I’m a mom, and I have two kids that struggle to clean up after themselves…I think all moms live this life! I loved that this story offered a fun way for children to see what responsibility is, and how wonderful it is to feel proud of yourself after having accomplished something!
Fred is a normal young boy who chooses not to pick up after himself. He brushes off his chores to do things that he wants to do instead. His actions have not caused him any issues until the day he wants something and his parents say
Whoops, Knucklehead Fred, it might be time to start taking the time to do the chores.
Knucklehead Fred follows a boy as he learns the value of following directions and helping out at home.
How I Felt:
I liked this story. It’s a simple, easy to follow picture book that had my children’s full attention. They connected with Fred. They had both been there themselves. It was nice to see their reactions to the positive behavior that Fred shows as the story progresses. Overall, the both enjoyed this book, and would absolutely ask for a second reading!
I loved this book! Run Girl Run had such an interesting twist to the story! It felt like a mystery with some paranormal aspects added, and it made the story excellent!
How I Felt:
The Characters: Harry Hunter is back again! He continues to be such a great main character for this series! His devotion to his job, and his family, makes him so lovable. I like that his character seems to skirt the edges of the right and wrong line. He’s willing to do what needs to be done to get the job done. I also liked the additional storylines around his wife and his daughter in this book. It helped to fill out Harry as a person, and his daughter’s story was so interesting!
Matilda Empress had SUCH an intense world! I really appreciated Lise Arin’s creation of Matilda’s life. The buildings, people, and story just felt so real. It was just how a historical fiction should feel, and I loved it!
How I Felt:
The Characters: Matilda turned out to be a bit more of an unlikable character than I had anticipated. I really wanted to like her, but I found her to be a bit snobby. Her utter infatuation with her cousin was a lot to take, however, it didn’t turn me away from the book. That’s not the first time something like that would have happened in history!
The character, Harry, is a cop on a mission and I just loved him. He’s a working father with a wife in a vegetative state and I appreciated his difficulties and struggles in his home-life and his ability to still have such a passion for his job. He is going to be a wonderful main character for this mystery series.
How I Felt:
First of all, can I just say how much I love this cover!?!? The colors are stunning and I love how the hair is looping through the letter “O”. It is amazing and totally a book I would buy based on the cover alone!
The Writing: Willow Rose has an excellent writing style. The story was easy to follow and was pretty fast-paced, with little down time. There is a bit of set up, as this is a new series and we needed an introduction to the characters, but once that is done, the book is off and running!
The Characters: Harry Hunter (love that name) is going to be a great main character for this series. He’s fallible and flawed, but so determined to get the answers to his questions. There are other lovable characters, and some that you’ll find yourself hating. Overall, it was a good mix and I look forward to continuing these character’s stories in future books!
The Plot: I loved this plot! It was so intriguing. Five teens have been murdered and it turns out they were all on a witness list for another crime. Harry must figure out who the killer is before any one else is harmed! Such a fun plot with tons of twists and turns. There’s a point in the book where you think everything is kind of wrapping up, and then Nope, there’s more!
Overall, All the Good Girls was a fun mystery to read that really kept me interested all the way through. This will make an excellent mystery series and I look forward to reading more!
References to rape, bullying, and murder.
To Read or Not To Read:
This book if perfect for readers that enjoy a mystery series as this is part of the Harry Hunter mystery series. It can be read as a stand-alone, so if you would prefer a one-and-done, this one will work for you!
This novel is the first book in Willow Rose’s electrifying new Harry Hunter series.
Detective Harry Hunter of Miami PD’s homicide squad throws himself into a case no one asked him to solve.
Four teenagers from one of Miami’s affluent neighborhoods are murdered on a boat. Another is found in a dumpster. All five of them go to the same school and are on a list of witnesses to another crime.
Because he’s in bad standing with his boss, Harry is given the task of protecting a possible future victim, but Harry isn’t always known to follow his boss’s orders.
