Tuesday, February 19, 2019

MIssion Critical - Spotlight and Excerpt

Mark Greaney’s Gray Man is the fastest growing thriller series in the publishing industry and Berkley is thrilled to publish the latest installment, MISSION CRITICAL, (Berkley Hardcover; February 19, 2019; ISBN:  978-0-451-48894-7; $27.00), featuring Courtland “Court” Gentry.


When Mark’s previous book, AGENT IN PLACE, hit the Publishers Weekly bestseller list this past year, PW highlighted his first-week sales increases over the preceding years—an upward trajectory of double-digit percentage growth for each new Gray Man book since 2013’s DEAD EYE.

Each Gray Man book receives stellar reviews with Mark being praised for his “high-octane storytelling” (Washington Post), described as “among the top authors of espionage” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) and “the best in the business” (Suspense Magazine). The series has continuously drawn comparisons to the giants of the field including Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, and, of course, Tom Clancy. Certainly the Clancy comparisons are no surprise:  Mark co-wrote Clancy’s final three Jack Ryan thrillers before the venerable legend’s death and then carried the mantle for another four novels.

For years, Court Gentry was the CIA’s best covert asset. Then, without warning, the agency put him at the top of its kill list. Court fled the country and became an enigmatic killer for hire known as the Gray Man. However, after a tense reconciliation, of sorts, Court begrudgingly finds himself working for his former government overseers.

MISSION CRITICAL opens with Court on a CIA transport plane when a security team brings a hooded man aboard. The mysterious passenger is being transported to England where a joint CIA/MI6 team will interrogate him about a mole in Langley. Upon landing at an isolated airbase in the UK, they are attacked by a hostile force that kidnaps the prisoner. Gentry, the lone survivor, is ordered to track down the assassins and rescue the asset.

At the same time, Court’s sometimes lover (and fan favorite) Zoya Zakharova escapes an attack at a CIA safe house in Virginia with a team of killers following her. Both Court and Zoya, each on a different continent, are battling blind against their pursuers—but each may be holding the piece the other needs to survive.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Above the Fog - Review

Idgie Says:
Set in Coal Country,  this story touches on evil, sexual violence, murder, and years of bitterness and anger.  The mother in the middle feels deep resentment toward her daughter and lingering anger towards her mother.  As their town floods and the abusive husband disappears, these women slowly try to come to terms with new found freedom and shedding the anger.  

Firmly set in time, speech and place, you could easily escape into the story.......if you want to escape to where they are that is.
Can Coreen and her mother survive the sins and lies that linger after death?

Growing up in a coal mining camp is difficult enough. But, when Coreen Shell's abusive father makes a promise for her thirteenth birthday that could destroy what's left of her life, she resorts to a desperate prayer to a God she's not sure exists. The next day, a flood washes through the coal camp, like a backhanded answer to her prayer. Coreen, her mother, and her crippled grandmother next door must climb the mountain to find refuge in a nearby church. Then, news of a murder changes everything, in a way Coreen never imagined.

Now the real question is: Will Coreen and her damaged, dysfunctional family conquer all the lies, secrets, hardship, and hatred ... or be destroyed by them?

In Kindle Unlimited right now.

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction (November 26, 2018)

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Murder Pit (An Arrowood Mystery) - Spotlight

Seattle Times called its protagonist "the Victorian workingman's answer to the higher-class Sherlock Holmes, a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, shabby detective with a seriously bad attitude toward his more famous counterpart." 

"If you ever thought the Sherlock Holmes stories might benefit from being steeped in gin, caked in grime and then left unwashed for weeks... Mick Finley's 1895-set detective debut is for you." - Crime Scene

1896: Sherlock Holmes has once again hit the headlines, solving mysteries for the cream of aristocracy. But among the workhouses and pudding shops of South London, private detective William Arrowood is presented with far grittier, more violent and considerably less well-paid cases. Arrowood has no doubt who is the better detective, and when Mr. and Mrs. Barclay engage him to find their estranged daughter, Birdie, he’s sure it won’t be long before he and his assistant, Barnett, have tracked her down.

But this seemingly simple missing-person case soon turns into a murder investigation. Far from the comfort of Baker Street, Arrowood’s London is a city of unrelenting cruelty, where evil is waiting to be uncovered…

  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (February 5, 2019)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

99 Percent Mine - Spotlight

Readers and critics alike raved over USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne’s smash hit debut, The Hating Game, which has sold in over 20 countries. Now she’s back with an unforgettable romantic comedy about a woman who finally has a shot at her long time crush—if she dares.

Crush (n.): a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that's inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

This next hilarious romance includes a special PS section with two Happily Ever Afters—one for this novel featuring Darcy and Tom and the other, an epilogue featuring fan favorites Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman from The Hating Game!

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (January 29, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006288428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062884282