Book Blitz & Author Guest Post for Executive Actions

Executive Actions

Genre: Political Thriller

Executive Actions by Gary Grossman

Book Description

An assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a primary stump speech. The instant he pulls the trigger, the outcome of the election is irrevocably changed. But Democrat Teddy Lodge, an upcoming media sweetheart, isn’t killed. His wife is. As a result, Lodge emerges as the man to beat and the greatest threat to the incumbent President, Morgan Taylor. Under a specific directive from the President, Special Service Agent Scott Roarke delves into the case and begins to unravel a deadly plot that incubated for more than 30 years; designed to alter America’s allegiances in the Middle East. From the very first page, Executive Actions culls events from today’s headlines intersecting with a scenario that’s shockingly real: An insidious plot hatched in the old days of the Soviet Union continues to grow to fruition in the hands of a power hungry Middle East heir to the throne. At its core, a sleeper is awakened to take a prominent role in American Life. Executive Actions is a tense political thriller; an election year page-turner, where both the Presidency and the Constitution are at stake.

Meet Gary Grossman

Guest Post by Author Gary Grossman

Novels That Sound Alarms

     My thanks to SunMountainReviews for inviting me to participate in a blog that weaves my fictional work, EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, published by Diversion Books, into the very real and often dangerous world we inhabit.

I’ll start with an admission.  I have a pair of jobs that nobody actually gave me.  I write thrillers and, as a result, I sound warning bells.   I’m not alone at the job.  Other thriller writers are on the watch, too.  Maybe that’s why after 9/11, the Bush Administration invited thriller and screenwriters to share their own “What If?” scenarios so America’s intelligence community could be better prepared.

A brainstorming session actually took place at the Pentagon where members of the “creative community” discussed possible terrorist scenarios.   They considered achievable scenarios.   A short time later, President Bush advisor Karl Rove met with Jack Valenti, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America and leaders of Hollywood’s major studios and television networks to see what they could come up with to help raise awareness.

Valenti said the meeting was designed to engage Hollywood’s creative thinking and the persuasive skills of top flight writers to assist the ongoing war against terror.   The meaning was not lost on thriller writers either.   And so, movies and books soon reflected the message that the attacks of September 11th were against the civilized world as a whole, that they required a global response, that the anti-terrorism campaign was a war against evil, and that U.S. troops and their families needed support.

I wasn’t part of this informal and perhaps manipulative call to action.  My first novel, EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, came out well after Washington’s outreach to writers.  But even without a presidential or military heavy hand on my shoulder, I certainly felt as a novelist who thinks the unthinkable, I had something personal to contribute to the greater awareness and I could sound alarms that worth hearing.  That feeling has grown the more I’ve written and researched the possibilities.  It’s further evident in my EXECUTIVE ACTIONS sequels, EXECUTIVE TREASON and EXECUTIVE COMMAND.

However, it’s worth noting that I’m actually not a conspiracy theorist or paranoid.  But what’s the old saw?   Sometimes someone is really following you.

Consider recent breaking headlines:

Is the Government Listening into our Phone Conversations?

Top Secret Documents Leaked to the Press

Russian Sleeper Cell Spies Deported

Old Soviet Tactics Return

Smuggled Cuban Missile Parts Destined for North Korea Found in a Panama Canal Raid

The truth is history repeats itself because we don’t learn from the past.   And a good political thriller writer needs only look to yesterday’s news for a plot that’s destined to feel real tomorrow.

For me, I turn to both the front page and the history texts…to accounts as wide ranging as Wall Street industrialists who plotted a coup to remove President Franklin Roosevelt from the White House…to a vitriolic radio host named Father Charles Coughlin who spewed anger across the airwaves years ahead of today’s hate radio hosts…to Cold War fears returning…and to bombings at a marathon finish line that brought an end to whatever innocence was left.

EXECUTIVE ACTIONS is fiction…up to a point.  At its core, it thrusts fictional characters into nightmarish scenarios where basic tenets of American life are at risk, where a sleeper spy cell plot could work, where charismatic political figures might not be who they appear to be.  Also, the thriller dramatically raises questions about the fragility of our election process and whether it’s long past time to consider changes in our succession law.   They’re all alarms.

