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Excerpt and Giveaway~ Sex, Drugs and Psychiatric Wards by Eve Lopez

Here is an excerpt from Eve Lopez’ Novel, Sex, Drugs and Psychiatric Wards.  This is reprinted with permission from the author.  Enjoy, and make sure to read all the way to the bottom!

From the Chapter “It’s a Question of Ethics”

 One night, I went to one of the bars that Joy and I frequented. I sat alone at a table next to two guys and before long, they’d invited me to join them.

We drank beers and I asked them what they were studying.

One of them said, “Well, I’m done with the studying part. I’m teaching now. My friend just came up from San Francisco to visit for the weekend.”

“You’re a teacher?” I said. I was surprised. “Do you teach at the high school or something?”

“No, I’m a professor at the university,” he said.

“What? Creekview State?”

He looked amused. “Yes. I’m a philosophy professor.”

“I didn’t know professors came to this bar,” I said. “I’ve never seen any here before.”

“Well, there are definitely unspoken ‘rules’ about where we’re supposed to go,” he said.

He was kind of cute. He had bright eyes, a nice smile, a short beard.

I asked him where he lived, and was surprised when he told me he lived in one of the student areas off-campus.

“I only live here during the week,” he explained. “On the weekends, I usually go to my place in San Francisco.”

“It’s kind of a long drive,” I said.

“It’s worth it,” he told me. “Just to … you know.”

“Yeah. I know,” I said.

At closing time, he asked if I wanted to come and see his place.

He lived in typical student housing – two rooms in a split-up Victorian.

He came over to me and kissed me, and I kissed him back. Robotically. Just going through the motions.

After we had sex, he said, “You know this is just a fling, right?”

I couldn’t see his face in the dark. And I was glad he couldn’t see mine.

“Sure,” I said.

“And, you know, this isn’t really the type of thing we should … talk about,” he said.

“What do you mean? Who cares? You’re not my professor.”

“Yes, but we’re expected to hold certain standards. I mean, I teach an ethics class. It’s a question of ethics.”

I got up from the bed, and started pulling on my clothes.

“A question of ethics,” I repeated.

And then I started to laugh.

I couldn’t help it.

I laughed as I put on my shoes, and laughed as I walked out of his apartment, and I was still laughing as I walked down the street on my way home, except by the time I got to my apartment, I was crying.

You know this is just a fling, right?

It’s a question of ethics.

The author has graciously offered to give away a copy of this book in Kindle version to one lucky winner!  Please comment below to enter.  That’s it.  Not going to make ya’ll work too hard for it this time.  I will use Random.org to generate the winner, and the winner will have 48 hours to get back to me after being notified!

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Review – Alone (Book 1 in the Serenity Series) by Marissa Farrar

Alone

Product Details

  • Publisher: Warwick House Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2012
  • Current Price on Amazon and BN.com:  Free

BOOK OVERVIEW TAKEN FROM THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITE

Caught in a violent and abusive relationship, Serenity thinks there is no escape. Then she meets a stranger, Sebastian, who shows her the possibility of a different future.

Only Sebastian has a dark secret; he is a vampire.

As Serenity’s life takes a terrifying turn, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed; one of murder, love, and immortality. She is forced to confront her own weaknesses to save both her own life and that of the vampire she has come to love. But in the end all that matters is; can she find the strength to be Alone?

Meet the Author

Marissa Farrar is a multi-published author in both horror and paranormal romance. She was born in Devon, England, loves to travel and has lived in both Australia and Spain. She now resides outside of London with her husband and two children. She has a degree in Zoology, but her true love has always been writing. Marissa’s debut novel, Alone, is a dark twist on the traditional vampire-romance and was published by Vamplit Publishing in 2009. Her short stories have been accepted for a number of anthologies including, Their Dark Masters, Red Skies Press, Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don’t, Triskaideka Books; and 2013: The Aftermath, Pill Hill Press.If you want to know more about Marissa, then please visit her website.

MY REVIEW

I sat down to read this book, needing a change of pace, something to read just for fun, and that is exactly what I got.  I got a novel that I was not able to put down, that was thoroughly enjoyable, and that I loved every minute of reading.  I found the characters believable, the storyline enjoyable, and really just could not walk away from this one.

I was lent this ebook via a NookFriend, and am so glad that I found it.  I had not heard of the author before picking this one up, and somehow cannot imagine how I did not know about this particular series.

