Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review of Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Whew where to start... my mind is blown!!!

Hannah is a successful business woman who returns home one night with some exciting news.  When she arrives home to find her boyfriend of four years Matt is gone. Everything he owned is gone, all of her old stuff is put back in its original place. Where has he gone? What happened?

She is so humiliated that the only person she tells at first is her best friend Katie. As time goes on Hannah continues to fall apart. She finds that his number is disconnected and even his mother has moved. She finds out she is pregnant and gets in trouble at work. But weird things are going on in her house. Stuff has been moved, new flowers put in, a cd in her car...

Is Matt messing with her? Is she losing her mind?

Gah I have like a ton of things I want to say about this book, but spoilers for real I can't comment on what I really want to because it will spoil the whole damn book. I will make this vague reference the ending made me feel slightly uncomfortable and it really took a minute to wrap my head around everything.

That was how it is supposed to be I think, I think that was the author attempt and it was masterful, because I really felt a certain way towards Matt the whole book, and I will say my opinion of Katie was not improved by any circumstances. The clues are slowly revealed and you just don't put them together until the end when you look back and suddenly it is so clear.

If you are looking for thriller that deals with a subject I don't I have ever read about in a fiction book then look no further! 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Blog Tour of Gone Without A Trace by Mary Torjussen

From the imprint that published Fiona Barton’s instant New York Times bestseller The Widow and Clare Mackintosh’s global phenomenon I Let You Go, comes Mary Torjussen’s GONE WITHOUT A TRACE (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; 978-0-399-58501-2; April 11, 2017; $16.00)—an electric, compulsive thriller about a boyfriend’s unexplained disappearance, and its corrosive effects on the woman he left behind.
In GONE WITHOUT A TRACE, young professional Hannah returns from work to find her live-in boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened. As she struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows she’ll do anything to get answers. Where has he gone? Why has he left?
Then the messages start—cryptic and creepy texts and videos—and Hannah realizes that someone is watching her every move. And there are signs that someone has been in her house.
As her search for Matt progresses, Hannah treads further into madness and obsession—and the only way out is to come to terms with the one shocking truth she just can’t accept. . .

For anyone who has ever asked “Was it something I did?” GONE WITHOUT A TRACE brings to chilling light the doubt, fear, and obsession that can lie dormant in our most intimate relationships.
Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, says: “Gone Without a Trace has one of the most interesting narrators I’ve ever come across.”

Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: A Twist in Time

A Twist in Time A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again Julie McElwain proves that she's an author whose here to stay. Her prose and grasp of Regency England's justice system and social mores is dead on..pun intended. This is no run of the mill murder mystery nor is it a straight laced romance novel.

Kendra Donovan, the youngest FBI recruit goes on a mission of vengeance in 2015 and winds up going through a wormhole and ending up in Regency England right after the war with America and Napoleon. Kendra has to try to adjust to a world where women are regarded as property and unintelligent while also trying to solve a series of murders.

In Julie McElwain's follow up novel 'A Twist in Time' Kendra Donovan's hopes of returning to her own time prove unsuccessful. At the same time Lady Dover is brutally murdered and Alec is accused of the crime. The Duke of Aldridge and Kendra journey from Aldridge Castle to London to clear Alec's name and find Lady Dover's killer.

Julie McElwain takes us through the investigative process mixing Kendra's knowledge of current criminal investigation and 18th century police procedures. She doesn't stop there though. She immerses us into the society that existed at that time. She doesn't shy away from highlighting Kendra's struggle as a woman in Regency England, nor does she sugar coat the unfair justice system that existed.

Kendra is reunited with Sam Kelly the Bow Street Runner and our favorite Regency Englishwoman Lady Rebekah as well as the inestimable Dr. Morris. We're also introduced to the Beau Monde also known as the Ton and all it's seedy, sordid, dealings.

Through the course of her investigation we meet the Weston Family. Lord Weston is having an affair with Lady Dover but by this time in the investigation it's more a matter of who ISN'T having an affair with her. Turns out the widow Dover had quite a few "admirers" and she wasn't above blackmailing them to get what she wanted. What's a 20th century woman to do when faced with 18th century societal morals? Kendra Donovan digs out the Weston families deepest darkest and dirtiest secrets to find the person responsible for Lady Dover's death and to clear Alec's name before the House of Lords can convene to decide whether or not to charge him.

There are so many twists and turns throughout Julie McElwain's second novel that you might find yourself getting a tad lost but you'll have a blast getting to know Regency England right along with Kendra. I for one can't wait to see what Julie brings in the next book.

Will Kendra Donovan find her way back to the 20th century or will she decide to say in England?

Will she agree to marry Alec or will Alec change his mind once he learns Kendra may not be able to have children?

We're getting close in timeline to when Jack the Ripper stalked the alleys of White Chapel so I don't think I'm alone in wondering if Kendra Donovan is going to be called on to help investigate those crimes.

I haven't forgotten about what Kendra left behind in 20th century England so I'm wondering what her plan is if she DOES get back to her own time?

