Review: The Chalk Man


In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.
That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.


I loved the whole premise behind this book…mysterious chalk drawing–what could be more intriguing! I was so excited to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Chalk Man is told from the point of view of Eddie and toggles back and forth from events that started it all in 1986 to 2016 when it all comes together.

The story opens with a morbid discovery in the woods, a body of a young woman found brutally murdered.

I loved how the author dropped little bits and pieces of information on what has happened and what was found. And as each of the characters grow and mature, we learn more about each of them, too. There is definitely more to each characters story, but what surprised me most was what the reader discovers about Eddie, the main character. He seems fairly normal, but certainly has his issues, too.

The book is superbly written, with lots of red herrings, twists and turns in the story that kept me hanging on and wanting to read more.

It’s not until the very end when we discover who killed the girl in the woods, and believe me, you can’t even guess who did it!

I have to say, I LOVED the ending. I never saw it coming. It was strange and sad, and somewhat horrifying.

Have you read the Chalk Man? What did you think of that ending?

Thanks for reading,




Book Review: 18 Steps to Own Your Life: Simple Powers for a Healthier, Happier You


I had the pleasure of reading Keith McArthur’s 18 Steps to Own Your Life in exchange for a fair and honest review.

18 Steps for Your Own Life has to be one of the most practical self-help books I’ve had the pleasure to read.

It’s a short but compact read, filled with nuggets of common sense, practical life tips that will make your life easier, happier and healthier. No gimmicks, no guff, just solid advice that makes sense.

Author Keith McArthur breaks life down to 18 important categories where we can make vast improvements in our lives with small changes. He draws from his own life experience and also references the writings of other well known self help writers, compiling the best information out there into one practical resource.

He does not present himself as a guru, but as a human who has struggled with his own battles, both internal and external. He presents what he has learned from those experiences, what has worked for him and chose to share it with the world in the hopes of helping others.

Each of the 18 steps are presented, expanded upon and followed by a list of the key takeaways at the end of each section. My personal favourite section was on sanctifying your space.

Worksheets for the book will also be available, an absolutely fantastic way to stop and think about your goals and choices instead of skipping over to the next section.

18 Steps to Your Own Life is an excellent resource for anyone looking to change their life through their choices, habits, healthy mental and physical health and using your time more effectively.

18 Steps to Own Your Life is on sale at Amazon. Here is the link to get your own copy.

To view this book on Goodreads, go here.


41afkwdo9zl-_sy200_Keith McArthur got a second chance at life in 2017 when his little sister donated one of her kidneys to him. Now, he writes and podcasts about his journey to becoming happier and healthier. Keith is the creator of — a website, podcast, and book series providing high-quality personal-development content.

Review and TGIF: Dark Beneath the Moon by Sherry D. Ramsey

Dark Beneath the MoonLuta Paixon has plenty of trouble on the Tane Ikai, with relationships in flux and the sticky problem of two captains on one ship. But when an alien artifact, the remnant of a long-ago war, shows up on the other side of a newly-discovered wormhole, the crew also find themselves pressed into the service of the Nearspace Protectorate. The Tane Ikai‘s task: covertly deliver an alien historian to the site to decipher its meaning—and possible threat.

Jahelia Sord is a woman with a grudge against the world, and against Luta Paixon and her family in particular. She has her own secrets to guard, and an alliance with the notorious PrimeCorp—one she’ll keep only as long as it suits her own hunt for vengeance.

When a mysterious attack leaves them stranded in an uncharted new system, Luta, her crew, and Jahelia must try to put their differences aside and decide who to trust, while they uncover a shocking truth about the Chron war and what their old enemies are so afraid of…


The crew of the Tane Ikai is back for more mystery and adventure. This second novel in the Nearspace series is full of intriguing mysteries, covert operations and action.

The characters are more in-depth and developed. Rei, especially is one of my favourite characters, and I love that we get to learn more about her.


The Chron is an alien race that viciously attacked and almost wiped out Nearspace generations before. As quickly and mysteriously as they had appeared, they disappeared without a trace. There were references to them in the first book, this time we get to learn a whole lot more.

The Protectorate has discovered a new wormhole with ancient alien artefacts. They are believed to be of Chron origin and secrecy is of utmost importance. Luta’s brother, an Admiral in the Protectorate has asked her to deliver an alien historian through the wormhole to assist them.

They go through measures to make sure they are not being followed. Unfortunately,  Jahelia Sord manages to follow them through the wormhole. She is a whole new character on the scene with her own agenda in mind.

Jahelia’s motivations are certainly questionable. Working for PrimeCorp, she has her own grudge against Luta and her mother.

Parts of the story are told through her POV. She certainly has her own unique voice and she is not a very likeable character because of her attitude and issues, though she certainly is entertaining!

Luta and her crew along with Jahelia find themselves under attack and in trouble. They reluctantly work together to find a solution to get back home.

In the meantime, Luta has her own set of problems when her health declines. It’s a race to escape the Chron, try to find their way back Nearspace and find her mother before its too late.

Once again Sherry had done an amazing job growing Nearspace and beyond, as well as adding new alien species and technology.

I thoroughly enjoyed Book 2 in the Sherry Ramsey’s Nearspace series and can’t wait to start reading the third book in the series Beyond the Sentinel Stars. 

For more information about Book 1, One’s Aspect to the Sun, you can check it out on Goodreads here or see my review here.

Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Blurb from Goodread:  Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

As soon as I found this book on another blog and read the premise, I knew I had to get my hand on it!

Aislynn, her mother and her grandmother were all born with the Sight. That means that they see faeries. Everywhere.

The average human is oblivious to their existence and the tricks that they play. 

These are not the cute, magical, Tinkerbell fairies that sprinkle dust to give good luck. These faeries are dark and mischievous. They can be glamorous or frightening. They are not creatures that you want to have hanging around.

Aislynn must pretend that she cannot see the faeries. If they become aware they she can see them, she risks being killed or at the very least, blinded.

The Summer King has chosen to court Aislynn. Most girls who are courted by him fall head over heels, but Aislynn sees through his glamour, and her fear of faeries demands that she stay as far away from him as possible.

She is unwillingly pulled into the Faery world, conflicting with her friendship and the beginnings of romance with Seth. Aislynn was a strong character who stands up for herself even when she is afraid to.

I absolutely loved the way the relationship between Seth and Aislynn grew. Aislynn fought any romance with him for fear of jeopardizing their amazing friendship. It developed as a slow burn that I found it touching and warm.

I would liked to have seen more background on Aislynn’s mother and her role in the story. It was a great start, but then the reader was left hanging about what happened, her connection with the Summer King and why she died.

I enjoyed the writing, though it was a bit confusing at times and I had to go back and reread. I did like the way it was written with multiple POVs. I enjoy getting into the heads of the other characters.

I was completely captivated by the story and wouldn’t put the book down until I found out how it ended. What was going to happen to Aislynn? To Seth and the Summer King? 

I enjoyed the ending, but I wonder if it wouldn’t have been more interesting if it things hadn’t worked out quite so perfectly.




Review: Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

Blurb from Goodreads: Zylia looks like your typical teenager, with one small exception…she’s disappearing. Everyone has felt unnoticed or unseen, but for Zylia it’s very real. In her search for answers, she uncovers an old family mystery. Zylia must discover the truth before she vanishes from this world forever.

I was excited to be a lucky winner of this book! My thanks go out to the author, Misty Mount for the opportunity to win this exceptional book! As soon as I read the blurb, I was hooked!

The Shadow Girl is a Young Adult novel with Zylia as the main character. She is a lovely girl, thoughtful, compassionate and kindhearted. She struggles with being noticed, or for that matter being seen at all. With the exception of very few people, she feels invisible. 

The surprise of the story is they actually do not see her. She gets passed over at meals when she’s home and quizzes when she’s at school. She gets bumped into and trampled on. To make matters worse, the only time she does get noticed is at the most awkward, worst possible times. If you are an introvert, you get it, right?

Zylia wonders and worries that she is quite literally disappearing.

I was drawn into her character and there were times when my heart broke for her.

When her grandmother who has dementia takes a strange interest in her, we realize there is more going on here than a teen who simply feels down and alone. Her grandmother begins calling her by her sister’s name, Angelica. She becomes agitated and attacks her. It is interesting to note that Angelica had disappeared many years ago, when she was about the same age as Zylia.

Zylia appeals to her new friend Terra to help her solve the mystery of her grandmother’s long lost sister and she learns that she and her great-aunt have more in common than their looks.

The Shadow Girl is a very unique and fascinating read. On a whole it is written beautifully, with lovely imagery. At times, particularly in the beginning, I found the story was a bit slow moving. The author’s writing style makes up for that however. This book is a pleasure to read and shares a beautiful message that we should all strive to live by.

What are your thoughts? Is this a book that you would like to read?

Thanks for stopping by!





Review: Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt

Blurb from Amazon: Deadly thriller, twisted plot, shocking, and dark conspiracy hardly scratch the surface to define Aggravated Momentum. Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, who’s name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath taking are the secrets you will find.

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Put on your seatbelt and hold on tight because this novel is one hell of a roller coaster ride! There are more twists and turns I never saw coming.

As you can tell by the gorgeous cover, it is about murder — a serial murderer at that. It has great pacing and once I started reading it, could not put it down. It was wonderfully unpredictable, I had to know what was going to happen next! Didi did an amazing job building suspense and giving just enough back story that you don’t know who to trust.

The book is well written in Didi’s unique style. The dialogue is realistic. Yes, people do use swear words. It is an adult thriller.

I love that the point of view changed several times during the story and the reader could get into the head of not only Markie, the main character but also her sister Kam, the killer and even the main character’s mother. The reader gets to experience first hand what they are thinking (more surprises!) and discover their own dirty little secrets. And believe me, it seems that every character has them.

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Thanks for reading!



Review: Search for Maylee

From Goodreads: Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead. She moves across the country to find him. Will Autumn be able to pry Maylee’s case back open? More importantly, what will Autumn uncover in the process of searching for Maylee? It’s a cold dark world we live in, and she is about to find out just how cruel it can be. Strength and determination are on Autumn’s side and she will do what ever it takes.

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I love a good suspense and Search for Maylee did not disappoint! I just finished reading the last page and all I can say is WOW! The author kept me on the edge of my seat. I blew through this novel because I could not wait to find out what was going to happening next. The story begins slowly, building tension and background information.

Although the main theme is about finding Maylee, the main character of they story is Autumn. She is devastated that her niece has been abducted and for three years, she waits for her to be found, feeling frustrated by the lack of action on the part of police. When she finally gets her hands on a clue, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She sells everything she owns and moves from her home in California to Denver, Colorado in the desperate hope of finding Maylee on her own.

I had no idea what Autumn expected to find or how she was going to find her niece, but I could feel her stubbornness and determination. First, she meets a motley crew who help her to get settled in. Didi Oviatt did an amazing job with her character arc, showing her fear but at the same time her refusal to give in to it. She continued to grow in strength as the story progressed, pushing herself to do some pretty risky things. Daily runs in the bad area of town had me sitting on the edge of my seat, and breaking into the house of a known criminal had my palms sweaty!

In the midst of the suspense, a hot, steamy romance adds flavour and spices things up! Great job on that–not too much, just enough to leave the reader wanting more. I loved these two as a couple!

There was also enough information left out of the story to make the reader question who was the good guy and who was bad. Dirty cops, and undercover agents, anybody could have put Autumn, at risk.

I highly recommend this book if you love suspense and a good mystery. If you’d like to learn more about the author, please visit her blog at

Thanks for reading!


Review: Rise of the Mudmen

Rise of the Mudmen by James FW Thompson

Excerpt from Amazon: Alex used to believe that bad things didn’t happen on sunny days…but now he knows better. On an otherwise normal October day, his neighborhood becomes a place of horror. Missing parents, a chaotic evacuation and a school in flames are only the beginning of a nightmarish world overrun by bloodthirsty creatures–creatures who were once neighbours, friends, and family. Thrown together by chance with no adults coming to their rescue, Alex, Nicole, David and Kaitlyn must rely on themselves and each other to survive. As they struggle to defend themselves, create a safe haven, and learn to work together, they discover that there’s more than one kind of enemy…and that sometimes the worst ones come from within… Set in Cape Breton in 1986, Rise of the Mudmen will take you back to a time that never was.



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I’ve mentioned before how excited I was to read this book! It is set in the year a graduated from high school, in the city I grew up in.

In last Friday’s post, I gave a little introduction to Rise of the Mudmen by James FW Thompson with a few excerpts. You can see that post here if you’d like to check it out.

Rise of the Mudmen is a well-written debut novel with a YA flavour. The story is based around Alex, fifteen years old and his dog, Shadow. The setting is 1986, Sydney, Cape Breton. A virus is spreading. Alex, along with hundreds of school kids and adults gets lost in mass chaos as zombies, or mudmen as Alex like to call them. They spread and attack, killing friends and family and turning them into mudmen. There is some gore and carnage.

Alex joins up with others seeking refuge and they eventually create a safe haven for themselves. Foraging for food and supplies is a dangerous adventure into the unknown. They learn to work together to survive and protect one another. Unfortunately, in this new, uncertain world, they must also learn who they can and cannot trust.

Each of the characters involved have unique personalities, all with something to offer. The story moves quickly, with unexpected, dramatic events that kept me turning the pages. The story was entertaining and suspenseful and I have to say that I loved all the references to local places of interest.

Thanks for reading!



Book Review: The Suspenseful Collection

I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Didi Oviatt and Kim Knight! I feel honoured to be  one of the lucky winners of their first short story collection!

The book consists of eight short stories, each written by both authors.  Author One writes Scene one, Author Two finishes the story in Scene Two. Only the authors know who wrote which scene, but the stories are seamless and well written.

This is a great collection of short stories, all of which I enjoyed, and like all anthologies, some I enjoyed more than others.

The stories are for mature readers only, something to keep in mind if you are bothered by books with sexual content or offensive language, this might not be for you. For those with an open mind, enjoy!

It was The First Time I Killed A Man.

It’s 1972 and New York’s first female serial killer Lisa Vanacilli is in the hot seat again, ten years after her conviction of murder to the first degree and innocent plea. The ruthless but sexy reporter Tiffany Low cracks Lisa for a confession… at a price. Lisa is strong, courageous and says it how it is. This story has been extended due to reader’s demand. And is only for adult readers.

I can’t say I loved this story, but that might have something to with Lisa being so hard to like. She’s just nasty! She’s crude, demanding and narcissistic. Contains sexual content and profanity.

Psychological Fiction: Every Time I Hear That Voice From The Basement.

George appears to be harmless. The local neighbourhood geek on the outside, married to Jolene. In reality, he’s a very disturbed man. His path crosses with Dana, the local check out girl. This is a psychological suspense story with a twist.

Ooooh…Creepy guy! He seems so innocent but one to definitely stay away from! What a great read!  Didi and Kim did a great job building up the main character.  I loved the scene with Jolene when she was getting cleaned up but I wonder if something more should have happened there?

Crime Fiction: The Entrance To The Tunnel Is His Only Way Out.

Juan is a wanted man, and an ex-gang member on the run from Atlanta to Mexico. With a hundred grand in cash stolen from his ex-boss, he meets an unlikely fate in Mexico. A fast-paced crime fiction story.

Loved this! I totally did not expect this ending! Well done!

Contemporary Romance: When His Hands Run Up My Thighs I…

Love has no time limit, age limit or use by date. Sarah now in her fifties is reunited with her long-lost love Joshua. They last had contact in 1961. In the present day, thanks to the advancement of technology their paths cross. A heart-warming and modern tale, about long distance love, that will leave you warm inside.

Loved this heart touching story of long lost love.  Beautifully told.

Suspense: We Only Said Goodbye With Words, I Died A Hundred Times:

In 1963 Russian Femme Fatale Mila Petrov is London’s top Madam. Her entertainment house is booming, she has a team of London’s strongest women behind her. Unfinished business from her past creeps up and haunts her. It’s nothing she can’t handle. A suspenseful historical tale, with a strong femme fatale.

Mila Petrov is a great character, strong and powerful.  What will she do and how will she handle the situation?  Really enjoyed this one!

Fantasy: The Ones Who Live At The Bottom Of The Ocean, Come To The Surface.

A beautiful coming of age story, featuring sixteen year old Zoe and her mother May-Li. Myth becomes reality, as Zoe finds out who and what she really is. Her mixed descent reveals more than what meets the eye. This fantasy story is set against the backdrop of a Greek island and Hong Kong, China.

I was surprised at the turn this story took, and I really enjoyed it! It was fresh and unexpected and made me want more. It would be interesting for the authors to continue another segment of this story.


Suspenseful Crime Fiction: Guilty As Charged, In Self-Defence

California’s sassy, tough, and likeable defence lawyer Catherine has taken on a case so high profile, if she wins she’ll become a partner of Martin Law Firm. Defending forty six year old Mrs. Chevelle. An ex Las Vegas show girl, now a Hollywood wife, on trial for the murder of her high-profile husband. She claims she’s innocent. Readers are taken on a fast -paced journey on a mission to seek the truth.

A female character finds her own strength to stand up not only for herself but for others as well.  The twist comes at the end when she finds that things aren’t always as they seem.

Contemporary Fiction: It’s A Man’s Man’s World:

A beautiful modern tale showing the love and appreciation of a woman. James Brown said it right when he said, “it’s a man’s man’s world, but it would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.”

A beautiful story about a man watching his mother pass and the cherished gift she gave him.


You can check Kim Knight’s blog out here and Didi Oviatt’s here.  Please go to their blogs and give them a follow if you haven’t already!

Right now, they are having a Flash Sale on The Suspenseful Collection!  Only $.99 (or .99P in the UK!) on Amazon. Here’s the link:  The Suspenseful Collection Volume One: Eight Suspenseful Short Stories Across Multiple Genres