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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell (Review and Giveaway!)


Stolen Obsession is a romantic thriller that has non-stop action, plenty of romance and cursed jewellery that causes a lot of trouble. Check out my review and enter the giveaway to win a great prize package!

Book Details:

Book Title: Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction; 284 pages
Genre: Romantic Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Release date: March 20, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: R (Small bit of language and one detailed sex scene)

Book Description:

Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family's sheep farm, far away from Manhattan's brownstones, when her closest confidant falls victim to a mugging gone wrong. This had to be a hit--There are echoes from the past--and detectives have no leads. Then at a gallery opening, she sees an artifact on display, an interlocking necklace of horse heads matching her friend's stolen bracelet. Annalisse fears for the curator who owns the piece.

Convinced the jewelry collection is evil and must be destroyed, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner's womanizing son. Alec Zavos has his mother's ear but dismisses Annalisse's concerns--until a second victim at the opening brings them together in a fight against treachery, a race through exotic lands, and an unimaginable future. If Annalisse can survive...

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Stolen Obsession is a romantic thriller that has non-stop action, plenty of romance and cursed jewellery that causes a lot of trouble. Annalisse Drury is an antiquities appraiser who has lost her best friend to murder. At an art event she notices an necklace that is of the same design as the bracelet her friend owned just before she died. 

Soon after this discovery, Annalisse warns the gallery owner Generosa Zavos who is also a good friend of hers, to rid herself of the necklace because it is cursed. Enter Alec Zavos, the playboy son of Generosa, who immediately takes a liking to Annalisse and they quickly get thrown together as they try to avoid getting killed by those looking for the necklace.

I was excited by the prospect of learning more about historic jewellery art, but this novel was more of a romance fraught with danger and intrigue to spike up the attraction. Character development is somewhat lacking as one horrific thing after another happens to this couple within a short period of time, that I had to suspend disbelief when they flirted with each other throughout it all and lusted after one another after having experienced death of loved ones. I just couldn't relate to the characters and their actions.

So if you're looking for a thriller with plenty of dangerous situations and romance, this will do nicely. If you're used to deeper characterization and a more realistic plotline, it may not be what you're looking for. Stolen Obsession is the first book in the Annalisse series.

To read more reviews, please visit Marlene M. Bell's page on iRead Book Tours.


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Marlene Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep and lamb landscapes grace the covers of many publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News, to name a few. Her mail order venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of the need to find personalized stationery depicting sheep that truly looked like them. She wrote Among the Sheep, nonfiction in 2009, and the Annalisse Series launched in March 2018.

Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of spoiled Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 attention-loving cats who rule the household.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Death Logs In by E.J. Simon (Review and Giveaway!)



After finishing Death Never Sleeps, I quickly picked up the second book in the series Death Logs In (such clever titles!) and tore through it. See what I thought of this sequel and enter to win a book or a $20 Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Book Title: Death Logs In by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 2
Category: Adult Fiction, 340 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher: Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date: Dec 14, 2017
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (contains f-words, religious expletives and crude language)

Book Description:

Some of the most powerful people in the world want to kill Michael Nicholas. Only his brother Alex can save him—the problem is that Alex is dead.

It’s been almost a year since Alex Nicholas, a Queens-based underworld boss, was gunned down. After Alex’s brutal murder, Michael inherited not only his brother’s business, but his enemies. Michael is now a key player in a world he once feared. By day, he is the head of a Fortune 500 company. By night, the CEO of Tartarus, one of the world’s largest illegal gambling operations.

Before his death, Alex invested heavily in breakthrough artificial intelligence software so that he could live forever. It worked. In his virtual form, Alex can communicate with Michael and monitor information—and people—in ways the NSA would envy.

It is Alex who discovers Michael’s life is in danger. He detects plots that reach from the darkest corners of Queens to the highest officials in the Vatican—and they all want Michael dead.

Michael is now in a race to save his life, but he is never alone. Alex is there to help him navigate through this maze of life and death. Also protecting Michael from the forces closing in around him is Sindy Steele, a beautiful and lethal bodyguard.

How far is Michael willing to go to save his own life and that of his family? Guided only by a familiar face on a computer screen, will the information Alex discovers allow Michael to go from being the hunted to the hunter?


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

After finishing Death Never Sleeps, I quickly picked up the second book in the series Death Logs In (such clever titles!) and tore through it. Now that Michael has discovered just how much he likes the thrill and danger that comes with his deceased brother Alex's bookie business, he fully lives a double life both in business and his personal life.

So I went from liking Michael who was more vulnerable in the first book to wanting to smack him real good for his adultery, lack of good sense, and lack of feeling. Right from the beginning of the novel, he starts an affair almost as soon as he meets Sandy Steele, a cold-blooded woman who becomes his bodyguard. It was too fast. The stakes now are much higher with this treachery and past enemies who continue to want to kill him. This extends to his wife, who twice came close to being killed.

What I loved about this book was the continuing plot centered around the artificial intelligence (AI) software in the form of Michael's brother Alex who communicates with him through a laptop. There's the whole question of Is Alex really dead? Once again, this fast-paced thriller kept me hooked even as I disliked how little the affair emotionally affected this couple who claimed to love each other and have been married for about twenty years. I wished there would have been more realistic repercussions as a means of personal conflict for Michael. And once again, I wish there hadn't been so many f-bombs and religious profanity throughout the novel.

This was a good sequel that leaves the reader wanting more. E.J. Simon's ability to get the reader emotionally involved is evident by my own strong reactions to the characters' behaviours and the unique and exciting storyline. Michael has made another deadly enemy and I'm eager to dig into the third book Death Logs Out to see how it will all come to an end.

To read more reviews, please visit E.J. Simon's page on iRead Book Tours.


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E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: www.ejsimon.com.

Connect with E.J.: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews (Review and Giveaway!)


Every so often I crave a really good romance. I am picky about the romance novels I read. And I'm happy to say this one was a very satisfying read. See what I thought of it and be sure to enter the giveaway to win a copy. But hurry, it ends today.

Book Details:

Book Title: The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews
Category: Adult Fiction; 317 pages
Genre: Historial Romance
Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Release date: Sept 4, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

She Wanted Sanctuary…

Helena Reynolds will do anything to escape her life in London, even if that means traveling to a remote cliffside estate on the North Devon coast and marrying a complete stranger. But Greyfriar’s Abbey isn’t the sort of refuge she imagined. And ex-army captain Justin Thornhill—though he may be tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome—is anything but a romantic hero.

He Needed Redemption…

Justin has spent the last two decades making his fortune, settling scores, and suffering a prolonged period of torture in an Indian prison. Now, he needs someone to smooth the way for him with the villagers. Someone to manage his household—and warm his bed on occasion. What he needs, in short, is a wife and a matrimonial advertisement seems the perfect way to acquire one.

Their marriage was meant to be a business arrangement and nothing more. A dispassionate union free from the entanglements of love and affection. But when Helena’s past threatens, will Justin’s burgeoning feelings for his new bride compel him to come to her rescue? Or will dark secrets of his own force him to let her go?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Every so often I crave a really good romance. I am picky about the romance novels I read. They need to have substance, a great setting (preferably historical), and believable and flawed characters. The Matrimonial Advertisement had all this and more!

I was immediately drawn into the story and basically devoured this book. The interaction and dialogue between Helena and Justin was intelligent and set the tone for their relationship. I love a romance where there is both physical and emotional tension between the main characters without resorting to explicit and immediate love scenes. Instead, the author built this romantic liaison between two complex characters with dark and heavy secrets.

Furthermore, the topics of their past were not only intriguing but very different from the common damsel in distress and dashing rich hero. Without disclosing what they are as this will give away some of the plot, these are topics that interest me and learning about them from a historical point of view truly fascinated me.

So I felt this book was much more than just a romance. It had a good plot, well-developed main characters and also good secondary characters. I was thrilled to learn that this is the first book in the Parish Orphans of Devon series. And for those of you who love clean well-written historical romance, this is it. The book cover too was well done, different from most romance novels out there.

The Matrimonial Advertisement was a satisfying read and I will be looking out for more books by Mimi Matthews! I am now a fan and will count this book among my favorites this year.



