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By P.S. Bartlett

The Blue Diamond- The Razors Edge was written by P.S. Bartlett and published by Libertine Press/Ravenswood Publishing in 2014. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

 

Ivory Shepard, has made a name for herself as the notorious pirate “Ivory Razor,” while she and her handy cousins; Cass, Keara and Miranda are building a life in Port Royal, Jamaica. When she takes a merchant ship and finds a bag full of rare diamonds, including one very large blue one, she never imagined she’d end up captured and held prisoner by a rival pirate.
Maddox Carbonale aka “Blacksnake” intends to collect a fifty thousand pound bounty on her head and earn a pardon in the process, until a fiery attraction ignites between them. Regardless of their first passionate night together, by the time the sun rises the next morning, Ivory is reminded why she trusts no one and she’s left wondering if her fate is sealed due to Blacksnake’s greed or Maddox’s wounded ego.
Ultimately unable to deny his feelings for her, Maddox offers his loyalty and his guns.  but no one can take anything from Ivory Shepard that she doesn’t want to give; certainly not her freedom, and most of all, her heart.

Will she prove she can have it all on her own terms; the man, the blue diamond and her freedom?

A bottle of rum, a sword, a passion for the sea and a devotion to do what pirates do, steal, brings two swash buckling pirates together. One of them is a dangerous but charming male and the other; also a dangerous but charming female. These two strong but stubbornly determined characters set sail on their own separate journeys but soon find that they are both prisoners to each other, literally and figuratively.  Not only do they share a passion for the sea and sailing ships but they soon find they share a passion for each other but neither one of them knows for sure if there’s an ulterior motive involved.

P. S. Bartlett has once again served up a story that will capture the reader.  Her ability to enchant us with her skills as a historical fiction writer is just simply amazing!  As you read her books you are magically transported back to another time and I stepped away from her story wondering if her colorful and interesting characters really did exist. This author shines bright and she is someone who absolutely deserves the awards that she has already received for her other two books. If you are looking for a story that will take you away to another time and place and hold you there for many wonderful hours- this is the story. Grab your bottle of rum and settle in for a wonderful tale told.

I give  The Blue Diamond- The Razors Edge 5 stars.

 

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

 

P. S. Bartlett will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday February 2, 2015 at 7 PM Central Time- USA.

 

 

By M. J. Moores

Time’s Tempest- The Chronicles Of Xannia was written by M. J. Moores and published by GWL Publishing in 2014. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

 

Embarking as a guide into the death zones that are the Deserts, Taya leads a group of civilians who blindly follow a prophet obsessed with preventing the planet Xannia from environmental self-destruction. Here, Fate and Destiny wage war propelling an epic search for truth amidst 2000 year old lies, in opposition to a government bent on burying ancient secrets and anyone who goes looking for them.

As Taya desperately attempts to keep the prophet and his followers alive, this journey forces her to grapple with the circumstances of her past which have aligned to hurdle her into her darkest memories; making choices she never wanted to consider; learning truths she was never meant to know.

This story is an adventure into the vast and dangerous deserts of another world. It’s a brutal journey for a people searching for chronicles that could save their world. Their quest to survive the desert takes its toll on many levels. Their bodies are pushed to the limit and the knowledge they gain isn’t all that pleasant either but they are a determined group of people and they march on, searching for the truth.

M. J. Moores brings us this tale of fantasy and her use of description of place and development of characters held me to this story. She is a writer who knows her craft and she is well on her way to giving us more.

I give Time’s Tempest- The Chronicles Of Xannia 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

M. J. Moores will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday January 5, 2015 at 7 PM Central Time- USA.

WHEN I LEARNED ABOUT THE REAL SANTA CLAUS:

I was about 8 years old when I met the real Santa. This is how it happened:

The old dial telephone on the wall began to ring in the kitchen. My grandmother answered it and said, “Tom, it’s for you.” I took the phone in my hand and answered “Hello…” I heard this really low deep happy chuckle “Hoo hooo hoooo!” I knew who it was. It was Santa!! He had faithfully called me every year since I was about 2 or 3 years old. He asked if I was… a good boy so I looked to my grandmother for help with that one. She was standing a few feet from me and she heard Santa through the phone. She smiled and nodded yes so I told Santa “Yes I am Santa…” and I continued to talk to him and told him what I wanted for Christmas. As we talked there was something familiar about his voice. As we finished up our talk, Santa asked to talk to my grandmother again. I handed her the phone and ran into the living room to look out the window.

From our living room window I could look down and see the tiny little white office building that served the used car lot which was next to our house. My Pop worked there and since I could see through a window into the office, I could also see that my Pop was on the phone!! I heard my grandmother talking to Santa in the kitchen and when she hung up the phone so did Pop. I ran out into the kitchen all excited and told my grandmother, “I know who Santa is!!” There was a bit of a let down and sadness after that but the next Christmas I was back to believing in Santa again.

I now knew who the real Santa was. He was there in the spirit of my grandparents. He was there when I was sick. He was there to see me off to school with a good lunch. He was there for my Birthdays and he was there even in my memory as he is right now…. Merry Christmas!!!!!

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

 

By Carolyn Bennett

Coast To Coast Paranormal Investigation- The Journey Back  was written by Carolyn Bennett and published by Trafford in 2014. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

 

In The Journey Back, Leigh MacLeod and her team of paranormal investigators have struggled to come back after an investigation at a haunted asylum devastated her team and left her fighting for her life. Just as it seems life is returning to normal, a terrifying nightmare, cryptic message from her dead father and suspicious text messages make her wonder if she will ever be free of the demons of Greenhurst Asylum.

After I read book one of this series, I was hooked into the story. I was excited to know where Leigh and the gang would be going next and if they could extricate themselves from the horrors that the first book delivered. The opening chapter shocked me. I wasn’t expecting that! As the story continues we are treated to another great read from this paranormal thriller. It touches the heart on many levels as it continues to chill the spine.

Carolyn Bennett seems to have found her niche as an author in book #2. Her writing skills continue to be  
top notch as this series has found a place on my book shelf.

I give Coast To Coast Paranormal Investigation- The Journey Back 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

 

Carolyn Bennett will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday December 22, 2014 at 7 PM Central Time- USA.


 

By Carolyn Bennett

Coast To Coast Paranormal Investigation- The Journey Underneath was written by Carolyn Bennett and published by Trafford in 2013. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

 

Eight years after her young husband’s death, Leigh MacLeod was finally able to realize her dream of starting her own paranormal investigative team. They set out to investigate some of the most haunted locations in Canada and the United States. Coast to Coast was the only team given permission to investigate the notorious Greenhurst Hospital, closed for over twenty years. No team had been allowed in because of reports of violent entities attacking those brave enough to sneak in after dark. As the team began their biggest investigation yet, they were not prepared for what was waiting for them in the dark halls of Greenhurst. Uncovering the mysteries of Greenhurst could be dangerous, even fatal for the Coast to Coast paranormal investigators.

Leigh MacLeod has a passion for investigating the paranormal and she also has a passion for the music of a well known singer, Aiden Lawson. She’s a fan. Aiden Lawson has a passion for the paranormal and a certain paranormal investigator by the name of Leigh MacLeod. Neither of them has ever met or knows of the other’s feelings for each other, until they meet at Greenhurst where they eventually investigate the dark and foreboding halls of the old abandoned hospital together. Immediately the Coast To Coast team is met with an evil presence and all of their lives are changed forever.

As a paranormal investigator myself, I’ve encountered numerous paranormal experiences but being fearful of the dark and what or who resided in it is rare. I’ve also read many horror stories where my heart has quickened its beat but this story literally sent a chill through me.

In my opinion, what made this story so good was the authors ability in developing the main character, Leigh, into a very likable person. Most readers will find they have a strong empathy for Leigh and the horrors that she goes through. This story has everything. A very good balance of romance, love, heart pounding excitement and a revelation at the end that will have you wanting to start reading book #2 of this series right away! This book is one of my favorites of 2014.

I give Coast To Coast Paranormal Investigation- The Journey Underneath 5  stars

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Carolyn Bennett will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday December 22, 2014 at 7 PM Central Time- USA.

By KJ Bagley

 

The Hierophants Bridge was written by KJ Bagley and published by Amazon Digital Services in 2014. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

 

 The first book in the Kate Jordan series finds our young heroine thrust into a reality where the difficult choices are often made by the ones that feel the least qualified to make them. Trying to save the lives of those she thought lost and those she has never even met, Kate goes on a daunting trek into the unknown. The young woman that emerges from the rubble is forever changed from the child she once was.

