“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world. Continue reading “#Book Review: The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin @jccronin @penguinrandom #sciencefiction #series”→
I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday. I first posted this review in February 2009. “Humpty Dumpty was Pushed” was one of my first books posted on my blog and it is a fantastic “hip-hop noir” novel full of suspense, humor and great characters.
Humpty Dumpty was pushed. Nothing happens by accident and lightening can strike twice in the same spot.
Who murdered the big man with the yellow socks? This story takes us from a hip-hop recording studio to a New York City nightclub to a socialite’s home in the Hamptons.
She’d promised herself to quit dating cowboys since she had such a poor track record with them.
Amy Weaver is in a pickle. Her night out with her niece Jennie turned out to be a disaster. She challenged a complete, but hunky, cowboy to a bull riding contest at the Double Deuce bar and paid with a kiss that knocked her socks off. A kiss that her niece posted on social media for the entire world to see including Amy’s family who now thinks she is engaged. When her grandfather, “The Great Exaggerator”, manipulates Amy in bringing her new fiance to his birthday party at the family ranch, she has to locate Luke as soon as possible to convince her judgemental father and her ex-boyfriend that she has moved on. Will she be able to keep up this charade with a perfect stranger, or will it backfire on her?
She was pretty as hell. She was sweet as sugar. She was a pastry chef. Oh—there was one other thing he knew. They were in a heap of trouble.
Luke isn’t ready for a woman in his life right now. He is trying to establish a business and doesn’t have time for anything else, but Amy intrigues him. When she makes him a cash deal to become her fiance for the weekend at her family’s ranch, he jumps at the chance. Was it for the money or for the beautiful, quirky woman who needs his help?
This is a hilarious comedy that had me laughing out loud while eating my lunch in the company lunch room. Mr. Amooi’s characters are funny, sweet, vulnerable, strong and very believable. A man who knows how to create a real romance with real people in a real location.
Ironically, Julian, California, is actually somewhere I have visited with my husband, his father, and brother. It is as delightful as Mr. Amooi describes it and I recommend trying the buffalo burgers at Buffalo Bill’s Cafe with a slice of apple pie, of course.
An enjoyable read about good and bad choices, love and family, and finding home. Mr. Amooi is on my list of must read authors. Highly recommend.
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Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.
He’s a grieving widower, the perfect boyfriend, and the prime suspect…
Lucy knows the importance of boundaries. As a massage therapist, she keeps her work and her personal life completely separate. But when a handsome widower shows up on her table and sparks an instant attraction, Lucy is shameless. Breaking her rule, she crosses the line, triggering a series of thrilling mysteries.
Paula isn’t so sure about her best friend’s perfect man… or the story of his wife’s death. To uncover the truth, the former detective infiltrates his social circle. When she examines a scandalous lodger, a jealous brother, and a protective mother-in-law, everyone seems to have a hidden motive for murder…
Lucy is torn between her old friend and her dark new love. Will she follow her head or her heart? And can Paula discover the true killer before her friend makes a fateful mistake?
Naked Truths is the first book in a series of pulse-pounding romantic suspense books. If you like the odd steamy sex scene, complex characters, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love the suspense of Karen Botha’s gripping romantic suspense.
Publication Day: 12 November 2018 Publisher: Ciana Stone ISBN: B07GQLQGMS (Kindle book) Pages: 261 Category: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Mystery, Series
Thor mowed through those rednecks like a god, even taking time to give her a wink when she yelled a warning about someone behind him.
Tallulah (Lula) Christmas Duval is a former Olympian gymnast, comic geek, stripper who has been cursed by her dead grandmother. But that’s not all; she has a dangerous secret that has brought her to Cotton Creek, Texas. However, when an over-zealous customer gets out of hand at the strip club, her rescuer is none other than the Asgardian God, Thor, or Lincoln Shaw to his family and friends.
Detective Nic Costa finds himself a stranger in a strange land when he’s sent to infiltrate the mob in a remote part of southern Italy.
Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy’s beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the ‘Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness for reasons of his own.
Hoping to reel in the biggest prize the state police have seen in years, the infamous Butcher of Palermo, Costa, and his team are aware the stakes are high. But the constant deception is taking its toll. Out of their depth in a lawless part of Italy where they are the outcasts, not the men in the hills, with their shotguns and rough justice, the detectives find themselves pitched as much against one another as the mob. As the tension rises, it’s clear the operation is not going to plan. Is Nic Costa getting too close to the enemy for comfort – and is there a traitor among them …? Continue reading “#BookReview: The Savage Shore (A Nic Costa Mystery Book 10) by David Hewson @david_hewson @severnhouse #LoveBooksGroup”→
I decided to read another book from my TBR pile and remembered that I selected this book because of the author’s acknowledgments page. She notes, “The first draft of this book was written in a mad spurt of anger at the continued injustices perpetrated against women in our so-called civilized society”. Though it was published in May of this year, the injustices continue to this day and I couldn’t wait to begin.
When I lived with my mother there were monsters only I could see in the corner of my room, hidden by the cobwebs and filth that clung to our walls. I came to an agreement with those monsters. If I agreed never to look straight at them, they agreed not to eat me. It lessened the terror a bit.
Publication Day: 25 June 2018 Publisher: Brent Jones ISBN: B07CBRX77Q (Kindle book) Pages: 116 Category: Fiction, Suspense Thriller, Serial Killer, Series
Being plain on the outside was a good aesthetic for a woman planning to commit homicide. It was a style that I liked to call thrift-shop fabulous. It made me a bit of an odd duck, sure, but it kept the human race at a distance, which is just how I liked it.
Afton Morrison’s alter ego, “Animus”, describes her as “a female psychopathic vegetarian librarian with a pet goldfish”. Afton sees herself as doing good by killing evil, but she hasn’t killed yet, she has only dreamed it.
She is stalking a local man who was accused of sexually assaulting women in her town, but no charges were filed. She is going to make him pay, but she has a stalker herself, “The Man in the Shadows”, a person from “the incident” in her past.
I am working on my TBR pile and came across this great read. I’m a sucker for scarred heroes and Warwick the Enforcer is no exception.
His left hand was covered with a tight leather glove that matched the mask hiding his face. Holes for his eyes, nose and mouth were cut into the leather, giving him a frightening appearance. His head was encased by a leather helm, completing the frightening view.
As a young boy, his body was burned with acid while watching his parents die by the hand of Balten. After many years as Warwick the Enforcer his time for revenge is near but he wasn’t expecting the distraction of the tall, beautiful, and fiery pilot, Aidan. He was stunned that she did not cringe at his scarred body like all the others. She actually preferred him without the mask. Continue reading “#BookReview: Icy Heat (Heat Series) by Leigh Wyndfield #romance #scifi”→
An exceptional read! My emotions ran the gamut of joy, laughter, anger, and sorrow with this book. Goodreads Choice 2016 Winner, Colleen Hoover, is remarkable at drawing you in with so much joy and happiness for her characters and then ripping your heart out on the next page.
Lily’s life has not been normal or easy, to say the least. She grew up in Maine watching her abusive father brutalize her mother swearing she would not let that happen to her. As a teen, she met and fell in love with a homeless boy who was squatting in the empty house next door, but he moved away. She meets the man of her dreams (a neurosurgeon) on the top of a building in Boston, but is he too good to be true? She has a wise best friend who gives her the best advice she can give her despite the consequences to Lily’s life. Continue reading “#Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover @AtriaBooks #womensfiction #abuse #mentalillness”→
In a sleepy northern seaside resort, The Eastborough Police Force is shocked into action when a heavily mutilated body is found in a quiet suburb. Murder rarely happens in these parts. Within a short space of time, the body count begins to rise rapidly, as a serial killer runs amok.
DI Will Scott is tasked with finding the killer. In doing he treads paths he never expected to traverse and uncovers a web of deceit that leads to a world where no one can be trusted.
