Author: E.A. Sandrose
Narrator: Ulka S. Mohanty
Length: 13 hours 44 minutes
Series: The Gempendium, Book 1
Publisher: E.A. Sandrose
Released: Mar. 5, 2020
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult
Author: Jo A. Hiestand
Narrator: Tristan Kopta
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Released: Oct. 23, 2019
One dark night, popular singer Kent Harrison goes missing after his performance at Tutbury Castle. When his body’s found in a forest, the police investigation focuses on Kent’s ex-wife, a local herbalist, a covetous colleague, and even the curator of another castle who tried to lure Kent into performing there.
But his occasional singing partner, Dave Morley, seems to have the biggest motive. He’s dying to make his name, money, and the big time, especially at the medieval Minstrels Court reenactment, where Kent’s appearance guarantees standing room only. Did Dave murder Kent to eliminate the competition…or had their partnership struck a wrong chord?
To entice him into investigating, ex-cop McLaren’s girlfriend plays detective. But Dena ends up in great danger. Now, McLaren must not only solve Kent’s murder but also rescue her. A hard task when a web of jealousy, anger, and lies covers the trails.
Jo A. Hiestand can usually be found at her computer, which is good, since she writes three mystery series. It seems a natural progression from her job as a graphic artist – crafting word images on a sheet of paper instead of creating graphics on the computer screen. Between the two computer stints, she lived in Britain for her semi-pro folk singing career and became friends with several English police detectives. The latter relationship was not a consequence of the former calling, however, but all these UK aspects find their way into her books. When not tapping on the keyboard, Jo enjoys reading, baking, and photography. She lives in the St Louis area with her cat, Tennyson, and way too many kilts.
- Mr. McLaren, I know you were a police detective with the Staffordshire Constabulary. What made you leave that job?
A year ago a burglar broke into a pub that was owned by a 70-year old friend of mine. My friend hit the burglar with a fireplace poker in the process of defending his wife, himself and his job. The senior investigating police officer arrested my friend for assault, a charge that was obviously revenge and aimed at me for our personal differences. I was outraged at the arrest and threw the officer into a handy rose bush. When I was given the choice of taking a reduction in rank or resigning from the job, I left.
- Goodness! That was a life-changing decision. What do you do now?
I repair and build dry stone walls in Derbyshire. I like the work because it’s solitary — that way, I don’t have to deal with people or their betrayals. Also gives me time to think.
- I understand you’ve solved some cold cases on your own, mostly murders. When did you get your private investigator’s license?
I’m not a PI. I look into cold cases strictly as a private citizen. People I question have no obligation to answer my questions, but I find most of them are happy to assist me. When I need something official done, like arresting a suspect, I phone the Derbyshire Constabulary and they handle it.
- When you’re not busy with our stone wall job or investigating cold cases, what fills your time?
I have a girlfriend, Dena, and I try to spend as much time with her as I can. We’re both busy, though–she volunteers at a tiger sanctuary and I of course have my two jobs. But I also play guitar and sing with my folk group. That’s strictly amateur stuff, however. We sing in a pub for drinks. I also like to cook and bake. My mum taught me while I was a kid–basic, simple British dishes. When I was on my own, I ventured into international cooking somewhat, but I still prefer making simple things like cider-baked potatoes, leek soup, and honeyed turkey. I think I like baking better than cooking, and I usually make something at least once a week. Things like scones or shortbread or a cottage loaf. Kneading bread is very relaxing.
- Cooking and baking are great ways to unwind, yes. Does Dena like to join you in the kitchen?
Not really. I have her over for dinner about once a month, and she’s very content to let me do the whole meal! She says her culinary skill extends to opening a tin of soup and microwaving that, but I know she’s jesting. Dena’s involved in a lot of charity work and hasn’t the time or energy for cooking, although she can whip together a brilliant Lancashire Hot Pot when she really wants to.
- Had you always wanted to be in law enforcement?
I think I became interested in my late teen years. My family lived in Scotland, in Auchtubh, north of Edinburgh, until I was two years old. My grandfather assumed my dad (his older son) would follow in the family tradition of overseeing the family business one day. My grandfather owns Strathearn Brewery. It’s been in existence for three hundred years. When my dad moved our family to Derbyshire, England to help out another branch of the family, we put down roots there. I grew up in the English environment and, since we weren’t involved in the running of the brewery, I became enamoured with law enforcement. I really don’t know how or why that evolved, but I loved the job and made some smashing friends.
- You mentioned your folk group. Tell me a bit about that.
It’s a quartet: three lads and a lass. We do mainly British and American folk, mainly traditional things but we’ll sneak in a contemporary song or two at times. I play guitar. We took our group name, Woodstock Town, from one of the first songs we worked up, “Near Woodstock Town.” That was a smash hit when we performed it, probably because we had fewer wrong notes in that than in the others we sang.
- If you sing in a folk group, you must like music. Do you have any other type of music or group in particular as a favorite?
Obviously, I like folk. But I like classic jazz and many Romantic and Baroque era pieces quite a lot. Things by Handel, Bach, Telemann are favorites, as are Grieg and Mendelssohn. I like Marian McPartland a lot too. I lean toward traditional folk, but if you want names of contemporary artists, I’d include the American a cappella group The Wee Heavies and the Scottish lads The McCalmans.
- Getting back to your cold case investigations… Have any cases been particularly difficult to solve, or have any of the victims touched your heart?
I’d say the case I just finished was difficult emotionally for me. Dena, my girlfriend, had tried to get me interested in the case. She did a bit of amateur sleuthing so she could present me with some facts to entice me to investigate–her sleuthing was highly dangerous, by the way, and got her into grave danger. I had to rescue her and also solve the case.
