“Z” AtoZ Challenge Final Day

The Last letter of the Challenge is Z, I did worry that I wouldn’t be able to fill some of the trickier letters but Wodke came through for me. This book contains horror and violence and is not suitable for some readers. Wodke Hawkinson is the name under which writing duo PJ Hawkinson and K Wodke release their co-authored works. Wodke Hawkinson’s multi-genre style gives the readers a rich and varied experience. As always I ask for comments to be left at the bottom of the post as part of the challenge. Thanks.

The letter Z.
For ZEKE by Wodke Hawkinson.
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008J9DH2M

Summary: Sue Cox falls for the new clerk at the bookstore. She leaves town with the man, and as they travel, he becomes increasingly deviant and volatile. Soon, her life is in danger.
Comment: Zeke is a harsh lesson in the fact that good looks can hide a wicked heart.

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Zeke is a dark novel of sexual obsession, psychological manipulation, and looming peril. Sue Cox is a naïve college student who falls for the exciting new clerk at the local used bookstore. Captivated by Zeke’s brooding good looks and menacing but irresistible charisma, Sue capitulates to his will, leaving her wide open for exploitation. Zeke begins to exert subtle control and entices her to leave town with him. As they travel, his behaviour grows more deviant and increasingly volatile. After Sue’s car is found deserted in an outlying cemetery, the police dismiss her parents’ concerns since it appears Sue left willingly. The Coxes immediately hire William Falstaff, a small-town private investigator. He begins his inquiry with only two objectives: first, to verify that Sue’s departure is voluntary; and second, to provide her family with information on her whereabouts. A simple case. However, he soon finds himself locked into a chase to save Sue’s life. Will he find her in time or will she become another victim of a cunning sociopath?
Here is what one reader thought about the book;
This is one disturbingly good read. Zeke a man who basically is the devil with a handsome face catches the eye of Sue a young naive girl who can’t believe her luck at attracting a good-looking guy.
Slowly over the months he crushes her spirit and self-worth and she is so forlorn without him that whatever he says she agrees. Zeke knows how to play on Sue’s emotions and he easily manipulates her.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Zeke’ “is he really twisted?” Well yes he is. He is a sexual psychopath, who can lay on the charm and knows how to mislead the innocent to gain his own satisfaction.
Very dark, twisted read. Its graphic and haunting.
A psychological suspense that’s well worth a read.
My final  links to other AtoZ Challenge bloggers;
A HUGE thank you to the organisers of the challenge and to the bloggers and to everyone who has visited and taken part, you are the REAL STARS!

“X” on the AtoZ Challenge

With the last 3 letters of the AtoZ Challenge to go, I bring you the letter “X”. XO: A Kathryn Dance Thriller by Jeffery Deaver. I previously read The Blue Nowhere by Jeffery and reviewed it here on the blog http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-ga Please add a comment below after you’ve read this post because it’s all part of the challenge, thanks.

Kayleigh Towne is a beautiful and successful singer-songwriter, and Edwin Sharp is her biggest fan. When she replies to one of his fan letters with ‘XO’, Edwin is convinced she loves him, and that her latest hit song ‘Your Shadow’ was written for him. Nothing Kayleigh or her lawyers can say persuades him otherwise.
Then the singer gets an anonymous phone call; it’s the first verse of ‘Your Shadow’ playing. Soon after, one of the crew is horribly murdered. Kayleigh’s friend Kathryn Dance, a special agent with the California Bureau of Investigation, knows that stalking crimes are not one-off occurrences, and, sure enough, more verses of the song are played as warnings of death to follow. With a little help from forensic criminalist Lincolyn Rhyme, Dance must use her kinesic and investigative skills in an attempt to find the killer before more people die.
Deaver has written the actual song, ‘Your Shadow’. Readers will be able to download it from http://www.jefferydeaver.com.
XO (Kathryn Dance, #3)

One reader thought this about the book;

XO twists and turns and never disappoints. I finished the book in less than a day. Deaver is the master of the art of plotting stories of personal terror. His characters are complex, his dialogue is simple, and his pacing is perfect.

Here are my 4 randomly chosen links to other Ato Z bloggers, please go check them out too;





“Q” of the Ato Z Challenge

My letter today for the challenge is “Q”. I can’t believe we’ve reached this far so quickly! Quest for the Oracle is part of the Chronicles of Myriad by James Nicholas Adams As part of the challenge we are asking all readers of the posts to leave a comment, thanks!

About Quest for the Oracle;
Eight years after watching his best friend Kristine disappear, Jason embarks on a journey to find her. While exploring the Keash caves he frequented as a child, he falls and hits his head, rendered unconscious. He awakens to find himself chained up in a cage on a world unlike anything he has ever known and only an arm’s length away from Kristine. The reunion is short lived as a sudden dragon attack on their captors causes them to once again become separated. Shortly after, he meets the Prophet Tanas who takes him to meet Jerech, an Elvish king and Jason’s birth father. Here, he learns Kristine is in the hands of a nameless tyrant and embarks on a quest to free her. Along the way he discovers there is far more to the reason he is here than he thought, and he has a destiny beyond anything he ever imagined.

