Friday, February 23, 2018

Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib - Guest Blogger Book Review



Synopsis
A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and international intrigue…

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen.

After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie—or that a killer is hunting them.


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Jennifer's Review
It’s a very good book. I really enjoyed reading it.
It’s about a guy named Blake who is hired to retrieve a stolen gun that was used to kill a president. He does retrieve it, then is again hired to rescue an actress from a drug lord named Dai Lo. He and a friend named Jack go hunting for the actress and rescue her. That pisses off the drug lord who, in turn, tries to get the actress back and does anything he can.
Does he succeed? What bad things does he do to get her back? What happens to Blake and Jack? Do they succeed in keeping her from being taken back?
This book is so cool it should be made into a movie.
I give it 5 stars.


Author Bio
Khaled Talib is a former journalist with local and international exposure. He has authored three thrillers since 2014. His work has been praised by NY Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, NY Times bestselling author Ruth Harris, USA Today bestselling author Jon Land, NY Times bestselling author Keith Thomson, K.J. Howe, and Jon McGoran.

His debut thriller, Smokescreen, was listed as one of the six "boundary-breaking indies" in 2016 by the IndieReader. His second novel, Incognito, won the Silver Award for the AuthorsDB Book Cover Contest 2017. Gun Kiss is his third novel.

The author, who resides in Singapore, is a member of the International Thriller Writers. 

Fleet by Brian Marshall - Guest Blogger Book Review



Synopsis
A man, lost and naked, on the streets of Manhattan, pleading in an unknown tongue. The retired linguist who realizes it's an archaic Greek, unspoken for three thousand years. And the young woman who befriends them both, just in time for an unlikely quest. From New York to LA, Nebraska to Delphi, Fleet travels a labyrinth, with a mystery as old as mankind lying at its very heart.


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Jennifer's Review
Fleet is a very good book. I liked it. 
It's about an old man named Simon who is hired to figure out who a man in jail with no memory is. After talking to the man, Simon soon learns the man is a god in a human body. Then, after the man gets his memory back, they are soon looking for the other gods who are trapped in human bodies but are completely unaware of it. Once they are all together, they soon have to battle the creatures who put them in the bodies and messed up their memories. 
What are the creatures? Who is each god? 
This is a very good book, and if you like mythology, read this book. 
4 stars.  


Author Bio
Raised by a band of feral authors hidden in the deep north woods, Brian Marshall was no ordinary child. Proper syntax flowed through his veins. Semi-colons were his crib mates. And as he grew older, he came to realize these unique gifts were meant to serve good, not evil.

Abandoning his wayward clan, he set out in search of a sensei, the fabled Tan Line, Master of Men, and high priest of punctuation. Under his rigid tutelage, the boy's talents found full flower, till the fateful day had finally arrived when the pupil outpaced his master. Would he now rise to take that mantle? Assail the bestsellers list?

Alas, no. For along with great power, he had found something else. A rare prize called humility. From that day forward he would toil away in deepest obscurity. Not for him the accolades, or the tawdry lure of fame, but instead the pursuit of merest spark, to be Kindled to full flame.

For is it not written that to win the world, a wise man begins with one reader. 

Lightning in a Bottle by Gina Ardito - Book Tour + Giveaway


Lightning in a Bottle
by Gina Ardito

Genre:
Contemporary Romance

After suffering through a humiliating divorce in New York, Bo McKenzie is
out of luck, money, and patience. Arriving in Silverton, Texas, she’s
bet her last dime on the launch of her craft brewery to get her life
back on track. Despite her vow to stay focused solely on the beer
business, one man manages to capture her heart. Can she trust him?
Drew Garwood’s one true love has always been serving the legal needs of
his neighbors. His greatest trouble is keeping his brother on the
right side of the law. When Bo McKenzie sweeps into town, she rouses
his passion and provides the spark his life has been missing.
Whatever happened before she came to Silverton has left her guarded
and suspicious. Can he break down her defenses?

As the two struggle to rein in their wild attraction, secrets and greed
could destroy the brewery and force Bo out of town for good –
unless Drew can find a way to convince her to stay. 





Outside, on the brewery floor, Bo fell off the hoverboard again.

Drew sighed. “I better go get her before she hurts herself.”

