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22 June 2012

Dark Side of Valor by Alicia SIngleton Review and Giveaway

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Join Alicia Singleton, author of the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor (Simon &  Schuster/Strebor), as she virtually tours the blogosphere June 4 – August 24 2012 on her second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!  Alicia has agreed to give away a $100 Visa Gift Card at the end of her tour and you could be the one!   Find out how you can win by scrolling down and enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  Stop off at all her blog stops for more entries.  Good luck!


Born and raised in Philadelphia, the Howard University graduate embraced the written word at an early age. She credits this to her loving, older sister whom, while they were youngsters, made the author eat lotion on a regular basis. Realizing the need to sound-out the ingredients on the lotion label, Alicia stopped the lotion-eating practice, but continued to read the labels of the concoctions her sister brought for her to try. This early necessity to read flowered to a passion; hence, a writer was born.The award winning author resides in Maryland with her wonderful husband and son.  Still an avid reader, label or otherwise, Alicia is hard at work completing her next suspense novel.Her latest book is the suspense novel, Dark Side of Valor.
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Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.
Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune’s specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he’s travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.
Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

My Thoughts:

Dark Side of Valor is a story of child advocate Lelia Freeman. She is a woman who as a teenager ran away from home because she had higher dreams than living in a dump with her mother, who is an alcoholic. She feels that her mother does not love or care about her so she leaves. She spends two years on the streets of L.A. among druggies and pimps. A very dangerous situation indeed. She comes across a young girl, Joelle, who gets ill and Lelia vows to take care of her and she does the best she can until her and Joelle are shot by an angry pimp. Lelia wakes up in the hospital and finds that Joelle has died. Leila finds herself with no place to go until she goes to a church and meets an elderly lady who offers her help if she wants it. 
Years later Lelia is a child advocate and because of her works, she is sent to Washington D.C. to be on a committee to aid orphaned children of an African country. While in Washington, Leila finds herself kidnapped and ends up in this war torn country, the man who kidnapped her is the President of this country and very corrupt. He does not care about the people in his country or the children, just the power his position gives him and he will use Leila to achieve his goals.
Elijah Dune is a man who is angry and guilty over his own losses. He meets Leila while he is at the President Deng's Palace, supposedly to sell arms to the president but he does have deeper, darker motives. He becomes Deng's prisoner along with Leila, but they are eventually able to escape and find themselves in the jungle. That is all I am saying about the plot lest I give away the story.
This book is a fast reader, I read it in two nights, very suspenseful. This is the authors debut novel and very well done indeed. A story of two people who are finding it hard to live with their guilt and until they can forgive themselves they are unable to have any long lasting relationships. I thoroughly  enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it if you like a suspenseful/thriller that is also about forgiveness, redemption and love. I give it five stars...
I received a review copy from Pump Up Your Book and the author and I was not monetarily compensated for my review.


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This $100 Visa Gift Card promotion will run from June 4 – August 24. Winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on August 25, 2012. Good Luck!!


  1. I love thriller books. This sounds like a great one. I will put it on my summer reading list. Thanks! Another great book that kept me up all night reading is called, "The Rx Factor" by author J. Thomas Shaw. This is a fiction medical thriller, which is about a failed cancer researcher who meets a female scientist who reignites his passion and interest in medical researcher when she decides to open a low cost clinic in Mexico for terminally ill patients. She plans to offer them an experimental medication. An explosion on the island leads them into a journey of twists and turns as they discover that the United States Government will stop at nothing to block their efforts.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Robyn and your thoughts...I am currently reading The Rx Factor and enjoying it...!!



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