Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Review: A Prosecutor for the Defense (David Brunelle Legal Thriller #4) By David Brunelle

A Prosecutor for the Defense (David Brunelle Legal Thriller Series Book 4)
Title: A Prosecutor for the Defense (David Brunelle Legal Thriller #4)

Author: David Brunelle

Stars: 4 1\2 out of 5 

A well written book which is number 4 in a series. The story will grab your attention and hold it until the epilogue. The court room antics, by both lawyers, are brilliant. My only regret with this book is that I have not read the others in the series. You will not be disappointed if you are a fan of legal thrillers.

I have rated this book 4.5 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Seattle homicide D.A. David Brunelle has spent his entire career prosecuting criminals. But when his girlfriend, medical examiner Kat Anderson, asks him to go to California to defend her ex-husband on a murder charge, he just can’t say no to her. 
Brunelle has to fight not only his prosecutorial instincts, but also a smooth-talking D.A., an unhelpful detective, and--worst of all--a client who won’t give him a straight answer. As the evidence piles up and the case unfolds, Brunelle waits for the other shoe to drop, but this time the shoe is on the other foot.

Kindle Edition232 pages
Published November 14th 2013 by Ring of Fire Publishing (first published November 12th 2013)

About The Author:
Stephen Penner
Stephen Penner is an author, attorney, and adjunct law professor from Seattle, Washington.

Stephen began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney, appearing in federal, state, and municipal courts throughout the State of Washington. After several years of defense work, Stephen 'switched sides' and became a prosecutor. He has been practicing criminal law for over 20 years, working his way up from misdemeanor offenses, to felonies, and finally to homicides. He has tried nearly 100 cases and now supervises other prosecutors. In addition, he uses his extensive experience to teach trial advocacy to Seattle law students.

As an author, Stephen pens the David Brunelle legal thriller series, featuring Assistant D.A. David Brunelle and a recurring cast of cops, defense attorneys, and forensic experts. He also writes the Maggie Devereaux paranormal mysteries, recounting the exploits of an American graduate student in the magical Highlands of Scotland.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys painting, drawing, and spending time with his family. 

Twitter:  StephenPenner

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Book Review Beyond Reason By Kat Martin

Beyond Reason by Kat Martin
Title: Beyond Reason

Author: Kat Martin

Stars: 5 out of 5

Beyond reason is a well crafted story that will keep romance readers happy and suspense readers enjoying every last word.
Each characters has a purpose that drives the story forward bringing together or pulling apart the leads in the story. The secondary characters in the story comes to life as well as Kat Martin sends readers into the lives of two completely opposite individuals who were meant to fall in love.
Beyond Reason takes a readers into the lives of Kat Martin world that comes to life with each passing page. 
While there was a lot of sex in the book sometimes the author closed the door and other times she let the readers in the bedroom.
I can't wait to read more by this accomplished writer.
Thank you to Netgalley for this advance Copy and I can't wait to read the next in the series.

Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain.

Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm.

But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake Trucking. If she won’t sell out, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close . . . and fight like hell.

About The Author:
Kat Martin
Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin. A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he'd written. Kat fell in love with both the book and the author! Then, after doing some editing for him, she thought she'd try her own hand at writing. She moved on to become a full time writer.

Published since 1988, she singed her books with her married name, Kat Martin, but she also used two pseudonyms: Kathy Lawrence for a book in collaboration with her husband Larry Jay Martin, and Kasey Mars for her first contemporary romances. The New York Times bestselling writer, among her many awards, has won the prestigious RT Book Review Magazine Career Achievement Award. To date, Kat has over eleven million copies of her books in print. She has been published in seventeen foreign countries, including England, South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria, China, and Korea.

Currently residing with her husband, a Western-writer and photographer, in Missoula, Montana, USA. But when they are not writing, they also enjoy skiing and traveling, particularly to Europe. 

"I've always loved books. I was an avid reader, with any number of my own stories rolling around in my head. Writing them down seemed a logical step."

"I love anything old," Kat says. "I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era." 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Review I am Death by Chris Carter

I Am Death (Robert Hunter, #7)
Title:  I Am Death

Author: Chris Carter

Stars:  3.5 Stars out of 5.

Why I Read it: Sent to me for Review
Where I Obtained the Book: From the publisher

I am of two minds with this book.  On the one hand it is the exact
type of crime fiction I hate.  The hero is a super genius prodigy who is
smarter than everyone else, but yet supposedly down to earth at the same
time.  The antagonist is of course a serial killer who is the total
sociopath who wants to both kill, and demonstrate he is smarter than the
police by taunting them with letters and various clues.  I much prefer my
crime to be more realistic than this exploitive over the top criminals that
a lot of North American crime fiction tends to favor.  If you keep ramping
up your crimes to higher and higher levels of absurdity what is the end
game?  Ultimately you will have nowhere to go and you are essentially
writing a cartoon.

But here is the thing, after all that this book is extremely well written.
The author can tell a story with great pacing and it just pulls you the
reader right through the pages.  So while it was the exact opposite of what
I like, it was so well done that I had no problem devouring it.  My only
problem with it on this level was the ending, it felt like a modern update
of the butler did it cliché.

This book is very readable, and if you are not bothered by the extreme
killer theme, then this just might be the perfect book.  Even with all my
personal drawbacks, I would have no problem reading this author again.

Also it should be pointed out that this is book 7 in a series and I had no
problem just jumping in with this book.  So you can read this one first and
go through the backlist at your leisure if you want.

Thank you TStevens for the Review

Publisher: Emily Bestler Books
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 342
ISBN: 978-194767-6571-6

 In Top 10 Sunday Times (UK) bestselling author Chris Carter’s
electrifying follow-up to his “chilling” (Daily Mail) thriller An Evil
Mind, the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit lead detective, Robert Hunter,
races to stop a serial killer whose past secrets rival those of Hunter’s

Seven days after being abducted, the body of a twenty-year-old woman is
found on a grassy area by the Los Angeles International Airport. She has
been left with her limbs stretched out and spread apart, placing her in a
five-point human star.

 The autopsy reveals that she has been tortured and murdered in a bizarre
way but the surprises don’t end there. The killer likes to play, and he
left something behind for the cops to find. Detective Robert Hunter is
assigned to the case but almost immediately a second body turns up.
Detective Hunter quickly realizes that he is chasing a monster—a predator
whose past hides a terrible secret, whose desire to hurt people and thirst
for murder can never be quenched—for he is DEATH.

 Fast-paced, action-packed, and filled with suspense, I Am Death is perfect
for fans of Jeffery Deaver, Thomas Harris, and Chelsea Cain.

About The Author:
 I was born in Brasilia, Brazil where I spent my childhood
and teenage years. After graduating from high school, I moved to the USA
where I studied psychology with specialization in criminal behaviour.
During my University years I held a variety of odd jobs, ranging from
flipping burgers to being part of an all male exotic dancing group.

I worked as a criminal psychologist for several years before moving to Los
Angeles, where I swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans,
bandanas and an electric guitar. After a spell playing for several well
known glam rock bands, I decided to try my luck in London, where I was
fortunate enough to have played for a number of famous artists. I toured
the world several times as a professional musician.

A few years ago I gave it all up to become a full time writer.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review Revenge by Steve Ward (Test Pilot's Daughter)

Test Pilot's Daughter: Revenge
Title: Revenge (Test Pilot's Daughter)

Author: Steve Ward

Stars: 5 out of 5

A fantastic action adventure with an utterly over the top young main character. No obstacle will prevent her from reaching her intended goal. This story provides excitement in the form of premeditated murder, being marooned and finding sunken treasure. But most importantly it leaves it to you the reader to decide if justice has been served.

I have rated this book 5 stars and read it in one setting.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Test Pilot’s Daughter: Revenge is the first title in a series featuring a gutsy female genius who fights injustice in a fast paced thriller. Molesters and pedophiles be warned, don’t mess with Christina Matthews!

Romance, adventure, murder, and revenge, Christina Matthews does it all. An obsessed fly-girl with the Right Stuff and True Grit finds love in the oddest place, the cockpit. A beautiful and brainy college girl born with jet-fuel in her blood is haunted by a gripping family tragedy and the violent murder of her best friend. The only thing she truly fears is sleep. Tortured by nightmares, this test pilot’s daughter has to find a way to save her sanity or die. Mike Clark, call-name Lazer and a real Top Gun, looks to be the best kind of therapy.

With dreams of becoming an Astronaut-Commander, Christina struggles through heart-stopping perils in the cockpit and crash-lands on a deserted island. Without hope for rescue, she concocts an oddball plan to return survivors to civilization.

Risking her future at NASA, Christina delivers on a promise to a dying friend and faces her evil nemesis in the sky. Only by overcoming deep-seated fears can she exorcise her ghosts and pursue a lifelong dream of flying in space.

Will true love conquer Christina's curse, or will she auger in?

Kindle Edition264 pages
Published 2010 by Steve Ward

About The Author:
Steve Ward
After a career in laser science and spacecraft research, Steve Ward spent the last decade writing, editing and flying. He teaches Creative Writing at Brenau University and edits novels freelance. With one nonfiction book published, Holy Enigma!, Hamilton Books, University Press of America, Inc., he won writing awards from Writer's Digest and NASA Innovations. Amid many articles published in technical journals, both of his fiction books are adventures in aviation. He lives on Lake Lanier at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Motherhood Monday What Was I thinking? I am already busy enough

Bring her home from the Shelter

New Friends

What am I doing? What is She?
We have been looking for a dog for over 10 years or as I put it. It was either a dog or a kid. Well the kid and now kids came first.  We have been looking at shelters for just the right dog. However with sick kids I started craving the need to escape to go walking but I can't go alone at night.  With my husband on his feet all day he has no desire to go walking at night.
Fast Forward to Saturday we went to a shelter to an open house and we found a 5 month old Yellow Lab Mix at least that is what they thought.  She fell into my lap and started to cuddle right away.  She didn't bark like the rest of the dogs, didn't even try to playfully bite.  She was calm but hated the leash. I figured it was because of the busy and crazy going on at the store. (more on that later)
My heart broke open and I felt she was perfect for out family since I have once daughter terrified of dogs.  No reason for it just scared.
After we brought her home. Renamed her she kind of just laid around the house. Sunday we scared her as she decided to jump on her new fathers chair and he yelled causing her to pee and hide.  4am it took twenty mins to get her to come out from behind the couch.  Did I forget to mention my daughter was up thrown up all night?  Or that her brother and sister had been throwing up for the last week? NO? Add in an ER visit and I am pretty sure I have lost my ever loving mind?
Dakota, the Dixie Dingo (or Carolina Dog).jpg( Not Ellie formerly known as Rio)
Yesterday I started to wonder if I had made a huge mistake? She is submissive and see me has her alpha right now which is great because I am the one home all day but she doesn't see the kids as part of her pack which worries me. I am scared she will bite the kids and if that happens my first thought is off to the shelter she goes.  Now this is where I feel horrible know the shelters are so full of dogs that want to be loved.
We are taking one day at a time.  Things I thought I would never do with a dog are the things everyone is telling me to do to keep a peace of mind.
She caught on quick to her dog door but sometimes she seems lost with getting her back legs in.  She loves to run around the backyard with her monkey stuff toy.

I have to realize that she isn't just a shelter dog but at some point in the last 5 months she was abusive, table feed and afraid of the broom. She has scars on her side, under her arms and on her legs each one different.  
Thankful for all the request for me to read books on dogs and raising them. Please keep them coming because I might have grown up with dogs but I realize I know NOTHING about them.

Disclaimer for all reviews sent by the publisher, publicist or author for review.