A captivating, striking, and resonating thriller!

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In The Second Captive, author Maggie James weaves an intriguing psychological thriller based upon the psychology of the Stockholm syndrome which was highlighted during a real event that took place in Stockholm, Sweden in August, 1973. However, James’s fine-tuned fingers of fiction tap out an absorbing account of much more than a rehash of a journalistic or historical rendition of a harrowing real life event. The author seems to have a fondness for taking the reader further than simple reality. And that she does with The Second Captive.TSC 23565397

James puts a modern day spin on her novel, and broadens it with deep layers of twisting suspense that ripple beyond the central character of Beth Sutton. The author cleverly coaxes the reader into a believable scenario of the “syndrome” becoming a harsh reality to an ordinary person. It is that possibility painted by the pen of James that puts the reader on the edge of one’s seat as well as the edge of reality. Scary, but that’s the rush that comes from anything James writes.

Protagonist Beth Sutton could easily be your family member, or even you, as you will discover when reading The Second Captive. James is masterful in crisscrossing the emotions and agendas of the protagonist, and antagonist, Dominic Perdue, as her novel proceeds. And Dominic wants something far beyond one’s imagination. What seems unthinkable and most unlikely, suddenly becomes all too real for all of James’s characters. And that alone peels back another layer of human relations, revealing the underlying fragility. James has a way of presenting her characters in full dimension, reflecting easily the connection between characters and reader. And that’s the point where a story becomes real, believable.

Maggie James, Author

 

My reviews never divulge story elements, but I’m more than glad to let potential readers know you won’t be disappointed with The Second Captive. James does not allow her story to drag, and neither does she fill it with fluff. Every chapter is saturated with substance. Her word choice, and plot pacing will keep your pulse pumping, as you pant and fret along with her characters, begging for some kind of resolution and relief. Proof again that the excitement James spreads with ink is felt within the emotions of readers. You don’t just read a book by Maggie James, you experience it, emotionally!

Rather than hold my gold stars captive another moment, I gladly award 5-Stars for The Second Captive! Keep writing winners for your readers, Ms. James!

Maggie James’s Amazon Author Page.

A tempting tangle of psychological thrills!

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Psychological thriller fans will be in their comfort zone when reading Sister, Psychopath, a mind-stretching novel by author Maggie James.

Initially the author introduces the reader to some seemingly ordinary polite individuals. That lasts for a few pages, and then things become a little off-center. As James’s characters unleash their personal agendas driven by deep-seated motivations, the reader is very likely to hug the edge of their seat, maybe even gnaw a couple fingernails to the quick. Remember Sister, Psychopath is a psychological thriller. It’ll mess with your mind, and I loved it!

Maggie James

James has mastered the craft of developing stand-out characters, whether the likable heroines or the despised villains. The author has a way of letting her characters tell the story to the reader in such a way that the full force of those characters comes alive on the pages of her books. Her characters could easily be the reader’s next door neighbor or in the case of Sister, Psychopath, the characters could be the reader’s family members, or one of the characters could easily be the reader. Yes, you! But that’s the chilling backbone of a psychological thriller, realizing there are no boundaries when it comes to thoughts and motivations of the human being.

Sister, Psychopath is a perfect example of short-circuiting motivations that seem to be plentiful with James’s characters. No one has a corner on deceit, and no one has a monopoly on revenge. Neither does one individual have a lock on greed or scheming. But most important no one owns the process of rationalization which is rampant and rife in Maggie James’s novels. It’s that full-throttle quality that is an enjoyable hallmark of her books. Her characters generate maximum conflict and tension from their rationalizing, thus providing a harvest of psychological thrills for her readers.

When I finished Sister, Psychopath I was tempted to book an appointment with the therapist down the street, just to get my head straight. But I decided against that idea; thought I’d wait until I read Maggie James’s next psychological thriller, The Second Captive, according to James’s website. Then I’ll be ready for some serious mind-straightening therapy.

It only takes a little rationalization for me to give a Five-Star rating for Sister, Psychopath. A mind-bending read and hours of entertainment! I’ve cleared more space on my reading shelf for another Maggie James novel. Well done, Ms. James!

Maggie James’s Amazon Author Page.

5-Star Review: Chain of Title

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An endless chain of explosive events and emotions from page one!

From the time Shayna Chastain signed on the dotted line, her comfortable life of twenty-five years took a seemingly legal subtle turn, then raced out of control like a careening ride on a runaway big rig without a brake, and with an endless, descending  mountain road ahead.

Robyn Roze, Author

Robyn Roze, Author

Are you breathless yet? You will be for the next 357 pages of Chain of Title. Author Robyn Roze has established her writing voice, one that fills her novels with realistic characters fully equipped with flaws, aspirations, wants, and needs. Character motivations that swirl in conflict as the plot simmers and thickens.

Chain of Title is quality work delivering a unique set of characters that are distinctly different, and yet find themselves meshed in a common gravitational pull on a collision course headed for an exciting cataclysmic ending. Emotionally explosive reading!

