Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE TWIN GAME - V.J. Chambers

On June 14 I recommended my first novel by this author, now I add another title. (She's my favorite author, at least this month.) 

This new recommendation is a gritty gem, with more twists than liver pills as my grandmother would have said. Tight writing, a great protagonist, sinister companions, great plot—if you love Twizzlers (you know, because they're twisted). This makes other mysteries pale in embarrassment.

Go get your copy. Amazingly, it’s only $0.99. Wow. [click here]

Trying to Blend In

Monday, June 19, 2017

UNDER HER SKIN - Margo Bond Collins

A recommendation for my paranormal aficionados. If you love a little mystery, murder, and mayhem, I have a fun character for you to read about. Unfortunately, there were no werewolves or ghosts in this fun read. I’m still sad about that…but I digress.

You’ll find the writing smooth, the side characters interesting (enough), evil and good enough, the plot in line with our paranormal tastes. Give this a read.

If you’re interested [click here] (I grabbed it up when it was $0.00 but it’s still a reasonable $2.99)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Experimenting with Bokeh

Greetings from the Hermit Writer. I recently experimented with night photography at Tampa's historic Ybor City. You've already seen the original photos. Now I experiment with overlaying the blurred shots. I hope you enjoy the cool outcome.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SKIN AND BLOND - V.J. Chambers

My next recommendation comes with a caveat. This is for the mature reader who can take serious adult situations and language.

The protagonist is seriously broken. Despite that, the author managed to kindle enough sympathy and empathy in me to get past Ivy’s less than positive lifestyle.

If you’re looking for something sexy (steamy), and not so light, I recommend this for your next weekend read-in. Another selling point I always love. At this moment it is priced at a lovely $0.00.

Interested, [click here]

Rocks Water Sky

Greetings from the Hermit Writer.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I’m really happy that I’ve had a run lately of books I can recommend. In this case, an added plus was a mature protagonist, not a perky generation x-er, so I could relate a bit. This cozy mystery has the expected crime that must be solved, with of course a hunky deputy to lust after.

If I have any complaints, there was an overly-long (for me) middle, where the protagonist dealt with a problem, adult child and geared up for her adventure, but the beginning was wispy clean, and the light romance on the back side made up for it.

So if you’re looking for a light read this summer, I give this a recommendation. Another selling point. At this moment it is a hefty $0.00.

Interested, [click here]

Best Time to Visit the Bay

Greetings from the Hermit Writer.

Monday, June 12, 2017


I love history. If you do too, I have a strong recommendation for ya.

All history books give you dates and the names of the famous people involved in events. KtRS is a great read because it humanizes not just the famous but the incidental, to bring the event alive, make the emotion tangible, weaves them together masterfully.

We ordered KtRS as the MP3 version…and I loved that all of the footnotes were read inline. The footnotes are half of the history in all of the ‘killing’ books. (If you haven’t read Killing Jesus, I recommend it too…the historical footnotes were riveting, but inconvenient to flip to the notes in the back, even in the e-book version.) The inline notes of the MP3 (and I assume the audio) version created the context of the people and events like I’ve never gotten in a history book before.

Interested in checking it out: [click here]

Fun Under a Butterscotch Sky

Greetings from the Hermit Writer.