Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Shiro Project by David Khara- Excerpt

Pus trickled from blisters around his discolored lips. Along the sides of his inflamed nostrils were clusters of ready-to-burst boils. The exposed part of his chest was similarly disfigured.
Jane was pleased to note the normal progression of symptoms and scribbled her observations in her notebook.
“Hang in there a little longer,” she said. “Two or three days from now, we’ll initiate treatment.”
The only response was an agonized groan. After injecting the young man with more sedative, Jane headed back. She had what she needed. She wished her monkey sweethearts a pleasant night and found her way to the exit. Just two more hours with Professor Neville, and then her shift would be over.
Jane stepped into the elevator, eager to wrap things up. But when she arrived at her floor, the doors refused to budge. Jane cursed the incompetence of the maintenance crew. Breakdowns occurred often, too often for her liking. She was about to pick up the elevator’s black telephone to tell off the orderly, when the base loudspeakers started blasting an ear-splitting siren.
Jane pressed her hands over her ears to muffle the excruciating noise. Then the wailing stopped. It was replaced by a man’s voice, which Jane identified as that of the duty officer.
“Attention, all personnel. Due to a security breach in sector four, we ask that you calmly make your way toward the emergency exits.”
Jane's eyes widened with surprise. She felt her heartbeat speed up and her scalp tingle with sweat. "This is no time to panic," she said to herself. "Think fast."
She took a deep breath and held it. Jane frantically pushed the button for one floor up, where her designated exit was located. The elevator didn't move, but the doors finally opened.
Then she saw the guards sprawled on the floor. Their dogs were lying all around them, vomiting and
shaking. The virus was already spreading throughout the facility. The alert had been broadcast too late.There was not a moment to lose.
You breathe, you die, she told herself as she rushed toward an open door on her right. She entered the
stairwell and heaved herself up the steps two at a time. An object was rolling toward her. A jar of pencils. She stepped over Phil Neville, who lay dying on the steps. He stretched out a hand in her direction but was unable to grab her ankle. Jane thought of her husband,her son, her flaming lungs and repeated over and over,
“You breathe, you die.”
She found the corridor. A little more effort and she’d be out of this hellhole. Jane grabbed the metal door handle and pushed. It didn’t open. She thrust with both hands, using all the strength she had. Nothing happened. She couldn’t hold out for more than a few seconds. With tears streaming down her cheeks, she pounded and kicked.
Those bastards had locked the exits shut! As soon as the sector had lost its airtight seal, the virus had spread, and then it was lockdown. Now the brick-and-steel building was one big tomb.
Jane Woodridge leaned against the door and slid to the floor. She closed her eyes, visualized Sean’s sweet chubby face, and filled her lungs a final time.

The Shiro Project by David Khara

Sophie Weiner (Translator

Can a lone man stop mass destruction looming from the past? Reporter Branislav Poborsky is running away from a bad marriage when he witnesses the Czech army covering up the extermination of an entire village. Saved in extremis by the gentle-giant Mossad agent Eytan Morgenstern, he is thrown into a troubling race to defuse a larger-than-life conspiracy. 

After Eytan’s mentor is kidnapped, he must join forces with his arch-rival to put an end to a mysterious group that has weapons of mass destruction. Once again, the atrocities of World War II come back to haunt the modern world. What links exist between Japanese camps in China in the 1940s, a US Army research center in the 1950s, and the deadly threat Eytan faces today? 

From Prague to Tokyo, with stops in Ireland, yesterday’s enemies become today’s best allies and mankind seems on the verge of repeating the errors of the past. 

No downtime, the story is fast paced and addictive. A thriller whose pages we turn eagerly to know more about the hero's adventures while traveling and reliving the pages of our dark history.
By following the adventures of Eytan Morg, you get hooked in the blink of an eyes after the first sentences. 

Eytan is an endearing character who reminded me of a mix between Wolverine and Jason Bourne with an addition of humor and some sensibility.
His association with Elena brings a touch of extra suspense, as the reader wonders constantly if she is reliable or if she will kill him in his sleep. Lol!

Action, suspense are accompanying this super duo in a well-crafted and well written story. It was a delight to read. It made even me want to discover the other volumes of Eytan's adventures.

I had a great time.