I’ll come with you. You might need backup,” Mitch said with a snicker.

Wait.” He strode to the desk and pulled out a round, aluminum foil dish with a clear plastic cover. “I bet I can lure her upstairs faster with this.”

Is that a deluxe burger from that diner over in Claude?”

Yup.”

That’ll work.”

They left the office and headed downstairs to join the chaos on the brewery floor. Once again, Bo balanced precariously on the hoverboard in the center of the room while a young man, barely out of his teens, stared at his watch to time her progress.

One minute, fifteen seconds,” the young man shouted.

Everyone cheered, except Bo, who ordered above the din, “Don’t keep calling out the time, Ryan! It distracts me.” The aroma of the burger must have reached her nostrils because she turned in his direction and smiled. Leaping off the precarious contraption with more grace than she displayed while riding it, she announced, “Time out. My dinner’s here. To be continued tomorrow.” She followed the scent straight to him. “Please tell me that’s meat, I smell.”

And hello to you, too,” he replied.

Sorry. Hi, Drew. Thanks for coming back. How was your day? Is that meat I smell?” She spoke the words as if reciting a list, and he grinned.

My smart phone shows more emotion than that.”

What can I say? It’s been a long day. I need recharging.” She looked at the dish he held and gave a fist pump. “It is meat! Oh, thank God. It occurred to me after you were gone you might think I was one of those scrawny, salad-munching women.”

You could’ve called to tell me what you wanted. My phone number’s on every email you’ve received over the last eight months.”

True.” She shrugged. “But I haven’t had time. Been busy since I got here.”

He nodded toward the crowd of men surrounding the next victim mounting the hoverboard. “Yes, I noticed.”

She laughed. “Running a brewery isn’t like running a law office. We blow off steam in more…diverse…ways.” 

I kill houseplants. There. Now you know one of my greatest shames. I'm
not boasting. I just figure that if you're reading this, you're
looking for more than how wonderful life is as a writer. You get
enough of that elsewhere. Ditto for political rants, how to lose
thirty pounds in a week, and creating gorgeous crafts with nothing
more than twine and soup cans. My goal is to connect with you, dear
reader, even if you're not a writer, not a New Yorker, not a mother,
not a female. We're human (unless one of us is a spambot), and what
we have in common is flaws. So here are a few more of mine:


I sing all the time. I sing songs most people don't know--jingles from
television, crazy stuff I used to listen to on Dr. Demento, Broadway
and movie soundtracks, and I can even bum-bum-bum through
instrumental music. I sing in the car. In the shower. While I'm
grocery shopping. And I headbop while I sing. When I'm not singing, I
talk to myself. Just ignore me and move on. You get used to it after
a while.


I don't eat my vegetables. Seriously. I only started eating salad about
ten years ago, but I'd still rather have a cookie.


Given the option, I would live in a mall where I would never have to worry
about freezing temperatures or too much sun. I'm extremely
fair-skinned and could burn under a 60-watt light bulb.


I can't sleep without background noise so the television's on all
night. If it's too dark and too quiet, all I have are my thoughts.
And even *I* don't want to be alone with my thoughts.


Don't ask me to Zumba, line dance, or march in the parade. I have
absolutely no rhythm.


I color outside the lines. Not because I'm a rebel, but because I suck
as an artist. My artistic ability is limited to being able to draw
Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse. And I don't even draw that well.


Regrets. I have more than a few.

My favorite activity is sleep, and I'm pretty good at it. I don't clock
a lot of hours, but I can powernap like a Persian cat and rejuvenate
within ten minutes.


I consider shopping and dining out excellent therapy for anything wrong
in my life.


My feet are always cold. Always. My husband of more than a quarter
century claims it's because I'm an alien sent to Earth to destroy
him. (He might be right about that.)


Coming to my house for a visit? Unless you've given me plenty of advance
notice, be prepared. My floor will not be vacuumed, there will be
dishes in my sink, and I only make my bed when I change the sheets
once a week (I'm climbing back into it ASAP. Why make it?)
Housecleaning is not high on my priority list. Okay, to be totally
honest, it's not on the list at all.


I can resist anything...except ice cream.

Since this is our first date, I figure I've revealed enough secrets for
now. But if you've read this bio and think I might be the author for
you, pick up one of my books or stalk my website







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Cock Blocked by Sabrina Monet - Cover Reveal + Giveaway



Title: Cock Blocked 
Author: Sabrina Monet 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: March 25, 2018 
Cover Designer: Comar Covers



An uninvited ex-girlfriend; an overly flirtatious competitor; a completely untenable work situation…How many obstacles can one man put in his own way in the pursuit of the disinterested woman he can’t seem to get out of his head?
Camden Atwood is devastatingly gorgeous, cocky as sin and as Hollywood’s reigning “it” guy, not use to hearing the word “no” when he sets his sites on a woman. When Camden meets Kate Prescott, the ambitious, smart-mouthed new junior publicist assigned to handle him on an international press tour for his latest movie, he’s hooked from the minute his private jet is wheels up.
With a coveted promotion on the line however, Kate has all the motivation in the world to steer clear of a romantic entanglement with her sheet-clenchingly hot new client. Camden is nothing if not always up for a challenge especially when the game of cat and mouse is this sexy and this fun. The universe may have other plans however as it stacks the decks against this playboy in his pretty publicist pursuit.



































Sabrina Monet is a "forever fiance," too busy writing HEA's for her fictional characters, to get her own wedding planned! By day she is a publicist in the entertainment industry, who spends much of her day hatching marketing plans for monster and superhero movies. By night she likes to be reminded that she is a girly girl, who misses romantic comedy movies and loves dreaming up the next best thing to commit to paper in her contemporary romance novels. Her day job has allowed her to jet around the world, see celebrities behaving badly and on occasion sneak a taste of the good champagne, all of which makes great material for fun romantic adventures that she sincerely hopes her readers can fully immerse themselves in. Sabrina Monet lives in LA with her fiance and a fabulous timeshare dog named Piper.






Memories of Chronosalis by Ceara Comeau - Book Tour + Giveaway


Memories of Chronosalis
by Ceara Comeau

Genre:
SciFi Fantasy

It’s one thing to read about heroes saving worlds in far off galaxies,
but to become one is an entirely different story. Sixteen-year-old
Amber Oak wanted nothing more than to stay in her own world of music
and solitude. But the inhabitants of Galaseya, a Utopian planet
rooted in the past, had other ideas in mind. According to them, only
she wielded the power to stop the dark forces threatening their home.
At first, Amber sympathized with the planet, but saw no reason to
involve herself in the affairs of something outside her world. But
the stakes have risen when she discovers that Galaseya is not only
the world that has been invading her dreams, but also the place her
estranged family originated from. With this new knowledge, questions
began to surface and secrets of Amber’s life come to light causing
her to second guess everything she knows.



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            “We need to go home. It’s not safe here anymore, the Brothers will only be held back for so long before they find a way to us,” he said as he stopped to pull back the drawn curtain and peer out the window.
            Amber heard some muttering coming from the other end of the phone, and the voice sounded male, but she couldn’t make out any words. Chris interrupted the person as he said hurriedly, “No, I don’t know what they’re planning, but I’d rather not stay around to find out. Please, she’d be safer in Galaseya.”
            The voice on the other end responded, as Chris’ pace quickened with every second. His brow furrowed as his expression grew serious. When he spoke, his tone flat, “What do you mean, what’s wrong?”
            Amber continued watching her brother go from determined to despair in a matter of seconds as he moved away from the window and plopped down on the couch. With his phone to his ear and his other arm resting on his knee cradling his head, he asked “How is this possible? We…I thought we got rid of her years ago!”
            Got rid of her? What kind of a family am I in? thought Amber as she adjusted her position. She waited for Chris’ back to turn before dashing toward the front door. Hoping to make more sense of the conversation, she stayed a while longer waiting for Chris to speak.
            “Well, this changes things,” continued Chris, trying to stifle his growing frustration, “Amber will eventually have to return home and probably sooner than we expected. Please, dad, you must do something. I don’t want her coming home to a bloodbath.”




I've been writing stories since I can remember. Stories, I thought, were
just for children my age and I did not think they would go far. At
fifteen years old, I was proven wrong. My parents took a look at my
stories and saw something in them that I could not see. They saw the
potential of a good book, or two! 

With my Dad as the editor and my Mom doing the formatting, we
self-published these books. I did not think anyone, other than my
family, would want to read the ramblings of a young teenager. When we
published "Amber Oak Mysteries Volume 1" and "Adventures
of the Young and Curious," I was fifteen years old, then the
unexpected happened. People would write to me and they told me how
much they loved my books.

During the time, when I was seventeen, I stopped writing. I lost faith in
myself and my ability to write. But , my mom suggested that we
publish my third book, for it had been sitting on the shelf for about
two years. She thought it would be good to get it out there, before I
started college. I did not see what harm it could do, so my third
book, "Amber Oak Mysteries Volume 2" was published. In 2012
I published "Amber Oak and the Missing Links". I went on to
publish "Amber Oak and the Master of Illusions". In 2015 I
published something different call "The Lost Journal of Erika
Traynor". These is currently available on lulu.com, amazon.com
and barnesandnoble.com.

Recently I realized I needed to go back and redo the original Amber Oak
Mystery series. It had potential, but I knew I could do better. It
will be different than the originals as it focuses more on science
fiction and fantasy rather than mystery. The title of the book is
"Memories of Chronosalis". 



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Servie's Song by Heidi Tucker - Book Tour + Giveaway






The true story of one mother living in Zimbabwe, Africa who encounters a devastating loss leaving her unable to care for six children. In a heart-wrenching sacrifice she surrenders to a desperate plan to leave her children and find work in the United States. It is a door which feels impossible to walk through. But perhaps, the only door which holds any promise.

Servie's Song takes you on an emotional journey of tragedy and heartbreak to an inspiring path of hope. This touching story is complemented by gospel principles which will teach and motivate you to grab onto your faith and move forward trusting that you are never alone. God always hears your prayers.



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Heidi Tucker won the 2017 Illumination
Award for her first inspirational book
Finding
Hope in the Journey
and her newest release is entitled Servie’s Song. Her passion for writing and speaking about light and
hope has inspired thousands. Heidi is known as a great storyteller who motivates
us to rise up and find new strength. She teaches how to recognize truth and
make a difference.


When Heidi isn’t writing her next book, or
speaking at a conference, you’ll find her spending time outdoors with her
husband, four grown children and eight grandchildren. She loves sunflowers,
hiking, and ice cream … not necessarily in that order.

Find out more about Heidi at
ThePickledSunflower.com


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Excerpt
Servie walked into the police station in Zimbabwe. 
“I am the mother of Thembelani,” she whispered.
They quietly escorted her to a room and told her to have a seat. 
The door opened and an officer walked in and sat down in the chair across the table from Servie. He looked directly at her and quietly spoke.
“We have the two men,” he said. “Tell us what to do with them.”
The laws were obscure and justice was ambiguous. They were looking to her for direction. She raised her eyes and met the officer’s gaze. Spoke what was in her heart.
“Let them go,” she said. “Putting them in jail will not bring my son back.”
The officer nodded his head. “You’re sure?”
“Yes,” she answered, “but I want to talk to them.”
Minutes later the door swung open and a man was shoved into the chair across from Servie. He was the ringleader. 
Silence filled the room. Nobody dared to make a sound. The air was thick with a stale odor of sweat and fear. Servie had rehearsed this in her mind. She willed her voice to speak.
“Why?” she said. She could feel a wave of emotion rising up in her throat. “Why …?”
The man kept his head down. He couldn’t look at her. A true coward. Finally, he muttered a response.
“I’m sorry,” he simply said. 
Servie felt a cold tear escape from the corner of her eye. It traveled down her hot cheek then found a path over her chin and down her neck. She didn’t bother to wipe it away. Just let it fall. A cold, wet symbol of the sorrow and the turmoil building in her chest.
Servie stood up. Her legs were shaking so hard they nearly collapsed. She steadied herself then slowly grabbed her purse and walked out. Never looking back.
She would leave behind the anger. Leave it sitting there in that cold, hard chair across from that murderer. The anger would not bring her son back. But it would destroy her. She knew it would. She could already feel its hot, angry fingers trying to strangle her heart.
God knew she would grieve. Oh, how she would grieve. But this day Servie made a choice that felt right for her. Servie chose to walk. Servie chose to save her soul.




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