Book Review-‘His True Love’ By Lynn Chantale 4 Intriguing Stars!! + Giveaway (Mystery/Romance)

Kim’s Review 4 ‘intriguing’ read more stars!

Thank you to Silver Dagger Book Tours for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. Well, damn what have I stumbled on here!! What a read. You know, I was drawn in from page one and I read this in one whole sitting. A wonderful bite sized mystery/crime/romance novella of just 100 pages. I would read the next one in the series for sure. Let’s get into the review.

Story-line/ plot – I was pulled in by the blurb and cover of this book. I honestly expected the romance and love element to be connected to the victims of the crime, but it’s not! Here we have three detectives two men and a woman, who are lovers! Yes!! This kinda shocked me and kept me turning pages, as they are a team of lovers fighting crime. This made some very steamy reading in some parts that I really enjoyed. But it’s not overly explicit at all, all tasteful sex scenes and there are not too many so that’s cool, there is more plot than sex, which I loved.

The plot is quick moving, I loved that the author put the reader right in the middle of the action, from page one. I found that I had to focus, pay attention and read closely to get to grips with the crime and who did what. In all honesty, I really enjoyed the pace, plot, and unexpected relationship with the detectives.

The crime is solved, and they find the ‘bad guy’ by working together. I’m not one for spoilers, I won’t say too much, but we follow the ‘bad guy’ and readers are aware of him. But the story plays out as us readers following the detectives trying to piece together the crime. I liked this.

Characters- I liked them all really, the three detectives, the woman captured and everyone.  They were all believable too. The female detective is full of balls and fearless, and the male ones very protective as her, as she is used as bait to solve the crime- no spoilers.

The only thing I would have loved is more  character development on the ‘bad guy.’ I would have loved to know more about him, and the relationship he had with his girlfriend, which caused him to do the things he did.  I would have also liked to know more about Heather,after the detectives found her, what happened to her? Now when a reader wants to know more this is never a bad thing! They are truly engaged in the story. With the character line up, I was. The characters are also very multi-cultural and diverse also, this I really loved.

Overall for me I felt as first time reader of this author’s work I feel that His True Love is a great start to a detective series. And it left me wanting to read the next one, the story ends with another case for the detectives to follow up, and when it’s released  I would love to read it. The story flows well, with interesting characters and for sure it’s an intriguing read, as you have the sub-plot of romance with the detectives. I really liked it, pages turned quickly for me.

I feel in all honesty, if the story was just padded out a tiny bit more with details on the ‘bad guy’, the lady who was captured- Heather and found that would have been ideal! But even without this, it’s a good read.  Four intriguing and engaging stars from me. I recommend it to those who like mystery an detective stories with a difference! This is not your average read, it’s truly different with the detective’s love affair. Great start to a series, let’s have more!

His True Love
True Detective Series
by Lynn Chantale
Genre: Mystery Menage Romance
In a small town, in a popular bar, beautiful women disappear. This could just be a coincidence, but private investigators, Carson, Matt and Nathalie don’t believe in them. So they go undercover.
However, when one of the missing women turns up dead, the trio is disturbed to learn the woman bore a striking resemblance to Nathalie; they increase their efforts. When Nathalie disappears from the same bar, Carson and Matt will do anything to find her.
*Contains explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and descriptions of violence.*
Lynn Chantale resides in Southwest Florida and she is determined to enjoy all that life has to offer. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva is acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.
She’s a multi-published author in ebooks and has recently stepped into the self-publishing world. So far both experiences have been rewarding.
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Full Moon Story – Meet Gretchen, From ‘Witchful Thinking!’ #fullmoon #paranormal #kdsuspense @didi_oviatt

MoonMeet Gretchen guys from ‘Witchful Thinking.’  One of the stories in The Suspenseful Collection  #2 Blurred Lines.   Following on from Didi’s WIP share last week of this story. I love it!! And I loved writing it. Didi really forced me out of my comfort zone when she put two paranormal stories in my inbox to write. Arrrgggh! I am so not a paranormal writer, but this story allowed me to really go wild, and even incorporate some of my own heritage. I loved it.

