Sunday, January 25, 2015

Now You See Me, Movie Review


I wanted to see this movie from the first time I saw the preview.  It has such an amazing and diverse cast that I knew it would interesting and that everyone had some importance.  I watched this the other night and I am still thinking of how all the items took place.  In fact I really have no con's for the movie...except one..which I will talk about below:)

Pros
*The cast.  They are just amazing in general, have great careers behind and ahead of them, but in this movie they just shine!  I love the dynamic they bring, the depth to the characters and how fascinating they help this movie come across as.
*The flow of the movie.  It kept me on my toes, trying to find the tricks and really understanding that the lines these characters say were very important!
*The magic tricks.  They were amazing.  I am not usually captivated by magic, but wow, even seeing the explanation behind many of the tricks I was in awe of the creativity, the professionalism, the skill and overall effect.
*The twist at the end..so did not see that coming.  I figured the person behind the scene was going to be two or three different characters depending on what scene the movie was on...I was wrong..WRONG on all counts..and loved the movie even more because of it.

Cons
*The underlying premise was that the hoursemen are to help ensure justice and right wrongs (or that is what I took from it), but by the end of the movie I was left wondering was it just a case of revenge?  I might not feel that way if it showed what took place next or how they continued helping, but the way it was left I felt like yeah some people had their situation improved, but it was all in a quest for a type of revenge.

Memorable Quotations
Merritt McKinney: When I first met you, I thought you were kind of a... dick.
Merritt McKinney: No, no. That's it.
J. Daniel Atlas: That's very nice. I'm touched.
Merritt McKinney: Yeah, just from the heart.
J. Daniel Atlas: Well, I didn't say where I was touched.

J. Daniel Atlas: The closer you think you are, the less you'll actually see.

Merritt McKinney: I'm just trying to create the space for wisdom.
J. Daniel Atlas: Okay, so you're like Buddha, if he wasn't so enlightened.
Merritt McKinney: And you're like Jesus, if he was arrogant and all of his miracles were fake.

As you can tell from my only one con, I loved this movie.  What did you think?


Sunday Songs

I can't get these songs out of my head so I thought I would share the glory:)

Hozier~ Take Me to Church
Taylor Swift~ Blank Space
Eric Church~ Talladaga

Any songs that you can't get out of your head?  Please share!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Trouble with Flirting by Rachel Morgan, Book Review

General Information
Genre: YA/Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services/Self
Published: September 9, 2014

Book Summary:(Per GoodReads)
Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself. She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend. But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she’s willing to pay, and that what — and who — she wants most has always been right in front of her.

My Thoughts:
Light-hearted and easy to feel a connection with this book!  I think most girls and maybe guys (not a man, sorry y'all!) want to re-invent themselves sometime in life.  Maybe college, high-school, new job, etc.  This book takes that idea, adds some romance, funny scenes, tender moments, issues that many young adults face and creates a story that I loved!

Very effective in creating this world that Livi lives in through descriptive words, dialogue and other characters.  Her humorous situations and internal thoughts resonated with me and my concerns when I went to college.  I further enjoyed this story because it is not just a one level romance story for the YA audience.  Rachel takes this story and shares some good lessons on issues that many face today; fear of fitting in, being yourself, the potential prevalence of drugs and alcohol in group settings, choosing your friends wisely, etc.  Though I will admit, it is the ending or the interactions between Livi and her best friend/roommate that were the clincher for me enjoying this book.

Only after I read it and started researching the author, books, etc. did I find out this was #2 in a series.  It most certainly can be read as a stand alone, though after reading it I was intrigued by the summaries of the other books in the Trouble series as well!  This is a quick, easy and very enjoyable read!  If you like YA books that can have teachable moments with light romance this one is for you:)

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The November Man, Movie Review


I am a Pierce Brosnan fan so I was very excited to see this movie at Redbox!  I couldn't wait to watch it and figured I would love it....well I was not wrong..it was FANTASTIC!

Pros
*Action packed from the get go.  This is not a movie that you have to wade through a lot of back story.  It gets going and stays strong throughout.
*Kept my attention.  I never knew what or who was going to what or when!
*I love the little loops several characters threw us!
*Pierce Brosnon...really there is no need to go further..but he is an amazing actor.  Regardless of what I watch him in I believe his roll and I don't get confused with his other rolls.
*The various locations..so many were pretty or sad, but they all grabbed your focus and played perfectly into the movie.
*The movie was more detailed then just a typical gun and action movie.

Cons
*I didn't think it would take that long for people to figure out the girls secret.  I never can tell what is happening and I got that one.
*How was the assassin just walking around everywhere?  I felt that was bit jumpy.

Memorable Quotations
Alice: Why do you hate him so much? The man who wants to kill us. Why do you hate him? Huh?
Devereaux: I don't hate him. No. He's probably the best friend I've ever had.
Alice: So, all your friends try to kill you?
Devereaux: Eventually.

David Mason: "Us or them?"
Peter Devereaux: "Does it really matter? You feel the need for a relationship? Get a dog."


I would recommend this movie to anyone.  Girl or guy, movie buff or not, action fan or sweet.  While mainly action packed there was enough of a sweet side due to the connections to family and protective instincts that I think most everyone can find a connection to enjoy this movie!

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton, Book Review

General Information
Genre:YA
Publisher: Random House
Published: expected February 10, 2015

Book Summary:(Per Author's website)
The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend. But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought. And now it’s too late to walk away.
My Thoughts:
When I first saw this book and summary I was immediately enthralled and wanted to start reading it, so I was very happy to receive a copy to review!  I have read other reviews that likened it to the Hunger Games and Divergent series, and while I can make that connection, once you start reading this book it is completely different and amazing on its own.

The action scenes are intense and well thought out, the descriptions of the locations read like a movie (and HELLO her website said that this book has already been bought so it can be made into a MOVIE!!...let's just say I already have some thoughts on who should play certain characters..)  I found myself throughout this entire book thinking how creative or I wonder what that would look like!  I mean can you imagine a huge ship that is floating around London?  Or the ability to time-travel and get lost?  Or to stretch your life(mind blown!) !!  Interestingly enough I am very excited to see how media portrays the Dreads...because their image changed in my mind each time they had a role in the book.  I also can't wait to see the weaponry.

But if you are reading this and thinking oh it is only about action/violence...WRONG!  Arwen does a fantastic job about bringing in relationships between families, friends and community.  While reading and seeing how the story is going I alternated between what I wanted to happen, who should remain in relationships, who should change, I cheered for certain hugs and laughed over certain fights or deaths and cried on other characters fates.

If you like books that make you feel, take you on a journey and yes this is a series so leave you hanging then this book is for you!  I for one know I am excited for the next book and hope that it is released quickly:)

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Blurb

In this Brotherhood you live or die by the three-piece patch. For Hold Dawson, Vice-President of the Hells Highwaymen Motorcycle Club, it’s not just black ink tattooed on his body, but the religion he worships, and the law that governs his life. Nothing else matters. Family by choice and not by blood. More sacred than a shared name. Bound by respect. Loyal to death.
Unity.  Respect.
Love.   Devotion.
Forever.

But there’s another side to this life. One the President, Hold’s own father, lives and regulates by.

Merciless. Wrathful.
Murderous.    Dishonest.
Lethal.

It’s blood in and blood out and only one man gets to be king.


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He watched her slender artist’s hand caress her taut, tattooed abdomen, instantly jealous that it wasn’t his own blunt fingers that idly drifted across her silky flesh. Her eyes flickered with awareness to where he stood at the end of the bed watching her. It only made his balls draw up tight. His rock-hard erection jutted outward, thick and long. He couldn’t halt his hand from massaging it with slow, steady jerks. His teeth burrowed painfully into his bottom lip. - Hell's Ink


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wicked Sense by Fabio Bueno, Book Review

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Genre: YA
Publisher: Booklings Publishing
Published: September 17, 2012
Book Summary: (Per GoodReads)
Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity's immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.


