Author Janice (J.E.) Spina (Londondery, New Hampshire-USA)

Janice-SpinaJ. E. (Janice) Spina is a retired administrative secretary from a school system.
She is an award-winning author with five children’s books, Louey The Lazy Elephant, Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry The Crabby Crayfish, Lamby The Lonely Lamb, Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear written under Janice Spina.
Lamby The Lonely Lamb received a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards.
Hunting Mariah is her first published novel.
She is also a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors.
Janice is currently working on two more children’s books and three more novels that she hopes to publish over the next two years.

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Featured Selection: Hunting Mariah by J. E. Spina

Hunting-Mariah-by-Janice-SpinaAn insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him.
He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.
Mariah has lost her memory.
Will she remember what has transpired in her past?
Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp?
Will she finally be safe?
Will the killer be apprehended?

Book Review: Jump right into this intense crime, mystery, thriller set in a suburb of New York as author J. E. Spina introduces the reader to the thought process of a serial killer.

“His senses were tingling with the sight, smell, and feel of blood. The silky texture of it and its coppery smell and even the intoxicating taste of it. Just the smell alone could cause desire to rush through his body causing a compelling urge to kill. He felt a thrill at the prospect of taking a life.”

Meet Mariah Michelle Hampton and Dr. Roberts as he begins the slow meticulous process of bringing her memories back while in a safe place at the Dr. Darin J. Roberts Memorial Hospital in Lindan, New York. Many people care about and are looking out for Mariah whether she fully realizes it or not.

There are so many unanswered questions like who was the mystery man that dropped Mariah off at the hospital? How did he know her taste in clothing and detail to sizes when he dropped items off for her? What happened to her and why is it that she can remember some of her childhood memories, but not the last few weeks?

Travel with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories and live with the consequences surrounding her trauma and life with a maniac that might still be at large and want to finish what he started.

Theodocia McLean endorses Hunting Mariah – by J. E. Spina as the beginning of a great crime fiction series. This review was completed on January 5, 2015.

Genre: Crime, Fiction , Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Author Hywela Lyn (Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire-United Kingdom)

Hywela Lyn spent most of her life in Wales and the beautiful countryside and legends inspired her to write. Although she now lives in a small village in England, she is very proud of her Welsh heritage and background. Her pen name is a combination of her first two names. ‘Hywela’ is Welsh and her first name but she has always been called by her second Christian name, Lyn. She enjoys weaving romantic tales of the future, and distant, mysterious worlds, stories she hopes will truly take you ‘out of this world’and beyond.

‘Starquest’, a futuristic romance, ‘Children of the Mist’ which features some of the same characters, and ‘Beloved Enemy’ which concludes the series, are available in print or on Kindle. They can each be read as a ‘stand alone’ novel, although together they form the ‘Destiny Trilogy.’ ‘Beloved Enemy’ was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association RoNA Awards 2017 and nominated for the RONE Awards 2017

Hywela Lyn’s fantasy novella ‘Dancing With Fate’ is also available now as an E-book on Kindle, and in print.

She is crazy about all animals, especially horses and is married to Dave, with an animal family of two horses, a ‘feral’ stable cat and an adopted terrier called Choccy. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Chiltern Writers.

Author’s note: If you enjoy reading any of my books thank you – and it would mean a great deal to me if you could give me your opinion and leave a short review. Not only will this let me know what you feel about my writing in general, but potential readers will also value your feedback. I would also love to hear from you and you can email me at Hywelalyn@hywelalyn.co.uk

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Featured Book: Beloved Enemy (The Destiny Trilogy Book 3)

Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret, and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red-haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.

Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction,  Romantic Suspense

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Author Bernadette Rowley ( Brisbane, Queensland-Australia)

Bernadette RowleyBernadette Rowley is an author of fantasy romance who grew up on rural properties on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Her teenage years were spent training her beloved horses, reading the fantasy stories of Tolkien, Brooks and Eddings and dreaming of becoming a vet.

Bernadette graduated in 1987 and now works part time as a vet, allowing her five days a week for her passion, writing. She lives in Brisbane with her husband of 28 years, their 3 adult sons and Slippers the cat. Her other interests are reading (fantasy and romance), singing (a capella), cricket and music.

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Featured Selection: The Lady And The Pirate (The Wildecoast Saga Book 3) by Bernadette Rowley

The Lady And The Pirate (The Wildecoast Saga Book 3) by Bernadette RowleyLady Esta Aranati, burdened by an impoverished estate, has turned her hand to smuggling. She leads a double life, a mask and wig the only shields that protect her reputation.

