Book Review: Veteran Avenue by Mark Pepper (9781911583318)

51UWJVnlHuL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_“Humans are capable of amazing behavior at both ends of the moral spectrum”.

When a young boy, John Frears met a strange man who gave him a picture of his granddaughter and told John “if you are the one, you’ll need it”.  The one what?  It took several years to find out what the man meant.

Virginia Chester was worried about her father Dodge after her brother Donnie’s suicide.  Who is this friend of Donnie’s, and can he help her father slay his demons?

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Book Review: You Can Run by Steve Mosby (9781409157533)

51lPfPhfOrL._SY346_“Monsters are made, not born, and the truth is that they can be made anywhere.”

The Monster has never been present when the women have died, so he has no idea how long it takes.  He’s done with them by then, so what does it matter?

The Worm is incapable of killing for himself, he’s spent years enjoying the Monster’s actions from a distance.

The Writer is racked with guilt about all the terrible things he’s done to the person he loves.

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Book Review: The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration by Katharine Coggeshall (9781521361719)

51L-5mEOu2L._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_Planning a wedding these days is not easy and writing your wedding vows can be a daunting task.  Ms. Coggeshall makes that task much easier by providing romantic vows, Christian vows and bonuses such as a list of inspirational words and questions and tips on writing your own vows.

I believe there is a vow for everyone in this book whether one chooses something the author has already written, or one uses the words she offers as a basis for one’s own personal vows. The photos provided are beautiful and give that extra touch needed for this book.  A very beautiful book that would be a wonderful gift for a bridal shower.

For more information about the author and her books go to her Amazon page.

Thank you to Ms. Coggeshall for giving me the opportunity to review her book.

 

 

Book Review: Undertow (Book 1) by K.R. Conway (9780989776394)

51KVRCEM0EL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_Eila Walker is in danger.  She and her guardian, Mae, moved to Eila’s ancestral home in Cape Cod after a mystery donor purchased it for her.  Little did Eila know that this charitable act would alter her seemingly normal life forever.  After a near death experience of being pushed into the bay and almost being drowned by a Mortis, her new friends who all have secrets themselves, M.J., Ana, Raef and Kian explain about her past and her future.  The Mortis (soul-less humans surviving off the life-force of others) are trying to kill Eila, the last Lunaterra (the only thing a Mortis fears).

The plot has twists and turns with plenty of teen angst, humor and romance.  The characters are well-developed except I was hoping to find out more about the bitchy Nikki Shae and her PomPom Mustang Gang.  Maybe in the next book.

For more information about the author and her works, please visit her website at https://capecodscribe.com/.

Thank you to Ms. Conway, Wicked Whale and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book Review: Shadow Shepherd by Chad Zunker (9781542045544)

51mWa70ntcL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A random rookie attorney, an infamous German assassin, a political reporter, and the CIA.  What was the thread that tied the puzzle all together?  Sam Callahan is the only one that can solve the puzzle, but he has to get out of Mexico with no passport or money, go to New Orleans to find a man who may be tied to his past, and save his kidnapped girlfriend in D.C., all while trying to escape an assassin’s bullet.

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Book Review: Silver Hair: Say Goodbye to the Dye and Let Your Natural Light Shine: A Handbook by Lorraine Massey (Author), Michele Bender (Contributor) 9780761189299

61T+VUlg-ZL._SX410_BO1,204,203,200_Silver is the new black, blonde and brown… From the author of Curly Girl, Silver Hair,comes a guide to letting your hair go silver.  Massey, a hairstylist for three decades, includes testimonials and pictures from herself and from women of various ages who decided to bite the bullet and let their hair go natural.  Her message to those who want do it is to “embrace your natural hair and do it for you and no one else”.  One myth is that silver hair will age you or look unprofessional.  She says that as long as you take care of your hair and yourself you will look great.  In fact, she has many women who go silver who never go back to dying their hair again.  She also suggests some hair products and home remedies to make that transition easier from dyed to silver and to keep your hair in good condition.

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Book Review: The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan (9781524701864)

51OtNpM9HeL._SY346_Bethan Jones lives alone with her grandmother, Gran, who is the drabarni (magical practitioner) of her clansmen.  To Romany people, the drabarni is the wise women of the clan and Bethan is next in line. To Bethan’s disappointment, Gran says she is not ready to learn spellcraft yet and insists she go to the local village every day to sell herbs to the villagers, but her world turns upside down.

Martyn Woodward is a local farmer, a diddicoy (of Romany blood), and a gadjo (an outsider), who is forbidden in Bethan’s life.  However, Bethan finds him handsome with a pleasant disposition and will ask her Gran if he could teach her to read.

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Book Review: The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg (9781477806104)

fifthdollFrom the author of the Paper Magician Series comes a tale about dairymaid, Matrona Vitsin, who lives a dull life in a small village that never changes.  She is betrothed to Feodor Popov, who is not attentive, nor as demonstrative as she feels a husband-to-be should be, and wants more.  In fact, the only person that she feels a kinship with is Jaska, youngest son of the Maysak family.  That kinship will help her through the next few weeks when she finds a strange room full of matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls) in tradesman, Slava Barinov’s home that mysteriously look like each person in the village.  She finds that the dolls hold an evil magic which holds Matrona’s village in limbo and she is the only person who can take the spell away.

This book reads like a folk story and Ms. Holmberg draws you into a new world that intersects with the Russian revolution.  A very unique tale indeed.

Please visit Ms. Holmberg’s website at http://charlienholmberg.com for more information about the author and her works.

Thank you to Ms. Holmberg, 47North Publishing, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book Review: The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson (0385541783)

61nOkyUV2HL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_June Stefanov, anthropologist, and Pyotr (Peter) Alexeyevich (aka avtomat/robot) are destined to meet and discover the secrets they have lived with for so many years. June will find the origin of an old brass key her grandfather left her and Peter will find out what it means to be avtomat.

This is a story about the past and the future, about secrets and truths, about loyalty and betrayal, and about happiness and despair. It is fast-paced and exhilarating to find out about Peter’s past and how the avtomats came to be. A wonderful science fiction read for my collection!