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Book Review and Blog Tour – The Fog by Amanda McKinney

The Fog
Amanda McKinney
(A Berry Springs Novel)
Publication date: December 4th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance

Former Marine turned ballistics expert, Wesley Cross is known around town for two things, his rugged good-looks and cocky attitude—until he finds his ex-girlfriend lying in a puddle of blood in his basement. The scene screams setup, but the discovery of a rare gem and a puzzling autopsy suggests the murder goes much deeper than that. Wesley will do whatever it takes to clear his name, including calling in a notoriously headstrong—and sexy—scientist.

While most little girls were playing dress up, Gwyneth Reece was digging in the dirt collecting bugs. Now one of the top forensic entomologists in the country, Gwen reluctantly accepts a job from a pushy cowboy and travels to the small, Southern town of Berry Springs. Heavy storms are brewing, and when she’s forced to check into the creepiest hotel she’s ever seen, she instantly regrets her decision to help out the former Marine.

Following up on a tip, Wesley heads to the Half Moon Hotel but quickly realizes his visit was not by chance. The killer lured him there, and suddenly everyone from the uptight bellman to the wealthy couple just passing through town become suspect. Bodies begin to disappear, and Wesley knows the killer will do anything to get to him…. including hurting the woman who’s kept his head spinning since he first laid eyes on her.

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The Fog is the first book I have read my Amanda McKinney, but it won’t be my last. I seriously could not put this book down.
I am a sucker for a great mystery. Throw in some romance, and I’m a goner. This is just what Ms. McKinney has accomplished.
From the start, I had to keep turning pages to see what was coming next. Nothing is as it seems, and when a grisly murder takes place in the home of one of the town’s beloved men five years after two disturbing murders, it is apparent that Wes is being set up, but by whom, and why!?!?!
When Gwen, one of the leading forensic entomologists of the day, is brought in, she brings a clue to light that has Wes’ head spinning.
The characters are very well-deserved, the chemistry between them is sizzling and the story-line is so engaging!
This is a must-read for mystery lovers – the perfect blend of suspense, intrigue and romance!

Author Bio:

Award-winning author of romantic suspense and mystery, Amanda McKinney wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, Southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries peppered with steamy love scenes, and include the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES and the BLACK ROSE MYSTERY SERIES, with many more to come.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Who by Megan Mitcham

Who
Megan Mitcham
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller, Romance

A billionaire in high heels. A relentless stalker. A chance rooftop meeting. Her choices could send everything crashing down.

Billionaire Larkin Ashford is fiercely independent, but even she has to admit her fashion empire was built on the backs of brides. When her company has the opportunity to go public, her board of directors won’t pull the trigger unless she settles down. A series of threatening messages aren’t making her decision any easier. As she retreats to her rooftop hideaway to clear her head, she finds herself imprisoned in the strong arms of a mysterious man who thinks she was about to jump.

Despite her friends’ warnings that her wannabe savior could be her stalker, she can’t get his body off her mind. Determined to find the truth, she searches the city for her mystery man and discovers a dark secret that could bring everything she’s worked for crashing down. With her empire in danger, she’ll have to uncover the truth before her fortune and her life zero out.

Who is the first standalone novel in a pulse-pounding psychological thriller series. If you like headstrong women, steamy chemistry, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Megan Mitcham’s high-rise romantic thriller.

Buy Who to live the high life with a sleek, sexy billionaire psychological thriller soon!

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Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Megan Mitcham was born and raised among the live oaks and shrimp boats of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her enormous family still calls home. She attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and special education. For several years Megan worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She married and moved to South Carolina and worked for an international non-profit organization as an instructor and co-director.

In 2009 Megan fell in love with books. Until then, books had been a source for research or the topic of tests. But one day she read Mercy by Julie Garwood. And Oh Mercy, she was hooked!

Megan lives in Southern Arkansas where she pens sizzling suspense novels. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Goodreads. For news, giveaways, and exclusive offers sign up for her newsletter at http://www.meganmitcham.com!

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Who is the first book in The Stalker Series by Megan Mitcham and the first of her books that I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last. It is the perfect combination of everything I love – intrigue, suspense and romance all bundled into an outstanding psychological thriller.
I really enjoyed Larkin’s character – intelligent, strong and courageous. She has a tough exterior, yet she also has a soft side for those she cares about.
The story line was full of fantastic twists and turns that kept me turning pages to see what happened next.
This is definitely a must-read if you are a fan of books that keep you guessing right up to the very end!

