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Friday, June 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Foyles Bookshop Girls by Elaine Roberts (Historical Fiction)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I have a BOOK REVIEW of THE FOYLES BOOKSHOP GIRLS by Elaine Roberts as part of her book tour for this new release!


Elaine Roberts
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Date of Publication: June 2018
Number of Pages: 295





A delightful story of friendship, love and hope during the dark days of WWI

London, 1914 - One ordinary day, three girls arrive for work at London's renowned Foyles bookshop. But when war with Germany is declared their lives will never be the same again. Alice has always been the 'sensible' one in her family – especially in comparison with her suffrage-supporting sister! But decidedly against her father's wishes, she accepts a job at Foyles Bookshop, and for bookworm Alice, it's a dream come true. But with the country at war, Alice's happy world is shattered in an instant. Determined to do what she can, Alice works in the bookshop by day, and risks her own life driving an ambulance around bomb-ravaged London by night. But however busy she keeps herself, she can't help but think of the constant danger those she loves are facing on the frontline. Alice, Victoria, and Molly couldn't be more different and yet they share a friendship that stems back to their childhood – a friendship that provides everyday solace from the tribulations and heartbreak of war.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until she picked up her dream again in 2010. She joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Elaine and her patient husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting.

You can connect with her on:



REVIEW


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

I was immediately interested in this book for its focus on young women working in a London bookshop during WWI, as we all know that I can't resist any book about books! While I'm accustomed to seeing many stories pertain to WWII, in a way, it was refreshing to see another momentous time period reflected in fiction that doesn't seem to be discussed as frequently.

Roberts' writing is vivid and truly captures the essence of various family dynamics in an empathetic, engaging, and thought-provoking manner. Not only are we privy to the lives and friendship shared between Alice, Victoria, and Molly, but we also gain perspective into their individual families and how each is effected by the prospect of war. This is a richly drawn character study of different women coming of age during a time of much social and political upheaval. Additionally, once the war begins, we receive access into its significance from not only the perspective of the battlefield, but also on those remaining on the home front. 

Ultimately, I loved the quiet message that even in times of chaos, confusion, and havoc, the bookshop remains standing to lend a calming hand with some much needed escape from reality. An understanding that resonates even generations later. You can find out more about the actual Foyles bookshop HERE.

This is the first book in a planned trilogy and was such a captivating start to a series that I'm highly looking forward to continuing!


Many thanks to Aria and especially Elaine Roberts. It was a pleasure hosting and providing a review! And be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour for more opinions!



Thursday, June 14, 2018

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: A Deadly Eclair by Daryl Wood Gerber (Cozy Mystery)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I am spotlighting my previous review of A DEADLY ECLAIR by Daryl Wood Gerber as part of her blog tour to promote the release of the trade paperback edition of the book as well as to celebrate the upcoming publication of the second book in the series A SOUFFLE OF SUSPICION hitting shelves July 10!  You can pre-order HERE!


Daryl Wood Gerber
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Date of Publication: November 2017
Number of Pages: 320


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A scrumptious series debut!

It's always been Mimi Rousseau's dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she's been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband's tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she's able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn's first wedding ever. The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan's half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners' dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until six AM rolls around, and Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an eclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in Bryan's will. Now it's up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again




ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and as Avery Aames, she pens the Cheese Shop Mysteries

Fun tidbit: Daryl appeared on "Murder, She Wrote." She has also jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She loves to read and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky.

You can connect with her on:

WEBSITE  |  FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER


REVIEW



I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

This was such a fabulous debut and definitely one that you are going to want to pick up if you are a fan of culinary cozies as well!

From the feisty protagonist, Mimi, to the eclectic and suspicious cast of characters each with their own motives for murder, there is so much to love about this book. All of the people that make up Mimi's staff are so endearing and have created a heartwarming and welcoming place for visitors. It was such a treat to be in their company and move through the story along with Mimi as she tries to solve the case. I especially loved how much investigative work Mimi conducts herself; however, very few clues are revealed as the story unfolds, ultimately creating a truly well layered and plotted mystery that has to be read to the end in order to find out who the killer is. Her amateur sleuthing skills are far more competent and ambitious than Tyson's, the law enforcement officer charged with finding out the truth.  And despite this scenario being the case in all cozy mysteries, it was incredibly well done and came across as highly believable, providing some light humor into their interactions with each other.

