From the moment Lacey glimpses the dusty-rose colonial cottage with its angled dormer windows and quaint wooden shutters, she knows she's found her dream house. Walking through its cozy rooms, the expectant mother can see her future children sitting on the round bottom step of the house;s beautifully carved staircase, and she imagines them playing beneath the giant maple tree in the warm South Carolina sun. It doesn't matter to Lacey and her husband, Eric, that people had died there years before.
But soon their warm and welcoming house turns cold. There is something malevolent within the walls - a disturbing presence that only Lacey can sense. And there is Drew, a demanding and jealous little boy who mysteriously appears when Lacey is alone. Protective of this enigmatic child who reminds her of the troubled students she used to teach, Lackey bakes cookies and plays games to amuse him. Yet, as she quickly discovers, Drew is unpredictable - and dangerous.
Fearing for her baby's safety, Lacey sets out to uncover the truth about Drew and her dream house - a search for answers that takes her into the past, into the lives of a long dead family whose tragic secrets could destroy her. To save er loved ones, Lacey must find a way to lay a terrifying evil to rest...before she, Eric and their child become its next victims.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (December 31, 2013)
Sonja Condit received her MFA from Converse College, where she studied with Robert Olmstead, Leslie Pietrzyk, R.T. Smith, and Marlin Barton. Her short fiction has appeared in Shenandoah magazine, among other publications. She plays principal bassoon in the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium. She teaches at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
House hunting for that perfect home to raise the baby that is coming, Lacey and her husband, Eric can't seem to agree. Everybody wants that perfect home to raise your children in. Finally, after looking for a long time, Lacey finds her perfect home. It's a Cap Cod that needs some loving care. She knows this is the right house. Eric doesn't agree but to make Lacey happy, he goes along with her. What's odd is their realtor is trying to steer them away from this particular house. Why? One reason is that people have died in the house, but people die in houses all the time. Finally, Eric and Lacey are moving in to their dream home, or is it their nightmare? The neighbor, Harry Rakoczy owns the house and has given them a good deal.
Lacey is carrying in boxes to the house when a little boy appears. The odd thing is, he only rides his bike to the property lines and then turns around. While doing this the little boys rubs against Lacey's shoulder and she drops a box of dishes. Eric gets angry. He doesn't see the little boy, only Lacey.
This book is the author's first novel and I must say, it's a keeper. It will put you on the edge of your chair and those pages can't be turned fast enough. Who is this little boy that no one can see except Lacey? Where does he live and what does he have to do with the house? Strange things are happening in the house. Rooms are exploding, people are falling down stairs, People have died from drowning or being drowned. What is going on? Is this little boy real or is he a figment of Lacey's imagination? At times the baby is in danger and so is Lacey. Will they survive? All of this brings about problems in Eric's and Lacey's marriage. Will the marriage survive? Will they find a solution to the haunted house that started out being a dream home for Lacey and Eric and others before them? Once you start, you may look around you to make sure there isn't a little boy watching you. The noises in the house that never bothered you before, may now make you wonder who is there and what are they doing? Are you safe? Look out the window. If there's a little boy on a bicycle riding down the side walk, think twice about staying in the house. Locking the doors won't help. That little boy just appears as though locked doors aren't there. The story will put goose bumps on your arms and make you feel a chill in the air. Try reading if you've got the nerve!
A TRIP TO ANGUILLA Pt 1 Indecent Chronicles Volume Two by Ethan Brant
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SEE YOUR FATHER KILL A MAN? Emir, better known as
Tito, is a tyrant whose tight grasp holds in his palm the highest
levels of the government in four different countries. He decides who
lives and who dies. He decides who will have weapons in the Balkans. He
even helps separatist organizations. But what happens when his son
Omar, out of sheer curiosity, follows him to a crumbling building and
sees him kill a man? What happens when his son asks to be a criminal, an
entity like his father? All Omar wants is to be like his father, to
control everything, to be the next Balkan’s Godfather . . . BUT WILL
HIS WISH BE GRANTED? And will it count for anything?
