Mind Virus By Charles Kowalski Blog Tour

Cover of Mind Virus by Charles Kowalski.I liked Mind Virus. The idea of a virus that targets people who are religious is pretty far out. I’m still not sure how that is supposed to work. It seems really far-fetched that something could kill ONLY believers. I hope no one ever actually creates something like that.

The story itself is good. It has lots of travel, trying to find where the next attack is gonna happen. The visits to Israel and Vatican City were neat. Kept me interested.

Not my usual cup of tea but pretty good.

About the book:

Robin Fox, peace-loving professor of world religions, wants only to leave his dark past as a military interrogator behind him. But when an unknown suspect tries to disperse a deadly virus in downtown Washington, Fox is unwillingly drawn back into the shadowy world of intelligence.
The FBI and CIA automatically suspect Islamic terrorists, but Fox digs deeper to discover the far more frightening truth: a global conspiracy to eradicate all religion from the face of the earth.
From Washington to Jerusalem, from Rome to London, Fox must use all his wits in a perilous race to stop a psychopathic mastermind from unleashing worldwide devastation.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or Literary Wanderlust.

Author Question & Answer:

What is the theme of Mind Virus?

Mainly, that the fanaticism that leads to violence can be found anywhere, whether among religious believers or nonbelievers, and the will to seek peace and understanding can also be found anywhere.

What was your favorite part of writing Mind Virus?

Following in my protagonist’s footsteps in Israel, Vatican City, and England.

Tell us about the conflict in this book. What is at stake for your characters?

There are many layers of conflict. The main one, of course, is the race to stop the villain before he can start a worldwide epidemic. There’s also the undercurrent of tension between Fox and his CIA counterpart, John Adler, and Fox’s anxiety that the more he cooperates, the deeper he’s dragged back into a chapter in his life that he wanted to keep closed forever. And to top it all off, there’s danger to the woman for whom Fox secretly harbors an impossible love.

What makes your book different from other books in your genre?

Mind Virus isn’t the typical thriller that pits the infallible West, led by the invincible United States, against the dark forces of Islam. It paints the world in more shades of gray (though perhaps not fifty!). And Fox is quite different from the standard-issue action-adventure protagonist; he’s a reluctant hero, tormented by remorse and self-doubt, who always prefers nonviolence over violence when he has a choice.

About the Author:

Promo picture of author Charles Kowalski.Charles Kowalski is almost as much a citizen of the world as his fictional character, Robin Fox, having lived abroad for over 15 years, visited over 30 countries, and studied over 10 languages. His unpublished debut novel, Mind Virus, won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Award and was a finalist for the Adventure Writers’ Competition, the Killer Nashville Claymore Award, and the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association literary award.

Charles currently divides his time between Japan, where he teaches English at a university, and his family home in Maine.

Mind Virus is scheduled for publication by Literary Wanderlust on July 1, 2017.

Other novels and short stories by Charles Kowalski:
“Let This Cup Pass From Me”
“Arise, My Love”
“The Evil I Do Not Mean To Do”

Charles can be found at his website, and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Wiccan Witch Of The Midwest By Scott A Lerner Review

Wiccan Witch of the Midwest by Scott A. Lerner cover picture.The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest by Scott A. Lerner was a good read, but wasn’t as much fun to read as the other books in the series.

That is probably because the main character is a bit depressed in this book. Can’t blame him for that, after all anyone who finds body parts in their house is probably going to get a little blue. Then he had demons after him, and his girlfriend dumped him.

Even with all that he hasn’t completely lost his sense of humor. He almost lost his common sense when he met this witch, but any man would. Witches do tend to have that effect.

I’m really starting to think lawyers might not be so bad. Some of them anyway. I want to read more about this one. Hope it won’t be too long.

