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Sins of the Younger Sons – Promo

SINS OF THE
YOUNGER SONS
by
JAN REID
Genre: Literary Fiction / Romance / Spy / Thriller
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press 
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Publication Date: February 28, 2018
Number of Pages: 296 pages
  

Sins of the Younger Sons has received the Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters! Luke Burgoa is an ex-Marine on a solitary covert mission to infiltrate the Basque separatist organization ETA in Spain and help bring down its military commander, Peru Madariaga. Luke hails from a Basque ancestry that came with the Spanish empire to Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and, seventy-five years ago, to a Texas ranch. Neighbors consider the Burgoas Mexican immigrants and exiles of that nation’s revolution, but the matriarch of the family speaks the ancient language Euskera and honors traditions of the old country. Luke’s orders are to sell guns to the ETA and lure Peru into a trap. Instead he falls in love with Peru’s estranged wife, Ysolina, who lives in Paris and pursues a doctorate about an Inquisition-driven witchcraft frenzy in her native land. From the day they cross the border into the Basque Pyrenees, their love affair on the run conveys the beauty, sensuality, exoticism, and violence of an ancient homeland cut in two by Spain and France. Their trajectory puts Luke, Ysolina, and Peru on a collision course with each other and the famed American architect Frank Gehry, whose construction of a Guggenheim art museum seeks to transform the Basque city of Bilbao, a decrepit industrial backwater haunted by the Spanish Civil War—and a hotbed of ETA extremism. Ranging from the Amazon rain forest to a deadly prison in Madrid, Sins of the Younger Sons is a love story exposed to dire risk at every turn.

PRAISE FOR SINS OF THE YOUNGER SONS:
“Reid’s story is a fascinating blend of page-turning thriller and vivid tableau of Basque culture and the movement that battled the Spanish establishment for many decades. A reader can’t ask for more—a book that’s engaging, entertaining, educative, and unique.” 
—Thomas Zigal, author of Many Rivers to Cross and The White League

“What a fine book Jan Reid has written!  At once history—both cultural and political—and sensual love story, it reaches beyond genre to make for a magical and profound reading experience.  Don’t start reading it at night unless you want to stay up until dawn and then some.” —Beverly Lowry, author of Who Killed These Girls? and Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life

“Page by page, Sins of the Younger Sons invites the reader to dwell for a while within its unique world, to suffer and celebrate with its unforgettable characters. It’s a trip that, if taken, is well worth the effort.” —Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News

“Sins of the Younger Sons vividly takes us into a world few of us have seen and into a bitter conflict most of us have never considered nor understood.” —Si Dunn, Dallas Morning News

Jan Reid’s highly praised books include his novel Comanche Sundown, his biography of Texas governor Ann Richards, Let the People In, his memoir of Mexico, The Bullet Meant for Me, and The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock. Making his home in Austin, Reid has been a leading contributor to Texas Monthly for over forty years. 



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Stolen Obsession – Excerpt 3

STOLEN OBSESSION
Annalisse Series, Book 1
by
Marlene M Bell
Genre: Spicy Romantic Mystery
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Date of Publication: March 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 284

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PEOPLE DIE, BUT LEGENDS LIVE ON.
Manhattan antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family farm among the sheep she loves, when her best friend is murdered. The police assume robbery is the motive because her friend’s expensive bracelet is missing. But the 500-year-old artifact is rumored to carry an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family—and Annalisse believes her friend is the latest victim.
Weeks later, Annalisse sees a necklace matching the stolen bracelet at a gallery opening. Convinced the necklace is part of the deadly collection, Annalisse begs the gallery’s owner to destroy the piece, but her pleas are ignored— despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act.
Desperate to keep the gallery owner safe, Annalisse reluctantly enlists the owner’s son to help—even though she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.
Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his mother, feared dead or kidnapped. As time lapses, the killer switches mode and closes in on the man who’s meant for Annalisse with the lifestyle she wants most.
But when it’s her turn as the hunted, will she choose to save Alec and his mother, or sacrifice everything to save herself?

Hold on for a heart-thumping adventure through exotic lands in this fast moving, romantic suspense mystery by Marlene M Bell.

