4.5 of 5 stars
“Girl Soldier by T. R. Horne is a page-turning action and adventure novel with heart.
Rain Wilson grew up in a small Colorado farming town. Her mother left ten years ago, but Rain never stopped loving her. When Rain learns that her mother is missing, she realizes that she doesn’t know everything about her father and mother. The young woman sets out to find her mother. Can Rain handle the truth, lies, and the forces who don’t want her mother found?
The prologue of Girl Soldier makes a few things clear. Rain is compassionate and respects life. Yet, she’s also deadly with a weapon. These statements may contradict each other, but the reason her father taught her to respect life and how to shoot a weapon quickly becomes apparent. Her father understands better than most what it means to take a life, including a human one.
When Rain sets off to rescue her mother she isn’t the typical daughter. And her parents aren’t typical parents. The mystery surrounding Rain and her parents is just one of the mysteries the reader uncovers. This thriller is like an onion. The reader uncovers one layer of intrigue to find another layer. Sometimes spy novels can become so convoluted with several nefarious forces directing the action making it nearly impossible to keep track of who everyone is and what they want. Girl Soldieravoids this trap.
There are plenty of plot twists that will surprise the reader, but they don’t come out of nowhere. The author has taken the time to plot out each step, keeping the reader in mind. The action happens fast and the suspense builds quickly, but it’s never confusing where one plot thread stops and the next picks up.
Part of the reason for the novel’s success is the quality of the prose. Horne’s descriptions draw the reader into the pages. The first sentence demonstrates the author’s ability to create atmospheric details:
The dusty orange sky pierced through the sequoia trees, spreading light along the mossy green edges of the grass, highlighting the shiny beetles that scattered away from her footsteps and hid inside hollowed logs.
The other main reason for the novel’s success is the author’s focus on family. Even though this novel is a spy novel, Horne never loses sight of Rain’s purpose: she wants to find her mother. There’s plenty of action and some uncomfortable torture scenes, but the concept of family and friends stays front and center. It’s refreshing to have the focal point of an international espionage novel to contain a wholesome message amidst the destruction, deception, and chaos.
Fans of high-octane action novels will enjoy the twists and turns of Girl Soldier. While there are plenty of heart-pumping scenes to keep diehard fans of thrillers engaged in the story, this is also a heartfelt novel. Rain isn’t unlike many teens, even if she has an unusual life. It’s her humanness that makes her a memorable character and transforms this novel into more than a spy thriller.” 4½ Stars – Self Publishing Reviews
4 of 5 stars
Sara Brookes does a great job of telling the story of Brady McDonnell, an emergency room physician with a heart of gold who craves an enigmatic gargoyle named Garrett. Brady wants to save every patient just as most doctors do except when he finds himself on a downward spiral of losing patients one after another, he falls headlong into a depressed, panicked state. Garrett carefully watches him from a distant and figures it is time to stop Brady’s self destruction and show him his real feelings.
The story takes on a romantic edge yet still stays aligned with something more than the two men loving each other since they were in college. Brady has his work and the readers get to follow him on his excursions but I did feel left out with Garrett’s back story. I would have liked to know more about how he became a gargoyle and what gargoyles actually do (other than sit on buildings of course). Furthermore, I was a little shocked that Brady wasn’t shocked about seeing a gargoyle turn into the man he loves. I expected more reaction and felt the story suffered slightly due to that climax not being fully fulfilled for the readers. We knew it was coming but when it came, it was lackluster. Overall, I though the book was well written and detailed. The erotic scenes were a good balance to the story although Garrett’s character needs more development. Solid M/M read.
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3 of 5 stars
Tamela Miles’s novella, Heart of a Hunter, is the start to a demon hunter series. This first novella is enough to wet the appetite and gain interest in the characters even with its rough character development and cliche, overly dramatic dialogue. I liked that Tamela made a strong, female lead character at the beginning of the book and questioned why she let that edge slip in Elle as the story went along. Elle was a very strong, sassy character then after she had a boyfriend and lost her virginity, she turned into a crying, non-confident mess for most of the book. I hope that Miles makes Elle angry after her loss and turns her into her true bad ass roots! Needless to say, I’m interested in seeing how the story line develops. Even though its flawed, Miles shows that she has a knack for storytelling.
