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#Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde-Review-5 Stars

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Coming  5/21/19

 

Have you seen Luis Velez?,  is a thoughtful, heartfelt, and moving story. 

Most of the time, seventeen-year-old Raymond Jaffe felt like an outcast. But, when Raymond met his 92-year-old blind neighbor and befriended her; tormenting thoughts of being different or invisible, no longer concerned him. At first, Raymond assisted the elderly woman out of kindness, but Raymond quickly discovered, that he enjoyed her company. With Mrs. G, Raymond felt for the first time by an adult, understood. And because of his fondness for his neighbor, Raymond was determined to relieve her of her main worry. He wanted to find Luis Velez; Mrs. G’s dearest friend and caretaker. Mrs. G feared that something awful had happened to Luis. Unfortunately, she was right.  

Although Raymond learned some painful life lessons; he also discovered the healing balm of acceptance. It was while he was stepping out of his comfort zone, to help another, that self-confidence took root. And, while empathizing with Mrs. G, Raymond found that he was able to stand up for what was right, without fear. But, what surprised Raymond, the most was, that he no longer, felt invisible, especially around his family. 

Although unkindness is rampant in the world, there is also a lot of good. Sometimes grief and hardship overshadow what is positive in life. This book reminds us that although life is difficult, love and kindness can be found everywhere. Raymond thought of himself as unimportant. But, to Mrs. G, Raymond was a hero. He literally changed her life, and in doing so, transformed his own.  Have You Seen Luis Velez?, is a heartwarming, quality novel. It’s a story you won’t want to miss.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 35 published and forthcoming books, including JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT, HEAVEN ADJACENT, THE WAKE UP, ALLIE AND BEA, SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW, LEAVING BLYTHE RIVER, ASK HIM WHY, WORTHY, THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHEN I FOUND YOU, WALK ME HOME, and DON’T LET ME GO. 

An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE: PHOTOS FROM A BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

She is co-author, with fellow author and publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE: A SELF-HELP GUIDE.

Her novel PAY IT FORWARD was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. Simon & Schuster released PAY IT FORWARD: YOUNG READERS’ EDITION in August of ’14. It is suitable for kids as young as eight. A special Fifteenth Anniversary Edition of the original PAY IT FORWARD was released in December of ’14

LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the bestseller lists, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year award at the British Book Awards. Both BECOMING CHLOE and JUMPSTART THE WORLD were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List, and JUMPSTART THE WORLD was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. WHERE WE BELONG won two Rainbow Awards in 2013 and THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS won a Rainbow Award in 2015.

New Kindle editions of her backlist titles FUNERALS FOR HORSES, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES, ELECTRIC GOD, and WALTER’S PURPLE HEART are now available. Also available is THE LONG, STEEP PATH: EVERYDAY INSPIRATION FROM THE AUTHOR OF PAY IT FORWARD, her first book-length creative nonfiction. 

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O’Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation, and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. 

For more information and book club questions, please visit the author at catherineryanhyde.com

#A Shattered Lens by Layton Green–Review–4.5 Stars

 

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Joe Everson aka Preach was the best detective in Creekville, North Carolina.  Joe returned to Creekville, after fighting crime in Atlanta for a decade, where gangs, drugs, and murder ran rampant. Creekville was supposed to be easy.  And, it was, mostly. Until David, a young high school football star was murdered. The boy, Preach discovered, was the son of Claire Lourdis, the unattainable girl, he lusted after in high school. 

Preach loved his girlfriend, Ari, and thought their relationship was on solid ground, until Claire, fell into his arms. Ari ordinarily was not the jealous type, but when she found intimate texts from Claire on Preach’s phone, Ari felt betrayed. She thought she knew Preach pretty well; apparently, she didn’t. And, it hurt—a lot.

Preach knew that he should recuse himself from the case, but he just couldn’t do it. Claire needed the best. And, Preach was it.  So, Preach stayed with it, even though, meeting up with Claire was fracturing his relationship with Ari. But when fingers started to point to Claire making her a suspect, Preach didn’t know what to think. Could the woman he once cared for, murder her son? He didn’t think so. But then again, did he really know her? Would Preach be able to handcuff Claire and bring her in for questioning? He hoped he didn’t have to find out. 

If you enjoy well-written police procedurals, then this book is definitely worth checking out.  A Shattered Lens is a captivating novel, crafted with twists, turns, and surprises. 

Thank you, Seventh Street Books and Layton Green, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

 

~4. 5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Layton is a bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, including mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the popular Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards (including a two-time finalist for an International Thriller Writers award), and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Layton is also the co-editor of International Thrills, an online magazine for ITW (International Thriller Writers) that interviews crime authors from around the world.

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

Layton lives with his family in North Carolina. You can also visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com).

 

#Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews–Review–4.5 Stars–#NetGalley

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A well-written, romantic, and captivating cozy mystery.

Coming 5/7/19

 

Drue hadn’t seen her father for over twenty years. Her parents divorced when she was very young, and her dad had never been part of her life. So when he showed up at her mom’s funeral, Drue was taken back. She was especially suspicious when he offered her a job. Drue accepted the offer, however. Because how bad could working be in a legal office? But when Drue started at her position, she was blown away. Not only was her high school frenemy her superior, but she was also married to Drue’s father. That, however, would only be the first of many surprises.

While Drue was working, she noticed how rude and unfair some of her dad’s clients were being treated. But after becoming emotionally involved with one of the clients, Drue started her own investigation. She discovered a missing person’s file in a place it should never have been. Her research was bringing up more questions than answers. And, in some way, Dru knew her father was involved. But to what degree? Drue was determined to find out.