Fiction?   Not necessarily.  With multiple plots constantly intersecting, my goal as a writer is to engage readers and to keep them guessing from the standpoint of real-world concerns.   I want to expose relevant threats of the day…or at least days within reach.  Maybe that’s why I describe my novels as “political reality.”  The trilogy is rooted in the possible, the imaginable, and against all prayers, perhaps the inevitable.

While I hope EXECUTIVE ACTIONS delivers a fast, exciting and thrilling experience (whether in eBooks, print or Audible book editions), the drama also leads readers to think the unthinkable…to heed the past…to listen to alarms.

The alerts I sound are loud enough to keep women and men (my thrillers have solid crossover appeal) up at night frantically reading and wondering whether “What If?” will become “What’s Next?”  They’re loud enough for us to recognize that we must pay attention to the mistakes of the past to prepare for the future.  Loud enough to hear the echoes from more than 400 years ago when Francis Bacon wrote, “He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils, for Time is the greatest innovator.”

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About the Author

Gary Grossman color photoGary Grossman, author of EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and the sequel, EXECUTIVE TREASON, is a print and television journalist, an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, and a film and TV historian.
His career has included stints producing for NBC News, ABC, CBS NBC, Fox, PBS, and more than 27 cable networks.
Grossman is partner with Robb Weller in Weller/Grossman Productions, a prolific documentary and service and information television production company. Together, they have produced more than 6,000 programs and earned numerous awards including the prestigious Governor’s Emmy Award for their 1996 USA Network special, “Healing the Hate,” and an Emmy for Best Informational series with the 2002 production of “Wolfgang Puck” for Food Network.
The company’s widely recognized series and specials have aired on NBC, Fox News, CNBC, History Channel, A&E, Discovery Channel, Food Network, Discovery Health, National Geographic Channel, HGTV, Fine Living, Do It Yourself, The Learning Channel, USA Network, and Sci Fi Channel, among other channels.
Grossman earned a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Emerson College in Boston and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University.
He began his career at 15 as a disc jockey at WHUC, his local radio station in Hudson, New York. He went on to work at Boston television station, WBZ; joined The Boston Globe as a special contributor, and then became a full-time television critic and columnist at The Boston Herald American, before moving to Los Angeles. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times and numerous magazines. He has taught journalism and media classes at Emerson College, Boston University, and USC. Grossman’s two previous acclaimed non-fiction books, Superman: Serial to Cereal and Saturday Morning TV, cover television history.
Grossman lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Helene Seifer, and their children Sasha, Zachary, and Jacob. He serves on the Emerson College Board of Trustees and the Boston University Metropolitan Advisory Board.
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ARC Review & Author Interview for Hot Pursuit (HOT #1)

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Hot Pursuit (Hostile Operations Team #1) by Lynn Raye Harris

Book Description

The last man she ever wanted to see…
Might be the only one who can save her…
Things are about to get HOT in the bayou!

Evie Baker’s luck just ran out. Thanks to an ex-partner with organized crime ties, she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and nearly all her self-respect. Forced to return to her hometown and work as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, she doesn’t think her luck can get any worse.

But then someone starts shooting at her, her sullen baby sister is suddenly missing, and the high school heartthrob who stole her heart—and her virginity—is the only man big enough and bad enough to help.

Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard can’t afford to get involved. He’s already on the verge of a court-martial after a Top Secret op gone wrong, and he’s been ordered to stay out of trouble while he’s home for his sister’s wedding.

But when Evie’s ex-partner turns up dead, staying out of trouble is the last thing on Matt’s mind. He failed Evie once before; he can’t fail her again. If he’s going to protect her from a killer, and find her sister before time runs out, he’ll have to risk his entire future—and both their lives—to do it.

Book Review

Romantic suspense revolving around military heroes and heroines  is one of my favorite genres, and I was so excited to learn about the new Hostile Operation Team series that Lynn Raye Harris has created and have the opportunity to review the first book, Hot Pursuit.

