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.

For more information, press only:

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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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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book Review: "Crazy About You" by Katie O'Sullivan

"Crazy About You" by Katie O’Sullivan

I love romance. I love suspense. “Crazy About You” has both. Katie does a magnificent job weaving love and murder together. A cozy, this novel will have your cheering on the protagonist and worrying about if the protagonist will be around long enough to enjoy the romance coming her way.

Emma comes home from New York to Provincetown to visit, but it’s not long before she’s had enough and goes back to New York. But before leaving Provincetown she literally bumps into a stranger. Chase Anderson is in town for his research he’s doing and doesn’t plan on staying long.

Back in New York, Emma is called back to Provincetown to run her mother’s bead store while her parents are away taking care of her brother Sean after emergency surgery.

Chase ends up having to stay longer in Provincetown that he initially anticipated. Before you know it, Emma and Chase spend more and more time together. But Emma’s friend from New York, Tony, doesn’t like it. His cousin Vito reports back to Tony that he spotted Emma out with Chase. He tells her to stop dating, that it doesn’t look good for him. When Emma defends herself and relationship, telling Tony that they were only friends, not a couple, Tony makes Vito apologize to Emma.

Vito ends up dead. Emma refuses to believe Tony had anything to do with it. Is she that na├»ve? Doesn’t she realize who Tony really is? And why should she stop dating Chase just because people think she and Tony are a couple? What is really going on? It’s rumored to be mob-related. Is it true?

So many questions and I will not answer a single one. This is a book you have to read to find out. Katie will draw you in like she did to me. You won’t stop until you’ve reached the end. Very enjoyable.

Reviewed by Starr Gardinier, author of “The Other Side: Melinda’s Story”

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Review: Asylum Harbor

Asylum Harbor Asylum Harbor by Isla Grey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Asylum Harbor" by Isla Grey

Entertaining and well-written. Those are the first two descriptions I can say for Isla’s book, but not the only ones. Terrific comes to mind, as well.

Devon Brown is one strong protagonist. She still believes in relationships, even after some past ones filled with drama. Moving to Shell Island to escape her family, Devon finds herself bartending and staying with an old crotchety woman. The bartending was okay, but the old lady? Not so much.

If Devon thought her past relationships with family and friends were hard, little did she know that the ones in Shell Island would be just as challenging, especially her new-found romance with Kerr. Victoria is a dancer at the bar where Devon works. Let’s just say Victoria doesn’t particularly care for Devon and it only gets worse when Victoria finds out that Devon and Kerr are romantically involved.

It’s one battle after another for Devon, but love wins out in the end. A great read and a must have!

Reviewed by Starr Gardinier, author of “The Other Side: Melinda’s Story”

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Friday, October 2, 2015


Join us for our Facebook Launch Party on October 3, 2015 between 10 am and 1 pm PST. Authors appearing will be:
  • Starr Gardinier, author of "The Other Side: Melinda's Story"
  • Debra Doggett, author of "Bone of my Bones"
  • Susan Edwards, author of "Red and her big bad Dom"
  • Abigail Owen, author of "Blue Violet"
  • Peggy Jaeger, author of "First Impressions"
  • Sharon Saracino, author of "Her Executive Protector"
  • Lida Sideris, author of "Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters"
  • Casi McLean, author of "Hearts Akilter"
  • Devon McKay, author of "Cowboy on the Run"
  • Kayden Claremont, author of "Timeless Passion"
  • Maureen Bonatch, author "Grandma Must Die"

Simply go to: and join. It's FREE and you could be a lucky winner of a prize or prizes! Each author will be giving away something.

I will be giving away a FREE DIGITAL copy of "The Other Side: Melinda's Story." 

Can't wait to see everyone there!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review of "Beneath the Lake"

I couldn’t put “Beneath the Lake” by Casi McLean down. Warning! If you don’t have time to sit down and read, don’t pick this book up. Seriously, it grabbed me from sentence one and you won’t want to put this book down and go back to work.

Innocently, Piper invites her best friend Lacey to a party. At the party, Lacey finds her boyfriend Cole in the arms of another woman. Dashing from the party, she rushes out into a storm and ends up crashing her car.

It’s when she wakes us her journey begins. It’s a voyage beyond one’s imagination. Lacey has always had issues with trust and love, stemming from the death of her mother. She seems to constantly pick the wrong man. Cole quickly becomes a bad memory when Lacey meets (again?) her true soulmate.

I really don’t want to say much more about the story for fear of ruining it for the reader. Suffice it to say, Lacey goes on a fantastical trip, bringing the reader with her. I will say however, it’s history in the making.

Can I give it ten stars? Most reviews are up to five stars, but it’s not enough for this book. Casi has such amazing talent that I’m breaking the mold and giving her 10 STARS. I absolutely recommend this book!

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

We have another winner!

And we have another WINNER! Maureen Bonatch just won an ebook of "The Other Side: Melinda's Story". Yay, Maureen!

Other opportunities will arise for others to win. Just keep watching my posts of where I'll be for my BLOG HOP. I post on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook: and Twitter:

Author Peggy Jaeger has a new Release TODAY!

Peggy Jaeger holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s. 

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.Peggy is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can't live without them. 

Her current titles, available now, include "Skater's Waltz" and "There's no Place Like Home," books one and two in her six-book The MacQuire Women Series, published by The Wild Rose Press.

Tying into her love of families, her children's book, " The Kindness Tales," was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
But today, we're here to talk about her latest release, "First Impressions." This is RELEASED TODAY! Here's a little about the book:

Family Practice Doctor Clarissa Rogers’s first impression of Padric Cleary is biased and based on gossip. The handsome, charming veterinarian is considered a serial dater and commitment-phobic by his family and most of the town. Relationship shy, Clarissa refuses to lose her heart to a man who can’t pledge himself to her forever.

Pat Cleary, despite his reputation, is actually looking for The One. When he does give his heart away, he wants it to be for life. With his parent’s marriage as his guidebook, he wants a woman who will be his equal and soul mate in every way. Can Pat convince everyone – including Clarissa – she’s the only woman for him?

Get your copy now!

Available on September 23, 2015, but you can pre-order: 

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