Saturday, 7 June 2014

Jolie Pethtel's new Romantic Cosy out today.

Congratulations to author Jolie Pethtel on the release, today, of her fascinating novel Poison Pens, Book 2 in her Jezebel Jinx mysteries, from MuseItUp Publishing.

Cover designer: Celairen
Because Jolie is unable to  relish this wonderful occasion today, I want to share this exciting time with the reading public on her behalf.

Set in the 1920s prohibition era,  Poison Pens has everything to keep the reader enthralled. The strong female character in Jezebel Jinx, aka Mrs Finn Mackenzie,  the feisty but agoraphobic mystery writer, takes us through twists and turns with murder, mystery, humour, romance and revenge. This is a fabulous cosy and much more.

We know from the blurb that suspense will be high:

‘Truth or die” is the name of the game, when a killer hijacks a murder mystery weekend for writers... One by one, [Jezebel's] fellow writers are being poisoned, and the only way to get the antidote in time is to discover the secrets that link them all together as victims, as well as potential murderers.

The post card which opens the novel, immediately sets the mood:

You are cordially invited to an exclusive gathering of the Poison Pens Society for a weekend of murder and mayhem, to commence on Friday, November 13th,  at the thirteenth hour. Suspects may bring an alibi.

Judging by the reviews of Ms Pethtel's earlier novel, Painted Jezebel -

...there is surely nothing that can pry it from a readers hands once they get started. A whirl wind from start to finish...

 Painted Jezebel is a hilarious adventure with more twists and turns than the most elaborate spiral staircase you'll ever find anywhere.

...some scenes will make you laugh like a loon - 

So, Poison Pens promises to be a very entertaining read.

Available from MuseItUp Publishing and Discounted for a short time for a crazy $2.99.

and at Amazon Kindle and the other online book stores.

So raise your glasses and wish Jolie much success with her new novel and may she write many more.

Cheers, Jolie!!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Book Review, A Horse Called Trouble

A Horse Called Trouble
by C.K. Volnek 
                        My rating: 5  stars

Perfect read for teens

This is a lovely uplifting book about a troubled girl and a troublesome horse who find love and trust in each other. The ranch setting is appealing and provides a great contrast for the dark, internal and external conflicts which drive the story.

In A Horse Called Trouble, Ms Volnek explores the sensitive issues in childhood and adolescence of ‘the haves’ and ‘have nots’, of friendships and jealousies, of rejection and bullying, and shows us a strong central character who fights on, and grows, in spite of the odds. We are drawn into the story from the start, and held there, feeling we are participants in 13-year-old Tara’s life. How we love Tara and Trouble.

Beautifully written, evoking a gamut of emotions, A Horse Called Trouble is a lesson for bullies and encouragement for those who are treated unfairly. But more than this, the book is a gripping adventure to be loved and passed on from generation to generation. A Horse Called Trouble is up there with the classics. I loved it.