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This first book introduces us to HOT, a new special ops force within the U.S. Army and centers on Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard’s team.  Matt is the hero of this book, and when the story opens, he is back in his hometown of Rochambeau, Louisiana, waiting for an upcoming hearing that will determine his future with HOT because of the team’s last failed mission where two team members were killed.  Matt is not in a good emotional place at this point. He’s weary, worried, and, I sense a deep loneliness within him.

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When he walks into the local beauty salon for a haircut, I’m sure he doesn’t expect to see the woman he hurt ten years ago. Evie Baker certainly doesn’t want to face the handsome, wealthy, popular Matt in front of a bunch of gossips and especially now, when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom.  After losing her beloved restaurant because of scheming accountant and former lover, Evie has been forced to return home to try to start her life all over again while working in her mother’s hair salon…the same one Matt enters.

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Matt and Evie were close childhood friends, but then puberty hit, and Matt left her behind when he began to notice other girls. However, Evie developed a serious crush on Matt until he humiliated her and broke her heart after she gave him her most precious gift.

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To make the situation even worse, everyone in the town heard about the scandal. Matt leaves for college soon after, while Evie is left to deal with the swirling rumors and hurtful remarks.

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In the opening scene, Evie is hiding out, hoping to avoid Matt, and just as she’s about to slip out the back door, her mother instigates their awkward confrontation with the “Don’t you remember my daughter?” line. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes because that is just like something my mother would do to me. So, I connected with Evie right from the get-go. The teenage years are difficult and I’m sure most of us have our own embarrassing memories that we’d rather forget.

I also grew up in a small town where it doesn’t take much to become grist for the gossip mill.

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Whereas, I probably would have taken the easy way out—using the back door—Evie stands up straight, holds her head high, and approaches Matt in front of all those inquiring eyes. Go Evie!

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Evie is an emotionally strong woman. I admire that even after losing everything, she isn’t a “woe is me,” victim. I also like that she doesn’t totally blame Matt for the pain he caused. She acknowledges her part in the situation and, she is upfront with him about what really hurt her. When she realizes she needs Matt’s help to find her missing sister, she puts the past aside without constantly harping on it.  Moreover, Evie handles herself well in dangerous situations. One of the best scenes in the book is the intense car chase with Evie behind the wheel listening as Matt coaches her on how to outmaneuver their chasers.  The scene is so vivid that I felt as if I were watching it take place.

Overall, Evie isn’t reckless, but she also doesn’t hesitate to jump into the fray just in case Matt needs to be saved:

“I thought you were going to wait.”

Her wild gaze landed on his face. “You took so long I thought something happened. I was coming to help.”

Matt closed his eyes. Saints preserve him from women who thought he couldn’t take care of himself.”

I like her gumption and I think, secretly, Matt does too!

Yes, I was disappointed in Matt for his thoughtless behavior, and, initially, I wasn’t sure I was going to like him, but as his character developed and his painful past growing up in a dysfunctional family is revealed, I was able to empathize with him, even though what he did was absolutely wrong.  Plus, he just melts my butter when he slips into using Cajun French to comfort and soothe Evie.

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It’s a challenge to smoothly incorporate a romance into an action-packed plot fraught with danger, but Harris does it well so that the romance is believable, and the intimate scenes between them are appropriate to the situation.  I always struggle with plots where the couple temporarily forgets their lives are in danger, and even though the clock ticks away, they don’t seem to have a problem getting into the mood for sex. Kudos to Harris for making it work.

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I can feel the strong connection that still exists between Matt and Evie. The depth of their childhood friendship and their simmering sexual chemistry make it difficult for them to remain emotionally distant from each other.  I think Matt realizes this when he first sees Evie:

“There was something about having her near, something that sparked inside him and made him feel somewhat human again. He didn’t know why, and he didn’t know if it would last.

But he liked it. For the first time in months, he felt as if he could breathe again. As if he’d come home for real instead of simply going through the motions.”

And for Evie, Matt has always been more than a teenage crush:

 “…here she stood ready to lose herself in him one more time. Because there’d always been more between them than just one night. Because they went back a long ways, and she’d love him as a friend long before she’d ever fallen for him as a man.” 

