Monday, January 28, 2013

The 19 Dragons - SM Reine

The 19 Dragons is still free for the kindle. This is a quirky alternate world novel that I really enjoyed. It takes a bit of reading to understand the flow of the story, but once you get it, you just keep reading. This book is only 110 pages, but it's quality, not quantity, that counts.

The 19 dragons have assumed the form of humanity to escape persecution by humans. Now they're all in danger and fighting for their survival. As the dragons fall, so does the world. Can the dragons survive or will they and the world disappear? Highly recommended.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

When Women Were Warriors - Catherine M. Wilson

When Women Were Warriors is the first book in the Warrior's Path series. It's still free for the kindle. Get it while you can. It's an amazing book.

Tamras, daughter of Tamnet, just turned 16. It's time for her to be bound to the Lady Merin’s service, and trained as a warrior in her family's tradition. The lessons she learns, the alliances she forms, and the enemies she makes, are all part of this story. Tamras is determined to succeed as a warrior, but on her own terms.

This is a coming of age novel set in another time and place. I truly enjoyed this book and was sad when it ended. It's a great novel. Very highly recommended.

There are some short love scenes in this book, but those scenes don't make the book about sex, anymore than the scenes where people are eating make the book about food. This book is not about lesbians, as some reviewers state. This book is about women who have chosen a warrior's path. Clearly those closed minded reviewers didn't read the whole book. Their loss.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Reversal of Providence - Mark D. Niehus

Reversal of Providence is $2.99 for the kindle. It's free for Amazon prime members. Terrorists, nukes, what more do you need?

Ryan Anderson is ex-army and a security specialist. When his car is hit by a truck, Ryan finds himself in more than a simple exchange of insurance information. Jessica Webb is a part-time bartender and full time lawyer. Ryan and Jessica meet at the bar where she works and decide to spend some time together, but then someone breaks into Ryan's apartment to ambush him and tangles with them both. Ryan and Jessica could be all that stands between our country and terrorists bent on destroying world peace. This book keeps you turning pages, but the fragmented way it starts out is a little confusing. Still highly recommended.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Last Mailman - Kevin J. Burke

The Last Mailman has some additional title, "Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Zombies. That should give you a clue about this book. This novel was free when I downloaded it. It's now $4.99 for the kindle. If you're a zombie fan, it's worth the price.

Donald Jeremy Haddox (DJ) is the last mailman. His job is to travel the zombie infested wastelands, of what used to be America, to determine what happened to the family and friends of the people who made it to safety. This book is hard to put down. The narrow escapes and death defying adventures are like an Indiana Jones movie with zombies, but in print form. Remember a book is always better. Highly recommended.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sexy Babe - James L. Conway

Sexy Babe was free when I downloaded it. It's now $2.99 for the kindle. This book is pretty explicit, but it doesn't try to titillate. It just delivers a harsh dose of reality in places. This is a great book.

Grace Taylor is an actress. She's been an actress since her Mom put her in a Christmas pageant when she was nine weeks old. Grace is now 28. When she gets an audition to read for the bit part of "sexy babe," Grace figures she's due for a change. However, murder, mayhem, and running from the law weren't part of her plans. Will Grace live to turn her life around? This is a great action movie in book form, and books are always better. Highly recommended.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Something Witchy - AJ Myers

Something Witchy was free when I downloaded it. It's $4.99 now for the kindle. This book has witches, vampires, and demons in a teen romance with more angst in 300 pages, than Stephenie Meyer crammed into the whole Twilight series.

Ember Blaylock is 18 years old, a senior in high school, and a bandraoi, or blood witch. Of course Ember doesn't know about the witch thing, and that's just part of her problem. Ember is pursued by a demon, and rescued by a vampire who then kidnaps her "for her own good." Ember has to learn about her heritage and her power fast, or her time may be up. This is a good young adult book that I'd recommend to my teenage granddaughters. If it wasn't for the angst I'd really like this book, but then I'm not a teenage girl. Highly recommended.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Death Whispers - Tamara Rose Blodgett

Death Whispers is book one in the Death Series. It's still free for the kindle. Definitely a young adult book, but a good one.

Imagine a world where 8th graders are tested for paranormal abilities as part of their standard aptitude testing. Caleb Hart is just a normal 8th grader, until he finds out he's an AFTD. AFTD is short for Affinity for the Dead. Caleb has a rare talent. Think raising zombies. Caleb and his friends have plenty of normal teenager problems, but nothing compared to the problems they're about to have. Highly recommended.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mr. Smoke - Robert Preston Walker

Mr. Smoke was free when I got it. It's now $9.99 for the kindle. I'm not even sure what kind of novel to call this. The author calls the genre "visionary". Maybe he was having a vision when he wrote it.

Damon Gray's parents and grandparents were killed by terrorists. As a result Damon becomes a terrorist assassin named Mr. Smoke. Damon also has special powers as an enhanced human. This book seems to ramble around, more like a diary or journal than a novel. Parts are really interesting and parts make no sense in the context of a story about a terrorist assassin. At times it was like a middle school boy's dream of sex. I read to the end because I wanted to see how the author was going to tie all the disparate parts together. It wasn't pretty, but it was tied up. Sort of recommended, in a masochistic kind of way.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Infinite Sacrifice - L.E. Waters

Infinite Sacrifice is the first book in the Infinite Series. If you're into past lives you'll love this book. It's still free for the kindle.

Maya has just died. She wonders if she's dreaming, when she meets her spirit guide Zachariah. Zachariah tells her that her soul's name is actually Lazrina. In order for Lazrina to "move on" she has to re-live all her past lives. This book covers four of her lives. Lazrina discovers she was a high priest in ancient Egypt, a mother in the kingdom of Sparta, an Irish boy kidnapped by vikings, and a doctor's wife during the black death in England. As Lazrina discovers her past lives, you can watch her soul evolve. A fascinating take on eternity. Highly recommended.

Black Mountain Affair - Drew Lindsay

Black Mountain Affair is still free for the kindle. If you like murder mysteries, this one takes place in Australia. Plenty of bodies to go around.

Merinda Jerome is something of a sensation in Cooktown. She's part aborigine, very beautiful, and rich. Unfortunately someone has it out for her. When bodies start to pile up around Merinda, her lawyer hires Ben Hood to guard her. Ben takes it personal when the murderer tries to add him to the pile. Plenty of action and great characters. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Opening Dante's Gate - Paul William Bear Brewer

Opening Dante's Gate is science fiction with a religious twist. This book is free for the kindle.

This book is about the gates of hell, and how a small group of people discovered a way to control them. It would figure that the gates of hell are located in Newark New Jersey. I enjoyed the book overall, but parts of the story were disjointed and unorganized. I good editor would have been a blessing, especially a good editor willing to cut out the dross. I still like the idea behind the book and enjoyed the ending. I'm a sucker for happy endings. Recommended.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Prophecy - Jeffrey Poole

The Prophecy is book one in the Bakkian Chronicles series. It's still free for the kindle. What would you do if you were trapped in another world and found out you had magic?

Steve and Sarah Miller just want to see the property Steve inherited from his grandparents. They find out they inherited more than a house and land. They find themselves lost in the kingdom of Lentari with no way home. Magic is the key, but what magic do Steve and Sarah have? I great read. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Very highly recommended.