Soon, he’ll risk everything while racing to stop a killer who has left everyone else in the homicide squad shaking in terror.
ALL THE GOOD GIRLS is the first book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.
All the Good Girls by Willow Rose
Series: Harry Hunter Mystery, Book 1
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Page Count: 190 pages
Publisher: BUOY MEDIA
Pub Date: January 15, 2020
The Queen of Scream aka Willow Rose is a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 60 novels. She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy.
Willow’s books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won’t see coming. Several of her books have reached the Kindle top 10 of ALL books in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than three million books.
Willow lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.
Chameleon was filled with mystery and dark feeling right from the beginning. I LOVED that the book jumped right in as Paloma is being driven to the convent. I was hooked from page 1.
How I Felt:
The Plot in Chameleon was disturbing and terrifying and thought-provoking. I appreciated the story and the how the psychological thriller aspect was written. Paloma is trying to figure out if she is experiencing mental illness, if the girls are, or if what is happening is actually happening. The things that are happening at the convent were so intriguing and I needed to find out what was going on. It really had me guessing, and there were times when I was creeped out and had to put the book down and take a minute.
The Characters were well-built. I adored Adelita. She is fun and mischievous and overall, any time she appeared in the story, I was captivated. Paloma is the main character and I liked her as well. I appreciated the author shining some light on mental illness. It’s nice to see that highlighted in books.
The Writing was so well-done. I enjoyed the pace of the story until the end (see next paragraph) and I loved all the mysteries and how they unfolded in the story.
The Ending brought this book down from a 5 star to a 4 star for me. The ending felt a bit rushed and I didn’t find the closure that I wanted from the story. I found that I had to jump back in the story and re-read sections because I got to the “The End” and I was like, wait, what? I think this part of the book could have been expanded upon to give more details and slow down a bit.
Overall, this was a fun book that gave me chills and kept me turning the pages long into the night.
This book references to rape, mental illness, and psychological abuse.
To Read or Not To Read:
Readers that enjoy paranormal suspense will enjoy this story. As long as you are ok with the content warnings, this was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it!
FIVE GIRLS. AN ISOLATED CONVENT. A SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE. A DARK SECRET.
SHORTLISTED for the 2017 Dante Rossetti Awards for Young Adult Fiction!
I can’t believe it has come to this. The way things have blown out of proportion. I only wanted to contact my dead father. Ask his forgiveness. Seven months. Seven months isn’t that long, is it? I’ll go through the motions, no need to make friends that I’ll never see again. When you get close to people, you end up getting hurt.
Puerto Rico, 1973 17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.
At night, the waterfall’s dark music haunts her dreams of drowning…
When Paloma holds another séance, she accidentally awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. The body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…
Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?
If you love the vibes in “The Orphanage,” “The Craft” and “Pretty Little Liars,” you’ll enjoy this mess-with-your-head, YA supernatural/psychological thriller!
A certified bookworm, Zoe Kalo has always been obsessed with books and reading. Reading led to writing—compulsively. No surprise that at 16, she wrote her first novel, which her classmates read and passed around secretly. The pleasure of writing and sharing her fantasy worlds has stayed with her, so now she wants to pass her stories to you with no secrecy—but with lots of mystery…
She’s had the good fortune of living on 3 continents, learning 4 languages, and experiencing a multicultural life. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Comparative Literature. She lives in Belgium with her husband and two evil cats.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.
Levanine’s life as a slave is insignificant. She has always been property; bound to her owner, content to serve quietly where no one can cause her harm. However, when her master sells her to pay a debt, her false safety is shattered, and she finds herself offered as a sex slave on the continent of Dreanis. Fearful and hopeless, Levanine expects the worst to happen. Nothing could prepare her to be suddenly swept onto a pirate ship by an infamous captain whose interests are a mystery to her.
Forced to think on her feet, the silent girl must overcome a lifetime of servitude to survive on a ship where everything is trying to destroy her.As sea monsters, mutinies, and ghosts wreak havoc on the ship and its crew, Levanine realizes that she doesn’t have the luxury of simply surviving until they arrive at Avondella, her continent of redemption. Levanine must decide whether she will die the person she has always been, a meek nobody… or will she make a name for herself at sea?
Dawn Dagger answers some questions about her writing below!
Q: Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick? A: Levanine loves the ocean. She wants to be free, but she is wary due to her past. If she can reach for freedom, she does. But, if it poses a risk to herself or someone she loves, she backs down.
Q: How did you come up with the title of your first novel? A: I actually had a friend help me and we waddled through a bog of names for a while. Slave of the Sea just sounded right.
Q: Who designed your book covers? A: Oh my goodness, the absolutely wondrous Savanah Jervowski. She is absolutely amazing, and I tell you what, this girl makes the most stunning covers! You have to check her out!
Q: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead? A: Oooooohhhhhh. Definitely Felicity Jones as Levanine, and Aiden Turner as Captain Guy.
Q: Anything specific you want to tell your readers? A: I love you guuuuyyyyysssss.
Q: How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book? A: I was just sitting around one day, finishing the editing of My British Bear and reading the last of Throne of Glass, and I decided I wanted to write a good pirate novel. A good, dark fantasy, something the likes of which I had never written before. I basically wanted something no one had done before, that was gritty, deep, and fun.
Q: Where did you come up with the names in the story? A: Most of them I just felt around with noises on my tongue until I formed something I liked (Eldred, Norrin, Keshnitte, Kethaltar), but sometimes I used my best friend in the entire world, the www.fantasynamegenerators.com website because it has some bomb names.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future? A: A lot! As I mentioned before, Fragments of Time will be releasing soon, as well as a hoped sequel to My British Bear. There will be lots more of the Chronicles of Salt and Blood novels. I actually have 87 unique stories started/named, so a lot more is going to come of me! Just a few include:
Take to the Skies
Duct Tape Fixes Everything
I Never Thought I Would Have a Book Title as Long as a Fall Out Boy Song, but Here We Are
Q: Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? A: Oh, yes! I have a novel called The Fall of Niesium that describes why Rakifi, the boatswain, cannot attend a Runecasting Academy (it has nothing to do with him, it isn’t his fault, hehe!). I have a side novel about a character who has an interaction with the Captain Guy (way later in the timeline), and I am really thinking about writing a novel based around the medic, Eldred, because I really love his character, and I think he has a lot of stuff I never explored in the book. He comes from a country that’s not developed in my mind completely yet, and his character is a strange one. It’s clear he has seen ghouls before, but doesn’t seem avidly religious or superstitious. He never talks about his past, but is a firm, caring character that can do his job well.
Dawn Dagger has had a passion for reading and writing ever since she could remember. When she was six she drew and wrote her very own book, and though it hardly makes sense now, she was so proud. She has written many books, short stories, and poems since then, and continues to do so.
Dawn placed highly in her two middle school years of Power of the Pen and even has her short story ‘The Haunting’ published in an anthology, She admits she isn’t good at anything physical (except some ballroom dancing), or video games, but she does enjoy a nice game of Mario Kart, a trip fishing, or just a walk in the woods. She has a knack for taking pictures of whatever catches her eye; especially brightly colored flowers. Dawn is a sucker for a good fantasy book, lives off of coffee, and loves her wonderful family and friends, and her dedicated boyfriend, Nevin, who is just like a romance novel character.
Dawn has over 70 stories started (don’t believe her? Just the other night she rattled off the 37 stories she’s actually named and what they’re about to Nevin because he wanted to know) and that doesn’t include short stories or poems. She has lots of writing to do, and is excited for what’s ahead!
