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Spotlight featuring The Devil Orders Takeout by Bill A. Brier w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @billbrier

THE DEVIL ORDERS TAKEOUT

by Bill A. Brier

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GENRE: Mystery/Thriller

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BLURB:

A tax attorney with integrity…a powerful mobster determined to bend his will…

Grayson Bolt isn’t about to compromise his integrity to help a notorious crime boss escape the cross-hairs of the IRS. But there’s a steep price to pay for defying The Man–Grayson’s beloved wife and older son.

There’s only one way for Grayson to prevent his younger son, Jim, an innocent golf prodigy, from also being taken out: play a dangerous game of cat and mouse. And what will Jim be forced to do when the woman he loves gets ensnarled in a web of betrayal and deceit?

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EXCERPT:

“I’m afraid you’re going to get it hard, Mr. Bolt.” Costanzo had that fatherly tone of this will hurt me more than you. “Did you ever stop to think that there’s only one way of being dead, but many ways of dying?”

Grayson felt something cold touch his spine, all the way down. “I don’t follow.”

“Take your man Stockard. He killed two of your beloved family members, wife and eldest son. Isn’t that right?”

A strangling tightness gripped Grayson’s throat. “That— that’s right.”

“Wouldn’t you say a part of you died too?”

“What’s your point?” Grayson’s voice erupted in suppressed panic.

“You don’t have to die to feel dead. I’m going to kill your other son. That’ll be your punishment.”

The blood drained from Grayson’s face. Just like that. Most people held the basic principle that no man should be punished for the deed of another. Costanzo was not one of them. Grayson would be cut right to the bone, and his son would be the sharpest knife Costanzo could use. Costanzo had spelled out the thought in invisible brushstrokes. It was there and Grayson had tried not to see it.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Bill grew up in California and went to Hollywood High School, then served in the Air Force as a combat cameraman.

After hiring on at Disney Studios as a film loader, he soon advanced and moved on to other film studios.

He earned a master’s degree in psychology. A big help when working with Trumpish Hollywood producers. You’re fired!

During his more than twenty-five years in the movie business as a cameraman, film editor, and general manager, Bill worked on everything from the hilarious, The Love Bug, to the creepy, The Exorcist, to the far out, Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica.

Eight years ago, Bill switched from reading scripts to writing thriller/mysteries and driving racecars. After completing three award-winning novels, he signed with Black Opal Books. His first novel, The Devil Orders Takeout, is about a devoted father and husband who makes a deal with a real-life devil to protect his golf-prodigy son after his wife and older son are killed in a mysterious accident — and pays hell for it.

Bill’s second mystery, The Killer Who Hated Soup, is Book One in the 1950s The Killer Who series, and it launches this Summer. The Internet? Never heard of it. Smart phones? Who you kiddin’?

Energetic and eager to make his mark on what Time magazine called the next great boom town, Bucky Ontario leaves his daddy and little sister in Louisiana and rides a bus to Defiance, Oklahoma, a town not particularly adverse to murders, just the embarrassment of them when committed by high officials.

Book Two, The Killer who Wasn’t There, will be on bookshelves this fall.

Bill writes every day and golfs infrequently (that damn right knee!). His five children and eight grandchildren keep him busy going to birthday parties, and he never misses a one!

The Brier Patch is Bill’s wildly entertaining blog about his shameless early days in Hollywood. It’s on his website, billbrier.com, along with a contest linked to The Devil Orders Takeout, which will award the grand prizewinner $1,000.

Bill is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Bill’s USA Today revealing interview:

http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2017/04/24/bill-a-brier-interview-the-devil-orders-takeout/

Bill’s website with blog: billbrier.com

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-A-Brier-Author-1651581281813646/

https://twitter.com/billbrier

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16577326.Bill_A_Brier

 

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Guest Blog, Reviews

#Guest Post, #Excerpt & #Review of Regenerate by Sarita Leone w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Regenerate

by Sarita Leone

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GENRE: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

The Octopus isn’t an urban myth—and its agents are anything but ordinary. The intelligence bureau is so well-hidden most doubt its existence. A handful know its location. And fewer walk the halls in the subterranean compound.

Benjamin Sinclair didn’t ask to be a scientific miracle but every mission has its risks and one perfectly-placed bullet ended his life—for a brief moment in time.

Nicole Anima battles demons every day. Life as a paranormal resources operative gives her tortured mind a rest—and keeps her from contemplating her own death.

When Anima and Sinclair partner on a globe-trotting race to eliminate the threat about to cripple humanity, all hell breaks loose. Leaping from planes, crashing into continents, dealing with voodoo priestesses, and running through jungles with zombies hot on their trail doesn’t leave much time for romance, but this duo somehow manages to sizzle.

