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Drop Dead Gorgious

Drop Dead Gorgeous
by Donald Allen Kirch
Genre: Horror
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“Would you like to hear a story?”
The man couldn’t help himself.
His captor was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her
powerful eyes held his attention and made him forget that she had him
confined in a basement; his hands and feet bound with duct tape. His
heart raced as he meekly nodded his head ‘yes’ to the question.
After getting past the terror and discomfort, he
reasoned that there was nothing to worry about. He would be missed.
He had loved ones who would call the police. All he had to do was
wait. Letting this woman tell him a story was as good a stall as any.
The mysterious woman weaved a tale of betrayed love and
unwanted, unnatural experiments placed upon her. Of a loving wife,
working on a top secret government program. Of a husband searching
for love in all the wrong places. The prisoner couldn’t believe what
he was being told. A descent into insanity, fueled by a jealous rage,
ended with using the tools of science for torture and revenge.
With every blink of her lovely eyes, licking of her full lips, and heaving
of her perfect breasts, the captor entertained a story most bizarre.
Of a woman bent on teaching her cheating husband a lesson.
The prisoner wondered….”Am I next?”
DONALD ALLEN KIRCH lives in The United States of America. He is an avid
reader of history, Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, the paranormal, and is
a “hardcore” Doctor Who fan. After spending two weekends in
the famous “Sallie House,” a “haunted house” in
Atchison, Kansas, he is one of the only authors of his craft who can
claim to have been attacked by a ghost!

My Review

5 stars

Ray wakes to find himself duct taped and in a basement. Then the perfect woman comes downstairs. Her name is Eve and she has a story to tell. The story is about Steve. Steve is in satellite dish sales when Annabelle starts coming into the store to keep asking him about satellites when she is really looking for a companion. What follows is a whirl wind romance and a beautiful wedding.

Annabelle is a scientist and has discovered nano tech that can change the body. Everything from healing cancer cells to making plastic surgery a thing of the past. When she finds that Steve has cheated on her she gets her own revenge on both him and the girl he was with. But as Eve tells this story to Ray, he comes to love her and doesn’t really notice the rotting corpses stacked in the basement with them.

This book reminds me of the classic B scifi movies mixed with bad 70’s porn. A loser of a guy meets the quick girl who is super smart and good in bed. He marries her but when she gets wrapped up in her invention he goes looking elsewhere for sex. Of course he is going to get caught but the end results were not what he expected.

I loved the book. It has that classic horror feel to it, a great case of revenge with some insanity mixed in, and lots of sex. I don’t think this is a book for everyone. But if you have one of those senses of humor I think this would be a good read.

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Touch of Smoke

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Welcome to the Touch of Smoke tour! This beauty is the latest offering from author, Karissa Laurel. If you like your romance mixed with the supernatural, then this book is for you!

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Touch of Smoke

Publication Date: February 12th, 2019

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she’s the only one who believes Mina’s death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable.

Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina’s death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen’s past, the more she’s torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died.

After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she’ll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.

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Owen huffed and shook his head but fished in his pocket until he found a small key ring. He selected an old brass one that he jiggled into the bolt lock over the warehouse’s rusty door handle. “Would have told you to put on jeans and boots if I’d known you wanted to go inside.”

Glancing at my shredded jean shorts and low-cut Chuck Taylors, I thanked Jesus I’d recently boosted my tetanus shot. “Not asking for a grand tour. Show me what you can from the threshold.”

Owen shook his head again, but he shoved his shoulder against the heavy door. It squealed as it gave way, swinging open on rusted hinges. I pushed past him, stepping farther into the room, but stopped at the edge of the small illuminated square thrown by Dolly’s headlights. “Just give me the general idea.”

His boot steps echoed in the open space as he moved behind me. Taking my shoulders, he shifted me until I faced the warehouse’s rear, where the light failed to reach. “The back wall there”—he pointed, leaning over my shoulder—“will be where we’ll line up the distilling tanks.” He wrapped an arm around my waist and spun us around like partners in a slow dance. A warm thrill raced through me as his lips brushed my ear. “And over there will be the café.”

