Ends of the World

Ends of the World by Matthew Waterman

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Sorrows & Songs

Sorrows & Songs by Janice Wood Wetzel

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Why Marx Was Wrong by Lawrence Eubank

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My Best Friend and Loyal Companion

My Best Friend and Loyal Companion
by Nancy Eaton

About six months ago, I had to have my Shih Tzu euthanized. She was very ill and did not want to eat. No one wants their beloved pet to suffer. I was devastated. Today, I am still not over the hurt I feel over her loss. When I tried to More »

Ends of the World by Matthew Waterman

Ends of the World

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Author Matthew Waterman treats readers to a unique reading experience with his debut thriller, Ends of the World; an interesting read that slickly captures reader’s attention by virtue of it’s distinctive characterizations and creative storyline.

Author Waterman weaves a stimulating tale fraught with mystery and elements of fiction and reality that are both intertwined and apposed. Matt (the author) is also the story’s protagonist; however, this story is not quite a biography as there are strong fictional elements woven throughout the story.

Sorrows & Songs by Janice Wood Wetzel

Sorrows & Songs

Reviewed by Veronica Alvarado

Poignant and profound, Janice Wood Wetzel’s memoir Sorrows and Songs recounts the author’s decidedly moving life. From a fraught childhood, to a complicated marriage, to a single life as an educated and highly successful career-focused woman, Wetzel’s life-story will both inspire and amaze readers in its fantastic life-story with a humble telling.

Sorrow and Songs begins with Wetzel’s recollections of her childhood and teenage years, and her understatedly complicated relationship with her parents. At varying times loving and physically/mentally abusive, alternatively admired, loved, and feared each of her parents. Moving across the country upwards of a dozen times before she was seventeen, the chapters that reflect Wetzel’s childhood, told in honest and straightforward prose, are moving and riveting for their emotional tenor. Of these chapters, perhaps the most moving is the author’s account of her teenage pregnancy, and her parents’ support, and then outrage, at their daughter’s behavior.

Why Marx Was Wrong by Lawrence Eubank

Why Marx Was Wrong

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Why Marx Was Wrong by Lawrence Eubank is a scholarly and erudite examination and refutation of Karl Marx’s book, which was highly critical of Capitalism, Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. The 500 pages of Eubank’s book is intended to serve as a convincing argument pointing out the inaccuracies in Marx’s reasoning and his central accusation that capitalism serves to make capitalists richer by the “exploitation of laborers, through the extraction of unpaid ‘surplus value’ from them.” That is exactly what Why Marx Was Wrong does, refuting Marx’s central argument thoroughly.

In order to refute Karl Marx’s argument completely and point out the philosophical rot inherent in it, Lawrence Eubank takes a look at many of Marx’s statements in his own work and explains why each of them are wrong. To help back up his point-by-point refutation of Marx, Eubank cites other authors who have a similar, pro-capitalist, perspective.

Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta) by Patricia Cornwell

Depraved Heart

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Patricia Cornwell has put Kay Scarpetta in a terrible position and although it only takes one day for the bulk of the story to be told it is a horrendous day! Scarpetta is on the scene of what she feels is a brutal murder. Some of the others believe it to be an accident but the more that Scarpetta and her police associate, Pete Marino, look into the room where the body was found the more questions arise. An accident it isn’t!

However a bigger calamity appears as Scarpetta’s cellphone buzzes and she is privately shown a video entitled Depraved Heart. She immediately realizes the video is an updated old one that was taken over ten years ago when her niece, Lucy, was at the FBI Academy.

The Puffin of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery (Gunn Zoo Series) by Betty Webb

The Puffin of Death

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Zookeeper Teddy Bentley is sent to Iceland to pick up the Gunn Zoo’s new polar bear, a couple of foxes and a pair of puffins. Her host, wanting to make sure that Teddy had a chance to see some of Iceland outside of the zoo, takes Teddy on a site seeing excursion. Unfortunately, what Teddy saw was a dead body. Even more unfortunate, Teddy recognized the man as a fellow American she had seen first creating a scene on the airplane and then arguing with someone after they had landed. When the boyfriend of her host becomes a suspect, Teddy begins using her free time snooping around trying to figure out who had reason to want the man dead. Needless to say, the local authorities are not pleased to have an American zookeeper butting into their investigation.

