Book Review: Think of a Number by John Verdon

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Author: John Verdon

Genre: Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

An extraordinary fiction debut, Think of a Number is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation.

Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration, “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.”  Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly.  For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

What police are confronted with is a completely baffling killer, one who is fond of rhymes filled with threats and warnings, whose attention to detail is unprecedented, and who has an uncanny knack for disappearing into thin air.  Even more disturbing, the scale of his ambition seems to widen as events unfold.

Brought in as an investigative consultant, Dave Gurney soon accomplishes deductive breakthroughs that leave local police in awe.  Yet, even as he matches wits with his seemingly clairvoyant opponent, Gurney’s tragedy-marred past rises up to haunt him, his marriage approaches a dangerous precipice, and finally, a dark, cold fear builds that he’s met an adversary who can’t be stopped.

In the end, fighting to keep his bearings amid a whirlwind of menace and destruction, Gurney sees the truth of what he’s become – what we all become when guilty memories fester – and how his wife Madeleine’s clear-eyed advice may be the only answer that makes sense.

A work that defies easy labels — at once a propulsive masterpiece of suspense and an absorbing immersion in the lives of characters so real we seem to hear their heartbeats – Think of a Number is a novel you’ll not soon forget

Think of a Number is one of the most original mystery novels I’ve read all year. It goes above and beyond what most mystery novels offer, and gives us a true brain puzzle. Main character Dave Gurney is the NYPD’s top homicide investigator. He’s recently retired, and struggled to adapt to a calm, comfortable life. His mind yearns for another puzzle to solve, and when an old classmate contacts him about a troubling letter arrived in his mailbox, Dave is intrigued. He accepts the challenge, but is still convinced it’s either a prank, or that the number on the envelope holds special meaning to his friend. However, when his friend is found murdered, the mystery takes on a whole new level.

I loved the writing style, the complexity of the mystery at hand, the depth of researching Dave has to do before solving it. The mystery turns from a puzzle into a murder mystery, and when more people turn up murdered, the stakes rise, and it becomes personal for Dave. With the first victim murdered in the snow, and footsteps leading back to a particular area but then stopping all of the sudden, with the police finding a chair and some cigarettes, as if someone was waiting for him to come out, and with a broken glass bottle in the proximity, Dave falls upon the mystery of a lifetime.

What I enjoyed the most, besides trying to solve the mystery along with Dave – and failing until the end (which is rare for me, usually I figure this out way sooner), was how Dave is a retired detective. He’s technically not even meant to be involved in solving a murder anymore, but he wriggles his way in and, obsessed as he is with solving puzzles, is always one step ahead of everyone else. I also liked finding out about his history, about what shaped him into the man he is today, and was intrigued to find out what happened to sabotage his marriage.

A well-written, fast-paced, amazing puzzle of a book that will give you lots of joy trying to solve the mystery. Ideal for anyone who loves a good murder mystery with some subplots and intriguing characters. This is the author’s debut, but I’m confident he’ll write much more.

Book Review: The Scent of Roses by Charlene Raddon

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Author: Charlene Raddon

Genre: Western historical romance

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

A woman’s smile . . .

Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover that her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincaid, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay–even though she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost” . . .

A ghost’s siss . . .

Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincaid had hoped he could make a fresh start in Whiskey Ridge and open a saloon with his friend Josiah. Now, as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed . . . unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plan to sneak out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is his first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life — especially when she’ll take his heart with her.

Rosalyn Delaney moves to Whiskey Ridge, an old mining town to find her missing husband. She arrives at Rose House, a majestic old mansion with the reputation of being haunted. In Whiskey Ridge, she finds out the entire story of how her husband was killed by his business partner Whip Kincaid, and how the last is still listed as a wanted fugitive. But Rosalyn has the feeling more is going on than she realizes at first glance. What she doesn’t know however, is that Whip Kincaid has been hiding in his own house, Rose House, the mansion she just moved into. At night he sneaks out to investigate, and when he finds out his mansion is occupied by this strange but elusive woman, the first thing he wants to do is scare her away. But Rose doesn’t scare easily, and when she’s not phased by his continuous attempts to scare her, Whip is intrigued. The more he learns about her, the more he realizes he may not want her out of his life after all.

This was a delightful, interesting, well-written book. I’ve always been a fan of gothic novels, and with Rosalyn moving into the large, supposedly “haunted” mansion reminded me of the many gothic novels I devoured as a kid. The novel keeps on this vibe for some time, but it’s primarily a western historical romance. What I loved the most however was the mystery behind the murder, who was responsible, the long-kept secrets, and of course, the haunting. This all added up to an amazing story, and the romance was almost unnecessary – the book had already a lot of potential. The romance was really the top of the cake though.

Lots of tension, nail-biting moments and some spoilers I didn’t see coming. The Scent of Roses is a delightful mix of romance, mystery, historical fiction and suspense.

Book Review: The Magistrate by Keira Michelle Telford

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Author: Keira Michelle Telford

Genre: Lesbian Romance, Science Fiction Romance

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

THE PRISONWORLD TRILOGY — VOLUME ONE

Poverty is rife in twenty-fourth century London, England. Crime rates are at an all-time high, and living conditions for many are bleak. Capital punishment and public hangings have been reinstated, and Magistrates, in their new role, are tasked with patrolling the streets to enforce arrest warrants and ‘terminate’ any civilians who attempt to evade justice — which isn’t always a noble pursuit.

The laws are strict, illiberal, and unsympathetic. If you can’t afford to feed and clothe yourself, you’ll be sent to the workhouse. If you fall behind on your rent, you’ll be sent to debtors’ prison. If you’re gay, you’ll be hanged.

For Carmen Wild, the latter becomes a potentially deadly problem when the discovery of a murdered prostitute brings her back into the life of her first love — the Madam of an East End cathouse — and the illicit passions between them are swiftly reignited.

Carmen is a Magistrate in the dystopian sociedty of London in the future. With elements of the Victorian era sipping through, this dystopian world is one of the most amazing settings I’ve had the pleasure to read about. It’s like steampunk, sort of, except dystopian, and set in the future. So it’s not entirely steampunk, and I’m glad it isn’t – the book is far more original and intriguing this way. Magistrates uphold the law whenever technology fails to do so. They track down criminals and serve justice. Everyone detests Magistrates for upholding such a strict law, and sometimes even Carmen detests herself and what she has to do. When she grew up, she was as far away from being a Magistrate as humanly possible. She lived on the streets, was sold to a workhouse, and then ended up in the clutches of the most vile and cruel man in London. She narrowly escaped thanks to the Madam of a whorehouse, Lina, stepping in. Ever since, Carmen has owed Lina her life, but so much more.

Carmen has long lost touch with her rescuer, but when the corpse of a prostitute sends her to the whorehouse she grew up in, Carmen reconciles with Lina, and they both figure out the years haven’t changed all that much in regards to their feelings for each other. However, in this dystopian society having a gay relationship is strictly forbidden, and warning voices go out to Carmen to stay as far away from Lina as humanly possible. The problem is Carmen doesn’t know if that’s what she wants to do…And then, when another figure of her past resurfaces, and Lina ends up in the middle of all that, she doesn’t know if she can leave her anymore.

I loved the setting. The society Keira Michelle Telford creates in The Magistrate is rich in detail. It’s a layered society with rules hidden behind rules. Instead of an info dump, we only get the information slowly, until our views on the society are fully shaped at the end. Carmen is a complex, but enjoyable characters. She’s stuck playing a role she never signed up for, having to focus on being the person she never wanted to be, while hiding her sexual preferences for everyone around her.

To add a murder mystery to a world and story already so complex, is more than a little impressive. Carmen had me interested in her story, sure, but the murder mystery was what pulled me in completely. It’s not clear at first who is behind it, or what exactly is going on, and as the plot thickens, the suspense only continues to grow.

My only issue with this book, is its portrayal of male characters. It’s like every single man who appears in this book has to be an asshole or an idiot. While there’s a fair share of those out there, I doubt all men are like that, and the book gives a rather one-sided view on the male population. But like I said, that’s my only issue with the book.

The Magistrate is a well-written, detailed, complex story about a woman trying to figure out who she is in a society that tells her she can’t be the one person she wants to be.

 
 

Book Review: Garrett’s Mulligan by Grant Reed

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Author: Grant Reed

Genre: Fantasy / Mystery / Humor

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

At thirty-one Garrett Willigins has finally earned his private investigator’s badge. Unfortunately, the bills haven’t stopped coming and building a solid reputation won’t happen overnight. Forced to take employment wherever they can, Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle, must dirty their hands any way possible to make a buck. Shoveling manure, chasing cats, and dock duty seem to be the order of the day.

Working off back rent for a notorious gangster isn’t the safest of jobs on a good day, but when the other workers start turning up dead, Garrett finds himself elbow deep in a mystery that could spell a quick end to his short P.I. career.

Garrett’s Mulligan is an oddball of a book. I went in, not thinking I’d really like it, but then, by some stroke of luck and a great amount of talent on the author’s side, I ended up enjoying the book after all. Garrett Willigins, our main character, has finally managed to become a private investigator. Unfortunately building a solid reputation and actually getting some clients, isn’t something that’ll happen overnight. So Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle, head out to do some odd jobs to rank in some cash. They end up working for a notorious gangster, which puts them right in the middle of a P.I. investigation. The other workers start turning up dead, and Garrett and Merle must do whatever they can to solve the mystery before they’re next.

Garrett was an enjoyable, likeable character. He had a great sense of humor, and Merle took care of a good deal of comic relief as well. There were some instances that things seemed to happen almost coincidental, like the two of them ending up working for a notorious gangster, but I could live with that. The plot had a great mix of humor, mystery and fantasy.

I wish the cover would look nicer though, so more people would pick it up. This cover many not be too appealing, but the book has a rich plot, splendid characters and an unique storyline. The writing was fairly decent as well, although I felt another round of proofreading wouldn’t hurt.

All in all, if you like a mix of dragons, humans, ogres, gangsters, and a murder mystery, Garrett’s Mulligan would be an excellent reading choice.

Book Review: Cast The Cards by Shyla Colt

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Author: Shyla Colt

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon, Goodreads

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Savannah escaped a kidnapping but her best friend Clark—the man she secretly loved—didn’t. Guilt-ridden and changed after the event, she gives up her dream of teaching and earns a spot in the F.B.I as a profiler. When she’s targeted by the very same kidnappers wishing to finish the job, she is armed with her skills, backed by her first love’s twin brother, and forced to revisit her demons when Clark’s ghost appears.

After his twin’s murder, Officer Carey Carr loses more than his brother. Savannah avoids him for a decade. Her return—and her steaming-hot body—stir brand new feelings in Carey. But Clark’s reappearance has Carey battling to control his primal desires around the woman his twin loved.

As Savannah and Carey, with Clark’s help, embark on a cruel game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers, the twins come to an understanding that involves Savannah and more pleasure than the three of them have ever dreamed.

Cast The Cards starts out with Savannah going on a date with her best friend Clark, for who she secretly has feelings. They go to a fair, and decide to take one last stop at the Tunnel of Love, mostly because Savannah wants to. She’s already noticed some weird people hanging around at the fair, but she dismisses it as normal. That is, until she and Clark get kidnapped. They wake up in the trunk of a speeding car and narrowly manage to escape. Except that when Savannah wakes up, Clark is gone, murdered.

Unable to cope with everything that happened, Savannah becomes an FBI agent and moves halfway across the country to escape her past. When she returns to her hometown, she must come face to face with Carey, Clark’s twin brother. Carey has been just as affected by the loss as she has. He tries not to think about it, but the memory haunts him.

Then Clark’s ghost shows up, with an important and urgent message. The people who killed him, want to finish the job. They’re after Savannah. And Clark has come back to protect her, and he’ll need Carey’s help for that. As Carey and Savannah work together to solve the mystery, escape from Clark’s murderers and hopefully bring them to justice, Carey and Savannah mustdeal with their evolving feelings for each other.

I loved Carey’s personality. He was your typical sullen hero with a tormented past. I also liked his interactions with Clark – they were of the typical bickering twins variety, even if Clark was dead. I did think both he and Savannah were a bit too quick to accept the return of Clark’s spirit (why after all these years?) but apart from that, both of their personalities were relatable and believable. I liked Carey more than Savannah, because Savannah could act a little stuck up when she wanted to. I know that was part of her mask to protect herself, but still, I wasn’t a fan of that behavior.

Clark was all right. I thought he was a bit too possessive for a ghost. Rather than hold on to Savannah for dear life, I thought if he really loved her, he should’ve let go.

The plot was rich, detailed and complexer than I thought it would. Romantic suspense novels tend to lack high stakes. Sometimes it’s a murder mystery, sure, but the characters are never truly in danger. This book read more like a mix between suspense and thriller, because Savannah’s life is actually in danger.

