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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tour: SOUL KEEPER BOXED SET by L. A. Starkey

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Title: Deceived, Destroyed & Descent (Full Series)
Series: The Soul Keeper Series
Author: L.A. Starkey
Publication Date: March 16, 2015

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life. But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?


Soul Keeper Series is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what's to come.




Author Bio:

L.A. Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can't help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn't seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

She writes under the following pen names:

Kate Thomas - NA/Adult Paranormal
Isabella James - Sci-fi/Fantasy
Lauren Elizabeth - Adult Contemporary Romance


Author Links:

Goodreads Website | Facebook |Twitter



Review: SOUL KEEPER: THE SERIES by L. A. Starkey

The SOUL KEEPER TRILOGY is here collected in a box set for the delectation if readers who love fantasy couched in philosophical questions and classical mythology. (Who hasn't pondered the fate of Persephone, the love of Hades, and the many other goddesses and gods. 

L. A. Starkey has a lyrical and appealing style of writing with great interest. THE SOUL KEEPER BOXED SET is a fine way to discover her stories, and exercise your mind!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: SKEWED by Anne McAneny

Release: March 24 2015

Review: SKEWED by Anne McAneny

Twisty and convoluted, enticing and complex, SKEWED will pin you to the page until it's finished. A crime three decades ago in rural Virginia permanently shadowed the lives of twins Jane (Janie) and John (Jack) Perkins, as well as others. At thirty, Janie is a crime-scene photographer with a clever and artistic eye. Jack is an attorney with political visions. They are intermittently in the public eye, forever to be remembered as the Haiku Twins, born to a brutally murdered mother. But now someone seems determined to stir up trouble, with photos of that long-gone but never forgotten crime scene, photos which seem to indicate more to the events than anyone ever believed.

Review: GHOST OF A CHANCE by Amy Patricia Meade

Release March 26 2015

Marjorie McClelland Book Two

Review: GHOST OF A CHANCE by Amy Patricia Meade (A Marjorie McClelland Mystery Book 2)

Generally I'm not a big fan of cozy mysteries. I prefer my mysteries and horror extreme and graphic, at minimum police-procedural. However, prolific author Amy Patricia Meade may just change all that. GHOST OF A CHANCE, which is second and newest in her series starring Depression Era crime novelist and feisty heroine-with-intellect Marjorie McClelland, is great!! Marjorie is not only intellectual, she is clever, a researcher, an author, and has an eye that cuts through nonsense to the heart of the matter and a wry sense of humor. Rarely do I laugh out loud reading any mystery, but Ms. McClelland is an irrepressible delight.

Now, it's off to repair my lack of Amy Patricia Meade mysteries!

Review: STILLWATER by Maynard Sims


If you're looking.for classic English ghost story, look right here. Very scary, very twisty, pure evil--love it!

Author Beth exits a sad marriage with the kind of Narcissistic male who ought to be accompanied by a warning notice. Losing her family home in the process, Beth has.a vehicular crash and nearly loses her life, becoming a paraplegic. Her agent sets up a long-term lease in rural Sussex, at Stillwater, a house and extensive acreage. But oh, what a house! Although renovated to suit her wheelchair-bound needs, Beth quickly discovers that Stillwater is not empty after all, but is haunted by memories, long-ago pain and torment, and a very angry, talented ghost.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: SHADOW RITUAL by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne

Release: March 25 2015


This is the first of a nine-installment series, already published in Europe. Readers like me who devoured Baigent & Lincoln's HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL and Dan Brown's novels will rave over the exciting, illuminating, and fast-paced thriller SHADOW RITUAL. So will armchair historians of World War II, and conspiracy theorists intrigued by the "secrets" of Freemasonry, and the occult underpinnings of the Third Reich. A lot to sink one's teeth into here, and simultaneously a page-turning thriller.


Release: March 24 2015

Review:  THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben

The two absolute perfect authors delving in the sub-genre of middle-class suburban contemporary mystery are Harlan Coben (American) and Linwood Barclay (Canadian). The reader knows to expect extraordinarily detailed portraits of suburban life, illustrated by seemingly unexceptional individuals just striving to get along, to live life, to exhibit "the American dream."  On the surface life is good: health, moderate wealth, families, sports activities, careers, schools, love, marriage. But the subterranean spring of secrets and deceits always, at some point, overflows, and the subsequent quake results in a sinkhole in the marriage, family, individual. Guaranteed is an engrossing reading experience to make the reader ponders reexamine her or his own life, and retain the impact of this novel in memory.

Review: A MAN OF SORROWS by James Craig

Release: March 24 2015

Review:  A MAN OF SORROWS by James Craig

Yet another outstanding Inspector John Carlyle London police procedural by accomplished author and journalist James Craig. This is number 6, and this time, Carlyle, that intrepid, gritty, old-school "copper" skates awfully close to that thin line dividing law and criminality, partly by his own actions, but also due to certain others who have their own agenda and a need for a scapegoat. Also in this mystery, both Carlyle' s spouse Helen and daughter Alice figure prominently: Helen for a potential health crisis, and Alice as she flexes her independence from parents and home rules.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Review: FROSTBITTEN by Heather Beck

Review: FROSTBITTEN by Heather Beck

A lovely, lyrical, paranormal tale, set in small-town and rural Canada, FROSTBITTEN is replete with deep.characterization, adventure, romance, friendship, betrayal, kinship, and danger. When seventeen-year-old Anastasia, a former "goody two shoes" turned "bad girl" since age thirteen, is shunted to tiny, bucolic, Cedar Falls to live with grandparents, she doesn't know what to expect; but even so, she couldn't have planned for a gorgeous guy, love--or shapeshifters.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Review: BEFORE I'M GONE by Joanne Clancy. (THE NIGHT KILlER #2)

Review:  BEFORE I'M GONE by Joanne Clancy (The Night Killer #2)

The much-anticipated sequel to I SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU (THE NIGHT KILLER #1) is here, and every jot as exciting and adventuresome! The concluding lines of the earlier story left readers hanging on a cliff, as Detective Inspector George Ellis received an earthshaking revelation of his genetic lineage. Now, as he decides how to pursue this news, his marriage is fracturing and his career is unsteady, another don't miss mystery/suspense from prolific Irish author Joanne Clancy.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: NICA OF LOS ANGELES by Sue Perry (Frames #1)


Now this is Urban Fantasy the way I like to see done: immediate, perfect suspension of disbelief, widely divergent characters fully delineated, complex and riveting story lines, writing so good the pages practically turn themselves--and then when the last page is turned, the reader drifts awake from the dream: "Where's the next book? When? I want to reenter my dream!"



I am blessed to be a beta reader for author John Bowen. His work always uplifts and never disappoints, nor is it easily forgotten or overlooked. In this new collection, he turns his considerable talent from novels to shorter pieces, each of which is a treasure: 
 Always lyrical, but subtle with it, so that each new poetic turn of phrase arrives almost as a surprise. Totally outstanding reading in this collection; my personal  favorites are "The Steak, "Crash," and "The Fall," all three for the twists; but if I needed to pick only one, "The Steal." Purely excellent.