Do you like cats? If you’re like me, then Yes, Yes, a billion times YES! Those who know me know I grew up with cats and, except the year I lived in an apartment with my then newly wed husband, I have always had at least one cat. So I think it’s safe to say that to read about a cat would be up my alley.

 

Not too long ago I came across a book by Lisa Shea called The Lucky Cat. It’s part of the Salem Massachusetts Mini Mystery series that Lisa has, which if you like the history of that city, these books would be just the thing for you. I didn’t have a lot of time to read so The Lucky Cat was the perfect fix! AND, I do need to share that I kind of know Lisa Shea is a big name so I was excited to pick this one up and see what her writing was like!

 

First, let me give you the rundown on The Lucky Cat:

  • As of January 24, 2017, it has 76 reviews with an average of 4.3 stars!
  • This is book one of thirty-one. You read that right, 31! She wrote one book a day from October 1 to October 31 back in 2014
  • It’s FREE!
  • With just 13 pages, you can read it in 10 minutes
  • It’s #17 in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • #19 in 30 minute short reads: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • I’d recommend for ages 14 and up (unless you don’t want the younger ones to read about magic, luck, etc.)
  • Completely clean!
  • There’s a tiny cliffhanger, but not important enough to where you have to read the rest. However, I’d recommend reading them all to get the complete story

 

Kathy Taylor, a black female police officer turned private investigator, moved to Salem, Massachusetts; a town surrounded by wiccans, herbalists and the like.

 

Her first client comes in looking for a stolen cat. This black cat had the power to help the client’s daughter get well from cancer. Now the cat is gone and the client’s daughter is getting sick again.

 

Kathy takes on the case and quickly figures out what happened and why. The cat may be closer than you think and may have been taken for a very meaningful purpose.

 

This is the purr-fect (see what I did there?) short read! The mystery aspect was great as the author did a great job putting the pieces together. I think things were described well, and that this magical cat was sweet. I already have one black cat, but this nice mini mystery makes me want to get another! I rated this 5 out of 5 stars!

I had a little bit of time to read something quick so I was happy to see a short story by Liwen Ho available that sounded fun. I “know” Liwen Ho from a Facebook group. I figured it must be good…and boy was it good! Let me tell you about it!

 

A Spoonful of Spice: A Short Story

 

 

Josh Pepper wants to be the next manager of the IT department – achievable until a new recruit, Cin Thomas, comes along. It’s his job to keep other men from getting distracted by her presence. Easy? He thought it would be until he got a whiff of her piercing green eyes, knowledge of IT and positive attitude.

 

With their weekly games, growing friendship and cute banter, Josh isn’t sure he wants to be the next manager anymore as that would make it wrong for him to date Cin. A short trip down an elevator may get them literally stuck, but it helps them figuratively realize the best way to move forward.

 

Book STATS

 

  • 4.6 stars out of 5 as of January 23, 2017
  • 17 total reviews as of January 23, 2017
  • As of today it’s free! AND it’s #1 in the Kindle Store for Holiday books!
  • Normally just $0.99!
  • It’s only 42 pages and takes maybe 30 minutes to read – perfect for break time or while waiting
  • This is book 2 of 2 in the “Seasons of Love” series, but is completely standalone
  • Great for 14 year olds and up
  • Very clean!

 

My Review

 

I gave A Spoonful of Spice: A Short Story by Liwen Ho 5 stars! Here’s why: Liwen did a great job describing the scenes in such a way that you felt like you were in them. All of the IT information was believable, and I feel Liwen wrote on that field well. A nice thing about this short story is the blend of spices! Josh Pepper is the male lead character and Cin (short for Cinnamon) Thomas is the female lead character. On top of that, Liwen adds in fall beverages that just make you want welcome fall all over again, or try your best to run out and get a fall-flavored coffee! The ending is excellent, and I believe it was achieved in a believable way. I totally recommend this for anyone looking for a quick read.

 

If you want to read A Spoonful of Spice: A Short Story, please click on the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/Spoonful-Spice-Short-Story-Seasons-ebook/dp/B01LVUZO57/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1485199470&sr=8-3&keywords=Liwen+Ho

I have a series I want to eventually write where all four novels are going to be psychological thrillers, and what better way to learn about this genre than read books in this genre! When searching for some popular stories, I came across The Last Safe Place by Ninie Hammon.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 -The Last Safe Place: A Psychological Thriller is a clean, standalone novel

-As of January 14, 2017, it has 924 reviews with an average 4.4 stars!

-It is 325 pages long so took quite a while to read

-It’s #2 in Inspirational Literature & Fiction

-It’s #3 in Religious Contemporary Fiction

-I’d say it’s safe for anyone 18 and older (maybe mature 16 year olds and up), and this is only because of the violence and disturbing image descriptions

-It’s FREE! 

 

SUMMARY

 

Author, Gabriella Carmichael, finds herself getting caught up in a horror movie; one that she wrote herself. In her novel, Beast of Babylon, Gabriella creates a fictional world where Continue reading “The Last Safe Place”

NEW RELEASE!

The Case of the Curious Canine

It’s here! Book #7 in the Samantha Wolf Mysteries, and it’s a doggone good mystery!

(Although part of a series, it CAN be read on it’s own!)
The next best thing to owning your own dog is having a job where you get to take care of them. That’s what Sam figures when she, Ally, and Cassy all volunteer at a local animal shelter. But they don’t expect the trouble that comes along with the work.

When dogs start showing up at the shelter with odd symptoms, the director Continue reading “A Doggone Good Mystery”

I am so proud to announce that the third novel in my Neighbors Series, Long Lost Neighbors, has finally been released! And it became available on my birthday no less! What a great way to celebrate!

 

Long Lost Neighbors was so fun to write. There is actually quite a bit of truth about my life written within these pages so it was fun to relive some memories, as well as explore possibilities.

 

 

Here is what it’s all about: Continue reading “Introducing…”