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review 2017-11-29 11:21
Book Review - Dangerous Changes by Joyce T Strand (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery) plus All-New Fire 7 Tablet / $25 Amazon GC Giveaway - 3 Winners!
Dangerous Changes: An Emily Lazzaro Mystery - Joyce T Strand

An excellent novel based around a fraudulent scheme and the real beauty of the book is the real capture of human emotions around the good old formula of trust.

As the main character has moved to start her life afresh, being a newbie in a close community she struggles with her conscious on whether to follow her heart or her head.  The psyche portrayed by all the characters shows that the author has a deep understanding of what makes humans tick and the means they will go to achieve their own pursuits.  With this in mind, as the plot unfolds, you as a reader are left guessing as to what path and who the heroine will turn to in the end.

Having read other Joyce Strand books I always think it is courageous of an author to create new story lines and characters away from those who have been so popular.  In this she does not disappoint, a well written page turning novel with twists and turns with an attachment to human emotions make for a very good read indeed.  Having short chapters gives the reader plenty of time to contemplate what is happening.

The strong message of this book is that in blind faith in those you trust can leave you in a position of desperation.  Follow your instincts and not your heart.

An interesting read for any lover of thrillers and being tested mentally.

 

https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/dangerous-changes-by-joyce-t-strand.html 

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/dangerous-changes-by-joyce-t-strand.html
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text 2017-11-08 13:16
NEW MYSTERY RELEASE - Dangerous Changes by Joyce T Strand Author
Dangerous Changes: An Emily Lazzaro Mystery - Joyce T Strand

NEW MYSTERY RELEASE 
Dangerous Changes by Joyce T Strand Author (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery) plus All-New Fire 7 Tablet / $25 Amazon GC Giveaway - 3 Winners!

 

"A heart-pounding start to a thrilling mystery. Emily thinks she's finally found a place to start over. An idyllic, small, southern California town, an ex-fiancee mostly in the background, and new love on the horizon. But not all is well in paradise. Death, the past, and suspicion all combine to throw Emily's world into chaos, as the reader rides right alongside her, feeling each hairpin turn and steep slope." - The Faerie Review

 

"Emily finds herself tangled in a web of lies & deceit in Dangerous Changes which is full of twists and turns." reviews @ebookaddictsuk

 

"Dangerous Changes brings to life the deception and lies that is common in today’s world. You never know who the next victim of circumstance will be or if they will be able to change the outcome. Emily Lazzaro is a trusting and caring soul that unfortunately finds herself in the middle of a web of lies and deceit. Dangerous Changes is an intriguing and well-written story. There are many twists and turns that form a believable plot." Between the Coverz

 

Read more on the #book and author here....
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/dangerous-changes-by-joyce-t-strand.html

 

Book Description 
NEW RELEASE….
A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup on a narrow mountain road, the murder of a would-be client, and an ex-fiancé who won’t let go. Can she survive a police investigation, pressure from her ex’s company, and the suspicions of a possible new love-interest—so that she can make the changes to create a meaningful new life in a special town in southern California?

 

About Emily Lazzaro

Emily Lazzaro is the daughter of Wayne Lazzaro, the winemaker for the Hilltop Sunset winery in the previously published three Brynn Bancroft mysteries. She moved with her fiancé to Ramona, Calif., a rural community near San Diego, following graduation from college with a degree in hospitality. Her fiancé was eager to purchase a vineyard and develop a winery in the up and coming Ramona wine region, which suited Emily’s goals.

However, after moving to Ramona, it becomes apparent to Emily that she is not a good match for her fiancé. She discovers that he does not respect her opinions and insists on making decisions without her input. So she breaks off the engagement.

 

She decides to remain in Ramona despite her fiancé living there with his new vineyard. She appreciates the unique rocky terrain and proximity to the ocean and San Diego, along with the mixture of fine wineries, artists, and equestrian activities. She makes her living doing people’s taxes, and when Dangerous Changes opens, we discover she is looking to make a career change.

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/dangerous-changes-by-joyce-t-strand.html
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review 2017-05-26 08:45
The Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff Strand
The Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff Strand

Stanley is a loser, nearing middle age with not much to show for it. After he dies in a freak accident, he is brought back to life on live TV and starts his second life as the Amazing Mr Corpse. He is now essentially owned by a corporation who are looking to cash in on his infamy, forcing him to do all manner of 'celebrity' appearances. When he begins to get cocky about his importance he is shown that a second death will be far more unpleasant than the first and that he was not the scientific miracle he thought he was but something far more sinister.
I enjoyed this one a lot, I'm a big fan of Strand and this one certainly didn't disappoint although I thought the main character wasn't as good as some in his other work. The ending was also slightly anti-climatic.
Strand uses this to lampoon celebrities who are famous for being famous, how they are viewed and the cult like status that some of them achieve for doing absolutely nothing. Stanley is a fairly talentless individual who soon begins to believe the hype of his own fame before it all goes wrong. Secondary characters were done well but for some reason none of the characters really resonated with me that strongly however the story itself was engaging, pulling several threads together at the end and gave me almost everything I come to expect in a Strand novel. As with most of his other work this was fast faced and darkly funny and whilst it's not my favourite it was still a fun read.

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review 2017-02-17 17:01
Cyclops Road by Jeff Strand
Cyclops Road - Jeff Strand

Evan Portin has just lost his wife and is having a very bad day at work. But he comes upon a woman being mugged and finds that she doesn't need his help.

Harriet is a strange one for sure. She's never been in a car or seen a cellphone. Safe to say she's been pretty isolated. Oh, and she's on her way to kill a cyclops.

I know, right? Someone has a few screws loose. Maybe...?

Follow Evan as he takes the ride of his life.

 

 

I found this book entertaining as all get out, and unique, and very funny! I loved it! It was very different from the usual Strand novels. Can't say much more so I don't give anything away. I definitely recommend it though. It's not actually horror. I would put it more in the fantasy, sci-fi category.

 

4 stars

 

 

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review 2017-01-01 00:00
CHRISTMAS ON THE STRAND
CHRISTMAS ON THE STRAND - Loretta Wheele... CHRISTMAS ON THE STRAND - Loretta Wheeler ***** Crystal's 5 Star Review *****

Savanna Burke heads to Galveston Island, TX for a meeting/date with Terrance Whittaker, Galveston’s well known psychic, whom she met on a dating website. Coming with her is a wind storm she refers to as a “Male Gale”. Making her grand entrance at the Winter Ball, she captured many hearts with her beauty, but the only one she is concerned about is Terrance.
This is the prequel to a series of stories called Southern Breezes. It was an enjoyable, quick HEA, but it could have used a bit more development, it felt rushed in spots.
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