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I read the book 19th Christmas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro in part because I like James Patterson’s work. The other reason, the title and front cover of the book intrigued me along with the words “The New Women’s Murder Club Novel.” (For the record, I had never heard of The New Women’s Murder Club Novels before.)
Spoiler alert: The title is deceiving. Nineteen is the number of the book in the women’s murder club novels. And, it just happens to take place during the Christmas holiday.
At the onset, the authors introduce you to four women (Lindsay, Yuki, Cindy, and Claire) of the club.
While the book is mostly Lindsay’s story of catching the bad guy and solving the crime, Cindy and Yuki are off in another direction and Claire appears as an afterthought at the beginning and again at the end of the book.
Throughout the book, I fully expected the issue that Cindy and Yuki were working on to tie in some way with the crime/murder that Lindsay was working on. And while Claire was in another town, I had hoped she would also have a hand in solving the crime. I was greatly disappointed as there was no connection between the story that Lindsay was chasing and the story issue that Cindy and Yuki were working on. And as I said above, Claire seemed to be an afterthought.
I was also hoping that 19th in the title would refer to something like this was the nineteenth year in a row this type of crime happened at Christmas or this was the 19th crime of similar nature to take place prior to Christmas and it would be the final one. Again, I was disappointed.
I suggest if you wish to read this book, first read the other eighteen in the series. That way, the story, and the whole book might make more sense (not making any promises here as I don’t have any immediate future plans to read any of the other eighteen books in this series).
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By: Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown and Company and Knopf
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
One of my summer reads was Bill Clinton’s and James Patterson’s book, The President is Missing. I give this book 5 stars as it is definitely a page-turner.
President Duncan, recently widowed and with health issues, is the main character. His daughter asks him about “Dark Ages,” a code word about cyber terrorism known only to his cabinet of eight. With this new found knowledge, the President realizes he has a traitor within his cabinet, but who? At the same time the Speaker of the House, Lester Rhodes, wants to impeach him for, supposedly, letting Suliman Cindoruk the leader of the Sons of Jihad and a cyber terrorist escape.
Nina, a cyber hacker contacts the president, but she doesn’t know who she can trusts. So, she gives the president instructions to follow. President Duncan follows Nina’s instructions and meets her partner, Augie who knows only how to locate the virus but does not have the password to delete or stop it. When the President and Augie are close to meeting up with Nina, she is killed by an assassin named Bach. But, who hired, Bach? During the shootout, Augie is hustled into the vehicle with the president by the Secret Service. Close to the White House, the President’s motorcade is attacked and the president decides to go into hiding at a cabin deep in the woods. Here the president is surrounded by only a few trusted secret service agents and a team of cyber experts from the United States, Germany, and Russia, who are trying to find the virus that has been planted into the United States infrastructure software. If the virus isn’t stopped, the country could be thrown into total chaos.
Who is behind the cyber attack? Suliman Cindoruk or someone else? Who is the traitor in the White House and why? Who is the assassin, Bach? Who does Bach want to assassinate? Who hired Bach?
I wanted to know the answers to these questions and other readers will want to know too.
In this day and age, there is a possibility of a cyber attack occurring somewhere in the world. It gives me some comfort knowing that there are people who are working every day to prevent a cyber attack.
Parisa by Conrad Trump
Publisher: High Peaks Publishing (September 7, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Tour dates: Mar/Apr, 2018
Available in Print and ebook,292 pages
Guest Post Review by Laura R: 5 Stars
If you love to get lost in a book, you need to read Parisa by Conrad Trump! The lead character, Scott is in a horrible snowboarding accident. He then unknowingly releases a century-old spirit. Her name is Parisa. Sure, she can grant wishes so it may remind you of the old television show, I Dream Of Genie’ but this has so much more depth to it. Scott is left with the responsibility of helping Parisa fit into today’s society which is no easy task. To top that off, he starts to have romantic feelings for her.
This book is well written and full of both drama and humor. Even though it is fairly short, the characters are well drawn out. As I was reading it, I felt like I was there in a real place with real people. I think it would make a great movie! This is book one in a series and I can hardly wait to read book two! I recommend Parisa for fantasy and adventure readers. I give it 5 stars!
“What are the X Games?” Parisa asked.
“The X Games are the pinnacle of extreme sports. Athletes from all over the world meet every year and test their skill against one another. I snowboard on the half-pipe.”
“I don’t understand,” Parisa confessed.
