Saturday, December 24, 2011

Blog Guest Post by Kurt Kamm

I have the pleasure of introducing you to a wonderful author. Kurt Kamm is the author of a new mystery/thriller Code Blood. Code Blood takes the reader into the world of emergency medicine, the science of stem cell research and the unsettling world of blood fetishism and body parts.


Below is Kurt's guest post.



Several people have asked me where my ideas come from for my firefighter mystery novels. A vivid imagination helps, but I always like to start with a grain of truth. I spend much of my time with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and have gone into the field with their arson investigators, spent time training with their hazardous materials response teams, and gone through their wildland fire training academy. Each of my mysteries involves a firefighter with a specific skill (One Foot in the Black ˆ wildland firefighting / Red Flag Warning ˆ arson investigation / Code Blood ˆ fire paramedic).
When I set out to write Code Blood, my newest novel, I began riding with the paramedics from Station 88 in Malibu. I always ask to hear unusual stories about firefighter's experiences, and one paramedic told me about a freak accident on Pacific Coast Highway in front of a well-known seafood restaurant. A speeding pickup truck hit a metal light pole. The impact knocked down the pole and, as it fell, the jagged metal edge severed the foot of a woman standing nearby. When the paramedics arrived, they couldn't find her foot for several minutes. Ultimately, it was discovered wedged underneath the engine of the pickup!
This immediately caught my imagination. I asked myself, what kind of story would this be if someone walked out of the restaurant carrying a take-home bag with his dinner, picked up the foot, put it in the bag, and went home? This became the opening chapter of Code Blood. Once I had that idea, a thousand questions came to mind, and it was actually not difficult to write the novel. Who is the woman who loses her foot, and what happens to her? What kind of nut would pick up the foot? What would he do with it when he takes it home? What do the paramedics do? The questions go on and on, and for each answer there are two more problems. I must tell you writing these stories is a lot of fun˜I get to meet some very strange characters in my books.
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I was previously a financial executive and semi-professional master's bicycle racer. When I retired and moved to Malibu, my home almost burned in one of Malibu's famous wildfires. That's when I decided to write firefighter novels. I maintain an author/firefighter website with some spectacular pictures sent to me by first responders.http://www.kurtkamm.com



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dewey's Readathon Update

I fell asleep before the 24th hour last night. I think I had 3 hours left and couldn't hold out any longer. I had fun reading and got quite a bit done. I read 3.5 books, a total of 963 pages in a total of 14.5 hours, which is more than I did last year. Although I had quite a few distractions, I'm glad I was able to get all that reading done.



Saturday, October 22, 2011

Update #4

These last couple of hours were painful. The book I was reading has been the longest shortest book I've ever read. I know that sounds weird but it was the shortest book I picked today and the hardest to read. That happens I guess.


Statistics:
Book Read: The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonym Bosch
Format: Nook
# of Pages: 189
Length of time: 3 hrs


Up Next: I think I'm going to start reading a book in the Horror genre in light of it being Halloween soon.

Update #3

I'm reading the shortest book I've chosen so far and it seems it's the hardest for me to get through. This book got pretty good reviews on bn.com but I'm just not getting into it at all. I'm wondering if I should finish it since I'm 1/4 of the way in already.



Mid Event Survey


Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
     Will be starting The Name of This Book is a Secret
2. How many books have you read so far?
     2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
     Not Sure because I decided to wing it this year
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
     Not really
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
     Yes...I didn't really because they were work and family
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
     The number of readers and the dedication
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? 
      na
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
      Rent a room somewhere
9. Are you getting tired yet?
      Not yet but I did ask my husband to get me some more coffee
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?


Update #2....

Wow, I don't think I've ever read to books in a matter of 8 - 10 hours before. I did lose some stream earlier in the late morning, early afternoon and took a 2 hour nap. Once I woke up, I went full speed ahead though. I think I finished my second book in about 5 hours give or take. I'm going to try something on the lighter side for my third book.


Statistics:
Book Read: Rippler by Cidney Swanson
Format Read: Nook
# of Pages: 434
Length of time: approximately 5 hours.


Next book to read:
The Name of This Book is a Secret by Pseudonym Bosch



Update #1

This is my first update of the morning. I'm not sure how many books I will be able to complete within the 24 hours but I'm trying for at least one more, maybe two. I'm juggling a busy day today and trying to multi-task. I must thank my husband for coffee and breakfast this morning. He was supposed to take my 5-year old camping but he wasn't sure the weatherman was right about a nice weekend, so he promised to keep him super busy so that I can read.

