Killing Bliss by EC Sheedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book when I read the initial release in 2005, and I’m loving it all over again now reading the Kindle edition. Wonderful story, great characters, and I can’t write a better blurb about it than the author’s own, which starts:
One night. Two bullets. Three runaways.
Addy Michaels, living her careful life on a forgotten back road, thinks she’s safe–that the past and its corpses are long buried. Surely after fifteen years the cops have quit looking for the street kids believed to have kidnapped a baby and killed their prostitute foster mother¬, Belle Bliss.Addy couldn’t be more wrong.A cold case.
Hot again, when the missing child’s grandmother hires renowned profiler Cade Harding to find her grandson. Cade tracks Addy to her safe haven in a remote area of Washington state. Their attraction to each other is immediate, dangerous, and badly timed because…Cade isn’t alone.
A twisted killer
Faceless and unknowable, a murderer follows in Cade’s footsteps–on the hunt for anyone who can tell the truth about killing Bliss.
All roads lead to Addy.
EC Sheedy has a wonderful knack for a beautiful turn of phrase that has served her well in romance. In her romantic suspense novels, EC reveals a talent for spooky atmospheres and gritty, street-wise characters.
The author is one of the Pen Warriors, a group including myself and 4 other writing friends. At our regular writing retreats, I have the great pleasure of hearing scraps of her stories before they come out. That wets my appetite for the real thing – and I’m heading back to my eReader right now to read a few more pages before my family come for a Sunday night dinner.
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Sinners and Saints by Eileen Dreyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Digital books are wonderful. Wander into a Web site, browse through a screen or two, stumble across a title I haven’t read by an author I admire, and – presto, it’s on my ereader.
Sinners and Saints is classic Eileen Dreyer, with a plot that twists through multiple layers and secrets, and arrives breathlessly at a very satisfying ending amid a New Orleans hurricane.
This book has Eileen Dreyer’s signature on it, which is just as distinctive as Johnny Cash’s voice singing The Man in Black. No spoilers here. For those of you who are fans of Dryer’s dark mysteries, you’ll recognize her touch in the heroine – a forensic trauma nurse; the setting, evocative and danger filled in a perfect-for-the-story stormy, darkly magical New Orleans; and a damaged hero who is darkly perfect.
Read Saints and Sinners yourself – if you like mysterious tales with memorable characters and dark twists, you’ll be glad you did!
I’m an Eileen Dreyer fan from years back. Now that I’ve finished this book, I’m about to start reading my new copy of her If Looks Could Kill. I read this shadowy, pulse-pounding Elaine Dreyer years ago, and can’t wait to revisit Dryer’s Pyrite, Missouri, and the heroine of If Looks Could Kill.
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The Hit by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m a definite fan of David Baldacci’s Will Robie series. I read this book on the heels of Baldacci’s first Will Robie book. The Innocent. Both are excellent, although I connected more deeply with The Innocent, and loved its character-driven plot.
The Hit is an exciting read, and I will be watching for the third in the Will Robie series. Baldacci is a skilled craftsman when it comes to writing thrillers peopled with vibrant, believable characters. My favorites are some of his early titles, particularly Absolute Power and Absolute Power The Winner The Winner.
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No Role for a Gentleman by Gail Whitiker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a pleasure to read!
I just finished reading friend and fellow writer Gail Whitiker’s new historical, NO ROLE FOR A GENTLEMAN. The author’s prose is beautiful and evocative, but the true beauty of her novel lies in the creation of characters with warmth, integrity, vulnerability, and a passion for life that brings them vibrantly alive.
Thank you for a warmly enjoyable visit to the past, and the companionship of Lawrence, Lady Joanna, their families, and the colorful world of Regency theatre and archeology, which is woven seamlessly and intriguingly throughout the story.
NO ROLE FOR A GENTLEMAN features characters from its predecessor, NO OCCUPATION FOR A LADY – also a very enjoyable read. No Occupation for a Lady
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As a present to my readers – and to encourage new readers – I’m giving away free eBook copies of my romance IF YOU LOVED ME on KOBO and Apple iBooks.
IF YOU LOVED ME
When Seattle surgeon Emma Garrett’s son disappears on an adventurous kayaking trip, Emma desperately needs the help of an expert who knows the territory.
Nobody knows the Pacific Ocean’s north coast wilderness like Gray McKenzie, but when Emma arrives on Gray’s remote doorstep unannounced and determined to enlist his aid in the search for her son, she soon realizes that reawakening her past may cost far more than she’d imagined
Thank you for downloading and reading this story. If you enjoy it, consider leaving a review at the eBook store where you got the book, and checking out my other titles.
Have a good day
I just finished reading the Wool Omnibus, and I’m floating. WOOL is everything a great Science Fiction should be – amazing, visceral, delightful story filled with powerful characters caught up in an epic search for meaning!
The birth of a great science fiction author is a very special event, and WOOL puts its author up there with the greatest Science Fiction writers – those who write (and wrote) books about real characters, searching for meaning, searching for their own truth, fighting and losing and winning and – above all – grabbing readers by the throat and carrying them on an amazing journey.
Wool goes up on my electronic bookshelf, along with a few select read-them-again-and-again-over-the-years Science Fiction novels, right between Alexai Panshin’s RITE OF PASSAGE and Robert Hienlien’s STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.
Thank you, Hugh Howey! (and thank you @versoe for recommending this book!)
Take a man, a woman, and a starlit night.
Mix thoroughly, and add love.
Seeing Stars - free on the Amazon’s Kindle store, December 25, 26, and 27.
Download your free copy and take a journey with mountaintop astronomer Claire Welland, who is anything but starry-eyed, and the man she remembers as the bad boy from her high school days.
Free December 25 to 27 on the Amazon Kindle store!
Cover art by AngieOCreations.com – I love this cover
I’ve always been fascinated by the power of certain settings to wield control over so much of our lives. When the universal themes of survival, love, and the dreams that drive human men and women interact with extreme environments, lives can be transformed in unexpected ways.
In IF YOU LOVED ME, I plunged a busy Seattle doctor into a remote wilderness in a desperate search for her son.
When the setting is remote – like the northern waters where my heroine Emma’s son Chris and his friend have disappeared, and men and women are stressed by life and death issues, there’s not a lot of room for pretence or hesitation. And when people go missing in the remote, largely unpopulated coastal forests of the North Pacific shores, everyone knows it’s a matter of life and death.
And sometimes, love.
This weekend, join me in an journey of love and adventure, in the Pacific Northwest that I love.
If You Loved Me – free on Amazon USA and Amazon UK
To celebrate my birthday, I’m offering the Kindle edition of THINK ABOUT LOVE free this weekend!
One of the things I love about being a writer is the joy of sharing my belief in love with my readers. I treasure the joy of sharing life and love with the man I love, our five adult children, and seven grandchildren – the seventh, Rebecca, just arrived two weeks ago!
This weekend, I’d like to share Think About Love – a story I loved writing - with readers who love romance.
Think About Love was the first of my books to be reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly. My editor at Kensington sent me the review before I saw a copy of the printed book. I hoped to see good sales for this title, but unfortunately, hardly anyone got to see the book because the publisher discontinued the Zebra Bouquet line, and Think About Love was published in the imprint’s final month. The publisher printed so few copies that I didn’t even get the copies I’d ordered for my friends and family. I generally refer to this book as, “the one they printed 10 copies of,” although I admit that’s an exaggeration
Now, thanks to the marvels of Indie publishing, Think About Love has been available in my own Indie edition for a couple of months. Because independent authors get to choose their own cover artists, I’m lucky enough to have the perfect cover, designed by my daughter, Angela Oltmann of AngieOCreations.com.
I hope you enjoy reading the story of Samantha, a successful and ambitious businesswoman, whose life is turned upside down when she gets a call for help in a family emergency.
Have a great day
Think About Love – free this weekend at
Amazon.com * Amazon UK * Amazon DE
Tonight I finished reading one of the most inspiring books I’ve read in a long time – M. J. Adam’s Unforgiving – the Memoir of an Asperger Teen
I met the author at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference a few weeks ago, and talking with her was a pleasure from the first moment. How could it be otherwise when she told me that she’d once learned something very important about writing from a workshop I presented in Surrey – that when you’re writing about relationships, there must be personal growth for the characters.
Learning that I’d helped a developing writer made my day, and before the conference ended I had the pleasure of sharing the special kind of conversation that writers treasure. I went home with her memoir and promised myself I’d read it soon.
Well, I’ve just finished reading Unforgiving, and I want to tell everyone what a great thing M. J. Adam has done.
Unforgiving – the Memoir of an Asperger Teen is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
M. J. Adam has crafted an inspiring book, a definite must-read for anyone who has, knows, is, or was an Asperger’s teen. I highly recommend it for anyone who cares about child survivors of any kind of trauma, or for teens struggling to understand themselves and the world they live in.
The events that happened to Margaret Jean should never happen to any child. Yet they did happen, and each page of Margaret Jean’s memoir rings with love, the amazing power of healing, and the spirit of survival.
I cried. I laughed. I cheered Margaret Jean’s indomitable inner strength, and felt honoured that she had shared herself so deeply with this reader.
Buy this book. Read it. You’ll be glad you did.