Category Archives: books

BOOK RE-RELEASE SPOTLIGHT: Slumber by Christy Sloat

I am so excited that SLUMBER by Christy Sloat is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Christy Sloat, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of the book courtesy or Christy. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:

Title: SLUMBER (Slumber Duology #1)

Author: Christy Sloat
Pub. Date: January 12, 2018
Publisher: CHBB Publishing 
Pages: 234
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&NTBDGoodreads
Not all princesses get their happily ever after…
They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend.
I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.
 I’m crazy. I’m not a princess.
They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?
They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am.
When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.
 Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?
 
I woke in the middle of the night hearing screams fill the air. This was not uncommon at all, but tonight I wasn’t expecting it. Normally when Adele’s meds are changed, she wakes screaming that she can’t sleep. Adele’s room is
across from mine. She is roughly in her twenties and I never learned how she ended up here. I try not to talk to the other patients. I don’t know why it is, but I don’t fit in with these people. To them I’m the murderer and they tend to
think less of me. That’s fine. I am what they say I am. That’s why I’m here, right?
 
They told me I stabbed my boyfriend, Phillip, but I don’t remember doing it. I actually don’t remember Phillip at all. No recollection of having been in a relationship either. I must have killed him or else I wouldn’t be in Spindle Ridge.
 
Dr. Altman says that I have to believe that I did it or we will never get anywhere. I’ll admit it’s hard to believe that these hands could stab a person twenty times. No matter how I imagined it, it is always hard to believe. 
 
I sat up listening hard for the screams. When they came again I noticed they were not female, they were male. The screams were deeper and reached a longer distance than Adele’s cries ever could. I wondered if the whole building
could hear him.
 
I pulled my covers up over my neck and covered my face. I just wanted to sleep and fall back into the dream I was having. It was beautiful, and if I had my way, I would stay there forever.
 
Wait!
 
I sat up fast. Closing my eyes, I tried to remember the dream to the last second. It wasn’t the same dream as the
one’s prior. This dream was different! This dream was me and a boy.
 
I never dreamed of anyone but my parents and the evil woman. The dream’s soft lullaby came back to me as I remembered where I was.
 
The smell of fresh grass came across my senses.
 
The sky so blue as I lay on a blanket. I rolled over and saw the face of a boy. He was everything that Spindle Ridge wasn’t; he was beautiful. He had long, shaggy, but not unruly, hair that touched his collar. When he smiled at
me, he looked like a boy in love. In love with me.
 
“Get up you lazy sack!”
 
I opened my eyes and was pulled back into the now. I was forced to leave the dream behind as I was being pulled out of bed by two nurses.

About Christy: 

I am a Southern California native, now living in New Jersey! How did that happen? I am married and have two beautiful little girls who love to read just like Mommy. I have had a passion for books since I was a little girl and an imagination for just as long. I hope my books can inspire others to read and to write too.
Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win a finished copy of SLUMBER (US Only).

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Advertisements

REVIEW: Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Just Between Us

by Rebecca Drake

Thriller/Suspense

Book Description

Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They’re as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.

Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather’s wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she’s been killed. But when that call finally comes, it’s not Heather who’s dead. In a moment they’ll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they’ll go to in order to help a friend.

Just Between Us is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person’s mind, or in their marriage.

MY THOUGHTS:

3.5 out of 5 Fleurs de Lis

Have you ever suspected something shady was going on behind the closed doors of your friends’ homes, but were afraid of asking for fear of hurting your friendship? Have you ever had to carry a deep, foreboding secret for your friends which changes you immensely?

In Just Between Us, a group of four women begin down a road from which they cannot travel back once they spot a bruise on one of the group’s wrists. Assuming Heather’s husband has been physically abusing her, the rest of the group, Julie, Sarah, and Alison, make no mistake of giving Heather their explicit advice and telling her they will be there if she needs them. And she does, for a night that they’ll regret forever.

The main issue I had with this novel is that it alternates points of view with each woman taking a turn to have her say…and I could barely tell the difference between the voice or personality of each woman. They all had kids and husbands too, although they were basically background players, and I can’t tell you any of their names even though I just finished the book a few hours ago. The friends have different careers, but these didn’t help me differentiate either.

It doesn’t take long before the suspense begins in this book. Even in the first chapter, as the friends are meeting for coffee, we see that one woman feels like she is the outsider, another thinks her friends are secretly talking about her when she’s not there. This is all pretty normal in female friend groups, and it’s interesting to see that the author included this aspect.