« Another pot of tea. He decided to put his faith in chamomille. » 

« Madness leads to desesperation. Desesperation leads to madness. And victims become the executioners. We are living proof, wouldn’t you agree ? » 

The Shiro Project by David Khara 

1957. États-Unis, Maryland. Centre de recherches bactériologiques de l’armée américaine.Le professeur Jane Woodridge mène des expérimentations à haut risque. Soudain, l’alarme retentit…
De nos jours, République tchèque.

Au mauvais endroit, au mauvais moment ! Fuyant ses problèmes conjugaux, Branislav Poborsky se rend chez ses parents. Sur la route, il découvre un village bouclé par la police et voit sa vie basculer…
Lorsque son mentor se fait enlever, l’agent du Mossad Eytan Morgenstern doit faire équipe avec sa rivale.
Enrôlé de force dans un combat qui n’est pas le sien, il devra tout tenter pour mettre fin aux agissements d’un mystérieux groupuscule entré en possession d’armes de destruction massive.

Quand vos ennemis d’hier deviennent vos meilleurs alliés, quand l’humanité semble prête à répéter les erreurs du passé, que peut bien faire un homme contre la folie qui ne va pas manquer de suivre…

Pas de temps mort, le récit est rythmé et prenant. Un thriller dont on tourne les pages avec avidité pour connaître les aventures du héros tout en voyageant et en revivant des pages de notre histoire.

On se pique au jeu en suivant les aventures d’Eytan Morg. Un personnage attachant qui m’a fait penser à un mélange entre Wolverine des XMen et Jason Bourne. Une touche d’humour et de cœur en plus.
Son association avec Elena apporte une pointe de suspense supplémentaire car on se demande sans cesse si elle est fiable ou si elle va le tuer dans son sommeil. Lol !

De l’action, du suspense et des menaces accompagnent ce duo de super combattants dans une aventure bien ficelée et très plaisante à lire.
Du coup, cela m’a donné envie de découvrir les autres volumes des aventures d’Eytan.

J’ai passé un très bon moment.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Shiro Project by David Khara - Promo Post

Hi Everyone,

I will be part of this tour and able to give you my opinion on this thriller on november 15th. 
Until then, enjoy the synopsis and some informations about the author and the translator.
See you on november 15!


The Shiro Project

by David Khara
(translated by Sophie Weiner)
 Release date: November 18, 2014
at Le French Book
250 pages
ISBN: 978-1939474247


When yesterday’s enemies become today’s best allies and when mankind seems on the verge of repeating the errors of the past, what can a lone man do against the madness that is bound to follow? After his mentor is kidnapped, a Mossad agent teams up with his worst foe, but first must face himself. He is enlisted against his will in a fight that’s not his own and takes him from present-day Czech Republic to past Manchuria. He has to put an end to the activities of a mysterious group who have gotten their hands on weapons of mass destruction. What do Japanese war camps, US Army research and an annihilated modern-day Czech village all have in common? [provided by the publisher]
The book contains some violence


French author David Khara, a former reporter, top-level sportsman, and entrepreneur, has always been a writer.
After studying law, he stepped into journalism working for Agence France Press,
and then became creative director for several advertising companies.
He loves new technologies and started his own company at the age of twenty-four,
becoming an online business pioneer for French industries.
He then focused his life on writing fiction.
In 2010, he published The Bleiberg Project, which became an immediate success in France.

David Khara is also an accomplished athlete in fencing and rubgy, and he even played football as a linebacker.
He acknowledges that his culture is a much American as it is French, since he spent a lot of time in West Virginia and Manhattan,
and is an avid fan of writers such as Dennis Lehane.
Follow David Khara on Twitter
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Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


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Title: Serpent’s Kiss
Genre: Erotic Romance
Author: Sherri Hayes

Expected publication: December 4, 2014

After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize.

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.
71a8706b1176a738beed03e0856a5345.jpgAt the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.

Six years later, Sherri is the author of six full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. The third book in that series, Truth, released July 25, 2013.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


In this witty, sexy tale, an erotic novelist meets the fictional hero of her most recent book in real life, and must decide whether she wants to get him back between the pages—or between her sheets.

At forty-six, Sadie Fuller’s life isn’t exactly romantic. A divorced, overweight, somewhat sexually frustrated mother of an eleven-year-old, she lives in the suburbs, shops the big box stores, makes small talk with her small-minded neighbors, and generally leads a quiet life. But while her daughter is at school, or when Sadie is up late at night, she writes erotic fiction under the name KT Briggs.

