Pride and Fall (Cathedral Lake #3) by Staci Troilo #bookreview #suspense #romance

Fear unchecked cripples. Fear conquered liberates. 

Faith Keller has suffered much in her life–the murder of her sister, the near-destruction and almost-ruin of her family, a traumatic abduction. It’s no wonder she battles the effects of PTSD on a daily basis. The last thing she needs is to be the subject of an intense police investigation for the very crime her father was blamed for years before. Yet, despite her family’s staunchest efforts, she finds herself on the hot seat with a tenacious officer–but one whose attention she actually relishes.

Carter Emerson takes his job seriously. It’s the only tribute he can make to honor his fallen brother, and he’s determined to do the title “police officer” justice. When he sets his sights on Faith Keller, he’s torn. His mentor tells him he’s got it all wrong, but the evidence doesn’t lie. The worst part? He doesn’t want her to be guilty. He just wants her.

A story of healing and personal growth, Pride and Fall ends the Keller Family trilogy with action, deception, and a revelation readers won’t see coming.

This is the third book in the Cathedral Lake series, but it could also be considered a standalone.  Although reading the first two may be helpful, enough backstory is provided in Pride and Fall so that it’s not confusing.

After reading the first two books over the past year or so, it felt like catching up  with old friends again when I picked up this novel.  I’d missed these characters, and was anxious to see where life had taken them.  But we didn’t get to catch up for long, because the action and suspense begin almost immediately.  The other books have focused primarily on other family members, but this story is very much Faith’s.  She’s struggling with PTSD, along with trying to establish her veterinary practice and independence, while also dealing with family relationships fraught with tension.

Faith’s relationship with Carter is also tension-filled, and they have to maneuver around several obstacles before hitting smooth waters.  Carter is a new character to the series, and I enjoyed seeing his sometimes harsh, professional outer layers peel away to reveal a likable, gooey center.  As much as I enjoyed Carter and Faith’s relationship, as an animal lover, I thought the ‘relationship’ between Max and Ruby (their canine companions) was adorable and charming.

It was nice to see these characters find their happily ever after (hopefully) and finish their story.  If you’re a fan of family drama and suspense with a dose of romance, you can’t go wrong with this series.

Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell #TuesdayBookBlog #paranormal #familylife

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.

His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.

If you enjoy stories of riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted. – Goodreads.com

I’ve read this author’s thoroughly engaging John Cannon Thriller Trilogy, but Circumstances of Childhood is a new path for him, and one I enjoyed cover to cover.

This novel will appeal to a wide range of readers – sports, business, mystery, family drama, and even supernatural fans.  Overflowing with themes of family, love, forgiveness, and justice – with some twists along the way, the story makes you think about what’s really important in life and ponder what happens beyond.  Highly recommend.

I received a digital ARC from the author.

#BadMoonRising John W. Howell #supernatural #mystery #family

Welcome John W. Howell!  I just finished this thought-provoking and very enjoyable read – a blend of mystery, friendship, and family, with a helping of supernatural.  Get your copy now – the price is only 99 cents until November 1st!

I am introducing a new book this month titled Circumstances of Childhood. It is a fictional story of family life.

When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?  

Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The review points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.

His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.

If you enjoy stories of riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

My favorite Halloween costume as a child was dressing up like Hopalong Cassidy. I know, I know none of your readers have even heard of Hopalong let alone can they visualize how he looked. Let’s just say he was a cowboy with high boots and two six guns. Man, he was so cool.

What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?

My nightmare neighbor would be Jason from Friday the 13th. I saw the first movie, and it scared the bejesus out of me. They also had an actor in the theater jump out from behind the curtain and run up the aisle at the end of the movie.  He convinced me that he was the bogeyman.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid, we had a show called “Space Cadets. I wanted to be a space cadet and travel to Mars to check out the neighbors. I also wanted to be an astronaut but very quickly gave up that desire after a ride in a g-force trainer. My inner ear still is off.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a story that has as its central element, reincarnation.  It involves two souls who have the opportunity to come back to Earth to earn credits in the afterlife for helping humankind out of a bad situation. Of course, once on Earth the characters have no memory of their eternal life and must face each challenge without divine assistance.  I am co-writing this book with Gwen Plano, the author of Letting Go Into Perfect Love. The book’s title is The Contract and should be ready by first quarter 2018

When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?

I jump into a new project immediately. It is almost as if I’m possessed. I just can’t stand it when I’m not working on something. In fact, my new release Circumstances of Childhood was in the rough draft phase when I began the next book.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? 

I can’t help but like my protagonist in the three books of the John Cannon Trilogy.  He has developed into a solid character with some traits that I would like to have. He is very calm under fire and can reason with extraordinary circumstances in ordinary ways. He is not rattled easily and holds his own in situations where the odds against him are overwhelming. He also has a relationship with Stephanie Savard of which I’m jealous. When I first created John, I thought he would be a typical lawyer type. You know bottom line orientation and a no-nonsense style. John fooled me several times by refusing to be confined to the role I had mapped out. I’m pleased to say John has turned into the kind of person that I would be proud to call a friend.

Author Bio

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories.  His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016.  He is currently introducing Circumstances of Childhood a fictional story of family life. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

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Type and Cross (Cathedral Lake Series #1) by Staci Troilo #TuesdayBookBlog #bookreviews #suspense

Blood defines family. Blood reveals betrayal.

Dr. Royce Keller is no stranger to blood. As Chief of Emergency Medicine at Oakland Regional Hospital, it’s his job, his calling. To Royce, it is the very essence of life—what ties his family, his career, and his world together. Until he learns everything he believes is wrong.

Vanessa Keller has a secret she has kept hidden for almost two decades. It’s her burden, her cross to bear. To Vanessa, the truth is a choice—something best forgotten for the greater good of her family and their future. Until the day it comes back to haunt her. A tale of family dysfunction, betrayal, heroism, and loss, Type and Cross is the story of one family’s journey from devastation to redemption. – Goodreads.com

As a fan of medical shows and thrillers, the beginning of this book especially piqued my curiousity – but I’m not giving away spoilers.  By the time that mystery was solved, these characters had me completely caught up in their family dynamics and secrets.

At times with each character, I alternated between being on their side, then wanting to throttle them on the next page.  The author does an exceptional job of creating realistic, flawed characters, and Royce and Vanessa’s range of emotions after tragically losing their daughter are heartbreaking and genuine.  Once the secrets were uncovered, I appreciated the fact that Royce and Vanessa’s troubled marriage didn’t undergo a quick fix with a fairy tale resolution.

This story is a wonderful portrayal of how things aren’t always what they seem on the surface and secrets can have residual effects for years to come.  Highly recommend for fans of suspenseful family drama.