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Calling ALL WRITERS! New opportunity from publisher, Yoshima Books.
Are you ready to meet a new challenge? There is a writing challenge for all aspiring or established novelists. Attached is a cover mock-up for a mystery/suspense/thriller anthology. We are seeking new writers, established writers and indie authors to participate in the anthology. If you are interested in entering a short story (under 30,000 words) inspired by the mock book cover, please have your entries to Yoshima Books by MAY 1, 2016. I hope the cover inspires you! Remember, the title will change so you don’t have to base the story on the title (the designer wanted to show what it would look like finished).
So start writing!!!!! Try to have your stories to Yoshima Books by deadline to ensure you are properly reviewed. The earlier the better, as they’ll need time to choose, get editors on staff and start structuring the book (yes, it will be a hardcopy and eBook!). Once you finish, email Yoshimabooks at gmail dot com to submit and discuss payment for your story if it is chosen! Spread the word. I’ll be making another post on my social media and blog for aspiring writers that want to get their name out there and for some, to pen their first published story. Are you up for the challenge???
Rated 3 of 5 stars
While I enjoyed Danielle Burnett’s coming of age novel, The Spanish Club, I found it lacking in philosophical ruminations or the proverbial ah-ha moment that is the crux of most coming of age novels. Sadly, every minute of Brianna’s story revolved around one issue that was glazed over at its inception. Her parents telling her she is adopted and coming clean that she is not their child should have been a monumental event. Especially if it was going to be the running reason for her ill feelings towards not knowing who or where she came from. It felt a little paper thin, the break-up then subsequent make-up with her adoptive parents. Instead, the secondary storyline of her bestfriend seemed trite. Her friend hmphed and moaned for most of the book and kept a sneer on her face (and I hated that she was characterized as African-American with that attitude). There were some shining moments but many were around the 80% mark when the whining of her friends and instant love from Enrique came to a steaming halt.
Ok, so what was the good you may be wondering?
Well, simply put, Burnette knows how to transport the reader to a place and make them feel as though they’ve been there before. Throughout the novel, the reader follows the Spanish Club on their excursion throughout various places in Mexico from the restaurants, bars, mariachi bands, shops and even the ugliness of its darker side peeks into the storyline. Burnette provided beautifully landscaped descriptions of the surroundings and its people. Overall, I enjoyed the setting more than the protagonist’s journey to finding herself.
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Rated 5 of 5 stars
Lann Drean is supposed to be cloned and on everyone woman’s front door step. I keep opening the door but he’s still not there. Darn it.
Pauls continues her elaborate tale of paranormal bad boys in her Seven Forbidden Arts series. It started with Pyromancist, the story of a firestarter and now, it careens into the life of Lann, the aeromancist (the power to manipulate air and weather). Kat is a self proclaimed daredevil who is finishing her all important studies when she is spotted by Lann in his library. Yes, Lann owns a library. Not only is he rich, handsome and well endowed but he is an intellectual with fine tastes and a flair for pampering his women with lavish gifts. Kat is guarded when it comes to men after coming out of a tumultuous relationship with a cheater, so when Lann offers her 30 days of spectacular lovemaking, she waffles. Then accepts. Over the course of their short time together, she learns that Lann is very smart, cares about literature and people as well as holds lots of secrets.
The story truly is a great beginning to Kat and Lann’s different yet respectful relationship. It’s Pretty Woman-esque and leaves the reader with a yearning to know what will happen between the two in the next book, Aeromancist (Book Two). I can’t wait to continue on with this fire hot series!
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Rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Dark Obsessions will be a very steamy series for erotica readers. The story was quite short and lacked character development, world development and real in depth dialogue. The entire book was one long sex scene that we knew would happen from the first chapter. Cremant writes erotica well and has all the right details to make you “see” what’s happening. The book needs better editing as many words were missing as well as punctuation in some places. Overall, it was an interesting sex scene which made the book stand out. The cover of the book is superb.
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