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The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes

In a near future where climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture, the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned in favor of the neighboring South End. Aside from the scavengers steadily stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis. Many, like the narrator, are there to try to escape the demons of their past. He spends his time observing and recording the decay around him, attempting to bury memories of what he has lost.

But it eventually becomes clear that things are unraveling elsewhere as well, as strangers, violent and desperate alike, begin to appear in the North End, spreading word of social and political deterioration in the South End and beyond. Faced with a growing disruption to his isolated life, the narrator discovers within himself a surprising need to resist losing the home he has created in this empty place. He and the rest of the citizens of the North End must choose whether to face outsiders as invaders or welcome them as neighbors.

The City Where We Once Lived is a haunting novel of the near future that combines a prescient look at how climate change and industrial flight will shape our world with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past. With glowing prose, Eric Barnes brings into sharp focus questions of how we come to call a place home and what is our capacity for violence when that home becomes threatened.

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Praise for The City Where We Once Lived

 “Barnes’s new novel is a rare and truly original work: a hard-edged fable, tender and unflinching, in which a man’s descent and renewal is mirrored by his city. An eerie, beautifully written, and profoundly humane book.” – Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN

“Written in a gorgeously spare language that perfectly reflects the dystopic future this novel depicts, The City Where We Once Lived kept me enthralled throughout. At the core is a deep and admirable compassion for humanity.” – Chris Offutt, author of COUNTRY DARK

“A stunningly-written tale of loss and grief.” – Lindsay Moran, former CIA operative and author of BLOWING MY COVER

“Spare and elegant, Eric Barnes shows us what it means to inhabit – a building, a city, a life. And also what it means to be inhabited – by memories, by ghosts, and maybe, just maybe, by hope.” – Elise Blackwell, author of THE LOWER QUARTER

“An intensely envisioned work of dystopian realism and American desolation, beautifully drawn from the slow-motion apocalypse of everyday life.” – Christopher Brown, author of TROPIC OF KANSAS

“A controlled burn of a book, full of horror and sadness and, once the fire dies down, the beauty of new growth. In the tradition of J.G. Ballard and Margaret Atwood, Eric Barnes gives us a dying neighborhood of outcasts who save the world that has cast them out.” – John Feffer, author of SPLINTERLANDS

“With deft prose and a discerning voice, The City Where We Once Lived is a taut examination of the archetypes and rituals that form the landscape of community.” – Courtney Miller Santo, author of THREE STORY HOUSE and THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE

“The voice is appealingly quiet, the atmosphere dreamlike, but the premise of poisoned ground, weather gone haywire, and a government that has thrown up its hands, is frighteningly real.” – James Whorton, author of APPROXIMATELY HEAVEN, FRANKLAND and ANGELA SLOAN

“Eric Barnes’ The City Where We Once Lived is a most original novel, surprising and fierce – a dazzling puzzle of grief and utopia, dystopia and hope.” – Minna Zallman Proctor, author of LANDSLIDE

Reviews of Something Pretty, Something Beautiful:

“Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written… the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read.
And the truest.” – Benjamin Whitmer

“[A] remarkable book. … This is a world where the pull of friendship is far stronger than the pull of family, where cars are freedom, stories are everything, and home is thick with ghosts.” – Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

“The new novel chronicles in stark, effective prose a boy’s tragic discoveries about how friendship works.” – Peggy Burch, The Commercial Appeal

“Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written…. The most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read.” – Benjamin Whitmer, Satan Is Real

“…the book’s impressionistic, running narrative, the immediacy and matter-of-factness of its full-throttle prose.” – Leonard Gill, The Flyer

“[A] disturbing but finely and passionately wrought novel.” – Rebecca Oppenheimer

Praise for Shimmer:

“Case’s slow but accelerating downward spiral drives the narrative….” — Publisher’s Weekly

“One is reminded in Barnes’ language and locution of Don DeLillo’s scalpel-sharp delineation of American corporate culture and paranoia, and of David Foster Wallace’s penetration into the heart of the relationship between human consciousness and rapidly changing technologies.” — Fredric Koeppel, The Commercial Appeal

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Author’s Bio

Eric Barnes is writer of the novels The City Where We Once Lived (Arcade Publishing, April 2018), Something Pretty, Something Beautiful (Outpost19) and Shimmer (Unbridled Books), an IndieNext Pick. He has published numerous short stories, and works as publisher of The Daily News and host of Behind the Headlines.