So, it’s a full moon week this week coming. How did I remember, just stepped outside to get something from the garden and the moon she’s shining brightly over my house! I took a picture she is bright and full. How beautiful, happy full moon. In the mean time, meet Gretchen on the night of her full moon encounter with three witches…

 

The Night Of The Full Moon, In Canada…

With a deep breath I went over to the back door that led out to the garden that I had not ventured out into yet. Peeking out of the curtain, I saw that the moonlight flooded over the grass, and there was a tree over on the far left, and a small pond also caught my eye. Next to the door a large silver key hung on a string. Instinct told me it was for the door, and sure enough it was. I unlocked it, turned the knob, then opened the door with a slow high-pitched creak. My senses peaked as a slight breeze blew in and tickled my skin. As I moved my eyes over the moonlit garden, everything was still.

I stepped back and left the door open a crack to grab the tray on the table, then I stepped into the garden slowly taking in every detail. As I crossed the threshold the backdoor slammed behind me, unexplained. There was no wind or any movement. I stood frozen under the moonlight with the tray in my hand, an eerie feeling surrounding me as the owls hooted. I anticipated something, anything, but nothing came.  Quickly, I set to work under the large tree. I placed down the three candles, then poured a shot of rum and placed it by the purple candle for Oya, I sat the strawberries down by the red candle for Maria, and finally lit a cigarette and balanced it on a rock near the black one for Brigette. Then I lit the three candles and stood back. I couldn’t think what to say to call them. I had some offerings, but would that be enough? After a beat, I said the first thing that came to me.

“Witches of the night, witches of the dark realm, witches of all witches I summon thee. Maman Brigette from Haiti, Oya from Africa, Maria de Padilla from Spain, I summon thee. Please accept these offerings here for you.”

Disappointed, I watched the candle flames as they flickered under the moonlight. I don’t know what I expected. Maybe some kind of poof of air, and three witches to appear like in the movies with a dramatic entrance. My confidence left me. What kind of witch am I if I can’t even get this right?, ran through my mind as I mentally beat myself up. Deflated, as I felt like a lost cause and sorry excuse for a witch. I turned away from my so-called witching hour seance and headed over to the tree to rack my brain over what to do next.

As I turned my back the moonlight became slightly overcast. It was like a light had gone out, the grass, leaves, and branches on the trees rustled. Just as quickly as the moonlight dimmed, by the time I looked up at the sky, and back down to the candles the moon’s bright light reappeared and bathed the garden.

“Oh shit!”

I literally jumped out of my own skin. An elderly and sickly pale white lady, with waist length red hair, dressed all in black, and top hat with bones stuck into it sat on a rock. I watched in disbelief as she inhaled the smoke of the cigarette I lit.

“Eyee, appreciate this lass, but next time hand rolled tobacco,” she said with a Scottish twang.

“Brigette?” I racked my brain. It could only have been her. The only white dark witch goddess celebrated in Haiti, as her legacy came over with white women extradited from the British Isles to Haiti during slavery.

“Don’t-na act so surprised, you summoned me. This better be good, child. Nice rum by the way, next time add a few red peppers in ‘ere.”

I stood with my mouth open as she bent down and inhaled the content of the shot glass.

“Hola, you need to use your imagination more, fruit? Really.”

I spun around at the Spanish accent that met my ear and saw the glamourous Maria de Padilla, standing tall behind me. As she glided over towards me, I couldn’t help but gulp at her. She had on a traditional gold-colored robe that upper-classed European women wore in the 1300s, her dark-brown hair was elegantly piled on top of her head and laced with red flowers.

“Maria?”

She abruptly stopped in her tracks then snapped her neck back towards me. “Senorita Padilla.”

“Yeee… yes… ma’am.” I stuttered out as she glided over towards Brigette.

“Hola, Brigette are you well?”

“Can’t complain.”

I watched in awe as the two witches of the dark realm greeted each other like old friends, and Maria gracefully hitched up her robe then sat on the rock beside Brigette, who was puffing on her cigarette like her life depended on it. As Maria waved her hand to let Brigette know she didn’t appreciate the smell of smoke, Brigette let out a deadly witch’s cackle that echoed around the garden, then downed her shot and raised her glass to me.

“Where’s the rest?”

She gruffly addressed me, her black-kohl-lined eyes penetrated through me and sent a slight chill down my spine. I quickly picked up the bottle and took the lid off it, ready to pour her another shot. To my surprise she snatched it from me and took a long swig from the bottle.

“Well, is this us then?” She asked.

“Ah no, I called—”

Before I could finish my sentence, the winds picked up and a heavy downpour of raindrops started to beat down on my skin.

“Oh, she’s so dramatic,” I heard Maria say dryly. I could barely make out where they sat anymore, due to the heavy rain. I ran under the tree for shelter just as a roll of thunder roared around me, and a flash of lightning cracked its gold rays across the ink-black night sky. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t shitting myself; it felt like the heavens had opened and God himself was on his way to claim his world.  Hailstones tumbled down, and through the sheets of ice I tried to see what was going on as I shielded myself from the attack and force of nature.

After what felt like a thirty-second, violent, mini-thunderstorm out of the blue, as the rain came to a stand-still and the wind settled, the moon light shone down on the garden. With Maria and Brigette to my left sitting on the rocks, in front of us a ray of purple light manifested, then gave way to one of the most striking women I had ever seen. She was at least six-foot tall, with skin the color of mahogany, her athletic frame was barely covered in tiger print female warrior’s outfit—a skimpy skirt, and bra revealed a toned midsection. On her feet she wore gladiator sandals, and in her right hand was a spear the same height as her. The moonlight bounced off the serrated edge of her weapon. As I studied her more closely, I could see the tribal marks inked across her face and body. Her hair was wild, wool-textured locks of black curls.

“Fuck me… Oya?”

I murmured to myself, as I came out from behind the tree. She took long strides over to us, Brigette stood slowly, her old bones giving her little support. Maria steadied her. Brigette’s pale hand held out the bottle of rum in the warrior princess’ direction.

“My sister from another mother! Dramatic as fuck,” Brigette cackled. “Good to see you. How’s Africa these days?”

Oya took a swig from the bottle and sat it down next to her spear. “Good, thank you.”  Her deep voice bellowed out, and it surprised me to hear her speak so articulately in an accent I had never heard before.

The three of them turned to me by the tree, I was frozen inside but my body shook from the downpour of rain. Brigette nodded in my direction and as if by ‘magic’ my pajamas were dry as a hot summer’s day.

“So, child, you called. What’s the problem?” Maria addressed me, as she popped a strawberry into her mouth.

“Come child, don’t-a be scared, ya called us!” Brigette cackled again as she beckoned me from under the tree towards the rocks they sat on. Timidly I walked over to them and took a seat on the grass in front of my three older advisors.

“My name is—”

“We know who you are, Gretchen.” Brigette cut in and then smiled a wicked toothless smile. As scary as she looked, I was warming to her.

“Okay, I’ll get straight to the point. Fate came to see me.”

The three witches gasped and clutched their chests, then looked from each other to me, as I sat on the grass. I sat still unsure of what their reaction meant. The three of them cackled so hard a bolt of lightning struck the sky, causing the owls to depart from their branches into the sky.

“It’s time.” The threesome rang out in unison, then looked at each other and burst out into another fit of giggles. The atmosphere grew heavy as the lightning and thunder roared again with their laughter.

“What do you mean ‘it’s time’?” I nervously asked in a low voice. Another fit of laughter at my expense broke out again, then they silenced themselves, put their resting bitch faces on show as they rose up in unison off the rocks where they sat.

The trio, a six-foot African warrior princess, a petite, Spanish, glamorous woman from the 1300s, and a dark goth-looking, pale, white lady with fire red-hair, in a top hat, dressed all in black glided over to me in the air. Fear kicked in again. I stood up and tripped over a rock, Oya pointed towards me and broke my fall as she placed me back on my feet. Oya lifted me up with just her stare in my direction and brought me over to the trio in mid- air.

“It’s time to be a real witch, Gretchen.” She said as the four of us lowered back down to the ground.

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As the second installment of suspenseful short stories by two suspense authors, from diverse backgrounds, Blurred Lines offers a thrill ride with nine stories in genres across the board. From opposite sides of the Atlantic these stories have been created. One author started the tale and the other ended it. No discussion, no pre-planning, but yet their stories are seamless. With the use of writing prompts Kim and Didi have created tales that will tug at your heart strings, drop your jaws, and leave you clinging to the edge of your seat. From gory horror, romance, crime fiction, family drama, and fantasy, there is a story for everyone!

Crime Fiction, Psychological: “I’m Back Bitches, Now Panic!”
Lynn McCarmick has spent six years behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit, although she’s a far cry from an innocent woman. Her once loyal team of con artists set her up for a robbery that landed her a long term home in a Scottish prison. After an early release for good behavior, Lynn is finally able to let the bad bitch inside of her roam free.
Contemporary Romance: Heart of Gold
In this star crossed, light hearted tale, two people with the purest of hearts, each long to find a mate who is giving, honest and real. A heart-felt romance.
Psychological Thriller, Slasher Romance, Erotica: Chainsaw Ridge
Alice is one of a kind, and was raised by a nasty man with killer habits. After an accident rendered the awful man disabled, everything changed. With an ultimate twist, this gory tale takes Alice and her husband on one hell of a bloody adventure. Due to popular demand this story was extended!
Investigative Crime Fiction: Crime Scene Investigation
Detectives Flynn and McBride are on the case of a murder. Owner of the Chinese restaurant where the body was found, Mr. Wang, is devastated. The pressure is on to find the killer and to clear Mr. Wang’s establishment as a safe place for his patrons. The detectives piece together outside connections that are weaved into Mr. Wang’s ties, in a very delicate way. Is there more to the murder than what meets the eye?
Historical Fiction: A Miracle Baby Story
In a tragic tale of tough love and loss, brought about in a western setting, two young lovers are frowned upon by nearly everyone around. Adsila is a teen of Cherokee descent, who falls for a young cowboy. In a bitter-sweet tale she fights for the survival of herself and unborn child in a community filled with hate and judgement.
Paranormal Suspense: A life Gone?
Franklyn Poppy, is a husband and father who found himself in a place between life and death. He becomes a loathly witness to the woman he loves having an affair with his twin brother. He’s introduced to the infamous dark Goddess, Maman Bridgette who shares his disdain for the happenings with his wife. The outcome for Mrs. Poppy and her fateful intertwining with this powerful Goddess is powerful and resonating.
Metaphysics, Clairvoyant, Thriller: Murder by Mistake
The Wilkinson family consists of an Air Force father, a loving mother, and two daughters Anna and Julie. They are polar opposites, and Julie, the younger of the two has a special gift. She’s able to see things before they happen. When she’s mentally the witness to a murder that’s yet to be solved, she’s forced into action in an altercation with the killer.
Fantasy: Witchful Thinking
Gretchen isn’t your average witch, as she was born into a clan descending from the blood of Fate herself. Growing up in foster care was an intentional way for her to find her own path in using her magic, as she’s intended to be a tool for Fate’s use. A twisty tale set in the present and past day.
Family Drama: Real Mom
After the abandonment of their mother, twins Josephine and Jerilynn are taken in by their new stepmom, and become the big sisters to quite the large and quirky family. During a family vacation the two team up, and try to uncover the mystery of their estranged biological mom.

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More Than Love
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Book Tour: Guest Post By Author Andrea Hintz!

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

When it comes to a favorite character from a book…I would have to go with Darby Carter from the, “Phantom Stallion:  Wild Horse Island” series.  She was a strong, loveable, intelligent, and very brave YA character who felt very real.  I was about her age when I read the stories so I looked up to her.  Her character development over the series was incredibly fun to follow.  She went from a shy, city girl to a strong, determined ranch woman in Hawaii.

 

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?

I wanted to become an author because I have a very fast-paced head that’s always filled with stories, and this is my outlet.  It was most certainly the right decision.  Now I’m also finding that another outlet for this is screenwriting.

 

A day in the life of the author?

I have a normal job outside of writing.  I take a little time everyday working on my spirituality (reading Bible verses and praying), spending time with my family, and keeping up with the daily tasks of having a home.  At the end of the day, if I have a little down time, I work on marketing my books and writing.

 

Advice they would give new authors?

Everyone is subjective.  You can have one person tell you that your world building in your book was terrible, and the next person will say that the world building was their favorite part (go figure).  You also have to be open to constructive feedback.  Try not to get offended and really think about what was said.  If you really don’t agree with the advice, you don’t have to!  So it’s all about that perfect balance.  Just do what you know is good writing for your story.  Also, it’s always good to practice and hone your skills by writing and reading.  Also, please, please look up how to do a good book launch before you publish your first book.  I found that out much later in the game.  Start with a Google search on book launches.

 

Describe your writing style.

According to one of my reviewers, “The author keeps the reader glued to pages with a keen eye for detail and a taut writing style.”  I’m concise in my writing.

 

What makes a good story?

I feel like likeable characters are key to a good story.  I can read a book and the story and the main idea can be awesome, but if the character isn’t likeable or doesn’t become likeable by the end of the book, then I have a hard time relating.  That is my subjective opinion.

 

What are you currently reading?

My current read is, “Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble” by Kelly Brady Channick.  It’s super awesome!

 

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?

I usually will write a very light outline but will add in a lot of storyline as I go along, and I don’t always follow the outline.  I usually don’t know how the book will end until I get there.

 

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Feeling like writing a book is going to be too hard and you could never do it.  Trust me…if you have a story to tell, it’s not like writing an essay.  It’s like watching a really good movie.  And don’t worry about making it perfect right away.  This is a first draft.  Just get the ideas out.  Don’t worry about the sentence structure or how many times you start a sentence with, “I.”  If you get stuck on a scene, skip it and write it later.  You’ll be able to go back and change all of this later and more effectively.  The most important thing is to just get the ideas out.

Also, I think many aspiring writers worry about getting published.  There are plenty of avenues to publish your books that won’t cost you anything.  Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace were my platforms!  Send out your query letters to agents.  Dream of making it big with HarperCollins or Scholastic.  I still do!  But also appreciate your self-publishing options in the meantime and know that the industry is changing and self-publishing has proven to be just as, if not more, effective than going with a larger publishing house.  But once you self-publish, prepare for the marketing.  That’s the hardest part.  Do your research, find other authors who were successful in self-publishing, network with them, and do what they do.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

I love having a fully charged laptop, a cozy room or couch, and a Friday night where I can type until 2am.  I get some great scenes out when I’m tired and my mind is looser hahaha.

 

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I try to be original and true to myself, although I’ve been pondering and weighing the pros and cons of writing what I want versus what’s popular in the world right now.  You have to do what feels right to you.  Never stray away from your values or beliefs for a story.  You don’t have to.  I always want to deliver what the readers want.  For example, I kept hearing positive feedback about Wolf and Juro’s characters.  Originally, I wasn’t sure how involved they were going to be for the remainder of the series, but once I heard that feedback from my readers, I continued involving the characters heavily into the storyline and developing them, which only made the readers love them even more.

 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don’t let your need to market overshadow your love of writing.  There are some days where I market and market but I’m not writing, and then I start to lose sight of why I’m doing it in the first place.  Marketing is important, but make time for creation.  It’ll refresh you and fuel your passion so you keep moving forward.

 

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I have to be honest, I don’t find any issues with writing male characters.  Maybe it’s because I grew up with brothers, so I was able to see firsthand how boys work and that their feelings aren’t all that different from girls.  We all want the same thing at the end of the day.

 

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

If I stuck with a good schedule, I could probably write one in about two months.  But my life outside of writing is busy and I usually end up writing one book every six to twelve months (from first word to absolute final draft).  I think my record was a few weeks because I had some time off from work (that was, “Perception and Deception II”).

 

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Absolutely.  I’ve written about this topic online before.  I deal with writer’s block by taking a rest from my writing. Sometimes, you have to let the inspiration build up in your mind from your own life experiences.  And then suddenly, you wake up in the middle of the night with ten chapters worth of ideas! It’s very interesting how our minds work.

Andrea Hintz has loved writing her whole life. She began college at the age of thirteen and graduated at seventeen with a Bachelor’s in Public Management and Administration. Having endless stacks of books, she has a particular interest in fiction genres that contain lots of adventure and take her to other places of the world. She has written many books including the books in The Tesoro Series, the Perception and Deception series, additional short stories, guest articles for writing blogs and literary magazines, as well as a short guide for beginning authors. Andrea also plays the guitar, sings, and has written notebooks and notebooks full of songs and book ideas. Her favorite books were very special to her growing up, and she believes that if at least one reader feels that way about her work, she will have successfully done her job as an author.
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Perception and Deception
Book 1
by Andrea Hintz
Genre: New Adult Spy Action Adventure Romance
Felix Jaynes is a special agent for the Real Life Immersion Program (also known as RLIP). A few months earlier, she had a traumatic experience that caused her to go from a confident agent who was a phenomenal expert in her field, to suddenly doubting her career. She has recently been sent to an extremely rural town called Toselville; playing the part of a young nature photographer. Everyone has their cliques in Toselville. As a twenty-one-year-old, she finds herself having to network with the younger people in town. Her mission: find the middle aged son of two weapons designers who created blueprints for the United States government. As time goes on, she befriends Ashton Mathis, the owner of the only grocery shop in town, and his best friend/employee. Ashton instantly becomes enamored with Felix’s beauty and kindness she shows towards them and he begins to pursue her while she is in the midst of working on an incredibly dangerous mission.
RLIP agents have partners who talk to them through their small earpieces that cannot be seen. These agents are not allowed to see their partners or even know their names. Felix has had many partners who are generally cold and over-professional. But Felix has been assigned to Wolf, an older gentleman who becomes a sort of wise father figure to her. After going with Ashton and his friends to the town bowling alley, Felix finds that she is starting to get into a clique of her own. Ashton is there to hopefully win Felix’s heart, and Felix is there strictly on business, hoping to get information for her case…or so she keeps telling herself. Against Wolf’s initial words of wisdom, Felix finds herself thinking about Ashton and accepts his invitation to go out on a date. But Felix accidentally blows her cover, and soon, Ashton is attacked. Felix was able to save him once, but now her enemies will stop at nothing to get to them. Felix is reassigned to a new mission…witness protection for Ashton and herself. Their budding romantic relationship comes to a sharp halt as they now have to focus on working together to survive. They can run, but they know their enemies are never far behind. Their only option to save themselves is to solve this case. And it is not going to be easy.
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Perception and Deception II
Book 2
Twenty-two year old Faith Evans (formerly known as Felix Jaynes) is a former special agent for the Real Life Immersion Program, an organization that the FBI calls upon in the midst of unsolvable cases. Faith has been enjoying her normal life outside of the agency by spending time with her boyfriend, Ashton Mathis. They have become inseparable since meeting during Faith’s final mission with the agency several months prior. Although they seem to be safe from the events that unfolded during that final mission, both of them are having feelings of uneasiness and find themselves looking over their shoulders at all times. After spontaneously eloping at the courthouse, things begin to take a strange turn when Faith suddenly disappears without a trace…
Perception and Deception III
Book 3
Twenty-two year old Faith Evans is a former special agent for the Real Life Immersion Program, an organization that the FBI calls upon in the midst of unsolvable cases. After being betrayed by RLIP, she decides to cut ties with them permanently and move on to a normal life. So when she’s asked to return to the agency to help with a difficult case, her immediate answer is no. However, she soon discovers that the case involves the kidnapping of her former partner’s teenaged grandson, Paul Spencer. There’s no way she can stay away and sit quietly.
Paul was being groomed to become a future tech agent, but having computer hacking skills of his caliber at such a young age may have exposed him to a dangerous cybercrime ring that wants to use him for something life shattering. The agency suspects that Paul’s computer club classmates may have been the associated link. Faith is the only agent young enough to pass as a high school student and must befriend Paul’s classmates to find out what’s going on. But when politicians suddenly get involved, this case may be far more twisted and dangerous than she initially realized. On top of everything else, RLIP seems to be attempting to recruit Faith’s new husband, Ashton Mathis, into the agency.
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Andrea Hintz has loved writing her whole life. She began college at the age of thirteen and graduated at seventeen with a Bachelor’s in Public Management and Administration. Having endless stacks of books, she has a particular interest in fiction genres that contain lots of adventure and take her to other places of the world. She has written many books including the books in The Tesoro Series, the Perception and Deception series, additional short stories, guest articles for writing blogs and literary magazines, as well as a short guide for beginning authors. Andrea also plays the guitar, sings, and has written notebooks and notebooks full of songs and book ideas. Her favorite books were very special to her growing up, and she believes that if at least one reader feels that way about her work, she will have successfully done her job as an author.
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Writing Prompt: Judgement Day..

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If you were to judge your favourite book by its cover, would you still read it?…

 

A really good writing prompt under today’s date in my book, and very fitting as just this week on Facebook, an author friend asked the question ‘ what’s more important the cover or book’s blurb for readers?’ Me being a big reader I responded, and said in my personal experience and opinion the cover is not really that important, compared to the book’s blurb. Ultimately this is what makes me buy a book not the cover.

Why Is a Book’s Blurb More Important To Me?

Well, as a reader this is what tells me about the book. I have read some books with shockingly plain or even boring covers. And some which don’t represent the true ‘ride’ the book gave me, and they turned out to be outstanding five star reads!! So this is why I personally feel as a reader, covers are cool and yes important, but more focus for me is on blurb.

If I find it interesting, or pulled to the characters I am for sure going to read that book! Regardless of the cover. On the other hand, I have read some terrible books either badly written, not my cup of tea etc , and the cover was real eye-candy. I feel that a cover does not really tell you the FULL detail of a book.

What Does A Book’s Cover Show Me?

If I’m really honest, as a reader what genre it might be lolz, and that’s about it. It does not tell me if I’d like it, if it’s interesting or pull me to buy it. It may sound weird to some who read this, but as a reader personally the cover just gives me a hint of the genre. *Shrugs shoulders.*

So… If I Had To Judge My Favourite Books By Covers Would I Read Them Again?

Yes! As it was probably the blurb that pulled me in, and that’s why I picked it up. The author then did a great job with delivering to me what was written on the tin, and I enjoyed it so yeah I would. Some of my favourite books have really plain covers. In all honestly book covers that are eye-candy are lovely, and every author wants one ( me included). But, at the end of the day, it’s all about the delivery and your blurb. I know this a reader and because of this experience I have had, as a writer I try to ensure that my blurbs deliver a true representation of what’s within the pages! So never judge books by covers is my response, go by the book’s blurb.

