The Murder That Never Was

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The Murder That Never Was

A Psychological Thriller by Andrea Kane

on Tour May 9 – June 9, 2016

Synopsis:

The Murder That Never Was by Andrea KaneGiven the opportunity, would you assume someone else’s identity and leave your old life behind? A serendipitous crossing of paths between Lisa Barnes, a down-on-her-luck job seeker, and Julie Forman, a personal trainer to an Olympic hopeful, forever changes the course of both women’s lives. One winds up dead and the other finds herself a fugitive, hiding behind one lie after another as a cold-blooded killer methodically hunts her. Desperately trying to stay alive, the terrified woman enlists the help of Forensic Instincts, a rogue investigative team that clandestinely operates in the gray area between legal and illegal. Safeguarding their client’s deception, Forensic Instincts digs into dangerous territory as they try to find out who’s after their client and why. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in Chicago, New Jersey, and Vermont as a megalomaniacal genius will stop at nothing to eradicate anyone who threatens the success of his medical breakthrough. With an unhinged client and a monstrous criminal enterprise as its adversary, Forensic Instincts is forced into uncharted territory to protect their client and save one of their own from becoming the next corpse. Forensic Instincts is an unorthodox, criminal investigative team that carefully navigates the fine line between legal and illegal. The team consists of a behaviorist, a former Navy SEAL, a techo-wiz, an intuitive, a pickpocket, a retired FBI agent, and a human scent evidence dog.”
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Our Review by Felita Daniels / 384 Pages

This is one of those novels where you are introduced to a number of characters, what’s happening in their lives and their challenges.  Then you continue on and see that they are on a collision course.  Who gets to who first, will give a pivotal turn to the story. Someone that takes an action or tells a person something here, has a domino consequence on someone else there.

I liked the idea of the Forensic Instincts team. They are pros at what they do.  I liked Lisa and Milo also.  There were a few times where I wish we could have stayed with some of the characters a little longer before switching to another viewpoint or location.  I felt jerked around a bit.

There were also a number of coincidences that may have some wondering if that line was crossed once too many times. I can get past the two women who look so alike they could be mistaken for each other, living together. That’s a unique set up to the plot.  But when two folks in the Forensic Instincts team independently get interested in two other characters, states away, without a client’s request, and those two characters end up… well, that was a stretch for me.  Maybe it won’t be for you.

Overall, a solid good read. Anyone that enjoys thrillers will take a liking to this series.  This particular book has a touch of scientific “breakthrough” slant to it, with a dash of computer investigating.

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Lincoln Park

Chicago, Illinois

May 17th

Lisa opened the front door and peeked down the street. The sun was starting to dip down toward the horizon, and there was still no sign of her benefactor.

The May evening was still warm enough to sit outside, and Lisa needed the air anyway. After a full day of waiting on rich women and a few hours of deep house cleaning, she was ready to relax.

She poured herself a glass of ice tea and went out to the front porch, sitting on the top step to enjoy the evening and wait for Julie to arrive.

About a half hour later, she spotted Julie coming down the street. She was striding angrily, gripping a bag in her hands. Even from a distance, Lisa could see that something was very wrong. As she approached, Lisa could see that she was shaking.

This wasn’t a bad mood. This was bad.

Lisa’s stomach clenched. She rose and put her ice tea on the small outdoor table.

She was just about to hurry down to see what was wrong when a car sped down the street, stopping right next to Julie. The passenger door flew open, and a barrel-chested man with tattoos on his arms stepped out. He was holding a gun.

Julie turned, startled, and dropped the bag she was carrying to the sidewalk.

She didn’t even have time to scream.

It happened in two seconds. Pop. Pop. Two muffled gunshots, straight into her head. The killer grabbed the bag off the sidewalk and jumped back into the car, which then screeched off.

Julie had crumpled to the street, blood gushing from her skull, the contents of her purse spilling out around her. Cosmetics, wallet, cell phone—everything rolled onto the street.

For an instant, Lisa froze, bile rising in her throat.

Then, she raced down the stairs and straight to Julie’s lifeless body.

