BOOK TOUR: Mirror Image by Michele Pariza Wacek | #Mystery #Suspense

Which would be worse: knowing that your dead sister has come back to life and is now a serial killer, or that someone else is the killer… and that person is you?

Mirror-Image.pngSix months after Linda’s sister Elizabeth killed herself, Linda has finally gotten her life back to some semblance of normalcy. Until a killer appears who is stalking men… a killer who resembles Elizabeth… a killer who seems somehow familiar to Linda.

And to make matters worse, Detective Steve Anderson, her old high school crush, is assigned to the case. He’s asking Linda all sorts of questions – questions she couldn’t possibly have an answer to.

There’s no reason for him to be investigating Linda. She couldn’t possibly have anything to do with this.

Could she?

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Title: Mirror Image

AuJGBS Logo.pngthor: Michele Pariza Wacek

Published: May 27th, 2016

Publisher: Love-Based Publishing

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR — When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly.

Michele-Pariza-Wacek.pngAs you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that serves clients all over the world.

Along with being a copywriter, she also writes novels (she’s published two psychological thrillers/mystery/suspense novels “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image” so far) plus, she is also the author of the “Love-Based Copy” books, which are a part of the “Love-Based Business” series and cover both business and personal development.

She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and her border collie Nick and southern squirrel hunter Cassie and is hard at work on her next novel.

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A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: Resistant — Michael Palmer | #Medical #Thriller #Conspiracy

I happened to pick this audiobook up on a whim, pretty much because of the synopsis, as I was searching the shelves for my next commute listen. I’m a huge fan of Robin Cook, having read everything he’s written so another medical thriller seemed right up my alley.

I wasn’t wrong. Take a gander at the synopsis…

ResistantThey fight without conscience or remorse. Their only job is to kill.
They are the most ruthless enemy we have ever faced.

And they are one millionth our size.

When Dr. Lou Welcome fills in last minute for his boss at a national conference in Atlanta he brings along his best friend, Cap Duncan. But an accident turns tragic when Cap injures his leg while running. Surgeons manage to save the leg, but the open wound is the perfect breeding ground for a deadly microbial invader committed to eating Cap alive from the inside out. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, a teenaged girl is fighting for her life against the same bacteria. The germ is resistant to any known antibiotic and the government scientist tasked with finding a cure has been kidnapped. Turning to the Centers for Disease Control for help, Lou Welcome uncovers a link to a shadowy group known as One Hundred Neighbors that has infiltrated our society and is using our health institutions as hostages. Like the deadly germs they can unleash, One Hundred Neighbors will stop at nothing to further their agenda. From the hospital corridors where anything you touch can mean your end, to the top corridors of power in this race against time, Lou must stop an epidemic, save his best friend, and face even his own most terrifying demons.

Who wouldn’t find that intriguing? Well I guess many wouldn’t, but I did and hoped that Palmer could deliver on the synopsis.

I wasn’t disappointed in the least. The plot moved quickly and each twist and turn made perfect sense as it was happening and after it was over. I didn’t find it formulaic in the least and was pleasantly surprised to find myself making guesses as to what might be coming up next – in some cases I was right and in others, I was wrong… so, so wrong but still engaged in the story as it unfolded.

I found myself caring about certain characters, wanting only good things to happen to them but conversely hating those characters that were creating the problems — but I think that’s a good indication of a great story.

If you’re looking for a top notch medical conspiracy thriller, I’d suggest picking this one up.

Rating: 5 out of 5

BOOK TOUR: The SEAL Next Door by McKenna Jameison #18+ #Romance

The girl next door is all grown up, and she’s ready to play….

BrThe-SEAL-Next-Door.pngianna Miller’s life isn’t going as planned. She’s moonlighting as a cocktail waitress after getting laid off from her marketing job, her older brother was injured in Afghanistan, and the man she’s pined for since she was a teenager is back in her life, hotter than hell and more tempting than ever.

Navy SEAL Matthew “Gator” Murphy has only one goal when he returns to Pensacola, Florida for a long weekend—to welcome his best friend home and then get the hell out of there. There’s no way he can face life with his buddy in a wheelchair, not when he was the one who convinced him to enlist in the first place.

When a gorgeous blonde waitress catches his eye, the last woman he expects to see is Brianna, his best friend’s younger sister. The chemistry between them sizzles as Matthew tries to stay away from temptation, but sometimes a raging inferno begins with only a spark.

The SEAL Next Door, a stand-alone novel, is book five in the new Alpha SEALs series.

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Title: The SEAL Next Door

Series: Alpha SEALS #5 (Standalone)

Author: Makenna Jameison

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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Content Warning: Sexual Content

Recommended Age: 18+

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR — Bestselling Author Makenna Jameison writes stories with hot alpha males, steamy romance, and happily-ever-afters. She loves reading, writing, coffee, the beach, and traveling to new places. Makenna lives in Washington DC with her husband and daughter.

Makenna loves to hear from her fans! Contact her or join her mailing list by sending an email to info@makennajameison.com.

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A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

And so it goes…

Today’s review from my commute is Kurt Vonnegut’s bizarre masterpiece Slaughterhouse Five

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Unstuck in time, Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut’s shattered survivor of the Dresden bombing, relives his life over and over again under the gaze of aliens; he comes at last to some understanding of the human comedy. The basis of George Roy’s great 1972 film and perhaps the signature student’s novel in the 1960’s embracing protest and the absurdity of war.

I read Slaughterhouse Five for the first time in high school (many more moons ago than I care to admit…) and was struck by the subtle nuances of protest under the umbrella of time travel and science fiction. The story at times seems hard to follow but the over-arcing themes and plot line always work themselves out to create a picture of bizarre fantasticness.

I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the story of Billy Pilgrim in audiobook format and would recommend that everyone take a chance on Slaughterhouse Five if they haven’t already.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders – Neil Gaiman

So what do I have for you today?

It’s Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things: Short Stories and Wonders published in 2006.

Let’s take a look at the synopsis before I delve into things…

200px-fragilethingsA mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night, taking one of the spectators along with it . . . In a novella set two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow pays a visit to an ancient Scottish mansion, and finds himself trapped in a game of murder and monsters . . . In a Hugo Award-winning short story set in a strangely altered Victorian England, the great detective Sherlock Holmes must solve a most unsettling royal murder . . . Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams—and nightmares . . . In a Locus Award-winning tale, the members of an exclusive epicurean club lament that they’ve eaten everything that can be eaten, with the exception of a legendary, rare, and exceedingly dangerous Egyptian bird . . . Such marvelous creations and more—including a short story set in the world of The Matrix, and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children’s fiction—can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman’s storytelling brilliance as well as his terrifyingly entertaining dark sense of humor. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most unique writers of our time.

So what are my thoughts?

I loved it. I love the ever-present but ever-changing voice that Gaiman has achieved in his writing. You know it’s a Neil Gaiman story but that doesn’t make it a carbon copy of the others you already love. Each of the stories had been published previously but they are collected together for the first time to give you a brief but heady glimpse into the writing of Neil Gaiman. Most of the stories have a serious, if not dark, tone but there are moments of humour, levity, and fantasy thrown in for good measure. And the collection is read by Gaiman himself so you are treated to the inflection and emphasis the author himself intended – something we don’t often get in other audiobooks.

Of the collection, all stories and poems were good but a few stuck with me so I figured I’d mention them. October in the Chair reminded me a little of nights gathered around the campfire, each of us telling stories in an attempt to outdo the ones who had gone before us. I loved the idea of gargoyles guarding the heart in How Do You Think It Feels?. The poem Instructions was enjoyable as I’ve always wondered what I should do if I ever got stuck in a fairy-tale and now I know. The professional epidemiological structure of Diseasemaker’s Croup was so different and appealing that I’ll likely seek out the anthology it was written for (The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, edited by Drs. Jeff VanDerMeer Mark Roberts) and pick it up.

If you like Neil Gaiman and haven’t picked this one up, I’d highly recommend it. If you haven’t read anything by Gaiman, this is a great place to start.

Rating: 5 out of 5