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Book Review: ‘A Solitary Awakening’ by Kevin Cady

Title: A Solitary Awakening

Published: 29th April 2016

Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services

Author: Kevin Cady

Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Cady-Author

Twitter: @kevincadyauthor

 

Synopsis:

Elijah Warren’s world has always been one haunted by murderers. His personal life is non-existent, though it’s not like he’s noticed. Work consumes him, and he’s buried himself in the FBI’s exhaustive demands. There’s no time for romance with killers to track–that is, until the beautiful and erudite Aurelia Blanc is thrown into his life, along with the so-called “Poetic Murderer.”

The Poetic Murderer makes murder an art form, each crime scene an exhibit. To catch him, Elijah and Aurelia must decipher cryptic poems and study imaginative death scenes. They traverse the United States, into the uncharted past of a killer most twisted, whose brutal violence evokes not only empathy for the victims, but an interest in the killer himself.

In time, what these detectives discover about both themselves and the Poetic Murderer will change their lives forever. First, they must understand him. Then, they must stop him, but will a romantic liaison make the killings more personal? If Elijah and Aurelia don’t stay focused, one could end up dead at the hand of a Poetic Murderer.

 

Review:

Murder mystery at its best that will keep you on your toes till the very last page. FBI detectives Aurelia Blanc and Elijah Warren are trying to catch a serial killer – soon to be called the Poetic Murderer – the man in black. Let’s see how the twisted tale starts.

A very intricate story, one that manages to weave the man in blacks murders through a unique timeline. The moment the detectives start following and connecting the kills its almost too late as they have already be planned months/years in advance. They have been methodically planned to the last detail. Leaving breadcrumbs but only if you are smart enough to follow them. Poems from Keats are always left but its not until Aurelia and Elijah start the case that they begin to connect the dots. Might be involved in a twisted killers world but that doesn’t stop the connection being formed between the two. Romance might not be the priority but it is on the cards. More so when they have to watch each others’ backs as the killer might just start targeting them.

Very twisted kills so be wary if you have a delicate imposition, best not read right before bed or you might have some interesting dreams (which I did). The victims aren’t linked in any way, seemingly randomly picked, and the kill locations are never close enough to each other to suggest a link between them. Making it difficult for the detectives to track but not impossible if you know what you are looking for. Which is all the Poetic Murderer is really wanting. To be tracked by the smartest minds who can follow his way of thinking. Has he found who he has been looking for?

You will be trying to figure out whom the killer could be with clues given but not really have all the pieces fall into place until the detectives do. You are figuring things out at the same time, which is good as you then won’t be able to see what’s coming next. Right to the end you will be kept on your toes, which is what you want in a good thriller. It all comes back to the beginning and how it started someone on their path of a solitary awakening. Opening their mind to a new way of thinking in the most twisted of ways.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘The Teenage Spy’ by Nalia

 

About the Book:

Everybody loves to dream. They dream of becoming what they want. One such extraordinary dream was that of William Dunk. A teenager, living in North Bellwood, William Dunk aspires to become a spy. Growing up among spy novels and movies, he consequently loses his interest in his medical studies that his father Richard Dunk, a well Known businessman, had pushed him to do. His obsession for becoming a spy results in his expulsion from high school. His father loses his calm and banishes him from his mansion. William moves to South Bellwood and finds a best friend in his neighbor. The two embark on a mission to fulfill William’s dream. But is it really easy to go through after what one wants they get? After all, Bigger the aims, bigger the risks! 

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1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am an engineering student (and I don’t like engineering). Living in Hyderabad, India, I am a simple, fun-loving girl who wants an adventurous life. I love playing games, they are amazing and right now I am going crazy after PokémonGo. I love cartoons and anime. I write more and read less.

What got me in to writing… is…. Nothing. I wasn’t inspired or encouraged by anybody, it’s just that I got interested from a very early age and I don’t know how but I just know it’s natural. I took a great liking for my English textbooks during my school time.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

No particular time but yeah, my bed is my favorite place for writing (I could lie down too).