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Cyclone (Linear Tactical #1) by Janie Crouch

Title: Cyclone
Series: Linear Tactical Series #1
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Blurb
He’d protect her
from any threat…
But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has
no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to
everyone. 
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s
created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they
never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid
of 
him
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has
never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—
his mistakes—that
put that look there in the first place. 
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival
skills
 will become much more than lessons…

This was the first of Janie Crouch’s works that I have read; however, I can assure you it will not be the last! I was instantly sucked into this story and could not put it down.

Zac and his band of brothers in every way but by blood live in the small town of Oak Creek, Wyoming. They do a booming business by training others in self defense, survival skills, and weaponry.

Annie, an ER Doctor has returned to town after 6 years in Tampa. Shy, quiet, mostly invisible, and prone to anxiety attacks, is on staff when Zac is brought in after he lays down his Harley to avoid hitting a pregnant dog (who he adopts, by the way).

Annie and Zac have a long, tumultuous history that ended in a one night stand gone bad. How bad, Zac doesn’t remember.

I simply loved Annie’s character. I could identify with her introverted nature, her fear of crowds and her love of books. She prefers to remain invisible, and hope the world passes her by. Zac was so kind and caring and I couldn’t help but love him too.

The story line moves along quickly… too quickly, really! I did not want it to end. It has plenty of nail-biting moments. It was incredibly well-written.

There are some violent scenes that address some tough topics: sexual assault, battery, murder.

I simply can’t wait for Finn and Charlotte’s story to come out!!

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Excerpt
“I was here a couple of years ago, but only for a day or
two,” Anne told Zac, looking away. She had booked a room out of Oak Creek both
times she’d dared come back. The thought of staying at The Mayor’s Inn had been
too painful. She couldn’t even look at that hotel without feeling sick to her
stomach.
And she’d avoided everyone—particularly Zac—as much as
possible. Just in case his words about not coming back were still true. She
tried to swallow the panic that threatened to overwhelm her. Maybe he still
felt that way now, even though he hadn’t said anything at the hospital.
“There.” He pointed at her. “That look that just came into
your eyes. I saw it at the hospital. It’s like you’re afraid of me, Annie.” He
took a step closer and she instinctively one back. One of his eyebrows shot up,
letting her know she’d proved his point. “Do you think I’m going to 
hurt you?”
“No.” Not physically. She’d never worried that he’d hurt her
that way, despite having five inches and probably fifty pounds—all muscle—on
her.
But he was right. She couldn’t continue living in Oak Creek
with them ignoring everything that had happened that night. What had been said.
What had been done. Maybe she would’ve tried to, and to avoid Zac forever, if
he hadn’t ended up in her ER. 
But the truth was, there weren’t enough bushes in this town
for her to jump into. She was going to run into Zac. A lot.
Sometimes all you could do was face the past.
She pulled a breath in. “I’m not scared of you. I mean, I
know you would never hurt me physically. For crying out loud, you wrecked your
motorcycle rather than hit a dog.” She’d meant for her laugh to seem breezy,
but it just sounded stilted. “But yeah, I mean, we can’t pretend like that
night never happened. The stuff we did. Stuff you…we said.”
His eyes narrowed. “That night we spent together after Becky
died.”
“Yeah. That night.” As if they’d had another. “The bottom
line is, I can’t leave here, Zac. No matter what you said then, or even if you
feel the same way now.”
He shook his head, brows furrowing. “I don’t expect you to
leave. You’re obviously a respected doctor, more than competent. Why would you
think I wanted you to leave?”
Some of the tension she’d been carrying since his arrival in
the ER began to ease. He was right. Something said in grief and anger six years
ago didn’t necessarily hold true all this time later. She was silly for
thinking it did. “Okay, well, it’s good to know you don’t feel the same as you
did back then.”
He took a single predatory step closer, and she tensed
again. “I said something that night to make you think you needed to leave?”
She stared at him, her mouth flopping open like some sort of
fish. “You don’t remember what you said?”
Those words would be engrained in her memory forever.
Get out and don’t come back.
He rubbed his forehead. “That whole night is fuzzy for me.”
I can’t even bear to look at you. You just betrayed the
only person in this town who ever wanted you here. 
Tossing her naked into the hallway before flinging her
clothes at her. 
“What do you remember?” She forced the words past a throat
that seemed to have dried up.
His hand moved to the back of his neck. “Honestly, not much
at all. It’s sort of a blur.”
She retreated a step from him again. That night had been the
most important night of her life. The best. The worst. It had changed the very
fabric of her being. 
And it was sort of a blur for him.
Author Bio
USA TODAY
bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate
romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple
romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic
Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the
Romance Writers of America.
Janie
recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to
her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for
nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even
when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile
relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp)
traveling, and movies of all kinds. 
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Title: Cyclone
Series: Linear Tactical Series #1
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Design
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Blurb

