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Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette is officially 7 months old! Can you believe it? Seven months ago I published my debut novel through an agony of butterflies in my stomach and I’ve been so blessed with a warm, welcoming and wonderful reception! I can’t thank you all enough for the encouragement and support that you have shown! In celebration, I am hosting a giveaway on Goodreads! All the details are right here, so keep reading and please share (especially with people who haven’t read the book yet!) 

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5 Stars for SOLARIS MORTEM by Rusty Henrichsen – BOOK REVIEW




Series: THE NEW PATRIOTS – Book One


Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction

Type of Book: Softcover

Length: 240 pages

Release Date: May 29, 2016

Publisher: Cabin Creek Press LLC

ISBN: 9781533313225

Price: $9.50 USD for paperback

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

* I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program. 

As I began reading SOLARIS MORTEM, I started to think that it was going to be the same as so many other Post-Apocalyptic books that are now available. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this book is different.

There is a huge twist away from the typical ‘survival-at-all-costs’ plotline. This book will actually make you think while still being hugely entertaining.

The character of Terry is (or was) a long haul trucker. He’s unmarried and lives with his divorced sister and her two kids. He is on his way home to Seattle from California when a series of solar flares light up the sky and a blinding white flash of light nearly blinds him. When he is able to see again, he realizes that the power has been knocked out, including the power to his truck and to all the other vehicles on the road.

Two hundred and fifty miles from home Terryville has a long and dangerous walk ahead of him, but he eventually makes it.

Reaching Seattle he is shocked and confused with what he finds there. A government-type group calling themselves “The New Patriots” have taken over his hometown as well as the lives of all those who live inside it.

Is this group benevolent? Are they just trying to restore order in a world that has quickly devolved into chaos? Or is something more sinister going on? And if so, what is Terryville going to do about it?

I received this book in the mail yesterday and as soon as I started reading, I was unable to put it down. The book is fast paced and packed with action, yet this did not take away from character development. The characters are believable and they are regular people which is another choice by the author that I heartily applaud. Too often in this type of book the main character has military training or is a Prepper. This is unrealistic. I am much more interested in reading about how an “average Joe” would deal with the apocalypse.

Not only is SOLARIS MORTEM a terrifically entertaining tale, but it also poses many questions and quandaries for its characters regarding morality and personal values. It is impossible to read this book without asking yourself what the reader would do if he/she were to face the same dilemmas. I know it certainly made me think.

I highly recommend this book. I give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I will definitely be on the lookout for the second book in THE NEW PATRIOTS Series.


The second book is titled SOLARIS MORTEM – HOMECOMING and is due to be released in September 2016.



RUSTY HENRICHSEN makes his home in Washington state and enjoys all manner outdoor activities.

He also likes to lock himself indoors, stare at an LCD screen for hours on end, and bang away at the keys of his trusty laptop.

When he’s not busy enjoying outdoor activities or exhibiting writer’s neurosis, he makes a living designing homes.

He is also a husband and a father with a brood of seven, the greatest of all his accomplishments.

For more information visit the author online:

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A Terrific Beach Read – 5 Stars for CONJURING CASANOVA by Melissa Rea – BOOK REVIEW



Author: Melissa Rea

Type of Book: Softcover

Genre: Fiction

Length: 259 pages

Release Date: June 2015

Publisher: She Writes Press

Cover Design: Julie Metz

Print ISBN: 978-1-63152-056-3

Price: $16.95 USD

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I’m not quite sure how to start this book review. There is so much to say about CONJURING CASANOVA that it is difficult to figure out where to begin, so I will just dive right in.

Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hillman is a forty-nine year old Emergency Room Doctor who happens to be single and who also happens to have an obsession with the eighteenth century and one of its most notorious inhabitants – Giacomo Casanova.

I can’t think of anyone who has not heard of Casanova. Even if you don’t know much (or anything at all) about the actual historical figure of Casanova, his name is synonymous with being a “ladies man.” Lizzy is fascinated by his memoir and spends all her free time reading about his exploits.


This is the sexy Casanova himself - obviously female tastes have changed over the centuries.

After a horrific day in the emergency room where a seven year old girl died, Lizzy returns home to try to escape the sadness of her day in the only way she knows how; with her favorite man: Giacomo Casanova. Lizzy believed that “Casanova was all male. Reading his memoir was like having a man for a friend without any risk to her heart.”

After being forced to take a vacation, Lizzy decides to head to Venice to explore the many places she has read about in Casanova’s memoir. 

Staying at a hotel where Casanova once lived two hundred years earlier, Lizzy finds herself giving in to self-pity on the rooftop terrace where breakfast is now served by the hotel staff.

When the real Casanova suddenly appears at her side, chivalrously holding out a handkerchief for her to use to dry her tears, Lizzy is appropriately stunned.

Casanova is Casanova and even in the twenty-first century he oozes both charm and sexuality. But, Lizzy is too smart (and too jaded) to fall for what she considers his ‘act’.

But, she has a problem (well, several problems actually) how the heck is she going to send him back to where he belongs?

This book is a fun-filled romp that carries the reader along on Lizzy’s journey of unexpected self-discovery and world travels. From the gritty, real world of a Chicago Emergency room where children die for no good reason to the majesty that is the modern city of Venice, readers will be afraid to put this book down for fear of having to come back to their own reality.

