Saturday, February 22, 2014

Love is Vodka A Shot Ain't Enough by Amit Shankar : A Review

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BOOK TITLE: Love is Vodka A Shot Ain’t Enough

ISBN:  9788192535449

AUTHOR: Amit Shankar

GENRE: Fiction – Chic Lit

NUMBER OF PAGES: 201

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani  

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The writer sent us his books for review. We thank him for it.

SUMMARY: If love is all about freedom and honest expression then how can one associate it with loyalty?

Being a love child; Moon, the protagonist is anything but a conventional teen. With a leading TV news anchor as her mother, an aspiring entrepreneur as her boy friend, the word LOVE baffles her. The whole idea of having one partner and love being eternal is beyond her comprehension. 

Life turns upside down when she falls for the CEO, who happens to be her mother's boyfriend too. Destiny further complicates things by blessing her with a big time modelling assignment and she becomes famous and popular overnight.

A war starts waging between her head & heart on a lot of issues exposing her to various forms of love online & offline. 

Will she decipher the true meaning of love? Embark on an exhilarating rendezvous with Moon and discover love like never before.

REVIEW:

This book was initially supposed to be reviewed as a part of the #Womanifesto  campaign that we ran during the December month. Somehow our plans went awry. Finally, I got to review it now.

The protagonist, Moon,is a lanky teenager who is trying to wade through the difficult phase of every girl’s life - teenage. She is love child and yearns for that emotional support like every other child with a single parent who is busy making a career. She ends up falling for a man who is way too old for her. Things go wrong and they part ways. She then moves on to finally find the love of her life.

The summary really intrigued me. The war between the head and heart is always a complex one which can leave any individual thoroughly exhausted. But the writer has portrayed his protagonist to be resilient enough to wade through that battle. There are parts of the story (I can’t elaborate, Avoiding Spoilers!) which are highly emotional and underlines a fact that even a resilient person can get emotional in difficult times.

The characterisation of the protagonist, Moon was good, but I thought it sort of lacked that conviction of a confused teenager trying to figure out life. Moreover, I don’t think teenage is as horrible as the writer portrays in his story. Yes, being a teenage girl isn’t easy but it’s not rocket science either. (Been there done that!)

The story line seemed sensible until the climax. I felt the writer rushed to finish the book off. One thing that absolutely put me off was that whole Lokpal protest scenario. Come on! A model who doesn’t even reads the newspapers to know about it campaigns for it. Seriously, I don’t think anything of that sort happened with the actual Lokpal campaign.

The other thing that I found rather annoying was a fact that the writer made it sound as though men are smack in the center of a female teenager’s life. All Moon (our protagonist) could think about was her boyfriend or some other male friend or that “Oh- I- Am- A-Perfect-Man” CEO. I agree it’s all about boys during that phase of life, but then, it’s the hormones at play. In fact, there is much more than boys to a teenage girl’s life (Again. This is a personal experience).

The cover of the book was beautiful. I loved that pink colour and the stockings picture. The title is perfect well – Seriously for the trouble we women folk land into. one shot of Vodka isn’t enough to drown it all!
The writing was simple and neat.  

Overall, the book was “okay” and left me feeling a bit disappointed.

VERDICT: Neither good nor bad.

RATING: 3 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: loner, drifter, coffee lover, great cook, an avid music buff who is inspired by classic rock, blues, metal and jazz. loves to strum his guitar.

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Paperback & Digital.

PRICE: Rs.108 (Paperback)

BOOK LINKS: http://www.amazon.in/gp/search?keywords=9788192535449&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=goodreads_in-20

Friday, February 21, 2014

An interview with Chuck Gleason author of Collision Course

RM: First of all, we at Readers’ Muse thank you for consenting to answer our questions, sir!
I really liked reading your book, and found certain characters relatable and the story enjoyable. The story was really gentle and refreshing.
CG: I am so glad you liked it.  Something fun to read is exactly what I was aiming for.
If you can be so kind to answer a few of these questions:
RM: Could you tell us a little about yourself? We want to get to know the man who penned the words better. What prompts you to write?
CG: I was born and raised in Chicago.  My dad died (cancer) when I was eight.  My lonesomeness created a huge emptiness in my life.  When I began dating Janet, (she was 15, I was just 16) I found the person who filled up my lonesomeness.  We became very close in high school.  Joy of joy, she talked her parents into allowing her to attend Denison University where I was one year ahead of her.  Our three years at Denison were filled with love and togetherness.  We married the fall after I graduated 9/30/50 which means we have been married 63 years!  We’re still very much in love.
For my first 18 years I was employed by The Borden Company.  They transferred us to several cities including East Lansing, Michigan and Detroit.  We have two children a girl, Leslie, then a boy, Tom.
When I turned 39 I realized the low salary I was being paid would not allow me to send my children to college.  So, I quit my job and went into the life insurance business.  This was a very spooky thing to do because it was straight commission selling.  If I sold nothing, there was no pay check.  Leslie was only 3 years away from college.  Fortunately, I was very successful selling life insurance.
I became a member of the Million Dollar Round Table which is the top 5% of life insurance salespeople from all over the world.  I was asked to speak before this prestigious group on 9 different occasions.  The audiences were as large as 5,000.   This led to other speeches in 29 different states plus 7 foreign countries.
When the kids left for college, Janet joined me, assuming much of my office work.  We developed a two market business plan and made it work for us.  We lived on a lake in Michigan in the summer and on Sanibel Island in Florida in the winter.  We made office space in each of our homes so we had a two second commute to work.  We lived that incredible life style for 25 years.
In 2003 we realized we needed to move closer to one of our children.  As you age, this becomes important.  We sold our Florida and Michigan homes and moved to a mountain location in north Georgia.  This is a wonderful place to live. 
We have three grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Our entire life has been very blessed.
When a person retires they have to do something.  I like to play golf, but some foot problems forced me to give up the game.  When that happened, I decided to write.
I hope I haven’t given you too much information.  When your 85 years old, your life history is, by necessity, rather long.
RM: We do know that all books reflect the lives of their authors on some level. But since this book is too relatable and life like, how much of it is based on your real life?
CG: Collision Course is set at Denison University which is where we went to college. Consequently, the college portion of the book background is based on our life.  However, Janet and I had smooth sailing.  I put in all the ‘collisions’ to make the book more interesting. 
Keli’s frustration with literary agents reflects my own struggles.  I would love to give the speech Keli made in the book to a writers convention.  I think the main idea for the book came out of my frustration with the problems of becoming published.   You have to realize I wrote 6 books and each book was rejected over 200 times.  Which means I had 1200 rejections.  Is that some kind of a record?
RM: You have beautifully brought out the struggles of a new writer. Why was Keli made a writer, that too such a dedicated one?
CG: I think I just answered that question in the above paragraph.   Except I want to add that we ruled out self-publishing.  It seemed to us self-publishing is nothing but an ego trip.  If someone didn’t believe in our book enough to publish it, we would not be published.
RM: From a layman reader’s point of view, the character of Keli seems so driven and sometimes a tad selfish. How is this justified?
CG: If you ever sold life insurance you would understand the need to be driven and immune to rejection.
RM: The Dragon Lady is described as a formidable character. But she is described as loving and caring before getting onto business. Does this imply that work changed her nature?
CG: Yes.  Many of my friends in the Million Dollar Round Table became overly obsessed with their work to the detriment of their families.  My speeches always touched on the need to keep your family life in proper prospective.
RM: The story emphasises on the need to find one’s true love and stick with it. What is your personal view of its practicality in today’s busy world?
CG: I don’t think anyone can be a success alone.  You need a loving companion to help you over the rough spots.   Take a minute to look back on your life?  Do you wish you’d spent more time at the office?  Family is what’s important, not business.  Success is not a destination, it’s a journey.  A person needs to work hard, to be dedicated and to constantly have balance in your life between business goals and family life.
RM: According to you, what are main hassles faced while writing a book? (Please share your personal experiences with us!)
CG: For me, the writing was easy.  The words just seem to flow.  Editing is arduous and difficult.  Getting published is almost impossible.
RM: What do you think is the most important thing in writing a book, the writing, editing or publishing?
CG: The writing has to be most important, but getting published is the difficult part.
RM: What is your ideal writing position? (Calm and alone or in the midst of hustle and bustle?)
CG: Early in the day in my office with the door closed.
RM: Could you give a few tips to budding writers?
CG: Don’t give up.  My grandson asked me, “Are you having fun writing?”  When I replied “Yes,” he wisely said, “Isn’t that what life is all about?”
RM: Thank you very much for taking time to answer our questions, sir! And thank you for writing such a great book and such a beautiful dedication page! Your answers are as interesting as your book!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Collision Course by Chuck Gleason : A Review

BOOK TITLE: Collision Course
ISBN: 978-1612962085
AUTHOR: Chuck Gleason
GENRE: Fiction-Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 252
FORMAT: E-Book
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
REVIEW BY: Dhivya Balaji
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:
This review is part of a tour and we got digital copies for review. We thank the organiser and the author.
SUMMARY:
Collision Course is a warm loving story about two college kids, Lincoln Comstock and Keli Holloway, who get off on a rocky road to romance.  In their creative writing course, Lincoln trashes Keli’s first offering before the entire class, just to get her attention.  Keli is very sensitive about her creative efforts.  As a consequence, Lincoln has started his romance by shooting himself in the foot.
Lincoln’s persistence pays off eventually as Keli agrees to be friends, just not romantic friends.   In their junior year, the friendship endures the student body presidential election in which Keli and Lincoln are actually pitted against each other.  After the election Keli finally agrees to go to the Christmas formal as Lincoln’s date.
Just as the friendship is turning into love, obstacles get in the way. Can their love withstand a  last collision?
Filled with excitement and love, Collision Course is a happy story that will leave readers smiling.
REVIEW:
          How strong can a college romance be? How far will the love go? What happens when a guy decides he needs no woman other than the chosen one? Collision course is just a mixture of answers to all these questions. Read this book with the idea of how it would sound if your grandfather told you about his college romance?
          The book is a love story with a happy ending. But it tries to create tension in between by the lot of ‘collisions’ between the two leads. Starting day one, the collisions range from joking comments to sarcasm turning sour to parents wreaking havoc, the couple faces it all. Thankfully, the guy’s persistence wins the girl over. End of Story. What is the story, you ask me?
          Well, much like a set of scenes make a big movie, the individual incidents make the book. Though the fights are clich├ęd, the characters are relatable. This book would surely give you tips on how to handle your girl/ guy, the classic way. There is nothing else to say about the plot and the book. It is as simple as that!
WHAT I LIKED: The story made up of individual incidents.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: There could be more spice in the story.
VERDICT: Read this book to know what your grandpa’s advice would be for your love life!
RATING: 4/5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


          Have we discovered a literary Grandpa Moses?
          Author Chuck Gleason is eighty four years young and writing love stories at a prodigious rate.  He started dating Janet in 1945 when they were just fifteen.  They married in 1950 and are still in love sixty three years later!
          Chuck achieved business success selling life insurance. With Janet’s help, they developed a two market selling life style.  They lived on a Michigan lake in the summer and a Florida island in the winter. Their commute to work was only two seconds. They enjoyed this enviable life style for over twenty five years!
          Chuck’s speech, ‘Are You Running Your Business or is Your Business Running You?’ has been delivered in twenty seven states and seven foreign countries.
          They have two children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
          “If you marry your best friend you’ll have a wonderful life.”
EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Paperback, Digital
PRICE: Rs. 493 for kindle edition.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Korean Word For Butterfly by James Zerdnt : A Review

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BOOK TITLE: The Korean Word For Butterfly

ISBN:  1483997472

AUTHOR:  James Zerndt

GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 328

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:   A Part of the Virtual Author Book tours.

SUMMARY :
Set against the backdrop of the 2002 World Cup and rising anti-American sentiment due to a deadly accident involving two young Korean girls and a U.S. tank, The Korean Word For Butterfly is told from three alternating points-of-view:

Billie, the young wanna-be poet looking for adventure with her boyfriend who soon finds herself questioning her decision to travel so far from the comforts of American life;

Moon, the ex K-pop band manager who now works at the English school struggling to maintain his sobriety in hopes of getting his family back;

And Yun-ji , a secretary at the school whose new feelings of resentment toward Americans may lead her to do something she never would have imagined possible. 

The Korean Word For Butterfly is a story about the choices we make and why we make them. 

It is a story, ultimately, about the power of love and redemption.

