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DRACULA: Hearts of Stone.
Enter this world of magical vampires. It’s a place where enchantment and biters interweave for an exciting adventure.
It’s a tale of magic, romance and fangs; a tale of valor.
We start with a shiny new pot of boiling water and add too many evil vampires, and not enough of the good biters. Toss in one suicidal Dracula; add a cup of mayhem and a dash of romance. Oh yes, and a pinch of mirth. Stir lovingly and you have a new novel by A. J. Gallant. If it sounds like the recipe for you then you must read Dracula: Hearts of Stone.
"Madman in the Mirror" is a story about a man - Henry Johnson - who is raised by a psychopath and forced to watch - even as a baby - his father murder people on a regular basis. He is also abused and brainwashed, turning him into a sociopath. Henry stalks and murders people efficiently - he tells himself that he may be a killer, but he doesn't want people to suffer. He is haunted by hallucinations, including a specter in his mirror that talks to him.
“A.J. is a master at creating word images that remain with the reader long after the book is finished.” Richard S. Friedman
You can read excerpts on my author page here:
It is very strange. I can see it on my own profile page. It is when I pick a book I want to put on a group shelf, and where it says to add/remove a book...if I choose add, all my groups come up except Armchair Squints, even though it is also one of my groups.
Thanks for joining the Mystery & Suspense group! Tell us something about you in the Introduce Yourself discussion topic and who are some of your favorite authors in this genre.
We hope you'll be able to participate in the selection of our next book for group discussion at the end of the month.
thanks Wendy, I think I'll have the read the whole fever series again. I had just re-read her Highlander series before starting the fever books them so didn't really take to them as much as I would probably have if I'd read them with a clean slate. the two series are pretty different in style and mood!
I'll have to move up the Maggie Sefton then. I can never resist a cozy series so many of them get added and then I lose track when I go off on some other tangent! Case in point, I meant to start a new cozy set in the 1920s (love that decade!) called Murder Your Darlings and instead ended up reading (and loving!) Jim Butcher's Storm Front! lol!
Thanks for the message, darling. All is well. Was stressing about finals, but the semester is now over and I'm about to start Storm Front. I'll be back to full participation mode starting tomorrow. Have been avoiding even coming onto this site because I knew that once I just snuck a peek at our discussion boards I'd be sucked in. :) Hope all is well with you too! Chat soon.
Wendy just aquick note to apologize for for not giving you the rest of the info on Slimmingworld.So sorry,am swamped at the moment,no time to breathe,and we are fighting for the computer more than ever, My stepson in Roanoke had to bring his mother over from Africa for serious heart surgery this week,she had a large number of clots in and around the heart.She is now out of intensive care,and my husband and I are trying to give him some support,he is a very busy doctor,and we are using Skype to talk to him at odd times of the day and night,because of the 5 hour time lag.This is putting even more pressure on my getting the computer.Cant exactly say stop comforting your son so I can chat to shelfarians! lol..Lets hope things calm down soon,and we can chat more.
By the way,I know you only are in this one group,but would you just like to take a look at my favourite group,the one I look on as ''home''? Its called I'M NOT A BOOKSNOB BOOKCLUB and we all have great fun on it.Take a peek!
Wendy,I hope you see this note.iwas a bit discocerted to see our twitter squints chat about diets had been relegated to the second page.Perhaps someone thought it was inapproprite.So I think tomorrow I will give you more info on this public notes site,Then if you make note of the important bits on twitter squints,then we can delete our chat from that thread.I suppose it is a bit personal,and a long way away from books.Also that infomation was paid for by Slimming world members,perhaps I shouldnt be broadcasting it lol !
Reply to this by this note section,not on squints
Some of my fave early Francis are Bonecrack,Enquiry,For kicks.
The most critically acclaimed are the Sid Halley books.Odds against and Whip hand.
I enjoy some of the later books which are more character driven than adventures.I like The Danger,Reflex,Proof.
How are you getting on with Then There Were None? I think its a fun read.
I see you are living in Virginia.My stepson,who is Ugandan ,is married to a black American and they and their 3 children live in a tiny place called Salem,but James is a doctor and he is a partner in a practice in Roanoke.No,I do NOT expect you to know them,just thought Id mention it! lol.
Dick Francis has been one of the UKs most popular thriller writers of the last 40 years,whose books have never been out of print.He was a champion steeplechase jockey who after serious injury became a writer.He can produce thrilling plots,but is more than a standard thriller writer in that he really shows us the mind of his protagonist.He is skilful in showing their attitudes and personal traits and usually shows a good ethical man having to withstand bad situations and dig deep for fortitude and courage.Francis is a master of pacing and suspense,distinctive characterization,and marvellous one liners which make you think of Raymond Chandler.
I've read some of his books at least five times,whereas I dont normally reread thrillers at all,nor do I buy them.I have 35 Francis's on my shelf,which will give some indication of my opinion of him!
Hi Wendy,thank you for ''friending'' me.I'm sure I'll enjoy the group.Did you use the tags under my shelf to find the crime books,otherwise you'll be there all day!I'm sorry to say Karen Marie Moning is not an author I've come across here in the UK.I have seen on shelfari that she is very popular in the US.And there are only 2 Diane Mott Davidson that I will try sometimes.I can see that you REEALLY like Dean Koontz lol.I think I have read more than I put on my shelf,but I read him in the early 90s mostly,so I am not too familiar with his later stuff.The Odd Thomas books seem extremely popular.I look forward to talking with you more later!
Hey! Sorry so much time has passed for this reply. Man, school is making me crazy this semester! I did finish "Relic" a while ago, so I need to post my thoughts. Thanks for the Dresden info. I'll make sure to put it up higher on my TBR list. Really? What convention and where?
Yeah, I know she was the mother of Tutenanhkamen (I think that's how you spell his name), the boy king. Her husband was the guy who tried to rearrange the religious system of Egypt until he was assassinated. I read the book's descrip. and reviews--the concept that the King was acting out of a desire to break corrupting forces is an interesting one. And I always like historical fiction about Egypt, because it's so very hard to conceive the artifacts we find as being part of a living, breathing civilization--but then, perhaps they were obsessed with death, and that's why they spent so much of their resources on it.