Thursday, May 28, 2015

Booker Hate City Book #Review

After a life filled with destruction of others and himself, and his body ravaged by disease, there's only one thing left for Javier Calero to do. Leave a legacy that will finally bring meaning to his life—and to the death of an American president more than fifty years ago.

The CEO of a green energy company is murdered behind his million-dollar estate, his neck nearly severed in two. Recruited to aid the widow and find a savage killer, Booker finds himself in the middle of a family train wreck.

Days later, thrust into the crossfire of a deadly sniper, Booker eludes sure death with the uncanny arrival of a young woman who only wants to save her father from harm. But she can't do it without Booker's help.

Joining forces with a Latin spitfire, Booker and his new sidekick, Maggie, embark on a twenty-four-hour quest to hunt down a killer determined to make an indelible mark on history—just like the one that struck down John F. Kennedy a half-century earlier, which launched a cascade of assassination investigations and theories.
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Booker T. Adams is at it again with another engrossing mystery.  Someone has murdered Albert Yates, CEO of Evergreen and everything leads to a dead end.  Then a librarian turns up dead, killed in the same manner as Albert Yates.  While helping out mob boss Scampiani, he's caught in the cross hairs of a gun fight, that opens his case wide open.  The story takes us back to the Kennedy assassination and all of the rumors linked to it.  

This was a great read and an interesting look at the Kennedy assassination.  I could feel Magdalena's pain as she realized that her father had turned into a killer.  I also love the chemistry between Alisa and Booker, I wonder if they will ever realize that they would make a great team outside of Booker and Associates.   I was shocked that Justin was thinking about selling the bar considering all of the hard work he invested from book two. All in all, this was an amazing novel filled with unexpected twists you won't see coming!


About the Author:

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Choosing Book #Review

Synopsis:
“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.
 

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My Review:
In 2111, a vaccine was created to cure all illnesses, mutating as diseases did.  What they didn't plan on was the antibodies attacking themselves and causing a large percentage of the population that was vaccinated to die.  Those days were called The Ruining.  One hundred years later, a group of survivors gathered and were led by Robert Carson, in a new religious world.

The year is 2257, Carrington Hale has spent her whole life preparing for this day, her Choosing.  She is taught that she is valued by how prepared she is for this big day and whether or not she gets chosen.  To Carrington's dismay, despite her training and high marks, she isn't selected.  Those not chosen are sent away to work as Lints, the very lowest class, never to see their families again.  Will her friend Larkin be able to get through to her? Will she listen to the voice that continually tries to reach her in the quiet?


Rochelle Dekker has written a wonderful debut novel.  The depth of the characters are amazing.  In addition to Carrington's struggles, there's a mystery in the backdrop that also had me intrigued and engrossed throughout the novel.  Although this was a dystopian story, I could actually see the plausibility in it.  This was a brilliantly written first novel and I can't wait to see more from this author.



**I received a free copy of this novel from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.**

About the Author:
She is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a writer, a friend, a cat lover, and a believer.
However, these are all just roles and though she loves these roles very much, who she truly is cannot be fully addressed because that is something she is still discovering.
Of course, self-discovery is a constant journey where hard questions must be asked but Rachelle knows two things for certain. First, that she is no different than anyone else, because in the deepest place in every person’s heart there is fear, doubt, stress, pain, worry, sorrow, joy, thankfulness, peace, love, success, and happiness. Second, Rachelle knows that she is loved perfectly and wholly just the way she is. Loved in a way that, while may not make sense to many, is wonderful and fulfilling. In a world filled with people searching for worth, acceptance, and a place to belong, she has learned that in searching for these things, she is worth the world, accepted long before she went looking for it, and she belongs right where she is at this moment.
Rachelle continues her never-ending journey and invites you to join her. Whether you are already diving deep or still standing on the shore the journey is going to be wild. There may even be some water walking.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Clock Strikes Midnight Book #Review and. #Giveaway

Synopsis:
The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about hate, love, betrayal and forgiveness.
If you found out you had only 3 months to live, what would you do? That’s the question Janie Knox faces in this fast-paced mystery full of uncertainty and tension that will surprise you until the very last page.
Hiding behind the fa├žade of a normal life, Janie keeps her family secrets tucked inside a broken heart. Everything changes on the day she learns she’s going to die. With the clock ticking and her time running out, she rushes to finish what she couldn’t do when she was 17—destroy her mother’s killer. But she can’t do it alone.
Janie returns to her childhood home to elicit help from her sister. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles. Meanwhile her mother’s convicted killer, her stepfather, recently released from prison, blackmails the sisters and plots to extract millions from the state in retribution. New revelations challenge Janie’s resolve, but she refuses to allow either time or her enemies to her stop her from uncovering the truth she’s held captive for over 20 years.
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Janie and Marly had a happy childhood, that is, until the tragic car accident that took their father away from them.  That's when their lives were forever changed.
Janie Knox spent most of her life running away from her past.  But when her doctor diagnoses her with inoperable cancer, Janie drops everything and returns to her hometown of Atlanta to tie up loose ends.  Her family is surprised to see her, she had left after her stepfather was convicted of murdering her mother, planning never to return.  She had basically abandoned her sister and never kept in touch.
When she arrives in Atlanta, she reaches out to her sister.  Not only is she not greeted warmly by Marly, but Janie can see that she's clearly drunk.  Marly tells her that their stepfather was released from prison two weeks earlier and he's been harassing her for information on the night of the murder.  The night she still doesn't remember anything about.  The part that upsets them both the most is that Ralph has taken up residence in the old house; their dead mother's home.
As Janie keeps her illness secret, she sticks to her plan to put things in order; she also becomes determined to exact revenge on the man she feels responsible for her mother's demise.
As The Clock Strikes Midnight is a gripping suspense novel that has you at the edge of your seat the entire time.  My heart broke for both Marly and Janie as the story of their past began to unfold.  Some of it hit home and i found myself tearing up a bit.  Madly and Janie could easily be a friend or even a neighbor, this was a story about family secrets and how they can destroy us.
About the Author:

Award-winning author Joan C. Curtis will release her first mystery, The Clock Strikes Midnight on November 25, 2014. She has also authored four business books published by Praeger Press numerous stories.
Her first place writing awards include: Best mystery manuscript in the Malice Domestic Grants competition, best proposal for a nonfiction piece in the Harriette Austin competition, and best story, Butterflies in a Strawberry Jar in the Cassell Network of Freelance Writer’s Association.
Other Books:
Hire Smart and Keep ‘Em: How to Interview Strategically Using POINT, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA 2012.
The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media, Praeger Press, 2010, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA
Managing Sticky Situations at Work: Communication Secrets for Success in the Workplace, 2009, Praeger Press, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA.
Strategic Interviewing: Skills for Savvy Executives, 2000 published by Quorum Books, Greenwood Press.
Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, memoir and nonfiction. Joan says, The Clock Strikes Midnight is exactly the kind of book she loves to read.
“I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view. Characters drive my writing and my reading.”
Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the southern traditions with the eye of a northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Georgia.
Check out her website: www.joancurtis.com and her blogwww.joancurtis.com/blog

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The House of Hawthorne Book Review

Synopsis:
Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War, and moving from Massachusetts to England, Portugal, and Italy, The House of Hawthorneexplores the tension within a famous marriage of two soulful, strong-willed people, each devoted to the other but also driven by a powerful need to explore the far reaches of their creative impulses. It is the story of a forgotten woman in history, who inspired one of the greatest writers of American literature.…

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Penguin Random House in exchange for my honest review.


The House of Hawthorne is a fictional,  yet fascinating, look on the life and romance of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Sophie Peabody.  From the day they met, Sophie and Nathaniel were kindred spirits.  Their love had no bounds.  Even when their daughter Una was sick for months with Roman fever, the family closeness kept them going.  This was a fantastic glimpse into the life of the Hawthornes, as well as several authors from that era. One that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ting Tang Tony Book Blast

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TTTG-Strings, fake bodies, what lubricant to use, and which angle looks best on camera, these are all things Tony knows. What he doesn't know is how to pursue a real relationship, one outside the industry that's making him retire and leaving him behind. Tony DiMarco, aka Ting Tang Tony, made a big name for himself-- regardless of being small--in an industry where size truly does matter. He's had a long career hiding behind a camera lens where his shortcomings didn't affect him at all. At 38 he's forced to find a real life where hopefully size doesn't matter. The last place he thought his life would change is in Florida. Tripping over the gorgeous and upstanding, Emily Grant, snaps him out of the pity-pot he is just about to take a bath in. However, having never dated outside the industry has him second-guessing everything. How would someone possibly want his "little engine that could"? Can Tony open up about his playboy-style career, and more importantly, can he overcome the insecurities that he's shoved aside his whole life? Tony's got his work cut out for him, he needs to penetrate the walls Emily's built to protect herself and her own insecurities. Will she be able to handle Tony's crazy double life he's trying to hide from her, the one he lives back home in L.A.? There's a small chance it might work, that it might fit—something Tony certainly isn't used to. This may be his one opportunity to find that missing puzzle piece he's only been able to fantasize about. The whirlwind journey these two set out on will keep you rooting for the underdogs, and teach you that it's not always the size of the package that's important—it's what's inside that matters most. Genre: Romantic Erotica

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The Has Been Series Tour Starts May 27th - Follow It Here

