Monday, March 28, 2011

Liz Johnson's Code of Justice

God Bless regular bloggers. Especially ones that review books. Each day, I work with many, many of them. I have no idea how they read so many books in the midst of every day life.

Sure, I've posted PRs and book tours about books I'm working on, but I don't really know the last time I posted a book review of a book I read just for the fun of it. I've had a sticky note on my desk here at home for months listing out books that I have read that I should post books about. Judging by the note, it must have been around Christmas when I wrote it. I need to update it because it lists a couple of books that I took on vacation last October. (Which reminds me, I really need to finish that scrapbook on Shutterfly from that vacation.)

There are a couple of additions to make from the past few months. I would love to just sit down and read for a while, but I think I'd fall asleep if I tried that tonight. I seriously have 19 books across the room on shelves that I plan to read at some point, but have not. I have a number of upcoming releases on my desk at work that I need to read. As much trouble as we have had with the internet at the office in the past week, I should have been able to get some considerable reading done, if it weren't for the fact that the down time was so spastic.

Honestly, a lot of my lack of reading has a lot to do with the fact that I'm always letting people know about books in my workaholic way instead of reading. Between my book purchases and books I bring home, I don't ask for a lot of  books to do book tours. I'm one of those people who hate to be confined by a schedule and always end up running late. I also realize I don't have a lot of time, so I don't commit to a lot.

And like a group of bloggers that I sent posting reminders to last week, an author needed to send me a kindly reminder over the weekend that March was almost over, and I had hopefully received her book 6 weeks ago.

Yeah. I'm a bad blogger. I have good intentions though. Week after next, I'm on vacation for a week and going no where. I plan to sleep and read. And finish that scrapbook on Shutterfly from my last vacation. And, if I'm lucky, I'll get some book reviews posted.


About the book:

"Follow the drugs.”

Her sister’s last words shake FBI agent Heather Sloan to the core. They also convince her that the helicopter crash only Heather survived wasn’t an accident. Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Latham is assigned the case—he’s the one who can help Heather find the person responsible. Once she convinces him they should work together. As they dig for the truth, they learn to trust and care for each other. Will they lose it all when the killer targets Heather? She’s willing to risk her life to find her sister’s killer—but her code of justice could cost her the chance to win Jeremy’s love.

About the Author:

After graduating from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a degree in public relations, Liz Johnson set out to work in the Christian publishing industry, which was her lifelong dream. In 2006 she got her wish when she accepted a publicity position at a major trade book publisher. While working as a publicist in the industry, she decided to pursue her other dream-being an author. Along the way to having her novel published, she wrote articles for several magazines and worked as a freelance editorial consultant.

Liz makes her home in Nashville, TN, where she enjoys exploring her new home, theater, and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her nephew and three nieces. She loves stories of true love with happy endings.

My take:

I've had people tell me that I should write a book. Why would I want to do a thing like that? I'm not one of those publicists like Liz who has great aspirations like that. No, that's not part of my review. I just felt the need to say that.

Even though I've said it before, I'll say it again. Liz Johnson's are the only romance/love inspired books I will read. They aren't far-fetched unbelievable romance stories with too much oogey-gooey lovey-doveyness. She writes about handsome, strong, smart FBI agents. I want a handsome, strong, smart FBI agent. No, seriously, I really do.

I was reading a post on Liz's blog earlier regarding a bad review. (That's one reason I don't want to be an author, I can't handle the criticism.) In response to this, I would like to say:
  • I really didn't know who the villian was until  it was revealed.
  • It's part of the Love Inspired series. Of course, you knew that the two main characters were going to fall in love. And if you are reading this review, and that spoiled it for you, well, I'm only stating the obvious.
  • I forgot what else I was going to say. I think I'm losing my mind because that happens to me a lot.
I do think she could have built up more on the sisters bond. Like memories of when they were kids and things they did together to really get the feeling that Heather had to bring justice to her sister's killer. Not having a sister, maybe I just didn't "feel the love" automatically. (Not to say I wouldn't fight for my brother if I needed to.)

Truly though, I really did like it. And yes, I sound delirious because it is only 8:21, and I need to go to sleep. A quick post on Amazon, and I'm going to sleep on the couch while attempting to watch Pawn Stars or Harry's Law.

Click here to read the first chapter!
 
 
I received a copy of Code of Justice for review purposes from the author, who I actually really know.
God bless all publicists in this world! We should have a sisterhood, but I don't want to be the president.

2 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

Audra, you're very sweet! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Code of Justice. I like your point about building up the love taht Heather has for her sister. I suppose I "felt the love" easily because I'm very close to my sister. :)

And you should write a book! But only if you want to. :) No pressure or anything. :)

Thanks for the review. You're certainly not alone in being behind on your reading. I can't seem to keep up with my TBR list either.

Audra said...

I don't know what I would write really. And instead of reading, I have been playing games on my phone since I made my post. How stupid is that?

Will you be at ICRS this year?