Review: “Bloodline Curse” by Arthur Crandon

BLOODLINE CURSE: Don't be alone in the fitting - room... urban legend in asia comes to life... by [Crandon, Arthur]


  is a very original story about a curse and its consequences for future generations. Having read previous work by Arthur Crandon I didn’t need to think twice whether to download the Amazon recommendation.
Set in the Philippines during and after the Spanish colonial occupation the book combines historical value with mythology and a bit of horror.

Based on a very persistent actual myth around a shopping mall in Manila the story starts with the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in Manila and their suppression of the local/ native inhabitants. A revenge action and murder lead to a curse and the birth of the Snake Twin.
Crandon has given the myth a wonderful literary life by connecting the origin of the monster with the tales of the after effects which allegedly are still present at said shopping mall.

All background, susperstition and cult status of the myth aside, the story itself is told with gripping suspense and a great injection of human drama into the horror. The characters chosen for the stories – in the past and in the present – are more than mere placeholders, they are quickly established as focal points and bring a strong personal component to the frightening plot.

The concept of the snake twin is an original and fascinating idea and a grateful subject for a horror story. Knowing that the legend lives on in people’s mind should draw extra attention to this well written novel but fans of Stephen King and other great horror writers might want to take notice of this accomplished story.

Highly recommended.
Short but highly compulsive this is an afternoon’s entertainment, gripping and very enjoyable.

Arthur Crandon


Review: “Overdose” by Uvi Poznansky

I recently linked one of my books to a group of 17 authors in a medical thriller box set and am still reading my way through the collection. I must admit I was most curious about Uvi Poznansky’s contribution to the set, since I’m a long standing fan of her sharp and gripping writing. So I grabbed Overdose from her twitter feed and downloaded it.


Months after recovering from coma, Ash discovers that the man who performed her brain surgery has a questionable medical experience and a dark past, starting with his medical mission in India, 10 years ago, and ending just recently, with his wife’s suicide. Should Ash expose him at the risk of becoming vulnerable to his revenge?

In an attempt to learn more, Ash goes on a date with him. When the waitress drops a pink cellphone into her hand, she is hit by a bullet. On the cellphone are his wife’s last words: “Perhaps, you have the urge to shut me off or, at least, to ignore what I’m about to say. But listen you must, because even if you don’t believe it, you’re already much too close to danger…. Neil is my undoing. Make sure he isn’t yours.”

My review:
I read “Overdose” by Uvi Poznansky within one day, it was that gripping and addictive.
Not having read the previous books in the Ash suspense series made no difference. The mystery about Dr Patel, his questionable professional and personal background, and just what kind of game is being played between him and Ash was an immediate hook.
Ash is a very honest and real character with a strong and often cynical voice – for me yet another perfect narrator. It is these raw feelings that make the characters and their observation so fascinating, the thing I like most about Uvi’s books. Ash’s interaction with her opponent and her boyfriend are excellent; she’s playing with fire, letting us look into her mind while outwardly playing a different game – very well done. The plot drives along fast and furious in a web of deceit and confusion without ever dropping the ball or tension.
A great thriller and a series to watch out for.

Uvi Poznansky

About Uvi Poznansky

Uvi Poznansky is a USA TODAY bestselling, award-winning author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romantic suspense box set, Love Under Fire, made the USA TODAY bestselling list, as did her medical thriller box set, Do No Harm; and her romance box set, A Touch of Passion, was the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.

Education and work:
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, called Home for the Soldier.

Having moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children, Uvi received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, she guided teams in a variety of design projects and earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

She worked first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices.) All the while, she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Books and Genres:
Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance is a suspense series. It includes Coma Confidential, Virtually Lace, and Overdose.

Still Life with Memories is a family saga series with touches of romance. The series includes My Own Voice, The White Piano, The Music of Us, Dancing with Air, and Marriage before Death.

Still Life with Memories Bundle series includes volume I, Apart from Love (My Own Voice+The White Piano); and volume II: Apart from War (The Music of Us+Dancing with Air+Marriage before Death.)

The David Chronicles is a historical fiction series with a modern twist. It includes three novels–Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt–and six art through the ages collections, describing each moment of the story.

Her poetry book, Home, is in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. In addition, Uvi wrote and illustrated two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (find them on YouTube and on her Goodreads page.)

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Love on Track (Rivals in Love Book Three) P.C. Zick

New book out by one of my favourite writers – whether it’s her romances like this series or more journalistic fare or literary fiction, that woman can write.

