Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Searcher Book Review


The Searcher by Simon Toyne

on Tour November 1-30, 2015

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: October 6th 2015
Number of Pages: 480
ISBN: 0062329723 (ISBN13: 9780062329721)
Series: Solomon Creed #1
UK Title: Solomon Creed 

Synopsis:

coverThe author of the acclaimed Sanctus trilogy conjures an eerie epic of good and evil, retribution and redemption—the first novel in the mesmerizing Solomon Creed series in which a man with no memory of his past must save a lost soul in a small Arizona town.

On a hilltop in the town of Redemption, Arizona, the townspeople gather at an old cemetery for the first time in decades to bury a local man. The somber occasion is suddenly disrupted by a thunderous explosion in the distant desert. A plane has crashed, and it’s pouring a pillar of black smoke into the air.

As Sheriff Garth Morgan speeds toward the crash, he nearly hits a tall, pale man running down the road, with no shoes on his feet and no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only clues to his identity are a label in his handmade suit jacket and a book that’s been inscribed to him: both giving the name Solomon Creed.

When Morgan tells Solomon that he is in Redemption, Arizona, Solomon begins to believe he’s here for a reason—to save a man he has never met . . . the man who was buried that morning.
Miles away, three men scan the skies for an overdue plane carrying an important package. Spotting a black cloud in the distance, they suspect something has gone badly wrong, and that the man who has sent them will demand a heavy price if the package has been lost.

To uncover the secret of his identity, Solomon Creed must uncover Redemption’s secrets too and learn the truth behind the death of the man he is there to save. But there are those who will do anything to stop him, men prepared to call on the darkest forces to prevent Solomon from seeing the light.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book because it was very different from past thrillers that I have read! It was such a stark contrast as to how most drama/thriller/crime books are written so it drew me in almost immediately.

First off, the person who is walking towards the town after a plane goes down is a complete shock! He is so pale that you might as well say he is an albino and he has white hair to go with it and he isn't even wearing any shoes! He doesn't even seem to know who he is and is in fact there to figure out who he is!

But, along with those things, he almost seems like he has abilities that throw people off guard. He can smell things that most people don't even notice and he seems to always know when someone else is in the room (as in trying to sneak up on him to kill him) for something he had absolutely nothing to do with but the bad guys in town desperately need to make him the scapegoat so that a crime lord doesn't blame them for his son being on that plane that just exploded.

It's a great story and an even better thriller that I hope you will read because it doesn't even come close to fitting the description of those crime drama/thrillers that we have gotten so used to reading! This one has set the bar quite high and I am betting and waiting to see what other crime drama/thriller writers have to show after being thrown off their game by such an unorthodox book into the crime world.

Hold onto your hats, because this story is going to change things in this genre of books, if we are so lucky to have authors who will up their game and give us the same nail biting drama that this book delivered in spades!

Happy Reading!

Read an excerpt:

In the beginning is the road – and me walking along it.
I have no memory of who I am, or where I have come from, or how I came to be here. There is only the road and the desert stretching away to a burnt sky in every direction and there is me.
Anxiety bubbles within me and my legs scissor, pushing me forward through hot air as if they know something I don’t. I feel like telling them to slow down, but even in my confused state I know you don’t talk to your legs, not unless you’re crazy, and I don’t think I’m crazy – I don’t think so.
I stare down the shimmering ribbon of tarmac, rising and falling over the undulating land, its straight edges made wavy by the intense desert heat. It makes the road seem insubstantial and the way ahead uncertain and my anxiety burns bright because of it. I feel there’s something important to do here, and that I am here to do it, but I cannot remember what.
I try to breathe slowly, dredging a recollection from some deep place that this is meant to be calming, and catch different scents in the dry desert air – the coal-tar sap of a broken creosote bush branch, the sweet sugar rot of fallen saguaro fruit, the arid perfume of agave pollen – each thing so clear to me, so absolutely itself and correct and known. And from the solid seed of each named thing more information grows – Latin names, medicinal properties, common names, whether it is edible or poisonous. The same happens when I glance to my left or right, each glimpsed thing sparking new names and fresh torrents of facts until my head hums with it all. I know the world entirely it seems and yet I know nothing of myself. I don’t know where I am. I don’t know why I’m here. I don’t even know my own name.
The wind gusts at my back, pushing me forward and bringing a new smell that makes my anxiety flare into blind fear. It is smoke, oily and acrid, and a half-formed memory slides in with it that there is something awful lying on the road behind me, something I need to get away from.
I break into a run, staring forward, not daring to check behind me. The blacktop feels hard and hot against the soles of my feet. I look down to discover that I’m not wearing shoes. My feet flash as they pound the road, my skin pure white in the bright sunshine. I hold my hand up and it’s the same, so white I have to narrow my eyes against the glare of it. I can feel my skin starting to redden in the fierce sun and know that I need to get out of this desert, away from this sun and the thing on the road behind me. I fix on a rise in the road, feeling if I can reach it then I will be safe, that the way ahead will be clearer.
The wind blows hard, bringing the smell of smoke again and smothering all other scents like a poisonous blanket. Sweat starts to soak my shirt and the dark grey material of my jacket. I should take it off, cool myself down a little, but the thicker material is giving me protection from the burning sun so I turn the collar up instead and keep on running. One step then another – forward and away, forward and away – asking myself questions between each step – Who am I? Where am I? Why am I here? – repeating each one until something starts to take shape in the blankness of my empty mind. An answer. A name.
‘James Coronado.’ I say it aloud in a gasp of breath before it is lost again and pain sears into my left shoulder.
My voice comes as a surprise to me, soft and strange and unfamiliar, but the name is not. I recognize it and say it again – James Coronado, James Coronado – over and over, hoping the name might be mine and it might drag more about who I am up from my silent memory. But the more I say it, the more distant it becomes until I’m certain the name is not mine. It feels apart from me though still connected in some way, as if I have made a promise to this man, one that I am bound to keep.
I reach the crest of the road and a new section of desert comes into view. In the distance I see a road sign, and beyond that, a town, spreading like a dark stain across the lower slopes of a range of red mountains.
I raise my hand to shield my eyes so I might read the name of the place on the sign, but it is too far away and heat blurs the words. There is movement on the road, way off at the edge of town.
Vehicles.
Heading this way. Red and blue lights flashing on their roofs.
The wail of sirens mingles with the roar of the smoke-filled wind and I feel trapped between the two. I look to my right and consider leaving the road and heading out into the desert. A new smell reaches me, drifting from somewhere out in the sunbaked wilderness, something that seems more familiar to me than all the other things. It is the smell of something dead and rotting, lying somewhere out of sight, sunbaked and fetid and caramel-sweet, like a premonition of what will befall me if I stray from the road.
Sirens in front of me, death either side, and behind me, what?
I have to know.
I turn to gaze upon what I have been running from and the whole world is on fire.
An aircraft lies broken and blazing in the centre of the road, its wings sticking up from the ground like the folded wings of some huge burning beast. A wide circle of flame surrounds it, spreading rapidly as flames leap from plant to plant and lick up the sides of giant saguaro, their burning arms raised in surrender, their flesh splitting and hissing as the water inside boils and explodes in puffs of steam.
It is magnificent. Majestic. Terrifying.
The sirens grow louder and the flames roar. One of the wings starts to fall, trailing flame as it topples and filling the air with the tortured sound of twisting metal. It lands with a whump, and a wave of fire rolls up into the air, curling like a tentacle that seems to reach down the road for me, reaching out, wanting me back.
I stagger backwards, turn on my heels, and run.

Author Bio:

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Simon Toyne is the author of the Sanctus trilogy (Sanctus, The Key, and The Tower ).

A writer, director, and producer in British television for twenty years, he worked on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA.

He lives in England with his wife and family.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hidden Shadows Book Review


 
I have a really wonderful book to share with all of you called Hidden Shadows written by Linda Lucretia Shuler that I think you will want to read.
 
Synopsis:
Cassie Brighton, devastated by the death of her husband, flees to a remote homestead in the rugged Texas Hill Country. Alone in a ramshackle farmhouse steeped in family secrets, Cassie wages a battle of mind and heart as she struggles to overcome the sorrows of her past, begin anew, and confront the possibility of finding love again. 
My Thoughts:
 
This book was another one that I found profoundly interesting and beautiful at the same time. I know that when we lose someone, we don't think at the time that we will ever get over it and some people truly don't, but the vast majority does if they are open to change.
 
Cassie does not think she will be one of those people when she moves into her grandmother's home, but things and time has a way if you are open to listening and learning from new surroundings and the people you encounter. One such encounter is a small boy who desperately needs and wants a mother. With Billy, she begins her journey back into life and from there, all things are possible.
 
Finding love is never easy, but once you have had it, you are quick to understand when you do find it again and are not as flighty or foolish the second time around to lose sight of the fact that it can be taken away just as easily, so no games, no mind controlling and most of all, honesty is the best policy.
 
This book will bring out the best in you and I hope that you will smile as much as I did and chuckle a time or two in between.
 
Happy Reading! 
About the Author:
 
Linda Lucretia Shuler wrote her first story when she was six, Koko the Monkey, which she still has tucked into a drawer. Since then her stories and poems have appeared in anthologies and literary journals, and a handful of her plays have been produced in schools and community theatres.
 
Linda received a BFA in theatre from the University of Texas, and an MA in theatre from Trinity University while in residence at the Dallas Theatre Center. She taught theatre arts in college and high school for three decades, loving every moment and directing nearly a hundred plays in the process. She also wrote theatre arts curriculum K-12 for Houston ISD, conducted numerous workshops, and performed in community theatres.
 
Hidden Shadows, Linda’s debut novel, takes place in Willow City, a ruggedly beautiful section of the Texas Hill Country less than three hours from her home in San Antonio. Several other manuscripts are in the works, reaching across the genres. These include a prequel to Hidden Shadows, plays, and a collection of poems and a half-dozen different story ideas demanding attention.
 
Linda enjoys participating in Toastmasters, writer organizations, critique groups, and book clubs. She continues her love of theatre, delights in watching the birds flocking outside her office window, and is an enthusiastic fan of San Antonio’s championship basketball team, the Spurs. 

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Perfect Memorials Holiday Gift Guide


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Trial Run Book Review


 
Wow, have I got a thriller for you to read! It's mind blowing and you won't be able to put it down once you start, so I have to warn you now, that it can be addictive! It's called Trial Run written by Thomas Locke.

Synopsis:
Reese Clawson's work is mind-bending--literally. Her company specializes in global data analysis for an elite group of industry executives, and now a lucrative government contract is moving her into the realm of cutting-edge intelligence gathering. She is determined to crack the limits of consciousness--and in doing so, the boundaries of secrets and lies.  
But her experiment crashes as test subjects slide into a coma-like state. Reese is left scrambling to maintain control, drawing three disparate people into the search for answers--an adrenaline-amped thrill junkie with altered brain chemistry, an Italian scientist working on remote-viewing technology, and a math prodigy whose algorithms subvert computer encryption.

Will this piecemeal team prevail when a government operative is sent to investigate? As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and even time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don't know can kill you.

With a concept so daring and writing so gripping, readers will swiftly fall under the spell of Thomas Locke's endlessly creative mind. This thrilling psychological journey into the very nature of causation and consciousness will leave them turning the pages and grasping for solid ground. 
My Thoughts:

At first, I thought this might be some kind of cold war book or something to do with the military going rogue but the further I got into the book, the spookier it became.

It is absolutely mind blowing what these two separate groups of people are trying to do and one is doing it the humane way and trying to minimize the danger to it's test subjects while the 2nd group of people led by Reese Clawson has become frankly, quite unhinged and she will stop at nothing to get her goal before the other group does.

It matters not that she stole this research off the back of another brilliant woman who is also going to have to do something drastic to keep Reese from getting total control of the project and use it for dangerous reasons. The first group was going to use it as a therapy type program but Reese knew right away that this program could have real power in destroying one's enemy and she decided to go all out and get there first.

There are many twists and turns in this story, so you have to pay close attention to all of the players and what they are doing. It will rock your mind what some people are capable of doing if given the right resources and unlimited government backing!

Happy Reading!
 
About the Author:

Thomas Locke is an award-winning novelist with total world-wide sales of seven million copies.
His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford. He holds a lifelong passion for epic fantasy, science fiction and techno-thriller stories.

Thomas’s screenplay adaption of Emissary is under development as a feature film with a British production company. 

Spell Breaker Book Review


 
I have a really awesome new series to share with you in Book 1 of The Chronicles of Eledon: Spell Breaker, which is written by Joni Parker. If you will remember she wrote the Black Elf series and this is a continuation of the Black Elf but now in her real name, Lady Alexin.
 
Synopsis:
With the powers bestowed on her by her Titan ancestors, Lady Alexin is finally able to break the spell and halt the storms which have kept the inhabitants of Seaward Isle prisoner for centuries. At long last, the Elves can return to Eledon. Yet success may come at a terrible price. The mortals on Seaward Isle are given the option to return to Eledon with the Elves or to remain on the island. The evacuation is complicated and many, including the journalist Olivia and her husband John, are left behind, awaiting the return of the Elf ships.  
Zenon, the Crow-beast charged by Zeus with maintaining the storms and keeping the Titan prisoner is enraged to discover Alex has escaped. In his wrath, he all but destroys Seaward Isle and its remaining inhabitants with a devastating flood. Though Eledon is beautiful and Alex enjoys the protection and encouragement of Lord Odin and Prince Darin, it’s clear the problems of this civilization run deep.  
Lord Odin resumes his seat on the High Council, his position is threatened by plots and political intrigue. And despite being named by the Mentors as the Keeper of the Keys, Alex is disillusioned to find she is rejected and reviled by those who consider her a mere “half-blood” Elf. She wants to return to Seaward isle, the only home she has ever known.  
When Zenon discovers her whereabouts and threatens Eledon, the Elves have little choice but to agree. But there is almost nothing left of the home she once knew and the survivors on Seaward Isle implore the Elves to use their magic to send them back to Earth. But while the Elves are able to open a portal between the two worlds, they cannot guarantee a time or place to which the mortals will return and. caught between her own past and an uncertain future, Lady Alexin is faced with the only choice that really matters—to follow her heart.
 
My Thoughts:
 
If you are like me and enjoyed the series, The Black Elf, then you are going to love the new series where The Black Elf becomes Lady Alexin and returns to her grandmother's home, Eledon.
 
But, things are not so great in Eledon, just like on the island of Seaward, nothing is at it seems and Alex needs to keep her wits about her. Within arriving at her grandmother's home, things heat up almost instantly and enemies are formed that she didn't even know she had. Even her grandmother is acting weird.
 
She is sent on more missions, just like she was on Seaward Isle, and frankly, she doesn't mind it at all because she is getting such a chilly response from a lot of people, including some whom she thought were her friends. Who can she trust? Who is the enemy?
 
Even though Lord Odin sought desperately to return home, even he is unsettled at how bad things have gotten since they have been gone. Well, it's been almost 1,000 years, so I guess things do tend to go to hell in a hand-basket, pardon my language. Nobody seems to know whom to trust, so they must all rely on the people who came with them from Seaward Isle, and even a few of them might not be so loyal now that they are home.
 
I really can't wait to read the next book! Things are sure to get interesting just like they did on Seaward Isle!
 
Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
 
Joni currently resides in Texas, but was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived there until she was eight. Her family moved to Japan before settling in Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Camelback high school and joined the Navy. She met the man of her dreams and got married, following his career until he retired from the Navy, as she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degree. Joni went back in the Navy as a commissioned officer and retired after 22 years.
 
After her husband passed away, she went to work again, but has since retired to devote her time to writing. Her first book in the Seaward Isle Saga was initially self-published and now has been edited and published by Village Green Press LLC. In the last year, all of her books in the "Seaward Isle Saga" have been published and are currently available.
 
In March 2015, Joni became a nonfiction published author with the release of her master's thesis at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, "Nisei Soldiers in WWII: The Campaign through the Vosges Mountains." Her latest book, "Spell Breaker: The Chronicles of Eledon Book One" begins the new fantasy series with four books and has just been released.
 
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

The Sword & Scabbard Book Review


 
I have a different kind of book to share with you that I normally don't read but I have found myself lately reading time period pieces and thought I would share what I found out about the infamous Boston Massacre. The book is called The Sword & Scabbard written by Allen Woods.
 
Synopsis:
The streets and taverns of Boston before "The Bloody Massacre" were filled with brawls and scrapes, hot words and cold calculations. Firebrands like Samuel Adams claimed high revolutionary ideals for the Sons of Liberty, while John Hancock and other welltodo merchants found smuggling very rewarding.  
The Tory lords stuffed their pockets with silver and scorned the rude Americans and their democratic ideas. Informers worked both sides of the street while crowds of itinerant, unemployed sailors and dockworkers ruled the streets and intimidated Customs officials with beatings and hot tar.  
Nicholas Gray and Maggie Magowan run The Sword and Scabbard, a North End tavern which is home to both criminal and political intrigue. They view the politics of the time with a cynical eye but are eventually caught up in the conflicts. Finally, Nicholas must choose between saving himself and crippling the march towards the Revolution.
 
My Thoughts:
 
I try to go into reading a new book with open mind and with trying my best to at least give it an honest shot for what I would like to read. I actually enjoy a wide variety of books at one time or another but am also aware that not everyone feels the same way about certain subjects. I know romantic books and fantasy books are the "real" favorites of most readers and I must admit that I am probably one of them, well, except for romance, unless it's paranormal romance.
 
So, for me to say this book was an eye opener to all things that happened in our past, which this book isn't purely a true story but it weaves some real events into the storyline of Nicolas Gray and Maggie Magowan. I found their story quite intriguing and that is what held my attention much more so than the other events going on in that time period.
 
I do have to warn you that it gets a little too carried away with explaining the theft, deceit and slavery that is going on and all the while the rich are getting richer and it seems the poor are getting poorer, not much unlike what is going on right now in our own little history in the making. I found the parallel's quite astonishing and I pondered if schools (colleges) would let their students read this book and understand it's meaning, then maybe they might get what all the political ramifications are all about in our day and age, and then again, maybe not.
 
People only take away what they want to fit their own narrative, much like the people did back in the early days. Too bad we can't learn a valuable lesson that was only learned once the dust settled and everyone took stock at how many lives were lost and what really was the "real" reason we had a Revolutionary War and then a Civil War. This book will grab you in ways that maybe it will make everything simpler, just like it did for me.
 
Happy Reading! 
 
About the Author:
 
Allen Woods is a freelance writer living in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He has written everything from magazine features to readers for primary grades. The spark for The Sword and Scabbard came in the midst of research for an American history text. He plans a series which will follow Nicholas and Maggie through the Tea Party, Lexington and Concord, the War itself, and the early years under the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.
 
He welcomes e-mail comments on the Blog page of this site.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

SoulShifter Book Review


 
About The Book  
 
 
Title: Soulshifter
Author: Barbara Pietron
Publisher: Scribe Publishing Company
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Format: Paperback - 290 pages / eBook  / PDF
ISBN: 978-0991602124
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

Sixteen-year-old Jack Ironwood knew exactly what he wanted. Until he got it. Jack was content to stay unnoticed by pretty and popular track star, Natalie Segetich, until her best friend Emma disappears. Natalie swears something took Emma, and though most people write Natalie off as traumatized and confused, Jack is a soulshifter and he knows the human-stealing Enuuki—hell's messengers—are real.  

As a soulshifter, Jack can cross into the underworld so he sees Emma's rescue as an opportunity to prove himself a valuable member of his transcendental sect—and a way to secure a future otherwise out of his reach. Although he needs Natalie's help to prepare for the mission, Jack intends to go to the underworld alone. But as a viable plan takes shape, it's clear the best chance of success means Natalie must accompany him.

On the eve of the quest, when Jack is promised the hand of a respected elder's daughter—a dream come true—he realizes he's no longer sure what he wants.   But it's too late to back out, not with the sect and Natalie counting on him. Pursued by the dark lord's henchmen and ghastly mutant creatures, Jack and Natalie struggle to come out ahead in a battle and barter for souls.

In the end, Jack will have to decide his own fate, because nothing short of a deal with the devil will get all three of them out of hell alive.

My Thoughts:  

This book is really tailor made for teens and young adults! I that because there was no real foul language and the story itself is pretty tame without a lot of horror or overdoing the scary things that some go to in order to keep readers glued to the book.

The story is good enough on it's own without having to use any tactics that might give someone a nightmare but just enough to rate it as a paranormal/magical book for YA Fantasy.

And as you all are aware, there is teenage love crushes going on and the hero of this book has his eyes set on a girl who doesn't even know he's alive while the one right in front of him is just as pretty and much nicer than the one he wants. Isn't that the way it always goes????

But, at least, he is willing to use his gift to try and help her get her best friend back and hopefully from there, maybe just maybe, he will see that Natalie is the one for him and not the other stuck up girl!

Happy Reading!

Book Excerpt:

Chapter 1 Revelations from the Dark Realm

Feedback shrieked from the electric guitar amp, annihilating the harmonious blend of drums, bass guitar and electric piano. Jack winced as he fumbled for the volume knob on his guitar, pretending he didn’t see Tommy, the lead singer, shoot him a furious glare. Head down, Jack concentrated on the next few chord progressions, until Tommy launched into his signature vocal screaming.

Then Jack stole a glance to his left and caught the eye of his best friend, Wes, who skillfully delivered the pulse of the track on his bass guitar. Wes lifted his eyebrows and Jack answered with a slight shrug and an apologetic frown. It was one thing if Jack screwed up this opportunity for himself, but Wes had talked the band into giving Jack a chance this summer when they'd lost their lead guitarist to college.

Jack didn't want to embarrass Wes, or give Tommy a reason to give his friend a hard time. The singer hadn't wanted Wes in the band either, but when the other members heard Wes play and realized he was a wizard on the bass guitar, Tommy had been out-voted. It had taken two years for Wes to earn the lead singer's grudging respect and Jack hated to mess that up. They finished the set and Jack ducked out of his guitar strap, leaning the instrument against the cinderblock wall of Fletch's—the drummer's—basement. He ran both hands through his thick curls, for the first time thankful that his mom had insisted he get a haircut before school started.

Shoulder-length for most of the summer, his dark brown mane was now tamed to a mass of loose curls that ended at the base of his jaw—not as rock and roll, but certainly cooler. He turned and nearly collided with Tommy. "What's up with the feedback, Ironwood? We've got a gig in two days!" "Sorry, man."

Jack shook his head. He noticed John, the keyboardist, give him and Tommy a wide berth as he beat a hasty retreat. "Just having an off day. I'm low on sleep." "Well you better get it together by Monday. A lot of people come out to the park on Labor Day, and we don't need you making the rest of us look like amateurs."

He spun on his heel and stomped up the steps before Jack could reply. Fletch offered Jack a sports drink. "You've been playing good all summer. Just don't choke when you get on stage." He laughed, but his eyes were serious. "Thanks."

Jack took the plastic bottle and cracked the lid open. "I'll be fine. I promise." He took a long drink, letting the slightly salty, citrusy liquid soothe his dry tongue and throat before bending to put his guitar into its case. An intermittent chink of metal on metal sounded from the base of the stairwell. "Ready?"

Jack glanced up to see Wes tossing a bundle of keys into the air and then catching them. "Yep." He noticed that Wes had decided to leave his guitar at Fletch's. They were going to rehearse again tomorrow, but Jack felt like he ought to go home and get in some extra practice. He followed his friend out to the minivan, which smelled like the burgers and fries they'd eaten on the way to rehearsal, and loaded his gear into the back.

After Jack plopped into the passenger seat and closed the door, Wes spoke up. "Dude." He drew out the solitary word and added a sigh, conveying both disappointment and sympathy. "I know," Jack said quickly.

"I'm not a hundred percent today. Yesterday was my end-of-summer spirit-walk."

About The Author

After years in the corporate world, Barbara Pietron found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer. Drawing from her technical writing experience, she began by writing non-fiction magazine pieces and achieved both regional and national publication before trying her hand at her true passion, fiction.

In addition to Soulshifter, Barbara is also the author of Thunderstone, Book One of the Legacy in Legend series and a prequel to ThunderstoneHeart of Ice, is available in e-book format. Book Two of the Legacy in Legend series is slated for fall of 2016.

Disclaimer:  Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Bone Box Book Review


Bone Box by Jay Amberg

on Tour November 1-30, 2015

Book Details:

Genre: Archaeological Thriller/Mystery
Published by: Amika Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-1937484279 

Synopsis:

Bone Box by Jay Amberg cover
On a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea in Turkey, an international team of archeologists discovers a stone box that first-century Jews used to rebury their dead.

The box’s Aramaic inscription: Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. Sophia Altay, the beautiful French-Turkish archeologist who heads the team, tries to keep the discovery secret until she can authenticate the ossuary.

She knows that people will kill to obtain the relics—and to suppress the box’s other contents, documents that could alter Western history.

Joseph Travers, an American sent to Turkey to evaluate the archeological dig, soon finds himself pulled into the web of betrayal, reprisal, and violence.

In his journey through Istanbul’s mosques and palaces, the archeological sites around ancient Ephesus, and, ultimately, the strange and mystical terrain of Cappadocia, he comes to understand the epochal meaning of the bone box.

My Thoughts:

This is a fast paced action filled book that takes you on a ride on how much people are dedicated to the profession of discovering lost worlds and civilizations from our past right here on Earth.

