Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Johanthan Kellerman - The Murderer's Daughter

Click on the pic to get your Amazon.com copy.
The new masterfully plotted, stand-alone pyschological thriller from No. 1 bestseller Jonathan Kellerman, featuring tough, brilliant young pyschologist Grace Blades, a former student of Alex Delaware.
A brilliant and dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches - because she bears her own invisible scars. Only five years old when she watched her parents die in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But her now-accomplished life has a secret side, ruled by an insatiable desire; by night she pursues the addictive thrills of sexual trysts with strangers. And when her two worlds unexpectedly converge, Grace's past returns with a vengeance, threatening to destroy everything she's fought for - including her life.
Shaken by the murder of her newest patient and fearful that an investigation will expose her double life, Grace sets out to probe the crime herself. But when she stumbles on the dead man's true identity, a horrifying chapter from her childhood is violently reawakened, forcing Grace to confront a decades-old act of evil crying out to be avenged. Suddenly stalked by dangerous men, Grace must turn to the talent for survival she's depended on all her life in order to face down the darkest personal demon she's ever battled: her own.
My two cents
Ok so my new rating policy might turn out to be unfair in certain circumstances.
But in this case I think it works perfectly.
If I read a book and I cannot put it down or if I have to put it down I cannot wait to pick it back up again then it gets a five star rating. 
And obviously if the plot is shabby, the logic faulty, the editing lacking etc then the book will get on my nerves instead of hooking me.
However, this book took me a bit before it hooked me this completely.  Only at 31% did my obsession with seeing the end of the book come to light even though the book has a fast and immediate hook at the start.
If I should guess, I would say that my “second hook” came so late because I had to get used to Grace and not Milo and Kie although they are referenced in passing in this book.
But this book had me hooked.  Kept me hooked and I am glad to say that I can recommend this to anybody who is a lover of this genre and most who might not normally like this genre.
I am a long time fan but got a bit irritated with the main characters driving for pages at a time.  Grace does the same but less so and she is new and twisted and perfect for a character.
Grace is the definition of everything a character should be, a bit unpredictable.  A lot unstable, then again she has reason to be.  Her past filled out the story and plot brilliantly and I would have been happy if her past were the only thing up for discussion.  When the present were as engaging I was in heaven. 
I really hope the author will make Grace Part of a new series and on the other hand I think by the end of book one, we actually do know what makes her tick so a series might not be necessary but still. I love Grace. 
What else can I tell you to convince you to read this book? Nothing.  So stop reading this and get your copy of the book today. 
You will thank me. 

This weeks Zoo animal (Wendy Woo) in the Who is who section of this blog happens to be one of the best friends an Indie Author can have.

Meet Wendy Steele, ladies and gents.  This woman is a one woman A Team.  I kid you not.  One of the most supportive people in the Indie world this is what she has to say about herself.

Wendy Steele lives in Essex but dreams of a new life up a mountain in Wales.

She worked in the City, BC (Before Children) but since 1999 has indulged her creative side, training in natural therapies, belly dance and writing. Publication of dance articles led to writing courses, and summer school, producing her first novel 'Destiny of Angels - First book in the Lilith Trilogy.'

In 2012 she published her first non-fiction title ' Wendy Woo's Year - A Pocketful of Smiles', as well as two short story anthologies and an erotic accompaniment to the Lilith Trilogy 'Too Hot for Angels'.
Wendy lives with her partner, Mike, three growing children and three cats. She says her favourite days are those spent as a human being, as opposed to a human 'doing'.

Now click on the pic below to go and see her books on Amazon. 

