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Heart of the Storm

Sara Winslow Talbott is a family law attorney defending a woman in a custody battle. The problem? She’s defending her husband’s mistress, who is pregnant with her husband’s baby. As she struggles to figure out how she should handle this situation, she is suddenly the primary suspect in her husband’s murder. The mob now wants her dead because her husband stole from them. Will the handsome District Attorney Phillip Martino be able to help her out of this mess? Will she make it out alive and prove her innocence?

Heart of the Storm by Sharon K Middleton is a captivating story that I found hard to put down. The characters in the story are likable, and I enjoyed reading the witty conversations between Sara and her sister Liz. As soon as I read the first sentence in the book, I was both shocked and hooked. I empathize with Sara, and I love her character. I also appreciated that she had a lot of support from her family, and they all had a great sense of humor through this tough situation.

Middleton has created a dramatic story filled with tension that made this page-turner from start to finish. I was not expecting Sara’s husband to be murdered, and I was thrown for a loop. The stakes are raised in the story when we learn that Sara was abused by her husband and that he was a cheater, making her look like a possible suspect in his death. The author expertly immerses the reader into the story, and I felt like I was alongside Sara, trying to solve the mystery of her husband’s murder.

Heart of the Storm is a riveting read that will take readers on an emotional rollercoaster filled with unexpected twists. This suspenseful story has the right amount of drama with characters that you will love and hate. I would recommend this compelling read to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.

Pages: 281 | ASIN : B0BCSZLJVB

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Literary Titan Gold Book Award Feb 2023

Literary Titan Gold Book Award

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and writing talent of these brilliant authors.

Award Recipients

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Literary Titan Silver Book Award February 2023

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and writing talent of these brilliant authors.

Award Recipients

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

I Am Why They Killed Diana

This captivating and detailed piece tells the story of an American girl with Scottish roots named Cynthia. In this diary-like memoir, Cynthia takes you through her mostly abusive but sometimes beautiful childhood that turns into an even more tragic but still sometimes beautiful adulthood. Follow along on this journey with her as she takes readers through the twists and turns of her friendships, family members, lovers, jobs, and a secret heritage that no one seems to know about. 

This shocking and captivating read is set up like a journal with entries from the author that contain dates, times, places, and even images making this an authentic read. The author manages to weave her experiences, adventures, tragedies, and love all in about 150 pages. Cynthia Gunn takes us on the crazy journey that is her life, and if it’s anything like the writing, it truly was a chaotic love story to herself. Jumping around and going off topic sometimes, you can see the passion and fever that Cynthia was writing within every word. The author speaks directly to the reader, and I can sense her heart and the truth that lies in these pages.

I AM WHY THEY KILLED DIANA The Secret of The Red String… is Cynthia’s story and is a fascinating and intriguing account. However, she jumps from one subject to the next and then back to the other, sometimes making it a little difficult for me to keep up with it all. Nevertheless, I feel this is a style choice, and combined with the author’s passion and dedication to her history, it works. I would recommend this riveting read to those who enjoy history, drama, and memoirs, as this book has it all.

Pages: 144 | ASIN : B0026MS6U6

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Crime Has Many Impacts

James W. Marquart Author Interview

Unthinkable: Who Kills Their Grandmother? follows the murder investigation of an 85-year-old woman, and the trial of her killer. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Unthinkable was important for me to write for several reasons. First, the crime involved our home.  I believed then and now that this story had to be told.  It’s not every day that you purchase a home with a history. Second, the book illustrates how ordinary people can be caught up in stressful situations, see no way out and have no one to confide in, and ultimately commit a brutal crime.  I am convinced that the poor decisions engaged in by this offender could happen to anyone.  I wanted the readers to understand just how powerful various situational dynamics can be and how they come together to lead to a horrible act, typically out of character for the perpetrator.  Third, it was important for me to take the reader’s hand and walk them through the entire criminal justice process, from the crime to the investigation, to the courtroom, and to sentencing.  Finally, it was very important for me to write about my relationship with the offender, which started out very casually and over time things turned “south”.  I want readers to understand that writing true crime books often involves interacting with criminals, who in turn try to manipulate anyone who will listen to them.  I admit that I fell for his innocence narrative and only when I did more research on the case did the events leading up to and including the murder truly expose who the real killer was.  Readers need to know that getting close to the subject matter can sometimes be risky for the author. I have been around criminals and prisoners my entire professional career; however, we are all susceptible to manipulation.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Crime has many impacts, seen and unseen.  By far the hardest part of the book was to have the victims, or family members, discuss the impacts of this brutal crime on them, as people.  I thought the best way for the reader to understand the consequences, or to put themselves in the victims’ shoes, was to have them read the actual victim impact statements as they were read in Court. I struggled with finding the best way to convey their loss.  Reading about the victims struggling to explain how deep this senseless tragedy affected them, physically and psychologically, was gut wrenching but very real. I could have paraphrased their statements and eased their dramatic effect.  Instead, I used the actual statements for every reader to think about. I want readers to know the seen and unseen impacts of crime in the family.

How much research did you undertake for this book and how much time did it take to put it all together?

This book required extensive research involving such things as analysis of court records, conversations with the offender and others involved in the case, and news media.  The idea for the book originated at a neighborhood Christmas party in 2019, and the book was released for sale in October 2022.  The actual research and writing time involved about 12 months, throughout 2020, and plenty of rewriting and reorganization in 2021. I also had six close colleagues read draft chapters and they provided me with critical feedback on content, style, readability, and overall accuracy.

What is one thing that people point out after reading your book that surprises you?

I have studied crime and criminals and punishment decisions for 30 years.  People still have a hard time trying to fathom why someone would kill a family member.  Readers tell me the standard line: “I read the whole book and I cannot understand how or why someone could murder their grandmother?”  I agree with that statement to a degree.  On the face of it, sure, it sounds too fantastic to consider.  Murder your grandmother? The crime detailed in my book is completely understandable given the situation in which the offender found him self.  The offender “fell into”, by his own making, a vicious, but powerful, downward spiral within which the murder was planned and carried out.  My readers seem surprised this crime occurred; but in reality, after digging into the crime and analyzing the total situation confronted by the offender, it really comes as no surprise.  Crime is part of daily life and there is no magic potion or special “booster shot” that serves as an antidote to criminal behavior.  Many people (neighbors, friends, work mates, family members), in a similar situation, would have behaved similarly.

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It was a warm, still, July summer night in 2014, when an 85-year-old woman, a beloved grandmother and neighbor, was viciously murdered by someone who slipped quietly into her bedroom and slit her throat and watched her bleed to death in less than a minute.

Who committed this awful murder, how, and why? The perpetrator of this horrible crime was the woman’s own grandson, an adored and trusted family member. He was married and also had four children of his own. James W. Marquart walks us through the investigation involving the collection of evidence in Texas and in Illinois, the arrest, trial, conviction, and the punishment of the killer who committed this crime for money and pure lust. Punch your ticket to a front row seat and see how murder cases unfold and murderers are caught and punished.

In Unthinkable: Who Kills Their Grandmother? by James W. Marquart we experience a gripping account on why the murder occurred and how this crime by a family member has impacted the lives of other close family members. In a weird twist of fate, the author continues to live in the house that belonged to the killer.

Godsmack Part I

Godsmack Part 1: The Mother Earth is an intriguing book that combines a criminal gang, spirituality, love, and regret. This suspenseful book follows the story of Yahn Marynugh, who, in his quest for a simple life, ends up in the heart of a dark plot (or so it may seem!). After leaving his day job, he embarks on a journey of peace and natural living. Meanwhile, a group of heroin producers, under surveillance by the police, wreak havoc on themselves and those around them.

I really enjoyed Josie Peterson’s writing style. She writes formally and ornately, which is a pleasant change from most crime thriller literature. This formed a nice contrast to some of the controversial topics covered, such as drugs and violence. In addition, it was interesting that the majority of the characters in the book were homosexual men, especially considering the book’s direction.

The whole story is unique and makes the reader work hard to uncover the details. This fast-paced story is filled with suspense and exhilarating moments. The plot takes twists and turns when readers least expect it so readers should be fully engaged if they want to follow the action. I think that readers would benefit from an author’s note to explain the relevance of the first chapter and its overall meaning to the story. There are a lot of characters to keep up with, but each has its own backstory that adds to the plotline. I especially like the way that Josie Peterson developed each of their personalities, creating a mix of empathy and somewhat disdain for most.

