Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Secrets of the Starcrossed (The Once and Future Queen #1) by Clara O'Connor


Secrets of the Starcrossed
by Clara O'Connor

My rating: 4 stars

Series: The Once and Future Queen - Book 1
Publisher : One More Chapter (January 21, 2021)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length : 445 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, two starcrossed lovers fight to ignite the spark of rebellion…


Londinium, the last stronghold of the Romans left in Britannia, remains in a delicate state of peace with the ancient kingdoms that surround it. As the only daughter of a powerful merchant, Cassandra is betrothed to Marcus, the most eligible bachelor in the city.


But then she meets Devyn, the boy with the strange midnight eyes searching for a girl with magic in her blood.


A boy who will make her believe in soulmates…


When a mysterious sickness starts to leech the life from citizens with Celtic power lying dormant in their veins, the imperial council sets their schemes in motion. And so Cassandra must make a choice: the Code or Chaos, science or sorcery, Marcus or Devyn?

Secrets of the Starcrossed

(The Once and Future Queen #1)

by Clara O'Connor


What if history were just a little different? What if the Roman Empire never fell? Clara O’Connor’s SECRETS OF THE STARCROSSED gives us that scenario and takes us to Londinium where a fragile peace endures and a successful merchant’s daughter is betrothed to the most eligible bachelor in the city. But are they meant to be together or is there something far more political and devious going on?

Cass was supposed to marry Marcus, but she never planned on falling in love with Devyn or to begin to believe in his quest for a girl with magic in her blood.

What starts out as a fascinating tale of an alternate history, young love and standing against all odds gets a little lost along the way as bits and pieces become a little choppy as it takes on a futuristic feel. Cass is naïve, she is entitled and has lived her life in a shell of obedience to all her parents ask of her. Then her eyes are opened by Devyn and from then on, she does become a better character to follow,

I’m not quite sure I believed in the insta-love or the differences in the Devyn Cass thought she knew and the real Devyn. Moments of greatness mixed in with moments that seem to be too drawn out, make for an uneven flow. Still, this is a good tale to escape into for a brief time, just not a great tale.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from One More chapter! This is my honest and voluntary review.


On the Run by Traci Hunter Abramson Tour & #Giveaway

On the Run

by Traci Hunter Abramson

October 27, 2020 Book Blast

Synopsis:

On the Run by Traci Hunter Abramson

As one of the top investigative journalists in the nation, Elle Jameson has a knack for uncovering the truth. So when a promising lead points to corruption on a German military base, Elle anticipates a straightforward assignment. But then she stumbles upon a deadly conspiracy beyond anything she’s faced before, and her scrutiny does not go unnoticed. She knows too much, and she can’t be allowed to live. With no idea where to turn for help, she does the only thing she can: she runs.

The guardians, an elite team of undercover agents, have one job: safeguard those under their protection. As a new guardian, Nolan has just received his first solo assignment to help a young woman who just survived an assassination attempt. Within minutes of making contact with the beautiful journalist, however, their location is discovered. Thus begins a game of cat and mouse spanning the globe as the two work to stay ahead of a determined assassin. Nolan fights to buy Elle time to complete her investigation, and what she discovers is a plot that threatens the very fabric of America. In a desperate race against evil, Nolan and Elle are the only ones who can prevent global catastrophe.

Book Details:

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Covenant Communications
Publication Date: October 2020
Number of Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781524412487
Series:Guardian #4
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

Elle weaved her way through the Saturday crowd at the street market, listening to the various conversations flowing around her. Since arriving in Germany three weeks ago, she had looked forward to exploring the local scenery and visiting the cities near her new assignment. If only today she had time to enjoy the environment . . . and the shops.

A brisk wind whipped through Elle’s long, blonde hair. A few autumn leaves drifted onto the sidewalk. She tugged her overcoat tighter around her, then stuffed her hands in her pockets to protect them against the chill, not bothering to put her gloves on.

She passed various customers, picking up on snippets of their conversations.

Two women discussed what kind of fish to buy for dinner, and an older couple looked over a variety of apples at the fruit stand. At the neighboring booth, a handful of tourists chatted in English as they debated whether some glassware would make it safely home to Canada.

Elle wished she could worry about such trivialities, but she doubted that would happen anytime soon.

Something was wrong with the latest reports on the new drone project. She was sure of it.