Sunset Beach has a bit of everything in it, intrigue, humor, and romance. Very well done.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club, The Beach House Cookbook, The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Christmas Bliss, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin’s Press, as well as Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues, all Harper Collins. On May 7, 2019, St. Martin’s Press will release her 26th novel, SUNSET BEACH

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, originally under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The Callahan mysteries were recently re-released by Harper Collins, as Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck. 

A native of St. Petersburg, FL (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, GA, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio. 

She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent writing teacher and lecturer at workshops and book festivals.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. When not on book tour, she divides her time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, GA.

 

#The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley–Review 4.5 Stars–#NetGalley

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The Liar’s Child is a well-written and compelling thriller. This story grabbed my attention and kept me engrossed until the very end.

Sara didn’t want to go to jail. So, she struck a deal with the FBI and played by their rules. Mostly. She took on a new identity, relocated to the Outer Banks, made herself invisible, and promised to testify in court. She found the FBI’s monitoring of her every movement, however, irritating and restricting. Sara stretched the FBI’s leash on a regular basis trying to find a way to break free.

When a category three hurricane hit the Outer Banks, Sara found her escape. But just as she was putting her plan into action, she spotted her neighbor’s kids, stranded. Sara tried to convince herself that having kids with her would work to her advantage, and throw the FBI off. It soon became evident, however, to Sara, that Cassie and Boon were more of a liability to her escape than anything else. She had a decision to make. Does she save herself or the children?

The Liar’s Child is a captivating psychological thriller, crafted with fascinating, complex characters, a clever plot, and lots of twists and surprises. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be my last. Very well, done.

Thank you, Ballantine Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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#Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan–Review–4.5 stars

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Seventeen-year-old Isabelle went missing from Denton Pennsylvania. Although Detective Josie Quinn was currently suspended from her job, she couldn’t stay quiet. The investigation to find Isabelle was taking too long. And although the chief assured Josie that everything was being done to find the girl, Josie was not convinced. So Detective Josie Quinn started to dig, and the deeper she researched, the uglier and more complicated the case became. 

Detective Quinn discovered that Isabelle was not the only teenager who had been abducted around Denton in the past few years. The Denton Police were dragging their feet and still considered Isabelle to be just a missing person. Detective Quinn knew better; these girls were not runaways; they were being kidnapped. She just hoped that they were still alive. The closer Detective Quinn came to the perpetrator, the more dangerous life became for her, and everyone, she cared about.  

I love Detective Josie Quinn. She’s a no-nonsense kickass female detective. I never warmed up to any of the male characters in the book, except Noah, the loyal but less than macho, police officer. Vanishing Girls is a dark, gritty, and compelling crime thriller. Although some pieces of the book were a bit over-the-top to be believed, the story itself was riveting and memorable. Vanishing Girls stayed with me long after I finished the last page. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other crime fiction titles. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter, and Boston Terrier named Mr. Phillip.

 

#Murder Is A Promise by Giacomo Giammatteo–Review–5 stars

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Murder Is A Promise is the fifth book in Giacomo Giammatteo’s Friendship and Honor Series. I’ve read and enjoyed the first four books in this series, and the fifth is no exception. Murder is a Promise is a perfectly paced, engrossing, crime police procedural. 

Frankie Donovan, aka, Bugs, is a NYC detective, he’s also best friends with a ruthless killer, Nicky Fusco, the Rat. Since Nicky was released from prison, he’s been earning an honest living and does his best not to murder anyone. But when the Russian mob put a target on Detective Donovan’s back and threatened his family, the Rat reached out to the Italian organized-crime world and asked for help. Asking for assistance, however, from Dominic Mangini, is dangerous business. His favors are never free, and the cost is guaranteed to be something unsavory.  

Detective Donovan and Nicky Fusco have been my favorite characters for some time. I love their easy banter and wise-crack comebacks. Murder Is A Promise is a great read. It’s action-packed, character-driven, and captivating. If you haven’t read books 1– 4 in this series, you’re missing out on some great reads. I recommend you read them all.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

I live in Texas now, but I grew up in Cleland Heights, a mixed ethnic neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware, that sat on the fringes of the Italian, Irish and Polish neighborhoods. The main characters of Murder Takes Time grew up in Cleland Heights, and many of the scenes in the book were taken from real-life experiences.

Since this is a bio some of you might wonder what I do. I’ve had a successful 30 year career as a headhunter, recruiting top talent for some of the world’s best companies–Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and many high-profile start-up companies. 

During that time I’ve completed more than 500 searches, which translates into evaluating, editing, and writing thousands of resumes. I have also interviewed and done reference checks on more than 1,000 candidates. I’ve learned what companies want to see on a resume–and, perhaps more importantly–what they don’t. You’ll find a lot more information in the book and on my website.

Getting back to the bio–when my kids were young I left the Northeast and settled in Texas, where my wife suggested we get a few animals. I should have known better; we now have a full-blown animal sanctuary with rescues from all over. At last count we had 45 animals–11 dogs, a horse, a three-legged cat and 5 others, and 26 pigs.

Oh, and one crazy–and very large–wild boar, who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.

In the evening I help my wife tend to the animals, and at night–late at night–I turn into a writer.

Check out the websites. 

For fiction books go to: http://giacomogiammatteo.com 

Non-fiction books: http://nomistakes.org

Once you get there, take a look around, click some links, and, if you’ve got time, tell me what you think.

Contact me at gg@giacomog.com.

 

 

 

Today’s New 5 star Release—Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

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Today’s New Fab. Release by Rea Frey—Not Her Daughter

 

 

 

In Case You Missed My Review, Here Is The Link:

https://write-escape.com/2018/06/14/not-her-daughter-by-rea-frey-review-5-stars-netgalley-smp