Book Review: 13 Hollywood Apes by Gil Reavill

13 Hollywood Apes13 Hollywood Apes
A Layla Remington Mystery
Gil Reavill
Alibi, December 2014
ISBN 9780553395051

From the publisher—

As a wildfire rages outside the Odalon Animal Sanctuary in the rugged Santa Monica foothills, the retired Hollywood movie chimpanzees housed there are shot and left for dead. When Malibu detective Layla Remington reaches the grisly scene the next morning, she’s deeply disturbed—and even more confused. The victims are not human, so the attack cannot be classified as homicide. Yet someone clearly wanted these animals dead, and executed them with ruthless efficiency. Miraculously, there is one survivor: a juvenile male named Angle.
But as Layla reaches the veterinarian’s office where Angle is recovering, a man with rock-star good looks and a laid-back Southern California attitude swoops in and removes him. And just like that, an unusual case turns truly bizarre. Soon reports surface of ferocious attacks against Odalon employees . . . with Angle as the prime suspect. As a wave of senseless violence reaches its apex, Layla chases a mystery man and his chimp—but everything comes back to that terrible night at the sanctuary.

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Book Blitz: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino—and a Giveaway!

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Title: Spark Rising 
Author: Kate Corcino 
Publication date: December 15th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction



All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels,
Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust.
The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering
citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly
over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken
as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers
and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving
matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate
to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the
relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid,
selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward
School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s
leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution
to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day
Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.



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An Excerpt from Spark Rising

In Spark Rising, Lena Gracey trusts the wrong man to keep her family safe, and it costs her freedom. In custody, she tries to stay one step ahead of the Agents determined to learn what they can about her rare power. When her mother is brought in as a means to control her, Lena will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, and only one man in the room is smart enough to be worried.

“What do you want me to tell you?”

Lucas cocked his head, and his mouth twisted at the corner. “Tell me?” His voice still had the purring, pleased burr beneath it.

Lena gritted her teeth. “What do you want to know?”

Spark Rising“Oh.” He frowned as if puzzled. “I thought it was obvious.” He leaned in, careful not to touch her. “I want to know your limits.” His nostrils flared again. He pulled back, sinuous as a cobra. Then he struck.

His right hand shot down across her, ripping off the electrodes at her temples. His left hand gripped her mother’s hair. He pulled her head back and stuck the electrodes to the skin of her temples.

Her mother didn’t even try to fight him. She stood almost serenely beside Lena.

“Mama, please. Do something. Fight back.” The buzz in her head quieted with the electrodes gone from her temples, but the current still burned into her from the others.

Lucas grinned. “Fight back? Against the three men in the room? How should she do that?” He flexed his hand in her mother’s hair, moving her head with the tightening of his fingers. “She’s not like you. She’s not strong, is she?”

“Strong enough to keep me hidden from you assholes.” She swallowed. She looked back up at the ceiling above her. Perhaps if he couldn’t see her into her eyes, he couldn’t see her fear. He couldn’t enjoy it.

He laughed softly. “It’s up to you, Lena. If you want to help her, you’re going to have to show us what you can do.”

A soft curse came from the corner. “You’re a fool, Lucas,” Reyes said. “What do you think is going to happen if you piss her off enough to break free? What if your little set-up there can’t hold her?”

Lucas rolled his eyes at the interference. He didn’t bother to turn to Reyes. “It’ll hold. It always holds. And we always get what we need out of them.”


About the Author

Kate CorcinoKate Corcino is a reformed shy girl who found her voice (and uses it…a lot). She believes in magic, coffee, Starburst candies, genre fiction, descriptive profanity, and cackling over wine with good friends. A recovering Dr. Pepper addict, she knows the only addiction worth feeding is the one that follows the “click-whooooosh” of a new story settling into her brain.

She also believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to works-in-progress of the literary and lifelong variety!

She is currently gearing up for publication of Ignition Point and Spark Rising , the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.

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Two chances to win!

(1) You can win an ebook copy of Spark Rising by Kate Corcino! Just
leave a comment below and the winning name will be drawn on
Thursday evening, December 18th. This drawing is open internationally
and the prize will be sent out after January 12th.

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Open INTL – Ends January 4th
2 gift baskets (incl. signed paperback, a gift card, a tote, and smaller swag)

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