Wednesday, April 18, 2018

THE ANCIENT TRIPOD OF PEACE by Kalen Cap

The Ancient Tripod of Peace
by Kalen Cap

Teens Lexi and Gil face relic-thieving secret societies.

Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. But her dad’s job is jeopardized when relics are stolen from his museum, changing her priorities. And she finds her new teachers’ eerie dislike of her troubling.

His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.

With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. Lexi’s inquiries and Gil’s codes capture their teachers’ attention. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. Caught in these societies’ crossfire as thieves wield an instrument of astounding power, Gil and Lexi are in danger.

The Ancient Tripod of Peace is the first book in novelist Kalen Cap’s Teen Thief-Catchers Series. If you like stories with artifact treasures, fighting secret societies, and spirited protagonists, you’ll enjoy this novel.

EXCERPT
Brandon flicked on the light switch. The yellow bulb provided a muted view of the dusty, windowless room.

A box with shiny tape near the entrance looked new. It contained three metal pieces, each about thirty inches in length, that he needed. He unboxed the items, each unevenly notched and appended with short metal lengths, and set them by the door. He found the only large piece, a tripod seat, already unboxed in the back of the room. The museum board had pulled the tripod seat from the prior evening’s exhibit opening on the main floor.

Though he’d received a text confirming arrangements as planned, Brandon grew worried two remaining pieces were displayed upstairs after all. He wouldn't risk triggering the security system in the main exhibition hall to retrieve them if they there. Breaking into the warehouse was already too far beyond his comfort zone.

The room’s dust taking its toll, Brandon sneezed. He frowned, worried a sprayed dripping might get him caught by some high tech analysis like those used in crime television shows. It’d be my luck to be caught by snot.

Or sweat. Tears of perspiration streamed down his cheek. Brandon checked the room again. Curation opportunity? What a joke!

Sue Ballentine, who hired him for the job, had called it a “curation opportunity.” Though Brandon knew selling steroids was illegal, stealing objects from a museum was a more aggressive crime. But he needed the money to finish paying his supplier.

Brandon knew not to cross his steroid supplier in Detroit.

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ABOUT KALEN

Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences. Set among the Lake Erie Islands, “TheAncient Tripod of Peace” is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, “Tangled Ties to a Manatee,” was published in 2012.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

DAEMON RECKONING by Mariah Ankenman

DAEMON RECKONING
by Mariah Ankenman

Hidden in the shadows of our world, supernatural creatures wage war for the fate of humanity.

Euadaemons protect the innocent, Kakodaemons desire absolute power. Both have altered Krista Culver’s life. After spending the past ten years as a Drone for evil, she’s finally awake and doesn't want to waste another moment. No one will stand in the way of her kicking Kako butt. Not her sister, not her father, not even her incredibly tempting boss.

Racine is about to go mad trying to find his evil twin brother responsible for the Kako uprising, but Rysis is in the wind. Adding to his problems, Krista returned from Enforcer training. Gone is the sweet girl. In her place is a fierce woman who stirs something deep inside. Something he thought long dead and buried.

As their desires grow so does the danger surrounding them. The Kako threat is mounting and the time for a reckoning has come.

EXCERPT
“Well done, Krista.”

She turned at the deep timbre, body still quaking with excitement. Racine stood at the edge of the mat. When had he come down from the track? The man was huge, but sneaky. How could a man that big move through such a dense crowd without her noticing? He towered above everyone here by a good three inches. Of course, she had been a little distracted kicking butt and taking names.

“You did well, but don’t get over confident.” The corner of his lips turned up in a wry grin. “Let’s see how you do against someone with over four hundred years of fighting experience.”

No way, Racine wanted to fight her? Forget alternate dimension, she’d fallen into a whole other universe.

The crowd backed away, but no one left the room. Apparently, they all wanted to see this. She didn’t blame them. She wanted to see this. Racine never fought new recruits. Everyone said so. Made her wonder why he wanted to fight her.

Pushing her curiosity aside, she took a deep breath, centering herself, readying for the fight. She trusted her skill and strength, but Racine had centuries of experience. Also, she wasn’t too proud to admit the thought of getting to touch him—even in a sparring capacity—sent a thrill of excitement through her. Inappropriate? Sure. Unavoidable? Not a chance.

