Review: Black Widow Society

I just realized, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a book review to this blog, which was kind of my plan from the beginning. Well, here it is. My first official book review post of this blog! Hope you enjoy.

I don’t get the chance to read much, maybe 10-15 minutes a day, if I’m lucky. Obviously it takes me awhile to get through a book, unless it grabs me by my unmentionables and drags me on a wild, and sometimes, much needed adventure. 

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About the Author:

CC Brown is the pseudonym adopted by the three authors: Schyrlet Cameron, Carolyn Craig, and Kathy Brown. The women live in the Ozarks with their families. Visit their website at http://www.ccbrownbooks.com.

Blurb:

The sacred relic of the undead . . . the Vampire Bible has fallen into the hands of a paranormal-artifact dealer. An eBay bid and an annual vacation lead Koleen O’Brien and her five friends to San Antonio to deliver the book to a wealthy Texan. They are clueless to the fact that a pack of blood-thirsty vampires are stalking them to reclaim the Bible. Immortals meet their match as they discover that these women aren’t typical mortals; they’re members of the Black Widow Society!

My Thoughts:

I bought this book at a local book fair back in February. The cover art is what drew me in, then I read the back cover and the description made me think it was going to be something right up my alley. I love paranormal and urban fantasy stories.

When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish it. The point of view flip flopped so much I wasn’t sure which character was saying or doing what. It seemed like all the characters were vying for face time at the same time. I’m not sure if that was intention on the authors part or not. Once I got to know the group of women being written about, it made me wonder if the chaos in the first part of the book was there on purpose. It still made it very difficult to get into the story. 

By the middle to the end of the book, the story started to pick up. I had me giggling at some of the antics the Black Widow Society were displaying. I like it when a book can make me laugh out loud.  The Black Widow Society seems like a bunch of fun loving women who know how to get into trouble and how to get out of it…mostly. The Watcher in the book had me intrigued. I wanted to learn much more about him. The baddies in my opinion weren’t bad enough if a bunch of women can kick their centuries old vampire butts. Overall it was a good book. I will definitely be picking up more books by this author. 

Rating: 3 1/2-4 stars out of 5.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Widow-Society-CC-Brown/dp/1483687384/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Author Spotlight: Janice Ross

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Jumping Ship

 

Book Description

 

The year was nineteen seventy-five. Barren couple, Pearl and Edward Riley stumbled upon a newborn baby girl. Her cries could only be heard by a true mother, which Pearl immediately became. Bundled up with their new child, they discovered a parcel of artifacts and a scribbled note that read: Sakkara. Pregnant seamstress, Petrina Dugal, became a runaway at the age of twenty-six. She ran away from a brutish husband, Roger, and a well-loved South American home in Georgetown, Guyana; at the heart of her rebellion – an enigmatic lover named Michael Chen. Pet and Mikey, as they became affectionately known, allowed love to blossom in front of her police officer husband and an intrusive community. Were they not aware of the dangers? Or did the pursuit of love trump obligations?

 

Sakkara Riley grew up with two loving parents – adoptive parents to be exact. She never knew the circumstances surrounding her discovery, until the age of sixteen. She embarks on a journey.

 

Jumping Ship is an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series. There are 7 planned books – representing each of the islands that Sakkara will visit along the way.

 

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Excerpt

 

 

A baby… her baby… their baby?

Pearl sobbed at first, unable to speak just then. For every bawl the abandoned child provided, the woman cosigned. Hers was not from loneliness―not any longer. Hers was not from uncertainty―life had instantly provided surety. Each second reinvigorated her existence. She wanted to live again. Wanted to smile again. Wanted to breathe again. Wanted to hope again.

And she did.

“We have a baby,” she crowed. Tears streamed down red cheeks. It had been ages, but the shine had returned. Blushed cheek naturally glistened as never before. Of the few onlookers to walk by, no one appeared eager to mind the couple’s dealings. Peering from side to side, she reiterated in a softer voice, “We have a baby, Ed.” Pearl spun the little treasure, allowing her husband to see their gift from God.

The knitted wrap began to float away, out of her grip. But to the child she held for dear life. The crying briefly subsided. She glared into wide, glossy grayish-blue orbs. 

A large piece of paper was pinned to the front of her clothing.

“What’s that?” Ed cranked out.

Pearl was fixated on the tender, pale brown baby that was cooing in her direction. Just a slight bit of the baby’s profile had initially escaped her casing. As Pearl unraveled more, she marked every inch of her belated birthday present.

“Pearl?” Edward keenly took in what was transforming before them. He reached up and ran his fingers through his crown once more. Tugged at the lobe of his left ear. Careened down the side of his face. The pressure was on.

When his wife didn’t automatically respond, he shifted closer. Slowly, then quicker paced.

“Pearl? Dear? What’s that?”

Edward’s lengthy finger extended and drew attention to an off-white document. Its edges were jagged.

Pearl examined it briefly before exhaling deeply.

“It must be her name: S-A-K-K-A-R-A.”

“Sack-ra?”

“No. I think our baby’s name is Sakkara.”

“Sakkara,” they sang in harmony.

As daylight drifted out of sight more and more, the urgency that once filled their pace also fled. This child changed everything. They felt safe and secure, even in the darkness. There was now a mandate on their lives, a chance at true happiness and satisfaction. Peace had surely become their newest friend. God would not bless them now, only to torture them right afterwards. This moment was meant to be. There was no need to rush any longer. The Rileys were right where they wanted to be. No thoughts were given to whom the baby’s parents were and if they were missing the little angel. For that moment, all that mattered was that Edward, Pearl, and Sakkara were now a family.

 

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Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXYR2j7i2Ds

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Janice Ross was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure she has not physically been around the world and back, but she’s travelled in her mind and dreams.

Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Janice’s debut release was entitled Damaged Girls. She uses the three books in that series to detail the effects of different forms of abuse, discussing issues that are known to be taboo. Her next release, Jumping Ship, is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series – due out in 2014. It’s poised to be a colorful and emotional experience of life, love and family. As of present, she is also a contributor to a short story collection – Just Between Us, Inspiring Stories by Women. And lastly, Loving Nate is a novella about the realities of losing one’s self to love.

Janice enjoys reading. And is drawn to stories with distinct characters that she can love or hate, characters she can form alliances with or characters that she can swear off and despise. She is also weak for a good cultural tale, preferably in the form of historical fiction. Janice loves to be taken off guard by clever language and settings.

Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.

 

You can connect with Janice on

Website: www.culturalcocktails.com

Talk show: www.blogtalkradio.com/culturalcocktails

Blog http://jgrwriter.wordpress.com &

http://myculturalcocktails.wordpress.com

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/JGRWriter

FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/Cultural.Cocktails

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https://www.facebook.com/jgrwriter?ref=hl

 

Google+https://plus.google.com/104579627944902429382/posts/p/pub?partnerid=gplp0

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/pub/janice-ross/58/691/894/

 

 

Friday Fake

Ha ha! I bet you thought I wasn’t going to get anything posted today.

I know who your favorite real life author is…*taking a bow* *winks*

But, who is your favorite fictional author?

For me, it’s Richard Castle, from Castle on ABC, played by Nathan Fillion.

He is also part of my favorite duo, with his stunning cohort Beckett, played by Stana Katic.

 

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What is Castle hiding under his jacket? Why, it’s a copy of my book! You don’t have to hide that you like it Castle. You read mine, I’ll read yours. Deal?

 

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Looks like Beckett is in for some serious sexy reading time. I wouldn’t be surprised if Castle tries to interrupt her.

Kick him out of the bedroom until you finish the book Beckett! You’ll be glad you did.

 

Happy Friday! 

Blog Hop!

A few weeks ago I was asked to participate in a blog hop by the lovely and talented A.M. Buxton. A blog hop bounces from author to author and grills us on a few questions. So, lets get down to business, shall we…

 

What are you working on right now?

I have several projects going at the moment. I’m working on the final book for my City of the Gods trilogy. I’m about a third of the way through it. I also have a short romance I’m writing. Once it is finished I plan to self publish it. It will be my first encounter with self publishing. I’m really excited about it. And last, but certainly not least, I’m working a children’s book about my childhood cat. I’m working with a very talented illustrator on it, so I’ll let you know when to keep your eyes peeled for its release.

 

How do these projects differ from the other works in their genres?

City of the Gods is a trilogy. It follows a group of people as they try to bring down an evil priest. They have powers and immortality, but they also have a direct line to their Gods. They also live fairly normal lives. There aren’t any vampires or werewolves (not hating on them, because I love those kinds of books).

I started writing the short romance for a friend of mine. She came up with the character names, I came up with the story line. She is anxiously waiting for me to finish the story.

I’ve been wanting to write a children’s book for a while, but never knew what to write about. Then my dad turns to me one day and says he is surprised that I haven’t written a book about my childhood cat Scooter. I was like, ‘You are absolutely right Dad. I should write about Scooter.’ I loved that cat to pieces. Unfortunately Scooter is no longer with us, but will live on the kids books I write about him.

 

Why do you write what you do?

Because I’m pretty sure I would suck at writing anything else, especially anything historical. One day I may branch out of my comfort zone and try something different, but for now I like writing urban fantasy, romance, and kids books. 

 

What’s the hardest part about writing?

For me, it’s finding the time to write when I have the inspiration to write. Most of the time inspiration hits me in the middle of the night. That was fine when I was younger, didn’t have to be at work in the morning, and didn’t have kids to get up and out the door. Now I make myself write in the afternoons if I don’t have something else to attend to, or after the kids go to bed. One day I’ll be able to go back to writing until the wee hours of the morning, but for now I’m content to spend time with my family and write when I find the time.

And there you have it. My little stop on this blog hop has come to an end. Unfortunately, my part ends here. I couldn’t find another blogger to volunteer for the hop, but you can go back and check out some of the other authors that were involved. Here are just a few:

A.M. Buxton

Tierney James http://www.ptierneyjames.blogspot.com/

Susan Keene http://www.musingsbysusankeene.blogspot.com/  (I just reviewed Susan’s children’s book too.)

Thanks for stopping by and checking in. While you’re here take a look back at the previous posts. You might be glad you did.