I’LL NEVER TELL by Catherine McKenzie – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

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It’s summer reading time and that can only mean one thing; a new Catherine MacKenzie thriller is on the shelves waiting to scare the hell out of you. This time it’s called, “I’LL NEVER TELL (LakeUnionPublishing), and I’m sure as heck not going to tell you what happens!

What happened to Amanda Holmes?

Twenty years ago, she washed up on shore in a rowboat with a gash to the head after an overnight at Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with a crime.

Now, the MacAllister children are all grown up. After their parents die suddenly, they return to Camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate it’s sitting on. Ryan, the oldest, wants to sell. Margo, the family’s center, hasn’t made up her mind. Mary has her own horse farm to run, and believes in leaving well-enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the family groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.

But then the will is read and they learn that it’s much more complicated than a simple vote. Until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t move forward. Any one of them could have done it, and all of them are hiding key pieces of the puzzle. Will they work together to solve the mystery, or will their suspicions and secrets finally tear the family apart?

Don’t you want to know? It’s time to get her book and dive right in. You won’t be disappointed.

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A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine is a partner in a litigation boutique in Montreal, where she was born and raised. Catherine’s novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN, SMOKE, FRACTURED, and THE GOOD LIAR are bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Slovakian and Czech. SMOKE was named one of the Top 100 Books in 2015 by Amazon and one of the Best Books of October 2015 by Goodreads. FRACTURED was named one of the Best Books of October 2016 by Goodreads.

Catherine’s first book writing as Julie Apple (the protagonist in FRACTURED), THE MURDER GAME, was released in November, 2016. SPIN has been optioned for a television series. A short film of ARRANGED was made in 2014 and won a Canadian National Screen Institute Award. Catherine was on set while they filmed it. It was one of the highlights of her writing life.

An avid skier and runner, Catherine climbed the Grand Teton in 2014. And if you want to know how she has time to do all that, the answer is: robots.

Visit her online at http://www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter and Instagram at @CEMckenzie1

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, we have one copy to give away. Just tell us which one of Catherine’s novels is your favorite. We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.

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DEEP WATER BLUES by Fred Waitzkin – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

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DEEP WATER BLUES (OpenRoad) is inspired by a true story and written by Fred Waitzkin, the author of Searching for Bobby Fischer: A Bahamian island becomes a battleground for a savage private war.

Charismatic expat Bobby Little built his own funky version of paradise on the remote island of Rum Cay, a place where ambitious sport fishermen docked their yachts for fine French cuisine and crowded the bar to boast of big blue marlin catches while Bobby refilled their cognac on the house. Larger than life, Bobby was really the main attraction: a visionary entrepreneur, expert archer, reef surfer, bush pilot, master chef, seductive conversationalist.

But after tragedy shatters the tranquility of Bobby’s marina, tourists stop visiting and simmering jealousies flare among island residents. And when a cruel, different kind of self-made entrepreneur challenges Bobby for control of the docks, all hell breaks loose. As the cobalt blue Bahamian waters run red with blood, the man who made Rum Cay his home will be lucky if he gets off the island alive . . .

When the Ebb Tide cruises four hundred miles southeast from Fort Lauderdale to Rum Cay, its captain finds the Bahamian island paradise he so fondly remembers drastically altered. Shoal covers the marina entrance, the beaches are deserted, and on shore there is a small cemetery with headstones overturned and bones sticking up through the sand. What happened to Bobby’s paradise?

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Fred Waitzkin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1943. When he was a teenager he wavered between wanting to spend his life as a fisherman, Afro Cuban drummer or novelist. He went to Kenyon College and did graduate study at New York University. His work has appeared in Esquire, New York magazine, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Beast, among other publications. His memoir, Searching for Bobby Fischer, was made into a major motion picture released in 1993. His other books are Mortal Games, The Last Marlin, and The Dream Merchant. Recently, he has completed an original screenplay, The Rave. Waitzkin lives in Manhattan with his wife, Bonnie, and has two children, Josh and Katya, and two grandsons, Jack and Charlie. He spends as much time as possible on the bridge of his old boat, The Ebb Tide, trolling baits off distant islands with his family.

