Thursday, July 23, 2009

Book Review: The Sex Club by L.J. Sellers

Paperback: 347 pages
Publisher: Spellbinder Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2007) Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979518202
ISBN-13: 978-097951820

Next to fantasy/science fiction, I love a mystery. My usual choices in mystery are the women crime solvers, from Agatha Christie to Nora Roberts.

So, I might not have chosen this book off the bookstore or library shelf. Luckily for me, I met L.J. at a local book and art event and I got my copy straight from the author. She says, "People say they can't put it down." Well, I put it down, but only when I was too sleepy to track the words on the page. She's telling the truth when she calls it a page-turner.

Detective Jackson is a workaholic policeman on the homicide squad of a smallish town (Eugene, Oregon). But we don't start with him. We first meet Kera Kilmorgan, a counselor at the local Planned Parenthood. When a girl who visited PP is murdered, the two come together to find out what happened.

Kera is also threatened by "God's Messenger," a religious fanatic setting bombs in the local PP--Kera's place of work.

Sellers skips back and forth between Jackson and Kera, with stops along the way with some of the teen girls and their parents, some of whom are involved in both crimes.

Can't say anymore because a mystery's ending is sacred to those who trouble to read it.

In my estimation, anybody who enjoys a detective mystery is bound to enjoy this book. If you live in Oregon, especially Eugene (which I do), then the settings have their own fascination. I know exactly which streets L.J. describes. I know which places are real and which are imagination, but it's always a ton of fun figuring out the secondary mystery--where the heck is that!?

I look forward to the next Detective Jackson book due for release in September titled "Secrets to Die For."

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Over Mount Fuji by Joel Huan

Over Mount Fuji
by Joel Huan

Available through Amazon and Barnes and Nobel

Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: YouWriteOn (June 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1849238251
ISBN-13: 978-1849238250

I had the pleasure of critiquing Over Mount Fuji while Joel was fine-tuning this book.

The book is sort of science fiction, but extrapolates a very unique reason for the well-researched phenomena of deep ocean earthquakes, ship disappearances, volcanic eruptions, and other disasters. Now, I'm not going to give that reason away here. You'll just have to read the book to find out.

Over Mount Fuji follows the American reporter Eileen O'Neill and Doctor Wulfstein, an expert on deep sea phenomena join to find the reason for the increasing number of disasters seen throughout the Pacific Ocean. Wulfstein posits a strange hypothesis that makes him the laughingstock of the scientific community, but he has proof. Proof that the others refuse to see.

A tense adventure with wonderful descriptions of everything from unnatural storms to earthquakes, Joel presents a unique theory, which will have you convinced by the end of the book.

I recommend the book particularly for those who love a great disaster novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning pages.

Join Joel on Facebook to find out more about this interesting guy of Chinese heritage, living in Australia, and writing about a mountain in Japan. You can't get more international than that.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Wondrous Web Worlds 8

Wondrous Web Worlds Vol. 8 edited by J Alan Erwine {Sam's Dot Publishing}.
Tyree Campbell: The Quinx Solution
Marva Dasef: Final Exam
Mike Robinson: The Cyclops Conference
David Lee Summers: Through Fires and Snares
William Golynn: Poisoned Mouse
Sam Cash: Alienation
Sherry Peters: The Greatest Honor
L. Mad Hildebrandt: Emily's Arms
David Boop: The Devil You Haven't Met
Edward Cox: Siren of Rain
John Bushore: Portrait of a Weeping Soldier
Matthew Keville: Here Be Dragons
Tracie McBride: The Blue Screen of Death
Mark Allan Gunnells: Last Night
K. P. B. Stevens: The Needle of Despair
Theodora Fair: Mayday 45659
Troy Umphlette: Freedom
Kristine Ong Muslim: The Most Secret Rooms
Susan Sailors: Wild Irish Rose
Robert E. Porter: Morituri
Jim Hart: The Tie That Binds
David C. Kopaska-Merkel: Strangers Bloom
Karen R. Porter: The Jersey Devil's Blues
Holly Day: Bad
Cathy Buburuz: Lahnee Chee's Orange Orchard on Mars
Marcie Lynn Tentchoff: Seasonal Color
Richard H. Fay: Explorers
C. A. Gardner: Holding Faerie
Theodora Fair: Sagan's Seed
Cathy Buburuz: A Matter of Respect in the Louisiana Bayou
Marge Simon: Patriots' Day
Bruce Boston: A Man Made of Dreams
U.S. ORDERS: $12.00 + $4.00 S&H OUR PRICE: $11.50 + $4.00 S&H

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Art and the Vineyard - Signing Event

I will be selling and signing books at Art and the Vineyard at Alton Baker Park in Eugene, Oregon on July 5th, 11:30 to 5:30.

The annual fundraiser for Maude Kerns Art Center is humongous, featuring a ton of fine artists, authors, live music, food venues, and wine tasting.

Art and the Vineyard

The featured authors (besides myself) include a number of well-known regional and national authors.

To read the complete list of authors:

Living: Lifestyles "Have a chat with local authors" The Register-Guard Eugene, Oregon