Book review: Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano

Book Details:

Book Title:  Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano
Category:  Adult Fiction,  290 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher:  Rogue Phoenix Press
Release date:  April 15, 2019
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: April 15 to 26, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (for some violent scenes, no sex, no f-words.)

Book Description:

Karim’s family is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, collateral damage. The Islamic State in the Levant exploits his rage, recruiting him for a terrorist attack on the U.S., and only Anthony Provati can stop him. Drone Strike takes you on a fast-paced adventure across the Mediterranean, into Mexico, finally arriving in the States. Drone Strike explores the psychological realities that seduce Karim to commit an act of terror, includes a love story between Moslem Karim and Miriam, a Christian woman he defends in Turkey, and highlights the plight of Middle Eastern and Central American refugees.

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Joe Giordano

Meet the Author:

As a former International Executive Vice President of 3M, Joe Giordano’s experience included running a business in the Middle East out of Athens, Greece. Born in New York, he’s had first-hand experience with the cultures and most of the locations in Drone Strike.

Joe’s stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post and Shenandoah. His novels, Birds of Passage: An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015) and Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Read the first chapters and sign up for his blog at http://joe-giordano.com/

Joe was among one hundred Italian-American authors honored by Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade. 

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Pinterest

BOOK REVIEW:

Drone Strike is an intense action-packed thriller. A chain of events begins with the deaths of Karim’s wife and two children in Iraq by an American drone. Lost, he is recruited by a terrorist organization to exact his (and their) vengeance on the infidel Americans.

The storyline winds itself through Iraq, Turkey, Greece, and Italy with its ultimate destination somewhere in America.

I have to admit, I had to skim through most of this book. I was unprepared for the nonstop violence. It almost felt as if it were a video game, as the story advanced to the next phase, there would be another round of (supremely evil) characters and more violence. This theme as well as abuse against women pretty much took up most of the story.

I was unable to develop any sort of feelings for any of the characters – they were one-dimensional and their behaviour inconsistent. I also had a hard time believing some of the relationships in this book. It just didn’t feel real.

That aside, if you are looking for a heart-stopping thriller, this is your type of read.

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April 15 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
April 16 – Essentially Italian – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review / author interview / giveaway
April 18 – My Devotional Thoughts – review / giveaway
April 19 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway
April 22 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
April 23 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
April 24 – Life as Leels – review / giveaway
April 25 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
April 26 – Readers Muse – review / guest post

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Book review: Song of Atlantis by Brian Power

Book Details:

Book Title:  Song of Atlantis by Brian Power
Category:  Adult Fiction, 322 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Brian J Power
Release date:  December 2014
Format available for review:  print
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 13 – 24, 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M (No explicit sex scene or excessive profanity)

Book Description:

A shocking discovery leads one scientist down a dangerous path in Brian Power’s compelling debut novel, Song of Atlantis.

When Amon Goro, master architect of Atlantis, discovers a way to harness the earth’s forces into an infinite source of clean energy, it seems destined to change civilization as we know it.

But 4,500 years later, Atlantis exploration team leader Palen Golendar is brutally captured by a Native American tribe in modern-day South Dakota—derailing any hope Atlantis held of utilizing its energy secrets.

Eight thousand years in the future, Native American anthropologist Gordon Tallbear and his team of highly skilled researchers stumble across a connection between the recent discovery of Golendar’s remains and an intricate cavern system deep in the mountains of Antarctica…a connection that finally reveals the Atlantean secret of perpetual energy.

While Tallbear and his team plan to recreate the energy source that will change the world, a wealthy group with deep ties to carbon-based fuel producers decides this newfound energy source must be destroyed—and they will stop at nothing to assassinate the researchers in order to bury what they know.

Can Tallbear’s newfound knowledge survive?

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Brian Power

Meet the Author:  

​Brian Power is an educator who has taught at both the high school and college levels. He earned a BS degree in English and Secondary Education, and an MA in International Relations. A retired corporate consultant and trainer, he is also a retired Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who served for 24 years on both active duty and in the reserves. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife. SONG OF ATLANTIS is his first book.

​For more information, please visit his Website.


BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 13 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
May 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review / author interview / giveaway
May 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
May 16 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway
May 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – Books for Books – review
May 21 – A Fountain of Books – review / author interview / giveaway
May 22 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
May 23 – JBronder Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 24 – Readers Muse – review / guest post

REVIEW:

Song of Atlantis will blow your mind! The author has an incredible imagination and has done massive amounts of research to bring us an incredibly detailed, entertaining and fascinating account of what the Atlanteans may have been like.

The author was able to successfully integrate the past and present using alternating chapters – slowly leading us to the links that would complete the story.

I was fascinated by the discoveries in Antarctica – the author used detailed and imaginative word pictures that seemed so realistic.

I really did enjoy the characters in the book, although Joanna and Tallbear were a bit too perfect (yeah, yeah, I’ll have to write my own book) (see page 322) but this really didn’t detract from the sophisticated storyline. The evil guys were pretty scary (reader beware).

Very similar to a Clive Cussler novel, anyone who loves to read action and adventure will not be able to put this book down.

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Book spotlight: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter

Book Details:

Book Title:  The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category:  YA Fiction, 290 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Month 9 Books
Release date:  October 16, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)

Book Description:

High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.

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The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
Category:  YA Fiction,  300 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:   Month 9 Books
Release date:  April 18, 2017
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copies)
Will send print books to: USA (only 8 available)

​Content Rating: PG + M (No f-wordsbut there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”, some depictions of violence. No drug use or underage drinking. Some semi-mature themes – suggestion of sexual misconduct by certain characters, but not the actual performing of it.)

Book Description:

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus’s quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.


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Chris Ledbetter

Meet the Author:

​Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawnearned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.

He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 1 – Working Mommy Journal – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 1 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
April 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 3 – A Fountain of Books – review of The Sky Throne / author interview
April 3 – Bound 4 Escape – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 4 – A Fountain of Books – review of The High Court
April 4 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
April 5 – That Bookish Princess – review of The Sky Throne / guest post / giveaway
April 5 – A Madison Mom – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 8 – The Autistic Gamer – review of The High Court
April 8 – Crossroad Reviews – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 9 – Crossroad Reviews – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 9 – Truly Trendy – review of The Sky Throne
April 10 – That Bookish Princess – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 10 – Life as Leels – review of The High Court
April 11 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 11 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review of The High Court
April 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 – A Madison Mom – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 15 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 15 – Adventures Thru Wonderland – review of The High Court / interview/ giveaway
April 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of The High Court / guest post / giveaway
April 16 – Truly Trendy – review of The High Court
April 17 – Bookworm for Kids – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 17 – Library of Clean Reads – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 18 – Christine’s Book Corner – book spotlight 
April 18 – Books for Books – review of The High Court
April 19 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 24 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views –  review of The High Court
April 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 25 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book spotlight / giveaway
April 26 – FUONLYKNEW – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 29 – FUONLYKNEW – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 30 – Dab of Darkness Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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Book spotlight: Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky

Book Details:
Book Title:  Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 207 pages
Genre: Automobile Technology, Car enthusiasts
Publisher:  Apollo Publishers
Release date:  May 7, 2019
Tour dates: May 6 to 24, 2019
Content Rating:  PG (this book is accessible to everyone)

Book Description:

From the witty senior editor of Jalopnik, Gizmodo Media’s acclaimed website devoted to cars, technology, and more, comes a revealing, savvy, and humorous look at self-driving cars.

Self-driving cars sound fantastical and futuristic and yet they’ll soon be on every street in America. Whether it’s Tesla’s Autopilot, Google’s Waymo, Mercedes’s Distronic, or Uber’s 24,000 modified Volvos, companies across industries and throughout the world are developing autonomous cars. Even Apple, not to be outdone, is rumored to be creating its own technology too.

In Robot, Take the Wheel, Jason Torchinsky explores the state of the automotive industry. Through wit and wisdom, he explains why autonomous cars are being made and what the future of automated cars is. Torchinsky encourages us to consider autonomous cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today. He considers how we’ll get along with these robots that will take over our cars’ jobs, what they will look like, what sorts of jobs they may do, what we can expect of them, how they should act, ethically, how we can have fun with them, and how we can make sure there’s still a place for those of us who love to drive with manual or automatic transmission.

This unique and highly readable volume is brimming with industry insider information and destined to be a conversation starter. It’s a must-have for car lovers, technology geeks, and everyone who wants to know what’s on the road ahead.

