Monday, March 18, 2019

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY: LAW AND ADDICTION by MIKE PAPANTONIO

Today I'm showcasing a fantastic sounding novel, Law and Addiction, by author Mike Papantonio that reviewers call captivating, intriguing, enthralling, suspenseful, page-turning, riveting, unpredictable, and thought-provoking.

Waterside Productions is sponsoring a #giveaway of this novel, see details below



Title:  Law and Addiction
Author: Mike Papantonio
Publisher: Waterside Productions 
Publication Date:  May 7, 2019
Genre(s): Legal Thriller
Pages: 250
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LAW AND ADDICTION is based on Papantonio's experiences fighting Big Pharma on behalf of hundreds of Americans devastated by the opioid crisis

Law and Addiction by [Papantonio, Mike]
One week before Jake Rutledge is scheduled to graduate from law school, he receives the devastating news of the death of his fraternal twin, Blake. What makes this death even more terrible for Jake is that his brother died of a drug overdose. Until hearing of his death, Jake had no idea his brother was even using drugs.

When Jake returns home to Oakley, West Virginia, he takes a hard look at the circumstances of his brother's death. In the five years Jake has been away for his schooling, his hometown has drastically changed. Because of the opioid epidemic, and the blight it has brought, many now call Oakley Zombieland. Jake can see how his town's demise parallels his brother's.

Undeterred, the newly minted lawyer takes on the entrenched powers by filing two lawsuits. Jake quickly learns what happens when you upset a hornet's nest. The young attorney might be wet behind the ears, but is sure there is no lawyer that could help him more than Nick Deke Deketomis and his law firm of Bergman/Deketomis. Deke is a legendary lawyer. When he was Jake's age he was making his name fighting Big Tobacco. Against all odds, Jake gets Nick and his firm to sign on to his case before it's too late



Walking down the row toward Blake’s grave, his thoughts on the past, Jake saw a figure working in front of a headstone. He paused, not wanting to intrude, and as he did so, she got to her feet and began to move away. 
“Anna?” he said, shocked by the familiar face.

She turned. “Jake?” she said, her voice unsure.

Anna Fowler looked much the same as she had in high school. Her blue eyes sparkled, and her long chestnut-brown hair swayed against her shoulders. The two of them walked toward each other and then embraced in a big hug. As they disengaged, Anna’s gardening basket hooked on Jake’s shirt. 
“Don’t move,” she said. “I don’t want to tear your shirt.” 
With careful fingers—did Jake imagine it or were her fingers trembling?—she disentangled the shirt from her basket. “Sorry about that,” she said. 
“You could always hook ’em without even trying,” said Jake. He hoped his smile said he was kidding—sort of. 
“Listen to you,” said Anna. “It’s so good to see you. How is it that we both live in the same town and we never run into one another?” 
She seemed to be struggling to speak and smile at the same time; he could see the sweat trickling down from her forehead, though the day wasn’t very hot.

“I’ve been gone,” he said. “For a while, actually. And now that I’m back, all I plan to do is work.”

“Then nothing has changed,” Anna said. “I knew I never had a chance to be valedictorian with you in the mix.”

“That’s not how I remember it,” Jake said, grinning. “I recall you were always matching me grade for grade.”

