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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: Catch Me If You Can by Miss Mae

Author: Miss Mae

Narrators: Stephen Mendel, Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, Toni Attell, Robin Riker

Length: 5 hours and 51 minutes

Publisher: Miss Mae

Released: Nov. 11, 2016

Genre: Suspense

On an island bordering the coast of South Carolina, a convention is planned for “Catch Me” game enthusiasts. The game, designed by Stuart Harrington, wealthy businessman, is the genius behind the hottest game craze. But only ten guests are able to arrive before Brian, a category four hurricane, makes landfall. Lois Steinberg washes ashore on the beach. Amongst strangers, she has no idea who to trust and when Paul, the cook, is found murdered, events happen too eerily reminiscent of any “Catch Me” game that Stuart Harrington could ever conceive.

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Miss Mae is all about romantic mysteries. With her writing style compared to the likes of Agatha Christie, her books “Said the Spider to the Fly”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “Dove Island”, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” and “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” are award winning best sellers. The novellas “Miss Penelope’s Letters”, and “Through a Glass Darkly” have received top rated five-star reviews. Her latest murder mystery, “Catch Me If You Can”, in audio format, has won the platinum award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition. Tantalizing trailers, and more information, is readily available at her website.

She’s also penned three tales in the ‘Ahoy, Mischaps!’ children’s/humor series. Book #1 is “Ahoy, Gum Drop!” followed by Book #2 “Ahoy, Out There!” with Book #3, “Ahoy, Mummy Mia!” In these slightly cracked stories, readers are introduced to a cast of intriguing, extraordinary and downright bizarre characters, accompanied by the one and only I.B. Nosey, the ‘official unofficial’ reporter. To learn more about the ‘Mischaps’ and cyberspace’s only Pukelitzer Award winning interviewer, visit ‘Feeling Nosey?’

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Catch Me If You Can has a very entertaining storyline, transferred into audiobook format with special sound effects and more! Miss Mae has a story with an incredible “whodunit” vibe. There are several elements engulfed in this tale like murder, mayhem, paranoia, fear, and romance. Readers who enjoy listening to audiobooks will have a change from the normal one reader wonder in this full-on production.

 

Stuck in hurricane weather on a small island bordering the coast of South Carolina, a woman has washed ashore from a supposed snorkeling exploration. There is a big convention going on for the release of a game called Catch Me and ten guests have arrived. The big game designer, Stuart Harrington, is scheduled to come out but with the weather, that may not happen. Shortly after everyone arrives, they find the cook dead and the fingers start pointing. Everyone comes to the conclusion that the cook must have been murdered and anyone of them could be next. Who can you trust in a place where everyone has their own reasons for looking suspicious?

 

Miss Mae has a deeply invigorating and mysterious novel, but the audiobook production is something that is new for Turning Another Page. It did take some getting used to before the pace and flow of the story could sink in, and this may totally happen for other readers who are used to listening to one or at the maximum, two narrators and no background noise. The main narrator did change his tone with the different scenes, but the feel of the book did not scream mystery or suspense too well. While the overall story is interesting, the audio seemed too upbeat which clashed with the content of the story. The pace is very quick and the other vocal portrayals were relayed fairly well. If you are a reader of mystery and romantic suspense, you may want to try this one out.

 

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Catch Me If you Can by Miss Mae, narrated  Stephen Mendel,‎ Dave Mallow,‎ J.W. Terry,‎ Toni Attell,‎ Robin Riker.

 

Q&A with Author Miss Mae

  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not at all. At the time I wrote “Catch Me If You Can”, I wasn’t aware that an audio could even be done. So, the book was meant for ebook and print.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • When searching for narrators/producers, I saw his profile (Roger Rittner, though he’s not a narrator. He’s the producer/director.) I clicked on his displayed sample and wow! I was floored by what I heard. Music, sound effects, women voices to “play” the female characters, male for the men. I contacted him immediately and asked if he would care to read my book. (He’s incredibly busy with producing audios -which aren’t complete in a matter of weeks. My book took two years, but the time and effort that went into it was completely worth the wait.) Anyway, I wasn’t real sure he’d want to, or have time. But he agreed, and then I held my breath in anxious expectation during the weeks while I awaited his answer.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    • Extremely. Roger is very patient, and his work top-notch. After he takes on your project, it becomes his project. He selects the actors who he knows will grasp your characters personalities and will bring them to life. He answers emails in a timely manner and keeps you in the loop step-by-step.
  • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Yes. Like the age of the characters, things like that. But Roger himself is so naturally attuned, it’s amazing how he grasps the scenes and of how the dialogue should flow. (emotions, bitter laughs, harsh chuckles, etc.)
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Oh boy, indeed! After the US has now experienced hurricanes Harvey and Irma, my book seems even more relevant. My family went through Hugo (though we evacuated). Some folks may not remember that one, but it was also a category 5. We’d just moved to Savannah three months earlier and then along comes Hugo in September, aiming its eye dead center on us.Well, it turned at the last minute and made landfall in Charleston, SC. Yet my memories of that ordeal is reflected in this audio book, though I embellish it with a fictional plot, of course.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Good grief, yes! Every. Single. Bit. I kid you not. What Roger does by adding the sound effects completely and totally immerses you in the story that reading simply can’t do. I mean, with Roger’s expertise, you live this book. From the opening scene to the last sentence of the last chapter, you are there – hearing, seeing, speaking. It’s uncanny how he transports you to Wycliff House Resort on Hanibel Island. Goosebumps erupt on your flesh as you hear the roar of hurricane force wind, or the blood-chilling pierce of a woman’s terrified scream, -and then, for extra atmosphere- he adds eerie music. Maybe some people aren’t used to this kind of enhanced audiobook, but I wouldn’t have “Catch Me If You Can” any other way.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • They should reconsider. I especially advise they check out all productions created by Roger Rittner. While some may consider audiobooks as “ordinary” or as simply “being read aloud” by one narrator, Roger’s is neither. His work is award winning because he does more than bring a listener/reader an “ordinary narrator reading aloud” a plot. No. His books are true creations of audible art, audio experiences if you will. Imagine yourself sitting on a comfy, padded chair in a darkened room, with surround-sound speakers, volume up. Close your eyes, and turn on one of Roger’s books. Immediately, the music starts, swelling around you, drawing you in. Introductory credits are spoken, and then – sound effects so vivid, so real that you are lost -not in a virtual reality, but in an audio reality.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I release a deep, happy sigh! And then I immediately muse: “Well. What next can I come up with?”
  • What’s next for you?
    • Right now, I’m writing a series, completely different from “Catch Me If You Can” or my other romantic mysteries. The series is “Ahoy, Mischaps!”. It’s a fun, silly, adventurous journey for a group of fun, silly, adventurers with such names as Sir. O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh, The Narrator, Heathcliff the private detective possum, Dr. Ag O. Nee the Mad Scientist Extraordinare, and other such “mischaps.” I’ll give you one guess as to who was generous enough to agree to put this into audio. *wink*

  1. Lois Steinberg – washes ashore the beach of Hanibel Island during a category four hurricane. Who is she? What’s her history? Glimpses are given during flashbacks at various scenes. She finds herself attracted to the man who rescued her, Victor Helm.
  2. Victor Helm – Handsome, flirty, with his own secrets. He suspects there’s more to Lois’s story than what she reveals, and he intends to discover whatever it is.
  3. Jenna Milford – owner of the historic resort where Lois washes ashore. She’d scheduled a ‘Catch Me’ game convention, but Hurricane Brian decided otherwise.
  4. B. J. – guest at the convention, loving grandmother, arrived from Jacksonville just in time before Brian struck.
  5. Tia – another guest. Lovely Asian woman. Maybe has her eye on Victor?
  6. Jared Steele – all brawn, and smug conceit. Just the kind of guy who enjoys taunting Victor.
  7. Pete – another ‘Catch Me’ enthusiast. Or not.
  8. Paul – the cook. Murdered by someone using a southern iron skillet as the choice of weapon. Maybe they didn’t like him using lard in his recipes.
  9. Bob – loud mouthed, intolerable jerk. He didn’t come to make any friends.
  10. Rajah – definitely not one of Bob’s friends.
  11. Cookie – blond, curvy, moral character questionable but tough as nails. Maybe.
  12. Stuart Harrington – New York millionaire, creator of the ‘Catch me’ game series. His purpose at the convention was to award his newest game, “Catch Me If You Can” to one lucky winner.
  13. Mite – Victor’s golden retriever. The game wouldn’t be complete without him.

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Audio Series Blog Tour + Review: Blood Moon Magick by S.M. Blooding

Author: S.M. Blooding

Narrator: Kalinda Little

Series: Whiskey Witches, Book 2

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Publisher: Whistling Book Press

Released: Jul. 5, 2017

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Going back to Denver should have been easy. Old life. Old routine. Ten kinds of “all good.” However, with her gifts open, the paranormal world isn’t going to let her have that easy life. It turns out her partner of the last five years is a vampire and has been for several decades. He’s also the regional paranormal protector. So when a few shapeshifters go missing, he gets the case. But there’s also a demon killing those shapeshifters, a demon she can’t hunt because she’s still an open target for possession. Not to complicate matters, Dexx isn’t about to let Paige out of his sight. Bringing a demon hunter to a shapeshifter party only makes things that much more interesting. But when he gets bitten, the entire game changes.

 

Frankie lives in beautiful Montana with her Darling Dork, his two part-time girls, and their cat, Tesla. She enjoys creating with her wonderful husband, doing everything from crochet, to sewing, to art, and, of course, writing. She’s lived a pretty colorful life, giving breath to her stories.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers, U.S. Government assassins, and slingshot terrorist. No. She is not kidding.

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Kalinda Little is a 28 year old web developer who started playing around with audio and never stopped. Currently based out of Portland Oregon, she has spent time all up and down the West Coast, including several years is Ashland where she worked backstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a chapter leader for the Nine Bridges Writers, a nonprofit that aims to assist and support writers in all genres, by providing resources and critique.

While she only started recording professionally in April of 2016, she had over two hundred hours of amature recording and editing available before that point. To date, she has narrated 27 books, with another 3 set to come out before the end of 2017.

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So, paranormal creature? Werewolf, maybe? That couldn’t be, though. They were a myth. This wasn’t some book. Witches, demons, and angels were real. The rest? Tony knelt beside Barn. “Broken neck? How do you come up with this crap, Whiskey? Visions?” She ignored him and leaned down as if examining the victim’s arm. “Without your hands,” Barn reminded. When she’d first come to Denver, Barn wouldn’t let her anywhere near the body until he was done. Procedure. That’s how things were supposed to be. However, she’d befriended him somewhat. She knew his favorite sandwich, his favorite soccer team, and his favorite ice cream. She also followed protocol on everything else, so he trusted her.

 

Paige Whiskey is back for round two. The demons have followed her to Denver where a girl has been murdered. This second installment begins where the first installment ended, the trip back to her life in Denver after one heck of fight for her life in Louisiana. Blooding has continued the intensity with this installment, with charged up characters and unpredictable circumstances. There are a lot of questions, a lot of injustices, and now there are shape-shifters and other paranormal creatures coming out of the woodwork. The author continues to do a stunning job by incorporating action-pact and paranormal elements all in one package.

 

Paige Whiskey is the detective…and witch…called into yet another crime scene with murder written all over it. Paige tends to get the strange cases and for the life of her, but now she knows exactly why…demons are drawn to her and one demon in particular by the name of Sven has made sure of that. After giving the key to Sven in exchange for Dexx’s life, Sven told her that something big was coming and she had to get stronger to prepare. This murder is only the start, but what it opens up could be worse. Paige discovers the entities of other paranormal creatures. Vampires, werewolves, werecats…the list goes on. What she doesn’t know is why her grandmother kept them a secret from her and what her family has to do with this mysterious pact between shifters and witches. Then…as if that isn’t enough to deal with, Dexx gets bitten and Paige has to make a decision that could cause a war to come to her doorstep.

 

Blooding does a superb job with character development, originality, creativity, and pace. The pace is nice and fast, but not in any way difficult to keep up with. The scenery described is vivid, lucid, and completely elemental. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator Kalinda Little did have some strengths and weaknesses with the portrayal of this story. There were still special effects with the vocalization from past to present memories, but there still feels it is lacking something. It doesn’t seem as much as the first installment, but the way the narrator reads the story still feels a little unemotional. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and dark fantasy, you may want to pick this one up as it is the first installment of the Whiskey Witches Series.

 

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Blood Moon Magick by S.M. Blooding, narrated by Kalinda Little.

 

