Monday, January 13, 2014



Smite Publications|Feb. 24, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 97800985123451

Jennifer Thomson worked as a receptionist in one of the Federal buildings in Los Angeles, California.  She was single, happy, and enjoyed her life.  One morning she was on her way to the photocopier when she ran into her friend, Cindy.  They chatted for a few minutes and then made a date to meet for lunch at 11:30a.m. so they could beat the lunch crowd.  Cindy then reminded Jennifer that the photocopier in their department still hadn't been repaired so she'd have to go over to the Human Resources department and use the one there.  Jennifer began walking away when there was a sudden swaying and shaking of the building and then a loud explosion.  Jennifer was thrown to the floor with ceiling tiles, lights, and other debris raining down on her.  Suddenly it was deathly quiet and she finally opened her eyes to see a huge gaping hole in the side of the building right in front of her - 18 floors up!!!  She saw a man falling past the window on the way to his death.  Finally getting her sense about her, she got up and ran into Mr, Danvers who told her to get out quickly, and to use the stairs. 

Jennifer ran for the stairwell and began her descent down meeting more and more people on the way.  When "she survived the domestic terrorist attack, her last-minute escape became the iconic image of the event," she became front page news.  Her photo was plastered everywhere! 

Jennifer couldn't handle being noticed and hounded by the media, she only wanted to "disappear and become just another fact in the crowd."  So, she "cashed in on her unwanted fame and moved to a small town" in Canada. 

Sean Kincaid was a retired covert operative - a black ops living in Florida which I don't think he really liked all that much but it was somewhere to live. 

The type of black ops that Sean was, is the kind that governments like to deny exist although we're all aware they are around and in operation.  He was watching television the day the Federal building in Los Angeles came down.  When he saw, Jennifer on the news something touched him deep inside and he decided he was going to help her.  He was going to find those responsible for what they did and bring justice to, Jennifer "even if it meant turning rogue." 

"What Jennifer and Sean will both find is that nothing goes to plan, and their paths will cross in a way neither could have foreseen."

ASHES was wonderfully written with a lot of mystery and suspense.  I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!  I can hardly wait to read the sequel titled: "Reckoning" which is out now.  Great job, Ms, Cozy...I loved it!!!

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