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My Review

4 stars

In the future in an unknown time a city is divided between North and South. Climate change has wreaked havoc in this world and the North End has been abandoned by all but a few that have decided to try to make a living alone and scavenging. The majority of the populous has moved to the South End and seems to be making a recovery from all that has happened. The story is told by an unknown journalist that is hiding from the loss of his family and trying to record all that happens.

But then something starts happening. Some people from the South have started coming to North End and started making trouble. Those in the North are going to have to come together and form the community that they have tried to give up without success if they plan on keeping their homes.

This book is an interesting read. There is not a lot of action or major events happening, it’s more of a slow boil that gathers steam. There is not a lot going on in the first part of the book but a bleak, monotonous world that the narrator lives in. The action does pick up with the teenagers causing problems but it doesn’t really go anywhere.

This is one of those books that I wanted more from and a better ending but at the same time I was invested in the story and didn’t want to put it down. It has the potential for a real action packed story but it just is there.

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

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

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The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff

Suspended from her job as a promising police officer for firing “one bullet too many”, Anne Capestan is expecting the worst when she is summoned to H.Q. to learn her fate. Instead, she is surprised to be told that she is to head up a new police squad, working on solving old cold cases.

Though relived to still have a job, Capestan is not overjoyed by the prospect of her new role. Even less so when she meets her new team: a crowd of misfits, troublemakers and problem cases, none of whom are fit for purpose and yet none of whom can be fired.

But from this inauspicious start, investigating the cold cases throws up a number a number of strange mysteries for Capestan and her team: was the old lady murdered seven years ago really just the victim of a botched robbery? Who was behind the dead sailor discovered in the Seine with three gunshot wounds? And why does there seem to be a curious link with a ferry that was shipwrecked off the Florida coast many years previously?

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Author’s Bio

Sophie Henaff is a journalist, author and former Lyonnaise bar owner. She began her journalism career as a critic at Lyon Poche, before moving to Paris to write for Cosmopolitan, where she established her own humorous column, “La Cosmilite.” The Awkward Squad was first published as Poulets grilles in 2015, and is her first novel.

My Review

4 stars

Commissaire Anne Capestan is expecting to be fired when she is called in to headquarters. Instead she learns that she in now in charge of a group of misfits. This is a group that no one wants to work with and they can’t be fired. It’s now up to Anne to get the group together despite all of their perks and flaws. They are now responsible for cold cases. So, Anne divides up the few people that actually show up to work and have them investigating the murder of an old woman seven years prior and the death of a sailor.

This group of rejects has new been put into the Awkward Squad headed by Anne Capestan. They are stuck in a decrepit corner of the station where everyone thinks they can be swept into under the rug and forgotten with cold cases. But Anne is quick to realize that there is more to these rejects and quickly puts them to work. Of course the cold cases are more than they seem and they find they are related.

I really enjoyed this read. I love the fact that everyone on the Awkward Squad are rejects in one way or another yet have their own specialties. Of course they have their own specialties and are as valuable as the more acceptable officers. This is a wonderful mystery and kept me guessing as to how they could be connected. Of course I loved Pilote, you can always win me over with a fantastic animal companion and the sarcasm that joins the group together.

This is a good story. I loved how the losers are the ones that save the day. I know this was Sophie Henaff’s first story but I really enjoyed it and would to read more about The Awkward Squad.

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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Obscura by Joe Hart

She’s felt it before…the fear of losing control. And it’s happening again.

In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similar inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.

Merging thrilling science-fiction adventure with mind-bending psychological suspense, Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart explores both the vast mysteries of outer space and the even darker unknown that lies within ourselves.

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Joe Hart

Author’s Bio

Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Having dedicated himself to writing horror and thriller fiction since the age of nine, he is now the author of eleven novels that include The River Is Dark, Lineage, and The Last Girl. When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family.

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My Review

5 stars

It is a couple years in our future. A new disease has stricken the world, Losian’s. It is like Alzheimer’s where it erases your memories but it also affects all ages. Dr. Gillian Ryan is one of the lead researchers that is trying to map the path of Losian’s in the brain and has almost discovered it when she suddenly loses her funding. She is desperate to finish her research since Losian’s has taken her husband and is not starting to affect her daughter. Gillian is approached and asked to go to a space station by Mars. It seems the people on the station are starting to show the same signs as those affect with Losian’s. Desperate to find a cure Gillian agrees to go.

When Gillian gets out in space she is having withdrawals from a hydrocodone addiction and it is affecting her mind. When she gets to the space station she learns that it’s not just memory loss with crew is suffering with. It seems a murder, suicide, and someone wanting to murder Gillian is on the space station.  There is something more happening to the crew and it’s up to Gillian to figure out what if she plans on returning home.

This book has everything in it. There is a horrible disease that is starting to affect the human population. Of course there the strange event of Gillian’s finding being pulled at the pivotal moment of discovery but was this done to get her in space? Gillian becomes an unreliable character herself with her addiction. And of course, nothing on the space station is what we expected.

This story sucked me in with Losian’s and kept me up late wanting to know what was going to happen next. I love this book, it has a little bit of everything in it. It is one story that 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 Little Bird Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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phoenixcyclefrontcover.pngThe Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise

Publication Date: June 23, 2017

Published By: The Department of Smoke

Genre: Dystopian/ YA/ Sci-Fi

New San Francisco is the last city standing on a world ravaged by storms of ash and debris. The city survived by putting the ideals of the American dream on steroids and inspiring its people to persevere, though they have become ruthless in the process. Its citizens are ruled by the General, who has made sure that his people understand that gentleness and pity have become weaknesses that nature no longer tolerates.

Now Steve and Leslie must choose whether they will apply for the General’s once in a lifetime opportunity to “Rise from the Ashes” and join the Inner Circle that rules the city. If they don’t, they will be damned to spend the rest of their lives in the ghettos of Edingburg, a place where virtual reality has become a government-subsidized addiction.

For Steve, the choice is easy. His loyalties lie with the IRA, a revolutionary army led by a voice only known as “Mom.” They are trying to overthrow the General and free the people of New San Francisco from the cruelties of the City Guard. Steve’s mission is to broadcast a recording of a speech that a famous philosopher died to tell. Many thousands have and will perish to get this message out, but is anyone willing to listen?

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Every wrist in the stadium beeped. Every boy and girl glanced down at the face of their watch. “00:10” then “:09” then “:08.” Everyone turned their heads to the west. There it was. Right on time, as always. The nightly storm. A wall of blackness had lurched up into the sky, swallowing the setting sun. The hairs on Steve’s neck stood up, urging him to get the hell out
of there.

Instead he grabbed Leslie’s hand, who sat quietly quivering next to him, instinctively pressing her bow into her head for comfort. Steve knew her shaking wasn’t coming from Line’s yelling, the storm, or even the tank pointing at them. Her quivers never came from the barrel of a gun, no, the ragging agony she held within her was the very same thing that pushed him back into the sheets when the sun finally rose—are we going to lose each other?

Leslie’s mind pushed the feeling away for at least another moment. “It’ll be all right,” she whispered. Her brown eyes guided him to the dozens of mortar tubes pointing upward and outward on the vibrant green field and then to the perfect line of churning ash that approached the stands.

“Unity can only be achieved and be maintained when it is the STRONG who come together and fly under one flag! We, like no other in the world, have created a unity that has never broken, has never FLINCHED! When the rest of the world saw THAT—” Line’s long arm pointed at the coming avalanche of black— “They all fell to pieces!”

The earth began to quake as the wall rose over them. Someone screamed. The mortars on the field fired as one at the roiling sky. The blackness spilled over the stadium, then slid over the perimeter of the frizzing wall of static that had encapsulated the field. No Phoenix Cycler had seen—only heard rumors from past Cycle Pref parties—this blackness that was sliding over and them whispering their deaths.

– The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise

About the Author

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Bob is pretty dope. Firstly, his name is Bob, so…yea. Second, have you seen him rock that suit while in a maximum security prison? Epic.

Yea. That’s Bob. No psychological scarring with that author. Nope. Totally fine.

Gosh he looks good in suits.

Hey Have you read The Phoenix Cycle? He wrote that.

One suggestion before you read it and become one of those fans that leaves him roses by his doormat. Read her slowly. This book is not Twilight. She’s deeper than that. Take your time with her. Show the book you care. Cradle it and make it feel loved. If you do, she’ll be good to you. Go too fast and you’ll have no idea why she’s acting so crazy.

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My Review

4 stars

A meteor strike has caused a nuclear winter where ash constantly falls. The story takes place in New San Francisco. This world has been divided into two castes, the Inner Circle and the lower caste that lives in slum sections, the one we delve into is called Edingburg. The Phoenix Cycle is an opportunity for young men and women to try to raise their castes. The story follows Steve, a resistance member that is trying to get into the Inner Circle.

There is a lot of philosophy in this story and I will be the first one that admits that some went over my head. But it did make you think about the different events in this book. I liked how this book makes you stop and think about what is happening in it and what is going on around you in this world.

The Phoenix Cycle is a great story in a dystopian world with a good cast of characters. There is a Hunger Games feel with the trials to change Steve and Leslie’s castes and the IRA, opposition to the General and are trying to free the lower castes that are such in a virtual prison.

I liked this story but admit that I have had to think about the different things in it. I think I will be reading it a second time to try and process what I just read. I think this is a good read and one that you should check out.

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

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Blog Tour Schedule

May 21st

Reads & Reels (Kick-Off Promo)

Just for My Books (Excerpt)

The Lit Cottage (Review)

Adventures Thu Wonderland (Review)

The Midwest Ladies Who Lit (Excerpt)

May 22nd

IAMAGEEKINGGINGER (Review)

Tranquil Dreams (Review)

On the Shelf Reviews (Excerpt)

May 23rd

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt)

The Genre Minx (Excerpt)

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt)

Valerie’s Musings (Excerpt)

The YA Book Divas (Interview)

May 24th

J Bronder Reviews (Review)

Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Interview)

Bri’s Book Nook (Review)

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt)

Wicked Good Reads (Review)

May 25th

Afire Pages (Excerpt)

Port Jerricho (Excerpt)

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review)

Life at 17 (Review)

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New Adult Paranormal Romance
Date Published:  4/20/2018
Publisher: FyreSyde Publishing
 
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Lonely. That’s how it felt when Damien Pierce returned to Big Timber, Montana. It had been his childhood home until the day he was hit by a speeding car only to learn he wasn’t badly hurt. The experience landed him the label of the town freakshow.
Following the death of his foster mom, Damien soon disconnected from the world around him. That was at least, until he met her. She looked human but something about made her appear otherworldly to him. He knew he shouldn’t but he wanted her. He would do anything to get to know her. To have her.
Jillian Styles was immortal. Cursed by a dark god never to find rest. A shifter capable of taking the form of a beautiful wolf. She had searched for her lover’s reincarnated soul for centuries only to find he was nowhere to be found. When she meets Damien, her world is turned upside down. She falls in love with him instantly and begins to pursue him.
However, Damien soon learns the darker part of Jill’s world. He finds himself on the hit list of the same vampire Lord responsible for killing Jill’s lover and reigniting the flames of an old war. His daughter desires Damien and vows to have him at any cost.
With the help of Alexander Kain, the mysterious wolf shifting soldier, Damien will learn what he thought he knew was only tip of the paranormal iceberg. He soon finds himself in the eyes of a vindictive and rage-filled dark god.
If you like hot lycanthrope guys, overly possessive vampire chicks, vindictive gods, strong female leads and some hot sex scenes, this book is for you.
 
