Sunday, 31 March 2013

Code Red by Amy Noelle

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Summary


After getting hurt in college by a gorgeous man, Nicole Magette vowed never to risk losing her heart again. Now she lives a structured and satisfying life. Her work is easy, her friends are her family, and the only consistent men in her life are her two cats, Winchester and Huntington Peabody the Third. She doesn't date, and she hooks up only with losers—men she has absolutely no risk of falling for. But if she finds herself in danger, she has her old failsafe in place—the Code Red.
In college, she and her four best friends came up with the system as a way to keep away the good-looking bastards that might worm their way past their carefully constructed walls. Seven years later, three of her friends have succumbed to their last Code Reds and are happily married. Now it’s just Nicole and her closest friend, Jen, who are still on their own, and Nic is just fine with that.
That is, until Joshua Daniels is transferred to Nicole’s office from New York and assigned to work with her on a special project. He's everything she's avoided and everything she claims she doesn't want, so why can’t she get him out of her mind? He's persistent, dangerously handsome, and sexy as sin. In other words, he’s her worst nightmare. She turns to her friends to help her resist Josh’s considerable charms and the inescapable draw she feels every time she gets near him. Can the Code Red save her this time, or will Josh send her perfectly balanced life into chaos?

My Thoughts

Have you ever had a bad experience with a man and sworn to steer clear of the male species for good, much like you when you drink too much and swear off alcohol? Nicole Magette and her friends have, and they have devised a clever plan to help them steer clear of the wrong sort of guy. They’ve created their own kind of intervention in the form of “Code Red”, (a line from the movie A Few Good Men).

Enter Joshua Daniels and all bets are off.  Nic calls for her friends support, but they aren’t so sure a Code Red is what she needs. The ensuing dialog that occurs between Nic and her friends is the best part of the whole book.  Each woman has something different to bring to the argument as to why Nicole needs to branch out, and let go of the past.  

In famous Jack Nicholson language, Nic “can’t handle the truth!” 

Code Red by Amy Noelle is a well written romance with a hint of drama and a solid dose of humour. It was a light and quick read, and I would say that Amy Noelle is an author to watch. You will want to finish this one!

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Fixer by Gene Doucette

Fixer by Gene Doucette

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Summary

What would you do if you could see into the future?

As a child, he dreamed of being a superhero. Most people never get to realize their childhood dreams, but Corrigan Bain has come close. He is a fixer. His job is to prevent accidents—to see the future and “fix” things before people get hurt. But the ability to see into the future, however limited, isn’t always so simple. Sometimes not everyone can be saved.

“Don’t let them know you can see them.”

Graduate students from a local university are dying, and former lover and FBI agent Maggie Trent is the only person who believes their deaths aren’t as accidental as they appear. But the truth can only be found in something from Corrigan Bain’s past, and he’s not interested in sharing that past, not even with Maggie.

To stop the deaths, Corrigan will have to face up to some old horrors, confront the possibility that he may be going mad, and find a way to stop a killer no one can see.

Corrigan Bain is going insane . . . or is he?

Because there’s something in the future that doesn’t want to be seen. It isn’t human. It's got a taste for mayhem. And it is very, very angry.

By the author of Immortal and Hellenic Immortal.


My Thoughts

It's no secret that Gene Doucette is one of my favourite authors. I have a few favourite authors, I'm not remotely exclusive in this regard. Clive Cussler's work is awesome but I only like his Dirk Pitt novels, Patricia Cornwell's work is also fantastic, but I really only like her Scarpetta novels. Sooooo... when I first read Fixer, I was nervous. I loved, loved, loved, LOVED Immortal and Hellenic Immortal. I badger Gene quite frequently for Immortal 3. BUT this was a whole new character, would I even like Corrigan Bain? The short answer is yes, I do. Phew, hey? It's bad news for Gene though... I've now got something else to badger him about.


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What inspired you to write your first book?

That’s an interesting question but let’s talk about how we’re defining “first book”.  The first time I tried writing a novel I was in eighth grade and I was trying to write what was essentially a knock-off of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  I didn’t finish it, and what existed of it was written in longhand on lined paper.  I don’t know where it ended up.  My first completed novel was an expansion of an idea I had for a comic book miniseries that I wrote through high school and part of college.  It ended up being a 150,000-word manuscript that should never be seen by anyone, ever.  But it was fun to write.

So if we’re talking about the first option, I was inspired to write by Doug Adams and the idea that I could do that too.  The second option came from trying to flesh out something that had originally been much smaller, and I wanted to see how much of a story I ended up with.

I think every novel I wrote after those two efforts came about because I either thought I could do something better than another writer had (the “Christ, I can write better than that” reaction) or because I wasn’t sure if I could do something and thus had to try.


If you could get any author to read your book, who would it be and why?

I’m funny about other authors.  Someone asked me the other day what authors I’ve met when they’ve gone on book signing tours, but I’ve never gone out to meet a famous author so I didn’t have an answer.  I can think of a lot of authors I would love to have read my books, but mostly because those authors seem really cool and I like it when cool people read my books.  So sure, I’d love it if Neil Gaiman read my stuff, or Stephen King, or John Green.  They all seem really cool and very outgoing and I can imagine having a conversation with one of them after they’d read something of mine.  But I can also think of a bunch of non-authors that I also think are really cool that it would also be great to have a conversation with afterwards.


Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Not really.  It was too long ago.  I basically decided I was going to be a writer as soon as I realized someone was responsible for assembling the words I was reading.  Probably first or second grade.  It just seemed like a neat thing to do, I guess.


How did you design your cover?

The cover design was suggested by me, but assembled by Megan Dooley for the publisher.  I made additional suggestions on drafts to get it tweaked and looking the way it looked in my head, but all the credit should go to Megan, who was the artist here.


Do you have any advice for new writers wanting to get a start in the publishing world?

There are so many ways to get a book out to people now.  I went with an indie publisher, but you might go the self-publishing route.  Either route is fine, but you will need to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each path before deciding.  I could have self-published—all three of my currently published novels were finished between 6 and 8 years ago—but held out for a publisher I could work with and that wanted to work with me.  That was a sacrifice, but a good one in my mind.  

But okay: advice.  My advice is, be your own best editor.  Self-publishing, indie or big market, you’re going to benefit from having an editor (even if you hire your own), but the book should have already gotten its most thorough edit from you.  


Author Bio

In addition to ghost writing for an immortal man, Gene Doucette has been published as a humorist with Beating Up Daddy: A Year in the Life of an Amateur Father and The Other Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: A Parody. He is also a screenwriter and a playwright. Gene lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and two children.

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