Book Review – The Eighth Day Brotherhood by Alice M. Phillips


The Eighth Day Brotherhood
Alice M. Phillips
5 Stars

Riveting historical thriller…

My Gentle Readers, Alice has given us a gripping page turner that I had a lot of trouble putting down to deal with real life.

It’s Paris, 1888, and someone is committing heinous murders by turning artist models into sculptures of mythological figures. The police are baffled, but occult bookstore owner Rémy Sauvage thinks he sees a pattern. Driven by revenge for one of the victims, Remy eventually joins forces with Claude Fournel, a second generation artist, and his mental hospital patient turned muse, Margaret Finnegan. The trio tries to stop the murders and clear the suspicion that has fallen on them directly. As Paris prepares to reinvent itself in the world’s mind, they can scarcely bear a black eye such as this.

Murder, love, history, and a touch of the occult, “The Eighth Day Brotherhood” is a page turner you won’t be able to put down.

Grab you copy on Amazon Here.

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Book Review – The Prisoner (Shifting Isles Book 1) by G.R. Lyons

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The Prisoner
Shifting Isles Book
G.R. Lyons
5 Stars

 

It made me think, laugh, and cry…

Lyons has woven a magnificent tale of oppression and redemption, loss and love, despair and hope.

Benash is a member of the Hawk forces, and second in command of Sonekha prison. Weighed down by the utter sameness of his routine and duties, Benash dreams of more. His ‘sinful’ desires echoed in the words of one of the men he arrests, “Haven’t you ever just wanted to have a choice?”

As his unswerving loyalty to the Elder’s commands begins to crumble, he takes a fateful trip down the forbidden right fork of the forest trail he walks to the prison each day. This decision would set him down a path he never dreamed of before when his path crossed that of Vorena, a rebel trying to escape the isle of Tanas for a better life on Agoran.

This chance meeting will change the course of both of their lives.

Lyons weaves a seamless world that one finds easy to feel could truly exist, from realistic climate to a religious system as believable as any existing in our own world.

She made me think, laugh, and cry with this book and I highly recommend you pick this book up immediately.

“The Prisoner” on Amazon

My previous interview with this amazing author can be found HERE.

Book Review – Self-Publishing and Libraries by Denise Weldon-Siviy

My Gentle Readers, I’ve got something different for you today. As I know some of you are self published authors as well, I think you may find this book as interesting as I did.

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I came across Denise Weldon-Siviy’s latest book, “Self-Publishers and Libraries” via Facebook. I grabbed it through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. What she delivered is a very thought provoking case study of self publishing and its relationship to the library system, mainly in the US, but also as it applies worldwide.

In checking up on the author, she has experience on both sides of this issue. Having spent time as a technical writer, and as a librarian, Denise’s unique perspective gives a fair representation for the complications that self publishers have getting their books into libraries, and the challenges libraries face including the diverse books that the self publishing boom has produced.

With insights about just how little a lot of self publishers need to know (for example Library of Congress submission requirements), Denise gave me a lot to think about in this book. If you are a self published author, or thinking of becoming one, this is a definite read to understand the complexities of making your book show up on library shelves. It will help you understand the bias, whether intentional or not, that librarians may have towards the flood of self published books that have hit the market in the last decade. For librarians, it is an eye opening look at where the market is going as the Big 5 publishers continue to lose ground, at least from the looks of sales on Amazon.

A great read for self publishers and librarians alike. Get your copy today by Clicking Here.

If you would like to see what else Denise is getting up to, you can find her HERE.

 

Book Review – The Sand Dweller by Molly Neely

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The Sand Dweller
Molly Neely
5 Stars

This book, my Gentle Readers, is a fantastic journey of one man’s quest to overcome his birthright and find redemption.

Molly weaves classic Christian And Egyptian figures into a tale stretching from thousands of years BC, to present day.

Lucifer’s top general in Hell, Azazeal, has a desire to possess the fallen first female, Lilith.  He proposes a bet, a winner take all battle between a single offspring from each of them. With Lucifer’s blessing they begin.

