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This week's question


Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?


I haven't been book blogging very long. At first I thought that no one would request me to review their book, especially since I don't have that many followers. But since I started this blog I've had a decent follow of requests (even though sometimes I'd bad and don't get through the review in a timely manner).

 Before blogging and before I started writing myself, I had no idea how hard it is to market a book yourself.  My first book Lucidity is currently on amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008KB0L64 and the purpose of this blog was to generate readers. But I actually enjoy talking about other writer's books more,I feel like I might generate that one reader who will tip the scales for them. There are a lot of good indie books out there that get passed over for what's selling right now.


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Today's Topic:

What's the last book that made you cry?

For me that's "Life Without Summer" by Lynne Griffin

Synopsis:

Tessa Gray's life changes forever when she loses her four-year-old daughter Abby in a hit-and-run accident outside her preschool. As she grapples with a terrible grief, made worse by the police's insistence that the case is unsolvable, she finds her only solace in Celia Reed, the grief counselor her husband's pushed her to see, and in the journal she's begun keeping, where she compulsively counts the "days without Abby" and maps out her plan for catching the driver who tore her family apart.
Celia struggles to keep Tessa from getting caught up in a bleak crusade for answers, but she finds that their sessions open the door to emotions she's spent years ignoring, forcing her to face the rising tensions in her own life-- her troubled teenage son, her alcoholic ex-husband, and her fragile new marriage. Celia soon begins to realize that she must come to terms with the tragic mistakes of her own past and the choices that have led her family to the brink of destruction.

Life Without Summer 
is a haunting portrait of two women whose lives converge unexpectedly when the answers one needs turn out to be the other's only chance for peace.

The scene that got me is when Tessa visits the kindergarten teacher who is in part responsible for her daughter's death. She failed to make sure that Abby stayed with class and that is how she ends up the victim of a hit and run. The teacher gives Tessa a tiny broken egg, the one Abby was holding when she died. It's very touching moment. Tessa is able to connect with the teacher through their shared pain even though Tessa is angry with her for her role in Abby's death. 


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Spot Light: Red Sand By Ronan Cray


Teaser: Your cruise ship has sunk into cold unforgiving depths of the ocean. Nearly everyone on board has perished. But you are one of the lucky survivors moving slowly toward a nearby island. Or so you think. This is no ordinary island, and it is not the salvation you were hoping for as you drifted away from the wreckage of the Princess Anne. The inhabitants are far less than friendly and surviving your encounter with them will be far more daunting than escaping a watery grave. What you do now will determine your fate, but you'll have to hurry the fragile society around you is crumbling and a devastating hurricane is on the horizon.

Did I Like it: Yes! I think this an excellent adventure story, complete with betrayal, murder, and suspense. The story is carefully constructed with thrilling action scenes. This wasn't the first time a novel took me to a wayward island, but I enjoyed the author's spin on this theme.    What I liked best about this story is the action from start to finish. There are very few stagnant moments, and I think that works well this type of story. The characters are in danger, they face life threatening situations, and their decisions are crucial. There is a sense of urgency but the situations the characters are in leave them few options and this creates a constant tension between them. They won't all survive their ordeal, some will perish, others will be captives, but no one is going home.  I admit that I'm sucker for books with flowery detail. But I found the author's clear and concise writing style refreshing. In place of length description the author does a fantastic job of using dialogue to tell this story. Because of some of the language I recommend this book for teens or adults. 


Caveats: None

Overall Rating: 5/5

Who's it for?:

Adventure/action lovers
Suspense/ Thriller readers
General readers
Adult fiction readers.


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This Week's Question: 


Q: What book do you think would make a great Halloween movie? Please explain in graphic detail of goriness...






I'd have to go with "The Mephisto Club" by Tess Gerritsen provided it wasn't done by the same people who made the show "Rizzoli and Isles". This novel is one of her typical medical thrillers, but it has a fantastical undertone with demons and the supernatural. This gave the book an air of creepiness that some her other thrillers didn't have. A mysterious organization and ritualistic murders.  I don't want to go into graphic detail but I'll post the synopsis here  

Via Amazon:

Evil exists. Evil walks the streets. And evil has spawned a diabolical new disciple in this white-knuckle thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.