Over and over in the story, Matt shows Evie that he is no longer the self-absorbed, inconsiderate jerk she remembers, and she fears that being around the man Matt has become puts her heart in jeopardy of being broken again. However, both have issues to resolve before they can take their feelings for each other to the next level. Evie doesn’t understand why Matt would choose to put his life in danger every day, and Matt doesn’t feel he has anything to offer Evie since his future is so uncertain. For all he knows, he may end up in a military prison for his recent actions.

Hot Pursuit has a well-written, unified storyline that brings readers full circle by its conclusion. The plot contains several surprises that I didn’t foresee

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that raise the stakes and build to an exciting, suspenseful climax.

Every scene contains a complication or conflict so there is never a lull in the action or drama, and I was eagerly turning the pages to see what would happen next.

To sum up, I am now a HOT fan and encourage all your romantic suspense readers to check out this hawt series!

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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Since the quotes are from a pre-published copy, they may have changed or been omitted from the final version.

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About the Author

LRHarrisUSA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. The prize was an editor for a year — but only six months later, Lynn sold her first novel.

Lynn has written over fifteen novels for Harlequin and been nominated for several awards, including the Romance Writer’s of American’s Golden Heart award and the National Readers Choice Awards.

Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former-military husband and two crazy cats.

Author Links

Website: http://www.LynnRayeHarris.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynnRayeHarris

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynnRayeHarris

Interview with Lynn Raye Harris

I want to give a huge thanks to Lynn for taking the time to allow me to interview her about the HOT series! 

Can you tell us about yourself and what led you to begin writing?

I was raised in a military family and then I married a military man.  I was also a voracious reader from an early age, and I loved romance novels when I first read them as a pre-teen.  I always knew I wanted to write, but I didn’t always know what I wanted to write about.  One day, my husband bought me a computer and told me to stop talking about it and just do it.  That was the beginning and my first romance novel was a huge 800-page medieval romance.  It did not get published (rightfully so), but I had so much fun I kept writing.  Life got in the way, as it often does, but I got serious about getting published around 2005.  In 2008, I won a contest sponsored by Harlequin – and they bought my first book.  I’ve sold 20 books to them, and now I’m working on my own series, which is the HOT series.

Your new book Hot Pursuit is the first in the new Hostile Operations Team (HOT) series. What inspired the creation of this series?

I was actually working on this story before I sold to Harlequin!  I loved stories about military guys and I wanted to write my own.  Being married to a military guy, and being raised in a military family, I kinda know the lingo.  I had to make up the team, obviously, and some of what they do isn’t strictly authentic – but that’s why I made them up.  My world, my rules.  😉

Why did you choose Louisiana as the primary setting for this book?

I’ve lived in Louisiana, though not in Cajun country, and have family who still live around New Orleans.  It’s such a wonderful culture, so rich and full of interesting people – and the food!  Oh, there’s nothing like Cajun/Creole cooking.  Mmm.

Which character is your favorite and why?

Oh my.  Well, I love Evie’s grit but I also love a tortured hero, so I don’t know.  I love them both!

What have been the most enjoyable and challenging experiences for you in creating this series/ writing this book?

I think what’s both enjoyable and challenging is keeping the suspense turned up while also keeping the romance hot and tense.  I hate when characters stop in the middle of a run for their lives to have sex, so I knew that wasn’t going to happen here.  But I needed it to still be romantic and filled with romantic tension while they solved the puzzle.  As for the whole series, I think I just love these guys so much and can’t wait to write all the books.  OTOH, I worry about doing them justice.  It’s a challenge to keep the stories fresh and compelling!

What is your favorite scene in the book?

Well, I love the love scenes, of course.  But I also love when Evie has to drive the getaway car.  I researched that quite heavily.  I based it on teenage antics on dirt roads and real defensive driving.  Alas, I have not actually spun a car into a 180 myself. 😉  But there’s always time for that, heh.

Which scene was the most difficult for you to write?

Evie telling her mother that her sister was missing.  I tried it several different ways, and then I realized that the best way was for the scene to be in Matt’s point of view.  Much too emotional to be in Evie’s POV for that scene!

