City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris

city of veilsBlurb from goodreads.com please scroll down for my review.
The body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach; soon afterwards, a strong-minded American woman finds herself alone and afraid in the most repressive city on earth when her husband suddenly disappears.

Investigating police officer Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.

Breathtakingly fast-paced, sure-footed and thrilling, this novel paints in dazzling colours a city of veils in which more is hidden than is revealed, and nothing is what it seems.

Another hit from Zoe the second in the Nayir and Katya series. This book is a little darker than the previous book, Finding Nouf, and you learn a little more about life in Saudi Arabia and it´s way with women.

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Last Man Out by James Kassel

Last man outBlurb from goodreads.com please scroll down for my mini review.

When the mysterious stranger, John Carter, arrived in the small gulf coast town of Newcastle Beach, he expected to find a quiet retreat in which he could remain anonymous. But after he encounters the most powerful family in town, their secrets quickly begin to unravel, and Carter is caught in the middle. He learns that nothing in Newcastle is what it seems and random is a word that should not exist. But the stranger has his own dark past, and what unfolds is hard to imagine. As revelations are made and pieces fall into place, everyone involved has only one question: who is John Carter?

John Carter arrives at a small town in Florida, he is looking for a quiet life and wants to remain anonymous, but he gets involved with the head honcho in town and it turns out nothing is what it seems. But John also has his own secrets he wants to hide, can he do this here?

This is the authors first book.

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Book Trailer – Curse by Dale Furse

A while back I did a review of a great little YA book called Curse, Book 1 of the Wexkia trilogy. I am eagerly awaiting the second part of this trilogy.

The author Dale Furse has just done a great book trailer to go with the book and I would like to share this with you.

You can get in touch with Dale at her website and there are all the links to buy the book.

Curse Book 1 of the Wexkia trilogy is now finalised and should be available as of the 1st September in print and as an eBook at all good online bookshops and  it can be ordered if it is not shelved by storefront bookshops.

Caught in a Web by Jason Carter

caught in a webBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review. It’s been two years since his wife, Victoria, vanished, and single father, Steven Pierce has now found the strength to move on. But after spending his first night alone with a new love, a mysterious letter offers a chance to draw him back into the search for his missing wife.

Torn between pursuing his new love or his first, Steven chooses to secretly pursue the new information by recruiting his sister, Susan, a Huntington Beach detective, to aide him in his search. But when clues are unearthed that reveal another side to Victoria, Steven
finds himself suddenly caught in a web spun of murder, lies, and deceit.

Will the truth Steven is so desperate to find save him,  or will it only serve to destroy him instead?

Published in May 2013, this is the author´s second novel.

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Endpoint by Rejean Giguere

endpointblurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

In 1989 a KGB interrogator thought he discovered a message embedded in a victim’s migraine headache. In 2012 Alexi Tambov is snatching people off the streets of New York City, still trying to solve the riddle of the message. When Gary and Chantal are mugged coming out of a support group meeting, they brush it off as “life in the city”. When the second mugging turns into a full-fledged kidnapping they are dragged into Alexi’s web. In a desperate effort to protect Chantal, Gary decides he has to solve the puzzle before Septon Research. Piecing together the clues, he realizes to solve the message he has to combine the auras. His long-term bond with Russian mobster Ivan Petrovski results in help coming from unlikely sources. Chantal and the team will join Gary on this action/adventure quest that leads them in a running battle across North America, before coming to a shocking end in the canyons of Arizona. Who will get there first? Who will believe what they find? Continue reading

BoX by Lucas Heath

BoXThe BoX: Would you survive the experiment? Twenty seven people each one in a small white cube all in isolation, all confused about what is going on, as they have idea how they got there. They are forced to endure various deadly tests to learn about the human nature, some will survive and some won´t. But…..

The book is superb debut novel and so very well thought out, the idea behind it is a little disturbing but brilliant. This is a short novella style and can be finished easily but I did want more. Even though it is short, it is a roller coaster ride.

You may wonder if it is worth reading about people in a cube, actually it is. The author has turned twenty seven white cubes into something amazing. It will make you wonder if you would survive the experiment and you might be surprised when you read about the experiments. The author draws you into each of the characters, covering a little of each one from their perspectives and their lives.

What a read, it certainly is a great way to spend an afternoon.

4 out of 5 stars.

The Devils Fire by Matt Tomerlin

the devils fireBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

The waters of the Caribbean run red in this brutal tale of revenge set during the Golden Age of Piracy! Katherine Lindsay, the pampered young wife of a wealthy ship captain, has left her leisurely life in London to accompany her husband to America. So far, their journey has been uneventful, even boring. But when ruthless pirates suddenly storm on board to plunder her husband’s riches, Katherine is one of the treasures they steal, sparking a bloody chain of events that will change the Caribbean forever. Pirate lovers will find no shortage of treachery, cutlass duels, ship-to-ship battles, buried treasure and much, much more.

4 out of 5 stars.

It certainly starts well, setting the scene wonderfully in the year 1717 on board a ship travelling from London to America and it gripped me immediately. I could feel the scene and even smell it. Written well, in the third person and with each chapter corresponding to a character in the book, with stunning descriptions which make you feel you are there with the pirates on the ship and at the locations they visit. There is no jumping about which can drive me to leave a book midway, so this is just great. The book has the right amount of dialogue, description and action for me. There are some good pirates and some dark pirates making you warm to either one or the other.

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Guest author – Matt Tomerlin – The Devil’s Fire series

I have recently read the first book in the trilogy and looking forward to the second, while I was hunting around on the web for some information on the author I came across this interesting interview. Thanks Danielle

Danielle Lenee Davis

I’m pleased to welcome Matt Tomerlin, author of the pirate adventure series, The Devil’s Fire. The third and final book, The Devil’s Horizon, is set to be released on July 3, 2013, just days away!
Matt TomerlinThe Devil's Horizon

Matt, thanks for stopping by and taking the time for this interview.  Let’s get started.

Your female characters, especially Katherine (Kate), are smart, strong, and ruthless. I love it!  Kate needed to evolve in order to survive, but was her strength and ruthlessness your original intention when you started the story?

 I  knew Katherine would have to shed much of her innocence in order to survive. And       not just survive, but assuage her guilt and learn to respect herself. Over the course of the first book, she often surprised me. Some readers did not appreciate her final decision, and I won’t tell them they are wrong to feel that way. Kate became her own person in that moment. I did not plan that ending out in advance…

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A Question of Proof by Joseph Amiel

a question of proofBlurb from Goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

A spell-binding legal thriller from Joseph Amiel, best-selling author of Birthright, Deeds, and Star Time. A Question of Proof is a profoundly moving courtroom drama in which a lawyer struggles to defend the woman he loves against the accusation that she murdered her husband.

Tough and street-smart, a principled rebel against an establishment he has always scorned, Dan Lazar has risen from the working class to become one of Philadelphia’s top criminal defenders. But now divorced and badly missing his young son, disillusioned by years of representing vicious criminals, humiliated by the politically ambitious DA’s charge that he bribed a witness in a brutal rape-homicide case, Dan is burned out, depressed, and ready to call it quits. On the surface he would seem to have nothing in common with Susan Boelter, the beautiful and patrician wife of Peter Boelter, who runs the city’s dominant newspaper and heads one of its most powerful families. But when Peter deserts her and files for divorce, moving to seize everything that is precious to her, including custody of their thirteen-year-old daughter, Susan turns to a reluctant Dan for help. Suddenly, Peter is found dead. Susan becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Driven by his love for her and by an inner need to defend someone in whose innocence he can truly believe, Dan starts to investigate. He soon discovers a maze of conflicting evidence and of growing doubts and mystery about the woman he thought he knew and loved. And he realizes that the truth he desperately seeks – especially about Peter Boelter’s death – depends on finding the answer to a question of proof.

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The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

the almond treeBlurb from goodreads.com. Please scroll down for my review.

Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with the knowledge that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in constant fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.

On Ichmad’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality. With his father imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ichmad begins an inspiring journey using his intellect to save his poor and dying family. In doing so he reclaims a love for others that was lost through a childhood rife with violence, and discovers a new hope for the future.

This was on my reading list for ages when I eventually got round to it. There seemed to always be another book that got my attention just that little bit more, but I was glad when I got round to it. It is a good solid read, very well written, a little harsh in places and the beginning was just that. It also took a little bit to get into, I was determined though to get through that part.

