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Review: The Call of Death

Title: The Call of Death

Author: R.J. Garcia

Date of Publication: November 5th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Priestly crashes into a terrifying future. She wakes up in her dorm room now knowing the name of an infamous serial killer, Norman Biggs. He will attack her in the future unless she and her three male friends can change fate.

Hannah is a suntanned, obsessive-compulsive California girl dropped off at an English boarding school by her celebrity mother. Hannah has difficulty understanding algebra, let alone her increasingly dark visions. Rory Veer is Hannah’s smart, easy-going and romantically challenged friend and school crush. When Norman Biggs unexpectedly appears in Rory’s reality, terror is set in motion. It is Rory who must acknowledge a past he has denied if the mystery is to be unraveled.

My Review:

This is the second book I’ve read by Garcia, and I knew it was going to be good because there was going to be that fun mystery aspect again that I love so much! And I’m always glad when I’m proven to be right!

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What I liked about the characters was that Hannah and Rory both felt real! The book is character driven and you want to know more about them, more about what is going to happen with their lives, and more about where the story is headed! I fell in love with the characters, and especially the romance!

After I finished, I kept thinking about the story! Loved the dialogue, the writing, the mystery with Norman, and I can’t wait to read more by this author!

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Author Interview: R.J. Garcia + Giveaway

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Summary:

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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Author Interview:

What inspired you to write Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced?

It was a combination of my experience working with foster kids and my interest in cold-case crime shows that inspired this story.

Who is your favorite character in Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced and why?

Tommy because he took on an adult role early in his young life and loved his family so deeply. This was a trait I admired so much in some of the kids I worked with in foster care. I have seen many children not only taking care of younger siblings and their parents or parent until they can’t hold things together and the authorities get involved.

I was probably the most like Annie as a teenager. I was shy but weird. I was good at making others feel better but had trouble defending myself.

What made you want to become a writer?

I liked to make-up stories ever since I can remember and used my imagination as an escape. After working as a social worker, I collected a lot of stories along the way.

Do you outline your stories first?

I plan things out in my head but not on paper. Sometimes a scene comes in my head that will play out later in the story, but I go ahead and write it out.

Do you have a favorite scene in Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced?

Probably when Tommy gets the kiss, he always wanted. After tutoring our characters, we have to give them a few happy moments.

What are you working on next?

I am working on two manuscripts. One is contemporary YA suspense, and the other is Si-Fi and the craziest idea I ever had. Hopefully, I can pull it off,

What’s your favorite color?

It changes, but currently, I love cobalt blue.

What’s your favorite book ever? It is so hard to choose just one. I have said it was The Outsiders by SE Hinton because it was the first book I loved.

If you could watch one movie over and over, what would it be?

I like scary movies and dramas but not to watch over and over. In that case, I think it would be a movie with a great soundtrack like Maybe Mulan Rouge or The Wedding Singer. It might be a Disney movie, I love them.

Do you have any advice for writers?

I’m still in the stage where I’m seeking advice. I could say never give up. My brother stuttered as a kid, and I have dyslexia. He is a lawyer now, and I have published my first novel. If you want something bad enough, you can do it.

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Review: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced + Giveaway

NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED
About the Book:
Title: NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED
Author: R.J. Garcia
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House

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Summary:

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

My Review:

I was first drawn to this book by the awesome cover! Skulls are just so alluring! When I started this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I got a whole lot of awesome.

My favorite kinds of books are character driven, and this book had it! It’s also told in first person and dual POV from two boys, which was very cool because I never see that! Tommy and Finn felt incredibly real. They acted like teen boys, made mistakes like teen boys, and grew their characters grew throughout the story.

What also had me turning the pages was the mystery of it—the dialogue and writing were on point! And yes, there are some twists and turns that were utterly great! Overall, a unique story that I wish there were more of out in the world!

About R.J.:

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I’m a writer, avid reader, and HufflePuff, who wants a re-do at the sorting hat. I am a wife and proud mom, too.

I’ve earned my MSW and have worked with foster kids. Writing has been my other great love.

I have published several non-fiction pieces about teen issues and wrote short stories since I was a kid. A longer story began keeping me up at night, and I finished my first novel! I am now thrilled to announce that this story, Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced has found a home at The Parliament House!
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Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced (81,000 words, mystery, suspense) – Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where a group of teens must unravel secrets in order to expose the town’s dark past.

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
4/23/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt
4/24/2018- Literary Dust– Review
4/25/2018- The Underground– Interview
4/26/2018- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt
4/27/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

Week Two:
4/30/2018- Malanie Loves Fiction– Review
5/1/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt
5/2/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post
5/3/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt
5/4/2018- K.L. Knovitzke – Author- Spotlight

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Trailer Reveal: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

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Blurb: 
Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

Amazon PreOrder Link: – The E-book is currently being sold as a pre-order for 99¢: https://www.amazon.com/Nocturnal-Meetings-Misplaced-R-J-Garcia-ebook/dp/B079WDJH9N/
Book Trailer Link: https://youtu.be/8d7qomI374g

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

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Publisher: Parliament House Press

 

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Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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Find Out About Other Books by R.J Garcia at http://writersandwallflowers.com/blog/

 

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About the Author

RJ Garcia is a wife, and proud mom of two smart kids. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

 

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Website: http://writersandwallflowers.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rj_dreamer

 

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