UNWRITER Ron Berry

October 20, 2011

Review of The Promise of Deer Run

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Elaine Cooper has written the second of three romantic historical novels. The Promise of Deer Run is number two. Her blog tour will be Nov 7 – 11. My review follows:

Title: The Promise of Deer Run

Author: Elaine Marie Cooper

Publisher: iUniverse

Copyright: 2011

ISBN: 978-1-4620-3796-4 (3797-1, 3798-8)

Format: Paperback

Genre: Historical romance

 

“The nightmare was
back, plaguing Nathaniel Stearns sleep.”

War indeed is a nightmare and when the enemy is your former
countrymen, it’s worse. Thus we start our journey through family’s lives at the
end of the American Revolution. This is not your typical war or typical romance
novel. It is fiction based fact and well written. As Elaine Cooper writes, you
the reader are in the story. Imagine being put in stocks for being mildly
disobedient. This incident is not glossed over but shown with stark detail.
Hungry? Need to use the facilities?

 

We have just covered the first twenty or so pages. The
details have been deeply researched. ‘The Promise of Deer Run’ is the second of
three in the series. It is here we understand the family structure. Working
together as a family wasn’t a desire so much as a vital necessity. ‘The Promise
of Deer Run’ has as much history as it does romance.

 

It is a book I strongly recommend because too many modern
Americans have lost sight of what makes this country great. We see movies about
this country’s beginning but in ‘The Promise of Deer Run’, we get a close up
view of the families; their struggles and their accomplishments. Have you read
The Declaration of Independence lately? You’ll want to after your first read of
this book.

June 8, 2011

Revew for The Dark Wizard

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Title: Dark Wizard

Author: John B. Rosenman

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Copyright: 2011

ISBN: 978-1-926931-76-0

Format: Paperback

Genre: SciFi

 

“Your name. Whatever it is, it ain’t Chester—****—Kan. It couldn’t be.” Thus we are at the crossroads of The Dark Wizard. Mr. Rosenman has weaved a curious tale and this is only the second chapter. Saving children and lifting up cars is not done by an ordinary person. But, who, or what, is Kan? This is not the last of the saving done by this mystery man. Follow the adventure and the cures.

 

This question would haunt him throughout his journey. He found salvation, at least a form of it. But, there was a darkness to his past and a darker future. Follow Kan as he resolves these issues. This is a book with adult content, but also with some very clear messages.

 

For lovers of video games, beware for this book puts a thrilling twist on any alien game ever devised. As you read, you’ll wonder if things like this can ever happen. You’ll see the world around you in a new and sometimes bizarre light. Yes, there is an ending but is it good, bad or something else entirely? Is this the first of a series? It could be, it’s written well enough.

 

For those who like shortcuts, don’t read the first few pages then skip to the end. This is one book where every chapter counts. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good science fiction thriller. Actually, I recommend this for everyone that likes a good book. There is some strong language and adult scenes, but not as graphic to warrant an x rating. It is worth the money and would make a great movie.

 

Currently Dark Wizard is only available as an EBook but will soon be out in paperback. Read the EBook, but pick it up as a paperback to show your friends the book they need to buy.

 

 

 

January 31, 2011

Review for Harry Mann in the Tangled Web

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Title: Harry Mann in the Tangled Web

Author: Bo Drury

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-60313-914-4

Format: Paperback

Genre: Mystery

 

Harry needed clients more than he would admit. Jeb Stockton and his nephew Scott were in desperate need of help. It was a match made in mystery heaven. Scott’s visitor had disappeared the same night she showed up. That doesn’t make relationships easy. As told in the prologue, someone is in a very dark place. Fear and foreboding leads the reader deeper and deeper into the story.

 

Bo Drury has an excellent way with words. It starts like a simple kidnapping but nothing simple happens in Texas. Intrigue grows as you follow Harry around the ranch. There is more deception than meets the eye. Not even Harry’s faithful, yet underpaid, secretary is safe. It is a wet, wild, and cavernous tale that Bo weaves. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good mystery.

 

How does it end? Ah, that be the mystery of all mysteries. All I can tell you is that it ends on the last page.

 

 

December 29, 2010

Review for Follow that Dream

 

 

 

Title: Follow the Dream  

Author: Heidi M. Thomas

Publisher: Sundowners, a division of Treble Heart Books Publishing

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-936127-18-4, 1-936127-18-0

LCCN: 2010934310

Format: Historical fiction

Genre: Paperback

 

I’ll ride this steer, show my folks how good I am. Soon after you read; “Uh, yeah. How’d I get here?” That’s the beginning of a wistful story of a cowgirl getting ready for a rodeo. Women in the rodeo in the twenties and thirties were rare, but Heidi Thomas found some real cowgirls and built a wonderful story around them. She had enough material to write two books so far and I suspect we’re just seeing the beginning from this young lady.

 

It helps to have a friend of the same gender in the business and luckily, Nettie does. Starting out in the bull riding business tends to leave a lot of bruises and more time eating dust than staying on top. But to rise to the top you get back on and go again. Nettie was persistent and wanted to be the best. The question for readers is, how far can she go and how far did she actually go? Pick up a copy of this most delightful read and find out for yourself. I recommend this for all readers who love a good story.

 

 

October 22, 2010

Beware! The Beware the Devils Hug continues here

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     Beware the Devil’s Hug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Beware the Devil’s Hug

Author:  Marvin D. Wilson

Publisher: All Things That Matter Press

Copyright: 2010

ISBN:ISBN-10: 0984615490; ISBN-13: 978-0984615490

Format: Paperback, Kindle

Genre: Inspirational fiction

 

 

 

 “The Old Man wagged his hand in the air. “That is of no significance. I am here to ask to take this man’s place. Please—kill me instead.”” Thus we start our journey through the world of Marvin Wilson in a book in which even names are elusive. But, each word hits harder than a punch from George Foreman. What does it all mean? As you weave your way down the path before you, there are glimpses of truth, but then you ask yourself, which is truth and which is a lie? What does it all mean?

 

This is not a book to be taken lightly. One can just read it, but it will lose all its power. Read this in depth and you will reveal yourself to you. Are you really who you say you are? This book is really a mirror into one’s own soul and the trip might prove painful. However, rest assured; by the last sentence you will see yourself and those around you in a much different light. That old man you keep seeing on the bench, is he the one? Maybe that old lady pushing that cart? What action is due on your part when you see them? Do you ignore them, or are they asking for help that only you, the enlightened reader can provide?

 

Find out for yourself just how powerful a book with no names really is. Marvin is a very good writer as you will discover. While you’re at it, pick up “Owen Fiddler” and “I Romanced the Stone”.

 A blurb from the book:

What if a homeless, smelly, ugly, unkempt old man had a hug so powerful it could cure cancer? Cause a prostitute to stop hooking, find happiness and seek true love? Shake the demons of addiction free from a junkie? Make a radical terrorist Muslim want to befriend and love a Christian and visa versa? But rare is the beneficiary of his divine embrace – nobody wants to come near him out of fear.

You’ve read the review, You’ve seen the blurb, now to read the contest and the stops on the tour.

Hugs Therapy Virtual Tour 2010 – Contest, Prizes and Giveaways

Readers following the tour will have the opportunity to win prizes and receive giveaways in the following manner:

Point System-

  • Every comment left will count as one point, be it on that day’s host’s blog and/or The Old Silly’s Free Spirit Blog. A reader can earn two points per day in this manner.
  • Each tweet of any post stop will count as one point. Tweeting the host’s post and also tweeting the Free Spirit post that day earns two points. This one is on the honor system, so the commenter should include that he/she tweeted the post(s) in their blog comment.
  • Each Facebook tour announcement/message with a link to that day’s host’s blog earns one point. This one is also on the honor system, so the commenter should include that he/she facebooked the post in his or her blog comment.
  • Buying an ebook version of Beware the Devil’s Hug earns five points. Reader/buyer must confirm the purchase by emailing the author a copy of the invoice to: marvwilson2020@gmail.com
  • Buying a print (paperback) version of Beware the Devil’s Hug earns 20 points. Reader/buyer must confirm the purchase by emailing the author a copy of the invoice to: marvwilson2020@gmail.com

