…And of the Son by John Skinner, Jr. (My Dad’s Book!)

Thomas “T.J.” James, Jr. finds himself wondering about that very thing. When his past and his present collide in a horrific set of circumstances, T.J. has to work out the details of the situation and finds himself in the middle of an investigation that brings his past nightmares back to life.

Hi, guys. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here, and you might be disappointed about how short this post is. But this is a really important post for me. My dad has just published his first book on Amazon. That’s right. It came out a little earlier today. I’m not doing a review of this book, because that would obviously be a potentially biased review. Also, I haven’t actually finished it yet… (ahem).

What I have read of it, I really liked. And I (and my dad) would love it if you guys checked it out. It does have strong content that isn’t suitable for all audiences, so reader discretion, everybody.  Here’s the Amazon link  if you want to check it out.

 

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Book Review: Murder at Midnight by C.S. Challinor—and a Giveaway!

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Murder at MidnightMurder at Midnight
A Rex Graves Mystery
C.S. Challinor
Midnight Ink, August 2014
ISBN 978-0-7387-3976-2
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

When barrister Rex Graves and his fiancée Helen d’Arcy host a New Year’s Eve party at Gleneagle Lodge, friends and colleagues alike enjoy the evening with drinks flowing freely. Despite the oncoming storm, unlucky number of guests, and argument over long-lost treasure, Rex has high hopes that it will be a memorable and murder-free night of celebration.

But as the clock strikes midnight and the power goes out, Ken and Catriona Fraser are found dead. Suspecting they were murdered for money or revenge, Rex starts to investigate. Will his formidable intellect and detection skills be enough to uncover the culprit?

Rex Graves is comfortable for me. Especially thrilling? No, but I could gladly spend an afternoon with him whenever he’s available and Murder at Midnight filled my wants just fine…

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Weird Hobbies, Hanging with the Homeless, Murder, and Spotted Owls

The Body in the Woods

by April Henry

Netgalley Review

For three teenagers part of the Portland, Oregon’s Search and Rescue team, life goes slightly awry when they stumble across a body on a hiking path in one of Portland’s parks. Even though the police think they have the killer, teenaged crime buff Ruby isn’t so sure. She has her own theories about the murder, and she thinks its even a possible serial killer. She and her SAR mates Alexis and Nick decide to look into themselves, even though all of them have their own crap to deal with at home.

All in all, entertaining read. Worth reading once, I guess. I’ve definitely read worse. But it’s only worth reading for everything but the murder storyline. It’s really obvious who the killer is in the beginning of the book. If you don’t know who it is before they discover the body, or when he talks for the first time, then you definitely know who it is when he takes on a “Back in my day…” attitude. Incredibly predictable. That being said, I liked the characters, Alexis and Ruby especially. It’s hard for me to like Nick, though because he wants attention a lot and tries to take credit when its not due to him. But I can totally relate to Ruby about the confusion of general etiquette in life, and I can with Alexis about her general wariness with people. I liked the storyline about Alexis trying to find her mom, and the small love story between her and the trauma intervention guy. However, that’s why this story is worth reading. Not for the main storyline.

So, if you stumble across it, then I totally recommend you give it a shot. However, it’s not worth taking the time to hunt out.http://www.indiebound.org/book/

(Netgalley Review) When Technology Comes Back to Bite Us in the Butt


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For Anana, it’s perfectly normal for her to use her Meme for everything, and to have it read her thoughts. In a world where technology has taken over, taxi drivers, doctors, and schools have been nearly obliterated and print books have gone the way of the dinosaurs. However, for her father,  one of the editors of the last dictionary still in print, it’s terrible.  Always wary of memes, Doug refuses to use them, even though they control everything. Still preferring print books to “limns” on memes, and willing to use pen and paper in public despite the stares from people unused to seeing such old school technology, he hates everything about memes, and especially the  popular program called the Word Exchange, which provides words and definitions and two cents each. He’s convinced that the program will hurt language and spread a virus and after he disappears, his daughter Anana realizes that her father’s predictions are becoming true.

I loved this book. The concept was very interesting and I thought it was a very smart and well-written book with great characters. Me being pretty wary of technology myself (even though I still use Kindle and I spend an unhealthy amount of time on my phone) I thought it was a good cautionary tale about what can happen if we use technology without thinking about the consequences. The only problems I would have with this book is that it wanders quite a bit, especially when it’s from Bart’s point of view. However, I am writing this review based off an advanced reading copy so this might have changed. Aside from that, I thought it was well put-together and it’s definitely worth reading.

