Review: Endgame



When Harvey Keill, ex-manager of the Ladykillers, arranges a reunion for his notorious punk band on a remote island off the coast of Seattle, it seems as though the group’s glory days are about to return.

One by one, the band members and their guests arrive. Lead singer Spike Anthrax, bassist Pete Doghouse, and guitarist Max Hardcore confront one another for the first time since their well-publicized and highly acrimonious split fifteen years earlier stopped them from finishing their musical testament to punk rock genius: Endgame. They are joined by an entourage of groupies, girlfriends, one of America’s best rock critics, and a real estate agent invited to put the island up for sale.

But where’s Harvey?

No matter — a party’s a party, right? Wrong. Once everyone has gathered, a dark secret emerges from the past to haunt them and, one by one, the guests begin to fall prey to a mysterious fate.

Length: 232 Pages

Publisher: DunDurn

Release Date: March 22, 2016


Jeffrey Round is the author of nine novels, including the Lambda Award–winning Lake on the Mountain, and a poetry collection, In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci. His first two books, A Cage of Bones and The P-town Murders, were listed on AfterElton’s Top 50 Greatest Gay Books. He is a founding member of the Naked Heart Festival of Words and lives in Toronto.


Here is a rule you should live by. If you think it’s a good idea to re-make any novel by Agatha Christie, just stop. Don’t go there. Agatha Christie was pure genius because she did what no one else had done before. Her novels were original, suspenseful, and classic. To take one of her most well-known novels, And Then There Were None (and one of my all time favorites), and decide you are going to piggy-back off her amazingness, is a huge mistake.

Jeffrey Round took this classic suspense novel, changed up the characters into a has-been punk band, stranded them in a mansion on an island, and made a wanna-be novel. I was bored, and quite frankly, annoyed. I didn’t like, or care, about the characters. And without an original plot, there were no redeeming qualities. I hate being so harsh, but I feel I have to call it like I see it.

So, just a recap. If you are going to write a novel, please be original, and for the love of everything holy, stay away from Agatha Christie!

2 out of 5 Stars


Endgame is available digitally and in paperback. You can purchase it or learn more by clicking the image below.


Virtual Fantasy Con Blog Hop Hunt

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Hi, I’m Heather Eager, author of Devil’s Playground and I’m your host for this stop in the Hunt. If you would like to find out more about the Hunt, please click here.

Somewhere on this page is a hidden number. Collect all the numbers from all the authors’ posts, and then add them up. Once you’ve added all the numbers, and if I am your last author, please head to the official website and click on the ENTER HERE page to find the entry form. Only entries will the correct number will qualify to win.

The author I’m pleased to be hosting for Virtual FantasyCon’s Blog Hop Hunt today is Benjamin Towe.

Benjamin Towe practices family medicine in Augusta, Georgia. Ben was born in Carroll County, Virginia, and graduated from Mt. Airy, NC. High School in nineteen sixty-eight, Davidson College in nineteen seventy-two, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in nineteen seveny-six. Dr. Towe served in the United States Army Medical Corps from nineteen seventy-six – nineteen eight-one.

Ben was an avid D&D Dungeon Master in the eighties. The ten book of the Donothor and Parallan series are Dr. Towe’s prescriptions for sci-fi / fantasy. Magick should be more complicated than pointing a 81 wand and saying shazam!

Escape to an Elfdream!

  • Deathquest to Parallan
  • The Orb of Chalar
  • The Death of Magick
  • The Chalice of Mystery
  • The Lost Spellweaver
  • The First Wandmaker
  • The Wandmaker’s Burden
  • Emerald Islands
  • The Mender’s Tomb




Links to his ten fantasy novels:



Barnes and Noble


Follow Benjamin Towe at any of the following sites:



Twitter: @bftowe

And as always, HAPPY READING!!!



Review: Switched On



Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of other people. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on.

It has long been assumed that people living with autism are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others, even as they feel emotion deeply. But what if we’ve been wrong all this time? What if that “missing” emotional insight was there all along, locked away and inaccessible in the mind?

In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international bestseller Look Me in the Eye, a memoir about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known as TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched Onis the extraordinary story of what happened next.

