Review: Eeny Meeny: 5 Stars


Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge is a British suspense/thriller novel. It is the first book in DI Helen Grace Thriller series. DI Helen Grace is youngest female to be promoted to Detective Inspector in her department. She is a submissive in a paid S&M arrangement, which adds vulnerability to her uptight personality. This aspect of her personality was  difficult to reconcile until you learn more about her rough childhood.

Detective Inspector Helen Grace is faced with solving a series of kidnapping/abduction murders. Amy Anderson and Sam Fisher were kidnapped then held hostage. Their kidnappers drop them into a remote area and their chances of escape are dim. The kidnappers only give them a cell phone and a gun.  Their only option for survival is if one of them dies. DI Helen Grace isn’t convinced this is a plausible story until two other people are kidnapped in a similar way.  

Eeny Meeny keeps you riveted until the end.  There is violence, sex, and foul language and the book will keep you guessing with all of the twists and turns. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. Highly recommended for fans of Brit thrillers and suspense novels.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Contest Time!

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Hello readers and writers!

Today marks the first day in a month-long contest. The talented Katie McCoach at KM Editorial has generously donated a prize to the winner of the contest. Here’s what one lucky person will win:

  • A free, professional critique and editorial review of your manuscript for the length of 50 pages. You’ll receive a 3-5 page, single-spaced critique, plus query/book description feedback. It will address the strengths of the manuscript, as well as the areas that could use improvement and suggestions for taking it to the next level.

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Markets For Writers

Check out Esther Newton’s weekly Flash Fiction Competition “Less Than 100 Words.” Different prompts are given weekly. Closing date is 6pm(BST) or 1:00 (EST) every Friday. Entry fee is around $1.52 US, winning prize is $30.70 US. See more details at


My market for you this week is for a flash fiction competition, ‘Less Than 100 Words‘. It’s held weekly and a prompt is given each week.

Entries for under 100 words are invited. The closing date is 6pm (BST) every Friday.

Entry is 99p and the prize for the winning story is £20.

To find out more details go to the website


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Enter Free Book Giveaway

Enter to win a paperback copy of Steven Rappaport’s new novel, If Jack Had. Compliments of Smith Publicity.

THE RULES: Follow MJ’s Marvelous Book Blog by email and you’re entered in the book giveaway. That’s it! I’ll randomly pick the winner on Tuesday, June 9th, to coincide with my review of If Jack Had by Steven Rappaport. Good Luck!

Contest is closed on June 8th, 2015 12:00 Midnight EST.


“What’s the difference between a serial killer and an assassin?
… A paycheck.”
Jack is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist with a secret second job. Since he was a smart-ass grad student slinking around New York’s Upper West Side and Brighton Beach, he’s been working as an assassin for the Russian mob.

Five Minute Friday Prompt: Willing


     When I hear the word “willing”, I also think of “willpower” and “follow-through”. When I have a goal in mind, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it. Whether it takes a mental or physical toll on myself, I know that I can push through it, because it’s temporary. Many are willing to fight for a cause, but aren’t willing to follow through, because it’s a lot of work. Pushing yourself to your limits is difficult, but pressing on is a state of mind. My Uncle used to say “If one soldier dies, it doesn’t mean the war stops. You have to keep fighting to the end.” If you want something bad enough, you’ll keep fighting until you get it.

     You have to focus on your goal, since others will have their personal agenda, trying to knock you down. Grit and persistence are the tools you’ll need. Willingness is like a muscle. The more you use it, the easier it becomes to follow through. It does get better with practice. The more goals I achieve, the more resilient I become.


This is a Five Minute Friday attempt, so thanks for giving me the freedom to try something totally different today. You can be a part of Five Minute Friday too. Just head over to and you’ll find all the details, along with a bunch of fantastic posts and supportive community. Thanks for reading today!

Five Minute Friday Prompt: Grace


Sorry I’m a day late for the Five Minute Friday Prompt. The prompt is Grace.

Twisting and turning through the unfamiliar neighborhood. One way streets and detour surround me. My neck and shoulders tighten, wondering how do I get out of this place? The GPS has me going around in circles. My temples are throbbing, my eyes are tearing up.
The GPS is thrown to the backseat of the car. Taking a deep breath, I ask God to take over. Give me grace. I have 15 minutes to get to Hoboken and my way isn’t working. Show me the way.
A sense of clarity and calmness overwhelms me.
Forget the GPS, follow the street signs. You will make it in time.
The visiting hour will be over in three minutes. Just enough time to see my son, A.
A. spots me, giving me a quick smile. He’s much calmer than a few days earlier. “Mom, you’ve got bad timing. I’d like to talk with you, but I’m in the middle of playing Yahtzee with my new friend.” After he gives me a brief, tight hug, he scampers back to his room, the heavy hospital door closing behind him.

He’s finally made his first friend.

This is a Five Minute Friday attempt, so thanks for giving me the freedom to try something different today. You can be a part of Five Minute Friday too. Just head over to and you’ll find all the details, along with a bunch of fantastic posts and supportive community. Thanks for reading today.