Monthly Archives: September 2013

Beginning writers:


First, let me say this again. Before you put your book on Amazon, please get an editor. No book is going to be 100% perfect. However it shouldn’t be completely littered with issues.

Just because you have a thesaurus doesn’t mean you need to use every single word in it.

The word ‘said’ is a perfectly acceptable dialogue tag. It’s not necessary to use every possible tag except said.

If you are going to use an adverb to infer rapid movement, the word ‘quickly’ is fine. You don’t need to use ‘expeditiously’ when describing how the character walked down the sidewalk.

Please, for the love all that’s holy and unholy, if your characters are in an intimate scene remember the guy can shout, yell, scream but do not used ‘he ejaculated’ as a dialogue tag. It does not work in that kind of scene.

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The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich

Today I am reviewing The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich.




Blurb: “Accept the book with the amber spine.
Return the frog. Take the cab.

What the hell kind of advice is that?”

When Tucson Today segment producer Carly McKay visits the quirky artist’s community of Bilby, Arizona, to do a story on a psychic quiltmaker, she receives an odd reading… and her life falls apart in eerie harmony with what the quilt foretold. Her best friend professes his undying love; her show gets canceled; and the mother who disappeared seventeen years ago appears on their doorstep, getting instant forgiveness from the entire family… except Carly.

Carly rushes off to Bilby to return the cursed quilt, and then surprises herself; she stays. She rents a cabin, gets a job, and meets an artist who shows her new ways to look at life, and love. Can she run away and start a new life, or should she go back and stitch her old one back together?

And why is it so hard to get a straight answer from a psychic, anyway?

My Review: This is a great contemporary romance. A fortune told in quilt form starts coming true for skeptic Carly. As her live unravels before her eyes all she can do is retreat to the quirky town of Bilby Arizona and “re-imagine” her live. It’s a perfect place to do so as it seems everyone and everyplace is re-imagined there. There is just the right amount of conflict and romance in this book to appeal. It is one of those books that I will enjoy re-reading in the future. It could have went on for a lot longer and I would have not gotten tired of it. There are a few minor editing issues I stumbled over but it really doesn’t detract from the story. It gets 4 stars.



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Goodbye Nothing by Beck Sherman

Today I am reviewing Goodbye Nothing by Beck Sherman.


Blurb: Since the night of the accident, Cain Emmerick has felt different. Empty. What was important to him – family, friends, his job – doesn’t matter anymore. His new life revolves around that Nothing inside of him and the extraordinary highs he gets from committing random acts of violence.

Seventeen-year-old Joey Morgan is blind, but that doesn’t stop her from seeing. Something bad is about to happen. Something that could tear her world apart. For Joey, college life isn’t quite turning out like she planned, because before good grades, fitting in, and love, comes survival.

My Review: Ready for goose bumps and maybe a few nightmares. This book will deliver. Mr. Sherman is right up there with Dean Koontz and King at delivering a chilling tale. Cain all around good guy and devoted family man turns into something not quite human after a near fatal car accident. Brought back to life, by medical intervention, only after most of his soul is delivered to a newborn girl so she can take her first breath. He has lost his humanity. He delights in all forms of violence and debauchery. To feed the nothingness in him he must carry out acts of horrendous violence, the worse the better. The first act that of killing his beloved oldest daughter by dropping her small body out of the hospital window. Seventeen years of prison does nothing but help him hone his skills. After getting out he discovers the secret of his lost soul and goes on an awful quest to recover it. I won’t spoil the ending but it does not disappoint. Well written and edit problems free for the most part I would recommend it to anyone who like this type of book. I would keep it for a re-read and will look forward to more from this author. It gets a 5 star.


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October is coming

With the month of October I am going to open back up for review requests. I am going to do things a little bit different than when I first started. I could not believe the number of review requests I received the first time around. I though I would be sitting twiddling my thumbs. I mean who wants to hear from me, I’m not famous or anything.

I received some real good books, some so-so and well some real stinkers. This time I am going to be a little bit picky. Since I have a real hard time not finishing a book, even if it is awful I am going to preview them better before I accept. Please make sure your book has been edited before you submit. While I know that all books will have a flaw or two and can overlook that the ones that are just thrown on without edits or formatting just take too much time to get through. It is not fair to people that take time and pay money to have a polished product. If by chance one slips by and I find as I start reading major errors I will just jettison it and not bother with a review. You know who you are. If you don’t have any care for your finished product neither do I. Beta reading is not included in this. I expect it those manuscripts.

