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Burning North Diamonds for Drugs

Posted October 13, 2016 by karenbaron in Adventure, Crime, Fiction, Review, Series / 0 Comments

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Burning North Diamonds for DrugsBurning North: Diamonds for Drugs by Phil Cuda
on January 28th 2016
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 494
Format: ebook
three-stars

In January 2000, the Australian federal government is alerted that smugglers are stealing flora and fauna in North Queensland. Two special undercover agents are sent to investigate. The agents uncover diamond and gold thefts, as well as huge quantities of drugs being trafficked into Northern Australia, North America and Europe as well as around the world by a huge Paris based crooked Global Corporation. The pair set out to destroy the drug cartel, which in turn sends out its own brand of killers to destroy the agents. A huge bounty is placed on the heads of the agents as they battle to thwart the corporation and stop its laundry list of crimes. From Cairns to the Gold Coast, to Paris and the jungles of Malaysia, to New York and Australia and back again to Paris, the battle rages on. With the agents finally on the cusp of closing down the corporation's illegal operations in Australia, they need to survive long enough to defeat the French connection. Phil Cuda was born in 1945 in Southern Italy. His parents moved to North Queensland when he was five. He says his parents "had four children and only the clothing on their backs after the war problems in Europe and more so in Italy. Australia was and is a land of opportunity for anyone who cares to work. I am a grandfather and love it." He still works in property development. Publisher's website: http: //sbprabooks.com/PhilCuda

My Thoughts:          The Australian version of James Bond

I had a hard time getting into this book. I would say that it took me at least 30% before I was ready to commit. I like a good crime story now and again. This one turned out fairly good.

I like Adams for the most part, and his partner Landers seemed like a nice enough guy. I kind of thought that Adams is a definite guy’s guy. I also thought his libido was fairly overactive. He seemed like a good agent, as he wasn’t just the team leader but completely part of the team. I truly backed up his partners and they did the same or him. Adams and Landers were very good at figuring things out.

Once the story got moving the action was superb. I enjoyed the different locations and getting to know a little bit about Australia. The other character were also believable. I feel that Mr. Cuda could have put a little more into his female characters. I liked his sister Ros Dante. She has spunk, I felt it made her seem realistic. I didn’t realize there was black market trade for Australian animals. I feel a little naive. I think that even though this book was fiction it opened my eyes to other parts of the world. I enjoyed reading about their adventures.

My rating is 3.5 stars. I really liked the book, slow start and all. I will recommend this to my male friends as I feel they would appreciate the story more.

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About Phil Cuda

Phil Cuda was born in 1945 in Southern Italy and moved to North Queensland when he was five. His parents had four children and very little else after the war in Italy. “Australia was and is a land of opportunity for anyone who cares to work. I am a grandfather and love it.” He works in property development.


Cape May by Holly Caster

Posted September 10, 2016 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Drama, Fiction, Review, Romance, Rural, Urban, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

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Cape May by Holly CasterCape May by Holly Caster
Published by TDC Publishing on September 3rd 2015
Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
Pages: 310
Format: ebook
four-stars

New Yorker Joanna Matthews is rapidly approaching 60 and desperate for a change. The last remotely daring thing she did—jumping into an unconventional marriage with her best friend Brian—happened 20 years ago. Now, their life’s comfortable, if routine. Joanna craves more and begins pursuing her long-deferred dream: owning and running a bed & breakfast. She’s captivated by Cape May, New Jersey, America's Oldest Seaside Resort. On the bus south, she meets a novelist, and is thunderstruck when she falls passionately in love for the first time. How will her late awakening affect the future and her three-decade relationship with Brian?

My take on this book:              Cape May by Holly Caster was totally different than what I thought it would be like. Holly Caster is a wonderful author. Her writing is truly amazing and I actually felt like I was there in New York or Cape May with these characters. The ending was wonderful, though. I am giving this book a four stars rating. It took me a while to get into the book as the beginning was kind of slow especially when we would go back in time to certain parts of Joanna’s or Michael’s lives. Other than that little problem I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Cape May is a really great book. It’s all third person point-of-view and is either with Joanna or Michael. I recommend this book to all adult book fans. It reminds me a little of Murder, She Wrote but not completely. I mean not the murder or mystery part, but Joanna reminds me a little of the way Jessica’s life changed after she retired. How she embraced her life and became what she wanted. I think that is what Joanna finally does. She made a decision and she stuck with it. Joanna became a better version of herself. I liked the emotional growth the character made through the story.

