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Blog Tour Spotlight – The Riverman by Alex Gray

The Riverman

by Alex Gray

on Tour January 9 – February 15, 2017

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The Riverman by Alex Gray

Fans of atmospheric police procedurals will love watching Glasgow vividly come to life with the shocking twists and turns that have made Alex Gray an international bestseller

When a dead body is fished out of Glasgow’s River Clyde the morning after an office celebration, it looks like a case of accidental death. But an anonymous telephone call and a forensic toxicology test give Detective Chief Inspector William Lorimer reason to think otherwise. Probing deeper into the life and business of the deceased accountant, a seemingly upright member of the community, Lorimer finds only more unanswered questions.

What is the secret his widow seems to be concealing? Was the international accounting firm facing financial difficulties? What has become of the dead man’s protégé who has disappeared in New York? And when another employee is found dead in her riverside flat these questions become much more disturbing. Lorimer must cope not only with deceptions from the firm, but also with suspicions from those far closer to home . . .

Book Details:

Genre: Police Procedurals
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062659138 (ISBN13: 9780062659132)
Series: A DCI Lorimer Novel, #4
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PROLOGUE

April

THE RIVERMAN

The riverman knew all about the Clyde. Its tides and currents were part of his heritage. His father and others before him had launched countless small craft from the banks of the river in response to a cry for help. Nowadays that cry came in the form of a klaxon that could waken him from sleep, the mobile phone ringing with information about where and when. It wouldn’t be the first time that he’d pulled someone from the icy waters with only a hasty oilskin over his pajamas.

This morning, at least, he’d been up and doing when the call came. The body was over by Finnieston, past the weir, so he’d had to drive over the river towing a boat behind him on the trailer. He was always ready. That was what this job was all about: prompt and speedy response in the hope that some poor sod’s life could be saved. And he’d saved hundreds over the years, desperate people who were trying to make up their mind to jump off one of the many bridges that spanned the Clyde or those who had made that leap and been saved before the waters filled their lungs.

George Parsonage had been brought up to respect his river. Once it had been the artery of a great beating heart, traffic thronging its banks, masts thick as brush-wood. The tobacco trade with Virginia had made Glasgow flourish all right, with the preaching of commerce and the praising of a New World that was ripe for plucking. The names of some city streets still recalled those far-off days. Even in his own memory, the Clyde had been a byword for ships. As a wee boy, George had been taken to the launch of some of the finer products of Glasgow’s shipbuilding industry. But even then the river’s grandeur was fading. He’d listened to stories about the grey hulks that grew like monsters from the deep, sliding along the water, destined for battle, and about the cruise liners sporting red funnels that were cheered off their slipways, folk bursting with pride to be part of this city with its great river.

The romance and nostalgia had persisted for decades after the demise of shipbuilding and cross-river ferries. Books written about the Clyde’s heyday still found readers hankering after a time that was long past. The Glasgow Garden Festival in the eighties had prompted some to stage a revival along the river and more recently there had been a flurry of activity as the cranes returned to erect luxury flats and offices on either side of its banks. Still, there was little regular traffic upon its sluggish dark waters: a few oarsmen, a private passenger cruiser and the occasional police launch. Few saw what the river was churning up on a daily basis.

As he pushed the oars against the brown water, the riverman sent up a silent prayer for guidance. He’d seen many victims of despair and violence, and constantly reminded himself that each one was a person like himself with hopes, dreams and duties in different measure. If he could help, he would. That was what the Glasgow Humane Society existed for, after all. The sound of morning traffic roared above him as he made his way downstream. The speed of response was tempered by a need to row slowly and carefully once the body was near. Even the smallest of eddies could tip the body, filling the air pocket with water and sending it down and down to the bottom of the river. So, as George Parsonage approached the spot where the body floated, his oars dipped as lightly as seabirds’ wings, his eyes fixed on the shape that seemed no more than a dirty smudge against the embankment.

The riverman could hear voices above but his eyes never left the half-submerged body as the boat crept nearer and nearer. At last he let the boat drift, oars resting on the rowlocks as he finally drew alongside the river’s latest victim. George stood up slowly and bent over, letting the gunwales of the boat dip towards the water. Resting one foot on the edge, he hauled the body by its shoulders and in one clean movement brought it in. Huge ripples eddied away from the side as the boat rocked upright, its cargo safely aboard.

