Book Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Read in May, 2010


After reading Catching Fire, I decided to go back and read The Hunger Games again. I must say I am in complete awe of this series. It is so compelling, and so disturbing. After reading it again, I have decided to up my rating to 5 stars, it is well deserving of it.
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Books, Babes, and the Business

My dear friends at a Sekhmet Press have put together an amazing event this month, one I was honored to be a part of. Books, Babes, and the Business celebrates women in fiction. The women featured range from writers and publishers to readers and artists. All these women are crazy talented and definitely worth checking out. You will find plenty of new authors to fill your book shelf.

See the complete lineup here!

My interview was featured on February 20th. This is my first interview and feature on a blog, so I’m a little excited! I talked about the work I do for Hobbes End Publishing, my love for reading, and coffee, of course! And to be featured among such a talented group of ladies is pretty amazing. I hope you’ll stop by and have a look.

There’s also a Facebook party at the end of the month. These Facebook parties are always a lot of fun. Virtual drinks, lots of games, and REAL prizes. You can join the event HERE.


Book Review: Haunted


Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Read in 2010

This is the fifth Palahniuk book I’ve read. I enjoyed it. It was entertaining, while grusome and disturbing at the same time. I think you either love Palahniuk or you hate him. What I don’t understand is people who don’t like him yet continue to read and bash his books. If you don’t like an author, DON’T read his books. I don’t read James Patterson despite his popularity. Not for me, so I won’t continue reading his books and bashing him in reviews.

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Books, Babes, and the Business

Celebrating Women in Fiction

My wonderful friend and colleague, Jennifer L. Greene from Sekhmet Press, has put together an incredible event for the month of February. Books, Babes, and the Business brings together talented women from all areas of the literature world. Over the next month you will meet writers, readers, editors, publishers, and artists. I am honored to be a guest on the 20th!

The event kicked off yesterday with a guest blog from Allison M. Dickson, author of a plethora of short stories, the pulpy Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer, and her new horror novel STRINGS. You can read her post, Write Like a Girl, here.

Literary babes

Literary babes

From Sekhmet Press:

“We will be celebrating women in fiction the entire month of February.

We will host a guest blogger each day, then on February 28th from 1-3pm EST you can join us on Facebook for a big pary! We’ll have virtual refreshments, hilarious games, and REAL PRIZES! Don’t miss it! Invite your friends!”

Read the full line up HERE!

Book Review: The Murdered Metatron

The Murdered Metatron

by James Glass


Murdered Metatron CoverThe voice of God is dead…

When John Smith wakes from a coma in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania he remembers nothing of his past except that he might have tried to commit suicide. In an effort to pay the bills he becomes a private detective and is hired by a strange pair of clients who are determined to find out who killed the Voice of God. The clues lead him to the doorstep of the strange and reclusive Virgil Calahan and a hundred year old crime.

My Review:

The concept of this story is very intriguing. A man wakes up from a coma with no idea who he is or why he is in the hospital. He has two scars running down the length of his back and he possibly tried to commit suicide. Meet John Smith, private investigator.

This story instantly drew me in. James Glass has a wonderful skill at mood setting. The story has a dark quality, yet you find humor throughout. The Murdered Metatron is filled with a cast of unforgettable characters. I loved the way the story was told, with little bits and pieces of the past slowly being revealed. The story has some twists and kept me guessing until the end.

I am a fan of mysteries and this one hooked me. I anxiously await the second installment.

The Murdered Metatron is available in my print and eBook editions on Amazon!

Book Review: Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer

Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer

by Allison M. Dickson


Artwork by Justin Wasson

Artwork by Justin Wasson

“This city gets to a man. Maybe it’s all the busted dreams and the way they seep into the pavement like acid rain, bleaching the color out of things…”

It’s 1947, the streets are filthy with grease and empty promises, and private detective Colt Coltrane trolls the city for cheaters and deadbeats with his robotic sidekick Petey. It’s all business as usual until a mysterious Japanese woman walks into his office asking him to look into a string of grisly murders along the L.A. River, where the only trace the killer leaves behind, other than a mutilated female victim, is a single white lotus flower.

But there is far more to this dame than meets the eye, and Colt’s quest to find the Lotus Killer soon leads him to shocking and terrifying secrets lurking beneath Los Angeles.

A pulpy mix of the past, present, and future, COLT COLTRANE AND THE LOTUS KILLER is a non-stop thrill that won’t soon be forgotten.

My review:

Allison M. Dickson is full of surprises. For someone who writes primarily in the horror and speculative fiction genres, Colt Coltrane offers the reader another side of Allison’s talent. Set in LA in the late ‘40s, the story follows private detective Colt Coltrane and his robot sidekick, Petey. Yes, a robot in LA in the ‘40s. Immediately, the reader knows this isn’t your everyday police procedural. Colt and Petey are tracking the Lotus Killer through the city and through the sewers. The story is a little scifi, a little mystery, a little bit horror, and a helluva ride.

What I particularly loved about this story was Colt’s background and the way it is revealed to the reader. Allison could have been upfront at the beginning and told you exactly how and why Colt was no longer with the LAPD and exactly what happened to his partner and his wife. But she didn’t. She draws it out, piece by agonizing piece, and this not only adds suspense to the story but helps the reader embrace exactly who Colt is. And who would think you could come to love a bag of bolts like Petey?

With an array of colorful characters, perfect timing, and spectacular character development, Allison M. Dickson draws you in to the world of Colt and Petey. A dark, slimy underbelly of a world.

Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer is now available in print and eBook editions on Amazon!

Celebrating Women in Fiction

I am very excited to be participating in a month long celebration of women in fiction over at Sekhmet Press. There will be guest bloggers every day in February ranging from writers to publishers to readers. I fall into a couple of the categories and will be making an appearance on February 20th! For more info check out Books, Babes, and the Business. Thanks to Sekhmet for putting this together.

Literary babes

Literary babes