PECCAVI
The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman’s brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It’s a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O’Donnell–Jane’s professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

On top of Beacon Hill, the club’s acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us. 

With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it’s clear that someone–or something–is indeed prowling the city. The members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own–or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness? 

Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced . . . one whose work is only just beginning.

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Today's Question:


Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Is it to one day become an author yourself, just for fun, maybe get some online attention, or maybe something very different?


I'd like my blog to be a popular place for indie authors and readers in general. Initially I started it to promote my own book, but over the last few weeks I've found that I like reading and reviewing other's people's work a lot more. Mainly I just want to connect with other people that have a passion for reading and writing. 



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Today's Question:

Q: What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately - that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.


 "Aztec" by Gray Jennings had me running to the dictionary and feeling like a grade school kid instead of a college student. An excellent and lengthy read featuring fun words like "promptitude"  and "adjuration" and "salacious" . But learning new words has always been one of my favorite parts or reading.

So get reading:

http://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Gary-Jennings/dp/0765317508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348802752&sr=8-1&keywords=aztec


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Let's Read It: "Heaven's Fate"


"Scheming Empress, Legendary Swords, A prince, sounds like an epic adventure..." 

Teaser: Protagonist, Thame Elliot is an expert in a magic based martial art called “Rietsu”.  He is on a journey to avenge the untimely death of his father and rebuild a mystical sword, known as the “Sword of Tundra”. He is constantly troubled by the meddlesome ways of his aunt, Empress Autumn, whose grand design will place their nation on the path to a devastating war. Thame will have to resist the manipulative ways of both his aunt and his spiritual guide, who habitually impedes his pathway to the greater good. Faced with the ever constant quandaries and the looming threat of his spiritual twin, bent on his assassination, will young Thame become the hero he is meant to be?



Did I like it? : It has a wide array of characters, with decent pacing and doesn't tend to drag between plot points. The novel has a complete concept and encompasses the proper scale of a fantasy world. The story is meant to be grand and that is exactly how it feels. The dialogue between characters is generally engaging and adds to the development of the plot.

This book has a lot of merits however at times the author’s  writing style tends to make the story feel disjointed and leads exponential detail that is not always necessary. Though the story is based in a fantasy world, the use of modern terms can sometimes be slightly confusing. Some of the terminology makes the fantasy too ambiguous to place.

  However, as an introduction to the fantasy genre I think readers would enjoy this book. For readers that aren’t regulars of the genre, fantasy worlds can seem cumbersome and over bearing.  What I liked best about this book is that it was enjoyable for me to read as a non fantasy aficionado ( I do dabble in it though).  It is an epic classic type grand story. Overall I liked this book, and with a little polish, I think this author can be a real contender in the fantasy genre.


Caveats:  None


Who’s It For:

  • ·         New fantasy readers
  • ·         Casual readers
  • ·         All ages
  • ·         Heavy fantasy readers


Overall Rating: 3.5/5 

Let's Read It: "Disemblance"


“There are three worlds that we live in, fantasy, reality, and actuality, murder crosses between all three…”


 Teaser: Jason and Isaac Tanner are brothers, they don’t always get along, but there is one thing they can agree on. Their father is not the murderer known as the “Comfort Killer”.  The child of technological mastermind, Jason spends most of his young life living in the holographic world his father created. When their father is murdered, Jason, Isaac and their spunky next door neighbor Boston, are thrust into dire situation of life and death. Someone was trying to frame their father for murder and Jason is the next target. ..



Why You’ll Love It/Did I like it?:  I’m not an advent science fiction reader, but suspense thriller is one  of my absolute favorite genres. As introduction to either of these genres “Dissemblance” is an excellent addition. The novel is well written. The pace is a bit slow in the beginning, however this necessary to set up the intricate details of the scenario and gives the reader a chance to understand the respective characters.  When the story does pick up the pace it transforms into a real thriller. At times I had difficulty discerning whether Jason was in the real world or in the holographic reality. At some points it seems the like the main character is simply losing his mind, but that is truly part of the fun.  The author makes good use of dialogue, and gives the characters their voices rather than constantly narrating the story and I found this refreshing and enjoyable. Like most thrillers the novel has plot twists and turns, all of which work well. I liked that the author did not try to overwork the story with twists. Overall, I liked and enjoyed this novel.

Caveats: None

Who’s it for:

·         Casual readers
·         Advent readers
·         All ages
·         Suspense lovers
·         Science fictions readers

Overall Rating: 4.5/5



Around The Hop! Around The Hop!

Today's Question:  What book did not live up to its hype

This is going to be a weird answer but I don't know. I don't read fad books, unless of course I was reading it before it become popular. That's right no "Twilight", "Game of Thrones", "Hunger Games".... I read the first two Harry Potters as a child and never went back. 

Perhaps you guys could suggest some hyped books that were actually decent. I don't read young adult so don't bother with those. 

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This week's question:


Q: Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you've read and loved?.


The is a book from my brother's collection. I absolutely love this cover, there's so much action in this scene. 






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The Week's Question: 

What is the worst book cover for a book you love?

A good cover will make me pick up a book, but it's not a deal breaker for me, and a good story and what moves the book for the store ( or amazon) to my collection. Every now and then I see a cover change I don't care for. Here's some from two of my favorite authors. 


Michelle Moran: Nefertiti 

This book has more cover changes than I can count.The first one on the left is the one I have and my favorite. The last on the right is my least favorite. 






Tess Gerritsen:  The Sinner

Tess is one my favorite author's and I'd followed her series for years. The book covers started getting revamps after t.v. series launch. The original on the left is fantastic. The last one is lackluster.

 

Let's Read It: Confessions Fact or Fiction


It’s a cliché to say that the truth is stranger than fiction, the truth has to work within the bonds to reality, but fiction can be anything we wish…

Teaser/Why you’ll love it: This book is an anthology of wonderfully talented writers.  Each story could easily work as a standalone. You’ll find yourself wanting to know more, as each tale varies in length and some end abruptly. Many of the accounts are personal tales, and the authors do an excellent job walking the line between fantasy and reality. Even though you’re aware that not all of the stories in the anthology are real, you’ll find yourself wondering about is each one. Considering that the stories are short, this anthology that can be enjoyed over a period of weeks. It’s an excellent choice someone that likes reading a little at time but also being thoroughly entertained.

One important thing to consider when reading this book: “Does your perception of the stories and the authors vary based upon which ones seem real and which seem contrived?” Stories like the ones presented in this anthology are sent to publishers every day, most are rejected as novels. However, it is often true that same story would be accepted is submitted as memoir or true story. Consider that when reading this book.

Did I like it?: Overall yes, I found each story engaging, some of them blended together seamlessly, others ended abruptly when I was looking for more. When I was reading, it was easy to forget that many of the accounts were not all real. In fact I had a difficult time discerning which of the authors wrote factual story and which were simply spinning a tale. The use of person narration works well in this anthology, and adds to the illusion of realism. After finishing the entire collection I still have no idea which stories were true, however that is part of the fun. I would both recommend and read this book again.

Caveats: None

Who’s it for:

·         Casual readers
·         Advent readers
·         All ages
·         Anthology/short story lovers

Overall Rating:  5/5

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Another Hop Carry On!

Today's Question: What blogger inspires you?

Answer: I don't have a favorite blogger or one that inspires me particularly, but I love to see a blog that's work of progress. That looks as though the owner put a lot of time into building and perfecting their craft.


