Thursday, November 13, 2014

Art of Blending In

Product Detailsby  Courtney Jackson
 When you are a teenager, moving to a new state means: new school, new friends, new everything. When you are moving to a new state and into a newly made family, sometimes, the only thing you want to do is blend in. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is make a stand.

The story is contemporary, the characters realistic, and the descriptions good. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author, and seeing her characters develop. Well done, Ms. Jackson.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Fear of Letting Go

Product DetailsBy Sarra Cannon

This is a book most can relate to in one way or another. Sarra Cannon has written a book that can be read as a stand alone, but I would suggest reading the other Fairhope books. Ms. Cannon has brought forward some of the characters from previous stories and allows the reader a glimpse of what direction their story has gone. I liked it and recommend it to others.

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Here! J.E. Taylor writes in a way that digs the deepest emotions from me. When I'm reading her books, I'm pulled from the real world into a world of angels, demons, murder, and redemption. Sometimes, I try to read with my eyes closed, I'm so immersed in the story. This lady does not shy away from writing the icky stuff. She's amazing.




                                                                                                               
The Ryan Chronicles Trilogy
The Ryan Chronicles
Books 1,2,3
J.E. Taylor

Genre: Paranormal Romance /
Paranormal Suspense

Publisher: JET-Fueled Fiction /
Novel Concept Publishing, LLC

Date of Publication: 10-17-14
ASIN: B00N078SEA

Cover Artist: Cora Graphics

Book Description:

The Ryan Chronicles - Book One: Saving Grace

When CJ Ryan's girlfriend decides life is less complicated without him, CJ travels a destructive path into despair, walking the line between what's right and what feels good. But what feels good is a dangerous slope to travel, especially when Lucifer wages war for his soul.

One wrong step and CJ could fall into the devil's trap, becoming no better than the demons he battles.

The Ryan Chronicles - Book Two: Raven Heart

CJ Ryan still can't remember a thing about his past, but he is determined to have a future with Valerie. Despite his lack of memory, he finds himself ensnared in the cutthroat world of entertainment whether he wants it or not. The push into the spotlight shines a harsh glare on his family and brings with it a plague of horrors that drag him to the edge.

With the darkness of the past threatening, CJ turns to his brother looking for answers, but when an enemy with a psychotic history re-enters their lives, it will take more than just his memory to save them.

The Ryan Chronicles - Book Three: Trinity's Wrath

CJ Ryan's life seems to have fallen into place, and while the backdrop of his Hawaiian honeymoon provides the perfect healing elixir, the guilt of sentencing his father to an eternity of torture at Lucifer's hands starts to intrude on his happily-ever-after.

When he and Valerie return from Hawaii, a note from the king of hell greets him, outlining in sickening detail his plans for CJ and those he holds dearest.

With everyone he loves on Lucifer's hit list, CJ must start living up to the bargain he made in Heaven, but every one of Hell's gates he closes is one less portal available for his father's escape.

Available at Amazon



Excerpt from book 1:
She smiled and I felt a need stir inside me, and it had nothing to do with my heart, or soul, for that matter.
“You really let a demon tie you up?” Dimples appeared in her cheeks and mine bloomed with heat.
I shifted, focusing back on the darkness beyond the glass, suddenly uncomfortable and unable to look at her. I swear my face must be the shade of a bright red kickball. “I wasn’t exactly myself,” I said without looking at her.
She chuckled.
The kind of chuckle that was meant as a turn on and I slid my gaze to her. “You like your men tied up?” I raised an eyebrow. It was her turn to blush and she grinned, shrugging and looking back outside. Before I could explore more of this conversation, she took a step back, dragging me with her.
There must have been a dozen pale creatures slinking across the back yard. I gave her hand that gripped my upper arm a gentle pat and she turned her frightened gaze to me.
“They won’t get through.” My voice held confidence, but deep inside, I was trembling just as much as she was. Damian, Steve, and I had wiped out more than this at the cove, but that was three of us and of course Paradise Cove probably had a lot to do with it.
We both focused on the approaching horde and without much thought, I slung my arm around Valerie’s shoulder and pulled her close. It was time to concentrate on the deadly quality of the wall I put up. I wasn’t sure of how much sizzle to put into it.
“I want to see them burn,” Valerie said, answering my silent contemplation and a chill ran up my spine.
She had every right to hate these creatures as much as demons and I concentrated, glaring at the approaching danger. Saliva ran from their lips and their teeth gleamed in the moonlight. My heart pounded in my chest, sending throbbing vibrations through my skin. The harder my heart beat, the hungrier the approaching vampires looked.
“Just a few more feet,” I muttered, focusing on the entire perimeter of the house because I wasn’t as much of an idiot as they thought. This wasn’t the only line of assault. Still, when they advanced, I took a cautious step backwards, pulling Valerie with me. The power inside me grew and I couldn’t tell whether it was the adrenaline or the power raking across my skin like a hundred finely manicured nails. The sensation grew, moving from the land of pleasure into the world of discomfort and I gritted my teeth.
“Come on, you motherfuckers,” I growled, loud enough for their acute hearing to pick up. I moved Valerie behind me and positioned myself in a fighting stance, waving them in with my leading hand. The results were memorable.
They all launched towards the glass slider and the moment they hit my invisible barrier each vampire burst into a ball of flame. The roar of fire drowned out their screams, but I heard them and the dark part of my soul reveled in it.
Valerie let out a high pitched laugh and I glanced back at her, smiling.
She met my gaze with a measure of awe. “The only one I ever saw do something that impressive was Michael.”
Being compared to an archangel was humbling and I glanced outside at the black dust spinning on the wind. “I’m not an angel.”
“Oh, I gathered that,” she said and stepped away.
I turned towards her. “What do you mean by that?”
“You’re more recent activities?”
I shoved my hands into my pockets and stared at the floor, shamed by the fact she was privy to my more decadent actions. Instead of apologizing, I lifted my gaze to hers, studying the memories of her past, especially the times after the more traumatic events. Naomi was right about one thing. The girl never freaked out. Ever.
And therein lay the challenge.
I let a grin slowly surface and narrowed my eyes, stepping closer. “So, you want to try out some of those ‘activities’ with me?”
She laughed. The kind of laugh that bruised a man’s ego and when she went into the gale realm, I crossed my arms, my good humor turning sourer by the second.

About the Author:
Image of J. E. Taylor
J.E. Taylor is a writer, a publisher, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order. She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:

“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”

From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing résumé includes more than a dozen published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies.

In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing , Ms. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She has been known to edit a book or two and also offers her services judging writing contests for various Romance Writers Association chapters.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.

Visit her at www.jetaylor75.com and sign up for her newsletter for early previews of her upcoming books, release announcements, and special opportunities for free swag!

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Books by J.E. Taylor

The Ryan Chronicles Series
Saving Grace
Raven Heart
Trinity’s Wrath (10/17/2014)
The Ryan Chronicles Trilogy (10/17/2014)

Night Hawk Series:
Night Hawk
Tigress
Trinity Rising
Night Hawk Trilogy

Steve Williams Series:
Dark Reckoning
Vengeance
Hunting Season
Georgia Reign
Crystal Illusions
Saving Face
The Steve Williams Series (all six books in a box e-book set)

The Death Chronicles Series:
Don’t Fear the Reaper
Highway to Hell
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
The Death Chronicles Trilogy

The Games Series:
Survival Games
Mind Games
End Game
The Games Trilogy

Other titles:
Steam – Anthology
Glimpses – Anthology
Messiah

Short Stories by J.E. Taylor
Miami Heat
Mile High
Office Games
The Raising
The Seduction of Sir Galahad
Armageddon
Harvest Moon
Abyss
Grayson House
Nightmares
The Understudy



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Once Fallen - The Remarkable Life of Zach Wiche Continued Book One

Product DetailsIf you've been reading the Claire Wiche Chronicles, this new book by Cate Dean is a must read. If you haven't been reading them, and like angels, witches, ghosts, genies, murder and just generally odd people... I suggest you start the series. It has it all.

