The Hat by C.S. Boyack #RBRT #BookReview @Virgilante

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs, and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superhero
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
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> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superheroes
Series: n.a.  [In my opinion: Hopefully the first in a series!]
Length: 116 pages
Release date: 2018-01-11

 

Teaser


“What makes you think it stands for Elizabeth?”

“What else would it – my grandfather’s name was Edmund.”

“You’re sharper than you look. Drop me on the sofa, and I’ll tell you a little story.”

Lizzie gingerly placed the hat on the sofa and sat in the rocker.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lizzie St. Laurent, working several jobs to pay the bills.

With The Hat, C. S. Boyack presents us with a hilarious paranormal suspense story in novella length. The story is skillfully elaborated and has a great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with this story – he created living people instead of mere characters; even if the hat is not human – it has personality. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to Lizzie and – the hat. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a wonderful time reading The Hat. It is a highly enjoyable read – hopefully the first in a series.

This is for you if you like stories in novella length, paranormal events, hilarious moments, superheroes, and very likeable characters to cheer on.

This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, fun
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Craig

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Hat?  Or – if you did not yet read The Hat – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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10 Statements – C. S. Boyack

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The Maori Detective by D. A. Crossman #RBRT #BookReview @crossmanDA

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

He’s lost his wife, his job, and his mana. So what now? A PI? He really couldn’t get used to it. Traipsing around after unfaithful wives and little old ladies’ lost dogs? Was this the future for Carlos Wallace? And what of the beautiful matakite? Wasn’t it a sin to fall in love with your cousin?

Carlos has spent thirteen years living in Australia, eight of them as a serving officer with the New South Wales Police. But when he kills a man in the line of duty, Carlos’ life begins to unravel. His wife is subsequently murdered in mysterious circumstances, and Carlos is dismissed from the force. A devastated Carlos returns home to his Christchurch whānau and takes up a job as a private detective.

When Carlos investigates the disappearance of a young French girl, missing since the February earthquake, the detective becomes embroiled in a sinister conspiracy. Carlos must solve the case, and pick up the pieces of his life among the ruins of a devastated city.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction
Books
> Literature & Fiction
Series: n.a.
File size: 256 pages
Release date: 2017-09-12

 

Teaser


‘Great,’ Carlos said.

‘Ever thought you might be in the wrong line of work?’ asked Ginny.

‘Lately, yes.’

‘So, why don’t I come too? I think you need help on this one.’

Carlos raised his eyebrows. ‘I don’t think so. You stick to the research, Miss Andrews, and leave the fieldwork to me.’

‘Look, Mir Wallace, I’m your assistant, not your office girl. I also have a company car, remember?’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Carlos Wallace and Virginia ‘Ginny’ Andrews, brought together to run Prince Investigations.

With The Maori Detective, D. A. Crossman has created a detective story combining several plot lines. It is at first on the slowish side, introducing the main characters and their pasts. After a few chapters, the story settles at a nice and steady pace. D. A. Crossman created a good suspense story with some twists, action, and interesting insights in the Maori culture. Focus is not on procedurals, rather on solving cases. I enjoyed the story, even if I could not get very close to it – I felt rather distant. It is a good read with believable characters, interesting turns, and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like suspense with interesting turns and sidelines, believable characters, and if you appreciate the art of forgoing excessive details.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

David (D.A.) Crossman is a novelist and short story writer with a passion for flawed detectives, sinister spies, and femme fatales. English on his father’s side and Norwegian on his mother’s, David was born in South Africa and raised in South East London. David spent a number of years as an itinerant worker and he has resided in France, Israel, India, and Australia before settling down in rural New Zealand where he now lives with his family and their clowder of cats.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Maori Detective?  Or – if you did not yet read The Maori Detective – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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Search for the Golden Serpent (Servant of the Gods, #1) by Luciana Cavallaro #BookReview @ClucianaLuciana

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

It’s not where he appears, it’s when.

What if you’re born during another time grew up in the 21st century and thrust back into the past? Confused? So is architect, Evan Chronis.

Evan drawn by screams ventures out to his backyard and sees blood trickling down the limestone steps. He steps off the veranda and finds himself in the days of great and marvellous power, a time when the gods ruled the universe.

To return to the 21st century life he longs for, he must risk his life in search of powerful, treasured relics older than the Holy Grail. But what he finds might be more than he expected.

Will Evan find the relics and return home or will he remain forever stuck in a world so different from his own?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Greek & Roman
> Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Mythology
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> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Greek & Roman
Series: Servant of the Gods, #1
Length: 426 pages
Release date: 2015-03-27

 

Teaser


… As he reached the rear, he glanced back at the well-lit patio. Blood drained from his face. A chill seeped into his bones.

‘When I came out that was not there.’

The vision became clearer the longer he stared. Hesitant, he took a step, wanting to go but at the same time not. Before he could take another, he rocketed backwards. His arms and legs flung out, swept into a maelstrom, engulfed in white light.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Evan Chronis, architect. He has strange and suffocating dreams – way too realistic for comfort. And how does he get his life back?

