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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly

Charlie Parker, Angel and Louis are good guys who are "bad".    Charlie has suffered horrifically by the death of his wife and child.  He sets up to both prove his innocence and to find the serial killer who destroyed his life.

The story ends up in New Orleans and Connolly’s picturesque descriptions actually made me sweat in sympathy.   Connolly does not hesitate to kill off characters so be careful who you identify with as they may disappear.

Connolly spends some time pontificating on evil and it’s renditions.  His character doesn’t seem to have a very high opinion of mankind in general.  There are some very intense scenes and some really difficult things to read.

I repeat, there are some pretty graphic references in the book so if you are faint of heart, you may want to skip it. 

It was still a good read.

Web: http://www.johnconnollybooks.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, October 11, 2017

Bring Me The Head of Willy the Mailboy by Scott Adams


Sometimes every life needs a ray of sunshine.   That is what Dilbert brings to the table.   It is so satisfying to get an unexpected belly laugh when reading Dilbert.  This is early Dilbert, the boss isn’t even pointy headed  yet.   Regardless, the book is worth reading, enjoying and then reading again.   Scott Adams nails many of society, particularly working societies foibles.  Seeing the humor in all of us is his great talent.

I really enjoyed this book.

Web: http://dilbert.com/

This book was not received free of charge.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


Richard is living a mundane, average life until he does a good deed.  The good deed lands him in a place that stretches and then shatters his imagination.  Richard ends up in an unlikely adventure under London.

Apparently this is a reprint with changes by the author of an older book.  Gaiman states that this is the book as he originally planned it.   The book clearly showcases the limitless imagination of a very popular author. 

The underground is a distorted reflection of the ills of society.  Richard faces those ills, grows to be a different person and suddenly finds himself home.  

The cast of characters is broad with the Marquis as one of my favorites.  The book has a short story at the end featuring the Marquis that I really enjoyed.

Gaiman writes an interesting and frequently strange book and yet it is captivating.   There aren’t car chases and explosions.  It is a more thoughtful book. 

I enjoyed it.

I recommend the book.

Web: http://www.neilgaiman.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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Promises to Keep by R. E. McDermott


DANGER!! 
McDermott's Books Make You Think!

Author McDermott has outdone himself, AGAIN!  This book wrapped up  a series that was frighteningly realistic. For new readers, the world has suffered a vast EMP and the trilogy is based on the impact on civilization. I STRONGLY recommend reading the entire series.  McDermott writes well researched books that imbue both action and pathos.   The characters are real, they bleed and some of them die, just like the real world.  I think that is what makes R. E. McDermott so good, the ability to make the reader feel for his characters. 

The government is not painted as benign in this book.  The current state of self serving politics is extrapolated into the near future with disastrous results.  Look at the current crisis in Puerto Rico preceded by Florida and Texas.   There are people going hungry, without food or water or medical care weeks after the storms.   Project that forward for a world wide disaster and the consequences are too dire to conceive.

Good people with inadequate preparation die in this book and in reality, they would also die.  Don't get me wrong, the book is not just doom and gloom.  It is peppered with acts of generosity and courage that inspire you as you despair over the circumstances that require such sacrifice.

McDermott sees human nature with clarity and charity, he recognizes that there are unsavory elements while hoping that the positive nature of ordinary Americans will rise to the extraordinary when the situation demands it.

This is a terrific book and a great series.

My reviews can be found at:
web site:  http://www.remcdermott.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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Into A Dark Frontier by John Mangan

Whew!  The author has action and adventure nailed!  This was a hard book to put down.  In many places it was hard to read due to the brutality of the story but it was also very thought provoking.   Africa is depicted as a new frontier after a series of events leads to a dramatic depopulation.   The protagonist is a former Seal who has been identified falsely as a terrorist.  The story is his fight against a corrupt system.
 
Mangan postulates some potential issues with the United Nations and with the “military and industrial” clique.   The “fat cats” are dictating what is being done by the “one world” attitude and the U.S. military.  (the quotation marks are my interpretation and not necessarily what the author intended.  

The idea of political correctness running amuck and big brother rearing his ugly head is certainly alive in today’s headlines.  The best magicians focus your attention on their right hand while their left hand is lifting your wallet.   Focusing attention on professional athletes kneeling or not is clearly distracting attention from health care, national disasters and North Korea.   All of this taking place after Mangan paints similar behavior in his novel.  

Lt. Col. (R) John Mangan is a
decorated combat rescue pilot

The author grabs you by the throat, shakes you around and then pushes your nose to the page.   I look forward to seeing more from John Mangan.   A little polish, a nudge here and there and you are looking at mega best sellers.

