Thursday, April 3, 2014

Elizabeth Corrigan has another winner with #2 of her Earthbound Angel series.  The Oracle has gone on a much needed vacation, leaving Bedlam to his own intentions.  Not necessarily a good idea as we know, but this time he is in the right (with a few detours!!) trying to reach the Spear of Longinus before another demon does.

There are many places to hunt, many tasks he must finish before he can reach his goal.  Can he actually commit?  Can he get the job done and save all without using his angel powers?  Sometimes we don't know the measure of someone until they are given a charge so important that the outcome will change humanity. Motivating his assistants by pissing them off, he keeps going forward.

Meanwhile, back at the beach, Carrie has issues of her own dealing with the guy next door, his sister and her friends and reminding herself that this, too, will pass.  Hopefully.

Raising Chaos is, in short, pretty humorous, quite serious but because Bedlam is the star it can't stay serious for long.  We learn more about the angelic hierarchy and about the lives and loves of our favortie players.  If you liked The Oracle of Philadelphia,  you're gonna love this!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You never know about a debut novel:  Especially one written by a fairly well-known person.  I am here to testify that Jack Hyland’s The Moses Virus is an amazing first book!  Filled with great bad guys (and girls!) and nicely written good guys (and girls!).

Tom Stewart only wanted to come to the American Academy to go over his latest book before publication.  He was invited by a friend to witness the opening of an entry into Nero’s Golden Palace.  Well, they did open it – but the two archeologists who went in first died.  That is bad enough, but when several watchers decide that Tom has information on what killed them reviewing his book is in second place over staying alive.

Assistance is provided by a co-worker, an old priest, a retired Swiss banker  all of whom have a piece of the mystery.  Threats are provided by one of the biggest Seed company in the world and police. 

This book was a really good read.  I couldn’t read it quickly because I was afraid I’d miss something!  Right up there with Dan Brown and I can’t wait to read more.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

OUTLAW:  Waylon, Willie, Kris and the
Renegades of Nashville BY Michael Streissguth

‘Way before the Highwayman road along the coach roads, before Jesus was a Capricorn and before Whiskey River -  Nashville was a pretty boring place.  All the producers were white, Baptist and walked the line.  Things were on a straight, repetitive road.  Until…..
In Outlaws Michael Streissguth takes us back to the early 1960s when a Rhodes scholar (Kris), a Texas DJ (Waylon) and a Methodist cotton picker (Willie) had a bit of an epiphany.  Different places, different times but still the epiphany came.  Why could they not produce their own music?  Well, because “that’s not the way we do things.” 

Through many bottles of pills and alcohol, through many joints and road trips somehow these men were able to accomplish their mission.  Told by people who lived these years:  Rodney Crowell, Ronny Light, Roseanne Cash and others this is just an entertaining look at history being rewritten and how some of our favorite names in country music became music heroes (not saints, for sure!).
Any historian of Nashville, country music or the above named stars will enjoy this book.  I’d give it 5 stars!

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka

When Elizabeth Edwards died of breast cancer in 2010, the author of this book was in the White House with an NPR crew to interview the President.  Pretty Christmas tree?  New Rug?  Sikka couldn’t tell you because, in the forefront of her mind, she was awaiting a phone call that could (and did) change her life.

Breast Cancer!  Scary news!  I know this because this past September I received the same phone call.  Plans to be planned, decisions to be decided, life goes on but on a totally different course.  If only I’d had this book.  Seriously.  Ms. Sikka writes in woman-speak, tells it as it is and offers some great ideas along the way. 

I loved the format of this book:  A-Z with each chapter getting a page or so.  I loved her references to Cancerland (I live there, too!) and to let yourself be YOU.  Most important.  No one can do that for you, although they can (and, if they offer, should) do darn near anything else.

Coming out in February, 2014, I hope this shows up in Dr. offices and hospital libraries because it can help – a lot.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan

Man sells soul to the Devil to save his sister’s life. Sister is NOT pleased and wants him to get his soul back.  He can’t.  Enter Carrie (Cama, Cassia), diner owner and the Oracle of Philadelphia.  She doesn’t think it’s fair he can’t get his soul back; so Carrie dreams up a plan to help. 


Maybe.  Her Angel friend, Gabriel (yes, that Gabriel!) and her ex-angel friend Bedlam (aptly named!) have know Carrie since 1200 BC. Oracles cannot die nor can Angels and Bedlams.  There is a professed psychic,. Madame Zarita who also hangs out at the diner but is no help at all.


Turns out Carrie can separated her soul from her body without dying (Oracles can’t die) so she tootles off to Hell each night to find one of the seven archdemons  - Lethe.  Not that simple.


This book was wonderful!  I loved Bedlam (seriously, cow tipping??), Gabriel was so nice and Carrie was doing what a girl has to do to get results.   Does she get Sebastian’s soul back – even if he doesn’t want it?  Well… or buy this novel to see.  I promise you it’s worth it!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mike’s Way Back (Finding Perfect-Book One) by Amy Gregory

Mike Sterling was a cop in a small town.  He hadn’t always been there, he grew up there and moved to Chicago to be a detective.  Then a kid shot him and he nearly died from the bullet wound.  He also killed the kid in self-defense.  Everyone knew that, but it didn’t help.  Somewhere in this mix he went home early and you can probably guess the rest.  Let’s just say he’s divorced.

Taryn Watts was the ultimate professional.  She had her dream job in designing space for picky clients.  She had two best friends, Andrew and Scott who were much more than friends to each other.  She didn’t need complications.  She just wanted to create a working space for her client’s culinary school. 

Strong willed woman meets strong willed man.  Hmmmmm.  This book was a fun read, the characters well done and the humor wonderful!  I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a little down time with some entertaining people.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Runners.  There are many kinds:  for exercise, to deliver something, chasing something (someone) and to escape are but a few.  Rachel is running away from people who mean her harm.  Sam Dryden is trying to get tired enough to sleep – or so he thinks.  When Rachel smacks into him on the pier it is obvious she is terrified.  Lights are following her and Sam does what any ex-military would do – he keeps the 14-yr old safe and takes her home.  Until they realize the hunters know where she is, and who Sam is.

This book is so intense that it was hard to put down.  Rachel may be much more than she seems and he definitely is!  Traveling across the country, one step ahead of her chasers, it never occurs to Sam that the people following them may be legitimate.  The characters are well written and you feel such stress for Rachel’s well-being that you won’t be able to put the book down.

A well-written novel of terror, revenge and thrills, .Sure to be a great seller and one you’ll have to have.  Out in February, 2014.