Monday, February 18, 2019

Holiday Freebie for Romance Fans!

 

One more freebie for you this holiday weekend. If you love romance and need a little fix today, Heather B. Moore is offering Finding Us for free today! (It's part of a series, but can be read stand-alone.)

You can download your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

Happily Ever After is just what Felicity is searching for, but she never dreamed Officer Russo could fulfill that wish.

USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley!

Felicity Miner is not normally an anxious person, and she’s been on her own since high school. But after a shoplifter steals from her bookshop, she calls the cops. When Officer Leo Russo shows up, Felicity has to tell herself that just because the romance novel she’s been reading has a hero police officer doesn’t mean she needs to project her imagination onto the real man. Yes, Officer Russo is unexpectedly generous, and he helps make Felicity’s home more secure when her worries won’t settle down. But the more Felicity is around Officer Russo, the more she imagines a future between them. Is he merely doing his duty, protecting and serving the citizens of Pine Valley, or is there potential for something more?

Saturday, February 16, 2019

In the Non-Fiction Corner: Peace Be Unto You

In the Non-Fiction Corner With Lauren


I really loved this book. But before I get to that, David Morgan is the kindest ever. He wrote a note in the front of the book thanking us for doing the review. I have never seen someone do this before! So if you want to read this book simply because the author is kind and thoughtful, I fully support your decision. However, if you are more interested in reading books because of the subject matter, this book will not disappoint in that arena either. All around it is a well-researched and thought out book about a topic that affects every person. By reading it, I have come to understand those with anxiety better and even learned how to cope with my own worries and doubts.

I will admit, I have been one of those people who doesn’t understand anxiety that well. I have wondered why people can’t just give a lesson or do their ministering, no one feels comfortable with it, its just something that we all have to do. Morgan gives a great description of what anxiety feels like. He talks about when the Savior is asleep on the boat during the storm. His Apostles believe that it doesn’t matter to Him whether they perish or not, because he isn’t even helping throw water out of the boat, He is just sleeping! But Morgan points out that the Savior is able to sleep because he knows the outcome. He knows they aren’t going to die that day, and because of that knowledge, he is calm (and apparently very tired.) The apostles, like us, do not know the outcome. We cannot control our surroundings, and sometimes the thought of things not going how we plan causes us anxiety. The feeling that you need to be in control of every aspect of your life, even when that’s not possible, is sometimes so overwhelming for people that they cannot function. I had never thought of living like this. From Morgan’s career in counseling, he is able to give real-life examples and shares techniques that he has found effective for himself and for those he helps. This book almost made me wish I was having some anxious feelings so I could test out some of the things he was suggesting!

I also enjoyed the chapter on Jacob from the Book of Mormon. I didn’t realize how many times Jacob uses the word anxiety, and the author uses Jacob as a case study for things that we can all do when we start to have these feelings. He bases them all in scripture, quoting Jacob all along the way, and gives ideas like try hard things, accept counsel, and give up the need to be perfect all the time. This book is well worth your time, and if you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, this is the perfect read to bring peace to your soul.

You can get your copy here

Here's the back copy:

Have you ever been out for a walk, minding your own business, and then out of nowhere a dog rushes out and starts barking at you…What did you feel like?’ My heart rate jumped, breathing grew shallow, and I felt great fear. It was an automatic and immediate response, requiring no thought on my part, an uncomfortable feeling as well. She sighed and said, ‘I feel like that all the time.’” Just as one of Dr. David Morgan’s patients describes in his book, all of us experience anxiety to varying degrees. Whether you feel anxiety all of the time, or occasionally when stressful situations arise, there’s something to learn in his new book, Peace Be Unto You: anxiety management through gospel principles. With anecdotes from years of practice as a psychologist, stories from the scriptures, and powerful life metaphors, Dr. Morgan delivers an insightful look into human psychology and how we can overcome anxiety through thought work and trusting in God. He gives specific insight and counsel in how to deal with anxious feelings, how to overcome the obstacles anxiety creates, and how to help those you love deal with anxiety. This book will give you specific, applicable tools, both psychological and spiritual, and immediately lift your spirit and give you hope that you can conquer any anxiety in your life.

