#BookReview “Spent Identity” by Marlene M. Bell

Spent Identity by Marlene M. Bell Banneron Tour August 1-31, 2020

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Book two in the Annalisse Series focuses on the protagonist herself and a lifetime of lies.

Frustrated by the emotionally distant and frequently absent Alec, Annalisse heads to Walker Farm and Aunt Kate for guidance and advice. But she is blindsided when Kate tells her Jeremy plans to sell the farm. Annalisse’s anxiety grows, as does her list of questions.

However, all conversations are preempted by the dead body Ethan finds in the stables. Neither he nor Annalisse or Kate know the man, and after all the preliminary interrogations by law enforcement, Annalisse takes her aunt to Alec’s estate since the farm is now a crime scene.

Needing peace and quiet, Kate asked Annalisse to leave her at Alec’s stables to visit with the thoroughbreds, which she does—despite a storm brewing—and proceeds to the main house. Alec arrives moments later, having canceled his business trip to make things right with Annalisse. However, after telling him about the morning at Walker Farm and Kate being at the stables during the storm, the couple goes to retrieve her. And. She’s. Gone.

Overturned chairs and an empty syringe, coupled with the anonymous dead body has Annalisse fearing the worst… and after all she and Alec have been through, her worst is pretty bad.

Plot twists and revelations are dizzying as two investigations morph into one. Annalisse suspects everyone from stable hand Ethan, whose stories are never consistent, to her cousins, Jeremy and Jillian, who don’t seem all that upset their mother is missing.

At the heart of all this is the relationship between Annalisse and Alec. While distraught at the story’s beginning that she’s lost Alec, Annalisse appears to do an about-face. The harder Alec tried to pull them together, the more she backed away. Despite her thoughts of how much she loved the man, Annalisse ran too hot and cold for me with lame excuses and weak pleas. She knows how fleeting life is… she’s lost so much, but her choices annoyed me.  At one point, I wanted to push her into a closet, lock the door and find Kate myself. But that’s just me.

Dead bodies, kidnappings, car accidents, and assaults keep this read moving at a fast, edge-of-the-seat pace. As the truth takes shape, the lies grow deeper, and it’s almost inconceivable hate could run so deep.

A solid book two in the series, the ending is happy-for-now and wide open for book three.

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

Spent Identity by Marlene M. Bell

Farm For Sale. 360-acre lot with ranch-style home. Refurbished barn. Corpse not included.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery

Published by: Ewephoric Publishing

Publication Date: December 11th 2019

Number of Pages: 378

ISBN: 0999539426 (ISBN13: 9780999539422)

Series: Annalisse Series #2 || This is a Stand-Alone novel but the reader may gain more about the character’s past if they pick up the first book.

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#ReleaseBlitz “The Ex Assignment (Rogue Protectors, #1)” by Victoria Paige

 

Title: The Ex Assignment (Rogue Protectors, Book 1) Author: Victoria Paige Genre: Romantic Suspense Release Date: August 24, 2020 Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Seventeen years of buried secrets and a divorce stood between them.

It started with her estranged father’s murder. The last thing LA detective Gabby Woodward needed was the custody of her entitled half-brother. She was jaded and overworked. A nurturing soul she was not. And he was a reminder of “him.” Her ex-husband. The man who crushed her heart and trampled on her love. Ex-mercenary Declan Roarke had hit rock bottom. His new assignment mentoring teen actors was the gateway to hell. And the last thing he needed was to be near his ex-wife. The woman who trampled on their vows and ruined his ability to trust. Working together exposes feelings for each other that never died. It also uncovers the betrayal that tore them apart. And a deadlier conspiracy threatening all their lives.

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Victoria Paige writes romantic suspense with badass alpha males and smart, feisty heroines. Her heroes are possessive, overprotective, and frequently the obsessed, jealous type with a penchant for strong language. Her heroines are strong-willed and intelligent women who can hold their own against a bossy hero. Her books are sexually explicit and may contain dark themes, morally ambiguous choices, and disturbing situations

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Isabelle is at a crossroads in her life. Mourning the loss of her beloved grandfather, she feels like she’s drowning, constantly being pulled under by never-ending waves of sadness and despair.

On his birthday, she takes a trip to a sunflower field, honouring his last whispered words to her, ‘meet me in the sunflowers.’

While she doesn’t meet her grandfather, she does meet Tyler. Surrounded by the beautiful flowers, they plan a sunflower road trip across Europe.

From England to France. Spain to Italy. Isabelle embarks on a trip to honour her grandfather, the trip he’d always wanted to take.

Along the way, she begins to find herself again. But when Tyler’s past makes an appearance, can she stand tall like a sunflower? Or will she wilt without her newfound light?

 

 

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Sophie Blue is a hopeless romantic and avid reader. She fell in love with reading at a young age and can always be found with her nose in a book. She started writing after having her baby and published her debut rom com in May 2020.

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#BookTour “Spent Identity” by Marlene M. Bell

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Synopsis:

Spent Identity by Marlene M. Bell

Farm For Sale. 360-acre lot with ranch-style home. Refurbished barn. Corpse not included.

To find her missing aunt, she has to unearth the secrets of the past. But lies and deceit run through the very heart of their town…

What started out as a promising relationship with adventurer and tycoon Alec Zavos has fizzled into an uncertain future for antiquities expert Annalisse Drury. Returning to Walker Farm in Upstate New York to see her Aunt Kate should have been a welcome homecoming and distraction. Instead, she finds the childhood home she expected to inherit is for sale, without her permission. What’s worse, Kate’s ranch manager makes a gruesome discovery in the barn: the body of an unidentified man, dead by foul play.

