Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review Perfect Gravity (Tether #2) by Vivien Jackson

Perfect Gravity (Tether #2)
Title: Perfect Gravity (Tether #2)

Author: Vivien Jackson

Stars: 5 out of 5

This maybe the second book in a series put it will pull new and old reader the second they read. 
Readers will fall into a vivid world created by Vivien Jackson. Characters are alive, feisty, snarky and full of life. The plot is predictable but Vivien Jackson ability to write will keep readers hooked. No just for the HEF or the amazing action scenes but the well written characters and plot that keeps readers eating up the pages of Perfect Gravity.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca for the advance copy

Kellen Hockley usually keeps quiet about his past, but once upon a time he loved a girl named Angela. He hasn't seen her in a decade, but now he has to break the news to her that his team of rogue treasure hunters accidentally killed her husband. He's had better days...

It's not the news that's delivered to Angela Neko that breaks her apart--it's the rumbly, Texas drawl delivering it. She can't believe she's hearing Kellen's voice again. But there's no time for distractions. When Angela's own life is threatened, yielding up all of her lies and secrets, she and Kellen must figure out how to reverse the geopolitical firestorm she lit to save the world, to save Kellen's cat...and just maybe to save each other.

Expected publication: November 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

About The Author:
Vivien Jackson
Vivien Jackson writes fantastical, futuristic, down-home salacious kissery. A devoted Whovian Browncoat Sindarin Jedi gamer, she has a degree in English, which just means she's read gobs of stuff in that language. With her similarly geeky partner, children, and hairy little pets, she lives in Austin, Texas, and watches a lot of football.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Review ZENKA by Alison Brodie

Title: ZENKA

Author: Alison Brodie

Stars: 5 out of 5


I have never read a book by Alison Brodie and the cover of the book almost kept me from reading. One of those can't judge a book by its cover moment.
This book is a can't miss read. The story is over the top, action pack and more fun than you would think possible.
 Readers will find themselves smiling laughing from the first few pages. Alison Brodie has a wonderful writ and humor that makes it very natural flowing from page after page.

Readers will get lost in the world of Zenka. 

Thank you to Netallgey and the publisher for the advance copy

Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns.

Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.

Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will turn Nicholas into the son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is?

Kindle Edition299 pages
Expected publication: November 6th 2017

About The Author:
Alison Brodie
Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side. She is a writer and animal rights activist.
Her books have been published in hardback and paperback by Hodder & Stoughton (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland). Alison is now a self-publisher.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review Race for the Flash Stone (The Anlon Cully Chronicles) by K Patrick Donoghue

Race for the Flash Stone (Anlon Cully Chronicles, #2)
Title: Race for the Flash Stone (The Anlon Cully Chronicles)

Author: K Patrick Donoghue

Stars: 4.5 out of 5

This is the second installment in this series and I was able to pick up the story rather quickly from where it had previously halted. Although these are stand alone stories I would recommend reading them in order. That way you can immerse yourself into the flavor of the writing as well as the storyline. Will Anlon, and friends, be successful in their quest? Each book stops at a logical place and time but leaves the reader waiting on the next chapter in this brilliant adventure series.

I have given this book a 4.5 star rating and would recommend it to anyone seeking a semi magical adventure story.

I received this book in Kindle format from the author in exchange for my unbiased review.
Thank you Frank

With this special gift, the prehistoric civilization crafted stone tools with astonishing powers. Inexplicably, the advanced culture vanished from the pages of history…until a set of their special stones was discovered by Anlon’s uncle, archaeologist Devlin Wilson. 

Devlin was brutally murdered, leaving behind the stones and a set of confounding clues. An ancient map, a curious statue and three cryptic journals. Somehow, the clues are linked. But how? That’s the puzzling mystery Anlon must solve.

And time is not on his side…for there are others seeking to solve the same riddle…heartless fiends who crave the most fearsome of the magnetic stones…the Flash Stone.

Forged as a building tool, the Flash Stone can cut and shape rock with astounding precision. In the wrong hands, however, it can be wielded as a horrifying weapon. And it is endowed with yet another gift, a secret power known only to those who unravel the mystery.

