Book Review – I Can Kill by Angela Kay

My first review for my third book! “I Can Kill” will be released March 30!

A Whispered Wind

I Can Kill coverI Can Kill by Angela Kay is an exciting FBI Thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat to the final scene. Kay weaves a chilling tale of a serial killer known as the Carnations Killer who delights in taunting FBI Special Agent Aidan O’Reilly, who has been chasing this psychopath for ten years and across numerous states. With over fifty known kills under his belt and back from a hiatus, the killer has moved his hunting grounds close to Aidan’s home turf and this time, Aidan has sworn to finally catch him. The killer’s MO is sadistic and cruel. He kidnaps blonde women, brutally beats them over a period of a week and then strangles them. He leaves them in easy to find locations, posed and dressed in a black dress with white carnations placed upon their bodies. Aidan is haunted by the women who’ve been murdered. His…

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The Storms of Deliverance #bookreview

First sentence: So here he was, stuck in the middle lane and obviously very ill.

About the story: When ex-Atlanta Braves baseball star, Johnson, wakes up, it’s 2008, and he’s in someone else’s car, wearing someone else’s clothes on a highway. His last clear memory was in 1981. As Johnson struggles to get his memory back, he wonders if it’s amnesia, or something deeper.

My thoughts: The Storms of Deliverance is a decent story of redemption. Slow paced a large chunk of the time, but still a decent, easy read. When we begin our adventure, Johnson does what I’m sure all of us would do when we wake up somewhere with zero recollection of how we got there: he tries to figure out exactly what happened. All Johnson knows is he doesn’t live in Atlanta, but in Buffalo. Along with a strange attire and a strange car, Johnson is also in a strange year. After we join Johnson in the confusion, we eventually hop back into 1981. We learn about Johnson’s friends, wife, his alcohol addiction.

There were a few spots in the story where I noticed isn’t very realistic. For instance, in 2008, he knows what a caller ID is; however, in 1981, there is no such invention as a caller ID. My thought was that if Johnson’s memory is completely blank for that amount of time, then he wouldn’t know about caller ID. That didn’t arise until around 1988. The story’s flashback doesn’t reach that far. There were other points, but I won’t dwell on them.

I was more interested in the 2008 timeline. Reading about the past was often tedious, and I began losing interest, but by then, it was the present day again.

The good thing about the book in its entirety is that it gets you thinking. There is a strong message behind The Storms of Deliverance. It was a good debut novel.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Does it interest you? Buy it here!

*For more reviews, visit: Angela Kay’s Books*

A little bit about the author:

LLarry Higdonarry Higdon lives in metropolitan Atlanta. Most recently, he has worked as an elementary school counselor with kindergarten and first-graders. He is a registered play therapist and a lawyer. This is his debut novel.

Available March 30: I Can Kill

Some of you may have wondered “where on earth have you been??” Then again, maybe not!

Well, I’m going to tell you where I’ve been hiding. Not only have I been working hard at fixing some things in my first two books (including the cover of my debut, The Murder of Manny Grimes), and working hard on the first draft of a new book (more on that later)…I’ve been preparing my third book for release.

Now, I’m thrilled to announce that on March 30, 2018, my brand new FBI thriller, I Can Kill, is available for preorder!

This is completely different than my DeLong series. Will my FBI book become a series in itself? Quite possibly. I loved creating these characters. This took me less than a month for me to write. Back then I was on a roll. I love that kind of writing momentum!

Anyway, I wanted to let ya’ll know about my awesome new book! In addition to conferring with an FBI agent via email, I befriended a friend of my publisher’s. She’s a retired FBI agent who was gracious enough to read my book so I can be sure it was factual. Her name’s Dana Ridenour, and she’s the award winning author of Behind the Mask and Beyond the Cabin. I’m very lucky and thankful for her assistance!

Here’s what Dana has to say about my book:

“A gripping new thriller by Angela Kay that pits FBI Special Agent Aidan O’Reilly against the Carnations Killer, a serial killer who enjoys playing Cat and Mouse with this formidable agent.”

Here’s all you need to know about my new book!

I Can Kill, and You Can’t Catch Me…

I Can Kill by [Kay, Angela]

These were the last words The Carnations Killer said to FBI Special Agent Aidan O’Reilly ten year

s ago before he went into hiding. He has tortured and murdered fifty women since then and managed to elude capture. Now, he’s returned once again, and his new hunting ground is Augusta, Georgia.

O’Reilly teams up with Shaun Henderson, the special agent in charge of the Augusta Resident Agency, to bring this ruthless killer to justice once and for all. But as each second ticks by, tensions rise and O’Reilly finds himself in a race against time before the killer slips away again.

Vigilance (The Aeternum Chronicles #2) @hgcbooks #bookreview

Vigilance (The Aeternum Chronicles Book 2) by [Chambers, H.G.]First sentence: “Bravo.” Variant Marconas clapped slowly as he stepped out of the darkness into the light of the wall-mounted oil lamp. His shadow flickered erratically on the rough stone walls of the small room. Magdalene Media sat casually in the high-backed velvet chair, watching him stride confidently toward her. A teal silk dress with lace trimming flowed like water over her crossed legs, spilling onto the floor.

