I fell out of a window? Did someone push me? Why was I even in that hotel?
Blue has no idea...she doesn't even know her name. Do the police believe her, and are they really trying to protect her?
Her memory loss has her in danger, but her friend who she doesn't remember comes to her rescue and gives her a place to stay.
The question is: Is Lorraine really a friend? Blue has no idea.
We follow Blue as she tries to remember why she was in a hotel and why she was pushed out of the fourth floor window.
She has some close calls and had me biting my fingernails at the risks she takes as Ms. Auffenorde keeps you turning the pages to see how it all turns out.
Some of the scenes were a bit unbelievable, but the book will keep your interest. 4/5
This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
Friday, September 30, 2022
I fell out of a window? Did someone push me? Why was I even in that hotel?
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Viola Shipman has given us another heartwarming book filled with positive thoughts and virtual hugs.
The writing is beautiful just like the uplifting story line.
THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN has characters that will warm your heart once you get to know them.
FULL REVIEW HERE
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
The Counterfeit Wife
by Mally Becker
September 19 - October 14, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Months have passed since young widow Becca Parcell and former printer Daniel Alloway foiled a plot that threatened the new nation. But independence is still a distant dream, and General Washington can’t afford more unrest, not with food prices rising daily and the value of money falling just as fast.
At the General’s request, Becca and Daniel travel to Philadelphia to track down traitors who are flooding the city with counterfeit money. Searching for clues, Becca befriends the wealthiest women in town, the members of the Ladies Association of Philadelphia, while Daniel seeks information from the city’s printers.
But their straightforward mission quickly grows personal and deadly as a half-remembered woman from Becca’s childhood is arrested for murdering one of the suspected counterfeiters.
With time running out – and their faux marriage breaking apart – Becca and Daniel find themselves searching for a hate-driven villain who’s ready to kill again.
Praise for The Counterfeit Wife:
"The Counterfeit Wife by Mally Becker has it all — adventure, romance and deceit … [w]ith smooth-as-ice prose and pitch-perfect dialogue."
Tina deBellegarde, Agatha- and Derringer-nominated author of the Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery Series
"The Counterfeit Wife is a not-to-be-missed adventure that gives new meaning to rebel and loyalist, spy and spouse."
Lori Robbins, award-winning author of the On Pointe and Masterclass Mystery series
"As the young country struggles for independence, so does Becca, and she will have you turning pages well into the night … I highly recommended The Counterfeit Wife and I’m already anxious for the third of the series."
Eileen Harrison Sanchez, award-winning author of Freedom Lessons—A Novel
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: September 2022
Number of Pages: 300
Series: A Revolutionary War Mystery
Book Links: Amazon
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Mally Becker combines her love of history and crime fiction in mysteries that feature strong, independent heroines. She is the Agatha Award-nominated author of The Turncoat’s Widow, which Kirkus Reviews called, "A compelling tale... with charming main characters.” Her first novel was also named a Silver Falchion finalist and a CIBA “Mystery & Mayhem” finalist.
A member of the board of MWA-NY, Mally was an attorney until becoming a full-time writer and an instructor at The Writers Circle Workshops. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime and the Historical Novel Society. Mally and her husband live in New Jersey, where they raised their wonderful son and spend as much time as they can hiking and kayaking.
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Monday, September 26, 2022
by Carrie Stuart Parks
September 12 - October 7, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Her carefully crafted life is about to be demolished.
After a difficult childhood, Samantha Williams craves simplicity: jigsaw puzzles, lectures at the library, and the students she adores in her role as an elementary art teacher in the dusty farming community of LaCrosse, Washington.
But when an SUV crashes into the school where she teaches, her entire world is upended. She manages to keep all of the children safe, but her car isn’t so lucky. Oddly, her purse—containing her driver’s license, credit cards, and other identification—is missing from the wreckage.
After authorities discover that the driver in the school accident was shot seconds before the crash, Samantha quickly becomes entangled in increasingly strange events that have her looking over her shoulder.
Samantha has long tried to forget the tragedy of her past, but the twisting maze she discovers between the murdered driver, a deadly secret government project, and an abandoned town can't be ignored. Those involved are determined to keep these secrets buried, and they’ll use any means necessary to stop Samantha’s search for truth.
Praise for Fallout:
"An intriguing story based on events around a part of Washington. Tight timeline with tons of action. Twists and turns that will keep readers engaged and guessing. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who want a whisper of romance included with the mystery."
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: September 13th 2022
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0785239855 (ISBN13: 9780785239857)
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook | Goodreads
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Carrie Stuart Parks is a Christy, multiple Carol, and Inspy Award–winning author. She was a 2019 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mainstream mystery/suspense and has won numerous awards for her fine art as well. An internationally known forensic artist, she travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law-enforcement professionals. The author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting, Carrie continues to create dramatic watercolors from her studio in the mountains of Idaho.
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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Saturday, September 24, 2022
book is phenomenal in all respects...the depth of the author's thoughts
and writing, the story line, the history, and the eeriness of the plot
will keep you up late into the night and will also have you checking to
ensure your home is securely locked to keep out any shuffling feet, make
you more aware of noises that happen in the middle of the night, and it
may even have you checking under your bed for uninvited guests.
Friday, September 23, 2022
Chicago lawyer-turned-author Lisa Sherman uses her legal background to dig into the “why” behind unexpected actions in her new thriller “Forget Me” (Speaking Volumes, August 22, 2022), the first book in the new "Forget Me Not" series.
Her debut female-led psychological thriller has enough twists and turns to keep even the most astute mystery reader satisfied, and begs the question, How can you know who you are if you don’t remember your past?
Who’s that girl?
After being fished out of a river in small-town Wisconsin, Wanda Dellas is lucky to be alive – yet, she can’t help but feel like something’s wrong.
In “Forget Me” the debut psychological thriller from Lisa Sherman, dark secrets of the Midwest are about to be revealed.
“Forget Me” (Book 1 of 2 in the Forget Me Not Series)
Lisa Sherman | August 22, 2022 |
Speaking Volumes | Mystery, Suspense
ABOUT FORGET ME:
Wanda Dellas is living someone else’s life: that’s the sense she’s had since an accident robbed her of her long-term memory. Barely scraping by, Wanda cleans offices at night in order to support her young daughter. She tells herself that anyone would believe they’re meant for a different existence. Yet she can’t shake the sense that she’s missing something—and that the past she’s been told belongs to her is not the whole story.
Claire Stanbrick’s photo is all over the news. A missing businesswoman who’s presumed dead, Claire bears a striking resemblance to Wanda. After learning that Claire went missing around the same time as her accident, Wanda embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about her past. Yet with each additional clue she uncovers, Wanda faces new dangers that threaten her life . . . or is it Claire’s?
Lisa Sherman, a member of Sisters in Crime and the Chicago Writers Association, uses her legal background to create psychological novels that dig into the “why” behind people’s actions.
The first in a planned duology, “Forget Me” is one debut novel readers are sure to remember.
Robbed of her memory in a mysterious accident, Wanda Dellas feels void of an identity.
But things change when Wanda learns about a missing woman who looks all too familiar.
She can’t help but wonder if this case might hold answers to her past.
The closer she gets to the truth, the closer danger gets to her and her young daughter, leaving her to question whether some memories are best left forgotten.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
LISA SHERMAN: Lisa has always had a passion for stories and the fictional worlds created by her favorite authors.
Her love of words led her to pursue a BA in English Literature as an undergraduate.
Her interest in jurisprudence led her to law school, where she attained her Juris Doctor degree.
Later, Lisa rounded out her love of writing by obtaining an MFA.
Lisa has always been fascinated with the “why” behind people’s actions.
As a writer of psychological thrillers and women’s fiction, she hopes readers will enjoy getting a sneak peek into what makes her characters act the way they do, especially when faced with challenging or extraordinary situations.
Find out more at: https://lisashermanauthor.com
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An Interview with
How did your legal background influence your approach to fiction writing?
There’s an old saying that law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer. Part of thinking like a lawyer involves analyzing caselaw and statutes, comparing them to the facts of the case at hand, and putting the pieces together to build legal arguments, defenses, etc. When I am plotting a novel, I use those same methods to think through which clues I would need to complete the story puzzle. In addition, I’ve always felt that legal cases are inherently stories in and of themselves. While caselaw is comprised of true stories as opposed to fiction and thankfully, not all cases are as dramatic as psychological thrillers, underlying every case is a story: a story of what happened, who’s at fault, and why. Learning to identify and answer these questions was one aspect of what initially drew me to the legal profession, an aspect that continues to ignite my passion for both the law and writing today.
In your opinion, what is the connection between memory and identity? Why did you choose to explore this topic in “Forget Me”?
I feel that so much of who we are as individuals is based on our memories. The experiences we’ve had and how we responded to those experiences, as well as the long-term effect of those experiences on us greatly shape not only who we are but how we view the world around us. In the Forget Me Not series, the main character is plagued by the question, “How can you know who you really are, if you can’t remember your past?” She learns along the way that there is more to a person’s identity than just their past and that sometimes the past is not always what it seems.
Why was it important to show Wanda as a strong-willed mom?
My initial goal was to write a story containing a fierce, female protagonist. Historically, the role of women in the thriller genre was a mostly negative one. Women were presented as seductive, ditzy, weak, and in need of rescuing. I am grateful that many authors in recent years have flipped around this trope in their novels. I tried to follow in the footsteps of those authors by presenting both Wanda and Claire as strong point of view characters. As I drafted “Forget Me,” I also attempted to underscore that trend by making Wanda and Claire formidable characters who are not only mothers, but for whom motherhood is a driving factor in their motivations and actions.
What can readers expect from “You Belong to Me,” book two in the Forget Me Not series? And when can they pick up a copy?
While the central question in “Forget Me” is answered at the end of book one of the
Forget Me Not series, book two is a continuation of the storyline. In “You Belong to Me,”
readers will go along for the ride as central characters from “Forget Me” find themselves
in new dangerous situations with a mystery that needs to be solved. “You Belong to Me”
is scheduled to be released in Summer/Fall 2023.
What do you hope readers will take away from this series?
First and foremost, I hope readers enjoy reading this series. In “Forget Me,” I hope they have fun riding the story rollercoaster as they piece together whether Wanda and Claire are the same person or not. I also hope readers enjoy exploring the motivations of the characters in the novel as well as find the novel’s emphasis on the fragility and unpredictability of memory to be thought provoking.