Deadly Deception (The Gift Legacy, #5) by J.P. McLean #BookReview @jpmcleanauthor

Cover: Deadly Deception
(The Gift Legacy, #5)
by J.P. McLean

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A newborn is missing, and security camera footage implicates a kidnapper who shares Emelynn Taylor’s gift of flight. With the baby’s life in danger, Emelynn races against the clock to find the child. But lies litter her path and deception blocks her at every turn.

When Emelynn’s lover is the next to disappear, she suspects the kidnappings aren’t what they seem. In her desperate search, she uncovers a high-stakes conspiracy that jeopardizes the freedom of every Flier.

Emelynn and her handler must defy orders to track down this new enemy in time to stop their treacherous scheme.

And closer to home, a deeper deception threatens. Will Emelynn’s family survive the biggest lie of all? One that Emelynn has spent her whole life perfecting?

The fifth book in The Gift Legacy series, Deadly Deception is a thriller that skirts the edges of reality in a world within our own. Strap on your parachute and escape the ordinary: take flight with Emelynn Taylor.

Genre(s): > Ghost Thrillers
> Paranormal Suspense
> Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: The Gift Legacy, #5
Length: 272 pages
Release date: 2019-01-08

Teaser


If ICO was manipulating Sam, trust would be the least of our worries. Exposure presented a much greater threat. “There may be a shortcut to finding out who’s involved,” I said.

“I’m listening.”

I explained Sebastian’s plan without mentioning his name. Continuing to pretend that Sam didn’t know Sebastian was one of us felt like a game, but it was a game Sebastian insisted on, and I wasn’t about to cross him.


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with Emelynn Taylor – together with Sam trying to solve a kidnapping and to find James who seems to have vanished.

With “Deadly Deception”, J. P. McLean has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, and a touch of romance with steamy situations. It is a very compelling read centred on Emelynn, drawing you close to her. J. P. McLean paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. In this fifth even more thrilling story, I was again very close to Em – again an invisible friend and ally; trying to find the culprits with her. Emelynn is complex, the other characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is a very nicely woven combination of several genres, has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I had a great time reading “Deadly Deception”.

This is a book for you if you like mysteries or paranormal romance with a very urban touch and believable characters, some strewn in steamy situations, and some violent events.

The stunning fifth book in The Gift Legacy series!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (some medium fight scenes, mentions)
Sexual content 😳 – 😡  (several sensual activities)

 

About the author

I’m very fortunate to live in a writer’s paradise on one of the small northern Gulf Islands off the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The rugged beaches and towering fir and arbutus trees that surround me often end up in my stories. When I’m not pouring my imagination into my computer, I’m futzing in gardens, making a mess of the kitchen or hiking local trails. I write stories that entice you to believe the impossible and escape the everyday for a while. Enjoy the read!

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Book review – Lover Betrayed (The Gift Legacy Companion, #1)

Book review – Secret Sky (The Gift Legacy, #1)

Book review – Hidden Enemy (The Gift Legacy, #2)

Book review – Burning Lies (The Gift Legacy, #3)

Book review – Lethal Waters (The Gift Legacy, #4)

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Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London (Longbourn, #12) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London
(Longbourn, #12)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The grand ball at Pemberley has perhaps kindled a fledgling love between Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jr and Miss Emily Collins, the daughter of Mr William Collins and his late wife Charlotte. As a protegée of Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s, Miss Collins is living in London, far away from her Hunsford home – where she is undertaking the study of the pianoforte under the guidance of an eminent master.

An opportunity to visit the beautiful maiden proves irresistible to Fitzwilliam, who travels with his father who has business in London. Will Fitzwilliam’s feelings be reciprocated? Is Emily devoted to her musical studies, to the exclusion of a suitor? Or will someone else prove to have worked his way into her heart?

This short story provides yet another glimpse into the Regency world of Jane Austen.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> in Single Authors Short Stories
> Regency Historical Romance
Series: Longbourn, #12
Length: 19 pages
Release date: 2018-03-28

 

Teaser


Suddenly overcome with mixed feelings, Fitzwilliam looked into her intelligent eyes. Was she truly glad to see him? Had he interrupted something more than a casual acquaintance?


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 “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London”, 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. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Fitzwilliam, Elizabeth’s son has feelings for Miss Emily Collins; but – what about her feelings? 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.

“Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London” stays true to its title, it is indeed a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, and their story.

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 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

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’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty 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…

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Silent Mayhem (The Mayhem Series, #3 by Sue Coletta #RBRT #BookReview @SueColetta1

Cover: Silent Mayhem
(The Mayhem Series, #3)
by Sue Coletta

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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Some things in life defy comprehension, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Or deadly.

When a familiar crow drops a cryptic scroll at Shawnee Daniels’ feet, she’s compelled to open it, even though everything in her power warns her not to. Mr. Mayhem—the most prolific serial killer the North Shore has ever known—claims her life is in danger. He “claims” he wants to help her, but just last year he threatened to murder everyone she loves.

While Mayhem taunts her with oddly-placed feathers, like The Creator left at his crime scenes, an interstate killing spree rocks Massachusetts and New Hampshire. A madman is decapitating men and women, dumping their headless corpses on two area beaches. But what Shawnee soon uncovers shatters all she’s ever known, her memories shredded, the whispers of the past in shambles on the ground.

Can she find the strength to move forward, or will the truth destroy her?

Genre(s): > Women Sleuths (Kindle Store)
> Suspense (Kindle Store)
> Women Sleuths (Books)
Series: The Mayhem Series, #3
Length: 229 pages
Release date: 2019-04-24

Teaser


Such an amazing bird. He possessed more skills than any other member of his murder, though he would never insult the others by telling them so.

Mayhem climbed down the rungs, and Poe resettled on his perch – aka Mayhem’s shoulder. In the distance, a woman begged for her life. Shame she must die, but the world needed to feel every tear, every atrocity, every obliterated dream.


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Shawnee Daniels, still her stubborn self – perhaps even more than before – not helpful with a serial killer close by.

With “Silent Mayhem”, Sue Coletta has once again created an incredibly chilling thriller with a stubborn young woman stalked by a serial killer who claims he wants to help her. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Sue Coletta paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Shawnee (despite her stubbornness), Levaughn, and even Mayhem. The main characters are very complex – three-dimensional, believable with their flaws and virtues; sometimes too believable and intense for comfort. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. Sue Coletta’s thorough research shows; you find proof throughout the story.

This is a book for you if you like psychological suspense, thrillers with serial killers, stubborn characters, food for thought, and if you are a fan of excellently researched topics.

Highly recommended – enjoy the thrill!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mild and few medium swearwords)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (several murders involving blood and more)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mentions without details)

 

About the author

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is the author of Wings of Mayhem (Crossroad Press), MARRED (Tirgearr Publishing), The Rendering, Crime Writer’s Research, and 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters.

A multi-published author in numerous anthologies, her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly; her flash fiction in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive, One Hundred Voices (Centum Publishing), and in the upcoming dark fiction anthology, RUN.

In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue’s the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

You can learn more about Sue and her books at:  www.suecoletta.com

 

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A Bittersweet Garden by Caren J. Werlinger #RBRT #BookReview

Cover: A Bittersweet Garden
by Caren J. Werlinger

 

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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Nora McNeill has always dreamed of exploring her Irish roots. When she finally gets the opportunity to spend a summer in the village where her grandparents grew up, the experience promises to live up to her very high expectations. Except for the ghost that is haunting her rented cottage and is soon invading her dreams.

Briana Devlin has arranged her life the way she likes it: a good dog, good mates, and work with horses. There’s no room in her life for a relationship. Especially with an annoyingly clumsy—and attractive—American who is only going to be around for a few months.

The weeks fly by, and Nora’s ghost becomes more demanding, seeking her help in solving the mystery surrounding her death. Briana watches as Nora becomes more wrapped up in the past, seeming to fade away before her eyes.

Past and present are on a collision course, leaving Nora and Briana caught in a ghostly intrigue that could cost them not only their chance of a future together, but their very lives.

Genre(s): > Lesbian Fiction
> Lesbian Romance
> LGBT Romance (Books)
Series: n.a.
Length: 310 pages
Release date: 2019-03-01

 

Teaser


“Wait!” Nora called out, scrambling over roots and rocks as branches tore at her hair and clothing. Up ahead, only just visible through the trees and underbrush, was a flash of pale yellow, the only color in the forest. Behind her, a woman’s voice wailed in the gloom, calling desperately.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Nora McNeill, fulfilling her lifelong dream to visit the birthplace of her ancestors.

With “A Bittersweet Garden”, Caren J. Werlinger has created a wonderful story of exploring one’s Irish ancestry, dealing with a ghost, as well as a little history of Ireland and a touch of romance. It is a very enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Nora and the other characters. Caren J. Werlinger paints a clear picture of Nora and Briana’s minds while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Nora – a woman who follows Ireland’s calling, needs to find herself, and has to deal with a strong-willed ghost. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; the author’s care for each of them shows. As for the Irish locations – I was thrilled to return to the familiar places – without having to travel for once. The story is very nicely woven and has a wonderful flow.

This is a book for you if you like realistic protagonists, believable and often very likeable characters, Ireland, ghosts, and/or lesbian fiction.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mentions)
Sexual content 😳 – 😡  (some scenes with moderate details)

 

About the author

Caren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children. Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories. She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Brontë sisters. She has lived in Virginia for over twenty years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her partner and their canine fur-children.

She began writing creatively again several years ago. Her first novel, Looking Through Windows, won a Debut Author award from the Golden Crown Literary Society in 2009. Since then, she has published several more novels, winning three Goldies and multiple Rainbow Awards. She recently completed her first fantasy trilogy, The Dragonmage Saga. “A Bittersweet Garden” is her fourteenth published novel.

Check out her blog: https://cjwerlinger.wordpress.com/

 

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Fluffy’s Revolution by Ted Myers #BookReview @TedMyersAuthor

Cover: Fluffy’s Revolution
by Ted Myers

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

It’s 2135. Fluffy is a super-intelligent GAB (Genetically Altered Brain) cat. Like many dogs, cats, mice, and the occasional pig, her brain is the product of genetic tinkering by humans that started more than a century ago. With their powers of telekinesis, the animals can manipulate physical objects without being able to grasp them. They can speak to each other telepathically without audible voices. Now, people have begun to fear them and to systematically capture and exterminate them. Fluffy leaves the safety of her home to look for her lost brother and joins a band of animal revolutionaries. After a series of brushes with death, Fluffy and her friends find a secret university for GAB animals. There, they work with enlightened humans to save Earth from certain destruction.

 

Genre(s): > Dystopian Fiction
> Dystopian Science Fiction
> Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Kindle Store)
Series: n.a.
Length: 147 pages
Release date: 2019-04-04

 

Teaser


Fang looked at Fluffy. Her brown eyes shone with emotion, her tongue drooped out, and she smiled – in a way that dogs can and cats can’t.

“So, this means the operation is postponed again,” said Hacker. “We need to steal a big truck and disguise it as an Epsilon truck. Better yet, let’s steal a real Epsilon truck. No, scratch that, they’ll be looking for it. We disguise a stolen truck as an Epsilon truck and we get a couple of uniforms for Giuseppe and Rudy.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Fluffy and her “Dad”.

With “Fluffy’s Revolution”, Ted Myers has created a quite intriguing and well-elaborated story with interesting characters. It was easy to get into the story, I was drawn in close to Fluffy. Fluffy is very complex, highly likeable; the other characters are of sufficient depth – according to their relevance. Ted Myers created a dystopian story that offers food for thought on human behaviour. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying the protagonists and their feelings; it comprises interesting turns and some action, and has a great flow. To read “Fluffy’s Revolution” is time well spent – even if the dystopian genre is normally not among your favourites; here, cooperation and the wish to do the right thing have no frontiers.

This is a book for you if you like stories with a mission, animals, creative plots, as well as food for thought.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳  (shooting, blow-ups; not detailed)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

 

About the author

After twenty years trembling on the brink of rock stardom and fifteen years working at record companies, Ted Myers left the music business—or perhaps it was the other way around—and took a job as a copywriter at an advertising agency. This cemented his determination to make his mark as an author. He started with his memoir because Mark Twain said “write what you know,” but Ted quickly moved into the realm of fiction. He has completed one novel and a novelette, both scheduled for publication in 2018. Meanwhile, his short stories are being published in anthologies and literary magazines with increasing regularity.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Fluffy’s Revolution”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Fluffy’s Revolution” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