Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My review and Interview with Johnny Ray on his new book: The Salsa Connection

I am pleased to announce another great book of well known

Author Johnny Ray 

Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for Best 

Romantic Thriller in 2012




Title: THE SALSA CONNECTION—AN INTERNATIONAL ROMANTIC THRILLER 
Author: Johnny Ray
Length: 93,000 word 
Awards: Royal Palm Literary Award for best thriller. 
Published by: SIR JOHN PUBLISHING
Available at: Amazon  
The story moves from the salsa clubs of St. Petersburg, Russia to New York to Louisiana and, finally, to Italy. The red-hot thread of the dance runs through a novel that explores the Russian mob, slavery and prostitution rings, and the art world, as well as love, loss, revenge and the strength of family ties.

Blurb: When Nickolay Panov left St Petersburg, Russia to go to New York City for an international ballet competition 25 years ago, he was considered one of the best ballet dancers in Russia.  The Americans say he was murdered. The Russians say he defected.  In any case, he never returned. Just before Nickolay disappeared, several priceless paintings and icons from a major museum were stolen.  While he was accused of the theft, no solid proof has ever been offered to tie him to it. However, evidence shows that the stolen goods were shipped to America. The CIA and the Russian Government are still pursuing all leads connected to the heist, and so is the Russian mafia.Sveta was three years old when her father disappeared, so it’s a shock when, in the mail, she receives an invitation to a salsa dance competition in New York. At the bottom of the invitation is a note: “Please come to the competition and enter, my little lady.”  No one but her father has ever called her that. Why has her father surfaced after all these years? Sveta wants answers, even if it means entering the late-night, sultry world of salsa dancing in St Petersburg and New York City and coming into uncomfortably close contact with the Russian mob.

Author's Interview:

1.       Where did the idea come from for the book? 
My Wife is Russian and it was easy to use experiences I had in getting her to the United States. I have also danced salsa for my entire life.
2.       What genre does your book fall under? 
It is a mixture of suspense, mystery, romance and a family saga. The romance will sneak up on you and you will not realize it until you finish the book.
3.       Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jennifer Lawrence would be good as Sevta, and perhaps Zac Efron as Danny, Also Jane Seymour for Seveta’s mom, and if he was still alive Patrick Swayze as her father.
4.       What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
The red-hot thread of the salsa dance runs through this novel that explores the Russian mob, slavery and prostitution rings, and the art world, as well as love, loss, revenge and the strength of family ties.
 5.       Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will go through my own publishing company SIR JOHN PUBLISHING
6.       How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
The first draft was about 6 months, but I have worked on it for over 6 years since then.
7.       What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
 This is an interesting question and I read a lot, I can’t think of one close to this.
8.       Who or What inspired you to write this book? 
My wife who was born in Russia and my love of dancing salsa.
9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
 When Nickolay Panov left St Petersburg, Russia to go to New York City for an international ballet competition 25 years ago, he was considered one of the best ballet dancers in Russia.  The Americans say he was murdered. The Russians say he defected.  In any case, he never returned. Just before Nickolay disappeared, several priceless paintings and icons from a major museum were stolen.  While he was accused of the theft, no solid proof has ever been offered to tie him to it. However, evidence shows that the stolen goods were shipped to America. The CIA and the Russian Government are still pursuing all leads connected to the heist, and so is the Russian mafia. Sveta was three years old when her father disappeared, so it’s a shock when, in the mail, she receives an invitation to a salsa dance competition in New York. At the bottom of the invitation is a note: “Please come to the competition and enter, my little lady.”  No one but her father has ever called her that. Why has her father surfaced after all these years? Sveta wants answers, even if it means entering the late-night, sultry world of salsa dancing in St Petersburg and New York City and coming into uncomfortably close contact with the Russian mob. She never expected to find the love of her life along the way.

