Posted in 4 1/2 paws, contest, e-books, Giveaway, New Adult, Review, romance on June 30, 2013

dancers & divas blog tour button

Passion and Pain final cover

Synopsis:

Does passion and desire guarantee success?

Can friends really be trusted?

Can true love be found beneath lust and deceit?

 

These are questions street dancer Elena Martinez faces as she struggles to compete against the most talented students at New York’s top Performing Arts High School. Along with her best friend, the cheeky and mischievous Sebastien Duval, they are determined to make center stage. But the singing diva Letitia has other plans. Beautiful, talented and popular, her desire for power and revenge could ruin everything for Elena and Sebastien. Now, they must fight against prejudice, treachery and deceit as Letitia sets out to destroy Elena’s friends, her romance, her dignity and her dreams. Can Elena win the battle for true love, happiness and success?

Review:

When Kathy contacted me about reviewing her book, I asked her how much sex was in the book….let’s just say I have been surprised a lot lately.  She said there was 1 scene so I said I would be happy to read and review the book.  I’m not a prude, I’m all for some spicy scenes, but I am trying to keep the blog as clean as possible.  Anyway, this book reminded me of the TV show Fame….high school age students at a dramatic and performing arts school.   The students had a wide variety of personalities, talents and personal histories.  It made for an eclectic group of students.  And of course there always has to be the “mean” girl….trust me you won’t like Letitia!  It was interesting to see how thin the students seemed to stretch themselves in what they participated in during the school year….plays, musicals, dance classes, show choir…the list goes on and on.

Elena, one of the main characters, has a lot going against her from her background to being the subject of ridicule and bullying by Letitia.  She does persevere but without letting her insecurities get the better of her.  I also felt a wide range of emotions from her in the different situations she was placed.

We really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read book two, Bitter Sweet and give the book 4 1/2 paws.

pawprintpawprintpawprintpawprinthalfpaw

About the Author:

Kathy Petrakis - color

Kathy was born and raised in Sydney Australia to Greek immigrant parents.  She has always loved the performing arts – dancing, acting and singing but considered them merely hobbies with the expectation of a ‘serious’ professional career.  She won an award at 11 for a short story competition but didn’t pursue any sort of creative writing at that point. Her mother always encouraged her to keep writing but the most she did was entertain friends via emails about her endless travels overseas.

After nearly twenty years in the corporate world, her means of financing her passion for dancing, singing and acting classes, she decided to live in London for an indeterminate amount of time.  She did not know why but found herself with a desire to rekindle the creative writing, the first novel burning in her head. Thus began the birth of the Dancers and Divas Series. It began as one book and has evolved as a trilogy. Since then, she has not been able to stop and has so many ideas constantly begging to be written.

She is also playing with Play and TV Script formats as alternate way of telling stories. Maybe the Dancers and Divas series will be a TV series one day – it is definitely the right type of story for it!

Twitter * Facebook * Website * Mailing List * Goodreads

Buy the Book:

It is a steal at just $0.99 during the blog tour – available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

The Giveaway:

Paperback and ebook giveaway

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Up to $1000 Fan giveaway in either Amazon, Book Depository or PayPal credit – Terms and Conditions

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**a copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review

 | 
Comments Off on Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Passion and Pain by Kathy Petrakis
Posted in Adventure, e-books, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Spotlight, Young Adult on June 29, 2013

Acea_and_the_Animal__Cover_for_Kindle

Synopsis:

Welcome to the Animal Kingdom – where mystery and adventure roam free!

Twelve-year-old Acea Bishop was always the nerdy kid who would rather go to the library during recess to read about animals instead of playing basketball like the other boys. Now, after having been kidnapped and waking up inside of an ancient kingdom strangely resembling a zoo, Acea is running from those same animals he used to love reading about.

Worse yet? Acea’s not just on a quest to get home – his mom and the dad-he-never-knew are both being held hostage inside by an evil sorcerer with a vendetta. Realizing that his odds of survival and freeing his parents are slim, Acea raises an army of animals to combat the sorcerer and regain control of the kingdom.

Follow Acea as he travels through the exotic zoo habitats and unlocks the secrets of the kingdom’s mysterious past that hold the key to his fate.

Acea has secrets. Big ones. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Fans of the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Fablehaven series will enjoy this new and exciting series!

amazon cart   a bargain at just $2.99!

About the Author:

Author Photo Kyle ShoopKyle Shoop is the author of Acea and the Animal Kingdom. He lives in Utah with his wife and children. After spending several years volunteering in his wife’s elementary classrooms, he was inspired to write the book, which the first in a planned trilogy. The second book, Acea and the Seven Ancient Wonders, is expected to be out in 2014 and the first chapter is available at the end of every purchased copy. When not writing, Kyle is also a practicing attorney.

