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text 2018-02-12 04:36
A View from the Lake - Greg F. Gifune
A View from the Lake - Greg F. Gifune

Katherine and James purchased lake property in rural western Massachusetts when they were in their mid-twenties. They rented out the various cottages while James worked on his poetry. It was an idyllic setting and life. That is, until James discovered the body of a boy floating by one of the cottage docks. The accident sent devastated James and he slowly sank into madness and depression from a broken mind. Katherine watched as James became more and more recluse and angry until one day he disappeared without a trace. Trying to pick up the pieces of a shattered life, Katherine makes the decision to sell the property in the spring and to try and start a new life. All she has to do is get through the winter. Not an easy task now that she's hearing strange thing that sound like James. Is this all in her mind or is he out there somewhere?

 

 

I've read a handful of Gifune's work and most of them are noted for the story being enveloped in shadows and fog, to the point where it's hard to tell what's going on, what's real and what's not. A View from the Lake is no different. But where it is different than my other experiences with Gifune's stories is that there is no pay off. The last 1/3 doesn't ratchet up and have this wonderful revelation that ties everything together. In fact, the ending came out of the blue and left you with more questions than answers. The characters weren't all that interesting and I didn't feel for Katherine or James. I know this is one of Gifune's earlier works and I think it shows. When you read his later works, you'll see that he commands things so much better.

 

 


2 Confusing Hallucinations out of 5

 


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text 2016-10-07 08:05
Blog Tour - The Werewolf And His Boy

The Werewolf and His Boy by Warren Rochelle

Date of Publication: September 27, 2016

 

 

Blurb:

 

Their leap of faith could unleash magic-or plunge them into darkness.

 

Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin's since graduating high school. He likes it-especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can't find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.

 

When a new hire enters the store, Henry's other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.

 

Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different-he senses Henry's attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.

 

Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing-even extermination-to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.

 

Warning: Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.

 

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About Warren Rochelle:

 

Golden Gryphon Press published his first novel, The Wild Boy, in the fall of 2001, and his second novel, Harvest of Changelings, in 2007. His third novel, The Called, also published by Golden Gryphon, was published in July 2010.

 

The Werewolf and His Boy, his fourth novel, releases on September 27, 2016 from Samhain Publishing.

 

Warren Rochelle is a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His short fiction and poetry are published in such journals as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Forbidden Lines, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, the Asheville Poetry Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, Romance and Beyond, and Icarus. A critical book, Communities of the Heart: the Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, was published by Liverpool University Press in early 2001.
 

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review 2016-07-31 05:18
Stoking the fire
In the Line of Fire - Jett Munroe

Beck & Delaney frequent the same coffee shop, where she visits her best friends.  After avoiding one another for about a year, he finally asks her out.  Delaney is shocked that he asks her, but knows that if she wants the chance, she must take it.

 

Delaney & Beck are HOT from the word go.  She has insecurities and a past full of hurt and secrets.  Can she learn to trust the one man who wants to take care of her?

 

Beck has a past also.  With lots of hidden secrets and a ton of darkness.  Can he overcome the pieces of his past that threaten their future?

 

I really REALLY loved this book!  I felt everything - and I was rooting for this couple all along.  Such a great story with a terrific HEA!  Good group of characters to root for.  I absolutely enjoyed every page!  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2016-06-23 15:39
Samhain Publishing news

I just heard that Samhain Publishing is pulling a Tokyopop ("we're shutting down!" "um...we changed our minds"). I wish all their authors good luck. Personally, I'd be worried about Samhain's editing from here on out. Didn't a lot of their editors move on already?

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review 2016-06-14 05:56
The Monster Underneath - Matthew Franks
The Monster Underneath - Matthew Franks

The Monster Underneath is the maiden voyage for Matthew Franks and I have to say that I am really impressed. He has a masters degree in counseling and he uses that knowledge as the foundation of The Monsters Underneath.

 

Max Crawford is an unusual psychologist for the Texas prison system. He has a special psychic ability where he can enter inmate's dreams and relive their crimes with them to get them to feel remorse for what they have done. The FBI approach Max to use his special abilities on suspected killer, William Knox. Knox is being held on flimsy charges and is being accused of killing three young women. Without enough evidence to hold Knox and no chance of securing a confession, they turn to Crawford to enter into Knox's dreams while they still have him in prison to try and find enough evidence to force a confession.

 

Franks characters are the strength of his storytelling. Crawford and Knox are fully fleshed out and wonderfully three-dimensional. I enjoyed being a part of Crawford crawling inside Knox's head and he had me rooting for him to bust the bastard. Up to the 85% mark in this story, I was completely invested in it. Then the ending took an odd U-turn and simply felt like it was a weak attempt to leave it open-ended for the possibility of a sequel. That was disappointing. Outside of that, The Monsters Underneath is an extremely solid entry by Franks and his storytelling will have you hooked. I'm looking forward to seeing where his career takes him.

 

 

4 1/2 Serial Killers out of 5

 


This ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 


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