INTERVIEW WITH KARNA SMALL BODMAN

TRUST BUT VERIFY by Karna Small Bodman brings to life the inner workings of the White House in a financial thriller. Realistic political intrigue and suspense mirrors the current issues. The story is propelled by her past experiences as deputy press secretary and senior director/spokesperson for the National Security Council, in the Reagan Administration. The plot has Russian oligarchs with the help of the Russian mafia attempting to create havoc within the United States.  First, they attempt to kill Samantha Reid, the Director of the White House Office of Homeland Security, not to be confused with the Homeland Secretary.  She works within...

INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA FLOWER

PREMEDITATED PEPPERMINT by Amanda Flower is a delectable read. People are treated to an intriguing mystery with likeable characters, some kooky, a charming setting, and humorous dialogue that will put a smile on reader’s faces. The main character, Bailey King, returns to Harvest Ohio in Holmes County to help take care of her Amish grandmother after the death of her grandfather. She takes over the running of the family shop, Swissmen Sweets. In this story, Bailey is preparing peppermint treats for their booth at the Yuletide in Harvest Festival when she gets an unexpected and unwanted visit. Eric Sharp, her ex- boyfriend and a celebrity...

Book Review: LIES COMES EASY

  LIES COMES EASY by Steven Havill brings back Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman. This is the 23rd book in the Posadas County, New Mexico mystery series. “I wrote Estelle as a savvy investigator.  She started out in the Sheriff’s Department at the age of twenty-one.  I think of her as tough, protective, and self-contained.  She is a hands-on officer who is very brave.  But she is a very private person who loves her family and has a good relationship with her husband. I think people should read all the books if they really want to get to know her.” The story starts out with a gripping scene of a toddler wandering down the highway on his...

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 with...

The one about Bill Maher by Ruth Jordan Nov18

The one about Bill Maher by Ruth Jordan

“The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” Maher wrote. “The assumption everyone had back [when I was a kid], both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.” You, Sir are a part of the problem not a part of the solution. Adult Americans who read comic books? 92% of us are better educated than 3/4 of the population.  “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country...

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 who...