Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Other Side of Quiet Book Review and Giveaway

The Other Side of Quiet

Mrs. Childs's creative writing students are expected to keep personal journals for self-expression. But when clues from a murder investigation cause police authorities to confiscate the students’ journals, writing intended to be private is no longer. Words meant to liberate now condemn. And an innocent writing project, meant to empower students, as well as rescue Mrs. Childs from her own personal tragedy, now open deep conflicts within the class.

My thoughts:

This book has it all! It has murder, mystery, tragedy and lots of teen drama, all wrapped up in journal entries. At first it was difficult to keep track of characters, since there's 10 students in the class and reading their journal entries gave a lot of back story that was hard to keep straight. However, within a few pages I was sucked into the story and enjoyed every minute of it!

What an amazing way to tell a story! I also really appreciated the fact that Mrs. Allred chose to write the journal entries using correct grammar and spelling, so that it was easier to read, rather than writing them as teens would (although she did a great job giving each person their own voice!).

I love the relationship Mrs. Childs had with her students, and how much they all (including Mrs. Childs) grew over the course of the year. What an amazing and inspirational book!

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Meet the Author

TARA C. ALLRED is an award-winning author, instructional designer, and educator. She has been recognized as a California Scholar of the Arts for Creative Writing and is a recipient of the Howey awards for Best Adult Book and Best Adult Author. She lives in Utah with her husband.

Her published works include Sanders' Starfish, Unauthored Letters, and The Other Side of Quiet.

She is also the founder of the Other Side of Quiet online creative writing group (
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Booker: Tap That Review and Giveaway

A performance for the ages.

Courtney Johnson brings the house down in the heart of the vibrant Dallas Arts District. Later, shrills pierce the hallways of Wyle Theater when Courtney, a budding Broadway musical star, is found dead, a single bullet to the head.

Driven to find the killer before panic tears apart the arts community and all those who support it, private investigator Booker T. Adams discovers evidence of a professional hit, then uncovers a lovers ' triangle that takes him all the way to the mean streets of Boston.

And then it happens again. Another performer killed, someone Booker had met. Rocked by the shocking murders, performers and patrons alike fear that a serial killer is on the loose, and no one knows when and or where another dead body will show up.

But professional obligations quickly morph into personal vendettas. Running against an unforgiving clock, Booker is forced to solicit the help of a crime boss, The Shark.

With his life threatened at almost every turn, and his heart being put through a meat grinder, Booker taps into every resource at his disposal to stop more than just a killer.

But at what price?

Full of unforgettable characters, bone-chilling suspense and stunning thrills, BOOKER - Tap That is a wild ride that will test even the most fervent reader's quest for a luminous reading experience.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in the Booker series, which follows the life and career of Booker T. Adams. John Mefford writes a compelling mystery (or in actuality a book chock-full of mysteries) that leaves the reader guessing from page one.

Booker is cruising along with his private investigator career, and his personal life is plugging right along also. He's dating a woman he met when he solved her fiance's murder, and a ballerina is murdered at an event that they're attending. Booker is hired to solve the crime, but as the bodies begin to pile up Booker has to travel to Boston to continue hunting down the criminals.

This book can be read alone, but I definitely recommend starting the series from the beginning and enjoying them all!

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Booker: Streets of Mayhem (Booker #1)
On a cool October afternoon, the majestic blue sky above Dallas is polluted with swells of gray smoke, carrying shattered memories of fifteen people, mostly children, who've just been killed by an explosion on a bus.

A white supremacist group claims responsibility, opening old wounds, turning neighbor against neighbor--fracturing the community. A Southeast Dallas native, Booker T. Adams couldn't be more invested in the city…in the people he'd served for the last seven years as a beat cop for the Dallas Police Department. Without warning, it becomes personal for Booker on so many levels. And as panic grips the city, he must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to end the chaos.

With his career called into question and his family in the crosshairs of one terrorist act after another, Booker invests every fiber of his being to protect a broken community, and to stop the brutal, senseless slayings.

If he fails, terrorism will reign in the city of Dallas.

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About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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