Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review

DEADLY ECHOES
By Philip Donlay

I picked this book up thinking it sounded interesting. Boy, was I wrong. It was more than interesting. Fantastic comes to mind. So does gripping. Once I started, I couldn’t put this book down.
Eco-Watch is a scientific research organization founded by Donovan Nash. It took Donovan a long time and a lot of sweat to build this international institution up to being one of the most solicited in the world. Its technology has been applied to protect the environment in ways other companies could not. But now it’s being attacked by Garrick Pearce, the one person who knows Donovan’s true past. Garrick wants to not only tell the world Donovan’s real identity but to annihilate Eco-Watch and kill anyone close to Donovan. Garrick has a personal vendetta—he believes Donovan is responsible for Meredith Barnes’s death, a woman who fought for the environment and whom Garrick was in love with.
From Alaska to British Columbia to Los Angeles and many other places in between, Donovan follows leads. Garrick taunts him with past pictures of Meredith. He is forced to commit his own crimes as he tries to protect his wife Lauren, daughter Abigail, and a new woman he meets—Erica. Donovan’s marriage was already on the rocks and when Erica makes an appearance in Donovan’s life, it makes Donovan’s personal life go from upsetting to terrifying. Erica holds information that can take down Garrick and his cohorts, but Donovan must keep everyone from getting killed, himself included, in order to use that knowledge.
Not only is Donovan fighting to save Eco-Watch but he’s also racing to save his family, friends, his marriage, and his personal past from being made public. If the world finds out who he really is, not only will Eco-Watch be ruined but his world as he knows it will implode. It’s a race to the finish. From beginning to end, this is one thrill ride that I highly recommend.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AWESOME SALE! ON Angela Hayes's novel "Love's Battle"

Author Angela Hayes is running an awesome sale. From July 17-July 31, 2015 only, 
Angela is selling "Love's Battle" for ONLY 99¢.






A married mother of two, Angela splits her time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook. You can find her at www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com where I help connect readers and the authors they love.






“If love isn’t worth fighting for, what is?” 


Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.

Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.

Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.

Here's a bit out "Love's Battle":

EXCERPT

            “That was close,” I breathed when we were outside, an entire building between myself and the best man.
            “It’s about to get even closer.” Faith smiled, making me instantly wary. I knew what was coming. She’d seen it. They both had.
            “What do you mean?” I asked, playing dumb.
            “Look at him again, and you tell us,” Hope challenged.
            Dutifully I opened the door. Keeping to the shadows, I stepped inside, just enough to get another look at Danton DeAngelo. There he was laughing with his friends, what a beautiful sight. Male perfection bathed in the same powder blue light that all souls gave off when they were destined to be together. Blowing out a breath, I closed the door and faced my sisters.
            “He’s blue.”
            “He’s not the only one, honey.” Hope smiled, holding out a compact mirror she had pulled from her purse.
            Snatching it from her, I peered into the reflecting glass. There was my image, the one I’d spent twenty five years looking at, the one I saw mirrored in the face of my sisters. Except, unlike yesterday, I could now see a telltale blue glow around my face. Faint at first but growing stronger with every second. Closing the compact I could see the glow encompassing my hands. I looked down and around. Like a bad rash, it was all over me.
            “I’m blue!” I declared, pointing out the obvious.
            “True blue, true love. YOU are the future Mrs.Danton DeAngelo.” Hope gloated taking her compact back.
            “Ah damn!” I whined.


Where you can get for only 99¢


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Review

“K is for Killer” by Sue Grafton

Kinsey Millhone, private investigator, takes on a case that has more twists and turns than you can imagine; a whiplash effect. But Grafton articulately and decisively brings the reader through each turn, while leaving just a bit of room for guesswork.
Ten months pass since the murder of Lorna Kepler and her mother Janice cannot leave it alone. Lorna was killed and Janice wants the murderer to pay, so she hires Kinsey to look into it after the police come up empty-handed.
Kinsey is resourceful and calls upon her skills as an investigator and her desire to see the bad men of the world be brought to justice—one way or the other. She’s tough when she needs to be, especially calling out people on lies they tend to tell in order to cover their own butts.
After hunting down every clue she can unearth and talking to as many people as she can find, Kinsey is on her way to solving the murder of Lorna. But while she’s doing that, she’s digging up information about the victim that not even the police were aware of. Is it enough to get Kinsey killed? Will she find the murderer without falling victim herself?
Grafton does an incredible job taking the reader through Kinsey’s investigation, and with thrown-in bits of wit, it makes for a very entertaining read.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Book Review

“A Stake in Murder” by Donald Allen Kirch

Kirch is once again, entertaining the masses with his latest release.
Anton Gerrold is the mortal name for a vampire (Aswang) who wants to feed. He’s been ‘killed’ before and is unfortunately, still around. When Special Agent Napoleon Hill finds out that Anton is still ‘alive,’ he is shocked but immediately jumps into action. He procures the help of Captain Darren Matheson—a nonbeliever of vampires—and mandates that reporter Sebastian Hemlock come to Los Angeles and help with the case before Anton can kill again.
Both Hill and Hemlock fought, found, and ‘killed’ Anton in Phoenix years prior and therefore, have experience in dealing with Aswang. Hill’s career as a reporter was ruined in Phoenix—thanks to Governor Lester Bach and his battle with Anton—and he has no desire to aid Hill now in another Anton debacle.
But desire for revenge is strong and Hemlock agrees to help. He goes to Los Angeles to face not only Anton but his ex-girlfriend, Karon Ramiko, who he is still in love with. Together with Matheson and Karon, Hemlock faces Anton again. Will any of them live to tell the story? And if they do, will the past repeat itself and will no one believe?
Kirch weaves a story that will leave you spellbound as you flip the pages. Great book! I can’t wait to see what Kirch does next!

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

Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review

“Without Warning” by David Rosenfelt

Jake Robbins, touted as a hero and who is currently acting Chief of Police, has no idea what the opening of the town’s time capsule is going to do to him and how it’s going to turn it life upside down.
Katie Sanford is the editor of the local paper in Wilton, Maine. This small town has a tradition of burying a time capsule every fifty years. After a hurricane comes through, they fear the worst for the soundness of the capsule and it’s decided it will be opened early to make sure its contents are okay.
Jake, Katie, and many others are there when the capsule is unearthed and opened. What they find is not what they expect…well, they expect some of the items, but something else is included. It’s a list of predictions…murderous predictions. Jake needs to figure out who put it there, why, and what the predictions mean…and fast.
He’s able to figure out the first few, but before anything can be done, the ‘Predictor,’ as he is called, brings about the occurrence of the next prediction. One event after the other is supposed to happen, victim after victim. And Jake figures out quickly that it all has something to do with him. Unfortunately for Katie, it may be too late. She is taken and it’s up to Jake not only to stop further murders but to also save Katie and bring down the man responsible for all the havoc.
A tense novel, which had a grip on me that I couldn’t shake until the last page. Quick-paced, riveting, and completely thrilling. Rosenfelt just made one of my top faves list. Completely recommended!

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

Featuring Author Lisa Hutchins

"Daddy, I Left You for Dead"

This book is about a family who deals with alcoholism, gambling addiction and abandonment. "Daddy" will bring you into this family and you will see how some endured and prospered while others perished in tragic ways.







Author 
Lisa Hutchins was born in a beautiful town with moss draped oak trees in 1955. She carries the look of her Spanish origin, but her heart and soul are pure Cajun. She cooks the famous, flavorful foods of the region, dances the two-step in the dance halls and loves the bon temps (good times) of south central Louisiana. She watched her Mother struggle to raise five children on a teacher's salary and the events within her family were difficult to endure.




Lisa's book is available at www.amazon.com. Get your copy today!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Author Release!

Featuring Author Katie O'Sullivan's "Crazy About You"


Climate scientist Chase Anderson races from one project to the next, unwilling to slow down in his quest to save the world’s oceans. He has no time for family or relationships until he crashes into an impetuous blonde with a quirky sense of humor. One sizzling kiss makes him seriously reevaluate his priorities. And his sanity.

Emma Maguire left her small Cape Cod hometown years ago, seeking the fast pace and anonymity of New York City. She’s not sure what she’s searching for, but when a family crisis brings her home to Provincetown she’s caught in a crazy tangle of half-truths and mistaken identity… and falls for the handsome stranger who broke her cell phone.


Will untangling the web of lies drive them crazy, or lead to something even crazier – like love?


This Contemporary Romance is being released TODAY! 


www.thewildrosepress.com
www.amazon.com



Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. Living next to the Atlantic influences, everything she writes, including her YA series about the mermaids who live near her beach. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and now writes romance and adventure for young adults, and something steamier for the young at heart. Her first Wild Rose Press novel, MY KIND OF CRAZY, was an Amazon bestseller.


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Let me introduce you...

...to Christi Golden-Clark, author of "FAMOUS LAST WORDS: If I Can't Have You, No One Else Can"


A little about "Famous Last Words: If I Can't Have you, no one Else Can":

Christi shares the details of her tumultuous relationship with a teenage boy who had the looks and charm of James Dean. However, he became insanely jealous and physically abusive. Despite these faults, Christi loved him and hoped her love would change him. Marriage and a baby didn’t improve the situation.

