Review of “Lucky Midas”, by Kate Palmer

Lucky Midas

The dirty, starving Yellow Lab was anything but lucky when seven-year-old Lily and nine-year-old Scott found him.

Against all odds, the two children come up with a plan. However, nothing ever works exactly according to their wishes. It is fortunate that Lily and Scott have a respectable sense of obligation, because it is their maturity and sense of responsibility that eventually brings this tale to a heart-warming end.


This was such a sweet book. I was really impressed by how Lily and Scott do their best to make their new canine friend comfortable and safe, and also how they rise to the occasion when things don’t go the way they expected. It’s a lovely ending, where everyone gets a wonderful gift that no one had expected.

The narration was so much fun–the way that the kids and the dog constantly get into trouble, mainly because of the dog’s exuberance. It reads like an episode from the old “Our Gang” exploits (look them up–most of them are great fun), except that the kids in this story take responsibility for what happens–a refreshing attitude.

This is a great book for young readers, or those who like to read to them. A wonderful example for kids today.


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“Invested Charm”–an essential part of the “Mechanized Masterpieces” Anthology

MM2Today I am featuring one story in a brand-new steampunk anthology, “Mechanized Masterpieces 2″, published by Xchyler Press.

First of all, I’d like to present you with a short blurb as to what all of the tales are about. I will then go further into the one I am featuring–or, to be more precise, I will let the author, Ms. Irish Gardner, lead the way.

 Story Synopses and Blurbs

Ride into the Wild West with ten steampunked expansions of classic American tales.

A Princess of Jasoom: An intrepid young researcher reaches for the stars from the Arizona desert, and finds love where she least expects it.

Winged Hope: The widow of a brilliant inventor fights insurmountable odds to see her husband’s dreams realized and save the life of her daughter.

The Van Tassel Legacy: A stranger arrives in Sleepy Hollow to unearth old conspiracies and bring the Van Brunts to justice.

Invested Charm: A mysterious woman doles out justice in Boston society, but who will catch her first: organized crime or the law?

Payoff for Air Pirate Pete: A pair of train-robbing outlaws bite off more than they can chew when they kidnap the son of a railroad bigwig.

Rise of the House of Usher: A mad scientist gains power over life and death at the cost of his family’s sanity, if not their very lives.

The Silver Scams: A fast-talking confidence man ensnares all of Holland in his scheme to eliminate dikes forever . . . for a price.

Nautilus Redux: Captain Nemo’s crew stumble upon an island castaway who claims to be Captain Ahab of the Pequod. Only Moby Dick knows the truth.

Mr. Thornton: Hounded by tragedy and betrayal, a gifted young blacksmith wanders from The Ohio to The Yukon searching for honor, loyalty, and justice.

West End: A heartbroken Theodore Laurence follows the siren song of steam to Jamaica, where love and law collide with explosive results.


I don’t know about you, but I want to read every one of these!

Ms. Gardner wrote the story entitled “Invested Charm”, and so we will go into that with her in a moment. First, a bit about the author herself.

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A day-dreamer at heart, M. Irish Gardner has dabbled in imaginary worlds from Day One and developed an incurable addiction when she finally began recording her ideas. Her bachelor’s degree in recreation management does nothing for her writing, but she sure knows how to play. She lives in Arizona with her husband, two daughters, and all the characters in her head. Gardner’s first published work, “Reformation,” appeared in A Dash of Madness: A Thriller Anthology.

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“All the characters in her head”–that sounds familiar… 


Alrighty, it is time to let Ms. Gardner have the floor:

  1. Please share how you came up with the concept for your story. 

This is actually the first time I’ve started a story without a full concept in mind. I found Emily Dickinson’s poem, “A Charm Invests a Face”, and decided to create a story around that. Cyborgs are popular in steampunk. And everyone loves a good gypsy character, so I rolled with it.

  1. Please name some of your other published works. 

My only other work is “Reformation” in A Dash of Madness, released June 2013.

  1. What is your preferred writing genre?

I have found that every story I write must have some element of romance in it!

  1. And preferred reading genre?

I love stories that incorporate romance, adventure, suspense, and fantasy, all in one neat little (or big) bundle!


  1. What are your top 3 favorite books?

The Count of Monte Cristo, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter series


  1. Do you have any particular writing habits?

I like to use alliteration, if that’s what you mean. I also tend to mix up idioms…


  1. Do you have a playlist that you created while writing your story?

Nope. I’ve learned that my words sound much better than they actually are when music is playing. I have to work in silence so I really “hear” the words.


  1. Panster or plotter?

Short stories – pantser. Full-novels – plotter.


  1. Advice for writers?

Read, then practice. Read, then practice. And don’t give up.


  1. What’s up next for you?

I have a non-fiction piece I’m just wrapping up. It’s about a woman who became very ill while pregnant with her second child and spent three months in the hospital. When she left, she was a triple amputee and blind. She’s been wanting to write her story for six long years, so I was really happy that she asked me to help her. I’m hoping her book will be released in 2015, but we still haven’t finalized a publisher.

Who would you cast for your main characters and why?

I actually don’t have a solid image in my head for my heroine, but my hero is totally Romain Duris. I was searching online for “French actors” to get an idea of what my character would look like, and as soon as I saw him, I said, “YEP! That’s him!” :D I’ve attached the picture I used for inspiration while writing. I think it would inspire anyone…

(Note from me: I didn’t see an attached picture, so I picked one out. I hope it’s the one she meant.)


Thank you, Ms. Gardner, and I wish you much success.


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“Back to our Beginning” Release Day!


This is an exciting day for C. L. Scholey. A new book has been released to the world, “Back to our Beginning”. I like the title–let’s find out what the book is about:

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“Mommy, I don’t like it here.” 

Earth is under assault. Mother Nature is striking back. Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, and massive flooding attack the world in a horrendous blow killing three quarters of the world’s population. High temperatures broil certain areas whereas others are struck with sudden freezing. Amidst the chaos a woman, her three daughters and two friends try to make sense of it all as they battle for existence in a world run amok. 

A safe haven in the mines up north is found after death and loss plague the survivors. The twenty-first century no longer exists. Time has become a game of survival. The seasons battle for dominance amidst the destruction. Life on Earth as we know it is no more.


Well alrighty then–dystopian, Mother Nature-style. This genre has always appealed to me, and I think I’d like a closer look into the story:

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Let’s learn more about the author now. After all, it’s always good to know a little about the person behind the story:

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C. L. Scholey—Please call me Connie! It’s been fantastic working with great publishers and following my dream of writing. When I’m not writing, I’m busy looking after my children, husband, grandkids and the family pet, our newest addition, a mastiff pup named Aramis, after the Three Musketeers. I’m currently working on way too much, as normal, but I love every second of it.

Please feel free to contact me at Look me up on my web page or join me on Twitter and Facebook. I look forward to hearing from you.




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Thanks for stopping by, Connie, and good luck with the book launch!




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“Finding Lost” Book Blast

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Oh, hi! Welcome to my particular brand of blogging. Today we have a new book to introduce, with the intriguing title of “Finding Lost”. In my case, I’m usually getting lost, so I am curious as to what this book is about.


How could anyone be miserable in paradise? Carrie Samuels could write a book about it. Far away from her family and friends, she’s fled to Isla Mujéres hoping to escape a relentless stalker who knew how to torment and leave no calling card. What started out as a short-term solution has turned into a long-term jail sentence on a tropical island.

Painfully handsome, with a killer smile and well-hewn body, Dillon McMahon left his past behind and plans to spend the rest of his life off the grid on Isla Mujéres, the perfect place to dig in. Living next door to a sexy, quirky, and mysterious woman makes it all the sweeter.

When Carrie and Dillon’s pasts collide with the present, it threatens their budding relationship and sends them into a maelstrom of danger, abduction, and attempted murder. Sometimes, no matter how far you run, you just can’t hide.


Cool! A little intrigue with your iced drink. Some mystery with your margarita! My type of book, for sure! The author, Deena Remiel, has graciously provided us with a bit of an excerpt, which will no doubt get us even more interested:

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“Change your name, and your hair color. Then move far away from here and lay low. I’m sorry, but at this point, that’s the best advice I can offer you.”

Laura slumped in the rickety wooden seat next to the detective’s desk and pounded her sweaty palms against the armrests. He couldn’t be giving up on her case! But the truth of the situation mocked her with every hopeless word the defeated man spoke. Just like all the others, he’d been bested. One psychopath had managed to render New York’s finest and a host of private detectives impotent.

“I don’t understand. How can this monster make my life a living hell day after day and not get caught? How can he continue to terrorize me like this and not leave any trace of who he is?”

Detective Roberts gnawed on a sunflower seed and spit the remnants into a paper cup. Had he gotten a little grayer around the temples since the last time she’d been to the station? “He knows what he’s doing, how to play the game. I’m thinking he could be one of us, or someone who’s been in law enforcement. It’s uncanny the way he can do so much and not slip up. It’s pissing me off.”

You’re pissed?” she scoffed. “What about me? According to you, my life is about to be over as I know it.” She grabbed a tattered tissue from her purse and blew her nose. As she took a quick look in the makeup mirror, her complexion told a sorry story of incessant stress and sleep deprivation. What a mess. She plunged the mirror back into her bag and noticed paper clips strewn across his desk. One by one she gathered them into rows and columns. Then she gathered each row and deposited them back into the paper clip holder.

“Listen, I’m not giving up on you or on trying to find the sick bastard. I just think it would be best for you to disappear into a whole new life. As long as your stalker remains a mystery, it’s not safe for you to be… you. I could suggest what I’m sure all the others have— change your routines, move to another part of the city, or hire security…”

“I’ve done all that already, and he’s still around.”

“The last, most severe response is to skip town and start fresh somewhere else. Keep a low profile in some invisible job where nobody knows who you really are.”

“Do you realize what you’re asking me to do? I own a thriving book store. I have family and friends. I can’t just give it all up. Then he wins.”

“Isn’t he winning now?”

She raised a brow and turned away, preferring to straighten the various piles of paper on his desk and align each container to another rather than face the truth.


Intriguing! There is so much literary gold to mine there–a perfect book to escape to at any time.



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And now–ta-dah–the author herself!

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By writing paranormal romance and suspense, Deena spends her days and nights playing in the Garden of Good and Evil. She’s been known to have downed a few beers with her angels, and even put Satan in his place a time or two. She’s come to learn, however, that the human villains she creates can be more evil and depraved than the supernatural characters she conjures up. Gilbert, Arizona is home now for her family, but she hails from Philadelphia, PA and lived for many years in Manalapan, NJ. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching kids how to do the same.






Ha! She had me at “beer”…


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Release Day!! “Within My Grasp” by Jocelyn Stover


Welcome to my little corner of the world, where I am welcoming Jocelyn Stover and her newest book, “Within My Grasp”, the third book in her “The Wanderer” series.

The two books preceding this one are “Out of Reach” (which is free at this writing) and “A Step Away”. I’ll get into those after we’ve had a look at our featured book.


Zafir doesn’t believe the higher powers that exist give a damn about any of us, and he sure as hell doesn’t pray. The forgiveness he’s found for the sins in his past haven’t come from above but from the fatherless child he rescued. On a mission to destroy the remaining Sylph that had a hand in the death of David’s mother, Z and the Wanderers stumble upon a nasty plot over a generation in the making. As the enemy brings the battle to them David develops a potent new ability that threatens his very sanity. Fighting a war with his hands tied, Z is forced to turn to the one place he never imagined to help the boy he once saved: his knees. He seeks nothing more than the strength to finish the mission he started when he brought his son home. And God help anyone who tries to stand in his way…

Sounds great! Want more? Have I got an excerpt for you…


I laugh as the late night host takes a jab at the guest on his show and I settle back on the sofa. Using the thick ring I wear I pop the top off the cold beer I’ve just retrieved from the fridge and take a long swig. I’m not really one for jewelry but over time I’ve grown accustomed to the heavy band and some of its finer functions, like how it doubles as a bottle opener quite nicely. With a flick of my wrist I toss the cap on the coffee table and try to focus on the television, but I struggle. I’m tired. It’s nothing new; I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t exhausted. Had to be before David, I surmise. Surely I’d slept better before the little monster latched onto me?

As my thoughts shift toward the child I mute the television and turn toward the closed door across the apartment, behind which he lies sleeping. My keen Wanderer hearing doesn’t detect anything amiss, in fact it doesn’t detect anything at all, causing the hairs on the back of my neck to stand on end. A paralyzing fear snakes its way through my stomach and before I can think twice I’m off the sofa. Mother’s instinct…that’s how one of the women at the M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers) group I’d been going to had described it. At the time I’d thought she was nuts and had almost let her know, using very specific terminology that there was no fucking way I was plagued by some feminine sixth sense. Then I remembered that they all thought I was a woman, thanks to a little mental tampering on my part so I could fit in. Looking at it in that context her assessment wasn’t so offensive, I decided. Still I’d Googled that shit when I got home only to discover she’d been spot on. The unexplainable feelings of dread that I sometimes get are apparently frequent in mothers.

In a flash I’m barreling through David’s door with no consideration for the sleeping occupant. I can feel a light breeze from the window that I don’t remember leaving open and panicking I flip on a light. I run to the bed and yank back the covers that I find nothing out of the ordinary despite already knowing something is very, very wrong.

