Latest Read: The English Assassin

While at Politics & Prose in D.C., I picked up The English Assassin by Daniel Silva. The book immediately caught my interest, and even though it is book #2 in the series, I decided I’d give it a try (P&P didn’t have book 1).

I have to say that I had no issue following the story without having read The Kill Artist so don’t worry if you find yourself in the same boat as me.

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The Unlikely Spy, Daniel Silva’s extraordinary debut novel, was applauded by critics as it rocketed onto natio
nal bestseller lists. Now Silva has outdone himself, with a taut, lightning-paced thriller rooted assuredly in fact: Switzerland’s shameful WWII record of profiteering and collaboration with Nazi Germany.

When art restorer and occasional Israeli agent Gabriel Allon is sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore the painting of a reclusive millionaire banker, he arrives to find his would-be employer murdered at the foot of his Raphael. A secret collection of priceless, illicitly gained Impressionist masterpieces is missing. Gabriel’s handlers step out of the shadows to admit the truth-the collector had been silenced-and Gabriel is put back in the high-stakes spy game, battling wits with the rogue assassin he helped to train.

Tense, taut, expertly crafted, and brimming with unexpected reversals, The English Assassin is Daniel Silva at his storytelling best.

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Don’t be intimidated by the length…you will be intrigued from the start and have no problems getting to page 437. Gabriel Allon is a likable hero. He’s had a tragic past and now works his butt off as a part-time spy and part-time art restorer. He is savvy and smart and totally dedicated to his work.  Continue reading “Latest Read: The English Assassin”

Release Day for Haunted Hotties Volume II

Woohoo! Release day is here! Can you tell Avery’s just a bit excited by this??

It’s just in time for Halloween…so if you’re looking for some spooky, sexy LGBT stories, the Haunted Hotties Anthology is for you!

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This Halloween collection has a little something for everybody. With demons, ghosts, psychics, reapers, shiftersHauntedHotties_Vol2 (2), and witches… a rainbow of paranormal/supernatural is included.

In Everything a Big Bad Wolf Could Want by McKay, Whimsy has to decide if he’s in love with his straight, next-door neighbor by Halloween or risk losing him forever.

In Casper the Horny Ghost by Rob Rosen, Chris not only inherited a long-abandoned house, he also inhe
rited the ghost that came with it.

In Necromantic by Dakota Caudill, Kaitlyn’s always felt like she was waiting for something, but she never expected her new girlfriend to be able to raise the dead.

In The Man in Green by Elizabeth Coldwell, Richard intends to cut down all the trees surrounding his new property, but the man in the woods has other ideas.

In Haunts Old and New by Jessica Payseur, Rosalie doesn’t like the new ghost that’s in her house and yet, she can’t seem to stay away from her.

In The Fisher Lot by Jessica Chase, it turns out being dared to spend the night in the local “haunted house” might be the best thing that’s ever happened to Barney.

In Open by Louisa Bacio, Martina keeps trying to pretend that everything is fine, but the ghosts in her new B&B are just as determined to get her attention. Continue reading “Release Day for Haunted Hotties Volume II”

Wind River Refuge Book Tour

Title: Wind River RefugeWind-River-Refuge

Author: J. M. Anton

Published: December 31st, 2013

Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery, Thriller

Content Warning: Mild sexual content, violence

Recommended Age: 18+

Awards: Wind River Refuge won the Romance Category in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Synopsis: Jax runs for her life and is apprehended by the police. She’s sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, at the tender age of twelve. Lockup becomes an unexpected sanctuary for the traumatized child. It affords a safe harbor from her abuser, but she’s plagued by nightmares well into adulthood. Fate and her Grandmother step in to successfully reduce her sentence, and she’s paroled into a distant cousin’s custody, and relocated to a cattle ranch in Wyoming. The young parolee finds the transition difficult at first. She spends the next nine years learning the ropes, making friends, and a couple of powerful enemies.

She’s been on her own since the age of ten and has of necessity become a fighter, but her aggressive in your face attitude hides a fragile, mistrustful soul. She’s unnerved when instead of her longtime friend, a dark imposing stranger shows up at the Denver airport to fly her home.

Sparks begin to fly when Garrett picks up his friend’s daughter. She’s not what he expected, and he has difficulty reconciling his mixed feelings about the exasperating woman. Jax drives him to distraction, like a chameleon she constantly changes right before his eyes. Continue reading “Wind River Refuge Book Tour”

New Release: Everything Anise

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Everything Anise by Natalie-Nicole Bates is now available for purchase! It’s a relatively short (51 page) F/F read. See below for details and buy links.

Blurb:

A Victorian-era vampire living in the modern world, Emigh Bennett’s favorite activity is watching people from the window of her little bookshop. When she spots a woman nearly killed on the street outside her shop, she rushes to her rescue, and she meets Anise.

