In this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a rollercoaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar!With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year.But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac’s and Archie’s problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives.With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer’s small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.
In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.
Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.
The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.
She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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“Can you help me, please?”
Pradipta wheeled around.
Standing behind was an unusually attractive lady. She wore a dark blue, chiffon saree which set off her fair complexion even more. Other than a thin gold chain with a tear-drop pearl pendant on her neck, she wore no jewelery. Her lips were pale pink, with no lipstick. Only the dark make-up on her eyes made her look even more unfathomable.
“You’re talking to me?”
Thus begins Coke, with this chance encounter at Kathmandu airport. But the plot thickens when the lady requests him to include her suitcase as part of his checked in baggage and then does a vanishing act, once the aircraft lands in Calcutta. What follows is a riveting page-turner, replete with unexpected twists as you encounter gangs warring over narcotics, policemen, functionaries, and a sinister master-mind who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. The furiously paced narrative takes you from the sleepy airport of Kathmandu to the packed streets of Calcutta, a mysterious mansion on the outskirts of town and an unforgettable chase-sequence through New Market.
From the author of the acclaimed Bengali novels ‘Kidnap’, ‘Shaaper Jhaanpi’ and ‘Robibar’ comes a high-octane thriller that’s seriously addictive and keeps you hooked till the end.
About the Author:
Acting occupies the second of his three worlds. In 1971, he scorched the big screen as a high-flying executive, playing the protagonist in Satyajit Ray’s ‘Seemabaddha’, and winning a special President of India Award for his performance. After a hiatus that lasted over two decades, he returned to the screen during the 90’s, and has since then acted in numerous TV series and more than 35 movies. Tackling Bollywood and Tollywood roles with equal aplomb, he has distinguished himself in films such as Lootera, Roy, Chotushkone, Aborto, MIshor Rohoshyo, Nayanchampa-r Dinraatri , Bela Sheshe and Jogajog. Chorabaali, where where once again he plays the protagonist, is his latest venture.
Barun’s third passion is writing. A regular film reviewer and contributor of articles to major dailies, in the last eight years he has published four highly acclaimed and successful novels in Bengali. His work has played a major role in establishing the adult thriller genre in Bengali literature.
Coke is his first novel in English.
GENRE: Fiction – Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 276
SERIES / STANDALONE: Roma Series Book #2
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Italy book tours! Thanks a lot guys!
Government Analyst Bianca aka Alabaster is back in action in Boston. This time she is assigned to investigate Nasoina Pharma’s CEO Cyril and his research in genome of Wasps to discover an effective cancer treatment.
Meanwhile the accused from the antiques case in Roma is brought to Boston for trials. That case takes an unexpected turn leaving Bianca in trouble. Between the Wasp research and the antiques case and old friends in foray with her to untangle all mysteries, Bianca races against death.
The part of the story about wasps and cancer gave me chills. Biology and genetic studies are not my area of strengths. I avoid picking up books based on both the subjects owing to my fear of not being able to follow the plot or connect with it. Surprisingly, I was able to connect with this story in spite of a large volume of book containing lots of stuff related to DNA, Wasp’s and Cancer. The writing probably was the reason behind this. Just like the previous book, the book also kept me in hooks. I just didn’t want to put this book and managed to finished it in one go. The USP of this book would be its unpredictability. Just when the plot seems to make sense and logic, the writer will put in some twist that would blow your mind off. The characters seem a bit more evolved. That may be simply due to the progression of story. The writer totally deserves to be lauded for not bringing in intense romance in the middle of a thriller, though the story did have ample scope for that. Brining in a romantic track would simply be a cliché that would take the thrill out of the thriller. For diehard fans of thriller like me that would have been a huge disappointment. Smart work Mr.Valjan!
MY SAY: True blue thriller!
PLOT : 9/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 0/10 (Lower the better! And this is the first time I’m giving out a 0)
OVERALL RATING: 9.5/10
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What genre do you write and why?
Thriller / True Crime. Crime is everywhere and every day. It’s been part of our nature since the start of time. Though we don’t want it to visit our homes, we’re curious about it. We poke it, we want to know the what, the how, but mostly the why. And it’s just a little more real if the author adds a few bloody, violent or gory scenes, especially if the crime actually happened.
Having said that, I write what I know. I was a hollow man for almost three years, living on the fringe of what we thought was a sane world. It was either write about this, or write a very boring book on computers.
Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
Because my writing ritual leaves something unfinished for the next day as a place to start, I’ve found procrastination has been my biggest opponent.
There is so much to distract one these days; social media, mindless television, almost as mindless news reports, etc. Being unfocused more than most, the inescapable frustration of procrastination and distraction holds me hostage more than I’d like. But I’ve discovered several ways to minimize disturbances.
This seems to work, occasionally.
Favorite travel spot?
I have traveled extensively over the years and I’ve had an opportunity to see many of the most wonderful places on earth. But, two immediate travel spots come to mind. I’ve always felt comfortable in the English countryside with its rolling hills, friendly small towns, and of course its history.
The other place is the southern coast of France. With the growing Alps behind, the Côte d'Azur offers a shoreline to suit all wants. Everyone finds what he needs on the Riviera, whether it’s strolling on a stony beach or soaking up gentle sunrays, dining with locals or simply people-watching from the comfort of an outdoor café, shopping with supermodels or partying with rock stars.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
Since my idea of camping is the Best Western in a near suburb of any major city, I would need three very special books. The first is How to Build a Shortwave Radio Out of Coconut Shells and Sea Water. The second and third are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the complete works of prolific Isaac Asimov so I would have food and shelter until help arrived.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you? The scariest? The strangest?
The true story of how I got my nickname, Doc.
When I was in high school, I took a job as a clean-up guy in a very busy mortuary owned by twin brothers. A few days into the first week, I was sweeping the basement where bodies were kept for embalming prep. A scratching noise broke into the music in my head. I glanced up through the dim light and dust to see a body slowly rising from a metal gurney. Strange sounds were coming from beneath the sheet. The thing was between me and the door.
As I sprinted by, I used the end of the broom as a jousting pole, knocking the body backward off the table. A thunk and a moan reached after me but I kept running; up the stairs, past the chapel, through the main office, and out the front door. I was two blocks away by the time one of the brothers caught me in his car. He had to cut off my path to get me to stop.
“Hey,” he yelled out the window. “That was just my brother Bob having a little fun with you.”
“I quit,” I said.
“Sorry. All right then, come on by and pick up the money we owe you.”
“You can keep it.”
He sat looking at me a long time before speaking again.
“Can I have my broom back,” he finally said.
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
The most courageous thing I’ve ever done was writing and publishing The Hollow Man.
Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.
I’ve been taking guitar lessons for ten years and I’m still the “world’s okayest player”, as the saying goes. I would love to be able to play really well and I would also love to blame my lack of skill on the fact I’m left-handed playing in a right-handed world. But the truth is, playing the guitar well requires a huge commitment and high level of practice. Strangely, that’s very similar to writing.
If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
I want readers to remember I was a decent writer who entertained them for a while.
GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 244
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours. Thanks guys!
October this year seems to be the month of thrillers so far! This book did give a tough competition to all the other thrillers I’ve reviewed so far. With a constant element of suspense, the story had me hooked right from start.
Our protagonist, whose actual name is never revealed, is a NSA agent. Nicknamed Doc, he is tasked to observe the Spanish Prime Minister Blanco and learn new tactis of terror. Hell breaks loose when the Blanco is bombed during his daily visit to church. The man behind this assassination is a ruthless psychotic terrorist, Chaban who sets in motion a cruel plan for a terrorist attack in Paris. The American government doesn’t acknowledge Doc’s presence as his identity is compromised. With burdening past and haunting dreams of a small girl who was murdered by Chaban, Doc traipses across Spain and France in a bid to foil Chaban’s plans. Zia, the bold and beautiful MI16 agent helps Doc in his mission.
The story completely frustrated me at one point. I didn’t who Doc was, what was his motive was, why that little girl haunts his dreams and if he really was a professional. The writer took his own sweet time in answering all the questions, save one – the real identity of Doc. These unanswered questions were my motive to keep reading the book. The book had a lot of gut wrenching scenes in terms of gory murder and bloodshed. In fact, the scenes of the little girl wiping her bloody face spooked so much that I dreamt about and woke up sweating profusely. Murder and children don’t exactly go well together with me. The writing was perfect with no typical clinches of a terrorist based plot. The writer deserves credit for inculcating humor in this gory story. The characterization was stellar. Though initially it was all confusing and murky, but as the plot progressed I realized the writer had gradually added dimension to Doc’s character. The description of Europe in the book stood out like a silver lining amidst all the bloodshed. It is apparent that the writer is well acquainted with European culture and culinary.
My wee little complaint would be the usage of Spanish and French phrases without exact translation. Not knowing both the languages, I had to Google what they meant. That was one big distraction.
MY SAY: Racy thriller with a good plot. Definitely not for the faint hearted.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10 (lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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GENRE: Fiction – Romantic Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 300
SERIES / STANDALONE: Le Chat Rouge #3
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of France Book Tours. Thanks Guys!
Art dealer, singers, Paris, London and a game – an explosive recipe for a perfect thriller isn’t it? This book had all the ingredients of that recipe, of course, the end product wasn’t perfect, but then, the concept of perfection is based on one’s perception of perfection.
Art dealer Marc relocated to London along with his girlfriend Sera to start a fresh life as a musician. Things take a dramatic turn when he is forced to go back to Paris, leaving Sera all alone in London. Sera discovers the “womanizer side” of Marc which ultimately leads to an emotional conflict in her. With a spies from past hot on her trail the lovers are forced into a high stakes game of cat and mouse.
One thing I totally loved about the story is element of reality. Surviving in a country without knowing the local language isn’t really easy. To top it all, prejudices against the home language in the new country adds misery. Sera’s struggle in adapting in London is so realistic. The plot as such was quite predictable to a certain point but the writer threw in one twist which ended up changing that element of predictability. I felt I should have read the previous books as certain parts of the story needed knowledge of characters that I lost out by not reading the series from the start. In spite of this, I was able to read the book as a standalone. Moreover, the writer must have actually established the characters already in the previous books, thus the characterization in this book didn’t really have that depth that a fresh book would have. Originality would be high light of this book. The story was quite original and unique and didn’t really have the usual clichés associated with Art based books. The usage a lot of French words irked me in the beginning but I took it as a challenge to Google them. Learning a new language is always fun!
MY SAY: Engaging read!
PLOT : 7/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10(Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 6/10
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Graham, Daniel, their friendship, life and death.
Vampires, guardians' adventures at night. Coffee, love and a new couple. Imli and her mother in a complex web of darkness. A small town girl confused about virginity. Michael Jaikishen and his writing endeavours. Child adoption by a gay couple. Mahabharat - a modern tale in an epic form. The spine-chilling tale of Tina and Uncle Joe. A juicy love story by our guest author Sujata Parashar. These and many other unputdownable stories in this book.
First Brush on the Canvas is an anthology comprising selected stories from Melonade (2014), a nationwide writing marathon organized by Writersmelon.com.
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Uttiya Roy – Nourished with Bangla literature, he aspires to change the world someday writing in English. His days pass blending Life Science textbooks with poetry.
Upasana Bhattacharjee – We catch ‘em as young as they get! Our youngest writer is still a student, but that doesn’t reflect in the matured story she’s written dealing with inconclusive logics and paradoxes.
Stuti Chandra – She writes because she’s alive. This lovely lady is from Patna and has dipped her nose in English Literature at Delhi.
Shaily Bhargava – A photographer, a logophile and an Equity Technical Analyst – all in one. She reads and writes in Noida, accompanied by beautiful clicks through her lens and lots of Coffee.
Arunav Chowdhury – Have you met this Proletariat Axomiya before? He’s a movie buff and a news junkie rolled into one, who writes wonderful modern takes on the age old Mahabharat.
Rafaa Dalvi – A Mumbaikar, an engineer, a blogger and a prolific writer. He’s already made his presence in three anthologies and likes to experiment with different genre.
Diptee Raut – A quilter, a blogger, a quirky mom, an amazing writer and our co-winner of Melonade’4. She’s one bundle of positive energy who can spin stories and weave quilts simultaneously.
Abhishek Mukherjee – Have you read his blog posts yet? Though he likes to believe he’s only a Cricket Historian, you have to read his humorous takes on Mythology to believe he’s the best.
Anwesha Ray – An amazingly sensitive writer, she lives and works in Bangalore with her family.
Avishek Basu Mallick – He’s the winner of Melonade’4. If you wish to laud him for more, he’s an engineer and an MBA, working in Bangalore and a featured writer on Sportskeeda.
Arijit Ghose – Blend Carnatic music with exceptional satire and the result is Arijit Ghose. Cheeky, expressive and vocal – we hope he becomes a great writer someday.
Amit Nangia – For those working in MNCs for years, he’s your inspiration. Amit’s first novel has just released after facing many rejections but that didn’t deter him from writing. Climbing the rocks, gliding in a parachute, bungee jumping or making cocktails; nothing could elevate his spirits as much as writing did.
Tnahsin Garg - Tnahsin often exercises his freedom by convincing other folks that ‘free will’ does not exist. His first novel ‘The Prophecy of Trivine’ is a science-fiction based in India.
Sujata Parashar – Author of the immensely popular ‘In Pursuit Of’ trilogy, and a wonderful poet. She contributes articles to various websites and magazines, and is a social activist. She’s a guest author in the book.
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The London Game(romance, noir/suspense) Release date: August 10, 2015 at Alyssa Linn Palmer 300 pages ISBN: 978-1928098072 Website | Goodreads
SYNOPSISThe game isn’t over. Art dealer Marc Perron relocates to London with his lover, singer Sera Durand, to protect her from past mistakes. Blackmailed by a gangster, he must return to Paris, leaving Sera alone and vulnerable. Forging a precious painting may be his only chance at survival, but if he’s found out, the consequences will be deadly. Without Marc, Sera struggles in an English-speaking country, coming face to face with his lies, his sexual past, and her own misdeeds. Finding a job at a jazz club called ‘Sanctuary’ is anything but, as she is not safe from her new boss, or the disturbing man who spies on her every move. Once more, the lovers must play the game, but the stakes are higher than they imagined…
ABOUT THE AUTHORAlyssa Linn Palmer is a Canadian writer and freelance editor. She splits her time between a full-time day job, and her part-time loves, writing and editing. Follow her on her website or on Facebook | Twitter Subscribe to her Newsletter
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Title: KLASS – A man is lifeless without a passion in his life
Genre: Fiction for young adults
The book: Set in modern day Lonavala, the book is about how a vagabond girl Jolene Jordon's life goes through a rapid change as she steps into one of the best sports academy in Maharashtra - KLASS (KanchanSingh's Lessons and Sports School)
Synopsis: Jolene Jordan has been forced to join KLASS by her father and she dislikes the fact that she has to toe his line. She makes up her mind to be extremely rude, disobey the teachers and break all rules; so that she would be expelled from school and her father would be humiliated. For sometime Jo is the ‘Mind your own business’ girl and the bottom performer in her class until a sudden unfortunate twist in her life makes the girl change over a new leaf. The story revolves around Jo's whirlwind journey through KLASS, her dilemma to choose a game as her MAJOR, her resolve to get thrown out of KLASS as a rebuke to her father and her struggle to overpower her notion to be friends with anyone at KLASS.
About the Writer: Born and raised in Pune, Prita Yadav is extremely passionate about sports, especially hockey. She has represented Maharashtra State in hockey and is currently part of a women’s hockey club. She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys running marathons. She developed an interest for reading books at a very young age and was especially fascinated by the ones from the fiction genre. The fond memories for her alma mater, plus the zeal to master as many sports as she can, motivated her to write this book on a sports school.
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Shanti and the Magic Mandala is an adventure in which fantasy and reality are mingled. The book tells the story of six teenagers, from different religious and cultural origins and different parts of the world, who are mystically recruited to form two groups - one in the Northern Hemisphere, and one in the Southern. They eventually gather in Peru, and through a single alliance, begin a frantic chase for the sacred object that can stop the black magician's final plan.
Awards & Recognition for the Book- Winner of 2014 London Book Festival in the category “Young Adult”.
- 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards: Bronze Medal at “Young Adult Fiction – Spirituality” category
- 2014 New England Book Festival in Boston: Honorable Mention in the category “Young Adult”.
- Winner of 2015 Paris Book Festival in the category “Young Adult”.
- Winner of 2015 International Book Awards in the category “Fiction / Young Adult”.
- Winner of 2015 New York Book Festival in the category “Young Adult”.
- 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival – Runner- up in the category “Young Adult”.
- 2015 San Francisco Book Festival – Runner-up in the category “Young Adult”.
- 2015 DIY Book Festival in Los Angeles: Honorable Mention in the category “Young Adult”.
About the Author
For many years he has been practicing yoga and meditation and studying the Kabbalah. His exploration of spiritual teachings motivated a commitment to self-development which in turn created a new path and goal in life. Shanti and the Magic Mandala was born from his inner journey.
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