This book continues the story of Zach, and has a lot of the characters from the original series with the addition of some new ones. Ms. Dean has the ability to bring her characters to life and put the reader in the story. Being able to bring the reader to suspend disbelief for the entire book is a skill, and Ms. Dean has it.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Party Weekend!

Product DetailsAttended another release party this weekend!
IT'S LIVE!!! The beginning of the latest thrilling apocalypse series by Thomas A Watson: Dark Titan - Journey. It's amazing!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

On-Line Party!!

Just some of the great authors who are participating in the on-line party! How much fun is this?? Jess Money    Product DetailsChuck Rose
C.J. Lea           Product DetailsKeith Domingue

Product DetailsJ.E. Taylor           Product DetailsJ.H. Bogran

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Great time to pre-order!


           The Ryan Chronicles Trilogy
           The Ryan Chronicles
           Books 1,2,3
           J.E. Taylor

           Genre: Paranormal Romance /
           Paranormal Suspense

           Publisher: JET-Fueled Fiction /
                                           Novel Concept Publishing, LLC

                                           Date of Publication: 10-17-14
                                           ASIN: B00N078SEA

                                           Cover Artist: Cora Graphics

                                           Book Description:

The Ryan Chronicles - Book One: Saving Grace

When CJ Ryan's girlfriend decides life is less complicated without him, CJ travels a destructive path into despair, walking the line between what's right and what feels good. But what feels good is a dangerous slope to travel, especially when Lucifer wages war for his soul.

One wrong step and CJ could fall into the devil's trap, becoming no better than the demons he battles.

The Ryan Chronicles - Book Two: Raven Heart

CJ Ryan still can't remember a thing about his past, but he is determined to have a future with Valerie. Despite his lack of memory, he finds himself ensnared in the cutthroat world of entertainment whether he wants it or not. The push into the spotlight shines a harsh glare on his family and brings with it a plague of horrors that drag him to the edge.

With the darkness of the past threatening, CJ turns to his brother looking for answers, but when an enemy with a psychotic history re-enters their lives, it will take more than just his memory to save them.

The Ryan Chronicles - Book Three: Trinity's Wrath

CJ Ryan's life seems to have fallen into place, and while the backdrop of his Hawaiian honeymoon provides the perfect healing elixir, the guilt of sentencing his father to an eternity of torture at Lucifer's hands starts to intrude on his happily-ever-after.

When he and Valerie return from Hawaii, a note from the king of hell greets him, outlining in sickening detail his plans for CJ and those he holds dearest.

With everyone he loves on Lucifer's hit list, CJ must start living up to the bargain he made in Heaven, but every one of Hell's gates he closes is one less portal available for his father's escape.

Available at Amazon

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Available for Edits

I've had a booking date open for September 10th. I can accept a manuscript that is up to 100K words. If anyone is interested, contact me at dragonflyediting@gmail.com.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sacrifice Me and Death's Awakening by Sarra Cannon

I got so busy I neglected to update one of my favorite authors... sincere apologies for the delay, Ms. Cannon!

Sacrifice Me: Complete Season 1

Boxed set of short stories that will have you wanting more and more!
Product DetailsExtending the world of demons created in The Peachville Series, Sacrifice Me is an adult paranormal series. Nicely blended with Peachville. Couldn't put it down.



Death's Awakening: Eternal sorrows Book 1

Product DetailsA page turner about the apocalypse, magic, and zombies - who wouldn't love this? A must read, as is every Sarra Cannon book.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wild Magic by Madeline Freeman

Nicely done

Madeline Freeman’s book Wild Magic left me wanting to know more about this place and these people. I hadn’t read the preceding book, Crystal Magic, but make no mistake, I will be reading that one and all the rest of her stories.

Product DetailsMs. Freeman writes with great description, and has given the main characters a clear voice.  I enjoyed reading Wild Magic by Madeline Freeman, and look forward to more.

Raven Heart

Game On!
And so we continue. I found this book to be a fast-paced page-turner that was difficult to put down. As in J.E. Taylor’s other books, the writing is descriptive, and full. I care for the actors in these stories, and am ready for the next even as I finish the one I’m on.

Product DetailsWhat amazing thoughts must be in Ms. Taylor's head, just waiting to fall onto the page! Can't wait for more.
                                     Well done, Ms. Taylor, well done. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Throwing Clay Shadows by Thea Atkinson



Product DetailsThis story is so compelling, it’s almost impossible to put down. Ms. Atkinson has touched my heart with the players and the situation. The pain and fear Maggie lives with is so clear I was able to see in my mind’s eye the little girl and her life.


Really well done, Thea Atkinson, I recommend this book to any adult.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Origins of a D-List Supervillain


Origins of a D-List Supervillain is the prequel to Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Explaining how it all began. Written from the viewpoint of the villain, this story is filled with non-stop action, rarely allowing the villain to completely win, and is refreshingly different. Mr. Bernheimer has brought these characters to life; and I liked reading about the mechanical Super rather than the ‘born that way’ kind. Or, in this case the MechaniCal Super.


Product DetailsJim Bernheimer is another on my ‘get everything he writes’ list of authors. I’ve edited three books from three of his series, Spirals of Destiny, Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman, and Origins of a D-List Supervillain. I don’t even have words (something I am rarely without) to describe how diverse these stories are, and how original. So original, that I’ve purchased each of the next in line for these three.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cover Reveal - Shades of Chaos #Dystopian #BoxedSet

Coming June 13th to an ereader near you!

   Dare yourself to enter into a post-apocalyptic future with this gritty collection of first-in-a-series books by six bestselling authors! Discover unique worlds packed with non-stop action, adventure, and suspense set against a gritty, futuristic backdrop.

NOTE: Together, these books have over 320 5-star reviews on Amazon!
Over 1400 pages of stories, with *exclusive* content from Alexia Purdy, Katie Salidas, and Chrystalla Thoma!


Best for ages 16 and up~


I Am Alive- Cameron Jace
Dissension – Katie Salidas
*Initiation – Katie Salidas
*Finding Hope – Chrystalla Thoma
Rex Rising – Chrystalla Thoma
*Resonant – Alexia Purdy
Reign of Blood – Alexia Purdy
Released – Megan Duncan
Burning Bridges – Nadege Richards

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Saving Grace by J.E. Taylor

The story of the Ryan family continues in this book. Seamlessly joining information from a vast number of other related stories, the flow of the words while reading is uninterrupted by the reader wondering—what the heck is going on?—neither does the reader become bored with too many reminders of what went on before.

Product DetailsAwesome creation start to finish.


Love the series, love that this story continues to grow multi-dimensionally. Highly recommend this book to all. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rider: Spirals of Destiny Book One by Jim Bernheimer

Loved it. This story is so well written that I was completely wrapped up in what was going on. Difficult to put down, I am looking forward to adding this book to my to-be-read-over-and-over-again list.

Product DetailsThe descriptions of places are clear enough to visualize, the characters are fleshed enough to love or hate them, or both at the same time.


I’m happy that this is a series, because I loved it and can’t wait to read more about Majherri and Kayleigh. Very well done, Mr. Bernheimer!

First Breath: Love in Time Book Two by Cate Dean

The second installment of the Love in Time series delivers. One of the best things about Cate Dean is that her books always leave you wanting to read more about these characters, but they don’t leave you with an ‘arrrrgh’ feeling of being dropped flat.

Product DetailsOnce again this is a can’t-stop-until-it’s-done kind of book. The book is fast paced, intense and I can’t wait for more!

Where Forever Lies by Tara Neideffer

I enjoyed this story. It's about a young woman, Paige, trying to deal with the stresses that come with being a single, working mom. Learning how to deal with the deaths of people close to her, and trying to push her fears aside in order to allow herself the opportunity for love.
Product Details
The story flowed nicely, the characters were real, and most people can relate to the problems faced. Nicely done Ms. Neideffer.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fourteen Days by Kate Hawkings

What a well written book! The action was non-stop, the story-line was innovative and I can’t wait to know what happens next.

Katherine Hawkings has done an amazing job of making this book as independent of the first as possible. I read this book before I read the first one, and didn’t realize there was a first one! The characters are well developed; the surroundings are described but not endlessly detailed to the point of boredom. No boredom anywhere near this story!
Product Details

Loved it! If you like this genre, you will love this author! I would recommend reading The Sphinx Project first, simply to give even more depth to Fourteen Days. 

Theta Waves by Thea Atkinson

Oh, my gosh! This story is so nothing like I thought it was! This book is episodes one through three; I’ve read all of the episodes, one through five, and feel like I’ve been blindfolded and spun!  ARRGH!

Product DetailsThis is truly an original story! So thought provoking that I think about it even after I've finished it. The characters are so well written and dimensional that I'm constantly changing my mind about whether they are good guys or bad guys! This is not confusion, this is being led down a path with bunches of twists and turns!


I found myself at the end of the book before I realized it. It was difficult to put down, and I only wanted more when it was over. I feel like I’ve experienced all that Theda has gone through, and now I’m exhausted! Truly a nice job, Ms. Atkinson.

Final Hours By Cate Dean

A sweet love story that happens to be wrapped around a time travel –divert-future-disaster-by-changing-the-past story. Or rather, by NOT changing the past.

Product DetailsThe characters were interesting, the story-line good. The ending seemed a bit up in the air, but a lot of series are like that. There is not really a cliff-hanger, for which I am grateful, but there are a bunch of unanswered questions that I seriously want to know the answers.

Looking forward to this series, I like the time travel premise, and one can tell there is a much deeper understory going on!

AND it's only $.99 right now! 


Nice job, Ms. Dean.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Playing Catch Up

Between the holidays, my surgery, hubby's surgery, editing, and regular life, I haven't taken the time to update this blog! So, here goes!

Product Details   I loved it! In my opinion, this is not really a mystery, although there are some elements of mystery in it. Mostly, this is lighthearted fun. I really like the humor of Jos Van Brussel, and wonder where on earth does he get his ideas!


Product DetailsWhile there are a few questions I have from comments in previous books of the series, this was a great ending. It did leave room for spin-off books, and perhaps there will be some of the answers there.I rate the series high and I rate the author even higher. I will read anything by Cate Dean.


Product Details I love the Steve Williams series. This book is graphic in both sex scenes and the horror scenes, just a warning not a complaint-I read Stephen King, too. Throw in the terror of the occult/paranormal and you have an unforgettable story. J.E. Taylor has crafted a book that explains behaviors that you read about in the first books. Totally recommend the Steve Williams series.


Product DetailsGreat conclusion to the series! Fast paced and action filled, there is no putting this one down until the end!


A beautiful ending that left this reader content. Having read the Steve Williams series, I was tickled to have Damian and Naomi meet up with said detective! 

Rather than recommending a single book, I must recommend an author – J.E. Taylor is a name worth passing on as recommendation for any of her books!


Product DetailsSecond in the series, this book continues with Alaysha trying to find out more about herself and her roots. The characters are more developed and the world that Thea Atkinson has created is very original. Couldn't wait to get my hands on the next!



Product DetailsThis series just gets better with each book that comes out. Characterization stays true, we learn more about the world in general and each book causes me to read faster and faster. I'm left waiting for the next! Outstanding job, Thea Atkinson!

Product DetailsI really loved this series. I think that each book of the series was better than the last. The characters were people I cared for—some more than others!—and knowing this is the end has saddened me. Thea Atkinson is a writer that I will recommend to many others.