For me, this was a fast read I finished in one sitting. It had a nice blend of suspense and romance, and the writing was decent and solid as well. Would love to read more by this author.

 

Release Day Party Finding Amy

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We are celebrating the release  day of romantic suspense novel “Finding Amy”. Come celebrate with us!

About Finding Amy

Finding Amy winterTitle: Finding Amy

Author: Carol Braswell

Genre: Romantic Suspense

What begins in Montana as routine for Texas Ranger Carson Garrett, quickly turns into a ‘run for your life’ chase in order to protect the two women and child he is returning to Texas.

How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

                When Texas Ranger, Carson Garrett is assigned to locate and place in protective custody the wife of a man suspected of illegal activities with a Columbian drug lord, it turns into more than routine. The estranged husband has put out a hit on his wife and the only person who knows where she is hiding is her twin sister, Amy Summers.

Protecting the sister she loves may be the thing that destroys her…

                It is a race against time for Carson to find Amy, convenience her of the imminent danger and get her to lead him to Jamie so he can escort both women and Jamie’s four-year-old child back to Texas.

Even if they make it can love on the run survive?

                Besides the obvious problems of running from a man who is trying to kill them, Carson and Amy have an instant attraction to each other and it is clouding his usual sharp judgment and causing them both to make costly mistakes.

A determined hitman, a diabolical plan. There is only one way to stop them both…

Author Bio

I love to write. I love to put characters in situations that seems impossible to get out of. Almost. Then, out of the blue, along comes that sexy, breathtakingly, handsome hero who can and will save the day. Sometimes, (I like this part), it’s the heroine who steps up and saves the day. I love to write. Did I mention that? Anyway, I love mystery, suspense and the forever kind of love. When someone asks me, “what do you write?” I can’t say romance. It’s not that simple. I want action, adventure, suspense with caring, loving, sexy, characters that seem to find trouble wherever they go.
I am married to my real life sexy hero who finds my imagination intriguing, but refuses to read my books. Thank God. Our, live-at-home children greet us at the door with tongues hanging and tails wagging. They travel with us when we vacation and get depressed when we have to leave them. We have four grown children who live close enough for us to see often.

You can follow me on twitter – https://twitter.com/AuthorCarolB facebook;https://www.facebook.com/#!/carolbraswellauthor

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Links

Finding Amy     

Author Carol Braswell
www.carolbraswell.com

twitter @AuthorCarolB

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/carolbraswellauthor

Purchase a copy:

http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Amy-ebook/dp/B00EQNEIIC/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377517755&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=caroll+braswel

 

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Scent of Roses

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I’m happy to host a starter day party today for western historical romance novel “The Scent of Roses”. I’ll be reviewing the book during the tour as well.

Tour Schedule

August 23rd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 25th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

August 27th: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

August 29th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene

August 30th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

September 1st: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

September 2nd: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 4th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

September 6th: Guest Post @ Endazzled Reading

The Scent of Roses

The Scent of Roses by Charlene Raddon - 200Title: The Scent of Roses

Author: Charlene Raddon

Genre:  Western historical romance

A woman’s smile . . .

Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover that her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincaid, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay–even though she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost” . . .

A ghost’s siss . . .

Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincaid had hoped he could make a fresh start in Whiskey Ridge and open a saloon with his friend Josiah. Now, as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed . . . unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plan to sneak out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is his first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life — especially when she’ll take his heart with her.

Author Bio

Char portrait 2009smer(3)Charlene Raddon began her fiction career in the third grade when she announced in Show & Tell that a baby sister she never had was killed by a black widow spider. She often penned stories featuring mistreated young girls whose mother accused of crimes her sister had actually committed. Her first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when she woke up from a vivid dream that compelled her to drag out a portable typewriter and begin writing. She’s been at it ever since. An early love for romance novels and the Wild West led her to choose the historical romance genre but she also writes contemporary romance. At present, she has five books published in paperback by Kensington Books (one under the pseudonym Rachel Summers), and four eBooks published by Tirgearr Publishing.

Charlene’s awards include: RWA Golden Heart Finalist, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award Nomination, Affair de Coeur Magazine Reader/Writer Poll for Best Historical of the Year. Her books have won or place in several contests.

Currently, Charlene is working on her next release.