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EXCERPT: Chapter Six, Part Three

From Stolen Obsession

By Marlene M Bell

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“What a mess.” Generosa hugged Annalisse and sniffed. “Alec’s right. I’ll close the gallery and post a guard inside until this sorts out. This is a good time to go to Greece—and Pearce. I’ll schedule the jet for Crete. Pearce has wanted to meet you in the worst way, Annalisse. Why don’t you and Alec come with? October is beautiful on the island.”

“No complaints here.” Alec’s eyes lit up.

Annalisse squeezed her knees together. She didn’t trust herself with him on an island in paradise. Although the thought of Alec’s warm caress sent a parade of tingles down her back.

“I’d love to meet Pearce, but I have a job. As thrilling as it sounds to play in the sand and bake on the Aegean, I can’t shirk my responsibilities. Peter won’t let me off, anyway.”

“Pooh. I’ll talk to Chase. He’ll take over your gallery duties for a few days while you relax in the sunshine. I’ll fix everything.”

“You’re so thoughtful.” Annalisse hugged her. In her own way, Generosa filled the motherly affection gap.

Harry would expect her to stick around Westinn and sort out his business. One he never left in Peter’s hands. But her tortured mind could use a dose of rest.

“You must come.”

“I’ll work on it, Gen, but I have to go. Chase is waiting.” She could feel Alec’s eyes on her. “Agent Norcross, find Sam’s killer soon—please. I’ll sleep again once I know that filth can’t do those things to another beautiful soul.” She glanced at the clock, blinking back a tear. “I’m so late for an appointment. Alec, would you walk me out?”

Four uniformed cops filed through the glass entrance.

“Go ahead, son. I have all these nice officers to protect me.” Generosa smiled, with a quick wink at Annalisse. “We aren’t done with this conversation, dear.”

Annalisse snatched her tote and waited for Alec. Once on the sidewalk, she adjusted the wide leather straps cutting into her shoulder.

“Darn it. I didn’t get a chance to take photos. A lot of good it did to substitute camera for pistol.”

“You carry a gun? Why?” Alec’s jaw went slack.

“Since last year. Seven months to get my concealed carry permit.”

“Art Lady, you do amaze.”

He held her transfixed in his platinum gaze until he ran his thumb across her cheek, bringing her back to earth.

“I need to be safe when I travel alone on appraisals. Perverts can come from anywhere.”

“What about now?”

“Are you a pervert?”

“Depends.” Alec laughed. “No. The answer is, no. You don’t have your gun with you. What if you need it before you get home?”

“Then I might be in deep shit—or not.” She slid off one of the tote straps and dug into an inside pocket. “This works as backup.”

He stepped closer, staring at the pink tube she held up. “Mace?”

“Pepper spray. Shoots a mist everywhere. That’s why I prefer my Lady Smith. Point it, and the shot goes where it’s supposed to.” She slipped the tube back into her purse and hooked the side pocket. “Alec, don’t let Gen out of your sight. If you can’t be with her, don’t wait for Mooney’s security, get her a bodyguard.”

“That’s hardcore.”

“It’s not so bizarre. This new wrinkle with Harry, and the creepy card…we’re being manipulated. I can feel it. I’ll call you if Chase and I dig anything up. Your mother’s like my own. I won’t lose her, too.” She gently squeezed his arm.

Shoving his hair from his forehead, Alec’s expression changed from pensive to playful.

“Since you seem to have my number, shouldn’t I add you to my contacts?” He raised a brow.

She turned away long enough to wave down the next cab and give her stomach flutter time to dissipate.

“Gen gave me—there’s a good reason why I have your number.” She stroked the textured side of her purse strap, searching for an excuse. She spotted Generosa eyeing them. “You know. In case of an emergency. For Gen.”

From his crooked smile, she could tell he hadn’t bought it.

Marlene M Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. Ewephoric, her mail order venture, began in 1985 out of a desire for realistic sheep stationery. A color catalog of non-fiction books and sheep-related gifts may be requested at www.marlenembell.com or www.texassheep.com.


Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 spoiled cats who rule the household.

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