"Algernon is an anteater, but he is a very ingenious one...He not only loves ants but especially chocolate covered ones. So, to find a supply of his new favorite food, he not only learns to read and to stand up tall, and to consequently join the circus!
This children's book is delightful, with a refreshing commentary describing Algernon's thoughts and his precocious stream-of-consciousness asides...
Meet Algernon the Anteater...you'll love him!" Sherrill S. Cannon - Award-winning children's author and poet.
‘A wonderful, imaginative story for younger children that brought out the inner child in me. Algernon is a lovable character that you instantly warm to.’ I highly recommend this book!
Steven Dale author of The Planet Mirth Adventures One
‘I like how the anteater wanted something different in life so he tried his best but then realized you can't have everything the way you want it in life.
Loved the illustration, this book also would make a great cartoon, hopefully one day it will be a cartoon.’ Counting Smiley Faces. Counting Zippy Smile faces By Pami L. Wahl
“Algernon is an entertaining read that shows the importance of being happy with who you are and realizing that every decision leads to some action, good or bad.” ~ Cyrus Webb, media
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WHO MURDERS FOR A BOOK DEAL - DEAD TO WRITES BOOK 7 IN THE LAURA AND GERRY MYSTERY SERIES BY KAREN VAUGHAN
Natalie Fisher committed suicide after an author stole her work and published it as her own.
Two years later, her best friend Terri is found dead in her hotel room.
Are the two deaths connected?
Laura Fitz and Detective Gibbons are on the case to trap a ruthless author trying to get away with murder!
Dead to Writes: Karen Vaughan
It’s just that there are so many people in the world that are envious of me. I am smart, gorgeous and totally successful and they dare question me or try to outshine me. Writing is my passion and I am quite an expert at creating a novel that will place me on the New York Times Best Seller List at the number one spot. So, what if it appears that I might have borrowed some ideas, not all from another so called would be author. My name is Francesca Bartoksi-L, let’s leave last names out of this for personal reasons. I am the boss and my authority must not be questioned. Natalie Fisher claims to have written a murder mystery but can’t seem to find the flash drive that she saved it on. Poor dear Natalie! Searching around her office she never found it where could it be? I did tactfully of course explain to her that she should give up before she starts and even standing her ground and standing up to her would not stop Francesca from berating her and demeaning anyone that dared to cross her path in the wrong way. When Terri Carter tried to defend her friend by stating that they work with her not for her you should have seen her face turn all shades of purple. When Francesca learned that it was a flash drive of a novel that Natalie wrote that was missing and in question and that Natalie was about to submit it to Mrs. Vance to be published needless to say when another novel titled See How She Dies would be released the following month, imagine what Natalie was thinking!
Throughout the novel you will hear horrific things about me and you will meet several people that will attempt to take me down. One is Jeffrey Gibbons who became the lead on the case when his boss was out and is determined to see me fry. Another is Laura Fritz who is a CSI investigator and is relentless in her pursuit of justice. They really think that can outfox me and try to convince the world that I am guilty of murder!
Natalie Fisher is weak and a wimp and when they found her body hung from the ceiling, I don’t want to get into the particulars because it’s bad enough they will try to pin it on me, but it’s an ongoing investigation and I have to be careful as to what I reveal to you, the public.
Terri Carter was minding her booth at the “Murders Are Us” Writer’s symposium when a dark shadow hovered over her in the form of me, Francesca. I had a score to settle with her as she dared to write and get published a novel titled: The Death of Her, claiming that I was the villain and had killed someone close to her. How dare she try and ruin my untarnished reputation. She will pay dearly and so will anyone else that dares to cross me. Things spiral out of control when Laura Fritz gets on the case but first there is a murder victim in the park and then someone decided to kill Terri Carter in a unique and clever way. How about sending her a bottle of wine and some chocolate with no card. How about spiking it with hemlock as the card says: Enjoy the Hemlock!
When Sophie is questioned about Terri’s death she explains that they were supposed to meet but when she knocked at her door there was no answer and she spoke with Cassie who convinced her to wait until the morning to see her. Things spiral out of control but first we meet Laura and her husband Gerry, Janice who is Gibbon’s wife and a weird neighbor named Myrna. Laura is on the case and has the bottle of wine and chocolates analyzed and they learn that it was indeed Hemlock. So, what does that mean I did it? I have 7 people that will swear to my whereabouts when the murder was taking place. Gibbons met with Sylvie and got her version of what she thinks happened and that she and Natalie wrote novels and wanted to her them published. How dare she way that I would hinder them even though they are not quality writers.
Laura Fritz is my problem as well as Gibbons because these two are two smart and two involved hopefully she will get sidetracked planning her friend’s wedding and lay off of me and this case. Laura’s boss needed her to cover for her and finding Terri Carter’s body in her hotel room and she explained her findings. The Chief of Homicide requested that she and Gibbons work the case but something would change all that. Listen to what Cassie relates and realize that Sylvie is hiding something and maybe she is the killer! When Jeff, Laura and Maddy meet out of nowhere Jeff falls over and it appears that he is having a heart attack. At this point maybe I got lucky and he will be off the case because author Karen Vaughan made him too ambitious and too dedicated to his job.
Let me recap for you so that you know that I Francesca Bartoski is straightforward and honest to a fault: Terri Carter victim 2 died from ingesting wine and dark chocolate laced with hemlock. I am the next victim how dare they say that I harassed the victim on the morning of her death. I could care less that she’s gone and like I said before I have 7 alibis and why would I arrange to have this package delivered. My time is more valuable than that.
What about Sylvia Boucher that never bothered to check with the manager downstairs to find out if her friend was alive and claimed that her roommate Cassie would confirm that she was at the hotel at 10:45 p.m. But wait until you hear her version and realize that Sylvia might by lying. With the help of her friend Elaine, Laura gets a lead on the hemlock but how can that lead to me? I don’t think so? But, things are heating up and I have to begin to cover my tracks as too many people are beginning to point the finger at me and I am the only one that really counts in all of this. Detective Carolyn Crawford has the case so why is she including those two annoying nosy bodies Laura and Jeff. When Jeff is admitted to the hospital and now has to be on best rest for a while and on a desk why does he try to get in on the final action? Laura’s neighbor is an elderly woman named Myrna who is definitely from another planet you might say but what she reveals might lead them to finding out about where the hemlock came from and now I have to think fast before I am the next victim you might say.
I think I’ll call my special forces guy or my strong guy Oscar and make sure that he takes care of both Sylvia and Cassie and if need be anyone else that stands in my way.
However, author Karen Vaughan is too clever, too crafty and definitely has a flair for the unknown, twists, surprises and startling endings that you, the reader will never expect.
Just how did they think they could possibly take me down? Am I really so diabolical to have killer Terri and Natalie two mediocre people and below par writers? Just what did Karen Vaughan have in store for me Francesca Bartoski L? That’s a secret and if I tell then the killer might send you a basket of chocolate and wine. Find out who gets caught: DEAD TO WRITES!
I give this book Five Golden Glasses of Wine: DRINK UP AT YOUR OWN RISK!
When the dismembered body of a young woman is found, Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned the case. After investigating the Port Huron, Michigan area where the six body parts were found, but there's a twist in the case: The Murderer goes after each individual who found the parts, one by one.
Leverette becomes interested in one of the women, Carole Sage, a sensitive, but because of the case, he's not able to take it any further. Everyone on the police force sees his infatuation, but Carole does not.
Each of the six witnesses has a dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they found that night. They are startled awake and hear an owl hoot three times. None of them want to reveal their dream to the detectives.
