Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Odd and The Strange Book Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

Today, I have a collection of horror/science fiction short stories in our book spotlight!  Check out The Odd and The Strange, learn about author Harvey Havel--and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.
 

The Odd and the Strange:
A Collection of Very Short Fiction
by Harvey Havel
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Surrealist, Fabulist

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A Collection of Very Short Fiction from a variety of genres, including but not limited to horror, science fiction, politics, and the surreal. These celebrated very short stories have been collected over a number of years and have been published in a variety of online e-zines and posted on various websites.


THE ODD AND THE STRANGE by Harvey Havel is a collection of urban tales that toe the line of reality.
The subtitle of Harvey Havel’s THE ODD AND THE STRANGE is A Collection of Very Short Fiction. A better one would be A Very Long Book of Normal-Sized Short Fiction. There are 89 stories in all, most 5-10 pages long (though a few stretch to nearly twenty), with unassuming titles like “Visitation,” “Girlfriend,” and “Daughter.” Though set in the real world, the stories tease reality with nameless characters–the candidate, the doctor, the Big Man–and fantastical occurrences, similar to the parables of Jorge Luis Borges (Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature).
Being a librarian, I was eager to read the story “The Librarian.” A young male librarian–unnamed, naturally–looks into a mirror in his office and sees not his reflection but a woman with “walnut hair luxuriously long and her skin as supple as a young girl’s.” He has seen her many times, and though the two cannot touch, they can talk. What do they talk about? The books he steals from the library and passes into the mirror for her to read. Eventually, his boss confronts the librarian over the missing books only to be told that the latter he gave them to his mirror-world girlfriend. To prove this claim, the librarian tries to summon the woman, and when she doesn’t appear, the librarian smashes the mirror. You can imagine the rest.
Some stories are less Borges and more Stephen Crane (author of The Red Badge of Courage): bleak, violent. Like “Lightning Love,” narrated by a wife whose husband changes into . . . something (the twist at the end is brilliant). Others are political fables, like “Santa Claus and Madam Secretary,” which makes Havel’s proclivities as clear as the image on a 98-inch TV. His style can be clunky–one woman’s breasts are described as “shaped like a queen’s”–and some endings are telegraphed. A few stories, like “Sex Toy,” are more like story fragments. Yet THE ODD AND THE STRANGE is quite an accomplishment: unusual, provocative, and honest.
Mixing the fabulism of Jorge Luis Borges with the bleakness of Stephen Crane, the tales contained in Harvey Havel’s THE ODD AND THE STRANGE draw the reader into a world they won’t soon forget.
~Anthony Aycock for IndieReader


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About the Author

 
Harvey Havel is a short-story writer and novelist.
His first novel, Noble McCloud, A Novel, was published in November of 1999. His second novel, The Imam, A Novel, was published in 2000.
 
Over the years of being a professional writer, Havel published his third novel, Freedom of Association. He worked on several other books and published his eighth novel, Charlie Zero's Last-Ditch Attempt, and his ninth, The Orphan of Mecca, Book One, which was released several years ago. A full trilogy of this work had been completed a few years after Mr. Big is about a Black-American football player who deals with injury and institutionalized racism. This book was published in 2017. It's his fifteenth book.
The Wild Gypsy of Arbor Hill is his sixteenth book, and his seventeenth is a non-fiction political essay about America's current political crisis, written in 2019. He has just now published his eighteenth book, The Odd and The Strange: A Collection of Very Short Fiction.
Havel is formerly a writing instructor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He also taught writing and literature at the College of St. Rose in Albany as well as SUNY Albany.




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Real Men Romance Book Series Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

Today, I have a paranormal romance series in our book spotlight. Check out the books of the Real Men Romance series and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.
 


Welcome to Real Men Romance, a multi-author world created by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix. You'll find stories that include everything from shifters to fae and any type of paranormal creature in-between... There's sure to be something to satiate your paranormal romance craving within these pages.



Feral Fated Mate
A Real Men Romance
by Anne Hale
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Jax lost his mate…or so he thought.

Perched on the brink of feral madness, Jax is ready to succumb. Until he’s rescued by his mate—Nicolette. Except…her memories are gone. Can she still be his mate if she never remembers him?

She’s haunted by confused memories.

A sadistic man tried to make her love him once and Jax shares his face. But unlike the man from her past, Jax is covered in scars. Despite Nicolette’s twisted memories, she feels a pull to Jax unlike any other. What ties them so closely together? And can she love him again despite her fears?

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Howl For Me
A Real Men Romance
by Cecelia Lane
Genre: Paranormal Romance

About the Book
 
He’s back home and slowly going feral…

Torben is a sentry for the Blackwood pack and deputy for Ashtown. He’d be happy in his hometown if one failed relationship after another wasn’t leading him down the path to madness. He’s got one last chance to find his mate…or else.

When Zelda’s mom wants to move to Ashtown to open up an occult bookshop and crystal store, Zelda will do anything she can to stop her. But the hipster haven isn’t anything like she expected. Nor is the hot cop who’s determined to give her trouble.

While she’s doing her best to get her mother to see sense, Hot Cop is doing his best to get her out of her clothes with talks of “fate” and “mates.” Sounds like he’s been smoking her mother’s sage.

But when scary men come calling and making threats…Torben is there to protect her. And when things go to hell, he’ll fight off a rival wolf pack to keep his mate—and his sanity—safe.

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Howling For You
A Real Men Romance
by Kate Rudolph
Genre: Paranormal Romance

About the Book

She’s being hunted by a hungry wolf…

Wolves? On a hike? It takes one bite for Audrey to realize two things: wolves definitely exist in Georgia, and she might be turning into one. Fever. Dizziness. Fur? It shouldn’t be possible. Even worse, there’s a wolf on her tail.

Garrett says he wants to help. Her body wants him, but she can’t trust her body, or her instincts, anymore. More importantly, can he keep her safe from the danger that dogs her steps?

She needs a protector...

From the moment he sees Audrey, Garrett recognizes her as his mate. But she needs help before she’ll ever consider letting him claim her.

She's been thrust into a new world where monsters lurk in the shadows. He’ll fight every one of them to stay by her side. But she doesn't trust him.

If they don't work together, they’ll be torn apart. So how can he convince her he’s the wolf of her dreams?

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Sanguine Scent
A Real Men Romance
by Reina Torres
Genre: Paranormal Romance

About the Book

Amaro Casal cares about three things: life, love, and women. And not in that order. He’s as wild as they come, but when he crashes a garden party he discovers the one woman who may be able to tame the wild within.

Then she’s snatched from him and he has hell to pay.

What’s the use of vampiric immortality if he’s forced to live alone forever? All he has left is a thirst for revenge.

But when his friend brings him to Othercross he catches a glimpse at a second chance…

Alba Pacetti uses her love of nature to create the most beautiful gardens in the world. Her ability to tap into the magic of the earth makes her a hot commodity for the warlock who wants to own her, but her heart belongs to someone else. Someone she lost a long time ago.

When Amaro finds himself within reach of the woman who was torn from his arms, he’ll stop at nothing to make her his Beloved.

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The Vampire's Pixie
A Real Men Romance
by Moxie North
Genre: Paranormal Romance

About the Book

Even among Fairies, she’s the black sheep…

Nyx Shae-Lynn plays by her own rules—ones her diplomat father and militant mother don’t understand. Since a birth defect means she can’t fly, she’s had to make her own way in the world, rather than becoming a fighter like her mother and brothers. The one way she can satisfy her family is to find a Consort from Fairy high society, but when she meets Caspian, all bets are off.

He’s a vampire from Clan Nicolaides who isn’t part of the Fairy world. Nyx’s mom thinks she can do better. Meanwhile, Nyx knows she’s met the vampire meant for her. She may not be a fighter, but she’ll do whatever it takes to prove that Caspian is her mate.

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Finding Her Home
A Real Men Romance
by Willa Hart
Genre: RH Paranormal Romance

About the Book

College sucks—even for the one who would be queen…

Maeve Brady may have cool magical powers and a name to put to them now—she’s fae! Da fuq? She thought she was human!—that doesn’t make college any easier for this ex-foster kid turned ward of the fae council. Want to know the best way to pick-pocket a person on the street? She’s your gal. But school? Nah, she’s fine without it. Except her new guardian disagrees so off to Othercross University she goes.

A college full of shifters, witches, vampires, and more… Including four seriously smoking hot fae who are assigned as her tutors. She just wonders how far the “tutoring” will go.

