The Last Rites Has Been Released

August 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm (True Crime) (, , , , , , , , , , )


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New and UpComing Indie Author Mark P Sadler Releases A Blockbuster “Blood On His Hands”

January 5, 2010 at 1:35 am (Crime Novels) (, , , , , , , )


  Synopsis:

Blood on His Hands is one man’s tale of the inner struggles that we all deal with in our lives. Mike Renton struggles between doing the right thing or doing that which will benefit himself; taking the road to righteousness or the one the one leads to deceit.

His life seems to end the moment he pulled the trigger sending his unfaithful wife and her lover into oblivion.

On the lam, his journey takes him from rural Oklahoma to the glitz of Las Vegas. He had not however, anticipated the determined tenacity of private investigator Ian Walker, who tracks him down to northern Georgia on to the Appalachian Trail just outside of the sleepy hamlet of Helen. Was the path chosen by both men the trail to redemption, forgiveness and repentance, or was it one that will eventually pull them into tempest and despair; a black hole into oblivion?

Nine months later, in the spring of the following year human remains are discovered by a hiker just off the Appalachian Trail. How will the decisions made by the White County coroner’s office affect the final outcome of the journey Mike Renton started when he killed his wife and will he be able to deal with the repercussions that come along with the choices he made? Blood on His Hands leads us from wanton despair to the promise of a new life no matter the cost.

Reviews:

“What are a husband’s choices when he comes face to face with his wife’s infidelity? The answer lies in Mark P Sadler’s debut novel, BLOOD ON HIS HANDS, and it’s far more complicated and satisfying than the reader would imagine. Both a tale of bitter choices and sweet surrender, BLOOD ON HIS HANDS is a fine examination of the human spirit and soul… Though there is no mystery as to who’s the killer, the answer we ultimately seek is who will actually pay for the crime… I found the ending to be extremely satisfying and fresh. Remorse and reconciliation comes in many forms and Sadler has done a first-rate job at portraying this to his readers. BLOOD ON HIS HANDS is a very good read from a talented new author.” Robin Cain author of When Dreams Bleed

Blood on His Hands is not your average romance novel. In fact, even though it contains love and heated passion, this book is not a romance novel at all…Descriptions are grand in this work. You will not find the boring, long-winded, twisted passages you find in 18th century novels or hard-to-follow poetry. Sadler is direct, brief and right to the point. And he does sway a bit poetically… ‘Tumbleweeds danced, twirled and weaved in the wind, like straw ballerinas finally sacrificing themselves on the barbed wire.’ Gorgeous. In addition to plenty of blood, guts and sacrifice, Sadler uses another beautiful writing technique. He gets the reader to honestly like every single character…”  Ryn

Gargalinski, TucsonCitizen.com“With a well-paced storyline and powerful characters, Blood On His Hands is a welcome first effort from a promising new literary talent.”

 

Renee Washburn,Apex Reviews“…Mark Sadler’s debut novel, Blood on His Hands, is a solid and earnestly written thriller, not so much a murder mystery (since we learn early on whodunit) as a study of the psychosexual dynamics of a homicidal but oddly sympathetic loner on the lam. The book’s unexpected ending provides a new twist on the concept of the bad guy getting his just desserts, and its closing chapter provides a haunting allegory of dubious religious redemption…”

T.S. Minton, editor Interfusion Publishing“…for a debut novel…Blood on His Hands is a solid, engaging read for thriller fans…I started reading the book in the morning and finished it in the evening the same day. It obviously wasn’t boring in the least…Another really nice and really unexpected thing for a thriller, was Micheal’s internal dialogue and struggle with what he’s done…The author skillfully managed to insert humor into Micheal’s life on the Appalachian Trail and I was smirking quite a few times…I think that if you’re a fan of mystery/thriller books that are a fun and quick read, you should definitely give Blood on His Hands a try.”

Liliana Swistek, Reading Extravaganza – A Book Reviewers Blog“You did some great first hand research of all the different locations and I felt like I was right there along with Ian and Mike wherever they were! I loved the way you took us on a voyage across the U.S…The ending was great! It was really unexpected! I love a twist in the end.”

Frances, founder of www.WhereDoYouRead.com“He (Sadler) is also a careful writer and has done his research. I trusted him when he took me places, places I’ve been and places I want to go…. I didn’t want to put the book down or for it to end…. It held my interest and was suspenseful.” 
Randy Ford, playwright

 Bio:

Sadler’s humble beginnings started in a small caravan in his grandmother’s garden in Post War Britain, May 1956.