After the devastation backdrop on the first few pages, of particular interest to me as a reader, was the vibrant resilience of forty-eight-year-old Shayna Chastain, who now faces life on the other side of mid-life. Yes, Shayna is challenged by the calendar, but dormant embers of emotion are set aflame, blazing into a youthful romantic renaissance like she’d never thought possible. And one unknown man provided the spark. But another is determined to snuff it out. And now the chain of choices facing Shayna are loosened by the author, and the reader is at their mercy also. Chair of Title 41LJWHjTKKL._UY250_

Author Roze masters dialogue that makes a reader want to listen in on every conversation, even the most intimate ones. Roze deserves a gold pen for giving us honest to goodness adult conversations and interactions, reflecting adult inner thoughts of her mature characters. How refreshing that is in the sea of silliness and immaturity that surrounds much of our current day media choices!

I commend Robyn Roze for her masterful romantic suspense, Chain of Title. Now that you jerked our “chain,” Ms. Roze, we’re hooked on your novels, and linked to your writing. While you decide where you’re taking us next in your writing world, I’m happy to hook another Five Stars to your growing collection!

Robyn Roze’s Amazon Author Page.

It’s Book Season!

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Yes! That’s right. Halloween not only kicks off the official Candi (It just looks better spelled like that. :) ) season, but leads to other autumn and winter holidays on the way. But even bigger is the over-arching autumn and winter months that are perfect times to curl up with a collection of favorite books.

New releases are happening virtually every second and the harvest of entertaining books is never more abundant than right now. I hope you’ve decided to purchase an e-reader of your choice so you can take advantage of the convenience of digital reading. Yes, I know, an e-book is a departure from a traditional paper and ink book. Think of it this way: Are you still holding out for the telegram and the Morse code as a way to stay in touch with your social circles? Neither am I.Reading in Stacks

Oh no, I’m not an either-or person when it comes to preferring paper books vs digital books. I prefer both, and still have more paper and ink books than digital. I just love the convenience of the e-reader. Whatever your preference, settle in for the season and enjoy some great books.

Take time to browse the different categories and genres of books and look for new releases. Above all make it a point to discover new authors. Sample the “look inside” and preview features offered online at your favorite bookseller. Those sample pages will help you decide if that book and/or author is for you. By visiting the author’s online sites you can gather additional insight to the author and her/his work.Book Club

If you’re looking for some specific recommendations, click on the Five-Star Author tab at the top of the blog. You’ll find a list of authors and their genres that I’ve enjoyed. Visit their author page or website and sample their work. You’ll find writing worth checking out.

After you try, and enjoy a new author’s work, take a few minutes to write a thoughtful review. Reviews are greatly appreciated by authors, and your impressions can be helpful to other readers browsing for another read. Include in your review what you liked about the book. And remember the tone of your review is a reflection upon you, not the author. One can still be civil and respectful when expressing positive or negative impressions.

Whatever you do, grab those leftover bags of Halloween treats, and crack open a new book.Dog Reading

It’s book season! Enjoy!

Full of mystery, suspense, and thrills!

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Author Michael W. Smart gives readers a fresh voice as he delivers a fully developed story with Dead Reckoning, his debut novel. Descriptions so graphic you’ll feel the sea breezes of the Caribbean, taste the flavors of the local foods, and feel the sensations of earth, ocean, and sky. Mother Nature at her best! But that’s just the beginning. Most of all you’ll meet real-life characters that will take you deep into the unfolding drama of Dead Reckoning.Michael Smart

Smart fills his writing with edge-of-seat mystery, and since he gives his characters a wide berth, their behavior creates conflict and tension page after page. But Smart allows tidbits of humor to add flavor and realism to his plot.

The author has developed a winning character in Nicholas Gage who takes the lead, and has a history that arouses the reader’s curiosity and imagination of who he really is. The author unravels enough details to lay a thread to Deadeye, the second novel in the Bequia mystery series. Nicholas Gage is in a peer group that includes Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Ian Fleming’s James Bond, John MacDonald’s Travis McGee, and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.

I wouldn’t dare spoil your read of Dead Reckoning by telling secrets of Nicholas Gage, but I’ll pass this one along. Gage has two love interests that divide his attentions, except when he can intimately enjoy both together. However one is a part of his soul, calming him, and the other stirs his emotions as she is out to claim his soul. Should I mention heart-felt drama at this point?Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00044]

As if that isn’t enough drama, Smart lets the undercurrents of the underworld shatter the tranquility of the restful resort world of the Caribbean Islands, with deadly mischief, raising the threat level for everyone, and especially for Nicholas Gage and who and what he treasures the most.

If you love the tranquility, and also the excitement of sailing the seas, then you’ll enjoy that extra bonus and thrill when you settle down to read Dead Reckoning, and Deadeye. Both hit the target of Five-Star reading entertainment.

Keep your writing pen filled with more mystery, suspense, and thrills, Mr. Smart. Give us more Gage!

Michael W. Smart’s Author Page.

Thrill Driven Untamed and Unleashed!

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Thrill Driven reads at reckless speed!

What happens when a woman is thrill driven? Successful business woman, 36 year-old Marla knows from experience it’s that sudden sharp feeling of excitement. That lusty rush of desire, want, and need, and the craving to satisfy it. More than ever she seeks to do that in Thrill Driven, Candi Silk’s latest erotic escapade.Thrill Driven prplxx09222014

After ending her emotionally barren marriage, Marla has regularly explored sensuous thrills with her favorite bed buddies, Ben and Ray. Both twenty-something, well-equipped studs. Seeking another level of thrills, Marla has invited Sherrie, Ben, and Ray for a long-weekend of “play.” But plans change, as Marla and Sherrie meet a third woman during a night of dancing.

Long-hidden desires come together as the three aroused women drink, dance, and play together. Discovering their womanly libidos are in sync, their swirling desires crave another level of eroticism as Ray joins them. And the night is driven full-throttle as the foursome swap naughty thrill after thrill, panting for satisfaction.

You’ll have a front row seat as uninhibited thrills spill forth page after page, enough to drive your e-reader over the edge, and blazing heat for your reading entertainment!

Thrill Driven, now available from Amazon, Smashwords, and shortly on other distribution channels.

7 Tricks, Treats, Temptations Blog Party

Come on in; you’re at the right place.

We’re just “Smashin’ pumpkins, screamin’ pleasures.” Let’s get freaked up for Halloween!

JackOlantern129db293-ef67-4aec-bac5-42548e864ea7_155x114wicked ladyHalloween is such a naughty holiday. So a few of my author friends and I thought it would be a devilish thing to surprise readers with 7 Tricks, Treats, and Temptations about our writing. You’ll get a mixture of fun, tantalizing, and scary stuff about characters, plots, suspense, twists and turns, hoping to freak you out a bit.

Enjoy my treat bag of 7 fun things, then party over to my list of fun and entertaining authors at the bottom. Don’t be surprised if they scare the covers off your books, before they treat you. Boo!!

7 Tricks, Treats, Temptations – Candi Silk

1. Kara was shocked at the boldness of Jonah, and the unique way he chose to get her female attention in TASTE ME. “Oh, so naughty, but she loved it!”

2. HOT COUPLE and SWAP ME unleash a steamy topic, but one adults continue to be intrigued by. “Inhibitions are not to be found. Libidos are on the loose. Oh my!”sexy witch

3. What could possibly have caused the naughty reversal of a settled, reserved married woman in LUST DRIVEN? “Oh my, Marla decided to breakout, and with two men. Too naughty even for Halloween!”

4. THRILL DRIVEN is the night three luscious women brought the house down. “And did some of the dirtiest dancing, and naughtiest stuff imaginable. Uh huh, but enjoyed it all, and more! Their treats await you too!”3 witches

5. Destiny James doesn’t know it, but someone is looking for her in FIND ME. Experience her excitement, suspense, and thrills. “Oh, yes, especially those thrills without boundaries or limits. OMG reckless!”

6. The NIGHT ROGUE puts Christian Grey to shame, and Victoria loves everything the NIGHT ROGUE wants to do to her. “But oh, the excitement he instills in her in their dark encounters!”

7. You can count on erotica escapades from Candi Silk being descriptive, edgy,Party explicit, and filled with sensuous excitement that will make you think it’s Halloween all year. “Uh huh, freakin’ books full of treats!”

(Six Candi Silk titles are Amazon KindleUnlimited; that’s an extra bonus for readers!) Candi’s Amazon Author Page

Continue your howling hop over to the following creative writers. They’ll show you more bewitching stuff, posts, book info, interviews, but be warned they all have reputations for reads that’ll “trick, treat, and tempt” you. Enjoy!

Michael W. Smart – mystery, suspense, thrillers
Robyn Roze – romantic suspense
Maggie James – psychological thriller
Elle Klass – women’s fiction, paranormal
Christie St Claire – erotica
Jerry Byrum – contemporary romance
Reed James – erotica

A challenging read from the mystical realm!

Author Elle Klass takes a bold step into the mystical and paranormal genre with her Eye of the Storm. The title itself is open-ended, as readers will discover, and Klass leaves readers with the notion that the storm is not over, its effects spreading widely into a world of shadows and unknowns.41wa5Q1bmbL._UY250_

Klass apparently has a streak of playful wit as she sets up her story for her readers. Be sure you read every word of her book carefully or you’ll miss it. I did, until a fellow reader explained. Klass plants her challenge, and buries deep other nuances for the reader to figure out. After all, you’ve now entered Elle Klass’s mystical world.

Fans of the paranormal genre will welcome Eye of the Storm to their reading shelf. It’s a fresh take on the off-center, the off-kilter, and the unexplainable world without the clear-cut boundaries of reality.

But Klass is not content to deliver a neat little cookie-cutter story for her readers. Instead the ending is the beginning of yet another mystery with an edge as sharp and penetrating as a precision scalpel, and yet as murky as the mystical twilight zone.

Writing about things or an “existence” that reeks with the unexplainable must be difficult and a challenge for a writer. I tip my eReader to Klass’s debut entry into the paranormal genre and give her Five Stars for Eye of the Storm.

Elle Klass’s Author Page.