Friday, March 1, 2024

Russ and the Hidden Voice
by JB Moonstar

While he was in the woods trapping rabbits to help feed his family, a boy named Russ is attacked by two men who blindfold him, tie him up, and throw him in the river to drown as they steal his rabbits & run off. Fortunately for Russ, he was secretly being observed by Ituria & Knocker. They save his life and bring him back to Ituria's Island, where they hope he can help them save their trees from a mysterious illness that is killing them. (Russ's mother is a farmer & has taught him a great deal about plants.)


The interesting thing about the situation is that Ituria is a unicorn & Knocker is a dragon. And their island is actually a sanctuary inside the moon where Ituria has been rescuing those animals that would have been killed by mankind without his help. It is a strange situation, but young Russ is determined to help them.


I received a review copy of this book and enjoyed reading it. The book is intended for  children who are starting to enjoy reading chapter books. It is about 80 pages long, and the story was something that I think many kids around that age would enjoy. It was neither too advanced for those on the younger end nor too simplistic for those on the older end.


As an adult reading this story, I enjoyed it and finished it in about a half a day. I may not be its target audience, but I still enjoyed this fantasy adventure, and even learned a few things that I didn’t know about both plants and the moon. I believe that those who are in the right age group will very much enjoy this book, and I hope that I will get the chance to review other books in this series in the future.


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Monday, February 26, 2024

Heart Magic by Kait Disney-Leugers

Wes has had an interesting few years. His sister is now an immortal being & is married to an Angel, his circle of friends include a number of various magical beings, and he is now an associate professor of geology at the college. From the outside, his life looks pretty good. There's just one problem… he's been dating an Incubus named Apollo, and had fallen in love with him. However for Apollo, the "relationship" is completely one sided. It is all about the sex, on his terms and with multiple partners, heedless of Wes's feelings. When Apollo calls, Wes always goes back to him.


What Wes really wants and needs is a healthy, loving relationship with someone who can and will love him in return. But so long as he remains with Apollo, he will never find it.


I read a review copy of this book. It was an interesting tale that I need to give a few potential trigger warnings about. The main part of the story deals with a toxic relationship between Wes and Apollo. Also, this is an adult story, and though not what I would call erotica, it does have some rather detailed M/M sex scenes. It is not a book meant for younger readers. There is also some stalking that happens in the story.


That being said, this was a good book and one I enjoyed reading. It is book 3 in the series, and I had previously reviewed book one (Antique Magic) which I also enjoyed, and have recently bought book 2 (Blood Magic) which I have not yet read, but plan to in the (hopefully) near future. While the books can be read out of order, there are a few things that likely make more sense when the series is read in order.


This book seems to be about realizing when you are in a toxic or one-sided relationship, finding a way to truly believe that you deserve better, and then making it happen, as hard or impossible as all of those things may seem. Reading this story may be rough for someone who has been in such a situation, but I can tell you that you will enjoy how it ends.


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Friday, February 23, 2024

The Long Night by Alex Bueno

We've all been through power outages now & then, but what would happen if the power went out across the entire country? And not just a normal blackout, but one where everything electronic stops working all at once. No cell phones, no cars, nothing that requires any sort of electronics to make it work will even turn on. And all this happens with little to no warning. Now imagine that your family is separated by about 200 miles when it happens, and has no way to communicate with each other, no way to learn if each of you is okay or not, or if you can even make your way back home somehow.


This was an interesting post-apocalyptic novel that begins shortly before it becomes clear that there has been a long-term cyber attack being waged against the United States. This book does a great job of explaining how and such a thing was possible without putting the reader to sleep by being too technical. And the struggles faced by the three main groups of people focused on in this book, were very realistically portrayed, including the panic that naturally seems to follow in the face of the unknown.


I received a review copy of this book and enjoyed reading it. It was a well thought out tale and was well written. It included all of the things that I would expect to see in this genre. I enjoyed reading it and will be looking forward to seeing what happens next in book two in this series. If you enjoy post-apocalyptic books, I'd recommend giving this series a try.


