Review of The Sleeping Warrior

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Paperback: 325 pages

Published September 2, 2013

Publisher: Ivy Moon Press

Genres: crime thriller, fantasy, paranormal

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Cover of Darkness

Cover of Darkness looks like a great mystery & suspense, and I’ve added it to my future reading list. Learn more about the book and enter the giveaway for a great $$ prize!

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Cover of Darkness by Gregory Delaurentis

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A high profile murder of a Wall Street executive in Westchester pits three people against the criminal underbelly of Manhattan nightlife. The key players are two ex-cops turned private investigators—Kevin Whitehouse, whose sharpest tool is his keen analytical mind, and David Allerton, a former Special Forces operative—and Margaret Alexander, Kevin’s lover. In their search for a killer, they are forced to travel to the edge of sanity and morality, while stumbling onto their own confusing secrets as well. The Cover of Darkness is a gritty noir saga that untangles a web of deceit in the course of tracking down a brutal murderer.

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David first opened the door to a closet on the left, searching it with the gun muzzle, before approaching the door at the end of the hall and kicking it open. An angry, naked man stood on the other side, his anger changing to fear in seconds once he beheld the gun pointing in his direction.

“Get back into bed,” David ordered.

The pale-bodied man responded as he staggered backward. The foot of the bed struck the back of his knees, sending him seated on the mattress. The woman on the bed had by this time covered herself with the sheets, and curled her legs up.

While Kevin stood nervously in the doorway, David searched the room and the closets, the muzzle of the shotgun again serving as a probe, but found no one.

“What the…?” Chase asked David.

After searching through the room, David tossed the shotgun to Kevin.

Suddenly, Chase went white-hot heat, crawling backward into the arms of his woman in sheer panic screaming, “What do you want?!

“I want information,” David demanded, going to the foot of the bed, standing before them with Kevin directly behind him. “I want to know who whacked Osterman.”

How am I to know?!” Chase shouted back. His hair was a wild tangle, his eyes wide as saucers with fright.

“Don’t yell at me,” David said calmly. “I want answers. I’m not interested in killing you.”

“You bust into my crib and start throwing guns around. You’re crazy, man, what do you think I’m thinking?”

“You were moving dope for Osterman,” David persisted, ignoring Chase’s remarks.

Osterman! He jerked me.”

“With the Colombians.”

“Damn right.”

“And you didn’t like that.”

No, I didn’t.”

“So, you had one of your soul brothers do him in.”

“Oh hell, no. My people don’t kill. We don’t mess with weapons like you do.”

“And the reason for that?”

“More jail time . . . What are you? A cop?”

“Don’t worry about what I am,” David growled back. “You are moving weight. I want to know what happened after Osterman jerked you.”

“He jerked me. That’s all.”

“That’s all? You didn’t go to the Colombians? Liar!”

“Yes, yes, I did that!” Chase corrected. “I went to the Colombians as soon as I knew he jerked me. I begged them to give me another chance. They said they would, if I replaced their one hundred kilos. One hundred kilos! How do I do that?”

“Put bullets into Osterman for revenge.”

“How is that going to get me my one hundred kilos?”

“Let me explain it to you, genius. The Colombians trust Osterman enough to give him a heavy shipment. You find it, whack him, and take his shipment back to the Colombians. Paid in full.”

Chase thought that over for a second or two. “But that’s not what happened.”

“Convince me otherwise.”

The word “Freeze!” were suddenly heard from the doorway. David frowned as he glanced over his shoulder to see a scruffy looking black male, armed with his own shotgun.

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Gregory Delaurentis spent his adult life roaming from job to job, working for Lockheed in California, various law firms in New York, and financial firms on Wall Street. Throughout this period of time, he was writing—unceasingly—finally producing a large body of work, albeit unrecognized and unpublished . . . until now. Cover of Darkness is the first in a series of upcoming books that include Edge of Darkness, Pale of Darkness and Cries of Darkness. These novels follow the lives of three individuals who do battle bringing criminals to justice, while they struggle to understand the complex relationships that exist among themselves. This intriguing trio has absorbed the attention of Mr. Delaurentis for the past year and a half, so much so he decided to self-publish their stories to bring them to a wider audience. [AUTHOR’S DISCLAIMER: These are works of fiction. Name, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.]

General links

1)  http://www.darknessnovels.com/

2) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cover-of-Darkness/435819953132527

3) https://twitter.com/cupgrease

4) http://gregorydelaurentis.blogspot.com/

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Six Month Blogoversary & Giveaway

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Sun Mountain Reviews has just hit

the 6 month mark!

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And yes, we are going to celebrate!

Before we do, though, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on my foray into the world of blogging.  When I started, I had no long-term goals or plans for this blog. I’m a voracious reader, and after I  moved from my native state of North Carolina to Texas, I began to miss my book club and the lively discussions I had with fellow members.  Since I’m terrible with arts and crafts, and wasn’t very creative with scrapbooking, I decided to make book blogging my hobby in March of this year.

 As I look back on how far the blog has come, and the growing number of followers the blog has gained, I can’t help but be reminded of a scene from one of my all-time favorite movies: Bull Durham.  (Growing up 45 minutes from Durham, I loved attending the games and am a huge fan of the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team.)

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The scene I’m referencing is the famous “Lollygag” scene  where Coach Skip addresses the baseball team in the locker room after a game. Larry, his assistant coach is standing behind him to help emphasize the coach’s points:

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I’m taking liberties with the lines above:

Barbara Ann: “Six months. How’d I manage keep this blog going and  to get over 1,000 amazingly awesome followers?

Little voice in Barbara Ann’s head: “It’s a miracle.”

To continue with the baseball analogy, I’m still learning to play ball, striking out every now and then, and hoping for some home runs if I can help others find books they might enjoy reading.  However, unlike a “simple game” of baseball, reviewing is anything but simple.  I read slowly and thoroughly, taking copious notes to use when composing a review.  And, as many of you know, clear, effective writing is anything but easy. It can be a painstakingly slow process as I strive to write a fair, but honest review that is both helpful to the author and to fellow readers. I’ve also learned how time-consuming it is to maintain a blog and related social networking sites. I applaud fellow bloggers who work tirelessly, and, in many cases, without any financial reward to keep their readers up-to-date on topics they are passionate about!

Now to the good celebratory part of this posting!

Author Sara Bain  has just released her debut novel, The Sleeping Warrior and has graciously partnered with me to give away a digital copy of her book to one lucky winner!

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Paperback 325 pages

Published September 2, 2013

Publisher: Ivy Moon Press

Genres: crime thriller, fantasy, paranormal

Book Description

LONDON solicitor Libby Butler’s life is in a mess. Her affair with her boss is going nowhere as is her position in a city law firm. A narrow escape from the knife of south London’s elusive serial murderer, The Vampire Killer, has challenged her outward bravado and left her nerves in tatters.

When duty calls Libby to a police station in the middle of the night, she meets the enigmatic Gabriel Radley. Dressed like an ancient warrior, Gabriel has a habit of disappearing from police custody and danger appears to dog him.

Gabriel is searching for a ‘stone’, its value ‘beyond human imagination’, that will help bring a ‘monster’ to justice. When Libby agrees to help him, she plunges her life into grave danger where no one is safe.

A cult who call themselves The Awakened, a gangland thug and his henchman, a female assassin, a detective chief inspector from Scotland Yard, and even the serial killer, all become inadvertently embroiled in the chase for the stone and the pivotal force of Gabriel.

As the death toll rises, Libby is forced to face herself, learn the true value of life and the potent significance of the Sleeping Warrior within.

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About the Author

Sarah Bain

Sara Bain is a fantasy writer. She creates worlds of dark and light, of good and evil, of sorrow and happiness. Her panoramas, scenes and characters are born purely from a wild imagination – at times extravagant, but never restrained.

She says: “I don’t write ‘what ifs’ but rather try to create believable stories and characters that my readers can absorb themselves into and escape for a while into my world.”

A former newspaper journalist and editor of professional text books, Sara is a fantasy writer who now lives in south west Scotland.

Dark Dawn, the first book of her epic fantasy The Scrolls of Deyesto, is due to be published at the end of 2013.

Author Links

website: http://www.sarabain.co.uk/

Blog: http://lifesanidiom.blogspot.com/2013/09/author-interviews.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarap.bain

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarapbain

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7244296.Sara_Bain

When Sara told me “Although I consider myself a fantasy author, I don’t like being categorised into any fixed genres and The Sleeping Warrior is intended to read like a crime thriller, but has a very subtle fantasy/paranormal element woven into the narrative” I knew I wanted to read this book. I’m not a genre purist; I do enjoy books in which the author is able to take essential components from multiple genres and blend them into a story, that, if done well, results in great fiction.

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One ebook copy of The Sleeping Warrior

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Through blogging, I’ve met wonderful readers and fellow book bloggers, gotten to know some terrific authors, and their encouragement along with that of my family and friends is keeping  me in the game. So let’s play ball!

I wish you all the best of luck in the giveaway, and on a parting note today:

“And when you speak of me, speak well.”    -Crash Davis from Bull Durham

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