Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Searching for Pilar ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Promo & Giveaway!

Genre: Contemporary Suspense / Thriller
Publisher: River Grove Books
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Number of Pages: 320 pages

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Pilar, an innocent young wife and mother, is abducted during a fake job interview in Mexico City and forced into sex slavery in Houston. Can she survive the horrors of a world—one which many good Americans don’t see or ignore—long enough for her brother Diego to find her?

Searching for Pilar breaks open the secretive and dangerous world of sex trafficking, while exploring human nature and our connections to each another. Diego’s guilt transforms him from a rudderless youth into a man of purpose, and courage. While he searches, Pilar finds a strength that could save herself and a young girl who needs her. The themes of family, love, faith and the law intertwine in this action-packed tale of the Bayou City.

“Patricia Holmes fictionalizes the heartbreaking reality of cross-border sex trafficking in her novel, Searching for Pilar. This cautionary tale should be required reading for high school classes to foster awareness, understanding, and ultimately solutions to this horrific epidemic.”  --Joanne F. Phillips, author of Revenge of the Cube Dweller.

“In Searching for Pilar, Patricia Hunt Holmes makes us aware of the terrible nature of sex trafficking in the context of a fast-paced, exciting Houston story that moves from affluence and glitz to barrio cantinas and the federal courthouse. The charitable, can-do nature of Houston is reflected in the wide cast of residents who help a young man on an extremely dangerous mission to find his kidnapped sister.  This book will be an added weapon in our fight against sex trafficking.” –Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston

Patricia Hunt Holmes spent 30 years as a public finance attorney with the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP.   She was consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers in Houston, and awarded the highest degree by her peers in Martindale Hubbell. She was a frequent speaker at national public finance and healthcare conferences.  Patricia has also served on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Tennessee, and University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. She has written and published in the fields of intellectual history and law.

Patricia has been a member and board member of social service organizations in Houston that focus on helping women, including the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast Women’s Initiative, Dress for Success Houston, and the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red.  She was a founding member and first board chair of Houston Justice for Our Neighbors, which provides free and low cost legal services to immigrants.  For the past five years, she has been taking writing workshops with Inprint, associated with the outstanding University of Houston Creative Writing Program.  She began to write Searching for Pilar in a workshop after learning that Houston is one of the biggest hubs for sex trafficking in the country.

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Reyet Trap ~ ~ Chapter by Chapter Blog Tour Guest Post and Giveaway!


Author: Dee Garretson
Series: Torch World #2
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 3, 2018

No planet. No hope. 

Quinn Neen and his friends have survived the uprising and the ruthless Fosaanian leader’s attempt to kill them, but the galaxy is still hurtling toward war. With just a few days before Quinn starts his mandatory military training, he plans to spend the time with Mira, the Fosaanian girl he’s in love with. When a mysterious message forces them on a journey to an isolated planet named Reyet, Quinn’s plans quickly change.

A coup on Reyet throws everything into chaos, leaving Quinn and Mira evading enemies they know, and some they don’t, including the planet itself. Now, time is running out for Earth, Fosaan, and Reyet, and there may be no place left in the galaxy that’s safe.



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Author: Dee Garretson
Series: Torch World #1
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Earth scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain. 

Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the small population of reclusive Fosaanians, descendants of the survivors. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen plans to do both of those things.

When Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit, he soon learns Earth’s government may not be telling the whole truth about Fosaan and the cause of the past disaster. 

There are some who to restore the planet to its former glory by any means necessary. Quinn finds himself caught between his loyalty to his own people and what is right for Mira and her people. 

Before he can decide what to do, the scientists are taken captive, stranding the young Earthers on Fosaan. 

Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of those both on Fosaan and at home.



I sometimes hate telling people how long it took me to get my first book published (ten plus years) because I'm afraid it will discourage them. Though if there is one thing I’ve learned on this long publishing journey, it’s that you have to find a way to overcome a steady stream of things that will discourage you, and every person’s path to publication is different.