With Search for the Golden Serpent, Luciana Cavallaro has created a well-crafted suspense story that takes a modern architect into the past and/or mythology – against his will. It is a very compelling read that draws you close to Evan and his quest. Luciana Cavallaro introduces the characters with care, integrating them in the plot, you want to find a possibility to help Evan reach his goal. Evan is believable, determined, and has a strong sense of justice. As the journey begins, the story reaches a steady yet fast-paced flow. Be prepared for some complex characters, surprising events and revelations, and for an adventurous journey into Greek mythology. The author’s passion for history and writing shows – I had a great time reading. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

This is a book for you if you like mythology, fantasy stories with believable characters, and if you appreciate excellent story-telling.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meaningful discourse, subscribe to her mailing list at http://www.luccav.com.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Search for the Golden Serpent?  Or – if you did not yet read Search for the Golden Serpent – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Luciana Cavallaro

 

Lady Catherine s Lover (Longbourn, #11) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

What twists will be revealed that colour the past of the lover of Lady Catherine de Bourgh? Will Darcy’s revelations to Her Ladyship thwart the path of love?

This is a quirky addition to Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp’s series of JAFF short stories.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle Short Reads
> 30 minutes (12-21 pages) > Romance
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Classics > Short Stories
> Classics > Romance
Series: Longbourn, #11
Length: 17 pages
Release date: 2018-01-06

 

Teaser


“Perhaps she thinks there is still ample time.”

“Perhaps she does, but nature does not always goe according to plan, as Lady Catherine is doubtless fully aware. Her own daughter delivered early. Nay – my mind is fixed on this subject. I will be remaining here at Pemberley.”

Elizabeth smiled, gratefully acknowledging the depth of Darcy’s devotion. “How well doe you know Hubert? For I have not heard mention of him…”


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

With Lady Catherine’s Lover, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice special. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn experiences. In this special addition to the Longbourn series, Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not completely her usual self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series – love seems to be in the air. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer – including this neat little addition on Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville ( in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’. To date, I have twenty-five published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Lady Catherine’s Lover? Or – if you did not yet read Lady Catherine’s Lover – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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10 Statements – Aja James

Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

Aja loves hearing from readers, so please contact her directly! Subscribe to her blog at: https://aja-james.blog/ to get the latest news and updates and free chapters in upcoming books!

 

Find me… I would love to hear from you:

Website:  https://aja-james.blog/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/megami771

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AjaJamesAuthor/

 

My personal mottos:

“Everything happens for a reason.”
“Do what you love, love what you do.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… dragging myself out of bed to get my 2 boys (both under age 5) dressed, fed and ready for school, while being a slave to their every need (Mommy, I want milk! Mommy, I need a wet wipe!) and chugging down my coffee while I can.
  2. I lose track of time after marrying an Argentinean. It’s pointless to keep time with Latins.
  3. I have always… dreamed of being a best-selling novelist, ever since I was 13 and wrote my first novel.
  4. I have never… been to Antarctica, nor will I ever go there, but I have worked, lived or studied in every other continent
  5. Home means to me… where I’m surrounded by my family and can walk around in my PJs all day with impunity.
  6. I am inspired by… just about anything, especially frustrating situations. For example, haven’t you ever wondered why you never sit next to a hot, interesting guy who might be Mr. Right on any public transportation? I wonder all the time. So this led to the first scene in Book 3 in my series.
  7. I would like to meet… all of my favorite romance authors – J.R. Ward, Deborah Cooke, Jacquelyn Frank, Julie Anne Long, Tessa Dare, Mary Balogh, Elizabeth Hoyt among others.
  8. My worst character trait… is that I can’t stand boredom for even a minute, and that I get bored very easily. So I’m frequently frustrated with myself and often take on too many things, which then lead me to be a neurotic insomniac.
  9. My best character trait… is that I can multi-task like nobody’s business and thrive under stress (but only when it’s of my own creation).
  10. The best advice I was given… is that if you haven’t failed, it means you haven’t aimed high enough.

 

Pure Healing: A Novel of the Pure Ones
(Pure / Dark Ones, #1)

Enter the world of Pure Ones, a race of immortal, supernaturally powerful beings who protect humankind, where sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s Eternal Mate leads to a slow, painful death within thirty days.

The Healer of the race, Rain, is the only exception to this rule. To harness and accumulate enough energy to heal severe wounds, especially as the war between her people and the vampire hordes accelerates, she must take a Consort once every ten years and draw strength from his blood and body. But as the war wears on, few Pure-males who are strong enough to serve as her Consort remain. Valerius, Protector of the race, is the strongest candidate.

Despite their instant attraction ten years ago when they first met, Valerius has staunchly avoided applying to be the Healer’s Consort. The brutality and violence he suffered as a Roman sex slave in his human life ate away at his soul, leaving a dark abyss of torment and self-doubt.

Now, as Rain’s strength drains with every healing act, Valerius cannot escape the fact that he may be the only one who can save her, and in so doing, afford his people greater hope for the future as battles intensify.

Will Rain and Valerius find their way to each other as the struggles between good and evil evolve?

Print length:  334 pages

Published:  2012-05-04

Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080LVZA0


 

Dark Longing: A Novel of the Dark Ones
(Pure / The Dark Ones, #2)

“Every story has more than one side, like a crystal that captures and reflects different colors of light. Do not take for granted what you think you know, for until you hold the entire jewel in your palm, the temptation is to fall prey to illusion and deception.”

This is a story of the Dark Ones…

Inanna: the vampire warrior
Known as the Angel of Death among her kind, she has lived millennia alone, one of the remaining True Bloods in existence, unconsciously longing for the one male she could never have.

Gabriel: the forbidden human
His soul recognizes hers from the first encounter. With the first touch, he is awakened. Though he does not know it, he has been searching for her across the ages.

But even as they are finally reunited, their love faces seemingly impossible odds. Will history repeat itself or will they break all the rules and chart a new course together?

Print length:  335 pages

Published:  2018-01-18

Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077993M4N