She squatted down. No pulse. No sign of life. Julie was gone.

Had those bullets been meant for her? Had they found her after all these years?

Lisa’s head flew up, and she looked all around. The block was deserted. The killer had used a silencer, and no one had heard the shots but her.

It was just her.

What the hell should she do? If the drug ring was after her, they’d come for her again as soon as they realized they’d killed the wrong girl.

Unless they never found out.

Self-preservation took over. Lisa reached over and grabbed Julie’s wallet, cell phone, checkbook, keys—anything that could identify her as Julie Forman.

Digging into her own pocket, Lisa pulled out her ID wallet and dropped it next to Julie’s purse.

That’s all the time she had. She could already hear sirens approaching, which meant that someone had heard the screech of tires, and maybe even seen Julie’s body, and called for help. She prayed they hadn’t spotted her. She couldn’t wait around to find out.

Shaking violently, with tears of sorrow and panic splashing down her cheeks, she glanced one last time at Julie’s body.

Then she took off.


The foregoing is excerpted from The Murder That Never Was by Andrea Kane. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC.

Author Bio:

Andrea KaneANDREA KANE’s psychological thriller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, became an instant New York Times bestseller, the latest in a long string of smash hits. With her acclaimed signature style of developing unforgettable characters and weaving them into carefully researched story lines, Kane has created Forensic Instincts, an eclectic team of maverick investigators. Recruited because of their special talents and dynamic personalities, the high-energy members thrive on blatantly disregarding authority. Armed with skills and talents honed by years in the FBI and Special Forces, and with training in behavioral and forensic psychology, this unstoppable team solves seemingly impossible cases while walking a fine line between assisting and enraging law enforcement.

With a worldwide following and novels published in over twenty languages, Kane is also the author of numerous romantic thrillers and historical romances. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is busily crafting a new challenge for Forensic Instincts.

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The Young Vampire’s Survival Guide

Cover Young Vampire's Survival GuideAbout the Book by Lucy Eldritch

Within a month of being bitten, it cost the life of Robert James’ best friend. Within a year, hundreds had died. All because of him.

Until he was bitten, Robert James was a regular college student. Now he seems to be the reluctant future of vampire kind and his world has been turned upside down. Pursued by the Dawn Warriors – a group dedicated to cleansing the world of evil – Robert’s survival is at stake. Literally.

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Deception Island

About the Book by Brynn Kelly

Cover ArtA stolen boy
A haunted soldier
A cornered conwoman

Rafe Angelito thought he was done with the demons from his past—until his son is kidnapped. Blackmailed into abducting an American heiress, the Legionnaire soon finds himself trapped in paradise with a fiery, daring beauty who’s nothing he expects … and everything he desires. But when he uncovers her own dark secret, Rafe realizes he’s made a critical mistake—one that could cost him everything.

Playing body double for a spoiled socialite was supposed to be Holly Ryan’s ticket to freedom. But when she’s snatched off her yacht by a tall, dark and dangerous stranger, the not-quite-reformed con artist will make a desperate play to turn her captor from enemy to ally, by any means necessary.

As scorching days melt into sultry nights, Holly is drawn to the mysterious capitaine, with his unexpected sense of honor and his searing touch. When they’re double-crossed, they’ll have to risk trusting each other in ways they never imagined. Because in this deadly game of deception, it’s their lives—and hearts—on the line.

