A Shade of Vampire

A Shade of Vampire Bella Forrest Cover Design– Simple but intriguing. I flipped it over to read the back blurb. It sounded promising. The cover didn’t really jump out at me. Had I not seen the sponsored add, I doubt I’d have ever read the books blurb. 2 stars.Character Development–

A Simple Stitch: A Time to Mend

A Simple Stitch: A Time to Mend Deb Obermeier A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…” it was a period, not of “Star Wars” and rebellion, not of spaceships and hustle and bustle, not of the rat-race and life in the fast lane. It was a “simpler

Bella & the Orbaphone

Bella & the Orbaphone Charline Crous It was a beautiful day for a walk on the beach,” but it only got better for one tiny little girl named Bella. Meeting an unusual man with an unusual instrument, Bella is asked if she would like to try to play the orbaphone.

Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations

Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations Melissa De La Cruz Cover Design– A woman’s neck, with a string of pearls and fang marks. The silhouette of a city. My first thought upon seeing this cover is the book is obviously about vampires and the necklace makes me think high class. Masquerade, book

Broke Girl

Broke Girl Larry Yoke Senior Detective Gloria Ramos is a tough Texas gal, but as we learn, everybody has a “breaking point.” This story starts with a bang (literally), and there is action and suspense on almost every page. Ramos and her partners battle the drug cartel on the border

Bullet Verse

Bullet Verse Matt Humphries Outstanding! Matt Humphries is a true artist, and he has painted a thought-provoking masterpiece in “Bullet Verse.” The reader will be challenged to take a much more intricate look at things he or she may have previously taken for granted. You think you know how the

Burning Rain

Burning Rain Elise Whyles Concept– Whyles has an interesting idea for this story. She has introduces different species- dragons shifters, vampires- and shown each species to be ‘children’ of Greek Gods. She shows the gods in an interesting light. Zeus full of himself and interested in sex while others actually

Crach Ffinnant The Prophecy

Crach Ffinnant The Prophecy Lazarus Carpenter It’s the year, 1375 and a dwarf named Crach Ffinnant is an apprentice to Llywd ap Crachan Llywd, an old wizard when suddenly his training is over, and it’s time to fulfill his destiny. Through the prophecy, he learns that one day he is to

Crach Ffinant The Prophecy

Crach Ffinant The Prophecy Lazarus Carpenter Cover Design– The cover is unique and alludes to the story within. However if I were to see this cover  as I walked through the book store I would glance at it but not pick it up to read it. 3 StarsCharacter Development– Carpenter

Daughter Cry No More

Daughter Cry No More Letresa Payne It ’s a “Hard Knocks Life” for young Raine Jackson. All Raine wants is “freedom,” but all she seems to endure is heartache. This is the heart-wrenching plight of an African-American girl growing up in rural Louisiana in the 1960’s. Her home is broken

Dragons in the Clouds

Dragons in the Clouds David Blair Cover Design- The cover for Dragons in the Clouds is intriguing. There is just enough there to hint at the story while catching the readers eye. There is the mystery of who the man is within the clouds and lightening. 5 Stars Character Development- It is important

Dragons in the Clouds

Dragons in the Clouds David Blair Cover Design–The cover for Dragons in the Clouds is intriguing. There is just enough there to hint at the story while catching the readers eye. There is the mystery of who the man is within the clouds and lightening. 5 StarsCharacter Development–It is important

Dreamview 2: The Kamikaze Candidate

Dreamview 2: The Kamikaze Candidate Daniel Lionberger Liberal or conservative, this is a must-read for anyone who genuinely cares about solving the problems of our increasingly complex world. The author has done a truly fantastic job of tackling significant issues and doing it in an entertaining and thought-provoking way. This

Ever Dream

Ever Dream Stephen Oakley To dream or not to dream that is the question? “For Ever Dream!”  is the answer of the author who takes us on a fantastic journey into a fantasy world where “dreams really can come true.” But will they? For our hero, Jacob, the chance to

Everything to Lose

Everything to Lose Jenna Montes From an explosive beginning with bombs dropping in the Afghan desert to the shocking conclusion, you have “nothing to lose” and LOTS of entertainment to gain by reading this mystery/thriller. In reality, it’s much more than a mystery including great lessons about true friendship, second

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey E.L. James Cover Design– There is nothing eye catching enough to get the readers attention. When I walk through a bookstore I’m looking for a cover to catch my eye. It needs to be compelling and make me want to see what the book is about.

