Robin’s Review of Kiss & Tell, A Charlene Taylor Mystery

Kiss & Tell, A Charlene Taylor Mystery Book 1 by Luke Murphy With the death of her father…Officer Charlene Taylor has received her dream promotion—working Homicide with the LAPD. Her first case is the high-profile murder of Ken Anderson, a playboy UCLA professor with a haunted past. A mafia kingpin, billionaire tycoon, cheated wife and … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Kiss & Tell, A Charlene Taylor Mystery”

Kiss & Tell, A Charlene Taylor Mystery Book 1

by Luke Murphy

Rating: 5 out of 5.
With the death of her father…Officer Charlene Taylor has received her dream promotion—working Homicide with the LAPD. Her first case is the high-profile murder of Ken Anderson, a playboy UCLA professor with a haunted past. 
A mafia kingpin, billionaire tycoon, cheated wife and jaded lover are only a few on a long list of suspects, all with motive and opportunity. …all hope of reconciliation is lost. Not only does she feel the pressure from media and her boss to solve her first case, but Charlene must also deal with her father’s murderer, the “Celebrity Slayer,” a serial killer who enjoys baiting her with his knowledge of her life and routines. Can a rookie detective work two high-profile cases and still keep her sanity? 
Robin's Review: This is a well-written story with exciting, suspense filled pages that kept me up too late. The main character, Detective Charlene Taylor is complex and has many flaws but I kinda like her. Overall, a very good book.

Next in series:
Rock-A-Bye Baby (A Charlene Taylor Mystery Book 2)
Book 2 of 2: A Charlene Taylor Mystery
It was my pleasure to receive a copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

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Robin’s Review of Impound

Impound

 by Gary Lee Vincent

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Impound
by Gary Lee Vincent

Shirley Wade had it all: a loving fiancé and a bright career as a paralegal at the prestigious Pittsburgh law firm of McNeil, Jamison, and Young.
When an energy company needed some title work done for a project they were doing in West Virginia, Shirley is sent to the backwoods county courthouse there to research the title.

While there, her car gets impounded, and little does she know that the people behind it operate a chop shop and target out-of-towners. Unknowingly, Shirley attempts to get her car back and what ensues next is an utter terror.

With danger lurking at every turn, no one can be trusted, and something far more sinister than an illegal chop shop lurks in the shadows of the impound yard and the evil intentions of the clan that runs it.

Burning Bulb Publishing
Robin's Review: This was a quick and easy read that totally creeped me out. I am forever going to remember this book every time I travel to West Virginia. It is horror at its best.
I purchased this book at The Living Dead Weekend in Monroeville this year.

#horror #suspense #thriller

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Robin’s Review of A Creation of Yesterday

A Creation of Yesterday

by D.L Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Creation of Yesterday
D.L Fletcher

Sometimes what was written yesterday can't be changed...With every breath they took, and every decision they made, something was being created for them tomorrow.
With the help Alice sought in protecting her granddaughter Cami years ago, she thought she knew what tomorrow would look like. For Rick, he and his boys thought they were doing a good job protecting Cami.What none of them knew, was the real impact of their decisions until today arrived and tomorrow had passed...This is A Creation of Yesterday...Creation Series Book 1 - A Creation of Tomorrow Book 2 - A Creation of Yesterday
Robin's Review: “A Creation of Yesterday” continues with where “A Creation of Tomorrow” leaves off, Cami’s story and her life since the last book. I will not give away any spoilers because you have to read it with fresh first-time eyes. I will say this is not my normal go to genre of book. It crosses into romance, and of late I’ve grown a little tired of romance. This book has truly shaken me from romance fatigue.

A Creation of Yesterday, is a multi-layered read by crossing different genres and doing it flawlessly. I will say that this is my favorite book of the year. It has complex characters, the plot is definitely unusual, and had a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. I have fallen in love with all of the characters and hope that D.L. Fletcher writes more about them.