I have so many questions but it looks like I'll be waiting with the rest of you to get those answers.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cover Reveal for Trusting Tanner by Lexi Lawton

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Trusting Tanner by Lexi Lawton

To win her trust, he’ll have to surrender his heart.
Trusting Tanner is a sexy new adult romance coming May 8th from Entangled Embrace. Check out the cover!

About Trusting Tanner:
The Collins Brothers #1

Tanner Collins is the embodiment of perfection—tall, dark, sinfully sexy—and completely out of Juliana Shea’s league. Knowing she’d never survive a repeat of her last disastrous relationship, she parks Tanner firmly in the friend zone. But man, he’s hard to resist.

Juliana is exactly what Tanner wants, and he’s determined to win her over with his kindness and humor… But one night—a night he can’t even remember—threatens to take it all away.

With the flick of a “send” button, their hope for a future together is shattered. But Tanner isn’t the type to give up on what he wants—and he wants Juliana.

TRUSTING TANNER releases May 8, 2017

About Lexi Lawton:
Born and raised in Central New York, Lexi Lawton is an only child who found companionship in books. When she was old enough to put pen to paper, she began writing her own stories of love, suspense, and heartbreak. She hasn't stopped since. Represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, Lexi is actively pursuing her dreams of publication.

Today, Lexi lives in Michigan with her husband, four kids, three pit bulls, and two cats. When she's not writing, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends, and obsessively listening to anything by Luke Bryan.

Visit her website:  www.lexilawton.com
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Interview with Katie Ray

Here is an interview about Katie Ray's new book Don't Kiss the Messenger.

I wanted to kick things off with a fun question, so what is your favorite book of 2017 so far?
I loved The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon. 

How do you come up with the names for your characters?
A lot of the names in this book come from the play, except for Emmett’s. His name is a pretty funny story—at first his name was going to be Robin, but my editor thought it sounded like a girl’s name and it might confuse readers. So, we went back and forth for weeks trying to rename him. He had always been Robin to me, so I was having a hard time imagining him as anyone else. Then one night I was watching Legally Blonde on TV. Reece Witherspoon’s love interest in the movie (played by Luke Wilson) is named Emmett. I jumped up from the chair and screamed, “EMMETT! THAT’S HIS NAME!” My husband just looked at me like I was nuts, which his usual reaction to my random outbursts. 

Did you always want to be a writer?
No, I really wanted to be a musician but I have zero musical talent so I let that dream go.

What inspires your writing?
I think when anyone writes a book, they have something to say. That’s what inspires my stories—I have a question I’m working through, or an idea I feel strongly about. It inspires the backbone of my story and the rest builds from there.

What was the hardest part writing “Don't Kiss the Messenger”?
Honestly, the hardest thing was writing a retelling. It was the first time I have worked on a story that has already been outlined. I thought that would make it easier since I already had a pace to follow, but it actually made it harder to break away from the outline and go in my own direction.

What is your favorite thing about writing “Don't Kiss the Messenger?
My favorite scene to write was the scarface scene at the party, where CeCe comes up with a list of witty one-liners to make fun of her scar. That was the first scene I wrote in the book (it’s also my favorite scene in the play and the movie).

Do you have any habits while writing? For example: a specific snack food you have to have or maybe music playing in the background.
I usually need to be drinking coffee. 😀

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
I love to hike, listen to music, go to the beach with my kids, and drink coffee with friends.

What or Who were your biggest inspirations for the characters in Don't Kiss the Messenger? 
Well, since it’s a retelling, the inspiration obviously came from the play and the movie. As far as physical looks go, in my head I imagined them as younger versions of these celebrities:
Natalie Portman = CeCe Edmonds
Tom Brady = Emmett Brady
Gisele Bunchen = Bryn DeVeunille
Jason Segel = Frank

What is your next project?
I can’t share specifics yet, but I’m working on another YA novel.

What do you think is the most special thing about this world you have created?
It’s a story about accepting yourself for who you are, instead of changing yourself in order to be accepted. I think that is incredibly difficult to do, especially in high school when there’s so much pressure to fit in.

What is the one thing you want readers to walk away from "Don't Kiss the Messenger  with?
I would say, stop caring so much about what people think of you. Give yourself a break, and give everyone else a break, too.  No one is perfect. People shouldn’t merely accept our flaws, they should love us all the more for having them. 

Don’t Kiss the Messenger comes out on April 10th!  I would be honored if you choose to read my book. I think you’ll like it. 😀

 Katie writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her latest book, Don't Kiss the Messenger, is published under her new pen name, Katie Ray. She also has six books published under her legal name, Katie Kacvinsky (First Comes Love, Second Chance, Finally Forever, Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point).

Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her screenplay, A HIGH NOTE, was a semifinalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition. She lives in beautiful Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior, with her husband, two kids, and a very high-energy dog. To find out more about Katie and her books, check out her website:  www.katieraybooks.wordpress.com