The victim was a middle-aged man. He’d clearly been in the water for some hours so there was no question of trying to revive him. The riverman turned the head this way and that, but there was no sign of a bullet hole or any wound that might indicate a sudden, violent death. George touched the sodden coat lightly. Its original camel colour was smeared and streaked with the river’s detritus, the velvet collar an oily black. Whoever he had been, his clothes showed signs of wealth. The pale face shone wet against the pearly pink light of morning. For an instant George had the impression that the man would sit up and grasp his hand, expressing his thanks for taking him out of the water, as so many had done before him. But today no words would be spoken.There would be only a silent communion between the two men, one dead and one living, before other hands came to examine the corpse.

George grasped the oars and pulled away from the embankment. Only then did he glance upwards, nodding briefly as he identified the men whose voices had sounded across the water. DCI Lorimer caught his eye and nodded back. Up above the banking a couple of uniformed officers stood looking down. Even as he began rowing away from the shore, the riverman noticed a smaller figure join the others. Dr. Rosie Fergusson had arrived.

‘Meet you at the Finnieston steps, George,’ Lorimer called out.

The riverman nodded briefly, pulling hard on the oars, taking his charge on its final journey down the Clyde.

Excerpt from The Riverman by Alex Gray. Copyright © 2017 by Alex Gray. Reproduced with permission from HarperCollins | WitnessImpulse. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Alex Gray

Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English.

Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.

A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of thirteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.

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Blog Tour with Review – Theodora by Christina McKnightTheodora (Lady Archer's Creed Book 1) by Christina McKnight, Amanda Mariel
Published by La Loma Elite Publishing on January 17, 2017
Genres: Regency
Pages: 325
Source: Barclay Publicity

I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Friendship…
Lady Theodora Montgomery departed Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality to attend her first London Season—her three dearest friends by her side. With her sharp wit and skill on the archery field, Theo is far more interested in winning a large purse prize than securing a husband. But when she is unmasked on the tourney grounds, her face exposed to all, she fears her identity and days spent gallivanting around London will cause not only her undoing, but the downfall of her friends as well.
Loyalty…
Mr. Alistair Price, heir to the elderly Viscount Melton, arrived in London with his eight younger siblings in tow. He is charged with keeping his family name above reproach until the Season starts and his sister, Miss Adeline Price, is presented to society—though that proves far more difficult than Alistair ever expected when he discovers his rebellious sister climbing down the side of their townhouse and scurrying off to Whitechapel for an archery tournament. His focus remains on saving his family from the certain ruin and disgrace Adeline’s actions invited—until Alistair catches sight of another female archer, her arrow connecting with far more than the center of her target.
And honor above all…
With Theodora’s future—and that of her friends—in jeopardy, will she agree to a marriage devoid of affection, or risk everything for the man who won her heart?
More about the Lady Archer's Creed Series: A love of archery brings four young girls together to form The Lady Archer’s Creed. Through their mutual love of the sport, they solidify an unbreakable bond, and each woman has a unique quality that adds to their dynamic friendship:
Theodora, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book One) Lady Theodora with her sharp mind and love of academics becomes the perfect archery coach. Despite being the last to join their group, and the obvious outcast, she will risk her future for her friends.
Georgina, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Two) Lady Georgina makes the perfect financier. The forgotten daughter of a wealthy duke, she seeks to belong to something—or someone—by any means necessary.
Adeline, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Three) Miss Adeline is a natural leader. Having grown up in a large and often spirited family, she now allows no one to place her in the shadows.
Josephine, Lady Archer’s Creed Series (Book Four) Lady Josephine, having a sweet and impressionable nature, strives to please everyone—and keep their bond intact, even after they return to London for the Season.
Adeline, Georgie, Theo, and Josie live each day by the Lady Archer’s Creed, which they developed during their school days at Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. “Friendship, loyalty, and honor above all” is their mantra. Now, as they face the challenges that come with adulthood, the creed is more important than ever.