He’d protect her
from any threat…
But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has
no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to
everyone. 
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s
created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they
never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid
of 
him
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has
never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—
his mistakes—that
put that look there in the first place. 
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival
skills
 will become much more than lessons…
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Title: Eagle
Series: Linear Tactical Series #2
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Design
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Blurb

He’s fighting for what’s right…

She’s fighting just to survive…


When former Special Forces soldier Finn
Bollinger is asked to help with a deadly government mission, he’s up for the
task. His job teaching survival skills to civilians at Linear Tactical keeps
him sharp, and he can still handle himself in the field.
But the Army damn well didn’t teach Finn how
to
handle Charlotte Devereux. She’s back and she’s all sorts of bad
news.
Charlotte can’t change the past. Can’t change
the choices she made or the fact that they cost her everything. All she can do
is endure the fallout. Even if that means putting her future in the hands of
Finn, the man who has every right to want to destroy her.
And can in so many more ways than he
thinks.
When the undercover mission goes impossibly
wrong, they’ll all have to depend on Charlotte’s strength in order to
survive. 
But everyone has a breaking point…
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Title: Shamrock
Series: Linear Tactical Series #3
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Deranged Doctor Design
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Blurb
Every mission has a price.
He never meant for her to pay it.
Aiden Teague had
never left a fallen comrade behind, not during his years in the Special Forces
nor afterwards as part of Linear Tactical. But he’s forced to do so in an
undercover mission gone wrong, leaving a woman trapped in a human trafficking
ring. 
Violet Collingwood
learned in the most brutal way possible that no one is promised a happy ending.
She knows Aiden blames himself, at least in part, for what happened to her at
the hands of the traffickers, but she refuses to let her abduction define the
rest of her life.
She won’t be a victim
again.  And she’s going after what
she wants: Aiden.
Watching Violet
transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing Aiden has ever
seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her—let her heal and grow
without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress—even though every
instinct tells him to claim her for his own. 
But when they
discover the danger they thought they’d left behind is closer than ever,
they’ll have to confront their fears and fight side-by-side in order to survive.

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USA TODAY
bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate
romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple
romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic
Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the
Romance Writers of America.
Janie
recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to
her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for
nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even
when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile
relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp)
traveling, and movies of all kinds. 
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Book Blitz – Web of Lies Series by Kathleen Brooks

Title: Whispered Lies
Series: Web of Lies #1
Author: Kathleen Brooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Blurb
When danger
lurks in the shadows…
Government
secrets are being sold and the newly sworn in President of the United States
already feels out of options. Without knowing the full scope of the scandal,
the president decides to turn to the one person he knows he can trust—former
FBI Agent, Elizabeth James. Her deep distrust of the system is rooted in her
unfair discharge from service. Now she sees a chance to restore her reputation
and send a message to those that would use their power to destroy others’
lives.
Elizabeth James is ordered to do whatever it takes to end a criminal
organization pulling the strings of the worlds’ governments to do their
bidding. She’s also been told that this is completely off the books. If caught,
the government will deny all knowledge of her and the mission. Elizabeth was
ready to go it alone until a man with a chip on his shoulder mysteriously helps
her when she’s under fire.


