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Joni Martin, Friends, Family & Love Series

Genre: Mystery/Romance


When an obsessive admirer takes love to a whole new level, life takes a bizarre turn for 24-year old Lydia. She finds it difficult to adjust to and escape her new circumstances.

Her housemate Rob becomes more and more concerned about her when she does not return home from a night out with her friends and tries everything in his power to find out where she is.

Can Lydia escape the clutches of her obsessed admirer or will she be forced to adjust to living her life according to Sam’s beliefs and wishes?

Books the Friends, Family and Love series:

  1. Captive Love
  2. Freed Love 18+ / Freed Love censored
  3. Hidden Love
  4. Lost Love
  5. Holiday Love (due out August 2018)

This is the debut novel of this writer and weaves together love, suspense and psychological factors. If you like books by Karen Rose, Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs (some of the author’s favourite authors), you may wish to check this writer out as well.

Karen’s Book Buzz Review

This is a story about a guy who falls in love with a girl except he is obsessive and thinks that she will love him back. He want to set up house with her and live together happily ever after as she becomes his little wifey, cooking and cleaning and caring for him.

Of course, it is all in his head and the twist in the story is that he spikes her drink and kidnaps her and imprisons her in his basement.

The chapters are then divided into different first person viewpoints. We go into the main character, Lydia first and what she feels waking up tied to bed and not knowing where she is. She copes very well as I’d go balistic.

Then we move to Sam, her kidnapper and it is interesting to see what is running through his mind as he prepares to bring her home. He is totally irrational, of course. It makes interesting reading.

Finally, we go to Rob, Lydia’s flatmate. Here we go through the motions of him discovering she hasn’t come home, and checking with her friends and family.

I particularly liked the short chapters and felt like I was moving through the book quickly. It could have been a gory book but it wasn’t. it was all told in a without frightening scenes, all kind of matter of factly. In other words, anyone can read it and enjoy the fascinating insight into the minds of others, especially the psychotic Sam.

It is a good easy read. I will get to read the others soon, and am intrigued with the second which is an 18+ version.

Who is Joni Martins?

Joni, I met on a group that shares each other’s tweets on Twitter. She has the most glum and sad profile photo I have ever seen, and I thought it was an old fashioned photo she had got from somewhere. To my embarrassment she said, no that’s me. Luckily, she comes across as nothing like her photo suggests. She is very friendly and helpful and seemed to laugh at my faux pas. She uses it like that to keep her identity fairly private.

She was born in the Netherlands and now lives in the United Kingdom with her family. That’s why you will see on her Amazon page that her books are also available in Dutch.

Joni has always loved writing  but couldn’t do it while working full time, so now she has retired she can focus on it. Like me, she is a multi-genre writer, and I can tell in the book I read how there is a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, and crime. It makes it far more interesting when it is mixed up like that.

You can follow her on her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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Undercover Crime Shorts

Screen Shot 2019-05-20 at 09.38.09Genre: Short Stories/Crime


Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat.

Seven very different crime stories for you to enjoy.

Amazon UK
Amazon US


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

When I found out this author had written some crime shorts, I knew they would be good as I’d previously read some of her short stories. Jane Risdon has a magic pen. She knows how to write a tale that will intrigue and lure you in.

Seven ‘long’ short that were cleverly inspired by crime and murder.

Sweet Sable: The Red Siren is the first story and set in the thirties, it immediately created an atmaosphere of a times gone by. This crime noir tale was good start to the book.

Apartment 206c, couldn’t have been more different as it brings us bang up to date. We’ve all overheard people talking through walls, and China, the main character, hears her neighbours arguing. A fast past, heart thumping story with a twist.

Murder by Christmas – this was very clever. It’s started with the reading of a will, and certain people have to do certain things before they get their money. Very clever story.

The Watchers was a sad crime I felt. Two people who didn’t quite connect up again as we find out all it not what it seems.

The Honey Trap, and we have all heard of them and this one plays out as we meet the assassin.

The Look is similar to the previous one, and another cleverly written story. Although they were both good, I liked this one better because I love a strong female character.

The seventh story is called Undercover and is an extract from the author’s forthcoming book. I didn’t read this one, so you will have to make up your own mind about it.

I enjoy Jane Risdon’s writing and read her book Only One Women, which I absolutely loved. It takes the reader back to the rock n roll sixties. You can read my review here.

Jane also wrote a short story which I featured on the Magic of Stories site called Summer of Love, and is well worth a read.

The New Summer Garden

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Sam was a down and almost out, with little prospect for the future, when he meets Rachelle, the beautiful wife of the philanderous Peter, the kingpin of an international criminal business empire.

When Peter catches Sam ‘in flagrante’ with Rachelle, he ensures Sam’s simple life becomes complicated.

What happens next takes Sam on a surreal path, where the only plausible outcome is for Sam to end up in prison or dead… most probably both.

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Karen’s Book Buzz Review

This adult themed book is a great little read. It tells the story of Sam in his own words. He is a down and out, bit of drunk, no money, and lives hand to mouth. But the one thing he is, is a worker. When he’s asked to move top soil for a new summer garden, his problems are about to begin.

We know there is a problem, a big one because Sam tells us right at the beginning that he is in big trouble. Although, you soon forget about that when he meets Rachelle and is lured into her bed.

The story is a page turner as Sam gets in deeper and deep and through no fault of his own, except he is unable to resist sexy woman. These type of women are always trouble, so you know right from the beginning things are not going to end well.

It doesn’t, and you’ll want to keep on reading because you have to know every last detail. Sam is a clever man. He devises plan, which he doesn’t reveal, but I had guessed – only I hadn’t expected one final twist ….

I liked Sam, he was an interesting man!