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Honestly, I don’t get ideas from anywhere. Most of the time I think, think very hard and my mind struggles to build an idea. So, I build my own ideas and I get them from my mind.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I do have the plan in my head. I sometimes add sudden elements to the story only to make it more interesting.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Action, adventure, crime, horror, mystery, comedy, fantasy, science fiction, spy, creating a fictional world – the list goes on.

Action and adventure- these two are my favourite. My published book’s genre is action, adventure and spy. I really want to be adventurous; it’s fun and interesting. (I wish Doraemon were with me…. I would definitely be on adventures).

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Well, for my latest book (it’s a fantasy and magical) I’d want fresh faces. There are so many favorite actors but newcomers could do well too and I’d definitely want myself playing the female protagonist in my latest book 🙂

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

Reading is not my favorite thing, writing is. I read very less but J.K. Rowling is one amazing author.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Arabian Nights, my favorite and it’s the very first book that I had read.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Harry Potter – Name’s enough 🙂

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

No advice. But I’d just tell him/her to get new and interesting plots. Waking up from sleep and shouting “I want to be a Writer” will not turn you in to a writer. There are so many writers and very few are good. To me, the plot is the main thing.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

 I am not much active on social media sites. I am thinking to have my own site. People could just mail me if they want to 🙂

 

About the Author:

Naila was born on 2 March 1997 in Riyadh, KSA. She presently resides in Hyderabad and is pursuing her BE in IT. She mainly read storybooks and the English textbooks in her school as a child, which led her to develop a great interest for writing. She began to write short stories from the age of twelve. In the later years, she got addicted to writing when watching Hollywood movies gave her a lot more ideas. Though she stopped reading books, she dreamt of a life of adventure, action, thrill, fun and more. Knowing that these dreams are hard to be a reality, she began to pour them into each story she wrote. She later realized that writing stories was more than just a passion, hobby or a personal interest; instead she describes it to be something that comes from within her.

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Author Interview: ‘Fidget Spinners Destroyed My Family’ by George Billions

About the Book:

Karen and Kevin have a happy home, with two loving kids and a cat. It’s an idyllic setting, full of laughter and hope, until one Christmas when Kevin gives fidget spinners to each member of the family. He has no idea what destructive consequences this will have.Getting kicked out of church is just the beginning. Within a year their daughter is in foster care, their son is in jail, and the cat is missing. An even more terrible fate is about to befall Kevin. Karen struggles just to keep it together as fidget spinners crumble the very foundations of her life.

Full of uncomfortable situations and sordid details, Fidget Spinners Destroyed My Family is a suspenseful dark comedy of paranoia, obsession, and this year’s hottest new toy.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

I typed stories on an Apple IIe as soon as I could reach the keyboard, and by high school I was putting out my own photocopied punk zine. Later I got into boring freelance work and ghostwriting; I’ve got science fiction, smut, and questionable fitness advice out there in the wild, attached to the names of strangers.

My newest book, Fidget Spinners Destroyed My Family, was written because it’s a story people need to hear. We’re now seeing the toys everywhere, and hearing a lot about their supposed health benefits. Nobody is asking about their potential dangers, even though there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest they’re not as harmless as we’ve been led to believe. I’d like to get the message out there before fidget spinners ruin more lives.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

The words seem to flow most easily early in the day, before my head gets full of too many thoughts. Comfort and quiet are my friends when I write. I like to stretch out on the couch in my pajamas. Sometimes the cat sits with me, but she can get weird and bitey if the petting situation is not to her liking.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Story ideas grow out of anything: the news, an overheard conversation, a picture, or another story that could have gone a totally different way. Fidget Spinners Destroyed My Family is actually based on shocking true events relayed to me by a reader of my previous book. As soon as she told me fidget spinners had gotten her family thrown out of church and her son thrown in jail, I needed to know more. There turned out to be more sordid details than I ever could have imagined, and so a book was born.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I like to write fast, and a thorough scene-by-scene outline keeps me from getting stuck along the way. As the story builds and the characters develop, new wrinkles seem to form themselves. I take it as a good sign when I’m surprised by something I didn’t plan ahead.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

When I started Fidget Spinners Destroyed My Family, I wasn’t sure if I was writing a dysfunctional family drama or a thriller/suspense story. When it was done, I still didn’t know what I had on my hands. A couple early readers said it was a dark comedy, which I think is a fair categorization.

