IRREPARABLE HARM

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Don’t mess with Sasha McCandless!  Not only is she a force in the courtroom, but her 5 ft. 100 pound body can bring down the toughest thug using Krav Maga – never heard of it before but it was developed by the Israeli Army in 1940 and is quite lethal.  Unfortunately I read Irreparable Harm following the recent plane crash by a Germanwings co-pilot into the French Alps.  While it was technology that brought the plane to crash into a mountain in Irreparable Harm, it was just too similar and raw for me.  Yet the story was about much more than the crash so it was, indeed, a good read.  I have not committed to reading any more in the series just yet but I would like to learn Krav Maga.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Meet attorney Sasha McCandless in Irreparable Harm, the fast-paced, whip-smart legal thriller by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Melissa F. Miller.

After eight long years, Sasha is about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up.

When a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard, Sasha gears up to defend the inevitable civil lawsuits. She soon realizes the crash was no accident: a developer has created an application that can control a commercial plane’s onboard computer from a smartphone.

Sasha joins forces with a federal air marshal, and they race to prevent another airline disaster. But when people close to the matter start turning up dead, Sasha must rely on both her legal skills and her Krav Maga training to stop the madman before he kills her.

Find the entire Sasha McCandless legal thriller series on Amazon: smarturl.it/sashaseries

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IDENTITY X

IDENTITY X

IDENTITY X IS THE STORY OF A SCIENTIST WHO FINDS THE CURE FOR GENETIC DISEASE USING A SERUM THAT IS ABLE TO RECONSTRUCT DNA.  DRIVEN BY WATCHING HIS FATHER SUCCUMB TO HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE AND UNDERSTANDING THAT HIS SON WILL FACE THE SAME FATE, HE SPENDS ENDLESS HOURS IN THE LABORATORY PERFECTING THE SERUM.  AFTER 4 LONG YEARS HE IS SUCCESSFUL BUT THEN HIS WORLD TURNS UPSIDE DOWN NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM TO BE – EVEN HIS WIFE AND HIS BEST FRIEND – IT IS A HORRIBLE PLOT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD AN INDESTRUCTIBLE ARMY.  HOW CAN BEN SURVIVE AND WHAT BECOMES OF HIS FAMILY??

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

How are you supposed to survive when you are already dead?

Ben Stone has one aim; discover the cure for genetic disease. He watched his father die and promised himself that it would never happen again, especially to his own son. After his appointment as lead researcher in Bionics Laboratories he begins his desperate research. It takes four years, but he succeeds. He discovers NEMREC, a serum able to reconstruct DNA and cure the diseases that have driven him. It should be the beginning of a new future, but by changing the face of the world, he has unwittingly destroyed his own.

His world falls apart

After arriving at his laboratory to find that it has disappeared, he is sucked into a world of conspiracy and betrayal. The Agency wants NEMREC and will do anything to get it, believing it to be the most powerful scientific discovery in decades. But it wasn’t just NEMREC that they wanted. The Agency wanted Ben dead, but somehow he survived. His best friend, his wife, and Ami, the beautiful scientist who he has fallen for at work all offer to help him, but each has a different version of the truth. They all have their own agenda, only one of them wants what he wants, and in a world where you are already dead, how is it that you are supposed to survive?

 

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THE LONG WAY HOME

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THE LONG WAY HOME IS THE TENTH OF ELEVEN IN THE CHIEF  INSPECTOR GAMACHE SERIES AND I HAVE READ ONLY ONE OTHER (HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN #9 – http://wp.me/p3DlOf-5e).

THE STORY IS THE SEARCH FOR CLARA’S HUSBAND, PETER, WHO SHE SUGGESTED LEAVE OVER A YEAR AGO ON A TRIAL SEPARATION WITH A MEETING ONE YEAR LATER TO SEE WHERE THEY ARE AT.  MANY WEEKS AFTER THAT ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PETER HAS NOT RETURNED HOME SO CLARA ENGAGES RETIRED CHIEF INSPECTOR GAMACHE TO HELP HER FIND HIM FEARING HE MUST BE DEAD.

