The Children’s Game

 

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Thriller/Espionage/Spy
Date Published: April 2018
Publisher: Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing
 
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A frighteningly plausible, fast-paced thriller about a Russian cyberattack on America, involving fake news and anonymous hackers.
The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about to launch a sophisticated propaganda operation aimed at discrediting and disrupting the United States and ultimately restoring Russia to great nation status. Intercepted intelligence suggests that the operation will hinge on a single, breaking news event in Eastern Europe, supported by a sustained campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks. Code-named the “Children’s Game”–a chess stratagem that leads to checkmate in four moves–it was probably conceived by a Russian billionaire and former FSB officer named Andrei Turov. For years Turov has been developing the infrastructure for a new kind of warfare that exploits weaknesses in western democracies and manipulates public opinion. His organization offers the Kremlin plausible deniability.
But the United States has its own secret weapon: Christopher Niles, a former CIA intelligence officer, who understands Turov’s ambitions and capabilities. It falls to him and his small team–composed of his journalist half-brother Jon, a special forces operative he would trust with his life, and Anna Carpenter, a resourceful US senator with deep roots in the intelligence community–to unravel Turov’s plot and restore truth to a world spiraling into chaos.
 
Advance Praise
 
“Max Karpov has produced a cleverly conceived thriller that … captures perfectly the mentality of Vladimir Putin’s Russia … And, on top of it, the book is near impossible to put down. A must read.” – Michael Morell, Former Acting Director and Deputy Director, CIA

My Thoughts

I think the thing that struck me the most with this novel was the fact that Max Karpov was able to connect me to his characters from the get go. It really added investment in the story and what happened to the characters.
The plot was very well paced and there were no aspects that I was able to out-rightly predict.

This novel is jam packed with shocks and twists that will have you immersed in the story Karpov has created.

The characters are very well developed and multi dimensional which allows the reader to become invested.

About the Author

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Forged in Flood

 

 

Title: Forged in Flood
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Genre: M/M/M Romance
Release Date: July 14, 2018

 

Blurb
From
best-selling author Dahlia Donovan comes a new witty novella between three
very different men. With drama, emotional turmoil, and hilarious banter,
be prepared to be swept away in Dahlia’s British M/M/M romance.
When one drunken night forever scars three best friends, will they ever find
a way to pick up the pieces?

Eaten up with guilt, Ivan Black spends ten years hiding from the world. He
retreats to his family forge to wallow in misery. Alone. So lonely his
heart aches with it.

Wesley Cook and Rolland Spence have been together since university. They
struggle through the physical scars of the accident, building a life in
the ruins of their dreams. They find happiness but continue to miss their
angry ginger Viking—Ivan.In all the anger of wasted years, the three men find a way to forge a
relationship as hot as the fires in the smithy.

Forged in Flood is a British contemporary M/M/M romance. With heartache, hot
men with foul mouths, and plenty of heat, enjoy getting to know Ivan,
Wesley, and Roland.

 

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Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a
crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress.  She prefers
irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and
occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her
massive collection of books and video games.  
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Every Breath Duet

 

 

Title: Every Breath You Take

Series: The Every Breath Duet #1

Author: Faith Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Release Date: August 27, 2018

 

Blurb

 

London Monroe is forced to accept an unwanted
new reality. Her marriage is over. Her best friend is a million miles away. Her
mother’s health is failing. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to
make ends meet.
They
say the way to mend a broken soul is to find someone to make it whole again.
But she never imagined it would be him, or that love could be so . . .intense.
Discovering the unexpected will surprise her.
Life will get harder before it gets easier. And the man meant to see her
through it all will take her by storm.
Immersed in a whirlwind of emotion, London
soon learns that there’s a delicate line between love and . . . obsession.

 

 

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Title: Take My Breath Away

Series: The Every Breath Duet #2

Author: Faith Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Release Date: October 1, 2018

Blurb

 

All I
wanted to do was love her.
I couldn’t
break her when she’d finally been put back together . . . when she was finally
mine.
I was a
coward, a bigger a**hole than her ex-husband, a more selfish pr*ck than her
brother.
But London
didn’t know that.
She only
saw me as the man who would give her the world, the man who owned her heart.
And even
though the confession burned the tip of my tongue and begged to be spit out and
set free, I couldn’t do it.
Not yet . .
. I needed to hold on to this lie for just a little while longer to keep her
safe.

 

 

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Faith
Andrews is living out her dream right outside the greatest city in the world,
New York City. Happily married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother
of two beautiful and wild daughters, and a furry Yorkie son named Rocco
Giovanni. When she’s not tapping her toes to a Mumford & Sons tune or busy
being a dance mom, her nose is stuck in a book or she’s sitting behind the
laptop, creating her next colorful daydream. Coffee addict, lover of wine and
cheese, and sucker for concerts and Netflix, Faith believes in love at first
sight and happily ever after.

