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Review: Cat Zero


Artie Marshall is a scientist. She is perpetually underfunded, relegated to a damp basement, and besieged on all sides by sexist colleagues. Added to that she is immersed in a messy divorce. But she’s never been happier: she recently landed her own lab, based in an eclectic think-tank housed in the leafy suburbs of North London.
Artie spends her days studying an obscure cat virus that nobody else in the world seems to have heard of – or cares about. But her arcane little research problem suddenly becomes worryingly relevant as local cats start dropping dead overnight. Matters get worse when people start getting infected too.
Working with her right-hand man Mark, her vet friends and her street-smart technician, Artie races to get to the bottom of the ballooning epidemic. Unexpected assistance arrives in the form of two basement-dwelling mathematicians – a sociopathic recluse and his scary, otherworldly savant mentor. When their mathematical models suggest that the cat plague might actually be more sinister than it first appears, Artie gets drawn into a web of secrets and lies that threatens to blow apart her lab family, undermine her sanity – and endanger her own life. 

Rating: 4-stars


Cat Zero by Jennifer Rohn is an exciting mystery. As an animal lover, the plot was scary. Something like this could happen anytime. I love reading stories that feature a strong female protagonist. Artie is just that. Her world seems to be sinking fast only to leave her in a more dangerous yet complicated situation. A deadly virus is found. Causing not only animals, but humans to die. 

Jennifer Rohn creates suspense with ease. As the characters race to solve the problem at hand, I found myself loving the book more. Death, danger, and intrigue. All wrapped up into a great read. A lot of different elements can be found, here. From science to a bit of romance, there’s a lot happening inside this, tale. However, I still found myself following along. This book, isn’t for everyone…due to the lab stuff. Overall, Cat Zero was good. 


Review: Gone to Dust (Preview)


Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.

“Sharp wit, complex characters, and masterful plotting makes Goldman a writer to watch. Irreverent and insightful, private detective Nils Shapiro is sure to become a fan favorite.”—Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author.

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence?
Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

Suburban divorcee Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer.

Digging into Maggie’s cell phone records, Nils finds that the most frequently called number belongs to a mysterious young woman whose true identity could shatter the Somerville family–but could she be guilty of murder?

After the FBI demands that Nils drop the case, Nils and Ellegaard are forced to take their investigation underground, where the case grows as murky as the contents of the vacuum cleaner bags. Is this a strange case of domestic violence or something with far reaching, sinister implications?

“A perfect blend of light touch and dark story—I want more of Nils Shapiro.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author.

Rating: 5-stars


Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman is another brilliant mystery to watch out for…the writer creates a thrilling read. This preview copy gave me a great glance into this new novel. Detective Nils Shapiro is a character that instantly became my new favorite. His personality and way of dealing with the investigation was beyond interesting. The things he says is funny, too. Dark, dangerous, and entertaining from page one. I highly recommend this adventure to all. 

My Interview on Smashwords

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing back in the sixth grade. Every day, I came to class I showed my best friend a new poem that I wrote. And she always asked how do you do that?
What’s the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book, is about three high schoolers, two being best friends and the third an enemy. They all go through a lot of drama, pain, and have to find the courage to continue on their journey even through all the emotions they are experiencing as young adults. That can be the toughest journey of them all. And these three will find out what it’s like and how to grow from it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love reading and writing. Books are my best friend. I live too far to be around those my age and so, I have always burried my head deep into a good novel. I wanted to be able to write a book that will allure and hook others into my new worlds and take them on new paths and adventures.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success by making my eBooks easier to publish worldwide and distributed all over. And that helps readers from all over to read my books, thus contributing to my success as a writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writig is knowing that your characters have changed from where they first started and have grown from their original perspective on life itself.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I couldn’t be an author nor where I am today without any one of them.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book called, Easter & Its True Meaning. It’s a book about the real meaning of Easter and the wonderful gifts that we receive during this time period. It also talks about forgiveness, love, and faith. The book is for anyone and not geared towards any one religion.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, I have many authors on my list of favorites. Let’s see there’s: Daniel J. Darcey, Debbie Maccomber, Marie Force, Robyn Carr, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Susan Mallery, Colleen Hover, Melissa Foster, Sherryl Woods, Bella Andre, Sylvia Day, Diana Palmer, and Maya Banks.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inpires me to get out of bed each day is the task of helping my grandparents out, working with authors on writing book reviews, articles, and working on getting more of my projects completed. That and having to complete my college
courses online.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am either reading or watching TV with my family.