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text 2017-10-17 08:10
Release Boost - Loving Storm

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Loving Storm by Carian Cole is LIVE!

Have you fallen in love all over again?

 

 

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Evie

 

I met him in a snow storm...

 

We spent forty-eight hours trapped in the back of his pickup truck.

 

We fought.

 

We touched.

 

We fell.

 

Hard.

 

 

Storm

 

She literally crashed into my life...

 

The last thing I wanted was a relationship. Especially with a quirky chick who drove me insane. But something about her got under my skin, and into my heart.

 

And I had to have her.

 

All of her.

 

Now.

 

Falling in love in the back of a truck, just the two of us, was easy.

 

Dealing with psycho fans, jealous exes, and demons from the past....not so easy.

 

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About the Author:

 

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

 

 

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

 

 

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

 

 

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review 2017-10-17 02:40
A Great Intro to a Great Series
Open and Shut - Grover Gardner,David Rosenfelt

I honestly can't believe I've talked to little about Andy Carpenter and David Rosenfelt here -- it works out, when you look at timelines and whatnot, I've been reading him a long time before I started blogging. Still, it's hard to believe since it's one of my favorite series, and has been going for so long. Yeah, maybe the series is getting too long in the tooth, but for something to get to book 16+, it's got to have a pretty solid foundation, right? That foundation is <b>Open and Shut</b>, where Rosenfelt introduces the world to Andy Carpenter, dog lover extraordinaire and pretty decent defense attorney.

 

Carpenter is a hard-working lawyer, taking on many cases that don't pay much, but do some good. He's obsessed with New York sports and his golden retriever. He's going through a divorce -- and has started dating his investigator. He's got a great sense of humor, is known for a hijink or two in court, and seems like the kind of guy you want in your corner. His father is a big-time D. A., the kind of Prosecutor that people hope/assume theirs is -- honest, hard-working, tough on crime. So it shocks Andy when his dad asks him to take on a client for a retrial on a murder case -- a murderer his dad put away and his currently on Death Row.

 

Andy goes ahead with the case, not sure that he should. But it doesn't take long before he starts to believe in his client's innocence. About that time, things get interesting and maybe even a little dangerous.

 

Almost all the elements that go into a typical Andy Carpenter novel are here -- even if they're just being introduced at this point. The jokes are fresh, the clichés have yet to be developed. It's a good mystery with some good non-mystery story elements. And, best of all, some really fun courtroom moments -- not just antics on Andy's part, but some good depictions of legal/trial strategy and the like. I've been thinking lately that the latter Carpenter books have been giving the courtroom short shrift, and seeing what Rosenfelt does here just solidifies that thinking.

 

Gardner's narration didn't blow me away or anything, but it was good work. I can easily believe him as Andy's voice and can see him really growing on me (not unlike George Guidall and Walt Longmire). He'll keep you engaged in the story, and deliver a line or two in a way that will bring a smile to your face.

 

Give this one a whirl, folks -- text or audio -- you'll enjoy yourself.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/10/16/open-and-shut-audiobook-by-david-rosenfelt-grover-gardner
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text 2017-10-16 18:45
Interview with Matt Godfrey, (Narrator Extraordinaire!)
Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt Godfrey
Haven - Greymore Publishing,Matt Godfrey,Tom Deady
Nightmares and Geezenstacks - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Fredric Brown
All Souls' Night - Matt Godfrey,Valancourt Books,Sir Hugh Walpole
The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Robert Aickman,Philip Challinor

 

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing actor & audiobook narrator Matt Godfrey for Horror After Dark!

 

Have you every wondered if narrators read the book first before accepting a narration job? Have you wondered whether they just know how to pronounce everything or if they practice first? Your questions have been answered! I hope you'll take the time to check it out here.

 

 

  

 

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text 2017-10-16 17:55
The solution to my latest FWP
Memoirs and Selected Letters (Library of America #50) - Ulysses S. Grant,William S. McFeely,Mary D. McFeely

In a few weeks I'm going on a week-long cruise. It's courtesy of my in-laws, who are footing the bill for the family so they can treat their grandkids to some Disney fun. I'm looking forward to it, though I'm wrestling now with the big question every reader faces of what to take.

 

For me the problem with a cruise is the isolation from options should I finish what I'm reading early or find that I don't like it. In the past this was a minor issue, which I resolved by either borrowing an available book or making my way to a bookstore and picking something out from what's available. This is something that I wouldn't have done if I had an e-reader, and it's one of the reasons why I'm glad I don't as the opportunity to read books that I otherwise might not have opened me up to some works that I really enjoyed.

 

Only that's not possible on a cruise. We will spend a week either on the open seas or in a corporate enclave (because that's where they send tourists on these things), which means my reading options will be severely constrained. Basically my only recourse to whatever I bring along will be the library of books other tourists leave behind. If they're anything like the one on my last cruise, my options will be limited to Dan Brown-level garbage and self-help books that were so helpful they were left behind. So I need to think ahead more than I would otherwise.

 

I'm limiting myself to two books. One I've had picked out for months, and while I'm sure I'll like it I may also finish it mid-cruise. So the second one has to be able to sustain me for a few days, both in terms of length and readability, yet not be so large as to clog my limited luggage space.

 

This morning I had an epiphany: why not take Grant's memoirs?

