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Forbidden Harvest

By: Peter Rizzolo. Format: Paperback. Read: March 2014.

Dr. Ken Benholtz has spent his career at the Children’s Hospital working to preserve organs for transplant. His job becomes more personal when his nephew is admitted and is in desperate need for a heart, around the same time that his research funds are cut. He decides to take matters into his own hands by illegally harvesting cadaver organs. This is the story of the medical and legal consequences of his decision.

This story seems to have it all… young children in need of life-saving organs, details of both the medical and legal worlds and it is packed full of suspense and intrigue.  Though this book covers an intense topic and technical jargon, the plot allows it to be a fast and enjoyable read. Rizzolo does an amazing job of blurring the lines between the good guy and the evil guy. Readers will be questioning how far they would go, to save a child’s life.


How do you like your medical fiction books? Do you like them to read like a compelling thriller or a heart-wrenching story, or somewhere in between?




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My Sister’s Books Review #27

The Bullet Catch
By: Lynn Hodges

Detective Logan Hawthorne Michaels runs a special company that excels in discovering the truth by using unique talents of each of their employees. For Logan Michaels, he enjoys using the power of deception that he learned through magic to weave his way to the truth. Hence the phone call that he received, asking for his expertise to help solve the mystery behind the Amazing Gregor’s death. Amazing Gregor is a talented magician who aims to please the crowds by catching a bullet in his teeth. Unfortunately for him, the trick fails and brings about instant death. When part of his crew disappears out of thin air, detective Logan and the local police are taken on a wild ride.

The Bullet Catch is the first book in the magical detective series by Lynn Hodges. It starts with a bang and will keep readers guessing right up until the very end. The story is told through several different points of view, which can be confusing at times, especially when there is a plethora of characters introduced in the beginning. However readers will enjoy playing the guessing game, as they figure out the truth behind this disastrous magic act. The writer uses his experience in magic to bring the trickery alive in this book, which is a promising start to a hopefully intriguing series.

Similar Authors:
Scott Jenkins, John Bohannon, Lesley Cookman

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Saved by his Submissive

By: Angel Payne. Format: eBook. To Be Read.

Being a member in the Special Forces can change a guy, but losing his fiancée in a medical helicopter crash can destroy a man. Unfortunately for Garrett Hawkins, he is a completely changed and emotionally damaged man, since he learned the news of her death, one year ago. Thankfully his job keeps his body going and his mind occupied, therefore he is only haunted in his dreams. While in Thailand, his team was called to rescue kidnapped women from human traffickers and it is there that he discovers his lovely Sage is alive. Sage and her friend have been battling the extremes and living off vegetation, trying to survive. When Sage is reunited with Garrett she hopes they can return back to their previous life of happiness. However Garrett is worried she will be repelled by the man he has become and it is up to Sage to decide their future.

Saved by his Submissive is filled with various levels entwined in the plot. The race against time to save the women from being sold, will leave readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will both love and hate Garrett at times, as he struggles with trying to accept himself. Angel Payne does an excellent job of telling the darker side of self-doubt and fear through the eyes of the leading man, which is reversed from the average romantic roles. This book is chocked full of details, which could make some readers squeamish during the more brutal scenes. This book is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but for fans of military/BDSM romances.

This was the first book that I have read by Angel Payne and of this type of nature. While, I don’t find the whole Dominant-Submissive relationship enjoyable, I can appreciate a well written story line. This book is well written and it has a thrilling plot line, with complicated characters. I feel like this story is like an onion, filled with many layers, sometimes bitter and it will definitely bring tears to your eyes…but in the end it helps pull the meal together.


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The Devil You Know

By: Sexcee Jackson. Format: eBook. Read: October 2013.

