Featured Author, Review

Featured Author: David Z. Hirsch

David Z Hirsch is the pen name of Maryland physician and author of Didn’t Get Frazzled. He graduated from Wesleyan University, received a medical degree from NYU School of Medicine, and completed an internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Despite all that, he has never stopped writing and, even more surprisingly, scribbles quite legibly. If… Continue reading Featured Author: David Z. Hirsch

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Horror, Review, Young Adult

Cheerleading can be Murder by Carissa Ann Lynch

This clichéd, little book begins with cheerleading and ends with cheerleading. The middle of the book - more cheerleading. For those of us who don't care about cheerleading one way or the other, it might be difficult, dare I say painful, to swallow the life and death stance on cheerleading portrayed in this book. There… Continue reading Cheerleading can be Murder by Carissa Ann Lynch

Contemporary, Review, Time travel, Young Adult

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I wasn't sure if I should review this book. It has thousands already and was made into a truly horrible movie. Fortunately, I read the book before watching it. For all those people who saw the movie but haven't read the book, and those who haven't given it a thought at all, this review is… Continue reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Fantasy, Mystery, Review

Jackaby by William Ritter

It is winter 1892. Abigail Rook has just landed at New Fiddleham in New England. Although a proper young English woman, she has absconded with her school tuition money to go adventuring and heads straight to America. There, she's penniless, wearing a scrubby dress, and looking for employment. Fortunately, she stops at an inn where… Continue reading Jackaby by William Ritter

Historical, Review

The Beauty Doctor by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

The year is 1907. Women still wear their hair over layers of padding, they wear corsets and covers, which require a maid to help with dressing, they have no recourse when it comes to homeliness or when a small facial defect assumes huge proportions in a young woman's mind. Make-up is minimal or non-existent in… Continue reading The Beauty Doctor by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

Horror, Review

The Cellar by Richard Laymon – Beast House Book 1

Donna Hayes is a sweet-natured woman with a monstrous ex-husband and an entertaining teenage daughter, Sandy. The day Donna finds out he is freed from prison she hits the road, taking Sandy and running as fast as she can. Roy Hayes truly is an undisguised horror, released upon the world and is now hunting his… Continue reading The Cellar by Richard Laymon – Beast House Book 1

Fantasy, Review, Young Adult

The Collar & Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima – Krillonian Chronicles Book 1

The collar around Bensin's neck announces to all that he is a lowly slave, downtrodden, abused by owners, and sold as those owners see fit. There is no going out in public without a Pass from the owner. Clothing, used or very used, is at the discretion of the owner. Meals are also dictated by… Continue reading The Collar & Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima – Krillonian Chronicles Book 1

Review

Featured Author: Michael McLellan

  Michael's love of books began with Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle when he was seven years old. Later influenced by the works of John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Stephen King, and Cormac McCarthy, Michael developed his style of storytelling. A self-proclaimed blue-collar writer, he draws on his experience and observations to bring relevant… Continue reading Featured Author: Michael McLellan

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Review

The Brothers Three by Layton Green

New Orleans, Louisiana Will works evenings at Medieval Nights, a joust-themed dinner theater. A few nights a week, to help his finances, he engages in staged battles with a group of fellow under-achieving twenty-somethings. To Will's disappointment, he knows this is as close to Middle Earth as he will ever get. His brother, Caleb, is a… Continue reading The Brothers Three by Layton Green

Adventure, Humor, Review

How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive by Michael Bernhart

First things first, I had to look up 'speleology'. Having never heard this word I was intrigued, since it was linked with everybody's favorite word, 'sex'. I suspect we're all disappointed to find that it is simply the study and exploration of caves, but without this great word the book would lack direction. This is… Continue reading How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive by Michael Bernhart

Historical, Review

In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael A. McLellan

This turned out to be a fascinating story. It starts with Henry and Eliza, newly freed from slavery at the end of the Civil War. The beginning of their freedom has a very big downside in that they have no idea how to manage it. They were released like little puppies with no idea how… Continue reading In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael A. McLellan

Review, Thriller

A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot

Mercy Kilpatrick is a quiet, lonely woman, her life marked by a tragic incident from her past. She was forced from home at eighteen when she became alienated from her parents by trying to protect her sister, Rose, and her brother, Levi, and spent fifteen years hiding the secret that pulled them apart. She was… Continue reading A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot