Saturday, December 10, 2016

Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway

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Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway


Welcome to the #PNR and #UF Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway! This book blitz is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.


Description
Who’s ready for a giveaway you can get your hands on? A bunch of authors got together to bring you this Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway! One lucky winner is going to win SIXTY-TWO (62) Paperback Books!



How’s that for an epic Book-Lover’s Prize?! If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy, Dystopian Fiction, or Paranormal/SciFi Romance, you’re going to want to get in on this! The best part is that even if you don’t win, you’ll be subscribed to the sponsoring authors newsletters for a chance to grab some freebies, snag some special offers, and enter more giveaways!
Read an excerpt from one of the featured books below.

Excerpt from Fireseed One by USA Today bestselling author Catherine Stine.
We anchor at SnowAngel Island, trek toward the center of town, and pile into L’Ongitude. It used to be a whale-blubber processing plant. Now it’s a club full of striking, well-heeled young people gyrating to Nu-Arctic beats. We flash the fake IDs that Audun lent us. Good light show. Snowflake and icicle shapes in silvery colors whirl across the walls and across peoples’ bodies. Swallowing a lump of envy, I glance at the couples, lucky enough to already be in college, and soon be unfolding the fronds of their dream careers.
As I watch them, I get this awful vision of the world, in, say, in four years. A world where we never found those agar seed disks and the food bank dried up. It’s a world where these healthy, lively party-hounds are haggard and hungry, and no longer dancing. Where they’re on their bony hands and knees in their backyards, scratching for mushrooms and sinewy worms. I grab anxiously at a pile of pink-and-yellow agar-pastries that a L’Ongitude waitress is carrying, and stuff one in.
Shaking off the vision as I chew, I glance over at Marisa. She’s arching her brows at a girl’s skimpy garb. The girl ignores Marisa but her dance partner gives Marisa an appreciative once-over. Even though Marisa’s hair is hastily pinned up with strands that blew out from the wind, she stands out because of her unusual Land-style suit—long pants hugging her legs. Most girls on SnowAngel dress in short frocks with hike shorts.
Little does this guy ogling Marisa know I hold her captive with an invisible fish-tracker; that without it she’d escape in a hot minute. The irony makes me cringe. I don’t need to fish with virtual line to snag a girl, and she’s certainly not my girlfriend. Marisa’s keeping step with me, and after that first bold stare at the dancers, she bows her head when someone looks her way. Anxiety practically sweats off her. Why does she hate crowds?
“Look, jerk, I’m not your prize whale,” she hisses. “You want to see that video of your dad? The only way is if you take the stupid fish line off me.”
“I can’t do that.”
It’s a standoff while we glare at each other, me wondering why I don’t just jab her with my fish knife for all the damage she’s inflicted, her probably wondering how she can off me and get the rest of those disks. But there’s Fireseed, and the mystery video. I need Marisa to find out what these are.
Her face breaks into a sudden, shocking grin as she holds out a handful of peanuts. “I got us a snack.”
A watery tension in my chest eddies into my legs morphing them into heavy, wet plaster. Surreptitiously, I throw my share of the nuts on the floor. For all I know, she laced them with poison.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Giveaway
Enter the giveaway here for a chance to win 62 paperback books valued at $744.


Friday, December 9, 2016

"Crime and Catnip" by T. C. LoTempio

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Crime and Catnip
(Nick and Nora Mysteries Book 3)
by T. C. LoTempio


Crime and Catnip is the third book in the Nick and Nora Mysteries by T. C. LoTempio. Also available: Meow If It's Murder (read my blog post) and Claws for Alarm (read my blog post).



This book tour and giveaway is brought to you by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.
While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.
As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him …
Includes delicious sandwich recipes.

Excerpt
Click below to read an excerpt.


Praise for the Book
"A fun new to me series. I look forward to reading more books by this author." ~ A. Holland Reads
"Enjoyable and suspense filled mystery for fans of cozies and fans of cats!" ~ MysteriesEtc
"Crime and Catnip was a very enjoyable read and I was hooked from the first page to the last." ~ Books, Dreams, Life
"I loved reading this especially the various mysteries, including what happened to Nick and his coded messages it was great!!" ~ Community Bookstop
"Nora and the feisty feline Nick are back and better than ever!" ~ Bibliophile Reviews

About the Author
While Toni LoTempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and Rocco, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – and in Spring 2017, the new Cat Rescue mysteries from Crooked Lane! She, Rocco, and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York.



Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card (US only).

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

"The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets" by Sophie Hannah

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The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets
by Sophie Hannah


The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets is currently on tour with Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
A collection of ingenious suspense stories from one of today’s most acclaimed novelists in the genre.
Everybody has their secrets, and in Sophie Hannah’s fantastic stories the curtains positively twitch with them.
Who, for instance, is the hooded figure hiding in the bushes outside a young man’s house? Why does the same stranger keep appearing in the background of a family’s holiday photographs? What makes a woman stand mesmerised by two children in a school playground, children she’s never met but whose names she knows well? And which secret results in a former literary festival director sorting soiled laundry in a shabby hotel? All will be revealed ... but at a cost.
As Sophie Hannah uncovers the dark obsessions and strange longings behind the most ordinary relationships, life will never seem quite the same again.

Excerpt
Click below to read an excerpt. Please note the book has been re-issued with a new cover.


Praise for the Book
"I don't usually read short stories, but I loved all of the author's crime fiction novels, so I just had to read this. These stories are amazing...incredibly well written, suspenseful and thought provoking. The subtleties are brilliant, as are both the dialog between characters and the description of the characters' thoughts. I always felt like I could understand and relate to each character. I can't recommend this book highly enough." ~ Book Addict
"This is a book of short stories that will surprise you and catch you totally unaware. Each story seems to be innocent enough, until you discover someone's secret. Once that happens, you see everything through a different lens. Each story is very well-written, as well as being suspenseful and thought-provoking. My favorite of the collection was 'The Octopus Nest,' which is very impressive. From the first sentence, you can feel the terror building....but you'll never see the final twist coming!" ~ Teresa Kander
"I do not particularly like short stories but these are excellent, not all of them Sophie's trademark 'crime thrillers,' just great character and story plotting. The first story, The Octopus Nest, is so breathtakingly good, it made the succeeding stories seem slightly pallid at first, but after the distance of a day or so from The Octopus Nest they regained their justifiable brilliance :)) So if you react to The Octopus Nest the way I did, you might want to wait awhile to catch your breath before going on to the others." ~ J. Stainbrook
"I have to agree that if I could give this book 100 stars I would. I feel like each story is jewel in itself and I'm continually amazed that I'm drawn into each one. This book is incredibly well written and each story is so different from the next. By far my favorite Sophie Hannah book yet!" ~ Maverick

My Review


By Lynda Dickson
This is a collection of ten short (albeit quite long) stories. I haven't read them all yet, so this review is for the first four stories.
In "The Octopus Nest", Claire and her husband discover a mysterious woman in all their holiday photos taken over the last ten years. But not all is as it seems. The ending will shock you.
In "Friendly Amid the Haters", our narrator deals with incompetence at every turn - until she reaches her breaking point. Just how far can things go over a stained carpet?
In "We All Say What We Want", Tom finds it impossible to say what he actually feels, but what would happen if he did? Did you ever wonder what "cc" and "bcc" on emails stand for? You'll find out in this story!
In "The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets", Tamsin is compiling and editing a book of secrets, but what is her motivation? Not all narrators can be trusted to provided an unbiased account of their actions.
This last story appropriately provides the title for the collection, as all the stories have a bookish theme and feature people who have secrets of their own. The writing is excellent, the pace is brisk, suspense is maintained throughout, and the author makes some clever observations of human behavior. With their tongue-in-cheek humor and witty, sarcastic banter, these stories had me laughing out loud at some points, had me cringing at others, and left me shocked at their conclusion.
I look forward to reading the rest of this collection.

About the Author
Sophie Hannah is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 27 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie.






Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of five ebook copies of The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets by Sophie Hannah (US only).

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"Unforgiving" by Adnan Alisic

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Unforgiving
by Adnan Alisic


Unforgiving by Adnan Alisic is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well. The book will be released early January 2017 but is available for pre-order.


Description
12 years after surviving horrific massacre, 15-year-old Meho commits ruthless murders and sets in motion the event which could change the world order.
The murders are followed by the trial of the century, where media vilifies Meho as a psychopath, mass murderer, and a monster -  all under the influence of FBI, who are trying to conceal the identity of the victims and protect the National Security.
The only person who believes that Meho is innocent is his 10-year-old brother Bucky, who will turn heavens and earth to free Meho. After learning the truth, Bucky is devastated, but not all things are as they seem, and the truth will be revealed at the very end.

