Blog Tour – The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson

I am the next stop on the blog tour for The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson. I’ll admit that I didn’t know much about the book before I joined the tour. This book has a moody yet poetic story line. While reading it you can almost feel a hot breeze in your hair and smell the old grain factory down the street. I hope you’ll add this book to your to-be-read list asap!

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Goodreads Description:

“The dead come to me vulnerable, sharing their stories and secrets…”

Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Western town once supported by a powerful grain company. Living at home, she works as the embalmer in her father’s mortuary: an unlikely job that has long marked her as an outsider. Yet, to Mary there is a satisfying art to positioning and styling each body to capture the essence of a subject’s life.

Though some townsfolk pretend that the community is thriving, the truth is that Petroleum is crumbling away—a process that began twenty years ago when an accident in the grain elevator killed a beloved high school athlete. The mill closed for good, the train no longer stopped in town, and Robert Golden, the victim’s younger brother, was widely blamed for the tragedy and shipped off to live elsewhere. Now, out of the blue, Robert has returned to care for his terminally ill mother. After Mary—reserved, introspective, and deeply lonely—strikes up an unlikely friendship with him, shocking the locals, she finally begins to consider what might happen if she dared to leave Petroleum.

Set in America’s heartland, The Flicker of Old Dreams explores themes of resilience, redemption, and loyalty in prose as lyrical as it is powerful.

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Early reviews and praise:

“Susan Henderson offers us the wondrous, sharp picture of the small town of Petroleum, Montana where the past comes back on two feet and a blizzard rages. The Flicker of Old Dreams is a fine novel, heartfelt and bracing company. It is a gem.” — Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies

“Susan Henderson’s The Flicker of Old Dreams is a clear-eyed, wise, and poignant tale of losses and gains, told with tremendous empathy and grace.” — Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

The Flicker of Old Dreams is at once a vivid and wildly compelling study of small town American life and an intimate and incisive exploration of the human condition, from love to loss and beyond.”   — Jonathan Evison, the New York Times

“Susan Henderson has secured her position as one of my favorite novelists. You won’t be able to turn away from this tender, elegiac and haunting novel that beautifully exposes the human heart, the human body, and the human condition.” — Jessica Anya Blau, author of the nationally bestselling novel The Summer of Naked Swim Parties

“This novel is so breathtakingly good, so exquisitely written. About a female mortician, about a childhood tragedy that still haunts a damaged young man, about the endless landscape and about those tiny sparks of possibility. Oh my God. Trust me. This book. This book. This Book.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World

“A truly magnificent work of art. The soul energy that is pushing through this story is unstoppable, beautiful, vulnerable, powerful.” — Jessica Keener, author of Night Swim and Strangers in Budapest

“Like the wind scours paint from an old grain silo, Susan Henderson’s writing scours away all the pretend niceness of small town life in Montana to reveal the frayed and patched nature of humanity.” — Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War

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Book review – The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Happy first day of Spring! It’s another Tuesday here at Jenn Blogs Books which means another fabulous new release. I am so excited to talk about The Broken Girls by Simone St. James. This book was on my radar for a very long time. I am so thankful that Berkley Pub sent me an early copy to review.

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Goodreads Description:

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

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My honest review:

I really enjoyed reading The Broken Girls. This book was on my wish list from the first time I heard about it. It is a modern ghost story that is haunting and creepy. I found myself reading late into the night because I couldn’t put the book down.

The book jumps between Vermont in 1950 and 2014. There are a few missing persons and murder cases surrounding the Idlewild Hall boarding school for girls. I think Simone St. James did an excellent job going between the different time frames and murders. I was never confused and deeply invested in every crime investigated.

I was most impressed with the ghost story aspect of the novel. So many books with a ghost story theme are on the corny side or at least very predictable. The Broken Girls was a refreshing change to the Gothic genre. I could easily imagine the places described in the book. Especially the scenes inside the boarding school.

This book touches on the Holocaust and the terrible things that happened at Ravensbruck  Concentration Camp. I wish that Sonia, the character from the concentration camp, had her own novel. There is so much about her that I want to know. She was so strong even when others never realized it. She might be my favorite character from the 1950 story line.

I think this book would intrigue a very wide range of readers. Anyone interested in historical mysteries, Gothic novels, ghost stories, and thrillers in general will find something they love in this book. Be warned, once you pick up this book it is very hard to put it down until you finish it!

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Blog Tour – A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson

I am so happy to be participating in the blog tour for A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson. I loved the first book in the series, A Talent for Murder. These books are fictional tales about Agatha Christie’s life and the possible adventures she encountered. It is the perfect series for Agatha Christie fans and fans of a good whodunit mystery.

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Goodreads Description:

Two months after the events of A Talent for Murder, during which Agatha Christie “disappeared,” the famed mystery writer’s remarkable talent for detection has captured the attention of British Special Agent Davison.

Now, at his behest, she is traveling to the beautiful Canary Islands to investigate the strange and gruesome death of Douglas Greene, an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service. As she embarks on a glamorous cruise ship to her destination, she suddenly hears a scream. Rushing over to the stern of the liner, she witnesses a woman fling herself over the side of the ship to her death.

After this shocking experience, she makes it to the Grand Hotel in a lush valley on the islands. There, she meets a diverse and fascinating cast of characters, including two men who are suspected to be involved in the murder of Douglas Greene: an occultist similar to Aleister Crowley; and the secretary to a prominent scholar, who may also be a Communist spy. But Agatha soon realizes that nothing is what it seems here and she is surprised to learn that the apparent suicide of the young woman on the ocean liner is related to the murder of Douglas Greene. Now she has to unmask a different kind of evil in this sinister and thrilling mystery.

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Early reviews and praise for A Different Kind of Evil:

“In a stranger-than-fiction spin, crime novelist Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days in 1926. Author Andrew Wilson uses that real-life mystery as a starting point for a whodunit as gripping as Christie’s own beloved writing.”

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“[A Talent for Murder] offers up a theory—and a good story.”

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A Talent for Murder reads like an amalgamation of a clever Agatha Christie puzzler with the darker characters and psychological insights found in Patricia Highsmith’s thrillers… With strong characters, shrewd plotting and a skillful blending of fact and fiction, A Talent for Murder is a compelling period mystery that will keep whodunit fans captivated… Andrew Wilson’s debut mystery features Agatha Christie in a tantalizing and captivating cat-and-mouse puzzler with a creepy undercurrent of Patricia Highsmith’s darkness.”

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“Real facts and events are included in this compelling and thought-provoking mystery. It is well-written and researched, and compulsively readable.”

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“It’s the classic starting point for an Agatha Christie novel with, of course, the extra dimension that she is going to be the murderer. How she outwits Kurs is but one part of Wilson’s very clever puzzle.”

Open Letters Monthly

 

“Wilson effectively imagines a different scenario in this twisty thriller… Wilson fully realizes the potential of this ominous setup.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“Wilson’s ‘what if’ story is equal parts psychological thriller, detective fiction, and mystery. Readers will become emotionally involved with the protagonist, whom Wilson portrays as both sympathetic and quick-witted, even at her lowest points. VERDICT Those who enjoy fiction and detective fiction, including Dame Agatha’s own writings, will delight in this singular take on a strange event in Christie’s life.”

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“A most ingenious homage, solidly researched… Christie would have applauded its intricacy.”

—Andrew Taylor, author of The Ashes of London

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Andrew Wilson is the highly-acclaimed author of biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath, Alexander McQueen, the novel A Talent for Murder, as well as Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived. His first novel, The Lying Tongue, was published by Atria in 2007. His journalism has appeared in The GuardianThe Daily TelegraphThe ObserverThe Sunday TimesThe Daily Mail and The Washington Post. 

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Blog tour – The Clarity by Keith Thomas

I am so happy to be participating in the blog tour for The Clarity by Keith Thomas. This is his debut novel and is getting rave reviews! Do you like your thrillers with a dash of paranormal? If so, then The Clarity is the book for you. I’ve included some info about the book below. I hope you’ll grab a copy for yourself!

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Goodreads synopsis:

Dr. Matilda Deacon is a psychologist researching how memories are made and stored when she meets a strange eleven-year-old girl named Ashanique. Ashanique claims to harbor the memories of the last soldier killed in World War I and Matilda is at first very interested but skeptical. However, when Ashanique starts talking about being chased by the Night Doctors—a term also used by an unstable patient who was later found dead—Matilda can’t deny that the girl might be telling the truth.

Matilda learns that Ashanique and her mother have been on the run their whole lives from a monstrous assassin named Rade. Rade is after a secret contained solely in memories and has left a bloody trail throughout the world in search of it. Matilda soon realizes Ashanique is in unimaginable danger and that her unique ability comes with a deadly price.

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Early reviews:

“Keith Thomas’s debut, The Clarity, is a taut, riveting thriller, a perfect balance of scientific speculation and storytelling, all centered on a young girl of amazing talent and heart. I read it one sitting…and wanted to read it all over again once I turned the last page. An impressive debut that can only herald great things to come by this author.” – James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Seventh Plague

“Thomas’s strong debut, a paranormal thriller […] maintains the believability of his tightly coiled plot throughout.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Book Riot:
“you’ll love this chilling speculative thriller. Tautly plotted and well researched, this book is a riveting take on the possibility of afterlife and reincarnation.”

Bookbub features The Clarity in a “18 Books for Stephen King’s Fans Coming in 2018”

As seen in PUREWOW’s “20 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018” and i09’s “Get Cozy With 18 New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books This February” roundups

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Book review – Killer Choice by Tom Hunt

I’m finally back! I took a bit of a hiatus for the holidays and time definitely got away from me. Although I’ve been quite I have been reading quite a bit! I ended 2017 having read 56 books, and I’m on my 8th book for 2018. I’ve developed a huge love for audiobooks lately, but I’ll say that for another post. I had the honor and pleasure to read an early copy of Killer Choice by Tom Hunt provided by Berkley Pub. This book was nowhere on my radar before I received my advance copy, but I hope more people hear about it and decide to read it.

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Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Goodreads Description:

His wife is sick.
He needs $200,000 to save her.
A mysterious man offers to give him the money with just one catch: He has to murder someone to get it.

Gary Foster’s life is finally heading in the right direction. After years of trying, his wife, Beth, is pregnant, and he recently opened a business with his brother. But one phone call changes everything….

After collapsing suddenly, Beth has been rushed to the hospital. Tests reveal a devastating diagnosis: an inoperable brain tumor. Their only hope is an expensive experimental treatment available abroad, with a cost that’s out of their reach. And Beth’s time is running out….

Then a strange man approaches Gary and offers the money he needs, on one condition: that he kill someone, no questions asked. End one life to save another.

In this nail-biting debut novel of domestic suspense, one man makes a choice that forces him to confront the darkest reaches of his soul and betray those closest to him. As he’s swept up in a nightmare of escalating violence, he must question his own morality—and determine just how far he’s willing to go to save the woman he loves.

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My honest review:

“How far would you go to save the one you love?”

That is the tag line on the front cover of Killer Choice, and wow does it really answer that question. More than that though, it shows you how the decisions you make even with the best intentions have dire consequences. This book shows the raw and real emotions felt by a man with nothing to those but everything.

When I first read the blurb of this book I’ll admit I was skeptical. Some guy’s pregnant wife is dying of a brain tumor so he turns to murder to save her? Really? I was so wrong to judge this book by it’s blurb. As I read I was instantly sucked into Gary’s life. His actions and thoughts. He decisions, even the bad ones. I felt such a connection to him. I wasn’t always happy with his actions, and boy did I want to smack him a few times. But honestly he felt so real.

Now Beth, Gary’s wife, was a whole different story. I kind of felt bad that I didn’t connect with her at all. She’s in a horrible situation but she’s kind of an unlikeable character. I know a lot of this is because you are so wrapped up in Gary’s secrets. Beth is an open book. She’s dying of cancer. She’s pregnant. She is trying everything she can to raise the money for her trial treatment. There are no skeletons in her closet so at times I kind of forgot she was there. Don’t get me wrong I wanted things to work out for her, but it was more because I didn’t want Gary to be devastated for the rest of his life.

I will give you fair warning, about 3/4 of the way through this book your heart might feel like it’s ripping out of your chest. The scene is terrible! I reread the pages a few times because I didn’t want what happened to be true. BUT, in the end it really had to happen. No matter how much I wanted to email Tom Hunt and yell at him for that particular scene.

In summary, seriously READ THIS BOOK! It has everything. It’s thrilling, emotional, action packed, and very very realistic. If I had a say in it I think this would make an amazing thriller movie. I rarely say that about books but this novel just SCREAMS to be on the big screen! Pick up a copy and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Excerpt from The Fairness of Beasts by Gar LaSalle

Hello bookworms! I am so excited to share an excerpt from the upcoming novel The Fairness of Beasts by Gar LaSalle. This book releases on Tuesday, October 24 and is the third book in the Widow Walk series. I am in love with this cover and the book sounds even better!

