Gilchrist by Christian Galacar is terrifying. Stephen King made his readers afraid of clowns, cars and so much more; Christian Galacar WILL make you afraid of small towns and memories! Peter Martell and his wife start anew in small town Gilchrist to recover from the death of their son. What they don’t count on is the unseen evil that lives just below the surface of the town, just barely out of sight but horrifyingly and dangerously real! Nothing is coincidental in this town and no one is safe.
I LOVED this book! In the beginning the book flowed smoothly, had the appearance and feel of one of those feel-good books (I thought the horror was the death of the little boy and the family recovering) but NO! Galacar does not let you off that easy!!! Instead, you are treated to the darkness and origin of evil. It was one shock after another, Galacar skillfully manipulates the reader’s emotions like a pianist playing Bach.
Galacar builds each character to its fullest potential and weaves them into carefully plotted storylines leaving very little unanswered. I finished reading this book two days ago; it took me this long to absorb the book in its entirety – what seemed to be coincidental, the differing levels of depravity, and hope. I could not put this book down.
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Bad by Accident by Henry Blumenthal is a light, fun read, doused with mystery and moral lessons that are very poignant yet not overbearing. Joe Green, a lawyer, tells the story about a couple of his court cases as well as the deadly stalking he is experiencing – someone is out to get him! The book is well developed with character development rich. Readers cannot help but connect with Joe Green and several of his clients. Clean, fast-paced, and well written!
Blumenthal gives his readers issues to ponder and how they intersect – sexuality, violence, medication, lies and as parents, how can we define why our children are different. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys conflict of laws, light thrillers, mysteries and a touch of romance. Easy fast read that you won’t be able to put down!
I hope Blumenthal grows a Joe Green series!
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The Henge is a story about the members of the Noble Village of the Arts and their neighbors. It has been foreseen and announced in a prophecy; it is time that Concinnity Song and her two brothers bring home the singing stone once it is located. One of her brothers discovers the singing stone at the bottom of a quarry filled with water. The stone holds magical powers. In order to protect the world, the stone must be harvested and moved to a specific location on the night of the solstice. The magical power of music and the stone’s ability to sing makes transporting it easier but no less complicated.
Among some, there is jealousy and a driven need to possess the huge stone. Time is of the essence. Not only is a battle fought but there is a question as to whether the world will survive the storms and fires that will come if they fail in their quest to raise the stone properly.
Devra Robitaille builds the story slowly but with riveting details. Robitaille carefully weaves the story around the characters, developing both with a realism that enables the reader to vividly visualize both through her words. The message of the story is simple yet timelessly true. Robitaille throws in a few twists and keeps building the action and excitement until the last page.
A must read! I have read several of Robitaille’s book and find them thoroughly engrossing and engaging. She knows her audience and knows how her craft well. I enjoy her talented writing and dexterity in telling stories.
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Road Kill 2 is a tantalizing, terrifying mix of short stories based in Texas. A common theme, besides all being set in Texas, is being in the wrong place at the wrong time and karma. In this review, I have selected just a few to mention but I can guarantee you will be scared out of your pants!
As seen in “The Back Forty” by S. Kay Nash, The Sheriff, Jim Hollis finds himself in a DEA hosted drug raid where all turns out well … until Mr. Thompson decides to teach him a lesson. In “Cemetery Games” by Keith West, Greg finds that the sins of the father come back to haunt him with some horrifying results! Dennis Pitts’ “The Road Trip” is enough to scare people from traveling beyond their living room!
With seventeen authors penning seventeen of the most terrifying, mind-numbing horror stories one cannot help but sleep with the lights on after reading this amazing collection. Each story is well written and complete with fully developed characters and detailed instances. It is frightening to know that these creative minds are out there and they know how to successfully get into the minds of their readers!
Thoroughly loved each and every story! A must-read for anyone who loves horror!
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The Devil’s Kettle by J.J. Ollman is a unique tale in which friendship withstands everything. Three missing people in a short span of time, they all have one thing in common – well, two if you count the man that abducts them! Two friends and a reporter band together and try to track down their missing friend Seth. However, one friend has a deadly secret that is about to become well known and thus begins the thrilling page-turning novel by J.J. Ollman. The two friends, Mancoat and Hodges are perfect foils for the police and kidnapper working together effortlessly. The race against time and Hodges’ past is about to turn things around to an even deadlier outcome!
This is not just your ordinary missing person, serial killer, and mystery. Ollman makes it so much more when he keeps throwing in twists that keep you sitting on the edge of your chair with the turn of each page. Just when you think you have it figured out – wham! He does it again. Even with the barrage of twists and turns in the mystery, Ollman keeps the story clear and flowing. The reader never becomes confused about what’s going on – the story flows so well that the reader can do nothing but set back and wait for the next twist knowing it is coming but not just when or how!
The characters were well developed as was the storyline. Everything fit together nicely with no lingering questions. While this book involves characters from another book, this one can be read as a stand-alone book. It is clear that Hodges did something horrible but is a seeking redemption while also staying free.
This is perfect for people who enjoy the edge of your seat type of novel, mysteries, and thrillers. Ollman is a masterful storyteller. His books are well researched and pack a powerful punch! I cannot wait to read his other books!
Five-star review for its edge of your seat action!
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Nick Hunter, a journalist and a playboy debonair, wakes up to find he has no memory. He sets forth trying to piece together the last 24 hours. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss but in this case, Nick finds himself in deadly hot water. Finding out who he is, what he does for a living and what the “job” he was paid to do is vital to his health. In the meantime, he falls hard for a woman – something he suspects is totally foreign to him.
Nick quickly discovers several things about himself – he’s a player, he’s a top notch journalist, he’s gotten involved with the wrong people and he’s in love. Now it’s up to him to save those he loves from the corrupt politicians and mafia types.