Dalton Cage
had led his small group of elite Air Force Pararescuemen into the most
dangerous parts of the world to rescue civilians and soldiers alike. He thought
his time spent evading enemy fire was over after he was booted for ignoring an
order he believed to be wrong. But enemy fire was nothing compared to the
dangers he faced when he was offered a chance at redemption. All he had to do
was provide back up to an undercover agent and he’d get a chance to rejoin his
pararescue team. Danger strikes early and often as Elizabeth and Dalton begin
their mission and find their hearts becoming involved. Now every decision could
cost them their freedom . . . or their lives.
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Excerpt
Lizzy pulled the syringe from her purse as she strode toward the bathroom. She pulled the cover from the needle and placed it inside the small clutch she carried. She pushed open the door to the bathroom and stood waiting for Phylicia to come out of the stall. She heard her whispering into her phone that she wasn’t alone and couldn’t talk anymore before hanging up. She flushed the toilet, but both Lizzy and Phylicia knew there had been no reason to do so.
“Sorry, I just had so much champagne,” Phylicia said as she opened the door. She didn’t get to say another word as Lizzy smirked and jabbed a needle right into her neck.
“What the hell? Elizabeth?” Phylicia muttered right before her eyes drooped closed and she crashed to the floor. Lizzy didn’t feel an ounce of remorse as Phylicia’s head smacked against the marble tiled floor.
Lizzy grabbed her by the arms and pulled. Not only did the marble flooring look amazing, it also provided amazingly little resistance for dragging a body. Lizzy pulled Phylicia out of the bathroom and down the hall before using her bottom to push open the emergency exit. True to Alex’s word, no alarms went off.
Alex let out a low whistle. “I mean, I knew you could do it. I just didn’t think you actually would.”
Lizzy grunted as she hefted Phylicia’s body into the van. “Get her phone and disable it. I don’t want anyone to know where we’re going.”
Alex leaped into the back of the van as Lizzy took over the driver’s seat. As she was putting the van into Drive, she heard the sound of tires squealing as a car took the corner too fast down the alleyway. Lizzy looked into the mirrors and saw a standard black town car racing down the alley behind her.
Lizzy didn’t say a word as she slammed the pedal to the floor. Shots pinged off the back of the van as she bounced down the narrow alley, past cardboard boxes and overflowing dumpsters.
“How did they find us?” Lizzy demanded.
Alex was frantically going through Phylicia’s purse. “I disabled the GPS on the phone,” he muttered as he ripped apart the lining. “There’s nothing!”
Phylicia’s dress sparkled in the rear view mirror, the thousands of sequins hand sewn onto the bodice. “The dress. Check her dress!”
“Why couldn’t she be a man?” Alex groaned as he ran a detector over every sequin. “Got it! I’ll disable it then see what kind of information I can get from it.”
Alex cursed as Lizzy hit a pothole and the van bounced into the air. The car was gaining, but the exit to the alley was close. Twenty feet from the exit, a man in a black suit with a matching black M-16 rifle stepped from around the side of the hotel. He raised the gun and bullets ripped through the glass. Alex screamed five octaves higher than a soprano and plastered himself to the floor. Lizzy ducked and kept her foot on the gas. She’d run the bastard over if she had to. All guilt and worry about crossing the invisible line had vanished the second she saw the evidence her father had collected. She’d been fired and her reputation destroyed because of the bitch in the back of the van, and there was no way Lizzy was going to let her go without a fight.
Dalton tried to open the doors to the restrooms, but they were locked. He looked around and remembered the stairs in front of the ballroom. He’d lost his target, and by the way four men in suits had not so subtly fled the room moments ago, he knew his target was in trouble. Smiling, he nodded to Sebastian Abel, pretending to know him and others in the crowd as he cut his way toward the stairs.
As soon as he was clear of the ballroom, he shoved open the door and started to race up the twelve flights of stairs. His training kept him in shape and he wasn’t even breathing hard when he burst onto the roof. His gun was already in hand as he scanned the roof for other occupants. The sound of tires squealing told him he was right—his target was in trouble.
His black dress shoes crunched on the concrete roof as he raced to the edge and looked over the small two-foot wall and into the alley. At the far end, a van was flooring it as a town car slid into the alley. Straight below him he saw only the tip of an M-16 barrel.
Dalton scanned the rooftop and saw the fire escape at the far end of the roof. He shoved his gun back into the holster as he sprinted toward the narrow metal fire escape ladder. He swung his leg over the side of the short wall and put the balls of his feet on the metal handrails so he could slide down the side of the building.
Eight feet from the bottom, he dropped to the ground while simultaneously pulling his weapon. People were screaming and running as they saw him along with the man now firing the M-16 at the van. Dalton didn’t break stride as he ran straight toward the man and calmly pulled the trigger. It only took one shot. The back of the man’s head exploded as the body fell forward. The van appeared and didn’t slow as it ran over the body before turning right and heading straight toward Dalton.
Dalton already had his gun holstered as he straightened his tuxedo jacket and gave a jaunty salute to the driver. Her bright red lips were opened in surprise, but she didn’t slow down as she passed him. But by the look she gave him, Dalton knew she had taken in his height, weight, and appearance. He smiled as he thought of her wondering who the hell he was. She had no idea that he was her very own guardian angel.
“Who the hell was that?” Lizzy yelled as she raced through downtown D.C., trying to lose the car that had followed her out of the alley.
“Who was who?” Alex asked as he worked on the tracking device he’d pulled off the dress. “Whoever was monitoring this had to be at the event,” he muttered.
“The man who just shot the guy shooting at us. He smiled at me and then gave me a condescending salute. Hang on,” Lizzy said as she took a corner so fast the van tilted onto two wheels. When it slammed down, she filed away the facts on the man who had helped her out. He would be hard to forget with those dark eyes that looked right at her and that square jaw covered in neatly trimmed stubble. Not to mention he could fill out a tux unlike any man she had ever seen.
“Condescending is fine if he’s shooting the bad people,” Alex called as he worked on his computer. “Got it! I backtracked the GPS to the car behind us. They’re the ones monitoring her. The only question is if she knows about it or not. But it’s taken care of now. It’s disabled.”
“Then it’s time to lose them,” Lizzy said with a smile. This was turning out to be rather fun.
Title: Rogue Lies
Series: Web of Lies #2
Author: Kathleen Brooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Blurb
The secret
is out . . .
Tate Carlisle had been the most popular up and coming television journalist until
she’d been unfairly fired. Now she’d been recruited to join an elite and
well-trained team to fight the secret group aiming to rule the world from the
shadows. Tate uses her own talents to uncover the true story. Major pieces of
the puzzle begin to fit together as more culprits are identified. As she works
through the investigation, she quickly discovers the people in the shadows will
stop at nothing to stay anonymous.



