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Book Blitz: ‘The Lane Betrayal’ by John A. Heldt

Title: The Lane Betrayal

Series: Time Box Book 1

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre: Historical Fiction, Time Travel,

Suspense, Romance, Adventure



About the Book:

From the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles series comes the first book in the Time Box saga.

Virginia physicist Mark Lane has a problem. Weeks after privately creating two time machines, he learns his corporate partner wants to use the portable devices for nefarious purposes. Rather than give him the chance to do so, Mark takes the time boxes and escapes to the relative safety of 1865.

For Mark, wife Mary, and their children, the adventure is a chance to grow. Mary runs a business. Jeremy, 19, and Ashley, 12, befriend escaped slaves. Laura, 22, finds her place as a nurse. Jordan, 25, falls for a beautiful widow. All hope to find peace in the past.

Billionaire Robert Devereaux has other ideas. Shortly after Mark’s betrayal, he sends an assassin to 1865 to retrieve his property and set matters straight.

Filled with romance, suspense, and history, THE LANE BETRAYAL follows a modern American family as it tries to find security and contentment in the final weeks of the Civil War.


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What people are saying:

“Once again, John Heldt journeys back in time and takes his readers along for the ride. Deftly blending history, fantasy, family, love, intrigue, and danger, The Lane Betrayal is a fabulous escape into another world.” — Tome Tender

“The action is amazing. The historical events woven into the storyline will have you on the edge of your seat.” — Donadee’s Corner

“With vengeance and murder, imprisonment and heartbreak, the ugliness of war, and the abolishment of slavery, The Lane Betrayal is an intriguing and imaginative story deeply rooted in historical fact and fiction.” — The Reading Cafe

“Heldt has surpassed his previous works with this entry. Politics, intrigue, suspense. It’s all here.” — Books are Theater of the Mind

“An explosive start to a series that will charm all time-travel fans.” — Read Try Write

“I don’t usually read stories set during the Civil War, but I enjoy Heldt’s storytelling and his ability to meld history and science fiction together. The Lane Betrayal is easy to read, and the plot sucks you right in.” — Girl Who Reads

“Heldt’s characters are likable. You want them to win.” — Author Cynthia Hilston

“As in all this author’s novels, there is suspense, romance, and a lot of action. The scenes and the people of the era will come alive on the pages for you as our country grapples with war, peace, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.” — Miki’s Hope

“Heldt has done a fabulous job researching the history, people, and locations surrounding Washington, D.C. in the midst of the Civil War. This novel takes us on that tour of our nation’s capital while laying the groundwork for a story that will captivate and draw you in from the word go.” — NC Reader Girl

“Along with the characters, readers visit the end of the Civil War, see the despair and joy that time brought us, and look into the workings of a political system in a kinder, if not gentler, age.” — Jackie’s Reviews

“Fans of Heldt’s amazing time-travel books are in for a treat.” — Jay Bee’s Reviews

“A mystery that drew me in and left me dying to find out what would happen next. I’m definitely invested in this family.” — MP Book Reviews


About the Author:

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage, American Journey, and Carson Chronicles series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.


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Book Review: ‘Girl Watching You’ by J.A. Schneider

Title: Girl Watching You

Published: 27th June 2019

Author: J.A. Schneider

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JASchneiderAuthor

Twitter: @JoyceSchneider1



Out of work actress Ava Beck, reduced to working in a West Village flower shop, starts to watch handsome, womanizing hedge funder Peter Greer, who lives near. He likes to romance his girlfriends with flowers.

Ava notices bruises on his troubled-looking date named Chloe. Concerned, she follows them after work to Chloe’s studio, second floor in the rear of a brownstone. She hears them arguing, climbs up the fire escape just as Greer angrily sees her…. and plunges into a world of stunning twists, murder and madness worse than any she could have imagined…



Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A mystery or thriller. What a thriller ride you are taken on.

Joyce sure knows how to write a great thriller book. A few red herrings thrown in for good measure – some too obvious to be true and others subtle – but you will still be thinking ‘what the hell!’ when the big reveal takes place.

Ava is an out of work actress working in a florist until she can get back into the business. Her career has got a roadblock preventing people from hiring her. The roadblock in question is the man she thinks killed her sister – no accident as far as she is concerned. Confronting him in a rage wasn’t the best move after he was found innocent and now all she can do is hope for a win in her civil case suit against him. She just needs to find some more evidence or someone who has been prevented from speaking perhaps? With all this going on you can imagine that sleep has been hard to come by. Her way of coping is a little strange, the whole climbing fire escapes and looking out for people kind of strange. Once was enough to make her feel something other than numbness when she helped someone she knew but this next time she wished she had done something more than just look in and run away. Given that the person who’s flat it was ended up murdered that very night.

The only reason she went to look through the window was fear that the woman was in some kind of danger. She spotted her earlier at the flower shop with her partner, along with bruises on her wrists. She viewed the man as a predator and wanted to make sure she was ok after seeing them leave. A quick look later that night was all she wanted to do to satisfy her curiosity. After spotting a row in the making, and also getting spotted by the man himself, she got out of there fast. It’s not until the next day where she finds out the women was murdered. Thinking she witnessed the murder, or the lead up to it, she makes it her mission to get to the truth. She couldn’t save her sister but she wants to give justice to someone. After meeting the man, Peter, though and finding out more about him she starts to question everything she first thought. Could she be wrong by missing a link between this and another murder? If so then the real killer is out there watching. If it’s not him then she needs to keep looking before she ends up being a new target.

Red herrings time right from the start. One minute you think it could be one person then get a vibe from someone else until the final reveal. Can you guess the correct killer? They may have done this more than once and be linked closer than you first thought.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Blitz: ‘Death by Design’ by John Graves


Title: Death by Design

Author: John Graves

Genre: Thriller / Suspense


About the Book:

‘I am the storm!’

Navy Seal. Mossad.

CEO of world’s most exclusive executive protection agency. She is now on her most dangerous mission – exterminate mankind!


Tracker is retained by a cabal of five extreme environmentalists to solve the climate change equation. $20 billion for 20 years for a final solution. Only Tracker can solve the impossible equation. Only Tracker has the funds, the resources and the will.

Pitted against her are:

Jake and Colonel Soliz – the best of the best within the CDC.

Dr. Blake and her daughter Sally – brilliant CASPR research scientists.

Mantis: Tracker’s equal – and her nemesis.


Which team will succeed? Who can eliminate the most successful killer of all time? Will humanity survive?

Who will win?


Read the page turned, Death by Design, for the thrilling answers!


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Dr. Blake

Dr Sharon Blake, epidemiologist, geneticist and pediatric oncologist stood in the ante room. She had been recruited, after several refusals, to at least listen to an offer that could open her career to significant advancement. She didn’t yet know that it would also allow her to research her deadliest nightmare.

Her daughter Sally had a rare form of leukemia. Diseases of the blood were infamously difficult to track, treat or heal. Most sufferers simply died. Most suffered horribly. Fewer than 40% survived. Those that did waited in the dark for the return of their deadly companion.

She was being offered much more than a new position. She was to become the Managing Director of an entirely new firm with an annual nine figure budget. It would have direct ties to the FDA fast track authority – without a single purposeful solution on hand.

She only had to run the operation. She however only wished to seek and destroy her nemesis, leukemia.

T-cell-prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL) is the most deadly form of the disease. It almost always affects adults. Almost. Sally began showing signs of it at six. She was nearly seven now and had a prognosis of less than a year to live. T-PLL was the evil horror of Dr. Blake’s life. She had no interest in anything that distracted her from her mission. Her mission was simple. Keep her child alive until she could find a solution.

The door opened. The executive secretary had only to look at Dr. Blake, who stood tall and stepped across the dark wooden threshold.

‘Welcome. Please have a seat wherever you’d like.’ Several comfortable chairs surrounded the deep view of the Bay through tinted windows.

‘I prefer to stand. I doubt I shall be here long.’ Her answer was direct without being rude. She quickly established control of the meeting. ‘What you propose is intriguing, certainly. I cannot accept. Thank you.’

Her gaze swept across the water long enough to show a telltale of curiosity. A new building partially obscured the view to the south.

‘Perhaps you are correct. I have been wrong before. If so, I offer my apologies for taking valuable time from your research.’ He paused.

‘Perhaps, however, you would like to consider my deeper proposal…’

‘Which is?’

‘T-PLL research.’

‘Are you being rude by tempting me or simply ignorant?’ She maintained control despite her rising blood pressure. She suspected he could sense the slight flush to her face.

‘Please forgive me, but I am neither rude nor ignorant.’

‘My turn to apologize.’ Her words were clipped, without emotion.

He had to match her to his strength, that he knew. She had too powerful an intellect and personality. She was not to be outwitted or indulged. He had already lost the opening gambit and was down a pawn after four moves.

‘I – we – propose the Directorship as an autonomous position. You will research what you chose. You will determine who works with you, what assays they move down, how they progress. You alone will dictate every aspect of the firm’s executive decisions. All other decisions will be delegated by you to whom you choose. Your contacts in the FDA already await your discretion.

‘My role is to provide you with an infinite supply of something to which you have, at best, limited access. Capital.’

‘Which always comes with a thicket of legal constraints. I doubt you can or should cut through such a morass.’ Her comment was the first sign that he had advanced a piece across the board. She had asked him a question – in her own manner.

‘I – we – have established a charity in Switzerland, a stiftung. It’s sole purpose it to discover a cure for leukemia, with a particular emphasis upon T-PLL. It currently has more than $1B Swiss francs on deposit. The Swiss franc currently trades near par with the US dollar.

‘You are to be nominated as ‘participating director’. You will have all voting rights, excepting funding discovery. The other five members, while discreet, have asked my firm to suggest you as the best candidate for the position.

‘Do you have any reason why I should not make such a suggestion?’ He paused and gazed at the bridges crossing the Bay.

Her pause was conjunctive. ‘My passport has less than six months to expiration.’

‘I have a new Swiss passport for you here. Here is a packet already prepared for your US renewal, along with a GOES approval of course.

‘Also, you will find the keys to your research building – look, it’s just there.’ He pointed to the south. ‘Obscurans’ was titled across its leading arch.

‘You will also find a directory of names you may find worthy of consideration for your lead teams. Of course, you have full discretion in building such a team, within the confines of the labor regulatory world.

‘You will also discover a wide variety of communications and transportation devices at your immediate disposal. If I may suggest, my personal executive manager whom you just met outside has offered to interview with you as head of HR.

‘If you decide to accept, your first trip to Geneva can occur at your best convenient time.’

‘By the way, Sally can be involved, should be involved, as quickly as she is psychologically prepared to do so. Her proximity is of both family and research value.’

‘What do you mean by ‘funding discovery’?

‘Discretion of the other members as to their wealth and its sources.’

‘No other funding discoveries? No constraints upon funding discernments, dispersals or deposits?’


‘Keep your list. I know exactly who to invite.’

‘Of course.’

‘Mary Blakslee, isn’t it? Your executive manager?’

‘Yes. She has been involved with our recruitment of you. She has a significant interest in your field. She prefers medical research to… human engineering.’

He slipped it past her. She missed the cue. She was in, he knew.

‘How much time do I have to decide?’

‘None. If you are to move forward, you have no time. You are already late. T-PLL is far ahead of you and you are losing ground. Unless you have something better…’

‘Count me in.’

‘I did before you walked in the door.’


About the Author:

John has traveled extensively, with more than 80 countries’ stamps in his passport. His avocation is adventure. He has sailed to Hawaii several times as well as across the Atlantic and throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. He has trekked the Andes, the Sahara, the Taklamakan, the Serengeti, and the Namib.
In his previous career, John was a chef.

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Release Blitz: ‘Girl Watching You’ by J.A. Schneider

Title: Girl Watching You

Author: J.A. Schneider

Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Crime


About the Book:

A young woman, obsessed by a man she considers a predator, climbs a fire escape and thinks she sees a murder.

Out of work actress Ava Beck, reduced to working in a West Village flower shop, starts to watch womanizing hedge funder Peter Greer, who lives near. He likes to romance his girlfriends with flowers.

Ava notices bruises on his troubled-looking date named Chloe. Concerned, she follows them after work to Chloe’s studio, second floor in the rear of a brownstone. She hears them arguing, climbs up the fire escape just as Greer angrily sees her…and plunges into a world of stunning twists, murder and madness worse than any she could have imagined…


What people are saying:

“Just finished…am completely blown away!” Goodreads

“What a fantastic thriller! The action starts with the first sentence and my heart was in my mouth with every page. This stand-alone thriller has such an unusual female character you just love and fear for. I so loved this book – five stars!” Alice Liddell

“Wow, I couldn’t put this book down. Loved the fast pace – no lulls! – and every time I thought I knew what was going on there was a twist. I was left open mouthed at the shocker ending…was reading through tears at one point. Loved this book!” Goodreads

I just finished Girl Watching you and am trying to catch my breath. This suspense-thriller is amazing, it will have you guessing and second-guessing until the end. 5+ Stars!” Crime Book Club


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There he is again. Another girlfriend.

