Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Tempering Agent by Victoria Pitts Caine

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TheTemperingAgent_Cover_medAbout the Book

Book Title: The Tempering Agent
Author: Victoria Pitts Caine
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Dr. Priscilla Hackling finds herself thrown back into the murder investigation of her fiancé, Trey Whittington. While she was a suspect three years ago, she’s now working with the police to find the murderer, Egyptian artifact trafficker, Zarka El-Din. During a sting operation in Siwa, she and Agent Donnie Barnes are drawn to each other but Priscilla, overcome by personal ghosts from her past, decides a relationship isn’t possible. Priscilla realizes she’s the bait in the ruse and uncovers others involved with El-Din. Will she and Donnie reconcile and unravel the reason behind Trey’s death before El-Din kills her, too?
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Of course I'd have to start this book in the middle of the series!!! I always end up doing that and as always it ruins the entire series because i have no idea what's going on until about part way!! 

I think in a way this book reminds me of Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone. I can actually hear the music in the background.
I always thought that archaeology digs would be interesting. I also love the setting for this story too. 
I do like the authors style of writing and her way of bringing her characters to life. Especially Priscilla. 
In some ways I felt sorry for her.
It's tough to lose ppl you care about 
I lost my dear mother in 98. I don't think it's something that u ever get over. Sure time heals but you never get over in missing them.
I think Donnie needs a swift kick in the butt!! He doesn't realize what's in front of him.
The book is full of interesting twists and turns that will be sure to keep readers turning the pages. And if you're like me and get engrossed in your reading you might find yourself actually there with the people as their faith hits some rough patches.
However; what I didn't like was the romance part of it. I don't think that you can have a whirlwind romance and expecting to marry the guy in less than whatever time you have known him. 
Don't it usually take some time to know a person before you go to matrimony? 
I also had some trouble pronouncing the names in this book. 
All in all it was ok. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
I received this book for free from Celebrate lit and no compensations were received

Victoria Pitts Caine Head ShotAbout the Author

Victoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian and lives in the central portion of the state. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her novels.
The author has received recognition in both fiction and nonfiction from: Enduring Romance top 10 picks for 2008, William Saroyan Writing Conference, Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, Holt International Children’s Services Magazine, and The Southern California Genealogical Society. Her first novel was published in 2007 followed by two more as well as novellas and short stories in anthologies.
Victoria is a former staff technician in air pollution control. She is the mother of two daughters. Now retired from the work force, Victoria and her husband enjoy travel, cooking, and are self-appointed “foodies”.

Guest post from Vicki Caine

Since childhood, I have been interested in genealogy and ancient Egypt. Two of my prior novels, Alvarado Gold and Cairo, let me follow my fantasies into those two areas. Donnie the hero in The Tempering Agent is also in the other two books, and it was his turn to find his own romance. When archaeologist Dr. Priscilla Hackling finds herself drawn back into the murder investigation of her fiancé and the missing breast plate of the high priest, Agent Donnie Barnes, is just the man to help her out, even if she doesn’t think so.
Traveling along with Priscilla and Donnie, I discovered some interesting facts about ancient Egypt, from the ruins in the Siwa Desert to the mystery of the Valley of the Kings. The genealogy factor in my novels is Donnie is loosely based on my cousin. Alvarado Gold tells the story of my family while Cairo and The Tempering Agent fueled my inquisitiveness about Egypt.

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To celebrate her tour, Victoria is giving away
Grand prize: Murano type heart necklace with lampwork bracelet and $25.00 Amazon gift certificate
1st Place: Green and white lampwork pendant and earrings
2nd Place: Set of three lampwork earrings
3rd place: Set of three holiday themed earrings
4th place: One ten $10 Amazon gift card
5th place: One ten $10 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. Lori - thank you for having me on your blog and taking time to give the book a review.

  2. Thank you for your honest review and information on "The Tempering Agent" by Victoria Pitts Caine and for being part of the book tour.
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