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Sunday, February 26, 2017

More MTW book reviews, a recap and an invitation.

cj Sez:  I met the authors of the following books during Mystery Thriller Week and am happy to share reviews of their books today. (Note Andrew and Annette: I’m also posting these reviews on Goodreads and Barnes&Noble.)

REVIEW:  The Witch’s List by Andrew Cairns (a well-travelled Scot, now living in Paris)

Nowhere near your usual coming of age story. Andrew Cairns draws in his readers for a tale that reads as if he’s telling a scary storyyou know… the kind you might hear around a campfire, except this one would be for adults. Tension rises and night terrors move in as the reader follows the life storyfrom teenage years through his hedonistic college years to marriageof a Scot by the name of Sandy Beech.

The scenes are sometimes raw but always thoroughly described. Ignoring the warning of a horribly burned and dying nun, Sandy’s attraction to exotic women sends him on a path to the Ivory Coast and the fringes of a powerful witchcraft.

Definitely a bewitching read, The Witch’s List culminates in a surprise ending that might just signal a coming sequel.  

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Four Stars. 

REVIEW:  Circle of Influence, Volume 1 by Annette Dashofy  (USAToday bestselling author from Pennsylvania)

One of the first things that I did was get angry at one of the characters…that’s good writing

Murder, mayhem, and mystery abound in author Annette Dashofy’s fictional small Pennsylvania town in the dead of winter. Vance Township is an exciting microcosm of intrigue, and Dashofy captures all the emotion that attends entwined lives gone awry. Lies get in the way of love, and unrequited love becomes the wellspring of terrible crimes. Dashofy’s attention to detail makes places and characters come alive.

The fifth book in this clever mystery series is scheduled to launch March 14, as protagonist / paramedic Zoe Chambers faces even more challenges. 

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Four Stars.

Mystery Thriller Week recap . . .

February 22 ended the first annual international Mystery Thriller Week event in the world, with participation from over 250 authors, over 90 bloggers, and several hundred fans and readers. 

During the four months from conception to conclusion, the official Mystery Thriller Week website had over 15,000 views and almost 6,000 visitors. In the eleven days, February 12 to February 22, on Facebook, there were . . .
·            152 Live author power hours on Facebook
·               244 Book reviews posted on the MTW calendar
·               82 interviews posted on the MTW calendar
·              72 Guest posts  on the MTW calendar

If all this exposure for your author persona and potential for interviews and book reviews interests you, take a moment to register for 2018.  Links are listed below for your convenience.

Mobile Writers Guild is hosting Carolyn Haines…

For all you-all guys in the Mobile, AL area…on Thursday, March 2, the Mobile Writers Guild is hosting prolific author and dynamic speaker Carolyn Haines (70-plus books in publication) 6 p.m. at the Mobile Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road. Subject: "Weaving the Mystery." Hope to see you there.

Okay, that’s it for today. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


PS:  Mark your Facebook calendars to stop by the ebook launch of The Posse on March 15    ...there will be prizes.

Choosing Carter  -- Kindle  /  Nook  /  Kobo   /  iTunes/iBook
Deadly Star --  Kindle  / Nook  / Kobo

Bad Day at Round Rock” a short story in  The Posse, a Western anthology of tales of action, romance, myth and truth.   

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MTW_17 book review: "Enter by the Narrow Gate" (Book 1) by David Carlson

cj Sez:  Five Stars…yep, five. This is an unputdownable novel. (Hey, I’m a wordsmith. I can make up words.)

Hardened, and disheartened, Detroit Police Lieutenant Christopher Worthy travels to New Mexico on the trail of a physically, emotionally, and mentally distressed young woman. While there, he is recruited by his friend, and Orthodox priest, Father Nicholas Fortis to help solve the murder of a young nun who had been living, not in a convent, but in a monastery.  Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Sera Lacey joins the duo as a local liaison, and they discover that the two cases have an inexplicable connection.

Detective Worthy is confronted with a culture and a secret society he doesn’t understand. Father Fortis must navigate the social hierarchy and politics of a Trappist monastery. The child protection officer Sera Lacy gets lessons in homicide investigation. What they all come to understand is that death awaits those seeking to enter heaven’s narrow gate through their own devices. 

This story is so intriguing that, like Detective Worthy, I found myself leaning forward, back tense, as if I could urge the words to move faster.

The characters are subtly and thoroughly developed. The interwoven plot threads make for interesting reading and come to satisfying conclusions. Each scene moves the story forward. Each scene has an arc…a beginning and a middle that ends with a page-turning or scene-changing hook. Perfect.

If Enter by the Narrow Gate is any indication, author David Carlson has started a must-read detective series featuring Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis. Stay tuned.

Enter by the Narrow Gate is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble. 

And, and . . . The Posse authors awarded a slew of books and gift cards at the cover reveal party on Feb 15, and now we’re gearing up for the ebook launch on March 15. Mark your calendars and stop by our FB page  . . .     There will be prizes.

That’s it for now. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to the same.

Choosing Carter  -- Kindle  /  Nook  /  Kobo   /  iTunes/iBook
Deadly Star --  Kindle  / Nook  / Kobo
Coming in March 2017—“Bad Day at Round Rock” a short story in  The Posse,.   
MTW Facebook   Mystery Thriller Week Annual Event