Book Review: “Dani: A Dani Scott Novella” by Stuart Keane

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Goodreads Synopsis

She’s back…

It’s been six months since Dani gained revenge for the brutal death of her family. With a major crime syndicate now out of commission, the residents of London can rest easy in the knowledge that the streets are a little safer.

But crime is unending, a disease. London will never be safe.

With her own personal vendetta complete, Dani now takes to the streets to avenge the citizens of her city; the helpless, the suffering and the victimised, but it’s not going to be a simple task. The crime world is now aware of her presence, the avenging shadow that stalks the unlawful in the night, but so are the police.

With no one to turn to, and wanted by both sides of the law, Dani must come to terms with her perilous situation, face her inner demons, and make the ultimate decision.

Bookworm1102’s Review

This is a novella that takes place a year and a half after Grin. Dani, who is now known simply as ‘Grin’, keeps watch over the streets of London, fighting crime and keeping innocent people safe. The problem is, this has placed her on the police watch list.
Across town, Paul lives with his parents and is a seemingly normal person from the outside, but is Paul hiding a darker secret?

I enjoyed this novella. Having read it straight after Grin, I was still immersed in the world, and the characters. There is not as much gore as there is in Grin, but it was nice to read some of the backstory and to see things from multiple points of view, including Jack Scott, from the first book. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next!

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

Thank you to Stuart Keane and Booklover Catlady Publicity for the complimentary ebook copy.

 

If you like the sound of Dani: A Dani Scott Novella, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: Unliving The Dream by Sandra Vischer

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Goodreads Synopsis

Things are darn near perfect for Alex Fisher: she runs a successful business with the love of her life, her husband and the father of her two great kids. She’s managed to sail through nearly forty years without so much as a hiccup. That is, until the night her husband announces he would like to make a change-a change that has apparently been going on for months without Alex’s knowledge.

Yes, he has been having an affair with Alex’s assistant. Suddenly Alex is bouncing through divorce, through her daughter’s subsequent rebellion, and through the big questions of who she really is and what she wants in life. No longer living the dream, Alex uses her calm logic, internal dialogue, and sizzling wit-not to mention her friends-to turn the shock of a lifetime into an adventure of self-discovery that takes her from the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea to the Utah wilderness and along the impoverished streets of Peru.

In this universal tale, told through Vischer’s unique voice, Alex finds that no one escapes unscathed-but we can all have a good laugh and some major personal growth along the way. A humorous, compassionate, and honest look at how the worst time in one’s life ultimately leads to unexpected fulfillment and authenticity.

If you like the sound of Unliving The Dream, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here. The author’s website can be found here.

Guest Post: The Boy Who Could Talk To God by Faheem Jackson

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Goodreads Synopsis

Building a relationship with God takes some people their entire lives. How do some come to understand him earlier versus those who connect to him later?

For Tyler Hargrove, growing up in the confines of his Booker T. Washington housing project in the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx, was one of the only things in life he knew. Another was living in a household where his mother expressed her love for God. As for how he carried himself through life, he always sought the quick way out. If he needed to get something done, he looked for a shortcut; a shortcut with his academics and a shortcut at home. His life of finding shortcuts led him into St. Mary’s Park where he would have a divine intervention with God.

Tyler will continue, not only on this first occasion, but on many occasions, to come to know and understand God. In addition to knowing and understanding God, he’ll have to learn there’s more to life than a shortcut. And adhering to his parents will be crucial in his success in school as well as in life. A full transformation will be of use in order for Tyler to leave behind childish ways and become more accountable for his actions.

If you like the sound of The Boy Who Could Talk To God, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: My Shorts by Arthur M. Doweyko

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Amazon Synopsis

Mind-blowing science fiction and fantasy short stories designed to make you rethink reality and your place in the universe. From first contact to thinking machines, from time-travel to the brutal realities of space travel, each story is finely crafted to set your teeth on edge and to grip your armchair. A policeman decides the fate of mankind when he unholsters his weapon during a first contact with aliens; Harry meets Harry in a time-travel attempt to save his wife; a little boy discovers he can’t lie; Andrew is the last human, a cyborg who must decide to be upgraded to fully artificial, or not. These and other thought-provoking tales await you in Arthur M. Doweyko’s collection of award-winning shorts.

