Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Deadly Shadow by Kim Cresswell

17 Nov

 

 

Author: Kim Cresswell

Narrator: Robin Siegerman

Length: 6 hours and 17 minutes

Series: The Assassin Chronicles, Book 1

Publisher: Kim Cresswell

Released: Aug. 7, 2018

Genre: Thriller; Paranormal

 

 

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions.

Two recent murders. Two serial killers. A conspiracy that reaches beyond the physical world.

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio’s serial killer, “The Wrapper”.

When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the Secretary of Defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful.

Derrick has a secret: He’s a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find The Wrapper.

But can Victory trust him?

As the body count rises, Victory must cross a dangerous line—into a world of government cover-ups, murder, and betrayal—a decision that will test her limits. And everything she believes in.

 

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Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada and is the bestselling and award-winning author of the action-packed WHITNEY STEEL series. Kim recently signed a 3-book German translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the series: Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. The popular series will be published in German beginning in 2018/2019.

Her romantic thriller, Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One), has won numerous awards: RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD’tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary’s (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).

Lethal Jouney won RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest.

The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions, a feature film and TV production company located in Los Angeles, California. The TV series: THE ASSASSIN CHRONICLES is based on Kim’s upcoming 4-book paranormal/supernatural suspense thriller series: Deadly Shadow (published May 2018), Invisible Truth, Assassin’s Prophecy, and Vision of Fire.

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Narrator Bio

Robin Siegerman was trained as an actor by the acclaimed William Esper in New York, vocally trained by Albert Hague, a Tony award-winning, Broadway composer, and trained in speech and dialects by dialect coach to the stars, Timothy Monich.

Robin has a wide range of voices, accents, dialects and characters to give voice work color. Noteably, in the spring of 2018, she was nominated for the narration of the WWII documentary Harry’s Story in the Best International Performance category at the One Voice Awards in England.

Robin also has extensive on-camera experience as a spokes-person for a series of corporate training videos; a decor expert on various TV and radio broadcasts; a frequently requested keynote speaker at home and consumer trade shows, libraries and private industry events; has hosted her own internet radio show; wrote and voiced a daily home renovation information series for radio; and wrote and voiced a regular feature on green living radio.

Currently Robin writes & produce promo videos with VO for small to medium size businesses, along with narrating audiobooks from her broadcast-quality home studio.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kim Cresswell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by Kim Cresswell before. Deadly Shadow is nonstop emotion and action. The FBI is dealing with two serial killers at once. Victory McClane is on both cases at the same time. One is The Shadow and the other The Wrapper (because he wraps his victims in bubble wrap). Poor Victory is still grieving over the loss of her husband and is throwing herself into her work. But two serial killers is a lot for any FBI agent to deal with!

I like the author’s writing style, it flows well and is easy to follow. The narrator had good timing and inflection. 

The characters are portrayed well. Victoria is a strong woman and is a good FBI agent. I haven’t quite decided how much I like her yet. The other agents seem to respect her and care for her. Although Derrick is an assassin for the government and has done his job well for decades, the more I got to know of him, the more I liked him. 

I was unable to stop listening to Deadly Shadow once I got into it which was chapter 2. 

 

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley

16 Nov

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In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley

In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley

Publisher:  Koehler Books (Oct 24, 2018)
Category: Legal/Suspense, Strong Female Lead Character
Tour dates: Oct-Jan, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-63393-652-2
Available in Print and ebook, 220 pages

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Description

Representing a man accused of throwing his wife overboard, chic attorney Lauren Hill begins to artfully present her case. But when Judge Howell seems to morph into God, Lauren’s life of infidelity, poor parenthood, and self-absorption is questioned by the Almighty, who charges Lauren with committing the seven deadly sins. But is this real or fantasy? Is Lauren on the edge of a nervous breakdown, or is God presiding and ultimately deciding Lauren’s fate? In Defense of Guilt is a gripping story of self-discovery, justice, and ultimately about love.

This is a great book for those who love legal thrillers of John Grisham, and Scott Turow.

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Guest Review by Laura

Imagine you could change your destiny with the bang of a gavel. 

Lauren is a high-powered, beautiful, almost (but not quite) middle-aged attorney who has lived a life of dissolution and self-absorption. She hasn’t exactly been evil, but she hasn’t really been a very good woman either. She’s cheated, she’s been a bad mother, she’s broken every one of the seven deadly sins, she’s been narcissistic and has gotten very far living her life. Until one day it all goes wrong. 

When Lauren is in court defending a client who has been accused of killing his wife, she has some type of hallucination (or IS IT a hallucination?) of the judge turning into the biggest judge of all—God. God lays all of Lauren’s sins at her feet while she struggles to work out if what she’s seeing is real or if she’s having some type of mental breakdown. 

This book raises a lot of interesting questions for the reader. Questions like: How much difference is there between someone who breaks the law and someone who doesn’t, but skates by on smaller sins her whole life? What constitutes a fair trial in this case? How much does someone’s own personal morality or intelligence factor into society’s perception of guilt? And how should people who break social rules even be punished? 

Though I might not be able to answer these questions in a review, I did find myself gripped by this novel and read it very quickly in one afternoon. I enjoyed the writing immensely, particularly the courtroom scenes which seemed to really be well researched. This author knows his stuff. 

This novel gets five stars from me and two big thumbs up. I would love to read another one by this author any time!

