RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Finished the book yesterday. I want to read it again! I can't say that about most books. I was surprised at the accuracy of writing about a woman's thoughts and feelings as a man, it was very well captured. The story was simple yet portrayed very complex issues and the writing was both raw yet beautiful and gave great depth to the characters. I'm an avid reader (usually crime fiction), Beat The Rain ☔️ is definitely one of the best books I've read in a long time and I will be highly recommending it to friends. The only negative and very small point is that I wouldn't have described it as a psychological thriller.... it was better! ~ Lily, Facebook

  • Emancipation of B, The
    Jennifer Kavanagh
    I bought this because I know and like the author, Jennifer, so wanted to support her work. My plan was that I would be nice about it on GoodReads if liked it but keep quiet about it if I thought it was rubbish. What was I not expecting was to love it but I did.

    This book is amazing. I was genuinely hooked from the first page. Most authors if their plot, as this book does, revolved around a modern-day hermit, would make the said hermit mad or bad - or probably both. But Jennifer's B is neither; he's someone who is fulfilling a lifelong desire for complete solitude. The story focuses on how solitude enables him to truly know himself and to truly understand his life. However, it is also reassuringly realistic. B struggles with the lack of contact with others and, as you might expect, with the sheer boredom of it all.

    As an introvert, I've often want to shut the world out - in fact, today, I opted for staying at home by myself to read this book rather than go to a social event where, gasp, I might have to speak to people. Therefore, it was fascinating to read something that explores the idea of total solitude and, more importantly, how it wasn't necessarily a terrible thing.

    I am know I biased because I consider Jennifer a friend (with a lowercase f; she'll get the reference), but I think this book probably would have been nominated for award had she'd been more of a "name". She's known as author in Quaker circles and is known for work as a literary agent, but it's a shame she's not better known as a novelist in more general circles. Her work is really interesting and deserves more recognition. ~ Dawn Powell, Goodreads

  • Keller Papers, The
    Ellis M. Goodman
    A simply riveting read from cover to cover, "The Keller Papers" by Ellis M. Goodman is a fast-paced, deftly crafted, consistently compelling espionage story that is based in 1980s Eastern Europe, and includes factual events and personalities of the times -- some of whom having once again become relevant in today's strained East/West political environment. "The Keller Papers" clearly documents novelist Ellis Goodman as a master of the suspense/thriller genre. While certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Keller Papers" is also available in a Kindle format. ~ Midwest Book Review

  • Exteriors and Interiors
    C. McGee
    Self-interest can motivate people to do a lot of horrible things. In "Exteriors and Interiors" by North Carolina writer C. McGee it leads people to lie, cheat, mock their inferiors, deride newborns, abandon fat people, steal from the terminally ill, apply feces as camouflage, scapegoat children, push over conjoined twins, and hit strangers with clown shoes. In the process, the limits of egotism, the brutality of reflection, the realities of affection, and the ramifications of shortsightedness are explored. Also, there is a love triangle, as well as some stuff about friendship and women and baseball and hemorrhoids and manscaping.

    Ironic, iconoclastic, riveting, and original, "Exteriors and Interiors" is a compelling read from cover to cover. While highly recommended, especially for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Exteriors and Interiors" is also available in a Kindle format.
    ~ Midwest Book Review

  • Front Page Murder
    Peter Bartram
    Praise for previous volume in the series, Stop Press Murder: An intellectual whodunit, featuring well thought out characters with wit and panache to equal Agatha Christie. I highly recommend this book as it has made me laugh and puzzle over the end result. It has more plot twists than DNA but keeps the reader gripped at every turn. I can't say anything more than read it, read it, read it! ~ Vicky Cassidy

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    A wonderfully written story woven together brilliantly!
    I could not put this book down- characters so real, I found myself in each one- laughing, crying and thrilled to turn each page. A wonderfully written story woven together brilliantly. I can't wait to see what's next for David, but for now Jess, J.B et al remain with me.
    ~ Carl Berkelhammer, Amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    Because I had to is a must read. From the very first chapter I was drawn in. You really feel as if you know the characters and are taking this journey with them. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I can't wait to read more from David Bulitt. ~ Amy Deming, Amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    For me, a good read is one in which the author poignantly and purposefully crafts the underlying theme and character development in a manner that invites the reader to peel back the written word and peer into his/her 'own' story. David Bulitt does just this in 'Because I Had To'. The title alone stirs a 'who' 'what' 'why' insightful curiosity even before turning to page one and lays the foundation for walking alongside the lives of Jess and JB as each struggles to find purpose and meaning while grieving the death of Jess's father and JB's lifelong best friend. Bulitt's writing is humanly 'real' and seesaws with emotion...hurt, some joy, anger, humor, and often sorrow...and leaves the reader looking forward to novel #3. ~ Pam Hendershot, Amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    I really enjoyed this book, I would give it 4 1/2 stars. It was hard to put down. ~ Amazon reader, Amazon

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Compelling, creative and relatable. Read it now! Very powerful read, unexpected twists and a real can't put down. I allowed myself one book to read for fun between my studies and couldn't put it down! I read it in two days flat. Very good, relateable characters you actually care about. Can't wait for the next one! ~ Lorraine, Amazon Customer Review

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    Quick But Meaningful Read

    I loved (mostly laughing through) David Bulitt's first book, Card Game. His second novel follows a character from that first book, but the tone and tempo of "Because I Had To" is very different. You don't need to have met Jess in the first book, you can jump right in with this story (and jump right in you will!!) . David writes humorously and convincingly of practicing (and learning) law, but he distinguishes himself with his deep understanding of people from all walks of life and life experiences, especially this troubled young woman who takes hold of her life. I was completely sucked in and didn’t put the book down until I finished it. Lyric Winik got it right when she described the book as “keenly observed” and “well-crafted”. The ending (next beginning) sucked me right in to the next book! I just hope it’s not a long wait :). I came to care for and respect Jess, and I want to stay in touch and see where she takes her life. ~ LE, Amazon Reader

