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Book Review: A Cold Tomorrow

 

5 STARS for A COLD TOMORROW

Riveting, thrilling suspense featuring mysterious events and an iconic urban legend. Remarkable page turner. From the first paragraph, the story radiates a feeling of sinister unease that doesn’t subside until the unique and clever conclusion. The characters are like the people next door, and the reader roots for them to achieve their goals and dreams.

Title – A Cold Tomorrow

Author – Mae Clair

First Published – December 20, 2016

Genre – Mystery Suspense

Series – Book 2 of 3 in the Point Pleasant Series, can stand alone very well.

Setting – Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Heroine – Katie Lynch, a fiercely protective mother of a young son. After a tumultuous childhood in a small town filled with tragedy and secrets, she is just now opening herself to friendship and perhaps something more.

Hero – Ryan Flynn, Police Sergeant who is interested in Katie and skeptical of the wild theories of the Mothman and UFOs that are offered as reason for the town’s unexplained disappearances, animal mutilations, and other eerie events.

Opposing Forces – Three mysterious visitors, each with their own secrets to keep.

Descriptors – Mothman, urban legends, cryptograms, danger, mystery, suspense, sinister, thrilling, small town life.

Favorite Supporting Character – Other than the three mysterious visitors, by whom I am mesmerized, I especially appreciate Doreen Sue, Katie’s mother. She had a hard life, much of it self-created, and learned from her mistakes to become a caring mother and grandmother.

Fun Tidbit – The author made two research trips to Point Pleasant in preparation for this outstanding novel.

Memorable Line – Something loomed over him. Invisible suction-cup fingers clutched his face and wrenched his head up, pinning him in place.

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Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Book Review: Dracula’s Mistress

 5 STARS FOR DRACULA’S MISTRESS

 

Author – Carmen Stefanescu

First Published – 2017

Genre – Historical fiction

SubGenre – Romantic elements, paranormal elements

Setting – 15th century Walachia (Romania) at the time of Vlad the Impaler

Heroine – Angela

Hero – Vlad the Impaler, ruler of Walachia

Major Theme – Love survives violence, intrigue, chaos, politics, and power struggles.

Descriptors – dark and suspenseful, brooding with betrayals and deep emotion, exquisitely textured historical tapestry

Memorable Supporting Character – Angela’s cold and calculating mother gives the reader chills.

Fun Tidbit – The lead male character is Vlad the Impaler, the historical basis of the Dracula legend.

Memorable Line – All present bowed deeply as if felled by the harvester’s scythe.

Memorable Line – Darkness settled its heavy wings over the castle.

Chosen Book of the week on Goodreads MFRW! This books is a must read! 

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Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Review: Our Justice #RRBC

5 STARS FOR OUR JUSTICE

Author – John W. Howell

First Published – 2016

Genre – Suspense Thriller

Setting – California locales

Hero – John Cannon, lawyer and quick study

Villain – Matt Jacobs, wealthy terrorist set on assassinating the President and killing anyone who gets in his way or annoys him

Major Theme – Determined good wins over evil.

Descriptors – fast paced, moves at light speed, never a dull moment- seriously, well researched, puts the reader in the mind and body and behind the eyeballs of the hero, part 3 of series but stands on its own

Favorite Supporting Character – Ned Tranes, excellent police chief, good hearted friend and mentor of the hero

Fun Tidbit – I’m used to reading books with 3rd person POV. This book is written in 1st person POV, and not only that, it’s written in PRESENT TENSE. This gives it a fantastic quality of immediacy– Examples:

To add to my misery, a droplet runs down my forehead and into my eye. I don’t have a free hand to wipe the sweat away, and it burns my eye. I try to wink in the hope of clearing away the salt water.

“Also, if you make any sudden moves, I’ll have to pop you in the knee with my little friend here.”

Memorable Line – The coffee appears to have some magical power—the color flows back into her cheeks, and she looks much younger than just two minutes ago.

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Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Review: Assaie’s Gift #RRBC

4 STARS FOR ASSAIE’S GIFT

Author – D.E. Howard

First Published – 2015 

Genre – Fantasy

SubGenre – Romantic Elements

Setting – Earth; Goddess Realm

Heroine – Kia; Assaie

Hero – Xander; Jacob

Major Theme – Love endures and heals; features parallel stories on earth and goddess realm

Descriptors – light, delightful, fanciful, as appealing as our favorite childhood fairy tale

Favorite Supporting Character – Mother, the wise old woman who took in a hungry goddess

Fun Tidbit – I’m used to reading romances with 3rd person POV. This book with its plethora of POVs was a lot of fun. Example: She still had an outfit to choose and didn’t see her mother wiping a tear from her eye as she watched Kia leave the room.

Memorable Line – “What kind of boyfriend do I have that won’t let me cut him up a little bit?”

 

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Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance