Friday, October 30, 2020

Buried in My Past on Sale (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

Buried in my Past5 STAR thriller, Buried in My Past by author Eva Mackenzie, is on sale for ONLY $0.99 from now until October 30th on Amazon, AND as a special treat to our hosts and their readers, the author is giving away a brand new 32GB Kindle Paperwhite (Value $159.00)!!!

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Buried in My Past

Genre: Domestic Thriller/ Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: February 6th, 2020

Publisher: Craven Ink Press

She’s desperate to stop the panic attacks. But the truth won’t set her free…

Jamie Kendal sees life through the bottom of a bottle. After surviving assault and betrayal, she is forced back to her hometown to care for her mother. Not long after her return, she’s plagued by terrifying slivers of memories from the night her twin brother disappeared forever…

Unearthing new evidence, she’s shocked to learn she’d been found wandering in the woods that same night—covered in blood. More than one person from her past hid the haunting truth that’s bubbling to the surface. The deeper she digs into the horrors from her past, the more she fears almost anyone could be a killer, including Jamie herself.

Can Jamie expose what happened that night, or will she join her missing brother?

*Trigger Warnings: Implied Sexual Assault but none depicted

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Excerpt

Every night her mother fell asleep atop a deep, dark secret. A box containing a mystery wrapped in the blood of her twins.

She wasn’t a killer. That’s what she told Drew; that’s what she told herself. But now, sitting on the floor of her mothers’ room, she cradled evidence that suggested otherwise. And she had no memory for an alibi.

Available on Amazon!

About the Author

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Eva Mackenzie is an author who enjoys twisty, emotionally engrossing tales. Her debut novel has been a work in progress for over a decade. Under the urging of a loved one, it’s finally finished.

She is a wife and mother living on the east coast. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family, training for her next marathon or reading stacks of suspense novels. Some of her favorite authors are Minka Kent, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Jackson.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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To celebrate the release of the next exciting book in the Botanic Hill Detectives mystery series, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse is going on tour! We have an excerpt for you to read and a chance to win a signed, personalized paperback copy of the book, and some matching book swag! Ebook_EucalyptusStreet_GreenCurse_02(1)Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse Publication Date: October 20, 2020 (Today Genre: MG Mystery/ Middle Grade (For fans of Nancy Drew type mysteries) In 1945, Isabela de Cordoba’s great-grandfather, the famous silent movie actor Lorenzo de Cordoba, mysteriously hid a legendary, multimillion-dollar emerald somewhere on the family’s sprawling Eucalyptus Street estate. Seventy years later, the gem remains concealed. Nicknamed the “Green Curse,” the emerald is blamed for the Southern California familia’s numerous, untimely deaths. On her twenty-first birthday, Isabela receives a secret letter with a cryptic poem. These documents from the long-deceased Lorenzo invite her to hunt for the gemstone. But first, she must decipher the poem’s eight stanzas for clues. To assist, Isabela hires her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the four Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, and their best friends, Moki Kalani and Rani Kumar. Eerie footsteps inside the mansion, unexplained occurrences in the adjacent cemetery, and the mysterious tenant in the backyard casita challenge them. But they ingeniously make progress on the poem’s meaning with startling discoveries. Sliding wall panels, a secret room, and hidden passages reveal much. The detectives aren’t the only ones looking for the emerald. The perilous race for the de Cordoba treasure is on! Add to Goodreads

Excerpt

Lanny is awakened at four a.m. by the sound of footsteps coming from the room overhead. He and Moki head to the third floor to explore:

Their eyes had adjusted to the darkness. Lanny pointed to the door of the suspected room and flashed Moki an A-OK sign. They turned off their flashlights, noticing the room’s door was slightly ajar, and listened for any sounds. Nothing but the mournful “who-who” sound of the resident barn owl in the old magnolia tree outside. They waited two more minutes, shivering and wishing they hadn’t forgotten their bathrobes and slippers. Still no sounds came from the room. Even the owl became silent. Moki felt the hair on the back of his neck stand up.

Finally, Lanny pushed the door open slightly and slipped into the room. Moki followed.

Available in paperback and for Kindle! About the Author photo01 Sherrill Joseph will be forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools where she taught for thirty-five years before retiring and becoming a published author. She has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries with children and adult characters of various abilities, races, cultures, and interests. Sherrill strongly believes that children need to find not only themselves in books but others from different races and social situations if all are to become tolerant, anti-racist world citizens. In addition, the author created her detectives—patterned after her own fifth-grade students and twelve-year-old twin cousins—to be mature, smart, polite role models that will appeal to parents, teachers, but especially to kids who seek to realize their greatest potential with courage and self-respect. Sherrill is a lexical-gustatory synesthete and native San Diegan where she lives in a 1928 Spanish-style house in a historic neighborhood with her poodle-bichon mix, Jimmy Lambchop. Other loves include her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She can’t leave out dark chocolate, popcorn, old movies, purple, and daisies. Having never lived in a two-story house, she is naturally fascinated by staircases. Sherrill is a member of SCBWI and the Authors Guild and promises many more adventures with the squad to come.

