Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Joint Review: Rush by Eve Silver

Author: Eve Silver
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date of publication: June 2013

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

I thought Rush was an interesting premise.  It is definitely different from any recent YA books that I have read.  You are definitely thrown right into the action from the beginning, much like Miki is and have to kind of learn the ropes along the way.  I have to admit, the one thing I didn't like about the story was the lack of world building.  I'm still not a hundred percent sure what the game is and why they are pulling teenagers to fight the enemy.  I'm hoping in the next book, more details will be revealed.  

That being said, I liked the characters all around.  Miki is a strong female lead and one I found myself rooting for.  There is a small hint at a love triangle, but I'm not really sure it will go anywhere.  The book does end in a cliffhanger with unanswered questions.  The next book, Push, comes out in June, so hopefully some of them will be resolved.

I liked Rush.  Like Kari said, there wasn't a whole lot of explanation as to what the game was about.  Teenagers are randomly pulled out of their lives and thrust into a video game like scenario where they have to fight aliens to the death.  If they survive, they go back to their regular lives until the next time.  There's no explanation as to who gets picked, who the enemy really is, who does the picking, how long you have to keep "playing" etc.  So, there were a lot of questions in this first book.  I guess to make the reader keep on reading right?  I liked it though, so I'm interested to read the next book and fortunately it looks like I won't have to wait forever for the next book to come out!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blog Tour: The Book of You by Claire Kendal

Author: Claire Kendal
Publisher: Harper
Date of publication: May 2014

His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns. At the university where she works. Her favorite sewing shop. The train station. Outside her apartment. His messages choke her voice mail; his gifts litter her mailbox. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more terrifying with each passing day. And as Rafe has made clear, he will never let her go.

Clarissa’s only escape from this harrowing nightmare is inside a courtroom—where she is a juror on a trial involving a victim whose experiences eerily parallel her own. There she finds some peace and even makes new friends, including an attractive widower named Robert, whose caring attentions make her feel desired and safe. But as a disturbingly violent crime unfolds in the courtroom, Clarissa realizes that to survive she must expose Rafe herself. Conceiving a plan, she begins collecting the evidence of Rafe’s madness to use against him—a record of terror that will force her to relive every excruciating moment she desperately wants to forget. Proof that will reveal the twisted, macabre fairy tale that Rafe has spun around them . . . with an ending more horrifying than her darkest fears.

The Book of You is an interesting look at stalkers.  I did like the premise of the book and for the most part the overall story.  Clarissa was date raped and is currently being stalked by the man who did it.  She gathers evidence of his stalking and tries to avoid Rafe at all costs.  When she gets called for jury duty, she is looking forward to 6 weeks of days free from her stalker.  As Clarissa sits in on the case, parts of it begin to parallel her own story.

The story is compelling and worth reading.  It wasn't exactly what I was expecting.  Interspersed throughout the details of the case are excerpts from Clarissa 's journal that details Rafe's intense obsession with her.  I felt bad for Clarissa and could understand why she took so long to report  the stalking to the police.  Given her past experience with the police and what she sees in the trial, it made sense to me.  I was hoping she would get the guts to do it. 

 There are parts of the book that are hard to read as they deal with rape.  This isn't an easy book to digest.
 My only complaint was the ending.  I felt a bit let down and kind of felt like it was too open ended for me. I also was disappointed with one character whom I wanted to like. Despite that, I do recommend this debut novel.  I look forward to seeing what this author comes out with next!
About the author:

Claire Kendal lives in England, where she lectures in English Literature and Creative Writing. The Book of You is her first novel, and will be translated into over a dozen languages.
Connect with Claire on Facebook.

Claire’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, April 29th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, April 30th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, May 1st: BoundbyWords
Monday, May 5th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, May 6th: Excellent Library
Wednesday, May 7th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Thursday, May 8th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, May 12th: Book Hooked Blog
Tuesday, May 13th: The House of the Seven Tails
Wednesday, May 14th: A Bookworm’s World
Tuesday, May 20th: Anita Loves Books
Tuesday, May 20th: Drey’s Library
Thursday, May 22nd: Literary Feline
Monday, May 26th: Booksie’s Blog
Tuesday, May 27th: Kahakai Kitchen

Monday, April 28, 2014

Night is Forever by Heather Graham

Author: Heather Graham
Publisher: Mira (Harlequin)
Date of publication: September 2013

Olivia Gordon works at the Horse Farm, a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She's always loved her job, always felt safe...until now.

People are dying, starting with the facility's founder, whose body is discovered in a ravine on the property-site of a massacre in 1862. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier's garb, in the night sky.... Warning? Omen? Or clue?

Liv calls in her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, to discover the truth. New Krewe member Dustin Blake knows they need Liv's involvement in the case, yet he's worried about her safety. Because he and Liv quickly become more than colleagues...and he doesn't want to lose her to the endless night.

The Night is Forever continues the Krewe of Hunters series and ends the "Night" trilogy.  The thing I really like about this series is that even though it is the 11th book  any of these really could be read as a stand alone.  So, anyone can jump right in and enjoy.  Each book is a new paranormal mystery and deals with a different "main couple".   In this book, Olivia is a therapist as the Horse Farm.  When the owner and founder is found dead, his ghost tells her that he was murdered.  She calls her FBI agent cousin, Malachi, to come investigate.  Dustin is sent in undercover to help out.

I liked the mystery in this one.  I also liked the history behind the ranch and the ghosts found there.  That is another thing I like about this series.  The author always includes a bit of a history lesson in her stories.  They aren't long and boring, but just enough to add some good context to the story.  I didn't see the killer coming, so that was a nice surprise.  I did like the romance between Olivia and Dustin.  Their first love scene was pretty amusing.  

The next book, The Cursed comes out in May.   I can't wait to read it!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Waking the Dead by Heather Graham

Author: Heather Graham
Publisher: Mira (Harlequin)
Date of publication: March 2014

In the case of Ghosts in the Mind by Henry Sebastian Hubert, that's more than just an expression. This painting is reputed to come to life—and to bring death. The artist was a friend of Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, joining them in Switzerland during 1816, "the year without a summer." That was when they all explored themes of horror and depravity in their art…. 

Now, almost two hundred years later, the painting appears in New Orleans. Wherever it goes, death seems to follow. 

Waking the Dead is the second in Ms. Graham's latest series.  I really enjoyed the first one. It's very different from her Krewe of Hunters series.  In Waking the Dead, Danielle and Quinn are back to solve a new series of murders that seem to be connected to a famously cursed painting.

I enjoyed this one a lot.  I loved the story behind the inception of the painting and why it seems to be cursed. I also loved the twist at the end as I didn't see it coming.  The characters I liked in the first book are back with the addition of a couple f new and interesting ones.  I was happy to see Wolf back as well.  Danielle and Quinn get a lot closer in this book and that was fun to watch.  They are a good match for each other.  I think fans of this author will like this book.  I can't wait to see what is in store for Danielle and Quinn next!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

published by:  Spiegel and Grau
publish date:  March 11, 2014

The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago. When one of Lucy's few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls-the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. 

Yesterday on my post about Wiley Cash's This Dark Road to Mercy I talked about books that blur the line between Adult Literature and YA.  This is another one of these books.  It'll be found in the Adult section of the bookstore, but the young age of the characters will make it accessible to YA readers.  Again, this is one of the books that I think will help YA readers transition in to Adult Literature without it being too scary. 

The Weight of Blood tells the story of the Dane family in a small Ozark town.  Sixteen year old Lucy Dane is just beginning to learn the dark side of her family history.  When her friend Cheri goes missing no one is very interested, but when her body shows up, it becomes the talk of the small town.  Lucy begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together and find out that Cheri's death may be closely related to her own mother's  disappearance 15 years earlier.  

I thought this was a great book.  It was a very well written first novel by Laura McHugh.  I'm excited to read more from her in the future.

