Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Discover the perfume inspired by The Book of Lost Fragrances

 M.J. Rose is asking if you've ever smelled a story? 

“He struggled to separate out the notes he recognized from the ones he didn’t, searching for the ingredients that gave the blend its promise of hope, of long nights and voluptuous dreams, of invitation and embrace. Of an everlasting covenant ripe with possibility.  Of lost souls reunited.”  The Book of Lost Fragrances

Discover the perfume inspired by The Book of Lost Fragrances

Pre-order The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose and we'll send you a free sample of Âmes Soeurs, the Scent of Soulmates. This exclusive fragrance, inspired by the novel, was created by Joya Studios and is not yet for sale.  Joya’s Âmes Sœurs hints of Frankincense, Myrrh, Orange Blossom and Jasmine. It’s smoky uncommon finish suggests the past and the future, and lost souls reunited.

Just use one of the links at
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Offer ends March 1, but pre-order now since we have a limited number of supplies! US and Canada only.

The Book of Lost Fragrance has received terrific advance praise:
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2012 Indie Next List.

Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Top Ten Mystery/Thrillers Spring 2012

"From 18th-century Egypt and France to present-day Paris, New York, and China, Rose's deliciously sensual novel of paranormal suspense smoothly melds a perfume-scented quest to protect an ancient artifact with an ages-spanning romance. A complex plot that races to a satisfying finish." Publishers Weekly, Starred and Boxed Review 

" A sensuous thriller combined with a heartbreaking love story.”  Karen Briggs at Great Northern Books & Hobbies in Oscoda, MI
"A spellbinding love story and historical novel of mystery, reincarnation, ancient Egypt.  Being immersed in Rose's fictional world is one of those times when you don't want to come back to the real world." —Susan Wasson of Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

"Smoothly blends historical events, compelling characters, and international intrigue into an absorbing and thrilling ride through the centuries." Library Journal

Book Review: Gods and Fathers by James LePore

Gods and Fathers by James LePore
Publisher: The Story Plant
Publish Date: February 7, 2012
Paperback, 300 pages 
Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
 ISBN: 978-1611880298

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My Review:
This is the type of thriller I have been missing.  A little dark, but with moral lessons, and great characters, Gods and Fathers will be a suspense/thriller that I think about for quite awhile after I have finished it.  I will continue to process what happened in the book and think about the characters.  It's a true thriller in that it kept me turning the pages, but it also had me invested in the characters.  Mr. LePore has scored a home run with me with Gods and Fathers and found a loyal fan to read his previous books and any future books as well.

I love a good thriller and anyone who reads them knows that the plot drives them.  And the plot does drive Gods and Fathers.  I went through the whole book trying to figure out who did it and why.  There were a sufficient number of suspects that I was always kept guessing and I never could figure out the whys no matter how many hints Mr. LePore threw out.  The plot was really well done.  I think it was very carefully crafted.  It was also well-paced. It was never too slow nor did it feel too rushed towards the end.

The plot was a main part of this book, but the characters stood out as well and were crafted too.  I loved Matt.  He's a hot-head who is not perfect, but he has worked out a life for himself.  He's a solid A.D.A. and from what we learn early in the book he has cultivated a lot of friends through the police department.  This turns out to be very important.  However he is estranged from his ex-wife and his son.  When his son is accused of murder, his carefully crafted life is turned upside down and all he wants to do is make things right for his son.  So we see him as a good dad doing whatever he can for a son who really doesn't seem to like him.  But we get to see things change through the book and that is what I loved watching as much as the suspense plot.  The growth and change of characters is thrilling in and of itself.  Mr. LePore breathes real life into his characters and makes the reader really care for them.  I found myself truly invested in Matt, Jade, several of the police officers and eventually even Michael who seems cold and spoiled at the beginning.

Gods and Fathers is full of plots and thrills and interesting characters.  It's a hard book to put down.  I put in my earphones, some peaceful music and sat down and tuned out the world around me (my boys playing in the living room where I read) and enjoyed this book for an evening.  I escaped to a frightening world of New York City and a underbelly I hope to never know.  However the policemen, Jade and Matt, I would love to know them since they would sacrifice just about anything to find out the truth and bring it to light.  Those are the people I want on my side if I was ever in trouble.  Gods and Fathers is a wonderful book if you enjoy suspense/thrillers or if you want to jump into the genre for the first time.  I don't think I can say enough about this novel.  It really was that amazing to me.  Fast-paced, great characters, interested plots and sub-plots, just a solid suspense/thriller that has me dying to get my hands on more of James LePore's books.

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Book:
Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops – men he's known for a long time – come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy's girlfriend.

Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends – and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.

Gods and Fathers is at once a powerful mystery and a provocative international thriller, all of it presented with LePore's signature fascinating characters placed in dire circumstances where every choice poses new and potentially fatal challenges.

Nationally bestselling author James LePore has established a reputation as a writer whose vividly drawn characters and morally complex plots have kept readers up to all hours turning pages. His new novel promises more sleepless nights and more nonstop thrills.

About the Author (from Goodreads.com): 
In 1999 I sold my law practice to write and take pictures full time. My photography can be seen at www.nakedeyeimages.com. In 2008, I signed a four-book contract with The Story Plant, a small, agile publisher in Stamford, Connecticut. My first novel. 'A World I Never Made,' was released in April of 2009; the second, 'Blood of My Brother,' on December 25, 2010, and the third, 'Sons and Princes,' in April, 2011. Reviews are on my website, or just Google me. I have also written six short stories that stand alone as pieces of short fiction, but that are meant to accompany my first two novels. The first three of these was released in February, 2011, under the title, 'Anyone Can Die.'


FTC Information: I received this book through Partners in Crime book tours for an honest review.  I do make money from purchases made at The Book Depository and B&N.com, but all money is used to fund giveaways and shipping for giveaways from the blog.

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