Thursday, March 22, 2018

"The Tempering Agent" by Victoria Pitts Caine Book Tour and GiveAway

About 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 fiancĂ©, 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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My Review

"The "Tempering Agent" by Victoria Pitts Caine is a really good book about mystery and finding love and betrayal. The characters are in other books by the author but I didn't realize that until I read the guest post from the author on the blog tour. I usually have to read the books in order to get the whole story but this book was easy enough to follow and a complete read, like I previously posted I had no idea they were characters  in other stories, but now that I know I have added them to my to be read list.

This story shows that when something tragic happens to you, you need to take time to grieve and heal. It is also a story of good people going bad, a fact that is sad, but that happens all too much.

I really enjoyed reading all the twists and turns these characters find themselves in while trying to capture the thieves of the artifacts.

I kept trying to figure out the guilty person or persons and really had no clue until the book actually revealed them. 

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About 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 fiancĂ© 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.

Blog Stops

Multifarious, March 23

Bigreadersite, March 25

A Greater Yes, March 26

Carpe Diem, March 29

Pause for Tales, March 30

Mary Hake, March 31

Simple Harvest Reads, March 31 (Guest post from Mindy)

Among the Reads, April 2

Pursuing Stacie, April 2


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. Thanks for having me Debbie. I appreciate you taking the time to do a review.

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

    I'd love the opportunity to read this book. It's definitely on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. I like that the author connected characters from other books. Did that make it harder to understand the back story?

  4. Nice review. This book sounds interesting! Thanks