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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    #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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    #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: #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:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    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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    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.

    Barnes and Noble   |   Amazon

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    Personal Invitation to #ComedyBookWeek

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    We only have 3 days  until the first Annual event known as #ComedyBookWeek goes live on July 16, 2016.

    60 humorous authors with 70 books are participating. Many of the books will be discounted or free during the week of 16-23 July, so don’t miss your chance to discover a fresh, new, funny book and perhaps a favorite new author.

    How many times do we want a little comedy to read. I know I do. Sometimes I get bogged down in the Thrillers and Suspense books that I just found a love for and want a little light humor. A lot of humor is even better.

    Ana Spoke has secured at least 60  authors to offer books at a discount or even free. I love a free book! I plan on finding new authors to read during this week of planned events.

    There are blog reviews scheduled for these comedy books. I will have three that week posted. I can’t wait to get those out there so you can what I thought of these three comedies.  One is a brand new book that will be released during #ComedyBookWeek. I will be posting that one on the 17th.

    Our very own sweet blogger, C the Happy Meerkat will be providing five reviews that week. I can not wait to see what all she has read and what her take was on them. I know it is going to be excellent reviews, because she is a wonderful reviewer. She is always honest and fair in her writing.

    Not only reviews, but author interviews and guest posts will be happening all over the blogosphere.  Look for the tag #ComedyBookWeek and be prepared for humor. Al Lane  will be hosting a series of interviews on her website with Steve Vernon, Freya of Freya Writes, Jenny Green, and Geoff Le Pard.

    Many of the Q&A’s will be on Facebook. July 19th there is a live interview with Frankie Bow.  Jackson Lear‘s Facebook  interview will be the 21st. Then on the 23rd, we have this amazing day of four different author interviews with Ana Spoke, Steve Vernon, Karen Tomsovic and Rose Schmidt all taking place on  the Wayward Swan’s Facebook page.  Q&A

     

     

    There will be authors from all over the world participating.  This is a wonderful time to check out British humour, Australian humour, Canadian humour and American humor. I am so excited about it being this close.

    I really hope you support this week long event and meet some new authors and find some amazing comedy books that will make you laugh and maybe even fall in love with a few characters.  There are some funny ones in just the books I read. But I am not giving away too much right  now.

    If you wouldn’t mind, I would ask that you maybe consider tweeting this post so that other people will find out about this event and join in the fun.

    Have fun laughing next week and watch for more posts about the books and other links to great comedy book reviews and interviews.