Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Review of Dudes Down Under

Book Review of Dudes Down Under
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Dudes Down Under
Dudes Series Book One
Suzannah Burke

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Taylor Street Books

ISBN: 1475220715
Number of pages: 286
Word Count: 90,000

Blurb : 

Dudes Down Under, the most luxurious resort ever built. It sits on a privately owned Island on the Great Barrier Reef, off the northernmost region of Australia.
No cell-phones, no computers, no paparrazi.
The Menu:
The world’s most famous talk show hostess and the owner of the island sign a deal, the result; Hollywood's 'A' listers all vying for a chance to be the first guests.
The Method:
They pay half a million dollars for the privilege of being randomly chosen from a barrel of names on her programme.
The Ingredients:
The winners, include Hollywood’s foremost golden couple.  His very unforgiving ex-wife. 
The young hotel heiress with a habit of driving whilst drunk and little else to commend her.  Blend in a couple of famous expatriate actors
Add the tower owning king of power with an unfortunate hairstyle and attitude.
The television hostess and her film crew.
Add to the mixture:
The most politically incorrect bunch of Australian staff you are likely to meet, anywhere.
The dessert:
Cyril, who has impeccable dress sense, adores Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, drinks to excess, and has a fascinating attitude about well—everything! Well ... yes--he is a Crocodile, but he's family.
Blend the ingredients carefully then stand well back!
'Dudes Down Under' is waiting for you to arrive.

About the Author:

Authors are meant to enjoy talking about themselves, right? Wrong! It is so difficult to blow your own trumpet without sounding big-headed or apologetic or both at once … “I do apologize for sounding big-headed.” You get my drift? I can do this straight up or in my normal (Occasionally) manner.
So here we go…I have had the privilege of having 3 books published by Taylor Street Publishing. Books one and two are biographical and written under my pen name of Stacey Danson. ‘Empty Chairs’ and its sequel ‘Faint Echoes of Laughter’ have been well received and for that I will always be so very grateful. They are difficult books to read, dealing as they do with the explosive topic of Child abuse in its most horrific of forms. When I was writing Empty Chairs I badly needed a release of some sort; somewhere I could focus my mind apart from the memories I had to relive. ‘Dudes Down Under’ is the result.
The book is Romantic and dare I say it very funny in an over the top, off the wall, ‘what the hell did she just say?’ way. The characters I loved writing. They became my friends. They gave me an avenue to explore strong women, vulnerable men, and love with all its faults and foibles. They also allowed me to explore comedic writing to its fullest extent.
Reviewers tell me they cried laughing at the comedy … and at times simply cried. I have a sequel (Dudes Does Hollywood) in the planning stages.
I have also recently completed a psychological thriller…phew! Challenges are something I never avoid. Only time will tell if my exploration of different genres will be successful.

Book Review:

            When I was a kid I had a couple books about Lyle the Crocodile that lived in a house with his human family.  This book was much better.  I loved the idea of a resort for the rich and famous that had no cell, tv, and was a total secret that allowed them to live like “normal” people (whatever that is).  But my favorite was Cyril.

            Funny, romantic, worth reading more than once.  Great read.  I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.

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My apologies to all authors and publishers for later reviews.  I have been very ill, very ill, and unable to get on my computer and my husband didn't know how to post my reviews.  I hope that this will get me caught up.  I apologize for any problems this caused to anyone.

Book Review of Hellfire and Damnation II

Book Review of Hellfire and Damnation II

the book will be FREE on KINDLE (only) for the 5 days immediately prior to Halloween, i.e., October 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Welcome to Books, Books, and More Books.  I am pleased to share my review of this book with you.  Thank you for visiting and please come again.

Publisher: Merry Blacksmith Press, August 1, 2012
Category: Short Stories, Psychological Thriller
Tour Dates: October, 2012
Available in: Print, Kindle, Epub & PDF, 168 pages
Cover Art by Vincent Chong.

Blurb : 

Hellfire & Damnation II is the sequel to the well-received award-winning short story collection Hellfire & Damnation ( (E-Lit award, Silver Feather award). The first collection contained 15 short stories that described the sins punished at each of the 9 Circles of Hell within Dante's Inferno. With that framing device and an Introduction by William F. Nolan (Logan's Run), the 2011 visit to Hell was 47,000 words that critics called "blazingly original."

The sequel, Hellfire & Damnation II, is slightly longer, at 53,000 words, containing 11 short stories that, once again, address the sins punished at each of the 9 Circles of Hell. Plus, this time, there is an illustration for each story and a From the Author section, which describes the inspiration for each story. [There are no recurring characters, however, so no need to have read the first book in order to plunge into the second.]

As 5-time Stoker(R) winner Gary Braunbeck said: "I really don't know how she managed to do it, but Wilson surpasses her previous Hellfire & Damnation collection with this sequel. Her writing is stronger, streamlined, and often lyrical, despite the nastiness her words describe. This is another impressive collection of tales from a writer I could very well learn to hate if she gets much better. Seriously, Connie, can't you write just one stinker so the rest of us will feel a little bit better?"

Advance Praise for Hellfire & Damnation II:

"Take a twisted ride through hell and back with Connie Corcoran WIlson's HELLFIRE & DAMNATION II...frozen corpses, homicidal authors and sociopathic presidential candidates just scratch the surface of this inspired collection. Don't miss it!" -Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of DIABLO: THE ORDER and DAY ONE

"Connie Corcoran Wilson's Hellfire & Damnation is a remarkable collection of somber, noirish, flat-out scary and altogether satisfying stories that seek to find hope in a dark world that defies it. Her subtle irony and penchant for finding terror in the least expected places will generate comparisons to Stephen King and Ray Bradbury with just a hint of Phillip K. Dick thrown in. But don't be fooled: Wilson has a wondrous voice in her own right and her tight, twisty tales establish her as a force to be reckoned with."-Jon Land, New York Times Best-selling author of the Caitlin Strong series.

"Connie Wilson's new anthology sends the reader spiraling down Dante's nine circles of Hell with devilish twists and turns of time and place across eleven superb short stories."-Brian Pinkerton, author of "Rough Cut"

"Whether Connie Corcoran Wilson has been visited by Dante's spirit or eavesdropping by Hell's own confessionals, Hellfire & Damnation II definitely delivers on its title. There is a fine line between good and evil within these pages. A very fine line. Be careful that you don't teeter into the abyss. From a Norwegian army deserter trapped in limbo within the Colorado ice to parents pondering the sale of their organs to fund their college-bound son, these stories abound with life's-and death's-ironies."-Terrie Leigh Relf, author of The Waters of Nyr and co-author, with Henry Lewis Sanders, of Blood Journey and The Ancient One.

Praise for Hellfire & Damnation (

"Eclectic Collection Guaranteed To Disturb! I was pleasantly surprised with this very eclectic novella-length collection, themed loosely around Dante's nine circles of hell. While the stories are very different from one another, each leave you with a subtle coldness; a dark portal into a variety of evil acts. For fans of horror and dark literature, there is something for everyone; from the disturbingly graphic, to the heartbreakingly emotional, to the more quiet horror that authors like T.M. Wright are known for, but with a more matter-of-fact prose. I will definitely be looking out for more work by author, Wilson."-William M. Miller, Amazon Reviewer

"All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, well written anthology. this is a journey into hell that will intrigue, disgust and excite you, often at the same time, excellent stuff."-The Black Abyss

About the Author:

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson (MS + 30) graduated from the University of Iowa and Western Illinois University, with additional study at Northern Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. She taught writing at six Iowa/Illinois colleges and has written for five newspapers and seven blogs, including Associated Content (now owned by Yahoo) which named her its 2008 Content Producer of the Year . She is an active, voting member of HWA (Horror Writers Association).

Her stories and interviews with writers like David Morrell, Joe Hill, Kurt Vonnegut, Frederik Pohl and Anne Perry have appeared online and in numerous journals. Her work has won prizes from "Whim's Place Flash Fiction," "Writer's Digest" (Screenplay) and she will have 12 books out by the end of the year. Connie reviewed film and books for the Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa) for 12 years and wrote humor columns and conducted interviews for the (Moline, Illinois) Daily Dispatch and now blogs for 7 blogs, including television reviews and political reporting for Yahoo.

Connie lives in East Moline, Illinois with husband Craig and cat Lucy, and in Chicago, Illinois, where her son, Scott and daughter-in-law Jessica and their three-year-old twins Elise and Ava reside. Her daughter, Stacey, recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, as a Music Business graduate and is currently living and working in Australia.


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Book Review:

            Great book for Halloween.  Scary stories based on the levels of hell in Dante’s Inferno.  I highly recommend for a creepy read.

            I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Giveaway and Book Review of Attorney Client Privilege

Giveaway and Book Review of Attorney Client Privilege
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Blurb : 

A brutal murder, missing documents and an unscrupulous opposing counsel lead attorney Vernetta Henderson on a quest for justice—and ultimately—revenge. The hotshot L.A. lawyer takes on a corporation with a long history of discriminating against women. While Vernetta simply wants justice for her clients, the corporation’s hired gun wants to win . . . and she doesn’t care how. On the home front, Vernetta’s infamous sidekick Special has finally found true love. But is the price more than she’s willing to pay?

About the Author:

PAMELA SAMUELS YOUNG is a practicing attorney, whose fast-paced legal thrillers tackle law and crime. Her novels include Attorney-Client Privilege, Murder on the Down Low and Buying Time. A former television news writer, Pamela is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Pamela currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers.


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Book Review:

            Generally when I read a book for review I have recently chosen to review the book, however in this case I chose to review the book several months ago, so when it was time to review this book I totally could not remember what it was about, however having worked for the courts I had a pretty good idea it was about a murder or other major crime since Attorney Client privilege is about the confidentiality between and attorney and their client so that the client and accused that keeps the attorney from being compelled to testify against their client.  However in my case I worked for the court so I had the confidentiality clause, but I worked in family law and testified to what went on during my meetings with clients.  The only time I ever had an issue was when a client confessed to a crime to me and I couldn’t do anything about it.  I definitely couldn’t be an attorney… but my daughter will probably end up one… she loves to argue.

            Anyway, back to the book, the storyline was excellent.  I was kept guessing until the end of the book. I loved the story but occasionally got a little lost.  The story seemed to jump around a lot at the beginning without any seeming correlation.  The relevance of each component was disjointed until near the end.  Some people enjoy this style of writing, but it turned me off a little.  Not enough to not want to read anything else by this author.  I will definitely read more by her, but I will keep in mind that this is not my favorite style of writing.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.

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