Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The risk is even greater now that she’s gone

 Vlad takes a deep breath, and his chest swells with pride. “It’s from you that I learned the Russian proverb, ‘If you're afraid of wolves, don't go to the woods.’”

Mrs. Komarov pokes him with a sharp nail. “The wolves are coming here. They are coming for you, because the air is heavy with the smell of blood.”

He shrinks like a punctured balloon, air rushing out of his mouth. “Ah, nonsense!”

“What exactly have you done to Linda?”

“Nothing worth talking about.”

Mrs. Komarov clicks her tongue. “While alive, that woman posed a risk for our business, and the risk is even greater now that she’s gone.”

He lowers his eyes, stares at his hands. “Talking about her is a waste of time—”


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Overdue

(Volume IV of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)

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From USA Today bestselling author Uvi Poznansky comes a gripping suspense thriller:

Ash has a long overdue plan to visit Vlad in UCI Medical Center and learn the secrets of his Russian gang. But during a raging pandemic, she unfortunately puts it on hold.

One way for Vlad to avoid paying the price for his crimes is to play dead; another is to play dying. For Ash, this not a game. He slips away from the hospital in a body bag placed in a refrigerator truck, then develops a brazen fraud scheme that will bilk health insurance companies out of millions of dollars, rob her of her identity, and drive other victims to suicide.

Will Ash manage to stay one step ahead of his gang and at the same time, protect her loved ones from contagion?

Friday, January 8, 2021

A Thriller for Our Times

During the last few months, confined at home because of the spreading pandemic, I wrote my new thriller, Overdue, with a guiding thought in mind: here we are, living in this historic moment, and I must commit to paper what it feels like. I must use the widespread angst we all suffer through, because in a way, this is not only a contemporary story but also a one of a grave historical meaning.

I tried to capture the despair of old people languishing in isolation. The feel of the streets, where the homeless are left to fend for themselves and rioters stir unrest. The doubt you have when faced with masked people, seemingly devoid of faces, of identities, to the point that criminals can easily pose as medics, they can use the new method of transporting the dead in refrigerator trucks as a way to escape justice. 

I fully understand that different readers may have different experiences with the story, because unfortunately our society is so divided these days. What to one person is the truth can be perceived as a provocation to another. Even so, I am compelled to take a snapshot of reality from where I stand.

Here is an excerpt:

This is a new world. A world where you can never be sure what to believe; where a pandemic is called a hoax, which allows it to spread unabated; where, in the face of a rising death toll, the promise of a vaccine is being dangled without any scientific basis whatsoever by politicians who’ll do just about anything to remain in power; where you better stay more than a breath away from crowds; where you must protect yourself from a hug, a handshake can be dangerous, and a kiss can kill.

 Will Ash manage to stay one step ahead of the Russian gang and at the same time, protect her loved ones from contagion?


Overdue

(Volume IV of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Cover reveal for Overdue

 The cover depicts Ash as she escapes the fire she set in the LA headquarters of the Russian gang. My art is storytelling. In many thrillers you have the protagonist as a figure seen from the back, running away as if being chased or chasing. By contrast, I show Ash coming towards us, nearly falling into our arms, so we can directly relate to the daring it takes to do what she does in spite of the fear. 

I also gave a lot of thought to making each part of this cover shimmer with texture and light, creating an explosive, dynamic urban backdrop for her.

Here is the excerpt describing the scene:



Michael and I make our way through hissing smoke to save the old woman. We peer at the scene between one tongue of fire and another. A hairy leg is spotted here, an arm there, and on occasion—Voola—a snake, tattooed around an elbow. 

I suck in a deep breath and duck through the flame in search of Mrs. Komarov. I’m guided by her frantic shrieks as a burning beam has collapsed next to her. I cover her head loosely with Linda’s black sweater to protect her from the smoke. We grab her arms and drag her together step by step out to the street, where an ambulance has just arrived. 

We carry her past the cops who surround the place and past the firefighters who are setting up their equipment. The old woman complains, her voice scratchy from smoke inhalation, about the stinging in her eyes. Medics arrive. They treat Michael and me for injuries and apply medication over a burn on her leg to relieve the pain. 

Strangely, the one person missing through all of this is her son. 

For a second, I think I see him across the street, watching us. A sudden rush of adrenaline sends me dashing over there, ready to cry out for the cops—only to realize there’s no one there. What I saw must have been a phantom of imagination, a dance of flames. Vlad is a master at escaping justice. Has he done it again?



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Overdue

(Volume IV of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Overdue

 Yes, my new thriller is long overdue... But that's not the only reason why this is its title...


Preorder now, get it for Valentine's Day!

Overdue

(Volume IV of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)

Kindle  Nook ★ Apple  Kobo


From USA Today bestselling author Uvi Poznansky comes a gripping suspense thriller:

Ash has a long overdue plan to visit Vlad in UCI Medical Center and learn the secrets of his Russian gang. But during a raging pandemic, she unfortunately puts it on hold.

One way for Vlad to avoid paying the price for his crimes is to play dead; another is to play dying. For Ash, this not a game. He slips away from the hospital in a body bag placed in a refrigerator truck, then develops a brazen fraud scheme that will bilk health insurance companies out of millions of dollars, rob her of her identity, and drive other victims to suicide.

Will Ash manage to stay one step ahead of his gang and at the same time, protect her loved ones from contagion?

Friday, January 1, 2021

A struggle for love

 A wonderful review for The Music of Us:

Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020

This is a brilliantly written saga of two people who are as different as night and day, yet mysteriously and miraculously drawn to each other. As the story unfolds more and more obstacles are put in the way of their ever being together. It was love at first sight, but they don't know that the feeling is shared because they are kept apart by circumstances and an over-protective parent.

Music somehow keeps them together, if not physically, in spirit. World War Two creates some challenges and ultimately causes a lack of complete trust. Nevertheless, love endures and wins out. Tragedy in the story comes and goes, and there is a most surprising ending.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

An Exciting Suspense Thriller!

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 An Exciting Suspense Thriller! 

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Reviewed: 12-21-20

Overdose is the third audiobook in the Ash Suspense Thriller series. Although it is a stand alone book, listeners will understand the nuances in the plot more fully if they have listened to the other two books in the series, especially book one. In the first book, the heroine, Ash, is treated by a doctor, who is portrayed as unremarkable and somewhat clueless. He plays a minor role in book one. In this book, number three, Doctor Patel is definitely not a dull character. The doctor has a whole other side to him that I didn't see coming! It left my assumptions in the dust. Are you one of those people who put physicians on a pedestal or someone who tends to be somewhat mistrustful and skeptical about the medical opinions of the doctors you encounter? You may never view your doctors in the same way again! Overdose has a fast paced storyline, which will keep listeners awaiting what will happen next. It has intricate characters and delves into what has shaped their lives. I appreciate the logic in the plot, which is well thought out. This sells the story for me and makes everything so believable. The descriptions of Indian cuisine and culture appeal to the senses. I love how the plot is so unique! This audiobook by Uvi Poznansky is well-written! The narrator, Heather Jane Hogan, does a phenomenal job with the voices of the various characters, as well as her delivery of the story.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Listen with time to ponder

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 Listen with time to ponder 

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Reviewed: 12-19-20

This moving collection of poetry and prose may best be appreciated when listened to rather than read—and then, while rocked back in a comfortable chair with eyes closed or during a long cross-country drive with time to ponder and wonder. “Home” is about relationships and longing—relationships to people and places long past, and longing for ways to heal, understand, and restore connection. It is a revealing journey by poet/writer/artist Uvi Poznansky into the life of her father though the posthumous discovery and translation of his unpublished poetry. Zeev Kachel’s verses explore the meaning of “home” through the lens of a life of loss and displacement, a life one senses may have at times in his later years trapped him in a dark place clouded by memories of war, impermanence, and the terrors of a Nazi death camp. In her own writing, his daughter seeks to enter that dark place, understand how it shaped him and her family’s understanding of home, and determine what home now means in her own life. Though the book description states that Uvi’s writing is rarely autobiographical, this work often seems deeply personal, exploring her own sense of loss and dark places and how one can survive the challenges of aging, separation, and loss. As with all well-crafted literature, “Home” invites us along on that journey. Kathy Bell Denton’s deeply moving narration needs to be listened to with ample time to pause, reflect, and consider the fragile but precious gift of “home.”