Carole sees the actual murder and each murder as it happens to the witnesses. The police chief, Billingsley, understands her 'gift' and sets up a sting to catch him. It fails and they have to regroup to think of something else. Two witnesses are dead and they don't want a third to die.
Midnight Owl is the first book in the Joe Leverette Mystery Series. Don’t get too comfortable because the book starts off with a real bang. The action erupts on page one as a young woman is stalked. We, the readers, get to watch her death by dismemberment. That’s right, dismemberment. So if you’re looking for a sweet little murder mystery with a Miss Marple lookalike pottering around, think again. This is not it. The body is cut into six parts, and these parts are found by six individuals, completely unrelated to each other or the victim. The problem is, each ‘witness’ has had a horrible dream involving seeing the criminal kill the young woman. The body part they dream about is the one they find. They awaken to the sound of an owl hooting three times. Naturally, they don’t tell the police this because they’d be thought mad or even suspects. An even bigger problem is the killer is now going after these ‘witnesses’ and he manages to kill two. Detective Joe Leverette, who is assigned to the case, finds himself (hesitantly) attracted to one of the witnesses, Carole Sage, who is a ‘sensitive,’ meaning she can see the original murder and the murders of the two witnesses. The police sting set up to catch the killer fails, but is Carole next on his list?
Well, put aside your chores because you’ll just read and read and read (as I did) until you fall off the edge of the cliff. There’s no cliff-hanger in the conventional sense. The book ends with the reader going, “Oh no, don’t end now!” I’m a bit of a cosy mystery fan so this one had my hair standing on end. I love things that are slightly paranormal, but not outside the bounds of what could happen. I found the idea of the dreams and Carole’s psychic abilities fascinating. I also found the fact that the chief of police accepted her help in this regard quite refreshing. I wonder how many times a psychic has pointed out the location of a body to the police.
The book is quite graphic, but when you consider some novels and television series that make sure the reader/viewer is awash in blood and gore, I didn’t think this level of action overstepped the bounds. Murder, after all, is a bloody business and to commit cold, premeditated murder, one has to be a particularly horrible person. I was disappointed that the book ended so abruptly, literally at the moment critique, but I have it on good authority that the author is writing furiously to continue the tale. I’m dying to know who the killer is, why the ‘witnesses’ had dreams, what’s the meaning of the owl hooting, so I’m eagerly waiting for the next in the series. I didn’t feel I got to know as much about Joe Leverette as I’d have liked, but that’s what sequels are for, and I hope the author expands on his character and back story. I’m also rooting for a romance between him and Carole. If you’re a murder mystery or detective thriller fan, you’ll love this book. Five stars.
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WHO KILLED DONOVAN AND WHY? JAMAICA DEAD BOOK 5 IN THE LAURA & GERRY MYSTERY SERIES - BY KAREN VAUGHAN
After graduating from the crime scene investigator course, Laura and Gerry escape for some quality time in Jamaica. As usual, things are not going according to Hoyle for Cookie the corpse magnet as another murder takes place. The victim was obnoxious and not widely admired by his fellow vacationers, but what did Donovan Mitchell do to deserve death?
Once again, Karen Vaughan serves up an exciting, rollicking, funny and unexpected mystery. Laura is a corpse and trouble magnet. However, this time she tries hard not to get involved. Unfortunately, her penchant for trouble catches up with her. Join Laura as she races against time and bad guys in this witty mystery.
A QUEST TO SOLVE THE MESSAGE OF A DREAM - THE OWL OF THE LORD OF SIPAN - A PARANORMAL MYSTERY - BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VIV DREWA
Martin and Clare Montgomery worked together as an archaeological team until Martin mysteriously died. Fearing the rumors of a curse Clare vowed to never return that was until a rare blue eyes owl began to haunt her dreams. Was this a sign from her beloved Martin or something more sinister?
The theme of betrayal resonates throughout the novel as Adelgonda endangers not only the lives of her parents but her entire clan as her death cult endures. Five Stars