Category: Reviews

Review: POISON by Galt Niederhoffer

51RENPsWuDLPOISON by Galt Niederhoffer / Thriller / Released Nov 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Review by Heather Haven

Cass, a widow from New York City with two children, meets architect Ryan Connor, who sweeps her off her feet. They end up marrying, moving to Portland, Maine, having a son, and buying a Victorian fixer upper. They are totally and completely happy. Or are they? The house seems to be in constant need of something, as suddenly does the rest of her life. Cass is unable to cope.

Ryan begins to stay late at work more and more. Is it another woman? Is it her inability to be who she once was? Or is she going mad? Why is everyone turning against her? Even her own mother testifies against Cass at a competency hearing in her ability to take care of her two older children. Where is her once idyllic, storybook life? And her life only tumbles down from there.

The author, Galt Niederhoffer, is a master at creating a world in which this woman is being psychologically tortured, either by herself or others. The reader sees the minutest details of her in the throes of losing her mind. In a very close and personal third person point of view, it’s almost as if the author has experienced a situation akin to the one she writes. But that is often the mark of a fine writer, to wear the skin of others. Poison is a sometimes difficult book to read, but the writing is beautiful, intense, and believable.

Blog Tour: DADDY NEEDS A DATE by Sean Michael

51dfKay8+BLThank you so much to Book Breeze for having me today!

DADDY NEEDS A DATE by Sean Michael / Romance / Released Dec 18, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

I’ve brought an excerpt from Daddy Needs a Date. I loved writing this story about the daddy who would do anything for his daughters. Anything at all.

This excerpt is of the first meeting between Ryan and Alex.

Continue reading “Blog Tour: DADDY NEEDS A DATE by Sean Michael”

Review: LEFT TO CHANCE by Amy Sue Nathan

51xSI1ZVj9L._SY346_LEFT TO CHANCE by Amy Sue Nathan / YA / Released Nov 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin

“Left to Chance” by Amy Sue Nathan is an engaging read, the author’s voice capturing my attention immediately, and the story line holding my attention from beginning to end.

“Left to Chance” is heroine Teddi Lerner’s journey to a past she’s been trying to avoid for six years. Back in Chance, her small home town in Ohio, lay memories of her deceased best friend, her best friend’s surviving daughter and husband, and their joint friends who feel abandoned by Teddi’s six year absence which began before her friend’s funeral even Continue reading “Review: LEFT TO CHANCE by Amy Sue Nathan”

Review: MAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau / Get a FREE book!

61cHoeaY5iLMAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau / Women’s Crime Fiction / Released Nov 16, 2017 by Madison Press

I have been in love with libraries since Hunts Foods (the ketchup people) built one next to my elementary school over a half century ago.  Nestled in the trees with train tracks running behind it I always saw it as MY portal to adventure.

Well, if it’s an adventure you seek jump on the MAD Librarian train as librarian Serenity Hammer tries to save her library. Continue reading “Review: MAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau / Get a FREE book!”

Review: IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE by Leah Weiss

cover97101-mediumIF THE CREEK DON’T RISE by Leah Weiss • Women’s Fiction • Sourcebook Landmark • Released August 8, 2017

I am a big fan of books that jump right into it and in the first sentence we experience the heart of this story: Sadie Blue getting back up on her feet after her husband has hit her.

IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE takes place in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. The chapters are like quilt blocks, each one told by a different character, each contributing to the overall quilt/story. Each has a unique voice and perspective. The amazing aspect of this type of storytelling is that we get to see each character from every angle giving us a full understanding of who they are. Continue reading “Review: IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE by Leah Weiss”

Review: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Melissa Pimentel

51unp28xXlLTHE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Melissa Pimentel • Romance • St. Martin’s Press • Released Aug 22, 2017

Book Review by Colleen L Donnelly 

 

“The One That Got Away” has the air of the Bridget Jones Diary series – a young woman amidst the complications of family and peers, telling and recounting the story of that one love – Ethan – who was there, and then not, but might be again.

