Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Chinese Murder of Edward Watts ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours BONUS Post & Giveaway!

 

THE CHINESE MURDER
OF EDWARD WATTS
Covey Jencks Mystery, #3
By Shelton L. Williams

Publish Date: December 8th, 2020
Pages: 233 pages
Categories: Mystery / Humor

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Covey and JayJay travel to China and then return home to deal with shady characters, spies, gangsters, and other tough customers. In an exciting last act, they solve a murder most foul.

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Shelton L. Williams (Shelly) is founder and president of the Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and he taught for nearly 40 years at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He has served in the US Government on four occasions, and he has written books and articles on nuclear proliferation. In 2004 he began a new career of writing books on crime and society. Those books are Washed in the Blood, Summer of 66, and now the three books in the Covey Jencks series. All firmly prove that he is still a Texan at heart. 

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Paris Betrayal ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Character Interview & Giveaway!

THE PARIS BETRAYAL
By James R. Hannibal

Published by: Revell
Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Pages: 352 pages
Categories: Fiction / Christian / Suspense

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After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance--reserved for incompetents and traitors.

Searching for answers and anticipating a coming attack, Ben and a woman swept up in his misfortunes must travel across Europe to find the sniper who tried to kill him, the medic who saved his life, the schoolmaster who trained him, and an upstart hacker from his former team. More than that, Ben must come to grips with his own insignificance as the Company's plan to stop Leviathan from unleashing the bioweapon at any cost moves forward without him--and he struggles against the infection that is swiftly claiming territory within his own body.

Award-winning author James R. Hannibal ratchets up the tension on every page of this suspenseful new thriller.


PRAISE FOR THE PARIS BETRAYAL
"A masterful thriller is created by a masterful writer, and James R. Hannibal is at the top of my list. I devoured every page with the lights on!" --DiAnn Mills, author of Airborne

"James Hannibal once again displays his dazzling prose and ability to keep even the more experienced readers guessing. In The Paris Betrayal, Hannibal sets his hook deep and early, then drags you through a riveting, edge-of-your-seat story. Another gripping, high-octane book from one of the best thriller writers in the business." 
--Simon Gervais, former RCMP counterterrorism officer and bestselling author of Hunt Them Down

"Riveting and action-packed! The Paris Betrayal is everything you want in a thriller--suspense, intrigue, and white-knuckle action. Hannibal has a knack for keeping you guessing in a plot that moves at a breakneck speed. This is one you don't want to miss!" 
--Ronie Kendig, bestselling author of The Tox Files

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An Interview with Tess Montgomery (Code name: Ambrosia)

from THE PARIS BETRAYAL

by James R. Hannibal

Please tell us your background and function within the Company.

We’re not supposed to say much about our background. I was born and raised in Georgia. No family left to speak of. I did the medical school thing, and I was three years into a trauma surgery residency when the Company snatched me up. Currently, I’m a field medic assigned to the European theater of operations, but I’m heading back to DC shortly. The Director himself initiated the reassignment. Out here in Europe, I work in covert stations tucked away in the back alleys of the major cities. When a field operative needs medical assistance that reaches beyond their training, I set up a meet.


Jumping right in: You and Ben Calix. The two of you have a history, right?

Whoa. I’m not sure what you mean by history. Our paths first merged when I stitched him up on the fly in Grozny under hostile fire. He was stuck there doing grunt work as a rookie. I was there because . . . well . . . there’d been a mix-up with an earring during abdominal surgery on a senior operative. Anyway, Ben and I have been close ever since. That’s all.

 

Right. Close. So, what are your thoughts on Ben and Giselle Laurent?

Officially, there is no Ben and Giselle. Relationships between team members are a policy violation. But the truth is it happens a lot. Giselle always rubbed me the wrong way. She’s got that black ops homecoming queen vibe. I guess that makes Ben the quarterback. With a pair like that, most folks assume they’ll end up together—especially Giselle.

 

Spies and experimental pharmaceuticals: As a doctor, what are your thoughts?

Not a great match. Since the early days of pharmacology, when the practice blurred together with alchemy, we’ve known that drugs are a balance between tonic and toxin. The difference between healing and poison is a matter of dosage. When pharmaceuticals are used to increase performance rather than heal, you’re always stepping into that poison range. In our world, sometimes a bad choice is the only choice. But that doesn’t make it good.

 

And the most important question, we’ve saved for last: Do you think Ben Calix is a traitor?

I don’t want to think of Ben as a traitor. Believe me, I don’t. But look at what’s happening. Why would the Company hang him out there like this if Ben did nothing wrong?



James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. This former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas, has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his children's mysteries, a former Thriller Award nominee, and a 2020 Selah and Carol Award finalist for The Gryphon Heist--the opener for the CIA series that now includes Chasing the White Lion. James is a rare multisense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells, and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.





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Monday, May 3, 2021

Caroline and Mordecai the Gand ~ Audio Book Tour Review & Giveaway!

CAROLINE & MORDECAI THE GAND
By Jeff Gunhus
Narrated by Sarah L. Colton

Genre:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12)
Categories: Fantasy, Literary
Publisher:  Seven Guns Press
Pages/Length: 186 pages; 4 hours, 13 minutes
Release date:  March 31, 2021

Content Rating: PG: The language is G. There is one scene with the main character punches a bully resulting in a bloody nose. The emotional treatment of grief and the death of a loved one can be somewhat intense.
 


Book Description: 
This novella was written by USA Today bestselling author Jeff Gunhus after he received a devastating diagnosis of stage 3 cancer. The story is a message to his five children on how to deal with grief and a plea for them to grasp onto joy and love even in the darkest of times.

Caroline loses her spark. It takes a great adventure for her to find it again.

Caroline loses her father in a car accident for which she feels responsible. Consumed by grief, she has a difficult time readjusting to a world that has changed so dramatically for her. On the anniversary of her father’s death, a strange window opens in the middle of the small lake behind her house. She climbs up an old oak to peer inside but falls out of the tree and discovers that the window also serves as a door into a different world.

Enter Mordecai the Gand, a mysterious traveler who befriends Caroline and promises to help her find a way back home since the window she fell through has disappeared. The two set out on a series of adventures that include visiting a tree village populated by a tribe known for eating travelers, running into a witch under a spell of her own making, hiding in a cave with a dragon encased in a wall of ice (prone to melting by campfire), all the while being pursued by a mysterious entity called the Creach, which promises to devour Caroline and trap her in an eternity of despair.

As they navigate these adventures and this new world, Caroline slowly discovers that she is meant to help each of the characters she meets. As she battles internally whether to stay or return home to the sadness and grief waiting for her there, she must regain perspective and open her heart to the act of caring and to the joy of love itself. In the end, she must demonstrate great courage, loyalty, and caring as the plot unfolds, and become the active hero of her own story.


"Readers of all ages who look for ethereal, haunting stories of recovery and courage will find Caroline & Mordecai the Gand may hold the trappings of a fantasy adventure; but inside there is so much more. Make the right decision, to read this!" - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Caroline’s story is profoundly sad, and yet hopeful, magical, and yet rooted in reality. There is magic, mystery, and daring adventure." - BooksCoffee
 
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Audio Book Review:

HALL WAYS REVIEW: Audio Book Review. I was intrigued by the cover and premise of Caroline and Mordecai the Gand, and I was drawn to the book because of the author’s motivation to write it. I expected I’d enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to be absolutely delighted by it. This fully engaging story is entertaining, yes, but it’s thought provoking at a deep level, and by story’s end, I sat with tears that threatened, then spilled, from my eyes. Wow.

To begin the delights, readers are treated to audio book narrator Sarah L. Colton’s delightful accent. She is cast perfectly for such an otherworldly adventure, voicing the characters so that each is unique. She reflects the mood of the scenes and emotions of the characters to seamlessly complement the text so that narration and story go hand-in-hand. Her pacing is exactly right for listening at regular speed. Top notch performance and quality.

“If we remain open to life, hold it dear, and celebrate it, then it will forever be an adventure without limit in a new land.”

No narrator can nail a story like Colton if the story is lacking. Caroline and Mordecai the Gand isn’t lacking in any way. It’s amazing that an audio book that comes in at less than four and a half hours in length can pack such a punch, but this one does. The author bookends the story with opening and ending notes to explain the heartbreaking reason for writing the book. Don’t we all want our children (and everyone else) to remember us at our best when we are gone? What a blessing that author Jeff Gunhus decided to share his message of hope and coping to the world instead of just his kids.

“Oh, that was long ago. They rarely eat travelers now.”

The framework of Caroline and Mordecai the Gand is very interesting as it’s a story within a story within a story (within the story). Complex? Yes, but it’s delivered in bite-sized chunks so that readers can easily consume what’s happening. And oh! What’s happening! From the realities of bullying, guilt, and grief to the fantastical elements of magic, witches, and dragons (and cannibals, who can be reality or fantasy, right?), this book has something for everyone to enjoy. A suspenseful, tension-filled adventure on the surface, the allegorical side, coursing beneath, will have readers finding ah-ha moments as they see the parallels between all the seemingly different characters dealing with grief and how destructive and consuming it can be.

A quick mention about the characters – Gunhus’s descriptions are wonderfully evocative so that readers have clear snapshots of each person or creature (or CREACHure), even as they go through changes. This is a real nod to Gunhus's writing skills given the short length of the book. (Side note: as a LOTR fan, I couldn’t separate Mordecai the Gand from Gandolf the Grey. Not sure I am supposed to.)

With its captivating stories and subplots and painfully beautiful ending (here come the tears again), I highly recommend Caroline and Mordecai the Gand to readers of all ages. I think it would be an excellent story as a read-aloud or read-along because it will foster important conversations. Well done, Jeff Gunhus.

Thank you to iRead Book Tours and the author for the audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

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Meet the Author:

Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade fantasy series, The Jack Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists, and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

Jeff wrote Caroline & Mordecai the Gand after receiving a devastating diagnosis of stage 3 cancer. The novella was meant as a private story for his five children on how to face grief by holding onto joy and love. He leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of Old Fox Books in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

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