Book Tour!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this legal thriller!

About Rule of Capture

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: Harper Voyager (August 13, 2019)

“This one is fresh, intelligent, and emotional with a plot that envisions an alternate reality hard to dismiss as unreal.  It’s a legal thriller, with a big twist, stirring and imaginative, brimming with skullduggery, that will have you asking: is this possible?”

— New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

Better Call Saul meets Ben Winter’s The Last Policeman in this first volume in an explosive legal thriller series set in the world of Tropic of Kansas—a finalist for the 2018 Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of the year.

Defeated in a devastating war with China and ravaged by climate change, America is on the brink of a bloody civil war. Seizing power after a controversial election, the ruling regime has begun cracking down on dissidents fighting the nation’s slide toward dictatorship. For Donny Kimoe, chaos is good for business. He’s a lawyer who makes his living defending enemies of the state.

His newest client, young filmmaker Xelina Rocafuerte, witnessed the murder of an opposition leader and is now accused of terrorism. To save her from the only sentence worse than death, Donny has to extract justice from a system that has abandoned the rule of law. That means breaking the rules—and risking the same fate as his clients.

When Donny bungles Xelina’s initial hearing, he has only days to save the young woman from being transferred to a detention camp from which no one returns. His only chance of winning is to find the truth—a search that begins with the opposition leader’s death and leads to a dark conspiracy reaching the highest echelons of power.

Now, Donny isn’t just fighting for his client’s life—he’s battling for his own. But as the trial in the top secret court begins, Xelina’s friends set into motion a revolutionary response that could destroy the case. And when another case unexpectedly collides with Xelina’s, Donny uncovers even more devastating secrets, knowledge that will force him to choose between saving one client . . . or the future of the entire country.

Purchase Links

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About Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown’s debut novel Tropic of Kansas was a finalist for the Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of 2018, and he was a World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning. His short fiction and criticism has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including MIT Technology Review, LitHub, Tor.com and The Baffler. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he also practices law.

Find out more at his website, and connect with him on Twitter and Instagram.

My Thoughts:

This book takes place in a dystopian, post-war America.  The US lost a war with China and now the country is descending into a civil war with a president who grabbed power and fancies himself a dictator who continually abandons the rule of law.

Does this sound at all familiar?  Rule of Capture is a fictional, legal thriller that takes place in an alternate reality version of America that doesn’t sound too far from the truth.  As I read this book, I felt a chill crawl up my spine because some of the events in the book didn’t sound too far from our reality.  Donny Kimoe is a lawyer who defends enemies of the state.  When he is tasked with defending a woman name Xelina Rocafuerte who is accused of terrorism.  But she is really part of an opposition movement in the US, a country now in the midst of a burgeoning civil war and in the throes of climate change.

Not only did this book terrify me with its visions of a future America, but it’s also an interesting legal thriller.  Donny is the kind of character I really enjoy.  Flawed, reckless, but with a heart of gold.  In his quest to save Xelina, he risks his own life to uncover dark secrets and conspiracies that reach all the way to the top of this new, so-called “government.”

Highly recommended!  I would really love to read The Tropic of Kansas at some point.  I love dystopian, alternate reality novels and if you are reader that enjoys them as well, definitely add Rule of Capture to your book list.

Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours and https://www.harpervoyagerbooks.com for my copy of this page-turning thriller!

Happy New Book Tuesday!

The Whisper Man by Alex North

This book is one of my favorite thrillers I read this year!  I’m so grateful to NetGalley and Celadon Books https://celadonbooks.com/ for my copy because I loved this one.  What really stood out for me and made me love this so much is the relationship between Tom and his son, Jake.  Many thrillers are simply unreliable narrators filled with one twist after another without much in the way of character development.  This book is different.  It’s a story of fathers and sons within an eerie, creepy mystery about a serial killer that terrorized a small town.

This book is everything a thriller should be.  I don’t want to say anything else that would give away any more details.  I will say one other thing:  READ THIS BOOK! 

Summary from the book: In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

In the Book Nook Spotlight

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

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Thank you to Forever Publishing https://www.read-forever.com/ for sending me this book!  I would love to dive into a new series and this is the first book in the Cedar Ridge series.  It will also be my first time reading a book by this author. I know many of you have read her books already, so I’m excited to start this one. 😊

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Here’s the summary: Lily Danville’s life is crumbling around her. With no money and no home, her only choice is to go back to the one town she swore she’d never see again: Cedar Ridge, Colorado. Back to the memories of her sister’s tragic death. Back to the place where, ten years ago, she shared an unforgettable kiss with Aidan Kincaid-the man her sister once loved.

A new job at the town’s hottest resort is just the fresh start Lily has been looking for…until she discovers the resort is owned by none other than the Kincaid family. How can she possibly see Aidan every day without feeling as if she’s betraying her sister?

But as secrets from the past come to light and Lily starts to realize the truth, she can only hope it’s not too late to find love, family, and forgiveness.

About The Author:


New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats by Colin Butcher

Celadon Books. Pub Date: October 8, 2019.

Let me just start out by saying:  I loved this book!  Colin Butcher’s book about his amazing dog, Molly, warmed my heart and gave me back a little faith in humanity.  I named my blog after my dogs, so I loved reading Colin’s story of how he formed his UK Pet Detective Agency.  I know what you’re thinking.  Like Ace Ventura?  No, it’s nothing like that Jim Carrey movie.  Colin Butcher tells us about his background, first in the Royal Navy and then as a police detective.  He had been an animal lover since childhood.  During his time on the police force, he was privileged to help other police officers who worked with police dogs.  Colin left the force to start his own detective agency.

Colin knew he needed a partner to help reunite owners with their lost pets, specifically cats.  He turned to the experts at Medical Detection Dogs for help in finding and training a dog.  I loved how the author specifically wanted a rescue dog and after much searching, he found Molly, a black cocker spaniel.  Molly was young and stubborn, but she and Colin made it through the rigorous training.  I really enjoyed learning about the science behind the training of a dog who can search for cats through each cats’ unique scent.  I also loved reading about  all the different cases of missing pets.  I felt like I got to know each person’s story through Colin’s writing.  I’ve been an animal love my whole life and I could completely understand all the emotions of every person who needed Colin and Molly’s help.  I also loved reading about the bond between Colin and his amazing dog.

This is such a great book to read for any animal lover.  And it was a perfect time for me to read this book too.  When everything seems so dark and horrible,  it’s lovely to read about a man and his dog helping others.  I know how important a pet is.  My beloved dogs are older now.  They are my family.  I know many of you feel the same way about your own fur babies.  Do yourself a favor and pick up this book.  It publishes on October 8th.  Thank you so much to @celadonbooks #partner for my copy! My black lab, Benny, was happy to serve as a book model!

About the book:

As a veteran of the Royal Navy and longtime police officer, Colin Butcher was no stranger to dangerous situations. But a career in uniform can wear anyone down, so, in 2003, Colin left the force to start his own private detective agency, specializing in helping reunite people with their missing pets. And yet, despite his hundreds of successes, there were still heartbreaking cases where Colin couldn’t find the missing on his own. He knew he needed a partner.

When Colin first met Molly, his friends doubted that she would be up for the job. Where Colin was battle-tested, Molly was young and inexperienced. She was willful, wayward, and stubborn. But Colin could tell that Molly was unusually charismatic and intelligent. He decided to take a risk and bring on Molly for training. 

Yes, Molly is no ordinary deputy, but a black Cocker Spaniel, and this is no ordinary detective agency. Trained by the top canine behavioral experts at Medical Detection Dogs, Molly can find missing cats―who are uniquely skilled at eluding humans―by detecting a unique scent signature, and she has been wildly successful. 

The work is not always easy. Molly has faced hardships ranging from a near-fatal snakebite to the challenge of winning over Colin’s girlfriend, Sarah. But through it all, Colin and Molly share an enduring love and affection. More than a working relationship, Molly is part of the family. Together, they are the Sherlock and Watson of missing pets.

About the author: Colin Butcher is the Company Director and Chief Investigator of the UKPD. Previously a Detective Inspector in Surrey Police, and a veteran of the Royal Navy, Colin was awarded a prestigious Chief Constables Commendation for his contributions to the advancement of the Criminal Investigation Department. He has been recovering stolen and missing pets for over twenty years and has a wealth of experience in the investigation of pet crime. His first successful assignment was back in 1994 when, serving as a Detective Sergeant with Surrey Police, he recovered two German Shepherd puppies stolen from a breeder’s kennels. Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats is his first book.About the author:



Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey

Because You’re Mine released on August 6th. I was excited to read this one because I had read so many great reviews. I really had no idea about it other than an extremely vague one.

