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Alec Kerley and the Wrath of the VampireALEC KERLEY AND THE WRATH OF THE VAMPIRE



Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult/Inspirational/Horror

Age group: 12 and up

Series: The Monster Hunters#2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Series: The Monster Hunters
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492981419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492981411


Book Description*Amazon*

October 14, 2013
Alec Kerley and the Wrath of the Vampire is an upper middle grade/young adult inspirational horror story for ages 12 and up. 24 chapters, 52,000 words. It is a legitimately scary story with some gruesome elements. Parental guidance is suggested.

First Bigfoot, now a vampire!

It’s been four months since Alec Kerley and his friends had their run-in with Bigfoot in the Ozark Mountains. During a field trip to southeast Kansas, they are confronted by a vampire. And this vampire knows them. He has been stalking them – watching, observing, tracking. He knows Alec’s father works for a secret government agency that investigates monsters.

And now the monsters want revenge.

Still dealing with the loss of his mother, Alec will have to gather all the courage he can muster, because the monster hunters have become the hunted.

Hold on tight for the scariest Monster Hunters story yet!

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ALEX KERLEY AND THE WRATH OF THE VAMPIRE by Douglas Tanner is an interesting Middle Grade/Young Adult/Inspirational/Horror Age group: 12 and up. The Monster Hunters#2, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “Alex Kerley and the Terror of Bigfoot”.
 Four months after….Bigfoot in the Ozark Mountains…
In this one,Alex and his friends, confront, who else? But a vampire in southeast Kansas. He has been stalking them, watching them,knows who they are, knows Alex’s father works for a government agency that tracks monsters, and now he is out for revenge.  This one is based on the Bender family of the 1800’s , a group of serial killers in Kansas.
While, this is an entertaining, fun, tale of vampires, revenge, chaos,monsters, courage, danger, and hope, it is also scary, complex, and did I, mention scary. However, with this said middle grade children, or young readers, will enjoy this fast paced, adventure filled tale of revenge and yes, vampires.
With engaging characters, an interesting storyline, and delightful dialogue, I can see how young readers would enjoy Alex, his friends, and the chaos around them.
Even with or because of,  a cliffhanger, readers are sure to hold their breath, until the next installment! We need more! An interesting and exciting tale to be sure. I can hardly wait for the next installment.
Received for an honest review from the author.
Please be aware: (Due to the recommended age group of 12 and up) This is a scary story, especially for young readers, with some very gruesome elements,such as violence,blood and gore.  I would, as the author has suggested, use parental guidance when reading this tale.
HEAT RATING: Mild *Due to violence, blood and gore, and the recommended age group(12 & up)*
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Echoes of Mercy - Kim Vogel SawyerEchoes of Mercy
A Novel

By: Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731272

*From the publisher*


On sale date: Jan. 21st, 2014

Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.


When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.

Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?


ECHOES OF MERCY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another exciting inspirational Historical Fiction set in Sinclair, Kansas. Ms. Sawyer delivers every time wth her thought-provoking tales of romance, love, faith, struggle, healing and forgiveness.

Meet Caroline, Lang, investigator for the Labor Commission, Oliver Dinsmore(Ollie Moore), heir to the Dinsmore Candy Dynasty. Becoming fast friends, both are hiding secrets, and their identities. Caroline is at Dinsmore to investigate the youngest employees,the child workers at the plant, Oliver poses as a common worker, he wishes to learn all he can before he takes over for his father.

ECHOES OF MERCY will not only capture your heart, but will also have you turning pages long into the night as you learn the fate to list cast of characters. Filled with desperation, struggles, secrets, child workers, and the plight of child workers during the 1900’s.

Ms. Sawyer is an amazing storyteller whose stories flows seamlessly, are thought provoking and compassionate. A sweet romance! A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




Genre: Historical Fiction (American West,1890)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731258


A woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart—can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them?

On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. But when a fire breaks out in the kitchen leaving the house uninhabitable, she must scramble to find shelter for all in her care, scattering her dear “family.”

With no other options, Christina is forced to approach Levi Jonnson, a reclusive mill owner, to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. Levi agrees with reluctance but finds himself surprised by the bond that quickly grows between him and Tommy. As obstacles to repairing the farm pile up against Christina, she begins to question her leadership ability and wonders if she can fulfill the mission to which she’s dedicated her life. And when an old adversary challenges Christina, will she find an unlikely ally—or more—in the aloof Levi? Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?


WHAT ONCE WAS LOST by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a thrilling American West Historical Fiction set in 1890 Kansas. Written with vivid descriptions,charming characters and an intriguing storyline, what’s not to love. A masterful storyteller who draws the reader into her stories time and again. Filled with hope, faith, healing,forgiveness, and love. You gotta love Ms. Sawyer’s gentle, emotional and heart warming stories, and “What Once Was Lost” is no different. Follow, Christina Williams, Levi Jonnson,and Tommy Kilgore on a journey of hope,rejection,and love as they open up their hearts to not only God but to each other. Will they finally find acceptance on a small Kansas farm, called the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor, and the town nearby or they be forever wandering through life? Faced with challenges from an old adversary threatens to destroy everything Christina has tried to build,will she be able to count on Levi, whom she has become to depend upon,or will she lose everything she cherishes most? You can not miss reading “What Once Was Lost”. What a wonderful story! Another hit for Ms. Sawyer. I love her stories,she just continues to put out outstanding stories time after time. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ CARNIEPUNK by Rachel Caine,Jennifer Estep,Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire,Rob Thurman and many other performers….



Genre: Anthrology

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476714150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476714158

*Barnes and Nobles*

Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy’s biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world. . . .

RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.”


CARNIEPUNK by Rachel Caine,Jennifer Estep, Kevin  Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman and many other performers is an interesting Anthology. All told under the great Circus big top. What a gifted cast of performers. A collection of stories from a cast of gifted authors,that reads who’s who,filled with dark illusions,urban fantasy at its best. Each story is a quick read. A carnival filled with tricks,parlor tricks,creaking machinery,myths and magic. A total of fourteen stories by fourteen different authors. A must read for fantasy readers everywhere. “Come one, Come all!” A traveling carnival with many twists and turns. Received for an hones review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




Genre: Christian Historical Fiction(Kansas)

Source: Received for an honest review from  the publisher

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207884

Book Description(Amazon)

October 1, 2012
A Compelling Pioneer Story From Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future. As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will Tarsie and Joss give up and go their separate ways, or will God use their time in Drayton Valley to turn their hearts toward him?

A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful Historical Fiction set in 1880 Kansas. A heart wrenching tale of tragedy,faith,and love. Tarsie Raines,her friends,Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two young children dream of a better life than the slums of New York City in Drayton Valley, Kansas. On the wagon train,tragedy strikes on the trail,a partnership is formed between Joss and Tarsie. Money is low,but Tarsie’s faith will carry her through hardship,and struggles.But she also starts to question her future. The unexpected happens, Tarsie finds love with a man she never dreamed to, Joss. Fast paced and filled with adventure,tragedy,love,faith,life on a wagon train through the rough prairie lands and life in early America. Ms. Sawyer has done it again with “A Home in Drayton Valley” with her engaging characters,and intriguing plots. I would recommend this title if you enjoy American history,historical fiction,early American life and a great story than “A Home in Drayton Valley” is the story for you, you will not be disappointed. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: My Book Addiction Reviews

REVIEW~ TRAVIS: THE TEXANS by Georgina Gentry…



Genre: Historical Romance (Western)

Series: The Texans #4

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420121685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420121681

Book Description(Amazon)

Release date: February 5, 2013 | Series: The Texans
After Texas Ranger Travis Prescott gets into a deadly confrontation with an outlaw, he suffers an injury that puts an end to his career. Making his way back to Texas, Travis is unable to shake a pretty young woman and four orphans who insist on traveling with him. He wants to send them packing, but he can’t abandon them – especially the violet eyed beauty who has captivated his imagination. Saloon girl Violet LaFarge is bent on starting a new life. Taking pity on the orphans abandoned at the train station, Violet knows Travis is the only chance they have of getting to Texas safely. Now she must convince Travis that she and the children are worthy of his protection – and his heart.
TRAVIS: THE TEXANS by Georgina Gentry is an exciting Western Historical Romance set in 1889 Red Rock,Kansas. Book $3 in “The Texans”,but can be read as a stand alone. Poor Travis Prescott,Texas Ranger,finds more in Kansas than a killer. While on the trail of an outlaw and killer,Travis is wounded, he picks up a few orphans and a pretty young girl,whom he thinks is young anyway. Violet LaFarge,which is really a saloon girl on the run from a brute,and trying to start a new life for herself. But she does look like a twelve year old. Along the way Travis and Violet finds intrigue,danger,romance, and love. He and his passel of tag alongs,find a new life,until…..trouble comes to Red Rock,Kansas. Fast paced and filled with adventure,secrets and trouble. For a great read,with a bit of humor and lots of love pick up “Travis: The Texans” you will not regret your choice. Ms. Gentry is a wonderful storyteller. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

THE HEART’S FRONTIER by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith



Paperback:320 pages

Publisher:Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0736947527

SOURCE: Received for an honest review from Wynn-Wynn Media and the publisher.

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 1, 2012 | Series: The Amish of Apple Grove

An exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

Kansas,1881—On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged—do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?


THE HEART’S FRONTIER by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith is an inspirational historical fiction set in 1881 Texas and Kansas. It is book 1 in the “The Amish of Apple Grove” series.  A Wild West and Amish adventure. I liked the Maummi character,she stuck to what she believed in no matter what. I also like the ways the of Amish people.Their plain,simple life. I also,like the way they put God first in their lives, and how God Blessed them for doing that. I enjoyed how Emma, found her happiness outside of the Plain life. A good story! Received from Wynn-Wynn Media and the publisher for an honest review. Details can be found at Harvest House Publishers,the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.



REVEWED BY: DorothyA,My Book Addiction and More

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