By far my favourite book penned by this talented author. 
But this is by far not all.  Oh no it is not.
Click on the pic to go see her blog.  Then hit Home to read more about what her world is like.
She is truly an amazing person.  And she always support authors.  So show your support.  Go on over and give her a share. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fatal Reaction by Belinda Frisch

About the book


During a slow night on duty, paramedic Ana Ashmore drives past a crime scene at the shabby Aquarian Motel—a scene that, strangely, wasn’t broadcast on her first-responder’s radio. Curious, she stops to help and quickly realizes why she’d been excluded from the call. Her sister, Sydney, has been found dead of an apparent suicide. But why would Sydney take her own life right after her successful battle with cancer?
As the police get to work, Ana decides to launch an investigation of her own. Sydney’s soon-to-be ex-husband certainly had a motive to murder, and while the police focus on him, Ana makes a startling discovery: a chain of e-mails between Sydney and her surgeon that brings into question Sydney’s diagnosis and the life-altering treatment that followed. With the help of Dr. Jared Monroe, who has his own troubling connection to the surgeon in question, Ana uncovers a ring of corruption and greed. As the two dig deeper, they develop a complicated attraction. Can they survive their attempt to expose a dangerous deception and avenge Sydney’s murder?
YES, Yes, yes, do read this book. 
My two cents.
I was impressed with this book.  The character list never assumed I am dumb and could lose the thread due to more than two people in the cast.
The pace was fast and relentless always driving forward. 
The story was fun, entertaining. 
I wont go so far as to say I could not put the book down but I came pretty close to it.
So if a medical mystery thriller is your cuppa, then I recommend this book.  It is well written, well edited and in the end it did what I want from a book.  It gave me the escape from every day life I crave when I pick up a book.
Really, what more do you want from fiction?
Sample her work with this free book.
Click on the pic to get your copy.
Note I do not know how long these books will be free so be quick about it.
About the author (Thank you Goodreads)
Belinda Frisch

Goodreads Author


in The United States


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member since
January 2011

About this author

*Runner-up Halloween Book Festival 2012 and optioned for film, Cure
*Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2014, Better Left Buried
*Acquired for summer 2015 re-release by Thomas & Mercer, Fatal Reaction

After the author's fifteen years of working in health care, Belinda Frisch's stories can't help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she'd like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of Cure, Afterbirth, Fatal Reaction, Better Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

Visit her blog at: BelindaF.blogspot.com
My rating, count the pups.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Book Review of A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life by Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson

Book Title: A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life
Genre: True Life/ Memoir
Pages: 224
Author: Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson 
Date Published: 6 November 2012


Allen and Linda Anderson adopted a traumatized one-year-old cocker spaniel who had been abandoned. Soon, the troubled dog they named “Leaf” turned their home into a war zone. Although Leaf and Allen were forging a friendship with visits to dog parks and bonding time, Leaf’s emotional issues overwhelmed the couple. Shortly after Leaf’s arrival, Allen, who had spent eight years as a big city police officer and survived so many close calls that Linda called him “Miracle Man,” received a diagnosis from his doctor that made him think his luck had finally run out. Allen had an unruptured brain aneurysm that could be fatal, and the surgery to repair it might leave him debilitated. Having seen his father live for years with the effects of a massive stroke, he dreaded that the worst fate might not be death. What Allen didn’t know is that he and Leaf, like comrades facing the ultimate battle, would be there for each other with the miracle of this man and this dog coming together at exactly the right time.


A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My LifeA Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life by Allen Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a touching and heartwarming story. I loved it!

I am not one for reading many true life stories, but when the author contacted me about reading this book, I decided to try it. I am glad I did. Unfortunately, due to my rather large reading list, it has taken me quite a while to get to read it, for which I am truly sorry.

This story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I am a highly emotional person when it comes to animals anyway. I have had my share of pets over the years (four dogs, one feral (turned tame) cat, a rabbit and a hamster. Oh, and some gupies - fish) and, although I currently don't have any at the moment, I would love to have either another dog or cat. Unfortunately, it is not possible at this time as I cannot afford to have one.
Nevertheless, I fell in love with Leaf, who has a fantastic character. This dog has not had an easy life up until the Anderson's adopt him, and reading about their experiences with him made me laugh and cry. Gaining the trust of an abused or wild animal is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. The affection and love they share is more precious because it takes bravery to trust after being hurt. Leaf is one of those dogs that you wish you had found at the pound. However, not many people would have been brave to take on Leaf with all his issues. The Anderson's are that brave. This story is a mix of heartwarming and touching events, together with some very sad ones. However, it is mostly a story of hope, love and happiness. Animals are a gift; I believe they have souls and when they give their trust and love, we should grasp it and hold on to it for dear life.

