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Review of Burning The Devil by Jen Ponce

 

 

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Genre: mystery, suspense, horror

 

Synopsis

Gwen Colburn hasn’t had an easy life, so when she meets Neo Tucker, it seems too good to be true. Gwen’s rough childhood makes it difficult for her to trust, but Neo’s respectful and caring manner make her drop her defenses. Not everyone in Gwen’s life finds Neo so trustworthy, however. Sam has been following Neo’s story for years—and the many lives that are lost in his wake. When the man who murdered Gwen’s sister returns, Gwen wonders if he may be connected to Neo. Is the killer really connected to Neo, or do the rumors of supernatural involvement hold some truth?

 

My Review

Jen Ponce once again had me riveted to my iPad while reading Burning The Devil. I was hooked from the beginning by the intriguing character of Gwen. She’s a mechanic with a horrific past, and she can’t quite disentangle herself from the emotional damage it inflicted upon her. I could feel the burden and the pain that Gwen lived with and could easily imagine how difficult that must make her life. Neo was the swoon-worthy gentleman of a woman’s dreams. He was kind and understanding of Gwen’s issues, and he was a good man that asked Gwen’s permission to kiss her. All of the characters were complex, with both dark and light sides, which made them identifiable and kept me engrossed in their world. Burning The Devil has elements of mystery, suspense, romance, and horror, and the pace of the story was perfect for keeping me captivated. I think Burning The Devil has enough layers to appeal to a broad range of readers, including those who like a little romance and supernatural, in addition to readers who love mysteries and thrillers. I recommend giving Burning The Devil by Jen Ponce a read. And be sure to check out her many other incredible books at her website, www.JenniferPonce.com. You’ll be glad you did!

 

About the Author

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This world needs more readers. Readers are open-minded, imaginative, and more empathetic. Picking up a book, whether one of Jen’s fantasy-fueled novels or someone else’s thriller, puts another person’s perspective of the world in your hands. (Unless you’re telepathic, then you’ve already experienced being in another person’s head. Good thing about books? Organized thoughts. Bad thing about people’s heads? Unorganized chaos, judging from my own stream.)
Pick up a book and enter a new world. See Tibet without getting on an airplane. (Good for those of you who are afraid to fly.) Live with cannibals without getting eaten. (Good for those of you who don’t want to be eaten.) Become a lion-tamer, an assassin, or a lover. Ride a dragon, eat a dinosaur (Come on, who hasn’t wondered what they taste like?), or fall in love with a man who looks like Fabio.
Do it from the comfort of your couch, your bed, the hard, plastic seat on the subway next to the man dressed in pink taffeta, singing songs about chickens. Whatever you do, don’t stop reading. And if you haven’t started reading, grab a book!
Jen’s love for reading came from her mom, who valued books above all things (except maybe the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan.) She writes for the same reason some people run marathons, climb mountains, sculpt, paint, or put on suits of Mentos and jump into vats of Coke: because there is a fire burning inside her that doesn’t let her NOT do these things. Writing is necessary, like breathing or double chocolate chip cookies and perfectly salted potato chips.
Reading is not a lost pastime and Jen refuses to believe that something so magical could ever go away. Even during the zombie apocalypse, she will be reading. She will have to learn how to wield an ax in one hand while holding her book in the other.
Jen lives in the Panhandle of Nebraska, with her boys, her cats, her goldfish Reggie and a large supply of books that help insulate the house in the winter and expand her mind.
She loves connecting on Twitter (@JenPonceAuthor) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/JenPonceAuthor) You can also send her email and she’ll write back. Visit www.JenniferPonce.com to figure out how to do all of the above.
Jen. Writer of kick ass women and oogy monsters. One-handed, ax-wielding zombie hunter/reader.