Of course, it’s college, and college wouldn’t be the same without some drama-llama in the mix. Someone has it out for the fae’s newest addition and they’re not afraid to turn deadly to get rid of her. Little do they know Maeve is ready to prove she’s not that easy to kill. Not by a long shot.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

The Burden of Hate Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I love mysteries--and have been working through a new series on my reading list over the past couple of weeks!  I recently had the opportunity to read and review books from the Annie Collins Mystery series by Helen Starbuck.  I shared my reviews of The Mad Hatter's Son and of No Pity in Death earlier this week--and took advantage of some downtime this weekend to read The Burden of Hate.  Check out the books, read my thoughts, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!


Book Title: The Burden of Hate (An Annie Collins Mystery) by Helen Starbuck
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 216 pages
Genre Mystery
Publisher Routt Street Press
Release date March 2020
Content Rating: R. Several explicit sex scenes, profanity, medical scenes
 

 
About the Book


How far would you go for someone you love? How much hate would you need to commit murder? Revenge. Hate. Fear. Not exactly traditional wedding gifts. But when convicted killer Ian Patterson escapes from prison, operating room nurse Annie Collins and fiancé assistant district attorney Angel Cisneros are forced to confront these realities head on. Will Ian Patterson’s quest for revenge toward the two people responsible for sending him to prison—Annie Collins and Angel Cisneros—bring them face to face to settle the score once and for all? Find out why Kirkus Reviews calls The Burden of Hate, “A thriller that offers a master class in suspense.”

My Review

The Burden of Hate Pulls from Earlier Books in the Series. If you read my review of The Mad Hatter's Son, you know I struggled a bit to get into the story--then enjoyed the story line. In No Pity in Death, the author picked up where the first book left us and kept a nice pace as she introduced her new mystery and entwined some subplots and side stories. Each novel is a standalone story--but, because the characters and events of previous books revisit either directly or as subplots and memories--it really is necessary to read the previous books in order.  The Burden of Hate is also standalone novel--but it pulls from both books as the main characters face some old threats while encountering their latest mystery.

 

The Burden of Hate Was My Favorite in the Series.  I didn't like Annie much during the first book--but, I enjoyed the author's settings and storytelling style.  The second book continued Starbuck's storytelling and seemed to even-out Annie's shortcomings through her relationship with Angel--and the challenges she faced through the novel.  This book seemed to balance everything well for me.  The pace of the novel flowed well, I enjoyed the author's method of tying the past together and continuing to move her characters forward--and, once again, there was just enough light suspense to  keep me interested from cover to cover.   

 

Would I Recommend The Burden of Hate by Helen Starbuck? After the first book, I wasn't sure about the series--but that has certainly changed as the series progressed.  I enjoy the author's scenes and character interactions--and I look forward to reading more of Annie's adventures.   The mysteries of the series are not overly complex--but they are believable and the author keeps readers interested in the characters' lives beyond the mystery at hand.  Readers should read the books in order as there are many details from past books that play into the current book's story.  If you enjoy light mystery/psychological suspense novels this is proving to be a great series for the reading list!


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Book Title: The Mad Hatter's Son (An Annie Collins Mystery #1) by Helen Starbuck
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 285 pages
Genre Mystery
Publisher Routt Street Press
Release date 2018
Format available for review:  ebook (Gifted Kinde, PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Tour dates:  Jan 13 to Feb 9, 2021
Content Rating: R. Two explicit sex scenes, profanity, medical scenes.


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Curiosity killed the cat, so the saying goes, and it may end up killing operating room nurse Annie Collins. Annie’s estranged friend Libby Matheisen needs Annie’s help to discover what is causing her vague, puzzling symptoms. Unwillingly drawn into her friend’s life, Annie must discover whether Libby is really ill or if there is a hidden agenda. Faced with Libby’s apparent suicide, Annie is unable to stop asking questions to uncover the truth about her illness and death. The answers to these questions don’t come without a price, and pursuing the mystery of Libby’s death threatens to end her life as well. Friends change, love betrays, and the end results are never what you anticipate. Find out why the BookLife Prize called The Mad Hatter’s Son “An outstanding debut,” and it was the winner of The National Indie Excellence Book Awards mystery category.

  

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Book Title: No Pity in Death (An Annie Collins Mystery #2) by Helen Starbuck
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 249 pages
Genre Mystery
Publisher Routt Street Press
Release date 2019
Format available for review:  ebook (Gifted Kinde, PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Tour dates:  Jan 13 to Feb 9, 2021
Content Rating: R. Two explicit sex scenes, profanity, medical scenes.