Friday, April 25, 2014

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

published by:  William Morrow
publish date:  January 28, 2014

When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a town not far from the Appalachian mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, suddenly appears and wants to spend more time with them. Unfortunately, Wade has signed away legal rights to his daughters, and the only way he can get Easter and Ruby back is to steal them away in the middle of the night.

I read Wiley Cash's A Land More Kind Than Home and really liked it so I was very interested in reading This Dark Road to Mercy.  I would like to give thanks to whoever titles these books.  Thank you for making them interesting and apart from the crowd.  

One thing I particularly liked about this book is that it doesn't necessarily fall into the adult literature genre.  I suppose if one went to a bookstore, that's where it would be, but the nature of the characters allow it to be accessible to YA readers as well.  These kinds of book are important to younger adults that may have grown out of YA and are looking to transition into adult reading.  

In This Dark Road to Mercy, Wade kidnaps his daughters from foster care.  After stumbling upon money from a bank robbery, he is suffering from the belief that he has everything that he needs to restart his family.  However, Wade has been so far removed from his daughters that he doesn't know how to take care of them.  The bank robbers want their money back, and everyone is trying to recover the kidnapped girls.  

While the setting remains somewhat the same, this book was very different from Wiley Cash's first book.  I appreciated that.  I don't like when writers get pigeonholed right away.  I think Wiley Cash is now firmly on the "must-read" list.  Hopefully, it won't be too long until the next book comes out.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Interview & Book Spotlight: City of Promises by D. Grant Fitter

Welcome author D. Grant Fitter who is promoting his book,   He joins us today for an interview.  Enjoy!

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publication: January 2013

When one credulous young country boy with lofty plans leaves his Mexican rural life for the promise and riches of the ‘big city’, will it live up to its reputation? In a unique fusion of fact and fiction, author D. Grant Fitter's social commentary gives a rare insight into life south of the border, recapturing the golden era of one of the world’s most eclectic cities.

"They call this the city of promise, Arturo, but it is a city of promises and very few of those promises are true."

Mexico City has always held a charm and allure that millions are unable to resist. Taking a trip back in time, CITY OF PROMISES revisits 1940s Mexico City, where one young man is coming of age with capricious gusto.

Arturo Fuentes' rise, his loves, and his relations with shady characters tell the compelling story of a place that both touched the hearts and shattered the dreams of millions.

Kari & Autumn:
What inspired you to become a writer?
D. Grant: It was more like a progression of events which grew into an irresistible urge that suddenly exploded on me late one Thursday night while working in my office in Mexico City.
Let me try to explain without boring you with the minute details.
A big part of my business life involved the writing of marketing collaterals and that somehow lead to freelance hobby writing for a magazine for a couple of years. Freelancing was so enjoyable that it expanded while I continued in my decent salary paying position. It is kind of complicated, but at any rate I had been working in Mexico City for about five years and my family was home in Toronto. The more fun poor paying writing became, the more frustrating high paying business became. My family was growing up and I was missing out. The next day after that Thursday night was my monthly Friday to come home for a break. Without knowing how we all might live, I announced I was heading for the airport and that I would not be coming back.
That was my commitment to a life of freelance writing and so on, and so on, and so on.  
 Kari & Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?
D. Grant: We all have thoughts we want to share and ideas that need expression. I am terrible about writing exam questions or long essay assignments because neither of those were my own idea. They belonged to someone else. Gathered personal thoughts are one’s own and it is just a matter of determining the proper vehicle through which to express them.  In City of Promises, time spent in Mexico had presented me with a wonderful storehouse of observations a headful of interpretations and dreams about how life might have been.
The ideas for my books are just a matter of finding the right cast of characters and the proper settings to turn them loose on going on about their lives, working their way out of crisis, and coming up with valid explanations of matters I had been along time thinking about. My characters found their own way through history according to an actual calendar of events and I simply recorded it.
Kari & Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?
D. Grant: Christ at War is the title of my next historical fiction. It is a mid-1920s story that establishes itself in Southern Colorado, shifts location for a while to El Paso, Texas before unfolding in its entirety in north central Mexico.
I like most of characters who showed up for audition and those I don’t much care for get their just treatment for being such nasty individuals.
Without revealing too much of the story line, Christ at War is about soldiers of fortune and my interpretation of United States involvement in a long and vicious upheaval south of the border.
That will be followed by another of my “truer than fiction” tales firmly in keeping with my Mexican novel theme. It spans events of a decade beginning in the mid-1960s and rise of a tyrant, President Luis Echeverria.     
The novel is now planned for release in October, 2014
Kari & Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?
D. Grant: Now your questions are getting tough.
But aha, there is a fellow who has stayed with me, sometimes even haunted me for oh so many years since I first met him in John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. Tom Joad is a symbol of hard times and a model of perseverance expertly molded by Steinbeck’s words. If he has stayed with me for so long, Tom Joad must be a favorite.
Kari & Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
D. Grant: Now you must be trying to prove how much you enjoy posing tough questions!
I would consider a tortoise because a tortoise lives for so many years and he can run just as fast the week before he finally dies as he could the week after he was first born. But no, he looks so bored. A rabbit is a better choice because they always look so sharp and happy. He would have to be a smart rabbit though. One like Bugs Bunny. He wouldn’t ever lose the race against the tortoise. 

