The Alchemist

 

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Delve into philosophy and discover the purpose of your life’s journey. I was told my book, Race for the Sun, reminded someone of Coelho’s, The Alchemist. Curious, because this book has been recommended to me before, I decided this must be a sign…or an omen;) I decided to purchase it on Audible for my next driving excursion, but couldn’t wait. 

The book is a parable about a boys life, a grand adventure to find his treasure, and meeting his personal legend. 

Full of advice about living in the present and what happens to humanity’s perspective as it ages, the book imparts wisdom and tidbits of advice given to ponder social equality and wealth’s reality. 

It reminded me of a modern self-help book, The Precious Present. 

I was happy to know I am realizing my personal legend and live in the present. I’m the Sniff and Scurry of , Who Moved My Cheese. Still, I found it to be a nice story for any age and philosophically therapeutic for anyone who needs to explore their sense of purpose. It’s a great reminder of what journey you started in your youth, where it’s taken you, and inspiration for getting back on track. With explanations about the circle of life and declaring a purpose within all of us, this story inspires the reader to grow. We are all from the soul of the Earth.

 

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Liars Paradox by Taylor Stevens

 

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I didn’t know this author when I bought her book at a signing in Austin, but I wanted to see her speak. I bought the book and had it signed, but I didn’t have time to lug the hardback around, so I downloaded the Audible for my drive. It was worth listening to the author talk in person. She had an amazing past and story of how she came to write. The reader from the Audible recording nails the feel of the book, and I enjoyed how each chapter had a heading of who, what, where.

I like to read a lot of genres, but CIA, spy books are not what I usually buy. That being said, I love that I bought this book. It’s a whole new adventure for me. Action packed, likeable-flawed characters and a pulse that keeps the pages turning. There is never a dull moment and promises so much more to come. I applaud Taylor Stevens for her ability to keep the reader addicted with her cropped sentences that punch hard with emotional impact. I look forward to the next Jack and Jill adventure.

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Murder at the Luther (Review by Minette Lauren)

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Murder at the Luther, by Kathleen Kaska, is a very witty who done it. With tones of, I love Lucy, humor and Alfred Hitchcock eeriness, the story takes the reader on a rather captivating ride. Journalist, Sydney Lockhart, and her ragtag cast of supporting characters are more likely to dig the hole deeper than clear her name of murder. When a handsome stranger asks her to go birding and then ends up dead in her arms, Sydney is speechless. With her prints on the murder weapon and no one in Palacios, Texas to vouch for her innocence, her goose is all but cooked.
The cover of the book promises the reader a respite from modern conveniences and a stroll through past fashion magazines. Cousin Ruth’s shoe fetish and Mrs. Foghorn’s affinity for pants do not disappoint.
The 1952 New Year’s eve dance at the Luthor may be Sydney’s worst night ever, and she could sure use a hero. Her former interest in Detective Dixon may be her life raft in the turbulent storm that sweeps her away on murder charges, but the stubborn journalist exercises her feminist efforts to take care of herself. Secret messages, nosey hotel staff, an Ex-Lieutenant Governor and his illustrious wife, a Sherriff with a re-election agenda, a meddling cousin, a Cajun hit-man and more plague Sydney as she tries to find the real killer in this small coastal town.
Murder at the Luther is part of a series but reads wonderfully as a standalone. The expert author gives references to the previous experiences of the characters without dwelling on backstory.
Never a dull moment, with rollicking events that turn each page, Murder at the Luther spins an intriguing murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.
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Releasing today! Don’t miss, You Say Goodbye!

 

 

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After a temperamental meltdown on stage, Sean Hightower, a regretful and resentful “one-hit wonder” rock musician hoping for a comeback, returns to his girlfriend’s condo seeking comfort from the woman he loves. But after letting himself in, he discovers her naked body on the bed, murdered from a bullet to the head. When the police detective arrives and sees the two taped pieces of paper on the wall with the word, “hello,” on one and “goodbye,” on the other, he realizes that the renowned serial killer, The Beatles Song Murderer, has struck again. In the days that follow, he reaches another conclusion—the Beatles Song Murderer is probably somebody Sean knows. Now the detective needs Sean’s help to find the killer.

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After several years devoted to poetry, followed by a few minor achievements as a professional song lyricist, Keith Steinbaum eventually decided to write a novel, culminating in the completion of The Poe Consequence, a supernatural thriller/human drama that received Books-and-Authors.net’s Supernatural Thriller of the Year, Kirkus Reviews’ listing as a top Indy book of the year, and a Finalist placing in 2017’s International Book Excellence Awards competition.

His forthcoming second novel, published by Black Opal Books, is entitled, You Say Goodbye. It’s a whodunit murder mystery featuring The Beatles, a one-hit wonder ex-rock star, and a little girl with cancer who’s a big fan of the LA Lakers. The child’s character was inspired by the life, and unfortunate death, of Alexandra Scott from the Alex’s Lemonade foundation.

