13 Hollywood Apes: A Layla Remington Mystery by Gil Reavill


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Pages: 310
Published by : Alibi

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As a wildfire rages outside the Odalon Animal Sanctuary in the rugged Santa Monica foothills, the retired Hollywood movie chimpanzees housed there are shot and left for dead. When Malibu detective Layla Remington reaches the grisly scene the next morning, she’s deeply disturbed—and even more confused. The victims are not human, so the attack cannot be classified as homicide. Yet someone clearly wanted these animals dead, and executed them with ruthless efficiency. Miraculously, there is one survivor: a juvenile male named Angle.

This is not a cute cuddly story of apes. In fact it’s downright heartbreaking and provoking. The question of animal rights will linger long after you have completed the book. The evolutionary chain will be questioned, at least I gave it deep thought after I finished the book.

Layla is challenged with this case but her determination and professionalism causes her to forge ahead and she does indeed. Layla and her father have a wonderful relationship. A relationship built on trust, she knows her father is there for her no matter what comes her way. Her warmth is evident with her father as opposed to her frosty professional persona.

Reavill does a great job intermingling interesting information regarding chimpanzees, classic movies and of course Hollywood as the story unfolds. Opinions regarding animals are peppered throughout the book only increasing the narrative and leaving the reader lost in thought. The narrative moves quickly leaving you questioning what will transpire next.

In the end you will be questioning the right of animals. Interesting book, way more than I bargained for in a good way.

About Gil Reavill
Gil Reavill is a journalist, screenwriter, and playwright. Widely featured in magazines, Reavill is the author of Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob, as well as Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home and the screenplay that became the 2006 film Dirty, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. He lives in New York with his wife, Jean Zimmerman, and their daughter.

Thrilled to be participating in the tour for Gil Reavill’s 13 Hollywood Apes, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 30 December. Thank you TLC tlc tour host
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Duke City Hit (Duke City Trilogy #2) by Max Austin


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Ebook, 150 pages
Expected publication: December 16th 2014 by Alibi
ISBN13: 9780553390315

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Vic is a high-priced hitman with a legendary record of success. That is, until someone starts eliminating his marks before he can get to them . . . until his manager puts him in the middle of a vicious drug-cartel feud . . . and until a young man walks into his life with a big .45 and a startling revelation.

Very entertaining story, fast paced, smooth writing, well done for a novella.

I like Vic, however I wish we were more familiar with him, as is, we are privy to a rough sketch of this hitman, potential to elaborate on him without a doubt. Given his occupation, perhaps this was the authors intent – keeping Vic mysterious, enigma like sure teases the reader craving for more of this gritty man besides his idiosyncrasies.

The narrative was a thrill up to the end where there was a surprise adding even more action and excitement to an already jammed pack plot.

The area I had difficulty with – the instant bond between father and son, no way, too many loopholes in their instantaneous relationship. Felt contrived, implausible given the details. Not sure how I felt about Penny’s change towards the end, but it certainly seems plausible due to greed.

A fun novella, not to be taken seriously but made to be enjoyed. Fans of action with a hitman at the apex will be turning the pages furiously.

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Max Austin is the pseudonym of writer Steve Brewer. He lives in Duke City (Albuquerque), New Mexico.

Thrilled to be participating in the tour for Max Austin’s Duke City Hit, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 30 December. Thank you TLC tlc tour host

Glimpsing Heaven by Judy Bachrach


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• Paperback: 256 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (September 2, 2014)

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What happens when we die? A question I ask myself often, always curious and a topic I enjoy exploring through various writings.

I was completely captivated by this book, a subject matter I continually question and read extensively. Bachrach demonstrates her keen journalistic skills with various interviews from people sharing their near death experiences. Varying backgrounds, occupations adding interest – actress, doctors, neuroscientists.

Each chapter reveals information both unfamiliar and familiar with near death experiences. One point mentioned time and time by interviewees – death is not to be feared. The people interviewed openly share their stories and their background pre/post experience. There were similarities as well as differences as to what exactly each person faced. Both stories and participants are fascinating as well as gripping.

If you’re interested in probing as to what happens when you die, give this book a read, you’ll have difficulty putting it down, finding yourself riveted and well educated on a interesting subject matter surely to have crossed your mind on occasion.

