Disaster strikes and innocents die as police sniper Rick Munro is plagued by a first-call jinx. As his career takes off, he must overcome his rookie mistakes, and keep his team members safe.
When Munro returns to TACT as a newly promoted lieutenant, the jinx torments him still. He must contend with team members’ rival agendas around every turn. Munro finds himself in a battle he can’t escape as corruption and death unfold around him.
Who can he trust? Will Munro break the streak or will it destroy everything he believes in?
About the Author:
Ernest Lancaster retired from the Memphis Police Department as a captain after serving as a cop for thirty-three years.
In the early seventies Lancaster spent two years walking a night beat in downtown Memphis, when The Peabody and Beale Street lay boarded up and crumbling and the center city became a dystopian ghost town after dark. He patrolled in ward cars, trooped for three days through a sea of pilgrims to Elvis’s funeral, edited the Memphis Police Association’s newspaper and acted as the association’s vice-president. For twenty-six years he held positions on the TACT Squad.
Lancaster now resides with his wife and Yorkie in the Smoky Mountains, where they love to hike and camp.
They call him StoneKing: the lord of four countries, the vanquisher of the Wichelord Daazna, the man who will restore his people to prosperity and peace.
But there is no peace for Kristan Gemeta. Already weighed down by the cares of his new realm, Kristan carries a secret burden – the knowledge that Daazna is not dead. He isolates himself in his ruined castle in Fandrall, where he struggles to control the destructive Tabi’a power that may be his only hope of defeating the Wichelord once and for all.
And there’s trouble elsewhere in his realm. His Reaches are squabbling in Dyer, Melissa and Nigel are experiencing heartache in Norwinn, and Heather’s command in Hogia is in jeopardy. Unaware of this turmoil, Kristan receives an unexpected gift – one that forces him, his knights, an inexperienced squire and a crafty young shape-shifter into a hazardous winter journey.
Donna Migliaccio is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours and prominent regional theatres. She is based in the Washington, DC Metro area, where she co-founded Tony award-winning Signature Theatre and is in demand as an entertainer, teacher and public speaker. Her award-winning short story, “Yaa & The Coffins,” was featured in Thinkerbeat’s 2015 anthology The Art of Losing.
Excerpt (reprinted with the permission of the publisher/author)
EXCERPT from Chapter 1
He did not know how long he had been standing in numb silence when a sense of being watched crept over him. He opened his eyes. A dozen paces away stood an old woman, heavy and stolid, swaddled in a blanket and wincing in the frosty air. Beside her was a tabby cat.
Kristan blinked and looked again. A wavering, transparent haze surrounded the cat, as if the little creature was somehow radiating intense heat. Wiche, he thought, and tensed. By the Stone, what sort of trickery is this?
“A cold morning for standing afield,” the old woman said.
Kristan nodded. The cat took a few steps toward him, angling to his left. Now that the morning sun was no longer behind it, the flickering blur had a distinctly human shape; small, slight and somehow feminine.
“Pay her no mind,” the old woman said. “Curious creature, but she means no harm.”
A blast of wind made them all flinch. Malvo shuddered and stamped. Cat and shape skittered backward in perfect unison.
“Are you of the castle?” the old woman asked.
Are you of the castle?
Bright fragments jangled in the ruins of Kristan’s memory: a spring morning, the smell of fields freshly green, the ring of tack and the thunder of Malvo’s hooves. Beneath those shining shards other, more ominous memories shifted, and Kristan twitched his attention back to the pair before him.
“Can you not speak, sir?” the old woman asked.
“I can speak.” Kristan jerked his chin at the cat-thing. “Is she yours?”
The old woman chuckled. “As much as such creatures can be.”
The cat moved toward him again, with more confidence. It lifted a paw, as if to pat at his leg, just as the shape spouted a foggy protrusion that reached toward his cloak. He recoiled and bumped against Malvo.
“Never fear,” the old woman said. “Such a little cat can do you no harm.”
Kristan snorted. “Does she speak?”
Both the cat and the woman froze, but then the old one chuckled again, although this time the laugh sounded forced. “Speak? That would be strange indeed.”
“Why? Is she a simpleton?”
With a loud hiss, the cat disappeared, snuffed like a candle’s flame. In the same breath, the shape solidified into an adolescent girl. She stumbled backward and fell, and the old woman leaped in front of her, arms outflung as if to ward off a blow.
You know how everyone keeps saying that you need to build your author platform, and one of the best ways to do that, is by connecting with readers?