A dramatic and compelling memoir, Christi narrates a young life filled with physical and mental abuse that culminated in her being shot in December of 1969. "FAMOUS LAST WORDS: If I Can’t Have You, No One Else Can” tells of her struggles to make it on her own against the odds of threats, stalking, and attempted murder. With her family now grown, she shares her story of abuse to encourage women to seek help and refuge before they and their families experience unnecessary abuse and domestic violence from a parent, partner or spouse.

Asheville, NC author, shares her true story of survival from domestic violence. She narrates a young life filled with physical and mental abuse that culminated in her being shot twice in December of 1969 by her husband. She is founder/director of Overcomers of Domestic Violence (overcomersofdv@gmail.com) and Writers Reign of Asheville (writersreignofasheville@gmail.com). Proudly associated with Mariska Hargitay’s (Law & Order) Joyful HeartsFoundation and NO MORE, both national organizations.

Christi was born in Germany, adopted and sent to Dearborn, Michigan at age of six. She grew up in a very wealthy, very strict home. Then she met a teenage boy, fell in love, had a very close relationship, got engaged then married, and had a baby. Unfortunately, was abused physically and emotionally. She tell us that she "...was his possession and when I left for my safety, he found me, shot me twice and left me for dead. I was DOA, but survived by the grace of God. My life changed in an instant and was never the same. It was filled with many experiences from racing at the Detroit Dragway, to riding a motorcycle in the middle of the Detroit Riots, to finding God again." She says that the book turned out to be the best therapy for her. She got her anger out, cried, laughed and made positive outcomes from negative experiences. 


Her first book follows her life from meeting her first husband until he shot her. Book two continues from the shooting, appropriately titled "FAMOUS LAST WORDS: I Will Survive". Because of the book, she started a support group for battered/abused women called Overcomers of Domestic Violence (who are are under the umbrella of Joyful Hearts founded by Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order fame and Just Say No), which can be found at Overcomersofdv@gmail.com. Then she formed a writing group called Writers Reign of Asheville. She also loves to participate in church activities like Vacation Bible School, greeter, Bible studies, Children's church, etc. 

This book can be purchased at amazon.com.
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Friday, July 17, 2015

QueenWriter Introduces...

Christine Walters

Faith, hope, and forgiving the unforgivable through 
prayer and trusting in God are the keys to healing.

So is the thesis for "Ginny and Me: Reflections of What God Can Do" by Christine Walters.


Christine is a published non-fictions author who lives in Ashburn, VA (DC Metropolitan Area). She was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. She married in 1993. Three years later, Walters, her husband, and children relocated to the Washington DC metro area. Christine has four children and earned her bachelor of science degree in human services management with a focus on social work. Divorced in 2014, she returned to her maiden name. She enjoys family time, cooking and interior decorating. In addition to writing, Christine loves to tell about what God has done in her life by sharing her story and testimonies.


She is doing a book signing event inside Books A Million in Dulles Town Center Mall on August 22, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. if you can make it. As seen in the Leesburg Today


Christine goes on to say that, "The responses I'm receiving from my book are actually amazing. I hoped that my story would help others and so far that is the response I have been receiving. A lot of the responses I've been receiving start out with, " I couldn't put your book down"."


Recently, Christine's book was cataloged into her county library and into the Virginia State Library. On her website there are links to take you to the libraries and also links directly to her social media and Facebook pages, where you can view many of the reviews from her readers.

To read more about Christine and her work, visit her website at www.authorchristinewalters.com. You can purchase her books at: 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Featuring Author Allen Klein

Today, I'm happy to introduce you all to author Allen Klein. 

Ever hear of a “Jollytologist”?  Well meet the world’s one and only—Allen Klein.


Through his books and his presentations, Klein shows people worldwide how to use humor to deal with everything from traffic jams to tragedies.

He is an award-winning professional speaker and a recipient of:

-a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor,
-a Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association, and
-a Toastmaster’s Communication and Leadership Award. Besides all that, he is a
-Hunter College; The City University of New York, Hall of Fame honoree.

Klein is also a best-selling author of 19 books which have sold over 600,000 copies. His books include:

-The Healing Power of Humor,
-Change Your Life!: A Little Book of Big Ideas,
-Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying,
-The Art of Living Joyfully,
-Always Look on the Bright Side.

Comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Allen Klein is “a noble and vital force watching over the human condition.” 

Today, we are looking at "you can't ruin my day: 52 Wake-Up calls to Turn Any Situation Around." It contains 52 themes to help readers take back their power and not let other people or other situations ruin their day.