Sunday, November 24, 2013

Georgia Reign

By J.E. Taylor
Though there is gore, and pain, and lip-curling scenes, the fascination with Steve Williams and his abilities over-rides all else. First and foremost I am a paranormal fan who likes mystery/detective stories.
Product Details

At first I was amazed that anyone would write with such graphic description of the torture scenes, but then I remembered all the Stephen King books I’ve read. This author, while not yet at the King pinnacle, has the same style of writing, her stories scare the you-know-what out of a person, and are horrifying enough that, though sometimes you wish you could, you can’t put them down. Descriptions of events, characters, and surroundings allow the reader to be placed right in the story, which is what makes it all so scary.

I look forward to reading the rest of the Steve Williams series and any other that this author cares to come up with.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Season for Hope



Once again Ms. Cannon has created a story that is readable, easy to relate to, and that allows the reader to feel a part of the action.

Product DetailsThe characters in this book are so real and the story so well developed that almost anyone can relate to them. The insight that Bailey gains is something we can all hope for.


I suggest you read everything written by Ms. Cannon that you can get your hands on.

Crystal Illusions

Product DetailsBy J.E. Taylor

Amazing... again. I simply can’t get enough of J.E. Taylor’s books. This author is able to scare the bejummies out of you one minute, and touch your heart the next.

With enough twists and turns to keep the most avid detective mystery readers satisfied, this is another can’t-put-it-down-’til-it’s-done book.  Reminds me a bit of Stephen King, I want to close my eyes to read some of it... but I can’t stop reading!


Definitely recommended!

Shrine of Avooblis

Product DetailsBy Charles Streams

I’m so happy with the second book of the Adventurers! The shady villains, reluctant hero, irrepressible sidekick... you just don’t need any more than this for a great adventure story.

Rather than give an entire rundown of what happened in book one, the author has added appropriate backstory where needed. This book can be read as stand-alone, but you won’t want to!

All of the main and supporting characters have added dimensions that help bring them to life. As I’d hoped, after reading the first story—The Arches of Avooblis—more definition was given to Elloriana and I was able to visualize and ‘hear’ her voice. Now for Lita, and we will have a great quest team.


This is one series I highly recommend.

Monday, November 18, 2013

How can it be November??

November! How can it be November? I thought I had just posted here, but realized I hadn't posted anything since the beginning of October. I've been so busy editing I haven't even thought about updating this blog.

With the holidays coming up, it's even more difficult to find the time to take care of the important but less critical aspects of work. My first duty is to get the manuscripts back to the authors in a timely manner. Since I'm a reading addict I haven't really booked any time for anything else. Must find balance!

My authors sometimes set goals far in advance. I admire that, though long term goals are a bit beyond me at the moment. So, a short term goal will be set.

This week I will be updating this blog with the rest of the books I've edited that have been published and what I thought of them.     :o)   Setting this short term goal is easy-peasy! We'll see if I am disciplined enough to put the reading/editing aside for a moment and fulfill the goal.

Also:
For anyone who has read about my houdini dogs, an update. We are still struggling to keep the 9 yr old chocolate labs in the yard. One in particular, Tuk, has decided he's too old to jump and climb over the six foot fences, so he'll burrow under. We now have an electric wire 6 inches from the ground all the way around the chain link fence. However, yesterday, he punched through another spot on the wood fence. Couldn't find the battering ram so we figure he just used his thick head. I think 6 foot solid metal fencing (if there is such a thing) that goes underground about 8 inches may be what we need. Not attractive, but maybe houdini dog proof!

We aren't quite ready to give up, but then, neither is Tuk!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Highway to Hell

This book is a must read! I read it as soon as I got it and couldn't put it down!