When her uncle had sent her undercover as an army lieutenant, she had expected to find some evidence of misappropriation of funds or missing supplies, but uncovering a possible unauthorized access to highly sensitive material lifted her investigative senses to a new level. This wasn’t a story to be written. If her suspicions were right, this was espionage.

For three weeks now, she had set aside her true identity of investigative journalist and had acted under her alias of Lieutenant Elaina Martin to send her suspicions up the chain of command. Unfortunately, no one wanted to listen to a lowly lieutenant in a sea of colonels, especially when that lieutenant was a bean counter. She really needed to talk to her uncle about promoting her the next time he sent her undercover as an officer. Of course, no one would believe she was a colonel at twenty-seven, so she supposed her age was going to handicap her for a while longer.

Her assignment to Germany was supposed to be her opportunity to take a break from high-profile cases for a while, a chance to rest and recover from nearly six months of undercover work in the Middle East.

Unfortunately, her first day on the job, she had stumbled across an anomaly that, despite weeks of research, she still couldn’t explain.

When she tried to discuss the problem with her commanding officer, she had been told the program supervisor had everything under control. Colonel Doyle’s assurances didn’t change the facts. Someone without clearance had accessed the developmental software for the new unmanned aircraft prototype, a prototype that could fly undetected by radar. She didn’t need to be an aeronautical engineer to know that the software in the wrong hands could be deadly.

With no one in her unit taking her concerns seriously, she had reached out to the only person she’d known outside her unit whom she could trust with classified information: her sister Abby.

If Abby couldn’t figure out what was going on, Elle didn’t know who could.

The woman had a knack for seeing what other people missed. Elle should know.

Had it not been for Abby, the theft of weapons at Edwards Air Force Base would have put Elle before a court martial instead of the corporal who had tried to frame her.

The incident had opened Elle’s eyes to what she really wanted to do with her life. Abby had spent her years since college protecting their country by keeping secrets, and Elle wanted to protect their freedoms by revealing the secrets that, when kept, could create their own kind of danger, so she’d been working as an investigative journalist ever since.

Elle reached the designated café and stepped inside. Most of the round tables were occupied, the seats positioned so the customers could look out the wide window and watch the world go by. Deeper inside the restaurant, Abby waited for her at a table in the far corner.

Elle weaved her way past several waiters until she reached her sister. When Abby stood, Elle gave her a hug. “Abby, thanks for meeting me.”

“You said it was important. From what you sent me, I think it is.”

Elle sat beside Abby, then reached into her oversized purse to retrieve a file folder. “I brought you documentation.”

Abby took the folder and opened it in front of her. “What am I looking at?”

“The download logs for the new drone software.”

“And?”

Elle scooted her chair closer and pointed at the area of concern. “According to command, this software is still in the final testing stage. The only people who should be accessing the files are the programmers.”

She tapped on a list of the approved personnel. “Kamile Frost, Dennis Cleveland, and Lance Finney are all listed over here.”

“Then who is this?” Abby asked, pointing to the three access codes used during the night shift.

“That’s what I want to know. Whoever it is only downloads the updates after everyone else is gone for the day.”

“Talk about suspicious.”

“I thought so too.”

A waiter approached with a carafe of water, slices of lemon floating inside.

He filled both of their glasses. “Have you had time to look over the menu?”

Elle opened hers, quickly narrowing the options to what she could eat without triggering her allergies to citrus, tomatoes, and pork. After they both gave their orders and the waiter left, Elle pulled a water bottle from her purse and took a sip.

“I see you still come prepared.”

“Yeah. It’s such a pain that so many restaurants serve their water with lemon.”

Elle didn’t know how Abby had escaped all the food allergies in the family, while Elle appeared to have received a double dose.

Abby sipped her water and tapped her finger on the file folder. “I assume you brought your concerns to the attention of your CO.”

“Colonel Doyle didn’t seem the least bit interested in my concerns.”

“Did he have an explanation?”

“No. He just said the program manager would have said something if there were a problem. Apparently, everyone up the chain of command agrees with Colonel Doyle because no one seems concerned that a top-secret program might have been jeopardized,” Elle said.

“And no one told you who else is accessing it?”

“No. I thought with your resources, you could figure it out.”

“That’s easy enough. When I get back to the office, I’ll look up the access code and see who it belongs to.” Abby lifted her glass and took another long swallow. “I can’t guarantee I can tell you the name.”

“I realize you can’t share classified information, but you would at least be able to tell if this person is cleared on the project.”

