Articles for the Month of May 2014

DEAR KILLER: Marley Clark Mysteries, Book 1 by Linda Lovely

Fast paced and entertaining.

Dear Killer (Marley Clark Mysteries)

About the book: Marley Clark, a retired military intelligence officer, works security for a Sea Island community simply to keep busy. A single night patrol transforms the feisty widow’s yawner of a job into a deadly battle of wits when she finds an islander drowned and bobbing naked amid a potpourri of veggies in a Jacuzzi.
Asked to serve as the lead investigator’s liaison, the 52-year-old heroine is startled to discover she’s become Deputy Braden Mann’s target as well—for romance. Yet their steamy attraction doesn’t deter the pair from sorting through a viper’s nest of suspects as the body count grows and the pun-loving killer plans a grizzly epitaph for Marley.
DEAR KILLER is the first in a series of Marley Clark adventures that combine heart-pounding suspense with generous sides of romance and humour.

About the author: A journalism major in college, Linda Lovely has always made her living as a writer, primarily in public relations and advertising fields. Now, she’s focusing on her first love–fiction.
Lovely writes the Marley Clark Mystery Series, which offers a main course of thrills coupled with a generous side of humor and romance. Marley, the 52-year-old, kick-ass heroine, is a retired military intelligence officer. In DEAR KILLER, the debut book in the series, she’s working part-time as a security guard on an island in the SC Lowcountry. In NO WAKE ZONE, book two in the sereis, Marley travels to Spirit Lake/Lake Okoboji, Iowa, where the author spent many wonderful summer days with her aunt, uncle and cousins. In WITH NEIGHBORS LIKE THESE, the soon-to-be-published third book, Marley returns to the Lowcountry.

 

Set on a beautiful island off the South Carolina coast, DEAR KILLER is the first book in the Marley Clark detective series by author Linda Lovely.

Marley Clark, the heroine is 52, a mature and capable woman who is retired ex-military, and a security guard on Dear Island.

When, one night on a routine patrol, she finds a local man naked, and dead in a hot tub surrounded by vegetables, no one can understand what the motive could be. However, from that moment on, a chain of events are set in place which make this audiobook a compelling and exciting mystery.

When she is assigned as lead investigator’s liaison Marley finds herself embroiled in a steamy romance with a younger man, Braden, who is attached to the Sheriff’s office, but will their mutual attraction survive?

This story is fast paced and entertaining.

Available in Paperback, Kindle and Audiobook from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Killer-Marley-Clark-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00CTAQDR8/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_d_3

 

Final Orders by Irene Helenowski

Final OrdersPRE-RELEASE NOTIFICATION

Coming soon – Final Orders

by Irene Helenowski

 

 

 

 

 

This series of books began with ‘Order of the Dimensions’, where Jane and her team of graduate students work, with their professor, on a box, which can transport people into different dimensions.

In the sequel, ‘Revised Orders’, Jane is tempted again by her friend Amber to enter the box and the adventures in different dimensions continued.

In this third book, there are many more dimensions, though the original characters remain throughout. However, one has to remember, of course, that in the different dimensions, the lives they lead, their priorities, families and whole character are totally different. I would heartily recommend that these books are read in sequence for the most enjoyment.

In ‘Final Orders’ there are many more dimensions, and the scientists are being forced to create even more. The world has changed, and The Orders, in many realms now hold power over life and death. They are now monitoring people, and have the ability to send unwanted people or groups into the null space. With the ability to look into the past or the future, hard choices have to be made, and manipulation, cover-ups, lies and deceit rule. However, underlying it all, the story contains a strong vein of love and loyalty, with the characters trying to do what they feel is right, at that particular time, after all, who knows what their choice would have been in another dimension, or with the benefit of hindsight?

This is a really exciting story with many twists and turns. The complex plot keeps you on your toes, I found it compelling reading, and once I had started page turning, I couldn’t stop until I had finished it.

For science fiction fans and those fascinated with time travel the theories in this book are fascinating and I would highly recommend it.

 

 

For The Love of a Poet by Marilyn Z. Tomlins

For the love of a poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Russian love story.

About the book: ‘I have been obsessed with this man for years. My parents say I have a crush on him. I have been telling them it is not a crush. It is reverence. Reverence not only for the man but so too for his talent: his poetry. If anyone asks me whether I have a wish, I will say, if only I can meet the poet Beretzkoy.’ These are the wistful words of Tanya Brodovskaya. Her wish comes true, although the poet is a married man and the father of two sons, and soon a heady, passionate love affair begins. In a small, dilapidated dacha in a village south of Moscow, played out against a grim backcloth of Stalin’s demonic rule of Russia, Tanya and her dissident poet live their love to the full, stealing precious and wonderful time, finding happiness in each other’s arms although he continues to live with his wife and sons. But black clouds gather. The Man of Steel’s policies threaten the couple’s idyll. Their love will survive; they know it will. But will they?

About the author: Marilyn lives and writes in Paris. She writes whatever takes her fancy: spoof news, book reviews, posts for her website, gossip about showbiz stars and royalty, short stories, poetry – and books. She also reports crime. She was born in British Colonial Africa and is a British national. Eight years ago she became interested in the Second World War French serial killer, Dr Marcel Petiot, and she researched him for two years and then over the next two years she wrote her true-crime book DIE IN PARIS. Next, setting murder aside, she wrote the novel BELLA … A FRENCH LIFE, an emotive love story set in Paris and the beautiful Normandy coastal region of France. Russia, a passion of hers, she has planned For the Love of a Poet for at least ten years.

 

Gerald Lombard, is on a mission, he is searching for Tanya Brodovskaya, he knows how to recognise her, and so he goes to Red Square, after all, he’s been told, she is always there ‘on any Wednesday.’ Then he sees her, just as she had been described to him, and she agrees to tell her story, and so the biography begins…
This is the story of the love between an older man, and a naive young girl whom he met, in 1931, when she worked at the offices of Pravda in Moscow.

Tanya Brodovskaya, had been infatuated with the poet Boris Petrovich Beretzkoy, for a long time, however, on that day, when he took her hands in his, their lives were about to change forever.

As they say, love is blind, and when one is in such a state, nothing else matters, barriers such as age and marital status are overcome in the bat of an eyelid. Thus began their love affair, one in which Boris shaped her life, and she accepted the restrictions, making sacrifices, and giving up on dreams, freely, as only a woman who is in love will do.

It is Russia, Lenin has just died, and Stalin has taken over the reins of this enormous, harsh country. It is a country which is in a state of political unrest and turmoil, its people living in fear for their lives never knowing when they are going to be dragged away and interrogated, or deported to Siberia, some never to return…

Life for the Russian people is hard. The country is suffering from terrible famine, and pandemics ravage the country’s population, who are already weak and living in terrible conditions.

As you read this book, you realise that not only are you following the lives of these two lovers, but you are also being given an insight into this turbulent period in Russian history.

The book I believe, is based on two real people, although the names have been changed. Through meticulous research, the author has written a very thought provoking and fascinating story, which lovers of modern history will enjoy.

I am informed by the author that a French translation is available.

Available from Amazon worldwide in Paperback  http://www.amazon.com/For-Love-Poet-Marilyn-Tomlins/dp/0992670071/ref=sr_1_3_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1400746203&sr=8-3&keywords=for+the+love+of+a+poet

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Love-Poet-Marilyn-Z-Tomlins-ebook/dp/B00KC8M0DK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-3&qid=1400746203

Tales from the Hilltop: a summer in the other South of France by Tony Lewis

Tales from the Hilltop: a summer in the other South of France

One thing about living in France that you soon realise is that it is so vast, and all the regions hold their own special charm. Never having visited this particular region, the wonderfully descriptive writings of the author made me want to visit.

The author has a job many would envy, running a summer outdoor pursuits business with his wife, in a beautiful location. The book, is a fly on the wall, glimpse into their life. The characters they meet both through their work, and locally are guaranteed to make you smile and I would think most people would find this an entertaining read.

Available at Amazon on Kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Hilltop-summer-other-France-ebook/dp/B00CYBLWM8/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Revised Orders by Irene Helenowski

Revised OrdersPRE-RELEASE NOTIFICATION

Coming soon – Revised Orders

by Irene Helenowski

 

 

 

 

 

In the first book of this series ‘Orders of the Dimensions’, Jane Kremowski and her team of graduate students work with their professor to make a box which will enable them to visit other dimensions.

In this, the sequel, encouraged by her friend Amber, Jane, yet again finds herself persuaded to enter the box. This a sequel, in every sense of the word, and so I would strongly recommend that ‘Order of the Dimensions’ is read first.

The characters in this book are the same. Of course, in the different dimensions, they are totally different people, with different partners and lead totally different lives. Fans of the first book will love the way that the original characters continue to evolve, and the villain becomes even more fiendish.

To tell more, I think, would spoil the book, all I can say though, is that this is an exciting, multi-faceted science fiction thriller, with plenty of twists and turns and a plot which will keep you on your toes. So, give your brains a good scrub before you start reading this, otherwise you may never keep up.

This is an amazing book, and a total must for science fiction and time travel fans. The author has written a fast, exciting story, with a plot which will keep you guessing.

And, for those who love this book, I have it on good authority that there will be a book three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Device by Patrick Skelton

The Device written by Patrick Skelton

The Device

John Timmons is a man haunted by guilt over the death of his girlfriend, something he blames himself for. He is a very troubled man, with a sad past, medical problems and seems old before his time at only 24.

Whilst hiking in the mountains, John sees The Device on a log, in a ravine. After clambering down the retrieve it, he is still at a loss to know what it is. It is only the size of a mobile phone, and the only thing on it is a small hole, and the engraved words “Project Daf Yasfhat.” What is it, and what does it do?

As the story unravels, his romantic relationship with co-worker Lisa evolves, and he meets Jacob, a mysterious man, who is not all what he seems.

This is a captivating story in which all the pieces knit together nicely at the end, as John’s sad childhood, hidden pieces of the jigsaw, and unspoken memories are revealed.

The science-fiction element of this book is cleverly weaved into the very fabric of the story.

I reviewed this book as an audiobook and it was intriguing to listen to, the narrator, Kurt Feldner, has a very warm and engaging voice.

 

Available on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Device-Patrick-Skelton-ebook/dp/B004LRP14S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400495768&sr=8-1&keywords=The+device+by+patrick+skelton 

and as an audiobook http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/The-Device-Audiobook/B00FM0E3EM

Mother, was it worth it? by Tottie Limejuice

MWIWIReal life in France.

About the book: Tottie and her eccentric family moved to France in search of a better life for her nearly nonogenarian mother who suffered from dementia. As her full-time carer, Tottie listened to daily recitations of her favourite saying: ‘Mother, mother, it’s a bugger, sell the pig and buy me out.”
Catch up now with Tottie in the AM years – After Mother – as she starts her new life in the rural Livradois-Forez region of the Auvergne, living in Tottie’s Grottage. Meet the local inhabitants, from exotic birds to colourful characters like the Bin Pickers, Library Lady and the Bowing Farmer. All are described with Tottie’s familiar gently ironic humour. Discover the procedure behind the Frogification of Tottie, and if her bid for French nationality is successful.
‘Mother Was It Worth It?’ is the concluding part of the Sell the Pig series, which began with ‘Sell the Pig’ and ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’

About the author: Tottie Limejuice is the pen-name of freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither, who lives in the Auvergne region of central France.”Sell the Pig” is the first in a planned series of books describing how Lesley, a former journalist living in the UK, decided to make the move to France to start a new life, taking with her an 89-year-old mother suffering from vascular dementia.Lesley’s interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening.

 

Having read, ‘Sell the Pig,’ and ‘Is that Billinge Lump?’ I couldn’t wait to read Tottie’s further adventures, and as soon as I started this new, and sadly, last book, in the series, I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

It is not your normal, we bought a house in France and renovated it, story. Indeed, Tottie’s move was based on totally different reasons, which you will know if you have read the preceding two books, however, if not, then, this book can happily be read as a standalone. 

If you want to really know what it is like living in France, making your home in a small rural community, hiring workmen and dealing with French bureaucracy, then there is no better example. The ever resourceful Tottie seems to have the ability to handle any situation with true British fortitude and determination.

However, there is a real underlying ‘heartstrings’ element to this book, and indeed to the series, as, throughout all three books we are invited, very much into her life. The reader finds themselves laughing, and crying with her as she copes with all the events life throws at her, with the support of some very good friends, both English and French.

When not renovating ‘The Grottage,’ accompanied by her Border collies Ci and Fleur, she enjoys camping and breaks away, exploring her chosen area of France. These adventures are chronicled as part of this story, and through her marvellously descriptive writing, she gives, for those of us who have never visited this beautiful region, a wonderful insight into its wildlife, and people.

I just could not put this book down, I love the down to earth, totally unbiased, and no nonsense way the story is written.

Available in Kindle format: http://www.amazon.com/Tottie-Limejuice/e/B00ADQX5KS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1