We have one copy of DEEP WATER BLUES to give away. Just tell us what you’ve looking forward to reading this summer. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck!

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ONE MORE LIE – Spotlight on Amy Lloyd

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She seeks the truth. He seeks revenge. Get ready to be chilled with bestselling author, of THE INNOCENT TRUTH, Amy Lloyd’s new thriller, ONE MORE LIE (HanoverSquare).

Charlotte wants to start fresh. She wants to forget her past, forget prison, and, most of all, forget Sean. But old habits die hard. Despite the ankle monitor she must wear as part of her parole agreement and frequent visits to her therapist, she soon finds herself sliding back towards the type of behavior that sent her to prison in the first place. The further down that path she goes, however, the closer she gets to the crime that put her in prison all those years ago. And that’s the one memory she can’t face. Until, one day, Sean tracks her down.

As the story builds, Lloyd teases and hints with glimpses of Charlotte’s troubled past, culminating in a shocking conclusion that will leave readers chilled to the bone. For fans of Sometimes I Lie and Behind Her Eyes, Amy Lloyd flexes her muscles with a crime fiction novel of unyielding suspense, creeping paranoia, and dark temptation that peers into the horrors that lurk in the human mind.

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Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In 2016 she won the Daily Mail Bestseller Competition for her debut novel The Innocent Wifewhich, when it was published, became a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Amy lives in Cardiff with her partner, who is also a published novelist.

twitter: @amylloydwrites

THE DAUGHTER’S TAKE by Armando Lucas Correa

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From the internationally bestselling author of The German Girl, Armando Lucas Correa, comes his new novel, THE DAUGHTER’S TALE – based on the true story of the Nazi massacre of a French village during WWII. THE DAUGHTER’S TALE (ATRIABooks) is an unforgettable family saga exploring a hidden piece of World War II history and the lengths a mother will go to protect her children.

BERLIN, 1939. The dreams that Amanda Sternberg and her husband, Julius, had for their daughters are shattered when the Nazis descend on Berlin, burning down their beloved family bookshop and sending Julius to a concentration camp. Desperate to save her children, Amanda flees toward the south of France, where the widow of an old friend of her husband’s has agreed to take her in. Along the way, a refugee ship headed for Cuba offers another chance at escape and there, at the dock, Amanda is forced to make an impossible choice that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Once in Haute-Vienne, her brief respite is inter­rupted by the arrival of Nazi forces, and Amanda finds herself in a labor camp where she must once again make a heroic sacrifice.

NEW YORK, 2015. Eighty-year-old Elise Duval receives a call from a woman bearing messages from a time and country that she forced herself to forget. A French Catholic who arrived in New York after World War II, Elise is shocked to discover that the letters were from her mother, written in German during the war. Despite Elise’s best efforts to stave off her past, seven decades of secrets begin to unravel.

THE DAUGHTER’S TALE reflects on the best and worse of the human heart. It’s a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival, and redemption. It reveals a part of history that many would prefer to forget. Have some tissues around when you start this one. It’ll rip your heart out, so make sure you have some Kleenex nearby.

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Armando Lucas Correa is a Cuban writer, journalist and editor who resides in New York. His first novel, The German Girl  (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster), is an international bestseller that has been translated to fourteen languages and published in more than twenty countries. His first book  In Search of Emma: Two Fathers, One Daughter and the Dream of a Family (Rayo, Harper Collins) was published in 2009. 
Correa is the recipient of various outstanding achievement awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism. Most recently, he was recognized by AT&T with The Humanity of Connection Award.

In Cuba, he entered the world of print journalism in 1988 when he was appointed the editor of Tablas, a national theater and dance magazine based out of Havana.

His career as an American journalist started in 1991 in El Nuevo HeraldThe Miami HeraldSpanish edition newspaper. He moved to New York in 1997, to work as a senior writer at People en Español magazine and has been the brand’s Editor in Chief since 2007.

He is a graduate of The University of Arts in Cuba (Instituto Superior de Arte) and has a postgraduate degree in journalism from the University of Havana.

He currently resides in Manhattan with his partner and their three children.