My Thoughts
Amazing. This book has YA elements, romance elements, fantasy/mystical elements and still reads so easily and enjoyably that I never wanted the story to end!  Fabio tells this story from both lead characters perspective and that truly is my favorite part!  I love that as a reader we know what both characters thought of events or people. It enriched the story and kept me rooted to the book.  Seriously I could not put it down!

All the characters are so rich in their development that I felt like I could see them in my own neighborhood or as people I might have gone to high school with.  The relationship dynamics between family, friends, ex's, etc. were spot on and done in a way that humorous.  I loved the scene where Skye had a truth spell in play!  So good to see a macho man telling his actual thoughts which were quite sincere and sweet.  Additionally, all characters are this developed, not just the main...in fact some of the characters I am most excited to see grow and what happens with them are not the main, but some of the secondary..I am rooting for you Priscilla!

It is the beginning to the series, but the great part is that the other books in the series are available to read when you do finish this introduction to a world of magic, teenagers and a deception of epic proportions.  You will be left with questions of how can this happen, will they be successful, what is going to happen to make the truth come out, etc.

This is a beautifully written story that will grab your attention for many reasons and hold it to the end.  I am thrilled I was able to read it and cannot wait to start reading the next in the series.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wanderlush by David Robert, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Humor
Pages: 176
Publisher: Abbott Press
Published: August 15, 2014

Book Summary (Per GoodReads):
When David, a self-proclaimed anxiety-ridden introvert, convinces himself he's dying of cancer, he invites his delightfully unpredictable, Xanax-popping, chardonnay-swilling mother on a series of international good-bye vacations. By doing so, he unwittingly opens a Pandora's Box of hilarious and humiliating events that will test just how far they are willing to go to get a laugh.

David knows the trips will be anything but boring because he and his mom have been causing a scene for as long as he can remember. He describes her as a cross between Bea Arthur and Karen Walker from Will and Grace, and she is notorious for bending the rules.

But nothing can prepare him for escapades that include digging his mom out of a rain gutter in Costa Rica and being dragged across the Arabian Desert by a psychotic camel named Forrest Hump. As the vacations unfold, David discovers that although he and his mom are having the time of their life, she is ready to share a secret that will change everything.

My Thoughts
I love this family and book.  When this book ended I was sad because I wanted more adventures, stories and laughter.  I normally do not laugh when I read books, I might chuckle, smile, etc. but not a full out laugh.  Well this book if you are looking to laugh is it.  In some scenes I laughed so loud and hard I had tears in my eyes.  I had family and strangers ask me what I was reading because I was laughing at the library, Panera's and everywhere else I was reading.

Wanderlush is a quick read that is filled with; snarky and fantastic humor, sarcastic conversations, wine, laughter with and at each other, and true love and relationships between family.  I enjoyed that the chapters all had him and his mother, but also introduced us to the rest of his family.  If you have read my posts and reviews before you know I love to share some of my favorite quotations or sections of a book and this one, my lord I was writing down almost every other experience.  I tried to parse it down some, but truly if you are looking to laugh, to be cheered up, see a fun family dynamic, experience some travel fun and antics then this book is most definitely for you.

Memorable Quotations
"I describe my mother as a cross between Bea Arthur and Karen Walker from Will and Grace." (side note~ as my blog shows...I LOVE Karen Walker...aka..this book was off to a great start)

"Remember, dear, you are the sperm that beat the others in the race.  So the next time those kids bully you, turn around and run like hell."

"I preferred traveling with people like my mom, people who chewed Xanax like Tic Tacs and relentlessly sweated the small stuff."

"I'm not sure what's more disturbing, having your bottom teeth bounce off my lap or the fact that you had a bottle of chardonnay in your purse."

"When Americans are asked to think of something ancient, our reference point is Betty White."

"There's a responsibility that comes with being interesting, and I'm hoping to see you rise tot he occasion. Boring is easy." . . . ." My mom is giving me a performance review."

"We're going to forget those words came out of your mouth, as a one-time exception."