Lady Theodora Montgomery has her brother has one of her only friends until she attends Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality. She finds three friends whom she connects with after they leave. Getting ready for her first London season she is also helping her friends with archery contests. Her friend Adeline Price is also waiting to be presented for her first London season aided by her her brother Mr. Alistair Price. He finds them up to no good with the archery and seeks to stop them before they can start a scandal and ruin their chances at a good match.

In an Oyster Shell – A most excellent and satisfying Regency romance.

The Pearls – Right from the beginning Theodora becomes a character that is vulnerable yet has spunk and you become excited to follow her through her story. The concept of her impeccable archery skills just by applying simple physics and mathematics is genius. At that time women are not known for their sharp mind, it is even discouraged. Having Theodora as an astute academically minded female makes for a great story.

The characters make this book the delectable read that it is. Theodora is more quiet and demure while her friend Adeline is outspoken, rash and determined. Adeline pushes Theodora into circumstances that she would rather avoid. It is pinnacle to the whole story. It also helps that her brother gets involved concerned for Adeline to avoid scandal so she can marry well. This puts Theodora and Alastair together more which becomes the romance of the story.

The romance is sweet and elegant with a touch of scandal which makes it more interesting. Alastair comes to Theodora time and again to find his sister Adeline who keeps disappearing.  It is improper for a gentleman to be in the presence of a lady without being properly introduced to her guardian. Alastair takes the risk again and again to save his sister but ends up developing feelings for Theodora as well. It was everything a regency romance should be.

The Sand – It was a well-written story.

4.5 Pearls!

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About Christina McKnight

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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Review – The Parking Space by  Angela Christina ArcherThe Parking Space by Angela Christina Archer
Published by Long Valley Press on September 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 220
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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After her fiancé leaves her at the altar and a blind date stands her up, Helen Wright is done with love. Married to her real estate career instead, the only thought on her mind is selling a top listed house in San Francisco so she can finally afford the home of her dreams.
After her wealthiest client fires her, Helen's vision of moving away from her cramped apartment and the person stealing her parking space vanishes. Her professional life is now feeling just as pathetic as her love life. So when her best friend, Lisa, informs her that she's getting married in Bora Bora, Helen packs her bags for a much-needed vacation and boards a plane with the excitement of leaving all her Mr. Wrongs behind.
A new practice and a new place to live, those are the only two things that veterinarian Rick Stark needs after finding out his fiancé cheated on him. With his trust in women shattered, he jumps at the chance for the perfect job, leaving San Francisco in the dust. However, while visiting his possible new boss on the islands of Bora Bora, he finds himself in the company of a familiar face---the attractive owner of a patient who he once thought he wasn't interested in.
Could it be that maybe he was wrong about her? And if so, what's he supposed to do when her old flame falls into the picture wanting to rekindle what they once had?

Helen Wright is left at the altar. Left reeling she tries to pick up the pieces by focusing on her Real Estate career. Her wealthy client suddenly drops her and she’s left with nothing. She meets handsome veterinarian Rick Stark. Neither of them are looking for love. Helen heads to Bora Bora when her best friend decides to do a destination wedding. She is much surprised when she runs into Rick. A romance ensues though both are hesitant. Will they be able to put aside their hesitations and find lasting romance?

In an Oyster Shell – A really endearing read that is very poetic in its entirety.

The Pearls –  The action in this book starts right away which engrosses the reader immediately. The book is constant forward motion which keeps the reader engaged.

The romance was the star of this story. It was very romantic and fun. It was creative and inviting. It didn’t hurt that most of the book takes place in Bora Bora which makes for an intriguing setting for the romance.

The ending of this story was epic. It was a very satisfying conclusion. It was ironic what happens and really cute.

The Sand – A good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Angela Christina Archer

Author of THE WOMAN ON THE PAINTED HORSE, IN THE LAND OF GOLD, WHEN THE BLACK ROSES GROW, AS THE LIQUOR FLOWS, and THE PARKING SPACE.

ALL AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON

Living in a small town in Oklahoma with my husband and two daughters, I spend my days enjoying the outdoors with my family and chasing around two horses, four goats, six chickens, a dog, and two cats. I live life on a farm, milking goats, collecting eggs, and cooking and baking from scratch. It’s hectic, at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Growing up, I always wanted to write a novel. I never believed I could, though, so every time the desire flickered, I shoved the thought from my mind. Burying it deep down and ignoring it until one morning I awoke with the determination to finally follow my dream.

