Florence understood instinctively that beauty, as well as money, was power; and she had both in abundance.
Florence Gould was an intelligent, conniving, self-centered, savvy business woman, but most of all she was a survivor. She survived the San Francisco earthquake and fire as a child, a major flood in France, World War I and World War II. Her survival skills came into play again with her questionable connections with top officials of The Third Reich which was a contention with FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, after the war. Hoover tried everything to get her convicted for aiding and abetting the enemy to no avail. She was definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Her open marriage to a very wealthy and shrewd American multimillionaire, Frank Gould, gave her the opportunities she needed to become an independent wealthy woman in her own right by investing in real estate and art, though obtained under dubious conditions. It’s known that many of her art purchases were bought from collections taken by the Nazis from French Jews. Though rumors said she was an anti-Semite, Ronald supposes that Florence didn’t care one way or another. She preferred to have fun rather than worry about “political rumblings”, and being the self-serving woman she was, she chose to help both sides when it suited her. Continue reading “#BookReview: A Dangerous Woman – The Life of Florence Gould by Susan Ronald @susanron @StMartinsPress”
She’d gotten nervous about her first day at The Inside Word—a tabloid! God help her, how had she come to this?—and before she knew it, she’d found herself walking out the door of her new apartment dressed in what, in her saner moments, she referred to as her slut suit.
Cleo is an up-and-coming investigative journalist who got her former employer, The Tucson Sun, a nomination for the Pulitzer. So why is she now accepting a job with The Inside Word, a tabloid? It’s complicated. In fact, her life has been nothing but. Her mother is a former Vegas showgirl who is now a choreographer in Vegas which Cleo likes to keep on the down low. Even her ex-boyfriend Martin Howard Prescott the third didn’t know about that side of her life, but now she has sold her soul to the devil and her sign on bonus will be in the bank soon to take care of some debts. Everything is going as planned…or is it? She didn’t count on having to work with sexy Alec Ramirez with those bedroom eyes and smoldering good looks.
“She’d thought that Ramirez fellow had been within a breath of backing her up against the break area’s counter and taking her right there. And for a second, it hadn’t seemed like a bad idea.”
Continue reading “#BookReview: Liar, Liar: The Omnibus by Suzie Quint #SuzieQwriter”
“You know how people start to look a lot like their dogs? Well, professors start to look a lot like their subjects.”
Professor Anne Corey normally looks forward to starting the new academic year, but this year is different. She’s been desperately trying to find a publisher for her book so she can keep her job at Fairfax College, a small liberal arts college in the San Bernardino valley, but the rejection letters are coming fast and furious. Her dad has dementia and her sister has decided that he is better off in a care facility near Anne, and this is the man who cut her off when she decided to become a professor of English Literature instead of his choice as a lawyer. Last of all, she found out that Adam Martinez, her first boyfriend, her one true love, is the new president at Fairfax. She has worked hard to be where she is today. Will these new developments be her undoing? Continue reading “#BookReview: By the Book by Julia Sonneborn #chicklit #contemporary #romance #humor”
Coming February 22, 2018
If I Could Stay by Annette K. Larsen
They killed her mother, and if they find her, Leila could be next. Being pursued from one state to another, she has learned to constantly look over her shoulder, and when necessary, to become someone new. She’s burned through four cities and four identities, always managing to stay one step ahead.
Now Leila is left with nothing. No car, no money, and no choice but to trust the man who finds her, half frozen, wandering the back roads of Missouri. Continue reading “#CoverReveal $25 Giveaway – If I Could Stay by Annette K. Larsen @Annetteklarsen @KathyHabel”
He had vowed to her that he would carve out a different path from those materialistic industrialists and society folk, and he would keep that vow, even though she was gone.
Clara Kelley is in America as a source of income to help her family in Ireland. Expecting to work in the textile mills or as a domestic when she arrives, fate (in the form of a misunderstanding) changes her path to become a lady’s maid for the matriarch of one of the wealthiest families in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An occupation she knows nothing about, but fortunately, Clara is intuitive and intelligent and learns as she goes without anyone catching on.
Then Clara meets Andrew Carnegie, steel tycoon, eldest and favored son of her mistress. His intellect and charm are attractive, but his ruthlessness and elitist ideals are not. However, Clara’s sense of justice and hunger for knowledge about his business change Mr. Carnegie for the better. Is Clara the catalyst for his philanthropy endeavors? Continue reading “#BookReview: Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict @authormariebenedict @sbkslandmark”
A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.
Ex-convict, Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.
Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.
The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions. Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: The Promise by Sally Jenkins @sallyjenkinsuk @rararesources”
But here we are, day in, day out with our patients, their families; we see it all. Nurses are like hospital furniture. Everyone else constantly moves, the Ists get promoted, patients go home or die but we stay, steadfast, waiting to be sat on, leant on, perhaps kicked about a bit.
Alice is a compassionate nurse and unit manager in Ward 9B, a small High Dependency Unit at St. Catherine’s Hospital. Patients there hover between life and death.
One of her patients, Frank Ashcroft, has been on her ward for two months which is unusual for someone in his state. He had a brain stem stroke leading to a coma and Dr. Sharma wants to move him to a morgue waiting room to let him die, but Alice is optimistic that Frank can hear her during their long one-sided talks. Frank is a good listener who doesn’t judge while she chats about her husband, David, and her many devastating miscarriages. All she wants to be is a good wife and mother, and when a young, pregnant female coma patient, Cassie, is admitted to her ward, she has hope that if a baby can survive in a coma patient, then maybe one could survive in her. But, someone wants to harm Cassie, and Alice will protect her and the baby at all costs. Continue reading “#BookReview: If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar @emily_elgar @weiss_squad”
Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?
As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.
Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…
While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? The only alternative is what she fears most.
Is Rachel still alive? Continue reading “#BlogTour #Book Review Forget Her Name by Jane Holland @janeholland1 @rararesources”
Grandpa used to be the one to make demands of me. Now he’s almost completely gone. His brain is, anyway. His body’s as strong as the day he stormed the beach at Normandy. Maybe stronger.
Gabe LoScuda is no ordinary 18-year-old. After his parents die in a car accident, he’s the caretaker of his eighty-year-old grandfather who has Alzheimer’s, and he’s also the “babysitter” of his estranged Uncle Nick, or as his dad put it, “that drunken, good-for-nothing loser kid brother of mine”. Don’t fret. Gabe has a support system. His best friend John “the Asian Michael Jackson” and his new friend and tatoo artist, Sofia Flores, who ” is pretty in her own way, but she likes to poke holes in herself”.
As Gabe tries to get his life in order by getting a new job and trying to keep his head above water, another tragedy happens where a little boy down the street is injured by a hit and run driver. And Gabe’s car was identified at the scene of the crime. Continue reading “#BookReview: No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli @frankmoewriter”
The only thing worth killing for is family.
Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.
Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.
And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her…
Book One of Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series
She’d been fourteen when two men in combat fatigues and balaclavas burst into the kitchen where she and her father were enjoying breakfast. She could have darted for it, threatened them, helped him. But she hesitated. The moment slipped past. They threw a black hood over his head, cuffed him, and dragged him away to be interrogated, tortured, executed and buried in the woods. A single thought haunted her ever since. Had he known they would come?
Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview 66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan @kirwanjf @rararesources”
“Please don’t recognize me, she silently prayed. Even now, nearly thirty years later, her gut clenched when she met new people, especially law enforcement. It was stupid. The odds of someone recognizing her now were slim but every time the panic was real.”
FBI Special Agent Jessica “Jess” Bishop has a secret which has held her hostage for years. When investigating another body found dismembered with the head severed clean from the torso, the similarities with this case and her past could not be denied. The nightmares have been coming back more frequently. Only a few people she trusts know about her past. Her ex-partner FBI Special Agent Jamison Briggs who she hasn’t seen in a long time, her bosses and the department psychologist and good friend. She needs to solve the case soon or she will have to risk telling them about the similarities and she didn’t want to relive the pain and humiliation again.
Continue reading “#BookReview: Forget Me Not (Detective Jess Bishop #1) by Kierney Scott @Kierney_S @bookouture”
What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.
The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.
Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?
Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?
This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.
Please note: contains graphic content. Continue reading “#BlogTourReview: No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine @CherylElaine15 @rararesources”
“When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied.
With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.”
Alice Vega is a bounty hunter who finds missing persons. She keeps her emotions close to her vest, but inside she is in turmoil. When she was contacted by the missing girls’ family to work on the case, she expected that the police would be threatened and wouldn’t work with her, so who better to help her than local Private Investigator Max “Cap” Caplan who resigned from the police department under disagreeable terms. But will this cool-headed man and “goofy” dad of a bright teenage daughter see through her and find out her secrets? Will she be able to find the girls in time? Continue reading “#BookReview: Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna @doubledaybooks”
It’s never too late to follow your dreams…
Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…
Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?
Don’t miss this heartwarming and uplifting debut, perfect for fans of Colleen Coleman and Cate Woods!
Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert @JaneLambert22 @HQDigitalUK”
Made to Break Your Heart is a family saga, set in a gossipy suburb, that explores the complexities of raising a child, holding a marriage together, and maintaining your sanity in the cutthroat world of Little League baseball.
It’s 2008, and Nick Marhoffer is a stressed-out dad who finds himself flirting with thoughts of infidelity. While his job is being threatened by a crumbling economy, he’s fraught with anxiety over his only son’s well-being. So when his son starts playing baseball, Nick becomes a rabid Little League dad who loses sight of what’s good in his life. After developing a crush on a gorgeous team mom, he can’t decide between her and his wife, then finds himself at risk of losing everything that’s most important to him.
This is a smart, sexy, and funny novel about bad breaks, bad decisions, and the long road of life.
Continue reading “#BookReview: Made to Break Your Heart by Richard Fellinger @rfellinger @book_glow”
“My father created Mister Tender, and Mister Tender nearly killed me.”
How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?
At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.
Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…
Continue reading “#BookReview: Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson @iamcarterwilson”
“He wonders if other people look at their partners at night, peacefully dozing, and imagine killing them…when he finally falls asleep, it’s to the image of cutting her open and bathing his face with her blood.”
A serial killer is chopping up bodies and has a vendetta against sarcastic Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, highest ranking female cop in the Violent Crimes Unit in Chicago. Battling with her mother who is furious that Jack wants her to move from Florida to Chicago to live with her due to a near fatal fall, a partner who is on a hopeless diet and having a mid-life crisis, and a diaper-wearing, sadistic cat named Mr. Friskers, how does she find the time to find a killer? No problem. He’ll find her.
Continue reading “#Book Review: Bloody Mary (Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, Book 2) by J.A. Konrath @jakonrath”
“No one had ever been there when she needed them.”
1917. Copper Camp of Butte, Montana. Growing up as an orphan and losing her twin sister to a murder at the age of 10, Kaly Shane had a lot of ghosts and a lot of secrets. Over the years she tried to live a decent life, but now as a prostitute living on her own in a destitute area of town, she finds herself pregnant by the man who murdered her sister. But did he? What really happened that night and what secrets will she find out about her family?
Continue reading “Book Review: Copper Sky by Milana Marsenich @milanamarsenich @book_glow”
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Romance, Series
Release Date: February 2012
Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.
Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.
Continue reading “#BookReview: Beginnings (Same Face Different Place Book 1) by Helen Christmas @SFDPBeginnings @rararesources”
“Always watch your step or you might land in something you can’t wipe off – Nanny James”
Kansas at the end of the Civil War. It’s her twentieth birthday and Cara Calvinia James is alone after the death of her family. Her wish is about to come true…to go to California and start a new life, but a stranger and a baby enter her life that day and change it forever. What is in store for Cara as she helps a man in need?
Dake Reed, former Union soldier, is going home to Alabama to face his family and friends who call him a traitor. Little did he know that he would be responsible for taking a newborn baby home to Alabama after promising a dying mother he discovered lying on the road. He hoped to find someone to help him care for Anna Clayton’s orphaned child on the way to Alabama, but can Cara, an independent, spirited woman from Kansas help him?
Continue reading “Book Review: Until Tomorrow by Jill Marie Landis @JillMarieLandis”