Peter Stankovic adeptly creates a plot where danger is around the corner with this edge of your seat thriller mystery. Stankovic smoothly tells the story of Nick Hunter with vivid imagery and details. The character development is complete as the characters come to life. I found “Ginger” to be most amusing as well as deadly, but I knew Nick wasn’t going to let himself be bested – by anyone.
Stankovic is a masterful storyteller whose ability to captivate and engage the audience is thorough. I found the book difficult to put down after Nick began to remember his life and see the danger for what it was. I thought it was brilliant how Stankovic brought the story to a close. His characters are strong. His story is light, not overwhelming.
Well done!I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, thrillers and romance. While this book had several instances of romance, it was tastefully done.
A definite 5-star rating!
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Lauren is entrenched in the world of the ENL working to finish the microprocessor, saving Roxal and her planet, and defeating the PL. Having made the decision to walk away from her life and join ENL, Lauren has another opportunity to hook up with her ex on her own terms; well, once ENL approves it anyway.
With Lauren’s brief moments of independence, PL kidnaps her and from there it’s a fight that losing is fatal not only for Lauren but for planets Earth and Trebor.
Well written, Sharolyn Brown proves once again that her imagination and ability to captivate her audience is commanding. Building a strong plot line with details about characters and their roles can be daunting at times, but Brown is very proficient at storytelling making her clever with plot twists and turns, along with building strong connections with each character. Brown is a definite powerful and consummate story teller!
The story moved at a fast pace with ‘edge of your seat action’ throughout most of the book. There are twists totally unexpected!
I could not put this book down once I started reading it. I cannot wait to see where Brown takes her readers in book three! Excellent series!
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Future World Rocks by Terry Tumbler was submitted to WordsAPlenty for an honest review.
Future Worlds by Terry Tumbler is a thrilling light-hearted read that will have you laughing. Take two scientists from a Nazi research lab who are hi-jacking a pod to escape the boredom of their research facility only to discover they are time traveling! They hook up with aliens with the ulterior motive of blending with the human race; then there are the MIB’s (Men in Black) who are faced with regulating the presence of alien life forms. There is a bit of science fiction and thriller/mystery involved as we sort through the good from the bad aliens.
Tumbler is a wildly imaginative writer who has the ability to engage readers with his quick wit and a sarcastic tongue that is endearing and hilarious. A science fiction space opera for all ages, Tumbler weaves a fantastic story with strong character development and plotlines. His world has something for everyone – mystery, science fiction, romance, comedy, and more. Tumbler keeps everything clear and focused, although there are a lot of characters he is detailed and vivid in his imagery that mixing them up is nearly impossible! The book is captivating!
WordsAPlenty highly recommends this book by Terry Tumbler as a must read! Guaranteed to make your day better.
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I was given a copy of The Transmigrant by Kristi Saare Duarte in exchange for an honest review.
After a few pages, Duarte made me stop and think about everything I knew about Jesus and challenge it with: what if Jesus was just an ordinary, down-to-earth boy on a religious quest?
Duarte has taken the story of Jesus and woven it into a captivating story of Yeshua who leaves his home and future as a carpenter, setting out to cross the strict caste laws and become a rabbi. His love of God and his passion to share the Word of God is present in his day to day travels and struggles to find the inner peace and presence of mind that others before him had found – Lord Buddha, Krishna and the White Brahmins. Yeshua wants only to teach the word of a loving God but is challenged to wait patiently and teach only when he is deemed worthy and learns to only teach to those “more appropriate.” Yeshua breaks with tradition and begins teaching peasants and farmers and women.
The story of Yeshua mirrors the life of Jesus closely but with significant changes that are likely closer to reality than not; Duarte invites you to see the story of Jesus in a different light. Duarte’s telling of the story of Yeshua flows smoothly, weaving naturally in with stories from the Bible and history and reported experiences of Jesus. Duarte snags the imagination of her audience and challenges them. She encourages questions and further examination of one’s beliefs.
The life of Jesus is widely known but with her research of ancient scriptures and reported new findings by others, Duarte creates another version that could have happened. One that leaves room for thought.
Duarte’s writing style and vivid use of imagery captured me and held my attention. Her use of inner dialog allows the reader to experience the same questions and emotions as Yeshua. The reader cannot help but become enmeshed in his struggles and ultimate sacrifice. Her writing is calming and subtle – it is not forceful nor over powering. She simply offers a different scenario.
WordsAPlenty highly recommends this book with a five-star review; Duarte is an accomplished writer who questions and challenges the norm with a passion for other possibilities.
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In To The Stars Through Difficulties, Romalyn Tilghman brought together three women who in their own right are strong. Their story centers around the funding of the Andrew Carnegie Foundation responsible for over 50 libraries built at the turn of the century in Kansas through the hard work of the women.
Traci was a baby thrown into the trash she makes her art from; Angelina seeks happiness through her Ph.D. dissertation on the Carnegie Libraries; and Gayle, a woman who survives a deadly and highly destructive tornado. Each of them come together in their strength and discover their effect on others and the change within themselves once they are allowed to grow.
A wonderful coming of age story about these women and the people in this small town of Kansas where Hope is a verb. Tilghman creates a delightful story that captures the imagination and hearts of her readers. Her story line flows well and each character whether major or minor are well developed. She speaks through strong women and the men who support them.
A light read with some very poignant moments. I have a librarian friend I am going to recommend this book to because it is a moving book that shows the passion of women and demonstrates that there are no boundaries to a woman’s desire.
Tilghman also provides historical information that is well woven throughout her story. A master storyteller, Tilghman captivates her audience and is inspirational. This is a book that I would highly recommend reading.
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