So for my first update here are the statistics.

Book Read: Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Book Format: Nook
# of Pages: 288
Length of time: 4 hours

Next on the list is Rippler by Cidney Swanson

Ready, Set, GO....

I am up and ready to go. My first book will be Graveminder by Melissa Marr. I've been wanting to read this for quite a while now. I remember it getting pretty good reviews. Updates to come later...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

READ-A-THON....

So, I signed up for Dewey's Read-a-thon again this year. I think I may be half crazy. I haven't had a good night's sleep in over a month and I purposely decide to try to stay up for 24 hours reading...ha ha. At any rate, it's for the greater good :-). I'm not going to post which books I have decided to try to read this year. Well, because I haven't really decided. I'm a bit slow on the uptake this year...LOL. But I'm going to try to improve from last year and again have fun doing it :-)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Cooking

The Author of this post is Solomon Dejesus
Cooking is my favorite hobby. I learned to cook when I was a little girl by watching my mom and grandma cook family dinners. When I went to college, my roommates and I would have dinner parties at our apartment and I would do all of the cooking. When I got married, my husband gained 25 pounds and he blamed it on my cooking. I love watching Food Network to learn new recipes. We recently got satellite internet from http://www.wildbluedeals.com/satellite-internet/california/s/, so I recently started looking up recipes online. I have a large cookbook of recipes I have tried and liked. I can honestly say that there are only a handful of recipes that I disliked over the years. My favorite thing to cook is dessert. I guess you could say that baking is my forte. Whenever we got to a family event where we have to bring something, I am always asked to bring dessert. I really like making cupcakes and it is a dream of mine to open up a bakery, but for now I will continue to cook for my family.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Online Book Shopping

It's been a while since I've actually bought a regular book. Ever since I bought my Nook I've reduced my visit to book stores. With the closing of Borders, a store I visited often just to get a cup of hot chocolate and browse, I've found myself searching different online book stores. I do it mainly for comparison shopping.


I try to comparison shop with my books and also just to search to see if I may find a book somewhere where my local book store may not have it. Or I may find it cheaper online. That's when I came across an online comparison shopping book store that I have enjoyed browsing through. Even if I don't buy anything, I have added quite a few books to my already long list of TBR books. Plus like I said, if I compare prices and buying from this place is cheaper with shipping than buying on my Nook, I'm in.



Sunday, August 14, 2011

Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

About the book: 
Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth: Nathaniel Cade Series #1
Format: Nook Book
Publisher: Penguin, may 2010


Synopsis from BN.com
Zach Barrows is a cocky, ambitious White House employee until he's abruptly transferred out and partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the president. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. Bound 140 years ago by a special blood oath, Nathanial Cade is a vampire. On the orders of the president he defends the nation against enemies far stranger-and even more dangerous-than civilians like Zach could ever imagine.


My Thoughts:
I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this book. I bought this book on my Nook when it first came out and I just got around to reading it. Although it took me a whole year to get to this book, I was not disappointed with the story at all. 
If someone told you that the President had his very own vampire that helps him save the human world from non-human threats, what would you say? Well , Zachary Brooks at first didn't take it seriously but when he first met Nathaniel Cade and realized he was going to be working with him as his partner, he literally wet himself. 
Over 140 years ago, Nathaniel Cade was bound by a blood oath to the President of the United States and all who are appointed by said President. This means, Cade cannot harm these people in any way and any order given by them he has to abide by. Cade is used to basically protect the world from terrorist attack by all human and non-human beings.
This story was so refreshing. I liked that it was also dealing with modern times. Even though Blood Oath is not the typical vampire story that I've read in the last couple of years, it is a fantastic, mysterious and thrilling vampire story. Christopher Farnsworth was able to incorporate humor and wit with quite a bit of action and a lot of gore. The story line was fantastic and it also made me wonder, what if parts of the story were really true. There are so many forces in the world against the U.S. that how do we really know they are all human? Okay, that's a bit far-fetched but we never know do we.


I GIVE THIS BOOK

DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

About the book:
Format: Nookbook
Published by: Quirk Publishing
Published date: June 2011
Genre: Young Adult


Synopsis
A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

About the Author:
Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children—Los Angeles. Along the way he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his series of travel essays,Strange Geographies, can be found at mentalfloss.com or via ransomriggs.com. This is his first novel.


