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Waiting for Aegina

I didn’t read the first book in this series, but this didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Waiting for Aegina. The story about a circle of dear friends dealing with the repercussions of the decisions made in their lives was compelling and emotionally intense. I kept a box of tissues handy shedding tears in equal measure of joy and sadness. Married to a Greek, I was thrilled with the references and loved the inclusion of recipes.  I heartily recommend this book.

RL Nolen’s Deadly Thyme…

Deadly Thyme

I bought this book after hearing RL Nolan speak at an MWA meeting in Houston. I was intrigued  by the book’s beautiful cover and interesting title. I’ve never read British mysteries before, but the creative story line and descriptive passages led me on a tour through a sleepy coastal town, throwing out many red herrings in my path to deter finding out ‘who done it’ too soon in this psychological thriller. I could feel the sea spray from the jagged cliffs and smell the stale ale in the ambiance of the cozy local pub. RL Nolen leaves the reader wondering who’s on first until the very end. A methodical character building thriller.

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I love Naquin’s Monster Haven series. I wasn’t sure if I would like a spin-off. Happily, I really enjoyed it. I also was a big I Dream of Jeannie fan as a kid, so I lived vicariously through Kam. (I haven’t dressed up as a genie yet! ☹) The Toast Genie food truck idea was awesome. I wanted her to yell, “Let them eat toast!” ala Marie Antoinette. Someone’s killing food truck owners. Dead bodies pile up as Kam strives to solve the mystery before all those business men are stuck sitting in the Chick-fil-A drive thru lane half their lunch break.

The Chase…to kill…

The Chase by [Rougoor, Leonardus G.]

 

If you like action books filled with vigilante episodes, to rectify the injustices of humanity, this is your book! Move over Keanu Reeves, Joeseph takes getting even to an all new level. With nothing left to lose, he sets his life back on track by getting Even-Steven, with an arsenal of different tools for the trade. I might even have a few nightmares over the scenes described by Leonardus Rougoor. What a scary imagination and descriptive use of weapons. I see this being a top action movie in the near future. If not, someone alert Netflix they are missing

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The Girls' Weekend Murder: An Izzy Walsh Mystery (Izzy Walsh Mysteries Book 1) by [McPherson, Lynn, McPherson, Lynn]

This cozy mystery made me curl up in my seat, as it tossed me back to an era of spunky movies with Ava Gardner and Jane Russel. One part Gentleman prefer Blondes, one part Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, this murder was anything but dreary! A real page turner from the playful start, this author held my interest as the wild goose chase, to find out “who done it,” ensued. I felt like I was in an old black and white film, looking for hints of who the real killer could be. Izzy and Ava are remarkable character’s that never let up their banter or their support to help a great friend. A quick read for mystery lovers that I highly recommend.

YA Time Travel Adventure!

 

 The Clock

 

This young adult novel is exciting from the beginning to end! Brother and sister duo embark upon a time travel adventure when vacationing along the ocean shore. Curious young minds find an oddity about the rental cottage that sends them on a exploration, to find what is inside a secret room. A mysterious clock sends them back in time to save a girl in danger in 1911, and the list of characters involved make the story ping-pong between the past and present with never a dull moment. There is a lot of forward thinking by this author, who makes sure to contemplate all the possibilities as the clock winds down. Don’t miss this great story by a new author!

Murder Mystery Treat!

Murder in the One Percent

Murder Mystery Treat!

Murder in the One Percent is a well crafted mystery that keeps the pages turning. There are few books that I call potato chip novels, that you just can’t put down and this was one of them! I found myself snagging pages anytime I could read. The characters are intriguing, and Detective Parrot has a fresh warm appeal that steadies the course for exploration of the crime. Hats off the Saralyn Richard for her stellar debut novel. The menu had my mouth watering and lent reality to the story. A wonderful setting and alluring list of characters to keep the reader entertained and guessing until the very end.

Review of the fourth book of a great series, Dana McIntyre Must Die

Suicide Queen by SM Reine
This series has been a roller coaster ride filled with excitement. The fourth book continues to entertain and astonish. Dana McIntyre isn’t the typical fantasy heroine. She’s built like a tank and proud of it. I was on edge the whole time I read this worrying that Dana wasn’t going to get her happily ever after—possibly not even a happily ever after for now. I won’t spoil it, but I was very satisfied with the ending. Dana is dealt the get out of jail card, but it isn’t free. She is tasked with tracking down a serial murderer vampire. Hopefully, while doing so, she can patch up her relationship with her lover, Penny. I love the characters and the way they interact and have evolved over time. I heartily recommend this book.

Authors First with Tony Kay-Zari Reede

 We had an amazing time on Artist First Radio 02/13/18. We love talking about books❤️ Tune into live interviews with Authors on ArtistFirst.com  and find our archived interview alphabetically under Zari Reede in the Authors-first with Tony Kay! 

Happy 2018!

It’s that time again! Time to start the annual diet, beef up the exercise routine and try something different. It’s time to make plans to get out, to buckle down on those to do list and most important of all, to start writing! There is something about the first of every year that has everyone scrambling to change, to be better and to look at the world with a sudden fresh slate. I’m just like everyone in this annual idea of change and improvement. It’s cold and wet outside, my house was destroyed by a hurricane in 2017, and I have a list of things to do that will keep me backlogged for months, but I have a positive feeling that things will get better in the new year.

I am a believer that all things happen for a reason and though sometimes it is hard to understand why at the time of the occurrence, things usually find meaning for me in the end. We were looking at homes before the hurricane took away our home in Houston, and the property I fell in love with while house hunting suddenly became ours. We lost a lot of material items, but now we have a home that fits our needs and is an amazing property for all our fur and feather babies. What about the turtles? They will be here eventually too, but the tank was lost and they are temporarily being cared for by our turtle guy until the coy pond is built.

Writing was put on hold since August, but we managed to work through the edits for our urban fantasy. Blinked was released in November, on schedule. I had to hole myself up at the cabin to get it all done, and it was a real crunch to get it back within the time constraints, but alas, we did it!

There were several more close calls at the end of the year, and my hubby mentioned we seemed to be under a black cloud, but I reminded him of all the good. Two books were released in 2017, and we all had our lives to be thankful for after the storm. Our new home has me on cloud nine, and as most writers know, having a comfortable place to write is the most important part of the equation.

I started a story before the new year about a fictional town of Magnolia, TX which is a real town just north of Houston. I plan on buckling down to finish what I started before the hurricane. My goal is to have it ready to submit in 2018, and I have already written two other ideas for possible stories to start next. I see a light in 2018 that will carry us though the year with inspiration and warmth. To all of you who read this blog, I wish you a warm and prosperous year full of inspiration and good health. Happy 2018!

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