Starlight Saga Playlist – #StarlightSaga

Today best-selling author Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us. She has recently published the next book in her popular Starlight Saga series, a humorous paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept. Sherry is doing this fun guest post to share the book love with fellow readers.

Be warned, these books have scorching-hot romance!

When Romeo and Juliet Go Intergalactic!

STARLIGHT SAGA SONG LIST

Some of the most ambiguous lyrics take on new meaning when you’re writing a book, even correlating to some of the scenes or giving insight into Hayden and Sloane’s romantic relationship. Sherry has put together just a few of the awesome songs—a collection of her character’s electric tastes in music—mentioned throughout this epic new series in this post. Enjoy!

Still Into You” by Paramore

Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Boom Boom Pow” by Black Eyed Peas

Titanium” song by Sia

I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance

Stay” song by Thirty Seconds to Mars

Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

Sugar, We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy

Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri

Cello Sonata, L 135” by Debussy

I hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book!
Preferably one of mine! hehe

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B0104Y33KK

Amazon Starlight Saga books:  https://www.amazon.com/Starlight-Saga-2-Book-Series/dp/B01IVV4VS6/

Series blog:  http://frightnightbabble.blogspot.com

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/129295-starlight-saga

Places you can cyberstalk Sherry Soule:

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Soule/e/B0104Y33KK

Official Author Blog:  http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @SherrySoule:  http://twitter.com/sherrysoule

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/author/show/4925996.Sherry_Soule

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

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Death Unscripted (Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, #1) by M. K. Graff

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Trudy Genova has the best job any nurse could want, working on set as a medical consultant for a NY movie studio. No more uniforms, bedpans or emergencies, until at the actor whose overtures she’s refused dies suddenly while taping a hospital scene–but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy. When detectives view Trudy as a suspect, she sets out on an investigation to clear her name. Then a second death occurs, and Trudy realizes she’s put herself in jeopardy.

A new mystery from the award-winning author of the Nora Tierney English Mystery Series, DEATH UNSCRIPTED is based on the authors’ real work experience during her nursing career and is the mystery series British Queen of Crime P. D. James insisted she write. A mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural, the story is told in first person from Trudy’s point of view, and in third from NYPD Detective Ned O’Malley.

Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths, Women Sleuths
Series: Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, #1
Length: 267 pages
Release date: 2015-10-25

 

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I didn’t think, just reacted. I grabbed the uneaten pie off the tray from the startled woman next to us and dumped it on Griff Kennedy’s head.

“I meant what I said. You stay away from me – or else!” I stomped away before Griff had time to muster a comeback or let a curse slip out.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Trudy Genova, a nurse working as a medical consultant for a movie studio; a great job despite some stars’ antics – until someone mysteriously dies.

With Death Unscripted, Marni Graff has created a wonderful cosy mystery. It is a highly enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Trudy and her life. Marni Graff paints a clear picture of Trudy’s mind while the story evolves; I was drawn very close to Trudy, trying to solve the mystery with her. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is expertly woven and has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked.

This is a book for you if you like cosy mysteries, amateur sleuths, stubborn protagonists, believable and often very likeable characters.

The very promising first book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries series! A book to read again.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV First person (Trudy), third person (Ned O’Malley) – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (mention of rape and abortion)

 

About the author

Marni Graff is the author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, published by Bridle Path Press (http://www.bridlepathpress.com). She writes the weekly crime review blog Auntie M Writes (http://auntiemwrites.com) and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

A former registered nurse who wrote “on the side,” Graff has published articles, interviews, poetry and creative non-fiction. She wrote for seven years for “Mystery Review” magazine and is also the Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press.

Teaching creative writing, running the Writers Read program in NC, and participating in writing workshops fill out her days. She lives in rural coastal NC on a river and shares her home with her husband and Spinone, Radar.