“I can do that,” Abby said. “I’m not sure I’ll find anything beyond what the project supervisor would have noticed.”

“Maybe not, but after what happened at Edwards, I’d rather be safe than sorry.”

“The theft of those weapons wasn’t your fault. Adams created such a good paper trail, no one could have been expected to know it wasn’t real.”

“The auditor did.”

“An auditor who has thirty years of experience and was specifically looking for potential thefts,” Abby countered. “Besides, if it was something you should have caught in your ordinary course of business, he wouldn’t have made a point of clearing you.”

“But I sensed something wasn’t right. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.”

“Which is why we’re sitting here now.”

Elle shrugged. “I’m sorry if I seem paranoid.”

“Not paranoid. Cautious,” Abby corrected. “There’s a difference.”

“Whatever you call it, I appreciate your help.” Elle took another sip from her water bottle.

Abby cleared her throat. “How have you liked being stationed here in Germany?”

“It’s been good. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to practice speaking German much since so many people here speak English, but the language has come back faster than I’d expected.”

“I figured it would. You were speaking like a native when we lived here as kids.” Abby cleared her throat again and tugged at her scarf.

“So were you. I never realized how much we learned while Dad was stationed in Stuttgart.”

Abby opened her mouth to respond but, instead, coughed several times.

She reached for her water glass and took a swallow.

Elle leaned forward in her seat. “Are you okay?”

“Yeah. Sorry, I have this tickle in my throat,” Abby said, promptly coughing again. “Must be the change in the weather. I got a cold last fall too.”

“I’ve been wondering how anyone survives the winters here.”

“You’re about to find out . . .” Abby’s words trailed off into another fit of coughs, then her face turned red, a panicked expression dominating her features.

“Abby!” Elle pushed out of her chair and circled to pat her sister on the back.

Even though Abby hadn’t eaten anything, her hands went to her throat as though she were choking.

The waiter was at their side in an instant and pulled Abby out of her chair to start the Heimlich maneuver.

“She hasn’t eaten anything. I think she’s having an allergic reaction.” Elle fumbled through her purse for her EpiPen. She flipped off the safety cap, pressed the tip to Abby’s thigh, and pushed the button to trigger the injection.

Almost immediately, Abby took a gasping breath.

“Here.” The waiter thrust a glass of water toward Abby. “Take a sip.”

“No.” Elle pushed the glass away and knelt beside Abby’s chair. “Are you okay?”

Abby opened her mouth to speak only to begin another coughing fit.

Elle turned to the waiter. “Something’s wrong. Call an ambulance.”

A waitress approached, her phone in hand. “I already called. The ambulance will be here any minute.”

The waiter picked up the carafe from the table and refilled Abby’s glass. As soon as there was a break in the coughing, he offered the glass of water again.

“Are you sure you don’t want to give her something to drink?”

“Not until we figure out what caused this.”

Again, Abby tried to take a deep breath, but this time, her body trembled before being taken over by a seizure.

“Help me move her onto the floor.” Elle gripped Abby under her arms while the waiter helped ease her onto the carpet. Elle moved the closest chairs out of the way and knelt beside Abby.

“I’ll check on the ambulance,” the waiter said.

Elle sensed rather than saw the waiter head for the door. Helpless to do anything but wait, Elle fought for calm. “Hang on, Abby. Help is on the way.”

The words were barely out of her mouth before two ambulance attendants rushed through the door. Elle stood to give them room to work.

“What happened?” the paramedic asked in German.

“I don’t know,” Elle said, automatically responding in his language. “She started coughing and acting like she couldn’t breathe. I injected her with my EpiPen, and she got better for a few seconds. Then it started again. She started her seizure about a minute ago.”

Both paramedics knelt beside Abby, evaluating her.

“Does she have any known allergies?”

“No, and she was fine when I got here,” Elle said. “When she couldn’t breathe, the EpiPen was the only thing I could think of.”

Abby’s face paled, and her body stilled.

“I’ve lost her pulse,” one paramedic said.

Elle stepped back and watched the paramedics begin CPR and start Abby on oxygen. Adrenaline still pumping through her, Elle lowered herself into her chair. Minutes stretched out, the paramedics continuing the CPR, trading places every few minutes. They spoke with someone on the phone, the voices blurring with the background noise of the crowd who had been cleared out of the restaurant.

Tears flowed freely down Elle’s cheeks. She stood with her arms tightly folded, unable to do anything but watch and pray. She didn’t know how much time had passed when one paramedic tapped the other on the shoulder and shook his head. The paramedic not working on Abby sat beside Elle to confirm that the unbelievable had become the inevitable.

The one performing CPR gave one more chest compression and leaned back on his heels. His eyes lifted to meet Elle’s. “I’m sorry.”

“No.” The word escaped in a whisper. It couldn’t be. Elle stared at her sister’s lifeless body, waiting for any sign that she had misunderstood. Her heartbeat echoed in her head as though beating inside a deep tunnel.

“I’m so sorry.” The second paramedic put his hand on Elle’s arm.

Grief crashed over her, new tears forming. Her sister was gone. She was really gone.

“Can I get you something to drink? Maybe a glass of water?”

Elle shook her head, and her gaze swept over the table. Her water glass wasn’t there. Why that detail mattered at such a time, Elle didn’t know. A quick scan of the table revealed her glass wasn’t the only thing missing. Abby’s glass, the water carafe, and the file outlining Elle’s suspicions were also missing.

Elle swiped at her tears. “What happened to the waiter who met you at the door?”

“No one met us when we arrived,” the paramedic said.

Suspicions cut through her grief and bloomed with a sense of panic. Her file was coded in a way that it wouldn’t jeopardize national security, but if the people behind the suspicious activity got ahold of it, they would know exactly where the evidence was that could identify them.

Elle swallowed hard and forced herself to push aside her emotions and look at Abby’s lifeless body. The only thing her sister had ingested since her arrival was the water their waiter had served them, water Elle herself would have drunk had it not contained lemon slices. She stood and took a step toward the door.

“I have to go.”

“But we need more information from you.”

“Her name is Abigail Bender, and I think she was poisoned.”

***

Excerpt from On the Run by Traci Hunter Abramson. Copyright 2020 by Traci Hunter Abramson. Reproduced with permission from Traci Hunter Abramson. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Traci Hunter Abramson

Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write more than twenty bestselling novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists and seven-time Whitney Award winner. When she’s not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, preferably on a nice quiet beach somewhere. She also enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.

Catch Up With Traci Hunter Abramson:
www.TraciAbramson.com, Goodreads, BookBub, Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook!

 

 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Double Barrel Horror: Highway Hunger / Motel Madness by Calvin Demmer


Double Barrel Horror
Highway Hunger / Motel Madness
by Calvin Demmer

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher : Pint Bottle Press (October 11, 2020)
Genre: Horror short stories
Print Length : 28 pages
Available from: Amazon

 

Two Twisted Tales from author Calvin Demmer.


"Highway Hunger" pits a young road worker against an urban legend with a taste for living flesh.


"Motel Madness" is the last stop on the way to another world, where they'll be expecting you.

Double Barrel Horror

Highway Hunger / Motel Madness by Calvin Demmer


Ahh, looking for a quick read that has all the warm and fuzzy feels? Turn back now because this is Calvin Demmer we are talking about! These two short tales are dark, dark, dark and perfect fodder for Halloween or an eerie campfire tale…so, grab a flashlight, just in case the power goes out…

DOUBLE BARREL HORROR: HIGHWAY HUNGER/MOTEL MADNESS maybe short, but they pack a punch that hits readers right in their imaginations! (Which are bound to run amok.) From roadkill disposal to that motel with something “extra,” these two dark tales are the edgy proof of this author’s ability to create creepy reads that are gloriously grizzly and fascinating.

What goes on in Calvin Demmer’s mind? Whatever it is, he does a remarkable job of putting pen to paper and sucking his readers in!

I received a complimentary copy from Calvin Demmer! This is my honest and voluntary review.


The Gifts Of Happiness by Oliver Smuhar (Colours of Humanity #2)


The Gifts Of Happiness
by Oliver Smuhar

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Colours of Humanity - Book 2
Publisher : Mountain Blue Publishing; 1st Edition (November 20, 2020)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length : 499 pages
Available from: Amazon 

 

What are the Gifts of Happiness?


Inside this book hides a magical town of tents that have found something special. After their struggles in Everbreen, Faith discovers an old friend. And although he survived the attacks in Kelton Whide, something tragic haunts his past.


Inside their town, Bailey keeps the peace between the talking animals, the townsfolk and the spirits. However, when receiving the news of the melting boy, he is swept on another journey.


Inside Central City, Perry discovers an assassin. A man who wears a paper cloak with two katanas and a deadly eye. This Papercut will kill anything that gets in his way, including the White Wolf.


Along the train tracks, the group is in shambles. Perry and Faith must save the Blue City from the menacing Masked Ones. But the world is different once under the summit of the ocean.


From the waterways of the Orange City to the dark depths of Drewmora, political intrigue has reached its peak. Only those with open eyes can see the truth. And in the end, when happiness is sacrificed inside this book, the world will be left in darkness.

The Gifts Of Happiness by Oliver Smuhar

(Colours of Humanity #2)


Political intrigue, truths hidden in plain sight for those who will look and darkness threatening to suck away any happiness to be found. Welcome back to Oliver Smuhar’s world with THE GIFTS OF HAPPINESS where young heroes fight an uphill battle against evil.

Magic users, talking animals, and a ragtag group determined to set their world right, one city at a time, if necessary. Heroes are made and if becoming a hero means returning happiness to the land, this group is willing to take any journey necessary. A fascinating adventure filled with so many subplots and stories, this young adult read is the perfect follow-up to THE GIFTS OF LIFE.

Oliver Smuhar has an imagination rich with color and descriptions, wonderfully endearing characters and best of all, it is told in a smooth and flowing way, even with all that is going on!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Oliver Smuhar! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Christmas Rings (Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge #6) by Tess Thompson


Christmas Rings
by Tess Thompson

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge - Book 6
Publication Date : October 29, 2020
Publisher: Tess Thompson
Genre: Holiday Romance
Print Length : 125 pages
Available from:  Amazon

Random circumstances brought them together. Love made them family.


Kind, funny, successful, and adoring, Jed Marsh is the man of Alissa Mann’s dreams. But Jed’s parents don’t think Alissa, who supplements her kindergarten teacher’s salary as a cocktail waitress at a gentlemen's club, is good enough for their son. And his controlling mother will stop at nothing to keep them from getting married.



When Mrs. Marsh threatens to reveal Alissa’s secret side job to the school administration and the meddling moms who run the PTA, Jed and Alissa reluctantly call off their intimate mountain wedding. But even after the nuptials are canceled, Alissa agrees to meet her sisters and mother at the beautiful Cedar Mountain Lodge. And in the loving arms of her own family, Alissa just might figure out how to move forward -- with or without Jed.

Christmas Rings (Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge #6)

by Tess Thompson


Finally, the rest of the story behind Alissa and Jed’s Christmas wedding that almost wasn’t, proof that if one heart needs another, nothing and no one can stop them from being together. Heartwarming, emotional and sooooo revealing, this tale of love and marriage is one that is made even more magical by how Alissa became part of her special family and the love and support they all shared.

CHRISTMAS RINGS by Tess Thompson is the delicate bow on the top of this special holiday series about love, family and sharing and caring! Even Alissa’s “dirty little secret” wasn’t so bad when it came into the light! Oh, and money can’t buy a heart that is true. Beautiful, heartfelt reading that will melt a romantic’s heart!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Tess Thompson and Ev Bishop! This is my honest and voluntary review.

A Rainforest Adventure by Sharon C. Williams (Jasper- Amazon Parrot, #1)


A Rainforest Adventure
by Sharon C. Williams

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Jasper - Amazon Parrot - Book 1
Publisher : Peculiar Possum Books - A Next Chapter Imprint; 3rd Edition (July 9, 2019)
Genre: Children's Adventures
Print Length : 48 pages
Available from: Amazon

 

Jasper is no ordinary parrot. 


He lives in the rainforest, which secrets he’s eager to explore. Jasper loves his home and his family, and he's also in charge of his younger brother Willie - a responsibility Jasper takes very seriously.


When he meets Charlie - a spider monkey with a penchant for food and a laid back attitude - he realizes he’s in for an adventure he never thought possible.   Even if this means getting into danger and worrying his mother to no end.


Exploring the boundaries of the forest, Jasper understands that there is more to the world around him. Who are the strange new creatures that have come there? With Willie and Charlie by his side, he will soon find out.

A Rainforest Adventure by Sharon C. Williams

(Jasper- Amazon Parrot, #1)


From the cheery, bright colors on the cover to the delightful tale of two young parrots learning to spread their wings in their rainforest home, Sharon C. Williams’ A RAINFOREST ADVENTURE is the perfect tale for young/future readers!

Jasper and his younger brother Willie are finally grown up enough to see the world, or so they think. Like any child, their foray into the beginnings of independence may just be a little too much for them to handle, and quite worrisome for their mother…but there is a whole world to explore and patience is not one of his strong points!

Sweet, warm and so easy to relate to, this tale is perfect for family reading and discussion after as children can see themselves in Jasper and Willie, because, really, the younger we are, the more we want to grow up quickly! Wonderful reading, short, easy to understand and simply magical! This bite-sized chapter book makes a fabulous gift! Definitely a hidden gem for younger readers to enjoy!

I received a complimentary copy from Sharon C. Williams! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Eye for Eye Trilogy by J.K. Franko Tour & #Giveaway

Eye for Eye Trilogy

by JK Franko

October 19 - December 31, 2020 Tour

Eye for Eye Trilogy by JK Franko

 

If you like smart, fast-paced thrillers with unexpected twists, then you’ll love J.K. Franko's Eye for Eye Trilogy!

 

“REALISTIC & CHILLING!” - Mystery Thriller Week

 

 

 

Eye for Eye

"NEW TWIST ON STRANGERS ON A TRAIN"
~ THE SUNDAY TIMES

Roy and Susie are on a skiing holiday, trying to take a break from the constant reminders of their daughter, tragically killed by a careless driver. Out of the blue they meet Deb and Tom, another couple with a tragic past and a shocking proposal to put things right.

As the bodies accumulate, secrets are revealed and alliances crumble. Ultimate survival depends on following the rules for a perfect murder. And the first rule is… leave no singing bones.

 

 

The Trial of Joe Harlan Junior

A college Halloween party. A night of fun, dress-up, and laughter. But for Kristy Wise, it quickly became a night of horror.

Now, Joe Harlan Junior, entrepreneur and son of a prominent senator, is at risk of losing everything as he stands accused of a crime he insists he did not commit.

Yet the facts are undisputed: Kristy was drugged, and she did have sex with Joe.

But was it consensual?

Read the story. Listen to the testimony. Is everything that happens next justified?

YOU decide.

 

Tooth for Tooth

What would YOU do?

What would you do if you got away with murder? Would you stop there? Could you?

Susie and Roy thought that they committed the perfect crime.

Their planning was meticulous. Their execution flawless.

But, there is always a loose end, isn’t there? Always a singing bone.

Now, while enemies multiply and suspicions abound, their perfect world begins to crumble.

The hunters have become the hunted.

 

 

Life for Life

What would YOU do if someone threatened your family?

Roy Cruise and his pregnant wife Susie barely survived an assassination attempt in their own home. The police now have them under surveillance. Meanwhile, Kristy Wise is a loose cannon—she knows too much and is trying to “set things right.”

What goes around comes around. And in this case, Roy and Susie may have pushed things too far. There are too many dead bodies. Too many foes plotting against them.

Roy and Susie must outwit the police and neutralize their enemies once and for all. If not, their days of retribution may end behind bars... or six feet under.

 

 

Eye for Eye Trilogy Details:

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Legal
Published by: Talion Publishing
Publication Date: October 5, 2020
Number of Pages: 1050
ASIN: B08KSCHTRX
Series: Talion Trilogy #1
Find out more or get your copy:

Amazon & Goodreads

 

 

Read an excerpt from Eye for Eye:

When I try to piece together how this whole mess began, a part of me thinks it may have started over thirty years ago. At least the seeds were planted that far back, in the early 1980s. What happened then, at that summer camp in Texas, set the stage for everything that was to come.

Odd, how something so remote in time and geography continues to impact me here, today.

Sometimes I try to imagine her, how she felt—that eleven year-old girl—as she ran, stumbling and tripping through the woods that night. I try to put myself in her shoes. When I do, I wonder if she was frightened.

Did she understand the consequences of what she’d gotten herself into? I imagine it felt otherworldly to her, like a dream. But not a good dream. No, one of the bad ones—the ones that make your heart machine-gun as you try to outrun some dark thing that’s chasing you. But the faster you try to run, the slower you go, your legs feeling leaden, clumsy, useless.

Panic sets in. Tears of frustration form. Fear takes hold and won’t let go. You open your mouth to scream but realize, to your horror, that you’re paralyzed. It’s not that you can’t scream; you can’t even breathe. Not a dream—a nightmare.

Then again, all that may simply be my imagination. It could just be me projecting what I might have felt onto Joan. Maybe she wasn’t scared at all.

True, it was dark out. The night smelled of rain, but there was no lightning, only the far-off rumble of thunder hinting at a distant storm. There were no trail lights, no visibility but for the moon peeking out intermittently from behind a patchwork of clouds. But, Joan had been down this trail before. She was running toward the main cabin.

She had been at Camp Willow for almost two full weeks. She had been up and down that trail at least ten times a day, every day. Of course, that was during the day, and always with her buddy, or a camp counselor (the children called them troop leaders). Joan had never been on the trail at night. And never alone.

Maybe I imagine Joan was scared because, as an adult, I believe that she should have been. I would have been terrified.

***

Excerpt from Eye For Eye by JK Franko. Copyright © 2019 by JK Franko. Reproduced with permission from JK Franko. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

JK Franko

J.K. FRANKO was born and raised in Texas. His Cuban-American parents agreed there were only three acceptable options for a male child: doctor, lawyer, and architect. After a disastrous first year of college pre-Med, he ended up getting a BA in philosophy (not acceptable), then he went to law school (salvaging the family name) and spent many years climbing the big law firm ladder. After ten years, he decided that law and family life weren’t compatible. He went back to school where he got an MBA and pursued a Ph.D. He left law for corporate America, with long stints in Europe and Asia.

His passion was always to be a writer. After publishing a number of non-fiction works, thousands of hours writing, and seven or eight abandoned fictional works over the course of eighteen years, EYE FOR EYE became his first published novel.

J.K. Franko now lives with his wife and children in Florida.


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Sunday, October 18, 2020

A Wind From the Rift (The Price of Magic #2) by Bonnie Wynne


A Wind From the Rift
by Bonnie Wynne

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Price of Magic - Book 2
Publisher: Talem Press 
Release Date: November 19th, 2020
Genre: Fantasy

The sorceress has broken free of her shackles.


Months of imprisonment have forged Gwyn into something new; something dangerous. Eight dead sorceresses whisper in her ear, hungry for blood and vengeance – and after unleashing the red magic to make her escape, she fears she won’t be able to stop.


All Gwyn really wants is to go home. But as she soon discovers, escaping the Clockwork City may prove an impossible task. The wizards of the Syndicate wage a silent, bloody war over her fate, and to survive, she must play their deadly game.


As strange storms ravage the city and wizards start turning up dead, Gwyn finds herself in more danger than ever. With enemies on every side, the immortal Scions massing their armies, and the dark power inside her growing stronger, she must make a choice... To save everything she loves, is she willing to become the monster the Syndicate fears?

A Wind From the Rift (The Price of Magic #2)

by Bonnie Wynne 


Imprisonment hasn’t cowed Gwyn. Instead it has honed her into something “more,” something to be feared, justification for the fears that imprisoned her in the first place, but does she have the magic under control or is it controlling her?

The wizards of the Syndicate are determined not to let her get free of the Clockwork City, but they have no idea how far her magic and that of the sorceresses before her will go to beat them at their own game. With few she can trust, and even fewer she can count as allies, she is alone, terrified and not fully aware of the darkness that rages within her. How many deaths will it take to turn her into the monster they believe she is? The will to survive is strong, but her love for those she must keep safe is even stronger…

Bonnie Wynne’s A WIND FROM THE RIFT continues Gwyn’s tale as this young woman struggles against the world she never asked to be part of and the powers that rage within her. Dark, grim and yet, still spell binding, this addition to the series is just as emotionally taut, richly detailed and raw as book one, but this time out, Ms. Wynne has stepped up her game and enriched the story into a finely woven fantasy with an ever stronger heroine.

Gwyn comes alive, one can feel her desperation to be free, to survive and to understand the darkness she possesses. Her anger seems real, yet not hers, more like someone else’s, but her fears seems to come from her alone. Brilliant creative writing has gone into this tale and the author has done an amazing job of letting readers become part of the story. Highly recommended fantasy for all ages.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Talem Press! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva


Forget Me Not
by Alexandra Oliva

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher : Ballantine Books (March 2, 2021)
Genre: Dark Suspense Fiction
Print Length : 352 pages
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She was born for all the wrong reasons. But her search for the truth reveals answers she wishes she could forget in this suspenseful and deeply moving novel from the author of The Last One.


What if your past wasn’t what you thought?


