Sunday, August 31, 2014

A is for Alibi review

3 out of 5 stars
Overall I liked A is for Alibi and I think I would read others in the series. I found the beginning a little a slow and it took me a good third of the book to really get into the story. I also never really figured out why Kinsey was so convinced of her client's innocence. The end of the book was a page turner and difficult to put down. It had a good twist at the end that I was not expecting.
One thing that annoyed me was that the author described a lot of characters as sexy/sensual/erotic. Since this included a 12 year old and an 81 year old it just seemed a little much for me.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Empath Review

4 out of 5 stars

Empath is the story of Jade. A college student with the ability to feel the emotions of others. Jade's ability is much more than just knowing what others feel she is actually able to feel their emotions. This causes her a great deal of distress in social situations - particularly in a college classroom. As Jade learns to deal with her ability she finds herself in a relationship with two very different men. One an easy-going college student, and the other a mysterious TA. In the midst of all this Jade is stalked by a madman with an ability of his own.
Empath is well set up story with an interesting twist to abilities. Each character's ability is both their greatest strength and their biggest weakness. The characters are likeable and the story enjoyable.
At times the story seemed to drag a bit for me with some unnecessary scenes. However, overall I found Empath to be an enjoyable read.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Run in paperback

Exciting news!! Run is going to be published in paperback. I got the proof today. It looks amazing. I am not sure yet when it will be available for purchase, but I will keep everyone updated. I also will have a table at a book convention in October. I have been looking at different promotional items: bookmarks, magnets, business cards, and posters. It is all a little overwhelming. I can't quite believe I am actually at the point of actively promoting my book.

In other news Stand is coming along well. There are a couple of new characters that I am really enjoying, and the story just took a twist I was not expecting! I can't wait to share more with you guys as I get some more done. I am hoping for an early 2015 release date.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shiver Review

2 out of 5 stars

This book wasn't all bad. The suspense story line was good. Fast moving. Nice twists and turns. Betrayal, explosions, car chases. Everything you could ask for in a suspense novel. I found the characters cliché, and I have never met a four year old as clear headed as Tyler. He must be genius. Seriously.
But what pushed this book to be a two star book was the name. Shiver. The cover has snow on it. The chapters all have a snowflake symbol at the beginning. The book takes place in the summer. The characters talk about how hot it is. There is one chapter at the very end that takes place on a mountain with snow. That's it. The whole book I was trying to figure out the name.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Shadow Miner Review

5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book. It was amazing. The world building was very well done. The author avoided the dreaded info dump, and instead gradually introduced the reader to an amazing world. The characters were very well portrayed and likable. I particularly liked the characters of Sara and Mikel. There were also several quotable parts as the author gave the story a deeper spiritual meaning. I would highly recommend this book and in fact I already have! I look forward to seeing what Katie Beitz does next.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Split Second Review

5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book. Great characters, story with lots of twists, great pace, and a strong female main character that is both tough and feminine. This was the first book I read by David Baldacci, but I will definitely read more. I loved the fact that both main characters were flawed. They were both very human. I also like that the book kept me guessing about the bad guy. I read so many mysteries that I am not often surprised. This book surprised me. I would definitely recommend it!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

With the Old Breed Review

With the Old Breed is an amazing book. I love this book so much I almost don't know what to say. E.B. Sledge's writing of his experience in the Pacific is flawless. He presents a reality of war that often is missed. He balances the horrid and the heroic. With the Old Breed doesn't hold back on the horror of death or of killing, but at the same time it celebrates the camaraderie of those men who dealt with the horror. At times I could barely stand to read it, at times I was moved to tears, and at times I found myself chuckling at the oddities of life, even life on a battlefield. I would strongly recommend this book to fans of history or memoirs. It is not to be missed.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cover Reveal

The Delmar Shark Chronicles:  Involuntary Kings (Book 3)

Two men named Merrick Delmar separated by more than one thousand years.  One was the very first King of Isola di Squalo, and the other will be the next.  Their lives are so different, yet they are very much the same.  Each struggles with the position of authority into which he has been thrust.  Neither feels qualified, and neither knows where to go for help.   What does it take to be a good King?  Can one man do it alone?  Through struggle and storm, each will make a journey of self-discovery to assess whether he truly can rule, involuntarily or not.

Sometimes the calm in the eye of the storm must come from within.


Continue the journey with the Royal Delmar family of the island of Isola di Squalo.  Release date: August 16, 2014.  Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.

See where it all began with Book 1,  Isola di Squalo, and Book 2, Delphine.
Visit for ordering information, updates, and all sorts of fun trivia about the Delmars.  



Heidi Peltier, author
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cover Reveal Tomorrow!!

Check back tomorrow. The amazing cover for Heidi Peltier's Involuntary Kings. It is amazing!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Laika in Lisan Review

4 out of 5 stars

Laika in Lisan is a well written and engaging book with a truly fabulous first couple of sentences. It grabbed me from the start! It is part fantasy, part political thriller. Laika is an educator picked to go to the neighboring country of Lisan on a mission to improve Lisan's university system. She is soon introduced to a country in turmoil where nothing is as it seems. Overall I really enjoyed the book.

The main character Laika is very likable and I could really related to her. At times she struck me a little inconsistent, but that might just be because of how much I related to her at other moments. I like that she wasn't perfect and in fact messes up in a big way. I like my characters a little flawed. We humans are all a little flawed, right?

I think Maron Anrow has written a fantastic first novel and I look forward to hearing more from her in the future.



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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Body Movers Review

3 out of 5 stars

Carlotta Wren finds her life spinning out of control when her brother who she raised is arrested, her ex-fiancé's wife turns up dead, and her fugitive parent's case reopened. She soon finds herself in the midst of a mystery.
Body Movers is fun and well-written. The characters, particularly Wesley, are loveable. I only rated it three stars because it seemed like a million others books I have read. I enjoyed it, but I doubt I will remember it.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

New Release!! Who Am I?

