Today Luna Kayne and Rockstar Book Toursare revealing the cover and an exclusive content for KILL CODE, the first bookin her new Romantic Suspense Series which releases on January 22, 2019! Checkout the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal!Title: KILL CODEAuthor: Luna KaynePub. Date: January 22, 2019Publisher: Kayne PublishingFormats: Paperback, eBookPages: 317HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT THE ONES YOU LOVE?
Ten years ago, a covert government operation gone wrong separated Jack from Jessa, the girl he promised he would never leave.
Jack's special forces team receives a tip,leading them to a remote farmhouse in search of a group of hackers led by the elusive Zane who work for the same person he holds responsible for Jessa’s death, ten years earlier.
Past and present collide as what was once lost is now standing in front of him and appears to be working for the very evil he is trying to end.
But is everything as it seems as secrets begin to unravel and pieces are put back in their proper places?
And will the last missing piece, the answer to all of their problems, be found in time?
*** Due to some dark and explicit themes in this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only. ***
* Kill Code is the first book in a trilogy.Exclusive Excerpt!Prologue: 10 years ago- Jack -“Wake up, Jack. We’re moving out. Your assignment is done.”My commanding officer barks his orders out, jolting me awake. I open my eyes and try to focus as the dawn barely lights the room around me.“What do you mean, done? Last night we were waiting on the search warrants. We had the whole family. It was going down... today.” Propping myself up on my elbows, I shake my head, trying to will myself to catch up.Going over the last few days in my head,this doesn’t make sense. I’ve been on the ground with my unit for months now working special ops undercover with local law enforcement on a federal level,collecting whatever evidence we could and rounding up witnesses. Everything finally began to snowball together three days ago.First one witness came forward, then a second, then the third came in with solid proof. With Port Thomas being a smaller city nestled near the coast in Oregon, law enforcement is always underfunded so they were thankful for the additional manpower, as long as we didn’t step on too many toes.We had our mission in place for today,but this wasn’t how it was supposed to go.“It blew up. Shit went down a few hours ago. Apparently, they knew we were coming. The Sparr family is gone. All of the evidence against them is now speculative. Four witnesses are dead. Another two are missing.” Then, as he opens his mouth, I see the hesitation in his eyes as his body physically braces for a fight.“Jack.” My commander starts then stops,carefully considering his words with a frustrating pause. “It’s Jessa. Both her and her brother’s bodies are missing.”“What do you mean, missing?” Then the weight of his words hits me. “Wait. What do you mean, bodies?” I bolt out of bed onto shaky legs as I feel my world begin to crumble piece by piece.He chose his words carefully. She isn’t missing.Her body is missing.“Her family was in a car accident just outside of town at the bridge. It looks like they went over the cliff. Her parents’ bodies were recovered from the ravine along with the car. We don’t know yet if it’s related but three other people from the company are dead as well. It was a quick job.” He glances around my area as I feel panic begin to flow through my veins.“Maybe Jessa and Travis weren’t in the car. Did you check their house?” I counter in a desperate attempt to think of something they haven’t yet.Thoughts quickly come to me. I just saw both Jessa and Travis yesterday. We were all talking about how fast our high school grad is coming up in a few months. For siblings, they are almost inseparable. Twins who look nothing alike but finished each others sentences at every turn.When I started this undercover op, six months ago, I never expected to meet someone like Jessa. I was just a kid myself at 23 and I was five years older than her and her brother. But I fit into their senior year in high school. No one knew my secret.Everything about Jessa just fit for me.And now they are both missing.“We’ve been to the house and the hospital. We retrieved the car an hour ago. The back side window was broken out from the inside. We found her school bag in the back seat. And before you ask,we already have over half the team in on the search. We’ve been working with the local guys and they have all of her information. We’re checking the riverbanks as well as the water. Anyone making it out will be found, unless…” His voice trails off in realization that he said too much, but I pick up where he left off.“Unless they got pulled under and sucked down the rapids.” I feel my empty stomach clench tight.His eyes stay locked on me as I pause to gather my thoughts then, without pretence, my body involuntarily spins to get dressed and go after Jessa and that’s when I notice them.Two men standing behind my commanding officer.“Look, Jack. We know you and Jessa became close but you need to let the team handle it. Finding her and her brother is their priority while we’re still here. Our mission still stands though and your orders are to pack up and let them do their job.” His attempt at pacifying me is beginning to speak to a part of me that I don’t want to show as the way he trivializes my feelings for her ignites my fight or flight reflexes.We didn’t become close.She was it.She was everything.She was mine and after the arrests were made, I was coming for her. I was going to come clean about everything. I was going to tell her I was undercover and older than she thought I was. I was going to ask her to forgive my secrets and I was going to tell her I loved her.Now she’s gone.She’s out there somewhere scared and cold.Or she’s…The thought hits me like a freight train and, without warning to myself or the guys in front of me, my body lurches toward the door, pushing and forcing my way through, but I don’t make it.Anticipating the move even I didn’t know I would make, one of the men standing behind my commander steps into my path and takes me down without effort.In my haze, all my thoughts are of Jessa. Not combat. Not tactical maneuvers. And he takes advantage. In the next breath, I’m on the floor with both of the guys on top of me and my body finally kicks into fight, but I’ve already been demobilized.“Jack.” I hear my leader’s voice now and it’s pained. It isn’t his pain he’s projecting. He’s reflecting my own pain and my face is suddenly wet as I look down at the floor to see the growing pool of tears gathering underneath me and I feel my chances of finding my Jessa disappear.“We need to get you out of here. You’re being sent back to base for eval. You can get up on your own, or you can wake up there.” He lets his words linger in the room as the guys begin to shift to take full control of my person. “And Jack. I am sorry.”I know he isn’t talking about his regret at needing to restrain me. He’s talking about Jessa and I realize at least a couple of hours must’ve passed since the car went over the edge. The cold weather has made the water deathly frigid. She either made it out by breaking the window and swimming to shore—but no, she would have been found—or she made it out and got pulled under.Those are the only two scenarios and asI review them in my mind, I lose myself.My body shakes and I can’t control it.As much as I try to stop the pain from manifesting, I can’t. It’s too powerful.I let out a pained cry as I feel my arms go limp. I need the release; it’s too much to take.Sucking in air, I hear one of the guys telling the other to hold me still, and then I feel it. A pinch in my arm and my body numbs as my world goes black.
About Luna:Luna Kayne is a multi-published author in the romance and erotica genres. Her creative works include novels, novelettes and a book of poetry and prose.
Within the romance genre, her books and short stories are also listed under suspense, paranormal, BDSM and contemporary.
The woman behind Luna Kayne’s pen name has been writing for online publications since 2005. She writes from her home on an acreage near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Giveaway Details:3 winners will win an eBook of KILL CODE - open Internationally.
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I am very excited to be one of the team revealing the cover for Roger Bray’s new book ‘Blood Ribbon’ which is coming out on the 10th August!
When there’s more than secrets buried, where do you start digging? When Brooke Adams is found battered, bleeding, and barely conscious, the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted. Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke’s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years. The police, however, aren’t convinced, so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves. As secrets from the past start unravelling, will they find Brooke’s attacker before he strikes again, or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?
About the Author:
I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary
circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider. Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.
Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence
situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.
So here we are, two books published and another on track. Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.
I am pleased to be taking part in the Blog Tour for “Clutch” by Lisa Becker today. I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for my honest review.
Length: 8 hours 11 minutes
Publisher: Lisa Willet Becker 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2018
Purchase the Book on Amazon.co.uk
Clutch is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.
About the Author:
Lisa Becker is a romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money – on books and margaritas. In addition to Clutch: a novel, she is the author of the Click trilogy, a contemporary romance series about online dating and Links, a standalone, second chance romance readers call light, fun, sexy and smart. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her at her website by following her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.
About the Narrator:
Suzanne Barbetta became a voracious reader when she realized the magic of books allowed her to become anyone, anywhere, and in any world. A storyteller and performer since age 5, she later apprenticed at 2 regional theaters and earned her Actor’s Equity card. She’s also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, the Audio Publishers Association and the League of Professional Theatre Women. Audiobooks are a way to satisfy her pathological addiction to reading. Now based in NYC, she is also the voice of the Fierce, Funny, Fab Fangirls of the series Geek Actually for Serial Bx Publishing. You can find her online on her website, Facebook and Twitter.
A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
It helps when you have a strong theater foundation behind you but there are some very successful narrators who began as radio broadcasters. The important thing, if you don’t have those skills to call on, is to find a way now to access those tools.
What type of training have you undergone?
In addition to my theater training, I’ve taken focused Character/Accent workshops with people as varied as Lisa Biggs, (who does eLearning and commercial work), and PJ Ochlan who can do just about any accent you can imagine. I’ve had private coaching sessions with Carol Monda, Jayme Mattler and Andi Arndt. I’ve also done workshops with Johnny Heller and Paul Ruben. I’ve been so lucky to study with such incredibly talented and giving teachers – really these people are the best our business has to offer.
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
YES! I love that I can read while commuting or doing chores. I feel that a narrator enriches the experience of the story in a unique way.
What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
My ability to tap into the subtext, empathize with a broad range of characters and find the humor in even dramatic situations.
What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
Initially Lisa approached me to audition for the book after listening to my samples. I liked the excerpt and looked at her other books to get a sense of her style. My favorite romance sub-genre is rom-coms and this story had a really fun hook. I found the heroine appealing as I usually play bold protagonists so I thought she’d be a great challenge.
What types of things are harmful to your voice?
COLD WATER! It not only makes my throat gurgle but I think it tightens up my whole throat. I always try to have room temperature or warm beverages.
How does audiobook narration differ from other types of voice over work you’ve done?
It’s the closest thing to theater in the voice over world which is exactly why I love it.
Who is your “dream author” that you would like to record for?
Ooooo – maybe somebody super fun like Darynda Jones (her Grim Reaper series – love it). Fantasy AND snark? I. Am. So. There.
If you could narrate one book from your youth what would it be and why?
Pollyanna. One of my favorite books as a child – it taught me how important it is to see the BEST in people.
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
This is a marathon, not a sprint. Even if you’ve performed in other mediums, be humble enough to accept help, work with a coach, and absorb as much as possible. Also, realize that when you choose to become a narrator what you’re really saying is you want to run your own business, so you need to learn how to do that as well.
I love Audiobooks – they allow me to ‘read’ whilst I’m working and It makes me feel less alone and as a freelancer working at home, this is a nice thing! I don’t often go for romance stories but felt that my threshold for audiobooks is higher than if I was reading the book, and I was not wrong … I really enjoyed this story!
I have to say that I think the end outcome is really predictable but it doesn’t take any from the enjoyment of the story. I really liked that even though the romance and ‘soulmate’ searching was the focus of the story )not something I usually go for) but wasn’t done in a way that made me feel nauseous – as a single 39 year old (who is quite happy being single thank you very much) I do sometimes find the ‘desperate’ search for love sickeningly over the top but not this time. It was a great mix of funny, embarrassing, outrageous and scary stories and I wanted to be part of Caroline’s life, and totally fell in love with Mike too!
I also have to talk about Suzanne, the narrator too – she is a new favourite! Her different voices and accents were great and her storytelling background really shone through – she was gripping and exciting and I will definitely seek out other audiobooks she has done in the future.
The audiobook itself is an easy listen – I actually listened to it in 2 chunks over 2 days and really enjoyed my time with Caroline.
A little while ago, I signed up as a review on The Indie View – it’s a fantastic website that brings indie authors and reviewers together. When I signed up, I got a lovely email from them saying welcome and thank you and asked if I would be interested in answering some questions for them. I replied and said I would love to and the result is the interview that they posted yesterday!
If you are a book reviewer in any shape or form, I would really highly recommend signing up with them – India Authors have a real challenge getting their books out to the public and I firmly believe that if there is any little thing that I can do to help them, I will!
I started getting emails from authors at the beginning of June and thus far, have received over 40 emails from authors requesting me to consider their book. Now, I can’t possibly accept all of the requests but I do respond to everyone, including if I am unsure if the books is for me – it’s only polite! At the very least, it is really lovely getting to meet other bookish people!
Today I am reviewing “The Children’s Game” by Max Karpov.
Date Published: April 2018
Publisher: Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing
Date Started: 2nd July 2018
Date Finished: 3rd July 2018
A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers.
The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks. Code-named the “Children’s Game”–a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves–it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability.
But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov’s ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team–composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community–to unravel Turov’s plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos.
“Max Karpov has produced a cleverly conceived thriller that … captures perfectly the mentality of Vladimir Putin’s Russia … And, on top of it, the book is near impossible to put down. A must read.” – Michael Morell, Former Acting Director and Deputy Director, CIA
About the Author:
Max Karpov is a journalist and novelist who has written for The Washington Post and elsewhere. Max Karpov is the nom de plume of James Lilliefors, whose past fiction writing includes two critically acclaimed geopolitical thrillers, The Leviathan Effect and Viral, as well as the Bowers and Hunter mystery series.
I have to start this review by stating my LOVE for this book. OK, it’s is EXACTLY my kind of thing (give me an American political spy thriller any day of the week) but even so, I was hooked from the moment I started reading!
It has twists and turns and you think you are on the inside and know what’s going on .. and then you don’t. It has several different relationship dynamics (lovers/siblings/political/friendships/family/old war connections) and that’s great! The author doesn’t shy away from using acronyms and terminology which I loved and the other part of it is the fact that this could be true! I mean, it’s not because … well I can’t tell you or I will spoil something but it’s kinda scary to read this and know that a lot of what is said in the book is based on fact.
The characters are well written and even when you are following ‘the baddies’ you feel part of their lives and plans, and in a somewhat sympathetic way. I loved the relationships between all of the characters and finding out more about them as we go, but right from the start you feel like you know them and are invested in their adventure.
I am so grateful for being given the chance to read this book and want to say thank you to RABT, the Publisher and Author for the free copy – I shall most definitely be telling anyone who cares to listen about this book and have even bought 2 of his other books to read now off the back of this!
Today I am taking part in the Pre-Order Blitz for Christine Barfknecht’s upcoming release “Apple of My Eye” due out on the 4th August.
Laurie Brandon isn’t crazy. It’s a bout of panic that has her muttering indecipherable sounds and crying out like a mad woman, an attack brought on by her infant daughter’s sudden disappearance from the town’s annual Apple Festival. Not insanity. She needs help to save Emily. Someone has to see that, do something.
But her recent history of psychosis coupled with witness claims that Emily was never at the festival with Laurie isn’t helping her credibility. Neither is recent suspension from her job as a school teacher over stability concerns. Perhaps most damaging, though, is Laurie’s insistence that her ex-husband, Jake, had something to do with the child’s disappearance. Any sane person knows a dead man can’t run off with a baby.
The town sheriff believes Laurie is, at best, unreliable and possibly something much worse. But Laurie knows what she saw. She knows other things, too, details too hard to believe and even harder to accept. Now, she needs to convince someone – anyone – that Emily is in danger before the sheriff locks Laurie away permanently.
About the Author:
Christine Barfknecht has a passion for weaving the darkest bits of the human psyche into page-turning fiction. She’s been crafting stories since before she printed her first word and credits her overactive imagination to a lifelong love of reading. She seeks out books that keep her hiding beneath the covers at night or turning pages long after her eyes begin to cross, and strives for those qualities in her own writing.
Christine lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, children, and pets where she is also a virtual bookkeeping entrepreneur. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys gardening, crafts, time with family, and traveling. APPLE OF MY EYE is her debut novel.
Laurie – September 18, 2018
I’m not crazy. I know what I saw.
With a wave of dizziness, I hunch forward, my head hanging low, my palms pressing against a cool, hard surface. The evening sky blackens before my eyes and the chill in the air raises goosebumps on my arms despite my fleece lined sweatshirt. I can’t think straight, can barely breathe.
The silhouette in the darkness…that posture, poised to take action…
I didn’t need to see a face. I’d know that stance anywhere. But it isn’t possible.
I chew on my lip, try to gnaw the panic away. It has to be possible. I saw with my own eyes.
I can’t just stand here and wait, need to do something, find help. No one will believe me, though. It’s hard enough for me to believe me. It won’t help that everyone seems to think I’m out of my mind.
A tingling sensation shoots through my head like a strike of lightning and heat spreads through my body, starting in my head and washing through my chest. My heart beats so fast I fear it will burst. I remind myself to breathe. It’s just a panic attack. I’ve had plenty before and right now, it’s no wonder. Soon it will be over. I’ll be back to normal, get help, make someone believe me. Someone will help. They have to.
Breathe in, one, two, three. Out, one, two, three.
A fog settles in my head, sprinkling over my mind like chalk dust. I find myself gasping, my heart racing faster and harder. This symptom is new. I blink, trying to focus on the brick surface of the street but it’s a blur. The dust is growing thicker, an eraser materializing, brushing over my mind and randomly choosing which memories to wipe away.
Not my memory. I must remember.
My palms slide farther over the surface of…a table, counter…I’m not sure, but it’s rough like a sheet of unfinished wood. I lean hunched over it, struggling to breathe as I peer beneath my arm to look behind me.
Emily. My sweet baby girl.
She sits in her stroller, kicking her feet and cooing at the plush doll in her chubby fist. Cold flushes her cheeks pink, but the fleece bonnet tied beneath her chin keeps her head warm.
She’s here. She’s safe. I think. I’m not entirely sure. The fog is getting thicker, her image waving in and out as if it may not be real. I have no way of knowing. In this state, I can’t trust my eyes.
Maybe I can’t trust what I saw before either.
No. That was different. Not panic induced. Real.
A high-pitched shrill slices my skull, piercing my eardrums before fading to a crackle. Light flashes, then dozens of white stars appear.
“Laurie?” A voice slices through the static.
I force myself to stand up straight and blink. Lights swim before a backdrop of blackness and voices echo around me. Screaming. But in a happy way. The scent of grease lingers in the air, mingling with a sweet and spicy smell, like sugared cinnamon.
The lights twirl and I blink again. A Tilt-a-Whirl spins, masses of people passing in front of it. My eyes are drawn to one man, not because I know him but because he looks like a marionette, his arms outstretched, pulled by strings. My gaze follows the threads to four little dogs, Teacup Pomeranians, the kind Jake would never let me have.
“Ankle biters. Useless yippers.” I hear the rage in his voice, the unwarranted anger I’d become accustomed to. “Food for real dogs, that’s what they are.” That’s my translation, the clean version with every other word removed.
“Laurie, are you okay?” That voice again, soft and feminine, though drowning in background music.
I bring my vision in, notice a woman standing on the opposite side of a counter before me. I know her, Rochelle, a good friend of my mother’s. Two pies sit on the counter between us and she holds a wad of bills in her hand. A cool breeze brushes my skin, whisking the aroma of the pies toward me. Apple.
A memory washes over me, replacing Rochelle’s current image with one of her in my mother’s kitchen from many years ago. I see Rochelle pressing dough into pie tins, hear my mother counting with me as I measure sugar and sprinkle it over a huge bowl of sliced apples. “One…two…”
I’m five years old and wearing my favorite apron. Mom made it for me, complete with an embroidered apple on the chest. In front of me mom’s apple shaped clock ticks on the wall. Except for Christmas it’s my favorite time of year, being with mom in the kitchen and baking pies for the festival.
I blink, focus on Rochelle. Present day Rochelle. I remember. The Apple Festival. I’m in a booth selling pies to support the school. I brought Emily. My friend, Josie, came too. I look beside me, but Josie isn’t there. She must have stepped away.
Rochelle is still staring at me, her eyes wrinkled with concern. I force a smile and straighten my back, pulling myself off the countertop. “I’m fine,” I tell her. “Just getting a migraine.” I can’t tell her the truth. Everything I love is already in jeopardy; Emily, my job. Thanks to Jake, rumors of my supposed insanity spread over town as quickly as softened butter over a slice of bread.
I’m fine. I am. Postpartum psychosis, the doctor called it. My-wife’s-an-effing-nut-case, Jake called it.
Ex-wife. Almost. He forgets that part.
As I blink my thoughts away and hone in on Rochelle, I can’t help wondering what she thinks of me. Does she believe I have a migraine or is she waiting for the right moment to make an emergency call to the mental hospital?
“You scared me for a minute there,” Rochelle says, handing me the bills in her hand. “Keep the change. For the school.”