About The Author

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As a scientist, Arthur has authored 100+ publications, and shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of Sprycel, a new anti-cancer drug. He writes hard science fiction, fantasy and horror. His debut novel, Algorithm, which is a story about DNA and the purpose of humanity, garnered a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) and was published by E-Lit Books October 2014.

He has published a number of short stories, many of which were finalists in RPLA competitions. A number of his short stories have garnered awards, which include Honorable Mentions in the international L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and First Place in P&E Readers Polls.

His recently completed Angela’s Apple, a novel about angels who are not angels, won 1st place as Best SciFi Novel at the 2014 RPLA and will be published by Red Adept Publishing. His current project, Henry The Last, is about the last human being, a Lakota Indian cyborg. He lives in Florida with his wife Lidia, happily wandering the beaches and jousting with aliens.

If you like the sound of My Shorts, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Book Review: “Grin” by Stuart Keane

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Goodreads Synopsis

When a violent home invasion shatters Dani’s teenage existence, the attacker leaves her for dead, mutilating her face with a Chelsea grin – a brutal act of gang warfare. With a low chance of survival, and her life in ruins, Dani becomes a mere statistic, just another innocent victim of the escalating mob crime in London.

However, Dani survives.

Haunted by that traumatic night, and unable to escape her own personal hell, Dani dedicates her life to a new vendetta; violent, bloody revenge on each of those who did her wrong. With nothing to lose, and a new desire for bloodshed, the teenager will stop at nothing to avenge her family.

Bookworm1102’s Review

Danielle is a normal teenage girl, attending college and living at home with her father, mother and younger brother. She is seemingly happy, until one evening, her entire world gets turned upside down. Her family are murdered in front of her eyes, and Dani is left scarred, emotionally and physically. She vows that if she survives, she will find the person behind the killings and get revenge.

This was the first Stuart Keane book I have read, and I was not disappointed. At the beginning, you got a back story for Dani and learnt that she was someone who was likeable, which makes everything that happened to her even worse. The storyline was basic, but it works. It is fast paced and very graphic, so I would not recommend if you do not like reading about graphic death scenes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading more books in the series, and I will definitely check out some of Keane’s other books as well.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

Thank you to Stuart Keane and Booklover Catlady Publicity for the complimentary ebook copy.

If you like the sound of Grin, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

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Goodreads Synopsis

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

If you like the sound of Can’t Buy Forever, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: A Mother’s Meditations: Teachings of the Heart by Shelly Jacobs

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Amazon Synopsis

Some books should be sipped like fine wine and savored like good chocolate; A Mother’s Meditation’s is one of those books. Filled with deeply inspirational and poignant reflections, this book offers profound and powerful insights on a range of topics such as; love, fear, vulnerability, compassion, friendship, grief, learning, gratitude, relationships and many more. Each page beautifully captures life’s gifts and it’s struggles. A Mother’s Meditation offers spiritual and philosophical guidance for those who wish to live more heartfelt and passionate lives.

 

About The Author

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Shelly has a Masters Degree in Psychology and has worked as a psychotherapist for over 30 years. She is a long time practitioner of Vipassana Meditation and is the mother of two. She lives in the last great frontier of Alaska and has contributed writings in Turning Point: Integrative Solutions for Chronic Pain.

 

If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Amazon UK here and Amazon US here

Book Tour Excerpt and Giveaway: The Snowman by Yolanda Renée

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Synopsis

It takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.

Stowy Jenkins, aka, Stone, and as Alaskans refer to him, the Snowman, is a true artist. His muse, Gigi, is the ultimate inspiration for his painting. Her rejection inspires him to use a very unusual medium…blood.