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Realization hit Damien as to who he was staring down. The same dark god that had challenged him stood in Lilith’s form. Damien’s heart inside his chest burned as he thought about Kain and all he’d done for him. Jill. Dad…Rob…Gabriel…Holt…Chelsea.
“Looks like it’s just you and me, Damien. You can surrender and die in peace or you can fight and die anyway. Your choice.”
Save him. Luna’s voice inside of Damien’s mind drew his attention. Save him. I beg of you. Please.
Damien’s body became surrounded with a radiant light so bright it forced Lilith step back. Her wing covered her face. He braced himself on his front legs, roaring at the monster in front of him responsible for taking so much.
The light became so intense not even the lycans could stare at it.
When it finally faded, Damien stood in his true lycan form. His white fur blew in the wind like mist at the tip of his stiffened ears to the end of his tail. The dark markings of his wolf form only seen on the tips of his ears, feet and tail. The fur on the back of his neck was thicker, almost resembling a mane.
“By the gods, he looks like…” Lune stood in awe.
“Tenebris.” Gabriel’s finished, his voice nothing but a whisper.
Stoker used the opportunity to sneak off, nursing the wound on his arm inflicted by Gabriel when he shifted into his full lycan form.
The vampires hissed at the light rising from the east, trying to flee towards the waning night. They had fallen right into Damien’s plan and were intercepted. Howls and snarls joined dying screams as the vampires were overwhelmed.
“What trickery is this?!” Lilith’s fangs spat as she tried to speak.
Damien ignored her, seeing the fear in her eyes as he made his way over to Kain on the ground.
The alpha was so weak he couldn’t retain his shifted form.
“Kain.” Damien’s voice was a comfortable echo. Warm and reassuring. “Alex. Can you hear me?”
Kain opened his eyes, slightly jumping. “Tenebris?”
Damien shook his head. “No. It’s me.”
“Damien. How?”
Damien took Kain’s jacket he was always wearing around his waist and covered his friend with it. “Stay here. Don’t move and don’t die.”
He stood back up and went to face Lilith. The lycans in his way stepped aside, their heads bowed. “This ends here, Lilith. You won’t hurt anyone else.”
About the Author

FyreSyde Publishing owner and founder Blaise Ramsay started out her creative career in the conceptual art and design industry. For fifteen years she spent her time crafting characters and world for others. Recently she shifted her attention to the world of literature where she writes mostly paranormal romance. Her debut title, Blessing of Luna is the first of four books in the Wolfgods series. A portion of the proceeds of her book sales go to help charities. When Blaise isn’t busy working with sexy wolf boys, she can be found reviewing books for fellow authors, working for a few tour companies, holding interviews and offering guest posts. A professional book blogger, mom, wife and full blood Texan, Blaise loves nothing more than helping others, meeting new people and coaching folks in Scrivener. If you would like to get in touch with Blaise, the best way to contact her would be via email at bramsayauthor@gmail.com. She loves to hear from people and get questions from her readers.
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Her Name is Mercie

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Her Name Is Mercie by Chris Roy

Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life.

Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn’t care anymore.

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Praise for Her Name is Mercie

“Roy delivers on the edge of your seat storytelling with rough edges, crooked cops and a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is never quite extinguished.”

– Tom Vater, journalist, co-founder of Crime Wave Press

Her Name Is Mercie is a fast furious ride into an inferno of the highest tension you are likely to encounter this year. Where noir meets thriller, toss a coin. Dive in. And unplug your phones, pcs tablets and keep reading deeper and deeper, until the final pages.
— Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising.