 

Hijack in Abstract: Interview with Larissa Reinhart

hijack button (2)It all started with a late night call from her uncle for a wanted criminal sketch of a hijacker. It wasn’t long, however, before things got really complicated for Cherry Tucker. First she has to deal with her arch nemesis trying to turn the town against her with some nude paintings she had made. (Luckily her ex-husband, the model in the painting, didn’t mind copies of this painting being put all over town). Then the man who gave her the description of the hijacker ends up dead, with his mother and son depending on him. Now she has to get the town to respect (or at least tolerate) her and solve the hijacking case.

This was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this month. It’s fast-paced, hilarious, and intriguing. I love Cherry’s attitude and the situations she finds herself in.  I’d recommend this book to any mystery lover.

Now here’s an interview with Larissa Reinhart. Thanks, Larissa!

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Growing up in a small town, Larissa Reinhart couldn’t wait to move to an exotic city far from corn fields. After moving around the US and Japan, now she loves to write about rough hewn characters that live near corn fields, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series from Henery Press, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (May 2013) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist. QUICK SKETCH, a Cherry Tucker prequel to PORTRAIT, is in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL (December 2013). She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her websitelarissareinhart.com or find her chatting with the Little Read Hens on Facebook.

What got you interested in writing?

Thanks so much for having me on Ink and Paper! I’m so thrilled to be here.

I’ve always been interested in writing and can’t remember when I didn’t cobble stories. However, there’s a twenty year gap in my creative writing phase that began when I graduated from college and ended about four years ago when I started writing stories again. During those twenty years, I mainly wrote lesson plans, newsletters, and sample essays. I snuck in an occasional poem for my amusement, but had pretty much given writing up as a creative pursuit. However, during those twenty years I read intensively. All genres of fiction. And that’s what helped me when I finally had that perfect storm of time/space/writing epiphany.

What’s your usual writing routine like?

I have elementary aged children, so I get them to school by 7:30 a.m. and I try to write until I pick them up at 2:30. After 2:30, I’m helping with homework, driving them to activities, and after dinner, I collapse. On the weekends, I also try to focus on my family and stay off the computer. Facebook is my downfall during my writing period, so when I’m on deadline I have to turn off my internet connection.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of writing?

I love beginning a story. There’s so much potential, like starting a new school year with interesting classes and fresh supplies. I feel sucked into this creative pulse that drives me to write. But everything slows in the middle, and sometimes I feel like I’m wandering around in a fog. The characters don’t always act like I think they should, and I’ll follow their rabbit trails to see if they work, which sometimes means retracing my steps and starting over. That can get frustrating. I get consumed by the story in the middle. But when everything starts to fall into place, it’s exhilarating again and I tend to write the ending quickly. And then I begin the revision process. Which can be both frustrating and fun, too.

If you could have a dinner party with six famous people who have influenced you in some way, who would they be?

First, let’s determine that this deal is catered. I’m not inviting famous people to eat my cooking. Too much pressure. I’d probably invite my childhood literary idols, C.S. Lewis and Madeline L’Engle. If my old library still has those copies, my fingerprints are probably permanently imbeded in a Wrinkle In Time and The Dawntreader.

Next, Mae West. I wanted to be Mae West and never succeeded, but an imprint of her lives on in my female characters. I watched a lot of old movies as a kid.

Lorne Michaels, since Saturday Night Live honed my sense of humor over the years. Which shows you what I was doing on Saturday nights.

The creator of Square Pegs (am dating myself), who taught me to revel in my nerdiness.

And lastly, whoever came up with spellcheck, because I owe that person a major debt of gratitude. I probably owe that dude more than dinner.

Do you have a favorite secondary character in Hijack?

I can’t pick a favorite from my regular cast (one of their feelings would get hurt), but I had a side character in Hijack named Zach whom I loved. He’s lives in a cowboy hat and toothpick and hangs out a trucker bar called The Gearjammer. He’s younger than Cherry and likes to think himself a Don Juan. Once he gets his trucker license, he’ll probably have a girl at every truck stop. He was fun to write and grew into a bigger character than I originally thought. That seems to happen with these incidental characters.

What was your favorite scene to write?

I loved The Gearjammer scenes. It’s a rough bar with interesting characters and great place to build action scenes.

