Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

32796253Title: Final Girls

Author: Riley Sager

Genre: Thrillers

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Final Girls is an intriguing psychological thriller about survival, evil and the strength it takes to live with the guilt of surviving when others did not.

Quincy is doing well, nowadays. Years ago, she went through the worst nightmare imaginable. All her friends got slaughtered in a cabin in the woods one night, and Quincy was the only one who survived. She doesn’t remember anything from that night, just bits and pieces, but it has still redefined her life. Now she spends most her time working on her food blog.

She barely even thought about Lisa. Lisa was the first girl they called a Final Girl, a title stolen from TV series and movies, a name for the last girl alive after a massacre. The only survivor. The Final Girl. Lisa offered help to Quincy back when she needed it the most, and Quincy has never forgotten. So when she hears Lisa passed away – a suicide, or so police think – she’s upset. And when Samantha, the other Final Girl, shows up on her doorstep, claiming to be worried about her, Quincy lets her in and they start to connect.

But the past won’t let go, and when it appears Lisa’s death was no suicide but murder, someone seems out to finish the work those butchers started all those years ago, and finish Samantha and Quincy off. But who can Quincy trust? And if the secret to the murderer’s identity is buried along with her own traumatizing memories of the night that ripped her life apart, can she find the strength to finally face the past?

This is a very suspenseful read, and the writing is excellent. Quincy is a well-developed character. She has plenty of flaws, and she still struggles with the past, but it all sounds very realistic. It’s normal Quincy is still struggling, it’s normal she still has survivor’s guilt. But she’s very strong, easy to relate to, and actually quite admirable. Samantha and Quincy develop a bit of an odd relationship as two Final Girls, but even that (which I imagine must be quite difficult to write) is written well, and in a believable way.

Now, the major downside (and what brought this from a 5 to 4 star read) is that I figured out who was behind it almost from the moment this person appeared in the book, and how it was all connected. It’s not too obvious, but I simply had a gut feeling and it turned out correct. Bummer, though, because that made the book less suspenseful than it would’ve been otherwise.

If you’re a fan of thrillers or slasher movies, I recommend you check this out.

Book Tour: The Babe Ruth Deception

Author Interview

  • How long have you been writing?

About 15 years ago, after a long time as a trial and appellate lawyer, I wanted to figure out how to write novels.  Three unsold manuscripts later, I moved on to writing narrative history, and published four books on American history with Simon and Schuster (starting with The Summer of 1787, about the creation of our Constitution).  But the fiction itch never went away.  I got to scratch it for good with The Lincoln Deception, a historical mystery about the John Wilkes Booth Conspiracy, which released in 2013.  The Babe Ruth Deception is the third in this series of mysteries.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Whatever I’m working on in the moment.  I love writing fiction – having the characters come alive on the page, creating a story and imagining conversations (dialogue is the best).  But straight histories are fascinating, too.  I enjoy the puzzle of sorting out key moments in our convoluted and poorly documented past.  I have been working on two historical novels that I hope to find a home for soon, and am now researching a book on George Washington for Penguin Random House.

  • Please tell us about The Babe Ruth Deception.

Blending history with an imagined story, it begins with the Roaring Twenties, when America is bursting with both energy and corruption — bootleggers flout Prohibition while baseball heroes face scandal.  The central figure, Babe Ruth, has seized this boisterous new era by the scruff of its neck, becoming an instant legend by hitting more home runs for the New York Yankees in 1920 than any other team in the American League.  But the Babe pays a price for being larger than life on the field and off.  The gamblers who fixed the 1919 World Series in the “Black Sox Scandal” zero in on him . . . investigators are sniffing around the 1918 World Series, which Ruth won with the Boston Red Sox.  And the Babe has a secret.

With gambling kingpin Arnold Rothstein turning up the heat, Ruth turns to Speed Cook, ex-ballplayer and now a promoter of Negro baseball, who can play the game rough or straight, depending on what’s needed.  Cook brings in help from Dr. Jamie Fraser, whose wife Eliza produces a silent movie starring the Babe, only to find that Cook’s son (a bootlegger) and Fraser’s daughter embroiled in an interracial romance that carries terrifying risks in sharply segregated America.

To protect Babe Ruth – and their love-besotted children – Cook and Fraser have to play a very dangerous game. . . .

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Nothing compares with the challenge of bringing to life a legend like Babe Ruth.  He was this prodigiously talented manchild: the best baseball player ever, yet barely educated, way too trusting, and a slave to his appetites (food, liquor, sex).  Yet he also was endlessly charming and surprisingly savvy about business.  The Babe often played the buffoon in public, yet no one becomes the best at anything without discipline, drive, and a sharp intelligence.  I loved trying to capture all of his many qualities.

As for my least favorite characters, I can’t say there was one.  Working out the villains is just as much fun — in this story, the gambler/gangster and former world flyweight champion Abe Attell gets the most air time as a heavy, and he was a hoot to figure out.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

For me, it’s always the ending that’s the hardest.  The major story lines have to resolve in ways that are credible (no comets from outer space saving our heroes) yet are still surprising (“hey, I didn’t see THAT coming. . . “).

  • What is your writing routine?

I SO wish I had a writing routine.  Every day is different.  Should I go to the gym?  Do I have to do something for the online book review I founded (The Washington Independent Review of Books, www.wirobooks.com)?  Or do I have a consulting gig that day, or am I giving a book talk?  There’s only one constant:  every day, I have to put in some work on the current book project.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

Endless!  Every sentence can be made better.  Or shorter.  Or punchier.  Or carry more of the story along more effectively.  One thing has changed over the years:  Now I try not to edit too much until I have a full draft, mostly to ensure that I don’t lose my forward momentum while fussing over a scene or a character or a paragraph.  But once I have the draft, I’ll go over and over it, then ask friends to take a look, then revise again after setting it aside for a while.  The final step involves reading it out loud to myself:  sometimes you hear a problem more readily than you notice it on the page, especially after you’ve edited that page a dozen times.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

The Babe Ruth Deception is the third in my Fraser-Cook series.  I have some ideas for what might happen next for my heroes, but for now I’m working on other projects.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Be brave.  Writing is terrifying.  You could write something really stupid, or wrong, or just plain shallow.  Do it anyway.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

For fun, to appreciate the Babe, and for a chance to dip into a fascinating era in the past.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

The first two mysteries in this series involved very serious matters – the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln (The Lincoln Deception) and the disastrous treaty that ended World War I (The Wilson Deception).  I wanted to write a story that was fun, and involved baseball!

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I have working drafts of two historical novels inspired by stories in my family.  The first explores the hardship and terrors of settling the Maine Coast in the 1750s and then becoming part of a new, revolutionary nation.  The second picks up the tale a century later, with a legendary Maine regiment during the Civil War and then the fresh challenges of moving West.

The Babe Ruth Deception
by David O. Stewart

Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Kensington Books
Hardcover & eBook; 304 Pages

Series: A Fraser and Cook Mystery (Book 3)
Genre: Fiction/Historical/Mysteries/Baseball

As the Roaring Twenties get under way, corruption seems everywhere–from the bootleggers flouting Prohibition to the cherished heroes of the American Pastime now tarnished by scandal. Swept up in the maelstrom are Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook…

Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, is having a record-breaking season in his first year as a New York Yankee. In 1920, he will hit more home runs than any other team in the American League. Larger than life on the ball field and off, Ruth is about to discover what the Chicago White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are learning–baseball heroes are not invulnerable to scandal. With suspicion in the air, Ruth’s 1918 World Series win for the Boston Red Sox is now being questioned. Under scrutiny by the new baseball commissioner and enmeshed with gambling kingpin Arnold Rothstein, Ruth turns for help to Speed Cook–a former professional ballplayer himself before the game was segregated and now a promoter of Negro baseball–who’s familiar with the dirty underside of the sport.

Cook in turn enlists the help of Dr. Jamie Fraser, whose wife Eliza is coproducing a silent film starring the Yankee outfielder. Restraint does not come easily to the reckless Ruth, but the Frasers try to keep him in line while Cook digs around.

As all this plays out, Cook’s son Joshua and Fraser’s daughter Violet are brought together by a shocking tragedy. But an interracial relationship in 1920 feels as dangerous as a public scandal–even more so because Joshua is heavily involved in bootlegging. Trying to protect Ruth and their own children, Fraser and Cook find themselves playing a dangerous game.

Once again masterfully blending fact and fiction, David O. Stewart delivers a nail-biting historical mystery that captures an era unlike any America has seen before or since in all its moral complexity and dizzying excitement.

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Praise for The Babe Ruth Deception

“Having mastered the craft of writing novels that feature Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson, David O. Stewart has now chosen someone who is perfect for the genre. Babe Ruth was as mythic as a person gets, and the author has surrounded The Babe with a Prohibition cast of bootleggers, gangsters and thugs, giving us a fine yarn that mixes and matches the grand glories of The National Pastime with the nefarious foibles of human nature.” –Frank Deford, Sportswriter and Bestselling Novelist

“This is so much more than a baseball book. There’s a lot of the Babe, but it’s a history book, a mystery book, a complex book that beautifully details an era in America. I loved it!” –Tim Kurkjian, ESPN Baseball Contributor and Author

“[The Babe Ruth Deception] cleverly mixes real-life people and historical events. The problems of the unlikely sleuths will particularly appeal to baseball fans.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A rollicking real-life figure leads to a rollicking fictional romp. The allure of the Babe may bring you into this book; David O. Stewart’s lively tale will keep you there.” –Kostya Kennedy

“Well-written novels that blend fact and fiction always get my attention, and if it’s Babe Ruth and characters from his era, I’m in. David O. Stewart reminds us of why the ‘20s roared, and how much fun the Babe was. A delight!” –Marty Appel, author of Pinstripe Empire

“David O. Stewart, the master of fictional historic deceptions, has hit one out of the park with The Babe Ruth Deception. Not only is it most cleverly plotted but gives us a feel for the corrupt and colorful Era of Prohibition when Babe Ruth was at his most beloved despite – or because of – his off-the-field flaws and excesses.” –Paul Dickson author of Leo Durocher – Baseball’s Prodigal Son

About the Author

David O. Stewart, formerly a lawyer, writes fiction and history. His first historical work told the story of the writing of the Constitution (“The Summer of 1787”). It was a Washington Post Bestseller and won the Washington Writing Prize for Best Book of 2007. His second book (“Impeached”), grew from a judicial impeachment trial he defended before the United States Senate in 1989. “American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America” explored Burr’s astounding Western expedition of 1805-07 and his treason trial before Chief Justice John Marshall. “Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America” debuted in February 2015. He has received the 2013 History Award of the Society of the Cincinnati and the 2016 William Prescott Award for History Writing from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Stewart’s fiction career began with the release of “The Lincoln Deception,” an historical novel exploring the John Wilkes Booth conspiracy. “The Wilson Deception,” the sequel, is set at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. “The Babe Ruth Deception” occurs during the Babe’s first two years with the Yankees while he remade baseball and America began the modern era with Prohibition, bootlegging, and terrrorism.

Stewart lives with his wife in Maryland. Visit his website at www.davidostewart.com.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 27
Kick Off at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, June 28
Review at A Bookaholic Swede

Thursday, June 29
Interview at I Heart Reading

Friday, June 30
Spotlight at A Holland Reads

Sunday, July 2
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, July 3
Review at A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, July 4
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, July 6
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Friday, July 7
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, July 10
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, July 11
Review at Laura’s Interests

Wednesday, July 12
Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, July 19
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books

Friday, July 21
Interview at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog

Wednesday, July 26
Guest Post at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Thursday, July 27
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

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The Babe Ruth Deception

Book Review Your Crossroads. Your Choice

Title: Your crossroads. Your choice.
Author: EJ Apicello
Genre: Self-help
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Welcome to my diary, my journey, as I tripped and crawled through the darkest time in my life- when I witnessed  people that I held incredibly close to me shatter my very existence with their words and actions. The things within this book spine are extremely raw and exceptionally real. You and I are going to get very close, the details in this book, although oddly general, are incredibly specific. Yes, I realize what I just said and as you read my words you will see what I mean. As you silently gasp and mentally bitch slap me, please be kind because my story is just that – my story. It is not any more or less special than yours. In fact the only difference between our stories are the choices we made at each of the crossroads in our lives. For most of my life the choices I made were not based on my happiness but on everyone else’s. This book describes what I have experienced in my journey to finding my happiness and hopefully never letting it go. Sadly, it took me thirty six years to find the strength I need to detoxify my life and self view and find someone who is worthy of my awesomeness. Thirty six years to shatter the negative foundation I had built shatter the ultimate representative I created to hide behind and begin the process of building a new foundation. Only this foundation will be built on strength, confidence and above all, happiness. So take a minute or thirty and sit with my story for a while. You never know what you might find out.

In Your Crossroads. Your Choice, author EJ Apicello talks about her journey as she trips and crawls through the darkest time of her life. The subject matter is tough, it’s hard, raw and real, and sometimes brings you to the verge of tears with how emotionally shattering it is. It’s a journey of not giving up, of seeking happiness, and of discovering it in sometimes unlikely places.

