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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.

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This week’s Freebie Friday features all young adult books.

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Blasting through space with a Starship Mage by Glynn Stewart.

Starship Mage by Glynn Stewart (Audiobook) This is one of those books that I don’t know where I found. I picked it up quite a while ago and it has been 23848809sitting there while I kept adding more and more audio titles to my library (Yeah, I know. My Ebook collection is even worse.) Anyway, after reading romance for a few months, I finally tapped on Starship’s Mage.

All I have to say is GREAT GOOGLEY MOOGLEY where has this book been all my life? I mean, seriously, people… Why is the world not screaming about this story? Why isn’t there a movie?

Okay, so, yes, there are a few flaws. I really wish that there was a bit more emotional engagement between the characters. The good thing about listening on audiobook is the narrator can sometimes fill in these blanks with their voice, but the connection was still lacking in some places. The second, and probably more noticeable problem is the author likes to repeat himself. (A lot) One chapter we have this epic battle scene, and at the start of the next chapter we re-hash that battle scene (in case the reader forgot) And he kept explaining about the ribs turning around the ship, and we are told over an over that the simulacrum is in the center of this ship, and what it can do, and that the captain is burly, and that Damien is a mage and can do all this cool stuff. You get my meaning? The book feels a little but like it was written in serial (Which would make all of the above perfectly acceptable) and then it was glued all together to make one novel.

** NOW WAIT! **

Don’t get me wrong. These are INCREDIBLY minor issues when we are talking about how freaking fun this book is. I was instantly drawn in, connecting with the main character, Damien, as he strolled the halls of a space station, looking for a job. I instantly loved the down-on-his-luck captain who needed a mage and was being denied one by the powers-that-be. You see, if you don’t have a mage to work your simulacrum, your ship can’t jump (think Han-Solo and hyperspace). Now, nobody knows it yet, not even Damien, but he is more powerful than your normal mage, and we are about to jump on board to one of the most surprising, exciting, adventures out there… Because the captain is already on the run with a price on his head, and when people find out what Damien can do, the intergalactic police, the mob, and several bounty-hunters will stop at nothing to get their hands on him.

There are a few points where the characters make poor choices that a seasoned adult should know better, but all in all I say, “Who cares?” because I had that much fun reading. If you like science fiction, don’t walk, RUN to pick this baby up. I seriously don’t think you’ll be sorry. An easy five stars. I liked it so much I can’t even subtract a star for the repetition. [She opens up her phone to pick up the next book in the series]

NOTE: I went back for fun and read a few reviews. Many mentioned the repetition, but several mentioned too much use of the F-Bomb. I don’t actually recall this. It is possible the audio-narrator left them out. Anyway… I wanted to say that if there were a lot, I didn’t notice, and I am one of those people who would normally subtract a star if profanity is overused.

It’s Freebie Friday with a Touch of Magic!

Do you love a little bit of magic in your books, or maybe a LOT of magic?

This week we are featuring books with a Touch of Magic, all free for a limited time, mixed genres adult and YA, so please choose wisely. Enjoy!

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Sometimes a book gets Under The Skin – A Review

Under the Skin by Michel Faber (Audiobook) This is kind of a weird book to get my head around. I picked it up because it was mentioned in a podcast as a book that transcended genre… that the characters were so great that even people 123063who hate science fiction could get into it. Overall, I have to agree with that, with a few caveats.

One, I would not label this science fiction, even though there are aliens in it. Overall, it feels very literary to me. Literary science fiction? Yeah, like I said… it’s hard to get your head around. The main character is, if effect, a serial killer. She picks up hitchhikers and decides which will live and which will die in a horrific manner. Don’t judge her though. She’s just doing her job. That’s the weird thing… you are so centered in this girl’s head that you do feel like you are doing this horrible job with her. The author does a great job of removing empathy and mercy from this character’s psyche (after all, she is not human) and you really bond with her and are along for the ride (not as her hitchhikers, thank goodness.)

What I found a bit odd, though, was the ending. I guess that I expected something fantastic because this is science fiction at heart. But instead… Well, I don’t want to ruin it, but this is one of the reasons this feels literary to me. In some instances, I feel like maybe the author had developed this amazing character, but then didn’t know what to do with her. So instead of developing more of an arc, the story ended. Either that, or the story is literary, thus making the ending absolutely brilliant. Again… tough call. Overall, though, despite the great characterization, this story left me pretty unfulfilled. If you like literary, give this a try and let me know what you think (Don’t worry, it does not read like a scifi AT ALL.)

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This week we are featuring young adult speculative fiction.

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And the body count rises – a Review of Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy (eBook)
This book is a serial killer mystery that takes place in a high school. To be honest, 32972117this book came close to a do-not-finish for me, because the beginning was very slow for me. A girl gets murdered, and then there is tons of day to day stuff that didn’t keep my interest. Somehow though, I trudged on, and I did end up eventually enjoying the book. I just wish I got there a little faster. Anyway, once this gets going it is a fun mystery. The only thing that bummed me about it, is I picked out the serial killer very early on, and I was 98% correct on the reason why. I was really, really hoping that there would be a twist at the end, and it would be a “ha! I fooled you moment” from the author, and the killer would end up being someone devilishly clever… but that was not meant to be. But anyway, I am sure there will be others who will be surprised. Like I said, once it gets going it is a pretty descent read. An awesome twist at the end would have put this in five star territory. I would still recommend this for anyone loving a good mystery. I really wish there were half stars, because this is better than three stars, but I’m not fangirling enough for four. I would definitely check out this author’s other works, though. The writing is readable and flows well.