My last book, Tony the Liar, hovers in a nebulous genre as well. In both cases, I’m writing what I like to read in fiction: snarky narrators, cheap laughs, and people doing things they’re not supposed to be doing. A lot of that must come from my love for crime fiction.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Farrah Abraham from Teen Mom would be my first choice to play the lead. She’s younger than the character in the book, but otherwise perfect.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Writers who don’t read much seem to be common in self-publishing, which helps explain why I give up on so many indies after a couple pages. You can’t tell a written story if you don’t know the basic rules of written stories.

That said, my favorite authors are the ones you have to dig around to find. I love Stephen King as much as the next guy, but it’s really satisfying to stumble upon some obscure but amazing writer. It does take a little effort and some amount of disappointment to find great books buried in the ever-growing mountain. As a fan of offbeat fiction, I’ll take that over the slim pickings available a few years ago. This is the golden age of fiction as far as I’m concerned.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m reading an unmanageable number of books right now. I’ll at least rate the ones I like on Goodreads. I need to write more reviews. So does everyone else who reads and wants to support indie books.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’ve read too many books to say for sure. The best I could do would be to name some of my favorites I’ve read within the last few years. Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan is hilarious and relatable to jerks like me who hate(d) working in an office. Hearers of the Constant Hum by William Pauley III is a masterpiece of weird fiction that has haunted me since I read it. I’ll never hear chirping insects the same way again. Prelude to the Massacre by Stan Miller just might be the most terrifying book I’ve ever read, especially at this particular moment in history.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Read all the time. It’s okay if you only read what you like. You don’t have to challenge yourself with the classics, you just have to read a lot of books. It will give you an idea of how stories work, so you won’t be fumbling in the dark when it’s time to write yours.

Write all the time. Blatantly copy your favorite authors and don’t feel bad about it. With practice, your influences will merge into your own unique style.

Treat everything you write, even pieces you end up publishing, as practice for the next story. Don’t get attached and trap yourself into polishing an unredeemable turd for months or years; get it done or abandon it, and then move on to the next thing.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I’m active on Goodreads. Hit me up. Let’s talk about books, or we can get serious and discuss what we’re going to do about the dangers of fidget spinners. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16169031.George_Billions

 

About the Author:

George Billions is a writer whose work litters the Internet under various pseudonyms. He’s written everything from fake product reviews to unqualified fitness advice, steamy romance novels to straight-up keyword spam. Once he had a gig banging out thousands of short biographies of adult entertainers. These days he’s trying to put out the kind of stuff he enjoys reading and writing.

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Book Trailer Launch: ‘Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One’ by Jessica Hernandez

Title: Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One

Author: Jessica Hernandez

Genre: Fantasy / Mystery / Suspense

Release Date: 7th October 2017

 

Blurb

Fifty-three families looking for a new beginning board a ship and sail to an uninhabited island. Happily they live for well over two decades. Homes are built and the past is forgotten. Paradise, however, is no more after the adults suddenly vanish one night. For three years, the teens and children rule the island of Oridd. For three years, they survive. When an old woman unexpectedly appears on Oridd, all is cast into disarray as the strange and awful threaten to become commonplace. The old woman wants something, and she won’t leave until she gets it.

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About the Author

Jessica Hernandez was born and raised in the beautiful, sunny state of Florida. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, where she spent more time than she cares to admit daydreaming of a faraway land called Acu. Upon graduating with a degree in English and Political Science in 2014, Jessica put pen to paper and brought Acu to life in the Hawk of Stone duology.

Currently, Jessica Hernandez is a law student at the University of Miami. Her next novel, Cayleth Warding and the Scarlet One, is set to be released on 7 October 2017.

 

Want to Connect with Jessica? Here’s Where You Can Find Her:

Author Website: www.jessthestoryteller.wordpress.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/14235885.Jessica_Hernandez

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCJpIhwoMeJRfMFJkg9gXKbA

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Book Review: ‘The Sweet Oil of Vitriol’ by Daniel Eagleton

Title: The Sweet Oil of Vitriol: A Tom Glaze Hit Book 1

Published: 23rd February 2017

Author: Daniel Eagleton

 

Synopsis:

Ever get the feeling the staff want to kill you?