Publication Day: 4 June 2018 [Kindle] Publisher: Little, Brown and Company ISBN: 0316412694 Pages: 529 Category: Fiction, Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery
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As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing…
Publication Day: 16 September 2018 [Kindle] Publisher: Chris Karlsen Pages: 293 Category: Fiction, Genre: Historical Romance / Time Travel
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Felicia Wycliff’s peaceful stroll through the woods turned to disaster when her dachshund bolted after a rabbit. One minute Felicia was running after the determined little dog, the next she was hurled to the ground. Gathering her wits after her tumble, she brushed herself off and continued her pursuit—-right into three mounted knights who blocked her path.
They were so authentic looking. They might’ve stepped from the keep of the nearby castle, Elysian Fields. But the old Norman fortress was a ruin and had been for three hundred years.
“Seize her,” the middle knight ordered, the knight who sat tallest in the saddle.
“Let me go.” She fought, striking out when the two knights grabbed her. “Who the deuce are you?”
“I’m the Captain of the Baron’s Guard, and you are trespassing.”
Kidnapped, her confusion and fear consumed her. But when they rode through the gates of Elysian Fields, the castle looking as formidable as the date it was built, her terror exploded.
Even at thirty-seven, with a challenging but rewarding career as a paramedic, Bella Gomez is treated as the baby of the family. It’s made her allergic to anyone meddling, so she chooses to keep mostly to herself. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop her family from inserting themselves in her life. Nor does it deter the one man she knows she shouldn’t get close to from showing up on her doorstep.
Jasper Greene, an FBI agent with the La Plata County field office, doesn’t even know the meaning of family. His team is his family, which is why–when his boss asks him to keep an eye on his baby sister–Jasper readily complies. Even when the sister in question is a spectacularly developed princess with plenty of attitude.
Publication Day: 1 September 2018 [Kindle] Publisher: Book Liftoff ISBN: 9781947946415 Pages: 344 Category: Fiction, Genre: Romance / Fantasy
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A beautiful witch with a violent past forms an unlikely love affair with a compassionate young doctor…until she fears she may end up killing him.
Tressalayne is a member of a murderous witches’ coven. An attack by witch hunters forces the coven to escape through a hastily constructed portal of magic. Ripped from her medieval world, the portal hurls Tressalayne and the coven’s leader, Morganna, into present-day East Texas. Critically injured in the passage, Tressalayne awakes in a hospital with no memory of her previous life.
Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the borders of West and North Yorkshire. Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly discover the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle’s hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen.
Within forty-eight hours, their investigation results in dead ends, more victims, no suspects and very little in the way of solid evidence. Gardener and Reilly have a problem and a question on their hands: are the residents of Bramfield prepared for one of history’s most sadistic killers, The Tooth Fairy?
Heavily pregnant Frannie is facing a crisis. An English woman living in Germany, her marriage is failing, her language skills are hopeless, and she feels like a fish out of water in a foreign country.
In a positive effort to tackle her problems, she learns to drive so she can cope when her baby is born and build a sense of independence. After passing her driving test she drives in the early hours of the morning to gain experience on the eerily empty streets.
But when she encounters a Polish motorcyclist looking for his missing sister, she becomes sucked into a terrifying world of shady nightclubs, autobahn prostitutes, and organ trafficking. And when she crosses serial-killing truck driver Stigelegger, there’s no turning back.
A most unlikely heroine, this nervous Night Driver must stay one step ahead of her pursuer on the darkest of roads in order to survive.
Sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review
Published 09.18.2017 by Freckles Over Scars / Psychological Thriller/ Kindle format / 101pp / B075R7DX5R
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Hinanya Ven has but one interest in this life, and that to know what lies beyond it. This great question has enveloped her into a deranged obsession, a death wish. Her search takes her back to her childhood home of New Orleans, where she returns after a six-year absence following her family’s permanent retreat from the city in the unanticipated catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina.