Book Review: Seaside Passion by Tammy Tate. Damn Good 5+ stars @authortammytate

I was thrilled to receive two author review copies of this author’s work this weekend. I read them both in one sitting! First I must say this book is part of an anthology with other authors, I’ve not read the other stories and can’t comment. This review is only based on Seaside Passion. I loved it a great one for romantic suspense lovers out there. Let’s get into the review.

Plot

No spoilers from me! But from what I understand this anthology of four stories follows the story of four brothers, the Mac brothers. Each story is tied in some way. In Seaside Passion the focus is on Blake, the youngest brother. He is a very successful man he owns his own dental practice, but he’s single and has been for four years. He and his brothers learn that their estranged father passed away. He left them his lodge. The brothers work hard and convert it to a holiday resort, once complete Blake’s path crosses with Callie. She is on holiday at the resort for some head space, she would have been with her partner if he had not cheated on her with his secretary. Anyway, after some drama, push and pull the two bond.  During this Callie learns about Blake’s fear of love due to his mother running off with another man, then his dad becoming estranged. The oldest of the brothers raised them all. In between all this there is one massive turn of events that takes this story into the romantic suspense genre… I’m keeping quiet about that! It was a shock to me but a good one.

My Review

I’ve not read all the stories but I’m giving this story (Seaside Passion) of the anthology five plus wonderful stars, Tammy Tate delivers again. This is  a short story you could say less than novella length BUT, the plot line and writing packs a punch in such little word count! Plus the little extra drama she added in (that I’m keeping quiet about) I loved. The characters are well developed, you see Blake’s issues via good writing that shows us in his actions rather than telling us as readers. The author has a way of making her leading men sound really yummy visually. I’d be lying if I said I did not smile at his visual descriptions. *Grins.*

The story itself is a good romance story, filled with a good dose of drama and suspense when things kick off.  There is the HEA that we want as romance readers too. The heat level is a little steamy. I’ve read a lot of this author’s work, my guess is if she had more word count there may have been more steam and description with the character’s closeness *grins.*  She writes steam really well, tastefully always.

Overall, I recommend this particular story to romantic suspense lovers, thrill seekers and all  romance readers who love stories that focus on realistic concepts, issues we face as humans. And also like a fast paced snappy writing style. Great job 5+ stars, I loved it.

 

Seaside Passion Tammy Tate

Blurb

 

Book 4 in the sexy new series, The Mac Brothers.

After a traumatic childhood, Blake MacDonald has trust issues with women and leaves Highland Bay vowing never to return.
With the help of grants, student loans, and odd jobs, Blake puts himself through college. He becomes a well-respected dentist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Five years go by and his brother calls with news that their father passed away. They learn that they have inherited an abandoned lodge in Nova Scotia. When he partners with his brothers, renovations begin. Seaside Escape becomes a luxurious oceanfront resort with jagged cliffs, breathtaking views and amazing sunsets. When Blake’s not helping his brother’s run the hotel he’s a part-time dentist in the small seaside town of Highland Bay.
Thirty-two and single, Blake has had his share of women, but he’s never allowed himself to fall in love. He’s not even sure what love means, much less what it feels like. Rejection and abandonment are his worst enemies. It’s a highly-guarded secret he keeps buried.

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Coming 28th July 2017: Volume One #amreading #amwriting #kdsuspense #newrelease

About two weeks ago, when Didi and I wrote our last story for Kim and Didi’s Suspenseful Collection weekly writing challenges, I said we’re taking a short break because it’s “the quiet before the storm.” I’ve  hardly blogged the last few weeks, now you know why .

Boom!

And yes at your request, New York’s first female serial killer Lisa Vanacilli is back! In part two of “It Was The First Time I Killed A  Man.” Plus we have two never seen bonus stories.

 

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A suspenseful novel with a twist. Eight short stories, by two suspense authors, from diverse backgrounds. 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. Just creativity with the use of writing prompts, to craft one tale, with two different writers. This anthology of suspenseful, fast paced and engaging tales covers multiple genres. From heart felt romance, crime, fantasy, and steamy historical fiction.

Steamy Historical Crime Fiction: It was The First Time I Killed A Man.

It’s 1972 and New York’s first female serial killer Lisa Vanacilli is in the hot seat again, ten years after her conviction of murder to the first degree and innocent plea. The ruthless but sexy reporter Tiffany Low cracks Lisa for a confession… at a price. Lisa is strong, courageous and says it how it is. This story has been extended due to reader’s demand. And is only for adult readers.

Psychological Fiction: Every Time I Hear That Voice From The Basement.

George appears to be harmless. The local neighbourhood geek on the outside, married to Jolene. In reality, he’s a very disturbed man. His path crosses with Dana, the local check out girl. This is a psychological suspense story with a twist.

Crime Fiction: The Entrance To The Tunnel Is His Only Way Out.

Juan is a wanted man, and an ex-gang member on the run from Atlanta to Mexico. With hundred grand in cash stolen from his ex-boss, he meets an unlikely fate in Mexico. A fast-paced crime fiction story.

 Contemporary Romance: When His Hands Run Up My Thighs I…

Love has no time limit, age limit or use by date. Sarah now in her fifties is reunited with her long-lost love Joshua. They last had contact in 1961. In the present day, thanks to the advancement of technology their paths cross. A heart-warming and modern tale, about long distance love, that will leave you warm inside.

 Suspense: We Only Said Goodbye With Words, I Died A Hundred Times:

Russian Femme Fatale Mila Petrov is London’s top Madam. Her entertainment house is booming, she has a team of London’s strongest women behind her. Unfinished business from her past creeps up and haunts her. It’s nothing she can’t handle. A suspenseful historical tale, with a strong femme fatale.

 Fantasy: The Ones Who Live At The Bottom Of The Ocean, Come To The Surface.

A beautiful coming of age story, featuring sixteen year old Zoe and her mother May-Li. Myth becomes reality, as Zoe finds out who and what she really is. Her mixed descent reveals more than what meets the eye. This fantasy story is set against the backdrop of a Greek island and Hong Kong, China.

Suspenseful Crime Fiction: Guilty As Charged, In Self-Defence

California’s sassy, tough, and likeable defence lawyer Catherine has taken on a case so high profile, if she wins she’ll become a partner of Martin Law Firm. Defending forty six year old Mrs. Chevelle. An ex Las Vegas show girl, now a Hollywood wife, on trial for the murder of her high-profile husband. She claims she’s innocent. Readers are taken on a fast -paced journey on a mission to seek the truth.

Contemporary Fiction: It’s A Man’s Man’s World:

A beautiful modern tale showing the love and appreciation of a woman. James Brown said it right when he said, “it’s a man’s man’s world, but it would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.

 

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I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed writing this romantic suspense story, all 90,000 odd words  of it! It was my first EVER novel. I’m celebrating the rebirth of A Stranger in France,  since I took back creative control , whipped up a new cover, re-edited and republished it! I have ten copies to give away to ten competition winners.  You can enter by one  or all of the below ways. If you entered my last giveaway, and you have done all of the first three (thank you),  just drop a comment on this post  to say you wish to enter. I’ll ask Raffata to enter your name manually, or share the competition to enter. Note that winners are selected at random by  the Raffata system  I do not  pick them closing date 30th July 2017. Good luck!

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Book Blurb:

In A Stranger in France readers are taken on a fast paced, modern day romantic journey, that spans across the city of London, the glitz and glam of France, and the beautiful English coast. There’s enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages.

Career driven and successful thirty two year old Kate Brown travels to southern France to visit her best friend Tanya Adams, for a well deserved short break, and to forget her worries in London. Her path crosses with tall, dark, devilishly handsome and wealthy Nicholas D’Coix. As a young man, Nicholas turned himself around and built an empire of wealth, he’s now one of Paris’ top three entrepreneurs. In a whirlwind of steamy romance Nicholas and Kate fall in love.

Kate returns to London leaving Nicholas behind and the two are still very much in love. Kate faces a few surprises of her own on her return to London. She makes a bold life changing move, to make the most of her life changing dilemma. Touching on real life issues these two strong characters battle it out, against all the odds in the name of love for a beautiful happy ever after.

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Book Review Murder in the Vail 4* by Judy Moore #suspense #mystery

Murder in the vail

 

This for me was an enjoyable murder mystery, with a good dose of who-dun-it. I read it quickly  and  the story line held my attention. The author is a good story teller, and created some engaging characters.

The Plot:

Murder in the vail follows the story of a wealthy widow Sally, with a bunch of brats for kids! They want her money. Each and every one of them has a motive for murder. Even down the the house keeper.

The family get together for Christmas, and a few days before they have their usual family drama, which leads Sally to announce that she is donating 95% of their estate (three BILLION dollars) to charity. As you can imagine her spoilt children who received twenty five mil each already, (and spent it), are not too impressed. Everyone of them has some kind of financial difficulty or need, be it work wise or drug wise. So, like I was saying Christmas drama plays out and there’s a murder, Sally’s son Stephen’s wife. Then Sally (the widow) is the next victim… almost, she survives the attack. Very cleverly.

I won’t give out too many spoilers as to what plays out next, but after one murder and Sally surviving an attempted murder, Sally’s daughter Gwen  disappears  Christmas morning. Everyone freaks out, but she skied down the hill for help. The family are snowed in  over Christmas  with one dead body in the freezer, all phone lines are down with no internet either. They’re up in the mountains. Once she finds help  everyone is questioned, DNA taken, the usual police routine plays out. They make an arrest… do they have the right person? We as readers are led down the path to think of course they do , there’s DNA evidence duh.

As  a  suspense writer myself  I was reading closely, I knew there had to be more than what meets the eye here, surely it can’t be this simple?? I was asking myself what did I miss? Where did this author lead me up the path setting me up for X when really it’s Y. I found nothing, I kept reading but I suspected one character in particular more than the others.  I got to the final chapters and that’s where my mouth dropped, that’s when I said this author is a brilliant story teller. My suspicions turned out to be right, but  there is a brilliant twist with it. I won’t spoil it and say what I thought was right, just read it and find out! And find out the brilliant twist.

Overall I am giving Murder In The Vail  four well deserved stars, as it is a well written book, a good dose of who-dun-it and mystery,  I was engaged. I liked how some of the characters (mainly Sally’s children) seemed to grow. Gwen turned from a spoilt brat into a very strong and independent woman with *face palm* a job, once she ditched her no good husband , who wanted her for money- that I salute. Lance also seemed to grow as a man after all the drama with his family. He learned how to earn a buck for himself. I loved Yvette’s character all the way through as well she made me giggle. She is the perfect pretty face with a brain kinda woman, everyone thinks she’s just a Playboy bunny but she’s a smart one. Her ending really made me smile, this is Lance’s wife.  I also liked their relationship too. I would have loved a quicker pace in some parts, but don’t get me wrong this  book is well worth a read the ending is surprising.  I would read more books from this author. Good job!

Right on to the next book !

Book Review: Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt 5*

Aggravated Momentum by [Oviatt, Didi]

A very enjoyable read! First let me start by saying, this author has a certain style of writing, it’s not just fast paced and gripping, it’s moving and will place you in the same room as the characters. Each character is portrayed via a first person POV, my personal favourite in the thriller genre. Didi Oviatt did not fail me! I was convinced by every character’s POV. Especially  our prime suspect and killer.

The Plot:

Markie finds her self surrounded by death, her nearest and dearest are dropping like flies, and no one can understand why.  Her sister Kam is also unnerved by the random killings taking place. Early on in the book we learn who the suspect is, I won’t give spoilers as I hate these myself. As I was reading I thought to myself why did the author do this, why has she given away the who-dun-it so soon?  Well, there’s a good reason, the plot thickens the murderer is connected not just to Markie, but her sister Kam and  their mother in a major way. And the suspect’s  motive is a sick one, as a reader you know more than the killer does about the past ,as the author shows you it.  There’s more than what meets the eye. Once we learn who our suspect is we take a walk in their shoes for the remaining chapters, Readers experience their sick mind and spiteful ways. We also walk in Markie, Kam and their mother’s shoes.

Each of these characters have their own issues, Markie is grieving the loss of her best friend who was murdered, Kam is in constant conflict with her role as a younger sister and how important she is to Markie, Brock Kam’s boyfriend… hummm don’t let that soft feminine exterior fool you, Evelyn Kam and Markie’s mother is a drama queen, with a LOT  of secrets and a LOT to answer for.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot, as I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but what I will say is the plot is good, unpredictable and surprising. The ending is left open for a good chance of a part #2,I really hope that there is! I finished the last page feeling like I need more, more answers and more knowledge on what happens to Kam and Markie next.

The last time I read a thriller and felt like I was there, with the murderer in the same room was when I read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. This is the second time. Aggravated Momentum really made me feel as though I was part of the crime scenes, and right next to the killer as they planned and plotted the next move. Just brilliant.

I’ve given this book five stars not just for the unpredictable and surprising plot, but for the writing style and flare in how the story is told, it works well, and how the author was able to write different POV’s consistently, and really well. As readers you are pulled into each character’s POV and issues. It takes a lot of talent to get this right, Didi has done it. Five well deserved stars! I will for sure read part #2… I hear on the grapevine there just might be one landing soon!

Let Me Tell You A Tale….. 1 hour left to vote. One writing prompt is in the lead ! #amwriting #suspense #writerslife

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Okay people, this is it! The voting for the first ever Let Me Tell You A Tale duo writing prompt response is coming to an end. We have one prompt in the lead… “It was the first time I killed a man.” Didi and I are beside ourselves with excitement over this prompt, it’s every suspense writers dream… so thank you for voting. All comment votes or poll votes will be counted. If you want to get involved and give your view then vote…. now this first voting poll is working on London time, and will close at midnight so Didi and I can set to work, ready for Tuesday’s post.  Leave a comment or head to the poll here

The next poll will be on USA time when Didi is in the driver’s seat.We’ll take turns across the Atlantic so that no matter where you are in the world voting you’ll get in on time!

Good night from London,

Kim.