In eleven thoughtful chapters, Dr. Morgan teaches that anxiety is a part of life that we should expect to experience, but that we are in control and can develop personal power through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He creates a case study from the book of Jacob in the Book of Mormon, showing through a close reading that this powerful prophet suffered from anxiety, while identifying how he overcame his difficulties. Dr. Morgan teaches psychological tools such as mindfulness, visualization, thought work, and coping strategies that offer immediate solutions readers can apply to their lives, as well as teaching how feelings of love and confidence can empower those who struggle with anxiety. Finally, he offers guidance to those who want to help others suffering from anxiety, offering profound wisdom from his years of experience in the field. Dr. Morgan’s psychological expertise, combined with his mastery of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, make him the ideal mentor for anyone who wants to learn how to understand anxiety and its purpose in our progress in life.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Freebie for Romance Fans!


If you want a good second chance romance to get comfy with this weekend, my book, Love's Broken Road, is free today!

You can get your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

After surviving an abusive marriage, Victoria Newel needs a clean slate for herself and her son. Taking a job as a math teacher, she moves across the country to the small town of Lincoln, Utah, where no one knows her and she can start over. However, her new colleague, Drew Dalton, offers her friendship and maybe something more. But has her heart healed enough that she could trust again?

Drew Dalton lost his wife to cancer years ago and he locked his heart away, throwing himself into his teaching job. But when Victoria Newel starts working at the high school, she awakens something in him that he never thought he’d feel again. Her gentle nature and quiet strength draws him to her, but it’s obvious she’s hiding something in her past from him. Can he open his heart to a woman who harbors so many secrets of her own?


Freebie for Short and Sweet Romance!


Do you need a short and sweet romance to kick off your holiday weekend? Must Love Movie Star by Melissa Storm is free today! It's a short novella and the back copy sounds good. I know I'm ready to snuggle up with a good book today!

You can download your free copy here

Here's the back copy:

She's America's sweetheart. He's a rugged Alaskan paramedic. When a twisted ankle throws her straight into his arms, sparks fly. Read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Josephine Hannah is Hollywood’s new darling, but despite the outgoing, confident women she plays on screen, she never knows what to say or how to act in real life. When a sprained ankle brings a handsome paramedic to her rescue, she wishes more than ever that she had a pre-written script to get her through life—or at least through her on-location filming in Anchorage.

Dan Rockwell fights fires and saves lives on the regular. Even though he has nothing in common with the distressed starlet he was sent downtown to rescue, he can’t resist the pull to find the real woman that’s hiding beneath the designer labels, paid endorsements, and scripted performances.

Problem is Jo’s only in town for a temporary job; she doesn’t date, and she wouldn’t wish the swarm of paparazzi that buzz around her on anyone. Dan and Jo’s hearts may beat wildly in each other’s company, but could their two very different lives ever really sync up? Will either be willing to risk the career they’ve worked so hard for in the name of love?

Find out in this sweet tale of Hollywood glitz and glamor meet the rugged wilds of Alaska. Order your copy today!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! Don't Miss Your Chance to Win $100!

Romance is in the Air
A Celebration of Clean Romance

 

Wahoo! Romance is in the Air and we are celebrating with a $100 Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Code or $100 in Paypal Cash. Today's giveaway is just a prelude for what's to come. During the next few weeks, we will be giving away $500 in prizes so be sure you check back so you don't miss your chance to win!

 

Just look at this AMAZING group of authors we will be showcasing!

 



Giveaway Details $100 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 3/15/19 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via PayPal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from Clean Wholesome Romance and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway!


The back copy of this book was intriguing and I couldn't wait to start reading. If you are looking for an adventure romance with a historical twist, then I think you'll really enjoy this one.