This book is a must read! Continuing where Don’t Fear the Reaper left off, Nick and Julia face their monsters again, needing to free Nick’s father. This book could be a stand-alone, as there is enough back story to give the general idea of what went on, but to truly appreciate the creativity and creepiness factor, I would highly recommend reading Don’t Fear the Reaper first. You will be glad you did. This writing team has something great going on, and I can’t wait to see if there will be more from them.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Moment We Began

I really liked this book. The character development was complete and the reader is lead through the emotional highs and lows a young woman feels when confronted with real life. A story about beginning love, this tale also deals with coming to grips with who you are as a person, what is most important to you, how everything is a choice, and what future you would design for yourself.
I just love a book that I finish reading with a smile and a sigh.


Well done, Ms. Cannon. I’ve enjoyed all you’ve written, and will recommend any and all of your books.

Alex Finch: Monster Hunter

This is an enjoyable tale with characters that you can relate to. Ms. Dean has created a story that pushes many of a person’s ‘fear’ buttons: monsters, the dark, being chased, icky tunnels, cave-like areas, and more.

I look forward to reading more about Alex—and her friends—and would definitely recommend this for all people twelve years and older.

Princesses Don't Fight in Skirts

Following in someone’s footsteps is hard enough when you want to be there, when you don’t, it’s even worse. This is a wonderful story of a young girl everyone expects to behave in a certain way; simply because of who she is. As time passes, she begins to find what is important to her, and to believe in herself, realizing compromise isn’t such a bad thing.
Product DetailsThe story is well written with characters that are easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will be giving it as a gift to all the young girls in my family.

Well done, Aya Ling!

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Arch of Avooblis


This story is reminiscent of parts of Harry Potter, with enough originality to capture the reader. I really wanted to be able to turn my nose up (I’m a huge Harry Potter fan) and say it’s just a knock off... but I can’t say that. There are some similarities, but a lot more of original ideas.

The story moves along at a nice pace and keeps you turning pages. The main characters, Dagdron and Earl were developed nicely. If this is to be a series, the two supporting characters of Lita and Elloriana will need to be fleshed out more in the next installment in order to really identify with them, and I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series!

Overall, I must say I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it for young readers.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Another Houdini Dog Update

In April and May of this year I posted about my two Chocolate Lab Houdini dogs. From about the end of May until about a week ago all was quiet on the dog front.

Our son ran into one side of the secondary driveway gate, creating a small gap in the wooden slats. The big oops was in not closing that small gap immediately! Because he could see out to the street, Tuk thought he could chew his way out to get there. Like the little engine who could... and Dora the blue fish... Tuk just kept chewing. He and Walker saw an opening, and went through it!

I received a call from our neighbor an hour after I left the house... the gate was broken down completely and the dogs were nowhere to be seen. Wish I had taken pictures again, but frankly I was so upset that I didn't even think of it!

We repaired the fence, strengthened it by putting extra 2 x 4's across the middle on each side and reinforcement across the top and bottom of the slats.

Should anyone need  to have their house houdini-dog proofed, I believe we've got it figured. (hope that's not famous last words!)

At least the kitten isn't mad at Walker!IMG_20130906_214955_890-1.jpg

Ascent of the Aliomenti and Birth of The Alliance

Alex Albrinck has continued his fantastic Aliomenti series with Ascent of the Aliomenti and Birth of the Alliance.

I really like this series. The plot and side plots have been worked out very carefully and I haven’t found any loose threads that leave me scratching my head. Characters are dimensional and descriptions are full, it’s easy to visualize everything.

Fine job, Alex Albrinck!

I can't say enough good things about this author and this series. I highly recommend this series... it's one that I will be reading again and again. 
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Death’s Awakening

Even though this story had elements reminiscent of other stories and shows about zombies, there is more than enough originality make this one very good read, not some ‘same old, same old’ story. I couldn’t stop reading; one page after another until the very end!


Sarra Cannon is a fantastic story teller with a flair for description and character building. Just as her ‘Peachville High’ series was an addictive series, I imagine this new series will also be on the must read list! I, personally, can’t wait for the next‼