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In the Rough
Dead on the Money
Initial for Murder
Reviews for Mixed
found Mixed Nuts to be a unique reading
experience. The characters are colorful and quirky, and
full of life. The story is a pleasure to read, sometimes
a bit off the wall, sometimes melancholy, and always a
bit humorous. I had read nothing about this book prior
to picking it to review, and as often turns out to be
the case, feel like I managed to unearth a hidden gem.
Set in the 60's this one has a flavor of the unrest of
the times. I found this especially true of the wife in
this story. Joan longs for more than the happy
housewife's existence expected of her and throws herself
wholeheartedly into exploring her sexuality when given
the opportunity. Far and above, the star of this one is
the husband, Frank. He longs for something in his
ordinary life and seems to not even know what it is
himself. Watching him and his goofy brother stumble
their way through voodoo spells and deal with the
consequences had me in tears of laughter.
If you are looking for something different, a bit
offbeat filled with a lot of zany situations... pick
this one up.
Reviewed by: Johnna
Venita Louise has created a hysterically funny comedy
in Mixed Nuts. I don't know how she does it. Each
character is so intriguing, so unique, like Frank Beal's
little daughter who wears a hard hat or his savvy son.
His son so reminded me of my own son at that age. And
that's the other thing. With as quirky and unusual as
the characters are, solving their neighbor problem using
voodoo, hitting snails over the fence for revenge,
wearing a kilt and no teeth, somehow, I could find
myself in that plot very easily. Maybe this means that
we all have weird kids and quirky relatives and
neighbors we are jealous of? I don't know, I just know
that I haven't had this satisfying a laugh in a LONG
time. Thanks Ms. Louise, you are a pearl. Please write
more! I can't wait for the next book!
The Romance Studios
picking out the jingles and slogans from past and present ad
campaigns. Lots of them took me back several years and I found
myself humming “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders
don’t upset us…” along with several other TV jingles. After
suffering through Susan’s safety compulsion, I’m glad it turns out
for the best since it’ll get the family into the neighbor’s pool!
Tito and Tilly are funny as well as Frank’s attempts to hurl the
voodoo back at his neighbor. The peacock scenes are a scream.
for In the Rough
Eve Ryan should actually be a happy woman. She has a
successful job as an Art Director for a top advertising
firm, her beloved vintage Mustang and if not Mr.
Wonderful so at least a boyfriend that (sometimes) is
acceptable. What she doesn’t know is that the FBI has
her soon to be ex Michael Beckard under surveillance for
fraud and she, due to her involvement with him, is a
suspect too. Truth to be told, Eve feels miserable. Her
much beloved sister, the only person who ever cared for
her well-being moved far away, her boss capitalizes on
her creative ideas, taking sole credit for them and
Michael turns out to be a veritable Mr. Hyde.
Agent Steve Malloy seems to be Eve’s guardian angel.
Actually he was assigned to her by the agency to find
out how deeply she is involved with Beckard’s
machinations but he soon discovers that Eve is innocent
and in deep need of his loving care…
In the Rough is an absolutely fantastic read that left
me glued to my PDA from the hurtful beginning to the
bittersweet but very fulfilling end. The romantic
suspense plot is well thought through and full of
eventful surprises and nail-biting twist and turns. The
characters are supremely drawn and come to life like
real and three-dimensional persons. Beckard is a villain
to fear, bad through and thorough and without any mercy.
Eve is a very strong woman, despite or even because of
her very cruel past and beautifully gets stronger and
more self-confident with her growing love for Steve.
Well, and Steve is a hero to die for. He isn’t Mr.
Perfect and overly alpha, but he has this certain “je ne
sais quoi” that makes him simply irresistible. Bravo to
Ms. Louise for a truly unique and thrilling read!!
I was caught up in this hot suspense thriller from the
first sentence to the last. Eve is a world class
heroine, stumbling through terrifying situation after
situation…with sexy Steven right there to help her.
Through twists and turns and subplots, these two manage
to forge something not just scintillating, but solid. A
great read about a woman struggling with childhood
ghosts, a man who’s ready to move on from his past, and
the way their lives become inevitably entangled.
Flesa Black – “Refuge Book 2: Sanctuary”
WOW! This sure has it all – bad guys with good looking
butts, a sensitive hunky hero and a tormented girl,
classic cars, trucks, rumbling motorbikes. It’s enough
to bring the house down! Venita Louise has packed it all
in this Romantic Suspense!
- Anne Douglas, author The McCabes 1: Persuading Jo at
At Loose Id
What others are saying:
In The Rough is a suspenseful romp through the desert
with lots of heat and emotion filled scenes.
Mechele Armstrong—Dinah’s Dark Desire coming soon
"In the Rough" by Venita Louise is a rollercoaster ride
of suspense! Just when you think things can't get more
intense, they do!
Murder, smuggling, trust and mistrust - the hero and
heroine go through ait all.
