Silent Fear #bookreview @SterlingGate @MorcanJames

  • Title: Silent FearSilent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]
  • Author: Lance and James Morcan
  • Print Length: 708
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Wow! This is definitely one heavily involved book! Silent Fear is based on a True Crime that took place in Gallaudet University between 1980 and early 2000s. In the book, not only does Detective Valerie Crowther has to deal with solving a series of murders inside London’s university for the deaf, but she ends up quarantined after one of the students falls victim to the Monkey Flu. The good thing is the killer is looked in the school as well. The bad thing is that there are more than 400 suspects that Valerie must weed through.

I felt the characters and the setting really shined. I truly liked Crowther. She’s a strong woman who cares deeply for those around her, whether or not she wants to admit it. She was once married to Chief Superintendent Mark Bennett and as a reader, it was obvious that they really cared for one another. The only thing I didn’t care for was the continuous mentioning that Bennett was Crowther’s ex. I was reminded too many times within the narrative and the dialogue. The supporting characters were interesting and kept the story moving along.

The writing was tight. We’re given a lot of information (more than 400 pages worth), but keeps you intrigued and wanting more. In fact, I had misplaced my iPad during the course of this reading and after the initial sadness of losing my iPad, I became disappointed that I couldn’t finish the book. I had a PDF copy given to me by the authors, so it wouldn’t have worked on my Kindle. Thankfully, I did find my iPad and sped through the story. I couldn’t put it down.

Packed with drama, suspense, action and surprises lurking around every corner, I definitely think this is worth the read for anyone loving thrillers and/or British crime novels.

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Silent Fear Kindle Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the “Silent Fear” ARC/Paperback giveaway! We are less than a week in concluding this contest!

For information on how to enter, click here!

Additionally, one of the authors contacted me to say they’re willing to gift THREE of my followers with a kindle version in honor of Halloween!

Hurry! You don’t have much time! Just until October 30!

To enter the Kindle giveaway, click here!

I started reading and so far, I’m loving it!

It’s fresh, it’s original…wait…I need to finish before I review! 😛

In the Company of Wolves (Of Witches and Werewolves Book 2) #BookReview

  • Title: In the Company of Wolves (Of Witches and Werewolves)In the Company of Wolves (Of Witches and Werewolves Book 2) by [Barclay, Cory]
  • Author: Cory Barclay
  • Print Length: 350
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Supernatural, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller

In the Company of Wolves is aptly named. We return a few years after the events in its predecessor, Devil in the Countryside. We already know a few of the characters and are introduced to a new set of interesting ones. The entirety of the book follows the perspective of four in particular: Rowaine, a female pirate; Gustav, a man in the search of revenge; Sybil, a refuge trying to earn a safe life with her family; and Hugo, Sybil’s younger brother who is trying to find his way in the world. Each character wants something and in order to get something, they must fight for survival, bloodshed and betrayal.

I must say I enjoyed the first book a tad bit more, however, this one still deserves the rating of five stars. It kept a steady pace, and offered a few surprises you don’t see coming. As I did in the first book, I enjoyed Barclay’s way of descriptions. It’s so vivid, it’s as if I’m seeing the scene unfold.

My only issue is that sometimes the obvious tends to be stated through the narrative. Maybe it’s just me, but for example, in the beginning, one of the characters begins stuttering when he speaks. After I read his dialogue, I thought, “OK, he stutters.” Then in the next sentence, the narrative explains the fact that he stutters. There were a few more instances, but it wasn’t so much that it would knock any points off.

As always, the characters were well-developed and I enjoyed learning about most of them, especially Hugo. As a young boy trying to find his place in the world, he goes in a direction that surprises him and he’s unsure about. I’m sure many of us can relate to that in real life.

It’s not needed to read the first book before this one, though I highly recommend it. While, yes, the first one may have its flaws, it was a truly excellent introduction to the series. In the Company of Wolves, however, does give you the background you’ll need to appreciate the story.

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Cory Barclay

As far back as he can remember, Cory Barclay has always loved the “big picture” questions. How much knowledge did humanity lose when the Library of Alexandria was burned down? Why has the concept of Heaven remained intact, in one form or another, throughout most of human history and how has it impacted life on Earth?

