Book Review: The Duke’s Undoing by G. G. Vandagriff

The Duke's UndoingThe Duke’s Undoing by G.G. Vandagriff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you love a good Rouge story , like I do , with the amazing determination to never marry. To continue through life in a “bed em” never “wed em” manner then this book is for you. Until the moment that you realize he is such a great person. He has seen things. He has been affected by what he saw in the war and now just wants to be the man he was before he left for the continent. Can it happen, can he go back to his carefree ways? Let running into a beautiful sad veil covered woman not interfere with his life plan? No, not if you are a rogue.

What happens when the Duke is taken with the veiled woman and finds himself wanting to truly change his ways? He just has to fight it and fight anyone that wants to hurt her. Did I mention this woman has been engaged three times and has always begged off in the end? His chivalrous nature shines through in the story. He is one extraordinary Duke.

Peter, the Duke of Ruisdell is just that man and he has found Elise Edwards the thrice engaged woman that threatens his entire lifestyle. It is a wonderful, enjoyable book filled with death, love, happiness, revenge and deceit. It is in other words, amazingly thorough. He also might have been forewarned by a voice whispering to him at the park.

This book is suitable for any age. The story is told in a clear and enjoyable manner. I am glad I found this book and snagged it. When I find a book with characters this strong, I tend to rave. Consider me raving. I liked that there were no unspoken words. It says something more about the strength of the hero and heroine when they are able to speak of their emotions. I get frustrated with characters that refuse to give a hint as to their feelings.

I loved the hero and the heroine for other reasons too. I loved their willingness to listen to each other. They compliment each other so well. It is a well written and exciting book with women that are in unexpected vocations, unusual house pets and glorious clothing. It has all the details that make an historic romance a dream come true.

This is my second book by G.G. Vandagriff. I believe she is turning into one of my favorites. Her characters are typically fun, unique, and all together engaging. Another book I can highly recommend that you pick up. This one made me want to move in with them and steal him away from her.

I now am racing to get the other five books that are in the series called Six rogues and Their Ladies.

The book, The Duke’s Undoing (Six Rogues and Their Ladies Book 1) is available in paperback and in Kindle edition. Get your copy by clicking the links below.

 

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#ComedyBookWeek Book Review: The Trouble with Dying by Maggie Le Page

Dying

  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QTAAGFY

 

Book Blurb:

When Faith Carson wakes up on a hospital ceiling looking down on her body in a coma, it’s a bad start to the week. A very bad start. She has no idea who she is or how she got there or why, and the biggest mystery of all is why she married the schmuck who wants her ventilator switched off.

As if that’s not enough Faith has a dead gran haunting her, a young daughter missing her, and one devilishly delicious man making her wish she could have a second chance at life. And maybe she can, if she finds a way back into her body and wakes up by Friday. But if she doesn’t, this will be her last bad week—ever.

Nate Sutherland decided long ago he’d settle for friendship if he couldn’t have Faith’s heart. But now, as she nears death, he’s going to have to listen to his feelings in a whole new way—and act. Because if he doesn’t, this week will be the worst damn week of his life. He’ll lose everything he’s ever loved.

(This book is intended for readers aged 18+.)

 

About Maggie Le Page:

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Maggie Le Page lives in Christchurch, New Zealand (aka QuakeZone) with her partner, two children, and a snooty cat who thinks they’re all her slaves. Her days are spent running around after kids or doing one of her ‘real’ jobs, so her writing generally happens in the dead of night. (Morning? Ha! She’s a third-generation night owl. Enough said.)

Maggie loves chocolate, hates being cold, and is ever fascinated by the possibility of time travel. Obviously, her ideal experience would be to wake up on a tropical island eighty years into the future, with an endless supply of chocolate on hand.

***Latest News!***
Maggie’s second book, The Trouble With Dying, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the InD’Tale 2015 RONE Awards (Suspense category).

Rating:

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

My Review:

After reading one book last week  by Maggie Le Page and loving it, I decided I wanted to read another. With #ComedyBookWeek in full swing, I did pick up another book by her and wow. I was taken to places I had never been before, and I loved the journey. There was not falling down laughs, but there was so much humor and so much just emotion. The story if filled with spirits that are not sure what they are supposed to do other than just watch her comatose body. The fact that Faith calls the body in the hospital bed breathing with the aid of a machine, Faith -in – the -bed. I smiled and chuckled each time I saw it.
She only knows her name is Faith, because she was called it by the man that makes her spirit react even from across the room. . She accepted that having no memory of her life was like a jigsaw puzzle. She just had to put those pieces together as best she can.

I loved the characters. Tess was adorable and acted exactly like an intelligent six year old would. But there is more to Tess that meets the eye. Nate was faithful to come in day and night and sit with the Faith – in -the -bed and talk to her. Keeping her tethered to this world.

Maggie Le Page has a real way with words. She knows just how to use the ones that are quirky and trip off your tongue in a delightful manner. I found myself repeating some of her phrases and words just to hear them out loud.

Well written and good solid mystery kept me totally involved and engaged. It seemed to Faith, that there were villains around every corner. Villains that were free to come and go into her hospital room. The best character kept popping in and out. That was her dead grandmother, Gran. She kept things moving along in a less paranoid way. She also brought in some creepy guests.

Recommendation:

I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves funny, mysterious, and lovable characters. It was so entertaining and had such a lovely spirit. There was some heat in the middle that I thought was perfectly timed for the couple.

Where to Find:

Trouble with Dying by Maggie Le Page is available in paperback and Kindle by clicking the links below.

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

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There is a full schedule of events on the #ComedyBookWeek.com Website.  Check out the 90 books and 65 authors that are participating in this first annual comedy event.

This was the Brain child of Ana Spoke the author of Shizzle, inc and her new release Indiot. Don’t forget to follow the #ComedyBookWeek page for current information and plans for next year’s event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Reveal: Three Projects Out in the Open!

As you know I love to read and I love to write. I don’t know which I love more I also love to combine the two loves with writing reviews. That is not going to change in the least.

Nine days ago I mentioned a secret project. The truth of the matter is there are two super secret projects and one addendum on a project.

For the last nine days I have been burning the candles on both ends to see if my secret projects held any possibility. After nine days, I can absolutely say, Yes, yes they can.

I am here to reveal my projects. Assuring that they have my full backing and support. If I announce it, it will come true. This isn’t a wish, it is am ongoing project. See what I did there?

 


 

Behind Curtain Number 1 we have Project one, behold!



Project one:

The modification and reissue of the Path of the Child. My first book and I admit it was quite a leap for me.  Now I see the mistakes I made with that first publication and I have been working on the re-writing and editing. I have always been proud of my first book and I still am.  I just believed it needed a little do-over. The goal is to get those pesky errors out and a new cover on.

I am extremely thrilled to get rid of my newb cover and get a real cover on there.

The name is going to be the same and the story line is the same. The main difference, more fleshing out the characters and more actual action,  less narration.  I have known there were errors and shortcomings, that’s why I give it out instead of linking to the purchase site.  Now, I have made that decision and it felt the time was perfect. that being said, my heart and head were in the right place to correct my first baby.

Six thousand new words, deleted about three thousand words. The result?  It appears to flow smoother and draw a more vivid picture. The cover is almost ready to reveal. I can not wait to see (and share) the final version. It is so close to ready, I can’t stand it!

If you have picked up the Path of the Child, wait until the reissue in about two weeks to read it. you will be much happier with the new product.


 

Next we step over to the large cardboard box spectacularly decked out in last year’s Christmas paper:  Tada!

 


 

Project Two:

I am currently working on the sequel to The Path of the Child. I am currently writing this and it is going well. It will be part of the Path Series. While I was doing the re-write on The Path of the child, two new characters came to me, auditioned for a part in the new book and voila we have a new direction that I was not exactly expecting.  That is the part of writing I love the most, The moment  an unknown  character (or two)  taps at my mind’s window and begs for a spot in the story.

These two people have not only begged for an audition, they brought their own story along with them. All I have to do is type it for them. These are two active characters that will bring a new life to the story.  I have flipflopping on whether or not to share the title. I think I want to. I love the title.Did I not mention I can not keep things quiet?

The Title is: The Path to the Past.

It will pick up at the end of the first book and follow Melanie as she adjusts to her new life.  The places my outline is taking me is amazing. I am so enthused about this new story line.  I already have some chapters completed and I am committed to this sequel. Most of the reviews I have on Amazon say they wish there was a sequel. Now they get what they wanted. Oh the places Melanie will go!


 

I hope no one is expecting a brand new car. Behind the sliding door, bedazzled to a fair the well ,  we have:  Hold your applause please!

 


 

Project Three:

The Shepherds of Donaldson Park has been completed. As far as the first draft goes.  I am knee deep into the re-writing editing portion. I got a little discouraged when my little pup died. She and her brother were the muse of the book. They were who two of the shepherds in the book were based on. Sometimes they were not just based on them, there were anecdotal stories that actually happened, mixed in with a little fiction. They each put a paw print on a little contract I drew up that said I could use their antics in the book.

Needless to say, when my little girl, Arrow got sick and passed over, I was missing one of my muses. Now that some time has passed I can look at the manuscript and not get sick to my stomach. A vast improvement by the way. I couldn’t say that two weeks ago.

I am back to the re-writing and editing portion of book three. Everyone on this blogosphere has been so kind and so sweet and that helped so much. I am now in a place where I can create and enhance all three books.

This officially outs my secret and I hope you will join me in the writing, editing and publishing process over the next few months. This is an exciting journey, one I am ready to take.


 

I sincerely hope you will travel this path with me.

 



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#ComedyBookWeek: Book Review: Beaver vs. Beaver: by Portia Porter

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This last minute  addition to the #ComedyBookWeek reviews features.This is a new Legal Comedy by Portia Porter. I was happy to have been given a copy for review. This is book 1 in the Family Court Series. If you can go by this first book, there is a lot of humor in the legal profession and in the courtrooms of South Duck.

Beaver

  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Portia Porter Books; First edition (April 27, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EXPB8F8

 

Book Blurb:

 

Portia Porter has struck out on her own and landed her first big client: a millionaire many times over who needs a divorce. But as the billable hours and expenses mount, Portia is learning first hand how hard it is to get a client to pay if they don’t want to.

Will her tiny firm crumble under the weight of his unpaid bills? Or might the confusion and expense of switching lawyers be the leverage she needs to finally get paid?

With a biting wit, endearing characters, and a story that will leave you reeling, Beaver vs. Beaver is the quintessential legal comedy.

For law students, pre-law, young lawyers with a solo practice, and anybody who enjoys laughing at lawyers . . . I mean, legal comedy.

(a version of this story first appeared in “Can You Stiff Your Divorce Lawyer? Tales of How Cunning Clients Can Get Free Legal Work.”)

About the Author:      Portia the Author

 

Portia Porter obtained her Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, a law degree from The University of Virginia, and practiced corporate and antitrust law with a top New York Wall Street law firm before opening her own divorce law practice. She practiced divorce law for about fifteen years before finally saying to herself: “You can’t divorce them all!”

If you have a divorce-related question that you are afraid to own up to, Portia is the one you should ask.

Portia lives in Ducklingburg, South Duck.

Rating:

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Review:

 

Beaver vs. Beaver is such an unusual book. The story follows a new attorney on her first Divorce case. Portia Porter is hired as the Husband’s lawyer. He basically just wants to come out of the marriage financially unscathed.Portia Porter has a very unique voice in her writing. She comes from the legal field and still she tells these stories in such a personable and fetching way

I never would have imagined that there could be such legal wrangling and underhanded maneuvering. This book had me laughing, feeling bad for Portia and her crack team, Raccoon and Hoppy,  and shaking my head at what all she had to go through.

All this takes place in Ducklingburg, South Duck. There are accents, accusations, gossip mongers, and one Judge that I would not want to face.

The writing is so well done. In reading about this case you just know Portia wants to pull her hair out, but it might cost too much to repair. I kept laughing at the pictures she paints in this retelling of the events. Some of the events are just so funny and kind of mean spirited. I know I did not like opposing counsel.

Each character in this story is richly described and so fully personalized that you feel that you know them. Not that you wold want to have any kind of up close and personal relationship with many of them.  There are some that I would avoid like the plague if I had the chance. Yes,  I’m looking at you, Boom.

I think you would love this book. Knowing that it is #ComedyBookWeek it would be the perfect time to pick it up and shake your head and laugh.

Recommendation:

 

I can honestly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the legal profession, or just likes court room insider information. Then it is a comedy, so if you like good humor, I would recommend it as well.  I  would caution, however, don’t get any foolish ideas from Donny. He is one crazy cheapskate.

Where to Find:

Beaver vs. Beaver by Portia Porter is available in paperback and Kindle format. It is also available on KindleUnlimited. Pick up your copy by clicking one of the links below.

Barnes & Noble  |   Amazon

New Release Book Review: Hawaiian Masquerade by Rachelle J. Christensen

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hawaiian Masquerade was one of those contemporary romances that have all the fun and the secrets that make things tense for the couple. The author lived in Kauai, Hawaii for a while and her knowledge of the best places to go shines through the book. It certainly made me want to take a trip there. In fact, I want to snorkel and see the fish she described. But back to the review about the story of Derek and Lexi.

Derek Mitchell is a photographer that is trying to make a career of his talent. He runs a gallery that shows his work and other artists from the island. Derek also works with his friend and roommate selling coconuts. The tourists love to watch these men prepare the coconut right in front of them.

Lexi Burke has recently moved to Hawaii and is trying to find herself after her high powered career that has burned her out and caused her to retire. She had been in charge and living the high paced lifestyle of a corporate mogul with her brother and was ready for a change.   Leaving Chicago for the islands means that she can find the things that make her happy. Things like painting. She left a would be boyfriend that she just did not feel she loved. Lexi felt the timing was perfect on all fronts for a new beginning.

When the two meet, they find that they have a lot in common, except for Derek’s utter and complete dislike of people with money. He loved to verbalize this loathing.  Lexi was hesitant to mention that she had money, plenty of money Now it sits like a billion dollar elephant in the room every time she thinks about it. Heck, she can’t even bring him home with her for fear he sees where and how she lives.

Fun story with beautiful scenery and warm loving characters. The secrecy adds to the tension of the book.

This is just a fun read that released on July 3, 2016. Rachelle J. Christensen writes, romances like this, mysteries and suspense. So far she has written 12 books.

Hawaiian Masquerade is available on Kindle and through KindleUnlimited at Amazon

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New Release: #ComedyBookWeek Book Review: Indiot by Ana spoke

Indiot

  • Publisher: Ana Spoke (July 16, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EXZU8R2

 

The official book blurb:

They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. True, but bad decisions will get you there much faster. Isa Maxwell has both aplenty in this second installment of Isa Maxwell’s Escapades. Having found her dreams of wealth and notoriety, she departs for India to play Good Samaritan to the orphans, the poor, and a wronged Indian prince. She makes two new friends before her plane even leaves the ground: the mysterious bejeweled Vivien and a bottle of Valium. Too bad she loses her new friend and the high at the airport, and her passport and wallet on her way to her hotel.

Things go from bad to perilous as she launches on a madcap romp through Delhi. Will Isa survive, or will this be the last chapter in this Indiot’s story?

 

Ana Spoke

About the Author:

Ana Spoke is the author of Shizzle, Inc and Indiot and is working on the third installment of the Isa Maxwell series. She also manages #ComedyBookWeek  the annual online celebration of humor in writing. For more details, visit www.comedybookweek.com. She lives in Australia with her fiance and a rare fat Italian Greyhound, but you can always find her on anaspoke.com

Rating:

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The Book Review: 

I was so glad that this book was going to be released this month. I have been waiting ever sense I first read Shizzle, Inc. I knew I wanted to read more about Isa Maxwell.  She had one of those lives that are kind of  like a herd of cattle on roller skates.

Indiot by Ana Spoke is a deliciously funny story that features Isa Maxwell from Shizzle, Inc. Isa is such a funny character that she really doesn’t even have to try, everything she does makes you laugh and shake your head. She is totally likable and even when she is being scammed, robbed and conned, she makes you laugh. She has a habit of being in the wrong place at the right time for drama and danger. This little habit of hers is even more pronounced here in India.

Ana, is such a fun and creative writer. Her stories keep you interested and wanting to know what the heck is going to happen next. This is book two of her adventures and if you have not read Shizzle, inc. Then you should pick it up and get to know Isa.

In this second book featuring Isa Maxwell, she is winging her way to India. She has been contacted by the Prince to help the poor with her million dollars that she made off her tell almost all book.

It is as she is flying to India that she happens to sit next to a movie star that makes her question the integrity of Prince that has invited her to come to India to help. The beauty that is so willing to help her on the plane is full of warnings and dire predictions. When she places doubt in Isa’s mind she also realizes that Isa might have a little fear of flying. Everything only gets more questionable from there. There might be some slight of hand with a nerve pill that makes the trip and the landing a bit wonky.

When she arrives in India, she is totally unprepared for what happens next. There are twists, turns, and melodrama all over the place. Then one of the recurring characters from the states flies in to join her it only makes things even more convoluted.

I was provided an ARC from the author to provide an honest review. This book is so funny. I enjoyed it so much and can recommend it highly.

Recommendations:

It is a great story that really does keep you involved on every level. You will not be satisfied with just these two stories, you will want to know the rest of her tales. I know I do. I think I like this story so much because I can see myself being conned, cheated, and chased if I were to leave the country to do good. But then again, no one can have so much drama and humor occur like Isa Maxwell.

Where to Find:

Indiot by Ana Spoke is available in paperback. Kindle, and through KindleUnlimited by clicking the links below.

 Amazon  | Barnes and Noble

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Book Review: Jefferson’s America by Julie M. Fenster

Jefferson

  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307956482
  • Publisher: Crown (May 10, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013ZNK5D0

 

Book Blurb:

The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration—and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation.
 
At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could: a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation.

Responsible for orchestrating the American push into the continent was President Thomas Jefferson. He most famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, but at the same time there were other teams who did the same work, in places where it was even more crucial. William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and the dauntless Zebulon Pike—all were dispatched on urgent missions to map the frontier and keep up a steady correspondence with Washington about their findings.

But they weren’t always well-matched—with each other and certainly not with a Spanish army of a thousand soldiers or more. These tensions threatened to undermine Jefferson’s goals for the nascent country, leaving the United States in danger of losing its foothold in the West. Deeply researched and inspiringly told, Jefferson’s America rediscovers the robust and often harrowing action from these seminal expeditions and illuminates the president’s vision for a continental America.

My Rating :

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

 

My Review: 

I enjoyed reading Jefferson’s America the President, The Purchase, and The Explorers who Transformed a Nation so much. there were great stories that told about the men that were sent out to discover the passageways to the Pacific ocean and map the west. There were some colorful characters that I did not expect to encounter.

One of these explorers, John  Evans, was sent to be a go between for the United States and Spain that controlled so much of the area west of the Mississippi River. The Spanish  were controlling the expansion while in New Orleans and so the Evans  arrived there, spoke to the leaders of the Spanish government and was recruited to go into the wilderness, establish trade with the Native Americans. He was ordered to make peace and establish trade with the Mandan Indians  and plot the routes he took. He was happy to become an agent for Spain, until he reached south Dakota where he decided to become a freelance trader. His story was so fun to read. He was like always changing sides and sometimes was working for both governments at the same time.

That is just one of the stories that were so fascinating. The book is packed with stories and recounting of the travels of Meriwether Lewis and George Rogers Clark. These were known as some of  Jefferson’s men and they were actively engaged in discovering cities and towns all across the country. There are snippets of letters included in the book. So fascinating to see that President Jefferson spelled knowledge as “knoledge”. There are stories of women and children that lived harsh lives because of these early explorers and tradesmen. There is so much information about the Louisiana Purchase. A great deal of factual information complete with photo’s, letters, and human interest stories.

One of the main attractions of this Historic non Fiction book is the in-depth knowledge you gain about Thomas Jefferson.  He was way ahead of the time in his thinking. When it came to farming, governing, and exploring. He did not want just rough and ready explorers on these missions, he wanted educated men. He wanted philosophers, astronomers, biologists, and anthropologists to gather information about the entire country.  The projects were insistent on documenting their finds with drawings, copious notes and  detailed maps. He knew what he wanted and he gathered men of all ages to do the task at hand. It was an amazing adventure to read about. I was so impressed with Jefferson’s brain.

