Book Review: “Legend of the Walking Dead” by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

About The Author

Lo-Bamijoko1-373x330-300x265Joy Nwosu was born in Enugu, Anambra State of south-eastern Nigeria. Her parents were Charles Belonwu and Deborah Nwosu. She is the fifth in rank of the seven children of her parents. Joy was born into a music family.

Joy, now retired, was a music teacher, trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and obtained her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan, USA.

She has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Her short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18, and her first English novel; Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language.

Joy is a trained musician, and taught music for 35 years. She writes, performs, and record folk songs.

Her new book: The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, which has just been released, is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria. She loves reading romances and mystery stories.

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Link to Joy’s Author’s Website
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YouTube Link to Joy’s Book’s Trailer
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Joy’s Blog Address
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Links to Joy’s FB Pages
https://www.facebook.com/joy.lobamijoko
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Twitter Handle: @Jinlobify

About The Book

Synopsis:
LOTWDLegend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria. The book draws readers into the Igbo people’s ancient and traditional beliefs about life and death.

There is a very thin line dividing the land of the living and the land of the dead, so thin that spirits from both lands coexist. Sometimes, during the story, it is difficult to differentiate between the living and the dead. Both have bodies; the living existing in their bodies, while the dead exist in (are using) borrowed bodies.

Fifteen-year-old Osondu has disappeared. His mother goes searching for her son and faces the same fate. She too goes missing.

The gods are ever present, in control, and minister to both the living and the dead. This is because the gods minister to the spirits, not the bodies that harbor them. To the gods, the spirits of both the living and the dead are ever alive.

The world of the traditional Igbo society is a world in which the dead visit and interact easily with the living. It is also a world in which most of the time the living are at the mercy of the gods.

Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/JoyNwosuLoBamijoko
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W4LI29E/

My Review:

Magical and yet, Serene

I loved the descriptions of life after death as described by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko in Legend of the Walking Dead. It’s about the incredible Journey Osondu and his mother took after their deaths. Magical and yet serene, these two are given the opportunity to choose to live more fully than they ever had while they were alive. I have always loved mythological tales about past times and other cultures, and this one did not disappoint. I highly recommend Legend of the Walking Dead.

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Book Review: “Another Sunset” by Jason Zandri

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Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 11 years (Andrew), 9 years (Angela), 7 years (Adam) and 6 years old (Alex).

You can keep up with Jason on Facebook via his author page at https://www.facebook.com/jzandri 
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You can read Jason’s current updates and writing activity on his writer’s blog – THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW at https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/

About The Book

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David Stephenson is a kind drifter who comes to settle in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents of the failing town as they welcome and befriend him. During his stay he helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and while doing so excites and energizes the whole town to help out. Lives change as fate takes a critical turn. The local would-be reporter, tasked by David’s longtime friend, takes off on a mission to unravel the mystery of his travels, where he came from, and discovers why he is on his journey.

My Review

Kindness of a Stranger

This book started out good and ended great. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. It has a dash of a budding romance and a mystery with many messages and lessons to be learned. It’s about ordinary people with ordinary lives–down-to-earth characters with more to give than they’d realized until David drifts into town and their lives and sets them on the path they were meant to follow.

Jason Zandri has a wonderful writing style that I thoroughly enjoyed as well as the many twists and turns of the story. Another Sunset is a compelling story that I will remember for a long time.

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Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:

Inside Room 913 by Bruce A. Borders (finished 11/13/2015)
Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas
Mercy’s Prince (He Who Finds Mercy, #1) by Katy Huth Jones

Book Review: Observant Oracle (Lottie Baldwin Mysteries #2) by Elizabeth Delisi

About the AuthorLizDelisi

I’m an author of several novels, novellas and short story collections, I teach writing courses, and I edit for individuals. I live in New Hampshire and enjoy studying the Tarot, reading, and doing needlework. My favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz, favorite book is Watchers by Dean Koontz.

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Observant Oracle (Lottie Baldwin Mysteries, #2)

Who murdered the Cheyenne State University student? Can deputy sheriff Harlan Erikson solve the case quickly enough to keep his fiancée, impulsive psychic Lottie Baldwin, from snooping on her own?
(this is a short story)

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My Review

Another Excellent Lottie Baldwin Mystery

This is another excellent Lottie Baldwin mystery read. Lottie deciphers the clues of the tarot cards like an expert. She’s strong willed which gets her into trouble sometimes and this story is no exception.

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Next Six books and short stories on my reading list are:
Luck of the Irish by Liz Gavin
Another Sunset (Book 2, The Sunset Series) by Jason Zandri
Inside Room 913 by Bruce A. Borders
Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney
Into the Dark Waters by Rebecca Riley
Sharpe Shooter (Cozy Suburb Mystery Series) by Lisa B. Thomas

Review: “The Ruins on Stone Hill” by F. P. Spirit

About the Author

F.P. Spirit has always loved fantasy. From the moment he received his very first copy of fpSpiritLord of the Rings back in high school, he was hooked. Today, somewhere between work, raising two teen boys, and trying to be a devoted husband, F. P. manages to write sword and sorcery fantasy fiction.

His novels, The Ruins on Stone Hill, The Serpent Cult and The Dark Monolith, are the first three books in the series Heroes of Ravenford. The series chronicles the adventures of a band of young heroes in the dangerous world of Thac. F.P. is currently working on the fourth book in the Heroes of Ravenford series, The Princess of Lanfor, to be released in late 2015.

To learn more you can go to his website http://fpspirit.com/ or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FP_Spiritout

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Magic is Easy or so Glolindir thought, until he came face to face with his first live monster. Casting spells was not so simple with death breathing down his neck. His story might have ended there if not for three gifted youths: Seth, the mysterious halfling with the moves of an assassin; Lloyd, the spiritblade whose fiery swords are whirlwind-fast; and Aksel, the gnome whose very touch can heal.

Yet that was just the beginning of their adventures, for dark shadows loom over the little town of Ravenford. The townsfolk quickly turn to these newcomers, who may indeed be their only hope. From the old ruined keep southwest of town to hidden caves in the western hills, through dark tunnels, secret passages, concealed rooms and magical mirrors, they must face mythical monsters, evil creatures, and dark wizards, each more perilous than the last. Can they rise to the challenge and become the Heroes that the people of Ravenford so sorely need?

My Review

Entertaining and Captivating

A band of misfits come together to become the Heroes of Stone Hill (as some call them). They go upon quest after quest for the Baron, after kicking some Orc booty and find a document for the town wizard. This little band consists of an elfin mage, a Halfling ninja, a gnome healer and a large human warrior. After their first encounter with the Orcs, they team with a couple of guys for hire (a tracker and a warrior) and even later an elfin bard.

I haven’t read a lot of Fantasy but this was an enjoyable read, and I intend to read more of Mr. Spirit’s books. THE RUINS ON STONE HILL was not only captivating; it was fun and hard to put down.

Purchase the book here: The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1)

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
Observant Oracle – Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi
Luck of the Irish by Liz Gavin
Another Sunset (Book 2, The Sunset Series) by Jason Zandri
Inside Room 913 by Bruce A. Borders
Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney

Review: “Finding Katie” by Harmony Kent

About The Author

Indie Author Harmony Kent has written a number of books. The Battle for Brisingamen, her first novel, is a work of fantasy fiction and was approved by Awesome Indies within weeks of its release. Her second book, The Glade shows her equally at home in the realms of mystery, suspense and thriller – with a dash of magical realism. This book has also been approved for the Awesome Indies List. The Glade was awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion in July 2014. Harmony’s third book (Elemental Earth) is Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, and was published 31st July 2014. With more books already in progress, she is well on her way to being a firmly established multi genre author.

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal and beta reading services. As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.

