Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Escape to Death Review

ESCAPE TO DEATH

By Stephen Perkins

ESCAPE TO DEATH by [PERKINS, STEPHEN]
One dead girl
One broken hero
A serial murderer and a sorceress
One massive conspiracy. Who will prevail?

A transgender teen goes missing, but Charlie Starker, LA's most respected, and feared private investigator, thinks the girl may have been murdered
by a sorceress disguised as America's favorite daytime television hostess. As Hollywood descends into homicidal madness, Starker bravely stares down the demons swarming around him. But, will he ever be able to face those raging within?
When a mad scientist unleashes his monstrous creations upon an unsuspecting world, one broken hero finds he must answer the call of duty, or die trying!




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MY REVIEW

This is a story that could only come from tinsel town. With a tale of opulence and power, it would have to be full of backstabbing and name calling. The story centers on several random characters who eventually come together at different times and different ways. There is the reigning queen of daytime television and the former cast aside queen who wants the throne back. Then there’s the first female President of the United States and the Senator who wants to replace her. And finally, you have an out of control scientist and the monsters he creates. Of course there’s a few others woven into the fray too.


At first I didn’t know how the different characters were going to meld together. They were all over the place as far as their introductions went. Then once things clicked for me, I was only interested in some of them, which made the story kind of drag on for me. It did open my eyes to a few political tricks that may or may not be true to form. I was suspicious before. Now even more so. Even though I wasn’t thrilled with this book, it was still a satisfying read. I like this author’s writing style.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween is Murder Tour and Giveaway


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Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation through their PI firm.

But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

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What to expect from the McKinley Mysteries:
Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

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MY REVIEW 

Sean and Sara McKinley met with Cloe Parsons, a reporter, to do an interview for coverage of their haunted house charity event. The interview and taping went well, but the next day instead of seeing their expose on the tv, they discover that Chloe had died. With all the secretiveness going on, Sara suspects that Chloe was murdered, and she won’t give up until she finds out the truth.


I loved this couple. This was the first book that I have read of the McKinley mysteries, but not the first for this author. Each of Carolyn Arnold’s series’ have been good, with interesting characters and plots, and this one was as well. Even though I could tell there was plenty of back story that I did not know, I didn’t feel lost. It easily stood on its own. It did make me interested in going back to the beginning of the series though. It’s well worth the read.
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About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

I Will Find Her Review

I Will Find Her (Bitter End Book 1)

By Thomas Apostle

I Will Find Her (Bitter End Book 1) by [Apostle, Thomas]
“Amazing, Disturbing, Haunting. This is a book that I won’t easily or soon forget with its dark and gripping tale of life and death.” Indie Book Reviewers

Thomas Benson knows he will die in exactly twelve hours. He believes his death will reunite him with his wife, Julie, who died six years ago. Back then, as Julie’s last dying breath left her lips, Thomas promised her he would find her soul on the other side and they would live together forever. A moment later, he made a second promise, a promise to commit murder. That promise drives this gripping story of love, obsession, deceit and murder to a heart stopping revelation. 

.Thomas Benson must tell his story before circumstances push him closer to insanity. His painful testimony of remarkable passion, devotion and brutal retribution must be heard even if from a prison cell on death row. Convicted of capital murder, Thomas will be executed in twelve hours. He believes his death will begin the desperate journey to keep his first promise to find the soul of his deceased wife. But he discovers his last hours are complicated by fear, lust, greed, revenge and his second promise. 
With just hours separating him from his deceased wife, Thomas Benson’s gut twisting struggle to reunite their souls and live on together is about to begin. A struggle that leads to a bizarre end no one could see coming. Thomas needs to know what it feels like to die because he does not like surprises. He’s about to get a big one. You must read his story to share the incredible experience.

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MY REVIEW

The cover of this book bills it as a psycho thriller. I took that to mean psychotic, but after reading it, it’s obvious that it means psychological. Thomas is a man facing his last twenty-four hours on death row for a murder he may or may not have done. He has been on death row for the past five years, waiting patiently for his execution to happen, so he can be reunited with his wife in the afterlife. At least that’s what he believes. But now with his final hours ticking down, he feels he must tell his story one last time, even if his only audience happens to be a mouse.


This book was so interesting and intriguing that I had to read through it nonstop. The author is a true storyteller. He really knows how to catch your attention from the start and carry it through to the end. It was inspiring the way he could work key points into the story at the right time to give the most shock value possible. That amazed me. Plus the fact that the entire story fit into a twenty-four hour period with Thomas conversing with a mouse. Also shocking to me was the way the events unfolded with such an unexpected ending. 
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Free and Bargain Books Linkup Week 41


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Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Journey to the Center of the Mirth Review

Journey to the Center of the Mirth: How to Find,Develop,and use Humor

By Leonard Ryzman

Journey to the Center of the Mirth: How to Find,Develop,and use Humor by [Ryzman, Leonard ]
How to find, develop, and use humor. 
Are you unsure of how to naturally be funny? Worried about a big speech where humor could help you break the ice? In need of more to laugh about?

This is a brief, practical guide to getting more humor into your life. This book can help you to notice more humor in your life, use humor as a strategy for living, and ensure that you get all its benefits!

Importantly it will also help you create your own humor, with a section for presenters - speakers, trainers, lecturers, teachers - who not only want to find or create humor but develop and use it in formal presentations.

Read the background of how and why humor works and learn how to maximize its effectiveness in your life. Whether you just want to expand your own humor experience, or learn more about communicating with humor, enjoy the ride - a journey to the center of the mirth. Nothing can keep you down if you let humor lift you up!

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MY REVIEW

This is the fourth book that I have read by this author. Each of them was about humor, or motivation using humor as a tool. This one was along the same line. It had humor at its core, the same as all the others, the only difference was that this book was closer to teaching you to see and use humor daily in everything you do. The health benefits you gain from humor is just one of the reasons for keeping or adding it to your life. There are so many more as I’m sure you’re aware of.


I love to laugh as much as the next person. Sometimes humor comes easy for me, but other times it doesn’t. I like how the author gives strategies and guidelines to help get past those times. I enjoyed the metaphors used throughout the book to describe the different aspects of humor. The exercises Mr. Ryzman suggests really do help the mind to think in terms of laughter. I’ve tried a few just to bring a spark of humor to conversations with success. That being said, I think anyone who reads this book will take away strategies that will help them in their daily lives and conversations.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Make Your Own Rainbow Review

Make Your Own Rainbow: You need never again be a victim of your emotions 

By Leonard Ryzman

Make Your Own Rainbow: You need never again be a victim of your emotions by [Ryzman, Leonard]
MAKE YOUR OWN RAINBOW is the astonishing book that shows how Dynamic Emotion can change your thinking and change your life. It is a complete course in the use of Dynamic Emotion to solve problems and achieve emotional and material success.

This book contains the secrets of successful people, many of whom started out with crushing difficulties. There are dramatic stories of fascinating individuals - some of them very famous, some of them unsung heroes. Among the book's stars are Paul McCartney, Jack Nicholson, Muhammad Ali, George Burns, Wilma Rudolph, Sophia Loren, Robert Redford, Estee Lauder, Stevie Wonder, Walt Disney, Bjorn Borg and more.

You need never again be a victim of your emotions, but rather a master of the power they bring. Make Your Own Rainbow shows you how to use your emotions to grow and make positive changes. Learn how your mind works and how you can immensely improve its performance. Discover the techniques that have you overcoming the most difficult problems. Live in a totally new, exciting and creative way.

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MY REVIEW

This book was written by an author skilled in motivational speaking. In fact, I felt like I was in the audience listening to one of his speeches as I read it. The use of powerful working and imaging draws you in to what is being expounded, I felt immensely motivated throughout the entire read. And that’s saying a lot since I am basically an unsocial couch potato. I felt nothing but a positive energy flow. It’s easily understandable how much negative energy can keep you down. But I was shocked to learn how much negatives are hidden in our daily thinking.


Mr. Ryzman introduces the Dynamic Emotion program which is basically putting your emotion in overdrive in order to do what you must do to get what you want. He further explains how your emotions, whatever they are, can trigger chain effects, and that is why you should keep your emotions on a positive keel. The book lists ten suggested ways to repel any negative thoughts you may have. There were many examples of people who have overcome insurmountable obstacles in their lives even though they were severely handicapped. Some were so miraculous that it gave me goosebumps. I am so glad that I read this book. It was more than inspiring.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

All You Need Is Life Review

All You Need Is Life: A lighter look at life with a sprinkling of wisdom

By Leonard Ryzman

 All You Need Is Life: A lighter look at life with a sprinkling of wisdom by [Leonard Ryzman]
Is life a rendezvous with destiny or a blind date with fate? 

ALL YOU NEED IS LIFE is a Beatles-eye view of life, the world and everything. Every day you wake up is a cause to celebrate, and this book will lead you there with its lighter view of life plus a sprinkling of wisdom. Each chapter looks at another aspect of life. The author's experiences and commentaries range from meeting Queen Elizabeth, horse riding, the health care system and television;  to astrology, concepts of time, dining out and more.

The themes are inspired by Beatle song titles.

Sit back with this short , satirical read and take a look at some of life's incongruities, with a good dose of laughs in between.




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MY REVIEW

All you need is life is a collection of quips and quotes from an author who is well known for his humorous writings printed in newspapers and magazines. His musings shine with an inner levity that is rare these days. In this book, you find that nothing is sacred and everything can be viewed as positive or negative, depending on the way it is viewed. Mr. Ryzman has a way with making the reader see things from both perspectives. And some of his wit and wisdom will have you pondering on it long after reading it.


I don’t know about you but I love reading books like this. The humor flowed endlessly. I can definitely see the author as a motivational speaker. There’s no doubt that he is a Beatle fan as it shows by his inclusion in this book. In fact, one chapter was made up of Beatle song titles or lyrics. I didn’t enjoy that one so much, as it mainly just sounded like ramblings to me. But I did enjoy the chapter on his conversation with the Queen. I liked how he could easily turn it into something that was totally different than the actual happening, but not be lying at all. Genius!
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Free and Bargain Books Linkup Week 40


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Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

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Monday
 Leels Loves Books
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley Books | Between the Coverz | Bookalicious Traveladdict
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Reads
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | Futures
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

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For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
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