Q&A with Narrator Kalinda Little
  • How did you end up recording audiobooks? I remember listening to audiobooks from a very young age. I still have cassette tapes of some of my favorites. There was a full cast rendition of The Hobbit, all the Harry Potter books and a lot of Redwall. The stories seemed to come to life when they were being read like that. I could tell each of the characters apart just by how they were read. Later I found a collection of Sherlock Holmes radio dramas in my local library and that added a whole new flavor.I did a bit of acting in high school and then worked with SOU and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and quickly learned that while I’m not great on stage, I have a wide vocal range. If anyone ever asks voice acting is very different from regular acting.At some point I stumbled onto a community that recorded Podfic: fanfic as audiobooks. These people aimed for fandom to be all inclusive and it served as a practice field for those readers who wanted to become professionals. I loved it hearing new stories featuring my favorite characters, and if these people could do it, then I could too.I started with a couple of my own stories. Looking back it’s obvious I had no experience, but there it was, I’d proved I could do it. And I kept doing it. There are nearly 150 fanworks that I recorded out there on the internet if you know where to look. Some of them are better than others.I was eventually pushed into the professional market by someone in that community. They were talking about how they had taken these skills I had and gone professional. I put out a few auditions on a lark. I’d heard all the stories about rejection and how you have to apply hundreds of times before you get anywhere. Except all that practice paid off. I was asked to produce a book from the first batch of auditions. The book was One Night With A Dragon, and it was the kind of easy Romance story that I knew I could handle. After that, well, I’d done it once, I could do it again. I’ve kept recording and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
  • What’s your favorite part of recording a new book? The same part that anyone would be happy about when getting a new book. I fall in love with the characters and fight with them through their troubles like any reader, and I try to put that into my reading. If it’s a tense action scene I try to keep that tension in my voice. If it’s a happy scene I’ll read with a smile.But I guess what makes recording a book different from reading it (at least for me) is figuring out the characters. I love doing voices and picking the right voice is definitely important to me.
  • What’s your process? Whenever I get a new book I try to ask for the author’s thoughts on the characters. What they think the tone should be. Once that’s settled I read maybe the first few chapters, but no more. Other professionals may look down on me for it, but I find recording a story without knowing how it’s going to end helps me put more of my first reaction into the recording. More surprise when something unexpected happens, more pain when someone is hurt, more passion and relief and joy.Editing is a whole other mess. I do all my own editing. That means going through, taking out mistakes, and choosing which take was the best one. An audio file that ends up being half an hour long, might start out being 45 minutes. Then once I have a clean copy, I get to the fun part: adding effects. Writers have so many tools they can use, be it punctuation, italics, capitalization, formatting, all of which will let a reader know something is happening. Sometimes I can translate those choices into audio: speaking louder and more forcefully for caps-lock. Other times it’s not so easy. The Whiskey books have been a great chance for me to stretch those skills. A demon shouldn’t sound like a shifter, a memory should sound different then when someone is possessed. I’ve done my best to both keep things clear to the listener and add an extra element to the story that you wouldn’t get just reading words on a page.
  • So character voices? I know a lot of narrators don’t do voices, but it’s always seemed natural to me, maybe because of my early exposure to full cast audiobooks and radio plays. Once the author tells me what they think of the character I take that and the physical description from the book to choose a voice. I try to pick voices that both fit the character (do they have an accent? What’s their personality and profession?) and set them apart from the other characters. The listener should always know who is speaking. This goes beyond just accent. The volume, cadence and personality all affect what voice I choose. I once had a character that thought of the world as one big joke, so I wore a half sneer whenever they spoke. I A Barrel of Whiskey we were introduced to a whole new set of characters. I gave detective Gomez a slight accent, because of her name and description, but she’s also a dryad, so i gave her a softer more flowing voice. Chuck made his entrance as a wolf-man so he got an accent where I spoke through my teeth. There are times when I’ve changed my mind and re-recorded, but it doesn’t happen often.
  • What equipment do you use? I record and edit in Audacity. I have several microphones, my primary setup is a turtle beach headset, but I now have a Mikme as a portable alternative. I’ve heard great things about snowball mics, but I tend to move around too much to get consistent audio. I talk with my hands.
  • What do you have coming down the line? I’ve got a few stories I’m working on at the moment. I’ve been recording a lot of Pulp stories recently and the next in that vein is Lady ACTION: The Sands of Forever. An action / spy novella by Ron Fortier. Then Plausible Deniability: Book Four of The Chronicles of the Harekaiian by Shanna Lauffey, a novella about time travel.Then of course there’s Witches of the West where Paige comes to my hometown of Portland Oregon to once again up the ante between the Witches, the shifters, and the rest of the supernatural community.

 

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Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Author: Robert Eggleton

Page Length: 284 pages

Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing

Released: November 8, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction

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Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

 

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. A Children’s Story. For Adults.

 

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”

Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”

—    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

 

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

 

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

 

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

 

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

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Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment. http://www.childhswv.org/

 

 

 

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Tom threw in a couple of Amen’s. After finishing the psalm that she had learned in church, she looked into his eyes. “There was nothing that you saw that should have shaken your belief in Jesus. What you saw and what you will see on our mission will make him look stronger and bigger. Jesus is much more than human-kind. He existed for the salvation of all—not just humans. All means all. His sacrifice was never meant to have been discriminatory or selective to just one kind of people on one planet. Right is right and wrong is wrong. It’s just like you know in your heart. Good and evil have always been and will always be the balance on which survival of the universe depends.”

What would you do if you were tasked with saving the Earth or even the entire universe? If a cyber robot came to you from another planet, what would be your first thought? Would you feel crazy? Would you feel safe? What about fearful or excited? All of that is a bit much to take in, but what if you were only an eleven-year-old and told that you were the only one who could do it? With this novel, it is very difficult to put words down regarding the true emotional turmoil that exists in the main character’s life. The author creates an elaborate world, filled with an abundance of fantasy and science fiction. This world contributes to most of the story, an illusion of a world that a little girl can escape to in an attempt to avoid the inevitable and harsh reality of abandonment and abuse.

 

This story begins with Lacy Dawn, an eleven-year-old girl, who lives in a place called the Hollow. She talks to the trees, the rocks, her dog Brownie, a robot named Dot-Com, and her dead best friend. The first sign that something didn’t seem right, was the dead best friend. Now, this story is for adults and there is satire, but this is not to be misconstrued as a light or easy read. This is definitely not an easy story to read due to content, but it is brutally honest and very credible for an eleven-year-old who has lost her best friend and in a sense, her family as well. Lacy Dawn has suffered abuse at the hand of her father, and her dead best friend died at the hand of her father, aka the meanest daddy in the world. Once Lacy Dawn finds Dot-Com, things start to change for her. This robot teaches her things through plug-ins and tells her that it is her job to save Earth and make the universe safe…from what, he isn’t allowed to tell her until she completes a series of tasks that will validate her capability of such an important task. Can she get the help that she needs to save the entire universe?

 

Eggleton has a certain way of twisting the seriousness of the story with the satire that follows Lacy Dawn and her entourage on their journey. There are a lot of quips and a ton of experiences that these characters go through that symbolize real-life problems that we, as people face on a daily basis. From an eleven-year-old’s point of view, can it be deeply misunderstood, definitely! Can it be taken out of proportion, absolutely! But, is it credible and original, yes it sure is. Think about what pre-teens think about at that young age and then readers will be able to rationalize the thought processes that occur within the story. This author does a superb job with character development, but the reader must be open-minded to keep pace with the outlandish scenes and spontaneous adventures that the characters partake in as well as the depth of the issues portrayed. Most of the issues faced are taken lightly by the characters as if this is the typical way of life, but readers must remember that some of these characters do not know any differently and to them, this is the way life is. If you are a reader of science fiction and psychological fiction, you may want to try this book.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.

 

 

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…..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn’s name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.

I hear her voice. Why won’t she answer me? 

“Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.

Nobody responded. The trees weren’t supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.

I will always love you guys. 

Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.

Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front. 

Jenny looked to the left of the path.

There ain’t no cave Roundabend, but there it is. 

She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn’t exit and into a blue light that did.

“All right, you mother f**ker!”

“Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you’re supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story).”

DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.

“Grrrrr,” emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn’s dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.

“Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”

“You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.

Stay between them.

“Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I’m old enough — like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend — what you call it — my fiancé.”

“You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.

“MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”

Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.

He ain’t got no private parts, not even a little bump.   

“DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”

Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.

“Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”

I will need much more training if I’m ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.

“Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”

Jenny’s left eye twitched.

DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…

…(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There’re a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain’t complained since the shots started — not even with an upset stomach.”

“He’s a doctor?” Jenny asked.

“What’s your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that’s different — even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”

“Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.

“So?”

Mommy’s right. Maybe I need a different argument.

            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.

“What’s that?” Jenny asked.

She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.

“But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.

“Mommy, I’m so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn’t talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he’d be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain’t had no chance to talk. All I know is that he’s home and I’m sooooo happy.”

“Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….

It’s unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that’s a good sign. Maybe she’s right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They’ve been together for a while and I ain’t seen a mark on her. That’s unusual too. He ain’t got no private parts and that’s another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. Id better play it smart. I don’t want to lose my baby.

“What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.

“I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”

“My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition — the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.

They both glared at him.

“Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.

“Okay, Mommy.”

“I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.

“I love you too,” DotCom said.

Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile — at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.

Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”

 

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Audio Book Blog Tour + Review: Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding

Author: S.M. Blooding

Narrator: Kalinda Little

Series: Whiskey Witches, Book 1

Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

Publisher: Whistling Book Press

Released: March 4, 2017

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Detective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it. That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases.