If you were to develop a musical playlist to accompany Hot Pursuit what would you choose as the #1 song, and why?

I’m so bad at this kind of thing!  Some books I know exactly what the music is.  Others I don’t.  And this is one where I can’t think of the song I’d choose.  Truthfully, I probably listened to a lot of Bon Jovi while writing it. 😉  Also, when I first started this one, I was living in Hawaii – I’m going to guess I listened to some Hawaiian music too!

What authors have had a significant influence on your writing?

I’ve read so much that I can’t say for certain.  I’m like a giant sieve and I hope that I’ve distilled all the best I can from what I’ve read.  For romantic suspense in particular, though, I’d name Linda Howard, Cindy Gerard, Roxanne St. Claire, and Suzanne Brockmann.  I hope I’m half as good as they are because they are all amazing writers!

What can we anticipate/expect from the next book in the series?  Will each book in the series be able to stand alone?

This is the fun part!  Next up is a novella called Hot Mess.  It’s about a new recruit to the HOT world, Sam “Knight Rider” McKnight and his best friend’s little sister, Georgeanne Hayes.  It’s very hot and steamy!  Georgie has always been in love with Sam, but he’s always kept her off limits.  Then she gets tangled up with some bad guys and Sam has to take her to a safe house while HOT investigates.  Oh my, the things they get up to at that safe house…. 😉

After Hot Mess, which should be out in September, there’s Dangerously Hot, which is about Kevin “Big Mac” MacDonald and the woman he loved and lost, Lucky San Ramos.  I hope to have their book ready to go by Valentine’s Day!  After that, there’ll be Hot Shot, which is about Jack “Hawk” Hunter.  If I’m very lucky and inspired, that book will be out by next summer.  All the stories will be standalone at this point!  Of course they’re fun when read as a set, but I don’t intend to leave anything unsolved with any of the romances from one book to the next.

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Since Lynn mentioned that she listened to Bon Jovi while writing Hot Pursuit,  I picked a couple of their songs that I found relevant to Matt & Evie.

Although Matt hurt Evie in the past, he’s here for her now, even risking his career to help her save her sister.

Bon Jovi “I’ll Be There for You”

Evie isn’t happy about having to return to her hometown where she always felt she never quite fit in.  Yet, it’s here where she finds the support and love that she needs to get her through the tough times.

Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles:  “Who Says You can’t Go Home Again.” 

Series Spotlight: Review & Giveaway for Burned in Shadows (Shadow Unit #2)

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Series Spotlight: Shadow Unit Series

Enslaved in Shadows (Shadow Unit #1)

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Published: June 18, 2012

Book Description

A man’s Past leads to his Future……

Agent Stone of the Shadow Unit’s job is simple, most days. Work in the Shadows, police his own Kind.

When an unwanted assignment turns out to be his darkest fantasy from the past, Draven can’t help but be conflicted by the memories of the past and his responsibilities in the future. But his decision has been made.

The Heart of a woman is Tested……..

Jes can’t let the tall dark agent back into her life.

How can she trust any man after what she’s endured. Years of abuse have broken her down and she doesn’t have room for more. The man she turns to for help hasn’t abused her physically but he’s tormented her emotionally. A past betrayal left her scarred, but also brought her life.

Can she accept him into her heart and trust him again?

One will survive and adapt, the other will realize hearts can be mended even if it’s a bit too late.

The road to forgiveness sometimes only brings more pain. Unexpected events set their lives on two separate tracks leading to one outcome. Lives will be changed and an emotional battle to save their souls will leave them both trapped and enslaved in their need for one another.

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Burned in Shadows (Shadow Unit #2) by Tigris Eden

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Publication Date: July 30, 2013

Book Description

Royce Zarides has accepted his hand dealt by fate. He’s loved and left far too many women. In the bedroom that is. But one kiss from Belinda Raine Ignis was all it took for his eyes to open. Is she really the woman meant for him and his brother Ronin? Or will history only repeat itself? That’s the million dollar question he doesn’t want to answer.

