Monday, September 15, 2014

Eclair Goes To Stella's Book Tour


Hi, I’m Éclair and I’m seven. My sister Meggie is two. When mom got sick we had to go live with Stella, my dad’s mom, the one with maroon colored hair. I begged Dad not to make us stay with her because she beat her horse and was going to eat her rooster, but he didn’t believe me. Even after I pretended I was going to barf, he left us with Stella.

So there we were, Meggie and me, on a strange pink farm with a skinny horse, a mean rooster, and Stinky Stella who had a living room filled with dead deer heads.

What would she do to us?

Would we end up on her wall too?

Book Reading Age
First – Third grade GIRLS. 5 – 9 year olds

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“Do you want to name her?” Stella said. 
I squeezed my eyes to think again. “Star. She looks like a movie star.” 
I love it.” Stella reached up to give me a high-five. “Star, it is.” 

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Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers.  She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters' plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the 'other' side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

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When Emily Clair, learns that she and Meggie, her two-year-old sister, have to move to Indiana to live with their grandma, she is not happy at all. Her dad explains to Éclair (that’s what he calls her), that her mom had to leave because she was sick, and that his job involved traveling. Until he could find another job, this was the only solution.

When Éclair meets Stella, as grandma likes to be called, she immediately dislikes her. Éclair thinks Stella smells and that she mistreats her farm animals. As she slowly gets to know Stella, Éclair finds out how wrong she is.

This story as told by Éclair shows the innocence of a seven-year-old's thoughts and fears, and takes you back to a time in your own life when everything unknown was scary, but wonderful at the same time.

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Artist Book Review

Artist (Remote Psychic Thriller Book 3)

By Eric Drouant 

It's Just a Love Story with a Deadly Twist
Cassie Reynold is psychic, heartbroken, and struggling to build some kind of life. When she begins training as a government assassin, the assignment puts her in the middle of a series of murders in New Orleans. It also puts her in contact with Kurt Dupond, a seasoned Homicide Investigator with more to offer than advice. Now Cassie must decide how to live and perhaps just as important, how to kill. 

A series of brutal murders in New Orleans sets Cassie on a collision course with a serial killer. It's her first assignment on a murder case, part of the initial training that sets her on a path toward becoming a government assassin. Along the way she meets Kurt Dupond, the Homicide Investigator tasked with finding the "Artist". When sparks start to fly between Cassie and Dupond, she must cast off the pain of the past while dealing with the pain, and promise, of the present.

"Artist" Book Three of the Remote Series see Cassie Reynold begin a new life with remnants of the past still clinging to her psyche. Moving forward won't be easy. Living in the past isn't possible.


Cassie Reynold is an unknown government assassin trainee. Needing the experience of a working police department, she is able to work with and learn from the best homicide detective in New Orleans, Kurt Dupond. And with a serial killer on the loose in the Crescent City, there is much to learn. But exactly who is doing the learning, Cassie or Kurt?

I liked Cassie’s personality, and the chemistry she and Kurt had. Although I was expecting her to do a bit of psychic work, it never came. That was disappointing for me. That was my reason for reading the book.  This is the third in a series, but the first that I have read. I did enjoy it enough though, to go back and read the first two. I was impressed when I caught the author’s name as one of the street names. How clever. I especially liked when the author gave mention of some Mississippi towns that I am personally familiar with. 