Ethan Brant was born Eldar Bajramović (1996) in a small city
of Tuzla, Bosnia. Unable to handle the pressure of poverty, of people
around him, and haunting childhood memories he falls into a deep
depression. In high school, Ethan dreams of being a writer, but there
are no traditional publishers in his country, so the only way out for
him was the French Foreign Legion. Fortunately, before his trip, he
learns of the Kindle Direct Publishing and gives his writing dream
What happens to a person when they are brought up in an environment that under the surface, is violent, powerful and controlling? What happened to Omar when he discovered his father, Emir was a powerful man known as Tito? Omar was just a young boy. He found out his father held high government in the grasp of his hand. Not one country but four. He has the power to say who lives, who dies. He even has his best friend killed. I'm not sure if Omar found this exciting or just powerful. After seeing his father kill his best friend, Omar made the decision that he was going to be like his father, maybe even more powerful. A Don, the Godfather of the Balkans. perhaps. This is much like the mafia. Omar had promise as a young boy but what clicked, what changed in order to want to have that power to say who will live and who will die. If, just if, he arises to this power, will it really be what Omar wants?
The author gives the reader a lot to think about. These types of situations exist all over the world. This isn't just a fictional read. It has much truth to it. You may consider a lot of scenarios about the whys and what if's of Omar's decisions. Don't a lot of sons want to follow in their father's footsteps? But why would this father want his son to do this? Wouldn't he want something better for him? Not a life of crime and murder!
I always, or most always, decide if I like a book by wanting more at the end. This book did that for me. I'd like to have more on Omar's adulthood after his father's and uncle's death. Was Omar out for revenge for those deaths? I just want to know more.
The author based this story on true events. The author gives a little background into the Balkans and the surrounding areas. Very interesting if you aren't familiar with the facts.
My criticism of the book is in the very long sentences. I just felt they may have been re-worded or made into two or three sentences. I had to reread several of the sentences over in order to get exactly what was being said.. I'm not sure but I believe there may be a few capitalization errors. These are minor things that can be corrected if indeed, they need be. The story is what is important and that shouldn't be changed.
I did learn that Anguilla means a place of rest. I wonder is that a good place or bad? As for the cover, my take is, it is perfect. A powerful hand held over a person, more a robot. If the (robot) person doesn't do what is expected of them, the hand is ready to swoop down and wipe them out.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Ethan Brant, in exchange for my honest opinions. No other compensation took place.
The author of No Comfort for the Lost returns with a new
mystery of Old San Francisco...
British-born nurse Celia Davies runs a free medical clinic to assist the
poor women of San Francisco. Aided in her endeavors by her half-Chinese
cousin Barbara and feisty housekeeper Addie, Celia has earned the trust
and friendship of many of the city’s downtrodden, including a young
orphan named Owen—who’s just confided to her that he’s stumbled upon a
Owen recently started working for the ruthless real estate and
development group, Martin and Company, and discovered a dead body in the
office’s basement. Celia turns to Detective Nick Greaves for help, only
to learn that one of the main suspects—the husband of Celia’s dearest
friend—is an old enemy of Nick’s.
Now, Celia and Nick must put aside their personal feelings about the
case—and each other—if they’re going to bring a killer to justice...
About the Author
Nancy Herriman, the author of No Comfort for the Lost,
the first Mystery of Old San Francisco, received a bachelor’s degree in
chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, where she also
took courses in history and archeology. She’s a past winner of the RWA’s
Daphne du Maurier Award, and when she isn’t writing, she enjoys
performing with various choral groups. She lives in central Ohio with
her husband and their two teenaged sons.
Herriman has done it again with the latest in her historical mystery
series. Set in San Francisco in 1867, nurse Celia Davies once again
finds herself accidentally on the trail of a killer, along with
will-she-won’t-she possible romantic interest, Detective Nick Greaves. The author wrote a clean, interesting and of course, a little romance mystery. THe author takes you into a time when a woman wasn't supposed to have a career, especially that of being a nurse. Free clinics for the poor, those the elite felt were beneath their feet and the Chinese, Irish and other immigrants. The author starts you off with Celia feeling she is cold hearted but as you read you discover that the truth is quite the opposite. She may care more than is healthy for her. The author gives you a different type of heroine in Celia. She doesn't go off without letting someone know where she is. That doesnt' mean she doesn't get herself in trouble. The Celia the author gives us is smart and respected, but she does end up amid a murder when a dead body is found. How does she fit into this predicament? The situations are given two perspectives, two points of view. So the author leaves it up to the reader to figure out who the murderer is, and their are several suspects. As you turn the pages, your idea of who it is, changes and then changes again. The author goes into detail about the characters, noting their clothing as one thing, not to show that they may be poor but that they may be greedy and are too cheap to buy anything new although they could well afford it. You can picture these characters down to the thinning material of a man's shirt. I found some of the scenes so vivid, I was there while the store keep would sweep in front of their store. The church bells can be heard clearly. SO much detail and yet you are not bogged down. You are given visions from run down buildings to mansions on the hill. A little of everything.