Swashbuckling pirate Samael Delacost craves her cargo and her heart. But before he can be worthy of her love, he must exorcize the ghosts of his past. An irresistible connection binds them but will that be enough to convince Samael to turn his back on the sea, or for Esta to take a chance on happiness she doesn’t think she deserves?

The Lady and the Pirate continues The Wildecoast Saga, with popular The Lord and the Mermaid characters Nikolas Cosara and his wife Merielle featured in this latest installment from Bernadette Rowley.

Book Review: Book three in the Wildecoast Saga is a stand-alone book that any fantasy romance reader will enjoy whether you have read The Lord And The Mermaid or The Elf King’s Lady sagas first.

Twenty five well-written chapters with realistic characters bring the reader into Lady Esta Aranati’s double life.

Even though the author places this at the end of the book, I think it will benefit you to know the meaning of these two terms upfront. Lenweri (the elven people, they have dark skin, pointed ears and are tall and elegant) and Sis Lenweri (the faction of dark elves that wishes to take over the kingdom of Thorius).

Chapter one opens with some suspense aboard the ‘Sea Sprite’ when captain, Lady Esta Aranti’s first mate wakes her up from deep sleep to inform her they have a visitor on board. I quote: “Esta drew a deep and heavy sigh, her heart kicking up a notch as she contemplated who the visitor might be. On a ship miles out to sea at night, there were few possibilities and none of them good.”

In chapter three the mood shifts and I quote:

“Esta moved to the bow and stood with the wind in her face, the black strands of her wig streaming behind her. It was chill but not wet and she reveled in the dance of her ship over the waves. Sea Sprite was one of the joys of her life and sailing one of her great loves. When she was on the ocean, she was free of earthly ties and a little of its wildness seeped into her, giving her strength for the trials of estate life. Lately, she had found it almost impossible to return to the estate without a nagging sense of dread.

“You seem almost happy tonight, sister,” Katrine said, joining her in the bow. Katrine was wildness personified, with a lithe body and long black hair that she rarely tied back. Not for her the wig as she had less need for a full disguise, shunning public life as she did. She wore leather breeches, flowing black shirts and a broad black satin mask decorated with stars. Her piercing blue eyes were now fixed on Esta.

“I am happy, Katrine,” Esta said. “What makes you think I am ever unhappy?”

I invite you to join Katrine and Esta as they sail the sea with visions of finding treasure on their minds.

I hope the quotes above whet your appetite for strong female characters, rugged men, pirates, treasure maps, adventure, sword and sorcery and of course romance.

I, Theodocia McLean endorse The Lady And The Pirate (The Wildecoast Saga Book 3) by Bernadette Rowley. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on May 3, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Epic, Romance

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Author Thomas M Malafarina (Wernersville, Pennsylvania-USA)

Thomas M. Malafarina (www.ThomasMMalafarina.com) is an author of horror fiction from Berks County, Pennsylvania. To date he has published six horror novels “What Waits Beneath”, “Burner”, “Eye Contact” , “Fallen Stones”, “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death” and “Dead Kill Book 2: The Ridge Of Change”. He has also published four collections of horror short stories; “Thirteen Deadly Endings”, “Ghost Shadows”, “Undead Living” and most recently “Malaformed Realities Vol. 1”. He has also published a book of often-strange single panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too; Cartoons For The Slightly Off Center”. All of his books are published through Sunbury Press.(www.Sunburypress.com).

In addition, many of the more than one hundred short stories Thomas has written have appeared in dozens of short story Anthologies and e-magazines. Some have been produced and presented for internet podcasts as well. Thomas is best known for the twists and surprises in his stories and his descriptive often gory passages have given him the reputation of being one who paints with words. Thomas is also an artist, musician, singer and songwriter.

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Featured Selection: What Waits Beneath

Thomas Malafarina’s first novel is set in 1965 in his native Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. A young boy is savagely disemboweled in the presence of his friends at an abandoned coal mine by an unidentified creature.

During the investigation, which follows, a Philadelphia television reporter learns from an eccentric old codger a terrible legend about the disastrous history of the mine – a tale about a mine disaster many years ago in which three coal miners were trapped a mile below the surface. Out of desparation, one of the miners sold his soul to Satan in order to get revenge for the disaster. In return, Satan transformed this man into an immortal soul-feeding demon that must remain trapped in the mine until he gathers ninety-nine souls.

How do you kill what can’t be killed? How do you stop the unstoppable? Welcome to a place where terror reigns, where unspeakable horror and demonic savagery is the norm; where lost souls writhe and struggle for a freedom that may never come. Welcome to Coogan’s mine; the home of Devil Dan.

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Author Bryna Kranzler (San Diego, California-USA)

At Barnard College, I majored in Program in the Arts: Writing. My focus was on playwriting, and a short play I wrote during that time won the school’s award for dramatic writing. My first full-length play, “Do Hermaphrodites Reproduce Only in the Spring?” was a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Competition, and was scheduled for production twice: the first time, the theater owner died, and the season was shut down; the second time, the director committed suicide. For the benefit of the arts community, I thought it best to get out of playwriting.

But economic necessity drove me to get a real (read ‘paying’) job, and I spent fifteen years in marketing and public relation positions with consumer product, high-tech and health care companies. Somewhere between these jobs, I returned to school and earned my M.B.A. from Yale School of Organization and Management.

When I was finally able to return my focus to writing, I found that my interests had shifted to fiction, and more recently to narrative, or ‘creative,’ non-fiction, as in THE ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST. I have also written two (not-ready-for-prime-time) novels, newspaper articles, and personal essays. In addition, there is a poem I have been working on for about ten years.

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Featured Selection: The Accidental Anarchist: A humorous (and true) account of a man who was sentenced to death 3 times — and survived

The Accidental Anarchist is the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia — and lived to tell about it. He also happens to have been the author’s grandfather. The book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar . . . The story is told in Marateck’s voice, and is characterized by his remarkable humor and irony that contrasted with the circumstances and were key to his survival. It includes a rare, soldier’s-eye view of a little-known war that changed the geopolitical status of several nations.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical, Europe, Russia, Ethnic & National, Jewish, Asia

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Author Suzanne McMillen-Fallon (Toledo, Ohio-USA)

Featured Selection: Mommy Writings Series Book I, Mommy’s Writings: Mommy, Would You Like a Sandwich? A True Story

“There’s one thing I know – God exists.”

At age nineteen, MaryAnne McMillen severed two vital nerves at the base of her skull when she suffered a near fatal fall. This was followed by an out-of-body experience, life after death, in which she heard the words, “It’s not your time.”

When the two nerves fused together, MaryAnne was left in unrelenting, excruciating pain. Being the mother of a young son and married to a philandering brute of a husband when the accident occurred, the family disallowed the use of any medicine because it was against their religion. After fourteen years of agony, doctors were finally able to perform a unique surgery known as intraspinal rhizotomy. This story weaves together the idea of family and faith, while also creating a sense of longing in the reader’s own life for something bigger than themselves. Mommy’s Writings is the extraordinary memoir of the love between a mother and her young son, and a great-grandmother whose intense devotion to the two of them kept their little family together. It is a story of faith in God, of forgiveness and acceptance, and of gratitude.

When defining who she is, Suzanne McMillen-Fallon writes, “Mother of Chad C. McMillen and author.” In her younger years, she was an artist. After the 1983 surgery, she is a published writer of poetry and prose, and co-authored the book Shadows of Yesterday with her late second husband, Gene Fallon.

Her next book, Parallax Crossroads: Finding My Way continues the Mommy Writings Series. The author’s son Chad C. McMillen is shown at nearly five years of age. As an adult, he is a PMI Project Management professional.

Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Worship & Devotion, Faith, Parenting & Relationships, Biographies & Memoirs

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Author Maxine Thompson (Inglewood, California-USA)

Featured Selection: L.A. Blues

Growing up in foster care, Zipporah “Z” Saldano never dreamed of becoming a police officer, but after she’s rescued from a hostage situation during the LA Riots, she chooses a career in law enforcement. After ten good years on the force, Z is involved in a domestic homicide case gone awry.

Her partner is killed, and Z is fired when alcohol is detected in her system. It’s two long years before she gets sober and opens her own private investigation firm. Now Shirley, her former foster mother, is in need of Z’s help.

Someone has murdered her grandson, a high school basketball star, and she wants Z to find out who did it. Z soon finds herself in deeper trouble than when she was kicked out of the LAPD.

What she discovers is a conspiracy much deeper than anyone would believe, and she finds her own life is in danger.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, African American, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Urban Life, Women Sleuths

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