If you love history or are just curious about how America was populated, this is a wonderful opportunity to read all about that. reading about Lewis and Clark was especially poignant because I live in the same area that George Rogers Clark is from.  The High school here named after him.  Makes local history even more fun now that I know more about him.  I was provided this book by Blogging for books in exchange for this review. I have to admit I am a junkie for history, so I assure you the love I had for this subject, the writing and the anecdotal stories made my heart and my brain very happy. In this book some of the most obscure and some of the most recognizable names in American history are discussed in a personable and interesting way.

Recommendation:

This is a great tool for learning in an easy to read, interesting and colorful book. If you home school or just love having informative and comprehensive books on History, this is the book for you. It covers many years of growth and expansion for the United States.

 

Where To Find:

Jefferson’s America the President, The Purchase, and The Explorers who Transformed a Nation is available in many formats. Kindle, Hardback, Audio book and CD. By clicking  the links shown  below.

Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Audible

 

New Release: #ComedyBookWeek : Book Review: A Heat of the Moment Thing by Maggie Le Page

A Heat of the Moment Thing

  • Publication Date: January 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUCJV70

 

Official Book Blurb:

Becky Jordan has had it with relationships. From now on her time and dedication won’t be lavished on her latest Mr. Wrong-or, worse, Mr. Hell-No!-just the dream travel job which has unexpectedly leapt into her lap. Finally, life is looking great.

Unfortunately, not as great as her sizzling-hot, take-charge new boss. Matt Frobisher is everything she doesn’t want him to be, but if anyone thinks she’ll risk her career on a workplace fling they can think again. No amount of Superman behaviour from him will make her roll over and play Lois.

At least, that’s what her head says. Her heart, however, doesn’t do logical. In desperation she finds herself a Mr. Distraction, one with no strings and plenty of appeal. But Mr. Distraction also comes with unforeseen complications. Kryptonite complications, like Becky’s sister. And when she shows up there’s only one sure thing: not even Superman can prevent the Disaster Fest that’s about to blow Becky’s life apart.

(Contains one guy determined to win the girl, one girl determined not to be won, and plenty of heat in the middle.)

 

Meet Maggie Le Page:

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Maggie Le Page lives in Christchurch, New Zealand (aka QuakeZone) with her partner, two children, and a snooty cat who thinks they’re all her slaves. Her days are spent running around after kids or doing one of her ‘real’ jobs, so her writing generally happens in the dead of night. (Morning? Ha! She’s a third-generation night owl. Enough said.)

Maggie loves chocolate, hates being cold, and is ever fascinated by the possibility of time travel. Obviously, her ideal experience would be to wake up on a tropical island eighty years into the future, with an endless supply of chocolate on hand.

Book Review:

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

When I saw the back blurb on A Heat of the Moment Thing by Maggie Le Page, I was hooked. I wanted to read this book and write a review for #ComedyBookWeek. I thought it sounded like it would be a funny and romantic book and I was not wrong. That made me very happy because I hoped to be able to say I liked this book, and I can say that in all honesty, I more than liked it, I loved it enough to give it 5 hearts.

I started the book late in the evening and read until I finished it early the next morning. It is hard to go to sleep when you are laughing at the hilarity that is in this book.

The words that Maggie Le Page uses are perfect to stimulate laughter. The scenes are funny and so realistic. There are some wonderful characters in the story that enhance Becky’s life. Characters like Jim and Liz help Becs as she barrels her way through bad choices and worse lies. There are several characters that cause her a lot of hurt. I leave it to you to sort them all out.

Becky Jordan has just gotten over an embarrassing interoffice relationship that left her humiliated and for the new year’s resolution she is swearing off men. Then she finds herself in the presence of a real live hero. When the fantasy and the reality of the hero gets blurred, she finds herself running away from him and running into him all the time.

Matt Frobisher is a good looking should I say, a very good looking man that has sworn to be a bachelor his entire life. The entire office knows this about him and accepts it. When the new girl in the office finds out who he is, she is so shocked and the more she finds out about him the more enamored she becomes. All the while fighting herself. Then Becky chooses to make a monumental mistake. This is where the trouble starts in earnest.

