Friday, February 28, 2014

Review of Cider Brook by Carla Neggers

Cider Brook is about treasure hunter Samantha Bennett, who is trying to solve a 300 year old mystery in Knights Bridge. She is also back to restore her good name.  Justin Sloan is a great looking, bad boy firefighter who remembers Samantha quite well. In fact, he was the one that got her fired from her last job.

Samantha was born into her profession as a result of her family being famous for their own archeological adventures, some that involved pirates. For the last two years, she has been cataloging possessions that once belonged to her late grandfather.  Among those, she finds a painting of Cider Mill and an unfinished novel, both clues that point to a pirate named Captain Farraday. She finds her way to the old cider mill to camp out and find out all the information she can in Knights Bridge.

Justin and Samantha aren’t friends.  Two years ago, she worked for a man familiar with Knights Bridge and failed to share some information about her past. It was Justin who exposed Samantha’s past to Duncan McCaffrey.  Duncan has since died and Samantha has felt regret over what happened.  She wants to make amends with his son, Dylan.  Her first night camped out in the woods, she is caught in a fire in the mill and is rescued by Justin.

Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age 11. Now she has millions of copies of her books in print in more than 30 countries, and more than two dozen of her books have placed on the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Cider Brook is the third novel in her acclaimed Swift River Valley romantic mystery series that launched with Secrets of the Lost Summer and That Night on Thistle Lane. Secrets of the Lost Summer spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews, including a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews. Growing up in rural western Massachusetts with three brothers and three sisters, Carla developed an eye for detail and a love of a good story. Her imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure are key to creating the complex relationships, fast-paced plots and deep sense of place in her books.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review of REDDEVIL 4 by Eric C. Leuthardt, M.D.

REDDEVIL 4 introduces us to Dr. Hagan Maerici, a well-known neurosurgeon, who is working on artificial intelligence implants that would change the way we think about the human mind. His work is suddenly put on hold when flood of brutal killings take place.

The murders have all been committed by important people who have no motives or prior histories of aggression. Edwin Krantz and his partner, Tara Dezner, are investigating the murders.  Edwin is an older police detective and hates technology. Tara is a former Navy Seal.

The investigators turn to Dr. Maerici to find answers. The doctor believes that someone is playing with the implants of the suspects and turning them into murderers. As they seek to discover the truth, they find themselves in danger, from both from human and artificial intelligence.  Moreover, the answer lies within Dr. Maerici’s work and a mistake he may have made. This potential mistake could endanger the lives of millions and destroy everything the doctor has done.

If you are a fan of the show, Almost Human, this is definitely the book for you. Eric Leuthardt, a neurosurgeon himself, has created a world dominated by humans fitted with implants which allow them access to the internet, function as communication devices and even seem like reality for the average person. Moreover, these implants stimulate signals to the brain so they act like a prosthetic for the human mind.

REDDEVIL 4 is a great science fiction thriller with the added twist of a murder mystery.   It will leave you guessing until the very end.

ERIC C. LEUTHARDT M.D. is a neurosurgeon and biomedical engineer as well as a recognized pioneer in neuroprosthetics. He is widely published in scientific journals and has received a number of scholarly awards in recognition of his contributions Dr. Leuthardt is the director of the Center of or Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology at Washington University School of Medicine, where he researches brain-computer interfaces. He is ranked as one of the most prolific inventors in the world, with more than 800 patents either granted or pending. REDDEVIL 4 is his first novel.

You can read the first three chapters of RedDevil 4 HERE.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review of Atonement by B.J. Daniels

Welcome to the February 20 stop for the Atonement Blog Tour.

Dillon Lawson lost his twin brother, Ethan, a year ago in fiery car cash. As Sheriff, he does his best to protect the citizens of Beartooth, Minnesota but feels extreme guilt for not being able to protect his brother.

When Tessa Winters arrives in Beartooth, Dillon starts to wonder what Ethan is in fact dead. Theresa is nine months pregnant and he can’t figure out whether the woman is trying to con him or if she is speaking the truth.  What is interesting is that she first believes that Dillon is Ethan.

Now Dillon must find out the truth but in the process of doing so, he finds himself falling for Tessa.  As Dillon and Tessa search for Ethan, they find themselves and Tessa’s unborn baby in danger and Dillon is forced to trust a woman who views as a con artist.

Atonement is also about Frank and Nettie who loved each other for decades and after many disappointments, they finally see themselves working out.  And things are finally starting to look up until Frank is accused of the murder of his ex-wife.

Atonement is the 4th installment of the Beartooth Mountain series. B.J. Daniels has taken suspense and romance in a whole new direction.  While I am new to the Beartooth Mountain series, I really enjoyed Atonement and I look forward to reading the prior installments.

Atonement is available for purchase and download on February 25. You can read the first three chapters at the author’s blog for a preview.

B.J. DANIELS, a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, wrote her first book after a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist and author of 37 published short stories. That first book, ODD MAN OUT, received a 4 ½ star review from Romantic Times magazine and went on to be nominated for Best Intrigue for that year. Since then she has won numerous awards including a career achievement award for romantic suspense and numerous nominations and awards for best book. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and two Springer Spaniels, Spot and Jem. When she isn’t writing, she snowboards, camps, boats and plays tennis. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Thriller Writers, Kiss of Death and Romance Writers of America.

(Beartooth, Montana 4)
Harlequin HQN, February 25th 2014
Paperback, 384 pages

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I did not receive any compensation for this review. I did, however, receive a free copy for my review from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Review of Nothing Personal by Mike Offit

A Novel of Wall Street
By Mike Offit
Thomas Dunne Books; February 11, 2014
352 pages; $25.99 U.S./$29.99 CAN.
ISBN-: 978-1-250-03542-4

Welcome to the February 10 blog tour stop for Mike Offit’s Nothing Personal

Nothing Personal takes place in the early 1980s. It is a story of a young Warren Hament who after finishing business school lands a job as a bond trader.  He rapidly rises to the top of the banking world and becomes a part of a wealthy and privileged world that is also crude and unethical. 

Everything seems to be going well for Warren until bad things start happening to people he cares about, including the murder of his mentor.  Warren does not see these events as coincidental.  He finds himself at the center of a murder investigation.  He also finds himself in control of a huge fortune due to his mentor’s death and in a relationship with a very ambitious woman who holds the key to solving the mystery.  He needs to figure out what is happening before someone else is hurt or killed.

Mike Offit uses his own experiences on Wall Street to make Warren Hament’s story believable.  In fact, Offit does a great job building suspense on the trading floor or Hament’s company and even provides a good look at how greedy and self-egocentric Wall Street is.

Mike Offit began a Wall Street real estate trading career after graduating from Brown University and obtained significant success on the Street. After his departure, he turned back to his original passion: writing. He lives in New York City.

Nothing Personal is available through Thomas Dunne Books starting February 11, 2014.  You can purchase a copy through the following book retailers:

I did not receive any compensation for this review. I did, however, receive a free copy for my review from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc.