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Giveaway, Interview, Excerpt & Review – Remnants by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold @GoddessFish

Remnants (Brandon Fisher FBI) - Carolyn Arnold

 

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Remnants by Carolyn Arnold

 

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GENRE: Mystery

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MY REVIEW

 

I love thrillers, suspense, murder and serial killers, not necessarily in that order. LOL

Remnants by Carolyn Arnold has them all.

 

It is amazing how quickly someone can just vanish. There one minute, gone the next.

Body parts are being found in a Georgia river. A leg here, an arm there, here a skull, there a torso, but no hands or feet. Why?

 

The parts don’t match. How many bodies are there?

 

A serial killer is on the loose.

 

Step by step, clue by clue, law enforcement follows the path to the Unsub in a Criminal Minds fashion.

 

You may not want to eat before you read this. The killings are brutal, gruesome, savage.

 

The case became more involved than I thought it would when I first started reading. I didn’t put all the pieces together until the last part of the book and it was Carolyn Arnold that took me there. I love that I can’t figure it out early. Keeps the mystery alive.

 

Though, if the book is well written it doesn’t matter…either way is fine with me.

 

There are some seriously messed up characters that deserve worse than they got.

The FBI team had issues of their own. Makes them come across as realistic people.

I love these kind of stories and would highly recommend following the stand alone series.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Remnants of Carolyn Arnold.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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One Sentence Review – Wolf at the Door by Christine Warren @ChrstineWarren

Wolf at the Door - Christine Warren

I won some of Christine Warren’s books from by sister, Laura, @ fuonlyknew, sooooo…

 

I am on a were kick and loving every minute of it.

 

Wolf at the Door (The Others, #9)

 

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Wolf at the Door by Christine Warren is a steamy paranormal romance with fun dialogue and characters that quickly won me over as they struggle to discover who is behind the attacks, creating a sense of danger and suspense, and making this a novel you want on your reading list.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURB:  Sullivan Quinn didn’t travel 3,000 miles from his native Ireland and his wolf pack just to chase rabidly after the most delectable quarry he’s ever seen. Quinn is in America on a mission—to warn his Other brethren of a shadowy group willing to use murder and mayhem to bring them down. But one whiff of this Foxwoman’s delicious honeysuckle fragrance and he knows that she is more than a colleague or a conquest…she is his mate.

 

Anthropologist Cassidy Poe is a world-renowned authority on social interaction, but the overpowering desire she feels around Quinn defies every ounce of her expertise. Working by his side to uncover The Others’ enemies poses risks she never expected—to her own safety, to those she loves, and to her heart, as every encounter with Quinn proves more blissfully erotic than the last…

 

Now, with no one to trust but each other, Quinn and Cassidy face a foe that’s edging closer every day, threatening to destroy the life they’ve always known, and the passion they’ve just discovered…

 

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Review – Onyx Webb by Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz @OnyxWebb

Onyx Webb: Book Four: Episodes: 10, 11, & 12 - Andrea Waltz, Richard Fenton

Onyx Webb by Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz is a combination of genres that’s filled with hours of captivating reading, and plenty of thrills and chills.

 

I LOVE this fabulous cover that makes me shiver and cringe in anticipation of the horrors between the pages.

 

Onyx Webb: Book Four: Episodes 10, 11, 12

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Onxy Webb is filled with death, murder, horror, ghosts, and lots of suspense and evil…

So beware. Check your Karma and see if you dare to enter, because your actions can have repercussions far beyond your wildest imagination.

 

Onyx Webb is a fabulous, mystical character that keeps surprising those around her and rightly so in my book. She is complex and misunderstood, and so not deserving of what is happening. I love that she takes her ‘life’ into her own hands, not leaving her fate up to others to decide.

 

Many of the characters are good ‘people’. Sometimes it was hard to know who was human and who was a ghost and I loved the surprise of learning who was who, or what.

I try to be alert, waiting for the next shoe to drop, the next accident to happen, the next person to die.

 

The tension and suspense is stretched, keeping me waiting, anticipating, fearing for my favorite characters.

 

Be careful how much of your heart you give to these characters, because some may not survive. I love when the author is not afraid to kill someone off, regardless of whether I like it or not.

 

What’s going to happen next and who is responsible? Many lives are tainted by the evil that touches them. Of course, there are those whose misfortunes I revel in as they get their just desserts.