As a child, Linda Russell was left to raise herself in a 20-acre walled-off property in rural Washington. The woods were her home, and for twelve years she lived oblivious to a stark and terrible truth: Her mother had birthed her only to replace another daughter who died in a tragic accident years before.

And then one day Linda witnesses something she wasn’t meant to see. Terrified and alone, she climbs the wall and abandons her home, but her escape becomes a different kind of trap when she is thrust into the modern world—a world for which she is not only entirely unprepared, but which is unprepared to accept her.

And you couldn’t see a future for yourself?

Years later, Linda is living in Seattle and immersed in technology intended to connect, but she has never felt more alone. Social media continually brings her past back to haunt her, and she is hounded by the society she is now forced to inhabit. But when Linda meets a fascinating new neighbor who introduces her to the potential and escapism of virtual reality, she begins to allow herself to hope for more.

What would it take to reclaim your life?

Then an unexplained fire at her infamous childhood home prompts Linda to return to the property for the first time since she was a girl, unleashing a chain of events that will not only endanger her life but challenge her understanding of family, memory, and the world itself. 

Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva


Written in a stark and distant fashion, FORGET ME NOT by Alexandra Oliva is certainly a uniquely drawn story. Of a young woman who never had a chance at familial love, never experienced the warmth of a mother or even how to socialize properly.

The story is about adult Linda, with only varied references planted as to what her past was like. I think I would have liked more of her past and less of her dysfunctional present. I’m really not sure if I liked the choppy styling of this tale, although I do suppose it fits with Linda’s story. When push came to shove, I can’t say I could identify with ANY of the characters or really feel a connection to them. Of course, Linda evokes sympathy, but, there was just something missing for me in spite of the talent this author clearly has. She succeeded in making me feel depressed when I finished this one.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Ballantine Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Virtually Timeless (High-Tech Crime Solvers #5) by Casi McLean


Virtually Timeless
by Casi McLean

My rating: 5 stars

Series: High-Tech Crime Solvers - Book 5 (A multi-author series)
Publication Date : May 29, 2020
Publisher: Casi McLean
Genre: Thriller
Print Length : 199 pages
Available from: Amazon

 

When Atlanta-based twins, Sydney and Noah Monaco, mysteriously inherit property eight-hundred miles away, their curiosity prompts them to investigate the bequest.


Noah flies to Connecticut to check out the estate and stumbles upon a confused woman wandering through the forest. His medical instincts kick-in, but helping her spirals him into the crosshairs of dangerous criminals out for revenge.


When he fails to connect at the specified time, Sydney’s private-eye impulse slides into gear. She finds her brother, but the search exposes a hidden chamber, an ancient artifact, and a decade-old crime, thrusting them down a rabbit-hole of mayhem, medical mystery, and murder.


To solve the case, characters from other volumes of this high-tech series come in to lend a hand. In order to get answers before the villains catch up to them, the twins must use cutting-edge technology to unravel the mysteries before the murderers strike again.

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, comes a gripping techno-thriller, part of a multi-author series tied together by an interlocking cast of characters, all centered around the fantastic new promise of high technology and the endless possibilities for crime that technology offers, in a world where getting away with murder can be not only plausible, but easy…if you just know how.

Another gripping thriller from Casi McLean, Virtually Timeless casts a fascinating spin on crime suspense.

Virtually Timeless (High-Tech Crime Solvers #5)

by Casi McLean 


High tech, crime and a fascinating take on the genre comes from Casi McLean, who NEVER fails to hold me captive from start to finish! This time out, as part of a multi-author series, Ms. McLean offers up her signature suspense with a twist in VIRTUALLY TIMELESS and it is fabulous!

We’ve all heard about the special bond between twins, having twins myself, I can tell you it’s true and Casi McLean has nailed that connection as twins Noah and Sydney Monaco discover there is more than meets the eye when they inherit an estate from a relative they never knew existed. A lost and confused woman, hidden chambers and ancient artifacts lead the twins into a tsunami of secrets, deaths and together with the help of hi-tech, they are in a race against time to prevent further murders, while discovering just who the unknown woman is.

Don’t expect an easy solution, because this thriller is chock full of suspense, twists, and the unexpected! Once again, Casi McLean has played to her strengths, creating a powerful mystery, well-drawn characters and edge-of-your seat storytelling that packs a punch, all while keeping up a rapid-fire pace!

I received a complimentary copy from Casi McLean! This is my honest and voluntary review.