 

Connect with the author:

Amazon UK:  Buy link
Amazon US:  Buy link

 


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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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The Felix Chronicles: Five Days in January (#2) by R.T. Lowe

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Felix and Allison return from winter break with hopes of settling into the comfortable rhythms of college life only to find Portland College hasn’t escaped the wave of senseless violence sweeping across the land, from the malls of Minnesota to a small town in northern Maine. Amidst the chaos, a political movement rises, fueled by the turmoil threatening to tear the country apart. As the public’s discontent reaches a final tipping point, a new hope emerges from an unexpected figure, a man offering the promise of peace and security—the prospect of ‘freedom from fear’. When the line that separates allies from enemies blurs and good and evil becomes a matter of perspective, Felix must make a choice. But as the gears of a 2,000-year-old prophecy grind inexorably to the future, can Felix choose his own path, or is free will as illusory as the salvation promised by a man destined to set the world aflame?

Genre(s): Fantasy, New Adult & College
Series: The Felix Chronicles, #2
Length: 335 pages
Release date: 2016-05-18

 

Teaser


Bill shook his head and said wearily, “Allison. It was Allison, right? Shit. Well, I don’t know if there’s anything I can do to gain her trust, but you need to trust me. We need to trust each other.”

Felix nodded, weakly. Maybe he should have told him, he thought regretfully. Then again, maybe Bill shouldn’t have lied about Lofton’s monsters.


My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with Felix, Allison, their friends, and Bill. Disturbing acts of violence occur throughout the country, not sparing Portland College.

With The Felix Chronicles: Five Days in January, R. T. Lowe has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, and urban fantasy. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Felix and Allison – sometimes a little too close for comfort. In his first book, R. T. Lowe created a broad variety of believable and complex main characters, still leaving enough room for the personal imagination; in this second book, you learn even more about them when they are facing new challenges. Nicely woven situations and thrilling interactions kept me glued to my E-reader. There is violence, gore, magic, a bunch of interesting characters and an intriguing story for you to enjoy.

This is for you if you like characters with a mission, thrill with great twists, urban fantasy, masterly combined plot-lines, and food for thought.

The awesome second book in The Felix Chronicles series; I am eagerly waiting for the third book!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

R.T. Lowe is the author of The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen (Book 1) and Five Days in January (Book 2). R.T. is a graduate of Willamette University and Columbia Law School. Originally from Oregon, he now lives in Newtown, Connecticut with his wife and three kids.

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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 The Felix Chronicles: Five Days in January?  Or – if you did not yet read The Felix Chronicles: Five Days in January – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Book review:  The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R. T. Lowe

10 Statements – R. T. Lowe

 

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The Dance of Dimitrios (DCI Michael Lambert, #4) by Patrick Brigham

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

My rating:  4.3  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The Dance of Dimitrios is a mystery novel that mixes some of the horrors of illegal immigration with everyday events. DCI Lambert, who works for Europol – the European equivalent of the FBI – is sent to Greece in order to solve a cold case. Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lambert knows about people trafficking and the problems it causes governments throughout the world. Greece is the gateway into Europe for countless Middle-Eastern migrants, political refugees and terrorists.
The story involves the discovery of a woman’s body found floating in the River Ardas in Northern Greece. Believed to be of Middle-Eastern origin, she is buried in a communal grave along with other Islamic victims of drowning and promptly forgotten. When it is later revealed that she is actually an Englishwoman called Marjory Braithwaite – who has been living for some years in Greece – the British government turns to Europol for help. Realising that this probably means murder, DCI Lambert is dispatched to Greece.

 

Genre(s):  Mystery

Series:  DCI Michael Lambert, #4

Length:  226 pages

Release Date:  2016-01-11

 

Teaser


One summer’s day, old Dimitrios saw a woman’s body floating face down in the River Ardas. Practically opposite his café, she was lying in a pool which had formed in the delta and was snagged by the bough of a tree which had fallen during the night; she was completely motionless. It was early one morning and, as usual, there were no people around.


 

My Opinion

The book introduces you to Michael Lambert, a fifty-something English Chief Inspector working for Europol. His second case with Europol does not seem too complicated at first sight: A journalist and writer has been found floating in a Greek river. MI6 and Europol send DCI Michael Lambert to Greece to find clues and finally solve the case.

With The Dance of Dimitrios, Patrick Brigham has created a compelling story of a Europol DCI utilising his long-time Reading experience to solve a crime, and uncover disturbing terrorist connections. The Dance of Dimitrios is an entertaining, gripping, and also astonishing Europol procedural read, making you want to read more. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt close to Michael Lambert and his way of analysing and detecting. All relevant characters became pretty real. The ‘personal’ chapters, i.e. about Michael and Beatrix’ relationship and/or his stay in Ancona are different in style – an unusual and nice touch.

