Tuesday Book Review: “Insanity by Murder”

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Insanity by Murder: A Cidee Washington Mystery

by W. Rosser Wilson

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478756149

 

Synopsis*:

Doctor Lee is a surgeon gone mad. John Lee is riddled with guilt and psychologically traumatized by the unexpected postoperative death of a special patient ten years before. Heavily medicated, impoverished, and on the county dole, Dr. Lee lives alone in a ramshackle single-wide trailer with his dog, Sunny, on the banks of a Virginia river. One hot summer day he is visited by Sarah, a nurse and past lover, who confesses that all this time she has known that “Thumbs” Berringer–her husband and Dr. Lee’s surgical rival–murdered the patient out of spite. This revelation enrages Dr. Lee and unleashes a series of events that lead to Sarah’s death and the disappearance of Dr. Lee and Sarah’s husband…and the local sheriff must seek the help of two most unlikely individuals in solving the case. Insanity of Murder is a humorous yet riveting mystery novel about guilt, madness, and murder.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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I thoroughly enjoyed my read of this book. Technically, the author demonstrates an effective use of common parlance and highly detailed character and scene descriptions, while artfully weaving aspects of the story together within some historical and social context of the south. The pathos evoked by the described effects of psychotic depression in the conscientious and the disquiet from the ultimate revelation about the associated greedy sociopath are well produced in a story that comes together with a surprise ending. Insanity and murder are not pleasant topics; thus, this book is not for when you want to feel uplifted about the nature of mankind, save the seekers of truth – those who made good attempt therein to solve the mystery, along with snippets of situational humor here and there. Engaging, interesting, and well written are the reasons why I highly recommend this murder mystery. Now, I’m looking forward to my read of the sequel.

– reviewed by Amazon Customer

 Other Reviewers Are Saying …

Riveting yet humorous mystery about a surgeon driven mad by his patient’s murder. A shocking end.

– reviewed by Foreword Reviews

Excellent read, unique mix of characters and plot. Wilson makes the unlikely feasible by giving us the details of personality we need to understand the often bizarre choices his players make. He knows the details of the culture in which his story plays out, has an uncluttered style and a strong sense of how to maintain tension all the way to the last line. Philip

– Amazon Reviewer Philip R. Hirsh Jr.

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Tuesday Book Review: “Gramma Darling”

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Gramma Darling

by Lissa Schroeder

illustrated by Doron Ben-Ami

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478757900

Congratulations to Lissa Schroeder & illustrator Doron Ben-Ami for winning a CIPA EVVY Merit Award in the Children’s Picture Book category, as well as Outskirts Press’ Best Book of the Year Award! You can learn more about the book at www.grammadarling.com as well as by visiting the book listing in the Outskirts Press bookstore.

Synopsis*:

It is truly extraordinary, the difference one woman can make in the life of a child. Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder; from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. You will laugh and remember your own childhood and feel as though you are there sharing in all the small adventures of her little world; the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter. You sense the atmosphere of nurturing, protection, and worth that she provides; and far more importantly, you get a glimpse into the wisdom of a woman whose genuine genius for simply loving, inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion. It will leave you uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in your own life.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Do you remember Grandma sitting at her sewing machine? Teaching you how to play card games and dominoes, or maybe reading you adventure stories from times past? Or perhaps serving milk and cookies after a long day in school? Grandmas have a unique bond with their grandchildren. Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder is the real-life account of a woman’s memories of her childhood spent with her Gramma. Gramma Darling does everything from helping her grandchildren learn to walk to sewing clothes for dolly and teddy. She is the warm memory of love and complete security. Whether she is baking in the kitchen, tending the vegetable garden or serving food at the local diner, Gramma Darling is busy, but always full of love. Quick to laugh and always ready to have fun, Gramma Darling is never too busy to play with or help her grandchildren. Gramma Darling’s house is eternally warm with her love and laughter, and full of countless adventures for her grandchildren. Patient and kind, Gramma Darling is always around for her grandchildren. Just as a Grandma should be.

A heartwarming story, Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder is a beautifully illustrated non-fiction children’s book that will entertain both adults and children. Although this story is about only one special Grandma, I felt that this book is a loving tribute to grammas everywhere. Reading the story, it brought back warm, happy memories of my own grandmothers. As the author says, my memories with my grandmothers held a sense of love and security. With colorful illustrations and a delicious looking recipe in the back, this book is a sweet act of love. This book would make a perfect gift for Grandma!

– reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers’ Favorite

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This book is an absolutely WOWZER! if there is such a word.  I was very stunned and drawn in right from the start by just taking a picture walk.  The illustrations are so detailed.  You think they are real.  They come alive.  They make the story.  As an adult the whole way through reading the book, I was going back and reliving my childhood.  There is a warm, nostalgic mood through out this book.  It is an amazing book.   Beautiful in message and illustration.  Just take a picture walk and see for yourself watch the book trailer below.

– reviewed by Apple Blossom for The Blended Blog

Schroeder’s reminiscences of childhood days spent at her grandmother’s house make a wonderful picture book. Whether it is the memory of playing in the enclosed front porch during a rain storm while Gramma works at her sewing machine, or Gramma tucking kids in at the end of another long summer day, the memories are full of love and warmth. Anyone lucky enough to have a grandmother like Gramma Darling will feel an instant kinship with the remembrance of delicious desserts made with lots of love or the safety of performing a song or skit knowing that she is always there to applaud. The circular nature of the story is a reflection of the “circle of life,” with the book opening on the scene of a grandchild just learning to walk across the rug and into Gramma’s arms, and closing with a similar scene -but this time with a great-grandchild toddling into those arms.

Doron Ben-Ami’s illustrations are so clear and crisp readers may double-check to make sure that they are not really looking at photographs. The happiness on the children’s faces as they explore in Gramma’s yard, the pleasure on her face as she watches them eat her homemade pie, and the love beaming from her smile as she waits for those hesitant steps to carry her grandchild across the room and into her arms are all captured perfectly. This is a book that will become a family tradition among readers. And what’s better than snuggling in a grandmother’s lap for a read-aloud? (Although offering the recipe for Gramma Darling’s Chocolaty Cherry Cake is also very nice.)

– Amazon Reviewer Suzanne R. Costner

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Tuesday Book Review: “Finally, Now You Can”

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Finally, Now You Can

by Peter Kange

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781521337059

Synopsis*:

How to rise, up and out of any situation, reinvent yourself and live the life you are intended to live.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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“Receiving a word at a low point in life is just what makes the difference between going through with joy or sadness . At one point I got just that from my pastor , who said to me ,”THIS IS THE LOWEST YOU WILL EVER BE !” Today , I declare the same words to you : This is the lowest point you will ever be ! Start your upward climb from this moment on , By God’s Grace.”- Dr. Peter Kange FINALLY, NOW YOU CAN

The statement “This is the lowest you will ever be !” has taken me from an unemployed single mother facing eviction to managing a 76 million dollar asset for the US’s largest bank and the world’s third largest bank by total assets.
By God’s Grace and the direction of Dr. Peter Kange as my mentor, My life has shifted to new realms and indeed I am not where I used to be and continue to climb upward! This book provides keen insight in to the many facades of the Grace of God. When fully understood and applied, will bring a quantum leap to your relationships , finances and lead you into your God designed destiny.Purchase your copy today! Wait no longer begin now! Finally, Now You Can !

– reviewed by Tening Niang

 Other Reviewers Are Saying …

If you have ever felt like a failure, if you think you’ve missed your chance, this book is For You!
When I read this book, it revived me, and simultaneously reignited my passion to get up and go again!
Not only with inspirational words, but also with very practical exercises and tools, it will build you up and get you On Track.
If you really want to make something out of your life, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and get this book!

– Amazon Reviewer P. Clark

To understand the relationship and role of Grace in one’s life, is to catipult life from one dimension or realm to a brand new one. That is what this book is continuing to do for me. It challenges me to be open to letting go of control and working alongside Grace, while letting Grace take the lead. If you are ready for change, growth, and to be challenged, then this book is what you need to read. If you want to remain the same, fight in/to change, then..well you get it! Finally, now you can! Finally, now I CAN!.. and I WILL!!

