Golden Gremlin By Rod A. Walters

Cover of Golden Gremlin. I loved this book. It is a bunch of essay type articles on different subjects.

Most of them are snarky. Which is perfectly reasonable since they are “A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers.” I have never met a geezer that wasn’t snarky. Especially the old ones.

My favorite essay was the one where he tells us all about what a caucus is and where they came from. I think he came pretty close to the real truth, which they don’t teach in school. Just saying.

Some of these had me laughing, but all are amusing. He comes at things from a completely unexpected direction.

Very good read. Especially good to carry around and read while waiting in lines. Better when read out loud, but folks will look at you funny.

For an example of the sort of thing you will find in the book, check out this Guest Post:

Dating, after the apocalypse (summary version)

A very important person recently suggested that I write about the future of dating, what with all the recent bad sex-news. This is not that “capital-A” Apocalypse thing, with panicked people running around, buildings afire, and huge earthquakes gobbling streets and busloads of bug-eyed Apocalypse-bound citizens. This “small-a” apocalypse gets set in 2037AD, after which I will be dead, or worse, beyond any useful dating range.

Oh, this same important person recommended interviewing a variety of people to get a good grasp of what an average cross section believed about dating in the future. At least within driving distance.

This could be a huge job, so maybe a few basics:

Postulate Number 1: Humans have had the same biological wiring for 100,000-plus years. People in the know say, “anatomically modern humans” (AMHs).

Postulate Number 2: We AMHs may have technology to see & hear farther, travel faster, live longer, and text-message more quickly than our ancestors, but the basic AMH body still processes like eons ago. No faster, no brighter, and we still can’t read minds.

Okay. Time to roll up the sleeves and get to work. For us boys, this also displays our forearms. Such a string of interviews will mean surveying a rather large number of 21st Century AMHs: ages, genders (Facebook has 51, let’s settle for 12), races, nationalities, marital status, politics, socioeconomics, etcetera, etc.

Doing the math, we must get one thousand six-hundred interviews. Two hours each.

Then there’s analysis and decision. It’s a sure bet that half the people will be lying to either me or themselves. Or just changing their minds. Both are normal, but this project has to end well before my apocalypse! So, skip this clumsy interview plan.

The project will now have to sprout from the two Postulates, and from my own eons-old AMH-inherited brain. Recall the truism, “The world population continues to increase, so the natural-rights dating system must be working, more or less.”

I have always only been an AMH boy, so I only really know half of this natural-rights dating system. Before finding a date, we boy-AMHs have to get upset stomachs, sweats, vague doubts, and general physical and mental self-ridicule. Then at the time for action, it is crucial to become tongue-tied when actually confronting the girl. Confronting happens either in person or by telephone. Real boys never ask for a date by computer. That would lack boy-courage, and should not be trusted. So now,

Postulate Number 3: The boy must like the girl, more than the girl likes the boy, or the long-term date won’t work. Historically, AMH-ly, true.

Flowers may or not be helpful, and probably shouldn’t be, but they may not hurt either. This very same important person confided that an effective greeting would be a sincere, “Hello.” I think I have learned another important starter on my own, after many years, good for all AMH history and good discipline for myself: NOW BE QUIET AND LISTEN.


About the book:

Written to make Dave Barry, Lily Tomlin, and Ben Stein laugh, Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers delivers the experience of a balanced life, and the wisdom to like most of it, and then laugh at the rest of it. What the heck, Barry lives in Miami, habitat of geezers, and Ben Stein is one. The world really needs that push, vigorous or gentle, from misanthropes & geezers, the world’s most valuable golden gremlins. Misanthropes pretend to not like or need other people, but in reality they merely prefer their own company much of the time. Geezers, aside from that silly name, also like their own company quite well. Both share the virtue of seeing the world calmly. You get pointy bite-sized life pointers from these experienced gremlins, told in easy bite-size chunks. Laughter included in the price! Two out of three wouldn’t be bad either.
Life is good! So laugh a little at yourself on the way through these pointy essays, and that will buy your laughing at the world’s simpler parts, guilt free.

Golden Gremlin comprises about 70 short essays bundled into six topic areas:

NATURE: boys, ugly drivers, and coffee cups in the ‘fridge.
WORDS: the real meaning of Caucasian and Genre.
BUSINESS: deafness at the economics conference, and getting on AssBook.
KITCHENS: sushi chefs, and truth about manna.
HISTORY: when Hell froze, and Attila the Honey.

Golden boy gets to be GOLDEN GREMLIN: experience overcomes certainty.
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About the author:

Author Rod Walters.Rod Walters lives and writes in upstate New York to prove he can be an all-season writer. Since he wants everybody to be all-season persons no matter her or his circumstance, his writing aims sharply toward the practical—without turning into one of those godawful do it ma’ way authors. Life, after all, is practical hour by hour. Self-described as “old enough to know better, and he probably is,” his former life as Army officer, engineer, and administrative assistant could not have better prepared him to write both light and more serious short pieces pointing to creating a balanced life. Chuckling at yourself usually makes a good takeoff, he says. Giving up having to be certain makes for a good landing, especially for one’s friends! Then again, who the heck wants to live a balanced life? Mostly everybody does. That’s why he now writes. Although many friends nudge and badger him to be a Facebook and Twitter butterfly, he tries not to spend many numbing hours a day with circular keyboard tapping. Writing works better.

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Perfectly Summer By Robin Daniels

Perfectly Summer book cover. Perfectly Summer is a wonderful good read.

It is  a young adult book, and about high school kids, but trust me, adults will like it too. After all I’m in my 50’s.

There was a bit of nostalgia to it. First love is so cool. It is really neat when your first love ends up loving you back.

Summer is Levi’s first love. He is NOT her first love, crush, rather, cause in her case I don’t think love had much to do with it. With Levi it does. I think he will love her forever even if they ended up only being friends as adults.

It also reminded me of some of the “not so great” parts of being a teenager. Crushes everywhere and never no telling who is gonna be upset with who next.

There’s some drama with a philandering dad, an upset mom, and brothers. Pretty cool brothers if they would just mind their own business.

Really good read!

About the book:

Summer vacation is Levi London’s favorite time of the year. Each summer, he and his brothers are shipped off to Florida to stay with their grandparents. For ten weeks everything is perfect. He has freedom, fun, and Summer West—the cute and spunky girl across the street—for whom he’s planned to confess his giant crush. Right before the London boys are scheduled to leave, a scandalous family situation causes their mom to accompany them on vacation. Not only does Levi’s fun quotient promise to take a nose dive, but all the drama has him feeling less than his normal happy self. Summer decides that Levi needs a distraction, in the form of a prank war. But he gets more than he bargains for when his older brother Lucas is both better at pranking and determined to date Summer too. Levi is a peacekeeper, but he isn’t sure he can mediate his family’s struggles or strike the right balance between mischief and romance. Especially when Lucas keeps reminding him that all is fair in love and war.


“So, your birthday is coming up soon. The big 1-6. We need to do something epic. I’m thinking a huge party…” I trailed off, knowing she’d shoot me down. There’s only one thing she’s ever wanted to do for her sixteenth birthday. That was to go on her first date.

Summer’s parents only had one formal rule—that I knew of, at least. No dating until you’re sixteen. I was surprised the first time I heard it, because her parents never seemed to care that I was always in her bedroom. I mean, we didn’t shut the door or do anything dodgy, but still. Hunter broke that rule all the time, but Summer had stayed obedient. She’d yet to go on an official date. I think the reason she didn’t push it the way Hunter did was because she was scared and a little naïve. But, regardless of the reason, the waiting had built up a lot of anticipation for her sixteenth birthday.

“You know me better than that by now.” Summer smiled. “I don’t want a party.”

I winked at her. “I know you don’t. The real question is, who do you want to take you on your very first date?” I tried to play it off like I didn’t care, but I already knew the answer. “Let me guess, you want me to pull some strings so my dopey older brother will ask you out?”

“Don’t be ridiculous, that’s never going to happen.” She waved me off, then got quiet, like she was nervous. Summer looked down at the stuffed animal she was holding. “Actually, I was hoping you’d take me on my first date.”

“Me?” I was beyond surprised.

Summer grinned and said, “Yes, you. Who else would I want to take me?”

Something exploded in my chest, and my body got warm and tingly. I’d been out on plenty of dates, kissed my share of girls, too. But the thought of doing either of those things with Summer made my emotions do a happy dance. She wanted me to take her on her first date. Maybe by default because she didn’t think Lucas was an option, but I’d take it. This would be the perfect opportunity to show her why Lucas sucked and I should be the man of her dreams.

