Book Review – The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay


The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay is much more than a murder mystery. It is a story about love, hope and redemption with a paranormal and Christian slant. When three young boys enter the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department to report a murder at the Columbia County Elementary School, Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life and those around him will be forever changed. A fifteen-year mystery, the death of Manny Grimes, and a suspected murder/suicide are all tangled together in this thrilling novel.

Manny Grimes had information that linked the murder/suicide and the mystery from fifteen years ago together, and he paid for it with his life. As DeLong, his mentor Russ Calhoun, and the CSI team of Newman and Elliot set out to solve this murder, life becomes complicated for all of them. DeLong is driven by the voice of Manny Grimes to help him and he cannot let him down.He also discovers that his wife and Calhoun had an affair and it drags him down a spiraling dark hole of alcoholism and rage. His personal life is as twisted and mixed-up as the case before him is. The team soon discover that the murder/suicide might have been staged and that one of the victims’ spouses could be involved in the cover-up, but the case is much deeper than that. It involves a murder fifteen years in the past that was also covered-up. Somehow through this tangled mystery, Kay ties all of the ends together in a shocking conclusion.

What I enjoyed most about this novel is that Kay does an excellent job of weaving so many story angles together to form a cohesive, well-written mystery. She also does an excellent job with the personal angles of the story – between DeLong and his wife, the affair his wife had with Calhoun, the interwoven angle of all the families involved in Manny Grimes’ murder and the budding romance between Calhoun and Elliot. These characters are rich, and humanly flawed, making them believable. The police procedural is also well done in this novel.

The only angle of the story that would have normally warded me off is the Christian slant. As a rule, I do not read Christian novels. Not because they are Christian, but because they are normally preachy and not my thing. However, in this novel, it made sense. DeLong’s life was spiraling out of control and a few nuances of scripture gave him the hope and determination to get his life back under control. It was well done in this novel and not at all preachy.

The only flaw I discovered was a minor one – DeLong was checked into a motel when he left his wife Samantha, but in once instance, it became a hotel. With such a minor flaw, there is no way I am allowing it to detract points from my review. This is a solid novel and deserves to be read and praised.

Note: I was given a free copy of this novel for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 5 stars

Genre(s): Mystery, Police Procedural, Christian, Paranormal

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Awesome Discount from Kingdoms in the Wild Publishers


Hello, dear friends and readers. A while back, I reviewed the book, Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls by N.L. Shompole. As I said in my review, this was one of the best books of poetry I have read in a very long time. So unique and raw. As a result of my review, the publishers at Kingdoms in the Wild have offered a 30% off purchase price for a limited time deal for my friends and families. If you enjoyed my review and have wanted to purchase a copy of this book, now’s the time to do so at this great discounted price. (Note: This is a Kindle edition of the book – for paperback at undiscounted price shop here)

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Please check your time zone against the Pacific Standard Time to be sure you access the Amazon site during the appropriate Discounted time limit. I hope you will take advantage of this great discount and purchase this amazing book of poetry. Please leave me a message in comments to let me know if you’ve purchased the book. If you do purchase and read, please consider leaving reviews on your blogs, Amazon, and Goodreads, and maybe leave a link on your Twitter and Facebook as well. Thank You in advance for helping other writers get noticed!

#BookPromo – Success Is Natural with Practical Benefits of Spirituality by Rohit Chauhan


About the Book

Bolster Your Mindset For Success.

Humanity on planet earth is at the threshold of either launching itself into a higher orbit, or spiraling down into destruction. The usual advances in Technology, Medicine, Sociology, Psychology, Theology, and Politics are not sufficiently effective in ensuring the healthy survival of humanity. Technology is advancing at a faster pace than ever before, and that’s good. Yet toxicity in life is rising at all levels; physical, mental, social, and that’s extremely dangerous.

Our social systems need to evolve fast. People must learn to insist on excellence, for human and environmental synergy. This is possible with spiritual assistance, for expansion of our mind-power. As described in Chapter IV, regular practice of practical spirituality is indeed essential.

This book is about nurturing a sustainable ‘success mindset’ that naturally results in even more success. Experience it, to ensure healthy survival and launch humanity to higher levels.

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About the Author

RC.jpgThe author was brought up with highly spiritual yet practical Vedic values that have uniquely shaped him for over seven decades, amidst many challenges in both India and the USA. His views are based upon extensive observations and insights through diversified experiences such as: An Assistant Professor of Physics, Nuclear Physicist, Director of Software Engineering, Technology Export Manager, General Contractor, Systems Integration Consultant, Retirement Planner, and Life Advisor. He has experienced the West through the eyes of ancient eastern wisdom, and the East through worldly pragmatism of the western culture. The author is a family man, blessed with his wife of 54 years, two accomplished children, and three promising grandchildren, all of whom have been helping him grow in multiple ways. He believes nothing that is said or written by anyone, no matter how eminent or ancient, is to be adopted without validation, regarding the current situation and consideration for the well-being of humanity.

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#BookPromo – Hippie Mafia (Granola Gang Book 1) by Jessica Evans


About the Book

Hippie Mafia is a multi-voice narrative that examines gender roles within the constructs of urban identity. The antagonist of the work, Mason, is the antithesis of the female archetype, both in her decision making skills and in the progression of her character through her stand-alone agency. The female protagonist, Amy, is one who responds to the situations she finds herself in as one might expect of a standard female character. It is the hope of the work that these two conflicting female identities will help the reader to begin to understand and examine ways in which female characters do not need a male counterpoint to advance their own stores.

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About the Author

616395.jpgA Cincinnati native, Jessica Evans grew up in a sub-blue collar neighborhood on the city’s west side.  Early on, she began to examine the ways in which life is impacted by socioeconomic status.  Her work is largely a reflection of this interest.  She writes about things that move and motivate her in the hopes that her words can help change her community.

She has earned an MFA in Fiction from Spalding University, and like the rest of the world who hold MFA’s, she has no idea what she’s doing with it. When Jess isn’t bleeding her fingers on her laptop keys, you can find her lifting heavy weights or running half marathons.  She lives with her cat at the base of a mountain range.

Jessica Evans is the author of innumerable short stories, flash fiction and poetry.  Her current work includes four full length poetry collections, two novels and a basket full of vignettes, shorts, short-shorts and stories.

Various poetry and fiction can be found in myriad journals and anthologies, including Base Line Press, The Avalon Review, Crack the Spine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Adanna Literary Magazine and many others.

Her most recent collection of poetry, Learn to Find, is now in print. Forthcoming is her latest collection of short-shorts, The Trip Continues, published by the University of Arkansas Press. She is currently working on a new manuscript.

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Book Review – Who Watcheth by Helene Tursten


Who Watcheth is a mystery/thriller by the Swedish author, Helene Tursten. A serial killer is on the loose in and around Goteborg, Sweden. He watches his prey, building up a fantasy in his mind that he is in a relationship with the women, and then when they commit what he considers a sin, he kills them. He also leaves photos he’s taken of them committing the sin, a white chrysanthemum, and a note with a Bible verse on it days before he kills them. His M.O. is specific, he always uses a cord with knots in them to strangle his victims and leaves behind some telling clues. The one victim who got away recalled that he had an abhorrent odor about him. Irene Huss is a detective on the Goteborg police department and along with her colleagues, she sets out to find the killer. During the course of the story, Irene has some problems of her own with a woman who wants vengeance for the deaths of her children. She directly blames the police department and Irene in particular, adding an additional round of suspense to the story.

What I enjoyed most about the novel is the interactions that Irene has with both her husband and her colleagues. Her character is well-rounded and well-developed. The other characters are well-developed too. The story unfolds at a nice pace – not too slow or quick, just right. I also enjoyed the police procedural. The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout and the attack scenes are well-written.

Unfortunately, I guessed who the killer would be long before it unfolded in the story because it was just so blatantly stereotypical, and he didn’t appear to be as sophisticated as I had assumed he would be. I won’t say more so as not to spoil it for other readers. I will let them make their own determination.

All in all, this is a well-written novel with a good plot, great characters and a suspenseful conclusion. I just wish the killer had lived up to my expectations so I could have given it a higher rating.