 

Author Bio

Chris Roy was raised in South Mississippi, in the midst of ugly Gulf Coast beaches and spectacular muddy bayous.

Chris lived comfortably with the criminal ventures of his youth until a fistfight in 1999 ended tragically. Since January, 2000, he’s been serving a life sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Nowadays he lives his life crime vicariously, through the edgy, fast-paced stories he pens, hoping to entertain readers. When he isn’t writing, he’s reading, drawing or looking for prospects to train in boxing.

Books:

Shocking Circumstances

Book I: Last Shine

Shocking Circumstances

Book 2: Resurrection

Sharp as a Razor

Book I: A Dying Wish

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My Review

4 stars

Her Name is Mercie is actually the main story in a collection of five. In Her Name is Mercie, Mercie is a college grad that works at a convenience story. She gets the call that her parents were shot at a traffic stop then learns the officer just gets a slap on the wrist. She also learns that their house has gone into foreclosure and she has essential lost everything. But her path of destruction for revenge goes wrong and she finds herself in jail. There she learns that her parents were the victims of organized crime.

The other four stories are quick reads Re-Pete is about a young boy that lost his father and has an embarrassing tick. His mother’s new boyfriend isn’t helping matters either. Hunger is about a girl that lost her father and goes for a boat ride with her dog. What could possibly go wrong? Libby’s Hands as a Halloween tales with a grandmother promise. And Marsh Madness has a boy and his dog playing with an alligator as a man watches.

This book has a little bit of everything and was a good read. Although Her Name is Mercie was a main story I have to say that I like my horror and found Re-Pete more to my speed. It’s a good read and I think readers should check it out. Now I’m curious about Chris Roy’s other books.

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

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Tug Wyler Series

Tug Wyler Series by Andy Siegel

The Tug Wyler series is based off of the real life experience of Andy Siegel. I will admit that I work for an attorney and I tend to stay away from legal stories. But there was something about the descriptions compelled me to give them a try. I am so glad that I did.

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Nelly’s Case (Book 3)

Nelly Rivera, when Tug first sees her, lies helpless in a hospital bed. Once sassy, active and ambitious, she’s now a young woman with an uncertain future and a present seemingly tied to dependency. Discovering exactly what happened to her in a dental office while under anesthesia and who was responsible, however, is just one of Tug’s goals. For he soon enough learns Nelly has recently inherited a hefty sum from her late father’s life insurance. Which definitely complicates matters. The closer Tug, committed as always to gaining justice, gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes.

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My Review

5 stars

Nelly Rivera has a fear of the dentist and an allergic reaction to nitrous oxide. So she and her sister Jessie go to a Painless Dental doctor for treatment. The doctor sets everything up then leaves the room. Suddenly Nelly has a sever reaction and ends up in a coma at the emergency room. As Tug is reading the medical report from the doctor it looks like this is an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. But there is something more happening here. Why did the doctor leave the room after starting the anesthesia?

We first meet Tug as he is getting ready to go into a hearing with a judge and defense counsel that has it out for him. Tug’s business partner, Henry Benson shows up and tries to get Tug to leave right away for a new client. What ensues is contempt of court and Tug spending six hours in jail. But his case was settled by Henry and he is now clear for Nelly Rivera’s case.

I love Tug’s wit and sarcasm, he comes across as someone that really cares for the clients and a willingness to stand up for them. His knowledge of law and medical procedures give the story that taste of realism that makes you realize someone has actually gone through this even in some way. And let’s not forget the main thing about any story, nothing is what it seems.

This is a great story that is the third book in the series yet could easily be read as a standalone. I will admit that I started skimming this book to see what it was all about and I found myself reading the whole book.

Tug Wyler is one of my new favorite characters. I can’t wait to see what he, or Henry, gets into next.