They try to get as accurate an account of how people and animals lived in such an age where all lives were very perilous and it's amazing that any of them did actually surprise. One of the last things that you need on your dig site is a conflict, especially when it involves a murder and cover-up.

The Bone Box has a double meaning and trying to figure out that mystery will also keep some people safe in today's world. If you love a story that is filled with action, violence and possibly a love interest all rolled into one, then you are going to love reading this book. It does not disappoint and you will be amazed at the lengths that some people will go to in order for them to get what they want!

Happy Reading!

Reviews:

Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller, 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest
Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller, 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards
Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller/Adventure, 2015 International Book Awards

“A…well-written, fast-paced thriller that follows in the footsteps of The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This story takes you on an incredible and dusty journey from Istanbul to ancient Ephesus, Izmir, and Cappadocia, blended with Christianity, archaeology and Islam, described with accurate detail to bring the story alive.…Jay Amberg is a master of description and intrigue…the plot and characters are believable and interesting.…keeps you guessing through each and every chapter. A cross between The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) and The Sign of the Cross (Chris Kuzneski) this is an “un-put-downable” book of the highest quality.” —Julie Hodgson, Readers’ Favorite

“A mystery of biblical proportions right down to the very last page. As the story unfolds, the characters’ histories, weaknesses, and ambitions are brought to light through their interactions with one another: the lies they tell, the crimes they are willing to commit, and the truths they are willing to confide only to the right person at the right time. And yet, as Joseph and Abrahim put themselves in harm’s way to protect what has become so precious to them, we wonder: What truths are some people willing to die for?” —Ruth Duran-Chea, San Francisco Book Review

“A reflective thriller that will leave you catching your breath while illuminating your own sense of connection with our shared past.” —Michele Fitzpatrick, Author, The Women’s Center

“The lingering questions of what’s real and what isn’t keeps the reader invested in the story. It’s not just the mystery about what’s inside the ossuary and if the artifacts are authentic.…Politics, religion, sexuality, culture, deceit, greed, and prejudices turn this thriller into a page-turner. There’s a need to find out what will happen with the bones and letters, but there’s also a desire to know what will happen to the characters.…The stories within the story demand attention and remind us that one event can be perceived rightly or wrongly from several perspectives.” —T.B. Markinson, Self-Publishing Review

“Will mystify, entrance, enthrall and captivate readers.” —Fran Lewis, Just Reviews

Praise for Jay Amberg’s novels

“Jay Amberg takes his place among the elite of this country’s suspense-adventure authors.” —Clive Cussler, for Deep Gold

“A taut thriller that will…elate readers. Brilliant.” —Midwest Book Review, for Blackbird Singing

“The final recovery scenes in the face of a raging hurricane deliver true high seas drama.” —Publishers Weekly, for Doubloon

“An inspiring call to action…” —Kirkus Reviews, for Cycle

Read an excerpt:

Uncovering the Ossuary (from Chapter 2)
The sky is cobalt, but the sun is already low—and little light reaches the trench in which the two men work. The evening air is hot and still as though it has hung there for centuries. Sweat soaks the stout man’s sleeveless T-shirt and mats the gray and white hair on his arms and shoulders. His nose is bulbous above his mustache, the top of his head bald except for long strands of hair hanging limply over his left ear. He grunts as he pushes dirt aside with his trowel. The taller, younger man is more careful, but he, too, breathes hard as he whisks dirt with his brush. The discovery, far more than the exertion, is taking his breath. He is clean-shaven; his features are fine, his black hair thick. Neither man speaks until they have completely uncovered the ancient ossuary, the bone box.
When the stout man stands, his head is still well below the trench line. He stabs the trowel into a pile of dirt, wipes his grimy hands on his pants, pulls up the front of his shirt, and smears the sweat from his face. He picks up an empty plastic water bottle, glares at it, and tosses it next to the trowel. The younger man sets his hands on his hips, catches his breath, and stares at the ossuary. The bone box, a meter long and seventy centimeters wide, seems to glow even in the trench’s shadows. Although he can’t read the words etched into the stone, he recognizes them as Aramaic. The symbols—the equal-armed cross within the circle within the six-pointed star—are familiar, but their juxtaposition is not.
As the call to prayer begins, a cirrus horsetail swirls through the rectangle of sky. The voice barely carries into the trench, but the two men turn and stand still. The heavy man murmurs prayers, and the thin one bows his head in silence, his prayer of a different sort. A prayer of both gratitude and supplication. A prayer that this ossuary is what he yearns for it to be. The cloud’s wispy tail snaps clear.
When the echo of prayer ceases, the stout man squats and digs his fingers under the corners of the bone box.
“Wait!” the young man says in Turkish. “She should be here. We must wait for her.”
Glowering across the box, the stout man grabs the hand-pick he used earlier.
“No!” The young man stoops and presses his palms on the ossuary’s lid. “She must open it.” His face reddens, and his fingers burn as though the ossuary is too sacred, too hallowed, too inviolable, to be touched by humans.
The stout man swings the pick across the young man’s knuckles.
The young man leaps back, his eyes wide. His mouth opens, but words don’t form. Blood beads on the index and middle fingers of his right hand.
The stout man leans over and jams the pick’s tip under the rim of the ossuary’s lid. As he pushes the handle with both hands, getting his weight into it, the lid creaks open. Keeping the pick in place as a wedge, he kneels and runs his stubby fingers under the lid. Stale air rises as he lifts the lid, holds it to his sweating chest, and stares into the box.
Despite himself, despite his stinging fingers and welling tears, the young man steps forward and peers into the box. Making the sign of the cross repeatedly, he takes a series of deep breaths in an unsuccessful attempt to calm himself. Blood trickles down his hand and drops, bright splotches darkening into sandy soil. Blinding sacrosanct light rises from the ossuary, weaving around them and spiraling from the trench. He glances at the stout man who is unable to see the light, runs his hand through his hair, and gazes back into the box. He cannot draw his eyes from the contents, though his pupils might at any second be seared and his skin peel away. The moment is every bit as frightening as it is exhilarating. His blood boils—the Janissary blood, the blood of his lost ancestors, the wanderers and cave dwellers alike. There is much more to this even than he imagined, much more to it than she will at first believe.


