Monday, May 30, 2011

Secrets by S. L. Pierce


I found this story to be completely believable for the most part.  The cop was a bit lame but if you look at it in the light of small town, really hasn’t much of a clue, cop I guess its acceptable.  The plot was great, loved all the mystery and the way the author revealed the next little secret.  It was really well written and I had no trouble following the plot or what the characters were thinking.  I loved that the author took a few minutes once in a while to catch me up just in case I got lost.  I didn’t and it wasn’t over done … just great to have the reminder and recap.

The only thing I didn’t quite like was the acceptance by her hubbie.  He protested a bit but he never really got totally freaked out.  I think a normal man, under normal circumstances might have had at least one really, big freak out session…even tho he’d probably never admit it.

I really liked this book, however.  It was entertaining and kept me guessing, well kinda.  I’m the kind that likes to know who the killer and/or bad guy is before the ending.  If I guess wrong, the book tends to find it has wings.  I was half right so I’ll forgive the author for not reading my mind and my nook is safely tucked away.  

Author Page:  S. L. Pierce

Reviewer:  Sue Owen 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Job: Based on a True Story (I Mean, This is Bound to have Happened Somewhere) by Craig Davis


This was kind of a fun read.  I liked the book and enjoyed the personality of the main character but I found some of his actions to be a bit unbelievable.  I’m not sure, however, that wasn’t the intention of the author.  The book seems to be written tongue in cheek with some of the concepts it portrays.  However, I’ve never know a boss to be quite that out of touch nor inaccessible.  Maybe I’ve just been lucky.  If this were my life and that happened to me, I wouldn’t have survived the first two chapters!

I found it all rather amusing, though.  Sometimes I wanted to just smack the dude to get him to wake up and several times I wanted him to take action where he just stood there.  I never thought of myself as violent but this book brought that out in me!

The book was well written, easy to follow and understand and just a fun read.  I’m looking forward to enjoying other books by this author.  

Author Site:  Craig Davis

Reviewed by Sue Owen

(Review also available on Smashwords.com)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Her Peaceful Sleep by Alex Canton-Dutari


This is a sweet little story written from an interesting perspective.  It deals nicely with a very tough subject: death.  The author carries the reader through some of the toughest times imaginable when you love someone.  However, it’s done with care, reverence and acceptance of the situation.  But really, it’s the point of view that makes this book.  

I did have trouble finding my way through some of the pages.  I got completely lost once in the middle of the book and took a few paragraphs to get back on task.  I think some more rewriting is in order to bring the tale closer together, maybe shorten the timeline it covers to provide clearer insight. 

I did love the story though and will think of it often when need arises.  It brings comfort somehow knowing there are others affected besides us humans.  

Author Site:  Alex Canton-Dutari
Reviewed by Sue Owen

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Sylvianna by Keryl Raist


I loved the characters in this book.  Autumn was a particular favorite.  She hovered in the background and popped up when she was needed or needed to cause trouble.  Then she’d pop back out.  You always knew when she was around something was going to happen or someone was going to be in trouble.  I love her personality and the way you just knew there was more to her than her good looks.

The tension between Chris and Sarah was almost overwhelming.  I particularly liked the way the author tied these two characters together and kept them intertwined.   In fact, throughout the book the author did excellent characterizations and added those little touches to a character’s personality that some authors tend to overlook.  It makes the characters so much more real when those pieces are added.

I liked the setting and the nuisances of the book and how she wove magic, warlocks, mages and the whole monster thing together leading up to the grand climax.  I liked how we were drawn to the players in this game and were allowed to pick our hero.  I enjoyed reading this book very much.  It was well written.

The only thing that I noticed in several places is the author tended to repeat scenes that had already been done.  More than a few times there were places where, in particular Chris and Sarah, had encounters that I felt could have been left out.  In my humble opinion there were many places where there was just ‘chatter’ and nothing was being added to the book or nothing going on that was moving the plot forward.  I recommend going back and cutting those areas out.  It tends to make for some boring parts in the book and might make readers pause and possible put down the book in favor of something else.

Generally, it was a good book and I would recommend reading it but you might want to look for and skip ahead on some of the repeat pages or look for a rewrite?    

Author Site:  Keryl Raist 
Reviewer:  Sue Owen

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chasing History: The Sword's Journey by Sue Owen

I know I know.  I'm not supposed to use my own site to further my own book but why not???   I work hard to promote other Indie authors why can't I promote myself?  I mean really!!!!  Put this under the heading of rant. 

My first book, The Sword's Journey was released 5/10/11.   It is currently available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/jCYQw3); Smashwords (http://bit.ly/jf9oxN) and Barnes & Noble (http://bit.ly/iPlont).  I also have it listed with an online bookstore called Breakthrough Bookstore (http://bit.ly/jCHVMg).
Check out my blog BySueOwen (bysueowen@blogspot.org) for updates on 2nd book in this series and other works that are pending publication. 

Synopsis
 
Josh, Digger and Meri were rudely ported out of their time and far into the future by the Wizard.  King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, is missing from its timeline.  Without the sword in its proper place in history, everything from that point forward could change.  Josh and his new found friends must find a way to return the sword to Arthur that won’t upset the timeline.  However, the Bard’s have other plans.  They want to rule time.  They would do anything to stop the return of the sword.  Is it murder to eliminate a timeline so that person was never born?  

Follow Josh and his friends back in time to Camelot.  Meet the Lady in the Lake, the King’s nephew and Merlin.  Rejoice as things go right and cry when a dear friend is erased from time.  Did they do something wrong?  Can it be fixed or was the Sword’s Journey the catalyst to the world’s demise?




Sunday, May 8, 2011

Bloodline of a Kane by Bobby Dennis Jr.


This book was a total surprise.  It is a family’s biography and gives their history from the early slavery days until about the 1940s.  The author does a great job of depicting those eras of American history and his family’s small part in its development.  It’s not written in true autobiographical style in that it doesn’t stick to only the family’s personal journey.  It covers events in history that correspond to the lives of the family being portrayed.  I found it very interesting to read.  The author takes you on a journey through time and then drops you into a specific place along that time line where his family’s interactions and detailed struggles fully illustrate the times.  

I don’t normally read biographies.  In fact I stay away from them.  I find them depressing.  However, “Bloodline of a Kane” more than illustrates the positive side of family and what it means to support each other and stand behind one other.  There are times when the novel is a bit graphic and the author certainly doesn’t hold back on the very shady sides of his family but the people are so very real and so likeable that I found myself wanting to justify their actions. 

I completely loved this novel and the Kane family itself.  I know the author probably left out the many down sides to being a family working outside the law and the elements of trafficking that those of us lucky enough to not see that side of life will never know.  But even knowing that, I really felt compelled to finish this book and shout along with the family members that family comes first.  I was saddened to find that as happens with time and elements outside of our control, the in the end the family broke apart and went separate ways.  But the author made sure the Kane family legacy lives on in his brilliant representation of its history. 

Thank you very much, Mr. Dennis, for sharing your turbulent history with us.  This goes on my must read pile.  One thing I have to mention, however, is that it could use some proof reading.  There are some grammatical errors and miss-use of words but it in no way detracts from this completely awesome novel. 

Author Web Site:  Bobby Dennis Jr.

Reviewed by Sue Owen