It’s a fast read at just over 100 pages, but it’s an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you breathless for a while after you stopped reading. I liked the comparison of life and choices with Crossroads, and that one choice may lead to one road, and another choice may lead to a different path altogether.

The writing was solid, and fast-paced, and I wasn’t bored once while reading, in fact, I was enthralled. The chapters were short, which made the pacing even faster, and made me not want to stop until I finished the book.

If you’ve ever felt lost or stuck, or hopeless because you feel like there’s no way out, or no right choice to make, then you should read this book and pull strength from it. In the end, it is your life, and your choice, but this book can express that far more eloquently than I can.

Free Book Proposal Contest Publishizer

I’m hosting a guest post today by the wonderful folks over at Publishizer, where they’ve set up a free book proposal contest. I’ll leave the word to them now.

Putting the Readers Back in Charge of Publishing

Imagine a YA publishing process without gatekeepers.  One where editors and agents read the manuscripts that readers love, not vice versa.  One where anyone with a knack for writing, a passion to succeed, and a little flair for self-promotion, has a fair shot at being published.

All too frequently, this isn’t the case.  Books often get rejected for reasons beyond authors’ control.  One editor turned down an ultimately successful book by saying, “The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”  The book in question?  The Diary of Anne Frank.  Furthermore, according to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only about 10% of all YA books accepted for publication feature “multi-cultural content.”  Clearly, there are some blind spots that need addressing in the publishing industry.

It’s with this vision in mind that Publishizer is launching its YA book proposal contest called Plot Without a Cause.  Publishizer is a startup seeking to fill a hole in the publishing industry through crowdfunding.  It works like this:

You write the book proposal.  You know the book proposal I’m talking about.  The one you’ve been daydreaming about for years.  The one that just popped into your head last week and you haven’t stopped thinking about since.  The one for the manuscript that’s been dearly loved by you but maybe not so much yet by the publishing industry.  That one.  Then you register (for free!) on Publishizer’s website and post your proposal in the Plot Without a Cause section (again—for free!).

Now this is when you’ll have to start hustling.  Crowdfunding runs on pre-orders, so you had better start promoting that proposal.  Reach out over social media, post on your blog, email your old roommates—whatever it takes to start building buzz.  If you get the most preorders by the time the contest ends, you’ll win $1000 dollars.  And if you don’t have the highest number of preorders, don’t worry—you’ll still be queried to major publishers who fit your proposal.

Previous Publishizer contest participants have gotten interest and landed deals with a variety of traditional publishing companies, including Harvard Square Books, She Writes Press, and Weiser.  Publishizer takes a small commission on pre-orders when you choose a publisher at the end.

Every year, thousands of books are rejected by the publishing world for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the book—they’re too mainstream or not mainstream enough, too similar to books already being published or too different from books already being published.  Or the literary agent just doesn’t stand to make much money on the deal so they pass on a perfectly good book!  Imagine how many brilliant YA manuscripts go unpublished every year thanks to frustrating rejections.  Imagine how many hugely talented authors quietly give up on their dreams, just because the gate to a traditional publishing path isn’t open to them.

With their new YA book proposal contest, Plot Without a Cause, Publishizer is seeking to level the playing field.  Publishing decisions shouldn’t be based solely on a literary agent’s judgement or how many friends you have in the industry. They should be based on quality of writing and how many readers the book attracts.

Great books get looked over all the time, and this is an opportunity to show acquiring editors that yours is worth paying attention to.  Not to mention the readership and funds you could gain in the process.  Crowdfunding (or crowd-publishing, in this case) is growing in popularity and brings a personal touch back to book sales—for readers and publishers.  Are you in?

 

Release Blitz Secret Love

About the Book

Guarding a secret and playing with fire has never been a good combination.

Four years ago, Holly Scallenger embarked on the most difficult journey of her life. As if being a single parent isn’t already stressful enough, Holly also attended med-school, in hopes of helping other pregnant women in a way she wasn’t helped. But things don’t look so good as she has to embark on a new journey – a journey that would take her back to Boston, back to the man who broke her heart and discarded her and her babies.

Sworn to never fall for him again, Holy is put to the test once more when a chance encounter reunites them.
Secret Love is the second novel in the 4Ever series by Isabella White

   

 
 
 

About Imperfect Love

Imperfect Love is only $0.99 until the end of the month!

