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Book Review. The Manuscript 1. The Secret

the Manuscript 1. new coverTitle:   The Manuscript 1. The Secret
Author:   Blanca Miosi
ASIN:  B0141S2FOA
Published:  New version 16th August 2015
Pages:  255
Genre:  Suspense, thriller

As a writer, a book titled ‘The Manuscript’ will always be intriguing to me, and Blanca Miosi’s book did not disappoint me. From the very beginning you are thrown in at the deep end and have many questions that make you keep reading.

The writer protagonist of the book, Nicholas, is having trouble writing. And right in cue, a strange man gives him a magical manuscript of sorts. It is unclear what the magic is, but Nicholas becomes fascinated by the content of the manuscript to the point that he has to go and pursue the story, no matter at what cost.

The novel flows well, and the changes in point of view narration add layers of complexity to the book, and make us feel closer to the characters, a complex array of people, from all walks of life and different corners of the world. Business corporations, Mafia, Colombia cartels, Nazi concentration camps’ experiments, writers block, love triangles, genetics…all have a part to play in this novel that’s deceptively simple. Fictional situations mix with well-known historical characters and create a compelling narrative that will leave you wanting more.

I’ve read many books and one can’t help but guess what will come next. Believe me, I tried, but the book kept going in unexpected directions.

Well-paced, with a great story, likeable main characters and some fantastic minor ones, a great dose of intrigue (and some magic) it is not surprising it was a best-seller in its Spanish version. I’d be surprised if the English version doesn’t do even better.

Ratings:
Realistic Characterization: 3/5
Made Me Think: 4/5
Overall enjoyment: 5/5
Readability: 5/5
Recommended: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
 

Buy it at:  Amazon
Format & Pricing:
Paperback:  
Kindle: Free at time of writing the review

Thanks all for reading, thanks to Blanca for her book and you know, if you’ve enjoyed it, like, comment, share and CLICK

Olga Núñez Miret

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BOOK REVIEW BY @COLLEENCHESEBRO OF “Louisiana Ghost Story” by M. A. Harper

Louisana Ghost Story

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Title: Louisiana Ghost Story
Author: M. A. Harper
ISBN-10: 0151011168
ISBN-13: 9780151011162
ASIN: B00CHQBDMO
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Pages: 368
Published: January 10, 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal-ghosts, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal Romance

Phil, the owner of an upscale restaurant in New Orleans, and his new wife Michelle have recently married blending their kids, her home, and their work together as a brand new family. Only a few months into their marriage, strange appearances by Michelle’s late husband, A. P. Savoie, who was a famous Cajun musician, begin to occur. Phil is haunted by visions of Savoie, which begins to take a toll on his health and their marriage. As the haunting images increase, Phil and Michelle are forced to consult psychics and even a Priest looking for answers to the horrifying occurrences. I could not wait to find out why Savoie was coming to them from beyond the grave.

I found myself immersed into the life of this family in New Orleans, with just the right amount of Cajun spice and ghostly images thrown in. I was drawn to Michelle, as she was still dealing with the loss of her husband, and how it affected her and her children; even though she was newly married to Phil. The dynamics between Phil, Michelle, and the dead Savoie were especially enlightening to the story. It really made me think about the reach and depth of love between two people.

This family had realistic challenges just learning how to become their own family, let alone the paranormal activity that encircled them. The fact that the children all got along together made me want them to find success as a family. I found the step children endearing and loved how Michelle’s son wanted to follow in Phil’s footsteps at the restaurant when his own children did not have an interest.

Unfortunately, this book has several titles. I downloaded the Kindle version called, “Louisiana Ghost Story.” I understand the original title to be, “The Year of Past Things/Ghost in the Bedroom.” Now the book is listed as, Cajun Spirit (The Jolie Blonde Series: A Louisiana Trilogy Book 3).” Get past the confusion with the title and you will find a great old fashioned Southern ghost story that will keep you guessing from start to finish.

I felt this was a story about the deepness of love shared between a family, and at the same time, about learning how to let go of things that are out of our control. I deeply cared about this family and what was happening to them. It was a joy watching them learn about forgiveness while they moved from the past into the future as a family unit.

I absolutely loved the end of this book. I never saw it coming! On that note, I was also sad to let go of the characters. By the end, I felt like I had lived through this event with them, I was so emotionally involved in the plot.

I totally enjoyed the realistic haunting experience that Phil had. It was not portrayed as a Hollywood version of a horror movie. I was comfortable with that characterization because the story seemed so down to earth and not really fiction at all. As the events unraveled in this ghost tale, I was instantly hooked and drawn in to the intrigue.

If you are a fan of old fashioned ghost stories, this book will enthrall you from beginning to end. Watching a family handle their grief, while learning how to love again was especially poignant and sweet, as they form their own special family unit.