About the author

JOHNNY RAY
AUTHOR OF THE ROMANTIC THRILLERS

Johnny Ray is an award winning novelist who won the Royal Palm literary award for best thriller and is quickly making a name for himself as the master of the romantic thriller. 
He loves social interaction with his readers and can be found on
He can also reach by e-mailing him at sirjohn@wwisp.com,
or you can just follow him on his blog at www.sirjohn.us
for updates and future releases.

                Johnny Ray’s previous works include:

THE REJECTION LETTER
Published by Sir John Publishing in 2011

THE HERITAGE
Published by Sir John Publishing in 2011

MODELS AND LOVERS
Published by Sir John Publishing in 2012

HER HONOR’S BODYGUARD
Published by Sir John Publishing in 2012

FOR LOVE AND VENGEANCE
Published by Sir John Publishing in 2012

                           More information on these can be found on his kindle author page

My 5 Star review

The first thing you notice when you start to read this new book of the author is his love of Salsa dancing. His in depth look at this exotic and very sensual dance that brought all the characters of the story together in New York City.
We are taken from St. Petersburg in Russia to New York in USA to Tuscany, Italy visiting the night life and introduced to the beautiful dance and the training to make this a beautiful and sensual dance. 
The suspense building as Sveta learns that her father after twenty-five years is still alive. The strong willed woman made decisions to follow every lead with what she has. Joining a exhausting training schedule to learn all she can to get to America. On her journey we met her good friend Olya, Denis, Andrew, Danny, her boss and her mother. The mafia follows her trail and people started to get murdered. Doors open up to make her dream come true and she embarked on a adventure of a life time.
Danny was a wonderful young man that had all the best attentions and lead her further on her quest. His willingness to help and making sure she was safe as a true gentleman should do. A man of his word.
Secrets unraveled as you get closer to the end. Interesting and well written plot right through the end.
I really enjoyed this book with all its interesting twists to keep you wondering if she would find what she was looking for while capturing the man' heart as her own.
Once again a very good book I can recommend to all suspense readers with a touch of romance on the side. Traveling the world and learning to appreciate the passion filled dance of Salsa.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Naughty & Nice Hop Enter to win your copy

Welcome to the Naughty and Nice Hop

With Random House and CBLS Promotions



The prizes are as follows & Random House will be responsible for the giveaway 
Prizes - R@R is giving away (must be 18 or older to participate):
·  15 Net Galley Preview copy winners of Naughty & Nice +
·  5 ABOUT LAST NIGHT paper giveaways (US only) +
·  Grand Prize of $15 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice!!

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Promotion weekend 27-28 Oct 2010 For A Pirate's Wife





To commemorate the book launch in South Africa I am giving my ebook away for free for the weekend 27-28 October 2012 on Smashwords. 
Available in all formats.

Rosa Lee Almaida grew up in a sheltered life in the middle of Africa. Meeting her father was the only good thing that came out of it. The man honored by all sailors on sea for his bravery and unconditional love. He was her hero the example of how her husband must be one day. Now twenty years later she is forced to return to the seas that took the life of many. 



Friday, October 26, 2012

My Review for Chupacabra A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels




Title: The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels
Author: Stephen Randel

233 pages
Publisher: Knuckleball Press
August 19, 2012
Genre: Dark Comedy

Available at: Amazon

Blurb
He is called El Barquero. He makes his trade along the border, smuggling guns and killing without remorse. As he faces his one last mission, his perfect plan is unwittingly foiled by Avery, a paranoid loner obsessed with global conspiracy theories who spends most of his time crafting absurd and threatening letters to anyone who offends him. That means pretty much everyone. 

What unfolds is a laugh out loud dark comedy of madcap adventure stretching from Austin to the West Texas border featuring a lunatic band of civilian border militia, a group of bingo-crazed elderly ladies (one packing a pistol nearly as long as her arm), a murderous and double-crossing cartel boss, a burned-out hippy, and a crotchety retired doctor and his pugnacious French bulldog. Read it to believe it.

Bio:
Stephen Randel, CFA, was born in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University. Steve now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and their two rescue dogs.

