Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 ALL TIME

It's been a great year 2014 for my blog and I want to thank all these authors and many more for helping me promote their books. It averaged 30,000 Page Viewers over the last three months with an All Time views which are heading towards a Quarter of a Million in a month.

Most of All, I want to thank all you readers and followers who re-tweeted my post to Help get these books to their readers. 

#1  The Audubon Caper 










#2  10276 in Two Months 











#3  Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith












#4  The Fall of the Empire 












#5  Thick As Thieves 











#6  The Desolate Garden 












#7  What it takes 











#8  Prince of the City 











#9  Bourbon and Blood 














#10 Unbelievable  













If you read this far, I hope you purchased one of these books. That would make me Happy and the authors that wrote these fine novels

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review of Game of Love

Game of Love
Written by Melissa Foster


Reviewed by Author Roy Murry



Finding ones’ way in life is a chore. But knowing who you are can be a tougher challenge without proper feedback from a loving family and friends.

In their teenage years, Dex and Ellie were an item but not lovers in the biblical way. They were friends.

Her presence in his life gave him strength. However, Ellie had strengths of another kind but her home environment weakened them and led her to the Remington’s home, especially to Dex’s room.  

Her home environment led to mental road blocks that affected the way Ellie communicated her feelings. Dex has no doubt of his abilities or who he is, because he was nurtured by his family and his best friend, unbeknown to her, Ellie.

Because of reasons not told to Dex, Ellie was taken out of his life. She is now on his door step again, four years after a prior short encounter. She still has emotional baggage – insecurities as to who she is – strengths and weaknesses.

Dex’s caring and loving pushes Ellie in the right direction, but it is a women friend of his that clearly helps Ellie see some light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s a gripping story from the beginning to end, that will have you crying, and laughing at times. Traumatic events bring us to the conclusion.

Ms. Foster’s style of characterization leaves no doubt as to who loves who; and the steam in the relationship goes up and down, keeping the reader guessing if the joining of Dex and Ellie will ever be completed.

Game of Love, The Remingtons, Book One; Love in Bloom Series stands alone. However, it may be interesting to see who will fall in love in the next book of this series.

Purchase at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1m2epew


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Review of Mr. Miracle

Mr. Miracle

Written by Debbie Macomber

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


It’s Christmas time and all through the Christian world people will be celebrating the birth of Christ. At this time of the year, families come together.

In Ms. Macomber’s Christmas novel, Addie returns home after being away for eight years to live with her widowed mother. You would think that this event would bring much merriment with it.

What her mother tells her and the commitment Addie makes changes her life forever. She agrees to something she dreads on doing but for her mother’s sake she pushes on.

Mr. Miracle pushes with the forces of heaven behind him. He is working to help Addie become all she can be in her relationships. This produces some comical and romantic events that endear the reader to both Mr. Miracle and Addie.

With a satisfying ending, Ms. Macomber leads you through a finely written story of love, hate, and comedy that you will enjoy as a reader. Imagination flourishes at Christmas time in children and adults alike.

Mr. Miracle, A Christmas Novel, will leave you content that you are young at heart and not a Scrooge. 


Purchase for Kindle: http://amzn.to/1A3zI2q

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review of My Devouring Love

My Devouring Love:
       The First Weeks

Written by Donna Noville –Theiler

For you my fans, I read this book to see what all the fuss was about Zombies. The thought of the undead walking around eating humans seems to me to be an over the edge concept. However, Ms. Noville-Theiler has produced a novel that uses that concept effectively.

A love story comes about while Zombies are festering in the world around them. The main character, Abby, is put in a position away from home, that changes her life forever. Because of an infection that produces the Zombies, the dynamic of her family is changed.

She and her young sister, Ava, are separated from their mother and father, one by choice. This separation leads to their flight from the Zombies. Some of the people they meet on this journey hinder their return home and others propel them forward.

What I can say mostly, is that there are Zombies, zombies, and zombies everywhere. You can’t get rid of them even to the end, which turns into a new beginning.

Whether in the new beginning (Seconds Weeks?), produces the renewal of an old love or the continuation of a started one remains to be seen. I can assure you there will be Zombies in the weeks that follow.

So if you enjoy Zombies tales, Donna did fine job writing about them and their curl existence.
Purchase at: amazon http://amzn.to/1JEHhAU



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review of Disappeared

Disappeared:  MANTEQUERO
Writtten by Jenny Twist

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Can love or the lack of it, kill you? In Ms. Twist’s short novel, where a person disappears on a vacation, many levels of love are deviled into. The love of friends, relatives, and an unknown Vampire type character are brought into light.