 

 

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Praise for In Defense of Guilt 

“Through edgy protagonist and defense attorney Lauren Hill, Berkley places us in the midst of a murder trial that could itself be the backbone of an exciting legal thriller – but the metaphysical twist that threatens to change the trial into Hill’s own Judgment Day takes In Defense of Guilt to the next level.”-Christopher Leibig, Author, Almost Mortal  (2016 Indie Book Award)

“In Defense or Guilt is a fast-paced legal thriller with a spiritual twist. Benjamin Berkley has crafted a main character who fears no consequences until she goes on trial before the “ultimate arbiter.” She defends her client accused of murder while wrestling with her own demons of infidelity, greed and lust. Is salvation the light at the end of the tunnel? Well written and highly recommended. Congratulations to my fellow colleague for such a masterful first endeavor.”-Melanie Bragg, Author Crosstown Park, an Alex Stockton legal thriller

“With IN DEFENSE OF GUILT, Mr. Berkley has written a compellingly unconventional courtroom drama. This unique and fascinating story keeps the reader guessing from beginning to end, while offering an inspirational message that extends far beyond the guilt or innocence of the accused. A truly enjoyable read.”-John J. Jessop, Author of Deadly Pleasure  and the Guardian Angel series 

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About the AuthorIn Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley

From as far back as he can remember, Benjamin Berkley has been fascinated by the law. Growing up in Long Beach, New York, his daily schedule revolved around grainy black-and-white reruns of Perry Mason who, with the help of Della Street, solved the most complicated crimes imaginable. It was therefore no surprise to his family and friends that Berkley chose law as his career path, now practicing for over forty years.

Website: https://www.benberkley.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBenjaminBerkley
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorbenjaminberkley/

 

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Giveaway

This giveaway is for one print copy or ebook copy of the book.  Print is available to the U.S. only but ebook is available worldwide. This giveaway ends on November 30, 2018 at midnight pacific time.  Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Book Review: Mr. Finley’s Amazing Umbrella by Chris Divine

15 Nov

MR FINLEY LOVES CAR BOOT SALES. ONE FATEFUL DAY AND ONE LUCKY FIND LATER AND MR FINLEY HAS THE CHANCE TO BRING PEOPLE HOPE. WILL IT WORK?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Mr. Finely’s Amazing Umbrella is creative and beautifully illustrated. It teaches children about the different areas in the world that are in serious need of rain as well how amazing it feels to help others.

With all of the vibrant colors, it would definitely keep the attention of a young child. Older children who can read will enjoy it too because the text is simple and the illustrations are not only colorful but a little quirky. I would suggest an edit though since there are quite a few errors.

 

 

About the Author

Hi, my name is Chris Divine and I live in the South Wales valleys of the U.K. A Plasterer by trade I’m also a singer/songwriter which is my passion. I have won awards for some of my songs but soon after my daughter was born I started reading her bedtime stories and soon progressed to telling her my own stories which she loved. I thought the stories were good enough for other children to enjoy so I set about having beautiful illustrations done by a professional illustrator.

The stories I put in print are a fairytale, enchanting and educational, about animals, the environment and how we live today. They are magical and catch the imagination of children.

Book Review: Little Monsters it’s time to go to bed! by Olivia Longray

14 Nov

Do your kids not like to brush their teeth or go to bed? Neither do little bacteria monsters! They live in the mouths of adults and children and they like to play all day and all night. How can you put them to bed and put things in order in your mouth?

This bedtime story will introduce your children to amazing creatures that are so easy to make friends with. You’ll learn to put the monsters to sleep with a toothbrush, dental floss and affectionate words.

Little monsters, it’s time to go to bed!
Perfect for ages: 3, 4, 5, 6 and up

This children’s picture book is beautifully illustrated in happy and bright colors.

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Little Monsters it’s time to go to bed! is a cute way to teach young children the importance of brushing their teeth before they go to bed. It has brightly colored illustrations that will keep the attention of young children. It’s the best kind of book for young children: it teaches an important lesson with a cute story and colorful illustrations. After reading this book, children should be excited to brush their teeth at night!

 

 

About the Author

Olivia Longray, born September 06, 1980, is а journalist and author who loves her family and the surrounding world. Perceives life as a gift given to us for self-improvement, creative work and growing in love.

Books have always been a big part of my life. As a kid, I cherished a dream about becoming a librarian or a journalist. I grew up, got a degree in journalism, started to work as a reporter in the news agency, was an editor and a TV producer. After my baby boy arrived, I tried to write a children’s book. The writing process filled me with immense (overwhelming) joy and true sense of artistic self-expression. Then came a book for grown-ups. It was the story of the weigh-loss journey of my husband that marked the start of a healthy life for our family. Now I feel blessed that I have my family, our morning jogging and healthy meals, travels and this big amazing world.

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Book Review: A Five-Year Journey by JD DeHart

12 Nov

Autobiographical in nature, these poems are memories and musings from the author’s life. When he was a teenager, DeHart began writing and publishing. Some years ago, that desire dwindled. Then, about five years ago, his love of words was rekindled.

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

A Five-Year Journey is full of poems that are observations and experiences of the author. Some of the poems are simple, some are a little more complex. Some of the poems were okay but I really liked others. This is one of my favorites:

Collector’s Items

They lined the shelves,
these tiny icons of childhood
from which I constructed stories.

I moved their joints and swiveling
features to fashion scenes after the films I had seen,
the books I had read,

until the day came when wielding
plastic no longer made sense.
No one else my age still played
with toys.

So I put the toys away and started
playing with words.
I collect them in journals,
often
the first part of a process:
words I like,
words that sound
interesting.

Bits of material that can be formed
together like clay with other bits.

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