Trial & Tribulations: A Windy Ridge Legal Thriller Book 1, by Rachel Dylan

4 Stars!

High-powered attorney Olivia Murray faces the biggest test of her career when she is assigned to represent Astral Tech, a New Age tech company, in a lawsuit filed by its biggest competitor. While Olivia is accustomed to hard fights in the courtroom, she arrives in Windy Ridge and discovers there is much more to this case than the legal claims—forces of darkness are at work.

Windy Ridge quickly turns from quiet Chicago suburb to spiritual battleground, and Olivia must rely on her faith to defend against legal and spiritual attacks. Although they are enemies in the courtroom, Olivia finds a friend and unlikely ally in opposing counsel, Grant Baxter. Once a skeptic about faith, he ultimately comes to her aid when she needs it most.

The battle between evil forces heats up in and out of the courtroom, pushing Olivia to the breaking point. Will she be able to help good triumph over evil, or will the town of Windy Ridge be torn apart?

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She is a member of ACFW and RWA. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. She is represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

Check out her website - HERE

A very unexpected surprise! I had read one of Rachel's other book - Expert Witness which had no paranormal qualities to it at all, so this was very different. This was a Good vs. Evil/God vs. Satan type book. What I really loved was all the fun (mmm not so fun LOL) paranormal activity, Christian paranormal activity I should say. 

If you like books with a lot of paranormal stuff flying around but don't like all the swearing and sex - this is a good book for you. This is a very clean paranormal story. It was fun, edgy, suspenseful and thrilling in spots. 

There was good solid character development. I liked all the main characters. Especially Olivia and Grant. I can't wait to read more about them in book 2. 
I also loved all the courtroom drama. This has always been a favorite of mine in books.

I am a Christian and I do believe in Angels and Demons but this book was very far fetched. I am not saying it could never happen, just that it doesn't happen every day. But, it is a fiction book and it doesn't have to be real for me it just has to be good - and that it is! To be honest the book would be kind of boring without all the paranormal aspects. So I loved it more because of that. I am glad this is a series. I am definitely hooked - I will be reading the rest!

Thanks to the author, Rachel Dylan for sending me this book for my honest review! Next one please!

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In The Dark - Chris Patchell

5 Stars!

Marissa Rooney stands in her daughter’s empty dorm room, a half-used vial of insulin clutched in her trembling hand. Brooke has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. And if Marissa has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not.

The missing person’s investigation takes a sudden and deadly turn when the police discover the body of another college student who went missing a week before Brooke. Desperate to find her daughter, Marissa fears time is running out.

But she isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from Marissa’s past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive…in the dark.

When Chris Patchell is not hiking in the woods or hanging out with family and friends, she is an author of gritty suspense fiction and works in hi-tech. Chris fell in love with writing in third grade when she wrote a five-page story on vampires. Although far from perfect, even then Chris’s intricate plot was so good, her father refused to believe that she didn’t steal it from a comic book.

Years later, Chris started writing again. Her gritty suspense novels are filled with drama and angst.

Visit her at her website - HERE

This author has written two books so far - score and SCORE!!! I have read both these books (Deadly Lies and In The Dark) and both are five star books! Chris Patchell has definitely delivered another page turner with In the Dark. This book was every bit as good as Deadly Lies.

A very suspense laden book. I was feeling the edge of my chair the whole way. Not only is this a great suspense thriller but it gets into your heart! Its a little scary and sad in places.

Great character development. Brooke's character is amazing! I truly felt like I was watching it all happen. The one character I surprising didn't like was the mom! I usually can identify with the mom in every story, but I just didn't like her personality. I did, however love the detective - Crawford.