Author Bio:

Jay Amberg
Jay Amberg is the author of eleven books. He received a BA from Georgetown University and a PhD from Northwestern University. He has taught high school and college students since 1972.

His latest book, Bone Box, is now available from Amika Press. Amberg has also published Cycle, America’s Fool, Whale Song, and compiled 52 Poems for Men.

Prior to Amika Press, Amberg published thriller novels Doubloon (Forge), Blackbird Singing (Forge) and Deep Gold (Warner Books).


Among his books on teaching are School Smarts and The Study Skills Handbook, published by Good Year. Amberg wrote The Creative Writing Handbook (Good Year) with Mark Henry Larson and Verbal Review and Workbook for the SAT (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) with Robert S Boone.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

The Bronte Plot Book Review


 
I have a good solid mystery book to share with you called The Bronte Plot written by Katherine Reay.
 
Synopsis:
When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious liberties to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend, James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother, Helen, hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom as Helen confronts ghosts from her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of impossible circumstances.

Now Lucy must face her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that’s been waiting for her all along. 
My Thoughts:
 
Sometimes you just don't know until you get into a book whether you have made a good choice or not, which I learned long time ago, just go with it and let the chips fall where they may. I am not often wrong about a book or find it boring, and thankfully, this one was neither of those!
 
I have to admit that part of me kept chuckling a little bit here and there when Lucy would come up with one of her plots and she sincerely thinks she can work it out and nothing will happen.
 
She gets terribly lucky when James helps her get a position with his grandmother, but if you think this grandmother isn't up to something, then you didn't read the same book that I did. She was acting very strange and squirrely, which makes me more nervous because that means she had done something or was thinking of doing something that she thought might be the right thing to do.
 
So, it's up to James to keep her from falling flat on her face and still get the people she feels threatened her and her sense of peace! Boy, has he got his hands full!

Happy Reading!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 < http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Girl From The Train Book Review


 
I have a really good book to share with you today that will also break your heart a little but it's worth the effort to read. It's called The Girl From The Train written by Irma Joubert.
 
Synopsis:
A sweeping international love story that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over the inhumanities of war and prejudice. 
Six-year-old Gretl and her sister jump from a train bound for Auschwitz, her mother and grandmother unable to squeeze between the bars covering the windows. The daughter of a German soldier, Gretl understands very little about how her grandmother's Jewishness brought her first to the ghetto, then to the train, and now, to the Polish countryside where she wanders, searching for food and water for her dying sister. 
Soon, Gretl finds refuge with Jakob, a Polish freedom fighter, and his family, where she is sheltered until the end of the war. Gretl is then sent away to a new life, a new name, and a new faith in Apartheid-era South Africa. As she comes of age in this strange place, she confronts its prejudices as she hides the truth of her past from her new family. 
When Jakob makes his way to South Africa many years later, Gretl and Jakob are reunited in a love story that transcends time and distance and survives the ravages of hatred and war.
My Thoughts:
 
If you want a really good romance story steeped in war, then this will be the best one you have read in awhile!
 
It has the drama and heartbreak from a young girl's perspective and also the promise that things will get better. She is rescued by a kind young man named Jakob and taken to a new land where she can start over with a family that grows to love her just as much as she loves them. But, all the while, she wonders if she will ever see this man again that probably saved her from the concentration camps back in Germany.
 
One day in her future, her dreams and wondering will come to be true and from that point on, her story is one of joy and love that otherwise might not have happened at all if she hadn't been in the right place at the right time for a good and kind young man to come along and get her to safety.
 
Isn't that proof enough sometimes that God does work in mysterious ways sometimes and there are angels among us that are actually alive and well.
 
Happy Reading!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 < http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Santa's Big Sweepstakes**Closed**


 
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·         Santa is Coming to My House
 
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Here are some book spotlights:
 
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Daniel Kirk
$29.99 personalized book
Hardcover
 
It’s the night before Christmas and Father Mouse is stirring in YOUR house to the sound of Santa Claus and eight tiny reindeer! Cozy up as Father Mouse shares his story of what happens next. You’ll get a peek at Santa and a glimpse of your gifts under the tree, too. With illustrations that began as original ink drawings, this new spin on a classic Christmas tale is sure to be a hit for the holidays!
 
