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Video Interview & #Review of Deception Island by Judith B. Boss w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

 Deception Island

by Judith B. Boss




GENRE: Romantic Suspense






While at an archaeology dig in Afghanistan, evolutionary anthropologist Rachel St. Claire discovers a pendant with strange shifting symbols. Not long after, she receives an urgent call from her colleague, Dr. Grace McAllister, insisting Rachel come to Antarctica to examine an unusual body with ethereal properties found in an ice cave. Before Rachel can respond, bandits storm the desert dig site. Just as they are about to seize Rachel, a helicopter appears with Trevor Brookenridge, a handsome polar geophysicist sent by his Aunt Grace to bring Rachel to Antarctica. Sparks fly, but Rachel already has a fiancé. Rachel must decide who she can trust when a group of bioterrorists engaged in secret genetic experiments in an abandoned World War II Nazi base under the Antarctic ice sheet come after the pendant–and her. For it seems everyone knows a secret Rachel does not, one which will change her life forever.






Rachel peered over the rail as the hydrofoil eased into a slip at a floating dock.  Whalebones on the floor of the bay, from the days whaling ships used the harbor, could be seen through the clear water.  As usual, the beach near the dock was bustling with penguins.  A Snow-Cat, a sleek, bullet-shaped vehicle with yellow stripes painted on it, was parked just above the beach line.


As they disembarked and started up the beach toward an awaiting Snow-Cat, some of the gentoo penguins scattered, lurching and stumbling over the cobblestones.  Others raised their bright orange beaks in protest.


“The penguins seem particularly jumpy today,” remarked one of the crew.  “Like something spooked them during the night.”


Two men unloaded what looked like a body bag from the Snow-Cat and loaded it on the hydrofoil.


In the distance beyond a ridge, Rachel noticed a small hut silhouetted by the low sun.  “That’s the Argentinean hut,” said Antonio, shouldering his overnight bag.  After saying a quick farewell to them, he slipped on a pair of snowshoes and headed up to the hut.


“All aboard,” one of the men said.  He reached out a hand and helped Rachel climb up into the cab of the Snow-Cat.


From her seat on the Snow-Cat, Rachel could see the skittish penguins watching the receding vehicle wind its way up to Shackleton Station.  What had upset them?  The very air seemed to bristle with angst.  She glanced over at Trevor sitting across from her, but he didn’t seem to notice anything amiss.


Talk about whiplash.  This book gave it to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked it but dang there is still a lot to absorb.  There is so much going on that at first, I truly thought it would be a straight romantic suspense book but nope.  Ms. Boss kicked it up a zillion notches and well, I’m still trying to process it.

Forgive me if my review is a little shorter than normal.  If I even try to not spoil it, I will eventually.  Again, there is so much going on but here are a few things that I can talk about.

  1.  The setting – I’ve never liked the cold but Ms. Ross has captured my attention with her descriptions of Antarctica.  Would I ever want to go there?  Maybe not but I love when an author has first-hand knowledge of where the story setting is.  Bravo.
  2.   Rachel – I really liked her.  Smart, sexy and dynamic.  She is no damsel in distress and can take care of herself.
  3.   Trevor – I’m still trying to figure him out but oh my…a sexy nerd.
  4.   The romance is almost too light (in my book) but after Rachel seeing her fiance is NOT what he seems, I can see why Ms. Ross wrote it that way.
  5.   This book has Nazis, science fiction, paranormal, thriller and suspense elements in it.  And yes all that and more.  Like I said, there is a lot going on and at times, some of it didn’t seem possible.  But seriously, where there are Nazis and sci/fi…anything can happen.  And does..
  6.   The book never stops.  From the first page to the end, it is non-stop action.  I had to close the Kindle a couple of times to catch my breath and take a break.  It was that intense and insane for me.  😉

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  Fast paced, intense and did I mention penguins?  I love penguins.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Judith Boss (née Wager) was born in the village of Honeoye Falls, south of Rochester, New York in the heart of wine country. She attended elementary school in Irondequoit, where her family moved when she was two.


When not in school, she enjoyed wandering the woods and fields around her home and picking beans for 25¢ a basket for Mr. King, who owned the truck farm behind her house. She also loved hiking and camping and was active in the Girl Scouts throughout high school.


An avid writer, when Judy was 11 years old she wrote and illustrated her first “novel,” a story about her beloved parakeet “Sparky.” My Little Sparky was followed by several other short novels and a book of poems.


Following graduation from high school, Judy attended the University of Rochester for a few years before dropping out and emigrating to Australia. Both of Judy’s daughters were born in Australia. She also finished her B.A. in philosophy and anthropology at the University of Western Australia.


From Australia, the family moved to Nova Scotia, Canada for graduate school. After graduate school, Judy worked for eight years as a writer/researcher for the Nova Scotia Museum. In 1979, Judy and her two daughters moved to Newport, Rhode Island where she continued to work as a writer. She also worked as a lecturer for several years at the University of Rhode Island before going back to full-time writing.


Judy currently lives in rural Rhode Island with her family and Corgi. An avid traveler, she has traveled with students from the University Of Rhode Island and Brown Medical School to work with undeserved, indigenous people in Guatemala and Mexico. Her favorite travel destination, however, is Antarctica.















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ARC Review of No Know Address (a McLaren Mystery) by Jo A Hiestand w/a rafflecopter giveaway!


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by Jo A Hiestand




GENRE: British mystery






The man seemed not to hear the continuous whine of the phone receiver lying on his lap. He sat upright, stiff-backed, in a wooden kitchen chair that, like the house, had seen better days. As he had also seen better days, he reminded himself, glancing at the calendar on the wall. A date circled in black ink smirked at him, the remaining days of the month X-ed out. As though he was counting down to something. But the dates were three years old.
The discrepancy didn’t bother him. He had never flipped over the rest of the months. They didn’t intrigue him; it didn’t upset him that he had stared at January for more than a thousand days. If he flipped over the page it would signal that the search needed to continue into another month. And possibly another. And another. The consequence was too terrible to comprehend.




Excerpt Three:


“Is that a threat, McLaren?”


“Just big brother advice, Phil. I’d hate for you to make a big mistake.”


“Looks like you made a few mistakes yourself, mate. You get those bruises and that bloody eye shakin’ hands with a snowman?” He laughed and snuggled into the corner of the sofa.


“I’d say you should see the other bloke, but you wouldn’t believe me.”


“You’re damned right.” Philip angled his wrist so he could see his watch. “You’re beginnin’ to bore me. You about finished?”


“Just about.”


A knock on the door interrupted him. Philip called, “Come on in,” but remained seated. “You know, McLaren,” he said, keeping McLaren’s attention on him, “you just might be right. Maybe I’ve been too hasty about all this. Maybe I should tell you the whole thing. Don’t they say confession is good for the soul?” He smiled, laying his arms along the top of the sofa, and spoke very slowly. “You see, it was like this, McLaren. Luke and I—“


That was the last thing McLaren remembered before waking up in the dark, the feeling of cold and the panic of imprisonment in a small space nearly crippling him.



I have to admit that this is my first book from Ms. Hiestand.  It’s also my first book featuring Mr. McLaren.  I really fell in love with him.  My only wish is that I knew more about him.  I realize that I might need to read the other books in the series but I felt like something was missing in terms of “my” understanding of him.  Regardless, I really liked him.  He is different and unique.

I love a good mystery and this book is one for the ages.  There were times that I just couldn’t wrap my head around everything that was going on but for me, that’s the mark of a great mystery writer.  I don’t like reading a straight mystery novel and figure everything out within the first half of the book.  Boring…then, I’m just waiting for the others in the book to catch up.  Ugh!

Another thing, Ms. Hiestand really knows her Britain.  It shows in everything that she writes in the book.  I felt like I was really there and experiencing the mystery itself.  Also, her music influence throughout the book is marvelous.  She never hits you over the head with it but it is nicely woven into the plot.  The plotting and pacing of the book is superb.  I was shocked when it was over.  I was so engrossed and I didn’t want it to end.

That said, the ending for me was just too sad.  I really need to write the book before this one to understand McLaren a bit more.  His interactions with the police and secondary characters were great but at times I felt like I needed to read the other books to get a better sense of just who McLaren is now and was before.