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About the Author:

JASON TORCHINSKY is senior editor of Jalopnik, a website devoted to news and opinions about all things automotive. As a writer and artist, he is known for his articles, artworks, talks, and videos about cars, technology, and culture. He has raced cars, wrecked cars, and driven possibly one of the most dangerous cars ever made with the King of Cars on the Emmy-winning Jay Leno’s Garage. He lives in North Carolina.

Connect with the author: Twitter

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Book spotlight: Free Pizza by G.C. McRae

Book Details:

Book Title:  Free Pizza by G.C. McRae
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction, 360 pages
Genre:  Humorous Fiction
Publisher:  MacDonald Warne Media
Release date:  May 1, 2019
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 1 to 17, 2019
Content Rating: PG (No sex or drugs, just mild expletives such as “hell” and “damn”.)

Book Description:

Brian McSpadden is always hungry. Does he have a disease? Worms? Does it have something to do with his being adopted? He spends his days at his crazy friend Danny’s house, hoping for snacks, but nothing seems to fill the void.

​Then Brian receives a mysterious birthday card that says, Free Pizza. He soon discovers the card has nothing to do with food and everything to do with the big questions in his life: where did I come from, why did my mother give me up and is there anyone out there who will like me the way I am?
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G.C. McRae

Meet the Author:  

​G.C. McRae is the bestselling author of two young adult novels, three illustrated children’s books and a collection of original fairy tales. His writing is fall-down funny, even when the theme is darker than a coal-miner’s cough. McRae reads to anybody at any time, in person or online, for free, which probably explains why he meets so many people and sells so many books.

In his latest work, Free Pizza, McRae spins the highly emotional themes from his decidedly unfunny childhood into a brilliantly comic yarn. After being given up for adoption by his teenage mom back when single girls were forced to hide unplanned pregnancies, his adoptive parents didn’t exactly keep him under the stairs but, well, let’s just say, there were spiders.

A lot has changed since then. McRae’s own children have now grown and he runs a small farm with his wife, who is herself an award-winning writer.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR:   Website ~  Facebook  ~ Twitter  ~  LibraryThing


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May 1 – Working Mommy Journal – review
May 1 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 2 – 100 Pages A Day – review / giveaway
May 2 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 3 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
May 3 – Life as Leels – review
May 6 – Ginger Mom & Company – review
May 6 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review / giveaway
May 8 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
May 8 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
May 9 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
May 9 – StoreyBook Reviews – review
May 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
May 10 – bookmyopia – review
May 13 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
May 13 – Truly Trendy – review
May 14 – Books for Books – review
May 15 – A Fountain of Books – review / interview / giveaway
May 15 – FUONLYKNEW – review / giveaway
May 16 – Sahar’s Blog – review
May 17 – Books Direct – review / guest post / giveaway
May 17 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – review / giveaway

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Book review: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall

Title: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (Sept. 6 2018)

Pages: 400

Genre: historical fiction

Description

Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home.

But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins.

He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter.

She knows his real identity.

What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of the camp alive?

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Kate Furnivall

About the author:

Kate Furnivall had the shock proof of her life when she learned just over a decade ago that she was part Russian. Not a demure all-English rose after all then. It changed her life. Triggered those Russian genes into action. Inspired by her grandmother’s dramatic St Petersburg life-story at the time of the Soviet Revolution, Kate wrote her first historical novel, The Russian Concubine, which hit the New York Times Bestseller list and was sold in 25 countries.

It hooked Kate into the thrill of setting powerful emotional stories in dramatic far-off locations. She took to travelling with a vengeance – Russia, China, Malaya, Egypt, Bahamas, Italy, France. All became backdrops for her sweeping tales set in the first half of the 20th century when the world was in turmoil.

Research trips were riddled with wonderful adventures and weird discoveries that enrich her books. She delves into dark themes as well as intense love stories, and strips her characters to the bare bones in times of crisis to see what they are made of. Her books are full of tension, twists and thrills, atmosphere and romance.

Kate was raised in Wales, went to London Uni and worked in advertising in London. She now lives in blissful Devon with her husband, snuggled up close to Agatha Christie’s house for inspiration. She has two sons and a manky cat.

Kate has written ten historical novels, two of which have been shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year Award.

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Review

An intelligent and dramatic description of life in a displaced persons camp after WWII. Klara and Alicja Janowska are survivors of the horrors of war and find themselves living in Graufeld Displaced Persons Camp. Klara is fiercely protective of her young but fearless daughter Alicja. She has no protector, her pilot husband a casualty of the war.

