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Last Resort

The threat of disclosure after years in obscurity found our three hackers in a quandary. Do they take the accolades handed out by the highest power in the world, or cower beneath their cloak of mystery forever?

Passing years and wealth beyond most people’s wildest dreams would be no compensation for being disclosed as thieves.

An empire built from their spoils had led to a mix of overcoming evil on an unprecedented level whilst seeking to prevent the extinction of endangered species.

With the realisation that nothing lasts forever, plans must be made for the next move.

About the Author:

L. J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village in the Midlands, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. L. J.’s career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company and today as their Financial Health Consultant.

Over many years travelling the globe with family and friends for pleasure, the ideas developed and used in the Hackers series of novels (which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback, Just Deserts, Without A Doubt, Doubt Revisited, Informed Decision, Dark Forces and Misconception) have been in part attributed to these experiences; that and a vivid imagination has helped create the characters and situations in these thriller novels.

Excerpt from the Book:

“Keep your head down,” Paul shouted above the confusion, “it looks like a raid.”

Before I could take evasive action, a heavy boot kicked out, and I fell to the floor in agony. Keeping my head covered by my arms, I narrowly missed a second boot as the two ran to the door, firing guns randomly to avoid being pursued.

From screaming and shouting, to complete silence as the pair made their intentions to kill anyone getting in their way quite clear. They shot widely in all directions as some players screamed, and cries rang out as the shots ricocheted and flew randomly, piercing flesh in their attempted to escape.

Paul was thrown to the floor by security men, as a whole team of muscle-bound bouncers raced to the scene. I heard his head hit the side of the elevator and watched in horror as he slowly moved to one side to prevent being trampled underfoot.

The elevator door opened, and two tourists began entering the room, only to step back in haste having seen the commotion, “give me your hand,” one said to Paul as I tried to move him.

“Where are you hurt,” I said, seeing blood oozing through his shirt.

“I’m not sure, but it hurts like hell,” he murmured, not wishing to attract attention as the second wave of raiders wearing clown masks fired into the air.

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Don’t Look Back

A moving story of domestic violence and overcoming it

We all experience love and romance in life and sometimes hurt. But for some, it can be a more sinister experience of manipulation and physical abuse, this is a story of a young woman who unfortunately did experience this. Blaming herself and feeling worthless until she was too frightened to speak out. This story depicts such a marriage and how she found the strength to fight back and reclaim her life; good versus evil. Just another twist in the rich tapestry we weave as we move through life.

About the Author:

Barbara Anne Machin was born in 1940 and is the youngest of eight children. She is married and has one son, and recently celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary. She has always been interested in writing but has never attempted to publish before. A friend and her husband encouraged Barbara to send her trilogy of stories to a publisher. She writes more for a hobby and has worked all her life and still works part-time.  She has held many managerial positions in large companies and does not like to be idle.

This is Barbara’s third book.  Her first book is entitled “A Beloved Cousin” (2019) and her second book is “Shadow of Guilt” (2020).

Excerpt from the Book: 

       “Well, sir, there is no easy way to say this, but there has been an incident at your daughter’s house.”

“My Maisie!” he asked in amazement.

“Can you tell me if Maisie has been in touch with her ex-husband, Hugh Grainger, recently?”

“In touch with him, never!  She never will again after how he abused her in America.  She would never let him near to her again.  Maisie lost our grandchild because of the beating that he gave her, she still hasn’t got over that.  Why do you ask?”

“So, he has abused and beat her before?”

“Yes, but…” Maisie’s dad did not get any further.

“Now what are you saying, is Maisie all right?  He hasn’t hurt her again, has he?” Gwen asked butting in before her dad could answer.”

“I’m afraid he has gained entry into her property while she was sleeping and beat her badly and if it hadn’t been for the quick intervention of her neighbours, God knows what else he would have done.  They have taken her to the local hospital in Chester, so if you would like to get yourself changed, we’ll take you to the hospital.”

“Is she going to be all right?” her dad asked.

“Don’t Look Back” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

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Book Review: Swords & Fallen Lords by Trixie Silvertale

A murder in plain sight. A suspect clear as knight. Can this psychic sleuth unhorse the true villain?
Mitzy Moon is no fan of the Renaissance Faire. But her interest is suddenly piqued when a jousting exhibition turns deadly. Following a clue from her magicked mood ring, she’s ready to take up the sword and fight for the realm.

Refusing to heed the handsome sheriff’s warnings, Mitzy dons a wench’s wardrobe and dives into the case. But she’ll need the help of her meddling Ghost-ma and spoiled feline to root out the canker. With doxies, scoundrels, and panderers aplenty, it won’t be easy to ferret out the truth!

Can Mitzy serve up the knave on a pike, or will she find herself on the wrong end of the lance?

Swords and Fallen Lords is the seventh book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty caper.

Buy Swords and Fallen Lords to plunder a whodunit today! 

My Review

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

I read the first six books in this series, and I really enjoyed them, so I was happy to read this book when it was available.

Mitzy Moon finally has a family since she inherited her grandmother’s bookstore. She’s gotten to know her father and Grams (in her ghostly form). All of the main characters are unique, flawed, and loveable. Mitzy is clumsy, smart, and hilarious. Grams is a force of nature. Erick, the sheriff may be the closest to perfect any person can get, but that may be because he’s seen through Mitzy’s eyes.

When Mitzy’s first official date with Erick ends in murder, they are both on the case. He’s gotten to the point that he knows she’s going to investigate murders on her own, so she’s now his CI. Mitzy is developing her psychic gifts, and they can often be useful, but she has a hard time explaining where she gets the information from her visions.

I always like the Mitzy Moon stories. They’re laugh out loud funny and suspenseful. I was happy to see Mitzy and the sheriff starting to date…finally! I’m looking forward to number eight!

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review: The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure by Carolyn Arnold

Book Title: THE LEGEND OF GASPARILLA AND HIS TREASURE

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Series: Matthew Connor Adventure series, Book 3

For centuries, the existence of Spanish pirate José Gaspar has been relegated to legend, but archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor and his two best friends may have just found reason to believe the buccaneer truly existed. They’re in Washington, DC, to mark the opening of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History when a mysterious stranger turns up claiming he may hold the key to the mythical pirate’s treasure and invites them to join in his quest to find it.

Rumored to have sailed and plundered the Gulf of Mexico and the Spanish Main during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Gaspar would have amassed a vast fortune. But with only the stranger’s word and a token of proof, Matthew is intrigued but not sold—until it becomes personal. There’s an interested third party, and they’re willing to kill for the pirate’s bounty.

What ensues is a globe-trotting adventure that will take Matthew and his friends across the world and back again. Danger lurks around every corner as does betrayal, suspicion, and murder. Can anyone be trusted, and will they survive long enough to find out? 

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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. This is the third book in the Matthew Connor Adventure series. Since I read the first two books, City of Gold and The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh, I was looking forward to reading this book.

Matthew Connor is a world-renowned explorer whose recent adventures included finding the City of Gold. He now has a book deal and a new exhibit opening at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. While there, he is contacted by a history professor who wants his help finding the treasure of Gasparilla. Matthew and his friends are hesitant because no one really knows if Gaspar was an actual person or just a legend. When the professor gives them a little proof, they still aren’t fully on board until two goons with guns hunt them down and chase the four of them through the streets.

The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure is full of adventure and with that adventure is, of course, danger. It also has murder, mystery, and suspense. The characters are unique and interesting. Cal, one of Matthew’s best friends, used to annoy me, but he’s grown on me. He’s always negative even when he shouldn’t be! Mel, the professor who wants their help, is hard to read. I felt like he wasn’t telling them everything. I felt the same way about Angelica at first.

I enjoy Carolyn Arnold’s writing and look forward to the next Matthew Connor book. The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure does stand on its own. If you like adventure and suspense, you’ll like all of these books. This one is my favorite Matthew Connor book so far, though.

About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives in London Ontario with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr

Book Title: The Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 388 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: January 30, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:

 “13”

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My Review

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

I read The Nutcracker Conspiracy in January and was happy to listen to it as well since it’s my favorite Lauren Carr book so far. I like her humor, and I usually smile or giggle several times when reading one of her books, but The Nutcracker Conspiracy made me actually laugh out loud several times (gotta love Mac’s dog, Gnarly). While there was humor, there was plenty of mystery and drama with several twists.

The book starts with an assassination attempt of the president gone wrong. According to the Nutcracker Conspiracy, several people wanted the president dead so the vice president could take over and the FBI, CIA, and other government agencies were in on it. But the vice president’s wife is the one who ends up dead. When 12 other people end up dead, several supposedly in accidents, it looks like maybe the Nutcracker Conspiracy is true…or is there more to it? Murphy ends up investigating the deaths and what a ride!

When I first start listening to one of Lauren Carr’s audiobooks, it’s like listening to an old friend. Mike Alger has narrated many of her books, he does a great job, and I know his voice the minute I hear it.

I definitely recommend The Nutcracker Conspiracy. It does stand alone but I got more out of it having read previous books in this series and other series in which the characters cross over.

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

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Book Review: Bars & Boxcars by Trixie Silvertale

A robbery on the rails. A gang in hiding. Can this psychic sleuth blow the whistle on a dangerous crew?


Mitzy Moon struggles to put snooping on the back burner and help launch the Duncan Restorative Justice Foundation. But her good-girl routine leaves the station after a deputy crashes the Grand Opening with a search warrant. And she’s full-steam ahead on the case when she discovers her father’s railroad is the target for a heist.

Never one to play it safe, Mitzy blatantly ignores the warnings of her entitled feline and risks everything. She even cons her interfering Ghost-ma into helping her with an alarming undercover plan. And now she promises just a few more shifts at the seedy roadhouse and she’ll have the crooks stopped in their tracks.

Can Mitzy pull off the double cross of a lifetime, or will more than her investigation be derailed?

Bars and Boxcars is the sixth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunits.

Buy Bars and Boxcars to climb aboard a mystery today! 

My Review

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

I read the first five books in this series, and I really enjoyed them, so I was happy to read this book when it was available.

Mitzy Moon finally has a family since she inherited her grandmother’s bookstore. She’s gotten to know Grams in her ghostly form, and I was happy to see more of her father in this book. All of the main characters are unique, flawed, and loveable. Mitzy is clumsy, smart, and hilarious. Grams is a force of nature. Jacob, Mitzy’s father, went to prison for a robbery when he was younger, but now he’s trying to give back to the community as well as getting to know his daughter.

Mitzy always attracts trouble. She has some psychic gifts that can often get her out of trouble, but they also get her into trouble in the first place. Bars & Boxcars is no different. When her father’s trains are being robbed by a professional gang, Mitzy decides to look into it. The problem is, she gets more than she bargained for.

I always like the Mitzy Moon stories. They’re funny, suspenseful, and there’s always a little romance, especially between her and the sheriff. I’m looking forward to number seven!

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review: I Know You by Erik Therme

Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I have read all of Erik Therme’s novels and I’ve enjoyed them, but this is my favorite so far.

Bree, Alissa, and Tyler belong to a highly dysfunctional family. Their mother works all the time to pay the bills, and their father is abusive when he’s home. Bree is the oldest and has to take care of her siblings, so when Alissa disappears, it’s Bree who feels she has to find her. With a deadline hanging over her head, things get more intense the later it gets.

Once I started I Know You, it was difficult to put down. It’s definitely a page turner. There are also several twists, and just when you think Bree has nowhere else to turn, there’s a glimmer of hope.

I can’t decide if I like the ending or not. Everything comes together, but it’s a little off. You’ll just have to read it to see what you think. With the suspense, it’s definitely worth your time.

About the Author

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways: http://eepurl.com/cD1F8L

Website: http://www.eriktherme.com
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Book Review & Giveaway: A Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett

Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett

Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett

Publisher:  Rock Yard Books (February 26,  2019)
Category: Historical Fiction, Suspense
Tour dates: March, 2020
ISBN: 978-0578471235
Available in Print and ebook, 247 pages

Place Called Jubilee

Description

Deception, witchcraft, and the secrets of a long-dead former slave churn the life of ambitious young clergyman Coleman Hightower – even as fear, bombings, and riots rock the nation.

Historical novel A PLACE CALLED JUBILEE tells Coleman’s story as he leaves his mountain home and arrives in Washington D.C. in 1961 as the Civil Rights movement explodes across America. Coleman’s plans for a prestigious life are torn apart by his forbidden longing for beautiful and fiery activist Rosalee.

His search for meaning turns into a desperate journey that takes him and the woman of his dreams all the way to Jubilee, Alabama – a place where intrigue, betrayal, and murder combine to make Coleman wonder if he will win Rosalee’s love or even leave the tiny town alive.

Guest Review by Sol A.

An absolutely powerful story about protest, civil rights, religion, love, ancestry and being true to yourself above all else. This book took me on a journey that I was not expecting, but one that I was very happy to be taken on. When I started reading, I thought this would be a straightforward historical fiction about a time in history that I wasn’t very familiar with. Boy, was I wrong.

This book was magical for me, in more ways than one. I found myself unable to put it down throughout and ended up reading it through very quickly and feeling a sense of sadness when it was over.

Without spoiling too much, the gist of the story involves a white pastor-in-training, Father Coleman, who meets and falls in love with a black woman around the time of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. Coleman is torn between his love for the woman, Rosalee, his calling as a pastor and his need to stay impartial in his personal politics. The scope of the story travels from Georgia and Washington D.C. all the way to Alabama as Coleman searches for meaning and seeks out how to follow his own personal truth.

The writing in this novel was breathtaking and so well-researched that I became fully immersed in the story with no need for respite. The fullness of Garrett’s writing was both intimate in its look at the human mind and global in its usage of the American south. At times I forgot that I was reading a book and actually thought that I was watching a movie because the atmosphere was so riveting. I recommend this one very highly to anyone who is interested in well-written historical fiction.

Praise for A Place Called Jubilee

Notable Indie #1 in the Shelf Unbound Magazine 2019 Best Indie Book Awards.

“A very dark time in our history.  Not my usual type of read but could not put it down when I got started. Felt like I was right there in the story. Great read.”-Janice, Goodreads

“Highly Recommend.  Loved this book. I feel I really got to know the characters. Waiting for a sequel.”-LM, Amazon

“I couldn’t put this book down.  I love historical fiction and suspense. This book gave me both. The characters were well developed, the vocabulary was challenging and the descriptive language drew me in.”-CH, Amazon

About the Author

Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett

Award winning author, Timothy J. Garrett lives with his wife Cynthia in his native northeast Georgia where he spent 16 years working as an E.R. physician and is now a healthcare executive. History and historical fiction are his writing passions though his influences include Southern gothic luminaries like Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor.

While Tim has written extensively for the healthcare industry, the award-winning A PLACE CALLED JUBILEE is his first published novel.

Website: http://timothyjgarrett.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drtimjgarrett
Twitter: https://twitter.com/drtimjgarrett

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Book Review: She has a Broken Thing where her Heart should be by J.D. Barker

A haunting tale of suspense, rendered with the masterful skill only Barker could muster. 

After the loss of his parents, young Jack Thatch first met Stella as a child—this cryptic little girl of eight with dark hair and darker eyes, sitting alone on a bench in the cemetery clutching her favorite book. Gone moments later, the brief encounter would spark an obsession. She’d creep into his thoughts, his every waking moment, until he finally finds her again exactly one year later, sitting upon the same bench, only to disappear again soon after. 

The body of a man found in an alley, every inch of his flesh horribly burned, yet his clothing completely untouched. For Detective Faustino Brier, this wasn’t the first, and he knew it wouldn’t be the last. It was no different from the others. He’d find another just like it one year from today. August 9, to be exact.

Isolated and locked away from the world in a shadowy lab, a little boy known only as Subject “D” waits, grows, learns. He’s permitted to speak to no one. He has never known the touch of another. Harboring a power so horrific, those in control will never allow him beyond their walls.

All of them linked in ways unimaginable.

