soul-guide-book-coverFor those of you with a bent for paranormal dark fantasy, Kelly Stock’s The Soul Guide may be just what you are looking for. Set in Clayhill Manor and the dark recesses it offers, Bertram the Caretaker holds the keys to every door, even the one that leads to a land of memories and dreams found beyond a waterfall. Still, Bertram is heartbroken. He has lost his mate, Melissa, the Soul Guide.

The cast includes a newly chosen Soul Guide, Sybil, and her friend Alex, ready to learn the secrets and fend off the Master and the Mephisto, who have been biding their time, waiting for a show of weakness to exploit and extinguish the light.

This story moves at a leisurely pace, great for a lunchtime read or the time before bed when you unwind and then wind up with a good book. Just published on the 18th of February, you can get a copy now for 99-cents or free if you have Kindle Unlimited. The book runs 247 pages or about 5400 units on my Kindle Fire.

Three Stars

operation-desert-swarm-book-coverAuthor Michael P. Whateley presents a tense, taut, military saga in Operation Desert Swarm. The novel starts with Chris Murphy dominating the action, but there are several characters in this story. Eventually, the strong survive, and Steven Blackwood takes his place.

Blackwood (referred to as Steve, Steven, and Stephen) is a charter boat captain thrown into the mix by the crash of a plane near his boat, The Vagabond. It’s a jarring event, but it gives him a chance to connect again with the one who got away, the perfect catch, Dayna Rose.

You’ll need your thinking cap for this novel. Chapters start with new characters, new action and a mix of military and non-military personnel working together. The action and pacing are steady and include things that threw me, like the introduction of an NBC suit, which in the US is a guy that represents NBC TV, a worthless fellow in a tailored suit. Here in Operation Desert Swarm, an NBC is a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical protection suit. Cool. Read on, you’ll learn more.

Whateley’s characters are many, most with at least a little background. As the author says, Steve’s strong,  but is he strong enough to defeat the greatest enemy he’s ever yet had to face and reveal the truth hidden in the murky depths? You can find out.

This book is 241 pages, just released on Kindle. It is currently $4.36 and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

Three Stars

 

 

 

guardian-of-the-grail-book-coverElena Bryce takes some old ideas about the Holy Grail, Vampires, and Witches and melds them into a very entertaining read in Guardian of the Grail. I burned through this book in an afternoon, which tells you how good the story and writing are, but it was more than that. It was a new idea, a new beginning, and more to come!
The protagonist is Lachlan Thorn, a guardian of the grail and an immortal. He’s kept his youth, but he’s oh so wise, and oh so sexy to those he meets, including Ivy, a young witch who joins him to conceal the Grail as they attempt to move it to a safe place.
The story is set in the modern day, but that can change, and so can some of the shifters. There is more going on in this books 229 pages than other novels twice its size. And, it’s all good, but it’s hard to categorize. Paranormal, fantasy, light romance, let’s just stay with a book worth reading. The pace is fast, the theme tasty and the characters are well developed along the path.
Right now this novel is $2.99 at Amazon Kindle and it’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

detour-from-normal-book-coverKen Dickson was in his 50’s, living an average life in the Arizona desert when he experienced some pain is his gut. He ignored it. A standard response for many people, and in this true story, it’s not so much the wait to get treatment that nearly killed him, it was the drugs.

The author’s story stands in stark contrast to what we see doctors for, treatment. Sure, he had surgery and marveled at how little pain he felt after finally having the procedure needed to remove a section of his lower intestine, but then things went sideways. He tells the story in plain English, no fancy footwork from a dancing boxer here. In real life he was just punching away, trying to make it to the bell. On the page, the words come to the reader as though they were chatting with the author in a bar. Old friends.

This book was published December 9, 2013, and runs 324 pages. More than enough to engross the reader with his plight, but the reader might not be prepared for the emotional and psychological roller-coaster that comes next as Dickson winds up in a high-security psychiatric ward due to his crazed condition. Again, it’s the drugs interacting with his body and his mind.

This is a well-told story of a man and his family trying to cope with a loved-one’s mania under a terrible set of circumstances, but Detour From Normal a good story, a true one, and one worth reading. And, it’s just 99-cents or free with Kindle Unlimited!

 

 

the-angel-alejandroThough I’ve been writing all my life, it wasn’t until ten years ago that I got serious about it. And I didn’t want to be a hobby-writer, either. I wanted to be a real-life, full-time professional who spends his time writing, editing, marketing, and well … doing it all – because that’s what writers do these days.

 The road was long and winding, but in 2012, I finally got published. Since then, I’ve written several novels with bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and have now completed my second solo novel, The Angel Alejandro, which was released January 25, 2017, as well as several other collaborations and solo projects.

 I was lucky to be able to put several of my unemployed fictional characters to work in my latest novel, The Angel Alejandro. The Angel Alejandro is an urban fantasy/dark fiction story about an angel who crash-lands on earth, in the koi pond of an unsuspecting young woman named Madison who’s trying her best to make her way through the world alone.

The million-mile fall results in a severe case of amnesia – and before the stunningly beautiful angel, Alejandro, has a chance to figure out who he is, a horde of demonic entities come to town, eager to capitalize on his lost identity, and harvest his soul. As he and Madison set out to recover his past, the entire town of Prominence is slowly going mad: There’s vandalism and violence, brutality and bloodshed – and the terror is slowly closing in, putting Alejandro and Madison at its center.

It was the use of this fictional small town, Prominence, that allowed me to further explore some of the characters who’ve been living in my head – and some of them have been there for years, from the days when I used to sketch them out in notebooks, before I wrote novels.

Please take a moment and check out my website.

jeep-tour-book-coverAre women over 30 allowed to have a life? Do they get a second chance when the winds of fate blow them across a barren plain? I certainly hope so, and that’s the subject of Gail Ward Olmsted’s reawakening novel Jeep Tour.

The book is well written, and an entertaining look at life after the astonishing years, after commitment and marriage and work. The protagonist is a recently divorced woman, Jax (short for Jacqueline, thank goodness) who takes a trip to Sedona, Arizona with two friends and loves the clean, fresh air, the sunshine, and the amazing red mountains.

Together, they take a Jeep tour, and Jax loves the tour guide, a cute, oops, not cute like her ex-husband Rick, but rugged and good-looking Rick. She flies home. She fails to make tenure at her teaching job, and there’s that emptiness. We all know it.

This is a 247-page book, plenty of pages to get lost in, with characters that are real, emotional and pliable. Jax has a background, she has substantial friends, she has a job, but there’s life in Sedona. What to do?

Published by Jerico Road Press on May 31, 2016, readers can get this book for free if they have Kindle Unlimited, or it’s $2.99 for the masses.

Author Olmsted paints a pretty picture of Sedona, and of second chances with a leisurely pace. It’s not a struggle to keep up, it’s a walk in the park. And, it’s thoughtful, emotional and hopeful. That’s a triple-threat.

Four Stars