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I’ve been Tagged! Author Marcia Meara has tagged me in Bookshelf Tag Thanks for thinking of me, Marcia! I am having a fit of the “black funks” right now, so a break is just what I needed. I’ve never done one of these, so I intend to have fun. I hope you do to, when I tag you! Here are the rules for Bookshelf Tag:

“Answer the following questions about books on your bookshelf and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.”

  1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

I used to read the dark stuff. (Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago and Cancer Ward come to mind. The Gulag made me cry, and I was never brave enough to tackle Cancer Ward. Too depressing! Nowadays, I don’t read anything that I think will make me cry. I have had enough tears in my life. I can be scared, pissed off, horrified, or excited, but crying? Nah… Life’s too short, laugh while you can!

  1. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

I first found Urban Fantasy back in the 80’s (yea, I’m old, get over it! ROFL) I was gifted a copy of Moonheart by Charles deLint and I feel in LOVE. Sara and Jamie and all their friends moved into my heart and built a home, and their joy has lived with me ever since.   Ellen Datlow, Emma Bull and Terri Windling soon added to my list and from then on, Urban Fantasy has been my first and abiding love.

  1. Name a book that you want to reread.
    Oh, Jeeze! I always reread the previous books in my favorite series right before a new one comes out. I have read the Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series several times for this very reason. Now that I think about it, I think I will pull out Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks and give it another read . . .
  2. Is there a book series you’ve read but wish that you hadn’t?
    The Depths by Nick Thacker. The premise was so good – but the execution? Not so much. As I quoted in my review, Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. – John Ruskin He has another book out that sounds so good, but I won’t read it because of the issues that disappointed me in this one. 1) Errors in logic 2) Errors in science 3) Continuity issues 4) Grammatical and word usage issues. In other words, sloppy. I had promised to read and review for the Publisher, or I would have stopped ten pages in…..
  3. If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?
    My Charles deLint collection! I have a few signed firsts (the only signed firsts I have ever owned) because he brought me such joy so many times in my life. I can sink into one of his stories and live inside his world – especially Newford!
  4. Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?
    Wow. I have never thought of that. Hum… I suppose James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series would qualify. Yes, I know, that is a series, not a book, but I used to travel, a lot, and plugging in a Burke and listening to Will Patton’s smooth, almost luxuriant delivery always make the miles pass by in a nearly magical way.
  5. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
    A bit over a year ago, M.K. Clinton took a big chance and hired me to edit her books, The Returns and The Returns II: Showstoppers. After my chemotherapy and two years of absolute misery, I had decided to never do anything with my life that didn’t make me happy. When she asked me to edit her books, my whole life turned around. THIS was my calling! Since then, I am proud to say, I have been gifted with other editing jobs, as well as my ‘read-for-review’ requests, and I have never been happier. I have found my calling!
  6. Do you have any autographed books?
    Yes! The Charles deLint books I mentioned.
  7. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
    The Gulag Archipelago. I believe that battered old tome is the first book I ever owned. My cousin had struggled through it in school, and was about to throw it out. To say I didn’t come from a family of readers is an understatement. That book opened me up to a whole new world!
  8. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?
    Dirty little secret that is not really that much of a secret any more, given the book reviews on my site (Shh, don’t tell anyone!) I had never read a romance until a couple of years ago, when I picked up a Paranormal Romance. Now, when I want to relax and be assured of a HEA, complete with were-creatures, that is what I pull up on my reader. I like “kick-butt-take-names” Romantic Suspense also – just finished Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul – Awesome!

Now it’s time for me to pass it on to five bloggers whose blogs I enjoy:

If you haven’t found these wonderful bloggers and authors, you should visit them! And I look forward to reading their answers!

Best, Leiah

 

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Review: Exchange of Fire (An SBG Novel) by P.A. DePaul

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. – George Washington

1. A mercenary shall not have the right to be a combatant or a prisoner of war. – Art 47. Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977

Many military officials reportedly (also) expressed concerns that the security contractors were trigger-happy and “out-of-control cowboys who alienated the same Iraqis the military is trying to cultivate.” Defense Secretary Gates said that the contractors were at “cross purposes” with the military goals, and he suggested they be put under his authority. Opening Statement of Chairman Henry A.Waxman, in US Congress, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Hearing on Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, hearings, 110th Cong., 2nd sess., October 2, 2007

 

exchangeI first found Exchange of Fire on Reading In Pajamas and was intrigued. I love a “Kick Butt and Take Names” heroine, and Wraith definitively qualifies. A sharpshooting badass with a steady hand and a sharp eye, Wraith is part of a four-man (well, two men and two women, but you get the idea) with a super-secret, blackest-of-the-black private . . . well, corporation doesn’t really describe it. More like “If you even think that you know anything about the possibility of this group even existing, they will never find your body” sort of thing. Anyway! Nasty, nasty with razorblades on top.

But don’t think that this is all a bad deal. When the US government needs the really nasty, vicious, “how can they call these creatures humans” taken care of, they call SBG. And SBG gets it done. So, when they needed a cartel taken out that specialized in sex trafficking of young girls, Wraith, Magician, Talon and Romeo, and their leader, Cappy, are sent to Mexico to take care of the problem. However, after six months of chasing the cartel members, and losing young girls to short, horrific experiences, something had to be done. And what happened damaged Magician almost beyond salvaging – but it destroyed Wraith.

Six months later, the story picks up with Wraith living in a ‘bolt hole’ in the Carolinas, working for Grady, an ex-Marine who now runs a games center, full to bursting with go-cart tracks, a monster arcade room, paintball arena, and all the other wonderful, safe, fun goodies that kids and teenagers swoon over. They both have their damaged pasts to overcome, but Wraith’s makes Grady’s look like child’s play. But they are going to have to work together, because the monsters are coming – and they are out for blood.

The story was excellent. Fast action, two strong, capable women with guns and knives and scars pushed all my “Yeah, Baby!!!” buttons. When Magician, Talon, Romeo and Cappy come back on the scene, it is with a level of heart that was real and touching, with a dose of kicking Wraith’s ass, which she certainly deserved. They all have to pull together to get the bad guys. And the bad guys aren’t all on the other side – there is plenty of political backstabbing (with real knives).

DePaul does an exceptional job of weaving the problems of the American tendency towards uncontrolled, private black-ops corporations into the story in a brilliantly realistic manner. Some people will do anything for power, and absolute power, with absolutely no oversight and lots and lots of guns and ammo is more dangerous than we care to admit. The other thing that was handled with a deft touch was PTSD and how it affects the strongest, steadiest soldiers. There is only so much that any human being can handle, no matter how intensive their training.

The only drawback for me, honestly, was Grady. For an ex-Marine, I found him to be, well, let’s just say he lacked sac. My Marine adoptive father would have kicked his backside from here to California. “Geeze, would you like a little cheese with that whine? You would think he went over to the sandbox and played with little pink unicorns and fairies in tutus . . . Just sayin’. Other than wimpy boy, everything else about the book was rock solid, but Mr. Crybaby Pants dropped it a half-star for me. Pfft. I liked Talon lots better! 😉

I received a copy directly from Ms. Depaul in return for a realistic review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About The Author:

P.depaulA. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. As an avid lover of stories, you can pretty much bet her nose is either stuck in a book or in front of a computer madly typing as she listens to the voices in her head (In her world it’s perfectly natural for her characters to tell her their tale so she can put it down on paper to their satisfaction).

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Review: Exchange of Fire (An SBG Novel) by P.A. DePaul

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. – George Washington

1. A mercenary shall not have the right to be a combatant or a prisoner of war. – Art 47. Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977

Many military officials reportedly (also) expressed concerns that the security contractors were trigger-happy and “out-of-control cowboys who alienated the same Iraqis the military is trying to cultivate.” Defense Secretary Gates said that the contractors were at “cross purposes” with the military goals, and he suggested they be put under his authority. Opening Statement of Chairman Henry A.Waxman, in US Congress, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Hearing on Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, hearings, 110th Cong., 2nd sess., October 2, 2007

 

exchangeI first found Exchange of Fire on Reading In Pajamas and was intrigued. I love a “Kick Butt and Take Names” heroine, and Wraith definitively qualifies. A sharpshooting badass with a steady hand and a sharp eye, Wraith is part of a four-man (well, two men and two women, but you get the idea) with a super-secret, blackest-of-the-black private . . . well, corporation doesn’t really describe it. More like “If you even think that you know anything about the possibility of this group even existing, they will never find your body” sort of thing. Anyway! Nasty, nasty with razorblades on top.

But don’t think that this is all a bad deal. When the US government needs the really nasty, vicious, “how can they call these creatures humans” taken care of, they call SBG. And SBG gets it done. So, when they needed a cartel taken out that specialized in sex trafficking of young girls, Wraith, Magician, Talon and Romeo, and their leader, Cappy, are sent to Mexico to take care of the problem. However, after six months of chasing the cartel members, and losing young girls to short, horrific experiences, something had to be done. And what happened damaged Magician almost beyond salvaging – but it destroyed Wraith.

Six months later, the story picks up with Wraith living in a ‘bolt hole’ in the Carolinas, working for Grady, an ex-Marine who now runs a games center, full to bursting with go-cart tracks, a monster arcade room, paintball arena, and all the other wonderful, safe, fun goodies that kids and teenagers swoon over. They both have their damaged pasts to overcome, but Wraith’s makes Grady’s look like child’s play. But they are going to have to work together, because the monsters are coming – and they are out for blood.

The story was excellent. Fast action, two strong, capable women with guns and knives and scars pushed all my “Yeah, Baby!!!” buttons. When Magician, Talon, Romeo and Cappy come back on the scene, it is with a level of heart that was real and touching, with a dose of kicking Wraith’s ass, which she certainly deserved. They all have to pull together to get the bad guys. And the bad guys aren’t all on the other side – there is plenty of political backstabbing (with real knives).

DePaul does an exceptional job of weaving the problems of the American tendency towards uncontrolled, private black-ops corporations into the story in a brilliantly realistic manner. Some people will do anything for power, and absolute power, with absolutely no oversight and lots and lots of guns and ammo is more dangerous than we care to admit. The other thing that was handled with a deft touch was PTSD and how it affects the strongest, steadiest soldiers. There is only so much that any human being can handle, no matter how intensive their training.

The only drawback for me, honestly, was Grady. For an ex-Marine, I found him to be, well, let’s just say he lacked sac. My Marine adoptive father would have kicked his backside from here to California. “Geeze, would you like a little cheese with that whine? You would think he went over to the sandbox and played with little pink unicorns and fairies in tutus . . . Just sayin’. Other than wimpy boy, everything else about the book was rock solid, but Mr. Crybaby Pants dropped it a half-star for me. Pfft. I liked Talon lots better! 😉

About The Author:

P.depaulA. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. As an avid lover of stories, you can pretty much bet her nose is either stuck in a book or in front of a computer madly typing as she listens to the voices in her head (In her world it’s perfectly natural for her characters to tell her their tale so she can put it down on paper to their satisfaction).

dat face!
Check my Website here!

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