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A Review of Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris

Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters

by Lida Sideris

I enjoyed reading Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. It was fast paced and interesting. Sometimes I felt a little overwhelmed. There just was so much going on that my brain couldn’t keep it all straight. The Complex, the building that housed Keith-Ameripictures, lives up to its name. It seems that there are so many intertwined lives in that office that nobody can really know the truth about what is going on there. All the men are hitting on someone and all the women are trying to capture someone else. Some people have hidden agendas. It is a madhouse. A funny place, but a madhouse all the same.

Corrie Locke is hired as an attorney, and on her first day on the job in The Complex, discovers that nearly everyone is going to be gone the next day. They will all be at a funeral for Claire. But this isn’t the only death in the past couple months. Druby, the assistant head of security at Keith-Ameripictures, also died six weeks ago. His death was ruled a suicide, but some people don’t believe it. AND they want Corrie to figure out what really happened.

Corrie had assisted her Dad on a few high profile cases, so she had been in the news, She had a reputation as someone who could see the stuff that the cops missed. Billy Soto, chief of security, wants her to use her talents to find out who killed Druby, and he has something on Corrie. She doesn’t want to lose her job, so she starts to look into it. Then the trouble begins.

The basic story was pretty good. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and most of them are a bit nuts. You are never quite sure who is doing what with whom and why. Then there are a couple of other little mysteries that Corrie has to figure out. Those are like little side plots, and I’m not sure that they were really necessary. They were kind of funny, but didn’t really add much, and they just added something more to keep track of.

I liked Corrie and Michael. They were old friends, and maybe something more. The rest of the people in the book were anywhere from somewhat annoying to downright obnoxious.

I give Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. It was entertaining and a good start to a new series.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher via Great Escapes Book Tours.

Book Description

Murder & Other Unnatural DisastersWatch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer.

Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.

Book Details

Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (September 11, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1509202404
ISBN-13: 978-1509202409
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the Author

lida-sideris4Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she did not get blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. Lida resides in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship for mystery writing.

Author Links

WEBSITE:   http://www.lidasideris.com/
BLOG:     http://www.lidasideris.com/blog/
FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/lidasideris

Great Escapes Book Tours Giveaway

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To enter click here

#Giveaway for #PowerSurge by #BenBova extended until Oct. 8th!

My email account was spammed!

Yesterday afternoon I received a TON of spam emails. It filled my mailbox. So I am extending the contest for TWO days. If you tried to enter the contest, please enter again so that your entry will be included.

The contest will end October 8th at 11PM EDT!

Giveaway for Two Copies of Power Surge by Ben Bova (US and Canada Only)

2 (maybe 3) chances to win! Contest ends 10/8

Power Surge_coverTOR/FORGE Books would like to invite you to enter a contest to win a copy of POWER SURGE, a new political thriller at the forefront of science and technology written by six-time Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova. As the 2016 elections rapidly approach and the debate over sustainable energy continues to heat up, this new fiction presents an all-too-real political landscape that I think would really intrigue you. Booklist says “those with both a passion for climate science and the politics surrounding it will find POWER SURGE meticulously fashioned out of all their hopes and fears.”; details about the book are below.

Contest Details

UPDATE Oct 1st. If I get 20 more entries, I will send someone the copy that the publisher sent me.

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Send an email to contest at mackela dot com.
In the subject line, enter “Power Surge“

In the body of the email, please provide a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)

Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

The giveaway will end Tuesday October 8th (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The TWO Lucky winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on Oct 9th. I will also send an email to the lucky winners.

Good Luck!

Book Description

POWER SURGE (ISBN 978-0-7653-3497-8; $24.99; August 11, 2015) follows Dr. Jack Ross, the science advisor to a freshman senator in Washington, D.C. He’s introduced a comprehensive energy plan employing cutting-edge technology that would not only establish America as the world leader in energy production, but boost the economy and protect the environment. Yet, despite being an expert in facts and data, he isn’t quite up to speed on the workings of Washington, and his plan is dismissed by well-funded lobbyists, cynical bureaucrats, pork-barrel politicians, and one very powerful U.S. Senator. Ross won’t accept defeat that easily, and becomes more resolved to implement his plan of action – even if it kills him.

About the Author

Ed Chappell
Ed Chappell

Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award “for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature.” He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova’s writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.

Giveaway for Two Copies of Power Surge by Ben Bova

Giveaway for Two Copies of Power Surge by Ben Bova (US and Canada Only)

2 (maybe 3) chances to win! Contest ends 10/8

Power Surge_coverTOR/FORGE Books would like to invite you to enter a contest to win a copy of POWER SURGE, a new political thriller at the forefront of science and technology written by six-time Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova. As the 2016 elections rapidly approach and the debate over sustainable energy continues to heat up, this new fiction presents an all-too-real political landscape that I think would really intrigue you. Booklist says “those with both a passion for climate science and the politics surrounding it will find POWER SURGE meticulously fashioned out of all their hopes and fears.”; details about the book are below.

