Bump Time Origin by Doug J. Cooper – My Review!!

Bump Time Origin – My review!!

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I read all of Doug J. Cooper’s Crystal Series and enjoyed them immensely. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I added his new book Bump Time Origin to my TBR list when he released it. Here is my review!

Synopsis (from the author):

On his twenty-fifth birthday, Diesel Lagerford is visited by a twenty-six-year-old version of himself. His look-alike spins impossible tales of their shared future, claiming they have dozens of “brothers” from parallel timelines who can visit each other using a T-box, a machine they bankroll with lottery winnings. He introduces Diesel to the incredible Lilah Spencer, the T-box operator, and Diesel falls head-over-heels in love. But during his travels across timelines, Diesel learns that Lilah will soon die under suspicious circumstances. Devastated, he joins his brothers in a race to save her. Can they solve the mystery of her death before it’s too late? And will their unusual solution play out over time in the ways they had anticipated?

What I liked:

As with the Crystal Series, Bump Time Origin was a well-written and entertaining read. I enjoyed the different take on time travel and the conscious effort to alter the time continuum. Diesel and Lilah were good characters, and the relationships between the brothers added a lot to the story. Ciopova (the AI) made the perfect amoral character. I won’t go into that (no spoilers), but if you like sci-fi and time travel books, read this one!

What I didn’t like:

I appreciated Doug J. Cooper’s efforts to keep the Diesels straight, but it will still a little difficult to follow at times. Other than that, not much to complain about with Bump Time Origin!

Overall impression:

Bump Time Origin was a well-written piece if sci-fi! With an interesting take on time travel, romance, and great AI, read this one!

My rating:

5 Stars

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e-Murderer (Jenna Scali Mystery, #1) by Joan C. Curtis – My Review!!

e-Murderer (Jenna Scali Mystery, #1) – My Review!!

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As a Georgia author, I like to read, review, and promote my fellow Georgia authors. I set a goal to read one of my colleagues’ books each month. I’m starting with e-Murderer (Jenna Scali Mystery, #1) by Joan C. Curtis!

Synopsis (from the author): On this anything but typical Monday morning, Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echoes the death described in the newspapers.

When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target.

THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.

What I liked: First, many of you know I’m a huge University of Georgia fan. e-Murderer is set in the beautiful home of the Dawgs, Athens, GA. That was a great start! Secondly, Joan C. Curtis spins a nice mystery full of twists and turns, a little romance, and enough memorable characters to keep my attention. Lastly, it kept me guessing until about three-quarters of the book before I finally figured it out. All those things add up to an entertaining read!

What I didn’t like: A couple of the characters didn’t seem to have a reason to be in the story except as maybe a red herring. While I appreciate the attempt to keep me guessing, the eventual culprit made them seem unnecessary add-ons.

Overall impression: e-Murderer (Jenna Scali Mystery, #1) entertained me! Although I’m not a mystery fan in general, this book had enough twists and turns, interesting characters, and a style that seemed almost a cozy mystery. All in all, an excellent read!

My rating: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars)

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The Guardian’s Angel by Lorrie Farrelly – My Review!!

The Guardian’s Angel – My Review!

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Recently, a friend challenged me to read outside my normal favorite genres. Having read a couple of Lorrie Farrelly’s books, I accepted the challenge and picked up The Guardian’s Angel. Read on for my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author): When nobody knows what to do with a troubled, damaged kid, it’s time to call Elizabeth Driscoll. A wary, vulnerable, unusually intuitive young woman, Libby has a knack for helping children that others have given up on.

Certainly nobody knows what to do with Tommy Madden, least of all his fiercely devoted guardian, Seattle Police Detective J.D. McCammon. McCammon believes the autistic little boy witnessed a double murder: his mother and his father, the city’s District Attorney. J.D. is determined to help and protect Tommy at all costs, and somehow, find a way to communicate with him.

When Tommy’s life is threatened by the corrupt organization that killed his parents, J.D. and Libby take him on a desperate and dangerous flight to safety. They must place their trust in one another to escape a relentless evil that threatens not only their lives, but that of the child they’ve both come to love.

