Elise Manion

Author of Contemporary Romantic Fiction


Book Review

My Review of No Death For The Wicked-by Drea Damara

img_7874Finally a heroine I can relate to! Caria is one tough cookie who’s been through hell and back again. After recovering from a gunshot wound on her last mission, Caria has been put on injured reserve by her curmudgeon boss, Gerry. Being reassigned to the basement gym to train new recruits for Trinity, a global intelligence organization, Caria has had enough and wants back in the field.  She needs a new mission to help recover from the emotional grief of losing her lover on her last assignment in Belarus. 

Gerry’s friend has been imprisoned by a corrupt Bolivian general, and with Caria’s nagging—and no one else to send—he agrees to let her go to south America but only as a gopher, to help with the extraction. She’s not to make contact with the asset, because if she does, she just might kill the man herself. He killed her lover, after all, and holds Gerry’s other secrets close to the vest. Gerry wants his friend to be returned, but fears losing Caria in the process.

Of course, Caria finds out and the mission goes haywire but this action packed drama leads the reader on an adventure of a lifetime driven by grief, a need for justice, and to find the answers that have been alluding Caria all her life. She’s strong, beautiful and doesn’t put up with anyone’s BS. She’s a woman of action, a problem solver and very good at what she does, but can she survive the secrets revealed after the mission is complete?

Damara’s experience in the army and knowledge of tactical weapons and martial arts shines bright in this action-packed drama and I cannot wait for the next book! This is the second book in the series, and it feels like it. It begins with our heroine’s recovery and it ends with a cliffhanger, leaving us wanting more! Great job, Drea! Don’t keep us waiting for the next book please!

I’m starting a club…

I love reading. There’s nothing better than getting lost in the pages of a book, you know, the kind of book to keep you up all night because you can’t put it down. I just love that feeling but how do you find a good book? For me, I’m pretty genre specific. I like happy-ever-afters, a good mystery, or maybe something paranormal but usually they all fall into that “romance” category. I rely heavily on reviews to help me decide which book I want to read next.

As a writer, I depend on reviews too, and that’s why I decided to start a little reader review club. To launch, I’m offering potential club members a choice of one of my stories via kindle ebook for free FROM ME. In return, club members will write a review and post it to two of their favorite book-related sites by November 5, 2019.

All club members who post a review by the deadline will be entered into a raffle for a SIGNED HARD COVER COPY of the book they reviewed (I’m giving away three), and ALL MEMBERS will receive a small gift from me as a thank you for joining the club and writing their reaction to the story they read.

Also, as the club grows, I’m hoping to include club members in sneak peaks into my working projects and future books, and other ideas club members offer. This should be a fun and engaging for all of us!

Click here to join the club.

Happy Reading!


If It’s Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

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Two weeks ago I was reading an online forum for authors and the subject of piracy came up. Some authors were troubled to find their books being offered on freebie sites that have no association with them or their publishers. Copyright infringement isn’t a new thing and pirating music and books have been going on since the world went digital. In a blog posted a few years back, Chuck Wendig related the phenomenon to the old-days when children of the 70s and 80s created mixed tapes to be shared with friends and family. If you can get past the crude language, the post is actually pretty funny and puts things into perspective for us lowly writers.

One such site is called graycity dot net. Honestly I was completely flattered to be a part of the “pirated” club but I want my readers to understand when you risk a deal, you might get what you pay for, i.e. an incomplete manuscript or your email being spammed like porn sites into a yahoo account.

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The second type of site, however, is something much more nefarious. When I reported kisslibrary dot net to my publishers, they were VERY CONCERNED. It seems this site copies information from legitimate online booksellers, posts the book covers with marked down prices and waits. Once you find your “deal” and make a purchase, what actually downloads into your device is not a copy of my books but malware, spyware, and/or viruses. There have been reports of computers, e-readers and other mobile devices hacked (best case scenario) or damaged beyond repair.

Remember, if you are looking for a deal please stick to legitimate booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks/iTunes, Kobo etc, or if you are outside the US, Waterstones (who just purchased Barnes and Noble).

Remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is

Take care out there and happy reading!



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Book Review for Jarod’s Heart: A King Brother’s Novel – Review by Michelle Randall, Readers Favorite

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4 stars.
Reviewed By Michelle Randall for Readers’ Favorite

Jarod King, the oldest of the trio of King brothers, may have his dream job as sheriff, but his personal life is anything but a dream. He married his high school sweetheart, thinking she was his true love, only to have her desert him for a life of drugs. His younger brother Josh’s best friend Lauren is his administrative assistant and she has no problem giving him grief when she needs to, but Jarod has no idea that Lauren has been in love with him since the day she first saw him when she was just a freshman in high school. Now that Jarod’s ex is dead, a long held secret has been dumped in his lap in the form of a daughter, and there is something funny going on with the drug dealings in town. Jarod’s Heart picks up where Jason’s Princess ended and focuses more on Jarod and Lauren. Author Elise Manion has blended a broken heart, a love for family, and an insecure beauty together to weave an amazing story.

Jarod’s Heart, being the second book in the series, starts where book one left off, so we still have some of Jason and Julie’s continuing story in this book, however, the focus is on Jarod and Lauren. We learn more of the history of everyone in this book, and the scars that run deep for both Jarod and Lauren. The one thing that just might heal them all is Jessica, the daughter Jarod never knew he had. Author Elise Manion again weaves the tough strong cop and his battle ready brothers into a story of romance and family values that will have you crying to the end! This is another amazing story about the King family. I am dying for the third story to come out!!

Review of Jason’s Princess: A King Brothers Novel – Review by Michelle Randall, Readers Favorite

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Review Rating:
4 stars.
Reviewed By Michelle Randall for Readers’ Favorite

Looking for her Prince Charming has not been at the top of Julie’s to-do list. She is more worried about raising her teenage brother and providing a safe and comfortable home for him since their parents died. Her best friend, Josh, and his band of brothers, Jason and Jarod, have been there every step of the way, whether Julie liked it or not, but she has to admit that they have been exactly what her brother needed. What Julie has failed to see is that Jason has been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her when she was just a freshman in high school. Jason’s Princess is Julie and Jason’s story, and what happens when an old enemy comes back into town, determined to settle what he feels are old scores meant to harm Jason and Julie. Author Elise Manion builds a wonderfully complex story full of emotion and drama. Everything is contemporary and yet it will restore your faith in family values.

Jason’s Princess is the first book in what is set to be the King Brothers series. Although it is Jason and Julie’s story, you get to meet the whole family and start learning the history between Jarod and Lauren, and the amazing friendship between Julie, Lauren and Josh, as well as the bonds of brotherhood between the King boys. Author Elise Manion may build the King boys up to be tough, battle ready men, but there is a strong family bond, and parents that instilled in them the value of family and protecting those smaller and weaker, never being the bully, and looking out for others. This is an amazing story that had me laughing and crying the whole way through! It’s classified as young adult, but the main characters are 25 and up, so it’s really a great book for any reader.jasons_princess_e_manion_release_ad

Book Review – All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris

MY REVIEW OF All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris ❤️❤️❤️❤️💔

(This review may contain spoilers)

Official Book Blurb:
Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery―at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

I was delighted to learn that Ms. Harris was releasing another Aurora Teagarden mystery and she did not disappoint.

All the Little Liars begins where we left Aurora at the end of Poppy Done to Death; newly discovered pregnant, newly engaged to Robin (they have quickly married before confirming the pregnancy with a doctor and telling their family and friends their happy news), and newly taking guardianship of her half-brother, Phillip.

Ms. Harris expertly directs the reader to look at every angle of the mystery before the final reveal, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Emotionally, we are swept up in Aurora’s joy, confusion and fears. To add insult to injury, Phil and Betty Jo Teagarden show up on her doorstep to cause even more angst, and forces Robin to show us his angry side. Gotta love a man who defends his woman.

This read is clean, i.e. no gratuitous foul language, sex, or violence. In other words, it is perfectly safe to recommend to my mother.

My only complaint with All the Little Liars is its abrupt ending, and unanswered resolution regarding Phillip’s future living arrangements with Aurora and Robin. The assumption is that he will stay and, my hope, is that we will find the answer in a future book. *crossing my fingers*

My final score for All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris is 4 ½ hearts. Ms. Harris, I eagerly await your next book!

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