About Judy Bachrach
JUDY BACHRACH is a veteran journalist, having worked at the imageWashington Post, the Washington Star, and Vanity Fair, for which she covered stories on Sylvio Berlusconi, Amanda Knox, and Stephen Hawking. She was educated at Chatham College, the University of Brussels, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In the course of volunteering as a hospice worker, a path she initially chose to conquer her fear of death, she met numerous nurses, doctors, and scientists who have helped her with this book.
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Thrilled to be participating in the tour for Judy Bachrach’s Glimpsing  Heaven,  be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 5 December. Thank you TLC tlc tour host
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BOOK TOUR: The Kill List by Nichole Christoff


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Pages: 270
Published by : Alibi

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As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.

The Kill List is a fast read with plenty of action. There’s a lot going on creating suspense, mystery in the packed narrative. You’ve got the FBI, MP’s, a hired private investigator hunting down a kidnapper and the child abducted along with a stalker seeking his prey in Jamie Sinclair. Needless to say there is much to entertain the reader.

I have mixed feelings towards Jamie. I’m thrilled she is a competent PI, a woman in a sea of men but I found her weak regarding her emotional and mental capacity towards men. She clashed with her described persona. Her distraction for romance both past and present, grated on my nerves after a while. The past and the present dominated the romance angle which lead the peruser and the narrative away from the meat of the plot. The plot is exciting and there are loads of twists and turns, admittedly it felt contrived and I did lose interest after some time. At first I was lost as to who the bad guys were until pieces started falling together and I managed to solve the crime, image that, a mere civilian breaking the case.

If you’re a fan of police procedural dramas with non stop action, a little romance in a big way, you will thoroughly enjoy The Kill List with the capable Jamie Sinclair entertaining and interesting you. Super fast read.

About Nichole Christoff
Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Christoff is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also belongs to the Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and three of RWA’s local chapters where she’s served as an officer and a member of the board. In Christoff’s first year as a member of RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won a 2011 Helen McCloy Scholarship from the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest work, The Kill List, is a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense nominee.

Thrilled to be participating in the tour for Nichole Christoff’s The Kill Lost, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 19 December. Thank you TLC tlc tour host
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BOOK TOUR: Certainty by Victor Bevine


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Paperback, 358 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 21, 2014)
A copy provided in exchange for an honest review

“God. Justice. The rule of law. And do you never find those to be in conflict?”

As World War I closes, sailors at the Naval Training Station in Newport, Rhode Island accuse a beloved clergyman of “sexual impropriety”, ensuing a controversial trial. Based on the true event Newport Navy Vice Scandal of 1919

Social injustices infuriate me, I know this event occurred in the early 1900’s nonetheless, I found the ignorance, and lack of acceptance of diversity difficult to bear and comprehend. This event could repeat itself today in any manner, which caused further angst. Imagine being publicly accused, witch hunted and having to defend yourself with questions forever lingering on your ‘behavior,’ guilt or innocence.

I found the trial aspect with its many twists and turns extremely interesting along with the many characters. You are left questioning man’s actions, morality, behavior and thoughts along with the questionable lengths people will go.

This provoking novel explores the fine line between right and wrong, good and evil. An unflattering event marring our nations history, fingers crossed we learned from our mistakes failing to repeat such a monumental grievance again. You seriously ask yourself post Great War our politicians had nothing better to remedy or investigate but rather instigate THIS travesty? Leaves you scratching your head in disgust.

About Victor Bevine

For over thirty years, Victor Bevine has worked as an actor, screenwriter, audio book narrator, director, and more. A graduate of Yale University,Victor-Bevine-_c-Amy-Thompson-Avishai_300dpi-300x200 his acting credits include many prestigious roles onstage as well as roles in the film version of A Separate Peace and countless television shows. He has read over one hundred and eighty titles as an audiobook narrator; in 2010, he received an Audiophone Award for his narration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Beak of the Finch. He has written several screenplays, including Certainty, which was chosen for two prestigious writers’ conferences and which served as the basis for his first novel. His thirty-minute short film Desert Cross, which he wrote and directed, won accolades at the Athens International Film Festival. Currently, he serves as CEO of the World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF), of which he is co-founder. He resides in New York City.

Connect with him through him Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

Thrilled to be participating in the tour for Victor Bevine’s Certainty, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 21 November. Thank you TLC

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BOOK TOUR: Us: A Novel by David Nicholls


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• Hardcover: 416 pages
• Publisher: Harper (October 28, 2014)
A copy provided in exchange for an honest review

An intimate dissection into a 25 year marriage and family on the brink of dissolution.

Characterization pilots this story without a doubt. You have a clueless, intelligent male facing an awkward turning point in his marriage as well as mending a distant and fractured relationship with his burgeoning son. Narrated in the first person, Douglas tells the backstory of meeting his wife and their collective history complete with defeats and successes, as we revisit the past we learn Douglas is steady, honest, flawed and a reliable revealing voice.

Douglas captures your attention from the start possessing warmth and humor, he is a welcoming presence. Developed fully, you forget you’re reading, rather you feel apart of Douglas or at the very least an intimate confidant. Nicholls provides the reader with Douglas’s intricate ways and unique personality, you learn all and gain insight from his perspective, grasp his flaws as you comprehend his motives and missteps. His character is plausible and extremely realistic impacting the narrative and frankly making the story.

Despite Douglas narrating, you’re provided crumbs from Connie and Albie as well, gaining their viewpoint on Douglas. As each mindset is unleashed you realize the lack of communication, misunderstandings and assumptions causing the tears in the fabric of this marriage and family. With each truth and reality acknowledge, Douglas wholeheartedly attempts to salvage his family, vulnerable, naked as he desperately tries to correct his parental errors. As compelling as Douglas is, you are left questioning and disappointed in many of his actions. He’s a combination of misunderstood, unawares, and borderline complex by his own hand.

This is a story of more than a marriage on the precipice of ending, it’s about human interactions, lack of communication, being present but not really being there, a father seeking validation – always missing the mark with his son. the danger of a marriage of opposites, it’s an incredible story. Impeccable characterization, with a voice engaging the reader, definitely worth reading, well sketched in total.

About David Nicholls
David Nicholls’s most recent novel, the New York Times bestseller One Day, has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into thirty-David Nichollsseven languages; he also wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film adaptation starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway. Trained as an actor before making the switch to writing, Nicholls’s previous novels include Starter for Ten (originally published in the U.S. as A Question of Attraction), adapted into a film starring James McAvoy, for which Nicholls also wrote the screenplay; and The Understudy. He continues to write for film and TV as well as writing novels and adapting them for the screen, and has twice been nominated for the BAFTA awards. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Find out more about David at his website and connect with him on Facebook.

Thrilled to be participating in the tour for David Nicholls’ Us, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 26 November. Thank you TLC

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BOOK TOUR: This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash


 

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This Dark Road to Mercy

 

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• Paperback: 256 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 23, 2014)
A copy provided in exchange for an honest review

After their mother unexpectedly dies, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, aren’t expecting to see their errant father, Wade, ever again. But the ex–minor league baseball player who’s been gone for years has suddenly appeared at their foster home to steal them away in the middle of the night.

Cash has a way of capturing the South with his detailed writing style. His Southern roots are exhibited, clearly the reason he describes the South so well. As you turn the pages you feel the humidity, the hospitality, you are carried to the South in every way immersing yourself in the environs.

Aside from the setting along with the writing, characterization makes the narrative stand out. Easter is a precocious young girl, evoking empathy and an unmistakable warmth. Her viewpoint is interesting especially with the other voices chiming in. Multiple narrators add dimension to the story, a compelling voice is of the state appointed guardian dedicated to the girls well being. Cash excels at fully developing the characters. The emotion, the depth of all the players will remain with the reader, understated yet powerful, Easter causing a lingering impact.

The momentum Cash creates is another plus, seamlessly tying everything together, thus the plot is another area of achievement. There’s a feel of volatility, anything can change at any moment. As layers are peeled away, unraveling continues, you find yourself at odds, conflicted with sides. There’s a grey area, nothing Cash crafts is limited to black and white, he presents thought provoking questions, leaving you with much to weigh and consider.

An incredibly absorbing story, quick, with plenty for the peruser to ponder well after the close of the cover. Highly recommend. Tons of questions regarding parental rights, parent-child relationship and more.

About Wiley CashWiley Cash
Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Find out more about Wiley on his website, connect with him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.

Thrilled to be participating in the tour for Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy, be sure to check out the entire tour schedule here, it runs through 6 November. Thank you TLC

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