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Come Hell or High Desire by Misty Dietz

Come Hell or High Desire

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: August 12, 2013

Published by Entangled Publishing – Suspense Imprint

Book Description

Torn between dangerous desires…

Framed for a series of brutal murders, rebel-turned-CEO Zack Goldman must go to ground. When he discovers that sexy boutique owner Sloane Swift has a shocking gift—terrifying visions that connect her to his mentor’s missing daughter—he can’t believe her refusal to help him. Nor can he believe he’s actually falling for the frustrating woman.

Their chemistry will either find its perfect equation…

Helping an accused killer ranks low on Sloane’s to-do list, no matter how hot the attraction burns between them. But putting to rest her overwhelming guilt over the missing girl’s fate proves more difficult than she ever imagined…that is, until her heart and conscience begin to align.

…or detonate everything in its path.

As the real killer locks in on Sloane, Zack will stop at nothing to keep her safe. And as they earn each other’s trust—with danger in hot pursuit—they may just lose their hearts in the process…

 

About the Author

Misty Dietz

Misty’s love affair with words started in middle school when she penned dark stories set in exotic locales she knew nothing about. In college, her boy-angst spilled over into disturbing reams of poetry. After grad school, real life hit, and the writing went into hibernation until she found her own happily-ever-after with an ultra linear man who is the long-suffering counter-balance to her zig-zagging tendencies. Now, she spends her days writing emotionally complex, adrenaline-fueled stories, teaching Zumba, and praying her children don’t come home with math homework.
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Why Book Covers are Like Dating
By Misty Dietz

 A big thank you to Barbara Ann for having me on Sun Mountain Reviews today! Love the blog name! Even though I’m from the flatlands of eastern North Dakota, I’ve spent time in the mountains because my parents live in the foothills of the Rockies. Super fun to explore…like shopping for books!

We’ve all heard it before…don’t judge a book by it’s cover, yada, yada. And we know we shouldn’t, but we do…all the time. It’s human nature. So of course, authors are very concerned about the window dressing of their stories. Because let’s face it, sometimes that’s all readers have to go on when they’re faced with twenty other covers. It’s like that initial attraction when you’re dating.

Say you’re on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and you see that hot cover that gives you chills. Is it looking at me, you think, does it want me? LOL. But for real, if you’re in a room full of men or on a website full of books, which ones are you going to select to move to the next phase of “dating”?

The ones that physically appeal to you. This is a subjective thing, but in books it is the right blend of colors, images, typography, and mood that release feel-good chemicals and inspire your curiosity. Enough so that you’re intrigued to move to the next phase, which is usually reading the book blurb, or back cover copy.

Sure, people (and books) can come to be more attractive the longer we get to know them, but first impressions definitely count—and it’s usually a gut-level, split second decision.

So, needless to say, authors are very concerned about the end result.

Fiona Jayde is the graphics goddess who did the cover of COME HELL OR HIGH DESIRE, and that sexy beast on the cover is totally Zack!! When I saw that man’s image while surfing the graphics website Entangled uses for their cover art, my heart practically stopped. I couldn’t believe there would be a model who would so much match up with the character I envisioned, yet there he flippin’ was. Entangled is so awesome for so many reasons, but the creative input they offer their authors is particularly fabulous.

In addition to Zack’s image, I suggested they use either a river background or something grungy and industrial to reflect where a lot of the action goes down in the book. Fiona went with the industrial theme, and I think the end result is THE BOMB. 🙂

So what do you think? Are you strongly influenced by a book’s cover? What’s one of your favorite covers?

At the end of my blog tour we’ll be drawing the name of two commenters from all of the blogs to gift not one, but two fantastic prize winners. See below for details, and thanks for being here! xo, misty 😉

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Review of Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek #4)

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Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek #4) by Brenda Novak

Book Description

Sometimes home is the refuge you need—and sometimes it isn’t

Adelaide Davies, who’s been living in Sacramento, returns to Whiskey Creek, the place she once called home. She’s there to take care of her aging grandmother and to help with Gran’s restaurant, Just Like Mom’s. But Adelaide isn’t happy to be back. There are too many people here she’d rather avoid, people who were involved in that terrible June night fifteen years ago.

Ever since the graduation party that changed her life, she’s wanted to go to the police and make sure the boys responsible—men now—are punished. But she can’t, not without revealing an even darker secret. So it’s better to pretend….

Noah Rackham, popular, attractive, successful, is shocked when Adelaide won’t have anything to do with him. He has no idea that his very presence reminds her of something she’d rather forget. He only knows that he’s finally met a woman he could love.