– Amazon Reviewer D. Russell

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Tuesday Book Review: “Simple Witness”

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Simple Witness

by Bob Siqveland

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478751588

Synopsis*:

Harold Bartz, aka Bandit, has a low IQ which contrasts sharply with his delusions of grandeur. He flees Minneapolis after witnessing a murder. Once in Las Vegas, rather than hiding, he starts cooking up schemes. His pals, Banger and Diggs, soon join him. Bandit has company in Vegas: Yuri Vostov and Nikki Kerlenko, two Russian hit men sent by the sadistic Jethro Plack. A shady telemarketer, Plack separates guileless customers from their money. His company is in Minnesota, but he oversees Internet swindles from a hidden office in London. Plack’s scam, Fortune Fate Lottery, gains the attention of Sean O’Dell, a St. Paul police lieutenant. O’Dell is investigating the explosion of Internet crime and its elderly victims. “C. J.” Johannson, a Minneapolis cop, is assigned a suicide case. Lana Winton’s death however, doesn’t fit the profile of a suicide. C.J. begins gathering clues that lead him to Plack’s office in St. Paul. Plack’s elaborate scheme has evaded detection thus far. Working against him this time however, is his own man, hacker extraordinaire Tommy Ling, who becomes uncomfortable with the idea of destroying the lives of innocent victims. Ling hatches a plan to scam the scammers and become the Robin Hood Hacker. When Bandit finally comes forward, C. J. can go after Plack for murder and O’Dell can foil Plack’s Internet scheme in London. With Plack behind bars, the Robin Hood Hacker makes headlines while Bandit and his pals stumble into a surprise in Vegas.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Harold Bartz is not your usual guy. He has a low IQ, but he is not exactly dumb. When Harold accidentally witnesses a murder, Jethro Plack, the dangerous mob boss, sends some equally dangerous hit men to end his life. Instead of running for the hills, he starts to make plans, starting a chain reaction that makes things worse. Will Harold be able to save his own life? Or will the mob guys get him and end his plans once and for all?

Simple Witness by Bob Siqveland has many characters and all of them bring something different to the story. With nine main characters, the story should have been confusing and irritating. I was so sure that I would put the novel down after I read the first ten chapters, but my heart was telling me to give this novel a chance. Now, I am so glad that I listened to my heart. The story is phenomenal. It is like reading a movie, the thrill, the mystery and the action of the novel was so real that I could almost feel it happening right around me.

Bob Siqveland wrote such vivid descriptions and imagery that I felt could almost taste the action and the feelings of the characters. Each and every character felt real. The novel is not long and the chapters are short, but the reader does not feel left out. Everything you need to know is there and you do not even have to concentrate really hard to find it. There is a charm in the novel and the way it was written. The dialogues were perfect and somewhat complex.

By the time the reader reaches the fifth chapter, he is invested beyond belief. I was taken away by the story and I forgot where I was. This is perfection and one of the best novels I have read so far this year. There is nothing faulty or even questionable. Superb writing skills, best characters and amazing story line! Five stars for a job well done!

– reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

 Other Reviewers Are Saying …

Bob Siqveland may not have been a sprinter, but a marathon runner he certainly wasn’t either. This tale starts out at a reasonable pace, and then picks up and up and up until you are racing to the end in a frenzy. Couple that with a cast of goofball characters that draw you into their world, everything from the diabolically evil villain Jethro Plack to the angelically stupid Bandit, and you’ve got a recipe for success. With some chapters as short as one and a half to two pages in length it is amazing how the author packs so much detail into such a small space, and leaves you racing from one chapter to the next in anticipation. This is a wild ride, a great read, and just plain a lot of fun.In a world of such cruel uncertainty as ours, it is good to read a tale where the villain gets his just deserts, the good guy gets the girl, and the clueless actually get a break. But I won’t give away the ending, you’ll just have to read it for yourself, something I highly recommend you do. Page turner, plot twists galore, scenes from stodgy old London all the way to the warm streets of Las Vegas, Simple Witness has it all. A good book I can heartily recommend.

– Amazon Reviewer Amazon Customer

This was an awesome story! I’m not sure where to begin about what I liked best about the book itself so I’ll just start with the writing. Mr. Siqveland is a very intelligent writer. I loved the wide variety of vocabulary in this entire story, he uses many terms that I don’t see often in books.