"Surprisingly, I have breasts after all." 'Well maybe that's the silver lining in all of this,"

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The Orphan of Torundi by J.L. McCreedy, Book Review

General Information
Genre: YA/Thriller/Spy
Pages 300
Publisher: November 28, 2014
Published: Penelope Pipp Publishing

Book Summary: (Per Goodreads)
To find the truth, she must first uncover the lie ….

Orphaned as an infant, Sam is raised by a pharmaceutical research mission in the rain forests of Torundi. She wields a mean machete, makes soap from candlenuts and is a fairly astute amateur entomologist. You know, the normal stuff. But a month before her seventeenth birthday, she is exiled to an American boarding school in Malaysia.

Armed with little more than her unusual upbringing and church-lady clothes, Sam must contend with her new existence as the world's most socially unprepared high school senior. Well that’s just fine. Because she is determined to solve the mystery behind her banishment and return home tout de suite.

But when she discovers the unthinkable – that her banishment is tied to an enigmatic corporation with illicit designs on Torundi – she realizes the real mystery she must uncover is ... why? Soon, Sam is caught in a whirlwind of intrigue, danger and greed. As she chases this thread of truth to its end, she unravels a plot that threatens her beloved Torundi, her trust in the boy she has grown to love and her own existence.


My Thoughts:
This is probably one of my favorite books I have read this month.  As in it is tied for my favorite with 2 other book. (and yes I have read way more than 3 books this month!)

This book has a sweet romance, high school stereotypes that even in another country hold true, political and financial intrigue regarding so many different things and characters and a fantastic dialogue.  The only reason it does not take the favorite spot for me flat out is that I had a hard time, initially, that the two main characters, one being the boy, and the other being the orphan are both just barely adults.  Now I realize that sounds silly, but this book has some high stakes spy maneuvers, covert affairs and items at play and we find out the main characters are still not even in their 20s.  But if you are YA readers and you love YA books then this is not a far reaching issue and you can quickly move past it (as I did!)

Once past any age issues, you will find yourself immersed in another world where the USA is far from present or even relevant.  In Torundi and the boarding school, relationships are still front and center, but it is a different environment.  Politics and intrigue take the front seat as Sam quickly realizes her being banished is not all that it seems.  Sam is a fantastic female lead.  She has times where she is not quite sure of herself, but she is overall a very strong and charismatic character who follows her heart and does what she  believes is best at all times.  The boy at question..well his description makes it seem one that I as many readers will just take a deep sigh.  He is smart, charismatic, multi-talented and while faces a struggle over what to do (hello morals) he always had me fighting for him!


After I finished this book, and remembered to close my mouth at the cliff hanger that we are left with, I quickly started researching this author and trying to find out more information about her other works, if there would be another book to answer the cliff hanger,etc..  I could not find that out, so if you do please let me know!

Memorable Quotations
"Excited chatter erupts all around me, but I feel as if I'm watching everything from somewhere else. Hell, maybe."

"His eyes are as deep as the straits around us, deep and alive and full of unknowns.  But I've already jumped in.  I've jumped in and I swim to that thing I believe in."

"A hazy past no one has ever told me.  A pst only enemies understand.  I am taboo.. . . Taboo from existing, even, without my ever having suspected why. And no, here I am, unwittingly the link to a kingdom I hold so dear."

"Trust and belief.  I think they're the same thing." "I--I think it depends on what you mean by belief,"

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Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble by Claudine Gueh Yanting, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Middle School/ Children
Pages:98
Publisher: CarryUsOff Books
Published: April 8, 2014

Book Summary: (Per Amazon)
"If we take a special one from the sea, the sea will take a special one from us." 

Or maybe, Little Orchid thinks, a not-so-special one. 

It begins with a desperate wish to prove to Ma that she isn't sprouting nonsense about the Giant Cuttlefish. Yet when Little Orchid encounters the sea monster face-to-face, she can only stand by and watch helplessly as it gets killed for dinner. Horror and guilt wash over her. That night, Little Orchid wakes up and finds boils all over her body, her nose and mouth stretched, and her fingers transforming into creature-like arms. 

With an unexpected storm approaching, and without a proper goodbye to her family, Little Orchid must now leave home and start a new life as a sea monster. 

... 

LITTLE ORCHID'S SEA MONSTER TROUBLE is a middle-grade story about the frail trust between children and mothers, the resilience of family love, and the strength summoned when we are staring straight at our monster selves. (Age 9 & up)

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book.  The story telling was fluid and the lesson behind the story was a valuable one.  It is clearly a book for age 9 and up though because it is a very short and fast read.  The only thing that would make me say it is more for children completely is the artwork.  While the pictures are great; they actually seem geared to and for children. They actually led me to believe this was a book for younger children until I started reading the story.

Many parts of this story resonated with me, and this is why I think adults would enjoy and can learn from this book.  The main parts are those that took place while Little Orchid was a sea monster.  The octopus and lobsters were so wise and loving in relaying their point of views/lessons.  I loved that Claudine took animals not usually used and in some case feared by children to relay valuable ideas.  The ending of this book melds both worlds together in a very sweet ending that readers all can enjoy and take a different importance.

Memorable Quotation
"Before I drifted off to sleep, I thought of how being a small place in a big world wasn't such a terrible idea.  Frightening, but not terrible.  At least it gave you the chance to find out how strong and powerful you could be."

"Even if she thought I brought trouble and spoke nonsense, she did still love me. And that was enough."

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Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback, Book Review

General Information
Genre: Thriller/Swedish Gothic
Pages:376
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Published: January 27, 2015

Book Summary:(Per NetGalley)
Wolf winter,’ she said, her voice small. I wanted to ask about it. You know, what it is.’
He was silent for a long time. It’s the kind of winter that will remind us we are mortal,’ he said. Mortal and alone.’ 


Swedish Lapland, 1717. Maija, her husband Paavo and her daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackåsen, a mountain whose foreboding presence looms over the valley and whose dark history seems to haunt the lives of those who live in its shadow.

While herding the family’s goats on the mountain, Frederika happens upon the mutilated body of one of their neighbors, Eriksson. The death is dismissed as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain that the wounds could only have been inflicted by another man. Compelled to investigate despite her neighbors’ strange disinterest in the death and the fate of Eriksson’s widow, Maija is drawn into the dark history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Black√•sen. Young Frederika finds herself pulled towards the mountain as well, feeling something none of the adults around her seem to notice.

As the seasons change, and the wolf winter,” the harshest winter in memory, descends upon the settlers, Paavo travels to find work, and Maija finds herself struggling for her family’s survival in this land of winter-long darkness. As the snow gathers, the settlers’ secrets are increasingly laid bare. Scarce resources and the never-ending darkness force them to come together, but Maija, not knowing who to trust and who may betray her, is determined to find the answers for herself. Soon, Maija discovers the true cost of survival under the mountain, and what it will take to make it to spring

My Thoughts
Without a doubt this is one of the best and most suspenseful books that I have read in ages.  Cecilia Ekback has a gift in creating with words a world that draws us in and surrounds us with the eerie feeling of the "other."

I was drawn to this book because of the sole wolf on the white background.  Upon reading the book summary I knew that I had to read it; and, the entire book did not disappoint.  The characters felt life like, the history and description of the land, events and people were tangible.  At times I truly could see it in my eyes like I was watching a movie.  One of the things I enjoyed the most was while there were hints upon reflection of this book, I never saw what happened coming.  There were so many twists and turns for each character; and, each turn had me in shock over what happened.  This thriller stayed full stream ahead until the very last page.  I am pretty sure my mouth was dropped open at the ending, but I LOVED how the story finished.  I must admit I was surprised by some of the decisions from various characters, but the ones that finished the book ...perfection.

If you like descriptive stories, full of suspense, history and lore, you will be an ardent fan of this book and author.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Afterlife of Alanna Miller, Media Blitz


Afterlife Of Alanna Miller
Book Three in the Nightmares Trilogy
Demelza Carlton
Genre: Mystery Thriller

Synopsis:
Five years ago, Nathan's world came crashing down. The witness protection program stole the woman he loved and now he's lost everything - including hope that she's still alive. His security job is a daily reminder of the girl he failed to protect, dragging him deeper into despair.

