Friday, October 24, 2014

Remake Book Review



I have a really amazing YA Fantasy/Science Fiction book to share with you today called Remake written by Ilima Todd.

Synopsis:
Male or Female?

Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn’t like every other batcher. She harbors indecision and worries about her upcoming Remake Day—her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they’ll be.

When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be?
Purchase your copy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble | 
 
My Review:
 
Wow, I have to say I never saw this one coming! Can you imagine that at age 18 you get to decide what you want to be? Up until then, you are all the same and then you can decide if you want to be a male or female and what you want your job to be!
 
It's really a mind blowing book but it has it's tender moments and Nine is so attached to Theron, she decides to do whatever pleases him because she doesn't want to be separated from him.
 
But, as we all know, things don't quite go the way the plan is suppose to work. For some odd reason, Nine is made different than all the other kids. She has a lot of freckles and that makes her an oddity. She learns she is an experiment but she doesn't even know the half of it.
 
When her shuttle crash lands into a new place, her eyes will be opened up big time and she will get all kinds of shocks she never imagined could happen. Go with her on her journey because it's well worth the read to see what's in store for Nine as she continues her journey.
 
Happy Reading!
 
About the Author: 
 
Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and currently resides in the Rocky Mountains. She never wanted to be a writer even though she loves books and reading. She earned a degree in physics instead. But the characters in her head refused to be ignored, and now she spends her time writing science fiction for teens. When she is not writing, Ilima loves to spend time with her husband and four children.
 
Connect with her on her Website | Facebook | Twitter |
 
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

Twinkle Book Review


 
Publisher: SJ Parkinson (July 14, 2014)
Category: Science Fiction, Thriller
Tour Date: October, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 600 Pages
 
Synopsis:
In the newest book from award winning author, SJ Parkinson, The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone. 
The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope. 
A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.
Purchase your copy on Amazon. 
 
My Review:

If you love fast moving thrillers, then this is going to be the book for you to read! I don't know where these authors come up with their imaginative stories to shock us, but they do and this is one of the better ones that I have read!

I hope that it never actually happens, but I guess anything is possible in this new day when computers and technology are getting more and more advanced. This one is focused on a billionaire wanting to show off his new software thru fireworks going off around the world and it starts in China.

Unfortunately, China has other ideas, and when everyone watching the fireworks suddenly go blind, it's a huge disaster all over the world. Of course, there are some people here and there that didn't see the fireworks and can see, so it's up to them to rescue the rest of the world.

Great story and fast paced! You will love reading this thriller all the way to the end!

Happy Reading!
 
About the Author: 
 
Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.
 
Awards: Three “Outstanding in Genre” Gold Seal awards from Red Adept Publishing and Kindle Book of the Month award Oct 2013 by the People’s Choice Book Awards.
 
Connect with him on his Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google Plus |
 
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

Escape Through the Wilderness Book Spotlight


Escape Through the Wilderness cover

Title: Escape Through the Wilderness
Author: Gary Rodrgiuez
Genre: Tween/Young Adult Christian Adventure
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (June 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1-63268-201-7

About the book:
Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a gymnastics’ accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, but didn’t stop her from attending an adventure camp in Idaho. At Camp Arrowhead, she quickly befriends Jade Chang and Rico Cruz, but Conner Swift taunts Savi because of her injury. When the four are teamed together for an overnight white-water river rafting adventure, Savi refuses to get in the same raft with Conner.

Unfortunately, the director will not reassign her. A fun expedition down the river turns into a nightmare when their raft slams into a huge rock and their adult guide disappears down the river. Without their guide and desperately trying to steer an out-of-control raft, they pass the “Last Chance” marker and enter the larger rapids. With Jade pinned between the raft and a rock, and Rico clinging to a lifeline, Savi must cut the raft free. When the four drag themselves out of the river, they’re bruised, beaten, lost, and twenty-five miles from camp. Because of late-night campfire tales of Vexel, a vicious animal that roams the nearby woods, Savi and the others are terrified.