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ABOUT MARIAH

RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes.

Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

MOONLIGHT CITY DRIVE by Brian Paone

MOONLIGHT CITY DRIVE
by Brian Paone

11:18 p.m. Subject is checking into the Desert Palms Motel, accompanied by an unknown female.

Snapshot in the parking lot. Man and woman embrace. Betrayal, I see it every day, like my own reflection in the mirror staring back at me. Another case, another bottle of booze, life is no longer a mystery to me …

… Because I’m the private eye, hot on your trail; the top gun for hire. You’ll find me lurking in the shadows, always searching for a clue. I’m the bulletproof detective. I got my eye on you …

What’s a little sin under the covers, what’s a little blood between lovers? What’s a little death to be discovered, cold stiff body under the covers?

I’m digging you a desert grave, underneath the burning sun. You won’t be found by anyone. Vultures circle in the sky, and you, my dear, are the reason why.

… I was always easily influenced.

EXCERPT
Smith twisted the key as hard as he could and heard a popping noise as the locking mechanism finally gave way. He pushed open his office door and entered the dark room. He tossed his keys onto his desk; they slid a short distance before a stack of time-faded papers and case-file folders abruptly stopped them.

Flicking the light switch, the room illuminated with an anemic-brown glow from the single dusty bulb. He took a step toward the coffee percolator on the windowsill, and his toe caught the corner of a tied-up pile of newspapers dating back at least ten years.

Smith exhaled loudly with a frustrated grunt and kneeled beside the newspaper bundle; the air escaping from his lungs carried the stench of day-old consumed alcohol, topped off with more last night that led to closing time this morning. He really hadn’t slept. He napped for a couple hours, then came here. He removed the Swiss Army knife from his pants and cut the twine, freeing the newspapers, watching as they avalanched to the floor.

He used his palm to shuffle and smear the newspapers around his office floor. His gaze quickly scanned his name plastered on all the headlines, praising the ex-deputy-now-turned-private-eye for all the scum he had gotten off the street, as well as locating abducted kids, reuniting long-lost biological parents of orphans, and exposing spouses who may have forgotten their vows. Smith had seen more than he cared to remember while he had been a sheriff’s deputy and could now safely check the box marked Seen It All since becoming a private eye.

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ABOUT BRIAN

Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. Brian has, thus far, published four novels: a memoir about being friends with a drug-addicted rock star, Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts; a macabre cerebral-horror novel, Welcome to Parkview; a time-travel romance novel, Yours Truly, 2095, (which was nominated for a Hugo Award, though it did not make the finalists); and a supernatural, crime-noir detective novel, Moonlight City Drive. Along with his four novels, Brian has published three short stories: “Outside of Heaven,” which is featured in the anthology, A Matter of Words; “The Whaler’s Dues,” which is featured in the anthology, A Journey of Words; and “Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys),” which is featured in the anthology, A Haunting of Words. Brian is also a vocalist and has released seven albums with his four bands: Yellow #1, Drop Kick Jesus, The Grave Machine, and Transpose. He is married to a US Naval Officer, and they have four children. Brian is also a police officer and has been working in law enforcement since 2002. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange. For more information on all his books and music, visit brianpaone.com

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SOPHIE WASHINGTON: THE GAMER by Tonya Duncan Ellis

SOPHIE WASHINGTON: THE GAMER
by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Forty days without video games? Oh no!

Sixth-grader Sophie Washington and her friends are back with an interesting book about having fun with video games while keeping balance. It’s almost Easter, and Sophie and her family get ready to start fasts for Lent with their church, where they give up doing something for 40 days that may not be good for them. Her parents urge Sophie to stop tattling so much, and encourage her second-grade brother Cole to give up something he loves most, playing video games. The kids agree to the challenge, but how long can they keep it up? Soon after Lent begins, Cole starts sneaking to play his video games. Things start to get out of control when he loses a school electronic tablet he checked out without his parents’ permission, and comes to his sister for help. Should Sophie break her promise and tattle on him?

EXCERPT
Now that I am getting older and am in the sixth grade, I can understand more of what our pastor is saying in the sermons. Today, he was talking about how hard it can be to stay away from things we like that may be bad for us.

“Temptation is a daily struggle for all,” he preached.

