10/22/14

VABT Excerpt of Twinkle with sponsored giveaway.

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BOOK INFO
Publisher: SJ Parkinson (July 14, 2014)
Category: Science Fiction, Thriller
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Tour Date: October, 2014

Available in: Print & ebook, 600 Pages 

In the newest book from award winning author, SJ Parkinson, The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. 

In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone.

 The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos.

 Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope. A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction.

 They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.
Twinkle by SJ Parkinson - Excerpt:

Keith Hurst’s secure telephone rang, waking him from a sound sleep. He opened his eyes and looked at the LED clock on his nightstand.

 It said 3:12. As national security advisor to the president of the United States, middle-of-the-night calls were common.

His staff did their best to filter out the less important matters until his morning brief, but there were times when an emergency forced sleep into second place.

 Hurst grabbed the handset by the second ring. He had to wait for the encryption to handshake before he could say, “Hurst.”

“Good morning, sir. This is the night watch officer. We have several NSA intercepts from the following countries: India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia all placing their militaries on high alert.

We’ve had sporadic reports of multiple air, car, and rail accidents, resulting in thousands of deaths. Many radio and television stations have gone off the air in those countries.”

Hurst snapped on his bedside light and sat up. “Accidents? Do we know the cause?”

“No, sir. The strange thing is, NSA claims many of the foreign military units that were signaled never acknowledged the alert. There also appears to be a major communication disruption with U.S. CENTCOM units in Afghanistan and our embassies in the aforementioned countries.”

 “Are the comms being hacked, or is there some sort of natural phenomenon like sunspot interference?”

Concerned about the call, Hurst looked at the empty space beside him. His wife had left him several years before, directly because of the election campaign and the late-night calls.

“No, sir. Not that we can see. The circuits are up, and the phones are ringing, but no one is answering.”

Hurst swung his legs out of bed. Has someone come up with a way to simultaneously disrupt communications with American bases, embassies, and headquarters, or is this some sort of terrorist attack?

“Does NRO have anything on overhead imagery?”

“No, sir. No major troop movements in the CENTCOM area. In fact, NRO reports minimal movement overall.”

 “I’ll be in the office in thirty-five minutes. I’ll want everyone in for an early brief for the president. Get the joint chiefs and SECDEF up to speed. Warn the Secret Service that we may be moving POTUS with short notice. If this is an attack, I want to stay ahead of it. See if we can get drone surveillance of any U.S. bases in Afghanistan ASAP. We need answers.”

“Yes, sir.”

Hurst hung up and hit the bedside crash button to summon his protection detail. This was no time for subtlety. He needed to be in the White House as soon as humanly possible.

About SJ Parkinson:

Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions.

He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.

 Awards: Three “Outstanding in Genre” Gold Seal awards from Red Adept Publishing and Kindle Book of the Month award Oct 2013 by the People’s Choice Book Awards.

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10/21/14

A Secret Colton Baby {My Thoughts}

A Secret Colton Baby (The Coltons: Return to Wyoming #1)A Secret Colton Baby by Karen Whiddon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Harlequin
ISBN 037327890X (ISBN13: 9780373278909)
other editions None found
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
A new addition to Wyoming's most scandalous family;

Is Theo Colton the father of a baby dropped at his doorstep by a dying socialite? Even more shocked than the sexy bronc-riding champ is his beautiful cook, Ellie Parker. Just as she becomes the baby's nanny, she discovers a terrifying stalker has followed her to Dead River.

What's worse as a mysterious virus quarantines the town, danger goes viral, too. But to Theo and Ellie, the biggest dangers are their sizzling attraction and profound new feelings. Can Ellie tame the cowboy who wants nothing more than a wild ride with women? Or must she deny her heart to save his life?

My Thoughts
Theo Colton has made a life following the rodeo circuit, never staying in one place longer than it takes to compete, living from moment to moment without tying himself down in a serious relationship until the day that his world falls apart during a bronc riding mishap that caused him serious damage to his spine and put him in rehab for months.

No longer able to even ride a tame horse on his family ranch in Wyoming Theo believes that life without rodeo is no life he wishes to be a part of, that becomes a secondary worry the day a woman that he had spent a few nights with in the past shows up with a baby in tow that she claims he fathered. When the babies mother dies in the local clinic in town shortly after she collapses in his doorway Theo finds himself with not only a newborn daughter but having to fight the budding attraction to the woman that he has hired as a cook and now as nanny.

There are no real surprises in store as far as the romance between Ellie and Theo, it plays out about the way I expected and for the life of me not really sure why the two hooked up other than the fact that they are living in the same household.

Although I get it that Ellie and Theo have a great chemistry together, get that they both cherish baby Amelia and even understand how they could find themselves thinking they have fallen in love but for some reason it just never really works for me.

As a romantic suspense, for me, this was kind of lukewarm thrills wise and the identity of the villain stalking Ellie when revealed made perfect sense but still felt kind of off for me when all was said and done.

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10/17/14

As Long As You Love Me-2B Trilogy #2 {My Thoughts}

As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2)As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
ISBN 0373779844 (ISBN13: 9780373779840)
series 2B Trilogy #2
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Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons - missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But then there's the reason Lauren can't admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend's older brother.

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He's the guy who women love and leave, not the one who makes them think of forever - until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her.

Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

My Thoughts
It was kind of hard for me to really like Lauren Barrett in the first book I Want It That Way but now having learned what motivated her poor decision making and the real reasons why she blew off college and returned to her hometown of Sharon Nebraska she is a little easier to relate to as well as understand.

Rob Conrad, being the older brother of her best friend Nadia, did not have much of a role to play in the first book. He was however introduced as being the sibling who was undervalued in his parents eyes and that theme continues in this story as well.

As many problems as Lauren has she also has good insight into people so it is no real surprise when she is the first person to have seen past the outer package into the inner being of Rob, something he has a hard time believing after having been put down by so many people for so many years of his life for being just a “pretty face/hot body” rather than being smart or talented in comparison to his younger sister.

Rob also sees inside the true heart of Lauren, despite the issues that drove her to flunk out of college she has a good head on her shoulders and people smarts that are far beyond her age.

These two have known each other for so many years but never really connected one on one, it was delightful to see them becoming friends in their own right as well as finally finding out that the crush Lauren had on Rob was returned!

This felt like a much more believable romance than that of Nadia and Ty but that is not to say Lauren and Rob are a better couple just easier to relate to for me. The anxiety and poor self esteem issues addressed on behalf of Lauren and Rob just reinforced that no matter the outer package ones inner self can be damaged but appear fine.

I loved this as much as book one I Want It That Way and look forward to Max's story next.


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