Monday, November 25, 2013

COBWEB BRIDE by Vera Nazarian @Norilana

Cobweb Bride (Cobweb Bride Trilogy)

Many are called... She alone can save the world and become Death's bride.

(Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One) is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world.

What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review: Hustled To The Altar by Dani Collins @DaniCollinsBook

Hustled To The Altar


With a not so tidy past tucked behind her, Renny O’Laughlin thinks marriage to a steady man will make an honest woman of her. To that end, the last thing she wants on the day before her wedding is to see her eccentric ex-boyfriend—the one with more dollars than sense who provokes the thrill-seeker inside her. But she works for his Gran and has just learned the senior was duped by a professional swindler. Renny has to tell Con what happened before she marries another man and leaves forever.
Games-inventor Conroy Burke won’t buckle to convention, especially marriage. He’s crazy about Renny though. She's the only woman able to keep up with him. When she explains how his Gran was tricked, Con sees an opportunity to convince his wildcard she doesn't really want to settle down.


Hustled to the Altar reads like a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey. There are some twists to the story I think readers will enjoy as well as the story itself. There are a couple of sex scenes that might wake a few up. The story is interestingly constructed and has a few scenes that feel forced to push forward the whole story but it gets right back on track quickly. The main characters are interesting and fun to get to know. In the beginning, Renny is hard to warm up to but once she shows her true colors, you will easily get behind her. Conroy is a real lovable jerk. You will hope through the whole story that he grows up.
Pick up this romantic comedy and be on the look out for it in the theaters. I would almost bet it will get picked up.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review: I Have My Husband's Permission by Jacquelyne Alberta @JacquieAlberta

I Have My Husband's Permission


Jessica’s husband, Adam, is going through some changes. First, he writes an erotic novel and sells it online, using her name as the author’s name. Then, as sales take off, and male admirers start chatting to them on the internet, he convinces her to assume the role of the sexy female author and flirt with them. As the men want more information, and ask to meet her, Adam does what Jessica never imagined he ever would-he gives her permission!

Through a series of trysts, Jessica re-enacts different chapters from Adam’s book. She has a kitchen scene with the chef, a bedroom liaison with the gardener, and Adam even encourages her to meet the stable-boy in the stables. Working her way through different chapters and different men, she knows there is more to Adam’s behavior than selling books, she just can’t figure out what it is.


Is this a erotic romantic story? I don't have that much reading experience of this genre to judge. I think it's a sad story. First, the poor woman is encouraged to cheat by her husband in order to push book sales. In essence, he's her pimp. Sure she enjoys the freaky sex from well endowed men at first but as the story grows and she reflects on her choices, as well as her husband's, not even great sex can wash away the bad situation she is in. When she discovers the truth behind it all and her world is forever changed, that is when the romance begins but then the story quickly ends. Alberta could have easily continued the story and really turn up the heat but doesn't. We are left with the same dirty feeling of the main character. There is a hint of optimism but not enough.
The main character isn't comfortable describing her own body parts. I thought that was laughable for an erotic story and the story itself is a real bummer. I say pass on this story. I hope the author has grown since writing this piece.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars - Book 1) by Luke Romyn @LukeRomyn

Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars - Book 1)


What if mythology isn't myth? The ancient Greeks told fabulously detailed stories involving unbelievable creatures - monsters dominating all tales from that time. Were they just highly imaginative, or was their inspiration from somewhere else? Doctor Talbot Harrison, a professor in archeology, receives a phone call one day which will destroy everything he perceives as reality. His brother has been mysteriously killed and within moments the United States Military appear at his door, literally dragging him from his home. Thrown into a helicopter under intense armed guard, it doesn't take long until they are attacked by something which cannot possibly exist, something drawn to destroy the one man who can stop the beasts from a land beyond Hades....


I was excited to read my first book by Luke Romyn. I've followed his promotions for Beyond Hades for a while on the Internet. I had the pleasure to take part in one of those promotions and received a free copy of Beyond Hades. I kept it on the back burner and promised myself to read it later. I am happy to report that I got to finally read it and was glad I did. It is a fun supercharged adventure through time and space, with cool tech and even cooler monsters willing to swallow a man whole, body and soul. Emphasis on soul. There are are some terrifying creatures in this story.
I loved Romyn's own take on mythology and how he brought it to the real world in a believable yet still godlike way. The main character, Doctor Talbot Harrison, goes through his own personal struggle though the whole story. Continually pushed by his guardian, Wes. Wes is the ultimate soldier and comic relief. You will love getting to know Wes.
I recommend reading this if you love fun and adventure. The action keeps coming and the tension keeps building until the final battle that is really well written. Romyn lays out the scene and the camera in your mind will take it from there. You will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Interview with Derek Birks @Feud_writer

Derek Birks was born in Hampshire in England but spent his teenage years in Auckland, New Zealand, where he still has strong family ties. For many years he taught history in a secondary school in Berkshire but took early retirement several years ago to concentrate on his writing. Apart from writing, he spends his time gardening, traveling, walking and taking part in archaeological digs at a Roman villa.

The Digital Ink Spot: What can you tell the readers about Feud
Derek Birks: Feud is set during the Wars of the Roses when local disputes are sometimes settled by violent means. It is the story of a fictional family, the Elders, who become embroiled in a savage feud with their neighbors, the Radcliffes.
The central characters are siblings: Ned Elder, a Yorkshire knight, and his sisters, Emma and Eleanor. At the start of the book in September 1459 their father and older brother are killed, their household is ransacked and the two sisters are abducted. The book tells the story of the Elders’ struggle to regain what has been lost to the Radcliffes.
When I wrote Feud I tried to write the kind of historical fiction that I like to read myself: authentic and fast paced. I aimed to include a lot of action which was driven along by the characters and I also wanted several interesting female characters to play significant roles in what was a very male dominated society.

The Digital Ink Spot: You wrote on your website you are inspired by images where a scene might take
place. How much more of your creative process is visual?
Derek Birks: Fiction is born in the imagination of course, so before I can put it into words I need to visualise it. I have to try to put myself in the position of my characters and because I am writing in the distant past that is not always easy. 
With scenes that take place in a known place, for example the town of Ludlow, it’s essential to go there and try to envisage how it would have been at the time. Looking at maps, especially of land use in the Middle Ages, helps to develop for me a mental picture of a site. In Ludlow I walked the line of the old town walls to get an idea of the size of the town in the 1450s. You have to strip back the trappings of modern life: what would the street have been like without the supermarket, pavements, double glazed windows, street lights and so on? The point is: it has to be a mental picture because in most modern places there is very little left to see of the medieval period.
In more natural settings, it’s a little easier. There is a scene in Feud which takes place on a misty autumn morning. When you are writing such a scene it helps to be able to call up images of an actual place in similar conditions. You can visualise stumbling through the swathes of brown, dying bracken. It’s damp and you’re disorientated by the mist closing in on you. Knowing how that feels makes it easier to create scenes which seem more authentic.
I create scenes in my head, often when walking or maybe swimming - the brain has to be focussed only on creating the scene. I play the scene through, always asking myself the question: does it feel right? If it doesn’t then I have to “press the pause button” and think again.

The Digital Ink Spot: As a historical fiction writer, what are your thoughts on the discovery of King Richard III’s skeleton in a parking lot?
Derek Birks: Well, it’s a real scoop isn’t it? I’m a keen, though very inexperienced, archaeologist and I know that these sorts of discoveries are about as rare as you can get. As if there wasn’t enough interest in Richard III, it would have to be him that turns up in a car park. Richard carries so much “baggage” with him I’m surprised he wasn’t found with a few suitcases! I don’t think that finding Richard’s corpse will solve any of the mysteries that surround his actions. As an author I have no doubt that Richard will make an appearance in one of my books about the Elder family, not least because his palace at Middleham Castle in Yorkshire is a stone’s throw from the fictional home of the Elder family in Feud.

The Digital Ink Spot: Do you recall how your interest in history originated?
Derek Birks: I don’t think there was a “eureka moment”. I think it developed gradually during my school years. I was fortunate to have some inspirational history teachers and they introduced me to the stories of history. Most people are drawn in by stories, by the qualities of a set of individuals or perhaps by the resilience or courage of just one man or woman. People are interesting and they are rarely one-dimensional. When I taught history to teenagers it increased my own interest because I began to learn what kinds of historical stories intrigued them. The challenge for me as a writer is to be true to the history and at the same time make my characters interesting to the reader.

The Digital Ink Spot: What can readers expect in the future from you?
Derek Birks: The next book in the Feud series is well under way and I’m looking to publish that in the summer if all goes well. The new story is set a couple of years later when King Edward IV is still trying to stamp out Lancastrian opposition and the Elders face a new challenge. I already have plans for the third book and ideas for a fourth. After that I may have to consider whether I want to start a new series in a different period of history but at the moment I’m enjoying recreating the blood and misery of Wars of the Roses with the Elder family.

Twitter: @Feud_writer 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What Happened in Witches Wood by Stephen Henning @Henningopolis

What Happened in Witches Wood (Class Heroes)

In 1987, 16-year-old Katie Blake died in mysterious circumstances in a stream in Witches Wood.
In 2009, a teenage couple enter the wood one hot, summer night and encounter her ghost.
In 2011, James and Samantha Blake are staying at their grandparents’ farmhouse, close to Witches Wood, while they come to terms with their new superpowers.

Those powers are soon put to the test. James comes face-to-face with the ghost of Katie Blake – his long-dead aunt – and discovers that she may be responsible for a number of grisly deaths that have occurred in the wood. Meanwhile, Sam foils an armed robbery in a nearby village and sets in motion a chain of terrible events that threatens the whole family.

Sir Michael Rosewood, owner of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firm, knows the secret of their superpowers and has taken a keen interest in the Blake family. But is he friend or foe?

FAMILY FALLACIES by Kassandra Lamb @KassandraLamb

FAMILY FALLACIES (The Kate Huntington mystery series #3)

2/6/13 – 2/7/13

Psychotherapist Kate Huntington is having a rough autumn. Someone’s been sending anonymous and vaguely threatening notes to the counseling center where she works, and now she’s being sued for malpractice, for supposedly planting false memories in a client’s head. There is one bright spot. She’s falling in love. Now if she could just get the ghost of her dead husband out of her head.

