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Book Giveaway: Kill Shot

Courtesy of Atria Books, I have a copy of Kill Shot by Vince Flynn for one (1) lucky winner!

1st chapter excerpt: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Kill-Shot/Vince-Flynn/9781416595205/excerpt
Video: http://youtu.be/oCANCaPV2W4

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 24. I’ll draw a name on August 25, and notify winner via email.

Good luck!

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Blu-Ray Review: Cellular

Cellular Blu-ray Edition

Official Synopsis:
A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.

Review:
Kim Basinger and Chris Evans star in this 2004 action/adventure film. Basinger is kidnapped without explanation and thrown into a dark basement. Jason Statham plays the ruthless kidnapper who smashes the only phone in the room. But Basinger’s character is a science teacher and she quickly gets the phone working but can’t dial a specific number. Chris Evans’ character, a young slacker, receives her distressing phone call that she’s been kidnapped. Something in him snaps, and he suddenly becomes a hero that will stop at nothing to save her and her family. This was a surprisingly fun and exciting movie with plenty of action – and Basinger’s character is a strong and smart woman instead of just a helpless victim. William H. Macy also had a great role of a disenchanted police officer who is given the chance to prove himself. Fast-paced and full of thrills, mystery, suspense, and humor – Cellular was one I thoroughly enjoyed.

YA Thriller Book Review: Cold Fury

Cold Fury by TM Goeglein

Sara Jane Rispoli is part of a close-knit Italian family. Her father, uncle and grandfather all run a bakery. But when her uncle’s jealousy of her father causes a rift in the family, Sara Jane learns that her family has been keeping some dark secrets. Then her house is broken into and her parents and brother disappear, and Sara Jane discovers, courtesy of a hidden notebook, that her family has been rooted in the Chicago mafia since the days of Al Capone. Now, Sara Jane is on the run from a determined, hooded pursuer and a dirty cop, while desperately trying to find out what happened to her family.

Sara Jane is a smart sixteen-year-old with a good heart. She doesn’t have any desire to join any cliques at school and would rather hang out with her family. As a result, she doesn’t have many friends. But she excels at boxing, her favorite past time, that seems to fuel a strange “cold fury” that burns within her in times of distress.

I love being surprised by new authors. And this was a breath of fresh air. Goeglein’s story of Sara Jane’s family is fascinating, weaving in Chicago’s mob history back in the days of the prohibition. I found myself completely caught up in the excitement and suspense. Cold Fury is YA thriller with a complex plot, fascinating characters, and fast-paced adventure. This riveting story was impossible to put down. The climactic ending, left on a bit of a cliffhanger that left me wanting more. Thankfully, this is just the first in a planned trilogy from an obviously talented new author. YA adventure fans as well as adults should check out this outstanding debut.


Cold Fury releases from Putnam Juvenile on July 24, 2012.