June 12, 2009

Review #21 – Serial – Jack Kilborn & Blake Crouch and Death Will Clean Your Closet – Elizabeth Zelvin

Posted in DelGals books, e-books, fiction, horror, Review at 3:22 am by reviewsonbooks

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Reading can be a delightful adventure, and reading a good story for free only enhances the fun. Unfortunately, good free reading can tend to be few and far between, if you don’t take a visit to your local library. It also seems, from what I’ve experienced as a reader and reviewer, that the flashy best-sellers are sometimes pricey, and the not-so-good titles given away are of course, free.

I also have noticed that I am personally not a big fan of the short story because I feel somehow cheated of a more elaborately created story, as if there’s always something missing or more to say. But fortunately I’ve discovered two short stories both well written, intriguing until the end, and of course the best part is – they’re free and easily accessible on the Internet.

The first story is entitled Serial, written by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch, and has an interesting and creepy concept, which is an excellent twist on the “normal” life rules with regards to safety and behavior. We’ve all been told never to pick up hitchhikers, just in case they’re psycho, and we’ve likewise been warned the opposite is true, one should never attempt to hitch a ride, just in case…
But what might happen if neither person pays attention to the “rule” and both of them are psychos? Readers can find out the answer to this horrific tale, by pointing their browser to author Blake Crouch’s website at http://www.blakecrouch.com/serialchapter.shtml.
But please heed this warning, this story is gory, shocking and brutal at times, a must for horror fans, but definitely not for the faint of heart.

The second story has a bit of a different plot twist and is less gory, but nonetheless eerie, by psychotherapist and author, Elizabeth Zelvin, entitled Death Will Clean Your Closet. Fairly new to sobriety after being an alcoholic for many years, Bruce finally gets a chance one Saturday morning to clean out his walk-in closet. Unfortunately, not only does he find some bugs, he discovers the body of a woman laying on top of a pile of garbage bags filled with his clothes he planned on donating to charity someday. But as if that wasn’t strange enough, while Bruce is on the phone relaying this to his friends, he goes back to take another look at the body before he calls the police, and the body is no where to be found. What exactly is going on, is it related to his recent sobriety or is there something else going on? Death Will Clean Your Closet can be downloaded off of Ms. Zelvin’s site at http://www.elizabethzelvin.com/Books.htm.

June 6, 2009

Review #20 – Brushed Back – Richard Paloma

Posted in e-books, fiction, Manic Readers, Review at 3:00 pm by reviewsonbooks

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Detective Gino Spinelli unfortunately finds himself having to relocate and rebuild his credibility in the field by accepting a position in a small suburban community as a Sergeant in order to avoid serious disciplinary action when he is linked to the suicide of one of his ex-girlfriends. While adjusting to his new life and position on the police force, Spinelli is informed that one of his staff officers has become the prime suspect in the murder of his wife. Although some evidence suggests the man committed the crime, Sergeant Spinelli is assigned to lead the internal investigation and takes the controversial position that the officer is not guilty of murder. This task is of course not without troubles, which he soon finds out when he accidentally uncovers possible leads that hook the dead wife with a person who is in the Federal witness protection program, as well as disagreements with other police agencies and a difficult boss. But fortunately for Sergeant Spinelli despite his infamous love life which included two ex-wives and a lot of live-in relationships, he happens upon one of his old flames, who is looking remarkably good, which prompts him to rekindle the relationship all the while trying his best to discover who’s the real murderer and keep himself out of any further troubles.

Author Richard Paloma, who is a veteran in law enforcement for the past twenty years, spins an excellent story that is filled with both humor, a taste of spicy romance, and bits of critical policing details that only a fellow comrade in the field could so adeptly accomplish. The many characters, including some suspicious, while others, intriguing, are wonderfully described in this crime suspense novel that has the ability to keep the reader wondering “whodunit?” and “will he get the girl?”throughout the entire novel.

May 26, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Posted in e-books, fiction, Manic Readers, memes, teaser tuesday at 1:24 am by reviewsonbooks

It’s hard to believe the time flying by so fast that it’s Teaser Tuesday again.

I’m reading an ebook this week entitled Brushed Back by Richard Paloma

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“Look Pooch, I don’t think you killed your wife.” page 62

“When cops get together, the conversation, when not discussing police work, or departmental dirt, usually centers around one of three things – women, money or sports.” page 98

March 20, 2009

Review #4 – Celtic Bonds – Terri Pray

Posted in e-books, Manic Readers, paranormal, Review, romance at 11:18 pm by reviewsonbooks

This review was originally posted on Manic Readers

Celtic Bonds
by Terri Pray

Release Date: 12/01/08
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN:
Pages: 142
Format: E-Book
List Price: 0
Author Page: Terri Pray
MR Reviewer: Lynette
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A seemingly normal day occurs for both Susan, an avid history buff who is on an archeological dig when she finds an interesting and quite important artifact among the rubble, and Govan, a Druid, from centuries ago, who is lamenting the loss of his Queen. Somehow they are magically thrown together and embark on a jaunt of lusty thrills, but will they be able to remain together throughout time?

Celtic Bonds takes a simple story about two very different people who are thrown together from completely contrasting worlds and eras, and expertly intertwines it with touches of romance, steamy sexuality, and science fiction themes. Although the author used some sexual wording which is a bit too modernly worded for the times when the Celts lived, it does not distract the reader too much that they will be unable to fully enjoy this love-through-the-ages story.

March 14, 2009

Review # 2 – Soul Mate – Ana Star

Posted in e-books, horror, Manic Readers, Review at 12:00 pm by reviewsonbooks

This review was originally posted on Manic Readers

Soul Mate
by Ana Star

Release Date: 10/28/08
Publisher: Mystic Moon Press
Genre: Horror
ISBN:
Pages: 15
Format: E-Book
List Price: 1.29
Author Page: Ana Star
MR Reviewer: Lynette
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Lonely teenager, Devon, has an after school ritual of stopping by at a convenience store for a soda and a rest on the outside sidewalk. But a seemingly normal day is interrupted by the sudden appearance of Silia an “odd girl” by Devon’s standards. What does this girl want from Devon, and how is it that she has such a good knack at appearing and then suddenly disappearing without leaving a trace?

Despite Soul Mates extremely short length, and not quite appropriate title, this story packs a punch of emotions that leads the reader on a bittersweet journey of life and untimely death. Ana Star captures the reader’s interest right in the beginning with the connecting of two lonely individuals as one of them mysteriously appears to the other, and sends the other, and the reader, on an interesting course towards ultimately finding out the almost unbelievable, but sad truth.