New Release Review and Giveaway! LIE TO ME by J.T. Ellison

Synopsis:

They built a life on lies ..

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

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Review:

Oh, goodness. This book has so many twists and turns and pivots I’m not even sure how much I can say about it. Yes, I liked it. No, I couldn’t put it down, especially once I got past the 50% mark and things really picked up. No, I wasn’t a huge fan of most of the characters (except poor little Dashiell, and probably Holly…) but I also didn’t want the antagonist’s plans to succeed, because OMG no one deserved the crazy-a$$ plan that individual had in store for them. Yes, I figured out whodunit pretty early on (okay, okay, so I was guessing–but it turned out to be right!), but no, I didn’t have a clue what the motivation was or how it was all being put together.

Did I mention twists and turns and pivots? So. Many.

There were a few bits toward the end that gave me pause, and at least one question from earlier that isn’t quite answered to my satisfaction–hence the four stars instead of five–but overall this was one heck of a read. My first book from Ms. Ellison, but definitely not my last!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI” with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning literary television series, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.


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New Release and Giveaway! THUNDERSTRUCK by Brenda Drake

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Published by: Entangled Crave
Publication date: September 11th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Mythology, Romance

Stevie Moon is famous…at least to the subscribers on her comic review vlog. At school, she’s as plain as the gray painted walls in the cafeteria. So when Blake, the hot new guy at school, shows an interest in her, she knows trouble when she sees it. Been there. And never doing it again.

As the son of the god Thor, Blake Foster’s been given an important mission—to recover the Norse god Heimdall’s sacred and powerful horn before someone uses it to herald in the destruction of the entire universe. But while Blake is great in a fight, the battlefield that is a high school’s social scene is another matter.

Blake knows his only choice is to team up with the adorable Stevie, but she’s not willing to give him even the time of day. He’ll need to woo the girl and find the horn if he hopes to win this war. Who better to tackle Stevie’s defenses than the demi-god of thunder?

“Every page brims with captivating Norse mythology and deliciously creative worldbuilding.” Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author.

 

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After disposing of the troll, Blake rushed to May’s house and showered. His thoughts kept going to Stevie. After hearing what Jörd said to him, he wanted to see her. The pull to go to her was too strong. He had no choice but to give in to it.

He climbed the tree outside Stevie’s room and sat on the branch. A blue light blinked on and off inside the room. He lightly tapped on the window. Muffled voices from within the room hummed against the glassed pane.

The curtain pushed aside. Amira was close to Stevie’s back when the curtain slid to the side. Stevie said something to Amira that Blake couldn’t hear through the thick glass. Amira turned away and dropped onto the bed. Stevie flipped the locks and opened the window.

“You scared the shit out of us,” Stevie snapped.

Amira crossed her arms. “Yeah, we’re watching scary movies here.”

Blake tried not to laugh, but he couldn’t hold it in. “My apologies. Can I have a moment alone with you, Stevie?”

“With me?” She glanced back.

“No.” Amira heaved a sigh. “With the other Stevie in the room.”

“Where do you want to go?”

He reached his hand out to her. “Out here is fine.”

She narrowed her gaze on him. “I don’t think so.”

“Come on,” he said. “It’s perfectly safe. This branch is thick. Trust me.”

“Stop being a chicken and go already. I have to pee.” Amira shuffled off.

Stevie hesitated before grabbing his hand and letting him guide her out the window and onto the branch. “This is crazy, you know that?”

“If you never throw caution to the wind, you’ll never be rewarded.” He sat on the branch and held her hand as she came down beside him. Her hand was warm and soft in his, and he wanted to hold it forever.

The loose pajama bottoms she wore had cats on them. Her pink tank top rode up a little and exposed a bit of her midriff. Her light-brown hair, the color of the acorns he’d gathered with his grandmother when he was a boy, rose in the wind behind her. Wide, dark eyes met his, her full lips parted in a smile.

“What did you want?” She glanced at the ground. “Wow, this is pretty high.”

“Don’t worry. I won’t let you fall.” He slid his hand across her lower back and held her waist. She shivered. “Are you cold?”

“A little,” she said.

“Hold on.” He let her go, shrugged off his hoodie, and draped it around her shoulders.

“Thank you.”

She held it closed at the zipper. He returned his arm around her, grasping her waist. She shuddered, and he smiled at her response to his touch.

