Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Luana Ehrlich - One Day Gone is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Book Showcase

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The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Luana Ehrlich's New Book: One Day Gone.

Author Luana Ehrlich is the author of the Titus Ray Thrillers series. She is a Christian, Fiction and Thriller author.

One Day Gone
A Mylas Grey Mystery

Author: Luana Ehrlich


Mylas Grey is a private investigator but don’t call him a private detective. That title belongs to his father—not to him.

Mylas is the Chief Investigator for Senator Davis Allen, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. His job is to do background investigations for the President’s judicial nominees, and that’s the only kind of investigation he’s interested in doing.

But then Lizzie, the Senator’s daughter, goes missing from her campus apartment.

And suddenly, just like that, Mylas finds himself back in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri, investigating her disappearance as if he were a run-of-the-mill private detective.

Nothing about the investigation is easy.

Discovering a motive isn’t easy . . .

Lizzie has a reputation for doing the unexpected, and she could have just left town for a few days without telling anyone. On the other hand, she could have done something stupid and gotten herself into serious trouble.

Staying focused on the investigation isn’t easy . . .

When Mylas meets a beautiful photographer at his brother’s church, and she offers to help him find Lizzie, he finds himself getting a little distracted from the investigation—well, maybe more than a little distracted.

Revisiting his past isn’t easy . . .

As Mylas is forced to spend time in his hometown, he begins to question his career choice, his rejection of Christianity, and his failed personal relationships.

Solving the mystery of Lizzie’s disappearance isn’t easy . . .

It gets even more complicated when Mylas learns Lizzie was researching an article for her campus newspaper about a judge with a secret past. Is the judge connected to Lizzie’s disappearance? Did Lizzie’s boyfriend play a role? What about Lizzie’s roommate?

So many suspects. So little time.

Excerpt from One Day Gone


Chapter 1

Tuesday, October 9 

Today was Tuesday. On Tuesdays, I had lunch with the senator. My schedule for the rest of the day would depend on whether or not the senator had read my one-page weekly briefing sheet.

Even though I’d met with the senator every Tuesday for the past six years, I couldn’t predict what would happen when the two of us sat down together to eat our Cobb salads at precisely eleven-thirty.

I hated Cobb salad.

If the senator had read my briefing sheet, then our lunch meeting would be short, and I could still be on time for my two o’clock appointment. I might even be able to grab a burger along the way.

If he hadn’t read it, then he’d ask me to give him the bullet points, and he’d spend the rest of the time asking me questions. In the meantime, I’d be dying of hunger, and I’d be late for my appointment.

Would I be tempted to let him know his questions were all answered in the document he hadn’t bothered to read?

Oh, you bet.

Would I yield to that temptation?

Not if I wanted to keep my job.

Believe me, I wanted to keep my job.

I worked in the office of Senator Davis Allen.

I was his chief investigator.

Very few senators had a full-time investigator on their payroll, but Senator Allen, the senior senator from Missouri, was the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and, according to him, his position required it.

One of the Judiciary Committee’s main responsibilities was to conduct investigations into the backgrounds of the President’s judicial nominees to the federal courts or to investigate the President’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, if such a vacancy occurred.

Each of the senators on Judiciary was allotted a supplemental budget to pay for the investigative work required of the committee. Some senators used these funds to hire a part-time investigator, but most of them preferred to use the money to add extra support staff.

However, Senator Allen, who used to be a federal prosecutor, had chosen to have an entire investigative team operating out of his office, and he was more than willing to allocate extra money out of his operating budget to pay for it.

His investigative team, which he referred to as the R & I Group, consisted of a chief investigator, a deputy investigator, and a data specialist.

Six years ago, when the senator hired me as the chief investigator for the R & I Group, I asked him about the name. At the time, he told me the initials stood for Research and Investigations.

Later, Nathan Lockett, the senator’s chief of staff, swore the senator told him the R & I was short for Rumors and Innuendos.

When it came to the type of fact-finding the R & I Group conducted on a nominee, it hardly mattered.

They both amounted to the same thing.

My current investigation was a case in point.

The one-page briefing sheet I’d prepared for my meeting with the senator outlined what the R & I Group had uncovered on Cameron Woodard, the Missouri Supreme Court Judge who’d been nominated by the President for a position on the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Although the investigation was still in the early stages, I’d uncovered some rumors and innuendos about Judge Woodard.

During the next several weeks, my job would be to research and investigate whether any of these rumors and innuendos had any validity to them.

Part of the investigation would involve hours of research, although I usually delegated that boring activity to Nina Rivers, the data specialist in the R & I Group.

The amount of material she was able to uncover when she did a deep data dive into a person’s background always amazed me.

I told her how amazing she was fairly often.

She reveled in such praise.

If I gave her accolades on her work and asked her to do a follow-up on the material, she’d come up with even more stuff.

The opposite was also true.

If I got preoccupied with the results and failed to give her kudos, her output would substantially decrease.

Learning how to work with Nina hadn’t been that difficult.

On the other hand, figuring out how to maneuver my way through the halls of Congress had been a whole lot harder.

If it hadn’t been for Nathan Lockett, my immediate supervisor and self-appointed mentor, I might have quit after my first year and gone back to practicing law.

Or, maybe not.

Practicing law had made me rich—the result of a lucky break, not my lawyering skills—but I’d been unhappy most of the time.

Now, even though I couldn’t say I was any happier, at least I could say I was enjoying what I was doing.

When I was growing up back in Columbia, Missouri, I never thought I’d be anything other than a lawyer.

In fact, I was obsessed with it.

My father blamed Robert Bork for my obsession.

Author: Luana Ehrlich

Author Genre: Christian, Fiction, Thriller

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Author Description: Luana Ehrlich is the author of the award-winning Titus Ray Thriller Series, featuring CIA intelligence officer Titus Ray, and the Mylas Grey Mystery Series, featuring private investigator, Mylas Grey. Her novels are clean reads with intriguing plots, fascinating characters, jaw-dropping twists, and occasional touches of heart-warming romance.

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Luana developed her passion for spy thrillers and mystery novels at an early age, but she didn't begin writing her series of Titus Ray Thrillers until her husband retired from the ministry. Now, she writes from an undisclosed location, trying to avoid the torture of mundane housework, grocery shopping, and golf stories. However, she occasionally comes out of hiding to visit with her two grandsons or to enjoy a Starbucks caramel macchiato.

Besides being an award-winning author, Luana is a freelance writer, minister's wife, and former missionary. She and her husband are long-time residents of Norman, Oklahoma. She's also lived in Indiana, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, and Michigan, and for several years, she and her husband were missionaries in Costa Rica and Venezuela.

In addition to being an avid reader, Luana is also a news fanatic, following events around the world on a daily basis, particularly the Middle East. She loves to hear from her readers!

Author's Book List

Five Years in Yemen - A Titus Ray Thriller

A CIA contractor goes missing in Iraq. Five years later, he turns up in Yemen. Now, it’s up to Titus to find out if he’s a traitor or a patriot.

After Titus accepts an assignment to bring rogue CIA contractor Jacob Levin back to the States, he learns the operation has been put on hold pending Presidential approval. That’s fine with him. He’s looking forward to spending time in Oklahoma with his fiancée, Nikki Saxon.

But then, his boss needs a favor.

After that, everything changes.

It begins in Springfield, Missouri . . .

Where he interviews a former CIA employee about the missing Jacob Levin.

It continues in Detroit, Michigan . . .

Where he and Nikki spend Thanksgiving with his relatives.

It leads to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia . . .

Where he encounters a killer.

It ends in Somahi, Yemen . . .

Where he finally discovers the truth.

Along the way, he’s forced to deal with issues about his personal life, confront questions about his past, and make decisions about his future. Can he trust God for the answers? Will Nikki agree with his decision? How will he handle the outcome?

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Four Months in Cuba - A Titus Ray Thriller

He thought it would be a simple rescue mission.

He was wrong.

Days after preventing a sarin gas attack on the nation's capital, CIA operative, Titus Ray, arrives in Santiago de Cuba on a mission to rescue fellow operative, Ben Mitchell, from the hands of the Los Zetas drug cartel.

It wasn't simple . . .

After discovering Ben's abduction was more than a simple kidnapping, Titus joins forces with an unconventional operative whose peculiar ideas threaten to destroy the mission. As the search for Ben reaches a critical stage, Titus is suddenly called back to Langley.

It wasn't a rescue. . .

When he arrives back in the States, not only does he learn his mission has changed, he also learns he has a rival for Nikki Saxon's affections. Now, he must make a decision about their relationship. Do they have a future together, or would she be better off without him?

It wasn't a mission . . .

With Ben's life in imminent danger, Titus decides to risk everything--his career at the Agency, his future with Nikki Saxon, even his own life--in order to bring Ben Mitchell home.

It wasn't a rescue mission. It was much more.

More about his survival. More about his faith. More about himself.

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Three Weeks in Washington - A Titus Ray Thriller

Encountering a Shooter . . .