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Kat DeSalle is one half of the crazy writing duo that created the HAS BEEN SERIES. Born and raised in California, she graduated with a degree in Fine Art, which introduced her to a number of creative outlets. She dabbled in various jobs ranging from teaching art, to working in the finance industry. Ultimately, she found her passion in writing. Now, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children, where she follows her dream of writing romance novels.
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Kristin Leigh Jones is the wearer of many hats—not literally—although she does look good in one. From being a full-time mom, wife, chef, maid, dog walker, litter box scooper to owning a photography business and working as a freelance editor ... She now adds writer to her long resume. Between juggling all these tasks she squeezes in as much time as possible for snuggling her babies, reading, and watching football on Sundays in the fall. Da Bears! Hailing from the Midwest her whole life, she fully appreciates the change of seasons but admits to really only enjoying it less than 5 months of the year. Kristin is very thankful to have found another half of her brain in her dear friend Kat. Who, might be thousands of miles away, is never farther than a text or a phone call. Together they make up the dynamic duo writing and producing the hilariously romantic and sexy Has Been Series.
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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Henry Gallant and the Warrior Release Day Blast

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Henry Gallant and the Warrior - EbookIn the 22th Century, the people of the Solar System have banded together against an alien invasion. Unfortunately, they’re losing—badly.

As the only Natural remaining in the genetically engineered officer corps of the United Planet’s fleet, Henry Gallant has unique mental abilities that have proven essential to the defense against the Titan invaders. Nevertheless his fellow officers lack faith in him, and worse, he has angered prominent men by speaking truth to power.

Despite this, Admiral Collingsworth has given him command of the Warrior, the most advanced stealth warship in the UP arsenal and ordered him to the alien’s main base to spy, intrigue, and disrupt their war capacity.

Gallant’s mission leads to risky battles and painful choices, but no choice is more personal, or intimate, than the choice to face your own death. And for Henry Gallant—a flawed young man, in a hopeless situation, against overwhelming odds—a dreadful decision looms before him.

He has only one saving grace—he is unafraid.

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pete2About the author:

As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books. (Website www.hpeteralesso.com)

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Worth of Souls Pre-Order #WorthofSouls

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We are so excited to share the covers for this amazing series - Worth of Souls. The first book will be released July 6, book 2 July 8, and book 3 July 10 but you can pre-order NOW so they come to your eReader the day of release!

Cost of Survival, Book #1

COSfrontAnger isn’t an emotion anymore, it’s more of a survival mode I can’t afford to let go.

My dad predicted World War III would happen in his life, but he died two years before… with my brother…

…before Mom and I walked in search of refuge from the bombing.

Strengthened by her faith, Mom never feels alone. But me? I don’t know what to believe or where to turn. Someone once said keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but I disagree. Friends scare me the most. They know me and my mom. Nothing about them is safe.

The ones in charge… Control everything…

Crud, I’ve started crying because I’m scared I won’t survive World War III. But a bigger part of me is scared I will.

My mom is bleeding in my arms and she’s making me promise to follow her three rules.
Pray. Don’t trust anyone. Stay alive.

How long do I need to break all three?


Exchange Rate, Book #2

exchangerateI’m pregnant and I couldn’t be more excited. But the community Bodey, his dad, and I live in has rules. Rules that make Mom’s rules seem like safety nets.

Only 200 people are allowed at a time. My baby will make it 201.

The leader is making me choose someone from our house to die so there will be room for my child. Either I make the decision or they take… my…

Even in the craziness that the world has become, I refuse to believe only 200 can live in it at once.

The “community” is safe-ish, comfortable. We have food, warmth, and there isn’t immediate danger of being robbed while we sleep.

Doesn’t it make sense we’d have to exchange something for all that?

I’ve survived this long. Maybe that’s enough. Maybe I should die so my family can live. Or maybe I can get through the lines and find a people worth sacrificing for.

Worth of Souls, Book #3

WOSfront Running for my life and six months pregnant, I’m terrified but confident in my decisions.With my love and family behind me, captured by the same man who chases me, I have only a small window to find help. The baby needs to come out eventually.Nobody said the end of the world would define people so much. Everywhere I turn I have to prove my worth.Mom was gone before I learned my value lay in my eyes. Not others. But how would that save Bodey? How could my worth change how the world me spins?If I can’t figure it out, everyone I love will die, trapped in a place where even following the rules won’t protect us.
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Bonnie  Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Broken Globe Book Review

Synopsis:
Liana Tyr is a master swordswoman, but, because of her sex, has not yet seen a single battle. Varian Tyr is expected to be the next Duke of Dereven, but is outshone by his twin sister in combat, and unsure of himself in affairs of state. Sylvan, the youngest Tyr, has studied magic for most of his life, but feels constrained by the rules placed upon him, whether from his tutor, or from the gods themselves. 