Overall, if you are looking for a well crafted mystery, then this book is for you.  I loved it and you will, too.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:mediakit_authorpage_noknownaddress


Books, Girl Scouts and music filled Jo A. Hiestand’s childhood.  She discovered the magic of words and the worlds they create: mysteries, English medieval history, the natural world.  She explored the joys of the outdoors through Girl Scout camping trips and summers as a canoeing instructor and camp counselor.  Brought up on classical, big band and baroque music, she was groomed as a concert pianist until forsaking the piano for the harpsichord.  She also plays a Martin guitar and has sung in a semi-professional folkgroup in the US and as a soloist in England.


This mixture formed the foundation for her writing.  A true Anglophile, Jo wanted to create a mystery series that featured a British police detective who left the Force over an injustice and now investigates cold cases on his own.  The result is the McLaren Mysteries, featuring ex-police detective Michael McLaren.


Jo’s insistence for accuracy — from police methods and location layout to the general “feel” of the area — has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire.  These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.


In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English.  She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.


She has employed her love of writing, board games and music in other ways by co-inventing a mystery-solving game, P.I.R.A.T.E.S., which uses maps, graphics, song lyrics, and other clues to lead the players to the lost treasure.


Jo founded the Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime, serving as its first president. Besides her love of mysteries and early music, she also enjoys photography, reading, crewel embroidery, and her backyard wildlife.


Her cat, Tennyson, shares her St. Louis-area home.












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Review of Passion Flowers by Molly Charles w/a rafflecopter giveaway!@PrismBookTours

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Passion Flowers
by Molly Charles
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 300 pages
August 10th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

Ambitious career woman Leigh Taylor Cole and laid-back islander Deke Kearney have nothing in common—except a sizzling chemistry that turns their lives upside down and makes Leigh question her promise to bring him home to Seattle.

But Deke’s going nowhere with the uptight mainlander. Until, that is, kidnappers threaten his son’s safety and send the threesome into hiding in a secluded up-island cabin.

Proximity and provocative Maui breezes work their magic, forging a passionate bond between Leigh and Deke and forcing Leigh to face her greatest fear. And eventually to unlock a secret buried so deeply in her past, she’s hidden it even from herself.


I’m just going to say that this book was NOT what I was expecting.  It was better.  I expected a love story and I got that.  I got the little boy, Sam.  Cuteness overload.  Hawaii.  *sigh* What I was not expecting was the suspense was woven in and how it all played out in the end.  That completely threw me for a loop.  Usually, I can figure stuff out but not this time.

Leigh and Deke were perfect for each other.  The complemented each other and not just in bed.  😉  They needed each other but didn’t want to admit it.  Leigh especially needed Deke to understand herself now and how her childhood made her the way she was but also what she could become.  Deke, just Deke.  I have to add him to my book boyfriend list.  Oh yes, he’s in the top 5 of all time.  He’s sweet, bu gruff.  Sexy but unaware of his power.  A great dad but wants nothing to do with his grandmother.

What endured me to Deke the most was why he didn’t want to see his grandmother.  My heart broke for him but I also needed him to hear her side of the story.  I also like how did he didn’t pull anything back when it came to Leigh.  He had her face her fears head on, as she did with him.

The scenes with Leigh’s parents were surprising.  I wasn’t expecting that nor was I expecting Deke’s reaction when he finally saw his grandmother.

Between Aldo, Blaize, DJ and the housekeeper the secondary characters were awesome.  Hawaii itself was a character and it just reinforces my desire to visit the state.  And yes, I want to go see the volcanoes.  That is high on my bucket list.

Overall, this is a great book that I would highly recommend to anyone.  Great characters, brilliant story and a romance that slowly builds until…


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Molly Charles is the pseudonym of team writers Jena MacPherson and Joanne Otness. Lifelong friends, the award-winning duo grew up in Washington’s wine country.

Jena was a staff editor and travel writer for Sunset Magazine in Seattle. Joanne was an international flight attendant for Pan American Airlines with travel assignments around the world. Both love travel, dogs of all shapes and sizes, gardening, the arts, double-tall Starbucks lattes, and writing Molly Charles books.

They are drawn again and again by the allure of the Hawaiian Islands, especially Maui—the setting for their current novel.

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