New Cover Reveal: “The Marijuana Project” by Brian Laslow

The next book on my reading list is Brian Laslow’s The Marijuana Project.bgs-fb-page-profile-shot Brian Laslow is an expert in the field of security. The Marijuana Project is his debut novel. I selected this title from the Book Club Reading List.

Here is a synopsis of the book provided by the author:

The Marijuana Project is a fiction based on fact novel about a security consultant who has an ethical dilemma about taking on a medical marijuana client. You could call it a security expert’s journey through the ethical weeds. It discusses the medical marijuana debate and security issues within a fictional suspense story.

Needless to say I look forward to several enlightening evenings reading this story.

Final Cover Reveal of 2015: Donna Fletcher Crow’s “A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary”

As the year draws to a close I am pleased to reveal the cover of the next book at the top of my reading list. This book is called A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary by Donna Fletcher Crow. Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of several novels as well as children’s books, nonfiction works and plays. A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary is the fourth installment of ‘The Monastery Murders’ series. I selected this title from the Book Club Reading List.
newly-crimsoned-reliquary (1)

Here is an enticing description of the book by the author:

“Now don’t get into trouble,” Antony warns Felicity as he sends her on her way to Oxford. Never mind that she’s going to be living in a convent translating an ancient manuscript for the nuns. Trouble will find Felicity. And this time it comes in a most shocking way when fresh body parts start showing up in ancient holy vessels. Shadows from deep in the past lurk in Oxford’s hallowed shrines to imperil the most courageous.

New Cover Reveal! “Love is the Bridge” by Denise Weeks

As I finish up my book review of Melinda Clayton’s superb Entangled Thorns, I am excited to reveal the cover of the next book on my reading list. This book is called Love is the Bridge by Denise Weeks.bridge-cover-final (2) I selected this title from Cheap Kindle Books.

Here is a synopsis of the book provided by the author:

LOVE IS THE BRIDGE is a literary ghost story and a tale of romantic suspense with strong techie elements.
Have you ever considered how vulnerable you are to cyber-attack through your cell phone, Facebook page, e-mail accounts, and even any files that might be accessed by a remote system while you are connected to the Internet? Paige Campbell had never considered that she had anything to worry about until she got the first crank call. By the time her Facebook page is hacked and one of her files changed so that she is suspended from college and accused of plagiarism, she’s beginning to believe that someone–or something–is out to get her. But who could be doing it but a stalker, a hacker, or–as it claims it is, a “Casper”? Can there actually be a “ghost in the machine”?
Alan McConnell doesn’t believe in ghosts and thinks it’s outlandish to claim that his prototypical AI test system (for writing advertising jingles) has become the portal by which a ghost (or at least a paranormal entity, which he also doesn’t believe in) has entered our material plane. But after his studio experiences several problems and strange events, he concludes that there is a hacker with access to his studio, probably the same person behind this “haunting” complained about by his client Paige Campbell.
The young entrepreneur hired Paige to sing radio jingles for his advertising agency, and is determined to help her solve her problem (as well as his own) by catching the hacker. But is it a crafty and cruel programmer they’re dealing with, or a ghost (as it claims) who has mistaken Paige for someone else, and is determined to haunt her until she lifts the curse it believes she has set on it during a previous life? The attraction between Alan and Paige threatens to interfere with their attempts to rid themselves of this problem. Still, they can cope with everything–until the night they’re trapped in the studio with what is either a menacing entity or a clever killer. Or possibly both.
Is code the only thing executing out there on the Web? Exactly how safe are we in cyberspace? Not to get too Phildickian, but the question arises as to what can be real, and just how fragile your reality may be. Paige draws readers into her synaesthetic world and Alan illuminates the techie viewpoint as they attempt to figure out who or what is turning her life upside down–while they try to resist their strong romantic attraction.
The book is a page-turner for those who are into technology, ghosts, stalkers, or music and its many charms (and effects on the physical world), but it’s full of charming banter between Paige and Alan, Paige and her best friend Andi, and Alan with his best friend John. It has amusing moments and isn’t a heavy, panic-inducing doomball.
No explicit sex, not even making out. No serious cussin’. No typos or howlers–no, REALLY! The story is set in Texas, but it could take place anywhere that there’s a Wi-Fi signal connecting people all over the world. Themes include: TRUTH. (Everyone has a personal truth that may not be the same as the universally accepted truth.) ILLUSION: All is not what it seems. Privacy, authenticity, secrets. Grudges damage the one who is holding them, much as acid destroys its container. What goes around comes around. Knowing and being known are paramount in life. To thine own self be true. Music is the song of the universe and everyone/everything vibrates to some sort of frequency. Joe Bob says check it out!

Cover Reveal: Melinda Clayton’s ‘Entangled Thorns’

The next book I will be reading is Entangled Thorns by Melinda Clayton. I selected this title from Cheap Kindle Books. I was first drawn to the book because of the cover art and the story promises to be a dark mystery about a family’s history.

Here is a synopsis of the book provided by the author:

The infamous Pritchett family of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia was best known for bootlegging, moonshining, and living life on the wrong side of the law. As older daughter Beth Pritchett Sloan describes, “Upon reflection, I supposed at some point throughout the generations Pritchetts must have realized deviance was all they had, and subsequently decided to embrace it as a point of pride. Our neighbors were impoverished and dignified; we were trash, and proud of it.”

In 1984, when Beth was seventeen, her thirteen year old brother Luke died a mysterious death, and Beth and her younger sister Naomi took the next train out of Cedar Hollow, cutting all ties to their family. Over the intervening years Beth worked hard to suppress the demons of her past and create a life of her own, marrying, raising children, and enjoying the comforts of an upper-middle-class lifestyle.

Then an unwelcome letter arrives, threatening to upset the precarious balance Beth has managed to establish. Summoned back to Cedar Hollow and the family she left behind, Beth must risk everything to face the truth about what really happened to her brother Luke that distant summer night.

–Nighttime Narratives

Another Cover Reveal…

The next book I’ll be reading selected from Cheap Kindle books is ‘Murder in the Worst Degree’ by F. M. Meredith

Here is a synopsis of the book provided by the author:

The title, Murder in the Worst Degree, was given to me by a friend. I started writing the book and nearly reached the end before I knew how the title tied into the story. The beginning sentence sets the scene: “Except for the dead body washed up on the sand, conditions were perfect for surfing.” Detectives Milligan and Zachary must find out what happened to the murder victim, an old man, Their investigation focuses on the victim’s family, his housekeeper, his three best friends he served with in the military, and a mystery woman. As with every Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, the story includes what is going on in the lives of the men and women who serve and protect the beach town of Rocky Bluff.

First Book Cover Reveal…

I am currently reading ‘The Advocate’ by Teresa Burrell, chosen from the Book Club Reading List. And it is real good so far.

Here is a synopsis of the book from the author:

For Sabre Orin Brown, life is good; she has it all…or would have, if only she could solve the mysterious disappearance of her brother. The search for her brother and her career as a juvenile court attorney collide when she defends a nine-year-old whose father will go to any length to obtain custody.

Sabre finds herself immersed in a case with too many unanswered questions. Her quest for the truth takes her coast to coast and five years into the past. Confronted with mysterious clues and strange occurrences, Sabre is threatened by someone wanting to make her suffer the unbearable anguish of losing everything–including her life.

As Sabre’s passion to find the answers intensifies, she discovers a twisted history of desperation, deceit, and revenge. And she discovers how obscure and treacherous the truth can be.

‘The Advocate’ by Teresa Burrell