Cover Your Tracks Tour – Review

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About the Book

Margo Fletcher, eight months pregnant, is traveling by train from Chicago to Spokane, her childhood home. While passing through an isolated portion of the Rockies in blizzard conditions, the train unexpectedly brakes. Up ahead, deadly snow from a massive avalanche plummets down the mountain. Despite the conductor’s order for the passengers to stay seated, former Army Ranger Nick Eliot insists that survival depends on moving to the back of the train. Only Margo believes him. They take refuge in the last train car, which Nick heroically uncouples in time to avoid the avalanche. The rest of the train is hurled down the mountainside and is soon lost forever in a blanket of snow. Margo and Nick, the sole survivors, are stranded in the snowstorm without food, water, or heat. Rescuers might not arrive for days.

When the weather turns violent again, the pair must flee the shelter of the passenger car and run for their lives into the wilderness. They must fend off the deadly cold as well as predatory wild animals foraging for food. We learn that both Margo and Nick have secrets that have brought them together and threaten to destroy them.

Cover Your Tracks is a chilling story of love and hate, the devastating power of nature, and the will to survive.

Praise for Cover Your Tracks

Sensational – new, fresh, suspenseful, and lead character Margo Fletcher is to die for. I loved this book.” — LEE CHILD, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“This nail-biter from Auffenorde … [has] [w]ell-crafted action sequences [that] keep up the energy and tension. Thriller fans will want to see more from Auffenorde.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Fast, slick, brimming with tension–Daco Auffenorde knows how to ramp up the suspense with this terrific new thriller. Loved it!” — GLENN MEADE, Internationally Bestselling Author

“Emotionally resonant, provocative, timely—this unique thriller will linger in your thoughts long after the final page. Auffenorde brilliantly captures the extreme lengths a mother will go to for her child. In COVER YOUR TRACKS, you’ll be snow-blinded in the deep wilderness where the one person who can get you out is also your enemy. Sensational.” — K.J. HOWE, International Bestselling Author of SKYJACK

“Cover Your Tracks is exactly what a thriller should be. A fast-paced plot, great characters, and tightly-wound suspense create a story that will linger long after you turn the final page. Highly recommended.” — D.P. LYLE, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series

“Daco S. Auffenorde’s thrilling COVER YOUR TRACKS unspools a relentless crescendo of menace and doubt. A chilling tale of damaged souls, iron wills, and dark obsession. Two strangers—a resourceful ex-soldier and a pregnant doctor—must trust each other to reach safety after their train is swept down a remote mountain by an avalanche. Survival as a team sport.” — JAMES W. ZISKIN, author of the award-winning Ellie Stone mysteries

Review

You know those books where you just have to take one look at them and you instantly know they’re your kind of book? Well, Cover Your Tracks was one of those books. I have a penchant for survival stories and as soon as I saw this one I just had to read it. And it did not disappoint. To say the least: this book had me HOOKED.

Now, when I say this book had me hooked I mean I could literally not put it down. I just had to keep turning the pages and seeing what fresh horror awaited our characters. And, as you can surmise from the synopsis, the stakes are high. But they’re also so much higher than you could even begin to imagine. And I don’t want to say anything more on that lest I accidentally give anything away.

Now, there are a few things I want to touch on before I close out this review and that is mainly some race issues towards Indigenous Americans I noticed throughout the book. However, I am not an Indigenous American so I just want to mention it but not make any assumptions based off of what I read. BUT, these have been removed per the authors/publishers request for the finished version and knowing that I can gladly say that this is an amazing book.

About the Author

Daco Auffenorde was born at the Naval hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Huntsville, Alabama―also known as Rocket City for its role in building the rocket that took astronauts into space―Daco holds a B.A. and M.A.S. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Alabama Writers’ Forum, Authors Guild, and Alabama State Bar.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 19th –  Dani Reads https://instagram.com/dani.reads.1225

Oct. 21st – Noor The Bookworm https://instagram.com/noorthebookworm

Oct. 22nd –  Whimsicaly Me https://instagram.com/whimsicalyme

Oct. 23rd- Bookish With Wine https://instagram.com/bookishwithwine

Oct. 25th – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

Oct. 26th  Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

Oct. 27th-Biblio Reviews https://instagram.com/biblioreviews 

Oct. 28th  – Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

Nov. 5th – Jackie Loves Books https://instagram.com/jackieslovesbooks

Nov. 5th – Christina Stephanie Reads https://instagram.com/christinastephaniereads

