Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review- Showcase- Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

When Macmillan Audio offered me the chance to review the audio version of Number One Chinese Restaurant I said heck yeah and I'll take a side of kung pao chicken with that please!
It was intense and a bit of a culture shock for this W.A.S.P. but I totally loved it check out the feature.

    Number One Chinese Restaurant

    A Novel
    By: Lillian Li
    Narrated by: Nancy Wu
    Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    Unabridged Audiobook
    Release date: 06-19-18
    Language: English
    Source: Publisher for Review
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio
      Buy it at Audible


        From Lillian Li comes an exuberant and wise multigenerational debut audiobook about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant.

        The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family’s controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay.

        Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their thirty-year friendship into something else, even as Nan’s son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. And when Pat and Annie, caught in a mix of youthful lust and boredom, find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.

        Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multi-voiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Showcase - Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham

Set The Night on Fire is #6 in Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom series, check out the excerpt and showcase.

ISBN-13: 9781250131317
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 7-31-2018
Length: 350pp
Cottonbloom #6
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound


From award winning author Laura Trentham comes Set the Night on Fire, a novel about starting over, finding your way back home—and falling head over heels. . .

Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes—and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella’s happiest memories: the Abbott brothers’ garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn’t make her motor run quite so fast…and hot.

Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He’s in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcée who shows up to the garage in stilettos—and the longest, sexiest legs he’s seen in forever. But Ella’s grit and determination won’t quit…and soon Mack can see that she’s been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that’s revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along…and they’ve finally found the key?

Friday, July 27, 2018

#GIVEAWAY- Interview - Review - The Dead Still Here by Laura Valeri

Folks who know me know I love indie authors and when ever I get the chance to promote one I do. Fans of short stories be prepared to be wowed by this talented wordsmith. Laura's publicist, Author/Guide is sponsoring a #Giveaway of an autographed copy, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-1622881802
Stephen F. Austin University Press
Release Date: 6-5-2018
Length: 120pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound


Mapping stories set in Europe and America, The Dead Still Here skillfully paces through eleven short stories about friends-with-benefits typed relationships, vicious divorces and thievery, the loss of a child, the loss of a mother, and the Coast Guard and the Navy rescuing refugees from a bad storm at sea. Laura Valeri writes one single breathtaking sentence about sex, Dear John emails, and Christmas presents in "Liabilities of a Love Misguided" and vividly recreates that sharp sense of self-consciousness in "What They Know." Along with characters that are irrevocably locked in their heads, Valeri includes a guide on how to take medication in "Prescription for Life," which subtly points to the other hallucinatory narratives. This collection is at once provocative and lucid, and it offers various angles of characters looking for a relationship to hold.

Giveaway is for one autographed copy of
The Dead Still Here
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Review Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison

Beth has always been a favorite author for me I love her wit and her unsinkable female protagonists. This story has all that but its also very personal for her. If you love YA you might recognize the name because her daughter Paige is a YA author.
Beth's Publisher, St. Martin's Press is sponsoring a #Giveaway, details below.


ISBN-13:  9781250043832
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 7-24-2018
Length: 304pp
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible


In New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison's most emotional novel ever, a fractured family must come together at a beach house haunted by the past.
Willa has never fully recovered from the sudden death of her husband, Ben. She became an absent mother to her young son, Jamie, unable to comfort him while reeling from her own grief.

Now, years after Ben’s death, Willa finally decides to return to the beach house where he passed. It’s time to move on and put the Ocean City, Maryland house on the market.
When Willa arrives, the house is in worse shape than she could have imagined, and the memories of her time with Ben are overwhelming. They met at this house and she sees him around every corner. Literally. Ben’s ghost keeps reappearing, trying to start conversations with Willa. And she can’t help talking back.
To protect her sanity, Willa enlists Jamie, her best friend Kristin, and Kristin’s daughter Kelsey to join her for one last summer at the beach. As they explore their old haunts, buried feelings come to the surface, Jamie and Kelsey rekindle their childhood friendship, and Willa searches for the chance to finally say goodbye to her husband and to reconnect with her son.
Every Time You Go Away is a heartfelt, emotional story about healing a tragic loss, letting go, and coming together as a family.

Giveaway is for one print copy of
Every Time You Go Away US ONLY
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

#GIVEAWAY - Review - Cooper's Charm by Lori Foster

Lori Foster has been a go-to author for years so when her publisher, the one that makes the world go round, Harlequin brought to my attention, Cooper's Charm the debut novel in her brand new Love at the Resort series I knew i found the perfect summer read. Harlequin is sponsoring a #giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-1335477903
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date:
Length: 320pp
Love at the Resort #1
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible


One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…
Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…

Giveaway is one print copy
Cooper's Charm US & Canada Only
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Monday, July 23, 2018

#Giveaway Tail of The Dragon Interview with author Connie di Marco a Partners in Crime tour

Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the Tail of the Dragon by Connie di Marco tour, read our interview and be sure to enter the #giveaway for an Amazon Gift Card.

Tail of the Dragon

by Connie di Marco

on Tour July 16 - August 31, 2018


San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but now, Julia’s former boss and current client has asked for help. He has serious problems at his law firm. Two attorneys and a paralegal have received death threats and the only common denominator between all three is a case long settled — the highly publicized Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s convinced a woman is behind the threats, perhaps even the widow of the man who died in that same fire, but no one wants to listen — they can’t believe astrology could provide a clue. Before Julia can help her client, two lawyers are dead and her own life is threatened. Can she unmask the killer before he (or she) takes another life?

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: August 8th 2018
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0738751065 (ISBN13: 9780738751061)
Series: Zodiac Mystery #3
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Goodreads

Friday, July 20, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Review Dark Rhapsody by Helaine Mario

I fell in love with Helaine's second novel, The Lost Concerto, being the mother of a classically trained opera singer all the musical references in that novel drew me in and her exquisite storytelling enthralled me.  So when I learned she was writing a sequel I knew I had to be first in line for it and I was NOT disappointed. 
She is also a tireless women's advocate and is involved in many charitable endeavors.
Read about the novel, my review and then stick around because Helaine's generous publisher, Oceanview is sponsoring a giveaway. Details below.


ISBN-13: 9781608092925
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release Date: 07-03-2018
Length: 368pp
Maggie O'Shea #2
Source: Author/Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/ITunes


In 1945, an Austrian girl discovers a priceless Nazi treasure near a remote alpine lake and sets in motion a decades-old secret that will change lives for generations to come.

Many years later, classical pianist Maggie O’Shea is preparing her return to the world of music. Instead, a nightmare of a haunting rhapsody and hundreds of roses from a deranged stalker propel her into a world of terror. Forces drive her to revisit the mystery of her mother’s death, her father’s startling disappearance, and a terrible secret from World War II. Maggie finds herself on a collision course with a brutal, disfigured killer who threatens those she holds dear—an aging pianist with a long-buried secret, a haunted cellist, a charismatic Maestro, and the crusty retired colonel she has come to love.

A story of loss, intrigue, vengeance, courage, and love.

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Dark Rhapsody US ONLY
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews - Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross

Sophia Rose may at this very moment be camping in the wilds of Idaho but she's not too far away from WiFi to bring us her review of #2 in the Auction Book cozy mystery series.

Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross
#2 Auction Block Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Midnight Ink
Published:  2.8.16
ISBN:  073874705X
Pages:  264
Rating: 4
Format: Paperback
Source:  Purchased
Sellers:  Amazon/B&N/Kobo

GoodReads Blurb:

They call it "the Brewmaster's Widow"; the abandoned brewery where Death Bogart's brother died in an arson fire.

With his girlfriend, Wren Morgan, Death goes home to St. Louis to take on a deeply personal mystery. When Randy Bogart went into the Einstadt Brewery, he left his broken badge behind at the firehouse. So why did the coroner find one on his body? Every answer leads to more questions. Why did the phony badge have the wrong number? Who set the brewery fire? What is the connection between Randy's death and the mysterious Cherokee Caves, where the opulent playground of 19th century beer barons falls into slow decay?

Not understanding how and why he lost his brother is breaking the ex-Marine's heart. But the Brewmaster's Widow is jealous of her secrets. Prising them loose could cost Death and Wren both their lives.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Showcase - Excerpt - The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

Today I'm showcasing Canadian author, Ph.D. in Zoology Kristi Charish's re-released novel and debut in her new Kincaid Strange series.
Fun fact she is the scientific adviser for the White Trash Zombie novels.


ISBN-13: 978-0735273122
Publisher: Vintage 
Release Date:canada
Length: 352pp
Kincaid Strange #1
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible


For fans of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, a new urban fantasy series introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner...
For starters, she's only twenty-seven. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker--who happens to be Kincaid's on-again, off-again roommate.
Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he's tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle's infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City's oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She's broke, but she's not stupid.
And then she becomes the target... As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Audible Review- Now That You Mention It By Kristan Higgings

You know there is no one who touches the heart quite like Kristan Higgins whether its romantic comedy or women's fiction. This novel is especially poignant and one of her best. 
Kristan's publisher, Harlequin is sponsoring a #giveaway of this book, details below.

Now That You Mention It

By: Kristan Higgins
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-26-17
Language: English
Publisher: Recorded Books
But it: Audible/Kobo



Following the success of If You Only Knew and On Second Thought comes the highly anticipated new novel by New York Times best-selling author Higgins - a funny and bittersweet story of a woman who returns to her hometown after a decade's absence hoping to resuscitate her relationship with her family, only to discover that her homecoming is not as welcome as she had imagined.

It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston, where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid and where some revelations about her family could either heal her or send her scrambling back to Boston on the next ferry.

Giveaway is one print copy
Now That You Mention It
US & Canada Only
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Review Wyvern's Angel - Interview with Deborah Cooke

Unless you've been living under a rock you know that Deb Cooke/Claire Delacroix is my all time favorite author. I LOVE everything she writes, historical, paranormal, urban fantasy contemporary, YA. I started off reading her historical romance with just a touch of woo woo and fell in love with her world(s) her characters and her stories and like many established authors today has decided to go indie all the way. We touch on that topic during our chat so I hope you take the time to read the interview and my review of the latest in her Dragon Shape Shifter Princesses of Incedium series, Wyvern's Angel.

Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Release Date: 5-29-2018
The Dragons of Incedium #9
Source: Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo
Incendium exclusive website
Bond is a secret spy for the Gloria Furore space pirates, a former member of Princess Anguissa’s crew, and a fallen angel with a love of pleasure. His wings will be returned once he meets the Host and completes his mission—but Bond isn’t counting on the distracting allure of a dragon shifter princess determined to seduce him. Percipia has no interest in romance or love, but knows she has to claim the Seed and fulfill her obligation to her kind by conceiving a child. But Bond isn’t interested in a quick seduction—he prefers to savor every moment—and the Gloria Furore soon catches up with him. Being with Bond makes Percipia feel more alive than she ever has and she soon realizes she is falling in love. Being with Percipia is too much like heaven for Bond to resist giving her all she wants from him…but when they are attacked and Bond must choose, will he save Percipia or complete his quest at any cost?

Friday, July 13, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Showcase The Consultant by Tj O'Connor a Partners in Crime blog tour

Welcome to my stop on The Consultant by Tj O'Connor blog tour, learn a bit about the book and don't forget to enter the #giveaway before you leave.

The Consultant has been chosen by Amazon to be a July Kindle Monthly Deal for $.99.
Click HERE for the purchase Link

The Consultant

by Tj O'Connor

July 1-31, 2018 Tour


Terrorism hits Main Street America

When a rogue CIA consultant goes AWOL from his Middle Eastern post in response to his brother’s plea for help, he arrives just in time to witness his brother’s murder. For years, Jonathan Hunter and his brother Kevin Mallory had not spoken―until Kevin’s final words, “… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya.”
Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of horrifying terrorist activity by Middle Eastern refugees, which sparks a backlash across America. In the shadows, Hunter’s mentor, the omnipotent Oscar LaRue, is playing a dangerous game with Russian Intelligence. Neither Hunter nor LaRue realizes that a new threat―the Iranian threat―has entered the game. Stakes rise as two shadowy players are one step ahead of Hunter and LaRue―Khalifah, a terrorist mastermind, and Caine, a nomadic assassin who dances with the highest bidder.
As attacks escalate and the country drifts toward another Middle East conflict, innocent refugees become trapped between the terrorists and the terrorized. Prejudice, hate, and fear vent everywhere. Is this who we’ve become? Before the country explodes, Hunter must find Khalifah, learn the next terror target, and pray he’s in time to stop further annihilation.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Showcase Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch a Partners in Crime Blog Tour

Beneath the Lighthouse

by Julieanne Lynch

on Tour June 25 - August 31, 2018


Sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness’s sister is dead. Sinking into a deep depression, he frequents the lighthouse where her body was discovered, unaware of the sinister forces surrounding him.
When an angry spirit latches onto Jamie, he’s led down a dark and twisted path, one that uncovers old family secrets, destroying everything Jamie ever believed in.
Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to settle old scores or no one will rest in peace—but, first, he has to survive.