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Eric Drouant lives and works in Slidell, Louisiana. He is the author of The Remote Series, a continuing Action and Adventure series with heavy doses of the thriller element, paranormal, and psychic ability. Other works includes short stories and commercial web work. 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Bone War of Mccurtain County Review

The Bone War of Mccurtain County

By Russell Ferrell

In the 1880s, during America's first Gilded Age, two eccentric and aristocratic scientists, Othniel Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, engaged in an anomalous, competitive trek to outdo each other in a paleontological contest of numbers - a bone war. This war, fought in the vast panorama of the American West, was an invidious contest of egos and wills to decide who could recover, identify, and document the most prehistoric fossils from an unrecorded past. This competition spurred the greatest spree of fossil discoveries in history, at least until America entered a second Guided Age one-hundred years later in the 1980s, as new technologies and finances propelled another round of bounteous fossil discoveries. During this second American Gilded Period, an improbable bone war in provincial southeastern Oklahoma was fought over ownership rights to one of the single greatest fossil discoveries of the century, indeed, of all history. This war was fought between two local naturalists against entrenched paragons of institutional dominance - a giant corporation, two major universities and cloistered academics, the state legislature, and a wealthy fossil tycoon. Cephis Hall, an Arkansas hillbilly, and Sid Love, a Choctaw Indian, dug their prize from a corporate waste-holding pit near the edge of the Mountain Fork River. The discovery set in motion a chain of events that would alter their lives forever as they embarked upon an epic journey and conflict against mighty foes in a David versus Goliath scenario. Cephis Hall and Sid Love faced a whirlwind of controversy as they found themselves at the crossroads of science, politics, and religion. Powerful people and institutions wanted to confiscate their treasure. A tale of mystery, adventure, and nature - Indiana Jones southern style. Buried treasure, dinosaurs, greed, corruption, moonshine, pot fields, quartz crystals, and an unauthorized version of the American Dream. This amazing true story is stranger than fiction. 


In 1983, Cephus Hall and Sid Love uncover dinosaur bones in lower Oklahoma. It takes them three years to painstakingly unearth what becomes one of the greatest dinosaur specimens in paleontological history. What ensues will be several years of legal wrangling to retain ownership of the skeleton.

The beginning of the book concentrates on the peoples and industry of the region. I enjoyed learning how the terms “hillbilly” and “okie” came to be. I could relate to the laid-back, country feel of the people. The author then goes on to explain how bones become fossils. I was amazed to find out that only a small fraction of creatures that ever lived become fossilized. I had always thought it to be a far greater percent.

The story pulled me in the further I read. It was so engrossing and at times suspenseful, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The writing style of the author was to draw you in with the ongoing story, but then take off in another direction with meticulous details that explain something or someone that was mentioned. This became aggravating to me because it was always in the middle of an interesting turn of events. I was ready to find out how Cephus and Sid’s story ended. I was fascinated throughout it all.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Dream Man Book Tour and Giveaway

When Samantha, a home health nurse, has her first orgasm after waking from an erotic dream about Greg, a scientist and son of her newest patient, she’s both captivated and confused.

Greg’s the opposite of her type, but Samantha feels compelled to get to know the eccentric workaholic, and she soon discovers it’s futile to fight chemistry.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

"After reading this book I’ll never be able to look at a nerdy guy without blushing. My Dream Man by Marie Solka sizzles.” ~ author Deborah Brown

"I've always thought smart guys were hot. This book proves it. I also loved the relationship advice Sam's elderly patient gave her. She was a riot. My Dream Man is definitely a fun read." - review from Amazon


On Samantha’s first visit checking in on Mr. Vardo, a new patient, she meets his son Greg, Wearing a pink terry cloth robe, Greg seems a bit odd, rude, and disinterested, but she didn’t ponder much on it. She got acquainted with Mr. Vardo, took his vitals and information, and then finished her shift. That night Samantha has a tantalizing dream involving Greg. This begins her obsession of him. Mrs. Myszkowski, another patient, starts giving Samantha dating lessons, drawn from her past experience. It doesn’t take long for Samantha and Greg to fall in love. They become engaged but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart.

If you like reading scintillating books, this one will not disappoint. Sam and Greg were made for each other. It made me remember all those insecurities that you get at the beginning of a relationship. I loved Mrs. Myszkowski, and had a strong image in my mind of what she looked like. I got a kick out of the “sex on wheels” reference. I was so afraid that she was going to die before the ending, and I did not want that. She was my favorite character, and really gave dimension to the storyline.  As long as you don’t mind reading steamy sex scenes, this is a great read.

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Marie Solka is the pen name of women’s fiction author Kim Cano. While Kim writes emotionally-charged book club reads that often bring readers to tears, Marie pens steamy romance. My Dream Man is Marie’s debut novel. Marie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

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Oddities & Entities Book Review

Oddities & Entities

 By Roland Allnach

Bronze Medalist, Horror, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards
Finalist, Paranormal, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards
Award Winner-Finalist, Horror, 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Award Winner-Finalist, Anthologies, 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Bronze Medal, Horror, 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards
Finalist, Short Stories, 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards
Winner, Horror, Pacific Book Reviews Book Awards

"THERE'S MORE TO THIS WORLD THAN FLESH AND BONE."  Set in the mysterious space between the everyday world and an existence just beyond reach, "Oddities & Entities" traces a path through the supernatural, the paranormal, and the speculative. With moments of horror, dark humor, and philosophical transcendence, these tales explore a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body.

"Oddities and Entities" is a collection of six tales bordering on the paranormal/supernatural genres.  The stories are thematically linked and explore the definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body.  "Oddities and Entities" consists of: 'Boneview', in which a young woman struggles to balance her ability to see through people with the presence of a supernatural creature in her life; 'Shift/Change', in which a hospital worker struggles to regain his memory as he is confronted by a series of desperate people (this story was previously published in the July 2010 issue of 'Aphelion'); 'My Other Me', in which a lonely college student finds himself displaced from his body by his alter ego; 'Gray', in which a frustrated man is stunned to discover a little creature has been living in his head; 'Elmer Phelps', in which a brother and sister find themselves linked in a strange reality by a bat bite in their youth; and lastly, 'Appendage', in which a cynical mercenary is hired by his son to protect a research lab on the verge of a stunning discovery.


What a fitting name for a collection of six eerie stories that can only be described as page-turners. I didn’t want to put it down. As I finished one story, I’d shiver and start the next. The stories delved into creepy subjects like your shadow personified, and a gray blob living in your head, and even the curmudgeon coming through your walls. Although one story contained a boring discussion of the differences in math between Leibniz and Newton, the rest of that story was entertaining, as well as the other five.

In my opinion, this author’s writing style and imagination rivals the works of Steven King. While reading these stories, I was totally aware that each subject could never be real. However, they made you think, what if it did become real. Hats off to Mr. Allnach. I was thoroughly entertained.

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Roland Allnach
Roland Allnach has been writing since his early teens, first as a hobby, but as the years passed, more as a serious creative pursuit. He is an avid reader, with his main interests residing in history, mythology, and literary classics, along with some fantasy and science fiction in his earlier years. Although his college years were focused on a technical education, he always fostered his interest in literature, and has sought to fill every gap on his bookshelves. 

By nature a do-it-yourself type of personality, his creative inclinations started with art and evolved to the written word. The process of creativity is a source of fascination for him, and the notion of bringing something to being that would not exist without personal effort and commitment serves not only as inspiration but as fulfillment as well. So whether it is writing, woodwork, or landscaping, his hands and mind are not often at rest.

Over the years he accumulated a dust laden catalog of his written works, with his reading audience limited to family and friends. It was only recently that he decided to become serious about publication and the pursuit of a writing career. After deciding to approach this as a profession and not a hobby, the first glimmers of success came along. Two and a half years after making the decision to move forward, he has secured publication for a number of short stories, has received a nomination for inclusion in the Pushcart Anthology, built his own website, and in November 2010 realized publication for an anthology of three novellas, titled 'Remnant', from All Things That Matter Press. He has since followed 'Remnant' with a second anthology, 'Oddities & Entities', also from All Things Matter Press.

Both titles have enjoyed critical acclaim and are the recipients of a combined seven national book awards.