Category: Book Reviews

My Review: HOUNDED by Ellie Douglas

My Review: HOUNDED by Ellie Douglas

Ellie Douglas A New Name in Horror

My Review: HOUNDED

 

I just finished Hounded yesterday. It was a well-written, fun to read novel, especially if you’re into Horror and don’t mind the blood and guts. Fortunately that describes me to a “T.” For horror, I usually stick to known authors but I’d been following Ellie Douglas on Twitter and Facebook for a while and I’d been wanting to check out her writing.

From page one, I knew. Not only did I make a good choice, but I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner!

Ellie Douglas is a talented breath of originality. Rather than repeat the overdone Zombie hordes, she elected to focus on man’s best friend. But don’t worry dog lovers, by the time Fido turns into a zombie, aside from a name on its collar, its unrecognizable.

Hounded is well written and the characters well developed. Overall, it’s an excellent read with enough twists and turns to not only keep you reading but make you consider a Do Not Disturb sign on your forehead.

5-STARS for Hounded and I definitely look forward to reading more by this excellent author.

KICKER – The Forgotten Front – by R Grey Hoover

KICKER – The Forgotten Front – by R Grey Hoover

KICKER – The Forgotten Front

A World War II Historical Thriller – R Grey Hoover

 

An Excerpt from KICKER:

April 4, 1944 – Dinjan Airbase, India

…the hairs on the nape of his neck stood erect. At that moment, a distant flash of lightning faintly illuminated the scene, and in that instant of light, Sam could see the large form of a tiger standing beside him.

The animal’s head was enormous. Its eyes, momentarily reflecting light from the faraway lightning, gave the beast an evil, devil-like appearance. This was death incarnate staring directly at him.

Sam was frozen with fear, and his heart seemed to stop. His .45-caliber pistol hung on the wall not three feet away, and he cursed himself for not keeping it inside the mosquito netting with him. He knew the tiger could see that he was awake, and he feared any movement would cause it to attack.

The animal stepped closer, and Sam could see its dim outline and smell its damp fur and the fetid odor of its breath. The tiger appeared to know its victim was helpless. The great beast took its time as it sniffed the mosquito netting as if testing its strength. Slowly it raised a huge paw and placed it against the puny impediment. The tiger’s claws caught in the netting, and with a mighty swipe, it ripped the flimsy material away from the bed.

To Buy Kicker

 

The History – World War II

World War II is raging. A young father must choose between his family and duty to his country- a decision that could cost him everything.

Based on actual experiences of United States veterans and official military aviation history records from World War II, this is the thrilling story of a family’s journey into war. While his loved ones struggle with shortages and rationing at home, Sam endures relentless Japanese attacks against his unarmed aircraft over the treacherous mountains and torrid jungles of Asia. His job is to drop supplies to Merrill’s Marauders and over 750,000 allied soldiers fighting in the perilous jungles of Burma. If the enemy is not stopped, the American way of life will end.

The Story – KICKER

Non-stop action, humor and romance; and the chance to learn about World War II’s “forgotten front.” Buy KICKER today and find out how the “Greatest Generation” earned its reputation.

Comments from readers of Kicker:

“I could not put this book down, as the story of Sam, the young volunteer and aspiring pilot, unfolds. The author delivers his story with a rich back drop of historical details…” Elray

” What an interesting story! I learned so much about heroes not mentioned in history books.” JacquieRhoades

“History made real through the telling of one soldier’s story. This book made me miss my father and all of the stories he never told me. ” Linda S. Browning

“Hoover leaves nothing out. He shows the sacrifices made on the battle front, as well as sacrifices made on the home front.” Candi Silk

The Author – R Grey Hoover

R Grey Hoover is an Air Force veteran with a rich family tradition of military service. He wrote his book “Kicker the forgotten front” to honor his father and the World War II veterans who fought in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre.

During the war, the European and Pacific theatres got most of the supplies and media attention leaving the CBI theatre with the leftovers. Even in today’s media coverage of World War II the CBI theatre is never mentioned. The author’s book is an attempt to correct this gross oversight.

R Grey Hoover’s social media links:

Website https://rgreyh.wordpress.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/rgreyhoover

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rgrey.hoover

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/rgreyhoover/

 

My Review: The LoveLock by Eichin Chang-Lim

My Review: The LoveLock by Eichin Chang-Lim

The LoveLock

Overview

This is the first book I have read by Eichin Chang-Lim, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The LoveLock has reached into my soul and touched me deeper than I ever remember a book doing. The Author’s prose is laced with the deep-seeded knowledge of what it is to lose someone you care about. But the story isn’t only about loss, it’s about love and the courage to keep love and hope alive no matter what.

Captivating and Compelling

Upon The LoveLock’s pages, Ms Chang-Lim’s characters become real and familiar. I believe from page one I related so strongly to Violet not from losing a twin or a sibling, but just from the emphatic knowledge of how it feels to be rejected and still seek to have that person in your life. The Author’s writing is beautiful and  touching, captivating and compelling.

Closure

I was elated at the end as these two people, so injured by loss as children embrace their pain and rise above it, reaching out to others in need and from those experiences heal to become the adults they were meant to be. Yes, it’s just a story, but at the same time, it could easily be a memoir. Beautifully written, Eichin Chang-Lim. I highly recommend The LoveLock.

Review: THE CURIOUS MISS FORTUNE

Review: THE CURIOUS MISS FORTUNE

A Captivating Novel by Tina-Marie Miller

I am usually more of a dark fantasy, suspense and horror reader. But having seen Tina-Marie Miller’s book advertised on Twitter, the cover caught my attention. I decided to take a chance on it and I’m so very glad I did.

The Curious Miss Fortune reminded me of my favorite shows on the BBC. I never knew what would happen next and I was always eager to find out. The various character sub-stories within the story kept the prose well-paced and smooth; the story line both engaging and compelling.

The Curious Miss Fortune is a fun, mysterious and well-crafted adventure that I highly recommend. I forward to reading more by this author!

NETHERWORLD: Book One Chronicles of Koa

NETHERWORLD: Book One Chronicles of Koa

NETHERWORLD by K.N. Lee

 

The Book

I recently finished K.N. Lee’s NETHERWORLD, the first book in her Chronicles of Koa series. Angels versus Vampires.

The Hook

The opening for the book is an instant hook, the characters entertaining and engaging. The writing isn’t as smooth as I’d prefer, but from start to finish I couldn’t stop reading.

The Story

The story is about a Korean half-vampire named Koa who works for an angel named Halston. Together, their job is to keep the human population safe from Netherworld vampires.

The only catch is two-fold, Koa’s mother is trapped inside a cat’s body and the only one who can release her is an imprisoned Netherworld vampire prince. A prince Halston and Koa must go to Netherworld to rescue and bring back to the human world.

The Stars

NETHERWORLD by K.N. Lee, the first book in her Chronicles of Koa series, a glowing 4 out of 5 stars! 
Review: LULLABY of the DEAD

Review: LULLABY of the DEAD

LULLABY of the DEAD by Author Lynn Lamb –

I finished Lynn Lamb’s LULLABY of the DEAD and am reminiscent of my first Stephen King book, DUMA KEY, and my first Dean Koontz book, WATCHERS. With both of these books, I felt like I just returned home from the most extraordinary adventure. And upon doing so, my bags packed with a fresh set of clothes, I was ready to go again. This is how I feel after reading LULLABY of the DEAD. I want more!

If a bibliophile like me is lucky, they stumble upon an author who captivates them in such a way that each story transports them into another place, mesmerizing them until they lose all track of time and everything else seems commonplace. This is how I feel. My mind still consumed with Ms. Lamb’s main character, Landry, her nemesis, Ashton, and the cast of strange and ghostly characters that Landry eventually comes to know…for good or bad.

What I found the most remarkable is that even in Ms. Lamb’s life-after-death universe, there is still potential for change in all it’s forms… And as much as I hated the evil that lurked within LULLABY’s pages, I kept wanting to go back. I had a vested interest in Landry and her friends, their health, their safety and their future. Like all good books, LULLABY is a world unto itself.

Now, book one of the series is over and I must await book two… BUT, the good news is that Lynn Lamb has written other books!

Next stop, MECHANICLISM… See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Stars for The Nightmare Birds !

5 Stars for The Nightmare Birds !

And this is why I interviewed Author Amie Irene Winters…

My Amazon review of The Nightmare Birds –

“A must read for fantasy lovers who love adventure!”

“WOW, the first book in this series was great, but The Nightmare Birds was so much better! LOVED the surprise ending!! Now I can’t wait to read the next book.

Original plot, unusual, captivating, memorable characters and story line. A must read for fantasy lovers. I wish I had time to give a more thorough review. I’m just not doing this book justice. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.”

That’s my Amazon review for The Nightmare Birds, the second book in Amie Irene Winters’ fascinating STRANGE LUCK series. Below is a partial recap of my interview with her earlier this month:

“There are three books planned in the Strange Luck series. In Book I, Strange Luck, eighteen-year-old Daisy Darling uncovers a world built using stolen memories.  It is in this world that Daisy discovers that she possesses unexplainable and unique abilities that she uses to battle the dark forces at play.

Book II, The Nightmare Birds, flashes forward to Daisy at twenty-one-years-old and uncovers more of her strange abilities and how they tie in to her heritage. In the process, Daisy uncovers the truth about the mysterious Theater of Secrets – long thought a dark legend by many, but known as a frightening reality to those who truly know its powers.  As Daisy assumes her new role as ringleader, she not only discovers a surprising connection between herself and the previous ringleader, but also the haunting truth behind the theater’s limitless power.

I’m working on Book III, A Darling Secret, right now. It’s expected to be released in winter 2017. You can sign up for my newsletter here to be notified about new book releases and special promos.”