Tran is the ultimate hot shot baseball player with more money than he can count, while his fiancée, Angie, is studying law and preparing to take her BAR exam. In the process of filling out paperwork for the wedding and her honeymoon, she discovers that her birth certificate is false. Having grown up in an abusive Compton orphanage, violent memories start crashing back to surface. Afraid that Tran will no longer love her if she confesses about her abusive past, she turns to her best friend and confidant, Satanya. As Satanya starts to rebel and protest the marriage, Angie tries to push her away. Through many pains and heartaches, Angie must choose between her best friend and her fiancé.

This book starts out with one heck of an explosive beginning and ends in a similar fashion. Sexcee Jackson delivers more dramatic twists and turns than in most Shakespearian plays. This story takes an intriguing dive into the ramifications of childhood abuse, along with the morals and justifications for every decision. Unfortunately, due to graphic nature and crude language this book will not be to everyone’s liking. There are several grammatical errors in the narration and the narration seems to deviate between a neutral point of view and a more character-based point of view. The dialect of the characters is very specific to their Compton background, yet doesn’t seem to match with their chosen careers. Overall, The Devil You Know is a thought-provoking psychological tale.

I have to admit this was a difficult book for me to read. I was hooked with the shocking beginning and surprised by the ending. I enjoyed the plotline, but had difficulty keeping up with the narration. However, it definitely kept me guessing and I was shocked by the final twist at the end.


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Welcome…Authors Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey!!!

Hi Everyone,

Please help me give a warm welcome to two amazing authors, Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. They are here to answer a few questions about their Countermeasure Series. (To read my reviews of their books, click on each of the titles: Uncharted, Countermeasure, Bytes of Life Anthology, To Russia with Love, Blindsided, Lost to Rapture.)


1. Hi Chris and Ceci! Thanks for hanging out here today. Could you tell the followers here a little bit about yourselves and your books?

Chris: Hi, Nicole! Very happy to be here. I guess we should give your readers a little back story. I’m a Brazilian expatriate living in Canada and a total geek. My background prior to writing was in web development and design but through life’s twists I now find myself writing romance. Cecilia and I began writing together a bit over three years ago. We met at a role playing group and played a mated couple for a while before we decided to write our own stories. I’ve lived in Canada for 15 years and although I suffer through the low temps each year, I’m rewarded each season with the change of colors and the magnificent views so I guess mother nature and I are even.

Cecilia: Hi, thank you for having us. To follow Chris’s lead, I’m a mutt—mix of Irish and Spanish—and an Air Force brat currently living and working in Northern California. Life’s curveballs always lead you one way or another, mine led me to meeting Chris, this adventure we’ve embarked, and into writing our stories.

2. Your books cover a multitude of genres exquisitely well and they seem to be current/ahead of their time. How did you come up with the idea for this series and where do you look for inspiration?

Chris: The original idea for the series came from a dream I had which also became Countermeasure’s prologue in its entirety. The development of the series from the core idea to now has been done in partnership with Cecilia. Inspiration is all around us. We both bring our own lives and experiences to the table and that gives the series the dynamic and diversity it carries out.

3. Now I know you enjoy listening to music, while you write, but is there one particular song that comes to mind for each book?

Chris: Although Ceci and I have the same basic taste in music, we have personal preferences in how to use it in our writing. I personally associate a set of songs to a specific character and when I need to write in that character’s POV, I play the playlist for him. Scenes, romantic or otherwise, also have their own playlist. I associate songs with the couples, with the action sequence, but I don’t have one specific song I can associate with each book.

Cecilia: I do something similar but I tend to pick a song either from a characters’ or couples playlist that feels like the moment in time that I am working in. I guess you could say a theme song for the scene or emotional situation. We have selected a songs that we feel best represent the beat, speed and rhythm of each book for the trailers but our view of the energy within the books is not limited to them.

4. If you could live in any one of the places that is mentioned in your books, where would it be and why?

Chris: I had the pleasure of living in Ireland for a while and if I could pick a place it would be somewhere there, most likely outside Sligo Town. Although Dublin is a wonderful city, I’d still pick Sligo as my home.

Cecilia: I have traveled to many countries and have walked the streets of Monte Carlo. The one place I’ve never been yet is Ireland. My father’s family hails from County Cork, however, having listened to Chris’s reminiscing of adventures in Sligo and researching the area, I feel as if I too have been there. It has become a bucket list item for us to go there in the near future. I have a feeling Sligo will steal my heart.

5. Your characters are very relatable and seem very real to your obsessed followers. Which qualities/characteristics do you share with your characters? Which qualities/characteristics do you wish you shared with them?

Chris: Trevor and I share the love for technology and loyalty to family and friends. I just wish I was as young as he is and could roam the world the way they do but I guess I can do that through their adventures.

Cecilia: Cassandra’s no nonsense approach to situations, love of having a set plan, and of course, very protective of family and friends are some things Cassandra and I have in common. I would love to be that young again with the world and adventure always on the horizon. It will be fun to one day walk some of the steps they have taken.

6. What can readers expect to see from you two in the future?

Chris: We have a lot on our TBW pile and we wish we had more hours in a day to explore all of the stories we want to write. But for certain, we will finish the Countermeasure Series novels and a few more Bytes of Life novellas telling the stories of the secondary characters in the stories. We will also branch out Countermeasure onto the spin-off series The AWE Crew. As for the other stories, we’ll update the list as we go.

7. Where can readers find you?
Is there anything that you would like to ask me or the readers?

Chris: We are all over social media and we welcome new friends on Facebook anytime. We are not even close to reaching the Facebook friend limit so friend away. As for the question, what makes you take interest in a specific book/series? What pulls you in?

Cecilia: Question: As a reviewer/reader, you read books across several genres. Is there a specific genre that holds your special attention?

As Chris mentioned, we are everywhere and anywhere. Here are some direct links to our social media presence:

Authors’ Website: http://chrisalmeida-ceciliaaubrey.com/
Countermeasure Series: http://countermeasureseries.com/
Authors’ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Authors.ChrisAlmeida.CeciliaAubrey
Countermeasure Series Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Counter.Measure.Series
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAlmeidaCAubrey

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To answer Chris’s question, for me, I like to read a story/series that I can get lost in. I prefer to be able to relate on some level with the characters or their story. However, if it is totally impossible to relate to a character, but the plotline is engaging, I find myself anxious to find out what happens next. As a reader, I love a story that pulls me into it and allows for my reality to fade away. 😉

To answer Ceci’s question, I have found that I go through reading phases. As a child, I loved a good mystery or any animal themed book, whereas in my teens I enjoyed more of the psychological thrillers. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I found the Happily Ever Afters in romance books. I am grateful to have such a broad taste in genres, when I am desperate for a book vacation, I tend choose a YA book, since they are normally fast, easy read and offer a hint of both mystery/romance. But nothing beats a great book that leaves you emotionally wrecked for a few days/weeks. 🙂

So what about all of you? How would you answer Chris’s and Ceci’s questions?

Fun tidbits:

Chris and Ceci are currently working towards 4,000 Likes on their Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/Authors.ChrisAlmeida.CeciliaAubrey) Once they reach this significant milestone, they will be giving away a paperback copy of Countermeasure.

Uncharted is the first Byte (short story) and it is the official start of this whole series. It is available for FREE at all retailers!!! So if you want to get a feel for this series and love a great deal, go pick up your copy today.

Thanks again to Chris and Ceci for stopping by today and I hope you all enjoyed this interview.

Have a wonderful day!



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My Sister’s Books #22

The Beach House
By: James Patterson and Peter de Jonge

Jack Mullen is a law student and the grandson of Mack, a feisty, strong-spirited Irishman. Jack is a very successful law student and has landed an internship at a prestigious law firm. As he keeps facing roadblocks with his pro bono, death row case, he learns the tragic news of his brother’s death. In his hometown, everyone knows everyone, yet Jack can’t figure out why no one is taking Peter’s death seriously. Peter’s body was found badly bruised and obviously beaten, yet the police brush it off as a drowning. It is up to Jack, his friends and Mack, to find out the truth and seek justice. Yet the truth may cause more innocent lives to be lost.

The Beach House is a thrilling, fast-paced ride through the politics of the rich and famous versus justice and truth. Massive cover-ups, with shocking twists and turns, will leave readers emotionally exhausted. “Taking justice in your own hands” is an old saying taken quite literally by the Mullen crew in this book. The short chapters and the Hamptons setting, make this a fast read, perfect for a day at the beach. Though the subject matter is recommended for mature audiences only. Fans of James Patterson and fans of the mystery/suspense genre will want to mark this book as a must-read.

Similar Authors:
David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Lee Child

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Dream Doctor

Dream Series #2. By: J.J. DiBenedetto. Format: eBook. Read: July 2013.

Sara is trying to balance being a newlywed and being in med school. As if this wasn’t difficult enough, her nightmares are back. It is up to Sara and Brian to figure who exactly wants to kill one of her teachers, which won’t be easy, seeing as how everyone hates him. Plus, each of Sara’s dreams reveal another possible suspect. But Sara’s dreams take on a more personal role, when one of her friend’s Mom receives a terminal diagnosis. Will Sara be able to handle everything: help her friend, save her teacher’s life, balance medical school and find time to spend with her husband?

J.J. DiBenedetto continues his unique suspense series in Dream Doctor. In this second installment, the emotions are turned up a notch and readers will find them choking back tears on several occasions. This book follows the same style as the first, with tons of detail but no graphic scenes. The pace is a bit slower this time around, but there are many twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Readers will be instantly picking up the next book in the series, in order to continue the journey with Sara and Brian.

This was another wonderful book in the Dream series. This book definitely had more emotions than suspense, but it was still a great read. I am highly anticipating the next book.


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My Sister’s Books Review #18

The Tourist
By: Olen Steinhauer
(Milo Weaver #1)
(Mysteries & Thrillers)

A life as a tourist sounds like a great idea, however for Milo Weaver it was a difficult life. As a professional undercover agent for the CIA, Milo had worked several “assignments,” but none of them focused on a colleague until now. Now with distrust and cover-ups many old cases are coming back under suspicion and Milo is forced back into the life of a tourist.
The Tourist is a fascinating and complicated spy novel. It starts out a bit slow and at times seems tedious, but the plot quickly picks up the pace. Readers will wrapped up in Milo’s mind and looking over their shoulder’s while they read. The plot twists and time jumps will keep readers guessing until the very end. Graphic scenes call for a mature audience, but overall an excellent start to the series.

Similar Authors:
Daniel Silva, Peter Steiner, Charles Cumming, Brad Thor

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My Sister’s Books #14

The Seventh Scroll

By: Wilbur Smith

The Seventh Scroll is the sequel to River God; though this book is set in modern time. Duraid Al Simma and his wife, Royan, have uncovered the ancient scrolls. However Taita has made several unique designs and descriptions not found in the Egyptian language. While Duraid and Royan are working on translating the scrolls, they are brutally attacked and the scrolls are stolen. With Duraid’s last breathe, he urges Royan to continue their work and seek help from Nicholas Quenton-Harper. Royan goes back to England to find Nicholas and the two of them must work together in order to survive the hunt for the scrolls.

This book is well written. The suspense is overwhelming, while the interaction between Nicholas and Royan is predictable. Readers do not need to read River God first, since that book takes place over 4,000 years earlier. The author does mention that book and himself in this book, which is unique. Some brutal scenes make this book not acceptable for everyone, but overall thriller fans will enjoy this book.

Similar authors:
Tom Cain, Alex Rutherford, Dan Brown, Clive Cussler

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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?


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