Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Author Benjamin Kane Ethridge & a Kindle Fire Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome Benjamin Kane Ethridge, the Bram Stoker Award winning author of BLACK & ORANGE (Bad Moon Books, 2010), who's guest blogging here today. {scroll down for the giveaway}

In his latest book, BOTTLED ABYSS, Herman and Janet Erikson are going through a crisis of grief and suffering after losing their daughter in a hit and run. They’ve given up on each other. One afternoon their dog goes missing in the coyote-infested badlands behind their property. Herman goes to find the dog, completely unaware he’s on a hike to the River Styx, the border between the Living world and the world of the dead. What Herman discovers about the dark power contained in those waters will change his and Janet’s lives forever…

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How to write by the seat of your pants: outline or no
by Benjamin Kane Ethridge

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Author Karleen Koen stops by...

Today I'm happy to welcome Karleen Koen, the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Glass Darkly, Now Face to Face, and Dark Angels, who's guest blogging here today.

Her latest book, Before Versailles focuses on four intense months of King Louis’s young life. It’s the summer of 1661, and after the death of his prime minister, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s still a young man, and in a way quite inexperienced and shy, but also very determined, intelligent and headstrong. He’s used to having anything and everything his heart desires—land, women—including his brother’s wife.


Why did I write "Before Versailles"?
by Karleen Koen

Friday, July 27, 2012

Review - The Last Victim by Karen Robards

I've read many books this summer (around 35+, so don't expect many reviews), but Karen Robards' The Last Victim (Ballantine, Isbn-0345535405) is one that I feel deserves a special response, an immediate review.

One word summary - Interesting

One line Review - An interesting mystery together with stellar characters and complex relationships, this book is one of my top five reads for this summer.

Synopsis : Fifteen years ago, young Charlie Stone was the only one to escape the Boardwalk Killer. Now an eminent psychiatrist whose speciality is serial killers, Charlie is called in by the FBI when a series of similar murders rock the town of Kill Devil Hills. Because of her ability to see the ghosts of those who've recently died violent deaths, Charlie is shocked to find that the ghost of her most recent patient, drop dead gorgeous serial killer Michael Garland who died in her arms, has attached to her and refuses to "go towards the light". As the killings escalate, Charlie finds in Garland a reluctant ally and a growing attraction that refuses to die, even as her head tells her that the living, breathing FBI Agent Tony Bartoli is a better prospect than the ghost whose kisses are killer. The resulting suspense holds the reader spellbound.

Spoilers ahead - Beware! 
(ps - the book releases August 7, 2012)
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review - Now You See Me by S J Bolton

One word summary - Fantastic!

One line Review - S.J Bolton's pulse pounding, modern day Jack the Ripper murder mystery is about the BEST book I've read in a long long time, with enough complex psychological twists and turns to keep the reader guessing literally till the last chapter.

Detailed (& slightly more wordy and coma-inducing long :-) Review -

Just half an hour ago I finished reading S.J.Bolton's Now You See Me (Minotaur, 400p, Isbn-1250001633) which has been glued to my hands for the past day and a half as I was transported into a gory police procedural across an ocean to London where trainee detective Lacey Flint has a dying woman collapse on her. Things get considerably worse as it becomes clear a modern day Jack the Ripper is loose, moving about undetected and disemboweling victims with the same ease and brutality as the original himself. As the panic in London escalates, the Metropolitan police do their utmost to uncover the truth, which unexpectedly circles back to Lacey.