Expert #1


"To: President and CEO
TummyTuck 9000
Dear Sir,
I’m writing to express my extreme displeasure with your
latest product, the TummyTuck 9000. In a nutshell, your
revolutionary, state-of-the-art, laboratory-tested, patent-
pending, doctor-approved, celebrity-endorsed, portable,
battery-operated, electronic abdominal stimulation
exercise device sucks Himalayan yak testes. Although
the product is purported to stimulate the muscles of the
abdominal region over nine thousand times in a ten-minute
period, after two weeks of using said torture device,
I’ve seen no noticeable improvement in my physique. In
particular, the conditioning and definition of my upper
and lower abdominals, oblique muscles, and intercostals
is significantly worse than when I began your training
regimen of lies. Instead of sporting a “Sexy, Athletic Six
Pack of Firm, Toned Muscle” as promised, I find myself
afflicted with debilitating back spasms, excruciating
abdominal swelling, and pain when I urinate. According
to my team of personal physicians at the famed Mayo
Clinic, emergency abdominoplasty may be required to
surgically repair the damage your insidious equipment
has caused me before it becomes permanently irreversible.
I am currently awaiting the results of a second
opinion from my team of specialists at Johns Hopkins
Hospital. Additionally, according to your felonious halfhour
TV commercial, once beginning your daily program,
I would immediately appear more attractive, virulent,
confident, secure, and energetic. None of this has materialized.
Bevies of beautiful, voluptuous, tan, bikini-clad
women wearing high heels do not approach me unannounced
on the street and beg to caress my midriff as
your miserable advertisement so clearly illustrates they
would. I’m assuming this is why you only broadcast your
pathetic infomercial of deceit in the early morning hours.
I demand immediate quittance of the first of my “Three
Easy Payments of Only $19.99.” Please be completely
aware that if you fail to immediately reverse payment on
my Diners Club card, or have the audacity to charge me
for the two remaining payments, I will unleash my unholy
legion of permanently retained attorneys to destroy you!
By Zeus I swear.
Sincerely,
Avery Bartholomew Pendleton"

Expert #2


"Some five hundred miles west of Austin, the entire brigade of
militia had gathered in the physical training and hand-to-hand
combat gymnasium of STRAC-BOM’s headquarters. General
X-Ray paced down the row of men, each of whom had meticulously
arranged his gear and weapons in front of his. In addition
to his desert combat fatigues, the General wore a vintage
World War II tanker helmet with matching goggles propped
on top. He slowly walked down the line, examining the eclectic
collection of spare fatigues, dehydrated food, plastic gallon
jugs of water, tents, and sleeping bags.
“Private Foxtrot!” the General bellowed. “Where is your
duct tape?”
“Right here, sir,” the private replied, pulling the tape from
his rucksack. “Forgot to take it out. Sorry, sir.”
“Don’t let it happen again, private,” the General scolded.
“Each man is required to carry the appropriate equipment for
immobilizing prisoners at all times.”
Continuing down the row, the General surveyed his troops’
weapons. They were an odd mix of old shotguns and deer rifles.
The General, however, sported a pair of silver pistols with ivory
grips holstered at his waist.
“Fire Team Leader Bravo!” the General barked. “How many
rounds of ammunition for your weapon?”
“Seventeen rounds for my scatter gun, sir,” Fire Team
Leader Bravo responded. “But ten of them got wet when them
Mexican Federales tossed me off the bridge.”
“Well, mind you use the dry ones first.”
“Aye-aye, sir.”
Resuming his review, the General noticed a Louisville
Slugger with a taped handle resting in front of Fire Team
Leader Charlie. He bent over at the waist to closely examine the
baseball bat, and then slowly turned his gaze up to its owner.
“I know what you’re thinking, general,” Fire Team Leader
Charlie said sheepishly. “But my brother-in-law took my deer
rifle for a hunting trip in New Mexico this weekend. This was
the best I could do.”
“See here, Fire Team Leader,” the General said. “I will not
have you endangering our mission because you surrendered
your weapon to a civilian. Fire Team Leader Alpha! What additional
weapons do we have in the armory?”
“Sir, I believe we have a pellet gun remaining,” Fire Team
Leader Alpha responded. “Maybe a wrist rocket, too.”
“Good man,” the General replied. “Fire Team Leader
Charlie, retrieve both weapons from the armory, but make sure
you sign them out first.”
“Yes, sir.”
Reaching the last man in the row, the General noticed
something odd.
“Private Zulu!” the General shouted as he pointed to the
offending object with his riding crop. “What in the hell is that
thing?”
“A handheld video game, sir,” the private responded. “I just
got the new Zombie Slaughter 5.0 yesterday.”
“There are absolutely no video games allowed in night
operations!” the General bellowed.
“If it helps, I can play it with my headphones on,” the private
responded timidly.
“Out of the question!” the General roared. “The enemy
could spot the illumination of the screen from miles away.
You’ll jeopardize the safety of every man on the mission. Hand
it over immediately.”
The despondent private offered the game up.
“Headphones, too.”
“Here, sir.”