The story starts off with Kate Jordan dreaming of a beautiful gray crystal lake, but just as she is ready to step closer to her dream place her high school track coach wakes her up from her day dream and impatiently prods her to the starting blocks.  But as Kate starts her run the lake is still etched in her mind and she bumps into a class mate on the track and tumbles to the ground. Kate is made fun of and laughed at. As a target of bullies, Kate struggles along and is supported by a few close friends, including her friend Derek, and of course her dad. Derek meets up with a confused and frustrated Kate and invites her along on a walk where she opens up about her day. Derek informs her that she has a lot more friends than she thinks and ushers her to a place that will change her life forever. Kate learns that her life was not what it seemed and soon she is in a world totally different than she grew up in.  A world of fantasy opens up to her, filled with amazing creatures and places that are very real. Kate now has incredible powers and now along with her many friends, she must find a way to defeat the evil in this new world and to achieve her goal of finding and saving her mother, who she thought had died when she was nine.

The author, KJ Bagley, creates characters and places that are likable and fun to imagine. The story has a good sense of conflict all the way through and the anticipation moves the reader along. There were a few places in the book however when I lost the flow of the story while trying to imagine the place, the plot and the intentions of the character(s) at the same time. Given all of this, the writing and storytelling ability of the author is good and will only improve as she continues with her writing career.

I give
The Hierophants Bridge 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

KJ Bagley will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday November 24, 2014 at 7 PM Central Time- USA.

By Jim Allen

Nothing Is As It Appears- It’s All Smoken Mirrors was written by Jim Allen and published by Page Publishing Inc.  in 2014. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle.

 

Jim Allen, in this book, takes you on a wild ride through some of the greatest tragedies in American History. With the evidence and logic provided, the reader can come to their own conclusions as to which events exhibit cover-up and conspiracy.­

This book demonstrates that information the general public receives through media sources is often biased and manipulated in content from higher sources.

It’s a fast, easy read and will probably have a profound psychological effect on the reader. It will leave you with an imprint that “nothing is as it appears, it’s all – Smoken Mirrors!

Jim Allen is just another conspiracy theory nut, or is he? If you go anywhere online or offline and mention the subjects that he outlines in his book, you will most likely find someone in the crowd who pushes to the top of the conversation with a swagger and dead on certainty that we are visited by aliens, that the J.F.K assassination wasn’t accomplished by a lone gun man, that the weather is controlled by our government, that 9/11 did not happen the way we are being lead to believe and our monetary system and the wars we fight are not being run the way most of us believe either. We may spend a little time listening to this person and politely nod, say “yeah” and tip our drink to him as he prattles on but then in mere minutes, that can’t come fast enough, we’re back to talking to others about our lives and whether we should pick up cat food at the store or wait a few days. In the mean time this person walks away scratching their head in frustration- wondering if anyone really listened to what he was saying…  This person could very well be the author of this book.

I have said and many more have said that when you are approached by a person with a topic or comment that you don’t know too much about, like how do UFO’s fly and what really happened to that building in Oklahoma City in 1995, do some research!  The problem is…WE DON’T HAVE THE TIME! Which also makes the case that we will suck in and believe or not believe most of what people say today without researching it. Take the bombardment of political ads we see on TV today. For example: Out of 100 people, after watching 30 minutes of political ads on any given day- how many people will sit down and research even just one of them? Think about it…

And this is why we shouldn’t discount Jim Allen and what he is telling us in his book. Sure, the market is flooded with conspiracy books these days and it makes us go ho hum, another one?  Jim Allen has information that I have not seen published before. It’s well worth the read. It will make you think! It’s an easy to read book that will give you another view of these subjects that he talks about. Remember, it is about our history and our country. We should Listen, at least, to what the author has to say.

I give  Nothing Is As It Appears- It’s All Smoken Mirrors 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Jim Allen will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on a date to be announced in November.

 

 

By Kevin Folliard

Valentine Terror Tales was written by Kevin Folliard and published by Amazon Digital Services in 2013. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

 

Presented as romantic precaution, these fourteen frightening tales of love gone awry will put the chill on any date night. From demons and monsters to criminals and creepy crawlies: nothing is deadlier than the human heart.
For all those moments of relationship woe, these stories of treachery, mistrust, and blind passion will remind readers of all ages that singlehood is safety.