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Praise for The Matrimonial Advertisement:

“Matthews’ (The Pug Who Bit Napoleon, 2018, etc.) series opener is a guilty pleasure, brimming with beautiful people, damsels in distress, and an abundance of testosterone…It’s a well-written and engaging story that’s more than just a romance. The author chooses to draw on dark moments in British history to create Justin’s and Helena’s complicated pasts…It’s an unexpected narrative addition that works well, as Matthews seamlessly blends some grim history with light and frothy fiction. An enjoyable love story that dares to dip a toe into bleak social and political history.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“I don’t have enough words to say how unbelievably incredible this book is…I am a huge fan of Ms Matthews, her writing is always flawless and articulate, but this simply is in a league of its own… ‘The Matrimonial Advertisement’ is a lot darker that what we have come to expect from Ms Matthews, but for me this is Gothic Victorian story-telling at its best. This is how this genre is supposed to be written!…Ms Matthews has out done herself with this, by far one of the best books I have read–ever!…This is a hauntingly beautiful, gripping and heart-wrenching story. It is simply spellbinding!” 
-Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

“This is an irresistible romance with the added frisson of gothic fear. At a time in Victorian Britain when a woman belonged entirely to her father, guardian or husband, can Helena ever be free to love and live as she wishes? Mimi’s writing style is engaging, and we are plunged immediately into Helena’s predicament. Secrets are gradually revealed, adding depth to our understanding of the main characters. This is Miss Matthews’ best book so far and it is only the first in a new series!” 
-Lizanne Lloyd, Lost in a Good Book

“This delightful Victorian love story took me away to another time and another place for a few blissful hours. Mimi Matthews is a wonderful storyteller. She creates very likeable, memorable, layered characters that quickly feel like friends. Her style is naturally elegant and warmly flowing, full of historical detail and charm…this is the second of her fictional works that I’ve devoured and I’m looking forward to more.” -Jayne Fresina, bestselling author of Once Upon a Kiss

“Since I first read the sample chapters, I’ve been eager to read this book. Mimi Matthews does not disappoint. She lures the reader in for an emotional journey. Full of romance and heart, The Matrimonial Advertisement takes a marriage of convenience, a pinch of Beauty and the Beast, and some truly engrossing social history and brings to life a satisfying romantic tale. I look forward to more from this talented author!” -Lena Goldfinch, bestselling author of The Unexpected Bride

“The Matrimonial Advertisement is a Victorian romance in all its glory…Mimi Matthews definitely knows how to present historical facts effectively and without sounding bookish…a delightful treat for Jane Austen and historical fiction fans.” -Readers’ Favorite, 5-Stars

“If I could only have one book for the rest of my life, it would be this one. This is my first time reading anything by Mimi Matthews, but rest assured, I now need anything that this incredible author has ever written. The characters were outstanding, developed with complexity and a humanity all their own. The setting and scenery were described with such perfection that I was able to see the circumstances through the characters’ eyes with ease. Both Helena and Justin are forever etched onto this reader’s heart, and I greatly look forward to expanding my Mimi Matthews library.” -Stacie, NetGalley

About the Author:


Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Lost Letter) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth-century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

For more information, please visit Mimi Matthews’ website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, BookBub, Pinterest, Google+, and Goodreads.


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Friday, September 14, 2018

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The Mind's Eye by Perry Prete (Review and Giveaway!)




Book Details:

Book Title: The Mind's Eye by Perry Prete
Category: Adult Fiction; 243 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Sands Press
Release date: March 7, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: R + M (Lots of f-bombs , violence towards women based on real life events, language, graphic violence)

Book Description:

Nicole Baker is a quiet girl - the type of person who is seldom noticed by anyone. That is until one day she discovers she has the unique ability to see images move on photographs. At first, she uses her ability to entertain friends at parties and work. Then senior detective Paul Hammond learns of her ability and enlists her help in a case of unsolved murders that he has not been able to make any headway on.

Carl Kadner, a rookie reporter with the local paper is investigating the murders as well. And he learns what it takes to be the kind of reporter he wants to be when he puts himself in danger for the sake of the story. It is only when Carl, Nicole and Detective Hammond pool their resources that things start making sense.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Canadian author Perry Prete's latest release The Mind's Eye is a good mix of suspense thriller with paranormal elements and a great cast of flawed characters the average person can relate to.  The main character detective Paul's self-deprecating look at his life actually cracked me up. These moments of humor and sarcasm in the narrative are needed because the case he and his team are working on involves gruesome murders.

This novel contains disturbing graphic content with a psychopath that gave me the creeps. I don't enjoy thrillers with sickos and had a hard time reading this book. However, the writing and pace is good (although there were way too many f-bombs) and the suspense kept me turning the pages. Even though this is fiction, there's realism in the technical aspects of the murders, aided, no doubt, by the author's own experiences as a paramedic. It made me appreciate that we have people on the force that put their life on the line to stop psychopaths.

