Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Corrective Measures by Robert Chazz Chute

Corrective MeasuresCorrective Measures by Robert Chazz Chute
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the blurb: One in 100 people is a psychopath, so be nice to strangers. You're about to meet one of the most dangerous kinds of psychopath. Jack is a serial killer who only murders people his psychotherapist, Dr. Circe Papua, can't help. When Jack has an argument over a parking space with a smug, inconsiderate driver, he wants to change the rules of his agreement with God and Dr. Papua. This is the story that shows how dangerous the world can really be.

Corrective Measures is a very short story at only 19 pages on my Nook, but it certainly packs a punch. Not literally, of course, though I wouldn't put that past the MC.

Jack has issues. Jack is a psychopath. Jack kills people his psychologist, Dr. Papua, can't help. Like that child molester who won't change his ways. So, in effect, crazy as it may sound, and certainly illegal, Jack is perhaps providing a service to humanity.

To him, there are three types of people: Prey, Witnesses and Predators. Essentially, what I took away from this short story is not only that you never know who the predator might be, but also that a bit of predator might lurk in all of us.

I won't give away any of the story, but do yourself a favor and read it. It won't take you long at all.

And I'm also now quite interested in reading Mr. Chute's full story about this character.



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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, P.I. by Robert Downs

Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private InvestigatorFalling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator by Robert Downs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars







From the blurb: Casey Holden, former cop, current PI in Virginia Beach, VA, screens his clients the way he screens his women, based on whichever drop-dead gorgeous woman happens to waltz through his door first and manages to hold his attention. So when Felicity Farren, widow-at-large, struts into his office asking him to solve the two-year-old murder of her husband Artis, she intrigues him. When Casey starts digging, he learns the murder isn't what it seems to be and he doesn't have a big enough shovel to unearth the truth. And to top it all off, his former rival at the police department, Greg Gilman, is determined to disrupt his investigation. Casey's challenge is to learn what really happened to Artis, and why Gilman can't seem to remove his head from his butt. And he'll need all of his wits to complete the task.

This book about a wise-cracking, irreverent, sort of monogamous PI trying to solve a cold case murder had me grinning on occasion, but also wanting some kind of action and a bit more forward movement. It's an interesting book, to be sure, but oh, my goodness, Casey just doesn't ever shut up. Not that it's a bad thing, but his never-serious manner got a wee bit on my nerves about half-way through. I stuck with it, and the ending, while perhaps somewhat predictable, was rather satisfying.

Not exactly my book, but if you like a bit of a murder mystery coupled with a smart a$$ MC - this is the book for you.

3 solid stars.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Heather Huffman has stopped by!!! E-book Giveaway!

Welcome to My Fiction Nook, Heather Huffman! 

Heather Huffman

Heather Huffman writes romantic suspense with strong female leads who refuse to lose hope. Though her stories never shy from looking into the world’s darker corners, they don't dwell there. Heather shares with her resilient heroines a passion to make a real difference and so donates a portion of her book royalties to organizations that fight against human trafficking.Heather was born and spent her childhood in Florida but now calls the beautiful state of Missouri home. Her greatest joy, when not writing, is to hit the road with her three boys for adventures unknown. - Source: Goodreads Profile

I've been fangirling for quite some time over Heather's books, ever since I read her first book, Throwaway. When I initially picked it up at Barnes & Noble last year, I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the writing within. After finishing it (see my review), I immediately went and 'purchased' the remaining three books available (Jailbird, Suddenly A Spy, Ties That Bind), devouring them as well. Heather writes from the heart, and it shows. Her romances are well-researched, with snarky, believable dialogue, excellent plots and heroines that, despite having been beaten down, stand tall in the face of danger and adversity. 

Each story stands on its own, but they all have one theme in common - the horrors of human trafficking. The United Nations recently listed an estimate: 2.4 Millions people world-wide are victims of human trafficking at any given time, with approx. 80% of them being exploited as sexual slaves. (Source: HumanTrafficking.org) 

These are staggering numbers. If you think it doesn't happen here in the U.S., you'd be wrong. It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually. (Source: HumanTrafficking.org) And that's not counting the men, women and children who disappear each year from  cities and towns all over the U.S. 

Heather Huffman uses her writing to bring greater awareness to these horrific crimes, and I have nothing but admiration for her and a desire to help her with her cause. For more information on Human Trafficking and to join the fight, please visit the websites below or www.humantrafficking.org


Without further ado, please help me welcome Heather Huffman. 

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MyFictionNook: What inspired you to write Jailbird?

Heather Huffman: It’s funny, how real a book can feel when you’re writing it and how hard it can be to remember what inspired it three years later. Most of my books start with a dream, and Jailbird was no different. I can vividly remember the dream I had – the one where I was breaking out of prison. I can still feel the beads of sweat that formed as I ran through the woods in my mind. I can easily recall the small town I found myself in – the cars on the street, the stores I passed. The moment I first saw Charlie Russell and spoke the first words of the entire dream are still fresh in my mind.

But how the rest of the story developed from that one dream, I really can’t say. I spent a lot of time thinking about Neena and why she was escaping from prison. I researched prisons and towns and everything else I could think of, but the individual pieces just sort of fell into place.

However they came to be, whenever I think of Jailbird’s characters, I still smile. Neena Allen’s world is one I enjoy; I’m always happy to revisit it. Even as I wrote the book, I knew the story wouldn’t be complete when I typed “the end.” Conrad was such an amazing guy, he deserved his own book. He finally got it with Devil in Disguise, which is due to be released this summer.

I was happy as a clam writing that novel because it meant I got to submerge myself in Neena’s world again, albeit this time from Rachel Cooper’s point of view (Which was an interesting shift in and of itself.)

One distinct difference between Jailbird and Devil in Disguise: With the latter, I know exactly how the pieces fell into place. After I began using my books as a way to raise awareness for human trafficking, I began hearing from readers who wanted to put me in touch with various organizations involved in the fight. One such organization was Project Liberty, and from my first meeting with them I knew I wanted to do anything I could to aid them in their cause: recovering our children from human traffickers.

As my bond with Project Liberty grew stronger, they began to share with me stories of various recoveries they’d worked on, in hopes of adding a sense of realism to the fiction stories I write. Many of the stories and situations in Devil in Disguise come from real cases that Project Liberty has worked on, though names and specific details have been changed to protect the real people behind the stories.

Another group I’ve only recently been introduced to is The Covering House. They are committed to helping fill in a very large gap in the fight against human trafficking – the appalling lack of shelters in which to house victims of trafficking after they’ve been rescued. As of the time I write this, there are only a handful of beds to house rescued victims, with tens of thousands of victims in the United States alone. While my relationship with The Covering House is a newer one, my conversations with them definitely had an impact on Devil in Disguise.

I’m grateful to organizations like Project Liberty and The Covering House; their willingness to talk to me, to help me understand this ever-evolving issue, has breathed life into my books that they never could have had from Internet research alone. That life will, hopefully, continue to raise awareness of human trafficking and how we can all join the fight in one way or another.

I am also grateful to these organizations for what they do. Their work is more than tiring. The fight they’ve taken on is a dirty one, and they know they won’t come out unscathed, yet they picked up the mantle anyway. I admire the people behind these groups, and I’m forever thankful to know them.

MyFictionNook: Heather, thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, and for raising awareness about Human Trafficking. I look forward to reading your new book as soon as it's available! 



Please consider making a donation to the charities above. 

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And now for the give-away!!! 

Have you read Heather's book(s)? Are you planning to? Are you involved with any of these charities, or do you know anyone affected by human trafficking?


Leave a signed comment on this blogpost and be automatically entered in the give-away. The contest will run until Sunday, May 28, 2012


All entries will be fed into the Random machine and three lucky winners will be chosen to receive a copy of Jailbird (Kindle or Ebook)


Please do not leave your email address in the comment. As long as you're signed in when you comment, I should be able to contact you. 


Thank you for stopping by!

My thanks to Heather Huffman and her agent, Adam Bodendieck, for supplying the information and materials for the giveaway. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane

Chase in ShadowChase in Shadow by Amy Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







3.75 stars, rounded to 4.

From the blurb:


Chase Summers: Golden boy. Beautiful girlfriend, good friends, and a promising future. Nobody knows the real Chase. [...]He has a door in his heart so frightening he’d rather die than open it, and the lies he’s used to block it shut are thinning with every forbidden touch. Chase has spent his entire life unraveling, and his decision to set his sexuality free in secret has only torn his mind apart faster. Chase has one chance for true love and salvation, [...] but if he wants the healing that Tommy’s love has to offer, he’ll need the courage to leave the shadows for the sunlight. That may be too much to ask from a man who’s spent his entire life hiding his true self. Chase knows all too well that the only things thriving in a heart’s darkness are the bitter personal demons that love to watch us bleed.

 This wasn't an easy book to read. There are flashbacks, scenes out of continuation, and it made for a difficult time following the story.

Chase in Shadow depicts the story of a young gay man pretending to be straight. He's got a girlfriend, goes to college, works and tries his best to keep his inner struggles locked up.

Along the lines, we find out that Chase lost his mother to suicide when he was only 6 years old. He was the one to find her in the bath tub, and it's this horrific experience, an event so traumatic, that is the underlying theme of this novel. His father Victor is a homophobic, verbally abusive a$$hole, and he's a character you love to hate.