The main character in this story is Keiko and I loved her SO MUCH! She was given a cruddy lot in life, but she is sure going to try to turn it around! The character building is amazing and made me connect very quickly to the story.
How I Felt:
I was pulled into this story right from the start. The characters are rich and full of life, while the world is built in such descriptive depth that I could envision everything. I loved the strength that Keiko shows through every step of her journey.
Keiko’s family is just awful to her and it grated on me over and over. Her sister is especially terrible to her. This adversity in the story made every achievement of Keiko’s so much greater for me. I really appreciate the author’s ability write a character I hate so much that I WANT to read so I know that the main character overcomes!
My 4 star rather than a 5 star is due to some of the sexual sections that did not feel like they even belonged in the book. I did not like the way they flowed into the story, and felt that they were a bit overdone and could have been shortened or eluded to, but not described.
To Read or Not To Read:
This is a historical fiction novel with some romance in it. Historical fiction junkies will enjoy this, but I believe it reaches beyond just those readers. If you enjoy a story with a strong female main character, a journey of self-growth and discovery, or Japanese history this book is perfect for you.
There are some who believe that the honor of a samurai is reserved for men. But they are wrong.
Keiko was born the daughter of a samurai. But as a mere younger sister, her future was to run errands for her lovely elder sister and obey her father. Until the day it fell to her to defend the honor of her sister and her family…
Aren’t you so excited now?!?! You should be! I loved that blurb so much!
In this book, we meet Keiko, the youngest of the Samurai family. She expects to spend her days running errands and taking care of her older, beautiful sister. She is the lowest family member and she reminds herself to be grateful as her father could have killed her as a child, just because he could.
Keiko is only treated nicely by her brother and her sister’s fiance. One day, her brother brings her to see an ancient book of the onna-bugeisha, a female samurai. She had always believed these stories to be fairy tales, until her brother opens her eyes to a very real historical onna-bugeisha. He begins to train her in the way of the onna-bugeisha and she is determined to succeed.
Firefly by India Millar Series: Warrior Woman of the Samurai, Book 1 Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance Page Count: 324 pages Publisher: Red Empress Publishing Publishing Date: September 10, 2019
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.
Cassie Morgan watched the world die from the comfort of her penthouse suite. She never expected her life of privilege to come to an end but, with all food gone, she has to face the survivors in the city alone.
Sometimes, when the SHTF, you have to kick off your strappy sandals, let your fake tan fade, your Brazilian grow out, and become the woman you are meant to be.
Rick Carter is the last of his unit to survive. To stay alive he must escape the disease infested city and head north to his prepper friend’s self-sufficient farm. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman with zero survival skills.
When the apocalypse arrives, most will die, some will survive, whilst others will thrive.
With most of the city dead, and no sign of rescue, Cassie and Rick have to rely on their own ingenuity to deal with the end of the world. Working together wasn’t what either had planned, but these are desperate times.
Does Rick have what it takes to get them to the farm?
Can Cassie rise to the challenge of survival?
Will Rick have the stomach to help when he discovers Cassie’s secret?
‘A World Torn Down’ is an epic tale of the apocalypse with a fresh take on TEOTWAWKI.
* Previously this book was published as six books: ‘The Road to Ruin’, ‘The Savage Road’, ‘The Outcast’s Journey’, ‘The Path to Despair’, ‘The Route to Justice’, and ‘The Road to Redemption’.
Title: A World Torn Down by Rebecca Fernfield Subtitle: A novel of survival after the apocalypse Genre: Post-apocalyptic Page Count: 664 pages Publisher: Fruits of All Hallows Pub Date: November 19, 2019
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Excerpts from reader reviews:
“The series gave me a very Walking Dead comic feel. I loved it, and the characters were all very well written. The detail that went into all the characters was brilliant.”
“It was fast paced and kept you interested right to the last sentence.”
“I loved the strong female characters, Cassie being my absolute favorite, I love how she just gets things done and doesn’t let the male characters walk over her.”