Jumping to conclusions is one thing every character in this book does very well. Without giving away too many important plot details, I will say that the reason almost all events are set into motion is that someone assumes something and rather than asking about it, takes matters into their own hands.

The first part of the book moved quite slowly and took me a while to get into. As I said before, the characters don’t seem to have their own unique voices and I couldn’t really connect with any of them. The action does pick up and there’s a lull while the characters are waiting and expecting their house of cards to fall down. Exposition picks up again towards the end, but by this point I had kind of already guessed the twist.

In the end, I have to say I like the way all of the events came together, even though it was kind of tragic. Just Between Us was not one of the best thriller novels I’ve ever read, but it kept me turning the pages.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Drake is the author of the novels Don’t Be Afraid, The Next Killing, The Dead Place, which was an IMBA bestseller, and Only Ever You, as well as the short story “Loaded,” which was featured in Pittsburgh Noir. A graduate of Penn State University and former journalist, she is currently an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. program. Rebecca lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two children.

 

Website | FacebookTwitter

 

 

SPOTLIGHT: The Last Thing She Ever Did by Gregg Olsen

The Last Thing She Ever Did

by Gregg Olsen

Psychological Thriller

Book Description

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a psychological thriller exploring the things we dare to do when no one is looking . . .

The community along Oregon’s Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbors, Carole and David. They appear to have it all—security, happiness, and a beautiful young son, Charlie.

Then Charlie vanishes without a trace, and all that seemed safe is shattered by a tragedy that is incomprehensible—except to Liz.

It took one fleeting moment for her to change the lives of everyone she loves—a heartrending accident that can’t be undone. Neither can the second-worst mistake of her life: concealing it. As two marriages crack and buckle in grief and fear, Liz retreats into her own dark place of guilt, escalating paranoia—and betrayals even she can’t imagine. Because there’s another good neighbor who has his own secrets, his own pain, and his own reasons for watching Liz’s every move.

And only he knows that the mystery of the missing boy on the Deschutes River is far from over.

You can purchase The Last Thing She Ever Did at the following Retailers:

About the Author

Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, nine novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner’s Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen’s Snapped, Court TV’s Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E’s Biography.

In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People,Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

Giveaway is open Internationally. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– Winner will receive a Copy of THE LAST THING SHE EVER DID by Gregg Olsen.

– 1 Winner will receive a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

Winter Children’s Book Round Up

We’re well into the holiday season and the winter weather is also here!  Believe it or not, it snowed in Louisiana last week!

Today I’d like to share some quick reviews of winter books we are loving in our house lately.

Snow Beast Comes to Play

by Phil Gosier

Very sweet story about a young snow creature who only wants to make friends, but everyone is scared of him! Cute, snowy illustrations, and full of fun sound effects for reading out loud.  Preschoolers will love this one for bedtime, if they are OK with the mention of the word “beast.”

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

by Kenard Pak

Gorgeous watercolor pictures show a brother and sister walking through nature and having a conversation with leaves, animals, and even the sun! The children learn what happens to each thing as autumn turns into winter.  Very informative and great for kids who ask a lot of questions 😀

Snow Scene

by Richard Jackson, Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Simple book with few words and a quick rhyme scheme.  Short enough for my toddler to sit still and listen to.  This is an interactive reading activity for parents and kids to do together! I would recommend for 2-3 year olds.

Ninja Claus!

by Arree Chung

Cute and clever book about a young ninja named Maxwell who tries to catch Santa one Christmas Eve night, but his plan doesn’t quite turn out the way he expects it to! Kids in Kindergarten and first grade will giggle at the letters Max writes to Santa.

Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas

by Pamela Ehrenberg, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

Unique story about a multicultural family’s holiday celebrations, and one boy’s adventure with his mischievous little sister!  I liked reading this with my older son because he loves learning about other cultures, and we could research unfamiliar terms that we came across together.  Jewish children will be familiar with the terms and love seeing themselves in the characters.  I know my son could relate to having a younger sibling that drives him crazy!

 

I would recommend any of these books as gifts for the child in your life this holiday season!

 

REVIEW: All my Friends are Fast Asleep by David Weinstone

All my Friends are Fast Asleep

by David Weinstone

Illustrated by Magali Le Huche

Children’s Fiction/Bedtime Stories

Book Description

After tossing and turning in his bed, a little boy embarks on a nighttime quest to find a cozy place to rest. He visits one animal friend after another, from a lark in its nest to a mole in its hole. But while all the animals he meets are happily dozing off, this tuckered-out wanderer remains wide-awake–until he finally finds the perfect spot to lay his head.