This is one of those books that will keep you up all night reading and then cry because you finished it and boy did I cry. I really enjoy this author’s writing style which is a no-frills way with storytelling and is character driven.
I highly recommend this author and all her books and can’t wait for more from her.
Triggers: Child Abuse, Rape, Assault, Murder
It was my honor and pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#crimefiction #romance #crimethrillers #thriller #suspense

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Robin’s Review of Flower of Memory: An Amaranth Prequel

In a scientific and spiritual sense, humanity has its world ordered

Flower of Memory: An Amaranth Prequel Amaranth #0.5

 by David M. Snow

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Flower of Memory: An Amaranth Prequel

by David M. Snow

An underwater ark that shelters the last remaining survivors. A young doctor tormented by his past. A mysterious power that could drive them into madness.
A cataclysmic Flood has forced the survivors to retreat into an intergenerational ark, secluded from the world they have always known. But the wait is insufferable in the abyss of the Great Ocean. More than a century, heavy with silence, has passed.

The surface is but a timeworn dream. A forgotten memory.

But Skyler Goldberg is not ready to give up. Even if it means losing everything.

Can a single man show the Archeans the path to redemption in a world abandoned by its creator?
Flower of Memory is the prequel of the dystopian science-fiction series Amaranth. Fans of the TV series The 100 and the Snowpiercer will enjoy every page!
Robin's Review: This is such a freaking cool story. It's a refreshing change to the science fiction/post-apocalyptic genre. I loved every part of it, the plot, the world building, the characters, and the writing. It was a great read. I highly recommend this book.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

Amaranth: Amaranth #1
Book 1 of 1: Amaranth
This title will be released on October 19, 2022.

#dystopian #sciencefiction #thriller #action #mystery #suspense

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Robin’s Review of In The Dust Trilogy Book 1

In The Dust

 by K. A. Gandy

Rating: 5 out of 5.
In The Dust: Endless Desert Trilogy
Book 1
by K. A. Gandy

The year is 2399, and the earth has been damaged beyond repair. 
Desert is consuming the North American continent, Europe was wiped out by a cataclysmic meteor shower, and the world's oceans are unsalvageable poison. Those who could afford to flee to space are long gone, leaving the rest behind in the dust.Nyx is completely alone, scavenging the ruins of humanity to get by. With her brother suddenly missing, the only people she can trust are herself and her busted up Bronco. 
Robin's Review: This is an interesting post-apocalyptic story with a fresh and original plot. The world building is quite imaginative but felt real. The characters are well written and relatable. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in the series.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
The next in this series: Finding the Bastion: A Scorching Dystopian Adventure (Endless Desert Trilogy Book 2) This title will be released on Feb 28, 2023.

#postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #fantasy #action #adventure #thriller #suspense #teen #youngadult #dystopian

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Robin’s Review of In the Midst of Magic

In the Midst of Magic

 by Christian Cura

Rating: 5 out of 5.
In the Midst of Magic
by Christian Cura

Meet Kara Hartman, a photojournalist who is hiding her magic from the world. 
Traumatized by her brother's death, she wants nothing more to do with magic. But just when she thought she could neglect her gift, it becomes apparent that the universe has other plans for Kara. When she discovers that an old foe has broken out of prison, hellbent on destroying her new life, Kara has no choice but to embrace the only power that can stop her.
Trigger Warnings: Violence is prevalent throughout the story, and there is occasional profanity. There is an explicit scene between two consenting adults, and references to bullying and cheating.
Robin's Review: This is so many genres combined that I’m not sure what to call it. It has action and adventure. It has magic and sorcery. It has romance and betrayal. It has murder and suspense. Finally, it has thrills and coming of age aspects. It is well written and fast paced with a hint of urgency to see what happens next. And there is always something happening. The world building is rich and descriptive, and the characters are fun and relatable.
All in all, a very good read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Urban Fantasy reads.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#LGBTQ+ #fantasy #paranormal #urbanfantasy #thriller #suspense

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Robin’s Review of The Assassin of Malcoze

The Assassin of Malcoze

by Bryan Asher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Assassin of Malcoze
by Bryan Asher