Birch
Stratton’s unlikely rise to be the most powerful man in the country has placed
him in a unique position to stop an anonymous group from stealing control of
the government. Birch was never meant to be president. Instead, the
increasingly popular former Army Officer offering a new vision had been
neutralized by those he believed to be his political allies when he was
nominated and elected Vice President. When the elected president unexpectedly
dies, Birch assumes the presidency and is thrust into the secret world of
bribes, extortion, affairs, and a battle for the soul of the United States.



Tate’s new
job as White House Press Secretary puts her in the line of fire from all sides.
When she and Birch find themselves falling for each other, they are torn
between their jobs, duty, and their hearts. Split-second decisions are now a
matter of life and death . . . but will the next lead story be about her death
or those she cares about?
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Title: Shattered Lies
Series: Web of Lies #3
Author: Kathleen Brooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 19, 2017
Blurb
The time
has come to step out of the shadows . . .
Valeria McGregor was a better shot, a better fighter, and smarter than everyone
she’d ever gone up against as an agent for the DEA. Then she’d uncovered
illegal activity within her own organization and was fired as part of a
cover-up. Valeria is offered a chance to get back in the game as part of a
secret elite group reporting only to the president. Valeria fully plans to find
the men and women hell bent on ruling the world from the shadows, but she also
has revenge on the mind.

Valeria secretly left her new team thinking she could go undercover to get to
the bottom of how the shadow group was funded. Valeria discovered too late that
when it comes to true evil, it’s best to face it with your team at your back.
Alone and on the run, Valeria finds herself being hunted by some of the most
dangerous people on the planet. She has learned how the shadow group has been
funded and what they have planned next, but she still has to find out where
before it’s too late. If the shadow group pulls off their next move, then there
may be no stopping them.

Grant Macay would do anything for his former Air Force Pararescue team leader,
Dalton Cage. So when Dalton calls and invites Grant into the fold, he doesn’t
hesitate to drop everything to rescue Valeria. With her past at the DEA
threatening her survival, and the world’s most vicious drug lord hunting her, a
feisty Valeria and Grant must make their way back to the team to prepare for
the battle of their lives. This woman is unlike anything he’s experience before
and it doesn’t take long for the sparks to fly . . . as well as bullets. With
time running out, Grant could only hope he and Valeria would be the ones left
standing.

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Author Bio
Kathleen Brooks is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
and USA Today bestselling author. Kathleen’s stories are romantic suspense
featuring strong female heroines, humor, and happily-ever-afters. Her BLUEGRASS
Series and follow-up Bluegrass Brothers and Forever Bluegrass Series feature
small town charm with quirky characters that have captured the hearts of
readers around the world. Her WOMEN OF POWER Series features women who don’t
need a billionaire lover. They are the billionaires. Plus a dirty minded old
lady we all wish we could be when we grow up. Her latest series, WEB OF LIES,
is a mystery that will leave you tangled in the lies as a small shadow group
races to untangle the web before it’s too late. 

