Monthly Archives: August 2013

Happy Labor Day USA



For anyone not living in the USA, I humbly ask for your patience.

Monday is Labor Day, and I need to share with all of you what this day means for me, as an American citizen.

Labor Day, for me, is not about big business.

It’s about the American worker who gets up every day and does some kind of work to live and pay his or her bills.

American workers may, like me, travel somewhere else to work.

Other American workers are able to work from home (I’m salivating with envy).

Some American workers travel hours every day to get to and from their jobs; this may involve dropping children off at daycare or school, then picking them up when the day is finally over.

Other American workers work two or more jobs, often for ridiculously low wages, to feed their families.

But Labor Day is also about people looking for work, sitting at computers, writing resumes and cover letters, researching companies, filing for unemployment, or going to college for more education and training.

This weekend, I’m acknowledging  all American workers for their hard work, their dedication, and their intestinal fortitude.

Happy Labor Day, USA.

Keep rockin’ on, fighting the good fight, whether that means protesting low wages or just finding a job.


Author Elmore Leonard dies at 87

Author Elmore Leonard dies at 87.

Well shoot.

We lose another storytelling giant.

If you’ve never read an Elmore Leonard book, do yourself a favor and get your hands on one now.

The guy could tell one hell of a story.

My favorite Leonard novel is Rum Punch, which became the movie Jackie Brown.

Leonard wrote one helluva story, with great characters and dialogue that’s alive with humor and life!

RIP, Mr. Leonard.

Book of Deacon

Book of Deacon

Book cover for The Rise of the Red Shadow. I’m so proud that one of my review quotes is on the back cover of one of my favorite books!

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ keeps top spot on US best-sellers list | The Malay Mail Online

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ keeps top spot on US best-sellers list | The Malay Mail Online.

After I found out that J.K. Rowling had written this detective novel, I purchased the Audible Book version.

After listening to this wonderful story, I realized that this was a book that I needed to actually read, to be able to see the words that J.K. crafted. It’s a great book, and my review will be up soon.

The Devil You Know Virtual Book Tour

The Devil You Know

Demon Legacy Series Book One

By J.M. Gregoire

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Publisher: J.M. Gregoire Books

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Click here to add The Devil You Know to your Goodreads shelf!

Deziree Davanzatti is a thief by trade and to keep herself occupied between jobs, she owns and operates

Onyx, a trendy nightclub for the supernatural citizens of New York City.

What else would a 400-something year old demon-human hybrid do with her spare time?

Following a drunken night of questionable decisions, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne leaves town

with no explanation. Dez is left wondering if they made a mistake and if it cost her a price she wasn’t

willing to pay – her best friend and confidant.

When he returns after two weeks of no contact, he comes bearing grave news that could potentially

change the world forever….or end it all together. To make matters worse, they suspect that someone

they know may be behind it all.

An extremely dangerous chain of events has been set in motion and it is up to Dez and Vegas, with the

help of his brother Lucas, to find a way to stop it.

From the author of Burning, the short story prequel, comes The Devil You Know, the first full length novel

in the Demon Legacy series by J.M. Gregoire.


J.M. Gregoire was born and raised in New Hampshire, USA and despite her abhorrence for any season

that dares to drop to a temperature below seventy degrees, she still currently resides there with her

two children and her two cats. Always a passionate reader, her love of urban fantasy books eventually

morphed into a love of writing them. She is currently working on the Demon Legacy series and has an

urban fantasy thriller project coming up that will be co-written with one of her best friends and favorite

authors, Ginny Lurcock.



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When I read Burning, the prequel to The Devil You Know, I fell in love with the character of Lucas right away. He’s a scamp, but scamp’s have feelings too, you know. By the end of Burning, I needed to know more about Lucas and what he does next.

When Jena sent me the ARC for The Devil You Know, I jumped in right away and started reading. And oh my GOSH, I took to Dez and Vegas right away, their stories and their love for one another. Dez and Vegas have been best buds for, oh about four centuries, when they decide to have sex. Dez wakes up from their night of whoopie to find that Vegas is gone. Yeah, he’s a bit of a scamp like his brother Lucas.

But when Vegas finally comes back to see Dez, he’s got a terrible story to tell. Vegas, Dez, and Lucas set off on a global search to find a demon, and save the world from…well that would be telling. I don’t want to give anything away.

