Author Archives: Jennifer M Eaton

Excuse me, there’s something on your face. A review of An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Ebook) I was a little surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book. I was also surprised how disappointed I was in the end of this book.

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I loved how we start out in a gut-wrenching high action scene as our main character loses her family and sets off to find the resistance. I enjoyed watching her find the resistance and what she was willing to do get their help in freeing her brother from prison. The second lead in the story is a guy who is training to be one of the ruthless Masks who took her family away. He never had a choice, though, and he’s not very happy with the person they want him to become. I really loved everything about this book until the end. I love series books, but I expect at least part of the story to finish at the end of the book. I like it when the initial plotline closes, and a new one opens at the end. This is one of those books that feels like it ends at the end of a chapter with no satisfying feeling of closure. I hate that. But I really did enjoy watching these two characters grow. This is a very well written fantasy/dystopian that really draws you in. It is worth the read, just be prepared and maybe buy both books at the same time.

 


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Why in goodness name would you dump the rich guy that loves you to pieces? Exes – A review

Exes by (Ebook) I enjoyed reading the first half of this book. It was light and fun. Two people start a relationship anonymously over texting. What they don’t know is that the woman’s sister set her up, and the guy is actually the heroine’s ex-husband who everyone loves but her. Neither the guy or the girl involved in the texting relationship knows that they are “exes”.

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Where the book started to lose me was when they met. The guy sees her and realizes who she is. He is still madly in love with her, so he blindfolds her before they ummm… re-consummate their marriage, and he disappears by morning. My problem is this… We are probably at the half way mark in this book. She doesn’t recognize his voice? His kiss? The feel of his body? I was able to suspend disbelief with the texting, but not once they spoke on the phone, and definitely not when they met up in person—blindfold or not. It got better for a bit when she found out who he was, but then the ending started to drag for me. I think the problem is that in “real life” the two of them end up business partners at the beginning of the book, and they are looking for this lost, million dollar stained glass window. I really have no interest in stained glass windows, and since I never really connected with the female lead, I really didn’t care if she found the darn thing (which is a large porting of the last section of this book). Overall, the writing is good. I DID love the ex-husband, but I think he could do seriously better than his idiot ex-wife. So, yeah, you need to suspend your disbelief a little too much for a contemporary novel with this one. If you are interested in stained glass and antiques, the secondary plot line may hold your interest more than it did for me. Writing is good, though. I just couldn’t get into it.


 

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Free Ebook Friday Extravaganza! Find your new favorite author for free!

You read that right… Another triple play! Three free ebook promotions this week.

With well over a hundred free ebooks, you’re bound to find a new favorite author in here.

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You gotta admit, Navy SEALs Are Some Kind of Hero. (Yeah, it’s a book review)

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (Audobook/Ebook) Omigosh, I’m a pretty big Suz Brockmann fan, but seriously, she outdid herself with this one. I was a little wary because I didn’t think that the plotline of a guy trying to find his runaway daughter and the pretty neighbor helping him out was going to be exciting enough to hold my interest, but I was turning pages with reckless abandon.

23303664One thing I totally enjoyed was the neighbor is a romance novelist, and she helps by analyzing everything like it is a scene in a book, and she also has one of her characters stuck in her head and talking to her like a conscience. It’s pretty darn funny. Of course the dad is a Navy SEAL, so when the daughter turns from runaway to kidnapping victim, the bad guys are in for a whole lot of whoop-ass. The situation is believable though. I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes in the action scene at the end. The only thing I might subtract a star for happened in the beginning. Dad calls the police because his daughter is missing. The police blow him off and tell him she’ll probably come home. Say what? The first 24 hours are the most important in a missing child case. Statistically, after 24 hours the chances of ever finding a missing child drop at a heart-wrenching rate. I do understand that we needed no police involvement so Dad and the nice neighbor-lady could set off on their adventure together, but the lack of police support left me feeling like the start of the novel seemed forced. So, prepare to suspend your disbelief on that one point. After Dad gets in the neighbor’s car though, and the adventure begins, you are in for a really fun time. This might be my favorite Troubleshooters book yet.


 

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Free Ebook Friday. Three huge Free Book Promotions this week!

You read that right… Three free ebook promotions this week.

With well over a hundred free ebooks, you’re bound to find a new favorite author in here.

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Reading a book come Hell Or High Water (A review) Okay, maybe that’s not my best pun. Whatever.

Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker(Audiobook) This is book one in the Deep Six series. I was introduced to Julie Ann Walker with an ARC of book two in this series, Devil in the Deep last year, and I was instantly hooked, chowing down on all of her Black Knights books. But when those started to get a little stale for me (After many, many books), I decided to check out the rest of the series that drew me in in the first place. 23510148Hell or High Water instantly drew me in. I think This is because I enjoy the setting of the sea and islands in the Deep Six books a little more than I enjoy the bike shop setting of Black Knights. Anyway, Hell or High Water is about a team of retired Navy SEALs that have become salvage-guys. They are searching for the fabled wreck of the treasure ship Santa Christina. But their history comes to haunt them when a CIA agent that worked with them on a past SEAL job comes to them for help. A group of terrorists have stolen a stash of Chemicals that can be turned into horrific weapons. The CIA managed to sink their ship, but now the CIA needed to get to the chemicals before the terrorists come back to get them, and the Deep 6 team is the closest salvage team with government connections, and the only team that can get there in time. Of course, everything goes wrong or there wouldn’t be a story. Terrorist are horribly unpredictable, making for a great high-octane thrill ride to save the world. Hell or High Water had everything I loved in the second book, and it was great seeing the characters featured in Devil in the Deep meeting for the first time. I give this one two enthusiastic thumbs up (and an adult content warning. One of the SEALs has a heck of a thing for the Female CIA agent, and SEALs aren’t afraid to go after what they want, if you get my meaning)


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Free Ebook Friday! Valentine’s Day and Books, Boyfriends, or Chocolate

Love is in the air!

This week’s free ebook selection are all about romance.

Please check your genre… there are adult as well a young adult book in this mix.

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Freebie Friday! Free E-Books – Great Beginnings and Fantasy February

Today I’m offering two great freebie opportunities for two very different audiences.  Great Beginnings is a sampler of Christian Books

Fantasy February offers a bunch of fantasy books for all ages.

Either promo is sure to introduce you to more great authors, and you can’t lose with a free book! Enjoy!

 

Planting Literary Seeds: Growing a Community

Literary Debauchery

Growing a writing community isn’t easy. You start slow, you start small. A few writers gather in a dusty library room or a small corner of a bookstore. Maybe you trade manuscripts, or read passages aloud. Or you exchange personal stories of rejections, maybe even an acceptance or two. With luck, the group grows. More people join. Newbies, pros. All looking for someone who understands.

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The great thing about life is that you never know where a path may take you. The best case scenario? Small intimate gatherings swell to large groups. Members exchange hard-won wisdom, new markets, more rejections, but even better, more acceptances.

As a long-time member (and currently president) of the South Jersey Writers’ Group, I have seen new members come through our doors, perhaps a little nervous, eyeing us up like prey wandering into a room full of predators and I have to laugh a…

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Serial Killers Anyone? Nighttime is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark

Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark (Audiobook) This is a serial killer murder mystery. The Killer, “The Owl” was picked on by a group of girls in the first grade. Coming into contact with one of them years later triggers him to start killing them one at a time in the order in which they are seated in a picture of the girls at the lunch table from high school. This was an interesting

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story, and I liked how just about everyone had some motive. I also liked how in the last act, the reason for the murder switches a bit. In the end, though, I was not aghast when the murderer is unmasked. In fact, I wasn’t really sure who he was. I think that had to do with the fact that there were so many characters that I had trouble keeping them straight. There were quite a few characters that were very defined for me, but the murder did not stand out enough in the scenes when he was just hanging out with friends to make me like/dislike/or even suspect him. Because of that the ending reveal was a bit lackluster, but I did enjoy the ride to get there.