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Brenda Novak has been on my list of authors to read for quite a while, and I appreciated the opportunity to review one of her books so I could get an idea of her writing style and her approach to romance. Whiskey Creek is the fourth book in this series and although it can stand alone, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had started at the beginning so I could have connected with other characters mentioned in the story who have probably been featured in previous books.

Whiskey Creek centers on the love story of Adelaide (Addy) Davies and Noah Rackham.  I would categorize this book as a contemporary romance with some mystery and a tiny bit of suspense as the full story about Adelaide’s brutal experience fifteen years ago is revealed and well as the repercussions that will follow if the truth comes out.

Novak delves into some sensitive, stirring issues that may be controversial or uncomfortable for some readers. She explores the multitude of emotions Addie experiences after her attack and the lingering effects it still has on her life, especially when she returns to Whiskey Creek to care for her ailing grandmother. Since Whiskey Creek is such a small town, she cannot help but run into the boys who hurt her long ago, and her reactions to seeing them again show her strength and courage that, at times, was surprising and admirable.  Throughout the book, I couldn’t help but wonder how I would react in her situation.

I like that Novak also takes the time to explore the mindset of the boys who were involved in the event and their reflections on their behavior now that they are grown men with their own families.  Getting the men’s perspectives brings up whether one evil act should define you for the rest of your life? Do they deserve redemption?

The first scene has a great hook that grabbed my attention and immediately pulled me into the story when Noah finds Addie who has been beaten and is trapped into an old, abandoned  mine. Addy is surprised and worried when she discovers Noah is the twin brother of Cody, one of the boys who participated in her cruel assault.  Noah becomes suspicious of Addy’s fabricated story about her abduction when she refuses to go to the hospital and talk to the police, but now that she and her grandmother’s lives have been threatened, Addy is determined to keep her past hidden, even though she may never find a sense of peace and resolution.

Although Addy has been attracted to Noah since high school, she does her best to avoid him when he tries to get to know her. Even though she used to dream about having a relationship with Noah, she knows that being with him will only make the situation worse. Getting attached to him will make it more difficult for her to keep quiet yet exposing this nightmare will devastate him and his family. Addy also has another secret that no one knows about and she can’t bear to think of the pain she will cause Noah if he learns the truth.

As Noah gets to know and care about Addy, he begins his own search to find out what she’s hiding from him.  While he pursues a relationship with Addy, he must also deal with his best friend, Baxter’s, secret and its potential to end a long, close friendship. At first I didn’t see the relevance of this story thread but now I think it foreshadows his decisions when his family and some of the citizens in Whiskey Creek impugn Addy’s reputation.  However, I still  think the story could be just as strong without including this complication.

For me, Addy and Noah’s romance budding romance was lukewarm. They are really strangers to each other and both have issues with intimacy and commitment. This may be a big factor in why I just didn’t feel they had a strong chemistry. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked Noah; he’s a playboy and sees Addy as a challenge when she doesn’t fall at his fit as other women do.  I also couldn’t believe the depth of Addy’s feelings for Noah over the years. Yes, it’s clear she has always had a crush on him, but in reality Noah barely remembers her. I found it hard to believe that he has always been the love of her life.

Novak includes the ongoing story threads of other characters who have been or probably will be featured in the series, but as someone who hasn’t read the other books, I was overwhelmed by trying to remember the characters and their connections to one another. Eventually, I just glossed over these sections and kept my focus on Noah and Addy.

The plot is somewhat predictable although Novak does throw in some red herrings to keep you guessing about the identity of the man threatening  Addy.  What really made this story worthwhile is the rich character development and Addy and Noah’s  growth as they face unresolved issues that have kept them from moving forward.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Rating

3 Suns

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About the Author

Brenda Novak

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.

“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business.

Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda admits. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read….”

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. She juggles her writing career with her children’s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions.

When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fundraiser for diabetes research—an on-line auction held at her website May 1st – May 31st. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking–she rides an amazing 20 miles every day!  (From Goodreads Profile)

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Spotlight & Giveaway for Lines of Space

Devinder Kumar Dhiman was born in 1965 in a small town near Chandigarh, in a middle class family. He completed his engineering graduation from the prestigious Marine Engineering and Research Institute in Kolkata. After graduation, he worked as an engineer on ship and also taught science and mathematics to XIIth standard students in a Coaching institute, in between the sailings. In 1997, he got his First Class Engineering Officer license from Directorate General of Shipping of India. After two years, he became head of the technical department of a Norwegian ship plying in international waters and continues to hold this position till date. He works on ship for about six months every year and devotes the remaining time to his interest of physics. He lives with his family in Panchkula- a beautiful town of north India.