The proprietress of a little home business called “Everything Anise”, Anise crafts one of a kind perfumes all with a touch of her namesake spice, all with the power to intoxicate and delight the senses. She is smart, sexy, beautiful, and happens to be a little bit different.

Although Anise is everything Emigh could ever ask for and more, she can’t quite figure her out. Anise possesses the duality of an innocent angel and a vivacious vixen. Even if Emigh can ever peel away the multi layers of Anise to uncover the truth beneath, what will happen when she finally reveals the truth about herself?

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Anise-Natalie-Nicole-Bates-ebook/dp/B015OORO8W

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Anise-Natalie-Nicole-Bates-ebook/dp/B015OORO8W

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/579239 Continue reading “New Release: Everything Anise”

A Political Thriller: Executive Actions

Executive_ActionsLast night I stayed up late to finish Executive Actions by Gary Grossman. I had to know how it ended…and I’m happy to say that Mr. Grossman did not disappoint. In fact, I’m already looking forward to starting Executive Treason, the next book in the series.

Blurb:

An assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a primary stump speech. The instant he pulls the trigger, the outcome of the election is irrevocably changed. But Democrat Teddy Lodge, an upcoming media sweetheart, isn’t killed. His wife is. As a result, Lodge emerges as the man to beat and the greatest threat to the incumbent President, Morgan Taylor. Under a specific directive from the President, Special Service Agent Scott Roarke delves into the case and begins to unravel a deadly plot that incubated for more than 30 years; designed to alter America’s allegiances in the Middle East.

From the very first page, Executive Actions culls events from today’s headlines intersecting with a scenario that’s shockingly real: An insidious plot hatched in the old days of the Soviet Union continues to grow to fruition in the hands of a power hungry Middle East heir to the throne. At its core, a sleeper is awakened to take a prominent role in American Life.

Executive Actions is a tense political thriller; an election year page-turner, where both the Presidency and the Constitution are at stake.

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Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I did have some minor issues (see below), but they weren’t significant enough to make me stop. Even though the book was well over 500 pages, I had no problem getting to the end. Yes, there were parts that required some suspension of disbelief, but I liked the characters. Scott Roarke and Morgan Taylor definitely stole the show. Well, later on, Katie was right there with them. And yes, Teddy ended up being quite the savvy bad guy. I have to say I never really disliked him either. His adviser. Oh yeah. That guy–Neuman—was creepy! Continue reading “A Political Thriller: Executive Actions”

Latest Read: Retribution

Title:  Retribution (Will PRetributionarker #1)

Author:  Anderson Harp.

Genre:  Political/ International Thriller

It’s a whopping 528 pages!! (Don’t worry, those pages go by quickly!)

Blurb:

The remote and impenetrable Pakistani mountains have offered refuge to the worst enemies of civilization since the time of Alexander. Now, the world faces a new challenge. Reared from birth to harbor a seething hatred, a lone man is about to unleash a firestorm that will rage for centuries. And the window of opportunity to stop him is shutting much faster than Washington D.C. can hope to deal with.

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I’m going to break down my thoughts on this book into two areas: Plot and Character.

First, the plot rocked! It definitely reminded me of a Tom Clancy thriller. Short chapters, lots of POVs, tons of action, and some mystery. The story is right out of today’s headlines. It kept me interested, and I didn’t have any trouble following the story line. Many times I found myself wanting to read on to find out what happens next. Continue reading “Latest Read: Retribution”

Is Judd Ryker the next Jack Ryan?

Last month, I got to meet author Todd Moss, who was speaking at Politics and Prose in Washington D.C. I have to say that I’m so happy I did. That day I purchased both of his Judd Ryker books. He even signed Minute Zero for me.

It took me very little time to read both books. I couldn’t put either one of them down! If you’re looking for a political thriller filled with mystery and action that is set in Africa, look no further than Todd’s books. And, to finally answer the question posed in my blog title, yes. Yes, I would say that Judd Ryker is the State Department’s Jack Ryan (I’m a huge of Tom Clancy’s early books featuring Jack Ryan so I feel qualified to make the comparison—in my humble opinion, of course!) He’s crafty and intelligent, and not afraid to go to great lengths to prove his theories…all the while helping the good guys come out on top.

The Golden Hour

Blurb:

The Golden Hour: In international politics, the hundred hours following a coup, when there is still a chance that diplomacy, a secret back channel, military actionsomethingmight reverse the chain of events.

As the top American diplomat for West Africa, Todd Moss saw a great deal about how diplomacy and politics actually work. But as he shows us, the results aren’t always pretty. Continue reading “Is Judd Ryker the next Jack Ryan?”