Website * Facebook * Twitter

 | 
Comments Off on Spotlight: Acea and the Animal by Kyle Shoop
Posted in Cover Reveal, New Adult, romance on June 28, 2013

This Time Around Cover

 

Title: This Time Around

Author: Ellie Grace

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Expected release date: July 15, 2013

 

Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart. It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she’s always planned on.

Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew. If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again.

They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around?

 photo goodreads-badge-add-38px11_zps1ae6e47f.jpg

 

 

Teaser

Nora hopped into the back and started handing me the heavy boxes so I could bring it all into the house. When it was all unloaded she stood on the tailgate and held out her hand so I could help her to the ground. Instead of grabbing her hand, I wrapped my arms around her thighs to lift her, letting her body slide down mine until her feet touched the ground. I kept my hands on her hips and looked her right in the eye so she would know exactly what was coming.

“Jake – don’t,” she stammered, but didn’t pull away.

“I have to,” I told her, as I leaned forward and gently placed my lips on hers. I held them there for just a moment before pulling back to look at her, and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest.

“I – I can’t do this, Jake.”

“Then don’t kiss me back.”

I leaned in to kiss her again and tightened my arms around her. Cautiously I moved my lips against hers and brought my hand up to touch her face. I heard her moan softly against my lips and it was all the encouragement I needed. I pressed up against her and when I felt her lips part for me, I let my tongue find hers and tilted her head as I deepened the kiss. As my lips began moving more intensely, she wrapped her arms around my neck and crushed her body against mine.

The need I felt for her turned me completely inside out. I hadn’t planned on kissing her today, but when I looked up at her standing on the tailgate, illuminated from the light of the setting sun, I knew I couldn’t wait. I had to know what it was that I was feeling, and if it was something real or if it was just remnants of the past clouding the present. Still, I wasn’t expecting this. Instead of curbing my appetite for her, it only intensified it. I’d never needed anything as much as I needed Nora.

When I finally pulled away, I brushed my thumb against her cheek and tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear. “God, I missed you, Nora.”

“This doesn’t change anything,” she said breathlessly, “I still have to go back to New York.”

“We’ll see,” I said simply.

 

About the Author

 photo EllieGraceBioPhoto_zps2d92f99d.jpg Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors.

 

 photo AToMRToursC66a-A00aT03a-Z_mdm_zpsa3cc6896.jpg

 | 
Comments Off on Sneak Peek: This Time Around by Ellie Grace
Posted in Blog tour, contest, excerpt, Giveaway, mystery, Young Adult on June 27, 2013

osteoblasts tour

Tour Schedule

Osteoblasts cover

Osteoblasts to the Rescue

 

Merrin and Pearl are at it again! This time these two young Human Body Detectives are exploring the skeletal system.
With the ability to jump in and examine the various systems in the body, Merrin and Pearl’s adventures are fun stories and helpful tools to educate children.
In Osteoblasts to the Rescue, Merrin and Pearl navigate their friend, Lily’s, broken arm and learn all about bones.
As the fourth in The Human Body Detectives series, Osteoblasts to the Rescue can also stand alone as a book that’s sure to inform, engage, and inspire readers of all ages.

 Excerpt:

We do have the gift of going into other people’s bodies to help them feel better, but being a Human Body Detective is a big responsibility and no one seems to need help right now, Merrin thought.

 

They landed on a hard smooth surface. Happily, they were still together. As their eyes opened, Pearl looked around and Merrin gasped, “Pearl, where are we?”

 

Pearl leaned over to Merrin and felt along her spine. Merrin shivered a bit. “Those bones you feel when I touch your back are the spinal processes.”

 

“We need to get to Lily’s left arm, the one that is broken. I want to see the break and understand how the body will fix it. We might be in for a journey, Merrin! Most of the vertebrae have these spinal processes and if we climb up toward her head, we’ll find Lily’s left clavicle, which will lead us to her left arm.”

Oh my, Merrin thought.

 

Merrin realized Pearl’s shoelace was untied and bellowed out, “Pearl slow down and tie your shoelace!” But she was too late. Pearl tripped and then… She tumbled.  She landed on her stomach, her feet dangling off the rib.

 

They both looked up and noticed the sternum bone was completely vertical. They would need rock climbing gear to have any chance of getting to the top.  They both looked at each other and wondered if they were brave enough to do it. Who knew where they would land, let alone if they fell off the bone?

At that moment, osteoblasts came storming out from everywhere! They were all over the place. Merrin and Pearl tried to jump out of their way, but the osteoblasts were on a mission and didn’t even notice them.

“Well, I hope Lily is eating enough foods with calcium and phosphorus. Actually, what food does she need to eat to get more of these nutrients?” Merrin asked.

Amazon

 

 

heather mAuthor Heather Manley, N.D.

I have always been passionate about healthy foods and exercising. Growing up in Toronto, Canada I would exhaust my allowance at the health food store and write school papers on spices and herbs. It was no wonder I found myself studying biology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. I loved animals as well so I initially focused on wildlife conservation and animal biology, however, with some exposure to naturopathic medicine, this health care philosophy rang true for me. I switched to pre-med and I graduated in 1993. I earned my doctorate at the from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon before moving with my family to Hawaii where I became licensed and continue to practice today.

Everything I learned in medschool came into fruition when my children were born. I realized the importance of teaching them, by example, about healthy food and lifestyle. Telling them what to eat was not enough, so I created and wrote educational adventure stories that explain the physiological systems in the body. Not only did my kids love the engaging and interactive stories but so did their friends.

I love seeing kids have fun learning to understand their bodies and how food helps them run faster and be smarter. My focus is on preventative health. I am passionate about encouraging families to seek the value of a simple lifestyle and offering tools to assist them at being proactive and confident in their daily living. I am constantly inspired seeing people make positive changes in their lives. With my website, I am excited to reach more families in a way that will manifest healthy living.

Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter

 The Giveaway:

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal cash
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 | 
Comments Off on Blog Tour & $25 Giveaway: Osteoblasts to the Rescue by Dr. Heather Manley
Posted in contest, Cover Reveal, Giveaway, romance on June 26, 2013

After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough.

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

 

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

 

 

 
Excerpt
It was a busy Monday morning.
I was looking out at the line of waiting customers when he walked in. I gasped,
shut my thumb in my cash drawer, and then tried not to cry while Mr. Sandoval
from a hearing aid store asked me if I was okay.
When I finished Mr. Sandoval’s
transaction, I looked at him again. He was taller than anyone in the room. Of
course. His hair was dark and a little disheveled. It was hard to see from
where I was, but his eyes looked like they were blue. And best of all, he
didn’t smile. He looked gorgeously unpleasant and impatient. He looked around
the room and his eyes met mine. Still he didn’t smile. My heart was racing. He
looked perfect.
I did my best to time it so I’d be
his teller. I went a little too fast with one customer and accidentally shorted
her a twenty dollar bill. I tried to concentrate as I corrected the
transaction. I slowed way down on the next customer, but just when I thought I
was finished and would be able to help him next, my customer asked me to break
a ten into change. He walked up to Courtney’s window while I counted out
nickels and dimes. Furious, I stomped my foot. Not too loudly but enough to
release a little of my frustration.
I listened closely as Courtney helped
him to see if I could learn anything, but he hardly spoke. He gave a terse nod
when Courtney thanked him for coming in and turned on his heel and left. He had
excellent posture and a nice, confident stride.
I finished with my customer, and then
before anyone else could step forward, I picked up the phone and dialed
Courtney’s extension. She glanced at her phone’s display and looked over at me
curiously.

“Who was
that?” I whispered when she picked up the receiver.

“Elizabeth, look how many customers
there are.”
“I know. Just tell me who that was.”
I watched as Courtney picked up her last transaction slip.
“His name is Matt Dawson.”
“Is he married?”
“I have no idea,” Courtney said.
“Was he wearing a ring?”
“I didn’t look. What’s going on,
Lizzie?”
“I just need to know about him.”
“Well, I don’t know anything about
him and Delia’s watching us. I’ve gotta go.”
Matt Dawson. Matt. Matthew. Like
Matthew Macfadyen. Dawson. It was pretty close to Darcy. The only way it could
be better is if his name was Fitzwilliam but I’d never met a Fitzwilliam in my
life.
Matt Dawson.
This had to be a sign.  

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 | 
Comments Off on Cover Reveal & Giveaway: My Own Mr Darcy by Karey White
Posted in 4 1/2 paws, Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, humor, New Adult, romance on June 25, 2013

ParisLoveMatch

 

Title: Paris Love Match                                        

Author: Nigel Blackwell

Publisher: Bandit Publishing

Release date: May 2, 2013

Genre: Romance humorous

Age Group: New Adult

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

goodreads-badge-add-plus

 

Amazon * Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:

Getting a taxi in Paris can be hell.

Piers Chapman expected a boring business trip to Paris.

What he didn’t expect was to fight over a cab with a beautiful girl.