He approaches. I stiffen and – surprise – feel better. Not much better, but not crying bad, either. Because mad is better than sad, isn’t it? That revved feeling that pulls you out of your gloom? This guy makes me mad.

He comes right up to our sidewalk counter, surveying bouquets, hugging one-armed his beaming new girl. I give a helpless sigh. Doesn’t she know about him? He’s in every gossip column. I grit my teeth as he pays, per usual, with his gold Palladium Visa card; barely looks at me from behind his Armani sunglasses.

“Very nice,” I tell him, hands shaking as I wrap the double bouquet of pink roses in gold foil. And I think: Women should steer clear of you, Mister. You’re a predator. I know your name. I know where you live.

He’s oblivious, of course. (Do people realize, when they give you their credit cards, that you can find out practically everything about them?) Men like this enjoy their arrogance. He’s a Greed Is Good cliché who stops here often to gift his girls with bouquets, plush toys, exotic handcrafts. He’s dark-haired and handsome in an aggressive-brooding way, and his name is Peter Greer. He was written up as one of fifteen hot young hedge funders, and that was several years ago; now he’s forty-one. Weeks ago, he bought a party pad a few blocks away. Fancy place. I searched public records for his property sale.

A pity, I think, because Greer’s new girl is lovely, understated in a wheat-colored blazer over a blue dress. She thanks me sweetly, just like they taught her to do in Minnesota or Iowa or Ohio; then her pretty face disappears behind her fall of blond hair as she sniffs the bouquet, so romantic. Thank you, she smiles at him.

Minnesota, I’ve decided.

Shouldn’t warning women about men like this be some sort of civic duty?

She’s early twenties and smart-looking; maybe one of last June’s crop of new grad school types to arrive in the city, still euphoric that they’re in New York, in just the best new job ever working for bankers or media honchos and living in the heart of trendy West Village, woo hoo.

That’s how I felt, starting out.

She gazes at expensive orchids, leaning on Greer’s shoulder as he waves his wallet pointing to tall ficus and a big-leafed anthurium. Wouldn’t she like more plants in her place? It’s so bare!

She shakes her head, maybe thinking where would she put all her Ikea stuff with those big plants in the way. Her place is tiny. Last visit, he bought her potted yellow chrysanthemums. They wound up outside her window on the fire escape. I think her cat peed on them.

“Do you still have geraniums?” pipes a woman holding a poodle.

Oops. Other customers.

“September’s too late in the season, try asters?” I tell her, going back to subtly watching Greer and Minnesota.

By their effusiveness, I can tell they’ve had their early evening glass of wine at nearby Régine’s, as they’ve done for the weeks since I’ve noticed them dating. It’s probably where they met, probably their breathless our place though the poor girl doesn’t know it’s the turd’s favorite pickup joint. He still acts like their affair is new, but I catch an undercurrent of tension from her. She gives me a suddenly troubled look, then reaches – “Aww…” – to pat a plush bunny tied with a bow to roses…

What’s this?

Bruises on her wrist. Her blazer sleeve pulls back as she reaches to the toy, and I see fingerprint marks, jewel-blue over her pulse.

I lean to her, try to find a subtle way to ask if she was hurt.

But he’s already pulled her away.

I frown, watching them head east on leafy West Eleventh to her studio. It’s on the second floor in the rear, barely five hundred square feet but in a pretty brownstone with a view of the garden with its fire escape that doesn’t shake when you climb up, unlike some fire escapes-

“Ah, Miss?”

“Oh, sorry!”

It’s after six – coming home time – and I switch gears to catch up with jostling newcomers: a middle-aged woman in artiste black who wants white chrysanthemums; a young man in a tight Gucci T-shirt waving calla lilies; an elderly lady seeking African violets who asks how my auditions are going (I give her a sad face; she looks sad and says, “Oh, honey”), and a pair of lovers buying a hanging fern. They’ve settled in a one-bedroom on West Sixth. When you’re out together buying hanging ferns, your relationship is serious; you are comfortable with each other.

Two reasons why I like this job: I can hide from the world, and simultaneously get a glimpse into other lives. It helps to see some people find luck.

