Review of 2016 and Happy New Year! #2017

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2016 is probably the year most people want to forget. With the loss of so much talent in the film and music industry we were left asking ourselves what the hell happened? I can’t say I ever remember a year filled with so much sadness, heartbreak and disbelief. It is the end of the year and I can finally say, “Goodbye 2016. Get lost. Hit the road. You suck!”.

This past year has taken me on a journey I certainly won’t forget. From horrible medical issues due to Lyme Disease and Bartonella to a personal journey triggered by a “not so wonderful” relationship. The one thing I have learned from 2016 is…it’s amazing what humans can endure and overcome.

I’ve battled through a TIA (mini-stroke), an appendicitis-like event, a gall-bladder from hell (a nasty part I don’t want or need but for some reason doesn’t want to leave me), having to use a cane and walker when my body doesn’t have the strength to stand or walk, fifty plus doctor and specialist appointments, numerous ambulance rides and ER visits, and cancelled gallbladder surgery because I developed pneumonia two days before surgery to end the year on a more disappointing note.

There is some good news, though. The TIA was finally ruled as a TIA-like event likely caused by inflammation due to Lyme and Bartonella and not a true stroke. Although, the left side of my mouth still drops slightly (and no one knows why), I am grateful. Things could have been much worse. As far as my journey after leaving a personal relationship, I have found myself again. I knew I was there all along. It was a struggle to bring myself back. So hurray! I’m back!

Goodbye 2016! You won’t be missed.

This year certainly put roadblocks everywhere but I slayed each one determined to hit most of my goals for the year.

JET: Duplicity, the second Kindle Worlds novella in the Survival series and sequel to JET: Oblivion featuring JET from Russell Blake’s bestselling action/adventure series and characters from my own Whitney Steel series release in May 2016.

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Reflection and Retribution, the first two books in the action-packed Whitney Steel series became audiobooks. (Available at Audible, Amazon and iTunes)

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Lethal Journey was translated into Spanish (Viaje mortal) and the English audiobook of Lethal journey released in December.

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What’s coming in 2017?

The Chinese translation edition of Lethal Journey is translated and will be released early in 2017.

Real Life Evil, Murder on Sunset Strip and Garden of Bones are the first three books in the True Crime Quickie short story series and will be translated into Chinese in 2017.

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The much-anticipated 3rd book in the Whitney Steel series – Resurrect will be coming early in the year!

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The first book in the Assassin Chronicles series…Deadly Shadow will arrive later in 2017!

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There are other secret projects (projects that were started years ago) on the go and exciting deals in the works. So stay tuned because 2017 is going to rock!

Happy New Year! Wishing my friends (new and old), family, readers and fans, a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

 

 

 

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After two prominent scientists working at privately owned BSL-4 labs in Nevada and Texas are discovered murdered, no one makes the connection until investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, receives a lead pointing to a biological attack using a new chimera virus known as “Resurrect”.

But when Whitney begins to unravel the truth as to who is behind the threat, enemies far and near surface, and a shocking discovery into the past changes her life forever in a race against the clock.

Coming early 2017

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Cover Reveal ~ Viaje mortal (Novela corta de suspenso) #spanish #books

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La fiscal de Manhattan, Lauren Taylor, está a punto de embarcarse en el caso más importante de su carrera, enjuiciar a Gino Valdina, el jefe mafioso del sindicato del crimen más poderoso de Nueva York.

Durante tres décadas Gino Valdina ha dirigido a los Valdina, una de las familias criminales de Nueva York. Desde su reciente acusación de asesinato, los jefes de la familia se encuentran en estado de conmoción, horrorizados por la muerte de uno de los suyos, Madelina, la esposa de Gino. Sin el apoyo de la familia, Valdina hará cualquier cosa por salvarse.

Pero Lauren descubre pronto que las cosas no son lo que parecen cuando se ve envuelta en un misterio, una conspiración mortal que va más allá del submundo delictual y un viaje al pasado la convierte en un objetivo….a ella y a todos sus seres queridos.

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A killer lurks in the shadows of Hyde Park, New York…waiting.

Manhattan District Attorney, Lauren Taylor, is about to take on the most important case of her career, prosecuting Gino Valdina, acting mob boss of New York’s most influential crime syndicate.

For three decades, Gino Valdina has led New York’s Valdina crime family. Since his recent indictment for murder, the leadership of the family is in turmoil, appalled by the death of one of their own, Gino’s wife, Madelina. Without the support of the family behind him, Valdina will do anything to save himself.

But Lauren soon discovers, things aren’t always as they seem when she’s tossed into a mystery, a deadly conspiracy that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld and a journey into the past makes her a target…and anyone she’s ever loved.

#COVERREVEAL ~ Season of Survival Box Set – 3 #RomanticSuspense Series Starters

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**The Season of Survival Box Set contains adult situations, language and violence. Each story can be read as a stand alone. NOTE: This is a reissue of the Seasons of Thrills Box Set which is no longer for sale.

REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One) by Kim Cresswell
“A deeply emotional romantic suspense that starts bold and holds you captive to the very end.” –New York Times Bestseller, Dianna Love
Lunch with the ex-husband is not always a fun thing especially when bullets start flying and reporter Whitney Steel finds herself in the middle of a human cloning story that will rock the world…providing she lives long enough to get her byline.
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KILLING SECRETS (A Thorne’s Thorn Novel – Book One) by K. L. Docter
“This romantic suspense is full of wonderful secrets, twists, turns and has an evil serial killing villain. The kind of killer we see on the TV show CRIMINAL MINDS.”–RT Book Reviews, Bernadette Cychner
Some secrets are better left dead. Too bad the Angel Killer’s digging them up. Rachel James’ ex-husband is released from prison determined to reclaim her and her traumatized child, his key to the James fortune. Patrick Thorne isn’t interested in helping another of his parents’ charity cases, especially after losing his unborn son and wife to suicide. Only trust will untangle the secrets that dominate their lives, free a child of her silent prison, and save them both from a killer who stands too close.
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BROKEN PIECES (Bits & Pieces – Book One) by Rachel Kent (Novella)
Tara Jacobs had her life completely planned. She truly did have it all after a lifetime of struggles. Unfortunately, her stepbrother arrives in town and threatens to ruin her well-laid plans with some blackmail. Tara stops at almost nothing to keep her skeletons from tumbling out of the closet.
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Lethal Journey by Kim Cresswell (Novella)
Manhattan District Attorney, Lauren Taylor, is about to take on the most important case of her career, prosecuting Gino Valdina, acting mob boss of New York’s most influential crime syndicate.
But Lauren soon discovers, things aren’t always as they seem when she’s tossed into a mystery, a deadly conspiracy that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld and a journey into the past makes her a target…and anyone she’s ever loved.

Going Once, Going Twice, Dead by Jerri Drennen (Novella)
Gruesome murder rocks art world
Hard-nosed Detective Dane Reynolds has met his match with up-and-coming sculptress, Simone Preston, the prime suspect in his current homicide.
Simone is shocked when her ex-boyfriend is found strung to a piece of art she has up for auction, especially since he’s not the only former flame to be murdered.

Target in the Sun by Lynda Filler (Full-length novel)
An infant loses both his parents tragically and spends his youth and young adulthood in disconnected search and longing in coastal Mexico.
Anticipation builds as powerful human emotions span a search for love in a world of illicit drug trade from the depths of lush Mexican jungles across borders throughout America.
Amidst the turmoil Carlos becomes a man in a search for belonging that leads him on a dangerous romp from the sultry Mexican Riviera beaches to the heat of coastal nightclubs and salacious entanglements behind closed doors.
As time passes he meets Mia in Puerto Vallarta. At first mere carnal instinct, this new acquaintance brings discovery, emotional attachment and a burning desire for enduring love as it was always meant to be.

As the World Ends by Marian Lanouette (Novella)
Could you kill to survive? Would you?
Rob and Lauren Henderson are faced with these decisions as they escape to the mountains to wait out the chaos happening around the country. Explosions in their neighborhood and looting have them packing up their car to head to a secluded area. Believing the Mayan prophecy has come to pass, Rob swears to Lauren he will protect her at all costs.
Once up on the mountain they encounter man’s worse predator–man. Survivalist nut Roan Kline was prepared for the end. It doesn’t matter it’s happening a year later than predicted. He to heads up the mountain for the spot he had set-up for this very event.
Who survives when one man believes he’s entitled to another man’s woman? In the end there were three…then there were two.

Sovereign Plague by Rachel A Olson (Novella)
In the year 3127, the human race faces possible extinction when a viral outbreak spreads like wildfire during a never ending cold spell. Former militia member Barrick Hardison has been forced to use his training for survival before, and finds himself doing it again…but this time for a woman he hardly even knows. After meeting under extreme circumstances, Barrick begrudgingly allows Lyza to tag along with him.
When it seems like their situation can’t possibly get worse, the strength of the Defects seems to be growing with numbers, and Barrick’s sanity begins to waver amidst it all. Will he get Lyza and her precious cargo to safety or will his uncontrollable feelings and impending psychosis prevent him from reaching their much needed destination?

