Reviews - October 2018

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.

 

Virginia Lo Monaco:

Virginia Lo Monaco

Virginia Lo Monaco lived in Sicily, Italy for 16 years and recently returned to California. She was trained as an operatic soprano, and has worked for numerous Opera Companies in America and was director of the Schola Cantorum for the Church of Sant'Anna in the town where she lived with her two dogs (including Tim, the overgrown Fox Terrier that co-stars in the Terry Strong, P.I., series) and three canaries. In order to pay for the years of vocal study, she worked for five years as a Fingerprint Technician for a sheriff's department and five years as a Group Counselor for juvenile offenders.

She started writing fiction in November, 1998. She started her first Terry Strong, P.I., novel, "Lethal Relations," in January, 2013.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America, the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Sisters In Crime-Los Angeles Chapter.

The first Luigi Mancuso story, "Oil in a Day's Work," was published in the Oct/Nov/Dec 2002 issue of Futures MYSTERY Anthology Magazine. 

The second Luigi Mancuso story, "Hearts and Diamonds," was published in the April/May/June 2004 issue of Futures MYSTERY Anthology Magazine.

Among other short stories originally published in Futures MYSTERY Anthology Magazine were: "A Man of Honor," Feb/Mar 2001 and, "Saturday Night Reruns," April/May 2001.

She is a former editor of FMAM.

In July, 2001, "A Man of Honor" (translated into Italian), won SECOND PLACE in the Akery National Literary Competition in Acerra, Italy (V Edizione Concorso Letterario Nazionale di Narrativa "Akery"). In November, 2001, it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her Science Fiction short story, "Intermezzo a Cappella," won an HONORABLE MENTION in the Writer's Digest 2001 Writing Competition. It ranked 22 in a field of more than 1,600 genre short stories.


 

 

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New review this month from:

Aaron Lazar

 


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  • Sharing Sea Glass
    Author: Susan Jean Ricci
    Price: eBook, $0.99
    ASIN: B07FMWWK7M
    Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Sharing-Glass-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B07FMWWK7M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538057091&sr=8-1&keywords=sharing+sea+glass
    Number pages: 61

  • Sharing Sea Glass is a delightful contemporary romance set on a sunny boardwalk locale by the Atlantic. Full of tender moments and sensual scenes, the story features Jo Harrison, a beach-loving woman who works in a sweet shop on the boardwalk, and newly immigrated Londoner, Peter Mattson.

    In the first scene—a terrifying experience at best—Peter comes to Jo’s aid when she’s swept out by the rip tide while searching for sea glass in the sand, an activity she and her mother have enjoyed doing for years. With Ricci’s incredibly realistic descriptions, readers will feel the ocean engulfing them, suffer the fear and panic of near-death, and experience great relief when strong arms reach down to save her from the surf.

    I particularly enjoyed Ricci’s descriptions of her characters, for example:

    “Jo looked up into his eyes for the first time. Chocolate brown and kind, the brows above were a few shades darker than his hair. The guy’s lips were obscenely sensual, soft looking for a man. Although his hair was still damp, it framed his face in a fetching way, curling up at the ends. He was tall, too, but not the clumsy, reedy kind –all six foot of his body shouted muscle.”

    I also found the character Peter to be wonderfully empathetic and sensitive to Jo’s needs. After rescuing her from the sea, he almost seems to immediately think of her as his responsibility, and with that new-found dedication he defends her the same morning against a trio of jerky men who are ogling her after her incident. Peter’s simple action of giving her a towel to wrap up in when her suit is ripped during the near-drowning shows his deeply caring personality.

    Multiple examples of Peter’s deeper character make the very quick physical romance more than tolerable. It’s not just one of those “they met on the beach and had sex” kind of stories.

    I did find myself yelling at Jo when she jumped to some erroneous conclusions that almost destroyed her potential for a happy future, but that’s also the sign of a good book—when the reader gets reeled in and involved in the story to the extent that they care!

    There are a few “I didn’t see that coming” type twists at the end as well, but I won’t include any spoilers in this review.

    Enjoy this fun read while sitting on a beach or curled up by the fire, wishing you were on the beach. You will be transported to warm sand and sticky sweet ice cream instantly. The memorable characters will linger in your mind for a long time.

    I’ll be looking for more books by this enjoyable author.

    By award-winning author Aaron Paul Lazar www.lazarbooks.com.