“You didn’t answer me,” she said. “What did you want to talk to me about?”

“Actually, I’m not here to talk,” he said. “Have you ever had an urge to do something, and once it’s in your head, you can’t sleep or think until you do the thing?”

“I guess.” When she looked over at him, they locked eyes and an intensity passed between them like the energy he felt in the handle of his hammer after catching lightning with it. He noticed a faint scar just above her cupid’s bow.

“How did you get the scar?” he asked.

“Scar?” She glanced down at her chest.

“Not there,” he whispered, lifting her chin to look into her eyes. “On your lip.”

She touched it. “Oh this? It’s an embarrassing story. Let’s just say, I learned to watch where I’m walking, especially when poles are around.”

He chuckled. “I can imagine what happened.”

She lowered her head again, her feet kicking back and forth.

He decided to take his chance and cupped her face in his hands, bringing her face to his and kissing her. It was a gentle, wanting kiss. Her lips were soft and warm against his. She tasted like May’s brownies. When Stevie hadn’t responded to his kiss, he was about to release her, but then her lips began moving with his. He cradled her in his arms and they balanced together on the branch.

 

Author Bio:

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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New Release and Giveaway! FLIRTING WITH TIME by Mary Anne Edwards (Charlie McClung series)

We are so excited to announce the latest release in the Charlie McClung series by Mary Anne Edwards, Flirting With Time.

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Detective Charlie McClung is haunted by someone leaving mysterious paper hearts in odd places for his bride, Marian. Any thought that this is the work of a harmless prankster quickly vanishes when his men are attacked and people begin to die. The stalker is growing bolder and Charlie knows he needs to act quickly but there are too many suspects, too many alibis, and too much at stake.

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“Haunting, but in a good way. Twisty, turny, and full of heart.”
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“Fans of Nick and Nora, fans of Tracy and Hepburn—rejoice. You’ll love Marian and Charlie. The talented Mary Anne Edwards weaves a charming, entertaining and delightfully romantic tale of small town deceit. It’s as if Agatha Christie wrote Hart to Hart—and happy readers will eagerly await the next page-turning puzzle.”
~Hank Phillippi Ryan – Anthony, Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity winning mystery author. Emmy-winning journalist.

“Mary Anne Edwards has written a classic whodunit, but the deeper mystery at its heart is who and how we love. Tender, fast-paced, and rich in character,Flirting With Time delivers malice and warmth in equal measure.”
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Born in Mercedes, Texas, Mary Anne has lived in Georgia most of her life. A life-long fan of authors such as Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Caroline Graham, and Elizabeth Peters, it wasn’t until a few years ago that Mary Anne decided to listen to the voices in her head and began writing her own series of traditional mysteries featuring Detective Charlie McClung.

The first book in the series, Brilliant Disguise, was released to critical acclaim in January of 2014. The next three in the series, A Good Girl, Criminal Kind, and Sins of my Youth were released soon afterward. The fifth book in the series, Flirting with Time, released June 30, 2017 with at least five more to follow.

Mary Anne and her husband currently live in Smyrna, GA with an ill-tempered Tuxedo cat named Gertrude. Mary Anne is active in the Sisters in Crime Atlanta Chapter and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.

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New Release Review! DOG COLLAR CHAOS by Adrienne Giordano (Lucie Rizzo Mystery #4)

Synopsis:

Lucie Rizzo–Mafia princess-turned-dog accessory entrepreneur—is riding high after scoring a partnership with Buzzy Sneider, America’s leading craft and interior decorating mogul. A collaboration that is sure to move Lucie’s fledgling business into the next tax bracket.

When Buzzy turns up dead and Lucie’s BFF and business partner, Roseanne, is accused of the murder, Lucie will stop at nothing to prove Ro’s innocence. Even if it means keeping secrets from her new squeeze, sexy detective Tim O’Brien, who’s determined to keep Lucie from running one of her screwball investigations.

With Ro behind bars and Tim hot under the collar over Lucie’s meddling, Lucie is forced to accept her father’s help to clear Ro’s name and save their business. But will doing so put a killer hot on her heels?

 

Review:

Another fun entry in the Lucie Rizzo series!

Somehow Ms. Giordano keeps coming up with the most hilariously implausible yet somehow possible crimes for Lucie et al to get swept up in (murder by atomic wedgie? Only in this series!) and all we can do is sit back and go along for the ride–with a great big smile on our faces. The quirky characters, offbeat crimes, and laugh out loud humor of this series reminds me of the Stephanie Plum books, but better–no PITA love triangle, because Lucie’s definitely picked her man (and the right one, as she should…though it’s easy to see why Frankie would be tempting too, but not. Because, Tim.)

This time Ro’s in the big house, at least partly because of trouble she got into via Twitter(!) and Lucie’s not only trying to solve a crime–again!–she has to do it without her bestie at her side…and while giving her boyfriend a heart attack, of course. Another over-the-top funny animal gets added into the mix (not a dog this time–though the dogs are pretty funny too) and Lucie ends up figuring it all out because of information from perhaps the last place she thought she would.

I can’t wait to see what’s up next for the gang! Dog Collar Chaos would work okay as a standalone, but it’s even more fun when you already consider the series characters to be besties 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / A-

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Release Day and Giveaway! #YOLO by K.M. Pyne (Ruby Knight Chronicles)

 

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#YOLO by K.M. Pyne!

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Publication Date: May 8, 2017

 

Once again Ruby Knight finds herself dragged into her Mam’s World. This time someone at her school is out for revenge!

Ruby, along with her friends, have to work out who is murdering students … Why they are murdering them? … What do they ultimately want?

At the same time relationships are made and some are broken, but will Ruby find the killer in time?

Or will someone else have to perish at the hands of a killer?

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When Ruby Knight’s best friend, Catriona Taylor disappears Ruby knows something isn’t right.

Time is ticking and the race is on to find Catriona. Has she run away? Is she really on a holiday with her parents? Has something more sinister happened to her?

These are the questions facing Ruby. Can she find Catriona? Can she ask her detective Mam for help? Or will she leave it too late?

Follow Ruby on her journey to find her best friend!

 

KM Pyne lives in Dublin, Ireland and this is her first YA book. There are sequels which are already written and some paranormal YA’s in the future. She is married, has two children and works full time. Writing is a hobby, but it takes over more and more of her life. Characters and stories come into her mind all the time and she has to stop and write them down so that she can build on them at a later date.

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Release Day and Giveaway! THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF by Charles Day

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The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief
by Charles Day
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books

As the townsfolk sleep, something creeps into the neighborhood. Hidden in shadows, its presence is as old as time itself, its intent not born of goodness.

Nick, a teenager who fancies himself a detective, wakes to find his carved masterpiece missing. Now a mystery is afoot, and Nick has his first assignment, to find out who or what is snatching up the town’s pumpkins and why.

Unfortunately, as with all great detectives, obstacles stand in Nick’s way—the neighborhood bully and his cronies, and the strange old lady and her dog who share the run-down house at the end of Nick’s block. As Nick investigates, an urban legend unravels . . . .

The Legend of The Pumpkin Thief.

Nick fears the legend as he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his young life. Collecting clues, getting ever closer to the true nature of evil, he learns that curiosity comes with a high price.

 

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Charles Day is the Horror Writer Association’s Mentor Program Chairperson, Co¬-Chair for the NY/LI Chapter, and a member of the HWA Library committee. He is also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association, the American Library Association, and the Young Adult Library Services Association.

He is also the Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of the YA novel, THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF. He’s also published his first adult novel DEEP WITHIN and the first book in his Adventures of Kyle McGerrt trilogy, a YA western heroic fantasy, THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER, and his first co¬authored novel with Mark Taylor, REDEMPTION

His forthcoming publications and projects in development for 2014 include a comic book series
based on the ADVENTURES OF KYLE McGERRT trilogy, his first middle¬ grade series, THE
UNDERDWELLERS, and his third YA novel, IMMORTAL FAMILY.

On the publishing business side of things, Charles is the owner of Day Media and Publishing in New York, which houses the successful imprints, Evil Jester Press, Evil Jester Comics, and Hidden Thoughts Press (mental wellness collections,)

He’s also an artist and illustrator, who is passionate about creating the many characters he’s brought to life in his published, or soon to be published works. You can find out more about his upcoming writing projects, check out his illustrations and art, or find out what he’s cooking up next with that evil dude¬in¬the¬box, the evil Jester, by visiting his Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/charles.day.92

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New Release Review and Giveaway! DOG COLLAR COUTURE by Adrienne Giordano (Lucie Rizzo Mysteries #3)

 

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Title: Dog Collar Couture
Series: Lucie Rizzo Mysteries
Author: Adrienne Giordano
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: SilverHart Publishing
Genre: Mystery

 

Book Summary:

Mafia princess turned canine couturier Lucie Rizzo knows dogs are woman’s best friend. Thanks to her fashion-forward four-legged clients, Lucie’s dog walking/designer pet accessory business is booming. And for once her love life isn’t far behind.