My thoughts:
I don't remember stories that my grandparents told me as a child. I do remember hearing my grandmother talk about people in the neighborhood and such but they weren't stories that I held in my memory. Jake on the other hand were told stories of "monsters" by his grandfather as a kid. He was told stories of where he grew up with peculiar children and even had pictures to prove it. Jake didn't believe his grandfather until the day he saw one of the "monsters" his grandfather mentioned to him as a child.
Although Jake had decided that his grandfather was telling him fairy tales, the day he saw the monster he knew his grandfather had been telling the truth all along. Unfortunately, it was too late. Grandpa is now dead. However, Jake needs t face the demons in his dreams by finding closure from his grandpa's stories. 
He and his dad travels to Wales where his grandfather grew up. This is where the story begins to take a turn and a turn it did take to say the least.
The story is built around a fantastic collection of original yet unique photographs. The way the children and their peculiarities were described reminded me of a circus with the freak show acts. But I actually liked these children and didn't find them creepy. The story included quite a bit of history and time travel which I never knew I would find interest in. However, the way this book was written kept my interest and kept me wanting more. 
Ransom Riggs has written a thrillingly fantastic book. This is a new author that I plan to keep on my favorite authors list.


I GIVE THIS BOOK


DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Two down, one more to go...

I have successfully completed another reading challenge. I must say, I somewhat miss reading a regular book. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Nook but the last book I read was a paperback and I truly missed it. Today I went to Borders and bought four books from their liquidation sale. Hopefully I will still enjoy the feeling of a regular book so that I will be inclined to pick them up and read them.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Anasazi (ARC) by Emma Michaels

About the book

One year ago, something happened to David. Following the only clue he had he headed out into the desert. Now he has asked me to come see him. But when I arrived, he was gone. The people in town claim they have never heard of him and everyone wants me to leave.

But I know he was here and he is in trouble.
He can't survive out there for long.

Can he?

David. I will find you.

About the Author

Emma Michaels, author of The Thirteenth Chime and Anasaszi, lives in Washington State and writes with the support of her fiancé and Chihuahua. Her fiancé is her sounding board for ideas and research and she knows she is writing something wonderful when her Chihuahua, who likes to sit on her shoulders and stare at the screen, moves her head from side to side as though reading. She wants to make the New York Times Best Sellers list in her lifetime and wants to show that there is no stopping someone who truly puts their heart and soul into what they do. 
Emma Michaels began book blogging in 2009 (http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com)and released her debut novel in 2010 (The Thirteenth Chime) with the sequel in 2011 (Anasazi). 


My Thoughts
When I first began reading Anasazi I was a little skeptic about how it would tie with the Thirteenth Chime. After reading the book I realized that it did but it didn't really need to the way I expected it to. Also, I think it could be read an followed without having to read Thirteenth Chime. Now, I'm not one to start a series in the middle of the series, but it was an observation.


Anasazi began with Megan going to the desert in an old Native American town to find David. Once she gets there she learns that David is nowhere to be found and something seems out of sorts. Megan decides she is going to find David whether it kills her; and that it almost did. 


I must say that I found Anasazi to be written with a lot of very interesting details about the Hopi, Anasazi and Navajo tribes that it kept my interest throughout the book. There was also enough suspense and strangeness of the townspeople that kept my interest in the story peaked.


I found the book to be an easy read. As a matter of fact, I finished it in one day. I'm hoping that the third book will reveal what and who David really is.


I GIVE THIS BOOK



DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ahh...

I have successfully completed one of my reading challenges. I'm more than 1/2 way through another and then I will be able to focus on the third...YES. I hope my momentum sticks or gets better this second half of the year. :-)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

So Close...

It's halfway through the year and I'm so close to completing two of the challenges I signed up for. My eBook Challenge and YA Challenge has been going so well so far but my 2011 book Bloggers Recommendation Challenge is not going so well at all. I think if I stopped buying books and read the books that I have I would be able to get through some of the list. I know I have July through December to finish the challenge but there are so many books I want to read. What to do, what to do...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Uglies - Scott Westerfield


About the book
Uglies Series #1 - Scott Westerfield
Publishing Date: May 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Nook Book

