Where the Wild Things Bite, by Molly Harper

Return to Half Moon Hollow… Molly Harper’s newest book in the Half Moon Hollow series is a so entertaining. Of course, every book in Molly Harper’s various series reflect her humor and imagination. If you have the chance to listen to any of them, you’ll be hooked. Listening to the audiobook is highly suggested. Narrator, Amanda Ronconi, has the writer’s words and tone mastered. Molly Harper and Ms. Ronconi have worked...

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The Veritas Deception, by Lynne Constantine

A Book Review Have you ever wondered how much of your life has been manipulated?   You will, after reading The Veritas Deception with its multi-layered plot.  Good vs evil is at the core of it, but evil never plays fair. The Story The Veritas Deception starts off at a full run as Jack Logan tries to protect a senator’s wife.  The two must learn why. The Present After a last minute change of vote on a bill in Congress, Senator Malcolm...

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Top Gifts for the Left Handed

Top Gifts for the Left Handed Left Handed Somethings for your Lefties Nope. I’m not kidding. If you think I might be, you are probably right handed. As a card carrying left hander, there have been dozens of times when it has put me in a fix. If you know a Lefty, please consider this. With ten percent of the population left handed, most everyone knows someone who is left handed. But have you ever thought about the inconveniences...

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The Killing Game, by Nancy Bush: A Review

From Bestselling Author, Nancy Bush… In a complicated plot that first seems like three separate stories, author Nancy Bush has written a complex and entertaining mystery. You will need to pay attention to this one. From the beginning murder by an apparent serial killer to old skeletons found in a basement, the suspense grows. At the same time Andi Wren is finding her way forward after her husband’s death. The Story Andi Wren...

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Book Review: Over Easy, by Pamela Ford

Introducing The Continental Breakfast Club If you are looking for a light summer read that will keep you smiling you might enjoy over easy.  Book one in the Continental Breakfast Club series has an unusual premise for its series name. Three girlfriends want to meet guys. When you’ve tried singles groups, church groups, the other usual choices,  where do you look next?  The story is a little romance, a little mystery, a lot...

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Book Review: Blue Moon, by Wendy Corsi Staub

On Tour with Wendy Corsi Staub Wendy Corsi Staub is back with the second in her newest series located in Mundy’s Landing.  With the release of her book, she is on a book tour this month, hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  The bestselling author can be found at a number of sites during the tour. We hope you will enjoy our review and drop to several sites to find more reviews, guest articles and interviews with this...

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Book Review: Dennis Lehane’s “A Drink Before The War”

Book Review: Dennis Lehane’s “A Drink Before The War”. If author Dennis Lehane is unfamiliar to you, I bet you will still know of his work. Have you seen Mystic River? How about Shutter Island? Those two recent hits were authored by Mr. Lahane. Years before that, Mr. Lahane published his very first book, A Drink before The War. Escape back to the 50’s, to a gentler time in many ways, but a harsher time in others. In the...

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Tuna Melt Calzone

Melted Cheese Delicious The other day while I was making bread dough for cinnamon rolls, I cut off a piece to try making a calzone.  It was a delicious spinach and cheese calzone  that you can see here. Then a friend and I were talking about forming an official Tuna Melt Association, so I had to try it in a calzone.  It is delicious!  I used bread dough made in my bread machine again, but a thinner crust, such as a pizza crust is...

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Book Review: Fortune Hunter, by Jana DeLeon

The Latest in the “Miss Fortune” Mystery Series Fortune Hunter is another engaging novel from Jana DeLeon. After reading Louisiana Longshot, the first in the series, I looked forward to another tale from Ms. Deleon. What a fun series to read. Number 8 in the “Miss Fortune” series, features the same familiar characters. Fortune Redding, police sergeant Carter LeBlanc, Gertie, Ida Belle, and more. In book one, we saw Fortune...

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The History of Root Beer

Root Beer’s Beginning. One of the first things you notice when you start researching the early history of some of our favorite products is how much innovation was developed because of the product. As interesting as the root beer itself, you’ll find several firsts here in this article, some that became huge trends in our society. Even Shakespeare enjoyed a small beer on occasion, one with alcohol added. Was his flavor root...

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Game Changer, by Douglas E. Richards

  The New Bestseller from Douglas E Richards A complicated plot, likable characters, and fast paced action combine into an exciting new novel from author, Douglas E Richards. Talk about a brain twister. As you read Game Changer you will understand why it is an Amazon bestseller already.  It’s definitely an appropriate title. An operative, Kevin Quinn, who attempts to assassinate his employer. That employer happens to be the...

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Book Review: The Lost Key, by Catherine Coulter and J T Ellison

“A Brit in the FBI” returns The Lost Key was—is—an unexpected surprise. Thinking it would be more a police procedural,  it was that and more.  A murder investigation that soon advances into a suspenseful thriller, it is filled with a variety of adventure and ultimately a terror threat. It’s fast paced in every setting with lives endangered at each stop. The Story Book two in the “A Brit in the FBI ” series brings...