After a government sanctioned hit goes spectacularly wrong, Mossad agent Thomas is blamed for the mission’s failure by his superiors, ousted before completing his very first job. Desperate to prove himself, Thomas accepts an offer from his former handler, Yakov, to assassinate Jacob Okonjo, the head of the African Union. It seems Jacob is allowing certain parties to control Africa’s lucrative diamond trade, and in doing so has made some powerful enemies. But like that Mossad hit-team caught on camera in Dubai a few years back, how is Thomas supposed to terminate such a prominent figure without being caught on CCTV? The answer: to work undercover as a room-service waiter at a top London hotel, where, in a few months’ time, Jacob Okonjo will be staying. It’s the perfect plan. Jacob is to be administered an untraceable poison, and afterwards, even if there is an investigation, a trusted member of staff like Thomas will be above suspicion. That’s the idea, anyway. In the meantime, he’s to suffer month after month of boring, menial employment, serving rich, famous people dinner, when he should be making a name for himself amongst the intelligence community. Because you can bet this never happened to Bond or Bourne. Never had to work for tips, subjugating themselves like some average, everyday citizen…

Review:

Spy mystery that will keep you on your toes throughout trying to figure out which way everyone is going to go and what agenda they really have.

Things start out simple enough. Thomas and his team, secret agents hired to take out dangerous people, have been sent on a mission to eliminate someone their government wants gone. Thomas has been sent in advance to get a lay of the land and figure out the best plan of action for when the hit will go down. Their target is a tricky person to pin down with locations, times and whether decoys will be in play. So his task is to figure out every possible scenario before the team, and then their target, gets there. Would seem like a walk in the park for Thomas but he seems to have a little problem with the ladies. In that he can’t seem to stay away from them. Its because of this that the team comes in early to check on his focus, or lack there of. Things go from bad to worse when the time comes to take their target out.

Hit gone wrong and it seems and Thomas and his team are going to take the fall. Well mainly Thomas as he’s the only one that gets caught up with what goes down putting him in the hospital. It seems Uri, the tech guy, is the only one really helping Thomas when everything goes tits up. Even his handler Yakov has taken a bit of a back seat while waiting for the dust to settle. He needs to get out of the hospital before the police arrive, even if he isn’t 100%. Side note when you don’t have the right documents to go back to the hospital it seems wire cutters and a meat tenderizer will do.

Out of the company but not the trade Thomas and Uri go to Yakov to get a new job. Thomas might be wanted but he needs to redeem himself. A new target is set, one with a big payout, but he needs to be clever this time so no one suspects him. Poison is the key and to push any suspicion off him he is going to have to actually work as the waiter and not pose. Seven months till the hit gets to London so by then he should be a natural.

Once an agent always an agent seems to be Thomas’ motto. Said motto seems to attract trouble though. Mainly when a woman is involved. This time the hotels front desk clerk Nadine. Seems she’s in deep with some bad men and Thomas wants to help. The fact that he’s spent the last few months mooning over her being a bit of a key reason. Really he should know better by now. She can see him and his friends for who they really are so you just know a HEA isn’t on the cards.

I could never really get a feel for Yakov. Something was off with him from the start. I always got the feeling that no matter what he was going to throw Thomas under the bus so to speak. Just seems to take Thomas a little longer to figure out. For an agent he didn’t seem very focused with his mission but that could be because he was left to his own devices for so long waiting for his target. Seems trouble is brewing from more than one angle and he is just playing catch up to see it through.

Seemed to pick up more near the end when the chaos seemed to grow. Think the everyday life of him working at the hotel and then his on/off again thing with Nadine seemed to drag a bit. Women definitely seem to be his weakness and if he wants to continue what he’s doing then he’s going to need to work on that. Intriguing paced thriller with a bit of a difference.

For a lot of it I found either he, she or they seemed to be missing from sentences. Almost like you just would assume they were there so added them anyway in your mind while reading. A few other spelling mistakes and errors throughout (‘She put his hand on his’ instead of ‘She put her hand on his’) but nothing too major, just enough to stand out through rest of clean edit.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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