Your Friday Fun Read 02/15/2019

Age of Heroes

Okay, it is Friday, and it is time for your next fun read. Today, I am suggesting James Lovegrove’s Age of Heroes. If you are a fan of his, then you know what series this book is a part of. If you are not, well then, let me tell you. This book is part of his “Pantheon Triptych” series, and what a series it is! He has taken mythology, brought it to a modern to near future time period and put a delicious twist on each one! There are eight books in the series and they are all stand alone reads, that is you do not need to read them in order to enjoy them.

“The demigods of Ancient Greek myth are alive and well and ready for war.

Except the demigods of Ancient Greek myth are alive and, well… dying.

Heracles, Perseus, Theseus, Orpheus, Achilles, Hippolyta, Aeneas, King Minos, Helen of Troy – for centuries they have survived on Earth, doing their best to fit in among ordinary humans. The offspring of liaisons between god and mortal, they are blessed, or perhaps cursed, with eternal life. They cannot be killed.

But someone has figured out how to do just that. One by one, the demigods are meeting gory, violent ends.

Now it’s up to Theseus, comfortably ensconced in New York and making his living as a crime fiction writer, to investigate the deaths. His search for the culprit draws him back into the lives of his extended family of cousins and half-siblings, and into a world of tragedy and long-held grudges that he thought, and hoped, he’d put behind him.”

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Navarro Review

Navarro

TITLE: Navarro

AUTHOR: Peter Brandvold/Ralph Compton

GENRE: Western

PAGES: 288

If I was asked to list my all time top five western authors, the list would look like this:

  1. Louis L’Amour
  2. Matt Braun
  3. Ralph Compton
  4. Peter Brandvold
  5. Ralph Cotton

So, when I saw that Peter Brandvold wrote a western for the Ralph Compton line of books, I naturally had to get it, and in the end I was not disappointed.

Navarro has all of the hallmarks I look for in a western: a hero that appears big as life, but has faults all his own, gun-fighting, horses and love (and loss). As the story unfolds, you are drawn into Navarro’s quest to find the missing rancher’s grand-daughter who left to find the love of her life (that grandpa ran off). She will take on the desert, buzzards, snakes, and even Apache Indians to find her love. The question is will Navarro get to her in time before any of these kill her.

The thing about this book is that it needs to come with a warning label. Once you get into it, you will not want to leave until the last page. Yes, one of the hardest things is putting this book down when everyday life will intrude.

I give this one 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

Where Do I Find These Wonderful Deals?

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About a month or so ago that I was talking to my younger sister and told her of a book deal she might be interested in. She told me she did not see it in her email. I told her it was a different site and a one day only deal. Then the question came…

“Where do you find these deals?”

My answer is as follows:

  1. Bookbub.com- No deadline is listed in these deals so you better jump on them!
  2. Earlybirdbooks.com- These deals are for that day ONLY!
  3. Rifflebooks.com- No deadline listed with these deals.
  4. Litflash.com- No deadline listed on these deals!

The above four are the main one’s I look at. I also find deals on Facebook.com. I have subscribed to my favorite author’s pages and they are kind enough to let their readers know when a new release or upcoming deal is in the works.

In addition to this. I like to cruise my local Barnes and Noble. I hit the discounted table first just to see if there is anything that catches my eye. I will also go to the sections that interest me the most to see if there is anything new or something that has escaped my notice before. Sometimes I will write the titles down to see if there are any lower prices on the Nook or Kindle.

I am always on the hunt for a good deal.

Always.

 

 

It Is Release and Catch Day!…Peter Brandvold

Once a Marshal (A Sheriff Ben Stillman Western) by [Brandvold, Peter]

It is re-release day for Peter Brandvold first novel AND the first novel in the Sheriff Ben Stillman series, Once a Marshal. 

“Playing poker, smoking cigarettes, drinking whiskey—retirement was treacherous business for ex-lawman Ben Stillman. The best of life seemed to be past, but then the past came looking for him…

The son of an old friend rides into Ben’s life with a plea for justice and a mind for revenge. Up on the Hi-Line in Montana, a rich Englishman is rustling ranchers out of their livelihoods… and their lives. The boy suspects these rustlers have murdered his father, Milk River Bill Harmon, and the law is too crooked to get any straight answers.

But can the worn-out old lawman live up to the legendary lawman the boy has grown to admire?”

So, now that it is out there, go, get it! You need a better reason? It is $.99. That’s right, 99 pennies and this book is yours!

Once a Marshal is available at Amazon.com.

Ninetoes Author of the Month February 2019

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Boy, I am slipping. Here it is, February 5, 2019, and I am getting around to naming a new author of the month. So, here it goes: The Ninetoes Author of the Month for February, 2019 is Western author Peter Brandvold.

Peter Brandvold has been writing for over twenty years. In that time, he has put out over eighty books. Yes, over 80 books of hard fighting, quick shooting, out and out westerns! But there is more. He is also Frank Leslie, so we are looking at another thirty plus novels. (AS I write this, I am wondering when he finds time to sleep.) He has given us characters like Lou Prophet, bounty hunter; Ben Stillman; and Yakima Henry, just to name a few.

Speaking of the character Ben Stillman, tomorrow, February 6, 2019, the first book in the Ben Stillman series, Once A Marshal, is going to be re-released. Personally, I cannot wait!

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Once A Marshal can be found at Amazon.com. I already have my copy pre-ordered, so you know there will be a review coming soon!

 

Introducing Lauren Carr

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-What is your name?

Lauren Carr

-What genre do you write in?

Mystery

-What drew you to this genre?

Mystery is the name of a very broad genre, under which there are dozens of sub-genres—including serial killer mysteries, cozy mysteries, and so on. Some mystery novels focus on the violence of the crime (like the serial killer mysteries), while others focus on the puzzle of solving it (like the cozy mysteries).

I am drawn to the puzzle side of murder mysteries. I love puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles. Crossword puzzles. But the murder mystery—solving the mystery to discover who has stolen the life of another—that is the ultimate puzzle.

 

-What books have you written?

1) A Small Case of Murder

2) A Reunion to Die For

3) It’s Murder, My Son

4) Old Loves Die Hard

5) Shades of Murder

6) Dead on Ice

7) Blast from the Past

8) The Murders at Astaire Castle

9) The Lady Who Cried Murder

10) Twelve to Murder

11) Real Murder

12) A Wedding and a Killing

13) Three Days to Forever

14) Kill and Run

15) Open Season for Murder

16) Cancelled Vows

17) Candidate for Murder

18) Killer in the Band

19) A Fine Year for Murder

20) Twofer Murder

21) ICE

22) Murder by Perfection

23) Crimes Past

24) Winter Frost

25) The Root of Murder (Spring 2019)

 

-What is your current release?

Winter Frost (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery). This is the second installment in a popular series that features Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent. In ICE, the first installment in the series, Chris joins a book club at the urging of his mother, only to discover that it is not a book club at all. Disguised as a book club, the self-named Geezer Squad, whose number one rule is to never talk about the squad, boasts a broad set of skills, courtesy of its members, all former law enforcement agents. They welcome Chris with open arms, working with him to close numerous cold cases.

 

-How much research went into that book?

Researched various cold case mysteries and cold case squads, via the Internet and other venues, that have sprung up in various police departments across the country in an effort to close cold cases. Many police departments have brought in retired law enforcement officers, like the Geezer Squad, specifically to tackle cold cases.

 

-What was the hardest part of writing Winter Frost?

Treading gently in Washington. Our country has become so divided that some segments of our population, on both sides of the aisle, have become hyper-sensitive. Anything can be twisted around to offend someone somewhere somehow.

The storyline in Winter Frost deals with espionage and touches on politics only in that there are two politicians who play tiny roles in the plotline. I am a card carrying independent and personally dislike and distrust all politicians.

Focusing on the mystery, I became dismayed when I found myself taking a magnifying glass to the two politicians to see where some readers might find a hidden message and take offense. Here I was writing a murder mystery. Fiction! A make-believe story with make-believe characters and I was bending over backwards to make sure I didn’t inadvertently hurt someone’s feelings when all I wanted to do was write a compelling story—that’s all.

So, I threw away the magnifying glass and went back to writing. If anyone is offended, I’m sorry. Or maybe not.

 

-Is this work part of a series?

The Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery series.

 

– Where can your book(s) be found?

Amazon.com: Free with KindleUnlimited:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LF7TJ85

Available in ebook and paperback. Coming in Audible!

 

-Reading time is valuable. Sell me on your book.

Winter Frost was released January 28 and is already receiving fabulous feedback. Book Readers Heaven says “From the first chapter to the end, the excitement, the scares, the surprises…and the wonderful characters, simply blew my mind…

 

Winter Frost is the second book in my popular new series, the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. After a chance encounter with his late wife Blair while on a date in Washington, Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding Blair’s supposed death halfway around the globe.

 

A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack.

 

Nothing is as it seems in Winter Frost.

 

I am the international best-selling author of four popular mystery series ― the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—twenty-four titles, each of which have made the top-one-hundred on Amazon both in the US and overseas markets. Many have reached the top-five. Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how my novels seamlessly cross genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

 

 

Ninetoes Book of the Week 02/03-09/2019

No Time for Goodbye

Linwood Barclay’s No time For Goodbye is my pick for Ninetoes Book of the Week. This book is a thriller with a capital “T” and then some!

“Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke one morning to discover that her entire family–mother, father,brother–had vanished. No note, no trace, no return. Ever.  Now, twenty-five years later, she’ll learn the devastating truth.

Sometimes it’s better not to know. . . .

Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isn’t over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous “gifts”–someone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killer’s shocking identity, it will again be too late . . . even for goodbye.”

The best thing about reading a Linwood Barclay book is he crafts the kind of story that could happen anywhere. You look at your neighbors in a different way. In this case, you look at the girl who woke up without a family and you wonder what happened…where you should be looking at the why. And when you find out the why, stock in toilet paper will skyrocket!

This is a must read for thriller fans!