 

About the Book


Struggling to put her life back together after almost being murdered, operating room nurse Annie Collins agrees to help homicide Detective Alex Frost investigate a troubling number of patient deaths in the ICU step down unit at her hospital. Are the patients succumbing to life threatening illnesses or is someone helping them die? Assistant district attorney and close friend, Angel Cisneros, worries about Annie’s involvement with Frost’s investigation, and his concern escalates after a person from her past contacts her. His feelings for her, which have grown deeper, complicate everything. Dangerous enemies are something Annie and Angel have in common. As they quickly discover, paybacks can be hell.

 
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Helen Starbuck is a Colorado native, former OR nurse, and award-winning author of the standalone romantic suspense novel Legacy of Secrets, and the Annie Collins Mystery Series. She loves mysteries, suspense, romance, and any book that is well written. She’s a huge fan of books with independent, strong, women characters and, as Neil Gaiman says, “…stories where women save themselves.”

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Face Fitness Book Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have another beauty and health self-help book in our book spotlight.  Last week, I shared Face Value on A Mama's Corner of the World and today--I have Face Fitness:  The 10 Minute Face Lift by Gregory Landsman.  Check out the book, learn about the author & enter & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!www

Book TitleFace Fitness - The 10 Minute Face Lift - How to take years off your face naturally! by Gregory Landsman
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18 yrs +),  67 pages
Genre: Beauty & Grooming; Health & Wellness; Self Help
PublisherHill of Content Publishing
Release date:   Nov 2018
Tour dates: Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021
Content RatingG.



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FACE FITNESS: HOW TO TAKE YEARS OFF YOUR FACE NATURALLY! TAKE UP TO 10 YEARS OFF YOUR FACE IN JUST 10 MINUTES!

With no invasive procedures, no anaesthetic, no face fillers, no unnatural substances and no expense, FACE FITNESS shows how to:
• Give yourself a tighter, more youthful looking face
• Enhance your cheek bones
• Tighten skin around the eyes
• Reduce and soften lines around the mouth
• Plump out forehead worry lines
• Tighten jowls, neck and jawline
• Use food to optimise the health of your skin

FACE FITNESS techniques will also improve collagen production naturally, increase skin moisture levels, reduce pore size and smooth out the texture of your skin. Based on ancient knowledge from Indian sages, these powerful techniques have been adapted by Gregory Landsman as an effective and genuine alternative to a surgical face lift that gets results without the huge price tag. It can help you retain and regain a vibrant face without nipping or tucking the skin or the facial muscles. This is not only a technique for wrinkles and sagging muscles, but a means of prevention as well.

 


Book Excerpt - FACE FITNESS

TAKE 10 YEARS OFF



Face Fitness is a natural face lift that can take ten years off your face.

All it takes is ten minutes a day to retain or regain a fresh, healthy and younger looking face.

While travelling in India I crossed paths with an amazing seventy-eight year-old woman who taught me that our genes are not our destiny and that the way our faces age is literally in our hands.

The day she took my hands and clasped them in her own, I knew she would teach me something that would stay with me forever.

What this learned woman shared with me was an ancient Indian treatment that dates back several thousands of years. Having been passed down through her family, it told a story of ancient wisdom steeped in a true understanding of the human form and how to maintain a youthful appearance by keeping the facial muscles fit and skin firm.

This is why I called this program Face Fitness!

What I will show you is a powerful and genuine alternative to a surgical face lift that gets results without the $30,000 price tag. It will help you retain and regain a vibrant face without nipping, tucking, sucking and plucking the skin or the facial muscles. Face Fitness will show you how to:

• Drain toxins that age the skin

• Prevent and reduce wrinkles without anaesthetic

• Sculpt and reshape the face without pain

• Minimise lines around the mouth without collagen

• Lift sagging skin without stitches

• Reduce crow’s feet and the folds in the upper and lower eyelids without a surgeon

• Minimise a double chin without cutting

• Tighten jowls and loose skin on the neck without the expense

• Plump up hollow cheeks without face fillers

• Oxygenate the blood to give your skin a lasting healthy glow as well as

• How to eat your way to great skin with the 5 Day Skin Firming Diet

Face Fitness is about conditioning the face in a way that will naturally outlast any surgical face lift or artificial face fillers. This is not only a correction technique for wrinkles and sagging muscles, but a means of prevention as well.

Since learning these techniques I have practised them daily and used them in my career for many years.There is no doubt that if practised consistently this program will not only improve tone, but the overall look of the face.

