Mystery Thriller Week book Review: Deny the Father by M. Duda

Deny the FatherDeny the Father by M. Duda
<liPrint Length: 51 pages

  • Publication Date: November 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Two Lovely New Amazon Reviews for The Path of the Child


    Today a new review was submitted to Amazon and Goodreads for The Path of the Child, and it meant so much for me to read it.  Thank you for the wonderful uplifting review. It touches my heart to hear that Melanie’s  life and actions were recognized in the spirit in which they were meant.

    5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice surprise!, October 26, 2016
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    This review is from: The Path of the Child (Kindle Edition)
    I am so glad a friend encouraged me to read this. It’s not my normal genre, but this book appealed to me from the moment I was introduced to Melanie. The author does a great job in generating genuine compassion for her main character, something that is easier said than done.

    Throughout the book, we see the things that make Melanie who she is, but more importantly – what she does about them. No spoilers here, but I hope others will enjoy this story of friendship, hope, and the power of the human spirit.

    I am boistered by people that say kind and rewarding things about the words I use and the people I create.  That makes the journey worthwhile.  I can truly say I have learned something about myself with each review, and I appreciate every one of them.

    September 10th another review was posted. I missed sharing this review.  What a rewarding review this was.  Thank you both for your reviews, you have my gratitude.

    4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet uplifting story, September 10, 2016
    This review is from: The Path of the Child (Paperback)
    The path of a child was the first book I’ve read by Sojourner McConnel and I enjoyed this sweet story.

    We read about the life of seventeen year old melanie and are pulled into her life and the struggles and fears of a hard childhood from a troubled home.

    Not only do we see this story through Melanie’s eyes but we also get a look at all the people on her life. The unique writing brings a story from all perspectives giving us an emotional tale with a hopeful ending.

    This is a wonderful uplifting YA story but certainly an adult read as well. Melanie and rob were sweet and adorable. A good friendship developing Into more.

    Great read.

    Recap of the Indie Author Day Event on Facebook

    Let me start by saying that when I first heard of the event I was immediately interested. What a wonderful way to meet other indie authors and learn from them. As an author of an indie publication, the marketing for the book falls on my doorstep.  I can use all the help I can get.

    The day started at Midnight EST and I stayed up until 5:30 so that I could support the other authors and make sure they were not alone.  That was the number one fear. That no one would show up for the hour.  It was great to actually see how many readers and writers showed up for each hour.

    The questions were interesting and extremely thought provoking. So many people asked for advice on publishing and writing. As an indie author, that is a huge question. Everyone has their own writing schedule and timetable, so it was so enlightening to see how others plan out their writing day.

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    New Release Book Review: Forget me Knot by Hope Callaghan

    Forget Me Knot (Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 13)Forget Me Knot by Hope Callaghan
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is another book in the Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series and it is good. As always it is a fun adventure when Gloria and the Garden Girls get involved in a mystery. This is such a delightful mystery. With Brian suffering from amnesia due to a recent attack in town the girls have more invested in solving this mystery. I feel so badly for Andrea and Brian.

    The couple was happily planning their wedding until he is conked on the head. Once that happens he has amnesia. Not only that, but he is feeling pressured to remember by Andrea. He asks her to step back. Poor Andrea.

    There are two women that are competing to revive his memory with home made remedies. The remedies are not easy to stomach so the women are making things worse. It is such a fun filled cute book.

    A great fun read from Hope. She does mysteries like no one else. They are wholesome and just out and out fun. I am a huge fan of Hope Callaghan and her amazing mystery solver, Gloria . This is a new release and it is easy to read as a stand alone.

    The characters of course are developing in each book, but each book is easily read without knowing all of their history. But I would say that if you like this book, you will love the series. It is easy to love if you ask me.

    Hope Callaghan is from Michigan and writes several different series that are equally enjoyable. She lives in Florida now with her husband. Hope writes the Garden Girls mysteries, The Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Series and the Sweet Southern Sleuths Mysteries. You can contact her at Hope

    Forget me Knot by Hope Callaghan is available in both Paperback and on Kindle. It is available through KindleUnlimited at Amazon

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    Book Review: 30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray

    30 Pieces of Silver (Betrayed, #1)30 Pieces of Silver by Carolyn McCray
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This work of fiction had everything that keeps a book exciting. The book goes from activity in the year 40ad and then back to the current day which allows you to be able to see a complete picture. The danger and adventure of the story is riveting.

    You become aware that the main characters are being chased by members of a super secret sect called the Knot. The know is out to protect the bones by any means necessary. You are not sure who the leaders of the sect are, but they are adamant that Rebecca, Dr. Lochum and Brandt must be stopped. I kept following the characters every step of the way. The team of archaeologists were getting deeper and deeper into the mystery of the bones. Rebecca is brought into contact with her mentor and ex-professor, Dr. Lochum.

    When it becomes clear that there is a betrayer in the midst, you begin to suspect everyone. I was right with Rebecca Monroe’s deep seeded need to find the gene that she believed existed, but I also had total understanding of Brandt’s religious objections. Throughout it all I stayed curious to see where the story would lead. It was such a fever pitch story. The premise was unique and really made me think. I loved the caves, temples, globe trotting and the religious secrets.

    The gun battles, explosives and crashing tombs were exciting and beautifully described. I wanted to see all the places that they visited. I wanted to be there with them, no matter what they might find. There was enough story to keep me focused on their search that I found nothing distracting in the presentation.

    It did have that Dan Brown mystery feel, but there was also this chemistry between Brandt and Rebecca that made me enjoy that side of the story too. I would recommend reading this if you like adventures that have a biblical foundation.

    Even though this has a disclaimer that the theory is against the religious norm, I found it exciting and intriguing even though it does go against my own personal religious beliefs. I found some things to be far fetched but it just added to the story. I wanted boats and cars to go that fast and do those feats. I found it entertaining.

    30 Pieces of Silver is available in paperback, through KindleUnlimited and as a Kindle Edition at Amazon

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    Book Review: The Case of the Fallen Hero by Alison Golden

    The Case of the Fallen Hero (An Inspector David Graham Cozy Mystery Book 3)The Case of the Fallen Hero by Alison Golden
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This is the latest book in the Inspector Graham Cozy Mystery Series.The book, The Case of the Fallen Hero, released on May 20, 2016. It was wonderful.I enjoyed the mystery, the Inspector, and the musicians. Each aspect of this book was fun, interesting, and entertaining. I do love Inspector David Graham. He is quite entertaining with his understated ways. He puts things right without making a fuss about it. I like that.

    I did not figure out the mystery until it was revealed. I like when a mystery can keep me guessing. The witnesses and suspects were just so bizarre and those sisters were just crazy. I liked the castle and the adventure that took place there.

    The musicians that were trying to escape danger was such a great adventure. I love when there are secrets and hidden things in the dark.

    This is another fun book by Alison Golden. I really like the Inspector. He is clever and I like how he interacts with his police officers.I hope there are more Inspector David Graham books on the horizon. He is awesome.

    This cozy mystery by Alison Golden is available in paperback and through KindleUnlimited on Amazon.

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    Book Review: The Sheikh’s Irresistible Proposal by Holly Rayner

    The Sheikh's Irresistible ProposalThe Sheikh’s Irresistible Proposal by Holly Rayner
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I have to start by saying what a fun story. I liked Sheikh Sadiq bin-Haled al-Halam. He is visiting the club, watching her sing and then he offers her half a million dollars to sing for him. Hannah Green is just a jazz singer in a run down club. Her boss is a total jerk and maybe even a little underhanded. Needless to say, Hannah is not happy with anything about the situation, except for the singing. I liked Hannah. The Sheikh wanted her to sing for him back home. Who could resist half a million dollars for six weeks of singing while hanging out with a Sheikh? I am happy to say Hannah couldn’t.

    It was a really sweet story, filled with confused emotions that made you hope for them to see each other with love. There is a difference in the cultures that make for some hard feelings and hurt feelings. I enjoyed the colorful descriptions of his country and the foods. Then Hannah’s interactions with the people was really nice to see.

    It is a really well written book that was just a quick (too quick) read. I could have read more about them! I appreciate being given this book as a ARC by Holly Rayner in exchange for an honest review.

    This was my second book by Holly Rayner and I loved the first one I read. Last christmas I read The Billionaire’s First Christmas. With two very good books in my Read pile by Holly, I know it will not be the last. It is always fun to find an author that has a wonderful way with characters! Next I get to read Holly’s newest book, The Sheikh’s Secret Princess, for review. I am looking forward to that. I like that Holly Rayner makes sure there is a happy ever after in all of her books. I love that in a book!

    You can find The Sheikh’s Irresistible Proposal for Kindle and through KindleUnimited at Amazon

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    Book Review: Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen

    Veils and Vengeance (Wedding Planner Mysteries, #2)Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This is the second book in the Wedding Planner series. This book could be read as a stand alone. The history of Adri Pyper is told in bits through the book so that you are able to understand who she is and why she behaves the way she does. But it is more fun to follow the series if possible.

    The writing of the book is really well done. The mystery starts in the first chapter and I honestly did not know who the villain was until it was about to be revealed.

    Adri is in Hawaii to prepare and execute a destination wedding for Luke’s cousin. Luke is the divorce Lawyer that was also in the first book, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things.

    While she is in Hawaii on her first day, trouble begins and a mystery is afoot. Adri is in danger throughout the entire book and it is unclear who is causing the problems for her. There are several candidates in the running for the worst villain.

    When Luke arrives he is still taking one step forward towards Adri then a huge step back. There is several interesting opportunities for Adri and she is in mental battle with herself.
    Rachelle J. Christensen has done a wonderful job of keeping the suspense alive while maintaining a cozy and clean story going. It is a refreshing change to see the sweetness of the sleuth in a good mystery.

    Adri is not your typical gritty rough and tumble sleuth. She is cute. She is not a former detective with an angry heart. She is just a girl that has had so much happen in one year that she is skittish.

    I do get frustrated with her flightiness with me, but she is young and she has been told to keep her options open.
    I know who I am always pulling for her to commit to, but does she?

    All of the side characters are well written, you get to know them and understand them. It is a great series. Now I am ready to read Proposals and Poison.

    This book is available in Paperback and in KindleUnlimited on Amazon.

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    Book Review: Cruise Control by Hope Callaghan

    Cruise Control (Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mysteries Series Book 6)Cruise Control by Hope Callaghan

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is a brand new release. Book 6 of the series, but it can be read as a stand alone book. I really enjoy reading about Millie Sanders and her friends. They are so clever and fun. This cruise combines sleuths from both the Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mystery Series and her cousin Gloria from the Garden Girls Series. These women are really a hilarious group when they are together.

    All 8 friends are getting comfortable on the ship and meeting Millie’s friends and coworkers. Maybe they are getting too comfortable, because when a mystery turns up on board they are all searching for clues and bringing out the suitcases of equipment.

    Millie was hoping to get closer with Captain Niccolo Armati now that he is back from his vacation. But there is a problem on the ship. The ship is sitting at a dead stop in the middle of the Caribbean. The Captain is missing and some strangers are walking about on the bridge.

    A fast read with lots of humor and just a touch of romance. I love these characters. They are well written and easy reads. I also like that this book is a nice clean Christian mystery.

    It is great seeing Millie interact with the other crew members. There is a bit of competition between Gracie and Millie. It is great fun to read.
    Another perfectly adorable cozy mystery book by Hope Callaghan.

    If you like cozy mysteries then you will love Millie in this book and in the whole Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mystery Series. This is book six of the series.

    I love Millie’s adventures because it is like taking a cruise without having to hop a plane.

    Pick up your own copy on Amazon.

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    Free eBook In Exchange For A Review

    My book, The Path of the Child has been published and I would like to have some people read and review it for me.  I have copies available starting tomorrow on for Free.  If you can’t wait until tomorrow, then I can send a copy through email.  This will allow me to have comments on Amazon and / or  This sure would be a great deal for me.  All I need to know is your email address and what kind of reader you use. I have it available in Mobi, Epub and PDF version.  I can’t tell you how much I would appreciate your time.

    Let me tell you a little about the book.  The main character is Melanie and she has had a solitary lonely life.  She is offered friendship by a boy in her class and he opens many doors for her.  There is a mystery about her family and she and Robert set off on a quest for answers.

    I call The Path of the Child a work of fiction, but I have had readers call it a feel good coming of age story and it has also been called a YA book.  I leave it to you to categorize it for yourself.  My email address is if you want to send me an email and not announce your email address on my blog.

    Again, thank you for your consideration on this. I hope you enjoy the free book and will take time to review it for me.  It doesn’t take much to post a review, just a few words about how you felt about the book.  IMG_0138