Friday, February 17, 2017

Review of "Perfect Anastasia" by Jack Binding

In Jack Binding's latest horror story, Perfect Anastasia, twenty-something Andy Moretti asks himself a question that a million other men are currently asking themselves. "Why can't I find a nice woman to spend my time with?" Well, be careful what you ask for!

As if Andy's questions have been miraculously answered by a benevolent Genie, he meets the perfect woman at a party. She's funny, she's beautiful, and she's actually interested in talking to him. That should be a good sign, right?

Author Binding uses the need for companionship as a crutch in short story. The need, the hope, the sweet nectar of promise and desire. Binding's written words are straightforward and to the point, leaving the reader with little doubt as to where the story is headed, but the outcome, while not necessarily anticipated, is every young person's nightmare and much more.

The writing reminds me a bit of clive Barker as he starts a story you think you know is unfolding, and then it spills out, unvarnished and splintery against your skin and senses.

Available on Kindle, this just released (February 14, 2017) work is 99-cents if you act quickly. Jack Binding has several other short stories at Amazon and a full-length novel slated for later in the year.  

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review of "The Hideous Child" by Nicholas A. Price

From A Series of Ghastly Things comes the latest book by Nicholas A. Price, The Hideous Child. This is book 3, in Kindle Edition, and is aimed at children ages 3 to 9.

The author has been hard at work with a full group of children's books coming out. Illustrated by Demi Art, children will love the pictures that accompany the story.

In The Hideous Child, a mother sits quietly and watches her daughter prepare her own meal. What a wonderful and quaint little child. 

It's good to see her taking care of herself, but whatever is she making? Why a plate of beetle larvae and butterfly guts. Is this an everyday occurrence or has mother's little one gone stark raving mad?

Did you know that beetles and grasshoppers are a mainstay of villages in Africa and South America? They do provide much-needed nourishment. A few of these facts about what people in different countries regularly eat follows the story.

This book is available on pre-order right now (release date Feb. 15, 2017) for $2.99, but is Free to those with Kindle Unlimited!

Thanks for Reading - Al W Moe

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review of "The Sorceress' Prophecy" by Carson Watson

Anyone who loves Harry Potter is going to find great reading in The Sorceress' Prophecy. The land conceived by author Carson Watson is filled with nightmarish creatures that stalk the night and a coven of students trying to learn enough magic to fend off the advances of Satin, the worst of the lot.

At the forefront is Kaia, who's mother has disappeared, and her friend Vittorio, who work with those at the Fraternity to try and understand their mutual enemy, the Amphisbaena, a kind of super vampire.

The land of Londou is also inhabited by werewolves, who as a pack, also want to gain power over the strewn wasteland that is their home. Only Kaia and her friends hold the key to stopping the carnage.

The author does a good job of setting up the fight, giving us plenty of characters to watch develop or fold away in the coming pages and keeping up enough interest to make those pages magically dissolve as we read through chapter after chapter.

There is little breakdown in theme or plot, as this is good (or so it would seem) against evil, or at least favorite characters against less favorable foes. If you love the dark powers, battles, sorcery and things that go bump in the night, great, you'll love this book. And, it's a good size too, at over 370 pages.

It's available on Kindle Unlimited for Free - or if you haven't joined, it's $2.99 for the Ebook. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review of "I Remember the Time" by Kim Hemphill

In the simplest terms, Kim Hemphill is a survivor. That's all he knew, that's all he had. And, he's a Seattle Mariner's fan, so things are still tough since the Mariner's have never made it to the World Series, but he's still rooting for them. And, I'm a Mariner's fan, so I know what it's like rooting for the underdog when there's no help in sight.

Of course, that's what Kim's life was like for years. The car he was riding in what hit by a train when he was three years old. The result was cuts, scrapes, bruises and 105 stitches across his face and his scalp. Just an early turning point. 

His family life was rough and tumble, and they were so poor he bought himself his first toothbrush when he was 14, shortly before he lost his brother to the Vietnam war.

If you are ready for a tough read, a story of homelessness, a story of learning to live with what you've got on your back and nothing more, then I Remember the Time, Kim Hemphill's memoir is for you.

There's much more here than struggle. There's eventual love, success, and reward. There's a new life filled with inventions sold across the United States and Canada, and there are acceptance and satisfaction.

Published January 1, 2017, this book is deep in drama, conflict, and survival. It's also a story of hope and perseverance. You can get a copy on Kindle right now!



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review of "The Moon Has A Big Head" by Nicholas A. Price

Author Nicholas A. Price stimulates the magination of children through his stories.

In The Moon Has A Big Head, children learn what happens when anyone, even a stellar superstar like the moon, takes themselves too seriously. There's always someone bigger, faster, and stronger, but that doesn't mean we can't all be friends and still reach for the stars.

This story is published by Demy Books and slated to be available on Kindle February 15, 2017. Delightfully illustrated by Gigi Art, children will love the story and the pictures. At the end of the book, Price offers many interesting facts about the moon, such as the moon's distance from the earth, information about gravity, the earth's tides, and temperatures on the surface of the moon.

The book is $2.99 and available for pre-order, but is also part of Kindle Unlimited, so take advantage of your KU benefits and get a copy for your little ones!

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review of "Secrets to Shine Through the Noise" by Akasha Garnier

  • Akasha Garnier is a writer, producer, and activist who has led an exciting and balanced life as a radio production director and PR manager. She's traveled and worked in places like London, Paris, Los Angels, New York, and Hawaii. Good for her, right?

Well good for us too, because she has now added a book, Secrets to Shine Through the Noise, to help readers choose a direction in life. As she says, "use the GPS factor to align with your inner compass and passions."