I found myself sucked into the book, feeling as though I was a part of the story.  I could feel the cold touch when Sebastian reached out to Serenity when she was running wild through the streets.  I could feel the terror in her heart when she saw what she had done to her husband, and the exhilaration of finally being free of his controlling hand.

The book touches on the epidemic that is spousal abuse and domestic violence in a tasteful way, and in the subtext of this novel, brings it to the forefront and makes you aware that it is more common than one might have originally thought.

Overall, I think this is a must read for any paranormal romance fan.  There were a few scenes that I would have to say are not appropriate for younger readers, but they were minimal and I did not feel that they detracted from the story in any way.  I give this a 4.5 star rating!

**DISCLAIMER**  I acquired this book of my own accord and was not compensated in any way to review it.  The opinions herein are my own.

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Fearless by Eric Blehm Video and Summary

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he was ready.

In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

Fearless is the story of Adam Brown, a man of extremes, whose courage and determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the US military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

 

(Info taken from Blogging for Books)

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Guest Post: Eve Lopez, Author of Sex, Drugs and Psychiatric Wards on Finishing Your Novel

I wrote the first draft of my novel, Sex, Drugs, and Psychiatric Wards, several years ago as part of NaNoWriMo (National Writing Month). The goal of this online community event is to just write a first draft in one month. No editing; just write. 

I wrote every day for that month, and I really enjoyed myself. Sometimes, I was on such a high, that it felt like I was playing my keyboard like a piano. When the month was over, I knew that the first draft was going to require a heavy-duty editing. It was your typical “shitty first draft” filled with all kinds of nonsensical writing, typos, tense problems — all of it. 

I’ve been a professional editor for about 10 years. But at the time I finished my first draft, I was just too close to it to be able to edit it. 

So, about a year later, I hired an editor off of Craigslist to edit it for me. 

That was one of the worst mistakes I ever made. I take editing very seriously. And I simply chose the wrong editor. I didn’t do enough background information on her work. I hired her because she had published a novel and she had a nice voice on the phone.

And she messed my novel all up. 

She introduced clichés and worse. 

I could not bear to look at that draft for another six years or so.

Then, last year, I could not help but notice how the self-publishing industry was taking off. I became a freelance editor of full-length manuscripts, and seeing these hard-working novelists publish their work was very inspiring. 

So in the spring of 2011, I attacked my first draft again. 

Some parts of editing it and rewriting were fun. I had a great time in creating sordid scenes and making characters do the most extremely inappropriate things I could think of. 

But the editing itself was excruciating. Like most editors, I love editing other people’s work, and despise editing my own. 

At the time I began editing my novel, I was working as a teacher in South Korea. When I left that job in November, I traveled for four months around Southeast Asia. 

And I continued to edit, edit, edit, and edit some more. 

I realized that if I didn’t give myself a deadline, I could be at it for years. 

This actually happened to a writer I once knew. She had been rewriting and editing her novel for more than 10 years. As far as I know, she still hasn’t published it. As writers, I think we sometimes strive for perfection, and this gets in the way of actually finishing anything. 

So I gave myself a deadline. I promised myself that I would finish and publish the novel by March 7, 2012, which was the day before I was set to leave Asia and return to the U.S. 

I rewrote and rewrote. I ended up cutting more than 10,000 words from the original draft. The story took on a whole new path. Finally, I emailed the manuscript to two writer friends who were wonderful in their criticism and unanimous as well: They each told me almost exactly the same thing. They pointed out plot holes, inconsistencies, and made suggestions. 

I went back and worked some more. 

With my self-imposed deadline looming (and the pleasures of Southeast Asia tempting me every day; there are so many beautiful islands and kayaking and snorkeling to do in the Gulf of Thailand), I did the only thing I could think of: I left the island I was staying at, and booked three nights in a cheap Bangkok hotel, the days before my flight was scheduled to leave. 

I can’t tell you how many times I woke up in the mornings during those last few weeks in Thailand, looking at the ceiling fan above me, and feeling like Martin Sheen in that hotel room at the beginning of Apocalypse Now.

When I got to my cheap hotel in Bangkok, I basically locked myself in my room. And there I stayed, my eyes glued to my laptop screen. 

Those three nights and four days were horrific, I’m sorry to report. I edited and edited some more. I did a line edit. I did a proof. I did another proof. I read it over and over and over again, and every time I found an error, I felt like bashing my head against the wall. 

I chain-smoked and drank lots of caffeine. I put in 10-14 hours per day because I was hell-bent on making my deadline. I ventured out of the hotel room only to buy cigarettes. Bangkok smelled. The streets were filthy; the area I was in wasn’t in a typical tourist area, and so there was absolutely nothing to tempt me behind the walls of the cheap hotel.

The night before my flight was scheduled to leave, I finally hit the upload button on Amazon. 

I thought I’d feel thrilled and ecstatic. 

But I felt only relief. 

The next day, in the early hours of the morning, I left Bangkok and headed home. I was exhausted but the relief that flooded throughout my body made it all worth it. I had done it. I had finally finished and published my first novel. 

Eve Lopez is the author of Sex, Drugs, and Psychiatric Wards: A Novel. It’s available on Kindle and as a paperback. It is currently part of a Goodreads giveaway ending on April 25, 2012. Five winners will receive autographed copies of the paperback. Visit the author at http://thingsevewoulddo.blogspot.com or on Twitter @eveoverseas
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Trailer and Excerpt Reveal for Taste by Kate Evangelista

Official Taste Cover.jpgI had occasion to have a conversation with this author recently, and she was kind enough to allow me to feature her book trailer and an excerpt on my blog today, so here it is.   There is also a link hidden somewhere in this page that will take you to a super exclusive excerpt that you will not be able to read anywhere else but where the link will lead you.  Now, if I gave you any hints about where to find it, that would take all of the fun out of it for you, wouldn’t it?  You know you are going to start just clicking on links to find it, because you are going to have to read this extra excerpt after you get through this post, aren’t you?  Don’t you just love a puzzle and a surprise?  It is right in front of your eyes, you just have to open them to find it.  Trust me, it will be well worth it.

There will also be other contact at my friend, Melissa’s blog at the Bibliophile’s Retreat

Taste is set to release on May 01, 2012, and will be available directly from the publisher, as well as being available from both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  After reading the excerpt and seeing the trailer, I personally cannot wait to read it.  I hope you all feel the same way!

Here is the blurb I was given to introduce us all to this coming novel.

Blurb:

At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.
When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Song Credits: “Hunger” © Noelle Pico.
Full Download available at http://sheisnoelle.bandcamp.com

EXCERPT FROM TASTE: 

I sat up and followed Calixta’s gaze upward. I rubbed my eyes. I didn’t know what I was seeing at first. A statue? ­My brain refused to snap together coherent thoughts.  I didn’t realize I’d fallen so close to one of the garden benches until I stared up at the boy that sat on one. He was strikingly beautiful. His tumble of blonde hair curled just above his sculpted cheekbones. He wore a silk shirt and a loosened cravat, like he’d become bored while dressing and decided to leave himself in disarray. His ivory skin and frozen position was what had me mistaking him for something carved from marble by Michelangelo. Then he sighed—a lonely, breathy proof of life. If I had to imagine what Lucifer looked like before he fell from heaven, the boy on the bench would certainly fulfill that image. My brain told me I had to look away, but I couldn’t.

“Luka,” Calixta said again, her voice unsure, almost nervous. It no longer contained the steel and bite she had threatened me with, which made me wonder who the boy was.

He leaned on his hands and crossed his legs, all the while keeping his eyes fixed on the night sky. His movements spoke of elegance and control. I’d encountered many people with breeding before, but his took on the air of arrogance and self-assuredness of someone used to getting what he wanted when he wanted it.

I only realized I’d been holding my breath when my lungs protested. I exhaled. My heart sputtered and restarted with a vengeance. Luka tore his gaze away from the stars and settled it on me. I’d expected pitch-black irises, like the other Night Students, but blue ice stared back at me.

“Human,” he whispered.

He reached out, and with a finger, followed an invisible trail down my cheek. I stiffened. His touch, cooler than Demitri’s, caused warm sparks to blossom on my face. He lifted his finger to his lips and licked its tip. He might as well have licked me from the way my body shivered.

Luka’s curious gaze held mine. “Leave us,” he said, but not to me.

“But—” Calixta protested like a spoiled child.

He spoke in a language I hadn’t heard before, remaining calm yet firm. The words had a rolling cadence I couldn’t quite follow, like rumbling thunder in the distance. They contained a harsh sensuality. The consonants were hard and the vowels were long and lilting.

Footsteps retreated behind me.

Luka reached out again.

It took me a minute to realize he wanted to help me up. I hesitated. He smiled. I smiled back timidly and took his hand, completely dazzled. Even with my uniform soaked from melted snow, I didn’t feel cold—all my attention was on him and the way his callused hand felt on mine. Without moving much from his seated position, he helped me stand.

“What’s your name?” he asked. He had a voice like a familiar lullaby. It filled my heart to the brim with comfort.

I swallowed and tried to stop gawking. “Phoenix.”

“The bird that rose from the ashes.” Luka bent his head and kissed the back of my hand. “It’s a pleasure meeting you.”

My cheeks warmed. My head reeled, not knowing what to think. I couldn’t understand why I felt drawn to him. And the strange connection frightened me.

From behind, someone gripped my arms and yanked me away before I could sort out the feelings Luka inspired in me. I found myself behind a towering figure yet again. Recognizing the blue-black silk for hair tied at the nape, relief washed over me. Calixta hadn’t come back to finish me off.

Demitri’s large hand wrapped around my wrist. Unlike the night before, no calm existed in his demeanor. He trembled like a junky in need of a fix. The coiled power in his tense muscles vibrated into me.

“What are you doing here?” Demitri asked.

I didn’t know he’d spoken to me until I saw his expressionless profile. I sighed.

“Phoenix.”

I flinched. The ruthless way he said my name punched all the air out of me. “You owe me answers,” I said with as much bravado as I could muster.

“I owe you nothing.” He glared. “In fact, you owe me your life.”

“I don’t think so.”

Ignoring my indignation, he faced Luka, who’d remained seated on the bench during my exchange with Demitri. “Why is she with you, Luka?”

“I wasn’t going to taste her, if that’s what you’re implying,” Luka said. “Although, she is simply delicious. I wouldn’t mind if you left us alone.”

There it was again. Taste. The word that kept coming up between these Night Students and I was connected to it in an increasingly uncomfortable way. To taste meant to sample, but what? My flesh? They had to be joking because the alternative wasn’t funny.

“The sins of the father …” Demitri left his sentence unfinished.

Luka’s smile shifted into a snarl. “Obey my command.” His chin lifted. “Kneel.”

Demitri’s stance went rigid. His grip tightened around my wrist.

Okay, weird just got weirder. Why would Luka want Demitri to kneel before him? I thought back to Eli and the others bowing to Demitri when he questioned them, but they didn’t kneel. Seriously? Were they all living on a different planet or something?

Kneel.” Luka’s detestable smirk made his features sinister rather than angelic. The real Lucifer: a fallen angel.

Without letting go of my wrist, Demitri knelt down on one knee and bowed his head, his free hand flat at the center of his chest. “Your command has been obeyed,” he said formally.

Luka nodded once.

Demitri stood up and pulled me toward the school without telling me where we were going. Not having the time to thank Luka for saving me from Calixta, I risked a glance back. Luka smiled at me. His smile spoke of whispers, secrets, and promises to be shared on a later date.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

Author Website: www.kateevangelista.com

Twitter: @KateEvangelista

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Evangelista/165693410143202

Find Taste on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13484226-taste

Crescent Moon Press page for Taste: http://crescentmoonpress.com/books/Taste.html

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Author Interview – Eve Lopez, Author of Sex, Drugs, and Psychiatric Wards: A Novel

I had occasion to sit down with Eve Lopez, Author of Sex, Drugs and Psychiatric Wards via  email recently, and she was gracious enough to grace us with an interview so that we could get to know her a little bit better.  Later on this week, she will be a guest blogger here, and I will also be posting a giveaway for a Kindle copy of this book as well.

So, without further adieu, here are the interview questions and her answers!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 I’m in my mid-30s and I’m currently living in the L.A. area. I just got back to the U.S. after spending about 18 months teaching and traveling in Asia.

 

2. What do you do when you are not writing?

 

I love to read and watch movies.

 

3. Is there anyone who has influenced/encouraged you to write?  Who and how/why?

I think when I went to journalism school, having positive feedback from some of my professors really helped. In particular, an instructor named Leslie Layton was kind of my mentor and she helped me get my first essay published in a local newspaper.

 

4. Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first piece of fiction?

 

I wrote the first draft several years ago for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It was your typical shitty first draft. One year ago, I took it out and started the long and torturous process of rewriting and editing it. I gave myself a deadline – I wanted to publish it before I came back to the U.S. And I hit the “publish” button literally the night before my flight from Asia back to Los Angeles.