Paul White is a prolific writer and he doesn’t just stick to one genre. He just can’t stop writing and even has a website of short stories, should you want to read more.

Electric Eclectic Books, are a great for finding new authors and there is such a varity of genres. These are Paul’s other books under the EE Brand.

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Down by the River

KindleGenre: Thriller/Crime/Paranormal


What happened that night down by the river?

When Shelby’s best friend goes missing, she has to return to her hometown to search for her. As soon as she steps off the bus, she knows it is too late. Her visions are vague but the sense of foreboding is not.

What is Mary-Jo’s boyfriend not saying, and why is Sheriff Rawden Hughes so convinced he is guilty?

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Down by the River is an Electric Eclectic book. Novellas that satisfy your desire. All genres, different authors. Add Down by the River to your Goodreads to read shelf.

Karen J Mossman's World of Stories


Rawden smiled again, a slow patient kind of smile. “A year away from this place has done you good. You look prettier than ever.”

She hated the way he looked at her; hated the way his belly squeezed into his trousers. “I couldn’t marry you, Rawden. You know that.”

“I always live in hope.”

“Blackmail is a dirty game,” she reminded him.

“Blackmail? Come on,” he clicked his tongue. “Blackmail is a dirty word, little Shelb.”

She hated the way he said her name like that. It felt like slim spilling over here. She looked around, but they were alone. It was unnerving. She didn’t trust him. He was capable of anything.

“My Pa was sober when I went home,” she said, changing the subject as her heart thumped.

Losing Mary-Jo hit him badly,” said Rawden, and she wasn’t sure what he meant by that. Mary-Jo’s death had hit everyone badly. This was a small town. People took things personally. The shock of a death would reverberate for a long time.

“What about Ricky? Have you charged him?” she asked.

“Not yet. He’ll crack. His type always does.”

“Not if he’s innocent, he won’t,” she pointed out.

“Even if he’s innocent. But he isn’t. He did it, all right.” Rawden sounded confident.


This story was inspired by Richard Marx’s 90s song, Hazard.

Hunting Harry

Screen Shot 2019-02-25 at 19.28.13Genre: Suspense/crime//short story


A city financier dies leaving millions locked away in secret accounts. His son looks forward to a fortune but there’s a catch, the will. It falls to a jobbing actor to play the role of his life to unlock the key to great wealth. Follow the twists and turns of the plot in this short story, a thirty minute read.

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Lurking behind this cover is a really good short story.  I was asked by a friend to read his book. I don’t normally accept books to review, but the fact it was a short story, and I liked the author, swayed me to download it.

Harry has a missing stepbrother, and in order to satisfy the conditions of his father’s will, George Baumann must find him. The story was well written and succinct, and I liked it for that. It got straight to the point without any fluffing about. The author told the taile well and I really enjoyed it, especially when what happened was something I wasn’t expecting. I like a story that takes me somewhere I don’t expect.

When I first saw the cover, I thought it was an audio book, as the dimensions were different from the normal size. I also thought the man on the right was a young Martin Clunes. I know what its supposed to represent, but it doesn’t do justice to a good story.

When you have an hour to kill, then its perfect and whats even more perfect is how you can download it for free if you’re a member of kindle unlimited.

See One – Read One

Today I am bringing you something different. As you know I love books and especially helping to promote Indie authors.

On Facebook we have a group called the Author Train Depot and it gives us a chance to share our books. So as not to outshine each other, all our blurb is the same length and our book covers are the same size. So you can simply see one – read one.

If you can reblog this, it helps to spread the word – if you are an author, why not tag your book on too.

#crimebooks #thrillers #romance #books #nonfiction


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Down by the River, an Electric Eclectic novelette. Inspired by Richard Marx’s Hazard.
Author: Karen J Mossman

Shelby returns home to find her missing friend. Soon as she arrives, she knows somethings wrong. What is Mary-Jo’s boyfriend hiding? Why does the sheriff think he’s guilty and why is her Pa still sober?

Down by the River




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W to M of Self-Publishing: Why do Indie Authors Fail?
Author: Prakash Vir Sharma

Genre: Non-fiction (Advice and How to)

What if you know how to hit #1 Bestseller rank on Amazon without paid promotions?

W to M of Sef Publishing




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Bitter Prophecy
by S. Tilghman Hawthorne

Genre: Fantasy

Description: Gef’s unsavory past enslaved him to the rule of the Priests.

Their Vision dooms Merrith. Will Gef be able to save her?

Or will he deliver this innocent child to a terrible fate?

The destiny of all depends on his decisions!

Bitter Prophery




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by Kirsten Nairn.
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Description: Contemporary romance. Jen and Mack are the perfect couple who have it all, but Mack finds himself drawn to Abbi sending him on a downward spiral which has a devastating effect on everyone’s lives. Is this the end for Jen and Mack?

A Sorry Affair






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Old Baggage, Never Too Late for a New Beginning
By: Toni Kief
Genre: Fiction –Women’s Fiction

Elizabeth Donovan finally had enough, and struck back. Pickles on the floor to more than a bus ride. Libby faces her secret and stumbles into a mystery that had haunted her life. Coming of age isn’t just for the young.

Old Baggage




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Author: Liv Bartlett
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Description: In her first year flying solo as producer on a BBC sleeper hit, Kat risks everything to hire mega-star, Ian Graham. Her heart, business, and friendships embark on a crash course as Ian twists Kat into a chameleon fit for success.

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No Reception
Author: Maisie Porter
Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Description: Zody, a wedding photographer, receives anonymous death threats. Helena befriends Zody, but ultimately wants to be her. Gradually she tries to take over her life. Their lives intertwine in a way neither could have foreseen.

No Reception