Young Sadler quickly learned the joy of discovery through books as his mother, a pre-school teacher, read countless stories to him.

He graduated from Codsall Comprehensive in 1974, a future in writing seemed to be taking a clear path. The following year Sadler emigrated to the States on a student visa to attend Ambassador College Big Sandy Texas and participated in journalism and speech classes, intent on becoming the next big television news anchor.

From the factory floors of Robberson Steel to the sales floor at Intempo Wood Factory, from employment counselor to debt collector, he finally found a permanent position at Retail Merchants Collection Service. Debt collections led to career that has now spanned over thirty years and has remained the one constant in his soap opera of a life.  Writing took a back seat as he raised a family.

When 2007 rolled around it found Sadler remarried and living in Tucson, having moved there in 1993. His two older boys were now young men with children of their own, and a third son starting high school. With a little extra time on his hands he once again took up the skills that had ingrained themselves in him during high school, and took on the task that he knew one day he would succeed in; it was time to write a book, Blood on His Hands.

Sadler lives with his wife in Tucson, where he is working on his next novel.

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When Fools Rush In A Christy Bristol Astrology Mystery- By Sunny Frazier

August 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm (astrology, mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


When Fools Rush InOn a blazing July day in Central County, California, snitch Johnny Blue is murdered by lethal heroin injection. The undercover narcotics detective who handled Blue goes to the Sheriff’s Department seeking his ex-girlfriend, Christy Bristol. In the past he ridiculed her hobby of casting horoscopes but now he needs her expertise to help catch the man he suspects is behind Blue’s murder, a drug dealer named Lloyd Parr.

 

Stuck on the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Christy becomes first a victim, then a hero, in the high-stakes game of narcotics trafficking. Through her eyes, the drug world is reduced to individual players, lost values and discarded dreams.

 

In the drug world of the Valley, there are no winners. Only losers. 

 

“Fast-paced and riveting, FOOLS RUSH IN is a salute to good cops, an insider’s view of astrology, and a grim descent into the dark world of drug dealers.”

Carolyn Hart, Agatha Award-winning author of LETTER FROM HOME and DEAD DAYS OF SUMMER

 

“In her debut novel, Sunny Frazier ratchets up the tension. The astrology is a bonus.”

Denise Dietz, bestselling author of CHAIN A LAMBCHOP TO THE BED and FOOTPRINTS IN THE BUTTER.

 

“Frazier does an excellent job keeping the reader on the edge of the seat.”

Lesa Holstine, The Bookbitch

 

“Christy is a great character. Told almost entirely from her viewpoint, we can’t help but feel her fear and cheer her on. She is strong and clever and thinks fast on her feet. This series can go in a lot of directions and I plan to be there to see what comes next.”

Kim Reis, Armchair Reviews

 

“FOOLS RUSH IN is an enjoyable novel, and Christy an interesting and likable protagonist. I must admit to never having been one to follow astrology, but the author makes the subject very interesting. And I love Christy’s observation that ‘Pluto was still considered a planet in astrology-speak.’”

Gloria Feit, Spinetingler Magazine

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The Odyssey By Elena Dorothy Bowman

August 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Odyssey_54_Web-aSynopsis – The Odyssey

    The small sleepy New England town of Oakville is unexpectedly struck by a devastating flood. The people as much as it was possible were able to deal with the flood and its disruption of their lives.  But it was the aftermath of this disaster and what it brought to them that had a lasting effect on each and every citizen of this small village.
    When the dam above the town was built, it changed the course of a river flowing underground, and up to now it had never been a problem.  But the huge rush of raging water surging through the town was instrumental in rerouting the underground river back to its original course and in so doing had created a large sinkhole.
    Two young brothers, curious as to what happened to their oak tree, took it upon themselves to investigate the sink hole and quickly learned that was where their tree had disappeared to.  But what they discovered at the bottom of that hollow embedded in its side was more than they or their parents and neighbors could possibly expect to find.  At first glance, they weren’t sure what it was.  But on further investigation knew it was a probe.  They were also certain that it did not come from the future, but from the very distant past, antiquity as one would put it, but who or why they couldn’t begin to guess.
    While the adults pondered what to do with their discovery, the two young brothers had other ideas.  They thought the probe was a space ship, or at least that’s what it looked like to them. When morning came, they rushed down to see their “space ship” and decided to take command and sail into space.  When they pushed the buttons on the probe they initiated a set of circumstances that took that little village and everyone in it on a journey that would change their lives forever.
    The probe transferred the entire neighborhood to a planet drifting in space and to the trials and tribulations the inhabitants had suffered when its twin suns collided and destroyed all life within.  The probe had a two-fold mission: find an intelligent species who could help them survive the oncoming catastrophe; if that failed, find a people who could be persuaded to remember their existence, and who in time would become a part of them.            *Excerpts and reviews of all my novels can be viewed on my website: http://elenadb.home.comcast.net.
The Odyssey is available at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/The-Odyssey-ebook/dp/B00140FXA2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-

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The Gatekeepers Realm, Book II of The Legacy Series By Elena Dorothy Bowman

August 3, 2009 at 8:01 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Gatekeeper's Realm_Book 2Synopsis:This was the day Abigail was waiting for — the arrival of the schooner Abigail with her first guests at the grand opening of her Inn on Adams Point. It had stood uninhabited for centuries, yet to this day, its beauty and elegance can only be described as ageless and unspoiled. Her husband, Ethan, with his friend, Tony, the town’s sheriff, had picked up the guests at the pier at Caleb Cove and were bringing them to the Inn by sea.
    A strange odyssey befell every guest during their stay at the Inn.  Each day brought new challenges, new mysteries and new apprehension. And the nights, well, the nights were especially baffling. What transpired during their sleep not only caught them off guard, but shook the very depths of their souls wondering if they would ever see the light of day again. They had climbed into their beds to rest, only to discover upon awakening their sleep was not what they expected. Nor was it something they wanted to talk about — that is, not all of them. All they knew was their recent strange journeys and experiences, brought them to the conclusion: It is much safer off shore aboard the schooner “Abigail” during a violent storm, than to be on dry land on a sunny day, when “The House” wavers into its unknown and unstable dimensions.

*Excerpts and reviews of all my novels can be viewed on my website: http://elenadb.home.comcast.net <http://elenadb.home.comcast.net/>.

Reviews:

  The Gatekeeper’s Realm Book 2 – Legacy Series
By Elena Dorothy Bowman
ISBN# 1-59431-451-9
Write Words Inc./Cambridge Books

Review:  Romance Junkies Review:
RomanceJunkies.com  —-    Blue Ribbon Reviews
Gatekeeper’s Realm – Paranormal/Futuristic

An ancient relic granted by Divine Decree to a Noble Knight who had been mortally wounded is buried beneath the foundation of a home – this home had once been named Pierce House but now is known as THE HOUSE ON THE BLUFF. Only a direct descendant of the Noble Knight may take possession of the house – and even he or she will be tested by the house to deem if he or she is worthy.
Abigail and her consort, Ethan, have fulfilled the prophecy surrounding their current dwelling which they’ve converted into an Inn. It’s a beautiful house steeped in mystery and ghostly wonders – who cling to the old ways. There’s no electricity, no running water, no central heating system, no phone and no television. Abigail’s a bit apprehensive about their first guests. There’s a possibility they’ll get spooked and want to leave especially once the ghosts make themselves known. There’s no way of telling how the ghosts will react to guests at the Inn and Jacob, the apparitions’ “Ambassador,” knows it will just depend. Many of the ghosts have been living there for centuries and may not like having visitors in their house.
As soon as the first guests arrives a shapeless apparition appears over the Inn. Abigail, Ethan, and Tony (town sheriff and sometime permanent resident of the Inn when he’s not working) quickly realize that this apparition is not one of the ‘Others’ and they question who it is and what it wants. The ghostly appearance doesn’t scare off the guests though and is just the beginning of the bizarre appearances which will be taking place over the next couple of days. What will happen when the guests unexplainably begin to start disappearing – one or two at a time? Is the house holding them hostage?
I don’t normally read ghost stories but I have to tell you I was fascinated by this one! Elena Dorothy Bowmen’s GATEKEEPER’S REALM takes an ancient prophecy and brings it into a modern day setting with results that will steal your breath. I was enthralled by the ghost scenes and the guests reactions to each of them and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next or to whom it would happen. The storyline moved along at a quick pace but it never lacked enough descriptive information that I was easily able to imagine each of the scenes.
I would highly recommend reading HOUSE ON THE BLUFF first simply because I believe it goes into more of the details of what Abigail had to endure in order to claim the house. Of course, I’m also going to recommend the third book, ADAM’S POINT, because there are questions that are left unanswered in this story and I’m dying to find out the answers. HOUSE ON THE BLUFF, GATEKEEPER’S REALM and ADAM’S POINT are all available now.