Godsmack Part 1: The Mother Earth is a stimulating crime novel laced with dark humor. Readers who enjoy life’s darker side and an engaging crime novel will find this one hard to put down.

Pages: 357 | ASIN : B0BFNN1KBM

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I Wanted To Bring Out The ‘Lion’

Douglas Misquita Author Interview

Lion – Most Wanted follows Aslan as he breaks a high-value target out of a Russian supermax prison and becomes the most wanted man in the Middle East. What were some sources of inspiration that informed the development of this novel?

1) My visit to Budapest, Hungary
2) A sex-trafficking ring operating in England
3) The Bosnian war
4) The theory that the Syrian civil war is over oil/ gas pipelines
5) The British hacktivist who become a social media consultant/ hacker for the Islamic State
6) The film, Eye in the Sky

What were some obstacles you felt were important to developing Aslan’s character in this book?

I wanted to drive home the point that, all Aslan wants, is to get out of his circumstances. I needed a clever way to really let him be left alone which needed the ancillary characters’ motivations to be equally developed.

What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?

The scene where Aslan escapes from the Hungarian gang. It is brutal because I wanted to bring out the ‘lion’ , no holds barred.

What can readers expect in book three of The Escape Series?

For now, I haven’t considered a trilogy for The Escape Series. This is primarily because I want to move to a new series (of which 4 books are in development). But one can never tell: I might bring Aslan back. Everybody loves stories in which trouble finds the hero who has given up a dark past 🙂

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When fate dealt him an incredible opportunity, Aslan ‘The Lion’ Terzi should’ve stuck to his plan: vanish into obscurity. Instead, he broke a High Value Target out of a Russian supermax prison. Now he’s the Most Wanted Man in the Middle East. For Russian FSB agent Igor Sokolov, it’s national pride. For Syrian intelligence agent Al Siyad — The Hunter — it’s big game. And to mercenary Samuel Goldsmith, Aslan is a peace offering to the Russians for his complicity in the prison break. Thing is, Aslan didn’t earn his nickname for nothing. He isn’t out of luck yet… and he hasn’t lost sight of his original plan.

The Nocturnal Devil: A Griffin Knight Mystery Thriller

The third installation in the Griffin Knight series is the best yet! Griffin and his friends are faced with hunting down a serial killer in New York City before he claims his next victim. As two women from a New York City neighborhood are reported missing, the only clue linking the disappearances is that they frequent the same stretch of blocks making up an east-side neighborhood. Griffin, currently on leave due to his injuries from the Seattle adventures, is called back into action to help Noah, his closest thing to a partner, solve the crimes. The story is steeped in intrigue right from the beginning, which is one thing the author is very good at doing. There’s rarely a dull moment in Miguel Angel Hernandez Jr.’s books and that is plain to see in The Nocturnal Devil.

Although Griffin is still dealing with the trauma of the events of taking down Colossus, and losing his friend Felix, he finds comfort in a new love interest, Samira. She is a doctor who works with the police department and she helps to heal his body and calm his mind. I enjoyed the throughline in this series because of its consistency and long time fans will be able to pick this book up and find it even more intriguing because of it.

When the case hits several dead ends, Griffin reaches out to Ashe to use her hacking abilities to help solve the crimes. Ashe is also keeping a watchful eye over Griffin as Sapphire hires assassins to ambush Griffin at his home. Ashe proves to be very helpful in using technology to identify the potential serial killer. I enjoyed the multiple layers to the mystery and the technical aspects of unravelling it. The killer is a character that was fascinating and he is definitely one that readers will not soon forget, especially the twisted and deadly fight that Griffin is lured into.

I was happy to learn more about Griffin and his background. I also enjoyed the integration of advanced technology into the story. I have no idea if something like Smart Goggles and the Theia drone exists, but they are interesting and well-thought-out tech that adds a James Bond or Jason Bourne quality to the story. From the suspense, the chilling account of the killer, the use of technology, and the background of Griffin, The Nocturnal Devil is a sensational crime thriller that delivered excitement and intrigue in equal measure.

ISBN: 978-1-959354-04-8

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