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review 2017-05-29 03:44
Viable Threat
Viable Threat - Julie Rowe

eARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing and NetGalley
Available May 22nd

Ava Lloyd, a microbiologist with the CDC, is tasked with trying to find the source and cause of a deadly outbreak. River, a Special Forces soldier, is tasked to help protect her. They have to dodge anything and everything.
I liked the pacing. The majority of the book (about 90%) occurs over 28 hour time span. It's just jam packed with action, no one gets a break. I really got the sense of racing against the clock. There are a few sexy times during the first 28 hours, but it felt realistic to the situation and didn't make me roll my eyes (you know those romantic suspense books where the sexy times happen while bullets are flying...not here). They fall for each other quickly, but their circumstances are rather unusual too.
I also liked the medical knowledge that went with writing about an outbreak. Very nice!
The villain is kinda decent (but can be guessed at fairly easily). I did like that religion was not a motive behind the attacks (and not mentioned at all that I remember). There are open ended questions/plot lines that may pick up in book 2 (if there is a book 2). I happen to have the first book in this author's another series (Deadly Strain) that I got on sale. I will have to bump that one up (currently buried in Mt TBR).

****eARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing and NetGalley
Out May 22nd

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text 2017-03-20 07:05
Cover Reveal #1 - Viable Threat


I am thrilled to be sharing the AMAZING cover for Julie Rowe's upcoming sexy new romantic suspense title, VIABLE THREAT! If you love alpha male heroes who are just waiting to save the day, and action-packed romantic suspense with as much romantic tension as heart-pounding action- look no further! I've got all of the details, along with a sneak peek look at the amazing cover! Read on!













Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he's protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who've unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he'll get a chance—if he can figure out how to keep them both alive.


CDC microbiologist Ava Lloyd races to find a cure for a bio-terrorism organism sweeping El Paso. The few stolen moments with her very hunky bodyguard River have been explosive, but no matter how alluring he is, she can't afford to get distracted. The clock is ticking, people are dying by the hundreds, and once this crisis is solved, they'll both be off on their next assignment, thousands of miles apart.





About Julie Rowe:


Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “Fiction has to be believable”. Julie writes romantic suspense and romantic military thrillers. Her most recent titles include Viable Threat, the first book in the Disease Control and Enforcement series, and Viral Justice, book three of the Biological Response Team series. You can find her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor

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review 2015-02-12 00:00
The Guide To Minimum Viable Product: A Master Collection of Frameworks, Expert Opinions, and Examples
The Guide To Minimum Viable Product: A M... The Guide To Minimum Viable Product: A Master Collection of Frameworks, Expert Opinions, and Examples - Chris Bank,Jerry Cao,Waleed Zuberi A quick, practical, actionable read on building MVP's. Borrows heavily from lots of existing sources, so the book feels like an MVP itself, but it works very well, as those sources lend it credibility and serve as wonderful examples. Only downside is the book tends to repeat itself a little bit and is really built to sell the UXPin product, but if you can ignore the marketing message, there is definitely a lot of useful material here.

"The MVP is more than a product, it's a way of thinking."
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review 2012-11-24 00:00
The Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift As A Viable Alternative Lifestyle
The Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift As A Viable Alternative Lifestyle - Amy Dacyczyn The Tightwad Gazette started out as an actual gazette – a series of newsletters written by author Amy Dacyzyn. The book is basically just a compilation of these news letters with dividers indicating the different seasons. Some of the advice is seasonal, such as creative ways to do meaningful but cheap Christmas presents. Other advice is much broader, touching on the ethics of being a tightwad and the creativity required to solve problems cheaply. The rest of the advice is somewhere in-between, discussing topics that will only be useful to people in certain situations. This includes everything from advice about raising kids cheaply to having a good yard sale to finding creative uses for old milk jugs.

Unfortunately, I don’t have kids, I’m not holding a yard sale, and I don’t buy a lot of milk. So for those and many other reasons, large sections of the book were often not applicable to me. Some of them might be eventually (for instance, I’ll definitely buy more milk when my boyfriend is around starting in December) but I’m not entirely convinced that I’ll remember such advice existed. And given the nearly complete lack of organization, I’m certain I couldn’t find it unless I knew to look for it and could use the comprehensive index.

Although a lot of the book wasn’t applicable to me now, I still scribbled down nearly a full page of topics and page numbers I think I should reference later. If you have children, even more of the author’s clever suggestions could be useful for you. Personally, I enjoyed the author’s writing style fairly well. She has a clear, straightforward manner of writing that makes her advice easy to understand. Occasionally she’ll also be really funny, although not often enough to make me excited about reading straight through the book. Usually I would still give the book a slightly better rating and put it in the category of “reference book no one else would be silly enough to read through”, but it also wasn’t well-organized enough that I could see using it as a reference book. Instead, it may be something I come back to in the future if I remember it having advice relevant to my future situation.

This review first posted on Doing Dewey.
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