Having spent forty years as a social outcast, misreading others’ emotions or missing them completely, John is suddenly able to sense a powerful range of feelings in other people. However, this newfound insight brings unforeseen problems and serious questions. As the emotional ground shifts beneath his feet, John struggles with the very real possibility that choosing to diminish his disability might also mean sacrificing his unique gifts and even some of his closest relationships.

Length: 321 pages

Publisher: Spiegel and Grau

Release Date: March 22, 2016

About the Author


John Elder Robison grew up in the 1960s before the Asperger diagnosis came into common use. After dropping out of high school, John worked in the music business where he created sound effects and electronic devices, including the signature illuminated, smoking, and rocket firing guitars he built for KISS. Later John worked on some of the first video games and talking toys at Milton Bradley. After a ten year career in electronics John founded Robison Service, a specialty automobile company in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Today, in addition to running the car company, John is the Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William & Mary. He is a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee which makes the Strategic Plan for Autism for the US government. He has served as a panel member for the Institute for Autism Research, The Centers for Disease Control, The National Institutes of Mental Health.

John is the author of Switched On; Look Me in the Eye; Be Different, Adventures of a free-range Aspergian; and Raising Cubby, a unique tale of parenting. John’s writing has been translated into sixteen languages and his work is sold in over 60 countries. His writing also appears in a number of magazines and he’s a regular blogger on Psychology Today.

Autism fascinates me, as it does many people. Not like in the, “people with autism are so peculiar” kind of fascinating, but in the “we wouldn’t have most of our inventions without autism” kind of way.
Of course, it can be absolutely debilitating (as is the case with my brother-in-law), but it can also unlock such fantastic potential that wouldn’t have been unleashed without the brain being wired a little differently.
But being different has its costs, as is seen in this fascinating book. Someone may be brilliant at what they do, but if they can’t sense emotional cues in others, read body language, and pick up on subtle nuances with those around you, being brilliant isn’t always enough.
And John wanted to change that. When he had the opportunity to participate in a study that would allow him to tap into this emotional insight that he’d been missing all those years, his life changed forever. Not only did the treatments work, but he now could remember his actions and conversations over the years as others had experienced them…and it was horrifying to him. He could see himself as others did, and could see everything he had done wrong.
Not only that, but he was now acutely aware of the fragile emotions his wife who suffered from depression experienced on a day-to-day basis. It had never bothered him before.  And now? It was overwhelming. What he thought was liberation, his new emotional insight, was actually causing great amounts of stress for him and his family.
The story as it unfolds is intriguing as we are allowed into John’s head to catch just a glimpse of what he has to deal with on a day-to-day basis. There were times I was a bit bored, I’ll admit. There were some very slow chapters where John delves into the intricacies of the procedures he experienced with minute details.
But notwithstanding, I found it very interesting and am giving it 4 out of 5 Stars.
Switched On is available digitally, as well as in paperback, hardback, and audio CD. Click on the image below for more information.

Happy Reading!!!

Spotlight: Sophia Whittemore

First off…I know, I know. It’s been about 2 1/2 months since I have posted anything here, and for that I am deeply sorry. I have two books I’ve read that are waiting to be reviewed, plus other books I need to finish. I have excuses, but they aren’t very good ones, so I’ll spare you. Expect several posts in the near future as I get caught up on my book reviews.

But that’s not why we’re here. I’m excited to spotlight author Sophia Whittemore and her newest release, Reanimate.

Release date: August 25, 2016



The gamblers at the Red Fields call Avery Faro a Monster. I call him my cousin. I know about his secret weapon though, the thing that wins him all those fights. Avery can’t feel anything, not pain, and not love. We aren’t even that close, third cousins, really. But, somewhere along the way, we became closer than that… far too close. Now I think that he’s lost it completely. He’s jealous. He’s possessive. He’s hiding something from me. He calls me his Laurel, only his. But I know there are secrets at the Red Fields. By day, Avery is just a regular schoolboy. By night, he morphs into an underground fighter. How can I save Avery from himself?

How do you defeat somebody who doesn’t even feel?


Chapter One

            The fist made contact with the left side of my jaw. It should have hurt; it really should have. It should have killed me.

            But it didn’t.

 I blinked away the memories of last night’s fistfight. I had been at the Red Fields, the usual place, and my opponent had been a young man, anxious and thin.

But he had never even touched me…

            See, a few things happen when you get the living daylights beat out of you. Not a lot of people have experienced it firsthand like I have, but let me enlighten you. First, came the point of contact. It was just pressure hitting the side of your face, like pressing a finger against your cheek. Like all other things that I experienced, it never hurt me. Pain was all in your head. I had only been blinded for a little bit before I paused and stared up at the opponent in front of me. I was like a scholar and he was the experiment, ready to be dissected and disposed of. I gave him a blank, deadpan stare. I had no emotion in my eyes. Others told me that, when I got like this, it reminded them of a cadaver. It was like I didn’t have a soul. The other guy hit me, more times than I could possibly count.

            I hadn’t felt a thing.

            And just like that, I was back in the classroom, staring off into space as memories and images flashed into my mind. The words formed a senseless jumble, thoughts that could never be placed. My mind was incomprehensible, a mystery unto my own self. Well, when school got boring like this, all I could think of was the last fight I had. I needed to fight, as badly as any other person needed to breathe. Anything would be better than doing nothing and being force fed facts all day. Even bleeding was more stimulating than rote memorization.

Click…click…click…” Came the sound of the teacher’s heels against the floorboards. The dean taught this class. Where was he, again? I remembered, faintly, hearing something about Shakespeare before I was off daydreaming again…

            I somehow snapped back to reality. I couldn’t let flashbacks from the Red Fields bother me so much. Right now, I had to focus on my inane studies. I had a ninety percent in my Literature class. That was ten percent below perfect. It was ten percent too many. I blinked, rubbing my fingers against my eyes before realizing a thin dribble of blood and drool trailing from my bottom lip. I pressed my fingers against it, completely ignoring the neglected open textbook in front of me. And then I paused and examined the blood. It glittered against the palm of my hands, kind of like rubies.

And just like that, I was back at the Red Fields. My opponent’s fist made contact with my jaw. Was that the exact moment that my lip had split? All I could remember was seeing scarlet and black and blue all at once. That’s the other thing nobody really knows about fights. A person could experience the most beautiful colors when getting pummeled half to death. I stared at my opponent, a solid mass of tissue shielding a beating heart. I could hear his heart beating. And whether the other guy knew it or not, he was afraid of me.

 And if he wasn’t, then he should have been.

            After all, everyone came to fear the monster beneath their beds at some point or another.



Sophia Whittemore is a Dartmouth student and multiracial author with an Indonesian mother and a Minnesotan father. She has had book signings at Barnes & Noble for her Impetus Rising Series, available on Amazon and other outlets, the first book published when she was only seventeen. She has been featured as a Standout in the Daily Herald and a Rad Reads author in Girls’ Life Magazine. Her love for the English language manifested itself in eighth grade when she went to the Scripps National Spelling Bee and has continued with other languages such as Spanish and Indonesian. Her prior publications include “A Clock’s Work” in a Handersen Publishing magazine, “Blind Man’s Bluff” in Parallel Ink, and winning multiple awards in the Best Midwestern Writing competition for high school writers. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois with her family and food-loving mini schnauzer called Tiger. Drawing on inspiration from her two cultural backgrounds, Sophia lives a life playing tennis, traveling, and writing about her dual life experiences through other characters in her works or on her blog.

You can connect with Sophia at any of the following links:






Instagram: @authorsophiawhittemore

Blog and Author Website

Purchase Reanimate by clicking on the image above.

And as always, HAPPY READING!

Debut Author Giveaway Hop!

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Hello, and welcome to your next stop in the Debut Author Giveaway Hop! (or your first stop, if this is, indeed, your first)

My name is Heather Eagar and I am the author of the YA Historical Fantasy, Devil’s Playground. But before I tell you more about that, I’d like to introduce myself a little more.


I move around a ton (usually about once a year) due to my husband still being in school (and possible forever.) BUT I currently reside in Logan, Utah where I attempt to balance my love of writing with raising a husband and two kids. Devil’s Playground is my debut novel, but it will not be my last. I am currently working on the sequel, as well as a YA contemporary novel.