 

Prizes for Point System Winners-

  • Grand Prize – The person with the most points will receive an autographed paperback copy of Marvin D Wilson’s last novel, Owen Fiddler.
  • First Runner-up Prize – The person with the second highest point total will receive an autographed paperback copy of the author’s first book, I Romanced the Stone (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie).
  • Second Runner-up Prize – The person with the third highest point total will also receive an autographed copy of the author’s first book, I Romanced the Stone (Memoirs of a Recovering Hippie).
  • Third and Fourth Runner-up Prizes – these people will receive an autographed paperback copy of the author’s book, Between the Storm and the Rainbow.

 

Additional Incentives and Giveaways:

  • The first reader who purchases a print copy of Beware the Devil’s Hug during the tour (again providing proof via email), pays for rush delivery (if they feel that necessary), reads it, and posts a review on Amazon before the tour ends, will receive a $25 gift certificate to Borders or Barnes and Nobles bookstores, his or her choice.
  • Any other readers who purchase a print copy of Beware the Devil’s Hug during the tour and can post a review before the tour ends will receive $10 certificates to Borders or Barnes and Nobles bookstores, their choice.
  • All readers who purchase a print copy of Beware the Devil’s Hug during the tour but cannot or do not get a review up before the tour ends, will still be rewarded – with a free ebook copy of Owen Fiddler.

“Hugs Therapy” October 2010 Virtual Tour Hosts

Hosts                                       URL                                                                            Date

Alex Cavanaugh                       http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/ 10/15/10

Joyce Anthony              http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/ 10/16/10

Elizabeth Spann Craig               http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com 10/17/10

Joyce Anthony              http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/ 10/18/10

Stephen Tremp             http://stephentremp.blogspot.com/ 10/19/10

L. Diane Wolfe             http://circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com/ 10/20/10

Patricia Stoltey             http://patriciastoltey.blogspot.com 10/21/10

Sylvia Dickey Smith                  http://sylviadickeysmithbooks.wordpress.com/ 10/21/10

Sylvia Dickey Smith                  http://sylviadickeysmithbooks.wordpress.com/ 10/22/10

Ron Berry                      https://unwriter1.wordpress.com 10/22/10

Michelle Emrath                        http://southerncitymysteries.blogspot.com/ 10/23/10

Leeuna Foster                          http://leeunafoster.com/humorblog/ 10/24/10

Jane Sutton                               http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com 10/25/10

Mason Canyon (Pamela)          http://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.com 10/26/10

Arlee Bird                                http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/ 10/27/10

Helen Ginger                            http://straightfromhel.blogspot.com 10/28/10

Lacresha Hayes                        http://learntofeelpretty.blogspot.com/ 10/29/10

Kissie                                       http://justkissie.com/ 10/30/10

September 19, 2010

Review of For the Love of Willow Walk

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This is an updated review with S. K. Hamilton’s website included.

Title: For the Love of Willow Walk

Author: S. K. Hamilton

Publisher: Pen & Sword

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 0-9769989-8

Format: Paperback

Genre: Mystery

““Prep her for a C-section stat!” Dr. Morgan’s voice cut through the commotion. The third generation of Kahill’s was on the way, IF Kat and baby survive. Jedediah, the last of the first generation was a nervous wreck. Add to the mess is a break in at Kat’s store. Not bad for only two chapters. S. K. Hamilton knows how to hold a readers interest. This is the second volume of the Willow Walk series.

The story is interwoven with skill and intrigue. How many ghosts of the past will rear their head to complicate things? Family, fashion design, ski lodges and offers from the big cities keep the Kahill family on their toes. Run to your computer and order the first two books by S. K. Hamilton. You’ll be glad you did. There is mystery, romance and humor throughout her writing. These are top grade books.

One last question; How does Jedediah fare throughout this fascinating tale? He’s not that young any more.

To learn more about this fascinating young lady and her books, please visit:

http://www.willow-walk.webs.com

Review of ‘For the Love of Willow Walk’

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Title: For the Love of Willow Walk 

Author: S. K. Hamilton

Publisher: Pen & Sword

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 0-9769989-8

Format: Paperback       

Genre: Mystery

 ““Prep her for a C-section stat!” Dr. Morgan’s voice cut through the commotion. The third generation of Kahill’s was on the way, IF Kat and baby survive. Jedediah, the last of the first generation was a nervous wreck. Add to the mess is a break in at Kat’s store.  Not bad for only two chapters. Ms. Hamilton knows how to hold a readers interest. This is the second volume of the Willow Walk series.

 The story is interwoven with skill and intrigue. How many ghosts of the past will rear their head to complicate things? Family, fashion design, ski lodges and offers from the big cities keep the Kahill family on their toes. Run to your computer and order the first two books by Ms. Hamilton. You’ll be glad you did. There is mystery, romance and humor throughout her writing. These are top grade books.

 One last question; How does Jedediah fare throughout this fascinating tale? He’s not that young any more.

July 20, 2010

Review for Money isn’t Everything

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Title: Money isn’t Everything

Author: Billie A. Williams

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-59705-443-2

Format: Paperback

Genre: Mystery

Suzanne grabbed one of the drinks and flung the contents at the booth Jayde and her bunch sat in, splashing down the front of Dolly and spattering a few drops on Jayde and Ebony. From abused and dying residents to (eventually), flying drinks, Mary barely recognized “Idle-a-While” nursing home. In the three short weeks of vacation, Mary’s workaday world was turned completely upside down.

Billie A. Williams puts Dr. Tanner Irish in as the stabilizing force. With his eye catching Spyder and to-die-for looks, he seems an unlikely candidate to straighten things out, but read and see. ‘Money isn’t everything’ is a hook-a-minute page turner that you won’t want to put down until you reach the very end. I highly recommend this book to all who love a good mystery.

This book and others by Billie Williams can be found at: http://www.billiewilliams.com

July 18, 2010

Review of Beware the Devils Hug [A pre pub review]

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Title: Beware the Devil’s Hug

Author: Marvin D. Wilson

Publisher: allthingsthatmatterpress

Copyright: TBD

ISBN: TBD

Format: TBD

Genre: TBD

“The Old Man wagged his hand in the air. “That is of no significance. I am here to ask to take this man’s place. Please—kill me instead.”” Thus we start our journey through the world of Marvin Wilson in a book in which even names are elusive. But, each word hits harder than a punch from George Foreman. What does it all mean? As you weave your way down the path before you, there are glimpses of truth, but then you ask yourself, which is truth and which is a lie? What does it all mean?

This is not a book to be taken lightly. One can just read it, but it will lose all its power. Read this in depth and you will reveal yourself to you. Are you really who you say you are? This book is really a mirror into one’s own soul and the trip might prove painful. However, rest assured; by the last sentence you will see yourself and those around you in a much different light. That old man you keep seeing on the bench, is he the one? Maybe that old lady pushing that cart? What action is due on your part when you see them? Do you ignore them, or are they asking for help that only you, the enlightened reader can provide?

Find out for yourself just how powerful a book with no names really is. Marvin is a very good writer as you will discover. While you’re at it, pick up “Owen Fiddler” and “I Romanced the Stone”.

June 25, 2010

Review for They Almost Always Come Home

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Title: They almost always come home

Author: Cynthia Ruchi

Publisher: Abingdon

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 13: 978-1-4267-0238-9

Format: Paperback

Genre: Christian fiction

“Do dead people wear shoes?”

With an opening sentence like that you have to keep reading to see who died and why. For the first half of the book, Libby is a nervous wreck. Her husband isn’t dead. He isn’t alive. He’s missing. There’s a reason fishing in the most remote of places uses the buddy system. Greg however chose to go it alone. He’s been gone too long. Is it another woman? No, Greg is too trustworthy.

Now the reader is left to wonder what really happened and where did he really go? The question gets a surprising answer, but not until you finish the book. This is not one of those books you can read the first chapter then the last and know what happened in the middle. It flows very smoothly from start to finish and you need all the information to have it make sense. Cynthia Ruchti has written a very compelling mystery and you are always wanting more.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves good, clean mystery book.

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