What follows is a spiritual journey that challenges the concept of “nurture vs. nature”, begging the question “Can one overcome their birthright?” Malachi bin Sinai, son of Azazeal, would like to know. His path weaves from ancient Egypt, past the crucifixion, a stint as a Roman gladiator, to end in a brutal battle with his nemesis, Ra.

I couldn’t put this one down and I doubt you will be able to either.

‘The Sand Dweller’ on Amazon

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Book Review – Celtic Curse: Banshee by D.J. Doyle

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The Celtic Curse: Banshee
D.J. Doyle
4 Stars

Gentle Readers, I know it has been some time since my last review. I have been terribly busy and I apologize for that. Let’s dive into this one shall we?

This story has love, betrayal, murder, supernatural curses, and eventually, a seeking of redemption. The beginning is great in that it gives us some background on the Banshee and why she is doing the haunting she is. I feel this was rushed quite a bit. Her becoming a banshee could almost have been a novel (or at least a novella) all on its own.

Fast forward many generations and finally the bloodline is linked strongly enough to its Irish roots in order for her to come back with enough power to enact revenge again. This begins a race against time before the Banshee takes her next victim. Again, to me this was rushed a bit. There is also some tension, and one not so mild sexual scene, that seemed gratuitous and forced. Perhaps there was more to this storyline that made the scene/tension less “WOW, Here I am”. If so, I think it was lost to the editing floor.

Overall I thought it an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what the author does with their next work.

Celtic Curse:Banshee on Amazon

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Book Review – Honeymoon At The Hilton by Stephen B. Cooper

Honeymoon At The Hilton

Stephen B. Cooper

3 Stars

Before I get started on my review, I have to mention the obligatory Mature Content Warning on this one.

I was hesitant when Stephen approached me about reviewing his book, “Honeymoon at the Hilton”. I thought to myself, “What in the world is erotic espionage?” I worried there would be no story under the steamy and detailed sex scenes.

My worries were put to rest early on as Stephen delivers a story outside of the erotic aspects of the book. Personally, I felt the story stood just fine without all of the sex scenes. I was reminded of the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, in some ways.

Mark and Pyah Fischer are private security agents trying to enjoy their honeymoon when everything goes wrong.  An attempt on their lives sends them on a chase where they don’t know where the next attack will come from.

Soon they are on a globe trotting mission to track down their attempted assassin and retrieve a special briefcase. Along the way they manage to get into an assortment of lewd and lascivious adventures.

Underneath this, in my opinion unnecessary and sometimes overdone filler, is a decent story that will keep you turning the page. The non sexual action scenes are well done with dialogue that will make you chuckle at least once. I did find the British slang/phrasing coming from an American “Yankee” a little off putting at times.

Overall, I enjoyed the book despite it being a departure from my usual genres. If you like a chunk of erotica mixed with action, humor, and a bit of sass, grab “Honeymoon at the Hilton ” today.

“Honeymoon At The Hilton” on Amazon

Book Review- Dark Day Dreams by James Hawthorne

Dark Day Dreams
James Hawthorne
4 Stars

Today I have another collection of stories for you, my Gentle Readers. This collection is all from the mind of James Hawthorne. It ranges from the philosophical to the dark, the uplifting to the horrific. James did a great job with this collection. I’m just going to highlight a few of the stories that I particularly enjoyed.

From the first story about the Midnight Kid and the dream realm, I was hooked. Beast in Show is exceptional and I wish there was more of it. The Summer of our Discontent is a fabulous piece of alternative history that could really go places if expanded. James explores the question: What if the Confederate states had stayed separate? Glitch is an interesting and dark story of pharmaceuticals turned street drug becoming catastrophic from the side effects no one would have tested for.

I found this book to be a great quick read. If you are looking for a collection of bite size stories, I’m sure you will find something here to tickle your fancy.

Dark Day Dreams on Amazon