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written by Wesley Banks
published by Chasing Pace Publishing, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: On the eve of one of mankind’s toughest races, accompanied by thirteen of America’s rarest dog breed, rookie musher Kyle Walker only has one thought in mind: win. Discovered in the lowlands of South Carolina, the Carolina grays have traveled over five thousand miles to face off in the 2003 Yukon Quest. But one dog stands above the rest—King.

When an unexpected storm strikes, Kyle Walker and the reigning champion are forced to turn back. Stranded at the checkpoint, Kyle and his dogs find solace in a young veterinarian with auburn hair and keen green eyes—Jenna Maynor.

In this storm another race is forming, one of an Inuit man racing to save his family. Presented with the choice to help, but at the risk of his and his dogs’ lives, Kyle Walker ventures into the unknown in search of a mom and two young daughters.

The Yukon Quest was founded on the premise that a dog driver and his team should be a self-sufficient unit capable of challenging varied terrain and severe weather. But these conditions may prove to be too much, even for Kyle and King.

wesley-banks-600x800About the author: Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.  After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.

Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he loves so much. He lives with his wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as he can fit in.

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Review -Walk in to Silence by Susan McBride

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Published by Thomas & Mercer on December 1st 2016
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 367
Source: Wunderkind PR

I received this book for free from Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A woman vanishes from a Texas town. Did she simply run off, or is something darker at play?
When Patrick Dielman shows up at Detective Jo Larsen’s desk insisting that his wife, Jenny, is missing, Jo wonders if it’s a case of a bored housewife running away.
But as she digs deeper into Jenny’s life, Jo learns that Dielman keeps a stranglehold on the family finances, down to the last nickel, and that Jenny’s first marriage dissolved following the death of her young son. By all accounts—including her doctor’s—she never recovered from the loss. Between a controlling husband, a tragic past, and a callous ex-husband, Jo can’t be sure if she should suspect foul play or accept that the woman may have wanted to disappear.
For Jo, whose own demons are shadowing her every step, finding Jenny becomes more than the typical protect-and-serve.

Jo Larsen is met with a man at the precinct that claims his wife is missing. She is skeptical that the missing woman was just running away from life for a bit. On further investigation, things look a lot more desolate. Jo finds suspicious angles from her financially controlling first husband, and dismissive ex-husband. The more Jo investigates the more dangerous things get will she be able to find the truth before it’s too late?

In an Oyster Shell – A page-turning thriller that will have you reading without putting the book down.

The Pearls – The opening of the book had me intruiged. A detective with a hard past. She finds herself along the way of investigating the disappearance of Jenny Dielman. Weaving personal and professional life she does her best to find the truth. The adventure of following her was an intense ride.

The mystery was really good. It kept you guessing and in the end there were multiple guilty parties. The author is really good at writing mystery. I can’t wait to read her other books.

There were a lot of characters involved. It was easy to keep up with them all. The author’s characters were defined and distinctive. It was definitely a character driven narrative.

The Sand – There was a little bit of head hopping it was hard to know sometimes who’s perspective the reader was in.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Susan McBride

Susan McBride is the USA Today Bestselling author of Blue Blood and five more award-winning Debutante Dropout Mysteries from HarperCollins, including The Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night Of The Living Deb, Too Pretty To Die, and Say Yes to the Death. Susan has a second bestselling series with HC/Avon, the River Road Mysteries, that include To Helen Back, Mad as Helen, and Not a Chance in Helen. A fourth installment, Come Helen High Water, will be released in 2017.

Walk Into Silence, a darker thriller featuring Texas police detective Jo Larsen, will debut from Thomas & Mercer on December 1, 2016. Susan’s young adult thriller, Very Bad Things, was released by Random House in October of 2014.

In addition to her mysteries, Susan has penned three well-received women’s fiction titles from HarperCollins: The Truth About Love & Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. Foreign editions of Susan’s books have been published in France, Turkey, Croatia, Lithuania, and Bulgaria.

Susan has one nonfiction title: In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After 40, which tells her tale of becoming an “accidental Cougar” and marrying a younger man, her cancer diagnosis at age 42, and finding herself pregnant at 47.