Joined by friends Pebbles McCarver and Jennifer Stevens, Anlon races to solve the mystery and find the Flash Stone before it falls prey to savage villains trailing close behind.

Kindle Edition358 pages
Published April 30th 2017 by Leaping Leopard Enterprises, LLC

About The Author:
K. Patrick Donoghue
K. Patrick Donoghue is the author of The Anlon Cully Chronicles, including his debut novel Shadows of the Stone Benders, and the series continuation, Race for the Flash Stone (targeted release date of April 30, 2017, now available for Kindle pre-orders).

A newcomer to mystery fiction writing, Patrick’s inspiration for The Anlon Cully Chronicles is rooted in his long standing interest in ancient civilizations. In particular, a series of still-unexplained archaeological discoveries that suggest at least one advanced society thrived on Earth long before consensus views.

He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and two sons. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Review In Too Deep (Station Seventeen #3) by Kimberly Kincaid

In Too Deep by Kimberly Kincaid
Title:  In Too Deep (Station Seventeen #3) 

Author:  Kimberly Kincaid 

Stars: 4 out of 5

The author Kimberly Kincaid has written a surprising good romantic suspense story that will have romance readers loving the steamy love scenes and action suspense readers will love the non stop action. Each reader will be wanting more by the time they finish the book.

 The characters are flawed which can making them difficult to like but they are real.

Kimberly Kincaid did her research having readers feel as if they are learning about being a paramedic without being boring.  In a field of Emergency personal the PTSD is a given. As Quinn refuses to admit she is struggle can become annoying and very real because no one wants to admit they have PTSD.

With all romantic suspense novel I know everyone eyes color, eye brow colors and how beautiful they are.  It was a bit much. 
I saw the "twist come as a reader but kept on reading. 

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy.


As Station Seventeen’s rookie, Luke Slater knows his fire and EMS training will be both rigorous and risky, but he never imagined having to partner up with the one woman he wants to keep at arm’s length most of all. Quinn Copeland is as wide-open as Luke is reserved. He has no interest in letting the sweet and sexy paramedic rock his hard-earned control. But the need for composure becomes the need to survive when they find themselves in the crosshairs of a brutal gang leader on their first shift together.

Paramedic Quinn Copeland’s station mates aren’t just her friends. They’re her family. She’d do anything to keep them safe—including reluctantly trusting her impossible-to-read, impossibly gorgeous new partner with the one thing she holds close. As the passion between Luke and Quinn goes from a slow burn to a sizzle, their steps grow more and more dangerous, both in the fire house and out. Can they outwit a cold-blooded killer and face the fears that could cost them everything? Or are they in too deep

Kindle Edition345 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 

About The Author
Kimberly Kincaid
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to ├ęclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-seller and 2015 RWA RITA® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review The Rogue That I Want (Rogues Of Redmere #1) by Samantha Holt

You're the Rogue That I Want
Title: The Rogue That I Want (Rogues Of Redmere #1)

Author: Samantha Holt 

Stars: 4 stars out of 5

I always enjoy a historical romance that has a strong female main character and this story has one of the best. A bluestocking who knows what she wants and proceeds to accomplish her set task. Her unwilling partner is Red, the Earl of Redmere, whom she believes to be a notorious smuggler on the Cornish coast and is unaware of his true status. During their long and hard journey from Cornwall to London, to deliver an ancient relic, love blossoms.

I have given this book a four star rating.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank for your review

Red never shies away from a challenge.
But when Miss Hannah St. John strides into his life demanding—yes, demanding—he help her, he’s certain she’s more challenge than even he can handle.
Hannah is determined to transport an artifact from France—one that will change everything—even if it means working with a lawless man like Red. Nothing is more important than preserving history.
Not even the touch of a smuggler who inconceivably makes her stomach twist.
When it becomes clear the irritating bluestocking will do anything for this blasted artifact and needs saving from herself, the earl-turned-smuggler steps in.
Carting a cursed stone across the country with a know-it-all woman is not Red’s idea of fun, particularly when their journey runs far from smoothly…so why does he find himself enjoying her company just a little too much?