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October 26th

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

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The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

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October 27th

Breakeven Books (Spotlight) https://breakevenbooks.com

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October 28th

LauraLoopyLou (Review) https://www.loopyloulaura.com/

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Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Spotlight) www.bansheeirishhorrorblog.com

October 29th

The Consulting Writer (Spotlight) https://theconsultingwriter.wordpress.com

Tsarina Press (Spotlight) https://www.tsarinapress.com

Book Dragons Not Worms (Spotlight) https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/?m=1

October 30th

Lunarian Press (Interview) https://www.lunarianpress.com/

Meli’s Book Reviews (Review) https://melisbokreviews.wordpress.com/

Rosie Writes (Spotlight) http://rosemariecawkwell.wordpress.com

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Every Last Fear


Alright y'all, I got this thriller ARC from Minotaur Books, and holy $h!t!!! This beauty doesn't come out until next year, and I think there is going to be a lot of buzz around it! Most of us have watched some kind of documentary/20-20 story about a murder or murderer. It is just human  nature to be curious about that kind of thing. Have you ever wondered what happened to the family after the documentary came out though?? I certainly have, especially for those that claim innocence. While this is a fictional story and more along the lines of the Netflix show Making A Murderer, Alex Finlay still does an amazing job of pulling you in and keeping you guessing like it was a true crime story. There are multiple POVs, but it did not get confusing once. I was able to keep up with the different characters as well as the fact that this is told in a Before and After timeline. There are a few triggering things that I must warn about. There is mention of teen pregnancy, teen drinking, and attempted sexual abuse. It is not mentioned very heavily, and is not the focus of the overall story. I have to give a big thank you to Minotaur Books for sending this to me in advance, and I cannot wait to see what others think of it come March 2021!!

SYNOPSIS

"They found the bodies on a Tuesday."

His Family, Dead.
After a late night, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news; nearly his entire family has been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The police claim it was an accident, but the FBI seem far less certain--and they won't tell Matt why.

His Brother, Behind Bars.
The tragedy makes headlines because this is the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt's older brother, Danny--serving a life sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, Charlotte-- was the subject of a viral true-crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret: the night Charlotte was killed, Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime.

His only move--to face his EVERY LAST FEAR.
When Matt returns home, he's faced with a frenzied media and memories he'd hoped to leave behind forever. Now, as the deaths in Mexico appear connected to Danny's case, Matt must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison--putting his own life in the line of fire.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Author Interview with Mallory McCartney



Alright y'all, I met this lovely through a Reads and Reels Book Tours where I did a blitz for her book. Even though I hadn't read her book, I still reached out to Mallory McCartney through Bookstagram. You can easily imagine my surprise when she agreed to do this interview! She could have easily told me no since I just did a promo, but I am glad that she didn't. So let's dive in shall we?

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Thanks for having me! My name is Mallory McCartney and I live in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: I am an indie author, publishing under my own imprint of MM Books. 

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: I started off writing YA fantasy, but as my series progresses, I write New Adult or Adult epic fantasy. I am a horror lover so I’m hoping to write a blend of horror / dark fantasy in the future after the Black Dawn Series is finished.

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: My love of writing has always been there since I was young, but it was in public school when I really started to crave becoming an author when I grew up. I have always loved reading and have had a vivid imagination but the first draft named “Kiero” that would later be the setting of the Black Dawn series, I wrote in grade eight and it was the characters that came to me first. I fell in love, but it wasn’t until 2016 that my husband Matt encouraged me to pursue writing professionally.

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: I absolutely do! My husband and I work together at our day job with a property management group running apartment buildings. 

Q: How many books have you published?
A: To date I have published two, Heir of Lies and Queen to Ashes. Though Kingdom of Broken Iron is set to release early 2021 so its soon to be three which is extremely exciting!!

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I am currently working on Kingdom of Broken Iron (Black Dawn #3) right now I am in the middle of content edits with my first editor Emerald Barnes (who is fantastic!) After that I have Kingdom set up to go through three more editors; Raven Eckman, Brenna Davis and Briana Morgan, that all focus on different aspects, content, copy line editing and proof reading, and the last step, formatting before publication. 
I am also working on the fourth book in the Black Dawn Series, The Cursed Throne, as well as the first book in my adult dark fantasy series.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: There was a couple of hard scenes to write in Heir of Lies in telling Adair’s story. But recently the entire third book, Kingdom of Broken Iron, has been hard to write. In the aspect that when I started out, I had a different idea of where the plot was going to go, but the story took me down a rabbit hole and a new path. Which was SO FUN but also hard to write.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: I suppose I have two, The Cursed Throne, and the first book in my new series. Though with my new book I decided to re write it at 60,000 words, which is all part of the process.

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: Absolutely! Heir of Lies, and Queen to Ashes are part of the Black Dawn Series, which I am planning on it being five books. The new book I am working on I am planning it being part of a series as well. 

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: With the Black Dawn series, it’s a body of work that connects between each book. Though it’s not off the table that in the future I will write a standalone book. 

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: Kingdom of Broken Iron is set to release February 8th 2021. I’m really excited to share this book! 

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: Every book I write is different, but Kingdom of Broken Iron from start to finish took two years. 

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: I be kind to myself. I used to have such a rigid writing schedule that creatively I burnt out. If I go through writers block I find other avenues to spark and inspire me creatively. Whether that is hiking, painting, listening to music, I see it as stoking the fire and always my characters will come back, and the writers block will diminish.

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: Music is my lifeblood! I have noise cancelling headphones, and my office space, so when I sit down to write a book I get into my zone and off I go! Also snacks, a lot of snacks. (Lol!)

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: I tend to write in long sittings. Writing is almost a ritualistic act for me, so once I get into the zone, I tend to stay writing for a couple of hours minimum. 

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: Writing energizes me! Its such a fundamental part of who I am, that going into my wolds, and building my characters is not only a stress reliever for me, but is a creative outlet that I can’t live without.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: I’m going to be brutally honest here- I’m not sure. They usually collide into me like being struck by a moving object lol, but as the great Stephen King says, “Write primarily for yourself”. And I do. So, when these ideas or characters slam into me at random times, I have to follow where their story takes me and what their world is like. An example of this is five years ago, I had one of my dogs outside to go to the washroom before bed. It was late, and this idea came out of no where, “What if he is the last person in his world that can see and communicate with ghosts?” BAM, over the last five years my new series has been born from this one loud thought.

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: I have a lot of author friends that I look up to, Candace Robinson, Christine Rees though have been with me since the beginning. Writing is hard, and sometimes very scary. But these ladies are not only supportive friends but talented writers.

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: Oh yes! I love reading and try to balance my time to make sure I get through my overwhelmingly big TBR, lol. 

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.)
A: I will always read any ARCS I can get from Candace Robinson, her books are my favourite! Though also at this moment I am reading an ARC for Patrick Delaney and his The House that fell from the Sky.

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: I do, my favourite genres to read are epic fantasy and horror/ thriller. Though I sometimes read contemporary as well, but I have to be in the mood to.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: I love this question, and the answer changes for me as I get older. But as of today, my favourite book has been IT by Stephen King. It’s brilliant. 

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: I have, and to me that is a sign of an incredibly talented writer. My favourite kind of response is “you did not do that to my favourite character!” lol, the last book I read that had that response was Candace Robinson’s upcoming paranormal romance, Lyrics & Curses.

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: I have Instagram, a website, Facebook, and twitter. I am most active on my Instagram account @authormalmccartney

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: I love to connect with my readers!!! I think it’s the coolest aspect of being an author is to hear how people react or think about your work. 

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: I absolutely do, to name a few, Candace Robinson, Christine Rees, Michele Barrow-Besilse have always been there for me! Big hugs ladies. 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: The best money I have spent is first, investing into my own publishing imprint, investing in my amazing publicists, editors and my formatter. I would be lost without my team <3

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: My family and my friends are hugely supportive of my writing career, and I feel lucky for that <3 

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: Hmm, I have three dachshunds, Link, Lola and Leonard who are my furkids, and I am a musical theatre addict!!!!! 

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/authormalmccartney/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/authormalmccartney/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/malmccartney?lang=en

Website:
https://www.authormallorymccartney.com/

Alright y'all, there you have it! She has been hard at work trying to get her books out there for everyone to enjoy while working along side her husband. I have not read her books yet, but there is no telling what the future holds for my never ending TBR! I am super grateful that she agreed to do this interview and that we connected thanks to R&R Book Tours! Be sure to check out all her social media pages and her books!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Tea with Rasputin (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

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Welcome to the blog tour for gripping, thriller, Tea with Rasputin by Rolf Richardson! TeawithRasputinTea with Rasputin Publication Date: July 22, 2020 Genre: Thriller GRIPPING GLOBE-TROTTING THRILLER WITH SURPRISES AND UNEXPECTED EVENTS It’s 1992 and during a routine layover in Anchorage Alaska, Greg Wilton (a First Officer with British World Airways) disappears without trace. Back at airline HQ near Heathrow, Mr Halford, Head of Security, is tasked with finding someone to investigate Greg’s case. His team are working to capacity and no one can be spared. So he scrapes the bottom of the barrel and assigns recent recruit, Terry Jackson to the investigation. Fresh out of training school and awaiting his first posting, Terry flies to Alaska, brimming with enthusiasm at being trusted with such a mission. There he discovers Wilton rented a small plane while on his layover and both are now missing. His last contact appeared to be with Coral, a waitress at the crew watering hole, The Golden Nugget, so with her help Terry sets out to find the missing airman. Their quest appears to be hopeless, because Alaska is huge, but they do not give up. The action moves to Hong Kong, Miami, Oxford (England) and finally St. Petersburg for Tea with Rasputin, a ten year globe-trotting saga with many twists and turns. Join Terry in his investigation, where intrigue, suspense, mystery, humour and even a little romance lie in wait. Add to Goodreads Available on Amazon! About the Author Rolf Richardson ROLF RICHARDSON is a mongrel English/Norwegian who loves to travel, starting with service in the RAF, flying Britain’s first jet fighter, the Meteor; thereafter 25 years as a British Airways pilot on Argonauts, Britannias, VC10s and 747s. He then became a roaming photographer, visiting around 110 countries, with over 15,000 photos now sold. He has worked his passage on cruise ships by giving lectures. Taken 3 months to drive round Australia. A few years ago he set out to put his experiences to further use by writing a series of ‘Easy Read’ books: thrillers with a dash of history, romance and humour. Rolf Richardson TeawithRasputin

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October 19th

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

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Debjani’s Thoughts (Review) https://debjanisthoughts.wordpress.com/

October 20th

I’m into Books (Spotlight) https://imintobooks.com

Inked & Blonde (Review) https://inkedandblonde.blogspot.com/

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October 21st

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October 22nd

Rambling Mads (Spotlight) http://ramblingmads.com

PoptheButterfly (Review) https://popthebutterfly.wordpress.com

The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

October 23rd

Book Dragons Not Worms (Spotlight) https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/?m=1

Stine Writing (Review) https://christinebialczak.com/

Tsarina Press (Spotlight) https://www.tsarinapress.com

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Witch This Way (Holiday Hills Book 2)

 


Alright y'all, I was sent this one in ARC form earlier this year from Seven River Publishing, but had to put it on the back burner due to personal reasons. This is book two in Carolyn Ridder Aspenson's Holiday Hills series. I was able to read this one with only a little confusion, but I recommend that you read book one first. This is another one of her cozy mysteries, but with a small twist. In this one she tells two stories in one book in a way. It's about a ghost author writing a story about a witch while being a with herself. It was a pretty quick read, but I have honestly come to expect that. It was still a good read overall, and a nice break from all the spooky reads I've been doing lately.

SYNOPSIS

Welcome to Holiday Hills, where the is magic and mystery in the air...
I wear many hats: I'm a friend. A sort-of girlfriend. A ghostwriter, and... ...oh yeah, a witch. My editor always tells me to "write what you know." Unfortunately, that's what's happening...literally. When the main character in my latest novel-a witch herself-takes a new job with the Magical Bureau of Investigators, she stumbles upon a threat so big, it could destroy everything she holds dear. Fiction right? Nope. For reasons beyond my witchy sixth sense, everything I write is now happening to me in real life! Did I mention my character gets into REALLY bad situations? Now I've got to figure out who's cast this awkward spell and find a way to reverse it. And if I don't do it soon, I might just wind up the "dead" in my deadline.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse (R&R Book Tours Release Blitz Post)

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Congrats to author Sherrill Joseph on the release of the next exciting book in her Botanic Hill Detectives mystery series, Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse!

I have an excerpt for you to read and a chance to win a signed, personalized paperback copy of the book, and some matching book swag!

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Publication Date: October 20, 2020 (Today

Genre: MG Mystery/ Middle Grade

(For fans of Nancy Drew type mysteries)

In 1945, Isabela de Cordoba’s great-grandfather, the famous silent movie actor Lorenzo de Cordoba, mysteriously hid a legendary, multimillion-dollar emerald somewhere on the family’s sprawling Eucalyptus Street estate. Seventy years later, the gem remains concealed. Nicknamed the “Green Curse,” the emerald is blamed for the Southern California familia’s numerous, untimely deaths.

On her twenty-first birthday, Isabela receives a secret letter with a cryptic poem. These documents from the long-deceased Lorenzo invite her to hunt for the gemstone. But first, she must decipher the poem’s eight stanzas for clues.

To assist, Isabela hires her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the four Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, and their best friends, Moki Kalani and Rani Kumar. Eerie footsteps inside the mansion, unexplained occurrences in the adjacent cemetery, and the mysterious tenant in the backyard casita challenge them. But they ingeniously make progress on the poem’s meaning with startling discoveries. Sliding wall panels, a secret room, and hidden passages reveal much. The detectives aren’t the only ones looking for the emerald. The perilous race for the de Cordoba treasure is on!

Add to Goodreads

Excerpt

Lexi is awakened at two a.m. by an unlatched bedroom window banging in the wind. She has just closed it and is about to return to bed when:

Lexi . . . became transfixed by something she saw out the troublesome window. At the far western edge of the estate grounds, there appeared a light that seemed to be bobbing, then pulsing on and off. Lexi squinted her eyes to aid her focus.

“What’s going on?” Rani asked a moment later. She propped herself up on her elbows.

“There’s a twinkling light out there. Come see for yourself.” Lexi beckoned to Rani with both hands. “Hurry up, before it’s gone.”

Rani scrambled out of bed and joined Lexi in gazing in the direction her friend was pointing. Both girls watched as the light moved first one direction, then the other.

Rani craned her neck for a better view. “Creepy. What part of the garden is that?”

“I hope I’m wrong, but I think that’s the churchyard at St. Barnabas Cathedral.”

The girls stared at each other wide-eyed as Lexi squeezed Rani’s forearm.

Available in paperback and for Kindle!

About the Author

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Sherrill Joseph will be forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools where she taught for thirty-five years before retiring and becoming a published author.

She has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries with children and adult characters of various abilities, races, cultures, and interests. Sherrill strongly believes that children need to find not only themselves in books but others from different races and social situations if all are to become tolerant, anti-racist world citizens.

In addition, the author created her detectives—patterned after her own fifth-grade students and twelve-year-old twin cousins—to be mature, smart, polite role models that will appeal to parents, teachers, but especially to kids who seek to realize their greatest potential with courage and self-respect.

Sherrill is a lexical-gustatory synesthete and native San Diegan where she lives in a 1928 Spanish-style house in a historic neighborhood with her poodle-bichon mix, Jimmy Lambchop. Other loves include her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She can’t leave out dark chocolate, popcorn, old movies, purple, and daisies. Having never lived in a two-story house, she is naturally fascinated by staircases. Sherrill is a member of SCBWI and the Authors Guild and promises many more adventures with the squad to come.

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Author Interview with Cameron Lund

                                         

Alright y'all, I connected with this lovely lady after I received an ARC of her book The Best Laid Plans. I absolutely loved it, and was super grateful that Razorbill sent it to me. So naturally I took the chance, and reached out to Cameron Lund on Instagram about doing the interview. And naturally I was shocked that she agreed! I was excited to get a peek inside the brain that brought the funny duo of Keely and Andrew. So let's dive shall we?

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Hi! My name is Cameron Lund and I live in San Francisco.

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: I work with a publisher!

Q: If you do work with a publishing company, which one and for how long?
A: Both of my books are through Razorbill, which is an imprint of Penguin Teen.

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: I’m currently writing YA contemporary romance, but I also love writing fantasy/fairy tales, and getting a little more dark with some horror stuff (I studied film and media in college with an emphasis on horror films which is why there are so many Hitchcock references in THE BEST LAID PLANS!) (That actually explains a lot!!!)

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I’ve been writing for fun my whole life. When I was a kid, I used to wake up early on Saturday mornings and open Microsoft Word on the family computer and write my stories for hours! But it didn’t really occur to me that being an author was a career path I could try for until more recently. I studied screenwriting in college and initially thought I wanted to pursue screenwriting, but then I realized I could apply these same skills to my love of writing books and try to make a go of that!

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: Yes, right now I’m an Office Coordinator at a tech company in San Francisco, but I’ve had lots of different day jobs in order to pursue my creative passions!

Q: How many books have you published?
A: My debut novel, THE BEST LAID PLANS, just came out in April 2020, and my second novel, HEARTBREAKERS AND FAKERS, will be out in June of 2021! (I'm so excited to read that one!!!)

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: I’m currently in the editing stage of my second novel. 

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: I don’t want to give too many spoilers for my second book, but HEARTBREAKERS AND FAKERS is written it two timelines: the Now scenes and the Then scenes, and there were a lot of moving parts I had to coordinate to make this work! It’s definitely been way more challenging to write than my first book was.

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: I’ve started countless books since I was a kid—little snippets of story ideas, or a few chapters of something—but THE BEST LAID PLANS was the first book I ever finished and wrote with the attempt to publish! Someday I’d like to return to a few of those earlier story ideas though and see if there’s anything there.

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: I think it’s common in romance to have a series where each of the characters in your universe end up getting their own story, so I’d love to go back to THE BEST LAID PLANS someday and give a few more of those characters a happy ending. 

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: So far, each of my books has stood on their own! But I do like to imagine that THE BEST LAID PLANS and HEARTBREAKERS AND FAKERS take place in the same universe! 

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: No release date yet, but HEARTBREAKERS AND FAKERS is planned for June 2021!

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: I was on contract for book two, so had much less time to write it than I normally would (I’m sure you’ve heard of the dreaded book 2 syndrome from lots of authors!). I wrote the first draft in about 3 months, and now have been working on edits for a few more months since. Things have slowed down a bit because of coronavirus. It’s been really difficult to get into a creative headspace recently. (I totally understand COVID making it difficult to want to do anything creative! Definitely felt that myself!)

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: A lot of the time when I’m writing a scene, the characters surprise me, which is why I don’t like to be confined by outlines. Generally, I know the character arc of the protagonist before I start writing, and I know where I want them to end up emotionally—and I have the plot beats for a three act structure pretty ingrained in me from film school—and then with just this basic information I start to write. So I’ll go into a scene not really knowing what is going to happen and I let the characters carry me through! There have definitely been scenes in the past where a character does or says something I wasn’t expecting. 