This book is fun, hilarious, and tender. It also made me sad to see what can happen when people are not honest and listen to bad advice from their friends. There is also such growth and maturity that takes place, making it a very emotional book.

I really enjoyed this book and now I am ready to read more of Maggie Le Page’s books. I have a feeling they are going to be fun too. I was provided a copy of this book in order to take part of this event. My reviews are my own honest opinion.

Recommendation:

I laughed out loud in quite a few different scenes. That to me implies a great sense of humor and lots of comedy. The story was more than just slapstick comedy, there was heart and soul in the characters. I highly recommend this book when you want a funny lovely book.

Where to Find this book:

A Heat of the Moment Thing by Maggie Le Page is available in paperback, Kindle and through KindleUnlimited by clicking the links below.

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AudioBook Review: New Release: Medicine for the Dead by Ambrose Ibsen

Medicine

  • Listening Length: 5 hours and 32 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Audible.com Release Date: July 13, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IC5I48E

 

Book Blurb:

The Spirits of Exeter House are Restless

Facing tough times, private investigator Harlan Ulrich takes a job looking after a historic downtown building as a favor to an old acquaintance who’s out on business. Settling into the elegant Exeter House for a week-long stay, Ulrich’s apartment is beautifully furnished and situated on the top floor, giving him a great view of the city. At first, he thinks it a wonderful opportunity. He’s got plenty of coffee, good books to read and the whole building to himself.

At least, that’s what he’s been told.

It turns out there are others there, in the seemingly empty building. Dark entities that lurk in its shadowed corners.

During his first night, strange things begin to occur. As he makes his nightly rounds, ensuring that the old building is free of intruders, Ulrich finds the place transformed. By day, Exeter House is a treasured local institution. By night, it crawls with the frightening souls of the hateful dead. Tormented nightly by a number of mysterious specters, it’s all the investigator can do to hold onto his sanity.

Can Harlan Ulrich tap into the building’s dreadful past and quell the spirits that walk its halls, or will he lose his mind trying? Join him as he seeks answers in Medicine for the Dead, a full-length novel of supernatural terror and suspense.

Medicine for the Dead is the second book in the Ulrich Files series by Ambrose Ibsen.

Ratings:

Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Narration: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Review:

This Audio book has just been released and I am so glad I was able to get a copy. The writing is vivid and once again detailed and engrossing.  The story is so gripping I listened to it in one sitting. I admit I stopped long enough to walk my dog. Once he had taken care of his business I was right back at it.

Medicine for the Dead: The Ulrich Files, Book 2 is an Occult horror story that will keep you guessing and wondering what exactly is going on.
The detail wraps you up and create pictures that are clear and vivid images of what he describes. Not going to say too much, but I can say there are some odd, weird creatures in this book.

The protagonist is really a great guy. He is a stress eater, a teetotaler, and a Private Investigator that struggles with money.  I love his conversations with himself. He is his own worse critic. I get tickled at him when he starts that negative talk.  He is a huge Sinatra fan, you can’t beat that!

When money is running very low, Harlan Ulrich takes a job as a babysitter of an old empty apartment building. Not exactly a crack job for a PI, but the money was right.  When he arrives it seems like a cush job, but things start to change the first night. Harlan has to either run away like I would or figure out what the heck was going on. There are strange noises, and footsteps in that empty building.

Sometimes I get tickled at how Harlan reacts to the creepiness that wanders around breathing wheezily with long claws.  He is being treated like the type of person he despises most. He is being treated like he is the problem. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen from one moment to the next.

This is my second book by Ambrose Ibsen and I was not disappointed. Again it is not a hatchet carrying blood pouring story. But it is a horror in all the ways that matter. My heart has been pounding for hours.

Now I can talk about the narration,  to me, it is just perfect. The voices by Jake Urry are just so spot on. He has a full range of voices that he uses to convey the spirit of the story. The characters in the story all have distinct accents and tones. I enjoyed listening to his voices.  Jake Urry is really an asset to the production.

About the author:

Ambrose Ibsen is a bit of a mystery. This was the most I could find out on his Amazon author’s page.:

“Once upon a time, a young Ambrose Ibsen discovered a collection of ghost stories on his father’s bookshelf. He was never the same again.

Apart from horror fiction, he enjoys good coffee, brewed strong.”