The Dance of Dimitrios is a good read for mystery fans, readers who like surprises, and touches of politics and terrorism.

This is a book/series to read again.

Recommended!

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV Third person

 

About the author

Patrick has been a writer and journalist for many years. He has published many short stories,newspaper and magazine articles. Born in the English home counties, he attended Public School and College before moving to London and embarking on his career. Having spent the last twenty years in South Eastern Europe, many of his stories are set in this part of the world as well as in Oxford, Hampshire and Berkshire.

 

Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Patrick Brigham
Amazon (UK):  buy link
Amazon (US):  buy link

 

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 Dance of Dimitrios?  Or – if you did not yet read The Dance of Dimitrios  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Dance of Dimitrios was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

 

The Prince’s Man (The Five Kingdoms, #1) by Deborah Jay

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The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) – because I won it in a giveaway.

My rating:  4.4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor and spy, loves his life, never better than when he’s bedding a gorgeous woman. So when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action.

Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Halnashead, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him.

And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.

Plunged into a desperate journey through the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.

They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity, and worse, his loyalty to his prince.

For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.

 

Genre(s):  Fantasy, Epic, Sword & Sorcery

Series:  The Five Kingdoms, #1

Length:  444 pages

Release Date:  2014-02-15

 

Teaser


Halnashead slapped his open palms down on the desk, decision reached.

“Rustam, I want you and Dart to work together on this.”

Rustam jerked upright in his chair. Surprise and indignation warred with curiosity. “My prince,” he said. “If you have a task you want doing, you know I am your man, but why would you want me to work with a hired killer?”


 

My Opinion

This book introduces you to young Risada and her baby brother Iain, helplessly witnessing their parents die by the hand of an intruder. Growing up her one goal is to avenge her parents. Rustam does not know his father, his mother vanished when he was little. They both live in one of the Five Kingdoms: Tyr-en.

With The Prince’s Man, Deborah Jay has created a steady-paced thrilling fantasy with many interesting characters. I automatically fell in love with Nightstalker, not being sure what to think of her owner/rider. The characters mature as the story proceeds, they discover some truths about themselves, fighting for reaching their goal. The story comprises a variety of craftily elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions until the final page. I had a great time reading The Prince’s Man – it is a very intriguing read; it turned me into an invisible ally of the travellers on their mission. I was drawn into the story right away, trying to find my place in the story; succeeding after a few minutes. The story has a lot to offer for the readers, the ending promises new challenges for the next book in the series.

I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

This is for you if you like fast-paced fantasy, interesting characters, series, and lovely covers perfectly fitting the content.

A compelling read in a series to watch out for.

Recommended!

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content Some sexual content
POV First person

 

About the author

Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures featuring quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.

Living mostly on the UK South coast, she has already invested in her ultimate retirement plan – a farmhouse in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands where she retreats to write when she can find time. Her taste for the good things in life is kept in check by the expense of keeping too many dressage horses, and her complete inability to cook.

THE PRINCE’S MAN is her debut novel; first in a trilogy and winner of a UK Arts Board award. The sequel is due out soon.

In the meantime, she had published the urban fantasy novel DESPRITE MEASURES and the short story SPRITE NIGHT, both in the CALEDONIAN SPRITE series.

She has also published a multi-author SFF anthology which features her SF story, PERFECT FIT.

She has non-fiction equestrian titles published under her professional name of Debby Lush.

Find out more about Deborah at https://deborahjayauthor.com/ or follow Deborah on twitter https://twitter.com/DeborahJay2 and facebook https://www.facebook.com/DeborahJay

 

Connect with the Author:

Website  –  https://deborahjayauthor.com/
Facebook  –  https://www.facebook.com/DeborahJay
Twitter  – 
https://twitter.com/DeborahJay2
Goodreads  –  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172608.Deborah_Jay
Amazon Author’s page  –  Deborah Jay
Amazon (UK):  buy link
Amazon (US):  buy link


 

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 Prince’s Man? Or – if you did not yet read The Prince’s Man – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Prince’s Man was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

 

 

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