An English teacher has not returned from her vacation in Spain. Her adoring cohort is surprised she has not returned and is flustered over the matter. It seems that no one else is concerned other than that missing teacher’s niece and the travel agent who sold her the ticket.

Alison, the protagonist, inquires getting no answers. She and the overweight travel agent, Heather, decide to do something about the disappearance of their friend June. After some investigation, they go to Spain together on a holiday.

Alison, who speaks Spanish, and Heather, who has a European driver’s license, arrived in the town where June had stayed. What seems like a pleasant place turns into a Frankenstein event after they go to a local bar.

Infatuation leads one our vacationers into an unsafe situation. The unraveling of it changes their lives forever.

The reading was easy and not overburden with sub plots. The story is a quick entertaining read for a rainy or wintery afternoon.


Purchase at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1IuKntP

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review of Waking the Dead



WAKING THE DEAD
Written by Heather Graham

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


I thought people coming back from the dead were called Zombies. I could be wrong. I don’t know everything.

Ms. Graham style of writing tells an intriguing story about a painting that has powers which acts like some zombies do? It kills. Well, people think it kills.

A famous group of artist gets together during the eighteen hundreds. One is a painter that wants to fit in; all the others are writers – friends of Lord Byron. Hubert, the painter, rents a castle so he and his artist friends can produce horrific works in that privacy.  One wrote Frankenstein.

#FF to the future; all that come in contact with Hubert’s, lost until now, painting seems to die under strange circumstances. This baffles the New Orleans’ police.  So they bring help in from a private eye – Quinn.

A love story between Quinn and Danni is a sub plot to their sleuthing into the murdering events surrounding the piece of bloody art. The twist and turns of the investigation brings them and their group back to the castle’s crypt.

This novel is an adventure that shouldn't be missed by those who like paranormal mysteries. Heather Graham has done a fine job of pulling me in to almost belief.

Purchase at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1yr9BD9



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review of UNBELIEVABLE

Unbelievable
A Cassie Baxter Mystery

Written by Cindy Blackburn

If only animals could talk, what a world this would be? Ms. Blackburn’s comical whodunit has animals in it that if they could talk, would have solved the case before Cassie’s antics, theories, and innuendos.

Escaping from her father’s breakfast, Cassie leaves in frustration early in the morning. While kayaking in her pajamas, Cassie comes across a woman’s dead body on Lake Elizabeth, Vermont. ‘Being in her pajamas,’ becomes the local small town joke when that body is not found.

Using hilarious and factual deductions, Cassie goes about trying to solve the case, stirring up the locals, who think she is nut case. This upsets the Sheriff, but intrigues the Captain of the State Police, who also thinks Cassie is a little odd.

Things do fall into place at the end of this enjoyable funny novel. Ms. Blackburn has presented a plausible crime that happen a very small town point of view.

Unbelievable is an engaging and pleasant novel that you should enjoy if you like animals and a good mystery story. And who wouldn’t like a well put together humorous mystery.

Purchase at Amazon: http://amzn.to/11FrHTC


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review of Pope Joan

Pope Joan

Written
by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


Between the years of 853 – 855 AD there was a Pope after the death of Pope Leo IV who is left out of the Book of Pontiffs. In the history of Roman Catholic Church, the story of a person who reigned as Pope John is missing.

Ms. Cross brings to life the story of a young girl with an inquisitive mind in a period of time when women were considered to be without the capacity think. They were subservient to man according to “God’s Will,” and did as they were told.

Joan’s brothers are preparing to go to religious school and she has the audacity to ask why she can’t go to. Her elder brother takes pity on her and shows her the way that only men can go – school to learn the scriptures.

Thrilling and educational circumstances lead Joan through a labyrinth of events which graduates her status in a man’s religious clerical system that does not identify her as a woman. It is her knowledge accumulated over the years which elevates her to prominence as Lord of the Roman Church.

Her love of a man, which she vowed never to be complacent in, brings her, as Pope John, to her fatal end. Her demise as Pope is horrific, leaving no doubt of her sex

Well written, researched, and presented, Ms. Cross tells a tale, some would say is impossible to have happened according to limited records – the story is myth. Donna Woofolk Cross’ detailed story is a compelling vindication of the Pope Joan myth.

Decide for yourself. It is a read not to miss. Purchase at: http://amzn.to/1m2fwKY
          


   

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review of Reprisal

Reprisal

Written by Alfie Robins

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Law and Order, NYPD Blues, and many other American police TV programs have been my education into how a police department works. Mr. Robins, in Reprisal, give us an in-depth look into the workings of a detective unit in a North East England police headquarters.

Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Philip Marlowe is the “Boss” of the unit that has been confronted with a murder of unusual pathology. When a second murder presents itself with the same M.O., the unit goes into overdrive, believing that they might have a cereal killer at large.

The day to day procedures of looking for evidence and deciding where to move next, is what propels this detailed story forward. Mr. Robin’s Marlowe is the focal point of his unit - a normal bloke. The other characters in the unit are given their due per their relationship to the DCI.

Their investigation is slow moving until a van is tied to the murders. ‘Who is the owner? Where is the van?’ are the keys needed to bring their detective work to its conclusion. It was like finding a needle in a hay stack. When these factors are accomplished, all hell breaks out.

This story has its twist that keeps you reading. Much is hidden from the reader, but the clues are there. Mr. Robin’s gives the readers a surprising ending that they can live with. The novel peaks at the right moment – at The End.

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1zvRjOn


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review of Book Clubbed

Book Clubbed

Written by Lorna Barrett

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry




This story of murder is a lay back whodunit. There is a killing, but a somewhat none violent one in the storeroom of a book store owned by the protagonist Tricia.

Tricia and her sister Angelica are business women in a small tourist town that is in the off season. Angelica owns a restaurant. Hence, there is not much to do with few customers other than to solve the murder of Tricia’s employee.

The victim is not what everyone suspected which increases the interests of the sisters and propels the narrative forward. The case slowly moves forward to the end which goes up in flames.

Ms. Barrett’s story is a predictable one but intriguing in a pleasant way. There is no harshness in her writing which moves along smoothly explaining why the main character Tricia goes about doing the business of being involved without trying.


There was no heavy thinking to be done in reading of this novel. So if you’re not looking for a messy murder story, this novel is for you.

Purchase at: http://amzn.to/1zMfZoS

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review of Sleeping through the Beauty

Sleeping through the
           Beauty

Written by Regina Puckett


Reviewed by Author Roy Murry



Love at First Sight has always been a controversial debate among Love Doctors. Regina puts a delightful spin on this – falling in love with a Sleeping Beauty.

Romance is in the air when one brother is invited to the wedding proposal of another. It’s a dinner party where the love couple takes off leaving the invited brother alone with the mother of the soon to be bride.

The mother introduces him to the essence of her other daughter, who is unavailable for medical reasons. His enchantment in that daughter leads to an unlikely romance story that will bring tears to your eyes – you won’t put this short story down until the last tear.

Romance is Regina Puckett’s forte and I will continue to read her works, as you should.

For 99 Tears: Purchase at http://amzn.to/1m2kxDu






Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review of The Shadow Princess

The Shadow Princess
      By Mary Hart Perry

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


When reading this novel I understood from the get-go that it was fiction. I was not looking for an accurate true crime story, which it isn’t. I was looking for a diversion and a good romance, which I know Mary Hart Perry is well versed in.

I found bought in this not so accurate story set in 1888, during the time a lunatic was murdering prostitutes in the streets of London. This background leads to an unlikely event - the commingling of a royal and the police detective investigating the crime.

Vicky, the daughter of the Queen of England and the widowed Empress of Germany, is given the task by her mother to quash the insinuations that one of the royals is involved in the crime. The queen goes off to Scotland and Vicky meets the detective, who is not Sherlock Holmes.

From here, Ms. Hart weaves her love story into the thrilling chase after the true criminal. Her lovers are Vicky and Detective Thomas. Their love is not the quick heated sexual kind but the deep routed connection that is lasting. 

This theme is plausible where social status is overcome by love. And many of these character's lines a memorable.

The novel was fast paced and enjoyable – a good rainy weekend read.

Purchase at  Amazon: http://ow.ly/DGHh0


Friday, October 24, 2014

Reivew of Lionel's Grand Adventure

 Lionel's Grand Adventure
 By Paul R. Hewlett

Reviewed by
Author Roy Murry

"To be young again," we all over sixty wish we could be, but know in our hearts of the impossibility. This is my second read and review of this book.

However, we know that in our hearts the Golden Rule of being kind to one another is important axiom . This was taught to us when we were young and hopefully was interwoven into our character.

To those that have learnt that rule, they should read "Lionel and the Golden Rule" to their children, so they can understand what it means to be kind to one another no matter who they are. 