In a time where so much emphasis is placed on the way we look, where we have all experienced the mental anxiety that sits on our faces, we need a way to keep our faces fresh and healthy, and our minds calm as we journey through the world.

A key part of taking the pressure off comes from understanding that while we all want to look as good as we can for as long as we can, in truth we touch people in a very small way with our looks. Mostly we touch them through acts of kindness and the sharing of our humanity. My personal philosophy on B.E.A.U.T.Y. is…

Balance in our life unfolds from the inside out.

Enthusiasm lies within the way we think and feel about ourselves.

Acceptance is the path to making peace with ourselves and others.

Understanding ourselves gives us clarity and wisdom to know what we want, and importantly, what we don’t.

Trust attunes our heart and mind so we can nurture spontaneity and adventure in our lives, and see that…

You have what it takes to create the life and love you know you deserve and to never settle for anything less.

As you read this book and start to incorporate the techniques into your daily life you will see clearly that our faces tell the story of our feelings. Looking good is about feeling good and maintaining healthy skin inside and out is a big part of that.

Learning to understand the connection between how we look after our faces and how we think (stress) helps us discover our own path to an energised, vibrant and healthful face.

For when we let go of the stressful thoughts and feelings, we give ourselves a natural face lift; as self belief will out-do, out perform and outlast plastic surgery, botox, and restylane face fillers every time.

We cultivate beauty by remembering our humanness and our goodness, and celebrating the best in ourselves and others. - Gregory Landsman



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10 Years Younger Series

The complete solution to PREMATURE AGING. The simple, effective, science-based methods in these three books give everyone the opportunity to achieve younger, healthier looking skin at any age…for next to nothing!
  • Get your skin back on track after the holidays with the most powerful anti-aging ingredients found in everyday foods.
  • Fulfill a new years resolution to look your best self at every age with simple effective methods to achieve younger, healthier looking skin that will take years off the face.
  • Spend some time nurturing yourself and take years off your face for next to nothing.
  • This new year get the same results as expensive cremes without having to leave your kitchen.

Each book stands alone, focusing on a different method to achieving younger looking skin i.e. Face Value - DIY topical treatments; Face Fitness - facial exercise; and Face Food - anti-aging foods). Together they represent the ultimate guide to younger, healthier and more vital looking skin at any age.

 “With knowledge and know how we can counteract and prevent premature aging, as small changes make a big difference to the way we age over time.”
Gregory Landsman

To receive a free copy of Gregory’s e-book, STOP SKIN AGING PREMATURELY, which includes a list of the most powerful cortisol lowering foods go to: https://gregorylandsman.com/

Meet the Author


Gregory Landsman is one of the most noted global beauty and wellness experts in the world, a best selling author of nine books, and a TV host who specializes in using food to take years off the face naturally.

Having worked in the beauty industry for 30+ years Gregory believes that looking youthful goes well beyond waging war on wrinkles, and that how we age is 100% controllable. His natural methods are used globally by models, shown in universities and recommended by doctors.

Often referred to as ‘The Beauty Advisor’, Gregory’s books and global TV program Face Lifting Food show viewers how to create quick skin-boosting meals and powerful skin treatments using everyday foods to achieve younger, healthier looking skin at any age.


Gregory is a strong voice for inclusion. His book, Faith Lifting Prayers is a celebration of humanity and captures his journey of extremes; from Apartheid South Africa to working at the height of the fashion industry, and his fundamental discovery that regardless of what we do, how we look cannot be separated from how we feel. This is why all of his books, even those about looking younger, all feature his own quotes and philosophy about the importance of feeling good in our skin. His book A Lifetime of BEAUTY also shares messages for early teens and middle years about embracing our differences and our individuality; finding happiness; and standing strong in a world that often judges us for the way we look. This book is endorsed for inclusion in the education system.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

No Pity in Death Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I love mysteries--and enjoy finding new series to add to my go-to reading lists.  I recently had the opportunity to read and review books from the Annie Collins Mystery series by Helen Starbuck.  I shared my review of The Mad Hatter's Son earlier this week and have my review of No Pity in Death this morning!  Check out the books, read my thoughts, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

 
Book Title: No Pity in Death (An Annie Collins Mystery #2) by Helen Starbuck
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 249 pages
Genre Mystery
Publisher Routt Street Press
Release date 2019
Format available for review:  ebook (Gifted Kinde, PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Tour dates:  Jan 13 to Feb 9, 2021
Content Rating: R. Two explicit sex scenes, profanity, medical scenes.