CIA intelligence operative, Titus Ray, arrives in Washington, D.C. on the day a terrorist enters the Washington Navy Yard and murders five people. Convinced the incident is connected to a Hezbollah plot to use chemical weapons on an American city, Titus jeopardizes his own career to interrogate the killer and learn the truth.

Exposing a General . . .

After the shooter reveals the identity of an Iranian deep-cover operative living in Washington, D.C., Titus embarks on an intelligence operation spanning two continents and exposing an Iranian general obsessed with destroying America.

Engaging an Enemy . . .

As time runs out, Titus engages the enemy in a treacherous game of cat and mouse to save the lives of thousands and defeat the terrorists. Can his faith sustain him as he faces his greatest challenge yet? Is he willing to lose Nikki to save his country?

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Two Days in Caracas - A Titus Ray Thriller

Titus Ray faces a threat he never imagined.

Can he overcome the obstacles and capture Ahmed Al-Amin before it’s too late?

In this pulse-racing Christian thriller, CIA intelligence officer, Titus Ray, travels from Costa Rica to Venezuela in an effort to stop Ahmed Al-Amin, a Hezbollah assassin, from murdering a high-profile government official. Along the way, a family crisis jeopardizes his mission, and an Agency division head threatens to destroy his career. As the danger mounts, he’s forced to partner with an untested operative to complete the mission and bring Ahmed to justice. Will he make it in time?

•Can his newfound faith heal his past wounds?
•Can he build a life with the woman of his dreams?

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One Night in Tehran - A Titus Ray Thriller

In Tehran, while hiding out from the Iranian secret police, CIA officer, Titus Ray, finds shelter with a group of Iranian Christians. Compelled by their unwavering faith, the battle-hardened agent becomes a believer shortly before they smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey.

Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. After delivering a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, he’s forced to take a year’s medical leave in Oklahoma.

Before leaving Langley, however, he discovers a Hezbollah hit man has targeted him for assassination. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Oklahoma has ties to the man who's trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.

•Trained in lies, he learns the truth!
•Will it help him escape his past?
•Can it change his future?

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One Step Back - A Titus Ray Thriller

CIA intelligence officer Titus Ray tries to recruit a nuclear scientist in Tehran. Days later, he goes on the run from the secret police.

Titus Ray has been in Iran for the past two years trying to recruit assets willing to feed him intel on the Iranian opposition. When he unexpectedly meets Amir Madani, one of Iran's premier nuclear scientist, he can't resist the opportunity to pursue him as a CIA asset.

Although Chaman, a beautiful Iranian socialite, warns Titus to stay away from Madani, he ignores her advice and befriends the nuclear scientist. The consequences prove disastrous for Titus, and, as the secret police close in on him, he's forced to find shelter with a group of Iranian Christians, who risk their own lives to save his.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Khaled Talib – Gun Kiss is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Khaled Talib's Book: Gun Kiss.

Khaled writes Thrillers, Mysteries, and Suspense novels and short stories.

Gun Kiss
Author: Khaled Talib

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A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and international intrigue…

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen.

After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie—or that a killer is hunting them.

Excerpt from Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib

The cat plagued his mind as he shaved, running the blade painfully over the blisters. He paid attention to his thin lips, under his long, narrow nose, and the sides of his neck.

He strode out of the bathroom and headed to the bedroom to change. After slipping into a pair of sweat pants and a clean T-shirt, he picked up an iPad on the desk, went to the kitchen, and got a cold beer, then stepped out onto the living room's balcony.

He stretched out on the wooden chaise lounge, one foot over the other, and rested the tablet on his stomach. He skimmed through USA Today’s news feed. The alt-right were becoming more vocal these days and holding more marches. Membership had suddenly shot up amongst the different splinter groups. He slid the screen with his finger to the next bit of news, then paused at a story about a famous Hollywood movie star who disappeared. The case had left the police baffled.

Goldie St. Helen left her Los Feliz home yesterday morning for the airport. She was expected to join a film crew in Chicago. Paparazzi and autograph hunters stationed at the airport thought the actress might've tried to dodge them. A check with the airline revealed the plane took off without her. Investigation was ongoing.

Blake's phone chimed from inside the living room and he stepped inside to retrieve it.

“My man,” Blake said, hearing Jack’s voice at the other end. “The sun is shining rays of greenbacks.”

“When can we expect to see the money?” Jack sounded enthusiastic.

“I expect soon,” Blake said. “Caulfield at HSI is liaising with the Feds.”

“The first thing I’ll do is visit Europe. I’ll travel by train, check out the countryside, sip wine. It’s the journey, Blake, the journey.”

“I sure know what you mean. I might join you.”

“By the way, a friend of yours called—some Mexican named Chavez. He said he tried calling you on your cell. I told him you were out of town.”

“Chavez? I didn’t see a missed call from him. Did he say what he wanted?”

“He wants you to call him back.”

“I’ll call him now.” Blake hung up and called Chavez.

“Hey, Chavez, what’s up?” Blake asked after his friend answered.

“Amigo, I need to see you.” Chavez sounded tense.

“You okay, man? You don’t sound chill,” Blake said.

“Please come to Tijuana, now. It’s important,” Chavez said.

“Chavez, I just got back from Europe, and I have jet lag. I can’t possibly—”

“It’s bad, amigo—it’s real bad.”

“Spell it out, Chavez.” Blake listened with curiosity and concern.

“I know who kidnapped the actress,” Chavez said.

“What actress?”

“The Hollywood actress who was kidnapped. The blonde. I know where she is,” Chavez said.

“Goldie St. Helen? I read about her in the news.”

“Yeah, that one.”

“You need to call the cops.”

“Amigo, you know how it is here. I can’t call the cops. I try to stay clear of them. And if Dai Lo finds out I ratted on him, my life is over.”

“Dai Lo, the drug lord? He kidnapped the actress?”


“Jesus, I’m calling the Feds,” Blake said.

“No, Feds—this has to be done quietly,” Chavez said. “Nobody must know I told you. I’ll explain more when you come.”

Author: Khaled Talib

Author Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

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Author Description: Khaled Talib is a former magazine journalist with local and international exposure. He has authored three thrillers since 2014, of which some have been translated into Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

The author's works have been praised by NY Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, NY Times bestselling author Ruth Harris, USA Today bestselling author Jon Land, NY Times bestselling author Keith Thomson, K.J. Howe, and Jon McGoran.

His debut thriller, Smokescreen, was listed as one of the six "boundary-breaking indies" in 2016 by the IndieReader. His second novel, Incognito, won the Silver Award for the AuthorsDB Book Cover Contest 2017. Gun Kiss is his third novel.

Khaled, who has a sweet tooth, is a member of the International Thriller Writers. His current favorite movie is Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

Author's Book List

Pope Gregoire XVII was last seen waving to the crowd at Saint Peter's square from the famous Apostolic Palace window. Despite several layers of tight security, neither the Gendarmerie nor The Entity (the Vatican's secret service) or the Swiss Guards claimed to know anything about his sudden mysterious disappearance.

As the world mourns for the pope, a frantic search begins in Italy and beyond its borders amid speculation that the Holy See may know more than they are telling.

Ayden Tanner, a former British SAS commando officer -- who is officially dead -- is dispatched with two other crew members to find the Supreme Pontiff by The League of Invisible Knights, a covert division of Anonymous that aims to bring about the triumph of good over evil.

A secret arrangement is made for Ayden to meet Rafael Rabolini, the Papacy's press secretary, in Geneva, who might be able to tell him more. But trouble unexpectedly starts from the moment Ayden arrives in the city that winter day…

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Stories to Creep You Out Until Dawn - 10 Eye-Bulging Flash Fiction

Ten real- life bone chilling stories from evil spirits, ghoulish figures to the paranormal, the supernatural, the unexplained, and things that do more than just go bump in the night.

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I Swear It Happened Just Like This - 17 Short Stories for Your Pocket

Scary stories, funny stories, philosophical stories, strange-but-true stories, and more. 17 personal stories altogether to share with your friends to keep the conversation going when words expire.

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At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve — once and for all — the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. The pledge: Israel will make a major concession as part of the peace treaty. In Singapore, Jethro Westrope, a magazine journalist, stumbles onto the scene of a murder: the beautiful Niki Kishwani directs him, in her last breath, to a digital recorder, evidence that puts Jethro’s life in serious danger. And, much worse, he is framed for Niki’s murder. Jethro sets out to find Niki’s killer and is drawn into a web of deception and intrigue involving officials from the Singaporean, Israeli, and American governments, each with a complex, competing, and potentially deadly agenda. Against this pulse-pounding backdrop, Jethro races to find answers and save himself —yet nothing is as it seems. He finds himself at the centre of a political plot so diabolical and sweeping in its world implications that he is stunned to discover tomorrow’s news headlines today. He is being set up not only as a murderer but as an assassin, and something much larger than his own fate is in his hands.

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