MONTEZUMA KINGS by Thomas Ensch

Montezuma Kings

Best friends since childhood and now business partners, Mack and Eddie are known for throwing the hottest underground raves in San Diego. But what most people don’t know is that the secret rave parties are just a front for their more illicit business: selling mass quantities of cocaine. Using fraternities at the local universities as built-in distribution networks, they’ve built quite the empire. And business is booming. They own a luxurious home in the hills of La Jolla, drive expensive sports cars, and receive the VIP treatment at the most exclusive clubs and restaurants in the city. Simply put, they’re living the life any college student dreams of living. But as Eddie nears his graduation, he begins to second-guess his career path.

Alexander Alston was once the golden boy of the Drug Enforcement Agency, but after making one fatal mistake on a case two decades ago, his career fell to shambles. He’s always believed he’d eventually return to his former glory, but as the years have worn on, and his role at the agency has diminished, he’s begun to lose hope he’ll ever get the chance to make his glorious comeback. Then, one morning when he’s on the brink of retirement, he receives an anonymous letter that will change his life.

Fictionally inspired by the real life events of Operation Sudden Fall, one of the largest collegiate drug busts in U.S. history, Montezuma Kings is both suspenseful and thrilling, and at times, tragic.

I felt like I had already read this book. Some of the characters were decently developed and some I did not even see a reason for them being part of the story.

To be honest, it felt like a really watered down version of Don Winslow’s Savages. Very watered down.  I’m sure people will like this one, especially if you like your violence on the lighter side. These guys were dealing with cartels and none of the characterizations rang true.

I knew about Operation Sudden Fall so I knew what was going to happen, but I can’t say I enjoyed it.

ROOM FOR DOUBT BY NANCY COLE SILVERMAN (HENERY PRESS)

Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery Book 4)

When radio reporter Carol Childs is called to a crime scene in the Hollywood Hills at five thirty in the morning, she’s convinced it must be a publicity stunt to promote a new movie. That is, until she sees the body hanging from the center of the Hollywood sign. The police are quick to rule it a suicide, but something doesn’t add up for Carol. Particularly after a mysterious caller named Mustang Sally confesses to the murder on the air and threatens to kill again. 

With the help of an incorrigible PI, her best friend, and a kooky psychic, Carol is drawn into the world of contract killers and women scorned. As she races to find the real killer, she finds herself faced with a decision that will challenge everything she thought she knew. 

This is the fourth book in the Carol Childs series from Ms. Silverman.

Carol is a single mom and not looking for love. What she is looking for is how the boy she saw in the grocery store the other day is now hanging from the Hollywood sign, naked and dead with a clown’s nose on.

The world of Talk radio is a competitive one. Carol is a bit tired of the little bit of time she gets on the air. But things change when she subs for the night show and a killer calls to chat.

With the help of Chase, a P.I., who has been trying to solve a series of such killings, she warily begins putting her story together. Not quite fully believing the stories she is getting she still goes the distance and agrees to meet the killer. Only the deal is a shocker!

And the ending….it’s a Winner

Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press! This book is scheduled to be out in July 18 of 2017.

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I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella ( It’s Release Day Y’all!! And We Have an Exclusive Chapter for You All!)

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool

The bestselling and “perennially hilarious” mother-daughter team is back with a new collection of stories from their real lives, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Join Lisa and Francesca as they regret drunk-shopping online, try smell-dating, and explore the freedom of a hiatus from men – a Guyatus. They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and facepalm moments of modern life, showing that when it comes to navigating the crazy world we live in, you’re always your own best lifeguard.

Mother and Daughter have once again succeeded in making us laugh until we cry as they share their lives, and views on every topic you can think of!

Two generations give us their take on life today. And it all works beautifully. Funny, Touching and Thought provoking subjects that each one shares with us in alternate chapters.

It was my pleasure to read this book which was so funny I literally snorted tea out of my nose!  I was very pleased to see her in Oklahoma City recently thanks to Literary Voices and she is a delight! The relationship between Mothers and Daughters can be complex. But also such a deep connection between two people who love each other and share their journeys with grace, elegance, and strong opinions!

So Here is an Exclusive Excerpt from the book! If you follow her on FB or Twitter say Congratulations!

Exclusive Excerpt:

Mother  Mary  and the Eyebrow

                                                                       Lisa

Let me tell you something about Mother Mary, my late mother who is nevertheless with us in spirit, her feistiness in our hearts and her voice in our ears.

Probably like your mother’s voice, except after two packs of More 100s a day.

The fact is, as feisty as Mother Mary was, she never yelled. That may surprise you, but it’s true.

My mother ruled our house and she never once raised her voice.

It was Teddy Roosevelt who said, speak softly and carry a big stick, and I’m betting he knew my mother.

She spoke softly and carried a wooden spoon.

Her spoon was like a scepter, only used for stirring gravy.

Instead of yelling, she had a series of Meaningful Facial Expressions that conveyed her will.

Chief among these was The Eyebrow.

Mother Mary used to lift, arch, and flex her right eyebrow

 

 

when she didn’t like something I was doing, though she used it only when necessary, like a handgun.

The Eyebrow was meant to convey:

Cut that out.

Put that down. Don’t be fresh. That’s not funny.

Mind your own business. Don’t have so much to say.

Mother Mary also had a Major Glare that she could fire at me from the stove, which made it more potent than The Eye- brow, like a long-distance missile.

The Major Glare meant:

Don’t talk that way to your brother. Don’t be so fresh.

Who are you kidding with that (action or comment)? Where do you get off ?

This last is impossible to translate. If you’re from South Philly, you get it immediately. If you’re not, please don’t sweat it. If you can’t figure it out, let it ride. No one is meant to know everything in the world.

To stay on point, the atomic bomb in Mother Mary’s ar- senal was The Frown.

You prayed The Frown did not come your way.

They say Italians talk with their hands, but they’re wrong. They talk with their faces.

The Frown was Mother Mary’s ultimate warning sign, and The Frown meant that she was going to Point Away, and if she Pointed Away, that meant that whatever you had done was so bad, you had to leave the room. She didn’t care where you went, only that it was Out.

In fact, if Mother Mary said anything when she Pointed Away, it was, “Get out of my sight.”

Spoken, not yelled.

My mother was not alone in believing that quiet can be more powerful than noise. The Godfather rarely spoke a whisper through three movies, except when he got to Johnny Fontane, who would try anybody’s patience.

Really.

What a whiner. Act like a man.

I bet your mother had an array of meaningful expressions, scary frowns, and lifted eyebrows, and they would come in handy in this election season.

Because every candidate is yelling. Now listen, I’m no Pollyanna.

I know that people get angry and I’m generally a fan of emotion. And to be real, it makes great television. A debate where everybody is yelling at each other is totally fun to watch.

Until you realize that’s how we choose a president. In a country we love.

Nobody in the debates is listening to each other because they’re too busy yelling. And they don’t listen to the ques- tion, either. They just wait until the question is over and take it as their signal to start yelling. Then other candidates on the stage interrupt them and start yelling. Nobody listens to any- body else and nobody answers the question, and when it’s over, the surrogates say it was a great debate.

The problem with yelling is that it’s the same thing as bullying.

And it seems like every week there’s a new debate, where we can watch candidates bully each other. And then we start to talk to each other about our views, and our voices get louder, and we start bullying each other.

It’s not our fault, it’s theirs. But maybe we can stop it.

Because the last thing we want to do is act like politicians. By the way, this is the week when we lost Antonin Scalia, who may have been the most conservative Supreme Court Justice ever, and his best friend was Ruth Bader Ginsberg,who may be the most liberal Supreme Court Justice ever.

They adored each other, though their views were very different.

It’s not coincidental that neither of these people was the type to raise their voice. I have seen arguments before the Supreme Court, and although Justice Scalia’s questions were pointed, he did not yell. I also heard Justice Ginsberg ask questions from the bench, and you could barely hear her.

Don’t think this is because they’re judges, because I’ve seen and heard judges yelling in court.

At me.

So what I’m saying is that true power lies in a soft voice and a listening ear.

It’s okay to disagree with someone.

It’s not okay to yell at them, bully them, or call them names.

And it’s not okay to rejoice in anybody’s death, nor is it okay to exploit that death for political gain.

I know that because I was raised right. By The Eyebrow.

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The Happy Eyebrow!

TWO NIGHTS A Novel by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights

Blurb: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

As a fan of Reich’s Temperance Brennan series, as well as the television show ‘Bones”, I was excited to see this new stand alone book introducing an entirely new cast of characters.

Sunday Night is a woman with a past. Scarred emotionally and physically. Living like a hermit on Goat Island, just a tiny spit of land off the coast of Charleston. No cars, no amenities.

We know she is former military and former Charleston PD. And that is about all we know about her.  When she is contacted about a missing person case, the details are a little too close to her past, which is why she says yes and goes full throttle after who ever has taken this girl and killed innocent people.

In all honesty I have to say I was disappointed in this one. All the ingredients were there, but there was a shallowness to the information on the characters and their motivations.

This book is set for July 11th release. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Watch Me Disappear A Novel by Janelle Brown

Watch Me Disappear by [Brown, Janelle]

A mother with a troubled past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

Billie Flannigan has been missing for almost a year after she left to go hiking. No body has ever been found and as the one year anniversary is coming up, Jonathan and Olive are doing the best they can do get through their pain.

Olive begins having visions of her mother begging her to come and find her. Jonathan is stuck trying to begin a book about their life together, but the bottle and memories get in the way.

I liked the premise of the book. A woman disappears, assumed dead and normally that would be that. But Olive isn’t going to let it go. As she and her father dig into Billie’s past they find more questions than answers.

Did anyone really know who Billie was/is? The pace was a little slow for me in spots. I didn’t feel like I had a handle on any of the characters. Everyone was just giving their version of who this woman was in their eyes.

Unfortunately I thought the characters needed a lot more authenticity. I would give her writing another read however because she is a good writer.

Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Random House!

  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (July 11, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2017
  • Sold by: Random House LLC

Biography

Janelle Brown is the bestselling author of ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING and THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE, as well as the upcoming WATCH ME DISAPPEAR (summer 2017). An essayist and journalist, her writing appears regularly in Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Previously, she spent five years as a senior writer at Salon, covering a diverse range of subjects — from Internet culture to the war on drugs, pop culture to style, public policy issues and the digital music movement– and began her career as a staff writer at Wired, working on seminal Web sites like HotWired and Wired News during the heydey of the dotcom boom. In the 1990’s, she was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent (and now, long-gone) women’s pop culture magazine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, filmmaker Greg Harrison, and two children.
Release Date is July 2017.

THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE BY LISA SEE (SCRIBNER)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

 

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

I found this book when looking for books on Pu’er Tea. And I am so glad I did! Everything I wanted to know about the tea, the locale, all the hows and whys and when s of Pu’er Tea I learned.

And the most wonderful part was that it came in an elegant story that at once broke my heart and made me laugh all the way to the end.

Li-yan knows she is different from the people in her village. She longs to go to school and leave this place and it’s superstitions. Li-yan is a very smart girl. Not just education smart, but she just knows things.

As we follow her through her first love, her acceptance into a city school, and her sorrow over the baby girl she will never forget. She misses her village but at the same time is happy with her life running a tea shop and making her own way. And this time when love comes to call, she is ready.

I had no idea what would happen next, but I can say this is one of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read.

Thank you Ms. See and I hope to see much more of you!

xx Books,Books and More Books     Patricia

Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam

Who Is Rich?

Every year, Rich Fischer leaves his family behind to teach a class on cartooning at an annual week-long summer arts conference. Amy O’Donnell is a student in narrative painting, the mother of three, married to a brutish Wall Street titan who runs a multi-billion dollar private equity fund. Rich and Amy met at the conference a year ago, shared a moment of passion, bonding over the shock at how their lives had turned out, then spent the winter exchanging hot texts and emails. Now they’re back.

On the first day of the conference, at the annual softball game, Amy trips on second base and breaks her wrist, and is taken off the field by paramedics. Beside himself with guilt and longing, torn and confused about how to comfort her, Rich wanders into a jewelry store and accidentally buys a bracelet, wiping out his family’s checking account, which is also their savings account, and was supposed to pay for his daughter’s preschool in the fall. He then accompanies Amy through a near-death country-doctoring to complete the most arduous seduction in history. At this point, Rich comes to realize that all anyone needs for wild sex is two people who know each other just well enough to feel safe but don’t share a kitchen. In the delightfully wicked events that follow, these people entirely unravel.
This is an unforgettable tale of love and adultery, set against the landscape of a New England fishing village, with pornographic sunsets and The Sea Breeze Motel. Because of its location, the conference has an easy time attracting poets, skitterish teenagers in search of illicit pleasures, old guys, driftwood sculptors, printmakers, actors, and playwrights. On the faculty are Nobel Prize-winning storytellers, talented performers, biographers, addicts, drunkards and perverts, one hit has-beens, mid-list somebodies, and legitimate stars. There is a kind of heated, inordinate bonding that happens among grown-ups, forced out of their decorous privacy, into visceral closeness, that has the feeling of an open air loony bin.

Who Is Rich? is a study in midlife alienation, erotic pleasure, envy, and bitterness in the new gilded age. But the novel also addresses deeper questions of family, monogamy and the intoxicating beauty of children within a confusing domestic alliance.

If you read the book blurb on this one, you already know the story.

This was a book that I thought could have been wrapped up a lot sooner. There was so much hand wringing and angst among the characters. None of them were particularly likeable.

It was just too self involved and rambling for me. Not only do I not know who Rich is but I really don’t care.

Thanks Netgalley and Random House!