Monday, October 12, 2015

Review of "The Skeleton in the Closet" - Angie Fox

              The second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries.

A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone…even a dead someone…must have witnessed the crime.

Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancĂ©, Ellis’s brother, is back with an agenda of his own.

Undaunted, Verity presses forward, uncovering scandalous secrets, long-forgotten ghosts, and a shocking trail of clues that places her directly in the path of a killer.

-----> REVIEW <-----

From the cover to the characters to the the mystery unraveling throughout the pages, this book screams..... FUN, FUN, FUN!!

And the award for FUNNIEST CHARACTER OF ALL goes to.........Maisie. She reminds me of the Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies. (I attached the photo in case you are too young to remember the show or simply never watched it.)

See, "Granny" is packing heat just like Maisie. It makes me wonder if Angie had her in mind when she wrote the part. 

Folks, trust me, you'll be entertained by this story. It has ghosts, poltergeist, murder mystery, a scandal cover-up, and one pet skunk. :)

Lets not forget, one hot cop. Oooo LALA!! 

Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Review of "Wicked White" - Michelle A. Valentine

After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.

Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

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I realize some women are into poets and poetry, but for me, quoting Shakespeare during sex is not sexy or romantic at all. I was actually rolling my eyes as I was reading it. Now before anyone assumes I am not a fan of Shakespeare and that's why I found the scene unappealing, let me set you straight. I actually rather enjoy Shakespeare. I was one of those students who didn't moan and groan when we read works by him. 

However, for me, their first sex scene fell flat. I know Shakespeare played a vital roll into their reunion 

In Chapter 17, I found myself turned off by their lovemaking there too. During the section where they are discussing going bareback, she admitted to him she had one previous lover. Him: he talked around it, explained his reasoning for his number, but never actually stated how many. In the end, they went latex-free. 

I don't know about you but I would've dragged him to the nearest clinic first. 

All in all, I wasn't a fan of either character. I didn't feel any chemistry between the two of them. 

The only reason why I gave this a 2 instead of a 1 is because of Birdie and Adele. I liked those two supporting actresses. 

Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Author Showcase/Interview and Review of "Against The Game" - Destiny Booze

Welcome, Destiny Booze!!

1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?

(Destiny) Hello! I'm a romantic suspense/thriller author, and oh boy, do I love saying that!

My life is simple. I work hard, dream big, and play often. I live in Botetourt County, Virginia with my husband and son. I strive daily to be the best wife, mother, and writer that I can be.

I want happily-ever-after. I want to believe in the basic good of the world. At the end of the day, I want to be proud of myself!

That’s me. Pretty boring, right? I started writing as an outlet to horrible teenage hormones. Lol. It is, and has always been, my escape from reality.

2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.

(Destiny) I take a break and reread what I’ve written. Usually, I get lucky and that puts me back into the story. If that doesn’t work, I read something else and come back and try again.

3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?

(Destiny) When not writing, I’m a chauffeur for my son to and from every sporting event imaginable. I clean house, wash clothes, try to exercise (ha ha), watch TV, and read. It is a rare thing to find me without a book in my hand. And, that is pretty much it. Like I said, I’m so boring! :)

4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?

(Destiny) Yes, everyone close to me knows I write. I am fortunate to be surrounded by very supportive family and friends. My writing career began as a community journalist, and I have been lucky to have features about my novels in the paper I used to work for. Because I live in a small town, almost everyone knows I write. I hope their thoughts are something like: That Destiny Booze is one of the most talented romantic suspense authors I have ever read. **wink, wink**

5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.

(Destiny) Oh yes, it is a long list. Some of my favorites are Tami Hoag, Dean Koontz, Allison Brennan, Dana Marton, Debra Webb, J.R. Ward, Harlan Coben, Erica Spindler, Lisa Scottoline, and Lisa Gardner.

6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

(Destiny) I would choose my newest book, Against the Game. I would love to see Theo James play Eric, because I’m crushing hard on him with the release of the Divergent movies. For the heroine, I would cast Brittany Robertson. I think she can come across as both vulnerable and tough, which fits Lacey.

7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

(Destiny) I am working on a romantic thriller about a deaf girl whose twin sister goes missing. I don’t have a title for this one yet. Be sure to throw any ideas my way! :)

8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?

