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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Temporary Reviewing Slowdown

Health issues this week are interfering with my reviewing capacity, as I try to rest and heal.i'm making sure to post for blog tours, but I've not been able to post in time for all new release dates. Please be patient with me, as I move at turtle speed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: A NEW DAY IN ANERICA by Theo Gangl

Review: A NEW DAY IN AMERICA by Theo Gangl

Gritty, graphic, fatal, heart-pounding, dangerous--what is left but survival? One year after New York City collapsed in a fiery blast, and most of the few remaining succumbed to airborne plague, still a few hardy or sneaky survive. Nostradamus (Nos) Greene and young daughter Naomi are among them; his wife and two adolescent sons died in the destruction. Nos carries on in order to protect Naomi, his Special Forces background all too often handy. This novel is not just about post-apocalyptic survival; it's living with the memories of loss.

Tour: HALF DEAD & FULLY BROKEN by Kevin Craig







Half Dead & Fully Broken, by Kevin Craig

 

Genre: young-adult, contemporary-fantasy

 

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

 

Date of Release: January 19, 2015

 

Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky

 

 

Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK

 

Description:

 

Carter Colby is the most unpopular teen at Jefferson High. This would be easier to deal with if his identical twin brother, Marcus, weren’t the hottest, most popular boy in school.

 

When Marcus is killed in a motorcycle accident, Carter discovers the one thing more painful than trying to compete with Mr. Wonderful: wearing his dead brother’s face. He felt invisible before the accident, but with Marcus dead, everybody turns away from him in mourning. How can he blame them? He can’t bear to look in the mirror.

 

When Carter begins to see Marcus’ ghost, Mr. Wonderful’s quest to save the world and spread happiness may not be over after all, even in death. Marcus knows that Justin Dewar, the boy who drove the truck that crashed into his motorbike, is struggling with the guilt of taking a life. Melanie, Marcus’ mourning girlfriend, was also hit hard by the tragedy. Marcus wants to make things right before it’s too late.

 

With Marcus’ help, Carter experiences love and friendship for the first time in his life. But is Mr. Wonderful’s helping hand enough for Carter, Melanie, and Justin - three kids fully broken by the tragedy - to save one another?




About The Author:

Kevin Craig is the author of four previous novels; Burn Baby, Burn Baby, Summer on Fire, Sebastian’s Poet, and The Reasons. He is a 4-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s Best Novel Award. Kevin is also a playwright and has had eight 10-minute plays produced. His poetry, short stories, memoir and articles have been published internationally. Kevin was a founding member of the Ontario Writers’ Conference and a long-time member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR). He is represented by literary agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.

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Review:

HALF DEAD  & FULLY BROKEN by Kevin Craig


Carter and Marcus Colby are twins, products of a difficult [read, constant parental discord] home, in which "Mr. Wonderful" (Marcus) parents younger sibling Meagan, and Carter just reflects Marcus, more of a shadow than a foil. Early in May of their seventeenth year, Marcus determines they should ride his motorbike to the high school. Taking the wrong chance, Marcus dies, Carter suffers serious road burn. Of course, given the family of origin, Carter is mostly overlooked, because he is Marcus' mirror image. But Carter can never forget Marcus, whose spirit remains visible to him while Carter works through a series of terribly difficult choices while he fights to discover his purpose in life.
Heart wrenching, heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful, don't miss HAKF DEAD & FULLY BROKEN.

Review: BLOOD INFERNAL by James Robbins and Rebecca Cantrell (ORDER OF THE SANGUINES, #3)

REVIEW: BLOOD INFERNAL by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell   (Order of the Sanguines #3)

A rip-roaring historical prologue sets the scenery for this riveting thriller whose suspense never falters. Readers who loved the first two books in the Order of the Sanguines Series (BLOOD GOSPEL and INNOCENT BLOOD) will find this conclusion immensely appealing; those who haven't yet read the first two novels can still enjoy this one (and will be inspired to check out the earlier books, and enter the saga of the Sanguinists, once preternatural monsters who have converted to the Blood of Christ, and archaeologist extraordinaire Dr. Erin Granger, herself bonded to the Blood Gospel of Christ.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: KICKBACK (DI NICK DIXON CRIME SERIES #3) by Damien Boyd