Kathleen is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and other
non-profit organizations, such as Friends and Vets Helping Pets, whose goals
are to protect and save our four-legged family members.
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Book Review and Blog Tour – Deadly Games by Karen Rock



Deadly Games
Karen Rock
(Dallas After Dark)
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Special Agent Katherine Bowden doesn’t do girls’ nights out. She doesn’t do blazing hot dances with male strippers or unbelievable, uninhibited one-night-stands. If you ask her ex, all she does is work: study evidence, profile criminals, track them down. And now Katherine’s back home in Dallas, with a new set of all-male colleagues second-guessing her every move, and a possible serial killer hunting women just like her. But just this once, Katherine is going to try all those things she doesn’t do . . .

Growing up on the Reservation led Nash Hawkins down paths he’d rather forget. When his dream of joining the police force was crushed, he turned his hard body and wicked imagination into a meal ticket. His chemistry with Katherine is like nothing he’s ever felt. And though he’s sure a woman like her won’t want to get seriously involved with him, Nash knows things—things that might help catch a killer.

Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose . . .

“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on Dangerous Moves

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Deadly Games is the first book I have read by Karen Rock, but it won’t be the last. I did not realize that it is the second book in the series until I had finished reading, so that is the perfect indication of what a great stand-alone it is.

Suspense/psychological thrillers are my favorite genres, and this book really checked all the boxes for me.

The protagonist, a kick-ass FBI agent, Katherine, has seen her share of horror in both her personal and professional lives.

Nash, a super sexy stripper with a dream of entering law enforcement moonlights as a PI. When a former client contacts him for help in finding her missing daughter, Nash and Katherine are brought together on a case.

The storyline had all kinds of interesting twists and turns that kept me engaged and interested. While I figured out quite early on who the bad guy was, there were enough twists that I wasn’t quite sure until the end (and I was right!). There were moments that I was chewing on my fingernails, moments that I laughed out loud, and I shed a few tears.

I so recommend this book to everyone, just everyone. Read it!!!

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – In the Land Of Milk and Honey by Neil E. S. Douglas



In the Land of Milk and Honey
Nell E.S. Douglas
Publication date: January 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone. Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crostini. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both.

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This book was fairly well-written and I had to keep reading, but more out of curiosity than from the fact that I was really into it. I feel a bit unsure of what I read. Please don’t take that to mean that I don’t think it was a good book. It was classified as romance/suspense, and I just can’t get to those classifications. Romance, definitely, but I did not find it suspenseful in the least.

I quite enjoyed the characters – and there are a whole host of them. They were mostly well-developed. Bree is incredibly likeable, kind-hearted, forgiving, passionate and most importantly, a good mother. I especially enjoyed her motley crew of friends that make up her family. Daniel’s character is like a fine wine – bold and intense. I really found myself liking his character a lot.

Yay’s:

Good character development.

Nay’s:

The book was completely mischaracterized as suspense. It was a bit long and drawn-out. There were several parts in the book where I found myself very confused.

If you read this book as a romance, it is likely that you will enjoy it. I was not overwhelmed; however, it was a good read

Author Bio:

Nell E. S. Douglas has possessed a deep, abiding love for written words since childhood. The transition from reader, to writer, was a natural one. Her first stories, penned on the lined pages of class notebooks, were inspired by her mother’s poetry and epic tales of travel, and a professorial inquisitiveness inherited from her father. Following college in Florida, Nell exited the world of pure imagination, and entered the one of business, successfully establishing a career in sales, and developing a cup-a-day habit (of coffee). Today, Nell writes everything from story ideas to essays during the spaces in-between domestic goddessing, and contributing as a managing partner to a thriving small business. Nell resides in Florida, with her husband and their children, passing on the traditions of her mother, and sinking her feet in the sand whenever possible.

Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, anything by Scorcese, The Time Traveller’s Wife, and Bridesmaids.

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Book Review – Is This Life by Cin Medley

Publisher: Med’s Pub Publishing

Publication Date: Feb 1, 2017

Pages: 282

Synopsis

Jacob Aberdeen is looking for the one thing his money can’t buy.

Can he find it? Can he leave his arrogant attitude behind him to find what he is looking for?