Review from Once Upon A Romance:
Once Upon A Romance’s Review Of…
Gatekeeper’s Realm by Elena Dorothy Bowman
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal/Suspense Romance

The house on The Bluff is a house with history. The house overlooks the Bay of Death. It has seen great battles and characters. It has no modern conveniences but it is full of characters and old world charm. It’s also full of ghostly apparitions called “the Others”.

Abigail and Ethan are the present owners of the house. They plan to run it as an Inn for guests to come and experience the history and the beauty of the area. They are well aware that what they do is purely dependant on the will of “the others”. Jacob, the spirit that oversees “the others”, has been silent on their plans for the Inn. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

When there first lot of guests arrive, Abigail and Ethan hold their breaths waiting on their ghostly inhabitants reaction. The guests at the Inn are charmed, amazed and spooked by the apparitions – knights of old, British Redcoats and pirates – that appear and disappear before their eyes. However when guests start to go missing, it is no longer as charming as they first believed. Do they stay or go? And will the House actually let them go?

I am a sucker for a good prologue and Gatekeeper’s Realm certainly had one. I was thinking what is going on here and let me read more. It’s an interesting thought that so much history in one house can determine the fate of many and the destiny of what happens in the house.

I like the characters of Abigail and Ethan as they try and make a go at running a business in the most difficult of circumstances. The fact the “the others” technically allow them to live in the house is an interesting premise. I like how Abigail and Ethan are pretty laid back to having ghosts wandering in and out and having to deal with Jacob the liaison offer, if you like, between the living and the dead. The secondary characters, the guests, are all well written and believable. I would like to think I would coolly handle all the things that happened to them as well as they did.

I was a little confused at the ending. I am hoping there is a sequel to answer all the questions I still wanted answered. Also, I was kind of disappointed that ghostly go-between Jacob did not have much of a part in the book. I kept waiting for him to appear and lead the characters to discover whatever it was they were to know or find or be.

Gatekeeper’s Realm is an interesting read. It’s spooky and it makes you wonder abut people and their individual reactions to different situations. If there is a book 3 I’d like to read it.  — Janet Davies – Once Upon a Romance

The Gatekeepers Realm is available at Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/GATEKEEPERS-REALM-Book-Two-Legacy/dp/1594314519/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249237582&sr=1-8

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Reviews of Gumbo Justice Author Holli, Castillo,

August 1, 2009 at 8:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


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Synopsis of Gumbo Justice

New Orleans can be a dangerous place. Especially for a prosecutor.

Ryan Murphy is an assistant district attorney who likes her Tequila cold and her cops hot. With a mouth that doesn’t know quite when to stop, her attitude plays well in front of a jury, but has a tendency to tick off judges, defendants, and other attorneys alike. Battling demons from her past and checking her self-destructive streak take a back seat to her ambition, and she’s not above skating the line just a little to get what she wants. It seems her hard work is just about to pay off. If she snags a detective in the process, well, that’s just a little lagniappe for her trouble. Life should be good.

Enter a demented psycho, with a plan to ruin Ryan’s life before he ultimately kills her.

Set against the backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans, Gumbo Justice is the first in a series that follows the tumultuous life of prosecutor Ryan Murphy.

REVIEWS:

A New Queen of Thrillers,

By J. M. Orenduff, author of THE POT THIEF 

 

“Move over James Patterson – Holli Castillo has arrived. Well, it makes sense doesn’t it? Patterson was an advertising exec; Holli Castillo is a criminal appellate public defender and former prosecutor in New Orleans. Which one do you suppose has been up close and personal with the seamy side of life? Castillo’s first thriller – Gumbo Justice – takes us on a wild ride into the drug scene in the Big Easy’s projects where we’re confronted with intertwined mysteries. Who is killing the defendants that assistant prosecutor Ryan Murphy failed to convict? And how is Murphy’s mysterious family history related to the killings? The plot takes more twists and turns than the old Zephyr roller coaster at Pontchartrain Beach. The final curve will blow you away, so whatever you do, do not peek at the last page. Murphy is the best hard-boiled heroine since V. I. Warshawski, but she’s smarter, tougher, and – in a piece of brilliant character development – paradoxically more vulnerable. Gumbo Justice is fast-paced and tightly woven, combining a psycho-thriller, a police procedural in a city where procedure takes a back seat to impulse, and a terrific love story – a stunning achievement.”

