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What happens when a Hitman gets Married?

Hitman's Wedding Book Cover Hitman's Wedding
Bad Boy Inc #4
Eve Langlais
action and adventure, thriller, suspense, romance
Eve Langlais
(24 Aug. 2018)

The employees of Bad Boy Inc. are gathering for a celebration. The bride sported the latest in bullet proof corsets. The groom wore a gun. The guests came armed for action. But the cake blew up before they could eat it. As for the honeymoon, it’s going to be a mad chase across the globe dodging bullets and bombs to find the culprit who wants them all dead. Once upon a time, Darren fell for a woman while in the world’s most romantic city. In full view of the Eiffel tower he had his heart torn from his chest and stomped on. Time for revenge. Francesca played Darren for a fool, but he won’t let it happen again. Now that he’s found her, she’s going to pay for her actions. Problem is she’s getting under his skin. Rubbing against his skin. Making him remember those Paris days and hotter nights. Before he can decide if he’s crazy enough to fall in love with her again, everything explodes after the wedding.

Now this is a complex storyline.

There are plots within plots.

Who is leaking information? What do they want? What is the endgame? Why is BBI targeted?

And then along comes Fran – the model – and deceit.

An enjoyable action packed thriller – think James Bond with James being Jemima. Yes, a female assassin saves the day – again – and again.

This is an interesting series with absolutely no fantasy or super-naturals involved. Just heroes and heroines with somewhat dodgy attributes and jobs!

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When you’re trying not to kill….

Leine Basso the Assassin Book Cover Leine Basso the Assassin
Leine Basso #3 books
DV Berkom
adventure, action, thriller
Duct Tape Press
July 31, 2015

When a former assassin's daughter is abducted, she's drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past. What happens when a reality show turns deadly? Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure. When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him... ...and rescue her daughter. "If you like fast-paced action, great lead characters, and don't mind a few F-bombs and the occasional gore, DV Berkom is the author for you." BloodWrites "Serial Date has everything a mystery/thriller needs to be successful, fast-paced and action packed, strong and memorable characters and a story that will grab you from beginning to end..." Confessions of a Reader "Why should you read it? In a nutshell it's a fast-paced, non-linear story with some creepy elements mashed together with a splash of romance and dark humour. What's not to like?" Indie eBooks

I like DV Berkom’s writing and bought this set having read her previous series about Kate Jones – a PI.

Now Leine is trying very hard to leave her previous life behind – and not to kill people – but is constantly being thwarted. By  her ex-boss. By Russian gangsters. By psychopaths. And so it goes. She is a little rusty and her skills are not quite what they were, but she remembers her Krav Magma and can even teach it. She remembers how to shoot cleanly. But she does seem to forget one thing – author note this – she might clean her gun but she forgets to clean off any cartridges/bullets left in the gun and she doesn’t wear nitrile gloves – when loading.  Big oops these days.

That aside.

I enjoyed the book set but do feel that she has really run her course of stories and won’t purchase any more.

  1. Serial Date

2. Bad Traffick

3. The Body Market

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What a tattoo can do – more than you ever thought!

Ink Witch Book Cover Ink Witch
Kat Dubois #1-4
Lindsey Fairleigh
fantasy, magic, mythology, urban fantasy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(22 Sept. 2016)

A whole new series from the world of the Echo Trilogy. Three years ago, the gods abandoned us. We've been alone ever since. Kat Dubois is immortal, and she’s retired. She’s long since hung up her sword and left assassinating immortals to someone else...anyone else. She’s now a hard drinking, sass-flinging Seattle tattoo artist with the innate ability to read people’s fortunes using her charmed deck of tarot cards. Her days of bloodshed are over, and she has nothing but time--an eternity, in fact--to hide from her past. Until someone from her past shows up on her doorstep with news that her beloved older brother and mentor, Dominic, has gone missing. Kat may be the only person with the right skills--and access to the right magic--to track him down. She must confront her past if she’s to have any chance of finding and saving her brother. She must fight her demons. She must embrace the power within her. She must become the Ink Witch.

Egyptian gods and goddesses morph into a Supergirl fantasy crossed with Jessica Jones.

This is a YA series that isn’t.

The heroine is 38 trapped in the body – and hormones – of an 18 year old. For eternity. Or until she is killed – but she is very very hard to kill.

The myths of Old Egypt meet – something new to me, although it seemed to be loosely based on these myths with lots of additions.

Did I like the books? Of course. I always like a kickass female heroine and Kat wins on all scales from her mad sword skills to her mixed martial arts AND she rides a Ducati!

I totally get why she has tattoos, even though not my scene, but they prove essential to the storyline, though not sure about the extra body piercings even though they add to the ‘bad’ character.

Can’t wait until book 5 comes out.

I have also bought the prequel series to get the background to this series.

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Can it be fixed?

Dead End Fix Book Cover Dead End Fix
Justice #6
T.E. Woods
Crime, Thriller & Mystery,
(21 Jun. 2016)

I’ll bring Hadley home. Whatever it takes. Whatever it costs. Whoever has to die.

There’s a gang war unfolding on the streets of Seattle. A young boy has been killed in a drive-by shooting, and the ensuing chaos threatens to engulf the city. Normally, chief of detectives Mort Grant would be dealing with the fallout—but right now, his mind is elsewhere. . . .

In one gut-wrenching phone call, Mort’s worst fears are realized. His granddaughter Hadley has been kidnapped, and the culprit is his own flesh and blood: Allie, his daughter and Hadley’s aunt. Now, desperate for any sign of the missing six-year-old girl, Mort turns once again to the relentless vigilante called The Fixer for help.

The last Justice novel ended on somewhat of a cliff hanger. One of the twins had disappeared – presumably taken by her Aunt Allie.

This novel begins with Allie and the twin on ‘holiday’.

Allie is struggling to grasp control of the crime syndicate she wrested from her erstwhile fiancé/captor. Tying to expand into the Middle East she makes a promise she finds difficult to fulfil.

Meanwhile Mort gets involved in a gang turf war in Seattle.

At the end Green k is offered a deal by the gang boss which would silence him but which would also remove him from the toxic atmosphere of gang life in the city.

So two stories run alongside each linked by the presence of Mort, and we are reminded forcefully why young African/ American boys find themselves in crime gangs.

They live in inner city areas, where there are no longer jobs, shops, or transport. Where they have been abandoned by recurring Administrations who favour the middle-classes and the rich; where tax dollars are not spent in their areas and where policing is often brutal and unforgiving with a presumption of guilt.

So a nice political statement explored in one of the stories – that of Green K. And with a clear writing style that flows and is easy to read.

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Ian Hiatt explains his killing spree

Interview with Ian Hiatt

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?

I think when every writer starts their vowel movements for the first time, they usually have grand and noble purpose behind it.

DEATH OF AN ASSASSIN and books in the Saint Roch series are just plain about having fun. Both as a writer and as a reader. There's still be character development, high stakes, and things-to-ponder kicking around between the cover and backflap, but they're blended in with the gunfights and profanity.

As for where this topic itself came from, I've always been a fan of Greek mythology and the mythologies of any other culture I can find a book for. But so many of the ancient tales are too far removed from our own modern culture and can come across as dry. Not to mention, there are far too many instances where Generic Hero Man triumphs over Terrible Monster Lady in those stories. It's not fair and it's only one frame of reference. The villain of a story is all about perspective, so I thought, why not show tell a story more akin to that damned Odyssyeus crashing his boat into the island home of the Sirens just because they happened to be singing and his crew couldn't help themselves.

How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

I mull over a story idea for months/years before fully settling on what it is I want to write. I usually start writing as a “get my feet wet” sort of a thing. If it requires a great amount of research, such as historical fiction, I'll do that in spurts. But in general, I only research when I question what I'm about to write. If it's a topic I'm not well versed in, I find out what I'm missing.

Nothing makes a story drag along more than inadequate research. And nothing brings it to a faster ass-grinding halt than too much research.

How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?

Countless. The best thing you can do with rejections is keep track of who rejected you (so you're not hucking your book at them multiple times) but not how many times you've been rejected.

Of course, if those rejections come with notes you can do two things: 1) realize that no one is an expert on reading, writing, or publishing and that their advice may not be iron-clad, 2) realize that the people you're pitching to do know a thing or two about reading, writing, and publishing and that you may want to take their advice. If those two things sound as though they are contradicting each other, don't worry---they are. There's no perfect formula for “making it” in this business and anyone who tells you there is is likely trying to sell you something. Be like goblin-made armor. Take in only that which makes you stronger.

For numbers, this was my second completed manuscript that I pitched at agents, editors, and passing strangers on the street. It's one of the many, many, many started stories, though.


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