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free book Giveaway : Fat Camp by James Sabata

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Since 1985, over 500 overweight teenagers have come to Camp Wašíču, looking to lose weight, gain self-confidence, and turn their lives around.

Phillip McCracken arrives, weighing in at almost 400 pounds, but the baggage he carries from the past affects him much more deeply than the numbers of the scale.

When a homicidal maniac hell-bent on revenge attacks, Phillip will be forced to either find the courage to save the people around him or fall victim to his own self-doubt… and possibly a machete.

Filled with allusions to the Slasher films of yesteryear, Fat Camp delivers horror, humor, and a little slice of nostalgia for anyone who grew up even slightly afraid of the dark.

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Free eBook Giveaway : Rectifier – The Electric Man by Brian D Howard

Free eBook Giveaway : Rectifier – The Electric Man by Brian D Howard

Free eBook Giveaway : Rectifier – The Electric Man

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A secret lab is abducting the homeless for experiments, the few who survive gain super powers or become monsters.

Oliver Stewart was a software engineer before watching his fiancee waste away of cancer. His grief drove a string of bad decisions: Drug addiction, losing his job, losing his home. Now he just wants to be left alone, surviving day to day on the streets, just another of the invisible homeless.

He never expected to be kidnapped and experimented on, wake up in a mass grave, left for dead as a failed experiment. Except it wasn’t a failure. Now he can control electricity.

But when the two teenage girls he feels most responsible for are taken he can’t stand by anymore. Everybody has to draw a line somewhere…

Rectifier – The Electric Man is a gritty, street-level, urban superhero adventure fans of Marvel or DC comics shouldn’t miss.

 

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Book Review – The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Book Review – The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

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Some Stones Are Best Left Unturned

As I’m sitting in front of the laptop trying to review “The Munich Girl”, an historical fiction / romance  novel by Phyllis Edgerly Ring, my mind stutters. How does one sum-up an emotional roller-coaster ride, which not only sees the highs and lows of its protagonist’s story but of WWII, Adolf Hitler and Eva Brown.

Anna is anything but a confident woman. She is normally full of self -doubt, and does her best to attend to her husband’s needs and demands, serving as both his academic editor, and housewife, while helping him to cost-effectively run his late father’s WWII magazine.
All this is about to change, as Anna discovers a link between her late mother Peggy (who’s half German) and Eva Brown, the notorious tyrant’s mistress. A simple article which Anna sets upon to write for the magazine spirals into a quest after her mother’s old life in Germany during the war, when an old manuscript that Peggy had written resurfaces.
Oh, and there’s Hannes. The mysterious German who pops into her life and seems to be on top everything, especially when she needs him the most. This is a story within a story within a story, that will take us on a journey to Eva Brown’s life story.

I am rather ambiguous about “The Munich Girl”. Let’s start with the one undoubtful thing: Ms. Ring’s writing is superb. It is fluent, descriptive and accurate. The fact that some of the dialogues are in German (and translated) does not hurt the above, and in fact that is hardly noticed. Great job by the author on that front.

The fact that Anna discovers a manuscript is okay, however Anna’s time-line is not continuous. It’s divided to before/after a significant event, and I have found myself struggling at times to understand whether this is the “pre-event” Anna or not.

While the story itself is very compelling, and has twists and turns, some plot milestones were a bit too “convenient” for me. Without giving away any spoilers: While the Peggy/Eva Brown manuscript was fascinating, I found Anna’s story hard to believe, especially her husband’s fate, who is probably the most underdeveloped character in the book.

In a complete contrast, all the other characters were extremely developed and complex, which brings to my ultimate issue with “The Munich Girl”:
The novel gives a voice to Eva Brown, portraying her in a complex psychological light, and at times as kind and compassionate. Personally, whether Ms. Brown was like that or not, I find it hard to cope with novels which romanticize, to any extent, Nazi Germany and its key figures. Sure, there were good Germans at the time, yet I think their contribution to the German history is negligible compared to the atrocities done by the German state and its accomplices.
Whether Eva Brown was among them or not, is irrelevant, she has made her historical choice by being the lover of a mad mass murderer, and standing by his side (and if she indeed prevented his order to execute the POWs in Germany as this novel claims, it was too little too late).

I had a similar issue with “Alone in Berlin” by Hans Fallada, but while “Alone in Berlin” handles the lives of everyday people, I found that Ms. Ring – perhaps unintentionally – had made the Hitler-Brown relationship to a touching love affair. A stone that I thought would have been best left unturned.

The novel gets 4/5 stars, I did enjoy reading it, although as I mentioned it has some complications. I’ll let you be the moral judges of the historical events.


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Book Review – Elthea’s Realm by John Murzycki

Book Review – Elthea’s Realm by John Murzycki

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by John Murzycki

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“Elthea’s Realm” straddles the border between SF and fantasy

Philip Matherson, slaving away at his inglorious job of Fourth-Level Assistant for Reviews and Reports, receives a strange email requesting information on the Utopia Project, a college paper he completed years before with a group of four other students. When he ignores it, a threat follows. Nor is he the only target. Soon the Utopia Project leader, now a wealthy tech magnate, invites the whole gang for a reunion at his remote cottage in the Berkshires. While there, they are attacked by a terrifying group of adversaries and mysteriously transported to another world where they learn that human technology has spawned several races of sentient beings, some good, some evil. And the most evil of all, the Bots, want to use the Utopia team in their conquest of Earth.

Author John Murzycki characterizes this as a tech-based fantasy novel. That’s a fitting description. “Elthea’s Realm” straddles the border between SF and fantasy. Aspects of it will remind you of technology-run-amok SF while others call to mind epic quests of the fantasy genre. It’s a unique and intriguing story, even for a skeptic like me who looks askance on the very idea of gizmos achieving sentience.

Although engaging, it’s not a perfect novel. The writing is clean enough but could stand considerable tightening. There’s a bit too much explanatory dialogue, and sometimes the thoughts and feelings expressed by the characters are either too generic or too trite. I like these characters. I just don’t think we get to see them in as much detail as we should. The interplay between the main action and the flashback scenes to the days of the Utopia Project are handled well, but the project itself lacks detail. I think Murzycki may have written himself into a bit of a corner by taking on something so big. After all, how do you create Utopia? You don’t. (The word literally means “nowhere.”) So what’s the point of assigning this project to college juniors? Do the students realize their professors have intentionally tossed them off the deep end? And what, specifically, has Phil and the gang proposed?

Given that this is a first novel, I’ll go easy on it and allow the story 4 stars and 3.5 for the writing. Overall that’s good enough to call it a slightly weak 4.


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Free Paperback Giveaway:  The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

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The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War

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Historical Fiction, Romance

 

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Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. Plunged into the world of “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante — and a tyrant’s lover — she finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. The long-buried secrets she uncovers will reveal the enduring power of friendship and the legacies of love that always outlast war.

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 Action and Adventure, Novella 

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Book 2 of Steve Regan Undercover Cop Series of crime fiction novellas, written by a former undercover cop, and author of bestselling memoir ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story.’

Steve Regan is back and this time he’s alone and undercover in a seedy area of Thailand on the trail of a Texan expatriate, Les Watkins, the biggest drug smuggler in South East Asia.
Using himself as the bait, Regan attempts to score a $50,000 deal with the Thai mafia in an effort to get closer to his target.
As he finds himself embroiled deeper into the operation, Regan suspects Watkins may be connected to Regan’s nemesis, ruthless Mafia boss Carlo Vitale, who has fled the United States following a triple bombing and assassination of three crime family heads.
Besides staying alive, Regan has other problems when he suddenly finds himself facing the worst dilemma an undercover cop can face.

Dilemma is an edgy, suspenseful tale with twists and turns plus a sprinkle of romance. If you like hard-boiled crime fiction, there is nothing earthier or more realistic than the Steve Regan series. Crime fiction about an undercover cop, written by a former undercover cop!

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Elthea’s Realm is an enchanted world where stunning beauty exists next to deadly evil. The story begins in Boston, where once close friends, united by a college course called The Utopia Project, find themselves pursued by an unknown force. When the pursuit turns violent, an explosion knocks them senseless, and they awake in an unrecognizable land with islands situated high above the ocean, supported by a thin foundation, and stars that float down from the night sky to bestow a rare gift.

They are befriended by a race called the Astari, beings with roots in Earth’s software. The ones who pursued them are known as Bots, creatures fashioned from Earth’s malware and virus programs, only now they have a physical form, and they continue to hunt the members of The Utopia Project in this new land. Will the friendship they once shared now be enough to save them?