At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. Everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sinclair, just a week before Holly is set to walk down the aisle.

Attempting to recover from his betrayal, Holly swears off the affections of men in order to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life. Unfortunately, meeting Jake ‘Hooligan’ Peters is not part of her plan. The tall, dark-haired and handsome as hell med student, sweeps Holly away from the pain of her past and reveals to her the bright future that lies ahead. That is, until she falls pregnant just as Jake begins his internship at P&E; his family’s hospital.

Will this love at first sight lead her to the fairytale she has always craved? Or, will she fall victim to a betrayal of the heart yet again?

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Book Review: The Aeon Star

Title: The Aeon Star
Author: Lauren T. Hart
Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi
Age Group: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Jenny has never wanted for more than the simple, normal life she has; helping her parents care for her seven younger siblings, working for her dad at his church, going to college someday – hopefully in the fall. And one day, settling down with the boy next door to start a family of her own…

There’s just one problem. Jenny was never meant to have an ordinary life. She can ignore the nightmares, her parent’s overprotective natures, and even the sense that she doesn’t really belong. But try as she might, she can’t escape her destiny and when the dangers and secrets of a past she can’t remember come hunting for her, her simple life doesn’t just crumble it shatters.

Nick Grace is a researcher looking for a way to destroy an ancient evil – one that sounds hauntingly similar to Jen’s nightmares. Nick says he wants to help her find answers, but can she trust him? The inescapable pull she feels toward him whenever he’s near only makes her more unsure.

As the danger looms ever closer, she will have to make a stand against her enemies as well as her friends in this compelling urban-sci-fi page turner, with just the right amount of romance, that will keep you guessing up to the very last plot twist.

In The Aeon Star, 19-year-old Jenny wants nothing more than a simple, normal life. With seven younger siblings to care for and working hard to start college, she barely has time for anything else. Her life is planned out. She even knows already who she plans to settle down with and start a family of her own – the boy next door.

But Jenny isn’t mean to have an ordinary life. She senses she doesn’t really belong here and if her nightmares are any indication, then the destiny awaiting for her isn’t as peaceful as she hopes it is. Her life is about to be turned by an ancient evil that seeks to destroy her. She’ll need allies if she wants to defeat her enemies, and one of those allies is Nick Grace, a researcher who wants to help her find answers. But can she trust him?

The Aeon Star reminded me of why I enjoy urban fantasy so much. The book is lengthy, at 500 pages, and it might’ve also worked as 2 books, but despite the length, it never really felt that long. I was so enthralled in the world the author described that I barely noticed how long the book was. It started off with action and a fast pace, and never slowed down. The romance was a good addition too, and it didn’t overwhelm the story but just added to it.

An intriguing, engaging read recommended to fans of urban fantasy and new adult books.

Book Tours: Book Excerpt Dark Dawn over Steep House

Book Excerpt

THERE WAS A message engraved in the locket.

         To my darling Siddy with all my heart.

         The glass was cracked, but I did not need to read the flowing Connie to know that the picture was of my mother. And – not for the first time – I wondered that I did not look like either of my parents.

         ‘Give that back.’

         I hardly heard the words but, when I looked up, I saw the curl at the corner of his mouth that I had seen in our twin reflections. ‘Dear God in heaven,’ I cried. ‘Are you my father?’

         ‘Where did you get that locket?’

         ‘It fell on the steps when you were stabbed.’

         ‘You had no right to keep it.’

         ‘I forgot about it with everything else going on.’ I clipped the locket shut. ‘And you had no right to keep it from me.’

         This was the closest that I had ever seen my guardian to panic. He lunged over the table, catching it with his knee and scattering our afternoon tea.

         ‘What?’ I closed my fist around the locket. ‘Will you prise it from my fingers like a clue from a corpse?’ I pulled back just in case. ‘Why did you take me in?’ I struggled to control my voice. ‘By your own admission you are not a kind man.’

         ‘You are my goddaughter.’

         ‘You do not even believe in God and why would my mother be sending you love tokens?’

         Sidney Grice sank back into his chair. He closed his eyes. ‘I am not your father,’ he said quietly. ‘Your father was your father.’

         I had never known Sidney Grice to tell a lie and I could not believe that he was doing so now. ‘What are you hiding from me?’ I looked at him.

