Monday, June 26, 2017

My review: A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White



Hi, everyone! I hope this month is going well for you and I truly wish you all the best during the course of the remainder of this month and further into the summer.




Synopsis: Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. 

Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish his job?As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a ranch heir, writer, and adventurer who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.


SO, LET'S JUMP RIGHT IN...


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MY REVIEW: 

A Dark Lure sees various viewpoints and characters: a killer, a survivor trying to get on with her life and everyone in between including those attempting to push and pull the fates of both characters.

Let’s start with the killer.

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White establishes the creep factor and complication of such a character early on: a psychotic who previously had said survivor in his grasp and desires to have her again after her escape.  She doesn’t make him—The Watt Lake Killer—a character that you feel for in any way.

In fact, you’re not quite sure who he is for quite awhile as he is shown through his deeds perpetrated on the main victim or another.


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I enjoyed this aspect because it added to the mystery. You think he’s one person, then you realize just how far he’s gone to try and catch his prey—one Sarah Baker—scaring you even more.

Next, there’s Olivia who is also Sarah Baker. When she says to another character that they “no dick about surviving,” I had to agree.


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Compared to her, I know not a thing about survival. She is the ultimate phoenix.
At the same time, through the words of White and just like the man chasing her, she has layers. While she is vulnerable—a side she shows, often albeit reluctantly to Cole—she isn’t a victim and White didn’t write her weak, which I love because this woman is anything but and I'm a sucker for strong women in the stories I read.

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That’s all I’ll say for now. I have a major book hangover. And a good one.

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Final thoughts: multi-dimensional characters, touching and suspenseful scenes, a powerful ending. All of my favorite things.

This book gets 5 stars from me all the way!

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This is my first time reading anything by Loreth Anne White and I like what I’ve seen so far. Fans of Ms. White, any others you recommend?

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For those of you like me who haven't read very much of Ms. White's work and would like to start with A Dark Lure, get it here on Amazon or on Book Depository

Also, find the author on Twitter:

That's all for now! Thanks for tuning in! I'll see you in July :)

Jessica

Friday, June 16, 2017

If you love fantasy...here's a new release you should check out...





If you're a fan of fantasy, check out this new release! 


Blurb: 

Carlos and Indiana find a website that promises to find them pen pals from outer space. Imagine their surprise and excitement when they are paired with Mannie and Kossie, two children from Jupiter! The two pairs of pen pals are excited to learn about each other and their planets and are even more excited to learn they may be able to visit! 
Will the other Earthlings be as open to a visit from aliens from Jupiter though? 

Get it on Amazon and also on Book Depository!

Be sure to show some love at the following links: 





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

My Review: Letting Go A Novel by Maria Thompson Corley


Hi, everyone! I truly hope you've all been doing well and you are having a great day (or evening depending on where you are) thus far. You waited awhile and I appreciate your patience so I'll jump right into my latest read, Letting Go by Maria Thompson Corley. 


I had the pleasure and privilege of partaking of this amazing story in which I remained invested to the very end of the story. I was jumpy and excited throughout the story. I finished this morning and I'm still coming down from the high. So, with that being said, here goes...

I've been waiting for a love story like this, a tale that actually reflects the world and how it diverse it truly is, a work which illustrates how the relationships often really operate. More often than not, both parties, much like Cecile and Langston, make difficult decisions concerning the merging of partnership and passion. 


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These two hit snags to say the least and Corley demonstrates this well in the form of narrative, journals, and dialogue. I enjoyed the dialogue especially. The witty banter from in-person conversations and otherwise revealed so much more about these two characters more than any description ever would. I laughed a few times, saying to myself, No wonder they like each other. They fit so well. 

At the same time, Corley made it clear that these were two similar yet different people. One of my favorite aspects of a book is dialogue. I love it when I can picture not only the happenings of a story but the character from the words used in any given situation. 




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Within the trimmings of cultural idioms, clever discussion, and language as beautiful and fluid as if played on piano keys, Corley created characters that you as the reader can absolutely love, hate, and with which you can identify. Adding to that, the journalistic format gave off a sense of personal involvement, as if I was reading someones personal letters about their life and taking the journey right along with them day by day.





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In closing, Letting Go, at its core, is a story about love, discovery, and sacrifice; all three in various forms. It's a true journey of ups and downs.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Listen to an excerpt of Letting Go or get the book here. You can also enjoy one of the songs from the novel, Chopin's Fourth Balld in F Minor, Op. 54. The music from the novel can also be found on Amazon.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sin and Cider by K. Reese








MacIntosh
Feeling discontent in the big city and hoping to find what’s missing in her life, MacIntosh Layne decides to go back to her roots. Ready for a refresh, she heads home to her family’s orchard in Tennessee for the summer.

