NEW RELEASE and Review for Hollow Scream by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

The small mountain town of Crescent Hollow has a serial killer, or is it three?
Women are being murdered in a grisly fashion. Now the killer has targeted one in particular and Wyatt Thomas has vowed to keep her safe.
Forensic Psychiatrist, Wyatt Thomas, has escaped the city to the quiet mountain town of Crescent Hollow to finish his latest book on serial killers. Cutting himself off from the outside world appears to be a great idea until his work follows him. A serial killer’s graveyard has been located nearby. As more and more bodies are unearthed there appears to be three separate MO’s. The mystery of which is more than he can resist.
Special Agents Annie Thomas and Blake Hayashi of The FBI’s Behavior Analyst Unit have been sent to The George Washington Jefferson National Forest to aid local law enforcement with a case. Either a serial killer has been active in the area for roughly fifty years or three killers are using the same dumping ground.
Seasoned Homicide Detective, Merrybell Montgomery, left her career in Philly to take care of her ailing husband in his hometown of Crescent Hollow, Virginia. Although he passed over a year ago, she’s remained in the picturesque town with no idea what to do with the rest of her life. Suddenly she finds herself stuck in the middle of a nightmare. She’s being stalked by a serial killer and has no idea what put her in his sights.
Now they must all work together to stop a killer or die trying.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: The main character in this book, Dr. Wyatt E. Thomas, is a forensic psychologist who delves into the disturbed minds of some of the most horrendous killers of all time. In as such, if you are sensitive or have a problem turning off the emotional side of your brain to view these studies in a clinical fashion please skip those parts – they are marked in italics. There are crimes against children and other details that could upset or offend some people. For those of you interested in reading the full biographies of the persons mentioned, you will find the books this information came from at the end of this story.

Hollow Scream by Morgan Hannah MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

By the end of Silent Scream your knowledge of every serial killer known to man will be greatly increased. The author blends real life info on famous serial killers to her fictional ones killing in the book.

Silent Scream has a large cast of characters. If you have read this series before you know each book features a Thomas sibling. Other than Wyatt, the main hero in this book, the others have all been in the law enforcement field. This book takes place in the small town of Crescent Hollow, Virginia which is surrounded by the George Washington Jefferson National Forest. Turns out a killer or two has been using it as their dumping ground for their victims.

Cast of Characters:
Wyatt Thomas is a forensic psychiatrist. Along with his day job he also writes non-fiction books on serial killers. He decides to take time off from work when he gets behind on a book deadline and heads to a cabin in the mountains of Crescent Hollow to finish. We get a glimps into each chapter he is writing which features real life killers and the dilemmas jurors face when they are brought to justice when the defense of not guilty by reason of insanity is used. Interesting stuff.. I would have to agree that most probably are insane but to make sure the “monster” is put away most juries choose to find not insane. While Wyatt is locked away in his cabin he is oblivious to what’s going on around him until he comes up for air and finds out multiple bodies have been found in the forest, that his FBI sister Annie and her partner Blake have been called to town and that Merrybell, a woman he connected with one night when he wandered out for food, has been attacked by the killer.

Merrybell Montgomery was a detective with the Philadelphia PD when her husband got terminal cancer. She decided to retire take him back to the town he grew up in so he would be surrounded by family. Its been 1 year since he died and she is still in Crescent Hollow working for her mother in law at her pastry shop. She is part of group of ladies that finds the first body parts and they sheriff who only has a crew of one asks her for help which unfortunately brings her under the radar of the killer.

FBI agent Annie Thomas and her partner Blake Hayashi. Annie was the main lead in the last book and is Wyatt’s sister. Annie and Blake are charged with putting all the clues together from victims which turns out spans from the 1960’s to current day. This begs the real question of is there more than one killer. They also work closely with forensic anthropologist Vivian Patel who is brought in to help identify when the victims were killed (which gives us a secondary romance between her and Blake).

This book is very explicit in describing the acts done to the victims (of real and the fiction ones from this book) but also about the sexual and physical abuse that most serial killers went through in their childhood that molded them into the killers they became. Lots of sick and interesting facts sprinkled through out the book.

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New Release and Review for Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women’s fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.
They say life can change in an instant…
After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.’s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she’s looking for a missing piece she can’t find?
The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.
On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn’t quite fit in right away, she can’t help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.
As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there’s another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn’t a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she’s searched so long for.

Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two years ago Quinn Weller’s life was thrown off it axis when her sister died. Since then she has just been going through the motions. She should be happy with a job she’s always wanted, a loving family, a guy she’s been friends with since childhood who wants to take their friends with occasional benefits to the next level. But since her sisters death she emotionally shut down and just feels like she is walking through life in a fog. Her world is turn upside down when a lawyer tells her something shocking about her past that sends her over the edge.

That past is in Wildstone, California and after confronting her parents she decides to just leave and go search for answers. She gets a lot more she bargained for in Wildstone and starts to question was she really happy in LA.

I’m going to leave a lot out as to what the surprises were that Quinn had to face (the title of the book should give you a clue) but they were doozies. This isnt a romance book per se but it does have one in it. Its more about Quinn having to face her past – both the one she knew about and the one she didnt. I certainly teared up quite a few times as I was reading this book – its both a heart wrenching and warming book. I’m looking forward to seeing what/who is going to be next.

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New Release and Review for The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White

He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared …
But Detective Angie Pallorino never forgot the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card—crosses etched into the flesh of his victim’s foreheads.
When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

Then the body of a drowned young woman floats up in the Gorge, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, and the hunt for a predator becomes a hunt for a killer. Assigned to the joint investigative task force, Angie is more than ready to prove that she has what it takes to break into the all-male homicide division. But her private life collides with her professional ambitions when she’s introduced to her temporary partner, James Maddocks—a man she’d met the night before in an intense, anonymous encounter.
Together, Angie and Maddocks agree to put that night behind them. But as their search for the killer intensifies so does their mutual desire. And Angie’s forays into the mind of a monster shake lose some unsettling secrets about her own past . . .
How can she fight for the truth when it turns out her whole life is a lie?
Coming next:
SERIES OVERVIEW: – As a member of the sex crimes unit, Detective Angie Pallorino is intimately acquainted with the dark side of desire. Attempting to break into the elite homicide division, she confronts not only killers but her own issues with sex, control, trust, and intimacy. And when buried secrets in her past emerge, they threaten to derail both her professional ambitions and her developing relationship with a fellow detective. The Angie Pallorino series is a hard-hitting and gritty police procedural that will appeal to those who like their mysteries deep and their heroines edgy.

The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gritty, dirt-under-your-fingernails dark romantic suspense.

The Drowned Girls  introduces us to Angie Pallorino. She is a detective in the sex crimes division who’s been walking the line on sanity after the death of her partner and a young child on a case that went bad. She uses anonymous sex to numb her feelings and struggles to keep her anger under control. Working in a mostly male environment of men who don’t trust her after her partner’s death she becomes even more determined in her job and really wants a promotion to homicide. She gets that chance when the sexual rapist of 2 cold cases she worked years ago suddenly reappears but has upped his game to murder. To add to her long list of stressful things in her life – her new temporary partner is the last guy she had anonymous sex with and ran out on.

James Maddocks took a job in homicide which was a demotion to move to Victoria to be closer to his college age daughter. His marriage fell apart due to his job with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and he is hoping to repair his relationship with Ginny. He was as surprised as Angie when they find out they are going to be partners. He is also tasked with evaluating her mental state which it doesn’t take long for him to see that she is a loose cannon on a self destruct path. But he can also see that there is a vulnerable woman underneath that’s suffering from PTSD from her partners death which has triggered some other issues from something early in her childhood.

I dont think there was one conventional character in this whole book – even the dog only had 3 legs. Along with a large cast of characters the gruesome detailed descriptions of the acts of the killer kept you turning the pages. It was a well blended police procedural, suspense, romance and the psychological journey of Angie of trying to figure out if she is just going nuts or if there is some hidden traumatic thing from her childhood that she has forgotten that has been the driving force to the choices she makes in her life.

Looking for a non-conventional edgy heroine who walks a fine line give The Drowning Girl a try which is a the first in a new series.

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NOW AVAILABLE + Review for Vigilante by Jessica Gadziala

* A new stand-alone dark romance from bestselling author Jessica Gadziala. *
I’m a bad guy.
I do bad things.
But I do them for the right reasons.
That’s why I can sleep easy at night even with the smell of fresh blood still in my nostrils.
One more scumbag off the streets.
One more righting of a wrong.
That was all my life was about.
Until I came across her…

Vigilante by Jessica Gadziala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a journey that started out dark and through every twist and turn in the story uncovered more darkness but at the same time a bright light also started forming in the darkness leading the way for an unconventional touching love story.

Luce is a man who has only ever known evil. From his parents to the men that do unspeakable acts against women and children. He is a vigilante that has taken it upon himself to get rid of those men.

Evangelina is a woman who was raised all over the world in an unconventional manner. Sheltered from the technology of the world but not from the atrocities done to people in third world countries. When her father is killed she decides to dip her toes into the vengeance realm and manages to get the upper hand on Luce.

