Terminal Life by Richard Torregrossa

Terminal Life

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.


Book Description:

Luke Stark, a Special Forces veteran, returns home from his second tour in Afghanistan to learn that his wife has been mysteriously murdered and his son has disappeared. These tragedies, in addition to suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, push him over the edge. He has also been diagnosed with an incipient form of cancer, but he forgoes treatment, a decision that is akin to a slow suicide.

Although he languishes in a shelter, he wears an impeccable suit, an eccentric characteristic that sets him apart from his fellow down-and-outers and just about everybody else. He is nicknamed, somewhat ironically, The Suited Hero.

Revenge and the search for his son spark a kind of rebirth in him that is as cathartic as it is brutal. This leads him into the dangerous world of illegal prescription drug distribution, where nobody in this gripping mystery crime thriller— not even some family members—is who they appear to be.


Luke’s wife, as stated in the description, was brutally and mysteriously murdered while he was in Afghanistan and his son is missing. He will stop at nothing to catch his wife’s murderer and sons kidnapper. Luke is a bit of a mystery. He believes that clothes, and the way you wear them, give people an image and that they can help you transition from one part of life to another.

We first encounter Luke when he is on the way to a job interview. The lady who is interviewing him doesn’t seem interested in him being there for the interview and is rude by taking a PERSONAL call in the middle of the interview.


This book was an absolutely AMAZING read. There’s a lot going on and I couldn’t decide what to put in here and what not to include. I don’t want to give too much away. All I can say is, THIS BOOK IS WORTH GETTING! There is no other way to put it. This book is one that will be staying on my bookshelf and one that will be read often!


$6.29 on Kindle

280 pages


Spy Games

I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion.


We first meet Angela as she is unloading her laundry baskets to go into a laundromat to do her and her sons laundry. She hated going there but had no choice in the matter. She only went when she absolutely had too. (I’m like her in this way as I wait until almost the last of my clothes are dirty before I do them. I HATE laundry.)

Steve is first seen at the laundromat sitting in the spot where Angela normally does, in between two washers. The seats in front are normally taken by a mother and her children while the seats in the back vary on who is there. Steve goes to vacate the chair for Angela but she declines. His load of very few things finishes up in the dryer. They have some smalltalk where Angela lies and says she is at the laundromat every Saturday.

When she shows up on Saturday, guess who is there and waiting? Yep, you guessed it. Steve. Angela notices that he’s washing the exact same things as the previous visit and comments on it. He admits to not having enough dirty clothes to do and that he grabbed the clothes he hadn’t put away yet. They start talking and he eventually asks where she works. He already knows the answer but wants to see how honest or how dishonest she will be. She isn’t TOTALLY dishonest when she tells him in a government building.

He pushes to know where exactly and she doesn’t feel comfortable giving him that information.


There’s a lot of action and adventure in this book. It’s fast paced and a great read. The ONLY negative thing I have to say for the pdf version I received is that it doesn’t seem to be edited properly. This is one of my pet peeves and I almost quit reading a few pages into it but I am GLAD that I pushed myself to ignore the formatting and editing and to read it. Once I got past that issue, I had no other issues with this awesome read.


$2.99 on Kindle

175 pages

Within These Walls (Box Set) by Tracey Ward

Within These Walls

This box set includes both books from the Quarantined series and then the three books from the sister series, Survival.

I previously had the first book in the Quarantined series, Until the End. I read it and fell in love with this series. Alissa and Jordan are at ground zero when the Fever hits. Ground Zero is Portland. Alissa has some major mental health issues but it’s explained in the book and I would have been more concerned has she not had any. Lol Alissa and Jordan go through a lot before meeting up with her uncle in a different part of the state.

The second book, In The End, finds Alissa, Jordan and Sid all trying to survive together. Sid and Jordan really don’t like each other and Alissa tries to play the peacekeeper through most of the book. They end up at a camp after Jordan is bit. He is the first person to EVER survive a Risen bite. Only because he cuts his hand off which tells the doctors quite a bit of information.

This ends the Quarantined series and then it moves on to the sister series Survival.

This series takes place nine years after the Quarantined series and follows Jocelyn or Joss as she likes to be called. A zombie killed her mother and father when she was eight years old on Christmas day. She hid behind the tree until it wandered on and then bolted. She drifted from place to place but each time the people she was with died. So she decided to go out on her own. She’s been on her own for six years and is not a people person at all. The only person she gets on with is Crenshaw, a semi-crazy man who lives in the woods. Things get a LOT worse for the Vashons (the survivors of the original outbreak), the colonies (people who follow a crazy man who survived the original outbreak), the gangs and the cannibals before they get any better.


This was an AMAZING and AWESOME series to read. I read it every chance I got since I purchased the box set back on the 17th. There are some sad moments in the books but that’s to be expected. I almost cried a few times. This box set was $3.99 and is well worth it to buy the box set versus each book individually.


1357 pages

$3.99 on Amazon Kindle

$3.99 I purchased for

Lie Zombie Lie (I Zombie #4) by Jack Wallen

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This is the fourth installment to the I Zombie series by author Jack Wallen. I have previously reviewed the first three books in the series on my blog.


Bethany and Jacob are still alive. They are still in the house they were in when ambushed by the hoard of zombies at the end of the last book. Bethany knows they can’t stay there so they begin a journey to find somewhere safe and some other survivors. The ZDC is still quite active and is working on more plans than ever before.

Bethany finds a car with gas in it and she takes it. While leaving the city, she saves a girl from a screamer. The girl, Echo, joins Bethany and they become a team of sorts. They soon team up with a guy that they rescue. Echo and Gabe, the man they rescued, end up being close to each other even in the apocalypse.

They journey across America to Washington where Bethany’s hacker friend, Jamal, is there with some people who are ready to help her take down the ZDC. But it soon becomes clear that someone close to Bethany can’t be trusted. Baby Jacob is kidnapped and taken to the ZDC where a scientist contacts Bethany and says that Jacob will only remain alive if she doesn’t go after them. But we all know our Bethany, don’t we? Or do we? What does Bethany do? Who exactly is Jamal? Who stole Baby Jacob? Who lives and who dies in this thrilling and exciting fourth installment of the I Zombie series?


I’ve really liked the I Zombie series so far. And this book is no different. The books get more and more interesting as you read. There is more bloodshed and evolving zombies. The newest breed of zombie in this book scare me. If that was to ever happen, everyone better run like hell!!! A great addition to the zombie world and a great read to anyone’s collection. This is NOT a standalone and needs to be read after the previous three books otherwise it won’t make a whole lot of sense.


466 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

$2.99 I paid

*~* Cover Reveal *~* Midnight Moonrising by Kristie Haigwood

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Mena’s life is complicated. She’s just murdered and buried her husband, the local wolf pack’s alpha – problem number one. Phoenix, the High Vampire, is the one her heart beats for, but not the one her wolf wants – problem number two. Her wolf pines for Alex, the human homicide detective who might just send her down for murder – three. Four, wolves and vampires don’t mix. Five, she has no clue how to be alpha, keep her pack safe while fighting off challengers with every step she takes, or what it would take to tame her wolf, which is the biggest problem of them all. Because the beast might just forfeit Mena’s life when its insatiable thirst for blood is unleashed on the world in just a few short days, with the next full moon.

Which should be doable. Except for the Nexus… and the little extra problem of bonding with a stranger.

The Awakening (Hasea Chronicles #1) by Stuart Meczes

The Awakening

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.


Alexander Eden is a teenager who hasn’t had a great time lately. His father died when he was a baby, his mother remarried and he has a half-brother two years younger than him. His stepfather is always reminding him of his deficiencies of fitting into his family and is always telling him he needs to play sports and be more like Mikey, his brother.

Alex is bullied like no one else at his school. He really hates his life, he’s bullied, he doesn’t have any friends. The one friend he has, thinks he only puts up with him because he feels sorry for him. But everything changes one day when a new girl starts at the school. She asks Alex, whom most avoid like the plague, to show her to her classes and help her out. Alex agrees, thinking something might be wrong with her and asks her why she’s hanging around him when everyone else is avoiding him.

Before long, Alex goes missing for three days. When he gets back home and becomes aware, he thinks it’s the next morning when in fact it’s been three days. Mikey decides to help cover for him once Alex fills him in and they do a few tests. Alex is now some kind of supernatural being. He has super-strength and super speedy. But what else is going on with him after those discoveries?


This book was a fun read. I liked it from the first page all the way to the last. I couldn’t put it down. Alex, Gabriella and others are characters that each and every one can relate to or know someone who has been in a situation somewhat like the ones showcased in the book (minus the superpowers though.) I would definitely recommend this book to readers of fantasy and paranormal books.


386 pages

$2.99 on Kindle

Received free in exchange for honest review

Of Wolves and Dragons (Sold to the Alpha #6) by Cara Wylde

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This is the last book in the Sold to the Alpha series by Cara Wylde.


Avelyn, Max, Karl, Jocelyn and others are summoned to council chambers when one of Sabine’s wolves comes forward and tells her tale. Max and Karl lose their advisory positions but are lucky because they weren’t sentenced to death. The council decides there will be a trial set for two months from then. In the mean time, they all need to relax and get their stories as straight and on point as possible.

Avelyn is really pregnant at this point and it’s uncomfortable for her to sit there through the questioning and through all the trails. She eventually has her child but is it a boy or girl? And is it shifter or human?


I loved this book. I kept the overview of the book short because I really don’t want to give away too much in this book. Let’s just say, that people end up getting what’s coming to them. This book was awesome to read. I was glued to my computer screen while writing it. Cara Wylde’s style of writing is great. Now that this series is over with, I will have to hope for a spinoff series following Karl, cause let’s face it, I love the bad boy. 😀 I will also have to keep my eye out for her other series, Lure Academy, to be updated as well. The first two books are available in the Lure Academy series.


86 pages

$2.99 on Kindle

I paid 99 cents on promo

The Secret to Happiness (Hugo the Happy Starfish #1) by Suzy Liebermann


I received this book free in exchange for an honest review!


The cover of this book drew me in. I knew it would be a book that I would like and one that my daughter would like. I read the story first before reading it to my daughter. The moral of this story is one that I like.

Hugo is a starfish who can’t find happiness that lasts. He talks to his friend Manta and Manta suggests a few things. The happiness from the suggestions of Manta lasts for a period but not long. One suggestion brings him happiness for a month and another for a year. Then Hugo decides on how the happiness can last for him. His idea is a great idea and really is something that all children can learn from.

When I read this book to my daughter, she loved it. She was pointing out the different colors of the starfishes and telling me what different things were in each picture. She really enjoyed looking at the pictures in this book. I don’t think the lesson of this story has sunk in with her but I know the more I read it to her, the more it will.

I would suggest getting this book for yourself and your kids. They will greatly enjoy all the images in the book and are sure to enjoy the story as well!


32 pages

$5.99 on Kindle

$15.95 Hardcover

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Giveaway Alert: $10 Amazon Gift Cards + Book Release

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Book 6 in the “Sold to the Alpha” series by Cara Wylde is live on Amazon. The book was just released today. In honor to celebrate and spread the word, she is having a giveaway for 2 $10 Amazon gift cards.


To enter, please follow this link to Rafflecopter. There are only three spots and the entries are super easy.


Here are the links to the first five reviews of this series. The sixth one will be up in the next day or two.


Trapped in a Gilded Cage (Book 1)

The Other Bride (Book 2)

Night of the She-Wolf (Book 3)

A Cure for the Broken (Book 4)

Call of Revenge (Book 5)


(Please note that the author, Cara Wylde, is responsible for this giveaway. I am just helping her promote it. 🙂 )

Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

I’ve had reviews deleted from Amazon but not for “knowing the author.” This is taking it too far. They should have to tell someone how they came to determine they think someone knows the author. I know a few authors on Amazon but I sure ain’t stating their names now!

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A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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