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The Explorer by James Smythe #review

This book as with quite a few recently I blame my fascination on because of blogger Michael of Literary Explorer. Michael has a literary explorer challenge that I’ve joined and as they are genre I had planned to read anyway well I’ve cheated and joined what I like to think/hope will be an easy challenge. I say that but keep failing my reading challenges so we shall see.

Back to the book. Michael has quite interesting taste in his reads and I for one have dubbed him my guru because he has recommended so many wonderful reads to me. Burial Rites which I actually won on his blog was one of my fave reads of last year such brilliant work that when he said this one was great and after reading the blurb well I didn’t argue I checked my library and snatched up my own copy. I’ll be reading book two The Echo very soon.

James Smythe



A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony.

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan.

The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death … unless he can do something to stop it.

I enjoyed this one immensely. It is a book about an exploration expedition into space. Go see what is out there. Ahhh how I love this subject. I’d hop on one myself if it wasn’t for the fact that I couldn’t pay off the Russians, NASA is not doing any missions okay and I’m not an astronaut. Pity.

We have our crew and our protagonist, Cormac. He is a journalist picked to document the journey and blog it, write it, record it and share it with the world. The story is told by Cormac from his experience on board to how the crew got to know each other during training. You really get to know the others as Cormac tells a good story. Then there is an event. Can’t say what it would give a major story line away suffice it to say holy crap! Then well I can’t really say its a book that is hard to review without giving away giant details that you don’t want to share as its what makes it a great read.

You empathise, sympathise, there is shock – awe – disbelief. It is a book that I enjoyed in the beginning then when the “thing” happened that I can’t share I sat there with the book mesmerised I had enjoyed it up till then and from then on I just turned the page faster and faster because the story became amazing. I have read some great reads recently but this book had me mesmerised and that hasn’t happened in quite some time. I just had to know I had to find out Cormac’s story.

If you enjoy literary thrillers, mystery some sci fi read this. Even if that isn’t your usual read I recommend this one because this is a book worth reading. A must for the TBR and in fact bump the others and read this. You will not be sorry.

The Explorer is the first in The Anomaly Quartet series and is available in print and ebook. Book two The Echo is also available

Inside Passage by Burt Weissbourd book tour #spotlight



My thanks to JKS Communications for allowing me to take part in this tour. There are many great blogs taking part and can be visited on the tour page

Inside Passage




Corey Logan was set up. She knows Nick Season’s terrible secret. Coming home from prison, all Corey wants is to be with her son. To get him back, she needs to make a good impression on the psychiatrist evaluating her. But Dr. Abe Stein doesn’t believe she was framed–until his well-heeled mother falls for the charming state attorney general candidate, Nick Season.

As the dogs of war are unleashed, Corey and her son run for their lives–taking her boat up the Pacific Northwest’s remote Inside Passage. Inside Passage is the first in Weissbourd’s haunting, heart-stirring Corey Logan trilogy.

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About the author :

Burt Weissbourd is a novelist, screenwriter and producer of feature films. He was born in 1949 and graduated cum laude from Yale University, with honors in psychology. During his student years, he volunteered at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and taught English to college students in Thailand. After he graduated, he wrote, directed, and produced educational films for Gilbert Altschul Productions. He began a finance program at the Northwestern University Graduate School of Business, but left to start his own film production company in Los Angeles. He managed that company from 1977 until 1986, producing films including “Ghost Story” starring Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Patricia Neal, and “Raggedy Man” starring Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard, which The New York Times called “a movie of sweet, low-keyed charm.” In 1987, he founded an investment business, which he still runs. INSIDE PASSAGE is the first in the Corey Logan trilogy.

Virtual Blue by Rj Sullivan Book Tour and mega #giveaway !


It is with great pleasure that I kick of the Rj Sullivan book tour. Great new book from Rj, Virtual Blue. Check out the amazing cover and be sure to enter for the fantastic giveaway. There are many stops on the tour with reviews, character interviews and guest posts by Rj.



Did you ever wish you could escape to a virtual world? What if you could…but then couldn’t get out?

Two years after her deadly clash with a vengeful ghost, Fiona “Blue” Shaefer still can’t shake off the trauma of that night. Moving to New York with her father didn’t help. Neither did absorbing herself in her college classes. Not even her poetry provided the solace it once did. She convinces herself that ending her relationship with Eugene “Chip” Farren, her long-distance boyfriend and final tie to the horrors of that night, might bring the closure she needs. Blue travels to Bloomington to break the news to Chip in person, but her timing couldn’t be any worse.

The Sisters of Baalina, vengeful cultists who practice a new form of “techno-magic,” have targeted Chip’s multi-player videogame as the perfect environment to cast a dangerous spell to free a demoness from the very pits of hell. In the process, their plan may trap Blue in a prison of the mind with no locks, no bars, and no escape.