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About Author Shelly Brimley

Ten things most people probably don’t know about Shelly Brimley

  1. I wish that I’d been more ambitious when it came to sports growing up. I always really Author Photo Shelly Brimleyloved sports, but I felt insecure because the sister just above me was an amazing athlete. I had such an opportunity to learn from her, but I felt inferior, and I allowed it to sway me away from something I wanted to do.
  2. I get along well with most people, but I don’t deeply connect to very many.
  3. I love going to the movies, but I always secretly wonder if the person who sat in my seat before me had lice. I heard a news story about that several years ago and it has been forever implanted in my brain!
  4. I have the “I’m pretty sure I can do that” illness. I look at something that needs to be done, having absolutely no experience or knowledge of how to do it, and attempt it anyway. The disease must be hereditary because I got it from my Mom…who can, by the way, do anything. Tiling my bathrooms and kitchen, and reupholstering a recliner and a couch are just a couple of the ridiculous things I’ve blindly taken on.
  5. I love Neapolitan ice cream with Ritz crackers crushed up into it.
  6. I have an Ommaya reservoir in my head.
  7. I am fairly reserved, especially around people I don’t know or in large groups.
  8. I have an innate need to create things. It is one of the strongest driving forces within me. One of my favorite things to do is write little songs for each of my kids to help them learn how to spell their names.
  9. I have a soft spot for elderly people.
  10. I try to identify at least one good quality in every person I meet, and I am utterly moved by almost every act of kindness, be it great or small.

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Bargain Alert- Author Tools

Folding Table 2I just wanted to quickly share a bargain with the authors here.  Sometimes we have an opportunity to do a book signing somewhere and tables are an issue.  There aren’t enough, or you are to supply your own.  Maybe you aren’t as athletic as you used to be and carrying a large fold up table is out of the question.

I spotted a 4 foot folding table at Aldi’s this weekend for $24.99.

Now, they don’t stock merchandise for long. It’s like a rotating isle for them.  In Knoxville, the ad said valid the week of May 18th. I don’t know how their ads run.  I’m guessing 18th to the 25th.  So there’s only two days left to get this possibly.

But this one folds up to a nice size. It could fit in the back seat of a car, you wouldn’t have to have a SUV or van.  I’m  going to put a picture in the post so you can see that it even has a way to adjust the height.  You can make it 22 inches high, or 25.5 or 29.5 high.

It is 24 inches deep (2 feet) and 47.74 long when unfolded.  Of course, this could have some uses around the house during the holidays and when you might want to work on some sewing or crafty projects.  But it is a tool I think an author could take advantage of having. If you can’t swing getting this at present, make a mental note to keep a look out for a bargain like this after the holidays.  Remember when you are making your annual budget and business plan (you are doing this, aren’t you?) to allocate some money for a tool like this along with your swag.

P. S. I am not in any way connected to Aldi’s or paid for this write up.  I did buy one, but I haven’t brought it in from the car yet to unwrap it.

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Quiet in the Realm

About the book by Author Joseph Sutton
Epic Fantasy, 520 Pages

Cover RealmThe realm is quiet.

In the capital, idleness has corrupted mind and body alike following the longest peace in living memory, but the threat of whispers are rising again in courtrooms and alehouses across the land. Rumours are spreading like some toxic wildfire, leaving a trail of suspicion in their wake. Some are brave enough to dig for answers, but many more schemers want to fill the hole in and keep their secrets buried deep.

Ever more marriage pacts loom in such uncertain times, and wedding bells chime almost nightly, but reputations trail every nobleman, and some are more harrowing than others would believe.

Far from the mutter words and fancy pursuits of such highborns, the villages are suffering. Food is sparse, and even the young have long grown hungry. When stomachs churn and beggars go without, the laws of any realm would be tested to the letter.

Far away, across the Misty Sea, a stranger sits. Rich, powerful, but shrouded in mystery, the city that few care to speak of could have a part to play. But who, if anyone, will befriend this silent stranger?

The realm is quiet, for now.

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Reviewed by Guest Reviewer, the Twisted Book Carmudgeon

Quiet in the Realm follows the trials and tribulations of many characters in a land full of evil deeds. Told in multiple points of view, the story centers on a land that is on the brinks of war. The author allows the reader to see the truth in each class in this corrupt society.  The characters seem complex and the plot and realm created seem so real.

I enjoyed the saga style of story-telling and also, how it is grounded on the concept of good versus evil.  It is reminiscent of classic novels in its style of writing.   This is not for a very young reader as it has lots of violence and even some racy bits.  It does have an excellent use of high school plus vocabulary and gives explicit descriptions of the characters, events and scenery in the story.

The main issues I had with this work is that it is very detailed in its descriptions, leaving little to the imagination of the reader. Alas, I found myself skipping parts and skim reading because it dragged the story down, rather than maintaining the pace.

