When you stand beside the water, listening to the waves, what is it you feel? 

Calm? Rage? Hope? Despair? 


The sea is a place where every emotion can be felt, every crash of the waves upon the shore a match to the beating of your own heart, no matter what is going on inside it. 

“Between the Tides” is just that. A beating heart that rushes at you from the shoreline, and dares you deeper into the waves. Do the depths of the ocean offer a sweet respite from the world around you? Or are the snow fed lakes in the mountains that place where you can go to create an ice wall around your heart, or perhaps break it asunder?

Come with us where the creatures of the deeps and the shallows, creatures out of myth and legend, come to life and drag you into the waves. 

Who knows, you might get lost on a pirate ship or carried away by a kracken…

The only way to navigate the shores is to travel: 

Between the Tides



June 25, 2019

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Between The Tides
An Anthology as Mercurial as the Oceans

Quite an interesting group of stories written by 12 different authors.
They are all quick easy reads focusing on creatures of the water. All mythical creatures of course..haha
We have quite a mixture of Mermaids, Sirens, Water Sprites, Guardians, Fairies, Dragons, Gods, and Warriors. Oh yeah we even get a story with descendants of Loch Ness and Poseidon!
Of course I have to let you know that there are a couple of stories that end on a cliffhanger though.
The story I am going to review is called The Blue King written by the fabulous LJ Vickery.
We have King Waylon who falls head over heals for a little blue glowie warrior woman named Lavarette. One tiny lethal woman who serves the King of the underworld as head of security.
King Waylon is old school, women should be kept safe at home raising a family and keeping a nice home for her man. Lavarette may be tiny but when she is faced with danger she is tough as nails.
Small things really do pack a big punch!






A serial killer who does not think local comics are funny has just begun his rampage. What’s up with that. Can the police catch a killer in time?

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Constables Mike Borneo and Lissa Cassway along with detective Vince Vetters are racing to find the killer before he claims another victim. Was Feener just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Left with his wedding ring and his wallet, Feener’s body isn’t even cold when the killer strikes again-this time stabbing Phil Vetters, a comic known for his redneck shtick and the brother of detective Vince Vetters. Just as Vince vows revenge, the killer makes a fateful mistake when he stabs another comic and does not ensure his victim is dead before he leaves the crime scene.

The killer is a sicko, but not an idiot. He’s right under everyone’s noses and the anticipation of a righteous kill is all just part of the fun. Only time will tell if the killer will have the last laugh.


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March 25, 2017

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This is a good read that is reader friendly and you feel like you are sitting down with the author and listening to the tale. One that is set in the comic world. When a serial killer strikes out at stand-up comedians, those who are in the business are worried. In a comic club called the Laff Attak, Shelley and her boss Jeff are dealing with the crisis while at the same time trying to start a relationship.As the hunt for a killer goes on, readers get a fun story that also is suspenseful. The author does a great job with the telling of the tale and making readers happy with a great story. Some authors are just the kind you want to go back to time and time again when looking for a great book, Karen Vaughan is one of those authors.



Holmes in America by Karen Vaughan. A murder mystery that is sure to please.

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Nigel Holmes is a British Police Officer sent to Toronto after a witness was brutally murdered on his watch. Kristen Sherlock is a Detective who was framed for drug possession and is being harassed by a dirty cop bent on ruining her. Nigel is politically incorrect and swears like a trucker. Kristen is a by-the-book Police Officer. Can they work together without driving each other nuts before her stalker hurts Kristen? Nigel, Kristen and her former partner, Craig, work to bring the stalker down.




“Can the Andrew Dice Clay of British detectives get in touch with his inner nice guy when banished to Toronto? One can only hope the renowned politeness of his new Canadian colleagues rubs off on him and quick once this defective detective opens his mouth to speak. The stream of inappropriate epithets is jarring, to say the least. It’s no wonder he was exiled to [North] America by his Manchester superiors. Nigel Holmes’ is loathsome and, oh yes, he also let a serial killer escape after the man killed the woman he loved. Dereliction of duty left him damaged personally and professionally. Needless to say, his new compatriots are not that thrilled to meet Nigel. He and his new partner, Kristen Sherlock [yes, Sherlock & Holmes] don’t hit it off, but she deploys her niceness to correct and control the out of control Brit. Kristen’s got trouble of her own, though. Not all Canadian police officers are nice, and there’s an especially nasty one who has it in for Kristen. Why? Well, that’s part of what this ‘whydunit’ is about. Can Sherlock avoid becoming a victim of her vicious colleague’s wrath? Can Holmes shed his barbarous ways so that he’s a suitable colleague and partner for anyone, anywhere? You’ll have to read Holmes in America to find out–tongue planted firmly in cheek.”


Karen Vaughan lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ who has plenty of catitude! Karen started her literary journey in 2005 when she was home on sick leave and was tired of staring at the four walls or twiddling her thumbs. An idea for what would become DEAD ON ARRIVAL popped into her head and the feisty 30 something character Laura wouldn’t leave her alone till her story was written. Laura took a break from pestering the poor author so she could write a free-standing novel DEAD COMIC STANDING. Soon Laura was on the campaign to get Karen back to what would become the Laura and Gerry series. It now has 7 books, the latest being DEAD TO WRITES. Karen is the proud mom of one, step-mom of 4 grown kids, and 2 grandchildren. While not writing her fingers to the bone she hosts WRITERS ROUNDTABLE, an online radio show the second Tuesday of each month. She is also a partner with Viv Drewa in OWL & PUSSYCAT PROMOTIONS. promoting independent authors. Karen is also a stand-up comedian who does her routine for local talent nights. She also loves reading, crafts, and drawing.






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Dead Men Don’t Swing – A Laura and Gerry Mystery by Karen Vaughan

Laura and Gerry are at it again. Death finds them close to home when a tenant is found in the dumpster behind their apartment building. Laura is thrust into the “who killed Denny?” mystery while she does battle with a tenant and dodges a school janitor. The life of a college student is never boring, but she wishes it would be!

Dead Men Don’t Swing is a biting, funny, deliciously bawdy and fast-paced murder mystery in which “death by sexual misadventure and a wayward poisonous snake” (among other things) make for pure entertainment gold.”

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In this book, Laura and her husband Gerry are back dealing with another murder investigation since, as Laura explains, she’s a ‘corpse magnet.’ This time a dead body turns up in a dumpster at the apartment complex where Laura and Gerry are managers, having fallen to his death from the balcony above. Not likely an accident—the guy is wearing boxer shorts and sporting a tricked-out stiletto in his forehead. Oh yeah, he’s missing some sensitive body parts—yikes!


Five Stars:

Dead Men Don’t Swing is Karen Vaughan’s bawdy, comedic take on amateur sleuthing. It’s book four in her Laura & Gerry Mystery series. Lots of detective lingo is delivered with wit and sarcasm by the protagonist, Laura. That’s not surprising if you’ve read Vaughan’s previous books in the series and given the fact that the author has done a bit of stand-up comedy.

In this book, Laura and her husband Gerry are back dealing with another murder investigation since, as Laura explains, she’s a ‘corpse magnet.’ This time a dead body turns up in a dumpster at the apartment complex where Laura and Gerry are managers, having fallen to his death from the balcony above. Not likely an accident—the guy is wearing boxer shorts and sporting a tricked-out stiletto in his forehead. Oh yeah, he’s missing some sensitive body parts—yikes!

Things are not as they seem in this suburban Canadian apartment complex. It turns out there’s a whole lot of hanky-panky going on in this mid-rise Peyton Place, some of it pretty kinky stuff, too. There’s no shortage of pervs and perps on any floor, in addition to the ever-annoying, tenant-from-hell, Stella. As I type the name, I hear Marlon Brando screaming it at the top of his lungs in A Streetcar Named Desire. And, speaking of movies, the photographer played by Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, would have been hard-pressed to know where to shoot first with all the action going on in this complex!

Laura, studying to become a CSI, makes the best of the situation and starts racking up the A-pluses as she incorporates aspects of the investigation into her homework assignments. Of course, even an A-student can get into trouble when word gets out about the direction in which her studiousness is leading. Laura is soon stalked, badgered and beleaguered by tenants and non-tenants alike as the ‘serpentine’ [if you read the book you’ll get my choice of words] plot twists put Laura and her husband Gerry to the test.

Will Laura live long enough to get credentialed as a CSI? Will she and Gerry figure out whodunit and why? Will they ever again make that laundry room at the apartment complex a place you might want to wash your clothes? You’ll have to read the book to find the answers to these and other disturbingly funny questions raised by Karen Vaughan in Dead Men Don’t Swing.


“Over Her Dead Body” (Laura & Gerry Mystery, #2) by Karen Vaughan – #MysteryThriller&Suspense, #Mystery

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Take one beautiful vindictive woman….she’s 1 part bimbo and 2 parts lethal gangsta- gun moll.

Watch her try and hold onto her 84-year-old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……MURDER!

Laura, Gerry, and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting themselves knocked off in the process!

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

You’ll laugh all the way to the morgue. It’s a wonderfully lighthearted murder mystery A delightful read.

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“Dead on Arrival” (Laura and Gerry Mystery, Book 1) by Karen Vaughan – #MysteryThriller&Suspense, #Mystery, #Cozy

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Laura Hamilton wakes up one morning only to find a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?
Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her dead next. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.
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Right from the start, you know you are hooked!
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Right from the start, you know you are hooked! I mean how many people wake up to find a body had been delivered to their sitting room while they slept?

This is a good mystery with some romance thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Karen Vaughan has created a great character in Laura Hamilton. She is funny, smart with a wacky sense of humour – you just have to love her! Will she be able to find out who put the body in her apartment? Who actually was the killer? There isn’t a dull moment in this book, more like a roller coaster of ‘events’ to keep you guessing what comes next!

There are lots of surprises throughout, and it certainly makes you keep turning the pages. Altogether a great book, a definite to be recommended.


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“Playing Dead: A Jeff Gibbons Experience” by Karen Vaughan – #Romance, #Mystery&Suspense, #Mystery, #PoliceProcedurals

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On a cold November night, a man is dead, and his sister is looking for answers. Det. Jeff Gibbons is on the scene to get the answers. This was no simple mugging, and the search leads to organized crime. Get ready for a wild ride and romance on the side for Rhonnie and Brian.
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Dee Donelson
Hold on to your seat!

Ms. Vaughn has a way of storytelling that is uniquely her own. From character development to puzzling plot twists, she keeps her readers entertained and on the edge of their seats the first page to last !!!!!.

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