Revew: The Sable City by Edward McNally

I love a book with a strong female lead and none come any bolder than McNally’s characterization of Tilda.  In a world of magic, Tilda must make her way to the Sable City to find the exiled heir to the House she serves.

McNally’s writing is laden with captivating descriptions of a unique world and filled with mind-boggling details.  The world that McNally is able to bring from his creative mind and put to paper is beautiful, yet dangerous, dark and mystic.

This is a must read for any sci-fi lover and other readers as well.  The is a book to take time with and let yourself become part of the excitement that McNally has created for our enjoyment.

Ebook by M. Edward MaNally: In a desperate search for an exiled heir, Tilda crosses a war-torn continent to the gates of the Sable City, where centuries ago dark magic almost destroyed the world. Along with a sinister sorceress, a broken-hearted samurai, and a miscreant mercenary long on charm but lousy with a crossbow, Tilda must brave the demon-infested ruins to find the heir who may yet save her House.

 

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Review: City Of Champions by Daniel Stanton

“Grabbing someone by the hair just above the back of the neck and slamming their face into the trunk of a car is a strangely pleasant feeling. “
Daniel Stanton. City of Champions (Kindle Locations 41-42). Daniel Stanton. (e-book)

With a great first line like that, I was hooked.  I have always heard about the power of the first line and I have seen examples, but I had yet to experience it myself, till now.    From the very beginning, Stanton starts his story strong and takes it full throttle till the end.  The fore-shadowing throughout the action keeps the reader entertained and filled with suspense.  Descriptions of characters and scenes flow easily throughout the well written dialogue.

I have got to say, I may be a little bias, the lead character happens to drive a Dodge Charger and my first car was 1974 Dodge Charger with a 440.  (It was a car driven by Richard Petty.) Ah, the good old days, sorry I drifted there for a moment.  Stanton’s characters will stay with you after finishing the last page and leaving you wanting more.  I have got to say that it is refreshing to see a lead character (Morgan Cole) actually not always be likable.  There are no free rides in this story. Crime does not pay for the criminal as well as the hero.  By the conclusion a reader may find that this is a story without a true hero.  I like that.  Things do not work out perfectly but what does in real live and I find that this made me like this book all the more.

The care and interesting style that Stanton takes with his depiction of secondary characters and sub-cultures such as WD, Sully and Doc makes the reader eager to read the next book.  Don’t expect any wishy washy detective novel.  This is a hard driving, realistic look at crime and one man’s  punishment of those that harmed his family.  Join Cole Morgan as he searches out and brings to justice, his justice, the men responsible for the death of his brother and his sister-in-law.  Great book, right up there with Patterson and Cornwell.

Review: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

If you have ever wondered about anything in your past, this book may make you think twice about wanting to find the answers. Stevens takes readers on a thrilling and complex journey into the past of Sara Gallagher as she searches for her birth parents.  Sara will learn that sometimes the past is better left in the past.

Told through therapy sessions, the story of Sara takes a bizarre twist when she discovers the devastating truth of her birth.  Her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades.  Suddenly danger surrounds Sara and her family as her father comes hunting for her.

Steven’s novel will keep you on the edge of your seat and just when you think it is safe, will hit you again with the unexpected.  The story is a tense and sometimes disturbing read.  Although I tend to shy from books that tell the story through therapy sessions, I found Stevens’ book to be an exception and enjoyed being thrilled by Steven’s writing that drips the feeling of fear straight from the prose.  Good book!

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The Legends of Country Music Show

A better time was never had than last night at the Pritchard Community Center.

A lineup of country music stars took the stage and gave Elizabethtown a taste of country music history.  The performers at the “sold out” LEGENDS OF COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW were….

Johnie Pierce, Kaiser Bill, Joseph Williams as Conway Twitty, Christy Miller as Reba, Rebekah Lynn as Dolly, Ray Glenn as Kenny Rogers, Jim Cardwell as Marty Robbins, and Betsy Perkins as Patsy Cline.  All were in fine form and voice.

The entertainment was relaxed and the crowd enjoyed interacting with the singers and families enjoyed a night out together.  The artists were only out-shined by the rhinestones on the clothing.  From Patsy Cline, to one of today’s favorites, Trace Adkins, people were treated to the sounds of songs like “Crazy” to “Swing Batter Batter.”  If you have missed this sold out show, there will be many other opportunities to see this wonderful family friendly show. Contact the Perkin’s Brothers at www.elvisandmeatloaf.com.  Shows sell out quickly.

…..and last but not least, the Perkins Brothers….


…..and the show goes on……

How to Date a Werewolf by Rose Pressey

I love reading a book that has me laughing and yet keeps me in suspense.  I got that and more in Rose Pressey’s new story.  Rose’s prose are fresh with humor, and yet a seriousness in her words, that she uses to bond us with her characters.  It make me think of Charlaine Harris’  Sookie Stackhouse novels meet Christopher Moore’s novels.

When I read Pressey’s first novel, “Me and My Ghoulfriends,” I actually thought, “this is going to be strange” and it was!  Such a good strange.  I was hooked and I have awaited, not so patiently, for this new novel from the author.  I have not been let down and I now have to wait for the next books in the series, “How to Date a Vampire” and “How to Date a Demon.”

I met Rose Pressey when I asked her to speak at the Written Word Writers’ Group which I coordinated.  I found her to have a great open personality as well as being a down to earth writer that cares about her readers and other writers.  Her book is as just as amazing as the writer.

The heroine of “How to Date a Werewolf ” is a werewolf and has a problem with hairy hands and keeping a boyfriend.  As the owner of Got a Mate Dating Service, Rylie helps lonely lycanthropic find their own soulmate but Rylie’s luck in this area has been less than grand.  Rylies is sure that a family curse is the whole problem but what is she going to do about the “drool-worthy” Jack Chandler that has just breezed into her life.  Maybe this time the curse won’t work, maybe.

A not so satisfied customer want revenge for a “match” gone bad.  Strange notes start to appear and things are starting to get really scary when the after-dark crowd gets involved.  Will Jack just think she is some kind of crazy or will he be the answer to her prayers? Will Rylie finally lift the curse and find a soulmate or with this curse be the end of her.

Now the best part…..don’t rush out to buy the book. (It’s ok Rose don’t panic.)  Surf right over to Smashwords or Amazon and download the eBook for only $1.99!!!  Now is that a bargain?  This may be one of the best deals you will get this year, with the cost of gas.  Just don’t read too fast or you will be sitting and waiting like me for the next story….hurry Rose, your fans await.

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The Perkin’s Brothers’ Show: Entertaining from the Heart

 

                                                                                         I have had the great honor of being friends with Jesse (aka Garon) Perkins for, well, a while, and with his brother Colonel (aka Meatloaf) as well. Let’s just say that Ball Holler Kentucky may never be the same. I caught up with my friends and finally saw their variety show, The Perkin’s Family of Stars with Elvis and Meatloaf.  I had a smile on my face the whole time.  I mean what could be better, one stage, one night, and I got to see all my favorites, Elvis, Meatloaf, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, …. I always knew there was  talent in this family but I never knew how many of them were famous!  Using my friendship to my advantage, I corner Jesse for a brief moment in his busy schedule to tell my readers a little about his show and his troop.

DL: “So Jess, what exactly do you feel is the difference in tribute shows and being considered an impersonator?”

Jesse: “I am an entertainer with a dictionary!”  (Your librarian is proud of you Jesse.) “So I looked up impersonator in the dictionary: im·per·son·a·tor…1.a person who pretends to be another.  2. an actor who impersonates specific persons or types of persons as a form of entertainment.  3. female impersonator.

Since I don’t do drag, number three is out. Hard to just call us number one, because we are THE PERKINS BROTHERS, and named after famous people not really pretending to be them, but to be inspired by or even in the very old since, MARKED by them. 2 might be closer to our act.

There is now a fancy name TRIBUTE ARTISTS. I can accept it but it really is a funny thing that seems to exalt the person doing the impression instead of the Artists being paid tribute to. If you look at the fancy new name it makes the impressionist the “ARTIST”. It is a little hard for me to call this art. Craft? I can really agree with that statement. If there is really any art in what we do it is in the staging and presentation. We have referred to ourselves as a recreation and re-imagining of the original.

DL: “What is it like having your little brother working with you?”

