I Am Pilgrim | Thursday Reads

“I Am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes

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I believe that I have mentioned this book in my blog in the past, but since I recently started Thursday Reads, I knew I had to share this one. This book came out back on May 27, 2014. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this and got the chance to read it earlier than that. And it blew me away. This one is on my To Be Re-Read pile.

Despite it being 700 pages, it is a quick read. I had troubles putting it down. And when I wasn’t reading, I was constantly thinking about it. And there were many times were I found myself rooting for the bad guy (seriously!).

The blurb:

A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. 

A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. 

A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. 

Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. 

A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. 

One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.

Pilgrim.

Many events interweave in this ultimate game of cat and mouse, in which one man, Pilgrim, needs to solve in order to save the United States.

This is THE book!

Order “I Am Pilgrim” on Amazon here

Motivational Mondays #14

“I don’t give in, I don’t give up, I don’t take no for an answer.” – Doris Roberts

In honor of her passing, it’s only fitting to use a quote by the legendary actress Doris Roberts. You may know her best from “Everybody Loves Raymond” playing Ray’s mother Marie. I personally love her role as Mrs. Merkle in the Hallmark movies “Mrs. Miracle” and “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” both based on novels by Debbie Macomber.

I’m not going to expand on this one, but just let the words speak for themselves.

Don’t give in.

Don’t give up.

Don’t take no for an answer.

Term Limits | Thursday Reads

“Term Limits” by Vince Flynn

TermLimits3(L) Cloak & Dagger Press     (M) Pocket Books     (R) Atria Books

Vince originally self-published this novel because he received rejection letter after rejection letter after rejection letter for it. The book did well and the success of his self-publishing landed him with Simon & Schuster, which would be his home for his entire career.

This book is among the top of my all-time favorite books and is my favorite Vince Flynn novel. I was introduced to the world of Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp around the time that “American Assassin” came out. (It is a weird situation for me, because I was a fan, even though I hadn’t read any of his novels. I went to one of his signings and the rest is history.) I picked up “Term Limits” and read it and was blown away! Even though Rapp ins’t in this one, it is in the Rapp Universe. I quickly made my way through the series before Kill Shot came out the following year. Since then, TL is my favorite VF book hands down. It could partly be because it was the first book I read by him (which tends to be how things go for me). But, it’s #1.

Prior to this, I had never read any political thriller. My world consisted of YA, the “Murder, She Wrote series,” and popular titles at the time. It totally flipped my world upside down and I have found a love for other political thriller authors (Brad Thor & Brad Taylor, and many others). (Running @VinceFlynnFans on twitter has helped with this due to recommendations by fellow assets)

The blurb:

In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next. Only Michael O’Rourke, a former US Marine and freshman congressman, holds a clue to the violence: a haunting incident in his own past with explosive implications for his country’s future…

Even though this book came out in 1997, it is still very relevant to today’s world. It’s sometimes hard to just categorize Flynn’s books as fiction, they are more like faction (a mix of ‘fact and fiction’).

I highly recommend any Vince Flynn book. And while Vince is no longer with us, Kyle Mills has currently taken over the series, making it his own, but staying very true to VF and his characters.

Order “Term Limits” on Amazon here

Visit the official Vince Flynn website here
Like VinceFlynn.com on Facebook here

Visit Kyle Mills’ website here
Follow Kyle on Twitter here

4/6/16 – 4/12/16 | Writing Wednesdays

My word count for the week:

4/6/16 = 580 + 324 = 904
4/7/16 = 0
4/8/16 = 146
4/9/16 = 152
4/10/16 = 362
4/11/16 = 649
4/12/16 = 819
*Total for the week = 3,032

This past week, I’m not sure what it was, but I just wasn’t motivated at all. I know there will be weeks like this, and I am ok with it. On 4/7 I did do a lot of brainstorming and outlining on some ideas that have been festering in my brain for awhile, so I wanted to get those down before I forget them. I didn’t work on my main WIP for some reason, but hope to resume with it this next week.

An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich

Happy Pub Day to Paul Vidich’s “An Honorable Man”!!!!

I’m very excited for this book. It’s set in the Cold War Era, which makes it very interesting to read. As you read it, it makes you feel like you have time travelled back to that era. It’s almost like watching a movie. So, sit back, relax, and watch as the CIA looks for a traitor.

The blurb:

Washington D.C., 1953. The Cold War is heating up: McCarthyism, with all its fear and demagoguery, is raging in the nation’s capital, and Joseph Stalin’s death has left a dangerous power vacuum in the Soviet Union.

The CIA, meanwhile, is reeling from a double agent within their midst. Someone is selling secrets to the Soviets, compromising missions around the globe. Undercover agents have been assassinated, and anti-Communist plots are being cut short in ruthlessly efficient fashion. The CIA director knows any news of the traitor, whose code name is Protocol, would be a national embarrassment and compromise the entire agency.

George Mueller seems to be the perfect man to help find the mole: Yale-educated; extensive experience running missions in Eastern Europe; an operative so dedicated to his job that it left his marriage in tatters. The Director trusts him. Mueller, though, has secrets of his own, and as he digs deeper into the case, making contact with a Soviet agent, suspicion begins to fall on him as well. Until Protocol is found, no one can be trusted, and everyone is at risk.

Check out my Thursday Reads for “An Honorable Man” here

Purchase “An Honorable Man” on Amazon here

Motivational Mondays #13

“That which we are most destined to do in life, we are often the most afraid of.” – Brad Thor

I like this one. And when you think about it, it is totally true.