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Book Review The Granite Key by N.S. Wikarski

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Author: Nancy Wikarski
Genre: Archaeological Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

THE ARKANA SERIES: Archaeological Thrillers That Defy History
Volume One – The Granite Key

“Think ‘MEDIUM meets THE LOST SYMBOL’ and it only begins to describe the pleasures of THE GRANITE KEY – 5 Stars.” (Kindle Nation)

A Wake-Up Call
In a nightmare, nineteen year old Cassie Forsythe sees her sister attacked by a man in a cowboy hat who demands something called “the key.” Her nightmare mutates into reality before the night is over. Cassie is called to identify her sister’s body–murdered exactly as her dream foretold. Cassie dismisses her vision as a fluke and fights to get on with her life. Disconnected and aimless now that her only family is gone, she drifts until the evening when she catches the man in the cowboy hat ransacking her sister’s apartment. He bolts with an odd-looking stone cylinder–the granite key. From that moment, Cassie’s normal world evaporates.

A Secret Society
She learns that her sister led a double life–retrieving artifacts for a secret organization called the Arkana. The Arkana’s leader, an elder named Faye, explains that her group performs a controversial kind of archaeology. They scour the globe for evidence of ancient pre-patriarchal civilizations in hopes of salvaging the lost history of the world. Their network of troves safeguards artifacts from highly sophisticated goddess-worshipping cultures on every continent. Cassie’s sister had the psychic ability to touch an artifact and relive its past. Cassie has now inherited this gift. Faye wants the girl to take over her sister’s role in the organization. Cassie doubts her powers but agrees. Now an insider, she is transported to the Arkana’s mysterious underground vault in the countryside outside Chicago where the group tackles the mystery of her sister’s murder.

A Dangerous Cult
The Arkana learns that the man in the cowboy hat is a hired mercenary named Leroy Hunt and that he is working for a fundamentalist religious cult known as the Blessed Nephilim. He takes his orders directly from the cult’s domineering prophet–Abraham Metcalf. The granite key which Leroy stole is inscribed with hieroglyphics revealing the location of a mythological artifact reputed to have mystical powers–the Sage Stone. Although skeptical of its legendary capabilities, the Arkana is still afraid to allow the relic to fall into the cult’s hands. Abraham’s fanatical belief in the power of the Sage Stone could be the catalyst to start a war of religious genocide.

Unlocking The Key
Before she died, Cassie’s sister took photos of the strange markings on the granite key. The Arkana decodes the hieroglyphics which point to the ancient ruins of Minoan Crete as the hiding place of the Sage Stone. Faye hastily assembles a retrieval team including Cassie, her newly-appointed bodyguard Erik, and a British researcher named Griffin. The band of treasure hunters is mismatched and wildly dysfunctional from the start. Griffin has never gone on a field mission, Erik treats his inexperienced colleagues with contempt, and Cassie second-guesses her psychic hunches. She battles to prove herself to Erik at every turn. Their internal clashes rival the bigger crisis of what to do when they come face to face with their enemies.

A Matter Of Life Or Death
Even as they rake through megalithic tombs and Minoan palaces for clues, Abraham dispatches his son Daniel and hired gun Leroy Hunt to recover the Sage Stone. The Nephilim operatives won’t hesitate to kill anyone standing in their way. Will Cassie and her teammates avert global disaster or find themselves casualties of Abraham’s mania to exterminate the world of unbelievers? The Granite Key holds the answer.

What impressed me the most about The Granite Key was the large amount of archaeological and historical detail that crept its way into this novel. It reads very much like an updated version of a Dan Brown book, matching fact with fiction until the reader is unsure of which is which. At the beginning of the book, our main character Cassie, already finds herself going through an enormous challenge. Her sister was murdered, and she saw it happen in a dream. Struggling with guilt, and with coming to terms of what’s happening, and the strange new world she is thrust into, Cassie must withstand several hardships. Cassie learns her sister was murdered because she found a relic of an ancient society called The Arkana. When touching the object, Cassie can see pictures of the past play out in her mind.

Next to Cassie, my favorite character was Griffin. But Cassie remained my absolute favorite. She went through so many emotions, from disbelief to wonder to being amazed, through grief, sorrow and anger, and all those emotions she portrayed so well and in such a fragile, human way.

I love thrillers linking the past to present and books that teach me something. Here I learned a great deal about ancient matriarchal societies. It was a very intriguing, suspenseful and enjoyable read.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Garrett’s Mulligan

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I’m happy to host a starter day party today for Garrett’s Mulligan, a humor/mystery novel. I’ll be reviewing the book on August 28th as well. Meanwhile, stay tuned for the other tour stops!

