Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review of YA Fantasy The Summer Marked by Rebekah L. Purdy

Before I plunge into my review, I did have another DNF.  I'll explain here.

NOWHERE BUT HERE: A Thunder Road Novel by Katie McGarry.
Though the writing wasn't all that great, it was unfortunately up to par with a lot of the NA you see coming out now, so although the writing wasn't fantastic, the real reason I didn't finish this was that the hook just didn't catch me. The first couple chapters in I just wasn't intrigued enough to keep reading. I was bored. Sorry, but I'm just being honest. :(


A SUMMER MARKED - REVIEW

Description


Fresh off a break-up with her boyfriend, Kadie's glad to be home from college for Thanksgiving. All she needs is a rebound guy, a box of chocolates, and some girl time with her best friend, Salome. Problem is, Salome isn't returning her calls, and her family won't say where she is. Feeling sorry for herself, Kadie ends up at Club Blade, a place filled with pumping music, dangerous guys, and promises of a good time. However, when midnight strikes, Kadie's fun turns into a nightmare as she's ripped from the human world into Faerie by a vengeful Winter Prince named Etienne. For the first time in her life, she realizes the monsters Salome always spoke of are real, and they'll stop at nothing to destroy her friend.
Salome thought the winter curse was behind her. But winter has left its mark. Not just on her, but on the whole summer court. The Kingdom of Summer is falling apart, and Nevin is hanging onto his throne by a thread. With war on his doorstep, he has no choice but to send Gareth into enemy territory, which means Salome will be left alone--vulnerable in a world she doesn't understand. A place where beauty is deadly and humans are pawns in the macabre games the Fae play. Both Kadie and Salome will have to call on all their strength to survive in a world where humans aren't meant to be. With death and enemies all around them, it'll be a miracle if they can survive.

MY REVIEW: 

Overall I thought SUMMER MARKED was a great Fantasy YA. 

After being saved by Garret in the human world and in-turn freeing Nevin (a fae prince) from his curse, Salome follows Garret (the man she loves) to the land of faerie. She ends up journeying with Garret to Summer, where Nevin is prince. The whole Kingdom is being threatened by Winter. Autumn and Spring already fell to the evil Winter Queen's powers and Summer is next.

The reader had clues the whole time that Salome is actually the baby from a legend that said a child was hidden from the land of faerie and one day would save the entire Kingdom and rule. We come to discover that Salome has powers, just like royalty and is marked and chose to be Queen. In the meantime, her best friend from the human world and gets captured and taken to Winter, where she sees some pretty gruesome things and cruel treatment to humans. Eventually the Winter Queen finds a way to manipulate her into turning her back on Salome and going after her.

I really liked the concept and plot. I felt it was fresh and original, and the writing pretty solid. I loved this book's take on the seasons being the fantasy realms. That was pretty cool. I also like Salome and the other characters, for the most part. There is a sequel to this book and I'm on the fence about reading it because, although I enjoyed this book, I like Romance in Fantasy, and though there was an element of romance, it just wasn't strong enough for me. Still a great book, but I just would've like a little extra oomph and conflict where the love story was concerned.

4 of 5 stars!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Did Not Finish and Multiple Reviews

Okay, so I want to get on with more house posts, but I have too many reviews piling up, so I'm going to catch up with all my reviews now. That way I can post about the house renovations this weekend! Yay! So, here goes.


Unfortunately these are titles that were given to me to review, but I just couldn't finish them.

THE WOMAN WHO STOLE MY LIFE by Marian Keyes:

I'm pretty sure I've read and loved several books by her before (unless I'm thinking of someone else) but this book I just couldn't get into. The MC's voice was witty and I liked the tone, but the plot was dragging and there seemed to be little point

A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER by Elodie Nowodazku

Ugh. This is another "did not finish." The writing in this was just...poor, the opening plot line contrite, and the tone/theme overdone. I just couldn't do it.

REVIEWS



SYNOPSIS


This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. 

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.


MY REVIEW: I lo-lo-loved this book! This is about 18 year old Madeline Whittier who has a disease that basically prevents her from going outside their home and/or doing anything normal people do. She's basically the boy in the bubble. If people come to see her (which as a rule she doesn't usually have visitors) they have to go through this contamination process, etc. In a nutshell, she's a prisoner in her own home because if she leaves the chances of her getting sick and dying is paramount.

But everything in her world changes when Olly moves into the house next door. He has an abusive father and eventually connects with Madeline, talking via the internet. Eventually they meet (in secret at her house) and fall in love.

Here is what I loved about this book. The concept and plot was absolutely fresh. The characters were not the overused templates I seem to see cropping up in YA and NA everywhere. I loved the fact that though Olly has an abusive father he's not all woe is me about it. He deals with it. I thought Madeline's character was so completely real and I loved her character. She was strong and not a whiner about the crappy hand life dealt her.  I also LOVED the twist in this book. I won't spoil it by telling you what it was, but WOW. I was seriously in shock and all like, "I can't believe that" for hours after I read it.

For anyone who loves YA, especially contemporary YA, should give this book a shot.
5 of 5 stars.



SYNOPSIS

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.


MY REVIEW:  Unfortunately, I waited too long after reading this to give you a detailed review, however, this is another book I really loved. This book was heartbreaking, yet fabulous. I flew through the pages and would definitely rate this as one of the best books I've read all year. For anyone who loves women's fiction, historical novels, or books centered around WWII you'll love this. Though there was romance in it, I would definitely consider this women's fiction. If you've ever read Hannah's other title WINTER GARDEN and liked it, you will definitely love this one, as well. In fact, I think this is better than that book and that novel was fantastic.

5 of 5 stars


SYNOPSIS

For fans of Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls, and Sophie Kinsella, here is a Pride and Prejudice for the modern era: Londoners Kim and Harry can’t see eye to eye…until the life of the person they both love most hangs in the balance.

Kim and Harry are total opposites who happen to have the same favorite people in the world: Kim’s older sister, Eva, and her young son, Otis. Kim has never seen what her free-spirited big sister sees in a stuck-up banker like Harry and has spent her childhood trying to keep him out (must he always drive the most ostentatious cars and insist on charming everyone he meets?), while Harry’s favorite occupation is provoking Kim.

Both Harry and Kim are too stuck in their prejudices to care about what’s really going on beneath the surface of each other’s lives. They’ll never understand each other—until the worst of all tragedy strikes. Faced with the possibilities of losing the person they both love most, long-buried secrets come to a head in ways that will change both Harry and Kim forever.

As in her “hilarious, poignant, and profound” (Daily Mail) novel For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh tackles the bonds of family, friendship, and love through sophisticated storytelling. Don’t Get Me Wrong is a witty and heartwarming book that will charm readers everywhere.


MY REVIEW:  I feel the most torn about this book than any others I've read in a while. The writing, as promised in the blurb, was reminiscent of Moyes. However, where Kavanagh missed the mark in this book that Moyes is a master at is having sympathetic characters that you are rooting for and truly love. The book sort of dragged on for me. Kim and Harry are the two MC's. Harry is Eva's best friend but Kim thinks their a couple and despises him. The whole book there;s this back and forth between Kim and Harry, with him teasing her (he truly loved her) and Kim just being plain mean. I didn't and couldn't sympathize with her. In fact, I liked Harry and couldn't understand why he'd like such a mean-spirited person. She NEVER gave him the benefit of the doubt, and just when you thought she might turn a corner and grow as a person/character she didn't. She stayed the same Kim. Ignorant, immature, and unable to see outside of herself. I kept reading hoping that Harry and Kim (who you knew both truly had feelings for each other but just couldn't show them) would connect finally. Just at the end when Harry admits the truth to her and she realizes things were not always as they seemed, and you think they might finally get together, but the books ends. Just. Like. That. There is no resolution. The author only delivers the beginning of it and just ends the book, depriving the reader of the ending they really needed. Very disappointing.

Actually, up until the ending, I was going to give it at least 3 stars, but with it ending the way it did. I just can't. This author has huge potential as long as she doesn't continue to let readers down and can write more likable characters.

2.5 stars.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Win $50 - Giveaway via author A.L. Sowards

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espionageEspionage (Book 1): France, 1944: Nobody expects Peter Eddy to survive his first commando mission—to retrieve a code book stolen by the Nazis—so when he does come back alive, his success is rewarded with an even more daunting assignment. Partnered with French Resistance leader Jacques Olivier, Peter must identify which of three Allied contacts in Calais is a double agent and use the traitor to help implement a strategic Allied diversion that might win the war. Peter secretly crosses the English Channel to confront the suspects one at a time. But what appears to be a clean assignment soon turns disastrous, and even the aid of Jacques and his sister Genevieve can’t prevent a Gestapo triumph. As the Allied invasion approaches, treachery in the least likely places leads to fresh graves in the bloodied European soil—and only the power of loyalty and love can transform tragic endings into new beginnings.




sworn enemySworn Enemy (Book 2): After narrowly escaping her Nazi captors, French Resistance worker Genevieve Olivier has fled to Allied territory with the help of American Lieutenant Peter Eddy. Their connection is undeniable, forged in the crucible of danger. But despite their blossoming feelings for each other, they must both finish the work they began . . . In the safety of England, Genevieve hopes to find purpose as a nurse—all the while unaware that the Gestapo still seeks the woman who slipped through their grasp. When she is called upon to resume a life of danger as a French spy, will her desire to prove herself be her downfall? Recruited by an elite special-ops team intent on thwarting the Nazis, Peter finds himself engaged in a personal battle as well—there is a traitor among his comrades. Deep in the Carpathian Mountains, Peter combats an unknown foe. The stakes are high as he fights to save the lives of his teammates. They are miles apart, yet as Genevieve and Peter fight for their own survival, they find a common well of strength in their faith—and their determination to be reunited.





deadly allianceDeadly Alliance (Book 3): When Peter Eddy and his commando team inadvertently upset the Soviets during their most recent mission, they never imagined the diplomatic nightmares that would ensue. They have one chance to redeem themselves: tasked with destroying a bridge in Nazi-occupied Bosnia, Peter and his war-weary team reluctantly agree to drop behind enemy lines. The assignment should be a simple one—were it not for the fact that they are being deployed on a suicide mission. Genevieve Olivier is devastated by the news of Peter’s disappearance. After all they’ve endured in this war, the determined OSS worker is unwilling to simply let go of the man she hopes to spend her life with. Desperate for information, her work as a courier soon escalates into a counterintelligence duel with a Fascist assassin—and Genevieve is his newest target . . .



Praise for Espionage, Sworn Enemy, and Deadly Alliance: This historical fiction WWII series is amazing! Seriously tense action, intrigue, death-defying danger, strong characters, and even a hint of romance. Sowards really does her research and makes readers feel as if they are right in the middle of the action in different settings throughout war-torn Europe. These aren't your normal WWII books; they are much better. ~Charissa Stastny, author of the Bending Willow Trilogy A.L. Sowards is a master at telling sides of stories from history that aren't overdone or commonly shared. These books took me on an unexpected journey and they each brought up issues that I hadn't really thought about before. I loved learning information about this time period, while being thoroughly entertained by the events happening to some beloved characters. ~Katie, blogger at Katie’s Clean Book Collection A.L. Sowards has been a favorite author of mine for years. I was enraptured by the first book in her World War II series, Espionage, and fell more in love with the characters with each book. Her knowledge of World War II is unreal and the way she weaves the historical aspects in is so gripping I could hardly set these books down. I would highly recommend this series, especially if you're a fan of historical fiction. ~Cami Checketts, Author of Shadows in the Curtain Intrigue, horror, and romance all wrapped up in this brilliant WWII trilogy. A.L Sowards did an amazing job at bringing the time period to life for me. I highly recommend all three books in the Espionage series. ~Bookworm Lisa,

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Author A.L. Sowards A.L. Sowards has always been fascinated by the 1940s, but she's grateful she didn't live back then. She doesn't think she could have written a novel on a typewriter, and no one would be able to read her handwriting if she wrote her books out longhand. She does, however, think they had the right idea when they rationed nylon and women went barelegged. Sowards grew up in Moses Lake, Washington. She graduated from BYU and ended up staying in Utah, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and children or with her laptop. She does not own a typewriter. She does own several pairs of nylons. Her books are known for heart-pounding action, memorable characters, careful historical research, clean romance, and family-friendly language. Several of her novels have been Whitney Award finalists in the historical fiction category.


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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Renovations and Progress

I know. I know. I have neglected you. Yes, I have posted reviews, but I have yet to post more about my ongoing 1885 farmhouse renovations. I like to think I have an excuse though. Between part time work with my small business and school stuff for the kids, these renovations have kept me so busy I barely have time to breath. But alas, I have at least some photos for you.

So, when we started this reno, we had a HUGE list of things to do. One of the biggest things was dry wall repair on the old plaster walls. It was a chore but the guy we had do it was great and it looks fantastic! I apologize ahead of time for the photos. They aren't the greatest but I promise to provide amazing pics when everything is all said and done.

So this was the dining room before we did anything...


I wish you could see the cracks in the walls but, unfortunately, they didn't show up in the pics.


Here is after...


This room mostly needed cosmetic repair. We repaired the cracked walls and painted everything. We also wired and hung a light, as you can see. Oh, but those are new windows you see! The photos really don't do this justice. The windows made an absolutely huge difference! The old ones were single pane and painted shut.



I actually loved the original wood and glass door you see in the above pics, but it didn't seal. Plus, it had a skeleton key lock, which was unusable, so we had to replace it. I'm still hoping to use the doors somehow, I just haven't come up with anything yet. In the meantime, we replaced the door as you can see here below. And, boy, was that a chore!!! The frame it came on didn't fit, so my husband and father-in-law had to basically build one using the existing frame. (This was after a ton of speculation and warning that we may have to tear off the woodwork and basically destroy the walls!!) Buuuuttt they made it work. Yahoo! The old door was an odd size though and way longer than modern doors. It would've cost a fortune to get one custom made to fit exactly, so we had to put a trim piece to fill the gap. That's the wood you see above because I haven't painted it yet.


Now, do you remember the master bath? It was basically just a blank canvas. Well, sort of blank. It was a dry walled room filled with tools and equipment. Here's a reminder:





We put the corner tub in. Woot woot!



I have to say that my husband did an amazing tile job. Grouting this was awful though! Ugh!




Isn't it gorgeous?

So, I definitely have more photos to post and updates on progress, but this is what I've got for now. Currently, we're doing too many things at once to even list. This is what it's been like since we've moved in, but our biggest ongoing project is the kitchen. We're doing some wall repair, we tore out the old (nasty!) cupboards, tiled the floor (that was awful!) painted some brick and are now awaiting our new cabinets next week. I will try to post full photos about this tomorrow! 

PS - I also have several reviews to list! Ugh! Time. I need more time!



Thursday, November 5, 2015

Somewhere I Belong in the Spotlight!




SYNOPSIS

In Somewhere I Belong, we meet young P.J. Kavanaugh at North Boston Station. His father has died, the Depression is on, and his mother is moving them back home. They settle in, and P.J. makes new friends. But the P.E.I. winter is harsh, the farm chores endless, and his teacher a drunken bully. He soon wants to go home; the problem is how.

A letter arrives from Aunt Mayme announcing a Babe Ruth charity baseball game in the old neighbourhood. But Ma won’t let him go. P.J is devastated. The weeks pass, then there is an accident on the farm. P.J. becomes a hero and Ma changes her mind. He travels to Boston, sees his friends, watches Babe Ruth hit a home run, and renews his attachment to the place. But his eagerness to return to the Island makes him wonder where he really belongs.

PURCHASE




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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I am a writer, editor and indexer who lives in historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. A true Maritimer, I was born and raised in Nova Scotia and my Prince Edward Island roots hail back to 1830. My short stories have been published in Jilted Angels: A Collection of Short Stories (Broad Street Press), and Riptides: New Island Fiction (Acorn Press Canada), the latter which was nominated for best Atlantic book of 2012 and won the 2013 Prince Edward Island Book Award. In addition to placing first in the 2014 Atlantic Writing Competition’s literary non-fiction category, I received a mentorship from the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia to study under award-winning writer, William Kowalski. I am also a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, where I studied novel writing under two-time Governor General Award winner, David Adams Richards. My first novel, Somewhere I Belong, is based on a true story and was released on November 1, 2014 by Acorn Press Canada.

As a published author and fiction writer, I offer developmental writing services, coaching, and copy editing, structural editing to emerging writers of fiction and non-fiction in short-story, novel or book format. As an editor, I revise scholarly works written by academics whose first language is not English and who wish to complete their master’s theses, PhD dissertations, or publish in English-language academic journals. I also completed an indexing course at the University of California at Berkeley and index books on economics, politics, history, and topics of general interest.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

The Story behind 'I Should Have Stayed in Morocco' GUEST POST by Stephen Caputi

Morocco_med“The ‘Hole’ Story”

I was stranded in the “Hole," slang for solitary confinement, in a dingy federal prison in Jesup, Ga., with literally nothing to do but ponder the past. I had nothing to read, nothing to do, nothing to look forward to until the next bowl of gruel was tossed into the cell through a flap in the door. Nothing to even watch since the tiny three-inch window slit was old and yellow and glazed. Total emptiness. It was driving me crazy. For a life-long claustrophobe, being thrust into a seventy two square-foot space that contained only a bed, toilet and sink constituted the worst case scenario. My worst nightmare had materialized, and there was no getting away from it. No relief. I knew why I was in prison, but I didn’t know why I was in the Hole. As I sat there gazing in amazement at nothing, I realized that I had plenty of time to contemplate what in the world had just happened to my life. My great life—the one that had disappeared in what seemed like an instant—was gone! I’d just spent a year and a half listening to all the truths, half-truths, tall stories, outright fabrications and spurious drivel regarding who did what to whom during the heyday of Scott Rothstein’s now-famous billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Unfortunately for me, since I was a client, business partner and friend of Scott’s for over two decades, I was trash by association. Guilty. Even though I was used only as a bit player in a tiny fraction of the scandal, the internet mavens and media pundits raced to vilify me without having any idea of what actually happened… or how. As I paced the cell, uttering and muttering my recalcitrant mantra, the words rang back at me, echoing languidly off the concrete walls of the empty prison cell, “I should have stayed in Morocco”. Up until that moment, the phrase had been nothing more than a saying, a slogan, an empty pipedream… a nonsensical vision of a distant, impossible alternative. But suddenly it became reality—since I felt in my heart for the first time that it was actually true! The idea for my book was then duly conceived. I set my mind to the task of revealing not only the truth, but providing an insight into what the Rothstein scandal looked like from the inner perspective of a close friend. Scott wasn’t always a scheming, eccentric, manipulative, misguided, insatiable billionaire that got his family, best friends (including me!), partners, employees and confidants thrown into prison. He was once young and enterprising, an ambitious and talented attorney with a great sense of humor and a lot of heart. He was my friend. Sure, outsiders knew a few facts and figures about what had transpired, but that was about all. Having read almost everything ever written on Rothstein, from time to time I had entertained fleeting thoughts about someday setting the record straight. Or not. But why not? Now would be a good time to give a real, human account of what happened… wouldn’t it? I could share some actual facts portraying how it all went down. Who else could know? I was pretty sure there were no reporters following us around in Morocco. I wouldn’t write another forensic account of Rothstein’s life, another trite replication of the volumes of venomous snippets posted on the net about his transgressions and ill character. I would tell the story of how Scott’s life intertwined with mine over several decades—before the ‘explosion’ in Morocco. A detail of the events and conditions precedent to that day of reckoning. By virtue of finding myself living in the bowels of a federal prison, it occurred to me that people also needed to be aware of the catastrophic failure of the prison system in America, and of the disastrous, far-reaching ramifications of the dirty ‘business’ of incarceration. How this could happen in this fantastic, free country of ours was beyond comprehension to me! People didn’t know the truth. Better yet, I would do something about it. But first, I had to get out of the Hole!

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Title: I Should Have Stayed in Morocco
Genre: Memoir
Author: Stephen Caputi
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
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About the Book:

Stephen Caputi’s memoir, I Should Have Stayed in Morocco, is not just another forensic account of billionaire Ponzi-schemer Scott Rothstein’s life. Caputi opens his heart and soul as he takes the reader on a journey through two decades rife with personal experiences, misadventures and wild escapades with Rothstein, climaxing with their now-infamous ramble in Casablanca. It’s a frighteningly true story of how friendship and loyalty was dedicatedly served to a master-manipulator, just to be rewarded with deceitful betrayal and a prison sentence.


About the Author:

Steve is best known for his involvement in the creation, building and management of successful nightclub and hospitality businesses. Decades of experience in the industry and the good fortune to work with a succession of the best performers in the world gave him a broad base of skills… skills that were instrumental in his entrepreneurial quest and subsequent sparkling career.
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As an Ivy-league student-athlete, he graduated from the renowned Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 1979. Rostered as the ‘smallest player in NCAA Division 1 football’, he lettered under George Seifert, world-champion coach of the San Francisco 49’ers and played centerfielder on Cornell’s EIBL championship team of 1977, led by hall of fame coach Ted Thoren. Steve set several all-time team and NCAA records, one of which still stands 37 years later.


His career experience was equally as fortunate as he was trained by the best club management experts in the business while managing the Texas billionaires’ favorite watering hole – the ultra-private, magnificent Houston Club. In the early 1990’s, Steve was President of Michael J. Peter’s gentlemen’s club empire, featuring the world-famous Solid Gold, Thee Doll House, and Pure Platinum. It was during that era that adult clubs became legitimized. After redesigning and opening Club Paradise in Las Vegas, Steve became a partner in South Florida’s most successful long-term nightclub chain ever, Café Iguana. Over the decades, businesses under his direct control amassed nearly a billion dollars in revenue.

Steve was blessed with everything a man could want until he got tangled up in Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme in 2009, at which time everything was lost… including his freedom. So began his most recent quest upon his release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons… to find out what happened, how it happened, and why!