Lucie devotes her days to building the Coco Barknell brand, but her nights are all about roguishly sexy Tim O’Brien. At least they will be if she and Detective O’Hottie finally take their relationship to the next level. But bring an Irish cop home to her mobster father? Fuggetaboutit.

Lucie’s knack for finding trouble lands her in the doghouse—and on the six o’clock news. Someone’s absconded with a million-dollar piece of cinematic costume history, with Lucie the only witness to the crime. Not to mention the prime suspect. To clear her name, she’ll need an assist from her entire wacky crew: friends, family…and future (hopefully) lover.

 

Excerpt:

“Hi, Dad.”

He appeared in the doorway that led from the small dining room to the kitchen. He wore flat-front slacks and a crisp, baby-blue dress shirt. “You’re late. You said you’d be home by five.”

Welcome to living at home with a protective father. “I know, but the walks ran long.”

“You should call if you’ll be late.”

Sigh. “Okay, Dad. Sure.”

The door behind her opened and whacked her hard enough to send her spiraling forward. Whoopsie. To keep from falling, she hooked her hand on one of the staircase spindles, gripped it hard enough to pop a knuckle and fought a battle with momentum. She hung on for a second—whew—and pulled herself back to her feet.

Joey stood in the doorway holding the door open for Ro.

Ro rushed in, her arms out. “Luce, are you all right?”

“Luce,” Joey said, “what the hell are you doing behind the door? I could have killed you.”

“Thanks for your concern, Mr. Sensitivity.”

“Hey, next time, don’t stand there.”

“Joey,” Ro said, “zip it.”

He scrunched his face and stabbed his hands in the air. “What? Now it’s my fault?”

“Joey,” Dad warned in that low, scary voice that always made his son snap to, “shut that mouth.”

 

Review:

Another fun read from this series!

Poor Lucie–once again in the wrong place at the wrong time–or is it lucky Lucie? Sometimes it seems that the crimes she gets herself inadvertently involved in are almost less complicated than her own life–her mob boss father’s back from jail, her new (maybe?) boyfriend’s an Irish cop, her best friend is getting hot and heavy with Lucie’s brother–a stolen couture dress almost seems like a minor detail…

Except that Lucie is a possible witness/possible suspect, and once again, having the Rizzo name could be a problem.

But this time she has Tim O’Brien/O’Hottie firmly on her side. And they’re about to go public…maybe (squeee! And maybe do even more. Finally!). And Lucie might just throw herself into solving the crime with a bit more enthusiasm than Tim can handle

“It was a random thing. We didn’t start it. We were just in the wrong place.”

“At the wrong time. I know. That happens a lot.”

She scrunched her nose and growled–growled–at him.

So damned cute. And infuriating. The two sides of Lucie. Killing him.

Yeah, something tells me he’d better get used to it, because I’m seriously hoping this series is just getting started!

So. Much. Fun!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

 

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New Release Spotlight! MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE by Janet Finsilver

Title: Murder at Redwood Cove
Author: Janet Finsilver
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Bed, breakfast…and a body!

If it weren’t for the fact that she’s replacing a dead man, Kelly Jackson would love her new job managing the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast on the coast of Northern California. But Bob Phillips did plunge off the cliff to his death…and Kelly’s starting to think it may not have been an accident. Bob’s retired friends—The “Silver Sentinels”—are also on the case, especially when Kelly is attacked…and another body turns up. Kelly has her hands full with overseeing the B&B’s annual Taste of Chocolate and Wine Festival, but she’s also closing in on the killer…who’s ready to send Kelly on her own permanent vacation…

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Janet Finsilver and her husband reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie and Ellie. She’s been involved in many activities during her life. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. She’s traveled extensively. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. She enjoys cooking, and a recent attempt to reduce the number of cookbooks in the cupboard wasn’t very successful. She’s an avid reader—of course!

 

She’s currently working on the next book in her series scheduled for release in June 2016.

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A Conversation with Ketley Allison, Author of The SNAPPED Series (with a giveaway!)