Valentine Terror Tales is a compilation of 14 stories of love gone wrong or love gone spookily and hauntingly right for those of us who hunger for a good scare at this time of year or any time of year.  As I read his latest collection of shivery tales, I realized that this author is still able to entertain at a very high satisfying level.  Being a writer is one thing but being a writer and a good story teller are important skill sets which work hand in hand in producing a book that leaves you wanting for more. Kevin Folliard has definitely delivered in Valentine Terror Tales.

All of the stories in this book maintain a level of interest that will keep your trembling white knuckled hands glued firmly to this book but I did have some favorites that stood out more than the others.  Instructions On Love was an extremely interesting story about Cupid with a different ghoulish slant of course. Bright White Light was another tale of special interest to me- so much so that I would hope that the author might consider the subject novel material one day.  Just a little bit lower on the rating scale: Blind Date was so quirky good it left me wondering:  How did the author come up with this one!?  Love Bites, The Better Half, Karma and Tease also held favorite lofty positions in this review.  

As a reviewer there are some aspects of these books that are hardly ever mentioned but should be. In this case, the illustrations within the book are extremely well done and the cover is exceptionally well done and very attractive to the eye.  The cover alone helps to take the stories within to another level. The saying goes: “You can’t tell a book by its cover” but with this book, you can. The content within is just as pleasing and fun to read as the cover is to look at.

Kevin Folliard is someone who would be great to have to tell stories around your campfire but if that’s not possible, buy his books including this one. You definitely will not be disappointed.

I give  Valentine Terror Tales 5 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Kevin Folliard will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday October 27, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

By Elaine Chissick

Ties That Bind  was written by Elaine Chissick and published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2014. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle.Visit the author on Facebook.

 

As the only daughter of an Italian family living in America, Alexandra Dinapoli has everything she could ever wish for, except what she really wants. Leaving everything behind, Alexandra moves to the City where she bumps into Gabriel Harland, an enigmatic Chief Assistant DA but their love affair is cruelly cut short when someone from Alexandra’s past surfaces in Gabriel’s life, threatening to reveal what she has tried so hard to hide. Will a relationship forged in a moment of panic spark a love that will conquer all? Ties That Bind is an erotic story of romance, told from both sides.

Everyone at some time or another has day dreamed of how we might run into the love of our lives. Fate has a funny way of revealing itself. When Alex literally runs into Gabriel on a city sidewalk hot coffee flies and almost immediately a hot steamy love affair begins. But secrets are kept and the relationship falters. Will the passionate erotic love return or will it be lost forever?

The author of this tale paints a wonderfully detailed story between two people, their families and their beautiful and affluent surroundings. The story flows very nicely and the characters in the story are believable and interesting to follow. Details of place and body movement; especially during the erotic scenes in the story are amazing and breath taking. The emotions will pour over you in this one so be prepared. The only flaw I found in the story was a lack of conflict in the first 25% of the book. But conflict picks up after that making for a very interesting read. This is the authors first novel and her skills as a writer in this first attempt is to be highly praised- it’s just a beginning to a wonderful future as a writer and accomplished author.

I give Ties That Bind 4 stars.

 

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Elaine Chissick will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday October 13, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

By Elaine Chissick

Willing And Able- A True Story Of Adoption was written by Elaine Chissick and published by Amazon Digital Services in 2012. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle.Visit the author on Facebook.

 

When I started to read this book I thought that it might not be much of an interest to me as I am not a parent and although I always wanted to be a parent, I am at an age now where the responsibilities of raising a child would be more than I would be willing to take on. I however was adopted by my grandparents so I can relate some to the subject matter.

As I began to read about the authors challenge of wanting children and the biological impossibilities of conceiving a child, along with the struggles that she and her husband went through, I found myself totally and completely absorbed in the story. When the couple finally received word that they could adopt, I realized that I was choked up with emotion and shouted out loud: YES!!  We are taken through all of the lengthy and overwhelming adoptive rules, legal steps and a personal narrative  that finally lead up to the couples dream:  Two young children, Julie and James, now have a home with “Mum and Dad”.

To tell a story takes talent but to tell a story and to hold a readers interest when the reader may not even be interested in the subject takes a special gift and ability. This is a story about a “family” and the unlimited love and determination of a couple to make a family and to make their dreams  come true. I could not put this book down.

I give Willing And Able- A True Story Of Adoption 5 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Elaine Chissick will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday October 13, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.