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Delighted to welcome bestselling author P.C. Zickto the Cafe and Bookstore and her featured book today was released on September 17th – Love on Track (Rivals in Love Book Three)

About the Series

Love on Track is the third novel in the Rivals in Love sweet contemporary romance series. Rivals in Love showcases the Crandall family siblings who are all in successful careers. But they forgot one thing while becoming rising stars. They forgot all about love. Their father a U.S. Senator aspires for high office, but their mother, the heir to a fortune, only wants her children married and with children.

Book one in the Rivals in Love Series is on offer at 99c/99p until September 23rd.

About the book

Childhood history between a race car driver and an event coordinator collide at the Indy 500. He can’t be distracted by romance. And she can’t trust love will…

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A Ghost in the Kitchen — Launch Party Trolley through Haunted Savannah!

My amazing and super talented blogger friend Teagan is launching A GHOST IN THE KITCHEN – check it out. Congratulations Teagan!

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Welcome to the launch party for A Ghost in the Kitchen!  It’s a wild ride on a magical trolley through haunted Savannah, Georgia.

All the Pip stories by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All the Pip books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Purchase links: The Three Things Serial Story, Murder at the Bijou, and A Ghost in the Kitchen

Hi everyone. I’m sorry to interrupt The Delta Pearl.  My steampunk riverboat serial will be back next weekend.

Today I’m doing a very special post. I’ve finally “bookized” the third novel in my Roaring Twenties series about Pip.  I’ve brought a bunch of friends for this shindig on a magical 1920s trolley.  First let me tell you a little about this novel. 

When my character, Paisley Idelle Peabody (better known as Pip) came along, I started writing a type of fiction that I never expected.  Pip is a flapper. Her stories took me…

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Reviews for Time To Let Go

Here’s another one of my favourite books and some recent reviews for it:

Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.

Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimers’ disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.

The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

Voted No. 12 in

This takes place in England and the style of writing seems to reflect that in some of its writing style and a serious tone/ perspective on a family dealing with Alzheimer’s. Hanna returns home and has opposing ideas how to deal with her Mother’s decline. She prefers distraction and varied experiences vs. Dad who is very much into protective mode and daily routine. Each member chooses how they wish to deal with the reality of the disease, none of which change the decline of Biddy, the wife/mother. The toll of everyone ‘s health and mental well being becomes a heavy burden and responsibility.

Lately, I’ve been reading several novels dealing with Alzheimer’s to help with my friend’s family who is dealing with this. It is devastating and affects everyone in the family differently. It has been researched and the insight to be gained by reading these novels is a learning experience for anyone, whether or not touched by Alzheimer’s.

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA




Yes the book made me think a lot. Family life has somehow to go on although one of the loved ones might be stricken by Alzheimer’s or Dementia. How to cope with a situation such as this one? Who has the better ideas? The person closest to them or family members, living further afield and having their own problems to deal with. Only to realise that yes, all good suggestions are well intended. I highly recommend this book. Here is a family coping with an illness desperate to find a way. Christoph Fisher manages to tell their story with compassion but also intrigue which makes the Condition and ‘normal’ family life, run side by side.

Reviews for THE HEALER


I have previously read a couple of this author’s books “Ludwika” and “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” both of which dealt with the occupation of the Nazi’s. I definitely recommend both of these books. They are eye openers to be certain!

The Healer deals with cancer and how one man was able to cure pancreatic cancer. He had an elixir that pharmaceutical companies wanted badly. When Erica Whittaker was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer she did not expect to live. Her assistant at work helped her find this man. He did try telling everyone the truth—that it was him and not the elixir-of course no one believed him. He was in “retirement” when Erica finally found him and begged him to cure her or at least try! What happens from there seems surreal–and you will be hard pressed to know who to believe. The ending will astound you!!

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Woman diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer seeks out a healer in a last ditch effort to save her life. A complex puzzle whose solution only becomes clear on the last page. Wildly imaginative.
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WOW! It has been a while since a book has gripped me as much as this medical thriller. Full of personal conflict, medical confusion, and a touch of mysticism, this story makes you take a deeper look at where your own convictions lie. I was hooked, on the edge of the seat until the surprising conclusion.

DO NO HARM, the medical thriller box set featuring THE HEALER has not only managed to become a No 1 Amazon bestselling book, but last night made it as a USA Today Bestseller.
Thank you all for your support and congratulations to all the marvellous authors in the collaboration!

Book Promotion-D.G.Kaye P.S. I Forgive You

I second that recommendation. Inspiring memoir about forgiveness and difficult mothers


D.G. Kaye is a writer which makes you sit up and think. A natural talent for writing which grips you through the gritty memoirs of her life with a narcissist mother.

I have read Conflicted Hearts and P.S. I Forgive You and highly recommend them.

Emotional yes, but also filled with the spirit of the writer herself who has survived and thrives in spite of.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the Shelves – #Pre-Order – O’Roarke’s Destiny (Cornish Rogues Book 1) by Shehanne Moore

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Time for a little historical romance from author Shehanne Moore with her latest release on Pre-Order at a special price for 13th SeptemberO’Roarke’s Destiny (Cornish Rogues Book 1).

About the book

Once he’d have died to possess her, now he just might…

Beautiful, headstrong young widow Destiny Rhodes was every Cornish man’s dream. Until Divers O’Roarke cursed her with ruin and walked out of Cornwall without a backwards glance. Now he’s not only back, he’s just won the only thing that hasn’t fallen down about her head—her ancestral home. The home, pride demands she throw herself in with, safe in the knowledge of one thing. Everything she touches withers to dust.

He’d cursed her with ruin.

Now she’d have him live with the spoils of her misfortune.

Though well versed in his dealings with smugglers and dead men, handsome rogue Divers O’Roarke is far from sure of…

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Crime and PUNKishment

Crime and PUNKishment: Stories and Exclusive Interviews with Rodney Bingenheimer, Jack Grisham, Palmolive of the Slits, Linda Ramone and Captain Sensible by [Brenda Perlin, Perry Anderson, Mark Barry, Brenda Bentley, Rodney Bingenheimer, K.S Brooks, Joe Bruno, Raymond Ian Burns, Lance Cryan, Gia DeSantis, Tom DeSavia, Fur Dixon, John Dolan, Christoph Fischer, Nesha Gold, Janet Salopek Green, Jack Grisham, Carla Mullin-Haughan, Jeff, Jim Kavanagh, Paloma McLardy, Marina Muhlfriedel, Devorah Ostrov, Missi Peper, Linda Ramone, Frank Reed, Genny Schorr, Robert (Fysh) Silverman, Hilde Swendgaard, Wiggy Walker]Punk rock isn’t the usual topic I write about, but I wrote a chapter in this book, “Crime and PUNKishment” for my good friend Brenda Perlin.
My chapter is short, about the rebellious part of my youth – a rebel without a cause – and how the punk rock movement briefly inspired my being.
A great many writers contributed memoirs and musings about those days.
Read all about it in Brendin Perlin’s “Crime and PUNKishment!”
My favorite review on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars – Music To Commit Crimes To
“Life is crazy. We live. We die. And in-between, if we are lucky, we find something that allows us to lose ourselves in a moment of bliss.”
Acid, graffiti, booze, riots, mohawks, Ouija boards, stealing vinyl, smelling bad, and generally being disapproved of: ah, those lost days of punk youth! Brenda Perlin serves up some more badass reminiscences of the era of cheap guitars and folks behaving badly. ‘Crime and PUNKishment’ features archive photographs of the period and an interview with Captain Sensible (of whom I have fond memories of a particularly raucous Damned concert in Leicester, where he invited the audience to see if they could gob in his mouth while he strutted along the front of the stage). Plus: Linda Ramone and others!
Take a nostalgic, sense-addled stroll down nighttime streets thudding with power chords and reeking of dried vomit and freedom.
Never Mind the Bollocks, enjoy!

Let Me Introduce You to a Flight Attendant

As former flight attendant myself I look forward to reading this next.


Dear Folks:

One of the more interesting people I’ve met as a result of switching my career to writing is a flight attendant, Elizabeth Calwell. She has a great sense of humor, and turned it, along with her experiences for many years in air, into a book, Dear Passenger.

Elizabeth Calwell lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and her dog, along with three box turtles that live in the back yard, Trudy, Miss Piggy and Little Louis. Having grown up in what used to be a small town gives Elizabeth a unique Southern perspective on the antics of passengers and unusual happenings while traveling. Elizabeth still enjoys bouncing around in a metal tube at 35,000 feet. When she is not flying she enjoys writing, painting landscapes, gardening and trips to the fabulous North Carolina beaches.

    I am going to let her tell you about her book…

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