The VG Blogger Collection of Great Books

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YOU SEE THEIR names weekly.

You read their words weekly.

They are the fine writers who regularly post blogs on Caleb and Linda Pirtle.

They teach us about writing.

They teach us about marketing.

They teach us about publishing.

More importantly, their words teach us about life.

Real.

And imagined.

But we all know one thing for certain.

Life has its lies.

Life has its secrets.

Life has its loves.

Life has its mysteries.

Past.

And future.

Life is fiction.

And the stories in their books are perfect examples.

This is Part One of the Blogger Collection of Books.

The Book: Lie Catcher

The Author: Paul Bishop

51cW3VkGOOL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_With her special abilities, top LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective “Calamity” Jane Randall thought she knew all about interrogation until she met detective Ray Pagan. Wielding a suspect’s vocal intonations, emotions, and physical gestures like a scalpel, Pagan’s empathetic lie catching abilities are legendary.

Both detectives are scarred by past tragedies, but when paired together, they threaten to tear the city apart searching for a duo of missing children – a search where the right answer to the wrong question can mean sudden death.

Ripped from the experiences of thirty-five year veteran LAPD detective and nationally recognized interrogator, Paul Bishop, Lie Catchers takes the reader inside the dark and dangerous mind games of the men and women for whom truth is an obsession.

The Book: The Compost File

The Author: Stephen Woodfin

51wTJSsTfzL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_In this multi-layered legal/psychological thriller, the discovery of the body of a fifteen-year-old girl in a compost pile in a posh coastal neighborhood spurs an investigation that challenges traditional notions of guilt and innocence.

When a politically-motivated district attorney brings capital murder charges against a man-child, an aging uncle of the accused takes up his defense, recruiting a recovering alcoholic detective and another lawyer with his own demons to find out what really happened at the compost pile.

They come to suspect a conspiracy among members of the small community, a conspiracy not to railroad the accused, but to substitute in his place a prominent local personality, one whose past makes him deserving of a finding of guilt.

The Compost Pile is a tale of the blinding power of love,which motivates those in its grip to do whatever is necessary to make things right, even if justice be damned.
The Book: Embattled

The Author: Darlene Jones

517Z8F4crTL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_When school principal, Em Roberts, sees her hands covered in blood and her face splashed across the media as a superhero saving the world, she knows something is dreadfully wrong.

Now, she must challenge “the voice” she hears in her head, the voice that transports her around the world, forces her to face unbelievable danger, and insists she can stop wars. Will she outmaneuver that voice before she loses touch with reality—or will she die trying?

In Book One of the Em and Yves series enjoy wild adventure and an unforeseen love triangle as aliens manipulate world affairs using Em as their agent. For science fiction with a twist,

The Book: Heart Songs from a Washboard Road

The Author: Roger Summers

61qEm027YIL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A short story collection that touches the heart and soul from the imagination of an award-winning journalist who knows well the fascinating assortment of characters found living alongside a washboard road.

From the pure joy of the English countryside to the captivating enchantment of New Mexico, this eleven-story collection takes you on a compelling journey along the oft-bumpy roads of people you know or would like to know.

They are confronted by life-altering curves and their resilient approach to negotiating the twists and turns in their paths are at once understandable and surprising. And now and then even blended with a refreshing bit of humor, British and otherwise.

The stories are touching and – as you travel along and at the end of the journey – will make you doubly glad you came along for the delightful ride,

The Book: Dark Continent Continental

The Author: Sara Marie Hogg

Ace homicide detectives Angus Carlyle and Kerry ‘Skeeter’ Sherwood find themselves ankle deep in bodies, once again–bodies that are missing important elements–and they must travel to the Dark Continent to get some answers.”

Note: The brains are the important elements that are missing, but I don’t want to give that away in the log line. As the story evolves, things besides  brains might be also missing–not apparent on the outside of the body.

No marks are found.

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