Ulysses Grant's memoirs are generally regarded as one of the great works of American literature. For years I've had a copy on my shelf of the Library of America edition, which is perfect for my needs -- compact, well-bound, and generously supplemented with a selection of his letters. Given the attention Grant is getting right now thanks to Ron Chernow's new biography, it seems an ideal time to take it on and read it for myself.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-16 15:59
Blutzeuge // I Know a Secret!!!
Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

 Am 20.11.17 ist das Buch bei uns in Deutschland erhältlich.

 

Ach, wie ich diese Bücherserie liebe. Ich war so froh, als ich gesehen hatte, dass es einen weiteren Band geben würde obwohl der Band davor als letzter Teil der Serie angekündigt wurde. Und jetzt wo ich das Buch gelesen habe, freu ich mich um so mehr, dass es den Teil gegeben hat, denn er war einfach wieder großartig.

 

Inhalt: Sie haben das Böse gesehen – und er lässt sie mit ihrem Blut zahlen.

In Boston wird die Leiche einer jungen Frau gefunden – in der offenen Handfläche liegen ihre Augäpfel. Die Verstümmelung geschah post mortem, wie bei der Obduktion eindeutig festgestellt wird. Doch die genaue Todesursache bleibt unklar. Kurze Zeit später taucht die Leiche eines Mannes auf – Pfeile ragen aus seinem Brustkorb, die ebenfalls erst nach seinem Tod dort platziert wurden. Beide wurden Opfer desselben Täters, ansonsten scheint es keine Verbindung zwischen ihnen zu geben. Detective Jane Rizzoli von der Bostoner Polizei steht vor einem Rätsel, bis eine Spur sie zu einem Jahrzehnte zurückliegenden Fall von Misshandlungen in einem katholischen Kinderhort führt ...

 

Ich liebe die Art wie Tess Gerritsen die Welt von Jane Rizzoli und Maura Isles beschreibt. Sie schafft es jedes Mal genau die richtige Balance zu finden, zwischen dem aktuellem Fall an dem gearbeitet wird und dem Privatleben der Charaktere. Deswegen war es auch schon nach den ersten paar Kapiteln richtig einfach wieder in die Welt einzutauchen.

 

Der Fall. Ich werde nicht viel darüber sagen, außer, dass was in der Inhaltsangabe eh schon steht. Aber WOW. Der Fall war wirklich richtig gut erzählt und so unheimlich spannend. Und die Wendungen. All die Wendungen. So verdammt gut.

 

Das Privatleben der Charaktere. Hier werde ich spoilern, ohne Ende. Sorry.
Ach Mensch, hab ich gelitten als ich gelesen habe, dass Angela zurück zu Frank ist. Frank und Frankie. Ich kann die Beiden einfach mal so garnicht ab und hätte am Liebsten ihre Momente übersprungen, einfach weil sie die Art von Männern sind, mit denen ich garnichts anfangen kann und ihre Aussagen einfach nur schrecklich finde. Um so froher war ich, als Angela am Ende ihre Koffer gepackt hat. Richtig so. Und Korsak hat sie auch nur zu gerne wieder mit offenen Armen empfangen. Ich mag die Beiden einfach total gerne zusammen.
Und dann natürlich Maura und Daniel. Die Beiden. Ich weiß, ich sollte es nicht aber ich liebe die Beiden einfach zusammen. Da steht so viel zwischen ihnen aber ich war sooo glücklich, dass sie in dem Teil endlich wieder Kontakt zu einander hatten und alles was später zwischen den Beiden passiert ist, dagegen hatte ich auch absolut nichts einzuwenden. Ich hoffe ja immer noch, dass sie es irgendwie auf die Reihe kriegen und es ein richtiges Happy End für die Beiden geben wird.

 

Also ich kann den Teil wirklich nur sehr empfehlen. Selbst, wenn man nur an dem Fall interessiert ist und einem das drum herum so nicht interessiert. Für den Fall lohnt es sich auf jeden fall.

 

***

 

Oh how I love this book series. I was so happy when I found out, that there was going to be another book, even though they pretty much said, that the book before was going to be the last one. And now that I read the book, I'm even happier, cause everything about this book was pretty much amazing.

 

Summary: The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.

 

I love the way how Tess Gerritsen writes the world around Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. She somehow always finds the right balance between the case the are working on and the private life of the characters. That's why, after a few chapters, I'm always completely sucked in.

 

The case. I won't say much about it, other than what's been said in the summary. But WOW. The case was so thrilling told and super super suspenseful. The twists and turns. All of them. So damn good.

 

The private life of the characters. Here is were spoilers will happen. Sorry.
Oh boy, how much I suffered when I read that Angela actually went back to Frank. Frank and Frankie. I just hate these two with a burning passion and was super close to just skipping the few parts they were in. Both are just the type of men, that I can't deal with. Pretty much every word they say offends me. All the happier I was, when Angela packed her bags. YOU GO, GIRL. And Korsak, just welcoming her back with open arms. I love these two a lot.
And of course Maura and Daniel. These two. I know I shouldn't but I love these two together so so much. There is so much standing in their way but I'm sooo happy that they are actually in contact again and I have nothing against everything that happened from there on. I'm still clinging to every bit of hope that they will actually work things out and that they somehow get a real happy end.

 

I really recommend this book. Even if you are just interested in the case and couldn't care less about everything around it. The case is totally worth it.

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