The Writer’s Reading Corner – Sue Rovens #amreading #mystery #thriller

Who hasn’t seen The Andy Griffith Show?  Admittedly, it’s been years since I’ve watched an episode, but when I was younger I saw a few, and even today while browsing through the program guide, you’ll see it listed.  Sue Rovens is here to discuss her ‘behind the scenes’ read of Andy and Don.

I had heard rumors about Don Knotts being a ladies man. I also heard rumblings about Andy Griffith being into drugs. Since I grew up watching “The Andy Griffith Show”, I wanted to know the real truth behind the stories of these ‘legends’ from the 60s.

Daniel de Vise, the author, did an incredible researching job. Having interviewed practically everyone available who was connected (even remotely) to Andy and Don in some fashion must have been a tremendous undertaking. He starts with their pretty humble beginnings (from their birth), and continues right up until the time they pass. It’s not only an in-depth study of their professional work, but plunges deep into their personal lives as well.

Great anecdotes and insider information bubble forth, all weaved in, around, and through the years. I won’t “spoil” who these men REALLY were, if you wish to find out for yourself, but there were a number of surprises, some of which were sad and disappointing.

It is written very well, which is sometimes difficult to do when recapping a life year by year (or close to it). Chronologically, as the reader gets closer to the present, there are some time jumps, but it fits the arc of the big picture. Andy and Don were simply living out their lives. Also included are a number of photos – all delightful and nostalgic.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loved “Andy Griffith”, “Matlock”, or any of the films made by Don Knotts. Anyone who has a remote interest in Hollywood of the 1940s, 50s, or 60s might also find this pretty appealing.

Author Bio

I am an indie suspense writer with two novels currently out in the world. Badfish (2015), my first novel, welcomes the reader into a small town where corruption and illegal drugs run rampant.  Track 9 (2017) revolves around two couples, both of whom have difficult pasts, making their current decisions life-threatening and deadly.

I wish I could say that I write full-time (for a living), but no. I work at Illinois State University as the Stacks Maintenance Manager in Milner Library and have been there over 26 ½ years. I also have a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Recreation (and a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication) from ISU..

I also run a blog, part of which features interviews from authors of ALL genres in the Meet & Greet Section. I was fortunate to interview (the late) Jack Ketchum (of horror fame)this past December (2017) – one of my writing ‘heroes’- and include him among the other great writers who have shared their time with me on the blog.

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My latest release is the revised/updated edition of In a Corner, Darkly: Volume 2. The original (released in 2013) has been completely revamped. Three stories were pulled and three new ones have been added. The other twelve have been rewritten. Some lean toward apocalyptic, some gravitate more toward horror, but all fifteen brim with suspense. You can find this book, as well as my others (Badfish, Track 9, and In a Corner Darkly: Volume 1) on Amazon in paperback or kindle.


The Glade by Harmony Kent #bookreview #horror #thriller

This gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems.

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high. Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power.

This sensational second novel by acclaimed author Harmony Kent will have you alternately laughing, crying, and gripping the edge of your seat as this roller-coaster ride of a plot unfolds. It will keep you guessing through its many twists and turns, and hijack your attention right up until you turn the final page. This book has it all: murder, intrigue, the supernatural, a broken marriage, a love affair, courage against impossible odds, suspense, and high drama. –

If I knew nothing about this book and only saw the cover, I’d want to read it based on that alone.  Being a King fan, when I read this book had ‘faint echoes of Pet Sematary’, I was a goner.

In most horror movies and books, when the supernatural occurrences begin in a house, you wonder why the owners don’t just vacate the premises.  Find a new house with no previous owners.  Preferably not one on an Indian burial ground.  But Helen doesn’t have that option – if she leaves, her terminal cancer returns.   So then what happens?  She deals with it – sometimes in very vivid and graphic ways that made this horror fan smile and nod in pleasure.

The Glade is an exciting blend of horror, thriller, and mystery, tossing in unexpected twists along the way to keep the reader guessing.  The alternating timeline narrative adds to the suspense, and the setting descriptions are eerie and mystical.  If supernatural suspense is your thing, this is your book.


A Fabulous Review for Sarah by D. Wallace Peach #bookreviews #YAbooks #horror #ghoststories #TuesdayBookBlog

I’d love to be able to reblog Diana’s post over at Myths of the Mirror, but since all the reblog buttons have disappeared, I can only provide the link.  She has some marvelous things to say about Sarah, and asked me to explain how I channeled the voices of 17-year-old boys.  Click here to read about it.

While you’re there, take some time to read her poetry and short stories, check out her extensive collection of fantasy books (with some of the most stunning covers I’ve come across), as well as her most recently published children’s book, Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Tale.

The Writer’s Reading Corner: Mae Clair #amreading #supernatural #thriller

It’s Friday!!!  A very wet one where I am, and it looks to be that way for the next week.  My guest today is Mae Clair, author of the Point Pleasant Series (if eerie supernatural thrillers are your favorite flavor, I highly recommend!).  Stop by here on March 1st for the cover reveal of her upcoming book, Cusp of Nightthe first in a new series.

Teri, thanks for inviting me to participate in the Writer’s Reading Corner. It’s a delight to be here and talk about something we all love—books. Lately, I’ve been enthralled by novels that feature alternate timelines. This has become trendy in mainstream and mystery fiction, with one timeline usually set in the present, the other in the past. Both storylines eventually converge for a climatic ending or spectacular wrap to the mystery.
cover for The Night Sister a mystery/suspense novel by Jennifer McMahonThe first book I read with a past/present plot was The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. A psychological thriller/mystery with a taint of the supernatural, spot on for my preferred genre. Plus look at that gorgeous cover. Ominous and eerie, it sucked me in.

The story revolves around three women—Piper, Margot, and Amy—once childhood friends, who are forced to revisit a grim discovery from their past when Amy and her family are found dead. The story moves between the summer the girls spent exploring an abandoned hotel, and the present where Piper and Margot are confronted with the unfathomable news Amy is believed responsible in the deaths of her family.

I was riveted from page one and devoured the book in a few days. Afterward, I promptly read most everything Ms. Mahon has written. By then, I had already started my own book with a past/present timeline.

Cusp of Night, releasing in June, is the first novel in my Hode’s Hill Series, and alternates timelines between the present and the late 1800s. Since I am still waiting on a cover from my publisher, I’m not ready to share the official blurb. But I will tell you that my main character, Maya Sinclair, finds herself caught up in a centuries-old mystery after renting a brownstone that once belonged to a spiritualist known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill. If you like suspenseful tales with a twinge of the supernatural, I think you’ll enjoy Cusp of Night. I’ve populated it with a creature of urban legend, lingering ghosts, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.

Please keep Cusp of Night on your radar for June. In the meantime, perhaps I can distract you with my Point Pleasant Series, three novels spun around the urban legend of the Mothman.

New York Times bestselling author, Kevin’ O’Brien called the first book, A Thousand Yesteryears, “Masterful, bone-chilling fiction…one intense thriller….will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.”

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Here’s the official blurb should you like to consider it:

Behind a legend lies the truth…

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real.

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer.


About Mae:
Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her Point Pleasant series of novels.

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers, Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions. Look for Mae on her website at

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WWW Wednesday What Am I Reading? #amreading

WWW Wednesday is a meme from Sam at Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading Furyborn by Claire Legrand.

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

I recently finished Ace of Shades (and it was absolutely fan-freaking-tastic) by Amanda Foody.

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Next, for a bookclub I’m in, I’ll be reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Broken Shells by Michael Patrick Hicks #bookreview #horror #TuesdayBookBlog @MikeH5856

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle’s car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle’s secrets do not kill him first. –

Right away I wanted Antoine DeWitt to catch a break.  I felt his desperation, his internal struggle to stick around and shoulder his responsibilities, or run and take the easy way out.  He’s an easy character to root for.

If claustrophobia, fear of the dark, and gore make you uneasy, this might be a tough read, but you’ll be missing out on a gruesome tale that makes it difficult to look away.  There’s no doubt Jon Dangle has committed atrocious acts and Antoine is his latest victim in a long line.  But in a sickeningly twisted way, Dangle’s almost able to justify his actions and for a moment, his heinous crimes almost make sense in a ‘for the good of mankind’ way – which is highly persuasive writing on the author’s part.

Graphic imagery abounds and I lost track of the body count in this captivating horror novella.  Bonus points for the stunning cover!  I’ve read several of Hicks’s works and he hasn’t disappointed me yet.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.