Sunday, July 31, 2011

7th Inning Death by Allen Schatz

I found this book a little hard to follow.  It felt disjointed to me.  There are a lot of main characters and I couldn’t figure out at times which one I was following.  Maybe there was just too much going on for me to focus on any one thing.  I recommend trying to consolidate some of those break out portions a little more so we aren’t weaving in and out of several stories at once.

I loved the plot, though and found the ending a great surprise which is always my favorite ending.  Once I accepted the character changes and got kind of into the weave of chasing the characters I was more able to follow the storyline.

I’d like to see a rewrite before I highly recommend this book.  I just feel that it is too much messing around and not enough story telling.  One thing I'd like to mention that I don't normally is the book cover.  It is truly one of the greatest covers representing a story I've seen in a while. 

Review by Sue Owen

Monday, July 25, 2011

Follow the Money by Fingers Murphy

I haven’t read a good mystery, thriller in a long time and this was one of the best.  The story was easy to follow, completely believable and left me definitely wanting more.  The way the author wove the pieces together took a great deal of planning and thought.  I tend to look for holes or flaws in reasoning and I just didn’t find any here.

I was completely surprised by the ending and even though I don’t think I would have done it that way, it fit in perfect with the rest of the book and made a great ending.  I loved the elements of fear that were put in the story and how the main character dealt with it.  Everything fit together nicely.

This is a page turner for sure.  I liked reading it because I love mysteries and this was a good one.  Definitely a must read.

Author's blog

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Heart in Sun and Shadow by Annie Bellet

I could hardly put this book down.  It’s an epic love story that so very nearly falls apart in so many places.  The heroine is believable and full of goodness that most of us hope we even come close to.  I found myself on edge in so many places in this book that I was afraid to leave the story for fear it might change while I was gone. 

Its full of magic, love, devotion, trust and so much more … it makes me feel good all over just thinking back on the ups and downs.  But there is a dark side to this book, too.  An evil that seems to wind its way throughout the pages making sure that it isn’t always the good guy that wins or that things aren’t always fine in the end.  You just won’t know if it all works out unless you read it…cuz I’m sure not gunna tell you! 

And I wouldn’t be surprised if the story changes for you. 

I’m kidding but the reality is the author wove this tale so wonderfully well that it feels like she is sitting right there in front of you telling it to you.  Like your actions could make or break Aine in her efforts to rescue the men she loves.  When you read this, just don’t put it down until you get to the end and you should be fine.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Monday, July 18, 2011

Untitled by Jackie Chanel

NOTE:  Every once in a while I'll be asked to do a special review for one or other of my Facebook/Blog communities.  I'm never disappointed in the book and this one was no exception.  On behalf of Indie Book Collective, I proudly present a special review of "Untitled by Jackie Chanel."
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Just like any industry, the world of music has its mysterious inside.  Only those that work in the music industry are privileged to know the ins and outs, ups and downs that accompany a music career.  The author takes the reader on a wild ride inside a musician’s rise to fame.  Like a roller coaster, the ride takes sharp turns and abrupt falls but Aiden keeps moving forward.  This story is one that is told over and over again so it would seem familiar.  However, Ms. Chanel has taken a completely different angle and made it a unique story again. 

Throughout this story I found myself alternatively hating and loving Aiden.  He makes some really stupid decisions and screws up his life hideously but you can’t help but root for him or slap him, I’m not sure which.  The author has done a wonderful job creating real-life characters for us to support.  As his friends weave in and out of his world, Aiden rearranges his relationships and completely changes himself so many times I almost lost track. 

I hated that one key ingredient Aiden needed to make better choices was missing in his life and when you read this book you will know what I mean.  There simply isn’t a replacement for this ingredient and I don’t think Aiden ever got over that.

In the end, I found this story very charming, fun to read and it gave me an insight into the music industry I didn’t know I needed.  This isn’t just another rise to fame story, it’s a life changing event that just happens to be focused in the music industry.  A definite must read. 

Review by Sue Owen

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bone Dressing by Michelle I. Brooks

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It had all the things I love in a book except maybe a decisive happy ending but that’s not really giving anything away so don’t get mad!  It has romance, a completely hot guy that’s technically available, spooks, romance, cliff hangers, really bad guys, romance, and lots of mysterious goings on.  I liked reading it from beginning to end.

For me, I’d have left the relationship stuff out.  I get why it was necessary but I really wanted to just read the great story without having to think about what was like back when I was a teen going through that crap.

A definite read list book.  A lot of fun and a couple of really cool twists kept me on my toes and interested through the whole thing.  Can’t wait to read more.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Monday, July 4, 2011

Reunion by Jeff Bennington

This was an interesting book to read.  It held my attention all the way through.  I did find it a bit predictable even though there was a great hook on the end, it didn’t really have anything new for me in it.

The story was great.  The build up for the suspenseful parts was wonderful and the author has a great writing style.  I like how he tossed in the surprise kill ..  I won’t say anymore because I certainly don’t want to give anything away.  I think the interaction among the characters was handled well as was how they individually handled the situation they were in.

I recommend this book because it is a good mix of thriller and romance.  However, like I said, it is a bit predictable as was probably intentional and wasn’t anything new and exciting for me.  Great job, Jeff and I definitely will be reading more of your work.

 Author Site:  Jeff Bennington

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Sunday, July 3, 2011


It is my sad duty to report that Pink Phoenix has passed on.  All the features, reviews and love that you have previously received from Pink Phoenix is going to continue on in Paper Mustang.

Truth is, Pink Phoenix has expanded so much and gotten so many requests to expand services, that it has turned into a publishing company ran by Sharon Nelson.  After much discussion, it was decided that Pink Phoenix, in the role of publisher was no longer going to be able to support Indie authors the way that Pink Phoenix was originally designed to do.  

So Pink Phoenix will still be around but their goals are going to be changing.

However, Paper Mustang is going to continue under the reigns of Sue Owen and will continue to serve Indie authors as it has in the past.  Look for an ad for Pink Phoenix Publishing when their web site is up and working and, if you should decided that Indie publishing isn't for you, check out their site.  They will be working in the genres of Romance and Erotica and would love to hear from you.

So, welcome to our new web site, by our old owners.  Sit back, enjoy the ride and look for new and exciting things to come from Paper Mustang.

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