A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Monday, June 9, 2014



by Terri Herman-Ponce



Everyone wants something.

Even if it belongs to someone else.

And some will destroy the very thing they want, just so no one else can have it.

Professional soldier David Bellotti's latest mission seems simple: steal the key card to a drug lord's compound so the empire can be infiltrated and destroyed. But when David discovers evidence of his lover Lottie’s possible infidelity, his mission turns personal. He searches for answers others would kill to keep buried and discovers a link to the past he's been trying hard to ignore.

Ancient lives, twelve thousand year old secrets, murder, and primal instincts lead David on a journey through past lives and present danger—all to save the woman he loves.

Find your way back through history, when hunter-gatherers roamed and David and Lottie's past incarnations began. The Reading Café calls Covet, Book Two of the Past Life Series, "An amazing and fascinating storyline of suspense, mystery, betrayal, hatred and love."

Excerpt :

Loud laughter broke out at a nearby table and I used the pulsating lights that illuminated the dance floor to scan the nightclub again. I watched the dealer, careful not to draw attention to myself. He sat on a sofa set back in a dark corner, surrounded by women, beefy bodyguards, and empty bottles of Cristal. And I waited for the lynch pin—the person who was going to set the wheels in motion for the night.

"She’s playing with her hair and she’s staring at you, Bellotti. I think she’s going to make a move soon."

"Wipe that grin off your face or I'll do it for you," I told Galen.

"I’m just waiting for the fireworks." Galen laughed as he picked up his glass. "What line are you going to use this time? You have an arsenal that always seems to piss off women."

"I don’t piss them off," I said. "They just aren’t used to honesty. Which doesn’t say a whole lot for relationships or dating these days, does it?"

Galen shrugged. "I think you’re jaded. You walk in with attitude and Armani, turn heads, and then moan about the unwanted attention you get."

I studied the two of us in the mirror, both in designer clothes, both trying to blend in with the upscale crowd. Only Galen didn't have the harshness on his face that I did. People probably looked at me tonight and saw someone who wanted to break a face. In reality, it was exhaustion. I really needed that damned vacation.

"You’re making too big a deal out of this," I said.

I was going to say more but stopped when I saw our lynch pin walk into the club. She positioned herself near a granite column off to the side of the dance floor, all long legs, blonde hair, and killer body in a tight blue dress.

Lady in Blue slinked through the crowd, every man's head turning as she moved. Galen stilled and said, "Wow."

"We're a go," I said, setting down the beer.
Covet (Book 2 of the Past Life Series)Covet by Terri Herman-Poncé
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Covet by Terri Herman-Ponce is a 2014 Samsara Street Publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I didn't read the first book in the series, but I don't think it's necessary in order to enjoy this one, but I think you would probably understand the characters more if you had all the background information. I hope to someday find the time to get that first book read because I think this series is going to be really good.

Lottie believes she has experienced a past life regression and her long time boyfriend, David thinks it's all hooey. Lottie's experiences have put her in a compromising position with one of David's fellow professional soldiers. Now, David is on a mission and discovers a photo of Lottie kissing another man. Has she been unfaithful? Can he trust her?
The couple are having some problems because David is involved in the regression, he just won't admit it. Lottie is having to deal with these memories all by herself and it's putting a strain on the relationship, especially since they can't confide in one another about their occupations. Lottie is a psychologist and David is a professional soldier. So, his missions are top secret and of course Lottie has doctor – patient confidentiality to deal with. An underlying matter of trust between them erupts when Lottie meets Monica.
Monica and David had a relationship in the past and it appears Monica would like to pick up where they left off..
In the meantime David's mission appears to involve drugs and is linked to the man in the picture with Lottie.

This novel was outlined perfectly. The tension between Lottie and David was palpable as jealously reared it's ugly head and their previously solid relationship begins to suffer. But, David learns that Lottie could be in serious danger and he may not be able to save her. As the investigation heats up more and more shocking revelations come to light and Lottie becomes convinced David is having his own regression and needs help. The race is on to save Lottie and once and for all resolve the past life issues that are complicating their lives right now. So, while this is a steamy paranormal romance, it's also filled with action and suspense. The suspense is muliti- layered because of the danger elements but also because of the emotional turmoil. All I can say is David and Lottie deserve that vacation they keep trying to plan. I hope they will get it eventually...

This one is 4.5 stars rounded to 5




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Terri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach—and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.

Terri is a member of member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and you can read about her at http://terriponce.com/.

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Terri will be awarding one free Ecopy of Covet (Book 2 of the Past Life Series) and In This Life (Book 1 of the Past Life Series), to a randomly chosen commenter at each stop and a Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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  1. 4.7 out of 5 stars in the first book of the serie, many successes with this second book.

    1. Thanks, Edgar. Appreciate your good wishes SO very much.

  2. Thanks so much for the review!


    1. Vitajex, gotta say I'm digging the review, too. :)

  3. I didn't realize this was a second book. I need to pick up the first and start reading!

    1. Melanie, you can certainly read Covet as a standalone, but I think the series and storyline are richer if you read In This Life first. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. What a great review, thank you.


  5. Thanks for the wonderful review! Totally made my day. :)

  6. What a great review. I want to read both books. I love this type story.

  7. Great review and excerpt! Sounds like an awesome series! collenga at yahoo dot com

    1. I certainly hope so! I'm having the greatest time writing these books.

  8. Nice review

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  9. I really loved the colours on the first book, but for the sequel, it's even better. So bright and attractive! So pretty! Donna @ BookPforLife

  10. It is a great review.


  11. Enjoyed the excerpt, I think I'll enjoy this book, after I read the first. brown_angel 123at) yahoo(dotcom


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