As I found when I began reading this book, the author is a ‘quote-machine’. She throws out tiny pearls of wisdom as she writes that had me saving quotes right from the first chapter. Not only did she include many meaningful quotes in her writing, but she also included some terrific one-liners. I have included a few of my favorites at the end of this review.

Melissa Rea has a gift for describing people. With only a few sentences she is able to describe a character so vividly that you would swear to be looking at a photograph rather than reading a book. A perfect example of this is her description of Lizzy’s cleaning lady: “Roxanne had an athletic figure that made it impossible to guess her age, and three-inch braids all over her head that made her look like a hedgehog or a sea urchin, if either had gorgeous brown eyes and a bright generous smile. Today she wore a little lime green rompers that made her skin look even more like a big cup of hot chocolate, brown and comforting.”

Obviously this book is pure fantasy and escapism, but that is exactly what makes it such a perfect ‘Beach Read’. 


Photo obtained from the author's Twitter page

Have you ever had a conversation with friends where you were asked; “If you could have dinner with only one person,  living or dead, who would it be?” This book takes that concept to the next level. 

I enjoyed the story for what it is; a fun, light-hearted fantasy. This book is entertaining. The author has done a good job of including details from the eighteenth century but the entire process of Casanova becoming acclimated to life in the twenty-first century is glossed over. But, if the author had focused on those details I believe it would have weighed down the story so, in this instance it works.

I am rating CONJURING CASANOVA as 5 out of 5 stars.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program.


“Things did not have to last forever to bring happiness.”

Her vagina was certainly not unhappy, just a little lonely.”  

“He loved women like modern men loved NASCSR, football, and corporate takeovers…”

“It surprised her how much it still hurt to think of her mother’s death after a year, and how little gin helped. No one deserved lung cancer, no matter how much they smoked.”

“Lizzy noted that the big mama spider-vein on her thigh must have had babies over the winter.”

“…Lizzy had decided long ago; priorities were priorities. If she only had money for one, a cleaning lady took precedence over food.”

“The man and the dream were never the same.”



Melissa Rea hss a degree in psychology with a minor in French and is an amateur Casanovist.

A dedicated researcher, she has read Giacomo Casanova’s memoir Histoire de Ma Vie many times in English and in its original Archaic French. She traveled to Paris to see the handwritten manuscript when it was displayed for the first time in over two hundred years, and has stayed in the hotel in Venice that was Giacomo Casanova’s home for nine years.

Originally from Louisiana, Rea studied dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She practices in St. Louis where she lives with her husband, and is at work on her third novel. When not drilling, reading or writing, she is in search of the next Madmen/50s era 

To learn more about Melissa Rea and her books visit her online:

Official Melissa Rea Website



4 Stars – I was definitely NOT disappointed in THE MAGIC OF CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT by Julie Manthey – BOOK REVIEW

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The Magic of Cape Disappointment

by Julie Manthey



Discover The Magic of Cape Disappointment novel by Julie Manthey today – a Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist for 2015!



I absolutely LOVE Indie Authors. It takes a lot of hard work and an extreme amount of dedication to self-publish a book and I admire authors who have that drive and tenacity.

The cover is what initially attracted me to this book. A woman standing with her back to the “camera” with arms held wide on a cliff with wind whipping around her. This grabbed my attention and made me want to read the synopsis.

Also, “The Magic of Cape Disappointment” is an interesting and intriguing title. It makes potential readers wonder why anyone would name a place “Cape Disappointment” and exactly what magic happens there. Is it good magic? Is it bad or evil magic? Is it even magic at all? Or is it something else?

This book, at is core, is about the fact that you can’t escape your destiny no matter how hard you try.

The story is about the unknown ancestors of the Lewis family. And yes, I do mean Lewis, as in the Louis & Clark Expedition.

No one has ever known that Lewis fell in love, married, and impregnated an Indian priestess. He had vowed to return to her so that they could spend the rest of their lives together, but he ended up dying before he could fulfill his promise. This riveting storyline is only an aside to the actual tale.

Centuries later, Lewis’s many times great granddaughter is living in New York. She has just completed medical school and has decided to become an artist rather than complete her residency.

But, despite her desire to live her own life and to take a path of her own choosing, tragedy, promises and fate all conspire against her and she returns home to Cape Disappointment.

Magic, romance, heartache and heartbreak all follow in this cunningly crafted tale.

This book will appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen.

I enjoyed the story and although I never believed that any of the things in the book would ever happen in real life, this book is escapism at its finest.

I rate it as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



Magic of Cape Disapppointment Author Pic Julie Manthey

Julie Manthey started writing stories for her family and friends as soon as she could hold on to a crayon. She is a proud Hoya alumna of Georgetown University.

Julie thinks that the best part of writing fiction is imagining alternate worlds and mixing up a small echo of reality with a very large dose of fiction to create a fun, magical reading escape. She hopes that you enjoy the magical and fictional world she created in The Magic of Cape Disappointment. Julie is also currently writing the second novel in the Cape Disappointment series.

She is an independent author and has self-published her novel. If you enjoyed reading it, please, tell all your friends and consider writing a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes and Noble.