While art may be his passion, the taste for blood is his obsession, and multiple murders, the result.

Rookie, Detective Steven Quaid, is no fan of the Snowman’s murderous exhibitions. A twisted and deadly relationship bond the two men and neither knows who will come out of it alive.

About The Author

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At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I’ve traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influence my writing.

Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!

You can connect with me here:

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The other books in the Detective Quaid Series include:

Murder, Madness and Love

MURDER, MADNESS & LOVE (Book 1)

A killer plays cat and mouse with a young widow against the snowy backdrop of an Alaskan winter. Branded a black widow after the suspicious death of her millionaire husband, Sarah Palmer flees Seattle for Anchorage. However, the peace and quiet she hoped to enjoy in her hometown is soon shattered. A killer is murdering Sarah look-alikes on the 14th of each month, taunting Sarah with a valentine of evidence. After her experiences in Seattle, Sarah is slow to go to the police. When she finally does, she finds Detective Steven Quaid—Anchorage P D’s hotshot investigator—has not only heard the rumors, he believes them. Worse, her aloofness and composure only confirm his suspicions. Is Sarah a victim or a very skilled manipulator?

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MEMORIES OF MURDER (Book 2)

World damnation is a psychotic man’s goal, but two obstacles stand in his way, greed and a dedicated detective. Catching Alaska’s most notorious serial killer as a rookie made Detective Steven Quaid a hero, but falling in love with the victim of his last case tarnishes that status. While attempting to repair both his personal and professional life, he stumbles upon an unusual case–and an even more extraordinary foe: a man who believes he is Lucifer. An insidious man who delivers Quaid the ultimate choice: save his fiancée from an assassin’s bullet or stop the sacrifice of a young girl.

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MURDER & OBSESSION (Book 3)

Flames burn between a hardboiled cop and a gifted artist, but soon extinguish as another man’s obsession ignites into an inferno of desire, driving him to destroy the object of his madness.

Detective Steven Quaid is ready for new challenges as Anchorage’s top detective, but not until he marries the woman of his dreams on New Year’s Eve. Determined to give Sarah the wilderness honeymoon she desires, he turns his grandfather’s cabin into the perfect honeymoon retreat. After the final details are complete, Steven treks into the mountains to hunt. On his return to the cottage, instead of Sarah, he is greeted by several police officers and a bloody crime scene. Accusations fly, and Stephen flees into the wilderness, his heart racing and thoughts etching into his soul. The wilderness is unforgiving, but Steven faces it head on: Caught between a massive grizzly and a black bear in a deadly tug of war, he is barely saved from death’s door by the fortuitous appearance of his uncle. Despite surviving multiple injuries, Steven continues his investigation as he recovers, but answers don’t come quick or easy. Having enlisted the aid of his number one suspect, Steven faces a struggle that has become more than personal. This one just may cost him his heart.

You can find out more about the books and the author by following the tour HERE. You can also include your chances of winning in the giveaway.

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August 13th

The sun was bright, the temperatures had hit seventy-five, and Stone was getting on a plane for Morgantown, West Virginia, a place experiencing unusually cold and wet weather for August. But no matter, seeing Gigi made a trip to Antarctica worthwhile. He donned his sunglasses and headed for the door. His mother trailed behind him.

“Why on earth would you go back to West Virginia for your class reunion? You hated high school,” Stone’s mom said with hands on her hips. “You know I have an event this weekend. What am I supposed to do without you?”

Stone put down his suitcase, bit the inside of his cheek, and plastered on a smile. “It’s all taken care of, Mommy, I promise. I called a car service and asked for their most handsome driver. I also gave them explicit orders—you won’t miss me at all.”

“Did you?” She pulled his face close to hers but didn’t kiss him. “Handsome will have to do.” She squeezed his cheeks hard. “I know why you’re going. You have a date with that … that girl, don’t you?”