This story has a lot of ups and downs, a lot of twists. There was a time where I thought "What the heck does 'He' have to do with everything? Is 'He' even important to the story?" Well He was of course, LOL. Chris wraps it all up in a great ending that will leave you both totally satisfied and yet wanting more!
The heavy gate groaned shut. Engaging the lock, he pulled the backpack out of his jeep and slung it over his shoulder. It was a rare fall day in the Pacific Northwest, and he planned to take full advantage of the good weather.
    He had work to do.
    He pulled a “No Trespassing” sign from the pack and propped it against the fence.
    With a few sure strokes of a hammer, he nailed it to the post. The dull blows echoed in the quiet woods. Branches and fallen leaves popped and crackled beneath his feet as he worked his way methodically along the ridge, checking the barbed wire fence for gaps. The cinnamon smell of the turning leaves was a sure sign that hunting season would soon begin, and he couldn’t afford to have strangers stumbling onto his property.
    He nailed the last sign to the post.
    There. That should keep the bastards out.
    He turned and started down a rugged trail carved into the steep hillside. A couple hundred feet below, the valley floor glimmered like an emerald in the late day sun. Three cabins stood in the clearing beside the Tolt River. A half-dozen more were scattered along the upper ridge overlooking Lake Langois.
    The place had been a youth camp once, before the tragic drowning of a teenaged girl had destroyed the camp’s reputation. Afterwards, the camp had closed and the cabins had fallen into disrepair.
    It was a shame really. He had fond memories of the place. So while his father spent the summer basking in an alcoholic haze, he’d spent time exploring the woods, far away from his father’s violent mood swings. By any measure, it was a win-win.
    Dappled sunlight shone through the thick canopy of branches overhead. He loved days like this. Alone in the woods, he felt at peace with the world.
    A scream rent the air, shattering the stillness of the afternoon.
    It was shrill. Human.
    Crows fled the safety of the trees, a torrent of black wings flooding the blue sky. Heart racing, he started to run. The uneven ground slid beneath his boots. Branches slapped at his face, and he ran faster, driven on by her panicked cries.
    The valley floor was muddy after the long weeks of rain. The spongy earth slowed his pace as he raced toward the river.
    Another scream. Louder.
    “Help me. Oh God. Please.”
    It was coming from the cabin farthest from the water’s edge.
    His boots pounded up the wooden steps. Hinges squawked in protest as he crashed through the door.
    The stench hit him hard—stale sweat and human waste. His stomach churned.
    At first, he could see nothing, his eyes blinded in the dim light. Then her slender form materialized out of the darkness—a small slip of a girl, barely more than a hundred pounds. She was standing near the center of the room. Her hands bound behind her back. A soiled University of Washington t-shirt hanging from her skinny frame. Pink panties. And nothing else.
    The relief on her face froze the instant she spotted him. A small sob escaped her lips. She stepped back, retreating into the shadows.
    As if she could hide.
    “Now, Kim,” he said. “What was the rule?”
    Her jaw worked, but no sound emerged. She took another pitiful step back, her wide eyes brimming with fear.
    “What was the rule?”
    His voice boomed in the small cabin. She flinched like a beaten dog.
    “No calling out,” she mumbled.
    “I can’t hear you? What’s the rule?”
    “No calling out.”
    “No calling out,” he repeated, smiling thinly. “That’s right. You leave me no choice.”
    “Please,” she said, voice trembling, tears leaking from her eyes. “I’ll do better, I promise. I promise…”
    He stepped toward her, his tread echoing on the bare plank floor. She shrank back, trembling, and stumbled over the bucket. Hands flailing wide, she crashed to the floor.
    He stopped. His six-foot frame loomed above her. She averted her gaze, looking anywhere but at him.
    This will not do.
    He hunkered down and gripped her narrow chin, painfully forcing her gaze to meet his.
    “Please,” she whispered, knowing it was useless.
    Her mouth trembled.
    “Aw, princess,” he said, running his thumb slowly across her swollen bottom lip.
    “I’m afraid it’s too late for that.”
    He reached down and unbuckled his belt.

In my opinion - you don't want to miss this one! This author is two for two!
Catch my review of Deadly Lies - HERE 

Thank you "Bostick Communications" for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

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Friday Top Five!

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I have been sick the past couple days!
Which makes me think of food! (Well not really, but I can pretend for the sake of this post).

Top 5 Thanksgiving foods -
1. Stuffing! Its all about the stuffing!
2. Mashed potatoes, I love potatoes anyway, but with a little turkey gravy.
3. Squash, I love squash. I don't know why I don't make it more often, not just at Thanksgiving...
4. Pie! Oh my gosh, the pies!
5. Breads, rolls, etc. I've been dieting so have not had bread in a while.

 And just so you know. - being a vegetarian - I will eat turkey on Thanksgiving.


The Golden Braid - Melanie Dickerson

4.5 Stars!

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower…

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

Melanie Dickerson is the author of "The Healer’s Apprentice," a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

Visit her website - HERE

 Cute cute cute! This was my first one by this author. I think I like the fairy tale retell idea! It was fun. It was like reading a fairy tale from my childhood, only made for adults (but it is a very clean, slightly Christian based romance). I would have never thought I would go for something like this but it was great.

First let me say that I received the hard cover version - how lucky I was! This is a gorgeous book! Very nice quality with an absolutely beautiful cover (the picture does not do it justice).

The story was slightly different from the Rapunzel I remember but I am glad it was. I liked it better that way. It kept me guessing and it was very real feeling with a touch of fairy tale to it.

Great character development. I just loved Rapunzel. She was exactly like I would have pictured her! and Sir Gerek, Oh my word! Definitely swoon worthy!  I loved him right from the start. What a great leading men. Every romance needs a man like him.

Oh the ending was so romantic! The ending was in perfect fairy tale form. I couldn't have ended it better myself LOL. I am really looking forward to reading another one by this author. This was a beautifully written book.

Thank you Litfuse for sending me this book for my honest review!

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Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry join rising stars like Dana Chamblee Carpenter and Paul Gail Benson in a collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called.
Featuring stories by: Donald Bain, Robert Dugoni, Jefferson Bass, Mary Burton, Jonathan Stone, Steven James, Maggie Toussaint, Clay Stafford, Heywood Gould, Jaden Terrell, and more…
Every year, some of the biggest names in the thriller world converge in Tennessee for the Killer Nashville conference, an event where stars of the genre rub elbows with their most devoted fans, where the bestsellers of tomorrow pick up tricks of the trade, and where some of the best writers of today swap dark tales of good deals gone bad, rights made wrong, and murder in all shades...
This collection of new stories features some of the biggest names in suspense, from bestsellers to ferociously talented newcomers. Grouped around the classic theme of murder, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is a first-class collection and a must-have for fans of the genre.

Q & A with Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson Authors of "In Plain Sight"
About the story -
A group of undergraduate students from the University of Tennessee aren’t surprised when they stumble upon a decomposing body in the famed “Body Farm”. Featuring the Jefferson Bass recurring characters of Bill Brockton and Miranda Lovelady, the shock comes after they realize this particular body wasn’t supposed to be there.
New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass is the duo of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. Bass, a renowned forensic anthropologist, is the creator of the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility: the “Body Farm.” Author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications, he is also co-author (with Jefferson) of an acclaimed memoir, Death’s Acre; the nonfiction book Beyond the Body Farm; and nine “Body Farm” novels. Jefferson, the “writer” half of Jefferson Bass, is a veteran author and documentary writer/producer, whose Body Farm documentary, Biography of a Corpse, has been seen by millions worldwide.

- You've teamed up to write quite a number of publications. Could you each tell me, which was your favorite and why?

Dr. Bill Bass:
My favorites are the two nonfiction books, Death’s Acre and Beyond the Body Farm. They include a lot of actual cases from my forensic career. Are the details are factual—we name the good guys and the bad guys—and some of the crimes are as bizarre as anything we’ve ever made up. The saying “truth is stranger than fiction” has a lot of truth to it!

Jon Jefferson:
Different books, for different reasons. (This question is like asking a dad which one of his kids he loves best!) I’ll always be especially fond of the first novel in the series, Carved in Bone.  It’s the one that introduces our hero, Dr. Brockton, and his sassy sidekick, graduate assistant Miranda. It also has a lot of great East Tennessee local color—ginseng poaching, cockfights, and pot patches, among other things. But I also the fourth novel, Bones of Betrayal, for the way it weaves in World War II and the that role Oak Ridge, TN, played in the race to develop the atomic bomb. And I loved doing the medieval religious and art-history research for The Inquisitor’s Key.

- How do you decide what to write and how to write it?

We talk early on about what forensic technique or techniques we’d like to highlight in the book. We want to entertain readers, of course, but we also want them to learn something new from every book. So we’ll make some early decisions about that, and bounce around ideas for the plot. Then Jon will write a draft and we’ll discuss that, paying particular attention to getting the forensic details right.

- I love the premise of your novella "In Plain Sight", I don't think I even knew there was such a thing as a body farm. It would seem to me that if I was going to dump a body it would be the perfect place. Is this a rare occurrence?

First, we’re glad you liked it!  Second, and far more important: hiding a body at the Body Farm isn’t rare, it’s totally unprecedented—no one has ever done it. We have a tall double fence around the entire facility, plus video surveillance and police patrols. Of course, people who are truly determined can defeat almost any sort of security measures—for proof of that, witness the fact that prisoners occasionally escape from maximum-security prisons. But it would take a bizarre (and highly motivated) killer to smuggle a body into the Body Farm. In the case of “In Plain Sight,” thank goodness, fiction actually does manage to be stranger than truth!

- When will we see more from your team?

We’re currently working on a new novel, Without Mercy—the tenth novel in our Body Farm series!—and it’s scheduled to be published in the summer of 2016.

Thank you very much Bill and Jon!

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Something to Dream On - Diane Rinella (Spotlight post)

Genre: Women's Fiction, light paranormal romance

If a painting in the home of your perfect man reflects your dreams of doom, do you run, or do you dare to embrace love?

While Lizetta lives a life of compassion, childhood bullying over a few extra pounds have caused this sparky woman to lose sight of the beauty of her soul. Jensen's recent past is filled with substance abuse, shady morals, and loose women. A brutal wake up call forced him to find his way back to the gentle soul he once was; however, there are some whose futures depend on the return of the demon. 

Souls can heal, but how long can they fight the forces that seek to destroy them? If one of those forces is the person who shattered your self-image, and she is determined to take down the one you love, could you still believe that everyone deserves a second chance?

“I am so grateful for you and Etta. This sounds crazy, but I swear that right after he died, I heard Eddie’s voice saying to let the universe be my guide. I tried to understand, but I couldn’t get it until I saw Etta on the side of the road. I thought I was living my nightmare all over again, but an angel in scrubs appeared and gave me hope.”

“I looked such a mess that day,” she chokes out.

My hands cup her cheeks so I can capture her gaze. New tears form because more than ever I see what a gift she was. “You looked like a savior whose only concern wasn’t her own. You were the beacon of light that showed me I would be okay. I was so afraid that seeing Etta would send me begging for a needle and a spoon, but instead you both brought me deeper into salvation.” I squeeze her hands again to emphasize my plea. “You ground me. For months I have stayed on track because I had this dream that there was something better for me, something that could make me feel rooted. That dream is you.”