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Monday, August 3, 2015

Pump Up Your Book Presents: Cuba Undercover by Linda Bond; #Review, #Giveaway, & #VirtualBookTour

Title:  Cuba Undercover
Author:  Linda Bond
Publisher: Entangled:  Select Suspense
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Format:  Kindle 
Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Pump Up Your Book and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".


His revenge will change her life forever…

Cuban-American TV reporter Rebecca Menendez’s success comes from playing by the rules. When she’s kidnapped by a fierce and intensely handsome man who needs her help, however, all of those rules seem pointless. Nothing could have prepared her for being taken hostage…or the irresistible reward if she complies: information about her long-thought dead father.

Antonio Vega has spent almost every day of his adult life dreaming of revenging his father’s death. With his sister’s life and freedom in jeopardy, Antonio isn’t taking any chances. But once Rebecca and Antonio are in Cuba, they’re immersed in a world of corruption, deceit, and betrayal. It’s a deadly game…and there are no rules.

Cuba Undercover is available for purchase at 

My Thoughts:

When someone can build a story around current events, it shows how creative they are.  It also has you wondering if some of these scenes could actually occur.  One thing that surprised me is that this is only her second book.  Two of the characters from the first book are also mentioned here.  I’m bad at learning languages so I was happy to see that I didn’t have to have a Spanish dictionary handy in order to understand some of the conversations.

The author also mentions a Cuban band, Los Van Van, and they actually exist.  So if you like to listen to music you may want to out the band.  You may even want to learn something of the Cuban culture – me, I’m looking forward to trying the food.  One difference I picked up on is how they like to party – may be something you would like to try sometime.  I know flying to Cuba isn’t in my near future but one thing that may be is going down to Miami.  It would be a great way to revisit the book.  I could soak up some of the ambiance as I re-read Rebecca and Antonio’s story.

Something else I picked up on is that you can find love anywhere in the world.  You don’t have to be in your little corner but when you’re out exploring what this world has to offer, you just may find something that you didn’t expect.  I can’t wait to see where this author takes us next.  When you finish this book, I hope you feel the same.

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Meet the Author:

Linda Bond loves to read. She started with those great Nancy Drew books. Remember Nancy Drew and ‘The Secret of the Old Clock?”  How about ‘The Mystery of the 99 Steps?’  She really liked smart, gutsy heroines, even at a young age. In high school, Linda discovered historical romances by authors like the great Kathleen Woodiwiss.  She read at least three books a week.  So many her mother actually called a conference with her teacher, worried, and overwrought that her innocent little girl was reading those trashy romance novels.

What was she learning?  Linda’s teacher just looked at her mom and said, “Your daughter reads three books a week?” Linda’s mother said, “Yes, at least. And I don’t know what to do.”

“Let her read,” Linda’s teacher responded.  And, so she did.

Harold Robbins and Jackie Collins took Linda out of her high school hallways and into the glamorous Hollywood Hills.

John Grisham, James Patterson, and Harlen Coben can still keep Linda up all night. Turning pages, ladies, turning pages.

Linda lives for a good romantic thriller. Which is probably why she’s a reporter.  She’s addicted to the rush of adrenaline that comes with finding and crafting a great story.

Each day Linda writes about someone’s unique life.  In Linda’s world, 400 words must carry the weight of 400 pages. Linda writes a dreaded synopsis every single day- under deadline.

Now, Linda is retraining herself to do just the opposite.  She’s punching up her pages with powerful passages. With each new chapter, Linda smiles, because she loves to tell a story.

It’s really as simple as that.

The best way to really know Linda Bond is to read what she writes.  That’s where the real fun begins.

For More Information
Visit Linda at her website

Linda is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions:
§  By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
§  One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to Amazon
§  This giveaway begins July 14 and ends on August 11.
§  Winners will be contacted via email on August 12.
§  Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!


Follow the Tour:
July 14
Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping
July 15
Guest blogging at Bitches Be Writin’
July 16
Guest blogging at Theresa M. Cole
July 17
Book featured at Undercover Book Reviews
July 20
Book featured at Mikky’s World of Books
July 21
Guest blogging at Mythical Books
July 22
Interviewed at Review From Here
July 23
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Queen of the Night Reviews
July 24
Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom
July 27
Book featured at Lisa Loves Books
July 28
Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
July 29
Guest blogging at The Literary Nook
July 30
Interviewed at The Writer’s Life
July 31
Book featured at Literal Exposure
August 3
Book reviewed at Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
August 4
Book featured at Confessions of a Reader
August 5
August 6
Book featured at My Life, Loves and Passions
August 7
Book featured at My Book Addiction and More
August 10
August 11
Book featured at As the Page Turns
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