 

After a bad meeting, Sidney Roux just wanted to hail a cab, go home, and have a glass of wine.

She didn’t expect to fight over a cab with some pompous British tourist.

 

Neither of them expected another man to jump in their cab.

Or to be involved in a gun fight.

Or a car chase through the streets of Paris.

Or for the man to die.

 

But they’re thrust together when the mob demands they return what the dead man stole.

 

Will Piers and Sidney work together?

Will they find what he had stolen?

Will they stay alive?

 

And will they do the last thing they expected?

Will they fall in love?

 

Review:

This is quite a charming story….and by charming I mean funny!  It was like a comedy of errors reading the trials of Piers and Sidney and Little and Large (you’ll have to read the story to figure that one out!).  I truly enjoyed this and this is the kind of book I like, one that draws me in and is funny and makes reading the book seem like a flash.  I know I was sad when the book was done and hope that Nigel will be writing more books like this one.

We give it 4 1/2 paws and suggest you sign up to win a copy for yourself and if you don’t, well then go buy a copy!

pawprintpawprintpawprintpawprinthalfpaw

Trailer:

To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpt click here.

Paris Love Match Tour Button

Tour schedule

About the Author

nigel

Nigel Blackwell was born in rural Oxfordshire in England. He has a love of books, a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and a black belt in pointing out the obvious. As a teenager he toured Europe and loved seeing the wonders of the world and the people in it. Since then he has been fortunate enough to travel across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Japan, and hasn’t been anywhere that doesn’t have the potential for a story.

He now lives in Texas with his wife and daughter, where they enjoy the sunshine and listen to the coyotes howl at night.

Website * Facebook * Twitter

 

 

Tour Giveaway:

(2) signed Paperback copies of Paris Love Match – US Only

(3) eBook copies of Paris Love Match – International

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

International Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted in Cover Reveal, New Adult, romance on June 25, 2013

NEW Naturally Charlie Front Final1 5-28-13

Title: Naturally, Charlie

Author: S. L. Scott

Release date: Re-launch June 25, 2013

Genre: Contemporary romance

Age Group: New Adult/Adult

Cover designed by: Jada D’Lee of Jada D’Lee Designs

 

Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life, and the one she is beginning to build, when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

 photo goodreads-badge-add-38px11_zps1ae6e47f.jpg

 

Interesting Facts about Naturally, Charlie

  1. Charlie Barrow (girl Charlie) is Charlie B and Charlie Adams (boy Charlie) is Charlie A.
  2. Charlie B says what I call Charlie-isms. There are 20 words that she has made up or are ultra-slangy that she uses as everyday language, including three different forms of smug: smugginess, smuggsters, and smuggy.
  3. Charlie Adams eyes are a blue-grey. More blue when he’s happy. More grey when he’s tired, sleepy, or sad.
  4. The basenotes Charlie B. smells of Charlie A’s cologne are sandalwood, peppermint, cedar, and coriander. Do you know what cologne he’s wearing that day?
  5. Charlie B’s local coffee house is called The Coffee Hut. Charlie A’s is The Bagelry where we spend some time in throughout the book.
  6. The two main characters may share a name, but it’s never a big deal to them. The other characters find it funny though and do tease them about it.
  7. Charlie loves to bake, mainly cupcakes, and likes to experiment beyond the basic flavors.
  8. Charlie B has a thing for Charlie A’s lower back dimples which seem to get exposed a lot when he bends over.
  9. Charlie A is much neater in his apartment than Charlie B is, but hers feels more homey to them both, which why they spend so much time there.
  10. Charlie A is a successful freelance writer. He shares his observations and photos about New York City, but tries his hand at fiction Charlie B inspires a story.

 

About the Author

 photo Crop3_zps09a41866.jpg

S.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of the novel, Naturally, Charlie, and several novellas, including Sleeping with Mr. Sexy and Morning Glory–all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post as well as writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites.

Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of her hobbies she loves, but she doesn’t get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends.

Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas.

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads | Pinterest

 

 photo AToMRToursC66a-A00aT03a-Z_mdm_zpsa3cc6896.jpg

 

 

 | 
Comments Off on Cover Reveal: Naturally, Charlie by S. L. Scott
Posted in Monday, mystery on June 24, 2013

Last week I told you about the first book in the Pat O’Malley series.  Well this week is book two in the series by author Jim Musgrave.