Ronin does not believe that Belinda is for him and his brother. But one night with her isn’t enough. Even when he sees her for who and what she really is, Ronin still has a hard time expressing his emotions where Belinda is concerned, and time is running out now that she’s to ascend to the status of Matria of the Phoenix Enclave.

Belinda (Bells) Ignis is good at ignoring men. She’s had her share of heartache. Jilted at the altar by her first love, she’s sworn all men off for good. Her mother and Matria of her community has other plans in mind, as well as the Zarides brothers. When faced with the heated glances of Ronin and the smooth tongue of Royce, what’s a girl to do?

The clock is ticking down for certain members of the Shadow Unit. Draven assumed dead, leaves a sour taste in every ones mouth. Jes’ new found abilities make for a great addition to the team. But when things seem to settle, they only get worse, as the team sets out to discover the origins of Mr. Black and the notorious Red Sun Organization. Secrets are uncovered and deals are made that result in a deadly blow to all involved.

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Book Review

I read Enslaved in Shadows last year and enjoyed the creative paranormal storyline and the romance between Jesminda (Jes) and Agent Draven Stone of Shadow Unit, a paranormal agency that polices the supernatural community. Draven is a werewolf who finds himself falling in love with Jesminda, despite the fact that she is a human. After one brief, but life-altering encounter between them in five years ago, they are reunited when Jes seeks Shadow Unit’s protection and help against her sadistic, human ex-husband who has been kidnapping and torturing vampires so he can sell their blood on the black market.  No matter how hard, Draven tries to fight his feelings for Jes, his wolf knows she is his soul mate. However, Jes’s husband physically and emotionally abused her so terribly, that she questions whether she will ever be able to love and trust another man. Just as Jes and Draven begin to make progress in their relationship, a series of shocking events occur at the end of Enslaved in Shadows that left me anxiously waiting to see what’s next for them.

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When I realized Burned in Shadows was available for review, I jumped on the chance to read and review the sequel. I didn’t even bother to read the book’s description because I was already invested in the plot. So when I soon discovered that the featured love story involves Jes’s best friend Bells and the twins Royce and Ronin Zarides, who are also Shadow Agents, all I could say was, “Uh…oh, what I have gotten myself into?” followed a series of “Oh, my!’s” as I followed their love story.

There isn’t a love triangle here. No, it’s just the opposite. When Royce and Ronin were born, they shared the same umbilical cord and their bond is so intense that when they find the woman who is meant for them, she will have to love both of them.  After Bells unknowingly passes the “test” indicating  she is their intended mate, they begin to jointly pursue her.  The leading love story is a ménage a trois, and the book contains  scenes with graphic sex and light bondage between Bells and the Zarides brothers.

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Bells is a Phoenix and heir to the throne ruling over Phoenix House. As she prepares to become the new reigning monarch, she knows that even though she is secretly attracted to both Royce and Ronin, her mother would never approve of this type of relationship.  Royce and Ronin are a rare supernatural species and the mystery of their origins and the emotional wounds both carry are revealed.  Because of a mistake in the past that cost both brothers dearly, they are a bit reluctant to claim Bells for fear of being hurt again. All three characters share their POVs, and, while the multiple perspectives do enrich the story, there were places where the switch in POV between Royce and Ronin is confusing and I’m not exactly sure which one of the brother’s POV is being expressed.  While Bells and the brothers grapple with the growing intensity of their feelings for each other, Bells mother is making other plans for her daughter’s future.

Burned in Shadows picks up Jes and Draven’s story right where the first book ended.  However, both Jes and Draven have undergone significant changes in their physicality and personalities, all thanks to the mysterious leader of the Red Sun Organization.  Jes discovers that she is no longer human, but no one is exactly sure what she is now. Her unexplained powers continue to emerge and surprise everyone.  Jes is now a “superwoman” with incredible strength and abilities that put her in the best position to go undercover to find Draven.  Even though no one is certain of the long term effects of Jes’s alteration, I have to admit I like the new Jes. Her physical strength and improved fighting skills have boosted her confidence. She is determined to never be the frightened, weak, vulnerable woman she was when she first came to the Shadow Unit for help.

