Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Review Copy Arrival: Love You To Death by Shannon K. Butcher

Love You To Death By Shannon K. Butcher

I received this for review from Anna Balisi at Hachette Books.

It's been days since reporter Elise McBride has heard from her sister, Ashley. She's convinced Ashley has met with some kind of foul play, especially when she learns that bodies of other missing women have surfaced in and around Chicago--all victims of a brutal serial killer. Convinced her sister is still alive, Elise vows to risk everything to save her...

The last thing ex-cop Trent Brady needs is more blood on his hands. Yet when he catches Elise breaking into her sister's house, full of reckless determination and fear, he knows she needs his help. But just as desire ignites between them, a twisted madman sets his sights on Elise. Hell-bent on possessing her for himself, this psychopath won't rest until he has his perfect woman.

Review Copy Arrival: Double Cross by James David Jordan

Double Cross by James David Jordan

I received this for review from Audra Jennings at B&B Media Group.

From Suicide to Sacrifice

In James David Jordan’s new thriller, Double Cross,

an ex-Secret Service agent deals with the truth about her past

DoubleCross cover for printing“The day my mother came back into my life began with a low December fog and a suicide.” So begins James David Jordan’s latest novel, Double Cross, which follows the exploits of Taylor Pasbury, a young ex-Secret Service agent with a checkered past and a penchant for finding trouble. Even as a high school kid, Taylor knew she was not like most other girls. Raised by her father, a retired Special Forces officer, she learned to camp, shoot, and most of all, take care of herself. Now a young adult, Pasbury opens her own security agency and finds herself in the middle of a mysterious case full of danger and intrigue.

When the top assistant of her former client turns up dead, all signs point to embezzlement and suicide. But in the world of Taylor Pasbury, nothing is as it seems. A trail of clues leads to Taylor’s mother, who abandoned her when she was nine. What begins as a suicide investigation becomes a personal quest to find the truth about her past.

Double Cross is an action-packed story that provides thrilling twists and turns as well as a thought-provoking look at the personal and spiritual struggles of characters who are as complex as they are flawed. Ultimately, it’s a story of self-examination that describes Taylor’s journey toward the conclusion that some sacrifices can never be earned.

James David Jordan is a successful business attorney in Dallas, Texas, and was named by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the most influential leaders in that legal community. Jordan followed his aspirations of becoming an author, taking five years to create his first book, Something That Lasts, which was well-received by both critics and the public. His second book, Forsaken, won the Reader’s Choice award from RelzReviews and The Suspense Zone.

Jordan writes with a commitment to tell page-turning stories that challenge readers to explore and grow in their faith. With gripping authenticity, Jordan examines subjects of family and faith and skillfully draws readers into the crisis faced by Taylor Pasbury. Along the way, readers will find ample opportunity to re-assess their own life situations and wrestle with their own thoughts about forgiveness and grace.

Double Cross by James David Jordan

B&H Publishing Group

October 2009

ISBN: 978-08054-4754-5/softcover/302 pages/$14.99

Review Copy Arrival: Don't Look Down by David Laing Dawson

Don't Look Down by David Laing Dawson

I received this from the author for review through Bostick Communications.

Publisher: Bridgeross Communications
Release Date: August 19, 2009
Pages: 194
Binding: Paperback

Four men, age 18 to 81, have murdered, and now share a room in the secure forensic psychiatry ward of a mental hospital. Who better to get inside their heads, and find both the tragedy and comedy of their lives than Canadian psychiatrist and novelist David Laing Dawson. Three of Dawson's previous novels, Last Rights, Double Blind, and Essondale have been published in seven European countries, the US and the UK. Dawson's novels have been described as a cross between Elmore Leonard and Seinfeld and as close to reality as it gets.

Review Copy Arrival: The Cutting by James Haymore

The Cutting by James Haymore

I received this through Pump Up Your Books promotions for a tour date on November 19 - come back then for a review of this exciting book.

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: June 23, 2009
Pages: 336
Binding: Hardcover

Detective Sergeant Michael McCabe moved from New York City to Portland, Maine, to escape a dark past: both the ex-wife who’d left him for an investment banker, and the tragic death of his brother, a hero cop gone bad. He sought to raise his young daughter away from the violence of the big city . . . so he’s unprepared for the horrific killer he discovers, whose bloody trail may lead to Portland’s social elite.

Early on a September evening, the mutilated body of a pretty teenaged girl, a high school soccer star, is found dumped in a scrap-metal yard. She had been viciously assaulted, but her heart had been cut out of her chest with surgical precision. The very same day a young businesswoman, also a blonde and an athlete, was abducted as she jogged through the streets of the city’s west end. McCabe suspects both crimes are the work of the same man---a killer who’s targeting the young---who is clearly well-versed in complex surgical procedures, and who may have struck before. Just as the investigation is beginning, McCabe’s ex-wife reemerges, suddenly determined to reclaim the daughter she heedlessly abandoned years earlier.

With the help of his straight-talking (and, at times, alluring) partner, Maggie Savage, McCabe begins a race against time to rescue the missing woman and unmask a sadistic killer---before more lives are lost.

Giveaway - Can God Be Trusted by Thomas D. Williams

Can God Be Trusted?: Finding Faith in Troubled Times by Thomas D. Williams

Thanks to Valerie Russo at Hachette Book Group I have three copies of this book to giveaway. I should be receiving my review copy soon and look forward to reading it.

Father Williams explores the most common obstacles that prevent people from trusting God, including personal betrayals, unfulfilled expectations, and seemingly unanswered prayers. He then explains what is reasonable to expect from God and offers practical tips for ways to grow in trust.

Williams is becoming a revered voice in the Christian community for his insightful writings on issues that really matter to Christians. In this new book, Father Williams will help readers understand, not only how to trust God in spite of doubts and confusion, but to truly know God can be trusted. [cl
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Review: Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4.5/5.0
I listened to this one on audio after reading the last one. I think that is how I'm going to do the rest of this series, listen to one, read the next. I must say that I love the reader of this series, her voices are the ones I hear in my head when I actually read the books too.

So this one has Bill gone to South America, Eric can't remember who he is and Jason is missing. Sookie really has her hands full. It definitely brings in some interesting plot twists and some old friends. Eric has been cursed by witches who want to take over Shreveport, so it's up to the wiccans, the weres and shapeshifters, and the vampires to take Shreveport back and get Eric's memory back.

A lot happens in this book and I thought the last one was good, but this one is even better. So much is going on and it's exciting and engaging throughout. The personal storylines take a twist. My favorite were - Alcide Herveaux returns, I now see why everyone likes Eric and of course dependable Sam is around. Some new shapeshifters are introduced and they provide interest too.

All around an excellent book - I am anxious to start the next one to see where Sookie goes next.

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Teaser Tuesday - October 13


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
The jamb reluctantly released is hold, billowing forth a cloud of dust. Connie coughed and gagged, waving the dingy haze away from her face. As the door wrenched open, she heard a metallic ker-chunk from just overhead, and something small and fragile clattered to the stones at her feet.
From The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

I'm only a little ways into this one, but it is good so far.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane