#TopAuthors “Just Kelley” – Kelley Kaye Bowles, Kelley Kaye, etc.

Who doesn’t love a new blog post series? This time around I have started a new tradition of #TopAuthors to showcase some of the best and the brightest authors I’ve come across. And… stay tuned! Because this author has codes for her audiobook! The first few people who comment or send me a feedback form will get a FREE copy of the code for an audiobook copy of one of Kelley’s books!

In these blog posts, I’ll introduce you to the authors, showcase some of their books and link you up to my reviews and some purchasing links – because if you’re anything like me, you love a good book sale!

Join me in welcoming one truly marvelous author to this spotlight – Kelley Kaye, who also goes by Kelley Kaye Bowles (depending on what book you read). But, we call her just Kelley.

Kelley is an amazing author who focuses on mystery, comedy and young adult.

 

Meet Kelley, well… her website: https://kelleykaybowles.com/
This Southern Californian author used to be a high school teacher, but lucky for us she picked up the habit of writing novels. Death By Diploma, a cute and cozy mystery novel, was her first published novel in 2016. She has since continued that series with Poison by Punctuation and jumped into the YA market with Down by the Belly of the Whale.

Death by Diploma is a super cute, seriously silly, mystery novel that is the perfect addition to your TBR pile. Emma, a high school teacher, gets dragged into an unfortunate circumstance where she must solve a murder! Alongside her friends, her co-workers, and a really sexy co-worker, will she be able to find the murderer and get back to teaching those high schoolers?
Goodreads: Death by Diploma
#BookReview Death by Diploma by Kelley Kaye
Youtube – Book Trailer – Death by Diploma
Amazon.com – Death by Diploma
Amazon.ca – Death by Diploma

Poison by Punctuation is the sweet sequel to Death by Diploma that follows Emma, yet again! Another dead body turns up at the high school (bad luck, eh?), but lucky for us Emma and Leslie are to the rescue! With more “screen time” from the always sexy Hunter, will this mystery be solved by the time the final bell rings?
Goodreads: Poison by Punctuation
#BookReview Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye
Youtube – Book Trailer – Poison by Punctuation
Amazon.com – Poison by Punctuation
Amazon.ca – Poison by Punctuation

Down in the Belly of the Whale is a darker, yet realistic take on the YA genre. Mental health, a splash of fantasy, and wonderous character development is splashed across the pages of this story. Our lead, Harper, can sense when people get sick. Will she use this to her advantage and help the world? And how does one cope with the struggles of being a teenager? Find out in this miraculous novel.
Goodreads: Down in the Belly of the Whale
#BookReview Down in the Belly of the Whale by Kelley Kay Bowles
#BookPlaylist Down in the Belly of the Whale by Kelley Kay Bowles
Amazon.ca – Down in the Belly of the Whale
Amazon.com – Down in the Belly of the Whale

 

Bonus Fact: Did you know Kelley took over my blog once? Check it out by clicking the link below:
#GuestPost Kelley Kaye Bowles Takes Over the Bloggity!

 

If you want to find out more about Kelley, check out all of her socials:

Goodreads – Kelley Kaye Bowles

YouTube – Kelley Kaye

http://www.kelleykaybowles.com/

Twitter – @KelKay1202

Facebook – Kelley Kaye

https://amzn.to/2LGhDFu Kelley’s Amazon Author page
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelley-kaye Kelley’s BookBub  Mystery Page

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#BookReview Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe by Junia Wonders

This tale is super sweet and adorable! The very beginning had me hooked instantly – this tale might be true, and the identity of the leads are disguised. How much cuter can this book get?!

The soft tones of the art in this book made me feel really happy. I love the style and I think it went well with the story. The rhyming scheme was also silly yet it worked! I found myself giggling along the way. Sometimes the words didn’t rhyme exactly, but it was the thought that counts.

If you’re looking for a goofy, short, animal filled story book, then you’ve come to the write place! I absolutely adore Junia Wonders and her picture books. They are filled with silly plot lines, amazing art, and lots and lots of fun!

Overall, the story is cute and fun and I’d highly recommend parents and teachers pick this book up! Children will love it! This book is totally worth every penny!

Four out of five stars!

I found this book on Bookbub!

 

You can purchase this book on:
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Amazon.ca

If you enjoyed this book, check out another book or review you might enjoy!
#BooKReview Hercufleas by Sam Gayton
#BookReview Unlimited by Kevin Miller
#BookReview Boy and the Very Lonely Pony by Junia Wonders
#BookReview Backyard Hullabaloo by Junia Wonders

 

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#BookReview Gods in Oslo by John Plaski

Gods in Oslo by John Plaski is a thrilling ride full of super power-like abilities, Odin and the gods and love of action!

This book looks very daunting – it’s over 400 pages and looked WAY to big to tackle, but I did it anyways. It was one of the greatest decisions I ever made, because it was ridiculously cool! This was one of those books I was actually interested in and wanted to read more.

