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“Bloodlines – The Quest” by Jon McDonald

It doesn’t matter if you like vampire novels or not. You will love Jon McDonald’s novel “Bloodlines – The Quest” if you know how to appreciate a well-told story set apart by its fine satire and polished humor. This genre-bending book takes the vampire myth to a whole new level, juggling with the well-known clichés in a clever, unique way. Those who are already familiar with Jon McDonald’s work will see that he manages to make his readers laugh out loud even when he’s writing horror.

The small town of Brampton, Ohio is terrorized by a cold-blooded killer with a mysterious agenda. Because of these terrible murders, the people of Brampton find out that there is a vampire colony that is hiding among them. These vampires, however, are not dangerous in the least because they are still half-human and they only feed on animal blood. They are also called “night sleepers” or “mutants”, and some of them are respectable citizens who have done Brampton a lot of good. But, if the mutants are not responsible for the murders, does this mean there’s a pure vampire on the loose?

Volter is a renegade European vampire who is determined to turn the people of Brampton against the mutants in order to eliminate all of them. This “day sleeper” is cruel, vicious, and he will stop at nothing to reach his goal. What does he have against the mutants? The idea that they are not real vampires who feed on human blood is unacceptable to him. Volter has to kill them all and then make sure that only pure vampires are left in the world. What he doesn’t expect is for the humans to help the mutants get rid of him.

“Bloodlines – The Quest” is a fun, compelling read. Even though it has some very descriptive scenes, they are balanced out by humorous, lighthearted parts. The characters are well-developed, and the way they interact is sometimes so funny that readers will forget about Volter and his gruesome acts. Jon McDonald brings his own contribution to the vampire myth by playing a bit with how a vampire can be killed. It seems that in his universe vampires can regenerate from the smallest portion of cellular tissue, and that’s why the humans and mutants have to come up with a very good plan to destroy Volter completely.

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“Divas in Cahoots – A Comedy of Murder” by Jon McDonald

Those who have read Jon McDonald’s “Divas Never Flinch” will be delighted to know that their favorite characters, Sonora Livingston-Bundt and Connye Andreatos, are involved in new, fun adventures in “Divas in Cahoots”. This time, however, they are dealing with a murder mystery, which makes the book much more than a social satire and a light read; it is a hardboiled crime novel filled with twists and turns that will take readers by surprise. The fact that no one will ever be able to guess the ending before it happens makes “Divas in Cahoots” a must-read.

The rivalry and competition between Connye and Sonora is interrupted by the murder of Bella Harrington-Crenshaw, a new diva who arrived in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the intention of taking control of the social scene with her money, manipulation, and intrigue. It seems that things didn’t go well for her, and now the police are looking for the murderer. But there are incredibly powerful forces at work. When international spies are involved and there are senatorial murder, blackmail, art theft, and hidden identities, will Sonora and Connye be able to solve the puzzle and come out of it alive?

Jon McDonald has outdone himself with this compelling, edge-of-your-seat novel. Readers will love the complex, well-developed characters, and they will root for them until the end. To make the story even more interesting and unconventional, there’s also an intriguing detective who has his own secrets. Throw in “another Bella” who may be the key to solving the murder mystery of Bella Harrington-Crenshaw, and what you have is a complicated story that will keep readers glued to the pages, challenging them to figure out the solution.

“Divas in Cahoots” is a brilliant novel that fans of both the mystery and comedy genres will enjoy. There’s also a lot of romance going on, just to spice things up. Sonora and Connye are two women in love, and their feelings do nothing but complicate things even more. However, they are two powerful divas who cannot be distracted from their ultimate goal: to maintain their positions as the “Queens of Santa Fe”.

The novel is available on Amazon.

“Divas Never Flinch – A Comedy of Manners” by Jon McDonald

There’s no better way of spending a nice, peaceful evening than with one of Jon McDonald’s books. He is well-known for his fast-paced, fun, satirical stories that delight and amuse his readers from the very first pages. No doubt, “Divas Never Flinch” is yet another proof of the author’s great skill to entertain and captivate anyone who is looking for a light read. This comedy-romance novel introduces some uniquely compelling characters that readers will not easily forget.