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Tour stops for Virtual Blue

October 28     Jess Resides Here                               Contest

October 28     Jorie Loves a Story                            Review

October 28     Come Selahway With Me                 Guest Post

October 29     Sheila Deeth Blog                              Character Interview w/ Blue

October 30     Armand Rosamilia                             Guest Post

October 30     A Haunted Head                                Special Post Tba

October 30     Deal Sharing Aunt                             Review

October 30     Word to Dreams                                Promo Spotlight

October 31     John F. Allen                                       Ivory Blaque Interview of RJ!

October 31     Spellbindings                                     Character Post with Rebecca Burton

October 31     Library Girl Reads and Reviews        Character Interview of Rebecca Burton

November 1   Bee’s Knees Reviews                          Review

November 1   Beauty in Ruins                                  Guest Post

November 2   Azure Dwarf                                       Guest Post

November 3   Angela Meadon                                 Review



About the Author:  R. J. Sullivan’s novel Haunting Blue is an edgy paranormal thriller and the first book of the adventures of punk girl Fiona “Blue” Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren. Seventh Star Press released Haunting Obsession, a Rebecca Burton Novella in 2012 and Virtual Blue, the second book in Fiona’s tale, in 2013. Seventh Star will release a new edition of Haunting Blue in early 2014. R. J.’s short stories have been featured in such acclaimed collections as Dark Faith Invocations by Apex Books and Vampires Don’t Sparkle. His newest project is the Red Lotus series of science fiction novelettes for readers of all ages.

R.J. resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. Check in regularly to learn the latest about the projects of R. J. Sullivan.


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Criminal Defense by Steven Gore guest post and giveaway

I love a good mystery-thriller so I’m excited to share the latest from Steven Gore, please enjoy the fantastic guest post and be sure to enter the giveaway. US only and print copy to be sent by Harper Collins to the winner. My thanks to Harper Collins and Steven Gore

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Betrayal wounds.Revenge destroys.

Over three decades, Hamlin’s practice devolved into just another racket: intimidating witnesses, suborning perjury, destroying evidence, laundering money. But is he the victim of murder—or of a dangerous sexual encounter gone wrong? And when law enforcement believes justice has already been done, who can be trusted to find out?

Once again in the city where his career came to a shattering end, former detective Harlan Donnally resolved it wouldn’t be him. He had no desire to immerse himself in the deceit that was Hamlin’s career . . . nor entangle himself in the corrupted loyalties that turned the dead lawyer’s associates into both co-conspirators and suspects . . . nor make himself the proxy for the hatreds and betrayals Hamlin left behind.

But the presiding judge demanded otherwise—and that might cost Donnally his life.

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J.A. Jance interview featuring Ring In The Dead

Welcome to an interview with best selling author J.A. Jance. It’s my pleasure to share about the latest standalone novella Ring In The DeadRing In The Dead


Can you tell us a little bit about RING IN THE DEAD?

It’s not exactly a prequel and it’s not exactly a sequel, either. In it, we meet Beau after the action that occurs in the upcoming hardback, Second Watch. We see him as he is now, and we see him as he was in his first few months as a homicide detective for Seattle PD. I liken it to literary time travel which is, of course, the only kind of time travel there is.

RING IN THE DEAD is a stand-alone novella within the J. P. Beaumont series, what prompted that?

My editor asked me to write one, so I did. I believe that means I’m a hack. I write on demand.

Are you reading anything now?

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

Vince Flynn, may he and Mitch Rapp rest in peace. Ann B. Ross’s Miss Julia books, Alexander McCall Smith’s Number 1 Ladies Detective stories, and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.

What is your work space and writing routine like?

All I need is a comfy chair and a laptop computer on my lap. Then I can write anywhere. (It pays to have long thighs.) At the moment I’m sitting on the back verandah at our home in Washington State, overlooking the garden. The chair is comfortable and the wifi connection works. I just heard a hawk, and I’m standing watch to make sure our resident heron stays away from my goldfish.

Do you believe writers have muses? If so, who or what is yours?

I don’t believe in muses as such, but I do believe in listening to my inner-storyteller. That’s the entity who knows where a story is going even when I don’t.

Have you ever considered writing a different genre?

I do write in a different genre. My book of poetry, After the Fire will be published on September 10, the same day Second Watch goes on sale. It’s memoir in prose and poetry of losing my first husband after a long battle with alcoholism. I also write a weekly blog which is more or less my autobiography told in weekly installments. I regard the blog as offering my readers a window on my world as a writer.

Is there a beverage, meal or song that you think would be a great accompaniment to Ring in the Dead?

Let’s sing a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Zine.

Is there anything about you that you think your reader’s would be surprised to find out?

I think they’re often surprised to learn how tall I am–over six feet. Any number of them have told me over the years that I don’t look that tall in my cover photos.

What do readers have to look forward to next?

Next up will be Second Watch, Beaumont # 21, on September 10. Then early next year will be Ali Reynolds # 9, Moving Target.

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