PETER IS AN ARTIST WHO HAS TRAVELED THROUGHOUT EUROPE’S ARTIST REGIONS AND SOME OTHER STRANGER DESTINATIONS BUT IT DOES SEEM HIS TRAIL IS HEADING HOME WHEN THE TRAIL ENDS.  GAMACHE AND HIS COHORTS CONTINUE TO DIG AND UNCOVER MORE SURPRISES.  A GOOD READ THAT YOU WILL ENJOY AND INSPIRE YOU TO BEGIN TO READ THE REST OF THE SERIES!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”

While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

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MAZIE BABY

MAZIE BABY

WOW!  MAZIE BABY WAS A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN I EXPECTED!  MAZIE IS IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP BUT CONTINUES TO BELIEVE THERE IS HOPE ONLY TO RECEIVE MORE ABUSE.  SHE FINALLY TAKES EXTREME MEASURES TO FLEE THE RELATIONSHIP AND WHISKS HER DAUGHTER AWAY TO TRY TO PIECE THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER.  ESCAPING THE PAST BECOMES MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT AND MAZIE CAN RUN NO LONGER.  SHE MUST FACE UP TO HER ACTIONS AND SEARCH FOR JUSTICE. 

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

When Mazie Reynolds was a young girl, she believed monsters lived under her bed. Now a grown, married woman, she discovers one sleeps in her bed.

Mazie schemes to save herself and her daughter. Her plan will work, if she can out-maneuver the monster who is a master of manipulation and control. She’s got one thing going for her, the one thing she truly owns. Mazie has moxie to the bone. But will it be enough?

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MURDER ON THE MIND

MURDER ON THE MIND

MURDER ON THE MIND WAS EASY TO GET INTO SINCE I’M A LIFELONG BUFFALONIAN AND SOME OF MY FRIENDS LIVED ON LEBRUN IN AMHERST.  THIS IS WHERE JEFF WENT TO LIVE WITH HIS BROTHER TO RECOUPERATE FROM A MUGGING IN NEW YORK CITY THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS TO START A NEW JOB AS AN INSURANCE INVESTIGATOR.  HE WAS NEAR DEATH FROM THE BEATING BUT FINDS AS HE IS RECOVERING THAT HE NOW HAS PSYCHIC ABILITIES!  VISIONS HAUNT HIM BUT ALSO HELP HIM SOLVE CRIMES.  A GOOD PLOT AND A FUN READ THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO READ MORE OF THE JEFF RESNICK MYSTERIES!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.

Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.

When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.

“This fine paranormal amateur sleuth will send readers shuffling off to Buffalo to accompany Jeff on his investigation.”
–Midwest Book Review

 

The Jeff Resnick Mysteries:
Murder On The Mind
Dead In Red
Cheated By Death
Bound By Suggestion

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BUBBA AND THE DEAD WOMAN

BUBBA AND THE DEAD WOMAN

BUBBA IS THE PRIME SUSPECT WHEN HIS EX-FIANCEE WINDS UP DEAD ON HIS FRONT LAWN.  THE GOSSIP MILL EVEN SAYS HE’S GUILTY BUT TO HIS FACE, PEOPLE EXPRESS THEIR DOUBTS.  BUBBA MUST EXONERATE HIS OWN NAME BY WADING THROUGH A LIST OF HIS OWN SUSPECTS WHO HE THINKS HAVE A MOTIVE FOR THE MURDER.  THE ACTUAL MOTIVE AND MURDERER WILL BE A BIG SURPRISE!

 GOTTA LOVE HIS NAME!  FREE BOOK AT BOOKBUB.COM!

Publisher Description

Bubba Snoddy is a good old country boy with a big problem. Although he’s personable, handsome, and lives in a historical Southern mansion in a small Texas town, he has just discovered the dead body of a woman to whom he was once engaged to marry. His ex-fiancée was responsible for Bubba being thrown out of the military which in turn caused his shameful return to the tiny town of Pegramville, where everyone is a consummate gossip and no one has any secrets. Sheriff John Headrick believes Bubba killed his ex-fiancée in a fit of vengeful rage. The townsfolk believe that Bubba killed his ex-fiancée in a fit of vengeful rage. Bubba’s own mother believes that Bubba killed his ex-fiancée in a fit of vengeful rage. To top it all off, there are some mighty strange goings-on at the Snoddy Mansion, where ghosts walk the halls rattling chains in the midnight hour, and Bubba’s own sainted mother, Miz Demetrice, runs an illegal gambling ring. Rumors run merrily rampant about Bubba, decadent Snoddy ancestors, missing Civil War gold, a to-die-for sheriff’s deputy with the greenest eyes Bubba’s ever seen, and a Basset Hound named Precious who likes to nip first and ask questions later. Bubba has to find out exactly who did murder his ex-fiancée and quickly before he goes to jail for the crime, or before someone murders him.