 

Books By Jen Ponce

Devany Miller Series (Dark Fantasy):
The Bazaar: Book 1
Slip Song: Book 2

Demon’s Cradle: Book 3
World Weaver: Book 4

Queen Trilogy (Horror):
Bug Queen: Book 1

Blood Tetralogy (Horror, LGBTQ, Erotica)
Blood Curse: Book 1
Blood Drunk: Book 2

Test Brothers Series (Romance):
Counting On Your Love: Book 1

Hell Wrecker Serial (Dark Fantasy)
Addiction: Part 1

Craving: Part 2

Short Story Collections:
Things That Creep
Touch But A Web

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Review of Romance By the Book by Jo Victor

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*Disclaimer – I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Genre: Romance, LGBT

 

Description:

 

For a smart woman, Alex is pretty clueless. She wants the truth, but she’s looking in the wrong place. She w ants love, but she’s not looking at all. If only Cam didn’t keep disrupting her life, Alex might be able to find some answers. After all, it’s not as if Cam is interested in her. Which is probably a good thing, since Cam is even more infuriating than she is charming—and she’s got plenty of charm.

On the other hand, Rosamund, Cam’s ex and Alex’s professional rival, is definitely interested in Alex, but can she be trusted? Alex doesn’t even realize the historic house she’s staying in is haunted. Perhaps a little supernatural help will lead Alex to uncover the secret of a love story hidden for over a century, and to solve the greatest mystery of all— the truth hidden in her own heart.

 

My Review:

 

Romance By the Book by Jo Victor is full of romance, history, and the supernatural all set in a small village in England. I loved every layer of this book. The history of the dead poet’s life that Alex is trying to uncover was fascinating, and I really enjoyed the life in a small England village that the author painted by including fun details like the Lammas celebration. I loved how the author wove the past and present together in this story, which brought to life the characters who were long dead and made them an integral part of the present story. The author did a fantastic job of creating characters that drew me in and kept me hooked throughout the book. I was invested in the characters’ lives and how the story would end. I definitely recommend reading this book. It will not disappoint.

 

About the author:

 

English teacher by day, tale spinner by night, Jo Victor is old enough to know better but still too young to care. She has been writing more or less seriously since she was in her teens and likes to think she is carrying on the family storytelling tradition that goes back to her

Italian grandmother. When not fighting the good fight on behalf of black ink on whitepaper, she enjoys folk music, British humor, and excessive novel reading, all of which she highly recommends. She lives with her life partner in Virginia.

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Review of The Thin Places by Laura K. Cowan

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Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism

 

The Thin Places by Laura K. Cowan is a collection of supernatural short stories. The stories include many different kinds of fantasy, ranging from stories where reality is fluid, changing before the character’s eyes, to stories of dreams that influence the waking world, to stories where characters cross the veil. The stories in this collection have a running theme of hope and healing. The characters discover that the natural world contains more than what we normally see, and it’s through this understanding that the characters can change their world and heal.

 

The Thin Places is one of the best collections of short stories I’ve read. Each story held me fascinated, and I felt like I was on a mystical journey with the characters. Laura’s writing flows so well that I could easily imagine the supernatural overlaying the natural as she created it in these stories. I loved how some of the stories left the reader to decide what was real and what was illusion. Laura does an excellent job of creating a world for her characters where anything is possible, and her writing persuades readers that this magic can be found in their own life, if only they choose to see it.

 

The Thin Places is available here.

 

For more information about this talented author, please visit:

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http://laurakcowan.com

 

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Review of The Life and Remembrances of Martha Toole by Jason Derr

 

 

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This is a novella of literary fiction and magical realism.

The Hammer family receives a visit from their ancient aunt, Martha Toole. Martha Toole is a difficult woman who constantly complains about everything and is deeply entrenched in the glory of the past. She remembers when the family owned a large amount of land in the area and when everyone lived off that land. When John David takes his great-something aunt, Martha Toole, back to the old homestead for a visit, he encounters an unexpected woman on the land: the ghost of Martha Toole when she was young.

This was a fantastic story full of magical realism. From the beginning I was drawn in by the old woman who couldn’t seem to embrace the present but was firmly rooted in her remembrances of the past. I loved the struggle of nostalgia versus reality. The author has a powerful way of writing that hooked me: it’s slow and steady like the land itself. The story weaves the past and present together through the characters, mixing the fantastical with the ordinary seamlessly. The characters’ connection to the land, family, and past is both heart-warming and sad. This is a beautiful, well-written story, one that’s difficult to tear yourself away from, and I highly recommend reading it.

The Life and Remembrances of Martha Toole is available here.

Jason Derr is the author of The Boston 395 and writes the 10 Questions With Indie Authors blog for the Huffington Post.