The Surrogates by Consuella Harris

51DXifNWx7L__AA160_A brilliantly intriguing story.

The subject of surrogacy raises various emotions and views in people, depending, I suspect, on such factors as, their sex, religious viewpoint and life experiences.

Many think what a wonderful, selfless thing it must be to carry a child for another woman and bring happiness to a couple who would never have been parents without help. They ask themselves, “Who are these generous women, and why do they do it?”

The more cynical wonder who finances the companies who set up the matches between the surrogates and the adopter’s, and what is in it for them?

However, it’s never as simple as that, there are no black and white answers to be found when dealing with human lives and emotions – we are complicated beings.

Truth be known, like most things, most people, most of the time don’t think about it, and neither did Keith Brown, ex-retired police officer, now successful investigative reporter until he received a phone call from Valerie Scovall, a Superior Court Judge for Cuyahoga County.

Valerie is sure there is a connection between the deaths by natural causes, i.e. heart attack, on the same day, of two prominent public figures.

Meeting her, the next day, in her chambers, Keith agrees to take on the case, and to her requirement that the source must remain confidential. Only one person is the exception to this rule Denise Jones, one of the surrogates.

For anyone interested in people this is a compelling read, as Keith reveals the stories behind Denise, Sharon and Carolyn, three women who decided to become surrogates. However, inextricably entwined are of course, the children they gave birth to, and the people who adopted them.

And, we mustn’t forget the men who were the founders of the Lake Shore Parenting Group, the adoption agency who put them together, and their motives, after all, without them, none of it would have happened.

Or of course, Valerie…

A really enjoyable and absorbing story which I would not hesitate to recommend. It is about a controversial subject, packed with human interest, mystery, intrigue and plenty of twists and turns.

The Surrogates is available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/The-Surrogates-Consuella-Harris/dp/1625260849/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1409046130&sr=8-5

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Hand in Glove by Paddy Bostock

 

 

hand in glove overAbout the book: PI Dr Jake Flintlock and his sidekick Dr Bum Park are inveigled by American theater director Chuck Cinzano into the investigation of a severed hand in a baseball glove on Primrose Hill, London. The assignment morphs into a murder case as Chuck is “stabbed to death” in Jake’s home. Having flown to Sausalito, CA, Jake and Bum begin to suspect they are being used as actors in a play. Yet, a real crime has been committed and somehow the culprit has to be found.

 

 

 

 

It’s London, and the first summer Saturday, a perfect day, Jake decides, to take his Dachshund cross Doberman dog Binkey for a walk in the park. It’s not long however before he’s regretting his decision as the mischievous mutt sets about causing havoc. When a close encounter with a German sunbather causes Jake to drop Binkey’s lead, the naughty pooch sets off on his own adventure.

First he’s tempted by sausages cooking on some Russians barbecue, then, he steals the ball from some Americans, enjoying a baseball game. Could it get worse?

Yes it could, when Binkey returns with a baseball mitt, complete with hand inside.

P.I. Jake, and his sidekick Dr Bum Park are persuaded to investigate the matter, by American Theatre Director, Chuck Cinzano, who very soon, comes to an unexpected and unsavoury end. Despite this, the intrepid PI’s set off for California to solve the mystery.

The story which follows will have you in stitches. It is very cleverly written with numerous twists and turns, interesting characters and never a dull moment. I read this after reading and enjoying Paddy Bostock’s ‘Foot Soldiers,’ all I can say is that I cannot wait to read more from this outstanding British author.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Hand-Glove-Paddy-Bostock/dp/1613098235/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1397473926&sr=1-1

and in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Hand-Glove-Paddy-Bostock-ebook/dp/B00IDHHJ7O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1397473926&sr=1-1&keywords=hand+in+glove+by+paddy+bostock

 

 

Wasp’s Nest Roma Series Book Two by Gabriel Valjan

Action packed thriller.

Wasp's Nest: Roma Series, Book Two

Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing

ISBN 13: 978-0988184534

Language: English – 294 pages.

About Wasp’s Nest: In the highly anticipated sequel to Roma, Underground, Bianca returns to the U.S. for her former employer, the covert organization Rendition, to investigate Cyril Sargent and Nasonia Pharmaceutical. Although ambivalent about the assignment and uneasy about her online “friend,” Loki, she is enticed into researching what Sargent is doing with insect genetics that might upset the world of cancer research and treatment. Old friends Farrugia and Gennaro uncover a twisted conspiracy from their past and join Bianca in Boston where they will experience conflicted loyalties, question allies, and confront uncertain enemies, as they’re drawn into the wasp’s nest.

 

About Gabriel Valjan: Ronan Bennett short-listed Gabriel Valjan for the 2010 Fish Short Story Prize for his Boston noir, ‘Back in the Day.’ Gabriel’s short stories and some of his poetry continue to appear in literary journals and online magazines. He recently won first prize in ZOUCH Magazine’s inaugural Lit Bits Contest. He lives in New England. He is the author of the Roma Series, Book 1: Roma, Underground, Book 2: Wasp’s Nest, and Book 3: Threading the Needle, available from his publisher, Winter Goose Publishing, and in paperback or digital format from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Gabriel can be contacted through his publicist, Rachel Anderson at rachel@rmapublicity.com

 

Review by Susan Keefe

In this, the second book in the Roma Series, the story opens with Alabaster Black (alias Bianca Nerini) returning from Rome to Boston, Massachusetts, leaving behind her lover, Dante, and friends in Rome, Italy.

Rendition, her employer, a covert U.S. agency, has persuaded her to infiltrate Nasonia Pharmaceuticals, a drug manufacturing company owned by Cyril Sargent. Nasonia, is working on a revolutionary new drug using insect-based genetics to develop a new cancer-cure and Rendition want to know more.

Then, when Farrugia and Gennaro, her friends from the Rome, arrive in Boston for another reason, she discovers that leaving the past behind is not as simple as just getting on a plane; they bring some disturbing news for her, ghosts from the past have resurfaced…

I found Wasp’s Nest a compelling reading, action-packed and with intriguing characters. The plot had plenty of twists and turns, some surprising secrets, and it kept me on the edge of my seat, guessing until the very end.

Gabriel Valjan includes a tantalising glimpse into Book 3 of the Roma Series, Threading the Needle which I had read first, but I realized that the author created each volume independent of each other.

Available from:

Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Wasps-Nest-Gabriel-Valjan/dp/0988184532/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1382357183&sr=8-1&keywords=wasps+nest+by+gabriel+valjan

Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Wasps-Nest-Series-Gabriel-Valjan-ebook/dp/B00AG30TUM/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1382357273&sr=1-2&keywords=wasps+nest

Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wasps-nest-gabriel-valjan/1117057227?ean=9780988184534

Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wasps-nest-gabriel-valjan/1113729884?ean=2940015822762

The Starlight Club 4 by Joe Corso

 

The beautiful and the dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 It’s Thanksgiving, a great time for family and yet again we are transported back in time to 1962 by Bobby Valentine as he relaxes after dinner and settles down to tell his daughter Lynn a bit more about what life was like way back then.

Despite popular belief, Red Fortunato is not dead, he has survived, and what’s more, he’s determined to rebuild The Starlight Club and have Frank Sinatra perform there on opening night.

He’s a man used to giving orders and being in control, however, even he is surprises when he attends a business meeting and finds himself with Marilyn Munro in his arms.

This action packed story is full of sex and corruption, set in the dark world of politics with the writer throwing a new light on Marilyn’s death, the political intrigue surrounding Jackie and Bobby Kennedy and suggest there was a potential threat on Richard Nixon’s life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent story, which contains many of the familiar, if not lovable characters, from the Starlight Club series.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-Joe-Corso/dp/1482546655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419369&sr=8-1&keywords=The+starlight+club+4

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-4-ebook/dp/B00BOEOXV8/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419369&sr=8-1&keywords=The+starlight+club+4

also on Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-starlight-club-4-joe-corso/1114998913?ean=2940044410152

The Starlight Club III by Joe Corso

Fantastic mixture of action and politics.

The Starlight Club III

As a daughter, when your father allows you a glimpse into his past, telling stories which help you understand the man he has become it’s an honour. So, when Bobby Valentine visits his daughter Lynn she cannot resist asking for just one more tale about his life at The Starlight Club. How can a father refuse?

Set in the early sixties with John Kennedy as President and Bobby Kennedy as his Attorney General.

Getting to President is no easy thing, strings have to be pulled, deals made, the right introductions and for all this, there is a price to pay. Promises made by others are not binding, some people believe, and Bobby Kennedy calls on Agent Lonegan to recruit mercenaries who become rogue “Federal Agents.”

When the time honoured rules and promises are broken the Mafia are not happy and retaliation is the name of the game. Who did kill John Kennedy?

Along with new characters, all our favourites are still here from the rest of this brilliant series of stories, and their lives evolve in it.

With an exciting story line, which encompasses murder, mystery, boxing, politics and much more, Joe Corso has written yet another classic.

Let’s hope we see a Starlight Club IV soon.  

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-lll-Volume/dp/1479212830/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368358969&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Starlight+Club+III+by+joe+corso

on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-III-ebook/dp/B009JVOBWE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368358969&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Starlight+Club+III+by+joe+corso

and at Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-starlight-club-iii-joe-corso/1114587715?ean=2940044313743

The Starlight Club by Joe Corso

 

Winner of the eLit silver in the eLit Book Awards True Crime category

Action packed and a fantastic read!

The Starlight Club

Set in present day. Robert ‘Bobby’ Valentine has asked his daughter to come to New York so he can tell her about his life…

Sitting in an Italian Restaurant, which used to be The Starlight Club, he looks back over the years, and reminisces about life in Queens in the early 60’s and the people who lived there.

As the story unfolds we find ourselves drawn into events at the club, we’re permitted through the power of the story to go back in time and take a glimpse into the hard world of the Mafia families.  

Somehow, if it is possible to do so, in a nice way, the author has produced a riveting read, full of violence and action packed. The essence of life in Queens is captured at a time of great unrest and warfare, where murder was not personal – it was just a job, which had to be done.

This book was a thoroughly enthralling read, filled with amazing characters like Big Red, Trenchie and James Roman (at the time the latest movie idol).There’s even a guest appearance from George Raft! I can only hope that there are more stories like this one to come.

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-Volume-1/dp/0615690491/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367142981&sr=8-1&keywords=the+starlight+club

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-ebook/dp/B0098L3LQW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1367145011&sr=1-1&keywords=the+starlight+club

Available at Barnes & Noble in Paperback here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-starlight-club-joe-corso/1107498149?ean=9780615690490

and as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-starlight-club-joe-corso/1107498149?ean=2940044331365