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Interview with Anjenique Hughes, Author of “Sovereignty”

Sovereignty:  An All Too Plausible Dystopia Author Anjenique Hughes is off to a terrific start with her debut novel, Sovereignty. A dystopian novel, it paints a frightening future for our nation and the world. Written for young adults, any age teen really, adults too will enjoy it. The premise of the story and the characteristics of the teens are uplifting at the same time they are scary. Since Ms. Hughes is currently on a virtual...

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Friendly Fire, by John Gilstrap, A Review

Book 8 in The Jonathan Graves Series Jonathan Graves has been a favorite character of mine since I ran across No Mercy on Audible. A hostage rescuer with all the talent and skills needed to stealthily find and retrieve the missing, he is a fun and fascinating character. The 8th book in the series increases that fondness. What do you do when a child you rescued is arrested for murdering the monster who hurt him? Friendly Fire is a...

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Spotlight: The Great Disney Scavenger Hunt and Author Catherine F. Olen

Presenting Author Catherine F. Olen No matter what your age, you will appreciate and enjoy this clever book by Catherine F. Olen.  So many of us have visited Disneyland at some time in our lives.  The original California park has good reason to be called “The Magic Kingdom.” As Ms. Olen says in her book,  we usually arrive with an enormous list of what we want to see and do.  We then scurry from ride to ride, from...

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Spotlight: Party With a Plan, by Randy Haveson

 “I Couldn’t NOT Write this Book” We are pleased to participate today in the virtual book tour for Randy Haveson’s new book, Party With a Plan.  Currently on tour with iRead Book Tours, you will find articles and interviews at numerous sites.  To see the full schedule, check out the Author’s Home Page at iRead. Mr Haveson has written an article for us here on Jaquo as well, as part of the tour.  Do enjoy the article,...

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Cauliflower Potato Salad

Cauliflower in Potato Salad. Really. When the weather warms up and the grill comes out, potato salad starts to sound so good. To me, it is such a tradition for picnics, barbecues–really any party or gathering. Doesn’t it seem like nearly everyone loves it? Chilled, with just the right blend of ingredients, it is so satisfying. Maybe it reminds me of my childhood, since the recipe I normally use is the one from my mother....

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Book Spotlight: The Conscious Entrepreneur

The Conscious Entrepreneur, by Laura C. Cannon It is always a pleasure to spotlight a book that provides motivation for a work and life balance.  Today’s book does just that.  Speaker and coach, Laura Cannon, will encourage, suggest, and teach you how to do just that. The popular coach is currently on a virtual book tour taking place from July 11th to 29th, 2016.  The tour, hosted by iRead Book Tours, will include articles and...

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The Oregon Coast: Bandon by the Sea

Time to Explore and Relax The Oregon beach at Bandon by the Sea must be one of the most beautiful in our nation. It certainly makes top ten lists often.  Long stretches of beach are spotted with enormous rocks, in every direction. The view from a distance–or close up–is awe inspiring. Add to that, Bandon is less than two hours from my home. Often exploring your own locale can be as enjoyable as a vacation away. At least...

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Barbecued Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Are you barbecuing chicken this weekend?  Just the thought of it brings to mind summer picnics, with potato salad of course, after a swim in the lake. If you have any leftover, here is a very tasty use for them.  You could use any leftovers actually, from hamburgers to the potato salad.  Anything tastes yummy in a lettuce wrap. Rotisserie chicken is wonderful fixed this way too.  Seems every time I get one there is a little bit left....

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Walking the Beach During Minus Tide

 Walking the Beach During Minus Tide   If you are near a beach when there is a ’negative’ or ‘minus’ tide, you won’t want to miss it.  If it’s a beach you visit often, you will probably notice the difference immediately.  If it is a beach that is new to you, what you might see will be a delight. I had a friend who is a photographer who suggested I go to our local beach during a minus tide.  I didn’t time it well though and...

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6 Essentials for Your Trip to the Pacific Northwest

6 Essentials for Your Trip to the Pacific Northwest Have you decided when you are coming to the Pacific Northwest? There is so much to do here anytime of year. The entire Pacific Northwest is an outdoor lover’s paradise, and that holds true no matter what the season. Boating–anytime. Fishing—anytime, though you will definitely want to fit salmon season into your schedule. Imagine hauling in your own! Camping—year round. Hiking...

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The Virgin of The Wind Rose, by Glen Craney, A Review

Don’t Miss This Adventure Thriller from Glen Craney The Virgin of the Wind Rose is an excellent novel that crosses time and continents,  If you enjoy a good adventure, you will enjoy this engrossing tale filled with clues that may lead to secrets and a treasure without price. Jaqueline Quartermane is a newly hired lawyer with the State Department. A respected position that comes with some power. Will that status be enough to...

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Lifelong Memories of Camping

Lifelong Memories of Camping When I was growing up summers meant camping in one of the California’s national parks. Every year, Dad would load up the car with mom and us kids, along with the tent, camp stove and ice chest, all the piles of food and miscellaneous…and drive off into the night. And for some reason I remember leaving at night often. I suppose when Dad got home from work. When I think back on it now, it couldn’t have...

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Writing Multiple Mystery Series: Keeping Up with Your Children, by Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr returns today to share with readers how she manages her various series.  Each is different, yet the characters overlap in a way that makes you want to read all of them! This month, her latest in the Mac Faraday series, Candidate for Murder,  will be released.  Watch for our review coming soon! On a virtual tour in June and July, you can find more about Lauren, her series, and her books, here at her iRead Book Tours Home...