Like the sacrificial murders of St. Francisville, Louisiana. There’s a killer on the loose, choosing people in a vain attempt to raise a demon. Not just any demon, though. A man born long ago, made a demon in order to protect the Gate to Hell.

Together with demon hunter, Dexx Colt, her kitchen-witch grandmother, and her paranormal investigator brother-in-law, they unravel a conspiracy far bigger than a few simple murders, and re-discover Paige’s gift.

She’s a demon summoner and she’s key to the killer’s plan.

 

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She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers, U.S. Government assassins, and slingshot terrorist. No. She is not kidding.

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Kalinda Little is a 28 year old web developer who started playing around with audio and never stopped. Currently based out of Portland Oregon, she has spent time all up and down the West Coast, including several years is Ashland where she worked backstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a chapter leader for the Nine Bridges Writers, a nonprofit that aims to assist and support writers in all genres, by providing resources and critique.

While she only started recording professionally in April of 2016, she had over two hundred hours of amature recording and editing available before that point. To date, she has narrated 27 books, with another 3 set to come out before the end of 2017.

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Paige pulled herself back into the passenger seat of the car. Sulfur. Demons. It had to be demons. Right? What did she need to protect against that? Shit. She didn’t know. Understanding symbols was one thing, but the Whiskeys did not to deal with demons. Real demons. Had to be. Right? The vision? Throwing up sulfur? Had she just been possessed? Crap! What would Sam and Dean do? The Winchester boys always had a plan. On TV. Where they would throw out some really crazy ideas, go so far as to actually kill their two main leads off, and then bring them back. Sometimes, literally, from Hell. No. Supernatural and Hollywood weren’t going to help her. She didn’t have anyone who would bring her back from Hell.

 

Let’s say that you come from a long line of witches, well-known witches who help people with the supernatural or the unexplainable situations. What would be your first thought? Would you be a target? Would people like you? Fear you? Would it be dangerous? All of these questions arise in Whiskey Witches, the first installment in the series. Blooding has an intense break of the ice, first installment too! There are a lot of questions, a lot of injustices, and possession. We can’t forget that. The author does a stunning job by incorporating action-pact and paranormal elements all in one package.

 

Paige Whiskey is the detective…and witch…called into a crime scene with murder written all over it. Paige tends to get the strange cases and for the life of her, can’t really figure out why. Why are they drawn to her? She doesn’t possess any gift like the other witches in her family. Once she figures out what this particular case is about, she feels like she is in over her head. Someone is killing people in a sick and twisted sacrificial way in order to raise a demon. Why would they want to raise a demon? After learning exactly what their plan is…she fears that she may have been called in too late. Someone is out to raise a specific demon, protector of the Gate to Hell. There is something else going on and Paige takes it upon herself to find out what the bigger scheme is. Who are they working for? Who is involved? Demons? Angels? Humans? With all that being said, Paige discovers some things about herself in the process that were hidden from her memory…like the fact that she does indeed have a power…to summon demons. That little fact could have been the main reason why she was called to the scene in the first place…unbeknownst to her…but not the killer.

 

Blooding does a superb job with character development, originality, creativity, and pace. The pace is nice and fast, but not in any way difficult to keep up with. The scenery described is vivid, lucid, and completely elemental. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator Kalinda Little did have some strengths and weaknesses with the portrayal of this story. The special effects when layering her voice for paranormal entities were incredible as well as changing the vocalization from past to present memories. The only thing that didn’t sit well with the story was the attitude in which the narrator portrays for her characters. Some of them were scared being control, but everyone seemed to have a sense of bravado in the voices that were relayed over audio. There should have been more emotional differences, but found none. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and dark fantasy, you may want to pick this one up as it is the first installment of the Whiskey Witches Series.

 

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding, narrated by Kalinda Little.

 

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It’s a lot of long hours and sore muscles and eating like a college student–not because you can’t afford more, but because you don’t have time for anything else. Your house looks like a wreck and you just hope that no one actually wants to come by because you’re screwed. Your family constantly wants more time with you and your writing is constantly suffering because everyone needs more time than you do, and you’re constantly being guilt-tripped into doing other things because… it’s just writing.

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KANE – THE FIRST BLOOD SON
Carol McKibben
Series: Prequel to The Snow Blood Series
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Troll River Publications
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Kane de Medici’s thirst for knowledge leads him into the dark vampire world.
Kane de Medici’s thirst for knowledge leads him into the dark world of vampirism. Working as an apprentice to the great master, Leonardo da Vinci in 1503, he encounters Brogio, one of Florence’s most wealthy bachelors. Their growing friendship coupled with strange events lead him to uncover Brogio’s inconceivable secret. Brogio is a vampire, the very first vampire.
Kane’s quest for endless learning has him propose that the vampire “turn” him so that he can become Brogio’s first vampire blood son. Reluctantly Brogio agrees, but Kane’s uncontrollable blood lust unleashes a plague upon the world.
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Brogio stood just outside the doorway, and she was intrigued by his handsome face and body. The consummate host, he whisked her inside and wined and dined her. As she picked at a sweet cake on a stomach that hadn’t had this much food in months, she became instantly fearful when he made his proposition of vampirism. “No! I couldn’t possibly consider something this degrading!” She rose to leave, but Kane placed his hand on hers. “You couldn’t consider the possibility of having great strength, longevity and time to accumulate wealth, with my help?” She slowly sat back down and turned to her former love interest. “Are… are… you… a… vampire, too?”

Could you decline an opportunity to become immortal, study abroad wherever you want, see the world, and discover the ages? It is tempting, but with all of that wonderful stuff, comes the hard things like loneliness and watching the ones that you love leave the world over and over again. Brogio gives Kane the ultimatum and tells him that this decision is one that will be with him for all eternity. McKibben has a compelling short story, the Prequel to the Snow Blood Series.

Upon Kane seeing Brogio for the first time, he is intrigued by this man who doesn’t have the normal tendencies of a man at all, but rather something more. He is fast, much faster than anyone that he has every seen. He is reclusive, which Kane finds himself being drawn to. He seems lonely and in need of some company. After learning of what Brogio is and wanting what he has to offer, Kane thinks that he has made the best decision but realizes that what may appear to be a gift can also be just as easily a curse…Brogio describes vampirism as a curse from the Gods. Once the transformation takes place, Kane understands that his life will be forever changes and whether that is good or not…he will soon find out. One tiny mistake, one loss of self-control and the blood-lust could completely destroy him and make the earth that they walk on a VERY dangerous place. Will Kane listen to Brogio and his warning of staying close or will he take advantage of the freedom that the world offers to an immortal?

McKibben has a fantastic story-line with great character development and original content. All of her characters are memorizing and exciting with a hint of mystery. The pace of this novel is fast, making it easy to read; however, there are some spelling errors throughout the story. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. This review is complimenting the book. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and dark fantasy, this may be perfect for you.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Book Unleashed, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Kane: The First Blood Son by Carol McKibben.

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Afterward, since he hadn’t been able to find da Vinci at the Hall of 500, he walked the streets of Florence. A young woman soon came alongside him.

Beautiful, she moved around him like a cat, rubbing against him playfully. “What’s your pleasure, handsome? You’re too gorgeous to be alone tonight, don’t you think? Got a girlfriend?”

“No.” Kane watched the blood pulse through the artery in her neck and could feel his control slipping. He focused on conversation to alleviate the blood lust. “You’re younger than most of the ladies of the night I’ve seen around here.”

“Awh. I’ve been around. I’m 21 and know how to please you.” She rubbed a long fingernail under his chin and came closer so he could get a better look at her partially bared breasts.