My pulse throbbed in my ears, my chest, my lips. It wouldn’t be enough, these limited touches, these coy games, this not-so-subtle flirtation. With Owen, my options were sink or swim, and no matter how much reason and logic urged me to do otherwise, I was sinking, utterly drowning in him. I stumbled back and fought for a breath to clear my head, but my heel connected with an obstacle hidden in the shadows. I lost my footing and squeaked a feeble protest as gravity waged war against my balance.

The moment I was certain I would hit the floor and smash my tailbone, Owen grabbed my arm and yanked. Still off balance but with the added element of momentum, I plowed into him, tackling him to the floor.

Or that was what should have happened.

Instead, the world jumped up and swirled around me in a blur of blue sparks and shadows, air roaring in my ears like a tornado. I blinked, and the impression of someone—or something—huge, dark, and beastly burned behind my eyelids. When the dizzy moment passed, I found myself back on my feet, upright, and firmly wrapped in Owen’s arms. His heat blazed against me, filling my head with his smoky scent until I felt drunk and woozy.

“What…?” I shook my head and cleared my throat, but the intoxicating sensation remained. “What just happened?”

“You stumbled. I caught you.”

“No.” I squirmed, and he dropped his arms, releasing me. A thousand minuscule candles seemed to flicker in his eyes, giving them an otherworldly aura. I inched back, my steps wobbly. “We were falling. We should have hit the floor.”

His lips twitched. “I’m quick on my feet, Rikki. Give me some credit.”

Squinting, I studied him, his wide stance and the set of his jaw, full of self-confidence. He rolled his broad shoulders and grinned, obviously enjoying my scrutiny. Again, his presence seemed larger than the mere height and width of his physical body. Like a cowl and cape, dense shadows draped over him, and they seemed tangible enough to touch. When I reached out to stroke them, Owen drew back.

The shadows fled.

I shivered.

With no better explanation than to assume an overdose of adrenaline and desire had colored my perception, I dismissed my concerns and shrugged, heading for the door. “You’re not quick on your feet. You’re The Flash on steroids.”

His laughter followed me into the parking lot, but it was callous and more than a little cold.

The drive to my house was quiet, the atmosphere between us thick. If humans had animal instincts, then the wild creature inside me was insisting the man sitting in the passenger seat was more predator than appearance suggested. Something about Owen had changed. He was a tiger, I was his mouse, and I should run before he swallowed me whole. When I caught him staring at me, the dark look on his face implied he might do that very thing, given the chance.

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About the Author

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Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between. In the summer, she loves to be on the water, on the boat or in her kayak. When it snows, you’ll find her on the slopes.

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My Review

5 Stars

Rikki Albemarle had plans to get out of town and get an education when she was done with high school. But things went sideways and she watched her best friend killed by a monster. She was afraid for her life and ran and told herself that she would never come back. Three years later she knows there is evil in town and she is determined to stop it. To do so she will have to face Owen Amir.

Owen is a solder that once had Rikki’s heart. Rikki is torn when she thinks about him but knows that she is going to have to face him if she is going to stop the evil. What follows is a slow burning romance where Owen gives Rikki the space to decide what she really wants, which I absolutely loved!!

Both Owen and Rikki are great characters. I felt for both of them throughout the story and I loved how both of them along with many side characters were so well written. But they are not the only great thing about this book. The whole book draws you in and slowly reveals what happened three years earlier along with what is going on in the present. And the twist ending, I had no idea and was knocked off my feet.

This is an amazing story and one that I strongly recommend if you like paranormal/urban fantasy stories. I can’t believe that I have never read any of Karissa Laurel’s books. That is definitely changing as of now.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb and Merrilee Liddiard

When Charley goes to the playground and sees Emma, a girl with limb differences who gets around in a wheelchair, he doesn’t know how to react at first. But after he and Emma start talking, he learns that different isn’t bad, sad, or strange—different is just different, and different is great!

This delightful book will help kids think about disability, kindness, and how to behave when they meet someone who is different from them.

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Amy Webb

About the Author

Amy Webb is an artist, writer, mother and creator of the popular blog This Little Miggy Stayed Home. As a special needs mom she advocates for the disability and special needs community through her writings and interviews on her blog. Her work has been featured in The Mighty, A Cup of Jo, Design*Sponge as well as interviews in DesignMom, MotherMag and the print publication Lunch Lady Magazine. Amy Lives her handsome husband and three beautiful daughters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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About the Illustrator

Merrilee Liddiard grew up in a splendid home filled with delightful artistic chaos and ample creativity. She spent most of her youth making things like lions out of oatmeal boxes and drawing little humans or animals and telling the tales that went along with them. She is known for her love of kids design, toys and DIY crafts. When not drawing or creating things for her three children, Merrilee loves to travel, wander museums, sew, thrift, read and nap.

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My Review

5 stars

Charley goes to the playground and sees a girl in a wheelchair with no hands. He doesn’t know what to think at first and asks his mother about the girl being different. But his mother encourages him to go talk to the girl. Charley meets Emma and she tells him why she has no hands and is in the wheelchair. She also talks about how other people hurt her feelings by pointing, staring, and asking rude questions. But she is happy to answer any questions Charley has.

This is a wonderful story to help explain to children about those that are different from them. Different is not a bad thing, just different and everyone is different in their own ways. I love how Emma talks about how other people hurt her feelings by the things they say and do. This is great because we don’t always know to act appropriately, especially children. I love how it is explained for them.

If the story was not wonderful enough, Merrilee Liddiard does an amazing job illustrating the book. I loved all the scenes. They drew me further into the message.

This is a great book for children and those that are around them like teachers and care givers. I love the message and think it was explained in the perfect way. If you have children make sure to get yourself a copy of this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Emily Knight I Am….
Emily Knight Series Book 1
by A. Bello
Genre: YA, MG Fantasy
Emily Knight I AM… is about a thirteen year old warrior named Emily, who
is far from ordinary and she hates it! The daughter of a heroic
warrior and the press favourite problem child. Against her wishes
she is sent to the Osaki Training School to control her powers. She
learns to fly, breathe under water and battle but someone has their
eyes set on Emily and now she has to chose between the two people she loves.
Emily Knight I AM… has elements of grittiness that is more mature than
other fantasy books. As well as being laugh out loud funny, the
characters are real, complicated and relatable. A. Bello pushes the
boundaries by breaking the conventions in this diverse, absorbing novel.
My Review
4 stars

Emily Knight is 13 years old and trying to find her place in the world. Her brother disappeared years ago and her father, a great Warrior, left to find him. Her mother dies of cancer and Emily is left with her godparents. To try and get the attention of her father she starts acting out but this backfires and her godparents decide to send her to Osaki Training School to help her learn to use her abilities. There she meets some friends that become close, deal with bullies, learns about her abilities, and has doubts that her father will be happy with her since he is the best Warrior ever.

This was a cute fantasy read. I felt for Emily, she is right at that age where we start figuring things out about ourselves. I understand why she was getting into trouble but I think being sent to Osaki Training School was the best thing for her. Here she discovers things about herself and how to fit into this world.

I enjoyed this read and think it’s a great start to this series. I am very curious to see what happens in the next book. If you like mid-grade fantasy stories I think you should check this book out.