“I’d be honored,” I replied coolly, trying to hide how giddy I was. I didn’t want to look like a desperate chump. “Do you have anything specific that you want to do?”

“Nope. I trust you to make it amazing and unforgettable.”

“Geez, no pressure or anything.”

Summer laughed. “Of course not. No pressure at all. I’ve only got a full page reserved for the event in my scrapbook.”

“Do you really?”

“What do you think?” she countered, but I couldn’t tell if she was being serious or not. Forget one page. Honestly, I could see her making a whole “first date scrapbook”.

“I’m invoking my right to plead the Fifth Amendment on this matter.”

“I think you’re smarter than Lucas gives you credit for,” she replied.


Promo picture of author Robin Daniels.About the Author:

Robin Daniels is married to an amazing guy and has five equally amazing but crazy kids. When she’s not chasing children or writing books, she’s probably coaching volleyball or working with her church youth group. She tries to read as much as possible, especially if she’s got housework to do. And if she’s not home during the day, you’ll likely find her hanging out at her sister’s house—where they mostly talk about writing and reading books. Robin loves long naps, yummy food, Diet Coke and being outside in the Arizona winters.

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Murder In Little Shendon By A. H. Richardson

Cover of Murder in Little Shendon. I don’t read a lot of whodunit type books these days. I used to read a lot of them. This one was really good and reminded me of why I like them.

It was well written and has some interesting characters. Including the one that got killed. The most interesting thing was that just about everybody was a suspect because NOBODY liked the dead guy.

The setting for the story is small village in Britain. Lots of interesting and even strange characters live there. Some of them I wouldn’t mind living next door to. I would love to visit. So long as there wasn’t a murder investigation going on anyway.

The guys doing the investigating were interesting too. One of them was an actor. Not a movie star mind you, and ACTOR. I liked that bit too. Some folks did recognize him, but most didn’t.

The story kept my interest, and it didn’t give away the ending, till the ending. I like that.

About the book:

Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens – not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with delightful twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper. Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From the murdered man’s housekeeper to Lady Armstrong, her staff and her nephew. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion. Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village. A.H. Richardson, noted author, places in your trembling hands a mystery murder that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, his friend Sir Victor Hazlitt and the famed Shakespearean actor Beresford Brandon. Scratch your head with them over the strange clues that turn up. Follow them as they tread carefully among the landmines that appear innocent as they lie hidden beneath the surface of mystery. Something evil skulks in this tiny country village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community? You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead – it’s the journey that proves the most enticing.

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About the Author:

Author A.H. Richardson.A. H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an Author.

She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones in December 2014. At the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story, Richardson has written a sequel titled Jorie and the Gold Key, and she is currently working on the third book in the series.

In addition to children’s books, she also enjoys writing murder mysteries. She is the author of Murder in Little Shendon, a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two, and introduces two sleuths, Sir Victor Hazlitt and his sidekick,  Beresford Brandon, a noted Shakespearian actor. And she has more ‘who-dun-its’ with this clever and interesting duo… Act One, Scene One – Murder and Murder at Serenity Farm.

A. H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.

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Ruff Cut By Kasey Riley

Ruff Cut by Kasey Riley cover. I enjoyed reading Ruff Cut A Riverview Mystery by Kasey Riley. It is well written, easy to read, and kept my attention.

I liked Sheriff Megan Hollaway and all the other folks in the town.  It seems like the sort of place I would like to live. Sort of like where I do live in fact, except that there are more folks here, and not so many ranches.

Horse people are good people, as they proved by showing up to hunt for a missing kid.

I really liked that she was able to get the best of some really nasty crooks without a lot of shoot-em-up. She came up with a sneaky way to trick them. That was cool.

Good read. Especially for mystery lovers who are also animal lovers.

You can buy a copy on Amazon or on Barnes and Noble.

About the book:

Army veteran Sheriff Megan Holloway has a lot on her mind. A dog with a bellyful of smuggled diamonds, a terrified woman hiding at the Bailey’s Boarding House and a mafioso who is likely connected to both of them. What’s that city crook doing in her town, anyway?

Add to that, the man Megan’s been close to for the past year is flirting with another woman and, last night, she relived her personal nightmare of the war in Afghanistan, again…yeah, her life is just peachy. Her psychological trauma has kept her from committing to Aaron; maybe he’s given up waiting for her. Maybe he’s begun looking for a woman with less emotional baggage…

Forced to call in the proper government agencies, Megan fights to keep control of the investigation by hook or by crook. Protecting the citizens in her town is her first priority. Fortunately, she has an ace-in-the-hole the Feds don’t. The citizens of Riverview trust her and will help her any way she needs.

Formulating a plot to take down the crooks, Megan decides to play on their lack of knowledge about the denizens of the Colorado high desert, and she gives the villains just enough information. Will the trap be sprung and the leader caught? Possibly, if she can just keep the Feds from messing up her plan.

Riverview once again is the setting for this mystery. The small rural ranching town set in the high desert of Colorado where your neighbors are your friends and can be counted on to help when times get tough… or things get dangerous.

About the Author:

Kasey has been writing tales of Riverview and its inhabitants for the past four years. Each stand-alone mystery brings to life different people within the town, both good people and villains. This novel will bring the reader back to several favorite characters and introduce new—who might just be in the next Riverview story. The flavor of the book is contemporary ranch and rural town living where people depend on each other, work well together, and help as needed. The Colorado high desert and surrounding mountains provide the perfect backdrop for rugged living and independence.


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Hook’s Tale By John Leonard Pielmeier

Interesting retelling of the Peter Pan story.

This time it is being told from the perspective of Captain Hook. Lot’s more back story is included, we learn a lot about where the characters came from and how they got there.

This is not as easy to read as the original story of course. That was more of a “fairy tale”. This is more of a “history”.

It will change the way you see the characters. So if you think of Captain Hook as the “bad” guy,  you will probably change your mind after reading this.

About the book:

Hook’s Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself by John Leonard Pielmeier


A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland.

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a “dour Scotsman” whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

Cook’s story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the “Never-Isles” from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile, and befriends a charming boy named Peter—who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother’s life and the true story of his father’s disappearance.

Like Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, Hook’s Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets—including the terrible Doctor Uriah Slinque and a little girl named Wendy—lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect.

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Picture of author John Pielmeier. John Pielmeier is a three-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated playwright and screenwriter. His successful plays, television movies, and miniseries include Agnes of God, Gifted Hands, Choices of the Heart, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, and successful screen adaption of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth. He has received the Humanitas Award (plus two nominations), five Writers’ Guild Award nominations, a Gemini nomination, an Edgar Award, the Camie Award, and a Christopher Award. He is married to writer Irene O’Garden and lives in upstate New York. Hook’s Tale is his first novel.

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21 Days To Happiness By Ingrid Kelada

21 Days to Happiness by Ingrid Kelada.This book has some wonderful tips for becoming happier. Each one is backed up by lots of information from research, and each includes links to where you can find more information if you want to.

My favorite tip was to get enough sleep. I have been working on that one for a long time, way before reading this book. Because I do NOT function well at all if I don’t get enough sleep. I like winter because I can go to bed at 7:30 or so and get up early and I sleep really well. Summer is harder because of the days being longer.

Some of the other tips are to be grateful, to laugh more, to get outside more, to be kind, to eat properly, manage your time, and have good relationships. Each has several different things you can do. she recommends picking two or three to start with.

That time management thing is a really good one. Gave me some more ideas for how to get everything done, that really NEEDS to get done.

I liked this book and I am going to try a few of the things that I wasn’t already doing. There were a few ideas to help with the things I was already doing.

If you want to be happier, read this book, practice at least a few of the tips, and in a few weeks you will be a happier person.

Got to actually do the things. Just reading might help some, but it won’t help much.

 About the book:

Struggling to find work-life balance? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just 10 minutes a day!

For some of us, feeling busy or stressed has become the new normal. Others feel okay, but just want a boost to productivity, energy and motivation.

Instead of hoping for happiness, what if happiness is something you DO, something you CHOOSE every day? The good news: it is and the solutions are simple.

Psychologist and happiness expert Ingrid Kelada provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help you increase your personal happiness and feel more motivated. You can learn how with simple 10-minute strategies. Each day of the 21-day journey focuses on one key area of your life, including:

Time: how to break the cycle of chaos and manage your time effectively.
Body Language: exploring the surprising links between body language and happiness.
Relationships: how to make the most of the number one predictor of happiness.
Work: how to use your strengths and talents so that you are engaged and motivated.
Money: what you should spend your money on to feel most satisfied.

