Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Review: NEW CAVIAR by Stephany Brandt 5

5 Stars

NEW CAVIAR  is a thought-provoking speculative near-future  tale, whose conclusions and denouement truly made my blood run cold and my spine chill. Narrated  without violence  nor gore, nonetheless  it is terrifying.  The characterizations  are immensely well-defined. The plot, rather unexpectedly, is realistic; and approached so subtly that the  reader is caught  up  in the unfolding.  A story quite difficult to forget.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Review: ITSY BITSY by John Ajvide Lindqvist

4 Stars

ITSY BITSY is a very short story loaded with the unexpected twistiness  I've come to expect from this author, who certainly imagines the world in ways very different from Consensus Reality. (If you'd like an example, try his recent novel I AM BEHIND YOU.) 

I sympathized with the feckless protagonist, a down-and-outer who just wants a break. Eventually he finds all of his problems solved, but in the worst way. 

The ebook edition I read contains previews of two of his novels, HANDLING THE UNDEAD and HARBOR. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Review: ASSUNTA by Michael Greco

3 Stars

Modern society may not consider 14th-century Dante's Divina Comedia "comic" in today's sense, nor find the apocalyptic novel ASSUNTA comic. However, as the author notes, in Medieval times "Comedy" was simply diametric to "Tragedy": or, "not everyone dies at the end." ASSUNTA follows this precept as a brilliant scientist seeks to overturn a plague caused by an Act of Nature.

Monday, December 23, 2019


5 Multiversal Stars!

I adore Lovecraftiana, Cosmic Horror, anything involving Quantum Physics, so CHRISTMAS EVE IN THE MULTIVERSE proved exactly what I wanted. No, not horror; but quantum physics, history, tongue-in-cheek subtle humour, and exemplary characterizations. What a riot! Must read more!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Review: AIN'T NO MESSIAH by Mark Tullius

4 Stars
Speculative Fiction

A childhood of terrific abuse--physical, psychological, emotional, religious; and a lifetime of near-fatal/should have been fatal "accidents":  is it coincidence or divine miracle? Is Joshua just "lucky" or is he indestructible?

A roiling exposure of religious mania and peeling off layers of psychopathological child abuse spirals into an explosive heartstopping conclusion.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Review: BREACH OF FAITH by Daniel Gibbs (Breach of Faith Book 2)

5 Stars!!

BREACH OF FAITH is Book 2 in Daniel Gibbs' newest series, BREACH OF FAITH. [Book 1 is BREACH OF PEACE; BOOK 3 will be BREACH OF DUTY, in January 2020..]

Commitment to the ideology  of Individualism battles commitment to the ideology of Society driving the worlds-dominating League of Sol. A spacer captain of integrity and his eclectic crew rescue an agent with essential intelligence, face planetside danger, then escape to rally the most extreme individualists: pirates and privateers. Heart-in-mouth non-stop action, politics and political terrorism, and religious conflicts fuel another 
exciting and thought-provoking Science Fiction Space Opera Adventure from expert author Daniel Gibbs.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Review: SMOKE AND DAGGER by Douglas Wynne_Spectra Files Prequel

5 Starry Wisdom Stars!

Prequel to the SPECTRA FILES, a series I could hope will continue unto the End of Time...what is more adventurous than hard-core Lovecraftiana? 1948--in the post-WWII era, a young Barnard College anthropology  student on her own search for truth is recruited into a secret wisdom society to spy on a West Coast rocket engineer, a sort of California version of Aleister Crowley, determined on opening a portal to the Great Old Ones. He must be stopped, before the end of the world As We Know It...

Douglas Wynne again delivers a story I can't put down. Just ponder "What If?"

Monday, December 2, 2019

Review: AMIDST ALIEN STARS by Clayton Graham (Milijun #2)

5 Stars!

Admirable world-building and the unsurpassable, indefatigable, drive of the human Spirit to not just survive, but to thrive, power this engrossing sequel to the author's debut science fiction, MILIJUN. On an orbiting compound above a vastly alien planet, abducted humans must discern with the old X-FILES precept: "Trust No One."   

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review_ HOLLOW HEART by Ben Eads

4 Stars
Release: Nov. 29 2019
A novella of Cosmic Nightmare resonating with both tones of Lovecraft and of Kazuo Ishiguro's THE BURIED GIANT, HOLLOW HEART has as its focus several Marine Veterans of Iraq, physically and/or emotionally disabled, living in a formerly quiet Florida trailer park, an area now compelled by the century-plus immortal known as The Architect, a being gardening with death to awaken a buried god and institute a new age of hell on earth.   

Monday, November 25, 2019


5 Stars
The recently orphaned (six months prior)  seventeen-year-old mixed-heritage Victoria Adelaide Marmot is an adorably snarky and feisty high school senior on a quest announced by a goddess. A student of mixed martial arts since age 10 and a lifelong fluency in Spanish due to her father may or may not serve her well as she embarks on her own Hero's Journey in the peaceful mountain city of Flagstaff, Arizona, where she now inhabits the home her recently deceased parents bequeathed her. Her adventures will surely appeal to all lovers of urban fantasy or Potteresque schools. 

BAD RIDDANCE Book 1: BRENT by Robert Caryl

5 Stars!
A riveting from Page One action-packed futuristic science fiction mastery/thriller, loaded with multiple plot strings and many characters and nonstop action, BAD RIDDANCE is filled with characters who can instantly travel anywhere by portals and instantaneously change identities by faceskins. This is BAD RIDDANCE BOOK 1! Eagerly awaiting more!!

Review: BREACH OF PEACE by Daniel Gibbs [BREACH OF FAITH #1]

5 Stars Plus!!

BREACH OF PEACE is the first in the brand-new BREACH OF FAITH series from accomplished author Daniel Gibbs [ECHOES OF WAR Series]. It's an enthralling blend of literary fiction (his descriptions of space and of human psychology are luminous) and of hard science fiction, with action and space adventures. Always he brings us strong characters, women and men of integrity, leadership, morality; individuals we admire and would do well to emulate.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Review: BORDER PATROL by Rod Galindo

5 Stars

An entertaining and imaginative short story involving a long-term space exploration...and totally unexpected Alien First Contact. The science is fascinating and the crew is humanized, including the tongue-in-cheek humorous Android Science Officer.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Review_BOTTLED LIGHTNING by Philip Harris

5 Stars+!

This superb Science Fiction short story took a totally unexpected mind-boggling twist, which blew me away. The characters are well-developed, the suspense mounts--and then, an explosive denouement. Wonderful! Much more than 5 stars!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tour_DAY ZERO by Kelly DeVos


Dr. Doomsday’s Guide to Ultimate Survival
Rule One: Always be prepared.
I exhale in relief when MacKenna pulls the car into the Halliwell’s Market parking lot. Because of the Sugar Sales Permit waiting list, old stores like these are the only places that carry Extra Jolt soda. I have to buy it myself, because Mom won’t keep any in the house.
She thinks too much caffeine rots your brain or something. Halliwell’s is a squat brown building that sits across the street from the mall and is next door to the town’s only skyscraper.
The First Federal Building was supposed to be the first piece of a suburban business district designed to rival the hip boroughs of New York. The mayor announced the construction of a movie theater, an apartment complex and an indoor aquarium. But the New Depression hit, and the other buildings never materialized.
The First Federal Building alone soars toward the clouds, an ugly glass rectangle visible from every neighborhood, surrounded by the old town shops that have been there forever. Most of the stores are empty.
We park in front of the market.
Our car nestles in the long shadow of the giant bank building.
Charles gets out and stands on the sidewalk in front of the car.
MacKenna opens her door. She hesitates again. “Listen, I know you might not want to hear this or believe it. But my book report wasn’t about hurting you or getting revenge. I’m trying to get you to see what’s really happening here. That Carver’s election is the start of something bad. We could use you at the rally. You’re one of the few people who understands Dr. Doomsday’s work. You could explain what he did. How he helped Carver cheat to win.”
I’ve been planning this raid for months,” I say. My stomach churns, sending uncomfortable flutters through my insides. I don’t know what it would mean to talk about my father’s work. What I really want to do is pretend it doesn’t exist. Pretend the world is normal and whole.
I reassure myself with the reminder that there’s no way MacKenna is going to the rally either.
Out of the corner of my eye, I see Charles give us a small wave. Before MacKenna can say anything else, I get out and grab my backpack.
Inside Halliwell’s, I pick up a blue basket from the stack near the door. The small market is busy and full of other people shopping after school or work. The smell of pine cleaner hits me as we pass the checkout stations. They are super serious about germs and always cleaning between customers.
I leave MacKenna and Charles at the Click N’Grow rack near the door to check out the seed packets that my brother collects. Dad got Charles hooked on this computerized gardening that uses an e-tablet and a series of tiny indoor lights to create the ideal indoor planter box. Each week, they release a new set of exclusive seeds. Their genetic modifications are controversial.
All the soda is in large coolers that line one of the walls of the market. They keep the strange stuff in the corner. Expensive root beers. Ramune imported from Japan. And! Extra! Jolt! I put a few bottles of strawberry in my basket. I snag some grape too. For a second, I consider buying a couple of bottles of doughnut flavor. But that sounds like too much, even for me. The chips are in the next aisle. I load up on cheese puffs and spicy nacho crisps.
MacKenna and Charles are still at the rack near the door, and I try to squeeze by them without attracting any notice. I usually don’t buy unhealthy snacks when I’m with my brother. I smuggle them in my backpack and have a special hiding space in my desk.
My brother has type 1 diabetes, and he’s supposed to check his blood sugar after meals. He can have starchy or sugary snacks only when his glucose level is good or on special occasions.
MacKenna grimaces at a packet of seeds in her hands. “I still don’t like this one. It’s pretty. But still. It’s…carnivorous.”
I have to hand it to her. She really does have a look. She’s pale and white, like me, but she manages to seem like she’s doing it on purpose and not because she’s some kind of vampire- movie reject. Her glossy black hair always rests in perfect waves, and if the journalism thing doesn’t work out, she could definitely have a career in fashion design.
Charles smiles at her. “It’s a new kind of pitcher plant. Like the Cobra Lily.” He points to the picture on the front of the seed packet. “Look at the blue flowers. That’s new.”
It eats other plants,” MacKenna says.
You eat plants.”
But I don’t eat people,” MacKenna says. “There’s got to be some kind of natural law that says you shouldn’t eat your own kind.”
Charles giggles.
So far so good. Until.
My brother trots up behind me and dumps a few packs of seeds in my basket. His gaze lands on my selection of soda and chips. “Can I get some snacks too?”
I freeze. “What’s your number?”
Charles pretends he can’t hear me. That’s not a good sign.
Charles, what’s your number?”
He still doesn’t look at me. “I forgot my monitor today.”
Well, I have mine.” I kneel down and dig around for the spare glucometer I keep in the front pocket of my backpack. By the time I get it out, MacKenna has already pulled Charles out of his blazer and rolled up the sleeve of his blue dress shirt. I wave the device over the small white sensor disk attached to my brother’s upper arm.
After a few seconds, the glucometer beeps and a number displays on the screen.
Crap. Crap. Crap.
Charles! What did you eat today?”
My brother’s face turns red. “They were having breakfast-for-lunch day at school. Everyone else was having pancakes. Why can’t I have pancakes?”
I sigh. Something about his puckered up little face keeps me from reminding him that if he eats too much sugar he could die. “You know what Mom said. If you eat something you’re not supposed to, you have to get a pass and go to the nurse for your meds.”
My brother’s shoulders slump. “I couldn’t go to the nurse. Hummingbirds were visiting the Chuparosa and…”
Charles is on the verge of tears and frowns even more deeply at the sight of my basket full of junk food.
Look,” I say. “There are plenty of healthy snacks we can eat. I’ll put this stuff back.”
That’s right,” MacKenna says, giving Charles’s hand a squeeze. “We can get some popcorn. Yogurt. Um, I saw some really delicious-looking fresh pears back there.”
And they have the cheese cubes you like,” I add.
We go around the store replacing the cheese puffs and soda with healthy stuff. I hesitate when I have to put back the Extra Jolt, but I really don’t want to make my brother feel bad because I can drink sugary stuff and he can’t.
We pay for the healthy snacks and the seed packets.
I grab the bags and move toward the market’s sliding doors.
I end up ahead of them, waiting outside by the car and facing the store. The shopping center behind Halliwell’s is mostly empty. The shoe store went out of business last year. Strauss Stationers, where everyone used to buy their fancy wedding invitations, closed two years before that. The fish ’n’ chips drive-through is doing okay and has a little crowd in front of the take-out window. Way off in the distance, Saba’s is still open, because in Arizona, cowboy boots and hats aren’t considered optional.
I watch MacKenna and Charles step out of the double doors and into the parking lot. Two little dimples appear on MacKenna’s cheeks when she smiles. Charles has a looseness to his walk. His arms dangle.
There’s a low rumble, like thunder from a storm that couldn’t possibly exist on this perfectly sunny day.
Something’s wrong
In the reflection of the market’s high, shiny windows, I see something happening in the bank building next door. Some kind of fire burning in the lower levels. A pain builds in my chest and I force air into my lungs. My vision blurs at the edges. It’s panic, and there isn’t much time before it overtakes me.
The muscles in my legs tense and I take off at a sprint, grabbing MacKenna and Charles as I pass. I haul them along with me twenty feet or so into the store. We clear the door and run past a man and a woman frozen at the sight of what’s going on across the street.
I desperately want to look back.
But I don’t.
A scream.
A low, loud boom.
My ears ring.
The lights in the store go off.
I’ve got MacKenna by the strap of her maxidress and Charles by the neck. We feel our way in the dim light. The three of us crouch and huddle together behind a cash counter. A few feet in front of us, the cashier who checked us out two minutes ago is sitting on the floor hugging her knees.
We’re going to die.
Charles’s mouth is wide-open. His lips move. He pulls at the sleeve of my T-shirt.
I can’t hear anything.
It takes everything I’ve got to force myself to move.
Leaning forward. Pressing my face into the plywood of the store counter, I peek around the corner using one eye to see out the glass door. My eyelashes brush against the rough wood, and I grip the edge to steady myself. I take in the smell of wood glue with each breath.
Hail falls in the parking lot. I realize it’s glass.
My stomach twists into a hard knot.
It’s raining glass.
That’s the last thing I see before a wave of dust rolls over the building.
Leaving us in darkness.

Excerpted from Day Zero by Kelly deVos, Copyright © 2019 by Kelly deVos. Published by Inkyard Press.

Review: 5 Stars!

DAY ZERO is fascinating! I've been devoted to Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic genres since I devoured Philip Wylie's TOMORROW at the age of ten and was rendered permanently terrified. DAY ZERO has been compared to Susan Beth Pfeffer's LIFE AS WE KNOW IT Series, but I am pleasantly reminded of Emmy Laybourne's MONUMENT 14. Two siblings (one diabetic and likely Asperger's) and their stepsister; teacher mom; emotionally distant stepdad; and prepper-survivalist dad--in a world suddenly erupting in inexplicable violence, anarchy, and chaos. Tell me: what is there NOT to love? 

Absorbing in-the-midst-of-Apocalypse Dystopiana: find it right here. It is Day Zero, indeed.  

Book Info:

Author: Kelly deVos
ISBN:  978-1335008480
Publication Date: 11/12/19
Publisher: Inkyard Press
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Social Links:
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Author Bio: KELLY DEVOS is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the "50 Best Summer Reads of All Time" by Reader's Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins.

Kelly's work has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Salon, Vulture and Bustle.

Book Summary:

Don’t miss the exhilarating new novel from the author of Fat Girl on a Plane, featuring a fierce, bold heroine who will fight for her family and do whatever it takes to survive. Fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It series and Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series will cheer for this fast-paced, near-future thrill ride.
If you’re going through hell…keep going.

Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.

But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


5 Stars!

Superb! I hope this far-thinking, inclusive Sci Fi series never ends. Why I delayed in reading it I surely don't know. I read this novel in 2 days and am racing to read the next two in the Series. So capably written, such tremendous world-building (multiply!) and LGBTQ! inclusivity! I won't be forgetting this novel for a long time--if ever!

I am amazed by the hard science, the worlds and cultures, the characters, the extraordinary writing gift. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Review: REFLECT by Mark Janas

5 stars

An intricately woven and engrossing novel with historical, paranormal, and horror elements against a contemporary North Georgia in October 2018, REFLECT made it easy to empathize with its characters and to suspend any disbelief. It has a wide range of appeal due to these many disparate elements, including to those like me who are fascinated by "submerged villages" or "submerged homes."

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Review: THE SUNKEN TOWER by Tait Howard

Review: 4 Stars

Young wizard Digby, homeless and hungry, fails at thievery and trash-picking, leaving him vulnerable to an odd creature's abduction. Turns out, despite his scrawniness, Dig is sufficient for sacrifice, when combined with 2 previously captured victims. However, despite his current circumstances and general fecklessness, Dig does have an ace: Magic.

THE SUNKEN TOWER is a graphic novel written, illustrated, and colored by author Tait Howard.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


I saw this novel more as a Social History, in an Anthropological or Sociological sense, rather than as near-future science fiction. I thought it examined what various people think (or react in a knee-jerk sense), as what happens unfolds in the background. The drive to "personhood" I found admirable. It's the method of fulfilling that which troubles the characters, as would be the case in consensus reality.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


What excellent world-building! PROCYON SHATTERED is an exciting and engrossing science fiction novel, first in a series, starring a female protagonist extremely strong in character and dedicated, plus villains ranging from the banal con artist to actual evil. The translation from the original French reads enticingly.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Review: DARK ANGELS PREY by Elizabeth Genovese

DARK ANGEL PREY is a mystical and metaphysical, multicultural, novel occurring in 2 states and 2 countries (U.S. and Canada). Joe is a special individual marked by an angel guide since he was orphaned on his 10th birthday. In contrast to some, Joe maintains dedication to his purpose, whatever it may be. At twenty he unexpectedly finds himself in Quebec, Canada, prepared to battle spiritually for the soul and well-being of a ten-year-old boy.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review_KEEP THE FAITH (ECHOES OF WAR BOOK 5) by Daniel Gibbs


Since Book 1, Daniel Gibbs' ECHOES OF WAR has become my "go-to" series for exciting military fiction with a strong underpinning of faith (multiple believers in multiple religions) and a protagonist exemplifying moral integrity and compassion and protection for his ship and his crew.

In KEEP THE FAITH, Colonel David Cohen and crew of CSV Lion of Judah face a more insidious foe and conspiracy "in high places." Reflecting today's opioid epidemic, a new recreational drug has been released on the pleasure planet Gilead, so potent addiction is immediate, so deadly that every addict dies within a year--100% fatality. What's behind this epidemic is horrifying and ultimately dangerous to any who try to stop it.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: NETTED by S. J. Higbee

An exciting futuristic science fiction, where all law-abiding citizens are neurally connected (hence, "Netted") and the minority not so are considered outlaws and outliers. Human nature hasn't changed much: greed, cupidity, and conspiracy still exist. Life among the Netted isn't necessarily secure, especially not for the gifted.

S. J. Higbee has a true talent both for suspension of disbelief (her settings seem so real and possible) and of drawing empathetic characters.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


THE BIGFOOT SINGULARITY is an immensely exciting nonstop near future science fiction involving Bigfoot, Native American tribes, prehistory, Artificial Intelligence, and alien technology. I read it breathlessly.

Monday, September 23, 2019


This novel is a miracle! Fascinating--inspiring--truly spirit-lifting. I read it on a day I was feeling low, and as the story unfolded, so too did the wings of my spirit lift, with encouragement and inspiration and hope.

I am so grateful for readers' expanded capacity to acquire diverse literature. This novel is a fine example.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review_THE WATER-DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Seldom have I encountered a book so lyrically beautiful, so breathtakingly compelling, so delineating of "both sides of the story," the lives and travails of both "the Tasked" (slaves) and the privileged planter class of pre-Civil War Virginia. Heartwrenching and heartpounding, there is yet a greater joy in store as the novel unfurls. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates is now a member of my personal pantheon of awe-inspiring geniuses, along with the late Stephen Hawking, Tim Powers, John Connolly, and Victor LaValle.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Review: LOVE, PRIDE, VIRTUE, AND FATE by Bharat Krishnan

I don't have much background in Hindu Mythology. Of course I've read of Krishna and Kali, and other personages and events in passing. But I didn't know much, so I am delighted with the newest release from author Bharat Krishnan, whom I discovered earlier this year when I serendipitously read his novel OASIS. 

Here Mr. Krishnan delivers a delectable banquet of 26 anecdotal stories exploring various fascinating aspects of Hindu Mythology, in a fashion that is updated for our contemporary 21st century consciousness and culture.  

goodreads review

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Review_ SHIFT by Chris Dolley

5 Stars!

SHIFT is an immensely intriguing near-futuristic science fiction novel interweaving metaphysics and higher levels of science. With engaging characters and an amazing story line which maintains readers' attention throughout. I anticipate more "thinking Science Fiction" from this author. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review_MANTIVORE DREAMS by S. J. Higbee

August 28 2019 Release

What I enjoyed even more than the Science Fiction Fantasy, the new species, and the superb world-building, was the incredible literate imagery throughout. Reading MANTIVORE DREAMS was equivalent to reading Science Fiction in prose poetry, reveling in lyrical imagery. Anticipating Book 2!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

DIVERSE SIMILARITY by Sharon Rose_Review

Diverse Similarity Diverse Similarity by Sharon Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A winning combination of well-written and engaging "hard science" and heart, this science fiction novel presents a strong female protagonist with moral integrity and values, with whom readers can readily identify, along with an engrossing plot and wonderfully executed world building.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019


2019: August 1-31

SciFi for the third month,
Horror always,
And Rock those ARCs!!

Books Completed:

THE MURALS by William Bayer--ARC
ROSEMARY'S BABY by Ira Levin. 1967 hardcover
DEAD SILENCE by Wendi Corsi Staub--read for Rising Stars Book Club at Writing.com. also Canadian Book Challenge
A HAUNTING IN ROSE GROVE by Rockwell Scott. ----Georgia
NANNY by Rockwell Scott
THE TOLL by Cherie Priest--ARC
LONDON by Isabel Knowles--publisher review
FORGOTTEN BONES by Vivian Barz. ARC. August 1 release.
PALE WHITE by Chad Lutzke. Publisher ARC. September 27 release.
THE OCTOBER MAN by Ben Aaronovitch--ARC
LIES SLEEPING by Ben Aaronovitch--ARC
THE GIRL ON THE PORCH by Richard Chizmar--ARC
WALES by Isabel Knowles
STATE OF LIES by Siri Mitchell--ARC.
THE LEADEN HEART by Chris Nickson--ARC.
GHOSTER by Jason Arnopp--ARC.
IQ by Joe Ide--ARC.
CRYPTOCURRENCY by Reginald G. Phillips.--publisher review.
COMBUSTIBLE PUNCH by Paul Michael Peters--ARC.
KILLING FIRE by Faye Snowden.--ARC.
ABANDONED: A GHOST STORY by Carol McMahon (short story 16K).
FIRE LAKE by J. C. Paulson--Canadian Challenge.
NOW YOU SEE ME by Chris McGeorge--ARC.
THE DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS by Elizabeth Murray, Ph.D.--ARC.
NOW YOU SEE ME by Jean Bedford--ARC.
HAUNTED MINE by Carrie Bates.
WATERMELON SNOW by William Liggett--Cli-Fi.
MANTIVORE DREAMS by S. J. Higbee--Author ARC.
COME AND GET ME by August Norman--ARC.
THE FOURTH MONKEY by J. D. Barker--reread (original reading August 2017; reread prior to reading THE FIFTH TO DIE and THE SIXTH WICKED CHILD --both ARCs-- in "Sequel September.").