“This series kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading. I would have to stop to go to work, and all I could think of was the book and getting back to finding out what would happen next.”
Author. Mother. Free spirit.
British author, Rebecca Fernfield, is a lapsed medievalist, and former research fellow, given to flights of fancy about the end of the world and what she’d do if the supermarkets suddenly ran out of chocolate, wine, and other essentials!
A full-time novelist, she lives with her numerous children among the flatlands of the Humber estuary where Vikings and Saxons once fought and where, sometimes, on foggy mornings, you can still hear the echoes of clashing swords.
She writes action-packed, suspenseful tales of horror, the supernatural, and the apocalypse.
She can’t stop writing because the voices in her head just won’t shut up and there are SO many stories to tell.
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She Just Loves Books (SJLB) had the chance to get some questions answered by our author, Rebecca Fernfield. Take a moment to see what she had to say.
SJLB: How long have you been writing?
“The official start of my writing career was in March 2017 when I published my first novels. However, I had been writing for a while before that. At first, I wrote for children, then progressed to young adults, until finally my confidence grew and I decided that what I really wanted to do was write books for adults.”
SJLB: Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
“The characters usually come to me as I write. I often have one or two characters to start with but, as the story moves along, other characters will introduce themselves. Often new characters take the story in new, unexpected directions, which can be exciting. I particularly enjoy it when a quirky or unpleasant character turns up; they can be the most fun to write. A great example is Saskia in my novel ‘A World Torn Down’. She’s a first-class bitch and says the worst things to the other characters! I don’t think she has any kind of social filter and operates at a psychopathic level.”
SJLB: What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
“Research for my books can span a whole lifetime! There may be things I research as I’m writing to give the scene/idea more depth, but my books often contain ideas that have been part of my knowledge base for years. My stories are often triggered by something I’ve read or heard about several years prior to actually starting to write a book. For example, ‘The Kielder Strain’ is my version of the werewolf story. Research for the book started with the first film I saw in my teens.”
SJLB: Do you see writing as a career?
“Absolutely, and it is a very rewarding one once you have readers who love your work. I love getting emails and messages from readers asking when my next book is going to be published, or letting me know that they’ve just read one of my books and loved it.
However, writing fiction or non-fiction as a career has to be coupled with a business mindset. Writing a great novel is one thing. Writing a great novel that you are able to bring to market and sell to readers is quite another.
What do you think about the current publishing market?
Publishing is tough. It’s a business, and you have to have a business mindset to really succeed and as a creative that can be a massive challenge.”
SJLB: Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
“I love to read and lose myself in someone else’s imagination. I’m an eclectic reader, so am willing to try most genres, Jane Austen used to be an absolute favorite (I even started a university degree because they had a program of study dedicated to her) but my go-to genre is horror, so Stephen King, and James Herbert are my author heroes! I’ve read and re-read many of their novels. One book I discovered recently, although it was published in the 1960s, is Richard Matheson’s ‘I am Legend’. I found it completely enthralling and read it in two sittings. It’s the book that inspired the film starring Will Smith. The story is quite different, but I love them both.”
SJLB: Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I have to write in a quiet space, so no music for me. If I’m in the flow, then I don’t notice the noises around me, but trying to get my head into that writing space can be tough and I’m far too easily distracted.
SJLB: Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
“I have tried SO many times to write more than one book at a time, but I just don’t seem to have enough head space to carry two stories. I can think about another book, and that often happens as soon as I start writing my latest novel; a case of the next shiny new thing! I know authors who do manage it, but I need to immerse myself in the story and my characters, so whilst other characters may start nagging at me to write their story, I can only jot down ideas rather than write their stories.”
SJLB: If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
“I am in awe of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’. I wish I had his talent for prose.”
SJLB: Pen or type writer or computer?
