Author/Writer Facebook Appreciation Day Public · Created By Crystal D. Spears

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 Crystal D. Spears, a wonderful indie writer herself, has come up with a wonderful way to let us fans show our appreciation for all of the authors we love.   All day long today, writers and fans alike are showing their appreciation on facebook in this awesome event!

Event Description from the page:

Let’s celebrate their hard work! Even if the Writer/Author can’t attend let’s show them how much they inspire us! Start Inviting People Let’s Spread This Day AROUND! Yes! We started early for those across the POND it’s all day Saturday too!

 

This event is scheduled for today, January 19, 2013 on Facebook, and the more the merrier!  Head on over and show some author love!

Reflections (Whisper Cape, #2) by Susan Griscom writing as Regan Walsh

 

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A review by Terri Kinckner

Book description from Amazon:

This is a Whisper Cape Novel, Book 2

 
What if you heard a voice whispering warnings while you coped with a frightening pregnancy? 
Knowing the future has its advantages…or does it?
Can love survive the reflections and memories lost?
Welcome to Maia’s world.
 Gerry has loved Maia from the very first moment he laid eyes on her and now that she’s pregnant with his child, he’s over the moon with happiness. Likewise, Maia is overjoyed about having Gerry’s baby, but when she starts seeing and hearing an old woman who warns Maia about the pregnancy, Maia starts to think she is losing her mind. But Maia’s nightmare has only just begun…


A most sought after beautiful woman, the talented lead singer in an up and coming rock band, sets her sights on Gerry determined to rekindle an old flame. But murder befalls the sleepy town of Whisper Cape once again, creating suspicion and betrayal, and a love once considered invincible, begins to crumble and fall apart.

My take on the book:

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Honestly? I loved it! I read Whisper Cape first and didn’t think the second book could possibly compare to the first one. It did, and then some! When I read the first book, I adored Addie and Cael, but was intrigued by Maia and Gerry’s relationship. I’m so glad they were a bigger part of the second book.

Maia, although growing up surrounded by family with special abilities, had none… until she became pregnant with twins. her ability to speak to her future self gave me chills. I worried with her throughout the book, trying to figure out the future Maia’s warnings alongside her, and shared her fears and victories. I finally got to understand Gerry a little better. He was a really hard character to figure out and I was very curious about him and his abilities, but most of all about his aversion to marriage.  His foul mouth and big heart won me over big time 🙂

The new characters introduced into this series in this book are quite interesting. Aiden is so mysterious, I can’t wait to learn more about him. Finn and Careen, well, the jury is still out on those two. I’m hoping for more interaction from these characters, as I have a feeling Aiden and Addie are going to have their own story line. The ending of this book hit me hard. I was so emotionally gripped by this book that it took me several days to get over so I could write this review.

This book has everything;  mystery, murder, magic, betrayal, romance, suspense… gripping action that kept me turning pages long after I should have been in bed. I just simply could not put this book down! My only problem with this book is that I finished it before the next book in the series was finished! Of course that book is well underway, and I shouldn’t have to wait long to get my fix! This book is a definite MUST READ, although I suggest reading Whisper Cape first. With the first one also being a must read, that shouldn’t be a problem at all 🙂

I give this book 5 stars out of 5!

Whisper Cape (Whisper Cape, #1) by Susan Griscom writing as Regan Walsh

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A review by Terri Kinckner

Book description from Amazon:

A powerful woman, an extraordinary man, and a maniac who wants to destroy them. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them all in end?

Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible and sparks ignite.

WHISPER CAPE is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father’s sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.

Fighting to shake off one of those devastating early morning nightmares, Addison finds it even harder to escape from the vision of a man lying on the side of the road–a man she may have just killed. When she frantically tries to locate him, he seemingly disappears, just the beginning of strange occurrences in her life. She also cannot ignore the weird sensations in her own body. Suddenly, the impossible seems possible, but is that a blessing or a curse?

Believing that her continual and worsening nightmares are both the key to her own new abilities and the clue to her father’s death, Addie knows she will not rest until she has the answers she craves. As she strives to cope with her new remarkable talents, someone else learns of her abilities–a disgruntled maniacal psychopath with his own agenda that involves eliminating Addie. The only one who can protect her, instruct her in the use of her powers and teach her how to destroy the murderous monster is the same man who makes Addie’s heart race and her blood heat with passion. The same man she’d left for dead.

Cael Sheridan may be arrogant and mysterious but he’s also undeniably gorgeous. A member of a secret society, he is sworn to protect the woman he believes to be the daughter of his recently murdered mentor. In the process, he finds it impossible to resist her magnetic sensuality, complicating his efforts to shield and guide her as she learns to manage her newly acquired skills. At the same time, Addison has much to teach him about trust and commitment. Will fate win in the end? You be the judge.

My take on this book:

I thought this book was well written from the very first page.  I liked Addie right away, and I found myself really wanting to live in the town of Whisper Cape.  Her nightmares were vivid and frightening, and left me feeling the same shock when she woke up as I do when I’ve had a nightmare of my own.  I love an honest main character, and Addie was a very genuinely good person who had a lot of bad things happen to her, but still held herself to a standard.  I was impressed with how she wrestled with the guilt and fear that she may have killed a man.

Speaking of that man, Cael… oh my goodness!  He has become a bona fide book crush for me!  His arrogance normally would be a complete put off, but it worked for him.  The instant connection he felt with Addie tugged at my heart strings, it was almost literally love at first sight, although neither of them wanted to admit it.  I love when I’m reading a book and know both character’s thoughts and I’m screaming inside for them to tell each other!  As a stubborn woman myself, I identify with characters that keep themselves stuck in angst when a simple conversation can clear it up.  These two characters were so real and wonderful, and the abilities they possessed just added to the chemistry; especially when they realized just how strong they were together.

The supporting characters were also wonderful.  Maia, Addie’s aunt, and her boyfriend Gerry were excellently written.  Each could easily have a story of their own! Her friends Darcy and Jared  also have an excellent sub story going on that had my complete interest.  Cael’s mother was intriguing, and I’d love to learn more about her!

The “bad guy” in this book was terrifying.  Not in appearance, but probably because of his lack of appearance.  I was questioning every character in the book in my mind, wondering who Eidolin could be.  The way he used other people to do his bidding left him free to stay safely on the sidelines with little risk to himself.  The psychological terror he inflicted on everyone matched the physical violence he was conducting.  The final reveal of who Eidolin was completely surprised me, and I was horror-stricken!  That is all I want to say about the main plot of the story…any more elaboration from me risks a potential spoiler (and I HATE those)!

I’ve started reading book two, Reflections, but I really had to stop and write this review before the dividing line between books became blurred for me.  This is a series that is seamless, yet, I think someone reading book two as a stand alone could still enjoy it and have enough information to understand the dynamics of the relationships and abilities.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5!

When Copper Suns Fall (Lost Immortals, #1) by KaSonndra Leigh

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A review by Terri Kinckner

This book captured me from the beginning. KaSonndra Leigh created a world that was completely believable, adding a paranormal twist that was wildly original and interesting.  The setting of this book is Corunum, a Post-Apocalyptic United States, set 62 years after the Great War between the Caduceans and Tainted.  The Caduceans were half-human, half-angel descendants of the archangel Gabriel, and the Tainted were half-human, half- fallen angel descendants of Bernael, the angel of chaos.  Both were thought to be no more, but were actually still in existence and fighting for control of the humans.

Chela was caught up in this situation more than she realized.  I loved learning along with her what she and her purpose in life were. Chela was a very strong and stubborn lead character, with a heart of gold… a perfect combination for the role she assumed in this book. Faris was quite a mystery to me, and I was just as frustrated with the lack of information he passed as Chela was. He was an excellent broody, angsty character who loved Chela with all that he had. Jalen and Alexa were great friends to Chela, each with secrets of their own. The complexity of the relationships in this book made it hard to put down… I couldn’t wait to find out the next “secret”! The ending of the book had me wanting to know more, I’m definitely invested in these characters!


The writing was excellent! KaSonndra has a gift. She can write beautifully crafted descriptive sentences and flawlessly switch to more modern dialogue between the characters. That is very hard to pull off!  There was some confusion with all of the new terms in the book, but the glossary at the end really helped me with that, and kept it from getting too complicated and taking away from the story itself.  I am starting book 2 tomorrow, and I am so excited to see what the second part of this story holds!

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

 

Allusive Aftershock, by Susan Griscom

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A review by Terri Kinckner

This book was amazing! Faced with a catastrophic series of earthquakes, Adela, her best friend Max, and classmate Courtland are left alone and struggling for survival. Courtland was a bit of an outcast, being able to understand the needs of animals better than the average person. Adela has spent her entire childhood swooning over Max, who only saw her as a friend, and Max has spent the last eight years hating Courtland after an incident that happened between these two when they were best friends.

The circumstances these young adults found themselves in were horrific, and were so well described that I often felt like I was right there with them through the earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks. Susan was able to bring these three young people to life for me, and I found myself rooting for them, mourning their losses, and reveling in their triumphs. I also love a book where the characters evolve into who they were meant to be. This is absolutely the case with this book! They certainly learned a lot about life and a lot about themselves!

This book had all the elements required to make a great, fast-paced read: love, hate, catastrophe, fear, and humor. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone, young or old! There are some parts of the book that I thought might get too adult, but were actually not. In fact, I would be very comfortable having my own teenagers read this book, because of the excellent message it sends!

I give this book 5 stars out of 5!

An Uncommon Surfeit of Lipstick, by Richard McGowan

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A review by Terri Kinckner

I received this book in the mail yesterday as a winner in a Goodreads giveaway. At first, I was going to just glance at it and put it on the shelves with the other books to read and review until I finished the three books I was already reading at the moment. I was too intrigued to put it down.

First off, the cover and title are most definitely very female. The author, a man. I started to read it just to see how a man would write a book for women. Before I knew it the book was finished;  mere hours after I sat down with it.

This story is a fairy tale of sorts, but a hilarious, bizarre, and unique one. Trina Katrina Martini had no idea how much her actions had impacted others until she had to wear her shame in the form of very slutty, over-applied lipstick every single day. Her “Fairy Bad Mother”, Janet Guimpledrim (Bad Janet, to Trina) and motley bunch of fairy friends had me laughing through most of the book. The crazy things Trina both had to do and had to endure had me grinning, shocked, and pitying the poor girl that never had a bad day in her life until she was 21.

The story had a great ending, with Trina finding true love and her true self. I didn’t realize just how invested in these characters I was until the end of the book, and the book left me wanting more. I’m hoping that Trina’s sister’s story is told next, and I’m really curious to see what becomes of Trina and Connie in the future!

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

Reckless (Wrecked, #2) by Elle Casey

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A review by Terri Kinckner

I waited a long time (for Elle Casey standards) for this book, and it was definitely worth the wait! I would have devoured the book in a matter of hours had it not been for that irritating real life thing that I have to do sometimes. After reading Wrecked, I was really hoping there would be a sequel because I grew to love those kids. In fact, I have a 19 year old son named Jonathan that I could swear was the Jonathan in this book, with the brainiac stats and physics spouting.

I wasn’t sure exactly how Elle was going to make the second book as exciting and soul-searching as the first one, but she blew any expectations I had out of the water… literally! These four characters have really grown into wonderful, smart, incredibly decent young adults. It’s really nice to see young characters grow without all of the typical drama in YA books. This drama was far more real and dangerous than petty high school stuff, and made for a much better story! After their rescue from the drug dealers on the island in the book Wrecked, they face a new threat from the organization when waiting to testify. That’s all I really want to say because I don’t want to give away any spoilers!

I experienced the entire gamut of emotion in this book, from heart-warming, to laughter, to fear, to gut wrenching sadness. This is a great story (and series) for everyone to read, from teenagers to adult! I will be recommending this book and Wrecked to every bookworm I know! (as I usually do with Elle’s books)

My personal message to Elle: You’re batting a thousand woman!!! Oh, and the shout out to mullet head at the end of the book gave me a chuckle, too!

I give this book 5 out of 5 carefully calculated stars!