The author's descriptive style beautifully captures the setting and paints a lush and inviting place you would want to visit on your next holiday. And all the talk about the French food served in the bistro will leave your mouth watering! So make sure you have some snacks available while reading or cook up some of your own versions using the provided recipes at the end of the book! Maybe one day I'll get some time to recreate them myself!

I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read this great start to a series that I will now be on the look out for and highly recommend! I definitely look forward to returning to Napa Valley in order to experience more adventures with Mimi at her bistro, but for now, I'm adding the author's backlist to my TBR while I wait!


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Many thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours and especially Daryl Wood Gerber. It was a pleasure hosting and providing a review! And be sure to check out the blog tour for more opinions and author extras!


Tour Participants
June 6 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 6 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews– REVIEW
June 7 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
June 7 – Ruff Drafts – RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 7 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
June 8 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
June 8 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 9 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW
June 9 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
June 10 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
June 11 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
June 12 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
June 12 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
June 13 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW
June 14 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 14 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW (YOU ARE HERE)
June 15 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
June 16 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW
June 16 – Lisa Ks Book Review – REVIEW
June 17 – The Cozy Pages – REVIEW
June 18 – The Montana Bookaholic –  REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 18 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW
June 19 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
June 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts (Psychological Thriller)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I have a REVIEW of the psychological thriller HIDING by Jenny Morton Potts!

Hiding
by
Jenny Morton Potts
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Cahoots Publishing
Date of Publication: February 2018
Number of Pages: 323


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Jenny Morton Potts takes to the psychological thriller stage on an international canvass, and with a unique, bold voice.  
Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her. This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?




READ AN EXCERPT

Chapter 2


Death Row
June 2021



There was a walk now. They passed doors, like random choices. They all looked the same, all the colour of pale nicotine. But some of those doors were in the business of living and some were not. As you walked past them, you could feel hope slipping away. Which door? Which one? It was like a game the devil might play as you entered hell. Eventually the passengers reached the end of their journey and were shown into another room which was similar in size to the last but with what looked like a window on one side. The window was dark for the moment, with a black blind pulled down and opposite, there was a gallery with seating. The seating was slightly raked, like a theatre. They were here for a performance.
‘That’s 11.30 gone now,’ someone said from the far end.
‘Show must go on.’ Keller mumbled.
There was a crackle and then an audio test from the speaker in the corner. Keller imagined that President Descher had arranged a televised viewing and that all over the State the people could see and hear this: factory workers, grandmothers, schoolchildren, stopping what they’re doing and watching. From the audio speaker, Keller recognised words from the phonetic alphabet, then the date, today, June 23rd 2021, the location, the prisoner’s name and number HCI 72259-931 and the time scheduled for execution.
Keller knew that the duration for the poison to act was ten minutes maximum and that the ratio to be injected was set against the inmate’s weight and height.
Somewhere behind him, Keller could hear mumbling about the victims’ families and an officer explained that they were seated separately, in another viewing room. He imagined that the families’ room was crowded, since eight victims had lost their lives that day.
At 11.45 am, the time was announced once more on the speaker and the blind was pulled up manually, revealing the execution chamber. Keller had forgotten who was seated directly next to him now, but whoever it was flinched.
The prisoner was already strapped onto the gurney. There was a sheet over his body but you could see where the constraint buckles jutted up into the clean white cotton. His left arm was exposed however and the intravenous tube was already in. He was clean shaven. Keller had never seen him without a beard. He could almost pretend he did not know him.
Three Harfield guards came into the chamber now. They did not look at the window, which to them was a mirror. Who would want to see themselves doing what they were about to do, even if it was their duty. The three guards were each handed a syringe. The content of one of the syringes was deadly and the other two contained a harmless fluid. The guards would never know who among them administered the lethal injection.
The condemned man’s chest began to rise and fall. He blinked rapidly and his Adam’s apple bulged in his throat, as he struggled to find an impossible place between dignity and the screaming of his nerves to stay alive.
Keller murmured, ‘There is nothing to do now but die.’
A man in the chamber who had been out of their view, moved into sight. He was dressed in a plain dark suit. He identified himself as Warden James and held up a chart. His hand was steady enough, his white knuckles though suggested a very tight grip on that chart.
Keller stared down at the inmate who seemed to be staring back, though Keller knew that the glass was one way and that all the condemned could see was a reflection of his own final scene. All the same, their eyes met.
Warden James turned to the prisoner. ‘Is there anything you would like to say or read before we administer this lethal injection?’
‘Yes.’
Keller frowned down at the neighboring lap. It was the redhead next to him, the PhD student, twisting that engagement ring. The girl who more than likely had it all, the girl who could not cope without her cell, was barely coping at all. Keller could feel her trembling against the length of his torso and the anger in his veins burned. The young woman held her hand up to her mouth and whispered into it, ‘God, dear God.’
The Warden lowered his eyes to Prisoner HCI 72259-931 on the gurney and blinked several times. He said to the inmate, ‘Go ahead, what do you want to say.’
‘I would like to ask a question.’
‘What is your question?’
‘I would like to ask a question and have it answered.’
Warden James looked around the room at the other officials.
had never seen him without a beard. He could almost pretend he did not know him.

