Typo Squad by Stephen Lomer #BookReview @stephenlomer

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Be thankful Typo Squad is on patrol …

Richard Shonnary was a Typo Squad legend. He had a gift for seeking out and destroying errorist cells, and was almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing about the end of errorism. But one night, a single errant bullet fired by his brother prematurely ended his career.

Convinced to come out of self-imposed retirement after five years, Richard unknowingly gives rise to his greatest enemy — Anton Nym. Will he and his new partner be able to stop this latest threat before deadly typos are unleashed upon an unwitting world?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Action & Adventure
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure
Books
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure
Series: n.a.
Length: 284 pages
Release date: 2017-06-09

 

Teaser


“My name’s Thea,” she said brightly. “Thea Saurus.”

Dick said nothing.

“And a pleasure to meet you too,” she said. “Anyway, I’m here to bring you back.”

Dick looked over at her. “Bring me back? Back where?”

“To Typo Squad.”

Dick laughed out loud, and the sound echoed over the stream. “That’s a good one, sweetheart. I needed that. Haven’t had a good laugh in ages.”

“Tanka sent me,” Thea said simply.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Richard “Dick” Shonnary, a former Typo Squad agent. After five years of absence, he is convinced to return to Typo Squad.

With Typo Squad, Stephen Lomer has created a well elaborated story focussed on Dick Shonnary and the Typo Squad team’s fight against errorism. It was easy to get into the story while trying to solve the case with Dick and his team. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws. Typos are not lethal for Typo Squad members, nearly all of them have their own tics when seeing one, though. The author made me discover my tic when it comes to typos; he did so by (on purpose!) naming the town Los Palabras instead of Las Palabras (in Spanish, ‘las palabras’ (f) means ‘the words’). Stephen Lomer created a thrilling and fun story that kept me glued to my reader, the reading intensified my newly discovered tic. The story proceeds at a steady pace, leading the reader on a mysterious journey; it comprises some unexpected turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like thrilling adventures with hilarious moments, words, puns, grammar, the absence of typos, as well as nicely elaborated and unusual plots, characters, and events.

Recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

 

A grammar nerd, Star Trek fan, and other things that chicks dig, Stephen Lomer is the author of the hugely popular novel Typo Squad, the short story collections Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All and B.B. and Red, and the novellas Hell’s Nerds and Belle’s Christmas Carol. He’s also been a finalist in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge numerous times, and has featured stories in the upcoming anthologies Once Upon a Time in Gravity City and My Peculiar Family II.

Stephen is the creator, owner, and a regular contributor to the website Television Woodshed. He’s a hardcore fan of the Houston Texans, despite living in the Hub of the Universe his whole life, and believes Mark Twain was correct about pretty much everything.

Stephen lives on Boston’s North Shore with his wife, Teresa.

Connect with the author:

Website:  http://www.stephenlomer.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/stephenlomer
Amazon:  Stephen Lomer

Buy links (Ebook):  books2read.com/u/mvjPr2


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 Typo Squad?  Or – if you did not yet read Typo Squad – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Stephen Lomer

 

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Hills and Valleys (The Ambeth Chronicles, #3) by Helen Jones #BookReview @AuthorHelenJ

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘Sometimes things call to us until we can no longer ignore them. And Ambeth is calling you, Alma.’

After the events of the Harvest Fair, Alma is finished with Ambeth – they can find the missing Cup and Crown without her. But Ambeth is not finished with her. First the mystery of her dead father comes back to haunt her, then the Dark reach out, hoping to trap her once more.

And then there’s the strange power she seems to have…

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
> Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult
Books
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
Series: The Ambeth Chronicles, #3
Length: 300 pages
Release date: 2016-05-25

Teaser


…Then she pulled out the little notebook from Caleb, her fingers moving over the embossed leather cover as she remembered his joy in giving it to her. She started to cry. After a few minutes she stopped and looked for a tissue to wipe her eyes. She finally found one, clean but crumpled, in the front pocket of her pack. She picked up the notebook again, her fingers going to the leather ties that fastened it. But then she stopped. She wasn’t ready, not yet. Putting it back in her pack she closed the zip, then left the room and went downstairs.


My Opinion

This book finds Alma – having turned her back on Ambeth.

With Hills and Valleys, Helen Jones continues the wonderful Ambeth Chronicles. It is an enjoyable and compelling read, focussing on the events after the Harvest Fair – in Ambeth as well as in Alma’s world. Thorion, Deryck, Ellery, Alma – their lives have changed. Alma and her family visit her grandmother; her parents consider it having a healing effect. Helen Jones paints a clear picture of Alma’s and the other characters’ mind sets while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Alma and her story – an invisible friend and ally. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is nicely woven and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I love how some secrets are solved and new mysteries come up, it is fine balance. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

This is a book for you if you like young adult fantasy, urban fantasy, believable and often very likeable characters.

