Saturday, September 12, 2015

Free to Good Home by Anne Kelleher

Anne Kelleher is a writer's writer. She teach, lectures, and of course she's written plenty of books. In fact, she's penned epic, 400-page futuristic tomes and shorter, scaled-down novellas that highlight her skills at capturing a reader's fancy. And now, she's compiled a group of true short-stories designed to grab the reader, thrust them brilliantly (and quickly) into a new time or world and let them appreciate the writing before turning them loose after 20-pages.

This group of stories includes several that she calls Celebrity Supernatural, including titles like Conjuring Johnny Depp, and Walking with Elvis. Each is just long enough to savor for a half-hour before going on with your day or as with many guilty pleasures, reading one more. I also found that my mind was on the stories later, and that's the sign of a good writer. Anne Kelleher is both prolific and talented. You'll enjoy Free to a Good Home. Trust me.

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Fantasy Maker by Emily Kendricks

The Fantasy Maker by Emily Kendricks is a newly released Romance/Crime novel. Although I don't have much experience with the Romance genre, I did enjoy the intrigue and forces that got the protagonist, Emma, to venture forth and look for a new fantasy.

There is also the driving force of this book which is a murder, as all good crime stores should have (or a really good heist of some type). The author takes us through Emma and her husband's daily life, their struggles, and her diminished role in his eyes before getting to the good stuff.

Kendricks' writing is fairly straight-forward to begin with, although she does show a soft side momentarily before the action heats up, then it's all romance, sex, denial and decay, right before our eyes.

This is Kendricks' first novel, and she has a good chance of becoming a regular in the Romance books section - and I hope, a regular in a more defined area of woman-detective, woman-empowered roles that show women can be strong and beautiful at the same time.

The Fantasy Maker is available at Amazon for $3.99 on Kindle and $13.95 softbound. It runs 314 pages and currently has 21 Reviews with 90% 5-Stars. That's a pretty good sign the readers are very happy with this offering.

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe

Thursday, August 13, 2015

True Blackjack

A lot of people miss the point of gambling. It's supposed to be entertaining - fun even. Unfortunately, society teaches us to be winners. We learn that we shouldn't give up and that it's better to play the game and lose than to never play. Wow, that's great for casinos, isn't it?

Keep trying, keep playing, don't give up.....

Well what if you could win at a game in the casino? Wouldn't that be cool! But casinos don't like it when you win. In fact, if you do win they will do everything in their power to figure out what you are doing and look for ways to keep you from continuing to drain their coffers.

True Blackjack is just what it says it is: a true story of a blackjack player who learned a little too much about the game of 21 and started beating the casinos, so they beat him.

These days there are enough laws and cameras that casinos can't get away with attacking the players that learn to beat the game of blackjack, but those same cameras help them detect them - and then bar them from playing. You do all that work and what have you got? Nowhere to play!

Author Ron Johnson tells his story of learning the game from professional players, using his ability to beat the casinos, lose his friends, and his freedom to play (temporarily), and he explains everything a beginner needs to know about blackjack to play almost even with the house - and then to beat the game with a simple card counting system if you want to learn that too.

Along the way he tells of his adventures and how he managed to begin winning without being detected. That's the big thrust of the book - learn, play, don't get barred.

Overall this is an enjoyable inside-the-game look at casinos and blackjack, a learning manual, and a story of youthful exuberance and the wisdom that comes with experience and loss.

You can't go wrong with True Blackjack as a good, easy read - or a place to learn the game of blackjack. It's just $2.99 at Kindle.

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Take me out to the ball game

Take me out to the ball game, let me eat lots of junk. I'll stay away from my Kindle blog and find that my numbers have sunk!

Apparently I have seriously neglected this blog. Although I have been involved with several books recently (my own and two friends), I have no excuse. So, it's time to get more books reviewed. For a few weeks I'll entertain emails from authors who want a free review. Readers want good books, good reviews, and I've got an opinion, so look out. All I ask is that you take a look at other reviews and consider purchasing another author's book - we all need to sell books.

Use the contact form at the right to reach me!

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe