HIGHWAY THIRTEEN TO MANHATTAN by Kourtney Heintz @KourHei #Psychic #Thriller

Highway Thirteen to ManhattanHighway Thirteen to Manhattan by Kourtney Heintz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Highway Thirteen to Manhattan is book #2 in this psychic thriller series. As it continues where book #1 left off, I do suggest reading The Six Train To Wisconsin first.

This book opens with Kai Richter in hospital recovering from a life threatening attack. But because Kai is a telepath she can hear all the thoughts of every patient and person in the hospital and their suffering, the medication she’s given for the pain stops her creating a psychic shield to the voices and instead of getting better in hospital she is deteriorating.

She begs her brother Caleb and husband Oliver to get her out, but it is a battle against the doctors and her parents. Back in Butternut Kai discovers an ability to draw, a skill she showed no signs of in earlier life, she doesn’t know what she is drawing, but it helps her forget the nightmares and the darkness which threatens her psychic walls.

In her sleep Kai travels to the in-between and meets the spirit of her grandmother, where she seeks answers to the changes she feels. She thinks a part of her attacker’s soul is now mixed with Kai’s and that staying in Butternut is making it worse.

Kai and her brother Caleb head back to New York to create some distance between all the past and present events in Butternut, but Caleb faces his own problems, someone is trying very hard to put him out of a job. Kai offers her telepathic skills to find who wants Caleb out, but she comes across someone who alarmingly shuts down her skills.

As time for Caleb runs out the traumas of Butternut follow Kai to New York, just how far will the new Kai go to save the ones she loves?

I read these books one after the other and this is another intense read dealing with lots of emotions especially of the key characters. I don’t think this is a series where you are meant to only show support for any one character, the story-lines leave you rocking and rolling as lies are revealed, desperate actions taken, reactive heat of the moment arguments and manipulative people keep you on your toes.

This review is based on an ARC copy of the book which is due to be published in November 2016.

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THE SIX TRAIN TO WISCONSIN by Kourtney Heintz @KourHei #Psychic #Thriller #Bookreview

The Six Train to WisconsinThe Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Six Train To Wisconsin is a psychic thriller and includes telepathy, dream walking and empaths. It opens in New York but its main setting is a small town called Butternut in Wisconsin. The Six train is a NY train line, I couldn’t quite find the reason for the book title. The book is written using the style of alternating POV chapters from Oliver and Kai.

Oliver Richter is an auditor, his wife Kai a suicidal telepath, she works in social services trying to help children in need. But she can hear all the suffering of everyone in a half mile distance and unless she can protect herself with a psychic shield she gets dangerously involved. Oliver is very worried about his wife and plans to take her away to open space with few people to help her recover because she is extra vulnerable after a child in care was murdered and she blames herself.

Oliver kidnaps Kai and takes her to his family home in Wisconsin, but it is a battle of wills, Kai is not happy and tries to leave on several occasions. Kai’s brother Caleb is a sleep-walker he can enter the minds of those close to him during their sleep, he aids Kai against Oliver who has his own demons to face in Butternut, but he must also face family and friends whom he abandoned years ago.

Attempts to fix Kai and reconcile their relationship are stretched to the limit when a local boy is kidnapped. The whole town is searching, Kai believes her powers will help her find him, but danger lurks.

This is quite an intense read, the constant feuding and battle between Oliver and Kai is wearing to read. I did however enjoy the psychic side of the book and the build up to the intense ending of the book was very well done. The series continues in book #2. (Which I review here tomorrow)

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Romancing September author Marin Thomas (Day 1)

Ladies and Gentlemen it gives me great honour to declare the “Romancing September Across the World Tour” open! Let me introduce you to our first Guest Author Marin Thomas, you’ll be able to read our second discussion over at Stephanie Hurt’s blog in just a few hours when the sunrises over beautiful Georgia USA, where you can read about Marin’s views on writing romance in today’s society. But first let’s give a huge welcome to Marin!

Marin Thomas AuthorWe’ll get straight on and find out more about Marin and her writing:

1) Where is your hometown?

Janesville, Wisconsin.  Wisconsin is known as the Dairy State, which makes me an official cheese head!

2) You are a Harlequin /Mills and Boon Author, have you always written romance?

Yes.  I’m happiest writing about cowboys and family drama, so I don’t see myself branching out into other genres anytime soon.

3) How did you become a Harlequin /Mills and Boon author?

I began writing for fun when I became a stay-at-home mom.  Not until I joined RWA and became a member of a critique group did I seriously pursue publication.  I had been writing for eight years before I sold my first story to The American Romance line.

4) You are currently writing a 6 book series! I am So impressed! What inspired this series?

The idea for The Cash Brothers series came to me when I was writing “A Cowboy’s Duty” (August 2012) their sister’s book in my Rodeo Rebels series.  In “A Cowboy’s Duty” I decided to give the heroine six over-protective brothers.  As I wrote the book, I fell in love with the guys and decided they deserved their own happy-ever-afters.  Luckily my editors felt the same way!

5) “Twins Under the Christmas Tree” is the second book in the series, can you give your fans a timescale for the other books in the series?

The third book, “Her Secret Cowboy”, is due out February 2014. The Fourth book (TBA) is due out May 2014. The fifth book (TBA) is due out August 2014 and the sixth book (TBA) is due out early 2015.

6) Your series is about “The Cash Brothers”, how did you come up with this name? 

The name Cash is their mother’s maiden name.

7) This series boasts 6 brothers all named after famous Country and Western Legends, can you name them all for us?

Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty Cash, Willie Nelson Cash, Buck Owens Cash, Merle Haggard Cash and Porter Wagoner Cash.

8) “Twins Under the Christmas Tree” tells the story of Conway Twitty.   I’m from the UK can you tell us more about Conway Twitty?

Born September 1, 1933 in north-western Mississippi.  Conway Twitty’s real name was Harold Jenkins.  Allegedly, in 1957, he decided that his real name wasn’t marketable and sought a better show business name. As the story goes he was looking at a road map when he spotted Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas so he chose the name Conway Twitty.  He was one of the United States’ most successful country music artists of the 20th century. Most commonly thought of as a country music singer, he also enjoyed success in early rock and roll, R&B, and

pop music. Until 2006, he held the record for the most #1 singles of any country act, with 40 #1 Billboard country hits. (George Strait broke the record in 2006 with the single “Give It Away”).

9) Shannon (the heroine of your first book) is a female is bull rider, it’s a very male dominated sport, in reality are there many women riders on the Rodeo scene?

Historically, women have long participated in rodeo. “Prairie Rose” Henderson debuted at the Cheyenne rodeo in 1901, and, by 1920, women were competing in rough stock events, relay races and trick riding. But after Bonnie McCarrol died in the Pendleton Round-Up in 1929 and Marie Gibson died in a horse wreck in 1933, women’s competitive participation was curbed.

Here’s a great article covering the history of women in rough stock events…they were right in there with the men for a few decades then it went downhill from there.   http://www.americancowboy.com/culture/ride-girl  The article written in 2012 basically states women rough stock riders today can compete in amateur rodeos, but if they want to do it professionally, the only option is to enter the men’s field at Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos. And only two women are currently taking on that challenge: 34-year-old saddle-bronc rider Kaila Mussell, who’s been competing for 10 years, and 19-year-old bull rider Maggie Parker, who burst onto the scene earlier this year.

10) Tell us a little about the heroine of “Twins Under the Christmas Tree” to tempt our readers.

Isi Lopez is a single mother, raising twin four-year-olds while working part-time as a waitress in a bar and going to college.  She immigrated to America from Buenos Aires, Argentina at the age of 18.  She was born and raised in La Boca, the poorest barrio in Buenos Ares.  While still a child her father went missing from his job at a local factory and it forced her mother to work two jobs—as a domestic maid and cleaning office buildings at night—to support the family.  Even with two jobs Isi’s mother was unable to pay their rent and keep food on the table.  Isi’s older twin brothers quit school and joined a gang to help support the family but they were eventually gunned down in a police raid.  Isi and her mother were all that was left of their family, and her mother insisted Isi remain in school and learn English so that one day they could go to America and have a better life.  Right after Isi had turned eighteen her mother was hit by a bus on her way home from work, leaving Isi all alone.  Determined to carry out her mother’s dream, Isi heads to America and takes a waitressing job where she meets a rodeo cowboy who doesn’t tell her that he’s married when he sleeps with her.  Isi ends up pregnant but the cowboy abandons Isi refusing to claim the boys as his.  Isi’s a tough girl and she’s determined to raise her sons on her own.  She hopes that by furthering her education she’ll be able to provide a better life for her and the boys. The last thing she wants to do is get involved with a another cowboy romeo….but she’s always had a soft spot for Conway Twitty Cash.    

11) How steamy are scenes going to get in this new book?

I don’t close the bedroom door on the hero and heroine when they make love but the particulars of the scene are unique to the characters in the story—some are steamier than others.   

thecowboynextdoor_cvrmedGet the first book in the Cash Brothers series, The Cowboy Next Door, here on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon .com

twinsunderchristmastree_cvrmedTwins under the Christmas tree is due out October 2013 and can be pre-ordered via the links; Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Visit Marin on the web

The Cash Brothers

Marin’s Author FB Author Page

Twitter

Cash Brothers Pinterest Boards

Goodreads

Happy Ever After…The Cowboy Way

All My Heroes are Cowboys

Thank you Marin for being my guest today and Good Luck with the rest of the series. Don’t forget to catch up with her over with Stephanie