Three Harfield guards came into the chamber now. They did not look at the window, which to them was a mirror. Who would want to see themselves doing what they were about to do, even if it was their duty. The three guards were each handed a syringe. The content of one of the syringes was deadly and the other two contained a harmless fluid. The guards would never know who among them administered the lethal injection.
The condemned man’s chest began to rise and fall. He blinked rapidly and his Adam’s apple bulged in his throat, as he struggled to find an impossible place between dignity and the screaming of his nerves to stay alive.
Keller murmured, ‘There is nothing to do now but die.’
A man in the chamber who had been out of their view, moved into sight. He was dressed in a plain dark suit. He identified himself as Warden James and held up a chart. His hand was steady enough, his white knuckles though suggested a very tight grip on that chart.
Keller stared down at the inmate who seemed to be staring back, though Keller knew that the glass was one way and that all the condemned could see was a reflection of his own final scene. All the same, their eyes met.
Warden James turned to the prisoner. ‘Is there anything you would like to say or read before we administer this lethal injection?’
‘Yes.’
Keller frowned down at the neighboring lap. It was the redhead next to him, the PhD student, twisting that engagement ring. The girl who more than likely had it all, the girl who could not cope without her cell, was barely coping at all. Keller could feel her trembling against the length of his torso and the anger in his veins burned. The young woman held her hand up to her mouth and whispered into it, ‘God, dear God.’
The Warden lowered his eyes to Prisoner HCI 72259-931 on the gurney and blinked several times. He said to the inmate, ‘Go ahead, what do you want to say.’
‘I would like to ask a question.’
‘What is your question?’
‘I would like to ask a question and have it answered.’
Warden James looked around the room at the other officials.
‘Go ahead and ask your question.’
‘Not until you tell me that I will have an answer.’
Keller smiled and nudged the redhead. ‘You see? Make the most of every goddamned moment.’
The young woman was on the edge of her seat and on the edge of tears.
In the chamber, the suits and uniforms huddled and muttered amongst themselves and the Warden came free of the pack once more.
‘We shall try to answer your question. And cannot commit beyond that. I ask you therefore again, is there anything you would like to say?’
The inmate tried to lift his head but the strap across his brow was held tight. He cleared his throat and said in that thick Carolina accent that Keller thought he’d forgotten but which now reignited in his memory and ripped through his heart.
‘I want to know if my son can see me.’
***
Excerpt from Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts. Copyright © 2018 by Jenny Morton Potts. Reproduced with permission from Jenny Morton Potts. All rights reserved.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer, and playwright. After a series of 'proper jobs', she realised she was living someone else's life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.
Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with family.
She tries not to take herself too seriously.
You can connect with her on:
FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER  |  WEBSITE  | GOODREADS


REVIEW


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

As a huge fan of psychological thrillers, I was immediately drawn to both the cover and the synopsis, but unlike most books in the genre, this isn't your typical fast-paced, page-turning read. Obviously, weaving together the stories of two seemingly separate and unrelated characters takes time and effort. Slower pacing and no clear course for how things are going to come together make this difficult to form an initial connection to the characters. Ultimately, the truth  unveils itself at the very end, but there was generally no indication as to what connections you should be paying attention. This is in no way a negative reflection, as this is definitely a unique and riveting way of telling the story; however, some readers may not have as much patience.

Alternating between the stories of Keller and Rebecca, each reveals their lives and backgrounds through flashbacks until they eventually meet and intersect towards their shared secrets. There is certainly no lack of characterization as they are deeply developed and multilayered with gritty and fraught narratives that made them highly unreliable, unlikeable, and extremely flawed. Potts' writing is dark and captivatingly descriptive. Fair warning though that there were some occasional graphic scenes and coarse language that some readers may not be keen towards; however, I never found it gratuitous even if unsettling at times.

Overall, this is a complex read that will surely challenge your notions and expectations about thrillers. 



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MAY 1 - JUNE 2, 2018

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Many thanks to Partners in Crime Book Tours and especially Jenny Morton Potts! It was an absolute pleasure hosting and reviewing! And be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour for more opinions and author extras!

05/01 Review/Showcase @ CMash Reads
05/02 Showcase @ Lauras Interests
05/03 Review @ Tales of a Book Addict
05/04 Showcase @ Bound 2 Escape
05/05 Review @ The World As I see it
05/06 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
05/07 Showcase @ The Pulp and Mystery Shelf
05/08 Interview @ Quiet Fury Books
05/09 Guest post @ Aurora Bs Book Blog
05/10 Interview @ BooksChatter
05/10 Review @ Lillys Book World
05/11 Interview @ A Blue Million Books
05/12 Showcase @ Mythical Books
05/14 Review @ Alinas Reading Corner
05/15 Excerpt @ Suspense Magazine
05/16 Review @ everywhere and nowhere
05/19 Guest post @ Loris Reading Corner
05/22 Review @ Stacking My Book Shelves!
05/23 Review @ Cheryls Book Nook
05/25 Showcase @ The Bookworm Lodge
05/27 Guest post @ Thats What Shes Reading
05/28 Review @ Simply Kelina
05/29 Review @ Thats What Shes Reading (YOU ARE HERE)
05/30 Review @ A Room Without Books is Empty
05/31 Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
08/01/18 Blog Talk Radio w/Fran Lewis
08/01/18 Review @ Just Reviews

Sunday, May 27, 2018

GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY: Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts (Psychological Thriller)



Greetings Friends!

Today, I have a GUEST POST from Jenny Morton Potts, the author of the psychological thriller HIDING! And be sure to check back in few days for my REVIEW!


Hiding
by
Jenny Morton Potts
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Cahoots Publishing
Date of Publication: February 2018
Number of Pages: 323



Scroll down for the giveaway!




Jenny Morton Potts takes to the psychological thriller stage on an international canvass, and with a unique, bold voice.  
Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in love with him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time, and now he wants to destroy her. This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina. The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths are destined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?




READ AN EXCERPT

Chapter 2


Death Row
June 2021



There was a walk now. They passed doors, like random choices. They all looked the same, all the colour of pale nicotine. But some of those doors were in the business of living and some were not. As you walked past them, you could feel hope slipping away. Which door? Which one? It was like a game the devil might play as you entered hell. Eventually the passengers reached the end of their journey and were shown into another room which was similar in size to the last but with what looked like a window on one side. The window was dark for the moment, with a black blind pulled down and opposite, there was a gallery with seating. The seating was slightly raked, like a theatre. They were here for a performance.
‘That’s 11.30 gone now,’ someone said from the far end.
‘Show must go on.’ Keller mumbled.
There was a crackle and then an audio test from the speaker in the corner. Keller imagined that President Descher had arranged a televised viewing and that all over the State the people could see and hear this: factory workers, grandmothers, schoolchildren, stopping what they’re doing and watching. From the audio speaker, Keller recognised words from the phonetic alphabet, then the date, today, June 23rd 2021, the location, the prisoner’s name and number HCI 72259-931 and the time scheduled for execution.
Keller knew that the duration for the poison to act was ten minutes maximum and that the ratio to be injected was set against the inmate’s weight and height.
Somewhere behind him, Keller could hear mumbling about the victims’ families and an officer explained that they were seated separately, in another viewing room. He imagined that the families’ room was crowded, since eight victims had lost their lives that day.
At 11.45 am, the time was announced once more on the speaker and the blind was pulled up manually, revealing the execution chamber. Keller had forgotten who was seated directly next to him now, but whoever it was flinched.
The prisoner was already strapped onto the gurney. There was a sheet over his body but you could see where the constraint buckles jutted up into the clean white cotton. His left arm was exposed however and the intravenous tube was already in. He was clean shaven. Keller had never seen him without a beard. He could almost pretend he did not know him.
Three Harfield guards came into the chamber now. They did not look at the window, which to them was a mirror. Who would want to see themselves doing what they were about to do, even if it was their duty. The three guards were each handed a syringe. The content of one of the syringes was deadly and the other two contained a harmless fluid. The guards would never know who among them administered the lethal injection.
The condemned man’s chest began to rise and fall. He blinked rapidly and his Adam’s apple bulged in his throat, as he struggled to find an impossible place between dignity and the screaming of his nerves to stay alive.
Keller murmured, ‘There is nothing to do now but die.’
A man in the chamber who had been out of their view, moved into sight. He was dressed in a plain dark suit. He identified himself as Warden James and held up a chart. His hand was steady enough, his white knuckles though suggested a very tight grip on that chart.
Keller stared down at the inmate who seemed to be staring back, though Keller knew that the glass was one way and that all the condemned could see was a reflection of his own final scene. All the same, their eyes met.
Warden James turned to the prisoner. ‘Is there anything you would like to say or read before we administer this lethal injection?’
‘Yes.’
Keller frowned down at the neighboring lap. It was the redhead next to him, the PhD student, twisting that engagement ring. The girl who more than likely had it all, the girl who could not cope without her cell, was barely coping at all. Keller could feel her trembling against the length of his torso and the anger in his veins burned. The young woman held her hand up to her mouth and whispered into it, ‘God, dear God.’
The Warden lowered his eyes to Prisoner HCI 72259-931 on the gurney and blinked several times. He said to the inmate, ‘Go ahead, what do you want to say.’
‘I would like to ask a question.’
‘What is your question?’
‘I would like to ask a question and have it answered.’
Warden James looked around the room at the other officials.
had never seen him without a beard. He could almost pretend he did not know him.

Three Harfield guards came into the chamber now. They did not look at the window, which to them was a mirror. Who would want to see themselves doing what they were about to do, even if it was their duty. The three guards were each handed a syringe. The content of one of the syringes was deadly and the other two contained a harmless fluid. The guards would never know who among them administered the lethal injection.
The condemned man’s chest began to rise and fall. He blinked rapidly and his Adam’s apple bulged in his throat, as he struggled to find an impossible place between dignity and the screaming of his nerves to stay alive.
Keller murmured, ‘There is nothing to do now but die.’
A man in the chamber who had been out of their view, moved into sight. He was dressed in a plain dark suit. He identified himself as Warden James and held up a chart. His hand was steady enough, his white knuckles though suggested a very tight grip on that chart.
Keller stared down at the inmate who seemed to be staring back, though Keller knew that the glass was one way and that all the condemned could see was a reflection of his own final scene. All the same, their eyes met.
Warden James turned to the prisoner. ‘Is there anything you would like to say or read before we administer this lethal injection?’
‘Yes.’
Keller frowned down at the neighboring lap. It was the redhead next to him, the PhD student, twisting that engagement ring. The girl who more than likely had it all, the girl who could not cope without her cell, was barely coping at all. Keller could feel her trembling against the length of his torso and the anger in his veins burned. The young woman held her hand up to her mouth and whispered into it, ‘God, dear God.’
The Warden lowered his eyes to Prisoner HCI 72259-931 on the gurney and blinked several times. He said to the inmate, ‘Go ahead, what do you want to say.’
‘I would like to ask a question.’
‘What is your question?’
‘I would like to ask a question and have it answered.’
Warden James looked around the room at the other officials.
‘Go ahead and ask your question.’
‘Not until you tell me that I will have an answer.’
Keller smiled and nudged the redhead. ‘You see? Make the most of every goddamned moment.’
The young woman was on the edge of her seat and on the edge of tears.
In the chamber, the suits and uniforms huddled and muttered amongst themselves and the Warden came free of the pack once more.
‘We shall try to answer your question. And cannot commit beyond that. I ask you therefore again, is there anything you would like to say?’
The inmate tried to lift his head but the strap across his brow was held tight. He cleared his throat and said in that thick Carolina accent that Keller thought he’d forgotten but which now reignited in his memory and ripped through his heart.
‘I want to know if my son can see me.’
***
Excerpt from Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts. Copyright © 2018 by Jenny Morton Potts. Reproduced with permission from Jenny Morton Potts. All rights reserved.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer, and playwright. After a series of 'proper jobs', she realised she was living someone else's life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.
Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with family.
She tries not to take herself too seriously.
You can connect with her on:
FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER  |  WEBSITE  | GOODREADS


GUEST POST


The story of Hiding grew from one unique premise; a huge twist which obviously I cannot name here. But from that springboard point, I knew I had a family drama/thriller on my hands. The twist itself already demanded a certain set of characters: parents, grandparents, children. So I already had the sketched cast on the one side of the Atlantic. On the other side of ‘The Pond’, I had open season, in terms of relationships and crime plot. And so whilst this layout took longer to put into place in the United States, it was incredibly exciting. But it was also daunting since I was going to have to describe some very upsetting scenes and I wanted to do this without any sensationalism, though neither did I want to shy away. 
For me, characterization is the greatest factor in any story. Some thriller writers will argue that characterization is less important in this genre because plot is king. But this isn’t true for me or my books. I have a coalition reign, where plot can still be king but characterization is the equally powerful queen. The ‘why’ is always as important as the ‘what.' 
In my work, setting is very significant too. In ‘Hiding’, there is a grand scale – the huge austere mansion of ‘Taransay’ in the idyllic Scottish Highlands but there is also command in the small scale – Aunt Joya’s deathly porch in a small town Southern State. In the Highlands, the grand setting was purposefully overwhelming and fracturing for the Brown family. They were English. They did not fit in and made no attempt to. Why? Keller Baye’s experience was quite the opposite. His background fitted the community but a specific event, which was in no way his responsibility, pushed him outside of it. 
Apart from my main settings, I tend to take characters to interesting places or lead them into unusual subplot situations. En route, I’m always aiming to take the reader somewhere unexpected. I want them to feel that they have been somewhere new with me. I have their feelings in mind the entire time. In my new thriller, ‘Just’, I have a doctor treating overweight coma patients, hoping to wake up to the world once more, svelte. I’m compelled to write scenes hitherto unseen. 
I always say to reviewers before they take on ‘Hiding’: ‘Hopefully this novel will be quite unlike any thriller you have read before.’ And so far, they agree. Before making this proviso about originality, I had a reviewer mark me down to three stars, because she’d been hoping for a ‘good old fashioned thriller.' You’ll never get same-old from me. Where would be the fun in that?

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MAY 1 - JUNE 2, 2018

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Jenny Morton Potts. 
One (1) winner of one (1) Amazon.com gift Card.


Many thanks to Partners in Crime Book Tours and especially Jenny Morton Potts! It was an absolute pleasure hosting! And be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour for more opinions and author extras!

05/01 Review/Showcase @ CMash Reads
05/02 Showcase @ Lauras Interests
05/03 Review @ Tales of a Book Addict
05/04 Showcase @ Bound 2 Escape
05/05 Review @ The World As I see it
05/06 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
05/07 Showcase @ The Pulp and Mystery Shelf
05/08 Interview @ Quiet Fury Books
05/09 Guest post @ Aurora Bs Book Blog
05/10 Interview @ BooksChatter
05/10 Review @ Lillys Book World
05/11 Interview @ A Blue Million Books
05/12 Showcase @ Mythical Books
05/14 Review @ Alinas Reading Corner
05/15 Excerpt @ Suspense Magazine
05/16 Review @ everywhere and nowhere
05/19 Guest post @ Loris Reading Corner
05/22 Review @ Stacking My Book Shelves!
05/23 Review @ Cheryls Book Nook
05/25 Showcase @ The Bookworm Lodge
05/27 Guest post @ Thats What Shes Reading (YOU ARE HERE)
05/28 Review @ Simply Kelina
05/29 Review @ Thats What Shes Reading 
05/30 Review @ A Room Without Books is Empty
05/31 Review @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
08/01/18 Blog Talk Radio w/Fran Lewis
08/01/18 Review @ Just Reviews