Skye Armstrong is a flight attendant and returns home one evening to find her aunt has been kidnapped and she must produce an ancient document or her aunt will be killed. Jack, the handsome man from the plane, suddenly seems to be popping up right when Skye needs him and he knows a lot about her family, too. But when bullets start flying, can she really trust him? 

Skye begins a race against time to save her aunt that takes her all over the globe. I enjoyed the different locations and it was easy to see the author had really done her research. The intertwined history drew me in as Skye tried to figure out where her family fit in the puzzle. There was a lot of action as our hero and heroine were searching for artifacts and the story is charging ahead at breakneck speed, but we slow down just enough to make the characters come alive so everyone is rooting for a happy ending. Jack is everything a mysterious hero should be and I could definitely hear his accent in my head. *swoon* I thought the author really shone in the action scenes and provided just enough romance to satisfy, though I wish there had been a teensy bit more to the ending. Still, a fun afternoon read! (And isn't that a great cover?)

Don't forget to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway

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Here is the back copy:

France, 1371. The old Queen of France lies on her deathbed with a secret she will take to her grave: there is one true heir to the throne, one who would have the power to ally France and Scotland. But after her death, all that will be left are a few shreds of evidence revealing the stunning identity of her successor.

Flight attendant Skye Armstrong has heard the voice of warning before, and as she’s returning home from London, she recognizes the feeling of dread that accompanies her sixth sense. Walking from the airport terminal to get to her car, she pauses in the middle of the road. Her hesitation gives a Good Samaritan the split second he needs to pull her out of the path of a speeding car, saving her life. But her misfortunes are just beginning. When she arrives home, she discovers that Auntie Marjorie has been kidnapped, and cryptic instructions have been left behind: Skye must retrieve the contents of a safe deposit box and deliver it to the captors . . . No police. Her feelings of dread return.

What Skye discovers in the bank box is baffling: a single page. The ancient document is certainly valuable, and with no time to lose, she goes to the rendezvous to discover the next step. A cell phone rings beneath a park bench. She answers the call, and on the screen is a picture of Auntie, unconscious. Now the kidnapper demands Skye find two more pages or her aunt will die.

What secrets are hidden within the illuminated pages, and who believes they are worth killing for? And what role does the Good Samaritan play in all of it?



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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Whitney Award Finalists Were Announced!


I was so excited to be notified that Second Look was chosen as a Whitney Award finalist for Best Mystery/Suspense! Woohoo!

Thank you to everyone who nominated the book and left reviews. It's such an honor to be one of the five finalists!

The winner will be announced on May 10th. I'll keep you posted.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Amazing Deal for Suspense Fans!


Do you love suspense? The Omar Zagouri series is one of my favorites. And all four books are on sale today for only .99 cents each. They are worth every penny! (And they are FREE if you are in Kindle Unlimited!)

You can download your copies here

Here are the back copies:

Finding Sheba

For centuries, historians have speculated that the Queen of Sheba is nothing more than a seductive legend; but when undercover agent Omar Zagouri finds a tomb in a tunnel beneath Jerusalem, he unearths cryptic clues that may lead to the queen’s final resting place.


This discovery, if authentic, could throw into question the governmental claim to the Holy Land—and prove the Bible false. Wealthy collectors, ruthless archaeologists, and officials from Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, and Yemen scramble to find and lay claim to the secret site.

Dr. Richard Lyon of Brown University, the world’s leading expert on the queen, is found murdered in his office, setting off a chain of deadly events. Omar desperately works to piece together the puzzle to locate the queen’s burial ground, fearing another assassination will take place. He teams up with one of Lyon’s protégées as well as with his ex-girlfriend, agent Mia Golding, in order to unravel the truth about the queen, expose a murderer, and reveal a timeless story of love, revenge, and sacrifice.

Lost King


Undercover agent Omar Zagouri has been ordered to Giza. A prominent Egyptologist was murdered, and a priceless artifact—the only complete version of the Book of the Dead—is missing. Omar is still reeling from the recent disappearance of his girlfriend, Mia Golding, but he puts his quest to find her on hold to track down the lost piece of history.

Omar’s mission is not just to locate the sacred book; he must also rescue the two archaeologists kidnapped and forced to translate its hieroglyphics under threat of death. Their kidnapper is determined to discover the text’s rumored explosive revelation: that Moses did not receive the Ten Commandments from God but instead copied them from the Egyptians. Though Omar’s need to find Mia grows more urgent, he must focus on finding the enemy who will stop at nothing to ignite a controversy that will change history, and the world, forever.
Slave Queen


Special Agent Omar Zagouri’s latest case is his most dangerous—and his most personal yet. The discovery of secret sixteenth-century letters unveils a plot between the sultan Suleyman and his chief wife, Roxelane, to change the course of the Ottoman Empire. A descendent of Roxelane, Zagouri learns he has an enemy whose revenge has been centuries in the making.
Targeted by an antiquities collector who’s also descended from a chief rival for the ancient throne, Zagouri soon uncovers a modern-day conspiracy that threatens the lives of his family and the security of a nation.

To expose the plot, Zagouri must team up with Naim, the son of his nemesis, who heads an international black-market operation that may have ties to the killings. From ancient Constantinople to the present-day Middle East, Zagouri is on a collision course with history. Time is running out to solve a royal mystery and stop a ruthless killer—one who has Zagouri’s name on his hit list.

The Killing Curse

Betrayed by her father. Kidnapped by her brother. Only one chance to survive.

Omar Zagouri should have known that the hunt for an ordinary art thief in London would end up being far from ordinary. Abducted and carted across several countries until he’s locked up in the middle of Jordan’s desert, Omar becomes the target of an underground crime organization that dates back to the Crusaders era. As Omar works to uncover the deadly secrets that connect centuries of deceit, he finds himself trying to prevent a scheduled honor killing from turning into another tragedy, while exposing the ancient crime organization for generations of lethal corruption.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Romance Spotlight and a $20 Giveaway!

 

The Ever After Groom by Carly Morgan---A Valentine's bet and the man trying to slip past her defenses!

Nate Decker, offensive tackle for the Denver Storm and affectionately called Captain handsome by the media, doesn't want to attend a masquerade ball. But he's surprised when he's tricked into a bet for charity, and finds himself asking the prettiest woman in the room to dance. He never expected to be staring into the beautiful eyes of the woman who slipped away from him two years ago and he really isn't expecting all the old feelings to instantly come back.

The kind and talented doctor, Hazel Marten, only attended the masquerade ball to represent Denver Hospital in support of the fundraiser for ALS. When she finds herself dancing with the man she divorced, she's more than stunned--she's struck by memories of the past--including the one of losing her little boy. But her heart instantly remembers his goodness, and the same attraction that's always been between them seems to sizzle instantly back to life. When she gets a call that her sister's in the hospital in Ever After, Montana--somehow it just feels right to have Nate swoop in and fly her there on his plane. But it shouldn't, right? She divorced him.

When Nate offers to stay in Ever After and help her save her sister's cookie shop, they find themselves up to their elbows in thirty dozen sugar cookies for a wedding, uncovering clues to figure out who hurt her sister, and trying to resist this incessant need to kiss each other. When they stumble into a world of trouble tracking down her sister's assailant, they have to make a choice--face the past and forgive each other or walk away from the only true love they've ever known.

    

  Praise for The Ever After Groom This was a great book. Carly keeps you in her book from page one until the end. This is the first book I’ve read by Carly Morgan, but it won’t be my last. I loved this second chance story about Nate and Hazel. This is a sweet and beautiful love story with endearing and charming characters that will have you enjoying each and every moment of this journey towards happily ever after and family.

 

Carly Morgan is RaShelle Workman's pen name as she writes sweet, contemporary romance novels with a hint of mystery as well as cozy mysteries filled with heart. She enjoys chocolate, dancing, and reading a good book, not to mention kissing her husband, and jogging the trails behind her house.
   