And even before that, when he first began writing stories in grade school, he’s been fascinated with histories and mysteries. Whether Norse mythology, the Dark Ages, or the conquests of great leaders, Cory’s been that kid who wants to know what’s shaped our world and write about it. Especially the great unsolved mysteries.

So Devil in the Countryside was a natural for him.

Born and raised in San Diego, he graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied Creative Writing and Modern Literary Studies. He’s also a songwriter and guitarist, and – no surprise – many of his songs explore the same topics he writes about – the great mysteries of our crazy world.

Devil in the Countryside is his second novel and he’s hard at work on its sequel.

An Angel on Her Shoulder #bookreview @savvystories

  • Title: An Angel on Her ShoulderAn Angel On Her Shoulder by [Alatorre, Dan]
  • Author: Dan Alatorre
  • Print Length: 287
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Suspense, supernatural, thriller

This was the second book I read by Dan Alatorre and let me say it was legit. A man and his family tend to be surrounded by tragedies. But not normal tragedies that we all tend to face one time or another. These are tragedies that happen around the same time every year. Desperate for answers, our main character, Doug, will stop at nothing until he gets them.

An Angel on Her Shoulder is a beautifully written story that keeps you turning the pages. It does go back and forth between the present day and Doug’s childhood a few times, which at first, made it confusing because there were no dates letting you know that we’ve traveled to the past. You’ve have to read a little bit to realize it. However, later on, it didn’t bother me as much. I suppose I had to get used to it. Eventually, the way the childhood chapters were told were so smooth, my mind immediately clicked to the scene at hand. Especially chapter thirty-three.

The tension in the story was slow building, but not in a bad way at all. It was actually a very good way to tell the story. It leaves you with wanting more and then slams you with tension every so often until you reach the final conclusion.

The characters were extremely likeable and realistic, especially Doug. He’s just a normal husband, a normal dad, that wants to do right by his family and take care of them by any means necessary. Even if it means stepping way out of his comfort zone in search of questions for a confusing situation.

The only thing I would have suggest would be to erase the final sentence on the last page. I won’t say what it was, but I feel the inclusion of the final sentence diminishes the wow-factor.

Overall, this book is definitely worth the read.

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Dan Alatorre

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages.

From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry – or hang onto the edge of your seat – has been enjoyed by audiences around the world.

And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time.

“That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.”

Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe.

He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever.

Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on http://www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends.

Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

Silent Fear ~ Giveaway, ARC ~ Check It Out!

Happy October fellow readers/writers!

I have a proposal for you! I’ve been asked to help promote a new novel, Silent Fear, which sounds pretty awesome, if I may sound so myself. I’ve even accepted an ARC and can’t wait to start reading! Below, I included all the information you would need and want!

Before we get down to the basics of the book, the authors are searching for PDF ARC readers before the Kindle version is released on October 31. The paperback is currently available now on Amazon for $24.99. If you’re interested in the PDF copy, click here. It’ll take you to a sign up page where you’ll request the book and the authors will send it to you. But hurry! The offer is only good until October 30 to receive their ARC!

And that’s not all! You have a chance of winning a paperback of Silent Fear. I’m joining forces with them to choose one lucky winner. Interested? Click here to do so: Rafflecopter giveaway for Silent Fear.


About the book: Silent Fear is dedicated to the many millions of deaf people around the world. It is the eighth published novel by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan, authors of The Ninth Orphan, Into the Americas and White Spirit.

Set in present-day London, Silent Fear was inspired by the murders of several deaf students at Gallaudet University, one of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions for the deaf, in Washington, D.C.

A decade in the making, it was written under the guidance of leading deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson whose commentary on the unique aspects of deaf culture the story covers appears at the end of the book. Together, the Morcans and Macpherson are developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear.

Blurb: Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world. When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

Selling via Amazon – The kindle version is available now in Amazon’s Pre-order program and will be auto-delivered to kindle buyers on October 31; the paperback is available now on Amazon.

For more information about their books and to read reviews, here are their Amazon and Goodreads pages:

Amazon

Goodreads

I’ve included the links to the authors’ bio. Click on their names beneath their head shots to learn more about them and their past publications!

           Lance Morcan                                  James Morcan

To join their discussion group on Goodreads, click here Silent World.

Don’t forget to check out their awesome trailer on YouTube to help promote their new book and a planned feature film! Silent Fear trailer.


Thanks and happy reading!

Angela Kay
Author of The Murder of Manny Grimes

Phantom Touch (The Phantom Series Book 1) #bookreview

  • Title: Phantom TouchPhantom Touch (Phantoms Book 1) by [Hawke, Jessica]
  • Author: Jessica Hawke
  • Print Length: 306
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2016
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller, Mystery

I absolutely love stories like this. I’ve always been intrigued with the supernatural and the possibility of seeing ghosts or spirits. Phantom Touch is an excellent read by Jessica Hawke. Had I not planned on spacing it out for a few days, I could have finished it in one. With each swipe of my Kindle, I found myself unable to set the book down. It was very rare—if there was even a spot—where the story lagged.

The storytelling was engrossing and the light humor top notch. The star of the book, Bridget Young, is your typical, normal sixteen years old: she’s trying to survive high school and getting past the death of someone close to her. Only, she’s not normal. She sees spirits, most of who had wrongfully died many years ago. When a young girl shows up, just weeks before Bridget’s seventeenth birthday, she realizes she must solve her murder for more reasons other than just letting the girl rest in peace.

Since no one, even Bridget’s best friend, knows her ghostly secret, she has to rely on the dead girl’s spirit and Bridget’s guardian, Kale, to reach the bottom of the truth. Along the way, Bridget learns more about the spirit world and herself.

There were two parts that I can think of off the top of my head that would have served better earlier in the story, such as when Bridget described her features in the narrative. I  would have preferred to know what she looked like within the first few pages, rather than waiting until I read about thirty percent. This way, I could have built the character in my mind, rather than changing it later.

Phantom Touch had a mixture of horror, comedy, and pain, which formed together to create an amazing read. Aside from a few wrong tenses in the writing, it flowed quite nicely. The world and fantasy rules were formed magnificently. It certainly intrigued me enough to want to pick up the rest of Jessica’s books in her Phantom series.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Jessica Hawke

Jessica Hawke is the author of the YA paranormal Phantoms series and an upcoming urban fantasy series. While she would love to say that she’s been writing for her entire life, that simply wasn’t the case. After a brilliant stint as a story-writer in third grade, she mostly kept to writing papers for school until she headed off to college. From eighteen onward, she spent too much time thinking about the book she might eventually write instead of just writing it. At twenty-six, she finally realized the book would not write itself and got down to the surprisingly difficult yet rewarding work of writing a novel.

Her favorite genres to read and write are urban fantasy, dystopian, and paranormal. When she is not writing, she works as a freelance musician and dabbles in musical theater.

Every Deadly Kiss #bookreview @readstevenjames

  • Title: Every Deadly KissEvery Deadly Kiss (The Bowers Files) by [James, Steven]
  • Print Length: 575 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Publication Date: July 4, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats: Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Crime

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love this author, and I love the Patrick Bowers series. It’s been a few years since I randomly picked up the second book of The Bowers Files, and ever since then, I anxiously await for more writings from Steven James. Especially when Patrick Bowers is the star of the hour.

Every Deadly Kiss is the second prequel to the series. First, a quick back story for those of you mystery fans who shamefully have not picked up James’ books. We first meet FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers in The Pawn, followed by The Rook, The Bishop, The King, The Queen, and Checkmate. He’s a widower who is learning to battle the dangers of his work along with raising his late wife’s teen daughter, Tessa Ellis. It’s rarely easy for someone in law enforcement to raise their own child by themselves, but Tessa isn’t his daughter, but his stepdaughter of only a few months. In the end of the first prequel, we briefly meet Christy Ellis, who Pat will one day marry. Now in Every Deadly Kiss, we get to actually meet her, which is exciting. To me, anyway.

I loved all aspects of this book: the mystery, the relationship between Pat and the Ellis women, and the fact that a former love of Pat’s, FBI Agent Sharyn Weist, requests his assistance, which eventually causes a rip in his love life.

