Fall is just around the corner. As a child I hated September. Summer was over and school began again even though the weather was still hot. Now I look at September as a beginning not an ending. This month:
The Bridge is a present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border. When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) from El Paso PD must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Marco understands the slippery politics of Mexican law enforcement, and while his police force slowly succumbs to the pressures and demands of the cartel, he’s one of the last good men in the department. He’s charming, but also cunning as he will do whatever it takes to get what he needs. This does not sit well with Sonya, who has Asperger’s and strictly follows rules as well as protocol. Her candid and off-putting personality fuels an unforgiving drive for truth. The case quickly pulls them into a string of murders on the border, a scene already consumed by illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violence and prostitution.
If you haven’t watched this, don’t try to watch now unless you have On Demand TV or you will be lost. It is a great show but it is complicated.
I am reading:
The Sweetheart Sisters, a trio of well-meaning grannies are ready to dispense advice and help create happy endings with a little of what they do best—meddling.
Animal therapist Olivia Linscott is the Sweetheart Sisters’ first target. Leaving a bad marriage and a lousy job, Olivia is determined to save the dog shelter she inherited from the mother she never knew and to protect her broken heart. The Sisters want to tie the spirited young do-gooder to wounded helicopter pilot Luke Winslow, but the intended pair turns out to be difficult.
Luke’s life and goals were shattered by a career-ending eye injury. Aimless and embittered, the last thing he is looking for is any kind of involvement with a woman. But when an injured golden retriever scratches on the door, the dog brings him more than puppy love.
Shirley’s books are humorous, romantic and feel good books.
THE GHOST BRIDE
In 19th century colonial Malaya, a young Chinese woman receives a marriage proposal for the son of the wealthy Lim family. The only problem is, he’s dead…
Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.
After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever. I purchased from amazon.com
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Fall ’13 pick, Indie Next List pick, The Bookseller Editor’s Pick, and a Library Journal Barbara’s Pick
THE WIDOWS STRIKE
Brad Taylor’s 4th installment in the Pike Logan series is an action packed adrenaline rush. Taylor’s background as a Delta Force commander shows in his ability to describe covert operations. Only the Taskforce stands between mad men and a global pandemic. Angry that their nuclear program has been called to task, a group of dissidents obtain a genetically mutated virus. Their plan – to use the virus to cause chaos, destruction and the collapse of civilization. Their delivery method – use a female suicide bomber; a “widow’s strike”. Pike Logan and Jennifer Logan, Taskforce ops chase their suspects across Asia and into the United States. The only question – do they have the right assassin?
There are quite a few authors in this genre that I follow and Brad Taylor is one of them. The late Vince Flynn, a prolific thriller writer, loved Brad’s Books. The characters’ richness make them feel like real people. The characters are sympathetic, even the antagonists. The story has lots of action but it also has great dialogue between the team.
If this is a new author for you, start with “One Rough Man” and go from there. I was hooked then and after “The Widow’s Strike” Brad Taylor continues to be one of my favorite authors. Purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Indie Bound
I am buying:
Essence oils of cinnamon. Sweet smelling & great for your skin! Price includes tax.
Purchase from: Texas Olive Oil Co
Looking Forward to The State Fair of Texas, the end of baseball season, and the beginning of football. What are you looking forward to?