From David Weinstone, the popular children’s musician and creator of the Music for Aardvarks program, comes All My Friends Are Fast Asleep, a rhythmic, cheerily illustrated bedtime story sure to smooth the way to sleep for young insomniacs everywhere.

MY THOUGHTS:

4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS


All My Friends Are Fast Asleep
by David Weinstone

With such a light, lyrical story as this your child is sure to be on his way to dream land when this story is finished!

A boy lies in bed in his room but no matter what he does, he can’t fall asleep! He decides to go off adventuring and trying to imitate his animal friends to see if their methods of falling asleep can help him.

The illustrations in this book are cute, and done in a brilliant, non bright color scheme that won’t excite little readers’ eyes right before bed. Blues, greens, and purples set the tone.

My first thoughts were that a kid can definitely relate to this little boy. His bedroom is a mess with toys scattered everywhere, he has a pillow and stuffed animal he drags all around, and he imagines all kinds of things before he finally goes off to sleep.

I think kids will find it fun to see how different animals such as whales, frogs, and horses fall asleep. I also love that this story can be read or sung!

View all my reviews

 

About the Author

DAVID WEINSTONE is a classically trained former punk rocker who lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three children. He founded Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals, an interactive music class for preschoolers, in 1997. Today, the classes are taught all over the country, and there are sixteen original albums that feature Weinstone’s beloved songs. His books include Music Class Today! and All My Friends Are Fast Asleep.

PURCHASE:

Amazon

BOOK TOUR SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Six Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan

Six Little Secrets

by Katlyn Duncan

YA Contemporary Suspense

Pub. Date: November 24, 2017

Book Description

Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.

 

About the Author

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in New England. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

PURCHASE THE BOOK:

 Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Goodreads

1 winner will receive a $25 B&N Gift Card, US Only.

5 winners will receive one of Katlyn’s Backlist Titles in eBook Format, International.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER! 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

11/13/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Excerpt

 

11/14/2017- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

11/14/2017- Stuffed Shelves– Review

 

11/15/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Spotlight

11/15/2017- Books at Dawn– Review

 

11/16/2017- Twinning for Books– Interview

11/16/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

 

11/17/2017- Hooked To Books– Excerpt

11/17/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

 

Week Two:

11/20/2017- Owl always be reading– Review

11/20/2017- Daily Waffle– Interview

 

11/21/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

11/21/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review

 

11/22/2017- Jo’s Book Blog– Guest Post

11/22/2017- Queen of Books– Review

 

11/23/2017- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt

11/23/2017- Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World– Review

 

11/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

11/24/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

 

BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Monsterland by Michael Okon

Monsterland

by Michael Okon

YA Horror

Book Description

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.
After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

About the Author

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

 Find Michael:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Snapchat

Purchase Monsterland: 

AmazonB&NiBooks, TBD, Goodreads

 

2 winners will receive a signed finished copy of MONSTERLAND, US Only.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/30/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

10/30/2017- Abooktropolis– Review

10/31/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Spotlight

10/31/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

11/1/2017- Reese’s Reviews– Guest Post

11/1/2017- Under the Book Cover– Review

11/2/2017- Dazzled by Books– Excerpt

11/2/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

11/3/2017- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt

11/3/2017- Birdie Bookworm– Review

Week Two:

11/6/2017- Books at Dawn– Guest Post

11/6/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

11/7/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview

11/7/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

11/8/2017- Savings in Seconds– Spotlight

11/8/2017- Novelties– Review

11/9/2017- Sweet Southern HomeSpotlight

11/9/2017- Twisted Book Junkie– Review

11/10/2017- Parajunkee– Interview

11/10/2017- The Midnight Society– Review

REVIEW: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods

by Neil Gaiman

Fantasy/Fiction

Book Description

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path.

MY THOUGHTS:

4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS


American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
This is another one of those novels that I read because it has been adapted into a TV show, and I wanted to experience the source material first. If the Starz series is at all faithful to this book, it will be dazzling to watch.

Shadow, upon being released from prison, learns that his wife has died. With nothing else to lose, he takes a job as a bodyguard of sorts for a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday. Shadow soon finds himself in a dreamscape world of gods, monsters, mythological beasts and much more. A battle between old gods and new seems to be on the horizon, and though he doesn’t know it yet, Shadow will be an integral part of the shaping of the future world.

