Broken Branches – M Jonathan Lee

A Full Five Stars for this Impressive Book.

Broken Branches is a book by M Jonathan Lee published by Hideaway Fall Publishing.

I don’t often hand out a full five stars unless I find the story gripping, the dialogue honest, and the plot involved enough to keep me interested. In Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee I I found all three.

The story opens up with the atmospheric description of a cursed tree. The cloying branches reaching towards a storybook type cottage but inside it is far from the happy family set up. There is something remaining unspoken between the main characters, we’re confronted by Rachel’s distance from Ian. He believes that if he solves the mystery of his family’s curse then he can reach her.

Whilst we don’t see much from Rachel’s point of view during the story it is in a way mirroring Ian’s own separation from his wife. If this was intentional on the part of the author then it certainly was a masterstroke. There were moments in the story that left you gasping and holding your breath as you read on. The suspense and moments of dread increased as Ian moved closer to the answers he needed.

If you want a story that will keep you guessing until the last pages, a creepy read filled with ethereal touches then let Broken Branches reach out for you…




Triangle of Hope – Michael Meyer – Review Tour

Huge Huge Apologies!!
This post was supposed to go out on the 23rd January but even though I scheduled the post it apparently decided to lurk in my drafts folder!  I’ve been sick this week so have only just got around to updating my blog!
Triangle of Hope by Michael Meyer
Contemporary Fiction

Date Published: December 1, 2014

Publisher: Pacific Books


Life grinds you down, but there’s always hope–and sometimes it can come in the strangest of ways….

TriangleofHope_FINAL.jpgAfter being battered by life’s cruelness, three unlikely friends find themselves drawn to a small Irish town seeking something–anything. Finding solace in one another, their quest throws them together and they make a courageous stand.

Clint Westerly was a success until a choice he makes blows his world all apart. Tanya Wilshire is broke and hell-bent on committing to her mother’s final deathbed request. 84-year-old Seamus Harrington needs to right an ancient wrong before time runs out.

Together, this unlikely trio of unexpected allies forms a Triangle of Hope against all odds, their disparate stories uniting for a thrilling conclusion that will leave the reader breathless.

If you love feel-good reads with happy endings, then TRIANGLE OF HOPE is for you. It is “a book that will stay with you forever.” – Wanda Hartzenberg, Wanda’s Amazing Amazon Reviewers

It is a “fantastic read that will pull at your heart.” – Lauren Alumbaugh, Goodreads librarian



For me, this story had a slow start but this had a plus side in that you weren’t just introduced to characters you were able to get to know them and by the time the distinct story threads finally convened in the latter part of the book you felt as though you were best friends with them.  There were reasons the characters grew close to each other, how they filled a need in them, fill a void in each other’s lives. I was disappointed to reach the end of the book because I felt I could keep reading their stories forever.  There was a good balance between description and narrative, you could see the places the author was describing.

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As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, he now lives in Southern California wine country with his wife, Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.

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Camp 80 by Lee Ducote ~ Review

Camp 80 by Lee Ducote

~ Review

Camp 80 (Cedar Branch)Genre: Fiction Humor
Date Published: 22nd August 2016
Publisher: Grave Distractions Publication

What do you get when six retirees find themselves trucked off (not entirely willingly) on a get-acquainted trip before moving into Cedar Branch Retirement Community? A week of outlandish fiascos, hilarious revenge, memorable tears, and most important… laughter. Derrick St. Clair, a social worker for CBC, has led many trips for this eccentric community, but never experienced a crew of new residents like these. One thing of many that Derrick didn’t expect was falling in love with co-worker Katlyn Rose, only to have his crew of creative seniors take advantage of his distraction to plan their own trip, including stealing the van and rearranging the attitudes of three disrespectful young men.
With a lady’s man from Manhattan, two kooky sisters from Arkansas, a grumpy husband from Alabama, and a quiet recent widower from Atlanta, Derrick will find this week one for the books. Take a trip with Cedar Branch and fall in love with the characters that now reside in the number-one retirement community in the South. Who knows—you just might make plans to move in.


There is nothing worse than packing up a house for a move. Putting memories into boxes and organising everything to happen at just the right moment. Just when you start to feel how unsettling this is, along comes a sniggering laugh you can’t control.  The characters are well rounded and easy to like, you can’t help but fall in love with them.  There is a realness to them too, and the little touches like Jack offering to matchmake someone with their own wife and Betty ordering the Long Island version of Ice Tea.
The writing style is easy to follow and down to earth.  Anyone could pick up this book and devour it from cover to cover.  The good news is that it’s the start of the series so there are more books to come.