Just Another Rabid Reader says:  I have attempted NaNoWriMo several times, but have never been able to finish.  That in and of itself is a feat!

5. Do you have a day job as well?

 

Well, not currently. Since I just got back to the states last month, I’m currently unemployed. But I worked as an English teacher in Korea last year, and also, I’ve been writing and editing professionally for websites for about 10 years.

 

6. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

If you don’t count the month I spent writing it for NaNoWriMo, it took about one year to rewrite and edit. But that month I did NaNoWriMo was at least seven years ago. So really, it’s been at least a seven-year-long journey.

7. How did you choose the genre you write in?

 

I didn’t really choose it; it kind of chose me. When I first started writing, I just bled all over the pages, just like that famous quote. Now that I’m marketing the book, I still wonder exactly what genre it is. Is it women’s fiction? Is it dark chick-lit? Is it mature YA? From the feedback I’m getting, it seems like it’s a crossover.

 

8. Where do you get your ideas?

 

Most of my ideas come directly from personal experience or observation. A lot of times, when I’m in social settings, I’m just sort of watching what happens and writing the scene in my head to put down on paper later.

 

9. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

 

One of my journalism professors told all of us: There is no such thing as writer’s block, only laziness. And as harsh as that sounds, I truly believe it. So, I would say that I never suffer from writer’s block (since it doesn’t exist), but I constantly suffer from laziness.

10. Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I just write.

 

11. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

 

Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” influenced me in a big way. I read it when I was a freshman in high school and I just got it. Stephen King is a big influence, too, even though our genres are completely different, I really respect the way he develops his characters. Growing up in the L.A. area, I was also influenced by Joan Didion and Bret Easton Ellis.

 

 

12. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

 

No, I don’t think so. I could not have rewritten the novel seven years ago when I finished the first draft. And I always knew I didn’t really have the patience to send out dozens of query letters to publishing houses (though I may indeed do that in the future). My only goal was to finish the damn thing and I can’t say I could have or would have done it any other way.

 

13. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

 

So far, I haven’t done a whole lot of marketing. I’m still learning as I go. I have a blog and I’ve been contacting book reviewers and bloggers. But marketing is a huge job on its own. I don’t know what the best avenue is yet. I hope to find out.

14. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

 

No, I’ve only written one novel and during the last year of working on it, I always intended to self-publish.

 

15. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

 

My next book is actually going to be a memoir based on my experiences as an English teacher in Moscow, where I worked in 2009.

 

16. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

 

What I did with my book is take a few memories of my college experience, and then exaggerate the hell out of them and take them to the farthest extremes I could possibly imagine.

 

17. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

 

My favorite chapters were the ones where my main character has female-bonding moments with her best friend in the book. There is one short chapter called “Mushrooms and the Moon” and it was a pleasure to write it. It was a pleasure to see this scene so clearly in my head and for one moment, be able to write it exactly as I saw it. The chapter is really short – just a few paragraphs – but it’s one of my favorites because it shows how even in a drug-daze, there’s real love and friendship between these two young college girls.

 

18. How did you come up with the title for your current novel?

 

I honestly can’t remember, but there’s a lot of titles of songs and movies and books and so forth that play off of “Sex, Drugs, and …” A couple of early readers thought it was a bit much, but since I think the book’s a bit much, I just went with it.

 

 

19. What project are you working on now?

 

Besides working on my upcoming Moscow memoir, I’ve just been blogging and enjoying being back in the states. I’m thinking of putting together some short stories and essays into a few 99 cent Kindle books (I have one collection of short stories on Kindle in addition to my novel).

 

 

20. Will you have a new book coming out soon?

 

If I do, it will just be a very short book or two. Just  a few essays rewritten from blog posts, or short stories.

 

21. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

 

A couple of readers of “Sex, Drugs, and Psychiatric Wards” are asking for a sequel. That really blows my mind! I’m really happy that people have connected with my main character, but I have absolutely no idea where she would be right now! That being said, the issues of women, relationships, love, mental health, and addiction are always themes that will interest me, and I’m sure I’ll continue to write about them.

 

22. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

 

Since I’m a brand-new author, I haven’t gotten any really tough criticism yet, but I’m waiting for it! The best compliment has been reviewers saying the novel was realistic – that it read like a diary or memoir. One of the things I worried about, when I was writing it, was that it was TOO outragous and scandalous. I’m so thrilled that it seemed very real to readers.

23. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

 

Read, read, read, and then read some more. Then and only then will you be able to write well.

 

24. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you so much for reading my book.

 

Eve Lopez is the author of Sex, Drugs, and Psychiatric Wards: A Novel. It’s available on Kindle and as a paperback. It is currently part of a Goodreads giveaway ending on April 25, 2012. Five winners will receive autographed copies of the paperback. Visit the author at http://thingsevewoulddo.blogspot.com or on Twitter @eveoverseas

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destinyisntfree

For those of you who may have been living under a rock and missed it, I started a book blog about a month ago now.  In that time, I have posted 17 reviews, author interviews, giveaways, and et cetera.  I have at least 4 posts pending and ready to go for this week already, without my having to do much in the way of effort to get them done, as they are author interviews, guest posts, book trailers, and the like.  Oh, and of course, you can check out the book blog here.

Today, I am reading a book just for the sake of reading it, and I am quite enjoying it.  Of course, it is about vampires.  There is a big surprise, right?  I do tend to be drawn to the fantasy titles these days.  I just finished an awesome Mystery/Detective novel, and the review for that can…

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Review – The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

Title: The Corruptible
Author: Mark Mynhier
ISBN: 9781601420749
Pages: 278
Format: eBook

Book Description Taken From Amazon.com

Publication Date: April 5, 2011 | Series: A Ray Quinn Mystery
How much money would it take for you to betray the truth?Ex-homicide detective Ray Quinn never had glamorous thoughts of the life of a private investigator—but being cornered in a bathroom stall by the enraged philandering husband of a client? That’s something he could live without. Retired from homicide and living with a painful disability, Ray’s options are limited. Stick to the job, keep impetuous sidekick Crevis alive, and spend quiet evenings with trusted pal Jim Beam, that’s about the best he can hope for.

As a new client emerges, Ray finds himself in an impossibly large boardroom holding a check with enough zeros to finally lift him from his financial pit. The job seems easy enough: find Logan Ramsey, an ex-cop turned security officer who’s taken off with sensitive corporate information. But few things are easy in Ray’s world, regardless of the amount of zeros in the check.

In what should be an open-and-shut case, Ray stumbles across Logan Ramsey in a seedy motel room. Only Ray wasn’t the first to find him. Now Logan’s dead, the client’s information is nowhere to be found, and Ray’s employer is less than forthcoming with the details. Suddenly the line between the good guys and bad guys isn’t so clear. With a foot in both worlds and an illuminating look at an unhappy ending that could well be his own, which will Ray choose?

REVIEW

Many of you who have read my reviews before may note that this novel is very different than the genre of the other books I have reviewed up to this point.  But I do absolutely enjoy a good mystery/detective novel when one comes along.

First off, let me start by saying that Orlando, Florida is less than an hour away from where I currently live, and I thought it was really cool that I recognized some of the street names and places that were mentioned in the book.  That made it easier for me to connect with the story on an even more personal level, because it was close to home, so to speak.

This is the first book I have read by Mr. Mynheir, and you can be sure that it will not be the last.  The characters and storyline were realistic and believable, which can be difficult for a writer to accomplish sometimes.  You can clearly tell from the writing that the author had been a police officer for some time, and that colored the writing in a very positive way.

I really liked the fact that, without having read the first book in this series, The Night Watchman, I was able to jump right into this one and not feel like I had missed anything.  In fact, I only learned this was part of a series when I reached the end of the book!  To me, that is the sign of an excellent writer.  I felt as though I was experiencing everything with the characters and seeing what they were seeing.  This is something that I strive to accomplish in my own writing, so to me, this is huge.

I kind of laughed at myself a little bit, because as I was reading, when they got to the medical examiner’s office, I almost expected him to be talking to Dr. G from the show on Discovery Health.

Overall, I found the story enjoyable and easy to read.  I really was not able to find much of anything negative to say.  If I had to pinpoint a negative, I would say that maybe the chapters should not have been broken up into such tiny bits.  Every time the scenery changed, the author changed chapters.  Some view this as a good thing and some will not.

Overall, I give this book a 4.5 star rating, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am very glad that I took a chance on it.  I hope you will feel the same way.

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**DISCLAIMER**  I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I was not compensated in any way or swayed in any manner to provide a positive review, and the opinions expressed above are my own.

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