Conger Books Reviews

Reviews by JoEllen Conger

2010

 

Genre: Encore L‘Amour Romance

Title: ANALYSIS OF LOVE

Author: Fiona McGier

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: February 2010

eISBN: 978-1-59705-129-3

ISBN: 978-1-59705-587-1

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 11-10-2009

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

ANALYSIS OF LOVE

 

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Fiona McGier’s fourth book in the Reyes Family Series portrays Catalina Reyes as a hot, ambitious reporter sent by her employer to discredit the psychotherapist who has turned his son’s motivations away from taking over the family newspaper business. But once she meets Dr. Evan Thompson under false pretenses, can she follow through with Wolfgang Stevenson’s revenge? This is another sexy, hot tamale story filled with heart-stopping love scenes.

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Thirty-five year old Catalina Reyes takes her job as a reporter very seriously. When her boss, Wolfgang Stevenson demands that she seduce and discredit his son’s shrink, Cat goes to her appointment dressed to kill. Her perfect body and her revealing clothes might have worked on any other man, but not Dr. Evan Thompson. He is blind. She realizes her usual bag-of-tricks aren’t going to work on him. However, she has an assignment and a deadline to meet. So, she gets right down to getting the job done.

Cat uses her hot tamale sexuality to seduce the good doctor, but can she follow through with the article she has agreed to write? And once she has him hooked, can she let him go? Will her extensive Mexican family: brothers, sisters, parents, and God-parents look at a blind man as someone they want to accept into their family? Oh yeah, this writer is recognized for her sexy, salsa-hot love scenes. Bite me!

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Genre: General Fiction - Biography

Title: AN EPIC LIFE

Author: Kev Richardson

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 1st August 2010

eISBN: 978-1-59705-497-3

ISBN: 978-1-59705-514-7

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: September 19, 2009

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

AN EPIC LIFE

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A continuing Kev Richardson historical account of his extensive ancestral family tree, down through the evolving times of the industrial revolution brought on by steam engines, hand crafted train coaches, and the ever spreading spider-webbing of railroad tracks upon a raw new continent…New South Wales…and Van Diemen’s Land. This author has an enchanting way of portraying the reality of living and breathing people behind the facts and dates found in your history books.

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In AN EPIC LIFE, in the mid 1800’s it became important to populate the British Colonies’ frontiers. It was a time in history when the number of sons was the only thing that insured future prosperity. While adventurous men put their backs into the needed work force to conquer the new land, the brave young brides did what they did best…kept house and bore new ‘Littlies’. It was a harsh land, and not all of them survived, as the graveyards attest. It was a time when men and women braved the unknown to develop new territories.

Steam engines challenged the prospects of a meaningful future for those who recognized the importance of learning their letters and numbers. Education became more important than just for the elite. Even for those spunky enough to educate themselves, letter writing became one of the only ways to keep in touch with uprooted families, constantly on the move to wherever their work demanded they go.

After his father’s untimely death, as the oldest child in the family, it fell to Charles Allison Richardson to face the responsibility to provide for his parents’ family. Apprenticed at age twelve to his uncle John, Charles became fast chums with his cousin Richard. Once educated in the service of the Royal Engineers, the two young men joined The Conway Seven survey team, setting out to explore the new land, and find a passage through the challenging terrain of the Blue Mountains. Eventually, no longer a part of the army, they worked for the new government to decide the placements for future rail lines and train stations.

Kev Richardson carries you through the laughter and pathos of a large family bent on taking care of their own. Their integrated families have a proud history, and a bloodline to uphold. The story includes numerous nuptials, birthings, baptisms and unexpected funerals. It was an era when loyal family members stuck together through thick and thin…happiness, contentment… or grief, determined to survive each new challenge.   

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Genre: Historical / General Fiction

Title: BROGAN

1.)    Brogan, the Boy

2.)    Brogan The Arab

3.)    Brogan The Man

Author: Kev Richardson

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 5-2010

eISBN: 978-1-59705-121-7

ISBN: 978-1-59705-885-8

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 4-8-2010

Review Rate: 5+

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

BROGAN

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Brogan…the boy, was born from a loveless relationship of the man who sired him. He was looked after by whomever his father found to care for him, as though he were an unwanted pup. If it hadn’t been for Da’oud, the old Arab, he might never have lived to become a man.