Forced to assume the identity of a dead girl, Caitlin struggles to rise from the ruins of the life she lost. A career change summons her home, but Perth isn't the safe haven it seems. Someone is hunting her - one of her kidnappers, a long-lost relative or another terrorist with an axe to grind?

When nightmares from their past threaten to engulf Nathan and Caitlin, can a broken hero and a girl living another woman's afterlife finally fight their way free?

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Afterlife Excerpt #1

"Seriously, what the hell is this, mate?"
Navid swallowed his huge mouthful of pie. "What do you mean?"
"This!" I shook the letter at him. "Is ASIO trying to buy my silence or what?"
Navid took the letter, held it at arm's length and squinted at it. Looked like he needed reading glasses. Was he really getting that old? He passed the paper back to me. "It's not a bad sum for not telling a story you're not going to talk about anyway. I'd take it and book a nice holiday with it, if I were single like you. You could spend a month touring in the US or Europe for that, including flights."
"But I can't take a holiday if you need me as a witness in the inquiry. Have they finally set a date yet? It's weird, getting offered money for silence before the hearings. Is this because there'll be press coverage on the inquiry into that bastard Mott? And they want to make sure we won't talk to the press?"
Navid stared at something in the distance. "No, no one's set a date for the inquiry."
"So why now?" I persisted. "Why are they throwing money at me? It's Caitlin they have to worry about, and this is nowhere near as much money as the TV stations or magazines offer. I don't see her agreeing to take ten grand to keep quiet. Not when she can get a hundred times that for an exclusive."
Navid coughed. "I think they'll be offering her a lot more than that. After all, she's the one who almost died."
"So it's not just hush money? It's compensation for damages suffered and…all the other shit it says in the letter? What about my sister? What about Alanna? Did she get a posthumous payout, too? And a hypocritical letter saying the department deeply regrets her kidnapping, rape, torture and death, but here's some money to make it feel better? Shit, if Caitlin's letter says that, expect fireworks." My heart ached at just the sound of her name. I'd give anything to see her explode. I'd know she was alive and okay, wherever she was.
He lowered his voice. "If they can find her. There's a rumour in the department that all the documents in her file are gone. Papers, digital, recordings of statements…everything, just gone. And the details of her witness protection arrangements, too, so that means she's disappeared."
I stared at him in shock, silence money forgotten. "You don't know where she is? She could be dead or hurt or God knows what! You have to find her! She'll need to give evidence at the inquiry, too. I mean, she nearly died because of him." And I'd get to see her if she came for the inquiry, even if I had to camp outside the building. I'd know she was alive and okay, even if only for a moment. "Ask him where she is. He'll know."
"She was never going to be part of the inquiry. She didn't have any contact with him beforehand and her statements will be enough, or they would have been, if we could find them. Now, I don't even know if there'll be an inquiry at all." He sighed and lobbed his empty pie bag into the nearest bin.
I stopped dead. "What do you mean, no inquiry? I get paid off to shut up while that dickhead gets off scot-free? Fuck that."
Navid sighed. "The justice system isn't geared toward punishing dead people."
"Yeah, which leaves Mott, seeing as everyone else is dead. Wait, hang on…are you saying he's dead, too?" My mouth hung open. "Who killed him? Whoever did it's a legend and I owe him a carton of beer. I've wanted to do it for years!"
Navid coughed out a laugh. "Then you owe Mott a carton of beer, because the official report says he killed himself. With an ornamental dagger, no less. Bit melodramatic, if you ask me."
I found myself shaking my head. "That can't be right. Mott was a mean bastard. He'd never do the world a favour and off himself. And if he did, he'd take people with him, or at least set someone up for his murder, so he could laugh all the way to hell. Who do you suspect?"
Navid shrugged. "Well, how many people hated him? It could be anyone."
Caitlin was good with a knife, I thought idly, not willing to believe it was her. If anyone deserved to be on the point of her blade, it was him. His negligence…his indifference to what she might suffer had almost gotten her killed.
"Look, I got to get back to work. They've got Michael and me looking for her. One girl in twenty million people, if she's even still in the country. The guys in Canberra want this whole affair over and done with as quickly as possible, so we got pulled off other projects to look for a girl who doesn't want to be found." He laughed, but sobered quickly. "Hey, she never mentioned anything to you, did she? About where she was headed, or the new name she'd be using? I remember the day Mott told her about the arrangements. She was really pissed off about them. Wish I'd asked her then."
I shook my head. "If she'd told me anything, I'd have given in and started hunting for her long before now. I'd change my name and go into hiding, too, if I had to." His words started to sink in. "Hang on. She never met Mott. He visited her in hospital when she was unconscious, but never afterwards. I'd never have let that bastard anywhere near her!"
He wouldn't meet my eyes. "She spoke to me privately when you weren't around, requesting a meeting with your superior. I made the arrangements and I drove her to the office and home again for both meetings. She spotted some inconsistencies in what he said, and told me she suspected he was corrupt. I dismissed it at first, figuring she was just a teenage kid with on overactive imagination, but some of the things she said rang some pretty loud alarm bells. Then I started to see him make mistakes, too. It took me four years to get enough evidence together to warrant an enquiry, and now he's dead, so we'll never know why he did it, or what else he knew." He laughed quietly. "I wonder if she knew. I'd love to ask her now."
I hesitated, then ploughed ahead anyway. "If you find her, can you tell me? I just want to know that she's okay. It's killing me, not knowing."
He shook his head and wouldn't meet my eyes. "Nathan, you know I can't do that. She's in witness protection for a reason, even if the official five years are up and she can let up on the secrecy now. She's not the sort to go splashing her photo on every social media channel she can find just because she can." He inhaled sharply, considering. "I'll tell you what. If we do find her and I get a chance to speak to her, I'll tell her that you wanted to know she was okay, and that you'd love to talk to her, but only if that's what she wants. It's not like you offered to go into hiding with her."
"I would have if she'd asked me, or even wanted me," I whispered, more to myself than to him.


