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The Galactic Adventures of Hazel – Gurecoa by Starlight

What is it like to live in 4519 AD in a suspended town in the Earth’s Stratosphere and commute to school in your Inter Galactic Vehicle? How far do the adventures take you? In this story, you will find yourself traveling with Hazel, Richie and their alien best friend, Dmitri, on an exciting roller coaster ride of electrifying but perilous adventures from Mars to Enceladus, from Gly to Drethna. You will have to deal with the annoying doorbell, alien creatures and beings, while on a journey to understanding what Gurecoa is.

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Praise for The Galactic Adventures of Hazel

“An interesting take on the future in a well-crafted tale that integrates what education, technology, business, and everyday living might be like a few centuries from now. Throw in space travel and interactions with beings from other planets and it is a science fiction page-turner. Some might scoff at some of the ideas for the future but some scoffed at Jules Verne and Arthur Clarke, yet some of their ‘crazy ideas’ have become reality.”– Ed Massey, Retired Project Manager for Voyager & NASA Manager for Ulysses

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About the Author

Starlight is the author of the series, The Galactic Adventures of Hazel, which is an inspiration from her fascination of Space and the Unknown ever since her childhood. Through these series she wants to bring imaginative adventures from different corners of the universe, to young and inquisitive readers.

She is a software engineer and she has an MBA degree from Drucker School of Business, Claremont Graduate University. She also took a summer class from Oxford University. With her knowledge of computer science and management skills, Starlight makes these galactic adventures not only a fascinating and entertaining story of future possibilities in artificial intelligence, technology and space travel, but also a tale crafted with problem solving skills and ideas.

She currently lives in California. She loves horseback riding and singing.

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My Review

4 Stars

It is 4519 AD and twelve year old Hazel, along with her two best friends Richie and Dmitiri, live in a town in Earth stratosphere. The do the normal things kids do with school and exploring but with a twist with all the advancements from doorbell to Inter Galactic Vehicles and choosing what color of hair you want to wear that day. The kids find themselves in a mystery of what Gurecoa is and are off across the galaxy to find answers.

This is a great, futuristic story for mid-grade readers. Hazel is a little spitfire and the ring leader of the group. They are off for a normal day but Hazel has other things in mind and the three are off on a galactic adventure.

I like the Starlight’s concept of the future and all the new technology. The three kids are a great team and work well together. The different situations kept me guessing at how everything fit together and wondering what kind of trouble the kids got into.

This is a great read and will appeal to kids and adults alike. I am curious to see what kinds of trouble Hazel is going to get the group into next.

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

I would like to thank The Author for the opportunity to read and share this book and for waiting patiently for a review.

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Beyond the Frontiers

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Beyond the Frontiers (Deuces Wild – 1) by Ell Leigh Clarke and Michael Anderle

When Nickie accidentally activates her special functions and finds herself with a stolen ship full of hostile Skaine, she has no choice but to figure out what to do with the cards she has been dealt.

A by-product of her activation, her internal computer system also finds her Aunt Tabitha’s diary in her memory banks. In these accounts, Nickie finds a long-desired link back to her favorite aunt, whose recounted stories help them both to accept the trauma they’ve survived.

Join Nickie, and The Kurtherian Gambit’s original Ranger 2, Tabitha, on a rip-roaring, bar brawling adventure to save the frontier from slavery, arms dealing and the ‘Skaine’ of the universe.

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Ell Leigh Clarke

About the Author

Recovering theoretical physicist, professional geek, newbie sci fi novelist, and die hard Doctor Who fan.

Though she is originally from England, she is mostly what her friends call a “digital nomad”, hanging in whichever country calls to her… as long as it has good wifi, and coffee.

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My Review

4 stars

Nickie Grimes has always felt like the odd man out in her family except with her Aunt Tabitha. She has spent the last five years getting drunk and fighting until the night before where her enhancements come back online when she is almost killed in a bar fight. As she is on a stolen Skaine ship with the crew locked up throughout the ship, Nicki is trying to figure out what to do next. She is surprised to find her Aunts journal entries on her enhancements and she reads through them as she figures out what to do next.