Although life in the camp is already fraught with danger and privations, a man from Klara’s past enters the camp under an assumed identity, a man who poses a real threat to their safety. Unable to leave the camp, she goes on high alert to gather her friends closely around her to protect Alicja as she formulates a plan.

Despite the apparent hopelessness of their situation, a gentle Frenchman, Davide, who has also suffered privation through the loss of his family and his health, assumes the role of friend and protector. Having long lost the ability to trust, Klara is drawn to him. Could her plan put her newfound friendship in jeopardy?

Impeccably written, this story wraps itself around you as you follow Klara from her past to her present. You don’t want to let them go.

Book spotlight: From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh

Book Details:

Book Title:  From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh
Category:  Adult Fiction, 224 pages
Genre:  Short Stories, Immigrant Stories, Literary
Publisher:  Readomania Publishing
Release date:  December 4, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: March 18 to April 5, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (It has mature themes in the backdrop in some stories, but doesn’t have explicit language or description)

Book Description:

Never has been the conversation on immigration more pertinent than now, post 2016 US elections. From cancellation of refugee protection and zero tolerance to undercurrent crackdown on H visas to the border wall – the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalized population head-on.

But what is immigration today? A question of life or death – fleeing of persecution? A compulsion? Or a mere pursuance of privilege? And what is the US today? A land of opportunities? Or a quagmire impossible to comprehend, inherently racist and selfish?

From An-Other Land dives deep into immigration today for the diaspora and its many facets with characters who seek to define themselves in an intercultural setting that is less and less sure of itself. A reality check and a guide for anyone who wants to understand the modern-day US.

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Tanushree Ghosh

Meet the Author:

Tanushree Ghosh works in Tech and has a Doctorate in Chemistry from the Cornell University. She is also a social activist and writer. Her blog posts, op-eds, poems, and stories are in effort to provoke thoughts, especially towards issues concerning women and social justice.

She is a contributor (past and present) to several popular e-zines (incl. The Huffington Post US, The Logical Indian, Youth Ki Awaaz, Tribune India, Women’s Web, and Cafe Dissensus). Her literary resume includes poems and stories featured in national and international magazines (Words Pauses and Noises, UK; TUCK, Glimmer Train Honorable mention) as well as inclusion in seven anthologies such as Defiant Dreams (Oprah 2016 reading list placeholder) and The Best Asian Short Stories 2017 (published out of Singapore by Kitaab). Her first single author book, From An-Other Land is on immigration.

She has held different leadership roles in non-profits (ASHA and AID India) and is the founder and director of Her Rights (www.herrights.website), a 501(3) c non-profit committed to furthering the cause of gender equality. She is often an invited speaker or panelist for both corporate and non-profit endeavors.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

March 18 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 18 – Christine’s Book Corner – book spotlight
March 18 – Adventurous Jessy – book spotlight / giveaway 
March 19 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
March 19 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway 
March 20 – ebook addicts – book spotlight / giveaway
March 20 – Fantastic Feathers – book spotlight
March 21 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight
March 22 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review
March 25 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
March 26 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 27 – Amy’s Booket List – review / guest post / giveaway
March 28 – Sahar’s Blog – review
March 29 – Almost a Reader – review
April 1      – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
April 2      – A Madison Mom – review / giveaway
April 3      – Literary Flits – review / giveaway
April 4      – Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus – review / giveaway
April 5      – Books for Books – review

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Book spotlight: Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy by Martin D. Kelly

Book Details:

Book Title:  Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy by Martin D. Kelly
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 410 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Strategic Media Books
Release date:  August 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: Jan 14 to 25, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (One sex scene but humorous rather than explicit; some 4-letter words)

Book Description:

Not until Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy does a memoir exist by one of the principal Watergate saboteurs-provocateurs that exposes the full extent of the insalubrious side of politics and negative campaigning. And that is not all: After Watergate, Kelly became a corporate security consultant that provided undercover agents for client companies to spy on their employees. Kelly also specialized in eavesdropping detection, which took him around the world searching for clandestine listening devices for clients such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Ferdinand Marcos, the Miami Dolphins, Eastern Airlines and even suspected drug dealers. He secretly provided debugging training for entities such as IBM, Revlon, the U.S. Navy and dozens of others.

During President Nixon’s second term when the Watergate scandal erupted, Kelly teamed with Donald Segretti in a wild series of underhanded capers that created havoc in the Democratic presidential primaries. Kelly and Segretti turned a fundraising dinner for front-runner Senator Ed Muskie at the Washington Hilton into absolute chaos; hired a University of Miami coed to strip naked and parade before Muskie’s hotel; released two mice and a bird that threw a Muskie press conference into total confusion; organized fake luncheons, fake press releases, and other unscrupulous acts. The aim of the Nixon White House and Committee to Reelect the President was for the dirty tricksters to sow discontent among the Democratic primary candidates so they would blame each other for the dirty tricks, making it more difficult for them to unite in the general election against Nixon. The author was one of only three witnesses who testified specifically about dirty tricks before the Senate Watergate Committee.

Initial chapters reveal how dirty tricks were covertly planned and executed, how Kelly dealt with special prosecutors, investigators, Karl Rove, Watergate Judge John Sirica, the FBI, an inebriated Senator Ted Kennedy, the seven U.S. Senators on the Senate Watergate Committee, Bernstein and Woodward, Lesley Stahl and others in the media. Mid chapters expose inside secrets on successful tactics for public-office seekers or those climbing the rough-and-tumble steps of internal party politics.

In final chapters, Kelly unveils the widespread corporate spying that is going on in America to this day, with amazing examples from his security consulting career as a covert industrial undercover agent and secret mystery shopper who spied on all levels of employees. Kelly also fully discloses his role as a polygraph examiner and interrogator with hilarious anecdotes as well as how polygraph can be beaten. Even more controversial examples are revealed from Kelly’s specialized international work as a detector of clandestine listening devices, complete with the tools and tricks of the trade.

With an intriguing yet amusing style, Kelly names names and holds back nothing in Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy.

Martin D. Kelly

Meet the Author:

Martin D. “Doug” Kelly is a successful author and freelance writer who resides in Clearwater, Florida. A rising Republican activist in college, his role in Watergate dashed any political ambitions. He thereafter engaged in a security-consulting career that included spying on the workforces of corporate America, during which time he also become renowned internationally as a locator of clandestine listening devices. When not fishing and playing golf, Kelly contributes travel- and outdoors-related articles for a variety of publications and co-hosts a weekly syndicated radio talk show. ​

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Jan 14 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
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Jan 15 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight
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Jan 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
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Jan 18 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review
Jan 22 – Olio By Marilyn – review / author interview
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Book spotlight: Trials and Trails by Jim Halverson

Book Details:

Book Title:  Trials and Trails by Jim Halverson
Category:  Adult Fiction,  276 pages
Genre:  Western, Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Gail Force Publishing
Release date:  January 2019
Tour dates: March 4 to 29, 2019
Content Rating: PG (The only “bad” word is the phrase “shit for brains” and it is used a single time. No sex scenes. The author says he wrote a book “that President Obama could read to his daughters.”)

Book Description:

With a past of slavery and compliance, LeRoy has learned to pick his battles carefully. Johnny B, a quick-tempered Sioux, is still learning to control his anger. When dangerous circumstances bond them together, the pair learn to navigate Reconstruction Era America and all its prejudices. They save an innocent man from hanging, reunite two old friends, assist in an honorable death for an elder Indian, and discover their worth as they steadily assimilate self-respect into their lives.

From Jim Halverson’s debut novel comes a tale of adventure, purpose, and the pursuit of self-actualization. Cowboys and psychology ride hand in hand, traveling a journey from living life on the edge to finding a place of belonging, joy, vulnerability, and distinction. Through trials along their trails, LeRoy and Johnny B transform people they meet, brand the world a better place, and reap the benefits.

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Jim Halverson

Meet the Author:

Jim Halverson grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook

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March 4   – Working Mommy Journal  – review / giveaway
March 5   – Literary Flits – review / giveaway
March 6   – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
March 6   – Books for Books – review
March 6   – The Book Girl – review / giveaway
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March 26 – Truly Trendy – review
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Book spotlight: Accessible Fine Dining – The Art of Creating Exciting Food in Your Everyday Kitchen by Noam Kostucki, with Chef Quentin Villers

Book Details:

Book Title:  Accessible Fine Dining – The Art of Creating Exciting Food in Your Everyday Kitchen by Noam Kostucki, with Chef Quentin Villers
Category: Adult Non-fiction ,  128 pages
Genre:  Creative Cookbook / Fine Dining
Publisher:  Amazon
Release date: Dec 10, 2018
Tour dates: Jan 7 to 31, 2019
Content Rating: G

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Book Description:

​Six months after opening my first restaurant, one of my dishes was selected as “25 dishes to travel around the world”, featuring me next to culinary legend Heston Blumenthal.

