Dial L for Latch-Key by Scott Fivelson (an event you don’t want to miss)

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Dial L for Latch-Key Honors Hitchcock

When is the last time you watched a stage play? Better yet, when is the last time you listened to one performed on radio? If you haven’t yet experienced a radio play broadcast, now is your chance as WMNR Fine Arts Radio will air a production of Dial L for Latch-Key as performed by the ‘By the Time I Get to Tucson Players’ Friday, April 11th at 9 p.m. (Link below)

In the tradition of the great Alfred Hitchcock, writer Scott Fivelson (American Reel, Three Holes Two Brads and a Smoking Gun) crafted his stage play, Dial L for Latch-Key, as a satirical ode to Dial M for Murder with his own personal twist. (Published by Hen House Press)

The play has been performed on two London stages; the New End Theater and Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theater as well as the Phoenix Theater in San Francisco. James Torme, son of the legendary Mel Torme starred in the Upstairs at the Gatehouse production. The radio play has aired on stations in London, Tucson, Arizona, and Portland, Maine, and an excerpt of Dial L; the stage play, has been featured on Suspense Magazine’s Suspense Radio.

The one-act-five scene play centers around a murder mystery, of course. The suspect, Raymond, is preparing to leave town. He believes himself to be getting away ‘Scott-free’ since his wife, G, was arrested for the crime. Enter the Inspector and Bob, a perceived dimwitted new boyfriend of G’s. The inspector brings G and Bob back to the mansion where the crime took place under the guise of her showing them exactly what happened and in her own words. A little mayhem ensues, and strange occurrences are noted such as the large steamer trunk Raymond is trying to take with him. Just what is in that trunk? The style is reminiscent of earlier decades of the bygone days of classic Hollywood. Hitchcock himself makes a cameo; something Fivelson points out is expected. “Well, you know, Hitchcock found a way of working a cameo in for himself in just about every film he ever made. In “Dial L,” I couldn’t let Hitch down by not letting him make an appearance.”

So what inspired this homage? “Well, Hitchcock’s movie of ‘Dial M for Murder’ was an adaptation of the Frederick Knott stage play of the same name. So it was a classic drawing-room mystery that Hitchcock was working with… I think it was the part where the kaleidoscope is swirling, or the colors were changing — something like that — behind Grace Kelly when she’s on trial in this wonderful, fantastical sequence — quite unlike the drawing-room scenes — that made me think — “What this needs is a little more Salvador Dali!”

Dial L is quite fun and entertaining. If you enjoy audiobooks, you’ll surely enjoy this new classic.

Dial L for Latch-Key airs April 11th (2014) on WMNR’s Fine Arts Radio Friday Evening Classics at 9 p.m. Click here to link to the live stream.

Credits are as follows:

DIAL L FOR LATCH-KEY: The Radio Play Written and Directed by Scott Fivelson

Performed by the By the Time I Get to Tucson Players

Phil Gordon as the “Inspector” and as “Hitch”

Jesus Limon as “Raymond” and as “The Man Who Knew Too Much About Hitchcock”

Brian Levario as “Bob”

Colleen Zandbergen as “G”

Douglas Grant as the “Narrator”

Engineered by Jim Glinski

Recorded at JTG Studios in Tucson, Arizona

“Dial L for Latch-Key: The Radio Play” is available from Blackstone Audio at Amazon.com, Audible.com, and other sites where audiobooks are sold.

*  Just a quick note to mention that Dial L is also available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook and you can find the separate formats by going to Amazoncom or other major retailers.

Buy here: http://www.amazon.com/Dial-L-Latch-Key-Scott-Fivelson-ebook/dp/B004TNH9XK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397231117&sr=8-1&keywords=Dial+L+for+Latch-Key

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Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

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Give this talented author some love, this is her debut novel and it is a beauty! If you have a moment to tweet or FB, or reblog, all efforts are appreciated:)

Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

In Debbie Herbert’s debut novel, there are two secrets, each one with a deadly consequence….

Shelly Connors’s worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy.

Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual …and impossible to ignore. But he’s determined to solve the murders, and he knows Shelly’s hiding something. Can she trust him with her deepest secret?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At first, I will admit, I had certain reservations about this book. I did not see how one could combine serious subjects with mermaids and fantasy. The autism angle of this book intrigued me as I am raising two autistic children, but I couldn’t see how anyone could take that seriously when mermaids were involved. I am pleased to report though, that Debbie Herbert has managed to make it all work, and make it entertaining in the process.

If you are the type who likes your romance steamy and your villains to have a background, this may just be the book for you. I loved that the villain was not senselessly violent. You learn more about the character as the book unfolds and get a real feeling for why he makes the choices he makes and what made him who he is.

I enjoyed the various relationships in this book, both between the main character and her love interest and her family members. The differences in personalities of the characters created a nice dynamic that kept the story flowing and held my attention.

There is quite a bit of mystery in this story and no major plot downturns, so it never slowed down or got boring. I also appreciated that the author made her autistic character believable and showed him in such a light that he seemed both capable and important to the overall plot.

This book is part murder mystery, part romance and part paranormal, but struck a balance where all three aspects had a chance to shine. Overall, I enjoyed this and look forward to further works from this author.

This review is based off of a digital ARC from the author, in exchange for an honest and impartial review. All opinions are my own.

About the author:

Debbie Herbert writes paranormal romance novels reflecting her belief that love, like magic, casts its own spell of enchantment. She’s always been fascinated by magic, romance and gothic stories.
Married and living in Alabama, she roots for the Crimson Tide football team. Unlike the mermaid characters in Siren’s Secret, she loves cats and has two spoiled feline companions. When not working on her upcoming book, Siren’s Treasure, Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and motorcycle riding with her husband.
A past Maggie finalist in both Young Adult & Paranormal Romance, she’s a member of the Georgia Romance Writers of America. Debbie has a degree in English (Berry College, GA) and a master’s in Library Studies (University of Alabama).–from goodreads

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My Grl Blog Tour

Big Launch in 2014 My GRL Fiction Thriller

By John W. Howell

Now available on Amazon a new Fiction Thriller published by Martin Sisters Publishing

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My GRL by John W. Howell is fast-paced thriller that shows how your life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. . . It is a well-written story that kept me glued, page after page.” Readers’ Favorite Five Stars – Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi. See the entire review HERE

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Blurb:

John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a well-deserved leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

Author Bio:

Photo by Tim Burdick

Photo by Tim Burdick

John W. Howell’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes thriller fiction novels and short stories. He also has a three times weekly blog at Fiction Favorites .

John lives on Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of south Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

Author Contact:

E-mail: johnwhowell.wave@gmail.com

Twitter: @HowellWave

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

Whisper by Stacey R. Campbell

Whisper (A Lakeview Novel, #2)Whisper by Stacey R. Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, which is somewhat surprising to me as I tend to avoid young adult books that deal with romance, wherever possible. I think what set this one apart, was the confidence the author writes with. She asks you to suspend belief a little for the paranormal aspects of the story, and you happily comply based upon your desire to see the story work out for the good of the characters. I certainly did not spend any time picking apart the possibility of one portion or another of this story being likely or not. I enjoyed the characters and the setting far too much for that.

Interestingly enough, it was the main character that I tended to favour the least in this story, and the secondary characters that made me love it. I liked the interactions, the tension and the brewing romance as well. I appreciated that the romance was well paced and more complex than one finds in this category as a general rule.

By the halfway point of this story, I was already wondering what the next book would be about and hoping for more writing of a similar variety. If you have not read anything by this author yet, I would recommend that you give her books a chance. I like it.

This review is based on a digital ARC from Netgalley and provided by the publisher.