Annalisse turns to Alec for help. She and her aunt shelter on his estate in the Catskills while the authorities canvass the scene. But when Kate herself disappears without a trace, Annalisse fears the worst: that one of the many secrets of her hometown has ensnared her family—a secret someone is willing to kill for to keep hidden.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Ewephoric Publishing
Publication Date: December 11th 2019
Number of Pages: 378
ISBN: 0999539426 (ISBN13: 9780999539422)
Series: Annalisse Series #2 || This is a Stand-Alone novel but the reader may gain more about the character’s past if they pick up the first book.
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

…from chapter fifteen

 

She caught a glimpse of Bill’s scarred neck and considered prying. “May I ask a personal question?”

“Sure.” He steered the next turn. “I’ll answer if I can.”

“Did you get burned?”

He rubbed the side of his neck as if to soothe a haunting memory. “I used to be a fireman. Got caught in a seven-story roof collapse. Almost bought it.” He tapped cruise control and slid his shoe off the accelerator.

An injured fireman with a near-death experience turned private investigator made more sense to her now. Bill didn’t fit the cookie-cutter-investigator type.

They hit smooth asphalt in the cross into Sullivan County. Annalisse relished the soothing hum from the roadway. At the county border, they passed a renovated eighteenth-century church refurbished into a modern brick farmhouse. The original belfry and bell sat atop the gable roof at the midpoint, with a new masonry chimney erected on one side near the redwood decking. She hadn’t noticed it the first time with Woody.

“What a horrible experience for you, Bill. I’m sorry. Alec didn’t mention it.”

“We don’t talk about it much. For a bunch of reasons.” Bill fiddled with a tabloid-size newspaper wedged next to the console. “My hours are better now anyway.” He chuckled, rolling the newsprint into a tube and blowing into it.

“A gossip rag? Haven’t read any juicy dirt in a while. I could use a laugh.” She reached for the paper, expecting him to hand it to her.
“Boring issue.” Bill tossed the roll over the headrest, wiping newsprint from his fingers to the seat.

That was strange.

She tried to grab it, but it landed just out of her reach.

Annalisse unbuckled and twisted for a closer look at the huge headline, reading aloud, “THE HOUND CHASES ANOTHER FOX. Please people. Such original journalism. Who this time?” She laughed as she lunged for the paper.

Bill’s arm moved in like a slingshot and bumped her sore cheek, blocking her.

“Ow. Watch the road,” she exclaimed and bounced backward. “Walking wounded here. Just drive, Bill. Allow me to revel in someone else’s grief for a while.”

He touched her elbow. “Please don’t.”

Bill wasn’t smiling, and his skin had morphed to ashen of the dead. He had the look of a man who’d just lost his best friend and was about to lose his faithful dog too.

It clicked. “What don’t you want me to see what thousands of other people have already seen?”

“Wait till we get to Brookehaven so he can—”

“Who can?” Annalisse hung over the seat and stretched her sore body far enough to snag the tabloid with her fingertips. She braced herself—the photo had to be disturbing.

“The timing is bad. Really bad.” Bill stared at the road and in a low voice added, “I’m so sorry.”

The pang of the unknown boomeranged through her heart, and she looked down at the front page of Reveal Reality.

A couple with their backs to the camera, overlooking an ocean at sunset at some kind of event. She wasn’t sure where but expected the piece would say. The paparazzi photographer had zoomed in on a brunette in a skimpy, backless sundress leaning into a man with his elegant hand cupping her barely covered butt cheek. His chiseled profile and windblown curls were unmistakable.

Say bye-bye to the mysterious, green-eyed Annalisse! Italian starlet Monica Corsetti on Italy’s Riviera with Greek magnate, Alec Zavos of the Signorile Corporation. They were…

She covered her mouth.

“Pull over, Bill. I’m gonna throw up.”

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Excerpt from Spent Identity by Marlene M. Bell. Copyright 2020 by Marlene M. Bell. Reproduced with permission from Marlene M. Bell. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Marlene M. Bell

Marlene M. Bell is an award-winning writer and acclaimed artist as well as a photographer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living, and Sheep Industry News, to name a few.

Her catalog venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of her desire to locate personalized sheep stationery. She rarely found sheep products through catalogs and set out to design them herself. Order Ewephoric gifts online or request a catalog at TexasSheep.com.

Marlene and her husband, Gregg, reside in beautiful East Texas on a wooded ranch with their dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep, a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, along with Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks, the cats that believe they rule the household—and do.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense, New Adult romance

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Codename: Agent Poppy

Mission: Infiltrate the enemy to gain information

Purpose: To aid military operations

Poppy never thought of herself as a casualty of war. She was serving her country. She was proud to do so. The problem was they never intended for her to come home.

Escaping death at the hands of both her captors and her country, Poppy has been given a chance at freedom. The man who gave it to her – the one sent to kill her. The condition; that she never contacts him and can’t return to her homeland, the country she served.

Embracing her second chance, Poppy makes a new life, living remotely in the Scottish Highlands with nothing but an adopted dog for companionship. It’s simple and free, and she has no expectations, least of all to fall for the mysterious motorcycle rider who becomes her neighbor.

He’s the one who helps her to trust again. He’s the one who can bring her back to life. He’s the man who makes her heart beat faster.

But, what if Poppy isn’t the only one looking for a second-chance? What if she’s not the only one hiding a terrible truth? What if even together they can’t dig deep enough to forgive the sins of their past?

 

Meet the Author

Victoria Johns is a Cheshire based writer with a wild imagination for steamy stories, she believes it’s every girl’s dream to experience a happily ever after.

 

Realising it was time to live her own dream, she now enjoys day dreaming and creating fiery romance novels.

When she’s not doing that, she can be found spending time with her family, cycling the countryside or enjoying pink fizz with her crazy friends.

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