         My guardian’s right eyelid was losing its tone and he had trouble closing it properly. His glass eye stared blindly back at me. ‘No more than I am hiding from myself,’ he answered carefully.

         His plate lay in the ashes, broken from when he had dropped it, all those long minutes ago when I thought perhaps I knew him.

About the Book

‘Delightful and original…a series that could well become a cult.’ Daily Mail

‘Pure amusing enjoyment.’
New Books Magazine

‘Funny, fresh and sharply plotted… a detective duo to rival Holmes and Watson.’ Goodreads

London, 1884: Sidney Grice – London’s foremost personal detective – is restless. Having filed his latest case under ‘S’ for ‘Still To Be Solved’, he has returned to his book, A Brief History of Doorstep Whitening in Preston, to await further inspiration. His ward, March Middleton, remains determined to uncover the truth.

Geraldine Hockaday, the daughter of a respected Naval captain, was outraged on the murky streets of Limehouse. Yet her attacker is still on the loose.

But then a chance encounter in an overcrowded cafe brings a new victim to light, and it seems clear March and Grice are on the trail of a serial offender.

A trail that will lead them to the dining room of a Prussian Prince, the dingy hangout of an Armenian gangster, and the shadowy ruin of a once-loved family home, Steep House…

THE GOWER STREET DETECTIVE SERIES

The Mangle Street Murders

The Curse of the House of Foskett

Death Descends on Saturn Villa

The Secrets of Gaslight Lane

Dark Dawn over Steep House

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About the Author

M.R.C. Kasasian was raised in Lancashire. He has had careers as varied as a factory hand, wine waiter, veterinary assistant, fairground worker and dentist. He lives with his wife, in Suffolk in the summer and in Malta in the winter.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (114)

itsmonday

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

What are you planning to read this week?

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Unexpected

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for YA mystery / thriller “The Unexpected”. The tour runs from June 26 to July 10. Stay tuned for my review on July 10.

Tour Schedule

June 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

June 28th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

June 29th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

June 30th: Book Review @ The Resistance

July 1st: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

July 3rd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

July 5th: Book Excerpt @ Bookworm for Kids

July 6th: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge

July 8th: Book Excerpt @ Lisa Queen of Random

July 10th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

About the Book

Title: The Unexpected

Author: Travon Toussiant

Genre: YA mystery / thriller

A young man named Anthony finally gets his dream he always wanted, a tech company. But his company starts to fall down the drain, thanks to Spencer. Throughout the story, Anthony runs into shocking hurdles and painful moments that he never expected. Will Anthony be able to handle this when he finds out?. Or will things get out of hand?.

Author Bio

Travon is a young teenage writer who is excited to write more books throughout his writing journey. He was born September 25, 2001 in Chicago, IL at Saint Joseph Hospital. This is his first book he has ever wrote. He lives in Chicago, IL and he will be making the next sequel for the The Unexpected series soon. Travon has earned many medals in sports and honor roll certificates in school, he has graduated from John B. Murphy Elementary school. Travon was inspired from his grandmother Stella saying “Travon you should write a book”. It gave him the idea to go for it. Travon gone through so many tragic scenes in his life that push him more to achieve. Up into now his life has been looking very pleasant for him.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Seaside Rendezvous

I’m hosting the starter day party for the book tour for “Seaside Rendezvous”. The tour runs from June 26 to July 3.

Tour Schedule

June 26th: Starter Day Party and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

June 27th: Promo Post @ Maari Loves Her Indies

June 28th: Promo Post @ The Resistance

June 30th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

July 1st: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Books, Dreams, Life

July 3rd: Promo Post @ Gwyn Plum’s Blog

July 3rd: Promo Post @ The Bookworm Lodge

About the Book

Title: Seaside Rendezvous

Author: Natalie-Nicole Bates

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Layne MacDonald’s life should be better than ever. He’s successful, handsome, and part owner of a successful resort called Seaside Escape. But nothing makes Layne happy or satisfied for very long. Not even a reunion at Highland Bay with his brothers. His solution to his unhappiness has always been to run away from his problems.

When sassy dancer Raven Solis saves Layne from a potentially violent altercation, all he sees is the beautiful face, the sexy body, and what he perceives as a party girl lifestyle. In other words, a totally unsuitable girl.

But Raven is so much more than a party girl, and by the time Layne realizes she is The One for him, will it be too late?

Author Bio

Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles.

She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

Visit Natalie online at www.natalienicolebates.com

Links

Amazon US

Amazon UK