Tour Schedule

August 20th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 22nd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

August 23rd : Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

August 24th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

August 25th : Book Review @ Endazzled Reading

August 26th:  Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Deal Sharing Aunt

August 28th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

August 30th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

August 31st: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene

September 1st: Book Excerpt @ Forever Book Lover

September 2nd: Book Review and Giveaway @ The Single Librarian

September 3rd: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

September 4th:  Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

September 6th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

September 8th: Author Interview @ The Book Gazette

September 10th: Book Review @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

September 12th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

September 14th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 16th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

September 18th: Book Review @ Bookaholic Ramblings

September 19th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Forever Book Lover

September 20th:  Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

About Garrett’s Mulligan

garrettsmulliganfrontTitle: Garrett’s Mulligan
Author: Grant Reed
Genre: Humor / Fantasy / Mystery
At thirty-one Garrett Willigins has finally earned his private investigator’s badge. Unfortunately, the bills haven’t stopped coming and building a solid reputation won’t happen overnight. Forced to take employment wherever they can, Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle, must dirty their hands any way possible to make a buck. Shoveling manure, chasing cats, and dock duty seem to be the order of the day.
Working off back rent for a notorious gangster isn’t the safest of jobs on a good day, but when the other workers start turning up dead, Garrett finds himself elbow deep in a mystery that could spell a quick end to his short P.I. career.

Author Bio

Grant AuthorGrant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking.  He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and working contract jobs. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan

Links

Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Garretts-Mulligan-ebook/dp/B00DPI2ZPC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375275568&sr=8-1&keywords=garrett%27s+Mulligan
Paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/Garretts-Mulligan-Mr-Grant-Reed/dp/1477407723/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1375275701&sr=8-2&keywords=garrett%27s+Mulligan
Website:
http://www.reedboys.ca/
Author Page on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Grant-Reed/e/B007WKB2RG

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Blind Study

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for “Blind Study”, a YA Paranormal novel. I will also review the book during the tour, on September 6th. Meanwhile, visit the other blog stops!

Tour Schedule

August 20th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 21st: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

August 23rd: Book Review @ Rachel’s Book Reviews

August 24th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

August 26th: Book Review @ Sweet Southern Home

August 27th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

August 28th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

August 29th: Book Review @ Once Upon A YA Book

August 30th: Book Excerpt @ Black Lillies are Deadly

September 1st: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

September 2nd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

September 3rd: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

September 5th:  Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

September 6th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

September 8th: Book Excerpt @ Krystal’s Enchanting Reads

September 10th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

September 12th: Book Review @ Bookaholic Ramblings

September 14th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

September 15th: Book Review @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 16th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene

September 18th: Book Review @  Endazzled Reading

September 20th:  Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

About Blind Study

Blind StudyTitle: Blind Study

Author: Jacquelyn Sylvan

Genre: YA Supernatural Thriller

Eighteen-year-old Alice has spent the last year of her life in a hospital bed, held hostage by pain from a freak accident. Doctors can neither explain nor cure her condition, and her medical insurance is about to run out. Then, she’s offered one last chance—inclusion in a study for a revolutionary new pain medication.

Miraculously, the medication works. There’s only one side effect—vivid, terrifying nightmares, of imprisonment in a pitch-black cell, with no memory of her identity or how she got there. At least, she thinks that’s all they are, until someone from her dreams shows up in real life.

When other sinister happenings cross the boundary between dreaming and waking, Alice must choose: return to a half-life of isolation and agony, or confront the malevolent force behind the dreams, before she and those she cares about are trapped in their nightmares forever. But by the time she makes her choice—it may already be too late.

Author Bio

jacquelynsylvanauthorpicBefore Jacquelyn Sylvan became a writer, she worked as a waitress, video store clerk, trail-riding guide, and veterinary technician, among other things. She’s a few inches shy of five feet tall, which means she’s sometimes mistaken for a child when she rides her bike, and often looked at suspiciously by amusement park ride operators. When she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her watching Vampire Diaries or trying to warn people about the impending penguin apocalypse. Jacquelyn lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two cats, and two very large dogs. Her YA novel, Blind Study, a supernatural thriller, comes out August 20, 2013.

Links

www.jacquelynsylvan.blogspot.com
www.jacquelynsylvan.tumblr.com

Twitter: @jacquelynsylvan