Monday, October 21, 2013

POCKET FULL OF POSIES by Julie Coulter Bellon



Environment, they say, makes the man. Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you were raised under difference circumstances? Instead of a loving household in which you were treated with kindness, what if you lived under the heavy hand of a tyrannical father, a violent criminal, a man whom without a second thought would strike out and beat another, even kill? No doubt, your personality would be more in line with what you were raised with. Violence most often begets violence.

In Julie Coulter Bellon’s Pocket Full of Posies, City of Hartford police officer Bart GutiĆ©rrez learns his mother had stolen him away, as a young child, from his father, a South American drug boss. In an effort to keep Bart safe from that destructive world, she changed their names and received asylum in the United States. He grew up to be a good, honest, respected man, decorated by the police department where he’s making his career, until a woman from his past shows up and reveals to him his true identity.
Petite and beautiful Lucy Aguayo churns up wonderful memories of their carefree childhood years, yet she is now working for one of the most treacherous drug lords the U.S. is trying to capture and put out of business. Worse, she is dragging Bart into her dangerous world of drugs, and the probable destruction of the United States all because his father has been looking for him and feels the need to reconnect with the son he lost years before. Could he possibly expect his law enforcement son to take over a business built on everything evil?
Julie Bellon writes a thrilling adventure of Bart and Lucy’s lost childhood crush that reignites into love under the worst of circumstances. Other mainstream authors feel the need to delve into the bloody-lusty, gritty details of killing, Julie makes me a repeat reader by keeping most of that unnecessary gore “off screen” yet keeping the tension sufficiently ratcheted up that I can’t put down my (e)book. This is a keeper!

Buy it here. And to make it more sporting, I'll give the lucky winner of my special cowboy hat-rafflecopter a $15.00 Amazon e-gift card for you to buy your very own copy of Julie's book! Leave your email address in the comment section, or I can't enter your name into my hat! The winner will be drawn Friday the 25th! 

This is the third book in the Hostage Negotiation Team Series, yet you don’t need to have read the first two books to enjoy this story. But I strongly suggest you go back and read them anyway, they’re so good. And it’s fun to peek into the lives of some of the other characters you meet in Pocket Full of Posies.  They include, in order: All Fall Down, a 2013 Rone Award winning novel, and Ashes Ashes. Do you sort of see a theme here?

Ring-a-round the rosie,
Pocket full of posies.
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.

I’m guessing Julie will be writing at least one more in this series, possibly something to do with Ring-a-round the Rosie? I can’t wait to read that book, too.


17 comments:

Pat said...

Interesting premise - we all wonder at sometime or another "what if" life would have been like if we were born into different circumstances, but never dream that things could be so much worse...
Good job Julie :-)

Debra Erfert said...

Oh, Pat! You didn't leave your email address for the contest. It's a good thing I recognize your beautiful face or I wouldn't know which Pat you are!

Lolawid said...

Sounds like a great book! Please put me in your cowboy hat! :o)

widsfam7 @ digis dot net

Debra Erfert said...

Will do, Lola!

TJ Butler said...

Oh,I love Julie Bellon's books and I love Cowboy Hats :) Please put me in!! Thanks for the chance!

daisiesgirl at gmail dot com

Lindzee said...

Loved Ashes Ashes...I really need to read the other two books in the series! lindzee.armstrong@yahoo.com

Rachel Williamson DeVaughn said...

how fun!! i can't wait to read this book!! rchicaharris at yahoo.com

Cathy Jeppsen said...

Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the contest. cathy.jeppsen@gmail.com

Debra Erfert said...

TJ, Lindzee, Rachel, and Cathy, consider yourselves entered!

Corey and Amie Aycock said...

I would love to be entered into the contest! I am excited to read this book! Email is sandygirl_2002@yahoo.com

Debra Erfert said...

You bet, Corey and Amie!

Gayle said...

I've had Julie's books on my TBR list for a while yet but haven't managed to get to any of them yet. They sound like great stories, I might have to bump them up on the list! Thanks for a great review!
bgh@byu.net

Debra Erfert said...

Oh, yes, Gayle. They're worth bumping to the top of your list! You're entered in the contest!

Andrea said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed the other two in the series. Fun contest. Frisbyfamily at gmail dot com.

Debra Erfert said...

Andrea, then you must read this third book! You're entered!

Jeanna said...

I love Julie's books! I have even got my mom hooked on them! Jbrough80@gmail.com

Debra Erfert said...

What a great thing to get hooked on, Jeanna! You're entered.