Book Review: Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk—and a Giveaway!

Method 15-33-2Method 15/33
Shannon Kirk
Oceanview Publishing, May 2015
ISBN 978-1-60809-145-4

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Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who’s just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped…


Now forget her…

Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn child and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical—calculating— scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits—for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as her abductors.

The agents searching for a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama. In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?

Well, this is an odd turn of events. Just yesterday, I reviewed a book about a young woman’s fight back when she’s held captive. Today, I’m reviewing a book about a young woman’s fight back when she’s held captive. And there the comparisons end.

This time, the reason the girl has been taken is not because the usual really bad guy wants to hurt her in his own “special” ways. Sixteen-year-old Lisa is being held because she’s blonde, blue-eyed and pregnant, making her baby worth quite a premium. Ms. Kirk has taken a fairly common theme in crime fiction and given it a very interesting twist—her protagonist is almost as creepy as her captor, especially in the unnerving way she seems able to turn her emotions on and off. She’s also very clever at finding uses for odd items and, when the FBI finally arrives, they just might find the captive has gotten the better of her captors.

FBI agents Roger Lui and his partner, Lola, are interesting characters on their own merits, especially Liu with his hyperthymesia, an extremely rare condition causing him to remember his own past in great detail. As for Lisa, one might wonder if she’s a sociopath or just a very intelligent girl with an inventive mind and the ability to focus on the needs at hand without getting distracted by such unimportant things as fear or loneliness and certainly not by remorse.

Lisa is a protagonist I’m not likely to forget and I’m getting a bit tired after having two books in a row keep me up all night 😉 To say anything more would mean spoiling the things that make this book so terrific so I’ll just say…read Method 15/33 as soon as you can.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, July 2015.



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About the Author

Shannon KirkShannon Kirk is a practicing attorney and a law professor. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan and St. John’s Universities, is a graduate of Suffolk Law School, and was a trial lawyer in Chicago prior to moving to Massachusetts. She has been honored three times by the Faulkner Society in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, a physicist, and their son. Method 15/33 is her first novel.

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Book Blitz: At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie L. Wells—and a Giveaway!

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Title: At the Heart of the Deep
A Falling in Deep Collection Novella

Series: The Orotavan Mermaid Tales #1
Author: Carrie L. Wells
Publisher: WHR Publishing
Publication date: June 23, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance



Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why the
ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before
he and his crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he
stumbles upon an even greater mystery. Leagues below the waves,
he swears he sees…a mermaid?

Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when
a golden-haired researcher gets too
close to her island, she can’t afford to stay away.

Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover what’s causing
shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden, Anya will
risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s
not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest
Luke has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers
facing the sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her
when her father learns she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.

Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at
the heart of the deep before it’s too late?



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An Interview with Carrie L. Wells

1. What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

Growing up in New England, it seems all stories were about the ocean. I know it is cliché, but I remember sitting on my grandmother’s porch, looking at the water, and wondering if Marina, the “real” little mermaid was actually out there. I guess she started it all for me.

At the Heart of the Deep2. What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?

I spend a lot of time down in Vero Beach, FL where my sister lives, and since it is on the Treasure Coast there are plenty of stories about buried and found treasure. I wanted to mix pirates with mermaids, and while I didn’t quite do that here, this leads into the next book in my series, The Mark of the Mermaid, which does just that.

3. Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

Anya would be a Drew Barrymore type, independent and a bit silly. I could see her tripping in front of Luke and just laughing it off. Luke, well, I wrote him with the surfer version of Matthew McConaughey in mind. Focused and fun, at home in the water, and cut!

4. What was the most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

The challenge was determining how much time to put them on land. It isn’t easy to offer mermaid human interaction in the middle of the ocean, so you need a plausible world where they walk on land.

5. Ursula or Ariel?

Ariel’s curiosity, but not her “sell my soul” naiveté.

6. What else should we know about your novella?

It’s my first! I have plenty more in the works, but I’m busy reveling in this one right now.


About the Author

Carrie L. WellsCarrie L. Wells crosses genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials and textbooks to paranormal romance novellas. Her first fiction publication, The Heart of the Deep, was released in June 2015, followed by Playing with Magic in October 2015. A New England native, she spent her childhood on the beach and inland, fishing and dancing, before moving to Florida. And while she doesn’t tan, nothing keeps her from a walk on the beach.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. With a love of chocolate, books, and her family, Carrie braves the world and chaos only children can bring. She currently lives in Florida with her fire-medic hubby and three children. She is an English instructor at Eastern Florida State College.

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