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Elton’s Case (Book 4)

Wrongfully locked up for a crime he didn’t commit, the wheelchair-bound Elton Cribbs’s immediate situation soon goes from bad to tragic. Could it have happened that, while in custody and being transported with less than suitable care in a police van, he suffered the injuries which rendered him a paraplegic? Certainly, ever since then—for the past decade—he’s led the life of an aggrieved victim, seeking justice while rejecting pity. Retained now to litigate Elton’s case even as the clock’s ticking, Tug finds himself caught in the unlikeliest of conflicts. After all, what’s he supposed to think when the defendant, otherwise known as the City of New York, begins offering him millions to settle while at the same time maintaining its allegation that Elton’s case is a phony one?

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My Review

5 stars

Elton Cribbs was incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. While being transported, he is improperly secured in the van and with a little help from a cold guard finds himself a paraplegic. Elton does fight the conviction and is freed of prison but his life has been changed. He starts a case against the City of New York for his current paraplegic condition. Enter Tug Wyler.

Tug is curious about this case. Elton is a veteran and has done a lot of good in the prison system. Elton is to the point and seems to have a plan laid out in his mind for what is going to happen. Then the defense counsel talks with Tug and warns him off this case. The City of New York is calling Elton a fraud. But if Elton is a fraud, why is the City of New York offering millions to settle?

I loved watching as Tug wins the case at the opening of the book. Watching in get the doctor to admit that he was wrong with his diagnosis was fascinating. It shows that Tug has a clear understanding of how the body works and is willing to call an expert on his biased testimony. Of course my curiosity was peaked when Tug was warned off the case before it was even given to him. Clearly there is something going on.

This is a great story that will quickly draw you in and leave you up late trying to figure out what is really going on. I loved the realistic legal procedure and the vast medical knowledge. Tug is a great lawyer that really cares for his clients and wants to get them justice.

This is a great series and one of the few legal stories that I keep. You really need to check this one out.

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Jenna’s Case (Book 5)

A teen-aged girl can be among the most vulnerable of human beings. And the preyed-upon young woman at the dark center of Jenna’s Case is certain to win the heart of readers. Believing Jenna Radcliff to be the victim of a Brooklyn doctor willing to put greed above his oath to do no harm, Tug takes on her case with deeply felt zeal. Yet what he quickly comes to understand is that his new client—once an obviously bright, outgoing girl (and ace neighborhood jump-roper)—is now a nearly mute shadow of her former self. As he proceeds to amass evidence against the conscienceless and defiant surgeon who’d willfully mutilated Jenna, Tug unfortunately soon discovers that the forces set against him are not only more numerous than he’d imagined but also more deadly.

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Author’s Bio

So how did the colorful, cocky and self-deprecating Tug Wyler come into being? He was hanging around, shadowing my daily life for a long time; I just didn’t know it. But here’s the short version: I shared a trial story with a mom at my kids baseball game who said I should write a book and the idea of him just appeared in my head.

Unable to shake the spell he cast, I began to write, each morning when I got on Metro North, what became my debut novel, Suzy’s Case. But I was doing it only to amuse myself. I didn’t read courtroom mysteries or legal thrillers; as far as I was concerned, I was living them. The rush to cover up genuine wrongs of the sort that lie at the heart of the Tug Wyler Mysteries happens continually out there in the real world. Believe me, fiction doesn’t know the half of it.

Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster published Suzy’s Case. My book agent Sterling Lord then penned a deal with Open Road Media and Mysteriouspress.com to publish Cookie’s Case. After requesting and receiving the reversion of my rights on these novels, and after my option with CBS Television to create a one-hour procedural TV show based on the Tug Wyler character expired, I formed Rockwell Press.

For Tug Wyler readers, I promise a mix of rule-bending high-tension conflict during the course of which you’ll laugh in spite of yourself . . . while never knowing what’s going to happen next. Like me, Tug’s the kind of street-smart push-it-to-the-limit lawyer you’d want on your side when the worst has happened.

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This is a great series and I will definitely be getting Cookie’s Case and Suzy’s Case to see what I have missing.

I received a complimentary copy of all three books. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank FSB Associates for the opportunity to read and share these books.

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