Harmony is 42 years old, single and currently lives in Cornwall, England. Read on for ten things Harmony thinks you should know about her … Ten Things:

I was born in 2013 (at least, the author in me was) … the rest of me is … err … just a LITTLE bit older than that.
I am really boring.
I have absolutely no sense of humour. At all.
I read. A lot.
I write. Even more.
I’m completely sane (in).
I don’t have any children, but I am surrounded by loads of cute gremlins who claim to be my nieces and nephews. Stranger still: they seem to like me.
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably as sane as I am.
If you still want to hang around, and if you’re feeling brave …
I’m online …
www.harmonykent.co.uk 
twitter: @harmony_kent
www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HarmonyK
harmonykent@gmx.com

About The Book

I killed someone, you see. I killed the girl, who used to be me.

I’m Kate … Kate Charlesworth. I’m seventeen, and self-harming. This time I cut too deep, and I’m in hospital. I hadn’t meant for it to be so bad—it just sort of happened. I needed a lot of distraction that day.

You’ve had bad days, right? Days it hurts too much to think. Days you just wanna stay in bed. Days when the world needs to go away for a while. Right?

What do you do when you’ve hit rock bottom? When there’s nowhere left to turn?

This one little mistake lands me back on a psych unit—the last place I wanna be. Only this time, the nurse I end up with isn’t content to stick on a band-aid and send me home. She wants me to face my demons. But to do that, I’ll have to face who I am … who I used to be … I’ll have to find Katie.

My Review

Excellent Writing of Sensitive Subjects

Finding Katie is an excellent, well-written book. Written in first person, you experience the feelings, thoughts, heartache, etc. of a disturbed young woman of seventeen who struggles to find the girl she used to be. Ms. Kent handled the sensitive topics of abuse and self-harming like an expert.

I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading, but since I had to go back to work, I had no choice. However, I may have been late a few times as I dragged myself away kicking and screaming. Great job, Harmony Kent.

Get your copy of Finding Katie here.

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit (67% read now)
Observant Oracle – Lottie Baldwin-Mystery #2 by Elizabeth Delisi
Luck of the Irish by Liz Gavin
Another Sunset (Book 2, The Sunset Series) by Jason Zandri
Inside Room 913 by Bruce A. Borders

Review: “When Darkness Breaks” by Traci Sanders

About The Author

Author and mother of three, Traci Sanders has been composing poetry, songs, and children’s stories since the young age of ten. In 2003, she opened her home to young children in her community offering “beyond the basics” teachings. In 2008, she was recognized by the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency as Family Childcare Provider of the Year and was featured in two local newspapers.

In 2010, she furthered her education by earning her Child Development Associates degree and was a recipient of the FIRST (First Incentive for Raising Standards among Teachers) Award presented by the Child Care Commissioner of her state. She continues to shape the young minds of the future through her home-based childcare program. Her daily interactions with these children provide constant inspiration for her writing and she plans to continue on this path until her story has reached “The End.”

Traci has two goals in writing books–to help people and/or to make them feel something. To date, she has published five books, including her latest foray into adult fiction titled, ‘When Darkness Breaks’. She is an avid reader and writer, and finds inspiration all around her.

Currently Traci is writing her second adult novel, a light paranormal romance, titled ‘UNSEVERED’.

Please visit Traci’s blog: A Word With Traci
Follow Traci on twitter: @tmsanders2014

About The Book

Local news anchor, Amber Woods, seemed to have it all – a thriving career, two beautiful children, and a doting husband named Drake. Life was perfect…until her world was turned upside down in one fateful night.

While the incident caused Amber to renew her priorities; Drake was unable to deal with what happened, and sank into a deep depression laced with infidelity and alcohol.

Hoping a change of scenery would salvage her quickly deteriorating marriage, Amber agreed to move to New York; but it didn’t take long for her to discover that the past is not always left in the past.

Can Amber save her marriage without losing herself along the way? What will she do when darkness breaks her will to keep trying?

My Review

Truly Heartbreaking, Yet Uplifting Story

As the story unfolded, I found myself asking two questions: What makes a strong woman? Is it the woman who stays in a bad marriage waiting for it to turn around, or is it the woman who doesn’t take any crap, leaves, and starts her life over. Before reading “When Darkness Breaks,” I would’ve said the latter. However, Amber is a strong woman to whom I can relate, and I think anyone who has been married, husband or wife, especially those in a bad marriage can.