What she doesn't count on rediscovering is her attraction to her brother’s charming best friend, Lawson Westbrook. The main star in her dreams growing up, he’s the perfect blend of Southern gentleman and sex in a flannel—rugged, successful, and more handsome than ever.

Lawson
Lawson can’t believe Mac Layne is all grown up. No longer the gangly teen who went away to college, she’s all woman now and he’s eager to get reacquainted on a carnal level. As they continue to cross paths and their mutual attraction intensifies, he makes an enticing proposal.


A Choice Must be Made
Will Mac give in to the sinful temptation of the temporary arrangement Law is offering? Or will they find something sweeter than the cider they’ve been brewing together?



Out now! Get yours here!







Friday, May 19, 2017

Guest Post: David Smith, author of Letters to Strabo

Please welcome David Smith, author of the coming-of-age love story, Letters to Strabo...

Letters to Strabo – Don Quixote meets Françoise Circe
Behind every great love is an epic story waiting to be told.

My fourth novel Letters to Strabo is both a love story and a coming-of-age tale, set in the late 1970s. It takes the form of a fictional odyssey recorded with disarming honesty by my protagonist, an innocent young American writer called Finn Black. His adventures, both funny and evocative, follow closely the itinerary taken by Mark Twain on his own tour around the Mediterranean a century earlier in The Innocents Abroad. The novel is structured around the seventeen chapters of the ancient Greek Strabo’s great work: Geographica; a book that Twain quoted from extensively in his own tale. In Finn’s words:

“I researched how famous travel writers made their first journeys for a series of articles. It fascinated me how they all took something worthwhile out of that first experience on the road, whether they later became writers, journalists or even philosophers. It opened my eyes to all sorts of new possibilities I wanted that life. I wanted to get going, to write and make my fortune. Find out what had really happened to my pa and maybe find a bit more of that mythical free love I’d been missing, too.”





As he travels, the amazing places Finn visits, the art and cultures he comes across and most importantly the people he meets are faithfully described by him for Eve, his long-distance pen-pal. Eve’s replies, her Letters to Strabo as she calls them, reveal to Finn not only her own hopes and dreams but also things about her own past too. But unfortunately Finn is not quite as faithful in real life to Eve as he pretends in his letters! When he first arrives in Europe, he teaches for a few months in Bilbao on an exchange scheme, but then meets a beautiful French woman and art collector, Françoise Circe. A woman he feels is totally out of his league:
“I met Françoise during a visit to the local Gallery Lazarus. A young artist called Mikel Díez Alaba was exhibiting his Japanese-inspired paintings and causing quite a stir in the local press. I’d been recommended to see the exhibition by my Spanish friends. Reluctantly, I did. As I’ve said, I was somewhat stunned when that gorgeous woman accepted my cheesy pick-up line. I panicked about where to take her. But luckily she knew a place.”
Despite this inauspicious start, Finn and Françoise set off together on an extended train journey to Paris. Their first stop is the pulsing city of Lisbon where they discover the famous Pastéis de Belém, sweet pastries still made in a bakery which has recreated the original recipe since 1837:
“We headed towards the Café Belém, famed for its patisserie. It was heaving. When we entered, the noisy interior was hot and sticky in the thick afternoon air. We had to wait in line to be served but it was well worth it. When we got to the front, the custard tarts more than made up for the wait; they were dripping exotically with sugar and cinnamon. We washed them down with strong coffee served in little paper cups, crossing our arms amorously as we did. She had a way of looking at me with those sapphire-blue eyes which made me feel I was all she wanted…”

Here they come across a misfit Spanish-speaking couple arguing noisily. Finn draws the ire of the man as he admires Finn’s companion:
“‘You want to play with her, I play with you. Look, I compare you, because of our frightfully mechanized epoch, to a kind of Don Quixote, without any other windmill before you than your own head…’

Their journey continues through Seville, Barcelona, Nice and Paris and then finally to Venice. Here Finn finally discovers the disturbing truth behind the façade of Françoise Circe, the art collector, as her real reasons for undertaking her journey with him are finally revealed…



Author’s bio
David Smith is a British author who has now published four works under the Troubador imprint. His first novel Searching For Amber has been described as "A powerful and notably memorable debut" with a review describing it as "masterly and confident" and another as "Extraordinary, poetic, enchanting, sublime". In addition to writing, he is currently CFO of a blue chip UK public company and lives near the South Coast in England with his wife and three teenage children.
https://www.davidsmithauthor.blog

Letters to Stabo is available now. Get it here...