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The Second Coming: A Love Story

“The Second Coming: A Love Story” by Scott Pinsker

Published as… Theological Thriller; Mystery; Contemporary Fiction
Published on… 6 June 2014

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1. One Random Fact: During the pro poker boom in the early 2000s – back when poker was on TV all the time – I represented Phil Gordon, who was the co-host of Celebrity Poker Showdown on the Bravo Network. Following a celebrity poker tournament that Phil emceed at the Super Bowl (Eddie George beat Jerome Bettis at the final table) I noticed that our media event generated more publicity than any other party during Super Bowl week, sans one: The Playboy Party. That gave me an idea… and as fate would have it, one of the celebrity poker players in our tournament, Kato Kaelin, was working for National Lampoon at the time…

Long story short: I became the creator and executive producer of National Lampoon’s Strip Poker, which was filmed at the notorious Hedonism II nudist resort in Negril Jamaica. The film aired on DirecTV and InDemand PPV… and was absolutely, completely horrible. AWFUL! An utter abomination. (Spending 12 days at Hedonism II for the filming wasn’t so terrible, though.)

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: E.T. ‘cause then I could TOTALLY score some free Reese’s Pieces.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Well, my two favorite groups / artists are Tori Amos and Iron Maiden. (I keep waiting for ‘em to go on tour together, but they never do.) But given the topics addressed in The Second Coming: A Love Story, I suppose my authorial theme song should be Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Great tune! (It’s interesting: The Prince of Darkness can steal souls, command Demons and battle God… but for whatever reason, he’s apparently not a very good fiddle player. With all the “evil” rock stars burning in Hell, you’d think someone could’ve given him fiddle lessons…)

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: The ability to create worlds, people and brand-new realities. It’s almost godlike! Sometimes you even start to feel detached from the “real world” because the false-realities you create with a pen are preferable. I can’t speak for all writers, but when I’m deeply, fully engaged in my craft, the separation between fiction and non-fiction becomes almost nonexistent.

And that’s when the madness begins…

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): My first pet was a German shepherd named Kevin, back when I was very young. I think I also had a cat named Kevin. Maybe even more than one cat named Kevin. (Why the name Kevin? No idea.)

Currently, I have two rescue cats: A psychotic black cat named Jinx, a chubby white-and-gray cat named Leeloo (in honor of Milla Jovovich’s character in The Fifth Element), and a 10-year-old, 220-pound American Mastiff named Leon.

(I also have two kids… who consider me THEIR pet. Woof!)

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: No television. Never ever. Too distracting. I mostly write in complete silence (although the Demons in my head occasionally break-out in Gregorian chants).

Sometimes I like to listen to music. To me, music is an emotional bookmark: Just one song or note can instantly transport you to a different time and place. It’s uncanny: If you’re trying to wrap your head around a certain emotion, music is – in the language of gamers – a “cheat code.”

So is alcohol: Music and alcohol both have the power to heighten emotions and lessen inhibitions. Sometimes that’s helpful.

Sometimes it’s not.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Let me put it this way: They say “the early bird gets the worm” but y’know who gets the worm even before the early bird? The night owl.

And besides, even though the early worm MIGHT get the worm, it’s worth noting that the late-rising mouse gets the cheese – and the early mouse gets its neck snapped in a mousetrap.

8. Favorite Season: I live in Florida, so I’m obviously a sun-lover. Here in Florida, seasons don’t really mean much; it’s always nice and warm. But calendar-wise, I enjoy winter the most: Football season is underway, my birthday is around the corner (I was born on January 10, which is probably why I’m such a big football fan: I was literally born of first and 10!), and there’s a bunch of great holidays, like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa (although I NEVER seem to get any good gifts on Kwanzaa).

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Hmm… Is a writer who you are? Or is it what you do? (That’s actually a rather profound question, when you stop and think about it.)

If it’s who you are, then I guess I’ve always been a writer. Even when I wasn’t writing, I was still a writer – hijacking my skill-set for other endeavors. Being a storyteller is a transferrable talent: From high school run-ins with angry teachers to pick-up bars with gullible coeds to PR clients in dire need of crisis communications, there’s a great deal of versatility to storytelling…

For decades, I did my best to avoid being an author of books, however. Lord how I tried! Writing books – at least for me – is an arduous, painful, dreadfully unpleasant task. Speechwriting for others is easy: It’s their life, their story, and I’m happily shielded from the consequences. But writing a book? Telling a story that’s truly a piece of me – and letting total strangers poke around, meet my alter-egos and dissect my inner-most thoughts? Aaahh!! It’s like standing naked on a street corner during rush hour! Writing is a form of exhibitionism… and I guess I’m naturally shy.

I HATE being exposed like this… but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake this God-awful compulsion to share these stories…

So more than anything else, I guess I became an author because I had exhausted all other options.

About the Book

A nationally-recognized marketing expert, Scott Pinsker has worked with a vast array of sports stars, business leaders, and Grammy-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winners, managing everything from crisis communications to PR campaigns. His analysis of publicity trends has been showcased multiple times on FOXNews.com, where he occasionally contributes as a marketing expert. He has also written for the Washington Times, Breitbart and Bulldog Reporter.

Pinsker developed the concept for The Second Coming: A Love Story almost 15 years ago, while attending law school in Washington, DC. As the author tells it:

According to Christian theology, the Devil is thousands of years old and deviously brilliant. I remember wondering one night, if such a creature didn’t want you to know who he was… then how would you know? How could you out-think a creature that’s not only smarter than you, but also thousands of years more experienced and capable of supernatural powers? We get fooled by ordinary people every day – and most of the time, they’re not particularly clever! So what ‘prayer’ would we realistically have to outwit the Prince of Darkness?

Then I had a further thought: If the Devil really wanted to con mankind, he wouldn’t appear with a pitchfork and horns. All those horror movies have it wrong; that’s too obvious. Instead, his best tactical option would be to appear as a holy man – and to attach himself to the faith of his target audience. Because if I were Satan’s publicist, that’s what I’d recommend.

But what if we raised the stakes even further, and now there were TWO self-declared saviors – one who preached to Red America, the other to Blue America? And what if the key characters in the story were all modern day updates of the major characters from the Bible? What would happen then?

Well, you’re about to find out!

For the last 15 years, I’ve been meticulously researching the subject matter, studying ancient texts and combing through the delicate intricacies of Christian eschatology. The end-result is The Second Coming: A Love Story. You needn’t be a theologist to fall in love with this story, although it certainly won’t hurt: I’ve woven-in countless clues and subtle references to the identity of the true Second Coming – and to the identity of Satan – throughout.

No matter your faith, no matter your background, this book will challenge you to reconsider the very nature of existence. And that’s the God-honest truth.”

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About the Author

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Scott Pinsker lives in Tampa Bay, Florida, with his wife, two young boys, two rescue cats and his 220-pound mastiff. This is his debut novel, and it’s the first in a trilogy. The follow-up, Three Days Later: A Revenge Story, will be released in 2015.

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I’ll Sing for my Dinner

“I’ll Sing for my Dinner” by BR Kingsolver

Published on… 1 April 2015
Published as… Romantic Suspense

About the Book

When Cecily Buchanan walks into the Roadhouse Bar and Grill and offers to sing for a meal, ex Marine Jake McGarrity can’t say no. Some say Jake is too soft hearted for his own good. But letting the waif with the cover girl face and the voice of an angel walk away would be more than he could stand.

Cecily’s sweet nature, bubbly personality and obvious talent endear her to everyone she meets, and Jake soon knows his heart is lost.

Cecily has secrets and won’t talk about her past, one so dark that she has nightmares and clutches a knife while she sleeps.

When those who are chasing her close in, she faces the decision of whether to run again or to trust her life to the cowboy angel who has taught her the meaning of love.

“Shocking, but oh, so sweet.”

About the Author

BR grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore. BR has lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. BR currently splits time between Baltimore and Albuquerque.

BR made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way, BR worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers.

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My Blood Runs Blue

“My Blood Runs Blue” by Stacy Eaton

Published on… January 2015
Published as… Paranormal Romantic Suspense

An Excerpt from My Blood Runs Blue

“Julian, if you want someone else to go after him, I can send Gabe—” he started to say.

“No, Alexander, I can do this alone. I want him. I need to finish this myself,” I was quick to reply.

“You’re taking this personally, Jules.” He put his hand up to stop me when I would have interrupted. “You know it is better to not have a personal attachment to your assignment. I have allowed you to stay on this case because I know how good you are and how focused you can be. I also figure that maybe your close attachment to him might help you find him, to allow us to finally grieve and move on.” He looked down at his desk, knowing he had made a mistake in his words as he fingered the expensive pen in his hand.