M. A. Harper

Ratings:
Realistic Characterization: 4/5
Made Me Think: 3/5
Overall enjoyment: 5/5
Readability: 4/5
Recommended: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5
Buy it at: Amazon
Format & Pricing
Paperback: “The Year of Past Things,” “Ghost in the Bedroom.”
Kindle: $2.99Cajun Spirit (The Jolie Blonde Series: A Louisiana Trilogy Book 3)”
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Review of Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene.

Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene
Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene

Title:   Atonement, Tennessee

Author:   Teagan Geneviene

ISBN-10: 1481826948

ISBN-13: 978-1481826945

ASIN:  B00HGWKRA8

Published:  21st December 2013

Pages:  296

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

If there is such a thing as your “standard novel” and I’m not sure there is, Atonement, Tennessee is definitely not it. Although some aspects of the story might seem familiar to readers (we have a newcomer to a small and seemingly fairly quirky town, a catalogue of slightly odd characters, hidden and dark stories behind perfect surfaces…), others definitely will not. Although we spend most of the time in Ralda’s head (her given name is Esmeralda and that plays quite an important part in the book), we also see things from the point of view of Lilith, her cat, and that allows us to gain more knowledge than Ralda has, but from a peculiar viewpoint that means we are observes and what we see is unfiltered by either reason or prejudice.

Other novel and original aspects are its mixing of the everyday and the magical/paranormal. There are dogs barking, cats sneaking out, moving companies that keep getting delayed, but also strange and eerie mirrors, a cemetery that is part of the property and hides many secrets, attractive but strangely bizarre men, unknown magical birds, and fairly unusual dreams.

Ralda is self-reflective and we not only see things from her point of view (for the most part) but her internal dialogue works as a narrator who accompanies us. But how reliable a narrator is she? The many everyday worries that surround her (will the cat get out of the house? Will she finally get her possessions back? How much will it cost to repair the house?) keep pulling her attention away from the many strange and fantastic things that are also happening. She doubts herself, but she’s shown as dealing well with other people’s problems and being highly effective. When it comes to herself, though, things are more complicated and she does not want to accept that she can be at the centre of unknown powers and events. It is not so much that she’s trying to misguide us; it is that she does not even want to allow herself to think about certain things (like what she might feel for the male characters).

Although something mysterious happens early in the book (that seems connected to one of the objects), this is by no means the main mystery. Why Ralda is there and who she is are at the heart of the book and by the end we might have our suspicions, but like the protagonist, we lack information to come to any conclusions. We have the answer to some of our questions, but can only speculate about others.  But this leaves room for the sequel, on which I understand the author has begun work.

The writing style is engaging and accessible, there is enough description to fire the imagination without being overly detailed and doing all the work for the reader, and the chosen point of view offers fascinating psychological insights into the main character.

What did I love about the book? The setting, the fabulously strange house, the cemetery, Lilith, the sheriff (not as onedimensional as everybody thinks), the friendship between the four women, the locket, the bed, the dreams…It reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe but not as dark.

What didn’t I like? That there isn’t a second part to tell me more about the mysteries that are suggested but we don’t get to know enough of.

Who do I recommend it to? If you like spooky tales, old houses, mystery, cats, legends, magic and stories about women I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Ah, let’s not forget unusual birds and cemeteries…Is there anybody not included?

I encourage the author to bring us part two very soon. We want to know more!

Here the book trailer, in case you want to get in the mood for the story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koggOn6vcDs#t=57

Ratings:
Realistic Characterization: 3.5/5
Made Me Think: 5/5
Overall enjoyment: 5/5
Readability: 5/5
Recommended: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
 

Buy it at:  Amazon (e-version, paper), Barnes & Noble

Format & Pricing:

Paperback:  $7.45
Kindle: $3.52

 

Olga Núñez Miret

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Kent Whittington

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Just Add Water a Hetta Coffey Mystery Q&A @jinxschwartz

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Just Add Water won an Eppie Award in the Mystery category, and has over 350 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon. Here is what some people wrote:

I’m a lot older than the Hetta Coffey, and I don’t have a lot in common with her, but I couldn’t put this book down. Jinx Schwartz is a master of character development. You actually feel like you know the people in the book.

“This is one of the brightest well-written most entertaining series I have come across in sometime. Can’t wait for more.”

“Finally…great dialogue! Smart, sassy and thoroughly entertaining. Hetta is an original and the supporting cast are just as much fun. Going to get the next book now!”

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 Eppie Award winner. One of the Top Sellers on Amazon. The one word description for her book today I believe is more a description of herself than the book. Economy destroyer, and scourge of the seas. Meet . . .

Author

Jinx Schwartz

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RW: I see this as a dangerous question to ask considering your residence but I’ll put it this way, where were you from before you found your current calling of a home?

JINX: I’m a country girl; the problem is, which country?

I’m a ninth generation Texan who was raised all over the place, including Haiti and Thailand, then traveled the world for study and work.

RW: Who are your favorite authors?

JINX: Larry McMurtry, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child.

RW: What is your favorite beverage to drink, any kind?

JINX: Wine, I guess, although I drink a lot of coffee and ice tea.