Chase has long known that he's attracted to men, but his father's words and actions as well as his mother's suicide have so traumatized him that coming out isn't an option.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Heather Huffman Blogtour Stop next Tuesday!!!

Heather Huffman, author of Jailbird, Ring of Fire and other fantastic novels, will stop by next Tuesday, 5/22/12 for an interview and book giveaway. Be sure to come by and leave a comment for a chance to win an electronic version of one of her books.

See you then!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hellenic Immortal by Gene Doucette

Hellenic ImmortalHellenic Immortal by Gene Doucette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars






From the blurb:


“Very occasionally, I will pop up in the historical record. Most of the time I’m not at all easy to spot, because most of the time I’m just a guy who does a thing and then disappears again into the background behind someone-or-other who’s busy doing something much more important. But there are a couple of rare occasions when I get a starring role.” --Adam the Immortal 


An oracle has predicted the sojourner’s end, which is a problem for Adam insofar as he has never encountered an oracular prediction that didn’t come true . . . and he is the sojourner. To survive, he’s going to have to figure out what a beautiful ex-government analyst, an eco-terrorist, a rogue FBI agent, and the world’s oldest religious cult all want with him, and fast. And all he wanted when he came to Vegas was to forget about a girl. And maybe have a drink or two.

 In this sequel to "Immortal", Gene Doucette delivers another fantastic page-turner that kept me riveted to the pages.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Immortal by Gene Doucette

ImmortalImmortal by Gene Doucette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







From the blurb:

Surviving sixty thousand years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the twenty-first century, Adam confronts new dangers—someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide.Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink.

What a fun read!!! I was intrigued by the blurb and couldn't wait to get my hands on this book when it became available at NetGalley.

I'm so glad I did. I had a difficult time putting it down for sleep and work and other such pesky time consumers.

The story is told in the first person narrative by Adam, who's been around the block a few times (actually, a few tens of millenia, give or take), a somewhat average guy in looks and stature, and who just happens to be immortal, frozen in time at about age 32, with no recollection as to how that actually happened.

Imagine having lived that long, constantly moving from place to place because you can't stay anywhere for too long in fear of people noticing how you don't age. You'd be jaded, too. And possibly, much like Adam, quite a bit cynical about the human race and somewhat confused by modern technology since your birthday basically pre-dated spoken language.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes

Behind Closed Doors (Daniels Brothers, #1)Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Behind Closed Doors tells the story of Elizabeth Marshall and Chris Daniels, both of whom have been burned by previous relationships and have more or less sworn off ever having another.

Elizabeth moves to the small town of Springfield, OH, and becomes Chris' neighbor, something that irritates him greatly. She is nearly afraid of the big, burly, angry man she encounters upon moving in. He is angry because he feels drawn to her but keeps reminding himself that no woman will ever get into his heart again.

*yawns*

How original.

Not.

Eventually, after much reading and POV switches (all in 3rd person), we finally get a few answers and then the drama starts.

Chris falls for Elizabeth and vice versa. She gets asked on a date and he seethes until he gets a grip and tells her how he feels. A best friend pops up conveniently. The obligatory sinister element is introduced. Oh, who could be after poor Elizabeth? It was glaringly obvious to me.

The interactions between the characters were rather unimaginative and the love scenes nothing I haven't read before. The only interesting character was Jan, the landlady. I didn't connect with any of the MCs or the supporting cast, who were all somewhat one-dimensional.

I was hoping to read something new and fresh.

This wasn't it.

I received a free ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. This makes me hope that the spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors contained within will be fixed prior to publication.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lothaire (IAD 12) by Kresley Cole

Lothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)Lothaire by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars






Ingredients:

- One slightly deranged, autocratic, pompous ass, arrogant vampire with a cold, dead yet beating heart, loyal only to himself

- One innocent hillbilly, feisty, cunning, industrious beauty with a huge heart and loyalty to spare

- One evil, spoiled, delusional vampire ex-goddess with a wicked plan

- One evil, slightly dumb sorceress who wants to exact revenge

- One insane, fortune-telling Valkyrie who is playing with fire

- bunches of Lore folk as the supporting cast

- a few unanswered questions from previous books

- one endgame aka obsession

Pour it all in a bowl, mix well, and what you get is Lothaire, Kresley Cole's latest installment in the IAD series.

What a fun ride. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Lothaire being turned from a pompous, arrogant, all-knowing, evil vampire into a pompous, all-knowing, arrogant, purring little kitten completely in love with his Bride. I loved how Ellie teaches him how to be caring and loving, and still getting what he wants, while giving him the one thing that has eluded him in all of his thousands of years - happiness.

The ending is a little open as usual - and it seems as if Kristoff will feature prominently in the next book. I can hardly wait.

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