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Vacation

Guys! I’m leaving for vacation today! I’ll be back and posting again come January 6th! May you all have a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Monday Musings…And the Effect of Time

One of my auto-buy authors is releasing a new book soon. Almost, I automatically requested it, but then I looked at what the book was about. There was a love triangle…between two brothers. And so I’m not reading the book.

Once upon a time, I liked loved triangles. I liked not knowing who the heroine would end up with. And then I read one love triangle too many, and now I can’t stand them. First of all, it has got to be rare that one woman is the center of attention of two men, so much so that they are both in love with her and she doesn’t know who she’s in love with. Secondly, if the hero treated the heroine like she often treats a man in a love triangle, he would be a jerk. Thirdly, I almost think its ungodly to keep a man on a chain like that. And let’s not even talk about the fact that its brothers.

And so what I once liked, I no longer can stomach. Over time, my tastes have changed. How about you? Is there any trope you can no longer read no matter who the author is (disclaimer: I mean, if the author is just absolutely amazing, I may take the plunge, but they have to be the kind of author I would have spent $20 on their book for and those are rare)?

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Steven James’ Every Crooked Path

Who is the Piper? . . .
 
Special Agent Patrick Bowers returns in an electrifying prequel to the Bowers Chess series from critically acclaimed, national bestselling novelist Steven James.
 
A mysterious suicide and a series of abductions draw Patrick into a web of intrigue involving an international conspiracy where no one is who they appear to be and the stakes have never been higher.

Soon, Patrick discovers that the secret to stopping the Piper’s current crime spree lies in unlocking answers from an eight-year-old cold case—and the only way to do that is by entering the terrifying world of the conspirators himself.

Dark, probing, and chilling, Every Crooked Path takes an unflinching look at the world of today’s cybercrimes and delves into a parent’s worst nightmare as it launches a new chapter of Patrick Bowers thrillers.

Review

I am a huge fan of Patrick Bowers and so even though we’re going in time with this new series, I, of course, buy every single one. My thoughts:

What I liked:

The villain. James always creates sufficiently creepy and horrible villains that cause you to think. There’s one here to.

Patrick. Patrick is brilliant, but I love watching his mind work. He can just walk into a store and I’m like, he’s bout to figure out how they did it. He’s a very good narrator. He’s both naive in some ways and incredibly sharp in others.

Christie. In the original series, well…Christie isn’t around physically, but she’s definitely around emotionally. To actually meet her was nice.

The mystery. It was fascinating from the get go.

Spiritually, topics of demonic influence and good and evil are brought up.

What I didn’t like:

There were a couple inconsistencies. Patrick is in the past, but technology-wise he’s current. That bothered me for some reason.

Christie is extremely religious but dating a guy who isn’t. That makes me question the seriousness of her faith.

There were a few preachy moments (not about Jesus, but about other stuff).

The bad guy, or one of the bad guys I should say, came out of nowhere. I think some of the fun in mysteries is to be like I knew it was you!

Romantic Scale: 5

Overall, I really enjoyed it. I probably nitpicked it more than usual because I’ve read tons of Steven James novels, but it’s really good.

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Monday Musings…Where’s My New Book?

If you’re anything like me, you’re incredibly disappointed that I’m not releasing my new book this month. But here’s why:

I am self-publishing, but I’m using a company this time instead of my editor friend.

Said company has certain rules and regulations about books that deal with race (I will discuss this topic later) and so I had to go back and change things in my book. It literally took months for final approval.

Said company did not provide line-editing.  I kinda thought it did. So I had to find someone to line edit and…it was a bit of a mess.

Said book shall be line-edited this week.

But, the cover is picked out (it’s pretty!).

And hopefully I am forever done with this manuscript.

And Lord willing the novel will be out in less than two months!

 

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Busy Time of Year…

This has just been a busy time of year for me. I have a book coming out soon (more on that later) and I spear head my church’s Christmas Play, so there’s a lot going on.

I did however read this:

A cold night in Texas, a dream of marriage, a happily ever after….

Single mom Amber Richardson spends every holiday season working to give her young son the best Christmas possible and striving to ignore the empty chairs around her table, chairs she wishes her mother and father and extended family occupied.

She’d hoped that this holiday would be fuller and happier than the rest. Her handsome firefighter boyfriend, Will McGrath, has brought immeasurable joy and love into her life. Up until recently, they’d even been talking about a future that included wedding bells. Lately, though, the wedding talk has been nonexistent and Amber can’t help but worry that Will’s starting to have second thoughts….

Until a fire station surprise brings very good tidings.

My thoughts

It was very cute and of course too short. I read it anyway, though, because Becky Wade, and I really liked Amber and Will’s story.

But it did get me thinking, I would not like a public proposal and I almost cringe everytime I read it in a book or see it in a movie. Amazing the effect personal preferences can have.

What personal preferences do you have that carry on into your entertainment?

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What I’m Reading this Week

Because….Patrick Bowers

Who is the Piper? . . .
 
Special Agent Patrick Bowers returns in an electrifying prequel to the Bowers Chess series from critically acclaimed, national bestselling novelist Steven James.
 
A mysterious suicide and a series of abductions draw Patrick into a web of intrigue involving an international conspiracy where no one is who they appear to be and the stakes have never been higher.

Soon, Patrick discovers that the secret to stopping the Piper’s current crime spree lies in unlocking answers from an eight-year-old cold case—and the only way to do that is by entering the terrifying world of the conspirators himself.

Dark, probing, and chilling, Every Crooked Path takes an unflinching look at the world of today’s cybercrimes and delves into a parent’s worst nightmare as it launches a new chapter of Patrick Bowers thrillers.

What are you reading this week?