Jake reached around her putting his hand over hers on the door handle. “Miss Caps,” he whispered, kissing her lightly, “If you don’t leave I am going to have to make love to you, and I really don’t want to do that in a hotel room.”

He didn’t think about what he was going to do he just did it. He reached up wrapping his hand around her neck and kissed her.

She didn’t pull away, she kissed him back taking his breath away. He felt her kiss through his whole body. Her hand came up to his and she hung onto him.

Jake pulled away first. “Jesus,” he whispered. He just stood there look at her, his hand still on her neck, her hand still on his.

I didn’t think Cin could top Justice, but I have to say that she outdid herself with Is This Life! I normally steer clear of billionaire stories. Not because they aren’t well-written, and not because they aren’t good stories, but they just don’t appeal much to me. I certainly don’t know any billionaires, and I have a hard time identifying. Not true in this case!

Jake Aberdeen is a self-made billionaire. He has more money than two people could spend in a lifetime, his words, yet he is not happy. He realizes that there is an emptiness to his life that no amount of material possessions can fill. What does he do? He gives his Fortune 500 company to his best friend and partner, sells everything and walks away to find himself. He moves to the small town that his brother and family live in and pretty much goes off the grid – at least as far as his former life is concerned.

Jenna Caps throws a monkey wrench into his plans, and he finds himself unable to walk away from her, even though he doesn’t feel he is in a position to be in a relationship.

Enter Phil, football coach at the school where Jenna teaches physics. He believes that because she went to dinner one time with him, she is his. He won’t take no for an answer and is not afraid to use brute force to get what he wants, though no one believes he is a threat… no one except Jake. I cannot say enough bad things about Phil! He is the character you are meant to despise.

Jake is a gentle protector, when he gets out of his own way, and leaves his arrogance behind. I loved his character so much. He is kind, compassionate, loving and romantic.

Jenna is incredibly brave. No one knows the depth of the horrors that she has lived through, yet she picked up the pieces and put her life back together.

This book was so beautifully written. I cried, laughed and got so incredibly angry that I may have broken a nail. And then I cried some more. I could not put this book down, and the story resonated within me, long after I finished it.

I can’t say that it is a light and easy read, as it is not. It touches on dark, brutal subject matter, that may be a trigger for survivors of abuse. As dark as the subject matter is, light still shines through – in Jake and Jenna. Jenna is courageous and strong, and Jake is willing to fight with all he’s got to keep Jenna, the one woman who sees him as more than his money or what social status he can bring to them, safe.

This story will give you all the feels, and may even make you swoon!

Book Review

Book Review – Uniquely Mine (A Fitz Series) by Theresa Sederholz

Publisher: Theresa Sederholz

Publication Date: November 8, 2015

Pages: 268

Synopsis

When the latest string of murders, sweeping New York City, lands on Detective Fitzgerald S. Rodriguez’s desk, the signature evidence hits too close to home. Being unable to stop the murder of his own mother has made Fitz a jaded man. Now, he will stop at nothing to protect the one he loves.

Serial killer, Mark Chambers, is like a cat that preys on unsuspecting mice for sport. When a fresh kill no longer quenches his sexual appetite, he sets his sights on Makenna Justice. The fiery-redhead, with her emerald green eyes, ignites a fire in him that he hasn’t had since his first kill.

Time is of the essence for all three of them.

Mark must feed into his desires once more without leaving a trail.

Fitz has to dig himself deep into a killer’s mind to catch him.

And Makenna?—She just has to stay alive.

This book contains scenes and/or incidents of domestic violence, which may be triggering to survivors. Intended for 18+ mature readers only. Contains strong language and sexual situations, which may be offensive to some people.

I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I started reading this book! What a thriller!

Fitz is an extremely complex character. Witness to his mother’s murder at the hands of his father at a very young age, he is taken in by his best friend, Andy’s parents and finds the unconditional love his life had been lacking. He grew up to be a police officer, wanting to right the injustices in the world.

Growing up, he was always MJ’s white knight, riding in to save the day just when she needed it. As a result, MJ has been in love with him since she was five years old. Knowing that love was not returned, at least not in the romantic way, and as a result of having to be the strong one for every member of her family, MJ finds herself exploring the BDSM lifestyle.

Her brother, Andy, buys the local BDSM club, and when he is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, MJ takes over the running of the club.