Free Book Friday! Click on in to browse through over 100 FREE science fiction books!

Hey guys, I’m trying out something new for the next few weeks.

Every Friday, I’ll be linking you guys in to some great free book promotions.

And who doesn’t love free books??????

This is a fantabulous way for me to help get new books out to my fans, and you guys get to try out some new authors for free and hopefully love them enough to check out the rest of their catalogs.

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It’s release day for Sirens and Scales! Get your dragon and mermaid fix, and then some!

You guyzzzzzz!

This is it—release day for Sirens and Scales!

How about a few more exclamation points?!!!!!!!!!!

Today only Sirens and Scales still 99 cents but the price is set to increase anytime tomorrow. If you haven’t preordered, now is you last change to pick up this incredible limited edition box set of 20+ Dragon and Mermaid novels including the WORLD premiere of my brand new book DRAGONMOUNT at this incredible introductory price.

Order now on: Amazon   |   iBooks   |   Kobo   |   Nook |   iTunes   |   Barnes & Noble

If you are one of the lucky ones who preordered, check you eReader, because Sirens and Scales is probably already in your hot little hands!

Enjoy, guys! I really hope you love DRAGONMOUNT, and don’t forget to check out the other great authors in the set.

If you still need a little coaxing, here is the first chapter of DRAGONMOUNT to get you in the mood…

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Things can’t get any worse than being snatched by a dragon, until Anna is dropped into a bloodthirsty battle for the Draconic crown.

A trip to New Zealand was supposed to be a fun distraction for Anna after yet another painful breakup. Instead, she’s snatched and flown away by a mythical beast bent on making her his queen. Anna’s rare blood type makes her the only viable mate in the islands, and with scores of dragons looking for her, escape isn’t likely.

Joe is the youngest and smallest dragon in the competition to become king. Now that he’s found Anna, all he needs to overthrow the current corrupt monarch is to bring her back to Dragonmount. He’s injured and unable to fly, though, and each passing second increases the risk of discovery.

If the current king finds Anna, he will use her to secure his throne and slaughter her to celebrate his victory. Anna is Joe’s to protect, and he will not allow the king to defile her or his people ever again— even if it means challenging a dragon five times his size.

If you love the feels you get from Jennifer L. Armentrout and the shape-shifting goodness of Talon, you’ll roar for DRAGONMOUNT.

 

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Anna dragged her fingertips along the glass, taking in the rolling, green valley spread out beyond the rooftops outside her hotel room window. The snow-capped mountains in the distance called to her, promising views she’d been dreaming of since she first saw hobbits and elves on the movie screen.

New Zealand. She could hardly believe it.

She drew in a deep breath. When she first started planning this vacation with Andrew, it was a pipe dream— the mutual coup de gras of their bucket lists. It was supposed to be their honeymoon.

Until a honeymoon was no longer needed.

The television cut to a commercial for toothpaste as her sister walked through the room reading a pamphlet.

“It says here that those mountains you’re staring at are called Aoraki.” She pointed to the text. “The original settlers believed that the sons of the sky god got their canoe stuck on a reef. They froze to death and became the mountains.” She smiled. “That’s kind of creepy. Right up your alley.”

Anna pressed her forehead to the glass, allowing the pane to cool her skin as she watched people wander the streets below.

“Right now these Maori people are celebrating some sort of ancient fertility festival called the Seventeen Year.” Sybil snorted. “Fertility, huh? Sounds like my kind of party.”

Of course it was. Anything her sister could relate to sex was a good time.

The television commercial cut to a news anchor. She picked up a stack of papers and tapped them twice on the desktop.

“Breaking news from North Island,” the woman announced. “Sources investigating the recent rash of murders report that the bodies of at least two more women were found in the Wellington area this morning. Local law enforcement asks all New Zealand, especially women, to take extra precautions while traveling at night. More on this story, and the women behind these growing statistics tonight at eleven.”

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Crawling out of the pit of despair. A review of NIGHTINGALE by @JocelynAdams

Nightingale by Jocelyn Adams (Ebook) I am a pretty big Jocelyn Adams fan, and while this is not my favorite book by her, I think it will stand out as an ambitious, thought-provoking effort to those who enjoy deep themes and slow-36359941burn romance.

Micah is a rich former playboy who has been brutally disfigured after being held captive by a Columbian drug lord. Darcy is an ambitious reporter who nails the interview of a lifetime when Micah finally agrees to reveal what happened, and how he and a small group of captives escaped. She finds herself falling for Micah over the week-long interview, and ends up questioning which is more important to her… printing a story that rockets her to fame, or protecting the secrets of a man who used the horror of an unthinkable experience to refocus and devote his resources to saving people’s lives.

I really liked how Darcy didn’t take the easy way out and sleep with him right off the bat to get him to talk. I enjoyed watching them get to know each other, and how their very different lives had so many similarities that I could actually believe they would fall for each other despite the class lines.

There’s not really anything to complain about here. If you enjoy a more realistic romance, where people take the time to fall in love before falling into the sheets, this book should be a winner for you.

There’s one of these Raffle-Copter things associated with this book’s release. Here it is if you are the contest-type. $25 Gift Card up for grabs.

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Catch you later!