Chronicles of Myriad: Quest for the Oracle

One reader’s thought on the book were;

A well written book, cannot believe it’s a first from this new author and am delighted to be the first to review it. It is an exciting, fast paced adventure book that I had difficulty putting down. A baby named Jason is left on a doorstep in Ireland, the disappearance of a young girl named Kristine in the dark Keash caves in Oregon, but soon you are in another dimension where Angels, Dragons, a Dark Lord, new creatures, the destruction of the city Sherauk, magic, wars and legends emerge. A great book, it embraces danger, determination, love and courage. A must read for fantasy adventure fans!

Here are today’s 5 random links to other AtoZ Challengers;






“O” of the AtoZ Challenge

Letter “O” brings us a book by Karen Whitaker. We are now over half way through the challenge, I can’t believe how fast it’s going. PLEASE try to leave a comment below, they are greatly appreciated as part of the challenge. Lastly I hope you enjoy reading about  Karen’s book.

Here is my submission for the letter “O”.

The book title:
One Woman’s Choice



Here’s what Karen had to say about her book;

One Woman’s Choice is a true story of a young female and her journey into adulthood and eventually motherhood.  It digs deep within the emotions and issues that women face every day.  But mostly, it’s a story of faith and perseverance.  It’s about believing in yourself, your choices and your decisions.

Thank you so much for your interest and including me in your AtoZ 2013 challenge

One Woman's Choice

A little more about the book;

One Woman’s Choice depicts a heartfelt and emotional story about a young woman who faced difficult decisions: abortion, single parenting, and adoption. Lingering in sorrow and guilt can be destructive. Examining the past and re-analysing life and previous choices can help one to cope with emotional pain. Karen Whitaker delves deep within her past and shares her own story to help other women overcome fear and helplessness. Facing the realities of abortion and adoption can empower women and establish a voice of strength that heals the heart and restores faith. One Woman’s Choice is a story about faith and the undying will to persevere and survive, no matter the obstacle. This is not a debate over Pro-choice or Pro-life, but an inspiring example of how one woman overcame the odds.

Here are today’s 5 randomly chosen links to other AtoZ bloggers;






“L” On the AtoZ Challenge

Letter “L” is for Lemon and Lace by Jenny Worstall. I first discovered Jenny’s writing when I read her book “Make a Joyful Noise” you can catch up with my review of this book here on my blog http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5F Jenny’s book (Make a Joyful Noise) was also featured on my review page in the April edition of Fleet Life. We met another book by Jenny on Thursday with the letter “J” for Jubilee Violin.

EACH DAY we are asking visitors to the blogs to leave COMMENTS as part of the AtoZ Challenge, thanks.

‘L’ for Lemon and Lace.
Lemon and Lace is a bittersweet collection of short stories about love and choice. It is permanently free on smashwords.

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This is a review from one of her readers;

This trio of short stories perfectly illustrate slices of life: The introductory story assures us that yes, love is passed down through the generations. The second story poignantly follows a widow as she comes to terms with her loss, while the third and title story is an all too familiar one of newly weds and new parents learning to compromise; this time with ironic results!These stories are beautifully written, and the author’s keen eye for human foibles and descriptive writing combine to give a delightful read. I’ve read all of Ms. Worstall’s ebooks now, and always finish reading feeling uplifted and relaxed. I’m hoping that there’s another full length novel to join “Make a Joyful Noise” soon.

Here are 5 random links to other AtoZ Challengers;






Author Interview

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When I Became an Author

Hello everyone! So you all know, I’m looking for new or aspiring authors of YA books to interview, so if you’ve got a book you want to talk about (even if it isn’t complete yet), I’d love to listen!

Fellow wordpress blogger and author Charles Yallowitz has agreed to be part of my Author Interview Program (AIP), so here goes!

What is your author name? Or do you use a penname instead?

 Charles: I use my real name of Charles E. Yallowitz.  I considered using a penname, but I couldn’t think of one and I was told that social media makes it a lot of work to maintain the mystery of my real identity.


What is the title of the book you’re currently writing?

 Charles: This is harder to answer than one would think.  I am currently working on Legends of Windemere, which is a 15 book series.  My first…

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“H” On the AtoZ Challenge

It’s letter H today and Mark Richards brings us his book “Half Man, Half Fish”. Mark has previously been a guest author on the blog, you can find out more about him here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-dx Mark has also recently become a finalist in the BAD blog awards for his blog BestDadICanBe. As always part of the AtoZ Challenge relies on comments to each blog, PLEASE leave yours below, thanks.