An aging mercenary struggles to find meaning while chasing a contract many believe is a lie.
The King's daughter toils with a life changing decision to follow her family's path or forge a new one. A young boy possesses a power no one has seen since the Kingdom's greatest nemesis. Behind them sits an assassin lurking in the shadows, who will unwittingly unite them all. A heroic adventure of self-discovery and bravery evoking classic pulp tales like Conan and Elric, with a mix of modern fantasy through its perspective and character development. This is a novel you will race through to finish, and immediately wish to read again. In addition to the incredible cover art, are several beautiful illustrations inside the book from Lithuanian artist Emilis Januškevič.
Robin's Review: The Assassin of Malcoze is a fast paced, well written, and fun to read story of three characters called Malcozéans who are living in the “intercontinents.” I enjoyed each of the characters storylines and how they connected with one another. The world building is rich, descriptive, and different from what I’ve read recently. As a bonus there are some neat illustrations from Lithuanian artist Emilis Januškevič. 
I had a tough time putting this book down and yes, I did lose some sleep over it, but so worth it. You can read this as a standalone book or as a series. I highly recommend this book, series, and author.
If you want to delve deeper into this story, then look at Bryan Asher’s podcast on Spotify, where he goes through The Assassin of Malcoze by chapters, like a book club.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

Next book of the “Intercontinents”:
The Treasure of Lor-Rev


#fantasy #action #adventure #sword #sorcery #thriller #suspense #sciencefiction

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Robin’s Review of A Creation of Tomorrow

A Creation of Tomorrow

by D.L Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Creation of Tomorrow
D.L Fletcher

Alice's daughter Patsy now missing, her granddaughter Cami was without a mother and the one person that protected her from her father's anger. Having no doubt Cami's father Tom was responsible for the bruises, Alice turned to the police again and again, but just like when Patsy went missing, they repeatedly turned their backs on her.

Alice was desperate to find help. With nowhere left to turn, she turned to the most dangerous men she'd ever laid eyes on. Rumor had it that they were drug traffickers. The leader was thought to be the devil himself, and his men his demon disciples, but what choice did Alice have? She needed someone that could protect Cami.

They didn't wear patches on their leather, and they weren't called by any name, but they were brothers. For Rick, running a drug ring was challenge enough. Having each other's back was all that mattered until Alice approached him.

Drawn in the moment he looked at Cami's picture Rick ordered Jonathan and Swan to tail the little girl and find out what they could about her situation. It didn't take long to discover that she needed their help.

What none of them knew was the impact their decisions would have on tomorrow.
This is A Creation of Tomorrow...
Robin's Review: Alice Hendricks is trying to protect her granddaughter, Cami from her abusive father, Tom Watson. Enlisting the help of drug trafficker, Rick Stackston and his “boys.”

I couldn’t help but fall in love with the character Cami and I totally felt her pain, confusion, and anxiety.

This is a well written and engaging story with thoroughly fleshed out characters and some twisty turns. There is just enough cuteness and wit to make you keep turning the pages, blended well with drama, and stirred with a lot of action. I am so invested in these characters, I am heartbroken this journey has ended, but has it?

I never had such a wide variety of emotions while reading, I laughed, I cried, I cheered, and I mourned. This story was such an enjoyable experience, I highly recommend this book and this author. I am a fan for life.
My Favorite Line: “He thought about the little girl in the hospital all broken and confused. He thought about how life was before her, and what she brought to them when she walked into their lives. He thought of all the boys, and how they were always content after seeing her, and about how she gave them purpose in a world where they really didn't have one.”

Triggers: Child Abuse, Death and Violence

Next in Series:
A Creation of Yesterday (Creation series Book 2)

It was my honor and pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

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Robin’s Review of We Who Sleep: Three Ghosts in the Machine Book 3

Those who sleep have awakened, and Dearborn is the only thing standing in the way of the rest they desire.

We Who Sleep: Three Ghosts in the Machine Book 3

by G. Allen Willbanks

Rating: 5 out of 5.
We Who Sleep: 
Three Ghosts in the Machine 
Book Three
by G. Allen Willbanks

The year is 1762 and the rough seas are threatening and treacherous—but they have nothing on Captain William Dearborn. Dearborn, captain of the Deadly Vagabond, is master of both his ship and his men—who know to turn a blind eye to his nefarious activities. But when a faulty compass guides them from their chosen course, his past comes back to haunt him. Those who sleep have awakened, and Dearborn is the only thing standing in the way of the rest they desire.
Robin's Review: This is a well written fast paced story. It was rich with cool pirate nostalgic feels. It is a short story, so I won’t go into detail. But it is about a Captain and his dark secret. An interesting and entertaining story from start to finish. Well done.
They: Three Ghosts in the Machine Book One

Spiritus ex Machina: Three Ghosts in the Machine Book Two

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

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Robin’s Review of Charlie: Zombie Slayer Book 1

Charlie: YA Zombie Horror Story Zombie Slayer Book 1

by Gayle Katz

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Charlie: Zombie Slayer Book 1                         
by Gayle Katz

A snarky teenager. A new school to navigate. Can Charlie stop a zombie apocalypse in time for finals?
After she moves across the country and out of the hot zone, Charlie hopes to leave hunting behind. She's ready to make some friends at her new high school. But the past she hoped to bury rises again with a fresh, city-wide outbreak.


So much for settling into a normal life...

Desperate to stop the walking dead, Charlie enlists the help of some classmates to find patient zero. But as the scourge spreads, her talents may not be enough to keep them alive.

Will Charlie discover the source of the infection, or will she meet a gruesome end?

Charlie is the first action-packed novel in the Zombie Slayer apocalypse series. If you like sassy heroines, witty banter, and over-the-top zombie brawls, then you’ll love Gayle Katz’s tale of high school angst and flesh-eating walkers.


Zombie slayer or zslayer, Charlie Warner a 11th grade student moves from her hometown of Dallas, Texas giving up slaying to move with her Grandmother to Portland Oregon. Only her mentor, Stewart George follows her with bad news. The zombie leader, zleader bit someone before it died and that “person” came back to Portland and has started infecting others. So she must slay again. Not wanting to reveal her true calling to anyone in the beginning especially her friends Owen and Zan because that would put them in danger. As she searches for the new zleader and tries to figure out the supplier of the new drug, “zrug” she’s just your typical teenager. Yea right! What more could go wrong? Don’t ask just read it for yourself.
Robin's Review: I really loved this story and quickly became addicted. It’s fun and snarky but also, Zombies! The world that Katz has built, is a new and refreshing change from the usual zombie story. I’m a sucker for a strong female character with a kick butt personality and boy does this book have that in bulk. The characters are well written, and the plot was full of action and slaying. It was suspenseful, a real page turner, I was always ready to find out what happens next. The funny quips had me laughing from the get-go. I really, really, enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun and hugely entertaining. Like some of my previous reviews, I would describe this as a “Cozy Zombie” apocalypse story. I could see myself reading it again and again, of course after I have read the rest of the series. Looks like it’s gonna be a few sleepless nights for me, and I hope for you also. Gayle Katz has authored a fantastic story and now, will be one of my go to authors. Will I read anything she writes? Books? Yes. Novellas? Yup. Cereal boxes? You bet!
Zombie Tips:

A zombie leader could mask as a human, but their eyes would still glow green.


Favorite Lines:

“Nope, this is a new drug. It’s believed that it’s manufactured from zombie blood and has a street name of zrug, at least that’s what I’m told.”

“It’s two grand for a finger,” he replied. “A finger?” she asked. “For real?”

“I’d feel more confident that you had the right equipment, than buying from some questionable Portland occult store for the tourists.”

“They had a peek, and then decided to leave. Wise move. If there were any more zombies here, they’d quickly be avocado toast.”



Next in the Series:

Second Strain: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 2)

Claw: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 3)

Conzpiracy: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 4)

Spell to Hell: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 5)

Good Zombie: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 6)

Exorcizm: YA Zombie Horror Story (Zombie Slayer Book 7)


Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.

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