Some people are born with a higher sense of self-survival than others, and Brogan learned through his hard knocks just how to meet adventure head on. This is a very sensitive look of an unwanted boy’s growing up and surviving in Australia to become ‘Brogan the Man’.

Kev Richardson, Australia’s multi-published Historical author, adds this previously released account of Brogan’s beginnings by another publisher, to the other Brogan stories already released by Wings ePress Inc. – Brogan Abroad, Brogan’s Bella, and Brogan’s Bust. This latest release by Wings ePress Inc. covers the loveless beginnings in Australia of the adventurous man known only as Brogan.

 

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Brogan learned to ride a pony at an early age in order to keep up with his sheep drover father. It never occurred to him to wonder why he had no loving family like other boys. The man he followed had never bothered to give him a name…he simply answered to ‘Boy’. Yet, the old Arab camel driver, Da’oud, kept an eye out for the lad. But it wasn’t until his father hadn’t returned from the war that he discovered he and the old Arab were related by birth--the old man was his grandfather. As such, Da’oud took over his life’s training, naming him Amr. He soon learned to accept the name and wear a turban, like his grandfather, against the infestation of flies and blowing sand.

While Da’oud was off running his camel caravan, ranchers Jim and Lill Witherspoon took up keeping watch over him along with their other orphaned boys. However, it was his relationship with the Arab camel boys that created his worst nightmare…Clam and Bert, sons of Wilf Harris, hated the Arabs.

When Amr Brogan first put his hands on a flying machine, he knew who he wanted to be when he became a man. He vowed nothing, and no one would ever stand in the way of his dream. He would do whatever it took to fly a plane. This is the beginning of the Brogan series, and how he became the adventurous man in all the exciting books that follow. This book is definitely a keeper.

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Genre: Suspense/ Adventure

Tital: BROGAN ABROAD

Author: Kev Richardson

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 6-2010

eISBN: 978-1-59705-404-1

ISBN: 978-1-59705-935-0

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 10-6-2008

Review Rating: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

BROGAN ABROAD

 

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This may not be the same ‘Brogan’ as Kev Richardson portrayed in his other Brogan stories, but he nonetheless fits the same mold of a devil-may-care adventurer. At first I thought if this Brogan didn’t have ‘bad luck’ he wouldn’t have any luck at all…but then I realized that if it hadn’t been for his luck he surely would have been robbed of more than just his camera in Africa, gotten nailed as a smuggler of exotic women, or had his throat slashed in a darkened alley. I challenge anyone to put this book down once they start reading. Double dare you!

JoEllen – Conger Book Reviews (USA)

Review:

Brogan, a freelance Travel Journalist doesn’t have to look for trouble. It seeks him out. Becky, his live-in partner of two years is an actress on the go. Both are familiar with the stresses created during International travel. Brogan’s employer is always assigning him to far off places to assess and write about various traveling venues, some of them more difficult than others. Least of which is the little revolution in The Sudan as he has been dispatched to evaluate a certain train ride for a Backpacker’s Holiday. Nothing endangers North-African trains running on time like a little political unrest.

And in the meantime he has also been conned into smuggling a foreign ‘working girl’ into Australia. Hopefully, not getting himself caught for trafficking a high maintenance call girl into the country. “The Daeng Project” as he calls it, has the shots being called by a shadowy man by the name of Neung—as well as mysterious individuals from the Embassy, who do not seem to exist when he tries to report his progress.

Brogan Abroad is an exciting, fast moving tale of intrigue, airline strikes, kidnapping, political unrest, threatening bad guys, revolutions, and smuggling, that Brogan must weave around an exacting time table… or else.

Kev Richardson does himself proud on this one. It’s the kind of book you can’t put down.

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Title: ETERNITY’S SCOTTISH HERO

Author: Jayme Evans

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 4/2010

ISBN: 978-1-59705-697-7

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Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 1/23/2010

Review Rate: 5+

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

ETERNITY’S SCOTTISH HERO

 

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What I truly enjoyed about this vampire story is the sense of family devotion, love, and loyalty. It is outstanding the way Jayme Evans blends and weaves together two different timelines bringing this shapeshifter story out of medieval Scotland into contemporary America. It is the remarkable tale of two devoted brothers, vampires, meeting and falling in love with two present-day sisters, and their misadventures in adjusting to just what it takes to follow their hearts. I classify this book a 5+.