When a marriage is damaged, for whatever reason, it is both hard to walk away and yet, it is hard to stay. One person’s answer may not be another’s. Amber fought for a marriage she knew had been good and with some faith and effort it could be great again.

I feel this is a well-written story that at times can break your heart, but in other times, lifts you up. It gives you faith. Once you start reading, you will not want to put it down and could very easy keep you glued to your seat and reading until the very end.

Get “When Darkness Breaks” here.

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
Deadly Secrets (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1) by Gordon Bickerstaff (Book of the Month moved up)
What’s In A Name? Tales from the Lost Horizon by Michael Eging
For The Sake of a Child by Stevie Turner (Push Book moved up)
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit
Finding Kate by Harmony Kent

Review: “Murder at Cold Creek College” by Christa Nardi

About Christa NardiChristaNardi

Christa Nardi is a new author of cozy mysteries. Murder at Cold Creek College is the first in what she hopes will be a series set in a small town in Virginia. She has a background in higher education and psychology, similar to the main character in the series, Sheridan Hendley.

Please visit Christa’s blog at http://christanardi.blogspot.com/
You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christa.nardi.5
Follow Christa on twitter: @ChristaN7777

About the Book

Sheridan Hendley is a professor and psychologist, not a sleuth. When her colleague is murdered and her good friend becomes the prime suspect, her curiosity and logical mind have her putting pieces together. In small town Cold Creek it’s hard to have secrets. As Sheridan tries to connect all the people in Adam’s life, she finds that many women have a motive for Adam’s murder. When Sheridan’s tires are slashed and then she is assaulted, it’s clear someone is afraid she’s getting too close.

My Review

“Murder at Cold Creek College” is a ‘who dunnit’ at a small town college. A psychology professor is murdered and all staff, as well as many students are suspects. One of the suspects on the short list is Sheridan Hendley’s best friend who she wants to prove innocent.

Sheridan is often thrown into situations beyond her control that cause her to become a prime target for the killer. Adam, the handsome state police detective, is on the job and very attracted to Sheridan. Things really heat up between these two.

This is a story I enjoyed, especially the many plot twists and turns that lead to a very satisfying ending. It is well-written with well-developed and likable characters. There are many characters but not overwhelming to the point where you get lost in the who is who.

The author appeared to either be knowledgeable in the day-to-day of college life or she researched it extremely well. I highly recommend “Murder at Cold Creek College” for an entertaining read. I look forward to reading the second book in the series, “Murder in the Arboretum” and have added it to my to-be-read list.

Get “Murder at Cold Creek College” here.

Next Five books and short stories on my reading list are:
When Darkness Breaks by Traci Sanders (Book of the Month moved up)
Deadly Secrets (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1) by Gordon Bickerstaff (Book of the Month moved up).
What’s In A Name? Tales from the Lost Horizon by Michael Eging
The Ruins on Stone Hill (Heroes of Ravenford Book 1) by F. P. Spirit
Finding Kate by Harmony Kent

Meet Multi-talented, Multi-genre Author, Jeanne Foguth

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Jeanne Foguth’s story of Xander de Hunter as chronicled in “The Red Claw” was an absolutely purr-fect light read which you can learn more about in my review of that title. As a cat lover I am hooked. To my great delight, she has just released Xander’s latest tale (or perhaps I should say “tail”?) entitled “Purr-a-noia” with another “Sea Purrtector Files” episode promised for next year.

Yet these charming cat adventure stories are but a small part of Jeanne’s repertoire. If you’re a romantic suspense, fantasy or science fiction fan you’ll want to get a hold of her other novels as well. Her vast travel experience coupled with her attention to detail create engaging characters in the midst of exotic settings which will pull you in and leave you wanting more. So without further ado, let’s learn more about this fascinating author and creator of my favorite cat hero.

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