2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.
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Guest Post: Title in Search of a Story by Ashley E. Sweeney, Author of Answer Creek

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to Ashley E. Sweeney, author of the new book, Answer Creek. Shaped by Sweeney’s thorough research and vivid prose, this memorable and moving novel of the Donner Party rises above the scandalous to deliver a compassionate portrayal of families pushed to the edge of their humanity and of a determined young woman carving her own path toward love and independence. Ashley was gracious enough to provide insight into her writing process and the background of her story. Enjoy!

Title in Search of a Story
by Ashley E. Sweeney

It’s my experience that stories find me. First as a journalist and now as an author, I see and hear things through a tightly coiled and ultra-sensitive antenna. It could be a snippet of a conversation or a detail I notice as I drive by that spurs me to take pen to paper. Or it could be a situation that proverbially smacks me in the face and I race home to get it on the page. Continue reading Guest Post: Title in Search of a Story by Ashley E. Sweeney, Author of Answer Creek

Book Review: Kill the King by Sandrone Dazieri

This is an other of those deceptively short reviews… This is an incredibly complex, emotionally charged, horrifically graphically violent series and I loved EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF EACH BOOK! I’ve reviewed the second – Kill the Angel on here; the first I read but not as a review book, so the review only ran on GoodReads. Do NOT attempt to read this series out of order, you will be utterly lost and miss all the gorgeous intricacies of this brilliantly plotted story line. You need a strong stomach for it, but it’s well worth the gruesome bits because the characterizations are amazing. Honestly, some of the best I’ve ever read, in any genre, any language…

I LOVED this dark disturbing and wholly original series!! The final installment was spectacular, tying all the loose ends together in the end with the perfect pacing, fraught tension and horrifying violence that comprised this amazing trilogy. Continue reading Book Review: Kill the King by Sandrone Dazieri

Book Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

John Marrs you devious devil, you write stories that worm their way into my brain and then refuse to leave! It’s a marvelous and irritating skill in equal measure because it means once I pick up one of your books, I can’t put it down – regardless of my *real* obligations or life-requirements… This latest novel is no exception. It’s a creepy horrifying tale of love and obligation and the insidious necrotizing power of lies. It’s a dark tale full of misdirection and red herrings and misunderstandings – and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Continue reading Book Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

Excerpt: This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to the new novel, This is How I Lied, by Heather Gudenkauf. Enjoy!

About the Book
With the eccentricity of Fargo and the intensity of Sadie, THIS IS HOW I LIED by Heather Gudenkauf (Park Row Books; May 12, 2020; $17.99) is a timely and gripping thriller about careless violence we can inflict on those we love, and the lengths we will go to make it right, even 25 years later.

Tough as nails and seven months pregnant, Detective Maggie Kennedy-O’Keefe of Grotto PD, is dreading going on desk duty before having the baby her and her husband so badly want. But when new evidence is found in the 25-year-old cold case of her best friend’s murder that requires the work of a desk jockey, Maggie jumps at the opportunity to be the one who finally puts Eve Knox’s case to rest. Continue reading Excerpt: This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

Book Review: Lord of the Hunt by David Craig

This is a very well-crafted series that takes some of the more common supernatural tropes and stands them on their heads in a brilliant and original way. In this second installment, the dynamic duo of Foley and Hunt find themselves further enmeshed in the nefarious world of the Sooty Feathers Club and its nemeses. (If you missed the first, you can read my review here – it is also excellent, and I definitely recommend reading these in order!)

Without spoilers, it’s tough to do this one justice, so forgive the shortish and not-that-specific review and do NOT mistake it for my not having anything to say. It’s rather the opposite, but saying any of it runs the risk of undermining the magic of the revelations and I wouldn’t do that for the world, as the teasing out of the truth is what makes these stories so incredible. Continue reading Book Review: Lord of the Hunt by David Craig

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