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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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Book Tuesday

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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Book Tuesday

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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Book Tuesday – Book Reviews

Hi!  Today, instead of sharing a story or excerpt from a book, I’m taking a look at book reviews I have done in the past.  The reason I’m doing this is I recently saw a book review of a friend and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed his book.

  

His name is Paul Stears, author of Faces Of A Small City. We met through Twitter and agreed to send each other our novels for honest reviews. At the time, we were both busy with other projects and life in general, but Paul took the time to read Deception for me and gave me a wonderful review. It was my turn to read his book and I enjoyed the escape between hospital runs with my mum. I thoroughly enjoyed his style of writing and the easy way he drew the reader into the plot. After sending through my review we discussed improvements on both our books and viewed to review each other’s books in the future. I’m looking forward to working with Paul again and hope he will have his next book out soon. 


If you haven’t read Faces Of A Small City, I highly recommend it. 

Here is a copy of my review on Amazon…

The setting of Canterbury lends a beautiful backdrop to this intricate tale of loyalty, love and the pursuit of happiness in a group of friends and their families. This contemporary romance follows the characters as their stories are gently woven together to create a wonderful drama that kept me in suspense till the very end. I loved Jakes, the key narrator in the story and I was left wondering if we would have the opportunity to meet him again in another romance by Paul Stears. A thoroughly enjoyable book with strong characters and well written backdrops that added to the sparkle of this Canterbury romance!

 It will leave you wanting to visit Cambridge to enjoy the scenery and lifestyle yourself! 

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The second author I am revisiting today is L.K. Brass, author of The Apocolypse Deal.  

 

Now this book was introduced to me through Goodreads when Mr Brass messaged me asking for an honest review. I was quite cheeky and asked him to send me a hard copy as I was curious to see if the cover looked as good in print as it did online! I was not disappointed. 

 

The Apocolypse Deal was originally written in Italian and translated by Elizabeth Wright.  The story itself has high octane action with touches of Clancy and Le Carré.  There was a no-nonsense attitude to the story which I enjoyed and I was not disappointed by the end.  If cyber espionage is your thing, then this might be your next best book to read!

Unfortunately I was not very fair to L.K. Brass as I did not leave a full review due to other distractions.  Yes, I do get distracted easily! I shall be rectifying that and linking my review Of The Apocolypse Deal  to his Goodreads account.  I do hope you take the time to read this book, as I feel it deserves its place on your bookshelf, maybe next to Faces Of A Small City, just to shake things up!

Thanks for joining me on Book Tuesday.