Ghost of Switchyard

Ghost of Switchyard writer “Do you believe in ghosts?” You will by the end of this thrilling tale, at least one, in particular, the one that troubles “Switchyard.” For fifteen years the world of Ever-Earth has endured droughts and famine, but it gets much worse when a mysterious force suddenly

Gold City

Gold City M.T. Meyer They say there are only seven story plots and M.T. Meyer has given us traces of each of them in this compelling drama.  If as Hemingway said, “every true story ends in death,” then “Gold City” is not a true story.  It’s so much more! No,

Hamartia

Hamartia Raquel Rich Cover Design– The cover of Hamartia is colorful yet simple. It’s not overpowering, but intriguing enough to catch your eye. That is the first step in selling your book. A reader will pi k up a book that catches their eye and read the back blurb. 5

Hamartia

Hamartia Raquel Rich The author has done an absolutely sensational job of making us think about important ethical dilemmas in this futuristic thriller. The main character, Grace, has won the lottery….but not that kind of lottery. She’s been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to save her dying child

Honeybee

Honeybee tephen Oakley Fact meets fiction in this action-packed thriller. An organic honey farm in Cornwall, England, notices a rapid decline in honeybee populations caused by a deadly plant virus. The theory goes that if the honeybees die out, man will eventually follow. Scientists desperately race to develop a vaccine

Legendville

Legendville Stuart Grant Detective Stephen Lewis is a burnt-out cop in Detroit whose life continues to spiral out of control when he is made a scapegoat by the Justice Department’s investigation into corruption and police brutality. Stripped of his job and hitting the bottle Stephen hits rock bottom and can

Loner

Loner Stuart Grant Surely, we’ve all felt like Mike Novak, the hero of this story, a loner who is trying to “keep (himself) from (himself).” Just one problem with that.  There’s a job that only he can do, and it turns out it’s a pretty big job, saving Mankind from

Love & Bloodlust: The Sacred Objects

Love & Bloodlust: The Sacred Objects Tiffany Maczynski This ain’t your typical boy meets girl story. Avery is a vampire slayer, and Talon turns out to be a vampire. They hit it off at first, then Avery learns that Talon is a vampire which pretty much wrecks the burgeoning relationship

Love and Bloodlust The Scared Objects

Love and Bloodlust The Scared Objects Melinda Clark Cover Design– The Cover for Love and Bloodlust the Scared Object has a kind of eerie look to it. The way the two people on the front appear almost ghost like catches the eye. The minute I saw it, I had to

Lust, Money and Murder

Lust, Money and Murder Mike Wells Cover Design– The cover is somewhat generic for the trilogy. It has a hint of what’s to be found in the books. It’s not too over powering but could be more eye catching. 3StarsCharacter Development– Well’s main character, Elaine, is introduced to the reader

Mom and I Disagree

Mom and I Disagree Donna Rabenort Cover Design-This book cover is eye catching. It tells you along with the title cover what this book will be about. 5 StarsConcept– The idea of a book written from a child’s point of view about what all mothers and children deal with is

Moonlit Blood

Moonlit Blood D. M. Barton First Star-Cover Design The cover of Moonlit Blood catches the eye. If I were walking through a bookstore and saw this book I would definitely pick it up and read the back cover. There is just enough of the story hinted at on the cover to

Moonlit Blood

Moonlit Blood D. M. Barton First Star-Cover DesignThe cover of Moonlit Blood catches the eye. If I were walking through a bookstore and saw this book I would definitely pick it up and read the back cover. There is just enough of the story hinted at on the cover to

New Frontier: Same old Story

New Frontier: Same old Story Chris Westmoreland This futuristic thriller will make you think not only about what might be possible in the physical and metaphysical sense but more importantly, what is morally and ethically right in an elaborate “brave new world?” Dex and Trina and husband and wife despite

Painkiller

Painkiller John Gibson This book goes high and above your average crime-thriller. There is a political scandal, murder, cover-up, drug addiction, affair and cover-up and that’s not even the main point. Will Earnest, a nationally-known religious figure, but his reputation is destroyed after a humiliating scandal which costs him everything.

Priceless

Priceless Lisa Hazen Hemingway may have been correct that “Every true story ends in death,” but Lisa Hazen is out to prove him wrong. “My story: Priceless” is a “true story” that “ends in life.” Inspiring is an understatement as we read of a couple’s struggle against the ever-growing problem

School For Apes

School For Apes Andrew McDonald First Category: Cover DesignThe first thing you see when looking for something to read is the cover. If the cover is bland you won’t pick it up and read the back. Your cover should be eye catching with a hint on what the book is

School For Apes

School For Apes Andrew McDonald First Category: Cover Design The first thing you see when looking for something to read is the cover. If the cover is bland you won’t pick it up and read the back. Your cover should be eye catching with a hint on what the book is