Emily Knight I Am…Awakened
Emily Knight Series Book 2
Dark times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever.
The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what they
believe in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It’s
the only way to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci from
destroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger and
faster because Neci has made her a target and someone is going to
great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take
her down once and for all?
**Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal!**
**Finalist for London’s Big Read 2019!**
My Review
5 Stars

Emily Knight is back. She is still at the Osaki Training School and very much a teenager. She is starting to mature and see boys in a different light. There is still the same school issues like friends, bullies, and trying to fit in. But things are getting worse. Neci has declared war on those that don’t follow her decrees, like the microchips. Of course the school is trying to prepare the new warriors yet at the same time hoping Emily’s father will come back and save the day again.

I love how Emily has grown since the last book. Of course now we have more hormones and being boy crazy to add to the mix. But I loved Neci and more of her story. I understand why she would want revenge. But what gets me is how everyone is just expecting Emily’s dad to come back and save the day.

This is a great fantasy story for older mid-grade readers, teens, and anyone else that loves young adult fantasy. I love where this story is progressing and I can’t wait to read the next book. Make sure you check out the Emily Knight series.

I received a complimentary copy of thess books. I voluntarily chose to read and post honest reviews.

A. Bello is a young author from North London and the author of the Emily
Knight series (Emily Knight I am… & Emily Knight I am…Awakened)
She wrote her first novel at aged 8, where she fought monsters and
dragons daily and was first published at aged 12 for a poem she wrote
in school.
A. Bello wrote the first in the Emily Knight saga at aged 12, with the
intention of filling in a gaping hole in children’s fiction for an
inspirational, strong, black female protagonist (who can fight like a man!)
A. Bello has received rave reviews for her debut book as well as success
with her Emily Knight Warriors pop-up book. She is the founder of The
Lil’ Author School and co-founder of The Author School. The Author
School was shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016.
A. Bello has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few.
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The Princess and The Peacock

Who doesn’t love a great fairy tale retelling? That’s why I’m so pleased to share this lovely novella with you. I have an excerpt for you to read, and a chance to win your very own print copy of the book! Enjoy!

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The Princess and the Peacock (Birds of Fae #1)

Publication Date: January 25th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy/ Fairy Tale Retelling

The first time I fell in love with Princess Mele was when I saw her smile, and I fell in love with her the second time the moment I heard her sing.

Two memories burn within Kaipo’s heart — the death of his mother, which left him alone to die, and the arrival of Princess Mele, which gave him a new reason to live. Together with his adopted brother, Kaipo seeks out Jaya, the Fae Queen who lives on the Forbidden Mountain, in order to gain the beauty he requires to win Mele’s heart. But Jaya has other plans for the scarred outcast who climbs up her mountain …

The Princess and the Peacock is the first in Birds of Fae, a fantasy fairy tale novella series from C. S. Johnson.

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PEACOCK: Kaipo desperately requests a wish from the Fae Queen, Jaya, after climbing up the Forbidden Mountain on Maluhia.

Desperate, I hold out my hands, palms upward, in a gesture of pleading. “Queen Jaya, I ask that you grant me my wish, as I stated, and as you promised. It is only fair, after all.”

“Dare you bother me in my own musings?” Jaya slams the end of her staff into the ground. The air around her whips out ferociously, as if her emotions stretch out far beyond her heart. “Very well then, Kaipo. I will grant your wish.”

She comes up in front of me, and I nearly stagger back at the overbearing fullness of her being. Her finger reaches out and touches my forehead.

Instantly, I am frozen; the essence of my soul shines as her power leeches into me. Just before my eyes go sightless, the last thing I see is her triumphant smirk.

“Yes,” she whispers, so softly I almost think I am imagining it. “I do believe this is just the magic needed to give you beauty Princess Mele will be unable to resist.”

Her words brush over me, leaving me weak with joy as my world is drowned with light, and I eagerly fall into its brightness.

For a moment, as I bathe in that transcendent sensation, I wonder if I had actually fallen off the mountain earlier, and this is just a final coming home into the arms of death.

“There.” Jaya’s voice echoes from far away, and behind her, I hear Rahj gasp in surprise. I try to smile, but I feel my face resist the movement.

