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God Bless Texas

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Super Tuesday. I’m hopeful we’ll change this graphic today.

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President’s Day 2016

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Tommy Ellis Heads Northwest

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I’m partial to tales of the sea. Mariner stories draw me right in. As luck would have it, my husband has several maritime characters in his family’s history. Coincidentally, they’ve all been radiomen, committed and vital to the safety of men and vessel. One seaman I’ve had the pleasure to know is Eric Smith, a true Yorkshireman. That means proud, hardworking gentleman–and storyteller. Kind of like the British version of Texan, only much more refined. After Eric’s death in 2011, his daughter Julie dusted off her childhood memories and paired them with Eric’s work stories. Then she dove into research in Hull, England, their home city so rich in the culture of food fishing, and in time gifted us with Tommy Ellis, the brave protagonist in a trilogy for youngsters. Julie Bonaficano writes as JES PARKIN. Here’s my review of book two just out:

51rF6DVxBDL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_TOMMY ELLIS HEADS NORTHWEST is middle grade fiction but I’m a grandmother, and I learned about the real cost of seafood… and had a vivid experience fishing the Polar Sea.
It’s 1960 and Tommy is thirteen now. His father is captain of the Stella Vega, a sidewinder trawler that harvests the northern seas out of England. Tommy gets to spend another summer break on the vessel and he’s feeling like an old hand. Much is familiar, but plenty of trouble waits to wow him, as they plow through treacherous ice, amid bergs towering like skyscrapers. I could hear the quiet, and feel the dense fog on my cheeks; I could see the distinct hues of ancient frozen waters. Color abounds throughout the story, including colorful characters that watch out for the lad but don’t baby him at all.
Poor old Mr Hobbs, he only fishes around Greenland and stands in the bow when they’re not trawling, kenning for his lost brother, missing at sea for several years now. Brian, Cook’s mate, wants to be a chef because he can’t stand to be topside, the decks are too dangerous. And another young lad is guest of his father on this sail, First Mate’s son Robert. At ten-years-old, Robert is already in trouble with the law back home and his father is grasping for ways to straighten him out. Robert doesn’t like Tommy, is defiant to authority, and determined to do as he pleases. It doesn’t work out well. (spoiler alert)
Parkin’s book is well paced, not for lazy or squeamish readers, and highly interesting to those of us who appreciate a little historical reality in our fiction. I can’t wait for my grandson to be old enough for Tommy’s adventures.
Happy reading, Friends!
Buy it here. And PLEASE post a comment after enjoying the story. Reader feedback helps the trilogy of Tommy get discovered!

The Girl on the Train

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Written by Paula Hawkins

Girl on the Train
Read and reviewed by Adrienne

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Psycho thriller murder mystery. Domestic. Like last year’s popular Gone Girl, this is a delicious slice of coupling on the edge of sanity. A wonderful, absorbing read! Loved the way Ms. Hawkins drew me into the minds of her people first, revealed their disturbing story slower, like a tease. Ala voyeurs, we watch Rachel ride the train and fake a life and fall off the wagon, to wake up in the gutter. She is not a protagonist easily loved; she is a heartsick voyeur addicted to booze and old secrets. But is her mind or the vodka playing tricks? Could she have blacked out and … done that? It’s hard to tell…

99¢ eBook this weekend

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November 21 – 23, 2014: Buy No One Can Know for 99¢

I’ll be in Miami on these dates where NOCK is being recognized by the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Since it’s also the anniversary of JFK’s assassination and I’ll miss research meetings in Dallas, this is my salute.

Gift idea? It’s a good chance to introduce my work to other fiction lovers you know.

I’m working hard on book two, BTW. Writer’s group lovingly refers to it as Someone Should Know [wink]. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to meet agents and publishers at the Miami conference and I can practice selling a series.. Here’s my elevator pitch as of today. What do you think?

It’s 1968. The hope of America is being stalked and assassinated, one peacemaker at a time. Martin Luther King Junior’s death crushes a young Vietnam vet, and when Senator Kennedy is taken out in L.A., he gets a a view behind the curtain of lies and sees into the bullshit of more loners with guns… but now they are onto him.

Thematically, the book is about restoring hope. Like No One Can Know, it is a tale from the Pritchard-Massey family that winds through the backdrop of ugly historical deeds.

Ivy Jean and our old spy, Haines, is back [big smile]. Here’s one of my favorite reader images from Sandy Burton of Austin, Texas 😉

Thanks for your loving support, good people!

