Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young

A fascinating story that seems unlikely...but it could happen to someone you love.

Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young finds model student Graylin Alexander embroiled in a sexting scandal that could ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman and former prosecutor Angela Evans team up to seek justice for Graylin, but their differences pose a challenge.

Meanwhile, Angela's boyfriend Dre is threatened by someone from his past. Dre knows his plan of action will complicate their relationship, but in his world it is kill or be killed.

How I have missed Young's books! They are always packed with action and thrilling. As an attorney and former television news writer and associate producer, she knows how to bring home the tough stories that engage you and make you think how easy something can happen that changes your life forever--which makes her books both amazing and frightening.

Abuse of Discretion primarily focuses on the topic of sexting and how laws haven't quite caught up with the technology our kids are using these days. To think of what Graylin endured as a result of normal adolescent curiosity is infuriating. For those of us with kids, this is scary. This is our world. This is our child's world.

The secondary plot with Dre helped to fuel conflict for his already tender relationship with Angela. Poor Angela had issues from all sides in this novel, since she knew something was going on with Dre and she also had to cope with teaming up with an attorney she wasn't overly fond of because it was in Graylin's best interest.

My only challenge with this story is the numerous points of view. Young expertly switched points of view by dedicating separate chapters to different characters. There were just so many characters whose head the reader had to climb into, that it made the flow of the story a bit choppy. That didn't change how much I loved the novel overall, I just would have preferred Dre be the only point of view character for his subplot.

If you enjoy legal thrillers, Pamela Samuels Young should be on your list of must read authors. She delivers consistently great fiction that never disappoints.

Series: Dre Thomas Series, Book 3 (Book 3)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530528976
ISBN-13: 978-1530528974

I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Book Blast: Beyond Jerusalem by Yvonne Crowe (Giveaway)


Nicolina Fabiani and David Baron team up once again to save Jerusalem from itself.

Now David is faced with an impossible choice.
Duty on the one hand, love on the other.
What choice will he make?

In the Eternal struggle for Palestine, David wages war, and Lina the journalist, covers it.

EXCERPT

With his arms and legs secured to a metal chair, he was at the mercy of his captors and they were not in a benign mood.

A soldier on either side, dressed in army fatigues untied him, then dragged him down a flight of stairs and along a long narrow tunnel.

Into a corridor painted green with low iron doors on either side. Solid bolts securing them shut.




I am a successful writer who enjoys writing provocative mystery/thriller novels including the popular Nicolina Fabiani series.

When I am not living out little princesses' fantasies and puzzling over teenage boys' take on life I create fantasies for adults, armed with nothing more than an active imagination, a great deal of research and a burning interest in other people's cultures and their countries

Living in New Zealand, which is about as far away from the world's hubs as one can get, I love travelling to places to find ideas and characters for my novels.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Cozy Mystery Spotlight: River City Dead by Nancy G. West


Advice columnist Aggie Mundeen and SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week--sumptuous sights, sounds and festivities in the middle of America's Venice, a vacation from crime and a reset for their tumultuous relationship.

But murder descends on Casa Prima Hotel. Disturbing revelations surface about the Fabulous Femmes, Aggie's new friends holding a convention. Evil emerges at parties in La Villita. Calamity plagues Aggie's debut dance performance at Arneson River Theater, the celebration skewed by carousing, crazies and corpses. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.

Books in the Aggie Mundeen Humorous Mystery Series:

FIT TO BE DEAD (#1)
DANG NEAR DEAD (#2)
SMART, BUT DEAD (#3)
RIVER CITY DEAD (#4)

Series: An Aggie Mundeen Mystery (Book 4)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (January 17, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635111331
ISBN-13: 978-1635111330

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

From My TBR Pile: Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner


Come into my parlor . . .

For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true—but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.

Said the spider to the fly . . .

As a member of the Evidence Response Team, dead hookers aren’t exactly Kimberly’s specialty. The young agent is five months pregnant—she has other things to worry about than an alleged lunatic who uses spiders to do his dirty work. But Kimberly’s own mother and sister were victims of a serial killer. And now, without any bodies and with precious few clues, it’s all too clear that a serial killer has found the key to the perfect murder . . . or Kimberly is chasing a crime that never happened.

Kimberly’s caught in a web more lethal than any spider’s, and the more she fights for answers, the more tightly she’s trapped. What she doesn’t know is that she’s close—too close—to a psychopath who makes women’ s nightmares come alive, and if he has his twisted way, it won’t be long before it’ s time for Kimberly to . . .

SAY GOODBYE

First sentence:

"In the U.S., the dangerous spiders include the Widows and the Recluse spiders."
From Spiders and Their Kin, by Herbert W. and Lorna R. Levi, A Golden Guide From St. Martin's Press, 2002

He was moaning, a guttural sound in the back of his throat as his fingers tightened their grip in her hair.

Series: FBI Profiler (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (May 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553588095
ISBN-13: 978-0553588095

Friday, January 19, 2018

Interview with Pamela Samuels Young, Author of Abuse of Discretion



Pamela Samuels Young has always abided by the philosophy that you create the change you want to see. She set giant-sized goals and used her talent, tenacity and positive outlook to accomplish them. Pamela consequently achieved success in both the corporate arena and literary world simultaneously.
An author, attorney and motivational speaker, Pamela spent fifteen years as Managing Counsel for Toyota, specializing in labor and employment law. While still practicing law, Pamela began moonlighting as a mystery writer because of the absence of women and people of color depicted in the legal thrillers she read. She is now an award-winning author of multiple legal thrillers, including Anybody’s Daughter, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction, and her new release, Abuse of Discretion, a shocking look at the juvenile justice system in the context of a troubling teen sexting case.
Prior to her legal career, spent several years as a television news writer and associate producer. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from USC and earned a master’s degree in broadcasting from Northwestern University and a law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of teen sexting, child sex trafficking, self-empowerment and fiction writing.

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Did you like mysteries when you were growing up?

No. I was big on romance and literary fiction as a kid. Go figure.

What was the first story in that genre that you wrote?

Every Reasonable Doubt, which is about two lawyers who don’t get along but have to put their differences aside as they jointly defend a socialite accused of murder.

What is your favorite part of writing in this genre?

Surprising the reader. I hate it when I get to the end of a book and I’ve guessed the killer on page fifty.

What do you find most difficult about writing in this genre?

Surprising the reader! LOL. You have to drop enough red herrings along the way, but not too many.

Is there an author in this genre that you admire most?

Mystery writer Tami Hoag. I think she’s amazing and I love everything she’s ever written. I’m serious. As a result of winning an auction bid, I’ll actually be a minor character in her next book. I can’t wait!

What is up next for you?

I’ve just finished my first erotic romance novella under the pen name, Sassy Sinclair. I decided to use a pen name because I didn’t want someone to pick up the book with my name on it and be stunned at the sex scenes. My next mystery, The Perfect Lawyer, will be out Fall 2018.

Do you have anything to add?

Never give up on your dreams. I faced a ton of rejection from the publishing industry, but today, I’m the author of ten books. So no matter what it is you want to do, hang in there. And remember, “Dreams don’t work unless you do!”