Jesse:  “Little “BIG” brother: It is great to have little brother back singing with me. He missed 8 months work last year and is still recovering from some less than perfect medical care. Colonel had Thyroid Cancer and is now “cured” of that but many complications after the surgery meant he suffered through most of last year.”


DL: “Why do this, what led you to this career?”

Jesse:  “I had an aunt comment to me: ‘we knew you were not going to be a farmer. You were always putting on plays, and singing, even as a little kid.’ I don’t believe it occurred to me that people did anything else but be entertainers. Growing up in Ball Hollow, Ky. the TV was the link to the outside world and most of my “friends” growing up , lived inside that box.”

DL: “Why Elvis?”

Jesse: “I do remember a very life changing moment the first time I ever heard Elvis sing. It was a song called LONG BLACK LIMOUSINE. Very sad song about big dreams and plans and a life lost. What a long road that song started me down. In fact I am still on that road today.”

DL: “How do you define your show?”

Jesse: “Our show is a musical version of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO. We always say we don’t care if you laugh at us, or with us. Just as long as you’re smiling when the show is over then we have done our job. Are we serious about the music, yes. We want the songs right but we know the audience could get perfect songs on a cd. They expect something more from us. Maybe they even expect the unexpected, and we do try to give it to them.”

DL: ” You have a show coming up on April the 16th at Pritchard Community Center. Can you tell us a little about what to expect to see.”

Jesse: “This will be our first all country show. It will also be the first show for us in Elizabethtown, without our characters ELVIS AND MEAT LOAF. So expect us to be a little nervous as we kind of ascend to the high wire this time without a net.”

 

  

  

DL: ” I am sure you will be great.  You have a really loyal following.  Is there something you would like to say about or to your fans?”

Jesse: ” WE DO NOT HAVE FANS, we have friends!  My phone number is published. I am not a “star” in hiding. If you call to do business with us or to chat, you get me. My email is public. I answer emails personally. Yes, it takes time but it is worth it to me.

DL: ” Okay, for those that want to know….how old are you and are you single?”

Jesse: “Age is all about attitude. Jack Benny was famous for being 39, including on his 80th and last birthday. It kept him young at heart and his audience entertained. So until the day I leave this world I will be “39” and I hope the audience will smile , a sly, coy, knowing grin, every time they hear it.   I overheard someone that asked Colonel how old he was the other day and he replied: “Let’s, see, I am the younger brother, so if Jesse is “39” I must be “38”! ” (what a great line, I wish I had written it, and in memory of Milton Berle, I am claiming I did.)”  (For all you wondering still, Jesse is taken!)

DL: ” So where do you go from here.?”

Jesse: “Continue to do the same thing for a long, long, time. I play the lottery. If I ever hit the jackpot for millions, I would buy more costumes, more music equipment, and maybe a better vehicle to travel the world. Other than that, I would not expect much to change. Now if they sold TIME, then I would spend every dime I had because time is the one thing we are all short on. LOL I really do love what I do and I don’t want it to end, but for every entertainer there comes that last curtain call. It even happened to another of my heroes, George Burns, but he kept on performing until the end, and we kept smiling. ”

DL: “Thanks Jess, I hope for you only the best.  ….till we meet again….”Thanks for the memories” and “Goodnight.”

 

The Perkin’s Family Show will be appearing at the Pritchard Community Center on April 16 at 7 p.m. in Elizabethtown, Ky. on HWY 62 just off the 31w bypass. 

 Tickets may be reserved  in advance or purchased at the door the night of the show.  Don’t miss this chance for a chance for fun with the whole family!  All ages welcome and stay and meet with artists after the show.  The Perkin’s brothers are booking now!  http://elvisandmeatloaf.com/ 

>Review: Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

>This Douglas/Preston book , published by Grand Central Publishing, introduces readers to a new character, Gideon Crew.  This novel has been introduced as a new series for Preston/Child.  I being a fan of Pendergast in previous books, was hesitant to except the fact that I have to make due with a substitute. I was quick to realize that Crew is nothing like Pendergast.  He is a solid and interesting character.

Don’t expect the fine tuning of the plot and characters as in their previous novels.   The story lacks the polish that the authors usually put into a story.  Crew is a strong character can support a series and the story is a good read on a rainy day but I am waiting for the next in the series to decide whether I will devote my time to this new series. Not the weakest of their novels but it does need some tweeking.