Two agents. Telepathic mind paired with regenerated commando. One world—and a mission to save it.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Nicole ripped the iPod off her bra strap and tossed it, ear buds trailing like streamers from a small black kite, toward the sand beyond the boardwalk.  

An ordinary man never would have heard the music playing. He never would have been able to hear the beating of her heart, either. But Ben Sinclair was no ordinary man. He heard both, and now that she remembered the important details of his life she wouldn’t forget them again.

“I can still hear old Mick jiving.”

The near-whisper sent a fresh wave of revulsion along every nerve ending.

“I can hear him. I can give you that satisfaction you need.”

“You don’t know what I need.” The words were hoarse. It was a miracle she could speak at all, given the tightness of her throat. “You have no idea.”

“Give me a chance to show you what I know. I promise, you won’t be sorry.”

“I’m already sorry. I’m sorry you know my name. Sorry you have my number. Sorry you’re even on this planet. Sorry? It’s just the tip of how I feel when I remember you walk among humanity.”

Silence. For one long moment, she thought she might have conquered the spider.

Then, the truth.

“You didn’t always treat me like this. There was a time when—”

“That was before I knew what you are, before I had any idea evil hides under…” She couldn’t finish. Wouldn’t finish. There was no way in hell she was going to admit his looks ever turned her on.

Worse. That he had stolen her heart. And, still held it—despite her attempts at retrieval.

Damn treacherous heart.

Topic:  How in world did you come up with this concept?  You write historical romance so was it hard to step into the PNR world?

Thanks for inviting me to chat with you today about my paranormal romantic thriller, REGENERATE!

I have written historical and contemporary romances so you’re right—this is my first real leap into the paranormal world. I’d toyed with the idea for a while but wanted to wait until the “right” idea came to mind. A few years ago, that idea fell into my life.

REGENERATE is a story of redemption, rebirth, and the restoration of order from chaos.

Anima and Sinclair work for an elite, super covert government intelligence agency called The Octopus. The Octopus houses the nation’s finest tactical military minds. They keep evil from taking over the world, without anyone ever realizing they’ve even been saved.

Nicole is badass beautiful, a woman whose paranormal ability has had her to the brink of madness more than once. She’s found her stride, working as an agent for The Octopus. But spending time with Sinclair might just push her over the edge. You see, she and Sinclair have a past. And, whether she likes it or not, he still holds her heart.

Benjamin Sinclair is the world’s first regenerated human—that is, a sniper’s bullet killed this commando but science and stem cell technology brought him back to life. He’s invincible and immortal which makes him the ideal choice for battling a zombie army or stopping an assassin’s bullet.

Stem cell research is something close to my heart. I’ve had a profound, life-changing brush with stem cells and the possibilities they hold for saving lives. While they don’t, sadly, cure everyone who needs their medical miracle, they do have potential—and save some. So Sinclair is my way of saving a hero and letting him live to save others. And that’s how I came to write this book—the stem cell part of my real life influenced my writing life. In a way, it’s been a huge help, to write about saving the man and watching him be a hero to humanity.

I loved writing this book—Nicole Anima and Benjamin Sinclair are fearless. Their struggle to keep the world safe from evil feels relevant.

REGENERATE is the first book in a series. The Octopus will definitely send Agents Anima and Sinclair on other dangerous missions. Just as there seem to be new challenges for humanity that evolve, interpersonal issues between this pair will also come into play to force growth—and encourage lots of sizzling moments, too!  The second book in the series is set to release in December of this year. I did intend this to be a series from the very beginning. As long as the world needs saving, there’s room for The Octopus!

Thanks for your time! I’ve enjoyed chatting with you!

  Talk about a book that is so totally what I don’t read.  Zombies, second chance romance, paranormal and a thriller all wrapped up in one book.  I’ll be honest, I picked the book to review based on the cover.  He’s hot, right?  And he is totally Sinclair, too.  I have no shame.  But what kept me in the book was the story itself.  I knew going into it that this book is a first for the author.  😉  

What I truly want to talk about is that the author took a risk.  She is a historical romance writer.  And yes, I’ve read her so that is why I’d give this one a chance.  She has written a book that at times is frustrating, thrilling, sexy as hell and in the end a great start to a series with recurring characters.  Yes, same couple.  *SWOON*  Same couples in a book are like catnip to me.  I like to see the character growth between both hero and heroine and how it continues to shape their romantic relationship.  Ms. Leone has set up Anima and Sinclair for a great series.  There is a back story that goes further than what we read in this book.  I feel it and I really hope that she expands on it.

Now, while I don’t care for Zombies (yes, I don’t watch The Walking Dead), I loved that aspect of the story.  And with Anima dealing with her own past and how she lives today…fascinating.  She is real to me and I realized that her relationship with Sinclair will definitely have its ups and downs.  Sinclair…I love the idea of stem cells regenerating.  Of course, now he is immortal and I can’t wait to read more about how he copes with that realization.