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Excerpt
THE MONSTERS
January 29, 2016
My name is Meho, I am fifteen years old, and tonight I’m going to commit murder. But you have to know that the bastards I’m going to kill are not like you and me. They look like humans, they talk like humans, and they live like humans. But they are not like us. They are monsters capable of committing unspeakable horror.
And I’m not different than any of you. I have a great family who love me unconditionally. I hate going to school, and I have an annoying little brother whom I love to death. I’ve been bullied, assaulted, and called names, but that’s not the reason why I’m doing this tonight. This is all because of promise to my little sister.
After a lifetime, I saw him right in front on my house. When I opened the door, my heart ripped out of my chest. The Monster had escaped from my nightmare and came to my reality to finish what he had started long a time ago.
He is over six-feet tall, with a buzz cut, a pointed nose, and a sinister tattoo on his neck that I’ll never forget. Frozen like ice, I stared at him for eternity, horror of images flashing through my mind. Fortunately, he didn’t recognize me. But I knew who he was. Every night I see him in my nightmares.
“I have pakage for mister Miller,” he said with a heavy Slavic accent.
In roaring silence, I scanned his FedEx shirt, took the package, scribbled something on the paper, and shut the door in his face.
From that moment, my whole life changed, and every second was dedicated to hunting the Monster down. I used my hacking skills and found out all I needed about him. And the most horrific thing I discovered was that he is not alone.
During the past seven weeks, I found out he lives in a single-story house around Bell Road and 14th Street. He drives a late model S-Class and works only Mondays and Fridays. His days are spent from coffee shop to coffee shop, and his nights from strip club to strip club. His last stop of the night is the shady bar on 12th Street and Bell, and that’s where I’m waiting now.
My heart thunders as I watch drunk patrons stride in and out, chatting mumbling, and laughing. The darkly tinted window of the bar blisters with neon signs of Heineken, Budweiser, and Bud Light. Cars roar down the busy Bell Road, and every once in a while tires scream and horns blare. Next to the bar is a pool hall, and the cracking of the pool balls spills into the chilly night.
I am sitting on the curb about ten yards from his black Benz, my palms getting sweaty. Tonight, my wiry frame is adorned in Guess jeans, gray turtleneck, and my favorite Jordans. The school backpack is on my back, but tonight it wasn’t packed with books.
My heart stutters when I see him stumble out of the bar with a group of people. They laugh, and after saying farewells, he ambles toward his car. Suddenly, everything grows quiet and the only noise I hear is the melody he whistles. The melody from my nightmare. He stops, takes a deep drag of the cigarette, and its glow illuminates his evil eyes. Clutching the small Taser in my hand, I get up as the blinkers flash and the locks pop open on his car.
“Sir can you take me home?” I ask politely.
He glances at me, then opens the door. After taking his leather jacket off, he collapses in the leather seat. I make a few steps forward, as he slams the door and buzzes the window down. He swings his hairy arm out, cigarette glowing in his thick fingers.
“Why would I give you ride?”
I step to the window and glare at him. An inked two-headed eagle ominously snakes up his neck as the stench of alcohol and cigarettes assails my senses. His dark, snake eyes, drill through me and in them I see myself — a skeletal, harmless-looking boy, with a leather backpack on his shoulders, and a frightened expression on his face.
He starts the car and my hand shakes. In a flash, I press the Taser to his beefy neck, and he starts convulsing in the leather seat. For a brief second, a terrifying shriek roars in the night, which was extinguished by the roar of Benz’s eight cylinders as his cramped foot presses onto the gas pedal. I storm to the passenger side, toss my backpack in the back seat, and hop inside.
“Drive!” I scream.
I see his hand reach to his hip and I quickly press the Taser to his cheek. After he stops dancing, I pull a chrome-plated .45 from the leather holster on his hip and toss it in the back seat.
“Drive!” I scream again, pressing the Taser to his neck.
“I coon’t!”
I jump out, open his door, and try to push him to the passenger side.
He struggles, and I press the Taser to his groin.
“Okay, okay!” he screams, and like a pine log rolls to the passenger side.
I jump inside and pull three Xanax pills out of my pocket.
“Drink this!”
