Words For Wednesday:Crime Edition

Polygraph

Also known as a lie detector test. Despite the common name, what test actually does test for is deceptive reactions to carefully phrased questions. Based on the theory that most people do not lie or deceive without some sort of physiological reaction, anxiety or nervousness. Heart rate and blood pressure are measured by a cardiograph. Perspiration is measured by the change in the electrical resistance of the skin due to the increase of electrolytes that are found in sweat,  and breathing rate is measured by a pneumograph.  

 Because these physiological signs can accompany other physical states such as illness, alcohol, drug use, or the ingestion of certain medications, polygraph exams can be inconclusive.  Baseline questions are asked during all polygraph exams in order to eliminate any existing elevated physiological signs. Polygraph examination results are not court-admissible because they are considered fundamentally unreliable by the court. Polygraphs can, however, be submitted in court if both parties agree to its validity.

Destiny’s Choice

I adored the first two books in this series, and this book, the third, just as much, if not more.

There is adventure, heart-ache, terrible choices to be made, dark magic, zombies, horses and a fierce and terrifying dragon. There is bravery, loyalty and love. There are Knights who live by a code, terror, pain, loss and a sweeping setting that came to life in my imagination so easily.
Did I mention a dragon? I love dragons.
The characters are loosely related to the characters in the first two books in this series, although not in a familial way. (Read it, you’ll see) This brings a sense of familiarity to the reader, even though this is the first time we’re meeting some of these characters. But you’ll recognize many in this book if you’ve read the first two. (And if you haven’t yet, you totally should!)

Karen Frost reasserts herself as a genius in her genre with this lesbian action-adventure tale. The cover, by Grit Richter, would make a stunning poster that I would happily display on my wall, even at my age.

If you love fantasy, you’ll love this book, but you really do need to read the first two that are equally full of adventure, magic and tough choices.

Read them all. You won’t regret it.

I was provided an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can get your own copy of this book from Ylva Publishing

Daughter Of Fire

This is the second book in Karen Frost‘s world of gifted students at Windhall University. This one picks up right where the first one left off, so you might want to read that one first if you haven’t already.

This book is a natural growth from the first, resolving the storylines from its predecessor, but developing angst and mystery all its own. Ah, the angst of young love… The pacing of this book is faster than the first. This one builds on the foundation built in #1 (Conspiracy of The Dark), and we see the growth of Aeryn, Lyse and their friends. A secondary character takes up the mantle of his destiny as well, while others try to reshape their destinies and the Kingdom around them. The characters were all very well drawn, motivations were clear and as always, the world-building was exquisite.

There will be a book three, and I have to say, I’m glad. I was totally swept up in the world, the characters we have come to know and root for and I can’t wait to see how the war is resolved. If you enjoy well-written fantasy with a hint of darkness, danger, and dashing pacing; this book is for you. Get your copy from the publisher today!

Daughter of Fire

I cannot get this book out of my head!
I used to read more fantasy than I do nowadays, so I hesitated all of a minute when I had the chance to get this book as an ARC. (Thank you to Ylva for the opportunity)
The cover is gorgeously eye-catching, one that would make an excellent poster.

We are introduced to Aeryn’s world and interact with it, through her eyes and experiences. We feel ill when she does, writhe with the power of uncontrolled magic with her and feel her confusion and fear as her world is turned upside down. The world-building in this story is excellent. We are sucked in at once and there’s nothing to distract us from the story. In fact, I came to resent the fact that I had to cook and do dishes. Didn’t my family care I was engrossed in a phenomenal story? Ha! No…they didn’t.
Aeryn’s world is turned upside down and we are right beside her as she tries to make sense of her travelling companions that are still mysteries to her as they part company. We are as unsettled as she is, as new to everything as she is and we ARE Aeryn. Have I mentioned this book will pull you in?

The ending is a sticking point for many reviewers, but I understand why this book closed the way it did. When a manuscript is large, it’s not always easy to find a stopping point that serves both story and readers.
But this ending rocks Aeryn’s world, and ours.
It literally took my breath away. Like, I had to remind myself to breathe.
I cannot wait to see what Aeryn does with this new knowledge in the next book, which I understand will follow this one shortly.

If I have to pay for it, I gladly will.

I will read this one again and again. It’s that good. I suspect I’ll find new things to gush about on my next reading.

Get this. Prepare for an ending that is not the end while you prepare to get the next book. Because you’ll want to know what happens next.

9 Things Career Authors Don’t Do

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This is an interesting and informative book that I’m sure will help many people. A lot of it seems to be common sense, but I’ve been writing for a few years. There are quite a few gems in here, including a passage on Writers Block. Consider the plumber, encourages the author. “Our plumber isn’t standing in the unfinished bathroom waiting for the Water Muse to strike him with inspiration.” Funny, but true. There is also advice on, among other things, being realistic, patient, being dedicated and being a “finisher”.
There’s a lot of gems here, and I think it’s a good little book for someone thinking of growing beyond a hobby writer into the realm of a career.

Word For Wednesday~Burglary

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Burglary is the most common form of theft and is defined as “the entering of premises to commit a theft”. The definition can, and does, differ in various states and provinces. Some distinguish between entering a dwelling at night and housebreaking. Housebreaking, of course, is the unlawful entering of a building with the intent to commit a crime.

Did you know that there are multiple types of burglaries of safes?

One type is called a “click job”, where a stethoscope is used to listen for clicks as the combination falls into place.

Now you know!

The Body

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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

After The Pretty Pox

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This book got under my skin and wouldn’t leave me alone. It was so different, and yet so familiar. The main character is about the same age as I am, so I could relate to her in that way, and her bravery and persistence shone through so much that I couldn’t help but root for her. All of the characters, except the bad guys of course, were wonderful. So real I could hear them breathing, and feel their desperation. The house was equally vivid for me. I could smell the decay and hear the crunch of glass under my imaginary feet.

I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this book but I so glad I did. It has changed me, at least in the way I look at my own house and surroundings now.

If you like post-apocalyptic stories without a ton of in-your-face death, or even just stories about human survival on a person and psychological scale, you’ll like this one.