“David?” I yell. Sweat beads on my forehead as my eyes dart from the empty bed to the fluttering curtains and lock on to the malevolent grin and dark luminescent eyes floating in the shadows. I lunge for the Sylph calmly hovering mere inches beyond the window sill.

“David,” he says, mimicking my cry with mocking humor. Before I can get my hands on him he dissipates, leaving tufts of bright smoke that swiftly extinguish before my eyes.

“David!” I bellow again, fingers dug so tightly into the window frame that it cracks. I clutch at my chest and spin about disoriented; it’s difficult to think. I have to move, I have to find him. My battle-ready body responds to the simple command and all higher reasoning checks out. I leap through the window into the night; it’s time to hunt.


I’d be right there with him, you can be sure of that. A great excerpt!!

Ms. Stover seems to be a highly talented writer. Let’s meet her now:



Jocelyn resides in sunny California with her husband, who keeps her sane, and her four beautiful children. When not writing she’s either running to decompress or outside soaking up the sunshine.

Sunshine? In Oregon, we ask what that is exactly…

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As promised, here is the info for this current book and the two preceding ones:

wmg aGwen Cohen has aspired her whole life to reach her current position of project manager at Preston-Ward Pharmaceuticals, but when she stumbles upon a dirty little secret everything changes. As she struggles with the reality of evil and her own powerful legacy, she gets pulled farther from the world she knows and closer to the one she can’t deny.

Eyes finally open, Gwen struggles to unlock the dormant magic within herself before it’s too late. The lines between love and duty become exceedingly blurred and the ultimate choice to be made may not be between right and wrong but the head and the heart.

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WMG B“Time…such a cruel mistress of fate. What we do with ours can either enrich our lives or destroy them, and we mortals never seem to have enough. The right time, our time, was too little and over much too quickly.”

When Gwen turns her back on a set of smoldering amber eyes in favor of a crystal blue pair, her plan is to sever all ties with the Wanderers. Her goodbye is short lived; however, when the investigation into Preston-Ward Pharmaceuticals reveals a powerful sylph has escaped. When Gwen is drawn back into the Wanderer brotherhood for her own protection she discovers she can no longer bury her feelings for Kade or ignore the growing gulf between her and Ben. As the unrelenting hunt for their ancient enemy heats up, Gwen’s attempt to straddle two worlds becomes tedious. She must choose, but when nephilim mysteriously begin to disappear her time may be up.





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Best of luck on all of your writing ventures!

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“City in Embers” Release Day!


Today’s Release Day Blitz is all about “City in Embers”, a new book by Stacie Marie Brown.

That title paints an evocative scene in my mind. Dystopian? Symbolic? Well, let’s find out.


Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe.

After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.


Sounds great! Journeys of both the physical self and the mindset are wonderful qualities in a book.

Let’s find out more about the author now:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About Stacey Marie Brown~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.

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Cool! I like her outlook.

Best of luck to you and your endeavors, Ms. Brown!

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Review of “Gone”, by Julie Elizabeth Powell


Charley has immersed herself in her work on a daily basis, driving herself hard to keep her mind on the business of work. To her, it’s an anesthetic–a way to keep from having to deal with her emotions. But nothing can deaden the sharp pain of those visitation hours, when she would see her comatose daughter, withering away under countless tubes and machines. For seventeen years, nothing has changed.

Until the day Charley enters Avalon.

One moment she is at her desk, and the next she is transported, like Alice through the looking glass, to a different world where none of the standard rules apply. What she experiences in this strange land, this afterlife of sorts, is in turn enchanting, thrilling, and frightening. Through it all, Charley is led by enigmatic characters, one of whom she knows only too well, in a quest to find what she needs in order to return to her previous life.

But not just the drone-like busyness of what she has formed around her as a protective shell against the pain of reality. She is not allowed to return until she is fully human again. And this quest forces herself to answer many questions, the most important of which is, can I forgive myself?


A line from the author’s autobiography does well to set the mood for this book:

“…it wasn’t until the tragic event that overtook her third child that she stopped throwing (her stories) away, feeling the words had to settle and grow until a novel sprang full enough to flower. Gone is the result.”

And in another place: “One question haunted the author throughout those terrible years: Where had her daughter gone?”

This book is one answer to the question.

“Gone” is a fictionalized account of the author’s emotional and spiritual struggle with what happened in her daughter’s life, and thusly her own. Drawn from deep emotions and turned into an incredible tale, this book calls the reader to a deeper understanding of a spiritual world (in this case tending more toward the secular) that is beyond our grasp here on this mortal coil.

Fantastic book, especially for those grieving a loss. I highly recommend it.

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