Savi becomes the unlikely leader who tries to guide the group back to Camp Arrowhead. Limited supplies, injuries, and the constant threat of Vexel—who Savi fears is stalking them, complicate the harrowing return trip.  
Readers will enjoy dramatic survival scenes and the group working together, solving problems, and learning to overcome adversity.
Purchase at:

https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781632682017 and at http://www.amazon.com/Escape-Through-Wilderness-Gary-Rodriguez/dp/163268201X/ 

Book Excerpt:

The river turned slightly to the right and then they saw the nightmare ahead. The turbulence was like nothing they had seen before. The water appeared completely white and rushed forward at a furious pace, breaking over and against rocks on both sides. The only way through was a narrow slot between the rocks, which they needed to hit just right, to make it through safely.

“Watch for rocks,” Doug warned with a shout. “And hold on!”

As they shot through the tight gap between the rocks, water rose above the raft on both sides. They flew through the first surge and then saw the river bend slightly left between a new set of obstacles. “Paddle left!” Doug yelled over the thunderous roar.

“Hard left!” he shouted again. “Rock!” Savi screamed. Water drenched them from every direction. Conner removed his right hand from the paddle for a second to wipe off his glasses.

“Rocks left!” Savi shouted.

View the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIafxxeApHo

Gary Rodriguez

Gary Rodriguez is president of LeaderMetrix Inc., a consulting company that specializes in senior-level executive coaching, organizational development and conflict resolution. He is the author of the new adventure novel Escape through the Wilderness scheduled for release in June 2014.

His first book Purpose-Centered Public Speaking was an instant hit and recently republished by Tate Publishing. His extensive resume includes eighteen years as an executive in the radio business where he spent several years as one of the original managers of Infinity Broadcasting. He was twice nominated as medium market manager of the year by the Bobby Poe report, a national media publication.

For over thirty-five years, Gary has spoken in public both nationally and internationally. Gary’s resume includes a season in the U.S. Army where he was highly decorated as the youngest Drill Instructor in the Army's history at age 18 years. He was also awarded the Silver Star (the nation's third highest award for valor) while serving in Viet Nam.

Visit the book’s website at http://ettw.tateauthor.com/  You can also find Gary at http://leadermetrix.com/ and http://www.leadermetrix.com/authorspeaker.  

Escape Through the Wilderness Virtual Book Tour Schedule
 
Monday, October 6
Tuesday, October 7
Author interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Wednesday, October 8
Spotlight and giveaway at Inside BJ’s Head
Thursday, October 9
Friday, October 10
Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life
Monday, October 13
Video trailer reveal at Putting Words Down on Paper
Tuesday, October 14
Book review at My Devotional Thoughts
Wednesday, October 15
Thursday, October 16
Video trailer reveal at Stands of Thought
Friday, October 17
First chapter reveal at Rebecca’s Writing Services
First chapter reveal at FictionZeal
Monday, October 20
Book review at By the Book
Tuesday, October 21
Wednesday, October 22
Author interview at Blogcritics
Thursday, October 23
Author interview at Beyond the Books
Friday, October 24
Book spotlight at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Monday, October 27
Book spotlight and giveaway at Maureen’s Musings
Tuesday, October 28
Book review/spotlight and giveaway at Mom Loves 2 Read
Wednesday, October 29
Author interview at As the Pages Turn
Thursday, October 30
First chapter reveal at Blooming with Books
Friday, October 31
Book spotlight and giveaway at Blooming with Books
 
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Home For the Holidays Giveaway Sign Ups


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Bloggers needed to help promote this latest giveaway.
 
Dates are still being determined. Hopefully October 30th - November 30th (Cyber Monday) Sign ups will end October 29th if the above date is correct.
 
Sponsors that have confirmed:
 
The Gathering of Friends cookbooks
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VinylDezignz - Etsy Shop
 
I have several more just waiting on confirmation. Planning on 1 winner, but if prizes add up enough or we get offered more than 1 of anything will change. I am also willing to trade prizes for co-host spots! Also if you know of companies that want to be involved please let me know at las930 at charter dot net.
 
I would love to thank all of the bloggers from the Sweetest Day Giveaway! We had over 105,000 entries.  So Awesome!
 
I have had a lot of help from more experienced bloggers out there. I have learn that there are a lot of rules I did not know when I started all this. The below link has a great article to learn more about the rules for giveaways:
 
The site/person signing up the most bloggers get a free co-host spot, must sign up a minimum of 3 to win, free promoters DO count! If already paid will return money day contest starts.
 
You will get 2 FREE Links (Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram Only)for posting the Bloggers opp, if you do not want to post you can send $3 to the below paypal address for the 2 links. Co-Host spots are available for $7 for 4 links ( of your choice, excluding G+) plus the 2 FREE non Co-Host links, so a total of 6 links. Also if a extra like or follow page is available you will receive them as well depending upon the number of Co-Hosts that join. All co-hosts receive at minimum of 1 secret word, likes or follow, etc pages. Co-Host payment must be made via PayPal only, with the word “Home” placed in the PayPal comment section. Please submit your payment to the email address shown below.
 
It is my understanding that if a giveaway is live before the 11/5 deadline, we can continue the way it is. I will be giving you an alternate space so I can change facebook links, if this is not true. You must agree to promote this giveaway a minimum of 4 times a week on Twitter, and another Social Media site of your choice. You must also agree to post this giveaway on the time and date shown below. This giveaway will be valid in the Continental United States only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. I would like to use #HFTH1114 for tweets. Also if you include my handle @las930 I try at least 3 times a day to retweet your tweets. Probably in the middle of the night, but whenever I can I will retweet.

Please make sure that you enter the correct links on the sign-up form.
Make sure that they are working and no issues. Also please make sure
that you sign-up only once.

Sign up HERE.
 
Thanks and any questions please email me las930 at charter dot net

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BookSwag Bags Giveaway


BookSwag Bags Giveaway!

Sponsored by: BookSwag Bags

Hosted by:  Savory Savings & Gloriously Green Gal

BookSwag Bags Giveaway Oct 22 - Nov 22

Do you love books?  How about jewelry?  What about jewelry based on books? BookSwag Bags offers beautiful, custom jewelry based on books!  Pieces that can become collectors items to readers and authors alike!  In addition to all of that, she offers stunning jewelry packs that will bolster your day-to-day collection in a fun and whimsical way!

Be sure to visit BookSwag Bags to find out about her latest designs, newest giveaway adventures and so much more!

How would you like to win an assortment of jewelry from BookSwag Bags?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a BookSwag Bags giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  T

he giveaway will run from October 22  through November 22, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck Everyone!


Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

#SpelledTour Book Review & Giveaway


 
Title: Spelled
Author: Kate St.Clair
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
 
Synopsis:
Misfortune seems to follow the Sayers family. Georgia has tried to reestablish normality since her mother died, and she’s no closer to escaping her strange past when a mysterious fire destroys the only other high school in her tiny Texas town.  
Georgia is thrown into the company of Luke, a cryptic senior who brings her face to face with the truth about her heritage. Her loving, perfect mother created her family for the singular purpose of birthing five of the most powerful witches in the world, capable of terrifying magic.  
Now that she knows the truth, can Georgia keep her siblings safe? Who is behind the dark cult that’s after her family? And does Luke know more about her powers than even Georgia does?
Purchase your copy on AmazonBlack Hill Press |
 
My Review:
 
All I can say about this book is WOW! It has everything in it that you could possibly ask for in a Fantasy, Horror, Romance and Mystery all thrown into the mix! I don't know exactly what you would call that kind of book but this one can fit any of these descriptions depending on what chapter or even what paragraph you are reading.
 
Georgia is the oldest child and when they start a new school (something they have to do ALOT since things happen and people get suspicious) she meets a boy named Luke with whom she has feelings for, both good and bad. If she is having a good day, she likes him and if she is having an awful day, well, let's just say it's best he stay away, especially since she is starting to uncover her hidden talents that her mother passed down to her.
 
All five children have certain gifts that they don't know about and because Luke knows about them, he decides to help them practice and learn how to handle them without getting themselves hurt.
 
If you love YA Fantasy books, then this should be at the top of your list!
 
Happy Reading!
 