Personalize ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with a name, picture, and cheerful dedication message to welcome this Christmas season with a new holiday tradition for the entire family. 
 
Our Little Deer by Sandra Magsamen
$29.99 personalized book
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Your little “deer” will always know how dear they are to your heart with this special personalized book!
 
Families will love snuggling up together to read this adorable, personalized book that shows your little one just how special they are. Cute, holiday illustrations and sweet messages of love will have everyone smiling in good cheer!
 
Show your little star how bright they shine with Sandra Magsamen’s Our Little Deer—personalized with your child’s name and photo, and a special dedication page with a message from you! Share a whole lot of love with your little “deer” this holiday season and all the way through the years ahead!
 
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$29.99 personalized book
Hardcover
 
Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner! Your child will light up with joy when they see their name woven into the story with Santa and his elves! Give the gift of a personalized storybook this year by turning your son or daughter into the star of this exciting new holiday classic that soars through Santa’s journey as he delivers presents.
 
Personalize the story with your child’s name and create a special dedication page with a photo and message from you.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things Book Review


 
Title: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee
Publisher: Martina McAtee
Pages: 450
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is. 
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death. 
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
My Thoughts:
 
I wasn't sure what this book was going to be about and I hoped and prayed it wouldn't be something like that Children of the Corn type of book, because it just gives me the heebie jeebies when I read stories or see movies like that! Thank Goodness this was an honest to goodness YA Fantasy type romance story between all kinds of supernatural creatures, some I have heard about and some are newly discovered.
 
Ember really has had a rough life and she really never has understood who she is or where she comes from until her 2 cousins come a calling and save her life from a soul eating monster. Her life suddenly goes from being dull and lonely to full on noisy and nosey with all kinds of things she didn't even know was possible and it started with her parents and their sad little story.
 
And to make matters even more interesting, she has a love interest that neither she nor the soul eater are willing to admit really exists and that they really do like each other. There will come a time when that will be tested and Ember fails miserably while surprisingly, the soul eater rises to the occasion.
 
I will warn you though, that there will be another book, so the story isn't finished just yet, but I am very glad it's not, because I can't wait to see how Ember and Mace somehow manage to get their act together and find their way back to each other! That will be one book I definitely won't be missing!
 
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
 
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she’s reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.
 
Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things is set to release on August 31st, 2015. She is currently working on the second book in the series, Your Soul to Take, due to release in 2016.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gratitude Giveaway Hop**Closed**


 
Hosted by Bookhounds & I Am A Reader
  
Welcome to the Gratitude Book Giveaway Hop and Mary's Cup of Tea! 
 
I have a really awesome book to share with you for my giveaway. I had actually won 2 of the same book, so my good luck will benefit one reader with a hard cover book written by James Patterson and it's called Alert, his newest book! It's so new that even I haven't had a chance to read my copy but I think everyone knows that James Patterson writes some seriously good books.
 
Below is the cover and I also provided a link to the book on Amazon if you need to read a sample of what the book is about. Since this is a hard cover book (not a paperback) I can only ship within the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Freaks of Nature Book Review


 
I have a really good book to share with you but in some ways it's a very disturbing book in
what actions are taken against teens just because they are different. The book is called Freaks of Nature written by Wendy Brotherlin.
 
Synopsis:
The global Ebola-X pandemic of 2022 lasted five months, two weeks, and six days before a cure could be found. In its wake, it left a generation of psionic freaks, who can turn a single thought into a weapon...or worse.    
Fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams is one of those freaks, but Devon rates a big fat zero on the scale of cool psychic abilities. Days after escaping from his psionic detainment facility, the military intercepts him. Regaining consciousness, Devon finds himself restrained aboard a military airship headed toward certain death.    
Aboard this one-way flight to doom are six other psions. One of them, a telepath named Bai Lee Chen, claims to have the means to escape. All the others have to do is convince her that they're worthy of freedom by allowing her to telepathically replay their memories.  
The last thing Devon wants to do is reveal his useless plant-talking prowess to this destroy-you-with-a-thought crew. To complicate matters further, he's crushing hard on Alya, the group's lovely healer. Devon knows he must keep his wits about him if he's going to survive this wild ride. And that's going to be a tricky thing to do around a telepath who seems to have a diabolical agenda all her own.
My Thoughts:

This book actually was very good. I wasn't so sure at first. But, once I got into the story, I became more invested in it and wanted these kids to make it through all the bad stuff that is going on around them.

These kids are hunted down by a force that torments them if they out if they were Freaks. But, then of course, they were just bullies and in the end, they get what they deserved. I am very particular in what I read. I really prefer not to read about the awful things that people do to children. This one wasn't too bad and they were older children and learned how to handle it.

I wish I could write more to convince you it really is worth reading, but I would hate to give away the whole book. I have a feeling that there may be another book or two coming down the pipeline giving us a little more excitement!

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Wendy Brotherlin is a screenwriter, music enthusiast and all around geek-goddess. She earned a Masters in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and went on to write for children's television including Nickelodeon's ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?. Today, she lives in Manchester, Maine with her husband and two little super-heroes-in-training. FREAKS OF NATURE is her first novel.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.