Part self-help, part motivational, Akasha's stories of the road help the reader see that anyone can achieve what they truly want, as long as they are willing to really ask themselves what it might be. There is no sense being unfulfilled. The first step is making a plan for the future, even if it is just a tiny first step!

This book was published September 8, 2016, and it's getting hot. Right now, it's on sale for just 99-cents, but you've got to act quickly before the price goes back up on Kindle. The paperback, 156 pages, is $19.99.

In keeping with Akasha's motivational and giving personality, 10% of the proceeds from this book are going to Teen Cancer America.org. The author's the real deal, and her words can motivate you to move forward in life and attain your dreams.

We are all worthy of success and reading "Secrets" can help you hear what your heart is longing for, and then Shine through the noise!




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review of "Hop on Board" by Nicholas A. Price

Coming February 15 (and currently on Preorder) is Nicholas A. Price's children's book Hop On Board. Written for children 5 to 9, this story carries the tagline "We are the Germ family and you love to carry us around everywhere!"

Colorfully illustrated by Gigi Art, Price's story centers on the tough life germs lead, especially when silly children use soap, which particularly irritates germs.

Children will enjoy the many pictures, especially the ones of rogue germs who try to hide out in places too small for the human eye to see.

If the story and pictures don't convince your children to wash up before meals, then the Ghastly Facts presented near the end surely will.

They include such scary things as "Fifty thousand of the largest virus germs could fit on a pinhead!Ten thousand could fit on a grain of salt," and "Viruses can only survive inside a living plant, person or animal, yet they can still live on a dirty surface for a while and wait!"

This is a fun and entertaining book for young children. The illustrations help make the point that germs are sneaky and small, but a simple hand-washing can protect us all!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Review of Trader's Intuition by Roger Doss

Roger Doss is a Computer Geek with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Still, he understands that many people choose their stocks based on nothing more than gut instincts.
Inside the pages of Trader’s Intuition, Doss explores how choosing the right stocks, for short-term or long-term holdings, can have a profound effect on each investor's long-term wealth.
Instead of devoting long chapters to how the stock market works, how stocks are bought and sold, Doss gets to the nitty-gritty in quick order. He starts with a precursor on stock brokers and stock brokerage firms and then moves on to costs involved for online investors.
Trader's Intuition was published January 11, 2017, and is currently available for $2.99 on Kindle.
For those with limited background in the stock market, Doss makes it easy to understand how stock patterns work, what to look for, and how to select specific industries and individual stocks according to your investment needs: short-term and long-term income.
Chapters include issues like Rebalancing your portfolio through the partial sale of profitable stock holdings and Magic Numbers and Position Size. All in all, this is a quick read; an easy entry to the stock market for beginners and ends with four strategies to implement through your own research to find killer stock bargains.
Thanks for reading - Al W Moe



Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review of "Written in the Stars" by Beverly Herr

First-time author Beverly Herr gets many things right in her debut novel Written in the Stars, a historical fiction about a young woman living 150 years ago in the Midwest. Her life is hard, enduring the abuse of her grandparents after the death of her mother. And, she's never seen her father, and man from Italy, not in the picture. At least that's the story she's been told her whole life.

At sixteen, the truth comes in the introduction of Timber Wolf, a Lakota warrior who aids in her abduction from the home of her uncles, where she has been staying. Scared, but thinking back to her many dreams of an old warrior trying to get her, Emily learns her given name translates to Little Fawn, and her father is the Chief of the Bruele village.

This is a good, long read, 315 pages, published August 18, 2016, on Kindle. Currently, the novel is available for $5.99.

This story reminded me of the female lead in Dances With Wolves, who is abducted at about four-years of age, but by a local Native American Tribe. In this story, the four-year-old is abducted and taken to the white grandparents and then returns to Native American life at 16. Becoming Little Fawn again isn't without wagon-loads of turmoil. There are injustices on either side of the coin flipping through her life, and accepting her will to choose life, lifestyle, and belief system is complicated by her infatuation with Timber Wolf.

The pace of this novel moves from moderate to fast-paced as the dangers of her decisions come to haunt Little Fawn. And, she learns first hand the prejudices and misunderstanding the new white settlers have for the Native Americans. Can there be a true metamorphosis of her soul? It won't be easy.


Fortunately, the characters Emily/Little Fawn interacts with are well flushed-out, not just 30-word paper figures so that the reader can get happily immersed in the story. This is a good book to read on the porch, rain or shine.

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe





Monday, January 23, 2017

Review of "Cloaked" by Laura Greenwood

Once upon a time, an author from far far away wrote a story about Keira, aka Sleeping Beauty, and her Prince Philip. A story where Keira and Philip meet things that go bump in the night in their not-so-friendly dark forest of yesteryear.

Beyond that, author Laura Greenwood has produced a very readable type of fairy tale, a story where there is much more to Hansel and Gretel than a daring escape from the wicked witch. In this story, young women from a nearby village go missing. Fortunately, the siblings (and Keira and Philip) are a lot tougher than ever, ready to do battle with whatever dark forces arrive, although Keira does struggle with throwing knives!

Still, what would you say if your mother said, "My Dear Gretel, “Advisor to a King, confidante of a Queen. Breaker of curses. Your destiny is great, but to attain it you must suffer.” Sounds a little ominous to me, but then again, this is, after all, the dark forest.

The pacing is steady, with enough action and suspense to keep me turning the pages. Unfortunately, it's a quick read at just 74 pages, released by Nevermore Press on July 15, 2016. Fortunately, it's a paltry 99-cents, well worth the price, so spend a buck on Cloaked and get an enjoyable, imaginative story from a lady with a fresh writing style you'll love.

Thanks for reading - Al W Moe