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Lowland Scottish warrior, Gordon Wallace, undergoes transformation in 1302, when a vampire takes Gordon as her entranced servant. After a time Gorgon tricks her to gain his freedom, but is never accepted back by his previously loving wife and daughters. His only true friend is his brother, Friar Rory Wallace, whose life he must save one fateful day by transforming him into a vampire.

Brenna Freeman and her sister Rachel Lions are living together at a zoo in Kentucky, where Gordon watches Brenna working at her chores with the animals…and loses his heart to her. Brenna, he discovers, is being stalked by an evil vampire and he must use all his special skills and powers to protect her. He introduces his brother, to help add security for the two sisters who live in a secluded cabin on the zoo property.

There is lots of excitement as the two brothers attempt to protect the sisters from Ivar Raynor, the wicked vampire and shapeshifter, bent on kidnapping Brenna to turn her into his love slave. The surprise ending will have you fearfully glancing over your shoulder as you feverishly turn the pages, not daring to skip ahead for fear of missing something. Get this one. It’s definitely a keeper.

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Genre: Crime/ Thriller

Title: Love Or Die

Author: Gabril Timer

Publisher: Freya’s Bower

Release Date: January 2010

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Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 11-12-2009

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Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

LOVE OR DIE

 

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Multi-published author, Gabriel Timar crafts a steamy international thriller, where his heroine must use the only weapons she has to save her own life. Claire Havas, a professional accountant is blackmailed into joining an international assassin’s organization. I read this one wearing asbestos gloves. So, be forewarned. This book has sexually explicit content from beginning to end.

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Drugged, raped, and blackmailed, Hungarian born Claire Havas, an exceptional financial accountant, finds herself a sex slave to an international organization that deals in high-finance murder. She finally discovers her phone calls are being used to arrange assassinations of prominent business people all over the world. Drawn into the organization’s higher dealings, she must use her every tool to save herself from being the next one on the hit list. She uses her quick wits, her high sense of self-survival…and her magnificent body to gain the knowledge she needs to put her plan for revenge into motion.

This is a fast moving story of code names, crime, murder, and International Banking. You won’t be able to set it down.

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Genre: Contemporary: Encore L’Amour

Title: LOVE THERAPY

Author: Fiona Mc Gier

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 6/2010

eISBN:978-1-59705-115-6

ISBN: 978-1-59705-520-8

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 2/11/2010

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

LOVE THERAPY

 

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Once again Fiona McGier brings us another salsa-hot segment in the history of this Hispanic family. She has a way of sharing the Reyes family’s love and exciting passion for life…the kind of passion that keeps a large family together sharing their love and compassion for one-another. It’s the type of family you wouldn’t mind belonging to yourself.

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Miguel Reyes, just turning thirty-eight, decides at the very last moment to attend his high school reunion. It wasn’t with the idea of seeing his long-lost high school sweetheart. He’d given up on her years ago…but there she was, and it wasn’t just his body that betrayed him. He fought his memories of just how much he wanted her. She had been his very first teenage lover. He still wanted her with every fiber of his being. It took every bit of his determination to turn his back on her and just walk away.

When her condominium burns down, he spies her weeping on the sidewalk, and this time he cannot turn his back on her. He gathers her up and takes her to his own apartment. There he discovers that twenty years of denial simply isn’t working. This wasn’t the end of it, although his entire family warned him not to let her hurt him again; that Alicia Torres simply wasn’t worth all the pain.

Miguel and Alicia both struggle to overcome their personal fears of rejection and destructive relationships. They each have problems that seem destined to keep them apart. This is a well-written story about how they each face their personal fears, and finally become a family unit.

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Genre: Paranormal

Title: OPALS AND RUBIES

Author: E. B. Loan

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 7-2010

eISBN: 978-1-59705-447-8

ISBN: 978-1-59705-547-5

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 4-3-2010

Review Rate: 5+

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

OPALS AND RUBIES

 

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OMG! If you like your stories with a bit of chill to them, this one will definitely have the hair standing up on the back of your neck. It is gripping. It is suspenseful. You won’t be able to put it down. I’m sure even Stephen King would have a hard time not reading this one straight through. You might want to read this during daylight hours, or after dark you’ll be wondering what that clawing noise is under your house? This is a seamless, well-crafted paranormal tale to chill your blood. I highly recommend it.

