Friday, June 23, 2017

#Review: THUNDER WELLS by Terry W Ervin II

  5 of 5 stars

I've been a fan of Mr. Ervin ever since I read his first book, "Flank Hawk." Mr. Ervin is a talented author who bring to life what Earth would be like if we were attacked by a advanced technological alien species. The hero, Jack Fairbanks, is a college student in Ohio when the invasion is launched. Teaming up with another survivalist, Jack learns the basic of living in this new apocalyptic world. His territory is a park east of the city and he and a sometimes partner Lucia defend it against aliens as well as roving human gangs. Supplies, food and medicine are scarce and Jack has a stash hidden that others will die for trying to capture it. When the remnants of the US Army ask for his supplies and his help, Jack and Lucia, embark on a secret and dangerous mission to save the nation from the alien Mawks.

Mr. Ervin pulls no punches with this realistic story. Soldiers are lost along the way and Jack must come to grips with the reality of battling for his life every moment of every day. The story is a stark reminder of what life would be life if an alien species attacked with EMP waves. Pampered living as we know would evaporate in an instant. Jack is a fighter--he'll fight to protect his friends, he'll fight for the Army and he'll fight to save the world from the invading Mawks. Once you start this story, you'll want to read it all the way through. An absolutely excellent read and fans of science fiction will definitely enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Interview with A.P. Watson, SEEDS OF EDEN

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Seeds of Eden follows the story of a young girl, Evey, whose life gets turned upside down. Her past and present collide into one another and she is eventually forced to run for her life. Seeds of Eden is the first installment in my trilogy, The Concilium Series. The next two books in the series are A Fallen Son and The Final Temptation. I'm also planning on writing four companion novellas to accompany the series. Each novella will be told from a different character's perspective. Some of these will follow characters that aren't very prominent in the story, but still have interesting and diverse tales to tell. 

Do you have a favorite character?
I actually have two favorite characters in this story. I love Caroline who is Evey’s (the story’s protagonist) best friend and I also adore Conrad, Evey’s love interest. Caroline is so much fun because she is the type of person who can talk her way into any situation and talk her way back out. She is everything a best friend should be; she’s smart, sassy, and completely dependable. She always has Evey’s back no matter what and she isn’t afraid to tell you like it is. Conrad is witty and completely charming. He’s experienced more hardships than most people but he is still a truly caring and compassionate soul. Not to mention, he’s also quite a rebel, and that makes him so much fun to write!

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
When I first started writing Seeds of Eden five years ago, I tried to get it published through the traditional route. I queried agents and publishers all to no avail. That’s when I decided to stop querying and really focused on honing my craft. I had my writing professionally edited and that truly helped make me a better writer. Once I got my edits back on Seeds of Eden, I did a complete re-write of that story. After I finished writing my book again, I began to research the publishing industry. I studied different routes and methods of publishing from traditional publishing to self-publishing. Eventually, I decided that I wanted my book to be published by an independent press. Retaining all the rights to my intellectual property is very important to me. I had the final say in every aspect of the publishing process, including editing, cover design, and marketing. Working with my publisher, 1st Ride Enterprises, has been such a wonderful experience. I’ve learned so much during my crazy publishing journey, and I’m thankful to have such an amazing editor and writing coach to help guide me along the way.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
After practically re-writing my manuscript for Seeds of Eden, I submitted it to several publishers. Within a few weeks I got a couple rejections, but I also had two different independent presses interested in my work as well. I ended up picking my publisher because they put a lot of care and tons of hard work into every book they publish. They also listened to any questions or concerns I had about the publishing process and helped guide me though a truly thrilling yet daunting experience. Seeds of Eden is my first novel to be published, and I’m already working on the second and third installments in The Concilium Series.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Regina Wamba with Mae I Design and Photography designed the cover for Seeds of Eden. She is a truly gifted artist, and her attention to detail is unmatched. She organized a photoshoot just for my book and I actually got to select the models she used in the shoot. Regina even streamed parts of the shoot through Facebook Live, and it was so much fun to watch! Seeing my characters come to life was a surreal experience and the gallery Regina put together from that photoshoot was breathtaking. She really listened to my specifications about the characters and different elements I wanted incorporated in the photoshoot. The book cover she designed for me is so beautiful and I absolutely love it.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
As far as my writing process goes, it varies. My ideas tend to come from a single thought or a situation I can visualize my characters being involved in. Then I form my story around this thought or situation by asking myself questions. How did these characters get here? How will they react? By asking questions like this, I can form backstories for my characters and invent new challenges for them to face as well. Working full time as a registered nurse keeps me very busy, and I am continually struck by inspiration at the drop of a hat. I started carrying a small notebook in my scrubs to write down ideas as they come to me. That way when I get home after my shift, I can transfer the ideas to my computer. I also like to use a large marker board to help me outline chapters I haven’t written yet. By keeping an outline like this, I can make any adjustments or changes I need to, and it helps me remember what I need to write about in that specific chapter. At times, my writing methods can be sporadic or even a bit chaotic, but I believe everyone has their own method to the madness. It’s just a matter of figuring out what works best for you. Another thing that really helps me write is listening to music. This may not hold true for every author, but when I listen to music while I write my words flow so much better! My favorite bands to listen to while I write are London Grammar, The XX, and The Civil Wars.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Some advice I would give to a new author or to anyone thinking about writing a book is to believe in yourself! My mother always told me I could do anything I set my mind to and that piece of advice has followed me throughout my entire life. Writing is hard. Some days the words won’t flow, some days you’ll delete every single word you write, but you have to keep fighting for your dreams. No one is going to hand you a completed manuscript. You have to have to earn that accomplishment for yourself through hard work and determination. Self-doubt and criticism are inevitable with any creative endeavor, but you can’t allow those kinds of negativity to stop you. Pour your heart and soul into your craft, and your dreams will come true! Also, don’t discount the old adage that practice makes perfect, because it’s true. The more you write the better at it you get. 

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
In addition to being an author and a nurse, I’m also an avid pole dancer. I’ve been taking lessons for the last four years and absolutely love it! Pole dancing is such an amazing workout. It has increased my strength, flexibility, and self-confidence. I encourage everyone to try it, not only for the health benefits it provides, but because the pole dancing community is truly a wonderful group of people. The group of men and women I take classes with at my home studio in Knoxville are some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. We are so supportive of one another and they are my family.

If I had to choose between cats and dogs, I’d choose dogs. I actually have a dog and her name is Elle (Yes, she is named after Elle Woods from Legally Blonde). She is thirteen pounds of pure love and I can't believe she is turning 10 this fall! She is my constant writing companion, because she loves to lie across my lap while I'm writing. My love for her may teeter on the edge of obsession (she has her own Instagram account), but who am I to deny the world such cuteness?

As a nurse, I work twelve hour shifts, so I definitely need all the caffeine I can get my hands on. I couldn’t live without coffee, and after I work four shifts in a row at the hospital, I pretty much function on caffeine and sass.
I’m definitely a night owl, because my working hours are from 7 p.m. to 7a.m. I’ve worked nights for the past six years, so whenever I venture outside during daylight hours, I feel like my skin is melting off my body. Vampirism…the struggle is real!

What’s next for you?
My plans for the future are to prepare the next two books in The Concilium Series to be published. There is also another paranormal romance novel and a contemporary romance novel that I am currently working on and will be looking to have published as well. My goal is to really work on honing my craft, and I’ll be participating in a July NaNoWriMo camp. Writing is my passion, and it is something I plan on doing for the rest of my life.

Seeds of Eden
A.P. Watson
(The Concilium, #1)
Publication date: January 25th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Haunted by visions of the execution of an innocent man, Evey discovers that the secrets of her past and a mysterious stranger are irrevocably intertwined.
Visions of decapitated corpses, pools of blood, and a masked executioner have haunted Evey for as long as she can remember. Torn between a life in the waking world and dreams of the dead, she realizes her normal existence is nothing more than an illusion. As the veil between reality and her subconscious dissipates, she begins to question her own sanity. Each night as she closes her eyes, she wonders what wrongs she committed to warrant such a curse.
When a handsome stranger suddenly appears in Evey’s life, he is able to provide her with the answers she seeks. However, the only thing more mystifying than Conrad’s appearance in one of her nightmares is the undeniable attraction she feels for him. It is only when he confesses their fates and souls have been intertwined for centuries that an ancient secret is revealed. Now, the two of them must outrun a great darkness or it will claim their lives again.

Author Bio:
town of Estill Springs, Tennessee. Growing up in a rural town allowed her imagination to run wild, and Paige began making up stories in her head at a young age. This storytelling eventually transformed into a love of writing. She is currently penning her first trilogy, The Concilium Series, and is also planning to write four companion novellas to accompany it. She is an avid reader, enjoying a variety of genres and authors from Jane Austen to Charlaine Harris.
When she isn’t reading or writing, Paige spends the majority of her time dancing. She has been taking pole dancing lessons for the past three years and couldn’t be more in love with the sport. The blend of athleticism, grace, and flexibility required to dance continually challenges her and she strives to not only build strength but defy gravity, as well. Paige has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She has been a critical care nurse at Bristol Regional Medical Center for the last five years. She currently resides in Johnson City, Tennessee with her adorable dog, Elle.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#Excerpt: JOY RIDE by Cynthia Rayne

Joy Ride
Cynthia Rayne
Publication date: June 15th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

As an English professor at an Ivy League university, I’m at the top of my profession, but something’s missing. I gave up my artistic dreams to pursue an academic career. And I’m still haunted by the scars of my past.
I enjoy breaking the rules and doing what I damn well please. And a dangerous infatuation’s blooming—Darcy’s intelligent, innocent, and virginal. I long to be her first, to teach her every wicked thing I know.
There’s just one problem—she’s my student, the ultimate forbidden fruit.
I lead a well-ordered life with to-do lists and schedules. I always do the safe thing, make the right choices. I’ve made all my plans—got accepted into a master’s degree program, and I even have a graduate assistantship lined up.
Although, I long to be an author, like my father, but it’s not a stable career. Yet, I can’t stop thinking about seeing my name on a book cover
To make matters worse, I keep my thinking about my sexy professor—he’s got a British accent, an attitude, and a bad boy streak. I hang on his every word. When we get close, all my barriers and rules break down. He’s encouraging me to throw caution to the wind and chase my dream.
Can I let go? Have the life I want and the man I long for?

Darcy cleared her throat. “Tonight was fun. I’ll see you in class tomorrow.”
“Yes, I had a good time too. I hope you get some rest.”
“You too, Ian.” She’d said her parting line, but neither one of us moved, like we were drawn together.
Darcy was so close—within arm’s reach. Before I knew it, I leaned down to steal a kiss. At the very last moment, I changed course and pressed my mouth to her cheek instead.
Thank God.
She gasped.
Dammit. I’d come so close to crossing that infernal line. When I stood upright, Darcy had a fingertip pressed her to lips, mouth parted as though inviting more intimate contact. Or my imagination was in overdrive.
“Um, good night.” She took a step back.
“Good night.”
Technically, a kiss on the cheek was innocent. Even if my intentions weren’t. Yet I’d breached protocol all the same.
Professors didn’t kiss their students. Period.

Author Bio:
Cynthia Rayne is a USA TODAY bestselling author of the Lone Star Mobster Series, Let it Ride Series, and the Four Horsemen MC Series. While Cynthia was born and raised a damn Yankee in Ohio, her parents hail from Dixie, and she grew up on homemade buttermilk biscuits and southern wisdom. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, reading way too many romance novels, and drinking a truly obscene amount of coffee.

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#Excerpt: HE TAKES THE CAKE by J. Lynn Rowan

“Before we go in there, I have something for you,” Ty says, reaching out but stopping just short of actually touching me.

I stare at his extended hand for a second, then flick my gaze up to his eyes. “Okay.”

Smiling, Ty crosses to a chair on the other side of the kitchen, where he’d draped his chef’s jacket so it would be out of the way. He grabs it and shrugs into it, but then picks up something from the seat of the chair. Folded fabric, the same bright white as his chef’s jacket.

My breath catches in my throat. “Is that . . .?”

“I picked it up for you on my way home yesterday.” He shakes out another chef’s jacket, cut and tailored for a woman’s build. “Hope I guessed the size right.”

I take the chef’s jacket, holding it by the shoulders and studying every seam, stitch, and button. “It’s gorgeous, Ty. Thank you!”

He shrugs in that nonchalant way of his, but his eyes twinkle with joy at my pleasure. “I figured we ought to match. And it’s a gift. Whether or not we continue to round two or beyond, it’s yours to keep.”

“You didn’t need to do this,” I murmur, lowering the garment. “I already owe you for the entry fee, and—”

“I would’ve had to pay the entry fee whether you were working with me or not, so forget it.”