What about you, what’s more important the cover or blurb? Which one calls you to buy or read a book? If you had to think of your fav reads and their covers, would you read them again or be pulled to them?? Let me know?

Writing Prompt…It’s hard, But Surely There’s A Positive…

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Last night like you probably did too, I watched the late night news and fell into bed somewhat exhausted. But it wasn’t  a feeling of needing sleep, in fact with ‘lock down’ and not being able to leave the house I’ve had plenty of that! No, it was a different kind of tired. I was tired of being worried, scared, and panicked by the state of the world right now. Coronavirus, one word and it sets everyone on edge. In fact, last night I saw an ambulance pull up outside my neighbour’s house, I was gripped with fear as that neighbour has a little boy the same age as my son.

Anyway, I’m tired of being worried, as I sat on the edge of the bed it came to me, this writing prompt I created myself. “It’s hard, but surely there’s a positive”. I decided with today being the 1st April it’s all about new energy, new vibes, and a new glass half full state of mind. I wanted to list exactly what I’m grateful for and feel  positive about even, if there’s a major world pandemic that’s set everyone’s life as they know it upside down.

So here goes, I sit here now at lunch time in my garden writing this, it’s a beautiful sunny day and that in itself is a reason to smile! Here’s my list of the  positive!! That I will bring with me into April and what I’m grateful for… it’s hard, but surely there is a positive right now. And I strongly believe if you put out your intentions to the Universe you’ll be heard!

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Positives!

  • I’m healthy, and so far so are all of my family members and friends. This virus has not touched us.

 

  • I have a home that’s safe, warm, and can shelter myself and family during this madness- many don’t.

 

  • I’m not ‘stuck in the house’ with people I hate, or can’t stand.  Some people are, imagine that! You know what’s funny when this whole lock down thing started, I thanked God that I was not experiencing it with my son’s father! In the same house. My son and I would have been fucked!! I kinda laughed to myself last night and thought, ‘thank God I got rid of him before lock down happened’ LOLZ.

 

  • I’m grateful for my son’s step-father, and step-daughter whole-heartedly. While due to the travel ban they’re not here, they’re safe, and that I’m grateful for!!

 

  • Lock down has allowed me to focus more ( than I already do), on my son’s schooling.  Our bond is close anyway, but as we’ve all been in the house for the last what, nineteen days or so it’s like we’ve really bonded again! we’ve enjoyed our days.

 

  • I’ve made great progress with writing, yesterday I posted some ‘lock down goals’ and I have one story fully outlined! Today I wish to ramp up the word count.

 

  • I have food, clothes, water all at my disposal when some don’t right now. Like for example in Italy where people are looting stores due to their need.

 

  • Thankfully, I work at home anyway so this lock down has not messed up work. But, the challenge is that I’ve had to change work hours around, so I can work when the house is quiet…which is no major thing. I’m just working late at night or early hours of the morning- nothing major as I’m a night owl anyway and don’t mind it. A lot of people right now their ability to earn has been cut off, as they can’t really work at home, but must stay home. Or they risk their lives  and those of their family by leaving the house to go to work. Not knowing if they will come into contact with the virus, and bring it home! They deserve ‘danger money’ pay in my eyes.

 

So overall, I feel that it’s hard right now but there are positives. And we all must remember this no matter how small the positives are be thankful!! You are alive and reading this, be thankful all you have to do is wash your hands and be careful. You’re not (hopefully) in the hospital fighting for your life. I challenge you, today, this week, as we enter a new month with new energy and vibrations, to think about exactly what there is  can be positive about and thankful, during this time of madness! Then write that shit down! And don’t forget it!! Even drop your link  to your blog post below so I can read it.