On the run, Libby and J.D. are tested to the limits of their courage and resolve. They discover an intimate and mystifying bond that will either drive them apart, or become their greatest source of strength and passion.

What I liked: The Guardian’s Angel drew me in from the start. Libby’s trauma from an attack and the unexpected mental interaction between her and JD sets the tone for the story. With Tommy’s safety at risk, Libby and JD embark on a dangerous mission to save him. But enough, no spoilers from me. The ending is satisfying and the sacrifices made by all tie the tale together nicely. This book has romance, intrigue, suspense, and enough action to keep the pages turning.

What I didn’t like: About my only criticism of the book is the constant indecision of both Libby and JD to accept their feelings about each other. It frustrated me a reader for the characters to vacillate as long as they did.

Overall Impression: The Guardian’s Angel is well written, full of compelling characters with plenty of angst to go around, suspense, intrigue, and sacrifice. I recommend this book to romance and chick-lit aficionados. I would also recommend it to anyone who simply likes a good read!

My Rating: 5 Stars

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The Killing Depths by Martin Roy Hill – My Review

As some of you may know, I am a former submarine sailor and like to read novels about the Silent Service. My favorite of all time is Tom Clancy’s Hunt for Red October. It should come as no surprise, then, that I jumped at the chance to read Martin Roy Hill’s submarine based book The Killing Depths.

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A Los Angeles class submarine called the USS Encinitas is the setting for the novel. The boat (and yes, a submarine is called a boat), is the first fast attack submarine to be coed. A NCIS agent has been airlifted to the boat to investigate the murder of one of the female crewmembers – originally thought to have hung herself. To add to the intrigue and suspense, the Encinitas is on a mission to stop a Chinese sub – recently sold to Iran – from ever reaching the Middle Eastern country.

While trying to find the Iranian submarine, more murders occur aboard the boat and everyone is a suspect. The investigator, Linus Schag, has a history with both the commanding officer and the executive officer. Tensions run high among them. In the escalating silent underwater search for the Iranian boat, and the efforts to stop a serial killer before he strikes again, the author weaves a suspenseful tale. I very much enjoyed reading this book.

To be sure, there were some inaccuracies that submarine veterans will notice, and the idea of a serial killer stalking the crew of a submarine was a stretch. The ultimate battle between the subs was a bit contrived, but overall I liked the book and the story.

Bravo Zulu Mr. Hill!

My rating: 4 stars!!

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Fade To Silver by Catherine Converse – My Review

Fade To Silver!

Fade To Silver – My Review!!

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I read the first book of The In Between series a while back and immediately had to get the second book of the series Fade To Silver. I was not disappointed!

The Review:

The premise of the series is there is a shadowy group that has a cadre of visionaries who foresee murders and report the events in the dreams. The group then sends in a team to intercede and prevent the murders. The first book introduced us to Adie, who has been having dreams of murders for a number of years. She was recruited into the IPA by Jeff(who she falls for) and meets Dannika, another visionary with a troubled past (and present).

Now, let’s fast forward past The In Between and into the second book Fade To Silver.  Adie has left IPA for a time to attend college and pursue a soccer scholarship. Leaving soccer one day, she sights Rens, one of her antagonists from the first book. Jeff tries to chase Rens down, but Rens escapes. That event leads Adie away from school and back to IPA. Dannika, however, is now in research and Adie is operating on her own. She steps into another girl’s dream, where she and the unknown girl witness a murder that IPA cannot stop. It leads IPA to Montana to investigate the events.

I haven’t forgotten Dannika. Rens captures her, hits her with a memory scan, and convinces her to come with him to Montana to visit Raile (the girl whose dreams Adie had entered) to help her interpret her dreams. IPA discovers that Dannika is missing. With their resources split between finding Dannika and trying to discover the meaning of Raile’s and Adie’s  dreams, IPA is stretched to the breaking point.

Will Dannika remember who Rens is? Will Adie find Raile and get to the bottom of the dreams and stop more murders? For that, you will just have to read Fade To Silver!

My Rating:

I wasn’t sure that Catherine Converse could top The In Between. While I am not sure she did, her second book is every bit as good as the first!! I gave The In Between 4.5 stars and will be giving Fade To Silver the same 4.5 Stars! As before, Bravo Catherine Converse!!

