Archive for May, 2012



The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield, #1)

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield #1)  by Scott Nicholson

 

 

 

Ronnie Day, 13 year old son of David and Linda Day and older brother to his annoying little brother Tim, has a brain, likes to read and suffers from an overactive imagination. His little brother drove him crazy, his parents were always fighting now, or at least when his father came back to the house they were, and he had to pass by the old red church twice every day to and from school. Ronnie wishes he could be like other kids and not be afraid of the old red church but he swears he can feel someone or something always there, waiting. Just what its waiting for Ronnie’s not sure and he doesn’t want to know.

 

 

 
On the walk home from school, as they’re passing the red church, Tim falls behind Ronnie. Ronnie doesn’t want to go back and see what’s keeping  him. But as Tim insists, Ronnie slowly makes his way back, getting more and more uneasy as he sees that Tim has left the road and is at the old cemetery that sits near the church.

 

 

 
Ronnie’s imagination is taking flight when Tim’s find of a girlie magazine brings him back down to ground. Trying to think of a way to outsmart Tim to get the magazine for himself at first he is unaware of movement from behind him. When a bloody hand reaches out to grab his ankle, Ronnie takes flight, shouting for his little brother to run too.
Sherrif Littlefield hates the red church and has never liked going there. Years before, one Halloween,  when Sherrid Littlefield was a teenager he watched his little brother die here at the church. He’s never told anyone what he really saw as he knows no one will believe him, in fact he’s always wondered if he really saw what he did.

 

 

 
With the gruesome discovery in the old cemetery, Barkerville‘s sheriff Frank Littlefield is worried. Worried and scared. Is there a killer loose in his county or is it something more? Something black and evil? Something not of this world…

 

 

 
Several years ago horror novels were what I read the most. After reading a series of less than good novels from this genre, I got away from them. I decided to take a chance on this one because after reading a sample chapter I thought hmmm maybe this one will be the one that rekindles my interest in horror novels. It has!

 

 

 
I really enjoyed the pace of this book, the build up to the final confrontation kept me reading. The characters were well fleshed out and  believable. I stayed up late by myself, even my dog had gone off to bed, and this book had me checking behind me when I finally made my way off to sleep. For me I found it very reminiscent of an early Stephen King or Dean Koontz novel. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes to be frightened.


The Colors of Malent: Book One View a preview of this book online

The Colors of Malent: Book One (The Colors of Malent #1)

by Tim Adams and  Sam Inzerillo

 

 

 

Alara is a 14 year old girl, almost 15, who has the normal trials and tribulations of teens everywhere. Alara’s best friend Madison or Mads as Alara calls her, is already a pro shopper with tons of attitude. Alara’s new boyfriend  Alex is a good looking jock who really seems to like her but doesn’t always understand her. Her freaky teenaged next door neighbor Freddy, incredibly smart but socially awkward, suddenly starts talking to her.

 

 

Alara’s busy and tension filled life is further complicated by the strange dreams that have haunted her since she can remember. Dreams that are getting weirder and weirder. They take her to another time and place where she enters the minds and bodies of the people she comes across.

 

 

Slowly she realizes that she can control the thoughts and actions of these people and she believes these people and places are real and are from a place called Malent. The bigger problem though is that these dreams are starting to come when she is awake too. And if  all this isn’t enough to deal with, she has just found out something about herself that shocks her to the core!

 

 

As Alara tries to discover who the strange people in her dreams are and where Malent is, she is also trying to discover something about herself. Her questions bring her into contact with new people who could be friends or enemies. Things seem to be constantly changing and it leaves Alara wondering who she exactly she can trust.

 

 

The ending will leave you holding your breath, impatient for the next book to continue with this very intriguing story!

 

 

I really enjoyed this novel. The twists and turns keep you flipping the pages, faster and faster, as you try to see what will happen next.

 

 

The characters in Alara’s life are very believable. Her parents are typical parents, with her dad being the loud disciplinarian and her mom understanding the problems of being a teenaged girl. Her friends are very real. The situations are what many teens go through.

 

 

The people from Malent, the alternate world of Alara’s,  are reminiscent of the our world but from many centuries ago. The strange, scary animals that inhabit the lands are definitely not of our world and are incredibly imaginative.

 

 

The way the story switches between our world and Malent is extremely well done. I really look forward to the next book in this YA fantasy series.


