Heart of a Lion by Stephen Zimmer: Book review and Blog Tour


Recently we met Stephen and shared his views on his heroine Rayden Valkyrie. This girl has a huge reputation as a warrior with the heart of a lion and the moral compass that keeps her busy getting rid of the wicked and corrupt. Let’s learn more about her and I will share my thoughts on the book Heart of a Lion.

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  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press; 1 edition (February 2, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T44R6LE

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

My Review:

Heart of a Lion is a powerful fantasy story that has a lot of heart of its own. The characters are really well written with strength and courage that is totally befitting the name.  Rayden Valkyrie is such a lovely and intelligent woman with a code of honor. She is led to a life of wiping out corruption and she does a great job with her calling.

I found the story to be really well told. The characters are bursting with life.  You see her from an Avengers point of view and it is powerful to read.  The way that Stephen brings her to life, is a beautiful process.  I can see why this is being turned into a tv series.

The book follows Rayden as she sets out to take care of the wrongs in her land. Thoughtfully written and Stephen makes you fall in love with her sense of right and her character. She has strength but she is not one of those mindless hulks that are all brawn and no spirit. She is a very well rounded heroine.

You will enjoy this book if you like to find the heart of the character as well as the action and adventure in a well-crafted land.

Where to find Heart of a Lion: This Fantasy and adventure novel is available at Amazon.


About the author:  Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), and the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

Author Links:

Twitter:  @SGZimmer

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephenzimmer7

Instagram: @stephenzimmer7

Website: www.stephenzimmer.com

The Siege by James Hanna: A book review

The Siege by James Hanna

The Siege

  • File Size: 1488 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press; 2 edition (February 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Language: English

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

My Review:

The Siege is told in a gritty and realistic manner. The story is told in time sequence so you could see the event unfolding one hour at a time.

There were plenty of characters to meet and try to understand. I found likability to be missing for the most part. Everyone was tainted, jaundiced, or hardened by the system they worked and lived in. I did find the personal relationships between some of the characters to be interesting and hopeful.  The storyline is interesting as you see the corruption, bad decisions and what can come from those.

The darkness of the material kept me from loving this book. When I read the book I found that I needed breaks due to the harshness of the environment. If you enjoy realism and reading about a dirty, corrupt, and seedy prison underbelly this book will be perfect. It is well written and interesting.

 Where you can Find The Siege:

This thriller is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helmes, A Book Review.

Deadly Spirits

Deadly Spirits


  • Series: Mac McClellan Mystery (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Camel Press (January 15, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Mystery
  • ISBN-10: 1603813497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603813495


My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I am going to start this with, I just Loved Mac McClellan. He was clever, a bit of a smart mouth, a lot amazing, and ever so funny. Best part, he was a great Private Detective. I loved everything about this book.

I was supposed to read this much earlier, and I just now found it in my library. I loved this book. Mac McClellan is a great character. He is so real and so down to earth, he is just as you would expect a solid ex-marine to be. It is great detective work with a lot of raps on the head, and a lot of smoking guns, but it keeps you interested and enjoying every word.

The writing is great, it has this casual, fun tone even when you are reading about murder and other crimes. I loved the fact that you become invested in the characters. You want Kate to understand him, you want Dakota to not be hurt, you especially want Mac to stop giving the dog a beer.

I’m so glad I finally remembered to read this, I can not recommend this highly enough. It is what you want to find in a mystery. Solid clues mixed with solid characters created a solid five-star mystery.

The mystery was complex and the clues were interesting while the characters were just really down to earth. This is my first book by E. Michael Helmes, but I assure you it will not be my last.  When Mac’s girlfriend, Palmetto Paranormal Society, pushes him into joining her parapsychology group, Mac gets more than just a happy girlfriend. He gets a lot of mystery to solve.  Mysteries that take a lot of detours, side roads, and unexplained events come his way.

I highly recommend this to any mystery lovers, and if you have a taste for the paranormal, then grab this! Well written, amazing dialog and wonderful mystery.

Where can I find this book:  Deadly Spirits is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

New Release: A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl: My Review

A Mind To Kill by John  Nicholl

A Mind To Kill

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 27, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1521840962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1521840962


My Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥

My Review: 

Wow! What a story. Once again John Nicholl takes the deep pain of a victim and turns it on its ear. This was Rebecca’s story. The story of a lost innocence and the damage that follows year after year until it creates a monster. Rebecca is juggling, and not quite as successfully as is needed. Her story becomes disturbing. Unable to even interact with her parents after a terrible and unresolved event, Rebecca is broken.

I love Detective Inspector Gareth Gravel. His mind is quick and he is out of shape but I personally find him charming. Even when he is grinding a cigar beneath his heel. I found Detective Inspector Gareth Gravel to be such a visual character. He has been suffering from PTSD and sent on a vacation to clear his nerves. While he is visiting his son, he finds out about the head and arms that have been recovered in his sleepy city in Wales.

Nicholl brings out the most human traits good and bad and creates a vivid and sorted tale. A tale where you question your own morality. His books remind me of the old saying. “There but by the grace of God, go I.”  Both chilling and written in a frank and intense manner, A Mind to Kill, stands out as a psychological thriller that needs sharing.

By now everyone should know that John Nicholl is the Thriller author that started me reading thrillers. If I had not lucked up onto his White is the Coldest Colour, I would have missed out on this masterpiece.  With John Nicholl’s background in Social Services, you have to wonder how far fetched these cases are. I will keep reading them and if this is anything to go by, they just keep getting better and better.

Rebecca, the tormented child that has grown into a savage killer in order to make wrongs right again in her own broken mind, is beautifully horrid to read about. Her sing song cadence is catchy and creepy at the same time.  It certainly made me remember the little song from childhood, but with a whole new spin on it.

You can find this psychological thriller in paperback and pre-order the Kindle e-book on Amazon.

Three Five Heart Reviews on Books for Children to Read


Timothy and His Missing Tooth

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Clean Reads (November 9, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2016
  • Language: English


My Rating ♥♥♥♥♥

My Review: 

The seven-year-old and I read Timothy and His Missing Tooth, together. She loved that it was about a missing tooth as she keeps losing them herself.

The illustrations were really well done and they suited each scene perfectly.

When we read the hardback copy, she loved the large illustrations. The large print was nice for her second-grade reading level.

We are looking forward to seeing what Mandy Leigh has in store for us next. The perfect mystery to keep a child engaged.

Where to find:

This children’s book can be found on Amazon in both hardback and Kindle edition.



Meet My Famous Friends

  • File Size: 3928 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: DV Books (January 16, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2017
  • Language: English

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

My Review:

This book is a clever book which makes you think while snickering at the pun-like names. I love a good pun, so I was in hog heaven. I liked how he told facts with a dash of humor and cleverness. I am going to check out more of his books to see if the same humor is as prevalent in them.

From the silly names he gives the famous people to the imagery he uses to convey those names, he had me laughing all through the book. Poe, Einstein, MLK were all treated with history and humor. I loved it. Sharing this book with my grandchildren.

Children can learn facts, and giggle too. Some of my favorite historically famous people were included. Excellent book for children of all ages.

Where to find:

This humorous book can be found on Amazon in Hardback, paperback, and in Kindle Edition.




Little Pearl’s Reflection: The Light in the Window

by Sarah Ann Kinnear (Author)
 Bodil Sebrina Christensen(Illustrations)
  • Series: Little Pearl’s Reflection
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1539791823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1539791829

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

My Review:

If you are looking for a wonderfully whimsical and fun book for your child, I suggest Little Pearl’s Reflection The Light in the Window.