The personal tragedies in Steve and Eve's lives present
a barrier they must overcome if they are going to escape
with their lives and their love intact.
Jeanne Barrack - "No One Else on Earth"
Venita Louise writes a fast-paced story full of dramatic
and sexual tension. A must-read for any fan of romantic
Elisa Adams- Divine Intervention
A great romantic suspense with lots of heart--and heat.
IN THE ROUGH's
story kept me guessing till nearly the end, and Steven
and Eve have
chemistry in spades. Not your everyday romantic
Barrie Abalard - Hot for Teacher.
Dead on the Money
In the novel
Dead on the Money, author Venita Louise brings us a
new take on the hardboiled detective novel, where the
heroine is every bit as smart, tough and courageous as
the gumshoe out to save her.
In 1936, on his
deathbed in Sing Sing Prison, convicted bank robber and
murderer George Sloan passes on to his son one final
secret – a map top his hidden stolen loot. Ten years
later, a man claiming to be George Sloan arrives
uninvited at the engagement party of Olivia Tully and
Tom Trask. It seems Tom, an LAPD detective, is the
nephew of the man that sent Sloan senior up the river.
While this Sloan seems harmless enough at first, Uncle
Charlie warns Tom to be very careful. His suspicions
are confirmed when Sloan kidnaps Olivia, and Tom
desperately searches for his love before it's too late.
How far is Sloan willing to go to find his father's
stash, and what other shocks lay in store for Tom and
The author takes
us back in time to the glamorous
Los Angeles of the 1940's, to the era of Sam
Spade and Phillip Marlow. She spins a tale of intrigue
and suspense, ripe with romance, action and adventure.
It is a fast paced story, with characters you can relate
to and feel for. For a great romantic mystery, Venita
Louise is Dead on the Money.
I enjoyed Dead on
the Money very much and would give it 4 pearls. Ms.
Louise kept the pacing and intriguie at a high level
while perfectly adding a noir element to the story. It
had something for everyone.
Ron Adams author
of Key Lime Squeeze
TAL Pearl Review
Thomas Trask is a detective for the Los Angeles police
department. His last case gave him the opportunity to
meet one very hot little librarian. He prides himself on
determining a person’s true nature just by knowing their
initials, and hers are H.O.T. With his initials being
T.N.T., he is sure they will have one very exciting
Hortense Olivia Tully is a librarian in the children’s
section at the Los Angeles Public Library. She lives
with her aunt, and leads a very quiet life. Reading
gives her the excitement and adventure that she has
never had in her real life. That is until she meets
Tom meets Olivia at the library steps while
investigating the death of a local doctor. She catches
his eye right away, and he knows that she is very
special, not the usual dames that go for gumshoes like
him. Olivia is just as enamored with Tom. He is exciting
and a bit dangerous, nothing like the boring, ordinary
men that she has always associated with. However the
excitement and adventure become much more than she
bargained for when a criminal takes a personal interest
in her. She is terrified that she has a stalker, but at
the same time she feels the thrill of excitement helping
Tom with his investigation. Her knowledge on poetry led
Tom to the doctor’s killer, and now she hopes to do the
same. However this time the stakes are much higher. Tom
is torn between protecting his uncle and his fiancée,
knowing that both of them can get into a heap of trouble
without even trying. Unfortunately that is exactly what
happens. Olivia feels responsible that the police
interrogated the wrong man, and decides that she needs
to make amends. This leads her and her best friend right
into the line of fire. Tom is racing to save his uncle,
and then has to do the same for Olivia. His heart is
rendered in two with just the thought of Olivia getting
hurt. His love for her is the only thing holding him
together; imagining life without her is unfathomable.
This 1940’s era mystery is kitschy and entertaining. The
colloquialisms are fun to read, and really bring out the
personalities of the characters. Olivia is a sweet and
gentle soul, but with a lively personality. Tom is the
consummate bachelor, fun loving and hard working. But
Olivia gives him a whole new perspective. They are
perfectly suited as the hero and the damsel in distress.
Although they may be a bit too cookie-cutter, they are
cute together. The mystery and intrigue are well
developed, and the romance sweet and tender. This is a
fun read for any age.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books
Initials for Murder is a picture
perfect snapshot of a “Dick Tracy” kind of story, complete with
glamor, a puzzling mystery and a pretty lady who’s stumbled onto
something dangerous. It is a tried and true formula for a great
story. Venita Louise is dead on the money with her descriptive
scenes, mannerisms, and even her fashion sense, giving readers a
peek in to the past. Initials for Murder is a well-crafted
story with a twist on the ending. Great job, Venita Louise!
Reviewed by: Michelle
Murder is a thrilling and romantic novella set in post war Los
Angeles. Vintage fashion, big band music and humor rivet together
the mystery, intrigue and emotion of the era. A talented story
teller. Anyone can write. But only a chosen few can tell a story."
Cher Mason - Editor/Author
The Romance Studio