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text 2018-04-09 07:10
Release Blast - Lost In The Shadows
Title: Lost in the Shadows
Series: The Lost Series #3
Author: Tracie Douglas
Genre: Adult, Dark Suspense Romance
Page Count: 236 Pages
Published: April 9, 2018
Cover Designer: Dark Water Covers
DIZZY IS LOST

Lost in his own grief, Damien Reynolds hides the man he is behind a mask of jokes and laughter. He’s spent years fooling everyone, including himself, hiding the pain he struggles through every day. Now, Dizzy finds himself assigned to the hardest case Cole Securities has ever taken on. He’s wearing a new kind of mask, one that leaves him questioning the goodness of humankind and the world he lives in.

Surviving this mission is the last thing on his mind. Until the night he’s faced with a difficult choice: To save her or not…

PENNY CAPTIVATES HIM

Sold by her family to a group of criminals, Penelope Lopez finds herself lost into a world so dark, very few survive. She must find the strength within herself to endure her new life, but as it is once again tossed into the winds of fate, Penny decides enough is enough and vows to fight. Even if it means losing her life.

But fate has a different plan for her, one in the shape of an imposing man, who casts a shadow about her. A man who, at first sight, decides he can’t ignore the fire in her eyes and makes a vow of his own: To protect her at all costs…

Will Dizzy let her into his heart, allowing her to show him there is still good left in this world? Or will the danger swirling around them be a power even love can't overcome?
 

 
 

Lost in the Shadows Excerpt © Tracie Douglas 2018
I only need one reason to say yes, and even though I said no and told him it is a bad idea, the truth is, I wanted to scream "yes” the moment the words slipped from his lips.
As crazy as it sounds and is, this man, this stranger, unnerves and excites me all at the same time. I can’t picture my life without him in it.
“Because I’m not ready to let you go yet,” he murmurs, opening his eyes, letting me see the honesty staring back at me. I gasp at his declaration, and when he continues to talk, I lose my breath. “I will stand by you and protect you. I will give you a good life until all of this can be righted. I will be your friend. I’m not your happily ever after. I’m not the man who can give you the life you dream or the family you want. Our arrangement will be in name only, but I promise, Penny, you will not walk away from our arrangement with a broken heart. I will do everything in my power to protect it.”
I close my eyes and fill my burning lungs with air. His speech started off good, but if he believes I won’t be brokenhearted at the end of all of this, he can think again. I’m already invested, and I can’t seem to figure out when it happened. It’s hard to admit, but he’s already broken my heart a little with his words.
The one thing I can take from his reason is that neither of us is ready to let the other go.

 

 
 
 
Surviving on caffeine most days, Tracie Douglas lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband, two children, and one dog. She spends her days chasing children and the fur baby, all while maintaining the illusion of sanity.

Her nights are spent toiling away at the keyboard, creating a world filled with hot men and strong women. She loves to read and write all types of books but tends to lean on the darker side of the spectrum. She’s pretty handy with a crochet hook, too.
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-04-03 02:09
The conclusion of a totally O.K. follow-up to the Lunar Chronicles
Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate,Stephen Gilpin

I'm really not sure what to say about this one. It's part two of the story begun in <b>Wires and Nerve</b> where Iko is tasked with hunting down rogue Lunar wolf warriors scattered over the Earth. We also see what reforms Cinder is bringing to the Lunar government and what happens to the rest of the main characters from <b>The Lunar Chronicles</b> following <b>Winter</b>.

 

Honestly, I think I'm going to just copy and paste from the last book, because this is really just part 2 of that same story and my comments stay the same:

 

The Lunar wolf warriors are not just going to roll over, there are some that are preparing to strike back against Iko -- and Cinder.

 

Throw in a love story, an examination of Iko's true nature, and some nice catch-up with our old friends, and you've got yourself a fun story. It's fun, but it's light. If it were prose instead of a graphic novel, it might take 40 pages to tell this story. Which doesn't make it bad, just slight.

 

I was shocked to see a different artist credited with this one -- maybe my memory is shakier than I realized, but man...I thought it was the same stuff. Gilpin did a great job keeping the look the same. Yeah, cartoonish -- but it fits the story. It's dynamic, eye catching and fun -- just what Iko's story should be.

 

I'm glad I read these two, but I hope Meyer walks away from this world now to focus on whatever's next. Read this if you read the first. If you're curious about what happens after <b>Winter</b>, these two are a fun way to scratch that itch, but totally unessential.


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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/04/02/wires-and-nerve-volume-2-by-marissa-meyer-stephen-gilpin
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review 2018-04-02 14:26
A good biography of a principled politician
Independent: A Biography of Lewis W. Douglas - Thomas G. Smith,Robert Paul Browder

Though the name Lewis Douglas may not be familiar to most Americans today, in his time he was a figure of national prominence.  The son of a mining magnate, Douglas grew up in comfort amidst the rough life of the mining towns of Arizona and Sonora before being sent east for an education at elite prep schools in New York and New Jersey.  After service in the First World War, he returned home and entered politics, winning election to Congress in 1926.  Quickly developing a reputation as a fiscal conservative, Douglas was asked by Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve as his first budget director and played a critical role in the development of the New Deal, but left the post less than two years into his administration due to his objections to the increasing amount of deficit spending.  He returned to government during the Second World War, serving a vital role in the War Shipping Administration before concluding his career as the American ambassador to Great Britain in the late 1940s.

 

Covering such a varied life requires command of a formidable body of information.  In this his biographers, Robert Paul Browder and Thomas G. Smith, prove more than equal to the task.  Using a wide array of sources, they write about issues as diverse as the fight over Colorado River water, the budget debates of the early New Deal, and the efforts to tackle postwar reconstruction in Europe with equal authority.  They portray Douglas as a charming and capable man who remained true to his principles, never deviating from his conservative beliefs even when they were out of step with the times.  Such principles won him considerable admiration but stunted what started out as a promising political career, one which could have led to even greater political heights than the ones he achieved.

 

Well written and informative, Browder and Smith’s biography is a good book about an unjustly overlooked political figure.  The product of meticulous research in a range of archives, it easily stands as the definitive work on Douglas’s life and career, one unlikely to be bettered in the future.  With it, readers can gain a better appreciation of a capable and talented man, one whose political career ultimately was defined by principles to which he held fast regardless of the limits they imposed on his prospects.

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review 2018-04-01 19:20
Wires and Nerve Vol. 2
Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate,Stephen Gilpin

I loved this graphic novel! There was more action, a bit of romance, and of course, Meyer's fantastic humor. All the characters from the original Lunar Chronicles series are once again back battling a rogue band of hybrid wolf soldiers. 

 

At one point my heart stopped while reading this book. I was definitely on the edge of my seat with some of the twists and turns. If you enjoyed volume 1 you will really enjoy volume 2. The conclusion was satisfying and I was happy to see that this book was 86 pages longer than the last. I still had no problem reading the book in one sitting, but the bigger the book the happier I am.

 

I hope Meyer plans to create more graphic novels in the future. I had her newest book, Renegades all set to read next. I've been looking forward to it for quite some time, but I made the mistake of wandering into a bookstore, and two Meyer books later here we are. Not that I'm complaining! I am more than happy to have multiple Meyer books to read back to back. 

 

-Shey

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review 2018-03-31 19:08
Wires and Nerve Vol. 1
Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate

This was the very first graphic novel I've ever read! I have always been a little iffy at the thought of reading them until I went on a small book buying binge (as if I don't have a stack already waiting on me) and made the mistake of taking a peek inside this book. Not only reading about the cast of lovable characters, who I have missed so much from the Lunar Chronicles series, but seeing them was such a fantastic experience.

 

My favorite character is Iko, so having her take center stage in this action packed adventure was so much fun! Not only did I finish it far too quickly, despite taking my time to enjoy the artwork, but I then had to run back and get the second volume because I just had to know more about Iko and what makes her unique. I originally thought the book centered ONLY around Iko and her story after the events of the Lunar Chronicles series, but I was pleasantly surprised to see all the characters make appearances. 

 

Cinder is doing her best to rule Luna while Winter has become an ambassador, still as charming and sweet as ever. Thorne is just as hilariously into himself, and Scarlet and Wolf are the most adorable couple, quite comfortable living on the Benoit farm. One of my favorite illustrations in the book is of Wolf cutting up tomatoes in the kitchen and cooking with Scarlet. 

 

There are packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers running rampant on earth and Iko is doing her best to round them all up android/Lara Croft style. She is just as sassy and lovable as I remember her! The ending of this book left me wanting more, so naturally, I jumped straight into Wires and Nerve Vol. 2. My only complaint, is that this book was not nearly long enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel, and I certainly won't be hesitant to pick up more.

 

-Shey

 

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