After the abrupt death of their father, the three Tyr siblings must venture forth into the wide world of Telkorria in search of The Broken Globe, a legendary artifact that prophecy foretells will either save the world or destroy it. But along their journey, as they deal with loss, doubt, abandoned responsibility, and even attacks on their sanity, they begin to realize they may not be up to the task. 

What makes a fantasy? Is it the magical creatures and places, the history and lore, the sense of wonder? Can fantasy be more than that? As the Tyrs struggle to cope with the impossible task before them, the walls of their world begin to break down, and they begin to question everything they ever knew.

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My Review: 
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Varian, his twin sister Liana, and younger brother Sylvan are on a quest to fulfill a prophecy from The Book of Truth. Unfortunately, the twins haven't read or been told about the great book since they were young children and Sylvan never has.  But their father has been murdered by a demon, and now they must find the broken globe and put it back together.  There quest spans into vast continents, putting in them through a perilous journey and forging unlikely alliances.


I have to admit I was a little disturbed by this book.  Don't get me wrong, it starts really good and I had very high hopes.  But once the siblings begin their quest, the story began to stray and I was left wondering why, for example, we needed to know of Liana's menstrual cycle.  I was also thrown by Varian's sex scene when he's orientation up until this point wasn't completely confirmed.  I was a bit bothered by that and for nobles, these people swore like sailors.  That doesn't seem to make any sense to me at all.  I really hope that book two makes up for all that book one is lacking because it has the potential to be a really great series.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Twenty Grand: A Love Story Book Review

Synopsis:
A riveting modern noir telling of desire and betrayal, justice and love 

The beautiful wife of a powerful businessman finds that her husband has given their fortune away to a young woman. And she’ll do anything to get it back. 

Gloria Orion’s life is complete – a lovely home, a wealthy spouse, vacations abroad. It’s a pretty picture. 

But one afternoon, Gloria discovers this nice life is an illusion. She finds that her husband Karl has given away their fortune to a young woman named Mira. When she confronts him, he puts up a wall: It’s all true, honey. And none of your damn business. Then Karl reveals he is dying of cancer, and has no insurance. Gloria’s devastated, stunned – and bankrupt. But her tears dry quickly. This girl Mira has the money, she thinks. My money! And Gloria Orion will do anything to get it back. 

She calls her brother, a prominent lawyer, who’s fighting to save the building he owns from foreclosure. He needs money too, fast. Then she finds a private investigator, who can’t earn a living legitimately because his license is revoked. But that suits Gloria fine, so she hires him. Angry and desperate, they’re all determined to recover the money. 

Unfortunately, Mira won’t be much help. Her body turns up in a vacant lot on the wrong side of town, and the cops suspect Gloria and her brother of murder. The hunters become the hunted. As the police close in, Gloria embarks on a frantic search, only to find disaster. In a shocking ending, her lost fortune becomes part of a strange and fascinating justice. 



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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Every month Karl Orion writes a check for twenty thousand dollars to a mysterious woman. His wife Gloria thought they were doing okay running their pallet factory, until she went through the books and the numbers didn't add up.  The business is going bankrupt and she now realizes her husband has been giving money away, who is this Mira Ogilvy? Why is Karl giving her their money? She hires PI Baker Davis to find her, only what he finds is a dead body.  Who killed Mira? What was the motive?


This story teaches about family, struggles, and how to look beyond what is directly in front of us and see the big picture. You could feel the pain that the Lewis family felt daily from their loss.  Personally, I felt angry at Gloria and Karl's greed, they came across as cold and heartless. This was a great story of the human heart and one person's determination to right a wrong. My only issue with the book is that I don't have closure, we never do find out who killed Mira.

Jill Cooper's YA Series Celebration!

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Author Jill Cooper just released her second novel in the Rewind Agency Series, Plugged and is currently writing the third novel, Detached. To celebrate her awesome YA series she decided to giveaway a fantastic Lit-Cube that is YA themed! If you haven't heard of Lit-Cube its a very fun company that feeds a hopeless book geek who needs a monthly fix! As the owner says: because book geeks deserve awesome subscription boxes too!

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Lara Crane is stuck in her mind, in an indefinite stream of timelines where her life is perfect, just the way she wants it to be. But it's not real. It's all made up to give those who want to use time travel for their own personal ambitions. To give time to finish their experiments and turn Lara into a deadly time travel assassin.

If Lara wants to survive and to stop them, she needs to risk her own mind and soul to get out of a prison so perfect it completes the one dream Lara has always had.
Family.
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jillcooperAbout the Author:

I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I'll say I don't want to write like everyone else. I don't want to craft stories you've read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you've ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I'll have succeeded. If not, I'll keep trying.
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