His mouth is a gaping hole and I stuff the pills inside, but he turns toward me and spits them out. I give him a quick jolt, pick up the pills and shove them inside his mouth. He tries to spit them again, but I zap him until he gulps.
I yank the car in reverse, back out, and moments later, I am gliding down the busy Bell Road.
*****
“What the hell is going on there?” Special Agent Kirkovsky asked peering through the windshield.
“It seems like the fool is so drunk he can’t even drive,” Agent Cornwell responded from the driver’s seat.
They were inside the blue Impala parked in the back parking lot. The car was littered with empty Red Bull cans and crumpled Wendy’s wrappers. Both of them were in their early forties, tall and athletic, dressed in jeans and polo shirts, and very cramped after sitting for hours observing their target.
“Who’s the kid?” Kirkovsky asked.
Agent Cornwell snapped a few high-resolution photos, hooked the camera to his laptop, and logged onto the FBI’s Next Generation Identification. A few seconds later the information spilled out.
“Meho Miller, fifteen years old, lives in Scottsdale, comes from a very affluent family. He was in trouble —”
“They’re leaving, they’re leaving,” Kirkovsky snapped.
Cornwell passed the laptop to Kirkovsky, started the car, and slowly rolled out of the parking lot.
*****
I obey all the traffic laws as every cell in my body shakes with fear. My eyes constantly dart between the Monster sitting next to me and the busy traffic ahead of me. One hand is on the steering wheel and another always clutching the Taser in case of an emergency.
“Why’r you doin this?” the Monster lethargically slurs his words, the effect of the triple tranquilizer evident by now.
I keep quiet, and twenty minutes later, I park in front of the empty warehouse on Thunderbird Avenue and shut off the car.
“Let’s go!”
As I open the door, Monster’s hand glides toward me, way too slow for me not to notice. I quickly get out of the way, and give him a quick zap on his head. He shrieks like a seagull, and seconds later, he struggles out of the car. I pick up my backpack, his gun and cell phone, and lead him inside the warehouse.
*****
The blue Impala rolled inside the murky parking lot across from the deserted warehouse and stopped in the dark corner. From there they had a clear view of the black Benz.
“It looks like he’s so drunk, he can barely walk,” Kirkovsky said.
“What the hell is he doing here?”
Kirkovsky sipped on his Red Bull, then smacked his lips. “This is definitively out of his daily routine.”
“Call the other team.”
Kirkovsky got on the radio and conveyed the location. Ten minutes later, a green Dodge Caravan rolled in and parked on the other side of the parking lot.
[Want more? Click here to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"Unforgiving gives readers not only the dark side of Meho - the one who is cold and calculated and kills but also the family side where Meho and Bucky were taught the skills of hacking and biochemistry by their grandfather. [...] The killing scenes were amazing, and it shows readers the dark, cold truth about what PTSD and revenge can do to someone even if they were at a young age when the incident occurred. [...] If you want a dark teen angsty read with crime elements, then check out Unforgiving by Adnan Alisic." ~ Paula Phillips
"This was a dark but interesting story. In a lot of ways it was easy to relate to the way Meho behaved. His early life was harsh and cold. Killing meant survival, and who wouldn’t want to off the people who have taken so much from them? [...] The author is a good writer and does an excellent job of fleshing out the characters and keeping the reader on their toes. The world is full and vibrant so the story is easy to read. [...] Over all it is a good read and I would read more by this author." ~ Domoni
"This was a interesting read for me. It kept me on my toes. A fast paced read as well. The Author does a great job on the story and the characters. I could imagine them. It got me into the book like I was there with them. This is a dark story so if you like dark stories this book is for." ~ Stacey Schneller
"This novel is fast paced. Prose is conversational. Dialogue is taut. While some of the twists and turns strain credulity, suspense and excitement keep you wanting to know exactly where it’s going and how it will all turn out. If you like tough tales about young people, it might be for you." ~ Joe Kilgore, US Review of Books

About the Author
After witnessing terrible war atrocities, Adnan Alisic escaped from Bosnia and came to Phoenix, Arizona where he became a successful businessman. Entangled in a gambling addiction, he was forced to execute this sensational casino heist.





Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win an ebook copy of Unforgiving by Adnan Alisic and a $25 Amazon gift card.

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