1) Colette Moody - The Seduction of Moxie (Bold Strokes Books)
I didn't think it possible that I would find a book to give perfect scores, but I did. Moody captures the essence of the era not only in the characters and setting, but in her witty and engaging dialogue. I laughed out loud many times throughout this book. I could spend days with these characters. Well done! --Julie
Aside it being perfectly developed in every way, it was hysterically funny and great to read. I was literally laughing out loud at various points! --Mitzie
When Hollywood-bound actress Violet London meets speakeasy singer Moxie Valette, her trip takes an unexpected turn toward love. New York City, 1931: When wry Broadway actress Violet London and her hard-drinking cohorts venture into a speakeasy the night before she is to board a train for Hollywood, she is floored by sassy blond singer Moxie Valette. As Violet introduces Moxie to an assortment of bootleg liquor, cross-dressers, and sex shows, she vows to find a way to see her again. Moxie is fascinated by Violet in a thrilling and unfamiliar way, and the ensuing evening of bon mots, shameless flirtation, and illicit revelry is unlike anything she has ever experienced. From Manhattan to Los Angeles, both women’s lives are turned upside-down by separation, unscrupulous motion picture studio executives, self-serving agents, eccentric celebrities, and the collection of hedonistic reprobates that are their closest friends.
2) Kim Pritikel - 1049 Club (P.D. Publishing)
Beautifully written. The characters and setting coming to life on the page. Well done! Kim gets top score! --Julie
I must say, up front, that I absolutely loved this book. This was easily the best overall piece of fiction out of all the books I've read. --Heathyr
Flight 1049 from New York to Milan, Italy goes down, killing all but nine passengers. Three are rescued the next day, the other six, who will become the Island Six, must survive an island, the elements, and each other, for more than a year. Their families back home must reconcile their lives, now void of husband, father, mother, wife and friend. After a heartwarming rescue, the Island Six have to find their places in their old lives once more
3) Ronica Black - The Seeker (Bold Strokes Books)
Wow. What a fantastic read. I was swept away from the first page. There´s taut thriller sequences mixed with heart-wrenching emotions set against a fabulous, slow-building romance. Incredible detail made this story seem so real. It asks important questions about the price of fame and the sacrifices ordinary people make when they get involved with famous partners. The different twists and turns in the case made me read the book in one sitting, and the unmasking of the would-be killer had me absolutely riveted. --Kate C.
FBI profiler Kennedy Scott battles ghosts from her past, deadly obsession, and the evil that haunts her. The Seeker. Famed Hollywood actress Veronica Ryan arrives at a red carpet event with her wife Shawn. They are the world's most famous gay couple—beautiful, wealthy, and by all appearances, the happiest couple in the world. But things aren't always as they appear. And someone is out to dampen the parade. A shot rings out and Veronica finds herself tackled to the ground by security, her wife lying next to her in a pool of blood. Kennedy Scott used to be the best behavioral profiler the FBI had, but she is haunted by a string of child murders no one can solve. A single quote—Seek and ye shall find—was all she had to go on. The case has eaten her alive, and after her own family is threatened by an armed intruder, Kennedy retreats to be with them. But one phone call brings her back into the game. Veronica Ryan needs her help and the path may lead to the one who haunts her. The Seeker.