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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Protection For Hire by Camy Tang

Tessa Lancaster's skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo's Japanese Mafia gang. Then they landed her in prison for a crime she didn't commit. Now, three months after her release, Tessa's abilities have gained her a job as bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son. But there's a problem or two ... or three .... There's Elizabeth's abusive husband whose relentless pursuit goes deeper than mere vengeance. There's Uncle Teruo, who doesn't understand why Tessa's new faith as a Christian prevents her from returning to the yakuza. And then there's Elizabeth's lawyer, Charles Britton, who Tessa doesn't know is the one who ensured that she did maximum time behind bars. Now Tessa and Charles must work together in order to protect their client, while new truths emerge and circumstances spiral to a deadly fever pitch. Factor in both Tessa's and Charles's families and you've got some wild dynamics---and an action-packed, romantic read as Tessa and Charles discover the reality of being made new in Christ.

Protection For Hire (Mystery/Action/Suspense)
By Camy Tang
Zondervan Publishing
ISBN #978-0310320333
336 Pages
Price $11.65
Rating 5-Stars

“An Action Hero With A Christian Attitude.”

After finding the Lord, Tessa is trying to build a new life after serving seven years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Once an enforcer for her yakuza mob boss uncle, as a Christian she knows she must turn away from that life. But finding a job, as an ex-con isn’t happening, and the police still want to harass her for her past. While volunteering at Wings Shelter for abused women, she meets Elizabeth St. Amant who is running from her abusive husband. Elizabeth hires Tessa as her bodyguard, and things get rough when it appears that her husband now wants her dead, and Tessa will defend Elizabeth with all her martial arts skills. But why does he want her dead? The answer may be bigger than Tessa can imagine, and reach into the very past she’s trying so hard to forget.

This was an action-packed suspense, written by a Christian author about a Christian character with a criminal past, and I loved it. It shows that novels can be written without sex and profanity, and Christian writers are as good with action as the next author. There is a touch of romance, but not overly done, and Tessa worries that she is not capable of forgiveness in her new life as a Christian, yet the author is not preachy.  The story is well written, and the characters come to life. Not only recommended for Christians, but highly recommended for all action and suspense lovers.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Judy Crider R.I.P.

Judy Crider R.I.P.

We just heard the sad news on Bill Crider’s Blog today Judy passed away at 11 AM this morning.  We had all been hoping for better news. Our sympathies go out to Bill and the family on this sad occasion. God Bless. May she Rest In Pease after her long battle with cancer. The above picture of Judy and Mickey Spillane was taken in 1981 and is posted on Bill’s Blog.

Tom & Ginger Johnson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgive

Happy Thanksgiving

Ginger and I wish all of you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving tomorrow. We will be staying home this year. Kevin and his family live in Kansas, and will not be coming down. Ginger’s niece is bringing us a plate, so we won’t have to do any cooking. I imagine we’ll spend the day reading.  We bought a new iMac computer yesterday, so most likely Ginger will be downloading stuff to it. God Bless, and be safe.

Tom & Ginger

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kickstarter - Down - A New Reid Hollow Novel

Down - A new Reid Hollow Novel's video poster
The ultra-violent detective Reid Hollow is back in the second novel in his series. Donors will get this Kickstarter only cover edition.
We are trying to raise funds for the newest Reid Hollow novel DOWN, by Matt Madigan. The first installment HER NAME IS VIOLENCE sold very well in book stores, and and gathered a loyal audience.
Much of this is due to our successful Kickstarter initiative. This time we are trying to raise at least $3,000 to cover production, shipping, marketing and art work costs.
The book offered here has an alternate cover which will ONLY be available to those participating in this Kickstarter initiative. We will only print enough to satisfy donors. All other books sold online and in stores will have a completely different cover, painted by artist Robert Jaz, (
Please check out our website at If you have not read the first book in this series HER NAME IS VIOLENCE, you can pick up a copy there or in any of the major booksellers online.
The text of this book is 90% complete and is ready to go into copy editing. This part is expensive, as is having the cover completed. We are quite sure everything will be ready to be sent out to participants in this drive by December, 2014.
If we reach our stretch goal of $3,000, anyone donating $50 or more will receive a free t-shirt with the logo of Reid Hollow’s place of work, the KING ROBINSON DETECTIVE AGENCY.

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As with the last title we funded through Kickstarter, there is almost no risk. The book is very close to going in to copy editing, and the alternative cover is completed. There is no possibility this book will not be released.


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