Book Review – IT CALLS TO ME

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It Calls to Me by Victoria Walsh is a paranormal thriller that is sure to keep you guessing. The core of the novel revolves around a curse and a young girl’s determination to uncover the truth. She dedicates years of research to understand a town tragedy and the leader who led to its demise. Ultimately, she reveals the basis of a curse that has kept her family in paranormal bondage for generations. There is an underlying theme of overcoming family demons, battling isolation, and prevailing as the victor. Look elsewhere for warm family stories. Here, they are
non-existent.

The basis of the story is intriguing and unique but needs more substance-meat on the bones. The frequent time jumps prevent connection with the protagonist, and specific aspects of the story were confusing, while some trajectories were never fully explained. In the end, I was left wishing for more ‘thriller’ to the paranormal.

It Calls to Me will appeal to those looking for a light paranormal read minus the intensity often associated with paranormal thrillers.

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Book Review – BAG LADIES

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Bag Ladies by Jean Lant is the charming story of one woman’s tumultuous but humorous employment with a corrupt Las Vegas law office. Amid her employer’s questionable payment methods, a bond is forged with a fellow co-worker. The two women affectionately label themselves ‘bag ladies.’ Her boss’ shady activity prompts an early move, but state lines do not stop bullets.

Jean Lant’s story is sincere and entertaining. It is perfect for an afternoon read.
Comfortable and endearing, it left me with a smile on my face. The friendships are a
delight, and the encounters with unsavory characters are frequent. Blind loyalty
proves to be hazardous to her character’s well-being.

If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is DEFINATELY a duck! Work at your
own risk.

Scheduled for release December 2, 2019

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Book Review-THE LAST QUMRANIAN

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The Last Qumranian by Joe Basile seamlessly merges science fiction with biblical facts. The misuse of a quantum orb creates an alternate reality, one in which the Messiah never existed. Lukas, a guardian of God’s Truth, is forced to seek refuge in the world Above after the Underground falls during a military siege. Destitute and alone, he is painfully introduced to the Consortium’s way of life. Can Lukas retrieve the stolen orb, rewrite history, and rescue his cousins from the ultimate evil?

I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. The tension flows with ease, and the characters are memorable. Lukas’ ability as a Hedge Master to crush bones and sever limbs with a single blow is impressive. Basile’s futuristic society is believable and not overly complicated, providing a visual platform to propel the story forward. I can’t wait for Book 2!

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Book Review-TIGHT LIES

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TIGHT LIES by Ted Denton combines action and betrayal in this plot driven novel about corruption in a sport least expected – golf. Concealed behind the façade of an elitist mentality, ruthless violence and underhanded gambling pull the strings of the rich and powerful. A sports agent stumbles across explosive evidence, and his innocence leads him to an uncertain fate. Hired to retrieve the kid from certain doom, Tom Hunter races against the clock as finding him dead seems inevitable.

From beginning to end, Denton kept the pages turning with violence, mystery, or sex. Tom Hunter is not a hero driven by a moral code. His goal: deliver the Target alive and receive payout. The condition of the delivery is immaterial. For me, Denton’s gift for translating action scenes to words deserves recognition. I cringed with each agonizing blow.

Smartly written, TIGHT LIES is Jack Reacher on steroids returned from the ‘dark side’. No chivalry involved.

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Book Review-PARTING THE VEIL

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PARTING THE VEIL by B.K. Bass thrusts the reader on an adventure reminiscent of Indiana Jones meets The Mummy. Richard, an American treasure hunter, and Wilkins, an English professor of archeology, uncover more than a simple antiquity in the jungles of Peru. Their discovery unleashes horror on the nearby village, prompting the two men to leave expeditiously. Unexplainable events follow them as they seek to unravel the meaning of the idol within their possession. The appearance of a lone Frenchman deepens the mystery and a game of wits begins. Who can retrieve the remaining idols first? Can the two men put an end to the death and destruction which their archeological find has released upon their world?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are seeking an adventure, look no further. It is filled with tension from beginning to end. From the jungles of Peru to the Bayous of Louisiana, Richard and Wilkins find their travels split between two worlds-one that has been hidden for centuries. The author’s descriptions give life to histories, myths, and legends. The imagery is vivid but not overly descriptive, allowing the reader to immerse oneself in the story without being bombarded in a list of adjectives.

Well written and stimulating! Truly original. I look forward to reading the next installment and finding answers. Who closed the veil and why reopen it?

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Book Review-BLACK KNIGHT

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Black Knight by Matt Grandis gives new meaning to the phrase ‘little green men’. The banter between Juno and MJ makes for a light summer read. Juno’s spunky attitude conceals abandonment issues, and years of suppressed anger resurface as reality collides with those who dismissed her ‘wild imagination’. But to save her small town from an alien invasion, she will have to embrace her dysfunctional past.

“There’s a dumpster-diving, chicken-loving alien-not-alien who might possibly be dead on your toilet. Just your average Tuesday.”