“Do you see these boards?” Scott asked, leading her to the wall opposite the front bay window. A pair of silver medals was mounted under the neon-green Burton snowboard splashed with blue paint. Beside the board was a matted picture of Scott rising out of the pipe. His board was pointing upward, and he was holding the tip of it with one hand. His matching green parka looked as if it was speckled with the falling snow. In the pictures, he wore dark goggles and a neon-green helmet. “That’s me,” Scott said, pointing to the picture. “I came in second that day.”
“I have only just seen snow for the first time,” Parisa told him, looking fondly at the photograph.
“The day I released you. I saw you near the ribbon cutting at the bottom of the slope.”
“I wasn’t strong enough yet to stay separated from my vessel for more than a few seconds, but it was long enough to see you and snow for the first time.”
“You had never seen snow before?”
“No, my Scott. I had always wanted to, but I was forbidden to leave the palace.”
“Well, honey, you are looking at the King of the Snow,” Scott said, puffing up his chest. “It’s a shame that we’re in San Diego. There’s no snow here, but when I go back to Lake Placid next week, you’ll see lots of snow—if you want to come with me, that is.”
“Of course I will come with you. You are my Scott.”
“I’ll teach you to snowboard. I would take you today, but”—Scott shrugged his shoulders— “no snow.”
“Would my Scott like it to snow?” Parisa asked, raising her arms above her head. Suddenly the lights in the house dimmed as a heavy cloud cover rolled in from the ocean, west of Coronado. There was a rumbling of thunder, and the windows shook. Scott could feel the barometric pressure sinking around him as he stood there in wonder.
Scott grabbed her arms and gently lowered them to her sides. “It can’t snow here, Parisa. This is San Diego.”
As soon as he said it, the world became a little lighter. The clouds just beginning to form over the city dissipated.
“Could you really have made it snow?” Scott asked.
Parisa smiled knowingly. “If my Scott had wished it,” she answered.
Scott laughed, but the display of power frightened him. It was one thing to float a box of roses. It was another to change the West Coast’s weather pattern. He was humbled by the scope of her magic. It was truly unsettling, but the Locke smile never faltered. He continued to chuckle and shake his head.
“I could take us someplace where there is snow,” Parisa suggested. “Would that be better?”
“What do you mean, ‘take us’?” Scott asked, uncertain that he was ready for the answer.
“Give me your hand, my Scott, think of where you would like to be—someplace snowy, someplace tropical, someplace on a beach—and we will go.”
“You can do that?” Scott asked. “Anyplace?”
“Anyplace,” Parisa assured him.
Scott thought about it for just a second. He smiled and whispered, “I know just the spot.” He took Parisa by the hands. The world jumped sideways. He fell forward without ever leaving his feet. For a moment they were one, traveling not hand in hand but spirit in spirit, moving through the ether at the top of the world. He felt neither warmth nor coolness, and there was no pain. They were slipping through the coil of known science, pushing back against the realities of time and matter. He was free in a way that his greatest, highest jumps had never come close to reaching.
He barely remembered the lingering morphine-induced dreams of floating on his snowboard after surgery. Traveling through space and time now was just like those dreams. He was floating, and he was free—only this time, he was not alone. His essence was entwined with Parisa’s, and together they soared untethered like snowflakes in a blizzard.
Praise for Parisa:
“Parisa held my interest and was hard to put down. I enjoyed it and can’t wait for Conrad to write another story. I believe Parisa would make a good movie!”- Debbie Moore, Reviewer
“I read Conrad’s book in less than three days. Not only is it a good story, but anyone from West Virginia will love the way Conrad blended our home state into the story about a West Virginia native who becomes a world-class snowboarder. This gave us native mountaineers a great deal to be proud of not only with the West Virginia setting, but knowing our native son has developed into a great writer.
I look forward to reading more stories written by Conrad in the future. I loved the book.”-KC Bohrer, Reviewer
“What an excellent book! This book keeps you hanging until you get to the next page. An excellent read by an excellent author! I am looking forward to reading future books by this author! Excellent word choice provides vivid pictures throughout the story. Excellent storyline.”- Meredith L. Zirkleml, Reviewer
Conrad Trump was raised in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, where he still resides. He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University.
Conrad has worked with youth, guiding troubled teens for the past quarter of a century at a residential school outside of Winchester, Virginia.
Prior to the publication of Parisa, Conrad had dozens of shorter pieces of fiction published in magazines and anthologies. In addition to writing, he is an award-winning and published artist with his paintings featured in national juried exhibitions. Conrad is also an accomplished and published photographer. He is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid supporter of all things West Virginia. He and his wife, Kim, have been married for twenty-five years. Together they have two children, Hilary and Shaun.
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By: Anne Stuart
Publication Date: 2007
Anne Stuart has created a story that should be on the silver screen. With well-developed characters, fast-moving plot, and an exotic location, this could be a movie similar to the James Bond films.
Ice Blue is the third book in the Ice Series.
Hana Hayashi hid a Japanese ice-blue ceramic bowl in the care of her charge, Summer Hawthrone, a museum curator. After Hana Hayashi was killed in an accident the bowl held great sentimental value for Summer. The bowl, a ceremonial kimono, and a handmade kimono were all that Summer had left of Hana.
Lianne Lovitz promised the bowl to the leader of the True Realization Fellowship without asking her daughter and Summer was bound and determined the man wouldn’t get it. What she didn’t know was there were more than just the True Realization Fellowship after the bowl and both sides were ready to kill for it.
After a museum exhibit which featured the ice-blue bowl, Summer is kidnapped then rescued by Takashi O’Brien, an international operative for The Committee. His orders were clear, keep the bowl out of the hands of the True Realization Fellowship and kill anyone who knew the whereabouts of the Hayashi mystical location. Did Summer know the whereabouts of this location? Takashi thought so.
Author Bio: (From author’s Amazon page)
I’ve been writing since the dawn of time. A child prodigy, I made my first professional sale to Jack and Jill Magazine at the age of 7, for which I received $25 (admittedly my father worked for the publisher). Since then I’ve written gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, historical romance, series romance — anything with sex and violence, love and redemption. I misbehave frequently but somehow have managed to amass lots of glittering prizes, like NYT, PW and USA Today bestseller status, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America, and a decent smattering of Romantic times and RITA awards.
I live on a lake in Northern Vermont with my incredibly fabulous husband. My two children have flown the coop, but the three cats do their best to keep us from being lonely.
In my spare time I quilt and play around with wearable art, and the rest of the time I write write write. Apparently, women of a certain age get a rush of creativity, and I’m currently enjoying it. Too many stories to write, not enough hours in the day.
Today is Clementine Paddleford’s birthday. If she were alive today she would be 119 years old!
“Hometown Appetites: She Served Up Americana (With a Side Dish of Quirk)”
By: Benjamin Schmerler
Clementine Paddleford wrote, “We all have home-town appetites. Every other person is a bundle of longing for the simplicities of good taste once enjoyed on the farm or in the home they left behind.”
Benjamin Schmerler of the New York Post wrote, “If the food writer Clementine Paddleford were alive today, she would have at least two Food Network shows (one devoted to cooking, a second to travel), a weekly newspaper column, a cookbook series and, of course, a blog. Or so it is easy to imagine by reading Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris’s smartly drawn, surprising uplifting biography ‘Hometown Appetites'”.
Schmerler continues, “Thankfully, the authors share Paddleford’s eye for a good story, deftly documenting their subject’s well-deserved contributions to food journalism, but balancing them with biographical color.”
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Title: The Diaries of Pontius Pilate
By: Joseph Max Lewis
Publisher: Helping Hands Press
Date Published: April 24, 2013
ISBN-10: 1622083326 ISBN-13: 978-1622083329
Paperback: 260 pages
When I saw the title of this book, I knew that I had to read it!
Think Indiana Jones with a mixture of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon and you have Dr. Kevin Elliot and Dr. Jill Gates. Elliott and Gates are archaeologists on a dig near the Dead Sea. Their historical find puts them and their team in danger!
What is this find and why is it so important that two opposing societies come out of the woodwork? One society wants the archaeologists and everyone associated with them dead and the artifacts destroyed, while the other society wants to protect them and tell the world about the find.
Lewis takes the reader on a roller coaster ride after Elliot’s and Gates’ team members and the Israeli police who were sent to protect them are killed. Running from the shores of the Dead Sea with the only living police officer, Moshe, the two are dependent upon him to get them out of the country.
Trust no one! Tell no one! Do what you have to do to stay alive!
About the Author: Taken from the author’s Amazon Page.
Joseph Max Lewis ( http://www.josephmaxlewis.com ) served as a member of an Operational Detachment in the U.S. Army’s Seventh Special Forces Group, the storied Green Berets. During his service Lewis received anti-terrorist training and his detachment was tasked to “Special Projects.” Afterward, he served as an instructor at the Special Forces Qualification Course. Lewis attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, and the University of Pittsburgh, receiving degrees in International Politics and Law while being certified in Middle East Studies.
