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Book Review: Cankered Roots November 24, 2011

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Synopsis:

Alexandra Campbell, a spunky young widow, partnered with Brighamina Poulson, an even spunkier, rifle-toting grandmother thinks that as they have begun a genealogy business (RootSearch, Inc.), it is high time she finds out her family secret. Something went wrong in her family during her adolescence, changing her mother from a Chicago North Shore matron into an alcoholic and a doting father into a workaholic. The moment she graduated from High School, she was sent to the Sorbonne in Paris with a generous bank account and instructions not to return.

It is now fifteen years since she has seen her parents, and she intends to lay the ghost that has separated her family for good. However, as usual in Alex’s unpredictable life, things do not go as planned. After an acrimonious fight with her once beloved father, she leaves with only a wallet-sized photograph of a woman she knows nothing about.

That night, Alex’s father is killed. Bewildered and grieved that her family can never be whole again, she soon finds out that she is the chief suspect in the murder. With the unflappable Briggie at her side, she uses all her new genealogical skills, and (with the help of Briggie’s deer rifle) discovers a secret so bizarre that she finally understands why her parents wanted her far away and safe.

Join Alex and Briggie in the first of their hair-raising adventures!

My Review:

Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff is an emotional tale of love, loss and finding out who you are. Alex, a genealogist, takes a break from helping others learn about their family trees and concentrates on her own. Desperately wanting to have a family after her husband’s death, she sets out to uncover the grandfather she barely knew and whom her parents are determined to forget ever existed. What she begins to uncover reminds Alex that sometimes it is better to leave things buried in the past.

Originally written in 1993, this new edition of Cankered Roots was a pleasure to read. Taking a step back from modern technology, Alex and her friends have to uncover her family history by traditional means – searching libraries, microfilms, court documents, etc. It was so nice to read a story that isn’t built around technology and how easy it is to find information online. Throw in nice doses of mystery, blackmail, unknown identities…even a dash of romance…and Cankered Roots is a great book to get lost in. I am eagerly looking forward to reading more adventures from Alex and her friends.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

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$8,500+ worth of event-related prizes at the “NYB 2nd Annual Literacy Celebration” — LIVE! November 22, 2011

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As you may already know, the big 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers Worldwide is in full swing! I wanted to remind everyone about the wonderful activities taking place like virtual author visits, blog hops, twitter parties and don’t forget the numerous Rafflecopter giveaways! Below are the basic details:

The BIG EVENT — Nurture Your BOOKS™, 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers Worldwide, from November 1st to December 31st, 2011 – 24/7!

Here are some of the current giveaways that are LIVE!

These two giveaways are for authors only:

Author Giveaway Group 2 – Book Buzzr
Nov 16th – Nov 28th, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3641
Prizes: 2-Free Month Book Buzzr Author Pro Plans

Author Giveaway Group 4
Nov 17th – Nov 30th, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3639
Prize: 1-Week, Mini Nurture Virtual Book Tourz™ Package from Nurture Your BOOKS™

These giveaways are for everyone to enter:

Giveaway Group 6 – Young Adult
Nov 18th – 23rd, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3635
List of Prizes:
5 ebook copies of Bears, Recycling and Confusing Time Paradoxes by Greg X. Graves
5 ebook copies of Face Off by Stacy Juba
5 ebook copies Airel by Aaron Patterson
1 Literacy Necklace
1 Set of Book-Themed Magnets
1 Dark Circle Series by Sheila Hendrix Mug with Key Fob

Giveaway Group 6 – Other
Nov 18th – 23rd, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3637
List of Prizes:
1 Bath & Body Gift Basket from Lilli Pad Creations
1 Signed Print Copy of In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long
1 Literacy Bracelet
1 Pair of Literacy Earrings
1 10% Off Online Coupon to Lilli Pad Creations

Giveaway Group 6 – Adult
Nov 18th – 23rd, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3633
List of Prizes:
5 ebook copies of  Spellbound – Legend by Claudy Conn
5 ebook copies of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight
5 ebook copies of Two Moons of Sera (Serial Novel) by Pavarti K. Tyler
1 Handmade Bookmark

Giveaway Group 7 – Young Adult
Nov 22nd – 26th, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3631
List of Prizes:
5 ebook copies of The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu by Michelle Franklin
5 ebook copies of The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown
5 ebook copies of Tales from Frewyn by Michelle Franklin
5 ebook copies of In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
7 signed print copies of In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
1 Handmade Bookmark
1 Pair of Literacy Earrings

Giveaway Group 7 – Adult
Nov 22nd – 26th, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3629
List of Prizes:
50 ebook copies of The History of Rock and Roll in 99 Tweets by Andy Szpuk
2 ebook copies of In the Eye of the Beholder: A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera by Sharon E. Cathcart
25 ebook copies of The Human Project by Arnaud Saint-Paul
1 Pair of Literacy Earrings

To Enter, simply click on the Link for EACH giveaway you would like to enter and you will be taken to the Rafflecopter widget! It’s that easy!

I have update my Giveaways Page to include the current giveaways and I will also be updating it each week to include the new giveaways, along with writing a post like this one so that you will learn about brand new giveaways once they become available!

Please help us promote Global Literacy and enter to win $8,500+ worth of event-related prizes – there’s something for everyone!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl + Giveaway! November 21, 2011

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Author Bio:

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.

Ten (10) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks or under contract. His first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. A new full-length novel, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT, is on the coming soon list at Iconic Publishing and will be available in print for early 2012.

For more information on Wayne’s Sam Jenkins mystery series see www.waynezurlbooks.net. You can read excerpts, reviews and endorsements, interviews, coming events, and even see photos of the area where the stories take place.

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I’d like to welcome author Wayne Zurl to Juniper Grove today! Check out this interview to learn more about this author:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what A New Prospect is about?

Sam Jenkins, a retired New York detective with a bit of a mid-life crisis, reluctantly takes the job as chief of police in the small touristy town of Prospect, Tennessee. His first weekend on duty provides a complicated homicide to test his old skills.

How long did it take you to write this book?

I began writing A NEW PROSPECT in the summer of 2006 knowing nothing about creative writing or the publishing business. I learned along the way…the hard way. In August 2010, I was offered a contract to publish and the book was released in January 2011.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

I always remember movies or books where aging heroes try to do what they did at a younger age. Movies like Robin & Marian and more recently Red are two that immediately come to mind. I wanted to write about a middle-aged cop who gets things done the old-fashioned way.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Read A NEW PROSPECT and meet a memorable protagonist and a cast of quirky supporting characters scattered throughout an authentic police mystery.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’ve evolved to telling a story in the fewest words possible—almost but not quite in the hard-boiled style. I put lots of emphasis on characters and dialogue to tell the story. I make sure each person speaks with a unique voice. And the Protagonist often dishes out timely portions of sarcastic humor.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I find myself doing lots of post-publication marketing, mostly on the computer—hours a day, actually. Writing is fun. The promotion angle is too much like work. So, whenever we get the opportunity, my wife and I travel and try to do some really cool stuff. Like a river boat trip from Budapest to Amsterdam, a small boat along Alaska’s inside passage, or a buffalo round-up in South Dakota. We don’t lie on a beach and read.

What does your family think of your writing?

My wife is very supportive. She’s my first line proof reader and chief source of pep talks.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

NEVER GIVE UP! A veteran author once told me, “Sometimes tenacity trumps talent.” Start out looking for an agent. If you can’t find someone interested, write to publishers who will accept submissions directly from a writer. That worked for me. If you can’t break that barrier and you really believe in your work—self-publish if you have the money to invest. In any case, be prepared for lots of work after your book hits the shelves or the data bases.

Do you hear from your readers much?

More than I envisioned. Generally communications take the form of quick emails and occasionally they write reviews.

What do you think makes a good story?