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: The hardest part for me is actually opening up the doc and starting to write. It’s so easy to get caught up in social media. I’ve found if I write early in the morning before I’ve completely woken up, and if I force myself to start writing before I’m allowed to check social media, it helps me tap into my most creative headspace. 

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: I write whenever I get time! Parts of my first book were written in short ten minute sprints on my breaks at work.

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: This totally depends on how the writing is going! If the words are flowing freely and I feel confident in them, I’m exhilarated! I love going into that flow state where it feels like the story is writing itself. But if it’s one of those days where the words don’t come and I feel like a terrible horrible writer, of course that doesn’t feel good.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: I always get ideas when I travel. Traveling is one of my favorite things! I love exploring new places, and as I’m walking around, past a river or a castle or a cafe, these places spark something in me and I imagine the characters that would be in them and what they might be doing. 

Q: Is there another author you look up to or strive to be as successful as?
A: I’ve always looked up to Stephanie Perkins, so I would love a career like hers! I don’t know, all I want is to have a steady career and to keep publishing books that my readers will love!

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: Yes yes yes!

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.)
A: I have a few different critique groups and other authors that I swap drafts with. I think critique groups are invaluable! It’s so important to get feedback and another set of eyes on your work. Plus there are a lot of rejections in this industry, so getting used to the process of getting feedback thickens your skin a little.

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: Yes I read tons of YA—specifically romcoms. But I also read a ton of other genres too. I love fantasy, adult romance, literary fiction etc.

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: Hmmm it’s so difficult to pick a favorite of anything! I will say that the books I’ve treasured the most in my life are the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman, and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. There’s just something so magical about the books we fall in love with as kids. (Loved Ella growing up!)

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: Yes. The last two books I can remember just falling apart and sobbing at the last page were The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: You can find me on both Twitter and Instagram at @camloond

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: Yes! I’m still a new baby author, so hearing from readers who connected with my book means so much. It’s easy to get caught up in anxiety about the writing process, and a reader who tells me they stayed up all night to finish, or that they loved the book, makes it all feel worth it!

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Yes, I would be lost without my author friends! Specifically, my friend and mentor Shirin Yim Bridges has been such a great support system. She’s an award winning children’s picture book author, so you should check her out! I also have many writer friends who are still on their journeys to publication and so I hope to be able to call them author friends soon. 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: This is a great question! I signed up for adult writing classes a few years ago as a way to hold myself accountable and to make writing a priority. I found a community and my critique group through these classes, so they were money very well spent. But if you can’t afford classes, I think writing books are also very helpful! For plotting, I personally love Save the Cat Writes a Novel, by Jessica Brody. 

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: I am lucky that my family has always been super supportive of all my creative endeavors! They are very excited for me :)

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: Besides being a novel writer, I am also a songwriter and singer! I’ve written and recorded vocals for a few different electronic artists and rappers, and I also record some of my own stuff. I love writing songs from the point of view of my characters as I’m drafting, because it really helps me get into their heads and figure out their motivations. You can find some of my recorded music on my website: www.cameronlund.com 

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/camloond/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/camloond?lang=en

Alright there you have it folks! I am still super grateful that I was an ARC reader for Cameron Lund thanks to Razorbill. I am even more grateful that she agreed to do this interview! I absolutely loved her book, and getting a chance to get to know her a little better beyond Bookstagram. I hope that you guys check out her social media pages and her books! My review for The Best Laid Plans is available on here now!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sinister Shadows


Alright y'all this is spooky beauty is by one of my favorite people and Indie author in the world, Brittany Cournoyer. She sent this to me a year ago when she first published, but thankfully understood I was still trying to get the hang of everything. She is the queen of MM (male on male) romance, and this is no different. However instead of everything being sassy and typical HEA, it's full of secrets and twists! Perfect for a spooky read that's not all about who-done-it. I can't believe it took me forever to get to read this beauty, especially since it's a pretty quick read. Thankfully Brittany knows my crazy TBR and brain on a regular basis lol. 

SYNOPSIS

Who is Duncan Reynolds? Pierce, the man claiming to be my husband says that’s me. A racing heart and a need to breathe are my only memories when I wake in an unfamiliar room surrounded by strangers. With nothing else to go on, I have to trust the people around me to help me remember. As days stretch into weeks, I know the reoccurring dreams of dark alleys and sinister shadows can’t be ignored, and the only person I have to help me is Pierce. With my memory slowly starting to return, I know things aren’t always as they seem. Will searching for the past lead me closer to my husband or toward the danger that’s lurking just out of sight?

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season of the Witch


Alright so I know that I am like a year late on reading this one, but who cares right?! I became obsessed with the Netflix show almost instantly! I was very excited when I won a copy of this beauty last year, but unfortunately did not get a chance to read it until now. I loved reading this prequel while listening to the show again! I am pretty sure most of us remember the show "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" with Melissa Joan Hart, and that gave us a sweet version of the half-witch half-mortal. However, this spooky version gives us a more adultish version to fall in love with. Sabrina is still a lovable half-witch that is trying to find the balance between the witch world and the mortal world. However, now we get to see and read the darker side to it all! Sarah Rees Brennan gives a little bit of a deeper look of the months leading up to Sabrina's Dark Baptism that isn't really shown in the show. I finished this book in about two days, with a day break in between to a lazy day with my family, and I honestly wish I had the other two books in the series on hand! Both this book and the show are naturally perfect spooky, but can definitely be enjoyed any time! 

SYNOPSIS
    It's the summer before her sixteenth birthday, and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She's always studied magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she's also lived a normal mortal life-attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle. 
    Now time is running out on her everyday, normal world, and leaving behind Roz and Susie and Harvey is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Especially because Sabrina isn't sure how Harvey feels about her. Her cousin Ambrose suggests performing a spell to discover Harvey's true feelings. But when a mysterious wood spirit interferes, the spell backfires...in a big way.
    Sabrina has always been attracted to the power of being a witch. But now she can't help wondering if that power is leading her down the wrong path. Will she choose to forsake the path of light and follow the path of night?


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

In Our Bones (R&R Book Tours Blitz Post)

InOurBones Congratulations to Pernell Plath Meier on the release of In Our Bones! Read on for a little sneak peek and book details! There's also a fabulous giveaway!

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In Our Bones Publication Date: October 6th, 2020 Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Trump Era - Dystopian Thriller

Lauren’s happy childhood on a farm in Minnesota is shattered after an assault during her teen years, and she retreats into her own world as America falls apart. Hers was the last generation to grow up before the economic collapse that followed the Corona pandemic. Amidst roiling climate chaos, the government has been taken over by extremists, incompetents, and con-men who tear the country apart while clinging to power. Lauren is swept up in the madness when she falls for the wrong man. She’s looking for love and safety, but Bryan becomes distant and abusive as he obsesses over White Sharia and deepens his ties to the racist patriot militia group. Lauren worries about the safety of her sister and nephew, who is mixed-race. Will Lauren escape from Bryan and keep her nephew safe from danger? In a world where values are tested and morality is unsettlingly murky, Lauren must break free from the constraints in her mind to protect her family.

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She heard a whimper that brought her back to the moment, and peered at Craig as grief wracked his body. He started whispering, “It’s not coming back. None of it. The old world will never come back.” His chest quivered with small spasms and quiet tears flowed down his face and into his curly hair. Lauren instinctually wanted to turn away from him, to give him privacy. She scarcely knew him, and the depths of his grief sent fear rippling through her chest. She pushed herself to remain present. She may have been cool at times, but she refused to be an ice queen like her mom. She reached out a clumsy hand and rubbed his head, trying to soothe him.
Available on Amazon About the Author IMG_0778 Pernell Plath Meier grew up on the Iowa side of the Mississippi in the Quad Cities. She left behind a life of traumatic chaos to move out on her own at fifteen. She earned undergraduate science degrees with honors in biology, anthropology, and environmental studies, followed by graduate degrees in sustainable agriculture and anthropology at Iowa State University. She’s worked and traveled in ten countries, including a long-ago trip to see the Grateful Dead in Canada. After college, she worked in Kentucky helping farmers transition from tobacco production to local foods. She found her way to Southeast Minnesota and spent nearly twenty years raising gardens, chickens, dogs and cats, while homeschooling her five adopted children. Today Pernell juggles day to day life as a single mom with three kids still at home, a smaller flock of chickens and a new puppy, Buddy. Prior writings have centered on adoption and gardening. In Our Bones is her first quest as a novelist.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Practical Magic

 


I know there isn't going to much I need to say about this magically fantasy, because I know that there are a lot of us who grew up on the cult loved movie version. I was so excited when I saw that BOTM was adding it to their list of available books for the 25th anniversary! I grew up on the movie version with the amazing Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, but never thought to read the book as a teenager. Now that I have in one day, I really wished that the movie was closer to the book! Alice Hoffman does such an amazing job making you fall in love with the Owens women from the first page, even if you haven't see the movie. Especially when the opening line is one that everyone should all know by now...

"For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in this town..."

and the last paragraph contains this one...

"There are some thing, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender for luck. Fall in love whenever you can."

SYNOPSIS

For more than two hundred years, the Owens woman have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back-almost as if by magic....

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Author Interview with Mary Walsh




Alright y'all, I met this lovely when she reached out to me on Bookstagram about beta reading her book about her car accident. (Yes I plan on writing the review once I read it through again, don't worry lol). That of course lead to me asking about another one of her books, Fine Spirits Served Here. She has been super kind to add me into her group of readers, and I am still super excited that she agreed to do this interview! So let's dive into her answers shall we?

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: My name is Mary Walsh, and I live in Mechanicsburg, PA [10 miles outside of Harrisburg, PA].