*The author would like to note that this book deals, in part, with abortion. It tries, as best it can, to explore the issue with compassion rather than judgement.*

REVIEW:
Korea is one country that I personally haven’t read about . To me it’s just another country where people look alike – No offense but the Mongolian facial structure is rather confusing.

Of course, the mobile phone maker, Samsung has literally brought Korea into the global limelight for all the right reasons.

Korea, Abortion, Anti- American sentiment – What more reason do I really need to pick the book up?

The book overall was a different experience. I found the narration a bit unconventional. The writer sort of switched tenses and the characterisation had one major element – Sorrow – which made all characters look virtually the same. But as the story progressed the dimensions of the characters could be identified.


I loved the way the writer portrayed heavy emotions and touched upon the really sensitive topic of abortion. He beautifully highlighted a fact that it’s our choices that defines the person that we are. 

One thing that could have been better was the characterisation. Yun-ji, Billie and Moon were rather strong, this made others sort of fade out.

The other thing that sort of made me uncomfortable was the tense change. Initially I struggled to read Moon’s story line, but then I realised why that was needed – Moon is a non-native English speaker. Hence the change in tense sort of was used to highlight that.

To sum it up – it was a different read for me. The book can make you truly emotional. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

VERDICT: A unique book. An eye opener for those who have no clue about Korea. But, pick it up only if you can handle heavy and raw emotions.

RATING: 4 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James Zerndt lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son. His poetry has appeared in The Oregonian, and his fiction has most recently appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal and SWINK magazine. He recieved an MFA in Writing from Pacific University and is extremely fond of gummy bears and rain.

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Kindle & Paperback

PRICE: Rs. 185


BOOK LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Korean-Word-Butterfly-James-Zerndt-ebook/dp/B00C2UY052/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1392569646

Sunday, February 16, 2014

When Shall We Meet Again? by Abhimanyu Rajarajan : A Review

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BOOK TITLE: When Shall We Meet Again?

ISBN: 9789383271962

AUTHOR:  Abhimanyu Rajarajan

GENRE: Fiction - Romance

NUMBER OF PAGES: 270

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: ShreeJanani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The writer sent us a review copy. We thank him for it.

SUMMARY :
 What happens ?...when a software billionaire finds his company’s attrition rate scaling new heights? …when a programming de-bugger meets his ‘break-up” girl after 5 years? …When a revered Swamiji is asked to become a corporate trainer of an IT company?... when a cheerful flirt proposes to a girl who is yet to recover from a relationship shattered by infidelity?... when a college couple gets into a tent in an inebriated state during picnic? when a software Team leader is physically assaulted by her lover in front of her colleagues? …when a drunkard father meets his estranged daughters after a decade? … …when a pervert manager cajoles a new recruit to his private cottage? …when a doting couple’s aborted child enters the body of a Sadhu? … when a lonely girl is lying in bed fully intoxicated and at the mercy of a famished lecher? What happens?..... Passion, Love, Philosophy, Perversion, Thrill, Drama and Wit …..”When shall we meet again?” has a bit of everything….A IT industry romance thriller with lots of life's philosophy thrown in...

REVIEW:
Romance yet again! Given that my take on romance changed after reading plenty of beautiful books, I decided to go ahead and read this book. Thankfully, I don’t regret my decision at all.

I have a soft spot for writers from my city. After all there are not many of that lot. This particular writer obviously is a hardcore Chennaite and has portrayed the beauty of the city – The lush Anna University campus and the beautiful foliage of Theosophical society.

Moving on to the important part – The story line. The summary was a bit misleading. I was expecting “a miracle worker” swamiji who would “use his powers to cure people”. Alas! there came this super cool practical and logical swamiji. Initially the characters were a bit confusing. But as the story progressed, things cleared up.
The writer has done a commendable job in handling multiple story lines belonging to each character. The shift of times lines were also smooth and easy to follow. But more than the story line, the emotions were over powering. There was a practical connect thanks to realistic and heavy emotions – love, hurt, anger, sorrow, disappointment, helplessness and joy.

One character that is worth the mention is sawmiji. The concept of brining in a swamiji into a romance genre of sorts may sound rather absurd. But the writer made a brilliant decision to do that in the form of a corporate trainer. After all, swamijis handling corporate aren’t unheard.

It’s again obvious that the writer has some insight about the functioning of IT companies, their organisational culture  and the usual “corporate training programs”.

My only complaint – the editing could have been a wee bit better.
Overall, the book was neat, logical and practical.

VERDICT: Go ahead pick it up. It might even change your perspective of life and love.

RATING: 4 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in a small village near the temple town Kumbakonam, Abhimanyu Rajarajan carries with him the traditional mythological traces passed on by centuries of customs. Doted as an only son, he adores togetherness. As his family shifted to Chennai, Abhimanyu had his schooling there. The metropolitan city had its own urban flavour and the unique speed and thrill of Chennai has had a cascading influence on him. Always a seeker of truth and knowledge beyond the mask of apparent life, Abhimanyu has not let his Engineering and Management degrees come in the way of understanding what true life is all about. His characters seem to come out of his books in search of this truth. His debut novel “When Shall We Meet Again” , published in November 2013, is a romance thriller with philosophical interludes, and has won admiring reviews and is already an Amazon bestseller as ebook. Abhimanyu works for a public sector Fortune 500 Company, and thanks to his job, he has travelled extensively and has met too many weird people to deliver a range of characters in his books. He is married and has two adoring daughters. He can be contacted at rajarajanabhimanyu@gmail.com

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Kindle & Paperback

PRICE: Rs.99


BOOK LINKS: http://www.amazon.in/When-Shall-We-Meet-Again/dp/9383271965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392561024&sr=1-1&keywords=9789383271962

Friday, February 14, 2014

Done With Men by Suchi Kalra: A Review



BOOK TITLE: Done With Men
ISBN: 9781927826324
AUTHOR: Suchi Singh Kalra
GENRE: Fiction/ Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 159
FORMAT: Digital
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
REVIEW BY: Dhivya Balaji
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:
SUMMARY:
          Travel journo, Kairavi Krishna (Kay) has had it with men. After a series of disasters (losers, philanderers, leeches, mama's boys and possessive psychos), she is all too tempted to walk out on the prospect of ever finding love. Accompanied by her best friend and flat-mate Baani, she sets off for Goa, hoping to get away from her miserable love life and vowing to stay clear of the male species.

          Goa however, has a host of surprises in store for her. Ricky, her pesky ex-boyfriend, is busy painting the town red with his hot new girlfriend. Now what is poor Kay to do other than overdose on vodka, smoke pot, get an outrageous tattoo and fall off the hotel balcony? She wakes up in the hospital to the tender ministrations of Dr.Vivian D'Mello--young, suave and handsome as hell. Will Kay stick to her guns or will she fall for his ridiculously sexy charms? And what's up with the mixed signals he's giving out?
REVIEW:
          Done with men – is any woman actually ‘done’ with men? How can women be totally ‘done’ with love, romance, and the ‘oh-so-essential-driving-force-of-the-whole-world’ concept of being in love? This book tells you exactly about that. A travel editor for a magazine gets a chance to do a special travelogue on Goa, the land  of parties, booze and casual flings. Fresh from a series of breakups that do nothing to help her psyched mental state, Kairavi Krishna, a tamilian (yes, you read it right!) lands in the magic land of Goa. The story from there is fairly simple. She meets her ex in a resort cooing with someone else, decides to take revenge on him with a drunken one night stand, and finds herself in the hospital the next morning. There she meets a Greek Adonis doctor, who seems cold, aloof and distant. The major part of the story lies in the lead falling for her doctor and whether or not he reciprocates.
          The whole book can be told as a one liner. But the talent of the writer lies in prolonging the story to an interesting, respectable 150 pages. Yes, it is a short read. Yes, you know somehow that it is all going to end well. Yes, the stories, even the characters are predictable, repetitive and of course typecast. But hey! Too much starch never made a cloth wearable. This is the comfortable sweaters and track pants compared to your stiff office suits. You know that somehow, in this book all the characters ever mentioned will get a ‘screen space’ in the story. From the person of the ONS to the nurse who cures Ms. Krishna.
          The plot is simple, straightforward, and predictable. But the author has written it in such a relatable first person narrative that you don’t want to put the book down. Right from the clumsy heroine who suspects her perfect man always to the rock solid BFF who stands by her no matter what, the story has nothing new to offer. It is a pleasant read, though. The characters are nowhere near spectacular and are plain and clear. This is a perfect book to curl up with on a sunny day when you’re too tired to go out. And if you have enough patience for a love story, this is a onetime read, to be read at a go.
WHAT I LIKED: The story, the way it has been written, and the thoroughly decent plotline
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: The stereotypical elements of the genre.
VERDICT: Short, mood-lifting read. Go for it when you want to read something neither too heavy nor too light. And definitely not when you are ‘done with men’.
RATING: 4.3/5 (the writing was awesome. It is tangy, sweet, sour, salty and of course, a laugh every page. If you understand humour and sarcasm)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
          Shuchi Singh Kalra is a writer, editor and blogger based in India. She has been writing since 2005, and her bylines have appeared in over 25 publications, across 5 countries. Her short stories have found a place in anthologies such as Love Across Borders and New Asian Writing's upcoming collection (to be published in 2014).
          Shuchi is also the owner of Pixie Dust Writing Studio, a writing and editing firm that services a global clientele, and the Indian Freelance Writers Blog. Done With Men is her first book.

