The Lying Game

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Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: Psych Thriller

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Pages: 384

 

On a normal morning in June, Kate is walking her dog, Shadow, along the Reach when he runs in to the water to retrieve something. Soon after, Kate’s three best friends from boarding school in Salten, Isa, Fatima, and Thea receive a three-word text- “I need you”. The three don’t hesitate in returning to Kate, and to Salten. That message is never sent unless it is an emergency. They have a feeling that they know what the emergency is about. The Lying Game, a game that they played during their time at Salten, has never ended. It is a game with a myriad of rules, and it landed them all being asked to leave Salten in the fifth-year due to the scandal surrounding the disappearance of Ambrose, the art teacher- and Kate’s father. It is the lie surrounding this that the girls cannot let go of, and the one that may get them arrested…or worse. If you’re going to play The Lying Game, you must be ready to face the consequences.

I don’t know where Ruth Ware comes up with these stories, and I don’t care, as long as she keeps putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, whatever)! I can’t believe that I am saying this, but The Lying Game has just surpassed In a Dark, Dark, Wood as my favorite Ware book! It was awesome, like binge read awesome! The characters were all so well developed, that they were easily imagined. The descriptiveness of the Reach and Salten was phenomenal. I could see it very clearly, with minimal effort. Her writing, as always, was sophisticated and lovely. Much like In a Dark, Dark Wood, this one grabbed my attention from the beginning, and it did not let up until it was over. This is the experience that I look for in a great psych thriller, and I definitely got it with The Lying Game. If you’re looking for that, as well- Go. Read. Now!!

 

Aimee Brown Author Interview!!

Hey Guys!!

I am so lucky to have Debut Author Aimee Brown with me today, on the day of the release of her new book Little Gray Dress!! Welcome Aimee!!!

Aimee Brown

I’m so glad to have you here!!

So, tell me, where did you get the inspiration for this book?

I’m actually more of a just sit down and write to see where it takes me kind of girl. I’ve started and trashed at least a hundred manuscripts that didn’t progress. This one I somehow made it through the first draft and from there I could plan things out to make it what it is today.

Obviously, I love weddings so it was no surprise to see the book filled with weddings. 😊

That’s awesome! I would love to day that I’ve trashed manuscripts. I think I’ve more trashed pages… I am a fan of weddings, as well. They are always so much fun, when they’re other peoples’ stress!

How did you begin your writing career? Did you always know that you wanted to write?

I started writing years ago and started college to get my Bachelor’s Degree in English Lit/Creative Writing in 2008. I wasn’t one hundred percent sure that I had what it took to actually be an author until I enrolled in my first creative writing class. The instructor had nothing but praise with each story I wrote so that was reassuring to say the least.

Since then, I’ve been attempting to write ‘the one’ that would end up being my debut novel. I now feel like maybe I could have finally found my lifelong dream career.

I would definitely say that you have found your calling, based on this book! Who are your favorite authors?

So many! The ones who inspire me to write are Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, Emily Giffin, Janet Evanovich (parts of her), and Candace Bushnell. They are such inspirations for the rom/com-chick lit genre.

I have so many indie authors that I adore as well that I’d hate to list them all and forget someone.

I love Janet Evanovich! Well, most of her series, anyway. I am a huge advocate of Indies! Some of my favorite authors are, or started out as, Indie authors.

So, do you have a favorite book or series that you could just read over and over again?

Meg Cabot’s Size 12 is not Fat is one of my fav series. It’s more cozy mystery than chick lit but I just love how she wrote her main character Heather Wells. She’s such a likeable character to spend time with.

I haven’t read that one. I’ll have to look it up! What are you reading right now?

Ugh, I’ve been SO busy that I’ve not read much lately. I have quite a few waiting for my attention on my kindle, Meredith Schorr, Kate O’Keeffe and Amy Poeppel are all awaiting me.

I hear you! I’ve been a bit slow in my reading and blogging lately. Life just gets in the way of fun! Speaking of fun, what do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I don’t get a lot of free time with a husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a tank full of fish and a small business. But, when I do I love reading, decorating, and redecorating my house, thrift shopping, Netflix and spending time with my family.

You have a small farm! Haha! Do you have any upcoming projects that we should be on the lookout for?

I’m working on a couple of things yes. Right now, I’m pushing to finish a stand-alone novel that centers around one of the main character in Little Gray Dress (who is it?!). It seems everyone needs this particular character to have a happy ending!!

I bet I know who that is, and I can’t wait!!! Thanks for stopping by to spend some time with me, Aimee!! Happy Release Day!!!

Little Gray Dress Release Tour!

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Title: Little Gray Dress

Author: Aimee Brown

Release Date: August 2nd, 2017

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit

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Book Blurb:

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?

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About the Author

Aimee Brown

Aimee Brown – author bio:

Aimee Brown is a writer and an avid reader. Little Gray Dress is her first published novel. My second novel is in the works now. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal.

Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets.

She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress! If you’d like to chat with her she’s very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!