The Griffin Cryer by Julia Hughes – My Review

The Griffin Cryer

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It is amazing how an ordinary act can have extraordinary consequences. This is what happened to Frankie Shaunessy when she tries to call her dog home. Instead, she summons a griffin from another world, complete with his Rider – wearing fancy dress! That is how The Griffin Cryer by Julia Hughes starts!

Frankie is determined to help Balkind, the griffin, and his rider return to their own world. Her efforts, set against the backdrop of a young woman trying to balance school, friends, teenage angst, and a tragic family situation, make for a compelling and entertaining story.

I loved the character development in this novel. Balkind is not your usual griffin. He is sweet and loves attention. His rider is rude and demanding. Frankie’s parents are solid parental types, but have their own issues.  Frankie, as with most young people, is complex and finds that friends aren’t always friends and enemies aren’t always enemies. Romance isn’t always like the movies, and relationships within the family can be difficult. But, in the end, love and friendship always win!

The story itself grabbed me from the start (who doesn’t love supernatural things happening in a graveyard) and kept its hold on me until the end. It follows Frankie’s life from finding Balkind and his rider, through a romance with her dream guy, and back to helping Balkind and the rider get back home. I did get a little confused toward the end when Frankie has to help her brother, but the story sorted itself out.

I think this book is suitable for all ages and all genres. It has some romance, teen issues, paranormal elements, suspense, and fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this book to be added to your to-be-read pile!

My rating 4.5 Stars!!

 

 

 

Catherine Converse!!

Catherine Converse!

Today, we are talking about author Catherine Converse and her YA paranormal suspense novels! Read on to discover more about her books and about Catherine!

Catherine Converse

 

Fade To Silver (December 2012):

Adie is forced into new territory when her dream overlaps with a complete stranger in a different part of the country, while Dannika escapes from Research, not accepting the new assets in her brain that will change the way she works forever. Despite their separation, their lives merge once again to solve a major corporate conspiracy case, where one man has already lost his life, and Adie has set interference in motion on the next victim in line. But the corporation holds something that is so special, they aren’t the only ones that are willing to kill for it.

With two young men battling for her affection, Adie struggles to keep focus on the case. Once again, Adie and Dannika become the targets, as they become identified as obstacles for those who are after the corporation’s unique discovery. Until it becomes clear that only one person has the power to stop the chain reaction that has begun. And only one question will reveal that person. Who holds the key?

 

Catherine Converse

 

The In Between:

 

 Two girls with opposing backgrounds join a secret intelligence agency located deep in the earth, where their psychic dreams are used to prevent murder. As the girls form a unique friendship, they begin to dream about the same serial case, triggering a chaos that spirals through the agency tunnels, and proves the lives they need to save are their own.

 

The Secret Street Saga (A series of novellas written as episodes, released each month beginning December 2012):

Jemily wakes up to ambulance lights in the middle of the night to discover her old next door neighbor had passed away. In her attempt to discover the truth behind her neighbor’s death, she uncovers secrets of the neighborhood’s past. The old lady’s death was like an invitation to bring them all back, only this time, they’re here to stay.

 

About Catherine Converse:

Catherine Converse lives with her husband and four amazing children in beautiful Montana. She studied Business at Carroll College and graduate work in Marketing Communications at West Virginia University. Her love of writing took off in her years working as a marketing consultant using creative writing to sell. Now she uses it to take readers on an adventure, or to share her passions.

If not writing, seeking out readers, or musing on motherhood chaos, Catherine loves most to be playing with her family – indoors and out, and focusing upward to show God her gratitude for such a blessed life.

Connect with Catherine at:

I love writing stuff that entertains, but first and foremost, I’m a mother. I usually have a few things to say about that at The Greener Grass Mama, http://www.greenergrassmama.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.catherineconversebooks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/catherineconversebooks and Follow the The In Between Series on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/theinbetweenseries

Twitter: @CatConverse

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Catherine-Converse/e/B0091ZQB44/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

The In Between Product Page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0092QF3UA

In addition to her books that are listed here, Catherine has the following soon to be released!!

