My Review of Kory M. Shrum’s ‘Shadows in the Water’

Hello everyone and welcome. Thank you for stopping by last week. I appreciate all of your support. Today I am presenting my review for USA Today Bestseller author, Kory M. Shrum’s ‘Shadows in the Water.’ Get suited up because this one will take you for a ride. Let’s meet our players.


Lou is a bit of a psychopath who is out to get the dirty business party responsible for her father’s death, a man she was very fond of. She follows her own agenda. The only feeling she feels is fear and you will how she handles situations. She is a strong-willed woman and doesn’t stop until the job is done. I applaud her for her strength.

She shares a disorder with her aunt, Lucy, which she uses to her advantage. The relationship between her and her aunt is strained because she doesn’t find anyone trustworthy, including herself. The only person who ever made her feel safe was her father.

Lucy is very progressive in her thinking. I’m happy the author created her as a lot of what she says is inspiring. You’ll see in the book what I mean. She is family oriented and watches out for her niece. Also, she does things like chanting and affirming and does yoga.

Then there is Mel, whom I really liked. She owns a New Age store and does readings. She gets straight to the point and doesn’t put up with anything from the other players. She has a heart of gold. I’m glad she was put in the story and I loved how the other actors respected her. You can’t hide anything from her, and when she stumbles on something, she doesn’t let go. Her personality had a comical side, which got me laughing.

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The author throws in some things about herself into the story, adding to it. Part of it takes place at a vegan restaurant, which I felt was a nice touch.

There is a lot of blood and guts and killing in this story, which for me is a little too much at times. Be prepared from a lot of graphic scenes and some explicit language.

The pace starts out slow in the beginning and then picks up later on. For the most part, it is moderate. Pay attention because some characters are introduced quickly, and their roles are important as the story progresses. There are some bizarre happenings here, including a character whom I didn’t understand until the end. If you like this sort of story, then you are going to love this one. This is creepy cool.
ShadowsKindleGraphicBHere is an excerpt for you to enjoy:

When Lou woke, something was wrong. The light streaming from the high windows was purple. The sun was dipping low behind the trees, its last eye open on the horizon. Under her pillow, her fingers curled around her gun and found the metal warm from the feathers incubating it throughout the day.

She heard a noise again. A small sound jerked her upright, gun pointed.

“Two for two.” Lucy placed a sandwich wrapped in glossy newsprint on the counter and stuck her hand into the brown paper bag again. She gave Lou a half-smile from the kitchen island as she peeled back the wrapper. “One of these days you’re going to blow my head off and save me the trouble of worrying about you.”

“Stop creeping up on me.” Lou lowered the gun. The smell of red onions flooded the studio. Her stomach rumbled its response. When was the last time she’d eaten? She wasn’t sure. Sometimes when she was working, she’d forget to eat. The task distracted her. It was only when she worried her weak limbs or unclear head would cost her that she bothered to make time for the inconvenient task.

The burger, she remembered. She’d eaten a burger at the vegan fast food place about twenty hours ago.

“What are you doing here?” Lou asked.

“Can’t a loving aunt bring her niece a veggie loaf sandwich when she wants to? I got your favorite. Extra avocado, extra oil, and extra oregano. Come eat with me.” 

Lou thumbed the safety back on and disentangled her limbs from the bedding.

“Don’t you get hot sleeping by the window?” Aunt Lucy asked. She nodded at a barstool by the island where she’d spread the sandwich on its wrapper.

Lou slid onto it, placing her gun on the counter beside the wrapper. It clanked heavy against the granite surface. “It’s the best light in the apartment. I don’t have to worry about waking up in Bangkok.”

Aunt Lucy popped open a bag of chips and dumped them onto the paper spread beneath Lou’s sandwich. BBQ. Her favorite. But Aunt Lucy was frowning. “Do you still slip in your sleep?”

“No,” Lou said, stuffing three chips into her mouth at the same time. The oils began melting the moment they hit her tongue. The muscles in her back loosened. “Because I sleep by the window, in full daylight.”

Her aunt plucked a chip off her spread and made a pensive sound. “I thought that was something you’d outgrow. I did.”

“We’ve already established I’m different.” 

Lucy squeezed her elbow. “Different in the most charming ways, my love.”

4 stars

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My Review of Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Carol’

Good afternoon friends, and welcome. I want to thank Candace Walsh and Barbara Straus Lodge from last week for ‘Greetings from Janeland’. Thank you all who visited the post. Those who missed it can read it here.  ‘Greetings from Janeland’ post.

I just love this time of year, Christmas has always been a favorite of mine. For the past two years, I’ve been featuring Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Candy’ series. This year it is the third installment, Christmas Carol. Although you don’t need to read the first two books, it is recommended. The author does a nice job of explaining some things that were in the pervious books. Here Candy and Gary are on another exciting adventure.

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At the end of the last installment, Gary, made a decision that put a twist in the story. Like always he is so huggable and very loving. I just love his gentle spirit. He gives people a sense of reassurance that is truthful and genuine. There is nothing that would turn him off from the beauty of life. He is the perfect vision of a caring family man.

“I’m still scared of losing you,” she reminded him as he set her back on her feet. “But I’m more afraid of not letting you be the man you were meant to be, and I could never live with myself if I took that away from you. Now, let’s go get dinner made and celebrate year number one, Mr. Ford.”

Candy is as loveable as ever. She is juggling her life right now between caring for her son, Daks, and her mom. I felt the pull she had between both of them. However never once does she compromise on their wants and needs.

She is the star of the story and her aura shines very brightly. I just adore the mother-son relationship she has with Daks. I applaud the author for creating him as this character will touch your heart tenderly.

A situation comes up that is unexpected and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. It is priceless.

A blast from the past emerges and Gary finds himself working on a cold case. I applaud the author for including this. It added more depth to the story.

This story is short and took me about two hours to read. There is no course language or violence here. In fact this story is perfect to enjoy after a day of Christmas shopping or while you are waiting for the pie to bake in the oven. It really put me in the Spirit of Christmas and that is what I love about Sam’s Christmas books.

Here is an excerpt from this sweet tale. Enjoy!

“Surprise,” Evelyne called as she entered her son’s home. It was Christmas eve, and they had arrived in town that morning to surprise their son and his family with gifts and holiday dinner.

“What are you doing here!” Candy squealed, throwing her arms around the taller woman for a hug. Realized the awkwardness in her mother-in-law’s stiff form, she released her, and settled for a less enthusiastic half-squeeze from Roger. “Did Gary know you were coming?”

“No, silly girl, that’s why it’s a surprise,” Eve informed her while removing her coat. Looking around, she wrinkled her nose and demanded, “Where is Gerald? It’s Christmas Eve, don’t tell me he’s working!”

“He’s,” Candy hesitated. “He’s at the hospital with Caroline and Ben. I think they are going to release Ben today, and they are going to help him get home and settled.”

“That Gary,” Roger shook his head with a chuckle. “He’s always been the natural hero, in every situation.”

“Yes,” Candy agreed.

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Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls called Candy.

Candice Parker’s life has never been easy. Plagued by losses and setbacks, each day is a struggle for the petite brunette and her young son. Today, she’s ready to take the next step, but will his rich and powerful mother allow it?

Gerald Ford had always kept things simple. He had lived a fast and furious lifestyle, with no intentions of slowing down. However, when he finally decides he’s ready to take the plunge, it seems that the entire world is conspiring against them. Will his mother, Eve, be their saving grace, or will she?

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.

I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

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