“Blake thought we were both crazy to study like we did.” A cloud passed over her face; then she said, “My kryptonite was Algebra II. You deserved to be valedictorian.” 
“I didn’t have your social demands,” Jake said with a wink. “I was more the nerd while you were doing cheerleading and student council. You even played volleyball, if I remember correctly. Not to mention how you were always working at Fowler’s.” 
She laughed. “Don’t remind me about my misspent youth. See where it got me? Still right here. On the other hand, I hear you’re a lawyer.” 
Jake nodded. “Hard to believe, right?” 
Anna shook her head. “It’s not hard to believe at all. I’m really proud of you, Jake. And even though Blake and I didn’t keep in touch much after high school, I know he would be, too.” 
Jake tried to deflect her praise. He didn’t want to feel like a fraud. “It’s not as glamorous as it sounds,” he said. “I’d probably be making more flipping burgers.” 
“I don’t believe that.” 
“Sadly,” he said, “it’s true. But that’s partly because of my own stubbornness. I’m about to start working on this long-shot case. I hate to think I’m tilting at windmills, but I probably am. You can call me Don Quixote.” 
“It sounds like you’re doing something courageous, Don,” she said. 
That got a smile out of him, along with more head shaking. “I wish I was that noble,” he said, “but the reason I’m pursuing this case is because of Blake’s death.” 
Anna’s voice was unsteady. “I am so sorry about that,” she said. 
Jake nodded. “His death really threw me for a loop. I never saw it coming, so it was a real shock.” 
She didn’t speak for a moment, and he could see that she was blinking away tears. He hadn’t meant to make her sad. 
“What about you?” he asked. “I heard you went off to college but then came back.” 
“A dream deferred,” said Anna, nodding. “My mom got cancer, and I came home to help her fight it. Unfortunately, it was a fight we lost. And right after her death, Daddy had his stroke. I’ve sort of been a recluse myself since Momma died. And for a while there, Daddy needed round-the-clock care. Luckily, he’s better now. That’s allowed me to go out and work a part-time job.” 
“Doing what?” asked Jake. 
“I’ve been modeling.”   
 “That doesn’t surprise me,” he said, “as pretty as you are. What kind of modeling?” 
“I’ve been an art model for Clint Smith for a while now,” she said. “Oakley’s native son made good.” 
Jake nodded. In high school he’d had a crush on Anna, but then again, just about every male in his class had. Back then, he’d thought Anna was out of his league. She was classy, always doing and saying the right thing. Whenever he found himself in her presence, he had the hardest time uttering a complete sentence. In his daydreams he wasn’t tongue-tied; in them, he dared to ask her out. But that never happened. Besides, she’d always been arm candy for Blake. The two of them had looked great together. In fact, the school had voted them homecoming king and queen. They had dated a few times before mutually agreeing they were better off as friends. Jake wondered if Blake had sensed how he felt about Anna, and backed off to give him a chance. He guessed he would never know. 
“This morning I made some floral bouquets to put on gravesites,” Anna said, gesturing to her basket. “I made one for Blake’s stone, assuming that’s okay with you?” 
“Okay? At this very moment, Blake is strutting around the clouds, saying, ‘The prettiest woman in all of West Virginia is leaving me flowers.’ And loud enough for me to hear, he’s saying, ‘What do you think of that, little brother?’” 
“You were the younger twin?” She laughed. “I don’t think I ever knew that.” 
“By only twenty minutes,” said Jake. “But he loved lording that over me.” 
Anna’s hands rose to her face, and a frown creased her expression. 
“Are you all right?” he asked.

“I’m afraid I’m not feeling well,” she said. “If you don’t mind, I’ll give you Blake’s bouquet.” 
As Anna passed him the flowers, Jake couldn’t help but notice her shaking hands. Pale red blotches had formed on her fair skin. 
“I better walk you to your car,” he said. 
“That’s not necessary,” Anna said, her voice sharp. Then she softened it. “I’ll feel better after a warm bath and a little rest.” 
She smiled for him and began walking away.

“It was great seeing you,” Jake called after her.

Anna paused in her escape, waved to him, and said, “It really was. Don’t give up on your dreams, Jake. Or should I say . . . Don? Keep dreaming those impossible dreams. I hope you’ll call me.” 
Her words, and her invitation, made Jake smile. “I will,” he said. 
Anna waved again and kept walking. Jake watched her go. Her illness would give him a reason to call to see how she was doing. 
Maybe he wouldn’t even wait until tomorrow to call her. 

Excerpted with permission from LAW AND ADDICTION by Mike Papantionio.  Published by Waterside Productions. Copyright (c) 2019.  All rights reserved. This book is available at all bookstores and online booksellers.