Contest Details

UPDATE Oct 1st. If I get 20 more entries, I will send someone the copy that the publisher sent me.

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Send an email to contest at mackela dot com.
In the subject line, enter “Power Surge“

In the body of the email, please provide a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)

Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

The giveaway will end Tuesday October 8th (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The TWO Lucky winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on Oct 9th. I will also send an email to the lucky winners.

Good Luck!

Book Description

POWER SURGE (ISBN 978-0-7653-3497-8; $24.99; August 11, 2015) follows Dr. Jack Ross, the science advisor to a freshman senator in Washington, D.C. He’s introduced a comprehensive energy plan employing cutting-edge technology that would not only establish America as the world leader in energy production, but boost the economy and protect the environment. Yet, despite being an expert in facts and data, he isn’t quite up to speed on the workings of Washington, and his plan is dismissed by well-funded lobbyists, cynical bureaucrats, pork-barrel politicians, and one very powerful U.S. Senator. Ross won’t accept defeat that easily, and becomes more resolved to implement his plan of action – even if it kills him.

About the Author

Ed Chappell
Ed Chappell

Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award “for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature.” He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova’s writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.

And the Winner Is …

Quicksand: A Nora Khalil Novel by Carolyn Baugh

Quicksand - Carolyn BaughMy lovely wife, Norma Jean, drew the  winning entry last night, and here it is!

Sheila K. from FL

I have sent your name and mailing address to Desirae May Friesen, a Publicist at Tor/Forge Books. Thanks Desirae for letting me host this Giveaway.

 

If you didn’t win this time, make sure to check back this Friday. I am hosting another GiveAway!

Just a hint about Friday’s giveaway

The author has written more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times.

Giveaway for Quicksand by Carolyn Baugh

Giveaway for One Copy of Quicksand by Carolyn Baugh (US and Canada Only)

One chance to win! Contest ends 9/22

Quicksand - Carolyn Baugh

TOR/FORGE Books would like to invite you to enter a contest to win a copy of a new thriller with a unique protagonist, QUICKSAND (A Forge Hardcover; $25.99; On Sale: Sept. 22, 2015).

Carolyn Baugh uses her expertise in Islamic and Women’s Studies to create a captivating protagonist, Egyptian-American female detective Nora Khalil, in this engrossing new suspense series.

Publishers Weekly praises Baugh, “Her action scenes crackle … readers will look forward to seeing more of the plucky Nora.” Don’t miss out on this start to a thrilling new series; details about the book are below.

Contest Details

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Send an email to contest at mackela dot com.
In the subject line, enter “Quicksand“

In the body of the email, please provide a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)

Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the  U.S. and Canada.

The giveaway will end Monday, Tuesday September 22nd (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The ONE winner will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on September 23rd. I will also send an email to the lucky winner.

Good Luck!

Book Description

Quicksand: The beginning of an engrossing new suspense series featuring Philadelphia policewoman Nora Khalil by Carolyn Baugh, acclaimed author of The View From Garden City.

Officer Nora Khalil is used to navigating different terrains. As part of a joint task force set up by the Philadelphia Police Department, the FBI, and the local sheriff’s offices, she works to keep Philly’s mean streets safe from gang violence, while trying to honor the expectations of her traditional Egyptian-American family. She can hold her own against hardened murderers and rapists, and her years as a competitive runner ensure that no suspect ever escapes on foot.

Nora tries to keep her professional and personal lives separate, but when a mutilated body is discovered in a tough section of town, Nora must rely on both her police training and her cultural background to find out whether this is another gang-related killing or the grisly evidence of something even darker and more disturbing.

“I’ve spent twenty-five years acquiring ninja Arabic skills, and that ability has allowed me access to worlds not everyone gets to tread.  I wanted to pay homage to some of the tough level-headedness I’ve found in so many of the women I’ve come to know.”
—Carolyn Baugh on her motivations to write QUICKSAND

About the Author

Carolyn Baugh Author PhotoDr. Carolyn Baugh holds both a Master’s (2008) and a Doctorate (2011) from the University of Pennsylvania in Arabic and Islamic Studies. She is an Assistant Professor of History at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in Middle East and world history and also directs the Women’s Studies Program. Her graduate research focused on minor marriage in early Islamic law, while her translation work includes the Sufi treatise of the celebrated 14th century jurist and scholar Ibn Khaldun. Dr. Baugh co-directs the Erie Voices refugee oral history project geared at collecting the stories of Erie’s diverse refugee community for purposes of increasing tolerance and understanding between cultures. She is faculty advisor for Students United against Human Trafficking and the Muslim Students Association. She is a failed concert pianist, a psychotic soccer mom to two indomitable girls, and the only one in the house who feeds Oreo the Cat.

Visit her website  http://www.carolynbaugh.com/

Final chance to win a hardcover copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

Tor/Forge Books is giving Three lucky readers of my blog a chance to win a copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

(Limited to readers who live in the U.S. and Canada)

The giveaway will end Monday, May 11th (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The 3 winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on May 12th. I will also send an email to the lucky winners.

Go to the original page to enter. Click below.

Book Giveaway! Win a hardcover copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

Book Giveaway! Win a hardcover copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

Tor/Forge Books is giving Three lucky readers of my blog a chance to win a copy of BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild

(Limited to readers who live in the U.S. and Canada)

Book Description

blood ties hc mech.inddIn BLOOD TIES, Guild explores in true psychologically thrilling fashion, the complexity of relationships and the chilling motives of what drives someone to murder….
BLOOD TIES is an elegant and frightening thriller about a serial killer pursued by a homicide detective and the killer’s own son.
Homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD is tracking a serial killer terrorizing young women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ridley is sure she’s cornered her most likely suspect: Stephen Tregear, a hacker and code breaker who works for U.S. naval intelligence. But Tregear is not the killer…he’s the killer’s son.
Ridley and Tregear team up to look for Tregear’s father, Walter, in an elaborate game of murderous cat and mouse. As the body count rises, Ridley must race against the clock to stop Walter before he kills any more women – and Tregear must finally confront the father who has been trying to kill him for twenty years.

Praise for Nicholas Guild

“Guild’s drop-dead characterizations of police men and women, his perfect-pitch dialogue, and the serpentine coils of a plot that’s absorbing and shocking support this unusually convincing combination of romance and homicide.”
Publishers Weekly, « Starred Review « Blood Ties

“This psychological thriller explores the impact of growing up in an abusive, isolated family. One family member grows up to be a brutal serial killer and another becomes someone who puts himself at risk to save the lives of strangers. Guild delivers an unusual plot and a fascinating read.”
RT Book Reviews, «««« on Blood Ties

“Completely riveting, a cat and mouse thriller every suspense fan will crave—original, smart, taut, and surprising. I could not turn the pages fast enough.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony, and
Macavity Award–winning author of The Other Woman

“The almost languid grace of [Guild’s] writing also sets the measured pace of the storytelling, while wrapping the narrative in an atmosphere thick with sensuality. As thrillers go, this one’s a luxury model.”
New York Times Book Review on Angel

“An intricate, wonderfully paced tale.”
Publishers Weekly, « Starred Review «, on Angel

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

nicholas guild 2NICHOLAS GUILD was born in Belmont, California and attended Occidental College and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at Clemson and Ohio State before turning full-time to writing fiction. He has published a dozen novels, several of which were international bestsellers including The Assyrian (1998), Blood Star (1989), and Angel (1995). Guild now lives in Fredrick, Maryland.

Contest Details

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Send an email to contest at mackela dot com.
In the subject line, enter “Blood Ties“

In the body of the email, please provide a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)

Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the  U.S. and Canada.

The giveaway will end Monday, May 11th (11:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight time). The Three winners will be selected at random. Winners will be announced here on May 12th. I will also send an email to the lucky winners.

Good Luck!

GiveAway for Blood Ties by Nicholas Guild starts May 1st!

Tor/Forge Books #GiveAway
BLOOD TIES by Nicholas Guild
Starts May 1st

(Limited to readers who live in the U.S. and Canada)

blood ties hc mech.inddI’m happy that three of my readers have a chance to win a copy of NICHOLAS GUILD’s engrossing novel BLOOD TIES (A Forge Hardcover; $25.99; On-sale May 12, 2015)! Guild books have been published from Japan to Russia and several have been international bestsellers.  He has written thrillers, historical novels and, most recently, a ghost story.  Early in his career he was recognized as a writer of abundant grace, power and technical agility.  Publishers Weekly described him as “a master of timing, plot and style.” Now FORGE Books will publish his highly anticipated novel, BLOOD TIES. A mystery/thriller set in the San Francisco Bay Area mixed with secret government alliance, hackers, code breakers and a relentless serial killer. BLOOD TIES captures readers pulling them into an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.

Here are the winners of the Night Life giveaway!

David Taylor - Night LifeMy lovely wife, Norma Jean, drew the three winning entries last night, and here they are!

Chris M. from OR

Tai D. from CA

Bradly R B. from WI

I have sent your names and mailing address to Emily Mullen, a Senior Publicist at Tor/Forge Books. Thanks Emily for letting me host this Giveaway.