New reviews!

As the month draws to a close (already!), here are some new books for you to consider:

Under Fantasy: The Executioner’s Apprentice by D.K. Holmberg. This is a 4 sparkler book only because I was given the second book in the series and had no clue what was going on at first. The writer is an excellent writer with great characters and worldbuilding, but I strongly suggest reading the first book in the series first then this one. You’ll understand a whole lot more.

Under Fiction: Bernie and Bertie by Mike Owens. This darkly humorous book is about two serial killers who find love. Can’t say I liked it. Definitely not my kind of story, but that doesn’t mean someone out there won’t enjoy this kind of story. Take a look if you’re into dark stories.

Under Nonfiction: The Ultimate Memory Activity Book by Alexis Olsen and Phil Fraas. I liked this 5-Sparkler ebook so much, I purchased the paperback version for myself. Definitely recommended.

From Teresa:

Under movies: Sleeping Murder

Under Teresa: The Fabric of Civilization.


New Reviews Are Up!

I have one new review and two for Teresa.

My review is for the entertaining book “Flirting With Fairies” by Peg Pierson. This 4 Sparkler story shows what’s happening to book characters when their authors aren’t working fast enough or writing well. It’s fun, silly, and gives you a HEA that satisfies. Even though there are romantic elements, you’ll find the review in the Fantasy section or on Goodreads:

Teresa has two reviews – neither of which scored very high for her. The first is a movie “Lord Edgware Dies” a 1934 Agatha Christie film adaptation.

The second is a 2-Sparkler review for “Before and After the Book Deal” that you’ll find on Teresa’s review page.

Spotlight: Andrew Grey


Ever since his discharge from the military, injured veteran Ashton Covert has been running his family ranch—and running himself into the ground to prove he still can. Ben Malton knows about running too. When he takes refuge in Ashton’s barn after an accident in a Wyoming blizzard, he’s thinking only of survival and escaping his abusive criminal ex, Dallas. Ashton has never met a responsibility he wouldn’t try to shoulder. When he finds Ben half-frozen, he takes it upon himself to help. But deadly trouble follows Ben wherever he goes. He needs to continue on, except it may already be too late. Working together brings Ben and Ashton close, kindling fires not even the Wyoming winter can douse. Something about Ben makes Ashton feel whole again. But before they can ride into the sunset together, they need to put an end to Dallas’s threats. Ben can make a stand, with Ashton’s help—only it turns out the real danger could be much closer to home.


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Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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New Reviews

Check out these new reviews:

Under Fantasy – Moorigad – a 4 Sparkler review for this epic fantasy

Under Mystery: A 4 Sparkler review for “Crimson at Cape May” by Randy Overbeck. A paranormal mystery from 1999 Cape May

Under Romance: “Orange Blossoms-Love Blooms” – a three star sweet contemporary

Under LGBTQ – “Half a Cowboy” – a five star book from Andrew Grey

Spotlight: Randy Overbeck

No matter how far you run, you can never really escape a haunted past.

Darrell Henshaw—teacher, coach, and paranormal sensitive—learned this lesson the hard way. With his job gone and few options, he heads for Cape May to coach a summer football camp. The resort town, with gorgeous beaches, rich history and famous Victorian mansions, might just be the getaway he needs. Only, no one told him Cape May is the most haunted seaport on the East Coast. One resident ghost, the Haunted Bride, stalks Darrell, begging for his help.

He can’t refuse. 

Joining forces with Cassie, a street-wise teen and another sensitive, he investigates the bride’s death and discovers her murder is connected to a far greater horror. But can Darrell and Cassie expose those behind the crimes before they end up being the killer’s next victims? 

Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a teacher and school leader. For more than three decades, his educational experiences have included responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent and he’s lived the roles of many of the characters in his stories. An accomplished writer, he has been published in trade journals, professional texts and newspapers as well as in fiction, with his third published novel. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Reviewers have been generous in their praise of the work.  

“A haunting, yet fast-paced whodunit that captures the reader’s attention from page one. A wonderful book!”—Alexandra Ivy, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Delivers an unpredictable mystery along with a powerful look at people…Completely engaged by the intrigue.”—Long and Short Reviews

“With both elements of mystery and suspense, readers across genres will find this second book about Darrell Henshaw intriguing…I highly recommend it.” ★★★★★Literary Titan

“It’s a ghost/mystery story filled with suspense and action. The plot is so engrossing it had me hooked from the very first page.” ★★★★★—Nana’s Reviews, Greece

“The well-plotted storyline keeps a steady pace through two-thirds of the book and then gradually ups the ante, adds tension, grit, drops more pieces of the puzzle then explodes.”—V. Williams, Rosepoint Publishing


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Check out Vicky’s 4 Sparkler review of this book on the Mystery page.

Spotlight: Misty Simon

A Faire to Remember: Magically Suspicious Mystery Book 1 (Magically Suspicious Mysteries)

There’s something afoot at the faire…
Running a Renaissance Faire that employs and houses a bunch of misfit paranormals means Verla Faeth is well-acquainted with mischief and mayhem. So when her ex, Finn Taragon, shows up unannounced with a puppy in tow as a token of peace, she’s prepared for almost anything. Except tripping over a dead body, finding out the dog is a Cerberus, and apparently, she’s moved from wanna-be seer to crosser-of-the-dead.
Finding the murderer will be hard enough, but having Finn move in next door to her might just be her undoing.

Purchase: Amazon

About Misty:

Misty Simon always wanted to be a storyteller…preferably behind a Muppet. Animal was number one, followed closely by Sherlock Hemlock… Since that dream didn’t come true, she began writing stories to share her world with readers, one laugh at a time. She knows how to hula, was classically trained to sing opera, co-wrote her high school Alma Mater, and can’t touch raw wood. Never hand her a Dixie cup with that wooden spoon/paddle thing. It’s not pretty. Touching people’s hearts and funny bones are two of her favorite things, and she hopes everyone at least snickers in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her husband, daughter, and two insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel or three. She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at



Spotlight: Cherie Colyer

Blurb: Death isn’t the end for eighteen-year-old Avery Williams, and her final resting place isn’t beyond the Golden Gates. No, the Queen of the Damned has plans for her and, unbeknownst to Avery, fought hard to gain possession of her soul. As Hell’s newest succubus, Avery is expected to siphon life from the living. It only takes a long, meaningful kiss, but for a virgin like Avery, kissing guys she barely knows isn’t something she’s comfortable doing. Avery focuses on the upside of her fate—she’ll be returning home, or so she thinks. When the Queen of the Damned cuts her off from her old life, Avery is determined to find a way back to her family and friends, even if it means facing Hell’s fury if she’s caught.

About the author:

Cherie Colyer is best known for her young adult, paranormal romance thrillers, including the Embrace series (featuring witchcraft) and Challenging Destiny (a story about outsmarting heaven and hell.) She usually has several book projects in the works. She lives in Illinois with her family. Sign up for Cherie Colyer’s newsletter and get a deleted scene from the Embrace series.






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His laughter bellowed out of the small bathroom. “You’re going to have to loosen up if we’re going to be living together.”

“Do not!” I called back.

The shower started, but he’d left the door open. “Succubi are supposed to be promiscuous. Not shriek at the sight of a naked man.”

“Well, I’m not most succubi, and you’re not a man,” I retorted.

My jaw dropped when I opened the closet and found it stuffed with clothes. The things on the right were obviously Cole’s. A hint of his cologne wafted from them. The left side, however, was crammed with juniors’ jeans, skirts, tops, sweaters—everything I could possibly want and not department store knock-offs. Designer brands that I used to dream of owning.

I fanned through the various items, wishing I had time to try them all on. If my best friend knew the road to Hell was stocked with the best clothes, she’d purchase a first-class ticket.

“So I’m not a man?” Cole asked from behind me.

He leaned against the doorframe, wearing a towel that conveniently hung low enough to emphasize his six-pack abs and the muscles leading to…you know. He didn’t bother to dry off either. His chest glistened with water droplets.

“I have parts that beg to differ,” he added.

Spotlight: Glenda Thompson

Texas Ranger Noah Morgan has his life together—with a great job and the girl of his dreams. Too bad it’s all based on a lie. A single phone call threatens to bring it all crashing down. After an irate citizen complains shoddy workmanship has left him with a booby-trapped driveway, and the local sheriff’s office is too busy to respond, Noah takes the call. The investigation of local scam artists uncovers a human trafficking ring. Noah fights to avoid being swept back into the sights of his murderous family—people he escaped at the age of seventeen. Can he keep his past a secret or will his carefully crafted life come to a violent end?

Available from Amazon.

Glenda Thompson is a sixth-generation Texan with Scottish roots, I can ‘bless your heart’ with the best of them. As a former emergency medical technician married to a south Texas Lawman, I’ve used insider information from both our careers as inspiration to build my Broken world of Texas Rangers with hidden pasts and dark secrets. When I’m not busy embarrassing my children or grandchildren by dancing in the middle of a country road during a rainstorm, I can be found huddled in my writing cave with Darlin’, my law enforcement technical adviser/husband, working on another story in my Broken universe or the Wild Rose Press Wylder series. Other days, I’m writing my weekly column for the Pleasanton Express News or scribbling articles, short stories, or poetry… anything to keep the words flowing. When I’m not writing, I’m cuddling with my fur babies, chasing Grands, or creating digital art. You can keep up with the future crazy cat lady’s hijinks on Twitter @PressRattler, Facebook Glenda Thompson, Author, or Medium.

