Friday, December 15, 2017

Media Blitz! A Cemetery, A Cannibal and the Day of the Dead book by CC Dragon

Title: A Cemetery, a Cannibal and the Day of the Dead
Author: CC Dragon
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Cover Designer: Viola Estrella
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Deanna has seen a lot of wild paranormal and supernatural things in New Orleans. But grave robbers? Dead bodies exposed and pieces removed… Who would do that?
Could it be cannibals? Are these hate crimes? Mentally ill criminals? Or is it an elaborate hoax staged by Walking Dead fans?
The Day of the Dead and Halloween are a big deal in the Big Easy. Ghost and cemetery tours mean major business from tons of tourists. This desecration of old graves has to stop.
When the monsters turn out to be real and the dead are being disrespected, the supernatural balance is thrown into chaos. It’s up to Deanna and friends to lock down the paranormal crazy before the veil between the living and the dead is destroyed.
A loyal Chicago girl who loves deep dish pizza, the Cubs, and The Lake, CC Dragon is fascinated by the metaphysical and paranormal.  She loves creating characters, especially amateur sleuths who solve mysteries. A coffee and chocolate addict who loves fast cars, she’s still looking for a hero who likes to cook and clean…so she can write more!
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A straight woman owning a drag club in the French Quarter might seem odd. After Katrina hit, there were some unexpected property opportunities. Only having Ivy around made it a smart move. She had the Long and Big Easy turning a profit and packed every night. The d├ęcor changed and now it was decked out for Halloween. Smoky grays and full moons. Neon orange and green lights marked the dancefloor.
As always, hot shirtless men served drinks. I walked in and found Greg at a corner table staring at the glass bar. Following his line of sight, I saw Gunnar talking with Ivy and a tall handsome man in drag. I’d seen a lot of drag but a black man dressed as a very pretty Marilyn Monroe was a first for me. He pulled it off well.
Before I was noticed by Ivy, I headed over to Greg. “That’s Brody?”
He nodded.
“You don’t like him? Her…what’s her drag name?” I asked.
“Brandy on the Rocks,” he replied.
“Okay then. What’s wrong with her?” I asked.
“I haven’t gone over. Ivy just does this all the time. Half of them she doesn’t bring here. She dates around,” he said.
“No law against that.” I knew Greg cared about his drag queen cousin. They were quite different but both adults.
“I worry about her. I want her protected. Another drag queen. In this political climate?” Greg asked.
“So, her getting married to a big burly guy is better?” I asked.
“Safer. Brody isn’t weak but lean. I keep looking at them. I think this might be the one.” Greg kept staring at them.
“Jealous? You can settle down whenever you want. Ex-priest wedding or gay wedding, I’m good with both.” I shrugged.
He smiled. “I can take care of myself.”
“Stern outer layer, always-so-tough Greg. Ivy wears her heart on her sleeve. Doesn’t mean she’s weaker than us. Sometimes she’s better at relating to people because she’s not pushing the emotions away.” I watched for a moment and saw what Greg saw.
The sparkle wasn’t just coming from Ivy. Brandy (aka Brody) stared at Ivy like she was a goddess.
“How long have they really been dating?” I asked.
“Gunnar asked around. Sounds like a couple of months at least. No one has a bad word to say about Brody, except an ex-boyfriend who seems bitter. He manages a bridal shop.” Greg sipped from a bottle of water.
“Sounds pretty normal for Ivy. Good.” I pulled out my phone and texted Ivy to let her know I was there.
Ivy looked around and I waved. She dragged Brandy over and Gunnar followed.
“Deanna, Greg, this is Brandy. Brody.” Ivy nodded.
“Nice to meet you.” I shook her hand.
Why were drag queen’s nails always so much better than mine? I needed to get to a salon. Her French tips had a pretty golden pattern over the nail.
“Hi, Greg. You’re Ivy’s cousin?” Brandy asked.
Her voice was a bit low but drag was about expression, not passing as the opposite sex. Still, it was a little jarring.
Greg nodded. “Yep. But she’s special and has a lot of friends.”
Brandy smiled. “The obligatory mess with my cousin and I’ll beat you up’? That’s sweet.”
Greg cleared his throat. “No. I’m not violent. I figured you’d know I used to be a priest. But she has a lot of friends who look out for her.”
“Including police,” I tossed in for fun.
“Be nice, you two.” Ivy smacked Greg’s shoulder.
“I already warned Brandy about Ivy’s inner circle.” Gunnar smiled.
My phone chimed and I checked it. A text from LeBlanc.
Just checking on you from last night. Feeling okay?
I replied: Fine. That was nothing.
A minute later my phone chimed. Where are you?
Was this guy serious? My club.
“Who are you texting now?” Ivy asked.
“LeBlanc. I had a vision last night at the cemetery and he got all freaked. He’s just supposed to be part of the clinic stuff. I don’t know why he’s following me around while I work.”
“He’s interested in you,” Gunnar said.
“No. He’s confused. Thinks he’s getting into business with a freaky psychic person. It’s fine. I should’ve taken you with me then he’d have left me alone,” I replied.
“Is he cute?” Brandy asked.
“Hot. Like reserved, stern Darcy hot.” Gunnar winked.
“He’s not.” I rolled my eyes.
“He’s hot.” Ivy took Gunnar’s side, of course.
I looked to Greg for support.
“I’m no expert on men’s attractiveness, but he seemed interested in you. More than just work. Or friendship. It’s subtle. He’s not obvious or crude. That’s good,” Greg encouraged.
Ivy grabbed my phone and started texting.
“What are you doing? Stop!” I ordered.
“I’m just giving him the address. He can come by and have a drink with friends. It’s a good test to see how a straight guy does in a gay bar,” Ivy insisted.
I got my phone back and reread the message. At least there were no crazy cutesy emojis in there.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New review! The One Apart: A Novel by Justine Avery

The One Apart: A NovelThe One Apart: A Novel by Justine Avery
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**** 3.5 Cranky Stars ****

Innocence. That is something everyone ever born in this world share. Or everyone except Tres.