Ty fastens the buttons on his jacket. Then he takes mine back and circles around me, holding the chef’s jacket open so I can slide my arms in. The starched fabric crinkles a little, coaxing a giggle from me.

But the feel of Ty’s hands on my shoulders, the sense of them reaching around to fasten the buttons, makes me freeze. When he notices, he pauses, too. Then his hands drop away, and he clears his throat as he turns and grabs the handle of the serving cart.

“We should get this down to the judges.” His voice sounds choked.

Nodding, I finish with my buttons and follow him out.


Life is good for Tess Gardiner: Her Savannah, Georgia, bakery and cafe is thriving. She’s earned Master Pastry Chef status from the American Culinary Federation. And she’s attending a regional culinary convention in Charleston, where she’s been invited to sit on a small business panel discussion. The opportunity to tout her success will, hopefully, lead to bigger and better things in her professional life. As for her personal life? The relative contentedness she’s enjoyed for years receives a sudden jolt when she comes face to face with Tyler Brinks, the ex-boyfriend she summarily dismissed from her life eight years ago.

Tyler’s success as a highly-trained chef has launched him into the stratosphere. He already owns one ridiculously successful restaurant, and he’s aggressively working on plans for a second. But he’s never quite gotten over Tess, and he’s never really been sure what actually went wrong between them. So when a pastry and baking competition is announced for the week following the culinary convention in Charleston, Ty jumps at the chance to tempt Tess with the challenge of being his partner, giving him the perfect opportunity to remind her how good they once were together.

As the competition heats up in the kitchen, it soon becomes clear to Tess that Ty has more than cream puffs and cupcakes on his mind. And she can’t deny that her feelings for Ty never truly cooled, but have been simmering all these years, despite the way their relationship ended. Now Ty’s attention has her wondering—is this just the path to final closure? Or could this be a second chance at true love?





AUTHOR Bio and Links:

J. Lynn Rowan started writing stories as a small child, usually starring her favorite cartoon characters. Most of her work through middle and high school was filled with typical teenage angst and melodrama, and usually mirrored the books she loved to read. But eventually she found her own author’s voice and decided to seriously pursue a writing career.

Historical fiction remains J. Lynn’s “first love”, but she has enjoyed the journey to becoming an author of romance and chick lit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also a teacher who tries to instill a love of learning, reading, and writing in her students.

When she’s not writing, J. Lynn enjoys travelling, gardening poorly but enthusiastically, studying various topics in American history for her own expertise, and channeling Julia Child every time she steps into the kitchen.

A native of Oswego, NY, she now lives in Charlotte, NC, with her own Romantic Hero of a husband and their little rainbow, affectionately known as Babycakes.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New #Romance Release: A REASON TO BELIEVE by Donna Fasano

A Reason To Believe, A Family Forever Novel

Ready For A Real Fairy Tale?

It seems like a grand idea, temporarily trading her pixie wings for a womanly form to help handsome widower Paul Roland with his baby girl. And the moment she holds the precious bairn in her arms, Fern knows true happiness for the first time.

But Fern never anticipates the dizzying emotions she feels for the man who not only needs her as a nanny, but as a woman whose passion can heal his wounded heart. Suddenly the forbidden fairy rule she gently bends because of the baby is in danger of being irrevocably broken.

Some things are meant to be…

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Many people say family is everything. There is nothing more beautiful than two people coming together for the sake of a child, finding love, and forming A Family Forever.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

#Excerpt: SHADES OF THE GODS by Erin Hayes

Shades of the Gods
Erin Hayes
(Elysium Legacies #1)
Publication date: September 27th 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.
Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.
So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.
With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.
(This book was formerly titled Death is but a Dream. The covers and titles have changed for The Elysium Legacies, but the content is still the same.)

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“You’re blackmailing me,” I sneered at him, fury raging within me at the realization. “You want me to do something in return before you allow me to wake up.”
He raised his hand in a gesture of supplication. “Not blackmail,” he assured. “I’m looking to employ you for a time.”
I recoiled. “Employ me? As what? Muscle? Is this the Underworld’s version of the Mafia?” Now that I thought about it, Hades did remind me of a mob boss. He even looked like some I knew. “I don’t play that, sorry.”
Hades grinned. “I want to make a deal with you, Callista. You find out who is trying to kill my son. Give me a name and a motive. And I’ll restore you to life.”

Author Bio:
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.
She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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#Excerpt: THE FORTUNE TELLER by Gwendolyn Womack

 She shut the door and leaned back against the heavy wood and closed her eyes.