If you could put Cherry in a fight- either a debate or an all-out brawl- with another fictional character, who would you match her up against?

Cherry’s more likely to brawl than debate, so let’s put her in a cage match with Mrs. Danvers fromRebecca. Cherry’d enjoy taking Danvers down.

Your prequel to the Cherry Tucker series is coming out early December in the anthology The Heartache Motel. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

I wrote Heartache Motel with Terri L. Austin and LynDee Walker. We had so much fun taking our characters to Memphis and creating this  seedy motel for them to stay in. In all the stories, there are drag queens, Elvis impersonators, crimes, and a little heartache. And, of course, our series’ characters. Rose Strickland is with her Diner crew tracking down a murderer and thieves. Nichelle Clarke’s Graceland stopover turns into a big heist story for the reporter. And Todd and Cherry’s caper is a prequel to Portrait of a Dead Guy. They’re on their way to Vegas (haven’t gotten hitched and annulled yet), and make a stop at the Heartache to help Todd’s cousin who’s gotten scammed in a dirty poker game. Lots of mischeif and mayhem. Plenty of hijinx, too. And at Christmas!

You’ve traveled all over the world, to Japan, Thailand, and China. What’s your most memorable experience?

China is where we adopted our daughters, so those were particularly special trips. We had two completely different experiences, too. Which makes sense since our daughters are completely different. Imagine  Oscar and Felix as babies. But much cuter. Both trips began in Beijing and ended in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. We took the girls to Hong Kong when we were living in Japan, but I hope we can take them to China to see their birth country someday. They love to travel as much as their mom and dad.

Describe your perfect day. 

A day where I get to eat anything I want and my jeans don’t feel tight.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. Usually while I’m driving my children to activities and doing laundry. Total lifestyles of the rich and famous. In my head.

Thanks, again, Larissa! It’s a pleasure to have you on Ink and Paper.

Connect with Larissa!

Website: larissareinhart.com

Blog: larissareinhart.blogspot.com

Facebook page: facebook.com/RisWrites

Goodreads author page: goodreads.com/author/show/5806614.Larissa_Reinhart

Twitter: twitter.com/RisWrites

Publisher: henerypress.com

https://www.facebook.com/LittleReadHens

Amazon: amazon.com/author/larissareinhart

email: reinhartlarissa@gmail.com

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And make sure to check out the rest of her tour. Here’s the schedule.

November 4 – Mary Castillo – Q&A

November 5 – The Book Bag – Review & Excerpt

November 6 – Ink and Paper – Q&A & Excerpt

November 8 – Shelf Pleasure – Q&A

November 11 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review

November 12 – Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – Q&A & Excerpt

November 14 – Tlassy – Review

November 15 – Musings and Ramblings – Review, Q&A & Excerpt

November 18 – Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More – Excerpt

November 19 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

November 22- Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Q&A  & Excerpt

November 25 – Everything Books and Authors – Excerpt

 

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(Book Review) Love Me If You Must

We all have secrets and pasts. We carry around things we don’t want to admit, things we’re not proud of. But some more than others. For Tish Amble, she has one big secret that she would like to stay secret.

The last thing she wants people to know is that she helped her terminally ill grandmother kill herself. She doesn’t want anyone to know is that she served time for it, and above all else, she was almost glad that she died.

Aside from that, Tish is just a normal woman.

Tish’s job is to buy old homes, fix them up, and sell them. That’s what she was she was doing when she moved to Rawlings, Michigan. It turned out, she had a body buried in her basement.

Tish must now piece the murder together to catch the killer and even prove her own innocence. She must sift through the town’s many secrets, and learn the town’s past to find the person and to keep the killer from killing her.

Despite the difficulty of writing a very good mystery, Nicole Young seemed to have achieved it. She’ll have you believing theory after theory only for you to be proven wrong. The culprit is definitely a surprise.

But even though Young can write a good plot, she can’t pull off the characters quite as well. Tish’s paranoia and flaws are a bit on the extreme side, leading you to be exasperated with her a bit. The many crushes in the book are a little too obvious, as well as many emotions exaggerated. Trish often misses very obvious things and makes stupid mistakes even though she’s supposed to be a reasonably bright human being.

Young has raw talent; after she trains herself a little bit more, her books will be very enjoyable for anyone to read.

Love Me If You Must is good for anyone who likes mystery and suspense.