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Rock ‘n’ Roll, Romance, and a Bomb!

Annie is the front woman of a rock ‘n’ roll band, playing sleazy bars and barely making enough money for gas to the next town. So she’s also making deliveries for some old hippie friends of the family. This means there’s no room in her life for a man. Too risky for both him and her.

Then
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Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published April 17th 2015 by Eastside Gal Publishing
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William Cook
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Joel and Ethan Coen,

I know you are very discerning in your search for stories to transform into your marvelous movies. (I'm certain you put your seal of approval on the Fargo TV series on FX, and I'm guessing you'd like Sneaky Pete on Amazon Prime if you haven't watched it yet.) Well, Bombed, by Winifred Morris, is a lot like those stories. It's full of the quirky kind of characters that are your stock in trade: Fleep, Buzzard, schizophrenic Uncle Michael, the Orphan Annie Band. It has roma
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Lona Manning
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Buckle up—or hey, don’t buckle up, it’s your neck--for a brash, exuberant ride with an unforgettable cast of characters, starting with the fiercely independent Annie, leader of a struggling rock band. Annie, after having sworn off men, finds herself falling for the arrogant Wes. But it turns out Wes, just like Annie, is hiding a big secret.
Annie lives with her sweet-tempered uncle who’s unmoored from reality--but then, a lot Annie’s friends live in their own little worlds, such as the
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Ginger Bensman
Adventure, crime caper, romance! A couple months ago I read Winifred Morris’s engaging Of Mice and Money and was so taken by it that I put her novel, Bombed, on my Kindle to save for a time when I needed a read that was pure fun. As anticipated, it’s another full-throttle tale packed with winsome and quirky characters and a lot of mayhem. I loved it! (Deserves extra stars for its tightly constructed zany but plausible plot and refreshing originality.)
Ron Miner
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew!

It takes a moment to catch your breath after romping along with Winifred Morris’ tempting characters as they usher us through forests, pastures, record stores, and yes, smack into a full blown redneck barbecue in the wild. Not ordinarily a place I would expect to find myself at the halfway point of a book. Yet, somehow in “Bombed,” Morris’ perfectly cast yeehaws give readers an unexpected early bonus in this fast paced and bawdy romantic comedy…or is it an adventure? Thriller? Doesn’t matte
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Jennifer Perry
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the second novel I've read by this author (I read Liar first), and I thoroughly enjoyed both for different reasons. Where Liar had me concerned and rooting for the main protagonist, Bombed had me laughing out loud in some passages, especially the passages involving the antics of band-members Buzzard and Fleep, as well as the hillbilly crowd the main character Annie is friends with.

I was entertained by other areas of the novel too, such as the on-again, off-again romance between Annie an
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Kat
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people just have a knack for bringing on the snark. This book was quirky, fun, and had me cackling out loud all the way through. Annie fronts a rock band (this writing is extra spectacular for the rich understanding of the ins and outs of music, how each instrument in a group functions as part of the whole from the snare drummer dancing around the beat to the bass player being the steady—just very well done.) She’s barely making ends meet. Wes pops into her life (too bad he’s an undercover ...more
Connie Lacy
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a hoot! Plus there’s romance… and federal agents… and a fun plot. It’s a comic romance with action/adventure thrown in. On top of all that, it’s a touching story. I enjoyed the send-up of federal law enforcement agencies and the insider talk about music. And it’s filled with fascinating people. Annie is the leader of a struggling rock band based in Moscow, Idaho, of all places, who takes care of her schizophrenic uncle. To make enough money to pay her musicians and live on, she delivers LSD ...more
M.D. Curzon
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a review copy of ‘Bombed’ through the Reviews Initiative group on Goodreads, and I read the book without expectation or preconception.

I found ‘Bombed’ to be a wild ride of a caper story with something for everyone. Ms Morris’ sassy writing style and language are perfectly matched to the tongue-in-cheek tone of the novel, and I imagine that she had a lot of fun writing this book. She is evidently a natural storyteller, with a deft touch for romance, adventure and comedy.

At the musical
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David Rose
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love amidst the... mayhem!

Where to start, where to start? No, wait, my head is still spinning!
'Bombed' showcases the same loopy sense of humour and tangled plotline
which Winifred Morris gave us in the - highly recommended! - 'Of Mice and Money'.
If you liked that, you'll love this.

