Twisty, Gripping and Unputdownable!

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I read this book in two sittings, staying up far past when I expected to.
Despite the fact that I have a friend who was once a “second wife”, I don’t understand being okay with sharing one’s spouse. But the beauty of this book is that the reader need not understand polygamy to enjoy this book.
I was sucked into a world that was well-paced and intriguing, a world I thought I understood. But the ride turned twisty and there was no way I could go to sleep without reading all the way to the end.
But I wasn’t prepared for a blow-to-the-gut twist that has kept this book at the forefront of my mind. In fact, this might be one of those unforgettable ones. Even more remarkable, for me, is that this book comes from Harlequin…a publisher I don’t normally read. But this mystery was so good that I couldn’t put it down.

Must-read is an overused phrase, but you MUST READ this. Don’t assume you know what’s happening, because you’ll rob yourself of the thrill, the impact and the shock.

READ THIS

(This is a repost of an earlier blog post of mine, but my opinion of this book still holds true)

A Town Held By Fear

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There is a town held fast by the powerful grip of fear – of one man. No one dares to stand against him until a mysterious stranger comes to town looking for medical help. They just want to be patched up and leave town, but the raging infection and a stunning brunette doctor won’t allow that. When enforcers start dying quietly, one by one, suspicion starts to fly as thick as the dust on the street. But no one suspects the stranger.

It’s the perfect solution to isolation. A quick read that won’t threaten your bank account. There are horses, a cow named…Cow, a tyrant and a hero. Wander back to the glory days of Louis L’Amour and get your copy at Amazon or Smashwords.

I’d love to know what you think!

Word Of The Week~Circumlocution

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Circumlocution.

Wow, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it? It means “talking in circles.” It’s when you want to discuss something, but don’t want to make any direct reference to it, so you create a way to get around the subject.

Why would anyone do that, you might be wondering. To avoid discussing a specific thing without actively looking like you’re avoiding it. To buy oneself time to come up with an answer. Out of guilt, a lack of education or any of a hundred reasons I suppose.

I see it as a great tool in fiction. It can be an indication of some serious stuff happening in a suspect’s mind, and thereby shape how an investigator chases down what they believe to be a lead in their case. It could work to muddy the case against someone, creating all kinds of trouble along the way. It could also be used to point suspicion at the wrong party.

It’s a great word.

Do you have a word you really like? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Murder? Or Karma?

 

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She studied the body. It was face down in the mud, the back of the head soaked with blood, hair matted to the skull and hardened now. The back of the denim shirt displayed hoof-prints of various types and sizes. Each of the shoulders sported a large hoof print bigger than a plate.

“What can you tell me?” She asked of the crime tech who had joined her.

“Looks like my neighbour,” came the reply. 

“About the prints,” the Detective sighed.

“Those there are sheep-prints,” the tech pointed with a gloved hand. “Those look like cow, some big paw prints there in the middle, and I’d say those on the shoulders are at least the size of a work-horse.”

The Detective straightened and eyed the dog, sheep, cow and a large work-horse a few feet away in a fenced-in pasture. Then she looked back down at the body in the mud. “Are you telling me those animals killed your neighbour?”

The tech straightened too before studying the animals, who gazed back placidly. “Well, I can tell you he’ll never mistreat them again.”

The End

What’s On Your Shelves?

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One of the bloggers I follow (waves to Jamie at Live To Write – Write To Live) posted a photo of her writershelf, and I thought it was cute. Even her cat. (Don’t tell my dog Harley, okay?) Well, all I have is one bookcase, but I think it’s interesting. It is a mix of DIY, fiction, writing books, and did I mention fiction? Speculative fiction, horror, humor, fantasy, a couplecollections of short stories, old books (pre-1970) that we’ve collected, and a mish-mash of books on tea, knitting, crystals, herbs and homesteading. It’s a crazy only-slightly-organized mess, but here it is.

1) The top shelf is a combination of reference, writing manuals, fantasy (Piers Anthony, J.R.R Tolkien, Marion Zimmer Bradley), science fiction (Arthur C. Clarke) and lesbian fiction (Lori Lake, Radclyffe, J.P Mercer) and one lone Dean Koontz book.

2) Second shelf is a combination of manuals, fantasy, crime (Kathy Reichs), short story collections, andmore reference.

3) Third shelf is a hodge-podge of homesteading, fantasy (more M.Z.B), dystopian end-of-the-world stuff (A. American), more spec-fic, gardening, quilting (Jennifer Chiaverini) knitting (Yarn Harlot) and crochet.

4) Even more reference on DIY, preserving, more lesbian fiction (behind the stack of fantasy), more fantasy over to the right and more reference books.

5) This is the shelf you can’t see because I couldn’t get it all in the photo without showing you messy stuff in the room. On this shelf is almost all of the Harry Potter series (I’m missing one measley book!), quite a few Patricia Cornwell books, more crime by J.D Robb, more Dean Koontz and Stephen King.

Now it’s your turn. What’s on your shelves?

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