About the author:

D. Grant Fitter is a citizen of North America. Born in Ontario, Canada and educated in Colorado, USA, he is convinced he was Mexican in his previous life. How else to explain such a strong attraction to Mexico and all things Mexican, including his wife.
His business career includes long stints of work in Mexico before yielding to a pesky urge to pursue freelance journalism for seventeen years. Meanwhile, Fitter’s Mexican roots continued to call. City of Promises is the product of his curiosity to understand why the culture of our close neighbors is so distant from our own.
He lives in Toronto and whenever possible, in a sunny hillside casita in the colonial town of Taxco, Guerrero.



Tour Schedule:
Monday, April 14: Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Wednesday, April 16: Review at Book Nerd
Friday, April 18: Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes
Monday, April 21: Spotlight & Giveaway at The Bookworm
Wednesday, April 23: Guest Post at Layered Pages
Thursday, April 24: Interview at From the TBR Pile
Thursday, May 1: Review at Book Journey
Monday, May 5: Review & Giveaway at Closed the Cover
Wednesday, May 7: Guest Post at Jorie Loves a Story
Thursday, May 8: Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Friday, May 9: Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Monday, May 12: Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, May 15: Review at Reviews by Molly

Throwback Thursday: True Colors by Jayne Ann Krentz

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published in 1985 by Harlequin

For two months, Jamie Garland had fallen in love... with a lie. Cade Santerre was every woman's fantasy - until the mask came off in a scandal that left Jamie shattered. Cade had pretended to be someone he wasn't. Worse, he'd used her in his elaborate attempt to catch a man he believed was a crook and a swindler.

Though Cade's suspect had escaped, Cade was still around - raw, masculine, overwhelming. He had some unfinished business with the man who had conned his innocent sister, and he needed Jamie's help. But Jamie had some unfinished business, as well: to find out if the man she'd fallen in love with really existed.
I don't even know what to say about True Colors.  I'm not sure that I have ever read a more TSTL heroine than the one in this book.  Jamie is 29, but I would swear that she never set foot outside into the real world until the happenings in this story.  I'm not even sure why I finished reading the book.  I kept saying to myself that no one could be this stupid.  But, Jamie is.  I'm not even sure why Cade would find her remotely interesting.  I can't even recommend this book and I do love this author. I say skip this Throwback and read a different one!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog Tour: On the Rocks by Erin Duffy

Author: Erin Duffy
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: April 2014

Six months ago, Abby's life fell apart for all the world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her-on Facebook-while she was trying on dresses for the big day.

