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Review of Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen

Things in Ditches


Genre: fiction, mystery



Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen is a wonderful read full of fascinating characters and plenty of mystery. The small town of Willow River is close knit until the death of a stranger brings chaos. Olsen has a wide range of characters and every one of them was fascinating and well written. I was particularly impressed with how well I was able to know the characters, yet not know them at all. Despite being in the minds of many of the characters, there was still plenty of mystery and surprise. My only complaint would be that a few times throughout the book the point of view switched from one character to the next without warning, which was a little confusing; however, this wasn’t problematic enough for me to lose interest in the story. We’re told from the beginning who the killer is, but that doesn’t end the mystery. Things In Ditches is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend reading it.


About the Author:

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Jimmy Olsen has authored three published books – Things In Ditches (2000) & Poison Makers (2011). His most recent, The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories (2012) is a paperback original. Things In Ditches was selected as Book-of-the-Month in August, 2001 by The Mystery Bookstore in Los Angeles. Poison Makers received a Starred Review in “Library Journal” and won the ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Silver Award for 2011. The Hero of Blind Pig Island was a finalist for the same ForeWord Review award, 2012.

Jimmy Olsen and his wife Camille live in St. Cloud, Minnesota. They have three children and eight grandchildren. His novel Scuba is scheduled for release soon.*


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Review of The Artist’s Love by S.H. Pratt

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*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Genre: Contemporary romance


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Rissa Daniels is being stalked. Spencer St. George’s life is in danger. Their families refuse to tell them the secrets of the past that haunt their present and affect their future. With every passing day and each new discovery, Spencer and Rissa grow closer to each other and to the truth until Rissa’s stalker becomes larger than life, forcing Spencer to reevaluate their relationship and his place as a St. George.
Knowing that they will never be free from the dark menace that hovers over them without taking matters into their own hands, Rissa and Spencer make a decision that will forever change the future of their relationship. Long-buried secrets come to light, long-dead ghosts are allowed to rest in peace, and long-festering wounds are able to heal… but they are not without cost. Together, Spencer and Rissa face their fears head-on in the hope that their actions will stop their families’ pasts from destroying their future.
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My Review:

The Artist’s Love by S.H. Pratt is the second half of the epic romance, The Artist’s Touch. The Artist’s Love is a fantastic romance filled with sizzling love scenes, family secrets, and a bit of murder mystery. The family secrets that had me glued to the first book are finally revealed in this book, but the mystery and excitement doesn’t end there. I loved how Pratt added murder mystery to the romance; it made it impossible for me to put the book down because there was so much going on, and I just had to know what would happen next. Pratt doesn’t skimp on the sexy loves scenes either. Peppered throughout the novel are smoking hot scenes that had me fanning myself. Rissa deals with some horrifying situations in this novel, and I love that Spencer  is so caring and helpful. He’s a swoon-worthy character! Rissa goes through some changes in the book because of things she deals with, but she remains a considerate, loving, and strong female throughout. If you love hot love scenes, family secrets, and a dash of psychopath, then look no further than The Artist’s Love. (The two books must be read in order, so go grab The Artist’s Touch if you haven’t already.) I highly recommend reading this book!



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The Artist’s Love is the sequel to The Artist’s Touch.


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You can purchase The Artist’s Touch here:

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About the Author:

SH Pratt

I’m a native Montanan and the youngest of seven children. I’m the mom of three profoundly gifted children who take my lack of sanity as a challenge to make me sane. Currently, we live in Olympia, Washington.
I began writing in high school, completing my first novel on a Commodore 64, saved on, I can’t tell you how many floppy disks. I have no idea where that novel is and if I did, I’d have no way to retrieve it. I stopped writing to pursue my education but quickly realized I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up… oddly, I still don’t know. So I decided to find a “real job”. Over the course of the next twenty years, I was everything from a barista, to a restaurant manager, to a purchasing agent and an administrative assistant to the owner of a fire truck construction company and everything in between.
I didn’t get serious about writing until a couple of years ago. By the time I worked up the nerve to attempt self-publishing, I’d amassed a stack of rejection letters and seven complete manuscripts. I became a writer because it was either that or go mad from the people in my head that seemed to get louder as I got older. The first three books that I wrote after ‘growing up’ a bit were published in paperback only and only to those who special ordered it. It will never be printed or released again due to the nature of my mental state when I wrote it. I was in a very bad place, emotionally, and those three books were my therapeutic catharsis. The first book I wrote and subsequently published was Always My Love and it was more of a homecoming, the characters involved, a withdrawn and wary writer (see what I did there LOL) goes back to her version of “home” which is her best friend/cousin. I wrote the cousin based on my own best friend/cousin and from there I wrote of new beginnings with the cousin’s friend who gives the author a reason to see “home” differently. It was another way to heal after everything at home melted.

I prefer to write contemporary romance with a heavy emphasis on psychology and the emotions of my characters. I feel that if my reader can feel what the character feels and can identify with it, I’ve done my job. After Always My Love, the books that I’ve written have been a different sort of therapy. Working on my issues with spousal abuse, cheating, date rape, PTSD and a myriad of other hot button issues that I’ve seen first-hand in my life via my siblings and other experiences. I love to do the research involved with deep psychological issues and creating the character that everyone loves to hate. The book I love the most is Shy of Tomorrow. It just touches a place in my heart where books live as it’s about a librarian who finds more than she bargains for in the aisles of the library. One other thing that I simply love to write about is multiples. So far, five of my eleven books have either twins or triplets, with six more WIPs actively being worked on with twins or triplets. As for a muse… well, ideas come from all sorts of odd places… music, places I drive by, my dreams, people in general. Life inspires me.

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