 

 

Onyx Webb keeps pulling on me, drawing me in deeper and deeper as I struggle to accept the tragedies heaped on the characters. There is so much going on, so many characters and so much action, that the story calls to me, demanding I read on, read more, and more.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Onyx Webb:  Book IV by Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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Giveaway & Review – A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes @tonyakappes11

A Ghostly Mortality: A Ghostly Southern Mystery (Ghostly Southern Mysteries) - Tonya Kappes

 

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MY REVIEW

 

With the tease  at the end of A Ghostly Reunion, I knew I had to have me some more of Emma and her granny in this riproaring Ghost Whispering kind of haunting murder mystery.

 

A plastic Santa had fallen on Emma’s head and now she sees dead people. It’s fitting that she lives and runs a funeral home.

 

This Ghost Whispering sleuth lives in a small town where everyone knows your business and some considered the creepy funeral girl a bit wacky, talking to herself…or at least that’s what they think as she talks to ghosts that no one else can see.

 

Jack Henry is her hot cop sweetie and he jumpstarts her day with a happy feeling.

 

Emma’s seventy seven year old granny rides a moped. I can see her tooling around town in all her glory.

 

Marla and her pet hen.

 

Mable always has a coin for passing children.

 

Her new client? The only reason I saw it coming was the tease in Ghostly Reunion and I love it. I could see the ghost…whispering in her ear, laughing, talking, telling Emma to “get on with it.”

 

Humor, murder, mystery, family situations that made me want to laugh out loud.

 

Warning! Be careful where you read this. You too may be considered nuts for laughing out loud in public.

 

A Ghostly Mortality contains a ton of mystery, laughs and love…the total package for a cozy mystery.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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What Are You Afraid Of? Agoraphobic by Sara Secora @SaraSecora @YABoundToursPR

Agoraphobic: Inside Out - Sara Secora, Sara Secora, Sara Secora

Love the cover for this short story, Agoraphobic by Sara Secora.

 

What are you afraid of?

 

 

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Agoraphobic: Inside Out
by Sara Secora
A short story – 11 pages
Release Date: January 30th 2017

 

MY REVIEW

 

 I think most of us fear something, but you would have to walk a mile in Kade’s shoes to understand his terror of the outside world. I kept hoping he would take just one more step…

 

I think Sara Secora did a wonderful job describing his Agoraphic illness, and it is an illness.

 

So…be careful of judging someone for their idiosyncracies…it could happen to you.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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OSR – Romantic Comedy – Big Girl Panties by Stepahnie Evanovich @SEEvanovich

Big Girl Panties - Stephanie Evanovich

Big Girl Panties by Stepahnie Evanovich is a light read about a difficult subject.

If you are looking for a fun romance for summer reading, add this to your list.

Big Girl Panties

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

An overweight widow and a hot, sexy personal trainer find they have much in common when they meet on a plane, become friends and learn you can’t judge a book by its cover as they humorously grow and change…and fall in love.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

I won this ARC some time ago and enjoyed reading it.

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Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape…and winds up getting her groove back–and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals–and other men are noticing?

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$100 GC Giveaway & Review for A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours

A Fine Year for Murder - Lauren Carr

A Fine Year For Murder is not my first foray into Lauren Carr’s Thorny Rose Mystery series and I am sure it will not be the last.

 

That being said…let’s get to the good part. Keep on reading for my review and the great giveaway at the end of the post.

 

 

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MY REVIEW

 

A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr is part of an ongoing mystery series that has many recurring characters, both human and animal, that I have grown to love.

 

These Thorny Rose mysteries stand alone, but you won’t want to miss any of them.

 

Jessica kicks, punches and scratches her new husband during her nightmares.

 

She is haunted…until Dallas Walker, an investigative journalist, helps her discover what has been causing her nightmares and refuses to allow her rest until she has the answers.

 

Nigel is a virtual butler. I love how Lauren Carr keeps her characters and their lives up to date, allowing them to grow and develop along with the world around them.

 

Newman is a lazy basset hound that likes to eat in the recliner while binge watching TV. LOL But he is not the only critter that has a special and humorous relationship with his human counterparts.

