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Summoned by Rainy Kaye

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

This might be the strangest book I’ve ever reviewed, in so many, many ways. First of all, I didn’t like Summoned at all when I started reading. I mean, I really didn’t. I pretty much hated the main character, Dimitri. I didn’t think much of the girl he picked up at a local bar, either, Syd. And I was really turned off by the instant (and frequent) graphic sex between them, without a shred of emotion connecting them. That lack of feeling between them nearly made me put the book right down. But I’m glad I didn’t. Read more…

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#SwampGhosts Excerpt #4

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Lest you think Swamp Ghosts is a grim, dark book, I thought I’d share a few lighter moments. Yes, the book does have grim, dark scenes scattered here and there, but overall, it’s a love story, with plenty of humorous moments.

Swamp Ghosts Chapter 5 Excerpt

     SUNDAY MORNING arrived looking like a picture out of a travel brochure. A buttery yellow sun beamed down from a cloudless swath of blue sky, and the trees along the river were that jewel-like shade of green you only see in early summer.
I watched Gunn as he surveyed the boat launch. “You sure you don’t want to do a dry run on land first?”

     “Maggie, I’d feel silly standing over there under a tree, getting in and out of the canoe, instead of just launching it here, like anyone else. I’m sure I can do this.”
     “Okay, Thor. Your funeral,” I muttered.
     Gunn’s eyes widened. “Excuse me? Thor? Did you just call me Thor?” Read more…

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

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My Rating: 3-1/2 of 5 Stars

I’m not going to claim that the “Wasted” in this title stands for my time, as a few uncharitable reviewers have said. I’ve been reading these books for years and years, and I don’t think Kinsey Milhone is ever a waste of time. However, I will say that I think this is one of the weakest books in the series. There were editing issues (which I think reflects upon the state of the traditional publishing industry in general), and the plot was slow-moving. Plus, the book left me feeling a bit depressed. Just the subject alone, the plight of the homeless, was enough to move the book from entertainment to reality, and that’s not generally why I read fiction. I get plenty of reality everywhere else. Read more…

Wake-Robin Ridge Only $1.99 – 2 More Days!

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Only 2 more days! #WakeRobinRidge is available for download for only $1.99. (Regular price $4.99) Find out why librarian Sarah Gray quit her job and moved to a little cabin the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Discover what secret her reclusive, enigmatic neighbor, MacKenzie Cole, is hiding, up there alone in his mountaintop home. And be there when, together, they unravel a mystery involving a decades old murder and the first woman who lived in Sarah’s cabin. Romantic Suspense, with a little touch of spooky. Check it out! 

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Wake-Robin Ridge for $1.99!

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For the next five days, Wake-Robin Ridge will be on sale for $1.99. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, don’t miss out! Love and murder in the Blue Ridge Mountains! You’ll want to get to know Sarah and Mac, and find out what secret has kept MacKenzie Cole alone on his mountaintop, with only his Irish wolfhound, Rosheen, for company. Read how, together, they unravel the mystery of what happened to Ruth Winn, who lived in Sarah’s cabin before her.  Romantic Suspense with a touch of spooky. Get your copy today–you know you want to! 

Writers Digest says Ruthie is a strong and interesting character, Lloyd is compelling and psychotic, and Sarah and Mac’s relationship is adorable. 

“What a wonderful story! Funny, sad uplifting,could not put it down.” 5 Stars

“The author has a wonderful command of language.You feel you have been whisked away to the Blue Ridge Mountains.” 5 Stars

” I love books that evoke emotions. I cried real tears, and laughed out loud.” 5 Stars

“Great character development, beautiful imagery. It’s unique, endearing, funny and at times, tragic.” 5 Stars

“Two days later, I’m still thinking of the characters. Hope there will be a sequel.” 5 Stars 

“The suspense kept building until I just couldn’t put the book down.” 5 Stars 

Wake-Robin Ridge: A Darcy’s Corner Novel

Wake-Robin Ridge On Sale!

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I just discovered amazon.com has the print version of my book, Wake-Robin Ridge, on sale for $10.17, a savings of $2.82 over the regular list price. If any of you guys were thinking Read more…

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Neil Gaiman says of himself, “I make things up and write them down.” What I say about him is that he does a darn fine job of it. At least he certainly does in The Graveyard Book. I read this book last year, and somehow Read more…

A Wanted Man by Lee Child

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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

As the blurbs all say, Reacher’s back!  Just finished this 17th book in the Jack Reacher series–can you imagine?  Number seventeen?  Sort of amazing, isn’t it?  But then I guess that Reacher’s books are kind of like Reacher is, himself–a force of nature following no law but his own. Read more…

All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman

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My Rating:  3 of 5 Stars

Rob Thurman’s newest thriller leaves me in a bit of a quandary.  I love her Leandros Brothers series so much, I’ve never given any of those books less than 5 stars.  I loved the two Korsak Brothers books enough to give them each 5 stars, too.  I expected to love this book just as much, and to rate it just as highly.  But after a day’s reflection, I’m finding Read more…

V Is For Vengeance – Sue Grafton

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MY RATING:  4 of 5 Stars

I think of Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series as being very like a bowl of oatmeal…nothing fancy, but it will stick to your ribs and make you feel as cozy as a pair of comfortable flannel pajamas and fuzzy slippers.  As always, “V Is For Vengeance” is a satisfying Kinsey Milhone tale. I actually think this might be the best book in the series. Grafton’s writing, always solid and entertaining,  has Read more…

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