(Destiny) My books are available online at most stores. I have one series available, but those stories can also be read as stand-alones. I have them all listed on my website with blurbs, excerpts, book trailers, and more for anyone interested.

9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?

(Destiny) Absolutely. There’s a contact page on my website, or you can email me directly at

10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

(Destiny) Yes! I just had a book released on 9/4/15 called Against the Game. I’m excited to hear what readers think of it!

First, I want to thank Destiny for sitting down with me. It was a great pleasure learning more about you and your creations. 

Next, for those visiting us, I hope you enjoyed the interview and took a moment to watch the trailer for Against The Game - the story I am reviewing today. 

Below, Destiny and I have provided a SNEAK PEEK for the story of the hour. 

Enjoy and, as always, comments - questions- or simple HOWDY is welcomed and appreciated. Come on, ladies and gents, lets show Destiny some love!! 

Eric Teague is moments away from making history. Thanks to him, the world of gaming is about to experience technology like it has never seen before. When his new establishment, Against the Game, opens, playing video games will be a thing of the past.

At Against the Game, players experience the game as if it is real in a virtual reality. There is no TV, no console with wires and controllers. The game feels absolutely real. Kids get so much more than puppeteering cartoonish characters through a game of basketball. No matter the person’s health or physical ability, they will be the characters in a world without limits and they will experience what it is really like to compete as a pro ball player.

During test trials, kids called Against the Game "amazing," "fantastic," and "miraculous." One kid declared it was the best experience of his life. Indeed, everyone knew it was going to be something big enough to alter the whole gaming industry. For Eric, it meant a long awaited dream come true.

But, all too soon, reality breaks into Eric’s moment when something goes terribly wrong. He and his best friend Lacey get trapped in the virtual reality of the supercomputer behind his establishment. It is definitely no longer just a game. The danger is real. The consequences are real. And, Eric and Lacey’s fight for survival is more than real.

To live, they must win, and to win, they must overcome the biggest challenge of all: to trust and to love.

There were more than a couple snakes, more than ten, upwards of even hundreds. There had to be thousands of them. The dirt of the tunnel was hardly visible beneath the reptiles. Indeed, the floor looked as if it moved.

It would be impossible to walk through them without getting bit. Would he have time to hit the button before he died in the game? He had to get out before the venom killed him. That was the only way he would survive.

He looked down at his bare feet and cringed. No matter, he had to do this! There was no other way out of there. He had to get to that red exit button so he could save Lacey and Paula. Nothing else mattered.

Why wouldn’t his damn feet move?

Taking a deep breath, he strived for courage. He pictured Lacey in his mind, reminding himself what he was doing this for. She needed him and he would not let her down.

After one more breath, he took one hesitant step forward, burrowing his foot slowly down between the snakes, feeling for the floor. He had to use his toes to ease in between them, even scoot a few out of his way. If he could manage not to hurt them, maybe he could avoid a bite. Maybe.

He had to force himself not to jerk away from the feel of the snakes sliding against his bare foot. This was absolute torture. It was hell.

Finally, he placed his foot to the floor and moved forward with the next foot. One step was down and he wasn’t bitten. He tried to move as little as possible, but he was helpless against the trembling that violently shook him.

Eric didn’t consider himself a coward. Only an idiot wouldn’t have been scared. He was smart enough to know he was probably one step closer to his death.

His foot hit the floor again, so he attempted step number three. He held his breath through the next few steps when he felt some very large snakes in the mix. It had to have been a python. At least that kind of snake wasn’t poisonous. The bite wouldn’t kill him. It would just cause a lot of pain.

Eric winced when he felt a sharp pain just above his left ankle. It was a snake bite. He tried hard not to jerk away, afraid that would cause more bites. It hurt so badly. This snake didn’t give a quick bite and recoil. No, it bit and started chewing.

Without any other choice, he ignored the pain and kept going, dragging the snake along. His next step was wobbly and he stepped down on a snake. It bit, a quick attack this time, not clinging to him like the other one. Then, he felt another bite. Maybe it was a different snake or maybe it was a second bite from the same one.

It was time to get moving. Going slow wasn’t working anymore.