The third book in The Ambeth Chronicles series; the last chapters let me expect a promising fourth book. A book I definitely need to read.

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

Helen Jones loves to write. That’s all there is to it. Born in the UK, she lived in Canada and Australia before returning to England several years ago. The thought of finding magic in ordinary places is one that inspires her; when she was a child she did find a strange valley and hear a scream – the incident stayed with her and was the starting point of the Ambeth Chronicles.

Helen has worked as a freelance writer for the past ten years, runs her own blog at http://www.journeytoambeth.com and has contributed guest posts to others, including the Bloomsbury Writers & Artists site. Ambeth is not the only world she plans to visit in her books, but it’s where she is now.

When she’s not writing, she likes to walk, paint and study karate (when housework and family life permit!) She’s now working on several other novels unrelated to Ambeth, enjoying the chance to explore other fantasy worlds.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Helen Jones

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 Hills and Valleys?  Or – if you did not yet read Hills and Valleys – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Recommended Christmas read 2017: Kima by A. H. Amin #BookRecommendation @AA_psychs

Dear friends and readers,

this book recommendation is not your average Christmas read. On Christmas Eve of 1928, a herd of false killer whales are found beached on the South African shore. And on that day, two young children meet Kima, an old woman who tells them a story. It is not a long book, its 140 pages are filled with captivating plot lines that make for a wonderful reading journey; reading this book means time well spent.

If you enjoy folk and mystery tales, heart-warming characters, as well as stories providing food for thought – this is definitely a book for you.

The plot:

Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman than what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.

Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.

My teaser:

She gazed at the small child and she saw her feelings through the little girl’s gestures; it was the same way she had felt when she had looked at the birds earlier that day. Alice met the same eyes that were inspecting her. Noticing the odd way the old woman was looking at her, she stopped biting her nails.

‘It’s not your fault child’ the old woman said.

‘Don’t worry, Kima can tell.’

My review:  Kima by A. H. Amin

Buy links:


Peace, dear friends and readers. I hope you enjoy this wonderful book as much as I did (and still do).  🍀

 

10 Statements – Mandy Jackson-Beverly @MJacksonBeverly

 

Mandy Jackson-Beverly was born in the bustling town of Pyramid Hill, Victoria, Australia … Population: 419. This remote childhood kick-started Mandy’s imagination, as did the rugged coastline and rolling hills of Tasmania, where her family relocated when she was four years old.

In 1982, Mandy moved to London, where she discovered the importance of the creative collective: The 1980s fashion scene. A year later, in Los Angeles, she found her own creative freedom among the thriving, no-holds-barred visionaries of the music video world. As a costume designer and stylist Mandy worked for photographer Herb Ritts, and directors Joel and Ethan Coen, David Fincher, and Julien Temple, and music icons David Bowie, Madonna, and Tina Turner, to name a few.

Mandy has taught Advanced Placement Art, written and directed high school theater productions, is a contributor to The Huffington Post, a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books, and the author of A Secret Muse, and The Devil And The Muse. She resides in Ojai, California, with her husband, Brian Beverly, a crossed-eyed cat, Luna, a dog named Cash and, sometimes, her sons, Angus and Jack.

Find me…

Website:  https://mandyjacksonbeverly.com/
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14424944.Mandy_Jackson_Beverly

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MJacksonBeverly

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

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/mandyjacksonbeverly/

 

My personal mottos:

“Without courage, all is lost.”
“Make chocolate, not war.”

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… Cash, my dog, taking me for a walk.
  2. I lose track of time constantly.
  3. I have always… loved chocolate.
  4. I have never… danced naked on the Ponte Vecchio.
  5. Home means to me… family, pets, and nature, and dark chocolate, and coffee…
  6. I am inspired by… everything around me.
  7. I would like to meet… Lorenzo de Medici.
  8. My worst character trait… never letting go.
  9. My best character trait… never giving up.
  10. The best advice I was given… “Follow your heart.”

A Secret Muse (The Creatives Series Book 1)

UCLA art professor Coco Rhodes knows little about her family’s association with the ancient clandestine organization The Allegiance and wants to keep it that way. She dislikes secrets–they’re a painful reminder of her childhood experiences that were erased as a result of her parents’ tragic deaths when she was four years old.