Disappearance at Mount Sinai

Synopsis:

It’s 1866 in New York City. Civil War Vet and Detective Pat O’Malley’s biggest case returns him to the deep, dark South to search for the kidnapped wealthiest inventor and entrepreneur in America. But the widening gyre of anti-Semitism and racism pulls him down into the pit of hell itself. Disguised as an Oxford England Professor, O’Malley infiltrates the anti-Semites’ group and travels with his partners, Becky Charming and his father, Robert, down to a Collierville, Tennessee mansion.

At the crux of this case are a Jewish father and his eight-year-old son, Seth. They have developed a unique bond that relies on Jewish folklore and a belief that they are Mazikeen, half-angel and half-human, born from the loins of Adam’s strange female cohorts during the 130 years he was banished from the Garden. Will O’Malley find Dr. Mergenthaler before it’s too late? What does this world-wide eugenics group have planned for the mongrel races? Read Jim Musgrave’s Disappearance at Mount Sinai, the second mystery in the series of Pat O’Malley Mini-Mysteries.

You can find it on Amazon

 | 
Comments Off on Mystery Monday: Disappearance at Mount Sinai by Jim Musgrave
Posted in Cover Reveal, paranormal, romance, Young Adult on June 24, 2013

 

HoldTight_Sample1 

Title: Hold Tight (Embrace, #2)

Author: Cherie Colyer

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Expected release date: August 20, 2013

 

Sixteen-year-old Madison Riley and her friends discover they aren’t the only supernatural beings in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These new creatures are more dangerous than ever, and this time Madison risks losing more than just her friends.

 photo goodreads-badge-add-38px11_zps1ae6e47f.jpg

 

EmbraceFINAL

Title: Embrace (Embrace, #1)

Released: December 2012

 

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve. Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him. Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover. Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.
 photo goodreads-badge-add-38px11_zps1ae6e47f.jpg

About the Author

 photo CheriColyerpicture_zps62f28602.jpeg

Cherie Colyer writes young adult and middle grade novels. She loves finding new stories that keep her up late reading. While her favorite genre is realistic paranormal/fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive she’s all over it.

Facebook * Twitter

 

 

 photo AToMRToursC66a-A00aT03a-Z_mdm_zpsa3cc6896.jpg

Posted in 4 paws, fiction, Review, suspense on June 23, 2013

Last month, author Geoffrey Gluckman was a Guest Blogger here to tell us about his latest work, Murder of Sex.  I finally was able to work through my backlog and get to his book (too many books, not enough time).

 

murderofsex

Synopsis:

An incendiary tale of lust, passion, love, betrayal, and loss. Intimate sexual relationships may never be the same.

When Dr. Josh Flagon, a professor of literature at a moderate sized liberal arts Nevada university, is drawn to an irresistible co-ed, Rebecca Reaper, little does he know it will take him on a lustful, passionate, life-changing ride. It will also jeopardize all that he values—his career—and all that he seeks—freedom.

While teaching classes and writing, Flagon uncovers a secret that boils beneath his cool, scholarly veneer. Rebecca, a brilliant student and sensual siren, reveals that mystery and much more to the professor through their passionate tryst. But at what price?

While the couple vacation on a secluded Hawaiian Island, a mysterious incident occurs that further challenges their relationship. From that point, Flagon’s life spirals out of control until be-friended by the unlikely, yet ever-wise Puerto Rican gangster, Jorge Luis Juarez.

In a haunting tale that weaves the literary with street smarts, passion with desolation, imprisonment with emancipation, and the desires of mankind with its origins, there thrives something to savor for every adult who has entered the intimate relationship arena and sought deeper answers to life’s questions.

This is one story that will make some gasp, many others smile, and take you into realms beyond.

Review:

I’m not sure what I was expecting but this was a pretty intense book.  I did have to read the first chapter twice to try and figure out what he was trying to impart to the reader.  I ended up giving up and moved on.  Once I did that and got into the heart of the story it picked up and I enjoyed it more.  The story reminded me a little bit of Fatal Attraction – the obsession and the jealousy.   As I was reading I kept wondering why Josh was in jail.  What did he do that landed him there and why was he getting out (besides for good behavior)?  The characters are gripping and you aren’t sure who to like and who to hate.

There are quite a few F* bombs, but in most places it was appropriate (jail scenes) and it seemed to fit in other situations, but still a heavy use of the word. Also quite a few sex scenes but it fit in with the storyline. (just a heads up if you don’t like that sort of thing in your book)

The book is less than 200 pages but it sure does pack a lot into them!

We give it 4 paws and hope you’ll give this book a chance next time you are looking for a suspenseful book.

pawprintpawprintpawprintpawprint

 

Find the author:

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Buy the book here:

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iBooks

 | 
Comments Off on Review: Murder of Sex by Geoffrey Gluckman