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THE JOURNAL

THE JOURNAL

 GREAT MURDER MYSTERYGRABS YOU FROM THE VERY BEGINNING!  JACK AND HIS PARTNER, FRANK, GET ALONG VERY WELL TOGETHER AND THAT HELPS IN THEIR QUEST TO FIND THE MURDERER, YET A SECOND TIME AFTER HE HAS SLIPPED THROUGH THEIR GRASP ONCE!  FOLLOW THE CLUES AND SEE IF YOU CAN CRACK THE CASE!

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

A young couple have been brutally murdered in their home in a quiet suburb of Dublin and the Murder Squad want to pass on it; they can see this case is a dog. Detective Inspector Jack O’Neill thinks it’s a dog too but with his personal life in a mess and nothing to lose he takes it on anyway…and soon wishes he hadn’t. A suspect is quickly found for the killings and Jack thinks that maybe this one will be easy after all; until he screws up and both the suspect and another young couple go missing. Jack’s career is on the line and he must follow a trail of clues from a madman’s Journal to save the young couple before they too are murdered. But nothing is ever as it seems and soon Jack is floundering in a sea of lies and deceit where his case becomes a personal contest between the detective and a murderous maniac. A contest where life is the prize and the consequences of failure unthinkable.

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CRAZY, VA

CRAZY, VA
CRAZY, VA IS A SMALL TOWN WITH 300 RESIDENTS.  YOU HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO LIVE THERE AND THE WHOLE BOOK IS ACTUALLY A BIT CRAZY.  A FUN READ WITH A TOMCAT WHO AIDS THE SHERIFF IN HER FEW ARRESTS!  TRYING TO WORK ON A RARE MURDER CASE, SHE GOES THROUGH ONE DEPUTY WHO HAS PTSD BUT IS REWARDED WITH A NEW, WORKABLE DEPUTY THANKS TO COUNTY RESTRUCTURING.  WHEN THEY SOLVE THE MURDER TOGETHER, THEY ARE REWARDED WITH A PROMOTION – SORT OF!  GOTTA BE A LITTLE CRAZY TO LOVE CRAZY, VA!

Publisher Description

Sheriff Littlepage Eller of Crazy, Virginia, has her work cut out for her. She started life as the unwanted daughter of both of Crazy’s feuding founding families. She’s enforcing the law in a quirky town more used to paying bribes than fines. And her love life is in hiding. But Lil’s luck changes when she adopts Boris, a foul-tempered tomcat who quickly becomes her feline deputy.

Then Crazy gets its first murder in decades: Lisa Littlepage Hunter, heir to the powerful Littlepage business empire and the cousin Lil never knew. Lil’s investigation will lead her and Boris through a twisted web of forbidden love and family secrets, and before it’s over she’ll need all the help her furry deputy can give her — and then some.

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COULSON’S SECRET

coulson's secret

UPON HER RETURN TO HER HOME TOWN, KIM LITERALLY RUNS INTO HER “STEP BROTHER” AND FINDS HERSELF BEING PURSUED BY HER HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART!  ALL THIS WHILE SHE IS TRYING TO LAY HER MOTHER TO REST!  THE STORY IS A BIT FAR FETCHED BUT HAS IT’S MERITS IN FINDING FAMILY AND IMMERSING ONESELF IN FAMILY. OVERALL, A GOOD READ!  ENJOY!

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Kim’s mother died because she was at the wrong place at the wrong time: collateral damage in a political assassination. But was her murder really an accident? A haunting family mystery unravels in this taut page-turner.

More than one person had a motive to murder Senator Coulson, including Kim’s high school sweetheart, the boy who got her pregnant and broke her heart. Tragically, Kim’s mother was killed as well. Was it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was her murder intentional?

Kim returns to her hometown to unravel the mystery of her mother’s death, only to find more than she bargained for – a mysterious half-brother she never knew existed, the father who abandoned her, and there is someone trying to prevent her from discovering the truth. Will she find the key to unlock the senator’s secret, before someone else dies?

NOTE: Although Coulson’s Secret is the fourth book in the series, it is a standalone story and can be read and enjoyed without reading the previous books in the series.

THE COULSON SERIES
Coulson’s Wife (Book 1)
Coulson’s Crucible (Book 2)
Coulson’s Lessons (Book 3)
Coulson’s Secret (Book 4)
Coulson’s Reckoning (Book 5 – Coming in 2014)

Originally published as THE SENATOR’S SECRET

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SPARE CHANGE

SPARE CHANGE

THIS IS SUCH A TOUCHING TALE THAT EXPLORES THE GOOD AND BAD IN PEOPLE.  AN ELEVEN YEAR OLD BOY WITNESSES THE MURDER OF HIS MOTHER AND FATHER. KNOWING THE SYSTEM WELL ENOUGH, HE UNDERSTANDS HE CANNOT GO TO THE AUTHORITIES AND HE WILL  SURELY BE PLACED IN A CHILDREN’S HOME.  HE DECIDES TO FIND HIS GRANDFATHER, HIS ONLY KNOWN RELATIVE.  UPON ARRIVAL AT HIS GRANDFATHER’S HOME, HE FINDS HIS RECENT WIFE WHO HAS DEALT WITH HIS GRANDFATHER’S DEATH WHILE ON THEIR HONEYMOON.  SHE IS NONE TOO WELCOMING AND DOES NOT CARE FOR CHILDREN BUT ALLOWS HIM TO STAY UNTIL THEY CAN DISCOVER A SOLUTION.  LEARN HOW THEY COME TO TERMS WITH THEIR ARRANGEMENT AND ENJOY THIS HEARTFELT STORY.

HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

In a story that’s been compared to John Grisham’s The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature and then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.

Olivia Westerly is the only person Ethan Allen can trust, and he’s not too sure he can trust her. She’s got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions–one of them is the belief that eleven is the unluckiest number on earth. Olivia avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she’s a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.

With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he’d never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa’s dead too. He’s got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama’s will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.

>˃˃˃ Midwest Book Review

Skillfully written, “Spare Change” clearly demonstrates Bette Lee Crosby’s ability to engage her readers rapt attention from beginning to end. A thoroughly entertaining work of immense literary merit and strongly recommended for community library literary fiction and mystery collections, “Spare Change” is especially recommended for fans of well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances.” – Julie Summers.

>˃˃˃ Seattle Post Intelligence

I truly enjoyed this imaginative and very entertaining story. Told from many different perspectives, it kept my interest from beginning to end. The voices of the characters were very distinct and the good ones were easy to like, just like the bad guys were easy to hate and fear. It does not happen very often that I truly like the more minor characters in any book, since most of them never get the chance to develop enough to be really interesting, but Clara was one of my favorites here – heart of gold and brassy manners, what more could one want in a friend? She was just one in the substantial line-up of supporting characters who kept Ethan Allen’s presence in Olivia’s building a secret, or at least they thought so. Every one of those characters was well-defined and completely believable.

Furthermore, I enjoyed the storyline and the lively dialogue, as well as the rapidly unraveling mystery of the secret Ethan Allen was trying to keep to himself. And I am going to do my best to keep the beginning of the story, as told by Olivia, in mind for the future. Here’s what she had to say..

“I don’t suppose there’s a person walking the earth who doesn’t now and again think if I had the chance to live my life over, I’d sure as hell do it differently. When you get to a certain age and realize how much time you’ve wasted on pure foolishness, you’re bound to smack yourself in the head and ask, what in the world was I thinking? Everybody’s got regrets; myself included.

Some people go to their grave without ever getting a chance to climb out of that ditch they’ve dug for themselves, others get lucky. Of course, the thing about luck is that you’ve got to recognize it, when it walks up’ and says hello, the way Charlie Doyle did.”

Those two paragraphs alone would be enough for me to like this book and recommend it, yet they were truly just the beginning. If you want to know more, you will simply have to read Spare Change yourself, and I am certain you will not regret that. – Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson

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