Unfortunately, there is a killer on the loose and it appears he is part of the lifestyle – or he is using it as a way to throw the cops off his trail. Fitz is running out of time to determine whether or not the killer has MJ in his sights and he will do anything to protect her.

This book had me on the edge of my seat and I really struggled to put it down when life interfered. It was very well-written with well-developed characters. I would have liked to have seen Stephen’s character, Andy’s husband, developed a bit more, as he was my favorite.

The sex and violence scenes in this book are a bit graphic and not for the faint of heart. That being said, they played well into the story line and were not over-the-top.

If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, with a good dose of romance, this is the book for you!

Book Review

Book Review – Anonymous by L.P. Dover

Title: Anonymous
Standalone
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 23, 2018
Blurb
Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a
happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to
be finished. My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.
I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an
amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who
loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not
until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers
that spell my nickname when read upside down.
31773
It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who
they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse
to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a
dangerous turn. His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.
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Excerpt

It’s closing time and Vikki and I are busy cleaning, so we
can get home. My phone beeps with an incoming text and I look down at it and growl.
“You can’t be serious.” Staring back at me isn’t a text from Jake, but from
Anonymous. Even though I deleted and blocked the number ninety days ago, I
still recognize it.
Vikki moves closer, her eyes wide. “What’s going on?”
I show her the text.
Anonymous: 31773?
Brows furrowed, she sits back. “What does that mean?” I turn
my phone upside down, so she can see that the number spells out my name. Her
eyes widen. “Wow, that’s cool you can type your name with numbers.”
“But not so cool when I don’t know who the person is,” I
counter. “About three months ago, I got texts from this exact same person.
Whoever it is likes to play games. I’m sick of it and I want them to leave me
alone.” Taking a deep breath, I type out a reply.
Me: WHO IS THIS?
Anonymous: Why
all the yelling?
I roll my eyes. This is just ridiculous.
Me: I like using
all caps.
Anonymous: Don’t
stop on my account. So, what have you been up to? Been a while since we talked.

Me: Yeah, it’s
because I blocked the number.
Anonymous: Why?
Me: BECAUSE I
DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!
“What is he saying?” Vikki asks. I show her the texts and
her eyes widen. “So, you haven’t talked to him since you blocked the number?”
I think back to when I blocked it and if my calculations are
correct, the ninety days was up yesterday. “No, but he has perfect timing. My
ninety days ran up yesterday. I might need to run to the cell store and see if
they can block it permanently.”
My phone beeps again and a sharp pain settles in my gut. I
just want whoever it is to leave me alone.
Anonymous: That
hurts. You’ve always been friendly toward me.
Me: Obviously not
friendly enough, if you can’t tell me who you are. It’s weird and it makes me
uncomfortable. You need to leave me the hell alone. Don’t text, call, or try to
contact me in any way. I’m happily married, and I want it to stay that way.
GOODBYE!
Heart racing, I log into my cell phone account and before I
can block the number, another text comes through.
Anonymous: Sorry
31773 but that’s not going to happen.
The blood in my veins runs cold. Hands shaking, I block his
number and my phone drops onto the table. Vikki picks it up and reads the final
text, her face growing pale.
“I don’t think this person’s going away.”

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling
author L. P. Dover
 is a
southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful
girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics,
enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write,
but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting,
and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and
every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written
countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series,
the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters
series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone
novels 
It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe and Love, Lies,
and Deception. 
Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic
suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with
her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
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Anonymous is the first book I have read by L. P. Dover. It is a very well-written romantic suspense novel with the perfect balance of romance and intrigue.

Ellie is a bright, vibrant young woman, who loves to spend time in the kitchen. Good thing, since she owns an extremely successful bakery that I would love to visit! The strawberry truffles made me drool.

Her husband, Jake, is a former MMA fighter turned architect. His work takes him away from home frequently. Fortunately, their best friend Owen is a strong support for her, when he is not undercover for the PD.

Ellie receives a text from an anonymous phone number, and other than thinking it’s a bit weird doesn’t spend too much time worrying about it. Until the frequency and message content escalate. It is at that point that she decides to fess up to Jake and involve Owen.

Things get real, quickly, and Ellie and Jake realize that this guy is not playing. The plot heats up and there is a lot of fingernail-biting suspense.

I had a suspicion of how things would play out, (I guess I am just smart like that) but I was still reeling from the truth.

Ms. Dover’s characters are well developed and they all take on a life of their own. The dialogue in the book feels natural and flows easily. This was a fantastic quick and easy read!