 

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Tough Love

 

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Women’s Fiction
Date Published: February 2018
Publisher: The Catalyst Group
 
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All that glitters is not gold and this is hitting home for Aleyna, a business woman, wife and mother, as she struggles between her traditional family desires and being unhappy in a marriage with her less than faithful husband, Kyle. Being a public speaker on confidence and success, Aleyna feels she isn’t being honest with herself or the world as she learns that the cancer she once beat has returned, bringing her face to face with a choice; her life or her marriage. This is a journey of self- discovery, strength, healing and courage.
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Aalia Lanius; storyteller, survivor, and a woman dedicated to reminding others that there is always hope in the dark, drawing you in with her spirit and vulnerability.  Based on personal experiences, she writes and speaks on topics such as survival of childhood molestation & teenage sexual assault, attempted suicide, eating disorders, marriage & relationship issues, divorce, parenting, financial success & health challenges.  Creative ambitions had always taken a back seat, focusing on health, business & being a mother, but not anymore! Her biographical fiction novel “Tough Love”, released February 2018 & she is confident that her stories will spread a positive message and impact others.
Her storytelling doesn’t stop there; her next book is set to release by January 2019!  In between writing fiction novels, she lives in Los Angeles County with her husband, Joseph Lanius, Film Executive Producer & Entertainment Attorney, whom she married in 2016 & welcomed a daughter with in January 2017.           
As a mother of four, Aalia splits her time between yoga pants, mom duties, red carpet events, & traveling the world with her family seeking adventure & any opportunity to share a positive message.
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My Beloved Past

 

New Adult Romance
Date Published: April 16 2018
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In a city of millions, the probability of chance and all of its mathematical outcomes should never have brought Jake and Zara together.
Jake never forgot the beautiful, exotic eyes of his first love. They haunt his dreams and make him look twice at every woman he meets. Then, in a twist of fate, when he jumps to the rescue of the gorgeous jogger he has been admiring for weeks, one look into Zara’s eyes brings him back to her, even if it’s only all the sweet memories.
It has taken Zara years to finally be happy with who she is, working her dream job as a counselor to special needs teenagers and having fun with her crazy group of friends. However, she has never forgiven herself for that fateful night when she was a teenager. The night that changed the course of so many lives. The night she learned unconditional love isn’t always so unconditional. Now, years later, in the clutches of a devil dog’s jaw, Zara has only one regret. That he will never know the truth.
She can’t change the sins of her past, but can her sexy hero lead her to a new future? Can she finally leave the past where it belongs-in the past? Or, will old secrets threaten her new, budding love?

My Review

Sweet yet Spicy. Real yet Romantic. I thoroughly enjoyed the different levels in this novel. A Perfect Summer Read and New Adult Romance!
About the Author

Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband’s Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.
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Saving Grace

 

 

Title: Saving Grace

Series: Virtues of Love #1

Author: Gigi Aceves
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Release Date: February 18, 2018

 

 

Blurb
Grace Carmichael’s world was turned upside down when she was fifteen.
The convent became her home. The Grotto her safe haven. She lived, breathed,
and learned a life she never chose. Ten years later, freedom came knocking and
she took a chance she never thought she would.
Phoenix Hayes experienced a double dose of heartache when death
tragically altered his life at seventeen. Being the ultimate warrior he has
never doubted a mission. Except for one — saving Grace.
Sometimes to find yourself you have to risk everything including your
heart — even your life.

 

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I grew up
in the Philippines but now live in California with my husband, two girls, and
Loki, the house cat. If my husband is the yin to my yang, Andrea is the Marlin
to my Dory while Allysa is the Buzz Lightyear to my Woody. I am a middle child,
and no, I don’t suffer from the middle child syndrome. According to my parents,
I’m the craziest, and I think, my husband and children agree with them.
Besides the
births of my two girls, my husband’s transplant is one of the most miraculous,
life changing, and memorable moments of my life. After dealing with two bouts
of cancer, my husband has been our inspiration.
I love the
beach, but I hate the sand. I love to travel, but I hate to fly. I love to eat,
but I hate gaining weight, all women can relate to this. These are a few of my
little quirks in life.
In addition
to writing, I enjoy reading, binge-watching a new series on Netflix, watching
action packed movies, listening to my youngest sing, and observing my oldest
cook. I’m an avid fan of The Walking
Dead, Scandal, The Brave, The Good Doctor, and Stranger Things.
I love
watching reality shows, too. I love Survivor,
The Amazing Race, and Big Brother
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Temptation Trials: Revolution

 

