Sunday, 5 April 2020

Review - The Secrets of Hawthorne House

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Matt's life changes forever when a family of druids moves into the dilapidated Victorian mansion next door. The story of an unlikely friendship, the clash of two completely different cultures, secret magic, and a search for the lost Hawthorne treasure.

Sunday Post - Star Trek, John Carter, and 007

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Morning, Everyone!


I hope everyone is doing well this morning and that you haven't had any cabin fever from being quarantined!

Currently, my insanity (and nerves) has been on edge for several days. While I have been out of the house to take out the garbage, mow the yard, and get the mail, I haven't been anywhere in over three weeks. As of Friday, Missouri is officially under stay-at-home orders until April 24th, which is something the governor should've done many weeks ago.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Saturday Takeover! with Donald Firesmith, Author of Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton



Good Morning, Bookworms! 


Welcome to the first ever Saturday Takeover!, where I'll be featuring guest posts and interviews with authors.

Today, I'm sharing an interview with author Donald Firesmith, author of the science fiction tale Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton.

Bluray Review - Ultraman Geed: The Movie

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.
AMAZON * Best Buy * Walmart

There's nothing geekier than spending your Saturday morning watching a little bit of Japanese superhero kaijua action!

That's right! This morning I watched the Ultraman Geed: The Movie (or otherwise known as Ultraman Geed: The Movie: Connect The Wishes!), which is the spinoff movie of the 2017 Ultraman Geed series. The 73-minute movie was recently released to Blu-ray by Mill Creek Entertainment. The film was previously released as in a Blu-ray Combo Pack last year with the Ultraman Geed series.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Book Blogger Hop: April 3rd - 9th


Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


If you want to schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

The Book Blogger Hop now has its own Facebook Group! Please join the group to get all the newest Book Blogger Hop updates. Also, you can communicate with your fellow book bloggers in the group.

What To Do


1. Post on your blog answering this question:


Do you have more photos of books you saw in a bookstore or elsewhere or family photos on your phone?

This week's prompt is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews.


2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading a few posts and possible become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Friday 56 - Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope


Rules

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
 Add your (url) post below in the Linky at: www.fredasvoice.com
Add the post url, not your blog url.


"Well, what does it amount to? Machines. Complex, and organic, but not life."
page 56, Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack

  

My Thoughts

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Review - After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Paperback * Kindle

Being released on April 7th from Poisoned Pen Press is the thriller "After She Wrote Him" by Sulari Gentill, winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. There's been a lot of buzz around this title and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an ARC earlier this year.

The novel centers around Madeleine d'Leon, a former corporate lawyer who quit her day job to write quirky whodunit mysteries. Her next writing project is a crime novel that centers around the character Edward "Ned" McGinnity, a literary author who finds himself in a middle of a murder mystery when the famous critic Geoffrey Vogel is murdered at an art gallery event.

Madeleine becomes obsessed with her creation and at times she cannot tell between what's reality and what's fiction.

Final Thoughts

From my understanding, After She Wrote Him was originally released in 2017 under the title Crossing the Lines, though I'm not for sure if that was an Australian release, which is the author's home country. Sometimes titles do get changed for USA releases. Then again, I might be completely clueless on the subject and wasted an entire paragraph on nothing.

Anyway, I became interested in reading After She Wrote Him after hearing a lot buzz about the novel, which resulted in me getting my hands on an ARC. To keep things short, let's just say I was both intrigued and disappointed by the time I read the final page. The constant narration switcheroo wasn't too big of a distraction for me. However, the two narrations caused many "show, don't tell" moments and became very repetitive throughout the entire novel.

To enjoy a book, I need to connect with a character and, sadly, this never occurred with Madeleine or her creation, Edward. I found both characters to be quite boring!

Overall, After She Wrote Him has an interesting concept but was poorly executed by the author. I had to push myself just to finish reading it. Maybe other readers will like it, but I'm not one of them.


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Review - The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz

Available on Audible Audiobook!

Considering there's a worldwide epidemic, and add in the fact that I suffer from anxiety issues, the last thing I should be doing is reading a book about a man-made virus, but that's exactly what I did after I noticed author Dean Koontz was making online headlines with his 1981 thriller The Eyes of Darkness. It seems readers were saying Koontz predicted the COVID-19 virus, which if you've actually read the novel, then you would know it's a false claim.

Blu-ray Review - Dragonheart: Vengeance

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Available on Blu-ray & DVD!

Dragonheart: Vengeance Blu-ray has been sitting on my desk collecting dust for several weeks. It was released on Feb. 20th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It's the fifth installment of the film franchise that started with 1996's Dragonheart. Each new prequel/sequel have been released direct-to-video.

Blu-ray Review - Return of Ultraman

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Walmart * AMAZON * Best Buy

I've spent the past week binge-watching the 1971-1972 Japanese series Return of Ultraman, which was recently released to Blu-ray ($39.98; 21 hrs 39 mins) from Mill Creek Entertainment, featuring all 51 episodes on a 6-disc set. There are no special feature or bonus extras ,but it set does come with a 24-page episode guide booklet. The series is also available on a Blu-ray Steelbook!