About the author:

After graduating from high school in 1989 and attending one year at NLU I decided (actually my parents did) I wasn’t ready for college, so I did what every 19-year-old kid does….I moved to the Marshal Islands in the mid pacific.  After a few years, I came home, meet my wife and settle down for a short bit.  I worked construction, opening my own sporting goods store, became a full-time fireman, opened a candle manufacturing company, and even rodeo for a short term.  Just not at the same time.  In 2003 we moved to Franklin TN where I sold fire trucks until 2010 when I moved to Arkansas.  Since here in the Ozark Mountains, I have written eight novels and currently working on my ninth, a new adult novel.  So that’s me in a quick whirlwind.  And yes, if you check out my website or social media you will see me with our pet raccoons, Tucker and Otter.
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Shake Your Green Thing: Supernatural Witch Cozy Mystery
(Harper “Foxxy” Beck Series Book 2)

I came across Raven Snow just the other day and have downloaded as many books of hers as I can! Then I found out she was looking for ARC reviews – of course,I jumped at the chance!
‘Shake your Green Thing’ is a sequel to ‘Roller Rink Witchcraft: Supernatural Witch Cozy Mystery’ but don’t let that stop you from reading this book, without detracting from the plot Raven covers the events in the first book competently and with enough detail you don’t feel lost. Her characters develop with the story in such a way that you feel they are people you’ve met and are becoming friends with. You see them grow with such a natural progression it’s hard to pinpoint the moment when you didn’t have them in your life. There is nothing that screams sequel at you at all which is great. (The only reason to read Roller Rink Witchcraft is because you’ll be missing out on a great story if you don’t!)
Raven’s writing flows easily across the page luring any reader inside her story. You’ll drift from page to page with delight as the story unfolds in front of you and before you realise it you’ve finished the book! The books have a light-hearted feel to them without being overly comedic giving a balance between the darker crime moments within the story.
Harper ‘Foxxy’ Beck is your average free-wheeling witch who sees to be getting into a habit of finding dead bodies! She’s managed to get herself attached to the delectable detective Wyatt Bennett which has its own complications in the form of his adorable son, Cooper. Before she can say ‘hocus pocus’ she’s falling hard for the both of them. How is she going to handle this alongside solving the mysteries that seem to be springing up in front of her?
The man doesn’t seem to be backing off and she doesn’t seem to want him too… if only the other members of the police force in Waresville shared Wyatt’s attitude. With Foxxy seeming to be their only suspect in a town filled to the brim with witches, can she unlock the mystery before her man has to visit her in jail?
I received a free advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest & unbiased review.

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The Vampire Diaries

Season 7. 

I don’t just get it.

I’m trying to follow the time jump of 3 years but there isn’t enough detail about what is happening in 3 years to give you a narrative even when you’ve untangled all the new relationships between the main characters.

Meanwhile Elena is languishing in a coma and can only wake up if Bonnie dies.   Which she totally doesn’t have a track record of doing.

This plot point puzzles me because how many times has Elena been about to die? Klaus alone, was planning to kill her many times and everyone came up with scheme after scheme to keep her alive and now they just let her slumber in the coffin?  Does that make sense?

Then you have the Heretics, powerful witch-vampires who couldn’t figure out how to escape a prison world even though they can wipe out a town in five minutes?  So how are our desperate crew going to combat this threat?

Apparently by not talking to each other or coming up with a plan.

That always works right?

There were major qualms about the show managing to carry on after one of the main characters has left the show and by giving it a time jump as one of the main plot points it has focused the audience on the remaining cast.

Still, if you have un-likeable characters, Julian for example, and you add in an unexplained time jump, plus no sign that you are even looking to solve the Elena problem then you are going to lose viewers.  Pretty sure that I’m going to be one of them.



Author Apryl Baker

So I promised this ages ago but I got busy and didn’t get around to it.   (Sorry!)

I’d like to introduce author Apryl Baker author of nine books that include both ‘Ghost Files’ and ‘Touch me Not’ both of which I’ve read and reviewed on various sites.


I read both books in one sitting.  There were places where the writing wasn’t as good as in others, but the ideas behind the story and the crafting of the characters more than made up for that and you could tell that she loves both writing and respects her readership.   By that I’m not insulting the author, it’s clear to see how with each book she improves  and puts her focus into producing thrilling stories for her audience.

In the ‘Ghost Files’ she introduces us to Mattie Hathaway,  a young girl who can see ghosts.  We know she’s a teenager and struggling with all the normal teenage girl things as well as solving a mystery and satisfying the various ghost who pop up around her.   Some reviewers have commented that Ms. Baker has focused on the relationship aspect too much and it’s easy to see where this criticism comes from.  Put aside pre-conceived ideas though because this book is the start of the series and as I’ve already mentioned her writing is going from strength to strength meaning that her books are more than worth reading.

After buying ‘Ghost Files’ I started following Apryl on Facebook  (okay, more like stalking!) and learned about ‘Touch Me Not’, the first of a new trilogy from her.   Signing up for the ARC (Advance Readers Copy) I received the e-book and devoured it.

This wasn’t the normal type of book that I’d look to buy despite the vast selection of genres I read and a page in I wasn’t overly fond of the main hero character, Nikoli, he came off as arrogant and conceited.   But this is the beauty of Apryl’s writing because you weren’t expected to like him straight away,  in the same way that Lily, the heroine, doesn’t.  Less then halfway through the book and you’re routing for them. By the end you know if Nikoli and Lily don’t end up together you are going to hunt Apryl down and make her re-write it so they do!

I haven’t read much more of Apryl’s work but I intend to.  She’s one of those authors you are going to want to boast that you discovered her back when…

If you want to check her out and I promise that if you do you won’t be disappointed, then the click on the following links:

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Ladies and Gentlemen I present Apryl Baker…