I can not even find a photo to share.  So this means to me that  the author is much a mystery as the stories he writes.  Here’s to more information in the future because I do plan on reading more of his works. When I read or listen to it, I review it and probably post it here.

What information I was able to glean follows, he has had 13 books published in the last 2 years. Ambrose Ibsen is ranked #36 on Amazon as an author of Horror. His website is on WordPress and is titled  The Cellar. He is active on his author page on Facebook and is polite and nice to his followers there.

 

About the Narrator:

Jake
Meet Jake Urry

I was able to find a lot more about the narrator than for the author.  Jake Urry has a collection of seven Audio books to his credit. I will link a great interview that was just posted on the thirteenth of July at The Audio books Reviewer.com. Here is one snippet from that interview:

“How do you flesh out how a specific character will sound?:
I just get a picture in my head of the character and read the line as them. With accents I might work on it for a while but usually it just comes out as I imagine the character, and I refine it before the final recording.”

You can also find Jake on Facebook where he is personable and promotes his works. He shares his reviews there and he gets rave reviews.  His voice is perfect for thrillers and horror stories.  Not to pigeon hole him, but his chilling voices are outstanding. He has a way with all characters that he speaks for. His American and British accents are really great. He is also an actor, her has not been narrating for a long time. He is relatively new to the business.

 

Recommendation:

I am so happy to recommend this to anyone that loves Horror. The horror is there, but it is not messy.  It is a haunting, an occult type of horror. Either way, it is scary and good.

Where to Find:

You can pick up Medicine for the Dead by  Ambrose Ibsen in Kindle, KindleUnlimited and on audio book by clicking the links below.

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AudioBook Review: The Sick house by Ambrose Ibsen

 

Sick house

  • The Sick House : The Ulrich Files, Book 1
  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2016
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DPRMM50

Book Blurb:

Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.

Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic.

Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary.

When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary’s sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life? Join him as he braves the myth-shadowed unknown and seeks out the missing doctor in The Sick House, a full-length novel of paranormal suspense and horror.

Ratings:

  • Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Narration: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Review:

I give the book a solid 5 stars because it was chilling and the mystery is consuming.

This Horror story is grimly good. It is creepy and hearing it through my headphones, those voices ringing in my ears? Intense!

The narrator, Jake Urry, has the best voices for the characters. the men all sound sinister when they should and sound intelligent when called for.Jake has a large amount of accents. I love his depiction of women. Such emotion and he is able to capture all ages of the characters. For narration I can only give 5 stars.

The writing is great. The wording keeps you involved. Some of the descriptions were so involved, I could almost hear his chair creaking as he swiveled back and forth in thought. I loved it.

Harlan Ulrich is a private investigator and he is not exactly comfortable when he is hired to find a missing doctor. Dr. Siegfried Klein, a doctor that was last seen heading to the supposedly haunted hospital known as the Sick House.

Harlan is overwhelmed when he sneaks into the old hospital looking for signs that Dr. Klein had been there. While in that abandoned building he starts to feel things, evil and dangerous things.

The things he experiences are not human and they are not solid. As he investigates he comes into contact with the towns people which are full of dire warnings and an unwillingness to confide in him.

When he starts digging even deeper, he is able to find so much more about the Sick House than he expected. You can count on twists, turns and astounding revelations. What surprised me was that it was not a gruesome book. It was scary but not full of graphic horror. Thank goodness I have to say. I was not quite prepared for a lot of grizzly action.

This was a wonderfully crafted book. The story was full of haunting events. This was really one good book to listen to on Audio books. The narrator brought the fear and eeriness to life. This is my second book narrated by Jake Urry and I can say it is not going to be my last. I loved the way he performs each character. He has a British accent, but he was able to do several american accents just wonderfully.

I highly recommend this book if you like ghosts, spirits, mysteries and descriptive narration. I have not read anythign by Ambrose Ibsen before, but I will be looking for books by him after this one. It was just that good. I like that the book was not gory and morbid. Ambrose Ibsen set out to create a setting, an emotion, a tone and he succeeded. Excellent audio book.

The book The Sick House by Ambrose Ibsen is available through KindleUnlimited and Audiobook by clicking the links below.

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