As the budding romance is heating up, the note sender ups the ante and is threatening to “destroy” Kate’s family. Can things get any worse? Yes, they can. Kate becomes a murder suspect when a party in the lawsuit ends up dead. Her good friend, lawyer Rob Franklin, still has some misgivings about her too-handsome-to-be-trusted suitor. But now the two men must work together to support the woman they both love, and help her stop a killer... before he or she comes after Kate’s baby girl.     

Treading on Borrowed Time by Evelyn Klebert @EvelynKlebert

Treading on Borrowed Time


For Julia Moreau life seems complicated. Emerging from a failed marriage and managing a lifetime of diabetes, she lives alone in her childhood home where she communicates with the spirit of her Great Aunt Lilia. But Julia doesn't have a clue what complicated is until she is thrust into being the key chess piece in a match between two powerful men of extraordinary abilities on the wild hunt for a mystical creature hidden in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Will Julia lose her soul to the karma of a devastating past life or her heart to the love of a man driven by dark forces? What is clear is that whichever way she turns she is "Treading on Borrowed Time."

"Set in the marvelous city of New Orleans, Ms. Klebert takes us on a journey that's layered through lifetimes current and past. It is a marvelous adventure, and one that encompasses healing, trust, and the rapture of undying love. Treading on Borrowed Time is an outstanding achievement. It is a story that lingers upon the heart and mind." -- Aiden James author of The Forgotten Eden and The Vampires' Birthright


Five, Six ... Grab your Crucifix by Willow Rose @MadamWillowRose

Five, Six ... Grab your Crucifix (Rebekka Franck #3)
02/06/2013 to 02/10/2013

The Priest is a man with a mission from God. He is to help those possessed by evil to finally become free from their stronghold. He has expelled demons for years and had great success.

But there is one demon he never managed to cast out. And that demon has now come back to get him.

Rebekka Franck and Sune are on a vacation in Northern Zeeland when they suddenly find themselves involved in what turns out to be their most horrifying case to this date.

"Five, Six ... grab your crucifix" is a spine-chilling Scandinavian mystery-novel from the International Bestselling author Willow Rose. It is the third book in her series about the Danish reporter Rebekka Franck. Willow Rose will be writing the fourth book in the spring of 2013.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Frozen Footprints by Therese Heckenkamp @THeckenkamp

Frozen Footprints

02/05/2013 - 02/06/2013

"Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night." Eighteen-year-old twins Charlene and Max Perigard have grown up under the wealthy but tyrannical rule of their oil-tycoon grandfather. When Max disappears and a ransom note shows up, Charlene's world is shattered. She desperately tries to persuade her tight-fisted grandfather to pay, but the old man is convinced that Max is merely faking his kidnapping to extort money. Fearing the worst, Charlene determines to find her brother before it's too late. Her quest hurls her into a twisted, frigid world of snow and ice that leads to terror in an isolated cabin. Together the twins struggle for survival while enduring fierce trials of mind, body, and spirit. Devoid of all worldly comfort and consolation, will faith and hope be enough to get them through this chilling nightmare?  

The Survivors by Angela White @Angelawhitelaw

The Survivors: Book One (Life After War)

An action adventure quest, with a supernatural romance, and many other subplots, set during the aftermath of the apocalypse.

So what's really in this series? Here's a short list:

*The End of the World, right-up-close and full of apocalyptic horror.
*A government conspiracy that caused the apocalypse.
*An adventure into the wastelands to find family, supplies, and safety.
*A supernatural romance with a dangerous secret about a child's parentage and a love strong enough to survive the end of the world.
*An invasion, ambushes, attacks from Nature and man - guns and magic.
*A refugee camp with very different laws, picking up those who've survived.
*A Hero you'll love, even as you ponder the secrets that could lose him leadership.
*A Witch, a Doctor, a government Storm Tracker, a TV Star, and three Marines struggling to keep their people alive and together as they prepare to defend themselves against Cesar's Slavers.
*A constant battle for survival that includes deadly trips into decaying American cities, insanity, relics of the past, and ghosts that stalk their every move.

Life After War. Magic and Reality blended into a post-apocalyptic fantasy series that you won't ever forget.

The Survivors (book one) has been a bestseller on multiple retailers in fantasy series, dark fantasy, science fiction adventure, and romance series. It has sold, or been downloaded, more than 50K times in its first 24 months.         


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Brooke and the Magic Spectacles by Heather Richmond @marquettepress


Brooke and the Magic Spectacles (Magical Murphy Farm Series 1)

2-1-13 to 2-28-13    

This story is the first in the Magical Murphy Farm series. The Murphy Family Farm is an enchanted farm that owes much of its success to an agreement made between the Murphys and the Fairy Folk over a century ago in Ireland.

With over a hundred acres of farm land, the fairies and enchanted creatures work together to help the Murphy Family keep the farm prosperous enough to be generous to the community. The fairy folk call the Murphy Farm Lismore Baile, their words for "Bountiful Home."

The wondrous world of Lismore Baile awaits!

In this first book, young Brooke Murphy enjoys life living on a her family's centennial farm. The Murphy Family Farm has prospered for over a century, producing better than any farm in the area. Life on a farm couldn't be better for Brooke and her animal friends. One day, she decides to go for a walk in her mother's elaborate garden. On her way there, she finds some magical spectacles that allow her to see fairy folk and magical creatures. Brooke becomes more and more excited during her adventure while learning about the inner workings of the farm she calls home.

