Saturday, October 25, 2014

Shatter Point Review

Shatter Point

By Jeff Altabef





Evolved Publishing presents a gripping glimpse of the near future, in which a twisted serial killer finds power in a corrupt political culture. The psychological thriller Shatter Point is a stand-alone follow-up to Jeff Altabef's first novel, Fourteenth Colony. [DRM-Free]

[Psychological Suspense Thriller, Crime, Serial Killer, Vigilante Justice]

Maggie met Cooper at a young age, but even then she sensed something was wrong with him. His charm, good looks, and wealth could not hide the danger that burned in his sapphire eyes.
Some nightmares don’t go away. He’d been haunting her from a distance for as long as she could remember.
Now things have changed.
When her sons Jack and Tom discover she’s been taken, they set out to rescue her and uncover nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders along the way. Only their colorful great aunt and a covert resistance group can help them navigate the dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare.
All the while, Maggie struggles to outwit her tormentor in a life and death psychological battle of tense desperation. Will Jack and Tom arrive before Cooper reaches his shatter point?
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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF SHATTER POINT***

 Neurobiologist Darian Beck was still in testing stages of a new drug that would regenerate brain matter and end Alzheimer’s disease, when his boss ordered him to inject it into a human subject. The subject, Jack, was in a coma from a head trauma and expected to die without the injection. With Jack unaware that he had been injected, Darian kept close watch on him under the guise of a study on brain injuries. The problem with the drug was that it increased the brain to the point of death. Darian worked around the clock with testing, trying to save Jack before his time ran out. In the meantime, a psychopath that has stalked Jack’s mother since childhood has kidnapped her. With Jack out of reach, Darian becomes frantic trying to find him before it’s too late.

I wish I had read the first of this series before reading this one. I think I would have understood it more. There were things mentioned that I would have liked to know about. That being said, this one could stand-alone. It didn’t take much to feel close to Jack and his family, as well as Darian. I could feel Darian’s despair with each trial failure. I really liked the way all the characters came full circle together. This is a good read for anyone who likes thrillers.

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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.


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About the Author

Jeff Altabef
Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of "telling stories," he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, is his debut novel. Jeff has a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. You can find his blog, The Accidental Writers' Workshop, on The Patch.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wicked Greed Book Review

WICKED GREED (Greed Series #3)

By John W. Mefford


Torture disfigures and maims, traumatizing a person’s psyche. It also torments the lives they…touch. 

A sick, twisted email lands at journalism outlets across the south, referencing innocent little animals and primal urges, Hollywood movie stars and women of a certain ilk...tearing flesh from bone. The haunting note tests Michael’s over-protective nature, and he questions if it’s just a prank from a sheltered computer geek, or a prophetic sign of a future heinous act. 

A shadow of death swallows up one beautiful young lady after another…and no one can stop it. But what force is behind this chain of sadistic killings, pulling the strings, toying with pretty girls who want nothing more than to meet Mr. Right? As Michael and his band of brothers (and sister) track a series of bizarre murders in southern college towns—slowly piecing together what the FBI can’t—a savage monster strikes close to home. 

When blood pours from the soul you love, the pain isn't of this world. 

In the end, lives will be forever changed. And one will not survive.


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF WICKED GREED***

When Michael Doyle receives a disturbing email at the newspaper office that he works at, he and his colleagues don’t quite know what to think of it. After bodies of beautiful college girls start showing up with their throats cut out, it becomes clear that a serial killer is on the loose. As more emails arrive, with each murder it seems, Michael is sure they are related even though there is no apparent connection.


This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat. I even caught myself brainstorming questions and ideas along side the team. I have enjoyed Michael and his colleagues since book one. Even though he seems to draw trouble, he still lands on his feet. I admit that I guessed the killer and his end game early on, but the author did have me second-guessing all the way through.

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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.

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A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.



John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection to the characters. When he's not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.






Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greed Manifesto Tour and Giveaway


NEW RELEASE.....
Everyone needs a guardian angel, especially children of this world who are tossed aside like yesterday's trash. But what if that angel is cloaked in vengeance, immune to human qualities of remorse or compassion, seemingly carrying a torch for justice, yet driven by a tenacious indignation.

Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of San Francisco and all of its fleeting secrets, Michael attempts to re-boot his life, only to see death drop inches from his feet. Awakened from a seemingly catatonic state, and emboldened by a spirited friendship from his past, the former journalist is compelled to chase down the truth behind a murder--and the natural beauty connected to it.

But what he finds isn't what it appears.

Can a price tag be associated with life? What about death…on a global scale? Robbed of his memory, beaten to an inch of his life, yet unwavering in his quest to cease an act of terror, Michael races against time to pursue an enemy bound by an unspeakable cause--or so it seems.

The fourth book in the Greed series, GREED MANIFESTO, spins a tale so wickedly conceived, you won't believe what you read. Until you do.


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Also in the Greed Series
FATAL GREED - Greed Series #1
Behind every corporate takeover executives pull levers this way and that, squeezing the last profitable nickel out of the deal. But no one knows the true intent of every so-called merger. No one knows the secret bonds that exist. An Indian technology giant swallows up another private company that has deep roots in North Texas. For one unassuming man the thought of layoffs, of losing his own job to a bunch of arrogant assholes feels like a kick to the jewels. Until the day Michael's life changes forever. Perverse alliances. A gruesome murder. An affair of the heart. A spiraling string of events thrusts Michael into a life-or-death fight to save a tortured soul and hunt down a brutal killer...one who lurks closer than he ever imagined.


LETHAL GREED - Greed Series #2
How often do start-up companies promise untold riches? How many of those firms are drug cartels?

Seduced by an insatiable urge to escape reality, North Texas teens are falling prey to the one weakness parents fear most about their kids—taking illicit drugs. More than a thousand miles away, two contemptible hooligans plot their path to the top of an emerging start-up company. But what will it cost them?

With his city under siege by a series of drug deaths and a kidnapping, Michael and those closest to him are sucked into a twister so toxic and destructive, no one will be the same in its wake.

From the jagged mountains and alluring beaches of Mexico to the suburban concrete jungle in North Texas, Michael defends an entire drug-ravaged generation against ruthless killers who attack on every front possible. And just when you think the dragon has been sleighed, a vile act of cruelty threatens to shred his family.

WICKED GREED - Greed Series #3

Torture disfigures and maims, traumatizing a person’s psyche. It also torments the lives they…touch. A sick, twisted email lands at journalism outlets across the south, referencing innocent little animals and primal urges, Hollywood movie stars and women of a certain ilk, tearing flesh from bone. The haunting note tests Michael’s over-protective nature, and he questions if it’s just a prank from a sheltered computer geek, or a prophetic sign of a future heinous act, A shadow of death swallows up one beautiful young lady after another…and no one can stop it. But what force is behind this string of sadistic killings, pulling the strings, toying with pretty girls who want nothing more than to meet Mr. Right? As Michael and his band of brothers (and sister) track a series of bizarre murders in southern college towns—slowly piecing together what the FBI can’t—a ruthless monster strikes close to home. When blood pours from the soul you love, the pain isn't of this world. In the end, lives will be forever changed. And one will not survive. 


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF GREED MANIFEST***

No matter where Michael ends up, it seems the greed around him continues. He now lives in San Francisco working for a startup company. In a bar, while admiring Camille, an enticing female, he is witness to her brother’s murder, and later Camille’s kidnapping. When he accidentally runs into Andi, a former colleague from back home, she decides to help him investigate. What they uncover though, doesn’t only threaten to end their lives, but millions more on a global scale.

This starts off slightly confusing since Michael has lost his memory, and also with the back and forth time jumping. It does eventually become clear. No matter how hard he tries, Michael just can’t stay out of trouble. The camaraderie between him and Andi was perfect, especially if you had read their previous work relationship. The last chapter though will throw you for a loop. Will it be déjà vu for Michael? 

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About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.