I highly recommend but don’t expect to like a possible future.

Web: http://johnmanganbooks.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.

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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Assassins by Mike Bond

Bond reminds us of how 
history repeats itself ad nauseum. 
 The US is helping Afghans fight the Russians, 
not because of altruism or concern but for payback.  
The premise of our involvement is to bog down the 
Russians and see casualties by helping the Afghans as the 
Russians helped the Viet Cong. 
 
The pettiness of this motivation is exacerbated by the 
use of opium to fund the purchase of weapons
in order to maintain the "blackness" of the operation. 
 
Redeeming aspects of the book are the dog and the
love affair between Leo and Sophie. 
 
I'm enough of a student of history to be familiar with Bond's fiction and realize that a great deal of his speculation is fact not fiction.

Web: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Bond

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Book of Judas by Linda Stasi

Dan Brown meet Sandra Brown was my comment on Stasi’s Sixth Station. That hasn't changed.    This  novel is about Judas’s relationship to Jesus.   The premise is that  Judas and Jesus collaborated on having Judas facilitate Jesus death and resurrection.  Rather than Judas being the most hated disciple, the novel suggest Judas whas the most loved.  The relationship and the secrets to resurrection are hidden in a tube which shows up in the estate of Roy’s (Alessandra’s best friend) father.  The ensuing mayhem is based on the desire of a wide assortment of bad people who want the secret of resurrection.

Linda Stasi
Alessandra Russo  still has a Manhattan size chip on her shoulder.  She seems less disciplined and more erratic in this book.  She still despises hypocrisy and authority equally.   Once again she finds herself caught up in a millennium old religious conspiracy.

A one man wrecking crew and possible father of Terry, Alessandra’s son, reappears in this book and is deeply hated and deeply loved.

Once again I think Ms. Stasi clearly points out that religious conflicts have the potential for being the most destructive of wars.   The book is a captivating read that alludes to historic conspiracies that force you to ponder.   Ms. Stasi makes no attempt to pander to the sensitivities of those who may be offended by her irreverence.  This book will surely offend some.  

This is an action adventure mystery I enjoyed.


Web: a listing of her NY Daily News articles.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a beari


ng on my recommendations.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Spotlight on Delia's Crossing by V.C. Andrews


Fiction Finds Foothold with Immigration Issues: V.C. Andrews® Ignites Dialogue with the Re-Release of Delia’s Crossing By Andrew Neiderman

There is no mystery as to why the publication of Delia’s Crossing, first in a three-book Series featuring a Latino main character, has since been aptly called “The Latino Cinderella.” Delia’s Cinderella reference comes from the plot driver: a teenage Mexican girl from a small village loses her parents in a truck accident. Her grandmother, overwhelmed, writes to Delia’s mother’s sister who now lives on an elegant estate in Palm Springs, pleading for her to take Delia under her wing. She does not know that her older daughter despises anything related to the Latino culture, to the point of even forbidding Spanish to be spoken in her presence. When she takes Delia in, she takes her in as she would any other servant, thus the Cinderella comparison, for Delia gradually wins the hearts of all that come into contact with her, especially one of her cousin’s handsome and rich boyfriends.

Delia’s journey from a young teenage girl born and bred in a small, farming village in Mexico to the sophistication of today’s American teenage life in the setting of the plush, elegant and sophisticated Palm Springs is understandably difficult. She is immediately burdened with the language barrier. Delia’s aunt almost at gunpoint forces her to take private English lessons from a private tutor with a disgraced past. She is thrown into one crisis after another while being tormented by her spoiled cousin. We are truly in Cinderella territory.

Delia’s acceptance of her fate and then her resilience both strengthen her character so that she can not only compete with her cousin, but eventually win the respect of her aunt—marking the stages of development in a plot rich with the characteristic V.C. Andrews supporting characters and eventual romantic interest.

There is great irony, which resonates today, in Delia’s ultimate decision at the end of Delia’s Crossing (Book One) to flee and return to her poor Mexican village. All of the arguments and debates about the plight of immigrants, how immigrants should be treated, and what the future holds for immigrants are addressed in the story. Surely, most who see the re-released Delia’s Crossing (June 2017) will think it is a first time publication, born out of today’s headlines.

The ultimate effect and influence Delia in all her innocence and trust has on her new relatives, friends and especially on her romantic interest develops the basic backbone of any V.C. Andrews story: why people who are meant to love each other hurt each other. This time, however, the theme of so many V.C. Andrews’ series takes on national significance and purpose. Human emotions are understood in light of our new political realities, giving Delia’s Crossing a new life, both on the bookshelf and through the eyes of the reader.

The Delia Series: Delia’s CrossingDelia’s Heart, and Delia’s Gift are available wherever books are sold.

About the book:
Delia’s Crossing
V.C. Andrews®
Pocket Books
June 2017
ISBN: 9781501162220
The Delia Series, Book One
$5.99
Fiction

Book Summary:
A young immigrant comes to America to escape un sino cruel, a cruel fate…

After her parents are killed in a truck accident, Delia Yebarra’s life is turned upside down. At fifteen, she leaves the rural Mexican village where she grew up and embarks on a new life in America. Coming to her wealthy aunt Isabella’s huge estate in Palm Springs, California, should be a dream come true for a simple country girl like Delia…

Only to become un preso del destino, a prisoner of destiny…

Instead, her aunt refuses to acknowledge Delia’s heritage, relegating her to servants’ quarters with a licentious language tutor intent on exploiting the pretty, young foreigner. Her cousin Edward is kind, but cousin Sophia is cruel, manipulative, and resentful of Delia’s beauty. And just when Delia begins to embrace the life of a real American girl, a heartbreaking chain of events sends her spiraling back to a Mexico she hardly recognizes, making her wonder if she will ever find a place to call home.

About the author:
V.C. Andrews® has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of her classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began her renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the WindIf There Be ThornsSeeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in V.C. Andrews’s bestselling series. V.C. Andrews’s novels have sold more than 106 million copies. Join the conversation about the world of V.C. Andrews at Facebook.com/OfficialVCAndrews
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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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan


This was a mystery populated by a lot of broken people.  It deals with the fantasy world of YouTube stars and the lengths people go for their 15 minutes of fame. 

Ruby, shy and somewhat retiring in the real world, shared her feelings and frustrations with her followers.  Her disappearance rocked the Internet addicts.

Kate, broken herself, is charged with finding her kidnapper.

Zain, a former intelligence agent, broken by terrorists is searching for personal redemption.

Dan, an arrogant misogynist vlooger is also broken.  He is a mean spirited, nasty individual.  

Hope, is a hardscrabble youth who clawed his way out of public housing and is walking a balance beam between doing good and compromising his principles to survive.

Some characters will go un-described because it will reveal too much of the plot. 

The Internet, vloggers, bloggers, greedy conglomerates, unsavory politicians, confused constabulary, this book is a wealth of interesting characters. 

I enjoyed it.

Web: https://www.alexcaanauthor.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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Point of a Gun by Steven W. Kohlhagen


Author Kohlhagen may have an ax to grind.  I don’t know that but this book is hypercritical of the current anti-terrorism programs.  If he is grinding an ax I will be happy to grind with him.  The bureaucratic morass of the federal government is only surpassed by the inability to cooperate for the benefit of its citizens is a theme in the book and I have to agree.

The book details a group of vigilantes who are terminating terrorist before they can successfully execute their mission.  The vigilantes may or may not be highly placed government officials.

The book hits home on so many levels.  Just picking up a paper and blindly chose any page and there will be a story about some bickering by our elected officials.  The tweet-meister has brought a new low to lack of cooperation.  One has to wonder who is running the government when all our elected officials appear to be lining up to stab each other in the back.  

I liked the book even as I found it very depressingly accurate.

Web: https://www.stevenwkohlhagen.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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Spotlight on Royally Romanov, Volume 2 in The Royals Series by Teri Wilson

About 


ROYALLY ROMANOV
Teri Wilson
The Royals Series, Volume 2
Pocket Star EBook
July 17, 2017
$4.99
ISBN 9781501160509

In this charming modern day retelling of the 1956 classic Anastasia, a museum curator falls for a mysterious man who may or may not be a long lost heir to Russia’s imperial Romanov dynasty.

Volume 2 in The Royals Series ROYALLY ROMANOV by Teri Wilson introduces Finley Abbot, who is organizing the most prestigious art exhibit of her career at the Louvre museum—a retrospective of art from the House of Romanov. But the sudden appearance of Maxim Romanov threatens to turn her into the biggest laughingstock of the art world. When she finds herself falling in love, she realizes there’s even more at stake than her career. How can she trust a man with her whole world when he can’t remember a thing about his past?

After suffering a violent blow to the head, Maxim’s only clue to his identity is a notebook containing carefully researched documentation in his own handwriting indicating that he is the sole surviving descendant of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, previously thought dead in the murder of her family during Russia’s Bolshevik revolution. His struggle to put the mysterious pieces of his past back together leads him to Finley. At first, she’s convinced Maxim is nothing but a con artist. But there’s something undeniably captivating about the beautiful, brooding man who claims to be searching for his identity—something Finley can’t quite bring herself to resist. When he reveals a secret about one of the imperial FabergĂ© eggs in the collection, she accepts he may actually be telling the truth. But as soon as Finley and Maxim act on their feelings for one another, Maxim is confronted with evidence that calls into question everything he’s begun to believe about himself.

Praise for Royally Romanov, Volume 2 in The Royals Series:
“This contemporary retelling of the Anastasia myth, chock-full of elegance in the most romantic city in the world, is a delight. Wilson (Royally Roma) crafts love scenes that are sexy and passionate and align perfectly with the backdrop and absorbing plot; this will have wide appeal.”
—Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

“Wilson’s second Royals contemporary (after Royally Roma) takes the reader on a journey to Paris, where an American museum curator falls for a man who may be Russian royalty… The romance between Finley and Maxim is magical, beginning as instant attraction and building to an intense love, and Wilson skillfully balances the mystery of Maxim’s identity with the ethereal beauty of Paris.”
Publishers Weekly

“Whether you’re a big history buff or simply a lover of the basic legend as viewed in the animated film Anastasia, you won’t feel in over your head with this story… It’s a little history lesson…it keeps you guessing, and keeps the flirtatious, unstable nature of Maxim and Finley’s relationship spark worthy. Once the danger levels rise to unfathomable heights, let’s just say that progress is no longer a problem…In the end, it was a great addition to the growing series of which I hope there will be many more to come. The author puts us right there in the danger zone as events unfold, but never forgets to bring the sparks. I can easily see Contemporary or Historical Romance fans getting behind this one, but also the New Adult crowd…and yes, I mean for the adult fans only because there is definitely a blush worthy scene or two.”
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“I adored this book. I've always been fascinated with the possibilities of Anastasia's story and while this was definitely a new (wonderful) twist on that, it was even better because this book was an incredible love story to Paris, too. After reading the book, I felt like I'd made a quick trip to Paris...and fell in love with it all over again… The book is a romance, but even more than that, it's a huge mystery built in some of the more interesting parts of Paris. I had no idea how the story would work out and that suspense kept me reading long past when I should have put my kindle down. The story was addicting. It was also...gorgeous. The mental visuals of this book were fantastic. From the bookstore and the ideas of the tumbleweeds to the romantic idea that one of the Romanov line could have survived...I loved every minute of reading this story….The book was the perfect mix of romance, mystery, and intrigue...and I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it!”
—Smitten with Reading

“Just like Royally Roma, the first in the series, Royally Romanov is addicting and hard to put down. The hint of mystery and suspense propelled the story and served to enhance the romance in a way that kept it from being overbearing. Having been to France, it was nice to see the description being so vivid and I especially loved that I learned an entire theory that I didn’t even know existed. With the hundred-year anniversary of the execution of the Romanovs coming up, this was extremely relevant and interesting. I love how many elements mixed together to make this book truly enjoyable, from the mystery and romance to the history and knowledge. Truly a wonderful read. Quill says: Royally Romanov is the perfect blend of mystery, romance and suspense. Just as great, if not better, than the very first in the series.”
—Feathered Quill

“This book is the retelling of the 1956 classic myth Anastasia. This is Teri Wilson’s second book in The Royals series and the third volume, Royally Wed, will debut in November. I enjoyed this story which has a mixture of romance, mystery and suspense.
—Suzy Approved Book Reviews

Praise for Royally Roma, Volume 1 in The Royals Series:
“An all-work, no-play PhD student is moonlighting as a tour guide in Rome. She's almost too busy keeping it profesh to notice her client is bona fide royalty in this zippy e-book.”
—Cosmopolitan, April 2017

“Verdict Wilson’s (The Art of Us) series opener [Royally Roma] is a delightful romp that incorporates the culture of the Eternal city—a ripe environment for love—into this temperate romance. Readers will be just as enthralled with Rome as Nico and Julia are with each other.”
—Library Journal Starred Review

“A charmingly modern twist on a classic love story—loads of fun and all the feels.”
—Julia London, New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly in Love
About the author:
Teri Wilson’s novel Unleashing Mr. Darcy is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, and she currently has two other films in development with Hallmark. She’s also at HelloGiggles.com, a lifestyle and entertainment website founded by Zooey Deschanel. Teri loves books, travel, animals and dancing every day. Visit her at TeriWilson.net
 
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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.