 

Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the answers are found, it left me wanting more.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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Review – Stolen by Carey Baldwin @CareyBaldwin @partnersincr1me

Stolen: A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller (Cassidy & Spenser Thrillers) - Carey Baldwin

 

MY REVIEW

 

I am engrossed from the opening page of Stolen by Carey Baldwin and read this edge of the seat suspense in one sitting.

 

The hot and sexy investigative team of Cassidy and Spencer heat up the pages as they descend on Denver in search of a monster. The duo may sound a bit familiar? Are they a combination of some that we know and love?

 

Laura is missing. It is the second time in thirteen years, and some question whether she is the victim or the perpetrator arises.

 

The psychological terror Laura is under keeps her confused and unsure, doubting her own innocence and what is real. No one around here is helping her and she doesn’t know who she can trust.

 

With all she has been through, Carey Baldwin has created a strong character, filled with doubt yet determined to find the truth and stop the monster.

 

I silently urged her to reach out to Caity and Spense. Spense is with the BAU and Caity works along side him as a consultant, but I like the direction Carey Baldwin took.

 

There are times when I question the direction Carey Baldwin took, but who’s to say what any of us would do if we walked in Laura’s shoes and it keeps the story going in the direction Carey she has chosen. After all, Laura is not a cop, a psychologist or a profiler.

 

Very quickly, I had my first suspect. His attitude and conduct is sickening and he really pissed me off. He makes a fantastic villain.

 

That shopping scene is super CREEPY.

 

Then comes suspect #2 and #3.

 

There are plenty of twists and turns and Carey Baldwin’s use of misdirection kept me doubting my choice of the serial killer.

 

Two thumbs up for this fast paced, nail biting suspense and the cast of characters that had me loving them and hating them…you know who you are…

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Stolen by Carey Baldwin

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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Review - End of the Road by L S Hawker @LSHawker_Author @partnersincr1me

End of the Road - LS Hawker

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MY REVIEW

 

LS Hawker is a familiar name to me, so I was happy to grab End of the Road and check it out. Conspiracy and cyber terrorism, how can I pass it up?

 

Something is very wrong in Miranda Kansas, where Jade and a group of cyber nerds are hard at work creating a computer program, a form of artificial intelligence that Jade began to help her sister, who has autism.

 

The main characters are a group of computer geniuses who were chosen because of their computer skills and their ability to think outside the box.

 

It’s easy for me to know there is danger on the horizon, it’s just figuring out who are the bad guys that is the difficult part.

 

End of the Road is a realistic novel that lends credence to the attacks on our country today.  How safe are we? Will Artificial Intelligence ever be a reality? Could you trust it to do what you wanted it to do, or would it choose it’s own course? Just think of the drones being used today and the TV show, Person of Interest.

 

I love what if scenarios…what if I was in Jade’s shoes? Could I make the tough choices?

“…in every utopia ever devised, only the “right” people would have power.”

I love conspiracies and End of the Road raises more questions than it answers. 

 

There were some places where things didn’t work for me, and I never felt an overwhelming sense of danger, but all in all I would recommend End of the Road by L S Hawker.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of End of The Road by L S Hawker.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

 

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Review – War Hawk by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood @jamesrollins @Grant_Blackwood

War Hawk: A Tucker Wayne Novel by James Rollins (2016-04-19) - James Rollins;Grant Blackwood
I am so excited to share my review for this fabulous novel of bravery and sacrifice above the call of duty.
 

War Hawk by James RollinsSYNOPSIS

Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane are thrust into a global conspiracy in this second Sigma Force spinoff adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins and Grant Blackwood.

Tucker Wayne’s past and present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She’s on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son. To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist-a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the U.S. government.

From the haunted swamplands of the deep South to the beachheads of a savage civil war in Trinidad, Tucker and his beloved war dog, Kane, must work together to discover the truth behind a mystery that dates back to World War II, involving the genius of a young code-breaker, Alan Turing…

They will be forced to break the law, expose national secrets, and risk everything to stop a madman determined to control the future of modern warfare for his own diabolical ends. But can Tucker and Kane withstand a force so indomitable that it threatens our future?

Book Details:Genre: Thriller
Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date:December 27th 2016 (first published April 19th 2016)
Number of Pages: 544
ISBN: 0062135295 (ISBN13: 9780062135292)
Series: Tucker Wayne #2
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads

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MY REVIEW

 

War Hawk by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood deals with a lot of issues that get  me so involved in the story, at times I forget it is fiction. This bone chilling, action packed suspense novel had my blood boiling, my head feeling like it would explode and my emotions running AMOK.