 
About the Author:
 
Kate was born in a tiny town outside of Austin, TX. At fourteen, she was accepted to a creative writing program at Oxford University in England. She attended boarding schools in Texas and California. When not writing, she’s contending with her activity ADD, which entails horseback riding, aerial silks, and playing with her menagerie or rescued animals.
 
Connect with Kate on her Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram |
 
If you love YA Fantasy/Horror books, then you won't want to miss this one. So, I have decided to give my print copy to one winner. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chosen Release Day Blitz


 
Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3) by Kristen Day

RELEASE DAY BLITZ

 
Purchase on Amazon | Smashwords |
 
The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up. Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life. In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war. As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point. A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive. In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance. The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most. 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

SportsTek Lightwear 4 in 1 Multifunction LED Headlamp Giveaway


Welcome to the SportsTek Lightwear 4 in 1 Multifunction LED Headlamp Giveaway

Hosted by: SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways 

Sponsored by: SportsTek

 
SportsTek Lightwear 4-in-1 LED Headlamp | Multi-Function Capability – Outdoor/Indoor, Water Resistant, 220 Lumens, Zoomable – Great for Hiking, Biking, Kids, Reading, Military, Camping, Grilling, Backpacking, Auto Repair & More. Provides Safety and Security – Fits Around Head, Helmet, Bike or Belt. Can also be used as a spotlight and place on a desk, countertop or floor.

 
Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win SportsTek Lightwear 4 in 1 Multifunction LED Headlamp. This is open to US and ends 10/29/14 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! Remember you can't win if you don't enter.

Good Luck, Thanks for entering!

Disclaimer: Please note that SaraLee's Deals Steals and Giveaways are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dean Polarized Sunglasses Giveaway


Dean Polarized Sunglasses Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Ltd. Optics

Hosted by:  Savory Savings & Gloriously Green Gal

Protecting your eyes from the sun is one of the easiest, yet most important, things you can do for your vision.  Polarized sunglasses offer quality protection that should be among the top of your list that you look for in sunwear.  Krista over at Savory Savings recently had the chance to review a few stylish pairs of polarized sunglasses from Ltd. Optics and shared her thoughts in a full review!

How would you like to win a pair of The Dean polarized sunglasses from Ltd Optics? If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Ltd. Optics giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. 

The giveaway will run from October 18 through October 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck Everyone!


Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Strong Darkness Book Review & Giveaway


Strong Darkness

by Jon Land

on Tour at Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours October 1-31, 2014




Book Details:

Genre: Thriller
Published by: Forge
Publication Date: Sept 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0765335111
Purchase Links:


Synopsis:

1883: Texas Ranger William Ray Strong teams up with Judge Roy Bean to track down the Old West’s first serial killer who’s stitching a trail of death along the railroad lines slicing their way through Texas. 
The Present: Fifth Generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong finds herself pursuing an-other serial killer whose methods are eerily similar to the one pursued by her great-grandfather almost a century-and-a-half before. But that’s just the beginning of the problems confronting Caitlin in her biggest and most dangerous adventure yet, starting off when the son of her reformed outlaw boyfriend Cort Wesley Masters is nearly beaten to death while at college. 
The trail of that attack at Brown University leads all the way back to Texas and a Chinese high-tech company recently awarded the contract to build the nation’s Fifth Generation wireless network. Li Zhen, a rare self-made man in China and the company’s founder, counts that as the greatest achievement of his career. But it’s an achievement that hides the true motivations behind a rise fueled by events dating back to the time of Caitlin’s great-grandfather. Because the same era that spawned a serial killer who has impossibly resurfaced today also hides the secrets behind Li’s thirst for nothing less than China’s total domination of the United States. 
His fiendishly clever plan is backed by all-powerful elements of the Chinese underworld that will stop at nothing to insure its success. Up against an army at Li’s disposal, Caitlin and Cort Wesley blaze a violent trail across country and continent in search of secrets hidden in the past, but it’s a secret from the present that holds the means to stop their adversary’s plot in its tracks, even as a climactic battle dawns with nothing less than the fate of the U.S. at stake. Because there’s a darkness coming, and only Caitlin Strong can find the light before it’s too late.
My Review:

I have read other stories in this line of Caitlin Strong and her boyfriend so I was used to her ways but someone new reading this book for the first time might think she comes off too brash or like she has some kind of authority problem, but in reality she is just a mother cub protecting those she loves.

Cort Wesley, her boyfriend, has some boys from a previous relationship and they seem to be the ones who get into trouble, while not always their fault, but trouble seems to find them regardless and this time is no different.

Both Cort and Caitlin also have parent's who had colorful pasts and that comes back to bite them a few times but they are proud of their relatives and don't take no crap from anyone and will be the first to tell you to go you know where!

These are great stories for just about everyone. They have enough romance in them to satisfy a woman reader and a lot of shooting and catching bad guys to make this a good man's book if your man likes to read. Jon Land definitely knows how to rope in and tie up a good story for all of us!

Happy Reading!

Read an excerpt:

CHAPTER 1
San Antonio, Texas
“Sinners repent or more will die! Sinners repent or more will die! Sinners repent or more will die!”
Caitlin Strong listened to the chant repeated over and over again by the Beacon of Light Church members who’d decided to picket a young soldier’s funeral here in San Antonio in pointless protest. The words were harder to make out across the street beyond the thousand-foot buffer the protestors were required to keep, but clear enough to disturb the parents of an army hero who just wanted to bury their son in peace.
“What are you going to do about this, Ranger?” Bud Chauncey, the young man’s father, asked her.
“I’ve requested that they vacate the premises, sir,” Caitlin told the man. “My orders are to do no more than that as long as they keep their distance. It’s the law.”
Chauncey, who owned several car dealerships in the area, turned toward the Beacon of Light Church members gathered on a patch of fresh land up a slight rise across the road Mission Burial Park had purchased in order to expand. His eyes looked bloodshot and weary, his face held in an angry glare that captured the frustration over being able to do no more about their presence here than he could for the son he was about to lay to rest. He stretched a hand through stringy gray hair to smooth it back down, but the breeze quickly blew it out of place again. Chauncey always looked so strong, vital and happy on his television commercials, leaving Caitlin to wonder if this was even the same man. His neck was thin and marred by discolored patches of skin that looked to have come from radiation treatments. His hands were thin and knobby and she noticed them trembling once he moved them from his pockets. She caught a glimpse of tobacco stains on the tips of his fingers and nails and thought of those radiation treatments again.
“Thousand feet away?” Chauncey questioned.
“Legislature passed a law restricting protests to that distance to funerals held in the state.”
Chauncey gazed back at the mourners gathered by his son’s gravesite waiting for the service to begin. He and Caitlin stood off to the side of the building funeral cortege at Mission Burial Park, the cemetery located on the San Antonio River where her father and grandfather were buried in clear view of the historic Espada Mission.
“Why don’t you explain that to my boy, Ranger?”
It sounded more like a plea than a question, a grieving father looking for a way to reconcile his son’s death in the face of picketing strangers paying him the ultimate disrespect. Blaming gays and their lifestyle for the landmine that had taken a young man’s life when he threw himself on two other soldiers to save them.
“The world might be full of shit,” Chauncey resumed with his gaze fixed across the road, electricity seeming to radiate out of his pores with the sweat to the point where Caitlin figured she’d get a shock if she stretched a hand out to comfort him. “But that doesn’t mean we ever get used to stepping in it.”
“I’ll be right back, sir,” she told Bud Chauncey and headed toward the street.

CHAPTER 2
San Antonio, Texas
It seemed like too nice a day to bury somebody as gifted as Bud Chauncey’s son Junior. An All-District athlete in three sports, Homecoming King and senior class president who’d joined the army’s ROTC program. He went to Afghanistan already a hero and came back in a box after his platoon was hit by a Taliban ambush while on patrol. It was bad enough when good boys died for no good reason Caitlin could see. It was even worse when it happened while a war was winding down and most back home had stopped paying attention.
Caitlin was thinking of Dylan Torres, the eighteen-year-old son of the man she considered, well, her boy friend, as she walked toward the road and grassy field across it in the process of being dug out to make room for Mission Burial Park’s expansion. Bud Chauncey’s son Junior had been barely a year older when he died and she couldn’t help picturing Dylan patrolling a desert wasteland with M-16 held in the ready position before him. Still a boy, no matter how much he’d been through or how many monsters with whom he’d come into contact. Currently in Providence, Rhode Island where he was in the midst of his freshman football season for Brown University.
Caitlin had read that Junior Chauncey had been accepted for admission at the University of Texas at Austin where he hoped to do the same. Dylan had a junior varsity game next weekend, if she remembered correctly. Junior would never don helmet and pads again.
That thought pushed a spring into her step as she strode across the road now crammed with cars, both parked along the side and inching along in search of a space. The funeral was being delayed to account for that, giving Bud Chauncey more time to suffer and the Beacon of Light Church more time to make their presence known. Alerted to their coming, television crews from five local stations and at least two national ones she could see had arrived first, their cameras covering all that was transpiring on both sides of the road.
Crossing the street, Caitlin thought she felt a blast of heat flushed by a furnace slam into her. It seemed to radiate off the protesters turning the air hot and prickly as they continued to chant. The sky was cloudless, the heat building in the fall day under a sun more like summer’s from the burn Caitlin felt on her cheeks.
Caitlin recognized the leader, William Bryant Tripp, from his wet-down hair, skin flushed red and handlebar mustache, and angled herself straight for him across the edge of the field that gave way to a drainage trench the width of a massive John Deere wheel loader’s shovel. The trench created a natural barricade between the Beacon of Light Church members and what might as well have been the rest of the world, while the big Deere sat idle between towering mounds of earth set further back in the field. “Sinners repent or more will die! Sinners repent or more will die! Sinners repent or more will die!”
“Mr. Tripp,” she called to the leader over the chants. He’d stepped out of the procession at her approach, smirking and twirling the ends of his mustache.
“It’s Reverend Tripp,” he reminded.
Caitlin nodded, trying to look respectful. “There’s people grieving a tragic death across the way, Reverend, and I’d ask you again as a man and a Christian to vacate the premises so they might do so in peace. You’ve made your point already and I believe you should leave things at that.”
The smirk remained. “Peace is what this church is all about, Ranger, a peace that can only be achieved if those who debauch and deface the values of good honest people like us repent and are called out for their sins.”
“Gays had nothing to do with putting that brave boy in a coffin, sir. That was the work of a bunch of cowardly religious fanatics like the ones serving you here today.”
The smirk slipped from Tripp’s expression, replaced by a look that brushed Caitlin off and sized her up at the same time. “We’re breaking no laws here. So I’m going to ask you to leave us in peace.”
Caitlin felt her muscles tightening, her mouth going dry. “You have every right to be here and I’m here to protect your rights to peaceful assembly as well as the rights of the Chauncey family to bury their son without a sideshow. The problem is that presents a contradiction it’s my duty to resolve. And the best way to do that is to ask you and your people to simply leave in a timely fashion.”
Tripp shifted his shoulders. He seemed to relish the threat Caitlin’s words presented. “And if we choose not to?”
“You’ve made your point for the cameras already, sir. There’s nothing more for you to prove. So do the holy thing by packing up your pickets and heading on.” Caitlin gazed toward the protestors thrusting their signs into the air in perfect rhythm with their chanting. “Use the time to paint over those signs, so you’re ready to terrorize the next family that loses a son in battle, Mr. Tripp.”
Tripp measured her words, running his tongue around the inside of his mouth. It made a sound like crushing a grape underfoot. Caitlin could feel the sun’s heat between them now, serving as an invisible barrier neither wanted to breach.
“It’s Reverend Tripp,” he reminded again.
“I believe that title needs to be earned,” Caitlin told him, feeling her words start to race ahead of her thoughts. Tripp stiffened. “This church has been serving Him and His word since the very founding of this great nation, Ranger. Even here in the great state of Texas itself.”
“Those other military funerals you’ve been picketing from Lubbock to Amarillo don’t count toward that, sir.”
“I was speaking of our missionary work back in the times of the frontier; the railroads and the oil booms. How this church tried to convert the Chinese heathen hordes to Christianity.”
“Heathen hordes?”
“It was a fool’s errand,” Tripp said, bitterness turning his expression even more hateful. “The Chinese made for an unholy, hateful people not deserving of our Lord’s good graces.”
“But you believe you are, thanks to hurting those good folks across the way, is that right? Problem is you’re not serving God, sir, you’re serving yourself. And I’m giving you a chance to square things the easy way instead of the hard.”
Tripp sneered at her. “Such threats didn’t work in Lubbock or Amarillo and they won’t work here either.”
“I wasn’t the one who made them in those cities, Mr. Tripp. You’d be well advised to listen this time.”
“And what if I don’t?”
“Sinners repent or more will die! Sinners repent or more will die! Sinners repent or more will die!”
The chanting had picked up in cadence, seeming to reach a crescendo as the funeral goers squeezed themselves around Junior Chauncey’s gravesite across the road so the ceremony could begin. Caitlin watched the members of the Beacon of Light Church thrusting their picket signs into the air as if they were trying to make rain, the image of their feet teetering on the edge of recently dug drainage trench holding in her mind.
“I guess I’ll have to think of something,” she told Tripp and started away.

CHAPTER 3
San Antonio, Texas
Caitlin looped around the perimeter of the protesters, her presence likely forgotten by the time she reached the John Deere wheel loader parked between matching piles of excavated earth. She recognized it as a 644K hybrid model boasting twenty tons of power that could probably level a skyscraper. Caitlin had learned to drive earlier, more brutish versions while helping to rebuild a Mexican family’s home after they’d been burned out by drunken kids for a pot deal gone wrong. Trouble was the drug dealer who’d screwed the kids actually lived across the street. Caitlin’s father had arrested the boys two days later. Considering them dangerous criminals, Jim Strong made them strip to their underwear and left them to roast in the sun while he waited for back-up to assist him in a cavity search. Jim had organized the rebuilding effort, financed ultimately by the restitution paid by the accused boys’ parents to keep them out of jail. Caitlin’s father had brokered that deal as well.
The hybrid engine of the 644K sounded a hundred times quieter than the roar coughed by the older version and handled as easy as a subcompact, when Caitlin started it forward.
“Sinners repent or more will die! Sinners repent or more will die! Sinners repent or more will die!”
She couldn’t hear the chanting anymore, imagining it in her mind with each thrust of the picket signs into the air. It was loud enough to keep the protestors from detecting her approach, even when she lowered the shovel into position and let its teeth dig maybe a foot down into the ground.
Caitlin plowed the growing pile of dirt forward as if it were snow after a rare Texas blizzard. The back row of the protesters turned just as the wall of gathered earth crested over the shovel. Caitlin imagined the panic widen their eyes, heard screams and shouts as they tried desperately to warn the others what was coming.
Too late.
The massive power of the John Deere pushed the earthen wall straight into the center of the pack fronted by William Bryant Tripp himself, driving the mass forward without even a sputter. The last thing Caitlin glimpsed were picket signs closer to the front stubbornly clinging to the air before those holding them were gobbled up and shoved forward.
Down into the drainage trench.
Caitlin pictured Reverend Tripp toppling in first, imagined the trench as a mass grave or, better yet, the week’s deposit zone in the local landfill. Because that’s where the members of the Beacon of Light Church belonged in her mind, dumped in along with the other stench-riddled trash.
Some of the protesters managed to peel off to the side to escape the John Deere’s force and wrath, and Caitlin didn’t brake the big machine until the earthen wall she was dragging stopped on the edge of the trench. Portions of it sifted downward, forestalling the efforts of Tripp and his minions to climb out. So she gave the Deere just a little more gas to trap them a bit longer.
Caitlin cut off the engine at that point. Her gaze drifted across the street to the funeral ceremony for Junior Chauncey where to a man and woman everyone had turned around to face the other side of the road. They saw the members of the Beacon of Light Church visible only as hands desperately clawing for purchase to pull themselves from the trench into which Caitlin had forced them. She hopped down out of the cab and walked around the wall of dirt and grass the John Deere had helped her lay.
Then, to a man and woman led by Bud Chauncey himself, the funeral goers started to clap their hands, applauding her. It got louder and louder, reaching a crescendo just as the television cameras began rotating feverishly between both sides of the road and reporters rushed toward Caitlin with microphones in hand.
She leaped across the trench, brushing the microphones and cameras aside, the sun hot against her flesh.
“You’re going to pay for this, Caitlin Strong!” she heard Tripp scream at her, as he finally managed to hoist himself from the ditch. “The Lord does not forget!”
“Neither do I, sir,” Caitlin said calmly, regarding the dirt clinging to him no amount of shaking or brushing could remove. It turned his ash gray hair a dark brown, making him look as if he was wearing a vegetable garden atop his head. “And you’d be wise to remember that.”

Author Bio:

Hailed as “the greatest thriller writer alive today” by Bookviews and called “a creative genius” by Romantic Times, Jon Land is the author of 36 books, twenty-one of which have been national bestsellers, Jon is published in over fifty countries and six different languages, including German and Japanese.

There are currently almost 7 million copies of his books in print. RT Book Reviews honored him with a special achievement award for being a Pioneer in Genre Fiction.

Jon’s latest series features female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong who debuted in STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE (May ’09, Forge Books). The Associated Press wrote “The book is a page-turner, the pace blistering, the characters well-drawn and the action hot.

Caitlin Strong is a female version of John McClane from Die Hard.” That was followed by STRONG JUSTICE (June ’10, Forge) which Publisher’s Weekly lauded with a starred review calling it, “Intense and skillfully plotted.” The San Jose Mercury News added that, “I’ve always wondered why there isn’t an estrogen driven, sometimes skirt wearing female competitor to James Bond, Jack Reacher, Mike Hammer, Spenser …

Well ladies and gentlemen, now there is and her name is Caitlin Strong.” STRONG JUSTICE was named a Top Thriller of the Year by Library Journal and was named runner-up for Best Novel of the Year by the New England Book Festival. The third Caitlin Strong novel, STRONG AT THE BREAK (June ’11, Forge) was called “the best book I’ve read this year” by the San Jose Mercury News. “A terrific plot, vivid characters, suspense, a fast pace, all the ingredients of a great thriller,” adds Strand Magazine which included the book on their Best Books of the Year list as did Library Journal which named it, again, as a Top Thriller of Year.

The next book in the series, STRONG VENGEANCE (July ’12, Forge) garnered the highest praise in series so far, including from the Huffington Post which proclaimed it, “a rare combination of meticulous research and good old-fashioned shoot-em-up action.” STRONG RAIN FALLING (August ’13, Forge) Caitlin’s latest adventure, won the 2013 USA Best Books Award and 2014 International Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense category. STRONG DARKNESS, the next in the series, was published in September of 2014.

Meanwhile, BETRAYAL (January ’12, Forge), Jon’s first nonfiction effort that reached as high as #5 on the Boston Globe bestseller list, was optioned by Fox as a vehicle for Denis Leery, and named Best True Crime Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine as well as winning the 2013 International Book Award for Best True Crime. Most recently, Jon has resurrected his longtime series hero Blaine McCracken in THE TENTH CIRCLE (December ’13, Open Road Media) and PANDORA’S TEMPLE (November ’12, Open Road Media) which was nominated for a 2013 Thriller Award in the Best E-Book Original category and won the 2013 International Book Award for Best Adventure Thriller.

No stranger to the world of the film, Jon’s first film, a teen caper-comedy called DIRTY DEEDS, was released theatrically in the summer of 2005 and in DVD in January of 2006. Among numerous others, his current film projects include CHALK (Handpicked Films and Millennium) and STRANDED (Milk & Media Productions).

Jon graduated Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude. He continues his association with Brown as alumni advisor to the Greek System, and vice-president of the Brown Football Association. He bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research, as well as a twenty-year career in the martial arts. He is an associate member of the United States Special Forces, has volunteered frequently in schools to help young people learn to enjoy the process of writing and chairs the Marketing Committee of International Thriller Writers.

He lives in Providence, RI and can be found on his Website | Facebook | Twitter |

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