Wow, what a thrill ride! Because You’re Mine started out with a bang, but then slowed up a bit in the middle parts as the story went back and forth in time. The story is told from three different POVs, but it’s not hard to follow.  Past and present mesh together with the three main characters. There is Lee, who is raising her son, Mason, on her own. Noah is Mason’s teacher. Because of Mason’s special needs, Noah teaches Mason at home. And there’s Grace, Lee’s best friend who introduced Noah to Lee so that Mason could get the proper help for his learning needs. Grace has a son of her own.

As I read, I thought I knew where it was going and I thought I knew the characters. I thought I had all the puzzle pieces coming together to form a whole picture. But as the pages flew by, the realization dawned on me that I had been wrong about all my theories.

Go into this book without knowing too much about it. I had no idea where this book was headed and in the end, I was completely wrong. Thrillers tend to be memorable for a short time and then they fade away with the next book on my TBR. Not this one. This one will stay with me for awhile.   Great writing and characters make this a truly memorable thriller.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for my copy!

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by @abbiwaxman is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I loved it so much that I was sad when I finished it. This is a book I will keep on my shelf and read again.
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I loved Nina Hill, partly because I could identify with her so easily. I wanted her to be real because I wanted to befriend her. I loved the dialogue. It’s witty, funny, and endearing. Nina is living her best life in SoCal. She has a dream job, working in an independent bookstore. She’s got her apartment, her cat, Phil, and great friends. But when she finds out that the father she never knew has passed away, Nina is suddenly part of a large family she didn’t know existed. And they all want to meet her.
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Nina’s perfectly ordered life changes overnight! 😱 And now she has to meet strangers and navigate a new life. In more ways than one. Because she’s also met a guy named Tom. He is on a rival trivia team. Nina finds herself interested in him and (perish the thought), he isn’t a bookworm! Now what??
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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a super-quick, fun read that will have you laughing out loud. It’s filled with pop culture references and it’s a perfect escape. I’m adding Abbi Waxman to my list of auto-buy authors now. I can’t recommend this one enough!

Happy National Book Lover’s Day to all my Bookish friends out there! Have a wonderful weekend!

Book review: Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Little, Brown and Company. 433 pages. Pub Date: June 18, 2019

This was my June BOTM choice.  I started reading it almost immediately and then got distracted with life and work and other books.  But this past Sunday, I came back to revisit this book and ended up flying through it.  Summer of ’69 is a wonderful foray into historical fiction from one of my favorite authors.

Like seeing an old friend, I loved traveling back to Nantucket, but this time it was during the tumultuous summer of 1969.  The United States was getting ready to send astronauts to walk on the surface of the moon.  It was also embroiled in the war in Vietnam.  There was social unrest, protests against the war.  People took up the cause of civil rights and women’s rights.

This is a story of a family.  This time it’s the Levin family, who spends their summers on Nantucket every year.  Kate, the matriarch, is troubled because her only son, Tiger, was drafted and left for Vietnam.  Blair, the oldest daughter, is pregnant and not able to come to Nantucket this summer.  Kirby, the middle daughter, decides to go to Martha’s Vineyard with a friend from college.  She had been caught up in the civil rights protests and now wants to work and break away from her family.  That leaves the youngest daughter, Jessie, to stay with her mother and her difficult grandmother, Exalta, at her grandmother’s summer home in Nantucket.  I love the descriptions of Nantucket because I always feel like I am right there on that island.  Even the simple pleasure of eating a lobster roll is written with such detail that I felt like I was sitting with Kirby and her friend at the restaurant overlooking the water as they ate lunch.  I feel like I know the beaches, the town, the houses.

As I read, I felt nostalgic for my own summers long past when life seemed so simple and carefree.  The memories washed over me.  Summer vacations at the Jersey shore.  Walking along the boardwalk. Going to my grandparent’s house and driving to get ice cream every night.  Eating my grandmother’s tomato pie.  I can still see the red geraniums on the porch steps.

I really enjoyed this book and I can always count on an Elin Hilderbrand book to snap me out of a book slump.  I enjoyed the historical aspect.  It also felt like much of the book was told through Jessie, who at 13, was going through becoming an adolescent so this book felt a little bit like a coming of age story as well.

This book is a great choice for anyone who like historical fiction, a good beach read and stories about families.  Summer of ’69 gets 4 🏖🏖🏖🏖 out of 5. And the book cover is wonderful too. It has the carefree feeling of a long-ago summer.