I received this book as a complimentary copy from Nancy Harriman and Night Owl Reviews in exchange for my honest review.
Title: Friend of the Devil Author: Mark Spivak Publisher: Black Opal Books Pages: 325 Genre: Culinary Thriller
In 1990 some critics believe that America’s most celebrated chef,
Joseph Soderini di Avenzano, sold his soul to the Devil to achieve
culinary greatness. Whether he is actually Bocuse or Beelzebub, Avenzano
is approaching the 25th anniversary of his glittering Palm Beach restaurant, Chateau de la Mer, patterned after the Michelin-starred palaces of Europe.
Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a
story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved
with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a
romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida
and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into
the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the
Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s
original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the
background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the
chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano
treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.
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Meet the Author
Mark Spivak is an award-winning author, specializing in wine,
spirits, food, restaurants, and culinary travel. He was the wine writer
for the Palm Beach Post from 1994-1999, and was honored by the Academy
of Wine Communications for excellence in wine coverage “in a graceful
and approachable style.” Since 2001 he has been the Wine and Spirits
Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, as well as the Food Editor for
Palm Beach Illustrated; his running commentary on the world of food,
wine and spirits is available at the Global Gourmet blog on
www.palmbeachillustrated.com. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, Men’s Journal, Art & Antiques, the Continental and Ritz-Carlton magazines, Arizona Highways and Newsmax.
From 1999-2011 Spivak hosted Uncorked! Radio, a highly successful wine
talk show on the Palm Beach affiliate of National Public Radio.
Spivak is the author of two non-fiction books: Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History (Lyons Press, 2012) and Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle (Lyons Press, 2014). Friend of the Devilis his first novel. He is currently working on a political thriller set during the invasion of Iraq. For More Information
Would you enter into a contract with the DEVIL? in order to get ahead in life? Some people seem to have it so easy, no struggles, no hardships, not having to work hard to get ahead. What about you? Is life an easy street? Is there some goal you want and can't ever seem to achieve it? What about the DEVIL? Could he help you achieve those goals with out struggling? What would the costs be to have a contract with the DEVIL? Just let go and for the time you're reading this book, believe it is possible. A culinary thriller written by a food expert.
The setting for the story is 1947, Mississippi country land. Wanting to not be poor anymore, Joseph, just a boy sets in motion a contract for gaining wealth. Just a man, or was it the DEVIL?
Then years later a well know and successful chef, Joseph lives in Palm Beach and is going to be in an article by journalist, David Fox. Joseph is so different than he was as a child. He seems to have powers. Could this be part of the DEVIL's contract?
The author adds some facts into the read and you may want to do some searches on them to see if they are actual or not? Interesting, thrilling and fun to read. A different take on a thriller than most. You get some menus and food ideas. It may make your mouth water. So much is into this thriller besides chefs, restaurants, thrills. There are sex, drugs and (you thought I was going to say rock and roll) but no, I was going to add murder.
Good and evil are what they are. They balance each other out. The author gives you a taste of everything, murder, sex, drugs, good, evil, suspense, food and more.
Would you be willing to be the
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL?
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Mark Spivak and PUYB in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK (from back of book) Rags to riches tale of a phenomenal two sport athlete who despite being hailed as the number one pick in both the NFL and NBA drafts but a motorcycle accident a month before the draft seals his sports future he then meets his cousin's best friend and his life goes 180 degrees from the bright lights of fortune and sports fame to life in the hood as a drug dealer and the tough choices he must make to survive.
