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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon

Welcome to the All Fall Down Blog Tour, hosted by Lexie at The Book Bug. Make sure to visit the other tour stops for more reviews and author interviews! And don't miss the awesome giveaway in this post.


About the Book:


Author: Julie Coulter Bellon
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . .

That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden---with the potential to attack America. Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security?

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?

My Review:

All Fall Down drew me in with the first sentence. The hostages, bombs, government secrets, terrorists, and romance made for a great book. I did find my attention waning a little bit near the end, but I can't put my finger on a reason. It may have been external distractions in my life. But, even with that, I really enjoyed this action packed adventure.

Claire and Rafe were a good team. Their occupations are both so exciting. I liked that neither seemed power-hungry. They were in their jobs for noble reasons, and wanted to right the wrongs before them.

I also really liked the length. At just over 200 pages, it wasn't too short or too long. Everything was wrapped up well and I didn't feel slided for not having more, or frustrated that it went on too much. It was just right! It also kept me company while I was waiting in line to vote.

You can read the first chapter of All Fall Down here.

About the Author:

Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of seven international romantic suspense novels. She loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism at BYU for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news---which is where she gets her story ideas. Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog.




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Giveaway:

Julie is generously offering 7, yes 7 awesome giveaways for the tour!! That means you have 7 chances at winning! (Pretty good odds, huh?!)

The prizes include:

(2) "Book Lovers'" baskets which include a copy of All Fall Down, a hand tied lap blanket, Julie's favorite hot chocolate mix, and a copy of Janice Sperry's Christmas novella, The Candy Cane Queen

(3) Print copies of All Fall Down

(2) Ebook copies of All Fall Down

To enter to win these prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form.
*Open from November 12 to December 7.
*Must be 13+ years of age to enter
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