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Excerpt:

The Fairness of Beasts by Gar LaSalle

Widow Walk Saga Book 3

PROLOGUE

Sarah

February 15, 1861 Washington, District of Columbia

Sarah knew how they viewed her and her brother: “Lying bumpkins. “Yarn-spinners,” one of the other children had mocked. “Four steps behind in education and four miles behind in manners” she had heard been said by one of the older girls in the special school created for the children of congressmen and senators. But they weren’t tall yarns at all . . . about how a griz killed Marano Levy, bit through his head and jaw, it most certainly did, before he could get o another shot and then she had to help her mother and Jojo bury the poor man with his Spanish Bible in the frozen ground, – and how she had hit a drunk, naked Russian sea captain in the head with his own whiskey bottle when he was trying to mount her mother, – and how her step-father had been murdered and the Northerners took his head and showed it o , up and down the coast for weeks, and then her mother lost her baby, – and how she, because she was old enough while her mother was sick in a coma, had to help her Aunt Cory and Mrs. Crock- ett with the tiny fetus that would have been another brother if it had lived because she saw it was a boy before they buried him, – and how her brother Jacob, after he was kidnapped and then got rescued, had told her that he had bitten several of the Northerners who kidnapped him, – And how he thought the Devil, yes the Devil himself, had taken him, – and how the Northerners kept him tied up and beat him, and how Jacob thought he saw their father’s ghost when he was kept in the Northerner’s camp, and how he had started wet- ting his bed again and was setting res under their grandfather’s desk at his home up in Boston, because he dreamed the devils were coming back again, – and how she and Jacob and two other kids, little ones, had gotten lost in the Panama jungle during the train robbery when so many passengers had been murdered, and how they had been found by the Panama aborigines and were taken to their huts and kept, – and how the aborigines put tattoos on her and the other children’s faces and chests which kept the ies and mosquitoes away, and how the aborigines had decided to take them back to the railroad and just leave them at the side of the tracks, and how they never heard from their protector, Jojo again after that robbery, – and how the robber that had take their mother hostage down there had mailed her brother Jacob a huge diamond that had blood on it. And how their mother had a beau now and both she and Jacob thought he was what their mother needed, to pro- tect them maybe, even if their mother wasn’t so sure yet. They weren’t tall yarns. It was all true. But she and Jacob had to fight with the other children, especially the older ones in the school over and over again, every day it seemed, whenever they tried telling any of them about what had happened to them in the Pacific Northwest and down in Panama. She understood why they thought she was spinning yarns. She couldn’t prove any of it.
Her tattoos had faded away and the rest of the students at the Washington, DC school thought they were a lot smarter than her or Jacob because she and her brother didn’t read as well as they all did. Not yet, at least. She forgave them. She told Jacob he should do the same. Forgive them. Because their classmates were only children, after all. Children. No matter if they were the same age or even older than she was. No matter how the boys behaved, attractive brats that they were. It really didn’t matter at all because she was an old soul, after all, and there were more important things she had to worry about. There was a war going on now.

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Blog tour – Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris

I’m going to talk about a book today that is not my typical read. I very rarely spotlight middle grade books, but when I was asked to participate in the blog tour for Mustaches for Maddie I jumped at the chance to talk about this book. I hope you learn something about a resilient little girl named Maddie and pick up a copy for yourself! Thank you to Smith Publicity for asking me to join the tour.

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Goodreads summary:

Maddie is a normal twelve-year-old girl. Well, except for the fake mustaches she carries in her pocket. She likes to make people laugh and slapping on a mustache, especially a fuzzy pink or neon green one, always gets a smile. Maddie hopes that the class queen, Cassie, will find her mustaches as funny as she does and want to play with her at recess. She’s been self-conscious lately because her right arm only feels normal when it’s curled against her chest and she’s constantly tripping over her feet. But that’s probably just part of growing up and not something weird, right?

When Maddie’s arm continues to bother her, her parents take her to a doctor who gives them a shocking diagnosis: the cause of the abnormal behavior of her limbs is a brain tumor and she must have surgery to remove it. She’s understandably afraid as he describes the procedure, but knows she must find a way to be brave and must face her fears–all of them–at the hospital, at home and at school.

She will need all of her courage not only to face her illness, but also to face Cassie at school. Both Cassie and Maddie are auditioning for the same role in the school play, but when Cassie accuses Maddie of lying about her tumor in order to get attention, Cassie’s bossiness turns into bullying.

And as Maddie’s surgery approaches, she begins to worry more and more about the outcome. What if something goes wrong? What if the doctors don’t get all the tumor out of her brain? What will happen to her family? What will happen to her?

It will take all of Maddie’s vibrant imagination, a lot of kindness-both given and received-and of course, the perfect mustache to overcome the tough stuff ahead of her.

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Q&A with Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

Where did you get the idea for this story?

This book was based on the true story of our daughter, Maddie. She thinks fake mustaches are hilarious, has a great sense of humor, and loves to act in plays. In February 2013, she was diagnosed with a tumor on her pituitary gland pressing up against her brain. She courageously faced a very difficult situation, went through one successful surgery, and then later had to face another. Her brothers (she really has four brothers, and two of them are identical twins), teachers (Mrs. Acord and Mrs. Lyon), and friends were extremely supportive.

What about people putting on mustaches for Maddie? Was that real?

People really did put on mustaches, took pictures, and sent them to her, or posted them on the Internet with the hashtag #mustachesformaddie. (It was Jenny Mason’s idea. Thanks, Jenny, and thanks to everyone who made our girl smile.) There were hundreds, if not thousands. A few local news stations even did a stories about it. All those mustaches definitely cheered Maddie up.

Is the rest of the story true?

Maddie faced pressures and problems in school, though Cassie and the difficult situations that happened at the elementary school in this book were entirely made up. Though Yasmin, Lexi, Devin, and others were fictional characters, Maddie had many real friends who helped her. And Maddie did make up games to get more kids involved in her school.

Did Chad really have a book coming out when Maddie had her first surgery?

Chad, the father in the story, really was in a hospital room with his girl when his debut novel, Cragbridge Hall, The Inventor’s Secret hit the shelves. He canceled part of his promotional tour and doesn’t regret it at all.

This is the most important question: How did Maddie’s second surgery turn out?

Near the end of 2014, Maddie had a second surgery, and her doctors were able to not only remove a cyst that had grown on the remaining tumor tissue, but miraculously they also removed the rest of her tumor. As of 2017, no signs of the tumor have returned, though Maddie still has an MRI regularly to check. She was an amazing girl before the surgery and has grown to become even stronger, braver, and more caring through her experience.

 

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Book review – Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Happy Tuesday ya’ll! It is another wonderful release day in the beautiful world of books. I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben. This was my first time reading a Harlan Coben book, and I am officially HOOKED! I need all the Coben books asap. A huge thank you to Dutton Books for sending me this fantastic book and introducing me to the amazing writing of Harlan Coben.

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Rating: 5/5 stars!

Goodreads Summary:

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for.

When Maura’s fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions—about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana—whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

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My honest review:

This book caught me completely by surprise. Having never read a Coben book I really didn’t know what to expect. This book was fast paced, heart pounding, and kept me wanting more. I devoured this book in only a few days and immediately had the urge to read it all over again the moment I finished.

Nap Dumas is not your typical main character. He’s a detective that likes justice to be served especially for the less fortunate. At times that means he makes that justice happen himself. I am not a fan of vigilante cops but Nap was a completely different breed. Call him the Robin Hood of modern times. He fought for the less fortunate even if his fight was not legal.

A few characters mentioned throughout the novel aren’t even alive in the present day of the book, but their characters are so deep and vivid I completely forgot that they weren’t alive for the main story. As the story unravels you realize how much these secondary and deceased characters really impact the main story. The past and present are so interwoven by the end of the book that you forget where one ends and the other begins.

This book is easily the hardest book I’ve had to write a review for. The book is so full of detail. It’s hard to get in depth without giving away key elements of the story. There are little Easter egg type clues throughout the book that hint at the possible ending but I only recognized them in hindsight. The ending was a huge shock to me. It was the main reason why I wanted to reread the book right away to see if I could find all the missing clues.

I recommend this book to any one who likes a book to keep them guessing. It’s not especially gory or violent. I think book lovers from any genre will love this.