We are afraid to become what we are meant to be. But why? Is it the fear of falling? The fear of failing? The fear of actually obtaining something we have desired for, for so long?

What we need to work on, is not letting the fear take over and hold us back. You will never know about something unless you try. And when you do go about and try, you may find that the fear that tried holding you back, was not necessarily an “irrational” fear, but a fear that could easily be conquered.

Simply put, you won’t know unless you try. So, go ahead and try. What are you waiting for?

If you are passionate about something, nothing will get in your way and try to stop you. No matter how much the odds seem to be stacked against you, you can and will prevail.

The Immortalists | Thursday Reads

“The Immortalists” by Kyle Mills

I actually just finished this book today! And it is good, oh so good.

The blurb:

Dr. Richard Draman is trying desperately to discover a cure for a disease that causes children to age at a wildly accelerated rate—a rare genetic condition that is killing his own daughter. When the husband of a colleague quietly gives him a copy of the classified work she was doing before her mysterious suicide, Draman finally sees a glimmer of hope. The conclusions are stunning, with the potential to not only turn the field of biology on its head, but reshape the world. Soon, though, he finds himself on the run, relentlessly pursued by a seemingly omnipotent group of men who will do whatever it takes to silence him.

This is a fast paced game of cat and mouse and a race against time, Dr. Draman trying to save his daughter, and “The Immortalists” trying to keep their secret safe. The odds are definitely stacked against Richard and his wife Carly who find themselves on the run with not a lot of money or support against this group of men who have unlimited resources due to the millions and billions of dollars and power they hold. Luck may have changed for the Dramans as they align themselves with another powerhouse and billions of his own, but this relationship could be one-sided.

Order “The Immmortalists” on Amazon here

Check out Kyle’s website here
Connect with Kyle on Twitter
Connect with fellow fans on the Kyle Mills Fans Facebook Group

3/30/16 – 4/5/16 | Writing Wednesdays

My word count for the week:

3/30/16 – 1,044
3/31/16 – 268
4/1/16 – 1,073
4/2/16 – 1,004
4/3/16 – 575
4/4/16 – 134 + 909 = 1,043
4/5/16 – 1,135
*Total for the week = 6,142

So I didn’t make either goal (writing at least 1,000 words a day, and to try to get 10,000 words for the week) but that’s ok because life happens.

And not to make excuses, I do have some. The first one involving a very stressful day at work in which I ended up taking a nice long walk with my dog, which helped me immensely (mentally and emotionally). And the second one I was busy spending time with some family while celebrating my birthday.

I think I am going to keep these 2 goals as long term goals, but I’m not going to beat myself up about not making them. Because realistically, I just don’t think they are ones I can manage every week, but they can be attainable and I do want to always reach for them and even more.

My main WIP I am currently a little stuck in. I got the basis down and the most important chapters (I think) done and grounded. But I have a long way to go, word count wise, if I want this to be a novel. I’m nearing 20,000 and a novel I believe is 60,000-90,000 on average (if I’m wrong, please tell me).

I have pondered doing a collection of short stories or novella, or separate novellas, but I really want this to be a novel. So, I’ms struggling with what I need to add. I have done some brief descriptions of what I can add, but there is a lot to go.

This main WIP is a Christmas one, so I have had Christmas movies playing the in the background and have been listening to Christmas music as I write. I know it may seem a little crazy since it’s April, but it’s soothing, and helping to motivate me.

So here’s to a productive week ahead!!

Happy Vince Flynn Day 2016

Today is Vince Flynn Day!!

Why is it Vince Flynn Day? Simply, today is his birthday. He would have been 50 today. After his passing back in 2013, I decided that in honor of this great author, man, human being, that his birthday, April 6th, would become Vince Flynn Day.

And another way to honor him, on this day, I promote the purchasing of his books to be given away to others, whether it be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, even a complete stranger, a library, or to be donated. It’s a great way to give back and to support our favorite writer.

Happy Vince Flynn Day!!!!
Keep the Faith,
Stacy

Murder, She Wrote: Design for Murder

Happy Pub Day to the next “Murder, She Wrote” novel “Design for Murder” by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain & Renee Paley-Bain!!!

It’s always a good day when a new MSW book is out. Typically, they release 2 a year, April and October. If I am in the middle of a book, I will usually set it aside to read a MSW book first.

The blurb:

Jessica Fletcher visits New York City during fashion week, only to discover someone has rather fatal designs…
 
Jessica is in Manhattan to attend the debut of a new designer. Formerly Sandy Black of Cabot Cove, the young man has reinvented himself as Xandr Ebon, and is introducing his evening wear collection to the public and—more important—to the industry’s powers-that-be: the stylists, the magazine editors, the buyers, and the wealthy clientele who can make or break him. At the show, the glitz and glamour are dazzling until a young model—a novice, taking her first walk down the runway—shockingly collapses and dies. Natural causes? Perhaps. But when another model is found dead, a famous cover girl and darling of the paparazzi, the fashion world gets nervous.
 
Two models. Two deaths. Their only connection? Xandr Ebon. Jessica’s crime-solving instincts are put to the test as she sorts through the egos, the conflicts of interest, the spiteful accusations, and the secrets, all the while keeping an amorous detective at arm’s length. But she’ll have to dig deep to uncover a killer. A designer’s career is on the line. And another model could perish in a New York minute.

I can’t wait to start this one.

You can order “MSW: Design for Murder” on Amazon here