I force another smile and take the bills from her, my hands trembling with the aftereffects of my attack. I’m still trying to get my bearings, breathe in and out, slow the hammering of my heart.
Rochelle hoists her purse on her shoulder, a huge tan bag that causes my shoulder to ache just looking at it. “You sure you’re all right?”
I nod and force my mind to focus. My name is Laurie Brandon. I’m a second grade teacher. I’m in Jackson, Ohio at the Apple Festival. My hometown. I glance at the surface of the street where the booth sits, the brick street confirming my location. A few blocks away, lights illuminate the water tower hovering over the town, painted red to resemble an apple and embellished in a green leaf with a pipe protruding from the top as the stem.
I live on Mountain Valley Road. My parents are Gary and Paula Barreau. Emily is nine months old.
My heart rate slows and my body relaxes, the routine stabilizing me. I take a deep, long breath. I’m okay. Everything is fine. I’ll call the doctor in the morning. The medication she gave me has been working well. It’s just the extreme stress, my psychopath-almost-ex-husband worsening my psychosis, if that makes sense.
I remember. There’s more. I let out a gasp.
“I can tend the booth for you if you want to head home to lie down,” Rochelle offers.
I don’t hear Emily behind me. It shouldn’t surprise me. I can barely hear Rochelle over the crooning country band a block down the street. Still, I spin on my heels to check on my daughter.
She isn’t there.
My eyes shoot left to right so fast the plywood walls of the booth seem to flail. Emily… She was there just a moment ago in her stroller, wasn’t she? I saw her. I looked behind me, under my arm… I thought she was there.
My heart races again, my stomach turns, fog swirls in my brain. I can’t help questioning myself, replaying the day through my mind to make certain I brought Emily with me. I picture Josie in the booth and Emily right behind us in her stroller, just like I saw her earlier.
It was today, wasn’t it? My breathing grows faster, intensifying the dizziness. I’m not sure. The fog needs more time to clear. I force a deep breath. In, one, two, three. Out, one, two, three.
“Laurie?” Rochelle’s voice jumbles with my thoughts.
I just need a moment to get through this and then everything will make sense. Maybe I’m remembering another day. It wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened.
In, one, two, three. Out, one, two, three.
But I spot something on the street. I lean in, force myself to study it, make sure of what I see.
There is no mistaking; it’s Emily’s soft pink doll. If she wasn’t here, where did the doll come from?
The next scream I hear rolling over the crowd is my own.
Today I am bringing you a review as part of a small blog tour for Steve Moore’s book, Tiger Temple. It is the first in the ‘Hiram Kane Adventure Series’ and was published at the end of last year.
Purchase Links: Amazon UK
A betrayed criminal. A kidnapped child. A deadly race against time.
On the Island of the Gods, expedition leader Hiram Kane is on holiday after a long season guiding in the Peruvian Andes. When a good friend’s greed leads him to betray Bali’s most notorious gangster, their peaceful community is left shell-shocked after the six-year-old daughter of its leader gets kidnapped in a vicious and violent raid.
What follows is a whirlwind race across the paradise island to rescue the girl before ‘The Rooster’ takes his sadistic revenge, and with the waking giant of volcanic Mt. Agung threatening to destroy them all, Kane risks everything to prevent a devastating tragedy.
The Tiger Temple is the exciting new starter to the Hiram Kane adventure series. For fans of Russell Blake and Clive Cussler, Steven Moore’s action thriller will leave you breathless.
About the Author:
Steven Moore grew up (apparently) by a beach in England. An avid (average) sportsman, painter, photographer and reader, those loves were only trumped by his love of travel and writing. To date he has visited 53 countries, and has lived and worked on five continents. Highlights include trekking in the Andes and Himalayas, scuba diving all over the world, teaching English in Korea, and eating anything and everything, wherever he happens to be. Oh yes, and sampling local beers, obviously.
Steven now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife, freelance journalist Leslie Patrick Moore, and though they’ve atlast found a beautiful home base, the next adventure is always just around the corner.
Steven has recently published the first three installments of his action thriller series, ‘The Tiger Temple’, ‘TheSamurai Code’, and ‘The Condor Prophecy’, to great acclaim, and the 4th, ‘The Shadow of Kailash’, is coming in spring of 2018.
“Moore has a crisp, economical style, and sets the scene well. The story, while bleak, is shot through with moments of pathos…compelling from start to finish” – Mark Dawson (bestselling author of the John Milton, Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and Soho Noir series)
To follow Steven’s writing career and learn about new releases, go to his imaginatively named author website, ‘Steven Moore, Author.’
I’ve never been to Bali, at least I haven’t physically but I now feel as if I have as Moore’s writing really enveloped me and made me feel as if I was there!
This is a novella, the first in a series to introduce the reader to the main character, Hiram Kane and I feel it is done really well. He is a tough guy, not unlike Jack Reacher in that he wants to help people and is all action and couple that with a volcano ready to erupt and you will soon realise that you’re in for a great story and a bumpy ride!
I really enjoyed this novella and will definitely be adding the next in the series to my Wishlist! I would definitely recommend it to fans of Adventure (think Indiana Jones) and people that like stories told in foreign lands that they one day hope to visit .. as long as it doesn’t give you too much wanderlust!
Thank you to Steve and his publishers for giving me a copy of this book to read.
Genre: Non-fiction and fiction short story collaboration
Publisher: Monster House Books
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Monster House Books publishes a compilation of short stories featuring fierce females. Our 2019 edition includes new stories by best-selling authors Christina Bauer, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, and Majanka Verstraete! Plus, we’re searching through hundreds of new author submissions in order to select a handful of the most creative and compelling short stories to add in to the mix. To have your work considered for the 2019 edition of MONSTER’S BEST, please send your short story (50 pages or less) to email@example.com.
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About the Authors:
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Today I am reviewing “Another One” by *Tony Faggioli*.
Date Finished: 10th June 2018
Purchase Links: Amazon UK
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Date Published: Nov 30th, 2017
Publisher: Atticus Creative, Inc.
Detective Evan Parker is being haunted by the past. After two tours in the Afghanistan War, he thought the horrors that he witnessed there were behind him. But the death of his partner has now opened a dark hole of memories that are threatening to swallow Parker alive. Desperate to maintain his grip, he focuses on the last unsolved case his partner left behind: the brutal murder of Hymie Villarosa.
Father Bernardino Soltera is being destroyed by the present. After ministering to the gang ridden streets of East L.A. for over twenty years, he’s unable to see past the pain and suffering that drugs and violence have wreaked on his neighborhood; he’s ready to give up. But when a young girl confesses that she’s pregnant and her boyfriend will hurt her if she doesn’t get an abortion? Father Soltera decides to make one more stand.
Hector Villarosa is being mocked by the future. After being released from jail he discovers the love of his life is with another man. As the leader of his gang, losing face could mean losing his life, and the fact that detectives are now asking questions about the death of Hector’s cousin, Hymie, isn’t helping. But Hector’s bigger problem is the demon that has followed him out of jail and on to the mean streets of East L.A.
Three men, one neighborhood. All about to discover that the veil between this world and the next is razor thin.
About the Author:
Tony Faggioli was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California, where he majored in Public Administration and interned in Washington, D.C. at The White House. After college, he transitioned to corporate America before deciding to start his own business. One day, he realized that nothing brought him anywhere near the amount of joy as the writing he did from grade school through high school. So, at age 35, he decided to rekindle his passion. Since then, he’s written five novels (listed below) and begun his sixth. He’s a happily married father of two kids, two dogs and a pretty awesome goldfish.
I didn’t realise that this book was the first in a second trilogy when I agreed to do the review – as a rule I try not to jump into the middle of series if I can help it but this book may change my mind for me. I loved it!
I love the mix of stories from the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ perspectives with the mix of supernatural too. It’s definitely a fast paced book and one that kept me reading well past my bedtime, although sometimes I did decide to stop in case of nightmares! J
The characters are expertly written and were very interesting and helped me to immerse myself into the story very quickly. I love a good plot twist and this book didn’t let me down – I would not be surprised if a film company eventually picks this up, as it would make a great movie!
Thank you so much to RABT and Tony for giving me the opportunity to read this book – now I need to go back and read the others that came before it!