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Pokergeist

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  • Paperback:266 pages
  • Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (7/15/2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1512074969
  • ISBN-13:978-1512074963

 

ABOUT “POKERGEIST”:

Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn’t have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.

 

 

“Cash proves to be highly capable of juxtaposing the absurd and the mundane, creating a thoroughly enjoyable ghost story along the lines of The Canterville Ghost (1891) and Topper (1926)…Bet on this funny, well-written tale of second chances.” – Kirkus Review

 

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ABOUT MICHAEL PHILLIP CASH:

 

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

 

 

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My Review

5 stars

Clutch Henderson made it to the finals of the International Series of Poker. Unfortunately his heart couldn’t take the loss and he dies. A year later enters Telly Martin. Telly wants to win the top poker player, the problem is he is NOT a world class player, he isn’t even a basically good player. One night while lamenting his lot in life, Clutch hears his prayers and decides to help him. But this is not going to be easy for Telly when his girlfriend wants him to stop playing. And Clutch, will helping Telly win be just like winning himself? What about life outside of poker?

This is a great story. You feel just like you are in the middle of the poker tournaments. There are a collection of odd people that have their own place in this world. Clutch is driven to win the world tournament but would he be open to experiencing more to life. And Telly might not make it through the tournament when everything else doesn’t seem to be on the same path. But the banter between the two will keep you laughing.

This is another great story from Michael Phillip Case. Although the theme of the story is poker, if that is nothing that will interest you don’t fear, you will still like this book. Once you read one of Michael Phillip Cash’s books you will be hook and want more.

I received Pokergeist for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows by Toni Vallan

My name’s Ella Raimi.

Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor’s closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue. And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don’t recall inflicting them.

And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up.

I’m afraid of myself.
I’m afraid I am a killer.

My Review

5 stars

Ella has gotten a scholarship to a private school. Unfortunately things are not going well when she is constantly bullied for being a charity case and being poor. Then the bullying turns bad when she is locked into a closet overnight and discovered by the janitor the next day. Although she tells everyone that she is fine, Ella is the furthest from that. She starts having nightmare and waking with scratches on herself. Her only friend Kyla is there for her but disappears in the morning. Then she wakes with blood covering her and when a student is found dead she is blamed.

This is one amazing psychological thriller. I kind of had an idea of what may be happening but it didn’t really seem to fit. Besides the bullying, Ella has a great relationship with her mother and she can share with her the things that are going on. But the ending, it was great. I never expected it. With a couple good twists thrown in to keep me on my toes. I couldn’t put Dark Shadows down for long because I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.

This is a great thriller. I have not read any books by Toni Vallan but I will be sure to add her to my must read list. If you like a great psychological thriller you need to get this book.

I received Dark Shadows for free from Mark My Words in exchange for an honest review.

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About Toni Vallan

Toni Vallan is the author of two contemporary titles in the contemporary suspense series DESPERATION, and her ongoing Thriller line. Toni loves the dark side of the soul, and studied to become a neuropsychologist. A career path taken over by her first love – writing.
Toni lives in the land of the Hobbits, and secretly wants a Hobbit house, although her husband and two daughters may not agree.

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Fiction / Dystopian / Humor
Date Published: November 2015

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It’s way past 1984.  Your toothbrush, your coffee maker and your Rice Krispies are running your life.  But don’t worry… BIG DATA IS WATCHING YOU!
Welcome to Goozle Earth®, a dystopia where the all-knowing and all-powerful force of Big Data rules humanity through the Internet of Things and the corporate power of Goozle Inc.  Where English® and every possible combination of words has been copyrighted and the only law is the Terms of Service, which has been replaced by the Terms of Servitude.  Where the proudly psychopathic Higgs, Caesar and Emperor Omnipotent (CEO) of Goozle Inc., is determined to launch the Next Big Thing.
Smith, a happy native of this paradise, wanders off the grid and discovers sex®, the knowledge of good and evil, and the pursuit of Happiness. Can he save the human race from the Next Big Thing?