At around 700 pages, this is the largest novel I have read in quite some time. Still, I read it rather quickly. Shadow is not particularly smart, or charismatic, or interesting, but something about him makes you root for him anyway. He is an open book with almost everyone he meets, and I suppose that is endearing.

I did enjoy the weaving in of all the the different major and minor gods throughout the story. A lot of them I could figure out, but some I did have to look up. A fantastic thing about American Gods is that, like America, there is a melting pot of deities in this book; gods from India, ancient Egypt, Norse mythology, Ireland, and lots of places in between are included.

There is far too much to mention to explain why I liked this book so much. Suffice to say that when it was done, I was sad that I had to leave Shadow’s world. The author does a superb job of making sure there are no loose ends left behind, and that is a feat with the sheer number of characters and subplots going on in the story.

That’s not to say American Gods is perfect–there are a number of stories told which seem to have no point in relation to the main plot, but are entertaining to read regardless. There are characters that shows up once, briefly, then never again. At times the author seems to be including gods and their background stories just because he knows them, an info dump of sorts.

I never lost interest even though the pace moved slowly, because there is a tone throughout the novel that something big will be happening just around the next corner. And that’s for sure–Shadow’s ride is anything but boring. This is a book you have to experience to learn what others are talking about.

View all my reviews

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and MirrorsFragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Find out more about Neil at his website, find all his books at his online bookstore, and follow him on FacebooktumblrTwitterInstagram, and his blog.

 

 

BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Mary Rose by Geoffrey Girard

Mary Rose

by Geoffrey Girard

Supernatural/Mystery

Book Description

Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl while the family was vacationing on a remote Scottish island. She reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.

After Simon hears about this disturbing episode in Mary Rose’s childhood, he becomes obsessed with finding out what happened. He proceeds to launch his own investigation and arranges during their honeymoon for them to visit the island where she disappeared. But as Mary Rose’s behavior gets stranger after their engagement, the need for Simon to unlock the truth about her past grows even more urgent. What he uncovers is beyond his most terrifying fears.

Mary Rose is author Geoffrey Girard’s chilling and modern take on a classic ghost story originally written by J. M. Barrie. And for years, master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock attempted to adapt Mary Rose into a film but was never successful. With this novel, Girard taps into the nightmarish fears that inspired both Barrie and Hitchcock, while also bringing the story to the present day with his own unique voice.

You can purchase Mary Rose at the following Retailers:
       

MY THOUGHTS:

3.75 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS


Mary Rose
by Geoffrey Girard
3.75 STARS

I suppose this novel is being billed a a ghost story. I wouldn’t say that. There is some touch of the supernatural, for sure. There are definitely creepy moments that gave me the chills. But Mary Rose is not a ghost, not anything I can pinpoint.

Mary Rose is a 26 year old English woman who is about to be wed to American lawyer Simon Blake. Upon a visit to her home country, Simon is told a family secret. Though it might be his and Mary Rose’s undoing, he is determined to get to the bottom of what happened to her 20 years ago, on a foreboding and desolate island in Scotland.

I read this book very quickly, mostly because there were so many questions surrounding Mary Rose and her past. She’s a quirky woman to say the least, but everyone around her seems to love her in spite of her weird ways. For his part, Simon does seem to truly be in love with Mary Rose. He’s an attorney, someone who knows that answers are to be found if you look hard enough. And that’s what the plot of this book is, really–Simon looking for answers in Mary Rose’s past to learn more about why she is experiencing such nightmarish events in her present.

The story is told in alternating chapters from both Simon and Mary Rose’s points of view. I liked this because it shows that things are happening to both of them, things they cannot explain, but it also shows how each one reacts to the other.

This book has an overall dark and creepy tone, and it’s a great read for this time of year. I turned the pages well past midnight in my hurry to find out the truth behind Mary Rose and her island. Just as you think you have the real answers, something else happens and you’re lost again. I do think the ending left a lot of questions, in comparison to the other, logically explained events. It’s a bit ambiguous so if you don’t like stories without concrete finales, be aware of that.

View all my reviews

About the Author

Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. His first book, Tales of the Jersey Devil, thirteen original tales based on American folklore, was published by Middle Atlantic Pressin 2005, followed by Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006) and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007). Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels simultaneously in 2013: CAIN’S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a companion novel for teen/YA readers which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for “Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel.”