I caught the “us” in there. Yeah, you loved her, too. But she chose me.

I couldn’t repress the sigh as I looked down at the beautifully hand-sewn Oriental rug at my feet, not really seeing it, but noticing its bright reds and blues, the same colors that were swirling around in my mind. Red for hatred and blue for the loss I had suffered. I was taking it personally, I knew that, but I would not allow any other warrior to find Damon and take him to the other world. This would be my vengeance, and mine alone.

I looked back up at him with that heated emotion stark in my expression as he continued.

He tried to redeem his words, and I almost laughed. “We cannot allow Damon to keep up with this behavior. Killing our females and children is not what we are about. If he continues, our race will end.”

“Master, I know it is not. I will be fine; I can distance myself from the attachment. You, of all people, know that,” I said calmly.

“Fine, so be it, but Gabriel is going with you this time,” he said, with a flick of his hand.

“You don’t need to send a babysitter with me, Alexander,” I retorted, as anger bubbled under my skin.

He regarded me with a quick tight-lipped expression which told me he was about to lose his cool. “It is not to watch over you, Julian. It is to assist you.

About the Book

“I’m still a cop, and my blood runs blue.” Officer Kristin Greene has always felt that something was missing from her life. Even though her job with the Fawn Hollow Township Police Department keeps her busy, she continues to feel as if there is something else out there she is meant to be doing. Kristin finds herself investigating a homicide where a young woman has had her throat ripped brutally out. As she begins to dig for the answers, she finds herself thrown into a world she never knew existed. When Julian and Alexander crash into her life, she finds herself being pulled into a love triangle that has been going on longer than she has been alive. Kristin in determine to figure out who they are and why they keep calling her Calista. Join Kristin as she fights to learn the truth about the recent murder, the two seductive men who have entered into her life and the real truth about herself in a suspenseful tale that weaves paranormal into to the realistic world of law enforcement.

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About the Author

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Stacy Eaton has been a full-time police officer since 2000. Her current assignment is as Detective of her small town department. She enjoys crime scene investigation; taking a passion in putting the pieces together to figure out the crime. She is also a business owner where she helps people get the awareness out for the causes they care most about. She is a mother of two, a son proudly serving in the United States Navy and a young daughter. Her husband is also in law enforcement. She is very much into photography and carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case.

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Review: “The Blood Detail” by Arvin Loudermilk

“The Blood Detail” by Arvin Loudermilk

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Released on: 20 January 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: Vigil No. 1, a novella.

“The city of Los Angeles is infested with vampires. I’ll bet you had no idea. I sure as hell didn’t. My name is Grace Kimble and I was on patrol the first time I ran into one of these murderous bastards. The perp in question had just drunk a girl dry, and was looking to do the same to me. Totally outmatched, I took the only option I had left. I put up my dukes.”

Review: I can’t say that I disliked this story, but I can’t say that I really liked it either. It was a quick read, and moved along at a very active pace. For the story it was telling, or the piece of the story, that worked for it. It was well-written and I did like the overall idea.

Grace was a jerk, but she was written that way and the character is aware of it, so that works and she has her endearing points. Some personal development aspects felt a little forced, however.

Ultimately, there was just some factor missing for me to say that I liked it. I think this is just a me thing and another fan of paranormal suspense would get a lot out of the story. For me, though, it’s 3 Fireballs.

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The Frailty of Things

“The Frailty of Things” by Tamsen Schultz

Published as… Romantic Suspense

A Chat with…Kit

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Kit: I show up in the Windsor Series books because they are all about people in my life, but MY story can be found in the fourth Windsor Series novel “The Frailty of Things.” My relationship with my brother isn’t the best – he left me with our dad, who wasn’t going to win any father of the year awards, when I was fifteen. I never really got over his leaving and even though I’ve built a life for myself that I like, he and I have never really reconciled. Well, that changes in “The Frailty of Things.” Bad things happen that bring him back into my life and force us to actually talk about what happened all those years ago. It’s not easy, but he also brings his business partner Garret Cantona into my life. Garret is, well, Garret is an amazing man whose faith in us (he and I) as a couple helps bring all three of us through confronting a killer. We also learn a little about forgiving not just each other, but ourselves as well.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Kit: “The Frailty of Things” is really ‘my’ story – well, really it’s the story of love and forgiveness with me at the center and my brother, Garret (who becomes my partner), and my friends surrounding me. I grew up in south as part of the southern gentry, but most of my life was for show. I left home right after I turned eighteen and headed to Europe where I lived for a few years and wrote my first novel. Once I felt my life was somewhat put back together, I moved back to the States and built a home in Windsor. I’m a writer now, with several successful novels, but I also do a little side work for some friends of mine in the intelligence world. I’m unusually tall and share the same color of eyes with my brother which can be a bit disconcerting when he’s staring at me.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Kit: I think she’s fun to work with, we had some good times. That said, I wished she’d get out of my head a little more often. Or let me into Garret’s or my brother’s. It would have been nice if she could have shared some of her omniscience with me, it could have save me and Caleb, my brother, some heartache.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Kit: I thought I was well versed in the evil things people could do on this earth, but this story gets me caught up in things that even I can’t understand – things I probably don’t really want to understand. But the good news is, I have a lot of good friends who have my back even as I make some of the toughest, but most important, decisions of my life.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Kit: Yes, because when you close the page on the last chapter, I get to go on living without anyone peering in on me (or peering in on me and Garret – we do tend to like our privacy).

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Kit: Caleb and I still have some things to work out as do Garret and I. But that’s probably because I have some things to work out on my own – things I’ve done or seen that I thought maybe I’d come to grips with but really hadn’t. That said, the future definitely looks good – I have amazing friends in Windsor, a partner who wants to share that life with me, and we may be getting a dog.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Kit: Windsor is a small town, you can’t get rid of me that easily. Besides, my brother needs to settle down. I’m bound and determined to find him someone in the Windsor area. I don’t think he’ll be so cooperative because he’s an ornery SOB at times, but I’m going to do my best.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Kit: Hhmm, someone willing to wear contacts. Both my brother and I have strangely colored, almost golden eyes. I don’t know any actresses with that color, do you?

About the Book

Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn’t make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.

Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.

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About the Author

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Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and  American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine).  In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution,  has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a  disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do  something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.

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Review: “Fire Sign” by M. A. Petterson

“Fire Sign” by M. A. Petterson

Available from: Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Released on: 26 July 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: A beautiful forensic engineer hiding a tragic past reluctantly teams up with a troubled cop to stop a serial arsonist targeting churches.

Dr. Anja Toussaint believes that her own dreadful youth foretells who the arsonist is and the shocking motive behind the fires. But Detective Gil Dolan stubbornly sets his sights on a white supremacist previously convicted of arson and just released from prison.

Unfortunately, when Anja blocks his efforts the arrogant cop sets his own plan into motion that leads them both into a fiery trap.

Review: On the whole, I enjoyed this story. It was a quick and fairly easy read, and I really loved the premise/set-up of the main character as the forensic engineer/arson investigator, particularly a woman. I’m not entirely sure if I liked Anja or not, but she’s the type of character that I think was written that way. She made for a unique narrative voice, though, and I did like that.

Some elements of Anja, and Dolan, felt kind of stereotyped, or at least common for characters in this sort of genre. But then, sometimes things are common for a reason: they’re common, so I can’t decide if that’s really a detractor. Also the “near miss” for Anja and Dolan felt kind of odd, a little shoe-horned into the plot and I wasn’t crazy about that. (There was another detail that felt similar and didn’t go anywhere that I wasn’t crazy about, but I don’t want to spoiler anything.)

Also, there was one plot turn that felt like a bit too big a leap for anyone to make who wasn’t Sherlock Holmes so I’d have liked to see more development there, although a small twist at the end was a good one.

So, while there were some elements that didn’t quite hit the right notes for me, over all, I did like the story. 4 Fireballs.

4 Fireballs

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Songs of the Maniacs

“Song of the Maniacs” by Mickey Corrigan

Published on… 31 October 2014
Published as… New Adult, Romantic Thriller

About the Book

When the real you is someone you don’t know, then you sing the songs of the maniacs.

Who are we when we lose everything, including our personalities? From her office at a mental health institute in the tropics, a troubled young woman counsels deeply disturbed clients while coping with her own heightening concerns. These include frightening consciousness lapses, violent memories of a high school sexual relationship, a menacing stalker, and an annoyingly arousing visitor who may or may not be insane. All this on a single stormy day at a time when a new mental health disorder has become epidemic and is threatening to distort memory and identity, unmooring the validity of reality itself.

A seductive and chilling novella, Songs of the Maniacs takes readers on a fascinating descent into the abyss beneath the lush surfaces of contemporary American paradise.