Nov. 7th – Marilyn Goncalves https://instagram.com/marilynjgon 

Nov. 8th – Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews 

Nov. 16th – Books With Bethany https://instagram.com/books_with_bethany 

Nov. 29th – Book Coffee Cozy https://instagram.com/bookcoffeecozy

Dec. 1st- Sho Biz Reads https://instagram.com/shobizreads

Dec. 8th – Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

Dec. 12th – Sealed With A Book https://instagram.com/sealedwithabook

Dec. 19th -Really Into This https://instagram.com/reallyintothis

Jan. 5th -Jennifer Tar Heel Reader – http://www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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Jan. 7th – The Caffeinated Reader https://instagram.com/the.caffeinated.reader

Jan 8th –  2 Babes And A Bookshelf https://instagram.com/2babesandabookshelf

Jan. 8th – Ya It’s Lit https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

Jan. 9th – Rebecca Well Read https://instagram.com/rebecca_well_read

Jan. 12th- Colleens Reading Adventures https://instagram.com/colleensreadingadventures

Jan. 13th –  A Book And A Latte https://instagram.com/abookandalattee

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

The Takeaway Men Tour – Review

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About the Book

With the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Bronka and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after World War II, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows. As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could have anticipated. Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth-century America.

Review

This is one of those historical fiction books that you can just pick up and get lost in. It’s a tough subject matter, but it’s so poignantly beautiful. And while there are many books that feature the horrors of the Holocaust as it occurred, not many take on the aspect of the aftereffects of dealing with this horror. Yet Ain takes us there and highlights the just how difficult it is to not only adjust to life after war, but to also adjust to a new country after war.

There is so much that is filled into such a short book and Ain did a wonderful job at juggling all of the different aspects of this story. There are secrets, prejudice, topics of immigration, and much more that these characters are forced to deal with. It’s an oftentimes brutal world, yet the Lubinski’s still have each other.

2020 seems to be the year of stories on the Holocaust, and The Takeaway Men will definitely stand out amongst all of these new titles for the sheer uniqueness of it. Each of the characters are unique in their own right and they’ve all gone through something that has changed them as a person. And that’s what this story is about, people and the endurance we have when we choose to live.

About the Author

Meryl’s articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New York Jewish Week, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications. The Takeaway Men (August 2020) is her debut novel. In 2014, she co-authored the award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project Journal. She is a sought-after speaker and has been interviewed on television, radio, and podcasts. She is a career educator and is proud to be both a teacher and student of history. She has also worked as a school administrator.
The Takeaway Men is the result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in the sixth grade. While teaching high school history, she introduced her students to the study of the Holocaust. At the same time, she also developed an enduring fascination with teaching about and researching the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg case. An interview with Robert Meeropol, the younger son of the Rosenbergs, is featured in her book, The Living Memories Project. The book also includes an interview with Holocaust survivor, Boris Chartan, the founder of the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, New York.
Meryl holds a BA from Queens College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She is a lifetime member of Hadassah and an active supporter of UJA-Federation of New York. She lives in New York with her husband, Stewart. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.

Tour Schedule

Aug. 3rd – Sho Biz Reads https://instagram.com/shobizreads

Aug. 3rd– Iowa Amber Reads https://instagram.com/iowaamberreads 

Aug. 4th – Ya It’s Lit https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

Aug. 5th – Midwest Ladies Who Lit http://www.mwladieswholit.wordpress.com/

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Aug 6th – The Book Blondie https://instagram.com/thebookblondie 

Aug 8th– Sealed With A Book https://instagram.com/sealedwithabook

Aug. 10th – Girl Loves Dogs Books Wine https://instagram.com/girl_loves_dogs_books_wine

Aug. 11th – Bibliolau https://instagram.com/bibliolau19 

Aug 13th – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader – http://www.jennifertarheelreader.com

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Aug. 14th – The Unwined Book Club https://instagram.com/the_unwined 

Aug. 18th – Megs Book Club https://instagram.com/megsbookclub

Aug 29th – Carol Doscher https://instagram.com/carol_doscher_reade

Aug. 19th – Texacali Books https://instagram.com/texacalibooks 

Sept. 2nd– Reecas Pieces Books https://instagram.com/reecaspiecesbooks

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*