Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cover Reveal - Mobsters, Monsters and Nazi's

Dan O'Brien and Steve Ferchaud have done it again! Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis will be a six-story illustrated series that will launch on Halloween and conclude right around Christmas. It is equal parts noir, pulp, lovecraft, and detective fiction with enough intrigue and mystery to keep you hanging on.




It is available for pre-order starting today, so be sure to grab and let everyone know about it!

You can pre-order it for only $2.99 by following this link:


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pre-Release Reviews for Backwoods Boogie

I'm very thankful for the wonderful people who have taken the time to read and review Backwoods Boogie, my upcoming third book on the Redneck P.I. Series. A couple of people are still reading it, and here are the ones that have been posted on Goodreads only because it won't be available on Amazon until November 14th.


Here is the pre-order link for Amazon:
Backwoods Boogie


Twila Taunton, redneck detective, reluctantly joins forces with her ex-fiancée to solve the mysterious murder of British resident, Janice Woodward.

Sensing an innocent woman was setup for the crime, Twila assembles a small group of trusted friends and specialists to dig deep and unearth the truth, and needs all her sass and guile to overcome the many challenges they hit along the way.

Backwoods Boogie, the third in the Redneck Series, is a fast-paced journey that spans America’s Deep South to the rainy reaches of Northern Europe, and keeps you reading on and guessing throughout. The characters are wonderfully vivid and you’re transported directly into their gritty setting, observing them first-hand as they slowly piece together the puzzle – but can they do it in time?

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys well-written detective stories and wily whodunits.


Lee Bullen, Author, UK

****

If you are looking for a delightful story packed full of an eclectic group of witty characters, Backwoods Boogie is the book for you.

Twila Taunton, self proclaimed detective of the Redneck P.I. Agency, is hired to help her friend Pam Taylor. Pam has been imprisoned for a murder Twila is sure she didn't commit. To make matters worse Pam's attorney is Jimmie-Ray, the man that left Twila standing at the alter.

Murder, Motorcycles, Aunts Gone Goth and Baby Scares, Oh My!

Flat out Fun! Trish Jackson once agains provides a captivating cast that will having you laughing out loud. A perfect balance of mystery, sexual spice and action makesBackwoods Boogie a wonderfully engaging read. 

Beth at Tome Tender Blog

****

I was pleasantly surprised by Backwoods Boogie. To be honest, I'm not usually a fan of real hard-core country books but for the most part I didn't mind it in this one. At times, Twila's rather butch demeanour did get on my nerves but the story was fast-paced enough that I quickly got over it. This book reminded me a little of Charlene Harris and her writing style so if you're a fan of hers you should enjoy this one.

I did quite like how the last page of every chapter contained a perspective from another character, it did fill in a lot of the plot and provide insight and depth into the characters. The supporting cast was fun.

I don't quite see why Twila had to travel to London, I think that was perhaps my least favourite part of the book but it was brief. The plot was captivating and action-packed for the rest of the book I thought.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this. It was fun and wild and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery with a hint of romance and a lot of crazy

Jules dePlume, Author

Thanks to those three wonderful people, and I'll be adding more when they come. Currently there are two others reading a pre-release version.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Review- Iam Ella. Buy me. by Joan Ellis

Ella David is a lost soul. She is not really sure who she is or what she wants from life. She is in a relationship with the handsome up-coming rock star, Tom, but is it really love that she feels for him? And is he committed enough to their liaison to be faithful to her?

The only two truly meaningful people in her life are Wally, the elderly caretaker at work, and Adam Hart, a friend who shares her passion for chocolate and other treats that appeal to the sweet tooth.

This story is set in the time before the terms 'politically correct' or 'sexual harassment at the workplace' had been dreamed up. Ella is in a dead-end job as an advertising copywriter, with a horny boss, Peter Richards, who makes shameless sexual advances on the women he works with, and proudly boasts of his sexual prowess. Ella has thus far managed to stay out of his bed, but when she is in danger of losing her job, he tries to blackmail her into a 'little arrangement" on the side.

Peter's antics and the other eccentric characters Ella has to deal with put her in some hilarious situations. The book is well-written and fun to read.

