Interview with Mystery Thriller Week Narrator Jake Urry

First, let’s meet Jake Urry!

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Jake Urry is a British narrator and actor that I luckily stumbled across right as I began to enjoy suspense and mysteries. In fact, he was one of the reasons I gave thrillers a chance. I had gone all this time believing that thrillers were like horror stories and that honestly is a little too gory for me. However, I saw Jake on Twitter and he offered to share an audiobook for new listeners. I love to review new things so I was intrigued. I had only done a handful of audiobooks and they were all romances. After listening to the John Nicholl’s White is the Coldest Colour, I was hooked. I raced around trying to find out about this amazing voice. I located an online interview with Jake so I knew that he has a history of live theater and co-founded and performs in his own company. He, with his talent for voices, is perfect for the audiobook industry. I believe his face is perfect for the stage, so he is one complete package of talent and skill.

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Book Review: Alienation of Affections, by Portia Porter

Alienation of Affections: A Legal ComedyAlienation of Affections: A Legal Comedy by Portia Porter

  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Cheetah Press; First edition (August 31, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01IFM2RHI
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Northwoods Wolfman, by Scott Burtness

    Northwoods Wolfman (Monsters in the Midwest, Book 2)Northwoods Wolfman by Scott Burtness

  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Scott Burtness; 1 edition (June 24, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00X2VB5E4
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: The Big R, by Dean Baker

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  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KHYC368
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    Reading about Evan’s predicament made me feel bad for the guy while I laughed at some of the escapades. Nothing worse than having to watch your social and business life crash and burn right before you are heading to a reunion with all your successful classmates. No one said High School was easy and the memories of those winners, make Evan want to shine, not be a dull embarrassment, single and unemployed. So Evan attempts to change his situation.

    Watching Evan go from bad, to worse, to weird is almost a painful journey, except, you can’t help laugh. The humor was laced all through the story and even when I was shaking my head at the situation. at one point I was thinking, oh my gosh, I think we have been writing emails to the same people.

    A funny look at a man trying to make the best of the unpleasantness that sometimes follows us around like a little personal dark cloud.

    The first of the story, I felt more pain than humor, but once I got to know the central characters, I could see just how eccentric they really were. Barry was a nightmare friend. He had one task in life, and he looks for it everywhere he goes.

    My Recommendation:

    With a little bit of potty humor, and nothing terribly shocking this is a good funny read for adults. I learned a few British terms that had me shaking​ my head at first. I can’t wait for Mr. 80’s to come out. It should be a rip-roaring crazy time. Who knew Political scientists were so funny.

    Where to Find The Big R:

    This book is available on KindleUnlmited and in Paperback. You​ can purchase by clicking the links below.

    New Release: Book Review: Love in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy Anthology

    Love in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy AnthologyLove in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy Anthology by Aven Ellis

    • Publication Date: July 20, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01IU61DRO


    My Rating:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


    The Book Blurb:

     

    Laugh, swoon, and escape with this romantic comedy anthology!

    Will an elevator ride change her life? In HOLD THE LIFT by Aven Ellis, Sierra Crawford ends up meeting sexy British hockey player Jude Parker after their elevator sticks. Sierra finds herself getting to know Jude—and she likes what she sees. But he wouldn’t be interested in a food-obsessed assistant editor right? Sierra knows she’s quirky—her fondness of Magic 8 Balls is proof of that—so there’s no way he could look her way. Or can he?

    In DOWN, THEN UP by Beth Labonte, Lauren Oswald never expected to see her college love, Jamie, again. Not after the way things ended. She certainly doesn’t expect to see him ten years later at a bachelorette party in Vegas, waiting inside a hotel elevator. Slightly older. Different haircut. No wedding ring. Same eyes. As the pair embark on a late night errand, Lauren is flooded with memories of how Jamie became the one that got away—and she realizes that this one night could be their last chance to make things right.

    In GOING UP? by Whitney Dineen, Fiona Kitchen had a dream when she moved to New York and it wasn’t taking a job as an elevator operator in a posh, West Side, apartment building. She also didn’t expect to meet a hot handyman, a Columbian drug lord and a notorious mob boss and then fall for one of them in a big way. Life in the Big Apple isn’t quite turning out the way she planned, but who said that was a bad thing?

    In Becky Monson’s TAKING A CHANCE, Liza Parker has a fear of heights, crowds and small spaces. So what’s a girl like her doing on a crowded elevator going to the top of the Empire State Building? Freaking out, that’s what she’s doing. Enter Jay Sanders, a tourist who thinks he might be able to help Liza face her fears, but she has to be willing to spend the day with a complete stranger. Maybe taking a chance on Jay is just what Liza needs.

    In HAPPY TO BE STUCK WITH YOU by Rich Amooi, Becca has had an office crush on Daniel—Mr. Delicious—for over a year. Getting stuck in an elevator with him was the last thing she expected. If only she can control her claustrophobia. To make matters worse, they’re also stuck with an eighty-year-old man who has a weak bladder, and a penchant for playing cupid. But life is unpredictable. Sometimes, getting stuck is the best thing that can happen.

    Computer genius Maisy Potter crosses an ocean to take her dream vacation at an English country estate … where the winsome Mark Prebys works below stairs. With him, Maisy discovers a carefree happiness she’s never known. But will the troubles dogging her from back home, a secret or two whispered behind the parlour curtains, and misunderstandings to beat the band extinguish the magic they think they’ve found in each other? And if not, what happens when Maisy’s enchanting holiday ends? Find out in UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS … AND THE LIFT IN BETWEEN by Geralyn Corcillo.

    In THE ONLY WAY IS UP by Lindy Dale, Meet Bailey Burns: hottest thing on the literary circuit. And the most reluctant. After fainting in a lift and regaining consciousness to find herself kissing a stranger, Bailey thinks her week can’t get much worse. But it can. Much worse. Bailey is about to be proposed to by a crazed fan wearing a vampire costume. She’s about to discover she’s in relationship with the guy she kissed. Not only that, but said guy happens to be her new PR manager. Oh dear!

    In OUT OF ORDER, by Dee Ernst, Grace has sworn off good-looking men. As soon as she starts dating one of them, she transforms from a mature, confident woman to a needy teen-aged girl. So when she meets Seth, the best-looking man she’s ever seen, she makes the right choice — forget all about him. But a neurotic golden retriever and a broken elevator keep bringing them together. Is the world working against her… or maybe the gods are finally smiling?

     

    My Review:

    Aven Ellis begins the book with the cutest most hilarious story and the stories keep the laughs going and the romance simmering. I am not going to talk too much about each story because I added the blurb and I hate giving away a good storyline. I love a good sweet short story that draws me in. These eight books did that and they made me wish they were longer. I enjoyed all of the stories and laughed at each of them. It made me want to seek out an elevator just to see what happens.

    The various elevators in these eight books take you into different worlds. England , America. There is something perfect about thinking of elevators in New York City. I was enchanted by these short stories. I wish they had been longer. What’s not to love about a computer geek finding love in England. And who doesn’t love a matchmaking man? The characters were so well written.

    I was provided an ARC of this anthology in exchange for an honest review.

    All were new authors to me except for Rich Amooi and I am now looking for more books by them all to read.I think this is a great romantic comedy anthology!

     

    Recommendation

     

    This book is perfect for anyone that loves a quick romantic comedy. A little light reading before bed, or at the beach. It has everythign it needs to make a reader happy.


    Where to Find: Love in an Elevator:

     
    This anthology is available on Kindle by clicking the link below.

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

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    • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    #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