THE CHILDFREE SOCIETY CLUB by Jaclyn Jaeger & Giveaway

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New government figures reveal the US birth rate is at a 32-year low. “The majority finding is that fertility rates are reaching record lows,” according to the CDC. This fact is interesting and timely in light of a new novel by Jaclyn Jaeger title, THE CHILDFREE SOCIETY CLUB.

“There are two types of women who walk this earth: those who want children, and those who don’t.” The Childfree Society Club

In Jaclyn Jaeger’s new novel, THE CHILDFREE SOCIETY CLUB Samantha, Sabrina, Ellie, Hannah and Maddie all have their own issues when it comes to bringing a child into the world. Samantha doesn’t want a child, but her family is hounding her. The same thing for Sabrina who comes from a traditional Indian home. Ellie is fine being married to an older man and enjoying her freedom but now he thinks he wants a child with her. Hannah wants nothing more than to be a mommy, but she’s infertile and since Maddie’s gay, she’s not sure how a baby will fit into her lifestyle.

The five come together to form The Childfree Society Club. At first it starts out as a fun way to make new friends, and drink some wine, but the stakes keep being raised throughout the novel. The title may suggest the book is only for women who don’t want children, but nothing could be further from the truth.

“I don’t think any decision that comes from your heart is the wrong decision.” The Childfree Society Club

Each woman is dealing with this in a very personal and emotional way. Jaeger uses the novel to show how society judges women on this issue, and how it truly is a very individual decision. It’s not to be taken lightly, or influenced by other’s feelings.

The book feels chick-lit at times, which is in no way a negative judgement. Jaeger is a talented writer and she handles this difficult subject with authority. I personally found myself relating a little bit to each character. Jaeger ‘s prose aren’t didactic, which is at the bottom of why the premise and execution of this novel is so compelling.

I hope THE CHILDFREE SOCIETY CLUB finds a huge audience, because it’s really a special gem.

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Jaclyn Jaeger was born and raised in the North Shore of Massachusetts. She is a wife, proud step-mom to an amazing teen-aged daughter, an aunt to five awesome nieces and nephews, and a dog mom to a boxer named Brutus. With journalism degrees from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and Emerson College, she is a business journalist by day, but her real passion is and will always be with writing novels. She currently lives in New Hampshire.

twitter: @Jaclyn_Jaeger

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Thanks to Jaclyn, we have one copy to give away. Just tell us what you think about the title of this book. I was curious and I’m happy I read it. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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THE SHADOW WRITER by Eliza Maxwell – INTERVIEW & Giveaway

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Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others.   

In Eliza Maxwell’s new novel, THE SHADOW WRITER, we meet aspiring author Graye Templeton – who will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.

Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.

As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.

ELIZA TOOK SOME TIME TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS ABOUT WRITING.

You write crime thrillers, which are currently so popular. Why is the genre so en vogue?

Hi Cindy! Thanks so much for having me. I don’t know about anyone else, but for me, crime is such a fascinating aspect of humanity. Especially in the context of an otherwise upstanding person, and even more so when you’re talking about women, so often deemed the “gentler” sex. What factors are at play that can push a person across those lines? As readers, we can’t help but wonder, if we were put in these characters’ shoes, would we cross those lines, too?

Eliza took some time to answer our questions.