Synopsis from BN.com
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
My Thoughts:
When I first read the synopsis for Uglies, I thought about how similar it is to what young kids today think about themselves because of society. It's amazing how our culture has led us to think looking a certain way is considered beauty and if you don't look that way then you are ugly. 
In Uglies, Scott Westerfield has written a story about a futuristic world where when teenagers turn 16 they go through an operation that basically rebuilds them to make them go from "ugly" to "pretty". From the years between the age of 12 and their 16th birthday, these kids constantly dream of becoming pretty and living in New Pretty Town where everyone is beautiful. Once they've had the surgery, they no longer look back at Uglyville and their friends. They think everything outside of New Pretty Town is just hideous.
Tally Youngblood has been dreaming about the day she turns 16 and becomes "pretty". She can't stand to be ugly. Now that her best friend Peris, who turns 16 before she does and becomes pretty is gone, she's not only ugly but also lonely; until the night she sneaks into New Pretty Town to see Peris and has to bungee float back to Uglyville in order not to get caught. This is when she meets Shay, her new best friend who will turn 16 on the same day Tally does. To Tally this means, she will not be lonely anymore and not only that, she will have someone to share the experience of planning her day of surgery with together and become pretty together. 
Shay, however has a different idea. Shay doesn't believe that you have to change yourself and doesn't want to go through the surgery. Right before her 16th birthday Shay decides to run away to the "Smokes" and leaves a cryptic message for Tally telling her how to get there if she decides to join her. This is where the story becomes fast paced. Tally has decisions to make, to stay ugly forever or to betray her friend and bring her back to Uglyville to have the surgery. What will Tally do? Whatever decision she makes will change her life forever.
I GIVE THIS BOOK


DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Assassins Village by Faith Mortimer

About the book:
The Assassin's Village by Faith Mortimer
Format: Kindle
Lending: Enabled


Synopsis:
Bound and gagged, the shocked and terrified victim recognises his assailant. Days later, another body is discovered. How many assassins stalk the village?

In a picturesque Cypriot village an expatriate theatrical group gather to discuss their next play; but when the curtain rises it’ll be murder.
A blackmailer stalks the cast – a group riven with jealousies, rivalry, sexual tension and illicit affairs.

Unbeknownst to each other they all attempt to find solutions to their problems. Some believe it lies in murder. Can they find the blackmailer? And can they find that all important ‘little black book’ – the chronicle of their misdeeds.

When a body is discovered, Diana, a cast member, turns detective to draw up a suspects list. After the police get involved one of the suspects is found hanged - another murder or the suicide of a guilty person?

A visit to a villager’s home uncovers an ancient assassin’s weapon. Could this be the murder weapon? Is it possible that an assassin lives at the heart of this formerly peaceful and idyllic village?

Love, hate, murder and high drama all feature in this classic historical detective story. With a long list of suspects, some dramatic twists and the odd red herring, the reader is left guessing until the final curtain falls.



My Thoughts:
The Assassin's Village begins with a very thrilling and frightening scene. When I read it, I thought of the hunter is now caught by the hunted. The scene was captivating and left me wanting to read more. The rest of the book did not disappoint. It seems that throughout the book I kept wondering and guessing 'who did it. Is it this person, I bet it's that person.' It seemed there was always a reason why anyone of the characters would or could have been the killer but the story was never predictable. By the end of each chapter I was almost convinced the killer was the person focused on the most in that chapter but then the realization hit that I will not know who the killer is until I finish the book.

The author wrote a well developed story with wonderful imagery and well developed characters. I especially enjoyed each quote from Macbeth at the beginning of each chapter. This story was a fascinating story and I hope to be able to read more by this author.


I GIVE THIS





DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rot & Ruin - Jonathan Maberry

About the Book:
Rot & Ruin - Johnathan Maberry
Format: Nook Book
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult


Synopsis:
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.


My Thoughts:

Rot and Ruin is my first official zombie book. I've watched zombie movies and have always found them funny because of the moaning and just how ridiculous some of the movies are. When I decided to read Rot and Ruin for my Book Bloggers 2011 challenge, I wasn't sure what to expect but I did read good and bad reviews about the book. I however, thought this book was nothing like the movies and was wonderfully written.
Benny Imura is a 15 year old boy, living in Mountainside, a community of survivors of First Night. First Night was the night that the world was taken over by zombies. The dead basically rose and when they bit you, you became one of them. If you died and weren't quieted, you rose from the dead.

At 15, Benny has to find a job in order to keep his full ration. He and his friend Chong tries to apprentice with a number of people in the community. Benny's older brother Tom, who he thinks is a big coward happens to be a well respected zombie hunter. Tom is the last person on Earth or in zombie-land Benny wants to apprentice with. Benny, thinks Tom is nothing like the other zombie hunters in town, Motor City Hammer and Charlie Pink-Eye, who all the kids enjoyed listening to when they talk about their excursions. Benny's most vivid memory of Tom on First Night is taking him and running. Running away and leaving his mom to be "chomped" on by his dad who had become one of the living dead. Unfortunately for Benny, he either has to work with Tom due to him not being able to or wanting to do any of the other jobs, or he has have his rations cut in half.

Unwillingly Benny decides to apprentice with Tom. Their first day out was a bit rough, but once Benny spent the day with his big brother learning what he does, he becomes a little less hateful towards him. Learning that these zombies aren't choosing the way they are and that they were people too and someone's family member has created some understanding and yet some confusion in Benny's mind. He then sees some other zombie hunters being down right cruel to some zombies and realize there are good zombie hunters and bad zombie hunters. The turning point in Benny's day was when he saw how Tom did his job and learning why he does it the way he does.

While out in the Ruin, Benny learns the difference between good and evil and man and monster. He also learns more about what happened in the past and comes to realize that there may be more out there than his little town of Mountainside.

Rot and Ruin was a very well written book. There were touching moments and there were a few tearful moments. There was action and sometimes a little scare here and there. Jonathan Maberry did an excellent job writing a book with well developed characters and setting. Readers will definitely get lost in the world of the Rot and Ruin. This is definitely a book I would suggest to friends.


I GIVE THIS

DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Oh Well

This has been a rather unproductive weekend as far as my reading goes. I have been trying to finish a book that an author asked me to review for her but I can't seem to keep my eyes open at night. The book is very interesting and written very well but I just can't seem to read. I hope I'll be able to put a dent in it tonight.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cloud Nine by Melissa A. Smith

About the book:
Cloud Nine (A Paranormal Romance of the Guardian of Man) by Melissa A. Smith
Format: Nook Book, Lendable, 221 pages
Publisher: Smith Books, Young Adult
Series: The Guardians of Man, #1

Synopsis

What happens when you receive a guardian angel?
What if you don't believe you need one?
What if one wants you removed?

My Thoughts:
Claire is a 17 year old high school senior whose parents seem to be too busy and leaves her to her own devices quite a bit. She wakes up one morning to get ready for school and finds a floating fog in her room named Sterling. Not only does she see a fog cloud in her room, but she can hear the voice of a male coming from the cloud in her head. Of course she believes she's dreaming. But wherever she goes, the cloud follows and can only be seen and heard by her. The cloud explains to her that he has been  sent to her as her Guardian to help her with her "needs". As a teenager she of course doesn't believe she needs anything.


Eventually Claire comes to terms, kinda, with having a Guardian which happens to be a floating cloud that she can converse with in her head. Claire then of course being the teenager she is, she begins to ask the cloud questions he's not used to. She then asks him if he can transform into a human. This is a request he's never had to grant in the past but he does for Claire. And there is the beginning of a budding romance. Once she sees him, she immediately becomes attracted to him and figures out how to shut him out of her thoughts. This confuses him because he's never had someone he's guarding shut him out of their thoughts before. He seems to experience quite a bit of 'firsts' with Claire.


Throughout all this however, Claire's ex of over six months decides he wants back in life and will do anything to get her back, including toeing the stalker line. This of course drives Sterling nuts. At one point I thought he was going to use some kind of magical power and have the ex disappear. However, Claire isn't the only one with a psycho ex. Except, Sterling's ex is also a Guardian and can appear wherever Claire is. Which she does and she also threatened her life not once but twice and the second time included a dagger.


Cloud Nine was a simple yet refreshing YA romance with a little bit of a paranormal twist to it. There were laugh out loud moments and moments where I thought I was going to cry. This is the author's first book and she is an indie author. Outside of the editing errors, I thought the book was an easy and quick read. For the price, I will definitely read the next installment to see how Claire handles Sterling's ex.






DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Random Thought

It's been a while since I've posted a random thought. My random thought for the night is how long my TBR list is getting. I had the fortunate and unfortunate pleasure of joining a group on facebook where indie authors are promoting their books. I am enjoying the group and finding new books, which is the fortunate part. The unfortunate part is that my TBR list is getting longer and longer along with my wish list of books I want to buy. Whoa is me....

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lethal People (A Donovan Creed novel) John Locke

 
About the Book:
Lethal People (A Donovan Creed novel) by John Locke
  • Kindle Edition, 
    • 256 pages
Telemachus Press, LLC (March 5, 2010)
Amazon Digital Services, Lending Enabled

Synopsis
Donovan Creed, a former CIA assassin, is a very tough man with a weakness for very easy women. Meet him in LETHAL PEOPLE a relentlessly entertaining crime novel that's often LOL - bizarre funny! The action is fast and furious, the dialogue smart, savvy and sexy. The story is filled with quirky characters and clever surprises.

My Thoughts:
Donovan Creed is a man without fear, without emotion but yet will try to do right by the people who deserves it. He seems to be quite the psychopath but in somewhat of a normal way.

Donovan Creed, a former CIA Assassin, turned hit man for anyone who pays enough. He has a weakness for pretty women who are "easy". Donovan also works for Homeland Security capturing and/or killing terrorist and he also test weapons for the military. He has no luck with women due to being somewhat of a cut and dry kind of guy. But there's always someone out there for everyone. He has an ex-wife who hates every ounce of him and a daughter who talks to me as if he's clueless. He doesn't have a permanent home but instead sleeps in subterranean prison cell or he will setup in the attics of unknown people. Without their knowledge of course.

Lethal People begins with a home going up in flames with a family of four inside. Later in the book, the tie in with the fire and the remaining survivor, you will meet the people who Donovan has quite a bit of dealings with. From a big time mob boss who is somewhat of a "friend", another mob boss who he refused to do work for and is trying to kill him to a quadriplegic "little person" with an army of "little people" who hired him to do a hit and finally his body guard Augustus Quinn, who is so disfigured the sight of him makes people scream.

I thought Lethal People had quite a bit of humor and the visual I have of Quinn kind of remind me of an upright version of a cross between Frankenstein and Quasimodo with a mix of Jason Vorhees thrown in. The book was very fast paced and involved quite a bit of action. There was even a little romance for Creed.

Would I read another John Locke book: yes
Is this a book I would recommend: yes but not to someone who reads serious crime novels. 


DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Revenge Served Cold...Jackie Fullerton


About the Book:

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Thomas House Publishing
  • Author: Jackie Fullerton

Synopsis

Kathy Spence awakens in the middle of the night and finds herself in a living nightmare. Her husband has been run down and she is the primary suspect. With an eyewitness to the crime and proof that her car was the murder weapon, it appears to be an open and shut case. Terrified for her future, Kathy turns to amateur sleuth Anne Marshall for help. Believing in Kathy's innocence, Anne launches her own investigation, uncovering proof of a conspiracy that reaches from Kathy's past and threatens her own life. In a race against time, Anne must count on her close friends and even the ghost of her father to help her bring a killer to justice before it's too late.

My Thoughts:
Is it possible to hate some one so much that you obsess about them suffering, although they had no idea of why you hate them?


Revenge Served Cold shows readers how far someone will go to get revenge on someone else. The story starts with the prologue showing Professor Spence is plowed down in the middle of the street after meeting up with a long time college friend. Professor Spence is pronounced dead on the spot. The prime suspect is his wife and her car is found across the street from their house with the fender bent and the window smashed with blood on it. After seeing that, of course you would think it was the wife, slam dunk. However, that's just too easy. Yeah, that's what I thought as well.


I don't watch a lot of TV, but when I do I watch a lot of the crime shows on the Discovery channel. In rreal life, the crime is never solved in a "slam dunk". 


In the beginning we find out that the "friend" Professor Spence met up with was his college roommate and best friend who was also his wife's ex-boyfriend. Well, he may have had a motif. But no, we find out there was another friend, Alice Dearborn who had been in love with the friend all this time and would do ANYTHING to win his love. 


Although I found the story to be predictable, there was enough climax and suspense to it once Anne and her "partner in crime", her dad's ghost, gets involved. Anne, who is named Miss Marple by her friends, gets involved in helping to solve the crime. This is something she's done before in the past it seems. Well, had it not been for Anne and her ghost, Professor Spence's wife would have gotten indicted and the real criminals would have gotten away.


I think Revenge Served Cold was a quick and easy read. There was a little humor. If you are looking for a quick and easy crime sleuth book, Revenge Served Cold will fit the bill.





DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I was asked to review by The Cadence Group.