This is my first time into this universe so I have no idea what is going on. It’s clear Nicki has some serious issues in her past if she has spent the last five years drinking and brawling. But I liked following her as she decided to take care of the Skaine crew. She is a tough woman that doesn’t take any crap from anyone. I loved her snark and how she was just looking for the good fight.

I didn’t know what to think about Tabitha at first. She is the infamous Ranger Two but this didn’t mean anything to me. I did enjoy her adventures and how although she is this huge legend she is very human, well for the most part.

I think this was a good read. It has peaked my curiosity of this universe. I would like to learn more about Tabitha and about Nicki’s past/family. Kate Rudd does an amazing job narrating this story and I would also like to listen to other books narrated by her. This is a great audiobook to check out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily listened to and posted an honest review.

I would like to thank Michelle Cobb for the opportunity to listen and share this book.

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Sons of Chaos

Sons of Chaos by Chris Jayme & Illustrations by Ale Aragon

Oversized, panoramic hardback graphic novel Sons of Chaos, exposes the quiet agenda of Ali Pasha, the Ottoman Empire’s most brutal dictator, and how his fascination with a young Greek boy led to the rise of one of Greece’s most revered heroes— and a war that would define the Western World.

An immersion into the moments we never see, and the self-serving motivations that convince a nation that violence is warranted, and that war is necessary.

In honor of the 200 Year anniversary of the Greek War for Independence, Sons of Chaos presents the story of 1821 through the eyes of Marcos Botsaris, the son of a respected Greek leader taken prisoner as a child and raised within the dungeons of history’s most infamous Ottoman Pasha, known as the “Napoleon of the East”— Ali Pasha of Ioannina. Over the next ten years, the bond formed between them would define history.

The Greek War for Independence was a conflict that quietly influenced the entire world and participants ranged from the London Stock Exchange to celebrities such as Lord Byron, as well as average impassioned Americans willing to transport themselves across the Atlantic to fight alongside the Greeks.

This conflict was the pinnacle of what we now know as the Romantic Period and yet, it’s a war that few know ever existed outside of the Greek and Turkish cultures; a war that stimulated the fall of the Ottoman Empire and shaped Western Civilization as we now know it, and in a sense is being fought today under a different heading amongst today’s political world leaders.

Hundreds of years of Ottoman rule gave the Greeks a reason to fight. Marcos Botsaris gave them a leader.

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About the Author

Chris Jaymes is a multiple award-winning American writer, director, producer, actor, and musician. In his nearly three decades of working in the entertainment industry, he has been a member of the Capitol Records recording artist band Bootstraps; acted in such projects as Lost, Party of Five, and Chicago Hope; wrote, produced, and directed the multiple award-winning film, In Memory of My Father, and directed numerous films and TV shows.

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Alejandro Aragon

About the Illustrator

Ale Aragon is a comic artist from Argentina. A professional since 2008, he has worked for Boom! Studios, Image Comics, Moonstone, Shadowline, Viper Comics, and Visionary Comics. Aragon co-created Overlook and worked on such titles as Northlanders, Deadpool, 28 Days Later, and Hunter.

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My Review

4 Stars

In 1821 Greece was under the rule of Ali Pasha, the brutal Ottoman dictator. This is the story of Marcos Botsaris, the son of a Greek leader that is captured and left in the dungeon for ten years. He is released and has help sneaking out of the palace. Marcos returns home to find friends and family that survived Pasha’s brutal attack ten years prior. Marcos is reluctant to fight but rises his place as a leader to fight for Greece’s freedom.

I have to admit that I never really heard of this war and was surprised when I read this book. I was thinking that this too place a long time ago, not as recently. This is a beautifully illustrated story of Marcos Botsaris. Marcos doesn’t want to fight but is thrown into this war. It’s heartbreaking what happens to him but everything took place to help shape him into the leader that his is destined to be.