This is what Mark says about his book;

‘Half Dad, Half Fish’ is the first of the chronological ‘Best Dad’ series in which you’ll be able to follow the everyday trivialities of our family life over 10 years. It’s a humorous look at life from a Dad’s point of view, going from party bags, nativity plays and the sheer hell that’s a family changing room at the swimming pool to teenage angst, slamming doors and boyfriends it’s best I don’t hear about…

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 Here is a little more detail on the book;

Half Dad, Half Fish’ deals with the problems all parents of young children face. How do you convince a weeping four-year old that a dead goldfish has gone to a special watery Heaven? How do you choose a name for the new cat without the family coming to blows? And is it possible to do what the text books tell you and ‘be consistent?’ Or do you need another glass of wine first?

for ‘Best Dad I Can Be’ – the first book in the series.

“From the very first paragraph of this fabulous book I knew I was onto something special. It is a humorous and insightful look at family life that all parents will relate to.”

“A lot of fun, laugh out loud book.”

“Even though I do not have children of my own, this book really made me laugh.”


Here are today’s 4 randomly chosen sites of other AtoZ Challengers;





COME back tomorrow and check out my second post of the day on Wednesday 10th April for your chance to WIN a $50 Amazon gift card


P.S As well as the book boost tomorrow come back and check out the book bomb in aid of 16 year old Ben Wolverton who is currently in a coma after a long boarding accident. His family need your prayers, your support and your kindness. Thanks

Healing Spirits by Sally Morgan

Healing SpiritsHealing Spirits by Sally Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sally Morgan and mediums are not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve been to see this lady’s show twice now and I’ve read her previous book, “My Psychic Life”. She brings so much emotion and comfort to people and it’s all delivered in such a kind and loving way. After seeing Sally my friend got closure for a very sad loss of her brother, I’m not afraid to say I’m a believer!

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“F” on the AtoZ Challenge

My book today is Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey. Please don’t forget to add a comment at the bottom of the blog as part of the challenge, Thanks. Sunday is a day off from the AtoZ Challenge, but I’ll have a book review for you from my own reading stack.

Letter: F for Finding Lucas

Buy links: Amazon-http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Lucas-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363705602&sr=8-1&keywords=finding+lucas

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Finding-Lucas/book–wfpLcDV6keHZR-T80qCUg/page1.html?s=7ytK5hEjqEuuEEaeqbiaVA&r=1

Summary: Can you ever really go back to the past? After five long years of living with Derek, her former bad-boy-turned-metrosexual boyfriend, Jamie Ross finally reaches her breaking point. She’s had enough of his sneering disdain for her second-hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as the associate producer of Chicago’s sleaziest daytime talk show. When her new boss plans a segment on reuniting lost loves, Jamie remembers Lucas, her first love and the boy she’d lost ten years earlier. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, Jamie goes on a hilarious, disastrous and life changing hunt to track Lucas down. But are some loves best left behind?

Finding Lucas is about searching for love, but it’s also about a hilarious cast of family and friends who support Jamie in everything she does. Jamie, with her love of discount clothing and dislike for the color pink, is not your average romantic comedy heroine. She grows tremendously throughout the book, and I am always touched by the readers who connect with her. I recently changed the cover of Finding Lucas because I wanted a brighter color and an image that conveys how Jamie feels about Derek, her toxic boyfriend, and her hunt to track Lucas down. I hope I succeeded!

Finding Lucas

Here is what one reader thought about the book;

This is a brilliantly written book. Samantha has a terrific style of writing and she draws you in from the very first line. I highly recommended it! Finding Lucas is only one click away from your Kindle – go for it!! I would’ve rated this book 6 of those gold stars if it could’ve given me the option to do so! Thanks for a wonderful read Samantha Stroh Bailey!! I am so looking forward to reading your second book and eagerly await its release!!!

Here are links to 4 randomly chosen AtoZ Bloggers;





Guest Author Victoria Steele answers my questions

Today my guest is Victoria Steele, she has recently read fellow guest author Stephanie Hurt’s books, you can find Stephanie’s replies to the guest blog questions at http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-dv best wishes for your own book.

1) Tell me your name: My name is V. Steele

2) Where do you live? I live in the southern United States.

3)When did you start writing? I started writing several years ago, but after a couple of people read my work and liked it only recently decided to publish my first book.

4)What type of books do you like writing the most? Romance is the genre I write in. I love the paranormal and especially vampires. It’s exciting to imagine a handsome vampire falling in love with a beautiful mortal woman.

5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing. I guess if I had some tips for others they would be always let others read your work before publishing, be very descriptive when writing, it drives up the interest and lastly go the extra mile with any scene whether it be a sex scene or just a casual dinner.

6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it? A Love Never Lost by: Stephanie Payne Hurt. I found her on Twitter and decided to look up her books. This one caught my eye. I liked the cover image and have actually interacted with her about how she achieved that picture variation. A cover is very important in publishing. The book itself is very intriguing. It spans a lot of different scenarios from romance to suspense. Once I got into the story, I had to keep reading to find out what happened. I give it a five star rating. This book was the second of her books I’ve read. I read a lot so I have several others in line, but I do plan to read some more of her work.

7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it. I choose of course the only one I have currently published which is “Sweet Innocence” the first book in the “My Prodigy” series. http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Innocence-My-Prodigy-ebook/dp/B00AYLNCE6

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V. Steele