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Wife beater, Tommy McClure, knows he has to stay strong to keep his young wife in line, but he is finding it harder to do…knowing he is dying. This small town Tennessee couple living in a rundown trailer at the end of a dirt road, have a strained relationship, at best. Ruby Louise does whatever she can to stay on Tommy’s good side…even lie.

However things seem to be coming to a head when Bobby’s old departed dad, Big Ray, escapes purgatory to come back to give his son some meaningful advise. Together, they fight off the demons living under the trailer. Then, Ruby Louise takes up with an orphan girl to foster over the Holidays…a traumatized ghost of a child who never speaks, only blinks to communicate.

When Baby Ray hauls his unconscious older brother off to the hospital to find out what ails him, Tommy is sure that Demons and Soul Seekers are out to steal his soul. No one else believes in the monsters he is seeing, except his dad’s shadow, but Tommy knows if he doesn’t change his ways, he’ll be headed straight to hell as soon as the Dark Angle catches up with him.

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Genre: Encore L’Amore - Suspense

Title: THE MENOPAUSE MURDERS: Hostage

Author: Eleanor Sullo

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: February 2010

eISBN: 978-159705-186-6

ISBN: 978-1-59705-510-9

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 1/13/2010

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

THE MENOPAUSE MURDERS: Hostage

 

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Eleanore Sullo’s above average who-done-it, The Menopause Murders: Hostage, has enough twisting intrigue and bold suspense that you won’t be able to put this book down. Her unique multi-character presentation is sometimes hard to follow, when all six main characters are written in first person, however, I found this exceptionally well crafted suspense, told in an entertaining tongue-in-cheek humor, well worth the effort. By all means treat yourself. Get this book. It will keep you laughing and rooting for this group of ladies as they brave their fears, and boldly strive to protect one another against the injustices of the world. I truly enjoyed this highly suspenseful plot. It will keep you guessing all the way to the very last page.

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Six menopausal ladies, and longtime friends, wearing gaudy accessories, set out to create a club called “The Women On Fire.” Before they can even get their new organization off the ground someone has the audacity to kill the gardener…and slap this group of older ladies around…very ungentlemanly. But who knew enough about Ada’s wealth to try to frighten her into handing over all her money? And why? Yet, things get even stranger than just a bumbling robber when these girls start unearthing all the clues to who is really behind this nefarious plot. These six long-time friends are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to dealing with the men in their lives.

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Genre: Futuristic/Science Fantasy

Title: To Wish For Someone

Author: Jayme Evans

Publisher: Wings ePress Inc.

Release Date: 12-2010

eISBN: 978-1-59705-055-5

ISBN: 978-1-59705-892-1

Review Company: Conger Books Reviews

Review Date: 1-03-2011

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

TO WISH FOR SOMEONE

 

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Jayme Evans’ latest other-world, high action adventure, To Wish For Someone, follows her series of the star-travelers of a distant galaxy studying the people of Earth. Celesta of the family Carro, comes to research Earth’s social behavior in a small college town, but an untimely accident resulting in amnesia, brings her in contact with Dr. Jordan Barclay. He doubts that she is really who she says she is; and falls in love with her as he tries to uncover her true identity. I really enjoyed this continuing outer-space episode, and highly recommend this book for your other-world enjoyment.

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Celesta has forgotten her true identity and her auspicious mission to research the cultural behavior of Earthlings, granted by Crown Prince Daamic of the family Ominar. But nonetheless she falls under the protection of Earth Ambassador Lance of the family Lincoln as her contact. Her original project is to take a year of Earth’s time to conduct her evaluation of humanity’s readiness to accept interaction with other interstellar races.

But Celesta meets the worst possible representatives of the college town’s inhabitations. She is molested, nearly raped, accosted, beaten and kidnapped by a family of local low-lifes. However, she is determined to follow through with her assignment. On the positive side of her report she meets and develops delightful relationships with Dr. Jordan Barclay and his family, ailing father and Private Investigating sister.

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