The illustrations were amazing. They made me feel like I was right there with the characters. I am very curious to learn more about this war and how it shaped Western Civilization. I was surprised to learn that some Americans came to help the Greek fight. This is a great read for those that like their graphic novels but also to share this war and to get more people interested in the real history.

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

I would like to thank Media Masters Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Lure of Obsession

Lure of Obsession by Lisa Kessler

Fated Mates meets Clash of the Titans!

Melanie Jacoby is the human vessel for the Muse of Tragic Poetry, but she isn’t prepared for the tragedy of finding her roommate dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective assigned to the case, but as the evidence points to an accidental fall, the visions begin. He sees a killer in a gold Kronos mask.

Mel is the next target, but Nate’s determination to protect her is almost as strong as his desire for her.

And tragedy isn’t part of his plan.

The Prophecy – “Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse.”

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 Praise & Awards

2016, 2017 & 2018 voted Reviewers Choice Best Fantasy Romance Series – Paranormal Romance Guild

A sexy new paranormal series from best selling author Lisa Kessler featuring Greek gods, Lycan shifters, Navy SEALs, police detectives and more…

“Another beautiful series from an unbelievable author. She gets me every time.” #1 NYT Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon

Finalist –  2017 Kathryn Hayes When Sparks Fly Contest – Best Paranormal Romance

Reviewers Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 – The Paranormal Romance Guild

Top 10 – Best Romance of 2016 in the Preditors & Editors readers poll

About the Author

Stay up-to-date on new releases and giveaways by subscribing to Lisa’s newsletter here.

Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, the Award of Merit from the Holt Medallion, and an International Digital Award for Best Paranormal.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com

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My Review

4 Stars

Melanie Jacoby, Mel is the reborn Muse of Tragic Poetry. She is one of the muses and you can see how this affects her. She is working with the other muses to renovate a theater. Her roommate, Nia is the Muse of Astronomy. Mel comes home to find Nia dead, pushed down the stairs.

Nate Malone is the detective that is assigned to Nia’s death. Nothing looks like foul play but he just can’t call her death accidental. It doesn’t help that when he arrives on scene he sees a vision of a man in a mask push Nia down the stairs.

Together Mel and Nate find themselves drawn to each other. The muses are to have guardians and these two have just connected. Together they work to solve the murder of Nia and learn about The Order of Titans and their plot to bring back the Golden Age of Man.

I really enjoyed this series. It has a great plot that kept me on my toes and I absolutely loved the relationship between Nate and Mel. Of course the Greek mythology just added so much to the story, although I would have liked to learn more about The Order of Titans.

This is the first book that I have read from Lisa Kessler but it won’t be my last. I can’t wait to read about the next muse. But I think I can wait with so many of her other books to read in the mean time.

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A Monster of All Time

A Monster Of All Time

by J.T. Hunter

on Tour July 1-31, 2019

 

A Monster Of All Time by J.T. Hunter

The True Story of Danny Rolling, The Gainesville Ripper

Ambitious, attractive, and full of potential, five young college students prepared for the new semester. They dreamed of beginning careers and starting families. They had a lifetime of experiences in front of them. But death came without warning in the dark of the night.

Brutally ending five promising lives, leaving behind three gruesome crime scenes, the Gainesville Ripper terrorized the University of Florida, casting an ominous shadow across a frightened college town.

What evil lurked inside him?

What demons drove him to kill?

What made him A Monster of All Time?

Book Details:

Genre: True Crime Published by: RJ Parker Publishing Publication Date: September 4th 2018 Number of Pages: 304 ISBN: 1987902521 (ISBN13: 9781987902525) Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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Prologue January 1987 Parchman, Mississippi

The prisoner raged in his lonely cell. “When they let me out of here,” the prisoner swore to himself, “I’ll make them all pay.” Years of condemnation and contempt had taken its toll, breaking him down, eroding his spirit, destroying all sense of hope. Now only the anger remained. ~~~~~ Cast into the bowels of Parchman Prison, the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary, the prisoner had suffered daily torments during his confinement, each day falling deeper and deeper into despair. Raw sewage regularly seeped into his cell through the floor and flowed from a broken drain down the hall, flooding the cramped 8 x 10 feet concrete space with a revolting grey-brown liquid and an unrelenting stench. Kept in this torturous isolation, his besieged brain had betrayed him, replaying the grievous moments of his life, all of the humiliations and feelings of helplessness, every piercing word, and every raw, painful memory. It was a constant reminder that the world had always been a hurtful place of violence, animosity, and aversion, never one of empathy or understanding. Desperate to escape the unrelenting torment, he retreated ever deeper into the labyrinth of his own mind, creeping ever closer to madness. It was in that maze of insanity that he found himself. Or rather, something found him. In the bleak, all-encompassing darkness, something whispered his name. Faceless and formless, the voice seemed to emanate both from the impenetrable blackness surrounding him and from the shadowy depths of his own consciousness. The voice soothed and seduced him, its language both alien and familiar. It promised the strength to survive whatever nightmares awaited the remainder of his confinement. It offered the tools of revenge for his present condition, for all of the wrongs committed against him in the past, and for the scorn and mistreatment yet to come. Most of all, it promised the power to make others feel the suffering he had so long endured. Then a name imprinted itself into his brain, uttered from an unseen shape in the darkness, or muttered from the murky depths of memory. “Gemini,” an eerie voice proclaimed. “I am Gemini.” At that moment, an infernal compact was crafted, a devil’s contract offering redemption for the damned, a demonic covenant accepted regardless of the terms. Caring nothing for the consequences, the prisoner embraced the assurance of vengeance, pledging revenge for the countless injuries inflicted upon him. Just as a cold, uncaring world had robbed him of his humanity and stolen years of his life, he would take the lives of others in an equal and equitable proportion. A new sense of purpose washed over him, bringing with it a rebirth, a recognition of what he needed to do. And now he waited, marking the days with hidden malice, the bitter darkness of his cell matched only by the malevolence of his twisted, tainted soul. *** Excerpt from A Monster Of All Time by J.T. Hunter. Copyright 2018 by J.T. Hunter. Reproduced with permission from J.T. Hunter. All rights reserved.

 

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J.T. Hunter J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature. JT’s bestselling true crime books include:

  • Devil in The Darkness: True Story of Serial Killer ISRAEL KEYES
  • The Country Boy Killer: The True Story of Serial Killer Cody Legebokoff
  • In Colder Blood: True Story of the Walker Family Murder as depicted in Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood
  • Deadly Deception: True Story of Tampa Serial Killer, Bobby Joe Long
  • Death Row Romeo: The True Story of Serial Killer Oscar Ray Bolin
  • The Vampire Next Door: True Story of the Vampire Rapist and Serial Killer

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My Review

4 Stars

I tend to gravitate to true crimes stories and am sad to admit that I had not heard of Danny Rolling or the Gainsville Ripper so I was excited to read this book. In August of 1990 Rolling forced his way into an apartment where he killed two teenage girls. He then proceeded to kill three more individuals. He was arrested a couple weeks later on burglary charges and linked to the five killings.

This is a good story of Rolling and the horrible crimes he committed, some of the detectives had nightmares about them. It is sad that five people lost their lives in such a brutal way but they could also close a cold case murder of a family too.

Although a horrible story, this is well written and engrossing.  You don’t focus just on Rolling but learn more about the whole story. This helps bring the story to life by seeing all areas. Of course Rolling had events that helped to create the monster he became like many other killers. But we all see about the women that correspond with the killers in prison. To me that is almost as messed up as the killers themselves.

This is a good story about Danny Rolling, the Gainsville Ripper. Now I’m curious about some of the other killers that JT Hunter has written about.

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The Serpent-Bearer

Serpent Bearer

Welcome to The Sperpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars blog tour! Read on to learn more about this beautifully illustrated graphic novel by C.S. Johnson, and a chance to win a copy for yourself!

The Serpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars

Publication Date: November 7th, 2018

Genre: Manga Style/ Graphic Novel

Length: 30 Pages

A tiresome task.
A deceptive dragon.
A prince that changes everything.

Ophiuchus is a celebrated warrior of the Celestial Kingdom and a warrior among the Stars. He has been always been a dutiful servant of the Prince of Stars. So when the prince asks him to watch over the crafty serpent, Naga, Ophiuchus agrees. But as time passes and discouragement—both from Naga and others—Ophiuchus wonders if the Prince of Stars was right in asking him to take on the burdens of his task.

Will Ophiuchus honor his duty, or give into his heart’s weariness?

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at here

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My Review

4 Stars

Ophiuchus is a warrior of the Celestial Kingdom. He has been giving the tasks of watching the serpent, Naga. We join the two of them as they are at the Prince of Stars party. It’s clear that Ophiuschus had friends and power but now Naga has made him doubt himself and those around him.

As the different stars come to talk to him some try to help and others are clear that they look down on him. But it’s Naga that is constantly reminding Ophiuchus that he is weak, nothing, and not longer wanted in the stars. Ophiuchus has enough and returns to his own home to find the Prince there upset that he left the party.

This is an interesting read. It’s a bit of a confusing look into this world. I am very curious to learn more about it but I have to admit that I’m not really fond of the other warriors; they clearly have a bit of an ego problem.

But then when you read the author’s note at the end things start making more sense. My heart goes out to the author and I do like how things are portrayed. I would like to read more of this world and think that it will touch and make many re-evaluate their own lives.

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July 22nd

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I Smell Sheep (Review)

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Quirky Cats Fat Stacks (Review)

Perspective of a Writer (Review)

July 23rd

Breakeven Books (Review)

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Tranquil Dreams (Review)

B is for Book Review (Spotlight)

July 24th

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My Comic Relief (Review)

The Bibliophagist (Review)

Adventures Thru Wonderland (Review)

Where Dragons Reside (Review)

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An Eye For A Lie

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An Eye for a Lie

by Cy Wyss

on Tour May 27 – July 27, 2019

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An Eye for a Lie by Cy Wyss

Lukas Richter is a San Francisco police detective with a cybernetic eye and heightened senses. He can detect the same autonomous responses as a polygraph machine, so he has a leg up in determining guilt.

In An Eye for a Lie, his first full-length novel, Richter is accused of murder and the evidence seems incontrovertible, including a bullet that was somehow fired from his gun when he claims he was nowhere near the crime scene. In the background, San Francisco is aflame over Richter’s shooting of an unarmed Asian man, an incident some are calling “the Asian Ferguson.”

Can Inspector Richter convince a plucky and suspicious FBI agent of his innocence in the face of overwhelming accusations and public persecution?

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Genre: Mystery Published by: Nighttime Dog Press, LLC Publication Date: May 27, 2019 Number of Pages: 258 ISBN: 978-0-9965465-3-9 Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

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“All units, active shooter in progress, be advised perp is SFPD . . .” The police frequencies in Vessa’s sedan couldn’t get enough of the situation. She was hardly in her car before the address where Richter was came over the air. She headed there immediately, lights flashing, accelerator floored. He was in a townhouse on ninth, near Tehama, only a handful of blocks from the Hall of Justice. The entire area was cordoned off and blanketed with police cars. Vessa badged her way through and got to Commander Bayes who stood with Deputy Chief Forrest several yards from the front door. The townhouse was painted lime green and the entrance stood ajar. “Commander, what’s the situation?” Vessa asked. “He’s holed up in there,” Bayes shook his head toward the house. “Got a hostage.” “A hostage? You’re kidding.” “Wish I was. Teenage girl, still up there. He let the rest of the family go.” Now, Bayes shook his head a different way, indicating Vessa should look near one of the ambulances. There was a man and a woman, firmly behind police lines. Both were slender with brown hair and the woman wore a red sweater. She was crying and the man and a paramedic were trying to comfort her. “Commander, none of this makes sense. Can you imagine Richter taking a hostage? It doesn’t feel right.” “C’mon, Agent Drake,” Bayes said. “None of us can say we really know him now.” Vessa frowned up at the building. Between her and the front door lay perhaps twenty feet of tarmac and parked cars. Bayes turned to Forrest and they conferred. Before Vessa even knew what she was doing, she was off –crossing the street at a sprint. “Hey!” Bayes yelled. Forrest pointed. “Stop her!” It was too late. She broke away from the lines and was at the door before anyone could grab her. She pushed the dark portal open and slipped inside, shutting it behind her, closing it fully so it locked. Inside, it took a couple of minutes for her eyes to adjust to the pale strobe lights coming through the front blinds and door windows. She was in an open living room. It was small and closely furnished with a dining room capping it off near the back of the building. She guessed the kitchen would be around the corner. To her right, a staircase led upward. The landing was dark. Vessa had taken her gun out without consciously realizing it. Now, she stared at it in the undulating red and blue lights. What was she going to do with it? Shoot her lover when she found him? She holstered the gun. “Oh, Luke,” she said softly. As if in answer, something moved above her, making a dull thud on the floor. She startled. Slowly, she made her way up the stairs. “Luke?” she called. “I’m coming upstairs.” There was no answer. At the top of the stairs were three doors. Two were dark and closed. Wan light traced the outline of the third door. She opened it cautiously. “Luke?” The door creaked on its hinges to reveal a seemingly empty bedroom. The air was stale although the room was tidy and sparsely furnished with a queen-sized bed and two nightstands. The fluorescent lights from the street diffused around the edges of a thick curtain drawn across a large window. The occluded light wasn’t strong enough to dispel the rooms shadows. “Luke?” Vessa noticed she was whispering. She cleared her throat and spoke with as normal a voice as she could muster. “Luke? Where are you?” “Here,” came a reply. She was practically on top of him by that time. He sat with his back to a wall across from the foot of the bed. Vessa jumped. “Oh! You startled me.” He was staring at her. She half expected his evil eye to glow in the dimness but instead, she saw only normal dark eyes glittering from his outlined face. He sat with his knees bent and his arms resting between his legs. In his hands was a mass of blackness-his gun. That ugly piece of metal was a cursed reminder of what was going on and why they were here, facing each other in this shadowed space. Vessa craned her neck around but didn’t see anyone else. “Where’s the girl?” Richter watched Vessa intently for several seconds before answering. “The couple’s outside. I let them go.” “No, apparently there’s still a teenager in here somewhere.” Richter’s gaze dropped to the carpet in front of him. “That would explain why it’s just you and not SWAT. They think I have a hostage. Well, I don’t.” “You have me.” His head snapped up. “You’re not a hostage. Why are you here, anyway?” “I’m here to get you. I don’t want them gunning you down.” “You’re here to arrest me, Special Agent Vessa Belle Drake?” “Oh, Luke. We’ll figure this out.” Richter brought the gun up in his right hand and pressed it to the underside of his chin, angled back toward his brain. Vessa gasped. “No!” She was rooted to the spot, eyes wide. He stared at her. “I guess whether I do it or SWAT does it, it’s still death by cop.” Tears burned her eyes. “No, Luke. No. Why would you even think it? There must be some mistake. There must be some reason why those bullets matched.” “I won’t be locked up. I won’t be put back in the cage and poked and prodded, and studied to death this time.” Vessa remembered the shaking man sweating beside her in his bed at night. Even though he didn’t speak of them, she knew he was having nightmares. Was it possible he was actually capable of pulling that trigger? Her chin throbbed where he’d bitten her. She couldn’t stand this. How could she have been so wrong? She was never wrong. She swallowed. Never before had she fallen for a guilty man. How was she so blinded by hubris that she could feel this way about Richter when he was a merciless killer? He stared at her, gun in his hand. He didn’t move. She shook slightly with the emotions flooding her. Here she was, at the cusp of what she felt was the most important moment in her life. The man she loved sat before her, ready to take his own life if she didn’t do or say the right thing next. She was paralyzed-absolutely paralyzed. All her training, and here she was, a shaking, paralyzed ball of nerves. She burst into tears. How utterly professional. Richter frowned. Vessa’s nose and eyes ran uncontrollably and she heaved great sighs. She didn’t dare wave her arms around and wipe her face. Instead, she simply stood there and let her emotions pour down her cheeks. Richter sighed. He lowered the gun. He dropped it with a thud to the carpet and kicked it toward her. “How am I supposed to kill myself with you crying like that?” She rushed to pick up the weapon and tucked it into the small of her back, under her blazer. She faced Richter, this time allowing herself to wipe the fluids from her face with her hands and sleeves. She could only imagine how many shades of fired she would be if Bully Benson had seen her outburst. She almost felt like declaring herself unfit for duty on the spot. “I can’t stand it,” she said. “I can’t lose you this way.” He said nothing. What was there to say? They stared at each other. Tears fell from her eyes until the momentum of her outburst ran its course and she finally managed to get a grip on herself. Richter sat, inordinately relaxed, leaning against the wall, hands folded innocently between his legs. “What now?” he asked. She glanced toward the thick curtains shielding them from the snipers across the street. “I’ll have to cuff you. Then you won’t be seen as a threat. Keep your head down, and I’ll stay between you and them.” He craned his neck and looked over the bed toward the window. He watched the dark cloth for several seconds. “Is your eye working? What do you see?” “It’s working,” he said. “And, I see only reflections. Your temperature is up, though.” She came over and stood beside him. “Stay low,” she said softly. He got up and they crossed the room with him crouched low. They entered the windowless landing. Vessa closed the bedroom door behind them. She looked at the other two doors. The girl was probably behind one of them, asleep or with her headphones on, completely oblivious. Vessa pulled her cuffs out. Richter stood tall. “All right?” she asked. She needed him to cooperate. She wasn’t about to subdue such a large man in such a small space. “Just a second,” he said. He bent and kissed her. They embraced. Vessa wanted the floor to open up and swallow them so they could stay like this forever. Of course it did not, and the moment had to end. He straightened up again, turned his back to her, and extended his arms behind him so she could easily cuff him. “I didn’t shoot him,” he said. Before she could even think about it, Vessa responded. “I know. I believe you.” *** Excerpt from An Eye for a Lie by Cy Wyss. Copyright 2019 by Cy Wyss. Reproduced with permission from Cy Wyss. All rights reserved.

 

Author Bio:

Cy Wyss Cy Wyss is a writer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has a Ph.D. in computer science and her day job involves wrangling and analyzing genetic data. Cy is the author of three full-length novels as well as a collection of short stories and the owner and chief editor of Nighttime Dog Press, LLC. Before studying computer science, Cy obtained her undergraduate degree in mathematics and English literature as well as masters-level degrees in philosophy and artificial intelligence. She studied overseas for three years in the UK, although she never managed to develop a British accent. Cy currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband, daughter, and two obstreperous but lovable felines. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and walking 5k races to benefit charity.  

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My Review

4 Stars

Lukas Richter had some cybernetic enhancements added after a near fatal accident. His cyber eye is a human lie detector. His has been on the hunt for Tian for a while now and finally has him in his sights. But after he takes out Tian, Tian’s gun disappears and the media spins it to make it look like Richter killed an unarmed man.

FBI Special Agent Vessa Drake is called in to investigate if the shooting was legitimate. But things go in another direction when another body is discovered that has Richter’s initials carved on it. Together it’s up to Richter and Drake to stop the killer and clear Richter’s name.

This is a great story. I’ll admit that Richter was a pain in the butt but I come to like the guy. I was really confused as to how he wouldn’t pick up on Tian if he was a human lie detector, but I was glad to see that he was out to correct his mistake.

I was kept guessing the whole time about the killer. This book had lots of twists and turns and made it hard to put down the book. This is the first book I have read from Cy Wyss but it definitely won’t be the last. This is an engrossing thriller and one I recommend checking out.

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

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