The author uses large words and complex sentences, which are fine, but the work is rather busy. There are multiple characters and minutia of every day life, combined with the language, added a layer of complexity that the story could have done without. While in hindsight, the information and different points of view gave an insight into the society, I do feel that condensing some aspects of the story would have helped drive the main plot. I enjoy the red herrings and signals that information would be important later on.

The author and story has enormous potential. I look forward to future offerings.

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Our only rules for winning: 1 Entry Per Person (plus the additional entries you get for referring friends) and You Must LOVE Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy!

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Hatred Day

How T.S. Pettibone Came Up with the Cover

The concept for Hatred Day’s cover took a lot more brainstorming than we care to admit. Initially, we only knew that we wanted the cover to be simple yet striking. Also, because Hatred Day is a series, we knew we had to come up with a concept that could be transferred to all the covers in the series.

HatredDayEventually, we both agreed that the concept with the most creative leeway was to place a different character on the cover of each book. Of course, it was an obvious decision to feature the protagonist, Snofrid, on Hatred Day’s cover, but book two will feature one of the larger supporting characters. Fortunately, we won’t have to do quite as much brainstorming, though, as we nearly have that cover all mapped out.

Once the cover concept had been agreed upon, we discussed color combinations. We immediately knew that we wanted the cover to have a strong focal point, which is one of the reasons we chose to make the gasmask red. The second reason was because, psychologically, the color red has a physical effect; it stimulates the spectator and raises their pulse rate. To contrast the harshness and ferocity of the gasmask, we dressed Snofrid in an elegant white dress. The motive behind this decision was to showcase our world, which is essentially a blend of horror and beauty.

On that note, we covered Snofrid’s face with a gasmask for two reasons. Firstly, because gasmasks are an integral part of our world. They are always worn by our characters while they are outdoors because the air in our world has been polluted and is no longer safe to breathe. Secondly, we know that many people, ourselves included, prefer to imagine what each character looks like as opposed to being shown.

Hatred Day’s cover was produced by an online company called 99Designs, which was recommend to us by a fellow author. Basically, you can either commission a one-on-one project with the artist of your choice, or you can hold a contest where several artists will enter designs based off of your concept. The first time we used the site we held a contest, and through it, we discovered a wonderful Indonesian artist who we eventually commissioned to digitally paint our cover. Ultimately, we were so impressed with his work that we now commission him to do all of our artwork.

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Simply The Best

A Collection of International Digital Award Winning Romances by Authors L.A. Sartor, Laurel O’Donnell, Kathy L Wheeler, Dale Mayer, Charity Tahmaseb, and Cynthia A Clement

This collection of multi-genre romances features winning novels from the International Digital Awards, including historical, suspense/thriller, short historical, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult. Simply the Best of all worlds!

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Haunted by Death ~ Dale Mayer

Death haunts anthropologist Meg Pearce…

In her last summer before college, an innocent camping trip ended in a friend’s disappearance…and destroyed her life.

 

Angel’s Assassin ~ Laurel O’Donnell

When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

 

Be Mine This Christmas Night ~ L. A. Sartor

At Christmas, finding love and a family seems even more possible…unless you’re keeping a secret.

 

A Hunter 4 Rescue ~ Cynthia Clement

Worlds Apart. Joined by Love

A unit of elite alien warriors, known as Hunters, crash lands on earth and their leader is torn between getting his men to safety or protecting the human woman he has bonded with.

 

The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet ~ Charity Tahmaseb

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all

No one expects the girl who has mastered the art of keeping quiet to join the speech team. But Jolia does. When a crush-worthy rival offers to coach her in secret, she can’t say no. But secrets have a price, and this one might cost Jolia everything.

 

The Mapmaker’s Wife ~ Kathy L Wheeler

In the midst of his worn-torn country, love posed the greater danger.

A flippant proposal and an attack on her person finds one young woman married to the mapmaker who only needs someone to take control of his ungovernable child. Feelings quickly shift into something less platonic and when the enemy gains vital secrets, her suspicions land her in jail.

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