Elly Elephant’s First Day
Children's Books , Review / July 28, 2019

  Elly Elephant’s First Day is a story for young children to enjoy at bedtime written in rhyme. The story’s beautiful colorful illustrations are sure to thrill young readers of all ages. Elly Elephant has recently been born and is looking forward to exploring her incredible world. Her mother has told her that she must wait until she’s a little older, but Elly can’t wait. She explores the world on her own, learning and meeting other animals along the way. Young children will identify with Elly as she experiences things for the first time. Parents and teachers can also employ the story featured in Elly Elephant’s First Day to teach children about what it’s like to be the new arrival, making new friends, gaining self-confidence, and learning and growing from their early experiences. Elly Elephant’s First Day is designed for bedtime reading with younger children. However, older children will also enjoy this wonderful book on their own and be thoroughly entertained with Elly’s adventures.   REVIEW A wonderful book that addresses relevant and interesting topics. By Piaras O Cionnaoith July 22, 2019 for Emerald Book Reviews The is a wonderfully written book that addresses relevant and interesting topics, all adequately…

Sleepy Animals by Suzy Davies
Children's Books , Poetry , Review / July 26, 2019

  Sleepy Animals is a book for children, filled with lovable baby animals they’ll want to love and cuddle. Words and pictures take them into imaginative dream-like places. Ideal to read at bedtime, this book, illustrated with enchanting pastel pictures, will relax and soothe your child encouraging a restful night’s sleep.   A wonderful book for bedtime reading! Sleepy Animals is wonderful book for the younger reader. I read it with my grand-kids and they loved not only the poetry, but also the first-class illustrations by Laurie Shanholtzer. I thought the rhyming words and illustrations worked very well together. Author Suzy Davies writes in a wonderful soothing style that will guarantee the attention of young minds. If you ever wanted to bond even more with your children or grandchildren, this would be a lovely read to share with them. Love-A-Duck “Love-A-Duck! How soft you are, you have the brightest feathers, by far! Shelter your head, and take a rest, and soon you’ll find your mommy’s nest.” “I dream of places, like ponds and lakes, until it’s time for me to wake – swimming, diving, all day through!” “Love-A-Duck, no-one’s quite like you!” It seems to me that this book was…

The Neon Jungle (Nick Seven Book 6)
Review , Romance / July 24, 2019

  In the laidback Florida Keys, former spies Nick Seven and Felicia Hagens found a paradise far removed from the covert world of the CIA. Nick, content to run a bar on the Gulf and maintain a low profile, breaks his self-imposed exile when a friend asks for help in getting a local mob boss off his back. Popular singer Jimmie Rae wants to get free from the notorious Turk Morgan, a crooked music mogul who controls the Miami entertainment scene. Jimmie reveals that his girlfriend has gotten caught in Turk’s web, and he wants to get her out before it’s too late. As Nick and Felicia explore the neon jungle of South Beach, they encounter the dark underside of the music business. Drugs, prostitution, street thugs, and political payoffs are Turk’s stock in trade, and he isn’t one to relinquish control over his empire. Nick goes undercover as an international criminal to challenge him, but will he succeed in breaking Turk’s hold over Jimmie and his girl? Can Nick use the sting operation to solve a cold case murder he discovers by accident? What other secrets will he uncover?   REVIEW Thoroughly enjoyed this well-crafted romantic action thriller! Author…

Living in a Greek Movie: Restart your life, improve self-esteem & increase personal happiness
Review , Self-Help / May 22, 2019

  You can be happy, even when it’s hard to see the light. Do you ever feel that life just isn’t going your way? And that the daily grind takes you down to the abyss? Even if it does, it’s possible for you to change your life. You can get up in the morning with a positive attitude. You can see the light when all seems dark, and especially, you can focus on the good things in your life. Shlomo Bourla has been through just about everything – divorce, failure, depression, heartbreak and bankruptcy, but he overcame them all to stand on his own two feet. It was precisely those experiences, that are described in this book that made him who he is, and it is thanks to them that he has been able to grow and completely change his fate. Bourla invites you to light your inner light together with him, to realize that your inner fire burns within you. It’s time for a restart on your journey so you can begin to live life the way you have always dreamed.   REVIEW One of the best Life Improvement books I’ve read in a while. In this book, the…

Love, Lies and Murder by Leslie Wolfe
Mystery , Review , Thriller & Suspense / May 19, 2019

  Breathtaking suspense unraveling at train-wreck speed, in an unforgettable collection. Sometimes the only way to do the right thing is to break the rules. Love, Lies, and Murder is a collection of 19 short stories that explore the extremes of human emotion and the conflicts that result. Every story will leave you tense and breathless as the characters race to a conclusion that is as unexpected as it is satisfying. Intense and gripping, each story features a hero that seeks justice and the triumph of good over evil by whatever means necessary—regardless of what society’s rules find acceptable. The collection is taut, visceral, and addictive. All the emotions we feel every day, when taken to their extremes, offer a roller coaster of passion, conflict, and chills. Nineteen droplets of suspense in a thrilling anthology that will leave you unsettled, longing for more. Fans of David Baldacci, Robert Dugoni, and James Patterson will love reading Leslie Wolfe.   REVIEW   A collection of 19 suspenseful stories that will have you on the edge of your seat. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Best-selling author Leslie Wolfe weaves a first-class collection of 19 suspense stories with intriguing twists and…

ADHD: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL: A True Story
Review , Self-Help / May 12, 2019

  Do you have a child, a close friend, or a relative with ADHD? Do you have ADHD and always feel marginalized? Do you think “ADHD” as a term is often wrongly used? Do you think that ADD/ADHD is just an excuse for bad behavior? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you are invited to come along.  This is a true story about friendship, understanding, and accepting our differences. You can relate, understand, and reflect upon these ideas through my experiences with my friend and her son (from ages 6 to 11), who was diagnosed with ADHD. You can find comfort through seeing that you are not alone. Many things aren’t simply black or white. Every person is complex. Are our environments and life situations our own fault? We can’t choose our parents, and we can’t pick what genes we inherit, but we can control how we behave and treat other people.Let’s stop pointing our fingers at others. Let’s stop being judgmental toward anyone who’s not like us. They didn’t ask to be different, and they are human just like anyone else. Let’s embrace everyone’s uniqueness and find a way to live in harmony. Life is…

Blood Upon the Sands (An Evan Davis Tale Book 2)
Review , Thriller & Suspense / April 29, 2019

  Against the bloody backdrop of a country simmering with racial tension, friendships are tested, beliefs are tried, and the prejudices of years are challenged …Unaware of the inner turmoil of Kuwait, Evan Davis enters as an employee of Al Hakim, a benevolent Kuwaiti horse-breeder, hired to change the country’s perception on the world’s stage. But all is not what it seems – when documents detailing the atrocities done to the Bedoon are thrust into Evan’s hands anonymously, he is forced to act. But wherever he turns mysteries and secrets abound.An unknown third party has hired an ex-KGB assassin and former Siberian Rime agent, Maksim Bondreovich, to sow discontent within the population, splitting its racial groups, casting a red haze of terrible bloodshed with a final, lethal objective – the expulsion of an entire class of people. Can Evan open his employer’s eyes to the racial tensions which are boiling over in his own beloved country? Will the assassin succeed in his heinous objective? Moreover, will those behind it all stay hidden or will they be brought to justice? It all comes to a breath-taking head in a climactic and tension-fraught assault on the Hotel Sultana. Will Maksim’s succeed in…

NET 2.3: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark – Vol III
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / April 22, 2019

  In Volume Three of his Novelettes, T. E. Mark has delivered four engaging stories with imaginative plots, meaningful themes and clever twists. To prevent her own death and that of her future daughter’s in a mass shooting in 2033, a driven teen hacker has accessed an experimental FBI project and is eliminating every mass killer in NY State 14 years in the future. COROS. A professor of nanotechnology tries to free a young woman, now rendered a captive experiment, who has undergone a startling transformation following a revolutionary procedure to eradicate a brain tumour. ENGINES What is real or merely the appearance of reality is explored in this mind-bending, thriller with a gifted young programmer, on the run from everyone, designing virtual playgrounds for wealthy executives. NET 2.3 In this dramatic tale filled with intrigue and twists, a man must choose between his life and his memories when he’s visited by a mysterious pair of time travellers from Earth’s future. TIME AGAIN ‘The author’s imagination and unique story design made reading this a delightful experience.’ Writer’s Intl.   REVIEW   Great writer. Great storyteller. Fans of Sci-Fi will love this! Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science…

Silent River: A Gripping Psychological Thriller Inspired By True Events

  A gripping psychological thriller inspired by true events.  Robert Collins is Portland’s best investigative detective. When the Stevens family goes missing, he goes to work. As he uncovers clues the family may have been targeted for a professional hit by organized crime, it gets personal. Too personal. Can he face down his inner demons before he loses himself? He confronts the mob and police bureaucracy to find the missing family. Jake, partner and friend, thinks he’s spiraling into obsession, when Robert’s taken off the case but refuses to give up the investigation. Can he get past this shameless tragedy and his own past to move on with his life? Silent River is a fictionalized version of a real investigation in the late 1950s in Portland, Oregon, a time when money and power ruled the city. This story will appeal to fans of true crime and detective fiction alike. Readers who enjoy Ann Rule, Rex Stout, and Mary Higgins Clark will love CM Weaver.   REVIEW A well-crafted psychological thriller. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Silent River by C.M. Weaver is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly drawn characters driven by obsession and the…

Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf (An Evan Davis Tale)

  Evan Davis is a writer, or at least he would be if he could finish his first book. Because the book has languished unfinished, Davis finds himself presented with an ultimatum by his agent: Take a three-month assignment as a press embed in Afghanistan or risk losing his book contract. Since the job does have a salary attached he takes it, but before departing, a friend hands Davis a hastily gathered good luck charm: three paperclips. Over the months in country, he gets to know the men of a small team of US soldiers that he is deployed with and rediscovers his muse writing about their experiences in Southwest Asia for a truth hungry American public. Davis also finds a use for each of his talismans, as they save his life and those of the men he comes to regard as his team; the soldiers who promised each other that they would all make it home in one piece.   REVIEW A swift, intriguing and compelling story that takes no prisoners Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews War is hell, for sure, but war can make for irrefutably brilliant book writing and movie-making. If you’re a…