Little Pearl has the most adorable way of telling her story. With narrative and personal moments interspersed into the story. The writing is lively and the characters are an unusual mix of silliness and teasing. When Little Pearl’s birthday comes around, she has a mystery to solve and that is when the cast of characters enter the story.

Sarah Ann Kinnear has the writing style of an artist. Her words draw pictures that invite the reader to visually see the story unfold. It is a lovely book to read with fun concepts.

Where to find:

This paperback book for children is available on Amazon.

A Plethora of Children’s Book Reviews by Indie Authors

The Hope Keepers: The Mousie’s Adventures While Finding a New House 
by Nance Hope Parry

The Hope Keepers by Nance Hope Parry

  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073R54GYH

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Review:

This family of mice is having a bit of a rough time and the story shows how resilience and unity can cure problems. With a cute mother and son working together to stay safe, dangers lurk around every turn. Well written and fun for children.

This children’s Fiction is available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

When Mommy Got Sick: A Bedtime Story to Help Preschoolers Find Comfort During Life’s Trials by Alma J. Wilson

When Mommy Got Sick: A Bedtime Story to Help Preschoolers Find Comfort During Life's Trials

  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073WRS1RQ

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Review:

This book is a way for children to see that parents can be under the weather and there is a need for the family to step in to help. It also shares that kids are conscious of changes. Cute book with a message.  The illustrations were nice and the message was good for young children.

This children’s book is available at Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

Zoya, The Cat’s Baker by Shubhra Sharma

Zoya, The Cat's Baker by Shubhra Sharma

  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06Y169YXL

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

My Review:

I so enjoyed meeting Zoya. What a sweet child with a generous heart. She bakes for the neighbor’s cat and is careful to make it a healthy treat. What a great lesson for children about cats.  This is a fun Indie release that children will relate to.

There was a super treat in the back for young readers that was brilliant. Loved the vision of the author.

This colorful children’s book is available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

Sugarplums and Shooting Stars by Lindsay DeRollo

Sugarplums and Shooting Stars

  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XDJN4F2


My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

My Review:

A Sweet encouraging story

A speedy story that shows how dreams can be realized if you want them enough. Sweet illustrations that represent the story perfectly. A very encouraging book for children. The illustrations will appeal to small children. I read it with the seven-year-old and she enjoyed it because of the ballerina.  
This children’s book is available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

Theo the White Squirrel by Robert W. Fuller

Theo the White Squirrel

  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01INQ6M3G

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

My Review:

Excellent story and characters

Theo the white squirrel is the perfect story for children about differences in places and animals. The story is about a squirrel that is different from the others and shows how he felt about it. With his adventure in trying to find a different food, he found himself in a very difficult situation. There were cute turns in this book and lovely illustrations. A very colorful tale. I loved it.

This children’s book is available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited

The Clown’s Clothes (Children’s picture books) 
by Eszter MolnárAnita Bagdi

The Clown's Clothes by Eszter Molnár

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

My Review:

The illustrations are amazing

Although a quick read there is a lot of activity in this story. Tommy the clown has to solve a mystery and his friends help out. A great little book that has really superb illustrations and clever prose. Kids loved it here at my house.

Jaidyn’s New Pet by Michelle Dennise

Jaidyn's New Pet by Michelle Dennise

  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072N4JB8D

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

My Review:

Jaidyn’s New Pet is such an adorable and quick read that engages the child’s creativity and imagination.

When Jaidyn wants a new pet his dad takes him on an adventure to find the perfect one. What they find along the way is fun and the illustrations are cute.

Each page is another opportunity for children to learn and enjoy.

This children’s book is available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.
This week was filled with history and children’s books.  I had a fun time reading indie author’s work and sharing reviews.  Since reviews mean so much to the success of the book, I was happy to do that for this list of books. I hope you will take a look at these offerings that are listed through KU.

Book Review: Running Still by Steven Sheiner

Running StillRunning Still by Steven Sheiner


  • Genre: Medical Thriller
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071S4NKJJ

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

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