Heart Pounding Suspense Co-mingled With Profound Thought

Diogenes Ruiz has written a page-turner at which even big pharma might gasp. Well drawn characters never lose their lines. Perfect timing delivers delightful, frightful, and hilarious bombshells and quips. (shades of Carl Hiaasen) Anchored in the childhood of its two main characters,  a good boy and a bad one, they lose track of one another in adulthood. The sadistic bully is a dangerous criminal. The good boy attempts to have a good life and normal marriage. The finale offers heart pounding suspense co-mingled with profound thought. Thank heaven “Persistent Evil” is not far off!

-Nancy Stout

Persistent Evil Cover


Koontz – Big Little Surprise

Reading Book with EB
I asked EB if he wanted to read “a big little life” with me. He was hesitant at first, but once we started, he was hooked, so was I. It’s a memoir of Dean Koontz’s dog, Trixie, a wonderful golden retriever. EB didn’t think he would be interested in a book about a dog.  As it turned out, he made me sit in the truck and keep reading until we finished it. EB can be a little OCD. Anyway, he loved the book and so did I. This is not like most of Koontz’s books since its a memoir, but it was a great read. We both fell in love with Trixie. It was full of magic moments and insights as a result of his relationship with this beautiful animal.

One of the things that made this book special was getting a glimpse into the life of Dean Koontz. What type of person is he? Personally, I think he’s a great writer who can appreciate the extraordinary in the ordinary.

WIth so many fallen heroes today, it was nice to find out that someone that you admire is in reality a generous and kind person. I will enjoy reading his books even more having had a glimpse of the person behind the thrillers.  I have to admit that having read several of Koontz novels, he was one of the inspirations for the villain in A Rabbit’s Tale an Easter Story. As I was writing it, I kept asking myself how might Dean Koontz construct, Monty, my villain. So, I guess I owe Mr. Koontz a bit of thanks as well for helping me come up with a character readers love to hate.

If you are Koontz fan pick this one up but know that it is a different type of book. If you haven’t read Koontz, dig in, there are plenty of juicy selections. Happy reading!


Easter Hit: A Rabbit’s Tale An Easter Story

RabbitsTaleCoverEvery once in a while you get a boost that you did not expect. I just can’t help but share with you this review I received from someone who has been one of my heroes. He did not have to write this and it makes it that much more special.

“Make no mistake about it. This is not a fairy tale. It’s a well written, insightful and imaginative, “tale” that flows easily and has a solid kick of an ending. The characters are described with clarity and poignancy. And as you’re reading along don’t be surprised if you smile often and even laugh out loud. Diogenes is a great story teller. Without fear of over stating it, if you’ve read John Updike’s “Run Rabbit Run,” then you catch glimpses of how a simple theme can unfold in the hands of a master.” – Fr. David McBriar, O.F.M.

A Rabbit’s Tale An Easter Story will be available as a free download for two days: 3/15 and 3/16 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BEIQYPC

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