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Review: The Breathless

Title: The Breathless

Author: Tara Goedjen

Date of Publication: October 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

My Review:

Oh man this book! I’m pissed. So, first off there was a lot of unanswered questions. I normally love when things aren’t wrapped up in a pretty pink bow, but there were some pretty important things that have zero answer?? I’m pretty sure this is a stand alone with the epilogue and the way it ended.

As characters go… I loved Mae and Cage. They were the perfect duo for POV’s. The atmosphere was on the right track, and the writing was lovely. What was kind of weird was the flashbacks that were done in present tense. I just found that odd thinking the now stuff should have been present tense and the before stuff in past tense. I can ignore that aspect, though.

Cage lost his “love” Ro. We don’t know if he really killed her, like people believe. The problem here was that I absolutely hated Ro! I didn’t see why everyone was obsessed with her—from Cage, to Lance, to the dad—Sonny. She seemed annoying and self centered. Everything would have been fine if I could just believe the epic love between Cage and Ro from the past, but I could not!

Lance came across as a creep from the first page he entered the book. I just never knew what his deal was. The dad was a piece of crap—yes, you lost your daughter, but you have two other ones that need taking care of. And dang it, Mae was just such an awesome character.

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The witch crafty book seemed pretty neat, though. Especially with it all being warm to the touch and interesting. There were also chapters going deep into the past which I really liked, but I had unanswered questions there, too!! There was also this build up of a bond between Mae and Cage that I loved. I can’t give away any more details, but I’m annoyed. However, I still recommend reading it and maybe, hopefully, there will be another book to answer my questions.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Movie Review: Happy Death Day

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IMDB Summary:

A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

 

 

My Review:

So, I saw this trailer and was like, heck yeah! I’m all about horror films with people in masks! A lot of people didn’t like the movie Valentine back in 2001, which I totally loved! Anyway, the mask in the trailer gave me that vibe.

I’ve never been a fan of any movie like Groundhog Day because I hate that movie, but I still wanted to try this one out. Glad I did! I love comedy mixed with horror, and I mean, you can only die so many times without trying to have some fun with it!

Also, with the over-hyped movie “It,” this was a 1,000 times better. Besides the horror and comedy aspects, I enjoyed the mystery aspect, because I’m all about guessing who the killer is. Of course, I was right, but not for the reason I had guessed.

The character Tree, yes her name is Tree, has sort of a mean girl type vibe at first. And where most people would hate her or find her annoying right off the bat, I thought she was awesome! I also liked that this movie felt fresh, because all we have been getting lately is “ghost” type haunting movies which I am beyond burnt out on. Definitely recommend!

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Sign Up For My Cover Reveal: The Bride of Glass

It’s that time again! Lol! Okay, so I have another cover reveal coming up for The Bride of Glass which is the sequel/final book to Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault.

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Review: Bad Girl Gone

Title: Bad Girl Gone

Author: Temple Mathews

Date of Publication: August 8th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

There s just one problem: she s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parents car drives right through her.

She was right. Her parents are alive but she s not.

She s a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn’t quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.

My Review:

This book started out really good, and I mean really good! But after the first fifty pages, I don’t know what the crap happened. Oh wait, I do! A weird love triangle that was as annoying as one could get.

Echo apparently dies, finds herself in some orphanage for murdered kids. That part was interesting. Enter ghost love interest… I liked it!!! Then enter boyfriend that Echo is still in love with… Okay that’s even fine. But when the indecisiveness starts, that’s when I can’t handle it!!! Kiss one boy, then kiss another… then… “I love them both!” Screw that!

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Not to mention I should have put the book down when I saw Iggy Azalea gave the author blurb on the front cover… Thanks to one of my book friends BookDragonGirl for letting me know apparently she bought film rights for this to be made into a movie…

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Anyway, the concept was pretty awesome, the writing was good, and if you can get over the stupid love triangle, you might find yourself liking this book!

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Author Interview: A.H. Richardson

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The Hazlitt/Brandon Series of Murder Mystery Novels by A. H. Richardson

The Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mystery novels follows a pair of clever, colorful and charismatic sleuths – Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon – as they scratch their heads searching for clues to figure out whodunit.

The first book in the series, Murder in Little Shendon, is a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two.

Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens — not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper.

Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From his housekeeper to Lady Armstrong and her household staff. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion.

Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community?

A murder mystery that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The three sift methodically through the Alibis and life stories of the suspects until they uncover…

You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead — it’s the journey that proves the most enticing.

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What gave you the idea for this book?

I think it started with Mr. Fynche, who is the first victim in this tale of suspicion, mistrust and disguises. Years ago, my father, the late great British composer Clive Richardson, had a friend who owned a little old bric-a-brac store, antiques and fun junk basically. As an eight-year-old child, I was fascinated by this rather wizened wrinkled up bald little man, who, to my childlike thinking, was rather creepy.  He was probably a nice fellow, but I thought he was sinister, so years later, many years later, I made him my ‘bad guy’ – and built the story around his murder.  The other characters in my head jostled for position to join in and be a part of it … but that’s how it started.

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I have always enjoyed writing, essays and compositions, since a small child, but never wrote seriously until I turned sixty-five –  so all you would-be writers, there is no statute of limitations on writing – write whenever you want to!

What is your favorite murder mystery book?

My favorite murder mystery?  There are many, but I loved Agatha Christie’s ‘Death Comes as the End’ – this brilliant lady set her murder in ancient Egypt, I was thirteen when I read it, and found it fascinating!

What’s your next project?

My next project, I am working on it as I write to you, is a fourth in the Hazlitt/Brandon mysteries, titled ‘Murder on Baringo Island’ which is proving to be challenging… but fun.

Is any part of this book based on actual events?

Is any part of the book factual?   I lived in the British West Indies for three years, so a knowledge of island life is proving really helpful – some of the characters, their traits and idiosyncracies, have definitely come from people that I met, the good the bad and ugly!

Who is your favorite character in the book and why?

My favorite character is Lady Armstrong, and she has wiggled her way into all the other books – pushy lady!   She is very much the ‘grande dame’ – an aristocrat, compassionate, eccentric, very funny, expansive, generous, and colourful – a force to be reckoned with, and oh yes! — she is very rich.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to be an author?

Advice to other would be authors?  I say this from the bottom of my heart… if you want to write … then do it.  Jump in and do it… and don’t listen to negative comments about how difficult it is… everything worth doing calls for some hard work – read, study, learn composition of sentences, and try to keep your readers fascinated, no matter what the subject, that is definitely number one!

 

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About The Author:

A.H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an Author.

She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones, a children’s chapter book, in December 2014. At the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story, Richardson has written a sequel titled Jorie and the Gold Key, and she is currently working on the third book in the series.

A.H. Richardson also enjoys writing murder mysteries and who-dun-its. She is the author of the Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mystery novels. The series follows a pair of clever, colorful and charismatic sleuths – Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The series includes Murder in Little Shendon, Act One, Scene One – Murder, and Murder at Serenity Farm.

A.H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.

Readers can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to https://ahrichardson.com/

 

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QWGV Sale + HALB Giveaway

Two things going on right now! One, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is on sale for only .99 over the next few days, preparing for the finale in September! If you want to know why Snow White is wearing an eye patch in this picture… Then check it out! If you don’t care? Then still check it out!

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Second you can enter the Giveaway for a copy of Hearts Are Like Balloons on this link on Goodreads!

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Other than that my summer is being filled with kid activities and playing made up games. Every time my daughter pulls out a game, she makes up new rules! Can’t we just play the game how it’s meant to be played? Lol!

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Giveaway Time!

I am giving away a copy of Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault on Goodreads if you guys would like to enter!

 

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Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

by Candace Robinson

Giveaway ends June 10, 2017.

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