What Happened to Stephan?
Children's Books , Review / March 1, 2019

  “One morning in that second-floor apartment, a boy named Stephan woke up in his room. In fact, he used to be a boy before he woke up, because when he got up from his bed, he was completely different from all the other boys. Stephan discovered this when he took a few steps and looked at the mirror hanging on the wall in his room …” An exciting adventure filled with mystery and wondering for Stephan to discover what happened to him. Three friends are involved in this mysterious incident. They have a role in everything that happens to him. This story sheds light on the issue of bullying among friends in a neighborhood or school and presents different views to each of the characters through events of excitement, mystery and sense of humor.   REVIEW   A fun-filled mystery with important life lessons… Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews More often than not children relate themselves with the characters of a good story. In such circumstances, reading fiction can help them to get inspiration from the characters. These stories often portray real life implications through anecdotes, and as such makes it easier for them to…

GoodCopBadCop
Mystery , Review , Thriller & Suspense / February 26, 2019

  GoodCopBadCop is a modern crime take on Jekyll and Hyde where the ‘good cop’ and ‘bad cop’ are the same person. It is a modern day police procedural story where our main character tries to juggle the various crimes he’s investigating while juggling the psychotic impulses inside him. This is not a story about a good man turned bad, or a bad man turned good. Both good and bad arrived at the same time.   REVIEW A dark and graphic psychological page-turner. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Award-winning author Jim Alexander weaves a first-class psychological thriller with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a modern and compelling reworking of the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde tale in a vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a moderately fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘GoodCopBadCop is a modern crime take on Jekyll and Hyde where the ‘good cop’ and ‘bad cop’ are the same person. It is a modern-day police procedural…

The Other Woman (Vic Fallon Book 4)
Mystery , Review , Thriller & Suspense / February 23, 2019

  Former cop Vic Fallon only wanted to get home to Sandusky, Ohio in time for Christmas after completing his latest private eye assignment. A chance meeting in the Atlanta airport with a U. S. Senator from his hometown thrusts Vic into a murder investigation when the man turns up dead shortly after they speak. The unwanted case produces more questions than answers. Why did the Senator ask Vic to deliver a Christmas card for him rather than mailing it himself, and why does the recipient react with hostility when she finds out who it’s from? Why is the FBI looking at Vic up close and personal when he wasn’t involved in the killing? And why does a police detective from Atlanta show up in Sandusky, asking questions that have little to do with the murder investigation? Vic’s life becomes more complicated when the woman he delivered the card to is arrested after an accidental shooting, and he feels a responsibility to prove her innocence. Add the strain that the case places on Vic’s current romantic relationship, and it results in the holiday from Hell. Can Vic solve the multi-pronged mystery he’s found himself in the middle of and repair…

The Invisible Heiress: A Gripping Psychological Thriller Filled with Nail-Biting Suspense
Mystery , Review , Thriller & Suspense / February 22, 2019

  “Dark, disturbing, deliciously inappropriate.” – Leslie Wolfe, best-selling author of The Watson Girl.  From two-time Book of the Year finalist Kathleen O’Donnell comes a gripping psychological thriller filled with unexpected twists. A psychiatric patient with a dark secret Preston Blair, a blogger with a dark sense of humor, is committed to a private psychiatric hospital, accused of a shocking crime. Her father Todd’s influence as a D.A. has kept her from prison, but her sanity remains on a knife-edge. A therapist with an agenda Preston’s therapist, Isabel, is too preoccupied working her latest con on a rich, married, sadomasochistic secret lover, to care about Preston’s problems, even when Preston tells her that her socialite mother, Harrison Blair, had committed an unthinkable crime herself years before—one that might help explain Preston’s own misdeeds. A shocking secret that begs to be told When Preston’s absent husband, Brendan, suddenly turns up and tries to prove her innocence, tragedy strikes. Preston’s convinced her parents were involved, but it turns out to be much more complicated. As Preston delves deeper into the mystery, her head clears and a devastating event that she had long erased from her muddled mind comes rushing back. A killer that cannot…

Murder at the Columbarium
Mystery , Review , Thriller & Suspense / February 21, 2019

Jed’s quiet life as caretaker of the San Francisco Columbarium is turned upside down when he comes upon a dead woman’s body and a crying baby just inside the gate. His search for answers thrusts him into a world of corruption, bigotry and drug trafficking and he becomes one of the principal suspects.   REVIEW A first-class whodunit with perfect pacing. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author Emily Gallo weaves a first-class murder mystery with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a compelling story of corruption, bigotry and drug trafficking in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a fast-paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. The book description gives only a sneak preview: ‘Jed’s quiet life as caretaker of the San Francisco Columbarium is turned upside down when he comes upon a dead woman’s body and a crying baby just inside the gate. His search for answers thrusts him into a world of corruption, bigotry and drug trafficking and he becomes one of the principal suspects…’…

The Far Sighted: The Novelettes of T. E. Mark
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 19, 2019

  The Novelettes of T.E. Mark contains five clever, thought-provoking, and imaginative stories written by the consummate 21st-century storyteller. Each is unique, fresh, profound and richly thematic. A man who wants his wife to think more like him thus has her brain remapped mirroring his own. The government’s attempts to exploit a gifted boy who can see through the eyes of others. A man given an unsympathetic choice: die within a week or relive his life without his beloved wife and children. An idealistic journalist who tries to educate the lower classes about their world but finds himself joining them and learning the truth about his own. These are world-class stories written by a writer with a searching imagination and gift for making relevant statements in everything he writes.   REVIEW   It’s been a while since I enjoyed a book this much! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science fiction anthology. It was a thick red hardback that I read from cover to cover. It inspired a lifelong love of the genre. The stories in that book made me think outside the box. They filled me with awe…

Surviving Cougar Mountain (Kids vs. Nature Book 4)
Children's Books , Review / February 18, 2019

  Another day, another wilderness mission. That’s life for these sixth graders. The first three missions weren’t easy, but mission number four is about to crank up the intensity and challenge them in ways they didn’t think possible. This is book 4 of the Kids vs. Nature series and continues a story that has captivated fans of the wilderness survival genre. Read the entire series! Surviving Moose Lake (Book 1) Surviving Desert View (Book 2) Surviving Horse Island (Book 3) Surviving Cougar Mountain (Book 4) ~ Future Stories ~ Surviving Crystal Cavern (Book 5) Surviving Crocodile Swamp (Book 6) Surviving Rapids Canyon (Book 7)   REVIEW   Blending elements of science, nature, and make-believe! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Surviving Cougar Mountain is the fourth installment in the Kids vs. Nature series. It’s another exciting story that teaches not only important life lessons like teamwork and caring for each other, but also life-saving skills as well. The book is jam-packed with lots of information about nature and survival. Surviving Cougar Mountain (Kids vs. Nature) was a very entertaining read not only for my grand kids, but also for myself! Author Karl Steam writes in a wonderful style that will guarantee the attention of young…