Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous Drop Dead Gorgeous by Donald Allen Kirch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! What a premise. Donald Allen Kirch never ceases to amaze me with his endless, absolutely entertaining story ideas. In “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” Donald shows what it’s like for a man to suffer a woman’s scorn. I’m not even sure as a woman if my mind could go there. But Donald’s does.

Steve Kane meets and marries a woman, Annabelle Schreck, whom he believes he could spend the rest of his life with—and maybe he could have. But not long after they’re married, Steve finds himself spending too much time without his wife’s passionate love. Despite the fact Steve loves his wife, his needs aren’t being met and so after meeting Tana, falls prey to an age-old relationship breaker: he cheats on Annabelle. Unfortunately for him, Annabelle walks in on him and Tana. Annabelle is hurt and beyond irate. Revenge is not a strong enough word for what Annabelle has in mind. The torment Steve is made to suffer will, regrettably for Steve, be a lifelong bane; and he can’t even kill himself to stop the pain.

Years later, Eve Doe kidnaps Ray Wells. During his captivity, Ray learns of Eve’s persecution at the hands of another. Eve tells him the story of her past, how she’ll always be haunted by the person she used to be, and why she has kidnapped him (and many others before him).

As these two plots come together, it will stun you to learn how intricately woven together they really are. Obviously, a woman’s scorn is not something any man would want to endure, let alone live with for many, many years to come.

Bravo, Donald!

Reviewed by Starr Gardiner, author of “The Other Side: Trent’s Story,” book two of the Other Side series

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review: Jump Cut: An Ellie Foreman Mystery

Jump Cut: An Ellie Foreman Mystery Jump Cut: An Ellie Foreman Mystery by Libby Fischer Hellmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Jump Cut" by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Another great novel by Hellman. It has all the ingredients of a very entertaining read: intrigue, espionage, murder, mystery and a touch of humor.

You wouldn’t think that shooting and producing a promotional video for an aviation company could be that interesting. And you’d be right. Well, perhaps not the details of the production, but most certainly the fallout from being fired is. Ellie Foreman put forth what she thought was great work, but apparently big-wigs from Delcroft Aviation didn’t agree.

Knowing there must be more to the story than the seemingly unexplained lack of predilection for her project, Ellie just can’t accept her termination from the assignment and sets out to find out what really happened. She soon realizes there is indeed more to what she was told. Reaching out to the wrong people to ask questions catapults Ellie into the world of traitors and double dealing. She ends up with something that too many people want for all the wrong reasons. And those people will stop at nothing to get it back.

Riveting is the first word that came to mind as I read this. I do, like Hellmann’s other works, recommend this novel if you want a great entertaining read.

Reviewed by Starr Gardinier, author of the Other Side Series

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lazy, Rainy Days

Today, it's raining here in 'sunny' Southern California. I love the rain. It washes away all the pollen, pollution, and foul tastes of the senseless maniacs driving the streets of California. Do I sound like I hate it here? If so, let me clear that up. I don't. I love California. The people? I could do without a few.

But that's not why I'm blogging today. 

It's raining. I love to hear the musical tones of rain splashing into already formed puddles. The cleansing scent is reminiscent of a peaceful, lazy day at a lake in the mountains.

Rainy days give me (us?) an opportunity to stay indoors and get caught up on life's little to-do lists that I keep putting off. Like cleaning ceiling fans and doing laundry. Okay, that's the yuck part.

But, I also get to blog, like now. These random nonsensical words I put into a blog post. Next (after checking laundry again), I'll go back to penning my 3rd book in the Other Side series: The Other Side: Ben's Story. If you have no idea what the Other Side series is, you can always find the books here: Melinda and Trent are in a world of hurt in Ben's Story. They don't know it yet, but paranormal fatalities become parts of their worlds.

At any rate, back to my rain rants. Days like today allow me (us?) to feel anew as the droplets wash away my stressful days. All week, my brain functions analytically. Weekends, I use the other side of my brain creatively. It's a great balance, even though more time is spent pouring over legal musings instead of fictional ones.

So, today, Ben is beckoning me. I bid you adieu now. Apparently, the paranormal world is waiting to exact its 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Release of The Other Side: Trent's Story is HERE!

You can see my first stop on my blog tour here:

I hope you all take a look, leave comments and/or support me. Thank you and enjoy!

For those who haven't seen the trailer, here is the link: Be sure your speakers are on! 

If you're interested in purchasing it, here's the link where you can get it: Starr Gardinier : The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Press Release

For Release immediately
“The Other Side: Trent’s Story”

Starr Gardinier in conjunction with The Wild Rose Press announces the availability of “The Other Side: Trent’s Story”
Available for purchase on January 22, 2016

Sherman Oaks, CA— “The Other Side: Trent’s Story”Today, The Wild Rose Press announced availability of “The Other Side: Trent’s Story”, enabling readers of the paranormal and suspense to purchase their copies.

“One of those rare paranormal thrillers that challenges as it entertains...a wondrous, chilling tale...supremely and masterfully crafted, and elegantly written...,” said Jon Land, author of “Pandora’s Temple.”

“The Other Side: Trent’s Story” Availability

“The Other Side: Trent’s Story” is a paranormal/suspense and is part of the Other Side series. Starr is committed to delivering to her readers entertaining stories, and “The Other Side: Trent’s Story” is the second in the series. It is available for electronic download or paperback purchase at or

The Other Side series and “The Other Side: Trent’s Story” are copyrighted in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: Live Wire

Live Wire Live Wire by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Review: Destiny

Destiny Destiny by Casi McLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Casi McLean does it again. While she wrote “Beneath the Lake” first, I read it last. It doesn’t matter as they’re not connected. The Destiny Series will wow you! Every story I read, I wanted more. Then I’d get into the next story and want more again. Every story in this series will enthrall you. When I finished, I…that’s right…wanted more. There are five wonderful novelettes here.

I would love to see Casi write more of these tales. They’re heartwarming, ethereal, paranormal and romantic all rolled into a series that’s well-written, entertaining and charming. I don’t have enough good things to say about this series. All I can say is, if you haven’t read this yet, you should. There’s one story, “The Gift” that is appropriately named. Casi’s words themselves are gifts to readers of all genres.

Casi McLean is on my watch list. Whatever she publishes, I’ll read. She is definitely and up-and-coming tale weaver.

Reviewed by Starr Gardiner, author of “The Other Side: Melinda’s Story,” part of the Other Side series

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