Published October 26th 2016

About The Author:
Samantha Holt
Samantha Holt resides in Warwickshire, England, with her twin girls, having followed her soldier husband around the UK for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Hampshire, she was inspired by the authors Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom lived and wrote only miles from her home town.

Samantha loves the romance genre and has been devouring romantic literature for as long as she can remember. History is another passion of hers and she loves to combine her love for history and romance into exciting and passionate tales

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Review: Let the Dead Lie (McKay, #1) by W.L. Brooks

Let the Dead Lie by W.L. Brooks
Title: Let the Dead Lie (McKay, #1)

Author: W.L. Brooks 

Stars: 3 stars out of 5

I loved the idea story but the excursionist was lacking.  At times the story was a struggle to fully understand due to the verbage (Sp) that was being used. I understand that it was suppose to be a little on the backwoods side but had the author given readers a year in which the story was taking place I think it would have help understand the way people communicate or reacted to certain events.

It is a sweet romance with enough mystery for reader to enjoy.  Romance was odd at best of times and confusing. The story didn't flow as well as I had hoped which could be due to editing or the authors writing style.
The author sets the story up to follow the adoptive girls as they turn into women leaving a cliffhanger open to keep readers hooked.  If you follow the story well enough the cliffhanger I don't think will be much a of a cliffhanger at all.
While I really wanted to love this book I found the writing style, the editing and lack of time confusing.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book for my review.

A widower with four adopted daughters, Emmit McKay likes to keep a handle on things. But nothing can prepare the former FBI sharpshooter for the battles coming to his small hometown. Especially the one which arrives in such a tempting package. 
Savannah Walker moves to Blue Creek to take over as principal of the school Emmit’s daughters attend. With a masters’ degree in education and a no-nonsense attitude, she is caught off guard by the behavior of the McKay girls and never expects to fall in love with them—or in lust with their father. But her intimacy with the family stirs up rumors and unearths secrets. 
Savannah and Emmit cannot deny the chemistry which draws them together, but the closer they get, the more dangerous the stakes become. When a murderer is hidden amongst you, you can’t let the dead lie.

Paperback314 pages
Published September 15th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press

About The Author:
W.L. Brooks
W.L. Brooks was born with an active imagination.  When characters come into her mind, she has to give them a life- a chance to tell their stories. With a coffee cup in her hand and a cat by her side, she spends her days letting the ideas flow onto paper.  A voracious reader, she draws her inspiration from mystery, romance, suspense and a dash of the paranormal.

A native of Virginia Beach, she is currently living in Western North Carolina. Pick up her latest novel, Let the Dead Lie-available September 15th, 2017!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Review Did I Mention I Won The Lottery? by Julie Butterfield

Did I Mention I Won The Lottery?
Title:  Did I Mention I Won The Lottery

Author: Julie Butterfield 

Stars: 4.5 Stars out of  5

An delightful entertaining story of a middle-aged English woman who wins 15.7 million pounds ($19.3) and how it changes her life. As you enjoy this tale you will find yourself on the moral right and unconsciously urging her to take what you know is the right action. I will not tell you how it ends but will leave it to you to agree or disagree with her final decision. I was with her in her decision but not with how she did it and felt she was over generous.

I have rated this book 4.5 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Rebecca Miles has won the lottery and is now living a millionaire lifestyle. The only problem is – she hasn’t told her husband. So at weekends she’s a dutiful wife in Darlington, working at the local deli and making shepherd’s pie for dinner, but during the week she’s living in her new mansion in Leeds spending her days shopping whilst her husband thinks she’s looking after her sick mother. Will she get the courage to tell him before he finds out for himself? And can several million pounds in your bank account save a failing marriage?

Kindle Edition250 pages
Published May 28th 2013

About The Author:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: The Four Horsemen (The Alvise Marangon Mysteries #2) by Gregory Dowling

The Four Horsemen by Gregory Dowling
Title: The Four Horsemen (The Alvise Marangon Mysteries #2)

Author: Gregory Dowling

Stars: 4 out of 5 stars

The Four Horsemen is the second in The Alvise Marangon Series and while I wasn't lost in the story the author had me wondering about the words he used. When a readers can't figure out a word it taken them out of the story bring it to a crawl.  While most readers will be ale to figure out the meaning of the different words non the less other will struggle causing them to leave the story behind.
The Alvise is a tour guide in the city of Venice. The author Gregory Dowling is able to paint such a beautiful picture readers will feel like the are walking the streets. Gregory Dowling has a wonderful ability to create banter that flows from the different characters making memorial moments in the story.
While this story doesn't stand out from all the other authors who write about unknown forces his ability to paint pictures of the locations will bring readers to Venice never wanting to leave.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Thomas Dunne Books for the advance copy

The second of two historical thrillers set in 18th century Venice, featuring a tour guide who is drafted as part of the Venetian secret service.

Tour guide Alvise Marangon thinks he knows Venice better than ever, but now finds himself ensnared by mysteries as obscure as the city and in many cases just as old.

Certain that he is finally about to have his guide’s license revoked after a tavern brawl, Alvise is instead dragooned into the service of Missier Grande, who has linked the death of one of his agents to a secret society known as the Four Horsemen. Every attempt that Missier Grande makes to investigate the matter is blocked by forces on high, and enlisting Alvise is a move of last resort—one last-ditch effort to uncover the crimes of the present in the secrets of the past before the future claims more lives.

Among the dark arcades and fetid canals of 18th century Venice, Alvise is the one who finds himself led on a tour, at any turn of which could lie a fresh corpse or an ancient conspiracy

Hardcover304 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

About The Author:

Gregory Dowling
Gregory Dowling grew up in Bristol, UK. He studied English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford. He moved to Italy after graduating and has lived there since 1979, teaching in language schools in Naples, Siena, Verona and eventually Venice, where he has lived since 1981. He is now Associate Professor of American Literature at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He published four thrillers in the 1980s and 1990s and then devoted himself to academic work and translation. He returned to fiction in 2015, with his novel set in 18th-century Venice, Ascension, and the sequel The Four Horsemen in 2017 (the Alvise Marangon Mysteries). 
His academic work mainly concerns British and American poetry; he has published a study of American narrative poetry, a study of the poet David Mason, a guidebook to Byron's Venice and has co-edited two anthologies of 20th-century poetry. He has also published numerous essays and articles on writers from the Romantic period to the present day. He was non-fiction editor for the magazine Able Muse for several years and is responsible for the British section of the Italian poetry magazine Semicerchio. He has also written numerous articles on Venice, and was responsible for the sightseeing pages of the first five editions of the Time Out Guide to Venice. He is on the board of the committee for a new museum in Ravenna devoted to Lord Byron, due to open in 2019.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Review: The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria by Jonathan Alpeyrie and Bonnie Timmermann

The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria
Title: The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria

Author: (s) Jonathan Alpeyrie and Bonnie Timmermann

Stars: 4 out of 5

There is so much to say about the this real life harrowing struggle I am not sure where to even began.
Jonathan Alpeyrie job is what most photography dream of but very few have the courage to do.
Jonahtan Alpeyrie story is or about bring a captive guest than prisoner.  He wasn't beaten, or torture but the stress of not knowing what was going to happen had to been torture enough. He is very open about the fact it could have been much worse and he understands he was lucky even blessed that it wasn't.
He was able to take a unknown very frightening time in his life and bring humor into by giving his captor's names. He writes about meaningful relationship he developed with some of his captors and still keeps in contact with them.
As readers read this book you wish to have had pictures to be able to better understand the events during his time in Syria.  Many times I found it difficult to understand what Jonathan was describing.
Jonathan has many strong feelings about the political events in the middle east that might not appeal to all readers but he has some very strong points I feel everyone needs to look at and question.

In the end what I found this story having me looking for answers to my question. What is the true meaning of freedom. 
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher Atria Books for the advance copy

Capturing history was Jonathan Alpeyrie’s job but he never expected to become a news story himself. For a decade, the French‑American photojournalist had weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over bullet‑torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. But on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels.

For eighty‑one days he was bound, blindfolded, and beaten. Not too far away, President Bashar al‑Assad’s forces and those in opposition continued their bitter and bloody civil war. Over the course of his captivity, Alpeyrie kept his spirits up and strived to see, without his camera lenses, the humanity in his captors. He took part in their activities, taught them how to swim, prayed with them, and tried learning their language and culture. He also discovered a dormant faith within himself, one that strengthened him throughout the ordeal.

