Phoenix Island: Charlotte Paul’s Epic Tale of an Island Hideaway, a Tsunami Tidal Wave, and Nine Survivors by Charlotte Paul

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ONE LONELY ISLAND, ONE TIDAL WAVE, NINE SURVIVORS . . .
 
A tsunami is one of the last things Dr. Andrew Held expects while entertaining guests on Phoenix Island, the tiny, isolated outpost of Washington State he has made his private home. But when a French nuclear bomb test in the South Pacific goes awry, the ensuing tidal wave destroys his island estate and severs all ties to the mainland.
 
The survivors are nine: Andrew Held himself, the brilliant Hungarian-born nuclear physicist who helped create the bombs he now campaigns against. Donald Campbell, steward to Dr. Held but secretly a fugitive from justice, with hungers he can barely contain. Diana Lindgren, the lovely yet emotionally damaged young girl hired to help with the guests, and Rolf Morgan, her Native American boyfriend, impelled by love to follow her to Phoenix in his fishing boat.
 
There’s Carlo Minatti, a Hawaiian musician with a winning manner and easygoing style. The sculptor Warren Brock, urbane, hedonistic, openly gay, with a barbed wit that takes no prisoners. Blake and Norma Mansfield, a New York middle-class couple, likeable to everyone but each other. And Felicia Stowe Held — Andrew’s estranged wife — a ravishing socialite whom he pushed away in a moment always regretted and who has now come seeking divorce.
 
Nine individuals with little in common and histories setting them far apart, yet each with unique, unexpected strengths, virtues, and talents. As hopes of quick rescue dim, their only chance of survival is to bridge their differences, transcend their conflicts, and learn to live in harmony with each other — and in some cases, with themselves.
 
Part techno-thriller, part romance, part wilderness survival story, part utopian novel, Charlotte Paul’s “Phoenix Island” sold over a million copies as a mass-market paperback in the late 1970s and 1980s. Now it is reborn in a newly-edited 35th Anniversary Edition.
 
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Charlotte Paul (1916-1989) led a life marked by the pursuit of numerous careers — news editor, wife, back-to-the-lander, freelance writer, mother, novelist, rural newspaper proprietor, memoirist, parole board official — and usually several of these at once. Living mostly in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, with a multi-year stint in Washington, D.C., she spent her final two decades on Lopez Island, one of Washington State’s enchanting San Juan Islands. On these she modeled chief locales of what became her most popular novel, “Phoenix Island.”
 

Author: Charlotte Paul

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
102 reviews

Skeletons in the Closet (Laundry Hag Series, Book 1) by Jennifer L. Hart

Maggie Phillips hasn’t had it easy. As the wife of retired Navy SEAL, and the adoptive mother of two little hellions, Maggie is constantly looking for ways to improve her family’s financial situation. She accepts a cleaning position for her new neighbors (who redefine the term ‘eccentric’), never imagining she will end up as the sole alibi for a man with a fascination for medieval torture devices when he is brought up on murder charges.

While Maggie struggles to prove the man’s innocence, her deadbeat brother arrives, determined to sell Maggie and Neil on his next great scheme and to mooch with a vengeance. If that isn’t bad enough, her in-laws, (the cut-throat corporate attorneys) descend on the house, armed with disapproval and condemnation, for the family’s annual Thanksgiving celebration.

As the police investigation intensifies, Maggie searches for the killer among the upper echelon of Hudson, Massachusetts in the only way she can— by scrubbing their thrones.

Of the porcelain variety, that is…

A really enjoyable read—laugh out loud funny—one that I’m glad to have had the privilege to review. I look forward to more of Ms. Hart’s work. Excellent!
-Cocktail Reviews

“a wonderfully fun whodunit”
-ParaNormalRomance.org

A Night Owl Romance Top Pick!

Author: Jennifer L. Hart

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
417 reviews

Easy Like Sunday Mourning (A Page Turners Novel Book 2) by Jennie Marts

Single mom Maggie Hayes puts up a tough front to hide her loneliness, spending her days in the courtroom as a lawyer and her evenings as a closet video gamer. Another heartache isn’t worth the risk, not after her husband left her last year for a Hooters waitress. When she decides to try dating again, a cute video game-designing nerd seems like a safe bet….Until he becomes the prime suspect in a murder.
Jeremy Rogers makes a good living designing video games, but nothing prepares him for the real world adventure of being accused of poisoning his own employee. Add in falling for a sassy attorney with a competitive ex-husband, a clingy blonde coworker, and a mammoth-size dog that eats his furniture. Suddenly fighting off a screen full of zombies or preventing an alien invasion seems like child’s play.
Maggie and Jeremy find themselves embroiled in a game of death threats, lies, and betrayal. Maggie must learn to trust again while playing the most dangerous game of all. Because defeat could mean not only losing her heart, but also her life…
Women of all ages will enjoy this tale of humorous, women’s fiction, mixed with a touch of cozy mystery in this small town love story.

Author: Jennie Marts

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
70 reviews

The Last Will and Testament of Ernie Politics by Brad Grusnick

Ernie Politics, a schizophrenic albino with a penchant for political rants and crackpot conspiracy theories, has been murdered. The LAPD has no interest in wasting time and manpower on the random death of one homeless man, so Ray Cobb, Ernie’s best friend, decides to investigate the murder for himself. Finding a cryptic note Ernie scrawled days before his death, Ray realizes that Ernie’s crazy ravings and irrational writings may contain hidden clues about the identity of his killer. Ray’s investigation pulls him deep into the dangerous underworld of the Los Angeles streets, leading him to discover a vagrant underground railroad, a poker game where the stakes are one’s life, and a political conspiracy that entangles him with a LAPD cold case detective.Ray uncovers more about Ernie than he expects to and learns that when you live on the streets, the only person you can trust is yourself.

Author: Brad Grusnick

Rating: Rating: 4.80 / 5
29 reviews

Murder in the Kitchen (Cozy Murder Mystery) (Harley Hill Mysteries Book 3) by Kennedy Chase

Please note, that the page number above is misleading. This is approximately the same length as the previous two Harley Hill books.

Book 3 in the Harley Hill Women’s Sleuth Cozy Murder Mystery series.
Amateur sleuths Harley and Cordelia leave their posh London home for the wilds of Scotland where hijinks ensue. As a favour to aunt Maggie, they’ve agreed to help run a murder mystery event in a remote mansion. 

But when a friendly dog leads Harley to a body, it’s clear Harley has a real murder mystery on her hands. And to make matters worse, a ferocious blizzard keeps them trapped inside.

With a motley crew of guests, including a paranormal investigator who believes the Frazier estate is cursed, Harley has to uncover the dark secrets of the guest’s and the mansion’s past if she’s to discover the killer. But what she discovers will rock the Frazier house to its very foundations.

“I love Harley and quick wit. I wish she and Cordi were my friends. I can’t wait to read more about their adventures.”

Author: Kennedy Chase

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
45 reviews

A SHADOW FELL (The Shadow Trilogy Book 2) by Patrick Dakin

This sequel to the popular thriller ‘CAME A SHADOW’ is a must read for fans of the genre. One of the worst child serial killers in American history escapes from prison with one aim: Make the two people responsible for his downfall pay the ultimate price. Parents of a six-year-old adopted daughter, Jack and Callie Parmenter know only too well who this maniac’s target will be.A poignant story of love, revenge, and sacrifice. Patrick Dakin once again thrills fans with a tale that is never predictable and is always entertaining. Amazon Reader Reviews:”One of my favorite reads so far this year.””I was completely blown away with this book. This author is amazing!””Love my thrillers and these were easily two of the best I have read in a while.””Fast paced and action packed from beginning to end.””Do yourself a tremendous favor and read ‘Came A Shadow’ first, then this one, and then “The Shadow’s Edge.””This sequel to “Came A Shadow” is riveting.””An interesting, intriguing page turner. Couldn’t ask for anything more in a book.””A mind grabber from the beginning. So well written there seems to be a force compelling you to read non-stop.”

Author: Patrick Dakin

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
58 reviews

The Dead Peasants File by L. Craig Harris

Dillon McGee is a security guard for the largest retail company in the world. But something is going terribly wrong — he discovers the company is murdering his co-workers. But why? Then it gets worse — Dillon learns he is the next target. He must find a way to escape before he is hunted down.
He teams up with a pastor, Christopher Forrest, who hates Morgan Retail because of what it has done to his family. Morgan puts a barcode on the foreheads of its workers. Christopher wonders if that could be the mark of the beast.
Corporate-owned (dead peasants) life insurance is real. Companies routinely purchase insurance policies on its workers. If the worker dies the company, not the family, receives the benefit. This is a story about a huge corporation making sure it cashes in.
Layered with realistic characters that you can care about, The Dead Peasants File has a frightening, realistic feel. It is written from a Christian world-view. The Dead Peasants File is a fast-paced page-turner that will keep you guessing and entertained until the very end.

Author: L. Craig Harris

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
44 reviews

My Dead Friend Sarah: A Novel by Peter Rosch

The fate of a beautiful stranger becomes a recovering alcoholic’s crippling obsession. Mere months into recovery, Max, an alcoholic with twisted control issues, meets Sarah – the same woman that for years he’s habitually dreamt will die after a botched abduction. “Doing the next right thing,” a popular AA phrase he’s picked up in the rooms, means befriending Sarah long enough to warn her and hope she takes him seriously. But when Sarah falls in love with Max, his newly sober thinking drives him to choose his overly devoted wife, and he abandons Sarah – even when it condemns her to death. When Sarah goes missing, the NYPD suspects Max’s dream may have been a pre-crime confession. The truth, all of it, lurks inside of Max, but only by drinking again does he recapture the nerve and clarity vital to free his wife, sponsor, and himself from a life imprisoned by lies.

Author: Peter Rosch

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
84 reviews

Executive: A Thriller by Leslie Wolfe

POLITICAL THRILLER

A friendly fire incident in Afghanistan takes a serious toll…

A drone, out of control, brings death and wreaks havoc on American soil…

An apparently successful corporation comes under scrutiny…

A memorable incursion behind corporate closed doors, led by an up-and-coming executive on a mission to find the truth about the lives lost to the very technology that was mandated to protect them.

Our skies aren’t safe anymore…

A thought-provoking page turner, Executive sizzles with plausible scenarios, conveyed in technical and business terminology at an unrelenting pace.

Exploring the controversial territory of toxic leadership and its long term consequences, Executive delivers an insightful analysis spiced with cutting-edge technology and science, in an exciting, masterful political thriller.

Author: Leslie Wolfe

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
60 reviews

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (Victorian San Francisco Story Book 1) by M. Louisa Locke

It’s the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie’s husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.

Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco’s most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl’s clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn’t leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.

Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco.

Maids of Misfortune is the first book in M. Louisa Locke’s historical mystery series, see also, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons, as well as the two short stories based on the characters from the novels, Dandy Detects, and The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage.

Author: M. Louisa Locke

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
833 reviews