REVIEW OF LOVE & WAR

  ALEX & ELIZA has taken the world by storm.  Whether the play by Lin-Manuel Miranda or the novels by Melissa De La Cruz, people are craving for more information about the Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza Schuyler. The first in the series, ALEX & ELIZA, and its sequel, LOVE & WAR emphasize the romance more than the historical, as the author brings to life the love story of these two Revolutionary figures. Melissa wants to emphasize, “Alex is a creation based on an historical figure.  I consider him someone I made up from the real person. These are characters. They may be historical figures, but they are...

INTERVIEW WITH JAMES PHELAN

  THE AGENCY by Australian author James Phelan is making a big splash here in the United States.  Anyone who likes the action continuing at a harrowing pace will enjoy this story. There is also enough fun dialogue between the characters to put a smile on readers’ faces. This prequel introduces Jed Walker, a former Lt. Colonel in the Air Force who has decided to join the CIA.  Although it is the fifth book in the series, Americans will be able to read them in order since all the books are coming out for the first time this year.  Set in 2005, after completing his rigorous training with the CIA’s Special Activities Division in Virginia,...

Cover Reveal for RECORD SCRATCH by J.J. Hensley May01

Cover Reveal for RECORD SCRATCH by J.J. Hensley

Ah, book covers. They can be such a source of stress for traditionally published authors who may have a limited amount of control of what image graces the cover of his or her book. Of course, by the time my first novel got picked up for publication, my wife and I had all sorts of ideas and were more than willing to share them with the publisher. When I finally got the long-awaited email letting me know it was time to select the cover art, I let them know our mental warehouse was overflowing with concepts. Fantastic concepts. Brilliant concepts. The publisher let me know the warehouse could remain locked up, was in a bad neighborhood anyway,...

INTERVIEW WITH IRIS JOHANSEN

  SHATTERED MIRROR by Iris Johansen is a paranormal thriller with a tease of romance.  What makes this book stand out is that the good guys/gals are actually good and the bad guys are pure evil, without any grey area. Eve Duncan, a forensic sculptor, has the job of reconstructing skulls for recognition.  At her Georgia home, left in her husband Joe’s car, is a package with a skull burnt beyond recognition. Also, inside are two mirrors, one intact and one shattered.  It is threat sent to Eve that her family is currently intact, but will be shattered as this killer goes after them one by one.  This villain has set up a complex plan...

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINA DODD

  DEAD GIRL RUNNING by Christina Dodd is a sprint read, a fast-paced page-turner.  Those who liked her VIRTUE FALLS novels will love this first book of a new series.  It does not have the paranormal element or much romance, but the mystery is action-packed. The novella is an introduction to the book, explaining Kellen’s time in Afghanistan, how she sustained the injury for a medical discharge, and how she recovered.  In addition, the novella storyline introduces readers to the Monument Men that searched for artifacts taken by the Nazis.  Kellen works with General Lawrence Slater in trying to find some famous paintings hidden in a...

REVIEW OF THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS

THE SAINT OF SONS AND BUTCHERS Alex Grecian G.P. Putnam’s Sons April 17, 2018   With his latest novel author Alex Grecian is moving in a new direction with a new series, a new era, and a new setting, Kansas. Another book that took place in that state, Wizard of Oz has a famous line “Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Oh My.” Replace that with THE SAINT OF SONS AND BUTCHERS and readers have the title of this new book. This intriguing story involves Travis, a man who chases down evil-doers with help from his trusting companion, a dog named Bear, and a Kansas State Trooper, Skottie who join forces to track down a Nazi in hiding. Grecian wanted to...