Like a lot of writers, part of why it took me so long is because real life interfered with my ability to concentrate on both improving my writing and on figuring out the publishing industry. You need to work on both to get published. Luckily, there is time. It may seem like everyone else gets published at a young age with their first book, but that is just because those stories get passed around on social media. You don’t hear much about the majority of us who work for years before lightning strikes.

Even though you hear the refrain, ‘write what you love,’ there are also trends in publishing that lead to a more accurate refrain is ‘write what you love, but it may not be popular enough to publish right now.’ Back when I started the first book of the Torch World series, my agent at the time wasn’t interested in science fiction. Very few agents were. I wanted to write the book anyway since I’m stubborn that way.

So I’m thrilled the story has found its way into the world. Month9 is a good fit for the story since they publish thriller/adventure type stories in several genres. I think I’m like many Month9 readers -- I’m looking for an exciting story, and I’m willing to read a lot of different kinds of books. I hope you’ll read this story and when you do, know it’s written by a reader just like you.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Hell to Pay ~ ~ ~ Audio Book Tour, Review, & Giveaway!

Detective Kay Hunter Series, Book 4
By Rachel Amplett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 7 hours 14 minutes
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Sub-Genres: Mystery, Police Procedural

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter's investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiraling out of control, Kay's determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.
Narrator Alison Campbell

HALL WAYS REVIEW: Audio Book Review. In Hell to Pay, author Rachel Amphlett has again crafted an intricate story full of tension, drama, and suspense. Following a now familiar formula (this is the fourth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series), the book starts with a bang. What initially seems innocuous is actually criminal, and as Detective Hunter digs deeper, she finds herself in the midst of a dark and sordid world. Readers discover the magnitude and horror of the scheme about half way through, so it turns from a whodunit to a race for law enforcement to stop the crimes from continuing. Hell to Pay is grim, and once the revelation about Kay's nemesis, the super creepy Jozef Demiri, is fully revealed, the story goes next level. Readers have been waiting three books for Demiri to make his move, so there is HIGH tension here. 

Hell to Pay could stand alone, but I really don't' recommend it that way. Readers who start here will miss the subtle and not so subtle connections back to the prior books in the series. There has been a steady, highly interesting backstory threading through all the books, and all the parts come together and seem to culminate here.  Start with book one and binge read (or read with your ears) straight through. That's what I have done and have no regrets!

There are a bunch of new characters introduced in this book, and politics within the police force plays a big part of the story -- especially in setting up where Amphlett is going to take readers in the next installment.  And let me tell you, there is no shortage of jerks. The familiar characters return too, but the ever-sour Larch ("He's just one of life's career a**h*les") is suspiciously, mostly absent, and adorable vet Adam isn't as prominent. Both characters are missed. Amphlett casts some shadows around a few of the familiar, which muddies the line between the good guys and the bad ones. 

"Her bright red shoes hurt Kay's un-caffeinated eyes."

One of the things I've repeatedly mentioned in my reviews of this series is how much I love that it's so completely British. I love how problems are best solved with a steaming cuppa and that caffeine is critical to operations. I can relate. There are terms that I don't understand as well as a few that took me a while to get, but they didn't detract. (Sadly, I can't share some of my favorite words/quotes/phrase because Amazon and Audible will block my review.)   Suffice it to say that even some insults sound delightful when uttered with narrator Alison Campbell's accent. 

Speaking of Alison Campbell -- she NAILED the narration. Again. Campbell is one of the best narrators I've listened to and really gives personality to multiple characters. She is perfect as Kay, but her affinity for voicing UBER creepy and disturbed males again shines through in Hell to Pay.  

I highly recommend Hell to Pay and all of the books in this engaging police procedural series. While I am sad that the blog tour ends with this installment, happily, Amphlett has just released a fifth book in the series, Call to Arms! I am saving my $$ so it can be my next audio book download.

Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Productions for providing me a print copy in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. 

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