Note: I won a copy of this novel on Goodreads Giveaway for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery, Police Procedrual

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Book Review – Wind Catcher (Chosen #1) by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef


Wind Catcher (Chosen #1) is a Young Adult novel by the father/daughter duo, Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. The reader is introduced to teenager Juliet Wildfire Stone whose life balances between two worlds, that of the rich and wealthy who attend an elite high school called Bartens and that of her Native American heritage. While Juliet tries to fit in at her new school, she is also taught the wisdom of her heritage by her grandfather, Sicheii. Along the way, you meet Juliet’s friends – Katie who also attends Bartens and has a father who will soon go to jail, Troy who is Native American and lives near the reservation and attends a normal high school, and Ella and Marton who are friends of Juliet’s from her former school. Juliet has a special gift. She hears voices and when she dreams, she has visions of her Native American heritage. All of this confuses Juliet, but soon becomes clear as a series of murders occur and are tied to her grandfather. Juliet and Troy embark on a journey to discover what the strange tattoos mean, why her grandfather is involved in a secret society and what all of it has to do with Juliet.

Wind Catcher takes the reader on a wild ride of fantasy, science fiction and Native American lore. As the story unfolds, the reader will learn about the Great Wind Spirit, Coyote, a demon, and the Seeker. The plot is complicated, but unfolds in a well-written series of events. Juliet is the Chosen and she must stop the Seeker, an alien, from destroying all she holds dear as well as Earth itself. The characters are all well-developed and even a bit complicated through their woven relationships. The Altabefs do an excellent job with settings, from Juliet’s school, to Slippery River, the town, and all of the vision worlds Juliet visits. The battle scenes near the end are exciting and well described.

What I loved most about this novel is the Native American lore sprinkled throughout the story. You can tell that the Altabefs spent an enormous amount of time researching it to make it believable, even though they do not link any one particular tribe or nation to it. I also loved the science fiction elements to this story, which the read will discover near the end.

Wind Catcher is one of the most original stories I have read. It has mystery, adventure and aliens. Who could want for more? I highly recommend this first novel in the Chosen trilogy for anyone who enjoys fantasy and science fiction. Although it is categorized as Young Adult, I believe even adults will enjoy it. I know I did.

Note: I received a free copy of this novel for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 5 stars

Genre(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Native American Lore

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Book Review – Escape From Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth


Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth is a YA fantasy novel. Elizabeth introduces us to Honoria, a fifteen year old who lost her parents in the 911 attacks. Along with her brother Geoffrey and aunt and uncle, they leave New York City and the tragedy behind to settle in the small upstate community of Arnn. Arnn holds many secrets and legends. Witchwood Hollow is one such legend. It is said that anyone who wanders in never returns because of the witch who lives in the woods. Honoria and her new friend Leon set off to uncover the truth of Witchwood Hollow, finding more than just a legend.

This novel is told in three time periods – the 1600s, the 1800s, and 2001 – and weaves together a story  of family histories, lost loved ones and reunions. The story begins in 2001 with Honoria and her family’s arrival in Arnn. Then switches to the 1600s where Lady Elizabeth Clifford, the witch who, accused of murder, stumbles into the woods and makes it her home. It continues in the 1800s with Albertine who travels from England to live with her father in Arnn, but gets lost and trapped in the woods. Other characters are woven throughout and add richness to the tale. The story then switches back and forth between these time periods as it unfolds to reveal a deranged witch, a vengeful curse of sorts and the need to save all of Arnn from the witch’s control.

I really enjoy the plot of this novel. It is original, entertaining and keeps you guessing until the very end to figure out how everything ties together.  All of the characters are well-developed and distinctive. Elizabeth does a great job of keeping all of their personalities separated and original. The settings, especially Witchwood Hollow, are descriptive and well-written.

The only problems I had with the novel are 1) not being able to like the character Honoria at the beginning of the novel. She is snobbish and a bit glib in her interactions with others and reminded me of people I’ve avoided most of my life. However, during the course of the novel, I grew to understand her and like her more, especially after she begins to interact with Leon. And 2) I wasn’t overly impressed with all of the clothing descriptions in the 2001 parts of the book. I do understand why they are there – a city girl comes to the country and there is the need for distinctions to be made between the previous lifestyle and the current one she is living in. These two issues only barely detract from the great story being told.

If you enjoy paranormal stories with witches, then you will definitely find this novel entertaining. It is not your usual witchy story and that makes it a step above other novels with similar themes.

Note: I was given a free copy of this novel for a fair and honest review.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

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