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21 12, 2014

Review: The Song Between Her Legs by Lance Manion

By | December 21st, 2014|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , |1 Comment

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song between her legs book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

An interesting collection of short stories, The Song Between Her Legs is like the ramblings of a creative genius with ADHD and no filter. It’s truly an ongoing train of thought about the realities of life and experiences. Manion is refreshing, honest, making you snort-giggle here and raise your eyebrows there. He is unapologetic about the human experience and as the sixth published collection, if you’ve enjoyed his past work, you’re sure to love his latest.

I have very mixed feelings about The Song Between Her Legs. I love the bluntness and the fact that the writing gives you the impression that Manion just writes whatever pops into his head. Honestly though, I eventually got a bit exhausted trying to keep up. It just runs on and on and on even though each story is actually

30 01, 2014

Blog Tour: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

By | January 30th, 2014|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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Big Girl PantiesPlease join Stephanie Evanovich, author of Big Girl Panties, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Widow Holly Brennan finds comfort in food…and since her husband’s emotionally draining death, she’s been feeling quite comfortable! So when she meets Logan Montgomery on a flight back from Canada, Holly immediately starts realizing she’s in a completely different league than the handsome and sexy man sitting beside her. At the end of their flight, Logan tells her he would be happy to help her out and get her back into shape. Oh, didn’t I mention that he is a personal trainer to the big sports stars?? Well, he is and he shocked even himself when he offered to help Holly! Holly decides to pull up her Big Girl Panties and get down to business

12 09, 2013

Review: The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule & Sue Dyson

By | September 12th, 2013|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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1906040095.01.SWCH_SCLZZZZZZZ_Reviewed by Claudia Robinson

“Often in the evening, I lift the curtain in our bedroom and watch them falling from the estate’s towers. With the breeze-block on one ankle, they look like shooting stars. When there are a lot of them, on nights when the local sports team gets beaten, you’d think it was sand flowing down from the towers. It’s pretty.” – Mishima, discussing the merits of cement breeze-blocks for suicide.

Mishima and Lucrece Tuvache, along with their three children, Marilyn, Vincent and Alan, own and run, and have done, for generations, a very unique store. It’s clientele come in for their expertise and knowledge, as well as their wide, vast and extensive supply of accouterments designed exclusively for the sole purpose of ending one’s life. During a time of great distress, chaos and abysmal living conditions, The Suicide Shop

20 07, 2013

Review: Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace

By | July 20th, 2013|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Satire|Tags: , |2 Comments

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images (1)Reviewed by Kathie Smith

Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace centers around Jason Priestley’s life at the age of 32. Leaving his job as a teacher to pursue his journalistic dreams seems like a positive leap of faith until he finds himself writing restaurant reviews for a free newspaper, which he doubts anyone ever actually reads, learning of the engagement of his ex-girlfriend (the one he isn’t quite over) and living in an apartment above a video game store.

A chance encounter helping an unknown woman with her bags leads him on a stalker-like chase to find her after he realizes he has inadvertently held onto her disposable camera. After several attempts to spot her at the same location of their brief exchange to return it, his best friend Dev convinces him to develop the photos. And so begins the stalker-like attempt to

6 04, 2013

Review: The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society Jubilee by Carolyn Brown

By | April 6th, 2013|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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The-Blue-Ribbon-Jalapeno-Society-Jubilee-CoverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Cathy and Marty are the owners of Miss Clawdy’s Café, a restaurant set in their mother’s old house. They started the café in honor of their mother and in honor of her award-winning jalapeños that she grew for years in the backyard. However, there is also a club named after their mothers’ jalapeños known as the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society. While they don’t want to be a part of it, Cathy and Marty are in the Society because they are the only ones who know the secret to the award-winning jalapeños and without them, the club wouldn’t matter anymore. Their neighbor, and aunt, Agnes has always wanted to be in the Society, but since she’s never been voted in the next best thing to that is caring for Cathy and Marty.