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Smith stared back in confusion when Julia said he was living in a dystopia.
“A dystopia?” he repeated. The word was new to him. “What do you mean?”
They were somewhere in the Green Mountains, walking on a dirt road through a strangely silent woods. That was all Smith knew. He’d lost his way in the hills, his car stopping short where a huge fallen tree blocked the road. The woman who introduced herself as Julia climbed over the fallen tree before he could tell his car to turn around. Surprisingly, she offered to walk him into the nearby village to find something to eat. The eerie silence followed them into the village, swallowing his thoughts. Julia looked different from anyone he’d ever seen, though she had (he soon realized) the same blond hair and blue eyes and the same awkward gait as everyone else in the village. The others—he noticed half a dozen villagers cutting weeds or stacking firewood around a row of decaying frame houses—weren’t nearly so friendly as she was. Most of them turned away or receded into the shadows rather than to look at him. Some of them, he realized with a start, had beards.
“It’s a society where, basically, life sucks,” she explained. “You have no freedom or privacy. You can’t do anything, you can’t say anything, you can’t even think without somebody spying on you or listening in.”
Smith didn’t want to seem condescending, but he couldn’t help feeling superior to the crouching lowlifes he’d noticed slinking away as Julia led him into the village. These were apparently her neighbors. Who was she to cast aspersions on his life in Goozle Earth?
“My life doesn’t suck,” he said, smiling as always. “In fact, I can’t imagine being happier than I am. I have a good job at Celebrity Solutions, a nice condo, hundreds of friends, and two wonderful pets. Everything I want is delivered to my door within thirty minutes by an Amazzond drone.”
Julia laughed. “Guess who drank the Kool Aid!”
“Kool Aid?” Kool Aid® was Smith’s favorite beverage.
“Try thinking an original thought and see what happens.”
He stared back uncomprehendingly.
“You know,” she teased. “Say something more than 140 characters long.”
What was she talking about? Did she seriously expect him to violate the Terms of Service? She spoke fluent English® but used words he’d never heard before, like “freedom” and “privacy.” He’d heard that connectivity could be poor in rural areas, where the inhabitants—known as “Yahoos”—often expressed eccentric, paranoid ideas. Obviously, for whatever reason, he and Julia weren’t connecting. Still, there was something about her that affected him in a surprising, unfamiliar way. He later learned that it was called “sex®.”
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Convergence

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Convergence by Trudie L. Hayes

(Excerpt from Goodreads) It was the first day of school and anxieties were running high. For certain there was the excitement of moving up a grade, but there was also the dread of anything and everything that could go wrong. Not only were the possibilities endless, they were totally out of your control. Whether or not you were accepted rested squarely on the shoulders of the popular kids. Suppose you were too short or too tall; too smart or not smart enough; too rich or too poor; or just plain different? These thoughts were fresh on the minds of Otis, Chandler and Marissa. Three pre-teens whose paths had never crossed, although they lived in the same town in Connecticut. Their backgrounds were so diverse they may as well have lived worlds apart. That was all about to change when on their way to school a series of bizarre events lump them together. Literally! Join them on this unreal journey to alternate realities never before re­vealed. Go back in time to a parallel past, the All Agos. Coexist in a present experience that mirrors your own, the Ne’er Now. Finally and with greater understanding, manifest in a future of your creation, the Will Be Once. Then you will have come closer to achieving …as it should.

About Trudie L. Hayes

Trudie L. Hayes’ personal story and family life influenced her mission to spread the core values of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-love to children and persons of all ages. An affiliation with physically and mentally disabled adults and children spanning many years is a major contributing factor. The caregiver role has been paramount throughout much of her life, even while furthering her education or working full-time in a corporate setting.

These experiences have given her a deep understanding of the trials and struggles associated with a compromised existence. As well as the inspiration and joy derived from living life to one’s personal best.

It is through these myriad life experiences that Hayes began writing and registering several related trademarks. With a grander vision of promoting confidence and self-worth.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hayes still calls the Nutmeg State home. The oldest of two children, she remains close to her siblings. When Hayes is not writing or managing her business, she dedicates her time to other creative outlets and artistic pursuits. Hayes has a deep appreciation and passion for music in its many forms; she enjoys writing song lyrics, performing, and has an affinity for Jazz.

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My Review

4 Stars

This story starts out with three pre-teens starting their first day of school. There is the typical drama that includes being accepted or mocked by the popular kids and how there are too one thing or another to be mocked. Otis, Chandler, and Marissa together and go adventures in alternative realities to our own. But Otis, Chandler, and Marissa are not normal kids and they are going to have to learn fast about how to get through the different realities to get home.

This is an interesting story. You feel for the kids because they are going through the normal things starting school involves but then they are thrown into these different realities. The kids seem to just get one realm figured out and then get dumping into another on that doesn’t seem to make any sense. Although this is confusing at first, I slowly got the hang of it. I liked watching the kids grow and seeing all the messages that are there to help the kids grow.

Although this is a longer mid-grade book, I think that the many different realities will keep young readers involved. I liked how the book progresses and I think that kids and adults alike will enjoy this book.

To purchase Convergence, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and Trudie Hayes’ website.

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On the Verge

On the Verge

By Garen Glazier

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Freya is just a student at the University of Washington worried about grades and making her next tuition payment until a gorgeous succubus interrupts her post-exam latte with a proposition: come work for her boss, Seattle’s reclusive heiress and antiquities collector Imogen Beldame. Eagerly agreeing despite a nagging feeling in the pit of her stomach, Freya finds herself swept up in a deadly quest at the behest of her psychopathic new employer. Beldame has given her until Halloween to collect three magical pigments that hold the key to crafting mesmerizing portraits that can access the Verge, an undiscovered borderland on the edge of human reality, and the powerful beings that call it home.

Freya’s reluctant journey takes her to a goblin stronghold in the Cascades for the color blue, to the Seattle Underground to request the color red from Baba Yaga, and to the Fremont home of a beautifully gruesome Cambodian ahp, or spirit of the night, for the color yellow. Working together with Rusty, an enigmatically disfigured man intimately connected with the Verge, and a motley crew of mercurial demons and loyal friends, Freya must come up with a plan to stop Beldame and preserve the fragile balance between fantasy and reality that is at its most vulnerable on Halloween.

Garen Glazier

I’m a lifelong resident of Seattle. I married my Russia-born-America-raised high school sweetheart, and we have a four year old and a new little one born in February.

I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up always makes me cry. The Three Amigos always makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I’m running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world I’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I’ve never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.

Learn more about me and read my blog, Scriven by Garen, and check out Facebook & Twitter.

BookMy Review

5 stars

Freya agrees to work for Imogen Beldame collecting pigments from supernatural characters to create an access to the Verge. This job sounds a little odd but she still goes through with it. She meets several different characters and has help from demons and friends alike to gather the pigments. But the real question is what does Beldame want them for and will Freya give them up once she has all three.

I really liked this book, it was not what I was expecting. I loved the whole concept behind the pigments and the Verge. I really liked all the different characters that Freya meets and how you really just can’t tell who is good, bad, or just working for their own goals. And the description of Seattle, I just makes me what to go there.

I couldn’t put this book down, I just had to find out what happened next and I loved how it all came together. Make sure to check out On The Verge. It’s a great hidden gem of a book.

I received On The Verge from Sage’s Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Awakenings

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Awakening (Guardian – 1) by Samantha Long

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When Sophie moves to Boston to get away from the people who ridiculed her for her psychic talents, she wants to start fresh. But when a demon attacks her study group at the library, she has no choice but to reveal her abilities to warn the others.

She learns the attacks won’t stop until she’s dead. To stay alive she joins forces with the other students and a secret society that has battled the demons for centuries.

The last thing she wants to do is be a pawn in the war of good and evil. When her visions start showing events from a past life, she can’t ignore the connections it shows. She has no choice but to acknowledge the bonds that tie her to the other students, even if some of them refuse, to have the strength to defeat the demon that hunts them down.

Will she survive long enough to stop the demons from destroying everything and everyone she loves?

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My Review

4 stars

Sophie and Lilli are best friends with special abilities. After high school, they decide to move to Boston to get a fresh start. There, during a study group, they discovery everyone has abilities when they are attacked by a demon. All six of them are guardians that are taken into a secret society to help be trained to fight a growing evil that plans to destroy everything. They are the only ones that can stop the evil so they better learn what they can do quickly.

I liked the concept of the book. It is original, especially how everyone is liked to one person and the group, not just in the present but the past and future too. Although Tristan was supposed to be do much for Sophie, he irritated me. And how he acted when Sophie lost her brother. Argh!!

I admit that I was a little confusion as to what was going on at the beginning but once I got into the story I couldn’t put it down. The ending is a big cliffhanger but I can’t wait to read Sacred to see what happens next.

This is a really good young adult paranormal story with a new twist. If this is a genera that you like, I would recommend checking out Awakening.

To purchase Awakening, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads.

I received a copy of Awakening for free from Booktrope Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Jewish Noir

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Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds by Kenneth Wishnia

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A unique collection of all-new stories by award-winning authors.

This anthology includes the work of numerous authors such as Marge Piercy, Harlan Ellison, S. J. Rozan, Nancy Richler, Moe Prager (Reed Farrel Coleman), Wendy Hornsby, Charles Ardai, and Kenneth Wishnia. The stories explore such issues as the Holocaust and its long-term effects on subsequent generations, anti-Semitism in the mid- and late-20th-century United States, and the dark side of the Diaspora (e.g., the decline of revolutionary fervor, the passing of generations, the Golden Ghetto, etc.). The stories in this collection include “Trajectories,” Marge Piercy’s story of the divergent paths taken by two young men from the slums of Cleveland and Detroit in a rapidly changing post–WW II society; “Some You Lose,” Nancy Richler’s empathetic exploration of the emotional and psychological challenges of trying to sum up a man’s life in a eulogy; and “Yahrzeit Candle,” Stephen Jay Schwartz’s take on the subtle horrors of the inevitable passing of time. These works include many “teachable moments” about the history of prejudice, the contradictions of ethnic identity, and assimilation into American society and culture.

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My review

4 stars

This is a collection of stories that relates to the Jewish people. They are not just about the Holocaust. You will also find stories ranging from immigrants not finding what they expected, the passing of time and death, equality, religious prosecution, and many others. There are 33 stories in this 400 page book so there is a wide variety of stories that anyone will like.

For me to review a collection of short stories can be difficult. There will always be stories that are wonderful and others that just don’t click for me. These are great, dark and dirty stories, just like good noir. There are some older stories and some that are re-published for this collection. I really liked most of the stories and found myself up late trying to read just one more before bed.

Although being the chosen ones, the Jewish people have faced many tough periods in history. This collection of stories goes into several of those events. This is a great collection and I think anyone would enjoy it. I recommend checking it out, you may find a new favorite author.

To purchase Jewish Noir, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kenneth Wishnia’s website.

I received Jewish Noir for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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HILO Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

(Excerpt from Goodreads) D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But that was before a mysterious boy came crashing down from the sky! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a bad idea!) . . . But what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world?

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My Review

5 stars

DJ Lim is the middle kid in a family with five kids that all excel at different things. Unfortunately DJ is the odd man out and doesn’t have any talents. One day he meets a strange boy that has amnesia and fell from the sky. DJ takes him home and introduces him to what he needs to do to fit in with other people. Slowly the boy remembers his name is HILO. HILO goes with DJ to school and DJ runs into his friend Gina who moved away years prior. The three kids then go on mini adventures as DJ and Gina try to explain human behavior to HILO and HILO starts to remember who he is and how he got to Earth.

This is a cute comic book/graphic novel for mid-grade readers. There are small adventures that would be great for those beginning to read and many funny things that the three kids go through as they trying to teach HILO what to do to fit in. I loved the story especially when you learn about HILO and how he got to Earth. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happens to the kids next.

This is a great story for both kids and adults. It would be a wonderful book for the mid-grade readers. Make sure to check out HILO: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth.

To purchase HILO Book 1, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Judd Winich’s website.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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The Lady Agnes Mystery Volume 1 by Andrea Japp

(Excerpt from Goodreads) 1304: The Church and the French Crown are locked in a power struggle.

In Normandy, monks on a secret mission are murdered.

Young noblewoman Agnès de Souarcy fights to retain her independence but must face the Inquisition, unaware that she is the focus of an ancient quest.

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My Review

4 stars

It is 1304 and Lady Agnes de Souarcy has lost her husband. She is trying to retainer her independence in a world that doesn’t believe a woman has that ability. It doesn’t help that her half-brother may take everything she owns away from her. Then a body is discovered on her property and Agnes now must prove her innocents while facing the Inquisition. Unfortunately just being single and facing murder are not the only reason the Inquisition is after Agnes. There is a prophecy about her. Now she has to do everything in her power to survive the Inquisition to be able to fulfill a destiny she knows nothing about.

During a sensitive time in history, Agnes has lost her husband but she is determined to be independent and not let her half-brother take everything from her. But a strong, independent woman is not a normal occurrence, especially one with a prophecy about her. So the Inquisition steps up and tries to break her.

I loved how no matter what Agnes keep fighting. The Inquisition is so horrible with the torture and trying everything to make her give up but no matter what Agnes keeps fighting. There is a lot of research done into the time period which sucked me right into the story. Andrea Japp is also a forensic scientist and you can see that woven into the story.

I did feel that the story took a while to get going but it was a good story. Although the mystery is not really solved it does lead into volume 2. I am very curious to see what happens in the next book regarding who the killer is and what how the prophecy is going to be fulfilled.

To purchase The Lady Agnes Mystery Volume 1, or for more information, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received The Lady Agnes Mystery Volume 1 for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Dark Shadows

Releases on November 16, 2015
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My name’s Ella Raimi.
Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor’s closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue. And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don’t recall inflicting them.
And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up.
I’m afraid of myself and what I’ve done.
And I’m beginning to be more afraid of Kyla. And what she will do.

About Toni Vallan
Toni Vallan is the author of two contemporary titles in the contemporary suspense series DESPERATION, and her ongoing Thriller line. Toni loves the dark side of the soul, and studied to become a neuropsychologist. A career path taken over by her first love – writing.

Toni lives in the land of the Hobbits, and secretly wants a Hobbit house, although her husband and two daughters may not agree.

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Releases on November 16, 2015

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My name’s Ella Raimi.

Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor’s closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue. And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don’t recall inflicting them.

And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up.

I’m afraid of myself and what I’ve done.

And I’m beginning to be more afraid of Kyla. And what she will do.

About Toni Vallan

Toni Vallan is the author of two contemporary titles in the contemporary suspense series DESPERATION, and her ongoing Thriller line. Toni loves the dark side of the soul, and studied to become a neuropsychologist. A career path taken over by her first love – writing.
Toni lives in the land of the Hobbits, and secretly wants a Hobbit house, although her husband and two daughters may not agree.

 

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