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Thanks so much for agreeing to be with us today, Ketley!

Thank you for having me, Becky! I’m so happy to be here.

 

What 5 things should readers know about you?

  • I wrote my first book when I was 14. A full blown 300 page novel. It was a birthday present for my best friend with herself as the lead, and little did I know what dragon I unleashed. The popular birthday present demand became stories of themselves with sexy leads and crazy-wonderful storylines—the pressure was intense!

 

  • I’m a sucker for romance, yet when I try to write a straight up love story I end up with all these subplots that I hadn’t initially thought of. It happens Every. Damn. Time. Take Snapped, where it was meant to only be about Charlie and Slade and the fight to maintain their relationship despite his fame. But nope, my brain couldn’t be happy with that. There had to be murder and obsession and shady motives coming from every character. There had to be another man who made Charlie question everything she was doing with her life—thank goodness it all comes together in the end (revisions are my savior!).

 

  • My boyfriend is certain of his impending death. Every time he borrows my computer and happens upon the internet history or walks by me as I’m working, results such as “committing the perfect murder,” “how to cover your tracks after accidental death,” “knife versus gun,” “successfully destroying evidence,” pops up. Hey, I research heavily!

 

  • I have no fingerprints. Well, not any that a computer can read. Not because I’ve been involved in criminal endeavors. More for taking the bar purposes. I have no idea why. I don’t use industrial cleaning products, I haven’t been burned on my fingertips as a child…they’re just too faint for technology. I can’t even use the fingerprint feature on my iPhone (I’ve tried). L #passcode4life.

Another valid suspicion of my boyfriend’s, I suppose.

 

  • I love crime books. Hmm, I guess there’s a theme here. I read all genres, but crime and thrillers are ones I can really curl up under a blanket and not put down until I’m finished. John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner, to name a few. They never disappoint.

LOL—your poor boyfriend! Research is VERY important, though. 😉

 

Tell us all about your main characters—who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? 😉

Oooh good one. I have a few main characters in Snapped, mostly because in order to have motive a character must have depth. So here we go (sorry for the essay!):

Charlie: She’s the main protagonist, a 23-year-old fresh off college and going straight into law school. She chose New York because her college boyfriend, Jason Sladerman, has just been drafted into professional football. She quickly realizes the price of his fame equals her exposure to the public and begins to wonder why Slade chose her—why she’s worth it. All the while there’s someone in the shadows watching her, waiting for their chance to come out the winner. And they just might do something drastic to get there.

Charlie would be smart on a desert island and bring a water purifier or something. This girl plans things out.

Slade: Charlie’s boyfriend, the Golden Boy, a sweet guy who suddenly finds himself in the spotlight. He’s happy to reach his dream but understands that sacrifices must be made in order to maintain it. Is he willing to give up Charlie to continue on his path? Will he be there to protect Charlie when she needs him the most? Or should his needs come first? This distraction will be his greatest mistake.

Slade would bring protein bars. They’re always on his person and at least he’d survive a few days.

Lara: Charlie’s best friend joins her in New York City. Never fallen in love, a spontaneous sexpot, she’s happy to breeze through life and not take simple things too seriously. Until one guy catches her interest with his badboy appeal and don’t-give-a-damn attitude. He’s just what she’s been looking for. Too bad he’s falling in love with someone else.

And lipstick—she’d definitely take that with her to an island. Forget being pragmatic—her lips ain’t ever gonna be parched.

Nate: A man who does what he wants and achieves his goals effortlessly. He can do anything, be anything, and loves to be the center of attention. Charlie enters a bar his band is gigging at, and everything stops. Suddenly he’s unable to succeed at something. Arrogance gets him nowhere. He might have to be tender, to expose his vulnerability, and ultimately do what he fears most: fall in love with someone who’s not a sure bet and do things he’s not very proud of.

This one’s tough because he’s savvy and would be able to live off the wild, craft his own hut, fold leaves in order to collect rainwater…hmm. He’d probably bring his drumsticks, because a life without rhythm is not worth leading at all. And it’s an awesome way to pass the time.

Reagan: A sweet, sheltered girl who befriends Charlie on the first day of law school. Smart, quiet and driven, she doesn’t make waves until the man she’s been celebrity-crushing on actually stands in front of her face. A prospect she’d never dreamed of reaching is now within touching distance. Does she dare? Is ruining her friendship with Charlie, her only friend, worth it? Hell, yes.