In 2017, Carolrhoda Books published TRUTHERS, a YA novel about the 9/11 conspiracy, and Adaptive Books published MARY ROSE, a psychological thriller/ghost novel.

Girard’s short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Prime Codex, Aoife’s Kiss, The Willows, Murky Depths, Apex Horror & Science Fiction Digest, and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. The debut collection of his short fiction, first communions, was published by Apex Books in May, 2016.

Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey currently lives in Ohio and is the English Department Chair at a famed private boys’ high school. Prior to teaching, he worked as an advertising copywriter, web developer and marketing manager. He has a BA in English literature from Washington College and an MA in creative writing from Miami University, where he is now working on an MFA. He has presented and led workshops on creative writing at schools, bookstores and various writers’ conventions/events.


Photo Content from Geoffrey Girard

5 people will win a copy of Mary Rose
Open Internationally

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

REVIEW: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever

by Kaira Rouda

Thriller/Suspense

34007977

Book Description

I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

4fleur

MY THOUGHTS:

4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS


Best Day Ever
by Kaira Rouda

Ohhhh man. Paul Strom is one creepy dude. Control issues doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Paul is a middle aged man married to a younger, beautiful wife. They live in the suburbs with two boys and he works for a huge advertising company. Paul is taking his wife Mia away for the weekend to their cottage on Lake Erie, and he has promised both her and himself that this will be the BEST DAY EVER.

I will never be able to hear those words again without an ominous tone behind them.

I truly cannot give the specifics in this review that I want to, because the delicious details that unfold in this book are what kept me turning the pages until my eyes were drooping. The story starts off with Paul and Mia on a road trip on their way to their cottage. Alone time for the couple is at a premium because they have two young boys and Mia is a stay at home mother, but Paul has planned every single detail and he is not a man that likes it when things don’t go his way. As the day passes, we learn more about the truth behind this seemingly perfect couple and just what exactly Paul is willing to do to keep his life just the way he wants it.

I can’t stress this enough–from the beginning of the book, I knew there was something off with Paul. The story is told from his point of view, and you quickly get the sense of what kind of man he is. He has pictured his life a certain way, and does everything in his power to get it. Mia, for her part, is a good wife and mother to her two boys. She was young when she fell for Paul’s charms and soon married him, but the past ten years with him have slowly opened her eyes to the truth.

I read this book SO FAST because I knew something was coming, but I didn’t know what. The author is not so subtle with the foreshadowing, but it works to help set the sinister tone of the day for Paul and Mia.

The only thing I had some issue with was the ending, as it seemed a bit anticlimactic, but the more I think about what occurred, the more it seems realistic. The uncertainly is certainly relatable for a lot of women, and chilling.

Best Day Ever is recommended for any reader who likes a story where they’re not quite sure where they will end up, but they know the ride to get there will be exhilarating.

View all my reviews

1105560

About the Author

Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, Here, Home, Hope, was the Winner of the Indie Excellence Book Award in Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Winner of the USA Book Awards in the Women’s Fiction category and received Honorable Mention in Mainstream/Literary Fiction for the Writer’s Digest Book Awards. Her novel, The Goodbye Year, which was released in May 2016, was Redbook Magazine’s “20 Best Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring.”  Kaira’s latest novel, Best Day Ever, is one of the major launch titles for Harlequin’s new imprint Graydon House, and will be available on September 19, 2017.

Kaira is also the author of Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs and the creator of Real Living, one of the nation’s most successful real estate brands and the first national women-focused brand in real estate. She has given speeches to both women and men’s entrepreneurial conferences and programs across the country on the power of women as consumers and in the world. Kaira was named Best Entrepreneur from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and was also recognized in Entrepreneur magazine’s inaugural Top 50 fastest-growing, women-led companies list.

In addition to her many entrepreneurial and literary accomplishments, Kaira is very active in both her native Ohio community and in her community in Southern California, where she now resides. Her philanthropic pursuits began when she founded Central Ohio’s first homeless shelter for families when she was twenty-five years old, and Kaira has since received numerous awards for her civic service.

Kaira’s family includes her husband of 28 years, her four kids, and her two spoiled dogs. She lives in Southern California and is at work on her next novel. After living in Columbus, Ohio, for most of her life, she now enjoys the beach whenever possible.

Connect with Kaira Rouda
Website: wwww.KairaRouda.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/KairaRoudaBooks
Twitter: @KairaRouda / Instagram: @KairaRouda / Pinterest: @KairaRouda