Books I have authored.

Many times I receive books for FREE to give them an honest review. I do not get paid to give a good or bad review. Spotlights are promotional and should be regarded as advertising for the book spotlighted. Regardless of where or how I got a book, my review will be as honest as I can make it.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Rogue Justice by John R. Monteith

I think I  have read all of Monteith’s books.  Here are links to some of my previous reviews: Rogue Crusader and then Rogue Avenger  and  Rogue Betrayer.    This book includes the usual suspects and pits them against the  Israelis this time. 

As mercenaries, this group has a positive world ethic.  Pierre is money centric but seems to have a conscience.   Jake still has some anger management issues but is pretty much under control.   Terry is enigmatic in many cases.    Dmitry, the new guy, is working to be a member of the team.   He is fraught with some self doubt. 

The plot as always is complex.  This time diverse elements of the Israeli infrastructure are at odds.   The team is attempting to maintain stability in a highly volatile area.

The technology is always interesting.  The dolphins garnered a slightly larger role in this book.   Personalities and self interest clouding judgment seem all to real. 

 The book read easily and held my interest. 

I recommend the book.

Web Site: http://www.subthriller.com/



This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spotlight on DIRTY BOXING by Harper St.George and Tara Wyatt

About the book:
DIRTY BOXING
The Blood and Glory series
Volume 1
Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt
Pocket Star EBook
September 18, 2017


ISBN 9781501170195
$1.99
Romance

St. George (A Marriage Deal with the Outlaw) and Wyatt (Necessary Work) have written a fast-paced romance filled with sizzling chemistry, which will have readers rooting for Jules and Nick to find their way back to each other. Verdict: This novel will have broad appeal for readers of sexy contemporary romance, not just those who have an interest in MMA.”
—Library Journal

After an unstable childhood, Jules Darcy is very familiar with the risks of falling in love. And as an adult, she’s never let herself forget just how high those stakes can be. That’s why she ran away a year ago after her fling with MMA fighter Nick Giannakis quickly got serious. But when she jumps at the opportunity to reconnect with her dad by accepting a job with his growing fight league, she’s stunned to learn the abs, the chiseled arms, and the rock-solid punches she has to market belong to none other than her former fling. Unable to run away from the sexy middleweight this time, Jules vows to keep things strictly professional. But one look at Nick, and her resolve starts to crumble….

The last thing Nick expects when he signs with the prestigious World Fighting Championship is that he’ll have to work with the only woman who ever broke his heart. Desperate to hide the pain she caused him, Nick vows to keep his distance from his gorgeous ex. But when he realizes their intense chemistry hasn’t faded after a year apart, he wonders if they could have a future together, even if dating the boss’s daughter could complicate his bid for the championship belt.

Under the bright lights of Las Vegas, in the world of high-stakes prize fighting, they’ll have to take a risk and decide if their love is worth fighting for.

About the authors:
Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days and it instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the romance novel, which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. She currently lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast with her family and loves to connect with readers. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at HarperStGeorge.com or connect with her on Facebook at Facebook.com/HarperStGeorge.

Tara Wyatt is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author who has won several awards, including the Unpublished Winter Rose, the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and the Heart of the West. A librarian by day and romance writer by night, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the world’s cutest dog and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps. Find her at Tara-Wyatt.com.

I avoid Romance novels but I am aware that lots and lots of folks love them so I will spotlight ones that look interesting from time to time. 

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Spotlight on Say No More by Liliana Hart, Book 3 of the Gravedigger Series.

About the book:
SAY NO MORE
Liliana Hart
Book 3 in The Gravediggers Series
Pocket Books
July 25, 2017
9781501150074
$7.99

Praise for Say No More, Book 3:
“The third Gravediggers contemporary romantic thriller (after Gone to Dust) continues Hart’s winning formula of combining high adventure and espionage with steamy sex...Globetrotting from France to Last Stop, Tex. (home of the Gravediggers), to the British Virgin Islands, Hart’s high-tempo thriller never lets up. Fans will enjoy her employment of the entire Gravedigger team, who sat out much of the last book, as they stay one step ahead of the enemy.”
—Publishers Weekly

“[Say No More] by terrific talent Hart is a caper thriller where the stakes are life and death. Hart has built a compelling world…Each of these books builds on the characters of the previous novels, which adds emotional and psychological depth. With plenty of action, danger and romance, this is a book a romantic suspense fan can really sink their teeth into.”
—RT

Praise for Gone to Dust, Book 2:
“Lucky fans of the super-talented Hart don’t have to wait long for the second installment of her new romantic suspense series Gravediggers, as the installments are being released back to back. In the first book, Hart set up her world where five men, declared dead to the world at large, work for a super-secret anti-terrorism force. Hart’s new heroine is a very talented romance writer who takes no crap from anyone — even secret commandos. Miller and Elias are both funny and sexy together, which helps make this book nonstop entertainment, with plenty of witty bantering and thrilling adventure!”
—RT 4 ½ star TOP PICK Review

“Modern Cliterature...Enjoy [this] lusty [passage] adapted from summer’s raciest reads…”
Cosmopolitan, July 2017

Praise for The Darkest Corner, Book 1:
“Gritty, deadly, and peppered with unexpected humor, this supersexy, adrenaline-charged story will keep readers on edge and breathless until the last page.”
—Library Journal

“Liliana Hart sets up a fascinating and intriguing premise of individual men forced into taking extreme steps. Her heroine’s reluctant immersion into this world allows readers to discover the treachery and danger looming all around…a thrilling series!”
—RT

“A cool blend of entertaining antics and suspenseful moments, with a slightly morbid sense of humor thrown in for good measure. (Our heroine was a mortician, after all!) I had a blast getting to know this cast of characters and can’t wait to see what exciting things Liliana Hart has in store for us next.”
—Harlequin Junkie

About the book:
Return to New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s romantic suspense series, the Gravediggers, with SAY NO MORE, the thrilling game of cat and mouse between a member of the Gravediggers and the brilliant woman hot on his heels.

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families. Sometimes the dead do rise…

Dante Malcolm is a man of refined tastes. He was once a part of Britain’s elite intelligence force, but his double life eventually caught up with him. There was a reason he’d never been able to capture Simon Locke, a notorious thief who always seemed to be one step ahead. Dante was Simon, and eventually his extracurricular activities cost him his life, and he now belongs to the Gravediggers.

Liv Rothschild is a detective inspector with Interpol and the woman responsible for catching M16’s most notorious agent in his final heist—the heist that killed him. But something about his death has never sat right with her, and she’s been haunted by it for months. It was too easy, and Dante Malcolm was too smart to go down that way.

Dante might belong to the Gravediggers, but his heart and soul will always belong to the next job—each one with a bigger payout and more dangerous than the last. The rest of the team doesn’t know about his alter ego, because he made sure the information went missing from his file. So when the job he’s waited his whole life for seems like a possibility, he sneaks out of the country like a thief in the night, only to run into the one woman who’s ever been able to match him in brilliance—and passion—for the job. The problem is they’re standing on opposite sides of the law—and only one of them can walk away with the prize.  
  
Interview September 25:
 
 – Gravediggers Series interview with Liliana Hart!


About the author:
Liliana Hart is a New York TimesUSA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty titles, including the Addison Holmes Whiskey and J.J. Graves Mystery series. Since self-publishing in June 2011, Liliana has sold more than four million ebooks. She’s hit the #1 spot on lists all over the world, and all three of her series have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Liliana is a sought-after speaker who’s given keynote speeches and self-publishing workshops to standing-room-only crowds from CA to NYC to London. Visit LilianaHart.com
 
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This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Lost City of the Monkey Gods by Douglas Preston



I went into this book expecting the slightly over the edge of reality that seems to characterize some of Preston’s books.  That is not a criticism, I liked Impact  and The Codex.   I expected more of the same. This book is not a fantasy, this is an journey of discovery of a city that truly was lost in time.

Honduras was the home of a legend of a White City lost somewhere in the interior jungle.   Many explorers searched for the lost city and it’s treasures.  Some even claimed to have found it but were later exposed as frauds.   A film maker was bitten by the exotic bug of a lost city and organized several expeditions to find it.  Modern technology enabled a more accurate and thorough search.   Two cities were found and the author was covering the story for the National Geographic Society.

Most impressive aspects were the isolated nature of the terrain with the excitement of a monumental archeological discovery.   The exotic bug was not just an expression but a sad factor of jungle exploration.  Many members of the team were bitten by sand flies that carried the parasite that causes leishmaniasis, a disease I had never heard of.   A good portion of the book was the description of that particular disease and the impact of disease on the indigenous population of the Caribbean and the Americas

The author spends some time talking about the invasion of diseases formerly restricted to certain areas of the world and how air travel and global warming are impacting the spread of heretofore obscure diseases around the world.  Preston points out that while these diseases were historically confined to the impoverished that today may be spread far beyond that population.

This was an interesting book with some sobering insights.

Web Site:  http://www.prestonchild.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Grade Forever by Robin Johnson



Having volunteered in kindergarten and in first grade for multiple grandchildren I found this book particularly poignant.  Sometimes as adults we don’t appreciate the deep thinking that preoccupies some children.   We do often note that first experiences are important but perhaps we don’t note the first grade is full of first experiences.

This book recognizes the importantance of both first grade and first experiences.   Wesley is uneasy about leaving first grade.  He has a teacher who has nurtured the many first experiences of first grade.  Change, while often exciting, can also be frightening to adults let alone children.  

The author does an excellent job of assuaging Wesley’s fears while making it clear to the readers that first grade while important is merely the first step to their future. 

This is an ideal book for any child but particularly those children who ponder and think. 

See it on Amazon

I have a vested interest in this book.  I worked with the author and illustrator in formatting, editing, embedding illustrations and submitting for publishing.  However I have stated many times, my reviews are based on what I think about a book, not if I got it free, not if I earned money in putting it together but what I think about the book.  There is an excellent message in this book and author Robin Johnson conveyed it clearly.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Flying Through Midnight by John T. Halliday


The reality of this book is depressing.  Depressing because once again we have failed to learn from our history.  The story of a young man and the country that sent him into harm’s way with inadequate tools and superiors has been repeated ad nauseum for centuries.   Old men send young men to fight battles they are too infirm to fight and too greedy to ignore.  Author Halliday was fortunate to survive a maelstrom that ground up 58,000 of his peers.   His experiences in dealing with the entrenched “Desktops” and the ennui of entrenched bureaucrats was many times hard to read.

I suspect that to truly appreciate the book, I would need to be a pilot and veteran and I am neither.   I do know that friends who endured Vietnam were forever changed.   This book sadly reinforced some of the stories that I heard from un-diagnosed PTSD friends. 

It is a book worth reading and hopefully, at some point, we will start to learn our history and stop repeating it.

I recommend the book.

Web:www.flyingthroughmidnight.com


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.