I recorded this little video clip for the Mercer County Library system. It contains a quick trivia question about Righteous Assassin. The answer is included at the end of the video, so make sure to pause the playback after I ask the question so you can think about the answer. Don’t cheat!
Ruth Ware’s wildly popular novel is an exercise in internal anxiety reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe – just much longer. The first-person narrator, Laura (“Lo”) Blacklock, is a journalist for a British travel magazine. She scores a plush assignment of sailing on the maiden voyage of a small luxury cruise ship/yacht owned by a rich … More The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware [Review]
This is the most unique vampire story I’ve ever read or seen on the screen. Without spoiling anything, the principle vampire characters, Chase and Hunter Bardock, are part of a vampire family living in an underground compound in Queens. Both have traits that make them unusual among their kind, and that bring them closer to … More The Human Cure, by Tracy Auerbach [Review]
The baseline plot of The Cerberus Affair is immediately attention-getting and quickly draws the reader into the mystery. Catherine, a beautiful but sexless single mother of an adopted son, is a former journalist. At the same time her son is getting ready to go off to university, Catherine’s world is rocked by the news of … More The Cerberus Affair, by Charlotte Valentine [review]
This book of short stories is like the fever dream of a drug-addicted surrealist artist. The Parasite story (the first) has some elements of sci-fi, but lacks characters, a coherent story, an obstacle to be overcome or a goal to be achieved, and fails to even try to explain how an insect-like parasitic organism is … More The Parasite from Proto Space (and other stories), by Brett Petersen [Review]
If you are in a book club, or know anyone who is in a book club, please pass this along. Pretty much all book club meetings nowadays are virtual anyway. If any book club reads one of my books, I will show up for their meeting. I’ll log into the zoom and answer questions and … More I’ll come to your Book Club meeting!
Lethal Voyage (Mike Stoneman #3) is now officially done. I am in the process of narrating the audiobook version. There may be a few typos to correct still, but no more re-writing (once the audiobook is recorded, I really can’t tinker with the printed text). Since the book is set on a cruise ship, I … More Lethal Voyage is finished!
I have finished the text version of Lethal Voyage — book #3 in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series. While I wait to hear back from Literary Agents about the prospects for finding a traditional publisher who wants to publish the rest of the series (and the next one after that), I will be delaying setting … More Lethal Voyage — Audiobook Production is up next!
I read book #1 in the Jelvia series (Holding out for a Hero) and now have jumped to the most recent installment, Spider. T.E. Kessler has created a unique world in which Humans live alongside a super-human race of Jelvia. This installment delves into the common fetishes and motivations of both races through the eyes … More Spider: Jelvia: Not Human (#3), by T. E. Kessler [Review]
Adriane Brown’s novel, The Café on Dream Street, is a tortured tale of an immigrant from el Salvador, Felipe Sanchez, and his family, trying to make a life in a suburb of New York called Oakmont. The writer’s political bent is clear from the outset. The local cops are redneck anti-immigrant thugs, who terrorize the … More The Café on Dream Street, by Adriane Brown [Review]