The book is interactive. Each chapter features resources like apps to try, videos to watch for deeper understanding, or tools to help you master these new habits. At the end of three weeks, along with increased happiness, you’ll find you’ve become more:

• productive
• focused
• patient
• energetic
• healthy
• motivated
• positive

Happiness is a choice. A daily decision to choose happy can be easy, fun and rewarding. With this book, in just a few minutes per day, you can practice one new happiness habit, add resources to your arsenal, and jot down your notes in the journal section.

Buy 21 Days to Happiness today to create a happier more satisfying life.

About the author:

Ingrid Kelada

Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at

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Mistletoe And Murder By S. L. Smith

Mistletoe and Murder by S. L. Smith.
I enjoyed reading this mystery.  It is well written and has a few twists. I didn’t have a clue who did it till right at the end. I like that.

It is set in Minnesota in the winter. Made me really glad I live farther south. I don’t care for the cold too much. Made a good background for the story though.

This is part of a series about the same detective Pete Culnane. You don’t have to read the others to understand and like this book, but you will probably want to read them too.

Good read.

About the book:

Auld Lang Syne with a Twist

As Collette Hammond orchestrates an elaborate New Year’s Eve wedding reception for her brother in St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, she never anticipates the evening might end in her own mysterious death. She collapses just beforemidnight. A fresh needle mark suggests narcotics. St. Paul police detectives Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney are called away from their holiday celebrations to investigate, launching a trip through a labyrinth of intrigue and deception.

About the author:

 S.L. Smith is a native of Minnesota and has spent most of her life there. So, it comes as no surprise that her Pete Culnane Mystery series takes place in the Twin Cities. Thirty-two years working with the Department of Public Safety gave her the experience and the contacts to bring her stories to life. Mistletoe and Murder, the fourth book in the series, launched July 26, 2017 and will make its debut August 24 at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.

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The Waystation By Laurie Jameson

The Waystation by Laurie Jameson.This is a well written and easy to read book. I liked it.

It is about what happens to people after they die.  In this story the good folks, or at least those not really bad, stop at The Waystation, on their way to heaven.

Some stay for a while. Some move on quick.

Bad guys have to drive the good folks to the gates. Makes for an interesting situation.

Some really neat characters. For the most part I agreed that they got what they deserved.

About the Book:

Welcome to the Waystation, a place where time has no meaning. Consider this your first stop after exiting your life. Everyone passes through here on their way to one place or the other (if you know what I mean).
People die every day. They choose a life of crime, love the wrong person, see things they shouldn’t, or maybe they simply grow old. There’s no escaping it. Death comes to us all eventually, so there’s no point in running. But be encouraged; death is not the end.
Behind every death there’s a story of life, love, and sometimes tragedy. I’d like you to meet Cara, Rachel, Tony, Marco, Sarah, Samuel, Loreli and Wren…this is their story. Come on in and I’ll tell you all about them. Sit down and have a piece of pecan pie and a cup of coffee, or maybe a glass of sweet tea. We’ve got sandwiches if you’re hungry. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, just ignore that nasty smelling mist you see creeping along the ground. And don’t worry about the screams, they’re not here for you.
In a cross between hard crime fiction and a spiritual parable, The Waystation takes you on an odyssey from the darkness of this world, to the serenity of the afterlife. It carries you from the ugliness of the drug business, racism, abuse, and murder, to the joy that comes when all that ceases to matter anymore. Existing as a stopping point on the journey between life and death, The Waystation is a place to rest and prepare for your real life to begin.


About the Author:

Laurie Jameson never had any intention of becoming a writer. She stumbled on it quite by accident after having a rather intense dream and telling her husband it would make a great book. He talked her into writing it by presenting her with a new laptop and telling her to get on with it. Five years, lots of tears, many glasses of wine, way too many toffee peanuts and too many chicken enchiladas later, success.


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A Brush With The Beast By Richard Sones

A Brush with the Beast by Richard Sones cover. I had trouble getting into this one. It got a bit confusing to me with the character changes.


The characters were interesting. Especially Sarah. I liked her. I think it really sucks how people who have been in trouble get treated. It seems no matter how hard they try, other people just won’t let them get past whatever it was.


I was really glad she ended up finding a Bible and learning that everyone in the world isn’t mean and out to get her.


The idea of the super computer in this book is really cool. I always wondered exactly how the anti-Christ was supposed to be able to keep track of all the people in the world, even with half the population dead, that is still a lot of people. A super computer (or two) would do the trick.