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Monday, February 19, 2024

White Moon by Chelsea Burton Dunn

In the previous book in this series, we learned that Vee was adopted. In this book, everyone (the Watcher Elders, the Sha who the Weres report to, and of course, Vee herself) seems almost desperate to know what she truly is. She now knows the name of her mother, but not why she was given to the human couple who raised her or what happened to either of her birth parents. These are still mysteries that will soon need to be solved. But of a more immediate urgency, there is currently a Vampire who appears to be hunting her, though why he is hunting Vee is unknown. And taking care care of that problem without starting a Were-Vampire war must obviously be the pack’s priority.


I received a review copy of this book and enjoyed it easily as much as I did the previous book in the series. Vee and those she surrounds herself with are fascinating characters that have me wanting to read more about. The author has done a fantastic job of creating characters that I want to know more about. Their stories draw the reader in, while letting you try to guess at what is happening or about to happen, and I won't lie… this book had me tearing up a few times as I read.


If you have read the previous book in this series, or any other books by this author, then I believe you will not want to miss reading this one. It's a book that will suck you in and keep you reading until finished. It’s well worth giving this series a try.


Recommended for those who enjoy stories of the paranormal involving Vampires, Were-creatures, and Watchers. 


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Friday, February 16, 2024

The Crown and the Collar
by Dominic N Ashton

Peter lives in a small town called Weston. He is a farmer, and never expected anything more from life than to someday take over his parents small farm. But all that changes the day that Prince Makseka Blackclaw happens to travel through the small town and the two of them meet. The prince, a werewolf, is instantly attracted to the young man, and wants him to become his royal consort and wear his collar.


I received a review copy of this book, and to begin, there are a few things that any potential reader needs to be aware of. The members of the royal family are all Werewolves, and while the king is married to a queen, he also has a royal consort (who can be either male or female.) This consort wears the king’s collar and is bound to him in a way that is the equivalent of a marriage. Also, this is not a book meant for younger readers. This book is a M/M romance and does contain some graphic sex scenes as well as some BDSM themes. It is an adult book, and as such, you will be asked to confirm that you are 18+ before you can access it on the publisher's website.


That being said, the story involving the prince and his desired consort, is a very sweet tale of romance between the two. And as with any tale of romance, misunderstandings and complications always arise. But then, life is never easy, is it? And when werewolves are involved, you can usually expect there will be even more issues that must be dealt with.


All in all, while this might not really be my cup of tea, (erotica usually isn't), I did enjoy this story. The developing romance between the two main characters as they overcome a number of misunderstandings and get to truly know and understand each other is heartfelt and honest. And if you are looking for a sweet M/M romance that comes with a unique set of complications (and a few surprises along the way), then I believe that you will enjoy this book.


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Monday, February 12, 2024

Fatal Wines and Valentines
by Trixie Silvertale

After receiving an invite to a high society Valentine's Day Gala at the local winery, Mitzi's very excited ghost-ma immediately begins planning what outfit Mitzi should wear. However During dinner, the host is murdered, and Harper/Moon Investigations is soon on the case. But this isn't the only mystery for them to solve in this book. Ghost-ma is having trouble staying tethered to the bookshop and is beginning to fade away, and Erick's imprisoned father has reached out to him. Why now, remains to be seen. Hopefully, Silas can solve the Problem that Ghost-ma is experiencing before she is gone for good.


I received a review copy of this book and enjoyed reading it just as much as both the previous books in this series as well as the Mitzi Moon books before that. Mitzi's snark and humor, combined with Erick's heart and crime solving experience, and adding in all the interesting other characters living in this small, almost-Canada town, and you have both an interesting cozy mystery and a fun paranormal tale.


While you may not expect a mystery novel with a murder to be a typical Valentine, the love in this book among the main characters in this cozy mystery is clear for all to see, and because of that, I feel this book makes a wonderful Valentine’s week selection, and if you choose to check it out, I hope that you will agree with me. 


If you enjoy reading cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist or if you have enjoyed any of the other Mitzy Moon or Harper/Moon mysteries, then I believe that you'll enjoy this book as much as I did. Watching Mitzi find her way both in and out of trouble is, in my opinion, always a lot of fun.


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Monday, February 5, 2024

Runaway Bride And her Outlaw
by Florence Linnington

Catherine Davis, or Kat, as she prefers to be called, is facing the death of her mother, only a short time after her father's death. taking a walk while her mother sleeps, Kat finds herself in the general store, and despite being engaged to the wealthy John Turner, finds herself buying a copy of the Matrimonial times. 

With her mother's passing, Kat learns how cruel her fiance actually is. He is a man who will seek to possess and own her rather than love her, and after writing a quick letter in answer to one of the ads seeking a wife, she attempts to sneak away in the extremely early hours of the morning to flee to California, where she meets James Wilson, the rancher she has come to marry. But what about his hidden past?

I received a review copy of this sweet mail order bride novel. It contains the expected themes of kindness, love, forgiveness, and understanding. And as expected, Ms. Linnington wove an interesting tale around all of these themes and their included lessons. But don't assume that means this is anything less than an interesting tale of two strangers getting to know and love each other. 

Yes, the characters face difficulties that they must find a way to overcome in order to reach their happy ending, but one thing that you can be sure of is that they will get there. The fun in this type of story Is discovering how they will find their way to that happy ending.

If you enjoy a good mail order bride story, tales of self-discovery, romance and love in the old west, then you will enjoy this book, as well as any of the others in this series.

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Monday, January 29, 2024

“Second Hand Rose” by D.E. Fox

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When her grandmother died, Abigail inherited her antiques shop and house. Moving back to the town where she had grown up and bringing the dog she had adopted with her, Abigail intended to reopen the antique shop and enjoy a quiet life reconnecting with old friends as well as building a new life for herself. She was not aware of the many dark secrets that had long existed in the small town, but she soon enough found herself in the middle of everything, and needed to find a way to end the horror that controls the town and its residents.


This was an interesting first horror novella written by a new author. There is a fair amount of blood & gore in this story, so if horror is not something you enjoy, this book likely isn’t meant for you. I also need to warn you that there is some spousal abuse that takes place in this book.


It is a short tale and a fairly quick read. I felt like there were a few instances of awkward phrasing in the story, but that might have something to do with the author being in the U.K. and my being in the U.S. Sometimes phrases that are common in one country seem a little odd to those in another.


Overall, it was an interesting tale that had a couple of potential ways that it could have ended. It also leaves things open for there to possibly be a sequel in the future. If you enjoy horror that does include some blood and gore, as well as having a touch of paranormal beings in the mix, then you will likely enjoy this book. I enjoyed reading my review copy of this book.


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Monday, January 22, 2024

“Bardo” by Emily Gallo

Bardo (Amazon link)


After Luthor is once again suspected of a murder he didn't commit, it seems the wisest move for him is to leave the area. He had previously spent 20 years in prison before being exonerated, and while there is no evidence pointing to him, the body was found nearby and he is a black man living in a predominantly white, rural area. The cop who came to their property seems determined to pin the crime on him. And so, for now at least, Luther flees from the farm he had been living and working on in California and winds up in New York to stay with an old, Irish author And here, it seems that his life finally and truly begins.


This was an Interesting story about two men who seemingly could not be more different from each other. Finn helps Luthor to explore life and live it to the fullest. They travel across the country by car from New York to California, experiencing new places, new foods, and discovering different ways of life, allowing Luthor to finally discover who he is, and who he wants to be.


I received a review copy of this book, and at first, I was confused by the addition of the cat Bardo to their journey. But when you discover the meaning behind the cat’s name and how that applies to the rest of the tale, it all becomes clear. But I’ll let you discover that part for yourself, as part of your journey with this book.


If you enjoy contemporary stories about people from different walks of life discovering themselves and others, and of course a variety of foods (for the various foods in this book are just as much a part of this journey), then I think you will most likely enjoy this book.