Kane grabbed her by the throat, surprising her.

She squealed as he ran his tongue down the side of her chin and rested his mouth just at the pulsating artery of her neck. He mumbled against it. “What will it take for you to join me at my… old… apartment? It’s just near the Hall of 500.”

She stood on her tip toes and wrapped her arms around his neck, running her hands through his long hair. “Why 75 Lira will buy you the night.”

He smiled down at her. His anger at displeasing Brogio bubbled into heated blood lust. He picked her up and ran with her to the rooms that he still kept near his work. Setting her down to remove the key from his pocket, he unlocked the door, picked her up again, kicking the door behind him. He chuckled as he thought about the night he had compelled his landlord to invite him into his own apartment once he realized that the actual owner had to issue an invitation to enter.

He sat the wench down so quickly that she staggered and fell onto a nearby threadbare sofa. She again squealed her delight and began to remove her boots, legs straight in the air.

Kane moved to his meager bar and poured them each a glass of wine. As he handed her a glass, he reached down and ripped off the stocking that she struggled to remove.

She laughed and chugged down the wine. Pulling on her other stocking, she flung it to the other side of the room.

He gulped his wine and set the glass down on a nearby end table.

With one quick movement, she pulled out a small knife and cut the laces of her bodice and exposed her chest to him. “You like?”

Kane growled as he buried his face in her breasts. Scooping her up, he carried her to a small bed in the next room and threw her down. Her laughter filled the room as he reached down and ripped off the rest of her dress, exposing her naked body.

His blood lust came to a boiling point. He fell on her and took her in a fit of passion. As he pounded into her, he couldn’t stop himself. He latched onto her throat with his fangs.

She cried out and struggled. “Oohh! What are you doing? That hurts. Stop!”

The more she resisted him, the more frenzied he became, draining her body of its blood. Soon, Calliope stopped moving.

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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: Air and Ash by Alex Lidell

Author: Alex Lidell

Narrator: Kaitlin Bellamy

Length: 6 hours and 57 minutes

Publisher: Danger Bearing Press

Released: Sep. 8, 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy

Master and Commander meets Sarah J Maas in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms.

After a lifetime of training, 17-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission – and fails.

Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battle worthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile’s blood. If anyone catches wind of who Nile is or what she can do, her life is over.

But when disaster threatens the ship, Nile may have no choice but to unleash the truth that will curse her future.

Air and Ash is the thrilling first installment of the TIDES series. Recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Tamora Pierce, and David Weber.

 

Alex Lidell is the author of Amazon best sellers AIR AND ASH and WAR AND WIND (Danger Bearing Press, 2017) and an Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books.

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Kaitlin Bellamy is a freelance performer and acting coach residing in Central Florida, with a theatrical history spanning more than twenty-five years.

Since relocating to Orlando in 2012, she has worked at multiple theme parks and various theatrical venues, in a career style she calls “Buffet Performing:” or, the idea of keeping several jobs active at any given time, so she may pick and choose where to work, and life never gets boring. Her specialties include Shakespeare, Voice Acting, and Puppetry. But above all, she is passionate about the performing arts, and all they stand for.

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“Very good.” My mouth is dry. Tucking my hair back behind my eyes, I glance over the rail and survey the lowered boats. All in order, trim and neat despite the carnage. Another young middie, a fourteen-year-old girl named Vast, is overseeing the final inspection and shouting orders, most of which I suspect originate from the quiet suggestions of the experienced sailor hovering beside her. As an officer, it’s her job to know what the sailors should do, theirs to know how to do it. But she is smart enough to listen to experience, and the seamen are smart enough to subtly shore up the girl’s authority lest the crew falls to chaos. Someone retrieves Vast’s fallen hat. This is no game. This is the discipline that earns the crew’s trust in its officers and keeps panic at bay. And it will keep us alive. I force my voice to be calm and clear as I speak. “Very good. Inform Captain Fey we are ready to take the hands off, if you please.” I realize what I said a moment too late and fight against choking breath. “My apologies, Mr. Jax. I meant the commander.” Jax’s face falters. “I…He…The commander is dead too, ma’am. You are the most senior now.”

Would you choose a free life with magic or an imprisoned life in a loveless royal marriage? For Nile Greysik, princess and lieutenant of the Ashing Navy flagship, the sea calls to her. Being one with the seaman is such a better life than to be cooped up in a castle with royalty commanding her every move. Where is her freedom? Where is her passion? After a mission aboard the navy flagship fails very badly, Niles wakes up two weeks later in the safety of her own bed…not aboard a ship.That isn’t even the worst part…she discovers that she has failed her captain, his death and many others who died weigh heavily on her. But, then her twin brother drops the biggest bombshell of all. She is to be in an arranged marriage…per her mother’s wishes as a way to keep her away from the sea. What could be any worse than giving up your freedom for the rest of your life? Lidell spins an invigorating story, filled with adventure and magic.

Niles and her twin brother were close, but then he was “diagnosed” with a magical ailment. The magic is not so much the burden…but what comes as a side effect of being able to possess such power is mind crippling. She is surprised that he even still has the capacity to keep himself alive. Through rigorous testing and countless evaluations, it was finally determined that she did not possess the magical gene…which tends to run in families. Being that the sea calls to her, she knows that she just can’t be tied down forever. After her brother has a near death experience, she meets a man who seems nice enough but later finds that nothing is ever as it seems. To run away from everything on the nearest ship seems to be the only escape from the life that she is sure to dread. What adventure or challenges will be in store for her next, being that she will have to hide her identity. As if that wasn’t enough…strange headaches and magical sensations begin spiraling through her blood, threatening to end her life if she doesn’t let it out.

Lidell has a terrific story-line with exceptional character development. All of her characters are entertaining, fierce, and determined. The pace is fantastic; fast-paced and the narrator was highly entertaining. Bellamy’s accent is absolutely beautiful and perfect for this story. She changes pitch and vocalization for every character and adds sounds for special effect. Bellmay’s representation of each character seemed to be spot-on! This review is complimenting the audiobook. If you are a reader of science fiction and young adult fantasy, you may want to pick this one up.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Air and Ash by Alex Lidell, narrated by Kaitlin Bellamy.

 

Q&A with Author Alex Lidell
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • At the time I was writing AIR AND ASH, no. But now that I am on the third book in the series, having heard Kaitlin narrate AIR AND ASH, I do hear the characters speaking in her voice as I write.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I listed to sample reels of many narrators and then invited Kaitlin to audition. I really like the range of emotions and undertones she has within each character’s voice.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Very closely! I was really shy about sending her an audio file of my voice pronouncing some words, but it worked 🙂 We also have a shared google doc with character descriptions and we spent some time on the phone “auditioning” character voices. It was one of my favorite parts of the process and the reason I SO love working with Kaitlin.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Often by listening to audiobooks or watching some TV shows with the right atmosphere, and then analyzing the story/plot. What did I like about it? Why did I keep watching and listening? How can I apply that fun thing that got me excited to my own writing?
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I’m a HUGE listener. I fell in love with audiobooks listening to Master and Commander, where the narrator helped me understand some of the technical seamanship. My favorite narrator (aside from Kaitlin of course!) is Jennifer Ikeda
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I say Safety First! When I get into a book, I can’t pull away from it – so I end up walking down the street, reading my phone (yeah, i’m one of those horrible people). With audiobooks I can walk and listen!
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I have a habit of traveling to meet people who I’ve e-met during the writing process. After finishing WAR AND WIND (TIDES book 2), I went to see Rachel E Carter in CA. And in October I’m going to go see Kaitlin to celebrate AIR AND ASH audio.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • I think YA fantasy fans are often comfortable with a series – I know I am – and expect it. Other genres have different fan bases. From an author perspective, a series lets me tell more complex overall stories, but makes logistics difficult. IE in book one, the distance between A and B might not matter so I say “umm, half a day by horse, sure, why not”. And then in book 3 it becomes vitally important that it take a WEEK to get from A to B,… and I have to somehow deal 🙂
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Talk to your narrator and make sure you click as professionals. I really lucked out with Kaitlin because of her excitement level and flexibility – but some people prefer to have more “distance”. It was a match with Kaitlin herself, not just her voice, that finally closed the deal for me
  • What’s next for you?
    • WAR AND WIND (Tides 2) comes out in audio in December. SEA AND SAND (Tides 3) comes out in print/ebook in January!

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Book Tour + Review: Demon Rising by Deanna Browne

Demon Rising
by DeAnna Browne
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Some sacrifices cost more than death…

Thirty years ago, dark magicians unleashed new power on the earth fueled by demons. Governments toppled, millions died and magicians ended up on top of the food chain.

Twenty-four-year-old Becca survives these dangerous times by relying on her wits, her fists, and the limited goodwill of her boss, a local crime lord. When news comes of a fire back home and the family she left behind dead, she realizes her dark past has finally caught up to her.

On the hunt for her missing sister, she must rely on Darion, a treacherous ex-boyfriend with ties to the local coven for back-up. Problem is he’s a pyromancer that can’t be trusted, especially with her heart. Will she escape the sticky web of treachery and deceit with her sister and her heart, or will she sacrifice it all to save another?

Becca’s forced to navigate a dangerous web of deceit and must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save her sister.

 

“An enthralling new voice gives us a magical world where love leads to dark decisions.” ~ Jami Gray, award winning author

 

“…extremely well written, filled with wonderful characters, strange happenings, and face paced action. I, for one, found it very hard to put down. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.”

~Taylor Jones, reviewer 

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The tattoo on Becca’s neck prickled as she walked the crowded path to work. Searching for the possible source of magic, she continued forward, with coffee in one hand and the other resting by the knife at her waist.

She moved amid a throng of people, shuffling along the worn walkways. Heavy clouds were scattered across the sky, while dilapidated buildings surrounded them, a haunting reminder of what once was. A young man pushed past Becca, dressed in blue coveralls. He must be heading to the line. The tattoo on Becca’s neck prickled as she walked the crowded path to work. Searching for the possible source of magic, she continued forward, with coffee in one hand and the other resting by the knife at her waist.

The warehouse traveled up twenty stories high, the tallest building in town with a large fountain in front. It must have once been a beauty. Now the fountain, covered in graffiti, ran dry and the boarded up windows could barely keep the wind out.

A familiar, lanky guard stood watch on the side of the road. Could he have been the source of the magic warming her tattoo? He scanned the crowd with a demon dog at his side, a German shepherd with unnaturally large black eyes.

Turning forward, she let her dark hair fall into her face, not wanting to draw his attention. She stepped past the guard undisturbed. She could handle herself with the guards, but her boss, Nikko, constantly nagged her about keeping a low profile.

The crowds pressed together, and a large man knocked into Becca’s side, tripping her. She stumbled, spilling the remains of her coffee all over her black jeans. Someone swore as the crowd surged forward, and she stepped to the side.

At five-foot-five, she was on the small side, but strong enough to cause pain and scrappy enough to avoid it when she could. The crowds weren’t her problem, though. That would be the presence behind her, causing her tattoo to burn.

 

Becca ignored his questions, wanting to avoid the fight, and reached for the bag on the floor. It had taken Darion some time to unlock the spell on the statuesque cat. Once he did, the pillow opened, full of gems and coins, and the cat returned to normal. “Will it be enough?” she adked. The backpack didn’t feel heavy enough to hold the worth of a man, especially Caleb. “Should be.” He walked to the window and peered outside. “A couple thousand dollars. You could start a new life with that. Far from here.” He pulled the curtain closed, and the fabric tore in his hand. He cursed a steady stream that spoke of more than torn cloth. He paced the room, agitation evident in his tight shoulders.

Let’s pretend that your life is ruled by a coven, not by the government. This coven can do whatever they want to whoever they want at anytime that they want. If someone looks at a member of the coven wrong, depending on how powerful they are, they can stick their demon or what they call a Soultorn on you and it will feed off of you until you are on death’s door step. Browne has a very entertaining and powerfully riveting novel that will have readers wanting more.

When Becca was young, she ran away from her family and more specifically, her Uncle Jeremiah. She was supposed to be married off, but something didn’t feel right, especially after her uncle walked in on her and a boy making out. After running away, she started doing jobs for a man named Nikko, a crime lord after the Rising. The Rising is where the governments fell and magicians started to rule over cities. On her last run for Nikko, she is tasked with making a delivery to a witch named Mariah, but is provided with some information that turns her world upside down. The witch relays to Becca that some houses were burned down around the vicinity where her parents lived. Too shocked to just let the information go, she investigates the claim and finds that her parents’ house has been burned to the ground intentionally and her parents are dead. Now Becca is on a mission to find her sister, the remains not found in the rubble. How did her sister escape and where did she go? Her long-time friend, Caleb, is also at the site in a complete wreck from losing his parents as well. Now, with Becca and Caleb on a mission to find her sister, Elizabeth, they know that they cannot wade in on the magician’s world themselves. They need help…the help that comes in the form of an ex-boyfriend who is a liar… and another magician.

Browne has a superb story-line with fantastic character development and original content. The descriptiveness and paranormal elements within the story are still highly entertaining and mesmerizing. The pace of this novel is fast, making it easy to read; however, there are some spelling errors throughout the story. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and dark fantasy, this may be perfect for you.

An advanced reader copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Silver Dagger Scriptorium Tours, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Demon Rising by DeAnna Browne.

DeAnna Browne graduated from Arizona State University with her BS in Psychology. She finds it helps to corral those voices in her mind and put them to paper. Her debut novel, A DEMON RISING, came out in August 2017 with Black Opal Books and book two in the series, UNHOLY SUNDERING, is due out 2018. An avid reader and writer, she has a soft spot for fantasy with a touch of romance. Despite her love for food and traveling, she always finds her way back to Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, children, and pet dog.

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: Keys to the Coven by Vicky Loebel

Author: Vicky Loebel

Narrators: Nick Podehl & Emily Beresford

Length: 12 hours 49 minutes

Publisher: Pentachronistic Press

Released: Jun. 17, 2013

Genre: Paranormal

The Road to Hell is Paved with Bad Intentions. Get ready for Keys to the Coven, a witty, tightly plotted, (adult) urban-fantasy/romance set in an original universe where karma is power, sex is karma, and it’s not who you know but whose soul you own that matters.*

To become a demon, you must die in complete and utter despair. Three hundred years ago, Max passed that test with flying colors and joined the afterlife resolving never again to have innocent blood on his hands. Now Max has been given the job of breaking a young witch’s family curse. But what she doesn’t know, what Max can’t bring himself to tell her, is that completing his mission almost certainly means her death.

When Felicity Woodsen inherits her mother’s coven, she learns each firstborn Woodsen daughter must become the consort of an evil-arch demon. Felicity’s only hope is to ally with the mysteriously charming Max. But is saving her body from one demon worth risking her soul with another?

