Book Review: Blended Families 3 stars + Giveaway

 
Blended Families
by Kyiris Ashley
Genre: Urban Fiction
 
 
Kim is a beautiful, successful, businesswoman, and co-owner of one of the top urban publishing companies in the country. She is also an author with a host of books on the New York Times best sellers list. She is a mother of three, and has a wonderful husband named Harold. Life is great for them on the outside looking in, but Kim had more than a few secrets.
Shawn is a handsome and successful businessman, and best-selling author. Being co-owner of one of the top urban publishing companies in the country gave him a six figure salary. He also has a beautiful daughter and a loyal wife. On the outside looking in, they were the perfect family of three, but Shawn had secrets.
Shawn and Kim not only shared a company together, they also shared a son, a house, and a life. When their son is kidnapped, Shawn and Kim worked together to find him. Little did they know, they were much closer to the kidnappers than they thought. With the fear of never seeing their son again, Shawn and Kim wake up sleeping beasts that no one was ready for. Letting all parties involved know, there’s a very thin line between life and death.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kyiris Ashley is an international selling author from the east side of Detroit Michigan. She won her first award for writing in the fifth grade, and she knew then that she had a passion for writing. She began writing short stories in notebooks, that she would pass on to her classmates for reviews. On leave from her job in the hospitality field, due to the pandemic of 2020; Kyiris Ashley released her debut novel entitled Blended Families.
 
Even though Kyiris Ashley’s first novel is in the urban fiction genre; she has written other works in different genres under pennames. She prefers not to place herself in a box, and stunt her creative growth by limiting herself to one genre. Kyiris Ashley is currently working on turning her book into a scripted series and movie. While also preparing for the release of the second installment of the Blended Families trilogy entitled; Blended Families 2: Retribution.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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blendedfamilies - my review
 

Kim’s Review: 3 Stars!

Thank you to Silver Dagger Tours for my free copy, in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own. I was so excited to sign up to read this book, the blurb pulled me in, because I thought this could be a very cool read. As I read I felt the story came across as a typical’ street lit genre read, and by this I mean yes, there’s organised crime, guns, death, revenge, and money as the main plot drivers. The only difference was the characters are not petty street criminals, or drug lords, they’are best-selling authors who have a past of organised crime.

The characters to me were mainly pure entertainment, the plot for me was also pure entertainment. I don’t like to give spoilers on the plot for those who may read it, but the plot is mainly focused on adultery and revenge once this comes to light. Some parts I questioned the reality or likely-hood of it happening in the real world. One: the main characters are best-selling authors, and a surgeon, therefore they would be either well known and/or have lot to lose! Two: just generally things that happened in the plot, I wondered about reality BUT the plot was entertaining if you look past reality. However in the context of the street lit genre, it would make sense and be reality! If that makes sense. I did also find one plot gap very early on in the story. But even though I noticed, I read on because of the entertainment factor I found from the story-line. It ends on a cliff-hanger there’s no conclusion, which I found a little disappointing I do like a conclusion personally as a reader! But great for those who may wish to read a part two, the way the author left it, it seems like there could be follow up.

Overall, for me as a first time reader of this author’s work I’d give Blended Families three stars out of five, an okay read, but a highly entertaining read due to the nature of the plot, even if at times I questioned reality. For me it felt like reading street lit with a slight difference due to the character line up. I would read another book by the author possibly with a different focus, and I recommend Blended Families to those who really do dig the street lit genre.

I thank the author and Silver Dagger Tours again for sharing this book with me.

Hot New Mystery by Debbie De Louise + $10.00 Giveaway

Memory Makers
by Debbie De Louise
Genre: Mystery 
 
Twenty-five years ago, Lauren Phelps and her sister Patty were kidnapped from their backyard on Long Island. Lauren escaped her captor, but Patty was killed.
Ever since, Lauren has suffered from nightmares of the “Shadow Man.” Trying to recall his face and avenge her sister’s murder, Lauren, now a kidnapping investigator, enrolls in a clinical trial for a new memory drug.
At the offices of Memory Makers in California, she receives the injections of the Memory Makers’ serum, and begins to experience flashbacks of repressed memories. Along with the flashbacks, she receives threats from an anonymous source that point back to her childhood trauma.
Soon, Lauren becomes involved with a fellow trial participant who seeks to recall his own traumatic past. But can Lauren discover the identity of the “Shadow Man” before history repeats itself?
 
 
Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her seven published novels include the 4 books of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks, her paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, her mystery thriller Reason to Die, and her latest psychological mystery, Sea Scope. She also published a romantic comedy novella featuring a jewel heist caper, When Jack Trumps Ac. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She is currently querying agents to represent the first book of a new cozy mystery series. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.
 
 
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Hot New Noir Thriller By Stephen Bentley @StephenBentley8 and @Shalini_G26

COMFORT ZONE BY STEPHEN BENTLEY

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There’s a killer lurking in all of us. Sometimes you just don’t know it.
Take Phil Mercer, for example, what dark secret from his past changes a decent man, and respected professional into a man with murder on his mind?
Down to earth Northerner, Phil Mercer, begins to question why so-called university friends failed to help him establish a practice at London’s Criminal Bar.
Despite that and colleagues’ professional jealousy, he goes on to achieve success as a fearless defender of society’s less fortunate until his career is threatened by events triggered by something completely out of his control.
Figuring his life and career are about to change forever, Mercer strives to find a way to right wrongs by inventing a new parlour game called ‘Comfort Zone.’
At a dinner party surrounded by colleagues he insists they all play the game. He introduces it after dinner as a ‘storytelling game.’
He adds – “the easy choice is not an option at all. What terrifies you? What scares you shitless? Be brave. Be reckless. You are among friends. What can possibly go wrong? It’s just a parlour game, right?”
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EXCERPT FROM COMFORT ZONE

PROLOGUE

2017

She heard the footsteps and guessed the guy was about ten yards behind her. It must be a man. They are too heavy for a woman. Another few hundred yards and she would reach safety – her garden flat home. I swear, no more drug runs for Ben Turner, she thought. This is too risky. Her heart pounded faster. She could hear it thumping in her chest until the sound of her panting blocked it out. She could smell aftershave. It wasn’t her cologne, nor was it her breathlessness she could now hear. Before the lights went out, she thought, Fuck you, Ben!

When she regained consciousness her first sensation was movement.  I’m in the boot of a car.  She was unable to see anything. I must be blindfolded. She tried to check for a blindfold but trying to move her arms was futile. Her hands were tied behind her back and she couldn’t move her legs as they too were bound. Then she felt a searing pain in the back of her head and lost consciousness once more.

Clueless as to time, she knew she was in a strange room. It stunk of urine. In the distance she heard the low rumble of motorway traffic. Her head still hurt, her eyes unable to pierce the gloom, but she could see shadows. The blindfold’s gone.  On trying to move, she heard a scuffling noise and knew she was tied to a chair. She heard a door open but was unable to see in the dark. Then she heard footsteps walking away and heard a second door open. A few moments later, a car engine started and the headlamp beams flooded both doorways and the room with bright light, penetrating the darkness. She was forced to shield her eyes from the light by tilting her head to the side, averting her gaze. Curiosity taking over, she scrunched her eyes and made out the figure of a man in front of her. A man dressed in black, wearing a ski-mask. He held a long knife in front of him. He cut the tape across her mouth before running the blade down her cheek. She felt the blood as it ran to the corner of her mouth, giving her the metallic taste of her own blood.

“Who are you?” she asked in panic. “Is this about the drugs? Here, have them.”

Removing his mask, the man in black said nothing.

 

 

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AUTHOR BIO

Stephen Bentley is a former police Detective Sergeant and barrister (trial attorney) from the UK. He is now a freelance writer and occasional HuffPost UK contributor on undercover policing.

His memoir Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story is a frank account of his pioneering undercover detective experiences during Operation Julie – an elite group of detectives who successfully investigated one of the world’s largest drugs rings.

His memoir became a UK bestseller and now translated into Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. It is available in English in these formats: eBook, hard cover, paperback, and audiobook.

He also writes crime fiction in his Steve Regan Undercover Cop Thrillers and Detective Matt Deal Thriller series. He has also written an award-winning short story, The Rose Slayer, which has now been published in an anthology of murder mystery short stories titled Death Among Us​​​​​​​, along with over twenty short stories from ten authors.

When he isn’t writing, Stephen relaxes on the beaches of the Philippines with his family where he now lives often with a cold beer in one hand and a book in the other.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/stephen-bentley

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Website https://www.stephenbentley.info/

Books2Read https://books2read.com/ap/n6Pgrx/Stephen-Bentley

Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Bentley/e/B01CNPG7K6/

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Twitter @StephenBentley8

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BOOK LINKS

UNIVERSAL LINK

https://books2read.com/b/4Dygjr

Amazon Universal Link

http://getbook.at/ComfortZone

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51000899-comfort-zone

 

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Hot New African- American Paranormal Romance by Dana Littlejohn + $5.00 giveaway!

The Power of the Bayou
by Dana Littlejohn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kameryn Gamble ran away from an awkward life. A new city offered a fresh start, a new job and a new man. Reynaud added something she never had in a relationship before…friendship, passion and peace. Things were looking up for Kameryn until an ex-lover showed up with the intention of bringing her home.
Reynaud Leduc had everything he ever wanted with Kameryn and yet something nagged at him. He hoped going ‘home’ would ease his weariness, but friends had lost their places and enemies had gained power. Will the final confrontation with his past destroy everything Reynaud had in his present preventing him from having a future with Kameryn?
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