You can buy a copy on Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

About the book:

Samuel Roberts, a lawyer in Champaign, Illinois, has just moved to a new home to escape the memories of his old place—the stray body parts left by evil entities as well as traces of his relationship with Susan, who left him because he couldn’t stop risking both their lives trying to save the world. That leaves Sam free to fall in love again. Sam falls hard, suspiciously hard, for Bridget Gillis, a beautiful fortune teller who also happens to be a witch and a member of a coven. The village that encompasses the coven was founded by Bridget’s great-great aunt, also named Bridget and a dead ringer for her descendant. The new relationship quickly gets complicated. It is two days before Halloween, and Bridget is about to be tried by her fellow witches for the crime of practicing dark magic involving the blood of children. The punishment is to be burned at the stake. Bridget needs an advocate, and Sam is the perfect man for the job.

Sam brings in Bob, who is suspicious of his best buddy’s sudden passion. The two of them have until the Witching Hour on Halloween to clear Bridget’s name and find out who is killing the local children. As they comb the area for clues, quiz the locals, and take a crash course in witchcraft and Wiccan customs, Sam and Bob can’t shake the question: is Bridget a good witch or a bad witch?

The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest is the fourth book in the Samuel Roberts Thriller series, which began with Cocaine Zombies and continued with Ruler of Demons and The Fraternity of the Soul Eater.

About the Author:

Picture of author Scott A. Lerner.Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Mr. Lerner lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat Fern. Lerner collects unusual antiques and enjoys gardening, traveling, reading fiction, and going to the movies. His first novel, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.

Mr. Lerner can be found on his website, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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The Fraternity Of The Soul Eater By Scott A. Lerner Review

The Fraternity of the Soul Eater cover.The Fraternity of the Soul Eater by Scott A. Lerner was a quick and very amusing read.

Even when they are getting whooped on Sam and his friend Bob, have a weird sense of humor, that just won’t let them stop making smart remarks.

I would love to have that kind of moxie when the crap hits the fan.

This book isn’t just funny, it has some mystery, and a bit of horror, and even some adventure.

It is a stand alone book, but you will probably want to read the other books in the series too, if you haven’t already. I liked the last book (you can read my review here), and this one was just as good. Maybe even better.

About the book:

It’s been a while since Samuel Roberts was called upon to save mankind, and he’s getting restless. His girlfriend Susan thinks he’s a danger junkie, and he’s worried he has a hero complex. He’s back to his usual small-town lawyerly duties in Champaign-Urbana, handling divorces and helping people beat DUI raps. But then a young fraternity pledge calls. During an initiation ceremony he witnessed the live sacrifice of a young woman, but he had so much alcohol in his system that no one believes him. Except Sam. Lately Egyptian lore has been creeping into his life, his dreams, and his movie preferences, and he’s pretty sure he knows why. Evil is knocking on his door again.

Is the call welcome? Why can’t Sam be satisfied with his comfortable legal practice and gorgeous redheaded girlfriend? Maybe it’s because he knows that, as inadequate as he may feel to the task, he and his friend Bob may be humanity’s only hope against ancient supernatural forces combined with modern genetic engineering. Come hell or high water. Or in this case, the underworld or subterranean pyramids.

The Fraternity of the Soul Eater is the third book in the Samuel Roberts Thriller series, which began with Cocaine Zombies and continued with Ruler of Demons.

About the Author:

Picture of author Scott A. Lerner.Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Lerner’s first novel and the first Samuel Roberts Thriller, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards. The second book in the series is Ruler of Demons. The Fraternity of the Soul Eater is book 3. Book 4, The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest, will be released on Halloween, 2015.

Mr. Lerner can be found on his website, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Nature Of Grace Book Blast

nature of graceAll these books sound like good reads and getting the set is a great deal, since you won’t have to worry about not having the next book in the series, and you get a short story, as well other extras. Have you read these books yet? They have been added to my to-read list.

Nature of Grace Boxed Set by S.R. Johannes

The NATURE OF GRACE books have hit many of the top young adult/teen and thriller best seller lists including: Best Debut, Movers and Shakers, Top 100 in Thrillers, and the Top 100 in Teen Action Adventure books.

This new “Nature of Grace” Exclusive Box set is for readers who love wilderness thrillers. 16 year old Grace grew up in the woods determined to make a difference in the North Carolina wilderness. When she comes across conservation threats, she uses her survival and wilderness skills to stop them, no matter what the cost. In addition to being a thriller/mystery – other book themes include conservation, nature, animals, survival, wilderness, endangered animals.