About The Author
Mike Papantonio
Mike Papantonio is a crusader who uses fiction to entertain and inform readers about some of the most pressing issues of our times.  In each of his legal thrillers – from Law and Disorder to Law and Vengence, and now LAW AND ADDICTION – he lays bare the conspiracies and white-collar crimes that hurt ordinary Americans. A senior partner at Levin Papantonio, he’s taken on Big Pharma, tobacco companies, and the automobile industry, among others.  One of the youngest trial lawyers to have been inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, Papantonio is also a distinguished media presence as one of the hosts of the syndicated Ring of Fire radio show and as the host of American Lawyer on RT America network.  A skilled musician and athlete, Papantonio is based in Pensacola, Florida. To learn more, visit: www.mikepapantonio.com







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Friday, March 15, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: SALVATORE by CECY ROBSON @cecyrobson @CaffeinatedPR #ContemporaryRomance





Title : Salvatore
Author: Cecy Robson
Publisher: Cecy Robson, LLC
Published : March 13, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 356
Format: eArc
Source: Author via Caffeinated Services in exchange for an honest review
Reading Challenges: 2019 New Release , Netgalley and Edelweiss, 
Purchase: Amazon

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

RELEASE DAY BLITZ and REVIEW TOUR : HEART OF THE DEVIL by MEGHAN MARCH @Meghan_March





Title : Heart of the Devil
Author: Meghan March
Publisher: Red Dress Press
Published : March 12, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 266
Format: eArc
Source: Author in exchange for a honest review
Reading Challenges: 2019 New Release Challenge


Monday, March 11, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: DEAD RINGERS by WAYNE KERR @waynekerrnovels #Mystery




Title: Dead Ringers
Author:  Wayne Kerr
Series: Black Swann Investigations #1
Publisher: CANUSA Books
Published: November 15, 2017
Genres: Suspense, Mystery
Pages: 271
Format: ebook 
Source: Author via Book Sirens in exchange for a honest review
Reading Challenges: Home Work Assignment.
Purchase: Amazon


Thursday, March 07, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: ARRANGE ME by KATY REGNERY @KatyRegnery #ContemporaryRomance



Title: Arrange Me
Series: The Arranged Duo Book #1
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Katy Regnery
Release Date: March 4, 2019
Format: E-Arc
Pages: 186
Source: Author in exchange for a honest review
Purchase: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 New Release Challenge



Tuesday, March 05, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: NIGHTCHASER by AMANDA BOUCHET #Scifi #Romance @SourcebooksCasa @AuthorABouchet




Nightchaser
Author:  Amanda Bouchet
Series: Endeavor #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: January 1, 2019
Genres: Sci-fi Romance 
Pages: 352
Format: ebook 
Source: Netgalley in exchange for a honest review
Reading Challenges: 2019 New Release, Netgalley and Edelweiss.



Friday, March 01, 2019

SPOTLIGHT and EXCERPT: DEVIL'S DAUGHTER by LISA KLEYPAS @LisaKleypas





Title: Devil's Daughter 
Written by Lisa Kleypas 
Series: The Ravenels #5 
Published by Avon 
Release Date: February 19, 2019 
Genres: Historical Romance 
Pages: 384 


Thursday, February 28, 2019

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: NIGHT REIGNS by DIANNE DUVALL @DianneDuvall, NARRATED by KIRSTEN POTTER #ParanormalRomance





Title: Night Reigns
Author(s):  Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #2
Narrator(s)Kirsten Potter
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Source: Audible Romance Package
Format: Audio Book
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Length :  12 hrs 29 mins
Reading Challenges: 2019 Audio Book Challenge
Purchase:  AudibleAmazon



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: SCREAM FOR ME by CYNTHIA EDEN @cynthiaeden #RomanticSuspense





Scream For Me
Author:  Cynthia Eden
Series: Fear Me #3
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published: February 4, 2014
Genres: Suspense, Romance 
Pages: 380
Format: ebook 
Source: Author
Reading Challenges: COYER Winter,  Blogger Shame



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: FOREVER ROSE by CARMEN MONICA OPREA @opreacarmen75 #TimeTravelRomance




Title : Forever Rose
Author: Carmen Monica Oprea
Publisher: Indie 
Published : December 9, 2016
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Pages: 302
Format: ebook
Source: Author in exchange for a honest review
Reading Challenges: Blogger Shame, COYER Winter
Purchase: Amazon



Friday, February 15, 2019

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE by BRENDA NOVAK @Brenda_Novak NARRATED by THERESE PLUMMER @tplummer76 #RomanticSuspense






Title: Her Darkest Nightmare
Narrator(s)Therese Plummer
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Source: Purchased
Format: Audio Book/Paperback
Release Date: September 29, 2016
Length :  13 hrs 1 mins
Reading Challenges: 2019 Audio Book Challenge
Purchase:  AudibleAmazon