Saturday, July 13, 2019


The House on Xenia (A Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery Series) by Rita Moreau
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The House on Xenia
(A Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery Series)
by Rita Moreau

About the Book

The House on Xenia (A Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Independently Published (May 8, 2019)
Paperback: 332 pages
ISBN-10: 1096120712
ISBN-13: 978-1096120711
Digital Print Length: 209 pages
ASIN: B07R9Q682Y

A government conspiracy. A life-threatening secret. Can a psychic accountant balance the books of justice?

Mary Catherine “MC” Mahoney prefers numbers to her supernatural powers. But when a cold-case corpse shows up under her cousin’s family home, the only calculations that add up are paranormal. And deep within the floorboards of the house on Xenia, MC and her madcap Greek family uncover evidence pointing to visitors from another planet…

Pursued by military agents intent on keeping the secrets buried, MC will have to play by the house’s rules to expose the alien mystery. And there’s only one member of the family who can get to the hidden truth…

Can MC reveal the cover-up, or will a dangerous hush job close her books forever?

The House on Xenia is a standalone novel in the Mary Catherine Mahoney cozy mystery series. If you like psychic female sleuths, crazy family antics, and long lost aliens, then you’ll love Rita Moreau’s quirky tale.

About the Author

Rita Moreau is the author of the Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery series.

A workaholic by nature, upon retirement, Rita Moreau began work on her bucket list, writing a book. Traveling the national parks with her husband George in a vintage Bluebird motor home, (on George’s list), Rita completed her first novel Bribing Saint Anthony. Back home she completed Nuns! Psychics! & Gypsies! OH! NO, Feisty Nuns, The Russian & Aunt Sophia and The House on Xenia. Rita and her husband live in a postcard called Florida where he has fun telling everyone he is the author’s husband. When not writing she joins PatZi Gil on the Joy on Paper radio program with Book Buzz Mysteries or you can find her teaching fitness classes and doing her best to keep busy. She loves connecting with readers.

Visit her at www.RitaMoreau.com or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RitaMoreauAuthor. She would love to hear from you.

Author Links

Website – http://www.ritamoreau.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RitaMoreauAuthor/

Blog – http://www.radio-joyonpaper.com/book-buzz-mysteries/

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6587803.Rita_Moreau

Purchase Links – Amazon

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My Review:

We've all heard of Haunted houses: houses that seem to live and breathe,  and often are inimical, even dangerous, to inhabitants. What about a house that is kind, compassionate, warm-hearted, protective? Such is The House on Xenia, a full-sized YaYa (Greek grandmother). It's also very much extraordinary, and I consider it the protagonist of this cozy mystery featuring generations of strong Greek women in Dayton, Ohio and Florida, also starring in a supporting role: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, home to Hangar 13. Bring on those conspiracy theories! 


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Review: WANDERERS by Chuck Wendig

I was enrapt with this novel from Page 1, and throughout the 800 pages (ebook) and three days of engrossed reading, my interest never flagged. Science fiction (near future to contemporary), science, politics, anthropology, sociology, human evil: you can find it all here. Author Wendig paints on a vast canvas and does so enthralling. WANDERERS is a book not to be forgotten.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28684704-dark-matter" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Dark Matter" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1455140434m/28684704.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28684704-dark-matter">Dark Matter</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/442240.Blake_Crouch">Blake Crouch</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1470633109">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
DARK MATTER is every bit as enthralling as the author's newer novel RECURSION, and is just as intellectually stretching and stimulating, as our hero works his way through multiple probabilities, or worlds, trying to return to his own from which he had been abducted. I think one of the most glorious aspects of DARK MATTER is the many incredibly detailed environments which the author so giftedly paints, in fine and exquisite detail.
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Review: RECURSION by Blake Crouch

Release June 11 2019

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42046112-recursion" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Recursion" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1543687940m/42046112.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42046112-recursion">Recursion</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/442240.Blake_Crouch">Blake Crouch</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2725649160">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
RECURSION is awesome! This is fact in both senses: the contemporary version, and as in awe-inspiring. Blake Crouch takes consensus reality and twists it "every which way but loose," as he deals an unstoppable hand of Quantum Physics dealt by a megalomaniac multibillionaire and powered by the sharpest research intellect currently alive, who are not entirely on the same path, one being motivated by sociopathy beyond normal ken; the other by compassion for suffering humans.<br /><br /><br />RECURSION is engrossing, riveting, fascinating. Fans of Neal Stephenson will find it enlightening. I highly recommend it!
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Tour_DEEP PAST by Eugene Linden

Deep Past: A Novel by Eugene Linden

Deep Past: A Novel
by Eugene Linden

I was drawn in by the interesting find, and the political intrigue kept me reading. Deep Past isn’t a non-stop action thriller, but once I got started I needed to know how it all turned out.
~The Book’s the Thing

About the Book

Deep Past: A Novel
RosettaBooks (May 14, 2019)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1948122375
ISBN-13: 978-1948122375
Digital ASIN: B07PMF4Y17
If nature could invent intelligence of our scale in a blink of geologic time, who’s to say it hasn’t been done before…
A routine dig in Kazakhstan takes a radical turn for thirty-two-year-old anthropologist Claire Knowland when a stranger turns up at the site with a bizarre find from a remote section of the desolate Kazakh Steppe. Her initial skepticism of this mysterious discovery gives way to a realization that the find will shake the very foundations of our understanding of evolution and intelligence.
Corrupt politics of Kazakhstan force Claire to take reckless chances with the discovery. Among the allies she gathers in her fight to save herself and bring the discovery to light is Sergei Anachev, a brilliant but enigmatic Russian geologist who becomes her unlikely protector even as he deals with his own unknown crisis.
Ultimately, Claire finds herself fighting not just for the discovery and her academic reputation, but for her very life as great power conflict engulfs the unstable region and an unscrupulous oligarch attempts to take advantage of the chaos.
Drawing on Eugene Linden’s celebrated non-fiction investigations into what makes humans different from other species, this international thriller mixes fact and the fantastical, the realities of academic politics, and high stakes geopolitics—engaging the reader every step of the way.

About the Author

Eugene Linden is an award-winning journalist and author on science, nature, and the environment. Deep Past draws on his long career in non-fiction as the author of ten books, including his celebrated works on animal intelligence and climate change: Apes, Men, and Language, the New York Times “Notable Book” Silent Partners, and the bestselling The Parrot’s Lament. His book, Winds of Change, which explored the connection between climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations, was awarded the Grantham Prize Special Award of Merit. For many years, Linden wrote about nature and global environmental issues for TIME where he garnered several awards including the American Geophysical Union’s Walter Sullivan Award. He has also contributed to the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and National Geographic, among many other publications.

Author Link
Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Rosetta Books
My Review: 5 Stars
When, early in the first few pages, I read that something has been uncovered in a forlorn, isolated, region of the world (specifically, the Kazahk Steppes), immediately I knew I was embarking on a suspense-laden thrill ride. What was revealed? Why shouldn't it have been discovered? What does this mean for humanity and the world at large?

All these burning questions ignited my intrigue, and this thoughtful (and thought-provoking), literate exposition in a thriller maintained my close attention throughout. Afterwards, I found myself lost in the possibilities: What If? DEEP PAST is a novel we all ought to read and consider.

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