BOOK ONE
Nightmares Of Caitlyn Lockyer

Synopsis:
Six months ago, Nathan's sister was brutally murdered.

Now the former playboy desires only one thing: revenge.

Late at night, Nathan trudges down the beach where his sister's body was found. He's searching for answers, but all he finds is a new nightmare: another girl's tortured body.
Only this one isn't dead . . . yet.

The unlikely hero becomes the prime suspect. Saving Caitlin's life was just the start. Nathan must win her trust and unlock the memories hidden in her nightmares to find out who's really responsible . . .before it's too late.

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BOOK TWO
Necessary Evil Of Nathan Miller

Synopsis:
"And now in breaking news, Caitlin Lockyer has been found. In the early hours of this morning, a man discovered her body dumped on a south-west beach. A police spokesperson would not confirm whether the girl known as the Absent Angel is alive or dead..."

Caitlin wakes in hospital, her damaged body telling a brutal story of torture, kidnap and rape that she will never forget. Her only lifeline is Nathan, the mysterious man who saved her life and promised to protect her. But Nathan is a broken man, hounded by his own demons and secrets he can't bear to tell.

Burning for retribution, Caitlin will stop at nothing to get her life back. Can she trust Nathan to help her - or will his past destroy them both?

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About The Author:

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.

She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.

Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.

Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.

The suggested reading order for each series is as follows:

Turbulence and Triumph series:
Ocean's Justice
Ocean's Trial
Ocean's Triumph

Ocean's Gift series:
Ocean's Gift
Ocean's Infiltrator
Water and Fire
Ocean's Depths (to be released in 2015)

Nightmares Trilogy:
Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer
Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller
Afterlife of Alanna Miller (to be released 15 January 2015)

Mel Goes to Hell series:
Welcome to Hell
See You in Hell
Mel Goes to Hell
To Hell and Back (to be released on 1 February 2015)
The Holiday From Hell (to be released on 26 March 2015)

If you'd like more information about the background behind her books, you can visit her website at: demelzacarlton.com

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