Roxashael became a demon when his Roman captors sent his family, one by one to be devoured by lions. The lesson was clear: power is good; lots of power is better. Two-thousand years later, Rocky has power. He’s purchased hundreds of souls, and he’s created the Minsk Homunculus, a magic artifact that, by binding a human witch as his consort, turns him into an arch-demon and places him above the goody-two-shoes laws of karma.

Unfortunately, Rocky made a mistake. He fell in love with Felicity’s mother and in a moment of weakness promised to give up his demon-consort charm. Now Felicity’s mother is dead, the Minsk Homunculus is slated for destruction, and Rocky’s power as an arch-demon is about to end.

No demon can break a promise. If Rocky refuses to give up the Minsk Homunculus, he’ll become the lowest, most abject slave in Hell. But then, why break promises when they’re so easy to corrupt?

**Caution: This book contains violence, strong sexual themes, moderately explicit sex between consenting adults, (unfulfilled) threats against children, and one completely gratuitous reference to unicorns.

 

Vicky Loebel began her professional life as a systems programmer for NASA and moved through successively more challenging careers before settling in as a writer of tightly-plotted, romantic fiction. She lives on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, AZ with her sister, three dogs, a rotating assortment of children, and a husband who has the patience of a saint.

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Nick Podehl is a professional Voice Actor. He has narrated over 200 audio books, many of which have won various awards.

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Emily Beresford is a professional audiobook narrator who is a nerd for books, no matter the genre. In 2013 she was nominated for an Audie Award and received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine, for her work on the Multi-Voice title October Mourning. She lives in Michigan with her wonderful husband, and two amazing children.

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Tell me again what we’re looking for? Felicity Woodsen jerked a twenty foot telephone cord around a mahogany table, braced a wobbling Tiffany lamp with one elbow, and listened to the unanswered ringing of the old-fashioned telephone receiver tucked under her ear. There are parlors–she thought, peering into the filtered light that spilled in waves across the ponderosa pines crowding her mother’s gray windows–there are parlors in which genteel ladies live out the simple order of their days, knitting doilies, sipping elderbery winde, and perhaps burying a yellow fever victim in the basement now and again. She shoved a seventeenth century French ottoman out of her path, sending a twenty-first century flutter of moths into the air. OK, be nice, she told herself sternly. Mom’s dead. Granted, Rose Woodsen had been a rotten mother, a lunatic con-woman who thought she was a witch, an unfaithful wife who’d driven off her husband and looked the other way while her oldest daughter…

Learning that you are actually a witch can be frightening, but also empowering. What if you learned that your whole family, generations before you, were all witches and sorcerers? It would be very difficult to cope with because that would mean that your life would change forever, possibly even putting your life in danger. Loebel has a peculiar, but highly compelling paranormal story that will leave readers entertained.

Felicity meets Max after having it out about Greg, her lying cheating no good for nothing, now ex-fiance. After arriving at her mother’s house to take care of the estate, she has only two things in her mind. Her mother promised to pay the bills for her younger sister’s Medical School and then, she had to figure out what to do with her mother’s house…her rotten careless no good for nothing…now dead mother. Even if she is dead though, she still holds reserve that somewhere her mother was a good person…then Max climbs through the window and makes his presence known to a furious Felicity and younger sister Hannah.

Max isn’t a normal man…in fact, he really isn’t human at all–he’s a demon. He made a deal with Rose Woodson, Felicity’s mother, that he would protect her since she is the oldest daughter in the Woodson line. Coming into her powers is something that Rose feels would be the most dangerous thing for her with something called the Minsk Homunculus, a magic artifact that, by binding a human witch as a consort, turns a demon into an arch-demon and places them above the goody-two-shoes laws of karma. Wrapped up into a nutshell, they find themselves in some seriously deep danger.

After a binding goes so horribly wrong and Max becomes bonded to Felicity for what appears to be 24-hours, she is forced to come to the rationalization that perhaps her mother wasn’t completely lunatic crazy when she said that she was a witch and head of her own coven.

Loebel does a good job with character development, most of it. There are some characters that seem to be left in the dark a little more than others. As the suspense unravels, so many things are thrown at these characters in rapid succession–making the story fun and enticing! The pace is fast, sometimes if feels that it is a little too fast which can make the story a bit confusing for the reader in this type of genre. The change in having two narrators is certainly very entertaining as well. One narrator can do the job just fine…given that they are fit for the novel, but having two perspectives in this story from Felicity and Max, two narrators do give the narration a great emphasis on both characters. If you are a reader of paranormal, suspense, and fantasy, this might be something that you are looking for!

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Keys to the Coven by Wendy Loebel, narrated by Emily Beresford and Nick Podehl.

  1. Waffle fries or curly fries? My waffles generally come out pretty curly
  2. GIF with a hard g or soft g? Hard – soft ‘g’ is for gpeg
  3. Fantasy or science-fiction? Urban Fantasy
  4. Superman or Batman? Superman! But I confess my real weakness is for Clark Kent
  5. Text message or call? Text
  6. Pancakes or waffles? Chocolate Chip pancakes
  7. Doctor Who or the Walking Dead? Dr. Who – any episode that does not revolve around a family member
  8. TV Shows or movies? TV Shows (lately)
  9. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  10. Alice in Wonderland or Robinson Crusoe? Robinson Crusoe on Mars
  11. Being too warm or too cold? Too cold. Because I always pack my winter underwear
  12. Netflix or Hulu? Netflix for binging; Hulu for catching up
  13. Work Hard or Play Hard? I’m a writer. Work is play (and sometimes hard)!
  14. Passenger or Driver? Bring the car around at six please, Jeeves.
  15. Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Give me a boardwalk at the beach!
  16. Honesty or Other’s Feelings? Polite evasion
  17. Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Home

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Review: The Blackfish Prophecy by Rachel Clark

The Blackfish Prophecy by Rachel Clark

Publication Date: May 31, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Teen, Nature, Mammal Studies, Literature/Fiction

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple | Book People of Moscow

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

“When I began to read, I was absolutely captivated. A marvelous story…” – Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, anthropologist, primatologist, and U.N. Ambassador for Peace

Best friends Terra and Tiluk live alongside the wild orcas of Washington State. On the other side of the continent, Miles wallows in anger and self-pity fueled by his parents’ divorce. In a moment of harrowing fate, their lives converge when Miles witnesses a captive orca brutally kill his trainer at a marine amusement park.

When Miles contacts Terra and her family of whale biologists to better understand the “killer” whale, the three teens soon realize they are more linked to each other – and the whales – than they every imagined. Driven by a primal urge to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the orca, the teens take extraordinary risks to challenge big business and renew lost traditions.

Their journey is set to restore an ancient mystical bond between humans and whales that ultimately reveals The Blackfish Prophecy…a revelation about Terra – and those like her – that’s about to change everything.

The Blackfish Prophecy is a sweeping, emotionally packed book,with a gripping tale and a big heart. Rachel Clark has created a fascinatingworld of smart kids, mystical orcas, and acts of morality that must be carriedout, no matter how difficult. Readers of all ages will learn much about killerwhales, and why they simply do not belong in captivity. This wonderful story isfictional, but the facts are all too real. – David Kirby, authorof Death at SeaWorld

 

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The ancient ways? Terra though, recalling her dream about Granny. What were those? In that instant, Terra knew with sudden certainty that she had to tell Tiluk the whole truth about her dream. And maybe…Joseph, as well. Gwen, rapt with curiosity, spoke almost more to herself than anyone else. “There’s so much more going on here than basic science.” Jason snorted and nudged her, “Ya think?” Then he turned to Bill. “I’m not sure I want to hear what’s next.” Jason, basically, had already fallen in love with this calf, his first, and the one he had discovered. His feelings were strong and fresh, and they made him vulnerable.