 

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Mask of Shadows

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Author: Linsey Miller

Genre: Fantasy/YA Fantasy

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 352

 

Sallot Leon, better known as Sal, is a street fighter and an excellent thief. Sal, however wants more from life than robbing nobles and fighting. In the midst of a robbery one day, Sal finds a flyer for auditions for the position of Opal in the Queen’s Left Hand- her personal assassins, named after the rings on her left hand, and decides to go for it. The auditions turn out to be not only training, but a fight to the death with the other contestants. This is a fight that Sal may not be prepared for, but is determined to win and get revenge for their country that was destroyed by the nobles that are in the capitol and the heart of Elise, who they are growing closer and closer to. Will Sal survive to live out this dream?

Guys, I finished this book, and immediately said that I needed more! Seriously, check my Twitter feed! This is that wonderful rare occasion where I have trouble believing that this is a debut novel. The characters were so well rounded and fleshed out. I absolutely loved that the main character, Sal, was gender fluid. It made this character all the more interesting, and definitely an underrepresented community that we should see more of. Miller writes characters that you want to become invested in. The world building was so lovely, and easily visualized. It had enough romance in it to add to the story, but not so much as to make it the focus. This is written as a YA Fantasy, but truthfully it is just a very well written Fantasy that would appeal to anyone looking for that type of escape. I can’t wait to find that escape again in the next installment!

Little Gray Dress

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Author: Aimee Brown

Genre: Cotemporary Romance

Pages: 218

 

Emi has an issue that most of us have been able to relate to, at one time or another: a broken heart with unresolved issues. She thought that she had put that behind her, when she moved halfway across the country from Jack, the reason for the aforementioned broken heart. That is until her twin brother’s wedding, which happens to be to Jack’s little sister. Emi is now thrown in to a wedding party with Jack, in a bad bridesmaid’s dress, and to make matters worse, he is engaged to her arch enemy. What’s a girl to do? Get drunk, and hoof it to the nearest bar, of course! Enter Liam. Could he be the one to help Emi get over Jack? Does she really want to get over him at all?

Where to start?! You all know by now how I feel about romance, but this one worked for me. The pace was fast enough, and the characters engaging enough, that it didn’t drag me down in to the romance death spiral that some regular romances do. Brown did a wonderful job in character development, especially for a debut author. The characters were all well fleshed out, well rounded, and played off of one another very well. The plot was also very well thought out, and didn’t seem to lag much, if at all. It jumps back and forth between “present day” and before Emi and Jack’s break-up, but the time jump work’s in this case. It doesn’t give you whiplash, and isn’t confusing to follow. It’s well thought out, and gives a much needed backstory. Honestly, the only negative thing at all that I found were a couple of proofreading errors, which can (and does!) happen in any author’s book. It certainly wasn’t enough to detract from the enjoyment of the book. If you’re looking for a fun contemporary romance and/or a great beach read, give this one a try!

It releases tomorrow, so you can pre-order here:

Beneath the Skin: The Sam Hunter Case Files

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Author: Jonathan Maberry

Series: Sam Hunter

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: JournalStone

Pages: 412

 

Sam Hunter is an ex-cop, who was written up for excessive force one too many times. He now makes his living as a PI. When he takes on a client, he takes them in to his family, and protects them like one of his pack. He means that literally, because Sam Hunter is a werewolf. A benandanti, to be more precise. He takes on a wide range of cases that others wouldn’t touch, but that is his job, and he is damned good at it.

Jonathan Maberry has been on my tbr list for a while, and when I saw this book of short stories, I could not pass it up. Short stories are my favorite thing, and he did not disappoint (unless you count my being disappointed in myself that I have put off picking up Maberry’s work until now!). The characters all had great depth, which is sometimes tricky in short stories. The world building was very well done, as you could picture the gritty neighborhoods, seedy bars, etc, as well as the world with these “others” in it. Maberry’s writing is phenomenal. He knows how to easily break up a desolate situation with a bit of humor (wonderfully dry humor in this case), how to give enough back story and detail in a short timeframe to really get the reader invested in the characters, how to draw the reader in to a world that they do not want to leave. Sam Hunter is, I believe, one of my favorite new characters. I desperately hope that this was just an introduction to him, and that there will be more to follow. Now, you’ll excuse me while I go download the Pine Deep books….

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

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Author: Amy Schumer

Genre: Memoir/Humor

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pages: 336

 

Amy Schumer has built her career on being honest- hilariously, brutally, honest- and I, and so many others, love her for that. She says the things that many think and won’t say, and she doesn’t sugarcoat it. This book is that, and so very much more. It had everything that I was hoping for out of a book written by Schumer. It had the stories of sex, drugs, drinking, and family drama delivered with her signature humor, sarcasm, and wit. What it had that I wasn’t expecting, though, was her being honest in a very different way about the subjects that have touched and affected her life: date rape, domestic violence, gun violence, body shaming, and her father’s MS diagnosis. It was very touching, and humanizing, to see her speak out on these topics in such an authentic way. This book was well written, in that it balanced the serious topics out with humor, so it didn’t become too heavy to read. It was very interesting to learn more about Schumer and her life, up to this point. I was a fan before, and I am even more so of one now!