The Warren by Brian Evenson #bookreview

X doesn’t have a name. He thought he had one—or many—but that might be the result 30199444of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him. Or maybe he really is called X.

He’s also not as human as he believes himself to be.

But when he discovers the existence of another—above ground, outside the protection of the Warren—X must learn what it means to be human, or face the destruction of their two species. –

I’m not sure what to say about this novella.  Did I like it?  Yes, I’m pretty sure I did.  Did I understand what happened?  Possibly.

The Warren is suspenseful, may or may not have different POVs and an unreliable narrator, and leans heavily on existential horror.  It’s ambiguous and leaves much to reader interpretation, so if you like your stories wrapped up in a neat package with a pretty bow on top, this probably isn’t for you.  If, however, you enjoy mulling over strange and bewildering tales, trying to fit the puzzle pieces into a cohesive unit – give The Warren a try.  I know I’m still thinking about it.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Our Justice by John W. Howell

It’s finally here – the last book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy – and it was well worth the wait!  My review will be posted here next week.


Introducing the third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy – Our Justice

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The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs has figured out a way to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.

The action begins with John fearing for his life. Clearly, whoever is trying to get him has a mission to accomplish and the elimination of John is at the top of the to-do list. The quest to survive takes John and his love, Stephanie from the beaches of Port Aransas to West Virginia and finally to Matt Jacob’s corporate headquarters at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. There John finally understands what he needs to do to protect both he and Stephanie from further mayhem.

The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?

Our Justice is available on Amazon and KDP now in e-book format for preorder at $2.99 with shipments starting on September 23rd. The paper edition will be available on Amazon September 23rd at $14.99. Here is the link for pre-order of the e-book


I see out of the corner of my eye that Ned is on the phone. Hopefully, he’s calling in reinforcements since it looks like the SUV is gaining on us. Just as the rear window of the Focus blows inward, he finishes the call. Hundreds of pieces of glass hit Ned and me. Luckily, it’s shatterproof stuff, so we’re mostly okay cut wise. Ned crouches down and fires three quick shots with his 9MM. In the mirror, the SUV swerves to the left and almost explodes after it rams a parked car. “Stop,” Ned yells.

I slam on the brakes, which nearly tosses Ned through the windshield. “For shit’s sake, I don’t have a seatbelt on, junior, so take it easy. Just stop and turn around.”

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John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a daily blog. His first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold. His second, His Revenge is available on Amazon and KDP Select.

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis #bookreview

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered 25812109three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.  –

I’m not a frequent reader of YA contemporary, but whatever this author writes, I read – her books are just that good.  Always.

This novel is dark, intense, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking and difficult to read at times.  The teenage characters drink, swear and have sex and there are some violent scenes.  But this novel sends a powerful message about rape and sexism and needs to be talked about and shared.

When Alex decides to take care of things in her own way and turns into a vigilante, it’s difficult to condemn her actions.  With such horrific stories reported by the media, I think most people can identify with how she feels, but not everyone would follow through on what they’d like to do to the perpetrators.  The three different POVs are integral to this story – being in Alex’s head and seeing how her mind works and her struggles to act ‘normal’, learning how Jack deals with his conflicting feelings for her, and hearing Peekay’s thoughts about her developing friendship with Alex.

The Female of the Species would make an excellent book club selection, but this is a book I’d recommend for the more mature YA crowd.  Beautifully written, memorable, jarring, and highly recommended.

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Teaser Tuesday September 20 #amreading


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted on Books and a Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Choice:  The Fair & Foul (Project Gene Assist #1) by Allie Potts


Location 187:  “Imagine a world where no one has to worry about another ugly wireless tower going into their backyard, a world with ageless infrastructure.  Imagine a world with Internet-enabled telepathy.   I call it, Project Gene Assist.”

Book Blurb:  Juliane has a supercomputer for a brain and she isn’t afraid to use it. Perhaps she should be.

Juliane Faris is a brilliant programmer determined to change the world through scientific and technical advancement. Blinded by ambition, she will do whatever it takes to secure her legacy including agreeing to participate in an experimental procedure. The procedure grants her unprecedented knowledge and cellular control over her body but threatens everything she holds dear including her sanity. When others undergo the same modifications it becomes apparent that not everyone can afford the price that this technology demands

Set in the not too distant future, The Fair & Foul is earth-based science fiction dealing with the next era of human evolution. The line between humanity and technology is blurring, and what seems like magic is only a scientific discovery away.


Submerged by Cheryl Kaye Tardif #bookreview

From the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG comes a terrifying new thrillerPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00067] that will leave you breathless…

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn’t the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger’s calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right. –

If you’re in the mood for a quick, easy read, Submerged will fill that void just fine.   Part mystery/suspense, part light-hearted romance, this is a story about two people, neither of them in good places in their lives, who find each other by way of a near tragedy and a nail-biter of a rescue.  Things fall into place a little too easily with the romance and Marcus certainly gets away with insubordination with his boss (although it’s well-deserved), but this was a light, enjoyable read for me.


Kate is having a sale on her amazing series – don’t miss it!

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Hey, everyone!

Just a quick post to let you know I’m running an ebook sale on the Bound trilogy! If you haven’t started this bestselling YA Fantasy series yet, or if you’ve been waiting for a sale to complete your collection, now is the perfect time!


Enjoy! And if you have any friends who might be interested, your help in spreading the word is, of course, most appreciated. Thank you. You are so wonderful.

Available for Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook, yadda yadda. You can find all of the links on my site,, or just click the links below.




And here’s my latest video. This one mentions the sale, but is mostly about the reading order for the trilogy when you throw the prequels in (you knew you could get those free by signing up for my newsletter, right?). And you get to hang out…

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It’s publication day for Lost in Static!

It’s release day for Christina!

Writing round the block

Wow. I’m a little speechless and wordless this morning (for those of you that don’t know me, this is a VERY RARE OCCURRENCE) as my debut novel, Lost in Static, is making its way into the big wide world today – and that is a very scary thing indeed.


People keep asking me how I’m feeling about it, and I respond, truthfully, 50% excited and 50% terrified. Because I am terrified. Years of ink, sweat, and tears all culminating in this moment… which is actually only the beginning of it all because then I have to wait with bated breath to see what others think of it.

There will be a blog tour starting tomorrow. Please consider following it:


For those of you that read it (or any other book for that matter), please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads or any other retailer site, as reviews are important…

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