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4* Review: Close Quarters – Andrew Magson

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When an US State Department official on a fact-finding mission to the Ukraine is placed under house arrest, the CIA hire Portman (codename:Watchman) to get him safely out of the country. In that dangerous and volatile region, Portman will find himself up against local gangsters, Ukrainian Special Forces, professional snipers, pro-Russian separatists and power-crazed cops. What he cannot know however is that his most lethal enemy comes from his own side Mystery Thriller Buy Links

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Close Quarters: A Thriller Set in Washington DC and the Ukraine‘Close Quarters’ is the second Marc Portman thriller. I haven’t read ‘ The Watchman’, the first book featuring this character but there is enough background in this story to make it enjoyable as a standalone read.

The setting and political climate is contemporary and relevant. Told from Marc Portman’s point of view, in a PI style, Marc Portman is likeable and realistic. Unlike many novels of its ilk, ‘Close Quarters’ is not overly graphic in terms of violence. The story still portrays the menace and violence of the circumstances Portman experiences, which evidences quality writing.

The political conspiracy theme in the novel is not new but Portman’s role as a close protection expert, rather than a member of the special services, offers enough original insight to make it worth reading. The supporting characters and antagonists are complex characters and allow the reader glimpses into the conspiracy and the danger Portman faces, whilst he remains in ignorance, creating powerful dramatic irony.

This is an easy to read, well paced story with strong characters. I am intrigued enough to read more of this author’s stories.

I received a copy of this book from Severn House Publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Close Quarters: A Thriller Set in Washington DC and the Ukraine by Adrian Magson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Magical Weddings – Lynda Haviland – Something Borrowed Something Blue -Inspiration behind the story

June is traditionally a time for weddings in the UK. To celebrate Summer Weddings, I have four posts this week featuring some of the authors and books from the Magical Weddings Boxed Set released on 16 June 2015.
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Today I’m spotlighting Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Lynda Haviland. I have included my review at the end of the post.

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In Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Nellie nudges Veronica on a ‘voyage’ to discover courage and real love. Veronica grew up shy, invisible, and hopelessly in love with Davis, the older of the Crowley brothers. When she returns home on the eve of Davis’ wedding, she has one last chance to try for the love she’s always been denied. Will she succeed in crashing his wedding? Not if Lucas Crowley, the younger brother, can help it. But how far will Lucas go to stop her?

Here’s what inspired Lynda to write her magical wedding story:

When I was offered the opportunity to write a wedding-themed novella for the Magical Weddings boxed set, I admit that the first thing that came to my mind was Cinderella. After all, she is the fairy tale ‘queen’ of all things satin and lace. But then I thought…

What about the fairy godmother? What’s her deal? Where’d she come from?

I’d been researching circus history for a new writing project and I couldn’t help but think of good ole’ Fairy Godmother in a whole new form. In my world, she was Nellie Pearle, a very large and heavily tattooed lady, long ago retired from traveling the world as a sideshow entertainer.

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I don’t want advice.” Veronica tilted her head back and let the mouthful of scotch burn a path down her throat, like thick warm honey. “What I need right now is a fairy godmother to wrinkle her nose—”
“That’s Bewitched.”
“Nod her head?”
“I Dream of Jeannie.”
“Oh, that’s right. I need the bibbity bobbity boo lady.”
“That’s the one, dear.” Nellie smiled. “And what should she give you? You don’t seem to need a fancy dress, glass slippers or a pumpkin carriage.”
“Nope. Don’t need those things.” Veronica put her head down on the bar, enjoying the cool feel of the tile against her cheek. “I need courage.”
“My mother had a recipe for courage.Here you are.” Nellie handed Veronica a bright blue drink in a tall beer glass.
“What do you call it?”
“In honor of this weekend, we’ll call it Something Borrowed, Something Blue.”

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue is a contemporary novella in the Magical Weddings Box Set ~ 15 authors, 15 books, 15 happy endings!
On Sale Tuesday, June 16th!

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Poppy - Author BioLynda FB (1)Lynda Haviland, writer of paranormal suspense, is the author of the Age of Awakening series of fantasy romances. She admits to being heavily influenced by hazelnut coffee, red wine, and pop culture. Something Borrowed, Something Blue is a stand-alone romantic novella written for the Magical Weddings Boxed Set. But Nellie Pearle can’t be contained. Look for her and other oddly entertaining residents of Pearl Key in an upcoming paranormal suspense series.

Lynda Haviland loves meeting new friends online…

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‘Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ is a tale of unrequited love, reunion and self discovery. Veronica is determined to make Davis see he is marrying the wrong woman. She hopes her ugly duckling to beautiful swan transformation will remove the scales from player Davis’ eyes and finally return her love.

Veronica is a strong woman but she lacks self belief by hanging on to a teenage crush and making it something it never was. Her deception discovered, she seeks solace in Nellie’s bar and meets the redoubtable owner. Suddenly everything changes.

What follows is a delightful romantic fairytale with two potential candidates for Prince Charming. Who will she choose and can she trust her innermost thoughts or is it all an illusion? Well you’ll have to read this lovely story to find out. ‘Something Borrowed; Something Blue has romance, heat and something a little mystical the perfect wedding tale.