Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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"Night Caller" is a story in the volume collection, Single Chicas


#4 Night Caller

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: DANGEROUS CURRENTS by Kathryn Knight


Malorie Montgomery was looking for a fresh start in Cape Cod. She never expected to stumble upon a human foot―one that belonged to a dead woman.

Story started off kinda slow. It was the discovery of the dead body that began to simmer some tepid curiosity. Who was this woman? How did she end up in an unmarked grave? And was this an accident...or murder? With her mind a whirlwind of chaos, Malorie could barely hold it together. Fortunately―or rather unfortunately―she had the aid of an old flame, one who broke her heart into smithereens.

The story had the makings of turning into a decent mystery, however, it continued to hold a consistent lag, which may be the reason why I couldn't develop a connection with the characters. I just didn't care about them as much as I should've, and I should have felt something for them considering the weight of emotion contained within the story. Although the author had a good writing craft, I just wasn't too taken by the story.

My rating: 2 stars

Review: BELLA COVE by Rochelle Katzman


Kayla never dreamed of being the sole matriarch of her family when she returned to Bella Cove. She certainly didn’t expect to gain ownership of a toy store. In fact, her heart still ached for what she left behind in California. Or, more specifically, who she left in California. For as long as she could remember, there was no one other than Gabe.

Story kind of got off to a slow start, but seemed to gain a rather steady traction. Still, it wasn’t fast enough for me. It also had a few too many characters for my liking. I kept on reading, hoping that it would pick up with something interesting. But, alas…

Although the writing was pretty good, I just couldn’t really get into this rather mundane story of second chance love.

My rating: 2 stars

Review: TAGAN’S CHILD by Amelia Ford


After her sister’s death, Sophie must now care for her nephew, Toby, also known as Tagan’s child. Suddenly, the two are in grave danger, and Sophie learns that the boy was “special and unusual.” Mmm, interesting.

The danger ploy was obviously intriguing, making me wonder about the mystery behind Tagan and his child. I mean, what was all the commotion? Who were they? And why did they want to kill the boy?

Like I said, this was an interesting premise…for the first few chapters. Unfortunately, I could not get past the lagging pace, which was deterring. And the fact that this war was due to some government conspiracy was lame and confusing, and it did not help the story any.

My rating: 2 stars

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Independence Book Giveaway

I will be giving away 5 copies of my book, Single Chicas.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review: SAVANNAH SLEUTH by Alan Chaput


 
 
Though born to heirloom pearls, designer dresses and lush garden parties, Savannah social icon Patricia Falcon and three of her closest friends spend their days in Savannah's dark side rescuing abused women. Patricia's darling mother, a prominent philanthropist, drops dead, and the police are baffled by her untimely death. Patricia recruits her three friends to help her investigate what she believes is murder. "Savannah Sleuth" is a page-turning journey from Savannah's Southern wealth and grace into the hidden corners of Savannah and across two continents in a deadly pursuit of justice.  


My review: Justice calls…but will she answer?

Being a volunteer for a women’s abuse center, Patricia Falcon must be wary and vigilant, which is why she has to carry a gun. The thing is that she’s never really used it and tends to wonder if she ever will if the time comes.
 

Story had a steady, leisurely pace, which I’m sure is synonymous with the lifestyle of Savannah. And just like Savannah, it also had that murky, historical train of mystery in every corner. It would seem that the story had several unanswered questions. Who was that vagrant that’s been following Patricia and how does he know so much about her? What conspiracy lies behind Trey’s (Patricia’s husband) work at the Savannah Coalition? And, most importantly, who killed Patricia’s mother and why?

 
This was a pretty good book, but I kind of wished it would’ve had a faster pace. But the author definitely created a quaint, tight-knit story set against the comforting opulence of Savannah.  
 

Will this Savannah sleuth figure it all out?

 

My rating: 3 stars

Monday, May 21, 2018

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