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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 2016-12-21 13:08
Blister by Jeff Strand, narrated by Daniel Dorse
Blister - Jeff Strand


Blister was a crazy ride, but not in the usual Jeff Strand kind of way.


I'm not going to rehash the plot, because the basics are listed in the summary for you. I will say that I enjoyed the audio of this book quite a bit. It was funny, sad, and touching all at once. At first I didn't care much for the narrator, Daniel Dorse, but as the audio progressed he grew on me.


The premise of this novel is a bit out there, and there were portions of the plot, especially toward the end of the book, that went over the top. But as long as you don't expect everything to be completely believable, I think you'll have a good time listening to this audio.


If you do decide to check it out, tell Blister I said hello!


*Please note, if you purchase the Kindle version as I did, you can add the audio for a greatly reduced price!* You can get your audio copy here: Blister

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review 2016-12-02 12:50
Our book review of Overcast Sunset by Joyce Strand
Overcast Sunset: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery - Joyce T. Strand

Here go again meeting up with Brynn Bancroft, her winery and the trouble she gets herself into! Overcast Sunset has everything from a murder, fraud, corruption and most of all love.  Joyce Strand has created a group of characters who go from strength to strength and the reader will fall in love with them and want to follow them on their future exploits.

She keeps the reader enthralled by her excellent descriptive and character portrayals. With the air of mystique and page turning twists it makes for an excellent read.  Once I picked this book up I had to read it straight through, this was only made possible by the easy text and small chapters which gives the reader time to digest and retain the information which has been produced.

An ingenious plot with excellent scenarios and character traits which are believable, a good read for anyone who likes mystery and suspense thrillers.



Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/book-review-overcast-sunset-brynn.html
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review 2016-11-17 17:12
Overcast Sunset
Overcast Sunset: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery - Joyce T. Strand
This is the first Brynn Bancroft Mystery I have read but not the first book by Joyce Strand. This story is about a woman who messed up her marriage because of her infidelities, but is still in love with her Liam, her ex. They are co owners of a winery, along with their vintner,  that is fairly successful. When Liam tells them that he is thinking of selling, Brynn is concerned for various reasons. She likes having Liam around and hopes to someday win him back. Wayne the vintner, loves what he does creating exceptional wines that if the business was sold, he would not stay.
Brynn and Liam have taken under their wing, a teenager, Josh, who's father is in jail and facing prison time for murder he says he did not commit. Josh is also an amateur detective working with the local police department in trying to solve the thefts of solar panels from different wineries in the area. Along with that, wine is being stolen by the cases also from wineries in the area. The FBI is also working on trying to figure out this case and bring the thieves to justice.
Brynn's friend Madison along with her significant other, Blake, become houseguests of Brynn's. Brynn had not seen Madison in 15 years. Madison has plans of opening a wine store in the area and is looking for investors. There is an accident and Blake is badly burned and is Brynn's houseguest so he can recover.
Enter a lot of shady characters that has Liam and Brynn trying to figure out the rash of thefts and who is a good guy and who is a bad guy, and there are a lot of them. This story takes the reader into the world of wine. There is danger out there for Brynn and she finds that she does not know who to trust.
This story is very believable as are the characters, all flawed in their own way, but Brynn has hopes that her life will get back on track with Liam and that Josh will be able to fight his demons over his father. I loved the story and look forward to the next book, a Emily Lazzzaro mystery, Emily is one of the characters in Overcast Sunset.
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text 2016-11-12 16:36
Non-squicky Horror Books
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves
A Christmas Tale - Austin Crawley
Bloodfire - Helen Harper
Hell Bound (Heroes in Hell) - Andrew P. Weston
Dinosaur Lake - Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Wolf Hunt - Jeff Strand
Ghost Story - Jeff Brackett
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
Firestarter - Stephen King

I tried to answer on a thread about Horror books and BL wouldn't let me, so I'm doing a post.


The context is one of my Fantasy reading friends was trying a Horror book and quit reading when the plot got rapey. So would I!


So the post I wrote out and couldn't post explained that I don't like human ng take on metPHYSICAL IDEAS.monsters. No serial killers, general gorey stuff, rapists, psychos, or other things you can read in the news.


The one exception to the gore is werewolf books. You can't have a good werewolf story without making a mess, and to some extent vampire stories can get uncomfortable because they do kill people after all. Same with animal monsters, creature from the black lagoon etc.


I won't read anything where animals get hurt, again the exception being when the animal is the monster. I just read Bats for example, but I won't read stories where cats or dogs are hurt. No Cujo for me. Ironically, the only fluffy bunnies who bled in a tory I enjoyed was in Watership down.


What I do like tends to be supernatural Horror. Ghosts, demons, the unseen spiritual entity or an interesting take on metaphysical ideas.


So I tagged a few books I've really enjoyed for this post, but wanted to tell my friend that anything on my Horror shelf that has a rating is guaranteed not to have anything to do with rape, no psychokillers (except Cabal, which I haven't actually read) and no hurt animals. No tortured children either, I don't need that sort of thing in my head.


So, since I've made this a post, I'm inviting anyone to make suggestions that fit the above criteria. Excellent writing especially, I don't have time in my life for mediocre books.


I like the sort of Horror that is basically an extension of Fantasy. Not Romance but Dark Fantasy. Demons should be scary.

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