Thursday, January 30, 2014

Michael J. McCann - The Rainy Day Killer - Review and Giveaway



About the Book

A man in a business suit offers the protection of his umbrella to an unsuspecting woman, and several days later she turns up dead on a river bank, raped and strangled. The terrifying serial killer known in the press as the Rainy Day Killer is now hunting new victims in the city of Glendale ... whenever it rains.

Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue leads the investigation as the killer begins to communicate directly to him through phone calls and grisly packages containing body parts of his victims. Assisted by FBI profiler Ed Griffin, Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer pursue an elusive predator who leaves no physical evidence behind.

The timing couldn't be worse, however, as Karen Stainer's attention is divided between the investigation and preparations for her upcoming wedding. Distracted and uncertain about her future, Stainer is furious when she learns that the Rainy Day Killer has followed her to Virginia, where the wedding will take place, and that he intends to make her his next victim!


My Review

I love thrillers filled with mystery and intrigue and for me this one fit the bill. The Rainy Day Killer gives homicide detectives Karen Strainer and Hank Donaghue a run for their money.

It's truly a troubling scenario as very disturbing packages of body parts appear after multiple murders. Just as unsettling is the common demeanor of the killer. He is always dressed in a business suit and carrying an umbrella, catching unsuspecting women caught off guard.

But the novel really turns into a page turning event when he zeros in on Karen intending to make her his next victim - at of all places - her wedding. 

***

The Rainy Day Killer can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, Sony, Kobo, Smashwords, Powells, Amazon UK, Amazon CAN, Fishpond AUS, Fishpond NZ

Prices/Formats: $8.99 ebook, $19.99 paperback
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9780987708786
Publisher: Plaid Raccoon Press
Release: August 30, 2013
Click to add to your Goodreads list.


About the Author

Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned a B.A. (Hons.) in English from Trent University and an M.A. in English from Queen's University. He has worked as an editor and a project and training consultant and manager with the federal government. He is an author of crime fiction and supernatural thrillers. His Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series includes Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, The Fregoli Delusion, and The Rainy Day Killer. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller The Ghost Man and is currently working on another supernatural novel.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog (mystery)
Blog (paranormal)
Pinterest
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This Dark Road To Mercy by Wiley Cash Review-Post

This Dark Road To Mercy   by Wiley Cash      Review-Post

     This is a story of two young girls, 12 year old Easter and 6 year old Ruby. When their mother dies they are put into the foster care system which is not far from the Appalachian Mts. Their absent father Wade tries to get them back but after giving up his rights to them he has no claim to them. He decides to take them away one night and they are soon running for their lives.
     I found this story to be heart-felt for the girls and thrilling as they try to avoid being caught by the enemy after Wade steals a large amount of money from the wrong kind of people. It is laced
with Wade's baseball days and his dreams of the past.





Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words come from Difficult Words:

Paddymelon- is a common name for two species of plants in the melon family which are invasive in Australia.

Vadose- is the zone which is part of the Earth between the land surface and the top of the pheatic zone.

Waddy- is an Australian aboriginal war club.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book: This  Dark Road To Mercy  by Wiley Cash

pg.
163

"Wipe off that window," he said. "And then wipe down the steering wheel. I'll be out in a second."
The window was sticky and the blood had started to turn brown.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wonderous Words Wednesday

Wonderous Words Wednesday

My words today are from the book I am reading now called, The Girl With A clock For A Heart  by Peter Swanson.

1. Querulous- complaining in a petulant or whining manner.

2. Officious- assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way esp. with regard to petty or trivial matters.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:   The Girl With A Clock For A Heart    by Peter Swanson

pg. 79

"What do you mean?" George asked.
" I mean that he'd never be open about hiring someone like the thug who threatened both of us.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books yet, waiting on a few.

Reading:  The girl With a Clock For A Heart   by Peter Awanson

What did you receive in your mailbox.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Silent Tide by Rachel Hore Review- Post

The Silent Tide    by Rachel Hore        Review- Post



    This story transports you from present day London back to London of 1948. Emily, an editor delves int the life of Isabel, whose tale of survival is fascinating. As this story is unraveled and takes Emily back to Isabel's past it opens up many unexpected secrets. I found it to be truly intriguing and very much wanting to know more at every page I read. It's a love story for both women in two different time periods.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. gamine-  is a slim, often boyish, elegant, wide-eyed young woman who is perceived to be mischevious, teasing or appealing.

2. deritus- waste or debris of any kind.

3. colophon- a brief description of the manuscript or book to which it is attatched.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:  The Silent Tide   by  Rachel Hore

pg. 335
"You're my plus one," Joel told her, smiling, when he presented his invitation at the Guildhall that evening.

BEA (2014)

BEA   (2014)

   I will be attending The Power Reader Day at Book Expo America BEA on Saturday May 31, 2014.
This is a Christmas gift from my daughter that I am really excited about, since I have never  attended.
Maybe I will run into a few of my blogger friends.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday Again, no physical books in my mailbox this week, expecting one soon. Reading: The Silent Tide by Rachel Hore What did you receive?

Michael J. Bowler - Children of the Knight - Review and Giveaway



About the Book

According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in modern-day Los Angeles?

This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.

With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight––where even gay boys and gangsters work side by side. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and his children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.

Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same.

The Knight Cycle begins . . .


My Review

This is a fantasy story that just wins you over. King Arthur returns to 21st century Los Angeles to rescue young boys who are unwanted by their parents and society at large. King Arthur takes them in transforming them into his new band of knights. Their race, religion or sexual orientation makes no difference to him.

Eventually he gets the people of "The City Of Angels" to rediscover the pride they have for their community encouraging them to improve their way of their life. The importance of having values is emphasized creating a message of redemption. What an original take on how to prevent today's youth from taking the wrong path in life.

***

Children of the Knight can be purchased at:
Amazon

Prices/Formats: $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9781623806552
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release: June 20, 2013
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About the Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels - A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time, and Children of the Knight - who grew up in San Rafael, California.

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state. He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He has already completed the two continuations of Children of the Knight that complete the trilogy - Running Through A Dark Place & And The Children Shall Lead. Both will likely be released in 2014.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog
Tumblr
Freado
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These German words are from : The Last Of The Blacksmiths

Noar- fool

Pfarrer- pastor

Tante- Aunt

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dasvidaniya, Rodina by D. S. Loren Post - Review

Dasvidaniya, Rodina     By D.S. Loren             Post- Review

My Thoughts:


   This is a very riveting story of Lyuda, a Russian girl who is trapped in a prison camp for women beyond the mountains and far beyond the river. The horrendous treatment of these women is beyond belief. Somehow Lyuda tries to keep herself alive through her so called five year sentence. Reading this story, I felt the pain she was going through and hoped it would end for her. I guess I will be anxiously awaiting the second book in this series, her pain and suffering goes on.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:   After I'm Gone   by Laura Lippman

pg. 44

"You're smart, too," Felix assured her. "You were smart enough to fall in love with me at first sight."

Monday, January 6, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox this week.

Finished Reading:  Dasvidaniya Rodina  by D. S. Loren

Reading: After I'm Gone  by Laura Lippman

What did you receive?