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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown

The veneer of civilization is thin-very much so--and like ice over a frozen lake in winter, easily cracked and stripped away. In MEAN STREAK prolific author Sandra Brown demonstrates how easily civilized behavior and circumstances.can be surrendered. Dr. Emory Charbonneau of Atlanta, top-flight pediatrician and multiple marathon winner, suffers a concussion and unconsciousness while training in the higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains. When she eventually awakens, in a log cabin inhabited by an enigmatic nameless male, she can't leave because of dense fog, she can't recall what caused the blow to her head, and she can't allow herself to trust this alleged "rescuer."

Review: THE GENIUS DILEMMA by Dustin Grinnell

Review: THE GENIUS DILEMMA by Dustin Grinnell

A complex very-near-future, it-could-yet-be-possible science thriller, this novel postulates a significant question: human intellect--is it solely genetic? Is it altered by encouraging nurture? Decreased and subdued by environmental toxicity (poisons in water, air, food)? What part is played by brain chemicals in decreasing or increasing intelligence? Finally, could pharmaceutical advances increase intelligence, and cure cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer's and senile dementia?

In this thriller, those questions are closely addressed. But with any advance, there are also the inevitable accompaniments of human greed and cupidity, and of unexpected, unexplored, tragic side effects.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: TOUCHED BY SUNLIGHT by Leslie D. Stuart


Complicated, deeply mysterious, world-exploring, deeply romantic: TOUCHED BY SUNLIGHT explores the entwined and separated lives and careers of photojournalist Solaris and Tristan, investigative news anchor. Once best friends, lovers, and engaged, they diverge and become media meteors each in their own way. When Tristan's research digs too deep, he returns momentarily to Solaris, invoking events both dire and fatal. But with perseverance, even the most convoluted knots can eventually be unwound.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I reviewed an early ARC provided by the author, Ernie Lindsey, and was enormously pleased. I had read and reviewed both the earlier in the series, and although I admired the author's talent, and the protagonist-heroine's implacable will to persevere, another segment of my mind stood aside constantly pondering the horrors of thus "future" Dystopia. However, reading Warchild: Spirit was so much different, despite the very prevalent violence, death, human idiocy and features.I'd give 12 or 15 stars, and 1000 "thumbs up"!

Monday, August 18, 2014



Remembering Kaylee Cooper, by Christopher Francis


Genre: middle-grade paranormal-fantasy


Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press


Date of Release: September 30, 2014







Kaylee Cooper is certain that Alex will become friends with a ghost this year. Alex thinks that he is far too old to be listening to a first grader and encourages Kaylee to stop jeopardizing his important sixth grade social life. Kaylee doesn’t listen and finds awkward ways to spend as much time with Alex as possible, even if it means following him into the boy’s washroom.


Fed up, Alex develops a strategic plan to ultimately help him get rid of Kaylee Cooper for good.


However, he soon learns about the mysterious legend of Screaming Ridge that pulls an unlikely group of friends together, including the girl of his dreams, and the school’s meanest bully. When they discover that the legend is real, and that Kaylee Cooper is at the core of the mystery, Alex stares death in the face and helps save her from an eternal life of misery and confusion.





About The Author:

CHRISTOPHER FRANCIS Born in Brisbane, Australia, Christopher was accepted at age 19 into Sheridan College’s Animation program before earning a degree in Sociology from McMaster University.

He then enjoyed a two-year adventure overseas working with children, before completing his Bachelor of Education degree at York University. He is now teaching junior and intermediate level students in Burlington, Ontario.

Through Christopher’s experience working with children, he found writing and illustrating to be one of his passions. Currently working on a middle grade series, he recently completed and illustrated the first three books. He has also created seven other children’s picture books and illustrated children’s novels for independent authors

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Review: SEVERED by Gary Fry


SEVERED is classic scary horror given some metaphysical depth and height. Described from an Omniscient Narrator viewpoint of a multiplicity of characters (who failed to elicit my empathy), action  is interspersed with extended "talking head" verbal or mental monologues. Eventually, as the strange case of the uneven but brilliant Professor Stephen Hobbs unravels, we are left to consider that despite the very prevalent "violence on the ground," this is a story of psychology rather than "straight" horror.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Release Day: ZERO POINT by Nafeez Ahmef


Mass riots
Economic meltdown
Black outs

And a new oil war in Iraq to keep the world economy afloat

Fourth Iraq War veteran & war crimes whistle-blower, David Ariel, is sick of violence, and trying to make ends meet working for police specialist  protection. But after Prime Minister Carson is brutally assassinated by extremists on Ariel’s watch, he is covertly targeted by a compromised police investigation.

When forensics discover that Carson’s assassination inexplicably defied the very laws of physics, bodies drop like flies. Key witnesses are murdered in impossible circumstances.

Fleeing for his life while London is locked-down under martial law, Ariel gets a phone call from Iraq he will never forget: his estranged girlfriend, journalist Julia Stephenson, warns that the Carson killing is just the beginning of a wider plot to bring the west to its knees.

Then she disappears.

Ariel’s blood-soaked race against time to track the terror cells behind Carson’s death tumbles into the cross-fire of a hidden battle between mysterious rogue intelligence agencies. Their goal: to monopolise black budget technologies which could unlock the universe’s darkest, arcane secrets.

As the world he thought he knew unravels, Ariel faces off against bent coppers, double-crossing agents, psychic killers and super soldiers to complete a black ops mission like no other: 

Stop Quantum Apocalypse

Zero Point | Nafeez Ahmed

Friday, August 15, 2014


Review: NYCTOPHOBIA by Christopher Fowler

I chose to review this as an ARC because I am such an admirer of Christopher Fowler (so far, specifically ROOFWORLD and RUNE), but at first (perhaps because the core of the story occurs in Spain), I didn't cotton to it as I'd expected. I thought I was reading a cross of Daphne du Maurier with Sarah Rayne. As I persevered, the tale grew on me. Eventually I realized that I held a story truly terrifying (I expect it will come alive in my dreams). If you're expecting splash and Gore, dripping walls, and rattling chains, keep moving. But if you appreciate the literary tradition that flowered in du Maurier and Rayne, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: well, here's a house I'd like you to visit--Hyperion House in Spain, the "House of Light" where sunlight graces every single room from sunrise to.sunset....excepting only that set of always darkened, unwindowed rooms built into the mountain which the house abuts.

I reviewed an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the sole purpose of my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged.


A rip-roaring, unstoppable, can't catch a breath, YA thriller, pitting an autistic teen savant and his younger sister against an implacable corporation whose evil deeds and intents make even the current corporate bete noirs seem tame,  UNCAGED is gritty, violent, can't put down, entertainment with solid deep issues as its foundation. Animal and human experimentation, "devils" in business suits, manipulating governmental agencies: a 12 stars book and reread.

The ARC I reviewed was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the sole purpose of my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Review:  This is the second in James Hayman's mystery series set in Portland, Maine and environs. Detective Sergeant McCabe, a transplant from the NYPD following an ugly, unexpected, divorce, and Maine native Detective Maggie Savage, are the continuing protagonists--investigators for the Crimes Against Persons Division of the Portland Police Department, who seemingly never sleep.

I raced through this novel in two rapid sittings, totally engrossed. The killer sought is one very perverted Individual, and I couldn't have guessed in advance the identity. That made the denouement all the more powerful.

Author Hayman weighs in strongly on certain vulnerable topics--childhood abuse, mental disorders, and criminal perversions. His characters are realistic and draw the reader's empathy.

Monday, August 11, 2014



God’s Play, by H.D. Lynn


Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy


Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press


Date of Release: September 18, 2014


Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson




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Sixteen-year old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.

Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

And Toby needs his unlikely alley because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel the mystery of his dual nature. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.




About The Author:

H.D. Lynn is like Harry Potter in one way: she’s currently renting an apartment with a bedroom under her building’s stairs. Other than this, she explores fantasy worlds through storytelling like anyone else. She loves books with a mix of humor, adventure, and horror, and especially enjoys the urban fantasy genre. GOD’S PLAY is her first published novel.

When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and running. She’s a voracious reader, and has found listening to audiobooks while backpacking to be a perfect mix of two of her favorite things. She currently lives in Connecticut, but finds herself on the road often.

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