I’m not entirely sure how to review this one. First off, it’s very loooong. 570 pages according to amazon. This story is about somebody who retained all his knowledge and wisdom from previous lives every time he was born again, and again, and again.

You’ll follow Tres from infancy to adulthood and share his unique experience every step of the way asking yourself if he’s a good guy or a bad guy? Who was he really? Where did he come from? What was his purpose in this world?

I have watched a few children’s film like this and it had always entertained me. Justine Avery’s version was interesting indeed albeit it took a long time to be told. There were sections where it dragged and honestly confusing. The “Apart” or ether was intriguing but the dialogue made me a bit dizzy. I had to speed read through some of them. It’s good to learn in the end that this is a complete book and didn’t end in a cliffhanger. It is thought provoking and explored a new concept of existence.

I gave it 3.5 stars because the strange dialogue didn’t work with me. Yes, I realise it is a way to show a higher level of intelligence or awareness in contrast with the “corporeality” and some readers would probably disagree with me and say “hey slow coach, get a move on!” but that’s just me.

I would love you tell you more in detail but at the risk of giving out spoilers, I’m going to stop here. Do pick up this book and see if you are one of the enlightened ones and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this.

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New Review! A Cemetery, A Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead book by CC Dragon 4 Cranky Stars

A Cemetery, a Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead (Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mystery #5)A Cemetery, a Cannibal, and the Day of the Dead by C.C. Dragon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

This book has enough twists and turns to make your head spin. It's fantastic! The plot is excellent and the storyline is new and fresh. The idea of graves being robbed for body parts is one thing, but to find out the who's and the why's is another. This is what sets this book apart from other cozy mysteries. The drama that the main character Deanna has to deal with from both the paranormal and everyday world definitely keeps her on her toes and keeps the reader turning the page.

Deanna is full of wit and sarcasm and is a strong female character. Her friends and family are super quirky characters who help her solve the mystery even though it sometimes feels that they will truly be the death of her. In other words, her life is totally relatable (minus the Demons, Angels, and Death).

The story flowed well and it was a fun read. With as many plot twists as there were it was hard to put the book down. The grammar was well done and easy to follow. The only issue I had with the book was with some of the characters not matching up with previous books, but that can easily be remedied with some quick edits. Overall I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to future parts of this series.

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New Review! Unfinished Business by Savannah Maris 5 Cranky Stars

Unfinished Business (Riverton Crossing, #2)Unfinished Business by Savannah Maris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Unfinished Business (A Riverton Crossing Novel Book Two) by Savannah Maris is amazing. This book picked up where book one left off. However, it’s told from Evan and Ginger’s point of view. Their story is my favorite so far (I cannot wait to read book three).

Savannah Maris didn’t miss a beat as she alternated between different POV’s. Once again, she nailed the dialect and mannerisms of a small southern town. The chemistry between Ginger and Evan is sizzling hot. I thought it was going to melt my Kindle a couple of times.

The action, drama, and suspense were on point. There weren’t any lags in the story. The drama was steadily paced. I was glued to this book and I finished it in one day. That’s how amazing the story it is.

I will definitely recommend this story to everyone who loves a good romance and mystery story.

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New Review! Unwelcomed Greeting by Savannah Maris 5 Cranky Stars

Unwelcomed Greeting (Riverton Crossing, #1)Unwelcomed Greeting by Savannah Maris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Unwelcomed Greeting (A Riverton Crossing Novel) by Savannah Maris is phenomenal. She totally nails life in a small town. Makayla Gregory is returning to Riverton Crossing at the request of her family. They are having some issues with their neighbors, and want to be reunited with their daughter. When Kayla comes back, she runs into her old flame Mitchell Riverton. The sparks fly literally and figuratively with them.

I really loved how Savannah Maris nailed the dialect of a small southern town. It really made me homesick. The plotline was believable and easy to follow. The dialogue was on point. The action was steadily paced. The secondary characters added to the story and did not deflect from Mak and Mitchell’s story.

I will recommend this story to others.

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New Review! Ascension by Carmen Capuano 4.5 Cranky Stars

AscensionAscension by Carmen Capuano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

While the first four chapters started off roughly, I had to keep stopping and coming back to the story. The plot was interesting, but there were typos, and grammatical errors that took me out of the story. Once I passed those four chapters, the story reminded me of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery stories. I was hooked from that point on.

There were plenty of twists and turns. You will not be able to guess what the ending of the story is. I am eagerly awaiting the next book.

I will recommend this story to others. Due to the grammatical errors, I rate it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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New Review! No Bounds by Roux Cantrell 5 Cranky Stars

No bounds (Big Easy Murder Series Book 1)No bounds by Roux Cantrell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Sexy New Orleans detective Sonny Delacroix can't seem to forgive himself for his ex's death, so he confines his personal life to sex only, no involvement. He also has a stalker, whose behavior escalates when he finally starts falling for someone. In the meantime, a bizarre murder may be the work of a serial killer.

This is only the first book in a series, so some questions remain unanswered for now, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series eagerly. This story is very well written, and flows beautifully. The characters are well fleshed out, and you really find yourself starting to emotionally connecting to them. I highly recommend this book.

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