INTERVIEW WITH LYNN BLACKBURN

  In Too Deep by Lynn Blackburn blends romance, suspense, and a riveting subject matter, human labor trafficking. Although the first book of the series was good, this book should be rated excellent. The novel begins with a partially submerged car that drives off a bridge, killing the woman occupant, where readers might think of Chappaquiddick. After recovering the body, the Carrington North Carolina dive team finds an encrypted laptop, and an unsettling connection with investigator Adam Campbell concerning a message written on the woman’s tummy in permanent marker. They enlist Dr. Sabrina Fleming, a professor at the local university...

BOOK REVIEW: RED RIBBON

  THE RED RIBBONby H. B. Lyle blends fiction with historical reality.  The essence of the story is the up and coming British Secret Service that must look for spies on the home front and abroad. Lyle noted, “I was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the British secret service.  While in the film industry, I was working on some spy movies and also read an official book on the anniversary.  American readers need to understand that the UK secret service is different.  In the States, it is a protective service, while in Britain it is split in two halves, to find spies in the UK and in other countries. They were after a lot of anarchists...

INTERVIEW WITH WWI HISTORICAL NOVELISTS

The 100th anniversary ending World War I happened at 11 am on the 11th of November 1918. Around the world November 11th is known by various names including Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and in the US, Veterans Day. Several best-selling historical novelists were interviewed about the effect WWI had on veterans who gallantly fought it.  They want to inform the readers about real facts, events, and issues, such as PTSD, prosthetics, the reaction of the civilian population, the effect on military families, atrocities committed, and integrating back into society. Charles and Caroline Todd write two series, Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford, with...

INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA FELLOWES

  BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes brings to life the mid-1920s amid a strong “who done it” mystery.  Fellowes, known for writing the companion books to the Downtown Abbey TV series, has used those skills to write a riveting historical book. This is the second novel that delves into the lives of the aristocratic Mitford household during the Golden Age. During a treasure hunt a murder is discovered.  Arrested is one of the guests’ servants, Dulcie, since she was overheard having an argument with the victim. She had previously been associated with a gang of criminals known as “The Forty Thieves.”  Led by Alice Diamond this group...

INTERVIEW WITH JULIA LONDON

  SEDUCED BY A SCOT by Julia London is a book about survival and how someone can overcome extraordinary obstacles. The hero and heroine had to overcome their past and learn to move forward. A prominent Scottish family hires a fixer, Nicholas Bain, to help them weather the possible scandal.  Calvin Garbett has arranged for his daughter, unassuming in personality and beauty, to be married to someone whose family will help his business dealings. Falsely accused of enticing the fiancé, the ward, Maura Darby, is taken by Bain to marry an aging bachelor.  Having no other options, she agrees, but silently is plotting to return for her family...