Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

At Last, Alex Troutt Thriller:Book 6 - Review


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Alex Troutt Thriller, Book #6
AT Last

Thirty years after losing a parent to a hit-and-run drunk driver, FBI agent Alex Troutt finally confronts the killer--the same man who just murdered the Boston police chief.
And what Alex pulls from him shatters her core.

Armed with little more than hope and a shred of decades-old evidence, Alex chases a memory from her past, hoping that she'll find the mother she never really had. With her old buddy Archie on board --as much as ever can be -- the hunt takes her deep into the foothills of West Virginia. A fanatical religious cult has created its own society. Desperate to right a thirty-year wrong, Alex must out-think and out-duel everyone in her path to right a thirty-year wrong.

Will Alex’s quest to find the truth destroy her life all over again?

My Review

John W Mefford's Alex Troutt Thriller series is a group of books that can be read in succession or each one can stand alone. This most recent addition to the series, At Last, finds our lead detective, Alex, saying goodbye to her father and heading off to chase the ghost of her mother whom she had up-until-now believed dead.

Secrets long buried are unearthed in an ongoing investigation that reveal truths which threaten to unravel Alex world, which is just finally beginning to gel, send her into hot pursuit of the relationship daughters dream of with their Moms.

It's incredible to follow Alex Troutt's development as she fights to regain her life as a mother, as a detective, and as a partner. Now she's fighting for a chance to be a daughter. New characters emerge and old ones are more developed; the story races along at an intense speed, and there is mystery, drama and even some humor.

It's great to see the relationship between Alex and her Agent love interest fleshed out (pun intended); and to get more background on the inner-office connections. Even the deep background on Troutt is good story for readers. I was looking for more of a connection with Alex Mom's past and the group - the cloak and dagger in that scenario was intense without a clear reason. That story line seems unfinished or unpolished. All in all, the book moves at a solid pace and never loses ground.

You don't need to have read them all, but why wouldn't you?


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"Alex Troutt is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters. I love how she's constantly having to balance her family life and her job, even though her job is continually threatening to take over." - Sonya N

"I simply love every single one of John Mefford's novels. They keep you on the edge of your seat reading late into the night." - Michele B

"Intrigue and attempts at revenge for long held grudges – the twists and turns keeps your adrenalin pumping." - Tracy C

"I would love to see this series turned into a movie or TV series - I'd be obsessed!" - Shelly M
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About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

The Asian Slow Cooker - Change Up on the Crockpot Scene!


asianslowcooker-tourthe-asian-slow-cooker-coverThe Asian Slow Cooker cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home. With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts. You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice. There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

My Review

Most everyone in my family knows that I love to cook, and I love to share; but time is also of the essence. Speaking of essence - aroma is essential to good cooking as well! The Asian Slow Cooker allows me to indulge in recipes that cut down on time, marry amazing smells in my home and bring my family together over a well-balanced meal I feel good about feeding us. The variety of recipes in this crock pot tome is wide ranging, and has me trying things that would have taken hours and a full kitchen to experience in the long recipe version. And the flavor? Muah.

I have tried Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, and the Sriracha Chili Chicken Wings, which do require 5 minutes under the broiler before serving, but are so simple because they are a 5-ingredient recipe. I absolutely adore that section of the book. I want to live there. What I like about the other recipes is that even with more ingredients, most of them are gathered into zip lock backs for ease of preparation, and everything is broken down into easy steps that any member of my family can undertake.

Crock pot cooking helps my family eat well and together on many occasions when we would otherwise skip meals or miss the opportunity to fellowship together - and Kelly Kwok has kicked it up a notch for us with The Asian Slow Cooker. Amazing!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Friends or Enemies? A Brynn Brancroft Mystery - Overcast Sunset


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Brynn Bancroft’s enjoyment at running her former husband’s winery is overcast by a rash of troubling burglaries and her inability to reconnect with her ex. When she receives an urgent phone call from an old college friend requesting that she speak to an investor, she welcomes the interruption. Unfortunately, her friend’s business activities intrude on her routine. Then her ex-husband threatens her marriage hopes when he considers selling the winery. When the burglaries escalate, a sense of foreboding plagues her, hinting at trouble to come.




MY REVIEW
Brynn Bancroft is new to establishing meaningful friendships, so she doesn't see the red flags her old college roommate is randomly dropping all over their newly re-established relationship; emotional time bombs that may just end up costing her everything that she's been working hard to regain.

In Overcast Sunset, Joyce T. Strand invites us back into the lives of Brynn and her ex-husband Liam, who have become the guardians of Brynn's ex-boyfriend's son while he is incarcerated. The three of them make an eclectic but loving small family, until the past and secrets threaten to destroy the little world they've built.

There's not a lot I can go into without giving away spoilers, but new seedy characters have come to Somerset with hidden agenda's and Liam's got some personal agenda's that are threatening the winery and relationships as well.

Strand is awesome at developing female leads and pulling out surprising supporting characters with detail and depth that capture readers, pulling them into the story. It was great to see the teenage ward developing into a strong young adult character with future potential, and many of the wine valley characters coming alive with robust intriguing story lines. I definitely want to see many of these characters later - the detectives, some who have been in past Brynn Bancroft Mystery's and some newer (I don't want to give anything away, but one I was looking forward to seeing more of sort of disappears); and the daughter of the head wine maker - all great, well developed characters.

This novel has great mystery, intrigue, drama, and also character comfort. Characters you want to know and follow for a long time. There are times that I want to shake Brynn, and I especially wanted Liam to be more forthright with his own situation from the beginning, but overall - when you begin to want to give advice to characters - it's a good sign for the author!

This book stands alone, but I would also suggest reading the other Sunset novels - because they are great reads too!

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About Brynn Bancroft
Brynn Bancroft evolved from the Jillian Hillcrest mysteries where she served as Jillian’s manager while Chief Financial Officer of Harmonia Therapeutics in Silicon Valley. A shapely blonde with a MENSA IQ, she had an affair with the CEO of the company.

Unfortunately for Brynn, the CEO’s wife figured out that the two were involved and asked Brynn to leave the company, which she agreed to do.

In the meantime, her husband, Liam—not unfamiliar with extramarital affairs himself but also understanding that Brynn grew up in an abusive household- grew tired of waiting for Brynn to commit to their relationship and asked for a divorce. At the same time, he solicited her assistance in developing his new winery in Sonoma County, Calif.

As the protagonist in HILLTOP SUNSET, Brynn begins to shed her past and her behavior of protecting herself by blocking emotions. We watch her transition from a shallow uncaring person to someone who starts to understand the emotions of friendship and love.

At the same time, much like Jillian—who occasionally shows up in the Brynn Bancroft mysteries—Brynn, too, attracts mystery and murders as she grows to enjoy life at her ex-husband’s Hilltop Sunset Winery.

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A mystery set in wine country pitting financial exec Brynn Bancroft against a determined stalker, a troubled love interest, and career clashes.

Brynn Bancroft learns that a former employee who beat her nearly to death has returned to stalk her and her friend, Jillian Hillcrest, also a former victim.

Recently divorced, Brynn turns to a new love interest only to encounter additional unwelcome issues. Meanwhile, short-timer Brynn, who has resigned from her Silicon Valley company, becomes bored fulfilling her remaining responsibilities there. She begins to prefer supporting the launch of her ex-husband’s new hilltop winery while waiting to move to her next position. Between her stalker and her new love interest, Brynn faces a series of life-changing events.
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Landscape For Murder: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery
A friend’s murder. An unconnected cast of suspects, including the victim’s missing adult daughter. As if that wasn’t enough, Brynn Bancroft’s winery has been broken into. Can she deal with her co-owner ex and help the police find her friend’s murder so she can finally overcome her own troubled past and enjoy family life with her teenage ward?
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Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it contemporary and historical mysteries set in San Francisco, Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California, or Ventura, California.

Her most recent novels, Hilltop Sunset and Landscape for Murder, feature protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. Brynn Bancroft is a minor character in Strand’s first three novels On Message, Open Meetings, and Fair Disclosure—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist in Silicon Valley whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

Her first historical mystery, The Judge's Story, tells the story of a Superior Court Judge with a passion for social justice as well as the law who strives to discover the truth behind the mystery of a robbery-murder in a small California town in 1939.

All of her novels are inspired by actual events and/or real people, although they are definitely fictionalized.

Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products.

She lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and enjoys exploring and writing about the growing wine region in the Ramona Valley near San Diego.

She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

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Friday, July 29, 2016

AT DAWN, An Alex Troutt Thriller Review

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AT Dawn
FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt returns in a twisting, heart-pounding thriller.
Three flashes of light illuminate a dark sky. An unspeakable evil devours its prey.
The shimmering view of the sun-drenched ocean can often be nothing more than a mirage. For Alex Troutt, a trip back home for a much-needed summer vacation proves only one thing: greed rules. But how it takes root could destroy her world.
Fueled by the lust of power and money, the shadow of death envelopes her seaside hometown, including those closest to Alex. But as disconnected investigations converge into one focal point, Alex will stop at nothing to blow the entire crime ring straight to hell—even if she has to make the ultimate sacrifice…her life.
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“Alex Troutt is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters. I love how she’s constantly having to balance her family life and her job, even though her job is continually threatening to take over.” – Sonya N
“I simply love every single one of John Mefford’s novels. They keep you on the edge of your seat reading late into the night.” – Michele B
“Intrigue and attempts at revenge for long held grudges – the twists and turns keeps your adrenalin pumping.” – Tracy C
above reviews from the Alex Trout Series
My Review
AT Dawn, like Mefford's previous submissions in the Alex Troutt Detective series, is fast-paced, has well developed characters, and writing that carries you through each scene right into the next, like you are in the story line. I like that in a novel. It keeps me waiting for the next shoe to drop, trying to figure out who-dun-it. 
Alex Troutt (AT) has been through alot in the past few years - cases that are still unraveling as she recovers elements of her past she has forgotten; the death of her husband (also an agent) which may involve betrayal by former colleagues, and since then, dangerous cases that have put her family at peril. She continues to be a force with which to be reckoned, and a badass female detective. In this contribution to the AT series, AT Dawn, Troutt is on vacation with her kids, in her hometown of Padre Island, Texas. She's taken them to visit her father and her best friend from high school. 
Seems like it would be a nice getaway, except Alex' investigative alert goes off when she meets her Dad's new love interest. That doesn't fare well for the already tenuous relationship between Alex and her Dad, because as the story unfolds, incredible serious issues come to the forefront about his new lover. The action starts and, with help from a former CIA agent friend, Alex gets to the truth. 

This book has comedy, action, full characters, plot and follow through. That's what it takes for me to be able to commit to a character and keep following through a series. Alex Troutt is that kind of growing character, and the supporting cast around her, including her kids and fellow detectives add to the investment of the reader. 

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A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.
John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.
When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.
John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Summer is here, and that means my kids are ready to rip and run in the sun. While my daughter is headed off to work for her pre-college summer, my 12-year-old pre-teen son is doing what he loves best - all kinds of summer sports and water park activities.  They both work up enough sweat to be their own version of exhausted by the days end. 

That's what summer is all about - making sure they are still actively learning while they burn enough calories to drop into bed exhausted by the time they get home and eat dinner, right? That's always my goal!

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I limit the number of hours and exertion they can expend in the sun, and in addition to water, I want to keep them full of liquids I trust to be good for them and to them. 




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  • lead by example: Stay hydrated myself. They do what I do!


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REVIEW: AT Stake (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 7) (Redemption Thriller Series 19) by John W Mefford

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