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Now, she will have to utilize every ounce of her physical and emotional strength to survive her immersion into the enemy’s camp.   It is heart wrenching at times as she is forced to watch her beloved with another woman. Yes, Melissa is back and has sunk her claws deep into Draven.  There aren’t many antagonists that truly bring out my anger, but Melissa’s character is one of those few who push my buttons, and I keep my fingers crossed that Jes will make her pay for the pain she has caused.

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I still have questions about how Melissa became involved with the Red Sun Organization and what role, if any, she played in Draven’s capture and alterations.  Draven is a dreamy, lovable hero is the first book, but now he tries my patience. All I can say is there is no doubt that Jes loves him and I admire her persistence despite Draven’s cruelty and the hopelessness of the situation.

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Eden does a great job with developing  well-rounded central characters who are easy to care about and whose personal stories and secrets easily keep my interest. However, I feel this paranormal world still needs to be fleshed out.  The Red Sun organization is still sketchy to me. I’m not sure about their purpose or motives and I’d like more details and description about the interactions between humans and the supernaturals who live among them.  The series is set in Louisiana, a place steeped in supernatural lore, but so far there isn’t a strong connection between the setting, characters, and conflicts.

The action heats up in toward the end of the book with lots of unexpected twists that kept me eagerly turning the pages and the epilogue sets up the next story involving Gabe and leaves us hanging as we finally learn the truth about his identity. This is a series for mature audiences and contains violent and explicit sexual content.

Note: I received a proof of this book from the author for an honest review, so I did not consider any editing/proofreading issues as part of my criteria for the book’s rating.

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About the Author

Author-Tigris-Eden-Avatar-232x300There is really not much to say… I love to write, read, and listen to music. My attempt at a music career sadly ended at the Apollo one warm night in May. LOL (Side note: I was not booed just outdone by two munchkins rapping to Biggy Smalls, they were good.

Military brat extraordinaire; have traveled to a lot of interesting places.  This February I will be going over to the other side of the pond where I will spend two weeks in Europe.  I will be in Cambridge, London, Paris, Versailles, Bruges, and hopefully Cardiff.

The very first time I put pen to paper in story fashion (for fun), was in 6th grade.  The story was called, The Case of The Missing Pepperoni. It was a cute mystery where all the ingredients and shop appliances came to life when the store owner closed up for the evening.  See, pretty boring stuff. I always say I’m not the interesting one, but the people around me.

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Tigris is giving away the following prizes at the end of her tour:

Grand Prize

 1 Signature fragrance of Burned and Enslaved and a $10 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N, Genesis Project Magnets and Bookmarks

Runner-up 

$10 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N

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BURNED IN SHADOWS Tour Schedule:

8/19- Book Lovin’ Mamas

http://booklovinmamas.com

8/19- Offbeat Vagabond

http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/

8/20- Celestial Reviews

http://cecesreviews.blogspot.com/

8/20- The Snarkology

http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/

8/20-Larissa’s Bookish Life

http://www.larissaslife.com/

8/21- United by Books

http://unitedbybooks.blogspot.com/

8/21- Book Pages & Dripping Ink

http://bookpagesanddrippingink.blogspot.com/

8/22 – Book Monster Reviews

http://www.bookmonsterreviews.com/

8/22- LITERAL ADDICTION

http://www.literaladdiction.com/

8/22- Wicked Readings by Tawania

http://www.wickedreadingsbytawania.blogspot.com/

8/23- Musings From An Addicted Reader

http://musingsfromanaddictedreader.blogspot.com/

8/23- Froggarita’s Bookcase

http://www.froggaritasbookcase.com/

8/23- Why I Can’t Stop Reading

http://whyicantstopreading.wordpress.com/

8/24- You Gotta Read Reviews

http://yougottaread.com/

8/24- Dalene’s Book Reviews

http://www.dalenesbookreviews.blogspot.com/

8/24- Close Encounters of the Night Kind

http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com/

8/25- Just Paranormal Romance

http://www.justparanormalromance.com/

8/25- Sun Mountain Reviews

https://sunmountainreviews.wordpress.com/

8/25- Sassy Book Lovers

http://sassybooklovers.blogspot.com/

8/25- Reading Between the Wines

http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/