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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Romancing My Love Tour and Giveaway


NEWLY RELEASED........
Book #9 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #18

After months of caring for her terminally ill mother, Rebecca Rivera is left all alone in a world she doesn’t trust—but she’s determined not to let her mother’s death define her. Losing her job, having to pummel some jerk for being too handsy, and living in her car are just temporary setbacks to an otherwise solid plan in finding her footing. Full of pride and used to being in control of her life, she’s certain she can make it on her own. The last thing Rebecca needs is a man to fix her troubles—even if that man is strikingly handsome, wealthy, and charismatic Pierce Braden.

Pierce is a powerful real estate investor on the verge of a major acquisition. As the eldest of six siblings raised by a single mother, he’s spent his life protecting those he loves. He’s used to being in charge and making things right, and although he’d give his life for his family, he treats the women he dates as expendable—until he meets sexy and stubborn Rebecca Rivera, a woman who is as strong as she is vulnerable.

Passion ignites between them, and the two share their most intimate thoughts and desires. It doesn’t take long for Pierce to realize that Rebecca is as determined not to be saved as he is to find a way into her heart. As their love grows, Rebecca must face fears she didn’t even realize she had—and Pierce must learn the hard truth that sometimes less really is more. Is the power of true love enough for Rebecca and Pierce to learn to give up control and allow their hearts to take over?

THE BRADEN COUSINS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, this is the third of six books. 

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF ROMANCING MY LOVE***

Pierce Braden is the picture of success, being the owner of numerous properties, including casinos and resorts. He can have any woman he desires, and frequently does. That is, until he happens upon Rebecca Rivera. With a body that catches his eye, Rebecca has nothing to do with Pierce. He found her to be the total opposite of what he is used to, and is intrigued enough to not give up. Especially when he discovers that she has business savvy that can match him. She doesn't know how rich and powerful he is, and doesn’t care. What Pierce doesn’t know is that Rebecca has hit bottom, and is living in her car. What happens when opposites attract? Yep, they fall fast and hard.

I love each character that Melissa Foster adds to her books. They are just the perfect personalities for each story. Usually my favorite is a side character, but this time I have to go with Pierce. He is perfection magnified. I loved Rebecca too, but got bored with her hang-up of Pierce knowing she was homeless. I would love to see their story go on to include them helping out Henry and Daphne, and Mr. Fralin. In an honorable way, that is.

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If you would like to read my review on Fated for Love, another of Melissa Foster's Braden Cousins Series, go HERE.





About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult romance, LGBT romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.


Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

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Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9

Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 


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Valentia Even Glow Serum Review



Even Glow Serum is a fairly new product offered by Valentia Skin Care.  This company has put in time, research, and resources to make it their best product offering. It is available for purchase through Amazon. I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion.


                    


I received my full size bottle of Even Glow Serum about a month ago, and started immediately using it morning and night. Since I’m not used to a daily beauty routine, there were a few days here and there that I missed applying it. Even so, I saw great results.





The serum has a light citrus smell that I like. It comes with a dropper that helps to use the right amount of product. I used three drops on my face and two on my neck each morning and night. It goes on smooth and is not sticky. It dries quickly and can be used under makeup.




I began with sagging skin, uneven skin tone, crow’s feet, and laugh lines, but no more than the usual for my age group of upper 50's. 


Before using Even Glow Serum


After 2 weeks, I could see some results. The redness in my skin tone wasn't as noticeable, as well as the fine lines around my eyes. After 4 weeks, my skin tone has evened out, and my sagging jowls have firmed some. I can even see a difference in the lines in my neck. To me, this is a huge result.



 
Results after four weeks of use. 




I love that it is all-natural, and can attest to their claims. This is the first time I have used a skin serum so I can’t compare it to another. I only know that I am very satisfied with my results, and with continued use, I hope to see even more.

Here is a list of the all-natural ingredients, chosen for their anti-aging properties:

    • Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil
    • Green Tea Extract
    • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid
    • Resistem (Plant Stem Cells)
And a list of their claims:

    • Evens Skin Tone
    • Increases Glow & Radiance
    • Luxurious Smell 
    • Reduces Wrinkles & Fine Lines
    • Boosts Collagen Production

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For more information about the company and their products, go to Valentia Skin Care.


***I received this product for review but all opinions are my own.