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sunday Post - What Should I Read Next?

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Morning, Everyone!


I hope everyone is safe and sound this morning! The COVID-19 Virus has hit my county with one confirmed case as of Friday! I've heard rumors of who the individual is, but I don't like spreading rumors, so I'm not going to go into details. The county is under lockdown!

Friday, 27 March 2020

Book Blogger Hop: March 27th - April 2nd


Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


If you want to schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

The Book Blogger Hop now has its own Facebook Group! Please join the group to get all the newest Book Blogger Hop updates. Also, you can communicate with your fellow book bloggers in the group.

What To Do


1. Post on your blog answering this question:


Share a photo of one section of your bookshelf randomly selected or go ahead and share the entire bookshelf.

This week's prompt is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews.


2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading a few posts and possible become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Friday 56 - Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman


Rules

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
 Add your (url) post below in the Linky at: www.fredasvoice.com
Add the post url, not your blog url.


When you have drunk an entire bottle of white wine, coaxing a rather skittish garden spider into a clear plastic tumbler using only an old birthday card becomes more of a challenge to hand-eye coordination than it is at other times; a challenge that is not helped by a partially unclothed fiancee on the edge of hysterics, who, despite her announcement that she would wait in the kitchen, is instead leaning over your shoulder and offering advice.
page 56, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

  

My Thoughts

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

DVD Review - V.C. Andrews' Casteel Family

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Available on AMAZON
Now available to on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is V.C. Andrew's Casteel Family 5-Movie Series, which aired on Lifetime last year. The film series is based on V.C. Andrew's original novels, which were later finished by the ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman. There are are no special features or bonus extras.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Review - Forsaken by Sara Reinke

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Purchase on AMAZON * Add To Goodreads
Jason Sullivan has everything he could have wanted in life -- his own business, the perfect girlfriend and the perfect opportunity to ask her to marry him. Then, in one violent, unexpected moment, he loses it all. Murdered in cold blood, wrongly condemned and enslaved to a sadistic demon, Jason must fight to reclaim not only the life and love he'd once known, but also his soul.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sunday Post - Dean Koontz, Enterprise, and No Mercy

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Morning, Everyone!



What Am I Currently Reading?


I'm currently reading The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz. It was originally published in 1981 under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols. The novel has made its way into the headlines this past week because readers were saying Mr Koontz predicted the coronavirus, which isn't true, as the virus in the novel is man-made.

Sometime today, I'm going to start reading the eBook "Forsaken" by Sara Reinke, as I need to post my review for it on Tuesday for a book blog tour. And, no, I didn't forget about this title. I was just sent the eBook on the 16th.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Book Blogger Hop - March 20th - 26th


Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


If you want to schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

The Book Blogger Hop now has its own Facebook Group! Please join the group to get all the newest Book Blogger Hop updates. Also, you can communicate with your fellow book bloggers in the group.

What To Do


1. Post on your blog answering this question:


If you could add one interactive feature to reading books, what would it be?

This week's prompt is submitted by Kri @ The Tired Buyer.


2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading a few posts and possible become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Friday 56 - The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz


Rules

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
 Add your (url) post below in the Linky at: www.fredasvoice.com
Add the post url, not your blog url.


Helen Mainway chattered excitedly about the spectacular special effects, and Elliot Stryker had an endless supply of compliments as well as some astute observations about the technical aspects of the production, and Charlie Mainway poured a third bottle of Dom Perignon, and the house lights came up, and the audience reluctantly began to leave, and Tina hardly had a chance to sip her champagne because of all the people who stopped by the table to congratulate her.
page 56, The Eye of Darkness by Dean Koontz

  

My Thoughts

Thursday, 19 March 2020

3 Tips for Choosing Your Next Book

*This is a sponsored post.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to choose the next book you want to read. Even if you are an avid fiction reader, you may have an inkling for a change. When trying to find a new book to read, it can be very difficult to get past the cover. However, in order to fully understand the book and what it is about, you have to look past the cover. If you are able to follow the tips below, you may find a new world waiting for you to pick up and explore.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Random Ramblings - Sending Gifts During A Pandemic?

* This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Unless you've been living under a rock, then you already know about the world's pandemic's that has made the shelves at Walmart, Target, and grocery stores bare. Literally, everything has been cancelled — television shows, movies, sporting events, etc. Many people are now out of work thanks to the many business closing and the falling stock market. Times are definitely tough and extremely stressful for us all.

Finding a New Book To Read

*This is a sponsored post.

Reading is a relaxing activity that allows you to live in a different place and time for a while. There are many genres on the market that can hold your attention and keep you entertained. Here are some popular themes to consider.

Blu-ray Review - No Mercy (1986)

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Available to purchase at Walmart, Amazon, and Target.