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New Year = New Reviews

I just finished reading a fantasy trilogy – Moorigad: the Dragon Collection – a 4 Sparkler epic fantasy with dragon shapeshifters and a carnival that is alive. You’ll find my review in the Fantasy section.

In the “Romance” section, we have two novellas by the same author. “The Suffragette’s Vow” and “Between Two Beaus” – two 4-sparkler novellas that take place in Oregon in the late 1800s. Short, quick, clean reads with interesting imagery and characters.

And Teresa has two new movie reviews up on her movie page.


Spotlight: McKenna Dean

McKenna Dean has been an actress, a vet tech, a singer, a teacher, a biologist, and a dog trainer. She’s worked in a genetics lab, at the stockyard, behind the scenes as a props manager, and at a pizza parlor slinging dough. Finally, she realized all these jobs were just a preparation for what she really wanted to be: a writer.

She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her family, as well as the assorted dogs, cats, and various livestock.

She likes putting her characters in hot water to see how strong they are. Like tea bags, only sexier.

  1. What made you decide to become a writer?  I don’t know if anyone really decides to become a writer. I think storytelling chooses you. From my earliest days, my family read to me, and I became an avid reader as a result. I think it’s only a small step from being a voracious reader to wanting to tell your own stories. At first it was because I loved certain stories and characters so much, I wanted to spend more time in their universe. When I ran out of stories about these characters, I wrote my own. As I grew older, I put away writing as a realistic career goal, and set about getting a degree and earning a living. But the storytelling never entirely went away. It lived, overgrown and neglected, behind a locked door in a secret garden. Dormant, wild, and untamed. Mostly nettles and thorns. I stumbled upon the key one day, opened the door, and began hacking at the nearest bramble bush. Over time, I cleared enough briars away to recognize the layout of the original garden, and realized it had been there all along, waiting for me to return.
  • What advice would you give an aspiring author? Realize that becoming a successful author is a lot like winning the lottery. Most writers won’t become a household name, nor will writing allow you to quit the day job in most cases. If you invest in good editing and excellent covers, you’ll probably spend more than you make. The odds of you reaching financial stability and fame are slim. And yet, if you don’t buy a ticket, your odds of winning are zero, right? So write your stories. Don’t do it because you seek fame and fortune. Do it because you have a story to tell. Write the story that excites, inflames, or amuses you. Don’t write to market, unless the “market” is something you love. Because if you don’t love what you’re writing, it will show in every line, every sentence. Write because you want to tell yourself a story. Make it the story you want to read. Write for the people who seek escape in one of your tales. Write for the reader who needs to set aside a bad day at work, who longs for a break from their chronic illness or pain, who is struggling to get through a difficult time, or seeks respite from the responsibilities of their job or their families. The odds are against you hitting the jackpot. But you will touch lives along the way, and not only will those readers treasure what you offer, often they will provide words of encouragement and support when you need them most.
  • What genre do you write in and why? I write paranormal romance and urban fantasy because as much as I love romantic stories, I want the “and.” Romance and shifters. Romance and mystery. Romance and suspense. I love the worldbuilding that comes with these genres and the scope for increasing the stakes in any given story. As I said in my bio, I like putting my characters in hot water to see how strong they are. Like tea bags, only sexier. That’s because I like seeing how difficult situations bring out the best or worst in characters and their relationships.
  • Do you do an outline or just start writing?  I’m definitely more of a panster than a plotter. If I outline a story too heavily, it feels as though I’ve already written it. A deep outline becomes a story killer for me. There are few surprises left and less opportunity for the story to take me in unexpected, inspired directions. But as I’ve begun writing more series, with a story arc that continues over several books, I’ve come to see the value in plotting. So I guess you could call me a “plotster.”
  • What do you do for fun when you are not writing?  I’m strictly an amateur with a point-and-shoot style camera, but I love taking photographs and enjoy sharing them on my blog. I enjoy long rambling walks in the woods with the dogs and horseback riding. But there’s nothing I like more than hunkering down on the couch on a blustery day with a book. I’m a homebody at heart.
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They’re back and the fun–and trouble–is just beginning! Join Bishop and Knight as they pose as a married couple to root out the strange disturbances occurring in an upscale suburban neighborhood! 

Bishop’s Gambit (Redclaw Origins Book 2)

Newly minted secret agent Rhett Bishop would rather face down a horde of angry wolf shifters or her father’s former mob contacts than accept her current assignment: pose undercover as a suburban housewife, complete with a husband, slippers, and pipe.

But after the debacle of her previous mission, Rhett has a lot to prove.

To redeem herself in the eyes of Redclaw Security, and to carry out her mission without distractions, she must table her budding relationship with Peter Knight while the two of them uncover the secrets of Forest Grove.

Armed with her trusty ray gun, her unique little dog, and Knight’s brains, Rhett is confident she can handle whatever the suburbs can throw at her.

Until they lob a curve ball.

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