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Monday, January 15, 2024

"Everything Will Burn" by October Kane

Everything Will Burn (Amazon Link)

Quill Point has been isolated from the rest of the world. No one can get in, and the only way out is death. The town's mayor appears to have made a bargain with an evil god and has been using the town's people as his means to achieving power and immortality. Even his own daughter is little more than a pawn in his plans. Throw in two evil demigods and a nightmare existence, and you will find a nightmare in the making.

This is the second book in this series. I read a review copy of this book, and if you enjoy reading horror then you don't want to miss out on reading this series. (But I would strongly recommend reading book 1 in this series first.) I will say that while I really enjoyed reading book 1, this book sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. I read this book in two days. Book one was good, but book two is even better. There is a creepiness to it that makes me think of Stephen King meets the Twilight Zone.

One thing that I do need to warn you about though, is that this book begins exactly where the previous book left off. So you should be aware that if you need a reminder of what went before, you may want to go back and reread the first book in the series before beginning this one.

This book has it all, suspense, terror, gruesome encounters, true evil, and unexpected twists. If you are a fan of horror novels, you will really enjoy this series. I'm very much looking forward to finding out what happens next.

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Monday, January 8, 2024

"Silverblood Scion" by Megan Mackie

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Elaine is the last Scion of Isa. She is the last one alive who carries both Isa's blood and thus a remnant of her power. Unfortunately, she is being sacrificed in an attempt to make a bargain with Acies, the Demon Lord of War by a man named Dakin in order to gain power. However, it doesn't seem to work the way Dakin and the priests expect. And instead, Acies strikes a deal with Elaine that binds them together and saves her life.


Now, the Demon Lord of War is once again living in their world, and while most would assume that to be a bad thing, from what I as a reader can see, it may wind up being the only way to save their world from a great number of other threats. And just possibly, it may be the means of returning the goddess Isa to their world. The only problem with that hope currently, is that Acies wants revenge upon Isa for having imprisoned him in a void and leaving him there for centuries to die a slow death.


I received and read a review copy of this book. I really enjoyed reading this story and am expecting that there is much more going on than any of the characters realize. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in this series. I have a few guesses about what will happen as well as what I think may have actually happened to both Acies and Isa, but they are just my guesses based on what I read in this book. As such, they could just as likely be wrong.


Either way, I am very much looking forward to getting the chance to read book 2 in this series to see how close or how far off my guesses wind up being. But I'm not going to spoil the story for you. You'll just need to pick up a copy and read it yourself if you want to know more.


If you enjoy epic fantasy involving gods and their descendants, magic, and demons, then I believe you'll enjoy this book.


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Monday, January 1, 2024

“The Dead of Sled Run” by Jean Rabe

When Piper Blackwell’s Chief Deputy, Oren, is awakened by a fire at his house, he barely manages to find and save all of his cats, but as he locates the third cat, she falls unconscious, and Oren nearly falls with her. He would have likely lost his life had another deputy, Basil, not arrived to help them out alive. But with first & second degree burns from the fire, Oren will be hospitalized for a very long time. And his home has been completely destroyed, along with his neighbor’s house.


It becomes clear that it was arson. Unfortunately even though the neighbors are in Florida for the winter, someone who shouldn’t have been there had been in the house when it collapsed. And those were only the first two mysteries that need to be solved in this book, with more to be revealed along the way.


This was a very intricate tale with quite a few twists and turns along the way. Ms. Rabe has woven a masterpiece with this tale. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, another of the clues needed to solve this mystery was discovered that seemed to upend what I had thought was happening, convincing me that I still didn’t actually have the mystery solved. And just when I was convinced that it couldn’t be answered in this one book, she manages to tie it all together to reveal the truth of what was going on. And wow, was it bigger than I had expected.


This was an amazing story by a true master of murder mysteries. If you enjoy a great story that will keep you guessing every step of the way, then this book is a must read for you. And if you've read any of the other books in this series, then you really don’t want to miss this one. It’s a book you won’t be able to put down. (I certainly couldn’t!)


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Russ and the Hidden Voice <br>by JB Moonstar

While he was in the woods trapping rabbits to help feed his family, a boy named Russ is attacked by two men who blindfold him, tie him up, a...