Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Featuring Debut Novel: Finding Euphoria

Finding Euphoria, a mainstream thriller by C. Becker, released March 13, 2019 by The Wild Rose Press.

Tormented by events in her past, mother of two and part-time graduate student, Hailey Langley, responds to a panicked call from Parker, her former partner in a highly secretive federal agency. The child she gave up for adoption so many years ago is dying from a drug overdose; Parker needs her help to search out the chemical formula of the drug as well as track down the pushers. The request sets Hailey on a journey which endangers not only her life but her marriage.

Our Review:
Finding Euphoria is an energetic novel, filled with danger and suspense and a varied cast of characters. Hailey is brave, intrepid and driven to right wrongs of the past—none of which were caused by her—but like many crime victims feels she is responsible for choices made at a time in her life when options were few and none of which were pleasant.
For a first release, Ms. Becker should take pride in accomplishing a feat of which many dream, but few see come to fruition. With time and experience, we see great things in her future.

On a scale of 1 to 5, Finding Euphoria earns a 3.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Secret of Breathing Deeply

The Secret of Breathing Deeply, a contemporary romance by Lance Hawvermale, released March 4, 2019 by The Wild Rose Press.

          Quick-witted, with a smart mouth, Jessie Alomar arrives in Costa Rica to learn the causes and reasons behind the death of her father, beloved medical missionary, Archie Alomar. Using what her father taught her from an early age: do not let impaired hearing become an impediment, she relies on Rubio Mora, Archie's paramedic assistant, to help in the search as well as interpret for her. Romance ensues just as a battle royal with the medical conglomerate financing the clinic threatens to pull the plug—literally and figuratively—heats up.

          As with Mr. Hawvermale's first TWRP novel, The Echo Holders, this story offers a wealth in setting, wry humor and multi-layered, diverse characters. Even the 'dead guy' Archie is treat to meet—albeit through the eyes of those who loved and respected him. This is a treat of a book. We consider ourselves lucky to have read it.

On a scale of 1 to 5, The Secret of Breathing Deeply earns a 5.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Co-Parent Project by Sandra Dailey

The Co-Parent Project, a contemporary mystery with romantic elements, by Sandra Dailey and released today [!] by The Wild Rose Press.

. . . . .Luca Wolff and Joy Sullivan are competing for guardianship of their estranged, teenage nephew, Eric after his parents are killed in a plane crash. Evidence shows the crash wasn't an accident. Neither was a recent explosion that destroyed Luca's house. When a fire is intentionally set in Joy's home, suspicion points to Eric—and that's not the end of their trouble.
. . . . .Eric has been in his share of mischief, but now he has a chance to clean up his reputation. That's hard to do when the only people who believe in you are the ones you're accused of targeting. Just as Luca and Joy give in to romance, new information comes to light that could tear them apart along with Eric's dream for a happy family.
. . . . . The three have to set aside their grief, personal issues, and disagreements to figure out who is out to kill them . . . and why.

Our review:
          With a family like the senior Wolffs, one does not need enemies in sunny Jacksonville, Florida, a beautiful setting for a unique story. Luca, a war hero, commands respect of his men, unfortunately not his father and brothers. Joy is a true heroine, to herself and her dead mother and Eric whom she loved beyond all else—until tragedy separates them. Perhaps for good.
          Enter one of the most unique and entertaining secondary characters we've ever met—and thoroughly enjoyed: The Judge. We won't give anything away, but he's just one more reason to pick up this book. For those who like sweet romance mixed in with a real whodunit—and why-done-it—pick up The Co-Parent Project. You won't be sorry.

On a scale of 1-5, this book earns a 4.5

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews