Book 3 review = The US Review of Books

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“‘YOU-BEAR-YOU?’ I accused again. Robbye confessed, ‘YES. ME BEAR.’ Yes I’m the bear. I asked, ‘FOR-FOR, YOU THROW-ME?’ Why did you throw me?”

The saga of the O’Connor sisters concludes in this story, with the youngest, Olli Rose, having her life abruptly altered forever. Living in her granduncle’s garage while she creates renowned art, the deaf and pregnant Olli Rose is surprised one day to see strange gangsters in her home. Grazed by their bullets during her escape, she quickly finds herself in the protective custody of the FBI. Transported against her will away from Kansas to a small Pacific Northwest island, Olli Rose not only has to try and adapt to a situation she is thrust in while waiting for her half-sister to testify, but she has new problems while in custody. With her life in danger as she waits, Olli Rose may come away from the experience a changed woman for the better after falling in love with the FBI agent who saved her life in the shootout.

A lot of care and detail goes into the exchanges that take place in this book, both spoken aloud and through American Sign Language. Formatting differences allow the reader to see the literal words signed in conversation as well as how they would translate into spoken English. As Olli Rose and Robbye learn to communicate more fluidly and fluently, those differences fade into the background, and the protagonist’s deafness becomes just another character detail. The entire situation is treated with the realism and respect that one would expect from an author educated in American Sign Language. That angle aside, this story moves hummingly along, landmarked with stretches of action, romance, and drama as Olli Rose has to rebuild a life out of her circumstances and take control of her situation. Sensitive and interesting, this story deftly entertains and keeps the reader unable to put the book down as it charges forward.

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The US Review of Books – Book 2

Love Behind the Mask
by Raj Lowenstein
Trafford Publishing

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“Even under all those prosthetics, that mask we insisted you wear, you ooze sensuality.”

Esperanza Ricardo Maria O’Connor, the twin sister of A-List movie star Cat Conners, is an accomplished woman in her way; a master pianist and singer, she also owns a handful of multi-million dollar businesses. When Cat runs into trouble, Esperanza is disguised as a man named Ricky and put into protective custody by the FBI in the home of retired agent Kyle Moran. With a new name, voice, and body, Esperanza must do her best to lay low and get along with Agent Moran without revealing her identity to him. But as Esperanza and Moran adapt to the situation at hand, they find themselves dangerously drawn to each other.

Full of sass and tension, this opposites-attract romance novel hits all the right notes as the protagonists overcome each other’s emotional barriers. Esperanza is a strong woman, thrown into a situation completely new and scary, and she does her best to respond with kindness. Moran, too, is kind, but only after a few rough starts. The magnetism between the two slowly starts to become apparent once Moran sees “Ricky” as a friend and not an assignment. All of the author’s main characters are full of heart, adding warmth to a situation as cold as the Minnesota winter Esperanza and the agents must brave. The supporting cast of Agent Villareal and Fine, as well as Father Moran, provide guidance and encouragement to Esperanza as she waits out her custody. Although this is the second book of a trilogy, the reader needs no previous knowledge of the first book to enjoy this one.

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Book Two is ready for you to enjoy!

I am happy to announce that Love Behind the Mask: Book Two of the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy is available as a paperback, hardcover and e-book for your Kindle and Nook.

I am finishing up with book three, Love Behind the Silence. I am hoping it will be available sometime in November.

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

2018 Miami Dade International Book Fair!

I was invited and will be attending the 2018 Miami Dade International Book Fair on November 17th and 18th.  The Book Fair itself runs from the 11th until the 18th.

One day, not sure exactly yet, I will be signing books and meeting my readers.

Meanwhile, Love Behind the Mask, Book Two of the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy will be out and available for purchase as an ebook for your Kendal or Nook, Paperback or Hardcover from and sometime the end of August.

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein


Hello Readers, Friends, and Family. Sorry I have been away for so long. Yet I have not been idle.  Getting a new book published take attention and time.

Therefore it is my great privilege to announce!!!!!

Book One of the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy is ready for you to enjoy!

Like Through the Fire, Love Behind the Lies is available for purchase as an ebook for your Kindle or Nook, Paperback or Hardcover from and

Book Two, Love Behind the Mask should be out the end of July or the first of August.

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

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A Question of Music? A Retelling!

A friend recently asked me why music was such an integral part of my characters. Not so much in Through the Fire but most certainly with the first two books in the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy. My friend pointed out I don’t listen to music, yet both Cat Conners and Esperanza O’Connor were famous award-winning singers.

As a deaf woman, music is not a part of my life. My sounds come from what my eyes experience around me. Take me to the museum. Let me stand before a Monet, Rembrandt, Pollack or even Yayoi Kusama, and I see the music in their work.

I wasn’t born deaf, however. It was a process that took almost forty years. I knew it was happening and I readied myself. I learned the language. I leaned the culture. I immersed myself in both.

I understood one day I would not hear the music on the radio or television or in the concert halls.

I did grieve, yet that was many, many years ago.

However, I remember.

I remember the musical, CATS. I remember Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald. Bette Midler was always playing in my car and house. Chaka Kahn (we are birthday twins,) I remember the power of her voice. She was the last person I saw in concert before the last of my hearing went. Her old repertoire, the music I grew up with, I heard as if I were listening to my old LPs. Her new songs, I had no idea what was going on; there was no memory of it.

So to have the O’Connor twins both accomplished musical artist is not a stretch for me.

I don’t hear their music. Cat Conners sings The Man That Got Away immortalized by the great Judy Garland. Nor Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as played on the Steinway Grand Piano by Esperanza O’Conner.


And remembering is enough.

Remembering makes a Pollack sound as if an experimental Jazz Ensemble were splashed on the canvas. It makes a Monet sound like the music outside a Parisian Café. Finally, Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” which I recently saw at the Seattle Art Museum, was a chorus of angels weeping songs for the lost souls of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It broke my heart!

I Remember!

And remembering is enough.

Thank you for your time and as always…”Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein

Another Review to share from

Through the Fire
Raj Lowenstein
Trafford Publishing
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781490768403, $31.99, HC, 290pp,

Synopsis: Detective Daniel Hartman lives in a three-story condo in the Montrose section of Houston that he rents from his twin brother, Dr. David Hartman. When Daniel wakes up to discover a woman, Michael Braun, naked and recovering from a savage attack, his first instincts are those of a detective. The woman is not a stranger, however. His life will change as the woman becomes entwined not only with his life but also with his heart. Michael is scared, homeless, and unsure of what is happening. Detective Hartman is an intimately familiar stranger, who, without hesitation, wraps her in his protective arms and steals her heart. Can she be sure that this vicious attack was a random act when she remembers nothing of the episode itself? Has Michael’s past, a past she struggled to escape from, found her? Can she keep herself and the man she loves safe without losing more than her soul? Will Detective Hartman become a pawn in a killer’s twisted game of revenge? Will he become his lover’s dagger, or will he go through the fire to save what he has found?

Critique: A simply riveting read from cover to cover, “Through the Fire” reveals author Raj Lowenstein’s genuine flair for originality and a storytelling style replete with unexpected twists and turns. While very highly recommended for community library Romantic Thriller & Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Through the Fire” is also available in a paperback edition (9781490768380, $20.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.99).


Keep reading!

Raj Lowenstein



Initially, the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy was to be called the FBI Trilogy. It seemed like a good name for the series as each of the sisters is under FBI Protective Custody. It was a smooth slide from one trilogy name to another. There were no tugs on my heart over the process of renaming the trilogy.

Yet, the other day, one of my mentors, explained to me the names of each of the books in the series didn’t make her want to reach out, take the story off the ‘future’ shelve, buy it and read it.

Of course, she was correct. However much I had grown fond of the book titles until the books are actually published, everything is fluid.

Therefore, I looked to those writers whom I read and enjoy. Who I look up to even though they don’t know me from Eve. Nora Roberts’ ( Robb In Deaths series are all connected because “In Death” is part of the titles. Likewise, Dean Koontz’ ( Odd Thomas books are all connected and recognizable because “Odd” is in each of the titles. The theme of the rise and fall of the moon ties all of Stephanie Meyer’s ( Twilight Saga together.

So you get the point I am trying to make.

The Cat and The Blue Sky, the original title for Book 1 of the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy, while it means much to me, my mentor was correct. There is nothing to pull the reader’s attention. Nothing for them to say, “Hmmm, I want to read that book!”

Likewise, As Long as You’re Here and A Blush On A Rose may sound nice but do the book titles peek your interest? Probably not.

I would like to officially introduce you, my readers, to the O’Connor Sisters Trilogy.

Book 1, Love Behind the Lies, should out the beginning of March 2018.

Book 2, Love Behind the Mask should be available in June 2018.

Book 3, Love Behind the Silence should be out sometime in September 2018.

Thank you to those whom I trust to steer me in the right direction. I need the help.  XXOO to you.  You know who you are!

Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”

Raj Lowenstein