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself by Julie Barton

Dog Medicine

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Dog Medicine is one of the most moving books I have read. EVER. The author has bared her soul for readers and taken us on the self-discovery journey with her from a complete breakdown through a grueling recovery. It is a heart-wrenching trip. There have been others who have shared how a dog in their lives have pulled them out of grief or helped them through alcohol recovery, but I have never read a book that was so raw with emotions. As a reader I felt I was making this journey with her.

Author Publicity: Before and After Being Published

For the majority of authors, the work that goes into completing a book is often written off as a labor of love. Regardless of passion though, completing a book isn’t the only job an author has to tackle. In fact, the average author usually becomes a jack-of-all-trades, acting not only as a writer, but also a researcher, editor, and proofreader too!

If that wasn’t hectic enough, many publishers in the industry leave a lot to be desired as well. Instead of assuming responsibility for the majority of publicity-related tasks, many publishers expect authors to handle the bulk of their publicity themselves. Why are publishers hired if they’re not doing a complete job? As unfortunate as it may be, many authors have stepped up, finding that DIY publicity is actually quite easy nowadays.

Yappy Hour by Diana Orgain

Happy Hour

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Maggie recently left New York and moved West to be near her uncle who is recovering from a heart attack and her sister Rachel who runs a local bar. Rachel texts her sister saying she is leaving town for a few days and asks Maggie to take care of her bar while she is gone. That would be fine except that each Friday evening the Roundup Crew, a group of dog owners who meet each week to walk the beach then head over to the Wine and Bark Bar for Yappy Hour. And today is Friday. While Rachel loves dogs and was happy to be have the group, Maggie is not a dog fan. However, to help her sister, Maggie is prepared to do her best. Heading over to the bar to open up for the evening, Maggie is shocked to walk in on a woman standing over a very dead man. The woman turns out to be Yolanda, the sort of head of the Roundup Crew and the dead man is Dan, the co-owner of the restaurant which shares a patio with the bar.

Bread of the Dead: A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery (Santa Fe Café Mystery) by Ann Myers

Bread of the Dead

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Rita Lafitte moved with her husband and daughter to Santa Fe to start a new life. Unfortunately, her husband’s new life included other women so they divorced leaving Rita to start over on her own. Rita decided to stay in Santa Fe and raise her daughter there. She’s built a comfortable life for herself working at the Tres Amigas Café while becoming familiar with the rich history of her new hometown. Currently, she has the joyful duty of sampling her boss’s variations of Day of the Dead bread for the upcoming baking contest connected to the holiday celebration.

A is for Asshat (Malibu Mystery Book 1) by Sean Black and Rebecca Cantrell (Kindle Edition)

A is for Asshat

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Sofia Salgado had been a child star. After growing up and deciding that maybe, just possibly there was more to life than film, made a rather startling switch to become a private detective. She works for an agency where the owner’s son Aidan is also employed and there is chemistry between the two. That chemistry-both the good and the bad, drives the humor that is prevalent throughout the book.

What starts out as a routine surveillance gig suddenly turns into a homicide investigation and just like that the former star of The Half Pint Detective Show finds herself in the middle of an actual case.

White Colander Crime (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery) by Victoria Hamilton

White Colander Crime

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

White Colander Crime picks up where the previous book, No Mallets Intended ended. In No Mallets Intended the kitchen in the Historic Manor was redone in a vintage style by our protagonist Jaymie Leighton. The Queensville Historic Manor’s renovation is complete and the house is ready to be the showcase of the coming Dickens Days. Jaymie is planning to use the kitchen to bake cookies to hand out to the visitors.

However, not everyone in Queensville is in the holiday spirit. Jaymie finds a woman badly beaten in a shed. The woman is part of a rather notorious family in town and her mother works at the Historic Manor . Worse, Jaymie had recently witnessed an ugly scene between the woman and her boss’s son.