Taking one last deep breath, I open my eyes.

A bouquet of dark, iridescent color swims before me, and it takes only two seconds before I realize every miracle I expected was horrifically wrong. Instead of scarless flesh, my arms have been transformed into wings of shimmering blue, with hints of green and black tipping off their feathers. My own body, once lean and hungry, is bulging out with meaty bird muscle, and my neck is three times as long. My legs are sticks with claws, and I can feel the ground part eagerly as I stumble, stabbing the divine earth as I go.

Jaya’s laughter follows me cruelly as I hurry around in a circle, frantically trying to find a way to see my new self.

“Here,” she says, and out of the middle of her meadow, a pond appears. I race toward it, ardently wishing this is all an awful misunderstanding of magic or even perhaps a friendly joke from Jaya.

But no; it’s not.

I glance into the water’s pond and freeze, taking in the sight before me in shaking horror.

My beady eyes, still their mix of green and brown, stare back full of fear. My shabby hair has been perked up into a colored crest on my small head, sticking straight up in the air, as the rest of my body gleams with an artful array of feathers.

I open my mouth to scream, but only a squawk sounds out. As I step back in fear, my tail feathers fan out, and I am vividly aware of the truth.

I am no longer a man; I am a peacock.

About the Author

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me

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My Review

5 Stars

Kaipo has fallen in love with Princess Mele’s beauty and her singing. But he has scars from trying to save his mother from a fire and is considered an outcast. Kaipo and his brother, Rahj climb the Forbidden Mountain to get a wish from the Fae Queen Jaya. But Kaipo is selfish and pushes the Fae Queen who turns him into a peacock. His only hope at being changed back into himself is Mele.

This is a great little fairy tale. It has a theme about inner beauty and helping others similar to other fairytales I have read. But it is beautifully written and so descriptive. It was easy to fall into this world and finish the novella in one sitting. I loved the different points of view, especially from Kaipo when he is a peacock, such a fresh look at this world.

I really enjoyed this story. It is the first in a series and I can’t wait to find out where we are going to go next. This is one quick read that I recommend checking out if you like fairytales.

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Today I have two books from Peter May to share.

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The Man with No Face

There are two men on their way to Brussels from the UK: Neil Bannerman, an iconoclastic journalist on Scotland’s Daily Standard whose irate editor wants him out of the way, and Kale—a professional assassin.

Expecting to find only a difficult, dreary political investigation in Belgium, Bannerman has barely settled in when tragedy strikes. His host, a fellow journalist, along with a British Cabinet Minister, are discovered dead in the Minister’s elegant Brussels townhouse. Apparently they have shot each other. But the dead journalist’s young autistic daughter, Tania, was hidden in a closet during the killings, and when she draws a chilling picture of a third party—a man with no face—Bannerman suddenly finds himself a reluctant participant in a desperate murder investigation.

As the facts slowly begin to emerge under Bannerman’s scrutiny, he comes to suspect that the shootings may have a deep and foul link with the rotten politics that brought him to Brussels in the first place. And as Kale threatens to strike again, Bannerman begins to feel a change within himself. His jaded professionalism is combining with a growing concern for the lonely and frightened Tania, and a strong attraction for a courageous woman called Sally, to draw him out of himself and into the very heart of a profound, cold-blooded, and infinitely dangerous conspiracy.

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My Review

5 Stars

With a new editor at the Scotland’s Daily Standard, Neil Bannerman has been sent off to Brussels to follow the political issues. Neil is staying with a British Cabinet Minister, Tim Slater, and his autistic daughter Tania. Neil spends the night out but returns to find Tim and the minister dead. It looks like they killed themselves until they find Tania hiding and traumatized. But what she draws, a man with no face killing the two men, encourages Neil to go against the police to find this killer. But Neil is soon going to find this involves so much more than the simple murder of two political officials.