  Giveaway Details $20 Amazon Gift Code or $20 in PayPal Cash Ends 2/27/19 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner may be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BookBub, Instagram, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from Clean Wholesome Romance and is sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Book Review: Healing Hearts


The Sheriffs of Savage Wells is one of my favorite books, so when I heard that Sarah Eden was doing a sequel set in the town of Savage Wells, Healing Hearts, I was so excited! And the book is about a character I really loved from the first book, Dr. Gideon MacNamara.

Gideon has sent for a mail-order bride and the townspeople are so excited for him to find his happily-ever-after. But when Miriam steps off the stagecoach, she doesn't seem to know anything about being a bride---she thought she was going to be a nurse. Gideon is embarrassed by the misunderstanding, but when Miriam is stranded in town, Gideon offers her a job at his medical practice and they start to get to know each other in a professional sense. They build a friendship and Miriam can see there's more to Gideon than she first thought, but she's scared to trust him because she's hiding some pretty big secrets of her own. Can they learn to trust each other enough when all the secrets are revealed?

I loved this book from beginning to end and nearly read it all in one sitting. It's a romance, but there are so many layers that make it so much more. It's so compelling! I loved seeing all the townspeople again, especially the "sheriffs" Cade and Paisley, and how their lives are turning out. But, of course the highlight is the journey to love for Gideon and Miriam with all the twists and turns. The author delves into some sensitive subjects regarding prejudices and awful medical treatments for women of the time period that provide a perspective I hadn't previously thought of and I'm so grateful to live in this day and age. I also really enjoy the dialogue and banter of Ms. Eden's books, and that there is always emotional depth that keeps me glued to the page. In this one, Gideon has such a big heart and Miriam matches him in wanting to help others, but they have to overcome some pretty big trials if they're going to make it work. I was totally rooting for them through the entire book! This one is definitely going on my keeper shelf.

You can get your copy here


Here's the back copy:

Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn't want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam's arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally to protect Miriam from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway!


I was excited to read Chalon Linton's new historical romance, Escape to Everly Manor. I've enjoyed her books in the past and this one sounded really good!

Lizzy and her brother Thomas lose their parents in an accident and their Uncle Cline inherits the estate along with becoming their guardian. He is cruel and unbending, planning to send Thomas to sea and marry Lizzy off to an old man as quickly as possible. Lizzy makes the choice to take Thomas and run---but where will they go?  After a daring escape, they find an old abandoned cabin and stop there until Lizzy can make other arrangements. But when she goes into town for food, she meets handsome Mr. Barton who makes an unforgettable impression---on her heart. Though he seems kind and anxious to help, Lizzy doesn't trust him. Yet, when they're found out and her uncle is set to carry out his nefarious plans. Lizzy is torn between love and loyalty and she must make a choice before time runs out.

I really enjoyed the character of Lizzy and her growth throughout the book. She faces some really difficult trials and always tries to do what's best. Her selflessness sometimes goes to the extreme, but after losing her parents, her devotion to her brother is understandable. Thomas was cute and stole his scenes, and the supporting cast of servants and other family rounded out the story with an unexpected depth of feeling. (Bethany and Thomas were adorable!) But the best part of the book was Barton, our hero. He has a heart of gold, which he puts on the line again and again as he slowly unravels all of Lizzy's secrets. I loved how tender and sweet he was to both Lizzy and Thomas and his courage at the end. My only complaint was the editing in this book. This publisher is usually quite good, which is why I was so surprised! The editing mistakes definitely took me out of the story and were mostly homonym errors, like using dawned when it should be donned, reigned when it should be reined, too/to, and waiver/waver to mention a few. There were so many of those throughout the entire book, it really was distracting. But the story does overcome the editing errors overall and I thought this was an enjoyable read with all the feels at the end.