The Devil You Know is rip-roaring urban fantasy that’s sexy as hell and will make you weep, the way any good story should do. It’s a story about friendship, love, betrayal, and commitment. And it’s also about solving a mystery, no matter what the personal cost.

J.M. Gregoire has crafted a beautiful, fun, and heartbreaking story. The characters are believable supernaturals, and I’m in total admiration of the hybrid Dez. She’s smart, mouthy, sassy, and a warrior woman. The dialogue is well crafted, keeping the story moving along at a nice clip. The settings that the trio travel to are exotic and made me wish I was there with them. I want to know these characters in real life, damn it, and for me, as a reader, there is no greater compliment.

I have one complaint about The Devil You Know: It was over to soon, dang it!

5 stars for The Devil You Know.

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The Rise of the Red Shadow (The Book of Deacon) Virtual Book Tour-Review


Every story must begin somewhere. For the warrior who would come to be known as the

fearsome Red Shadow, the story began in a forgotten glade deep in the land of Tressor. It was

there that a pair of trackers, eager to retrieve a lost slave, instead found an orphaned malthrope.

Had it been a human, it might have been treated with compassion, but in the eyes of human

society a malthrope was a monster, a mix of fox and man believed to be a murderer and thief by

its very nature. The beast was to be sold for a handful of silver, but fate intervened in the form

of an old blind slave named Ben. Under the learned hand of the one human who believed in his

potential, the young malthrope would instead be given the wisdom to take his first steps on the

long journey to his destiny.

The Rise of the Red Shadow chronicles the early life of one of the most mysterious figures of

the Book of Deacon trilogy, the creature called Lain. It tells of his years working and learning

on a Tresson plantation until a dark day of vengeance and bloodshed finally set him free. From

there you will follow as he finds his place in the world, learning what it is to be a malthrope, and

turning to the purpose that will guide him for the rest of his days. It is a story of love, hate, and

lessons hard-learned, revealing the painful choices one must make to become the hero the world


The Rise of the Red Shadow

The Book of Deacon Trilogy Prequel (#0.5)

By Joseph Lallo

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date 7/30/2013

Publisher: Independent

The Rise of the Red Shadow on Goodreads




Joseph Lallo, though having written several novels, is slow to consider himself an author.

Educated at NJIT, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, the world of

Information Technology is where most of his bills are paid. When not crunching numbers, he

owns and operates along with two friends. There he posts random rants and

editorials regarding the world of humor, entertainment, and technology. He makes his home in

Bayonne, NJ, where he has lived all of his life. His novels and short stories are available via


Website | Twitter: @jrlallo | Facebook | Goodreads

Have you ever felt different?

I know I have, many times throughout my life.

But I will wager you have never been as feared, hated, or reviled as the Red Shadow.

I’m a sucker for the underdog, and my heart was broken for the young malthrope right away. But the Red Shadow does not need my pity, for this young creature is a warrior. Red Shadow possesses a spirit to survive that amazed and awed me. As living beings, we all possess good and bad qualities, and Red Shadow is no exception. Pushed to the limits of his physical and emotional capacities, Red Shadow keeps on fighting the good fight, every day. The character of Red Shadow is a hero, gifted and flawed, sometimes having to make decisions that break his heart. But the Red Shadow must do what he feels is right.

This is the first Joseph Lallo book I have read, and I’m hooked. The detail in The Rise of the Red Shadow is exquisite. Elegant, and so detailed that I felt that I was standing next to the Red Shadow, almost a participant in the story, and could see for myself the terrain, smell the blood, see the dragon (YES, we have a dragon in this story, folks) with my own eyes, and feel the Red Shadow’s pain.

The prose in this book is exquisite also:

Grief is like any other kind of pain. No matter how intense or how constant it is, time takes the edge from it. It may not fade, but it loses its sharpness. It becomes the new normal, and eventually steps aside and makes room in the mind for other things.

I read these sentences over and over, just awed by the truth of the words, and jealous that Joseph Lallo was able to string these words together.

All of the characters in The Rise of the Red Shadow are well done, from the old blind slave Ben to the numerous villains. The dialogue is well done, and keeps the story moving along nicely. Again, the detail of this book left me no doubts about the setting of this world, and I was transported to this world, providing a nice break from my own realities (and this is what I hope and pray fiction will do for me, every time I start reading fiction).

Excellent story, well developed characters, elegant detail, amazing prose. 5 stars to The Rise of the Red Shadow (The Book of Deacon).

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