After living and studying abroad, first in the Middle East and then Southeast Asia, Lewis returned home to practice law. He’s a columnist in the New Bethlehem Leader-Vindicator and currently lives, writes, and practices law in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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My Grandfather’s Pants
By: Tegon Maus
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (January 21, 2014)
Category: Contemporary Romance, Humor, Romantic Comedy, Suspense
Tour Dates: Oct/Nov, 2016
Available in: ebook, 164 Pages
Jack Laskin is an ordinary man. More than ordinary according to some. Running the family hardware store and a life that would bore a snail, nothing exciting ever seems to happen to him.
Then, at his mother’s urging, he tries on a pair of his late grandfather’s old pants and everything changes — most importantly his emerging love life. It’s not long before his mother and her meddling friends get involved.
When an old friend of his grandfather’s tells Jack he has something she wants, his new-found life takes another turn. Having no idea what he is supposed to have, Jack looks to his girlfriend, Connie, and her brother, Robert, for help.
In the end, the answers will all be found in his Grandfather’s Pants.
Have you ever owned a pair of pants that refused a shirt that you chose to go with them? That’s the kind of pants Jack Laskin’s mother gave to him. His grandfather’s pants. A pair of pants with a mended tear appears to be magical…or something.
Jack’s life gets turned upside down by a meddling mother and her minions and Olivia Wells who wants him to give her “her proof.” Jack has no idea what “her proof” is, yet he must find it. And what about this gift that he is supposedly to have – like his father and his grandfather?
I am afraid that I will give away the story plot and ruin the ending for you if I write any more. So, I will say, buy the book and read it. You won’t be disappointed.
“This story is fantastic! It is totally different to anything I have read before. As the storyline unfolds, it is sexy, humorous and very entertaining – absolutely brilliant!”- Susan Keefe, Book Reviews By Susan Keefe, Author
“I was definitely not expecting to laugh as often as I did while reading My Grandfather’s Pants. Mr. Maus has a fantastic sense of humour that translates extremely well to the written word. He is adept at teasing out the funny side of even the most serious or mundane parts of daily life. It was especially entertaining to see how he plays around with a wide range of assumptions most of us make about certain groups of people in order to keep his readers on their toes.
“My Grandfather’s Pants is a great choice for anyone in the mood for something quirky and original. This is the kind of book that begs to be read more than once. I, for one, will be revisiting it quite soon!”- LAS Reviewer, Long and Short Reviews
“My Grandfather’s Pants is a funny and surprising novel. An enjoyable combination of fantasy and suspense with a touch of romance. The protagonist, Jack is a likeable old soul thrown into a bizarre situation, and the way he handles the bizarre challenges he faces will keep you guessing . . . and laughing. Pick up this book if you want to take a ride on a saucy, madcap rollercoaster. You won’t be disappointed!”- Joseph N. Sidari, Amazon Reviewer
Tegon Maus was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends he could conjure. Not that he wasn’t friendly, he just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe he lived in his head way more than he should have, maybe not. He liked machines more than people, at least he did until I met his wife.
The first thing he can remember writing was for her. For the life of him he can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married him shortly after that. He spent a good number of years chasing other dreams before he got back to writing.
It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. His wife and himself had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.
He was thrilled. If there is one thing he enjoys it’s making people believe him and he likes to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not. When he writes, he always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, he guarantees you, nothing, makes him happier.
He has consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and has been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Author on Tirgearr Website: http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Maus_Tegon/index.htm
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Title: Escape to Redemption
Author: Peter M. Parr
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Date of Publication: June 24, 2016
Escape – break free from confinement or control
Redemption – the action of being saved from evil
This book is comparable to Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1866 Crime and Punishment which explores redemption through suffering.
***I rate this book 4 stars***
A revengeful scare tactic goes wrong and ends in murder. It wasn’t suppose to happen. Now what? The stranger with the dog saw everything. He will go to the police. She had to run, had to escape. She was a young woman with her whole life to live. She wouldn’t go down for murder and definitely wouldn’t take the rap for two murders.
Josie was freaking out and her friend Snaz, who thought he was her boyfriend, didn’t know what to do. With the flee instinct in high gear, Josie fled England for Poland leaving Snaz behind to fend for himself.
While in Poland, Josie tries to carve out a new life for herself by lying. The thing with lying is that once the lie is told, it must be followed by additional lies to keep up the pretense. Then, one must be able to keep up with the lies they told and so goes the vicious cycle of lies.
With the fear of living a lie and being found out and a guilty conscience about the murders, will Josie find redemption? Or will she live the lie until her dying days?
Peter M. Parr works part-time as a civil servant, which gives him time to indulge his passion for writing. He facilitates workshops to encourage people to reflect on what truly matters. He lives in Hastings, England, overlooking the sea. Escape to Redemption is his first novel.
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