Thursday, August 22, 2013

Celebrate Michelle's New Book!

Michele Gorman BooksMy friend Michele is relaunching her book, BELLA SUMMER TAKES A CHANCE this week, and I’m helping her spread the word.  Michelle has appeared at Writer's Corner before.  We would like to support her new book.  Please take a look at Bella Summer Takes a Chance.  I enjoyed the first one.  Please download it if it's your cup of coffee.

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Are You a Killjoy?



Welcome to a wild ride in Killjoy by Julie Garwood.  This is novel is the third in the Buchanan-Renaud series.  A ride you don’t want to miss.

Synopsis:

This would not be a good day for Avery at work.  She is waiting for news of whether there still is a job as she nurses a sore knee.  There are also plans to meet her Aunt Carrie at the fabulous spa Utopia.  Her aunt has been begging her to go on vacation and spend some time together. Carrie leaves her estranged husband Tony at the airport in La and is picked up by the notorious assassin Monk.  She decides to look forward to this vacation and can’t wait to share it with her niece.   Why is Avery not answering her phone?   As Avery begins to wrap work up to head on vacation she runs into some distractions.   John-Paul Renaud is searching for Monk. (See Mercy as to why?) When Avery reaches the spa she finds out that her reservation has been cancelled.  Why?  One thing leads to another and a chilling phone call is made at the spa to Avery.  This phone lists instructions for how to save her aunt and the two women trapped with her at the spa house, and John-Paul is included in this game.  Will they be able to figure out what Monk is up to?

My Thoughts:

This first time I read this novel I felt underwhelmed.  There was no excitement for me and no desire to want to find out what would happen next.  This time through I listened to the audio book.  I have to say that I couldn’t wait to get back to the story and find out would these women survive?  And who was truly behind the game?  I am not going to giveaway spoilers so you will have to read it yourself. 

The characters in this novel were great! I loved how the theme seems to be there is definitely someone for everyone.  I love how the author compares and contrasts between Avery and John-Paul’s relationship and Monk and Jilly’s relationship.   The humor is always enjoyable.  A series worth reading!

Rating:

4/5

Please visit Julie Garwood on her Facebook page and website.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Writing for Your Life!



A few years ago John Grisham wrote a novel The Pelican Brief.  I recently reread it! Is it still as good as before?

Synopsis:

Darby is in her second year of Law School at Tulane University.  She is having an affair with her professor Callahan.  Life could not get any better!  Then one day Justices Rosenberg and Jenson are murdered.  Darby hears about the murders and thinks she can figure out who did it.  Classes are skipped hours are spent figuring out a theory on who did it.  One day Callahan takes a look at the brief after Darby dismisses her theory.  He offers to show her brief to a friend of his in D.C. who works with the FBI.  Little did they know the chain reaction of events that would happen because of this brief?  People start dying in order to protect the interests of one wealthy client of White and Blazevich.  Who can Darby rely on once these events start occurring?

My Thoughts:

I think that The Pelican Brief will have a permanent place on my bookshelf.  I don’t know if it is the strong female lead character of Darby Shaw.  Don’t get me wrong the other characters are great too! 

To write a good thriller there must be detail.  It helps us understand the action later in the story.  There are times when I want to say okay this great but why is this important!  Then it is revealed later in the story.  There were some slow spots in The Pelican Brief but still a great story.

Rating:

4/5

Please visit John Grisham at his website and Facebook page.


Sunday, August 18, 2013