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About Holly Caster

Holly Caster writes an entertainment column for The Nyack Villager, has written dozens of articles for employee assistance websites, and is the Editor of two journals devoted to pain management education. She is hard at work on her next novel Anne/Island/Whales. She lives in the lower Hudson Valley Region with her playwright husband Tom Dudzick and their two cats Alfie and Bill.

Holly knew in 9th grade she wanted to be a writer after receiving an A+ on a paper about 1930’s actress Irene Dunne. That early triumphant high hooked her, and she’s been writing ever since. She grew up in an apartment full of books, with a mother who read more than cooked, a father who wrote for a living, and a sister who grew up to write for a living. She married a successful playwright, and gave birth to two children who grew up and are writers. Her earliest memories involve Dick & Jane, red and blue fish, magical wardrobes, and Captain Nemo’s submarine. She watched stories in her head and eventually wrote them down. Holly spends too much time watching films, from the 1930s through the present, would rather be in an art museum than almost anywhere, and would consider her perfect day spent in a European café with coffee and a book, resting her feet after being dazzled by Kandinski. She writes in her almost nonexistent free time, and considers herself blessed to work with words, whether her own or someone else’s.


Mordant by R.M. Dorn

Posted January 17, 2016 by karenbaron in Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Review, Science Fiction, Series, Supernatural / 0 Comments

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Mordant by R.M. DornMordant by Rosemary Hagedorn
Series: The Power of Nine #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Acorn Independent Press on September 4th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 322
Format: ebook
five-stars

Darric, a merciless warlord on the planet Vard, has finally defeated his enemies, although the lengthy war has all but destroyed his own planet. He must rebuild and train an army strong enough to invade Earth before his own planet becomes completely barren. It will take decades of hard work to prepare, but if he can get his hands on ancient relics that can magnify his deadly power, he will be ready to attack sooner than anyone could imagine.
Mordant was born into slavery. She does her best to keep her head down and blend in, but she hides a dangerous secret; she has the colours of magic in her mind. If her masters find out about them, she will be killed. Soon her magic will become too strong to hide. She must control it, or die.
With the help of her mother and a rebel spy, Mordant is given the chance to escape. Suddenly swept up into politics and conflicts she barely has time to understand, she must master new skills as mage, sword-master and spy. But the more she learns, the more dangerous the missions become: somehow she must reach Earth and deliver the urgent warning that Darric and his ferocious army are gaining strength and getting ever closer to their goal.

My take on this book:   Fantasy and Science Fiction collide is outstanding tale of a young girl’s bravery. A must read.

When I first heard about this book I loved the idea of it. I was extremely intrigued based on the plot summary. After I got the book and started reading it I was amazed at how well Mordant by Ms. Dorn was written. I am giving this book a five stars rating because of how well written it was, how it kept me interested, and it made me want to know more about the life Mordant lives in this book.

Ms. Dorn has an excellent imagination. I loved the way she brought Mordant’s world and the other worlds she talked about in other universes together. I loved some characters and had such extreme dislike for others. I could picture the world so easily. It was all amazing and I am still in awe about it right now as I am writing this review. Mordant’s world and she, herself, reminds me of the Star Wars worlds (a little bit anyway). I was so sucked in by the wonderful story that I was constantly thinking about it, wondering what would happen next when I picked up my Kindle Fire to read this book. I am happy that at the start of certain parts she gives a list of characters that will make an appearance, and at the very end she gives you a dictionary so that you can look up the words while reading or just wait until you are done reading like I did. I was just so amazed to see that the dictionary is there with terms that comes up in the book.

Mordant kept me guessing about a lot of things in the book. Like who her mom was, especially who her dad is, and a bunch of other things that happen throughout the book but that I don’t want to mention in this post and spoil anything. I am happy that I was asked to read this book and I am glad to say that I totally loved it. I am so hooked by this story that I want to read the other two books once they come out. I will be adding those to my to-be-read list. I am also going to recommended this book to everyone that is a sci-fi fan. This is such an awesome book to read and I hope that all of you will agree.

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Down the Wormhole by Ana Franco

Posted November 23, 2015 by karenbaron in Egypt Mythology, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Magic, Mythology, Norse Mythology, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Down the Wormhole by Ana FrancoDown the Wormhole by Ana Franco
Series: Wormhole #1
Series Rating: three-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on September 21st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 173
Format: ebook
three-stars

Medusa is a nice girl, Aphrodite is empowering, Loki vanished on thin air, Isis doesn’t have a memory and Anubis is the only sane one. Join them all in an adventure that mixes the styles of ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson. What this can possibly mean? Why, chaos, of course!

My take on this book: This book has a great storyline that I think Ana Franco did amazing at. I bet in her native language it would have been awesome. The translations need to be worked on as some of the sentences when read aloud sounded funny. Before you read this book, so that you won’t get lost, you should probably read An Apple Through the Wormhole and The Cat Inside the Wormhole. These two would be very helpful to read so that you won’t get lost in reading the book like I did. Otherwise the book is pretty good.

We see a bunch of different things and it’s very interesting with the way Ana France involved Greek, Egypt, and Norse myths together to make this series. I am giving this book a three star rating because it is really good but the translations at times kicked me out of the book before I get sucked back in. I really do like the different myths being put together as it makes a really interesting storyline. Down the Wormhole by Ana Franco is a great book and I might recommend it for other people to read if they don’t mind wonky translations. I wish Ms. Franco the best with this book series.

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About Ana Franco

Ana Franco was born in a small town on the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. She is known as a blogger under the name of “Ana the Bookworm” and her Young Adult novel, “Down The Wormhole”, is her first take in writing in English. Ana attends to college of Literature and Teaching in her country as well as she has taken courses in areas of Children’s Literature, Literature in schools, influences of the world wars at the world’s cultures and in writing for a global market.


GP Ghouls Night Out

Posted November 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Chick Lit, Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Ghosts, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Urban, Witches, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

GP Ghouls Night OutGhouls Night Out by Rose Pressey
Series: Larue Donavan #2
Series Rating: four-stars
Published by Magical Press on September 27th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 261
Format: ebook
four-stars

Larue Donavan is a bookstore owner by day and psychic medium ghost buster by night. Just when she thought she’d gotten rid of the pesky ghosts following her, a new ghostly entourage has appeared. Her new group of ghoul friends includes a celebrity…the ghost of Mae West. And does Mae ever have dating advice for Larue!
When a stranger shows up in Magnolia, Kentucky, things take a turn for the worse. Larue’s new love interest, Callahan Weiss, barista extraordinaire, isn’t sure if Larue is interested in what he’s got brewing. Something weird is going on in town and Larue’s best friend, Mindy, is in danger.
Has a demon followed Larue home from an investigation? Is the new man in town to blame for the strange occurrences? Not only is Larue trying to save Mindy, but the coven leader wants Larue to use her new spellbinding talents and become a full-time witch. Larue’s not sure she’s ready for her new paranormal gift though.
If Larue doesn’t find the source of the evil soon, she may lose all she holds dear.

My Thoughts:        Great story, solid 2nd book in this series. I couldn’t put it down.

Larue just can’t catch a break. She and Callahan try to pick up where they left off by going out on a date. When Callahan comes to pick her up Larue meets his Grandfather’s ghost, Seth. Then she gets an urgent phone call and they run off to assist her friends with a ghost busting gone bad. So, Larue has her next set of ghouls and what a fun bunch they are, Mae West and the James-Dean-wanna-be.

Even though Larue’s tough exterior is in place and she tries so hard to keep her attitude positive, the best intentions can go astray when someone is out to steal your life. Larue loses her base of human friends and she almost waits too long to ask for assistance from new acquaintances.

Larue needs to trust her instincts and allow Callahan to help her. He clearly is not fazed by whatever she throws at him. I think they are a great couple.

I really like this series. I love the play between the ghosts and Larue when she is with humans and even without other humans around. She is such a smart, honest, friendly character. Magnolia sounds like a wonderful little town, if slightly filled with paranormal activity. I am recommending it to my friends.

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About Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.

Rose suffers from Psoriatic Arthritis and has knee replacements. She might just set the world record for joint replacements. She’s soon having her hips replaced, elbows, and at least one shoulder.