Drugs, sex, and rock and roll are Morris's themes here, all tangled up with a wickedly satirical commentary on government and especially government agencies, conspiracy theorists and a mom-and-pop based counter-culture
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Cora Graham
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and wild ride!

BOMBED is a fun and wild ride full of twists, and layered with complicated as well as fun characters. Rock and Roll, drugs, hippies, a growing love interest amidst a suspenseful journey to figure out who, what, and where the bomb comes into play, leading all these very different characters to the conclusion of BOMBED.

Annie, a dedicated lead singer in her band, and an (oops! don't want to spoil it:), is ready to make a change. But that change may have come too late and t
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Gabriel Boutros
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, humour
Annie fronts a struggling indie rock band that plays mostly in tiny, rundown bars, in small towns like Moscow, Idaho, where much of this story takes place. It’s the kind of group that plays for the love of loud, pulsating rock music, for some free drinks and, occasionally, for a little bit of money. Annie makes sure her band-mates are always paid, even when the bar owners have little money to pay her. She can take care of the band, as well as her OCD Uncle Michael, because she has a secret and l ...more
Hock Tjoa
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining and well-written novel. The main characters, a female lead singer Annie, a DEA agent Wes who is investigating her involvement as a drug distributor but who falls in love with her, and her mentally challenged uncle Michael are wonderfully developed; the performance of the singer, the detailed discussion of styles and genres; the meals that Wes cooks, his contributions to the music discussions and ability to draw out Michael; the talent and heart Michael has with wood as we ...more
Cyndy Green
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am blown away!
Winifred has created a story that is a fun and turbulent thrill-ride! From Annie’s career, ‘job’, relationships and past experiences to her current multi-layered predicament, there is nothing boring or expected in her life. She is a strong young lady with unusual people skills and zero time for b***s***; and she is also a talented and popular (if slightly under-known) musician.
This story took me a few pages to get into it, but only because I thought it was going to be more of a s
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Gerard Bianco
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s clear that Winifred Morris is a talented writer. From get-go, the reader is treated to excellent characterization, and a story with a smooth, easy style. The characters are well developed, and there is substantial details so the reader doesn’t have to guess about scene. The writing is clear and crisp and the story flows, which keeps the reader “in” the story.

Annie is a lead singer/guitar player in a rock band. She is a very likable character. Wes is the DEA agent assigned to investigate Ann
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Peter
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bombed is an easy good fun read. The story is set in a small town in Idaho which the author describes as a mixture of hippies and rednecks with a student population that exceeds the population of the town. The main character, Annie, is the lead singer in a band, a drug runner and her Uncle Michael’s carer. Michael is a recluse and a little slow, who figures in a number of well woven sub plots. The other central character, Wes, is a DEA agent determined to find Annie’s source. He convinces Annie ...more
Carole Mckee
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Page Turner

I could not put this book down! It has everything it takes to keep a reader turning pages. There is some romance, some humor, some excitement, and lots of surprises. Annie is a musician and her band is popular: but doesn't bring in a lot of money. So she has a sideline to make more money. She shares a house with her Uncle Michael who is on disability.When she meets Wes he may be what she needs; or maybe not. Great story, exciting, interesting characters, and page after page of enter
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Mary Whitehurst
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - An Entertaing Read

I would read this author again.
She has created a well-crafted,
thought-out story that can hold
your attention. The characters were believable and three-dimen-
sional with just enough wuirks to make them human .
Eugene Rodgers
"Bombed" is an engrossing second adult novel by traditionally published children's author Winifred Morris. It's a page-turning "beach book" that blends three genres: romance, suspense, and humor. The book is divided into 38 bite-sized chapters.

Set in Moscow, Idaho, three suspenseful story lines run in parallel until they come together at the end. One is the burgeoning but fraught romance between Annie and Wes, the two main characters. Another is a series of attempts by two men, one Annie's suppo
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Rachel Barnard
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“She’d just slowly come to accept the loneliness secrets bring and thought she was tough enough to handle it. (Kindle locations 4061-4065).

When you think you’re tough enough or strong enough, you’re just setting yourself up for a fall. Annie bit off a bit more than she could chew in Bombed. She may tell herself she can do it, but unconsciously she knows it is too much for her. Circumstances create challenges to make everything even more difficult for her and she is forced to rely on Wes, even th
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Emily
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book totally outside my usual genre, so when I say I loved it, understand the full oddity and complexity of that statement.