RW: What is your escape from writing when you are at that about to explode point?

JINX: I head for a nice long walk.

RW: What is your favorite word?

JINX: Rats.

RW: What is your background in writing, what makes you a writer?

JINX: I have been writing novels for 20 years, with nine published. I guess I just like to entertain people.

RW: What is the title of the book you’re sharing with us today and why did you choose that name?

JINX: The first in my Hetta Coffey series of six is Just Add Water. She’s looking for a lifestyle change, and living on a boat sounds good.

Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she’s not afraid to use it.

So am I!

RW: What genre does Hetta and her stories fall into?

JINX: Humorous Mystery and Sea Adventures

RW: Why do you write in the genre that you do?

JINX: They say to write what you know, and I have lived on boats for almost thirty years, mostly in Mexico. So that is what I write about.

RW: Tell us a little about Just Add Water.

JINX: Just Add Water, Book 1, introduces the reader to Hetta Coffey. She’s single, pushing forty and looking for something different. So, she buys a yacht and moves aboard, even though she’s never even owned a row boat. But Hetta is not averse to challenge; she’s an engineer who has traveled the world in search of work and men. She’s much more successful with work.

RW: What inspired the creation of Hetta and her first adventure ?

JINX: I was single, my dog died, and I wanted a change. So I bought a yacht. The humorous part of owning a boat with no experience inspired me to share the experience, woven into a greatly embellished tale.

RW: Hetta has been good to you so far. What do you think makes readers connect to Hetta?

JINX: Hetta is liked by both men and women, despite some character traits and bad habits that should not make her anyone’s new best friend. She is independent, adventurous, totally un-PC, but loyal to her friends, and dangerous to her enemies.

RW: What actress do you see as being Hetta?

JINX: A young Bette Midler.

RW: Is there a message intended with Just Add Water?

JINX: My books are meant as pure escapist entertainment, but because of them I have met people in Mexico who tell me the series inspired them to buy a boat and head south. On the other hand, one person accused me of single-handedly ruining the Mexican tourist trade.

RW: Other than the ability to destroy an economy, what did you learn about yourself from writing the first Hetta adventure?

JINX: Writing is very cathartic, and gives a writer a chance to make good on past mistakes. Oh, get even with those who mess with her by writing them into a slow and painful death. Just kidding. Really.

RW: Sum up your book in one word.

JINX: Sassy.

RW: Where do we get your Hetta Coffey Mysteries?

JINX: All of my books are available on Amazon.com.front cover

RW: You have several books, and not just your Hetta Coffey series. Which of the others would you say is your favorite?

JINX: One of my favorite books is Land of Mountains, my Middle Grade/YA novel set in Haiti in the 1950’s. Ten-year-old Texan, Lizbuthann, finds her new country fascinating, even though she’s being stalked by a pesky zombie.

RW: How do people connect with you through all forms of social media?

JINX: I have many new friends on Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Groups, you name it. Social media is also my main marketing tool other than Book Bub, and it is such a great way to meet new people from all over the world. I feel I know so many of them that when they aren’t on Facebook for awhile I get worried.

Jinx’s Blog: Jinx Schwartz’s Water Writes

Website: JinxSchwartz.com

Amazon: Author Page

Twitter: @jinxschwartz

And people can find me on facebook as well.

RW: Do you currently have agent representation or are you a lone sea wolf?

JINX: I tried the agent route, but it didn’t work out for me. Agents are great if you can get one, but getting one is hard enough, and then it takes way too much time to get a book sold, and even then you are at the mercy of publishers. I am much as an Indie now.

RW: What are you working on right now?

JINX: Book seven in the Hetta Coffey series. No title as yet.

RW: What is your biggest tip for someone to getting published?

I would hope that a new writer has the luck to find a publisher (as I did) since as going on your own from the get-go is fraught with danger. It is too easy to publish a faulty book now, and I had the good fortune to be published by someone who knew the industry. I learned a great deal, even though the publishing company didn’t make it.

If a new writer wants to go Indie, I highly suggest a critique group, and an editor. Learning the basics is so important. Proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure are key to a well-written book. I cannot believe how many books I’ve seen out there that are not even punctuated properly. This is the kiss of death to becoming successful in this competitive business.

RW: What book are you reading at this time?

JINX: One of Paul Levin’s, Riptide. I should have added him to my favorite author list.

RW: If you could have written any book that exists, other than your own, what would it be and why?

JINX: Gone With the Wind. No, wait, Roots. No, wait, Lonesome Dove. No, wait…is this a trick question?

 

Now you see why my introduction was so short. I wanted to get to the sassy lady herself and let you see that personality in action. One reason for these interviews and the questions is so you can get to know the personality behind the writing. I think sassy describes a lot more than the Just Add Water. You need to join the thousands of others buying her books. Those great reviews can’t be wrong. Get them today. Get caught up on all of Hetta Coffey’s Mysteries before that 7th is finished.

And as always . . .

Read a Book, Write a Review.

Much Respect

Ronovan

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