“I used to write with a pen and then type up what I’d written. However, this is laborious and wastes a lot of time. If I’m out and about I always carry a notebook and pen so that I can jot things down, or even write a paragraph or two if need be, but I use my laptop 99% of the time. I can touch-type so it’s much easier to keep up with my flow of thoughts; my handwriting becomes an indecipherable scrawl if I get overexcited!”
SJLB: What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
“I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. I have an aunt who writes, and she was very fond of telling me that there is a novel in us all. I’m creative, and have to have an outlet for that creativity, and telling stories lets me do that. Plus, I love the idea of entertaining people, and as a writer, that is my main goal. That I get to earn a living doing just that is absolutely fantastic. Self-publishing is a roller-coaster ride and can be very tough when your book doesn’t sell as well as you’d like, or someone leaves a bad review, but I definitely made the right decision.”
SJLB: Tell me about a day in the life of the author.
‘I write when my children are at school as I find it impossible to write when they are at home. They also need my attention and I have given up trying to write and look after them too. My day starts at 5 am when I get up and do my chores then get the children off to school. Once back home, I check my sales and any messages from other authors or readers. I also check to see how my adverts on Facebook and Amazon are running. As soon as possible, I get down to writing. If I’m a little stuck, I reread the previous chapter, or refresh my memory with any notes, then try to use the time until school ends to write. It’s a matter of bum in seat and fingers on the keyboard five days a week for me.’
SJLB: What advice would give new authors?
“If you want to write just write. If you want to write in order to earn a living, learn as much as you can about self-publishing, read heavily in your chosen genre, then write a book those readers are going to love.
Also, once you’ve written your book don’t ask friends or relatives to read it and give you feedback. Instead, find a reader who loves that genre and ask them for an honest response. Listen to negative criticism and use it to improve your craft. It’s far more difficult to find someone willing to tell you where you’re going wrong than it is to find a reader who will tell you your story is just great!”
SJLB: Describe your writing style.
“Fast-paced and full of action. I write in the present tense which I think gives my writing an immediacy. Readers often comment on how vivid my writing is too, as though they’re watching a movie in their head.”
SJLB: What makes a good story?
“A good story is one that captures your attention from the first page and doesn’t let it go until the end. I love character-led stories. Discovering how a character thinks, what drives them, and their past lives is fascinating. I also love plot-twists that I don’t see coming. A good story has to entertain, and engage with the reader’s emotional need whether that is to read a story that scares them, intrigues them, or makes them laugh. Each genre has readers with different needs.”
SJLB: What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
“I write the blurb first! I know it sounds odd, but I find it a great springboard for the story. I may have a vague idea of what the story is about, but thinking about how I will present it to the reader in a few short sentences helps crystallize it for me. I often have the ending and a general idea. I’m rubbish at plotting although when I get stuck, I will sit down and try to think through key scenes.”
SJLB: What is your writing Kryptonite?
“Being tired, comparing myself to other writers and feeling inadequate by comparison.”
SJLB: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
“I try to be entertaining within the expectations of the genre but with my own twist on the story.”
SJLB: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
‘For a sixty thousand-word book, it can take between four and eight weeks depending on how easily the words flow. My first book took me two years to write and, in those days, I would often only manage 200 words a day. Since then, I’ve written a fair number of books, and nearly a million words. It’s true that the more you practice the better you become. On a good day I can write five thousand decent words although I’m far more comfortable with around three to four thousand.”
SJLB: Do you believe in writer’s block?
“Not really. Sometimes it can be tougher than at other times to get the words down, or get into that state of flow. If a story comes to a grinding halt it is perhaps because I don’t feel comfortable with the subject matter and need to do more research, or sometimes the story doesn’t have legs. I came across a really interesting article the other day outlining steps you can take if you’re stuck with a story. Basically, have a brain-storming session and list twenty exciting things that could happen to your character in the story. Choose the five most intense and work those into your story. I won’t go through the whole process here, but it works.”