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url 2017-10-10 00:21
Blog Interview with Hollywood Specialist Bodyguard Kris Herzog

 Bodyguard Kris Herzog with Jessica Alba

 

The sick things people sent to movie stars in the mail, in addition to assassination attempts. Scary.

 

The interview coincides with my novel, Gun Kiss, which features a specialist protection agency guarding a movie star.

 

These guys do more than the average bodyguard. The stuff these guys do is close to how I had described in Gun Kiss. Kris had also protected some of the U.S. presidents, children of Saudi royalty, foreign dignitaries and top businessmen.

 

To join The Bodyguard Group of Beverly Hills, you must be a specialist police officer, ex-Navy Seal or other elite units.

Source: khaledtalibthriller.com/an-assassin-in-a-burqa-a-sniper-in-the-vicinity-an-explosive-laden-car-poison-in-the-mail
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review 2017-06-30 05:00
Dragon In Blood
Dragon in the Blood (Vale of Stars Book 2) - Juliette Cross

Title:  Dragon in Blood

Author:  Juliette Cross

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services LLC

Services"  Vale of Stars # 2

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"Dragon in Blood" by Juliette Cross

 

My Thoughts....

 

I enjoyed this second series of the Vale of Stars #2.  It was lovely fantasy romantic read featuring Valla Moonring and Conn Rowanflame where you will get a wonderful adventurous 'Dragon' read.  With them both being so stubborned it will be of most interest in how this author gets them together.  The way the story reads it's like getting two stories in one as the reader is presented in more than one POV. There was a lots of characters old and even some new ones bringing on a well developed and well portrayed read as the readers learns more about this  'intelligence gathering mission, Blood King and his followers, the Larkosians, the kidnapped women and learning what the 'prophecy' really means.  Many of these characters will have some very 'unique talents' that will definitely keep your attention as one reads through this story.  I will say I enjoyed the game called 'Truth or Lie' and I definitely plan on playing game! This author really know to tell a story with such heart felt details that the reader will not want to put down the story until the very end and will leave you wanting more.

 

I know this is a standalone read however, to fully understand it all  I would definitely recommend you read the first story 'Dragon Heartstrings' to get the a little bit more in the 'Vale Star fantasy series.

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review 2017-06-15 20:37
Written in the Stars
Written in the Stars - Aisha Saeed

This is my Letter W for the Litsy A to Z challenge this year. I picked it because of that cover. Isn't it gorgeous?

This is also one of those books that I had read the synopsis for when I first chose it and just trusted my earlier judgement, having put it on a challenge list and all. Then I promptly forgot what it was actually about, which is always fun for me because I know its about something I'm interested in but still get to be surprised.

Let me say that I enjoyed a lot about this book but it was greatly helped by the fact that I had finished Dear Zari directly before it which provided me with great information on the realities of life for Afghan women. Though our protagonist in this book is Pakistani-American, the understanding of cultural traditions is similar enough to be helpful in this book and not see that none of the characters who live in Pakistan are behaving unusually, nor are they written in a way to be seen as villainous. They are doing what they know to do for the situation they are in.

Naila, our protagonist, is born and raised in American and her parents try to hold her the cultural expectations of their extended family back in Pakistan. They want her to be a good Pakistani girl and she can't begin to comprehend what is wrong with being a good American girl instead. Her general attitude about these traditions while in the US reminded me a little of Ms. Marvel too. When her world turns upside down in Pakistan, the story really turns.

I spent the rest of the book unsure of which direction the resolution to Naila's issue the author was gonna go until close to the end. I felt pretty sure that a happy end was coming though. 

Overall, I really enjoyed it. Its a great YA that fits in a rather underrepresented demographic, those teens whose lives fall somewhere between the US and the Middle East. It also falls solidly into chick lit, in my opinion, which is part of the fun here. The characters aren't exactly well rounded, but I don't think that was the point anyway. Its enough that they are entirely different manifestations of familiar archetypes in YA or chick lit. It made them a little unpredictable for me, which is always fun. I think anyone who reads either of those genres would enjoy this.

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review 2017-03-23 19:33
Star’s End: An Inner Space Opera
Star's End - Cassandra Rose Clarke

Man, I really like Clarke's stuff. Not real flashy, but emotionally detailed.

 

My latest at B&N SciFi & Fantasy

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review 2016-10-21 12:53
The Fault in Our Stars Review
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Apparently I read this in a day. I’m not so sure if I did, probably a couple of days and I just didn’t record exactly when  I started. I don’t remember when I read it, but I’ll have you know that I was glued to this book. I thought it wouldn’t be amazing (I’ve already seen the movie) and I thought it’d be sappy.

This is a love story, but also a heartbreaking story. We live in the world of young Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. They meet at a cancer survival club and get to know each other almost immediately. Obviously, in some way it isn’t real what they would do and how fast they fell, but I felt it was true enough.

While no reasonable person would perform the actions of Hazel Grace, she is not reasonable. Throughout the story, we learn she is impulsive, despite everything and is still filled with life. She has trouble breathing and has to lug this small oxygen tank around with her.

Hazel Grace and Gus click. They fall in love. Kind of a spoiler, but not really. I feel as though people could relate to Hazel Grace’s situation, even though not many of us would’ve been through something like that.

Hazel is a strong character in the book. We fall into her mind and see the world through her own eyes. I think John Green did a great job with the writing. It’s snappy and very much how I’d imagine a teenage girl write.

I guess through this we see how different people react to pain and suffering. How people handle death and the loss of those they love. There are just so many contrasts in the book.

What I’m trying to say, is that I liked the book and would recommend it to most people. It’s soppy. It’s sad. But at least the character Hazel Grace is likeable.

Source: www.amaitken.com/book-review/the-fault-in-our-stars-review
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