Allen Anderson has written a deeply touching story that captured my heart. I loved the photographs that were sprinkled throughout. They gave the story a visual insight into Leaf's character. I did feel that the story, although well written, to be a little slow paced for my taste. However, I am used to reading fiction, which is embellished to include fast paced action. A slower pace is sometimes good for the soul. I would definitely consider reading more books written by him in the future.

I highly recommend this book if you love true life stories, memoirs or stories about dogs/animals. - Lynn Worton

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About The Author:

Allen Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of A DOG NAMED LEAF with his wife Linda are coauthors of a series of popular books, published in multiple languages, about the benefits of human-animal companionship. In 1996 they cofounded the Angel Animals Network to honor and expand upon their lifelong love of animals. Angel Animals uses the power of inspirational stories to increase love and respect for all life. The Anderson's books have won recognition from the American Society of Journalists & Authors's Outstanding Book Award program. Allen and Linda were named Partners and Friends of the American Humane Association in recognition that their mission and efforts are in alignment with the organization's work. The Andersons raised two children along with pets as family members. They currently share their home in Minneapolis with pets whose relationships- would make great film plots -- a dog named Leaf, Cuddles the cat, and Sunshine, a cockatiel who says, "I love you, sweet baby."

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Friday, October 09, 2015

Catalina Egan

Brilliant book.  Click on the pic to get your copy from Amazon today. 

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Pretty Boy (Badge Boys #1) by Tara Oakes

Pretty Boy, the first book in the Badge Boys series, is now live!

*** WARNING *** This novel is intended for those over 18 yrs. of age due to mature and sexual material.

"Didn't anyone ever tell you what happens to BAD girls? Well... let Pretty Boy show you."

Agent Christopher Gibson has everything a man in his position could want. A successful career as one of the FBI's most credited undercover field agents, with no personal ties to hold him back. He tried that once, it didn't go over too well.

Jessica Leary is on her way to the top, working on her father's Senate re-election campaign. She has the job she wants- the opportunity to prove herself to both the political elite and her father.

What could these two people from very different worlds ever have in common? Nothing.

Nothing other than a hot, sexy, torrid love affair that was left in the past- torn apart by the different directions their lives were headed.

Now, months later, Jess finds herself in a perilous position. The past that once brought "Pretty Boy" Chris Gibson into her life has now come back to haunt her, threatening everything that she's worked for.

When trouble comes knocking on your door, what's a girl to do? Why, call your bad-ass, sexy-as-sin, FBI agent of an ex-boyfriend to do what he does best... take down the bad guys and anyone else that stands in his way, because when Pretty Boy sets his sights on a target, nothing distracts him. But, why is it that this time is different?

Being close to Jess again, seeing first-hand what he's given up is just enough to throw everything off course, as Jess seems to be the perfect mix of good AND bad girl.

Didn't anyone ever tell you what happens to BAD girls? Well... let Pretty Boy show you in book one of the brand new BADGE BOYS series of stand alone novels.

You can now purchase Pretty Boy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/PRETTY-BOY-BADGE-BOYS-Book-ebook/dp/B015QRVM3K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443656531&sr=8-1&keywords=pretty+boy+by+tara+oakes
You can add Pretty Boy on Goodreads here:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26028287-badge-boys?from_search=true&search_version=service


More About Tara Oakes

Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She's a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she's not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Leslie Watts ladies and gents. Here is a multi taltented woman. And a who's who in the WaAr zoo.

Leslie Watts
Meet Leslie Watts.  She is part of WaAr.  And it turns out she if full of surprises.
But I am not going to talk a lot about her.  Instead I am going to send you to her website so that you can see what she has to offer.
Trust me.  Click on the pic below and go to her site.  You want to see what she has for you.