You can get your copy here

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Here's the back copy:

Nineteen-year-old Lizzy and her young brother, Thomas, find themselves orphaned after a tragic accident claims the lives of their parents. Their estranged Uncle Cline arrives to claim his inheritance, and his roguish ways cast a shadow over the manor. Both the family estate and guardianship of his niece and nephew were left to him, and diabolical Uncle Cline is determined to indulge in his newfound wealth and rid himself of his charges. Desperate to save her brother from a dangerous life at sea, and herself from being married off to a detestable old gentleman, Lizzy knows there is only one choice left—they must run.

Lizzy and Thomas sneak away and find refuge in an abandoned cabin. There they remain hidden—until fate acquaints Lizzy with Mr. Barton, a charming gentleman who is immediately intrigued by the mysterious young woman. Concealing her identity, Lizzy is unaware that there is much more to this compassionate man than meets the eye. Through his kindness to herself and her brother, Lizzy begins to trust him. Soon Lizzy realizes Mr. Barton may be her best hope for a life in which she can live—and love—as she chooses . . .




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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

I Was Nominated!


I was notified that TWO of my books were nominated for a Whitney Award!

Second Look was nominated for Best Mystery/Suspense and Love's Journey Home was nominated for Best General Fiction! How fun! The finalists will be announced Feb. 11. *fingers crossed*

If you want to see some of the other nominees, you can click here

Thank you to everyone who nominated me!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hawaii Five-0 Recap & Review: The One With Flippa's Friend

This week's Hawaii Five-0 episode tackles some difficult issues. On a lighter note, though, Steve is wearing his blue shirt. (Thank you wardrobe people!)

Flippa is waiting for his turn to perform at the Hawaiian Cultural Festival, but Luka, his drummer, is late and not answering his calls. He finally answers, and is apologetic while unloading his drum kit. Sadly, he is stabbed while talking on the phone to Flippa and someone drives off in his van. Then we see a very bloody and obviously dead Luka.

Steve arrives on scene and tries to comfort Flippa, telling him they'll do everything they can to find out who did this. Flippa is emotional since it was the last time he ever talked to Luka and he was annoyed with him. (So sad!) He tells Steve that the killing doesn't make sense since Luka would have given over his keys in a heartbeat. Steve reassures him that he'll be the first call as soon as they find out anything. Noelani gives Steve her report that there were nine stab wounds and they agree this seems personal. They did get one long blonde hair from the victim's shirt, which could be the killer's. Lou doesn't find any matches in the system, but Tani finds out that Luka worked as a family therapist and he'd been paying $5000 a month to Annie Kerr---who has long blonde hair. It doesn't look good that he's been paying money to an underage girl and the team isn't sure what to think.

They try to track Annie down, but her parents don't know where she is. Maui police pick her up at a bus stop, though, and she's brought in with her lawyer.  The lawyer thinks it's overkill for Five-0 to be working on a runaway case, and Steve informs her that this is a murder investigation and her client is a person of interest. Annie is confused, so Tani and Steve break the news that Luka was murdered and Annie's hair was found on his body. Annie is visibly upset and tells them that Luka drove her to the airport last night before his gig. She wasn't in a relationship with him, either, since he was gay. Well why was he sending her money, you ask? He was her therapist, he counseled LGBTQ youth, and since Annie's parents found out she was gay, they decided to send her to conversion therapy in Idaho. Luka was paying for a lawyer for Annie to help her get emancipated from her parents and got her a spot in a sanctuary home in Maui so she wouldn't have to go. The lawyer jumps in with the fact that the judge denied their first petition, so now they need both parents signatures to get her emancipated. Steve is carefully listening and sees Lou come into the office with the parents. Annie freaks a bit since she doesn't want to go anywhere with her parents. Steve assures her she won't and gives the hold signal to Lou and goes out to chat with them, ending up in a separate office. The parents aren't happy they're being kept from their daughter, but lie and say they didn't know Luka, when they'd actually hired a P.I. to look into him. (Uh oh. As Lou says, "they've got some 'splainin' to do!) They want what's best for their daughter and love her, but hate her sin. Steve informs them there's nothing sinful about the little girl sitting in his office and it's a good thing she knows that about herself. The mom asks if Steve has children, and he says he doesn't, but when he does, he intends to love them unconditionally for who they are. (I would really like to see him become a dad on the show. He'd be a good one!)

Back at the Chatting Table, Jerry has a pic of the guy driving the stolen van from a traffic cam. His name is Connor Russell and he has a juvy record and recently got out of Halawa prison. They wonder if maybe the Kerrs hired Russell to kill Luka, but until they figure things out, Steve wants the parents kept in the office. Or they can leave if they sign the emancipation papers. Junior and Jerry go check out Luka's room and Jerry kicks in the door. They find a heavily encrypted computer, but when Jerry tries to take it so he can analyze it, a bomb goes off. Jerry is burned on his arms and hand, but he's okay. The good news is only one charge went off and not all three that were set. The bad news is, the bomb squad finds trace elements of ammonium nitrate on the shirts and shoes in BomberConnor's closet. Which, as we all know, if the main ingredient for a fertilizer bomb, and usually is staged in vehicles like a van. BomberConnor must have killed Luka and stole his van so he wouldn't leave a paper trail, like McVeigh did. And then we get a shot of BomberConner putting some large barrels in the van. Steve is having all the law enforcement on the island pull over vans with the make and model of Luka's, while he and Lou go to talk to BomberConnor's old prison cellmate.

The cellmate's name is Roger Barton and he's an old guy who works in the prison ministry and library. He gives them some background info on BomberConnor---the kid was shy, bullied in school, may be having a psychotic break since his dad was a paranoid schizophrenic and committed suicide when Russell was thirteen. So, BomberConnor is a loner who was bullied, and also possibly mentally ill. Not good. Jerry does manage to locate a private password protected site on the dark web that shows BomberConnor with a kerchief over his face spouting hate-filled rhetoric. Steve notices Lou clenching his fists and files that away for later.

BomberConnor is working on the bomb in a warehouse, when a policeman knocks on the door. There was a vehicle of interest seen pulling into the park, and he wants to look around the warehouse. BomberConnor lets him in, but the cop doesn't find anything---until he's about to leave. I couldn't figure out exactly what tipped the cop off, but when he turns to question BomberConnor about it, BomberConnor slashes his throat. Yikes.

Jerry is analyzing the hate-filled video and finds some unique speech patterns. BomberConnor's speech has some key phrases that match an op ed published in Arizona by none other than the cellmate Roger Barton! Steve and Lou go back for another visit and on the way over, Steve confronts Lou about balling up his fists at HQ. Lou doesn't want to talk about it and tells Steve to just drive. When they get to the prison, Steve throws Barton across the room, chokes him, and slams him into a chair. (Honestly, I was a little surprised. Even though the guy is trash, he's old. Why be so violent?) They tell Barton they saw the videos and want to know what he knows. Barton starts spouting off and deliberately provokes Lou with a "you feel me dog?" Lou throws him up against the wall, holding onto him by the ears while Barton is railing on Steve for being a disappointment and not aligning himself with "his people" and instead becoming a stooge. Steve sets him straight really quick that his grandfather defended this country from pricks like him. Barton is rambling on that the Reckoning has already begun. Lou's had enough and is taking off his watch to give him a beating he won't forget, when a guard comes in after shaking down Barton's cell. He had a burner phone in there! They were just messing with him while the guard searched. They get the sim data over to Jerry while Tani and Adam are headed over to where a guy dropped off a van and walked away. Things are slow going waiting for the bomb robot. When Tani sees movement in the van, she decides to go for it and runs over there. She's not blown up, just finds a van driver gagged and tied up in the back. BomberConnor was just throwing them off while he stole a different truck! We see him driving around in his new truck filled with the fertilizer bomb. Jerry lets them know he found a video claiming credit for the attack that will automatically post at 6 p.m. so time is running out. Oh, and five cities across the country are mentioned since they're going to detonate bombs from coast to coast. Better hurry things up and find BomberConnor!

Nest we see some cute kids crossing the road and waving at BomberConnor while the team is worrying that the attack is going down any minute but they don't know where. They finally tell Jerry to check the group chat that BomberConnor was on, and he finds a link to a doc in there that conveniently lists all the targets! (Whew!) They all hurry over to the community center with a couple of hundred kids that BomberConnor is about to bomb. (That's a lot of kids going to that center!) Everyone scrambles to inform the FBI and local PD for the other four places while they let the community center know so they can start evacuating from the back. BomberConnor parks his van and arms the bomb before he gets out with a hand trigger clutched tight. Jerry sees him on security cameras and lets the team know where he is and what kind of detonator he has in his hand. BomberConnor holds up the grip detonator, but Steve tackles him before he can let go. They fight for the detonator and Junior comes up with his gun drawn, but for some reason can't shoot BomberConnor. Lou has no problem, however, and takes him out. Steve carefully takes the detonator and Lou says he can relax until the bomb squad gets there, but don't go all butterfingers.

Next we see Lou at a bar drinking a beer when Steve joins him. Lou finally tells him the story from back in June of 1988. He was heading down to his cousin's graduation from high school in Illinois and stopped at a roadside cafe in Elkheart Illinois. He got a few looks when he walked in, but he was used to that, and went ahead and ordered his food and started eating it. A black couple walked in and started getting harassed by two rednecks and Lou jumped up to join the conversation. They ended up fighting in the parking lot and since it was two on one, Lou wasn't sad to see the police show up. (Where did the guy and his wife go? I was curious about that.) He had his share of lumps and bruises and blood, but he'd also broken his finger. Steve is sorry that happened, and Lou says he doesn't think about it much anymore, but because of his finger he can't put it completely out of his mind. Before it rains, his finger takes him back to that night, and it rains a lot on the island. Steve says, "I love you, man," and Lou replies with "love you right back." (It's a good moment.)

The end is a little memorial for Luka where Flippa is playing a song about him. There's a large crowd and Annie approaches Steve to thank him for all he did. Oh and she got her emancipation. She goes on stage and asks everyone to look to the left and then right. They're all there because of what Luka did for them. Then she asks them to turn on their phone flashlights and hold it up. She wants the lights so bright that Luka could see them down there saying thank you. "We love you." (Oddly, the guy between McG and Adam is holding his phone up without the flashlight being on. LOL)

So, the beginning and end were about LGBTQ youth and mentors and the middle was about Neo-Nazis. Two big topics for sure. Did you watch? What did you think?

Friday, February 1, 2019

.99 Cent Deal for Historical Romance Fans!


I just noticed that Chalon Linton's A Tangled Inheritance is only .99 cents today! I really enjoyed this one. (You can read my review of it here.) Definitely a sweet romance you can snuggle up with this weekend!

You can download your Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

Nora Ellsworth, darling of London society, has her choice of eligible suitors, but since childhood, she has been expected to marry Jonathan Browning, a gentleman whose wealth and stability will someday secure the futures of Nora and her mother and sister. The family estate will pass to an odious male cousin upon the death of Nora’s father, and when he suddenly takes ill, her need to marry well becomes vitally important.

As Nora struggles with the idea of marrying without love, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Devlin Fausett, a man with dark eyes and intriguing conversation. But Devlin’s reputation as an indebted gambler is difficult to ignore. Despite the rumors from the ton and the marriage decision before her, Nora is determined to befriend the dashing Mr. Fausett, and his charms soon make it all but impossible to remember her duty. Until she learns the truth of her fortune. There is a way to keep her family’s estate, but the price is high: Nora must wed, as soon as possible. Torn between two very different men, she must make the ultimate decision. Will she be guided by her head or her heart?