Monday, February 28, 2011

Letterbox Look-see (Feb 2011, Part II)

Four more books came in during the last two weeks of February. In with a bang and out with a whimper, it would seem, though these novels are certainly nothing to blubber about.



Giveaway: The Right Path ending soon!

Previous Giveaway:
Congratulations to WC! You've won a paperback copy of A Place to Die!

Current Giveaway:
The raffle box is now open for an electronic copy of The Right Path by Debra Martin and David Small. It's a great post-apocalyptic novella by the authors of The Rule of Otharia and The Dark Future series.

Interested? Read the book review or an author interview with Debra Martin. You can also try the built-in Kindle sample underneath the entry form!

Giveaway ends on March 12, 2011. Get your entry in! (*required field)







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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Losing Role (Steve Anderson)

Overall: 4.9
  • Plot: 5/5
  • Originality: 5/5
  • Language: 4.8/5
  • Believability: 4.6/5
The Losing Role by Steve Anderson

In the last winter of WWII a failed German actor, Max Kaspar, is forced to join an absurdly desperate secret mission in which he must impersonate an enemy American officer. So Max cooks up his own fanatical plan - he'll use his false identity to escape tyranny and war and flee to the America he'd once abandoned.

The Losing Role is based on an actual false flag operation during 1944's Battle of the Bulge that's been made infamous in legend but in reality was a doomed farce. In all the tragic details and with some dark humor, this is the story of an aspiring talent who got in over his head and tried to break free.
Genre:Thriller,
Historical Fiction
Purchase Links:
Kindle US | UK | DE
Nook
Paperback US | UK | DE
Other Links:
author website

It is easy to pass judgment on historical events: this country was bad, that country was good, this ruler was crazy, that political move was guaranteed to fail. Yet things are not always so clear-cut, a point that Anderson drives home in The Losing Role.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Letterbox Look-see (Feb 2011, Part I)

Phew! What a month! February has been full of additions to the review queue, so I decided to split it into two parts. Here's what I received in the first two weeks of February:


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mysteries For Mutts Fundraiser

The following announcement is posted on behalf of author CE Grundler:

For each copy of Last Exit In New Jersey sold $1.00 will be donated to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This not-for-profit organization, which was created in 1868, operates 24/7, 365 days a year. The NJSPCA receives no government aid or tax dollars, but is funded solely by donations, grants, bequests and fines levied as it works to protect New Jersey's animals from abuse, cruelty and neglect.

Last Exit In New Jersey (CE Grundler)

Overall: 4.9
  • Plot: 5/5
  • Originality: 5/5
  • Language: 4.5/5
  • Believability: 5/5
Last Exit in New Jersey by CE Grundler

Nice young ladies really shouldn't be dumping bodies at sea.

Then again, that isn't stopping Hazel Moran, and she can't figure where anyone got the idea she was nice to begin with. Raised aboard her father's aging schooner and riding shotgun in their old 18-wheeler, there's little on the road or water that she can't handle; it's her people skills that need work. Normally that isn't an issue - behind the wheel of a Kenworth most people tend to leave her alone. But when Hazel and her father become the targets of some unsavory characters hunting for her blue-haired cousin, their stolen tractor-trailer truck and a delivery that never arrived, she knows it's time to heed a lesson learned from her favorite hard-boiled paperbacks: playing nice will only end in tears.

For ten sweltering days Hazel navigates the Garden State's highways and shorelines, contending with a suspiciously wealthy stranger, white trash, Born Agains, appliance salesmen, an unstable stalker and his curiously troublesome companion. It'll take all her ingenuity, not to mention some fishing tackle and high voltage, if Hazel hopes to protect her family and unravel this tangle of greed and betrayal. And anyone who gets too close, no matter their intent, will discover just how dangerous Hazel truly is as she sets in motion a twisted plan to uncover the truth, settle some scores, and if possible not wind up dead in the process.
Genre: Thriller
Purchase Links:
Kindle US | UK | DE
Nook
Paperback
Other Links:
author website


As much as I loathe the phrase "twists and turns" in all its hideous triteness, I can think of no better way to explain the serpentine path that is Last Exit In New Jersey. My mind is still trying to process as I write, but the first word to come to mind is this: wow.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Letterbox Look-see (Jan 2011)

Hi everyone! I love having new books to read, don't you? Here are review copies I received in January:


Letterbox Look-see (Dec 2010)

Hi all! I'm woefully behind in this but will be backdating up until the end (or beginning, rather) of my Review Queue. Without further ado, here are the review copies I received in December (read more for summaries):



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

On Personal Standards

There is a great deal of disagreement between book bloggers over when one should or should not review. In this case, the question is that of percentage completion. There are others who agree that 50% is sufficient, but after several days of internal conflict, and consultations with people whose opinions I respect, I have decided to pull my review of Digger's Bones.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Author Interview: Matthew and Stefanie Verish

This week, I had the good fortune to nab an interview with busy co-authors Matthew and Stefanie Verish. Their first novel, Raven's Heart, was one of the best fantasy novels I've come across in years, and I am thrilled to have had this opportunity.

Publications:
Raven's Heart
The Hawk's Shadow

Other Links:
Book Review: Raven's Heart
The World of Secramore by Matthew & Stefanie Verish
Facebook: Matthew & Stefanie Verish
Twitter: @secramore

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Raven's Heart (Matthew and Stefanie Verish)

Overall: 4.8    ҉
  • Plot: 5/5
  • Originality: 4.5/5
  • Language: 4.5/5
  • Believability: 5/5
Raven's Heart by Matthew and Stefanie Verish

An exiled man wonders if he should forsake his new life and risk returning to his homeland. A troubled girl seeks redemption for a terrible crime she has committed. A solitary tracker breaks an oath in order to communicate with an infamous, supernatural criminal. A vagabond thief chances leaving behind the world he knew for an unknown destiny. An unlikely cast of characters, they are thrown together by chance, or perhaps by fate, willingly embarking upon an eccentric wizard's mission to recover a magical stone: Raven's Heart. A piece of the "Stone of Undoing", Raven's Heart is deadly. Though the stone has the ability to unravel the very essence of magic, it brings Arcturus, Kariayla, Hawkwing, and Jinx together in a mission beyond individual ambition that could determine the fate of the world in which they live.
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase Links:
Kindle US | UK | DE
Nook
Paperback
Other Links:
The World of Secramore


This behemoth of a fantasy novel initially seemed like a daunting endeavor due to its immensity. The depth and imagination of its contents, however, made the reading a delight, and the length became a gift in that it ensured that the tale would not end too soon.

 

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