Tell us about your research process.
*grimaces* Process might be a strong word for my mess of a research file. Mostly, I begin with the story, then try not to screw up the technical aspects too noticeably. To that end, I lean on other people with far more knowledge than I possess. The internet is a great help, of course, but none of my friends or even acquaintances are safe from a probing question (or ten) about a particular profession or experience. I can be a pest, no doubt, but everyone has been very gracious about my curiosity so far. Thank goodness.
How do you approach creating characters?
Ah, yes. Characters. The poor things. I tend to give them a rough time of it. But again, I’m fascinated by the darker side of people, the one we hide from others, sometimes even hide from ourselves. My characters usually begin with their secrets, and grow around that, defined by those secrets and the lengths they’ll go to keep them.
Why/how did you become a writer?
I was a reader, first, and still primarily think of myself that way. A book mad, voracious reader, for as long as I can remember. Writing began as an extension of that… a new facet of the same love of fiction I’d always had. A little change in perspective, and an entirely new way to experience stories opened up. I was hooked.
Any tips for would be writers? Novelists?
You have to find a way to believe in yourself! I know it’s hard sometimes, but it’s so important to understand that you have a unique perspective and voice that no one else has. And it’s worth sharing. I wrote my first book just to see if I could. I had no intention of anyone ever seeing it. It was a challenge to myself at a time in my life when I was failing at everything I touched. If I could finish those three hundred pages, I’d know I could accomplish at least one task I’d set my mind to. It didn’t need to be good, much less great. It just needed to be finished. And lo and behold, one page at a time, I eventually got to THE END. And no, if you’re wondering, it wasn’t good. Not at all. But I did it, so when a little germ of an idea that felt like it had the potential to be a good idea came along a few months later, I had absolutely no doubts that I could do the work. And that was more than half the battle.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently editing my sixth book, set to release in April 2020, called THE CARETAKERS, with Lake Union Publishing. I’m also ready to start the first draft for a seventh, as yet untitled, and I’m beyond excited about it. It’s got a bigger scope than anything I’ve written before, and it will be a challenge, but one I can’t wait to take on!

Purchase Links

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About Eliza Maxwell

Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Widow’s WatcherThe Unremembered GirlThe Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British-cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.

Connect with Eliza

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about a secret you have … of course, it’ll no longer be a secret, but we support you here at THOUGHTS ON THIS ‘n THAT.  We’ll announce a winner soon.  Good luck.

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WARRIOR WON by Meryl Davids Landau & Giveaway

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We all got in touch with our inner-spirit with Meryl Davids Laudau’s, novel DOWNWARD DOG, UPWARD FOG. She’s now out with a highly relatable novel about yoga, mindfulness and spirituality called WARRIOR WON (AlignmentPublishing).

Everything is going great in Lorna Crawford’s life. She is married to a fantastic guy, is mom to an adorable two-year-old with another child on the way, has a posse of girlfriends, and recently landed a new job. The spiritual practices she has made a centerpiece of her life—yoga, mindfulness, meditation—are becoming second nature. But four months into her pregnancy, Lorna learns there may be something wrong with her unborn baby, a prospect that throws her life and her inner peace into turmoil.

Over the next few months as a diagnosis awaits, Lorna is helped along by breathwork, yoga, appreciation exercises, crystal-bowl relaxation, Ayurveda, chanting, spiritual reading, and more. Will all this be enough to get Lorna through the months of not-knowing—and possibly a devastating diagnosis?

If you love Gabby Bernstein, Abraham-Hicks, Eckhart Tolle, Anita Moorjani, and other contemporary spiritual teachers, you’ll love this novel. Lorna reads and is inspired by all the same people you are. These teachings are naturally woven into a fun women’s fiction read.

You might be tempted to make assumptions about this novel. Give WARRIOR WON a chance. It may surprise you. Meryl’s story takes the yogi lifestyle into the mainstream. Enjoy! OM!

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In addition to writing novels, I am also a longtime magazine and web writer. For more than 20 years, I have written engaging, informative, and entertaining articles, often on quick deadlines, for numerous national consumer publications and websites, especially on the topics of health, lifestyle, holistic health, science, parenting, family issues and general-interest topics. I am also a former magazine editor.

My magazine writings have won numerous awards, including a nomination for a prestigious National Magazine Award and a 1st-place outstanding-article award from the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

My articles have appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Vice, Parents, Prevention, Glamour, Self, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports and many others. You can find a sampling of my many articles here.

I am also the author of a book of essays, Enlightened Parenting: A Mom Reflects on Living Spiritually With Kids, which was a finalist in two awards competitions.

You can find my blogs about yoga, mindfulness and other topics at Medium.com.

I am a member of many great writing organizations, including the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Association for Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), PEN America, the Florida Writer’s Association, and the National League of American Pen Women.

I am fortunate to live in beautiful South Florida.

Thanks to Meryl we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about your spiritual journey. We’ll announce winner soon. Good luck.

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