Four stars.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review -- The Killing of Mummy's Boy by Joan Ellis

When Sandra's only son witnessed a murder, and testified about it in court, he had to go into the witness protection programme. Also fearing retribution, single mum Sandra has moved to a remote village on the Isle of White.She has not seen her son for more than three years.

A stranger strikes up a conversation with her on the train. He tells her his name is Ben, and that he once killed a man.  Despite her immediate fear of him, when he reaches up to stow her luggage, she is attracted to him. "Her eyes tracked the thin line of black hair that ran from his navel and disappeared under the waistband of his jeans."

While on the train, Sandra discovers she has lost her Oyster Card (travel card), and makes a phone call to order a replacement.

When she finally arrives home, she finds a new card has been slipped under her doorway. She realizes she gave out her address over the phone, and Ben—who admitted he is a murderer—must have made a note of it. The thought is both scary and exciting.

Her son calls and tells her he has given up the witness protection and is back in London, and someone breaks into Sandra's house, and starts stalking her…

I couldn't put this book down. It was impossible to guess the identity of the stalker, and the author did a wonderful job of projecting Sandra's terror, her protectiveness toward her son, and the emotional turmoil she experienced when she realized she was attracted to Ben.

I received a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

***** Five stars -- I loved it!!

Buy it on Amazon -- Click Here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review - Killer by Jonathan Kellerman

This one of Kellerman's series featuring psychoanalyst Alex Delaware. I've read a few of the others and I like the character.

Alex is asked to provide an expert opinion about a young woman named Cherie, whose sister, Connie, is suing for custody of Cherie's child and accusing Cherie of being an incompetent mother.  Alex visits Cherie's home and finds nothing to indicate that she is a bad mother. The child appears to be happy and healthy.

When Connie loses the case because of Alex's testimony, she vows to keep fighting, and says she will never give up until she has the child.

Then someone murders her.

And Cherie checks out of her apartment without giving notice.

Concerned that his professional opinion about Cherie may have been totally wrong, Alex works with his friend, Detective Milo Sturgis, to hunt her down and uncover the truth.

If you like suspense thrillers, you will enjoy this one, but I think the reason it has a fairly low rating (for a best selling author) is that I was able to guess who the real killer was before he revealed it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review -- Loving Adonis by Sandi K. Whipple

Loving Adonis is a beautiful but frustrating love story about poor communication and jealousy.


Angie and Gary get together early in the story and over time they develop a deep and sensuous relationship. They don't just hop into the sack together. They go out, spend time getting to know one another, and do crazy things before their relationship turns serious and culminates in delicious, passionate and loving sex. A great, solid base for a lasting connection, you're thinking.


But no. One day Gary simply says "See Ya," and walks out on Angie.


She has no idea what has caused the sudden change in him, and although she tries to get on with her life and build up her flower business, she cannot forget the handsome man she has privately named 'Adonis'.


Gary cannot put Angie out of his mind either. But when they get back together, and things seem to be running smoothly again, the same thing happens. Just those two little words and everything is thrown into turmoil again.


Their greatest problem is that they do not communicate well. This leads to all sorts of wild and incorrect assumptions, which damage their relationship over and over until you, as a reader feel as frustrated as them.


The happy ending is full of twists and surprises that I couldn't foresee, and it made up for all the frustration.



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review - Bluebonnets for Elly by Sandra Nachlinger

A Southern Romance.

Elly McCauley is helping her granny while she recovers from a broken ankle, and is living illegally with her in the senior complex in a small town in Texas.

When she meets the local landscaper, Derek White, tall, dark and deliciously Southern, the attraction is instant and mutual. They go out on a couple of dates and one thing leads to another… But they both have baggage from the past that hinders their relationship.




Elly moves out and doesn't give Derek her new address. She starts a new business helping seniors to sort through their junk and make money selling it on eBay. But she cannot forget those steamy kisses. Neither can he.

The characters are very real and most of them are such likable people I found that I just wanted things to work out for them. The author's depiction of life in a senior complex is very vivid and true to life, and I loved Granny.

The love scenes are passionate, but tastefully written, and the author makes good use of sexy nuances.

Get it here on Amazon