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Stacy Juba’s Book Sale

Hi Everyone,

I had the pleasure of reading Stacy Juba’s books last month and I thoroughly enjoyed them. When she mentioned that they would be on sale, I thought I would share the information with all of you. (I know how much readers like a great sale and this is 3 books for less than a dollar!)

To read my reviews, click on each title’s name: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and Dark Before Dawn.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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For a short time only, get Stacy’s Juba’s 3-book suspense bundle for 99 cents! Her Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set will be on sale for 99 cents from Oct. 10-25 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBookstore. With Halloween on the horizon, this is the perfect time to sit down with some suspenseful reads.

The bundle features Stacy acclaimed adult mystery/romantic suspense novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, and her young adult psychic thriller Dark Before Dawn, in one bargain-priced download. Solve a cold case with aspiring reporter Kris Langley; discover the downside of fame with former reality show contestant Cassidy Novak; and meet teenage psychic Dawn Christian, who discovers that ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R. More on the three books included in the download, which combined have garnered more than 230 customer reviews on Amazon:

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today – A GalleyCat Mystery and Thriller Bestseller and GalleyCat Barnes & Noble Bestseller that reached #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List and #5 on Nook. For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself. Get it on the secret: join thousands of readers in discovering Who Killed Diana Ferguson.

Sink or Swim – A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Women Sleuths and Romantic Suspense. How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Can she trust Zach Gallagher, the gorgeous newspaper photographer assigned to follow her for a local series? As things heat up with the stalker and with Zach, soon Cassidy will need to call SOS for real. Endorsed by contestants from Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother.

Dark Before Dawn – A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Horror/Occult and for Children’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, and a fun read for teens and adults alike. When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit. When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak “accidents” in town, Dawn has an important choice to make – continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Young-Ladies-Mystery-Boxed-ebook/dp/B008YA0AW6/ref=

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/young-ladies-of-mystery-boxed-set-stacy-juba/1112510487?ean=2940014880077

iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id640324718

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/Young-Ladies-Mystery-Boxed-Set/LYpEix78KkeRcjLUgHwX2g

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A Year in Review #1

Good Morning Everyone,

The time has arrived! Today the blog turns 1!!! Thank you all for your support. Now let the celebration begin!

For the First Year in Review, I am honored to take a look back at the Countermeasure Series by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. This series is unique and intoxicating. It contains so much action/suspense and romance that readers will be instantly hooked and crave the next book!

Here’s a look back at the reviews for the Countermeasure Series:

1. Uncharted:
Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey have written a very intriguing start to their series, with this short story. Readers will be captivated and anxious to figure out what the motive is that caused such a drastic decision from the main characters.

2. Countermeasure:
Countermeasure is jam-packed with intrigue and suspense, mixed with steamy chemistry. Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey have given geeks everywhere an exciting romance to read. Cassandra is a strong, determined woman, while Trevor is an extremely hot computer genius. The technical jargon that is mixed in throughout the book is evenly balanced between the witty banter of the two main characters.

3. Bytes of Life Anthology:
This anthology contains three short stories that take place in between the first full length novel, Countermeasure and the second, To Russia with Love. Fans of Countermeasure will want to read this anthology. These stories are not full of suspense, but they are full of romantic trysts.

4. To Russia with Love:
This time the action is amplified and the story is balanced with steamy love scenes from the secondary characters. Readers’ hearts will race as they turn each page. Fans of this series will be left desperately waiting for the next novel. Romantic suspense readers of a mature age need to place this series on their ‘Must-Read’ lists.

5. Blindsided:
Written with the same excellent style, that fans have thoroughly enjoyed, Blindsided takes a slight detour away from the hectic romantic suspense filled plot that consumes Trevor’s and Cassie’s lives. Nathan is a character that fans will either love-to-hate or hate-to-love and this is the story where his inner turmoil begins to shine through.

Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey are helping us celebrate this major milestone. They are giving away 1 swag pack filled with bookmarks and a Countermeasure series bracelet!!! To enter to win, just leave a comment below between now and Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT. The winner will be selected and announced Saturday June 1, 2013!

Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey are also giving away personalized ecopies of Uncharted and Countermeasure for the Big Giveaway! (Entry form link is under the Big Giveaway page at the top of the blog.)

A big thank you to Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey for donating some amazing prizes for this celebratory event!

I hope you all enjoyed this first installment of A Year in Review!

Enjoy,
~Ariesgrl

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Countermeasure

Countermeasure Series #1. By: Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. Format: Audiobook. Read: March 2013.

Trevor Bauer, an NSA analyst, is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his parents, nearly four years ago. However one case of corporate espionage at a pharmaceutical company, will change Trevor’s life. Through a stroke of luck, Trevor finds himself in the middle of Cassandra James’s path. Cassandra James, an ex-CIA operative, has just been taken off her very first case at her father’s company. But that isn’t about to stop Cassandra, so she teams up with Trevor and the two of them must overcome their pasts in order to catch the culprit.

Countermeasure is jam-packed with intrigue and suspense, mixed with steamy chemistry. Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey have given geeks everywhere an exciting romance to read. Cassandra is a strong, determined woman, while Trevor is an extremely hot computer genius. The technical jargon that is mixed in throughout the book is evenly balanced between the witty banter of the two main characters. The story and characters are wonderful, whereas the narrator was decent. The narrator tended to mix Irish dialect with American dialect during the narration and then interchanged some of the tones for the individual characters. However, it was still easy to follow along and the narrator improved as the book progressed. Mature fans of romantic suspense need to mark this book as a must-read.

This was the first audiobook that I have reviewed for this blog and I was quite happy with the overall experience. The application was easy to use and downloaded quickly. The narrator demonstrated an excellent Irish dialect and read at an even pace. I did wish he paused for just a beat longer to signify the changes in points-of-view, but overall it was setup nicely. This book was excellent and I cannot wait to read the next in the series.

So tell me, are you a fan of audiobooks? They do seem to provide a nice convenience for those with busy schedules, but I can see where others wouldn’t be able to focus as much on the book. Do prefer male or female narrators, or do you prefer to ‘hear’ your own voice?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about the authors and this series, please visit their website.

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Uncharted

Countermeasure: Bytes of Life #1. By: Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. Format: eBook. Read: March 2013.

Conner and Maeve had been married a long time and they loved their home life in Dublin. However all of this is about to change forever. They agreed this is best for the son Trevor, but they can’t ignore the pain this decision will cause.

Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey have written a very intriguing start to their series, with this short story. Readers will be captivated and anxious to figure out what the motive is that caused such a drastic decision from the main characters. Even though it is a short story, the main characters are developed enough that the readers will relate to their inner conflicts. This is a very well written story.

I enjoyed reading this little sneak peak into what is ahead in the series. Based off this short story, I have high hopes that this series will be an exciting and suspenseful romance.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about the authors and this series, please visit their website.

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The Istanbul Puzzle

By: Laurence O’Bryan. Format: Paperback. Read: February 2013.

 

Sean Ryan just learned that his friend and co-worker, Alek Zegliwski, has been killed while working in Istanbul. Sean must leave London in order to identify Alek’s body, but once he lands in Istanbul, Sean realizes there is more to his friend’s death than he realized. With the help of Isabel Sharp, a British diplomat, Sean escapes death numerous times as he hunts for the people that killed Alek. Little does he know that there is a deadly virus being tested and unleashed in Istanbul by the same people that are trying to prevent him from finding out the truth.

 

The Istanbul Puzzle is full of suspense, while history comes alive in this fast-pace, action-packed thriller. With each new twist and turn, more information is revealed about Istanbul’s past and the religions that have fought to control it. Laurence O’Bryan writes with a passion as he describes the scenery in Istanbul and he sets up intriguing possibilities for the next book. O’Bryan even includes a travel guide for those interested in visiting Istanbul. Each chapter rotates between Sean’s story and what is happening in the world, which gives readers extra insight into the truth and builds up the . Fans of conspiracy theories, mysteries and suspense need to mark this book as a must read!

 

 

I absolutely love books that combine historical facts with conspiracy theories. Authors that can build the suspense in a fiction setting, while still relaying facts have a supreme talent. I enjoy the ‘what-ifs’ these books create and love the fact that I can discover something new each time I re-read the story. This book has all of this and is set up as the first in a series. I cannot wait to read the next book! So, who are some of your favorite historical conspiracy theory authors? I know I have a few on my list and was able to add another author after reading this book!

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this book, please visit his website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #5

The Secret of the Kindred Spirit

By: Jacqueline DeGroot

 

Sunset Beach is a small island off the coast of North Carolina and it has been in desperate need for a new bridge. After a decade of battles, the island’s residents are still divided on the true need for the bridge versus the fact that it could disturb their peaceful setting. However, Cassie Andrews has arrived with some of crew to start construction. In her quest to learn the island’s layout, she makes a gruesome discovery, a human head. When the responding officer arrives, Cassie’s fear disappears and a new feeling sets in as she meets Michael Troy. Michael Troy has been a cop for several years and if he solves this murder case, he can make detective. He has dreamed of his perfect southern belle wife for years, but Cassie is a complete opposite that he desperately wants to enjoy while he waits for his dream bride to enter his life. Too many questions now plague this small town. Will the bridge be built? Will the murderer be caught? Will Cassie and Troy set aside their differences and fall in love?

 

Jacqueline DeGroot combines, murder and romance in this story set in a small beach town. The omniscient point of view can be a bit confusing as it bounces around, but it allows readers to connect with each of the characters. Though more romance than suspense, the action intensifies near the end. The main male character can be a bit obnoxious at times, but readers can relate to his inner conflict. The ending will give readers a hint towards which couple will be next to fall in love at Sunset Beach. Pawleys Island residents can relate to the setting of Sunset Beach and its cast of characters.

 

Note: This review was written for the bookstore, My Sister’s Books. Please visit their website for more information about the books they sell.

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