John Plaski creates a world and builds it exponentially in this book. Kaitlin, Marc and Claire are on an adventure. They have superior abilities that makes them stronger than your average human. As they try to solve some problems and fight bad guys, things don’t go according to plan…

I felt like this book needed to be binged. I put this book down for a few days, jumped back in, and I forgot half of what happened. There is so much world building and unique story telling elements, that it was just too much for me to remember. If I would have binged the book and not put it down for longer than a day, I feel like I would have loved it even more. What’s even more troubling is that every character has two names (a “normal” first and last name, and a name representing their abilities). I couldn’t keep them straight when I jumped away from the book. I almost wish there would have been an index or summary of all of the names in the back of my copy of the book to help me out.

Despite the troubles I had with this book, John Plaski has made one truly remarkable novel. The book makes you think and pulls you in to the point of addiction. The unique themes and commentary throughout the book got me involved more so than I do with my typical fiction books. I love books like this! Throw in the fact it felt like a fantasy meets spy/thriller novel… yeah, it was worth the read.

Overall, I think this book was a wonderful first novel from John Plaski. He has a real knack for writing and he’ll only get better with the more books he writes and releases. I hope he continues writing because this book was really cool!

I’d definitely recommend this book if you like thrillers, fast paced books, fantasy (along the lines of Greek/Roman gods), super heroes and books that make you think.

Four out of five stars. It would have been five, but I kept getting a little lost when I jumped away from the book.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

You can purchase this book on:
Amazon.ca
Amazon.com

If you enjoyed this book or review, here are some others you might enjoy:
#BookReview – Strungballs by Mike Russell
#BookReview Tamisan by Susan McKenzie
#BookReview The Sinking of Bethany Ann Crane by K. Kris Loomis

 

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#BookReview Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam is a seriously funny book that will take you on one wild adventure.

Books like these are always my favourites – they tell fun and inviting stories and welcome you into someone else’s world. I also identify as an ‘old soul’ so I get a real kick out of reading books about the past. This book, Carrying Albert Home, is about Homer’s parents taking a pet alligator back to Florida. Yes, you read that right, they are transporting an alligator. Along the way they get themselves in lots of trouble and difficult situations, all of which are hilarious!

This book did feel like it would fit into the niche market. It’s a fictional comedy based on true stories that weren’t exactly true… It’s so weird, but lovely. If you’re looking for a book that’s out of the ordinary, I think this book would be one excellent fit!

To be honest though… this book isn’t my type of novel. I did enjoy reading it as a change from my normal selection, but it just didn’t hit me as well as I wanted it to. The book is long and at times feels like too much. I had to put it down and pick it up a few times to really get through the story. It’s not boring and it’s written in a beautiful manner, it’s just not made for me as a reader. There will be readers out there who are dying to read this book, but it just isn’t my style. My rating for this book reflects the fact that it wasn’t a book for me. In reality, I think this book is a solid 4.0 for the average reader, but based on my rating score it’s a 2.

Overall, if I had to describe this book in a series of words they would be: quirky, spontaneous, eccentric, outlandish and zany.

2.0 out of 5.0 stars – it’s just not my type of book, but it is absolutely lovely and I highly recommend it.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

Check out this book on Goodreads.

If you enjoyed this book, check out another book or review you might enjoy!
#BookReview Unlimited by Kevin Miller
#BookReview Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen
To Wendy’s With Love: the 22-year Lunch by Diane Keyes- BOOK REVIEW
#BookReview Peter Green and the Unliving Academy by Angelina Allsop

 

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#BookReview The Fencers by Geza Tatrallyay

The Fencers by Geza Tatrallyay is a beautifully woven, true tale of perseverance and fencing!

Autobiographies and biographies are one of those ‘genres’ that I really fall in love with when I start diving into them. Reading about someone’s life and peeking into their mind is a truly marvelous experience for me! Having the opportunity to read Geza’s story, in Canada of all places, was absolutely breathtaking!

This book isn’t long, but it sure packs a punch. This story follows Geza’s journey studying in Canada and joining the Olympic fencing team. I really enjoyed the fencing side of the story! I have always found fencing to be a memorizing sport to watch. Reading Geza’s explanations of how the game is played and how various matches went was excellent! The ups and downs of a match, the crazy stories Olympians can tell and the descriptions of the matches were just so darn cool.

Fencing isn’t the only aspect of this story that makes it so intriguing to me. Geza helping his friend Paul really stood out in this story. The Hungarian is trying to seek refuge in Canada, and Geza is up for the challenge. There were just so many aspects of this story that tied together to make it attention grabbing. The Olympic story line, Geza’s undergraduate and graduate tales and Paul’s story all wrapped up into one perfect gift.

The story may pull at your heart strings a bit near the end, but otherwise it’s an empowering tale!

If I had a con, it’d be that I wanted a little more. Some of the stories presented were written beautifully, but I would have love to pick Geza’s brain more! They sounded so interesting and I’m sure there’s more to some of these stories than what made it into the book.

Overall, this book was a real gem! I’m glad I had the opportunity to pick this book up! I needed more biographies on my shelf, so this book will be the perfect fit!

Five out of five stars!

I received this book for free from the author, Geza Tatrallyay, in exchange for an honest review.

 

You can purchase this book on:
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca

 

Check out more books by Geza on his website: www.gezatatrallyay.com

Check out some more of Geza’s Books  on Amazon:

Twisted Reasons (#1) on Amazon.com

Twisted Reasons (#1) on Amazon.ca

Twisted Traffick (#2) on Amazon.com

Twisted Traffick (#2) on Amazon.ca

Twisted Fates (#3) on Amazon.com

Twisted Fates (#3) on Amazon.ca

The Rainbow Vintner on Amazon.com

The Rainbow Vintner on Amazon.ca

 

And check out Geza’s Goodreads Page for more information!

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#BookReview The Murder of Leopold Beckenbauer by K. Kris Loomis

Man, oh man. I did NOT see that ending coming! Like… wow! What in the world just happened?!

The Murder of Leopold Beckenbauer takes some wild twists and turns in this rather short story. K. Kris Loomis does an absolutely marvelous job at allowing us a peek at Claire’s life and the brains of a few musical geniuses.

When the best musical genius comes to town, everyone needs to see his brilliance! Many piano players take a trip to a historic plantation site. Claire is one of the many musicians ready to learn from the always brilliant, but slightly insane, Leopold Beckenbauer. Along the way, many musicians learn their abilities and figure out who the real Leopold Beckenbauer is. Oh, and as the title suggests, he dies.

Claire’s troubled marriage, her tragic past, Leopold’s wacky behaviour and the kooky cast of characters all make this story really engaging. I was honestly so pulled into this story that I could hardly believe it was over! K. Kris Loomis can tell a really good story in such a small amount of space! I’m kinda annoyed that it wasn’t longer and that I couldn’t spend some more time with these characters. I was truly enchanted by the descriptions of Beethoven’s music (and the other composers too!).

I didn’t see half of this story coming from a mile away, which was super awesome! I hate when I can guess the ending by the first few pages. It took me about half the book to figure out the big twist, but I’m glad it took me that long! It’s a ‘fun’ yet tragic twist that most readers won’t catch onto unless they are paying attention. So many hints were dropped along the way that it’s “easy” to catch onto the twist, but you have to be paying attention to really grasp what’s going on. I felt like Sherlock Holmes trying to solve these mysteries!

My biggest negative is this: I want to see more of Danny. I felt like I needed a little bit more of him in this book or to see what happens with Claire and Danny. What can I say? I like a happy ending.

Overall, this book was epic! I want more mysteries like this that really pull you in and drag you along. It was such a treat! If you like Murder on the Orient Express styled books, this story will be right up your alley!

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author, K. Kris Loomis, in exchange for an honest review.

 

Check out this book on:
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Amazon.ca
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If you liked this book (or review!) check out some other reads you might enjoy:
#BookReview After Namaste by K. Kris Loomis
#BookReview Survving Revision: How One Writer Finished What She Started by K. Kris Loomis
#BookReview The Sinking of Bethany Ann Crane by K. Kris Loomis
#BookReview The Monster in the Closet and Other Stories by K. Kris Loomis

 

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#BookReview A Long, Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon

The Long, Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon is one of the loveliest books I’ve read this year.

Family drama, generations of Irish men & ladies, comedy, tragedy and character growth. What more could a girl ask for in novel? Not much else!!

I was truly surprised by how amazing this book was, considering it has so few reviews. It’s by far one of my favourite reads and it will sit high atop my shelves. Kathleen MacMahon has a beautiful sense of writing style and her prose is just magnificent. I can’t get enough of this book and I want more by her.

This story follows the MacEntees – an Irish family with four generations of men and women trying to deal with a long, hot summer. Deidre and Manus were once married, but Manus is now with his male lover and at Deidre is grasping with the fact that she is now “old” and in her 80s. Alma, Acushla and MacDara are their children and they all have to grasp with their own choices too. Alma and Acushla married twin brothers, and somehow their lives are echoing each other. The girls’ children, Constance and Nora, are also dealing with their own lives choices. The entire book follows these characters one by one and lets us into a world of family drama, insanity and growth.

I would have loved to read a book like this in high school, when you have the opportunity to pick apart lines and themes within the story. I loved seeing how each character interacted and how life didn’t end up the way they quite expected it. Lots of humors is thrown in with the tragedy, family drama is addressed in a very real way, and this book shows just how tough life can be (yet also how fruitful and silly we can make it). In summary, it’s all about perspective.

Kathleen does a great job showing the differences between the generations and how they interact with one another. The conflict felt so real and the book felt like it could have been a non-fiction retelling (but it’s not!). I really want to read more by Kathleen because she has a real knack for story telling. I was so attached to these characters and I was furious that this book had to end (and in the way that it did! I cried! I never cry at books!).

I HIGHLY recommend this book if you love fictional dramas, stories set in Ireland, and books about being a family.

Five out of five stars! I would give it more if I could.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

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To Wendy’s With Love: the 22-year Lunch by Diane Keyes- BOOK REVIEW
Quick Book Review: The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
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