Devil’s Days in Deadwood by Ann Charles is a fun supernatural thriller. The story delves into the life of Violet Lynn Parker a seemingly normal human being who works as a real estate agent but is involved in the supernatural as a ghost hunter. The protagonist is part of an agency that is tasked with defending Earth from the evils unseen by normal human beings. The compelling heroine of the story faces a formidable foe but she requires help from and engaging cast of characters in order to overcome the exact definition of evil incarnate. The story is set in the alluring town of Deadwood, a town plagued by mysterious happenings since time in memorial ranging from ghosts to haunted houses.
Ann Charles has invoked various stylistic devices that highlight her writing skill and made this novel stand out in the paranormal genre. Although this is book eleven in Ann Charles’s Deadwood Humorous Mystery series, I think new readers will be able to jump right in as I have. What I particularly liked about this novel, and Ann Charles’s view of the supernatural, is the satirical lens that it is all viewed through. It’s a stimulating blend of humor, mystery, and paranormal that all come together to make the reader alternate between gasps, laughter and furiously flipping pages. It reminded me of the writing style of Douglas Adams or A. Lee Martinez.
Violet is an exceptionally well defined character, someone we can relate to as a mother who works hard to provide for, and protect, her children. But in the same vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she’s a demon executioner who risks her life to defeat some truly vile, other worldly, beings. While I understood Violet’s motivations, and her emotions, I did want a little more backstory. The world created here is interesting and I wanted to explore it more, though I suppose I could by reading the other novels in the series.
I was excited about this novel from the very beginning, based on the short synopsis of the book. I was thoroughly entertained and may have found a new series to while away the time in quarantine. Fans of supernatural thrillers will find an exceptional piece of literature that offers a unique voice to this genre.
Pages: 393 | ASIN: B0884DJ4MP
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I have been widowed, divorced, conned, lied to, and cheated on.
This book is often humorous, sometimes sad, but mostly a truthful account of my life and experiences; THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. I hope you laugh, and I hope you cry.
A big part of this book is the nasty truth about online dating and mature dating in general.
I will tell you about the bad guys, scammers, and con men, working hard to steal your money, the ones that make their living taking advantage of your vulnerability, by lying to you.
I will tell you how I was conned out of $10,000 by a man I thought loved me.
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Cooking in a Teacup recounts your experiences in a kitchen in the Australian outback in 1952. What was the inspiration that made you want to capture this time in a book?
The main reason was to let my family of five girls and their families, understand how my life had been and what it was like then in the outback. They might find much of it monotonous as I tend to talk too much about myself. My coming from a religious boarding college life when aged fourteen which was restricting in certain ways, then going out into the bush for some years afterwards,, presented many profound changes for both me and my brother then.( Only partially going to grade ten was not a hindrance for finding a job later when in Darwin and it did not enter my mind then..)
I am so pleased you liked the story regardless of how it was written. I know I went through that life accepting whatever came along with curiosity and wide eyes, yet I followed orders with the knowledge that those people out there also accepted whatever occurred was part of their normal daily.
I enjoyed the humorous but honest recounts of your past. What is one experience from that time that you remember more clearly than the others?
Well, besides the worst one- that one of almost disappearing into the “big hole in the ground” , and the other one of nearly running a large truck off the road at night when driving home from Julia Creek—The main benefits were the new education I had received much earlier
from the young age of fifteen; and then the blessings of accepting and being able to live through those experiences. Truely, altogether it was the entire new living that life experiences, and having the patience and ability to watch, listen, absorb, and try to relax. Yet take part in the unknown chores of daily life, and admire the workers while learning so much from all those wonderful people I met. Enjoying their conversations and their natures, regardless of them carrying out their working jobs, which I often took part in.
When writing this book did you have to interview anyone or dig up any old photos to spark your memory?
No, all these details were always present in my memory with some never forgotten. I do have photos from most places I lived at.
I found your book to be ultimately inspiring. What do you hope readers take away from your story?
I would like to hope they actually do read some of the narrative without throwing it away in disgust and boredom.
This story relates to my own individual, genuine experiences which occurred, and I added others including the details of some years before from early 1945 and after, to explain my circumstances as they were then.
