Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Stolen Obsession

Book Details:

Book Title: Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction; 284 pages
Genre: Romantic Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Release date: March 20, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: R (Small bit of language and one detailed sex scene)

Book Description:

Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family's sheep farm, far away from Manhattan's brownstones, when her closest confidant falls victim to a mugging gone wrong. This had to be a hit--There are echoes from the past--and detectives have no leads. Then at a gallery opening, she sees an artifact on display, an interlocking necklace of horse heads matching her friend's stolen bracelet. Annalisse fears for the curator who owns the piece.

Convinced the jewelry collection is evil and must be destroyed, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner's womanizing son. Alec Zavos has his mother's ear but dismisses Annalisse's concerns--until a second victim at the opening brings them together in a fight against treachery, a race through exotic lands, and an unimaginable future. If Annalisse can survive...

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            For the heck of it, I sent the manuscript for Stolen Obsession out to movie seekers and directors last year. This movie company looks for their next blockbuster by using novels. Personally, I love movies that come from talented authors. I received a polite note back where they had declined by work, not on the writing but the solely on the story premise. They told me that adventures in the form of an Indiana Jones-style story had fallen out of favor with Hollywood. I beg to differ as a Harrison Ford hound and rerun watcher, but those who review manuscripts know what they like when they find it. My story had plenty of movement and thriller elements and travels three countries including Greece and Turkey. I thought it would be fun to imagine who would play some of the mains.
            Hands down, the actress ideally suited for my main character, Annalisse Drury, is Anne Hathaway. Her wide, dark eyes and bubbly personality would add the depth required for a person well-versed in antiquities but hauntingly attractive. Anne could easily pull off the librarian kind of studiousness of a history major with the sexiness of a leading partner with Alec.
            Annalisse’s love interest is Alec Zavos, a Greek magnate with a tabloid reputation of being too close to the ladies. A bunch of them. I couldn’t imagine the most opposite personality for a woman like Annalisse. But he’s too gorgeous and smart to keep even the homebody, farm girl who works in an art gallery at bay for long. The actor I’d like to see in Alec’s part is Bradley Cooper. Something about that man’s eyes with a five o’clock shadow. What a turn on!

            Alec’s mother, Generosa Zavos would have to be played by a super strong, opinionated actress. Generosa is Italian and a bit of a matchmaker. In each scene she’s trying to put her son closer to Annalisse, a woman she feels is best suited to her only child, Alec. I would choose Helen Mirren as the strong-arming, fiery woman in charge of making sure that her family is happy. Dye Ms. Mirren’s hair darker and add the Italian accent and she’d be the perfect matchmaker who gets into tons of trouble in Stolen Obsession.

Although I read a lot of mysteries and crime novels, this was not my usual read. As long as you are able to suspend disbelief and allow yourself to flow with the action, this dangerous adventure is a five star read. 
The first paragraph of this book sets the tone for where Analisse's head and heart are and leads to her relationship with Gerenosa. Although this paragraph is in such contrast to the party in which the story begins, it sets a firm foundation for what follows.
Other than our three main protagonists, well four if you could Chase, I could never feel comfortable trusting ANYONE in this book. Alec and Analisse had faith is some local police they had a history with but with all going on, I had my doubts about even them. NOTHING is as it seems.

With international intrigue and the glamour of a world far beyond the means of 99 per cent of the world's population, this is a spy novel for a broader audience.
Meet the Author:

Marlene Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep and lamb landscapes grace the covers of many publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News, to name a few. Her mail order venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of the need to find personalized stationery depicting sheep that truly looked like them. She wrote Among the Sheep, nonfiction in 2009, and the Annalisse Series launched in March 2018.

Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of spoiled Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 attention-loving cats who rule the household.

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