The box set includes all 3 books in the Nature of Grace (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable). It also includes an exclusive short story, Unspeakable from Mo’s perspective) as well as the original Untraceable before it was changed.

The box set also includes a large section of Special Extras that include interviews with the author, characters, and additional information on the nature and animal conservation the books support.

Untraceable (Book 1) – When Grace’s forest ranger dad disappears on patrol, she fights town authorities, tribal officials, & nature to prove he’s alive. Torn between a hot boy and cute ex, she heads into the wilderness to find her dad. Soon, she is caught in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder.

Uncontrollable (Book 2) – When Grace enters the Red Wolf Reintroduction Program. When wolves start showing up dead, Grace must work through her fears and hunt down clues to find out who is sabotaging the wolf program and why. Little does she know, she is being hunting too.

Unstoppable (Book 3) – When Grace moves to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdie, she makes new friends with Dylan and his girlfriend, fellow animal activist, Sadie. After finding an injured Florida Panther, she stumbles upon a large roadside zoo illegally filled with a variety of endangered and exotic animals. There, she and her friends are kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge. Only this time, Grace is the prey.

Unspeakable (Short Story from Mo’s perspective) – When Mo sees a strange girl in the woods, he follows her. He soon realizes they are both in a dangerous position and may not get out alive.
Untraceable’s Original Ending – Never released before!

Exclusive Extras – including author interviews, character interviews, insider scoop on the series, and additional animal and nature conservation information on the issues covered in the series.

Sale!! From now until August 16 the complete box set is only $0.99.

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“A suspense-filled mystery with surprises that keep you guessing all the way to the end.”- IndieReader

Kirkus Reviews called this teen series “a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance”!

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SR JohannesAuthor S. R. Johannes

S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling Nature of Grace thriller series (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable). She is a winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award in YA, an IPPY a Silver Medalist for YA Fiction, a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult Fiction, and a Finalist in US Book News Best YA Book.
Since leaving Corporate America, she has followed her passion for writing and conservation by working with The Dolphin Project, the Atlanta Zoo, other animal rescue organizations, and by weaving conservation themes into her books.

Currently, she lives in Atlanta, GA with her two Doodles, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

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The Third Twin Book Blast And Giveaway

third TwinThe Third Twin by C.J. Omololu

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything.

The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.

As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.

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“[An] original, riveting thriller.” — Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You

“Delicious and deceptive, The Third Twin is a twisty-turny thrill ride! I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough!” –Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series and The Taking

“A classic whodunit.”–Kirkus Reviews

 

CJCJ OMOLOLU is the author of the ALA-YALSA Quick Pick Dirty Little Secrets and several other YA novels. She loved to read but never thought to write until she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.

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The CEO by Steve Bederman Giveaway

Cover picture of The CEO by Steve Bederman.The CEO is a corporate thriller. It has been a best seller on Amazon.com and got a lot of good reviews.

I thought it was pretty good. You can check out my review here.

This is the copy that I got to review. It has been read once by me and is in like new condition. It is a large paperback.

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The CEO By Steve Bederman Review

Cover picture of The CEO by Steve Bederman.The CEO by Steve Bederman is a pretty good read. It is a corporate thriller which basically means it is about big business and the people who run the corporations.

The story is basically about a corporation and the man who runs it being attacked by someone trying to take it over or destroy it and the man who runs it.

This book is pretty much action packed from the start and the story takes place in lots of different places all over the world.

It also has some romance and murder and crime. It pretty much covers everything.

The author knows the subject as he has been the CEO of an international company himself. That is probably one of the reasons the book has made it to the best sellers list on Amazon.com.

About the book (from the back cover) :

Climbing the corporate ladder is murder.

Faced with the constant revelation of corporate and personal threats Mitch and his team of loyalists race against time to uncover a plot to expose a 200 year old secret between two of the world’s most powerful countries. If revealed it could destroy the delicate balance of power, but if protected could crush all that Mitch Jacobs desires – including the woman he loves.

The CEO takes readers behind the scenes of back office meetings between corporations and countries where powerful business leaders are zealously protected by small corporate armies whose power will surprise. Being on top means always watching your back. Keep your friends close, and enemies closer.

About the Author :

Steve Bederman, himself a long time international CEO, draws from his real life boardroom experience to blend believable corporate drama with international mystery and intrigue. He is the Founder of Commerce for Peace, a non-profit international organization committed to overcoming cultural, ethnic, and religious differences by working together toward common business goals. Steve is a long time resident of Denver, Colorado where he lives his wife Judy and daughter Tiffanie. When he is not busy putting Mitch Jacobs in mortal danger, Steve is CEO of an international technology company.

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The Shadow Man by Mark Murphy Review

The Shadow Man by Mark Murphy Review

Cover picture of The Shadow Man by Mark Murphy. The Shadow Man is a horror/thriller type book. It is similar to some of Stephen Kings stories.

It is a pretty good read but I should have waited till closer to Halloween to read it. It does have some weird stuff going on that fits right in with the holiday.

It has a lot of excitement such as explosions and vehicle accidents…and of course murders. And you wouldn’t ever guess how it ends. It has a few twists to it. So if you like not knowing the ending right up till the end…you should be happy with this book!

 

From the back cover :

There is a devil in the night, silent and invisible, moving in the dream realm between life and death. And he’s coming for you.

Savannah surgeon Malcolm King had a perfect life—a loving wife, devoted daughter, and a thriving medical practice.

And then it all ended.

A chance encounter with a reckless driver in an airport parking lotleads to his first brush with the law. The senseless slaughter of a neighbor’s pet soon follows, with Malcolm inexplicably questioned in the matter by the police. An adversary is found decapitated. An acquaintance is chopped into pieces and stuffed into a garbage bag, Malcolm soon finds himself the prime suspect in a serial murder case. But he’s not a killer. Or is he?

Who is the  Thin Man who lurks at the edges of his vision?

Are the flocks of ravens that crowd overhead a warning of impending doom? Or do they exist at all?

And how can he protect his family from something–or someone–he knows absolutely nothing about?

As Malcolm fights to discover the truth, he learns from a mysterious Seminole tracker that he may not the first victim of a chameleon-like serial killer known as The Shadow Man. Malcolm’s quest for justice takes him perilously close to the edge of sanity–and perhaps a little bit over it.

About the Author :

A physician currently living in Savannah, Georgia, Mark Murphy is also a lifelong award-winning writer. In the midst of a busy medical career which included several academic publications, Dr. Murphy’s decision to attend the Iowa Summer Writing Festival led to the inclusion of a short story, “The Funeral,” in a 2004 collection of works entitled O! Georgia! A well-received regular newspaper column in the The Savannah Morning News followed. The Shadow Man is his first novel.

For more information about Mark Murphy you can visit his blog, and check him out on Facebook.

This review is part of a Tribute Books Blog Tour for The Shadow Man.

Twenty Years Makes A Huge Difference

Twenty Years Makes A Huge Difference

I recently reread Patriot Games by Tom Clancy. It was still a thrilling read. But it was published over 20 years ago. And boy have things changed.

Back then satellites were something special and using them to look at something on the ground was cutting edge. These days google earth is available for anyone to look at just about anything anywhere.

And in the book computers were still pretty unusual too. Mobile computers were pretty much unheard of. The government guys in England didn’t know for sure what Jack’s computer was until he told them. Nowadays computers are everywhere. Gas stations and grocery stores and even in purses.

And they didn’t have cameras everywhere either. Those terrorists in the book might have been caught a lot faster if there had been traffic cameras everywhere. Of course they didn’t have facial recognition software either.

And when you called someone you either didn’t get an answer or they picked up the phone. Very few answering machines back then too. And very few if any cell phones. The ones they did have back then were really bulky compared to what we have now.

And you pretty much can’t go anywhere and be out of touch. Unless you make an effort to leave the computers and phones behind you can even stay in touch in wilderness areas these days..

Huge differences. Not to mention being 20 years older and hopefully a whole lot smarter. It is still a good book. It made me a bit nostalgic. That isn’t necessarily bad. Have you reread any old books lately? Has growing older changed your view of it?

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