By Sunny Frazier, author of WHERE ANGELS FEAR and others in the Christy Bristol Mystery series“Holli Castillo has the pulse on law enforcement beyond the headlines in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Her background as a public defender lends her debut novel authenticity and a strong voice to prosecutor Ryan Murphy. Part police procedural, part legal drama, Castillo is a welcome addition to both genres.”

LINKS

website www.gumbojustice.net     www.hollicastillo.com

blog www.gumbojustice.blogspot.com

 

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Web of Secrets – Ernesto Patino, Author

July 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Web of Secrets

Web of Secrets – Ernesto Patino, Author – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“Sarah? Sarah Baker?” said a man with a raspy voice. “I know this may sound a little strange, considering you don’t know me. But I happen to be in possession of some interesting information concerning your parents – your natural parents, that is – and I thought we might…”

This phone call became the beginning of many changes to come in Sara Baker’s life. Of course the blackmailer wanted money. And due to the information this man threatened to make public, Sarah’s husband Mark agreed to pay. But the information did more than threaten their comfortable lives. It sparked Sarah’s desire to know more about her parents who had given her up many years ago. That’s when she turned to 20 year FBI veteran turned private investigator Joe Coopersmith.

Through Joe’s research, he discovers that Sarah’s mother died in a fire in 1965. He also finds Sarah to have 2 brothers and a sister. As he interviews them, he learns they too have been contacted by the blackmailer and they wanted him stopped. The information held by this man would drastically alter their lives and totally destroy Sarah’s brother Hal’s future as a Conservative radio talk host. But they want something else as well. They want Sarah to give up her search for information on their father.

Sarah’s determination is strong and becomes even stronger when she learns her father is still living. She has questions about the past and he’s the only one living to provide the answers. No matter what her family says, nothing will make her give up in her quest of finding her father. Not even murder.

Patino takes you on a rollercoaster ride as you travel with Joe Coopersmith from Miami to Key West and then to Mobile ending on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation where the final answers are to be found. Web of Secrets is fast pace from beginning to end and a very enjoyable read.

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The Pot Thief by Michael Orenduff

July 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )


 

 

 

The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras

 

Synopsis

 

           

The Pot ThiefThe Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras

 

Synopsis

 

            When a shady character offers him $25,000 to steal a thousand-year-old pot from the Valle del Rio Museum, Hubert Schuze knows he should turn it down. His pot digging may be illegal, but it s a big step from that to robbery. But he figures it can t hurt just to visit the museum and assay his chances. He figured wrong. After deciding the museum is impregnable, he returns to his shop to find a BLM agent who accuses him of stealing the rare pot. Theft charges escalate to murder, and Hubert must solve the crime to clear himself. His powerful deductive skills and weak nerves are put to the test as he creates a hoax to get the pot out of the museum and solves both the first murder and a second one whose victim turns out to be the person Schuze thought was murdered to begin

 

Reviews

 

The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras has all the components of a great read – an intricate plot, quirky characters, crackling dialog, and a surprise ending.  What’s more, Orenduff successfully captures the essence of New Mexico through humor, romance, and even a little philosophical musing.  New Mexico ’s rich history, people, food, and landscape come alive on its pages.  But, while Orenduff’s account is authentic, this book leaves you wanting more of New Mexico , and the only way to remedy that is to come see for yourself. 

– Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico

 

The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras proves that the measure of a successful detective story often depends upon the person of the protagonist.  Orenduff’s Hubert Schuze (affectionately, and appropriately, known as Hubie) is a fantastic creation — by turns modest and bold, sensitive, a wee bit finicky, intensely curious, and loyal.  Schuze is the type of character that you regret doesn’t exist in real life, as is his wonderful sidekick and best friend, Susannah.  Orenduff has obviously spent lots of time in and has great affection for the Northern New Mexico area, because he manages to successfully capture its flavor.  As in the case of Robert B. Parker’s Boston and Sue Grafton’s California coast, you can’t really imagine “The Pot Thief” happening anywhere else.  (By the way, if you are into Mexican/New Mexican food, do not read this book on an empty stomach – I got sidetracked by all the tantalizing descriptions!)  Because of Schuze’s personality and outlook, his entanglement in a web of intrigue, theft, and murder is all the more entertaining.  Schuze is the type of guy who finds himself in deep water purely (well, mostly) by accident, and his reactions to one unexpected situation after another really drive the spirit of the book.  While the plot is very tightly constructed (and impossible to predict), Orenduff’s characters and their very real humanity are what really made me love this book.

– Claire Bartos in Amazon.com

 

Folks, this is an outstanding book! I bought it at the PSWA conference mainly because I thought Michael was a charming guy and I liked the cover of the book. I had no idea what it was about. Oh, of course Billie told me it was a good book, but after all, she is the publisher of the Pot Thief.  What a surprise I was in for when I began reading. This is a mystery, but not like any mystery I’ve ever read before. The hero, Hubert, sells old pots from his shop in New Mexico, he also digs pots up which is no longer legal, and he can make a pot that looks like the old ones. Hubert gets all tangled up in a most devious plot to steal a pot from a museum, but the book is so much more than that. I laughed out loud in several spots, the dialogue is wonderful. Orenduff knows how to spin an intelligent tale and turn a surprising phrase.
Next, I’d like him to write a cookbook. I’ve never read about such mouth watering food before. If you want an entertaining time, do pick up the Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras. Thanks, Mike, for several hours of great fun.

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
Author of No Sanctuary

 

 

J orenduffLinks:

www.orenduff.org

www.ThePotThief.blogspot.com

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Living The Dream By Tim Baker

July 29, 2009 at 12:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


 

 

 

Living the Dream

Kurt’s life has been one dead end after another since he was convicted of attempted rape thirty years ago.

Inspired by a dream, he thinks he’s finally found the way to Easy St. and it starts with kidnapping Vicky, the woman who had him arrested all those years ago.

Surely Vicky’s husband, wealthy investment consultant Jimmy, would pay handsomely for the safe return of his wife.

But Kurt soon learns that even Easy Street has its share of pot holes.

After the road trip from Hell, Kurt arrives in Florida to learn that Jimmy is planning to leave Vicky and may not be interested in saving her. On top of that Jimmy’s mysterious mistress wants her own piece of the action.

To make matters worse, Kurt gets on the wrong side of a biker, a bookie and an ex-Navy SEAL who seem determined to make the rest of his life as painful as possible.

Meanwhile, Danny Putnam is enjoying life in Florida. He owns a successful dive shop and has a very comfortable lifestyle until he starts having bizarre dreams about his murdered wife and a beautiful woman he has never met. Suddenly his comfortable life becomes very complicated.

In the first novel by Tim Baker the lives of four people will meet at a crossroads where love, hate, betrayal and honesty converge for some very surprising results.

 

   

 

Living the Dream

Tim Baker

Dog Ear Publishing (2009)

ISBN 9781608440877

Reviewed by Rebeccasreads.com (07/09)

“Living the Dream” by Tim Baker starts out with Kurt reminiscing about an event that took place thirty years ago. He had met a girl named Vicky at a Doobie Brothers concert. When he and his friend tried to get her and her friend to leave with them, Kurt got a little overzealous and grabbed her and tried to kiss her. She defended herself by kneeing him in the groin and kicking him in the ribs. Then came a moment that would change his life forever; she screamed which got a patrolman’s attention, and when the cop came over she told him that Kurt had tried to rape her. For this incident, he ended up serving six months and got two years of probation.

The reason that this event is brought back into focus is because of a dream that Kurt has about Vicky. With these memories in the forefront, he decides to embark on a journey from Rhode Island down to Florida, where Vicky lives, to kidnap her and try to extort a large amount of ransom money from Vicky’s rich husband Jimmy. What follows is an experience wrought with disaster for Kurt.

The story starts off with the individual chapters each focusing on the different characters and then slowly their lives start to intertwine and intersect. I truly enjoyed this aspect of the book and Baker did a great job of neatly tying everyone together.

My favorite part of the book was Kurt’s adventurous drive down to Florida. I loved reading about all of his mishaps and bad luck. It was one thing after another which made for a fast-paced read that will definitely hold your attention.

Overall, “Living the Dream” is a humorous crime novel with a cast of very interesting characters. Baker does an excellent job with the character development and his descriptive writing allows the reader to vividly picture all of the scenes taking place. I look forward to reading more of Baker’s novels in the future

 

Tim Baker was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island.

After graduating from The Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1980 he embarked on a career in Architecture and Engineering. Along the way he has also worked in the natural gas industry, construction and ice cream sales.

In his spare time he enjoys a wide variety of activities including sports of all kinds, music, photography, model building and, of course, writing.

An avid dog lover, Tim was a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, raising and socializing potential guide dogs.

He has also studied and taught martial arts.

Inspired by his interest in Karma and the unexplained forces of the universe, he made his first serious attempt at writing in 1988 when he began writing a novel entitled Full Circle, a story about the far reaching effects that one man’s actions can have on people he has never even met.

Unfortunately without the use of a computer or even a typewriter he shelved the project due to the difficulties of trying to construct a novel completely by hand.

Even though Living the Dream is his first published novel he plans on completing Full Circle once his next novel Water Hazard is published.

Currently, Tim is enjoying life in Palm Coast, Florida.

 

To contact Tim or find out about upcoming works please visit his website at www.blindoggbooks.com

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Celtic Evil By Sierra Rose

July 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm (paranormal, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , )


 

Celtic Evil

 

The first in a five part paranormal series in which five brothers must each face their own personal challenge against a foe that seeks to destroy their very line.

 

Once a world famous young singing group, the Fitzgerald Brothers of Fitzgaren, Ireland believed they had it all.  Until an ancient witch took the lives of their parents and ended up separating them

 

Now, it has been fifteen years and that evil has returned to finish the job since the long-time family prophecy has said it will only take one of the five brothers to fall in death or surrender to evil to make it fail.

 

Reuniting for the first time since their parents deaths, the brothers must get past the pain, their differences and years apart to begin stopping the threat,.

 

Roarke Fitzgerald, the fourth born son, has been many things in his twenty-six years but mainly he has been running from his past since the fateful day he witnessed his parents’ murder.

 

Now, forced to return to the land of his birth to face his shame and pain to protect those he cares for from harm or all that he loves will end.  Can he do that or will his own demons destroy his chance for peace and love.

 

Can he forget his past and the bitterness he left behind and reform a bond between his brothers that many, both within their family and without, have worked hard to shred?

 It will take all his power and that if his brothers to take the first step in defeating the demon who sought his death so long ago and now will seek it again if he cannot face and overcome this first challenge.

 

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Amazon Reviews:
1- By  Joseph Perrone Jr. “Joe Perrone Jr.” – See all my reviews
     Here is a Celtic tale woven with imagination and energy. Miss Rose has a flair for dialogue, and captures the authentic feel of Ireland in this fast-paced, exciting novel of witches and magic. If you’re a fan of this type of book (who isn’t?), you must read “Celtic Evil.” Good job, Miss Rose. My bad; I hit 4-stars, it should have been 5-stars.

2- The characters are intriguing, the story is captivating, July 11, 2009
By  D. Fortney – See all my reviews
     Wow! From the first page to the last page author Sierra Rose keeps the reader entertained and engaged. The characters are intriguing, the story is captivating. I look forward to reading the future installments of this series.

3- Unique and well-written, June 28, 2009
By  Holly Christine “hollychristineonline.com” (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews
Independent author Sierra Rose has successfully developed an intriguingly unique paranormal romance series. Celtic Evil takes place in Dublin and tells the story of Roarke, the fourth born in the Fitzgerald “circle of five.”

The first in the Fitzgerald Brother series, Roarke is filled with magic, charm and enchantment. The Prologue introduces the reader to the evil Sebastian, casting a spell of destruction on the family five: “A circle of light, a circle of five. Five into one, one becomes five to unite the circle and protect the light.” The novel is filled with an exceptional combination of poetic prose and thrills.

Roarke’s story is unique because as a witness to the murder of his parents, he has led an emotionally troubled youth. After years of keeping his secret safe, he is forced to deal with his painful memories in order to keep those closest to him safe. Roarke’s story is one of redemption and love.

Well-written and equally spellbinding, Sierra Rose has developed a creative series with characters to love and adore. Her research is deeply imaginative. Sierra’s website features an in-depth character list, causing the reader to patiently ponder the next in the series. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews   

4- Enjoy the Paranormal, July 22, 2009
By  Wicked Sunny (Kolkata, India) – See all my reviews
“An excellent novel that follows well with its genre. Interesting characters that seem to come alive, well-written scenes. Those who enjoy the paranormal will like this book.” Help other customers find the most helpful reviews   

Sierra Rose Books Online Website:  http://sierra-rose-books.webs.com/

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