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The Newsmakers

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TV reporter Erica Sparks has become a superstar overnight. Is it due to her hard work and talent, or is she at the center of a spiraling conspiracy?

TV reporter Erica Sparks has become a superstar overnight. Is it due to her hard work and talent, or is she at the center of a spiraling conspiracy?

Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.

Although the wounds from her divorce are still fresh, Erica can’t deny the chemistry between her and her new producer, the handsome and empathetic Greg Underwood. But a relationship is the last thing she wants right now.

On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras.

Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. Deeply. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it?

Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. But she has to make sure disaster—and her troubled past—don’t catch up with her first.

Contributor(s) Lis Wiehl , Sebastian Stuart
About the Contributor(s) Lis Wiehl

Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded legal commentators. The former legal analyst for Fox News and the O’Reilly Factor, she has appeared regularly on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and the Imus morning shows, and was the host of the Wiehl of Justice podcast. She is also a professor at New York Law School and a host on the Law & Crime live trial network. A former legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered, she also served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office and was a tenured professor of law at the University of Washington. Wiehl earned her JD from Harvard Law School and her MA in literature from the University of Queensland. She lives near New York City.

Sebastian Stuart

Sebastian Stuart has published four novels under his own name, including The Hour Between, winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award and an NPR Season’s Readings selection. He has also co-written national and New York Times bestselling books. As senior editor of e-book publisher New Word City, Stuart has written over two dozen original non-fiction e-books.

ISBN-10 0718037677
ISBN-13 9780718037673
Publish Date Jan 19, 2016
Weight (lbs) 1.0000
Height 9.60
Width 6.30
Length 352
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $26.99
Series A Newsmakers Novel
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Seasons of Opportunities
Overall Rating
Erica is a reporter, recently hired by GNN, the up and coming Global News Network. She is being groomed to be the next sensation. Coincidentally, things are actually going her way. She goes from the bottom to the top in a matter of just a couple of weeks. She has access to the most viewed, highest ranked, stories first hand. She just happens to be in the right place at the right time, more often than not. But this coincidence along with some other strange things that have happened to her, is becoming a bit disturbing. She knows there are some people who love power, and are control freaks, and yet how far would they go to gain what they desire? Before she realizes it, she is deep in the middle of a dangerous web and not sure there is any way out but forward.

I have a bit of mixed emotions on this one. I felt like this book was extremely interesting. I read it in roughly 24 hours. I honestly just couldn't put it down for long. The writing style, which I have heard some complain about, actually didn't bother me at all. Maybe it is just because I am a simple country gal, not too sophisticated and I enjoy reading books without an extreme amount of detail. I enjoyed the plot which moved quickly; the characters were engaging, and the set up was entertaining.
As far as the villain goes, honestly, I knew from the beginning who it was, but I don't think that's the point of this book. I think it is more about keeping you wondering what he will do next and whether Erica will endure whatever is coming. On those aspects of the book, I would give it close to five stars. When I read a book, I don't want to put down, it is good!

BUT... There's always a but... you know? This book is put out by Thomas Nelson, a publisher I have always considered as a Christian fiction marketer. And personally, I would not consider this book a Christian fiction. There is no reference in the book to faith, or really even God. (Erica does often repeat the serenity prayer as sort of a self-soothing routine) She is a recovering alcoholic and has been clean for over a year, but there are secrets in her past she does not want revealed to the public. Yet, from a Christian standpoint, this book in no way addresses her recovery as anything other than her own hard work. (no faith or God involved there) She is also quick to give herself away, so no purity going on. Another thing that bothered me was the use of some foul language. I personally do not use or usually select book that include such. It wasn't extreme, but I prefer clean fiction. And there were a few other innuendos of a sexual nature that I just felt the book itself could have done without.

So how to rate this book is a bit complicated.... I do not know if it is promoted as a Christian fiction even though the publisher is supposed to be. The back simply says fiction, suspense. So I am going to give the book four stars. If you read enough reviews, you will be able to discern for yourself if this book is for you or not.

I received this book from the Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review positively and no other compensation has been provided.
(Posted on 4/2/2016)
Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall Rating
Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart wrote The Newsmakers, a novel about a tenacious television reporter, Erica Sparks. After losing custody of her daughter to her ex-husband, Erica battles to overcome her own demons to succeed in her chosen profession. When she is noticed by the executives of Global News Network, she believes that her star is finally on the rise. On her earliest assignments for GNN, a series of convenient events place Erica at the center of national headlines. Soon, Erica’s reporting catapults GNN’s ratings to reach new heights, while Erica herself becomes a star journalist at the network. However, Erica and her colleagues soon find themselves in danger, as their investigation of the events that made them famous puts them in the crosshairs of some of the nation’s most diabolical criminal elements.

Ms. Wiehl and Mr. Stuart create a captivating story for the age of breaking news and celebrity journalists. As an experienced commentator on Fox News, Ms. Wiehl brings a particularly insightful perspective to the novel’s characters, many of whom work within the halls of GNN’s headquarters.

Overall, I was left with mixed feelings regarding The Newsmakers. With a decent, though slightly predictable storyline, the novel offered an interesting read in the suspense category. Likewise, the story and characters were relatively interesting and developed. In comparison, the writing style was quite poor. Within the advance reader’s copy (which is considered to be an uncorrected proof), the number of editing errors were plentiful. Regardless of those errors that could be considered minor, the novel’s writing style incorporated sentence structure and tense use that were entirely inappropriate for a fictional work. These were not the sort of errors to be corrected by the final version, as they represented the style of the authors themselves. As a person with extensive professional writing and editing experience, I found the writing significantly distracted from an otherwise decent story. In the end, I finished the book to see if my initial assumptions about the storyline were correct, rather than due to the authors’ writing efforts.

Special thanks to The Fiction Guild for the advanced copy of The Newsmakers!

Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
(Posted on 1/5/2016)

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