Cathy is currently engaged to Ethan, who is running for Senate,

9 02, 2013

Review: Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie

By | February 9th, 2013|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |2 Comments

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dolls_behaving_badly_proofReviewed by Krystal Larson

Carla Richards is no one but herself. Her character is out-going, personable, loud, and brash. For extra income, she creates erotic dolls, an activity that will be a source of amusement to the reader, guaranteed. Her life is hard enough with just her own problems to consider, but try adding in a pregnant sister, a random teenager, and a bright son. She signed up to take care of one person, not three and the father of her son doesn’t even pay child support. Carla is always living on the edge, teetering on the precipice just before she completely loses control. However, she doesn’t even seem to panic much and her humorous personality keeps her sane among all her problems. What’s a woman to do when she’s pushed to the limit?

Carla Richards is one of the most “real” characters

23 01, 2013

Review: Back on the Market by L.A. Frazier

By | January 23rd, 2013|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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BackOnTheMarketCoverRGBReviewed by Krystal Larson

Vicky does not expect a dead body when she hosts an open house. When Vicky finds her boss decidedly dead, she doesn’t know what happened or what to do. To make matters worse, he is completely naked. Vicky thinks that she can hand the case off to Detective Nick Carson, but it isn’t that easy. The murderer believes that Vicky retains a piece of evidence that could put him/her behind bars. It soon becomes apparent that Vicky is not safe and that the handsome Detective must help her out of her muddle. With more than a little romance, a bunch of hilarious scenes and a lot of sleuthing time, Vicky tries to solve the murder.

Vicky is a terrific main character. The reader will likely find her hilarious and laugh at her attempts to make sense of the sudden

4 01, 2013

Review: Men Don’t Pee Straight by Rick Dean

By | January 4th, 2013|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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Men-Dont-Pee-Straight-cover-imageReviewed by Amanda Schafer

When I started out with Men Don’t Pee Straight, I was hoping it would be a comical, yet understandable, approach to explaining how and why men think the way they do. However, as I read through the book, I found it to be one massive excuse after another for men to feel validated in being lazy and for women to come to the realization that there is nothing we can do to change them. Each page covers one aspect of the way men think and a check-list that women can use to mark down the dates when their man has acted in a particular manner. Men are babies, men have fragile egos, men don’t do dishes, men don’t change diapers, and men don’t pee straight are only a few of the pages included in this book. There are

27 12, 2012

Review: Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell

By | December 27th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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Caldwell-Vanity-Fare250x375Reviewed by A.D. Cole

Molly Hagan is forty, in the middle of a divorce, and in desperate need of a job. She’s also mother to a six-year-old boy, has a degree in English literature, and has a self-deprecating sense of humor. All of which qualify her as a very ordinary human being and a very boring heroine. We all want to relate to the hero/heroine, true. But we don’t want to read the literal story of our own lives. At least I don’t.

In chapter two, the plot finally begins. A friend offers Molly a marketing job based on nothing but his unfounded faith in her and her apparently singular ability to make puns. This is the hook of the novel and what caught my eye. The job is for a new bakery owned by an up-and-coming star chef. The baked goods to

7 11, 2012

Review: Nerd Haiku by Robb Pearlman

By | November 7th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Poetry|Tags: , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Nerd Haiku is a collection of nerdiness that will amuse anyone who relates to the stereotypes and truths of the nerd culture. These fun and clever little poems hit upon the core elements of the nerd universe. (Although, there’s such a wide range of nerd, that I got most of them, but had to ask a few nerd friends about the other ones before I could snicker at the joke within the poem.) The haikus cover everything from science fiction and fantasy, to movies/TV, to role-playing games and cosplay. There’s a little bit of everything and any true nerd will enjoy and get a good giggle from this clever little book.

I rather enjoyed this book and assume I would also enjoy anything else by Robb Pearlman. I can really relate to his flavor of nerd and it