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The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson

The Day She Died: A NovelThe Day She Died: A Novel by Catriona McPherson

A riveting new mystery from the author of the critically acclaimed Dandy Gilver series

Jessie Constable is a survivor. She holds it together with her job and a couple friends, making sure her dreams and fears are hidden deep inside her. She’s learned not to look for much more until Gus King appears and turns her careful life upside down. Gus’s wife has committed suicide, and his kids need Jessie. But who is the ragged stranger she sees from the corner of her eye? Why are men she doesn’t know threatening her? She wants to believe she can work it all out and make a happy ending. But a girl who’s been burned as much as Jessie should know that things that seem too good to be true often are.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first began reading this book, I wondered what in the world was going on in it. The first few pages didn’t offer much in the way of explanation and I was a bit confused. As it progressed, I came to understand where the author was going with it, and really felt a sense of the story pulling together nicely.

This is an interesting book. The pace is not fast and at times I found the decisions of the main character a bit aggravating. The way she ingratiated herself into the lives of the family this story features made me stop and wonder who would do the things she was doing, but at the same time, made me respect her for giving so much of herself to a family she barely knew.

The author did a very good job of showing the emotions of her characters in this novel. I could feel the anger, confusion, hope and determination throughout. I particularly enjoyed the parts of the book that featured interactions between the main character and the children who had been left behind.

The setting was lovely and described in such a manner that it was easy for me to look back and recall my own dealings with the territory.

Overall, this was a very entertaining and highly thoughtful novel that kept me wanting to turn the next page. I would recommend this to those who enjoy a more emotional/psychological novel.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.

Amber House # 2 Neverwas

Neverwas  (Amber House, #2)Neverwas by Kelly Moore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So, I’m not sure what is up with the reviews of this book on Goodreads but after reading it, I can say that I don’t agree with the large majority of them. Reviews are supposed to be honest, so I will ignore the others with my usual amount of disregard for bullshit and give my honest opinion. This is about the book and only the book, not a pack of angry roving wolves searching for blood from other authors. I make friends in this industry every day, might as well counter-balance it with some enemies.

This book is different and in some ways that helps it out. I should begin by saying that I didn’t read the first book in the series, so I came into this one a bit blind. Still, the writing is good and the character development is interesting and well-thought enough to make me want to know more about the story.

This book delves into some very serious subjects, including race and social class and I was delighted by how well the authors gracefully covered these subjects. The main character is a reflection of the confusion that young people suffer when trying to figure out what they believe is a proper moral standard and code to live by.

There are magical and paranormal aspects to this story that made it intriguing for me as a reader and kept me looking forward to the next page. The story does jump back and forth a bit and at times was a little difficult to follow. Still, I liked the main character enough that I wanted to persevere and keep reading.

I didn’t expect things to go the way they did by the end of this book, and I now look forward to reading the rest of the series. Overall this was a story that captivated my senses and made me curious.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. My opinions are my own and in no way related to other reviewer’s thoughts on this title.


 

Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne

Christmas in Snowflake CanyonChristmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne

Holiday gifts don’t always come in expected packages… especially in the town of Hope’s Crossing.

No one has ever felt sorry for Genevieve Beaumont. After all, she has everything money can buy. That is, until she discovers her fiancé has been two-timing her and she’s left with two choices: marry the philanderer to please her controlling father or be disinherited and find a means to support herself.

Genevieve’s salvation appears in the most unlikely of prospects: Dylan Caine, a sexy, wounded war vet whose life is as messy as hers. Dylan’s struggling to adjust after his time in Afghanistan, and the last thing he needs is a spoiled socialite learning about the real world for the first time. True, she may have unexpected depths and beauty to match. But he knows he could never be the man she needs…and she knows he could never be the man she thinks she wants. So why are they each hoping that a Christmas miracle willl prove them both wrong?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What in the world can you ask from a Christmas novel than a great butt-kicking scene with a couple of feisty chicks in a bar? This is what makes RaeAnne Thayne such a versatile and interesting romance author. If you are tired of reading the traditional holiday romance, this book might be the break you have been looking for.

This is part of a series, and the previous books featured many of the same characters, but you can still read and enjoy it even if you are not familiar with the other books. I would still recommend reading them though, as they have been a great deal of fun.

There are some unbelievable aspects of this story, so if you are the type that wants your fiction to closely match reality, this might bug you at times. If not, and you can suspend reality to enjoy a story, this one is a lovely tale of love and redemption.