Fade To Silver (The In Between #2), Coded in Stone (The In Between #3), Secret Street (Secret Street #1), Distant Silence (Secret Street #2)

Take a look at Catherine’s books, follow her novella episodes on FB, and like and buy her books on Amazon!!

 

 

 

Be Not Afraid – My Review

Be Not Afraid!

Be Not Afraid – My Review

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I will be the first to admit that vampire novels and other paranormal works are not usually at the top of my list to read. I have read some, but it has been a while. And no, I haven’t read the Twilight books or seen any of the movies (sparkly vampires just aren’t my thing). So, when one of my fellow authors (K. R. Morrison) offered up the chance to read her novel Be Not Afraid, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In spite of my reservations, I was very pleasantly surprised.

The book opens with an office setting and a woman working late. She encounters Vlad, who kidnaps her and takes her to his lair where he tells her he has chosen her to be his eternal companion. Lydia, our hero, resists Vlad at every opportunity, calling upon her deep Christian faith to help her. What ensues is less typical vampire horror than a conflict between good and evil manifested in the flow of the conflict between Vlad and Lydia.

To be sure, there are some tense moments of horror, but they are used more for moving the story along and introducing the conflict than for the shock value of the horror.

This book is a rare blend of vampires, horror, and Christian fiction and is well worth the read! if vampires are your favorites, read this one!

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Kathleen Morris – Another recommendation!!

Last week, I had the opportunity to do a recommendation for another author (Paula Lofting’s Sons of the Wolf). Tonight, I get to do it again for Kathleen Morris!! It is always a great thing to be able to help out a fellow writer to get the word out about their work!

Today’s recommendation is for two books by Kathleen Morris. The first book is:

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Deep Bay Vengeance:

When Loretta’s only son gets killed during a bank robbery, she sets out to find his killer no matter what the cost. The story brings us to a remote fly-in-fishing camp in Northern Saskatchewan where three very different people come together for very different reasons. Together they pursue truth, discover faith, and expose corruption of the human spirit deep in the heart of Canada’s north.

Her second book is:

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Deep Bay Relic:

Book Two in the Deep Bay Series. When a rustic lodge in Northern Saskatchewan becomes the nesting ground for diamond smugglers, Carla Reece finds herself in the middle. She and a myriad of others fall victim to circumstance and have to find their own way out of the wilderness. Survival becomes a quest for truth and self-discovery, with faith their only weapon against a foul ancient creature hidden in Deep Bay since the beginning.

About Kathleen Morris:

I was born and raised in Saskatchewan and love to put a little bit of it in each book I write. My favorite genre is Christian Fiction Suspense but I’ve written poems and songs as well as many plays over the years.

I look at my writing as my ministry and I like to write about ‘real’ Christian people with flaws and show how they overcome them. We are all the same basically, I think, with the same pressures in life, the same difficulties. I know I like to read about that and love to incorporate it all in my stories so we can all learn from each other.

I enjoy sitting in my office typing away. If you were a fly on my wall, you’d find me smirking, laughing, grumbling, and yes…even crying as I write my characters lives.

I consider my books as my babies…and I have two. Deep Bay Vengeance and Deep Bay Relic are two books in my first series. I thoroughly enjoyed writing both of them even though it took me ten years to get them published. I’m currently working on my next series. The Blood War Series…but for now…I will keep that a secret:)

My husband and I have raised three grown children and find that our nest is empty now since they have all moved away…but since I’ve filled it with my new babies…I never feel alone. Yes I see my grown children often and spend time with my hubby of twenty five years…but I always seem to be thinking of story ideas because writing is and always will be my passion!

Links:

Deep Bay Vengeance:

http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Bay-Vengeance-ebook/dp/B0099DS0NI

Deep Bay Relic:

http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Bay-Relic-ebook/dp/B0099E2DZI

Deep Bay Vengeance:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/216343

Deep Bay Relic:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/216350

You can also follow Kathleen Morris at the following links:

Twitter: twitter@storytellerkat (210 followers)

Author Page: https: Smashwords //www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KathleenMorris

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Morris/e/B0099WZSDY/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Blog: http://bloomsblossoms.blogspot.ca/

I hope all of you will check out her books, like them, and buy a few!