The paranormal element with Nicole's ability to see images move on photographs, which later changes to even more powerful actions, was unique and added to the suspense.

If you enjoy thrillers with these elements, The Mind's Eye will keep you hooked.


To read reviews please visit Perry Prete's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:


Perry Prete is a Canadian crime writer and paramedic. His first novel, All Good Things, introduced us to Ethan Tennant, a City of Ottawa paramedic who looks at crimes from the medical perspective.

Perry continues to work full-time as a paramedic and uses his thirty plus years of life changing and sometimes dramatic experiences to bring realism to his gripping medical novels. His other works include, The Things That Matter Most and All Good Things.

He is also a business owner, specializing in the pre-hospital care field. His company sells medical equipment across North America, primarily to EMS agencies.

A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Perry, graduated from Fanshawe College in London but now lives and works in Brockville, Ontario.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

No End of Bad by Ginny Fite (Review and Giveaway!)


I love discovering Indie gems and this book is just that. If you like political thrillers, this is a good one. We also have a giveaway to win a copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite
Category: Adult Fiction; 280 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release date: June 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (Contains cursing, violence, non-explicit sex but NO adultery, abortion, etc.)

Book Description:

A DC conspiracy novel of grand proportions...

Washington, DC, housewife Margaret Turnbull's world literally blows up after her husband, FBI agent Clay Turnbull, is falsely arrested and killed by agents working for an international drug cartel.

Unbeknownst to Margaret, her enemy's tentacles reach all the way to the White House and control senior personnel. Their powerful enterprise in jeopardy, the assassins will stop at nothing to cover their tracks. With cutting-edge surveillance--CIA, FBI, and NSA technology--there is nowhere to hide, no one to trust. No one is safe--anywhere.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I love discovering Indie gems and this book is just that. I wasn't taken in by the book cover or the title, but this political thriller is well-written with a layered plot and a cast of what seems to be unrelated characters whose stories come together in the end.

Clay Turnbull is an FBI agent who discovers an international drug operation led by law enforcement agents. Before he gets too far into his investigation, they falsely arrest him and kill him. This puts into motion a series of actions that snowballs into a full attack on anyone who is connected to Turnbull or might know of the operation.

The novel takes place within three days time. Although it's fast paced, the author does not skimp out on developing her characters. Each character is drawn out in how Turnbull's death affects them, starting from his wife and daughter. We know who the main bad guys are, so there's no surprise there, but it's all about how to protect the innocent people who unwillingly get caught up in this political drug-war.

I don't read many political thrillers, but I enjoyed this novel.  The author explores government corruption, greed, justice and the stalwart determination of individuals who seek the truth. One can't help but feel grateful to those men and women who put their lives on the line to bring down corrupt individuals. The last chapters where it all wraps up had me glued to the pages, even bringing tears to my eyes while reading the final paragraphs.

If you like well-written political thrillers with a colorful cast of characters, you won't be disappointed with No End of Bad.


To read reviews, please visit Ginny Fite's page on iRead Book Tours.


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Ginny Fite is the author of the dark mystery/thrillers Cromwell's Folly, No Good Deed Left Undone, and Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder, as well as a funny self-help book on aging, I Should Be Dead by Now, a collection of short stories, What Goes Around, and three books of poetry. She resides in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

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Matt Stone (aka Buck Flogging) shares his definitive course on e-mail list building for authors. Find out the exact steps one of the web’s top list building experts uses to rapidly build a list of raving fans in any niche or genre.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett (Book Spotlight & Giveaway!)


Last April, I read and reviewed A Penny Lost and loved it. I can't wait for the sequel. This is an entertaining time travel YA novel, and you could win your own copy. Just scroll down to the giveaway and enter.


Book Details:

Book Title: A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett
Category: YA Fiction, 232 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Release date: Jan 13, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 14, 2018
Content Rating: PG (There's a kiss and some mild violence)

Book Description:

Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her twin sister's perfection, tries her hardest to hide her freakish ability to see into anyone's soul.

Until she senses an unusual energy like a human-shaped void in the universe. When Penny investigates the source, she gets tossed through a crack in time along with the cute boy next door. The Void follows them through history, increasing the dangers as if testing Penny. But what is it testing for? And why does it claim to know her better than even she knows herself? Even as Penny searches for answers, she must fight to survive the tragedies of both the past and future in order to get back home.


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Meet the Author:

Aspen Bassett works at a library, telling stories and suggesting books. When she's not working, she's usually sipping hot cocoa and wondering what would happen if she had superpowers. She's been published in multiple anthologies including Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way and Inaccurate Realities.

Aspen grew up learning about chakras and auras and the true power of imagination which slips into her writing whether she intend it to or not. In college, when she wasn't busy working on her degree in Creative Writing, Aspen also got her certificate in Women's Meditation (basically general energy work). Now, she's working toward a diploma in Integrated Healing Arts with a certificate in Hypnotherapy.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sitting at the Kitchen Table with God by Sandi Smith (Book Spotlight and Giveaway!)


Today I'm spotlighting another book by Sandi Smith, this time about a grieving widow who has lost faith in God. You can enter to win this Christian fiction title in the giveaway.

Book Details:

Book Title: Sitting at the Kitchen Table with God by Sandi Smith
Category: Adult Fiction, 192 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Christian Fiction
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: May 10, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

MARIANNE HAD PLENTY OF TIME ON HER HANDS TO DO NOTHING, so she decided to clean the placemats that she had collected over the past fifty years. Fifty years of a wonderful life together with her husband and best friend, Andrew. Fifty years that should have turned into sixty, but would not even turn into fifty-one.

Her wonderful Andrew was dead. Andrew…her friend and caretaker of her soul and mind and being. Loneliness, darkness, and guilt extended their hungry fingers out for Marianne, desperately trying to pull her even further into their world…a world with no escape. How could she live without her Andrew? She had been so sure that she would be the first one to die in this relationship. But now there was a stronger component to her loneliness and darkness that was starting to make its presence known to Marianne. Anger.

Anger had been a companion of Marianne’s for a very long time, but usually she had the ability to quiet its demand to be set free. This time, though, Marianne was not sure she would be able to control this anger. It was different somehow…stronger. She was afraid and weak. She had lost her faith in God, and she was so angry with Andrew for leaving her behind. Leaving her all alone in this dark, insane world. A world that was in such a hurry to go nowhere. A world that was in such a hurry to destroy everything in its path. Marianne was in its path, but this time she was alone. Sitting at the kitchen table, Marianne closed her eyes, and then she prayed that, today, she would die.


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Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Cleansweep Counterstrike by Chuck Waldron (Review and Giveaway!)


Two years ago, I read the first book in this series The CleanSweep Conspiracy and enjoyed it very much. This one is the sequel.

Book Details:

Book Title: The Cleansweep Counterstrike by Chuck Waldron
Series: A Matt Tremain Technothriller Book 2
Category: Adult Fiction, 312 pages
Genre: Thriller / dystopian
Publisher: Bublish Inc.
Release date: April 21, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Sept 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (a few f-words and gory violence)

Book Description:

In this sequel, Matt Tremain is back, facing an even deadlier threat. Deceit and intrigue lie hidden behind the collapse of Operation CleanSweep. It’s time for revenge.

Instrumental in exposing the evil behind Operation CleanSweep—a diabolical “cultural cleansing” plot masterminded by Toronto billionaire Charles Claussen—investigative blogger Tremain now faces the madman’s desire for vengeance. Claussen intends to settle the score personally by luring Matt into a deadly trap.

But the clock is ticking for Claussen, too. Fraternit√© des Aigles, The Brotherhood of Eagles—a shadowy group that secretly financed Claussen’s Operation CleanSweep—wants answers and their money back. Consumed with rage, Claussen risks everything to get to Matt before the Brotherhood gets to him. Tremain is once again partnering with a police detective, Carling. Knowing they are being lured into a possible trap, they decide to face their nemesis, Charles Claussen.

Across four continents, Claussen sets traps, pursues Tremain, and continues to execute his signature brand of global chaos. When his fianc√©’s life is on the line, can Tremain stop Claussen’s madness and still avoid getting killed?


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Two years ago, I read the first book in this series The CleanSweep Conspiracy and enjoyed it very much. It was a fast-paced conspiracy technothriller about an ordinary guy, Matt Tremain, who makes a startling discovery. The book was labeled dystopian and it did have that feel to it because of the government involvement in controlling its people. I was eager to read the second book The CleanSweep Counterstrike.

I'm not sure what I was expecting but this sequel had such a different feel to it that it was like reading a book almost unrelated to the first one. This second book essentially is about the villain, Charles Claussen, seeking revenge on Matt Tremain and his buddies. There are a lot of new characters introduced in this book, which is fine, but to the point where there wasn't enough about Matt and his buddies. He does fall in love and his girlfriend is then used as bait, but this subplot was underdeveloped and happened so fast (he only meets her about two thirds into the book) that it felt like an afterthought.

We also learn about the secret group, The Brotherhood of Eagles, that helped Claussen with CleanSweep. I wasn't sure about what their motivation was, and how they maintained their brotherhood.  Overall, I felt this book was an international thriller (but not a technothriller or dystopian novel) that included a lot of chase scenes, gory shoot-outs and an ending that begs for another book.

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Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. Those childhood legends ignited his imagination and filled his head with unforgettable characters, surprising plots and a keen interest in supernatural and historical subplots.

With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by many years living in the fertile cultural soil of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and the occasional Burmese python, visitors will find Waldron busy writing his next crime thriller.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

We Meet with Manners by Cheryl Esposito (Book Spotlight and Giveaway!)


Today, I'm kicking off the tour for this children's book that's part of a series that teaches life skills. We also have a giveaway to win a copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: We Meet with Manners by Cheryl Esposito
Category: Children's Fiction, 24 pages
Genre: Friendship, Social Skills, Manners, Growing Up & Facts of Life
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: May 31, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

We meet with manners is all about being polite and respectful to people throughout the day. From people you know to strangers passing by, simple kind gestures not only lift the spirits of others but for ourselves too. The pictures demonstrate sign language to assist with the early communication and development.

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Cheryl Esposito has come from a corporate background and has since become a full-time Mom with three children under 4 and an amazing husband. I have always enjoyed writing but my children are the one’s who inspired me to write about our everyday routines and family fundamentals. My husband provides me the support to believe in myself and never lose faith in who I am. I believe, if there is something you have always thought about doing, you should always follow through. Having children has given me one more reason to follow through. Sharing everything that is good in life is a reward by itself. I am blessed to be able to do just that. So please enjoy these books and I hope it can help your life with children be just a little bit easier.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose (Review and Giveaway!)


I've heard wonderful things about M.J. Rose's books and although her other books did not appeal to me this one did. The setting and the topic of art drew me in immediately. As did that stunning cover. Check out my review and enter to win a gorgeous Tiffany glass paperweight!

Book Details:

Book Title: Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose
Category: Adult Fiction, 336 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Release date: Aug 7, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 6 to Sept 7, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (deals with spousal abuse, drug use and there are a few sex scenes, not too explicit)

Book Description:

New York, 1924. Twenty‑four‑year‑old Jenny Bell is one of a dozen burgeoning artists invited to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious artists’ colony. Gifted and determined, Jenny vows to avoid distractions and romantic entanglements and take full advantage of the many wonders to be found at Laurelton Hall.

But Jenny’s past has followed her to Long Island. Images of her beloved mother, her hard-hearted stepfather, waterfalls, and murder, and the dank hallways of Canada’s notorious Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women overwhelm Jenny’s thoughts, even as she is inextricably drawn to Oliver, Tiffany’s charismatic grandson.

As the summer shimmers on, and the competition between the artists grows fierce as they vie for a spot at Tiffany’s New York gallery, a series of suspicious and disturbing occurrences suggest someone knows enough about Jenny’s childhood trauma to expose her.

Supported by her closest friend Minx Deering, a seemingly carefree socialite yet dedicated sculptor, and Oliver, Jenny pushes her demons aside. Between stolen kisses and stolen jewels, the champagne flows and the jazz plays on until one moonless night when Jenny’s past and present are thrown together in a desperate moment, that will threaten her promising future, her love, her friendships, and her very life.

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Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I've heard wonderful things about M.J. Rose's books and although her other books did not appeal to me this one did. The setting and the topic of art drew me in immediately. As did that stunning cover. This historical fiction contains mystery, art, historical facts and romance, the perfect blend for a great read. The author weaves a fine story about a young woman who needs to heal from her past.

Jenny Bell grew up in Hamilton Canada. She had a wonderful relationship with her mother who taught her to love painting. Their happy life changes when her mother marries a man who turns out to be abusive and a violent act changes everything for them. Jenny's past is revealed in layers and in flashbacks. She is now a grown, independent woman making her way in the art world, but she is still broken inside. When she and best friend Minx are accepted to Louis Comfort Tiffany’s prestigious retreat for artists, Jenny find a mentor who becomes a pivotal force in her life.

In the lush, gorgeous setting of Laurelton Hall, Jenny falls in love with Oliver, but someone knows about Jenny's past and wants to use this against her. The ending was bittersweet for me, but ultimately satisfying. I liked Jenny as a character. She was loyal, self-sacrificing, resilient and fiercely independent. The author brought to life the stunning gardens and grounds of Laurelton Hall as well as Tiffany's glass artistry. It was obvious the author researched this topic well and her love of art shines in this novel.

If you love 20th-century historical fiction, the art world, the jazz era and a well-written story with beautiful descriptions and strong female characters, then you will enjoy Tiffany Blues.

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Thanks to the publisher for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.


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New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com

Her most recent novel THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick.

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield.

For more information, please visit her website and her blog, Museum of Mysteries. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Death Never Sleeps by E.J. Simon (Review & Giveaway!)



I've been wanting to read this book ever since the first edition was published several years ago. I finally got a chance to read it and it was as good as I thought it would be. Check out my review of the first book in the series and enter the giveaway for some great prizes!

Book Details:

Book Title: Death Never Sleeps by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 1
Category: Adult Fiction, 291 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher: Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (contains f-words, religious profanities and crude language)

Book Description:

Where does life end, and death begin?

Brothers, Alex and Michael, weren’t particularly close in terms of their careers in their later years. But when Alex is murdered, Michael finds it necessary to keep Alex’s business running, at least for the foreseeable future.

With very little knowledge about what Alex actually did for a living, little does he envisage the level of complication this entails. Working closely with his cousins, Fat and Skinny Lester, Michael starts to get a sense of what needs doing … in whatever way Alex would have dealt with things.

But, when Alex’s current wife, and his two ex-wives, surface and start to dish out demands, Michael finds himself going deeper and deeper into Alex’s personal space. All his ex-wives knew there was money left hidden … but only Alex knew of its exact location.

When Russell, an old friend of Michael’s, and Alex’s most trusted person, offers to help Michael find the money, Michael feels he can start closing up on Alex’s loose ends and move on with his own, increasingly complicated life.

Until … Russell is brutally murdered …

Someone else is after Alex’s money … and it’s not a friendly person.

But is Alex really dead? Or is he as dead as he has prepared himself to be?

Michael is beyond confused … is he imaging the conversations he’s having with Alex? But Alex was shot dead in his own restaurant, one filled with policemen. Surely, Alex is dead?

Whichever way Michael tries to rationalize things in his head, Alex’s support is beyond what he needs. Finding himself face to face with a crook, Sharkey, one who has no qualms about killing people, one Alex was in debt to, Michael takes on Alex’s advice … dead or not!

As the number of deaths rise, Michael and his wife, Samantha, are left on their toes. Would they ever feel safe again? Is anyone safe? And how far did Alex go with his new venture?


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I've been wanting to read this book ever since the first edition was published several years ago. I finally got a chance to read it and it was as good as I thought it would be. Death Never Sleeps is a fast-paced thriller that explored the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) that adds a wonderful element of both surprise and suspense to the storyline.

Michael works in the top corporate world, is well off and happily married. He has kept a distance from his older brother Alex mainly because Alex is involved in shady business. But when Alex is murdered, Michael has no choice but to get involved and discovers he likes the thrill and danger that comes with Alex's business, especially when he is given a way to keep communicating with his dead brother.

The whole AI concept is fascinating. E.J. Simon seamlessly blends this technological element to create a thrilling plot with a main character who finds himself at a turning point in his life. Michael is a likable, relatable character who gets caught up in a situation that changes his life. As different as he is from his brother, there are strong brotherly and family ties that pull at Michael.

Despite the fast-paced story, there are moments of self-reflection and introspection as Michael is thrust in a difficult situation. This pace is also wonderfully punctuated with mouthwatering scenes at various restaurants, making me hungry throughout the reading of this novel. The only thing that marred my reading pleasure was the amount of f-bombs and religious profanity throughout the novel. Way too much.

So, I will steel myself as I prepare to read the second novel because I'm hooked. The stakes are raised as Michael discovers how deadly his brother's enemies are and how far involved he has become with the criminal world. More importantly, he has developed a virtual relationship with his brother like never before. There's no turning back now. Look for my review of Death Logs In on Sept 19!

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E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: www.ejsimon.com.

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