Pimp in the Pulpit – Thomas McRae

First off, I want to thank Thomas McRae for a complementary copy of Pimp in the Pulpit in exchange for an honest review.  I have been waaaaay behind on my reviews and would like to extend my apologies to Mr. McRae for waiting so long for this review.

PimpHere is Goodreads summary:

Pimp in the Pulpit is a short story filled with unique characters. Each has a different outlook on life and how they treat family and friends. What is acceptable to some is nothing more than the devils work to the others. The large family has met on several occasions for gatherings, parties and reunions, some went OK but most didn’t. Nobody was sure what went wrong to cause such chaos when the family gathered. There was speculation that when Minister Tierra Joy become involved in any family event planning it quickly turned into a hot ghetto mess.

Well it’s time for another gathering. Lillian McBride, affectionately know as Lucifer is turning 95. Lillian has four children, a son, Tony McBride. She also has three daughters Viola McBride, Minister Tierra Joy and Cleopatra Jones. Will this special occasion bring the family closer or drive them further apart? How will they finance the gathering? How much money that is raised will be stolen or used for other means? Will the huge clan from Texas show up? What about the food, will they have enough? Will the relatives go nuts eating like they are on death row and this is their last meal, consuming it all in fifteen minutes or less? How much of the buffet will they steal and take home? Who will drink too much and act up? Has Cleopatra and her family learned from their previous gatherings? Will they even attend the bash?

Cleopatra is married to Marcus Jones Senior. They have two kids Marcus Junior and Edward (Eddie) Jones. Eddie is a hardworking man and is perplexed about his family’s actions towards his family, immediate and distant kin. He has trouble understanding even his Dad’s outlook on the birthday party. He begins questioning family loyalties, their love for one another while at the same time remembering the advice his Mom and Aunt Gladys told him several years ago. Will this gathering, compounded with the events of the other ones finally open Eddie’s eyes?

3-star-service-contract

Now to the good stuff!  This is a quick short story about a family with all kinds of characters.  Just about everything is represented in this family dynamic, including a little old grandma they call Lucifer!  lol…   This book will have you laughing with all the quick wit of the family.

It is definitely worth a read!

The Five Wishes of Murray McBride – Joe Siple

One of the most touching books I have read to date!

So my usual genre is Mystery, Thriller, Suspense with a touch of Serial Killer.  This book is NOT that.  I want to thank Joe Siple for reaching out to me to read his book in return for an honest review.  There was something about this book that called me and I am so glad that I read this.

murraymcbrideAmazon Summary:

With all his family and friends gone, one-hundred-year-old Murray McBride is looking for a reason to live. He finds it in Jason Cashman, a ten-year-old boy with a terminal heart defect and a list of five things he wants to do before he dies. Together, they race against the limited time each has left, ticking off wishes one by one. Along the way, Murray remembers what it’s like to be young, and Jason fights for the opportunity to grow old. But when tragedy strikes, their worlds are turned upside-down, and an unexpected gift is the only thing that can make Jason’s final wish come true.

My Review:

5 stars

This book is the definition of 5 stars!  Rarely there comes a book that sticks with you so long that months after you read it you still think about the characters.  This book really has all the feels.  You will laugh.  You will cry.  You will feel emotionally complete.

I really can’t recommend this book more.  Just please, take my word for it.  You WILL want to read this!

The Suicide Tree – Shayla Raquel

Well this was a fast paced one for sure!  I wasn’t sure what to expect with this title.  I was thinking something along the lines of the Suicide Forest in Japan.  But nope.  Even better!

Goodreads Summary:

A hacker. His employer. Two dead scientists. And a pasuicide treest experiment that ties them together. 

Knox Kevel receives the job of a lifetime when a mysterious man gets his charges dropped for cybercrime and hires him for an international job. His infamous parents, who created a cure for the Raven Virus, are dead and gone, but their decision to keep NovaVita from the world has taken a toll on Knox. 

Swayed by quick money, Knox flies to Italy with his eccentric employer, Arlo Jenson. Knox must find the woman who experimented on Arlo and triggered his unpredictable personality shifts. But tension heightens when Knox discovers that Arlo knew his parents. 

As the adventure unfolds, Knox falls for Arlo’s niece and finds himself in an even bigger mess when he comes face-to-face with the person responsible for his misfortune.

My Review:  5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.  Lots of twist and turns, a bad boy, a murder mystery, some travel sites and a little romance make for a great story.  I found it to be a fast read and those are usually the ones that you just can’t put down.  Thank you BookSirens.com for the opportunity to read this jewel for free in return for an honest review.