“The struggle for me is staying awake for two hours,” complains Cole. “I wish I could have been with my friends in children’s church.”

Cole prefers going to the special service for kids, and was mad that Mom and Dad made us join them in the main church this morning.

“It’s getting closer to Easter, and I want you to get a better understanding of what the holiday is all about,” Dad explains. “In children’s church, all you pay attention to is the snacks.”

“Those donuts they bring in are good!” Cole exclaims.

“Maybe we can stop by the donut shop on the way home.” Mom squeezes his shoulder.

I roll my eyes. Since Cole is the youngest, he’s my mother’s pet.

“Have you kids given any thought as to what you want to give up for Lent?” Dad asks.

“What’s Lent?” questions Cole.

“Lent represents the 40 days Jesus was in the desert and the devil tried to tempt him, or get him to do things he shouldn’t do,” Mom explains. “During the 40 days before Easter, we celebrate Lent by giving up something we like to eat or do that keeps us from thinking of more meaningful things, just like Jesus did.”

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REVIEW
Tonya Ellis does it again with another adorable Sophie Washington story full of fun and heart and subtle lessons. Whether or not you observe Lent, we all know the difficulty of trying to give something up. Sophie and her brother acted exactly as I’d expect kids to act when faced with forty days without something they like. I’m continuously impressed with how effortlessly Ellis captures the mind of a kid.

This book felt more packed with lessons than the other Sophie Washington books I’ve read. Despite this, I at no point felt preached to. The lessons are delivered in a realistic way with concrete examples. Not only is there lots of learning going on, but Sophie does a decent amount of growing up in this book. It was nice to see her evolve, since at the beginning of the book, Sophie observes that she’s older and understands more things. I definitely saw the truth of her statement throughout.

I really felt like I got to know Sophie’s parents a little better in this book. THE GAMER is very family-centric. In keeping with Sophie feeling more grown-up, her parents seemed to treat her like she has matured. Very good consistency. I think my favorite part was actually family game night at the end. Without spoiling, it showed an exception to one of the lessons Sophie’s brother grappled with and supported the idea of “everything in moderation.” It was such a heartwarming scene of family time, too. Another great read from Ellis. Looking forward to more Sophie Washington.

ABOUT TONYA

Tonya Duncan Ellis was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was a teen. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer. She's an award-winning author of the Sophie Washington children's book series, geared towards readers ages 8 to 12. The books recount adventures of Houston, TX preteen Sophie Washington and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, and The Gamer. When she's not writing, Tonya enjoys reading, biking, swimming, travel and spending time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.


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Monday, April 2, 2018

BETWEEN VENUS AND MARS by S.C. Mitchell

BETWEEN VENUS AND MARS
by S.C. Mitchell

Once Upon a Galaxy . . .

Zana Starchild is on a mission to restore her tribe’s livestock and save herself from one more meal of kelp. Sure, it’s technically illegal to visit Old Earth, but to a rim rat like Zana, galactic laws are really just guidelines. Her wrecked starship just means she’ll need to use her backup plan to get off the abandoned world, an old Earth legend her uncle passed down to her.

Pulled from a relaxing shower, across the galaxy to Old Earth, Galactic Marshall Kyle Kepler finds himself naked and marooned with a quirky rim rat. Zana’s broken more laws than Kyle can count, and he plans to arrest her, just as soon as he can find transport off the planet and a pair of pants.

A junk heap of a starship, a magical tree, and a roving gang of mutant kangaroos are just the beginning of rollicking intergalactic journey filled with laughs, love, and adventure.

EXCERPT
Gasping, she reached the top of the hill, her eyes glued to the tree. This had to be her uncle’s Soul Mate Tree.

She scanned her surroundings. Not another tree in sight anywhere.

The twisted, gnarled trunk was just as he’d described it. Golden bark with dark brown patches. Small, oval leaves, pale green on top with silvery undersides.

“Not really the way I planned on meeting Mr. Right.” She’d decided to avoid that little occurrence indefinitely. In her experience, men were nothing but trouble. They wanted sex, which meant babies, which meant settling down. And they wanted to control everything.

Nope, not ready for that.

According to her uncle, she just needed to touch the tree for it to work its magic.

She reached out, palming the bark as she scurried around to put the trunk between her and her pursuers. “Come on, tree. Get me out of here. Any time.”

She hoped her Soul Mate didn’t turn out to be Andel Narkol. The boy was big and strong, but dumb as a stump. Kennen Plankold had a little more sense, but his nasally voice . . .

Maybe it will be someone I don’t even know yet. Though she was pretty sure she’d met all the eligible men on Konga 10.

“What the hell!” Deep, golden, bassy tones exploded behind her.

“Stupid tree. You were supposed to send me to him, not bring him here.”

Her hand shook as she fired at the first roo to crest the hill. She missed by a mile.

What the hell was she supposed to do now?

“Give me that.” A large, well-muscled, bare arm reached over her shoulder to snatch the blaster from her hand. “Teleporting sentient beings is against galactic law,” he snarled.

Great, the love of her life sounded like a cop. Still, he had a big, bumpy, delicious looking arm.

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REVIEW
Laugh-out-loud funny and sweet. I read BETWEEN VENUS AND MARS in one sitting. I’ve been on a major scifi kick lately, and it came time for me to read this book. For my scifi kick, it did not disappoint, and the romance was so satisfying.

The two main characters of this story come from two different worlds, literally and figuratively. But that doesn’t stop them from working as a couple well. Zana is from a primitive-ish outlying world and is on a rather illegal mission to find food for her starving people. Kyle is in law-enforcement, which creates nice tension against the rather illegal nature of Zana’s quest. Both are fully realized characters I could totally see myself having coffee with, especially Zana. Her consistent bad language should be at odds with her innocence (sexual and otherwise), but it’s not at all. She actually reminded me of a younger version of myself a little. By contrast, Kyle does not curse (for the most part). One might expect the character who’s in law-enforcement to be more crude, but this role reversal of sorts was just great.

The humor is spot-on. I especially love the tree’s “help” in getting Zana and Kyle together. On the opposite end of the humor is a truly sweet romance and seriously dangerous situation for Zana. It all balances perfectly into an action-packed, heartfelt and funny package.

Lastly, I loved the incorporation of earlier stories in the Soul Mate Tree series as reference materials for Zana to figure out how the tree worked. I’m the person who loves when actors are given lines that refer to another movie they were in, and this felt like that. So cool. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a quick read with a little bit of everything.

ABOUT S.C.

S.C. Mitchell grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.

As a writer of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance, S. C. Mitchell crafts unique and wondrous worlds where characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC by C.D. Hersh

CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC
b C.D. Hersh

Jammed highways, food shortages, and rainstorms can’t stop the music when hippies Rose and Dakota hear the melody of love at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Or can it? When a jealous wannabe girlfriend and misunderstandings drive them apart, the couple loses track of one another in the massive crowd. Will they find each other again, or live lives of missed opportunities?

EXCERPT
When they reached the makeshift bridge over the road, someone yelled, “Hey beautiful! You with the red hair.”

She looked around to see if there was anyone else with red hair. Then she glanced up and spotted two guys, one blond and the other dark-haired, leaning over the side of the bridge.

“Yeah, you,” the blond called out as he caught her gaze.

Willow halted beside her. “He’s cute. How about him?”

Rose looked away, her gaze landing on the other guy.

He jabbed his companion in the ribs. “Quit trying to pick up every girl you see.” Then he leaned farther over the rail. “Don’t pay any attention to him. He’s high.”

“So she’s not beautiful?” Willow yelled to the hippie.

She poked her friend. “Stop it, Willow, you’re making a scene.” In spite of her protest, her gaze remained on the dark-haired guy.

He rested his elbows on the rail and stared back at her. The intensity of his expression shot heat into her belly.

“I didn’t say that, just that she shouldn’t pay attention to him.” He flapped a hand at his blond buddy, then tapped his own chest with his thumb several times as if to say, ‘Choose me!’

Does he want me to pay attention to him? Her heart thumped in rhythm to his jabbing thumb.

“Take that one,” Willow whispered. “He’s the real cutie.”

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REVIEW
Having spent my fair share of time in the performing arts hall during high school, stories centered around music of any kind hold a special place in my heart. I’m not old enough to remember Woodstock, but I’ve heard stories, and CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC brought me into the heart of the amazing tales I’ve heard. The entire era of free love and just playing music for the soulful release of it came across so strongly in this book. I could very much relate to the joy of performance felt by the characters. There’s nothing like being on stage doing something you love, and those feelings were captured.

The romance was emotionally satisfying. Lovers reunited is one of the tropes I really enjoy when done well. Rose and Dakota’s relationship feels natural both at Woodstock and later. Their conflicts with the people in their lives (Dakota’s girlfriend during Woodstock and Rose’s boyfriend later on) seem to mirror, which was interesting to watch. I especially enjoyed when Dakota’s secrets are revealed later in the book. I didn’t see that coming.

The backdrop of a fight for musical freedom at the school where Rose and Dakota end up working together brought a nice level of external tension to this heartfelt love story. I kind of expected a lot more darkness to come of that after what happens in the beginning with River. I was pleasantly surprised when things stayed lighter. I didn’t quite understand the thing with River after finishing the book and finding a refreshing amount of happiness through the rest of the story.

It was nice to see the Soul Mate tree play a role in this book. The touch with the ever-fresh leaves was cool. I was a little concerned the tree’s influence would make the whole romance feel contrived, but it didn’t. There was just enough involvement to give an otherworldly quality of mysticism without being blunt. All in all, this was a truly beautiful romance story. Recommend.

ABOUT C.D.

Two hearts creating everlasting love stories.

Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

The books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They also have a short Christmas story, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow: Soul Mate Christmas Collection, with seven other authors.

They are looking forward to many years of co-authoring and book sales, and a lifetime of happily-ever-after endings on the page and in real life.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

GUN KISS by Khaled Talib

GUN KISS
by Khaled Talib

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen.

After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie—or that a killer is hunting them.

EXCERPT
The Nightmare

The night’s tempest tossed the ancient carrack sideways. The soaked captain, wrestling the wheel, shouted commands as his crew scrambled around the slippery deck, rolling up the sails and tightening ropes.

Lieutenant Blake Deco rushed up to help the crew pull the shivering mainsail down. The storm was unexpected. His grip was torn loose by a massive wave that swept across the deck, ripping the halyard through the pulleys and throwing the sodden sail over the side of the ship.

Sleepy waves lapping against the sand woke Lieutenant Deco on a beach with wild rocks rising above lofty summits. A dozen bodies lay scattered around Blake, some covered in driftwood and leaves. The crew members who had survived checked on the motionless bodies. Some coughed up water from their lungs when they awoke, others remained rigid.

Lieutenant Deco got up slowly. He stared out at the calm sea in daylight. Their vessel was nowhere to be seen. He felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to see the bearded captain, whose long wet hair floated around his shoulders.

“I don’t remember what happened,” Blake said. “Last night was ominous—unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”

“Neither do I, but without our ship, I pray for a miracle,” the captain replied, brushing the sand off his hair, face, and dampened clothes.

They scanned the mysterious landscape, then counted the remaining crew. “Only eighteen of us left,” the captain said. “We need to build a fire now or less of us will remain.”

The crew found some dry wood and stones to build a fire, which generated enough heat to warm them in the frigid weather. When they’d regained their strength, the men decided to explore the other side of the island. The rocks cut their feet as they climbed over the mountain. Once over the top the sight of a sun-kissed meadow lessened the pain.

The sun’s rays cast a golden hue over the tall fescue grass, stretching for miles in every direction. No one seemed sure how far they’d walked. At one point one of the men had to be carried. The grass became taller as they ventured farther to a point the stalks covered their path.

Blake suddenly stopped. “Did you feel that?” he asked, sensing a tremor.

“I did,” the captain said.

They felt it again and again. It was surging across the earth like an advancing wave.

“Wild animals?” Blake asked.

“I don’t know,” the captain said.

Standing paralyzed in fear, Blake was the first to see it…

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ABOUT KHALED

Born and raised in Singapore, Khaled Talib is a former magazine journalist and public relations practitioner. He has authored three thriller novels since 2014. His work has been praised by NY Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, NY Times bestselling author Ruth Harris, USA Today bestselling author Jon Land, NY Times bestselling author Keith Thomson, K.J. Howe, and Jon McGoran. The author is a member of the International Thriller Writers.

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