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

RELEASE DAY BLITZ and REVIEW TOUR : LUCK OF THE DEVIL by MEGHAN MARCH @Meghan_March





Title : Luck of the Devil
Author: Meghan March
Publisher: Red Dress Press
Published : February 12, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 238
Format: eArc
Source: Author 
Reading Challenges: 2019 New Release Challenge, COYER Winter

BUY: iBooks | Amazon US Kobo | BN



Monday, February 11, 2019

CHARACTER INTERVIEW: ZAFTAN TROUBLES by HANK QUENSE @hanque99


SYNOPSIS


This novel takes place in a fantasy country that has reached the early Industrial Age of technology and recently instituted a democratic government.

An alien space ship arrives over the planet. The ship is owned by a mining corporation and searches for exotic mineral deposits to mine and bring back to its home planet, Zaftan 31B where rare elements are extracted from the minerals and sold.

The two main characters are MACDRAKIN GEMSEEKER, a dwarf miner and LESLIE HIGGINBOTTOM, a half-dwarf, half human constable in the small town of Skensfirth where the two have a budding romance. The alien captain, YUNTA, orders her second-in-command, SHTAP, to negotiate an agreement with the president of the country, ALBERT WEBLEY, a human. Webley agrees to allow the aliens to mine the minerals if they can find them, provided the aliens respect property rights and don't harm folks.

Yunta faces a time limit, the ship's supply situation dictates they start the return voyage in less than two weeks, and has no intention of slowing down the exploration and mining to protect property. Explorations are carried out by robots who cause considerable damage to property as they follow their search programs. MacDrakin destroys a robot when it trespasses on his land. After a few other robots are destroyed, Shtap demands that Webley take steps to protect the expensive robots and Higginbottom gets a telegram to that effect. Upset that she must protect the robots rather than the property, she learns that MacDrakin has destroyed yet another robot. Despite their mutual attraction, the alien presence and the telegrams are straining their relationship. The strain becomes acute when MacDrakin declares war on the aliens and Higginbottom gets another telegram ordering her to arrest anyone who damages or destroys a robot. Meanwhile Webley's staff get reports the folks in Skensfirth are on the verge of revolt.

The robots discover two major mineral deposits. One is on MacDrakin's land, the other is beneath the town of Skensfirth. On their first attempt to mine MacDrakin's land, he and several hunter friends destroy all the robots who operate the mining machinery. Yunta, with the deadline approaching, is outraged by the truculent natives and sends reinforcements to get the mining operation back on track. Faced with more aliens, MacDrakin abandons his land and sets out to prevent the aliens from entering Skensfirth. A group of retired dwarf solders answer his call and join him. He is also joined by several government officials sent by Webley to solve the Skensfirth problems.

In the ensuing battle, the aliens are thwarted by weather problems, mutinous crew members and the MacDrakin's determination. After many machines are destroyed, Shtap, the alien commander of the ground operation, calls for a truce and tells Drakin that he admits defeat and that the aliens will leave. The aliens abandon the remaining mining machines, damaged robots, weapons and a damaged cargo pod. Engineers and scientists are ordered to examine these artifacts and decipher their secrets.

With the departure of the aliens, the reason for Higginbottom's and MacDrakin's feud disappears and they resume their romantic interest.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: DARK WINE AT MIDNIGHT by JENNA BARWIN @JennaBarwin #UrbanFantasy





Title : Dark Wine at Midnight
Author: Jenna Barwin
Series: A Hill Vampire #1
Publisher: Hidden Depths Publishing
Published : April 25, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 419
Format: ebook
Source: Gifted
Reading Challenges:  COYER Winter
Purchase: Amazon


Wednesday, February 06, 2019

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: HANOVER HOUSE by BRENDA NOVAK @Brenda_Novak NARRATED by THERESE PLUMMER @tplummer76 #RomanticSuspense





Title: Hanover House
Author(s):  Brenda Novak
Series: (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles 0.5)
Narrator(s): Therese Plummer
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Source: Purchased
Format: Audio Book
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Length :  4 hrs 17 mins
Reading Challenges: 2019 Audio Book Challenge, Homework Assignment
Purchase:  AudibleAmazon