When the usual remedies-pints of Ben & Jerry's, sweatpants, and a comfy couch-fail to work their magic, her best friend, Grace, devises a plan to get Abby back on her game. She and Abby are going to spend the summer in Newport, in a quaint cottage by the sea, enjoying cool breezes, cocktails, and a crowd of gorgeous men.

But no matter how far away they go, Abby and Grace discover that in the era of social media-when everyone is preserving every little detail of their lives online-there is no real escape. Dating has never been easy. But now that the rules are more blurred than ever, how will they find true love? And even if they do, can romance stand a chance when a girl's every word and move can go viral with a single click?

On the Rocks was just the book I needed this week to put me in a good mood.  It's a well written and amusing look at one woman's attempt to put her life back together after a very public break-up.  Abby was trying on her wedding dress when her friend Grace notices that Ben, Abby's fiance, has broken up with her on Facebook.  After 6 months of eating ice cream and living like a hermit, Grace convinces Abby to spend the summer in a beach house in Newport.  There she meets new friends and begins to put her life back together.

I thought this book was funny, compelling, and endearing  at the same time.   I loved Abby and was rooting for her through the entire book.  The other characters were great and easy to relate to.  They added some great comic relief, especially Bobby. There are some great laugh out loud moments in the book, but then who wouldn't laugh at some of the outrageous men that Abby meets in her quest to find a new man. Imagine a guy with pink pants and a belt with whales on it...I had a serious 80s flashback for a moment! 

The best part about this book is the lesson that Abby and her friends learn.  That you don't need a significant other to make your life complete.  You only need to learn to love yourself to truly be happy.  Getting your HEA is just a bonus.  I highly recommend this book.  I think it would be a great book to take with you on vacation or to curl up with on a rainy day with a cup of tea.  I can't wait to see what Ms. Duffy writes next!

About the author:
Erin Duffy graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street, a career that inspired her first novel, Bond Girl. She lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met the old-fashioned way—in a bar).
Tour Stops:
Tuesday, April 22nd: Walking With Nora
Wednesday, April 23rd: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, April 24th: bookchickdi
Monday, April 28th: Books in the City
Monday, April 28th: A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, April 29th: cupcake’s book cupboard
Wednesday, April 30th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, May 1st: From L.A. to LA
Tuesday, May 6th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, May 9th: Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Mira ( Harlequin)
Date of publication: June 2013

Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can't get enough of one another. 

And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They're wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure...but they are not going down without a fight. 

The Newcomer is the second book in the Thunder Point series. I enjoyed the first one and was looking forward to this one.  I'm happy to say that it is just as good.  The synopsis is a bit deceiving though, because it isn't just about Mac and Gina, the story also deals with Cooper and Sarah and their relationship.  In fact, it really encompasses a lot of characters from the first book.  

Landon and Eve are getting closer, Sarah is struggling with a possible reassignment and what that means for her and Cooper.  Ashley's boyfriend breaks her heart and she has to learn to deal with the loss of first love. Cooper's past comes back to haunt him in a big way.  And finally. Mac and Gina face their own obstacles for a HEA,  Kind of a lot, right? But, so worth the journey for all of them. The story flows well and  it was good to visit with all of the characters again.  I am really loving this series and look forward to reading the next book, The Hero

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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Terminals by Michael F. Stewart

Author: Michael F. Stewart
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: April 2014

Sometimes the dead don’t want to talk.
You need Terminals to make them.

Terminals solve crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Lt. Col. Christine Kurzow, fresh from a failed suicide attempt after she cost 11 of her soldiers their lives, is recruited into the covert unit of Terminals as a handler. It's an easy sell. If she's really determined to die, it’s a chance to give her death meaning.

But her first case—convincing a monk to chase Hillar the Killer into the afterlife to find the location of a missing bus and the children it carried—has her wondering how to make a dead psychopath talk.

Christine must follow the clues sent back by the shotgun-toting monk, who tracks Hillar through the seven deeps of hell, so she can find eleven kids before it’s too late.

Maybe this time killing a man will give Christine a reason to live.

The Terminals is definitely a very different book from any other one I have read.  The basic premise is that there is a government agency that has a medium who can communicate with the recently dead.  These dead are recruited from "Terminals". A terminal is someone who is dying and is euthanized to enter into the afterlife to try to solve a crime.  The main character wants to die and is recruited into the unit to be a handler for the terminals.  She will eventually get her own assignment.  

This story was a little confusing at times as there are a lot of characters to deal with.  I also felt at times that I was missing information. But overall, the book is well written and does make you think about the dying and the ethics behind euthanasia.  I should warn, it's not for the squeamish reader.  I found the things that were done to the missing children a bit hard to read.  The scenes in the after life were also pretty intense.  In the end, I'm not sure that I can say I really enjoyed the book as I'm not sure I really connected with it.  It has gotten great reviews, so check it out for yourself.

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About the author:

Michael F. Stewart is the author of the Assured Destruction series, which sprawls across 3 books, 2 websites, 1 blog, 7 Twitter accounts, tumblr, Facebook, and 6 graphic origin stories. He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. He has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s award winning Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights published by Rubicon Publishing as well as early readers with Pearson are all forthcoming in 2014 and 2015.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS—a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next. This series has already been optioned for film and television.

Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he runs free writing workshops for teens and adults.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Heart of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice

Author: Lisa Marie Rice
Publisher: Avon Red
Date of publication: November 2012

Beautiful, brilliant, and determined, Dr. Catherine Young is on a mission to find a man who has vanished into thin air. Walking into a high-tech hideaway bearing an essential message to Tom "Mac" McEnroe, Team Leader of the betrayed Ghost Ops force, is the most dangerous thing she has ever done. The soldier she encounters is frightening and suspicious, but her senses reveal the man underneath: tough, honorable, and so breathtakingly masculine Catherine feels weak in his presence . . . But to surrender to Mac's passionate desires would put her life in dire jeopardy. Catherine has a gift that enables her to see into the heart of others—and looking into Mac's is like staring into the very heart of danger itself.

Going into Heart of Danger, I thought I was getting a straight romantic suspense.  Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to get a bit of romance and suspense, mixed with paranormal and Sci-fi.  I enjoyed the book and think it is going to be a good series over all.  The book takes place in the near future.  It's a little dystopian, but nothing too crazy that you often find in YA books. ( Please note, this isn't a YA book!) Mac and his colleagues have been wrongly accused of treason and have gone "off the grid".  Catherine needs to find them in order to help a patient of hers.    Catherine is a brilliant scientist who is working on some cutting edge Alzheimer's/Dementia research...or so she thinks.

I enjoyed the characters in the story.  I thought Mac and Catherine's connection was real given her talent for reading feelings.  I liked them together.  It was fun to see an alpha like Mac fall hard and fall fast!  More than the romance though, I  loved the sanctuary that they guys have built.  It sounds like a beautiful place to live, if only it existed in real life.  There are a few twists in the story and the action is fast paced and exciting.  I can't wait to see how everything plays out in the next book, I Dream of Danger.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Righting a Wrong by Rachel Anderson

Today, I have the third novella  in the from the Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series.  It is a series of 6 clean novellas by 6 different authors. 

“Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love.”

Author: Rachel Anderson
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: April 2014

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father’s been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.  If only life worked that way.
Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.  If only it were that easy.
Ever think about the one that you left behind and wonder if you made a mistake?  When Cambri returns to her home town to take care of her father, she begins to think that she may have made a mistake running away from her best friend, Jace.  Righting a Wrong is a great addition to this series.  Not only does Cambri realize that she might want a second chance with Jace, she is also able to start healing some wounds between herself and her father.  
I loved Cambri.  I didn't blame her for wanting to get out and "see the world".  Sometimes when you go away and come back, that is the only way to truly appreciate what you had in the first place.  I was hoping that she would realize Jace was the one for her all along.  I loved Jace in the last story and was hoping he would get his HEA!  Lydia's story is next.  I look forward to reading about her big adventure!

About the author:
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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