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Special note from the author: One of my favorite narrators, David Aaron Baker, recorded this one! He’s best know for his work on the ODD THOMAS series for Dean Koontz. 
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My Review

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

There are a lot of authors I like, but J.D. Barker is one of a handful that are my absolute favorites. Every time he has a new book come out, it’s like getting a Christmas present! He has a way with words that immerses me in the book. I’ve seen him compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and other famous authors and that’s because, like them, he’s in a class of his own.

When I started this book, I was afraid I was going to be disappointed. The first quarter of the book is good. I wouldn’t say it was slow, but I was able to put it down when I needed to. Once the characters had been developed, and I knew what was going on (kind of, there were many surprises), I was hooked and it was difficult to put down.

There are a lot of characters in She has a Broken Thing where her Heart should be, but I had no trouble keeping track of them. There were some characters I really liked: Jack, Stella, Auntie Rose, and Stack among others. There were some I absolutely didn’t like such as Subject “D” and Olivia. Then there were those who I still am undecided about: Jack’s dad and his childhood friends.

This book is almost 800 pages long, and I savored every page. You will too!

About the Author

J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.

Website: https://jdbarker.com/books/she-has-a-broken-thing-where-her-heart-should-be/

Book Review & Giveaway: The Water’s Fine by Janice Coy

Water’s Fine: Suspense Novel by Janice Coy

Publisher:  Independently Published (April 22, 2019)
Category: Suspense, Family Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Tour dates: January/February, 2020
ISBN: 9781795669047
Available in Print and ebook, 312 pages


Description

Catalina Rodrigues believes she’s living her best life, traveling to exotic locations around the world as a scuba dive master, spending every moment possible in her beloved ocean.

Bertie Clark is excited for a week-long scuba trip with her husband exploring the underwater wonders of an ocean teeming with life – the Sea of Cortez.

But a tragedy on their dive boat sends both women into uncharted territory, questioning what they’ve always thought to be true, and fostering an unlikely friendship. Will either trust the invitation to “come on in, the water’s fine” again?

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Guest Review by Betty B.

Catalina Rodrigues is a smart, capable scuba diving instructor who has traveled all over the world with her job and is prepared for any eventuality that happens on the sea. Bertie Clark is an enthusiastic and fun-loving woman who intends to leave the regulations of her regular life behind when she joins a group of experienced divers on a trip out onto the Gulf of California. She and her husband intend to enjoy the trip together, relaxing and enjoying the water.

Unfortunately all does not go as planned. A tragedy aboard the boat takes center stage and everyone on board must scramble to solve a mystery that will leave you guessing till the last page. This is the first book that I have read by Janice Coy and I was definitely impressed by her writing and her plotting. This is the kind of writing that I wish all books contained! What an excellently paced story she created in the claustrophobic confines of a diving vessel afloat on the Pacific Ocean.

I read a lot of mysteries and pride myself on being able to guess what is going to happen next most of the time, but, although this wasn’t necessarily a straightforward mystery story, the mystery element of it really surprised me with how it all worked out. I love that in a story and it really made me enjoy this.

Coy’s prose was beautiful and haunting, perfectly bringing to mind the loneliness and isolation of the sea, and her technical knowledge of scuba was extensive. She really made me feel like I was on the Calypso with these characters. Coy created a very interesting world in this novel and truly compelling characters. I can’t wait to get started finding out what other worlds she has created in her books!

Praise for Water’s Fine

“I just finished The Water’s Fine by Janice Coy which means I am must bid farewell to the characters I have become attached to and I must close the cover on a plot that kept a firm grasp on my attention and continued to surprise. The act of reading this book can cause laundry to pile up, dust to gather and dirty dishes to dry crusty because one cannot stop reading from chapter to chapter – – from scuba action, to mystery, heartache, friendship, suspense and self discovery.
The author is artfully descriptive in all areas of scene and character development which draws you in and holds you! In fact, I would like to invite you to do a little scuba diving and not get wet? Slip on those fins, adjust your mask, get your regulator set and start reading The Water’s Fine.”- Kjans, Amazon

“Oh wow, what a well written book! Being someone who thinks that scuba diving is too scary to try I was drawn in by the author’s imagery. It captured all the anxiety of “breathing underwater”, the suspense of what dangerous creatures you could encounter as well as the absolute beauty and serenity you could feel while exploring the deep blue sea. I fell in love with her characters and was sucked into the mystery and suspense and enjoyed joining them on their journeys of self discovery, life and loss. I really enjoyed this book.”-Amazon Customer

Praise for Smallest of Waves

“Thanks to Coy’s descriptive, immersive world, the waves of Agave Beach leave a distinct impact in The Smallest of Waves. – Indie Reader

“A seaside mystery with an appealing heroine…Coy uses her beachside setting well, contrasting Agave Beach’s innocent sand castles and clueless tourists with the mysterious ocean – so foreign with its dark depths, sharks, kelp forests, and sea caves.” Kirkus Reviews

2017 Finalist San Diego Book Awards Association

About the Author

Award winning Janice Coy is the author of five suspense novels. Her work is also published in four anthologies. She was a finalist at the San Diego Book Awards Association annual contest. She’s received the IndieReader Seal of Approval. A former journalist, Ms. Coy has received several awards for her reporting including a national award for best feature story in a community newspaper.

Ms. Coy is an advanced certified scuba diver; she’s run five half-marathons and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. She lives in Southern California with her husband.

Website: http://janicecoy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Janice-Coy-182435188445057/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janicecoyauthor/

Giveaway

This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of one print or ebook copy of the book. Print is open to Canada and the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide. There will be 3 winners. This giveaway ends February 27, 2020, midnight pacific time.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr

“Lauren Carr definitely has a winner here! In her new Thorny Rose series, Kill and Run steps up several levels into an exciting category all its own. It’s thriller, cold case, mystery suspense, and police procedural, all rolled into one exciting novel. Set amidst the political drama that comes with Washington DC and the Pentagon, a current multiple murder becomes a search years in the past. With a young, hot lieutenant assigned to NCIS, and his beautiful new wife, you have all the makings of a bestseller.” – Reviewer: Merry Citarella, Mystery Suspense Reviews

Book Title:  The Nutcracker Conspiracy (A Thorny Rose Mystery #4) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  388 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   January 30, 2020

Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

Book Description

Three years ago, the nation gasped in horror when the President of the United States barely escaped an assassination attempt that left two dead—the vice president’s wife and the attempted assassin.  Even after numerous investigations proved otherwise, conspiracy theorists argue that the assassin was acting on orders from the CIA, FBI, and every federal agency within a hundred miles of the capital.

Aspiring Author Dean Conway is the last person Lieutenant Commander Murphy Thornton wants to spend his Saturday afternoon when they end up at the same wedding reception table. While their wives tend to bridesmaid duties, Murphy is trapped listening to Dean’s latest work-in-project—completing the manuscript of an investigative journalist who’d disappeared months earlier.

“She was number twelve,” Dean says.

“Twelve?” Murphy asks.

“Twelve witnesses connected to or investigating The Nutcracker shooting have died either in an accident or suicide.”

Two days later, Dean dies suddenly―but not before sending a text message to Murphy:

 “13”

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My Review

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

I have read several of Lauren Carr’s books, and I always enjoy them, but this is my favorite so far. I like her humor, and I usually smile or giggle several times when reading one of her books, but The Nutcracker Conspiracy made me actually laugh out loud several times. While there was humor, there was plenty of mystery and drama with several twists.

The book starts with an assassination attempt of the president gone wrong. According to the Nutcracker Conspiracy, several people wanted the president dead so the vice president could take over and the FBI, CIA, and other government agencies were in on it. But the vice president’s wife is the one who ends up dead. When 12 other people end up dead, several supposedly in accidents, it looks like maybe the Nutcracker Conspiracy is true…or is there more to it? Murphy ends up investigating the deaths and what a ride!

I definitely recommend The Nutcracker Conspiracy. It does stand alone but I got more out of it having read previous books in the this series and other series in which the characters cross over.

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

Giveaway

Prize: ​ $50 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of Lauren Carr, author of THE NUTCRACKER CONSPIRACY  (ends March 6)

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