Startled, she turned to find Theo standing in the doorway of his father’s study. He was waiting for her. He had changed into slacks and another sweater. Her eyes reflexively swept over him, but then she caught herself.

“Did you have a chance to take a last tour around the house before you’re off?” A knowing look danced in his eyes.

Semele’s heart hammered in her chest. He had seen her upstairs. “I—I . . . I wanted to look at your Orbis. . . .” She hesitated, thinking that didn’t sound right.

“Did you? Look?” He walked towards her.

She watched him close the distance between them. “Is it really an original?” She hated how nervous she sounded. Her conscience screamed for her to back up, to look away, to figure out how to the leave the room, but she couldn’t resist the spell that was weaving itself around them.

“I’m afraid this house is full of surprises,” he said softly. “God knows I shouldn’t be down here.” His hand came up and trailed along her cheek. “Tell me to go.”

The desire in his eyes made her forget every thought running through her mind. She wanted him—had wanted him from the first moment they met. Their lips locked, seeking each other, and the tension that had been building between them all these weeks turned into an insatiable dance. It was as though a hand reached insider her and turned her like a spinning top.

Copyright © 2017 by Gwendolyn Womack. All rights reserved.


Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house, deciphering ancient texts―and when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history, but as Semele delves further, she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

The more she reads, the more the manuscript begins to affect Semele’s life. But what happened to the tarot deck? As the mystery of her connection to its story deepens, Semele can’t shake the feeling that she’s being followed. Only one person can help her make sense of it all: her client, Theo Bossard. Yet Theo is arrogant and elusive, concealing secrets of his own, and there’s more to Semele’s desire to speak with him than she would like to admit. Can Semele even trust him?

The auction date is swiftly approaching, and someone wants to interfere―someone who knows the cards exist, and that the Bossard manuscript is tied to her. Semele realizes it’s up to her to stop them: the manuscript holds the key to a two-thousand-year-old secret, a secret someone will do anything to possess.

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Gwendolyn Womack is the author of the RWA Prism award winning novel The Memory Painter. She writes metaphysical thrillers and love stories that travel history, exploring divination, reincarnation, magic, and time travel. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and is currently working on her third novel.

She can be found online at http://www.gwendolynwomack

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

#Excerpt: OPERATION NO SANCTUARY by James Moushon

Twenty-One. My favorite words unless the dealer is looking at her hole card. I was on a great run which doesn’t come too often. The dealer kept busting and I kept raising my bet and the Jack and Cokes kept appearing at my elbow. The Ocean Queen Casino was my sanctuary.

Being an at-large agent for the CIA had its perks. Of course, tomorrow I could be anywhere in the world. Actually, tomorrow was the day for our weekly phone conference so I was safe until 0900. My boss, Russ Evans, would be prompt.

I liked the freedom but I liked the action more. I am a part of the DOT division which is the domestic unit of the CIA. We handle terrorism matters that originate outside the country.

And you are asking me if that is legal? It’s not. And it’s not a well-kept secret either. Yet here I am in the Long Beach area living in the shadows.

I motioned to the cocktail waitress for one more. This would have to be my nightcap. Jill was back in a flash. “Here you go, Jon,” she said, taking a long look at the stash of chips in front of me. I put a five dollar chip on her tray as she brushed against me.

I had about two thousand in black and green chips so she had higher expectations. “Not tonight, Jill,” I said to myself. I was going to cut and run shortly.

The next morning came quickly. I made it to the back patio with my coffee just in time to catch the first ring of my cell phone. Wiley was controlling the calls, taking roll and passing along the weekly code word. Sometimes I got confused with this process but Wiley had my back. The regular agents used the code regularly. Me, not so much.

“Good morning, gentlemen,” Russ said in an authoritarian voice. “Before I get too far into the briefing, I want to talk directly to Agent Stone.”

That comment got my immediate attention. I could hear him asking Wiley if I was there in the background.

Russ continued. “Last night we had two murders in East LA. I know that’s not very unusual but the LAPD and now the FBI are trying to identify the deceased. The victims had false ID’s on them and the documents were excellent forgeries. In fact, they were so good that the FBI got called in and they traced them back to one of our old ops. The ID’s were made by the Romero Cartel in Tijuana. They are a merciless group of thugs and they are right in the middle of a drug war with a gang in LA.”

