Monthly Archives: June 2015

Mystery and Thriller Book for Review: Death Crosses the Finish Line by DeAnn Smallwood, D.M. Woods

Carrie Preston has a puzzling and mysterious gift for sensing motive, desire and direction of a perpetrator and killer. Homicide Detective Tom Watts recognizes this gift and is not beyond exploiting it. Waking past midnight to the ringing telephone, Carrie knows the voice on the other end. Tom begins his familiar plea, asking for her help in solving recent murders that appear to be connected. A pattern develops of brutal knifings in health clubs with the victims all women. What is the tie in?

Carrie protests she doesn’t need Tom Watt’s brand of sickness, but she cannot help feeling the familiar draw both to solving the tragic killings and to Tom Watts. Carrie and Tom chase clues throughout Colorado from Denver to the famous ski town of Aspen, stopping over to recoup and enjoy each others company in the world famous Hot Springs Pool at Glenwood Springs.

Carrie and Tom may be getting closer as they follow the horrendous trail, the sites of brutal and gruesome deaths, but so is the killer. Closer to Carrie that is. Suspense mounts with each murder, each clue, and every sensation that Carrie follows toward revelation. In a parallel line, the growing tension between Tom and Carrie increases and builds. Both resolutions promise like terror-risk and danger. Will the killer change his pattern and decide to make Carrie his next “special treat, his bon-bon”?

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Romance Book for Review: Midsummer Solstice by J.L. Wells

When Naida’s mother dies she is forced to escape from London before her stepfaher Andreas arranges a marriage for her. She arrives at Old Moorstone Farm in Cornwall and stays with the Tregartha family. Concealing her own mysterious secrets, the quiet backwater she hoped would be her refuge, holds sinister tensions.

Ivor Tregartha informs Naida that his wife is an invalid. Soon Naida realises the woman is far more disturbed than she was led to believe. She appears terrified of her daughter Lowenna.

Naida meets a handsome fisherman who tells her many mystical stories of Cornwall, of the white witch Lilith and the Druid festival of Midsummer Eve. She finds she is falling in love.

Eventually her past catches up with her. Her stepbrother Petros traces her and attemps to abduct her. A marriage has been arranged for her with a wealthy friend of her stepfather. This compromises her new found friendships and sets in motion a series of consequences, kidnapping, danger, intrigue and ill fated love.

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New LGBTQ for Review: R. U. N. On The Folded Edge by J. Phillip Elwes

R.U.N. ON THE FOLDED EDGE is a gay erotic novella. Destiny comes for twenty-five-year-old Chuck Hendley the day his world is literally turned upside down during an amusement-park accident. There, he meets an extraordinary man, who might very well be Mr. Right. Chuck soon has the opportunity of a lifetime, when fame and fortune reach out to him. But years of disappointment have filled him with self-doubt. Will he find in time the inner strength to embrace love and become the man he’s meant to be?

Approximately, 23,000 words.

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Answer Week 3 Third Question from S. Carman Knight and Get a Chance to Win!

Third question in Week 3 of the Weekly Contest:

In Deception by S. Carman Knight, who did Chelsea call on to help her?

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Last day to answer: July 1

Answer Week 3 Second Question from Sara Brookes and Get a Chance to Win!

Second question in Week 3 of the Weekly Contest:

In Branded Irish by Sara Brookes, what is a perfect distraction for Garvey?

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Last day to answer: July 1

Answer Week 3 First Question from Calinda B and Get a Chance to Win!

First question in Week 3 of the Weekly Contest:

In Power Shift by Calinda B, what was Chia’s job as town manager of Charming, Alaska? Put another way, it should be her only worry.

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Last day to answer: July 1

Erotic Paranormal Romance for Review: Alicia by Dahlia Donovan

Born into a Moroccan family both wealthy and well-connected, Alicia has wanted for nothing her entire life. Choosing to abandon her family business for fashion, she has built her own business and lives off the fruits of her own labour. Her traditionalist mother has longed for her to settle down with a good man.

Alicia has never wanted a good man until Josh Withers. Tired of meaningless flings, Alicia has found someone who challenges her in all the right ways. So what if he occasionally turns himself into panther?

No one’s perfect.

Now in a fight for her life as enemies from both her family’s past and her best friend Ivy’s recent nightmares come hunting for her. Alicia can only hope Josh’s military background and shifter strength will keep them safe.

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General Fiction for Review: Taken Away by Patricia Yager Delagrange

Jessee Bradford, a respected young veterinarian in Santa Barbara, California, comes home to find his wife Serena and baby daughter Sofia missing. Jessee fears they have been kidnapped or worse. The FBI investigators believe his wife, the only daughter of a wealthy philanthropist who never approved of their marriage, simply abandoned Jessee and took their child with no intention of returning.

After months of fruitless searching, Jessee relocates to his grandparents’ home in Iowa, where he takes over his grandpa’s veterinary practice. There he finds the family closeness he’s been missing and falls in love with a female equestrian Laura. When Jessee and Laura attend a gallery opening of an artist named She, the paintings remind Jessee of his wife Serena’s art work. Thus begins Jessee’s search to find She while his future with Laura teeters precariously on the edge until the truth about She is discovered.

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Young Adult Romance for Review: The Blackmail of Evelynn Faust

Evelynn Faust suffers from horrible insomnia and paranoia. The summer before her senior year of high school should be one of the best summers of her life. But she’s tormented by guilt and an addiction that haunts her every waking moment. Evelynn is a drug dealer who also craves the drug she sells. The money and the popularity that come with it aren’t bad either. But when she’s caught dealing on school property by Eric Wagner, the respected and admired police chief’s son, the game is over.

He won’t snitch on her, unless she gives him whatever he wants – her.

She’s being blackmailed.

Evelynn has no one to turn to for help. Not her parents who don’t understand her rebellious nature or her circle of friends who only care about partying and getting high. When Adam Tristen moves in across the street, and he wants to get to know her better, it all seems too good to be true.

She must make a pact with the devil.

Evelynn now looks over her shoulder wherever she goes, waiting for Eric to act on his threats. But Adam, the charming college sophomore, sees something special inside Evelynn, and he wants to help her fix mistakes. In order to do that she must confront a dark secret from her past that could destroy her family…her life…and her entire world as she knows it.

She’ll need to take a leap of faith.

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Mystery and Thriller for Review: Iced Out by Melanie Harvey

Henry Clark has been trying to go straight for ten years. He figures that ought to count for something.

When a light-brained friend lucks into an easy score and tries to drag Henry back into his old life, nothing could tempt Henry less. Well, nothing except a wanna-be mafioso with a few well-placed threats, a busted slate roof, an empty savings account, and a militant homeowners’ association president with a vicious attack terrier. And then, there’s a girl. Isn’t there always a girl? But this one only looked innocent on the outside.

Going straight has never been so complicated.

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