Although Steinbaum pays the bills through a long career in the landscape industry, in his heart he’s always considered himself a creative writer first and foremost. As he’s often replied when asked about his license plate that reads, Do Write, “I make my living through landscape, but I make my loving through writing.”

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A surprise review of our book, Blinked!

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What a nice surprise to wake up and see this link, to a review of Blinked, posted to twitter! William Dylan Powell does reviews on the Lone Star Lineup, and crafted a review that brought tears to my eyes. Blinked is a story dear to my heart, and I have often called it my trophy novel, proof that I can write anything with Zoe Tasia. I loved that he seemed to get it’s humor and decipher it’s deeper meaning. Please enjoy his review of our zany urban fantasy, Blinked.

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Kilts and Catnip

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Kilts and Catnip is a cozy fantasy with a sweet romantic flare, depicting the life of Becca Shaw, a young widow, who moves to the Scotland with her two young daughters after her beloved husband passes away. Filled with grief, Becca struggles to find happiness and the previous connection she shared with her children. Feeling the need to spend more time with her daughters and heal, she packs up the family and rents a cottage on an island for the summer. Unbeknownst to her, the Shrouded Isle is a place of mystical wonders and things a sensible teacher shouldn’t believe, but after a few hair-raising run-ins with a kilt clad stranger in the forest and local residents, Rebecca has to admit that something not normal.

Arriving at their summer destination tired, after the long day of travel, Becca sets up the cottage for their stay. It is only a short time later that her youngest daughter mysteriously disappears, and her oldest daughter is in a panic. Searching for her child, Becca gets turned around in the forest and meets a curious stranger in a kilt, who reunites her with her daughter. Discombobulated by the late-night events and filled with the terror of a mother who has lost her child, Becca shrugs off the stranger and his warning not to return to the forest.

Things heat up with a domestic, telepathic cat and scary wolves hot on their trail, but the residents don’t seem at all mystified about the odd mishaps. Becca remains concerned over her youngest daughter’s change in disposition and tries to figure out just what is wrong and how to fix it. She does a little research at the town library, consorts at the local gala and even cozies up to the neighbor to discover the mystery behind the elements at play. With the roller coaster of odd events and mishaps, she’s not sure she will ever find out the secrets of the Shrouded Isle but has no control over her winsome heart.

Warm, majestic and full of adventure, this fantasy is sure to entertain. I look forward to reading more of the fae filled forest and the budding romance between Becca and Greg. This fabulous story by author, Zoe Tasia, shows a promise of more great things to come. I truly enjoyed this cozy page turner. Don’t miss book one of The Shrouded Isle.

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A Two Horse Town, by Kathleen Kaska

 

 

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Opera dogs, a feisty old woman and a cause worthy of a good fight or possibly murder? Kathleen Kaska’s, Two Horse Town, will reel you in with earthy descriptions of Montana’s mountainous terrain, dialogue that will make you snort with laughter and characters that are as lively as a pack of wild mustangs.

I have to say, I loved this Kate Caraway mystery even more than the first. Kathleen Kaska does an amazing job of filling the reader in on the previous details of book one without repetitive backstory. This book can be read as a stand alone, and the reader won’t miss a beat.

Kaska’s love of animals and nature bring life and humor to the book. I love that each mystery brings awareness to a real animal issue.

The rustic trails with their gravel switchbacks aren’t the only thing that twists and leaves you hanging off the edge. The author keeps the pages turning to find out what is at the bottom of her rustic, homespun mystery.

Kaska will leave you guessing until the end and waiting for another Kate Caraway story. If you love descriptive land scapes that make you feel the cool breeze on your skin or the Montana sun so bright you have to squint to see, you will love, Two Horse Town. Bravo Kathleen Kaska!
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Marissa Clarke’s, Three Day Fiancee

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Do you love funny romantic movies that are so good you watch them over and over? Three Day Fiancee, by Marissa Clarke had me giggling from page one. I loved her funny sense of humor paired with the searing unbridled attraction that flowed between her hero and heroine. I laughed out loud, snorted and even covered my mouth at some of the hilarity of the scenes. I loved the addition of animals to the story and think the writer’s descriptions of animals and their actions made the whole book come to life. Warm, funny, and sexy as sin, don’t miss this delightful page turner. I’m putting all of Clarke’s books on my to read list!

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Second Chance for Love, Ginni Conquest

 

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Second Chance for Love is s feel good, sexy romance perfect for a relaxing day. I loved the theme of the young widowed wife, Becca, grieving for her dear departed husband. Denny is her guardian angel, who sets her back on the path to living her dreams and finding love again. I especially enjoyed the warm characters and their compassion for helping Becca fulfill her dreams of opening her own bakery. There is even s little mystery woven into this cozy read. The steamy scenes lend heat to this sweet story about two souls destined to be together with the guidance and blessings of Becca’s guardian angel. Sweet and steamy sums it up. A great read.

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