As she ventures down the hidden path of the garden, she greets the enchanted people of Lismore Baile, a magical realm where fantasy meets reality and the two work together to bring in the harvest. Brooke is given an errand by one of the fairies, one that she has to get done before bed time.

Some of the characters she meets include the flower fairies Marigold and Violet. Aurora is another fairy that Brooke meets along the way. Aurora helps keep the farm warm with some special help from her friend Fireglide (a volcano dragon). Everyone has something to do to keep the Murphy Farm thriving, including Brooke.

Brooke learns from Lily (possibly the last water nymph of her kind) that fairies and magical creatures have always been a part of the Murphy Family Farm.

After so many adventures, how will Brooke get safely home before it gets dark? With time running out, perhaps a little magic is needed.

Perfect reader for ages 9+ or great to read to children of any age. Adults will also like this uplifting story. This story emphasizes helping others, being thankful and the rewards for being generous.  

From Man to Man by David E. M. Emrys @DEMEmrys

From Man to Man (Wroge Elements)

02/02/2013 - 03/03/2013

‘I’ve traded my old enemies for just this one…’ The axe thundered home. ‘I miss the old ones.’

Every man has a past, none more so than Draven Reinhardt. Abandoning his old life to settle down as a villager, he struggles to fit in, let alone hold down a job. When opportunity offers the much needed coin, Draven is torn between a promise and a purpose.

But, what’s one last job if you’ve already got blood on your hands?
‘From Man to Man’ is the story of how one man can change – or not – for the best. Prequel to the upcoming novel ‘It Began With Ashes’, the short (6400 words) introduces the reader to a world of suspense, intrigue, and action.

Exclusive preview chapter from ‘It Began With Ashes’.

Seems Like Old Times by Joanne Pence @JoannePence

Seems Like Old Times

When Lee Reynolds, nationally known television news anchor, returns to the small town where she was born to sell her now-vacant childhood home, little does she expect to find that her first love has moved back to town. Nor does she expect that her feelings for him are still so strong.

Tony Santos had been a major league baseball player, but now finds his days of glory gone. He's gone back home to raise his young son as a single dad.

Both Tony and Lee have changed a lot. Yet, being with him, she finds that in her heart, it seems like old times...

[This story was previously published under pseudonym JoMarie Lodge.]

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks @BluegrassBrooks

Bluegrass State of Mind (Bluegrass Series)

2/1/13 - 2/3/13

McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive? 

Personal Breakthrough by Martin Sterling

Personal Breakthrough: A personal development plan and day by day personal development program to transform your thoughts.

January 31, 2013 to February 04, 2013

"Personal Breakthrough: A personal development plan and day by day personal development program to transform your thoughts" explores what makes some people successful and others not. Written in easy to understand language along with illustrations, "Personal Breakthrough: A personal development plan and day by day personal development program to transform your thoughts" helps you begin to connect the dots on what it is you may be doing over and over again that hinders you from accomplishing your goal.
Some of the topics we touch on are:

- Why don't you follow through?
- What it takes to be a real leader.
- How to create success for yourself.
- and much more!

This is a short (under 30 pages) easy to follow book all should enjoy. These are tips and ideas that have been used by the most successful men and woman of our time from businessmen, rappers to inventors as well as featured in the best personal development books. This straight forward take on personal development is great for the person who never sees themselves as reading a personal development book or involving themselves with personal development activities, but is hungry and curious about what else is out there.

FEUD by Derek Birks @Feud_writer


1st - 5th February 2013

September 1459. England stands on the brink of chaos as the forces of York and Lancaster prepare to settle their differences on the battlefield. As the rule of law breaks down all over England old scores are being settled.

In Yorkshire, the Radcliffe family revive an old feud with their neighbours, the Elders. There is no warning: a father is executed, a brother is killed and a household is ransacked. Emma Elder is dragged from her home and forced to marry the Radcliffe heir. Her younger sister, the beautiful and tigerish Eleanor, is violently abducted and imprisoned in a nunnery.
In a day the Elder family’s world has been destroyed ... but one member of the family remains at large. A young knight, Ned Elder, flees with a handful of loyal companions.
To regain what has been lost he must seek powerful friends and rely on his skill with the sword. But as the brutal Wars of the Roses unfold it seems that Ned cannot succeed on his own. His sisters, his companions in arms and the girl he loves must all play their part if the Radcliffes are to be overcome.

If you like the sort of historical action fiction written by Bernard Cornwell, then you should like this.     

Spent City by Andrew Kealy

Spent City

Thursday 31 Jan - Saturday 2

Reluctant investigator Gerry Lambe is wasting his days in a booze-fuelled oblivion when he is sent into a dizzying spiral of desperation after being hired by a cynical stripper for what initially appears to be a simple job. Things get out of control in a town where everyone has their price. 

Castles by Benjamin X. Wretlind @bxwretlind

Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors

What would you do to build your castle in the sky?

When Maggie was six, she hid from desert storms under the sink where the Comet and Windex were kept. Now twenty, she welcomes the storms. Maggie has been abused, torn apart by the sins of others and constantly feels as if she is living on the verge of some grand epiphany perhaps passed down through her Grandmother, perhaps given to her by God.

Then again, she may just be insane.
Maggie doesn't know if the four bodies she dismembered and placed inside a rusted Volkswagen Bus are the only bricks left to her castle in the sky, but she hopes you'll understand if they're not. Castles is Maggie's story, a literary horror novel about love and redemption, belief and revenge and what brings a person to madness.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Safety (One Eighteen: Migration) by Will Ross @WillRossWriter

Safety (One Eighteen: Migration)

It's 2008 in America, and the world has gone very, very wrong. Radio and televison signals drive men to madness, the dead hunt the living, and the ties that hold mankind together have severed.

Isolated, the town of Greenly, South Dakota has walled itself off from the horrors of the wider world. Safe behind their makeshift wall teenage lawmen prowl the streets and men and women struggle to survive in a town where electronics are banned.

In the center of it all, Jonas Waight, an academic in the wrong place at the right time. Waight does what he can to survive and trade, documenting his experiences in his journal. But when Jonas starts asking too many questions, will he be able to handle the dark secrets his curiosity reveals?

Welcome to Greenly...

Behold the Child by Harry Shannon @HarryShannon

Behold the Child This short novel first appeared in the Cemetery Dance anthology "Brimstone Turnpike." Each character was to be given a brief encounter with a wise old man named Johnny Divine, and one object that would affect the outcome of the story. In Harry Shannon's entry, Sam Kenzie is an LAPD cop who can't escape his obsession with a serial killer due to demons of his own.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale @kickitinthenuts

Kick Your Fat in the Nuts

Not only will Tony have you laughing out loud while he reveals the secrets behind weight loss and how the human body functions, you will also learn how to look at your own body chemistry to understand the underlying cause of YOUR weight issues. Since the reasons for weight gain vary from person to person, once you understand what is going on with your chemistry, this book will help you understand what foods, supplements, or lifestyle changes could eliminate your need to continue buying bigger pants. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Interview with Lara Reznik

Lara Reznik, a native New Yorker, attended college at the University of New Mexico where she studied under esteemed authors Rudolfo Anaya and Tony Hillerman. Ambidextrous from birth, Lara preferred her right-brained creative side, but discovered she could make a better living with her left-brain skills so entered the I.T. field in 1985. Lara launched her debut novel, The Girl From Long Guyland on Amazon last November. The novel has received rave editorial reviews and consistently ranked the #1 spot in Suspense, #1 in Contemporary Fiction, and #4 overall “Free Books,” during it’s Amazon Kindle Select Promotional Days 11/16-11/20. In addition to her novels, Lara has written and optioned three screenplays.

The Digital Ink Spot: Tell the readers about your book, The Girl From Long Guyland
Lara Reznik: Readers have told me that The Girl From Long Guyland reads like memoir-meets-psychological-thriller. Set against a 1969 psychedelic love-in backdrop, the story is shared through the eyes of I.T. executive, Laila Levin, when decades later, an unsolved murder pulls her reluctantly into her past. Facing a dramatic collision of then and now, Laila is forced to make choices that endanger her marriage, family, profession and ethics.

The Digital Ink Spot:  How much of you is the main character, Laila Levin?
Lara Reznik: This is a great question. Numerous people have told me that the characters, in both the hippie days of the late ‘60s and the corporate world of 2012, seem very believable and real. A few Amazon reviewers are convinced the novel is my autobiography. I’ll take that as a compliment that I was successful in creating a fictive world with a plot and cast of characters that are composites of people I’ve known. I’m at an age when I’ve begun reflecting on different periods of my life and examining what I’ve learned from them. For me, the late sixties was an aberration from the rest of my relatively conservative life. I wasn’t near as naïve or crazy as Laila, but I was a quintessential hippie, feminist, and anti-war protestor. Evidently, the novel has struck a chord with other baby boomers’ memories.

The Digital Ink Spot: The book cover is simple yet tells a lot, what do you want readers to get from it?
Lara Reznik: The cover is the result of a collaboration with two members of my critique group, authors Cynthia Stone and Tosh McIntosh. It was Cindy’s brilliant idea which Tosh spent endless hours fine-tuning in Photoshop. Marijuana leaves falling from a woman executive’s briefcase are symbolic of how Laila is forced to deal with the dark secret from her hippie past that has come back to haunt her now.

The Digital Ink Spot: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Lara Reznik: It often takes the threat of losing everything to appreciate what you’ve got! As corny as it sounds, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Laila comes to realize, “There’s no place like home.”

The Digital Ink Spot: What can readers expect from you in the future?
Lara Reznik: More novels. I’m working on two. The first is a novelization of my screenplay, The M&M Boys. It’s about a troubled Little Leaguer who meets Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle as they compete to break Babe Ruth's home run record in the summer of '61. The second, Dance of Deception, is a thriller set in the mid-seventies about a wealthy young woman who enters the dark world of Go-Go dancing, while a serial killer, imitating the Son of Sam, targets exotic dancers in Manhattan. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: Samurai Vs. Robo-Dick by Steve Lowe @Steve_Lowe

Samurai Vs. Robo-Dick


It’s been a few weeks since Benson returned to his parents’ home in the idyllic gated community of Grand Acres. He hasn’t seen them since. Ever since locking himself in the house with his supply of junk food and pot, he hasn’t seen much of anyone. When he’s finally coerced from the house and joins an ominous neighborhood group know as the Brown Shirts, Benson realizes things in Grand Acres aren’t nearly as tranquil as he thought. Even worse, there’s a samurai on the loose who is settling grudges in very violent ways.


Samurai Vs. Robo-Dick  is a great redemptive story about a habitual masturbating pot head. He lost his job, his home and his spark. He's come home to lick his wounds from his current failures and loses touch with reality at the most inopportune time ever. The world outside has gone to hell but it goes completely unnoticed by Benson due to the ironfisted rule orchestrated by the Brown Shirts that patrol the streets of the idyllic Grand Acres.
I loved the story and the characters Lowe introduces through the novella. Benson evolves from burnout to rebel leader in a manner not out of his character. I appreciate that Lowe doesn't make Benson break character in order to advance the story. Lowe is a extremely talented and creative storyteller.

Marrying Mallory by Diane Craver

Marrying Mallory

Is Mallory Harrington jinxed because her name means luckless? Things have gone wrong for Mallory since she was a small child. All she ever wanted was to have a complete family and live happily ever after. It appears she has it all when she marries Toby Harrington and they have a son. Unfortunately, their marriage ends when Toby has an affair with his law partner. Divorced Mallory doesn’t want to date, so she isn’t happy when her girlfriends try to fix her up with a minister friend.

Mallory decides to do something for herself, and get the nose surgery that she's always wanted. What she doesn't expect is her instant attraction to her surgeon.

Sometimes faith is about accepting what can't be changed and grabbing what God offers her. Life must go on.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Talisman Of El by Alecia Stone @Alecia_Stone

Talisman Of El


One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

Thirst by L.A. Larkin


Antarctica is the coldest, most isolated place on earth. Luke Searle, maverick glaciologist, has made it his home. But soon his survival skills will be tested to the limit by a ruthless mercenary who must win at any cost. The white continent is under attack. The Australian team is being hunted down. Can Luke stay alive long enough to raise the alarm? Can he avert a global catastrophe?
The countdown has begun. T minus 5 days, 2 hours and 53 minutes …

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ghost Stories by John Kachuba @JohnKachuba

Ghost Stories

Ghosthunters and students of the paranormal will find intriguing the four original stories in Ghost Stories by John Kachuba. These stories are not the scary—and cheesy—stories of terror, violence, and gore found in cheap novels and B-movies. Based on his own experiences as a ghost hunter, Kachuba’s stories are something new in paranormal fiction. You might call them stories for the “thinking man” (and woman!). These stories will challenge your ideas about spirits, ghosts, and haunted locations. Just in time for Halloween, Ghost Stories is a must-read for your paranormal bookshelf.             

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H10N1 by Marsha Cornelius @marshacornelius


A deadly influenza virus rages out of control. There is no easy-fix vaccine. No eleventh-hour containment. Only death.
With no workforce, power plants are unmanned so there’s no means of communication; police and fire departments have collapsed so no one is safe; looters are scavenging everything from big-screen TVs to canned peas.
When Dr. Taeya Sanchez finds herself unceremoniously dismissed from an emergency medical facility in New York, she decides to steal the hospital’s armored van for a midnight escape.
Unfortunately, Rick DeAngelo, a driver for the hospital, has already stocked the van for his own getaway.
Thrown into an unfriendly alliance, these two must pick their way across the dangerous wasteland of America in search of a safe haven. And as the miles roll by, they discover that the living should be feared much more than the festering corpses out there.


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Gateway Made Of Bone by Iain Grant @IainMGrant

A Gateway Made Of Bone

16th, 17th & 18th January 2013

The Seelie Court controls an empire of a thousand suns, each world linked to the next by the black oneirium gateways of the Sacred Guild of Gatemakers. While the empire plunders the conquered worlds to stave off its own destruction, Edenist rebels fight for independence. Caught somewhere in between is Celandine Brey, orphan, apprentice gatemaker and key to a treasure of untold wealth.

Chased by imperial agents and corrupt soldiers, Celandine is aided in her quest by Mr Sukh, mute veteran of the Engine Wars, Orlando Swaan, Edenist and naïve schemer, and Ana Zanbir, a demon-hunter on the run from her husband-creator, now bound to Celandine by an unbreakable oath.

From the narcotic grasslands of Aphid to the ancient temples of Nachista, from the high-rise cityscape of Termagore to the junk world of Immonda, A Gateway Made Of Bone is a fantastic journey through the conflict and chaos of a civilisation on the verge of collapse.           

A Summer Siege (Medieval Romance) by Samantha Holt

A Summer Siege (Medieval Romance)

1216 England

The country is torn apart by a rebellion as the French invade. Reunited after five years, Madeline and Tristan find themselves caught up in the war and in a fight to save their love.

Tristan is thrilled when the girl that he has loved, and missed, for five years returns to him, but the time apart has changed Madeline and she feels herself incapable of depending upon another. Can Tristan convince her otherwise?

As the French close in upon them, Madeline has to summon the courage to fight for her home, her country and for a love lost. Will she succeed or will their love and lives become another casualty of the rebellion?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013



Melissa Morris is a thirty-something single New Yorker who works in one of the trendiest boutiques in Manhattan. She has it all, until the night she discovers something dreadful and frightening and just plain weird. Her life will never be the same.

Before The Crash is a prequel short story to the Melissa Morris Crime Novels, Farbissen and Fakakt.

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The Rose Hotel by Rahimeh Andalibian @DrAConnect

The Rose Hotel

A country in chaos and a family torn asunder... In the midst of the upheaval and violence of Iran's 1979 revolution, a young girl struggles to make sense of a complex swirl of mystery and change.

In the novel, The Rose Hotel, Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian tells the true-life story of her Iranian Muslim family and two brutal crimes - one that her father solved and another of which her brother is accused.

The Iranian-born author takes us first into the early intimacy of her pious family as they lived in prosperity in their luxury hotel in Mashhad, Iran. Their life of beauty and tranquility is ruptured by revolution, followed by a fall from grace, as her homeland is forever altered and her family uprooted, first to London, and finally to California, where they suffer a different kind of revolution. Struggling to acculturate and adjust to a new host culture in America, they soon discover that although they escaped Iran, they were not free from their own lies and hidden truths.

Heartbreaking and intimately told, The Rose Hotel is a story of healing, rebirth after tragedy, and hard-won redemption.     

The Rand Principle by Jack Thompson @jack_writes

The Rand Principle

It's open season on Leeland Rand when his own government targets him for elimination. Is he a deadly killer, or a pawn in a game of cat and mouse? Or both?

A mysterious stranger warns Rand to run or die, but where do you go when you are public enemy number one? Will Rand uncover whoever has targeted him for termination before the U.S. Marshal Service's best tracker can find and kill him?

Think Jason Bourne and The Fugitive, and enjoy this political thriller. Great characters and interaction.               

The Maze - The Lost Labyrinth by Jason Brannon @themaze35

The Maze - The Lost Labyrinth (Suspense Thriller)

A near death experience transports Jamie Burroughs into The Maze, a realm every bit as peculiar as Lewis Caroll's Wonderland, yet engineered with the moral intent of C.S. Lewis' Narnia. Built by angels and demons and filled with traps and riddles, The Maze gives whoever enters a face-to-face encounter with their sins.

For Jamie, The Maze becomes a terrifying journey through a world of darkness where his soul and the lives of those he loves hangs in the balance. With his family in danger and his soul in peril, Jamie is forced to reevaluate the kind of man he truly is as he struggles to escape The Maze before it’s too late.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Interview with L.A. Larkin @lalarkinauthor

L.A. Larkin’s first book, The Genesis Flaw, launched a new voice in thriller writing in Australia. Larkin’s gift of combining her understanding of environmental science with a fast-paced read won her many fans. In her new book Thirst, using the backdrop of the Antarctic, L.A. Larkin has produced a novel that will have you on the edge of your
seat. L.A. Larkin travelled to Antarctica to research Thirst on a former Russian oceanographic research vessel. She learnt about crevasse rescue, Antarctic survival and how to sew up a wound (nobody was harmed, the pig’s leg she practiced on
came from the butcher). After the success of her first thriller, L.A. Larkin gave up her climate change consultancy role, and now divides her time between writing thrillers, public speaking engagements and running thriller writing courses both in the UK and Australia. She lives in Sydney.

Thriller author, L.A. Larkin, has been likened to Michael Crichton and John Grisham. Her debut novel, The Genesis Flaw, was nominated for four crime fiction awards. She goes to extremes to research her stories: to write Thirst she went to Antarctica, learned about Polar survival, explosives, and how to sew up a wound. Larkin writes fast-paced thrillers that tap into the fears of our time. Born in the UK, she now lives in Sydney, Australia.

The Digital Ink Spot: Please tell the readers about your book Thirst.
L.A. Larkin: Thirst is a thriller about a maverick glaciologist on a remote station in Antarctica, who is hunted by killers, and must survive long enough to prevent a global catastrophe. So if you like fast-pace, high stakes, action adventure set in a stunning and chilling location, then you will love Thirst, which has been described as “The best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station” (James Phelan).

The Digital Ink Spot: From the very beginning of Thirst the action starts but then quickly settles down. The reader still has this cloud of doom lurking in the background. I read that you are a self taught thriller writer, what was your process to becoming so good at drawing the reader in?
L.A. Larkin: I believe that the best way to learn to write thrillers is to read the masters of the genre: work out what works in the story, and even what didn’t. That’s how I did it, and that’s what I tell me students who attend my thriller writing classes. I have a degree in literature from the University of London, but we certainly didn’t study modern-day thrillers. In thrillers, it’s critical the opening of the book grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. It must thrill from the very first page! I tend to write openings that create a mystery and raises lots of questions. My central character is plunged into danger fast, and the adversary is seen doing something terrible. In Thirst, we see an unidentified assailant murder two members of the Antarctic team and he makes their deaths look like an accident. Our hero, Luke Searle, goes on a rescue mission, unaware they are already dead and soon he is isolated, hunted and totally cut off from the outside world, unable to warn anyone that a global disaster is about to be unleashed.