 

Tucker is on the run from his past, she is on the run from the present and Kane is along for the ride. Tucker has an ability to, not only read his dog, but people too. With his skills, knowledge and network of people, he embarks on his  journey to help Jane.

I love when there’s a critter in the story, and Tucker’s faithful companion, Kane, is very special indeed. Their ability to act as one is remarkable and real.

 

Tucker is a bit damaged from his time in Afghanistan…he suffers from PTSD and he struggles to come to terms with his past.

 

I agree that pizza and beer is always a motivation to live.

 

Kane is like the energizer bunny…he takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. I could picture him, crawling, belly scraping on the ground, head low, paw by paw…scouting. On the verge of death…more than once…James Rollins and Grant Blackwood kept my heart in my throat, not only for Kane and Tucker, but for the entire team that is willing to sacrifice their life for US.

 

Karl Webster is a fabulous villain who won’t go down.

 

“Perception is everything.”

 

Warfare is changing and the front line is technological. Electronic warfare, cyber attacks, psychological operations…

 

The age of technology has reached epic proportions in its ability to shape our future.

 

Too many people believe everything they see on hear on TV, radio, and online, regardless of the misdirection and distraction tactics used by those who wish to hide the truth.

 

Could this really happen? Has it already? As I read, all my fears are confirmed. I can’t help but believe there is no way or will be no way to prevent others from stealing information, affecting our presidential election and possibly causing an economic collapse. If I think about it too long, I am left with a feeling of helplessness, seeing no way to protect ourselves. So we must be vigilant and keep on fighting the good fight, with help from those like Tucker and Kane.

 

Hand to paw, Tucker and Kane face death with a determination to stop THEM. Makes me so angry, the sacrifices they have made and someone, for their own greedy purposes, wants them dead.

 

This unpudownable, terrifying, realistic thriller pits the warriors against those who wish to rule, and I will be with them til the end!

 

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Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

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One Sentence Review - The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker @AprylBaker

The Ghost Files - Apryl Baker

One Sentence Review - The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker @AprylBakerThe awesome cover for The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker was done by Deviant Art.

 

Isn't it creepy good?

 

FREE ON KINDLE

 

The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files, #1)

 

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker is an unputdownable, spinetingling, terrifying horror thriller that has everything I require in an over the top read...Ghost Whisperer on steroids, a serial killer, a bit of romance, and a young girl that kicks ass and takes names.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURBSoon to be a major motion picture!

Cherry blossom lipstick: check Smokey eyes: check Skinny jeans: check Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance. Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim… Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

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Hold Onto Your Panties – Possessed by Kristine Mason @KristineMason7

Celeste Files: Possessed (Book 5 Psychic C.O.R.E.): Psychic C.O.R.E. - Kristine Mason

Kristine Mason is a master storyteller and I am very excited to share her latest in the Celeste Files series, Possessed.

 

Want to delve into the dark side of the paranormal?

 

Grab a cuppa something…buckle your seatbelt and get ready for a wild ride.

 

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Celeste: Possessed by Kristine Mason is going much darker than Celeste’s previous stories…and, twisted me, I am excited about it. The nightmare begins from the opening sentence.

 

Exorcist, step aside…Vigo is alive and well.

 

This ghost story scared the bejesus out of me, as the battle raged and John struggled to regain control and save his own life.

 

Now John knows what it’s like to be Possessed, but he doesn’t know how to fight back. He’s helpless, watching the demon make love to his wife Celeste. Imagine the frustration of such powerlessness. Celeste is unaware of the evil surrounding her. I wonder how long it will take Celeste to figure it out…then Donati BEWARE.

 

Celeste  is psychic, she can see and hear ghosts. So dinner with Maxine, her mentor, may shed some light and open Celeste’s eyes to what  is happening right under her nose.

 

Maxine and her unicorn room hold a special place in my heart.

 

Her trance gets her thinking…one thing leads to another…

 

Celeste…hurry…time is ticking away. She is terrified she cannot save him, but I believe. 

 

The suspense is building to a fever pitch. I fear for her, her children and her family and friends. John has risked everything for her, so she is more than willing to do the same.