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The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell – Robert Dugoni

I just realized that I never posted the review to one of my favorite books of all time!  What was I thinking?!?  Before we get into the summary and the review, I must tell you that I have been a fan of Robert Dugoni since I first read My Sister’s Grave.  But The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is not Dugoni’s usual genre.  But this book proves that Dugoni can write anything and everything well.

Sam HellGoodreads Summary:

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.

Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.

Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design—especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open—bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.

5 stars

Now for my Review:

I read this book last April and was so touched by it that I still think about it to this day!  This book has all the feels.  You will be happy, sad, mad, surprised, I could go on.  The story is fantastic and the underlying message/lesson even more so.  I seriously believe this should be required reading in high school.  So if you have NOT read this:  a) you are missing out; b) GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The River Girls – Melanie Woodhall

River GirlsWhat would you do if someone you loved got mixed up in sex trafficking?  It would be awful to try to get them out safely.

Summary from Goodreads:

WHO’S KILLING THE GIRLS OF WILLOW BAY?

When the body of a missing girl washes up on the banks of the Willow River, the killing is linked to two cold case murders, and the investigation must uncover the twisted motive of a serial killer before he kills again.

Still reeling after her sister’s brutal murder, grief-stricken Eden Winthrop has returned to Willow Bay, where she runs the Mercy Harbor Foundation, a safe haven for victims of violence.

When a teenage trafficking victim disappears from a shelter run by her foundation, Eden is drawn into the search for the sadistic killer. The hunt becomes personal when Eden’s niece is abducted just as the body of yet another victim is discovered in a local river.

In a desperate effort to save her niece, Eden must partner with the small-town police force that had failed to save her sister. And to catch the killer, she realizes she must trust the one man she vowed to never forgive and summon the strength to face her deepest fears.

The gripping first book in the page-turning Mercy Harbor Thriller Series will keep you up at night.

5 stars

My Review:

This book has lots of twists and turns, which I loved. Just when I thought I had it all figured out… I didn’t. Love a book that keeps you on your toes. I thought that Melinda Woodhall did an excellent job in character development. You really feel for the anxiety that Eden, the main character, has from tragic events that happened to her in the past. I look forward to reading more from her.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Colossal – Lennox McCaskill

Recipe for intrigue??  1 part murder mystery + 1 part super heroes.  If you like this recipe then you will love Colossal.

ColossalAmazon’s Summary of Colossal:

Meridian isn’t a typical town, and this is no typical murder. When Detective Wreings pulls up to a fiery crime scene he’s left wondering whether he’s chasing a man or something more. With a thin list of suspects, the detective’s search leads him to the hospital bed of a man with no name who can’t say for certain whether he is or isn’t the killer everyone is looking for. While trying to prove his innocence, he discovers the key to remembering his past puts him in the path of a girl trying desperately to forget hers. Each passing chapter reveals another piece of the puzzle that will change all their lives and the city of Meridian forever.

My Review:  STAR-4

This book started off as a mystery and then took a sharp turn into super powers.  Not what I was expecting but a pleasant surprise.

Lennox has a talent for developing very strong characters that you can relate to.  You can feel Katie’s depression.  You can feel the man in room 623’s confusion.

While I did enjoy the story line, I was a little confused at the end.  But what cliff hanger isn’t confusing.  Guess I will need to read the next book, Afflictions, to get my answers.

Thank you Lennox McCaskill for the copy of Colossal in return for my honest review.

A Pane of Glass – Robert Stockdale

A Pane of Glass is Robert Stockdale’s debut novel but you would never know it.  This suspenseful thriller is gripping from the first paragraph.

a pane of glassSummary by Amazon:

The murders stopped for three years, but Tom Russell, the top profiler at the FBI, figured the Short Rose Killer just got good at hiding the bodies.

Not anymore.

There’s a fresh trail of death, and the details of the crimes are keeping Tom awake at night thinking about his own young children.

SRK is killing child predators.

There is a vigilante serial killer back at work targeting child predators.  His M.O. is torturing the predator the same way he tortured the child.  Tom Russell, who has been on the case for a while, and his partner, Kate Morrow, are a great team and work together to figure out who the Short Rose Killer is.  This book will definitely make you want to hug your children.

I highly recommend this book.  It is a fantastic debut novel and I look forward to reading more from Robert Stockdale.

Thank you Robert for allowing me to read this in return for an honest review.



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