Posts Tagged ‘Thrillers’

Review: BLOWBACK, an espionage thriller

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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An exciting new espionage thriller, with insider detail and the realism that only a former spy could provide, by former CIA ops officer Valerie Plame Wilson and thriller writer Sarah Lovett.

Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson pits herself against Bhoot, alias The Ghost, the world’s most dangerous international nuclear arms dealer. The fast-paced action takes the reader from Europe to Washington D.C. to the Near East.

Be inside the head of a CIA ops officer, a heroine to admire—courage, stamina, intelligence, determination—as she risks her cover, her career and her life to hunt for and take down not only arms dealer Bhoot, but also another man, a talented elusive assassin who kills a highly valued contact.

The non-stop suspense, action, and intrigue will likely have readers wanting to finish the novel in one sitting, while the emotional connections between characters, including a forbidden love affair with handsome as hell David Khoury, give the story and characters depth, and a sense of real community in a dangerous profession. An exceptional thriller, and a great read!! I can’t wait until their next book.

This is the first installment of the Vanessa Pierson series.

Valerie Plame Wilson also wrote Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent was Betrayed by Her Own Government (with Laura Rozen). Her career in the CIA included assignments in Counterproliferation operations, ensuring that enemies of the United States could not threaten the country with weapons of mass destruction.

Sarah Lovett’s five suspense novels–Dark Alchemy, Dantes’ Inferno, Acquired Motives, Dangerous Attachments, and A Desperate Silence—feature forensic psychologist Dr. Sylvia Strange, and have been published in the United States and around the world.

Blue Rider Press / A member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc. / New York.

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TOUCH & GO, by Lisa Gardner — Review

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013


Main character, the lovely and talented Libby Denbe.
Her husband, Justin Denbe.
Their beautiful 15-year-old daughter Ashlyn.
Investigator Tessa Leoni.
Wyatt Foster, sexy New Hampshire detective.
Ex-military and Special Forces.
With appearances by D.D. Warren.

Pain has a flavor. The question is, what does it taste like to you.

Boston’s exclusive Back Bay neighborhood, a gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street. A great marriage. A family who seemed to be admired and loved by all.

In the first chapter, three masked men attack and abduct them. When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives on the crime scene, the family has vanished without a trace—no witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just a million tiny pieces of Taser confetti. Racing against the clock to locate the family, Tessa and Detective Wyatt team up, with the FBI, to uncover the family’s deepest secrets and a complex web of betrayal and big business. Who did it? Why did they do it? What happened to the family?

This is the truth: Love, safety, family…it’s all touch and go.

Gardner’s brilliant novel is a thriller as thrillers should be written. Tense and highly suspenseful, her latest features a delightfully fresh plot, a variety of unexpected twists and some great surprises. With the search to save this family and a family under immense pressure–this story is also definitely emotionally charged and compelling. Very engaging writing and wonderful, intriguing characters. (Loved the dynamic between Tessa and Wyatt.) Gardner is a suspense maestro. Unputdownable, fast-paced, utterly riveting. And a spectacular conclusion!

Lisa Gardner is the New York Times best-selling author of fourteen novels, including the D.D. Warren series: Catch Me, Love You More, Live to Tell, The Neighbor, Hide, and Alone. Her latest book, TOUCH & GO,  comes out February 5th, 2013, bringing back Tessa Leoni, a character who was first introduced in the book, Love You More.


Marketing for authors…and readers

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Marketing means ensuring your own “discoverability.” Or how readers on the internet can find you, can learn about you and your books, and maybe receive some free books or books at sale prices. It provides connection.

There are a number of sites that provide this, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

But there are some others that do this and they could be worth your time to check out.

The first is (@Bublishme on Twitter). The site offers something for both readers and writers. There is an easily navigated author’s page, with the author’s picture, cover, synopsis, blurb(s), excerpt, link to the author’s website, and a buy link. This is great for both writers and readers, as readers can sign up and access the genres they love to read and enjoy new authors and books.

The second is Story Cartel ( This is a new site. Currently there are over 1,900 readers, who get notifications about free books and other cool stuff.  There is an author signup and dashboard. Readers sign up with name & email address. They notify readers when there are new book giveaways, and if  the book sounds interesting, then readers can sign up to review it. After reading and posting a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads or their blog, readers can submit the link to that review(s) and then get entered into raffles for more free stuff (such as gift cards from Amazon or B&N).

The third is BookBlast ( (note: it’s not .com, which is another website) ). It’s a Digital Media Revolutions site. Advertising for authors is free right now, in exchange for sharing their service with readers. When you plan to have a book on sale for less than $3, you can contact them for inclusion in their email blasts to readers. And readers can sign up to receive free and best-selling books at sale prices. Sign-up is easy.

The fourth is Criminal Element, a community website from Macmillan that features content for fans of crime fiction, mysteries, and thrillers, with excerpts, blurbs and blog highlights. Authors like John Connolly, Karen Robards and Joseph Finder have been featured in the past. Categories at Criminal Element are: Detective and police procedurals, traditional mysteries and cozy mysteries, thrillers and noir, historical mysteries and Westerns, and true crime and nonfiction. Readers can sign up to receive current info on their favorite genre and authors, enter book giveaways, and participate in book discussions on the site’s community forum.

The fifth one is Omnimystery Books ( They provide current information about everything about mysteries: books, authors, characters, movies, T.V series, and so on. Their emails contain links to free books on kindle, to books for less than $2.99, and so on. Authors can sign up for promotions, book reviews, guest blogging. and so on.  They also offer contests and author events.

Other sites to check out are First Glance Books,, and Heroes and Heartbreakers.

What’s on your reading list? Are there other sites that you enjoy that I haven’t mentioned here?