I loved when John tells Celeste he wanted to kick his own ass. Horror and humor, a fantastic combination . 

 

Olivia and Mason, her kids… Olivia has the gift, but both kids know John is not John. Is it the kid thing or something more? I am curious if Kristine will do anything with Olivia and her gift.

 

This love story crosses the boundaries of our reality and takes us to the dark side of the paranormal. An evil more subtle than the Exorcist but just as deadly.

 

The suspense kept building and building, going from bad to worse to worst. I fear for all of their lives and wonder…will Kristine kill one or more of them off? Would she really do that?

 

As I read of the black oozing menace, I pictured Supernatural episodes. It allowed me to let the story unfold as if it was a movie and made if even more frightening.

 

Each story for the Celeste series gets more intense, as she goes deeper into her gift.

Primal, due out in March of 2017, will be her greatest challenge of all and I am rubbing my hands together with glee and a wicked grin on my face as I anticipate the deliciousness of more evil, more battles and more victory for Celeste.

 

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Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

 

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All Too Real – Giveaway – Redemption by Jaye Frances @jayefrancesnews

Redemption - Jaye Frances

Redemption is the finale of the World Without Love trilogy by Jaye Frances

 

The sensitive and adult nature of Jewel’s story may not be for everyone, but I must say, I am glad that I walk on the wild side and stretch my horizons, so I don’t miss fabulous books like Redemption!

 

I was reading along and I saw…Sherry. The character is the house shrink for Jewel’s new boss. Cool…I’m in a book. And I must say, I am very good at my job. LOL

 

Redemption (World Without Love, # 3)

 

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Because Redemption is Book III in the World Without Love series, even the blurb may contain more information than you want to know.

 

Redemption is the finale for the World Without Love trilogy and I must say Jaye Frances did not let me down. I have come to expect excellent writing and a storyline that makes the book unputdownable and she has done that from beginning to end.

 

Jewel’s story began in Book I, Betrayed, when she was forcibly kidnapped…beaten, raped, tortured and sold. Human trafficking is an ugly business and she lives the horror that human slavery entails.

 

This has been a terrifyingly realistic novel of one woman’s journey through a nightmare you cannot imagine if you don’t walk in her shoes. It has been an all too real glimpse into man’s inhumanity and debasement of other human beings.

 

I cringed, shivered, screamed and raged. I am disgusted, ready to pick up a gun and take care of them myself…but that would be too good for them.

 

She made a friend or two along the way, sometimes the most unlikely person was the one to come to her aid. She is a woman driven to survive and save the woman left behind.

 

I love the direction Jaye took for the next stage of Jewel’s life. It caught me by surprise and that doesn’t happen often enough.

 

I love trying to figure out a character’s motivation for their actions. Whenever Jewel felt doubt or needed a nudge to do what’s necessary, she would think of Annie and the torture and fear that are her life. Her desire to save Annie, drove her.

 

Jaye Frances’ excellent writing and the depth of Jewel’s character shows a strength and determination that makes me think, somehow, she will be okay. I have been eagerly anticipating how Jaye Frances will wrap up this series. 

 

The ending…amazing! Fabulous! Not what I thought it would be, but then none of this story was and the twists and turns, the good and bad, kept me mesmerized and believing…this could be a true story.

 

All the chips are on the table…

 

“…Life can be like a poker game and you just never know who’s holding the winning hand.”

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Redemption by Jaye Frances.

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You WILL Want To Ride This Crazy Train – Vigilante Dead by DV Berkom @dvberkom

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DV Berkom’s characters are strong women who face dark and dangerous situations, and Kate Jones is put to the test in Vigilante Dead.

 

I love this amazing cover done by Deranged Doctor Designs.

There are definitely turbulent waters inside.

 

Vigilante Dead (Kate Jones Thriller, #8)

 

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MY REVIEW

 

OMG, D! You have outdone yourself! Best one yet!

 

If you are looking for a strong female protagonist and a high octane thriller, look no further!

 

Every time I think DV Berkom can’t make a Kate Jones Thriller even more thrilling, she puts out a story like Vigilante Dead.

 

Kate has been running from her past for a long time, but now she has settled down. She is a private investigator and has a gorgeous man, Sam, at her side. He is a super guy who gives her space and time when she needs it and some lovin’ when she needs that.