Exciting and healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Over the years, I have seen some of the most exciting dishes come from the simplest kitchens and the most modest ingredients. The purpose of this book is to focus our attention away from the distractions of fancy kitchen equipment and luxury produce and instead focus our attention towards ingenuity in the kitchen and culinary innovation.

For some strange reason, cooking is taught in books as a series of mechanical steps to follow and repeat with precision. I see cooking as a creative art like painting or playing music: it is the freedom of expression that is most interesting to me. When we create from an artistic perspective, we give birth to something new and potentially magical.

The purpose of this book is not to teach you specific recipes, because the ingredients you will find in your local organic food market will likely not be the same as the ones we see here. Nor is the purpose to show you how to imitate us.The purpose of this book is to guide you into thinking about your dishes in a way that elevates them to a fine dining level, from ingredients which are easily accessible to you. Naturally, you will find a few recipes, but most importantly you will find a new way to look at food.

We will share how we think about food shopping, searching for unusual ingredients, the combinations of flavors, techniques, textures, nutritional value, and of course, plating. The purpose of this book is to guide you to become a more exciting, creative and adventurous version of yourself in the kitchen. What separates a craft from an art form is the story behind it; cooking is a craft, while fine dining is an art form.

If you want to create fine dining dishes, start to focus your attention on the different stories a dish can tell. Some stories can be told through your cooking, and others are told through words. Taking the time to present your dishes before people eat is crucial to creating anticipation for the food they will eat.

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Noam Kostucki

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Noam Kostucki

MY NAME IS NOAM KOSTUCKI AND I CREATE SPACES FOR MAGIC TO HAPPEN.
I was an awkward child, so I changed school 5 times. I spent most of my life trying to please others, and be the kind of person I believed everyone else wanted me to be. I wasn’t happy and I struggled to get what I want. Everything changed when I started changing.

I spent the last 12 years creating the life I dream of. I’ve had the privilege to be homeless twice, and to speak at Harvard about entrepreneurship. I have grown to be myself more fearlessly than ever before. I am now surrounded by people I love, and who love me.

I traveled over 40 countries, and I’ve helped over 25,000 people create magic. For example Patryk Wezowski who raised $500,000 in 8 weeks and Esther Perel who gave the 30th most viewed TED talk. Some less public successes include a blind eyed student who experienced his blind eye for the first time and a journalist who left an abusive relationship.

As a university drop out, I was surprised when my first book (personal branding) became required reading at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, as well as receiving the UK Business Speaker of the Year runner up award, and a honorary degree in Business from Hofstra University. As an artist, I was honored to exhibit my photography at the European Union’s Innovation Conference.

My most recent venture is HiR Fine Dining, a jungle culinary adventure. I create a discovery menu of 7 plates per person for groups of up to 12 people. HiR Fine Dining became #1 fine dining on TripAdvisor in Tamarindo within the first month. Within 6 months one of my plates was selected out of 40,000 restaurants by OpenTable as one of “25 dishes to travel around the world for”. I was invited to speak at Chateau 1525, Costa Rica’s most reputable cooking school and our guest chefs include a blind chef who traveled all the way the United Kingdom.


Quentin Villers

Quentin Villers

Quentin has been cooking in restaurant since the age of 18. He helped his brother build a restaurant for which they received a Michelin Star. Quentin moved to Costa Rica to consult for hotels and restaurants. He managed 3 of the 4 restaurants at Hotel Nayara in La Fortuna, for which he lead a team of over 20 people to be selected to enter Relais & Chateaux, a prestigious network of unique luxury hotels with exquisite cuisine. Quentin is a regular guest chef at HiR Fine Dining and consults for a number of fine dining restaurants in Costa Rica.

Connect with the Authors: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram 

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Jan 8   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 8   – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
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Jan 14 – Cat’s Corner – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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Jan 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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Jan 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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