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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.   


  1. Enjoyed the newsletter, especially the two book reviews. thanks for being a light in our literary community!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Dee, and I'm happy to learn you enjoyed the piece. I will be putting out a quarterly newsletter so more of these things will be published in the future. cj

  3. Great post, cj, I enjoyed the reviews. Have diarised 15 March and will do my best to attend. Shared on twitter and Google plus.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. And yes, please do stop by if you can. I don't know what time it would be in South Africa, but the ebook launch starts at 6 PM CST and ends at 11 PM CST. cj

  4. You're not only a light, cj, you're the Energizer Bunny. Very nice post.

    1. Thanks, Kaye. I love the Energizer Bunny's cute little rear end...Thanks for stopping by. cj

  5. Wonderful new reviews and thabnk you for sharing the great news about Mystery Thriller Week. You are such a treasure to us all.

    1. My pleasure, VIcki. Mystery Thriller Week was a wonderful event, thanks in no small part to your Herculean efforts. I appreciated it very much. cj

  6. Excellent post. Thanks for sharing a nice post with us

    1. You're welcome, Kawsar Hussain. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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