I liked that the main character in this story showed growth from when we first met her in a previous book and that she humbled herself enough to apologise to those she had wronged. The love story was nicely penned and I found myself looking forward to a happy ending.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, lighthearted Christmas story for lovers of the genre.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.

Cider Brook by Carla Neggers

Cider Brook (Swift River Valley, #3)Cider Brook by Carla Neggers

Unlikely partners bound by circumstance…or by fate?

Being rescued by a good-looking, bad-boy firefighter isn’t how Samantha Bennett expected to start her stay in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. Now she has everyone’s attention—especially that of Justin Sloan, her rescuer, who wants to know why she was camped out in an abandoned old New England cider mill.

Samantha is a treasure hunter who has returned to Knights Bridge to solve a 300-year-old mystery and salvage her good name. Justin remembers her well. He’s the one who alerted her late mentor to her iffy past and got her fired. But just because he doesn’t trust her doesn’t mean he can resist her. Samantha is daring, determined, seized by wanderlust—everything that strong, stoic Justin never knew he wanted. Until now…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I give this book an overall 3.5 stars. The story was interesting and complex, but the not as filled with action nor suspense as I would have believed from reading the blurb.

While this story has a relatively slow pace, it is still very well written. The main character has a lot of shadows in her past that must be dealt with before she can figure out what to do with her future, and Carla Neggers has always been good at spinning a good back story for her characters.

I didn’t feel close to the main character in this story for the first two-thirds or so of the story. The way she is portrayed made me unsure if she were trustworthy or not and I had a difficult time warming up to her. There are also an abundance of other characters early on in the story and that made it hard for me to get to know any of them very personally.

What I did love about this story was the description. From the very first few pages, the author managed to capture my adventuresome spirit with her beautiful descriptions of New England and adequately make me feel like I was there.

The love story is slowly built and has a nice ending, not entirely expected.

This was a good book to read on an evening when the weather outside made me want to transport to somewhere else. I would recommend this to readers who like complex characters.

This review is based on a digital ARC from netgalley and the publisher.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson

Unleashing Mr. DarcyUnleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.

Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she’s crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. What she doesn’t count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon’s a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In many ways, this is one of my favourite romances I have read this year. I was actually quite surprised by how much enjoyment I got out of this book. What the characters were based on put aside, I loved the originality of the cast. When you read a lot of romances, they all tend to blend together after a while, so it was nice to see some characters that really made me want to root for their success.

I really loved Elizabeth’s character. She was intelligent, emotional and just all around the kind of character that you want to learn more about. I understood why she felt the way she did and respected her for being different than the average female character who meets the rich, handsome bachelor.

Donovan was well written and the dialogue he brought to the story was better than the average romance lead character drama. I laughed out loud in multiple places at his observations of the other characters and the situations he found himself in.

The dog shows were well described and I loved that Elizabeth had such a soft spot in her heart for Bliss and for Sue’s companions.

Romance-wise, this story was paced well and the characters didn’t fall in love and end up in bed together within the first chapter. The author allowed them time to build a relationship before she embarked on much intimacy and this made me feel closer to them. I liked that we got to know more about them as individuals before they became a single unit. The sex scene itself was also tasteful and more romantic than gross for those of you who don’t like really explicit descriptions.

I will say, that as much as it made me giggle at times, if you are English, the MANY references to what English people and English men in general are like will either make you laugh or drive you mad. In some places the cliches were so abundant it nearly reminded me of one of those “what American‘s think we do” memes you find on the internet.

There is a bit of imagination stretching to get around things like passports, visas and the ability to simply decide to stay in a country other than your own, but the story warranted a bit of belief suspension and that was okay. I thought the characters were worthy of it.

That and the repeated use of the phrase “Storm clouds gathered in his eyes” were the reason I gave this four stars rather than five. Still, this was a really fun way to pass the hours and I got a lot of enjoyment out of it, more so even than I had expected.

If you are a fan of the lighter romance with a good back story and lots of reasons to smile, this book will be just your thing.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.