I always enjoy reading books about other countries and cultures. The book deals with a lot of politics and the way people were and probably still are treated in Palestine and the Gaza Strip.

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Guest Post – The World at War by Pam Funke

The World at War by Pam Funke
ISBN: 978-1475102260
Publisher: CreateSpace
Softcover (528 pages)

Purchase the book here:Amazon | CreateSpace | Amazon UK

Contact the Author: Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Book blurb:

The second book in the exciting The Apocalypse series.

Join General Alexander Ludlow as he continues on his mission to save the world. At least that is what he thinks that Operation Dark Angel is all about. He is however starting to suspect that this mission is not all that it’s cracked up to be. The world is in complete chaos as major nations wage war on each other and the world is on the brink of World War III.

The Group is secretly continuing Operation Dark Angel with much success. Unknown to the rest of the world they are the ones who are behind the strange and devastating attacks on Israel and around the world. What is it that they are really after when they are supposed to be bringing peace to an out of control world?

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Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

Blurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review, beware it contains spoilers.finding nouf

In a blazing hot desert in Saudia Arabia, a search party is dispatched to find a missing young woman. Thus begins a novel that offers rare insight into the inner workings of a country in which women must wear the abaya in public or risk denunciation by the religious police; where ancient beliefs, taboos, and customs frequently clash with a fast-moving, technology-driven modern world.

The missing woman is Nouf Shrawi, one of several sheltered teenaged daughters of a powerful local family. Hired to track her and her potential abductor is Nayir, a solitary, pious desert guide of dubious origin, and a friend of the family. As Nayir uncovers clues that only serve to deepen the mystery behind Nouf’s disappearance, he teams up with Katya, a liberated Saudi woman who is engaged to one of Nouf’s brothers.

As they move closer to the truth, the pair’s detective work unveils layers of secrets. In a land of prayers, purity, and patriarchy, the dreams of mere mortals often go unrealized, and the consequences of misbehavior for both men and women are disastrous. The final revelation of the truth forces Nayir to confront his own attitudes about women and society and in his deepening relationship with Katya, to face up to his own long-denied yearnings for love and intimacy.

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Interview – Adin Dalton author of Pyotr Ilyich

 TchaikovskyI recently read a rather cool book about the life of the composer Tchaikovsky, I was thrilled to get the chance to read it and review it for Adin Dalton. Click here for the review. 

The author was kind enough to answer a few questions.

1.- Hi there Adin, nice to have you with us. Why don´t we start by you telling a little about yourself.

Thank you for your interest in my ebook. I’m from Southern California but now live in Manhattan. I studied ballet and ballet history at the University in California and was always enamored Tchaikovsky’s music. I thought I would write a nonfiction book about him and actually started a tribute book for the one-hundredth anniversary of the ballet “Swan Lake” but never quite got it off the ground. When I moved to New York City I learned about Tchaikovsky’s mysterious death (unsolved to this day) and I became completely fascinated. I started my novel “Pyotr Ilyich” the very next day.

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Review – Pyotr Ilyich by Adin Dalton

pyotr ilyichBlurb from Goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.
Saint Petersburg, 1893.
In the dimly lit salon of a private house, the composer Tchaikovsky watches as an illegal jury considers his alleged crimes of licentious behavior. He hastily agrees to abide by their orders to swallow poison rather than face allegations in the official courts, but is terrified by the reality of the situation. As he considers how his life has led him to this point, a dark tale emerges.
Tchaikovsky’s immense fame, unlawful sexuality, mysterious death, and the splendid music which surrounds it all paint a unique and intriguing portrait of one of the most beloved composers of all time. Can he find a way out of the web of revenge and deceit? Or will Fate have the last word?

Historical Fiction. 4 stars out of 5.

I am not sure my review could do the book justice, but I will give it a go:
Tchaikovsky. Ever heard the name before? I am sure you have, and if you haven´t, well you probably should have, but, did you know his first names? Maybe not. Pyotr Ilyich Tchailovsky is his full name. But how much do you actually know about the composer? not much I can imagine, and neither did I until I read this novel. Give it a go and you will learn about his life and loves and death. This novel is the story of Tchaikovsky.

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