This is where the light starts to enter both of their worlds. Luce – a man who has been emotionally shut down for most of his life starts to feel something when he is with Evan even though he is her prisoner at the start.

I loved both Luce and Evangelina so hard. These two grew so much together and filled in all the missing parts for each other. Her unconditional love for a man so scarred on both the inside and outside was beautiful and his love for her had his walls dropping and he was able to see that he could have more than just a life of a vigilante.

For Jessica series fans this book is loosely related to the Investigators series as Barrett Anderson has lots of page time along with a great bond with Evangelina’s macaw.


New Release and Review for Wolf Hunt by Paige Tyler

Remy Boudreaux is back in his hometown, New Orleans. He’s there with three of his fellow Dallas SWAT officers for a week of training with the NOLA PD. On the eve of a tropical storm, Remy and his buddies prowl the French Quarter. One tantalizing scent captures Remy’s senses, forcing him to follow until he is face to face with Triana Bellamy—his beautiful high school crush.
After reconnecting, Remy and Triana are close—very. Remy struggles to keep things casual. Ever since his partner—and first love—was killed on the job, he’s kept women at a distance.
But when a mysterious wolf pendant ropes them both into danger, Remy’s protective instincts kick in. He may have to reveal his true self…and hope Triana accepts him.

Wolf Hunt by Paige Tyler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A storm is brewing for more than just Louisiana, which is the location of the latest book in the SWAT series. The hunters who have been killing Beta and Omega werewolves all over the US seem to have a reason for their madness that is going to lead to one heck of a showdown in future books.

For Wolf Hunt the story is taken out of Texas and moved to New Orleans where Remy Boudreaux is from and where he and a couple of his Dallas SWAT team go for a week of training. They are not in town long before he picks up a familiar sent a woman, Triana Bellamy, he went to school with. The two never acted on their feelings as teenagers but now the attraction is so strong neither can ignore.

Remy and team get embroiled in helping the local PD they are training with in the take down a crime boss. As this is ongoing Triana whose father was brutally killed years ago is searching for answers on who did it. What neither know is there a connection between those two things along with some surprise revelations for Triana.

I’ve always like stories that are in Louisiana which is so culturally diverse. Mixing the voodoo culture with a pack of werewolves makes for a great story. Each of these books seem to be leading up to something big between the Alpha pack and the Hunters. Cant wait to see what’s coming next.



New Release and Review for A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot

Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.
Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And it’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing antigovernment militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?

A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An utterly addicting read from start to finish. Having loved this authors other series I was little leary about this new series was about survivalists and home grown militia. The first book intrigued me in meeting Mercy Kilpatrick and learning about her childhood of being raised by survivalists who then ended up being shunned by her family and that situation was made worse when she became an FBI agent. But this book, I’m am now hooked line and sinkered in this world the author has created. The words and story just flowed and I am ensconced with all the characters.

The town of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon certainly has quite the left wing, right wing, and all over the place wing citizens. Mercy and her FBI team and her love interest Sheriff Truman Daly certain have their hands full trying to keep law and order. After this book I cannot wait to see what what’s next for Mercy and Truman along with Mercy’s family.

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New Release and Review of A Grave Calling by Wendy Roberts

There had been no attempt to bury the dead girl, naked except for the white ribbon tied to her wrist
Twenty-five-year-old Julie Hall has a unique ability: when she takes up a dowsing rod, she finds not water but bodies. To Julie, it’s a curse, not a gift, and one she rarely uses—she prefers her quiet life in a trailer, with her grandfather and her dog for company. But when FBI agent Garrett Pierce shows up at her door seeking help with a case, she has no choice but to assist with their search.
Three girls are still missing. The killer is still out there. As bodies are discovered and more girls disappear, the case becomes almost more than Julie can bear. And when the killer turns his sights toward her, even her growing relationship with the protective Agent Garrett may not be enough to save her.

A Grave Calling by Wendy Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quirky suspense with dark elements. It’s always a treat to find a new author that writes a unique story.

Julie Hall had a childhood filled with abuse from her grandmother, made worse by the gift she had for finding dead bodies with a pair of dowsing rods. Only returning to the home she grew up in after her grandmother dies, she’s content with just working at a gas station and looking after her Grandfather. She’s helped law enforcement in the past to find missing people but is surprised when the FBI knocks on her door needing help to locate the body of a woman killed by a suspected serial killer. She is just one of 3 recently taken and they need Julie’s help in hopes that finding the bodies they will find clues and evidence against the killer.

Julie had more than her share of bad things happen to her in life and even let them for a while put her on a self medicating path. Her gift was something I’ve never seen used before and held me captivated until the shocking ending.

Looking for a dark, edgy suspense different from the rest – give A Grave Calling a try..

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