Then, during a routine shopping trip, Sadie runs into someone familiar…too familiar, in fact. She encounters an incredibly handsome man exactly like the one in her imagination—and her latest novel. 

Is Aidan Hathaway really one of her characters? And if so, what is he doing in Target? As Sadie tries to negotiate this strange new world, her eyes begin to open to romantic possibilities in places she never dreamed of looking... places where Happily Ever After might not be so far-fetched after all.

Quite honestly, it's the synopsis that attracted me. I wanted a fun story and the idea of ​​characters coming out of a novel to materialize in real life, it is often a reader fantasy. So why not? 
I thought I would have an incredible dose of unexpected but not as much as this chaos.

I admit I was a little disappointed. There are too many elements in this story and it brings a sense of mess and confusion. There is a love story, fantasy, magic spells... As for the characters, difficult to create a bond when you are asking yourself wtf... 
Note that I'm not saying it's bad. It's messy and the novel goes in all directions. 
Even the love story is strange.

So, it's complicated to get involved and to enjoy and relax when we wonder where we are going. 
Yet, this book has potential. The author has a lot of imagination and energy and the writing is good. A little bit more of structure and the plot would have been great in my humble opinion.


Traduction du synopsis
Dans ce conte enjoué et sexy, une romancière érotique rencontre, dans la vie réelle, le héros fictif de son livre le plus récent, et doit décider si elle veut le faire revenir entre les pages ou entre ses draps.

At quarante-six ans, la vie de Sadie Fuller n'est pas exactement romantique. Divorcée, en surpoids, mère un peu frustrée sexuellement d'une fille de onze ans, elle vit en banlieue. Elle fait les courses en grande surface, fait la conversation avec ses voisins mesquins et mène une vie tranquille. Mais tandis que sa fille est à l'école, ou lorsque Sadie est encore debout tard dans la nuit, elle écrit de la fiction érotique sous le nom de KT Briggs.

Puis un jour, au cours d'un voyage classique au supermarché, Sadie se heurte à quelqu'un de familier ... trop familier, en fait. Elle rencontre un homme incroyablement beau, exactement comme celui de son imagination et de son dernier roman.

Est qu'Aidan Hathaway est vraiment un de ses personnages ? Et si oui, que fait-il chez Target ? Pendant que Sadie essaie s'acclimater à ce nouveau monde étrange, ses yeux commencent à s'ouvrir aux possibilités romantiques à des endroits où elle n'aurait jamais penser regarder ... les endroits où les "Happily Ever After" pourraient ne pas être si farfelus, après tout.

Très honnêtement c’est le synopsis qui m’a attiré. J’avais envie d’une histoire fun et l’idée de personnages qui sortent d’un roman et qui se matérialisent dans la vraie vie, c’est souvent le fantasme des lecteurs.
Je pensais donc avoir une dose d’invraisemblable liée à l’intrigue mais pas autant de chaos.

J’avoue avoir été déçue. Il y a trop d’éléments dans cette histoire et cela amène un sentiment de brouillon et de confusion.
On a une love story, de la fantasy, de la magie… Des personnages avec lesquels je ne me suis pas liée et des rebondissements tous plus étranges les uns que les autres.

Attention, je ne dis pas que c’est mauvais. Juste que le roman part dans tous les sens. Même l’histoire d’amour est étrange.
Du coup, il est compliqué de s’impliquer et de se régaler lorsque l’on se demande où l’on va.
Pourtant, il y a du potentiel et on sent que l’auteur a beaucoup d’imagination et d’énergie. Un peu plus de structure dans l'histoire en aurait fait une belle aventure à mon humble avis.

*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014



Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.

Warning: This is a new adult series. Readers of the other Academy series may need some caution as this series will contain mature sexual and violent situations and themes.

I really was surprised by "The Ghost Bird Series", a touching, innocent and original story. So, I eagerly plunged into the adventures of Kayli. I was excited to go back to the adventures of the Academy even if it is of novels for teens.

To be honest, I have not been seduced by the main character. The group intrigued me and the guys are endearing and charming but Kayli puzzled me. 
I haven't been able to attach myself. 
Less loyal than Sang, more sexual and more independent, her difficulty to trust and her need to fly bothered me.
So it was not love at first side, but she had picked my interest along the way.

It's the agreable and original writing of the author that charmed me once again. I let myself be taken by the plot and I began to appreciate this new team. 
And I really had a great time.