Overall, I really liked the book.  Sinclair and Anima are a great couple with plenty of sexy times and surrounded by a plot that is fast paced and breathtaking.  I can’t wait to see how Ms. Leone builds the world in this series and where she takes us with Sinclair and Anima.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Sarita Leone is an award-winning author who has written romance in many forms including Regency, paranormal, and contemporary. She loves happily-ever-afters in any setting!

When she’s not writing, Ms. Leone spends her time hiking, learning languages, and traveling. She loves adventure and can pack a suitcase, grab her passport, and hit the road in less time than it takes to peel an apple!

http://www.saritaleone.com

https://www.facebook.com/sarita.leone

https://www.amazon.com/Regenerate-Sarita-Leone-ebook/dp/B01N0J61IN/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1480170051&sr=8-3&keywords=sarita+leone

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Excerpt, Reviews

#Review of Into the Light (Dark series #2) by J.G. Sumner @jg_sumner

Romantic Suspense 

Date Published: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

 

Laney Pearson was shot at point blank range…

With the help of his friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan George, Josh Stone managed to save her, giving them both a new start and a second chance at love. But when Laney’s parents try to take their recovering daughter back to Missouri, Josh fears he’ll lose her…possibly forever.

 

A mysterious stalker and Laney’s family aren’t the only ones who want Josh and Laney apart…

Jillian Stone has struggled with her own demons, always leaning on her brother Josh for support. When she sees him doting on Laney, spending days on end by her hospital bed, Jillian grows increasingly jealous. She pictures a life where Laney is gone and she and Josh can be closer… much closer.

A familiar shadow still threatens the light…

They thought Laney’s stalker was completely erased from their lives, arrested when he tried to kill her. But they find it wasn’t Laney’s ex-boyfriend who tormented her for weeks on end, even if he was the one who pulled the trigger. They are now on the lookout for the real stalker, who becomes braver with each passing day, always in shadows, never creeping into the light…

They fear he might be back to finish what he started… sending Laney to an early grave.

Excerpt 1

 

Dr. Josh Stone stood helpless as Laney, seemingly in slow motion, fell to the floor. The thud of her body hitting the tiles shot goose bumps through his flesh. For a brief moment, he was paralyzed. His girlfriend, also a trauma nurse, had been shot by the patient they had been taking care of. The sight of the man sitting up and grabbing Officer Miller’s gun from his holster replayed in Josh’s brain. The man pointed it at Laney and shot her several times before anyone was able to subdue him. Now, Josh stood helplessly as she lay motionless on the floor. How could this happen in his trauma room? Why couldn’t he protect Laney? His knees seemed to buckle as he sank to Laney’s side, stethoscope dangling from his neck.

Laney’s curly blonde hair covered much of her face, but it was clear she was unconscious. Josh gently shook her, hoping for the slightest response. There was none. She had been shot in the chest.

Someone shrieked. One of the ER nurses, Dinah, looked shocked, both hands covering her mouth. She pointed to the floor. A puddle of blood oozed from under Laney. His nose wrinkled from the metallic aroma.

Josh fought the anger raging inside him. He wanted to make the son-of-a-bitch who shot Laney pay for hurting her.

For now, he had to let the cops handle it. Josh took a deep breath and struggled to regain his composure, but failed miserably.

“My God! Laney! How could this happen?” His face was hot. He swiped at it with his blood-soaked hands and realized he was crying.

“Dr. Stone! Dr. Stone!”

Josh looked up. Dinah’s lips were moving, but her words weren’t computing. A couple of techs and nurses eased Laney from his arms. Not only did he feel the emptiness, but it also plagued his heart and his soul.

Josh helped lift Laney onto a gurney. Dinah placed her hand on his shoulder. “You need to help her. She needs you now more than ever.”

Dinah put her cold hands on Josh’s flushed face. “Dr. Stone, I know you’re in shock, but you need to focus. You’re the only one who can save her.”

Josh turned his head, causing the frigid hands to fall from his face. He rubbed his swollen eyes and surveyed the room. The devastation was beyond words. Officer Miller had the man who shot Laney subdued in handcuffs. He lay on the table with his disheveled hair covering his face. Someone must have sedated him because he wasn’t moving. Equipment had been knocked over and supplies thrown everywhere. Josh’s heart rate sped up as he cast his eyes down at the pool of blood surrounding his feet.

“Where is she?”

“They’ve taken her to the OR to get her prepped. You need to get down there right now. Dr. Nessler is coming in to finish up with this guy.”

Josh darted out of the room with an urgency he never felt before. With each step he took, his pace quickened until he was in a full sprint to the OR.

When Josh arrived, the anesthesiologist already had Laney intubated and sedated and was inserting a central line. The nurses had just finished putting in peripheral IVs.

“Hang two units of O positive PRBC’s. Tell the blood bank to have more on standby. She will need them.”

“Are you sure you want O positive and not O negative?” questioned Sandra, the OR nurse.

“Yes! Laney is O positive!” Josh barked.

He rushed to Laney. He took a step back seeing her naked body lying lifeless on the table. Blood still seeped from the bullet wounds. He took a deep breath, steadied himself, and promptly got to work.

“Has anyone called the cardiothoracic surgeon?”

“Yes, he’s been called,” Sandra stated.

“Who’s on call today?” Josh mentally crossed his fingers it was his friend Nathan.

“It’s Dr. George. He should be here any minute.”

Josh sighed. “Thank God. Have chest x-rays been performed?”

“Yes, we also did a CT of her abdomen. There were two bullets that landed there. One hit the large intestine. The other looks as though it may have grazed the liver. There doesn’t appear to be any bleeding, so it may not have been hit. A bullet also went through the right lower lobe of her lung. The worst of the injuries is her heart. She took a direct hit to her left ventricle. She’s losing a lot of blood. I have everything set up when you’re ready to go, Dr. Stone.”

“Let’s get her chest cracked. We can’t waste a moment. Dr. George will start to work as soon as he gets here.”

One of the techs handed Josh a scalpel. He made an incision straight down the center of Laney’s chest to her abdomen. They would need the entire area to work. Once the incision was made, the tech handed Josh the saw. He carefully cut down the middle of the sternum. The sound of metal against bone was raw like Josh’s emotions. It was surreal to know it was Laney.

Josh pulled apart Laney’s sternum and held it open with a sternal retractor.

“Oh, Jesus.”

“Dr. Stone, what is it?” the nurse asked.

“The bullet went through her ventricle.” Oh my God, she’s not going to make it. Josh stared at Laney’s heart losing blood at an alarming rate. If something wasn’t done fast, she would bleed out.

Oh.My.Word!  Yes, a new to me author that knocked my socks off.  Just wow!  I don’t think I’ve ever read a romantic medical thriller like this one.  I was gripped from the first page and finally, in the end, let out my breath.  Once I started reading, I didn’t stop.  The flow, the writing, the characters, romance, and suspense were all top notch.

I’m used to reading the standard romantic suspense/thriller where the hero is some kind of law enforcement and the heroine is almost TSTL but what I got in this one were medical professionals that were smart, giving and loving.  Just re-read the excerpt above and you will understand a little bit about what I’m saying.  Josh is beyond awesome.  In love with Laney but also very fearful of her safety.  Not totally alpha but once she is hot, he fears that he will lose her forever.

Laney, my poor Laney.  Getting shot, having overbearing parents, a stalker that just won’t quit and did I mention Josh’s sister, Jillian?  Pyscho at best.  I loved how this is somewhat a second chance romance but in reality, it’s not.  I didn’t read the first book and in some ways, you should read it first.  It explains a lot about the events leading up to Laney getting shot and how Josh and Laney got together in the first place.  Did I feel lost?  No, but I’m that reader that once I fall in love with the characters in the second book, I HAVE to read the first one.  He He!

The suspense in the book, again, is top notch.  I couldn’t breathe in some parts and Ms. Sumner, being a nurse, let me feel all the action in the hospital.  The hospital scenes were like watching a good medical drama of yesteryear…ER came to mind.  The villains are heinous and you will hate them with a passion.  Even Laney’s parents got on my nerves at times.  I actually told my Kindle that Laney is a grown ass woman…leave her alone.

Overall, I highly, highly recommend this book.  It’s a keeper on the shelf, as will the first book, too.

Deserves so much more. a 10 at least.

 

Highly recommended

 

JG Sumner is a Registered Nurse who went rogue.  As good as she was at starting IV’s, she enjoys writing the down the stories in her head even more.  Most of the time the characters won’t stop pestering her until she has them down on paper.

JG can often be found with a glass of red wine or prosecco in front of her computer.  When she’s not creating, she enjoys the outdoors hiking, bike riding, snowboarding, and camping.

JG has a very dry sense of humor, and should never be taken too seriously.  She loves to hear from her fans, and even those who aren’t and would love to hear your opinion on her books.

JG writes romantic suspense/thrillers including: A Shot in the Dark, Into the Light, The Surrender Trilogy including Surrender, Shattered, and Saved which will be available through Limitless Publishing soon.

Contact Information

Website: Website domain in process

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jgsumner

Twitter: @jg_sumner

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shot-Dark-1/dp/1680589709/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485742997&sr=8-1&keywords=j.g.+sumner

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-shot-in-the-dark-jg-sumner/1125525742?ean=9781680589702