Book Review: “A Murder In Time” by Julie McElwain

May 31, 2016 at 2:03 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Julie McElwain in her new book, “A Murder In Time book coverA Murder In Time” published by Pegasus Books LLC introduces us to Kendra Donovan.

From the back cover:   When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life―200 years before she was even born.

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

Are you ready to go back in time to 1815, London? No, I mean really, we start out in the present day and then we are literally transported back in time to 1815. Ms. McElwain does a wonderful job of making that time period come alive. This is one of the most fascinating and clever mystery thrillers ever! And, of course, Kendra is just an exceptional character that we get involved with as she tries to bring her 21st century skill against a 19th century murderer. I recommend that you start early, turn off the phone, hit the bathroom and make a big bowl of popcorn. From experience once you get started you are not going to want to be interrupted.  Ms. McElwain has set it up so that you are captured from the first page and she doesn’t let go until the last. I am already looking forward to more from this talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pegasus Books LLC.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: “Broken Ground” By Karen Halvorsen Schreck

May 31, 2016 at 12:36 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Karen Halvorsen Schreck in her new book, “Broken Ground book coverBroken Ground” published by Howard Books introduces us to Ruth Warren.

From the back cover:  When a young oil rig widow escapes her grief and the Texas Dust Bowl, she discovers a surprising future—and new passion—awaiting her in California.

Newly married to her childhood sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Ruth Warren is settling into life in a Depression-era, East Texas oil town. She’s making a home when she learns that her young husband, Charlie, has been killed in an oil rig accident. Ruth is devastated, but then gets a chance for a fresh start: a scholarship from a college in Pasadena, CA. Ruth decides to take a risk and travel west, to pursue her one remaining dream to become a teacher.

At college Ruth tries to fit into campus life, but her grief holds her back. When she spends Christmas with some old family friends, she meets the striking and compelling Thomas Everly, whose own losses and struggles have instilled in him a commitment to social justice, and led him to work with Mexican migrant farmworkers in a camp just east of Los Angeles. With Thomas, Ruth sees another side of town, and another side of current events: the numerous forced deportations without due process of Mexicans, along with United States citizens of Mexican descent.

After Ruth is forced to leave school, she goes to visit Thomas and sees that he has cobbled together a night school for the farmworkers’ children. Ruth begins to work with the children, and establishes deep friendships with people in the camp. When the camp is raided and the workers and their families are rounded up and shipped back to Mexico, Ruth and Thomas decide to take a stand for the workers’ rights—all while promising to love and cherish one another.

Ms. Schreck has given us historical fiction at its finest. The plot of the story centers around the Mexican Repatriation—an event in history that is not well-known. Ms. Schreck starts us in 1934 and takes us through 1935 and every single minute of it is interesting to say the least. Let me assure you once you get started you are not going to want to be interrupted.  Ms. Schreck has set it up so that you are captured from the first page and she doesn’t let go until the last. Ruth and Thomas are absolutely fascinating characters that draw you into their lives and you want to hang out with them and see what they are going to do. Ms. Schreck has given us a wonderfully engaging story.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: “The Progeny” By Tosca Lee

May 30, 2016 at 10:34 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tosca Lee in her new book, “The Progeny book coverThe Progeny” published by Howard Books gives us the Descendants Of The Blood Countess.

From the back cover:  Emily Porter is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted.

She’s on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders—one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save.

Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the uncanny descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. A story about the search for self amidst centuries-old intrigues and Europe’s underground scene…and one woman’s mission to survive.

I recommend that you start early, turn off the phone, hit the bathroom and make a big bowl of popcorn. From experience once you get started you are not going to want to be interrupted.  Ms. Lee has set it up so that you are captured from the first page and she doesn’t let go until the last. This story reminded me of the old “Fugitive” television series only much more amped up. The characters are handled so well, the relationships are outstanding. Ms. Lee has given us a wonderfully engaging story.

You can find “The Progeny” at a discount at   http://www.deepershopping.com/item/lee-tosca/progeny-descendants-of-the-blood-countess/6627018.html

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

#TheProgeny #toscalee

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