She has authored several YA non-mystery novels for Delacorte about debutantes in Houston: The Debs (2008) and Love, Lies, And Texas Dips (2009). Gloves Off, the third book, should be out in 2016.

In January of 2012, Susan was named one of St. Louis’s “Most Dynamic People of the Year” by the Ladue News. In April of 2012, she was given the “Survivor of the Year” Award by the St. Louis affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As Susan likes to say, “Life is never boring.”

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Falling for the Best Man by Amanda Ashby

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Series: Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm, #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 157
Source: Entangled Publishing

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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What's worse than running into your ex-hookup at the airport? When said 'hookup" is the best man for the most important wedding of your career, and he's on the hunt for a fake girlfriend. Between a hysterical bride and a wedding party gone wild, wedding planner Emmy Watson can’t afford any more disasters if she wants to save her beloved Wishing Bridge Farm. Which is why she puts the best man on lockdown. Unfortunately, he also happens to be the one guy who can make her forget everything except the way his kisses make her feel.
All Christopher Henderson needs is a fake girlfriend to convince his bosses that his bad boy reputation is a thing of the past so he can land his dream job. What better place to find said companion than at a wholesome vintage wedding. The only thing he didn't count on was seeing Emmy, the woman who dumped him. The one he hasn’t been able to get off his mind.
There's no denying the spark between them, but he’s a globetrotter and she’s a homebody, and falling in love is something neither of them has in their plans.

Emmy Watson is fighting hard to save her family farm. She is working to make it a go-to destination for weddings. She is running her first wedding that she needs to go flawless. She is more than surprised when she picks up her ex-fling from the airport Christopher who is the best man. In a turn of events Christopher stays at her beloved farm. Will she be able to get the wedding of without a hitch and save her farm? Or will Christopher prove to much of a distraction?

In an Oyster Shell – It’s a cozy, heart-warming romance.

The Pearls – The setting is ideal. It is a farm that holds vintage treasures and a wishing bridge. Having the story revolve around this farm makes for a treasured read. I can’t wait for there to be more books in the series.

The characters were compelling. The main character was easy to follow and really comes into herself. The most interesting thing about this book is the supporting characters. The author lets us know about the supporting characters, which builds intrigue for further books.

The romance was clean and beautiful. It was really cozy. The conclusion is very satisfying.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

She also runs writing workshops and loves to speak to people about Buffy (er, she means writing)

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Sunday Post -January 8, 2017

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It’s been a month of Sundays since I’ve done the Sunday post. Like what I did there. Ha ha! Like most of you, I got caught in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I didn’t realize how busy I’ve been until I woke up Tuesday and felt relief that all the planning and errands were done. It’s the first time I feel like I could catch my breath! Now I am catching up on blog stuff.

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This week’s discussion is favorite genres.

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Question of the Week? What do you do to pass the time in January? I find that I read more than usual.

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Hi everbody! it’s been a long time. I took a long break from discussions over the holidays. They were super busy I finally have time to catch my breath and catch up.

I am indulging in a honey latte today for something different. What are you drinking?

I wanted to talk today about my favorite genres. I try and branch out sometimes but I find myself really at home with chick-lit and cozy mysteries. I like humor and feel-good stories. These genres offer that in abundance. I’ve been especially reading a lot of cozies due to the Mystery Thriller Week that is coming up in February.

I stretch myself by cross reading genres like science fiction and thrillers. I find that I can do those genre in small doses. If I have a lot of those I take on extra reading for the genres that I love.

As I have come into myself lately adhering myself to my favorite genres, I can’t help but wonder what does my genres say about me? I think there are preferences highlight our personalities.

I think these genres are telling to my fun loving quirky side. I think that’s one of the main reasons I love cozies. They are quirky in nature. I thank the chick-lit shows my romantic fun side. I really enjoy them! I’ve told you about my favorite what are your favorite genres? What do you think they say about you?