The Shattered Lens is the firsthand account of a photojournalist who has always answered the next adrenaline‑pumping assignment. Yet, during his headline‑making kidnapping, he was left to consider the value and risks of his career, ponder the violent conflicts he had seen, and put the historical events over which we have no control into perspective.

ebook272 pages
Expected publication: October 10th 2017 by Atria Books

About The Author:(s)
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Born in Paris in 1979, Jonathan Alpeyrie moved to the United States in 1993. He graduated from the French high school of New York City in 1998, before going to the University of Chicago to study medieval history. Jonathan started his career shooting for local Chicago newspapers during his undergraduate years. He did his first photo essay in 2001 while travelling the South Caucasus. After graduating in 2003, he went to the Congo to work on various essays, which were noticed and picked up by Getty images, and signed a contributor contract in early 2004. Jonathan has worked as a freelance for various publications and websites such as, Le Figaro magazine, American Photo, Africa International, The Traveler UK, and various New York City and Los Angeles Newspapers. Today he is a staff photographer for Polaris Images, which he signed with in November 2009. He also has been working as a fashion photographer in New York City for the past two years , with ELLE and various local designers. Jonathan Alpeyrie’s career, which stretches over a decade, has brought him in over 25 countries, covered 9 conflict zones, mostly in East Africa, the South Caucasus, the Middle East and central Asia. A photography book about WWII veterans with Verve Editions is also in the works, and planed to come out next year. 
Jonathan Alpeyrie, have been published in reviews such as: Paris Match, Aftenposten, Time magazine, Newsweek, Wine Spectator, Boston Globe, Glamour, BBC , World magazine, Popular Photography, the New York Times, VSD, American Photo and ELLE.

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Bonnie Timmermann, producer of the forthcoming film based on Captured by History, is a legendary casting director who has launched numerous careers in Hollywood. She began her career with Manhattan's Phoenix Repertory Company in the 1970s, casting then up-and-comers. She lives in New York City.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review Cold as Ice (The Country Club Murders #6) by Julie Mulhern

Cold as Ice (The Country Club Murders #6)
Title: Cold As Ice (The Country Club Murders #6)

Author: Julie Mulhern 

Stars: 4.75 out of 5

I jumped right into the 6th book in a series never have read any of the others. I never got lost and I loved every second of this book. It is funny, cheesy, cute, and the characters grow on you right away.
Ellison is funny honest and enjoyable. Grace is your typical teenager captured on in the pages of the book.
The mystery will keep readers guessing, the romance will keep readers wondering will they and the humor will have readers laughing out loud.
I didn't realize that the story was set in the 70's making me wonder about references. 
Thank you to Netgalley as well as the publisher Henery Press for the advance copy 


Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.

Kindle Edition268 pages
Expected publication: October 17th 2017 by Henery Press

About The Author:
Julie Mulhern
Julie Mulhern is the USA Today bestselling author of The Country Club Murders. 

She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean--and she's got an active imagination. Truth is--she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Review: Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury (The Walking Dead #2) By Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman

The Road to Woodbury (The Walking Dead #2)
Title:  Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury  (The Walking Dead #2)

Author(s): Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman

Star: 3 stars out of 5

There is such a large cast of characters I found it difficult at times keeping everyone straight and since I don't watch the show or read the first book in the series I was jumping in the deep in of the pool. I love Zombie stories and while this story does't disappoint it didn't really thrill me either. The story was just there as a fill in for those in need of a Walking Dead fix.
The story is graphic as all the other zombie stories and while it isn't about Zombies but more about the nature of humans and how they will do anything to survive. 
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher homas Dunne Books for the advance copy 

The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia.

At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems… Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order.

Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora's box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor's reign… and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga's New York Times bestselling The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

HardcoverFirst Edition277 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2012)

About The Author:
Jay Bonansinga
The national best-selling author of ten acclaimed books – both fiction and non-fiction -- Jay Bonansinga has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the Chicago Tribune. 

Jay is the holder of a master's degree in film from Columbia College Chicago, and currently resides in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife and two sons. He is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University in their Creative Writing for the Media program. 

Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of that publisher.

Robert Kirkman's first comic books were self-published under his own Funk-o-Tron label. Along with childhood friend Tony Moore, Kirkman created Battle Pope which was published in late 2001. Battle Pope ran for over 2 years along with other Funk-o-Tron published books such as InkPunks and Double Take. 

In July of 2002, Robert's first work for another company began, with a 4-part SuperPatriot series for Image, along with Battle Pope backup story artist Cory Walker. Robert's creator-owned projects followed shortly thereafter, including Tech Jacket, Invincible and Walking Dead.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Review: Bounty Hunter 4/3: My Life in Combat from Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC by Jason Delgado, Chris Martin

Bounty Hunter 4/3: My Life in Combat from Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC
Title:  Bounty Hunter 4/3: My Life in Combat from Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC 

Author(s)  Jason Delgado, Chris Martin 

Stars: 5 out of 5

Bounty Hunter 4\3 is a in- depth personal story of Jason Delgado. Just like American Sniper and American wife readers are given a raw look at life in the military and how one choose the career of a sniper or who that career chooses them.
Jason doesn't sugar coat his life before during the years as a United States Marian Corp Sniper. He doesn't shy away from the personal and emotional times in his life making he a real person readers are able to care about.
Jason tell how he was ready to take on the world during his first days in the war. This ability to describe the battle scenes in Iraq. They are vivid pushing readers to feel almost see what it was like living in a warn torn country.
As the story progress you can feel Jason pain and how it has taken a toll in his life and how it effects him daily. 
Just like American Sniper Jason story gives read that Military men have a sense of invincibility. The Marines Corp has the ability to take boys and make them into killing machines to protect their country, family and what they believe in. 
Jason pulls readers into his world giving them an opportunity to understand why someone go to war and the physically, emotional and personal toll it takes on everyone. 
I have Reader American Sniper, American Wife and now Bounty Hunter 4\3 each one shows readers the cost of war mental only those who see the worst humanity has to offer.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher St. Martin's Press for the advance copy

The fight for Jason Delgado's life and soul began when he was just a boy. He ultimately escaped the death and drugs of a crime-riddled Bronx by way of the United States Marine Corps. However, after earning his way into the esteemed ranks of the service's famed Scout Snipers, Delgado saw that old struggle reignited when he was dumped into the hell of war in Iraq.
There Delgado proved not only a participant, but a warrior capable of turning the tide in several of the most harrowing and historically important battles of the evolving war. He took all the hard lessons learned in combat and, as MARSOC's original lead sniper instructor, made himself a pivotal figure in revolutionizing the way special operations snipers trained and operated. But even after accomplishing his mission in the military, Delgado still faced that original fight, struggling to understand and accept the man his experiences had transformed him into.
Kindle Edition352 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press

About The Author(s)
Chris  Martin
Journalist Chris Martin has covered the motorsports world since the late '90s. More recently, he's expanded his focus to include coverage of special operations and writing science fiction.

His latest non-fiction book is Modern American Snipers: From the Legend to the Reaper -- On the Battlefield with Special Operations Snipers (St. Martin's Press, 2014).

The first episode of his new project -- Engines of Extinction, a monthly episodic espionage/military science fiction series created in collaboration with leading concept artist Ben Mauro -- was released on March 10, 2015.

Chris is also the author of Shaping the World from the Shadows: The (Open) Secret History of Delta Force, Post-9/11 and Beyond Neptune Spear: The (Open) Secret History of SEAL Team Six, Post-9/11.

Jason Delgado
JASON DELGADO is an accomplished sniper, entrepreneur, tattoo artist, and father. He escaped the dangers of life in the streets in the Bronx only to battle for his life in Iraq during two combat tours as a Marine scout sniper. One of the most important snipers and instructors of the modern era, Delgado helped shape the future of sniping for American special operators while serving as MARSOC's first lead sniper instructor. He is currently working for a security services contractor in Afghanistan. With Chris Martin, Jason coauthored Bounty Hunter 4/3: My Life in Combat from Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Book Review: Hot Pursuit (Black Knights Inc. #11) by Julie Ann Walker

Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker
Title: Hot Pursuit (Black Knights Inc. #11)

Author: Julie Ann Walker

Stars: 4 out of 5

Book 11 in the Black Knight Series is non stop action that never slows down for a second unless the characters are having sex. 
The side story involving Spider seems to be picking up pace and has some promise in the next set of books in the black Knight series as well as the new character Rusty who struggles with his sexuality.
The story moves quickly with action and Christian background and why he is hiding away in the United States.
I found this story follows the pattern of many of the other Black Knight Story lines where they are in danger have sex and decide it isn't worth more than one night. One of the characters wants more while the other one struggles with what they want. This time it was the female lead Emily.
The story flows is fast pace making for a quick read and while its doesn't have much in the way of surprises readers of the Black Knight series will enjoy this story.
Thank you to Netgalley, the Author Julie Ann Walker and the Publisher Sourcebooks for the Advance Copy.

He puts the hot...
Christian Watson, a former SAS officer and current BKI operator, never thought he would return to England after a terrible turn of events forced him to abandon his homeland. But now he's back on British soil where old enemies are determined to do him in. Fighting for his life is pretty much SOP for Christian. Doing it with the beautiful, bossy Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.

In hot pursuit.
Emily lost her coveted job at the CIA because of a colleague turned rogue, and now she has just one rule when it comes to men: they're for recreational purposes only. But when she and Christian are thrust into very close quarters while evading two mysterious men who want Christian dead, she can't help but question all her ideas about love and life lived on the edge. Battling the bad guys is hard enough, battling her feelings for Christian just might prove impossible.

Mass Market Paperback384 pages
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks

About The Author:
Julie Ann Walker
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Review: Hello Again (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles, #2) by Brenda Novak

Hello Again by Brenda Novak
Title: Hello Again (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles, #2) 

Author: Brenda Novak

Stars: 5 out of 5 stars

As a review we are suppose to keep the review from being personally.  This book is AMAZING! I am not sure where to start because it pulls you in and doesn't let go. I can promise readers will keep thinking about this book long after they have but it down.
Yes this book graphic in the since that you are reading about a Dr who deals with serial killers and the worst humanity has in the world.  The crimes are sexual in nature and might turn readers away who have had this experience.  I can no longer joke about a Banana as a mans body part like I used to after reading this book.
Brenda Novak brings to like a woman who is trying to help the victims of serial killers find justice and answers to why they kill.  The protagonist Evelyn Talbot will stop at nothing to find the serial killer who took her life.  She has spent her life researching trying to understand their reasoning to help prevent more killings. Bringing justice to those who have been killed or effected by the killers.
The research that went into this series is amazing.  The authors ability to bring what should be a dark and depressing story is able to bring light when it is needed though love.
Brenda Novak stay true to her characters from the first book to the next. Evelyn Talbotis struggling to find normal and love after being almost killed by a serial killer.  Evelyn Talbot isn't broken she is strong and still a the teenager trapped in time.
This book is a psychology thriller that will stay with readers long after they put down the book and eagerly await the next in the series. 
Hello Again is well paced giving readers a chance to catch their breathe before the next body arrives. Reading as Evelyn Talbot struggles with what is right by the law and right by the victim will have readers questioning their own values. I started this book as something interesting to read and found myself asking the same questions Dr. Evelyn Talbot was asking herself. What is right?
Thank you to Netgalley, Brenda Novak and the publishing company Headline  for the advance copy of Hello Again for my personal review.

Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she’s about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered—or he is wrongly convicted.

When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really was wrongly convicted. Except...Evelyn has a personal connection to the victim and that suggests the killer may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when she was only sixteen. Jasper also murdered three of her friends—and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message with this copycat crime? The only thing Evelyn knows for sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not be able to escape again .

Paperback352 pages
Expected publication: November 2nd 2017 by Headline (first published October 3rd 2017)

About The Author:
Brenda Novak

“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business. 

Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer. 

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda admits. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read….”

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors. 

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. She juggles her writing career with her children’s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions.

When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fundraiser for diabetes research—an on-line auction held at her website May 1st – May 31st. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking--she rides an amazing 20 miles every day! 

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