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Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Date Published:July 13th 2018
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 There are always two sides to a story. Can love withstand the ultimate temptation?
     A new Regime has arisen from the havoc and destruction of World War III.
     Society now has to follow the strict mandates, reign under the dictatorship of His Highest Eminence or suffer the consequences.
     Tobias and Kincade are part of a cryptic organization that’s trying to uncover the secrets behind the Regime. Something is suspicious with the new world order—why else would they want to control the most powerful emotion of love? With mandatory arranged marriages at the age of twenty-one, the only way to fight for love is through the Temptation Trials—a government-sponsored reality TV show.
     Kincade and Tobias know the rules, but after they meet the women of their dreams, they face a difficult decision. With their impending birthdays around the corner, the guys have to decide if they will bend to the Regime’s will or fight for their relationships.
       Lust, mistaken for love, will lead to down a treacherous path. They soon learn that the spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak.
      Can love save their souls, or is lust too tempting?
     This book can be read as a stand-alone, before, or after Temptation Trials Part I. Find out the guy’s POV in a new story that unravels through the Trials.
Excerpt
 
Chapter 1
* * * Tobias * * *
     The hue of dark-gray clouds cast over the area. The dimness of the sky fit the situation perfectly—this protest for freedom of speech would not end well. It didn’t matter that Cindy was the governor of California’s daughter. No one was exempt to the new world order. She had turned twenty-one. Her time was up, so she would be married with whomever the government chose. Society didn’t like it. Hell, I hated how the world worked now. It was just better to try to accept the situation and make the best of it.
     Cindy Johansson wasn’t hard to recognize, standing out in a crowd as she did. Her blonde tresses were the color of the sun. She was very tall, and her facial features were strikingly pretty.
     Holding her sign high while she marched in front of the court house, Cindy shouted, “Fight for love! Fight for love!” Her sign said: No more arranged marriages.
     Alongside Cindy was her boyfriend. He held a similar poster. “Trying to control our love lives has got to stop!” he yelled.
     “Geez. I got a bad feeling about this,” Rafi expressed, standing next to me.
     Cade crossed his arms. “I guarantee it’s going to get ugly.”
     Skimming my palm over my bald fade, I replied, “The enforcers look antsy—just waiting for someone to step outta line.”
     The media had been buzzing all week about the governor’s daughter coming of age, and she would be married off to some clown in New Zealand. A whole other country half a world away—the Regime knew no boundaries.
     When my uncle Marcus first got wind of the protest, it was only Cindy, her man, and a small group of her friends. He sent us to scope out the scene discreetly. This courthouse was the primary location used for most standard arranged marriage applications and all Temptation Trial apps. Yep … that’s how corrupt our Regime operated. At the age of twenty-one, every citizen had to fill out a marriage app so the government could choose your spouse. Even more twisted was that divorce was not allowed, so you were stuck with the person whom you’d never even met for life. It was all about control.
     Now a slew of folks had joined the cause, shouting and cheering for Cindy. Others were yelling their own proclamations of justice. Rebellion against the strict laws had been stirring up for many years—this just definitely wasn’t the way to voice your opinion.
     Enforcement had the entire perimeter around the courthouse surrounded, waiting on orders from their superior on how to handle the situation. My crew and I stood outside of the danger zone, but we were still close enough to see. Under normal circumstances, the officers would’ve already pounced.
     Cindy and Gary raised their posters higher, yelling and demanding that control over love had to cease. Several courthouse staff were in front of the building, peeping at the scene. Loud, blazing sirens infiltrated the area. A cop car and black SUVs whipped around the corner, coming to a screeching halt. A large group of enforcement got out of the vans, rushing over to the throng. They were all dressed in black—shirts, pants, and combat boots. Helmets covered their faces, and they held large metal shields with clubs. A short, pudgy man eased out of the car. Prancing over to the crowd like he owned the parking lot, the tool lifted his bullhorn.
     “This is your only warning! Leave now or everyone here will face the penalty,” Mr. Bullhorn advised.
     The crowd simmered down a bit, seeming to mull over his words. “This is about to hit the fan,” I speculated.
     “You think they will arrest her?” asked Cade.
     Rafi raised his eyebrow. “They claim that no one is above the law.”
     “We’ll find out soon enough,” I replied.
     Cindy veered her shoulders high. With her sign above her head, she yelled, “Fight for love! Fight for love!”
     Her man smiled wide. “That’s my girl. Screw the law!”
    This got the crowd riled up. They shouted their approval, joining in the protest. Fists rose in the air. With their voices blaring, they formed a united front—ignoring the warning they were given. The enforcers moved in. A male drew out handcuffs, making his way toward Cindy. The enforcer with the cuffs grabbed Cindy’s wrist. She struggled against him. Her efforts were useless. The officer yanked Cindy’s arms behind her back, handcuffing her.
About the Author

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   B. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old. She is grateful to have accomplished this dream. B. Truly has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance, and gets a thrill out of action and sci-fi. She writes new adult and adult romance—sci-fi, dystopian, and paranormal genres.
      B. Truly likes to explore different elements of sci-fi romance, and create various realms of reality. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.
     B. Truly has three wonderful children, and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.

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