Review: KICKBACK by Damian Boyd (DI NICK DIXON #3)

Possibly the best yet in this quite engrossing series, Detective Inspector Nick Dixon of Avon and Somerset Police is inadvertently drawn into a domestic hostage situation, and from that into the death of a young stable lad which had already been ruled accidental. As he peels away layers of deception, DI Dixon gets an education in horse racing, betting, and potential crimes associated with this activity. Once again, the final denouement surprises and enlightens Dixon and his crew--and will readers as well.

Review: HEAD IN THE SAND (DI NICK DIXON CRIME SERIES #2) by Damien Boyd

Review: HEAD IN THE SAND by Damien Boyd

Surprisingly, the figure of speech is literal, blazingly so. Author Damian Boyd gives Avon and Somerset Police Detective Inspector Nick Dixon a massively convoluted, crimes-in-different-eras, gritty noirish case to unravel. As his off-scene relationship with Detective Constable Jane Winter deepens, Dixon is tasked with a series of inexplicable crimes, and troubled by his diabetes.

Review: AS THE CROW FLIES by Damien Boyd (DI NICK DIXON CRIME SERIES #1)

Review:  AS THE CROW FLIES by Damien Boyd (DI Nick Dixon #1)

First in a series, AS THE CROW FLIES introduces amiable yet diligent hero-protagonist Nick Dixon, returned to his boyhood region after some years with London Metropolitan Police. Now with Avon and Somerset Police, Dixon is fitting himself into the department and handling his own case load, when he is tasked by the bereaved parents of a climbing buddy from his younger days, who has just died in a cliff fall while preparing for a new ascent. What appears to be accident, may or may not be, but Dixon, who has the perseverance of a wolverine beneath that amiable and personable demeanor, will discover the facts; and the answers will really surprise readers.

Review: THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward. Release

REVIEW:  THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward

A heart-wrenchingly poignant novel of two families, a broken family in Honduras, struggling to survive, let alone to thrive, and a happily married, busy, couple in Texas, THE SAME SKY  is a novel unlikely to leave readers with dry eyes. 40-year old Alice wants to adopt, but that is a path strewn with obstacles like broken stones. Carla is a child in Honduras, only five when her mother pays a "coyote" for illicit transport to the States, to.work in a Texas restaurant kitchen. Carla and her younger twin half-brothers are.raised by their grandmother, who dies when Carla is thirteen. The path Carla takes from here on is fraught and troublesome, but in the end  demonstrates that we are all siblings beneath the skin and brothers and sisters under the same sky.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Review: CHRISTINA GEORGE, THE PUBLICIST SERIES

Review:  THE PUBLICIST by Christina George (THE PUBLICIST Book 1)

This is an amazingly enjoyable book and series--and I am a reader who generally avoids chick-lit, women's fiction, romance of any stripe. But I totally enjoyed THE PUBLICIST, which proved to be not only fascinating, but to have unexpected character depths. The author knows her venue, as she has been in this field for a number of years. Better yet, she knows what makes people tick, and she understands her characters. From the sleazy traditional-publisher CEO to the seemingly one-hit reclusive author, from sexy married (sort of) senior editor to the feisty, diligent, publicity lead, from sweet and savvy authors to idiot wannabe writers, THE PUBLICIST covers the gamut, and leaves readers hungry to follow on.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Review/Tour: BLOODLINES by Vanessa Skye

Review: BLOODLINES by Vanessa Skye (Edge of Darkness #3)

The conclusion to this trilogy is purely gritty police noir and close-up underside of the crimes, sins, and failings of humanity. Chicago Detective Alicia Raymond is living a life of multiple lies, and try as she might, happiness always eludes her. She only seems to be effective at tracking criminals, but now it may be too late: her rubber-band existence may be near to snapping back at her with dangerous consequences.

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