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Genre: General Science17823246

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: June 4, 2013

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Book Description:

‘Lines of Space’ is a unique and interesting approach to creation of matter from empty space. The Author has presented this notion by primarily discussing the established theories of physics in an interactive dialogue with his son in order to simplify them and then comparing them with the new idea of ‘Lines of Space’. The author conjectured that, in the beginning of the Universe, there was dense uniform space which converted into matter by contraction and caused different stresses in the remaining space, which in turn gave rise to fundamental forces. The author developed mathematical formula to find this stress at various locations in the universe and established its relation with cause of Gravitation,bending of Light, expansion of the Universe, Theory of Relativity and creation of subatomic particles. Thus, he has presented in this book, an absolutely new, ground-breaking, plausible and fascinating look in to the world of physics where all matter in the universe is created from space itself and the fundamental forces subsist due to stress in the ‘Lines of Space’.

Excerpt

Space is uniform throughout the universe and all the physical laws and scientific experiments, formulae and theories are based on the assumption that space is uniform. Then another thought struck me, what if space is not uniform, will it then be possible for space to convert into small matter particles on its own due to some natural environmental changes? This answer seemed very unlikely; I did not know what difference a non-uniform space would make. Neither had I any idea how a non-uniform space would look like nor how it would be different from uniform space. May be there would not be any difference, but I wanted to try to find it. So I started on the long and arduous journey of finding the truth about universe.

First, I searched on the internet and I couldn’t find any information on the non-uniformity of space. It seemed as though I was on the wrong track because it is a well-established hypothesis that space is uniform and it appeared that I was just trying to make something out of nothing. But I couldn’t let this idea go as I meditated deeper into it. I had to proceed on this path alone, as no information was available to me. After countless hours of cogitating, I could only envisage that space is homogenous and uniform and that there is no chance that anything could have appeared from space even if it is not uniform throughout the universe.

One fine day, I was wandering about such fascinations lost in my contemplations when my wife handed me a steel bowl filled with milk-cream, thrust a spoon in the bowl, and directed me to keep turning the spoon in the bowl.

“What’s this?” I asked.

“Just keep turning,” she commanded and went to check the washing machine, which was sounding the alarm that the washing cycle is completed and that somebody should come and attend to it.

I followed orders and kept turning the spoon in the milk-cream, which looked homogeneous, and churning it was a futile exercise as far as I was concerned.

After few minutes, I saw some small lumps had started forming in the milk-cream. I continued churning. The lumps started becoming bigger and bigger and I was excited when I saw that the nearly homogeneous milk-cream had separated into two parts: ‘solid’ and ‘liquid’.

“Have you got the butter?” enquired my wife, as she came into the room.

“Looks like it,” I said innocently, not knowing what result she wanted.

She took the bowl, checked it, handed it back to me, and instructed me to keep the bowl in the kitchen. It appeared to me that the mission had been accomplished; she had got what she wanted.

But I was ruminating that I never knew such a simple thing as this that nearly homogenous milk-cream could be converted into butter and butter milk just by churning it vigorously, or maybe I had sighted it but never cared about it. Now, this simple knowledge coincided with my ongoing pursuit of creation of the universe. If practically homogeneous milk-cream could be separated into two parts by simply providing energy to it by churning, why couldn’t the homogeneous space be separated into different parts when energy is supplied or removed from it? Yes, there is a chance that elementary particles, such as electrons or even smaller particles like bosons or quarks, could have been created from space only. There was probably no requirement for the Big Bang; we just needed to know the mechanism that converted space into particles. This conversion looked impossible to me, and the relation of a biological process, such as formation of butter, with the creation of universe did not seem acceptable. Then I supposed there was no harm in trying to investigate further, so I continued my discerning of non-uniform space and one day, I found a way to differentiate between two spaces. For this differentiation, I was required to consider that space contains some medium. I knew that scientists had first assumed the existence of a medium of space when it was thought that light waves required some medium for travelling. Later that theory of medium of space was discarded due to practical observations from the Michelson and Morley experiment. But I opined further that that experiment had only proved that there is no medium of space that changes due to the motion of the earth, but it did not prove that there couldn’t be any other medium that remains unaffected by the motion of earth. So, there is a chance that the medium of space exists.

I had already made two key deviations from the set theories: firstly, that space is non-uniform; and secondly, that it consists of some medium. Let’s see where these deviations can lead us to.

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