Secrets Within Her Recovered

Secrets Within Her Recovered Letresa Payne Raine Jackson returns in the exhilarating sequel to “Daughter Cry No More.” Raine is being plagued by terrifying nightmares, visions, and voices of ghosts from the past she seems destined to be unable to escape. She meets a mysterious man named Christophe who sets

Second Chances

Second Chances Larry Yoke Hunter O’Conner has a rough childhood, to say the least, so it’s not surprising when he begins to go down the wrong path. Growing up with an abusive father, we can’t help but feel sorry for him and wish, as he does, that “Mr. Wilson was

Shiver

Shiver Maggie Stiefvater Concept– The werewolf genre is a lot like the vampire one. It’s over done. It’s rare to find something that stands out, but Maggie Stiefvater does. Her wolf isn’t just a wolf on a full moon, he’s a wolf through winter, but all of summer he’s human.

Spellbound

Spellbound Shannon Simpson Ashlie, is a slow-aging witch with a multitude of powers but she prefers to keep to herself as much as possible. She avoids developing friendships with anyone, except for her dog Netter and her deceased witch-sister Stephenie who constantly remains in her thoughts giving often-times unwanted but

Spelled

Spelled Betsy Schow Cover Design– The shows are a definite eye catcher. Not because I’m a shoe person, I’m not. I prefer comfort over style. When I saw Spelled my first thought was Ruby Slippers and The Wizard of Oz. I had to watch the Wizard of Oz every year

The Chronicles of Cypuric

The Chronicles of Cypuric Evan Johnson Cover Design- The bright colors and animated look of the cover jumps out at you. The dragon practically jumps off the page at you. I would definitely stop and pick this book up. A well deserved 5 Stars. Character Development- Johnson brings here characters to light

The Chronicles of Cypuric

The Chronicles of Cypuric Evan Johnson Cover Design– The bright colors and animated look of the cover jumps out at you. The dragon practically jumps off the page at you. I would definitely stop and pick this book up. A well deserved 5 Stars.Character Development– Johnson brings here characters to

The Custodian Circle of Sorrows

The Custodian Circle of Sorrows CA Middleton First Category: Cover DesignFrom the moment I saw this cover I have wanted to read it. It isn’t overly flashy yet still draws the eye. I wanted to know why this wisp of a girl is looking out the window and who she

The First Fairy Tale Book 1 & 2

The First Fairy Tale Book 1 & 2 Dr. Susan Highsmith Cover Design-The cover for both are colorful and eye catching. They hint to the story within without giving it away. 5 starsConcept– I found the idea for the First Fairy Tale series to be unique. I’ve never read anything

The Freiyon Fables A Tail to Remember

The Freiyon Fables A Tail to Remember Justin T. Hunt Cover Design– The cover for Tail to Remember has just enough on it to hint at the story within. If I were walking through a bookstore looking for a book for my child, I’d pick this one up. 4 starsConcept-I

The Gathering Table

The Gathering Table Kathy Mitrano This ain’t your momma’s cookbook! It’s so much more! Yes, there are lots and lots of mouth-watering recipes that are sure to excite taste buds and fill bellies! But what would those fabulous recipes be without the captivating stories behind them? Okay, they would still

The Host

The Host Stephenie Meyer Cover Design-The cover for The Host is eye catching because of it’s simplicity. This seems to be a pattern with Meyer. However had I not been a fan of her other work I wouldn’t have picked up this book to read the synopsis on the back

The Hunger Games Series

The Hunger Games Series Suzanne Collins Cover Design– The Cover of The Hunger Games is boring. Dark colors with an unusual bird with an arrow in a circle. It gives nothing of the story away. Would I have picked it up to read it based on the cover? No. 1

The Vampire Academy Series

The Vampire Academy Series Richelle Mead Cover Design– The Vampire Academy-At first glance I am intrigued by this cover. The woman seems to be looking at me with a coy look that leaves me to think she knows something I don’t know I would definitely pick up the book to

There’s An Elephant in the Yard

There's An Elephant in the Yard Hannah Goebel Cover Design– the cover for this book is colorful and fun. It is drawn in a way to get a child’s attention. 5 StarsCharacter Development– I found Dougie to be easily relatable for children and Heppie was the kind of friendly elephant

Twilight

Twilight Stephenie Meyer Cover Design-Twilight is simple, not eye catching in any way. I wouldn’t have done more than glance at it as I browsed the shelves in the fantasy section. If not for a friend suggesting I read it and it coming in where I worked I wouldn’t have

Wish List

Wish List Pete Stone What’s your wish list? In this book, we learn about a man named Keith Greenhalgh who had such a list. This “wish list” is not some vain and selfish bucket list. Instead, the author does a masterful job of making us think about what good we