Guest Post/ Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin

brokentrustBroken Trust Post:  Strong Women in a Man’s World

Bonnie and Mike Hartley

(Pen name: Thomas Maurin)



From the beginning we imagined that Broken Trust would be a movie.  One of our goals for the thriller and the movie was to create a female protagonist in her 50s who would work successfully “in a man’s world.”  We envisioned Julianne Moore playing Fitz.


Fitz is that woman for many reasons.  First, she has always excelled at math and did her doctorate at Wharton in forensic accounting.  She does high level financial analysis to support the SEC’s investigation into fraud, market manipulation and other illegal activities.  While she is not the only woman to work in that area, her fifteen-year track record at the SEC speaks to her strength, commitment and ability to analyze complex financial situations.  She is in her 50s and is in some ways just coming into her own power.


As we see in Broken Trust, she consistently takes the lead with Charles and Jamie, both of whom are strong, successful men used to being in charge.  While they both want to protect their friend, they respect Fitz’s willingness to take risks and to put herself in the line of fire, as she does in Cayman when she goes to Kenmore’s office to get the final piece of data about when Hans, Valentina and Ramón are meeting with the attorney.  She confronts Hans repeatedly at increasing risk to herself, highlighting her ability to act on her strong convictions.


Fitz is not a super hero.  She is a flawed individual whose emotional scars interfere at times with her usual rational decision-making.  When her personal and professional lives converge, both internal and external conflicts explode. We see that especially in her relationship with her father and with Charles.  She finally recognizes that the mistakes she made regarding Chloe were based on false assumptions.  That recognition is a major turning point in Broken Trust.  Once she knows that Charles didn’t want the annulment, she finally confronts herself and her father, and takes responsibility for her decision to hide her pregnancy from everyone except her brother.  It is her willingness to own her mistakes come what may that finally unlocks the personal power she has repressed for decades.

Book Spotlight/Broken Trust


Book Details:

Book Title: Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin
Category: Adult fiction,  285 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Cultivating Change LLC
Published: November 2014
Available in: Print and E-book format: mobi (for Kindle)
Will send books: USA and Canada
Tour dates: Jan 7 to 28, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is only one sex scene and it isn’t explicit.)

Book Description:

This is a story about three smart, successful people who were once fast friends in college and have now been thrust together again in an unlikely, multi-layered investigation with far-reaching international implications and billions of dollars at stake. One is a forensic accountant for the SEC, one beta tests hardware and software for the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense, and the third is a wildly successful entrepreneur, software developer and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

They get caught up in the hunt for a corrupt Swiss banker intent on finally unloading the last of the gold stolen by his father in World War II; a violent, narcissist leader of a Mexican drug cartel making his move to take over as the head of all cartels in Central America; and the daughter of a murdered Bulgarian arms dealer making the deal that will give her mother financial stability and get them both out of the increasingly unstable arms business.

The plot unfolds as financial crimes committed by insiders put common criminal activities to shame in a world where technology has increasingly insinuated itself into our lives to good and bad effects.


Meet the Authors

Thomas Maurin is the pen name of husband and wife writing team Bonnie B. Hartley, Ph.D., and Michael T. Hartley, CFP®. They both write non-fiction books and articles regarding financial and family business topics and have delivered talks on those subjects internationally over the last thirty years.

Connect with them: Website ~ Twitter


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Tour & Review/ To Sleep…Perchance to Die

Tour & Review/ To Sleep…Perchance to DieTo Sleep... Perchance to Die by Donald Grippo
Format: Hardcover
Published by Turn the Page Publishing on 2014-06-01
Pages: 232
Genres: Fiction, General, Medical, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers

Tangled lives, tainted love, and a Shakespearean twist lead to deception, betrayal, and murder. In this sexy, psychological thriller, Eurasian beauty Mai Faca plots to marry Jake Warden, a successful oral surgeon forbidden to her because of family honor.

In an unheard-of scheme, fellow surgeon, Bret Manley, falls victim to Mai's seduction as she and Jake play a cruel trick to be together. Jake acts with surgical precision to clear the path to Mai's happiness, threatening lives including his own. In a wake of turmoil and destruction, Bret's uncle and well-known criminal attorney Hubie Santos attempts to find out if a surgeon would use his knowledge to kill.

I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I just want to thank Laura from iRead Book Tour for allowing me to be a part of the book tour.

When I first heard about To Sleep…Perchance to Die I wanted to read it and then when I got it and started to read it, I knew I had to read it.

With an intro like this, how could you not want to read it:

She’s dead. Everything’s changed. How could it have happened?


You want to find out who is dead, how is it going to change, how did it happen and mostly who did it. Right? I knew I sure did.

To Sleep…Perchance to Die is a psychological thriller and its been awhile since I read this genre and I really enjoyed it. It was a super quick read that literally had me flipping the pages. Will this cause me to pick up more and read? I don’t know but I have to say it has pecked my interest in the genre again.

As I was reading I kept wondering who the girl was that was killed, who did it & why and who killed her. You start off with a bang and as you read you will find out the answers to the questions.

Jake and Brett are pretty successful oral and maxillofacial surgeons. They both are very attractive men (if these two guys are anything like the surgeon I had when I had to have oral surgery then yea I can image how attractive they are.) Jake is married but not happyily. One rainy day he decides to take the Circle Line Ferry in NYC (another reason why I love the book)  and he meets a girl by the name of Mia and he knows instantly that she plans on killing herself. He saves her from doing it. They talk and he discovers that she has a very abusive boyfriend.

She tells him they can never be together because it would dishonor her family since he is Jewish and that he is still married. So they secretly see each other.

Jake is so in love with this woman and will do anything for her but how far will Jake take it?

I think from the very beginning that Mia knew what she was doing and she managed to manipulate the situation to work to her advantage. I have to say in the very beginning I liked her but that quickly changed. She will do anything no matter what it is to get what she wants.

I want to go on and on about the book but if I do I will end up spoiling it. I really enjoyed the book.

This is Donald’s debut novel and I have to say if his first one was this great I can’t wait to read future books by him.

Thanks again Laura for allowing me to be a part of this tour. The book is great and I think if you like psychological thrillers then I am sure you will love this.

To Sleep Perchance to Die author
Meet the Author:

Donald R. Grippo, DDS practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in northeastern Connecticut for more than thirty years. On a daily basis, he encountered patient’s fear of undergoing oral surgery and associated anesthesia. To help allay such fear he wrote A Guide to the Guy or Gal Who Takes Your Teeth Out, a series of short stories dealing with the treatment of typical oral surgical problems. His resume includes working as a dentist at the Tennessee State Prison outside of Nashville and as a guard at the Hartford State Jail on Syms Street in Hartford.

Twitter: @DonaldGrippo



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