My 5 Star review
A really good read. 
It was all that the author promised. Dark comedy expertly laced in a interesting plot which involved the drug cartel, murder and paranoid characters. 
Adding a small dog with a superior complex and you find your self reading the book with a smile on your face. Chuckles and shaking the head for the stupidity of the characters a definite during the read.
The five old ladies colored it in with their quirky comments, insane driving and a general love for people. While the murderer roamed the desert adding suspense to the realistic plot as it unfolds.
I really liked all the characters, each bringing his/her own unique characteristics into the story. From the obnoxious Avery who thinks the government is after him to Ziggy a old hippy, and every one else in between. Playing their parts beautifully to entertain you during the suspense story of drug shipments, murder and schemes. All the quirks and laughs adding to suspense filled story.
The cliffhanger end was a bit disappointing and I hope that the author would continue with the story so that we can learn more from the characters continued lives and if Avery would finally be stopped. 

{Rolling the eyes.} Really do we get people like that?
Get the book and see for your self. {smile}

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Interview with Lynelle Clark and Book Launch announcement


Thank you for all the support

1. What is the working title of your book?
A Pirate's Wife

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I read a book a few years back from one of our local author's Ena Murray. The gripping tale had me hooked and within days I finished the book. Really living into the whole unfolded drama and wondering if the heroin and hero would come together. Up until the last page I really hoped for such a reunion. Although the couple did fell into each others arms and the "The End" Appeared at the last page there was just too many questions to consider this a happy ending. Agitated and let down I let the imagination run wild and when I started to write in 2010 this was one of the stories I wrote. Finishing it as I thought. Of course I changed many things so that I could not be accused of stealing but at the end the Pirate's Wife was born. Incorporating the previous plot and continue with brand new characters.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Historical Romance, Adventure

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The roll of Roberto, the Pirate is easy Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I love his rough manly looks. Deep voice and Beautiful green eyes but yet a gentleman.
For the roll of Rosa Lee, I have to think. After looking through a list I had to settle on Jessica Biel. Adventurous and strong willed, ready to protect those she love but yet beautiful and a lady.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Never judge a book by its cover

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self Published

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A Month. But after that it took more than a year to polish it as it is.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I will have to stay with Ena Murray's books, Wille Martin both South African Writers. They had the ability to take you on a journey and kept you glued to the pages leaving you bereft when the story was done. Their ability to write good plots with strong characters assured that you would return to their books time after time.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Already answered in question 2. I also have to add numerous other author's inspired me. Their ability to color with words, creating pictures in your mind and see the story unfold before your very own eyes.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
The story line is filled with adventure and romance. I tried to show that the hero is also human. Dealing with his emotions in a mature fashion. Allowed them both to know each other on mutual ground without any preconceived ideas from both sides. Both new what they wanted. Old enough to admit their feelings and willing to do something about it. Laying the foundation of what love is all about, trust. But this only came because of honoring parents wisdom, relying on their influences to make the correct call when loving some one and trusting that he or she would have your back. Love is only the glue that brings us together as husband and wife but to stay together you need to feel safe and secure. Protected when everything else turns against you.
A spiritual lesson for every one to consider when taking that path.