Books! She’d bring lots of books to make being on a deserted island much less stressful. She’d rather transport herself into fantasy than remain in real life.

I think Reagan and I are kindred spirits…

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Many things, but mainly relationships. This drives me—the intricate workings of connections, love, anger, will. My characters will never be perfect. They’ll be weak, break down, but hopefully have enough fight in them to come out strong. That is what Snapped is ultimately about. What kind of person would you become in a situation of murder and betrayal? Hopefully you’ll never know! That’s why fiction is so amazing—especially if I can tie it into the potential of real life, which I hope I did.

LOL, I sure hope I never know! Reading about other (fictional) people finding out is MUCH safer!

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

Since I could form letters of the alphabet into actual words! It might be a cliché thing to say, but it’s true. Writing is in my bones. It makes me happy and I love figuring out different worlds and different people.

That’s great!

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

Bringing fantasy into some sort of reality—not only for my readers, but for me too. Sometimes you just want to get away. The art of story-telling is an ancient thing, and I think it’s just inside us. To want to read it as well as write it.

The most challenging part is curbing myself. I can write large word counts but will have to narrow it down, which is tough because every scene is close to my heart. Sometimes it just doesn’t work and you have to make that sacrifice in order to punch your plot forward.

“Kill your darlings…”

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

A few things, both paranormal and contemporary. I plan to finish my Dark Souls trilogy by the end of this year, and I’m also working on two standalone contemporaries. One is a Bonnie and Clyde type plot, and another is also an intended love story turning into a crazy crime adventure. I’m excited about ALL of it, and hopefully I can get most out by the end of this year!

Sounds fantastic!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

Everyone from Nora Roberts to Laini Taylor to Harlan Coben…intertwining the heart of relationships with an action-packed plot is what I strive for, and these authors (while seemingly different) do exactly that.

🙂

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

I just finished The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. HOLY. The writing is wonderful, the wit is on point and the characters truly jump out of the page and grab you.

Good to know—it’s on my TBR!

 

If you had to “sell” this book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

All the romance you expect with the killer that you don’t. WHO SNAPPED?

Perfect!

Thank you again for having me, Becky! It was a true pleasure 🙂

Thank you, Ketley!

AUTHOR BIO:Ketley

Ketley Allison began her career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.

The writing bug never left her–and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write–so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.

As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through–especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.

Learn more about Ketley by visiting her website at www.ketleyallison.com

Author links:
Snapped
Snapped Series
by Ketley Allison
Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
SNAPPED Synopsis:

“We have someone who saw you struggling with the deceased before using that knife. Your best friend, and our eye witness.”

In nine weeks Charlie Miller’s life goes from high-rolling perfection to a crypt of sin. All it takes is one night, one blade, and her boyfriend, best friend and new friends all either end up as suspects or dead.

Nate Westcott, a pierced, tattooed, charismatic lawyer, is a man she can’t have—but a seductive danger she can’t ignore. He’s cocky, infuriating, brilliant and wrong, yet he makes her question whether she really is the good girl she wants to be or more like the selfish killer everyone thinks she is.

And her body wants him in ways she’s not supposed to crave.

As the weeks close in, cracks start forming in her everyday world of pro football golden boys, law school domination and New York City nightlife. Everyone she cares about is at risk because one of them doesn’t love Charlie back. In fact, they want her out of the way. Disposed of. Set up.

One more step, and all Charlie has to do is fall through.

Week 1 starts now.

WHO WILL SNAP?

Snapped is Ketley’s New Adult Contemporary series with all the romance you’d expect, but the killer—and lovers—that you don’t.

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They Call Me Crazy
by Kelly Stone Gamble
Genre: Mystery/Women’s Fiction
Release Date: November 12, 2014

 

 

Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it. But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it.

The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking.

 

 

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As a reader, my tastes are very diverse. I have a passion for the classics and love a good adventure. As a writer, I enjoy creating memorable characters that may be a bit eccentric, but experience life on their own terms.

In addition to writing novels, my work has appeared in a variety of publications including Red Earth Review, Tower Journal, Family Digest and Chicken Soup for the Soul. My fiction has won awards from Writers Weekly, Writers Courtyard, Women on Writing and the Ground Zero Literary Project.

I teach communications, humanities and literature at Southeast Oklahoma State University and live in Idabel, Oklahoma.