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Suspense, Paranormal Suspense
Date Published:  May 2017
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2018 First Place Best Paranormal Fiction by the Association of Texas Authors
 
Crowned Heart Recipient from InD’Tale Magazine.
 
Nominee for InD’tale Magazine’s 2018 RONE Awards in the Paranormal Long category.
 
“Becki Willis blends bits of history with bits of fancy, and weaves a tantalizing tale you won’t soon forget.”
Reporter Gera Stapleton has a difficult choice to make: write the story of a lifetime, or save the legacy of a town—and a man—she has come to love.
Assigned to an impossible story in Jerome, Arizona about a “ghost” named Mac, Gera knows it’s a fluff piece, at best, until a local man is murdered in the middle of town. When the townspeople blame Mac, she knows the killer is getting away with… well, murder.
Seeing the opportunity for a cover-worthy piece, Gera sets out to find the real killer. In a town filled with curiosities, she befriends a lonely old woman, butts heads with an ornery sheriff, falls for a sexy hotel owner, and uncovers an amazing tale about greed, deception, and family honor. And when the killer targets her as the next victim, an unlikely savior comes to her rescue.
Will she write the story that launches her career? Or will she honor a family’s legacy from the past?
Smart dialogue, plenty of action, and a touch of the supernatural make this a must-read novel. You’ll find yourself wondering Is it possible?Are there truly such things as tangible spirits, after all?
From readers like you:
“A delicious read. It has ghostly whispers, a brave leading character, bad guys, fun, danger and love. ” …
“Loved this book!” …
“What an interesting, captivating cast of characters!” …
“The setting and the ghost legends all added to the atmosphere. The story was good and so were the characters.
About the Author

Becki Willis, best known for her popular The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, always dreamed of being an author. In November of ’13, that dream became a reality. Since that time, she has published eleven books, won first place honors for Best Mystery Series, Best Suspense Fiction and Best Audio Book, and has introduced her imaginary friends to readers around the world.
An avid history buff, Becki likes to poke around in old places and learn about the past. Other addictions include reading, writing, junking, unraveling a good mystery, and coffee. She loves to travel, but believes coming home to her family and her Texas ranch is the best part of any trip. Becki is a member of the Association of Texas Authors, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Brazos Writers organization. She attended Texas A&M University and majored in Journalism.
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White Heat

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White Heat

by Paul D. Marks

May 8, 2018 Book Blast

Synopsis:

White Heat by Paul D. Marks

P.I. Duke Rogers finds himself in a combustible situation in this racially charged thriller. His case might have to wait…

The immediate problem: getting out of South Central Los Angeles in one piece during the 1992 “Rodney King” riots and that’s just the beginning of his problems.

Duke finds an old “friend” for a client. The client’s “friend,” an up and coming African-American actress, ends up dead. Duke knows his client did it. Feeling guilty that he inadvertently helped the killer find the victim, he wants to track down the client/killer. He starts his mission by going to the dead actress’ family in South Central L.A.—and while there the “Rodney King” riots ignite.

While Duke searches for the killer he must also deal with the racism of his partner, Jack, and from Warren, the murder victim’s brother, who is a mirror image of Jack in that department. He must also confront his own possible latent racism—even as he’s in an interracial relationship with the dead woman’s sister.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Published by: Down & Out Books
Publication Date: May 21st 2018
Number of Pages: 340
ISBN: 9781370062423
Series: Duke Rogers #1

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We came to Florence and Normandie. Half a block away the cops were regrouping. Or retreating. Or hiding out. It was hard to tell. There was a swarm of them, but they weren’t doing much of anything. People were looting, throwing rocks, bottles and the like right under their noses. As we left the intersection, I glanced back. A large semi was pulling into the intersection. We continued away from the intersection. Later I learned that this was where Reginald Denny, the driver of the semi, was pulled from the truck. Beaten within an inch of his life. We were gone before it happened. But I still have pangs of guilt for having been so close and having done so little. Now I know how lucky we were.

In a sense it was a quid pro quo situation. Tiny’s black face was my passport among his people. My white face was his insurance that the cops might just leave him alone—if they knew he was with me. That might have been why he wanted to help me out. Protection. But it wasn’t an uneasy truce. I felt comfortable with him. Like we’d known each other all our lives. Maybe we had. The last thirty minutes had been a lifetime.

We crouched behind a low wall at a service station, surveying the situation. He watched two sides. I watched the other two, covering each other’s backs. We were both armed; neither of us wanted to use our guns.

Noise barked from every direction. Sirens. Shouts. Choppers hovering. Shots. Too many shots. It all blended into a cacophony of confusion. The din was ear-shattering and lifeless, inert, all at the same time.

“Why’re you helping me?” I asked Tiny as we scoped the street out. He never answered my question, though I asked several more times.

There was an explosion in the distance, then the shock wave. A new column of black smoke appeared every few minutes. Slow-motion funnel clouds.

“Man, don’t they know they’re tearing down their own goddamn neighborhoods,” he said, scanning the horizon. “Where’re they gonna get food and clothes when all this burns to the ground?

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Excerpt from White Heat by Paul D. Marks. Copyright © 2018 by Paul D. Marks. Reproduced with permission from Paul D. Marks. All rights reserved.

 

Author Bio:

Paul D. Marks

Paul D. Marks is the author of the Shamus Award-Winning mystery-thriller White Heat. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a “taut crime yarn.” His story Ghosts of Bunker Hill was voted #1 in the 2016 Ellery Queen Readers Poll. Howling at the Moon (EQMM 11/14) was short-listed for both the 2015 Anthony and Macavity Awards. Midwest Review calls his novella Vortex “…a nonstop staccato action noir.” Marks’ story Windward, from the Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea anthology, has been selected for the 2018 Best American Mystery Stories (fall 2018), edited by Louise Penny & Otto Penzler.

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The Agency

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The Agency (Jed Walker – 5) by James Phelan

It’s 2005, and Walker has just entered the CIA. After a distinguished ten-years within Air Force special ops, he’s re-upped to avoid a desk job. But his first job will move the front line far closer to home – his first mission is stateside.

New Orleans, pre Katrina. Walker is sent on a mission by Harold Richter, CIA field operations legend and trainer of agents provocateur. The task he sends Walker on is a one-way ticket – survive and succeed at all costs. Walker is an off-the-grid, solo, deniable asset.

But Walker soon finds out: he’s not alone. There’s a British Agent in place, a feisty MI6 operator named Steph Mensch, and she’s been tracking a super yacht of Russians from Miami to the Big Easy. They’re there to buy – and the asking price is huge. Soon, our spies learn that they must work together, and their missions become one and the same – and personal.

When Steph is taken hostage, the case opens up. No one is who they seem, and soon Walker must take steps that will betray The Agency in order to do what’s right by the nation. In a high-stakes game where the winner takes all, he mustsucceed. But at what cost?

Then Walker finds out: the Russians are there to buy something that was stolen from them during the Russian war in Afghanistan. Walker uses all the skills he can bring to bare as his mission heats up in more ways than one, and he knows: if he doesn’t succeed, it’s not only Steph and he that will be left behind – failure will result in the world suffering an epic act of terrorism.

As Katrina comes to town to forever change a city and a country, it’s clear to Walker that his life as a spy will play a pivotal part in shaping our world. From Langley to Louisiana, Washington to Moscow, The Agency moves like a hurricane through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, false identities, and enemies old and new.

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James  Phelan

Author’s Bio

James Phelan is the award-winning author of twenty-four novels and one work of non-fiction. He first studied and worked in architecture before turning to English/Lit, working five years at The Age newspaper, obtaining an MA (Writing) and PhD (Young Adult Literature).

Hachette has published his five geo-political thrillers: FOX HUNT, PATRIOT ACT, BLOOD OIL, LIQUID GOLD and RED ICE.

From 2010-2011, Hachette published the widely acclaimed ALONE trilogy of Young Adult post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels.

In 2013/2014, Scholastic published James’ thirteen-book adventure series about the dream work THE LAST THIRTEEN. The multi-award winning series (2014 YABBA, COOL, KOALA awards) has been highly successful around the world, selling over a million copies in 18 months.