He quit worrying about where his feet went and started moving faster. Leaping over the snakes and landing softly became the new strategy. He had to get to that exit sign as quickly as possible.

The snakes continued to bite him with just about every step he took. He kept close to the wall and used one hand for balance so he didn’t fall. If he went down, he wouldn’t get back up.

He started feeling nauseous. His head started swimming and he had to lean on the wall more and more as he went. Who knew what kind of snake venom he had in his blood stream by now? He knew one thing was for sure. He didn’t have much time or he was not going to make it to that button.

The distance seemed more and more impossible to him even though he was now three quarters of the way there. He didn’t think he would make it before he passed out. He hated damn snakes. He did not want to die this way!

His feet grew slick beneath him and Eric knew the moisture was blood, his blood. His hands began to tingle and he realized he had bites there as well. Were these stupid snakes jumping now?

Three more steps and he went down. He couldn’t help it. His legs just gave out. He had no choice but to start crawling.

The reptiles went into a biting frenzy, attacking him everywhere at once, and he let out a scream. Many of them stayed attached, flopping against him. The pain was everywhere now. He couldn’t distinguish one bite from the next. He hurt all over.

This was a terrifyingly for-real horror movie scene. He couldn’t think of a more horrific way to go out of this world, but he didn’t stop. He couldn’t. He had to keep moving!

It was definitely a miracle that he made it to the end of the hall, but he did. The exit button sat above his head, ready for him to push it, but he couldn’t get up. He tried. The tingling that was in his hands had spread everywhere. He was numb, whether from a side effect of venom or from a state of shock, he couldn’t be sure.

“Come on!” he growled at himself.

He tried again, digging his fingers into the wall to pull himself up. Again, he thought of Lacey. He couldn’t let her die because of his creation. That was unacceptable to him.

He shook violently, but his body did rise. He used his very last burst of energy to slam his fist into the exit button. Then, he let himself fall into unconsciousness.

(request submitted by author for an honest critique) 

I've seen virtual reality plots played out in books/movies before but Destiny took the idea and cranked it up a notch. This world would most definitely be any true gamers' wet dream; that is after version 2.0 comes out. 

Original copy had some features that would scare most people. Ex. gigantic spiders, huge-ass ants, and pain. 

See, no fun. That's why 2.0 is needed, if not for others reasons..........

I won't go into too many details because I don't want to spoil the ending but there's more potential to Against the Game (game) that even Eric had envisioned. 

Eric is a brilliant man. This is a brilliant book and I am officially a FAN of Destiny Booze. 

Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

BUY NOW @ AMAZON -----> Kindle - Paperback

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review of "The True Picture" - Alison Habens

'The True Picture' is the story of Veronica (Vera - True, Icon - Picture). It starts, around 33 AD, in the city of Tyre where ex-temple dancer and high-class purple dye trader Veronica comes face to face with Jesus one night at the necropolis as he tours Phoenicia with a crowd of followers.

Gradually she gives up all her treasures to follow him, too. She loses her towering hair-do and bronze bust of Venus, and leaves a trail of jewellery through Galilee and by the River Jordan, singing and drinking her way to the station on the Via Dolorosa where she wipes her master's face with a cloth as he carries the cross. Famously, that image never fades: but the story of St. Veronica is refreshed in this funky new telling.

(request submitted by author for an honest critique) 

Man, oh man, I really wasn't looking forward to writing this review. But, I gave Alison my word I'd be honest with my feelings regarding it. 

So with that said...... I'm sorry to say I didn't enjoy this book. My opinion is NOT based on the fact it taps into religion. 

No, I felt Alison went overboard with describing everything in minute detail. I understand trying to set the scene for a reader but there comes a point where an author needs to learn "less is more". 

With so much detail and information thrown at us, it reminded me of a textbook or an encyclopedia. Not highly entertaining but filled with vast amount of knowledge. 

Heart Rating System - 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

PURCHASE LINK -----> Amazon

Alison Habens is the author of DreamhouseLifestory , Family Outing, and new novel The True Picture. She is course leader for Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth and has a PhD on the subject of 'divine inspiration'! (She lives in an old church on the Isle of Wight and commutes to work by hovercraft.)