Thursday, 18 December 2014

Inviting Fire by Emily Kimelman




Recovering from a near fatal attack that has left her with residual trauma, including haunting dreams and flashbacks, Sydney Rye is regaining her strength at the jungle training camp of Joyful Justice, the vigilante network inspired by her now legendary acts of vengeance. However, when a routine reconnaissance mission goes horribly wrong Sydney Rye looses the trust of the leadership of Joyful Justice.
Her good friend and trainer, Merl, warns that if she wants to be in the action she’ll have to follow orders like everyone else. Never good with authority, Sydney struggles to suppress her independent streak for the greater good.

When she runs up against an old adversary he blows apart everything she has gained. With her and Blue’s lives at stake, as well as the future of Joyful Justice, Sydney must push aside her fears and take a leadership role before it's to late. 



Vigilante crime mystery with a dash of romance, early reader’s call INVITING FIRE “Excellent”

Emily Kimelman's best selling Sydney Rye series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome mystery with tons of action that will keep you reading late into the night!

New to Sydney Rye? The first book in the series, UNLEASHED, is FREE. 


The Sydney Rye Series

UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)

DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2)

INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)

STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)

THE DEVIL'S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5)

INVITING FIRE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #6)



Book Excerpt

The music changed and I slowed my pace, noting that I was closing in on the first watchtower. Blue left my side, pulling out ahead, going to meet the dog who patrolled this area. He disappeared beyond the globe of light my headlamp threw. The property was ringed with zip lines. A classic tourist attraction in Costa Rica. It let people get some time in the treetops which were a different world than the ground I ran upon. We used those platforms to keep watch. Make sure no one was sneaking up on our little vigilante training ground.

Blue returned and got back into line, even with my hip. As we reached a hill, I couldn't help but speed up. My feet dug into the soft ground, my vision concentrating on the uneven path ahead, breath even, steady. This was what would save me, I thought. Persistence.

As I crested the hill I slowed, taking a moment to admire the view, turning around in a circle. I pulled my headphones off my ears and listened to the sound of the jungle waking up. The birds singing to the sun, encouraging its approach. The final calls of the nocturnal animals as they settled down for a day of rest. The wind rustling the leaves in the treetops. I took in deep lungfuls of air, smelling the mix of rot and sweetness that permeated the jungle. Life and death, all right here, hiding in the dark. Hiding in me.
 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling Sydney Rye Series including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS, THE DEVIL'S BREATH and INVITING FIRE. This series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

Emily splits her time between the Hudson Valley and traveling the world with her husband and dog, Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone), researching exciting locations for the Sydney Rye Series. You can follow along on their adventures through Instagram, Facebook, and on Emily's blog.

The first book in the Sydney Rye series, UNLEASHED, is available as a free download on all major ebook retailers.

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Book Review -- Inviting Fire by Emily Kimelman


Inviting FireInviting Fire by Emily Kimelman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book that I've read in the Sydney Rye series. Taking a look at the reviews of other readers here, I gather that Sydney and Blue have a good fan-following. I gather that "Inviting Fire" starts off where "The Devil's Breath" ended. Having not read the earlier books, I was apprehensive about how I can get on with a completely new set of characters, but the book was interesting just as it was. The book starts with Sydney, amidst her comrades of the Joyful Justice league. She has clear perceptions of what's right and what's not, and she, along with her comrades, fights for what they believe in - justice for all. Her soul companion is Blue, her canine friend. The book takes us through her various confilcts and struggles, how she earns the distrust of her superior, how she finds it hard to fit in and follow authority, and the price she pays for standing her ground.

I absolutely loved the fact that the author didn't make Sydney to be larger than life. She is a down-to-earth human, a great and courageous woman, but is still as human and vulnerable as any of us can be - which makes her particularly endearing. The pace of the book was just right. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the books in the series now!

I highly recommend this book to lovers of adventures, emotionally powerful themes and action genres.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Book Review -- The Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez


The Shadow of LossThe Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

I was struck by the cover of this book - two souls hazed out by destiny and fate? Nice work, there! The story revolves around young Evelyn Gonzalez and how she gets a grip on life. Having lost her best friend in a fire, thanks to a prank turned cruel game that goes horribly wrong, Evelyn is nothing but a wreck of her former self. Institutionalised, medicated and sedated, she is just existing and not living. When she gets to move locations with her sister, join a new school and meet new people, the prospect only repels her, rather than sounding like a welcome change. She fails to see people who try to be genuinely affectionate and concerned. She is paranoid of trusting anyone ever again. She seems fine from the outside and is shattered inside. Everywhere she goes, with everything that she does, there is still the shadow of all that she has lost - not just her best friend but her own self. Does she find the courage to forgive herself and the rest of the world, is what the book tells us.

The plot is interesting. The point of view of the story is from Evelyn's and so the narrative, dialogues, monologues are all sketched pretty well, keeping in mind the mannerisms, behaviours, attitude, slang and vocabulary of a protagonist of that age. I am particularly impressed with the fact that the author didn't dwell on any point, anywhere in the book, to include deep analyses of the idealogies and philosophies. A person in that age and with that kind of emotional baggage keeps dwells on brevity and keeping things crisp, which is exactly what is shown in the book. The pace is wonderfully brisk, for an emotional drama. It's hard to not finish this book in a single go.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of young adult emotional dramas.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Book Review -- In the Defendant's Chair by Lynn Yvonne Moon


In the Defendant's ChairIn the Defendant's Chair by Lynn Yvonne Moon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Starting with Sutton, a loving wife and a doting mother, accused of having murdered her family, we understand how many women suddenly wake up one fine morning, with no recollection of the night before, all being the only suspects for the destruction of their families. The book takes us through a myriad of conspiracies - politically powerful scientists mapping the human genome, young and innocent women who are caught in this web of deceit and manipulation, the moral and ethical consequences in altering human genome, splicing human genome with those of animals and insects, legal powerlessness in stopping such genetic experimentations. The book is a crime suspense thriller, but raises very important questions that are absolutely relevant to the world we live in, today. Are we all ready for interacting with crossbreeds? Even if we are, is it morally right to play with the lives of unsuspecting victims? How important is it obtain the consent of those being experimented upon?

I like the premise of the book, and the fact that the author does not justify the wrongness of what is being done. The pace is absolutely gripping - one can't stop once they start on the book. The author does a great job of building up numerous threads, and tying them all up carefully. It takes a lot of skill to handle a multi-faceted narrative, and the author handles it beautifully. There is not much scope for dwelling on a single specific character, but this is good for a book of this nature, as the reader's attention is not taken away from the pivotal focus point.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of conspiratorial thrillers.

My rating for this book: 4 stars


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The Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez



The Shadow of Loss
Release Date: 09/31/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Evelyn Gonzalez keeps losing people, which is always hard, but has she lost something much more? Has she lost her soul? Evelyn has a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized, after months of sorrow and pain she is thrust back into the world. The world of teenage angst and Calculus.
Can she trust people again? Especially after hurtful assumptions and judgments made her miss her junior year of high school. Evelyn is just trying to heal what she lost and graduate from high school.

 About the Author
Josefina Gutierrez is a Young Adult eBook author and a forever student currently working towards a Masters in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Josefina writes Young Adult Multicultural, Sci-fi, and Fantasy literature in her free time when she’s not embarking on adventures with her son and gnomes Fitzgerald and Bartholomew.

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The Agency: In the Defendant's Chair by Lynn Yvonne Moon





The Agency: In the Defendant's Chair
The Agency Series
Book Four
Lynn Yvonne Moon
Genre: Fiction - Mystery
Publisher: Koehler Books
Date of Publication: November 2014
ISBN:          978-1-63393-036-0 ebook
ISBN: 978-1-94019-282-6 print
ASIN: B00OMVWLMI
Number of pages:  310
Cover Artist: Koehler Books
Book Description:
Her last memory before falling asleep is the love she feels for her husband and kids. Then she wakes up, confused, dizzy, and sick, and realizes where she is; a courtroom. This is the nightmare and reality of Early Sutton and other women like her across America.
Carrie Clark and Maddie Edwards reunite with The Agency to solve the mysterious murders that are plaguing America. They risk their lives as they travel from coast to coast gathering clues and piecing together a strange puzzle where the pieces don’t seem to fit. In The Defendant’s Chair examines the inner working of our US Government and a secret society as they manipulate the human genome in evil seclusion. In a race against time to save the human race, the women must contemplate both the ethical and moral issues of genetic tampering.
Available at Amazon


About the Author:
Lynn Yvonne Moon is the author of the successful Agency Series, which deals with the implications of unlimited government power and money. She has worked for state and federal government since the 1990’s and uses her extensive personal experiences to captivate her audience with realistic stories of political corruption and black Government espionage.
Her first novel, When Souls Collide, introduces the reader to the ultimate power of The Agency. The second novel, What Rings True, awakens The Agency to the ramifications of never-ending political power. Dysfunctional Bloodline traces the steps of a family serial killer out for revenge. Lynn graduated from Troy State University where she earned a Masters Degree in Government. She currently works for the Commonwealth of Virginia and resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
@LynnYvonneMoon
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4387014.Lynn_Yvonne_Moon

Book Review and Spotlight -- In the Defendant's Chair by Lynn Yvonne Moon


The Agency: In the Defendant's Chair
The Agency Series
Book Four
Lynn Yvonne Moon


Genre: Fiction - Mystery


Publisher: Koehler Books


Date of Publication: November 2014


ISBN: 978-1-63393-036-0 ebook
ISBN: 978-1-94019-282-6 print
ASIN: B00OMVWLMI


Number of pages: 310


Cover Artist: Koehler Books


Book Description:


Her last memory before falling asleep is the love she feels for her husband and kids. Then she wakes up, confused, dizzy, and sick, and realizes where she is; a courtroom. This is the nightmare and reality of Early Sutton and other women like her across America.


Carrie Clark and Maddie Edwards reunite with The Agency to solve the mysterious murders that are plaguing America. They risk their lives as they travel from coast to coast gathering clues and piecing together a strange puzzle where the pieces don’t seem to fit. In The Defendant’s Chair examines the inner working of our US Government and a secret society as they manipulate the human genome in evil seclusion. In a race against time to save the human race, the women must contemplate both the ethical and moral issues of genetic tampering.


Available at Amazon




About the Author:


Lynn Yvonne Moon is the author of the successful Agency Series, which deals with the implications of unlimited government power and money. She has worked for state and federal government since the 1990’s and uses her extensive personal experiences to captivate her audience with realistic stories of political corruption and black Government espionage.




Her first novel, When Souls Collide, introduces the reader to the ultimate power of The Agency. The second novel, What Rings True, awakens The Agency to the ramifications of never-ending political power. Dysfunctional Bloodline traces the steps of a family serial killer out for revenge. Lynn graduated from Troy State University where she earned a Masters Degree in Government. She currently works for the Commonwealth of Virginia and resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.






@LynnYvonneMoon














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