Blurb: Sometimes, the void stares back…

The Aeternum Wars have begun anew. Ministry armies have spread like a pestilence across Illyria, wreaking chaos and destruction upon the last remaining outposts of those brave enough to resist.

Hunted by the same feral beasts that destroyed her town, Anzien Tsierig leads a squad of soldiers and untested recruits south along the Wyrewood. Their orders are clear: travel to the southern stronghold and prevent a mass slaughter. Will they find a town ready to defend, or a field of graves?

Across the Shattered Peak Mountains, Oren and Clementine search for a way to stem the tide of darkness. When they stumble upon a figure of legend, they must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for a chance to save their world. The answer is one that will put their friendship, and perhaps their very souls to the ultimate test.

Humanity is once again pushed to the brink, and those who remain must unite, or be swallowed by the void.

My thoughts: Vigilance is book two of the Aeternum Chronicles, and complete with more action than you know what to do with. I recommend reading the first (Recreance) before starting this one. Vigilance picks up where Recreance left off, and now that Oren and Clem defeated a breaker, they still need to save the people of New Arcadia. They’ve learned more about gathering Kai, and will begin developing their ability even further. I’m saddened, though that Clem and Oren didn’t play a bigger part in the story. Yes, they were still the main characters, along with two others (Ryland and Anzien), but they didn’t appear as often as I’d hoped. I found their part of the story the most intriguing. I admit I’ve become a spoiled Clem and Oren addict.

While I yearned for more Oren and Clem, I enjoyed seeing more of Ryland. He was a good and fun character know—flawed to a fault, yet so human. I’m hoping to learn even more about him. The other main character, and who we learn the most about in book two, is Anzien. Because her part focused on the military, I wasn’t as intrigued as the others. Still, she was a likeable character.

The best part of the book was the creation of the world. Chambers paints a picture in your mind and before you realize it, you’re gathering Kai right along with Oren and Clem.

Like the first book, Vigilance gives you plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. Also, like its predecessor, it leaves you with a cliffhanger. So, if you absolutely hate cliffhangers, but love the idea of the plot, then wait until the third book is released before you read the first.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Does it interest you? Buy it here!

*For more reviews, visit: Angela Kay’s Books*

A little bit about the author:

H.G. Chambers

Harold George Chambers is an award winning fantasy science fiction author. He’s also a dad, helicopter pilot, web designer, musician, and a huge board game nerd. Inspired by the great fantasy sci-fi authors of the past and present, Harold published Recreance, the first book of The Aeternum Chronicles, in 2017. The story continues with Vigilance, released early 2018. Harold makes his home in a small Canadian town on Vancouver Island with his wife and two-year-old son. To learn more about him, visit

Unelmoija: The Mindshifter #bookreview #elleboca

First sentence: As I woke up in the strange room I remembered I had a free morning without any tests, class assignments or chores.

About the story: Amy’s gone away to Miami Beach for a girls’ weekend with her friends Krissa and Lilly. But, when Lilly vanishes, it’s up to Amy and Krissa to find her. In doing so, they stumble upon a slaver’s scheme. During their heroics, they end up meeting an unexpected ally. As they realize the seriousness of Lilly’s fate, Amy and gang race against time before their friend is gone for good.

My thoughts: Unelmoija: The Mindshifter is book number two of the Weeia series, and it’s a pretty good one, story-wise. The writing was fast-paced, like all the other novels I’ve read of Elle Boca. Amy’s character has grown fictional-wise and writing-wise, which is a good thing. However, there were some points in the story where I thought she was being a bit strange. I won’t mention it in case of spoilers.

In the first book, The Dreamshifter, I was curious about the kidnappings of Amy and her sister before the story opened. It was brought to our attention out of the blue, never really discussed, except in passing. This time around, we do get to find out where Amy’s sister has been for the past two years, though I still felt something was missing in the story. My main issue with the kidnapping subplot is that the ordeal was treated as if it were perfectly normal for someone to be kidnapped and show up years later. There weren’t enough tears, especially where Amy was concerned. I also wondered, “why did Kat not attempt to reach out to her family?”

Additionally, when they’re searching for their missing friend, Krissa’s ability suddenly develops and she forgets that something serious is going on and starts acting giddy. Granted, it’s rare for her age for abilities to manifest, but her friend is in danger. If it were me, I wouldn’t be too focused on receiving a special ability until my friend was safe.

I like how Amy grew from not having a clue about what Weeia is, to a young woman who embraces who she is, and will use her sacred ability to save someone, no matter the cost to her.

This is only Elle Boca’s second book and I believe she’s still getting her feet wet, finding her voice. While I am enjoying learning about Amy and her abilities, I prefer the Weeia Marshalls series the most. I recommend for readers who enjoy urban fantasy and a fun, light read.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Does it interest you? Buy it here!

*For more reviews, visit: Angela Kay’s Books*

A little bit about the author: Elle is the author of the Weeia urban fantasy series about superhumans. The Unelmoija series is set in Miami. In the Garden of Weeia, a novella, is set in Portland, Maine, and her newest Marshals Series is set in Paris, France. Growing up the only child of a monkey mother and a rabbit father she learned to keep herself entertained and spend time reading.

Some Words That You Write Are Really Unneeded #fillerwords

I don’t know about you, but as I’m writing, I do it without thinking about the word I place on the page. I find myself so concerned with keeping my word count within the range I want it, which is fine, but in the end, when I return to re-edit, I may be putting more work into the editing than I need. Chances are, you could be too!

Why, you ask?

Well, because you throw in a bunch of filler words. Most of us write the way we talk and a lot of us tend to write the same way in every book we pen. The content may be amazing, but when you read several books by one author, it can become a bit tedious.

I was in the process of editing my books and I searched the web for the term filler words, so I could know straight away what I needed to eliminate.

In case you’ve never heard the term before, a filler word is self-explanatory. It’s a word, which you place in a sentence more than others, and quite often, it’s unneeded.

I did a search for the word “that” in my document, and one of my books found it 900 times. I was shocked and amazed. Granted, “that” is sometimes needed, but certainly not 900 times.

You know how in reviews, readers talk about how tight an author’s writing is? This is a major part of the reason. As I re-read several sentences, I realized I was stumbling because of some of those pesky filler words. I re-read each sentence several times, with and without the filler word. If it didn’t change the meaning, I removed it. Next, after re-reading the paragraph I was working on, I was amazed at how smooth the writing ended.

The bottom line is, if you stumble over a sentence, then the majority of your readers will as well. Find out why. If it’s a filler word, remove it, provided the sentence still has the same meaning. If it doesn’t have the same meaning, you may need to make a note to rewrite it completely.

That was what I meant.” Check.

“I want to go to that store that you went to yesterday.” Delete

Maybe instead: “I want to go to that store you went to yesterday.”

I have to admit, for my first two books, I didn’t think of filler words, nor did I edit along the way. Granted, I’m a good editor, but it’s not easy editing your own work. But, while I recommend sending your hard work to an editor (fresh eyes never killed anybody), you can still make the process easy for you and the editor by taking care of certain words and phrases. My suggestion is to write a couple thousand words, then perform a search for each word after you’ve finished. Once the entire work is completed, go through and search again for these words in the case something was missed.

I sent my first two books to a new editor…paid this time, so I hope she did an amazing job for my readers. When she returned the changes to me, I went online and searched for filler words, then decided to post a blog on it, for your sake as well as mine.

I came across plenty of those pesky filler words I’ve been rambling about. There would be times where my lieutenant would say a dialogue such as “Has he shown any kind of anger temperament in the past?” Or the narrative would say “He looked around for any kind of weapon the killer may have left behind.” While it’s not awful that these phrases are within the pages of the book, they aren’t always needed. Especially when each character talk in the same manner. This is one way to round your characters and set them apart a bit more…remove certain phrases that pops up in more than one character.

Below, I’ve listed a few filler words. Comment on this post of other filler words I may have missed!

Just, Only, That, Then
Sort of, Kind of
Definitely, Certainly, Probably, Actually, Basically, Virtually, Totally, Completely, Absolutely, Literally, Really
Rather, Quite, Somewhat, Somehow: “Somehow, he knew he wouldn’t get any sleep.” “He didn’t quite believe what she was saying.”
Down, Up: “I sat down in the chair, on the verge of tears.”

The Maker #Bookreview

36642652First paragraph: It starts as a half-moon with a braided cord hanging from the bottom. Wavy strings grow from the cord. Tentacles. Kind of looks like a jellyfish. I add more curvy lines until they’re a thick maze slithering down the page. I close my eyes, focusing on the image in my mind. A lidless eye glares at me from the jellyfish’s back. With a sinking heart, I trace out every creepy detail.

About the story: Nate loves to draw. He gets the passion from his dad, who disappeared without a word six months ago. Before the story opens, Nate had come in possession of a drawing binder. He has no idea how it got to be on his windowsill. Regardless, it doesn’t take long for Nate to begin having strange visions, which he draws inside the binder. To make things even stranger in Nate’s life, strange creatures come in the night to steal the binder and throws Nate into the adventure of a lifetime. Not everything is all fun and games, though. The lives of planets and his parents rest on his shoulders—and he’s only a thirteen-year-old kid.

My thoughts: This was definitely a fun story. I’ve read a lot of books where I need to turn a few pages before I truly get into it, but this one sucked me in right away. The writing was taut, the adventure original and not a single slow paragraph to be found. I was amazed. Truly. This is definitely a story young teens would love; however, I believe any lover—whether teen or adult—of science fiction and fantasy would adore it. I know I did. Reading this book started my new year off on the right note.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Does it interest you? Buy it here!

A little bit about the author: With the launch of my middle grade sci-fi novel The Maker, the release of my new illustrated chapter book Charlie Sparrow and the Book of Flight, and the re-release of Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight, 2017 has been a busy year.

Besides writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking in nature, collecting records, reading, and travel (some pictures from my trips to Southeast Asia and Africa are featured on my author website

I live in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, with my wife, daughter, and tabby cat, Neko.

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