Q: Are you an Indie Author or do you work with a publishing company? 
A: Indie Author

Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: I write cozy ghost story, romance, erotica, and memoir.

Q: What made you want to become a writer in the first place?
A: I can’t say that I ever decided one day to be a writer. When I was a junior in college, I took a Comp II class and, on the first day of class, the professor told us, “If you can get an A in my class, you write worth publishing.” When I got an A, I thought “wow, I can really do this.” But it was 10 years later until I wrote my first novel. 

Q: Do you work a regular job in between books?
A: Yes. I am a Senior Business Analyst at the PA Department of Environmental Protection. 

Q: How many books have you published?
A: 9 (There could be a book ten by now, but that is on me for not posting this sooner!)

Q: How many books do you have in the works right now?
A: 2 (She may have more in the works since we did this a while ago. Totally on me!)

Q: What was your hardest scene to write so far?
A: Writing a sex scene from the guy’s POV. I had to outsource it for ideas! 

Q: How many books do you have that are not being currently worked on, but are half-written or complete but unpublished?
A: 1

Q: Do you have a series developing?
A: I do not have a series developing. 

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A: Each book stands on its own. 

Q: What is your next book that is set to be published and when is the release day?
A: I am working on book #10 right now; title TBD. Release will be in 2021. 

Q: How long did it take you to write it?
A: Still working on it… most novels take 6 months and 6 more months of editing, though I did crank one out in 3 months. 

Q: What did you do when your characters stop talking (writer’s block) to you during the process?
A: Close my laptop and call it a day! Or week... Or month. 

Q: What routine do you have when you sit down to write a book?
A: I don’t have one. I have four teenagers running around so my household is always on the go. If I think of something to write, I try to sit down for 15 minutes and get it out. Or, if I don’t have my laptop nearby, I jot ideas into my phone before I forget. 

Q: Do you write it all out in long sittings or short ones (sprints)?
A: Short ones, see two questions prior.

Q: Do you get exhausted or energized during writing sessions?
A: Energized. There are so many ideas in my head that I can’t wait to write them all out. 

Q: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
A: Usually from real life experiences. 
Wounded but not Dead is a true account of a major car accident that I was in and three months of physical therapy I endured. 
Life Lessons for my Kids is a collection of everything I’ve tried to teach my kids over the years. 
Stable of Studs is about my misadventures in dating before I got married. 
You Deserve Better is about how to leave an abusive relationship. 
My fiction pieces His Second Chance, Fine Spirits Served Here, Where or When, Catch a Break, and Dragon Slayer all have a little bit of me in them or mention real establishments that I’ve been to. 
My current WIP is about how my grandparents met in Prohibition Chicago. 

Q: Are you a reader yourself? 
A: Yes, but not as much as I’d like to be. 

Q: If so, are you a beta or ARC reader for anyone else? (You don’t have to name for who if you do not wish to.) 
A: I’m not a beta reader but I review other authors’ works quid pro quo. Hit me up! 

Q: Do you like to read the same genre(s) you write?
A: Not always. I just picked up 11/22/63 by Stephen King and The Whistler by John Grisham. 

Q: Do you have a favorite book or a book that stands out the most?
A: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I’ve read it three times now. 

Q: Have you ever cried, laughed, or had a real emotional response to a book?
A: It’s a great feeling when I laugh out loud at a book. 

Q: What kind of social media do you have? 
A: I post on Instagram several times a week - @marywalshwrites
I have a Facebook account @marywalshwrites but I don’t post there as often as I should. 

Q: Do you like to connect with your readers using your chosen platforms?
A: Yes! My most popular posts are about writing tips and editing advice. 

Q: Do you have any author friends that have helped you with your writing process or just been there for support?
A: Amy Garnet - she is a book blogger and a dear friend. She beta reads for me all the time and is one of my biggest supporters. 

Q: What was the best money ever spent as a writer?
A: $100 on my freelance proofreader. He happens to be my cousin so he gave me a discount, but he was well worth it anyway! https://www.alangettoproofreading.com/

Q: How does your family feel about your writing?
A: They are very supportive. My hubby was my ‘book b*tch’ at one of my events. LOL! 

Q: Is there anything about you that your readers don’t know that you would like them to know?
A: I am co-hosting an authors event  on September 19th in Harrisburg, PA, called Books Books Books! We have 40 authors coming from various genres. They’ll be on hand to meet readers and sell and sign their books. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. (Again we did this interview a while back. Totally on me!)

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/marywalshwrites/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/marywalshwrites

Alright there you have it! She is a hardworking, unbreakable, and honest Indie author. I am so thankful that Mary Walsh agreed to this interview, and that we connected on Bookstagram! I really enjoyed Fine Spirits Served Here, and cannot wait to reread Wounded But Not Dead. Be sure to check out her social media pages, and her books! 

Author Interview with J Lynn Hicks

Alright y'all, this is another amazing author that I met through the FB Group Dystopian Ink. I haven't read her books yet, but I did...