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#BlogTour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James


I’m so happy to be sharing this awesome book with y’all today. It’s a great suspenseful drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Check out the details below!

Book Description

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

My Review 

If you’re a fan of “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” or any fun, suspenseful, thrilling dram, “Sister, Psychopath” is for you. This book is like a season of one of those shows in book form. It has a great, delicious balance of suspense, romance and twisted characters to keep anyone interested.

I really was sucked in right away by the concept: how do you navigate the world when you know that your sister, who’s life is interwoven with yours, is a mean, possibly criminal, sociopath? And this book does not disappoint: Chloe is a character, all right. She could give Bond villains a run for their money. 

The others characters are all interesting too: very flawed, but trying to do what’s right. It creates some great tension.
There are probably three or four plots that are woven together through the characters and each of them was pretty good. I didn’t lose interest at all as the book went on, which is a risk when you know the villain from the beginning. But trust me, you’ll want to hold on until the very end for this one. There’s a lot going on here.

I would definitely read more from this author. Maybe we’ll see some characters return? I’d read it!
Author Bio


Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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#BlogBlitz: Cars, Coffee, and a Badass Ninja Toilet by K.C. Hilton – Excerpt and Giveaways!

Welcome to the Book Blitz for Cars, Coffee, and a Badass Ninja Toilet by K.C. Hilton – which brings all the humor of customer service hell straight to you with great humorous flair! Check out some great giveaways and an excerpt from the book below!


About the Book

If you deal with customers day after day who drive you insane, give you reasons to drink alcohol, or make you want to quit your job, this book is definitely for you.

A chaotic and hilarious portrait of a used car lot owner, Julia Karr. Her feisty attitude and fearless approach to managing a business, how it affects her home life and dealings with customers will have you scratching your head about humanity.

Seeing the business world through Julia’s jaded eyes may convince you that owning a business isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Her attitude is drenched with sarcasm and dipped in crazy sauce. She blames the car lot.

About the Author

K.C. is a wife, mother and manages the family business. K.C.’s husband refers to her as Hobbit size and claims that she is “nuttier than a fruit cake.” She owns a complete set of pink tools, believes in aliens and secretly wants to become a badass ninja. In her spare time, she can be found daydreaming about leaving work early to eat chocolate and drink wine. Sometimes her dreams come true.

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  1. A giveaway for 10 paperback copies 9/1/17-10/15/17 on Goodreads
  2.  Two Signed Paperbacks with SWAG! Enter Here!


Excerpt

By the time I finished my first cup of coffee, I noticed a vehicle parked near the office door. The office didn’t open for another fifteen minutes and I wasn’t in a big hurry to start my day. As I poured a second cup of coffee, I watched another vehicle pull onto the lot and park.
“Today is going to be a busy day,” I murmured to Foxy Boxy, which somehow excited her and made her start jumping around like a rabbit. She probably thought I was offering her a treat. I looked at her cute puppy-dog eyes and caved. “I might as well go see what they want.” I sighed, then tossed her a treat.
As I walked toward the office door, I noticed an SUV pull onto the lot and park near the entrance. The first customer simply wanted to make a payment, only taking a few minutes of my time.
The second customer wanted more information about a truck parked near the garage, not ready for sale, yet. It was a repo vehicle.
“I’d like to know how much your husband would sell that truck for?” she asked.
Oh, my goddess, another woman who thought only a man could run a car lot. If she continued with the only-a-man-can-run-a-car-lot attitude, I’d have to teach her a lesson.
“I can give you a price,” I said in a cheerful tone. “One thousand dollars, plus the transfer costs—which includes the sales tax—and it’s all yours,” I said.
By the look on her face, I knew the price was too good for her to pass up. Even with the higher miles, it was a four-wheel drive and the truck retailed for five times that amount. It was a repo and I didn’t mind selling it cheaper. One person’s loss was another’s gain. The truck needed to be cleaned up, and have the exterior driver’s door handle replaced, but the low price more than compensated for that. The handle could be purchased on eBay for about twenty dollars. I wasn’t sure if it needed any mechanical work, but Tiny didn’t indicate any problems when he brought it to the lot. Even if the truck needed some work, it was still worth it, as is.
As she made her way to the truck, I glanced at the SUV parked near the entrance and noticed a young man making his way toward me. The truck lady would be fine for a few minutes without me, so I decided to meet the young man halfway.
“I’d like to test-drive that SUV in the front row,” he said. He gestured toward it as he approached me.
“Okay, I’ll go get the key.” I made my way back toward the office.
Truck Lady was hot on my heels and followed me inside. “Are you going to clean it?” she asked.
“No,” I said. “For that price, you can clean it yourself.” Truck Lady looked hurt. It wouldn’t kill her to take it home and clean it herself or run it through a car wash. “If you want us to detail it, then I’m going to raise the price another hundred bucks. Your choice.” That got her thinking. Almost positive she would want to take it for a ride, I snatched the truck key and slid it into my pocket just in case. I pointed to the guy waiting outside. “Let me give that customer this key, so he can go on a test-drive. I’ll be right back.”
As I made my way toward the young man, a woman got out of the passenger side of their SUV, walked around, and hopped into the driver’s seat. I was concerned someone might whip their vehicle into the drive and asked him if she could move it to a parking spot.
“It’s a little dangerous being parked at the entrance,” I said. I handed him the key and he asked about our financing. I answered his questions and let him know that we had recently replaced the battery.
The woman began moving their vehicle and I assumed she would be waiting here until he returned. Their SUV was the same make and model of the one the young man wanted to test-drive, although it was a different color. I took another look and it didn’t have a plate on the back, but it did have a sticker for another car lot here in town.
“Are you test-driving that vehicle?” I asked, as he started the SUV.

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Review: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

Close to Home (Tracy Crosswhite, #5)Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book from the description. Military/conspiracy-type books usually aren’t my things. But I didn’t count on the fact that Robert Dugoni could probably make watching paint dry seem interesting.

This book is a great addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series and makes you impatient for the next installment. I wouldn’t start with this one if you’re interested in the series, but technically it could be read as a standalone.

The novel centers around a hit-and-run which results in the death of a 12-year-old boy. The detectives find overwhelming evidence – hinging on one key piece – that a Naval logistics officer is responsible. But then, suddenly, that evidence goes missing. And Tracy decides she is going to find out why. Meanwhile, Del is mourning his niece, who OD’d on heroin. He becomes determined to avenge her death by taking her supplier off the street. But will that bring him closure?

I love the supporting team in this series. Del, Faz, Kins, etc., they’re so fun and it feels like yo really know them after five books. I’m so glad that they’ve each gotten some time to develop and grow as characters. Plus, this book introduces some new characters which I think will make future appearances as well, which I’m glad about.

The storyline is really, very intriguing. It’s not a traditional military-spy-thriller. It’s a classic Tracy Crosswhite novel, which slowly reveals the answers as you move through the book. I did not guess the ending at all. It was really very good.

I love this series and Dugoni as an author. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries.

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#BlogTour: The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith


I loved the first Jake Boulder book and am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for the Kindred Killers!

About the Book

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common. 

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more? 
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

My Review

First off, if you have a weak stomach, this may not be the Book for you. The killings in the book are brutal, and the author spares no detail. But for those that love a good thriller, look no further. This book is a great addition to the series and makes me even more excited for it to continue!

I love that Graham Smith spares nothing in his books – no character is safe, no detail is too touchy. It really adds a zing to the plot. You have no idea where it’s going to go. And he really takes you on a journey as Jake battles the killers. And not to give anything away, but this book doesn’t pull punches in this regard.

There’s also great character development in this chapter of the series, witch Jake making some tough decisions and coming to some realizations. I like that, because it makes Jake – who is a lot like a superhero – a little more human. He’s not too perfect after all, you know?

I love this series and it’s characters and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. If you love fast-paced thrillers, check this book out – you won’t be sorry!

About the Author

A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. 

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009.
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

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Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She ToldLies She Told by Cate Holahan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is complicated, but worth it. The story-within-a-Story concept creates two worlds and two female leads which will captivate you and keep you flipping pages.

Liza is an author, who is both desperate to have a baby and desperate to write a bestseller, which hasn’t happened since her debut book. But her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, which Liza begins to resent. Meanwhile, her energies are being poured into her next book, which is about Beth, a new mother who catches her husband cheating on her. Shortly after, Beth finds things spiraling out of control. Their stories begin to blur as more is revealed, and both Beth and Liza struggle to hold on to their sanity.

It was a little confusing keeping the two stories straight at first, but after a couple chapters, you get the hang of it. The tension in both stories is exquisite – you can feel the women each becoming more desperate as the stories go on and things explode.

I also liked the two different endings here. I don’t want to spoil anything, but things really in the last chapters could go in any one of four different ways and to see them work out in the directions they do is exciting.

I also like the ambiguity of some of the scenes – did they happen? Or not? Or is Beth crazy? Is Liza forgetting things b cause of her hormones? It’s really suspenseful.

Overall, this was a quick, great read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers.

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#BlogTour: Finding You by Lydia Albano – Top 10, Giveaway and more!

Welcome to my stop on the Finding You blog tour! I’m so excited to share more about this book with you – it’s definitely on my TBR, since it combines two of my favorite genres: romance and thrillers.

Make sure to enter the giveaway, add the book on Goodreads and check out the author’s social media! Cheers!

Finding You
Lydia Albano
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: September 19 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.

Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.

Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano’s debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.

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Author Bio:

Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.

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TOP TEN by Lydia Albano

Top 10 female role models throughout history (real or fictional)

Okay, this is going to be really very difficult, I think.

  1. Grace O’Malley. The woman was a freaking pirate chieftain who took command of her father’s clan upon his death and at one point sailed her fleet to England to negotiate a prisoner release with Queen Elizabeth herself. Who does that?
  2. I’ve been obsessed with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad as long as I can remember; I used to watch this movie we had about her over and over. That kind of bravery, fighting for what’s right and risking her own life time and time again to help others- gosh. I aspire to that kind of character.
  3. Joan of Arc is another great source of inspiration to me; the fact that she obeyed God and faced opposition to the point of leading an entire army and being killed for it is – while tragic – so beautiful and so brave that I want to be more like her.
  4. Eowyn. If you don’t cheer when she whips off her helmet and says, “I am no man!” before delivering the death blow to the Witch King, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. The woman’s a legend.
  5. Anne Shirley (with an ‘e’) was my hero- as a shy kid with a melodramatic brain, she was all that I wished I was, bold and feisty, and determined to pursue her dreams.
  6. Wendy Darling is a go-to; I think we’re basically the same person actually. I love that she tells stories and that she loves magic, but in the end she’s the responsible big sister and that’s always been me (even if half the time I find myself thinking, “but I don’t want to grow up!”).
  7. Lucy Pevensie – I can honestly say that my life is better because of The Chronicles of Narnia. All I want is to be more like Lucy (mostly the part about finding a magical kingdom in a wardrobe, but you know, the parts about her being kind and loyal and brave too).
  8. I didn’t start reading the Harry Potter books until last year (gasp! I know!) but I can already tell Hermione and I would be great friends. Or maybe we’d be enemies because we’re almost exactly the same person?
  9. Catherine Morland is my favorite Austen heroine for so many reasons, including but not limited to: she’s relatable, funny, awkward, lets her imagination run away with her, and she gets the guy we all want (in my opinion, Tilney is the best of Austen’s heroes).
  10. This one really doesn’t fit with all the rest, but I have to include Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on a list like this. Time and time again she proves herself badass, cute, driven, focused, and somehow snarky, all at the same time. And even though I’m still bitter over the whole Angel thing, I love Buffy.

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Teaser Tuesday: Lies She Told by Cate Holohan

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. The meme is hosted by The Purple Booker!
It is very easy to play along:
Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  •  Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I’m currently reading “Lies She Told” – which is a great “book within a book” concept. I’m liking it so far! Here’s your short teaser:

“This is really humiliating, you know? I mean, I don’t even know your first name and I’m confessing all my secrets.”

Happy reading!


About the Book

Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction.

Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the meantime, she’s struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing down in both her professional and her personal life, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine.
Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home alone providing for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes it, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the river.
Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the Hudson and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.