Lionel is an ugly duckling in a world that doesn't see him for what he is - a boy with a good heart.  At twelve years old, he finds a lucky charm. It's a Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun. Please don't make me say that again - A Walbaun.

Anyways, the Walbaum doesn't work like all luck charms should. It leads you away from your present situation and full fills your wishes on another plan - a level of inspired contentment. Lionel makes wishes holding the Walbaun which changes the world he lives for the better, and the adventure begins.

The Walbaun brings Lionel on a journey you and your child will never forget. As an adult, I enjoyed the fun too. Well written for a child’s imagination, I recommend this book to be read by both old and young.

It’s a Great Christmas present. Purchase at: http://amzn.to/1pHE4o6



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Go Madrid

GO to MADRID

In my travels to many countries, over twenty five, I can truly say that Spain was one of the most surprising. My wife, at the time, was from the Dominican Republic. She loved to go out dancing, dining out, or clubbing at night.

Off course, she spoke Spanish fluently, me so-so. To make this story short, we went to Madrid to visit her friend who was going to dental school. It was one of our stops on a Madrid-Paris-Italy-Madrid back home to Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. It was a trip where I combined business with pleasure.

In Madrid, we stayed at the Hotel Miguel Angel, which at the time was a fantastic buy for the gorgeous property and amenities. At the time, I was a hotel executive and I know quality for the price. We were close to the action and the museums which made me and my wife happy campers.

We went a la cart, because the company I worked for paid for room and airfare on an In-kind-basis.  It’s a hospitality business interchange of services.
However, since I’m in the know, I recommend http://www.trafalgar.com/usa/spanish-experience-2014 for those not in the loop. Their rates seem reasonable and the itinerary is what I like.
In Spain, we took a train ride to Seville. It’s an important stop if you love dancing – Flamingo Dancing – to be exact, as my first wife does. 
Madrid was lots of fun and your Spanish can be nada or so-so like mine to party. I won’t say what the best is, but here you can find out: http://www.partyearth.com/madrid/

Go and have FUN in Spain.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review of A Tine To Live, A Tine To Die

A Tine To Live,
    A Tine To Die

Written by Edith Maxwell

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


When I first looked at the cover, I thought, Tine & Vegetables, what do they have in common? “Tine to Live and Tine to Die,” what does this me? I am glad I looked inside the book.

Food has its mysteries, but this was a murder mystery, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Having had part of my life living on a vegetable farm with my grandparents, I related to the main character’s daily endeavors albeit she is farming an organic farm; my grandparents did not.

Cam, the protagonist, farm is disrupted by a deadly event where a pick fork with three tines was used. The police are called and the mystery of what had happened commences.

In a well written story, Ms. Maxwell uses her main character to explain how organic farming is done, how she is coping with bad publicity the farm is getting over a murder on her farm, and how she is trying to unravel the mystery to save a friend.

I know food is interesting. I eat every day LOL.  Ms. Maxwell has woven an entertaining adventure around it - a pleasant read with a exciting ending.


Purchase at : http://amzn.to/1y3nAf9







Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review of Bourbon and Blood

Bourbon and Blood

Written by Garrard Hayes

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


Life in the Big Apple, New York City, can be overwhelming. It can be even deadly, if you happen to be dragged into being associated with mobsters. This is what happens to Mr. Hayes’ main character Bill. The “Who, what, when, why and how,” is conveyed in plausible events.

From induction, Bill goes on a path of never ending destruction of property and individuals. He is paired with a criminal mind, who is working for his own preservation and leaves Bill with the bag at times, so to speak.

All the elements of the criminal world crosses Bill’s path including drugs, prostitution, murder, and gang boundary battles. Using living color descriptions of the underbelly of big city life, Mr. Hayes keeps us on the edge, scene after scene.

In the last scene, which comes after Bill makes an important decision; the author leaves the reader wanting to know what will happen to him next.  Will his journey bring him back to a normal city life free from crime involvement? Will his love affair renew itself?

Well, I will have to read the next book in this series. It will be on my BTR list when it comes out, because Mr. Hayes' writing is no nonsense prose, thrilling, and right to the point.

Purchase at: http://amzn.to/1PFHOrl




Friday, October 10, 2014

Hot scene from Three Wives

Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith

Excerpt from Part II Second wife, a Prostitute, who Don Quixote meets at a brothel in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic.

The wives tell their stories. Romonita speaks:

      I handed him the soap and checked his nails. “I’m glad you got a manicure or I wouldn’t let you wash me where I want those fingers to go.  Don’t be gentle.” I kissed him and turned around giving him my rear end to wash.
     He rinsed me down with warm water and moved his soapy fingers down my back to the crack of my buttocks. Kissing me on the neck he whispered, “I know what you want.”
     Moving gently at first, he entered my wanting body with one and then two fingers. Kissing my neck and back, moving his fingers in and out for some time (I lost my sense of time.) I heated up so much I almost climaxed. 
     When he removed his fingers, he seemed to be taking a break.  I turned around to kiss him. One short kiss was all I got. He turned me around saying jokingly, “I’m not done with you yet.” He kissed my neck.
     Q penetrated my anal area. First, probing with one finger and then with two, I went crazy with my motions towards his prob.  Again, I lost time in the pleasure of the moment – his fingers probing each orifice and my movement towards his force, giving me enjoyment I never received from a man I cared about. I climaxed with such a groan I was crazy with joy.
      I relaxed for a moment and then took control. Face to face, I said, “Now you get what’s coming to you.”

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Henry David Thoreau

1967 Stamp


Henry David Thoreau

Was another of The American Transcendentalist, who help set the foundation of American Literature, a course I took in college.

Mr. Thoreau is best known for Walden, but he was so much more. He was an author, a poet, a philosopher…If you want to learn the philosophy of Simplicity, get a copy of Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Walking for free or near free:  http://amzn.to/1thKaSS

I’m from Massachusetts, been to Walden Pond, and went to college not far from it, so I can say that I have knowledge that most don’t have about Henry David. He was a pain in the ass and wouldn’t conform to society.

This, for me, is a good thing. I’m certain that Mahatma Gandhi read Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, as I have. We are both for the better for reading it. Fortunately or unfortunately for me, I read after fighting in the Vietnam War. That war meant different to me after reading his works.

If you want an alternative to what you have been taught, read one of Henry David Thoreau’s essays or books.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

London Baby


Whitechapel, London

London has a mystery still unsolved. You know about it, but don’t think about it. The sleuth in you will want to solve those unsolved crimes when enlightened.

Rags Daniels, an English author of thrillers, notes “In the early hours of the 31st August 1888 a man is walking to work down a dark lane in Whitechapel, he sees a shapeless bundle lying on the ground near some gates; curious he goes over to investigate.

His gruesome discovery of a murdered East End prostitute then started one of the most famous man hunts in the world.” That’s the hunt for who was Jack the Ripper, going from one unsolved murder after another.

It’s not the only reason to visit vibrant London. However, when you go, recommended by Londoners is that you take one of the many walking tours.
For visiting Ripperologist and Beatles followers, setup your tour before departing http://bit.ly/17qQ43G.

Well you’re in the East End of London stop at one of the pubs and have fish and chips http://bit.ly/17FpRxv. Another delightful experience is to cruise on the Thames and have dinner http://bit.ly/1gGOfqG.

You know how to get to London. While you’re there, it’s recommended by London taxi owner Danny Kemp, mystery author, to rent a taxi for the day and get a tour guide included.


Haiti is a place to vacation…



Cape Haitian, a place to visit.

Written by Author Roy Murry

Your first thought would be one of, “Are you kidding me?”  We’re not. 

If you have a heart and want to help a country and its people come back to life, going to Haiti for a short vacation will have you feeling good about yourself and you'll be asking, “Why hasn’t anyone told me about this?”

Recommended is a week vacation in Cap Haitian, Haiti where you’ll meet the old and the new Haiti clashing for the better.

In the book, The Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith, released by Tate Publishing, there is a scene at The Citadel where lover’s kiss and one of their wedding at Hotel Roi Christophe http://bit.ly/1a55I5E in 1977. To learn more about that adventure, go to: http://bit.ly/17i6yMN.

At that time, there wasn’t the night life that this small town on the northern coast now has http://4sq.com/1cntyzI. So check it out or just relax under the sun at one of the twelve hotels http://bit.ly/1e3TsX2

What can be said is that the people haven’t changed since 1977.  They are one of the most pleasant on the face of the earth. Unfortunate, the reality is they are a poor people.

Use a local guide to get you to The Citadel and nearby Sans-Souci Palace. Be prepared for a walk and donkey ride up to what was once called one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

There are various ways to get to this beautiful area that few venture http://bit.ly/19urt3S. However, it’s recommended to fly direct from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Florida.

Put a little adventure into your life. Bring cash to donate to the local economy.  Smiles will greet you everywhere you go.



Read: Frist Don Quixote Smith wife, folkloric dancer, kissed him on this castle in Cap Haitian http://amzn.to/198DcWx http://bit.ly/1fIX4gJ