We want to help you.
Have you ever read through a novel, only to sit back at the end, and wonder what the author is like?
We want to help you, too.
Thrice Read Books is partnering with Sage Wolfsong (yes, the same one that blogs Jenn Bradshaw’s book reviews here on TRB.com) and Allie McCormack (author of Truck Stop, which is sold here at TRB.com) to bring you a 31-day hashtag event to help authors and readers connect.
Meet #InsideAWriter and #HowDoIWriteThee. We’re hoping this will be the first of many writing-related events hosted by TRB.
In a series of 31 questions, readers can find out what you snack on while you write, what characters you connect with the deepest and how they can follow you on social media and subscribe to your newsletters.
Over the month of January, authors can connect with new and existing readers as we work together to build our platforms and our audiences.
If you haven’t caught on yet, Thrice Read Books is really jazzed about helping authors connect with audiences and building their platform. #HowDoIWriteThee is all about this idea.
Yeah, we’re giving you a huge sneak peak at the topics here in this blog post, but don’t worry. We’ll tweet with the week’s topics as we post the daily question.
The Rules (yes… we must):
We’ll keep it simple – Thrice Read Books will post the question at a few minutes after midnight (Jenn’s an obsessive planner, and likes to use scheduling tools wherever she can, so we promise… the posts will be there on time – unless the unthinkable happens and something crashes). Be sure to follow Thrice Read Books on Twitter – that’s the single best way to make sure you don’t miss this event. Authors: Comment on the thread with your answer to the day’s question. You can add either or both hashtags to your posts (#HowDoIWriteThee or #InsideAWriter) to help us promote the event. Readers: Follow the thread! Please feel free to interact with the writers and authors that are participating. Follow new connections, visit their blogs and websites, check out their books and get on their email lists.
Because we want this to be as friendly as possible for everyone, please refrain from being rude. You might not realize it, but it takes a lot of effort for writers to put out their work and connect with readers (a good majority of us are introverts, and many of us would rather hide out in our writer’s caves and avoid social media – alas, this does not sell books!). We are here to support both readers and writers, and we want this to be fun, most of all.
Have we convinced you yet?
Follow Thrice Read Books and the tags #InsideAWriter and #HowDoIWriteThee to keep up with the daily questions (one a day, and they’re pretty easy). Authors– Comment on the daily question. Readers– try to connect with at least one author a day, in the form of visiting their blog, website or follow them on Twitter.
It’s coming up quick, and we look forward to seeing you there!
AROKH I broke the rules and stole an auction item from her buyers. Because somehow, they’d managed to abduct a Gryfala princess. Though… she doesn’t look, or act, or sound quite like I thought one of her kind would. But I’m merely a Rakhii gladiator; this is the closest I’ve actually ever been to a princess. I’d be considered lucky indeed if she chose me to guard her. Instead, I want more. I need her to claim me. Because she doesn’t know it, but now I can’t let her go.
ANGIE Woke up in a freaking auction pen. With no coffee. But there were aliens. And they didn’t bid on me out of the goodness of their hearts. FML. Then this nice alien showed up in the nick of time, but he keeps referring to me as “Princess” and I’m starting to worry what he’ll do when he finds out that there’s been a little case of mistaken identity, that I’m not royalty – see, I’m not even whatever alien he mistook me for… I’m just a human.
****Content warning: For readers 18 years and older Contains explicit sexual situations, dark themes, sensitive subjects, and violence. Despite happenings inside this story not being entirely sunshine and roses, this couple gets their sweet Happily Ever After ♥
Science Fiction Romance is one of my guilty addictions, and Stolen by an Alien was by far one of the best I’ve read to date.
Ms. Milo’s world building is fantastic – her hero, by the way, isn’t humanoid and her heroine is so very human (where would I be without my coffee, especially if I woke up on another planet?).
The two cannot communicate for at least a third of the story. Why would they be able to? They’re entirely different species. And our poor hero… He’s mistaken his human prize for yet another species. While the action is intense and the tension is palpable, I spent at least half the book rolling in laughter-tears.
The love-scenes in the book are HOT… Maybe not Fire Demon hot (see my review of Brittany Pate’s Fire’s Kiss for that), but they definitely rock.
I’ll be purchasing the rest of the series in the very near future, because I’d love to see how some of the other women mentioned in the story came to their fates.
Book 2 is DONE! My review will be live on the website Dec. 28, 2017 here. (I apologize for the delay, folks. I slated this as early as I could, with blog tours, cover reveals and previously slated book reviews).
Update December 27, 2017:
Book 3 is also DONE! My review for Won by an Alien will be live on the website Jan. 4, 2018, here. (Again, I apologize for the delay.
Have you ever wondered what really happens to Santa Claus letters? In Detroit and Sarasota some children’s letters are diverted and reviewed by Nick Archer, a religiously obsessed, narcissist. Nick responds, leaving a trail of devastation in the two cities.
In Detroit, co-ed partners and wise-cracking lovers, detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell, team up with Sarasota detectives Abel Mendoza and his partner, Rabbit, to find this daunting killer.
When Jaq’s friend, the lovely nurse, Rita Rose, takes a chance on love again, she gets caught in Nick’s web. Working with the ME, she joins in, adding her perspective when events take a sinister turn.
Can this diverse team of characters pool their insights, barbs, and taste for bad food to save Rita when she discovers the final clues or will she become the next victim?
Rosemarie Aquilina is the mother of five children. Elected as a 30th Circuit Court Judge serving in the General Trial Division, after having served as a 55th District Court Judge in Mason, Michigan, she takes pride in public serve.
In 1986, Judge Aquilina became the first female JAG Officer in the history of the Michigan Army National Guard, she retired in 2006 with twenty years Honorable Service. She is an adjunct law professor at both Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law and has earned teaching awards at both institutions. Judge Aquilina is the former owner of Aquilina Law Firm, PLC, and former host of a syndicated radio talk show called Ask the Family Lawyer.
What happens when one of America’s biggest rock stars leaves the Las Vegas stage to run for the United State Senate?
The ultimate celebrity candidate, Tyler Sloan is no stranger to politics – his estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost a Presidential campaign. He runs as a political independent, refuses campaign contributions, and dismisses special interests and lobbyists.
Sloan is caught in a political campaign fraught with sexual scandal, corruption and conflicting loyalties. Will he be able to navigate through political turbulence and his own past to win the race?
Wayne Avrashow was the campaign manager for two successful Los Angeles City Council campaigns and a Deputy/Chief of Staff to those two elected City Council members. He served as a senior advisor for a successful city-wide referendum in the City of Los Angeles, co-authored ballot arguments on Los Angeles County-wide measures, served as Chairman for a Los Angeles County ballot measure, and was a Los Angeles government Commissioner for nearly twenty years. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Yaroslavsky Institute, a public policy institute founded by long time Southern California elected official, and now UCLA professor, Zev Yaroslavsky.
His background in politics, government, business, and law provides unique insight into the machinations and characters that populate political campaigns.
Wayne is a practicing attorney who specializes in government advocacy, real estate, and business law. Formerly, he was an officer in two real estate development firms. As a lawyer-lobbyist, he has represented clients before numerous California municipalities and in Nevada and Idaho. He has lectured at his law school and taught at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. He has also authored numerous op-ed articles that appeared in daily newspapers, legal, business, and real estate publications. In addition, he is the author of a self-published book for the legal community, Success at Mediation—10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys.
Thrice Read Books is pleased to be part of a cover reveal for a new science fiction romance novel due out March 20, 2018.
About the book:
To Discover a Divine By Tessa McFionn Rise of the Stria Book 1 Fiery Seas Publishing March 20, 2018 Sci-Fi Romance
When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize.
Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the middle of an intergalactic firefight, complete with strange soldiers with deadly weapons pointed directly at her. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.
Safely on board his ship, he learns more about her and her rare skills, triggering the memory of a half-forgotten prophecy spoken at the time of his cursed birth. Outcast because of a cruel twist of fate, he finds unexpected acceptance, even affection, from his new passenger.
Could she be the one who holds the future of his people, as well as his own heart, in her tender hands?
About the Author:
Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards.
When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music.
A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.
I’m not a huge science fiction reader, but science fiction romance? Totally one of my guilty pleasures. I am so looking forward to reading and reviewing this book just as soon as Fiery Seas will let me get my mitts on it!
Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.
For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.
Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.
About the Author:
Brittany Pate lives in Texas with her husband and son. She is a longtime lover of all things fantasy and romance. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys narrating audio books and drinking entirely too much coffee.
Until I signed up for the blog tour for this book, I’d never heard of Brittany Pate. Having read Fire’s Kiss, I’ll be eagerly awaiting her next novel. I’m a sucker for fantasy and paranormal romance to begin with, but Ms. Pate’s novel took that to a whole new level. This book was just released by Fiery Seas Publishing, and I loved it.
Her world-building is excellent, she is consistent in her descriptions and her characters’ abilities and limitations.
Ms. Pate’s characters are very real. It’s difficult not to get pulled into the emotions and motivations behind each. Some books lend themselves well to a slow, rambling read, but this novel doesn’t fall into that category. I read this book in two nights (it’s approximately 270 pages in Kindle format) as it’s shorter than most of the romance novels I read, and when I hit the end of the book, I kept trying to turn to the next page, disappointed that I’d hit the end.
Fire’s Kiss is fast-paced paranormal/fantasy romance. Ms. Pate has nailed the genre beautifully with a driven plot, strong (in more than just the physical sense) characters, a long-standing feud and an accidental romance. Her love scenes are HOT HOT HOT! (Okay, so maybe part of that is because the heroine is half fire demon.) And I found myself in tears during a couple scenes, because dang it(!) they just have to end up together.
The story has an underlying mystery that must be solved. Admittedly, I’m not fantastic at guessing whodunit, but this one utterly blindsided me. Twice.
The novel features vampires, demons and crooked, dark mages along with a few other classic fantasy and paranormal type creatures. Be advised that the battles are bloody and intense (as are the sex scenes – well, minus the blood). If you can step past that, then this novel needs to be on your winter reading list.
Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio Released November 7, 2017
The Gemeta Stone Book 2
Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
With his family’s talisman in his possession, Kristan Gemeta is ready to face the Wichelord Daazna – but he has no inkling of the scope of Daazna’s power, nor the depths of his hatred.
With the recovery of his family’s protective talisman, Kristan Gemeta has found hope, courage – and perhaps even the first stirrings of love. With the aid of Heather Demitt, her band of rebels, a shipload of Northern brigands and the legendary Kentavron, he readies himself to face the Wichelord Daazna. But neither he nor his comrades realize the strength of Daazna’s power and hatred. The Wichelord’s first blow comes from a direction Kristan least expects, with horrific, lasting consequences.
**Book Review by Jenn Bradshaw**
I will be the first to admit that fantasy is not my #1 favorite genre, but every so often, the opportunity arises and I take the plunge to dive into a fantasy story. Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio is one of these books. Granted, it is book 2 in a series, so I came into the story a little late (I have book one, and will add its review and a link in this blog post when I finish reading it). Fiery Seas just released this book, and I will say that it is amazing.
Ms. Migliaccio weaves a breathtaking story that is impossible to rush through. (I often read books of this length within a day, this took me a week to get through) As she spins the story, her concise setting, action and character descriptions allow a vivid image to form in the reader’s mind, and then get out of the way of the narrative.
This is not a book for young teens or those affected by gore and violence. While the author keeps her descriptions concise, and potentially disturbing scenes are not plentiful, some scenes are graphic in nature. Executions, torture and rape among them.
Her characters are well developed and pull the reader into the story. It’s easy to love the protagonist, even when he’s not terribly lovable; hate the antagonist, he is evil and twisted even as his own story unfolds; and cheer on those oppressed by tyrannical overlords.
The elements of this story weave together a variety of legends, myths, recognizable cultures and languages right alongside Ms. Migliaccio’s invented elements – seamlessly.
In short, I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It is a bit longer (in PDF form, it was well over 500 pages), hence the “epic” tag for this book. It is not, however, a difficult read, despite the various elements of languages other than English. I highly recommend this book to fantasy readers. (Yes, I’ve encouraged Hubby to read it as well!)
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Our guest this week is no stranger to the Thrice Read blog. Sam reviewed her first two novels in previous posts, and this week, we have the pleasure of hosting a promotional post for her newest release in the series. Today, we’d like to welcome Gabriele Russo to our blog!
Jenn: Welcome, Gabriele. Before we really dive into the books, could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Gabriele: Yes, anything in particular that you would like to know?
Jenn: I gather from your name and where you went to university, that you have a rich cultural background, and that life has brought you a long way from where you started out. Gabriele: I was born in Québec City, and I now live in Virginia, which is not that far, but not exactly where I thought I’d end up. I love it though – at least it’s warmer. I did live in Europe for a few years (my mother was German and so I still have family there), and South America, in Paraguay, for a bit.
Jenn: So, you’ve really been all over the world. What a fantastic experience! Have you always wanted to be an author? Or did you discover writing more by accident? Gabriele: I did try writing a few times before these novels, but it never quite meshed… I never finished anything, anyhow. Then I discovered Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, and I thought “This! This is what I want to write.” Something quirky, where I can have fun with words and dialog. And so, when my life changed, I sat down and tried to write. It worked, even if I still had ways to go into perfecting my craft.
