balance out what could have turned this into a very heavy story. There is a message  –  an inspirational one  –  but this really is a story about life and how one man deals with the cards he is dealt.

Beautifully written, clever characters and the stories within the story, the testimonials,  really moved me. My only criticism was when the author tried to take this old fashioned love story to a steamy place for a few paragraphs.  The story is so strong he really didn’t need to go there at all.

Have some tissues handy,  pour a nice glass wine and curl up with Godspeed. It is a love story you will truly love.

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author
Chabot spent 35 years in the newspaper business as a writer, editor and columnist, so he is comfortable writing about big-city newsrooms, the primary setting for his inspirational tale of love and loss, despair and redemption.

He grew up in Ontonagon, Michigan, and worked for several newspapers before joining the staff of the Milwaukee Journal. For many years he was the editor of the Journal’s popular and beloved Green Sheet feature section.

Chabot and his wife, Mary Ellen, now reside in Florida. They are the parents of three grown sons and just recently welcomed a fifth grandchild.

For more information check out his webpage www.godspeed-lovestory.com

 

 

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Review: It Takes Two To Strangle by Stephen Kaminski

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It Takes Two to Strangle:
A Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective Mystery

First In Series
Cozy Mystery
Published by Cozy Cat Press (September 26, 2012)
Trade Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0988194311
E-Book File Size: 389 KB
ASIN: B009F0TE0I

It Takes Two to Strangle

The carnival has come to Hollydale and as head of the citizen’s association Damon Lassard is the local liaison to make sure that event goes off without a hitch. When one of the owners of the carnival is found dead with two separate and different ligature marks Damon steps in to help his friend Detective Gerry Sloman solve the case and catch the killers.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This was an interesting debut with quite a few red herrings.

Damon just can’t help himself, he gets right into the middle of the investigation. Detective Sloman gives him an inch and he takes a mile and gets himself in a couple of dicey situations. He is also a very typical man when it comes to women, thankfully his mother is around to point out things that are clear to everyone except Damon himself. Kaminski has written some very likable characters.

The mystery is complex with plenty of suspects and I must say I was surprised by one of the culprits. He was totally off my radar until the evidence was spelled right out for me.

I will be looking forward to more adventures with Damon Lassard and Detective Gerry Sloman. Damon needs Gerry to save him from himself and the criminals.

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4 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author

STEPHEN KAMINSKI is the author of It Takes Two to Strangle, the first book in the Damon Lassard Dabbling Detective series. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School. Stephen has practiced law for over a decade and currently serves as General Counsel to a national non-profit organization. He is a lifelong lover of all types of mysteries and lives with his wife and daughter in Arlington, Virginia.

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Review: Playing With Poison by Cindy Blackburn

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Playing With Poison
A Cue Ball Mystery
First in Series
Cozy Mystery
Self Published (October 31, 2012)
Paperback: 250 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1480092686
E-Book File Size: 428 KB
ASIN: B009D99R0I

Playing With Poison

Jessie Hewitt is a pool shark that usually can run the table and knows where the balls will fall. She had no idea that a body would fall on her couch or that a cop would show up in her kitchen and accuse her of murder. How is she going to get out of this mess?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Best first line ever: “Going bra shopping at age fifty-two gives new meaning to the phrase fallen woman,” I announced as I gazed at my reflection.

I knew I was going to like Jessie right away! She is smart and fun and I would love to hang out with her and shoot a little pool. She is also a romance novelist and her work as Adelé Nightingale is steamy but told to us readers in the most hilarious way. Her agent Louise is “fantastical”! These characters are a hoot!! and their dialogue is at times side splitting.

A good plot, a fun setting and engaging characters come together to make the a lighthearted cozy that will put a smile on your face. A very entertaining debut! I am looking forward to Double Shot and Three Odd Balls.

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4 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author
Cindy Blackburn has a confession to make-she does not play pool. It’s that whole eye-hand coordination thing. What Cindy does do well is school. So when she’s not writing silly stories she’s teaching serious history. European history is her favorite subject, and the ancient stuff is best of all. The deader the better! A native Vermonter who hates cold weather, Cindy divides her time between the south and the north. During the school year you’ll find her in South Carolina, but come summer she’ll be on the porch of her lakeside shack in Vermont. Cindy has a fat cat named Betty and a cute husband named John. Both are extremely lovable. When Cindy isn’t writing or grading papers, she likes to take long walks or paddle her kayak around the lake. Her favorite travel destinations are all in Europe, her favorite TV show is NCIS, her favorite color is orange, and her favorite authors (if she must choose) are Joan Hess and Spencer Quinn. Cindy dislikes vacuuming, traffic, and lima beans.

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Review: The Artist’s Inheritance by Juli D. Revezzo

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The Artist’s Inheritance:
Antique Magic series (Volume 1)

Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 24, 2012)
Paperback: 198 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1479188970
E-Book File Size: 432 KB
ASIN: B008XL82IU

The Artist's Inheritance (Antique Magic, #1)

Trouble only a witch can solve…

Settling into a new home, Caitlin notices changes coming over her husband. When nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking–Caitlin knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair her husband’s carving, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces–the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Armed with a handful of allies–a coven of helpful witches–she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
What a creepy story! It took me a chapter or two to get used to the author’s storytelling style and fantasy/paranormal is not my usual genre but I did enjoy this story.

I did have a problem with the character of Cait. I know she loves her husband and he definitely was behaving strangely but I just didn’t feel a connection with her. Trevor on the other was frightening and scary and I found myself empathizing with him and all his family had suffered.

The plot is very interesting and by the end of the book I was satisfied with the outcome. It left me wondering where the author will taking these character as this is the first book in a series.

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3 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author
Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century, in love of which she received a Bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of South Florida. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network.

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Review: The Book of Sylvia by Michael Scott Miller

The Book of Sylvia
Mystery
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 18, 2012)
Paperback: 294 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1477653432

The Book of Sylvia

London streetwalker Sylvia Smith is under suspicion for abetting a robbery. She doesn’t know where to turn. Frightened and alone, she ends up at St. Alban’s Church. The officiant, Father Christopher is going through some turmoil of his own. He is filled with self doubt and he tries to resurrect his dying church.

On odd friendship forms and they work to help each other. He helps her track down a clue so she can find and return the stolen money. She brings him out of shell to be more outgoing in his sermons and with his parishioners. Sylvia is walking a tightrope because as she guides the priest he seems to getting farther away from his church instead of closer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

God does work in mysterious ways. Sylvia noticed the “stone gable with a double bell cote projecting above all the nearby buildings” from her seat on the train. She hasn’t set foot in a church since she was a teenager but it felt “the right place for her to be right now”. That was how she ended up at St. Alban’s. She needed guidance as did Father Christopher. 

Mystery with a message. Great character development. Well paced, in fact I wish it would have ended so soon. I would love to read the next part of these character’s journey. 

My only flaw in this story is that the British snippets of language seemed forced. The setting worked wonderfully for the story but the dialogue needed a bit of alteration.

This was an enjoyable read. I read it all in one sitting. A nice escape.

Dollycas
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About This Author

Michael Scott Miller works with numbers by day in the business world and with words by night. He began writing shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and has had his work published in the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly) and wrote music reviews for the Wharton Journal while his wife was getting her degree there. He has written two novels, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, and The Book of Sylvia, both works of contemporary fiction with strong emphasis on their characters. Miller grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and now lives in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

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
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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.”