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About the Author

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Mickey J. Corrigan lives and writes and gets into trouble in South Florida. She publishes with pulpy presses with names like Breathless, Champagne and Bottom Drawer. Recent books include the edgy novellas in The Hard Stuff series from The Wild Rose Press (Whiskey Sour Noir, Vodka WarriorTequila Dirty); and the thriller Sugar Babies. Salt Publishing recently released the neo-noir novel Songs of the Maniacs.

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Freda Hansburg is Visiting! [Tour Stop]

Shrink Rapt

“Shrink Rapt” by Freda Hansburg

Published on… 12 September 2014
Published as… Psychological Thriller

Freda Hansburg’s Boom Baby Blast

1.One Random Fact: When I was in fifth grade In New York, all students were required to submit entries in the city-wide Fire Prevention Essay contest. I managed to win honorable mention and was awarded a medal at City Hall by then mayor Robert Wagner. I guess you could call this official kick-off of my writing career.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: This is a tricky question. Wouldn’t anyone want to be a character whose story ends happily? Lady Chatterley, or the good version of Sarah Woodruff’s ending in French Lieutenant’s Woman? They found love (or at least, great sex) along with integrity and fulfillment. Yet I confess my hankering is to be Scarlett O’Hara. She’s selfish, vain, doesn’t have an easy time of it, nor end up particularly happy. But I admire her feisty determination, resourcefulness and refusal to be a victim. Fiddle dee dee!

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Glad you asked! It has to be the Beatles’ Paperback Writer. It’s a great parody of a desperate novelist’s pitch letter. It plays in my head whenever I send out a query. Or get back a rejection.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: I’ll admit I lap up people’s admiring reactions when they learn I’ve written and published a novel. It’s heady stuff. But what I love most is getting lost in the flow of the writing process itself – the moment when I look up from the chapter I’ve been working on and have to ask myself what day it is. That sense of being fully in the zone is the best reward.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): First dog was a beagle named Happy. First cat was Poos. That I chose to name my publishing entity Poos Press tells you where my loyalties lie.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Silence. I’m listening to enough in my head.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: I’ve always been a lark. I never in my life pulled an all-nighter to finish a paper or cram for an exam. I generally am up at 7 AM, work out, take care of a few chores and do my writing in the late morning and early afternoon.

8. Favorite Season: I used to be a Fall person because of the glorious foliage, but eventually I figured out it invariably led to Winter. These days I go for Spring. It’s like a miracle when nature is reborn each year.

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Yes (see #1, above). I was an English Lit major, active in writing and editing for campus and community newspapers. I briefly attended Columbia J School, until I decided that journalism entailed too much running around. I also worked in publishing, writing jacket copy, press releases, sales scripts, ads, etc. I’ve co-authored two self-help books and some scholarly articles. My dream was always to write and publish a novel – because novels are what I love to read. It took me a long time to do it, but I’m very, very happy that I persisted!

About the Book

Psychologist April Simon finds her career and life on the line after the murder of her arrogant department chairman. When four of her patients, all subjects in the late psychiatrist’s research, begin to violently unravel, April tries to solve the riddle of their transformation. Her quest alarms the killer. Will she be next? The more she learns about her colleagues, the less trusts them. Who do you turn to when no one is what they seem?

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About the Author

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Freda Hansburg is a psychologist who lives with her husband in New Jersey. She is the co-author of the self-help books PeopleSmart and Working PeopleSmart. Shrink Rapt is her first novel.

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Chasing Justice

“Chasing Justice” (Piper Anderson, Book One) by Danielle Stewart

Published on… 14 January 2014
Published as… Romantic Suspense

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About the Book

Piper Anderson has been given a fresh start in the picturesque town of Edenville, North Carolina. But her plans of settling into a normal life are derailed when she witnesses a prominent judge in her community committing a violent assault. Running from her own past and fueled by a passion to make the judge answer for his crimes, Piper is forced to decide if she’ll play by the rules or achieve justice in her own way.

Complicating things further, Piper finds herself fighting a powerful attraction to rookie cop, Bobby Wright. Although she’s increasingly enamored with Bobby, his staunch belief in the justice system is in stark contrast to her own. She may not share his opinions about the effectiveness of the law, but she certainly can’t deny how safe she feels when she’s in his arms or how every kiss leaves her desperate for more.