Jenn: What advice would you offer to would-be authors?
Gabriele: First, I guess I would tell them to be certain that’s what they want to do. It can be heartbreaking at times. You need a thick skin. Then I would advise them to take classes, maybe not as I did, but at least a few – and most importantly to verify the credentials of the person giving the class. Which brings me to my third item of advice: to be very careful. The world of publishing is now filled with scammers.
Jenn: Indeed. We see a lot of warnings to would-be authors and published authors seeking homes for their new work. Alright… On to the good stuff. Book Three in the Gods, Inc. series comes out in just a few weeks. I know that Sam reviewed the first two books in the Gods, Inc. series, but could you summarize the series up to book 3 for our readers?
Gabriele: The series takes place in a world where the ancient mythological gods live alongside humans. They now mostly work at Gods, Incorporated, a huge multinational that polices the interactions between mortals and immortals, which is led by its CEO, Queen Louhi Pohjola, a mortal demigoddess turned vampire on a diet.
Jenn: A dieting vampire?
Gabriele: She doesn’t drink human blood, or at least tries not too. In the first book, Goblin, a bitter goblin with childhood issues takes over the company, to then take over the world and turn it into hell. In the second book, a fanatic atheist at the head of a powerful lobby/terrorist group has found a way to kill gods.
Jenn: The series plot sounds complex.
Gabriele: The thing to remember is that all the novels are independent stories. The third one is even more to the side. It takes place in the Gods, Inc. zoo, and pits Louhi and the gods against an old evil witch that doesn’t actually want to take over the world, just destroy it.
Jenn: Right. How would you classify this series? I’m getting a Young Adult/Paranormal vibe here. Maybe with a dash of fantasy?
Gabriele: It is not Young Adult, that’s for sure. There are almost no characters younger than thirty, and most are centuries old. Paranormal certainly. Fantasy, of course – other dimensions, magic being omnipresent… And if you take the official definition of naturalizing the supernatural, that fits too. This mixed with a humor that is also probably not very juvenile, more social satire. In fact, this third novel is the first one with a young character.
Jenn: Speaking of book 3, Now sounds like a great time to talk about that.
Gabriele: The story revolves around Hercules, Jupiter’s great-great-great-…-great-grandson. He’s the manager of the zoo, and lately, his charges (mostly immortal animals or gods in animal shape) have been going insane. When Louhi (accompanied by Jupiter, her fiancé Ba’al, and bodyguard Andrew) goes for her yearly visit, he tries to hide this from her but fails – let’s not forget to mention that he has a huge crush on her. When they investigate the matter, they realize that this plague of insanity is not natural and that the real target is Yggdrasil, the World Tree. And if Yggdrasil loses coherence, then so will the fabric of reality – meaning that there will be no more way to move between the planes of existence: the dead will be stuck on earth, souls meant to reincarnate won’t be able to come back, etc… All this because the evil witch Chiloe doesn’t want to go to hell, which she knows she richly deserves (she is quite the unapologetic villain).
Jenn: LoL… You have to love a villain who’s fully vested in her destruction! As we draw closer to the end of our time, is there anything else readers should know before they embark on this witty, satirical, mythological journey that is Gods, Inc.?
Gabriele: I wouldn’t want to give away any spoilers by inadvertence. Maybe just that I hope my books bring a little joy to them in these turbulent times.
Jenn: That’s a valid purpose to any book! How can readers connect with you on social media, or follow you on a website or newsletter?
Gabriele: They can follow me on Twitter or on my facebook page. My website also has a contact form and quite a few links to articles and interviews.
We’re a family of readers: Brian, Jenn, and Sam. Each of us has our favorite genres to read, but sometimes, we all read one book (because it was just that good!).
Among the pages and posts on our site, you’ll find the books we loved, the books we would read again (if only our wish lists weren’t so long!), and the books that we looked forward to reading, only to be disappointed.
We decided at the outset that we would never charge authors for reviews – competition and expenses are abundant enough. Instead, we screen the books we choose to read, and use Amazon Associate/Affiliate links to track purchases made through our posts. These links don’t cost you, the reader anything extra, and it doesn’t come out of the author’s royalties. It does help us pay the bills, and keep Thrice Read Books ad-free.
Brian, Jenn, and Sam all welcome you to the Thrice Read Books family! May you find your next great adventure right here.