Book Details:

Genre: YA Supernatural Horror, Mystery
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Number of Pages: 334
ISBN: 978-1-944109-59-2
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan- Review-Interview

Those of you who know me well know that I ADORE anything Sarah Morgan writes and I have been loving her for years. Sarah started writing for the Harlequin/Mills & Boon Presents line and eventually started writing full length romance and women's fiction and is one of the big reasons Harlequin makes the world go round. How To Keep A Secret is a contemporary mainstream/women's fiction and it's Fabulous. 
Read all about it!

ISBN-13: 9781335613004
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 7-10-2018
Length: 432pp
Source: Publisher/Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible

“Fans of Karen White and Susan Wiggs will savor Morgan’s pairing of a second-chance romance with an intense family drama.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“Emotional, riveting and uplifting. If you’ve got a sister, you’ve got to read this book!”—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Jane Green meets Sophie Kinsella. Heartwarming, emotional, funny and real - I adored this book!”—New York Times bestselling author, Jill Shalvis

When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise

Lauren has the perfect life…if she ignores the fact it’s a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant.

Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, but it’s… Just. Not. Happening. Her heart is breaking, but she’s determined to keep her trademark smile on her face.

Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother, but how can she ever tell Lauren and Jenna the reason why?

Then life changes in an instant, and Lauren, Mack, Jenna and Nancy are thrown together for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Somehow, these very different women must relearn how to be a family. And while unraveling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, the rewards could be infinite…

Heartwarming and fresh, Sarah Morgan’s brilliant new novel is a witty and deeply uplifting look at the power of a family of women.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July #LibraryLoveChallenge - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Welcome to the July #LobraryLoveChallenge. The Library Love Challenge is hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Brooke Blogs. This month was a non-fiction, a memoir about the decline of the Appalachian culture. 

ISBN-13: 978-0062300546
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: 6-28-2016
Length: 272pp


From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.
But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Showcase-Landslide by Melissa Leet

I love showcasing debut authors so I of course said yes when I got the chance to feature Melissa.

ISBN-13: 978-1943826339
Publisher: Antrim House
Release Date: 1-15-2018
Length: 416pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound



Landslide is the story of Jill and her lifelong friend, Susie, who grow up in a remote mountain garden. The Garden's realm has many rooms, each a showcase of designs by Jill's mother. When tragedy strikes in the Garden, how does a child find the resilience to go on? Alternating between Jill's childhood and adult life, Landslide depicts the adventure that happens when life is lived full out, regardless of consequences. As the girls come of age, mature, and find love, the Garden is a constant, reverberating through their psyches and in their hearts. Teeming with poignancy, humor, and love, Landslide is a resplendent exploration of resurgence, and the truth that even death can reveal paths as wondrous as those created by life.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Selected by J. Allen Wolfrom-Interview- A Partners in Crime blog tour

Today is my stop on the Selected by J. Allen Wolfrom read my interview with the author and don't forget to enter the giveaway.


by J. Allen Wolfrum

July 1 - August 31, 2018 Tour


Former Army helicopter pilot, Susan Turner is Selected as the next President of the United States. In order to avoid a nuclear war, she must overcome personal demons and learn to navigate the murky waters of international diplomacy
Five years ago, the Dove Revolution changed the political structure of the United States. The President, Senate, and Congress are no longer elected by the public, they are Selected at random every two years. A shadow organization known only as The Board, advances their sinister agenda by taking advantage of their anonymity and Susan's tendency to make brash decisions. Blackmail, espionage and murder are all in play as The Board manipulates geo-political events to spark a war between the Soviet Union and the United States.
With the help of her former Squadron Commander, General LeMae, Susan Turner attempts to lead the nation through these turbulent times while battling her own internal demons. Susan is a battle-hardened war veteran but she must learn what it takes to be a world leader. Nuclear war and the future of the human race hang in the balance.

Book Details:

Genre: Political Thriller
Published by: Indie
Publication Date: December 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 326
ISBN: 1981498974 (ISBN13: 9781981498970)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: Year One by Nora Roberts Audible edition

I'm an urban fantasy, paranormal romance, fantasy fanatic and also a Nora Roberts fan, when Year One came out last December I didn't have time to read it but when it was the daily deal on audible I scooped it up and I'm so glad I did.

    Year One
    Chronicles of The One, Book 1

By: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-05-17
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio



A stunning new novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling author - an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives...

It began on New Year's Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river - or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews: Ascendant by Richard Denoncourt

Once again I turn the blog over to the capable hands of Sophia Rose. Today she's reviewing 

Ascendant by Richard Denoncourt a genre she's become a huge fan of lately, sci-fi, this one has a little dystopian and apocalyptic too.
Ascendant by Richard Denoncourt
#1-4 Ascendant
Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Publisher:  Self-Published
Published:  7.7.13
ISBN-10: 1489535160
Pages:  672
Format:  Trade Paperback
Source:  GoodReads Giveaway
Sellers: Amazon (out of print at the moment) 

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GoodReads Blurb:
Decades after a devastating nuclear war ravages the country, America has split into two nations, and every 1 out of 100 citizens is born with some form of telepathy. Many of these poor souls become slaves, while others live in the shadows, waiting for a revolution of the mind that has been brewing for years.

17-year-old Michael Cairne doesn't remember being smuggled out of a government research facility by his mother when he was just a baby. He has no idea that she committed suicide that same night to protect him, or that the military has been searching for him for the past two decades.

All he knows is that growing up in the People's Republic of America sucks. He wishes he could study, but without a birth certificate to get into a state school, he can look forward to a lifetime of washing dishes at his foster parents' restaurant instead. His only escape from his humdrum existence is building and selling illegal radios on the black market, which could get him a life sentence in one of the nation's dreaded labor camps.

But everything is about to change.

After a dangerous encounter he only barely survives, Michael discovers that he is telepathic, making him the unfortunate new member of a hunted and enslaved minority. When he becomes targeted by the nation's brutal police force, the only man who can save him is Louis Blake, a wanted terrorist and former military leader who claims to have known - and loved - Michael's mother many years ago.

A highly skilled telepath who once trained soldiers to become ghosts, Blake offers Michael the chance of a lifetime. He will teach him how to sharpen his telepathy into a weapon, to be used against the men who killed his mother and foster family. In exchange, Michael has to follow Blake to a former ghost town hidden in the mountains of what used to be Colorado, and make a serious attempt to blend in while Blake figures out a plan for their future.

Also, Michael must never, ever use his telepathy - except under strict supervision in a training environment. Michael agrees. How hard could it be to keep his thoughts to himself?

The task turns out to be extraordinarily difficult, as Michael clashes head on with a new host of enemies, including a teenage biker gang, the town's power-hungry mayor, a telepathic assassin sent by the president of the People's Republic himself, and a disturbed woman named Charlotte, whose beautiful younger sister might just be the love of Michael's life.

...as well as the spark that will ignite a war between those who wish to free the mind, and those who wish to enslave it.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Review- Wild One - Interview with Donna Augustine

Those who know me know that I ever since I connected with Donna I have been devouring her urban fantasy. She's clever and she inventive and her heroine's are all kick-well you know. Her latest read takes fans back to The Wilds.

ISBN-13:  978-1945946059
Publisher: Strong Hold Publishing
Release Date: 5-27-2018
Length: 308pp
Born Wild #1
Source: Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound


Some think seeing into the future, even if it’s death, is a gift. For me it has always been a curse. Magic rules this new world and my form of it is no blessing. Neither are the walls around me that I’ve been told are for my protection. If there is anything more cruel or vicious in the Wilds than what I’ve experienced here, I can’t imagine it. After being sold to the highest bidder, a more ruthless monster than the one who controls me is looming. My life is on the razor’s edge of disaster and about to get worse until I’m broken free, aided by one of the most unlikely allies that roams the Wilds. I’m willing to do the unthinkable and imprison another to remain free. But now my new master is hunting me and the one I’ve trapped is all that stands between me and an existence more horrific than death