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Spotlight on “Candidate For Murder,” by Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is back this month with her twelfth entry to the Mac Faraday series. Candidate For Murder is sure to be another bestseller for the popular author. All the more so because it features Gnarly. Who would have thought he might run for office. I’d vote for him in a minute. Ms. Carr is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours. From June 20th through July 29th, she will be around and about with doing...

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Chilled Cucumber Soup

With summer nearing, it is time to plan some dishes that will be cool and refreshing without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.  It’s also the time of year when we hope to have a lovely supply of freshly grown vegetables right from  our own gardens. One of the easiest vegetables I’ve grown in past years is a cucumber plant.  I love to make marinated cucumbers, with or without tomatoes and onions.  Of course they are wonderful in a...

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Book Spotlight: Interlude to Sentimental Me

An Article from Author Michael B. Judkins Today we are spotlighting Michael B. Judkins’ new release, Interlude to Sentimental Me.  Released in May, 2016, it is the second book featuring the writing of this fine author.  You are certain to find a poem that relates to your life, even while your choice changes over time.  It’s a book you will want in your collection. Mr. Judkins is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by...

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Preparing for Safe Summer Dining

It won’t be long now until summer is here.  With summer comes picnics, camping trips, pool parties, barbecues, and a desire to eat outside in the sunshine and fresh air. With thoughts of how fun each sounds, dining outside requires some additional preparation to keep your family and the food safe. We’ve all seen tubs of ice containing sodas and beer.  Excellent, since both taste best icy cold. In the heat it’s even more important to...

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Book Review: Independence Day, by Ben Coes

Ben Coes’ is Back With Dewey Andreas Ever since the release of Power Down, the debut novel written by Ben Coes, I have been a huge fan.  That book became—and still is—one of my all time favorite suspense thrillers. So there could be a slight bias, a leaning toward enjoying any new novel from Mr. Coes.  Still, if you read Independence Day, you will understand why it is now a favorite too.  With skill similar to the late Vince...

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Grand Prix Gourmet: Austrian Schnitzel with Chicken

When you think of Austrian food, what comes to mind?  Sacher Torte?  Knodel?  Perhaps one of the delicious cookies, like the linzer tarts with jam filling?  At our house Austrian meant Schnitzel with red cabbage. Most commonly made with pork or veal, we eventually switched to chicken.  Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cook in just a few minutes. My husband was the master of this process. One of the secrets is slicing the chicken...

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Book Review: “Written Off,” by E J Copperman

The First in the “Mysterious Detective” Series A mystery author who writes about an author writing a mystery grabs a reader’s attention, don’t you think?  As much as we enjoy books, the process is fascinating to us as well. When we get a chance to see both, what’s not to like? Which is only part of why I enjoyed Written Off from the first page, as author and featured character Rachel Goldman finishes writing the latest...

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Book Review: The Burglar who Counted the Spoons, by Lawrence Block

The Latest in the Bernie Rhodenbarr, Burglar Series. The “Burglar who…..” book series by Lawrence Block has been one of my favorites for years. The books are such fun! It’s been quite a while since I read the first one, but I still smile fondly thinking of the characters. Bernie Rodenbarr is a very likable character, in spite of–or because of– the fact that he is a burglar. I wouldn’t have...

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The First Rule, by Robert Crais, A Book Review

The First Rule, by Robert Crais, A Book Review. It’s always a treat to get back to Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, the featured characters in many of Robert Crais’ novels. You grow so fond of both of them during the series, you get anxious to see what they will get into next. Usually in the series, Elvis is the lead, outgoing and witty, working at their detective agency. In this book, Joe Pike takes the lead. He is not so outgoing, or so...

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An Interview with Author John Lansing

Author of ‘Dead is Dead’. John Lansing, author, actor, screenwriter, is currently on a virtual book tour for his newest release, Dead is Dead.  We have enjoyed being part of that tour, hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.  The tour runs from May 16th through June 30th, so you will lot many opportunities to learn more about the author and his books. We we invited to review book as well. You will find our review...

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Muffin Omelets

  Here’s an easy, versatile recipe for a brunch or a simple family breakfast.  They also work great for something to grab on-the-go. Chop a little onion, some ham or bacon, any vegetables you would like to add.  Try spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers… It doesn’t take very much.  Sprinkle some cheese in with the egg, and bake them up. If you serve them immediately, they are nice and high.  If they will be served...

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A Review of “The Dubai Betrayal,” by Jeremy Burns

Available Now! Jeremy Burns Anticipated New Release It is always a delight to find a new author of suspense thrillers that I can follow.  So I am quite happy to say that Jeremy Burns is now on that list.  Especially if the book features Wayne Wilkins. The Dubai Betrayal is a fascinating story you won’t want to miss. The Story Wayne Wilkins, first a Ranger, then a CIA Assassin, has an urgent new assignment.  After all the years...

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Book Review: Code of Conduct, by Brad Thor

Scot Harvath Returns in “Code of Conduct” “Fast paced” isn’t quite sufficient to describe the excitement in Brad Thor’s novel, Code of Conduct. Constant action throughout is more like it. Time is short for Scot and his team, even shorter than they realize. The scenario developed here by the author is as scary as it is possible. Since Mr. Thor is known to write fiction that sometimes becomes reality, it makes it...

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Spotlight: Jessica Bunevacz, Author of “Date Like a Girl, Marry Like A Woman”

An Article By Author Jessica R Bunevacz Today we are pleased to spotlight a new book that might change your future.  Written by Jessica R Bunevacz, Date Like A Girl, Marry Like a Woman, is an entertaining look about the do’s and don’t’s in relationships. The author is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours.  The tour runs from June 13th through June 24th, 2016, and will feature reviews, interviews, and articles...

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Tess Gerritsen’s “The Mephisto Club,” A Book Review

Tess Gerritsen’s “The Mephisto Club,” A Book Review   The Mephisto Club is another intriguing story from Tess Gerritsen. I just finished it yesterday, making me feel a little like I am reading her books in reverse. When I read Ice Cold, written by Ms. Gerritsen and first published in 2006, I was so impressed. A winter tale always draws my interest, but the mystery and suspense in Ice Cold was wonderful. It...

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The CleanSweep Conspiracy, by Chuck Waldron, A Review

Could it Happen Today? A simple text message received by Matt Tremain begins this fast paced novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. An intriguing way to begin a frightening story. Frightening because it is so possible–because it could be happening already. Matt Tremain is a blogger. He writes about scams, always looking to expose the hidden. That includes CleanSweep since the rumors started. When an employee of...

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Vegetarian White Bean and Soy Chili

White Bean Chili. Our family loves a bowl of chili on a cold winter night. Our favorite used to be the traditional chili with the basic ground beef. Now that I’m trying to eat less meat and finding more vegetarian dishes, my goal was to see what I could create with my favorite white beans. I’ve tried it with ground turkey too. That’s very tasty, but this time I wanted to go totally vegetarian. That’s how this...

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Murder at Lambswool Farm, by Sally Goldenbaum, A Review

A Seaside Knitters Cozy Mystery Take an enjoyable trip to Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, courtesy of Sally Goldenbaum. Many of you may have traveled there before, since Murder at Lambswool Farm is the eleventh book in the popular series. This was my first visit, but I do plan on returning. The Seaside Knitters series is a sweet and accurate description of the series. A small town where everyone knows one another, a group of women meeting...

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Fruit Filled Green Salad with Citrus Dressing

Fresh Fruit and Lots of Greens This may be the most refreshing salad I’ve ever made! Who says fruit and green salad should be separate dishes? Combined, they are perfect for a hot summer day, though it would taste good any time of year. It’s been unusually hot here in my little town on the Southern Oregon Coast. Seems like it has been an exceptionally hot season this year across the entire country. When temperatures soar,...

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Make your own Hamburger Buns with a Bread Machine

Make your own Hamburger Buns with a Bread Machine Now that I have a bread machine I try to avoid buying bread at the store. The machine makes it so easy and inexpensive to prepare it at home, and the aroma of bread baking spreads through the house. My review of this fantastic invention is right here. At first I stuck with loaves of bread, not sure I would do well making rolls. But the first time I tried them I found they are so easy...

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Giving History Life, by Rich DiSilvio

From the Author of “My Nazi Nemesis” After reading and reviewing Rich DiSilvio’s latest novel, My Nazi Nemesis, we were pleased when the author wrote an article for us as well.  My review of his book can be found here, on Mystery Suspense Reviews. It is always a pleasure to learn more about a writer and his process.  My Nazi Nemesis includes a wealth of history centered around the Auschwitz concentration camp,...

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Giving Life to Your Character, by John R. Beyer

Yuri Shakirov of Soft Target John R Beyer, author, has recently released his novel, Soft Target. He was gracious to provide the guest article below discussing how he got to know the character he created for the entertaining book. You will enjoy hearing about the process. Be sure to get a copy of his fast paced suspense thriller! You can find my review on Mystery Suspense Reviews. Giving Life to Your Character, by John R. Beyer Writing...

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Mom’s Cherry Cobbler

Mom’s Cherry Cobbler Today it was time to go back in time to when my mother used to make this basic, light cobbler for our family.  It is so easy to stir up, takes little time to bake, and makes a wonderful, colorful dessert.  There is barely any sugar in the mix, but it is just enough to add a slight sweetness to the Bisquick mix.   Compared to some of the heavier, richer toppings, this is just right. I served it with whip...

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United States of Apocalypse, by Authors Mark Tufo and  Armand Rosamilia

A Book Review The End or a Beginning? It begins with how it happened. How the United States—and perhaps the world—was brought to its knees.  Even the prologue of this exciting book pulls you immediately into the story. Listening to the audiobook from Audible, I could feel the tension, the fear, the determination in the story.  Narrated by Sean Runnette and Julia Whelan, the male/female adds to the book immensely.  Both are...

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Book Review: Carry Me Home, by Rosalind James

Romantic Suspense in Paradise, Idaho Rosalind James is back in a romantic suspense novel that is indeed a thriller. A man, recently divorced, uncertain if he can trust again. A teacher with goals to reach the Ivy league.  Is there any chance the two of them can overcome all that separates them?  First goal is to stay alive. On a college campus a newly hired professor, Zoey Santangelo, discovers a small town isn’t always safer...

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An Interview with Author, Andrea Kane

Bestselling Author, Andrea Kane When Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine was invited to be a part of Andrea Kane’s virtual book tour for The Murder That Never Was, we couldn’t have been more pleased. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Kane for many years. Her novels are intense, well designed mysteries that literally do keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Her newest maintains that standard. It is terrific.  You’ll find my review here on...

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The Promise, by Robert Crais, A Review

Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Scott James, and Maggie. What could be better than that? The new long awaited novel from Robert Crais was well worth the wait. After waiting anxiously for months for The Promise to be released, i couldn’t read/listen to it right away. For some reason I had to save it a while, know it was there, perhaps to listen as a reward for some accomplishment. Do you ever do that? There are several favorite authors...

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What’s The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Do? by Carey Nachenberg

On Tour with “The Florentine Deception” If you haven’t yet read The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg, do pick up a copy soon. It’s a fascinating story, one of those tales where parts are all too plausible.  We have enjoyed being part of the virtual book tour currently underway with iRead Book Tours. Today, as part of that tour, we are very pleased to feature an article written by Mr. Nachenberg.  If...

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The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg, A Review

  It was just an old computer, one his father picked up at an estate sale. It should have taken a few hours to clean so his dad could donate it. But how could Alex Fife resist taking a peek at what it held. After all, the owner was dead. Along with his friend Stephen, he looks to see the last entries the owner had made. What he finds sends him on a treasure hunt that soon becomes a race to stop an attack that could bring down...

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Indian Cauliflower Rice with Spinach

Fresh, vegetarian, and healthy!  When I first saw a recipe on Food and Wine for Indian Cumin Rice, I knew I had to try with riced cauliflower instead. Cauliflower, either run thru a blender or grated into rice size bites with a grater, make an excellent substitute for regular rice.  It’s lighter, healthier, and very adaptable in so many dishes.  It works wonderfully in Fried Rice  and in Spanish Rice, so why not with an Indian flair....

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Shrimp in Spicy Tomato Sauce, Grand Prix Gourmet, Spain

  Spain is famous for their delicious satisfying cuisine, with certain dishes in particular.  Paella, gazpacho, flan, to name a few.  But There are so many other wonderful dishes, many including shrimp or other seafood.  This is a favorite featuring shrimp in a rich tomato sauce, spiced up with red chili pepper. It sounds wonderful! Since their schedule is quite different from the usual American schedule, this main dish is usually...

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Who Are We, Really? by Peter Riva

An Article from Author, Peter Riva We first learned of Peter Riva when we were asked to be a part of a book tour for his terrific book, The Path. We enjoyed the book so much, we were delighted to hear part two of the trilogy was ready for release. Mr. Riva is on another virtual book tour with host, iRead Book Tours, for Reaching Angelica.  We are so pleased that he was able to write a post of Jaquo along his tour.  Please check of the...

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Reaching Angelica, by Peter Riva

Book Two in “The Tag” Series is Here! Peter Riva is back once again with a novel science fiction story that will have you tilting your head, wondering, “Did I read that right?” In this amazing continuation of The Path, Simon Banks will once again need all of his vast computer skills, this time to save Earth. Part of the pleasure in science fiction is in giving your imagination free rein. Another part is how an author...

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Strawberry, Cream Cheese Pie

Sweet, Sweet Memories. As long as I can remember, my mother made the best pies! Everyone always loved them, and asked her to bake one kind or another. Naturally she made her own wonderful flaky crusts for each of them too. When we had our apple trees, she would make a bunch to freeze. Dad would always tease that he was the one always peeling apples so he should get credit for the pies. Apple, Banana Cream, Lemon Meringue, an...

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Mexican Cabbage Salad

Mexican Cabbage Salad Mexican Cabbage Salad is another recipe I’ve tried to replicate from a favorite local restaurant in San Diego. Cinco de Mayo or anytime, it’s a family favorite. It brings back memories of leisurely dinners complete with margaritas, chips and salsa, and friends. We often enjoyed sharing one of these salads with our dinner order. Usually we make coleslaw with mayo, but this is so crisp and refreshing with oil and...

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A Review of “The Berlin Package,” by Peter Riva

Peter Riva’s Latest Suspense Thriller is Out If you want a book to grab you from the first page, I suggest you read this one. On a flight over Iceland in a twin engine plane, one engine fails. Then the next. What a great beginning to The Berlin Package. Author Peter Riva has another hit! A sequel to Murder on Safari (review link below), Pero Baltazar and Mbuno are back. This time the well known film producer heads to Berlin. The...

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Book Spotlight: The War of Words, by Amy Neftzger

Spotlight On:  ‘The War of Words” Popular author, Amy Neftzger, returns with her latest book, The War on Words.  iRead Book Tours is currently hosting the virtual book tour for her latest addition. We hope you will take a minute to stop by her tour page to see the full schedule she has planned from April 18th through May 13th.  She will be answering questions, sharing articles and reviews.  You can find the details here at...

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Interview:  Radine Nehring, Author of “A Portrait to Die For”

We were only recently introduced to Radine Nehring, author of A Portrait to Die For.   So when we had the opportunity to interview her we were very pleased. It is always a delight to learn more about an author while reading their books.  Not only how they came to write, but also the process.  Anyone who has written a book–or tried to write one–knows it requires an above average imagination and a ton of discipline.  We...

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Gifts for Animal Lovers:  For The Birds

Bird Houses and Feeders for Your Yard Part of the pleasure of having a yard around your home is watching the visiting wildlife. It varies from one home to another. Some might have deer and raccoons, sometimes its bunnies. You’ll find frogs, lizards, insects of all sorts, and a lovely selection of birds. Every area will have a different variety of birds as well. It can be a joy to your entire family to see what birds will visit. If you...

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Garlic Shrimp and Spinach Sautéed in Coconut Oil

Garlic Shrimp and Spinach Sautéed in Coconut Oil. Large fresh shrimp sautéed two ways, one in butter, one in coconut oil.  Both scrumptious. Since I had a pound of fresh, uncooked shrimp, it seemed a perfect time to experiment.   I am happy to report it was a huge success! It seems over the years I had gotten into the habit of buying cooked shrimp, mostly to save the time and effort, but also to have it on hand in the freezer for a...

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Review: The Advocate’s Daughter, by Anthony Franze

What a great book! The Advocate’s Daughter grabbed me from the beginning—always a good thing–and wouldn’t let go until I reached the last page. A typical family, very well portrayed, likable, with the trials a family faces. Then tragedy strikes. The complications involved make for a very intriguing mystery. The Story Sean Serrat, highly respected Supreme Court attorney in DC, learns he is on the short list to be a Supreme...

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An Interview with Author, Ryan Quinn

After reading and reviewing Ryan Quinn’s novel, The Good Traitor, we were delighted to chat with him on his virtual book tour.  He’s established himself as a solid thriller writer, one we will look forward to following.  The second in a potential series featuring Kera Mersal, it can surely be read as a stand alone.  If you want to start at the beginning you might choose to get End of Secrets first.  It’s in my cart...

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A Tapping At My Door, by David Jackson, A Review

Nevermore Get read for a suspenseful mystery with A Tapping at The Door. It will pull you right in and have your mind on alert as the Liverpool Police hunt for a killer. Author David Jackson has received acclaim for his Callum Doyle series. A description of “nerve shredding” was used in his last novel. That is an apt description for the building suspense you will find in his novels.  In this one, even the police have reason to be...

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An Interview with Glenn Shepard

On Tour with Author Glenn Shepard Today we are back once more with Mr Glenn Shepard, author.  He is now on tour with the newest book in his Dr. Scott James series that includes The Missile Game, the Zombie Game, and now, the latest, The Ebola Game.  You may have already read our review of  The Zombie Game. We were very pleased when Mr Shepard agreed to an interview with us for his virtual book tour. The Interview It is remarkable that...

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Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Have you ever tried Spanish rice without any rice?  Try this method using riced cauliflower instead! Ever since I first tried using riced cauliflower in fried rice , I’ve been experimenting with it in other rice dishes.  It’s surprising how well it substitutes for regular rice, in texture and even taste. By the time you blend it with a sauce, the taste is very similar.  Sometimes I will do half and half, like I did my the fried rice...

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The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey: A Review

A Search for Identity An undecipherable manuscript, centuries old, a teacher determined to learn how it connects to her past, and three spirited high school girls who happen to be geniuses. Bring them together and you have a very intriguing mystery that reads almost like a treasure hunt. What an enjoyable mystery this was. It may have been written for middle school and up, but there is much to appreciate for adults as well. At the end...

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Gift Ideas for Turquoise Lovers

The gentle color of turquoise has attracted fans for thousands of years.  In varying shades of blue and blue green, it is popular smoothed or rough, pure or with the intricate lines that often trace through the gem. Sometimes carried in amulets or as adornment, cultures from the ancient Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, and in the Americas, the Atzecs, the Incas, and the native North Americans have all prized the gem.  it is considered a...

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Book Review: Veil of Deception, by Michael Byars Lewis

Michael Byars Lewis’ Latest Veil of Deception is a well written, complex novel, filled with pieces of a puzzle to sort and arrange. Described as a military thriller by many, I’d say it qualifies as a political thriller as well. It’s exciting, fast paced, and clever, involving strong characters, political posturing and international intrigue. Author Michael Byars Lewis, award winning author for his first book, Surly Bonds, will...

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The Girl From Home: Adam Mitzner’s New Release

Adam Mitzner’s newest release, The Girl From Home, is a thought provoking, suspenseful novel. It may not contain as much courtroom drama as his prior books, but it is still a dramatic legal thriller that first draws you into the hight powered world of Wall Street then suddenly sets you down into small town America. Jonathan Caine, a money manager flying high with success, would seem to be an accurate representation of a financier on...

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Book Review: Term Limits, Vince Flynn’s First Novel

Book Review:  Term Limits, Vince Flynn’s First Novel The late Vince Flynn was and is still a favorite author for me in the suspense thriller genre.  Each of his books has kept me up late reading or listening, wide awake from all the suspense and action in every book. His series character, Mitch Rapp, sets the standard for a hero in political thrillers.  Each book seems so plausible at what could happen–at home and...

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Uneven Exchange, by S K Derban

On Tour with “Uneven Exchange” When two men eye a woman vacationing in Mexico, your first expectation might be that they are admiring what they see. Not this time. While this particular woman is lovely, the men are looking beyond that.  She has retreated there, attempting to refocus her life off a man she loves. Unfortunately for Alexandra Callet, she just happens to look identical to the sister of a deadly assassin know...

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Trust No One, by Clare Donoghue: A Review

Bennett and Lockyer Return Trust No One is third release in this popular series from Clare Donoghue. The series features Detectives Jane Bennett and Mike Lockyer. A well done British police procedural, the story takes the reader down a twisting, intricate path into a family filled with secrets. There is something so appealing about a British mystery. There is often less violence and more subtlety, done with the reserve you might...

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Easter Crafting with Your Kids

Can’t Wait to Start Easter Crafts You too? Crafting with children for occasions like Easter is so much fun. Having kids about to decorate eggs, go on Easter egg hunts, even shopping for pretty and special Easter outfits brings back so many sweet memories! It was always a time for family to gather, to celebrate the day, and enjoy each other’s company. The spring colors, especially the pastels somehow always make me smile....

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Legoland, Carlsbad Opened 17 years ago today

 Legoland, Carlsbad March 20th, 1999, was the grand opening of Legoland in Carlsbad, California.  The first outside of Europe, it was an instant hit.  What’s not to enjoy? Legos themselves have been a favorite building toy since 1949.  Firmly established in that position by the 90’s, it’s no wonder a park was wanted and developed here in the states too.   Twenty million legos went into the construction of the park, now featuring sixty...

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Never Go Back, by Lee Child; A Review

Jack Reacher #18 Why is it that no sooner does Jack Reacher arrive in a town to find he is in trouble? It happens once again in Never Go Back, entry number eighteen in Jack Reacher’s most excellent series. Lee Child has done it again too. It was a pleasure to read (or listen) of his latest problems. If you have followed Jack you will know why he is heading to Virginia. A couple of books ago he got some help from a woman on another...

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The Ninth Step, by Mark Dawson: A Review

Terrific Story! The Ninth Step may be the hardest in the twelve step program that is part of Alcoholics Anonymous. Number nine is to make amends to those one has wronged. If any of us think into our past, it would be difficult to admit some of wrongs, let alone make amends. How much harder, if that includes murder? The series itself is a unique twist for a former killer. John Milton, former assassin for Britain, is now living a quiet...

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The Future of Tomorrow, by Joseph Gulesserian

Joseph Gulesserian’s New Release: Newspaper Boys Always Deliver: A Personal Journey into Pop and Technological Change in the last Fifty Years. We are pleased to present an article written by Joseph Gulesserian.  He is currently on a virtual book tour with his new book, released in January 2016.  You can see his full schedule of stops here at his author page on iRead Book Tours. If you missed our review from a couple of days ago,...

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Book Review: The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton

The Past and Present Long Connected In the mood for a multi-generational story told by a master? Kate Morton has certainly done it again in The Forgotten Garden. Mystery, suspense, and plenty of intrigue, weave throughout the story. A book of fairy tales penned by an unusual woman called The Authoress, gifted to a child, passed through generations, now offers clues within each tale to choices made so long ago. Yet their meanings are...

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A Wanted Man, by Lee Child, A Review

Lee Child’s Terrific Series It is always a treat to pass several hours with Jack Reacher.  A Wanted Man, the seventeenth in the series it is no exception.  Since I’ve read and listened to the books in order,  I’ve become quite attached. Jack is innocently hitching a ride, heading to Virginia. Most cars that slow down, quickly speed up when they get close.  Sporting a broken nose, he looks scarier than he usually does with his...

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The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses, by K N Smith

A Review of ‘The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses” K. N. Smith’s debut novel, Urban Boys, is now on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours. The novel is receiving some terrific reviews. Do stop by the link above to see the full schedule and learn more about the author and the book. As part of the tour, we were pleased to review this entertaining book.  Ms. Smith definitely has a way with words. The Story A group...

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A Visit With Lauren Carr, Author of Cancelled Vows

Our Interview with Lauren Carr Bestselling author, Lauren Carr,  has a new mystery in the Mac Faraday series.  We’ve been following his story for a few years now, catching up, one by one.  Cancelled Vows is the eleventh in the series. With each book, it is easy to grow more and more attached to the characters, especially since several now appear in their own series. Ms. Carr is currently on a virtual book tour for Cancelled...

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March 6th is the National Day of Unplugging

Could you do it? Would you be able turn off all the electronic devices for the day?  That is what is called for on March 6th each year since 2003. It’s unfortunate that some years, the day falls on a weekday.  It seems unlikely that many can participate on what is a normal work day.  Still, if you plan ahead, postpone the celebration until Saturday or Sunday, then flip the switch. Every month we become more connected to our devices...

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Book Review: Louisiana Longshot, by Jana Deleon

The Miss Fortune Mystery Series, Book One Once you’ve read one book written by Jana Deleon, you can’t help but smile when starting another. After reading Trouble in Mud Bug, I looked forward to Louisiana Longshot, newly available at Audible. Published in 2012, it introduces Fortune Redding in the “Miss Fortune Mystery series. Book one draws you right in. CIA agent Fortune returns from assignment in hot water after blowing her...

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Book Spotlight: Coins in The Fountain

Spotlight on: Judith Works’ Coins in the Fountain Today’s spotlight is on a novel/memoir written by Judith Works, author of the popular City of Illusions.  Ms. Works is currently on a virtual book tour with Italy Book Tours.  We hope you will check out the schedule for the tour here at her Italy Book Tours page.  You’ll find the calendar of stops along the way featuring interviews, reviews and articles from Ms....

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The Colors of Rome, by Judith Works

Judith Works’ new release, Coins in the Fountain has been getting wonderful reviews. Now, as part of her virtual book tour with Italy Book Tours, she shares an article with use here at Jaquo.  Do take a look at her tour schedule here to learn more about the author and her newest novel. Enjoy! THE COLORS OF ROME When I come to Rome from the often drab Pacific Northwest, the first thing I notice is the color. When it’s sunny in...

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Showcase: Uncommon Stock, by Eliot Peper

  Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0 by Eliot Peper on Tour February 15 – March 31, 2016 Book 1 of The Uncommon Series – Continued in Book 2, Uncommon Stock: Power Play. Mara Winkel is rock climbing, mountain biking, and ‘studying’ her way through school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. But when her best friend James asks her to partner with him to start a disruptive new software company she discovers that...

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Cold Moon, by Alexandra Sokolff, A Review

The Huntress Series Continues I just finished reading book three in the excellent “Huntress” series, written by Alexandra Sokoloff. Cold Moon is the most intense of the series so far. The world of underage prostitution is the subject of the story. The abduction of young girls, some barely teens, who are forced and threatened into obedience. The Story Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Matthew Roarke, has been part of the hunt...

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You Can Be A Pro Scheduler Without Being a Zombie!

We are pleased to present a post today written by Ken Dunn, the well known author of The Greatest Prospector in The World.  You may have read our review here on Jaquo.  Mr. Dunn, along with this latest book, are currently on a virtual book tour. You can find all the details at his tour page here, hosted by iRead Book Tours.  Do drop by for more information.  You will find other articles by Mr. Dunn, interviews, and reviews.  Get to...

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Unscrupulous, by M. E. May

The Circle City Mystery Series The fifth entry in M E May’s “Circle City Mystery” series is an intense, fast moving story suspense lovers are certain to enjoy. It begins when a woman is found murdered, her five year old daughter, Maricella, missing. Revenge, random, or something even worse? Then the investigation discovers the little girl is not the only child missing. Children are being taken, often right from their homes...

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Raspberry, White Chocolate Scones and More

Raspberry, White Chocolate Scones and More Basic Scones all Dressed Up Scones make a perfect brunch treat. Actually they are good for breakfast or a snack anytime. What’s so fun is that you can add such a variety of fruit to them as well. My favorite is raspberry, though blueberry comes in a close second. And adding white chocolate chips to any variety is always a taste sensation. Here’s my favorite basic recipe. They come...

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Frosted Cherry Squares

Yum A Delicious Cherry Treat This is one of my favorite new recipes. It makes a bar like cookie, but with fruit filling it is moist, sweet, and so tasty. It reminds me of the Cherry Cobbler my mother used to make when we were growing up. I originally saw it in a Taste of Home magazine, but have made a few changes. It’s an easy recipe to assemble, and makes such a pretty, colorful presentation. It also freezes very well, if you...

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Why I Never Describe What My Protagonist Looks Like

Author, L Davis Munro, on Her Book, Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette Today we are pleased to present an article written by L Davis Munro, who is currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours.  Do check out the author’s page there to see the full schedule of stops along the way.  You will read reviews, interviews, and more articles from the author. The story takes place in the early 1900’s.  Emmy takes a job...

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Mexican Cabbage Salad

Mexican Cabbage Salad Mexican Cabbage Salad is another recipe I’ve tried to replicate from a favorite local restaurant in San Diego. Cinco de Mayo or anytime, it’s a family favorite. It brings back memories of leisurely dinners complete with margaritas, chips and salsa, and friends. We often enjoyed sharing one of these salads with our dinner order. Usually we make coleslaw with mayo, but this is so crisp and refreshing with oil and...

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Top New Suspense Thrillers, Part 3: Mark Greaney

Mark Greaney, Author Bringing us Court Gentry Continuing the search for still more authors of thrillers, Mark Greaney’s Gray Man had to be on the list. You may be familiar with the author’s name.  He has co-authored several books with Tom Clancy, including Command Authority, Threat Vector, and Locked On. Gray Man was Mr. Greaney’s first solo novel, and what a beginning.  Court Gentry, the star of the series, is often...

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An Interview With Author Steven Gossington

Steven Gossington, author of Fractured Eden, chatted with us about his recently released debut novel.  Dr. Gossington, a practicing emergency room doctor, brings his years of knowledge and experience into the complicated thriller. A doctor starting over in a new town.  The town filled with dangerous, deranged residents.  One of those residents is a serial killer who has his eye on the doctor for his next victim. Sounds like an intense...

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