He paused for a second. “Agent Stone, this is the group you were chasing several years ago in Mexico. The Feds have a meeting to setup a task force at the FBI office downtown LA at two this afternoon. I want you to get involved. We have to stay to the sidelines on this one. Oh, and Agent Jodi Shannon is in charge of the FBI portion.”

I could hear someone on the other end chuckling. That damn Wiley. He knew about Jodi and my history.

“I would love to snag Raul Romero,” I said.

I remember Romero, I thought to myself. In 2006, I was involved in a gun sting. We were selling guns through straw purchases, trying to trap Romero’s Cartel into using the guns for their illegal activities. Unfortunately, the op went sideways and the guns wound up back in the states. We concluded that Romero got tipped off someway about the sting and resold the weapons to gangs in Southern California. This deal in LA could give us another shot at Romero.

That afternoon I checked through security at the LA Federal Building and was directed to a conference room on the second floor. I slowly opened the door to find at least a dozen people already seated. I saw Jodi in the front with a man dressed in a LAPD uniform and another guy in a suit. Probably FBI.

It sounded like Jodi was taking roll. She saw me and smiled. I halfway raised my hand in acknowledgment and took a seat in the back of the room. Except for Jodi, I didn’t recognize anyone.

On the side wall was a map of LA with a big red ‘X’ and a bigger map of Southern California next to it. After studying the LA map a little, I noticed an area painted in blue and another area with a green ‘X’ that I recognized as the City of Whittier.

Also there were two rows of pictures next to the maps. The first row had only two pictures which I assumed where our two victims from the murder yesterday. The second row had four pictures. The last one caught my eye. It was Raul Romero, the cartel kingpin. I turned in my seat to face the front as one by one people introduced themselves. We had the whole alphabet here. We had people from the ATF, a guy from ICE, a DEA guy and, of course, the LAPD and the FBI. I sat there trying not to make eye contact with anyone. I was there for observation but that didn’t last long.

Jodi had the floor. “I want to thank everyone for attending on such a quick notice. The quicker we get on these murders the better chance we have to resolve this case.”

Then she turned and looked straight at me. “We have a new member of the task force I would like to introduce.”

I shook my head slowly no.

“Agent Jonathon Stone from the CIA will be joining us. We think his involvement with the Romero Cartel can be invaluable especially south of the border. Everything we know now points to the Romero Cartel from Tijuana.”

A man at the front table raised his hand.

“Yes, Agent Lopez,” Jodi said, acknowledging the man.

“Are we sure that we want the CIA involved in this? I know from the DEA’s point of view, we can handle the Mexicans. Besides we already have people in place there that can give us live intel. We are all setup to handle both sides of the border. Besides, the CIA can’t work domestically.” 


A gang war erupts in East LA between neighborhood gangs and the notorious MS-13 gang from San Salvador and a Mexican cartel from Tijuana is right in the middle of the conflict. CIA Agent Jonathon Stone is assigned the operation. He joins a crime task force to try to stop the violence and capture the cartel leaders. Along with FBI Agent Jodi Shannon, he pursues the elusive Raul Romero, the cartel kingpin who he has been after for a decade.

Drug trafficking, gang shootings and politics all play a role as Jonathon battles the sanctuary city LA which seems to protect the innocent and the guilty.

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James Moushon is a Mystery writer and an Author Advocate.
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Starting over 15 years ago, he helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars.

In 2003, Moushon changed his focus to ebooks and their development.

He is the author of the Jonathon Stone Mystery Novels. He has published three books: 'Black Mountain Secrets', 'Game of Fire', ‘The Cajun Ghost’ and 'Operation Alpha Dog', a collection of short stories all featuring Jonathon Stone, CIA undercover agent.

He is currently wearing two Hats. He is a mystery writer and a book publishing blogger. You can find his blogs at:

HBS Author's Spotlight
The blog's purpose is to help authors get exposure in the book publishing industry. He has interviewed and showcased over 450 authors to date.

HBS Mystery Reader's Circle
The HBS Mystery Reader's Circle provides information about the latest novels and what is coming next from a collection of Bestselling and Outstanding Authors in the Mystery, Thrillers, Historical Fiction and Crime genre.

eBook Author's Corner
The Corner is a collection of Author advice and studies including Marketing, Social Media and other major topics created to help writers in today's ever changing world of book publishing.

He has spent the majority of his adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing mysteries.