Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

This is a fun story but extremely predictable as far as I'm concerned. There is a lot of science in this book. A lot. But the scientists are dumb because I new before they did what was coming at every turn/ That  makes it less enjoyable than hoped. Also the ending is a real downer. I hear there are indirect sequels to the story that I have yet to hear. I liked the premise and I am hopeful that that the entire story arc is more satisfying than the this story on it's own.

The only other story I've heard by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child was T
wo Graves. That was much more satisfying than this. Again it this has been continued in other unrelated stories, so there may be more to this than what has been told. The reader was Scott Brick and he did a wonderful job. His work alone keep me listening. I will add him to me list of favorite readers. Over all, an interesting story with a lackluster ending. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Interview with Ruth Bleakley-Thiessen

The Digital Ink Spot: We had the pleasure of interviewing author, Ruth Bleakley-Thiessen, I will allow her to introduce herself to you.
Ruth Bleakley-Thiessen: I'm an author, also a coach and an artist. I've just published 2 non-fiction ebooks - one for Women:Woman Rise and Shine - a simple path for women who want to be themselves and Flown the Coop - a guide to dealing with transition when the kids leave home.

TDIS: What are you trying to accomplish as a writer?
RBT: I have put all of my own experience and that of 12 years of coaching into these two books, offering a set-out guide to look at what comes up for you and how to deal with it. My own 3 kids left home within 9 months and I realized that there weren't too many books on the market to go to for some help. It's a huge transition people go through. I interviewed many parents and have given conclusions from these interviews. I want to give this to others who were in the same position as I was. The book for women takes a look at the life of a woman, especially from my perspective, as I grew up in a male dominated world. I had to find out for myself what it takes to be a woman, and I have been working with women for 12 years now, specializing in feminine problems. It's not that we have to look for something, we have to peel back the things keeping us back from being our real selves. This book shows us the importance of having other women in our lives, as it used to be within a women's circle.

TDIS: When is your book available?
RBT: These books have been available since 1st March 2016. I'm writing another one for women about how they can tidy up their lives, as soon as I have the two translated into German and published. I declared last year as the year of writing for me, and managed the two books I most wanted to write. I thoroughly enjoyed the process.

TDIS: Where can readers find you?
RBT: Readers can find me on Facebook and on my website My books are on sale on amazon: and

TDIS: Why should people read you stories?
RBT: The best answer for why my books should be read are the reviews:

Flown the Coop - "This book gives an invaluable insight into all that can happen when our children ‘fly the coop’ written from the heart, from first hand experience, from the pain, the reality and the truth from what was, to what is, to what can be! We are taken gently and with exquisite compassion thru’ the steps of transition and given practical suggestions and examples to guide us and bring us the freedom to revel in who we are! now! at this moment in our lives! We can truly acknowledge and ultimately celebrate ourselves – with all the discovered aspects of what new directions we might take, what we can achieve, what we can change and how we can bring about those changes – we are shown the glorious possibilities of choice!" -Tricia Hudson

 “This book emanates a confident woman, whose life's experiences have taken her to the edge and beyond and her courage has given her the power to move through its challenges and come out the other side glistening. She has listened well to all her teachers and she has understood the truth. Each chapter gives the reader a glimpse into her life, making it personal, and in that share, the subject matter is easier to hear.“ Valerie Hayes TAWA

 "Page after page is filled with love as Ruth guides us to discover the religion of love any woman naturally connects to. With this book she encourages all women to ride the way of female liberation sweeping the planet and get their surfboards ready to even enjoy the ride - arm in arm with men as they rise and shine into a more natural world. A easy and inspiring read, to come back to time and time again!" Ariane Schurmann, author, seminarleader and founder of Donna Divina International

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Review: Extinction Evolution (The Extinction Cycle Book 4) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

I picked this up without knowledge of the books prior to its release. It's the fourth in series. What drew me immediately was the reader, Bronson Pinchot. Maybe you don't know Bronson like I know Bronson. He has a very special place in my heart as an actor from a TV series called Perfect Strangers 

I loved that show. But you are wondering about the audiobook. It is well read by Bronson. It is well written by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. The story of a world devastated by a virus outbreak where an elite fighting force works to gather as much data on a new species formed by the virus in order to kill the variants and take back earth as the dominate species.

I enjoyed the book despite not having read (heard) the other audiobooks. I would love to see how this series ends. The final book volume was released in February and the audiobook will be available April 19th.

I hope you pick this gem up. I love finding a new author what can write good stories and has other books available to gobble up. Look forward to more reviews for this author.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review of Slimy Underbelly (Dan Shamble Zombie P. I.) by Kevin J. Anderson @THEKJA

Summary: There's something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten—even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah'Chulhu (to which the usual response is "Gesundheit!"). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys—former pets flushed down the toilet—Ah'Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets. While feuding weather wizards kick up storms and a gang of thieving lawn gnomes continues their reign of terror, Dan Shamble is running out of time—before the whole stinking city goes down the drain.…

Review: I came across this little gem while I was perusing the audio book collection at my local library. The name caught my eye and so I had to turn it over and read the summary and I was hooked. It has everything I enjoy; zombies, humor, crime and detectives. I have a 40 minute commute to work and I need entertainment. Anderson's book was exactly what I needed. I was laughing through out the story. The depth of curious and odd characters was just awesome. I was swapping cds as fast I as I could, eager to hear what happened next. And a lot does happen, three major stories are juggled with ease and happily come together to tie the whole book with a big bright happy bow. I have not read/listened to a book as funny as Slimy Underbelly. 
I must add that Phil Gigante read this book beautifully. Many can read a book out loud but Gigante performs and tells a story. He gives every character their own voice and identity. It made this book ever more enjoyable.  
I highly recommend picking this book up. It is extremely entertaining and immensely fun.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Interview with Kate L. Mary @kmary0622

The Digital Ink Spot: Kate L. Mary please introduce yourself to the readers.
Kate L. Mary: I’m a stay-at-home mom of four and an Air Force wife. I grew up in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where I met my husband at the age of twelve. Ten years later, we got married, and since then we’ve lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California. We currently live in Oklahoma.
As a writer, I like to create new realities and worlds. I enjoy any post-apocalyptic story, especially if zombies are involved, but there needs to be a romantic twist to give the story hope. When I write I prefer nerdy or non-traditional heroes who can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat. Characters with baggage are especially enjoyable, because there’s so much you can do with them.

The Digital Ink Spot: What are you trying to accomplish as a writer? What is your latest story about?
Kate L. Mary: Mainly, I want to get my stories out there to as many people as possible. I have two books out now, but they are both part of a series, and a have a couple more I’d like to get out soon.
My most recent release is Broken World, the first book in my post-apocalyptic zombie series. Think of it as, The Walking Dead meets The Stand.

The Digital Ink Spot: When is your newest book available?
Kate L. Mary: Broken World and the sequel, Shattered Worldis out now. I have the third book, Mad World, done as well and plan to release that in January 2015. I wanted to release them close together since they do end with cliffhangers.

The Digital Ink Spot: When did you start writing?
Kate L. Mary: I wrote on and off when I was younger, but college and marriage and kids made it tough. When we moved to California in 2011. I found myself with a lot of free time. My husband was gone a lot, we lived really far from our friends and family. Suddenly, all those stories I’d had tucked away came out. Since then, I haven’t stopped. I've written a lot, but most of the early stuff still needs a lot of work. It’s a skill that gets better with practice, and the most recent things I've written look nothing like the first couple books.  

The Digital Ink Spot: Where can readers find you on the Internet?

The Digital Ink Spot: Why should people read your stories? What sets them apart from the rest?
Kate L. Mary: My book, Collision, is a new adult romantic mystery. New adult is popular right now, but what sets my book apart from most of what’s out there is the fact that it has a plot other than just romance. There is romance, but it’s a sweet story, not sexy/steamy like the majority of the books available. My male character is also different than most of the men portrayed in these books. He’s a nice guy. I don’t know where this idea came from that in order to be desirable characters the men have to be jerks, but those are not the kind of characters I write.

Broken World is unique in the zombie world because it starts before the dead come back, giving you lots of time to get to know the characters. This book is about so much more than zombie. It’s about family and survival and love and learning to trust. I like to focus on the people in an apocalyptic situation. Also, I believe this is a book that would be enjoyable even for people who don’t necessarily love the genre. Check out the reviews on Goodreads and you’ll find a couple people who have read and loved it, but don’t like zombies. It’s because the focus on this book isn’t blood and gore (there is some of that though).