After a brutal attempt on her life, and the arrival of a birthday letter from her dead mother, Coco demands explanations from her brother, Christopher, a high-powered D.C. lawyer and member of the Allegiance.

Christopher guides Coco to her birthplace, Italy, insisting she’ll find her answers there. Enter the enigmatic Gabriel, a powerful warlock with a vampire father, and the ethereal Prudence, keeper of the Allegiance.

When a close friend is murdered, Coco’s life takes a dark turn. With only a faded portrait torn from a lost sketchbook, and one of her mother’s unfinished paintings, Coco unravels clues from her past, in the hope of saving those she loves.

Murder, mystery and the occult come together in this exciting supernatural thriller that will grab you from the very first page!

Print length:  300 pages
Published:  2016-02-01
Buy linksbooks2read.com/u/4XolBg


The Devil And The Muse (The Creatives Series Book 2)

An ancient curse.
A forgotten love.
A painting with secrets only one woman can reveal.

In this fast-paced second installment of The Creatives Series, Creative (mystic artist) Coco Rhodes is surprised by a horrific vision beneath her most recent painting: the violent attack upon a fragile young girl. When a link is discovered between an education-finance fraud and several girls disappearing from Washington, D.C. schools, Coco’s lover and leader of the Allegiance, the vampire-warlock Gabriel, vows to rescue the girls, and topple a corrupt congressman. Concurrently, the dark and twisted past of Kenan, the Allegiance’s sworn enemy, is revealed. With Kenan’s whereabouts unknown, members of the Allegiance begin to unravel his sadistic plan.

From New York and D.C., to Tuscany and the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, the supernatural guardians of the Allegiance are guided by both the lessons of history and the shocks of present-day life. Through magical twists and otherworldly subplots, this supernatural thriller weaves a web of intrigue, love, and conflict. In The Devil and the Muse, Coco’s sense of duty to the Allegiance is tested. But will protecting her loved ones cause her to sacrifice her humanity?

Print length:  284 pages
Published:  2017-06-12
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/4NRlrG

 

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Nothing Bad Happens Here by Nikki Crutchley #RBRT #BookReview @NikkiCAuthor

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘She looked away from his face and took in the clear spring night, full of stars. Her last thoughts were of her mother. Would she finally care, when one day they found her body, and a policeman came knocking at her door?’

The body of missing tourist Bethany Haliwell is found in the small Coromandel town of Castle Bay, where nothing bad ever happens. News crews and journalists from all over the country descend on the small seaside town as old secrets are dragged up and gossip is taken as gospel.
Among them is Miller Hatcher, a journalist battling her own demons, who arrives intent on gaining a promotion by covering the grisly murder.
Following an anonymous tip, Miller begins to unravel the mystery of the small town. And when another woman goes missing, Miller finds herself getting closer to the truth. But at what cost?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Crime
> Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Women Sleuths
Books
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Series: n.a.
File size: 206 pages
Release date: 2017-08-27

 

Teaser


Did Bethany put up a fight? Had she had a chance? Miller wondered how she’d react in the same circumstances. She was sure she would fight till the end.

The loud crack of a snapping twig pierced the silence around her. She whirled round, straining her ears, listening for footsteps or voices. Nothing. Her arms erupted in goose bumps and she shivered. The surroundings were dark, even thought the day was sunny, the canopy of trees blocking out most of the light. She squinted through the trees, half-expecting to see someone watching her.

She admonished herself for her overactive imagination. But then she heard a scatter of leaves behind her, and as she turned, she collided with someone’s chest.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Miller Hatcher, a young journalist with alcohol issues. Her intent is to gain a promotion by covering the murder of Bethany Haliwell.

With Nothing Bad Happens Here, Nikki Crutchley has created a gripping as well as chilling story with a plot that keeps its promises. It is a plot that kept me glued to my eReader, drawing me very close to Miller, and to Kahu. Nikki Crutchley created a well elaborated suspense story with a complex and likable heroine – as well as a colourful variety of further important characters. Miller and the others are believable, complemented by the aptly written plot. There is a lot more to the story than simply good versus bad; there are some insights in the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a highly enjoyable read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a great flow. A memorable book to read again, written by a new author to watch out for!

This is a book for you if you like intriguing suspense, feisty heroines, believable characters, and if you appreciate cleverly elaborated stories.

Recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls.

Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and recently has had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Flash Fiction Magazine and Mayhem Literary Journal. Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. Nothing Bad Happens Here is her fist novel (but hopefully not her last), set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.

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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 Nothing Bad Happens Here?  Or – if you did not yet read Nothing Bad Happens Here – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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