Reviews - August 2019

What They Say

“Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.”
—Hunter S. Thompson


Reviewers

Review Coordinator
Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., MHt:

Cynthia Lee Clark

Former Miss Chicago (Miss USA), Cynthia Lea Clark continued school, graduating from Northwestern University (multiple degreed), attended nursing school, and became a Firefighter Paramedic. After working as an actress in Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked on many television shows, such as DAYS OF OUR LIVES and STAT, while continuing her education with a Masters in Psychology and then a Doctorate of Psychology. While working on STAT, she was stalked which led her to work in Forensic Psychopathology. She has over 70 interviews with serial killers, mass murderers, etc. Today she mixes Forensics with writing and acting.  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the American College of Forensic Examiners International.

 

Aaron Paul Lazar:

Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


 

 

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Aaron Paul Lazar

 


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Wow. I usually only read mysteries---but this series has got me thoroughly hooked. Not only is Sonya Bateman's writing absolute perfection, but it is so smooth flowing, easy to digest, and natural sounding that one can't help but feel they are really "in" the story. The unique and fascinating worlds she creates draw me in every, single time. I love the colorful descriptions and especially the humor! Like I said, I'm hooked.

I not only love the crazy and wild action/suspense/secrets revealed, but I'm nuts about the characters. They stay with you, as they always should in a good book. Gideon, Taeral, Abe, Chester, Sophie, Calla, and all the rest are like good friends you can't bear to part with when you reach the end. Which means Ms. Bateman darned well better NEVER stop writing this series!!! And I have to say--without giving away the secret--that I'm really mad at her for something that happened in this story. Still, it's hands down a five plus star read!!!!! Can't wait for the next in the series. ;o)

Wow. I usually only read mysteries---but this series has got me thoroughly hooked. Not only is Sonya Bateman's writing absolute perfection, but it is so smooth flowing, easy to digest, and natural sounding that one can't help but feel they are really "in" the story. The unique and fascinating worlds she creates draw me in every, single time. I love the colorful descriptions and especially the humor! Like I said, I'm hooked.

I not only love the crazy and wild action/suspense/secrets revealed, but I'm nuts about the characters. They stay with you, as they always should in a good book. Gideon, Taeral, Abe, Chester, Sophie, Calla, and all the rest are like good friends you can't bear to part with when you reach the end. Which means Ms. Bateman darned well better NEVER stop writing this series!!! And I have to say--without giving away the secret--that I'm really mad at her for something that happened in this story. Still, it's hands down a five plus star read!!!!! Can't wait for the next in the series. ;o)

Wow. I usually only read mysteries---but this series has got me thoroughly hooked. Not only is Sonya Bateman's writing absolute perfection, but it is so smooth flowing, easy to digest, and natural sounding that one can't help but feel they are really "in" the story. The unique and fascinating worlds she creates draw me in every, single time. I love the colorful descriptions and especially the humor! Like I said, I'm hooked.

I not only love the crazy and wild action/suspense/secrets revealed, but I'm nuts about the characters. They stay with you, as they always should in a good book. Gideon, Taeral, Abe, Chester, Sophie, Calla, and all the rest are like good friends you can't bear to part with when you reach the end. Which means Ms. Bateman darned well better NEVER stop writing this series!!! And I have to say--without giving away the secret--that I'm really mad at her for something that happened in this story. Still, it's hands down a five plus star read!!!!! Can't wait for the next in the series. ;o)

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com

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A Kiss Beneath the Strawberry Moon is a sweet story about first love set against a delightful backdrop of musical performances. I loved this background because my daughter, like the main character, Marielle, also is a sublime singer. All of the descriptions of practices, performances, etc. was very realistic and brought me back to that time in our life. ;o)

A quick read, this book not only tenderly treats young love with insight and understanding, but it gives hope about the morality of some young men, in particular. Marielle’s love, Drew, is an upstanding young man who has suffered greatly through the loss of his mother and the horrible appearance of his new step-mother. He escapes that trauma by living in a cottage on a lake (I want to live there!) and yet when he meets Marielle, he is kind and understanding and always does what is right for her. I loved that and secretly wished my daughters could find a man like Drew.  

I don’t want to spoil the story, so I’ll just allude to the fact that this story is linked in location and a subtheme to the Wounded Warriors series. Marielle and Drew’s love is tested by terrible circumstances, but thankfully Ms. Ferguson doesn’t disappoint, and gives us all the happily ever after ending we crave.

This book is appropriate for young adults and teens and has no graphic sex or violence. Another plus! Great job, Tamara Ferguson.

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com