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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


The latest Sam Jenkins novel by Wayne Zurl receives five stars from me. Mr. Zurl has a way of pulling the reader into the story from page one. This one opens with the introduction of a hate group, The Coalition for American Family Values, and its hatred for local girl C.J. Profitt. C.J., a chart-busting country blues singer, is returning to Prospect to visit and perform at a charity concert. 

The mayor requests that Sam “guard” C.J. from enemies known and unknown. Sam, police chief of Prospect, has more important duties, but agrees. C.J.’s immediate dislike of Sam does little to make his job easy.

Add a new police recruit and an old friend looking for a job to the mix and Sam has his hands full. As usual, Sam relies on his charm and brilliant police work to not only keep C.J. safe, but unravel the mystery surrounding threats to her life.

Mr. Zurl does an excellent job of writing believable characters with their own special traits. Each is unique. A Sam Jenkins story is not complete without the addition of his beautiful wife, Kate, or the flirtatious reporter, Rachel. Each brings another dimension to the layers of Mr. Zurl’s book.  

Mr. Zurl’s knowledge of police work and the military brings reality to Sam Jenkin’s character as he uses both to solve this mystery.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an excellent read. Well done.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday

The following is from Chapter Three of my yet untitled latest Kellie Conley mystery. It is a work in progress and unedited. 

The intensity of the newscaster’s voice caught Will’s attention. 

“Robert William Berner, the serial killer that escaped from Graywoods Asylum for the Criminally Insane, may have been seen in our listening area. He may have changed his appearance. A local girl is missing, and it is believed he may be responsible. Be wary of strangers. It was reported he may be driving a four-door brown sedan. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday

The following is from Chapter Two of my latest Kellie Conley book. It's working title for now is Kellie #5. When I have a title, I'll post it.

Wills stared at the face in the mirror. “Nice job, darker hair and a thinner face. I don’t look like myself.” His laughter would have made anyone’s skin crawl if he weren't alone. He slipped a deep burgundy t-shirt over his jeans, pulled on leather boots, and strode with confidence out of his motel room to the cafĂ© across the street.

The pretty waitress smiled at him when he sat at the counter. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday

The following is from Chapter One of the fifth Kellie Conley book. It's working title is simply Kellie #5. I'll find the right title as the story unfolds.

“Do you remember Wills Berner?”
“Remember? How could I forget? He was the neighborhood bully. Uncle Mike told me they had to question him once when people’s garden gnomes began to disappear. I remember how Wills said the gnomes would get us in our sleep. He terrified me. Didn’t he and his parent’s move to the other side of the state?”

“Yes, and while we were in our freshman year at college, he was arrested and ended up in the Graywoods Asylum for the Criminally Insane.”

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Abandoned Souls --New Release

Released on 6-3-14
Kellie’s college friend, Marilyn, has been plagued by nightmares and vague memories of her kidnapping at age six. A tragedy in Kellie’s life brings the friends together again and pulls Kellie into Marilyn’s horror. What is the connection between Marilyn’s kidnapping and the abandoned cemetery near Marilyn’s house? Why is a young spirit calling Kellie to the cemetery to help her and her spirit friends? Will Kellie and her friends be able to fight off evil once again? Is the power of Kellie’s protective white light enough to save them?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Six Sentence Sunday

May was a crazy month for me. Mother’s Day, my birthday, and feeling under the weather put me behind. I thought I would make it up by having a triple Six Sentence Sunday with sentences from the next three chapters in my upcoming book, Abandoned Souls. I am hoping to release it this month -- June. J

From chapter four:   
“Kellie.” She heard a soft voice whisper her name. Looking up, she saw one of her college friends, Marilyn Price.
“Marilyn, what are you doing here?” Kellie stood, and they hugged. Taylor hugged Marilyn, too.

From chapter five:
“I’m not sure, but since you had an intruder I thought the person walking through the woods might be a problem.”
“What?” Marilyn jumped out of bed and ran to the window. She saw the light bouncing and moving back and forth as if someone was working their way through the woods toward the house. “It’s not important enough to call 911, but I’m going to watch it. If whoever that is comes on the property, I’ll call immediately.”

From chapter six:
Marilyn stood several feet from the mausoleum entrance. “I’m not sure I want to go in there. When I was lost in this cemetery, I swear someone entered and exited one of these. I don’t know which one since he blindfolded me.”

“That’s okay, I’ll go in.” Kellie entered the smallest mausoleum and saw there were four crypts marked with names and dates.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Review of New Release, Echoes, by Michael Bray

I had read Mr. Bray’s previous book, Whisper, and looked forward to the sequel. I was pleasantly surprised that the sequel, Echoes, was as good, if not better than the first. This is not to say I enjoyed the book only on the expectation that I would since I loved the first one.
Mr. Bray’s writing style drew me into the book from page one. He grabbed my attention by opening the story in an abandoned asylum for the criminally insane. From there he wove his story back to Oakwell and Hope House through the actions of richly crafted characters connected to each other by friendship and family.

One brother, the host of a paranormal investigative reality show, and another, a pillar of the community and councilman, come to an agreement to film a show at Hope House.
What follows is a wonderfully crafted story with several plot lines that weave and intersect at the perfect points throughout the story. A group of overly inquisitive teens, a recording crew, people drawn to the area out of morbid curiosity, and the return of Steve and Melody add to the richness of the story. Steve and Melody return against their own better judgment. Did they make the right decision? You will have to read Echoes to find out.  

The plot moves ahead seamlessly, but is never boring. This was a true page turner. I finished it in three days often picking up my Kindle when I had other things, including my own writing, to do. It is a bit darker than the first book, but it didn’t cause me nightmares.

I give Mr. Bray a solid 5 star review for Echoes not only for the quality of his writing, but the depth and realism he brought to his characters. Also, for an intriguing, fresh, and gripping story line.
I look forward to the final book in this wonderful trilogy.

**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Echoes for review. This did not, in any way, affect my review of the book or Mr. Bray's writing.  

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