A Pirate's Wife Book Trailer
Available at: Amazon/ Smashwords

Contact mail address: aspiredwriter2012@gmail.com





Friday, October 19, 2012

Introduction to Destine by Katherine Polillo

Title: Destine (book 1)
Author: Katherine Polillo
Series: The Watcher's Trilogy
Pages: 255
Published: Anchor Group Publishing

Available at Amazon

BLURB
Michelle Cross is an average, seventeen year old girl growing up in a small town in New Jersey. Up until her senior year, her life has consisted of a rather unglamorous existence. Her closet friend Cami has been by her side since kindergarten, she has a loving if somewhat absente father, and a mother who is unique to say the least. Michelle’s mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was twelve years old, and ever since then she has had delusions of angels and demons battling over her only child. Michelle accepts her mother’s delusions as schizophrenic ramblings, until a handsome new boy finds her at school. Little by little Michelle’s world is turned upside down. The new boy claims to be the Archangel Gabriel cast from heaven, her best friend falls for the Antichrist, and come to find out Michelle’s mother has seen it coming all along. So instead of being consumed with prom and graduation, Michelle finds herself battling the evils of Hell in her small town. The four horsemen of the apocalypses have descended on her high school and with the help of Gabriel, her very own angel; she must stop the events leading to the apocalypse. What surprises Michelle even more than her role in saving humanity is the love that develops between Gabriel and herself. Can their love bridge the world between heaven and earth? Can Michelle stop the powers of Hell in time? Michelle and Gabriel find themselves the pawns in a very dangerous game between an ancient power with a mysterious message and Satan himself.

 Contact her at: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WatchersTrilogy

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guest Post and review of RIVERWALKER.


Join Bud Bradshaw, author of the thriller mystery RIVERWALKER, as he virtually tours the blogosphere in September and October, 2012 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.


Title: Riverwalker
Author: Bud Bradshaw
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Pages: 247

Available at: Amazon

Blurb:

RIVERWALKER features the character debut of San Antonio PD veteran detective Gifford Holloway, a former Special Agent with Army Intelligence.  Holloway is in pursuit of the most despicable of criminals, a savage murderer who victimizes children and dumps their remains in the water and along the banks of San Antonio’s beautiful and world-renowned Riverwalk attraction.
Frustrated at the lack of progress on the case and spurred on by an encounter with the mysterious Madame Candelaria, a local psychic, Holloway contemplates calling upon his special gift of “seeing”, though officially off-limits within the SAPD, to help solve the case and bring an end to the terror.  Along the way, Holloway finds an ally in the capable and sensuous newspaper reporter, Salma Veramendi, who carries her own history of abuse
On the bend of the river looms Adler’s Antiques, a historical landmark owned and operated by Wolff Adler, a drug-pumping psychopath descended from a familial line of predators dating back to post-World War I Germany.   Himself a victim of horrendous child abuse, Adler is the offspring of a Nazi father and a Mexican bruja, a witch who practiced the “old” religion.  Operating from deep within his secret lair beneath the Alamo, San Antonio’s most recognizable and sacred shrine, Adler assumes the guise of Tlaloc, Aztec god of storm, thunder, and … child sacrifice.  Adler’s demonic reign of terror, acting upon a distorted internal belief system – a synthesis of Norse mythology and ancient Aztec practices – has a stranglehold on the residents of San Antonio.   Wolff Adler has become the RiverWalker.
When his own daughter is suddenly abducted, Holloway pulls out all the stops and, with Salma by his side, closes in on the killer in a gripping climax.

About Bud Bradshaw
Bud Bradshaw’s fictional work,“RIVERWALKER,” is his second work, the first being“BRANDISHING,” the true-crime story of the California Highway Patrol’s worst tragedy.  His previous formal writing experience consisted of med-legal report writing – chiefly as a Qualified Medical Evaluator and Disability Evaluator – and Intelligence report writing while he served as a Special Agent with the Army’s 109th MI Group from 1969-71.
As an artist, Bradshaw’s work focuses on military history and the American West.  Many of his paintings, prints, and Giclees appear in private collections and museums in the U.S., Canada, England, Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia. He is a member of the Western Artists of America.
Along the way, Bradshaw worked as a professional musician while earning his B.S. and D.C. degrees.  

You may view his web site and blog at www.budbradshaw.com/blog


Added bonus

About the author
The inspiration for Riverwalker came from many sources, not the least of which was a meeting held many years ago at the home of my friend, Joseph Musso, a man whose many talents are widely recognized through his contributions to the fields of art, cinema, and American history. On the night of our meeting, Joe played for me a taped recording of a session he had held some years previous with the renowned Dutch psychic Peter Hurkos, during which Mr. Hurkos had conducted a “reading” of an object Joe had brought with him. The reading had an immediate and lasting impact on the life of Joe Musso, and has become an integral part of the legendary pedigree of what we now recognize as the “Musso Bowie” knife. A remarkable weapon --- the size of a Roman short sword, yet light as a feather --- it is the very real knife described in detail within the pages of this manuscript.  After listening to the recording, my imagination began working overtime; a story began to take shape, a frightening tale of vengeance meted out by the ghost of Jim Bowie. Over time, however, the story shifted course and gradually evolved into its current form --- Riverwalker --- a blend of fact and fiction. For my own purposes, and to briefly categorize some of the salient devices and characters utilized, I respectfully submit the following:

FICTIONAL ELEMENTS:  All the primary characters in this story are fictional composites, including Holloway, Selma, Madam Candelaria, and all members of the Adler family. The serial murders committed by Adler never happened; and no one, as far as I know, has plans to destroy the Alamo, although in 1836 General Sam Houston had ordered Jim Bowie, the Alamo’s Commandant, to do just that. The Dickinson Diary, along with its implications, is a fictional enhancement, no more historical fact than the character “Flaca” or the fabricated “Santa Ana” letter concocted by Davy Crockett (John Wayne) and addressed to his men as a motivational ruse in Wayne’s 1960 movie: The Alamo. It is a simple, incontrovertible truth that many of our highly cherished historical movies contain such fictional literary contrivances.

FACTUAL ELEMENTS:  The “Tablets,” as described in the story, are real things; the Aztec and Norse pantheons and their practices are historically established; the art and practice of remote viewing has been utilized by our military; and the very real Intersex Community, largely misunderstood in the past, is gradually making more of its story known through the various media. The colorful history of San Antonio, Texas, rests securely in the arms of truth; and the world-famous River Walk is beautifully real. Most regretfully, it is also true that there are parents who sell their children; N.A.M.B.L.A. is real; and child predators, herein personified by Karl Wolff Adler, do exist and unfortunately have always existed. In plain sight they walk among us, befriend us, gain our trust; then, with suddenness they strike and our children are abused beyond description, sometimes gone forever. Not only are such predators the great sad scar upon the face of Man, they represent our most profound failure; because, like it or not, they are part of us. And, unless we fervently work to abolish this evil, it will certainly be to our great discredit, perhaps our eternal shame.
Bud Bradshaw,  November 2009

Bradshaw, Bud (2012-07-27). Riverwalker (Kindle Locations 3285-3289). Bud Bradshaw. Kindle Edition.




Read the Excerpts
“…..Holloway squinted, eyes straining through the shimmering candlelight.  What he saw perplexed him.  A series of bizarre symbols and figures had been incorporated into the design of this board, some around the perimeter, some more centrally located. ‘No, Lieutenant, it’s not a Ouija board,’ Madam Candelaria croaked, her voice suddenly deeper.  ‘This is called la Tabletta que hableThe Tablet that speaks. This Tablet, Lieutenant, is far more powerful than any Ouija board. In fact, this one can be quite deadly.”  (RIVERWALKER, Ch. 3: “Madam Candelaria”).

“…..Suddenly, with a gasp, she stopped.  Her eyes flew fully open, whites above the irises. “Retribution!” she rasped.  Holloway’s eyes were riveted to hers.  The old woman seemed genuinely afraid.  The lips on her contorted face trembled, sending a thin river of spittle dribbling downward from the corner of her mouth.  Again she spoke.  “The Beast has awakened.  The River Beast of San Antonio.”   (RIVERWALKER, Ch. 3: “Madam Candelaria”)

“…There, in the stillness of inner earth he paused, darkness within darkness, coiled evil, the only sounds the pulse in his ears, his own breathing, and the soft hiss of the San Antonio river, fifteen feet away.” (RIVERWALKER, Ch. 20: “Lair”)

“…For a long moment, she was still.  Then she felt her own heart beat, felt the breeze, sweet and warm, rush into her lungs, felt her lashes flutter as the river’s cool caress brushed her cheek.  Slowly, Salma pulled her sunglasses down over her tear-brimmed eyes, picked up her thermos and attaché, and quietly walked away, knowing she was loved but not knowing why she cried.”   (RIVERWALKER, Ch.5: “Salma”)

“…Otto stood in his kitchen and read how all three victims had been mutilated in the same way, with symbols carved into their skin.  ‘Animal figures,’ the article said.  ‘Possibly Aztec in design.’”  (RIVERWALKER, Ch. 12: “Heinrich”)


My 5 Star Review

This would make a great Thriller movie.
Intrigued from the very first page that kept your attention to the end.
It has been awhile that I read such a gripping story with an interesting plot that kept you thinking. The rich history from the Alamo, Aztec's and Hitler intertwined with Child slavery, - mutilation,  - pornography  Intersexual dysfunctions.  The warp thoughts of a sick father that spilled over to his son. Generation after generation until it bleeds into a river running through the city. Leaving mutilated bodies of children behind in its wake.  Filled with seers both psychic and spiritual to lead you to the end. Grissling Tattoo's, sketches the story beautifully. The after effects on a man that chose a different path. Willing himself to finally cut the generational evil to begin anew.
The rich characters from the detectives to the newspaper reporter, the Madam even the children kept you glued. Demanding your attention. Strong and calculated characters that brought their own unique touch to the story.
A great read for any one who loves a good thriller with a touch of history and mystic. 
The author's back ground and knowledge can be seen through out the book, set and detailed in a well thought plot.
Well done Bud Bradshaw.



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Miller Creek Series by Cathy Bryant


Series to read for every believer when you need answers to the difficult questions in life. 


All information was taken from the Amazon site

I received the first two books on Promotion and the third was given to me after I requested to do a review.

As a help for those that do not understand the Salvation message and the importance of this in every ones life. To live according to the principles in God's Word, keeping at it when life is hard and people turns judgmental against you.
This is not religion but a life style you commit to.
Set in fiction the questions is answered with the help of Mama Beth and other strong characters. 
Dedicated to the One who knows the best. Even when life does not make sense.
To be read in sequence.


Title:Texas Roads (Book 1)
Series: Miller Creek
Author: Cathy Bryant
Genre: Inspirational
Length: 287 Pages
Available at :Amazon
 Blurb:
City gal Dani Davis just wants a place to call home. With quirky residents, quaint country charm, and loads of business potential, Miller's Creek Texas seems like the perfect place to start over . . . except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town. Dani secretly finances renovations to downtown Miller’s Creek, but malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she’s always longed. Then a devastating discovery propels her down a road she never expected to travel.
Steve Miller is determined to rescue his dying hometown. When vandals jeopardize the renovation, he can’t help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips. Can Steve and Dani call a truce for a higher cause, and in the process help Dani recognize the true meaning of home?

My 5 Star Review 
A fitting name for the book, Texas Roads. Never been in Texas myself but growing up in the Kalahari, South Africa I can understand the heat, the struggles of the people of a dying town, the dry summers and nosy neighbors.
But mostly I can understand the search for a home in a vast world that gives you no answers. Struggling with questions and trails to understand His perfect plan among all the death and cruelty of man kind. Loosing faith and hope but yet knowing that God never leaves us. Never forsakes us. Giving us peace and hope admits trying times. The message is clear in this book. The only answer is Christ.
With strong characters, an unshaken faith the people centered in this story answered for questions people have.
The plot well executed to bring you a heart warming and inspirational read to enjoy to the end. 

Title: A Path Less Traveled (Book 2)
Series: Miller Creek
Author: Cathy Bryant
Genre: Inspirational
Length: 287 Pages
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Blurb:
Trish James is tired of being rescued. When a spooked horse claims her husband's life, she’s determined to blaze a path for herself and her traumatized son without outside help. But will that mean leaving the place etched on her heart?
Andy Tyler has had to struggle for everything, and starting a new law practice in Miller's Creek, Texas is no different. Though prepared for business challenges, he's not prepared for falling in love--especially with yet another woman who will probably abandon him for her career.
Will Andy and Trish be able to see past their limited human understanding to take a path less traveled?

My 5 Star Review
A Thought provoking book not for the faint at heart. The road of faith to walk in God's plan is sometimes clouded with our own views, comforts, judgement and excuses. And definitely not for "sissies"
Brilliant set the characters of Andy, Trich and Bo draws you into their lives to reveal these simple truths. When it goes well with us it is easy to profess but when test and trails comes it is a different matter.Our inability to understand His ways and plans sets us on paths that leads to death, but when we trust him it sets us on a path of life.I really loved the character of Andy mostly being a Christ like man amidst all the trails Trich faced. A pillar of strength that was willing to walk the extra mile. It took her awhile to see it especially with doubt-sayers thrown in the midst of her trails to bring her from track and allow doubt to fester.The one prominent scripture is laid on your heart: "Lean not on your own understanding but believe that He that has started a work in you will also complete it in His time"A fact we all struggle with at some point in our believers walk. When life gives you a curve ball and all the wind is sucked from your life, to whom will you turn? Who will you trust to help you, this is then that you can not lean on your own understanding but need wise counseling.A very good inspirational read.


Title: A way of Grace (Book 3)
Series: Miller Creek
Author: Cathy Bryant
Genre: Inspirational
Length: 318 Pages
Available at: Amazon
Blurb:
In pursuit of justice, in need of grace . . .
A justice-seeking perfectionist pursues her dream of a perfect life in her hometown of Miller’s Creek, Texas. Sidetracked by a desire to be a prosecuting attorney, Grace Soldano launches into uncharted waters, making herself over to please her boss and mentor.
Then a disheveled free spirit turns her perfectly ordered world upside down, challenging the concept of personal goodness. A fall from perfection leaves Grace teetering between vengeance and grace, caught in a deadly crossfire that leaves her dreams in a heap of ashes.
Can she learn to joyfully accept the life God has given her–far from perfect–but completely immersed in His grace?

My 5 Star Review
Grace a uncharted avenue that not many believers understand but beautifully answered in this last book of the series. The concepts grace, mercy and judgment taken to teach you the difference and how it works in every day life.
Of all the men in the stories I was mostly impressed with the young man Matt. Counselor and Musician he had the ear to hear and listen. No matter how hard Gracie pushed him away he was there during her difficult times. A shoulder to lean on, knight in shining armor, protector and later encourager  When everyone turned against her and she was in her darkest hour he remained stead fast in his faith of God and her, his love drawing her closer until at the end she had no other way but to accept. But hey not going to give away the story (smile) Buy the book!
A good read I enjoyed extremely.