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Let's Read It: "Hell To Pay"


In this riveting suspense thriller, the next corner you turn might just lead straight to hell…

Teaser: Detective Michael Bailey is a man haunted by the past and tormented by the present. As an officer of the law it’s his job to protect those in his city. Then why have things gone array? Failures tend to find Bailey at every turn and each crime he cannot bring to justice, each life he is unable to save, becomes another nail in his coffin. The only thing that seems to be left is the bottle, but even alcohol has long become something Bailey can’t handle. As the murders continue to pile up one man, George Graham, keeps ending up on the short list of suspects. Is he really just a middle aged shop owner living out his days in solitude after the death of his mother? Or is it more likely that George simply can’t control himself, can’t take the agony of his rejections and shortcomings? Something is lurking beneath his exterior and it’s more sinister than anyone can imagine…

Why you’ll Love it: Hell to Pay” is a story that skips the flowery lead in and dives right in. It’s a lengthier read and well worth spending a few afternoons with. A suspense thriller intricately weaved with supernatural; the novel will have you questioning everything you think you know about reality.  “Hell to Pay” is frightening, with demons, and ghosts and shadows lurking around each corner. It is heavy on all of its aspects, drama, tension, and action, which truly make this into a memorable tale.

Did I like it? : I found the novel particularly enjoyable as a suspense, thriller buff myself, “Hell to Pay” makes an excellent addition to my book collection. I felt like the author really knew where he was going with the story from beginning to end and each part left me wanting for the next. The stranger the story became the more I found myself wanting to know more. Bailey is a fantastic lead, and I felt that author made good use of the supporting characters. Antagonist, George, was perhaps my favorite; I could figure him out in the beginning, and I was completely enthralled with what he developed into.

Favorite Quotes:

“Yes. That God is dead and this is it. I‘ve heard junkies talking about how this is really Hell and that straight people are too stupid to realize it.”

“Be good boy, the devil‘s looking for you . . . and sent his hound to find you.”

Caveats: This book is for adults, contains adult situations, and violence.

Overall Rating: 5/5


Let's Read it: Deconstructing Infatuation


Deconstructing Infatuation” will have one rethinking the old phase, “love will make you do crazy things”. It is infatuation that leads us spiraling downward into the unknown, running face first with our eyes closed.

Teaser: Helene is a woman not terribly different from any other. She has a career, as a literary agent, an annoying roommate, and a steady boyfriend; her life is coming along as planned. However, when her roommate, Marleen, sublets a room in their apartment to an attractive man, Tiziano, Helene faces the ultimate test of her fidelity.  Charming, good looking, and new, Tiziano quickly captures Helene’s attention. His presence further highlights the shortcomings of her with relationship with boyfriend Mark. Helene is torn between the man she has a long standing bond with, and the fiery connection that could be with Tiziano.  Can Helene remain faithful? Or will she succumb to intriguing allure of the sultry stranger.

Why you’ll love it: “Deconstructing Infatuation” is a short, lightening fast read, but it gets the job done. Despite its description, the story is not too heavily bogged down in drama, and the author makes excellent use of humor. The lighthearted parts make a fantastic contrast to the main character’s trials. The story isn’t merely a tale of adultery, it examines the rush of emotion and perhaps irrationality that comes with infatuation.  


Did I like it? : The short answer is yes. As a rational creature I found myself angry with Helene’s character. How could someone be so instantly fascinated with a stranger, that they are willing to sacrifice a relationship they’ve put time and effort into? Perhaps this question arose because I’ve never been infatuated in such a manner. I think other readers will be asking themselves the same thing. I found myself loathing the way, the protagonist, Helene, behaves in the story mainly because her change is so sudden. However, life is something that changes suddenly and upon further evaluation, I feel that the character’s and situation are fairly realistic. A book which forces you to ask questions or evokes feelings for a character is one certainly worth reading. 

Caveats:  The book is for adults, due to adult situations I would not necessarily recommend this for young teens.

Overall Rating: 3.9/5

And The Hop Goes On!

Today's Question:


What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?

Answer:

This blog is new less than a month old. It's also a work in progress, I make changes and get better as I go. So there's nothing I would change it I started from scratch. I'd love to hear suggestions about what I could do to make it better though.







