Student Body (a novel) by Rafeeq O. McGiveron

My dear friend and ally, Michigan-based novelist, Rafeeq McGiveron, recently released his flagship novel, Student Body; a psychological murder mystery, which dares to transcend the boundaries of genre, and strictly for the discerning reader. The book is available here.

A thoroughly-accomplished academic and analyst of classic literature, Rafeeq is a master wordsmith, whose command of the English language is second to none.

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Book: Student Body (a novel) by Rafeeq O. McGiveron

With a loving wife and three young children, the glib, cocky, but well-liked Rick O’Donnell seems to have a promising future ahead of him.

Yet the gifted doctoral student also hides a desperate secret: The previous spring, during a difficult time in his marriage, when it seemed his wife would scarcely even look at him anymore, the lonely man fell into a brief, passionate affair with a beautiful girl who had been his own student just the semester before, and who now is a fellow teaching assistant in the English Department, with an office right down the hall from his.

Rick’s interactions with the intelligent, sable-haired Lauren actually had been completely professional when she was in his own class, and after ending the affair that unexpectedly followed, he has committed himself most purposefully to his marriage once again. But now a simple clerical error suddenly brings the attention of Rick’s supercilious and overbearing supervisor. Unless the young man can head off the looming investigation by proving, quickly and conclusively, that there truly had been no hint of favoritism in his professional actions, surely the unrelated but equally damning affair will be revealed. His once-promising career, his marriage, and perhaps even his life itself all are in grave danger.

Sensual, poignant, and introspective, Student Body is a frank and intimate character study of hubris, desire, and yet also devotion. Witty and allusive and lyrical, filled with sensitivity and selfishness and self-reproach, the novel explores life and death and guilt and redemption. In a way, Rick’s choices have been made long before, for good or for ill, but it is this harrowing week and a half which will decide the deeply conflicted man’s entire future . . .

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For The Love Of Laurel by Patricia Harreld

Patricia’s love of writing began when she won a county essay contest in fifth grade.

Her goal has always been to get published, but she didn’t seriously try until she retired from her day job after her kids were grown and on their own.

She loves to read many genres, but so far has stuck to writing romances. After all, love does make the world go ’round! Within the romance genre, she has written suspense, sci-fi, time travel, and a Christmas anthology.

Her next project is a sci-fi thriller.

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Book: For The Love Of Laurel by Patricia Harreld

LAUREL SEARCHES FOR HER PAST AND FINDS LIES, LARCENY, AND LOVE.

At her wealthy father’s funeral, Laurel Avidon is given an old newspaper article. At first she ignores it, but soon, circumstances in her life cause her to begin a search for the truth. She suspects her father’s bodyguard/chauffeur, Dylan Kraft, knows more than he’s telling. Sometimes he hampers her efforts, and sometimes helps her, but she is certain he is always in control of the amount and type of information she gets. What makes it worse, even as she fights him at every turn, she senses a growing attraction between them she neither needs nor wants. As her quest takes her from her privileged life into the shadowy world of the DEA, encrypted messages, and drug lords, she finds that the people she knows aren’t always who she thought they were –maybe not even Laurel herself.

Review: For the Love of Laurel by Patricia Harreld is an intriguing and compelling detective thriller, with its fair share of surprises, and the mystery builds nicely. Shock revelations abound as the story develops, with a delicious, cinematic quality. It’s difficult to go into detail beyond the information given in the blurb, due to the risk of spoilers. Nevertheless, Laurel is presented as a strong female lead, working side-by-side with an equally-strong male – the dashing Dylan Kraft. Dylan is what you would expect in a leading man: tough and handsome with an amazing physique, aptly explained through his past as a martial arts expert and Navy SEAL. The mystery of Laurel’s father and the questions raised about her own identity are the most gripping, story-wise. While many seem to interpret the story as a romance, I didn’t feel that this aspect of it extended beyond the romantic elements one would find in any other contemporary thriller. Romance is part of the furniture in most works of fiction, even outside of the romance genre. However, the final paragraph of the book clearly shows the token, romance genre dialogue, which completely contradicts the previously-established persona of the hero. It’s obvious that this was not Ms. Harreld’s intention, but rather it was inserted under the demands of third parties. One can’t criticize an author for that which was written at gunpoint.

Nobody is a greater authority on a story than its creator!

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Copyright 2017 Peter Darley
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Red, White, and You (A Time Travel Romance) by Patricia Harreld

Patricia’s love of writing began when she won a county essay contest in fifth grade. Her goal has always been to get published, but she didn’t seriously try until she retired from her day job after her kids were grown and on their own. She loves to read many genres, but so far has stuck to writing romances. After all, love does make the world go ’round! Within the romance genre, she has written suspense, sci-fi, time travel, and a Christmas anthology. Her next project is a sci-fi thriller.

https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Harreld/e/B00J8W8O36/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Red, White, and You (A Time Travel Romance) by Patricia Harreld

What if the unthinkable happened and America didn’t exist? A key figure in the Revolutionary War has been shot. If he dies, could it change the course of history?

Cherry Franklin teaches American History and is in charge of the annual Independence Day pageant. Zachary Somerset is a Colonial soldier. The two literally bump into each other. Zack is dressed in an authentic uniform and Cherry believes he is part of the pageant, though Zack insists otherwise. He tells Cherry that nothing is familiar to him and she thinks he is delusional.  When he explains why he’s here, she begins to entertain the idea that perhaps he has traveled through time, and enlists the help of her father, who believes time travel is possible, and also happens to be a doctor.

Zack returns to 1776, armed with what is hoped will keep history from changing. However, he accidentally leaves part of his uniform and Cherry decides to try to return it to him. As the two travel between 1776 and the present, their bond becomes stronger as each absorbs the other one’s environment. Zack learns to fit into the present, though finds much of it confusing, but Cherry knows she could never live in the past. Zack tells Cherry he loves her, but she won’t tell him she feels the same. She’s afraid to make a commitment only to have it taken away by the capriciousness of time travel. Though Zack is ready to take a chance that they can both remain in the same time, Cherry must decide if she’s willing to do the same, knowing if they can’t, she risks a broken heart.

Review: Given that a blurb gives away everything an author wants readers to know beforehand, I won’t delve too far into the plot details. Nevertheless, I found Red, White, and You to be a charming, and thoroughly enjoyable entry.

Here, we have Zack, an eighteenth century Colonial soldier and aide-de-camp to a vital figure in American history during the time of America’s origin. He experiences sporadic episodes of phasing through time. A jump to 2013 brings him into contact with Cherry Franklin, a descendent of Benjamin Franklin – and who experiences the same time traveling phenomenon.

What impressed me with this tale was the depth of insight Ms. Harreld shows in the particulars time travel would, hypothetically, present. The awkwardness the lead characters experience, with extreme cultural and technological differences, are explored realistically, and not summarily dismissed; a trap that would have been easy to fall into. Moreover, the ‘Time Loop’ implication is present, as both characters appear to be familiar with one another, but can’t initially understand from where.

At its core, Red, White and You, is a romance story, which crosses over into . . . what? Is it science fiction? Is it supernatural? Or is it something else? The mystery deepens for Cherry and Zack, as they try to gain an understanding of why this astonishing wonder occurs.

A self-contained story in its own right, the myriad possibilities for a continuation are clear, not to mention – appealing.

https://www.amazon.com/Red-White-Time-Travel-Romance-ebook/dp/B00EZ9PCIC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Copyright 2017 Peter Darley
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