About the Book:

You will laugh, cry, and cling to the edge of your seat as you follow this thrilling, international adventure, and epic battle between the ultimate good set against the ultimate evil.

A brilliant and exceptionally talented IT executive, Nick Gooseberry, is at his wits’ end trying to rid himself of chronic debilitating pain. In desperation he turns to The Order, a shadowy organization that promises him freedom from pain and much more. With The Order’s help behind the scenes, Nick lies and blackmails his way into the highest levels of government while plunging into the blackest corners of hell until he sets his sights on ruling the world.

Sarah Johnson is a thirty-something ex-con that the system abandoned in a small town in Texas. As a dime store cashier, her biggest worries are what to eat and what to wear, but she’s always late for work. Her boss decides to get rid of her for good by sending her back to prison, enticing her with a shortcut to riches. She meets the Lord along the way and manages to escape from the authorities, but the fact that she’s pregnant attracts the attention of the Beast. After being whisked to the other side of the planet, her biggest worry becomes surviving.

A Palestinian schoolboy who witnessed the death of his parents grows into a world renowned terrorist driven by his thirst for revenge on his family’s murderers. He hates Israel and their number one ally, the United States. Known by his Arabic nickname, Fanak (the Fox), he orchestrates terror on every continent never realizing that he’s a puppet of the Beast.

The gripping plot, tender moments, plights and ambitions of each character will draw you in to this page turner you won’t be able to put down.

About the Author:

Richard Sones grew up as a citizen of the world. Moving every three to twenty-four months from continent to continent, he was exposed to many cultures. As an adult, he continued his tour of the world as a chaplain in the U.S. Army having served 28 years. As a consequence of many deployments, he has first hand knowledge of many varied customs and peoples. Happily married now 38 years, he is a father to four and grandfather to another four. He is still in ministry as the chaplain of a major hospital in El Paso, Texas. He lives just outside the city in the semi-desert where he has time to write, build things in his wood shop, play his guitar, and tinker with the yard. His latest novel, A Brush with the Beast, was published in June 2017 and is available for sale on Amazon.


I received a free book to review.

Sparked By Helena Echlin And Malena Watrous

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Cover of Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous. Interesting from the get go. It starts with Laurel waking up to find her sister gone. Things pretty much stay exciting from that point on.

Some of the stuff that happens is just weird. That comes from the “gifts” the kids have.

You might think having that sort of gift would be really neat, but it can also be a lot of trouble. It seems that people with gifts are always having to use them to right wrongs and be heroes.

Even if you didn’t, I’m not sure I would want to be able to hear what people were really thinking about.  And feeling like you “have” to use it, wouldn’t be much better than being addicted to something.

These kids handle it all pretty well though. One good thing about being young. You tend to take things in stride. Adults would be gibbering.

About the Book:

Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry

Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.

Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.

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The knocking woke me up from a dead sleep.
Whack, whack.
I sat up, blinking myself awake. The sky outside our porthole-shaped window was still dark,
the silhouettes of the redwoods just a shade blacker. Rain lashed at the glass. Wind rocked the
Airstream back and forth.
There was that knocking again. I leaned over to wake Ivy. Our beds were so close, they
practically touched—
But Ivy wasn’t in her bed.
Whack, whack.
She must have snuck out and forgotten her key. I needed to let her in fast. Our mom was a
heavy sleeper—especially if she’d smoked a “medicinal” joint before bed—but there was a limit
to what she could tune out.
When I eased open the accordion door to the bedroomette, a river of cold air whooshed
over me. I hurried to the front of the trailer, where the door was wide open, banging in the wind.
I stepped out onto the top cinder-block stair, straining to see through the rain. “Ivy?” I called
into the darkness, but no one answered. The icy wind cut through my pajamas and I shuddered,
wrapping my arms around myself. Ivy must have left the door unlocked, and the storm had
blown it open.
Still, it creeped me out.
I wasn’t used to living in a tin can on the edge of civilization. Our new property bumped up
against the state park. We had no neighbors for miles, but hikers, poachers, and the occasional
homeless person liked to use our land as their playground. Mom said that we were safer out
here than if we lived in some apartment in town. Statistically, there were fewer weirdos in the
But all it takes is one.

About the Authors:

Promotional picture of authors Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous.
Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?

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