Then I think of Minnesota’s bruises…

About the Author:

J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek Magazine. She is the author of the Embryo medical thriller series, and of the Detective Kerri Blasco Police/Psychological Thrillers Fear Dreams, Her Last Breath, and Watching You.

She loves to hear from her readers. Her email address is joyce (at) jaschneiderauthor.net, her website is http://jaschneiderauthor.net, and come say hi on Facebook http://tinyurl.com/7fm44mk. Also join her website’s Newsletter to hear about sales and new books about to release! She lives with her family in Connecticut, loves gardening, and is working on her next Detective Kerri Blasco thriller.

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Blog Tour: ‘The Keeper’ by Misty Mount


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The Keeper (Underground Defenders Vol. 1)

Publication Date: May 28th, 2019

Genre: Mystery/ Suspense

Page Count: 230 Pages

Publisher: Liminal Books (Between the Lines Publishing)

When the Ericksons move home to care for their ailing grandmother, they’re told a stranger has taken up residence in the attic of the sprawling mansion. Upon investigation, the family isn’t sure the tenant is anything more than a figment of old Mrs. Erickson’s imagination—until a mysterious young woman begins to show herself to the family in fleeting, uncanny visits.

When unexplained things start happening under the mansion’s roof, suspicions arise as to just who—or what—she is. In the chaos that ensues, the family is forced to make a decision: trust the stranger or band together as a family against her—and their grandmother who’s protecting her.

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‘She tried to distract herself by thinking of other things, like the invigorating chill in the atmosphere or the soft crushing of the mushy grass under the thin, flappy shoes, but nothing worked. The feelings and emotions around her were too big to be crowded out by minor sensory input.

Amira was aware of darkness rolling off Dr. Bordell like a smothering fog. She could no longer hear the other two men out here with them. They had either straggled far behind or were being strangely silent. Most likely it was just her and the doctor now traipsing out into nowhere. Would she ever come back?

They only walked a short while longer when the doctor stopped Amira in her tracks. He ripped off her head covering in one violent motion that took several long brown hairs with it. He watched her with a sickening grin as she tried to get her bearings.

Amira’s gaze went straight to the heavens, an immediate escape. It was a cloudy night and she couldn’t locate the moon in the sky, only a glowing veil of clouds in its place and a sugar-sprinkling of stars all around. The tree branches that clawed at the atmosphere were unfamiliar in shape, and she couldn’t find a recognizable landmark anywhere in the inky darkness. . . . The doctor gripped the nape of Amira’s neck and flung her to the ground like an unwanted stray kitten. She tumbled several times from the unnecessary force, kicking up loose soil before coming to rest atop a bare, earthen mound.

“She’s in the ground, you stupid moron,” Dr. Bordell replied and laughed, thoroughly enjoying his moment of revelation, “which is exactly where I’m going to put your mother if you don’t do everything I tell you to from here on out.”

Amira clutched fistfuls of dirt in her palms and let the powder cascade through her open fingers. “No,” she whispered as the soil rained against her bare legs.’

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About the Author


Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist.

“I read because my grandmother showed me how to immerse myself in books for recreation, relaxation or even as a coping skill.

I write because my head is filled with daydreams and I like to choose the endings.”

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June 24th

Reads & Reels (Review) http://readsandreels@gmail.com

Kim Knight (Interview) http://kimknightauthor.wordpress.com

The Consulting Writer (Interview) https://theconsultingwriter.wordpress.com

The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/

Breakeven Books (Excerpt) https://breakevenbooks.com

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com/

June 25th

Where Dragons Reside (Excerpt) https://kernerangelina.live/

Just 4 My Books (Excerpt) http://www.just4mybooks.wordpress.com

June 26th

B is for Book Review (Interview) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

Reviews and Promos by Nyx (Excerpt) https://nyxblogs.wordpress.com/

Musings of a Final Girl (Excerpt) https://musingsofafinalgirl.wordpress.com/

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The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Interview) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Excerpt) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/

Reading Nook (Excerpt) https://readingnook84.wordpress.com

The Bookworm Drinketh (Review) http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/

June 28th

Sophril Reads (Excerpt) http://sophrilreads.wordpress.com

The Genre Minx (Excerpt) http://www.thegenreminx.com/

Entertainingly Nerdy (Review) https://www.entertaininglynerdy.com

Misty’s Book Space (Excerpt) http://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

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