His writing style was very interesting when he introduces and describes characters and events. I felt like I was watching a movie that Guy Ritchie wrote and directed because Mr. Siqveland’s writing in very similar to how Guy Ritchie tells his stories in his movies. For example, some of the chapters are really short, like two pages short, which is fine because it’s just another part of the story that we as readers are catching up on or we are learning something new. There are many characters involved that are all involved in the plot. Each chapter is the point of view of first person from a different character. In the book, I would read about one character and then the next chapter would be from a character in a different environment who I haven’t heard from since 5 chapters ago. This reminded me of Guy Ritchie’s character jumping in his movies when he switches up his scenes. The banter, wit and charm of the dialogue was entertaining. The way Mr. Siqveland writes the funny banter between characters is very similar to how Guy Ritchie wrote Snatch and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels; it was sharp and poignant.

Normally I don’t like many references to other works of any kind in books but Mr. Siqveland did a nice job on intertwining references and philosophies in this book. It wasn’t over done and it added to the thoughts and feelings to the story.

Besides all of that, the plot was fantastic! There is quite a lot that happens with various characters. I won’t give anything away. The description might look a little confusing with all the characters and descriptions but the book itself is wonderfully written and flows well so it’s not so confusing.

All the characters were very well developed. I felt like I knew all the characters well and I enjoyed them all. I liked that every character in this story had their own agenda going on while there were so many others involved. Every character was unique from one another and brought something different to the story.

Overall, I would highly recommend this story to anyone that wants to read a very smart interesting thriller. Or if you’re a fan of the movies Snatch or Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels; give this book a chance, I’m sure you’ll like it!

I would like to thank Mr. Siqveland for sharing his work with me, it was a pleasure.

– Amazon Reviewer Protozoan

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Tuesday Book Review: “Reunited”

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Reunited: When You Open Yourself to Love, Love Will Find You

by Levi Porter

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478790778

Synopsis*:

You can survive change and be better for it! This book chronicles the journey of Dr. Kenneth Na’dar Reynolds emotional and spiritual exploration. In this journey he is reunited with his star-crossed lover, Anthony Marcus. Their journey leads them on a wild adventure, leaving no parts of their lives untouched. They negotiate their relationship and how they interact with the wider world and their creator.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Reunited is not a book based on fears but rather bravery, loyalty, and commitment to a greater cause. Dr. Na’dar forces the the reader to journey with him as he challenges every societal protocol to retain the major relationships in his life. Once reunited with his soulmate Anthony Marcus, the pair become unstoppable. Together, they battle family issues as well as fight along side each other conquering gods who desire to destroy their world.

The reader is also privy to the softer side of the couple. The author is very detailed in his description of the couples relationship which helps to confirm that their love is true, pure, loving, and sensual.

Reunited is a must read as it teaches the reader that a love worth having is worth fighting for…I truly enjoyed it and highly recommend it!

–  Amazon Customer

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I love the spot and the story line. Sometimes we need too look at love through another day or lens to appreciate true love. Love is already worth fighting for but that’s something each of us need to experience when we can overcome being cynical because pain hurts. Worth a read with an open mind.

– Amazon Reviewer deborahaporter

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Tuesday Book Review: “The Pigeon Prince”

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The Pigeon Prince

by M.R. Warriner

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478788805

Synopsis*:

Paolo is a young pigeon in Venice who craves to become human. He gets his chance during the annual carnival when he disguises his identity with a magnificent costume that makes him look like a human. Walking among people, he concludes that they, in turn, really want to be birds! Paolo realizes that he is perfect just the way he is, and has always been what he desired most to be: someone special.

M.R. Warriner’s The Pigeon Prince richly illustrated by Italian artist Francesco Dibattista, is a great way to teach elementary school children that they can be happy in their own skin. Facts pages lend an educational component to this charming story of adventure and self-respect.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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Meet Paolo Piccione, one of the famous pigeons of St. Mark’s Square, in new book—a lyrical allegory in the form of a lavishly illustrated children’s story.