Keep these tools in your arsenal of things to help you maneuver around roadblocks, setbacks, or upsets you might encounter on any given day.

Each of the 52 stories and wake-up calls in the book are amazing and inspiring. One couple lost almost all of their money to Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme; instead of bitterness, they chose to learn from their mistake and move on. From getting a parking ticket to family squabbles to life-changers such as the loss of a job, Klein offers wisdom, good humor, and coping skills that improve the quality of life.


"You Can't Ruin My Day" is designed to help you unload the burdens you have been carrying around with you. The book is not only filled with wise words but also inspiring stories and anecdotes, insightful and motivational quotations, and lighthearted and laugh-producing material.

For more information about him can be found at www.allenklein.comYou can purchase t his book at Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1CAmVJ1B&N:  http://bit.ly/1CAn9Qa, or from the author's site: http://www.allenklein.com/ruin_day.htm.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Featuring Author DJ Swykert


AUTHOR DJ SWYKERT




Today, I'm pleased to bring you (or shall I say re-feature) author DJ Swykert.

DJ is a fiction writer living in the Cincinnati area. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Coe Review, Monarch Review, the Newer York, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp and Bull. 



His books include: 

"Children of the Enemy,""Alpha Wolves," "The Pool Boy’s Beatitude," and "The Death of Anyone." 




He is a wolf expert, so if you have any questions, I'm sure he won't mind.


You can read more about him at: www.magicmasterminds.com/djswykert.

To purchase his works, go to:


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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Who has Upcoming Releases?

Whoever has upcoming Releases, email them to me at sgardinier@queenwriter.com. I will post them on my calendar at my blog: www.qw-blog.blogspot.com for FREE, of course.

Also, if you want to be a featured author, I will do that as well. Just email me the following:

Author Name
Title of Book
Book Blurb
Release Date
Buy Links
Bio
Author Pic (good jpg please)
Book pic (good jpg please)

to sgardinier@queenwriter.com.

I will post features according to your release date. If you have a particular date you'd like, let me know and I'll do my best. All FREE, of course. I just want to help out fellow authors!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yes, People Still Care

I recently discovered a terrific non-profit organization that helps the homeless and needy. They prepare care packs and deliver them to various organizations, like food banks, shelters, etc. It's HopeMill, Inc. You can read about them at www.hopemill.com or see them here on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hopemillcares. They asked me to help them and pose for photos for donations they received. Here are some pictures. Great organization. If you want to reach out, you can contact Pearl Huber direct at pearl@hopemill.com. Any assistance you can give, such as donations or items or your time, would be appreciated by the needy.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting...waiting...

Coiver Artist:  Angela Anderson with
The Wild Rose Press

I'm in excitement mode. I'm ready to venture out into the world of marketing. But I'm waiting...for my release date for "The Other Side: Melinda's Story". I see the spinning hourglass in my head. I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm forewarning you all, LOOK OUT for one creepy paranormal book. As soon as I get the release date, I'll let you all know!

In case you missed it, here's the book cover:

I'll release the book trailer and blurb as soon as I have that release date. Oh, what the heck, here's the blurb:

Melinda's family is dead, killed for information that is hidden deep within her mind. Her father tries to warn her from the 'Other Side' that she is in danger from the killers who want what only she can give them. Committed to Skyview Haven, she must determine if the 'Other Side' truly exists or if it is a trick of her heart and mind. With time running out Melinda must determine who she can trust. Is it the ghosts of her family, a boy who may not be who he appears to be, or the doctor who is determined to cure her? Can she figure out the truth before it is too late?

Who's as anxious as I am??

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: "Keeler Moon" by Stefaunia Dhillon

"Keeler Moon" by Stefaunia Dhillon
*****

“Keeler Moon” is a fantastical journey with Ruby and Sade as they try and save their brother Keeler. Only it’s not just a matter of Keeler’s life at stake but that of their world and all other humans. Someone is out to turn normal, albeit gifted, children into what they believe is a different type of human being to begin a whole new world.

Grey and Luna have their own harrowing adventures, which are not only tied but instrumental to the safety of Ruby, Sade, Keeler and the other children. Grey and Luna realize that they must come to the aid of Ruby and Sade, and along the way, find they have their own issues to resolve.

This is a wonderful tale that is brought to life by Dhillon’s talent as not only an author but an artist as well. She brings Crystal City to life, as well as the confines of the school for ‘gifted’ children by painting colorful imagery with just mere words.

Dhillon has amazing talent and I recommend this book for any young adult who wishes to travel to another time and dimension. Very entertaining and I can’t wait for the second installment!


Reviewed by Starr Gardinier, author of the Other Side series.

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