Thursday, December 5, 2019

Execution in E: COVER REVEAL ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Blitz

Lone Star Literary Life EXCLUSIVE!
Lone Star Literary Life is honored to present the cover
of the fifth book in the Gethsemane Brown Mysteries
by Alexia Gordon & Henery Press.
To be released March, 2020


ABOUT THE BOOK:   Romance is in the air. Or on the ‘gram, anyway.

When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to capture Insta-perfect wedding photos designed to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane has her hands full trying to keep Eamon from blasting the entire wedding party over the edge of the cliff.

Wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the bride’s entourage start turning up dead. Frankie’s girlfriend, Verna, is pegged as maid-of-honor on the suspect list when the Garda discover the not-so-dearly departed groom was her ex and Gethsemane catches her standing over a body.

Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings as she fights to clear Verna, for Frankie’s sake. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be post-mortem?

MARCH, 2020

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in North Chicago, IL. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.
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Why Stuff Matters ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Notable Quotable & Promo


  Sub-genre: Literary Fiction / Humor
Publisher: Arcadia Books
Date of Publication: June 4, 2019 (US)
Number of Pages: 212

When Jessica, a grieving widow, inherits an antique mall from her mother she also inherits the stallholders, an elderly, amoral, acquisitive, and paranoid collection. 

When one of the vendors, a wily ex-con named Roxy, shoots her ex-husband, she calls on Jessica to help bury the body and soon Jessica is embroiled in cover-ups, lies, and misdirection. Into this mix comes Lizzie, Jessica’s late husband’s twelve-year-old daughter by his first marriage, who’s been dumped on Jessica’s doorstep by the child’s self-absorbed mother and it soon becomes apparent that Lizzie is as obsessed with material possessions as Jessica’s elderly tenants. 

Why Stuff Matters is a compelling ode to possession, why people like things and the curious lengths they will go to keep them. Returning to her fictional Caprock, Waldo turns her wry wit on the lives of those afraid to let go.


Jen Waldo lived in seven countries over a thirty-year period and has now settled, along with her husband, in Marble Falls, Texas. She first started writing over twenty years ago when, while living in Cairo, she had difficulty locating reading material and realized she’d have to make her own fun. She has since earned an MFA and written a number of novels. Her work has been published in The European and was shortlisted in a competition by Traveler magazine. Old Buildings in North Texas and Why Stuff Matters have been published in the UK by Arcadia Books. Jen’s fiction is set in Northwest Texas and she’s grateful to her hometown of Amarillo for providing colorful characters and a background of relentless whistling wind. 


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Monday, December 2, 2019

All Lies (Lies, Book One) ~ Audio Book Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!

(Lies, Book 1)
Narrated by Greg Hernandez
Audio Book Length: 7 hours 20 minutes
Released: Dec. 22, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Modern Detective


"I come from a long line of idiots."

Those were the last words his father uttered before dying, and from what he knew of his family tree and the unfortunate end that came to so many of his ancestors, Del Honeycutt couldn't disagree. What he didn't know was that his family held dark secrets - secrets that were about to come crashing down upon him.

A seemingly innocent date gone tragically wrong plunges Del into a web of murder, lies, greed, and a hidden fortune dating back to a crime committed 85 years earlier by his great-grandfather. Accompanied by Sabrina, the sister of Del's brutally murdered date, a violent journey of discovery and fear begins. Pursued by vicious killers intent on eliminating anyone with knowledge of the 85-year-old crime, their only hope of survival is to find the reason behind the original crime and why, decades later, someone is still willing to kill to keep it hidden. But Sabrina is concealing a monstrous lie of her own. Is she who she says she is?

By the author of the Amazon best-selling thriller, Wisdom Spring.

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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Audio book review. Author Andrew Cunningham offers readers an intricate plot that wonderfully weaves together multiple characters across multiple timelines. There is plenty of action with twists and dangerous, often deadly turns as main characters Del and Sabrina dig deep to uncover long-buried truths -- and maybe find love in the process.

Readers who enjoy some historical basis and facts in their books will like how Cunningham sprinkles them into All Lies. (Be sure you listen/read the Author’s Note at the end -- so interesting.) You can’t go wrong with hidden treasure; however, I also enjoyed the bookish parts of the plot -- one of the main characters is a bestselling author, another important character has that years-old work-in-process, and there’s a discovery of a little-known book that holds important information. (Though it felt a little “info-dumpy” when parts of that book were read, word by word.) Those pieces added extra appeal to the story for this book nerd.

Readers must suspend their disbelief a bit, which is fine most of the time. But, I was bothered because one part of the hidden treasure is painfully obvious, yet our very educated MCs don’t figure it out until near the end. Though that was a hard pill to swallow, I forgave and forgot it as the story cranked up with a flurry of action and intensity in the final chapters. A well-placed and unexpected twist (or two!) enrich the story and provide a satisfying resolution. All Lies is thoroughly entertaining, and I have no hesitation in reading Fatal Lies, the next book in the series.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: All Lies opens with an ear-catching line and narrator Greg Hernandez pulls in the listener with his warm and mildly expressive voice. He is storytelling, and as new characters are introduced, he adjusts to create a different voice for each. Happily, his female characters sound different from the males (and each other) without sounding artificial or falsetto. I was okay listening at regular speed, but at some point, the narration shifts. The delivery remains even, but the narration sounds somewhat stilted and more like the book is being read instead of its story being told. The narration is especially awkward with sex and love scenes, but the text is somewhat awkward for those scenes, too. (I recall this same issue in Deadly Shore, the last book I listened to with this same author/narrator team.) Even with these issues, Hernandez’s delivery works because of his perfect enunciation and his marvelous voice.

Thank you to Audiobookworm Promotions and Mr. Hernandez for providing me an audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.  

I received this audio book as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Greg Hernandez. The gifting of this audio book did not affect my opinion of it.

ANDREW CUNNINGHAM: I'm the author of novels in several genres, including, mystery, thriller, and post-apocalyptic science fiction. Under the name A.R. Cunningham, I've also written the Arthur MacArthur series of mysteries for children.

I was born in England, but have spent most of my life living in the U.S.—including 25 years on Cape Cod before moving to Florida. A former interpreter for the deaf and long-time independent bookseller, I've been a full-time freelance writer and copy editor for many years. A 4th-degree Master Black belt in Tang Soo Do, I finally retired from active training when my body said, "Enough already! Why are you doing this to yourself?" I'm married, with two grown children and two awesome grandsons. My wife and I spend as much time traveling as we can, and are especially fond of cruising the Caribbean.

​I have been gratified by the response to my books. When I published Eden Rising back in the spring of 2013, I had no idea what to expect. When I sold my first few copies, I was excited beyond belief that someone was willing to take a chance on it. Numerous books and thousands of copies later, I am still humbled by the emails I get from readers telling me that my books kept them up late into the night.

In October of 2014, Wisdom Spring made me an official Amazon Bestselling author, a thrill I never thought would happen. But it still comes down to being able to bring a few hours of escape to a reader. That's what it's all about for me.

I hope you will try my books. Please feel free to email me with your comments.
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GREG HERNANDEZ: Author-preferred Narrator of Mysteries & Thrillers

Narrating audio books is highly gratifying. I immerse myself into an author’s story in order to bring it to life for the listener. I’ve enjoyed working with Andrew Cunningham for several years. His books are filled with rich characters, and the stories keep me turning the pages.

I also work as a background actor in movies and TV shows.

For more than 20 years, I worked as a radio news reporter and news writer. I spent half of my broadcasting career at ABC News Radio in the Washington, D.C., bureau. I covered all the federal agencies as well as Congress and the White House. I reported on a wide range of stories during my career, including financial and entertainment industry news.

For nearly 24 years, I worked as a federal government spokesman at three separate agencies—National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Mint and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Connect on  Twitter.

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