Let's Read It: The Earle's


A dark tale of a twisted family and the innocent people who become their victims…

Teaser: Carolyn is a young, beautiful, successful woman with a loving husband and her entire life ahead of her. However, her future quickly begins to look bleak when she is taken hostage in the unforgiving back woods of her town by a warped family with devilish intentions. The Earles are keeping more than furnaces and equipment in the basement. They’re holding women captive and Carolyn will have to avoid becoming the next one to meet her end at their hands.  Schizophrenic, Phoenix, along with hot tempered mother and father enjoy using their imprisoned as prey but Carolyn along with fellow captive Greta will give them the hunt of their lives. It will soon become clear that winning this game of torture and terror won’t an easy victory for either side, when Carolyn finds herself fighting for the most important asset she has, her life.

Why you’ll Love it: “The Earle's” is dark, gritty and a little gory. As a thriller it’s got nearly everything going for it. The introduction of the crazed family is well written, there’s an immediate sense of what we’ll be dealing with for remainder of the story. You meet a family that doesn’t seem quite right and then directly after you meet the young woman tied up in the father’s pickup. The sense of fear is instant and overwhelming.  The pace is just right and urgency and desperation of the characters really shines through, an enjoyable thriller for genre aficionados and newcomers alike.

Did I like it? : I found “The Earle's” to be an exhilarating read.  The story is a fine edition to this genre.  It kept my attention and there were no moments where I felt like the story had fallen completely flat, or that the author was trying to compensate for lack of substance with filler. Just when you start to feel safe again, one of these thrillers makes you look twice at every person you meet.


Caveats: This story is adult, it includes violence, references to torture and the overall theme may not be suited for younger readers.

Overall Rating:  3.7/5

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Synopsis:


Following the sudden and shocking death of her sister, twenty year old Rhegan discovers that she has been gifted with the remarkable ability to both affect the present and alter the past through her dreams. 


Armed with this power she sets out to change her sister’s fate and make an impression on the world around her in ways she never thought possible. However, when the reckless use of her abilities results in the deaths of innocent people, Rhegan must reexamine her power and herself. 

But unbeknownst to her, time has been running out since her first leap into the past and something that has been lurking in the dark during her travels will soon make its appearance to collect a debt from her present.

In this first installment of Lucidity, Rhegan and best friend Danni must begin to unravel the mystery behind their abilities and discern just how many people have been traversing the night unseen to worldly eye.


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008KB0L64

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Last promotion "Lucidity" made it to #2 in Supernatural and #42 in Suspense.

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This Week's Question:

Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?




I've never actually thought about this, but I tend to read more when I'm in a bad mood, than when I'm happy. Unless I'm already hopelessly indulged in a book that is. Reading is an excellent way to jump of out a crappy  mood and into another world. You can take your mind off the ills of reality and fall into the land of fantasy/romance/thriller/suspense ect... There's no mood that can't be improved by a book!



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Lucidity part 2 excerpt


Chapter 2
(Flashback Kadja)

My babies need to eat; it is all I can think about waiting in line. The people among me snicker at my presence, but their petty taunting will not discourage me. Sadea’s illness has even kept her from dreaming. My brother Raame wonders if she’ll live. No doctor will see us; they are afraid of being haunted by spirits or cursed. The people that bring aid relief, they don’t believe in such things. They’ve even converted some of the neighbors to their religion.
The help Sadea needs is inside. I avert my eyes from the others and inch ever closer, my little ones coughing fits still resonating in my head, along with Lyra’s frightened gaze. A woman takes me, when my turn arrives.
“My child is sick”. I tell her.
“Some many sick ones this month” she replies. “Wait here”. She leaves me alone and I watch others in the tent being seen. These people who had all once cursed the arrival of strangers, now lined up with their hands open but not their minds. Thinking they could simply slip in and take what they needed inconspicuously. They would be shamed in the village square at the end of the week.
“He’ll go with you” the woman says approaching me. There is a man beside her, he smiles gently, and helps me up. He is half a foot taller than me, thin, but sturdy in his build, with dark brown eyes, and softly curled hair. He begins moving towards the exit and I follow.
“Come this way,” I tell him.
 “What are the child’s symptoms?” he questions.
“She can barely eat, she vomits most of it when she does, she has terrible coughing fits, and she’s been running a fever on and off for the last week.”
We walk in silence until we reach my home the man seems to be deep in thought. My mother greets us at the entrance, little Lyra is peaking from behind her skirt.
“Did you bring someone,” she asks.
“Yes, this is…”
“Dr. Haamed,” he interjects.
Sadea is lying in bed in the adjacent room, she is still like the dead and fear overwhelms me.
“Sadea!” I shriek.
Haamed calmly pushes me aside. He kneels down next to Sadea and places a thermometer in her mouth.
“103 degrees,” he says.
He then listens to her heart and lungs.
“Her symptoms seem similar to those of these other children in village.”
“Many of them have already started to recover; I positive she’ll be all right,” he finishes.
Haamed gives me medicine for Sadea. He explains when and how to administer it, one bottle is for her fever, once a day, the other bottle for her cough, two times a day.
“She’ll pull through, I promise,” he says.
“Do you need me to guide you back?” I ask.
“That’s all right” he responds. “I’ll make it.”
“If she doesn’t improve come and find me right away, don’t wait line, and just tell them Haamed sent you.”
 I nod my head in acknowledgment; he leaves me one last easy smile, before turning his back to leave.
That night I wait at Sadea’s bedside, mother and Lyra have already fallen asleep. I imagine that somewhere Sadea is walking in the land of dreams, even though I can see her spirit tonight. That’s where she must be, enjoying herself, skipping below the tree tops and spying on incest nests. There isn’t any pain or discomfort for her there.
The next morning Sadea opens her eyes. She makes slow progress over the next few days as her grandmother tends her side, while I work the fields. I wondered if Haamed was still in the village and muddle the idea of going back the relief location. I should at least thank him.
He is visible a few feet from the town entrance, I can see him smiling and laughing at the children. They must be those that have recently recovered as well. He looks up at me, as I approach.
“So there you are,” he exclaims. “Is everything okay, Sadea, I mean”.
I nod my head yes.
“That’s good,” he says. “I should come have another look at her.”
We walk side by side to my home. He looks as though he wishes to say something, but hesitates each time.
“The people here are a bit superstitious huh,” he attempts to say casually.
“They seem to think something unnatural is going on here.” He seems perturbed by what he has just suggested, and we walk silently for a moment.
“If something occurs how can it be unnatural, the fact that an event takes place at all, whether created by man, beast or otherwise must be natural,” I argue.
“That’s what I think anyway.”
“I think so as well,” he answers.
Sadea is up and moving around by the time we reach my home. She still seems a bit lethargic. She walks toward me and wraps her arms around waist and buries her head in my stomach.
“Are you all right, honey?” I ask. I can feel her nodding her head up and down. Pushing her away from me gently, I make her sit down.
“It’s okay he’s just going to look at you.” Haamed kneels down to her level; he takes her pulse and shines a small light into her eyes. He then listens to her heartbeat and lungs.
“Her lungs sound clear,” he says. “She’s breathing normally, her pulse is strong.”
“How do you feel?” he asks her directly. Sadea hesitates for a moment.
“It’s okay,” I reassure her.
“I feel fine,” she says nearly inaudible. Haamed grins at her.
“You’ll tell your mother if you feel ill again, won’t you?”
“I will,” she replies.
“Most of the other children have recovered as well,” Haamed tells me as we exit the house.
“It’s true, what they say about us”. He looks genuinely surprised.
“Earlier, I wasn’t necessarily talking about you,” he offers in response.
“They told you though, right…told you there’s something wrong with us that we’re spirit wanderers.” He stares at me as though he has no idea what to say.
“It’s true, we are.” I’d never willingly told anyone before, not even people who already knew, yet I felt comfortable enough with this stranger to share my secret. He mulls it over for awhile.
“Kadja, I’m not sure that’s possible,” he says softly. 