This story takes place in the 70’s and I love the actual investigating that we don’t see as much with today’s technology. Neil has a history that has followed him to Brussels but watching him interact with Tania shows that his history is not his true self. I admit that I don’t really know the political history of Europe during this time period but I do see things that are happening today in this story.

I really enjoyed this read, it is a great thriller and one that I recommend checking out. This was a book that Peter May wrote earlier in his career and has revised a couple things. It’s a captivating read and one that I strongly recommend you check out.

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The Killing Room (The China Thrillers – 3)

Peter May’s thrilling new China novel brings together Beijing detective Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell for the third time.

When the mutilated and dismembered bodies of eighteen women are discovered in a mass grave in Shanghai, Li is sent to establish if the corpses are related to an unsolved murder in Beijing, and he finds the most horrifying catalog of killings ever uncovered in the Middle Kingdom.

Once more, Margaret is unsure of her mercurial relationship with Li, and if it will threaten their professional collaboration. Having just suffered the heartbreak of burying her father, she arrives in Shanghai to find any partnership with Li threatened by another woman named Mei-Ling. Born in the Year of the Tiger, Mei-Ling seems to have her claws firmly fixed in Li. How can Margaret, a mere “foreign devil,” compete with Mei-Ling, the deputy head of Shanghai’s serious crime squad?

Faced with the grisly proposition that the murdered women have been subjected to “live” autopsies, the three soon realize they are tracking a monster of inhuman capacity. The closer they get to this ruthlessly cold-blooded killer, the closer they come to realizing their own personal nightmares.

Peter May combines edge-of-the-seat suspense and a brilliantly evoked picture of modern China to create an unstoppable thriller.

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My Review

4 Stars

A woman’s body has been found and forensics points to her being autopsied while alive. Lin Yan is called in to investigate. Then a mass grave is discovered with the remains of an additional 18 women that seem to have gone through the same treatment. Lin travels to Shanghai to find out if the two cases are related. There he is paired up with the lead detective Mei-Ling. But when Margaret Campbell is flown back to help with the pathology sparks start to fly between her and Mei.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the mystery. It was gruesome and touches on the Chinese one child policy. I can understand how this would lead women to do what they felt they had to do. I also enjoyed the country and culture although some parts of the political aspect was frustrating with the investigation.

Now on to the relationship issues. I’m sorry to say but his brought the story down. I am not one for love triangles especially ones like this. The drama got to be more of an annoying distraction than anything that would enhance the story. But this is something that I can’t stand so I’m sure I’m just reading too much into it.

Over all this is not a bad story. I loved the setting and the mystery. I will read the next book because I’m curious to see where Peter May is going to take this series next. It’s definitely one worth checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of these books. I voluntarily chose to read and post honest reviews.

Peter May

About the Author

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

  • The internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
  • The China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
  • The critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
  • And several standalone books, including the multi award-winning Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK), Runaway (Quercus 2015) Coffin Road (Quercus 2016) and I’ll Keep You Safe (riverrun 2018).

He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

One of Scotland’s most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama.  He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.

After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy – The Blackhouse – was published in France as L’Ile des Chasseurs d’Oiseaux where it was hailed as “a masterpiece” by the French national newspaper L’Humanité.  His novels have a large following in France.  The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world’s largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers).  It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013,

Entry Island won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014 and the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Club Best Read of the Year 2014.

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The Day Annabelle Was Bitten By a Doodlebug
by Julie Wenzlick
Genre: Children’s Rhyming Picture Book
When pre-schooler Annabelle awakens one morning,
she has a strange urge to start doodling.
She calls for paper and pen and begins doodling continuously, unable to stop—
even for meals! Her concerned parents take her to the doctor, who discovers a
doodlebug bite on her neck.
He assures them her doodling urges will end when the bite fades away.
Annabelle gets so good at doodling she opens a shop to sell her work and even travels
the world to share her art.
Then one day the bite fades and so do her uncontrollable urges.
My Review
5 stars

One day Annabelle got the urge to start doodling and couldn’t stop. She was drawing all kind of things all over the place. She was so affected that she couldn’t stop doodling and her parents started to get worried. They take Belle to the doctor who discovers that Belle has been bitten by a doodlebug. There is nothing they can do but let it run its course. So they set up a shop and start selling Belle’s creations which takes her on a trip to the queen.

This is a great story for kids with beautiful illustrations. Belle is a great kid who just happens to be in a doodling phase. I love how she was scribbling on everything, even getting in trouble for writing on the walls. But they find a creative outlet and everything works out.

This is a great story for anyone that has been bitten by the doodlebug. This is a wonderful read for anyone that has little ones. I think this will be a great addition to any little ones book shelves.

The Day Maisie and Annabelle Got the Giggles
by Julie Wenzlick
Genre: Children’s Rhyming Picture Book
After sisters Annabelle and Maisie meet the gigglepuss outside on the
trampoline, they suddenly can’t stop giggling. Their dad has a hard
time believing they met a gigglepuss, calling it “mythical
nonsense.” But as time passes and they giggle harder and harder,
there’s no choice but to take them to the doctor, who provides an
unpleasant but effective remedy. Wonder who else in the family will
encounter that rascally gigglepuss?
My Review
5 stars

The day didn’t start out that well. Belle and Maisie were fighting over a toy and mom had enough and sent them outside. While playing on the trampoline a strange cat approaches and touches the girls. It seems the gigglepuss has cast his spell on the girls. But when they can’t stop laughing their parents take them to the doctor to find a cure. But the story doesn’t end there.

This time both Belle and Maisie are affected by the gigglepuss and the poor girls find themselves unable to stop laughing. I loved the cure for the giggle and how he giggle puss is not done with his work. I really love the gigglepuss with his purple fur and feathers.

This is a great story for kids, parents, and care givers. I think this would be a great addition to any kid’s shelves. Make sure to get yourself a copy.

The Day Maisie Picked a Daisy
by Julie Wenzlick
Genre: Children’s Rhyming Picture Book
When big sister Annabelle decides to go against Mom’s rules and take
little sister Maisie Grace for a ride in her pink Barbie Corvette,
she has no idea of the adventure that lies ahead! Join these
wandering sisters as they explore Miss Millie’s garden and fail to
obey the sign: Do NOT pick the Daisies! What will happen when
Maisie unknowingly plucks one daisy from the garden?
My Review
5 stars

Belle and Maisie go for a ride in their car but drive further from their home than they are allowed. They are going to visit Miss Mille McMill. Mille has a green thumb and everyone love her flowers. Mille is happy to let everyone pick flowers but she has one rule, never pick the daisies. The girls get to Mille’s and are picking flowers but little Maisie is too small to read and picks a daisy. All three fall into a sinkhole and we learn about Mille’s green thumb.

The girls are on another magical adventure and they find themselves in a land of daisies with an upset wizard. But Maisie is a charmer and things work out. Of course there are a couple worried parents that have to send in a drone to find the girls but everything works out in the end.

I love the illustrations and the adventures that the girls find themselves on. This is a beautiful story and one that any child will love. I recommend checking them out and getting a copy for a kid in your life.

I received a complimentary copy of these books. I voluntarily chose to read and post honest reviews.

Julie Wenzlick is a retired English teacher who loves to rhyme. She began
writing poems and stories in second grade, and she loves to share her
books with elementary students in hopes of inspiring them to write
their own stories. Three of her books were inspired by her
granddaughters Annabelle and Maisie. She often gets the question from
her young audiences, “Did this REALLY happen?” Her book
“The Day Annabelle was Bitten by a Doodlebug” was chosen as
Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Children’s Book category for
2017. Julie, who also writes songs to go with her books, produced her
original full-length musical comedy “Singles File,” in the
early 90s at three venues. You can find out more about her at
juliewenzlick.com
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