Monday, June 10, 2013

No Brainer by AJ Lape




Two weeks before junior year, Darcy hops a plane to Orlando for a little R&R with her best friend Dylan and his family. Fresh off the heels of solving three murders in Valley, you'd think she'd sit back and enjoy the vacation capital of the world … maybe if you're a noun. Darcy Walker, however, is nothing but verb. 

Before her feet hit the Orlando soil, she's meddling in the disappearance of a five-year-old boy who vanished six months earlier. 

With authorities still no closer to solving the case, Darcy is shanghaied by her impulsivity and runs headlong into that proverbial burning building, convinced she can bring him home. 

She travels down a road that not only follows this missing child but branches off into the corrupt and sinister world of mob activity when she tampers in a case on which Dylan's detective grandfather is working.

After a near disastrous midnight meeting in a warehouse and a date with a mechanical bull, Darcy realizes she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Add the boiling flirtationship with her best friend and the appearance of his romantic rival, and she is in over her head. 

Will she survive a life of flirting with death too easily? Or will her flirtationship with Dylan become the actual death of her instead?

For a girl with a habit of finding dead bodies, No Brainer gives Darcy Walker more of the same…surprising twists and turns…and running for her life.




The sun beat down at 101 degrees Fahrenheit, making breathing a distant memory. Then again, nothing took your breath away like Murphy Walker when he’d rather kill you and eat the remains. For me, it was a familiar sensation. Dylan, however, looked like he’d fallen naked into a pit of scorpions.

We were holed up in Colton’s office, listening to my father on the speakerphone. Murphy was oblivious to his public disrobing, but Dylan reached over and hit the speaker mid-argument. Apparently, he wanted his family to know exactly what they were dealing with; and in practical terms, it kept me from rehashing his words anyway. Thing was, neither Colton nor Lincoln seemed especially intimidated. Both were studying a file on Colton’s desk, not even listening. For the first time, it became clear to me both had a stupid streak.

Dylan and I were curled into one another on the black leather couch. Zander'd barreled in minutes ago and had been kicked out. Then he stormed in seconds later only to be booted out again. Finally, on attempt number three, Colton shoved him onto the floor, telling him to “Shut his frigging mouth.”

The language had gone ghetto.

“You are not going to go under-fricking-cover!” Murphy screamed. “I’m going to kick somebody’s yellow-bellied, mother lovin’, dog humping butt all the way from the Heartland of it All. They’re not going to be able to sit down, kneel down, or kiss anyone else’s butt but their own by the time they untwist the damage that my fist is going to do.”

Let me introduce Kentucky cursing at its finest—interpreted only by a mutual hillbilly.



Murphy raised me, for God’s sake. He wasn’t Mother Goose. Darcy Walker, No Brainer



Ten Things You Didn’t Know About AJ Lape

AKA - Ada Miracle Lape


1. I can dislocate my left shoulder on command.
2. I started running high school track when I was in the sixth grade.
3. I would’ve been a police officer or journalist if life didn’t land me where I am.
4. My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life…cry like a baby when George Bailey starts yelling, “I want to live again…I want to live again.”
5. I had an academic scholarship.
6. I like to shoot 9mm guns (dying to shoot an Uzi) in my spare time…look out Target World, every once in a while you have to walk your inner hillbilly
7. I’m like Rain Man when it comes to fractions.
8. I used to write and record songs. I won Honorable Mentions in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest and Music City Song Festival.
9. I’m a notorious sleepwalker.
10. I’ve cliff-dived off a 40-foot cliff into a lake…wouldn’t recommend it…painful.

Sheri's Review 
I love this series! Hands down, you just never know what to expect.

Darcy is once screwed up teenager, and you love her for it. She is extremely intelligent, has a vocab that leaves me in hysterics and bonds of friendship that boggle the mind.

Dylan is the all american perfect guy, who is everything to Darcy, even if she won't admit it completley.

No Brainer takes us on one heck of a trip to Orlando with Dylan's family. In true Darcy style, she inserts herself into a mystery and spends the next few weeks in one adventure after another.

Her brand of justification is awesome. She makes everything make so much sense in a warped way. She has the most odd relationship with Dylan her best friend / soulmate. They are without a doubt the perfect pair for each other.

This is one heck of a story, I loved getting to know Lincoln, Colton, Kyd, Twitchy, Zander and the rest of the gang. It gave us alot of insight into Dylan.

I love how Darcy gets these guys to be her "brothers", a 5 yr old kid, a seasoned tattoo artist and etc.. She is amazing and its even more amazing that she has their back, and they have hers. She builds herself this totally screwed up extended family, but it works.

I can't wait to for book 3. Damn cliffhangers!!!

This story has everything you could ask for. I couldn't put it down and wanted to cry when I hit the end. The story is so full and rich.

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8 winners chosen on 16thto allow a few last min. entries.

Be sure to drop by each stop of the tour to gain more entries plus the chance of a daily Ebook of No Brainer!! These Ebook winners will chosen from pooling that days comments left on your blogs and picked by Random. Org . Be sure to post the blog list to allow your readers a chance to visit each days blog stops. 


 1- $30 Amazon gift card, 1- autographed copy of No Brainer, 4- Ebooks (either Grade A Stupid or No Brainer - winner's choice), and 2- SWAG pack winners (SWAG includes signed Iniquity Engineer bookmark, signed postcard of both books, and refrigerator magnet of both book covers)


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AJ Lape’s Tour Schedule-

JUNE   5th-

         Bex ‘n’Books  -

         WTF R U Reading  -

         Island Lovelies Book Club  -

         Lil Bit of R&R  -

JUNE   6th-

         Fab, Fun & Tantalizing Reads -

         The Book Town -

         Yesterday & Tomorrow's Reads -

JUNE   7th-

         Krystal ClearBook Reviews -

         Lady Pinks Book Shelf -

         My Art to Inspire -

         Author Angela Orlowski-Peart - http//

JUNE   8th & 9th

         No tour for the weekend!

JUNE   10th-

         2 Bibliophiles Guides to Seriously Awesome Books -

         Author JD Nelson-

         Author Fabio Bueno -

JUNE   11th-

         Book - Marks the Spot -

         Up All Night Book Addict -

         C. R. Everett – Author Blog -

         I Feel the Need, the Need to Read -

JUNE   12th-

         My Cozie Corner -

         Author Tara West -

         eBook Lovers Co-Op Blog-

JUNE   13th-

         Author Lavinia Urban  -

         The Bookish Snob -

         Angela Brown in Pursuit of Publishness-

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