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Review – Aaden Bluestar by David Gaughan

Review – Aaden Bluestar by David GaughanAaden BlueStar: An ordinary boy discovers he is extraterrestrial - A mix of science fiction time travel stories, galactic federation of light guardians, ... and Magic (Aaden BlueStar series Book 1) by David Gaughan
on December 27, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 258
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At fifteen, Aaden Greene is imbued with extraordinary powers after a freak incident. Astounded by his powerful abilities he’s also confused by the terrifying vision of the monstrous apparition that appears before him at the time of his metaphysical awakening. Struggling to blend his ordinary life with visions of other lifetimes in extraterrestrial realms, he discovers his connection with an ET who has come to save our world. What amazes him most is the connection between the charismatic E.T. with whom he has been closely connected throughout the ages and his father, a Senator running for President on an environmental ticket. With each heart-pounding moment, the ensuing battle between the extraterrestrial BlueStar Beings and the formidable entity of Aaden’s earlier vision requires them to join forces to combat that negative energy. With an environmental backlash, the future of Earth and the survival of the human race depend on their success.

Aaden Greene is a normal teenager until he gets struck by lightening. Strange abilities start manifesting like a heightened awareness of danger, being able to read and manipulate people’s thoughts, being able to mentally transport to another dimension. His abilities come to be helpful when he foresees his dad getting in a car accident. He wasn’t able to prevent it yet his dad seems to survive though he is very different. He comes to find that his family is connected to an extraterrestrial race. His dad as been taken over by one of these beings. His goal is to help the world to prevent world destruction due to environmental issues. Aaden teams with the race to help the world be safe. There are dark powers at play. It’s a race against time to save humanity.

In an Oyster Shell – Aaden Bluestar is an imaginative, extremely creative story.

The Pearls – There are a few elements at play that work harmoniously together to make for a fun read. The author intertwined one human boy with an extraterrestrial race, it added a pleasant complexity.

Action starts right away to immediately engage the reader. The author shows a great knowledge of ecological issues. It seemed like there was a veiled message of the mess that the environment is in. That added a nice depth to the book.

The Sand – The transition of scenes from one perspective to the next got a little muddled. This added a little confusion for the reader. The ending was not satisfying. There is hope that there will be resolution in later books as this is a series.

Overall this book entertaining and informative.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About David Gaughan

With a keen interest in both metaphysical subjects and self help, David’s books range from the fanciful to the practical. If your interest is fiction or how-to self help, you’ll find both in David’s range of books. The science fiction/fantasy stories will challenge your perspective on life and the health range will help you with alternatives to mainstream treatments, while the self survival book gives practical ideas.
He has climbed the pyramids in Egypt, ridden camels in the Sahara desert, visited ancient ruins in Turkey and Ashrams in Northern India – much of his writing is influenced by the rich tapestry of life experiences.

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Blog Tour and Review with Giveaway – Absolute Trust by Piper J. DrakeAbsolute Trust (True Heroes, #3) by Piper J. Drake
Published by Forever on December 20th 2016
Pages: 320
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LOVE IS THE GREATEST RISK OF ALLAfter multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military service dogs like Haydn, a German shepherd who's seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life . . . and the one woman he can't have. But Forte's success means he's made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie . . .
When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she's constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she'll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger -and the sparks between them- could consume them both.

Brandon Forte is back in town after leaving his best friend to go in the military without explanation. Forte has a dog training facility where he is training dogs for the police or military. This brings him back in the same town as Sophie Kim the girl he left behind. Things escalate when dangerous things start happening and Sophie is in constant danger. Forte knows he’s made some powerful enemies that now have Sophie in their cross-hairs. Will Brandon be able to save Sophie and show her how he really feels?

In an Oyster Shell – It was a steamy action-packed romance.

The Pearls – This whole series is a great concept. Centered around a dog kennel run by ex-military makes for an endless fodder for narrative. This is the third book in the series and was a great addition. The concept of dogs in the narrative is an interesting aspect. If your an animal lover and want a hero story this book is for you.

The characters were strong and well-developed. I really liked Brandon and his relationship with Sophie. They have been friends for a long time and that’s a great way to start a romance. The tension between the two of them is palpable and Brandon’s response to danger keeps him and Sophie close.

The romance was steamy and satisfying. It was a long time coming and the conclusion was fulfilling.

This book made me go back and read the other books in the series. I hardly every do that.

The Sand –  It wasn’t a clean romance.

4 Pearls!

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About Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.
Now, Piper writes romantic suspense, incorporating her interests in mixed martial arts and the military into her writing. 

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