Now available on Blu-ray is the 1986 action flick No Mercy (R; 106 mins; $14.98) starring Richard Gere and Kim Basinger. It's part of the continuing Retro VHS series from Mill Creek Entertainment, where the slipcover resembles the original VHS rental cover. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

How to Become a Science Fiction Writer

*This is a sponsored post.

Do you daydream of star travel or science just beyond reality’s grip? If so, then you just might have what it takes to be a science fiction writer. If you’re considering writing cosmic fiction or stores that take technology down exciting new avenues, there are a few things you want to keep in mind when you’re just starting out.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Monday Morning Madness - The Apocalypse is Upon Us!

This post will serve as a my "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" (hosted by The Book Date).

Good Morning, Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well this morning!

It seems everyone is a little worked up over the current epidemic, which is being overhyped by the media. Don't get me wrong, everyone should be sanitizing their hands and staying clear of anyone who's sick with anything, especially the elderly. Wear a face mask, if need be. However, there's no need to stockpile toilet paper! Good grief! COVID-19 attacks your respiratory system and not your gastrointestinal system. Have some common sense, people!

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Sunday Post - The Derseden Files, Jack Reacher, and More Trek

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Evening, Everyone!



What Am I Currently Reading?


I hope everyone is doing well tonight!

Like for most people, this past week was a little chaotic due to the pandemic.

Yes, I'm still reading The Chill by Scott Carson and one of these days I'm going to actually finish reading it. I believe on chapter five or six. With hardly anything else going on in my life this week, I should have plenty of time to read it.

Additionally, I'm going to read the newest Goosebumps book by R.L.Stine. I'll probably read it early tomorrow morning. It's pretty short, so it shouldn't take too long.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Review - A Glimmer of Ghosts by Hunter J. Skye

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.


Add to Goodreads
Amazon * B&N * Google * Kobo



One night of filming in the wrong cemetery changes everything for a celebrity ghost-hunter with a half dead brain. When Melisande Blythe discovers that a secret society of wraiths wants her killed or worse, Mel will have to do the one thing she promised she would never do… trust a ghost.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Review - Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI



It should be no surprise to anyone to learn that I love horror movies (and books). Since today's Friday the 13th, I'm featuring a review for Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI by Simon Hawke, which is based on the screenplay by Tom McClouglin for the sixth Friday the 13th film. The movie was released in 1986 and it marked the return of the horror villain icon Jason Voorhees, who was absent from the previous entry. (Spoiler Alert: Jason was replaced with a copycat killer!)

Book Blogger Hop: March 13th - 19th


Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


If you want to schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

The Book Blogger Hop now has its own Facebook Group! Please join the group to get all the newest Book Blogger Hop updates. Also, you can communicate with your fellow book bloggers in the group.

What To Do


1. Post on your blog answering this question:


Other than book reviews, what do you feature on your blog?

This week's prompt is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews.


2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading a few posts and possible become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Review - Trendhim Black Interceptor Watch


*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

My fascination with watches began during my childhood (way back in the late '80s) after I started watching 007 films. James Bond always had the coolest watches, so naturally I have owned many similar watches — some elegant and others that looked futuristic.

For the last few weeks, I've been wearing the "Black Interceptor Watch" from Trendhim, an online jewelry and accessory store for men.

Black Interceptor Watch


Retailing at $49, the quartz watch is made from metal alloy. It features rotating dials for the seconds, minutes, and hours. The time is indicated by a red stationary hand. The dials are painted in black and the numbers are white. The case and strap are black and gunmetal gray. The case itself measures 40mm diameter and 12mm depth.

The Black Interceptor Watch can be purchased at www.trendhim.com/black-interceptor-watch-p.html.

Trendhim


Located in Belgium, Trendhim was founded in 2007 by two eighteen-year-olds, Sebastian and Mikkel. By 2009, they had quit their regular jobs and focused all their attention solely on building their business. Later, a third partner, Martin, joined the team. As of 2019, the company has 13 unique brands with over 1,600 products, such as watches, jewelry, bags, cufflinks, belts, sunglasses, and wallets.

Learn more about Trendhim at www.trendhim.com.

Final Thoughts


The "Black Interceptor" is a great looking watching. The dials has an unique look that resembles both a speedometer and a compass. Add in the the metal strap, it has a futuristic vibe to it. The watch is very quite. You have to put the case up to your ear to hear it ticking.

The only major downside to this watch is that the strap is a little bit short. I have a large-size wrist, so I have to use the bottom hole of the strap. While I can go up one notch, it's a little too tight for my liking. Besides from this issue, the watch is perfect.

Despite the fact the watch was sent from overseas, it arrived fairly quickly in a decent size box.

Overall, I loved the Black Interceptor Watch. It's an excellent watch that'll appeal to men. Make sure to check to visit Trendhim as they carry many other watches, as well as suit accessories, jewelry, wallets, and many other things.