Saturday, January 29, 2011

Face the Rain by Jennifer DeNaughel

Face the Rain by Jennifer DeNaughel is a romantic /thriller that reads extremely well from the get go. Jenna and her two children move to her hometown to start a new life after years of abuse by her ex-husband. Her son, Erik, hopes to meet his biological father, Ian, who is Jenna’s high school sweetheart. Will the love that Jenna and Ian had in high school be rekindled after all this time? Will the ex-husband come back to get his revenge?

I read many books and this one really tugged at the heart strings. It really has the right combination of romance/thriller to me. The characters have enough background and the dialogue between them was perfect. I could not put this book down at all. Ms. DeNaughel has written a winner and I hope that all women that love romance will read this one. They will not be disappointed at all.

Carol A. Langstroth, Manager
Mind Fog Reviews

Shifted Perceptions by Diana DeRicci

Shifted Perceptions by Diana DeRicci is an interesting take on two men wanting and agreeing on being with the same woman. Gage and Rex are very much taken with Dali. The problem is that Gage and Rex are hiding a big secret about themselves and the world they live in.

A three way relationship is thus formed and we begin the sexual adventures of the trio. DeRicci stays true to form by thrusting a sexually explicit novel once again and does well at successfully and tastefully writing a novel in this genre that most anyone could read without being horribly offended by the general sexual nature of this novel.

I am not an expert on this type of adult fiction this being said I found the book to be going to fast at times and I would have liked to see more background on Gage and Rex in the beginning of the book.

Carol A. Langstroth, Manager
Mind Fog Reviews

Thursday, January 27, 2011

In Ice Cream in the Snow by Diana Castilleja

In Ice Cream in the Snow by Diana Castilleja we have a romantic/thriller that tells the story of a single mom and son team (Jessie and Jacob) who are just trying to make it day by day. Her ex-husband had a gambling addiction and Jessie wanted to provide a stable home life. However, before he died, he owed a lot of money to Brick Donnelly. When he goes searching for Authur he finds Jessie and her son.

I enjoyed reading this story very much so; it has romance, drama and a little mystery too. I found myself rooting for the family and wanting Brick and Jessie to stop fighting the attraction and become the couple they were meant to be.

Carol A. Langstroth
Manager of Mind Fog Reviews

The Ocean and the Hourglass by Dan O’Brien

The Ocean and the Hourglass by Dan O’Brien was very reminiscent of “The Neverending Story” to me. Nicholas, the main character, is an outcast in his world. Bullied at school and barely acknowledged at home by his mother (and only parent), he escapes into his own world, from the story in his heart. It is adventurous and colorful, with the settings all very well detailed.
Although Nicholas doesn't believe he is the Prodigy that everyone else feels he is, he learns that standing up for what he really believes in makes him stronger in the end. He gains respect, both from within and from others.
Along with this book being very entertaining, I felt it also was philosophical. Nicholas matured greatly in his day away in his storybook adventure.
Teens and middle grade readers will be captured by this story. Those of us who are a little older, who love fantasy, will enjoy it, too!
Kim Ann McCann, Reviewer
Mind Fog Reviews

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Friday Night by Liam Drake is a romance for the gay community. Jake meets Raul at a support group. Raul is actively chasing Jake because the chemistry between them is hot. Jake is holding back as he is unsure of wanting to be in a relationship so soon.

I found Friday Night to be a completely engaging short romance. Mr. Drake writes so vividly that I could see the scenes in my head as I was reading. He has a great talent and I hope he continues to use those talents to create many more writings.


Carol A. Langstroth
Manager, Mind Fog Reviews

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Curse of a Mind by Destiny Booze

Private investigators believe their eyes. They generally don’t believe in ghosts. In Destiny Booze's novel, “The Curse of a Mind,” Christopher Chambers is a woman who runs a company called Deniro Investigations. Her righ hand man is Leon. He watches her back. Her team consists of Leon, her right hand man and Elliot is her computer wizard. There is a killer in this novel that is after a couple of Deniro Investigations clients. The killer is picking off Chris’ team one by one.
With all of her training Chris can’t be sure to stop this man from taking Aidan, the man who is in her heart.
Destiny once again fulfills her readers minds’ with a well written novel. Destiny is an author you should be ready to follow into the big leagues. However young Destiny’s mind is a frightfully delightful one that continues to bring out one great novel after another.
You won’t put this down until you see “whodunit”.
Anastasia Cassella-Young
Mind Fog Reviews

Wild Blackberrries by Lorrie Unites-Stuiff

Wild Blackberrries by Lorrie Unites-Stuiff is a short story about a novel writer who is doing background on one of her books. Unbeknownst to her the soon to be ex-husband has a plan on getting all of her estate. Will her new found friend find her before it is too late?

I thought that Lorrie Unites-Stuiff has the beginning of a great book. I realize that this is supposed to be a short story but I felt that it was too rushed. There needed to be more interaction between Wade and Morgan in the beginning and I would have liked to have a more of an ending. I should like to see Lorrie go even further and write this into a full-length novel. There is more than enough of Lorrie’s imagination to make it a delightful story and one that you would like to read from the beginning to the end.

Carol Langstroth
Manager of Mind Fog Reviews


Diana DeRicci’s Delany’s Catch is a great gay romance that involves Jake, a bookstore owner, who falls for Delany, who runs a bodyguard business.

The heat from this book starts on page one and continues through the end. She provides great background on both characters and you can tell that she put her all of her skills and know-how in this book.

Gay romance sometimes does not meet a reader’s attention immensely but I can tell you that those of you who thrive on gay romances should definitely read this one.

DeRicci performs tremendously in the written pages of this novel and stands true to form when I say that she has written another hit! I favor DeRicci’s writings because she puts enough spark and romance within her written pages that will keep you reading from beginning to end such as I do with her works.

Carol Langstroth
Manager of Mind Fog Reviews


Lorina Stephens' “And the Angels Sang” holds more surprises than it does punches. Don't expect this author's examination of the human condition to melt your heart, or take its place among the now increasingly cliché gritty take on the common human experience. Through her series of stand alone stories, the author examines not only the basics of how we define ourselves, but also interesting takes on the results if one changes the measuring stick. Be prepared to see your own being through many new sets of eyes as her characters tear down even the most basic characteristics of what it means to love, heal, play the hero, or succumb to villainy.

Sara Messina, reviewer

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Al Capone Chicago's King of Crime Nate Hendley

In “Al Capone Chicago’s King of Crime” we follow one of the most famous mobsters, Al Capone, from his humble beginnings to the mobster that he became. I, of course, had heard of Al Capone as a child, but never knew what drove him to become the man he was.

I think that those that enjoy reading or watching mobster movies would love to read this biography. Mr. Hendley goes in-depth and uses other resources that tell the story of Al Capone. He searched for the truth of the man instead of the legend that Al Capone became.

Carol A Langstroth, Manager of Mind Fog Reviews

Who Got Liz Gardner by Elizabeth Allen, a second review

Who Got Liz Gardner” has a really good prologue which drew me in, and I wanted to read more to find out what happens in the subsequent chapters. At the start of the book it is not made clear who the narrator is and I found the story very challenging. One of my favourite parts is when the narrator, Liz and her friend Chris, remove the collection(s) of Baguette, the bag lady. The descriptions of the scene(s) that follow are powerful and amazing.

Liz the narrator in the novel is also going through a lot of situations within the novel. I was uncomfortable with the end of the novel and did like the graphic descriptions of some scenes within the novel.

There is also another character who I was unsure whether or not she worked within the novel and that was Taylor who is described as "gorgeous, funny, strong, athletic, healthy and ready to live". I did not believe in her as a character as the narrator speaks about an Angelic Task List.

I have read Bridget Jones’ Diary and loved every bit of it, I think that this novel is trying to be a Bridget Jones’ Diary and not succeeding for me, I would give this book 3 out of 5 bookmarks as it was not my favourite piece of reading but it was well executed.

Ruth Clements, Reviewer