Quiet Sat night, nice wine and great book.SandyB


NIEA Honors

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NIEAseal-2014-Finalist-XLCan I have a whoop whoop? No One Can Know was ranked as Finalist in the fiction category for 2014’s National Indie Book Awards. It’s a huge honor to be selected as one of the best from thousands of fiction entrants. That it’s my first book affirms, once again,  I am right where I’m supposed to be.

Thank you, book lovers! Please stay tuned…


May 8th in Addison

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April 12 Dallas Book Festival

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Do you love books and reading like me? The wonderful downtown library of Dallas is celebrating the literary arts this weekend. I’ll be there signing copies of NO ONE CAN KNOW and perhaps selling a few. How about this idea: ride the train and bring your kids? It’s FREE! Link to the website for more info: http://dallasinternationalbookfair.com

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April 5 Book Fair

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I’ll be there… signing and selling copies of NO ONE CAN KNOW. Join us?

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Reviewers Gush Over NOCK

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Hello Friends!

These reviews came in the mail this week. I am humbled.

Review Notice

NO ONE CAN KNOW Rating: 5.0 stars



Reviewed by Jack Magnus for READER’S FAVORITE

No One Can Know is a historical thriller written by Adrienne LaCava. Gabriel Haines works for the CIA, but he’s dreaming of getting back to his roots and working with horses on a ranch. He’s accepted an invitation from his colleague, Tucker Massey, to become the foreman on Massey’s ranch. They are both in Dallas on the day that John F. Kennedy is assassinated, and their proximity to the event could prove dangerous to each of them as investigations ramp up and rumors of conspiracies swirl about. Massey is sent to Mississippi on a special assignment for Lyndon Baines Johnson, the new president and a family friend. While he’s gone, his concerns over his pregnant girlfriend, Carla, cause him to ask his brother, Vincent, to find her. Vincent brings his 12-year-old daughter to Tucker’s ranch where she meets her cousin and aunt for the first time and also briefly gets to know Carla, who was her mother’s best friend. Haines realizes that the ranch is being watched by operatives and is not sure if they are focused on him alone or Tucker’s family, and he’s prepared to leave to keep the others safe.

I am so impressed by this book. It was impeccably researched, and it immerses the reader in the 1960s. LaCava brings the events and uncertainties surrounding the assassination of Kennedy to light while blending that tragedy in with the lives of her characters. There’s a chilling account of Tucker’s time in Mississippi, and a tragic section where the crucial importance of having legal and safe abortions is made clear. There’s also a grand coming of age story in No One Can Know. Ivy Jean, Vincent’s young daughter, comes from a very sheltered and motherless life with her strict, but loving, father and older brother. She’s thrust into a very different world on that fateful weekend, and it’s inspiring to see how she observes, reacts, and comes into her own. No One Can Know is historical literary fiction that reads smoothly and fluently as it transports the reader into a different time and place. It’s a marvelous book.

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NO ONE CAN KNOW Rating: 5.0 stars



Reviewed by Bil Howard for READER’S FAVORITE

There is no better place to be than a remote Texas ranch with thousands of acres if you’re looking to disappear. For Gabriel Haines, in No One Can Know by Adrienne LaCava, his friend’s ranch is not only the best place to be when the heat is on for a CIA operative, but a welcome change from company life, which hardly resembles the exciting action of James Bond, but holds all of the very realistic danger. Though Haines would rather retire and spend his time riding all 50,000 acres of the ranch on his mare Bella, he is caught up in the action of Cold War politics when the President comes to Dallas. Having been mere yards from President John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated, Haines feels like he was a little too close to being involved in the threat. With the combination of a motherless preteen worrier, a teen cousin that is always in trouble and a high-society aunt and her uncle’s mistress mixed into the equation, Haines isn’t certain if the marksmen who tracked him to the ranch or Ivy Jean Pritchard and her family are worse. He does know one thing: secrets, even those that are supposed to benefit the entire nation, are never good for a democratic society or the families involved.

Adrienne LaCava has written a thriller that has all of the promise of a John Wayne western mixed with a James Bond spy thriller in No One Can Know. Set in the 1960s Cold War and tracking alongside JFK’s assassination makes it not only an interesting read, but the mixture of genres is a good one and creates not only a thrilling story, but an excellent commentary on the damage that state secrets have on families and on people as well. Suspenseful, action packed and fresh, No One Can Know is an excellent addition to your library and a thrilling read, which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Bil’s summary is unique, fresh. He/she also nails the secrets theme, spot on.

Happy reading! And warmest regards~


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