Jon McDonald begins his story by describing the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the action takes place. His carefully chosen words build a vivid image of a place where culture is very important, and where people are passionate about art, film, dance, museums, and good food. This is the world that the two main characters, Sonora Livingston-Bundt and Connye Andreatos, want to conquer with their luxurious soirees and charitable work. They will stop at nothing to impress and seduce everyone around them. Santa Fe becomes the battlefield of two divas who are fighting for supremacy through their contributions to charity, artistic institutions, and ostentatious social events.

Readers will find Sonora and Connye very interesting and amusing. Their struggle to take control of the social scene causes funny situations that will make anyone laugh out loud. It’s easy to see that the author is criticizing this kind of lifestyle, at the same time delivering an enjoyable story supported by a cast of complex, believable characters. Eventually, readers will find themselves rooting either for Sonora or Connye, and they will follow their adventures breathlessly. “Divas Never Flinch” is one of those books that you can’t easily put down once you started reading it.

Things get even more complicated when the two queens of Santa Fe are faced with a new threat. Amanda Beor-Bink is new in town and she’s a world-class fashion designer. Her celebrity and money can easily bring her the crown of “Queen of Santa Fe”, and Amanda is determined to use them against Sonora and Connye. This is a challenge that the two divas accept. They’re not sure how, but they know that they have to defeat Amanda.

“Divas Never Flinch” is available on Amazon.

“Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened” by Allie Brosh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Among all the sites and blogs that I have saved in my “favorites”, there is one which I can really count as an addiction. But a good one, mind you. If you haven’t heard about Allie Brosh’s “Hyperbole and a Half” blog, then you should immediately look for it, because you have no idea what you’re missing. Since 2009, the author has been writing and illustrating the most hilarious stories you’ll find online. “Hyperbole and a Half” was named one of the Funniest Sites on the Web by PC World, and won the 2011 Bloggies Awards for Most Humorous Weblog and Best Writing. Now, Allie Brosh is publishing a book that contains the most popular stories on her blog with fifty percent new content.

“Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened” may be the only thing you need in case you’re having a bad day. All the stories and essays are inspired from the author’s own life, and they are all real and honest. Of course, as the author herself says, they are told “very dramatically (hyperbolically, even)”, and some details should not be taken seriously. You’ll read about Allie Brosh’s childhood, her two adorable dogs, and all the “learning experience” she had to endure due to her own character flaws. And, even though all her stories and illustrations are meant to bring a smile on your face, you will still have something to learn from them, because the author has also written about her struggles with depression and anxiety.

Most of Allie Brosh’s stories have surely happened to you too, and this is another reason for which you will find them so enjoyable. What makes this book so amazing is the author’s talent to turn some normal, everyday events into fun, lighthearted stories that celebrate the little things in life and remind people they have so many reasons to be happy.

“Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened” will be published on October 29th, 2013, so make sure you mark this date down in your calendar. Until then, check the author’s blog and read more about the book on Amazon.

Free on Amazon on 4/18 and 4/19 – “Dark Chatter” by Andrew Branch

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Are you up for a funny, quirky and thought-provoking novel that will challenge you, confuse you, and make you chuckle at every page? You should, because “Dark Chatter” by Andrew Branch is Amazon’s #1 Hot New Release in the Satire category, and it is not to be missed. Brilliant writing, likeable characters, intriguing storyline, countless puns and enough twists and turns to make your head spin… this novel has everything it needs to keep the readers on the edge of their seat.

Quicklime Petterson has graduated college two years prior and he still doesn’t have a clue about what he is supposed to do with his life. He hangs out around campus working as a landscaper and has yet to decide on a serious career. But his boring, pointless life is about to change when his friend, Ray, hits a car and the police officer comes to Quicklime with an odd proposal: he will let his friend go if Quicklime agrees to write a porn script for him. What harm can a porn script do, anyway? So the post-graduate starts writing the deeply Oedipal flesh-flick “Conceptual Tart”, having no idea that one day this experience will backfire. When he finally decides to do something with his life and goes to work in Dubai, “Conceptual Tart” becomes a hit. So, how exactly do you build an honest and respectable career after being recognized as the writer of a successful porn script?

“Dark Chatter” will intrigue you, amuse you, and provoke you to try and keep up with its puns and allusions. You might want to read it twice to grasp the meaning of everything the author has mixed in his incredible novel. Quicklime is a very cool and realistic character. You’ll fall in love with him instantly, and many college graduates might relate to him. There are many people today who finish college, and they end up more clueless about their future than they were before starting it. In this respect, “Dark Chatter” is a clever and thought-provoking novel that might make you look at life differently.

“Dark Chatter” is free on Amazon on 4/18 and 4/19, so, if you feel like reading a brilliant story, make sure you don’t forget about this limited offer.

Find it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/10XzB3k

“Jack Canon’s American Destiny” by Greg Sandora

Do you like political thrillers with a clever plot, heart thumping action, strong-willed characters and shocking twists? Then what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of “Jack Canon’s American Destiny” by Greg Sandora and prepare yourself for the most exciting ride. This novel is going to give you exactly what everyone is hoping for in the current political and social situation: the image of a determined man who is willing to do anything to become President of the United States and make the changes that would turn the country in a better place to live for all citizens.

Jack Canon is telling his story in a conversational, relaxed tone. He is the Senior Democratic Senator from Kentucky, but his aspirations are much higher than this. He is kind, charismatic, and a dedicated family man. He’s handsome and too intelligent for his own good, but he does have his flaws. Even though he is loyal to his wife, he is deeply in love with Sandy, his assistant. The chemistry between the two is incredible, but Jack is an honest and fair man. Let’s hope his passion won’t distract him from what he is really after.

Running for President has never been easy, but in Jack’s case things get even more complicated when he becomes the target for a murder attack. Fortunately for him, the plan backfires and the wrong people are killed. This, however, creates even more havoc. Jack has old and powerful enemies. What do you do when the Mob, Rogue Billionaires and Oil Sheiks are all after you? The only one who wants him alive is the current President, who strongly believes Jack has a chance to replace him.

Readers will love Jack Canon from the very first pages. He is confident and ready to fight for his dream. He has wanted to change this cruel and unjust world since he was 10 years old. Now he has a real chance to make a difference and he’s not going to let it go. America needs such a man. So, if you’re interested in politics and you’re indignant at what is currently happening, then you’re going to love this amazing character. Greg Sandora has a unique talent of making the reader root for his positive characters.

“Jack Canon’s American Destiny” is a suspenseful and fast-paced novel that has just the right amount of humor to make you laugh out loud but still take the plot seriously. And just when you think there’s nothing else this novel can do to surprise you, you’ll be shocked by an incredible twist. I’m not going to say more about the action, so you’ll have to discover the best parts on your own.

To learn more about the book and the author, visit: http://www.gregsandora.com

Find it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/14roHtd

Free on Kindle 3/20-3/21! “From Serbia with Love” by Yvonne Crowe

Are you in the mood for a funny, lighthearted satirical novel that will make you laugh at each paragraph and keep you intrigued until the end? Then note down in your calendar that “From Serbia with Love” is free on Kindle on March 20-21, so that you won’t forget to download it and spend a relaxing afternoon reading it. By the author of “Magdalene Conspiracy” which made #8 on the Movers & Shakers List pre Christmas 2012, again some heavy hitters that will make it hard for you to put the book down. So, settle into your favorite armchair, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy the ride.

Dive in and swim for your life as two hard nosed Slavic gang leaders in London go head to head for domination of the market. Jovan Vukasin is the short-tempered boss of a Serbian gang in London, who has a James Bond complex and is never satisfied with his thugs’ work. He has yet to understand that if you want to emulate James Bond’s suave, debonair image and lifestyle of sexy women and fast cars on the Riviera, you simply can’t be stuffing Columbian marching powder up your nose day and night. When he targets the Ukrainian London gang pakhan’s cache of diamonds, things get haywire. The two leaders try to outsmart each other and they begin a wild race from Tel Aviv to Bulgaria, Serbia, Africa and back to London. Unexpected situations, crazy twists and hilarious consequences… these are just some of the surprises that wait for you between the pages of this book.

