“Often chilling, always entertaining”

It’s good to know Painted Black is still pulling in new readers and admirers.

Painted Black

5 star review Timing is everything.  During October, reviewer Angie Mangino is giving away her print reviewer’s copy of Painted Black in a contest on Facebook.  Then today, I received notice that Gary Stout posted a review of Painted Black on Amazon.  A five-star review, no less!  So after you read HIS five-star review, go to Angie’s Facebook page to read HER -five star review, and then comment in her post to possibly win your very own print version of the book.

Here’s What Gary had to say:

5.0 out of 5 starsOften Chilling, Always Entertaining, October 5, 2013
This review is from: Painted Black (Kindle Edition)

Borys has written a story from the streets of Chicago. She has developed consistent characters, used excellent imagery, and captured a glimpse of youth viewpoint of life on the streets and lost innocence. It’s easy to get behind the plot and want to follow along…

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Scales Review

ScalesHopefully you remember Acacia Awai from her guest post she wrote for me a little while ago.  Well, I finally got around to writing a review for her romantic fantsy novel, Scales, which I posted on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com.  Here’s what I thought of the book.  If it sounds like your kind of book, I encourage you to get a copy and decide what you think.

Scales Scales by Acacia Awai

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I should have read this sooner! I’ve had this book for a while but I kept putting off reading it because I was so busy and also it’s not my preferred genre. I’m not much into romances and I’m picky about my fantasy/sci-fi/alternate reality kind of stories. Joss Whedon spoiled me that way I guess—too many writers and/or directors don’t live up to my standards any more.

But this book has something uniquely special about it. For one thing, it’s set in Hawaii and the tropical sensuality of the place really adds a certain aura to the story that is enticing. Awai sure knows her home state. For another, whoever would have thought of Dragons like the ones Awai creates in her Scales series? Especially dragons like Hatch Lancaster! Completely unexpected and like nothing you’ve ever read before.

At times I grew a little impatient with the love story between Hatch and Blue, but I blame that on my personal disinterest in romances in general. I’m a mystery/suspense gal so if things get too kissy, kissy I’m all “Get on with the story already.”

Awai handles both romance and suspense with a fun and riveting flair that keeps you reading till the end. It’s good to know there are two more books coming in the series, because with an iceberg tip this entertaining, you just know you have to see what the whole glacier looks like. (Ach, iceberg metaphors about a book set in Hawaii—what am I thinking?!)

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