Just turning twenty one in 1952, my father wrote and asked me an odd question, which was to take on a job as a cook on a cattle station, up in North Queensland. Though ‘totally inexperienced’, this position sounded interesting and intriguing. New adventures lay ahead for me on that unknown part of the Australian outback. I doubt if my father even considered my lack of capabilities for this position at all. Later on this job also offered another one, with the bush nurse asking for me to come and nurse, care and cook for an elderly man at McKinley Qld, again my being absolutely inexperienced. These parts of my story included meeting new people, and happenings that occurred in my life, then and in the future.
As this is real life over periods of years, it also contains personal details of the author and family’s lives, and that of others.
This is not a cooking book and there are no recipes given, though a sense of humour would be appreciated.
At a young age, Jeffrey Hese was coming off a divorce and could not wait to explore his true self. At a time when the human race was getting introduced to the 70s after the tumultuous 60s, Jeffrey was in for a ride. He found himself thrust in different cultures and cities from Amsterdam to Boston. He goes through the paces of experiencing the underbelly of life with the help of Isadora. And how different it was from his apartment in Oneonta. So much to see. So much to do. So much to experience. His journey will be one of enlightenment and perhaps a second meeting with God.
Greg Wyss has crafted an engrossing tale of one man’s journey through life in the wake of the wild 60s. He has written a story so intriguing and appropriately sculpted that a reader of any age will relate and enjoy the book. The scenes are described in vivid detail leaving the reader thrust deep into the vortex of Jeffrey’s life at that time as well as the general lifestyle back then. The story teeters on the edge of humorous and poignant. It is a brilliant mix of serious and casual. With alternating moments of sympathy and loud belly laughs.
The characters in this book are well developed. Although the dimensions of character development may seem a bit foggy at times. This does not get in the way of recognition of common qualities. Jeffrey is doing something that many people would want to do before they are too old or too busy to do it. He is as new to this journey as most of us are. This may therefore either inspire you to go on your own journey of self-discovery. Or it may allow you to live vicariously through him. There is so much depth to this book. It will take the utmost attention and focus to peel through all the layers and get to the bottom of the true meaning of the story. Laden with thematic consistency and careful handling of the reader, this book is exactly what you need when you find yourself angling for an enjoyable escape. What better place to escape than a different time you may not have lived in? Those who did live in this era will enjoy the various references to music and popular behaviors of that time.
You will enjoy the plot. You will enjoy the characters. You will enjoy the flurry of activity. It may not be crass but this book will have you red-faced on occasion. Nothing like a good trip back in time.
Pages: 557 | ASIN: B07QN1VK36
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Metal Bones follows two story lines, one following brothers on the hunt for a cure to a ‘steel elbow’ disease and another following a man with a cannon for an arm who’s looking for his long lost father. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling science fiction story?
The spark that started Metal Bones was a song called ‘Alive’ by Phil Lober. When I listened to it I pictured a scene in my mind that I had to write a story around. I was also watching Star Wars a lot at the time and I think some of those themes crept their way in as I was writing.
Leo and Gaeth were intriguing and well developed characters. What were some ideals that guided their character development?
Thank you! The main thing that guided their character development was the dynamic between an older sibling and younger sibling. Leo wants to help Gaeth get better but Gaeth doesn’t want to be the one who has to be taken care of all the time. I used that to guide their decision making throughout the story.
I enjoyed the unique world you’ve created for your story. What were some themes that were important for you to incorporate in your galaxy?
I’m glad! A big one was family. Obviously Leo and Gaeth are a huge part of that, but I wanted to explore it with Tank as well. Even though his family isn’t blood related, I believe it doesn’t have to be and can even be stronger than biological family at times.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Metal Bones! I don’t have a specific release date yet but it’ll be 2021.
Metal Bones is an enthralling science fiction story that connects two separate story lines. The first one is about Leo and Gaeth, brothers who are on a mission to cure Gaeth’s contagious “steel elbow.” After their neighbors have unfairly shunned them, they set off on a space faring journey to Oblurn, where all those affected by this mysterious condition reside. They encounter a series of interesting and unique characters which sets off a bunch of misadventures along the way. The second story line follows one of the most interesting sci-fi characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year: Tank, a man on a mission. His father has been missing for a long time and Tank almost loses his own life in search of his long lost father. A mysterious woman saves him and gives him an arm cannon (yes! a cannon for an arm) under one condition: he must protect a Myca, a child, at all costs. Tank agrees but soon discovers that everything is not as straightforward as it seems.
Metal Bones is an action packed novel with a quick pace interrupted only by necessary exposition that drives a far flung plot that’s held together by intriguing characters. Although the premise and situations of the characters are somewhat difficult to believe (a steel elbow? How would that work?), Kathleen Contine makes it work and the suspension of disbelief is pulled of quite easily. Everything is serious without being grave, and the light touches of humor really add to the whole experience.
Some of the comments and behaviour made towards his “disease” spoke multitudes about the way humans themselves deal with those with disabilities or conditions. I’m not sure whether the author intended to make a comment or draw attention to this situation, but it was a topic that was subtly and sensitively explored; I greatly appreciated that.
The characters and their motivations were also portrayed with great depth. Leo was not simply the selfless, sacrificial brother to Gaeth. And neither was Gaeth a helpless, grateful, steel elbow victim. All the characters were complex and human- that’s what made them so compelling.
Metal Bones a fun and interesting book that sets up an intriguing universe and places some engaging characters within it. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a science fiction novel with a bit of humor that’s rife with action.
Pages: 299 | ASIN: B084H9BMDF
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Dave Randall had always found it hard to interact with people around the office. Dave was fine reflecting on his less than fulfilling life as a man of the law, but when his friend disappears he struggles to find out what happened to his friend. His friend finally appears to him and sheds some light on what happened to him. This sets off a series of events in Dave’s life and leads him to question his life and his beliefs. His journey of self-discovery is long and not without its bumps. Will John appear to him when he needs him? Will he get Abby back?
Daniel Maunz tells a touching story of one man’s struggle in life that we can all relate to. When Dave grief process is a lot like most people go through. Only he gets a chance that we never get.
Questions of Perspective will have you asking yourself difficult existential questions and motivate you to reflect. I found myself planning on how to improve my own life so it can be more fulfilling. The prose and tone of the book is casual but always engaging. Thus, giving the reader a sense of kinship with the characters. The book moves at a speed that allows the reader to acclimatize to the emotions of the characters as well as get used to the changing backdrops. It lets the reader take a break to think about his or her own life and then get right back on track with Dave on his own journey. All this is executed with a tinge of humor. Just enough to keep things light and fun but still let the reader know that this is serious stuff.
Dave is an intriguing an well developed character that supports the novels narrative. He is nothing like your usual hero. He is just a regular guy. You can almost picture him with a paunch and an awkward social persona. Peaches is the cat you wish your cat would be. The author has done a good job with the characters.
Questions of Perspective may not have the answers to life but it will help you keep from being frustrated that you do not have them either. Take your time with this book. It can be a nice relaxing read. It can also be the book that lights a fire under your seat.
Pages: 244 | ISBN: 1684334586
Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body is a hilariously imaginative novel about a freaky body swap. It is about Alan Maitland, a successful businessman who has woken up in the body of Hana Toussaint, a sophisticated escort. He slowly connects the dots that connect him to this sticky situation, some of which include a disastrous science experiment and a missing scientist. Along the way he discovers that living as a woman is far from easy, especially in Hana’s profession. However along the way, they develop a bright and playful relationship. They both develop respect and compassion for the life that the other lives, even if it may be on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Although it is reminiscent of the classic Freaky Friday or The Hot Chick body swaps, the story itself does not sound old or unoriginal. I was hooked from the beginning till the end. Often the plausibility of such a premise can be easily undermined, but the author has a knack for portraying recognizable human tics in even the wackiest situations.
William Quincy Belle also makes some intelligent commentary on the ways of today’s world. Gender inequality and class discrimination are addressed in a light hearted but thought provoking manner. I was expecting that the topic of sexuality and gender identity would be explored a little further- especially considering the dilemma that arises from being confusingly attracted to/trapped in an unexpected body. Even if I didn’t necessarily learn anything new, it was still refreshing to encounter a novel that acknowledged the realities of the modern world. Also the various physical shticks provided on behalf of Alan (walking in stilettos, makeup shenanigans) were endlessly amusing.
I particularly enjoyed reading Hana’s character. She was a playful and charming character but not without intelligence. Any doubts that Alan may have had about the nature of her profession vanished when he realized she was equally matched, if not better than him.
This was a vastly entertaining read and I pretty much zoomed through it. I look forward to exploring more of Belle’s works, especially if they are to include Alan and Hana.
Pages: 155 | ASIN: B01LYWXM4E
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