Archive for the ‘Self-Publishing’ Category


Hollywood Crazy – “I Mean Crazy”

October 18, 2014

 Hollywood Crazy

Hollywood Crazy by M.Z. Kelly

File Size: 3340 KB

Print Length: 315 pages

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

When you are from the Midwest you are used to being fooled. Titles are hip, crazy, fun, but the content of most books is comfortable formulae. Not so with this one. It is a mystery, but it is Hollywood crazy and there are off-the-wall characters, surprising twists, nude peace demonstrations, grandma Madonas—that are just not…Midwest. Read the rest of this entry ?


Out of the Past – “More Noir”

October 4, 2014

Out of the Past: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series) 

[Kindle Edition]

by Renee Pawlish

Buy it directly from Amazon. Click: Out of the Past: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series – Crime Suspense Thriller Book 5)

Out of the Past

Out of the Past is the name of a film noir movie with Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas that it is considered practically a textbook example of the genre. It is also the name of this e-book and appropriate for many reasons. First, the narrator is a big fan of film noir. Second, he takes a job as bodyguard because he is blackmailed about something in his past. Third, both the father of the daughter and the young woman herself have things from their pasts they are hiding. Read the rest of this entry ?


Meditation for Non-Meditators – “Hit the Pause Button”

June 27, 2014


Meditation for Non-Meditators

by Janet Nima Taylor

Paperback: 162 [ages

Publisher: Create Space (2013)

Click here to order directly from Amazon: Meditation for Non-Meditators: Learn to Meditate in Five Minutes

Some books change your life. This one did mine. Though I have read other works on meditation which I wanted to believe in, what I like about Janet Taylor’s is that it’s a no nonsense approach. I learned you can’t do it wrong. So sitting in my La-Z-Boy outside on the terrace, looking at the trees and how the sun comes through their blowing leaves, notebook in hand, I meditate for 3, 4,or 5 minutes. And it works, or at least is a start. Read the rest of this entry ?


Death by Devotion – “More than a mystery.”

June 18, 2014


Death by Devotion

by Jaden Skye

Print Length: 201 pages

Publisher: Amazon

Price: $6.99 Kindle, Click: Death by Devotion (Book #9 in the Caribbean Murder series)

This is the 9th book of the Caribbean murder series, but the first I’ve read.

It is good. Good, because there are many levels to the story and meanings to “devotion.” Good, because the answers to all of these only come after we have worked through the story. Good, because I couldn’t put this down and when it was over, it made me want to read more. Good, because there are more (in earlier or later books of the series).

I felt a touch of the Caribbean, but not too much to be distracting. And the peril of her former detective partner’s daughter in jail for murdering her abusive step-father seems genuine. The partner and his relationship to the female detective is complicated and comes to a head at the finish. I don’t think I’ve ever read a mystery with such real life dramatics. And it works. I’ll never be satisfied with less again.

5 out of 5_edited-1






A View to Die For – “Or Feel Queasy About”

June 1, 2014


A View to Die For

by Richard Houston

Print Length: 253 pages

Publisher: Kindle plus Print on Demand

Price: $2.99 Kindle, $11.66 Paperback, Click: A View to Die For

There are some things I really admired. Writing was good. Portraits of Mother, teen-agers, brother/sister relationship were excellent. Setting and Fred, the dog, were OK, but there were too many minor characters. Toward the end, one of them who was suspected of being the major element behind the crimes, turns out to be the major element behind the crimes. But by that time, who cares. Read the rest of this entry ?


A Reason to Live – “Mixing Mystery and Reality”

May 24, 2014
Mathew Iden

Mathew Iden

A Reason to Live

by Mathew Iden

Paperback:  362 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 30, 2012)

$13.49 on Amazon, Click: A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

As someone who has gone through cancer treatment, I have mixed feelings about that element of this story (retired Washington DC detective, Marty Singer, is going through chemo therapy). Not that it isn’t realistic enough, as are the challenges of retirement, but aren’t we all in denial about these things, even those who experience them? So why would we read a book that shoves these issues in our face? Read the rest of this entry ?


Authorpreneur – “A writer’s must read”

April 22, 2014
Jack Lehman, book reviewer

Jack Lehman, book reviewer


by Geraldine Solon

Paperback: 82 pages

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

$11.23 on Amazon, Kindle is less, (Click: Authorpreneur in Pajamas: Building Your Author’s Platform Without Leaving Your Home)

This book is so now.  We all suffer, especially writers who tend to be anti-social, under the delusion “build it and they will come.” But as Geraldine Solon points out, we need to know the “who” and “what they will get” before we write it. And that, that is the hard work. Fortunately no one has the answers.

Fortunately because we have to find them for ourselves. And this book is just the encouragement we need to do that. With the demise of big publishers, agents, even bookstore chains—no one knows the answers. Except now it is an even playing field and with Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads etc. we have the means to market what we publish on demand or on Kindle. Read the rest of this entry ?