M.R. Warriner is a business executive turned author who advocates self-discovery as the path to individual and team fulfilment. His new juvenile fiction book, The Pigeon Prince, has been published by Outskirts Press—the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company.
Venice is a magnificent city, especially if you’re a pigeon. Not only do the people of Venice feed the birds, but tourists at St. Mark’s Square lay birdy banquets at their feet! But there is one bird, Paolo Piccione, who yearns to be more than a pigeon….
This beautifully illustrated, lyrical story tells the tale of Paolo, a prince among pigeons who wants to be human, and the grand adventure that leads him to realize it is silly to long to be something he is not. Both children and adults will enjoy this tale of a Venetian pigeon’s journey to self-discovery.
About the Author: M.R. Warriner traveled the world in search of lessons to develop the talents and shape the cultures of teams with dreams. As a people executive for both start-ups and legends like Disney, Gallup, and Marriott, he helped birth fifteen innovative enterprises. His senior quest is helping teams redefine and reshape the idea of great companies by grounding them in universal principles of faith. The Pigeon Prince is his debut book.

– Review on YAH GOTTA READ THIS

 Other Reviewers Are Saying …

The Pigeon Prince is a universal tale of longing to be different than one already is. The story is sweetly told, gorgeously illustrated, and has the timeless lesson of realizing that you are already the best “you” that can be. Bonuses include a glossary of terms, and fun facts on pigeons. This beautiful book makes a lovely gift for children and parents who encourage them to excel at being themselves.

– Amazon Reviewer Ann M. Peterson

A wonderful story with a great message along with beautiful illustrations. My daughter and I enjoyed it the first time and will many more times to come. The history and fun facts at the end were particularly enjoyable.

– Amazon Reviewer Shane Vaughn

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Tuesday Book Review: “Dine Fine, Forget Frugal”

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Dine Fine, Forget Frugal

by Chef Jonathan Ho

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478765158

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a CIPA EVVY Award Nominee!

Synopsis*:

Food…Everyone’s First Love… Frugal cooking, imitation ingredients, or family meals in a few minutes…appropriate for some, but not for me. A delicious dish crafted with natural ingredients, time, and technique will win their hearts (and stomachs) every time. If you want to impress your family, friends, and guests with wholesome and unique dishes you’ll love this cookbook! With today’s Internet, it seems a shame not to take advantage of fast shipping from distant markets and vast access to new, exotic ingredients rife for the picking. These far-away foods may be a bit pricier than something you can pick up at the corner store, but getting hold of these delectable morsels is well worth the effort. The recipes in this cookbook aren’t fast and frugal, but they are works of culinary art you’ll be glad you got your hands on. Life is too short to deprive yourself and your loved ones of a little wholesome indulgence…

You deserve it!

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

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A fusion chef presents 30 high-end hors d’oeuvres. “I’ve committed my career to celebrating the US culinary melting pot,” Ho (That’s the Spirit, 2012) declares. He grew up in Hawaii, where he helped in his father’s Honolulu restaurant, and at age 16 moved to Pennsylvania’s Amish country. Both influences are evident in his recipes—“Hapa-Ham” Burgers and Rock Salt Plum Ribs; and an unusual take on Pennsylvania Dutch chicken and waffles—alongside a range of other American food cultures, including Tex-Mex, Southern, and various Asian cuisines. The book focuses exclusively on appetizers and soup shots. Even familiar foods like macaroni and cheese are reworked with piquant flavors to make them special-occasion dishes—in this case, using a blend of fine cheeses and adding crab meat, saffron, and caviar. Ho delights in blending the traditionally savory and sweet in playful combinations that will be “confusing to the palate,” like filling a donut with chicken, beans, and cheese, or flavoring a potato-corn cupcake with vanilla and chamomile tea. One of the best examples of the fusion food approach is his “terichanga,” a fried burrito stuffed with teriyaki-marinated rib eye beef and topped with mango-avocado salsa. Best not to look too closely at the nutritional information—the figures are slightly alarming, even for amuse-bouche serving sizes. Each recipe is accompanied by an appealing color photograph, background information, substitution advice, and details on how to source unusual ingredients. Some explanatory notes (for hoisin sauce, Berkshire pork, and the Amish) are repeated in multiple recipes; they could all be collected into a glossary at the end. Fractions would be more useful than decimals when measuring ingredients, and the ornate font becomes a challenge to read. But these small quibbles cannot detract from the quality of these truly indulgent dishes. In many cases, the ingredients are so expensive that these recipes are likely to be reserved for a blowout dinner party, perhaps around Christmastime—a perfect occasion for Turkish-style reindeer meatballs. A final section of musings gives strategies for creating harmonious dishes and pleasing picky eaters. A mouthwatering collection of decadent appetizers.

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