I needed a light-hearted book after my previous read. Black Knight, filled with humor and wit, provided the emotional lift my soul desired. MJ stole my heart with his ‘alien-not-alien’ naivety and philosophical insight. The hopscotch of past and present sometimes left me dizzy; but, Grandis left my imagination on a cliff, beckoning it to jump into the next adventure.

Disclaimer: NO ‘ALIENS-NOT-ALIENS’ WERE INTERROGATED IN THE READING OF THIS NOVEL

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Book Review-THE VAN HELSING PARADOX

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THE VAN HELSING PARADOX by Evelyn Chartres follows the journey of Clara as she emerges from a life of obscurity into ranks occupied by legends. Set in the early 1900s, she is a hunter trained to kill un-godly perversions. Bright and observant as a child, Clara is formidable as an adult. Curiosity brings her face-to-face with the ultimate enemy, a threat seeking to destroy the organization she serves. Despite access to weapons, her sexuality proves to be her most valuable killer. Ultimately, her training culminates in a deadly stand-off, leading to an unexpected conclusion.

This was an entertaining read. I missed depth, however, among the main character’s relationships. Emotionally, it read cold. I do not advocate for a multitude of descriptions in books, but the lack of adequate details left me piecing together sub-par images. I even read the book a second time to ensure I had not missed important information. Written in third-person, the internal thoughts of Clara marked with quotation marks is redundant and off-putting. By the end, I was left with more questions than answers. Maybe the book’s sequel will offer the answers I seek.

Despite the slow start and unnecessary family dynamics, I thoroughly loved the book’s conclusion!  Creatively, it rocked!

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Book Review-THE COMYN’S CURSE

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THE COMYN’S CURSE by M MacKinnon bridges two fates across five centuries.  One fated to a curse, the other fated to break it.  Aubrey, running from heartbreak and disappointment, chases her heritage into the lands and legends of Scotland under the behest of the “elusive and mysterious” Angus Mackintosh, who has more to gain than lose from Aubrey’s adventure.

Under the guidance of Nessie and her new housemates, Aubrey repairs her broken heart among their unusual comradery.  Their humor and banter are surpassed only by Kate and Fitz, Aubrey’s two best friends.  On the heels of an anticipated marriage, the three women sight-see across Scotland, encounter unexpected danger, and evaluate two new men in Aubrey’s life, neither of which seems destined to break the curse but could break her heart once again.

MacKinnon immerses the reader into the enchanting highlands without drowning him/her in an incoherent world that is difficult to understand.  On multiple occasions, Aubrey, along with Fitz and Kate, experiences a true Scottish breakfast; and, their various reactions are priceless.  Angus’ thick Scottish dialect is easier to understand than anticipated.  He is both endearing and lovable.  I half-expected him to produce a wand revealing that his mysterious air was attributable to his magical qualities.  The pacing and tension are perfect.  The humor is believable and the characters are exceptional.  I do wish the men weren’t so dashingly handsome, though.  I wanted to keep one for myself.

THE COMYN’S CURSE is filled with ghosts, legends, loyalty, and friendship.  Can a curse be broken with love as it seems love is what binds it?

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Book Review-TIME FRAMED

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Time Framed by Roger Chiocchi explores the complex concepts of time travel, parallel realities, and a one-world-order.  Since the arrival of the Mayflower into the New World, the Pennfield family has been cursed by a vengeful spirit.  The curse claims its victim approximately every sixty years.  But an unusual event alters the course of the curse, setting in motion a game of chess across time.  Two branches of the Pennfield family, separated by almost 50 years, seek to realign this timeline in favor of their own respective goals.  The fate of a seven-year-old boy hangs in the balance.

Honestly, the multitude of ideas in this one novel could span the length of four books.  Not to say it wasn’t an interesting read, but the magnitude of each concept almost made my brain explode.  The author demonstrates an impressive ability to weave various ideas into a cohesive plot; however, the impact of the story is lost within its seven hundred plus pages.  The scattering of strong ideas throughout a novel doesn’t necessarily translate into a focused read.

Now, that being said, Time Framed is in a league of its own: imaginative, thought-provoking, and conceptually unique.  The idea of psychic phenomena (ESP, clairvoyance, past life regression, out of body experiences, etc.) and psychiatric disorders (multiple personalities, schizophrenia, bipolar, etc.) emerging from superimposed realities is a brilliant notion.  This idea deserves a book if not a series of its own.

Despite the novel revolving around time travel, the one-world-order dynamic intrigued me more.  Chiocchi creates a futuristic society reminiscent of a medieval social hierarchy.   There are no geographic determinants or boundaries but groupings designated by a person’s level of wealth and IQ.  Each grouping is governed by its own tax system and laws, and stringent rules on procreation are implemented on those within this new hierarchy considered to be of a lower class.  A fascinating representation of a very real possibility.  The ability of the author to portray these concepts without hiccups is a testament to his writing strength.  My brain is still trying to recover.

Disclaimer: NOT FOR READERS BOUND TO REALITY

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