The impeccable technical writing and the smart choice of words in absolutely every circumstance make this novel a real page-turner and a must-read for everyone who enjoys satirical novels. If you haven’t read a satirical book yet, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Grab a free copy of “From Serbia with Love” right away and fix this embarrassing problem. Maybe it’s not a good idea to read it in a public place, though, because people will start wandering why you have such a big smile plastered on your face.

Exciting, intriguing and downright hilarious until the very last page, “From Serbia with Love” will lighten your mood and help you see things from a different perspective. After all, it does take the serious issue of Mafia gangs and thugs and turns it into a funny, compelling and clever story.

To read more about Yvonne Crowe and her books, follow the links:

www.yvonnecrowe.com

http://yvonnecrowe.com/blog

Find the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/XTTL0l.

 

“Red Tape: A Satirical Poem” by Roger Lance

Most would not consider politics relaxing or amusing. And they are right, because politics is anything but this. Nevertheless, they might change their opinion after they read some or Roger Lance’s witty and whimsical poems published in the collection “Right Wing Poems: Satirical Poetry”. But you don’t have to take my word; you should see for yourself. Here are two of my favorite poems:

Red Tape

You need to go talk
To my builder friend Sly,
Ask him how many
Permits he had to buy.

He decided to build
A tree house for his son,
He thought the project
Was going to be fun.

He was in his backyard
Getting ready to erect,
When a liberal government employee
Came by to collect.

He told him he needed a license
Permits, approval and more,
Then they would take it to a committee
For them to explore.

Sly abandoned his plans
No tree house no more,
His son soon discovered
The little conservative girl next door.

Son said to his dad
Be happy you saved money,
You didn’t have to deal with permits
And I found me a honey.

Gone Too Far

The feds keep printing money
It’s not worth a dime,
It’s all coming to a head
In a short matter of time.

The left wants a Socialist Nation
And President Barry agrees,
It will be a disaster epidemic
Greater than any disease.

There will be a revolution
Mayhem murder and strife,
You better get prepared
Or you will live a Socialist life.

God bless our Republic
The greatest nation around,
Please stop the left
From dragging us down.

Roger Lance has always been dedicated to conservative politics, and envisioned a world where family values are at the core of society. Limited government, less regulations and a balanced budget sound like a dream in today’s world, but that doesn’t mean we should despair and let our anger consume us. The author has written some light and clever poems that emphasize everything that’s wrong with the left radical politicians and their policies, showing us that it’s easier to overcome difficult periods if we choose to treat them more light-heartedly. So, if you feel like reading a great collection of satirical poems accompanied by funny illustrations, make yourself a cup of tea and grab this book immediately. I guarantee you a good laugh and some moments of blessed relaxation.

Learn more about the author: http://RogerLance.com

Find the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/WwTnTC

 

“The Fiscal Cliff Cookbook” Eat Reasonably Well During the Apocalypse By Stephen R. Winter

 

 

Recession got you down? Take time out for a very funny cookbook…

Written with tongue held firmly in cheek, “The Fiscal Cliff Cookbook” is further entitled: “– eat reasonably well during the apocalypse — with social commentary ‘Cliff’ notes”.

The very amusing cookbook begins with a few words of wisdom. Among them:

“Eventually, even these will be the good old days.”

“The apocalypse will be over in no time at all.”

“Make sure that you have a sense of humor before reading.”

And, of course:

“Ensure all food is properly cooked.”

Just perusing the names of some of the recipes in “Fiscal Cliff Cookbook” gave me a chuckle or two with such dishes as:

“How Do We Fix It Brisket”

“Freedom Toast”

“Tea Party Sandwiches”

“Lame Duck Duck”

And

“Socialism Soup”

In recipe after recipe, we are treated to the author Stephen Winter’s witty, political repartee as, in the first recipe, “Catastrophic Default Pork and Beans” we are warned: “If the future does not fare well, this recipe may in time become Default Beans”.

Insightful, disarmingly amusing and well-written, I think “Fiscal Cliff Cookbook” would make a great gift for anyone (Red or Blue) on your holiday gift list!

Pop on over to Amazon.com and take a look for yourself at the Kindle edition. I’m betting you’ll like it as much as I do!

Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/TWyaPx. (Aw, c’mon! Admit it. You could use a good laugh…)

Source: Jean Fisher