AMAZON BUY LINK AUTHOR (from Amazon) Koffi Hallman is originally from Camden New Jersey. He is a former US
Marine who served his country in Afghanistan during Desert Shield/Storm
in 1990 for full a full tour after returning to college He pledged the
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity INC Sigma Sigma chapter in 1992 and graduated
from both Grambling State University 1995 and Texas College 1997. He
raises Champion Pugs in his spare time and now resides in Southern
California Where he is the CEO of 492 Champion Kennels who is considered
the "Mercedes Benz" of Pugs. He has been writing since the tender age
of nine and makes a living as an Environmental Engineering Consultant
has a series of books in development called the "suspicion series"
where each book will have the word suspicion somewhere in the title the
1st is "Deadly Suspicions"
MY THOUGHTS Catch a ride on the roller coaster and what a ride! The title is what drew me in. I love these kind of books and I wasn't disappointed. This book, as soon as you open the cover, starts that ride and there will be a fast up and down track to follow. This is a journey has developed characters that didn't leave out the strong, minority females that are sometimes left by the wayside. We get a variety of characters, drug dealers, lawyers, murderers, gangsters, WOW, what a variety. The author doesn't give you a chance to get bored. You're wanting to know about these people, what drove them to become what they are? Some of these characters started out widely know for their accomplishments and somehow, through the fate of time and circumstances, their lives did a 180 and CHANGED drastically. But, would they be able to do the reverse 180 and gain back what they had before fate stepped in? I always like when an author gives you characters you can relate to, characters that have that friend, relative, person you know or have known. This book has them all. You could know these people. I know that possibly the language at times may offend some readers but looking at the characters and their surroundings, it's very normal. I just want more and to me that is the sign of a good book. Hoping there will be another follow up book. Don't miss out on this book. It's definitely a read worth reading.
I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from the author, Koffi Hallman in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.
THE ADVENTURES OF BUBBA JONES
Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park
by Jeff Alt
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon) AMAZON BUY LINK After inheriting legendary time travels kills from their Papa Lewis, Tommy "Bubba Jones," and his sister Jenny "Hug -a-Bug," embark on a Shenandoah National Park adventure to solve a family mystery. From the moment they reach the park entrance, the excitement begins. They travel back in time hundreds, thousands, and millions of years and come face to face with extinct creatures, endangered species, the areas first inhabitants, past presidents, former park residents, and some of the park founders. They travel deep into mountain hollows, up onto Talus mountain slopes and discover more about Shenandoah than they ever imagine. Explore Shenandoah National Park with Bubba Jones and family in a whole new way.
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Series: A National Park Series (Book 2)
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Beaufort Books (August 25, 2016)
THE AUTHOR Jeff Alt is an award winning author and avid out door enthusiast. His other books include: The Adventures of Bubba Jones, Time Traveling Through The Great Smoky Mountains, Four Boots -One-Journey, Get Your Kids Hiking, and A Walk for Sunshine. Each of his books have received high praise from readers and educators all over the world. Jeff is a member of the Outdoor Writer's Association of American and the Author's Guild. He has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, he carried his 21 month old daughter across Ireland and his son was on the Appalachian Trail at six weeks of age. Jeff has spent over a decade perfecting his ability to engage kids of all ages and grades to learn as a school based speech language pathologist. He has no combined his educational experience with his outdoor talents in writing The Adventure of Bubba Jones series. JEFF ALT
THE ILLUSTRATOR Hannah Tuohy is a children's book illustrator based out of Tulsa,
Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with
a BFA in graphic design, emphasizing illustration. Since graduating,
Hannah has illustrated over a dozen children's books including No Sand in the House, Wondering and The Oyster's Secret.
She is also a member of SCBWI. When she isn't busy working on
commissions, Hannah spends her time filling up her sketchbook and
brainstorming new story ideas with her husband, Justin. The Adventures of Bubba Jones is the first chapter book series Hannah has illustrated.
MY THOUGHTS These are wonderful books for introducing the National Parks that are in America. Many children may never have the opportunity to visit these parts so the author is giving them that chance. The books are so well written that you will feel you are taking the journey along with Bubba Jones. The author gives information about the history and geography of the Shenandoah National Park. You get to travel and see Rockfish Gap, Front Royal, the Loft, Lewis Mountains, Big Meadow and they are described so well that you can feel you are actually climbing them, touching the vegetation that grows on them. The author lets you get to know things about the founders, residents the different animals that make their homes there. It doesn't matter what your interest is, the author has included it in this book. Added into the book is a secret coded message that goes with a secret mission. What could that be all about? Amidst all this fun there is a lesson to be learned. Respect what nature has given us, all of us. So if you can't travel by car, you can travel through books and the best is, when you're done with the book, you can save for later to travel again and gain new insights. You may want to grab copies of the other travels of Bubba Jones and visit some new places. I'm going to.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Jeff Alt in exchange for my unbiased and honest review