More mature with more action, this first volume does not allow the reader to be bored. Endearing characters, secrets and explosions... At the end of my reading, I was excited to put my hands on the sequel...


Kayli Winchester est une fille extrêmement pauvre vivant dans ​​un hôtel, forcée d'être le parent d'un père alcoolique et de veiller sur son frère, un  adolescent qu' elle est désespérée de garder à l'école. La seule façon dont elle y parvient est en utilisant sa seule compétence: le vol à la tire. Mais, même si elle est un voleur, elle a un code moral: pas les enfants ou les vieilles dames. Ses seules cibles: ceux qui peuvent se défendre. Non pas qu'ils la voient venir…

Pensant qu'elle travaillait sans avoir été repérée, Kayli n'a aucune idée que l'Académie la surveillait et l'avait remarqué. Maintenant, une équipe qui avait besoin de son talent lui a offert un moyen de sortir de sa situation difficile et c'est sa dernière chance: travailler avec eux ou aller en prison.
Kayli résiste au début, mais peu à peu les garçons révèlent qu'on peut leur faire confiance. Avec Marc, l'homme droit, Raven, le mauvais garçon russe, Corey et Brandon les jumeaux aussi différents que le jour et la nuit et Axel leur stoïque leader, Kayli peut beaucoup apprendre de ces gars de l'Académie notamment à vivre sur le fil de la loi. Si seulement elle pouvait rester du bon côté au lieu du mauvais.

Surtout quand le travail qu'ils lui offrent devient plus qu'ils n'avaient esperé. Après que ce soit fait, les chasseurs sont devenus les proies et leur cible est maintenant après Kayli. Les garçons de l'Académie font de leur mieux pour la garder cachée, mais un voleur comme Kayli ne reste jamais assis longtemps.

Rencontrez une toute nouvelle équipe de l'Académie dans "Thief", le début de la série Scarab Beetle.

Attention: Ceci est une nouvelle série pour adultes. Les lecteurs de l'autre série de l'Académie devront faire preuve d'une certaine prudence. Cette série contient des situations et des thèmes sexuels et violents plus matures.

J'avais vraiment été surprise par la série "The Ghost Bird Series", touchante, innocente et originale. J'ai donc plongé avec avidité dans les aventures de Kayli. J'étais excitée à l'idée de repartir dans des aventures de l'Académie même s'il s'agit de romans pour ados.

Pour être honnête, je n'ai pas été séduite par le personnage principal. Le groupe m'a intrigué et les mecs sont attachants et charmants mais Kayli m'a laissé perplexe.
J'éprouvais des difficultés à m'attacher à elle.
Moins loyale que Sang, plus sexuelle et plus indépendante, son côté girouette et son besoin de fuir m'a moins emballé.

C'est l'écriture agréable et originale de l'auteur qui m'a charmé. Je me suis laissée emmener dans l'histoire et j'ai commencé à apprécier cette nouvelle équipe.
Donc moins le coup de foudre mais toujours un bon moment.

Plus mature avec plus d'actions, ce premier tome ne laisse pas le temps au lecteur de s'ennuyer. Les personnages sont attachants, les secrets toujours présents et des explosions sont au rendez-vous.
Bref, à la fin de ma lecture, j'avais envie de connaître la suite...

*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Knocked Out by Ty Langston

Fresh out of Grad School, Hayley Monroe gets the chance of a lifetime when her boss gives her the opportunity to produce and host a reality series on finding MMA’s “Next Great Hope”. Enter former MMA contender Evan Bates. 

His sudden re-appearance into the sport after a mysterious five year absence not only raises eyebrows, but also temps both in and out of the Octagon. Can Hayley keep everything in check? Or will she be Knocked Out?

A short story that was an easy read. I've finished it in an evening.
There is a good potential to develop into something great and be a page turner but I've been expecting more... 

The plot is promising but the author was too superficial in her story.
The characters are interesting. Sad that you don't really have time to get to know them. Evans was well written, with some depth and a complicated background story. But Hayley was lacking of substance.
If think she could have delivered and added much more to the plot.
Their romance (or lust attack) is rushed and not very romantic.

Don't get me wrong, you spend a nice moment. But after reading other books about MMA fighters, I'm missing some adrenaline rush about fights and sensuality in the romance part.

*Arc provided by Netgalley.
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.