THE SPY (Hachette, 2013), was the first instalment in a new series of suspense thrillers with the protagonist Jed Walker, and is followed by THE HUNTED (2015), and KILL SWITCH (2015).

James is currently working on a follow-up trilogy to THE LAST THIRTEEN, more thrillers, and an illustrated middle-grade series titled GRANDPA SPIES.

James has taught writing at post-graduate level and regularly talks at schools, libraries and universities around the world. Since 2006 he has sold over 4 million copies of his books.

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My Review

4 stars

It is 2005 and Jed Walker has decided to join the CIA instead of being stuck behind a desk after ten years in the Air Force Special Forces. He goes through hell and is just celebrating his success when director Harold Richter picks him up and dumps him in New Orleans. Jed doesn’t know what is going on and what he is supposed to do but he does know that failure is not an option.

Thankfully Steph Mensch, a MI6 operator, saves his butt and puts him on the path. It seems a yacht full of Russians is in town with plans to spend a lot of money on some items. But then Steph is kidnapped and it is up to Jed to find her, discover what the Russians are after, and get out before Katrina hits land.

This is a fast paced thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. This is my first book from James Phelan and although this is the fifth book in the series, I had no trouble catching up with the happenings and hoping that Jed saves the girl, stops the bad guys, and saves the day.

If you like fast paces thrillers with the CIA and MI6 you will love this book. I can’t wait to see what I have missed with the rest of this series and others from James Phelan.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Quercus for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Don’t You Dare

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Don’t You Dare by AJ Waines

What if your daughter becomes your enemy?

When barmaid, Rachel, discovers her soon-to-be-married daughter, Beth,​ pinned down by a stranger in the pub cellar, Rachel lashes out in panic and the intruder ends up dead. In desperation, Rachel convinces Beth they should cover up the crime and go ahead with the planned wedding in one month’s time.

Rachel, however, has her own reasons for not involving the police.

Hiding their dreadful secret is harder than they both imagined and as the big day approaches and the lies multiply, Beth becomes a liability. Rachel looks on in dismay at the hen party​ ​when, after too many drinks, Beth declares she’s about to make a special announcement. But before Beth can say a word, she disappears…

When two people share a chilling secret, can both hold their nerve?

This book explores the dark side of a mother-daughter relationship when pushed to the limit.

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A.J. Waines

Author’s Bio

AJ Waines has sold over 450,000 psychological thrillers worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 and 2016 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train.

She was a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, during which time she worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, gaining a rare insight into criminal and abnormal psychology.

She is now a full-time author of psychological thrillers and murder mysteries with publishing deals in France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks). In December 2017, she signed a UK two-book deal with Bloodhound Books.

AJ Waines has has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and been ranked a Top 10 UK Author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).

The author lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. More on AJ’s psychology background here.

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My Review

5 Stars

Rachel is a barmaid and discovers her daughter, Beth pinned beneath a man in the pub’s cellar. She immediately thinks that Beth is being raped and reacts. Unfortunately the poor man hits a barrel and ends up dead. Rachel doesn’t want to report the death to the police because she has secrets of her own that she wants to keep quiet. Beth is supposed to be married in one month and was not exactly being attacked so she has her own secrets. What follows is a back and forth telling between Rachel and Beth as both try to deal with the death and the all of the lies that try to cover each other.

Rachel is a single mother and very protective of Beth. I understand this but she takes it to the extreme and has to be in control of Beth’s life. Beth is trying to find her way in the world and is having a hard time dealing with the death because she knows she should do the right thing and report it but her mother is controlling her. This leads to a lot of guilt and potential trouble as she has a announcement at her hen party.

This story goes round and round as both women has their own issues and the pressure builds to a breaking point. It’s easy to understand why Rachel wants to protect Beth but it gets frustrating the amount of control she has. As the pressure mounts we get closer and closer to finding out what her secret really is. I can understand how Beth is trying to find herself and is easily going to lose it with her own secrets.

This is a great thriller that draws you in and holds you tight as you get closer and closer to finding the truth buried beneath everything. This is one thriller you need to check out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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