Ruby is a quick-witted and slightly sour heroine, a modern girl fully up to date on who and what’s in, and doing her best to operate both as she navigates her sister’s wedding where the ex love of her life appears also. Because of Ruby’s speed in a generation that insists on it, I was a bit slow catching up with Pimentel’s dive into the story – the jargon, the current trends, and Ruby’s compulsion to stay on top, causing me to flounder before I attached to Ruby and cheered her on. But I did. And it was worth it – for anyone else not of that generation or speed.

I applaud Pimentel. She tells a story of Then and Now without chapters, switching back and forth from third person in the Then, to first person in the Now, sandwiching Ruby’s and Ethan’s happily ever after…or not between past and present events. There was never a lull in the story, the writing keeping pace with the setting, leaving me intrigued and wondering how, why, and if Ruby and Ethan would ever make it.

The characters are real and humorous, Ruby’s biting inner thoughts toward family, friends, and coworkers who deserve those judgments, entertaining. This is a light and fun read with situations and people we can relate to, and a smattering of profanity that like Bridget Jones, suited the characters and their lives.

If you are looking for a humorous romance that includes some of the downsides of love and life and still makes you smile, “The One That Got Away” is right for you.

Colleen L Donnelly http://www.colleenldonnelly.com/

New Release: MAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau

61cHoeaY5iLMAD LIBRARIAN by Michael Guillebeau • Mystery/Women’s Crime • Madison Press • Releasing Nov 16, 2017

MAD Librarian is women’s crime humor that reads like Breaking Bad: The Library Edition. When the city cuts off funding for her library, Serenity Hammer embezzles from a neglected city fund that turns out to be the conduit for all state political corruption. Now she has all the money she needs to build the library her city deserves—if she can do it fast and stay alive.

Cayocosta72 reviews said, “This book is truly every librarian’s dream come true. After fighting budget battles over and over again, librarian Serenity has lost her library funding. What’s a librarian gonna do? How about ripping off the city that’s ripping off its citizens? Serenity begins helping herself to the funds that local politicians have been setting aside for their own personal “rainy day “. With the money she amasses she can build a library to thrill readers everywhere. Problem is, those politicians aren’t too thrilled to see their money disappearing and they plan to do anything to get it back. Why in the world are libraries always under threat? A funny, moving story of our most precious institutions under threat.” 

 

Half of all profit from MAD Librarian will go to the Awesome Foundation for Library Innovation. The intended audience for this book is anyone who is mad about all that our libraries have to do with too little support, and dream of what they could do with more.

MICHAEL GUILLEBEAU has published three mystery novels and two anthologies. His first book, Josh Whoever (Five Star Mysteries, 2013) received a starred review in Library Journal, and was named a Debut Mystery of the Month by Library Journal. His last anthology, Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now, won the 2017 Silver Falchion Readers’ Choice Award. Guillebeau has published over twenty short stories, including three in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. 

Michael Guillebeau lives in Madison, Alabama and Panama City Beach, Florida. For more information, see www.michaelguillebeau.com.

PERSONAL NOTE:  I am excited that Michael contacted me with his latest release.  I LOVED Josh Whoever.  His story, characters, pacing were spot-on.  I am eagerly awaiting a review copy of his new book.  In the meantime I will share with you my review of Josh Whoever from the March 2013 edition of The Book Breeze.

Josh WhoeverJOSH WHOEVER By Michael Guillebeau • Publisher: Five Star Publishing • Pages: 284 • Genre: Mystery

This is a tough book to review not because I didn’t love it but because I loved it so much I want to tell you everything. But no spoilers here; I won’t deprive you of the wonderful journey of JOSH WHOEVER.

From the cover: “Josh burned out on saving the world years ago. Now he’s a small-time con man who wants to stay drunk in the back room of the Western World bar between scams.”

No, Josh is no hero yet through a set of circumstances or divine guidance Josh is thrust into the case of the missing daughter from the Russian mob. If he fails he is promised an ugly death. However, it isn’t fear of dying that keeps him going but a promise to a grieving mother.

You aren’t likely to forget Guillebeau’s characters as they come to life on the page in a story seasoned with naivety and cynicism and the choices we make.

JOSH WHOEVER is a tale of humanity told with humor and sadness and a sense of hope that even the worst of us can achieve perfection, if only for a moment.