Pay her a visit at 
www.shuchikalra.com or join her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/shuchisinghkalra).
Twitter handle: @shuchikalra
EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Digital.
PRICE: Rs. 175





Book Blitz : Forever Doomed by Mary Ann Kempher

It's not wise to wander the cruise ship Forever alone at night. You might not live to see daylight.

Detective Jack Harney agrees to do an old Army buddy a favor. Curt Noble had some personal business to attend to, he didn’t say what. What he did say was he needed someone to temporarily take over his duties as head of security on the struggling cruise ship Forever. Jack hesitates, but he owes Curt his life so agrees. He’s told the worst mischief he can expect to encounter will be the occasional shoplifter, or drunk. Instead, one week into the cruise, a beautiful red head and a member of the crew are ruthlessly murdered. Are the two murders connected? It’s up to Jack to find out. He must find the killer before the ship returns to Tampa’s port, or worse, before another dead body is found. This won't be easy. The ship is old, it's security systems outdated, and clues are few, or so it seems at first

 It’s not just a sense of obligation that motivates Jack to agree to Curt's request;

Jack moved thousands of miles, started over, and still can't get Amy O'Brian out of his heart or mind. When she shows up on the ship, as part of a large wedding party, Jack must fight to stay focused. To make matters worse, Amy isn't his only distraction; a sexy and mysterious woman has made it her mission to seduce Jack.

As the body count rises, and time slips away, Jack has to ask himself, “Did someone commit the perfect crime?”

 

 

forever doomed

maryann kempher 

 

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Jack watched Marni leave, torn. Did he think she’d killed Pam? No, but she was keeping something from him, something to do with Pam’s murder. He looked down at his arm, seeing her small hand. His heart was still beating hard. It had taken real effort to hide his feelings when she’d touched him. After a few minutes, he started walking, and was soon standing outside Marni’s cabin door. He hesitated. He told himself he was just going there to talk to her, to try to make her tell him what he sensed she was holding back. But that was a lie. He reached up and knocked. She opened the door wearing a towel.

“I was about to take a shower,” she said.

Jack didn’t respond. He walked into her room, shoving the door shut behind him. He took hold of her towel and pulled her tightly against his body, his mouth covering hers, his tongue searching for hers, his hands yanking the towel off and tossing it to the floor. He easily picked up Marni and carried her to the bed. She pulled his shirt up over his head, her hands running themselves through his thick chest hair. She reached for his belt buckle, undoing it slowly, her eyes watching his. Then she pulled his pants down and gasped.

Oh my.

 

about the author

MaryAnn Kempher loves to write mystery with a dash of romance. She spent her teen years spent living in Reno NV where her first book, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is set. The setting for her second book, Forever Doomed, was inspired by her love of the ocean. Her writing influences include favorite authors Agatha Christie, Jane Austen and Janet Evanovich. Her guilty pleasures include any and all sweets, including a good cup of Mocha. She is married with two children.

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Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman, and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn’t talk.

Scott Mitchell left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno, and the last thing he needs is more melodrama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a college project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. Together, they try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the murderer. Passion flares, but with Katherine’s life in danger, romance seems like more than a bad idea.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date

 

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