Let's Read It: Not Much of a Crime


An intricate tale of lies, manipulation and insatiability, “Not Much of a Crime” distorts the lines between integrity and corruption…

Teaser:

Allison King is an unexpected protagonist. Formerly known as Amy Goodlove one of the most successful adult film star’s of her era, Allison has grown into a smart, wealthy business owner. When a phantom stalker from her past reemerges to wreak havoc on her new life, Allison becomes tangled in world more perilous and shadowy than the set of any film… crime and politics. Not everyone in the once quiet city of Charleston is thrilled about King’s arrival and when her lobby for the rights of the adult industry in the city gets under the skin of a wealthy former senator, she finds herself entangled in murderous plot at the hands of two ruthless people. A strong woman not afraid of her questionable past, Allison fights back by running for town council. But holding her ground will not be so easy in the face of those with power, money and greed on their side. ..

Why you’ll love it:

“Not much of a Crime” is a carefully written and detailed drama. Its best aspect is by far its fantastic cast of characters, tough female leads which make the story rather than simple adhering to the typical “strong woman” motif. The story isn’t particularly new in its plotline which includes lies, money, and power are the basis of a million stories; this one however, can be listed as novel that gets it right. The “bad guys” are merciless and unwaveringly, and the heroine is clever, likable and quick on her feet. One can’t help but to root for her. “Not much of a Crime” is absolutely a classic in its use of plot twists, no one in Charleston is the person they seem to be, and the well placed turns make for an increasingly interesting journey.  An excellent mix of action and pace, the location, character development, and plot are spread beautifully over the length of the novel. “Not much of a crime” may have you headed to the suspense thriller section one more time.

Who’s it for:

·         Crime buffs and drama lovers
·         Adult fiction readers
·         Anyone looking an interesting lengthier read
·         Thriller/suspense aficionados

Caveats:
·         None

Overall rating: 4/5


Let's Read It: Trauma Junkie


A high speed medical drama thriller, "Trauma Junkie", plays out more like an episode of your favorite prime time show, than any typical novel…
Teaser:
         Protagonist Brian is a man down on his luck both in his love life and in his job. After four years he is still struggling with death of his infant child and a complicated divorce from his wife. Brian pours his efforts into the only thing he has left, his career as a paramedic responder. Unfortunately his tough exterior is a feeble shield from the tragedy that strikes unsuspecting New York citizens every day. The burden of saving a life is not so easy to bear when one can hardly manage their own.  His ex is moving on with another man, and living the life of late night emergency runs does little to quell the despondency of regret which plagues him. Just as Brian’s life seems to be headed for a full downward spiral, clever, spunky freelance reporter, Brooklyn enters the scene. The sweltering red head seems more than adequate to thaw Brian’s hard shell, and she may very well be the life altering event Brian never even knew he was waiting for…
Why you’ll love it:
“Trauma Junkie” isn’t a cautiously constructed medical drama. It’s gritty, realistic and unwavering. The author doesn’t try to mimic real life, the characters and situations are effortless. “Trauma Junkie” lacks medical jargon and flowery poetic detail; it makes up for those things with plot, action, and drama. The characters are easy to understand and their issues are easy to relate with. It effectively uses dialogue to portray the characters and present them to the reader. Perhaps most refreshing, “Trauma Junkie”, is deficient of overdone plot twists; the characters get where they’re going and the ending is fulfilling to the story and satisfying to the reader.   Perfect for someone just getting their feet wet in the in medical thriller genre. With no filler chapters or character padding, “Trauma Junkie”, does in a little over two hundred pages, what other books in this genre take twice the amount to accomplish.
Who’s it for:
·         Urban genre lovers
·         Medical drama beginners and diehards
·         Readers of all ages
·         Those who want a fast entertaining read
Caveats:
·         Profanity
·         Real life media references
·         “Urban” slang and dialogue

Overall Rating: 3.7/5


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