The Digital Ink Spot: How did you get to the point in your research for Thirst to decide to jump on a boat to Antarctica? Do you think your personal adventure added to the book?
L.A. Larkin: I believe that to write a convincing and exciting story is such an alien and hostile environment, you need to experience it. I did a lot of research for the story: I spent time with the Australian Antarctic Division and British Antarctic Survey. I learned about the Polar survival, crevasse rescue and even how to sew up a wound! But it wasn’t until I went to Antarctica that I began to understand what the extreme cold can do to you (the coldest temperature ever recorded is at Vostok Station at -89.6°C or -129°F) and that without shelter you cannot survive for very long. I discovered that fire is the biggest fear on an Antarctic station, that deep crevasses can be hidden under snow bridges that look safe to walk on, that you can smell penguin colonies from quite a distance and that there are abandoned station, fifty or a hundred years old, still standing and still equipped, left as if the original occupants might return at any moment. One such station will feature in Thirst and will offer Luke the chance to survive his ordeal, or will it?

The Digital Ink Spot: How much of the book is realistic?
L.A. Larkin: Thirst is set on and around the Pine Island Glacier which is a real glacier in the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica. This NASA footage will reveal why I picked this particular location for my action adventure:
I have tried to make the experiences and potential catastrophe of Thirst as real as possible and I spent time understanding the science behind my story. Luke Searle is Antarctica’s champion and his passion for, and knowledge of, Antarctica, was inspired by a man I met on a ship as we traveled there. Likewise, Luke’s buddy, Vitaly Yushkov, and the Russian ship’s captain, were not part of the original story but after sailing with a Russian crew to Antarctica, I knew they would make intriguing and fun supporting characters for my hero.

The Digital Ink Spot: What can readers except from you in the near future?
L.A. Larkin: I am working on my next thriller, as well as a young adult crime fiction series.

*bonus question - Can an adult leopard seal really eat a human?

L.A. Larkin:Yes, it is rare but they can. They are the predators of the Antarctic and can grow to 3.5m or 11.7 feet long and have huge mouths. In 2003 a female British researcher was killed by one. My hero knows this only too well, but can this knowledge save him?

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Sexy Babe by James L. Conway @jameslconway

Sexy Babe

Grace Taylor is an adorable young actress trying to make it in Hollywood. But she’s having a really bad day. She is dumped by her boyfriend, fired by her agent, and kicked out of her apartment – then things get really nasty…

Grace comes to the rescue of friend, Madison, a gorgeous redhead with a deadly secret. During the struggle Grace kills a man in self-defense – a dangerous man with a lot of dangerous friends – forcing Grace and Madison to run for their lives.

Pursued by the mob, wanted by the cops and the FBI, Grace and Madison find themselves in a firestorm of bullets, blood, betrayal, kidnapping and murder.

Sexy Babe is a wild and wicked thriller full of humor, unforgettable characters and nonstop action.               

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pagan's Sphinx by William Webster @huwdthomas

Pagan's Sphinx

A battered journal left by the lone survivor of a plane crash provides a tantalising clue to an ancient mystery…

After years of leading overland expeditions all over the world, Ben Drummond is trying to settle down in England and forget the woman who broke his heart.

But he is summoned to Oxford by maverick archaeologist Dr Sarah Pagan, who believes she has discovered the whereabouts of a lost statue. Pagan believes the statue - of an ancient sphinx - could be even older than the Pyramids.

Proving its existence would turn conventional history on its head –allowing Pagan to vindicate herself and reclaim her lost reputation.

Pagan wants Ben to lead an expedition that will take her team deep into the desolate landscape of the Western Sahara.

Their first hurdle is to find the unmarked wreck of the crashed plane – but Ben soon realises they are not the only ones on the trail. A gang of art thieves have got wind of Pagan’s quest and are trying to follow the team so that they can loot the site for themselves.      

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Goldenwealth Light by Scott McCloskey

The Goldenwealth Light (The Traveler of Ord)

01/09/2013 - 01/10/2013

What do you do when a magic spell tries to cast YOU?

Theodore Nathan Ellsworth must be the only kid on earth who hated winning the lottery. His peaceful junior high life was turned upside down when his once-loving parents shipped him off to a stuffy prep school where bullies pick fights with him every day. Add in Marie, his overachieving little sister who loves to tease him, and it's no wonder Theo would rather escape into his beloved fantasy novels than read that fresh copy of the Wall Street Journal that's waiting for him at the breakfast table every morning.

When Theo dodges a crabby librarian and borrows a strange book he found deep in forgotten aisles at school, he's whisked away to a world that's not like anything he's ever read about before. There are a lot of important lessons to be learned in this strange land, like how many hooves an escarot has, and NEVER to stare at a reflectia tree! The good news is, it's a time of peace and prosperity for all. The bad news is, everybody's calling Theo a Traveler of Tarad Ord, sent to restore the balance between good and evil. But if the world is already good, then what team is he supposed to be playing for?

With the promise of high adventure and the fate of an entire world on his shoulders, Theo learns he'll need to grow up fast if he's going to protect Marie and survive for long in the Gossamer City, capital of the Goldenwealth Light of Quaylund!

...but you know what the worst part of all is? Theo's little sister can cast magic spells, but he can't. That just sucks.  

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