Book Blast ~ Jack Templar and the Last Battle by Jeff Gunhus + $50 Giveaway

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Jack Templar and the Last Battle by Jeff Gunhus

In the last book of the Jack Templar series, Jack and his friends race to stop Ren Lucre before he launches this Creach army against humankind. But the Lord of the Lesser Creach and the Lord of the Zombies hold the last two Jerusalem Stones Jack needs to have any chance of success. To make matters worse, the Oracle predicts that one of their group will die in the upcoming fight, and Jack discovers betrayal among those he trusts most.

Even so, Jack must find the courage to lead his friends into battle. Either they collect the Stones in time to defeat Ren Lucre or die trying. It’s “Do your duty, come what may” no matter the cost. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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Before the witch could move, a shadow crashed through the hole in the collapsed roof, snarling and growling. Simultaneously, the cottage door flew open, nearly ripping from its hinges, and something ran into the room moving faster than I could track it. A second later, a person flew in from a side window, landing on the floor with a grunt, rolling and then popping up into a fighting stance.
This last addition was Will, sword pulled, ready for a fight. The other two took me a second because my mind still wasn’t used to their appearance. Daniel had dropped in from the roof, but he was in his werewolf form. Up on his hind legs, he clawed the air in front of him, lines of saliva dripping from his long snout. The shadow that had rushed in from the door was Eva. She stood near the fire, but even in the glow of the flames, her skin appeared pure white, almost translucent. Her posture was perfect, her back slightly arched. Chin out, she stared down the witch as if challenging her to one-on-one combat.
“What took you guys so long?” I asked.
“Oh, I don’t know. You sneaking out without telling anyone. And then trying to cover your tracks,” Will said. “You’re a real bonehead. You know that, right?”
“He knows,” Eva said. “Everyone knows.”
“Thanks,” I said. “I kind of liked it better when it was just me and Bella.”
“Really, looked to me like she was about to let you have it. If you want, we could just leave and –”
“Enough,” the witch yelled, sending the flames higher in the fireplace. “This changes nothing. You think you are any match for me?”
“I don’t know,” Eva said. “You’re looking pretty beat up to me. I feel like I might be able to get a little payback for last time.”
Daniel snarled, chomping the air with his teeth in agreement. The last time we’d had a run-in with Bella of the Woods, she’d easily mopped the floor with Eva and Daniel. I wondered if her ragged appearance meant she was less powerful now – or just more desperate and dangerous.
“We don’t have to do this,” I said. “We all want the same thing.”
“That’s where you’re wrong, Templar,” the witch said. “You want to save your friends. Save your father. Save the world by stopping Ren Lucre’s mad plan to start an open war against humans all over the world. All I want is to have my son back.”
I lowered my sword, hoping to buy more time. “You can’t get him back,” I said softly. “I think you must know that by now, even if you don’t want to admit it. Look at all of your attempts,” I said, pointing to the stack of Talib heads against the wall. They all stared, wide-eyed, their mouths opening and closing like fish out of water gasping for air. “That’s not your son. Not really. And you know it never will be.”
The witch hunched over slowly as if each word I said made her chest ache more. I decided to make my final appeal.
“I said this to you last time I was here. If you can’t bring your son back, at least let me take my best shot at avenging his death. Let me have the Jerusalem Stone back so I can continue my quest to defeat Ren Lucre once and for all.”
The witch’s head twitched to the side as if she heard a new noise. Her lips curled into a cruel grin. “Sorry, Jack. That’s not what I had in mind.”
With a high-pitched scream, she pointed her hands at Eva and Daniel. The two of them blew backward as if a battering ram had run into them. That instant, Will was on the move. He was in the air as the witch turned to him, but he’d been just fast enough. He landed both feet on the witch’s chest, kicking her backward.
The dozens of Talib heads opened their mouths, and their screams joined the witch’s. I lunged forward, ducking as she spun around, the hand with the Jerusalem Stone stretched out toward me. I felt a surge of energy pass over my head like a solid thing. No doubt, if I hadn’t ducked, it would have taken my head clean off my shoulders.
I rolled onto the ground and used my momentum to crash into the witch’s legs. It wasn’t the most graceful move, but it worked. The witch tumbled over, her hand with the Jerusalem Stone smashing into the stone hearth. The Stone rolled out of her hand and into the fireplace.
“Bella, don’t!” I yelled.
Too late.

 

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jeff-gunhusAuthor Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

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Season of Murder Box Set: 5 #Suspense #Thriller Novellas & Full-Length Novels #COVERREVEAL

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Lethal Journey by Kim Cresswell

Manhattan District Attorney, Lauren Taylor, is about to take on the most important case of her career, prosecuting Gino Valdina, acting mob boss of New York’s most influential crime syndicate.

For three decades, Gino Valdina has led New York’s Valdina crime family. Since his recent indictment for murder, the leadership of the family is in turmoil, appalled by the death of one of their own, Gino’s wife, Madelina. Without the support of the family behind him, Valdina will do anything to save himself.

But Lauren soon discovers, things aren’t always as they seem when she’s tossed into a mystery, a deadly conspiracy that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld and a journey into the past makes her a target…and anyone she’s ever loved.

Going Once, Going Twice, Dead by Jerri Drennen

Gruesome murder rocks art world

Hard-nosed Detective Dane Reynolds has met his match with up-and-coming sculptress, Simone Preston, the prime suspect in his current homicide. As he digs into her past and uncovers another dead ex, he questions if he has a Black Widow on his hands.

Simone is shocked when her ex-boyfriend is found strung to a piece of art she has up for auction, especially since he’s not the only former flame to be murdered. Someone is setting her up, and with the help of the one man who could put her away, she’s determined to find out who.

The two find themselves caught in a tangled obsession that could leave them in danger of losing their lives as well as their hearts.

Target in the Sun by Lynda Filler

An infant loses both his parents tragically and spends his youth and young adulthood in disconnected search and longing, surviving on the streets of coastal Mexico where the beauty and allure of his homeland mix with his relentless desire to belong.

Anticipation builds as powerful human emotions span a search for love, acceptance and belonging to existence in a world wrought with escalating illicit drug trade from the depths of lush Mexican jungles across borders in a vast network of distribution throughout America. An expansive coalition of drug enforcement agencies on both sides of the border mount a fierce campaign of surveillance and seizure with swift and destructive assault on the drug lords their ultimate objective.

All the while a young boy struggles with the heart-wrenching prospect of a life of loneliness, sadness, anger, and an unwavering resistance to commitment. Amidst the turmoil of surroundings and circumstance a boy becomes a man in a search for belonging that leads a troubled soul on a dangerous romp from the sultry Mexican Riviera beaches to the heat of coastal nightclubs and salacious entanglements behind closed doors.

As time passes, Mia’s visits to Puerto Vallarta become more frequent and her relationship with Carlos becomes ever-clearer. At first mere carnal instinct, a conquest of pleasures, life events and new acquaintance bring discovery, emotional attachment and a burning desire for enduring love as it was always meant to be.

As the World Ends by Marian Lanouette

Could you kill to survive? Would you?

Rob and Lauren Henderson are faced with these decisions as they escape to the mountains to wait out the chaos happening around the country. Explosions in their neighborhood and looting have them packing up their car to head to a secluded area. Believing the Mayan prophecy has come to pass, Rob swears to Lauren he will protect her at all costs.

Once up on the mountain they encounter man’s worse predator–man. Survivalist nut Roan Kline was prepared for the end. It doesn’t matter it’s happening a year later than predicted. He to heads up the mountain for the spot he had set-up for this very event.

Who survives when one man believes he’s entitled to another man’s woman? In the end there were three…then there were two.

Sovereign Plague by Rachel A Olson

In the year 3127, the human race faces possible extinction when a viral outbreak spreads like wildfire during a never ending cold spell. Former militia member Barrick Hardison has been forced to use his training for survival before, and finds himself doing it again…but this time for a woman he hardly even knows.

Lyza Guerrera has spent her entire life trying to hide in the shadows. It didn t do her any good. An orphan from the former Puerto Rico region, Lyza s foreign looks simply attract danger, including Barrick. Fortunately for her, Barrick doesn t seem to have any interest in her, or anyone else for that matter. After meeting under extreme circumstances, Barrick begrudgingly allows Lyza to tag along with him.

Threatening his former employer and witnessing a near upheaval of his old militia camp has given Barrick the realization that circumstances are not only worse than he thought, but he and Lyza are stuck in the middle of it all. When it seems like their situation can t possibly get worse, the strength of the Defects seems to be growing with numbers, and Barrick s sanity begins to waver amidst it all. Will he get Lyza and her precious cargo to safety or will his uncontrollable feelings and impending psychosis prevent him from reaching their much needed destination?