As a teenager, your life is supposed to be full of laughter and learning experiences. No one wants to see children grow up too fast and become adults, but what if you have to? The life that Terra and Tiluk live in their little cove with their parents and other researchers, allows them to see things in a different perspective from most children. They see the freedom that the Orca whales share with their families…or pods. They see the happiness between generations of whales. They begin to understand the way of life…and the dangers to the earth and all its creatures by humans. Clark has a sensational story, filled with passion for life, scientific research, and the desire to inform the world about animal endangerment and suffering. We have the power to change the world we live in.

Terra is a teenager living in Blackfish Cove with her parents, best friend, and other researchers dedicated to saving the Orcas from extinction. The research that they do consists of continual observations of the whales out in the wild. Terra decides to get creative and makes a page for the whales of Blackfish Cove on social media with the intent to get research and information out to the public. After the news gets out about an Orca whale killing its trainer at a famous amusement park, a boy named Miles gets in contact with Terra who claims to have seen the killing and has been researching it ever since! Terra and Miles become friends and work together along with her parents and outside sources to put together a case against the amusement park. Their hope for the organization to retire all of their whales to reservations for their own safety and well-being, is the main mission. Can they get enough support to require the amusement parks to retire their whales, so that they aren’t forever being held in concrete pools where they are taken from their families, freedom, and forced to participate in shows for profit?

Clark has done extensive research on this subject in hopes that the human population open their eyes on situations that organizations withhold from the public pertaining to the well-being and safety of their captive animals. While this story is mainly targeted to a young adult and middle grade audience, high school level and up would easily be compelled to read this novel as well. The book is written well, has a fast-pace, fantastic character development, and is original and unbelievably credible. If you are a reader of scientific research, literary fiction, and young adult fiction, you may want to pick this up.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Fawkes Press, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Blackfish Prophecy by Rachel Clark.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rachel is a writer and biologist. As a kid she got hooked on all things animal, vegetable, and mineral. To complicate matters, she was hatching up stories before she could hold a crayon. Once she discovered biology it was all over. Ever since her first class in 7th grade when she refused to dissect a frog, a little voice in her head said: You gotta share this amazing stuff about how nature works, and ask if we really need to harm it. The little voice only got fiercer once she went to college and worked with captive dolphins and Beluga whales, then got to see wild killer whales only a few weeks later. From then on it was an all-out quest to convey the wonders of nature, while pointing out the serious problems of our very bad habit of dominating others and the Earth. She’s been a card-carrying science writer for twenty years. The Blackfish Prophecy is Rachel’s first book.

These days when Rachel is not writing, reading, dreaming, or speaking, you can find her sculpting an unruly assortment of moose-pruned orchard trees & berry bushes, gathering veggies & eggs in her micro-farmyard, foraging for mushrooms, and feasting on local food with friends.

She is a lifelong yogini, devoted packmate to her free-spirited Canid, and mama bear who’s sustained by treks deep into the Pacific Northwest with her increasingly feral family. Rachel drives a 100% electric zero-emission car, and her family’s home is powered by renewable energy. Their little house is nestled on an urban lot they tend for kids’ play, territory animalia, sequestering carbon, and a food forest to augment the bounty of local growers.

Her work is fiercely aligned with the science of Life, harmony & justice for all: the enduring dream of Earth.

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Book Tour + Review: The Alibi by Marilyn Baron

NEW BOOK RELEASE!!
In Marilyn Baron’s The Alibi, a cover-up could cost heroine Merritt Saxe her life.
The Alibi
THE ALIBI
Marilyn Baron
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Crime Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Publication Date: September 13, 2017
Merritt Saxe, newly hired public relations specialist with the Florida prison system, answers an urgent plea from their division’s director, Willard Ware Baintree. Following his orders, she finds him in the apartment of his mistress, his bloody T-shirt and the mistress’s dead body convincing her the criminal justice superstar is himself a criminal. The director claims he didn’t kill the woman and coerces Merritt into being his alibi.
Meanwhile, as the director pulls her farther into his web of lies, Merritt breaks with her longstanding boyfriend and begins a steamy relationship with hunky attorney Israel Goodspeed, whose brother works for the director. Yet how can she trust Israel with her secret or her heart when she suspects the director has been orchestrating their relationship to keep her in line? Speaking out about the cover-up could cost her more than time in jail…it could cost her life.

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About Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres, from humorous coming-of-middle age women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. She’s published 13 novels with The Wild Rose Press, five short stories with TWB Press and self-published three books. AmazonEncore republished her book Sixth Sense on September 15, 2015. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel With Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal//Fantasy Romance. She is a Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) Maggie Award winner. She is the Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Stumble Stones: A Novel in the Romance Category. She’s a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and GRW and winner of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, Marilyn graduated with a BS in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. She worked in Public Relations for AT&T in Atlanta for 13 years before starting her own PR firm. She serves on the 2017-18 Roswell Reads Steering Committee. She was selected as a featured author in the 2016 Atlanta Authors Series. She presented on a panel at the 2017 AJC-Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country) on September 3, 2017. Read more about Marilyn at http://www.marilynbaron.com.
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I didn’t answer. “So how’s law school?” “It’s hard. I spend every minute studying.” I’ll just bet you do. I wonder how many of your study partners are women? Not to mention some of your roommates are women. I’m sure not every minute is spent studying. Considering I don’t trust you as far as I can throw you, I highly doubt you’re living the life of a celibate. While, I, on the other hand, am horny as hell.

So you go to school for four years. You have a boyfriend who says that he loves you and wants to marry you. You get out of school and can’t find a job in your town that fits your degree. What do you do? Where does that leave you? For Merritt Saxe, this is so not an easy decision. She is faced with moving out of town to work in her field as a Public Relations Specialist OR stay where she is in a dead-end job and hope for her boyfriend to propose after he gets out of law school in three years. Baron has a compelling and entertaining story that will leave readers craving more of these characters lives!

What Merritt thought was a perfect entry-level job in her suited field, turns quickly into a nightmare. What do you do when you have a love struck boss, and an arrogant director who runs the Florida prison system? You suck up and hope that you are doing your job right! When Merritt’s boss leaves for the day unexpectedly, she puts Merritt in charge and tells her that nothing should go wrong in her absence. But that is EXACTLY what happens. Shortly after Peggy leaves the office, Director Willard Baintree calls to request assistance. He provides her the address and tells her to get over to him as soon as possible, without letting anyone know of his whereabouts. What seems a little suspicious at first, becomes downright criminal upon seeing the director in blood-stained clothes and his mistress’s dead body in the next room. After telling her that he didn’t kill her, Merritt knows that she is now his alibi and fears for her life. She has to be at his every beck and call, right? Wouldn’t that make her an accessory to murder if she told anyone? Their secret cannot stay bottled up forever, especially once she finds the man of her dreams who happens to be…a lawyer.

Baron does a superb job with character development and credibility. As this mystery slowly unfolds, so many things are thrown at these characters in rapid succession–making the story fun and enticing! The pace is fast, which is a preference for most and the story is creative. If you are a reader of mystery, suspense, and crime fiction, you may want to pick this up!

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Book Unleashed, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Alibi by Marilyn Baron.

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