 

When her sister ODs, the hunt is on…

 

Drugs, murder, vengeance…

 

I love books that make me think of our life choices. We all march to our own drummer and who knows what will work if we don’t explore our options. BUT, sometimes we get off course and the road we walk takes us down a dark and dangerous path. So does Kate.

 

Kate grows more complex with each story told, but danger follows her through each and every one. This time, D took her somewhere that totally blew my mind. Sometimes the character demands that you go there, go where the bad guy goes to get your answers.

 

DV Berkom’s characters are strong and bold, and sometimes I think they need to have a little more fear. I worry for them. Every time Kate went creeping around, staking out  places, I waited for the hammer to fall. I do love that she does things I only think about.

 

Kate fights the lows that wash over her when she thinks of all she has been through and lost by making mistakes in her youth. They left her with nightmares. Her rash actions and decisions can get her in difficult and dangerous situations.

 

Kate’s family pisses me off! and her wimpy dad is a huge disappointment to me. Am I being too harsh? You will need to decide.

 

And Angie, a badass assassin, you are a woman after my own heart, until…

 

You make a deal with the devil and you get burned.

 

I cannot quit reading, not for a second. I cannot wait to learn the ending of Vigilante Dead…thoughts are running through my mind, fed by the title. I am loving and hating what I am thinking.

 

The twists and turns DV Berkom has supplied in Vigilante Dead has ratcheted the suspense and my anticipation to a white knuckled, nail biting level. With all that is happening I am wondering where DV Berkom will leave Kate.

 

I am mentally yelling at her…DON’T DO IT!!!!!

 

Yet the little devil whispering on my shoulder says…

 

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They Killed Santa in Cowabunga Christmas @aburke59

Cowabunga Christmas - Anna Celeste Burke

Cowabunga Christmas by Anna Celeste Burke hooked me. How can I possibly resist sitting in that lounger, watching Kim and Brien hit the surf and wonder what trouble they will find as they butt into a murder mystery.

 

Christmas, a tropical beach locale and a dead Santa…Merry Christmas to you.

 

Cowabunga dudes and dudettes, “Sur’f Up.”

 

 

MY REVIEW

 

Cowabunga Christmas by Anna Celeste Burke has so much going for it…A gorgeous cover, hot surfer dudes and dudettes, Santa, a murder mystery and…

We begin our adventure by jumping the fence around the closed pool at this elite resort and taking a “midnight” swim. I have jumped a fence or two in my time, so I thought this was a good sign.

 

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It’s Christmas, Kim is on her honeymoon with her hot and hunky surfer dude hubby, Brien. Kim was going to learn to surf and she got her very own wettie for Christmas.

They are opposites – He is hard and fast, she is slow and soft. The picture of them, in my head, is my favorite two characters from NCIS Los Angeles, Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah, and Marty Deeks, Eric Christian Olsen.

 

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Shortly after their pool jumping adventure, a body is found floating in the pool…dead. Oh no, it’s Santa.

 

We have a double and a triple cross and is there a treasure?

 

Cowabunga Christmas by Anna Celeste Burke with its easy reading and colorful characters has all the elements for a fun and humorous cozy mystery.

 

One mystery is solved…but, wait, there’s more on the horizon in Gnarly New Year.

 

“Cowabunga Christmas – it’s the most epic Christmas anyone could every have. We had one of the most awesome mornings surfing.” From Brien.

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One Sentence Review – Tweedledum and Tweedledee by Willow Rose @willowredrose

Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Emma Frost Book 6) - Willow Rose

I am a loyal follower of Willow Rose, so I was able to pick up Tweedledum and Tweedledee on a free day.

 

She writes some of the most amazing, frightening, original horror novels I have ever read.

 

If you are not familiar with her…I highly recommend you correct that…NOW!

 

The fabulous cover was designed by Jan Sigetty Boeje, her husband.

 

The photo of the Siamese Twin Creepy Doll was done by Jodi Carr at Tatteredrags.

 

Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Emma Frost Book 6)

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OMG…right out of the gate…breathtaking, jaw dropping, spine tingling…One of the most Criminal Minds on steroids, suspense, mystery, horror, thriller stories I have ever read, and a must read for all you extreme horror lovers…and I DARE YOU to go on that cruise? 

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