The thing that makes Ms. Morris's novel appealing, even to romance-avoiding fantasy geeks like myself, is her characters. Annie and Wes are fun, sure--and their romance is believable and troubled by the, erm, interesting problems that get in the way--but the true torch goes to the secondary characters, including a broke broker (Ms. Morris's explanation in the desc
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Simon Wheeler
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Romance, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

Annie loves what she does - playing in a rock band - and will do anything to continue doing so. But can she trust the gorgeous guy who offers to take her and her band to the next level?
When I read Winifred's previous novel, Of Mice and Money, I liked her skill in creating interesting characters. Bombed follows in this line, where even the secondary characters are not just relegated to two-dimensional plug-ins. Annie's character has depth, strength (if not necessaril
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Jamie Jeffries
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
First I must thank the author for the gift of an advance copy of this delightful book.

For some reason, though I absolutely love the type of humor that's abundant in Bombed, I seldom go looking for it. It would have been a shame to miss this one. From the unlikely love story between the DEA agent and someone he was investigating, to the sweet older hippie couple who believed they were changing the world for the better by manufacturing the purest LSD they could, to the endearing schizophrenic Uncl
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Pam
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I am sometimes reluctant to read new authors these days. But when I read the description of Bombed, I was immediately intrigued. Stories set around rock 'n roll get my attention, so I decided to treat myself.

Bombed is a complex story, made so by a myriad of characters and subplots. A not-quite-famous-yet female rock star, a hunky DEA agent, a benign but schizophrenic senior, a pair of aging hippies and a plethora of other good and bad guys make up an interesting cast, many
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Chotley
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book tickled my funny bone in so many ways. Annie is a wonderfully strong woman with a mind of her own that I immediately liked. The physical descriptions of the character intertwined with her music style worked to make her so much more than the typical romantic heroine. Tough as she is, she's also all heart, worrying about everyone around her.

Her romantic interest, Wes, came across as savvy, hot, and conflicted. His combination of military background, cop training, and deep interest in mu
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Kate Tailor
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bombed by Winifred Morris is a good summer read. It’s light and funny with quirky characters that aren’t annoying. It story follows a couple of different story lines that twist together well. Morris is a very skilled writer and I liked her style. The main protagonists Wes and Annie are both likeable, but the Uncle was my favorite character of book. The plot was outlandish, but that was part of the book’s charm. Sometimes I dislike books that follow characters in bands because I feel the authors ...more
Nina Beri
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The past is what motivates Annie, the defining character in this suspenseful novel.

Annie, the heroine of Winifred Morris’ gritty female drama, Bombed, is a lot more talented than she even knows. Annie’s illicit source of income to keep her band afloat attracts attention from various law and intelligence agencies. As Annie barrels through the adventures with a combination of guts, luck, and a scary lack of reality, you can’t help but root for her and Wes, the DEA agent that wants to catch Annie i
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Stas
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bombed is a ride through the small Midwestern town of Moscow, Idaho on turbo. Annie, vocalist of the band Annie and the Orphans is busy juggling her music career and nationally distributing LSD, when things get more complicated. Wes, a DEA investigator posing as a booking agent gets too close to Annie and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, her mentally ill uncle Michael gets involved with a group of radical extremists who believe violence is the key to change.

The novel builds like the game Jenga
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Mariann
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Romantic suspense with good humour is a rare find, but this one hit every spot. Everything you'd want is in here: romance, drama, mystery, humour and a bomb, of course.
Annie, a lead singer in a band and drug runner, swore she didn't need a man, until life gave her no other choice. Throughout this book, I wondered who was fooling whom, and each time I thought I had Annie, Wes or even Michael figured out, everything changed again, always in a way I'd never predicted. Wes is the not-so-typical unde
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M.L. Sanford
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the writing! It flows and swells with emotion and character, the construction of the sentences such that they provide the reader a wealth of information, yet not so complicated as to scare the average reader away or stretch their interpretive abilities beyond recovery. I love the characters (many of them) and the story line, even though the plot arc is meant to be based in reality it does push close to the edge of fantasy, the confluence of all the agencies after Annie and Michael, toget ...more
Harald
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not my normal reader genre, but the author has a great touch, and the writing just flows. It's a unique concept and a good story. Very, very readable. And funnty, too! Love the contemporary music-scene setting as I'm dabbling in that right now. It rocks! ...more
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