I’m not a fan of the modern concept of conflict for the sake of conflict. I’d rather leave that to the phony “reality” TV shows. I’d like to see a simple plot sparked up by quirky, memorable characters and snappy, natural dialogue. Guys like Elmore Leonard (who just celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday) have been doing that successfully for years.

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

Because of my professional background, I only write police mysteries. I tried a Vietnam War story once, got a few chapters into it and realized the language was so flagrant, I’d be embarrassed for my aunt to read it. But that was the reality I knew and I wanted it realistic. So, I scrapped the idea. I doubt I could ever do justice to a Sci-Fi book or story. There are just too many technicalities involved that fans would demand and I don’t know. An eleven year old sci-fi buff could do a better job than me. But I think I could pull off a pretty good western some day.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

The one big thing I had to overcome was not letting my fiction sound like a police report. Fiction requires much less detail than a real report where you’d get crucified for leaving out any material facts. I like the “arrive late, leave early” writer’s concept that lets the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks. It took me a while to learn how to efficiently do that.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how to you overcome it?

All my basic storylines come from experience—something I worked on, supervised, or just knew a lot about. But often fact isn’t as interesting or exciting as fiction needs to be. So, I have to figure out how to embellish actual incidents. Sometimes the simple fact that Mr. A killed Ms. B because they were both drunk and got mad is boring. Occasionally, I’m at a loss for a plausible and exciting reason that resolves the story. I talk it over with my wife and see what we can dream up. That usually works.

What is the last book you read?

The late Robert B. Parker’s final Spenser novel, SIXKILL. It was published after his death. Good book. It had all the elements of the best of the Spenser series. I liked it.

If you could take any book and rewrite it, putting your own twist on it, which book would it be and why?

A question like this gives me writer’s block. I’ve been poisoned by almost two years at an on-line writer’s workshop. Whenever I read a book, I find myself looking for better ways to phrase something, better words to use, and how to rid the world of passive voice and lazy state-of-being verbs. So, it takes me twice as long to read something than before.

One of my favorite books is NORTHWEST PASSAGE by Kenneth Roberts. It takes place during the French & Indian war of 1754 to 1763 in upstate New York. I’ve always seen similarities between the F&I War and the Vietnam War—both took us from engaging in more conventional conflicts to unconventional warfare. I’d like to take the basic premise of Roberts’ book and move the story up to the 1960’s in Southeast Asia.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

I’ve just sold two novelettes (numbers 9 and 10 in the Sam Jenkins series—THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BANK JOB and FATE OF A FLOOZY) that are going to be produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. These projects are moving along nicely.

My second full-length novel, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT has just passed the second round edits with flying colors and is ready for formatting. The cover art is finished and the promotional video is being worked on as I’m writing this. The target release date is early 2012.

I just signed contracts to create two hard copy anthologies from ten novelettes. SMOKY MOUNTAIN MYSTERIES will be slated for 2012 and MORE SMOKY MOUNTAIN MYSTERIES for 2013.

And I’m almost finished with my final edits for another Sam Jenkins novel, HEROES & LOVERS, and will be able to send it to the publisher when he’s ready.

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?

I hated the most recent SHERLOCK HOLMES film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I’ve read all 56 stories and 4 novels from Conan Doyle and couldn’t get beyond the special effects and having Holmes featured as a kung fu consulting detective.

How many books do you read a week/month?

Two or three a month.

If you could travel into the past or future, where would you go and why?

I’d like to take a walk through the 19th century American west. As a kid, I read lots of non-fiction about the era, the famous players, and the locales. I’ve never quite gotten the “cowboy” out of my system.

What does the word success mean to you?

I’ve never been a very competitive guy, unless you count competing with myself. I feel successful if I can achieve a personal best in most any thing I’ve tryed. If I can honestly say I gave any given task 100%, the end product is successful. Or at least the best I could do. Of course, trying to tune up a new computerized car by myself doesn’t count.

If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?

A terrier. I’m pretty tenacious and I guess I’d jump into a barrel and fight it out with a badger if I had to.

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

“Don’t lie to me!”

If you had to trade lives with someone for an entire week, who would you trade with? Keep in mind that they would be living your life as well.

WNBC’s Al Roker. I think he’s got a good personality and one of the greatest jobs in the world.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

We didn’t speak personally, but the famous David Crockett said, “Be sure you’re right and then go ahead.” I take that to mean be your own man. Don’t let peer or other pressure influence you to so something you don’t consider proper, or dissuade you from something you do.

One food you would never eat?

I smelled chitlins cooking once. NOT FOR ME.

Biggest Pet Peeve?

Since you said PET peeve, I’m assuming I shouldn’t tackle something big like how to prosecute the war in Afghanistan or the separation of church and state. How about discourteous drivers?

We drive a lot every year and in all areas, so we get to see how little the average driver considers their fellow human being. Most of the rules of the road aren’t written just to see if we know how to follow directions. They’re all about courtesy and safety.

Thanks, Jaidis for allowing me to speak with your fans.  wz

Thank you Wayne for that insightful interview! Living in the South where chitlins are cooked everywhere…I’d have to agree with you. Just the thought of them turns my stomach.

Get your copy of A New Prospect on Kindle!

Synopsis:

Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. Jenkins becomes a cop again and is thrown headlong into a murder investigation and a steaming kettle of fish, down-home style. The victim, Cecil Lovejoy, couldn’t have deserved it more. His death was the inexorable result of years misspent and appears to be no great loss, except the prime suspect is Sam’s personal friend. Jenkins’ abilities are attacked when Lovejoy’s influential widow urges politicians to reassign the case to state investigators. Feeling like “a pork chop at a bar mitzvah” in his new workplace, Sam suspects something isn’t kosher when the family tries to force him out of the picture. In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn’t fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice. A NEW PROSPECT takes the reader through a New South resolutely clinging to its past and traditional way of keeping family business strictly within the family.

Check back on December 13th to read my review of A New Prospect!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Find and follow Wayne Zurl:

Author Website
Author Blog/Diary
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
Books-A-Million

Giveaway Time!

Two lucky readers will win an eBook copy of A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl! Giveaway will run until 11:59PM EST on December 14th, 2011 and is International. To enter, fill out the form below:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Giveaway Winner! – Under The Neon Sky by Jay Rankin November 19, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the Under The Neon Sky Nurture Book Tour and entered to win a copy of Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story by Jay Rankin!

I used random.org to select the winner. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

The winner of the eBook copy is…

* Hellen

Winner has been contacted via email.

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a big THANK YOU to Mr. Rankin for donating a copy to giveaway on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Giveaway Winner! – Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin November 18, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the Of Good and Evil Nurture Book Tour and entered to win a copy of Gerald G. Griffin’s book Of Good and Evil!

I used random.org to select the winner. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

The winner of the eBook copy is…

* Linda

Winner has been contacted via email.

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a big THANK YOU to Mr. Griffin for donating a copy to giveaway on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin November 18, 2011

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Author Bio:

Born in Flint, Michigan. Received MA and Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University. Set up private practice in Atlanta, Georgia as a Consulting Psychologist, a practice of 18 years doing psychotherapy, counseling, diagnostics and executive consultation. Moved to Gainesville, Georgia to enter writing full-time, at first doing ghost-writing and screenplays before turning back to novels. At present, putting the final touches to A TIME OF RECKONING, the sequel to OF GOOD AND EVIL.

Gerald is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW) and while in practice in Atlanta he was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Personalities of America and Notable Americans.

Gerald is divorced with two grown sons, and is presently engaged.

Synopsis:

Ron Sheffield, a gifted but tormented Green Beret, plagued by suicidal guilt because of his “special” abilities, is discharged from the army for going “crazy.” Immediately, he is brutally beaten and shot by the Mafia, and is hospitalized near death. His life is dramatically saved by Amber Ash, who also possesses “special” abilities, and from there the two are propelled into harrowing ventures against mobsters, terrorists, and a government cell out to kill them over Iraqi documents Ron possesses from his army service. In an ironic twist, Ron becomes a Mafia hit man to save his sanity, targeting only fallen mobsters. This brings Ron and Amber into contact with the powerful and humane gifted secret society, Eros; this contact eventually actualizing Ron’s mental gifts to a point beyond his imagination. Ron is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a major American city by a suicidal terrorist cell that only he can stop. But against impossible obstacles, will he be able to do it in time?

Of Good and Evil: A Novel
Author: Gerald G. Griffin
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Eloquent Books (July 27, 2010)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality & Some Violence
Format: eBook & Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 978-1609760144
Number of pages: 342

You can find my complete review HERE but here is a snippet:

Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin is an action-packed ride from start to finish! We are introduced to the main character, Ron Sheffield, in the heat of battle and quickly realize there is more to Ron than meets the eye. After returning home from war, Ron is discharged for having a nervous breakdown but he knows that other forces are working against him. Taking matters into his own hands, Ron makes it his new mission to search for clues and honor his fallen comrades, while trying to preserve his sanity by focusing on the present.

Today is the last day of Gerald’s book tour, but be sure to check out the previous stops HERE to learn more about this wonderful author!

Find and follow Gerald G. Griffin at:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Profile
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Of Good and Evil November 18, 2011

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Get your copy of Gerald G. Griffin’s Of Good and Evil on Kindle!

Synopsis:

Ron Sheffield, a gifted but tormented Green Beret, plagued by suicidal guilt because of his “special” abilities, is discharged from the army for going “crazy.” Immediately, he is brutally beaten and shot by the Mafia, and is hospitalized near death. His life is dramatically saved by Amber Ash, who also possesses “special” abilities; and from there the two are propelled against mobsters, terrorists, and a government cell out to kill them over Iraqi documents Ron possesses from his army service. Ron becomes a Mafia hit man, targeting fallen mobsters. This brings Ron and Amber into contact with the powerful and humane gifted secret society, Eros; this contact eventually actualizing Ron’s mental gifts to a point beyond his imagination. Ron is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a major American city by a suicidal terrorist cell that only he can stop. But will he be able to do it in time? Of Good and Evil is a spiritual fight against tyranny.

My Review:

Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin is an action-packed ride from start to finish! We are introduced to the main character, Ron Sheffield, in the heat of battle and quickly realize there is more to Ron than meets the eye. After returning home from war, Ron is discharged for having a nervous breakdown but he knows that other forces are working against him. Taking matters into his own hands, Ron makes it his new mission to search for clues and honor his fallen comrades, while trying to preserve his sanity by focusing on the present.

Amber Ash has always felt alone. Knowing that her special abilities make her different, she is focused on keeping her distance from everyone and using her body as a means of escape. That is until the night she met Ron Sheffield on his way to a poker game. Instantly feeling the pull of his gifts, she knows that she must learn more about the stranger that is similar in abilities.

Of Good and Evil has a little bit of everything which I believe makes for a good read for just about everyone. Action, romance, paranormal aspects, honor, politics, hit men, terrorists, secret societies, organized crime, treason…the list continues. It has so much going on that at times it was a little overwhelming for me. The main reason for me was the political aspects because I personally do not have an avid interest in such matters. But even with the politics and everything rushing by, I kept turning the pages wanting to know what happened next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I do hope to see more of the paranormal aspect explained in the sequel, A Time of Reckoning.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Entrapped by Barbara Kyle November 15, 2011

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Author Bio:

Barbara Kyle is the author of the Tudor-era “Thornleigh” novels including The Queen’s Lady, The King’s Daughter, The Queen’s Captive, and The Queen’s Gamble, all published internationally. Barbara previously won acclaim for her contemporary thrillers under pen name ‘Stephen Kyle,’ including Beyond Recall (a Literary Guild Selection), After Shock and The Experiment. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold. Her latest thriller, under her own name, is Entrapped. Barbara is passionate about helping emerging writers. She has taught her “Writers Boot Camp” for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers organizations. She offers twice-yearly Master Classes that focus on work-shopping each participant’s novel-in-progress. Her popular series of videos “Writing Fiction That Sells” offers ten hours of tips, techniques, and inspiration, and is available online via her website. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the U.S.

Synopsis:

Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder he didn’t commit, only Liv can save him.

About the Book:

Entrapped
Author: Barbara Kyle
Genre: Fiction – Thriller/Suspense
Published by: Barbara Kyle (June 15, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mild Sexuality
Format: eBook
ASIN: B0056AEQVI

You can find my complete review of Entrapped HERE but here is a snippet:

Entrapped by Barbara Kyle is the thrilling tale about the lengths people will go to in order to preserve the most important things in their lives. What things are considered important enough to risk everything? Family and friends? Business and financial success? Maybe even love? Either way, when you have two groups waging war against each other, sacrifices have to be made.

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Find and follow Barbara Kyle at:

Author Website
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the eBOOK at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Don’t forget to stop by my giveaway POST and enter to win your own eBook copy of Entrapped by Barbara Kyle!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Entrapped by Barbara Kyle November 15, 2011

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Description:

Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder he didn’t commit, only Liv can save him.

My Review:

Entrapped by Barbara Kyle is the thrilling tale about the lengths people will go to in order to preserve the most important things in their lives. What things are considered important enough to risk everything? Family and friends? Business and financial success? Maybe even love? Either way, when you have two groups waging war against each other, sacrifices have to be made.

Olivia had everything she dreamed of. After having a not so happy childhood, Liv is given the opportunity of a life time when she goes into a business partnership with brothers Mickey and Paul. She is currently CEO of the successful Falcon oil company and things can only go up. So when someone starts sabotaging their company, she makes it her mission to find out who is responsible. Going undercover was easy but what she learned in the process may change her outlook on life.

Tom Wainwright is just a man who wants to be left alone to tend his farm and raise his daughter. So when sour gas threatens his livestock causing numerous problems, he sets out to protect his land and everything his family has worked to achieve. After being rejected by all formal means, Tom takes matters into his own hands, using his hate as a driving force. Will his hate consume him before it is too late or will his enemy be a beacon of hope?

Barbara Kyle has written a story that will keep you reading until the end. Since true events were used for inspiration, it is hard not to feel for the characters in this story and it is sure to make you think about both sides involved. As mentioned in the book, everyone has a price, and reading Entrapped is sure to make you stop and think about what your price might be.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – Under The Neon Sky by Jay Rankin November 15, 2011

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Author Bio:

Jay Rankin was born in Los Angeles, but he grew up in Hollywood, Ca. He held some amazing jobs. He worked his way through college inside the locked unit of a psychiatric hospital, was a Los Angeles County Probation Officer, worked at several detention camps, was a bouncer at a country and western nightclub in Los Angeles and built custom homes in Connecticut and Las Vegas. Jay studied and received a Master’s degree in clinical psychology. He now lives in Los Angeles and where he is raising his 9-year-old son.

Synopsis:

Under The Neon Sky is a gripping, true story about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at one of the major hotels on the Strip. The sights, smells, and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey that will transform how we used to envision the city that never sleeps. We watch as this doorman begins to emotionally break and wonder if he will become broken seeing his friends, his wife, hotel guests, and himself cross too many boundaries in this riveting, page turning story.

You can find my complete review of Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story HERE but here is a snippet:

Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story by Jay Rankin gives us a candid look into working in one of the largest hotels in Las Vegas – the MGM. What goes on behind the scenes? People work very hard to make Las Vegas a tourist attraction, focusing on the fun that one can have in Vegas. The bright and shining neon lights. The shows and performances. Not to mention that fun to be had at Casinos. But in today’s society so many people are focused on their own paths, not paying attention to their surroundings, that it is easy to miss the things that are happening right in front of you.

If you missed my interview with Jay, check it out HERE and be sure to enter to win your own copy of Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story!

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Find and follow Jay Rankin:

Author Website
Twitter – Under the Neon Sky & Jay Rankin
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Happy Reading,

Jaidis