For Piper, the idea of finally living an ordinary life with a man to love is tempting. However, fate keeps placing the judge, quite literally, in her path. Will she decide the only way to win is to be as wicked as the judge, but with righteous intentions? And more importantly, will Bobby choose to let her go, or follow her as she crosses the line and takes justice into her own hands?

**Should Not Be Classified as Christian Romance**

Piper Anderson Series:
Book 1: Chasing Justice
Book 2: Cutting Ties
Book 3: Changing Fate
Book 4: Finding Freedom
Book 5: Settling Scores
Book 6: Battling Destiny

Piper Anderson Extras:
Choosing Christmas – Holiday Novella – Chris & Sydney’s Story
Betty’s Journal – Bonus Material(suggested to be read after Book 4 to avoid spoilers)
Saving Love – A Piper Anderson Series Novella

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Review: “Grievous Angels” by Brian Poole

“Grievous Angels” by Brian Poole

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 4 May 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: Can one child be the world’s salvation? Or might he push it to the edge of destruction?

James Callahan isn’t a typical seven-year-old. Two years after disappearing with his desperate mother, a harrowing home invasion leaves James badly shaken and his mother brutally murdered. Ben Callahan had almost given up hope of seeing his lost son again, but the reunion isn’t all that Ben might have hoped. Traumatized by his mother’s death, James is slow to come out of his shell and events no one can quite explain surround the reunited family. Ben’s relatives and fiancée become enmeshed in the oddities that follow James like a specter he can’t shake. What really happened in a park when James’s sympathetic suffering seemed to save a heart attack victim? What do James’s vivid dreams signify? Is someone stalking the family? A late night intruder has the Callahans reeling, before events spin out of their control entirely.

Could James really be the key to an apocalyptic struggle foretold by a tormented ecclesiastic? Two powerful organizations operating in the shadows think so and engage in a deadly competition to acquire and control James. One uses the trappings of a self-help movement to mask far darker motivations and will neutralize James if they can’t control him. The other does nothing to hide that it’s a cult formed around a charismatic would-be prophet and thinks that James could trigger God’s reckoning on the world, leaving it all to burn. When these two ruthless factions ignite a bloody holy war in the streets of Boston, can the Callahan family survive? Can anyone?

Ben learns where James spent his missing years when the secretive group that protected him intervenes at a crucial juncture. Can Ben overcome his skepticism and rely on these modern knights to navigate the deadly pitfalls and impossible choices that beset the family at every turn? Can he give James the chance to survive into adulthood and embrace his destiny? Or is James doomed to become the casualty of a conflict foretold centuries ago that could engulf the world in catastrophe? When one false move could mean destruction beyond imaginations, what’s the ordinary father of an extraordinary child to do? Ben needs to figure it out quickly, before everything he loves is lost.

Review: This book was not really for me.

Plots come in two ways. Those that are/feel like they are written by outline writers, and those that are/feel like they are written by “pantsers.” (That means they were just written as the author went along, plotting on the way.) Neither is better or worse. It’s all a matter of personal preference. And I say “feel like” because some done with outlines read like the other type, or vice versa.

I am an outline writer. It’s my preference to read stories that feel like they were done off an outline, whether they were or not, I just like the feeling of structure and organization that comes with that.

This book didn’t have that, at least not in my opinion. It felt like it was just written as ideas came and no one went back and fixed it when scenarios, events and interactions felt repeated and others felt without any real purpose. Like there was a great deal of suspense built up that was then dropped when it went nowhere. Not to mention it doesn’t feel like any character, even our supposed “experts,” had any clue what they were doing.

None of the characters (except the bad guys) are…to be disliked, but I had trouble liking most of them too. (Well, I mostly liked Mark and Sean. Lindsay started good, but fell short before long. Ben was all anger issues, but then, any parent would understand.)

My other big gripe is that it felt like we had a real issue with our female characters. They were crazy or evil, except for one who felt a little pointless to the story and the main one who was nothing more than a light to shine on the male main character. A character to support and sacrifice, without any point to her existence in the story otherwise.

I’m a woman. I write about strong women. I don’t mind books with evil women for the villains, but balance it out. Give us some strong female characters with their own purposes in the story. Not to say that supportive characters aren’t important, but they need to be more than just sacrificial lambs.

Because of all this, the ending that was supposed to be “the beautiful tragic” just ended up falling flat for me.

But the writing itself was not bad otherwise, and it is fast-paced, and I can’t say I seriously disliked it. It just fell flat for my tastes and was not the story for me. 2.5 Fireballs.

2.5 Fireballs

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