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New release – Strings by Megan Edwards

Happy release day to Strings by Megan Edwards! I had the pleasure of participating in the cover reveal for this book, and I’m so happy it’s finally out in the book world. Megan decided to do things a bit differently and share a list of songs referenced in her book instead of your traditional Q&A. I’m a big fan of classical music so this was right up my alley!

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Goodreads synopsis:

The Merino Rose. Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.
But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover’s dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the Merino Rose may be beyond measure, but he has acquired it at too high a cost.
Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school’s production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together but strings got in the way–family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.
Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love always remain the melancholy sound of distant violins?

 

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Musical pieces referenced in Strings

Camelot, musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Fredreick Loewe
“Star of the County Down,” an Irish ballad
“Simple Gifts,” a Shaker hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett (also used by Aaron Copland for the score of Martha Graham’s ballet Appalachian Spring)
Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56, by Sergei Prokofiev
Caprices, Op.1: No. 24 in A Minor, by Niccolo Paganini
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor “Unfinished,” by Franz Schubert
Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21, by Edouard Lalo
Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61 in B Minor, by Camille Saint-Saens
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77, by Johannes Brahms

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Megan Edwards is the author of the travel memoir Roads from the Ashes, the humor book Caution: Funny Signs Ahead, and her debut novel Getting off on Frank Sinatra. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years “on the road” all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next novel.

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Book excerpt and blog tour – Everything Under The Sun by J.A. Redmerski

Good morning! Today I have an awesome book excerpt to share from Everything Under The Sun by J.A. Redmerski. I’ve read and reviewed several of Jessica’s books in the past, and this one sounds absolutely fantastic! The book just released yesterday so head over to Amazon to grab your ebook copy asap.

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EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN – JESSICA REDMERSKI – COPYRIGHT 2017

EXCERPT #1: “I’LL WAIT FOR YOU.”

“One more night,” I said, not looking at her. “Give me one more night and I’ll get you out of this city.” All I could see in front of me was the scenario: I’d wait until very late, after most of the city was sleeping, and then I’d dress her in my military clothes, make her pin up her hair underneath a cap, strap a rifle to her shoulder, a backpack full of goods on her back, and set her atop the mare waiting at the stables.
“But there’s nothing for me anymore,” Thais said, wiping away the lingering tears on her cheeks. “There’s nowhere for me to go, and no one waiting for me there if by some miracle I make it alive. My mother and father are dead. My sister”—she looked up at me, and although I didn’t meet her gaze, I could feel her eyes on me—“my whole family is dead, and this world is dead and my soul is dead and everything that was once good and beautiful and right, is dead.”
I looked at her then, her words stirring me.
“That’s not true,” I said, and got up from the chair and crouched in front of her. “You may be the only good thing left in this world, and I’ll be goddamned if I let your light fade.”
Tears tumbled down Thais’ cheeks.
I took the gun that had fallen from her hand, tucked it into the back of my pants.
“Promise me you won’t try anything,” I said as I went toward the door. “Promise me on your sister’s soul, that you’ll stay in this room and wait for me.”
“Where are you going?”
“To get your supplies.” I placed my hand on the doorknob. “Don’t open this door for anyone.” I opened it to blackness; the candles that had been lit in the hallway had burned down.
“Wait,” Thais called out, and I stopped.
She stood up on wobbly legs.
“You said to get my supplies—are you sending me away alone?”
I thought on it for a moment. I’d never had any intention of going with her. I couldn’t. Not if I was going to keep others from following her.
“No,” I finally said. “You’re not going alone. I’ll go with you, at least until I can get you somewhere safe.”
“Is there anywhere safe, Atticus?” Her voice was soft, hopeless, and hearing her say my name like that did something to my heart. “Do you know where you’re taking me?”
I sighed. And I looked at the wall.
“Yes,” I lied, and then stepped out into the hallway.
Just before I closed the door I added, “Promise me.”
Thais nodded.
“I promise,” she said. “I’ll wait for you.”

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J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is an international bestselling author and award winner who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have so far been translated into twenty languages.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have been picked up by one of Brazil’s largest publishers – Suma de Letras; Paikese Kirjastus in Estonia; Ephesus in Turkey; Konyvmolykepzob in Hungary. The series has been optioned for television by William Levy.
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN is Jessica’s newest love story.

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