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Book Tuesday: Review – The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta

For my Book Tuesday, I thought it might be nice to hear a fresh voice. Dee’s Rad Reads and Reviews shares a crime thriller that sets her teeth on edge.

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The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta (Anna Curtis #5)

Published May 3,  2016

Touchstone

4 Stars!!

When I started reading this book, I didn’t realize it was a part of a series. I should know better as this has happened to me before. Had I checked Goodreads, I would have seen that it was in fact book #5 of the Anna Curtis series by Allison Leotta. However, the description intrigued me so I thought I’d give it a go……..and I’m really glad I did.

Prosecutor Anna Curtis is at home relaxing with her sister and niece when she sees the news that a university student is missing. When they play the grainy surveillance footage that shows the girl being pursued by a man the night she was last seen, Anna says a little prayer for her. What Anna doesn’t realize is that she will soon be at the center…

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Hi and welcome to Book Tuesday.
Last year I had the privilege of assisting a fellow blogger launch his book, Knitting Can Walk. As the year has worn on, I’ve decided to revisit my old post and update it a little, giving you a refresher on a great book. Lance Greenfield, who will be attending the Bloggers Bash this weekend, has written a variety of books that set an easy, enjoyable pace to his stories which are based on true life events.

The story follows the adventures and misadventures of a teenage boy growing up in Hong Kong in the early ‘seventies. There is plenty of mischief, but at the centre of his story is the greatest achievement of his life. 

Capturing the spirit of a boy surviving the split of his parents, Lance describes Calum McDougal’s adventures in south-east Asia with his best friend James. 

Being parceled off to each parent every couple of months has its advantages as we find out when the boys discover various ways of making money, which brush the lines of legality with sometimes humorous consequences.

Lance translates the emotional hiatus of trying to belong in a foreign world as a British boy discovering himself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it took me back to the seventies when foreign families lived in exotic places, sometimes becoming pillars of good within the communities and sometimes taking advantage of their status to the detriment of themselves and those around them.
In the book, our likeable rogue, Calum, is a mixture of good and evil and partakes in some whacky adventures with his friends to make easy money from unwary soldiers looking for a good time. With his quirky personality and naughty streak, he lands himself in trouble many times, giving the reader hilarious pranks to enjoy and solicitous behaviour that is somehow seems excusable in him.
As the road darkens and Calum discovers that there are some things you can’t take back, we see his life turn to a more positive storyline which leaves the reader feeling uplifted, if not a bit tearful!
If you’re looking for a book that has bits of romance, loveable characters, adventure and suspense mixed with a good back story, this is the book for you.

Knitting Can Walk is available from Amazon. Click on the pic to order your copy. As always, please leave a review of the book for the author so that they know you care.

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Dear Readers,

I need your help. From my different sites, I’ve noticed that a few of my lovely readers have left reviews of my books. Now, on Amazon, it is an absolutely barren place for The Iron Pendulum and my children’s books. 

Cue the sorrowful music, tiny violins squeaking in the background attempting to set the moroseful scene…

Due to the low rate of reviews, my books are dropping down the rankings to the bottom of the pit where poor books go to die. 

Now the upbeat tempo kicks in, lifting the somber tone to one of hope…

There’s a way to change this. YOU, yes you, the wonderful readers who took the time to buy my books, or downloaded free copies or just read it from the backseat of the bus as the person on front of you dozed off – I NEED YOU! Please click onto Amazon from wherever you are and leave a review for me: good, bad, ugly – I’m a big girl, I can take it. If you’re not a member of Amazon, then please log onto whatever site you bought my books from, borrowed, stole, illegally downloaded and leave a review. 

I’m counting on all of you and will send you loads of butterfly kisses and well wishes. That might sound like a lousy repayment but my gratitude will be eternal. 

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Last week, I introduced you to an action thriller called Codename: Camelot  by David Archer. Let’s take a look at the book and what I discovered…

The story started off rather slow with delightful tidbits left as breadcrumbs through the script, filling us in about the main character, Noah Wolf.

After witnessing the horrific murder of his parents as a child, Noah becomes immune to emotions; without a conscience or feelings to guide him, he invested his time in watching others, mimicking their emotions. Gaining the nickname, Pinocchio, from one of his friends, he struggles to react in the appropriate way that a child would behave when various circumstances are thrown in his direction.

An unfortunate chain of events sees Noah getting charged with the murder of his fellow officers; he is put on death row and escapes sentencing when he is recruited by a secret organisation known as E and E. Finding himself in a world that requires people to stuff their consciences away and lock up their emotions, Noah thrives, becoming the deadliest assassin in the world.

I enjoyed the repertoire between characters, a key element which was used successfully whilst focusing on technical details of the assassins’ training and equipment. My only bug bear was the fact that there was a repetitive strain at the beginning, as though re-affirming Noah’s lack of emotional balance whilst trying to prove that he is a good guy without it. The characters were fleshed out nicely, giving a sense of purpose to each person he met, however fleeting. I just wish that the action was a bit swifter. The book made it to over a hundred pages before something really interesting happened. Not that I’m complaining. The story needed to be told and I was taken on a journey with the main character, through the memories of his childhood, the threat to his life and the rigorous training he required to become the best. Once the action did start, it harked back to the old movies, where there was an infusion of detail, great action and the subtle lack of messy sexy scenes which tend to slow the action down.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to the sequel, which, in my opinion, will be even better as I now know the character and look forward to finding out what he does next.

If you would like to read Codename: Camelot by David Archer, please click on the pic below to order your copy. Don’t forget to leave a review for the book on the website as this helps the author greatly.

Thanks for joining me.

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Hi and welcome to Book Tuesday.

For most of today, I have been posting reblogs of snippets from other bloggers promoting authors and their latest books. My little book corner has been rather quiet over the past weeks because of my house move and lack of time to read the wonderful array of books I have waiting on my kindle. Since I am in the middle of a book, I thought I would share my view of the story so far.

codename camelotAt the moment, I am reading a book by David Archer called Code Name: Camelot. The plot follows Noah Foster, a man who is put on death row for killing the men in his army unit during a mission in Afghanistan. Now you might think it’s an ordinary story about a murderer and the main protagonist is his JAG lawyer, Lieutenant Mathers; a woman who is willing to fight for what is right even when the decks are stacked against her. As she fights to find a solid alibi for Noah Foster, she finds out that one of the murdered soldiers happens to be the United States Congressman’s son who is currently running for president, making the chances of her winning her case more remote than igloos in Egypt. But that’s not all!

The author, David Archer, has made his main character have a condition where he has no emotional stimulus, a figure who has to evaluate the reactions of others and measure the moral balance of how to engage with them through logic and mimicking those around him. His main defense for the murders is down to the fact that he acted in the most logical manner when witnessing his fellow officers commit crimes against humanity.

I still have a way to go to finish the book, but I am excited to say that I do not think I will be disappointed. The action moves swiftly enough to engage a reader without boring them with too many details (well, in my case, because I have so little time to read, I need to get to the crunch faster!) Noah has just had his death faked and he is now joining a government agency that targets certain individuals who need to be eliminated for the good of mankind. I am hoping for a good twist amidst the chaos and a bit of a romantic interlude thrown into the mix.

Once I have finished the book, I will give a more thorough analysis of how well the book behaves towards the end.

Watch this space!

If you would like to join me in reading David Archers, Code Name: Camelot, click on the link below to order your copy. Let me know what you think of the story.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Linda Bethea, Jacquie Biggar and Eloise de Sousa

Sally has been kind enough to feature my books with some illustrious writers’ books, which I plan to download and review in the coming weeks.

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Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore update and the first author with news is Linda Bethea with a new collection of her wonderful short stories released on April 28th. Just Women Getting By.

About the collection

WOMEN OF STRENGTH, FORTITUDE, AND BRAVERY

In this collection of six serials, Linda Swain Bethea weaves narratives of women through several centuries. The stories span from 1643 to 1957. Beginning in England in 1643, a young couple travels to Jamestown, Virginia, to begin a new life in the American frontier. The rest of the stories travel from West Texas to North Louisiana to the Texas Panhandle to East Texas.

Disease, death, starvation, and prison are faced with stoicism and common sense, and always, with a sense of humor.

The women in each tale stand tall and possess the wisdom and tenacity to hold families together under the worst conditions. Through it all, they persevere…

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Hello and welcome to Book Tuesday. I’m writing this note from my car as I am in the middle of Mum’s Taxi run! Tuesday nights are Girl Guide nights and my two daughters belong to the Guides and Senior Section. On nights like this one, we have to get them to two different locations for meetings or activities within fifteen minutes of each other. Now picture all the other parents attempting to do the same thing for their sprogs who attend Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts. Traffic is a nightmare!

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before-he-seesHello, welcome to Book Tuesday.

This week I have read a rather interesting crime thriller called Before He Sees (A Mackenzie White Mystery – book 2) by Blake Pierce.

Mackenzie White is young police detective pulled from the backwaters of Nebraska and recruited to Quantico as an FBI rookie agent. Already a promising student, she is chosen to assist in a series of murders that have the FBI chasing their tales. The pressure to prove just how good she is mounts as another body is found and the powers that be who have given her the opportunity have set a deadline for her to solve the case or lose her job and career as an agent. Flashbacks of Mackenzie’s own troubled past mixed with previous experience from solving the Scarecrow Killer murders, which bear a similarity to the case she is helping solve, puts her in a precarious position. With no-one to turn to or share the burden of responsibility, she is pushed beyond her limits, testing her capabilities as a true detective and agent.

When she is pulled off the case and returned to the status of rookie agent, her own perseverance in cracking the case pushes the powers that be to give her a second chance, but their own stubborn arrogance forces her to take drastic measures which put her in danger.

This was a great thriller and I enjoyed the momentum of riding along with the main character as she pushed her way through a world of dominant characters bent on proving they are right! Though the end was predictable, I still enjoyed the thrill of the story unfolding and would recommend this book to readers who want a light crime thriller.

There are two more books in the Mackenzie White series and I look forward to reading them. If you would like to read Before He Sees, click on the pic below to order your copy.

As always, please leave a review for the author. It’s a great way for other readers to gauge the books. Thanks.

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