Lately I’ve noticed a lot of negative articles online about certain independent authors which many take to include ALL independent authors. I really don’t understand that thinking. There are so many more good independent authors out there than there are bad. Just because 1 indie author is throwing a hissy fit doesn’t make all indie authors bad. It really bothers me that people get grouped together under the same hat simply because they all share the title indie author.

 

 

 

One of the first Indie books I read was

Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic, #1)

Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic #1)  by Angela Wallace

 

 

 

This was an awesome indie book. Well written with and interesting paranormal storyline (see my review)

 

 

 

Chain Gang Elementary, by Jonathan Grant

 

And I just read a pretty gross (and I mean that in a totally good way) horror, supernatural, mystery, paranormal novel. I will have the review up later today as I just moments ago finished reading it.

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield, #1)

The Red Church (Sheriff Frank Littlefield #1)  by Scott Nicholson

 

 

 

I think Indie Authors are terrific! Take a chance on an indie novel, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised as was I!

 

 

There are several independent author lists out on the internet. You can also look on GoodReads, Amazon and Smashwords to name a few.


Montana Wildfire

Montana Wildfire by Rebecca Sinclair

 

 

 

Amanda Lennox, blond, green eyed and intelligent, at least she thought she was intelligent until she lied to get this job of bringing Roger Thornton Bannister III home. The little monster was making the already rough trip through the western countryside unbearable. Amanda has always prided herself on her even temper but now, struck in the river, with the spoiled Roger splashing her and demanding lunch, Amanda is ready to blow. Even Roger realizes that perhaps he’s pushed her too far and goes rushing off into the forest to find someone to help Amanda.

 

 
To Amanda’s surprise and relief, Roger comes back with a man. But after just a few minutes with this man, Amanda’s wondering if maybe being trapped in the river wasn’t better than having to put up with this man.

 

 
Jacob Blackhawk Chandler is no one’s idea of a hero, including himself. A half breed Indian with a chip the size of the Rockies on his shoulder, Jake doesn’t want to get involved with Amanda and Roger but since there is no one else around to get Amanda out of the hole she’s in he steps up.

 

 
Getting out of the river requires a lot more body contact then Amanda was prepared for. She’s thankful that Jake was there to help but is uneasy with the new thoughts crowding her head. She just wants to get back on the trail and get Roger home.

 

 
Ready to leave Amanda and Roger to find their way through the country side is fine with him until Roger comes up missing. Amanda turns again to him for help and against his better judgement, Jake agrees to help find Roger.

 

 
As Amanda and Jake trek through the countryside on Roger’s trail, they find themselves drawn to each other. But what kind of life can a angry half breed offer a proper Bostonian white woman specially in a country where Indians and white people don’t mix, and being caught together can cause death?

 

 
I really enjoyed this novel. With wonderful commentary on the western countryside, the tiny towns and the relationships between people of different races this was a very readable novel. The characters are well rounded, with some flaws which helps to make them believable. The story clips along at a steady pace.


THE VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD!.

 

 

I have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Emily who is   thelightbearernovelist  I check this site daily as Emily writes The Light-Bearer Series, and I just loved book 1 in the series and am eagerly awaiting book 2. Thank you Emily!

 

 
Now to Nominate Seven Other Blogs for this award

 

 

The Scarlett Numbers   thescarletnumbers

Naimeless  naimeless

Reflections of a Book Addict  Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)

Inside the Mind of a Fantasy Writer   Heidi

fuonlyknew   fuonlyknew

filmphanatic   Trevor

Ladyromp   ladyromp

 

 

 

Seven Things About Myself
1.  My family is the most important thing in my life

2.  i have 5 children ranging in age from 29 to 16

3.  I love to read anything I can get my hands on

4.  I have a difficult time coming up with 7 things about myself as I am a very private person

5.  My oldest son is deaf, he had spinal meningitis when he was 5 months old.

6.  All my children love to read and they each have different reading interests

7.  I love to garden, our deck has 19 large pots filled with herbs, flowers and vegies.

 

 
Rules of the award:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award with a link to their blog.
2. Tell them 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 7 other blogs for the award.


“Invasion of the Castle Charmeine” Premier Excerpt from “RANSOM” the Second Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series”.

 

 

I loved the first book in this series and I am really looking forward to book 2!


Two Sisters: prattle tales of playful girls by Laura Wright LaRoche

 

 

 

10 little stories starring two little girls, 6 year old Addy and her younger sister, 4 year old Izzy. The girls have very different styles, Izzy always wears dresses and Addy’s favorite color is green. They do have one thing in common, they love to torment each other.

 

 

 
In each of the stories entitled Butterfly, Sticks, School Day, Mushroom Hunting, Her Party, Fishing, Garden, Zoo, Rainy Day,  and Vacation, Addy and Izzy are together (except School Day when Addy is at her first day of grade 1 and Rainy Day where Izzy is at home with her mom while Addy is at school) and each wants things her own way and will do whatever it takes to get her way even if it means tattling, hitting, crying or lying.

 

 

 
The stories are well written and at times, humorous and the descriptions of the girls is very well done.  However I don’t necessarily see the girls as playful. To me they’re spoiled brats that say and do whatever they like while their mother is absolutely oblivious. If my children were young, I’m not sure if I would want them to read this book, they had enough of their own bad ideas.

 

 

 
I won this book through GoodReads giveaway and my review was unsolicited.


 

 

 

 

Simon says now is a good time to read a book and he’s got some great suggestions for you! For a great YA fantasy read, Simon suggests

The Colors of Malent: Book One View a preview of this book online

The Colors of Malent: Book One (The Colors of Malent #1)

by Tim Adams (Goodreads Author), Sam Inzerillo (Goodreads Author)

 

I will be hosting a book giveaway, starting on June 7, for a copy of The Colors of Malent: Book 1. As well in the coming weeks, I will be interviewing Tim Adams and Sam Inzerillo. I really look forward to learning more about Malent, Alara and her friends as well as finding out more about Tim and Sam.

If your looking for an interesting historical romance

Montana Wildfire

Montana Wildfire by Rebecca Sinclair

 

 

 

Originally released in 1991, it has been re-released as an eBook. Amanda Lennox is over her head in trouble. She’s taking spoiled brat Roger to his home in Pony, Montana and fears she is lost. She lied about her experience in the wilderness, but really how hard can it be? When Roger goes missing, Amanda must rely on the help of the very rude, but very sexy half breed Jake, to help find Roger and not lose her heart as well.

 

 

 

 

For a good mystery, I would suggest

 

 

 

 

Two Graves

Two Graves by D.A. Graystone

 

 

 

To get more ideas on what to read, check out some great sites like GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and definitely give the indie authors a try! There are so many great books out there.

 

 

 

 

Have a good read!


California Caress

California Caress by Rebecca Sinclair

 

 

 

Hope Benett is on a mission.  A mission to save her brother and ultimately her family home. The only person who can help her is notorious gunslinger Drake Frazier, but can she trust him?

 

 

 
Hope, a lovely red haired, brown eyed girl, loves her brother Luke. He can’t help that while his body is bigger than most grown men, his mind is that of an eight year old. The Swedes have declared their intent to take over the Benett gold claim and the only way to stop them is to take part in a no holds barred knock down fist fight. Luke is the only one big enough to take on even one of the Swedes, but he’s not smart enough to hold his own when the Swedes are known to use a knife and kill a man to get what they want. Hope’s dad sends her to find Drake Frazier, known gunfighter, drinker and fist fighter, possibly the only man in Thirsty Gulch that would agree to take on the Swedes.

 

 

 
Hope isn’t the only one with something to lose. Drake Frazier, handsome, blonde haired gunfighter, has his own agenda. Hope doesn’t know it but she’s going to help him in his plan to avenge a wrong doing done to him.

 

 

 
Can Hope and Drake help each other erase the scars of past hurts? Will they see that they are both worthy of love? Will they find love together before its too late?

 

 

 
Two of my favorite genre, romance and westerns, together in a tale spanning the gold mines of California, the city streets of Boston and the green grass of Virginia.

 

 

 

The story feels a bit forced and over thought at times, but has some beautifully written scenes.  An enjoyable read, with a strong willed, smart heroine which I like.


“Memorial Day for Tabbruis” a premier excerpt of “RANSOM” the Second Novel in “The Light Bearer Series” AND Cover Contest.

I loved the first in the series Charmeine, and I can tell already I’m going to love Ransom!

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