Not a Whisper by Donna B. McNicol

not a whisperNot a Whisper (A Klondike Mystery) by Donna B. McNicol

Blurb from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review.

When Cherie Marshall catches her fiancé and best friend in a compromising position, she cancels her upcoming wedding and jumps at the chance to escape to quiet Klondike, Pennsylvania to care for her elderly aunt. She thought her biggest issue would be adapting to life in the middle of a National Forest, so very different from her upbringing in the deserts of Arizona.

But that was before she met State Trooper Fire Marshall Jamison “Jazz” Maddox at the scene of a mysterious fire. As they both become acquainted with the close-knit Klondike residents, things get complicated as Cherie and Jazz find themselves in the middle of a local crime wave where arson, kidnapping, embezzlement and a decades old murder are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Special Guest Interview – John Phelps author of Visits

John Phelps is the author of a stunning debut novel called Visits, you can read my review here.

john phelps1.- This is your first book, where did the idea for Visits come from?  I honestly don’t know.  Over the years, I’ve had several book ideas; some of which I started writing but never finished.  The idea for Visits just popped into my head one day and eventually turned into a finished book.

2.- What genre is Visits and what is your target market?  Some folks have called it a psychological thriller so I’ll go with that.  I like reading horror, thrillers, some mystery and maybe a little sci-fi.   So my target market is probably the folks who like the same kind of books that I do.

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Inferno – Dan Brown

infernoInferno – Dan Brown

Kindle Edition, 480 pages

Published May 14th 2013 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Thriller, Number four in the Robert Langdon series.

Blurb from goodreads  Please scroll down for my review. n his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces…Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust…before the world is irrevocably altered.

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Book Blog Tour – Stephanie Carroll – Author of A White Room

A White Room 600x900 by Jenny Q of Historical Editorial I have the pleasure of presenting new author Stephanie Carroll and her debut novel A White Room on her book blog tour. Feel free to comment. The author will also be around to answer any questions you may have.

The Following Excerpt is from A White Room by Stephanie Carroll

I sighed in anticipation of the next room, my greatest horror. The door to this room was
positioned too close to the perpendicular wall, so I’d initially assumed it was a linen closet. It wasn’t until I’d opened it for the first time with the intention of storing some sheets and towels that I found a large room extending narrowly to the right, along the left wall of my room. It almost seemed disguised, hidden.

 

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Visits – John Phelps

visitsThe Blurb from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review.

Tony Lansing has just killed a young woman.
He’d never killed anyone before even though he’d met plenty of people who deserved it. He just never had the nerve. For sixty years, it had always been easier to turn the other cheek; to turn tail and run.
But not any more.
Now he knows he can stand up for himself. He doesn’t need to take everything that life dishes out.
He can push back.
He can get even.
And … getting even feels pretty damn good.
So he makes a list of all the people in his life who’ve done him wrong. His ex-wife, a former lover or two, an old friend … they all make the list.
But as Tony pays unexpected and very unwelcome visits to old acquaintances, he learns that getting even has a price. A price much higher than he’s willing to pay.

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Two Thursdays – C. Martin Stepp

two thursdaysHitchcock Brown is a private investigator. In Two Thursdays, the Chief of police asks him for his help routing out a major drug problem in Cincinnati. It’s a problem which may involve members of his own department. They both learn it involves a lot more than that. Part two of the series.

My Review. Hitchcook Brown the coffee loving PI is back with another case, but this time he is helping his long time friend Grildpork, the chief of Police. In Cincinnati. Yet again it is a hilarious novel with loads going on, with plenty of coffee stops for Brown, written from the point of Hitchcock, this second book in the series, can be read as a standalone book or not, that depends whether you get a hold of Walking Backwards first. It is a shortish with only 139 pages, so it can be read quickly.

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Walking Backwards – C. Martin Stepp

walking backwardsSummary from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review. Hitchcock Brown is a private investigator. “Walking Backwards” is the story of a case he has taken on that may be just a little out of his league. Using his intelligence, wit and unusual sense of humor he attempts to solve the mystery. He also hopes to survive long enough to do so.

I was given a copy from the author in return for an honest review. Please be aware that my review may contain spoilers. Part one of the series.

My Review. The title is great and in just a page or two you have an insight of what it means, great start. This is a shortish book, a quick read, but there is loads going on. There are no grammatical or spelling errors which is a joy when reading debut novels. It is one of those books you can read if you keep getting interrupted as it is easy to pick up and put down. It is very original. Written in the first person from the point of the private detective this is a humourous novel, there is no gore/blood or violence, another plus in my point of view.

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Guest Interview – C. Martin Stepp

C. Martin Stepp is the author of two books so far, Walking Backwards and Two Thursdays. My reviews will come soon. He very kindly answered a few questions for me.

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1-. Humour is a very hard genre to write, where did you get your ideas from?

Humour is hard to write, and even harder to edit.  If I can still laugh at one of my own jokes after reading it for the fourth time, I suppose it’s a good one.  Some pretty funny jokes have been edited out when I fail to find them humorous myself on the second or third read.

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Guest Post on Self publishing by Matthew Keith

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING

A Book Blog from Ecuador asked if I would be willing to submit a blog entry regarding independent publishing and my experiences with it, which I happily agreed to. I would like to start by making sure that anyone who reads this knows that I am by no means an expert on the subject. I have self-published my own work and I can share my experiences thus far, but they are limited in scope and this should not be considered a guide or the only way to do it.

I would like to add, though, that my experience has so far been very positive and I’ve had good results in a relatively short period of time.

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The Tower – Simon Toyne

the towerebook, 487 pages The book is already out in the UK, due out in USA the 11th of June. 2013

Summary from Goodreads.com, scroll down for my review, may contain spoilers.

After the rise comes the fall

When a cyber-attack at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland disables the Hubble telescope and the Nobel Prize–winning scientist in charge disappears, the only clues left behind are a cryptic countdown clock and a chilling message displayed on the missing man’s computer: Mankind Must Look No Further.

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Guest Interview – Dan Mayland

dan maylandDan Mayland is the author of four books, The Colonel´s Mistake The Leveling,   Spy for Hire   and Death of a Spy. He was kind enough to answer a few questions.

What are you writing at the moment?
The third book in the Sava series. It’s a fast-paced tear through Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain. Readers also learn more about the circumstances surrounding the suicide of Mark Sava’s mother, and how that led to him becoming a spy.

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Wisdom – Bonnie Watson

wisdomSummary from goodreads.com scroll down for my review, it may contain spoilers. Raised in a secluded cottage, Keith has only ever known the outside world through the travels of his father. Yet that all changes when he’s forced from the comforts of his family home into a world only envisioned. Now stranded in a thief’s paradise, he begins to entwine the lives of others on a very personal and timely quest to discover the truth behind his secretive upbringing.

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Special Guest Interview – Layton Green

layton green I had the pleasure of interviewing indie author Layton Green for the release of his latest Dominic Grey novel, The Diabolist, the third in the series. I have read and reviewed the first two: The Summoner and The Egyptian. 

These three books,  were my big surprise this year, I read The Summoner and The Egyptian back to back, and was completely thrilled with them, they are two of my favourite books I have read to far this year.

The Diabolist is the third in a series of Dominic Grey, will there be any more book in the future with Dominic as a main character?

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