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Book Review – Elemental Claim by Miranda Grant

Book Review – Elemental Claim by Miranda Grant

Book Review – Elemental Claim

by Miranda Grant

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“Elemental Claim” is an exciting romance

Miranda Grant does a marvelous job with this paranormal romance creating a world on several planes of existence. For a writer of historical and futuristic romance, reading a PNR was refreshing and a joy. She slowly brings a rookie to the genre along as the planes revealed make themselves known. After all, twenty-year old Emma, Miranda’s heroine starts the book as a waitress on the earthly plane. Her life is immediately turned upside down when a kidnapper takes her out of her quite boring life.

The author takes us along for the ride as Emma discovers what is happening to her. I was pleased that Miranda took some time to help first time paranormal readers get a grip on the forces displayed in the book. These moments of description are just enough as the book suddenly erupts in vivid action. Other characters, such as ones in the kidnapper’s team, are carefully described and their powers outlined setting up action sequences as the book proceeds.

All in all, “Elemental Claim” is an exciting romance, I recommend to everyone. The best news is that Miranda includes an excerpt to her next book in this volume.


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Book Review – The Mother of All Things  by Gabriel Blake

Book Review – The Mother of All Things by Gabriel Blake

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The Mother of All Things

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Blake Has Done a Superb Job, for a First Book

The return home was supposed to be a fresh start for Elaine, after the abduction and murder of her child years earlier, and the subsequent break up of her marriage. She moves back into the family home and throws herself into rebuilding both the house, and her life.  But going back is never easy, and Elaine finds herself facing demons, both past and present, in a fight for her very sanity.

The Mother of All Things is a very well written book, with complex and detailed characters, a plot that twists and turns enough to maintain interest all the way through, and an interesting ending. Blake has done a superb job for a first book. Elaine in particular is a character that readers grow to know, and yet feel like there is always something we don’t know about her. This is a tricky thing to do, yet the author does a great job with it.

This was almost a 5 star review, but the one thing that tripped me up, and this may just be a personal taste thing, was POV.  Elaine is the main character, yet the author constantly uses an omnipotent POV, rapidly switching between characters on the same page, and sometimes in the same paragraph.  I can understand that there are sometimes things the author wants readers to know to progress the story, but there was often too much of it, and not all of it seemed necessary for plot.  There was also alot of bloodshed at the end of the book, again not all of it seemed necessary for character or plot development.

However, that point aside, this was an excellent read, and I look forward to seeing what Mr Blake does next.

4 out of 5 stars


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The Mother Of All Things by Gabriel Blake is a contemporary psychological horror suspense that completely drew me in. I have never read this genre before but was totally absorbed in the action.

The novel has the reader questioning, what is real? What is imagined? Who is telling the truth? And who is lying? There seems to be a fine line between reality and imagination. There were times when I believed the action was real, only to find I was wrong – or was I?

A mother’s love knows no bounds. What lengths would you go to to protect your children?

The mind is a powerful tool. It can be manipulated. It can be shut down but watch out when the doors are unlocked. “Other doors began to open in her mind.”

Loss consumes. You cannot just ‘get over it.’ Some losses are just too painful. “I can’t stop the hurt.”

There are crimes and mysteries to solve. As the body count rises, the reader is even more mystified as to who the perpetrator is. I suspected just about everyone.

The characters are well drawn. The lead character took up residence in my head. I ‘lived’ the action through her.

Gabriel Blake imagined a very well thought out plot-line with twists and turns that kept the action alive and me on tenterhooks. There were definitely jaw dropping moments. An excellent novel that would translate well into a movie.

A word of caution- this novel does contain language and scenes some readers may not like. I found there was too much detail in the bedroom scenes so I skipped over them. It did not detract from the story though.

On a lighter note – locations are important. Imagine my surprise, having grown up in Solihull, to see ‘Aldersbrook Road, Solihull’ mentioned. I went to Alderbrook School and my parents used to park the car in Alderbrook Road to drop me off or pick up. I could easily imagine the leafy suburb and the huge houses. Thank you Gabriel Blake for bringing a wow moment to me.

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Free Paperback Giveaway: Mason’s Taxi of Love by Bob Young

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Mason Compos and Lexi Sherman have been dating for two years and are deeply in love. He flies a Beechcraft for a charter service. She is a waitress at a restaurant. Mason’s parents are turning over their business to their children, but know that Mason will never be in the restaurant business. They give him his portion of their legacy. Suddenly Mason and Lexi can start their businesses. Their joy is shattered when someone tries to kill their plans.

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