"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared to meet me is another matter."
-Winston Churchill

Friday, April 22, 2011

Harvey Brings Bessie to Cage Match 5 - Blog Tour de Force

Welcome to Cage Match #5 - Ann Charles VS Gary Ponzo!  Looks like old Harvey has joined us with his sweetheart Bessie!  

BK:  Harvey,  now Bessie can't be here during a cage match!

Harvey:  Well I promised to protect Violet and that's what I'm gonna do!

BK:  Harvey,  Violet isn't in the cage match,  Ann is.

Harvey:  Well Doc told me that Violet was going to be in a fight today.  I grabbed ol' Bessie and rushed right over.  I'm true to my word,  and this won't even cost her a dinner date!

BK:  (Shaking head)  Oh Harvey.  Please take a seat and enjoy the show.

Harvey:  (Looking between me and Gary Ponzo) So Violet will be okay?  (Slowly lowers Bessie)  Ann?  That's the one that created us right?

BK:  That's right Harvey.  You can relax.

Harvey:  Alright then,  but no hanky panky Ponzo boy!  I got my eye on you!

That was Harvey,  one of the characters in Nearly Departed in Deadwood.  He's a little set in his ways lol.  Today we have the lovely Ann Charles VS Gary Ponzo with A Touch of Deceit.  Again,  you can gain an entry to win a brand new Kindle by visiting Blog Tour de Force and signing up for their newsletter (5 Entries)  and also by visiting each authors blog and leaving them a comment,  where you can also win a copy of their book and be entered for some awesome gift baskets. 

Who will you vote for?

A Touch of Deceit by Gary Ponzo

Winner of the Southwest Writers Novel Contest, Thriller category!

FBI agent Nick Bracco can't stop a Kurdish terrorist from firing missiles at random homes across the country. The police can't stand watch over every household, so Bracco recruits his cousin Tommy to help track down this terrorist. Tommy is in the Mafia. Oh yeah, it gets messy fast. As fast as you can turn the pages.

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles

The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass.--Violet Parker

Irony is having a big ol' fiesta and Violet Parker is the piñata.  Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet's daughter could be next.  Short on time and long on worry, she's desperate to find the monster behind the abductions.  But with her jerkoff co-worker trying to get her fired, a secret admirer sending creepy love poems, and a sexy-as-hell stranger hiding skeletons in his closet, Violet just might end up as one of Deadwood's dearly departed.

I asked Ann why she thinks she should win this cage match.  Here is what she had to say:

Because I’m older, and I’m wiser, and I look better in a red sash than Gary would ... not really. The red would look better with his tanned skin, whereas my Seattle paleness would make it look gaudy. He might have a few years on me, too, and since his kids are older than mine, he’s definitely wiser. HOWEVER, I’m hell bent for leather and I refuse to give up. Most importantly, I should win because I still have my own teeth, and that has to count for something after years of taking jabs from the big publishers. I’m pulling out the big guns for this one. Cross your fingers I don’t get a hernia lifting them (they’re very heavy).  For all of you who comment on my blog, I’ll be sending virtual ice cream cones. Close your eyes and pick your favorite flavor and how many scoops. Me? I’m ordering fudge with peanut butter ripples—four scoops. Yes. Four! Yum. Vote for Ann and Deadwood Violet!    

 My Review of Nearly Departed in Deadwood:

Fast paced,  from the very first sentence I was hooked on this book.  Charles is a phenomenal writer!

Violet Parker is a single mother of twins.  Wanting to start a new life and raise her children in a safe environment,  she decides to go back to her childhood days,  moving in with her Aunt Zoe,  in Deadwood.  Trying her hand at being a real estate agent,  she has one month to sell a home or she is fired and her rival's nephew gets her position.

This is where she meets Harvey.  She pulls into his driveway to talk to him about selling his farm and is greeted by Bessie,  a 12 guage shotgun.  Harvey demands she get off his property,  but Violet is on a mission.  To save her job and provide for her children.  Once Harvey realizes she's not a bank,  he invites her in.  Violet accepts his terms in order to get a contract signed,  this includes going to dinner with him once a week.

Back at the office,  she is constantly patronized by her co-worker Ray,  who wants Violet to fail so his nephew can move in.  When a hot looking man comes in and wants Violet to sell his mothers home,  Ray tries stealing the sale right out from under her.  Things are looking up though,  as Wolfgang only wants one person selling his property.

Violet lucks out again,  when the neighbor to her office wants her to help him find a home as well.  The problem,  she's finding herself attracted to both Doc Nyce,  the neighbor,  and Wolfgang.  Vowing never to date a client,  Violet can't help but to accept a dinner date with Wolfgang,  while feeling an immense attraction to Doc.

In the midst of it all,  there are little girls ending up missing from Deadwood and Violet fears for her daughters safety,  wondering if she made the right choice by bringing her children here.  Investigating into these abductions,  she finds much more than she bargained for,  and it hits a little close to home.

I loved every single character in this title!  Violet was independent and strong,  with a huge sense of motherhood and morals.  Harvey was just plain old hilarious,  Doc was very intriguing.  I loved the sexual tension that Charles portrayed and built along with a phenomenal plot.  It was all amazing and I cannot,  absolutely cannot wait for the next installment in this series.  Beautiful work Ann!

This has been such a fun week!  I hope you all got your entries in for some free books and your chance at that Kindle!  Today you can get either book by visiting the authors website,  just click on their names above.  Who will you vote for?  I'm dying to know what you think,  and what your thoughts are about this entire Cage Match Edition.  Dying here lol.  Comment me haha.

Thank you Ann Charles for allowing me to review your work and offering up a guest post.  You ROCK!




Eileen said...

I loved your review. You did a great job.

Eileen at booksrusonline.com

JaylieG said...

Great Review!

Judy said...

A fantastic review that I agree with completely. I have already read this, just waiting for the next one:)


Quinn said...

Nearly Departed in Deadwood was a wonderful, fun read. I too am looking forward to the sequel.