Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Author Interview: Suzanne Tyrpak

Hello, everyone! after a brief (and unavoidable) delay, here is a recent interview that I had with author Suzanne Tyrpak!

Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction)
Vestal Virgin
"Rock Bottom" in MOTA 9 Addiction
"Venus Faded" in Pronto! Writings from Rome

Other Links:
Book Review: Vestal Virgin
Suzanne Tyrpak--Who's Imagining All This?
Facebook: Suzanne Tyrpak

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Letterbox Look-see (Apr 2011, Part III)

Hello, lovelies! My apologies for the limited number of updates this month. I'm currently on a pediatric hematology/oncology rotation, and as one might imagine, free time and sleep are rather thin on the ground. In any case,here is the next installment of books that I received in April (P.S. Don't forget to enter the three thriller giveaway! It ends in less than twelve days):

Hazel Wetherby & the Elixir of Love (Bill Defelis)

Overall: 4.4   ҉
  • Plot: 5/5
  • Originality: 4.5/5
  • Language: 4.2/5
  • Believability: 3.8/5
Hazel Wetherby & the Elixir of Love by Bill Defelis

Thirteen-year-old Hazel has a rough life: two nerdy rocket scientists for parents, a kid brother convinced he’s an alien, and a housekeeper trained by the Spanish Inquisition. But when her parents vanish, the housekeeper turns into small bits of charcoal, and the police only shrug their shoulders, Hazel realizes she’s still got a lot to learn about rough.

As days drag by with no news, Hazel decides she’ll have to find her parents herself. And she’s determined nothing will stop her – not her complete ignorance of how to go about it, not her loony brother’s ravings about evil alien kidnappers, not even the dead guys trying to kill her.

But first she’ll have to join in a race to find something small and red and jolly. Winning that race will be her only chance to save her family. And a lot of other families as well.
Genre: Fantasy,
Science Fiction
Purchase Links:
Kindle US | UK | DE

In this wildly entertaining book, we follow a thirteen-year-old as she tries to deal with missing parents, stalkers, alien invasions, and a crush on the boy next door. (Technically, he lives across the street and one house over, but who really keeps track of these things?) A mixture of spunk, obstinacy, and a dangerously underdeveloped regard for personal safety, Hazel is every bit the believable "tween", equal parts endearing and infuriating for the adult reader, though young adolescents may see in her someone with whom they can identify.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Illumination (Sophia van Buren)

Due to its heavy religious content, Illumination will not be reviewed. A review for Hazel Wetherby & the Elixir of Love will be posted either later this evening or early tomorrow morning.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Letterbox Look-see (Apr 2011, Part II)

Okay, since the last post was a bit anti-climactic, here's a little something to whet your literary appetite (I hope)! The queue is growing like mad this month...

Better Than Ever, Again (Mitch Davies)

Due to sexually explicit material, I will not be reviewing Better Than Ever, Again. I stopped reading at 57%, though admittedly, grammatical errors got to me long before I reached that point.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Giveaway: Thriller Threebies

Hello e-world! This month, April showers e-books with three simultaneous giveaways. That's right, three! Thrillers, to be precise. Each one has earned 4.8   ҉ or higher on this blog. Trust me, you want to read these books. Click on the links for more information about each novel, or skip the shilly-shallying and enter straight away!

Format E-book
Copies 10
SummaryThe Ghost of the Flea by John Brinling

Time: 1975.
Location: New York City.

The murder of Roger’s musician friend, Gideon Whiting, turns Roger’s world up-side-down. His wife, Natalie, lies to him. His best friend, Ted, lies to him. His boss and U.S. Senate candidate, Charlie Holt, lies to him. And Lieutenant Tarrington, a homicide detective, is convinced Roger killed Gideon—but is Tarrington who he claims to be, or is he lying, too?

Peggy Curtis, the blond bombshell who dropped into Roger’s life one snowy night after he left Gideon’s apartment, might be the only person who can unravel the Gordian knot facing Roger, yet she has serious credibility problems, and is the last person he would want to rely on with his life and freedom on the line.

The drug cartel masterminding much of the chaos seeks an address book it thinks Roger took from Gideon. As their ruthless pursuit intensifies, the police learn of the book and join the chase. The problem is, Roger doesn’t have what they want and he must get it before they decide he is expendable.

Book Review

Format E-book
Copies 1
SummaryLast 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 a schooner and riding shotgun in her father’s 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’s not 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 the lessons 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.

Somewhat hard-boiled, slightly noir, Last Exit in New Jersey is an offbeat tale that travels from a Delaware Bay ghost-town to metropolitan north Jersey, where boats and big rigs set the scene for danger, suspense, dark humor and an unlikely bit of romance.

Book Review
Author Interview

Format E-book
Copies 1
SummaryThe 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.

Book Review
Author Interview

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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Wounded Earth (Mary Anna Evans)

Overall: 4.5
  • Plot: 5/5
  • Originality: 5/5
  • Language: 3.8/5
  • Believability: 4/5
Wounded Earth by Mary Anna Evans

Larabeth McLeod has beauty, money, several patents, a Ph.D., a successful environmental firm, and some very old secrets. When a man with the uncomfortable name of Babykiller begins stalking her, terrorizing her with stories of her darkest days in Vietnam, stories no one else knows, she feels compelled to fight back...until he exposes her most tender secret of all by threatening the daughter she has never met.

She turns to private detective J.D. Hatten for help, breaking five years of separation and silence between quarreling friends. And then Babykiller shows his true capabilities. He is the head of an illicit business offering but one service--moving cargo worldwide for criminals who need their drugs or cash or smuggled goods shipped safely and anonymously--so he is capable of putting anything anywhere. He quietly explains to Larabeth, a well-known environmental executive, that he can even put defective gauges in nuclear power plants, and he will, just to get her attention. If she goes to the police for protection, people will die. Lots and lots of people will die. And one of them will be her daughter.

Larabeth and J.D. are just a normal man and woman, up against a babykiller. But then, Babykiller doesn't know who he's dealing with...
Genre: Thriller
Purchase Links:
Kindle US | UK | DE
Other Links:
author website

When one thinks of environmentalism and conservationism (and many other -isms), the image that comes to mind is often that of radicals changing themselves to trees or driving cars that run on vegetable oil. Larabeth McLeod is a far cry from these radical interpretations, a business-savvy woman with subtly effective interpersonal skills, positive support from the media, and a stalwart dedication to cleaning up a Wounded Earth. Unfortunately, her success has drawn the long-standing attention of a psychotic terminal cancer patient with a penchant for chaos and ample means to inflict his whims upon the world. A large-scale game of cat-and-mouse ensues, fueled by two great motivators: green Earth and green money.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Letterbox Look-see (Mar 2011, Part II)

Happy April Fools' Day everyone! No pinching or punching here, just the second installment of books that I received in March:


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