Who Am I?  How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again, by Megan Cyrulewski

Megan’s book, Who Am I?  How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again, is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, stays in the psych ward, divorce, emotional abuse, domestic violence, law school, how she managed to graduate from law school and a beautiful little girl who emerged from all of this chaos.

Author Bio

Megan Cyrulewski has been writing short stories ever since she was ten-years-old. After attending Grand Valley State University, Megan eventually settled into a career in the non-profit sector for eight years. She decided to change careers and went back to school to get her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in school, she documented her divorce, child custody battle and postpartum depression struggles in her memoir. Megan lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy. Megan also enjoys her volunteer work with various organizations in and around metro-Detroit.


Buy links

Who Am I?  How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again is available in paperback from all good booksellers. eBook versions will follow.


On January 18, 2012, we all convened in the courthouse for the Motion for Parenting Time hearing. My dad and I arrived with my attorney, but Tyler loved an audience so he brought his dad, step-mom, and his new on-again off-again girlfriend, Heather. Tyler walked in with his posse in tow, cocky as hell. It took all of two minutes for the judge to knock him off his feet.
The Judge addressed our respective attorneys. “Why are we here?”
“Your honor,” Tyler’s attorney began, “my client has clearly been denied his parenti—”
The Judge didn’t even let him finish. “How?” She turned to my attorney. “Don?”
“Your honor, as you can see in the divorce decree, there was supposed to be a review when the minor child turned twelve-months-old. The Defendant has ignored that review.”
“I–if I may, your honor,” Tyler’s attorney sputtered.
“I see the review in the decree. It’s here in black and white,” she told Tyler’s attorney. “What is the problem? Why didn’t you understand the review? Your client signed the divorce decree.”
Tyler’s attorney tried again. “But your honor—”
The judge cut him off. “There is to be a review conducted by the Friend of the Court referee assigned to the parties. Until then, the Defendant will continue his parenting time schedule as agreed upon in the divorce decree. Dismissed.”
And that was it. After eight police reports and numerous harassing text messages, phone calls, and e-mails, we won. As Don and Tyler’s attorney went to speak with the clerk to file the necessary paperwork, Don told us to wait for him outside the courtroom.
As we exited the courtroom, the hallway was so packed with people that my dad and I were only able to find enough space to lean against the wall. We were talking about the court proceedings when we looked up at saw Tyler and his new girlfriend standing right across from us.
“Why do you lie about everything?” Tyler screamed.
Heather walked up to me and stood about an inch from my face. “As a mother myself, you should be happy that Tyler is the father of your child.”
My jaw dropped. “I’m sorry but I don’t know you.”
She smirked. “Well you’re going to get to know me, bitch.”
Tyler made a big show of pulling her from me like I was going to punch her or something. By this time, everyone in the hallway was watching us. We were pure entertainment.
Heather continued her rant. “Two times in the psych ward, Megan? What a great mother you are.”
“Where is your mom, the real mother of our child?” Tyler screamed. “She’s the one who takes care of Madelyne.”
My dad and I tried to move away from Tyler and Heather but they followed us.
“Do you have to take a Xanax because of your anxiety?”
“Go take your Xanax and sleeping pills, you drug addict,” Tyler shouted.
Finally, Don emerged from the courtroom and pulled us into a quiet corridor. He explained that I needed to call our referee to set-up a meeting to discuss a visitation schedule. I told Don about the verbal assault by Tyler and Heather. Don said he would call Tyler’s attorney to let him know that Heather would not be allowed in my house.
Upon leaving the courthouse, Heather screamed, “See you on Sunday, Megan.”
I turned toward her and said calmly, “I don’t know you, but you are not welcome in my home.”
That night, Tyler sent me multiple texts attacking my mothering skills, my supposed drug addictions, how he was going to fight for joint custody of Madelyne, how Heather would be accompanying him for his visitations, and a barrage of other insults:
  • “Get a life already.”
  • “Don’t you have something better to do than wasting your parents’ money?”
  • “Go take your pills and relax, oh yeah, then your parents would have to watch our daughter. Oh yeah, they already do.”
  • “Go talk to your friends. Oh yeah, you don’t have any because of how crazy you are.”
  • “Interesting to know you’ve been to the hospital a couple of times. You really need to get it together.”
  • “Better go call your lawyer and make up some more stuff about me.”
  • “Don’t be mad at your sorry life.”
  • “I am sure living with Mom and Dad the rest of your life will be fun.”
  • “When you get a job, then you can pay me child support. Fun.”
I finally had to turn my phone off at midnight.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Eyelids of the Morning Review

Eyelids of the Morning is a great book that I really enjoyed. It is well-written with believable characters and an enjoyable storyline. Brothers Ethan and Rory join their uncle on a summer trip to Africa. They are surprised however to learn that their trip is to look for dinosaurs. Once in Africa the brothers, along with a new friend Maggie, find themselves in the midst of an adventure. It was a fast and enjoyable read.

There were a few info dumps in the first chapter as the characters and background were introduced. I know from my own writing how very difficult this is to avoid. I also found myself somewhat distracted by the use of OK versus okay. That probably wouldn't bother most people, but it is one of those things I always notice!

Overall this was a great, fun read. I probably would have given it five stars, but while it was fun it was definitely YA. The very best complement I can give this book is this - this is a book I would recommend or give to my nieces and nephews. I think they would love it!


Check back on August 7th for the cover reveal of Heidi's newest book.  Involuntary Kings is the third book in Heidi's Delmar Shark Chronicles. The cover is amazing! I can't wait for you to see it!