Archives for November 16, 2017

* Review * MIND GAME by Iris Johansen

* Review * MIND GAME by Iris JohansenMind Game by Iris Johansen
Series: Eve Duncan
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 24, 2017
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Mind Game takes Jane MacGuire back to Scotland where she continues her search for the treasure she’s been chasing for years. But now she’s being plagued by dreams of a girl in danger. Who is this girl, and what is she trying to tell Jane? And will Jane figure it out before it’s too late—for her and the mysterious young woman? Things are further complicated when Seth Caleb comes back into Jane’s life. This time he’s the one in trouble, and Jane will find herself pulled unexpectedly into his world as she fights to save him.

With the adventure, intrigue, and explosive energy that Iris Johansen fans love, Mind Game is a high-octane thriller that readers won’t be able to put down.


With the latest in the Eve Duncan series, we move forward with Jane playing the biggest part as the lead heroine this time, but we still see plenty of Eve, Joe and other characters we’ve come to know and love during the series. It’s an interesting spin on the story and we have a couple of different plot twists going off simultaneously throughout the book. There were parts that drug a little bit, but overall, it kept my attention and gave us a thrilling excursion into their world!

Jane MacGuire is drawn back to Scotland to continue the search for the lost treasure she’s been involved with for a few years now, but amidst that drama, she’s having dreams about a young woman who she thinks is in danger. She’s running herself ragged trying to figure out why this girl has reached out to her and how in the world she can help her when Seth Caleb steps back into her life. The attraction she feels for him mixed with the conflicting relationship they share always sets her off balance. This time it’s him in need of help … and Jane will do anything in her power to help him like he has helped her family in the past!


* Author Spotlight * JASMINE SEA by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Jasmine Sea: A River’s End Love Story. Book Two

Sometimes facing the past is the only way forward.

Starting over never felt better. Christie Ryan adores the little cottage she’s renovating, the seaside town that embraced her, and Martin Blake, the man she longs to marry. Ex-fiancé Derek Hobbs is finally out of the picture, and there are no more secrets in her life or mysteries to solve.

Will the arrival of a mysterious woman who commissions a portrait from Martin under a cloud of secrecy break her after all? Unrest and suspicion remind Christie that happiness can be fleeting, and when the peaceful town is shattered by crime, her past is again thrust into the limelight.

With one chance and only minutes to save those she loves, Christie comes face to face with her greatest fear—and there is no way around it.

Jasmine Sea follows on from The Stationmaster’s Cottage, set shortly after its stunning conclusion.

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Is there a special memory that you have about when you decided you wanted to become an author?

I remember as a teenager typing madly on an old Underwood typewriter, a song through my giant headphones reminding me to ‘do what you want to do, be who you are’ (Hall & Oates), and just knowing that this was right. At the time, I was writing science fiction but oddly, it had a big romance in it!

Is there a particular author that you remember being the first that drew you into being a fan of the Romance genre?

Difficult one. I think there is romance everywhere, so I see it in books that aren’t necessarily written in the genre, but have the elements that appeal to me. I write love stories, which are not always romances. For true romance, probably Georgette Heyer. Always liked a mystery and a bit of love.

If you could visit one place in the world that you have never been, where would it be?

The Burren in Ireland. My beautiful sister lives there and says it is a magical place.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

Reading, listening to music, playing with our Labrador, dreaming about writing.

Is there a topic you’ve always wanted to write about that you haven’t had a chance to yet?

I’d like to write about my Dad. He disappeared from my life as a child and passed away before we could reunite, but he had a very colorful life that would make a wonderful book.

Any future books or projects that you want to share with us to look forward to?

In the next year or so, I have two main projects in mind. One is Paddy’s Lighthouse, another dual timeline story. The other is Obelisk, my speculative thriller, quite different from my first two novels.

Phillipa Nefri Clark grew up around lonely Australian beaches with wild seas and misty cliffs. From a young age she wrote stories and dreamed of being a writer. There were many detours along the way as she trod paths as diverse as a travelling sales rep to singing and acting. Fascinated by film, Phillipa wrote five feature length screenplays, one which was optioned. Now living in regional Victoria on a small acreage close to a mountain range, she markets the family business a few days a week and writes the rest of the time. With nonfiction credits for specialist canine publications, she finally returned to stories with the release of The Stationmaster’s Cottage, a dual timeline romance, in February 2017. Her great loves, apart from writing, are her family of two young adult sons and her husband, their Labrador, music, fine wine, and friends.

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