Steven James is definitely a natural storyteller (and he knows it!). The way he weaves the action, the tension, even light comedy, to form his stories is the way I hope readers view my writing. It’s taut and you can almost, almost, smell the blood or feel the abandoned building with your fingertips. It truly is rare that I can get that much into reading a book. Every Deadly Kiss isn’t my favorite in the series, but James does not disappoint. Several times I feel my heart beating out of my chest. A few times I laughed, especially when it’s bantering time with Pat and his best friend/sidekick, Agent Ralph Hawkins, who just might be my favorite character (sorry, Agent Bowers, I still love you too). The thing I like most about the prequels is that we still get to hear from Ralph. In Checkmate, he’s moving on to bigger and better things and I got the sad feeling that if there were more books, any appearances of Ralph would be more of a walk on. Thank goodness for these prequels!

I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good mystery. For some, it may take a bit getting used to because, in this series, it’s written in first and third person. It did confuse me when I first began to read The Rook several years ago. However, the storytelling is so crisp and well written, it didn’t take long for me to get used to the difference in POVs.

I hope we’ll get plenty more of Patrick Bowers (and Ralph) soon!

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Steven James

Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe.

Steven’s groundbreaking book on the art of fiction writing, STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE, won a Storytelling World award. Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, he has twice served as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As critically-acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.”

After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY DEADLY KISS—a taut, twist-filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold.

If you’ve never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY DEADLY KISS is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.

“Blood Runs Cold” – Teaser Tuesday – Book 2 of “The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong”

**When Lieutenant Jim DeLong arrives at the scene to find that his victim is the wife of his estranged brother, he plunges into unwanted memories of his childhood. Between the dark secret he shares with his brother and the desire to find justice for the murder of a good woman, DeLong realizes how hard it is to separate work and family.**

        

          Sullivan slowly pushed to his feet with a frown. “Why don’t you go ahead and just say it. I’m still on that list of yours, aren’t I?”
         “What list?”
         Sullivan stepped closer to DeLong so they stood eye-to-eye. “Don’t beat around the bush, brother. You know what list. Bree and I were having problems. Even had a terrible argument the day she died. On top of it all, I tried to kill someone once before. Put all those factors together, that makes me the most viable suspect.”

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Biography

Angela Kay

Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University, Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.

Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater Company.

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

No Man Left Behind #BookReview

  • Title: No Man Left Behind
  • Author: R.G. Miller
  • Print Length: 210
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle
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  • Genres: Psychological Thriller

No Man Left Behind is R.G. Miller’s fourth novel and I have to say I enjoyed the plot line very much. It’s probably my favorite. Detective Isis Williams and her partner (both on the job and in life), Detective Annette Toni, are in search of a ruthless killer the media has named the Piggyback Killer. His MO is an unusual one and pretty cleverly created: he kills one person and once the body is beginning to decompose, he straps the body on the backs of his real targets using barbed wire. Ouch! Maybe it’s my deranged state of mind as someone who enjoys TV shows like CSI and movies like Saw, but I enjoyed most of the methods in which the serial killers Miller creates murders. He has a great imagination, and as in his previous novels, R.G. Miller does not hold back in his graphic detail.

The characters are consistent throughout the series. Isis is, as always, one to feel things deeply. She’s dedicated to her job and refuses to rest until she gets answers. Toni is more reasonable, although she can become a bit stubborn at times. I liked how during the course of the story the tension between the two was thick. The supporting characters at times are too much like Isis as far as sudden outbursts. I feel this should be limited to Isis’ trait because it gives her somewhat a softer side, trying to do more good in the world.

The only thing I really had a problem with: there were a lot of instances where I found the story to be a little “out there,” whether it’s police procedural or Isis’ and Toni’s personal life. There was a time when something terrible happens to Isis and another character witnessed the incident. Isis was blamed for it happening. I didn’t really care for that and it made me not like the blamer at all, although she wasn’t really a part of the story. I won’t be saying more in fear of giving away too much.

Basically, what you need to know is that Miller’s imagination is growing. His choice of plots is out of this world…in a good way. There are certain plot points that remain consistent in his four books of which I’m not a big fan; however, it doesn’t keep me from enjoying finding out what he has in store next.

Overall Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

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About

I’m 55 years old and I’ve been writing for 4 years. I’m a lover of old school R&B and soft Rock: I also like singing.I have 3 beautiful grandchildren that I love dearly. The Twins is the first of a trilogy which took me 3 years to complete. I love telling stories of suspense and I hope to be doing this, well…until I can’t do it no longer.

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