 

About the Book


Struggling to put her life back together after almost being murdered, operating room nurse Annie Collins agrees to help homicide Detective Alex Frost investigate a troubling number of patient deaths in the ICU step down unit at her hospital. Are the patients succumbing to life threatening illnesses or is someone helping them die? Assistant district attorney and close friend, Angel Cisneros, worries about Annie’s involvement with Frost’s investigation, and his concern escalates after a person from her past contacts her. His feelings for her, which have grown deeper, complicate everything. Dangerous enemies are something Annie and Angel have in common. As they quickly discover, paybacks can be hell.

My Review

No Pity in Death Picks Up Where The Mad Hatter's Son Left Off. If you read my review of The Mad Hatter's Son, you know I struggled a bit to get into the story--then enjoyed the storyline. In No Pity in Death, the author picked up where the first book left us and kept a nice pace as she introduced her new mystery and entwined some subplots and side stories. While this novel is a standalone novel--I would definitely recommend reading the first book first. I didn't love Annie as a character in the first book--but, I found myself becoming quite attached to her as this novel moved forward. 

 

Part Mystery/Part Life Drama. For me, this novel's mystery and suspense were almost side-stories from Annie's challenges faced as she coped with and moved from her past dramas and traumas. The author gives readers twists and turns to develop and unravel her mysteries--but she gives readers a more profound story as Annie grows and strengthens from her previous adventures in mystery-solving and romance.

 

Would I Recommend No Pity in Death by Helen Starbuck? Again, I didn't love many of the supporting characters, but I became attached to Annie (and her love interest)--and this book sealed my interest in continuing the series. I love the author's ability to pull readers into her settings and bring Annie's work life into the reader's view. If you enjoy mysteries that aren't overly complex--and love a novel that draws on human nature, relationships, and a bit of real-world/real-life drama--give this book and the mystery series a look. I enjoyed Starbuck's storylines, her character interactions, and especially her settings and realistic views of the aspects of Annie's life. I would certainly read the books in order, and I look forward to seeing Annie in future mystery solving adventures.

 
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You May Also Enjoy 

Book Title: The Mad Hatter's Son (An Annie Collins Mystery #1) by Helen Starbuck
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 285 pages
Genre Mystery
Publisher Routt Street Press
Release date 2018
Format available for review:  ebook (Gifted Kinde, PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Tour dates:  Jan 13 to Feb 9, 2021
Content Rating: R. Two explicit sex scenes, profanity, medical scenes.


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Curiosity killed the cat, so the saying goes, and it may end up killing operating room nurse Annie Collins. Annie’s estranged friend Libby Matheisen needs Annie’s help to discover what is causing her vague, puzzling symptoms. Unwillingly drawn into her friend’s life, Annie must discover whether Libby is really ill or if there is a hidden agenda. Faced with Libby’s apparent suicide, Annie is unable to stop asking questions to uncover the truth about her illness and death. The answers to these questions don’t come without a price, and pursuing the mystery of Libby’s death threatens to end her life as well. Friends change, love betrays, and the end results are never what you anticipate. Find out why the BookLife Prize called The Mad Hatter’s Son “An outstanding debut,” and it was the winner of The National Indie Excellence Book Awards mystery category.

  

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Book Title: The Burden of Hate (An Annie Collins Mystery) by Helen Starbuck
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 216 pages
Genre Mystery
Publisher Routt Street Press
Release date March 2020
Content Rating: R. Several explicit sex scenes, profanity, medical scenes
 

 
About the Book


How far would you go for someone you love? How much hate would you need to commit murder? Revenge. Hate. Fear. Not exactly traditional wedding gifts. But when convicted killer Ian Patterson escapes from prison, operating room nurse Annie Collins and fiancé assistant district attorney Angel Cisneros are forced to confront these realities head on. Will Ian Patterson’s quest for revenge toward the two people responsible for sending him to prison—Annie Collins and Angel Cisneros—bring them face to face to settle the score once and for all? Find out why Kirkus Reviews calls The Burden of Hate, “A thriller that offers a master class in suspense.”


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Helen Starbuck is a Colorado native, former OR nurse, and award-winning author of the standalone romantic suspense novel Legacy of Secrets, and the Annie Collins Mystery Series. She loves mysteries, suspense, romance, and any book that is well written. She’s a huge fan of books with independent, strong, women characters and, as Neil Gaiman says, “…stories where women save themselves.”

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