Harry Potter Trailers (All Eight) - by Alex Todd

Trailers:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 0:04
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 2:31
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 5:43
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 6:37
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 8:58
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - 11:09
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - 13:33
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - 15:59
 
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I had always wondered about the contrasting relationship between Harry Potter and Professor Snape. One could never tell if Snape hated Harry just because of his lineage, or because he possessed his mother’s eyes.

And what was the nature of Snape’s relationship with Lily Potter? One would have thought they were best friends, but how could Snape expect to have kept that friendship alive with his deteriorating attitude and his dwelling into the dark arts?

As readers delve into the seven novels outlining the story of Harry Potter and his quest to find his past and destroy Lord Voldemort, we also find ourselves being shown a more dynamic picture of how it all began.  At first we are all given sight into the prophecy unknowingly given by Professor Trelawney and overheard by Snape who then brandished this information to Lord Voldemort. But Snape had not heard the entire prophecy and thus his error led to the killing of Lily Potter and her husband James whom Snape despised.

Now there are many speculations into why Snape had done this. Into Why Lord Voldemort had chosen to go after Harry instead of Neville Longbottom who was also born around the same time and could have also been the “chosen one”.

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I however thought that maybe, given the fact that Snape loved Lily Potter in a more obsessive way, that he would have told Lord Voldemort it was in fact Harry Potter the prophecy foretold about in order to rid the world of James Potter and Harry so that he alone could comfort Lily and she may very well fall for him instead.

The obsession Snape had with Lily was not only uncomfortable but fatally fanatic. He never read the signs in all his years of knowing Lily that she would despise anyone who delved into the dark arts. He never took her kind and delicate nature into consideration, only seeing what he himself wanted to see. His obsession soon became emotionally battering as his jealousy of James Potter turned him against Lily. So one, seeing as how he always reacted when James was around, could conclude that with the announcement of their marriage and having bore James’s son, Snape would seek revenge not only on James Potter, his son Harry, but Lily as well.

Could Snape, in such an obsessive rage have set up his beloved in a moment of fury as he had once done when he called her a Mudblood? Had he told Lord Voldemort about Harry in his peak of rage, and then felt terribly guilty later about what he had done?

But then Snape turned a new leaf. Upon the death of his beloved Lily, he promised Dumbledore he would help protect Harry should Lord Voldemort rise again. But that promise didn’t stop Snape from making every moment spent in Harry’s company a pleasant occurrence. In fact, Snape made a point to bully Harry, encouraging Harry to snap back in order to give him detention or remove points from the Gryffindor house.

So how could one truly believe that Snape had anything but hate towards Harry Potter?

There were so many contradicting instances where the reader, had they not paid close attention, could undoubtedly become confused.

Snape hated Harry but kept a close eye on Professor Quirrell in the “sorcerer’s Stone” at the bequest of Dumbledore. Snape trained Harry with Occlumency, a strengthening of the mind in order to keep Lord Voldemort out, at the instructions of Dumbledore. Yet during each lesson, he disdainfully chastised Harry so much the boy nearly broke. It was Snape who made sure Harry could retrieve the sword of Gryffindor, it was Snape who worked as a double agent between Lord Voldemort and Dumbledore & the order of the phoenix in order to  help the order stay one step ahead of Voldemort, and to keep Snape as his most informative so as not to suspect fraud.

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And when Voldemort killed Snape, in his last moments of life, he made sure he gave Harry his memories in order to give him the last message from Dumbledore that would end Lord Voldemort.

Even as we looked into Snape’s memories, we found that he had a peculiar way of showing his feelings. So much so that readers have to decide for them selves if they believe Snape really cared for Lily and that her death had really destroyed his resolve to entertain dark magic.

We follow Snape as he relives the reasons for his hatred of James Potter a man that bullied him and stole the love of his life. We find that Snape, so much like Voldemort, blamed others for his misfortune instead of looking at the clear picture in front of them.

Snape, being that he had known Lily the longest, had ample opportunity to show his care of her. He knew her better than Potter and yet he chose to explore the dark arts, chose to become a death eater, chose to work alongside the Dark Lord instead of following a better path with the love of his life.

One can only speculate if Snape somehow had the ambition to be an evil ruler himself, as he named himself the half-blood Prince. I had no doubt it wasn’t just his lineage that brought on this name. He must have had ambitions to conquer the magic & muggle world.

He should have known that walking this path would put off Lily so much so that the bullying from James Potter and his friends seemed innocent at best.  Why then, didn’t Snape prove his love? Why didn’t he do more than stand outside the Gryffindor Portrait hole refusing to leave? He should have done more than say “sorry”.

Instead at the breaking of their friendship, he delved more into the dark arts. And from there the history of his misdeeds continued. Until that is, he became the sole source of information that caused the death of the woman he so called loved.

This also led me to wonder, if the horrible way in which Snape died, was poetic justice for his misdeeds throughout his life. It also puzzled me, if the manner of his death was the reason Harry so quickly forgave him.

After all the way in which we followed Snape throughout the series was a little misleading. He was almost like two personalities; struggling with his grief while being more humbled, and the wicked Snape we knew from the beginning; a bully, a liar and a conniving miscreant.

While this behavior can be justified, he was in fact working against Voldemort, I still wonder if he had really changed. Had he really somewhere in his duty to watch over Potter, began to love the boy as if he was his own? Had he cared? Had the purity of his acts of good finally broken through to him and he changed for good?

One can only Ponder the musings of Severus Snape a man who once coveted the dark arts like a blanket, but loved to a point of obsession a woman so far out of his reach it was devastating.  And one must wonder, had Snape not been the one to tell Lord Voldemort about the prophecy setting off a chain of events leading up to the death of Lily Potter, if he would eventually have changed his ways for the better.

I would like to hope so.


 
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Synopsis: Samantha’s ability enables her to discern a person’s character through their multi-colored aura, and Robrek’s makes him the strongest healer the kingdom has seen in centuries. But their gifts also endanger their lives. Royals scheme to usurp the throne by marrying or killing Samantha, and priests plot to burn Robrek at the stake. Robrek escapes the priests only to be captured by Samantha’s arch-enemy, Duke Argblutal; Argblutal intends to force the princess to marry him by exploiting Robrek’s powers. To save their own lives and stop the realm from sinking into civil war, Robrek and Samantha must consolidate their powers and unite the people behind them.


 

Rating: *** 3.5 stars

My thoughts:

The beginning for me was a little bit choppy. I had wanted Jamie to explain the characters backgrounds, ethnicity since they were a foreign fantasy type, and their goddess herself.

It was almost like a world of its own. The Goddess Danu was a sorceress praised like a religious figure whose bloodline carried on the throne.  Samantha a young princess, who in my opinion needed more time to mature, was very troubled by the pressure of finding a suitor to marry.  It was hard for me to connect with Samantha at first, and even through out the book I felt like I was losing sight of her. Sometimes she could sound humble and caring, yet at the same time she was calculating and rude. Taking her station for granted and talking down to her workers, yet she was upset when she seen others mistreat peasants and people of lower class. I felt like her personality was all over the place until I got deeper into the book and she took on a more one dimensional frame.

My favorite character was Robbie. His background reminded me of Arthur from the Sword in the stone with a mixture of Cinderella, with an abusive father and older brother, a penchant for being bullied easily. I wanted him to fight for himself. If he possessed power…why didn’t he use it? Why weren’t they so afraid of him they cowered in his presence?

As I got deeper into the book I began to like it, although at first I didn’t think I would because I felt like I couldn’t get a great connection in the beginning. As the story progressed the reader is given insight into the two kingdoms that merged to form one, the King’s secrets and a binding love that surpasses magic, hate and misunderstanding.

It turned out to be a very enjoyable book.


 
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Book Synopsis:

 

The Tiferet Talk Interviews is a fascinating collection of twelve interviews transcribed from the Tiferet Talk Radio show, hosted by Melissa Studdard. Some of the world's most notable writers and spiritual leaders share their thoughts on writing, tolerance, and the world we live in today. Gain incredible insight into their perspective on ways to tell the truth of our lives, access creativity, and balance magic and craft. The Tiferet Talk Interviews includes a special introduction by Donna Baier Stein and interviews with Julia Cameron, Edward Hirsch, Jude Rittenhouse, Marc Allen, Arielle Ford, Robert Pinsky, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Robin Rice, Jeffrey Davis, Floyd Skloot, Anthony Lawlor, and Lois P. Jones.
Links:

·        http://tiferetjournal.com/

·        https://www.facebook.com/TheTiferetJournal


Rating: 3 stars ***

My Thoughts:
The book was nice, in an informative way. The interviews were a little lengthy, but filled with insight into the minds and work of different writers all leaders in their own genre and writing style. 

I wasn’t too keen on the book, but it wasn’t a horrible read. While it wasn’t my particular cup of Joe, I believe any new aspiring author would benefit from reading the interviews and seeing how good intellectually stimulating Interviews should go.

I believed, when completing the book, that this is an unintentional tool that can be used as a platform in guidance of how fluent and substantial interviews are and how they can benefit the writer.

As I have said, each interview held a candidate very much of their own league, I particularly liked the first interview of Julia Cameron and felt that that had been the perfect lead in interview for the book.

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Melissa Studdard is a professor, a book reviewer at-large for The National Poetry Review, a contributing editor for Tiferet Journal, host of the radio interview program Tiferet Talk, and a teaching artist for The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. Her bestselling novel Six Weeks to Yehidah won a Forward National Literature Award and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award and the Readers Favorite Award.

She loves anything related to writing and reading, whether it's sitting alone with a book and a cup of hot tea, or attending a large poetry reading or literary festival. She also loves travelling, meditating, going for walks, bicycling, practicing yoga, and spending time with family.

She currently resides in Texas with her wonderful daughter and their four sweet but mischievous cats.


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Donna Baier Stein’s writing has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Kansas Quarterly, New York Stories, Prairie Schooner, Washingtonian, many other journals and anthologies from Simon & Schuster and The Spirit That Moves us Press. Her short story collection was a Finalist in the Iowa Fiction Awards and will be published, as Sympathetic People, in 2013 by Serving House Books. She has received the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction, a Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, a grant from the New Jersey Council of the Arts, prizes from the Poetry Council of Virginia, two Pushcart nominations, and an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Her poetry chapbook Sometimes You Sense the Difference was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press. One of her stories was performed by Tony-award winning actress Maryann Plunkett at Playwrights Theatre in Madison, NJ. Donna was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and currently publishes Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature (www.tiferetjournal.com.) She is also an award-winning copywriter. Her website is www.donnabaierstein.com.


 
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Rating- *** 5 stars

My thoughts:

By far, this has been the most extensively flavorful Urban Fiction I have read. Tremayne is a very lucrative and descriptive writer that not only leads his readers on a climatic journey, but partners it with historical information and emotions that will leave the mind thirsty.

It saddened me when reading the story as there were so many sensitive issues involved regarding race and a time where blacks were seen as nothing but dirt. I felt like Tremayne touched the subject with a both delicate and strong hand, giving me a front seat to the mind set of how hatred can lead a race to destruction. How ones violent circumstances can affect their entire life’s compass.

My America touched on so many focal points with issues directly relating to the Black communities while giving insight to how a man who has been beaten down by hatred thinks, acts, and what can become of him.

There was so much piled into this book I did not put it down. Literally took five hours to read and I found myself in tears at the end. It was the most emotionally charged, empathy evoking read I have had the pleasure of delving into.

If you have yet to open the pages of this book I tell you, please do so. But be sure to have a box of tissues, because once you finish, you will question humanities sense of humility, respect and most of all its purpose.


 

Harry Potter Trailers (All Eight)

Molly Weasley vs Bellatrix Lestrange

Harry Potter VS Lord Voldemort - Final Battle Hogwarts courtyard

 
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Synopsis: Twenty year old Emma hasn’t left the house since she was attacked as a child. Now, with the impending release of her attacker from prison, Emma knows it’s more important than ever for her to regain control of her life. From her unrelenting nightmares, to her strained relationships, to her crippling agoraphobia, Emma feels as though her life is spiraling out of control.

When her professor, Simon Anderson enters her life, Emma must deal with feelings she has never experienced before. Though both she and Simon know their relationship is bordering on inappropriate, neither of them is able to ignore the intense chemistry that is quickly developing between them.

What was supposed to keep her mind off the attack has left her more confused than ever. When there are so many reasons why you shouldn’t be together, is simply being in love really enough?

 

Genre: Romance, Fiction

 

Rating: 4 stars ****

 

My Thoughts:

This was a very sad story at first, the way innocence can be shattered by such evil as abuse. Then it blossomed into a daring love story as Emma, a girl struggling with life and her own self image, finds safety a something akin to love with an unsuspecting man. Professor Simon Anderson, I am sure, never expected to fall for his student let alone a broken girl. Was it her past that drew him or her shattered view of the world that sucked him in? And how were they to deal with a love that was so new yet perceived as wrong in the public eye should it be exposed?

I loved the daunting yet sweet tease of this romance as the story progressed. I loved the sense of danger and desperation by Emma as her past intertwined with a present that seemed unbalanced yet so very new as she finally came out of her shell to experience life.

This was a very endearing and entertaining read from start to finish. I enjoyed it immensely.



 
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DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Minnesota where I went to the same all-boys school that Senator Al Franken went to. He was a few years ahead of me. We didn’t call him “Senator” then. Probably for most of us there, girls seemed mysterious and elusive. I also only grew up with brothers, so I was deprived. Books and movies showed me the opposite sex. The stories seemed real, so maybe girls were real.

I thought I’d become a filmmaker, and I went to the University of Denver to do so, where I discovered I loved a coeducational environment, and I also liked to write. I came to California to make movies, then switched first to playwriting, then to fiction. I teach English and creative writing and publish. My wife is a damned good librarian, and I have great kids, one now in his twenties, the other in high school.

I learned it takes a lot to get what you want in life, but push, stay focused, and keep a sense of humor at all times. Coffee, dark chocolate, and a Pilot Precise V5 pen are three wonderful things. 

DWED: How was the concept of “Blood Drama” born?

I came to Blood Drama as part of my journey as a writer. I started as a journalist, writing for magazines and reviewing theatre and books for newspapers. I became a playwright, and I discovered that writing short stories was a synthesis of the two. I could write the “truth” as in narrative magazine articles, but using the drama I learned as a playwright. I could change the names and details to focus more deeply on the story. Fiction felt amazing to me—a way to approach how I see the world.

My short stories led to novel writing. I had an agent who said collections of short stories didn’t make money, so I should write novels.

My first and second novels, The Brightest Moon of the Century and Love at Absolute Zero were loosely based on things that happened in my life. After the short stories and the novels, I didn’t having any more amazing real-life experiences to write about. However, I’d been correcting my college students’ papers often at a Starbucks in a bank lobby near my house. I realized that I was there so often, I might witness a bank robbery someday. Guns might go off. I wondered what I would do if that happened. That notion led to Blood Drama.

The novel’s idea excited me, too, because I wanted to write a genre novel, a thriller. Those have their own rules. All forms have rules, but I’d have plenty of wiggle room. That’s because relationships always interest me, and I knew there would be a relationship in the story.  After I learned the FBI was in charge of bank robberies, I created Aleece Medina, a no-nonsense special agent. She became so interesting to me, she earned her own storyline.

DWED: How does Blood Drama stand out? What does it offer, and more importantly what can readers find within it pages?

As I mentioned earlier, writing is a journey. Now that I’ve been teaching creative writing for nineteen years, I’ve found that in my explaining things, I’ve looked for clear ways to get my students to understand narrative structure. I’ve pushed the elements of action and realization a great deal, which has also seeped through to my writing. This book has a tight pace and rich character. People find it a fast read. If readers like getting sucked into a story, even if it’s not their usual genre, try it out. Good stories are not easy to come by—true for writers, too. I enjoyed writing it, and it shows.

DWED: How is the critical feedback for “Blood Drama” so far?

As I write this, this is the first day of the blog tour, and the book won’t be published for two more weeks. Most reviews are still to come. Even so, a few early reviews have rolled in, and they’ve been great. I like that people love the characters, and one reviewer, Kristina Davis, even said she hopes for a sequel. We’ll see.


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DWED: What kind of messages do you try to instill in your writing?

I’m not a didactic writer. I’m not Ayn Rand, for instance, carving my narratives to fit a philosophy. However, theme is always important, and I hope people see in my protagonists that while they have weaknesses and vulnerabilities, they are mostly optimistic people. Some might call them slightly clueless. Yet they have drive and the belief that good things can happen.

In her review of The Brightest Moon of the Century, critic Meghan Burton wrote, “Christopher Meeks captures life's unpredictability while retaining a message of the hope that inspires us all.” I like that idea. It also fits in a tweet.

DWED: Where will you be stopping next for your tour?

Next is Lori Lutes at She Treads Softly, who will be reviewing the book. She reviewed Love at Absolute Zero two years ago, and I remember her liking the book so much, she thought it should be a movie. I do, too.

DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?

Publishing is hard for most people because it can be so daunting. Getting an agent is no easy task, and then jumping though the next hurdles—finding a publisher and getting the manuscript in top shape after feedback—can be hard. Self-publishing is no easy task, either. Most writers are terrible marketers.

Then, with so many books published, it’s easy to get lost. According to Bowker, the company that creates ISBN numbers for books, this is how many books have been recently published:

·        300,000 books were published in the U.S. 2003.

·        411,422 books were published in the U.S. in 2007.

·        1,052,803 books were published in the U.S. 2009.

·        Approximately 3,000,000 books were published in the U.S. in 2011.

Let’s compare these numbers to the number of movies shown in movie theatres. It seems as if we’re inundated with movies, doesn’t it? We had nearly 260 titles in theatres in 2011. Compare that to over three million book titles the same year. For people who don’t have a book blog as you do, the number of books read is likely to be fewer than the number of movies they saw.

These days, there are two basic ways to be published: 1) through finding an agent who finds you a major publisher or 2) self-publishing. Of course, there are variations in between, such as finding a small publisher with or without an agent.

To make a long story short, I worked as the senior editor at a small publishing house after I graduated with an MFA in writing from USC. I landed one agent, then another, I loved their enthusiasm. The last one found three enthusiastic editors for Love at Absolute Zero, but the big publishers’ marketing departments said no. It was too unusual a book. (A quantum physicist falls in love, connecting physics with the heart.) Thus I created White Whisker Books. I publish four authors so far, including myself, and to do it right, I use editors, proofreaders, publicists, and designers. I even found Teddy Rose, book blog tour operator extraordinare. I’m very happy with the results and with the readers who now are fans. Now I’m getting spoiled, as the books look so good, and I’ve been blessed with mostly great reviews.

DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?

I’m on my fifth draft of a mystery, 10 Days to a Bad Habit, and it may come out before the end of the year. Also, I’m publishing E. Van Lowe’s paranormal romance series, the Falling Angel Saga. The fourth and last book of the series, Falling, is coming out in December. David Scott Milton’s noir mystery Iron City is selling well, and Shelly Lowenkopf’s nonfiction book, The Fiction Writer’s Handbook just became a finalist for a major award, ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year. It’s a book for aspiring writers.

I’ve also started a new collection of short fiction. My original agent was wrong. Short fiction sells if you market well and are patient.

DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors?

The main thing is to be obsessive about content. Write, rewrite, and rewrite a few more times. Two things are particularly difficult: finding and staying with the love of your life, and writing a really great book. Becoming a millionaire is probably easier than those things. If you want a tongue-in-cheek view of what I think authors need to do, see my short YouTube video by clicking here.

DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?

In the aftermath of our news, filled with such sad things as the Boston bombing and the three girls being held hostage for a decade, it’s the small positive things in life that count for a lot—such as a great kiss, a good meal with friends, planting tomatoes—and writing a really great simile (“like a steak in a vampire’s mouth”). Enjoy those things and more.

 

About the Author:

Christopher Meeks first published short fiction in a number of literary journals, and the stories are available in two collections, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea and Months and Seasons. Recently, he’s focused on novels. The Brightest Moon of the Century is a story of a man who yearns for love and success, covering over thirty years—a tale that Marc Schuster of Small Press Reviews describes as “a great and truly humane novel in the tradition of Charles Dickens and John Irving.” His last novel, Love At Absolute Zero, is about a physicist who uses the tools of science to find his soul mate–and he has just three days. Critic Grady Harp calls the book “a gift.” The new novel, Blood Drama, has him edge into a thriller. Meeks also runs White Whisker Books and publishes four authors.

Christopher at the Red Room: http://redroom.com/member/christopher-meeks
Christopher’s Website www.chrismeeks.com

Christopher on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christopher.meeks1?fref=ts
Christopher on Twitter https://twitter.com/MeeksChris

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So Many Precious Books May 13 Review & Giveaway
Books, Books & More Books May 14 Review
Books, Books & More Books May 15 Interview
Alive on the Shelves May 16 Review
Ordinary Girls May 17 Review
DWED Blog May 20 Review
DWED Blog May 21 Interview
She Treads Softly May 22 Review
Reading With Tea May 23 Review
Darlene’s Book Nook May 24th  Interview &Giveaway
Green Mountain May 27 Review
Book Lover’s Library May 28 Review
Book Lover’s Library May 29 Interview & Giveaway
Raging Bibliomania May 30 Review
Hezzi D’s Books & Cooks June 3 Review
Celtic Lady June 4 Interview
OmniMyMystery June 6 I
Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews June 10 Review
Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews June 11 Interview
I’d Rather be Reading June 12 Review & Giveaway
Self Taught Cook June 14 Review
Wormhole June 17 Review
Wormhole June 18 Interview & Giveaway


 
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Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Crime Thriller

Synopsis: Everyone has a bad day. Graduate student Ian Nash has lost his girlfriend in addition to being dropped from a Ph.D. program in theatre at a Southern California university. When he stops at a local coffee shop in the lobby of a bank to apply for a job, the proverbial organic matter hits the fan. A gang of four robs the bank, and things get bloody. Ian is taken hostage by the robbers when the police show up. Now he has to save his life.

FBI Special Agent Aleece Medina's analysis of the bloody bank heist drives her into the pursuit of a robbery gang headed by two women. She doesn't anticipate how this robbery will pit her against both the bandits and the male higher-ups in the FBI while the media heats up during a giant manhunt.

The robbers are about to kill Ian, and all he has at hand is his knowledge of the stage.

Rating: 4 stars

My thoughts:

I loved this book from page 1. As the story begins we meet Ian a man who is on edge as he finds himself losing everything he has worked so hard to obtain. As he finds himself at the end of his rope he pulls his mind back into order and thinks of his priorities, first, finding a job. But it seems his momentary pit stop would be the culmination of his worst nightmare.

It seems he had walked into a bank heist gone wrong, but was it really? Ian finds himself jobless, womanless, moneyless and at the whim of four captors who plot his future…death or freedom.

You would have though Ian had learned his lesson; things just don’t go his way. But instead he embarks on revenge that may well cost him his life.

On the Flip side you have hard ball Aleece Median an FBI agent assigned to the case of the bank robbery that took a turn for the worst ending in Murder. She not only has a hard time proving herself as a female agent, but also has an untrustworthy Witness who is making her case more difficult.

The story spun here was so delicately woven it kept my rapt attention from start to finish. There was so much eye crunching suspense, twists and turns I had no clue the story would lead down. And a very satisfying ending I am positive readers will love.

Links:
Christopher at the Red Room: http://redroom.com/member/christopher-meeks
Christopher’s Website www.chrismeeks.com

Christopher on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christopher.meeks1?fref=ts
Christopher on Twitter https://twitter.com/MeeksChris




 
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Synopsis: According to Rene Descartes, no two bodies can occupy the same space at the same time and any physical motion of a body involves moving other bodies from the space they occupy. In my first work of contemporary fiction, Joule and Allen create their own movements in The Kitchen Dance.

Joule Dalton, a successful interior designer with a prestigious architectural firm, lived her life choreographed by her loved ones until a tragedy forces her to learn her own steps. Allen Brooks has endured his own share of manipulations and all his hard work and sacrifice has left him with nothing. He wears his troubles like the too large overcoat he picked up at a mission while living on the streets. This coat brings them together in an unexpected way. Joule takes the misfortunate Allen into her home in hopes of turning his life around. She gives him a place to live, a job, even introduces him to her wealthy friends. What she does not give him is her trust. This he must earn. The two combine their dreams and create a wonderful relationship. Then Allen gets a call that will challenge his sense of responsibility. He makes a choice, one that Joule cannot begrudge. Allen struggles with his decision while Joule goes back to her old life until they both realize what they really want.

 

 

Rating- *** 3 stars

My thoughts:

A uniquely told love story, this book was.  To me, it was a very touching and intriguing read. I loved the sense of morality Geri shows as her character Joule helps out a fellow man by taking him in off the streets.

Like with anything in life, a little bit of good can go a long way, but in any respect you also have the bad that comes along with it. I loved the flow of how ones past and indiscretions in life can come to haunt them as they try so desperately to weave a prosperous future. These issues are relatable, and fixed within the storyline so beautifully with a cast of characters you cant help but to embrace.

The characters were well defined as their tale of finding oneself and love developed through this endearing read.

Very well done Geri.

http://www.melange-books.com/authors/gerigtaylor/kitchendance.html