Jo A. Hiestand’s Top 10 Books Read Last Year
- The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
- The Woman Who Spied for Britain by Robyn Walker
- The Last Battle by Stephen Harding
- Sudden Sea by R.A. Scotti
- Hounds and Jackals by Barbara Wood
- Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart
- Priceless by Robert A Willman
- Sotheby’s: The Inside Story by Peter Watson
- Sweet Swan of Avon by Robin P. Williams
- The Greatest Knight by Thomas Asbridge
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Author: Sherry Foster
Narrator: Jacq Ainsworth
Series: Safe Haven Wolves, Book 1
Length: 5 hours 42 minutes
Publisher: DAS Publishing
Released: Sep. 11, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance
She’s on the run.
She’s being hunted.
If only she knew why.
Trey’s only goal is to protect his pack. When a young shifter female moves into his territory, it raises a million questions. Who is she? Doesn’t she know how dangerous it is to travel alone and unprotected? Where did she come from, and what kind of danger did she bring with her?
Time is running out as Gabby’s first transformation nears. Trey must walk a knife edge between protecting her from harm and convincing her of what she is.
He also has to convince her she isn’t going crazy so she will give his pack a chance, and maybe give him a chance. After all, shifter females are scarce. They have to be protected at all costs.
Failure is not an option.
But will the rabbit hole she’s tumbling down prove too much for her to handle?
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Writing is a full time wonderful job. But when your only help has 4 legs and sharp claws, it can be a bit stressful. Raccoons are less help than toddlers when it comes to computers. Much less helpful. With two grown children who have gifted her with 10 amazing grandchildren Sherry tries to fit in spending the right amount of time with the children with writing the books the characters are screaming about in her head.
Trained in Theatre and Literature at UBC and in Voice Over and Acting Technique from actors working in the Film and TV industry. Jacq Ainsworth is a producer and director in Vancouver. From Fringe to Shakespear to indie thrillers, Jacq has enjoyed working in many aspects of the Performing Arts.
Oh my gosh!! Gabby is amazeballs! Seriously there is no way you can NOT fall in love with this book. I feel completely bereft that it is over.
First, the author, Sherry Foster, did an amazing job writing this book. The characters are wonderfully described and portrayed. The emotion of the story is clearly portrayed as well. I feel like the story just sped too quickly for me. I need more!! The narrator, Jacq Ainsworth, did an amazing job with the story as well. I can’t wait to read more or listen to more from Sherry and Jacq. What a great combination! Also, the production was very good, normally I can find at least one hiccup but not a one this time.
This story was just so magnetic. The story line grasped my attention like none other. I absolutely adore Gabby. Even with all that she has standing against her she pushes through and grows as a young woman. Seriously, I laughed a few times and wanted to cry some too. Trey is seriously awesome as well. He’s the most understanding guy ever. His goal is to protect, and he does it well. Plus, his family is freaking amazing! I feel like his sister really tried to steal the story, but I loved every minute about it. Really, all of the characters will keep you on your feet.
This story over all was written and portrayed so beautifully until the very end. Each character will grasp your heart tighter and each scene will have to wishing for more. By the time you get to the end, you will be left desperate for more information. I seriously cannot wait to read the next installment! I’m sure it will truly be amazing as well.
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(Sealer Saga #1)
Publication date: October 22nd 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Hell hath no fury like a goddess scorned…
As Champion, Carita of Bel Auryn thought she would spend her days fighting demons. Instead, she is drawn into the latest scheme of the Moon Goddess, Ruby: a contest to choose a man who will have the “honour” of fathering her child. When Ruby encourages Carita to choose a man for herself, she picks the man she is most drawn to–and immediately regrets it.
Lucian Veradayne is the Lord of Death. He knows he must win Ruby’s game at any cost. It doesn’t matter that he has avoided her for two thousand years. Nor that she tried to kill their first child. And it really doesn’t matter that he would much rather woo Carita. The Soul Well has given Lucian a prophecy: he and Ruby must have another child. A child who will save the world.
Dealing with their mutual attraction will be the least of Lucian and Carita’s problems. They are not the only ones who have been drawn into Ruby’s game. Someone else wants to win. Someone who wants Ruby dead. Will Carita and Lucian be able to protect her long enough for a victor to be named? And if they succeed, will they be able to walk away from each other to ensure the prophecy is fulfilled?
Sealer’s Game is a 55,000 word fantasy romance novella about the King of the Underworld, a kick-butt warrior priestess, and a ruthless goddess who will stop at nothing to get her own way. It contains language, descriptions of violence, and sexual themes that may not be appropriate for all readers. Recommended for ages 18+.
Holy Crap! Seriously, I wasn’t expecting to fall as in love with the Sealer’s Game as I did. I am currently in that state of shock that the dang story is over… for now. I need the next part of the story like now!
Obviously, based off of my previous words you can figure out that Kathy Coleman did an exquisite job writing this story. I hate what Carita has to go through, however she is truly a one of a kind woman and warrior. Each character is finely tuned and you won’t be left wanting more to fully understand each of them. You will definitely want more of the story though to figure what will become of each of them. This is such a great story in writing and lets just say I practically lived through the emotions portrayed on each page. I am trying really hard not to drop spoilers here so seriously this is just one book you absolutely have to read! I hope you fall as in love with the adventure as I have. Lucien, Carita, and Ruby have one of those adventurous stories full of turmoil, angst, love, and deceit you don’t want to miss.
Kathy Coleman lives in a little town in Ontario with her parents, one younger brother and two mischievous little dogs named D’Argo and Coco. She attended Trent University, majoring in English and Cultural Studies.
When she is not being kept awake at 3 a.m. by characters who refuse to quit talking, she can be found performing karaoke at charity events, updating her book blog I Write, I Read, I Review, shopping, or playing video games.