Book Review-The Red Queen Dies-Frankie Y. Bailey

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This is a murder mystery that somehow incorporates Alice in Wonderland! This book is set in the not too distant future mostly in Albany, NY (darn these years are going FAST) where a pill has been invented that makes people forget. Now this is not so bad for people who have experienced traumatic episodes in their life, like soldiers for whom it was actually created. But when a star witness to a double murder takes this pill she can no longer remember what happened and that leaves Detective Hannah McCabe scrambling to find the killer. Meanwhile a Broadway actress is murdered. This actress has the nickname of The Red Queen because she collects everything "Alice". How are these three murders connected-it is up to Hannah McCabe to figure this out--not easy at all!! Just remember this while you are reading "What goes around comes around"--That's all folks. I did enjoy this book and am looking forward to the second in the series.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Frankie Bailey introduces readers to a fabulous new protagonist and an Alice in Wonderland-infused crime in this stunning mystery, which kicks off an exciting new series set in the near future.

The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby," has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can't remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as “The Red Queen,” doesn’t fit the pattern set by the first two murders.

With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Fast-paced and original, this is a one-of-a-kind mystery from an extremely talented crime writer.

Read a chapter or two here

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About the Author: (from the author's website)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Book Review-The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series)-Emilyann Girdner

I was kind of confused when I first started this book-it made no sense to me. Then after a few pages I caught on and read it straight through! I believe this book is geared to teens but honestly I think parents should read it first. There is a bit of violence. But plenty of lessons that our children should learn as well.

Although this is truly a fantasy world where the Creators literally created the workers and threw them into a dark and troubling world-as an adult I could not help but make some comparisons about the world we live in today where a few have it all and the bulk have next to nothing. I loved how they all learned (the good guys anyway)to over come their differences and band together to find a better life then the one they were living.

I have a feeling that I will be reading the rest of this series just to find out how the escapees make out!!

About the Book (from Amazon)

Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

The Labyrinth Wall is the story of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free.

Will the walls that confine her be the walls that set her free?

4.7 Star, Amazon Best-Selling Novel.

(Fantasy, Young Adult, New Adult & College, Epic, Mystery, Sword & Sorcery, Coming of Age, Dystopian)

Read a couple of chapters here

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About the Author (from Amazon)

Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University in 2011. Her writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology's Musings and She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann is now living and working in Florida.

Given her three focus transitions as an undergraduate, it isn't a shock that she is a multi-medium lover, exploring writing, digital art, photography and design. She finds that her creativity is most fluent when given the opportunity to bounce between artistic outlets.

To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.

The Labyrinth Wall Website

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Book Review-Bogeyman: He Was Every Parent's Nightmare-Steve Jackson

Monday, September 15, 2014

I almost never read non fiction. I made an exception with this book. I can honestly say this "true story" disturbed me more then any fictional murder mystery I have ever read. It is the story of a psychotic madman-one who enjoys abducting young girls, abusing then killing them. Thankfully the author did not go into details. This is mostly the story of the police officers who would not give up until this murderer was caught and behind bars for life. Some of the officers lives were ruined because they could not get it out of their heads. There are good police officers out there-those that will pursue a "cold case" until it is solved and the families given some kind of closure.

About the Book: (from the back of the book)

"For years he's stalked elementary schools and playgrounds looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as "throwaway kids"--hardly missed, and soon forgotten, execept by those who loved them. He was every parent's worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about...the fiend who lurked in the shadows outside of bedroom windows."

A SceneBooks original true crime story from the New York Times bestselling author of Monster and No Stone Unturned, describing in dramatic detail and with heart-rending poignancy the efforts of tenacious Texas lawmen to solve the cold case murders of three little girls and hold their killer accountable for his horrific crimes.

Read a couple of chapters here

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Best-selling and award-winning author and journalist Steve Jackson lives and works in the mountains of Colorado. Born in Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1955, he grew up in Hawaii and Colorado. He graduated in 1979 from Colorado State University with a BA in Journalism.

A newspaper journalist for 25 years, he worked in locales as varied as Montana, Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia, Indonesia, Indiana, Washington D.C., Florida, Oregon and Colorado. During his career with newspapers, he received numerous national and regional awards for feature writing and investigative reporting.

As of August 2014, he has written nine non-fiction books in true crime, history and biography genres. His first non-fiction book, Monster, a true crime, was published in October 1998 and within two weeks became a NYTimes bestseller. In 2003, his World War II dramatic narrative, Lucky Lady, received The Colorado Book Award, best biography/history, from the Colorado Center for the Book; Lucky Lady was also the runner-up that year for the Admiral Samuel Morrison Naval History Award.

Just released on August 5, 2014 is his latest true crime, BOGEYMAN, the story of the manhunt for one of America's worst child serial killers and the tenacious Texas lawmen who brought him to justice.

He's also written eleven crime thrillers in collaboration with former New York City assistant district attorney Robert K. Tanenbaum.

In June 2013, Jackson joined a forensic investigative team searching for the remains of the Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov in Perm, Russia as part of his research for an upcoming dramatic history FINDING ANASTASIA. The team will be returning to Russia in June 2014 to resume the search.

Outside of writing, his interests include backpacking, fly fishing, skiing, guitar, reading, softball, music, wine, beer and spending time with his family and friends.


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Sunday Stroll Giveaway Linky 9/14-9/21

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mommie..Again has agreed to co-host Sunday Strolls with me!! AND so has Christy's Cozy Corners. So now you can enter on here or on Mommie..Again or on Christy's Cozy Corners and the links will appear on all three! Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed. Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some!

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