I am not only an author, but I am also a book reviewer and you can find reviews for Middle-grade fiction through Adult novels on this website. My reviews are a bit different in that, not only do I give you a summary and tell you what I thought of the book, but I also give it a content rating for vulgar language, sex, and violence, so you know what you are getting before opening it.

Ok, now for Devil’s Playground. Can I just tell you, it was so much fun to write! It is set during the Salem Witch Trials and many of my characters are people that were involved in the actual trials. But even though there are a lot of historically accurate details, I also had a lot of fun playing with and bending history. So…don’t get too hung up on the details. It’s historical FANTASY after all.




Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Winters may be a witch, but she doesn’t know the first thing about magic—unless you count accidental bouts of spontaneous combustion. Elizabeth’s father, a wizard himself, has forbidden the use of her powers for her own protection, but when accusations of witchcraft start flying through Salem Village, she wishes she was more prepared.

Despite her lack of magical knowledge, Elizabeth appoints herself to save innocent women from the demise the village has in store for them. Elizabeth finds, however, that she is not the hero Salem needs her to be.

She meant to save them. She cursed them instead.

Want to learn more about me or Devil’s Playground? Awesome! Check out any of the following links:

My Website (You made it here, congrats!)










I have to apologize. That was a TON of links. But I love connecting with new people and would be thrilled if you sent me a tweet, facebook message, etc.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card  and make sure to check out the other debut authors in the giveaway hop.


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Review: Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet



Kitty Hayward and her mother are ready to experience the spectacles of Coney Island’s newest attraction, the Dreamland amusement park. But when Kitty’s mother vanishes from their hotel, she finds herself penniless, alone, and far from her native England. The last people she expects to help are the cast of characters at Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities. From con men to strongmen, from flea wranglers to lion tamers, Kitty’s new friends quickly adopt her and vow to help find the missing Mrs. Hayward. But even these unusual inhabitants may not be a match for the insidious sickness that begins to spread through Coney Island…or the panic that turns Dreamland into a nightmare.

Length: 368 Pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Release Date: June 7, 2016.

About the Author:

H.P. Wood is the granddaughter of a mad inventor and a sideshow magician. Instead of making things disappear, she makes books of all shapes and sizes. She has written or edited works on an array topics, including the history of the Internet, the future of human rights, and the total awesomeness of playing with sticks. She lives in Connecticut with a charming and patient husband, a daughter from whom she steals all her best ideas, and more cats than is strictly logical. You can find her at


The cover is absolutely stunning for this novel. As soon as I saw it, I didn’t care what the book was about. I had to read it. But also, because of the cover, I had expectations that Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet would be a bit more fantastical than it was. The fact that it wasn’t certainly isn’t a bad thing. I enjoyed it very much, and was pleasantly surprised at the direction the story took. I just wasn’t expecting it.

After reading H.P. Wood’s bio, it is easy to see how she was drawn to the characters she opens the story with. These characters, of course meaning, the “unusuals”. Those who were different, didn’t fit it, and were cast aside. Sometimes they were born with these unusual attributes, and sometimes it came later. But the outcome was the same. They were all termed “freak.”

But the story isn’t one where you spend the whole book feeling sorry for the characters. I loved the diversity of it all. I loved the sense of humor that came with it. And I even loved when these ‘unusuals’ went through tribulations and needed to rely on each other’s unique strengths and gifts. I loved that the ‘normal’ ones, were the ones that didn’t quite fit in. And yet they all had something to offer.

The only thing I struggled with was the pacing at the end of the book. It was nice and steady and then all of the sudden chaos erupts and so much is happening, so fast, and it left me with a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.

Even so, all in all, I really enjoyed Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet and am giving it 4 out of 5 Stars.

Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT):

Language: 3

There isn’t a ton of language, very far and few between actually. But I rated it higher because there are a few uses of the f-word.

Violence: 3

A few fights that aren’t very graphic. One graphic funeral scene at the end caused the rating to go up a notch.

Sexual: 1

A few innuendos, but no sexual situations


Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet is available both digitally and in paperback. This is definitely one you will want to pick up. Click on the image below for more information.

Happy Reading!!!