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    FUNNY AND SAD ALL IN ONE
    It had me from the beginning, the middle and the end. Character development kept me engaged. Sexy, funny and sad all in one. A must read. ~ Andrea Brody, Amazon Customer

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    TERRIFIC SOPHOMORE EFFORT FROM BULITT
    I thoroughly enjoyed "Because I Had To." Just because it's a quick and easy read does not mean that it lacks depth. The emotional connection between the troubled 20-something, Jess, and her "fake" uncle, the verging-on-a-midlife crisis, 50-something, JB--which changes both of their lives--is certainly unusual but very real and carries the reader to an ending that leaves you craving for more. A sequel, perhaps? I certainly hope so! ~ Amazon Customer, Amazon

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    5 Stars... Wonderfully deep and captivating. I finished this book two weeks ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. A great story and so well written. The characters are really brought to life by the author. I can't believe this is his first book! Can't wait for the second! ~ Amazon Customer, Amazon UK

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A powerful, affecting, beautifully written story about identity, motivation and the impact of loss. Throughout, It has the reader wondering about their own likely reactions to life events. ~ Jane Riddell, Amazon Customer Review

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    Alright, we have taken a break from romance to bring you a book that hits you hard in the feels. Because I Had To is by David Bulitt and is a mystery/ psychological thriller that takes you down the roads you never wanted to go down but knew you had to.Jess Porter has not had an easy life. The only person she felt that she could connect with is her father. But now he’s dead and she’s been adopted. However, things aren’t much better for her. After all, how can you possibly get through the day when your perfect twin sister has it all and you’re left with her scraps. She not only struggles academically but socially as well. Naturally, she has been seeing therapists for quite some time. But they don’t seem to be helping as she’s still cutting, still feeling broken, and still feeling unwanted. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. She begins this journey, moving to South Florida, trying to find her birth mother, and hoping that all of the jagged pieces of her life somehow fit together as she learns about some of the secrets of her past. But the question then becomes, will her secrets help her grow, or send her spiraling back down to the place of misery she’s been trying to claw her way out of.

    This book especially spoke to me because I am a twin. My brother and I have been compared our entire lives but we are two very different people. I struggle with street smarts and he had issues academically. Our parents tried hard to treat us as two different people, but everyone else would always assume twins are exactly the same. Why couldn’t he get an A in English and why couldn’t I go around the corner from my house without getting lost. I felt that Bulitt accurately portrayed the struggle that you feel when you want to live up to someone else’s life but you just can’t.
    What made this story amazing, was how it didn’t just gloss over the nitty gritty and it wasn’t just teenage angst. Yes, there was plenty of that, but a lot of the issues that Jess was dealing with, are a lot bigger than we usually have to deal with at this age. You see her go through therapy fighting herself to get better.

    Fun fact about Bulitt, he is in family law. This book drips of real life scenarios, real outcomes, and real law. I cannot stand it when there are inaccuracies in books and not one thing seemed fabricated or lacking research.

    The problem with this book, though it is a quick read, is that it is a heavy read. I guess that’s the downside to handling issues like this. You definitely need to know what you’re starting before you get into it because it is not a fun and light romance. Though, sometimes you do need a break from those.

    Give Bulitt a try and be ready to not only be wowed, but to be taken on a journey that may require a tissue or two. But don’t worry, Bulitt throws some funny moments in there from time to time to balance the harder times. ~ Sarah Fischer, A Kiss At Midnight Reviews

  • Bullet Gal
    Andrez Bergen
    "In Bullet Gal, Mitzi comes across feisty, tough, sardonic, and somewhat sad. Reading her brings back memories of mid twentieth century P.I.s like Archer, Spade and Philip Marlowe, yet she’s completely different again… A blend that is very twenty-first century in its pop culture sensibilities buried beneath the pathos and wit." ~ , Sequart

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    David Bulitt’s sexy, courageous and honest new offering “Because I Had To” taps into the everyday well-intentioned fabric that veils our work and family lives. Bulitt pulls off the veil revealing family entanglements, private seconds of ecstasy and grief spotlighting the human not so perfect in all of us. “Because I Had To” reminds us of the possibility and opportunity for personal heroics which can rescue, guide and ultimately make all the difference.
    ~ Zev Halpern, Psychotherapist, Amazon

  • Bullet Gal
    Andrez Bergen
    "Tokyo-based, Australian-born Bergen draws from an unbelievable range of sources for this novella, based on the graphic novel series of the same name. References to classic film noir sit alongside ones to Showa era Japanese kitsch, early 60s American superheroes, and the early history of Melbourne – did you know, for instance, that Australia’s second largest city was almost called Batmania, after one of its founders, John Batman?


    ' Readers who love spotting references, particularly readers who enjoy graphic novels, will find Bullet Gal a rewarding, even exhilarating read." ~ , Crime Fiction Lover

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    Because I Had To is a really enjoyable and quick read. The characters are compelling and seemed very real. I found myself continuing to wonder about the characters after putting the book down between reading sessions. The book begins by introducing a troubled young woman. As one reads on, the details of her life as an adopted twin begin to emerge. I found myself liking and caring about her more as I read on. The attorney "uncle" is also an interesting character with his own troubles. As the story emerges, their missions cross paths in fascinating way. I found myself wanting more as the story concludes.Mr. Bulitt has a knack for weaving details of disparate characters into ironic and unexpected similarities. I highly recommend this book. ~ BK, Amazon

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