He rubbed his face to bring back the circulation. “You’ve been eavesdropping, you naughty girl.” He shook his finger at her. “Yes, I do have a date with Gigi.”

“If you marry, who will take care of my needs?” Her lower lip quivered.

“Now don’t pout. Gigi will win the title of Mrs. Jenkins only if she recognizes you as Queen Bee.” He kissed her on the forehead. “Now give me a hug goodbye. I’ve got to run.”

Giveaway

This tour-wide giveaway features both print and eBook copies of the four books in the Detective Quaid Series. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m.

(EST) on Tuesday, June 6.

The prizes include:

* Grand prize – Winner receives a print copy of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series (U.S. and Canada only).

* First place – Winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

* Second place – Winner will receive eBook copies of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series.

* There will be 3 runner-up winners and each will win an eBook copy of THE SNOWMAN or one of the other books in the series (winner’s choice).

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Book Review: “Alpha Kaden” by Midika Crane

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Goodreads Synopsis

“Lock your doors. Hold them tight. Close your windows. Every night. Don’t go out, in case he’s there. Always live in total fear.”

Everyone knows of Alpha Kaden, a man of twisted riddles and cryptic puzzles. His identity is one of them. His touch, another. He is feared throughout all 13 packs for his reputation of stealing young women out of their beds. And tonight he has come to steal Mara to make her a player in his wicked game.

But when Mara discovers the truth behind his sadistic mind games everything changes and she finds herself questioning what is real, and what is not. Mara always assumed her mate would be a man from her own pack. A good man. Not a sadistic, sinful Alpha named Kaden.

Bookworm1102’s Review

Alpha Kaden’s reputation is not good. He is known for stealing women, mostly from the Purity Pack, from their beds at night, and the rumours behind what he does to these women are even worse. One fateful night, Mara finds herself kidnapped and face to face with Alpha Kaden. What she does not know is that Alpha Kaden is not who he seems, and the real threat is someone far more dangerous.

This book is outside my usual genre, but I liked the sound of it and thought I would see what it was like. I was pleasantly surprised to find I quite enjoyed it. I found myself hooked by the storyline and desperate to know what was going to happen next. Mara was a badass for standing up to Kaden, despite coming from the Purity Pack, who are known for being quiet and a little cowardly.

I like when a book has relatively short chapters, and this book had the perfect length chapters. I did find that it was difficult to figure out who was talking, and I believe that having the name of the character before the writing begins would make it much easier to distinguish between characters. Other than that, I thought this was a good book and I would love to find out what happens next and find out more about the other pack leaders.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

Thank you to Inkitt and to the author Midika Crane for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy.

 

If you like the sound of Alpha Kaden, you can find it on Amazon UK here, Amazon US here and Goodreads here.

Book Review: “The Vets At Hope Green: Part Four: A New Start” by Sheila Norton

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Goodreads Synopsis

PART FOUR of a serialised novel – a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

The last few months have been hard for Sam. Her dream to work as a vet is slowly becoming reality, and she is beginning to encounter the struggles and heartbreaks that someone in a job like this must face.

But what’s more heartwarming and inspiring than a litter of new piglets? On a call to a farm with Joe, Sam can’t help but feel a sense of renewal in her own life as she witnesses one of the most glorious and natural processes of all.

Sam’s thoughts inevitably turn to her own child – will she be able to cope when the baby is born? And with her love life so shaky, will a fatherless child turn out all right?

Bookworm1102’s Review

In the fourth and final book of this series, Sam has to deal with pregnancy as well as growing tensions between her and her boss Joe Bradley. One evening, she attends a call with Joe, and her life changes forever.

I thought this finale was good, although rather predictable. I could predict the ending from the very start, as it has been heavily hinted at throughout all four books. I am glad that everything turned out well for Sam, in all aspects of her life, although I did feel sorry for David.

All told, this series was a nice relaxing read, and I am glad I got the chance to read it.

Thank you to the publisher, Sheila Norton and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy.

I rate this book 3/5 stars!

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If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.