I still do not accept erotica. I prefer fiction but will look at non-fiction and decide on the basis of subject matter etc. Christian is not a favorite either. Sci-fi is OK if well written. All others bring them on.

So work hard and write. Send off for edits and on to me for as honest review as I can give. Don’t forget the nice new stars!


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Eyes of the Predator by Glenn Trust

Today I am reviewing Eyes of the Predator: The Pickham County Murders by Glenn Trust.




Blurb: ***Please be advised that ‘Eyes of the Predator’ is an intense, realistic and sometimes graphic portrayal of victimization.***

Eyes scanning, searching, the predator sits motionless in a parking lot. His next victim is only feet away. Within hours a backwater south Georgia county will be rocked by two seemingly unrelated murders that signal the arrival of a serial killer in the rural southland.

Hunting the killer and preventing the next brutal murder falls to a plainspoken country deputy and two agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). The chase leads north from the swamps along the Florida line to the foothills of the Appalachians.

GBI agents Bob Shaklee and Sharon Price know that Deputy George Mackey is a natural hunter and if anyone can find the sadistic killer, Mackey can. But Mackey, haunted by his own demons can only wonder if he will be late again. It is his greatest fear.

My Review: Chilling! If you love true suspense books this one is for you. The serial killer takes you into the deep dark mind of true sociopath. This might be one you don’t want to stay up to read in the wee hours of the morning. It certainly might make you look at people a little closer when you are out and about. Loved the deputy George. The ending was great. The editing could use a little work. It gets a 4 star edited it would have no problem getting a 5.



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The Day The Tigers Broke Free by Ken Christopher Ping

Today I am reviewing The Day the Tigers Broke Free by Ken Christopher Ping.


Blurb: In a small town, a seventeen-year-old Chinese boy is found dead. An obvious suicide, say the police, and the family is left to grieve. Enter Charlie Kee, a relative and investigative reporter in from New York for the funeral. There are suspicious circumstances about the death and his questions stir up a lot of hate between him and the police chief, and with the local boys. But a skilled and relentless investigator, he picks up on the clues. And he is a man with a past that simmers hot and cold in his mind. What he uncovers stokes the fire of those emotions and throws him headlong into a tumultuous clash with hatred, with himself, and with Ann, a beautiful psychologist, who is journeying through emotions of her own.

This novel is a blend of action and drama centering around the investigation of a crime while exploring the issues of life and death, racism, the human condition. Charlie, with his cold exterior, is himself volatile like his enemies, and it is a thin line that divides them, one that only God might sort out as they come to an explosive climax.

Review: First of all  let me say I love the title of this book. The story of an investigative reporter from New York coming to a small Texas town for his cousins funeral is a story that caught my attention from the beginning. Charlie smelled something rotten from the start as too many questions were left unanswered by the authorities. I liked getting to know what made Charlie tick. I did have trouble with the writing style .  It would have been a much better book if it would have showed more and told less.The character of Ann was so inconsistent I really didn’t feel like she even needed to be in the book at all. If the author thought a love interest was needed he could have done much better. The story was derailed a few times by the addition of unneeded people like Lisa and her wedding.  Again the editing in this book left something to be desired. This gets a three star.


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The Fire (Northwest Passage) by John Heldt

Today I am reviewing The Fire (Northwest Passage) by John Heldt.




Blurb: When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather’s house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley’s comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats, and ankle-length dresses. Returning to the same time and place, he decides to travel again and again and make the portal his gateway to summer fun. The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher Sarah Thompson and integrates himself in a community headed for tragedy. Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, THE FIRE, the sequel to THE JOURNEY, follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.

My Review: Each time I read one of Mr. Heldt’s novels I enjoy it more. He does such a great job of drawing you into the story and making you feel the emotions of the characters. As I sat reading I was totally immersed in Idaho in 1910. I loved the portal to the past and the way it was accessed. Without giving away too much I must say that the twist had me crying and angry. Loved the ending it was all I hoped it to be. It gets a 5 star.



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